We know, and you know, that being part of an adult learning class is great for mental health and wellbeing. Being stimulated and challenged, having a friendly group to learn alongside and enjoying the satisfaction of building skills and confidence.

We have some government money to run courses and collect some data on the impact learning has on how we feel and our mental health.  There are 62 projects working on this nationally so hopefully the data we collect will help to support future projects and funding.

Adult Learning and Wellbeing

We are really pleased to be able to offer the following courses completely free of charge – the only catch is that we ask you to help us collect data by completing a couple of forms at the beginning of the course and again at the end.  The questionnaires shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to complete and you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to provide some fantastic evidence for the future.  Your data won’t be used individually but will be combined to make over 10,000 responses nationally.   The other catch is that they start really soon and some places are already taken so you need to get in quick!!!



Android Tablets for beginners

  • 6 weeks from 2 November Monday 1-3pm

Hollywood in the 1950’s and 60’s

  • 6 weeks from 3 November 7-9pm

‘Canta che ti passa!’ – Italian with pop song

  • 4 weeks from 4 November Friday 1-3pm



Christmas Willow Crafts

  • 4 weeks from 19 November Thursday 1-3.30pm

Plus we have added an extra 6 week drawing course…

Drawn Together

  • 5 weeks from 10 November Tuesday 1.30-3.30pm

This course is open to all and learners will have the chance to explore drawing and build their confidence.

guinea-pigDrawing gives you the chance to develop techniques and skills and to build your concentration as part of a friendly and supportive group.

Don’t forget these courses are completely free of charge for just a teeny bit of form filling – so help us out –  be a  guinea pig and bag yourself a bargain!


Weather warnings

As its getting a little chillier it seems a good time to remind everyone of what to do if we get problems with snow or ice this winter.

If we do need to cancel a class because one of our tutors can’t make it in,  we will ask tutors to contact you directly (as we know many of them already do if there are problems) or we will get in touch with you from the office.  If you have changed your phone number or email address recently it might be worth checking that we have the correct details for you.

If Stoke Lodge has to close we will post notice of closure as soon as we possibly can on our website www.bristolcourses.com, on our Facebook page and on Twitter.

If the news tells you there is lots of snow and ice double check on the website before setting off.  You can of course give us a ring, but lines could be busy, especially if the staff taking the calls have not made it!


Christmas-TreeChristmas Market – Saturday 12 December

We will be having a Christmas Market on the afternoon of Saturday 12 December.  We would love you to come along, join us for a mince pie and pick up some fantastic handmade Christmas presents and stocking fillers.


Rooms at Stoke Lodge – available for events, parties and meetings.

Just a reminder if you are looking for a room for an event or party Stoke Lodge has a range rooms available to book.

If you want to find out more about booking a room you can email stokelodge@bristol.gov.uk or pop in and have a chat with Debby.