Saturday Courses

Saturday workshops offer the chance to either try a taster or take an intensive session.


PLEASE NOTE: Online and telephone booking will
open at 9.30am on Thursday 27 August

Some courses will run as online courses and some will start at Stoke Lodge or St Pauls. You can see the starting venue/format for each course listed below. Please note: we reserve the right to change the format of the course, in term, should safety advice change.

Saturday 26 September

German Day: An der schönen blauen Donau Wir folgen der Donau von ihrer Quelle in Deutschland bis zur Mündung in der Ukraine und besuchen berühmte Städte, Burgen, Schlösser und andere Sehenwürdigkeiten auf dem Weg. Dazu gibt es Passendes aus Literatur und natürlich Musik. Gute Deutschkenntnisse sind erforderlich für diesen Kurs.

  • Saturday 10am to 1pm Annette Krause 
  • 1 session 26 September £24 / £16 GSBD  Online

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Saturday 10 October

NEW Austrian Day: Österreichische Literatur, Teil 2: Bekanntes und Unbekanntes Nach dem Kurs im Juli ‚Österreichische Literatur – ein Überblick. Kurze Geschichte der österreichischen Literatur‘ wird sich dieser Folgekurs mit weiteren Beispielen bekannter und unbekannter österreichischer Literatur beschäftgen. Der Kurs wird online über die Plattform Zoom angeboten. Gute Deutschkenntnisse sind erforderlich für diesen Kurs.

  • Saturday 10am to 1pm Clemens Hofer
  • 1 session 10 October £24 / £16 GLBU  Online

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Italian Day: Florence and the Renaissance (held in Italian) Questo breve workshop online ( Zoom ) in lingua italiana offre la possibilità di tornare indietro nel tempo e scoprire Firenze, la culla del Rinascimento, la sua cultura e la sua arte senza eguali nel mondo. Un entusiasmante viaggio virtuale fatto di tanti videoclip, giochi e attività divertenti!

  • Saturday 10am to 1pm Enza Grauso
  • 1 session 10 October £24 / £16 LIDZ  Online

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Saturday 17 October

NEW Free machine embroidery with glitz and gold!
Introduction to freemotion machine embroidery using gold foil shapes and glitzy recycled wrappings and fabrics. Create some fun samples that could be used for decorations or framed. Suitable for all abilities. You will need a special embroidery/darning foot for your machine. Fee includes some specialist materials.

  • Saturday 10am to 4pm Debby Bird
  • One day  17 October £55 / £40 T59A  Stoke Lodge

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Italian Film on Saturday: Lezioni di cioccolato (Claudio Cupellini)
Questo film mostrato in italiano con sottotitoli in italiano ed e’ quindi adatto per chi ha un buon livello di italiano. Ci sara’ una presentazione sul regista e sugli attori prima del film. Dopo la visione del film ci sara’ una discussione in italiano e anche delle attivita’ di comprensione per esercitarsi sulla lingua italiana e per fare convesrazione.

  • Saturday 10.30pm to 13.30pm Laura Geraci
  • 1 session 17 October £24 / £ 16 FILS  Stoke Lodge

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Cinema italiano e letteratura
Guarderemo due film che si ispirano alla letteratura italiana e ai suoi scrittori. Le lezioni, incluse le discussioni e le attività, saranno in italiano e i film verranno mostrati con sottotitoli in italiano, quindi è richiesta una buona conoscenza della lingua.
Il Decameron

  • Saturday 10pm to 2pm Davide Ariasso
  • 1 session 17 October £32 / £ 20 FCID  Stoke Lodge

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Upholstery on Saturdays
These one day workshops can be used as a “taster” or as an opportunity to complete an unfinished project. If you intend to finish a project in a day, please bring fabric and braid (if appropriate). Please choose a small, manageable piece. No previous experience necessary.

  • Saturday 10am to 4pm Nicola Hamilton
  • One day on 17 October £55 / £35 T61A  Stoke Lodge

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The Black Death in Bristol 1348-1349
History talk about the Black Death pandemic in Bristol during the years 1348 and 1349. In the year 1348 the Black Death pandemic arrived in Bristol resulting in catastrophic economic consequences for the elite and manufacturing classes of Bristol. Rosemary Caldicott will discuss how the local population reacted to the seismic changes that swept through Bristol: Did the immediate years that followed become the ‘golden age’ of English peasantry? Can we draw any parallels with today?

  • Saturday 2pm to 4pm Rosemary Caldicott
  • 1 session 17 October £16 / £10 HBDS  Online

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Portuguese Language and Culture Taster Day
This course will cover a basic introduction to the Portuguese language, culture, geography and main aspects of the country’s gastronomy. This course will be held in English

  • Saturday 10am to 3pm Margarida Rodrigues da Silva
  • 1 session 17 October £40 / £24 PLCD : Stoke Lodge

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NEW Willow Moon Gazing Hare
Using locally sourced willow Sarah will show you how to weave willow into a 3D Moon Gazing Hare sculpture. Discover the creative potential of willow, how to prepare it for weaving and how to manipulate it to create sculptures and create one of these wonderful creatures for your garden.
Practical: Make your own woven willow hare, to take home, so please allow for necessary transportation.

