Adult arts & crafts courses

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Poetry Course with Roger McGough

Three Evening Wurkshop
20th October | 7pm - 8.30pm
26th October | 7pm - 8.30pm
2nd November | 7pm - 8.30pm

Dubbed the ‘patron saint of poetry’ by the former poet laureate, Roger McGough brings his art, wit and verse to this exciting new evening course.  

For three sessions, students will learn how to play with language through word games and tricks, patterns, metaphor and imagination. Roger will teach you how to draw on your own experience and originality to write the poetry of your life. 

There will be anonymous feedback sessions and a small class of eight students will create a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Roger will perform some of his work and you will be invited to critique and analyse, as well as looking at other poems from a wide range of poets. Students are welcome to bring any poems they have already written, or any books or poems they enjoy. 

Roger McGough was awarded an OBE for services to poetry in 1997 and a CBE in 2004. He shot to fame in the 1960s with Lily The Pink, The Scaffold and Yellow Submarine which he helped write for The Beatles. 

In his early poetry career, McGough sent Philip Larkin some of his work, whilst they were both at the University of Hull. Larkin said he believed McGough ‘walked an impressionistic tightrope which, though exhilarating, meant that on occasion he fell off’. Come join this, now more established, tightrope and fall off or balance as you wish - this Wurkshop will catch you!

This course is suitable for beginners as well as those who have been writing for longer. As the class size is small, Roger McGough will tailor it to suit all levels. His teaching style is playful and fun. You are guaranteed to learn and enjoy yourself at the same time. 

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£150.00


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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally

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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally


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Basket Weaving Day Course

Willow weaving course
Sunday 17th October | 11am to 6pm

This is the course to attend if you want to get into basket weaving. Judith Needham is a basket weaver based in Surrey whose stunning products sell for thousands. Join her in this special day long weaving class to learn how to loop, knot, plait, coil and twin to create your own (also very useful) willow basket.

If ever there was a mindful activity, basket weaving is it. Twist and weave and chat in a social, relaxing, creative session.

Over the day you will learn different techniques and really be able to spend the time making a proper item to cherish.

And why wouldn’t you get into basket weaving? You can put anything in them (I currently have gin & tonic cans in the last one I made). You can give them to your grandchildren, store your baby’s toys, or the toilet roll. What you create will be strong, pretty and useful.

Basketry is highly skilled and widely believed to be amongst the oldest crafts in the world. We’re thrilled to be able to offer a new adult class to keep the craft going for generations to come.

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£85.00


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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally

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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally


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Make a real Mug of yourself

Pottery Class over 2 sessions
Making: Thursday 14th October | 7:15pm to 9:15pm + Glazing: Thursday 21st October | 7:15pm to 8:45pm

In this fun and engaging class, you will learn a host of hand-decorating techniques to realise your own (or someone else's) face in ceramic mug form. Surely there can be no greater pleasure than enjoying a relaxing evening mug of tea from your own head!

Students will be provided with a basic press-moulded mug shape and will craft features, a base and handle with Toby's help.

In this two session class, students will then return a week later to glaze the pieces using a variety of underglazes and stains.

This is a great ceramics class for beginners but also those wanting to learn some different clay techniques.

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£58.00


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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally

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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally


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Life Drawing Evening Classes

with expert teaching from Kathy Barker
Monday evenings | 7pm to 9pm

Under the expert direction of artist Kathy Barker, you will be taken through a variety of approaches to drawing the nude figure.

Exploring different mediums, developing line and tonal techniques, balance and posture, seeing the mass, and comparative measurement throughout.

With close 1-2-1 guidance and demonstrations, Kathy will ensure that each student receives lots of individual attention.

The class has a small group size and both beginners and experienced artists are welcome.

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£29.00


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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally

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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally


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Oil Painting : Still Life

Painting Course
Wednesday 17th November | 7pm to 9pm

In this exciting new course, contemporary artist Beatrice Boyle will teach you how to paint with oils from scratch.

Oil paints are a wonder but also require certain techniques and skill to use. Beatrice will take you through applying them on canvas, blending colours and building up layers to create depth and texture.

This course will also teach key techniques in observational drawing.

There will be a maximum of eight students in this class, meaning that teaching can be tailored for mixed abilities. Beatrice will be catering for those who have never painted before, those who need to refresh their skills or more experienced artists who want to learn about oil painting.

