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Learn a Skill

Have you ever fancied trying your hand at something new? Or perhaps you’re looking for a new hobby? This autumn, our members are on hand to help you learn a new skill. Who knows, if you start now you might be crafting your own handmade Christmas presents in the coming months!

Learn to make your own silver jewellery

Jewellery making is an ideal way to develop your making skills. The range of techniques is enormous, although a lot of these can be explored by you, on a kitchen table with an affordable toolkit that fits in a biscuit tin!

Previous students of The Silver Jewellery Boat now know that acquiring new skills is extremely satisfying, developing both their self-confidence and self-esteem. The unique narrow boat setting enriches this experience.

The main aim on The Silver Jewellery Boat is for you to have a really nice day out. With this in mind, the one-day Silver Jewellery making  classes have been very carefully designed so that complete beginners can succeed. Skills and techniques are gradually introduced in context, practise is encouraged, and with very small class sizes help and support is always available.

At the end of the day you take away a beautiful piece of silver jewellery hand- made by you, using your new found skills.

Prices start from £85

https://thesilverjewelleryboat.co.uk/

Learn a lost skill at Avoncroft Museum

Avoncroft Museum offers a unique opportunity to get your first taste of the skilled art of blacksmithing in a 100 year old forge. Courses are suitable for complete beginners and the more experienced, and at the end of your course you’ll have a piece of your own making to take home.

Avoncroft is continually developing high quality courses and workshops for adults of all ages including a number of traditional skills and heritage crafts. A range of creative and informative half-day and one-day workshops, such as basket making and garden willow weaving, as well as a range of talks and lectures.

Prices start from £65

www.avoncroft.org.uk

Glass Blowing at the Jinney Ring

Top Glass, based at the Jinney Ring,  offer a two hour taster session where you can learn how to gather from the furnace, add colour to glass and even make your own bauble or paperweight.

Friends or couples sharing the sessions works well as they can encourage one another and there is often a bit of friendly competition between them! It’s also good to stand back and observe for a while.

You can expect to make at least two items which you will of course get to keep but have to return on another day to collect as they have to cool down overnight.

The sessions cost £120, and are the same total price for the session if two people share.

https://www.jinneyring.co.uk/acatalog/Glass-Blowing-Taster-Sessions.html

Eastnor Pottery

Clay is a fantastic medium to work with, a natural material, universally inclusive and reacts to the touch, no matter how slight. Perfect for the whole family, contact Eastnor and book a time slot perfect for you to enjoy an hour or two of creative clay fun.

Whilst there, you will be able to enjoy a complementary cup of tea or juice, and are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy in the Pottery Garden.

Prices start from £20pp

www.eastnorpottery.co.uk

Cook up a storm at Becketts

Becketts Farm run a variety of adult cookery classes designed to cover a wide range of abilities. Classes are taught by trained chefs, to groups of between 6 and 12 people. You can work alone on a single workstation, or book a shared workstation and bring along a friend to share the ingredients and cooking with. There are over 15 different courses to choose from so why not take a look on the Becketts Farm website at the full range.

Prices for adult cookery classes start from £80

www.beckettsfarm.co.uk/cookery-school

If you try any of our member courses, we’d love to know how you get on. You can keep us updated by sharing your progress on our social media pages. Courses also make a great Christmas gift, especially for the person that has everything! By gifting them a course, you’re giving them something they can enjoy all year.