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A Crash Course in Global Philosophy

11 February 2022 13 February 2022 -

Much of the world’s philosophy has historically been ignored by the West. Yet, if philosophy is a love of wisdom, there is no doubt that the philosophy of other cultures…

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A Pair of Willow Leaping Hare Sculptures Workshop with Jo Sadler – COURSE FULL

21 February 2022 22 February 2022 -

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Winter/Spring week. Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ over the space of two days to make a wonderful willow…

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Abstract Painting – Three into Two Do Go!

19 September 2022 -

For any artist who is intrigued by abstraction but isn’t sure how to go about it, this course offers a novel and stimulating approach to the genre, often employed by…

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Agatha Christie – Queen of Crime

11 March 2022 -

Dame Agatha Christie has been dead for more than forty years but remains a household name and is still the bestselling author of all time. Fellow crime writer Diane Janes…

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Amenhotep III and the Sun Kings of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty

31 October 2022 2 November 2022 -

This course will explore the fascinating second half of the 18th dynasty, from the reign of the pharaoh Thutmose IV to that of Horemheb (c1400 – 1295 BC); a period of…

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Amsterdam: Its History and Art

20 April 2022 -

This study day will begin with an illustrated survey tracing the history of Amsterdam from its beginnings to about 1900. During the second session, we will focus on Amsterdam’s Golden…

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An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind

7 November 2022 9 November 2022 -

In this accessible introduction we will consider such questions as: What is the relationship between the mind and the body? Are the mind and the brain the same thing? What…

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An Introduction to the Philosophy of the Islamic World

13 June 2022 15 June 2022 -

The classical philosophy of the Islamic world is largely an attempt to reconcile the Hellenistic philosophy of Aristotle and Plotinus with the doctrines of the Qur’an. In this course, which…

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Ancient Egyptian Palace Paintings

4 February 2022 6 February 2022 -

The palaces of the 14th Century BC pharaohs Amenhotep III and Akhenaten have been excavated at Malkata in Western Thebes (Luxor) and Amarna in Middle Egypt, revealing extensive painted decoration,…

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Aran Knitting – Cables & Bobbles

14 July 2022 -

On this sample-based session, you will practice the most common methods of travelling stitches and cable knitting. Throughout the day you will work through a series of designs from simple…

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Architects and the Architectural Movements of the Twentieth Century

13 December 2022 15 December 2022 -

From the disparate forms presented by the last vestiges of Beaux Arts and Art Nouveau, there soon developed Modern Architecture. This term covers so many forms such as the international…

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Architecture on Holiday: The Buildings of the English Seaside

19 July 2022 -

In the heyday of the seaside holiday, England’s coastal towns were transformed to accommodate the millions of visitors and keep them entertained. Hotels, boarding houses, piers, lidos, beach huts, carousels,…

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Autumn Delights Embroidery

3 November 2022 6 November 2022 -

On this interesting, fun and informative course, we will cover a wide selection of hand embroidery stitches together with Stumpwork (raised work). You can choose to work in surface embroidery…

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Basic Sewing Skills Workshop – Zip, Hem, Seam and Bias Binding

4 October 2022 -

It is fair to say, that a number of people find it difficult to buy garments that are the perfect length, sleeves too long, or maybe a zip breaks in…

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Beaded Starburst Embroidery

25 October 2022 -

Explore the world of colour with this fascinating embroidery day using Cretan stitch and embroidery beads. You will learn how to produce your own unique  beaded starburst design with guidance…

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Bobbin Lace

19 June 2022 24 June 2022 -

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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Bobbin Lace

21 October 2022 24 October 2022 -

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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Bookbinding – Concertinas and Star Books

28 March 2022 30 March 2022 -

This course flows through the simple concertina (accordion) structure into more complex pieces using cut, stuck and sewn multi-layering to construct star books. You will learn to fold accurate concertinas,…

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Bookbinding – Optional Focus on Case Binding

24 July 2022 28 July 2022 -

On this general bookbinding course participants may pursue their own rebinding or repair projects at their own pace under the guidance of our expert tutor, rather than following a particular…

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Bookbinding – Optional Focus on Library Style Binding

