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A History of Somerset & Somerset at War with Andrew Powell-Thomas

13 February 2023 17 February 2023 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter week. Famous for its rolling countryside, Somerset is a county full of natural beauty. From its glorious beaches and jagged coastline to…

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A Pair of Willow Leaping Hares Sculptures Workshop with Jo Sadler

16 January 2023 17 January 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ over the space of two days to make a wonderful willow sculpture depicting a pair of leaping hares. Jo will…

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Advanced Crochet Workshop

25 September 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Add dimension to your stitchwork and create more texture in your crochet. Learn the secrets of blending colour whilst working with groups of stiches, clusters and spikes! Develop your skills…

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An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy

3 July 2023 5 July 2023 -

Focusing on the two main schools of Chinese philosophy, Confucianism and Taoism, this course will explore their foundations, their key thinkers, including Lao Tzu and Zhuang Zhou, as well as…

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Ancient Egypt’s Theban Tombs of the Nobles

17 July 2023 19 July 2023 -

This sumptuously illustrated course will be a comprehensive exploration of the Tombs of the Nobles open to visitors on Luxor’s west bank. We will examine the design and decoration of…

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Artists’ Colonies in Britain and Europe with Dr Jan Cox

12 February 2023 17 February 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter week. Artists’ colonies flourished in the nineteenth and early-twentieth century in many countries across Europe, and we will concentrate on Britain, France…

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Barn Owl Needle Felting Two Day Workshop

15 February 2023 16 February 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Winter week. On this exciting two day workshop, fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery, will guide you through the basic techniques…

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Basic Pattern Cutting Workshop

6 March 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course is aimed at students who enjoy sewing and would like to learn more about making their own paper patterns, creating their own designs to suit their figure. During…

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Before the Normans Came: The World of Anglo-Saxon England

11 September 2023 13 September 2023 -

Over a period of nearly six centuries Anglo-Saxon England grew to become one of the richest, best administered and culturally dynamic Kingdoms of Western Europe. The aim of the course…

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Beginners Crochet Workshop

12 December 2022 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Master the basics of crochet on this one-day workshop. Learn how to create a basic chain and simple crochet stitches. The day is very hands on and you will be…

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Beginners Crochet Workshop

27 February 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Master the basics of crochet on this one-day workshop. Learn how to create a basic chain and simple crochet stitches. The day is very hands on and you will be…

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Beginners Crochet Workshop

24 July 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Master the basics of crochet on this one-day workshop. Learn how to create a basic chain and simple crochet stitches. The day is very hands on and you will be…

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Beginners Knitting

16 January 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Start your journey into the wonderful world of knitting. You will be guided through the basic techniques of cast on and cast off, the first knit and purl stitches and…

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Beginners Knitting

15 May 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Start your journey into the wonderful world of knitting. You will be guided through the basic techniques of cast on and cast off, the first knit and purl stitches and…

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Beginners Photography Weekend Workshop

14 April 2023 16 April 2023 -

A relaxed and fun weekends experience of practice and theory to enable everyone to understand their camera and improve their photography skills.  Suitable for anyone with an interest in photography,…

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Blackwork Embroidery Inspired by Dillington House

10 March 2023 12 March 2023 -

Blackwork is a historical hand embroidery technique dating back to the 16th century. It is a counted thread technique using small back stitches to create geometric patterns, which can be…

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Blots on the Landscape Painting Workshop

20 June 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Have you ever wondered exactly how (and when) a seemingly random mark on a piece of paper becomes something we recognise? How do the sublime brushstrokes of JMW Turner or…

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Bobbin Lace

11 June 2023 16 June 2023 -

This course will suit all abilities of bobbin lacemakers from those just starting through to advanced. It covers English laces and many from the continent including Belgium, Spain and Russia.…

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Book of Hours: Pop-up Book Workshop

12 September 2023 14 September 2023 -

Brightly coloured and decorated Books of Hours were popular in the Middle Ages and as a result, they are the most common type of surviving medieval illuminated manuscript. On this…

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Bookbinding

27 March 2023 31 March 2023 -

This course for intermediate students is designed to develop the skills of those who have followed the beginners’ introductory course and are ready to proceed to rebinding a hardback book…

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Bookbinding

5 June 2023 9 June 2023 -

This course for intermediate students is designed to develop the skills of those who have followed the beginners’ introductory course and would like to pursue the craft further. Students will…

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Bookbinding – A Spread of Star Books

