Courses and Workshops

Wednesday 28 June

Wildflowers, Orchids and Grasses Identification Workshop 1pm – 2pm.  Improve your identification skills amongst our ancient pastures, meadows and woodlands.  For more information and to book go to www.kingcombe.org. The Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ. Contact 01300 320684.

 

Wed 28 June – Wed 2 August

Acrylic Painting Wednesdays 10.30am-12.30pm. £60 for a session of 6 workshops. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Start to Draw With tutor Juliet Farnese. Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm. £48 for a session of 6 workshops. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Friday 30 June

Rag Rugs. £10 per monthly session. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Saturday 1 July

Introduction to Tai Chi The Maer 9am – 10am. Join qualified Tai Chi instructor, Sam Forder on the Exmouth sea front for a unique Tai Chi experience. This taster session will introduce the concepts and benefits of practicing Tai Chi. Booking required, £8 per person, The Maer Local Nature Reserve, meet inside fenced play area, nearest postcode EX8 2DB wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Aromatherapy Workshop: Blend your own Astrological Perfume 2.30pm – 5pm at Combe Farm Axmouth EX12 4AU. Working with a range of essential oils, attendees explore safe and effective blending methods to create a signature scent, using aspects of our astrological sun signs for inspiration. Cost – £7. Book with Ella – Tel 07758928727 or email elliangelo@hotmail.com.

Adventures in Crochet – storage baskets Explore the exciting craft of crochet, learn basic stitches, traditional designs and complete short projects.  With tutor Lynne Raddall. For more details contact Lynne: lynneyraddall@yahoo.co.uk. 10am-1pm. £22 per session (excluding materials). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Teen Poetry Workshop Bring your poetry to share with the group and your enthusiasm to offer constructive criticism in peer review. 3pm, The Bookshop, 14 South Street, Bridport 01308 422964, www.dorsetbooks.com.

 

Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 July

Blacksmithing Course & Overnight Camp Age: Minimum age 9 years for Blacksmithing course with Bernard Graves & Alasdair Green. Immerse yourself in a weekend of working outdoors learning this traditional skill. Work alongside your child to learn how to set up a Blacksmith workshop & work with different metals, constructing a Forge. Develop your black smithing skills and make several items to take home. Free Camping available and other family members can camp over too and join in other activities on the Farm. For those old enough and weather dependent, there is a night walk on the Saturday night. 7 adult and child places only for the Blacksmithing workshop, so please book asap. Limemead Farm  Time: 9.30am on Saturday  – 5pm on Sunday. For Blacksmithing workshop £150 for Parent and child. £50 extra for each additional child. Free for additional family members who are camping for the weekend. Core Creative Education CIC www.coreprojects.org.uk 01935 891661.

 

Sunday 2 July

Meditation at Seaton Wetlands 10.30am – 12noon. Katherine has recently returned to East Devon after running her own meditation retreat in Brittany, France. Experienced in teaching groups of all sizes, these mindfulness meditation classes will enable you to learn quick-fox tips for handling stressful or busy times.

Booking required, £10 per person, Meet at the Discovery Hut, Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP

wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

A Year of Preserving £110 Learn about all the wonderful ingredients we have growing on our doorsteps and how you can build a bountiful and delicious larder for each season. 01297 631113 www.trillfarm.co.uk Trill Farm, Pudleylake Road, Musbury, Axminster, Devon EX13 8TU.

Arts in the Gardens – Crewkerne 12 gardens will be open from 10am to 5pm, within walking distance from the Town Centre. All gardens feature art and craft displays as well as various workshops. A lunchtime BBQ will be held in one garden, afternoon teas with live acoustic music (mini steel band and folk) will be at two additional venues. Workshops include: lino cutting, willow garden structures and hand drumming sessions (Pre bookable). Free drop in workshops include soft stone carving, mask and headdress making. Some sessions are open to both adults and children. A full programme will soon be available to purchase from Carousel (29a Market Street) where you can also book your workshop session. Programmes will also be available from the Local Information Centre (LIC) in the Town Hall. For further details and information about the event, contact Angie on 01460 75576.

 

Monday 3 July

Clay A friendly and informal untutored sculpture group that meets weekly at IAC. All abilities welcome. Mondays 9.30am-3.30pm. £7 per weekly session. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Artisan Breadmaking Course 9.45am – approx 3pm. Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton, TA13 5DJ 01460 249758 www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk.

 

Tuesday 4 – Wednesday 5 July

Abstract Interpretations of Stalbridge Park in Acrylic or other chosen media. Class to meet at Guggleton in the large studio with Gerry Dudgeon £50 10.30am – 4.30pm. Guggleton Farm Arts Project, Station Road, Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2RQ tel 01963 363456 england.charlotte@gmail.com www.guggleton.co.uk.