14 November 2022 18 November 2022 -

The light and airy studio at Dillington has all the tools and equipment needed for binding books in the traditional manner.  On this general bookbinding course participants may pursue their…

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Bookbinding – Optional Focus on Quarter Leather Binding

13 February 2022 17 February 2022 -

The light and airy studio at Dillington has all the tools and equipment needed for binding books in the traditional manner.  On this general bookbinding course participants may pursue their…

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Bookbinding – Japanese Style Books

17 May 2022 -

This course explores traditional Japanese bookbinding techniques using handmade papers and linen threads to make books with different stitching patterns. Participants will learn how to fold and manipulate paper, measure,…

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Bookbinding – The Cross Structure Binding

16 May 2022 -

Learn to make this contemporary book structure using handmade papers, perfect for use as a notebook, sketchbook or as the basis for an artist’s book. Participants will learn how to…

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Botanical Drawing

4 April 2022 6 April 2022 -

Taking inspiration from nature, on this studio based course, we will learn about drawing and colouring fruit, fruit, flowers or vegetables of your choice, in the popular and realistic medium…

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Botanical Illustration

18 July 2022 21 July 2022 -

Botanical Illustration is precise detailed work, a combination of art and science.  The course will cover the use of basic materials and methods for beginners and will offer professional advice to…

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Botanical Illustration

7 November 2022 10 November 2022 -

Botanical Illustration is precise detailed work, a combination of art and science.  The course will cover the use of basic materials and methods for beginners and will offer professional advice to…

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Botanical Intarsia Knitting Colour Workshop

16 June 2022 -

Master the wonderful technique of intarsia colour knitting. Design your own floral motif and convert it into a colourful piece of work. You will pick up tips to improve the…

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Butterfly Needle Felting Workshop

10 October 2022 -

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

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Chinese Brush Painting – Flower, Bird and Insects in Freehand Style for Beginners

3 May 2022 4 May 2022 -

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 – Flower, Bird and Insects in Freehand Style for Intermediate & Advanced

6 July 2022 7 July 2022 -

There are two main styles in traditional Chinese brush painting techniques: freehand style and meticulous style. The meticulous style, in Chinese “Gongbi”, literally meaning “tidy”, Gongbi work is painted on…

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Christmas Card and Gift Block Printing Workshop

28 November 2022 -

A day to explore the craft of Indian Block Printing to create your own wrapping paper, cards and textile product. You will have the opportunity to use a collection of…

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Christmas Card and Gift Block Printing Workshop

5 December 2022 -

A day to explore the craft of Indian Block Printing to create your own wrapping paper, cards and textile product. You will have the opportunity to use a collection of…

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Classical Guitar Orchestra Weekend

25 February 2022 27 February 2022 -

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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Country Hares and Foxes Needle Felting Workshop

25 April 2022 -

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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Country Sheep Needle Felting Workshop

27 June 2022 -

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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Crime and Social History : You the Jury – A 1940s Case with Diane Janes

22 February 2022 -

This day course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. A week of real-life murder cases, fascinating discussions and crime writing.  Diane Janes invites you into the world of factual…

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Crime and Social History: How Would We Do? with Diane Janes (morning)

25 February 2022 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

This half day course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. A week of real-life murder cases, fascinating discussions and crime writing.  Diane Janes invites you into the world of…

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Crime and Social History: Vamps or Victims? with Diane Janes

21 February 2022 -

This day course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. A week of real-life murder cases, fascinating discussions and crime writing.  Diane Janes invites you into the world of factual…

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Crime and Social History: You the Jury – A 1930s Case with Diane Janes

23 February 2022 -

This day course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. A week of real-life murder cases, fascinating discussions and crime writing.  Diane Janes invites you into the world of factual…

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Crime and Social History: You the Jury – A Wartime Case with Diane Janes

24 February 2022 -

This day course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. A week of real-life murder cases, fascinating discussions and crime writing.  Diane Janes invites you into the world of factual…

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Deeds Not Words: The Suffragette Movement and My Lancashire Grandmother

5 May 2022 -

Jane Crozier will talk about the Suffragettes through the experiences of her grandmother who was arrested for throwing stones through windows, twice went on hunger strike and was force fed…