25 September 2023 27 September 2023 -

Come and play with folded paper using the simple concertina (accordion) structure flowing into more complex dynamic and delightful pieces. We’ll use cut, stuck and sewn multi-layering to construct star…

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Bookbinding for Beginners

27 January 2023 29 January 2023 -

In this workshop you will learn to make soft and hardcover bindings for pamphlet stitched books. You will learn the fundamentals about the structure of books, preparing pages, sewing, cutting…

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Bookbinding: Cloth Case Book Repair

2 May 2023 4 May 2023 -

Do you have some cloth bound books in need of attention? Our focus on this course will be the repair and conservation of cloth case books including dry cleaning, paper…

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Botanical Drawing of Spring Flowers in Coloured Pencil

3 April 2023 6 April 2023 -

Taking inspiration from the gardens at Dillington, on this studio based course we will learn about drawing and colouring spring flowers of your choice in the popular and realistic medium…

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Botanical Illustration of Summer Flowers

10 July 2023 13 July 2023 -

Taking inspiration from the gardens at Dillington, on this studio based course we will learn about the precise and detailed art of botanical illustration. No experience of art or botany…

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Caravaggio: His Art and Life

14 April 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Caravaggio had a brief and violent life, but his wonderful pictures contrasting dark and shade still resonate with artists to this day. We look at nearly every picture that he…

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Chinese Brush Painting Freehand Style for Beginners

31 May 2023 1 June 2023 -

There are two main styles in traditional Chinese brush painting techniques: freehand style and meticulous style. Freehand style painting is known as literati painting or in Chinese “:Xieyi”, meaning write…

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Chinese Brush Painting: Freehand Style of Flower and Bird on Rice Paper

13 March 2023 14 March 2023 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

There are two main styles in traditional Chinese brush painting techniques: freehand style and meticulous style. Freehand style painting is known as literati painting or in Chinese “:Xieyi”, meaning write…

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Christmas with the Rat Pack – Singing Workshop

9 December 2022 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Try Christmas singing with a jazzy twist as we learn festive songs performed by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr. Featuring classics such as Baby It’s Cold Outside…

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Classical Guitar Orchestra Weekend

24 February 2023 26 February 2023 -

A unique musical experience for classical guitarists of all ages and of varying abilities (but not complete beginners). The emphasis is on participation, with students working in a non-competitive and…

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Contemporary Landscapes – Water Soluble Oil Painting

20 January 2023 21 January 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This course is designed to help you to adopt a contemporary style in your practice of oil painting – to help you to create gestural, dynamic marks. Suitable for all…

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Country Hares and Foxes Needle Felting Workshop

5 June 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Love wool? Then you’ll love needle felting! Fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of needle felting as well…

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Deir el-Bahri: The Marvelous Monument of a Female Pharaoh

4 September 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The pharaoh Hatshepsut’s memorial temple at Deir el-Bahri on Luxor’s west bank was her greatest monument. So much can be learnt about her reign, the ideology of Egyptian kingship and…

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Deir el-Medina: A Very Special Ancient Egyptian Town

24 April 2023 26 April 2023 -

Explore archaeological evidence, architectural remains, and written sources to build up a picture of what it would have been like to live in the Ancient Egyptian town of Deir el-Medina,…

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Diaghilev’s Women: Four Women of influence in a man’s world

5 April 2023 6 April 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Day One: Diaghilev’s Women: Tamara Karsavina and Bronislava Nijinska. Wednesday 5th April 2023 Tamara Karsavina was beloved by all. A product of Russia’s Imperial Ballet, she danced with Nijinsky in…

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Dillington Discoveries – Winter Week

12 February 2023 17 February 2023 -

Dillington Discoveries brings in a new Winter week of activities, expanding on the success of 2021/2022 with some exciting new courses and content for the start of 2023. Winter Discoveries…

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Disney at 100 – Singing Workshop

8 June 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Walt Disney transformed the world of entertainment, charming young and old alike with his fantastical stories, whimsical characters and catchy tunes. In it’s centenary year, let’s celebrate Disney’s extraordinary musical…

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Dormouse Needle Felting Workshop

3 April 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of needle felting as well as sharing lots of tips and tricks…

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Drawing Essentials Workshop

9 May 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

From Da Vinci and Durer to Gehry and Gormley, creativity begins with drawing. As children, when we pick up a crayon and draw, we discover a liberating and potent way…

