Adult education classes

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Education doesn't have to stop after school. More and more adults are enrolling in classes to learn a new skill, whether it be a foreign language, first aid or something creative like bread-baking or dress-making.

Our Local editors have sought out some of the most interesting adult education classes in their areas.


South East



lino printing toolsLino printing stationery Chelmsford

This designer-led workshop, suitable for absolute beginners, teaches you how to design personalised stamps using lino and professional carving tools. You will be taught how to design a perfect stamp to print with, then create personalised greetings cards, envelopes and tags. You will be able to take your stamps home at the end of the class to use again.


bread makingEastcourt Manor bread and baking classes Gillingham

Learn to bake your bread (including sourdough) by hand. You will never need to buy mass-produced bread again! Courses take place in a domestic kitchen; everything you will learn can be done at home without commercial equipment, and class sizes are limited to ensure all participants get hands-on individual attention and tuition.


silk screen printingSilk screen printing workshop Sittingbourne

Learn how to create beautiful prints in this two-hour silk screen printing workshop. Learn the ancient art of screen printing using modern methods and you'll leave with an item you've designed and printed. Included in the price is a t-shirt, tote bag or tea-towel to print onto and a buffet tea. All profits go to Dyspraxia Action.


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South West




stress reductionMindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Bridport

An eight-week stress Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course in the scenic location of Frogmore Farm. The course works on the skills of being present moment by moment, coming out of automatic pilot and inhabiting the body.


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East of England




adult learning courseAdult Learning and Skills St Ives

This venue offers many valuable and interesting courses as evening and daytime classes, as well as Saturday workshops. Dedicated to the concept of Lifelong Learning, courses provide a high quality educational experience, supported by well qualified tutors.

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language clasLanguage evening classes Lenton

Whether you want to learn a new language for work, travel or personal enjoyment, the Language Centre at the University of Nottingham offers a perfect learning environment, with small groups and a friendly atmosphere. Classes are offered in modern standard Arabic, Bulgarian, Serbian, Russian, French, German,  Modern Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portugese and Spanish. Mandarin evening classes are also  available through the Confucius Institute.


sewing classCraft workshops and classes Nottingham

Classes held in this central Nottingham location include felt-making, sewing, crochet and paper crafts among others. Find everything from a beginners sewing taster session to felt-making, bookbinding and a five-week advanced sewing for fun course. 

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sewing machineCreative Stitchcraft Aldgate East

A friendly environment to learn creative stichcraft skills. Learn how to make a dress, curtain, nappy holder, nursing cover, cushion and more. There are creche facilities too, so you needn't worry about finding someone to babysit while you're at the sewing machine.


tap dancerAdult beginner tap class Croydon

These classes work on technique and put everything you've learned into a fun routine at the end. Dance to a range of music from jazz to pop, soul, funk and swing. If you don't have tap shoes yet, just bring hard sole shoes you're comfortable in. Free trial classes are available to see if this is for you. The class is open for beginners and those with a little experience. 


craft bagCrafts Bee Croydon

Crafts Bee offers a variety of craft classes including jewellery making, sewing, silk painting, cake decorating, stained glass, flower arranging, knitting and crochet, card-making, quilting and children's craft parties.


riverside caresPaediatric first aid training Newham

Riverside Cares offers in-depth, one-day sessions (also split into two if desirable), covering essential first aid skills. Areas covered include dealing with emergencies, resuscitating, recognising and responding appropriately to anaphylactic shock, planning for First Aid emergencies, dealing with conditions such as epilepsy, asthma, sickle cell and diabetes, and responding appropriately to burns, scalds and choking, head, neck and back injuries.


Mosaic and tile-making classes Stockwell

mosaic makingThese classes are run by artists with more than 15 years' experience, who have a real passion for their art forms. The artists will inspire you to explore your creativity in a relaxed learning environment. You will cover the basics as well as more advanced techniques, being introduced to the fundamentals of mosaics and ceramic, which will allow you to progress onto further projects like a mosaic art piece, plant pot, mirror frame or table top.

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