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Dillington Discoveries – Winter/Spring Week

20 February 2022 25 February 2022 -

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

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Dot and Speck and Dash and Dab

27 June 2022 -

The watercolour landscapes of Eric Ravilious are admired, not only for their clarity, composition and design, but also for their captivating, otherworldly light. How did he achieve it? In this…

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Dreamland Mystery Tour: Pop-up Book Workshop

20 September 2022 22 September 2022 -

This year’s workshop takes a magical journey through the rooms of a dreamland house. Each page spread opens on a new room and reveals its secrets – salubrious sitting room,…

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Egyptomania

25 November 2022 27 November 2022 -

No other ancient civilisation can lay claim to having repeatedly inspired and caused, on no less than five separate occasions, a massive infusion of ideas and styles into the contemporary…

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Elizabeth Gaskell – Selected Works

10 June 2022 12 June 2022 -

Elizabeth Gaskell is best known as the author of a number of novels including Cranford and North and South. She is also known as friend of Charlotte Bronte and she…

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Embroidered Wildflower Garland

4 March 2022 6 March 2022 -

This course is suitable for all including beginners. On this course you will learn how to use a wide variety of hand embroidery stitches to produce a lovely garland of…

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English Parish Churches: Their Architecture, Design and Use

4 July 2022 6 July 2022 -

English parish churches date from every period from the 6th century to today. This course looks at their architecture and how this evolved to accommodate the ways in which they…

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Europe: The Concert of Europe, Industrialisation and Italian and German Unification

21 May 2022 -

The signing of the Treaty of Vienna in 1815 left Great Britain as the pre-eminent economic power and one with unique global stretch by virtue of early industrialisation, maritime supremacy as…

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Evelyn Waugh – His Life and Literature

27 June 2022 29 June 2022 -

Evelyn Waugh is one of the most widely read of 20th Century novelists. There have been numerous adaptations of his books for film, TV and radio. He also wrote travel…

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Exploring Stained Glass – Its History, Production and Current Developments with Mike Hope

20 February 2022 25 February 2022 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. For the last 1200 years from the earliest surviving fragmentary Anglo-Saxon period stained-glass through mediaeval glass, to the nineteenth and twentieth…

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Fair Isle Colour Knitting Workshop

14 April 2022 -

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

30 November 2022 -

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

6 December 2022 -

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 Knitting Workshop

1 December 2022 -

Add to your Christmas decorations at this fun festive workshop. Using simple techniques, knit up a mini stocking or bauble for the tree – you might choose to create a…

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Finishing Knitting Techniques

12 May 2022 -

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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Finishing Touches and Embellishments

29 September 2022 -

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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Five Great European Artists – Anders Zorn (Sweden) with Dr Jan Cox

22 February 2022 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. Five superb artists from the nineteenth-century. Édouard Manet (France), who painted modern life and shocked Paris with ‘Olympia’. Ilya Repin (Russia),…

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Five Great European Artists – Édouard Manet (France) with Dr Jan Cox

23 February 2022 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. Five superb artists from the nineteenth-century. Édouard Manet (France), who painted modern life and shocked Paris with ‘Olympia’. Ilya Repin (Russia),…

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Five Great European Artists – Ilya Repin (Russia) with Dr Jan Cox

25 February 2022 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. Five superb artists from the nineteenth-century. Édouard Manet (France), who painted modern life and shocked Paris with ‘Olympia’. Ilya Repin (Russia),…

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Five Great European Artists – Joaquin Sorolla (Spain) with Dr Jan Cox

21 February 2022 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. Five superb artists from the nineteenth-century. Édouard Manet (France), who painted modern life and shocked Paris with ‘Olympia’. Ilya Repin (Russia),…

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Five Great European Artists – P. S. Krøyer (Denmark) with Dr Jan Cox

24 February 2022 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. Five superb artists from the nineteenth-century. Édouard Manet (France), who painted modern life and shocked Paris with ‘Olympia’. Ilya Repin (Russia),…

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Five Great European Artists with Dr Jan Cox