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Dress Block Sewing Workshop

16 January 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A block is a basic starting point for pattern making. It is a fitted darted shape to fit the figure, from which paper dressmaking patterns are made. The course begins…

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Easter Theme Copper Foil Stained Glass Workshop

15 March 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course introduces students to the copper foil method of stained glass making. Often referred to as the Tiffany method, after Louis Comfort Tiffany. This method is used to make…

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Easter Theme Copper Foil Stained Glass Workshop

16 March 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course introduces students to the copper foil method of stained glass making. Often referred to as the Tiffany method, after Louis Comfort Tiffany. This method is used to make…

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Egypt’s Romantic Ramesseum: A Ruined Temple and its Fallen Colossus

9 June 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The archaeological site known today as the Ramesseum is one of Egypt’s most romantic of ruined temples: home to colossal fallen statuary, inspiration for Percy Bysshe Shelley’s sonnet ‘Ozymandias’. This…

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Embroidered Hare Pouch

11 April 2023 13 April 2023 -

This lovely pouch is put together using a collage of different fabrics, and then embellished with hand embroidery. A variety of stitches will be used, and could include sequins, small…

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Embroidery Techniques on Leather for Bookbinding

4 September 2023 6 September 2023 -

You can add very attractive surface decoration, texture and colour to books with simple techniques such as applying coloured leather onlays and sewn detail. From embroidered outlines to fully appliquéd…

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Eric Ravilious, John Nash and the English Landscape

13 January 2023 15 January 2023 -

Eric Ravilious has enjoyed great popularity in recent years, culminating in a recent film that has been very well received. Briefly a student of Paul Nash, his watercolour depictions of…

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Evening Lecture – ‘Beauty and Utility’: The Romantic Landscapes of the Picturesque Movement

14 February 2023 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We are all familiar with the naturalistic landscapes designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the mid-18th century. But later in the century, with increasing tourism and an appetite to seek…

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Evening Lecture – From Powder to Piracy: The Bankes Family of Dorset

21 August 2023 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Bankes family have lived in Dorset at Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacy since the 17th century, actively participating in 350 years of eventful history. A 3-year project at the…

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Exploring Colour with the Heat Press

7 March 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Enjoy an exciting new printing technique using the heat press and disperse dyes to create unique designs in this day course. After a demonstration of the heat press , you…

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Exploring Patterns with Blocks and Thermofax Screens Workshop

25 July 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Learn about the traditional skill of Indian Block Printing with images of block printing around Jaipur, handling hand printed fabrics and hand carved blocks. You will print tissue paper, card…

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Exploring Prehistoric Avebury with Dr Nick Snashall

5 July 2023 7 July 2023 -

The quintessentially English village of Avebury is home to one of the most extraordinary megalithic complexes on the planet. On this course we will delve into the long history of…

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Fair Isle Colour Knitting Workshop

30 January 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Master the technique of Fair Isle knitting. Learn how read from a chart, practice stranding and weaving in yarns when using more than one colour, whilst maintaining perfect tension. Put…

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Festive Copper Foil Stained Glass Workshop

18 September 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course introduces students to the copper foil method of stained glass making. Often referred to as the Tiffany method, after Louis Comfort Tiffany. This method is used to make…

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Festive Copper Foil Stained Glass Workshop

19 September 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course introduces students to the copper foil method of stained glass making. Often referred to as the Tiffany method, after Louis Comfort Tiffany. This method is used to make…

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Festive Copper Foil Stained Glass Workshop – COURSE FULL

12 December 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course introduces students to the copper foil method of stained glass making. Often referred to as the Tiffany method, after Louis Comfort Tiffany. This method is used to make…

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Finishing Knitting Techniques

27 March 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This session is perfect for any knitter who would like to improve the finishing aspects of their work. We will learn the importance of taking time to complete your projects.…

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Friday Lunch & Lecture – A Magical Mystery Tour: The English Miniature from the Tudors to the Victorians

17 March 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

From Holbein to the arrival of photography, the English have always kept a special place in their affections for the miniature.  No other country has supported such an unbroken succession…

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Friday Lunch & Lecture – Churchill : An Inspiring Life in Photographs, Words and Paintings

20 January 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

From the 1890’s to the 1960’s, Winston Churchill’s life was captured in countless photographs.  He was a prolific writer and speechmaker – the definitive edition of his speeches alone runs…

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Friday Lunch & Lecture – The Cult of Gloriana : Art, Music and Personality at the Court of the Virgin Queen

