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A Country Bouquet

23 March 2020 -

Create your own beautiful bouquet of flowers and foliage in stitch and pure silk ribbon embroidery. This technique is very satisfying and easy to master. Your finished piece could be…

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A Little History of Paris Through Art & Architecture

5 May 2020 -

This study day will begin with a historical survey of Paris from its ancient origins as the settlement of the Parisii tribe to the present day. We will then look…

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Advanced Family History – Looking at More Unusual Sources

24 August 2020 - 25 August 2020

Advanced Family History – Looking at More Unusual Sources Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 August Fee: £112 The session will look at more unusual resources mostly in the 1700 and…

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Against the Odds: How women writers found their voices

1 April 2020 -

This course is for anyone interested in discovering the process whereby women came to make their voices heard, transcending the roles assigned them by society. Students must be prepared to…

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Aladdin’s Palace Pop-Up

15 September 2020 - 17 September 2020

Aladdin’s Palace Pop-up Lunch Tuesday 15 – Lunch Thursday 17 September Fees (£): 437 379 379 268 includes all materials. This course will appeal to those interested in art, craft…

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Alignment Therapy

9 April 2020 -

Do you have back (or other) pain and want to relieve it? The Evans Technique of Therapy, officially recognised in 2011 by the Independent Professional Therapists International (IPTI), is an…

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American Joy – The Ballets of Paul Taylor and Mark Morris

10 June 2020 -

The word joyous is not one that springs to mind when looking at some comtemporary dance, yet this word and many other similar adjectives – ‘sunny’, ‘lyrical’, ‘humourous’ – can…

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An Extraordinary Marriage – Hannah Cullwick and Arthur Munby

21 July 2020 - 21 July 2020

An Extraordinary Marriage – Hannah Cullwick and Arthur Munby Tuesday 21 July Fee: £56 This course will appeal to those interested in nineteenth century social and political issues, the history…

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Ancient Egyptian Artistry in Glass with Lucia Gahlin

28 February 2020 -

The ancient Egyptians began making glass c1450 BC following the introduction of the technique from Syria. The Egyptians were soon highly skilled at producing a range of object types in…

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Ancient Egyptian Palace Paintings

14 April 2020 - 16 April 2020

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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Architects and the Architectural Movements of the Twentieth Century

14 April 2020 - 16 April 2020

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 and the English Wool Trade

26 February 2020 -

This course looks at the way the wool trade changed the architecture of England. It concentrates on two periods when the trade brought great prosperity to large parts of the…

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Architecture of Slovakia

13 March 2020 - 15 March 2020

The small state of Slovakia has some of the richest and best preserved architectural heritage in Central Europe. From the traditional wooden vernacular architecture, with farms and churches, through the…

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Argyll Scottish Country Dancing Weekend

2 October 2020 - 4 October 2020

Argyll Scottish Country Dancing Weekend Our tutor is Craig Houston-Donald and our musician is Robert Mackay. Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th October Fees (£): 446 384 384 259 The course…

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Art and Fire

17 February 2020 - 17 February 2020

Art and Fire Monday 17 February Fee: £61 This course will be of interest to those who enjoy art history and / or have an interest in the representations of…

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Bags of Fun

29 May 2020 -

Making bags is a great way of using up small amounts of fabric left over from larger projects, perhaps to match or co-ordinate with an outfit. Students can use their…

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Basic Corndolly Making

18 April 2020 -

This course is ideal for those with a love of traditional English crafts. Corn dollies are a form of straw work made as part of harvest customs and decoration. During…

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Beginners Crochet

20 March 2020 -

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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Belle Époque: the music of France 1870-1914

18 September 2020 - 20 September 2020

Belle Époque: the music of France 1870-1914 Dinner Friday 18 – Lunch Sunday 20 September Fees (£): 395 338 338 226 ‘La Belle Époque’ is a phrase used to describe…

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Beyond Birth, Marriage and Death – Going Further with Family History

15 April 2020 -

Wednesday 15 April Fee: £56 Once you move beyond the key sources, such as Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates and the Census, you come to look at the wonderful and…

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Bobbin Lace

21 June 2020 - 27 June 2020

This is a practical course for all abilities of lacemakers from those who have a knowledge of only the basic stitches to those who wish to study advanced techniques in…

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Bobbin Lace

23 October 2020 - 26 October 2020

Bobbin Lace Dinner Friday 23 – Lunch Monday 26 October Fees (£): 567 479 479 307 This is a practical course for all abilities of lacemakers, from those who have…

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Bookbinding

10 January 2020 - 12 January 2020

This workshop is aimed at anyone looking to do basic bookbinding at home without much specialised equipment. We will cover paper grain and folding, selecting appropriate materials, tools and adhesives.…

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Bookbinding

15 June 2020 - 19 June 2020

Angela’s bookbinding courses are aimed at students of intermediate level, particularly those who have taken a beginners’ course and would like to expand their knowledge. Students should bring a selection…