20 February 2022 25 February 2022 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. Five superb artists from the nineteenth-century. Édouard Manet (France), who painted modern life and shocked Paris with ‘Olympia’. Ilya Repin (Russia),…

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Five More Great Cities: Athens, Rome, Venice, Barcelona & Vienna

11 March 2022 13 March 2022 -

This course is ideal for those with an interest in architecture, history & art history. After Philip Wilkinson’s successful cities course in 2018, he explores five more great cities focusing…

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Foundations of Yoga

24 August 2022 -

Have you ever wondered what Yoga is all about but not felt confident or flexible enough to commence general classes? Or have you had a break from Yoga and would…

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Frank Lloyd Wright

18 February 2022 20 February 2022 -

Never far from controversy and a pithy one-liner, Frank Lloyd Wright is now rightly recognised as one of the giants of not just American but world architecture. The course will…

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Friday Lunch & Lecture – My Daubs: The Paintings of Winston Churchill

28 January 2022 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Churchill came to fine art in middle age. This lecture explains why the great man began to paint, the subjects he chose and the style he adopted. All-comers welcome. Includes…

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Friday Lunch & Lecture – The Ghent Altarpiece: The Greatest Painting in the World with Wayne Bennett

4 March 2022 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This talk will explain the significance of this extraordinary work painted at a time when Europe was transitioning from the chivalric period of the Middle Ages into what we call…

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German Art Between the Wars: Expressionism to Degenerate Art

4 April 2022 5 April 2022 -

The 1920s were a vibrant period in German Art. We begin with the German Expressionists exemplified by Kandinsky and Franz Marc, followed by the First International Dada Fair. We study…

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Get to Know Your Overlocker

12 April 2022 -

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

2 August 2022 -

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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Gothic VI – The Final Chapter? 1901-2021

21 January 2022 23 January 2022 -

The accepted notion that Gothic architecture as a style had run its course by the early years of the twentieth century is quite frankly, utterly wrong. With Gothic revivalism continuing…

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Guitar Summer School

7 August 2022 13 August 2022 -

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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Heat Press Exploration Workshop

1 August 2022 -

A day exploring textures, colour and design using the heat press and sublimation printing . We will be preparing our own dye papers, and learn how to use different textures, …

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Indian Block Printing Workshop

9 February 2022 -

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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Indian Block Printing Workshop

12 September 2022 -

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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Indian Block Printing Workshop – Next Steps

11 July 2022 -

We will start by looking at examples of hand block printed fabrics, considering design placement, colour and pattern. Using a selection of hand carved Indian woodblocks experiment printing patterns, you…

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Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

21 November 2022 -

A one-day course designed for beginners, and for those wanting to refresh existing knowledge. We will look at the core ideas underpinning Mindfulness, including short periods of meditation practice in…

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Introduction to Printed Textiles

5 May 2022 -

Enjoy a day exploring pattern making on fabric, during the day you will have the opportunity to try the ancient craft of Indian Block Printing , Thermofax screen printing, and…

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Introduction to Watercolours

25 February 2022 27 February 2022 -

Have you ever thought of trying your hand at watercolour painting but don’t know where to start? Are you recently retired or just looking for a new challenge? Designed for…

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Introduction to Wet Felt Making Workshop

14 April 2022 -

Felting is a fascinating craft, turning individual wool fibres into a warm, strong, versatile  fabric which can be made large enough to create homes like Mongolian yurts , rugs, clothing,…

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John Wilkes: 18th Century Murderer, Journalist, Politician, Libertine

31 March 2022 -

A morning course which looks at the 1760s with John Wilkes who stood up to the Establishment and won ‘us’ some of our key rights, including freedom of the Press.…

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Knitted Toys

1 November 2022 -

Spend the day working on a project selected from my Toys to Knit book. Choose from a traditional knitted ball which you can personalise, or a beautiful starfish. Following the…

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Knitting Basics

3 February 2022 -

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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Lace Knitting

4 August 2022 -

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

22 November 2022 -

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

23 March 2022 24 March 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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Lino Printing Workshop

9 June 2022 -

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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Making a Leaded Stained Glass Panel: Two Day Workshop