14 April 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Elizabeth I was the most remarkable woman of a remarkable age.  Her reign was one of the great creative periods of English history – literature, music, art, architecture and overseas…

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From Sutton Hoo to the Wilton Diptych: A Journey Through English Medieval Art and Culture

14 April 2023 16 April 2023 -

This course will take a journey through the English historical and cultural landscape,  covering a period of time from the 7th to the late 14th centuries. As signposts, it will…

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Get to Know Your Overlocker

3 July 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

On the surface overlockers seem very complicated machines, however understanding how they work will increase confidence in all aspects of using them.  This course is suitable for those who already…

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Get to Know Your Sewing Machine

7 August 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

If you have recently bought a sewing machine or have never really understood how to use all the stitches and feet that came with your sewing machine, then this is…

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Give the Paint a Chance

15 April 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This course will appeal to those with an interest in watercolours, abstract art, modernism, composition, expressive painting, landscape and urban art. ‘Give the paint a chance. Give the brush a…

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Give the Paint a Chance

29 August 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This course will appeal to those with an interest in watercolours, abstract art, modernism, composition, expressive painting, landscape and urban art. ‘Give the paint a chance. Give the brush a…

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Going West: Migrating Musicians

31 March 2023 2 April 2023 -

During the nineteenth and early 20th centuries, there were great waves of migration from various parts of Europe to the ‘New World’ of America. Among those migrants were many talented…

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Gospel Singing

3 February 2023 5 February 2023 -

If you really want to let rip with your voice, there’s no better way than by singing in a gospel choir. Spend a weekend with experienced gospel choir director Jo…

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Guitar Summer School

30 July 2023 5 August 2023 -

After 25 years under the dedicated stewardship of Peter Rueffer, the Dillington Guitar Festival has gone from strength to strength.  We are pleased to announce that from 2021 the Eden…

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Guitar Summer School

30 July 2023 5 August 2023 -

After 28 years under the dedicated stewardship of Peter Rueffer, the Dillington Guitar Festival has gone from strength to strength.  We are pleased to announce that from 2021 the Eden…

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Highland Cow Needle Felting Two Day Workshop

24 July 2023 25 July 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of needle felting as well as sharing lots of tips and tricks…

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Improv Patchwork Bag Workshop

13 January 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This one day course is the perfect introduction to improv patchwork inspired by the quilts of Gees Bend and is suitable for beginners and intermediate level stitchers. You will learn…

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Indian Block Printing for the Home

14 April 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Learn about the traditional skill of Indian Block Printing with images of block printing around Jaipur, handling hand printed fabrics and hand carved blocks. You will print tissue paper, card…

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Indigo/ Shibori Dyeing Workshop

20 March 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

An introduction to a fascinating natural dye technique suitable for beginners. Indigo dye originates from the plant indigofera tinctoria and the dye is extracted from the plants leaves. In the…

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Indigo/ Shibori Dyeing Workshop

11 September 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

An introduction to a fascinating natural dye technique suitable for beginners. Indigo dye originates from the plant indigofera tinctoria and the dye is extracted from the plants leaves. In the…

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Intermediate Photography Weekend Workshop

30 May 2023 1 June 2023 -

The weekend starts with brief introductions of each participant and a favourite image. Ideal for someone with an interest in photography and who wishes to technically and visually improve their…

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Introduction to Indian Block Printing Workshop

19 January 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Learn about the traditional craft of Indian Block Printing with images of block printing around Jaipur, handling hand printed fabrics and hand carved blocks. You will print tissue paper, card…

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Kingfisher Needle Felting Two Day Workshop

13 February 2023 14 February 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Winter week. On this exciting two day needle felting workshop fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will share with you how…

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Lace Knitting

19 June 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Classic lace knitting is a very traditional method of creating delicate and intricate work. During the day we will work up small samples of this technique, staring with the simplest…

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Learn to Machine Sew Piped & Zipped Scatter Cushions

12 June 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Scatter cushions are used so much as decoration and for function in most peoples homes, used to bring an accent colour into a room, as a design feature, also practically…

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Leatherwork – Make a Bag: Two Day Workshop – COURSE FULL

12 December 2022 13 December 2022 -

Learn how to make your own Shoulder or Tote Bag from stunning Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather. After an introduction to leather and its many types and uses, you will begin…

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Limited Palette Painting in Watercolour

20 August 2023 25 August 2023 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Summer week. Some watercolourists get stuck in a rut and produce perfectly competent paintings that lack freshness and originality. Why is this? A…

