Cottages4you, Suffolk
Cottages4you, Suffolk
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
Visit Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley
Visit Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley
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Classic Festivals Suffolk
Classic Festivals Suffolk
Kesgrave Hall, Ipswich
Kesgrave Hall, Ipswich
Stonham Barns Leisure  &  Retail Village
Stonham Barns Leisure & Retail Village
Go Ape, Thetford
Go Ape, Thetford
The Anchor, Walberswick
The Anchor, Walberswick
RSPB Suffolk
RSPB Suffolk
Aldeburgh Bay Holidays, Self Catering
Aldeburgh Bay Holidays, Self Catering
Felixstowe Leisure Centre
Felixstowe Leisure Centre
Swilland Mill Luxury Self Catering, Woodbridge
Swilland Mill Luxury Self Catering, Woodbridge
Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich
Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich
Suffolk Cottage Holidays, Aldeburgh
Suffolk Cottage Holidays, Aldeburgh
The Cock Inn, Polstead
The Cock Inn, Polstead
High House Farm, Woodbridge
High House Farm, Woodbridge
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
Broadland Sands Holiday Park, Lowestoft
Broadland Sands Holiday Park, Lowestoft
Pakefield Caravan Park
Pakefield Caravan Park
Best of Suffolk - Self Catering Accommodation
Best of Suffolk - Self Catering Accommodation
High Lodge Holiday Resort, Saxmundham
High Lodge Holiday Resort, Saxmundham
Fox and Goose, Fressingfield
Fox and Goose, Fressingfield
The Great House, Lavenham
The Great House, Lavenham
Tuddenham Mill, Tuddenham
Tuddenham Mill, Tuddenham
The Amber Shop, Southwold
The Amber Shop, Southwold
Short Courses at Assington Mill, Sudbury
Short Courses at Assington Mill, Sudbury
Red House Yards Events  &  Accommodation
Red House Yards Events & Accommodation
The Ship Inn, Blaxhall
The Ship Inn, Blaxhall
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Suffolk Coastal Cottages, Southwold
Suffolk Coastal Cottages, Southwold
Polstead Camping and Caravan Site
Polstead Camping and Caravan Site
Fornham Organic Shop  &  Cafe, Bury St Edmunds
Fornham Organic Shop & Cafe, Bury St Edmunds
The White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh
The White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh
The Bildeston Crown, Bildeston
The Bildeston Crown, Bildeston
Ufford Park Hotel, Golf and Spa
Ufford Park Hotel, Golf and Spa
The Westleton Crown, Westleton
The Westleton Crown, Westleton

Courses in Suffolk

Come to Suffolk and learn a new skill! Suffolk’s tranquility will inspire you to learn new skills so here's a range of residential and non residential courses to give you an opportunity to pick up a new interest -

Courses in Suffolk


Roman River Valley Nature Photography Studio & Gallery is based in the picturesque village of Kersey which will provide fertile 'hunting' ground for the high quality Bird and Wildlife Photography Tuition for Beginners and Intermediate level photographers at the Studio.

Bird and Wildlife Photo Courses, Kersey


You will have exclusive access to the Studio's Hides, which include Kingfisher, Badger, Tawny Owl and Woodland Hides. Field Trips are also organised on a regular basis e.g. to photograph Red Kites and Water Voles. All Courses are modular in design & consists of a series of practical Workshops so you can select the level most appropriate for you, and get hands on experience. Find out more about these unique Bird and Wildlife Photography Courses here

Suffolk Glass making courses

Laura Hart is a well established and highly regarded designer and her glass tile and wall panels add a uniquely individual glass art installation to the home or office. Her studio is nestled in the pastoral countryside of Suffolk, close to Gainsborough’s birthplace, and here she offers one to one one or two day classes for complete beginners or experienced glass blowers looking to indulge your skills. Her tuition takes place in a relaxed studio environment & you can learn Glass Fusing, Glass Casting as well as one day fusing taster courses
All materials & lunch are included so go on, give One to One Glass Making with Laura Hart a try, and maybe you'll be taking home a fantastic work of art!

