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 SuffolkRoman 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.
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 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!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
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
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
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.
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 Suffolk
Tours & 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 SuffolkThe 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
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