Deadline for enrolment: 1 week before the course takes place
Materials cost: £15 per student, payable to the tutor on the day

  • Saturday 10am to 4pm Sarah Edwards
  • 1 session 17 October £64/£40 WMGH : Stoke Lodge

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NEW German Day: Otto Fürst von Bismarck
In diesem Kurs beschäftigen wir uns mit Bismarck – Preußischer Ministerpräsident, erster Reichskanzler des Deutschen Reiches, allgemein im Volksmund und in der Geschichtsschreibung auch der „Eiserne Kanzler“ genannt.
Gute Deutschkenntnisse sind erforderlich für diesen Kurs.

  • Saturday 10.30am to 3.30pm Annette Krause
  • 1 session 17 October £40 / £24 GDEK : Stoke Lodge

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Saturday 24 October

NEW Austrian Day: Österreichische Literatur, Teil 3 “Literaturnobelpreisträger Elfriede Jelinek und Peter Handke”
Der dritte Kurs über österreichischer Literatur beschäftgt sich mit Elfriede Jelinek, die 2004 den Nobelpreis für Literatur gewann, und Peter Handke, der 2019 den Literaturnobelpreis bekam, was zu einer internationalen Kontroverse führte. Der Kurs wird online über die Plattform Zoom angeboten. Gute Deutschkenntnisse sind erforderlich für diesen Kurs.

  • Saturday 10am to 1pm Clemens Hofer
  • 1 session 24 October £24 / £16 GNJH : Online

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Saturday 7 November

Growing Fruit and Vegetables
A short half- day course focussing on some practical and basic principles in home-growing techniques: practical propagation, vegetable growing and edible planting.
This course will be delivered on-line via Zoom, and is limited to 8 participants.

  • Saturday 10am to 1pm Jon Wheatley
  • 1 session 7 November £30 / £18 GJWG : Online

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Italian Day: Roma (held in Italian)
Questo breve workshop online ( Zoom ) in lingua italiana offre la possibilità di esplorare Roma, la città eterna. Scopriremo insieme la sua storia, la sua arte, le sue principali attrazioni turistiche, le sue tradizioni e tanto altro. Un entusiasmante viaggio virtuale fatto di tanti videoclip, giochi e attività divertenti!

  • Saturday 10am to 1pm Enza Grauso
  • 1 session 7 November £24 / £16 LIDR : Online

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Saturday 14 November

Cinema italiano e letteratura
Guarderemo due film che si ispirano alla letteratura italiana e ai suoi scrittori. Le lezioni, incluse le discussioni e le attività, saranno in italiano e i film verranno mostrati con sottotitoli in italiano, quindi è richiesta una buona conoscenza della lingua.
La Terra Trema

  • Saturday 10pm to 2pm Davide Ariasso
  • 1 session 14 November £32 / £ 20 FLTT : Stoke Lodge

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Italian Day: Sicily (held in English)
Explore the many interesting aspects of this beautiful iconic island in the Mediterranean, where the tutor comes from. You will learn about its history, geography, culture, traditions, food as well as about its many fascinating places to visit.

  • Saturday 10am to 4pm Laura Geraci
  • 1 session 14 November £48 / £30 LDSL : Stoke Lodge

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The Atlantic Archipelagos of Madeira and The Azores
This course will offer the opportunity to explore The Atlantic Archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores and their Historical and Cultural link with Continental Portugal
This course will be held in English.

  • Saturday 10am to 3pm Margarida Rodrigues da Silva
  • 1 session 14 November £40 / £24 PAMA : Stoke Lodge

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An Introduction to Social Media for Business, Leisure and Social Purposes
Are you terrified by tweets and horrified by hashtags? Social Media is a vital tool to promote your business and connect with your community. In this informal workshop you will learn how Social Media can be both enjoyable and useful. This course is limited to 6 participants.

  • Saturday 10am to 4pm Lisa Malyon
  • 1 session 14 November £56 / £34 CSM2 : Stoke Lodge

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Stained glass Saturday– Christmas Angel or Star
This fun one-day workshop is ideal for beginners. You will learn the copper foil technique to make a beautiful stained glass Christmas decoration Angel or Star. Fee includes classroom sundries; learners will need to purchase coloured glass and additional solder from tutor approximate cost £10.

  • Saturday 10am to 4pm Ruth Adams
  • 1 session on 14 November £55 / £41 N45D : Stoke Lodge

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Design your own garden (1 of 3)
An opportunity to improve and refresh your garden with support and help from a professional garden designer. You will learn how to redesign your own plot, beginning with basic principles and going on to cover choosing the right plants.

Maximum number of participants: 8 . NB It is important that participants have a garden, or part of a garden, to work on during the sessions.
Deadline for enrolment: 24 October, ie 3 weeks before the course takes place as an information pack will be sent out to students before the first session of the course.