 

Wednesday 5 – Sunday 16 July

Herbal Medicine £395 Residential/£295 Non-residential. Identify and forage for seasonal herbs, understand their medicinal properties and uses, and learn to create a range of preparations for health and well-being. 01297 631113 www.trillfarm.co.uk Trill Farm, Pudleylake Road, Musbury, Axminster, Devon EX13 8TU.

 

Friday 7 July

Creative Watercolours. 10am-3pm (double session). £24 per double session. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. Book with Nicky on: 01460 281 773. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Saturday 8 July

Storytelling workshops for primary aged children held inside the story boat, 11am and 2pm. Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre.

Coptic Binding Also 29 July Originating amongst the Coptic Christians of the 2nd century, all you need is paper. Paper Scissors Thread Call David on 07857208 15 or book online at www.squirrellbinderyandpress.co.uk.

 

Sunday 9 July

Oriental Binding with Case The visibly decorative sewing of this oriental style has a traditional pattern but there is no limit to what you could do with it. Paper Scissors Thread Call David on 07857208 15 or book online at www.squirrellbinderyandpress.co.uk.

 

Monday 10 July

Figure Drawing This is a non-tutored drawing session from the clothed model. Two models will be provided each session for one hour each. Please bring your own paper and drawing materials.  Book with Andrew Sutton 07814 641609 or andrewmjsutton@hotmail.com. Mondays 6.30pm – 8.30pm. £7 per weekly session. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Friday 14 July

Slow Stitch. 10am-1pm. £12 (includes materials). Ilminster Arts Centre,The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973.  www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Friday 14 – Saturday 15 July

Basket Making £85 One-day course on Friday or Saturday. Learn the techniques involved in producing beautiful, functional baskets, and leave with a completed work. 01297 631113 www.trillfarm.co.uk Trill Farm, Pudleylake Road, Musbury, Axminster, Devon EX13 8TU.

 

Saturday 15 July

Seasonal Sessions for Older Girls  Age:10-16 years  with Mickey Bonome. Take time to Relax, Find Inner Calm by Reconnecting with the Outdoors. Make new friends, learn new skills, foraging, make natural products, explore, create keepsakes & land art with natural organic materials. Campfire cooking, Seasonal Celebration, Folklore, stories of our native plants and wildlife, natural dyeing, felting and willow working.

Limemead Farm, Time:11am – 4pm. Cost: £20 per session. This group is part funded by Somerset County Council, Short Breaks Team.  Core Creative Education CIC www.coreprojects.org.uk 01935 891661.

Mosaics Mixed media mosaics with Claire Jeanes. Bring your broken china, jewellery, beads, seeds, buttons and shells to make unique mosaics that are personal to you! Materials such as grouting, acrylic paint, broken china etc are available at a cost of £4. 11am-1pm. £15 (excluding materials). Ilminster Arts Centre,The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Upholstery Workshop in Dalwood 10.30am – 4.30pm.Learn traditional skills using finest materials. Small group maximum 5 students, plenty of one to one tuition. All tools and refreshments provided. Build materials at very reasonable cost. For more info contact Martin on 01404 881312or email martin@bramblemead-upholstery.co.uk.

 

Tuesday 18 July

Peg Loom Weaving £85 Make a mat or seat pad using a beautiful grey un-spun fleece and a traditional wooden peg loom. 01297 631113 www.trillfarm.co.uk Trill Farm, Pudleylake Road, Musbury, Axminster, Devon EX13 8TU.

 

Wednesday 19 July

‘Three Dorset Towns: Lyme Regis, Bridport and Dorchester 1760-1930’ Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard is running a day course at Dillington House, Ilminster. Fee: £52 includes lunch and drinks throughout the day. For more info and to book a place contact the booing office on 01460 258613.

 

Thursday 20 July

Animal Portraiture Painting in watercolours or chosen medium with Paul Mathews £35 10.30am – 4.30pm. Guggleton Farm Arts Project, Station Road, Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2RQ tel 01963 363456 england.charlotte@gmail.com www.guggleton.co.uk.

Life Drawing / Painting Day At Weymouth Centenary Club 10am – 3.30pm and includes lunch.

susanrhughes@gmail.com or 07712532289 / 01305 780078.

Knit, Stitch & Crochet Too 2.15pm – 4.15pm. £4 per session (includes refreshments). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Friday 21 July

Felt Making 10am – 3pm. £23 per monthly session (excluding materials). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Saturday 22 July

Willow crafts: the cheese tray, stick platter and simple round basket Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands 10am – 4pm. Make a choice at time of booking. Make a basket in a day, includes all materials and expert tuition. Must be 16+ with good strong hands. Booking required, £40 per person, Reed Base, Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Children’s Art Chest The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Basic Home DIY. £85 including lunch. An enjoyable hands on workshop covering all the basic aspects of DIY. 01297 631113 www.trillfarm.co.uk Trill Farm, Pudleylake Road, Musbury, Axminster, Devon EX13 8TU.

