Courses and Workshops

Friday 1 March

Family History ‘Shadow of the Workhouse’: the new Poor Law. One day special, Marsh Barn Farm, Burton Rd. Bridport, 10am – 4pm, cost £30. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email:  jferentzi@aol.com.

Thai Cookery Demonstration with Pheeraya (Nid) Hill. 7pm – 9pm Frogmary Green Farm Cookery School, South Petherton 01460 249758

www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk.

 

Saturday 2 March

Be Calm Be Happy meditation course at Quaker Meeting House, Bridport. 10.30am – 4pm. Run by Plum Village UK. Contact: David Will 0795 095 9572. Also 16 and 23 March.

Jo Sadler Willow Workshop at Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre. Moon Gazing Hare £75pp 9.30am – 4.30pm jojo.sadler@hotmail.co.uk  07531417209 Booking essential.

Fabric Beads Transform your stash of fabric, ribbon, silk threads and beads into a variety of different styles of fabric beads, which can be used as jewellery or embellishments for other projects. Tutor: Claire Jeanes. 10am – 2pm. £20. For materials list and to book call 01460 54973. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Be Calm Be Happy meditation course 10.30am – 4pm. Run by Plum village UK, in Bridport. Contact: David Will 0795 095 9572. Also 16 and 23 March.

 

Saturday 2 – Monday 4 March

How to be a Successful Smallholder Led by Ruth Kirby. Arrive at 9.45am Saturday for tea/coffee. The course will start at 10am. The course will end with lunch at 1pm on Monday. Residential £303 pp, Non-res £219 pp. The Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, DT20EQ. 01300 320684. Visit www.kingcombe.org to book online.

 

Sunday 3 March

Family History Beginners course. Two day course, March Barn Farm, Burton Rd. Bridport, 10am – 4pm, cost £60. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email:  jferentzi@aol.com. Also 17 March.

 

Wed 6 – Friday 8 March

Nature Drawing using Dry Media Explore drawing techniques of natural history illustration, using graphite pencil and other dry media such as waxy sketching, oil-based charcoal pencils and graphite powder. Led by Sarah Morrish. The course will start at 1pm on Wednesday with lunch and finish at 4pm on Friday with afternoon tea. Residential £304 pp, Non-res £219 pp. The Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, DT20EQ.  01300 320684. Visit www.kingcombe.org to book online.

 

Friday 8 March

By the Loom – A Fun Craft Day Axminster Heritage hands-on spinning and weaving group, everyone welcome, beginners and the more experienced. 10.30 – 3.00 pm £3 More info: 01404 831207 or to book. An Axminster Heritage Craft Day at Dalwood Pavilion EX13 7EU.

Driftwood Heart Workshop 9.30am – 12.30pm. Half day workshop in our delightful studio in Loders, Bridport. £35 includes all materials and refreshments. More info: Boarsbarrow.com.  info@boarsbarrow.com or call 07771 588 999 to reserve your place.

 

Saturday 9 March

Jo Sadler Willow Workshop at Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre. March Deer £75pp 9.30am – 4.30pm jojo.sadler@hotmail.co.uk  07531417209 Booking essential.

Art Course In Dalwood week 1 of a six week beginners Introduction to mixed media art. From 11am – 4pm,tea /coffee included, £35 per session (fortnightly dates ) For details phone 01404881312/07788757611.

Modern Caligraphy with Tutor Gina Youens. Beginners welcome or those with some experience. £16 to include materials. 10am – 12noon. To book call 01404. 831207 The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Axminster Heritage Centre, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH.

Digital Photography Processing Digital Images on your Computer or Smartphone An Axminster Heritage hands-on course suitable for beginners. Bring your cameras & connection cables, laptops & tablet devices. Everyone welcome 2pm – 4pm £15 Advance booking only call 01404 831207 The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH.

Paint a Mandala 2pm – 5pm £12.50 Leader: Gillian Beckman-Findlay. Come and learn how to paint a mandala. You don’t need to be able to draw to do this craft. You just need to be able to ‘dot’!  Full instruction will be given. The group will all work together concentrating on one stage at a time. All materials will be provided.  Suitable for children from ages 8 upwards and of course all adults. Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 www.coastalcraftcollective.co.uk.

 

Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 March

Creative Watercolour Tutor Louise Banks Cost – £185 Lunch and materials included. Looking at artists such as Paul Klee the class will be using a limited pallet of primary colours and broad brushes to build up abstract compositions. Exploring hues that offer most transparency, build up layers using the wet on dry technique, creating delicate overlapping shapes and exciting new colour mixes. Using a playful approach to watercolour you will gain an understanding of the unique qualities of different colour pigments and learn about staining, transparency and opacity. By the end of the weekend you will have filled a sketchbook with colour tests and ideas and produced some finished main abstract works on large sheets of watercolour paper. Art and Wellbeing 01404 45699 www.artandwellbeing.net Cuckoo Down Lane, Honiton, Devon. EX14 9TT.