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Bookbinding

9 March 2020 - 13 March 2020

Angela’s bookbinding courses are aimed at students of intermediate level, particularly those who have taken a beginners’ course and would like to expand their knowledge. The optional special subject for…

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Bookbinding – Miniatures 1

6 May 2020 -

A small – but perfectly formed – leather bound book. Over the course of the day we will fold and sew sections, add endpapers, round the spine and colour the…

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Bookbinding – Miniatures 2

7 May 2020 -

Flex your fingertips and spend the day investigating some classic and contemporary book structures scaled down to make miniature artists’ books. We’ll play with folds, movement, texture, colour and covers…

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Bookbinding – The Ideal Sketchbook

24 April 2020 - 26 April 2020

This course is ideal for those who love to make their own books This workshop offers basic skills in bookbinding which can be repeated at home with no specialised equipment…

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Bookbinding – The Presentation Album

26 April 2020 - 28 April 2020

This course is ideal for those who love to make their own books This workshop offers basic skills in bookbinding which can be repeated at home with no specialised equipment…

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Botanical Illustration

20 July 2020 - 23 July 2020

Botanical Illustration Tea Monday 20 July – Lunch Thursday 23 July Fees (£): 606 522 522 360 Botanical Illustration is precise detailed work, a combination of art and science. This…

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Botanical Illustration

6 April 2020 - 9 April 2020

Botanical Illutration is precise detailed work, a combination of art and science. This studio based watercolour course is for all ability levels: no experience of art or botany is required,…

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Brahms and the Piano – Arts in Residence – COURSE FULL

27 March 2020 - 29 March 2020

Brahms and the Piano with Terry Barfoot, Charles Owen and Domenic Degavino The piano features centrally in Brahms’s list of compositions. Not only did he create one of the great…

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British Art Collections and Patrons

20 March 2020 - 22 March 2020

It is arguably the greatest painting of the twentieth century. Picasso’s Guernica was a defiant statement hewn out of the barbarity of civil war in Spain yet painted in a…

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Celebrating Raphael

10 February 2020 -

2020 sees the 500th anniversary of the death of Raphael – perhaps the greatest High Renaissance painter. In this study day we will survey Raphael’s life and work in its…

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Chamber Music Weekend

8 May 2020 - 10 May 2020

This weekend is one of the cultural highlights of the year, with live performances by internationally renowned musicians. We will hear four concerts by the Piatti Quartet who will join…

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

16 July 2020 - 17 July 2020

Chinese Brush Painting – Flower and Bird, insects in freehand style Thursday 16 and Friday 17 July Fee: £112 This practical course will focus on painting flower and birds as…

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Colour, Clarity and Composition

28 April 2020 - 30 April 2020

Colour, Clarity & Composition Dinner Tuesday 28 – Lunch Thursday 30 April Fees (£): 395 338 338 226 This course is designed for watercolour painters with some experience, although all…

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Country Hares & Foxes Needle Felting Workshop – COURSE FULL Alternative date 20/04/20

18 January 2020 -

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 Hares and Foxes – Additional Course now Full. Please contact us to go on our waiting list

20 April 2020 -

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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Creative Couching

12 February 2020 -

Come and enjoy a day learning how to couch threads in a huge variety of ways to produce your own fabulous textural piece. A large selection of threads will be…

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Crossroads in History – Constructing the Elizabethan Ideal and its Legacy

5 March 2020 -

During this session we will examine how Elizabeth I strove to refine the Tudor propaganda machine even further through employing some of the most celebrated and accomplished artists of her…

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Crossroads in History – Fashioning ‘Brand Tudor’: Hans Holbein, his predecessors and successors 1485 – 1558

6 January 2020 - 6 January 2020

Crossroads in History – Fashioning ‘Brand Tudor’: Hans Holbein, his predecessors and successors, 1485 – 1558 Thursday 6 February Fee: £33 Morning session with three-course lunch During this session we…

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Dealing with the Gods

7 April 2020 -

Roman religioin was a matter of a transaction between man and his chosen gods – offerings to the gods depended on their fulfilling their side of the bargain. The course…

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Dillington String Quartet Coaching Weekend

18 September 2020 - 20 September 2020

Dillington String Quartet Coaching Weekend Lunch Friday 18 – Lunch Sunday 20 September Fees (£): 530 471 471 355 Once again, we are thrilled that the members of the Coull…

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DNA – And Family History Research

28 February 2020 -

The session will look at DNA results from Ancestry and My Heritage. How can we use these results to help us in our family history research, break down some brickwalls…

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Dorothy Wordsworth The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals

7 March 2020 -

William Wordsworth wrote of his sister Dorothy that ‘she gave me eyes, she gave me ears’. Dorothy’s journals give insight in to her life with her brother and provide insight…

