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Hobbies, Interests and Wellbeing 2021/22

Autumn Term starts starting w/c Monday 20th September 2021. Please see individual classes and workshops for exceptions. Some classes are sold out or have limited places, please check individual listings before enrolling.

Please note: If still in force in September, we will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

African Drumming & Ukulele

Level Level Day Location Time Tutor
African Drumming - SOLD OUT

If you’ve got a heartbeat you’ve got rhythm! Learn to tap your natural human potential with Drums Agogo – hand-drum tuition on genuine African instruments. This class may merge to Monday later in the year, due to numbers and experience. Drum hire of £5 per term included. Bring your djembe or borrow one from us. 

Beginners Tuesday

In School


7pm to 9pm

Alison Lyon

Further tutor info:

African Drumming

A class for those who have studied African Drumming for at least a year. Progression for those who have been drumming for a year or who have already reached a good standard of knowledge, fluency and skill.  Drum hire of £5 per term included.

Improvers and Advanced


In School


7pm to 9pm

Alison Lyon

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Ukulele for Beginners - SOLD OUT

The ukulele is the world’s most cheerful and beginner-friendly musical instrument – you can’t be sad with a ukulele in your hand!   Come and have some fun – you’ll be strumming along to popular songs from day one.  No past experience is required, and you don’t even need your own uke to start off with – we’ve got lots!


In School


7pm to 9pm

Louis Chilvers

Art History Day Workshops

Subject Date and Time Location Tutor  

War Artists in the 20th century


Saturday 6 November

10am to 4pm

In School

Jennie Kiff

(Archivist and Historian)

The personal experience of warfare depicted by artists provides a personal perspective of conflict. They also reflect the changing artistic styles and influences that artists adapted to suit their subjects. This course will look at the artists of WW1 and WW2, their work and their legacy to later generations.
Images of Women - Art, Culture and Perception

12 March

10am to 4pm

In School

Jennie Kiff

(Archivist and Historian)

Partly an art history workshop but also a discussion forum for an exploration of how women are depicted and how women see themselves in a range of contexts.

Cake Decorating (Beginners & Improvers) 

Tutor: Roslyn Scott. Thursday  7pm - 9pm. In School. SOLD OUT.

Designed to inspire confidence in basic sugarcraft techniques and develop new skills and challenge
the more able. From cupcakes to celebration cakes - wow your friends with stunning edible art! Basic equipment and materials needed, details given during the first evening. During the early weeks there may be costs of up to £10 for chosen sugarcraft tools.

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Hooked! (Crochet Day Workshop)

Tutor: Alison Lyon. Saturday 6 November 10am to 4pm SOLD OUT.

Additional date of Saturday 13 November 10am to 4pm. In School. SOLD OUT

If you need a bit of colour in your life, come and learn to crochet! In this one-day workshop, for complete beginners, you’ll learn all the basics, and get off to a great start on your first three bright and easy projects to liven up your home and your wardrobe. Go mad with a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour - or stick to more restrained shades if that’s you. Sophistication and crochet can, and do, mix! 

Costs of £7.50 to £15 for yarn, dependent on your choice. You will need a 4mm to 6mm crochet hook to finish your project at home, but you can try out a range of sizes during our workshop.

Dru Yoga 

Tutor: Liz Waddington. Monday  7.30pm - 9.00pm. In School. SOLD OUT - WAITING LIST

A relaxing blend of Dru and Yin Yoga styles suitable for all levels. Improve strength and flexibility, create core stability and your whole being will feel deeply relaxed and rejuvenated. A practical yoga session followed by a brief period for personal queries about technique. Yoga mat needed. Contact to register your interest.

Family History - The Essentials

Tutor: Jackie Depelle. Wednesday 7pm to 8.30pm. Online* (6, 13 Oct & 3, 10 Nov).

Do you want to research your family?  Don't know where to start or have you started to look but become confused?  Our class will help with both theory and computer research - also time for personal queries.

*Please note: online classes will require us to share your email address with the tutor, in order that you can take part in the class. In person day workshop also available

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Family History Day Workshop

Tutor: Jackie Depelle. Saturday 6 November 10am to 4pm. In School.

Do you want to research your family?  Don't know where to start or have you started to look but become confused?  Our workshop will help with both theory and computer research - also time for personal queries.

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Fly Tying (Beginners & Improvers)

Tutor: Phil Holding. Wednesday 7pm to 9pm. In School.

Learn how to tie your own ‘flies’ with expert tuition to help you to get started in this delicate skill and then develop your skills for more complicated flies. Materials and equipment will be available for you to purchase at class. 

Guitar (Beginners)

Tutor: Jon Harvison. Tuesday 7pm to 8pm. In School. SOLD OUT

Whatever style you want to play - rock, jazz, folk, blues - the basics are the same. Learn tuning, rhythm styles, finger pick and plectrum techniques, basic chord structure, progressions, theory and performance skills. Group lessons for total beginners. 

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Guitar (Improvers)

Tutor: Jon Harvison. Tuesday 8pm to 9pm. In School.

Whatever style you want to play - rock, jazz, folk, blues - the basics are the same. Learn tuning, rhythm styles, finger pick and plectrum techniques, basic chord structure, progressions, theory and performance skills. Group lessons for intermediates.