Early Spring Hedgerows in Pen and Wash The hedgerows around Kingcombe are fascinating at any time of year.  In early Spring they provide inspiration and subject matter to illustrate in pen and ink and watercolour wash. All levels of experience are welcome, and our small class size will ensure individual tuition. Led by Sarah Morrish. The course will start at 10am on Saturday and finish at 4pm on Sunday with afternoon tea. Residential £241 pp, Non-res £198 pp. The Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, DT20EQ. T: 01300 320684. Visit www.kingcombe.org to book online.

 

Wednesday 13 March

Glass Painting 3pm – 5pm £18 Leader: Gillian Beckman-Findlay. Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 www.coastalcraftcollective.co.uk.

Upholstery Class with John Cooper. 9.30am – 3.30pm in Dalwood Village Hall, £15 per day.  As places are limited, please book in advance by phone on 01404 831207. Also 27 March.

 

Thursday 14 March

Upcycling Coastal Candle Jars 6.30pm – 8.30pm  £12.50 Leader: Linda Doughty. Decorating glass jars with beach finds and other recycled or reused items. Then put salt in the base of the jar which sparkles in the light of the candle and add some sea glass and / or shells and a smokeless, white, Votive candle. All materials are provided, but if you have any jars you want to use or items you want to decorate them with, please bring them with you. Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 www.coastalcraftcollective.co.uk.

 

Friday 15 March

Felt Making Discover the tactile art of felting by making felt scarves, bags, slippers – or whatever takes your fancy!  Beginners to advanced welcome. 10am – 3pm. £25 per monthly session (excluding materials). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Saturday 16 March

Jo Sadler Willow Workshop at Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre. Flying Owls £65pp 9.30am – 4.30pm (check times) jojo.sadler@hotmail.co.uk  07531417209 Booking essential.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Workshop 3 10am – 1pm ( Break included- complimentary pastries and coffee provided) The Showroom –  Country Seats, Unit E, The Old Laundry Trading Estate, Bridport, DT6 3BD.Cost – £60 per person. Places are limited, so be sure not to miss out! To confirm your place please call 01308 427968 or email info@countryseats.co.uk.

Tree Grafting Day Tutor Terry Ayres Cost – £100 Lunch and materials included. Terry has been gardening really for all his life but started at Dulford Nurseries aged 16. His knowledge is deep and wide but his speciality is in trees and shrubs. You will go home with at least 3 trees that you have grafted and potted up! On this grafting day you will learn: knife control, choosing root stock and why, grafting and tying, potting up, which fruit trees for what purpose – espaliers, stepover, cordon and half standards. Art and Wellbeing 01404 45699 www.artandwellbeing.net Cuckoo Down Lane, Honiton, Devon. EX14 9TT.

Making a Small Hand Tied Posy and a Posy in a Sugar Bowl 10.30am – 12noon. Cost £12 ( a list of suggested flowers will be given) At Axminster Heritage Centre Silver St Axminster EX13 5AH

Contact : gina.youens@btinternet.com. Or call 07703246 481.

Driftwood Easter Trees 1.30pm – 4pm, £23 Leader: Alison Bowskill. Have fun creating your own tree that you can decorate for Easter. Wear clothing that can get messy although there are protective aprons if they are needed. The price includes materials, coffee, tea and biscuits. Alison Bowskill is a popular art and craft teacher with extensive experience of helping people develop their craft skills. Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 www.coastalcraftcollective.co.uk. Also 27 March 9.30am – 12noon.

Dancing Daffodils 10am – 1pm £22. With spring just around the corner, this floral design inspires and creates happiness. Come and learn how to make your daffodils look as though they are still growing. A trendy flower arrangement perfect for your home – or to give as a very special Easter gift. Workshops taught by award-winning Somerset tutor Jackie Nicholls from Ashville Design. Combe St Nicholas Village Hall near Chard, TA20 3NY. For details of this and upcoming workshops visit www.ashvilledesign.co.uk or call Jackie on 01460 67795 or 07906 259 683.

“The Tudors – Henry and Elizabeth” WEA Coker Branch, half day course Hardington Village Hall, BA22 9PQ, 10am – 1pm. £14. To register ref:- C3530178  wea.org.uk or tel:-0300 303 3464. New members always welcome. Local contact:- 01935 863954.

 

Sunday 17 March

Artisan Soft Cheese Making Course Learn the skills to make lovely soft cheeses including Mozzarella, Halloumi, Mascarpone and Butter at home in your own kitchen 9.45am – 2.30pm Includes Lunch. Frogmary Green Cookery School, South Petherton, 01460 249758 www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk.

 

Tuesday 19 March

The Life And Death of a Love Affair A course in the poetry of Sylvia Path and Ted Hughes. 7pm – 9pm. A Six Week Course with Nims Gribler £60. An in depth exploration of the work of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. LSi Bridport, 51 East Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3JX.

 

Wednesday 20 March

Sausage Making Course 7.30pm – 9pm Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton, 01460 249758 www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk.