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Lino Printing Workshop

24 April 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This is a fun and relaxed workshop learning this traditional print making technique in the form of lino printing. Create your own unique Lino blocks that you will take home…

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Lino Printing Workshop

24 August 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Summer/Autumn week. This is a fun and relaxed workshop learning this traditional print making technique in the form of lino printing. Create your…

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Lino Printing Workshop with Zara Shepherd

15 February 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Winter week. This is a fun and relaxed workshop learning this traditional print making technique in the form of lino printing. Create your…

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Make a Lampshade with Screen Printing Design

23 August 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Summer/Autumn week. Suitable for beginners Zara will support you at every stage to achieve your hand printed fabric that will be made into…

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Make a Simple Dress in a Day

9 May 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course is aimed at students who enjoy sewing and would like to learn more about making their own paper patterns, creating their own designs to suit their figure. During…

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Making a Leaded Stained Glass Panel: Two Day Workshop

20 February 2023 21 February 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This two day course will enable you to create your own stained glass panel using the traditional method of combining coloured glass with lead. Stained Glass is an ancient art…

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Making a Leaded Stained Glass Panel: Two Day Workshop

17 July 2023 18 July 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This two day course will enable you to create your own stained glass panel using the traditional method of combining coloured glass with lead. Stained Glass is an ancient art…

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Making a Leaded Stained Glass Spectrum Stick for the Garden

14 August 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Using the traditional method of combining coloured glass with lead, this one day workshop will enable you to create one colourful stained glass spectrum stick which can be hung in…

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Master Watercolour in Three Centuries

13 January 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

In this practical, one day course, we study three watercolours from the Tate archive (one from the eighteenth century, one from the nineteenth and one from the twentieth) that exemplify…

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Miss Angel: 18th Century Artist Angelika Kauffman

4 September 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Swiss-born artist, Angelika Kauffman was one of the most celebrated painters in Europe in the later 18th century. We will survey Kauffman’s career in detail from her peripatetic early…

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Mobile Phone Photography Workshop

3 July 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

A relaxed and fun day’s experience of practice and theory to enable everyone to understand their mobile camera phone and improve their photography skills, covering simple techniques for taking fantastic…

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Modular Knitting – Squares

30 August 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Master the fascinating technique of modular knitting. Working with limited stitches and simple shaping you can create intricate pieces of work. It is a relatively simple method of the craft…

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Monday Lunch & Lecture – An Illustrated History of the Islands of Madeira

30 January 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This fascinating lecture will examine some of the key events in the 600-year history of the Madeiran archipelago and will be illustrated with examples of its art and architecture. All-comers…

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Monday Lunch & Lecture – God’s Architect: Antoni Gaudi

10 July 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This lecture will survey the life and work of one of Spain’s celebrated architects, the Catalan Antoni Gaudi. He is best known today for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, though…

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Monday Lunch & Lecture – Portraits in Stone: The Great Cathedrals of Medieval England

11 September 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Over a five hundred years the great medieval cathedrals of England were built.  In terms of resources called upon, space covered, design and craftsmanship employed, this period marks the greatest…

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My Ancestor was Transported to Australia: Penal Transportation to Australia

15 May 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

These illustrated lectures will consider the phenomenon of transportation in detail and will be built around the experiences of various individuals including the lecturer’s ancestor who was sent to Australia…

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Napoleon III

13 January 2023 15 January 2023 4:00 pm - 2:00 pm

He was Emperor of the French for longer than his uncle, Napoleon I, and arguably did as much to change the face of Europe. But the bones of Napoleon III…

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Paper Cutting Workshop

14 January 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A great way to ease into the new year. With the help of pre designed sheets, some simple cutting exercises and lots of inspirational resources, you will cut out several…

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Photography – Architecture

21 August 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Summer/Autumn week. A relaxed fun day’s practical photography experience of the Architectural Photography. The day starts with brief introductions by each participant and…

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Photography – Landscape

18 September 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

A relaxed and fun day’s experience of practice and theory to enable everyone to understand their camera and improve their photography skills. The aim is to take photographs of local…

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Photography – Landscape

22 August 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Summer/Autumn week. A relaxed and fun day’s experience of practice and theory to enable everyone to understand their camera and improve their photography…

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Photography : A Guide to ‘Close Up’ Photography

23 August 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Summer/Autumn week. A relaxed fun day’s practical photography experience of the intimate world of ‘Close Up & Macro’ photography. I will base the…

