Aromatherapy for summer

This course will teach you to offer and experience the benefits of a relaxing Thai foot massage . You will practice techniques to warm the feet, use traditional Thai foot sticks to stimulate and work gently into the reflex points, stretch along and into the 'Sen' lines on the lower leg, all complimented with organic creams and oils to enhance the treatment . A full treatment will be practiced in the last session.

Art – Be Creative Beginners

Develop the artist within you! Explore mixed media and inspirational artists. The core topics are tone, colour, technique, composition and exploration of different materials, followed by a personal project. There will be different personal project for each course.

Art – Be Creative Improvers

A course which covers the key elements of art and encourages learners to develop these in their own personal direction. Initial sessions shall look at core subjects such as drawing, tone, colour and painting techniques, as well as looking at the work of historical and contemporary artists. Each learner will then be encouraged to develop this in a direction which will further develop their own personal interests, such as exploring traditional watercolours, developing their work into textiles pieces or 3 dimensional work. There will be a different personal project for each course.

Art – Watercolour Sketching at Foredown Tower and Around

The course is divided in 2 parts, the first working from Foredown Tower. The first few weeks we will be looking at sketching in a variety of different ways to record scenes on paper and sketch books looking at perspective, equipment and the second half, weather permitting going out as a group to nearby places all within reach by public transport. This course will give you confidence to work outside in a public place and an understanding of materials and equipment that you need to take with you. We will be sketching in parks or by the sea where there will be a cafe and toilets, you will be told of the rendezvous points before we venture out and if the weather is wet then we shall be at Foredown tower.

Art – Watercolour Sketching at Foredown Tower and Around

The course is divided into 2 parts, the first working from Foredown Tower. The first few weeks we will be looking at sketching in a variety of different ways to record scenes on paper and sketch books. We will also be looking at equipment and how to record perspective. In the second half, weather permitting, we will be going out as a group to nearby places that are within reach by public transport. This course will give you confidence to work outside in a public place and develop an understanding of materials and equipment that you need to take with you. We will be sketching in parks or by the sea - you will be told of the rendezvous points before we venture out. In inclement weather we shall be at Foredown tower.

Art Pen and Wash

This course will include mark making, wash techniques and different approaches through the study of the work of contemporary artists, followed by a personal project. There will be a different personal project each term. 

Ballroom Dancing

Enjoy learning the dances from Strictly Come Dancing. Make new friends, stay fit and find your rhythm. You do not need to enrol with a partner.

Creative Writing for all

The Summer term will focus on exploring techniques used by published writers. All classes will involve sharing and discussing learners’ own writing and will be suitable for both beginners and experienced writers.

Creative Writing intermediate

A class where more experienced writers can share their work and develop their skills in a supportive atmosphere. Students are welcome to work on longer projects, or to engage with the weekly writing tasks. Learners will share their writing and discuss strengths and areas for development in their own and other group members work.
The Summer term will focus on exploring techniques used by published writers. All classes will involve sharing and discussing learners’ own writing.

Design and make your own bag

This course offers the chance to design and make your own bag. There will be a choice of two bag patterns – both beach bag size. You will then cut out and assemble the bag using your own fabric and a supplied pattern. Finished samples will be available for reference, and there will be step […]

Dressmaking for Beginners

On this course you will learn how to take your body measurements and apply them to a simple commercial dress pattern, which you may select from a choice of patterns. You will then make the dress in your chosen fabric and produce a garment that fits your own individual shape. Basic knowledge of a domestic sewing machine is recommended.

Floristry Advanced

A chance to really express yourself florally, this term we will look to the floristry designers and make more intricate designs

French Conversation – term 3

During this course, we will build on prior knowledge and practice language learned previously. We will use a variety of tenses to talk about issues of personal and cultural interest, such as family, hobbies, holidays abroad and plans for the future. Further topics can be planned according to the needs and interests of individual students. 

Guitar Beginners

Learn how to play popular songs on the guitar in a fun and friendly environment. You will discover how to read guitar tab and chord charts, strum chords confidently, finger pick and improvise. No experience needed - just bring yourself an an acoustic guitar.

Guitar Improvers

This course is designed for students who have completed the ten week Guitar for Beginners Course but is also open to new guitarists that have been playing guitar for a couple of months and would like to take their playing to the next level. Students who want to sign up for this Improvers Course should be able to understand how to read tab and chord diagrams, be able to play all open chord
positions and strum a few basic rhythm patterns. In the Improvers Course we will extend our repertoire, learning to play many more popular songs, improve our rhythm playing and learn how to fingerpick. Effective practise skills and fingerboard technique will be taught. We will also learn to play some scales and how to improvise. The style of music we will be playing is pop, rock and folk music.