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History Day Workshop

"Forgotten Souls" - Women in the West Riding Asylums

Tutor: Archivist and Historian Jennie Kiff. Saturday 11 June 10am to 4pm.

The experience of women in the asylums is surrounded by myth and fiction. Uses original source material from the West Yorkshire Archives to explore the lives of women in the West Riding Asylums from 1822 to the outbreak of WW1. Includes case studies and places their lives in the wider context of approaches and attitudes to mental health. 

Improv for All//

Tutor: Mel Taylor. Wednesday 7pm to 9pm. In School.

Comedy improv is a great way to unlock creativity and increase spontaneity. You don’t have to worry about how funny or imaginative you are – you’ll be surprised at what you come up with. You’ll be playing improv games and making up stories in a friendly, supportive environment, and there’s always lots of laughter.

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Make New and Mend, in association with Otley Maker Space

Tutors: Victoria Joy and Sue Bowler. Monday 7pm to 9pm (10 weeks Autumn Term. In School. SOLD OUT.

Explore creative ways to repair, reuse and re-invent old stuff. Reuse household linens (aprons from old sheets, bags from curtains); repair electrical equipment (take apart, clean, test, basic soldering); repurpose packaging (cosmetic purse/pencil case or wallet/woven pouches). Tackle materials such as old clothes, builders’ bags, jars, and tins, scrap wood, corks and inner tubes! Otley Maker Space will supply some materials but bring along your own worn-out things, odds and ends or charity shop finds and make them useful. Sewing machine needed at some sessions, but we will try to find alternative projects, if necessary.

Run by Otley Maker Space with a focus on practical projects for living sustainably.

Mindful Meditation for Beginners  - Spring Term

Tutor: Maxine Amos. Starts Wednesday 12 January 2022 7pm - 9pm. In School.

Want to learn more about meditation and mindfulness but don't know where to start? This is a beginner’s class, designed to teach the basics.  Learn how to relax the mind, increase concentration and feel more energized and refreshed. Mindful meditation can provide tools for dealing with stress and anxiety, help to overcome negative states of mind and cultivate positive thoughts. Essentially practical but with the opportunity to discuss other stress management techniques.

Mixed Media Scrapbooking Day Workshop

Tutor: Virginia Mordey. Saturday 12 March 10am to 4pm. In School.

Create beautiful mixed media backgrounds. This workshop will focus on the effects that you can create with different inks. You can use stencils and stamps to help with your designs. Your backgrounds can then be put to different uses – scrapbooking, card making or art journaling. Spend your time concentrating on making backgrounds or try a project making your own scrapbook page.

Patchwork, Quilting and Applique 

Course Level Day Location Time Tutor

Beginners & Improvers Course

Learn a variety of techniques. Create a number of different blocks which will enable you to make a throw, quilt, or quillow (a throw that folds into a cushion) over 30 weeks. Most work can be hand sewn. Sewing machine needed to put blocks together

Beginners & Improvers


In School


7pm to 9pm Margaret Wightman
Improvers & Intermediate Course
Run on a workshop basis, enjoy the opportunity to learn more advanced techniques to make advanced blocks for throws/quilts. Sewing machine needed.
Improvers & Intermediate Wednesday

In School


7pm to 9pm Margaret Wightman

Relieve your back or neck pain with the Alexander Technique

Tutor: Bridget Barr. Tuesday 7pm - 9pm. In School.

This practical course offers the opportunity to explore a wealth of techniques and ideas, including simple strategies to bypass habits of tension and gentle ways of improving the tone and strength you need for everyday activities.  You will learn why focusing only on the bits that hurt is pointless by discovering the many connections within your body.  We also explore how the way we think about movement affects how we move and much more.  Bridget Barr is an experienced Alexander Technique Teacher who helps people find a sense of lightness and ease in their lives by encouraging them to think and move differently

For more information, contact Bridget Barr and see

Sewing for Fun

Course Level Day Location Time Tutor

Sewing for Fun - new dates

Starts a week early in w/c 13 Sept and come in half term (w/c 25 Oct). This means 3 sessions, then a 3 week break in October, Week 10 in w/c 6 Dec.

Learn to sew and follow patterns by making 3 simple but useful Emma Garry patterns such as a Bucket bag, a pair of pyjama bottoms, a Reversible Sun Hat. Learn technique and boost confidence. Suitable for beginners. 3 patterns per term, £9 each. Sewing machine needed. Buy fabric or bring your own.

Beginners Tuesday

In School


7pm to 9pm Emma Garry
Further tutor info
Sewing for Further Fun - SOLD OUT
Progressing from beginners and previous years’ Wednesday class, for those with more experience. Learning dressmaking basics. If unsure of your level contact Emma on 01943 435825. Pattern sizes 8-18, Prices differ depending on brand. Sewing machine needed. Buy fabric or bring your own.
Intermediates Wednesday 

In School


7pm to 9pm Emma Garry
Further tutor info

 Except where stated, weekly courses continue through the year, subject to enrolments.

Courses commence week beginning Monday 20th September 2021, unless otherwise stated.