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Photography : A Guide to ‘Close Up’ Photography with Nick Matthews

13 February 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Winter week. A relaxed fun day’s practical photography experience of the intimate world of ‘Close Up & Macro’ photography. I will base the…

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Photography: Basic Photo Editing and Photo Books with Nick Matthews

16 February 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Winter week. This course is intended for digital photographers taking the first steps into editing their images. It will include: File & Colour…

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Photography: Picture Perfect Portraits and How to Take Them

24 August 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Winter/Spring week. A relaxed fun day’s practical photography experience of the Art of Portraiture Photography. The day starts with brief introductions by each…

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Photography: Picture Perfect Portraits and How to Take Them with Nick Matthews

15 February 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Winter week. A relaxed fun day’s practical photography experience of the Art of Portraiture Photography. The day starts with brief introductions by each…

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Photography: Still Life with Nick Matthews

14 February 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Winter week. A relaxed and fun day’s experience of practice and theory to enable everyone to understand their camera and improve their photography…

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Picture in Collage and Stitch

20 January 2023 22 January 2023 4:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Do you want to create one of your own designs and translate it into a picture using the combined techniques of fabric collage with both machine and hand embroidery? Then…

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Plantagenet England: The Age of Chivalry

20 January 2023 22 January 2023 -

The Plantagenet dynasty spanned eight generations of English kings from 1154 to 1399.  It produced some of England’s greatest kings and some of its less able rulers.  The period witnessed…

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Printing with Leaves using the Heat Press

7 August 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Enjoy a day exploring dye sublimation using a heat press to create unique and exciting designs.  You will be carefully guided through the different stages by demonstrations and will begin…

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Printing with Leaves using the Heat Press

22 May 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Enjoy a day exploring dye sublimation using a heat press to create unique and exciting designs.  You will be carefully guided through the different stages by demonstrations and will begin…

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Printing, Foiling and More with a Heat Press

21 September 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A day exploring colour, images, design and patterns with the heat press.  You will prepare your own dye papers and use sublimation papers combined with textures, images and plant material…

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Printmaking Taster Day

9 January 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This is a fun and relaxed workshop experimenting with a range of traditional relief printing techniques including monoprinting, block printing, collagraph and lino printing. On the day, you will be…

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Printmaking Taster Day

21 April 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This is a fun and relaxed workshop experimenting with a range of traditional relief printing techniques including monoprinting, block printing, collagraph and lino printing. On the day, you will be…

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Put the Right Colour in the Right Place

21 March 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

“The gravest immorality is to try to finish what isn’t well begun. But a picture that is well begun may be left off at any point.” Sir Matthew Smith (1879…

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Put the Right Colour in the Right Place

21 July 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

“The gravest immorality is to try to finish what isn’t well begun. But a picture that is well begun may be left off at any point.” Sir Matthew Smith (1879…

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Remaking the Past with Dr Nick Snashall

10 March 2023 12 March 2023 -

From ancient DNA to space age survey technology exciting archaeological discoveries are rarely out of the news. Combining real world case studies, and hands on finds analysis, whether you’re a…

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Renoir and Valadon: Artist and Model

20 March 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Eric Ravilious has enjoyed great popularity in recent years, culminating in a recent film that has been very well received. Briefly a student of Paul Nash, his watercolour depictions of…

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Richard The Second : The Music of Richard Strauss

22 September 2023 24 September 2023 -

For much of his lifetime, Richard Strauss (1864-1949) was best known as a star conductor. As his music became known, he was initially dubbed ‘Richard the Second’ because of his…

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Roman Blinds Sewing Workshop

11 September 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Roman blinds are a great way of dressing a window, giving a simple uncluttered look. This course will cover all the techniques and stitches required to make a lined and…

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Running Hare Needle Felting Two Day Workshop

29 August 2023 30 August 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

On this exciting two day needle felting workshop fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of needle felting as…

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Sensation Fiction

16 June 2023 18 June 2023 -

This course will study three works of sensation fiction.  Sensation fiction took the literary world by storm generating pleasure and disquiet in equal measure. The course will consider Mary Elizabeth…

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Singing for Larks

1 September 2023 3 September 2023 -

Singing with others is an exhilarating and liberating experience that everybody can enjoy. Singing for Larks workshops, run by Faith Watson, are based on the tradition of learning songs by…

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Singing Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

20 March 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

One of the best-selling musical groups of all time, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have delighted audiences for over 60 years with their upbeat doo-wop songs, both in concert…