Introduction to Creative Writing

In the Summer you will continue to build your confidence as a writer, and will learn by looking at published authors’ writing. You’ll share your work in a supportive, encouraging atmosphere, and will use discussion to develop your work.

Irish Dancing for Fun

A perfect way to make friends, get fit and have fun whilst learning a new skill. This is a class for complete beginners and those with a little knowledge of Irish Dance. You will learn the basic steps of Reels and Jigs, dancing in time to music, and then move on to group and set dances. Bring along a bottle of water, a passion for Irish music and comfortable footwear such as plimsolls or dance trainers.

Italian For Improvers – Term 3

In the last term of the improvers course, we will study how to: talk about the future; express desires, intentions, suppositions and conditions; write a job application letter; talk about the new job; write and talk about a story; talk about what happened in a specific moment; express curiosity and necessity, and compare situations.

Patchwork and Quilting – How to Design Your Own Quilt

Suitable for people who have done Sampling the Quilt Term 1 or 2 or have made other quilts elsewhere. This will be a design based class with lots of support, inspiration and design tricks.

Patchwork-Focus on Cathedral Window Techniques

Techniques will include Cathedral Window – basic hand version squares, Cathedral Window – basic machine version squares, Cathedral window – Secret Garden Variation, Cathedral Spire – elongated shapes, Cathedral Cross – kit shaped pieces, Cathedral Window –mixing shapes, Cathedral window – using triangular bases, Japanese folded version – a look alike method, Chinese Coin – circular appliqued effects, and Machine technique- Shelley Swanland.

Pilates and Relaxation Techniques

A perfect course if you wish to condition your body and mind. It includes a beneficial relaxation section in the final stages of each session. Pilates teaches awareness and control of the body. This body awareness is taught through a number of principles: postural symmetry; corsetting; control and flow of movement; strength, and relaxation and breathing. This type of exercise is suitable for everyone. It is particularly safe and effective for those with back problems and is often recommended by osteopaths and chiropractors.

Revamp your clothes

For this course you must bring in a garment that you wish to change dramatically. You may choose to add another fabric, change/remove collar or cuffs, alter length, reshape etc. A selection of fabrics, braids, ribbons, buttons etc is available to purchase - or bring your own to use and swap.​ It will be great fun!

Spanish Beginners – Term 3

During the Summer Term, you will learn: to talk about your daily routine; ask and say the time; talk about what you do in your free time; how to buy items at a market (weights and measures); how to shop for everyday items; how to describe and buy clothes; how to describe someone’s character and appearance; regular verbs in the present tense; colours, and definite and indefinite articles.

Spanish Improvers – Term 3

During this term you will learn about: talking about the past: what you did yesterday, last week etc., biographies: talking about your life; describing other people’s lives, the preterite (simple past) tense: regular and irregular verbs, parts of the body: saying what hurts, describing symptoms, making suggestions and giving advice, DOLER: me duele/me duelen, asking and saying what someone has done today/this week/this month etc., the present perfect tense: regular and irregular verbs, reporting lost property; saying where and when you lost something, describing personal property: material, size, colour, the imperfect tense: regular and irregular verbs and possessive adjectives: mi, tu, su, etc

Spanish Intermediate – Term 3

The main aim of the course is to consolidate prior learning and to build up confidence in speaking. We will deal with new grammar points as they arise but the focus will be on developing conversational skills.

Swing Dance

Swing Dance is based on dances from the 1930s. We often dance to Big Band music from Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw and Nina Simone. Summer Term will cover Combat Charleston, Charleston side by side, Tandem Charleston, Butterfly and Frankie Dip.

The Art of Sugarcraft

Learn to make beautiful flowers, foliage and other decorations to turn your cakes into a work of art. Each term we make a different flower and foliage and explore ways to display them on your cakes. All materials and equipment are extra. All abilities welcome.

Understand your sewing machine

Learn how to find your way around your sewing machine and gain confidence using the various stitches, as well as how to clean and maintain it.

Wedding Floristry Workshop

A fun one day workshop where we will cover a variety of designs used at weddings. Ideally suited to people who want to create their own or a friend's wedding flowers for their big day. 

Writing Family Histories and Historical Fiction

This is a course for anyone with an interest in writing about the past. You might have an idea for a novel set in a particular historical period, want to write about family history, or simply want to explore writing within this genre. All classes will involve sharing and discussing learners' own writing and will be suitable for both beginners and experienced writers. The Summer term will focus on exploring techniques used by published writers of Memoir and Historical Fiction.

Writing for Children and Young People

This course is for anyone with an interest in writing for children and young people. All classes will involve sharing and discussing learners' own writing and will be suitable for both beginners and experienced writers.

Yoga – Iyengar For All – Continuing Level

For those who have previously studied and practiced yoga, not necessarily the Iyengar method.