Traditional Icelandic Harmony Singing with Bara Grimsdottir & Chris Foster. Both fine singers in their own right, Bara and Chris perform and teach traditional Icelandic harmony singing. Their 2018 Sidmouth Festival workshop was one of the week’s highlights drawing over 100 participants. For more information google funi-iceland.com. The King William (function  room) Barn Street, Crewkerne TA18 8BP. 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (£8 in advance) 07877206124 for tickets and more information.

 

Friday 22 March

Jo Sadler Willow Workshop at Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre. Large Wall Hearts £55pp 10am-1pm jojo.sadler@hotmail.co.uk  07531417209 Booking essential.

By the Loom A Fun Craft Day Axminster Heritage hands-on spinning and weaving group. Everyone welcome beginners and the more experienced. 10.30am – 3pm £3 More info or to book: 01404 831207. An Axminster Heritage Craft Day at The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH.

Slow Stitch Develop your creative skills through the simple and mindful process of creating designs on fabric with stitch. Bring your own hand sewing kit. With Paula Simpson. 10am-12.30pm (and 1.30-4pm if morning session full). £15 (excluding materials).  Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Saturday 23 March

Jo Sadler Willow Workshop at Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre. Large Dragon £75pp 9.30am – 4.30pm jojo.sadler@hotmail.co.uk  07531417209 Booking essential.

Spring in the Garden Tutor Kate Tuke Cost – £85 Lunch and materials included. As the garden really starts to come to life in early spring, there is so much that can be done to enhance your garden. This will be a full day exploring many of the jobs that can be done now and over the next few months to ensure that all aspects of the garden perform as well as possible. The day will start with coffee and a chat about exactly what the day will hold, as this will be somewhat weather dependent. After coffee the class will walk around the glorious gardens of Cuckoo Down House and look at the many jobs that can still be done, from lawn care to tree planting, pruning to border work. If the weather is kind the group will get into one of the flower beds to really see what is going on. During the morning you will be shown how to identify when a herbaceous perennial plant needs to be divided and demonstrate how this is best done. Art and Wellbeing 01404 45699 www.artandwellbeing.net Cuckoo Down Lane, Honiton, Devon. EX14 9TT.

 

Sat 23 – Sunday 24 March

Angels of Sound Weekend Voice Playshop and Pure Sound Therapy Practitioner Course Cycle 2, Module 1: 10am -5pm Sat, 10am – 12.30pm Sun. www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com  Stour Row Village Hall, Stour Row, nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0QG.

 

Sunday 24 March

Introduction to Pyrography 10.30am – 1pm £17 Leader: Gillian Beckman-Findlay. Pyrography – “the art of designing with fire” which involves using a heated implement to burn designs on natural materials such as wood and leather. Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 www.coastalcraftcollective.co.uk.

 

Tuesday 26 March

Northern Harmony Concert and Workshop 6.30pm – 7.30pm Workshop 8pm Concert (doors 7.30pm) Workshop tickets £9 / £7 members & concessions Concert Tickets £13 / £11 members & concessions Combined £19 / £15 members & concessions. St Peter’s Church, High East Street, DT1 1HF

01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. These 14 brilliant young singers return with another thrilling mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica and the Balkans, American shape-note singing and quartet gospel, as well as renaissance motets.

Learning Embroidery Stitches 2pm – 5pm  £15 Leader: Gillian Beckman-Findlay. Come and learn 10 embroidery stitches in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 www.coastalcraftcollective.co.uk.

 

Wednesday 27 March

Introduction to Wet Felting 4pm – 7pm £25 Leader: Gillian Beckman-Findlay. Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 www.coastalcraftcollective.co.uk.

 

Thursday 28 March

Fabric Scraps Wreath A wonderful way to use up fabric scraps by creating a wreath. This will look absolutely lovely anywhere in the home.  Just select appropriate colours and patterns to suit the person, place or occasion.Tutor: Claire Jeanes. 2-4pm. £12. For materials list and to book call 01460 54973. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Friday 29 March

Inspirational Landscapes Create a small wall hanging of your chosen land or seascape, or garden, using textiles, handstitching and free machine embroidery. With Paula Simpson. 10am – 4pm. £30 (+ small charge for materials). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Saturday 30 March

Amazing Easter Baking Day with Jane Smith. 10am – 2pm Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton 01460 249758 www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk.

Jo Sadler Willow Workshop at Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre. Deer £75pp 9.30am – 4.30pm jojo.sadler@hotmail.co.uk  07531417209 Booking essential.

 

Sunday 31 March

Art for Change Tutor Peter Coates Cost – £98 Lunch and materials included. This interactive workshop uses picture making, brief talks, group discussions and personal quiet time to help you achieve the changes you want. You don’t have to have any artistic experience and all materials are provided. All you need to bring is an open mind and a readiness to feel different about yourself and your life. Why use art in the workshop? Creating pictures is a proven, highly effective way of identifying, stimulating and achieving life changes. It helps you see things with fresh eyes; a bit like taking the blinkers off. I have used picture making countless times as a driver for change and it works. Art and Wellbeing 01404 45699 www.artandwellbeing.net Cuckoo Down Lane, Honiton, Devon. EX14 9TT.