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Prema is a family friendly Arts Centre, promoting performance, live music and art exhibitions as well as accessible workshops, classes and creative experiences for kids and adults.

Prema, near Dursley in the Stroud valleys, offers an affordable day out for all folk in the South West.

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April

Mon
24 Apr -
17 Jul
10am - 11am

dance martial arts movement fitness

Nia Dance

Drop In £7

The Nia Technique is a remarkable and highly enjoyable way to gain total body fitness through the expressive quality of dance and the power of martial arts. Nia’s stimulating choreography is adaptable to all – men, women, all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

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24 Apr -
3 Jun

photography landscape portrait exhibition

Rupert Russell

Free entry

His self-branded erratic style is testament to the fact that he's entirely self taught and yet over recent years Rupert Russell has inspired so many to get the very best out of their camera through a range of introductory and intermediate photography courses here at Prema. This debut exhibition is an opportunity to enjoy significant moments of his photographic journey and features landscapes and portraits, pictorial and documentary.

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24 Apr -
3 Jun

paintings colour bling bright

Beci Whatley

Free entry

Beci’s paintings will bring a powerful sense of colour and bling to our Vestry Café in the early summer, offering a variety of sizes and colours – always affordable and sure to bring a zing of vitality to a dark corner in every home!

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24 Apr -
3 Jun

prints blocks textiles colour bold

Sally Harker

Free entry

Sally’s screen prints often start off as block prints, which are enlarged and transferred onto a screen. In this way the textures and marks that are characteristic of a block-print are retained but the modification onto a screen means that the artist is able to print larger designs in vivid colours onto fabric.

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Tue
25 Apr -
18 Jul
10am - 11am

dance martial arts movement fitness

Nia Dance

Drop In £7

The Nia Technique is a remarkable and highly enjoyable way to gain total body fitness through the expressive quality of dance and the power of martial arts. Nia’s stimulating choreography is adaptable to all – men, women, all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

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Tue
25 Apr -
4 Jul
7pm - 8pm

ballet dance choreography expression music rhythm

Adult Ballet

£70/£67(c) • Friends £68/£65(c)

This heart-warming class lead by prolific dancer Marie-Louise Flexen is just the thing for those who want to improve their agility and core strength in a fun and creative way. Marie-Louise’s love for this beautiful discipline shines through as she shares her knowledge and experience in this playful, friendly class perfect for returners and intermediates.

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Tue
25 Apr -
4 Jul
8:15pm - 9:15pm

dance lyrical energy choreography

Contemporary Dance

£70/£67(c) • Friends £68/£65(c)

Develop your artistic practice and find your choreographic voice in this lyrical, fluid class led by dance artist Marie-Louise Flexen. Improve your timing, movement and fitness in an energetic and lively environment.

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May

Wed 3
10:30am - 11:30am

drawing sketching free event no pressure friendly

Sketch Cafe for May

Free entry

Run by resident illustrator and passionate sketcher Eve Coy, these monthly sessions are just the ticket for those wanting to explore and discover different methods of sketching.

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Thu
4 May -
29 Jun
10:30am - 11:30am

pilates movement strength indurance balance

Classical Pilates

£58/£55(c) • Friends £56/£53(c)

With a particular emphasis on posture, balance, strength and flexibility, this class looks to fortify the body in an even and safe way. Practitioner and teacher Lizzie Quaile has been studying Pilates for almost ten years to assist her management of a persistent lower back problem. She quickly discovered how consistently correct movements prevented further injury as well as developing her core strength, balance and concentration. Our Classical Pilates course is ideal for anyone looking to improve general fitness and wellbeing.

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Thu
4 May -
29 Jun
7pm - 9pm

ceramics pottery clay pots texture

The Potting Shed

£89/£86(c) • Friends £87/£84(c)

Learn the basic foundations of pottery in this weekly class devised by ceramicist Geg Fayle. Learn to hand-build and throw on a wheel, before moving on to explore different surface textures, slips and glazes. This relaxed, flexible class offers participants the opportunity to work at their own pace in order to fully explore their creative potential in clay and develop their own distinctive style.

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Thu 4
8pm - 10pm

knitting informal friendly social

Prema Knitting Group for May

Per person per session £2

The Prema Knitting Group meets up on the first Thursday of each month in our newly refurshed and toasty-warm Old Schoolroom. Here's the perfect opportunity to meet up with other knitters and crafters to exchange ideas, yarn-stashes and pick up a whole range of tips to boost your portfolio of knitting skills. It's all very friendly and informal - you'll love it, totes!