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Elizabeth Gaskell

23 June 2020 - 25 June 2020

This course will appeal to people familiar with the works of this writer and those who are new to her writing. Elizabeth Gaskell is best known as the author of…

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Enhancing Wellbeing Retreat

30 April 2020 -

Life today can be pretty full-on with many of us finding it a challenge to balance our responsibilities and demands with our own health and wellbeing. This one day workshop…

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Europe – Christendom in Crisis

14 March 2020 -

The sacking of Byzantine Constantinople by the fourth Crusade in 1204 fatally weakened the last Christian bastion against the resurgent Islamic threat from the Seljuk Turks. Following Turkish penetration into…

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Europe – The Age of Discovery

26 May 2020 -

Book all four new courses in this programme at the same time and save £4 on each. With the eastern Mediterranean effectively a Turkish lake, the Portuguese, denied access to…

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Europe – The Age of the Crusades

4 January 2020 -

Book all four new courses in this programme at the same time and save £4 on each. The consolidation of Christendom in all but Europe’s extremities and the more recent…

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Europe: The Hapsburgs Ascendant

24 August 2020 - 24 August 2020

Europe: The Hapsburgs Ascendant Monday 24 August Fee: £56 This course considers the European balance of power in the 16th century. With the Reconquista complete, adventurers in the employ of…

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Evelyn Waugh – Revisited

20 March 2020 - 22 March 2020

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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Five more Great Cities

24 April 2020 - 26 April 2020

Five more Great Cities Dinner Friday 24 – Lunch Sunday 26 April Fees (£): 395 338 338 226 This course is ideal for those with an interest in architecture, history,…

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Flora Gave me Fairest Flowers

7 May 2020 -

Traversing more than two millennia our study will encompass a wide selection of media, including garden design, fresco, mosaic, wood and stone carving, manuscript illumination, tapestry, embroidery, painting, sculpture and…

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Four Early Medieval Christians – This course has been postponed. New date 26/09/2020

22 February 2020 -

What inspired medieval men and women to give their lives to God? We will examine the lives and writings of four very different individuals: St Benedict, Hildegard of Bingen, Francis…

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Frances Power Cobbe – Feminist, Journalist, Activist

14 July 2020 - 14 July 2020

Frances Power Cobbe – Feminist, Journalist, Activist Tuesday 14 July Fee: £56 This day course will appeal to those who are interested in nineteenth century social and political issues, the…

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Frank Lloyd Wright

19 May 2020 - 21 May 2020

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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From Elizabeth to Anne: A Century of English Music

28 February 2020 - 1 March 2020

People’s lives in Elizabethan England were often more turbulent, and far more dangerous, than we experience today. Conflicts of politics and religion were reflected in music and the life of…

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Get to Know Your Sewing Machine

8 February 2020 -

If you have just 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…

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

22 July 2020 - 22 July 2020

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Wednesday 22 July Fee: £56 This course is ideal for those with sleep challenges or are interested in finding out more on the subject. During…

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Getting Started with Family History – Pre 1837 Records

16 March 2020 -

This course is for those who have attended the beginners course or who got back to the 1800s and need help going further back. We will ook at where you…

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Gift Bouquet for Mothers Day

19 March 2020 -

This course is aimed at those who have an interest in flower arranging. No experience is required as Sophie will take you through the process step-by-step to create a handtied…

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Give the Paint a Chance

24 August 2020 - 24 August 2020

Give the paint a chance… Monday 24 August Fee: £56 This course will appeal to those with an interest in watercolours, abstract art, modernism, composition, expressive painting, landscape and urban…

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Goldwork Bees with Beads and Applique

28 February 2020 - 1 March 2020

This course focuses on a range of techniques, to create a beautiful decorative picture featuring goldwork bees in flight around a cluster of appliqued, beadwork and goldwork flowers. Students will…

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Gothic 4: The Forgotten Age 1536 – 1836

17 January 2020 - 19 January 2020

Gothic 4: The Forgotten Age, 1536-1836 Dinner Friday 17 – Lunch Sunday 19 January For three hundred years Gothic architecture would play second fiddle to the evolution of the Tudor,…

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Great British Brands

25 February 2020 -

Britain’s manufacturers have created famous and unforgettable rands that have become part of our lives. Their stories are tales of heroic individual endeavour, dedicated workers, and instantly recognisable advertising and…

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Growing Outdoor Exotic Plants in the UK

21 March 2020 -

This course will appeal to gardening enthusiasts who want to extend their knowledge and create a ‘different’ kind of garden. A survey of exotic plants that can be grown outdoors…

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Guernica – The Greatest Painting in the World with Wayne Bennett

20 March 2020 -

The arrival of great art into the United Kingdom is a historical and cultural phenomenon that is barely recognised. We take for granted the works which hang on our gallery…

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Guitar Orchestra Weekend

21 February 2020 - 23 February 2020

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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Guitar Summer School

