On 1st January many of us will have made New Year’s resolutions, and many of us will also have planned to learn something new. Whether you want to take a short course or do something more long term, the north east has so many events and workshops on offer that will help you to learn that new skill. Here’s just some of what’s on offer at the beginning of the year.
Events Throughout Stockton-on-Tees
Stockton on Tees is filled with community centres that offer courses and workshops all year round and it’s no different at the beginning of 2016! This year there’s a huge range of activities on offer, from general home economics, knitting groups, embroidery workshops and rug making groups to book clubs and family history groups. There’s so much on offer that it’s hard to list it all here! With something for everyone on offer, you’re sure to find a friendly and welcoming group who will help you to learn a new skill.
Workshops @ Shipley Art Gallery
If you’ve ever been to the Shipley Art Gallery before then you’ll know that they’ve got a huge variety of arts and crafts workshops on offer. Right at the start of 2016, they’re encouraging us to try something new with a completely fresh programme of events that’ll have you picking up your needles and reaching for the wool. If you want to learn weaving, more about creative textiles or about lace making then you’re in good company. Also, who can say no to a bit of guerrilla knitting?
Nature Workshops @ Great North Museum
Living in the north east, you become aware that we’re almost completely surrounded by some luscious environments and are blessed with all creatures great and small. If you’re looking to find out more about the natural environment that surrounds us, the Great North Museum are hosting a variety of courses that cover everything from birds and mammals to botany!
Print Workshop @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall
If you’re new to the world of printmaking, have no fear! While the regular print workshops at Bishop Auckland Town Hall are open to those familiar with the art, they’ll also be more than happy to give you a hand making your own unique intaglio prints to show off to your friends. Not only will you get to learn something new and make something to keep and cherish, but you’ll also get to use a slice of history itself by handling a McGuinness printing press.
Book Club @ Tyneside Cinema
Do you love film? Do you love books? If the answer is yes to both then you’ll feel right at home at this crossover social group that get together after special screenings of book adaptations to discuss how well the book translates on to the silver screen. So if you’ve got a beef with Fight Club or think Far From The Madding Crowd is a cinematic masterpiece, this is your chance to air your views and meet some new likeminded people along the way!