Friday 2 February
Thai Cookery Demonstration with Pheeraya (Nid) Hill. Learn how to cook a variety of Thai dishes with authentic Thai ingredients, plenty of time to ask questions and sample the wonderful flavours along with a glass of wine. 7pm – 9pm, Frogmary Green Farm Cookery School, South Petherton, 01460 249758
Saturday 3 February
Making Paper Beads Learn how to make pretty decorative beads using circulars, magazines, old books, newspapers and wallpaper. Tutor Claire Jeanes. 10am – 1pm. £15 (excluding materials). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
Monday 5 February
Drawing Classes with teacher Marie Blake, ‘Developing a Reflex Technique’. Learn to develop a spontaneous way of drawing at Axminster Heritage Centre 1.45 -3.45pm, cost £8. Advance booking on 01404 831207.
Getting to grips with family history a two day course, how to find and use birth, death and marriage records, how the census works and working with various websites. Courses held at Marsh Barn Farm, Burton Rd. Bridport and run from 10am – 4pm, tea and coffee provided, all on the flat, plenty of parking, Wi Fi available, bring lunch. Cost £60 for the two days includes handouts. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: email@example.com.
New Mature Movers class with Age UK Somerset at Martock Parish Hall, no previous experience required, sociable, fun, music, keep fit, balance and flexibility 2.30pm – 3.30pm, cost £4, just turn up or ring 01823 345626. Also on 12th & 19th.
Axminster Discover You Can Draw: An Axminster Heritage Craft day with informal and friendly help from local artist Marie Blake. £4 and just bring a pencil! 2pm – 4pm Info or book: call 07969 804184 or 01297 639704. The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Axminster Heritage Centre, Silver Street, EX13 5AH
Tuesday 6 February
Sew your own cushion in a morning 9.30am – 12.30pm £40. In this workshop we will make a piped, frilled, trimmed or fringed scatter cushion you decide. Course includes a cushion pad in feather or fibre, tuition and cake. Suitable for any ability due to small class size. Course held at Browns farm, Nettlecombe, nr Bridport DT6 3SS To book call Hazel on 07533344609 or www.hazelmasterssoftfurnishings.co.uk.
Psychic development group every Tuesday at the Black Dog Tea room Uplyme £5 per person 7.30pm – 9pm contact Sonia@blackdogtearoom.co.uk for info.
Wednesday 7 February
Jive Workshop (for beginners and advanced beginners) Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF 7.30pm – 9pm. Gala ticket holders £5 each (£7 for two), non-Gala goers £7 each (£10 for two) Tel. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Why not take advantage of our fun jive workshop, to get you into the mood and dance with confidence? A fun and informal evening of dance tuition to get you ready for Black and White (with a Touch of Pink!) Fundraising Gala on Friday 23 February.
Thursday 8 February
New Mature Movers class with Age UK Somerset at Chard Guild Hall, no previous experience required, sociable, fun, music, keep fit, balance and flexibility 10.30am – 11.30am, cost £4, just turn up or ring 01823 345626. Also on 15th & 22nd February.
Friday 9 February
Dorset Buttons Use threads, embroidery stitches and beads to create your own bespoke button. Tutor Carol Cooke. 10am-1pm. £15 (excluding materials). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
Saturday 10 February
Create a Textile Landscape using water colour washes and fabric, several pictures/cards can be created during the day. Tutor: Jan Dimond Paints and fabric included in course fee of £20. Spaces limited, please phone 01404 831207 to book. 10am – 3pm. An Axminster Heritage Craft event, The Bradshaw Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, EX13 5AH
Beekeeping for Beginners and subsequent Saturdays. East Devon Beekeepers, Hunthay Farm, Nr Axminster EX13 5RH. 14 hours of classroom tuition covering all the basic aspects of beekeeping, followed by a full summer programme of practical sessions in the apiary and winter meetings indoors, will equip aspiring beekeepers to take up the craft. Details on edbk.co.uk or from Richard Simpson, 07900 492242. Cost: £95 for the year (includes a free text book and annual membership of Devon Beekeepers’ and British Beekeepers’ Associations). Booking required.
Sat 10 – Sun 11 February
The School of Art and Well-Being A 2 day life drawing course run by Louise Banks. Please look on the website for the course details www.oldpavilioncourses.co.uk or phone 01404 45699.
Monday 12 February
Children’s Viking Workshop with Arts2Educate Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF, 10am – 12noon, £7 / £5 members & concessions / Tickets just £4 if you also buy a ticket for The Sagas of Noggin the Nog. Tel. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Join Dorchester Arts favourite Abi Thommes in this fantastic workshop where the participants will be able to take on the role of Viking warriors, inspired by Noggin the Nog. Using role-play to build a ship and sail the seas, you will get the opportunity to make props for your play including shields, helmets and masks. The workshop finale will be a performance for parents and carers of all that has been created.