2 August 2020 - 8 August 2020

Guitar Summer School Tea Sunday 2 August – Breakfast Saturday 8 August Fees (£): 937  842  842  559 After 25 years under the dedicated stewardship of Peter Rueffer, the Dillington…

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Hand Embroidery and Applique

3 June 2020 - 5 June 2020

These two techniques of embroidery and applique combined produce highly decorative results. Using patterened cotton fabric and felt, applying it to a background and then embellishing with hand stitching and…

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Hardanger Emboidery

19 March 2020 - 22 March 2020

Originating in southwest Norway, this very attractive whitework technique, involves cutting and removing threads in order to produce lovely lacy designs. Worked on any evenweave fabric, using stranded cotton and…

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Honiton Lace

3 April 2020 - 5 April 2020

This practical course is designed for bobbin lacemakers of all abilities. For those who have knowledge of basic bobbin stitches there is the opportunity to be introduced to the techniques…

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How Ballet Shaped the American Stage and Film Musical

11 June 2020 -

What do On the Town, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, West Side Story, Oliver! And so many more have in common? These were choreographed by classically-trained dancers.…

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Images of Rome: The Grand Tour and After

29 February 2020 -

Although we may visit Rome to make contact with the remains of ancient Roman civilisation, the Rome that we see is very much a product of artistic and aesthetic ideas…

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Improvised Patchwork

5 July 2020 - 6 July 2020

Improvised Patchwork Sunday 5 and Monday 6 July Fee: £117 DISCOUNT OF 10% for New Tutor introduction if booked by 31 March 2020 This course will appeal to those with…

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Indian Block Printing

8 June 2020 -

This course will interest those who have an interest in textiles or collected some woodblocks they would like to know how to use effectively. Indian Block Printing is suitable for…

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Introduction to Greenwood Crafts alternative date to that published in our programme

14 April 2020 - 15 April 2020

Learn how to use traditional hand tools including a shave horses, drawknife knifes, axes, straight blade knife and curved ‘hook’ or spoon knife. Craft and carve a range of items…

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Introduction to making and drawing with botanical inks

16 March 2020 -

This course will be of interest to those who want to identify and harvest wild and cultivated plants that can be used to make inks and paints. Over the course…

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Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

10 June 2020 -

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

6 July 2020 - 6 July 2020

Introduction to Printed Textiles Monday 6 July Fee: £68 includes all materials. DISCOUNT OF 10% for New Tutor introduction if booked by 31 March 2020 This course will appeal to…

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Introduction to Quilling

28 April 2020 -

Quilling is a centuries-old art which requires three basic elements – your fingers, paper and glue. After a brief introduction to the histroy of quilling, students will learn how to…

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Introduction to Watercolours

3 April 2020 - 5 April 2020

Have you ever thought of painting with watercolours but don’t know what to do? Then this is the course for you. Aimed at complete beginners, I start with all the…

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Islands of Wonder

13 March 2020 - 15 March 2020

Islands of Wonder investigates our cultural and historic fascination with islands, particularly those distant, mysterious ones with strange beasts and unknown civilisations. We will look in some detail at five…

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Jazz Age Chicago

11 January 2020 -

“The parties were bigger, the pace was faster, the buildings were higher and the morals were looser.” In 1920s Chicago, migration, prohibition and corruption provided the ideal environment for jazz…

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John Minton- His life and Art

18 February 2020 -

This course will be of interest to those who enjoy art history and / or culture in Britain in the 1940s and 1950s. The course looks at the life and…

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Leatherwork – Make a bag

16 March 2020 - 17 March 2020

This course is ideal for those with an interest in crafting and / or leather, bags and accessories, traditional skills and sewing. Learn how to make your own Shoulder or…

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Leatherwork – Make a Dog Collar and Lead

27 April 2020 -

This course is ideal for those with an enjoyment of Leatherwork, crafting and of course dog lovers! Learn how to make a Dog Collar and Lead using beautiful Italian Vegetable…

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Letter Carving in Wood for Beginners

20 July 2020 - 21 July 2020

Letter Carving in Wood for Beginners Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 July Fee: £112 DISCOUNT OF 10% for New Tutor introduction if booked by 31 March 2020 This course will…

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Looking Good Feeling Good

4 April 2020 -

An established and successful course, specially designed for women, that has a mantra “if we change the way we look, we change the way we feel”. So no matter what…

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Macrame Hanger

19 May 2020 -

This course will appeal to those wishing to learn a new craft technique, interior design, gift-making In each session students will be taught various knotting and hitching techniques which will…

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Magical Running Hare Needle Felting Workshop

30 March 2020 -

Come and join us for a relaxing, inspirational fun couple of days of needle felting with like minded, friendly and creative people! On this new exciting two-day needle felting workshop…

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Mayflower 400 – West Country Connections to North America

21 January 2020 -

2020 sees the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, but what are the West Country connections to the ‘New World?’ Some of the earliest settlers in Virginia, West…