13 July 2022 14 July 2022 -

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

24 October 2022 25 October 2022 -

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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Modular Knitting – Fans

4 October 2022 -

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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Modular Knitting – Squares

22 March 2022 -

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 – Pre-Raphaelite Storytelling

7 February 2022 -

To complement the exhibition Rossetti’s Portraits at the Holburne Museum, Bath, this lecture will not only expand upon the foundation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, its original membership and philosophy within…

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Monday Lunch & Lecture – The Wilton Diptych

5 September 2022 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Wilton Diptych is one of the treasures of the National Gallery in London.  The diptych commemorates King Richard II and is a rarity being one of very few medieval…

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Monmouth Rebellion – Including Visit to Battlefield Sites

14 April 2022 -

This course will appeal to those interested in History, Military History and Local History of SW England The day encompasses two parts. The first being lecture based and examining the…

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Monmouth Rebellion – Including Visit to Battlefield Sites – COURSE FULL

13 April 2022 -

This course will appeal to those interested in History, Military History and Local History of SW England The day encompasses two parts. The first being lecture based and examining the…

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More Deadly than the Male? Crime and Social History with Diane Janes

20 February 2022 25 February 2022 -

These courses are part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. A week of real-life murder cases and fascinating discussions, following a broad theme of feminine involvement, as villain or victim, with…

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Music and Poetry: The Song-Cycle from Schubert to the Present

11 February 2022 13 February 2022 -

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect marriage of words and music than that found in the greatest of song-cycles. There is great variety too, from the intimacy of solo…

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New Year, New You

14 March 2022 -

Whilst there are still many unknowns ahead, this should not stop us taking our own wellbeing by the reigns and enhancing the aspects of our lives that are in our…

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Night-time Adventures in Watercolour

4 February 2022 6 February 2022 -

Escape the winter blues by immersing yourself in the mystery and atmosphere created by the flow of wet into wet watercolours. Working loosely on the theme of dusk and dawn…

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Oh! Mr Jelly! The Life, Times and Music of Jelly Roll Morton, Originator of Jazz

22 January 2022 -

Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton was a piano player, entertainer, composer and band leader who claimed to be the “Originator of Jazz”.  An outrageous claim! ….Or was it?  That’s the question…

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On the Margin, into the Frame – Black Identity in Art

13 May 2022 -

This course brings into focus a hugely rich subject which, until recent events unfolded, has tended to feature more on the margins of art history. Yet Black people, both as…

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On the Margin, into the Frame – Northern Lights

20 June 2022 -

With British art history having tended to centre on the London art world, this course is an attempt at levelling up by providing an insight into parts of North East…

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On the Margin, into the Frame – Women Artists in Focus: From Renaissance to Enlightenment

11 April 2022 -

Following an introduction to women’s roles and status in art history, we will focus on the years 1500 to 1750.  These remarkable women, some largely forgotten in subsequent centuries, nevertheless…

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Paint and Stitch on Silk

15 June 2022 -

Learn how to apply colour to pure silk fabric and create your own beautiful design, embellished with hand-embroidery. Friendly personal tuition will be given at every stage of this lovely…

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Paint Art Course with David Chandler

23 February 2022 25 February 2022 -

These courses are part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. We know that a painting is more than just a coloured-in drawing, but how do we do it? What exactly is…

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Papercutting Two Day Workshop

5 March 2022 6 March 2022 -

This course is perfect for those with an interest in typography, illustration, craft and graphic design. Also embracing the history and current state of papercutting. After mastering some basic cutting…

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Paris: Its History and Art

4 July 2022 -

This study day is designed for anyone with an interest in Paris, its history and its art and architecture. We will begin with a survey of the city’s history from…

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Pencil Art Course with David Chandler

21 February 2022 22 February 2022 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. We know that a painting is more than just a coloured-in drawing, but how do we do it? What exactly is…

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Pencil to Paint Art Course with David Chandler

20 February 2022 25 February 2022 -

These courses are part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. We know that a painting is more than just a coloured-in drawing, but how do we do it? What exactly is…

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Printing with Leaves Workshop