Outdoor courses at ArtActiv

Artactiv is based in the beautiful surroundings of the Thornham Magna Estate close to Bury St Edmunds, and offers a range of inspiring courses for people of all ages, from creative, interactive art workshops to outdoor pursuits such as orienteering, bird-watching and water-rocket building! Here you will find a tranquility to inspire you or outdoor activities to stimulate you - your choice! As they have comfortable hostel style accommodation on site, you can be part of a residential groups enjoying say a ramble through the forest or an art course, or you can hire a studio, meeting room or outdoor area for your own use just a day. The entire site is fully accessible and catering is offered to those who don't want to self cater. Find out more at ArtActiv

Potash Barns

Retreat to the Suffolk countryside for a yoga course at Potash Barns, where you'll find a variety of weekend & weekday classes. Comfortably accommodating up to 15 students this is a great escape from everyday life and provides the perfect setting to develop your Yoga skills. For dates and booking visit Potash Barns, Brundish

The Bead Boutique

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own jewellery? The Bead Boutique run classes and workshops on how to do just that. Learn a new skill in the heart of the lovely village of Long Melford at The Bead Boutique, Long Melford

Dr Roger Simpson Art History Talks
Art History Talks


Learn the fascinating history of the Georgians and the palpable excitement of a nation's discovery of visual art translated through artists including Hogarth, Stubbs and Constable.
For full details & dates of these talks by local historian, see: Dr Roger Simpson Art History Talks

The Pin Mill Studio - Courses in Suffolk


The Photography and Watercolour/Oil Painting courses offered by The Pin Mill Studio will help you try new creative outlets if you're a beginner or develop your skills if you're familiar with the basics. Both day & residential courses are provided by award-winning photographer Anthony Cullen, BP Portrait Award winning artist Annabel Mednick and Central St. Martin trained artist Alan Bridges. Course handouts will also be available and each day finishes with a delicious 2 course meal and drinks at the famous Butt and Oyster Inn. The photography courses are limited to 6 people giving even more opportunity for personal advice and tuition. Click on the link above for more information.

Suffolk Local Birding Tours - Courses in Suffolk


Birdwatching enthusiasts and those with a general interest in birds and nature will both have much to gain from one of the informative and practical tours available from RSPB SuffolkTours & Talks take place across Suffolk in a variety of RSPB's Nature Reserves through out the year so click on the link above for current detials.

Courses in Suffolk


Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Ipswich - Courses in Suffolk


The Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Ipswich offers a huge range of adult courses that run throughout the year, at various locations across Suffolk. If you have a keen interest in nature the Suffolk Wildlife Trust has something for you. Courses include: Art classes for beginners, Creating an orchard, Botanical illustration, Introduction to terrestrial invertebrates, Willow basket making, Introduction to dragonflies & damselflies, Enjoying summer flowers, Surveying mammals, plus many, many more! Booking is essential - please click on the link above.

Arts and Crafts are especially provided for – with the abundant craft skills of Suffolk you can learn just about any craft, and furniture restoration too.

For the artistic and the curious, in the rural landscape of Dedham Vale, at Flatford Mill, in the buildings painted by John Constable, the National Trust runs arts-based courses for all age-groups.

But if you fancy applying the 'Made in Suffolk' label to something you've made yourself, come along to one of the fantastic courses on offer in the county. You could go home with a thatched cottage under your arm! For example



At Assington Mill you'll find a range of fantastic country courses from straw bale building, to water divining and gilding. Over 50 different short rural skills and crafts courses are on offer throughout the year so you're bound to find the right one for you - whether that's beekeeping for beginners, story telling or upholstery. The courses are held in East Anglia's first straw bale building (pictured above), on a small 70 acre farm in one of Suffolk's beautiful secret valleys. Included are home-made lunches, biscuits and cakes, with food either grown on our own allotment, or sourced locally, and organic where possible. So click on Assington Mill to discover a new skill!

Courses in Suffolk




If you like action & adventure then Suffolk Leisure Park is the place for you! Try snowboarding, skiing, high ropes.. and a multitude of other thrilling courses in Ipswich! Or, if you've always wanted to learn to swim or improve your technique, check out the courses on offer at Felixstowe Leisure Centre and
Alton Waters Sports Centre for windsurfing, canoeing & smaller dingy sailing.


With the friendliness of Suffolk people, and a relaxing, beautiful landscape with sights, restaurants, and pubs to enjoy with fellow students, Suffolk is a place of learning and never forgetting. Come and join us soon - click below for more details of each of the courses mentioned above.

Please also see Made in Suffolk for more course ideas, along with our FULL LIST of Courses in Suffolk.

Have you taken a course in Suffolk - or more than one? Where was it, what did you learn and how did it go? Please let us know your thoughts by Sending us an Email.
About the author - Sarah Quinlan is the owner of the Suffolk Guides. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahinSuffolk or Google+
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