Learn a new skill in Suffolk, where tranquillity will inspire you to do so. Upholstery, glass blowing, and beekeeping, among other disciplines, are all available here, so you may experiment with a new interest –
If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at creating a comfy chair or a work of art for your lounge, then take a look at the upholstery courses on offer at Perkins and Gibbs. Their workshops and courses are a great way to learn upholstery skills and are suitable for absolute beginners or experienced students who want to refresh their skills. Libby and Tam run small groups, so you’ll get plenty of time with them both.
These courses also make fantastic gifts for friends and family who might want to try it out, so find out more about what’s on offer at Perkins and Gibbs Upholstery Courses here, and you could be taking home the perfect comfy chair soon!
The Suffolk countryside is the perfect setting for a Potash Barns yoga course, where you can take part in the weekend or weekday sessions. This is a great way to get away from the rush and expand your Yoga skills, comfortably accommodating up to 15 students.
Individuals who are interested in nature and exquisite birds can benefit from one of RSPB Suffolk Tours & Talks’ informative and practical tours taking place at RSPB Nature Reserves across Suffolk throughout the year.
Laura Hart is a renowned and established glass tile and wall panel designer, and her work adds a unique glass art installation to any setting. Situated in the picturesque countryside of Suffolk, close to the birthplace of Gainsborough, she offers one-on-one or two-day classes for novice or experienced glassblowers seeking to indulge their passion. In addition to Glass Casting classes, you can take one-day fusing taster courses in a comfortable studio environment.
Everything you need is provided, so why not try a One to One Glass Making class with Laura Hart? You just might leave with an amazing piece of art.
A variety of adult courses run throughout the year at various locations across Suffolk. If you’re interested in nature, the Suffolk Wildlife Trust will always have something to pique your interest. You can challenge yourself by taking Art classes for beginners, Make willow baskets, Introduction to terrestrial insects, Introduction to dragonflies and damselflies, Summer bloomers, Mammal surveying, and many other things.
There are plenty of arts and crafts opportunities in Suffolk, whether you want to learn more about the fundamentals of a craft or even master the skill of furniture restoration.
The National Trust offers arts-based courses at Flatford Mill, where Constable painted the buildings, for art students and curious people alike.
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, storytelling or upholstery. The courses are held in East Anglia’s first straw bale building on a small 70-acre farm in one of Suffolk’s beautiful secret valleys. Included are homemade 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 acquire a new skill!
The pleasant character of Suffolk people and the relaxing, idyllic setting, where students can dine, drink, and be merry, make Suffolk’s course scene a learning experience that is truly unforgettable.