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Courses, workshops and education

Check out these courses and workshops

There are loads of courses and workshops in Derbyshire, and we’ve trawled around for the best courses for you to improve your skills or gain new ones — or just simply to feed your soul. Read on!

Craft and practical skills courses and workshops

Have you always promised yourself some 'me time' to get to grips with a new skill? We've got all angles covered with our selection of groups, classes and workshops to get involved with. So, get wiggling your belly, tapping those feet, carving wood or stone or take to treading the boards. 

On 8 August in Bonsal, you can make a lovely organic willow form for the garden

Learn how to finger crochet with artist Rachel Carter at Cromford Mills on 13 or 15 August

Learn how to create a spring wreath using burlap, festooning with foliage, spring flowers and greenery from the Haddon Estate to make tasteful decoration for your home. At Haddon Hall on 14 August

Join the West Studios Sewing Bee and pick up key tips and techniques to develop your creative and sewing skills for at home projects.  Chesterfield, starting 7 September

Make a bling brooch at this workshop, held monthly in Dronfield

Make a rag rug cushion using rag rug techniques at one of these regular workshops running weekly until the end of October in Dronfield

There are also plenty of regular workshops, groups and club meets: 


Deeper interest courses, lectures and workshops

There's something for everyone here, whether you want to actively get involved in a workshop, or want to listen to a lecture by a seasoned guide. There are also lots of regular groups to join:


Reading, libraries and literature

The Summer Reading Challenge at Derbyshire Libraries this summer is on the theme of Record Breakers.  There is lots to do at libraries across the County, so keep a look out for what is on your patch. Here are some events highlights, just drop in to take part:

Derbyshire Poem a Month Writing Competition
Why not have a go at writing a poem for the Derbyshire Poem a Month blog?

We’re inviting anyone who lives, works or studies in Derbyshire to get creative and write a short poem to enter the competition.  Twelve poems will be chosen and published on the blog – one for each month of 2015. 

For full details pick up an entry form in the library or visit the Derbyshire Literature Festival website:

To find out more and sign up to the Poem a Month blog visit:

Read more about the Derbyshire County Council library service in the PDF attached at the bottom of the page. The library service is more than just a building with books!! You can access a whole range of other services online 24 hours a day, so read on to find out more.

If you are looking to join a Book Group then try the Reading Groups for Everyone website which is the Reading Agency’s dedicated website for readers and readers’ groups nationally. There is lots of information about current book awards and initiatives, writers, free books and competitions for book groups. You can register your reading group on the site and connect with other groups

If you’d like to receive the Derbyshire County Book Chat e-newsletter, send an email to to request being added to the mailing list.  It’s open to anyone who is interested in books, reading, and literary events in Derbyshire libraries so let your friends and family know too. 

Check out the WEA brochures for Derby, Derbyshire and Chesterfield (see below) for a variety of arts and creative courses.  

Professional development

  • Working with your own camera learn how to create a table top studio, use simple and effective lighting techniques and discover how to get the best out of your camera. West Studios in Chesterfield. Course dates: 17 and 23 September
  • Klezmer Weekend is a fun, interactive weekend of workshops, sessions & concerts, providing something for all musicians.  Youlgrave, 29-31 August


For learning disabled adults

At the Level Centre in Rowsley, there are weekly sessions along a range of arts themes.


For children

There's plenty going on to keep your children entertained with classes and regular group meetings to suit just about every artistic taste. 

There are also these regular groups running throughout the year too, so maybe now is the time to give them a try?

Professional development

Keep your professional practihce skills up to date. Also check out our Artists' and Arts Organisations' Training News page for many more opportunities

Adult Community Education

Get on course with Derbyshire Adult Community Education. New courses start running each term, and so it's never too late. For full course details, download a brochure for your area from the Derbyshire County Council website. The areas covered by each brochure are as follows:
  • Western : Covering Ashbourne, Bakewell, Hope Valley, Matlock, Wirksworth, Buxton and Fairfield, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Gamesley, Glossop and New Mills.
  • Eastern : Covering Bolsover, Chesterfield, Clay Cross, Dronfield, Eckington, Killamarsh, Shirebrook and South Normanton.
  • Southern : Covering Alfreton, Belper, Codnor, Long Eaton, Ilkeston, Hatton, Melbourne, Newhall and Swadlincote.
  • At the bottom of this page you will also be able to find the latest Spring brochure for the Eco Centre in Middleton-by-Wirksworth, a venue that is stuffed full of heritage crafts, arts and carfty workshops and courses.

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