Beatrice Boyle is a practising contemporary artist who has taught adults for over 15 years. She trained at Central St. Martin’s and The Royal College of Art. Her classes are fun and relaxed, teaching advanced painting and drawing skills and inspiring people to experiment and bring their own creativity to their work.

All materials are included and complimentary drinks will be served.

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£45.00


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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally

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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally


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Charcoal and Chalk : Figures and Faces

Drawing Course
Wednesday 24th November | 7pm to 9pm

Learn charcoal drawing techniques and apply them to portraiture with artist Beatrice Boyle.

At this evening class, students will look at drawing the human form, with a particular focus on drawing a portrait in charcoal from photographs. Students will learn how to achieve various effects with different types of charcoal before progressing to learn about proportion and the human figure.

Students will learn how to accurately grid a photograph before drawing their selected portrait in charcoal using what they have learnt.

Beatrice Boyle is a practising contemporary artist who has taught adults for over 15 years. She trained at Central St. Martin’s and The Royal College of Art. Her classes are fun and relaxed, teaching advanced painting and drawing skills and inspiring people to experiment and bring their own creativity to their work.

All materials are included and complimentary drinks will be served.

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£45.00


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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally

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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally


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Spoon Carving : Spoons and Salad Servers

Wood Carving Course
Thursday 2nd December and/or Thursday 9th December | 7pm to 9pm

Come and learn a new hobby this Christmas and create a present for a loved one (or yourself) at the same time. We’re jumping onto the band wagon of the very fashionable craft of spoon carving. And there’s a reason it’s so popular - whittling is highly tactile, satisfying and therapeutic.

Come and split, carve, axe, cut and scoop to make one of the first things humans ever created: the spoon. They may be something everyone has in their kitchens, but carving your own is a real wonder.

You can come to either of the one-off sessions and make your own spoon.

If you’d like to make a spoon and a fork, you need to come to both Thursday evening sessions because of the time carving two items will take.

Enjoy a glass of wine (or two) and spend a social evening creating something of satisfying beauty.

Coppicer Suzy Williams looks after woodland in Berkshire and will teach you about different types of wood and how to source your own to carve, as well as the tools you’ll need if you want to take on this hobby.

All materials and complimentary drinks included.


£37.00 £69 for both


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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally

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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally


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Collaged Journal Bookbinding

Bookbinding Course
Wednesday 8th December | 7pm to 9:30pm

This is the perfect one-off book binding course. It will introduce you to the excitement of creating your own book in the form of a collaged journal.

Mark Cockram is a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, who spends his days restoring ancient classics or binding Man Booker winners. This December, he will teach you how to make an A5 lined book which could be used for journalling, to-do lists, doodles… you name it. It will also make a beautiful Christmas present.

Using traditional materials, techniques and tools, students will make a hard cloth cover and then apply vintage and contemporary papers, images and text to create a unique front cover. Please bring your own cuttings, photographs and special scraps to create your personal cover. Though don’t let this put you off, we will provide options too.

Finally the text block (pages) and the cover are glued and pressed together using a finishing press.

The Collaged Note Book Evening is intended as a taster to bookbinding and book arts. You will learn measuring and cutting techniques as well as use traditional bookbinding tools.

(If you like the session, you could always join us for a three session ‘Introduction to Bookbinding’ in January. Scroll down for more information).

All materials and complimentary drinks included.

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£55.00


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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally

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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally


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Book Binding for Beginners

Bookbinding Course
Tuesday 11th January, Tuesday 18th January & Tuesday 25th January | 7pm to 9pm

Mark Cockram is a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, who spends his days restoring ancient classics or binding Man Booker winners. For three Tuesday evenings in January 2022, join him to learn how to make your own beautiful book, from scratch.  

The sessions will include folding your own paper, hand sewing the pages and creating the cloth spines. You will learn how to use traditional book binding equipment such as a finishing press and Grecquage (a fascinating Ancient Greek method of positioning). Mark will also teach how to use flottage - ink in large trays of water - to decorate your book’s front cover.

As Mark puts it: 'Within the book, an infinitely complex array of materials and techniques come together and combine with a history as rich and diverse as we who create and use it’. 

Join us to start a new, creative, skilled and fascinating hobby. 

All materials and complimentary drinks included.

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£150.00


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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally

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Complimentary beer and wine sourced locally

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