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Slow Stitch ‘In Praise of Slow’ – Natural Fabric Collage

10 January 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

In this workshop they would learn about the Slow Stitch movement. Through the simple and mindful process of stitching – we will explore the beauty of the different textures of…

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Stanley Spencer: A Life in Art

6 March 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Our subject for this study day is the idiosyncratic English painter, Stanley Spencer. Over the course of the day, we will survey his life and prodigious output as a painter…

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Stencil Screen Printing Workshop

2 June 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

During this course, you will learn the basics of textile screen printing using a stencil method. Inspiration for your hand cut paper stencil will come from exploring the beautiful grounds…

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Stencil Screen Printing Workshop with Zara Shepherd

16 February 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Winter week. During this course, you will learn the basics of textile screen printing using a stencil method. Inspiration for your hand cut…

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Stumpwork Embroidery Inspired by Tudor Textiles with Annette Bolton

20 August 2023 25 August 2023 -

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Summer week. Stumpwork is a three-dimensional embroidery technique which became very popular in the 16th and 17th centuries and was used on book…

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Sunday Coffee Concert – Boogie-Woogie & Ragtime

5 March 2023 10:45 am - 1:00 pm

Pianists Mike Denham and Julian Phillips will play an alternating programme of solos and sometimes duos, taking the music from Ragtime through to Boogie-Woogie. The concert ticket includes tea and…

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Surface Textile Design Workshop

12 April 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This is a very inspirational day where you will work on pre knitted swatches, we will practice our embroidery stitches, add applique, embellish the surface in various ways including beads,…

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The Age of Discovery – In Search of the Northern Passages

20 May 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

From the beginning of our modern age navigators and their merchant backers baulked at the long detours required to round the great Capes of Good Hope and the Horn and…

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The Age of Discovery – The John Company and India

21 January 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This day course is the third of a series of standalone courses which considers how our modern world took shape. Of all the trading nations, the British were conspicuously the…

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The Age of Discovery – Trade and the Flag: The Spoils Divided

18 March 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Admiral Lord Nelson’s real ‘Bequest to the Nation’ was the unchallenged domination of the world’s seaways by the Royal Navy for over a century after the Battle of Trafalgar. In…

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The Architecture of Elegance: Country Houses, Towns and Cities from the Tudors to the Georgians with Philip Wilkinson

20 August 2023 25 August 2023 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Summer week. The period for the 16th to the late-18th centuries was a time of huge change in English architecture. The rise of…

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The Art of Kantha Hand Stitching

10 May 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Kantha is a Bangladeshi word for rags. It is also the name given to a form of stitching used to make quilts and covers from the good parts of old…

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The Crimean War

24 July 2023 26 July 2023 4:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In October 1853 the Russian invasion of a neighbouring country, on the pretext of protecting a threatened minority, prompted a military intervention by Western powers.  The war, which dragged on…

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The Cult of Gloriana: Art, Music and Personality at the Court of the Virgin Queen

17 March 2023 19 March 2023 -

Elizabeth I was the most remarkable woman of a remarkable age.  Her reign was one of the great creative periods of English history – literature, music, art, architecture and overseas…

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The Dillington Book Club 02/05/2023

2 May 2023 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing Animal Farm by George Orwell published by Wordsworth Classics. Includes coffee and lunch.

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The Dillington Book Club 04/04/2023

4 April 2023 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing Connemara Mollie by Hilary Bradt – published by Bradt Travel Guides. Includes coffee and lunch.

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The Dillington Book Club 06/06/2023

6 June 2023 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing Under the Net by Iris Murdoch published by Vintage Classics. Includes coffee and lunch.

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The Dillington Book Club 07/02/2023

7 February 2023 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing Silas Marner by George Eliot published by Wordsworth Classics. Includes coffee and lunch.

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The Dillington Book Club 07/03/2023

7 March 2023 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing The King Must Die by Mary Renault published by Virago Modern Classics. Includes coffee and lunch.