15 June 2022 -

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 Workshop

3 October 2022 -

A day exploring colour and textures when printing with real leaves.  We will be using the heat press and dyes to print fabric using sublimation printing which can achieve the…

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Printmaking Exploration Day Workshop

3 February 2022 -

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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Recorder Consort Course

17 May 2022 19 May 2022 -

This is an ensemble course for upper intermediate level recorder players. We shall play as a conducted ensemble, exploring music in many different styles and from all periods of music…

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Red Woodland Squirrel Needle Felting Workshop

22 August 2022 -

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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Scandinavian Voices – Musical Cultures and Traditions

11 April 2022 13 April 2022 -

The nations that comprise Scandinavia – defined for our purposes as Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland – all have proud musical cultures and traditions.  There are the great figures recognised…

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Schwalm Embroidery

6 June 2022 8 June 2022 -

Schwalm Embroidery is a beautiful German whitework technique, named after the river Schwalm. A form of late eighteenth to nineteenth century embroidery, incorporating surface stitches, pulled fabric, drawn thread, etc,…

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Screen Printing Workshop

7 April 2022 -

Spend time in the beautiful grounds of Dillington House drawing, photographing and collecting items. These will then be developed into a stencil design for screen printing. You can then create…

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Sir Clough Williams-Ellis 1883-1978. An Architectural Maverick, Conservationist and Genius

4 February 2022 6 February 2022 -

Sir Clough Williams-Ellis has never received the attention and notice that his lengthy career, not just as an architect and conservationist but also as a writer and broadcaster, so richly…

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Stained Glass Panel Two Day Workshop with Kate Doig – COURSE FULL

23 February 2022 24 February 2022 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. This two-day course will enable you to create your own stained glass panel using the traditional method of combining coloured glass…

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Stonehenge: Landscape and People

10 June 2022 12 June 2022 -

Stonehenge is an iconic monument, familiar to millions around the globe. But the world inhabited by the people who built and used it would have been anything but familiar to…

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Sun Worship in Ancient Egypt

11 March 2022 13 March 2022 -

Think of ancient Egypt and you might well think of pyramids and obelisks. These are icons of the ancient Egyptian solar religion. In this course we will explore pharaonic art,…

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Sunday Lecture – Ancient Egypt at the Movies

27 November 2022 -

The twentieth century’s single greatest contribution to the Arts – namely film- also saw the birth of curse of the Mummy in films. Indeed Hollywood and Ancient Egypt have been…

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Sunday Lecture – Gothic Gems: A Celebration of the Arts and Literature which have Embodied and Revived Gothic over the Last Nine Hundred Years

23 January 2022 -

To mark the finishing of the detailed study (six weekend courses over the last four years) of the development of Gothic architecture from the twelfth to twenty-first centuries, this lecture…

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Sunday Lecture – Imaging the Merchant Princes of the Renaissance

23 October 2022 -

This lecture will look at and assess the rise of and demands for lifelike portraiture amongst the growing wealthy elites of Northern Europe. In turn the employment of new materials…

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Sunday Lecture – The House as a Machine for Living in: Approaches of Modern Architecture Towards the Domestic House

20 February 2022 -

Since Le Corbusier’s famous quote in 1923 (Toward an Architecture) Modernist architects have grappled with the seemingly impossible conundrum of creating an efficient and beautiful yet warm and inviting home.…

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Sunday Lecture – The Ideal Village. The History and Progress of Rural and Urban Villages from 1720 -2020

6 February 2022 -

This lecture will examine the lengthy and often chequered history of the provision of housing and specialist developments, both rural and urban, from estate cottages to Port Sunlight to Portmeirion,…

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Sylvia Townsend Warner: Writer, Feminist, Musicologist and Political Activist

22 March 2022 -

This course will look at Warner’s life, loves and affiliations. She was a writer of great imaginative scope and variety, encompassing fiction, poetry, journalism, biography and an excellent, still very…

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The Age of Discovery – In Search of the Northern Passages

20 May 2023 -

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 Early Navigators

7 September 2022 -

This day course is the first of a series of standalone courses, which considers how our modern understanding of the world took shape. The Ottoman conquest of the Levant cut…

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The Age of Discovery – The John Company and India