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Medieval English Pilgrimages

10 January 2020 - 12 January 2020

Before the Reformation, the roads of England were alive with pilgrims travelling to the shrines of the saints, hoping for miracles and revelations. But it was also a means of…

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Modular Knitting

9 July 2020 - 9 July 2020

Modular Knitting Thursday 9 July Fee: £64 includes materials This course is suitable for anyone who can knit and purl with confidence. Master the fascinating technique of modular knitting. Working…

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Monmouth Rebellion inc visit to battlesites

3 June 2020 -

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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Music, Magic and Mystery

6 March 2020 - 8 March 2020

Music, Magic and Mystery Dinner Friday 6 – Lunch Sunday 8 March Fees (£): 399 342 342 230 In opera, anything can happen – or at least it should feel…

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Musicals: The Greatest Showman

12 February 2020 -

Benj Pasek & Justin Paul have burst onto the movie musicals scene with box-office-busting films that seamlessly blend classic musical theatre sounds with contemporary pop styles; re-imagining what a ‘movie…

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Nalbinding

4 May 2020 -

This course will appeal to those with an interest in ancient textiles, Scandiavian crafts, knitting, crochet, spinning and working with wool. Nalbinding is a technique using individual lengths of wool…

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Natural Dyes with Debbie Munro

2 April 2020 - 3 April 2020

This course will be of interest to those who want to identify and forgae for natural dye materials. This is a course for beginners where we will forage for our…

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Nature’s Other Minstrels: Bird Poems of the Romantic Poets

22 February 2020 -

Bird song has long been associated with British poetry, especially in the Romantic period, 1780s to 1820s. This may explain why the nightingale became the most celebrated bird in English…

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Nile Deities of Upper Egypt and their Temples at Esna, Kom Ombo and Elephantine

28 February 2020 -

Life in Ancient Egypt revolved around the river Nile, so it is hardly surprising that a number of the gods and goddesses of the ancient Egyptian pantheon were associated with…

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No Brush Necessary

5 May 2020 -

“What’s drawing and painting? I’d use a hmmer and chisel if I had to.” Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) Conventional watercolour wisdom has it that the best way to get paint onto…

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Oval Wooden Shaker Carrier

24 March 2020 - 25 March 2020

This course will appeal to those with an interest in Shaker design, The Arts and Crafts movement and principles, a love of simple classic design, a desire to try something…

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Painting for beginners – one step further

29 May 2020 -

This series of workshops, which runs over three consecutive Fridays, is designed for students who have had an initial introduction to watercolour and who want to take the next step.…

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Paper Cutting

17 February 2020 - 18 February 2020

This course is perfect for those with an interest in typography, illustration, craft and graphic design. After mastering some basic cutting skills, students will cut out a prepared design and…

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Papercutting

17 February 2020 - 18 February 2020

Papercutting with Christine Green Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 February Fee £117 includes all materials DISCOUNT OF 10% FOR New Tutor introduction if booked by 31 March 2020 This course…

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People in the Roman World

15 April 2020 -

The Roman world has eft a huge ‘archive’ of documents and inscriptions allowing one to reconstruct much of the daily life of a wide range of the people who made…

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Philosophy: The Good Life

13 March 2020 - 15 March 2020

‘The life truly worth living is the considered life’, said Socrates, two and a half millenia ago. Socrates meant a life that was well informed and has goals which will…

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Piecing Together the Past: Archaeology Revealed

21 February 2020 - 23 February 2020

Twenty-first century archaeology employs a dizzying array of techniques to analyse ancient remains. This course will help you archaeologist and learn how to do everything from analysing prehistoric pots to…

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Portraits of Women in Power in the Medieval World from Hilde of Whitby to Joan of Arc

6 March 2020 - 8 March 2020

Despite the male-dominated world in which they lived, a number of women in medieval England, Germany and France rose to place their stamp on their contemporary worlds and also on…

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Putting the Colour into Watercolour

14 March 2020 -

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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Reading Roman Inscriptions

11 January 2020 -

The Roman Empire has left us thousands of inscriptions on stone, wood and metal, as well as large numbers of papyrus and parchment documents, especially from Egypt. The day course…

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Recorder Consort Course

26 May 2020 - 28 May 2020

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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Roman Blinds

21 March 2020 -

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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Selected Novels of Edith Wharton

3 April 2020 - 5 April 2020

This course will explore a number of novels written by the American novelist, playwright and short story writer Edith Wharton. The first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for literature…

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Selected Novels of Thomas Hardy

7 February 2020 - 9 February 2020

This course will explore some of the novels by the 19th century writer. Hardy’s protagonists have an enduring appeal and his works offer valuable commentary on the social attitudes of…

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Shaker Boxes

23 March 2020 -

This course will appeal to those with an interest in Shaker design, The Arts and Crafts movement and principles, a love of simple classic design, a desire to try something…