  • Saturdays 10.15am to 3.15pm Christine Pritchard
  • 3 sessions 14 & 28 November and 5 December £132 / £80 GDOG : Stoke Lodge

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Reindeer Willow Sculpture Workshop
Create a festive Reindeer out of willow. Make your own woven willow Reindeer decoration up to 1 metre tall to take home, so please allow for necessary transportation.

Deadline for enrolment: 1 week before the course takes place.
Materials cost: £20 per student, payable to the tutor on the day

  • Saturday 10am to 4pm Sarah Edwards
  • 1 session 14 November £64/£40 WRWS : Stoke Lodge

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Descubriendo el “Guernica” de Pablo Picasso.
Este seminario se centra en el estudio de una de las obras más relevantes del siglo XX: el Guernica de Pablo Picasso. Estudiaremos el contexto histórico, personajes, inspiraciones, y la relevancia de esta obra durante la Guerra Civil española. El seminario se impartirá en español por eso un buen dominio del idioma es necesario.

  • Saturday 10am to 3pm Gorka Diaz
  • 1 session 14 November £40 /£24 SPPG : Stoke Lodge

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Saturday 21 November

Gerhard Richter – der teuerste Maler der Welt
Gerhard Richter, 1932 in Dresden geboren, ist ein deutscher Maler, Bildhauer und Fotograf, und von 1971 bis 1993 Professor für Malerei an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Seine Werke zählen auf dem Kunstmarkt zu den teuersten eines lebenden Künstlers.
Gute Deutschkenntnisse sind erforderlich für diesen Kurs.

  • Saturday 10am to 1pm Annette Krause
  • 1 session 21 November £24 / £16 GDGR : Online

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Saturday 28 November

Christmas floral designs for beginners
Enjoy the satisfaction of creating your own ‘personalised’ Christmas door decoration and explore some fun ideas for seasonal table arrangements using a range of professional floristry techniques. Have fun; be inspired! Fees include materials for 2 pieces.

  • Saturday 10am to 4pm Cherril McCartney
  • One day on 28 November £64/ £45 N46E : Stoke Lodge

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Italian Day: Ticino (held in Italian)
Durante questa giornata avrete l’opportunità di scoprire la geografia, la storia, la gastronomia, l’arte e le tradizioni della regione italofona della Svizzera, il Canton Ticino, da cui viene l’insegnante. Questo corso sarà tenuto in italiano ed è perciò necessario avere un livello d’italiano molto buono per poterlo seguire.

  • Saturday 10am to 3pm Rachele Piffaretti
  • 1 session 28 November £40 / £24 LIDT : Stoke Lodge

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Design your own garden (2 of 3) see 14 November

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Saturday 5 December

Family History Intensive Research Day
For the novice or experienced genealogist! Designed to advance your ancestral research development, to explore areas of your research that have been neglected or to assist you to begin a new search.

  • Saturday 10am to 2pm Rosemary Caldicott
  • 1 session 5 December £32 / £20 FHRD : Online

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NEW Austrian Day: Advent und Weihnachtszeit im Alpenraum
In diesem Kurs werden sie etwas über die Traditionen und Bräuche in der Advents-und Weihnachtszeit im Alpenraum erfahren: Vom Adventkranz bis zum Christkind
Gute Deutschkenntnisse sind erforderlich für diesen Kurs.

  • Saturday 10am to 3pm Clemens Hofer
  • 1 session 5 December £40 / £24 GAWA : Stoke Lodge

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Christmas floral designs for improvers
Those with some experience (including previous learners), will explore some fresh, inspirational ideas to create stylish, fun, floral decorations for the door and more! Fee includes materials for 2 pieces.

  • Saturday 10am to 4pm Cherril McCartney
  • One day on 5 December £64/ £45 N46F : Stoke Lodge

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NEW Mindful Living
Learn Mindfulness techniques and meditation practices as a way to naturally enhance the enjoyment of your life. Participants will receive notes and MP3 recordings by email after the session in order to maintain the practice at home.

  • Saturday 1.15pm to 3.15pm Jackie Hawken
  • One session on 5 December £20/ £18 R16B : Stoke Lodge

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Italian Day: Storia della lingua italiana (held in Italian) Questo breve workshop online ( Zoom ) offre la possibilità di ripercorrere la storia della lingua italiana: dal latino ai giorni nostri, attraverso la lettura di alcuni versi memorabili della Divina Commedia di Dante Alighieri, considerato il padre della lingua italiana. Un entusiasmante viaggio nel tempo fatto di videoclip, antichi documenti, giochi e attività divertenti!

  • Saturday 10am to 1pm Enza Grauso
  • 1 session 5 December £24 / £16 LIDSZ : Online

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Día sobre Colombia (en español)
Un día para hablar de diferentes aspectos de Colombia: geografía, historia, gastronomía, lengua, cultura, a la vez de practicar tu español y pasar un buen momento.

  • Saturday 1am to 4pm Julián Segura
  • 1 session 5 December £24 / £16 SDSC : Online

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Design your own garden (3 of 3) see 14 November