21 January 2023 -

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 – The Mercantile Empires

29 October 2022 -

This day course is the second of a series of standalone courses which considers how our modern understanding of the world took shape. Following the early voyages of discovery, the…

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

18 March 2023 -

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 Art, Architecture and Music of the Northern Renaissance

4 March 2022 6 March 2022 -

This course will consider the cultural heritage of northern Europe through what is called the Northern Renaissance.  We will examine the use of this term and review its appropriateness and…

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The Cathedral Builders

18 July 2022 -

This course looks at England’s great medieval cathedrals, such as Durham, Salisbury, Wells, Lincoln, and Gloucester. As well as looking at their often breathtaking architecture, it explores how craftsmen with…

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The Colourful Tombs of Beni Hasan

21 June 2022 -

Vibrant painted scenes on the walls of the tombs of nobles at Beni Hasan provide a window into the daily lives of the ancient Egyptians c2000 BC. We will explore…

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The Dillington Book Club 01/02/2022

1 February 2022 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier published by Penguin Books. Further details of novels to be discusses will be published…

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The Dillington Book Club 01/03/2022

1 March 2022 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin – Published by Penguin Classics. Includes coffee and lunch.

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The Dillington Book Club 03/05/2022

3 May 2022 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – Published by Bloomsbury. Includes coffee and lunch.

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The Dillington Book Club 05/04/2022

5 April 2022 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing I Can’t Stay Long by Laurie Lee – Published by Penguin Modern Classics. Includes coffee and lunch.

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The Dillington Book Club 07/06/2022

7 June 2022 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster – Published by Penguin. Includes coffee and lunch.

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The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and their Aftermath

12 March 2022 -

The French Revolution was triggered by the bankruptcy of the French state in part as a consequence of its assistance to the American Revolutionaries. Thus were the ideas of individual liberty…

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The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt’s Capital

25 July 2022 -

A day exploring the gods, goddesses and temple remains of Memphis, Egypt’s earliest capital, located close to modern Cairo. We will explore the mythology of the deities most associated with…

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The Grand Old Man: William Gladstone and the Making of Liberal England

18 February 2022 20 February 2022 -

We are meant to become more conservative as we get older but Gladstone’s political career started as a High Tory opposed to the abolition of slavery and ended as a…

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The Hanseatic League

21 October 2022 23 October 2022 -

We all have some vague notions about what the Hanseatic league was, when it thrived and where it was based. This course will set out to answer all these questions…

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The Innovative Tomb of Thutmose III in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings

6 May 2022 -

A detailed investigation of one of the most interesting tombs in the Valley of the Kings. This was the burial place of one of Egypts most important pharaohs, Thutmose III…

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The Joy of Painting

31 July 2022 4 August 2022 -

Watercolour and other water based mediums will be covered in this course which will look at all the crucial elements involved in producing good paintings right through from the planning…

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The Lazy Philosopher’s Guide to James Joyce and Ulysses

25 April 2022 27 April 2022 -

This, the centenary year of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, is the perfect time to explore his celebrated novel. Joyce stated “The demand that I make of my reader…

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The Philosophy and Literature of Iris Murdoch

5 September 2022 7 September 2022 -

Murdoch’s philosophy has often been neglected in favour of her novels. In this course we will remedy this imbalance. Beginning with the novel The Bell, we will look at the…

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The Thutmosids of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty

1 August 2022 3 August 2022 -

This course will explore the first half of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty: c1150 – 1400 BC. We will investigate the origins and reigns of one of ancient Egypt’s most important ruling…

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Thomas Paine: An 18th Century English Radical, Founding Father and Author of the Rights of Man

26 May 2022 -

A morning course which looks at Thomas Paine who was, in turn, an Englishman, an American and a Frenchman. Here in the UK he is a marginal character, in America…

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Three British Artists Between the Wars: Paul Nash, Edward Wadsworth & Tristram Hillier

4 October 2022 5 October 2022 -

After the First World War, British artists strove to create innovative art that had links to the art of Europe. Paul Nash captured the ‘spirit of place’ in Dorset, Wiltshire…