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Shakespeare Comedy of Errors including a trip to RSC Stratford-Upon-Avon

17 June 2020 - 19 June 2020

This course will appeal to those with a love of Literature, Shakespeare, comedy, theatre The course will explore Shakespeare’s highly entertaining The Comedy of Errors. We will discuss the language,…

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Shakespeare for Actors – Comedy

24 March 2020 -

An ideal way to celebrate the Bard’s birthday with an investigation of the practical challenges and opportunities for the actor when performing in Shakespeare’s comedies with particular reference to Twelfth…

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Shakespeare for Actors – Tragedy

25 March 2020 -

Continue your celebrations of the Bard’s birthday with an investigation of the practical challenges and opportunities for the actor when performing in Shakespeare’s tragedies with particular reference to Macbeth. This…

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Shakespeare’s B** and B**

24 April 2020 - 26 April 2020

Shakespeare’s B*tches and B*stards The occasion of Shakespeare’s 456th birthday is being celebrated this year at Dillington House with a wicked look at Shakespeare’s B*tches and B*stards – a weekend…

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Shakespeare’s B*tches and B*stards

24 April 2020 - 26 April 2020

Shakespeare’s B*tches and B*stards Friday 24 – Sunday 26 April Fee: £395 338 338 226 Discount of 10% for new Tutor introduction if booked by 31 March 2020 The occasion…

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Silk Painting Big and Bold

31 May 2020 - 4 June 2020

Silk Painting Big and Bold’ is suitable for both experienced painters and those new to the medium. The course will start with an exploration of the basic techniques of silk…

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Singing for Larks

16 October 2020 - 18 October 2020

Singing for Larks Dinner Friday 16 – Lunch Sunday 18 October Fees (£): 446 384 384 269 Singing with others is an exhilarating and liberating experience that everybody can enjoy.…

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Six Troubled Counties – A History of Northern Ireland

13 March 2020 - 15 March 2020

Created in the chaotic aftermath of the First World War, Northern Ireland had a troubled birth and continues to be troubled by sometimes bloody communal divisions. As Private Secretary to…

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Stained Glass

7 July 2020 - 8 July 2020

Stained Glass Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 July Fee: £142 includes material costs This course will appeal to those with an interest in painting, art history, building restoration and craftwork.…

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Sugar Craft modelling and cupcakes

5 May 2020 -

This course will appeal to those with an interest in crafts, cake decorating and modelling techniques. During the course of the day you will learn how to create sugarcraft models…

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Summer School Week One – A Cultural History of Spain

9 August 2020 - 15 August 2020

Week One of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 9 August – Breakfast Saturday 15 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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Summer School Week One – Exploring Shakespeare with Elizabeth Merry

9 August 2020 - 15 August 2020

Week One of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 9 August – Breakfast Saturday 15 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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Summer School Week One – Unwrapped and Unpacked. Houses and Gardens, Public and Private of the West Country

9 August 2020 - 15 August 2020

Week One of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 9 August – Breakfast Saturday 15 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 There…

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Summer School Week One – Watercolour for Enjoyment

9 August 2020 - 15 August 2020

Week One of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 9 August – Breakfast Saturday 15 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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Summer School Week One. Masterworks of Medieval English Art with Tim Porter

13 August 2020 - 14 August 2020

Masterworks of Medieval English Art with Tim Porter Thursday and Friday It’s hard to exaggerate the magnificence of medieval art, because the evidence is so overwhelming. Despite the destruction wrought…

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Summer School Week One. Music in the West Country with Tim Porter

9 August 2020 - 12 August 2020

Music in the West Country with Tim Porter Monday – Wednesday At Dillington we sit in the heart of the West, famed for its glorious landscapes and historic buildings –…

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Summer School Week Two – Crime, Social History and Literature with Diane Janes

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

Week Two of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 16 August – Breakfast Saturday 22 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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Summer School Week Two – Five Centuries of Classical Music with Wayne Bennett

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

Week Two of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 16 August – Breakfast Saturday 22 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non…

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Summer School Week Two. Lancastrians, Yorkists and The Emerging Tudors

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

Week Two of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 16 August – Breakfast Saturday 22 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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Summer School Week Two. Landscapes with Churches – West Country Church Crawling

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

Week Two of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 16 August – Breakfast Saturday 22 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 There…

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Summer School Week Two. Stumpwork and Hand Embroidery with Annette Bolton

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

Week Two of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 16 August – Breakfast Saturday 22 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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Surf’s Up! – Sing the Beach Boys

2 April 2020 -

Known for their musical homages to surfing, cars and romance, the Beach Boys achieved success early in their career with a string of songs celebrating 60s youth culture on the…

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Surf’s Up! Sing the Beach Boys

2 April 2020 -

Surf’s Up! – Sing the Beach Boys Thursday 2 April Fee: £56 Known for their musical homages to surfing, cars and romance, the Beach Boys achieved success early in their…