 

Sunday 23 July

Secret Belgian Binding Appears ancient but is, in fact, a very recent solution devised in the 80s. It’s a style that superficially resembles a stab binding but opens much easier, making it a versatile book. Paper Scissors Thread Call David on 07857208 15 or book online at www.squirrellbinderyandpress.co.uk.

 

 

Tuesday 25 July

Hammered flowers and leaves. 10am-1pm. £15. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Botanical Stroll £4 including refreshments. Discover Trill’s natural habitats and the plants that grow there – in the marshes, the flower-rich meadows, and patches of limestone grassland along the old railway. 01297 631113 www.trillfarm.co.uk Trill Farm, Pudleylake Road, Musbury, Axminster, Devon EX13 8TU.

 

Wednesday 26 July

Introduction to Portraiture Returns New monthly intensive summer course with 6 sessions every Wednesday morning 10am  – 12.30pm starting today through August until 6 September at Weymouth Community Firestation.  For further information contact Susan: susanrhughes@gmail.com 077125 32289 / 01305 780078.

 

Thursday 27 July

Futurestage 2017 Youth Theatre Festival Ages 13-18. Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, 9am-6pm, £15, Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. The return of a fantastic one-day youth theatre festival! This is a unique opportunity for young performers to work with and learn from world-class practitioners. Attendees have the chance to develop their knowledge and skills in theatre, exchange ideas with peers and also work with a range of Dorset’s finest youth theatre professionals. Lead workshop announced nearer the time…ask a youth theatre leader for more information.

 

Saturday 29 July

Art History, Live Music & Poetry a Thomas Hardy themed Study Day. Exploring Hardy in the broader context of the art and music of Hardy’s period and that Hardy was familiar with, and referring to his writing, his life and poetry. The study day is led by Art and Design Historian Pam Simpson MA, who lectures at Bath Spa University and at University of the Arts in London. Virginia Astley MA, musician- flute, composer, writer and poet. Florence Astley LRSM, musician, piano and concert harp. ‘White Room’ at the rear of Chapel in the Garden, Unitarian Chapel, East Street, Bridport. Fee: £25. The day starts with enrolment at 10.15am, for a 10.30am  start and 3.30pm finish. Tea and coffee on arrival.Bring and share lunch. For more details please contact Pam Simpson on: chris.pamsimpson@btinternet.com or telephone her on 01300 321715 or Virginia Astley on 01300 320695.

Sculptor Bec Freiesleben leads two Artsreach stone carving workshops at Martinstown village hall for five to eight year olds from 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 4pm for those aged nine and over. The workshops are a chance to use traditional tools and learn how to leave your creative marks on stone. Dorset has a rich heritage of stone quarrying and carving, and this is an exciting opportunity to learn this traditional craft. Design a tile illustrating Dorset wildlife including long-eared bats, brown hares, Lulworth Skippers or cornflowers. Using lettering chisels and ‘dummies’, work on a tile of soft, creamy Bath stone, paint your masterpiece in a range of exciting colours. Come armed with only an idea and leave with your own unique stone carving. Telephone booking: 01305 889963. 10am workshop for ages 5-8 years. 1:30pm workshop for ages 9+.

 

Monday 31 July

Oops! Wow! Toddler Art and dance Come and go wild, make drawings using your whole body, moving to music, dancing with paint. Creative drawing and movement workshop for 4-7 yr olds please bring a change of clothes. 10am – 11.30am Ages 4 – 7 years Bridport Youth Centre, Gundry Lane Cost: £7 ( £6 concessions and siblings).

Forest Fun at Forde Abbey An outdoor adventure in the wilds of Forde Abbey, learning new skills, trying out new crafts and enjoying some naturally inspired hands-on fun. Each session takes place between 10am – 1pm and costs £10 per head. This includes entry to the gardens throughout the day. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult. www.fordeabbey.co.uk/event/forest-fun-forde-creative-crafts/. Also 14 & 28 August.

 

Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August

Beginners Carpentry £475 non-residential including lunch each day. Experience the journey of basic carpentry with Ruth Thomson. Over this five day course, you will be making a piece of furniture to take home. Along the way you will learn how to take care of your tools, construct basic wood joints and leave wtih a whole new set of skills. 01297 631113 www.trillfarm.co.uk Trill Farm, Pudleylake Road, Musbury, Axminster, Devon EX13 8TU.