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Thursday Lunch & Lecture – Alexander II – The Tsar Who Needed Nine Lives

20 January 2022 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Alexander II was grandfather to Nicholas II, the last of Russia’s Tsars.  He introduced the first Glasnost or thawing of Russian absolutism, but rather than making things better it made…

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Two Ways to Paint a Watercolour

13 May 2022 -

Where does the rainbow go when we try to put it onto the paper? Why do all those lovely colours, that look so bright in our box, turn to mud…

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Victorian Style Hand Embroidery

22 June 2022 24 June 2022 -

Using floral designs from a selection of antique patterns from 1880 this course combines couching of a variety of metal threads with silk shading, stem stitch, chain stitch and a…

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Victorians and their Buildings

9 May 2022 11 May 2022 -

The architecture of the Victorians was endlessly inventive and transformed England. This course explores the variety and versatility of Victorian architecture, looking at examples such as vast town halls, intricately…

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Vintage Bear Needle Felting Workshop

5 December 2022 -

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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Watercolour – Less is More

19 April 2022 21 April 2022 -

This watercolour course will help students to paint in a simple and direct way using a more impressionistic approach. Perhaps you are a painter who finds detail irresistible but secretly…

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Watercolour – Lights and Highlights

28 January 2022 30 January 2022 -

One of the most fascinating AND most difficult aspects of watercolour is to produce paintings that are fresh and full of light. Identifying the whites, the lights and the brights…

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Watercolour Spring Workshop

10 April 2022 13 April 2022 -

Immerse yourself in the colour and variety of spring blooms and explore some exciting ways of working wet into wet with the addition of other water soluble media into your…

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Watercolour Wildlife

22 August 2022 24 August 2022 -

A wonderful opportunity to focus on techniques for introducing local wildlife into your paintings. Hares, badgers, foxes, deer. Creating atmospheric wet into wet backgrounds that set the scene for the…

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Watercolour Woodland

21 October 2022 23 October 2022 -

Focusing on trees and techniques for creating atmosphere, depth and texture. Shari will bring plenty of visual references of trees and, of course, we have all the beautiful trees at…

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Wednesday Lunch & Lecture – Honfleur: Cradle of Impressionism

1 June 2022 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The coastal town of Honfleur in Normandy was a popular destination for artists in the early 19th century.  It was also home to Eugene Boudin who was one of the…

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Wellbeing Retreat

25 February 2022 27 February 2022 -

Leave behind the busyness of the modern world, your routine and responsibilities and join like-minded people to relax and enjoy mindfulness and yoga. Suitable for all levels of ability and…

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Willow Angel Workshop

16 November 2022 -

Come and make a 4 foot high willow Angel with wings – new for Winter Season for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n…

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Willow Bee Sculpture Workshop

18 May 2022 -

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 and Cockerel Workshop

4 July 2022 -

Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a 2 foot high willow chicken or cockerel. Jo will guide you through each step to create your…

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Willow Deer Sculpture Workshop

4 October 2022 -

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

11 April 2022 -

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 – COURSE FULL

7 April 2022 -

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 Hare Workshop

15 June 2022 -

Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a 2-3 foot high willow hare. Jo will guide you through each step to create your sculpture for…

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Willow Owl Sculpture Workshop

27 April 2022 -

Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a 4 foot wide flying willow owl. Jo will guide you through each step to create your bird…

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Won’t Draw, Can’t Paint!

11 November 2022 -

Drawing isn’t a gift, granted to some but not others; it’s a skill that can be acquired by anyone with reasonable hand/eye co-ordination and a determination to improve. It’s also…

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Woodland Drift Hand Embroidery

30 March 2022 -

Spend a day immersing yourself in an English Bluebell Woodland! Using simple hand-embroidery stitches and fabric layers you will be creating your own glimpse of this tranquil scene loved by…

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You the Jury – Casebook 7

7 March 2022 -

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 8

1 April 2022 -

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 8

23 May 2022 -

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

23 June 2022 -

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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Your Day of Wellbeing

23 May 2022 -

Take a day off from daily life to rest and rejuvenate in the beautiful surrounds of Dillington house. You will learn a simple framework, along with wellbeing hacks, that will…

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