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The Art of Fire

17 February 2020 -

This course will be of interest to those who enjoy art history and / or have an interest in the representations of fire in art. The day features a great…

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The Beauties of Brick – The story of brick buildings in Britain

4 June 2020 -

This course will appeal to those interested in Architecture, Heritage, History and British travel. An introduction to the uses of brick and tile in Britain’s architecture. The course traces the…

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The Cold War 1945-1991

20 March 2020 - 22 March 2020

Arguably the Cold War began in 1917, when Russia was cold-shouldered by the West. Relations deteriorated in the 1930’s and Stalin signed a pact with Hitler. When Russia was attacked…

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The Dillington Book Club

5 May 2020 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing Enduring Love by Ian McEwan published by Vintage. Tuesday 5 May Fee includes coffee and three course lunch

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The Dillington Book Club

2 June 2020 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing Lark Rise to Candleford published by Penguin Modern Classics. Tuesday 2 June Fee includes coffee and three course lunch

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The Dillington Book Club

4 February 2020 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – published by Penguin. Book Club with Elizabeth Rapp Tuesday 4 February Fee: £25 (includes coffee…

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The Dillington Book Club

3 March 2020 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing The Salt Path by Raynor Winn – published by Penguin. Tuesday 3 March Fee includes coffee and three course lunch

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The Dillington Book Club

7 April 2020 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be 7 April Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier published by Harper Collins) Tuesday 7 April Fee includes coffee and three…

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The French Revolution: tous ça change (everything changes)

12 May 2020 -

This course will appeal to those with an interest in French political history, Eighteenth century history, Cultural history, Women’s history or have a general curiosity! No prior knowledge necessary. Liberté!…

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The Garden in Ancient Egypt

6 May 2020 -

A leafy garden with a pool, fruit trees and flowers epitomised the ancient Egyptian idea of bliss. In this course we will explore relevant archaeology, ancient art, and texts to…

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The Italian Renaissance

3 January 2020 - 5 January 2020

More a reinvention than a revival in classical culture, the phenomenon of the Italian Renaissance was a moment of profound historic significance that still resonates today. This course will review…

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The Life and Death of a Love Affair

3 February 2020 -

This course will be of interest to those who enjoy poetry, engaging in discussion and want to learn more about the poets and poetry itself. This course encompasses the meeting,…

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The Life and Death of a Love Affair

10 February 2020 -

This is the second session in our Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes programme. This week students will look at lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath and the Shot by Ted Hughes.…

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The Life and Death of a Love Affair

17 February 2020 -

This is the third session in our Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes Programme. This week students will look at Morning Song by Sylvia Plath and Isis by Ted Hughes. Tutor:…

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The Life and Death of a Love Affair

24 February 2020 -

This is the fourth session in our Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes Programme. This week students will look at Daddy by Sylvia Plath and The Minotaur by Ted Hughes. Tutor:…

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The Life and Death of a Love Affair

2 March 2020 -

This is the fifth session in our Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes Programme. This week students will look at Ariel by Sylvia Plath and Sam by Ted Hughes. Tutor: Nims…

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The Life and Death of a Love Affair

9 March 2020 -

This is the last session in our Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes Programme. This week students will look at Edge by Sylvia Plath and Life after Death by Ted Hughes.…

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The Life and Death of a Love Affair

10 February 2020 -

The Life and Death of a Love Affair This course takes place over six consecutive weeks, each session lasting around two hours followed by a three-course lunch. Students can sign…

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The Life and Death of a Love Affair

3 February 2020 -

The Life and Death of a Love Affair This course takes place over six consecutive weeks, each session lasting around two hours followed by a three-course lunch. Students can sign-up…

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The Mystery of the Moon

12 February 2020 -

From earliest times the moon has imspired artists, poets and musicians to celebrate her mysterious beauty. We shall discuss medieval cosmology from Ptolemy to Copernicus and Galileo culminating with the…

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The Pastoral Tradition in Music

7 April 2020 -

Arcadian landscapes, blue distances, the haunting sound of a shepherd’s pipe. This is one of the most enduring of artistic formulae, and composers can match the work of painters and…

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The Splendour of Stone – How stone has been used in British architecture

5 June 2020 -

This course will appeal to those interested in Architecture, Heritage, History and British travel An introduction to the variety of ways in which stone has been used in Britain’s buildings.…

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The War of the Roses 1450-1487

17 January 2020 - 19 January 2020

The weakness of Henry VI led directly to open conflict. 1450 was a year of crisis, the first battle occurred in 1455, with more 1459-1461. Edward IV supplanted Henry, was…

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Three Scottish Saints

9 April 2020 -

The history of medieval Scotland, as seen through the prism of pilgrimage. Ninian, Columbra and Margaret were the saints who defined Scotland’s sense of itself, and the fabulous buildings and…

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Three Ways to Paint an Abstract – Course Full

