Alert close - icon Fill 1 Copy 10 Untitled-1 tt copy 3 Untitled-1 Untitled-1 tt copy 3 Fill 1 Copy 10 menu Group 3 Group 3 Copy 3 Group 3 Copy Page 1 Group 2 Group 2 Skip to content

What's new this season

Our festival of learning activities will be taking place this June around the county, along the theme of 'be a better you'.


adult education tutor and students

As part of the celebrations we are offering a series of free and low cost taster courses to give you a flavour of what adult community education is about, try out something you are considering learning further or to simply have a bit of fun!

Activities happening around the county confirmed so far are listed.

Ask in centre for more information about these opportunities. We recommend you book early to secure your place.

Festival of learning courses

Alfreton ACE Centre

Tel: 01629 533090

  • British Sign Language for Beginners taster, Mondays 1 and 8 July 2019, free
  • English for speakers of other languages taster, Fridays 7 and 14 June 2019, free
  • Cookery - go vegan taster, Wednesday 3 July 2019, cost for ingredients
  • Get the most out of your digital camera taster, Saturday 8 June 2019, free
  • Step up to GCSE English taster, Tuesdays 18 and 25 June 2019, free
  • Step up to GCSE maths taster, Mondays 24 June and 1 July 2019, free
  • Yoga taster, Saturday 8 June 2019, free

Ashbourne ACE Centre

Tel: 01629 533696

  • Yoga for relaxation, Monday 24 June 2019, free
  • Art for relaxation, Tuesday 25 June 2019, free

Bolsover ACE Centre

Tel: 01629 537912

  • Card making using recycled materials, Saturday 22 June 2019, free
  • Make a beach bag, Saturday 22 June 2019, free
  • Floristry - gift wrapping for all occasions, Saturday 22 June 2019, free
  • Aromatherapy for health and wellbeing taster, Saturday 22 June 2019, free
  • Spanish for beginners taster, Saturday 22 June 2019, free
  • Make a Character doorstop, Saturday 22 June 2019, £10
  • Floristry - flowers for wellbeing (hand held bouquet), Saturday 22 June 2019, £15
  • Photography - architecture and landscape photography at Bolsover Castle, Saturday 22 June 2019, £49 (£46/£34 concessions)
  • Landscape Painting with Acrylics at Bolsover Castle, Saturday 22 June 2019, £49 (£46/£35 concessions)

Buxton Methodist Church

Tel: 01629 533385

Pilates for health taster, Thursday 27 June 2019, £5 (£4/£1 concessions)

Clay Cross ACE Centre

Tel: 01629 537108

  • Polyfusion taster, Monday 24 June 2019, free
  • Botanical illustration taster, Wednesday 26 June 2019, free
  • Weaving taster - make a woven gift card, Wednesday 26 June 2019, free
  • Pottery taster - make a vase, Thursday 27 June 2019, free

Community House, Long Eaton ACE Centre

Tel: 01629 537384

  • Holiday Spanish taster, Thursday 20 June 2019, free
  • Holiday Italian taster, Monday 24 June 2019, free
  • Floristry - summer designs taster, Thursday 27 June 2019, £5
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages taster, Fridays 21 and 28 June 2019, free
  • Step up to GCSE English taster, Thursdays 20 and 27 June 2019, free
  • Step up to GCSE maths taster, Tuesdays 18 June and 9 July 2019, free

Cotmanhay and Ilkeston ACE Centre

Tel: 01629 531807

  • Crafts - mosaics taster, Monday 17 June 2019, £5
  • First Aid for parents and carers taster, Tuesday 18 June 2019, free
  • Family learning: bringing the outdoors in, Wednesday 19 June 2019, free
  • Holiday Spanish taster, Monday 24 June 2019, free
  • Floristry - Summer designs demonstration, Wednesday 26 June 2019, free
  • Computers for work skills taster, Wednesdays 19 and 26 June 2019, free

Derbyshire Eco Centre

Tel: 01629 533038

  • Be a better you (carousel of tasters), Sunday 23 June 2019, £20

Evergreen Centre, Loscoe

Tel: 01629 533090

  • Art for wellbeing taster, Thursday 4 July 2019, free

Buxton Fairfield ACE Centre

Tel: 01629 533385

  • Time out with herbs workshop, Thursday 27 June 2019, £21 (£19/£6 concessions)
  • Brain Food - healthy eating for work or school taster, Thursday 27 June 2019, free
  • Doodling for de-stressing taster, Thursday 27 June 2019, free

Hunloke ACE Centre

Tel: 01629 535002

  • Textiles - wish you were here, Friday 28 June 2019, £35 (£32/£19)

Swadlincote ACE Centre

Tel: 01629 533290

  • Floristry - summer designs demonstration, Friday 28 June 2019, free
  • British Sign Language for beginners taster, Thursdays 20 and 27 June 2019, free
  • English for speakers of other languages taster, Wednesdays 5 and 12 June 2019, free
  • Papercraft - crafting for adults taster, Monday 24 June 2019, free
  • Step up to GCSE maths taster, Mondays 24 June and 1 July 2019, free
  • Summer hand tied floral gifts, Friday 14 June 2019, £10 (£8/£5 concessions)

The Hub, South Normanton

Tel: 01629 533733

  • Computers - explore your summer holiday online, Tuesdays 11 and 18 June 2019, free
  • Creative writing taster, Tuesday 2 July 2019, free
  • Stress busting taster, Wednesday 26 June 2019, free

The Strutts Centre, Belper

Tel: 01629 533090

  • Spinning of yarn taster, Thursday 29 June 2019, £10 (free for some concessions)
  • Weaving taster, Saturday 13 July 2019, £5 (free for some concessions)