Tuesday 13 February
Living Willow Structures Discover the art of creating beautiful living willow structures that will live on for years to come. You will be guided through all you need to know to grow, harvest and weave intricate living willow structures to delight and surprise. £85, Trill Farm, Musbury, Axminster, Devon, EX13 8TU 01297 631113, www.trillfarm.co.uk.
Wire Sculpture Make a wall-hanging sculpture of a hare, horse or human figure. Suitable for beginners or those with more experience. Tutor Juliet Farnese. 10am-3pm. £30 (excluding materials). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973.
Thursday 15 February
The Jungle Book Arts and Craft Workshop Children’s event. Send the little ones along to enjoy some children’s art workshops related to themes and characters in Kipling’s classic The Jungle Book, led by local artist Jessame Coulson. This is a drop and leave session with a small snack provided. Doors open at 2pm, £6 adv / £8 on the door. Tickets are available online from marinetheatre.com or from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres in person or on the phone. Booking Hotline: 01297 442138. Booking Fee may apply.
Friday 16 February
Air Drying kids clay activities Walford Mill, Wimborne 10.30am – 12noon age 5+ dinosaurs, 2pm – 3.30pm age 10+ jurassic sea creatures. Pre book through www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk.
Saturday 17 February
Tarot for Beginners Workshop with Barbara Hennessy of Beacon Tarot 10am – 4pm – Cost £35. For more information Tel: Barbara on 078825 178722 / Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Harry and Pauline on 01404 548420.
Children’s Art Chest Saturday morning art club led by artist Margaret Micklewright. Ages 8+.
10.30am – 12.30pm. £5 per session (including materials). Please bring an overall! Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
Monday 19 February
Art and Design History Course about painting, architecture and interiors in Britain in the late 17th century and 18th century. The course will start by looking at ‘The British School’ of painting and explore the taste and design of architecture, furniture and fashion in the period. Chapel in the Garden, ‘The White Room’, East St, Bridport. Fee: £60. The course runs on Monday afternoons at 2pm. First session, Monday 19th February, for six weeks. Contact Pam on Tel: 01300 321715 or email: email@example.com.
Mon 19 – Tues 20 February
Forest & Farm Clubs start back on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 February. Core Creative Education CIC
www.coreprojects.org.uk 01935 891 661.
Tuesday 20 February
Weekly Adult Art Class Taught by Dorset artist and experienced tutor Trudi Ochiltree (Fine Art BA Hons, PGCE Art & Design) Every Tuesday, starting 20 February, 10am – 1pm. Town Mill Arts, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU. The teaching space is above the gallery, via the stairs. Booking is essential, please contact Trudi on 07812 856823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org First session half price, then £15 per session thereafter. Discounted block booking available. Basic materials are provided, but you will also need to bring some of your own materials. www.trudiochiltree.co.uk.
Wednesday 21 February
Free First Aid Course 10.30am – 2pm. Bridport Community Hospital. Free British Red Cross First Aid course for anyone who cares or is in contact with the over 65s. Will cover falls, strokes and heart attacks. To book a place email email@example.com or telephone 01308422371.
Thursday 22 February
Watercolours with Trudi Ochiltree for five weeks every Thursday 10am – 1pm. Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts, Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3AR. To book please call 0800 808 9440. All resources are provided for the first session. The lecturer will advise on items to buy for future lessons. Free parking available on site.
Make-do-and-mend, re-vamp your old clothes! 7.30pm – 9.30pm £15. Bring a couple of your favorite items of clothing to mend, alter or up cycle. Learn to change a zips, mend holes or shorten your skirts or trousers. Course includes tuition and use of machines if required, and tea and cake. Any ability welcome. Browns farm, Nettlecombe, nr Bridport DT6 3SS. Booking essential call Hazel on 07533344609 or www.hazelmasterssoftfurnishings.co.uk.
Pastel Pencils Learn the techniques of drawing animals in pastel pencil and discover this versatile and rewarding medium. Suitable for beginners and those with more experience. Tutor Linda Hampson. Thursdays 10am-1pm. £66 for 6 week term. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk. Until 29 March.
Friday 23 February
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 Farm Cookery School, South Petherton, 01460 249758 www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk.
Beginners Carpentry Five consecutive Fridays. Experience the journey of basic carpentry, starting with how a tree grows to learning the skills to create a piece of furniture, and leave with a bench you have made. £450, Trill Farm, Musbury, Axminster, Devon, EX13 8TU 01297 631113, www.trillfarm.co.uk.
Rose Pruning Workshop 10am – 12.30pm. Get your roses blooming perfectly with the help of our head gardener Claire Greenslade who will share her top tips in this practical session. Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8LG 01823 413923, www.hestercombe.com.
Saturday 24 February
Pasta Making Course 10am – 1pm, Frogmary Green Farm Cookery School, South Petherton, 01460 249758 www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk.
Sunday 25 February
Tree Grafting Workshop King John’s Oak, Woodend Deer Park, Shute 2pm – 5pm. Learn the tricks of this useful propagation technique. Free event, Booking essential, 01404 310012, firstname.lastname@example.org. Location map sent on booking. Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage Project event. www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk/our-work/wildlife/legacy-to-landscape.