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We have courses, taster and induction sessions to help you explore and choose the course that is right for you.


mosaic Christmas decorationWe’re working to be as clean and green as we can be and we’ve got lots of fun activities and workshops on offer to help inspire you live more lightly, to recycle more, and to take part in activities that have a much lower environmental impact.

Festive recycling crafts

Our recycling craft workshops are all about exchanging ideas and enthusiasm to make something new out of something old. Have great fun and be inspired by the many ways you can reuse unwanted stuff. Our workshops introduce you to fantastic ways to transform unwanted things into something to cherish.

This festive season, our recycled crafts courses include:

  • mosaic tree decorations
  • Christmas crafts – tree decorations (textiles and other materials)
  • sewing crafts – Christmas stocking
  • Christmas table decorations

Learn to decorate your home using natural materials. This season, you could learn to make a festive wreath for your door with found and natural materials. You could also learn as a family at our Bolsover Adult Community Education Centre to make Christmas cards or Christmas tree decorations.

Further festive crafts courses include calligraphy Christmas workshop, stained glass Christmas decorations, silver clay gifts, Christmas watercolour step by step, and Christmas chocolate workshop.

We offer creative courses all year round enable you to make new items from old beads, broken crockery and more.

We’ve also got loads of creative textiles courses year-round that enable you to make something new from recycled fabrics, and transform worn out items into new ones. You could transform old fabrics using patchwork or quilting, or take part in sewing and home crafts.

You could also gain the skills to upcycle and breathe new life into old and pre-loved furniture with our upholstery courses.

Eco friendly courses

Here’s a taste of even more courses we have coming up.

Heritage skills

Learn heritage skills at The Derbyshire Eco Centre. Activities include:

  • dry stone walling – knowledge and skills to build and repair traditional dry stone walls
  • decorative stone carving – carve a beautiful decorative stone from a design of your choice
  • hedge laying – learn to lay a hedge in the traditional Derbyshire style, for the benefit of wildlife and the landscape

Natural remedies

Join us to learn all about herbal remedies you can make at home from common garden herbs with our herbal remedies courses. Our organic aromatherapy courses enable you to learn about the joys of aromatherapy. You can take away a face pack, bath or body oil and a wonderful sense of wellbeing!

War on plastic

We’re offering an introductory course to the impact that plastics are having on eco systems and what choices consumers can make, hosted by The Derbyshire Eco Centre.

For more in depth knowledge about how plastics are affecting eco systems and what choices the informed consumer can make, you could join our six week course at the Derbyshire Eco Centre.

Find out more about our adult education courses or contact your local adult community education centre.