29 February 2020 -

“What does it mean, jellybean?… Even if I knew, I could only know what I thought it meant.” John Chamberlain (1927-2011) Abstract art may be over one hundred years old…

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Towards Enigma: Elgar’s Masterpiece in Context

17 January 2020 - 19 January 2020

Elgar’s Enigma Variations, created at the threshold of the 20th century, is undoubtedly a crucial turning-point in British music. But like all great works of art, it didn’t really emerge…

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Tutankhamun: the Pharaoh behind the Tomb

15 June 2020 - 16 June 2020

This course will appeal to those with an interest in Archaeology, Ancient History, History and Art History The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and the iconic treasures within may be world-famous,…

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Two More Great Singers – Fritz Wunderlich and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

3 June 2020 -

The third in a series of day schools in which we explore the careers of great singers, on this occasion two contemporaries possessing superb and characterful voices, performing in a…

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Two More Great Singers – Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi

14 March 2020 -

The second in a series of day schools in which we explore the careers of great singers, focusing on this occasion particularly on the Italian bel canto repertoire, the operas…

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Two Ways to Paint a Watercolour

14 March 2020 -

Two Ways to Paint a Watercolour Saturday 14 March Fee: £56 Where does the rainbow go when we try to put it onto the paper? Why do all those lovely…

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Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra”: A Great Historical Drama

8 April 2020 -

There is much more to Verdi than Aida, Traviata and the Requiem! Mighty as these works are, there is a case to be made that he truly surpassed himself in…

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Vintage Felt Bear

10 July 2020 - 10 July 2020

Vintage Felt Bear Friday 10 July Fee: £71 includes materials This course will appeal to those who enjoy crafts such as quilting, knitting, spinning, crochet, beading, sewing, needle felting, sculpture…

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Watercolour – The Importance of Tone in Painting

6 March 2020 - 8 March 2020

If you know the basics of washes, colour and mixing and want to take the next steps this course is designed for intermediate students and will deal with the fascinating…

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Watercolour Summer Workshop

21 June 2020 - 24 June 2020

Immerse yourself in the colour and variety of summer blooms and explore some exciting ways of working wet into wet with the addition of other watercoluble media into your watercolours.…

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Watercolour Winter Landscape

21 February 2020 - 23 February 2020

The winter scenery allows us to really see the structure and shapes of hedgerows and trees. Beautiful textures of bark, moss and lichen and combined with wonderful curves and twists…

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West Country Migration in the 1800s

12 May 2020 -

The 1800s saw a massive exodus of people from the West Country going to the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand for a better life. Who were those people who…

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When the Heir to the Throne took his own Life – a new, thought provoking look at the Mayerling Story 1889

22 July 2020 - 22 July 2020

When the Heir to the Throne took his own Life – a new, thought-provoking look at the Mayerling Story 1889 Wednesday 22 July Fee: £56 DISCOUNT OF 10% for New…

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Wildlife and Natural History Painting in Gouache

19 May 2020 - 21 May 2020

This course is designed for beginners and upwards and will teach you how to make a true representation of a wildlife subject using illustrative painting techniques whilst not requiring any…

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Willow Hares – Course Full

8 April 2020 -

Come and make a 3-4 foot willow sculpture for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo will guide you through each step…

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Yoga – re-balance for the New Year

4 January 2020 -

After the excess of the festive period treat your mind and body to some soothing yoga to help you start the year in a healthy way. Ease into the day…

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Yoga, Mindfulness and Stress Awareness Getaway

7 February 2020 - 9 February 2020

Yoga, Mindfulness & Stress Awareness Getaway Tea Friday 7 – Lunch Sunday 9 February Fees (£): 410 353  353 241 Leave behind the busyness of the modern world, your routine…

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You the Jury – Casebook 6

10 June 2020 -

This course will appeal to those with an interest in Archaeology, Ancient History, History and Art History The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and the iconic treasures within may be world-famous,…

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You The Jury – Casebook Number 5

27 May 2020 -

Over the course of the day we will be considering two different real-life cases of murder which occurred in England between 1900-1975. Participants will be expected to listen to the…

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You The Jury – Casebook Number 5

19 February 2020 -

Over the course of the day we will be considering two different real-life cases of murder which occurred in England between 1900-1975. Participants will be expected to listen to the…

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You the Jury – Casebook Number 5

17 March 2020 -

Over the course of the day we will be considering two different real life cases of murder which occurred in England between 1900-1975. Participants will be expected to listen to…

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You the Jury Casebook 6

24 August 2020 - 24 August 2020

You The Jury Casebook 6 Monday 24 August Fee: £56 Over the course of the day we will be considering two different real-life cases of murder which occurred in England…

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You the Jury Casebook 6

21 October 2020 - 21 October 2020

You The Jury Casebook 6 Monday 24 August Fee: £56 Over the course of the day we will be considering two different real-life cases of murder which occurred in England…

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