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The Four Piano Styles of Ragtime, Blues, Boogie-woogie and Stride with Mike Denham

4 March 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

With plenty of illustration at the keyboard, plus audio recordings and rare film clips, Mike Denham compares the four piano styles of ragtime, blues, boogie-woogie and stride. These ‘complete’ styles…

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The Lazy Philosopher’s Guide to Atheism and Religion

20 March 2023 22 March 2023 -

Does religion still play an important part in Western societies? Taking inspiration from Alain de Botton’s book, Religion for Atheists, this course will begin by laying down the foundations of…

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The Poor We Always Have with Us

14 April 2023 16 April 2023 4:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Sickness, age and bad luck have always left members of the community vulnerable to poverty and hunger. Equally constant, however, over many centuries, have been the efforts of the national…

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Tickling the Ivories with Mike Denham

3 March 2023 5 March 2023 -

Come on a musical journey through the history of ragtime, blues, boogie-woogie and stride with renowned pianist Mike Denham and guest pianist Julian Phillips. Mike and Julian will illustrate at…

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Tragedy and Triumph : The Story of Polar Exploration

3 February 2023 5 February 2023 -

During this course we will start with the search for the North-West Passage which had captivated the imaginations of explorers, merchants and adventurers as far back as the journeys of…

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Variations on a Theme with Gwyn Parry Jones

12 February 2023 17 February 2023 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter week. Though one of the most venerable of musical forms, the Theme and Variations is still very much in use by today’s…

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Varieties of English Architecture with Philip Wilkinson

12 February 2023 17 February 2023 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter week. For many people, architecture means the grand buildings such as cathedrals and country houses. But the story of English architecture is…

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Watercolour – A Fresh Take on Spring Flowers

10 March 2023 12 March 2023 -

Focusing on loose and lively wet into wet watercolour techniques and how to create natural looking foregrounds with depth and interest. We will experiment with techniques for achieving pattern, texture…

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Watercolour – Beside the Sea – Pushing the Boundaries

15 June 2023 18 June 2023 -

Focusing on all things ‘sea-sidey’ – fish, rockpools, beach huts, sand/water patterns, lobster pots, shells – whatever inspires. An opportunity to experiment with different techniques and media that work with…

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Watercolour Revision

11 April 2023 13 April 2023 -

Some watercolourists get stuck in a rut and produce perfectly competent paintings that lack freshness and originality. Why is this? A major cause is the “ too much syndrome “.…

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Wet Felt Making and Silk Paper Making Workshop

29 June 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

A day exploring natural fibres to create felted fabric and silk paper, in the morning we will work with merino tops which are soft and delicate to make a strong…

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Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue? with David Chandler

12 February 2023 17 February 2023 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter week. Our response to colour is direct and emotional. The natural world is replete with it, we cover our homes in it,…

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Willow Bee Sculpture Workshop

18 September 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a 3 foot wide flying willow bee. Jo will guide you through each step to create your sculpture…

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Willow Bee Sculpture Workshop

3 April 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a 3 foot wide flying willow bee. Jo will guide you through each step to create your sculpture…

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Willow Chicken or Cockerel Workshop

15 May 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a wonderful 2 foot high chicken or cockerel for your home or garden. Jo will guide you through…

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Willow Deer Sculpture Workshop

21 August 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Summer/Autumn week. Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a 4 foot high willow deer with a basic…

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Willow Deer Sculpture Workshop with Jo Sadler

19 December 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a 4 foot high willow deer with a basic metal frame. Jo will guide you through each step…

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Willow Deer Sculpture Workshop with Jo Sadler – COURSE FULL

13 February 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Winter week. Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a 4 foot high willow deer with a basic…

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Willow Dragonfly Workshop

3 July 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a 3 foot wide willow flying dragonfly for your home or garden. Jo will guide you through each…

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Willow Hare Sculpture Workshop

19 June 2023 9:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a wonderful 3 foot high Willow Hare for your home or garden. Jo will guide you through each…

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Willow Owl Sculpture Workshop with Jo Sadler

14 February 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Winter week. Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a 4 foot wide flying willow owl. Jo will…

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Willow Pig or Deer Workshop

9 January 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a wonderful 2 foot high, 3 foot long willow pig or a 4 foot high willow deer with…

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Willow Pig Workshop

22 August 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Summer/Autumn week. Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a wonderful 2 foot high, 3 foot long willow…

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You the Jury – Casebook 10

12 December 2022 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

We will be considering two different real life cases of murder which occurred between 1900-1975. Participants will be expected to listen to the evidence, discuss the case and attempt to…

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You the Jury – Casebook 10 – COURSE FULL

24 February 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

We will be considering two different real life cases of murder which occurred between 1900-1975. Participants will be expected to listen to the evidence, discuss the case and attempt to…

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You the Jury – Casebook 9

20 February 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

We will be considering two different real life cases of murder which occurred between 1900-1975. Participants will be expected to listen to the evidence, discuss the case and attempt to…

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