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Sat 6
10am - 4pm

willow building making teepee trellis hazel

Willow Garden Structures

£57/£54(c) • Friends £55/£52(c)

With summer just around the corner its time to give our gardens a little bit of TLC! Willow weaver and basket maker Helen Lomberg is here to teach you how to make plant climbers and supports, decorative hurdles, trellises and teepees, all from locally grown and sourced willow and hazel. You will walk away with 3-4 garden structures to help bring some life to limp plants and droopy vines.

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Sun 7
10am - 4pm

animation drawing beginners objects

Animation for Adults

£37/£34(c) • Friends £35/£32(c)

Create characters from everyday objects and watch as simple line drawings begin to move on the page! Today’s workshop is suitable for complete beginners, you don’t need to be a confident drawer or a technical wizard, you just need to be prepared for a jam-packed day of drawing.

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Mon
8 May -
17 Jul
6:30pm - 7:45pm

yoga movement breath relaxation peace balance

Yogasara Deep Slow Flow

£70/£67(c) • Friends £68/£65(c)

Deep Slow Flow is a fun, easy-going class, ideal for beginners and those who want to learn the basic principles of yoga whilst restoring some peace and balance in their day-to-day lives through mindful breath and movement.

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Mon
8 May -
17 Jul
8pm - 9:15pm

yoga movement fitness breath alignment recharge

Yogasara Dynamic Flow

£70/£67(c) • Friends £68/£65(c)

Dynamic Flow is a focused class designed for those who want a bit more of a challenge. This course is aimed to further develop and deepen your practice and boost your strength in a rejuvenating way with a supportive guide.

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Tue
9 May -
20 Jun
3:45pm - 4:30pm

dance ballet expression music movement kids

Creative Ballet Ages 6-8

£49 • Friends £46

Learn the core foundations and traditions of ballet without the pressure and confinements of grades. Creative ballet offers a liberating and fun weekly class that allows you to get to grips with this beautiful discipline to explore the many positive aspects of expressing your creativity through dance.

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Tue
9 May -
20 Jun
4:30pm - 6pm

draw illustrate create sketch experiement

Drawing Factory

£54 • Friends £52

Our drawing factory takes creative-minded youngsters and transforms their talent into amazing artworks through slightly more technical and challenging drawing activities devised by dazzlingly inventive illustrator Imogen Harvey-Lewis. Each session presents a brand-new drawing experiment designed to develop individual mark-making styles.

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Tue
9 May -
20 Jun
4:45pm - 5:30pm

dance ballet expression movement music

Creative Ballet Ages 9-13

£49 • Friends £46

Learn the core foundations and traditions of ballet without the pressure and confinements of grades. Creative ballet offers a liberating and fun weekly class that allows you to get to grips with this beautiful discipline to explore the many positive aspects of expressing your creativity through dance.

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Wed
10 May -
21 Jun
4:30pm - 6pm

draw illustrate sketch create imagination experiment

Creative Factory

£54 • Friends £52

Gain a great foundation in drawing in our ever-popular class led by illustrator Imogen Harvey-Lewis. Imo’s sessions are ideal for honing illustrative techniques, bringing characters to life and picking up a whole range of awesome skills, allowing kids with artistic promise to really flourish.

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Wed
10 May -
21 Jun
7pm - 9pm

human form scale observational drawing sketching proportion

Life Drawing

£72/£69(c) • Friends £70/£67(c)

Whether you’re a seasoned sketcher looking to polish up your practice or a complete beginner needing some gentle guidance, we’ve got you covered! In this weekly class, artist Paul Fowler introduces heaps of drawing exercises using a wide range of drawing materials. As you progress through the course, you will develop a better understanding of proportion and scale, improve your observational skills and increase your confidence in drawing the human form.

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Sat 13
1pm - 4pm

animation Lego stop-motion Aardman animator

Family Lego Movie

£32 • Friends £30

Aardman animator Andy Symanowski returns for another stop-motion master class. With plenty of tips and tricks up his sleeve, Andy guides you through the process of stop-motion animation, allowing you to bring your favourite Lego characters to life. This fun family workshop is for a family of up to four people - ideally 2 adults and 2 kids.

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Tue 16
6:30pm - 9pm

vegan food amazing foods mylks sauces snacks

Art of Asparagasm - Building Blocks of Plant Food

£30 • Friends £28

Join Lauren Lovatt from Asparagasm for an evening of plant-based bliss. Lauren takes you through the basic building blocks of plant-based cuisine as you explore how to make nut and seed mylks, foraged pesto, raw tomato sauce, and cashew cream as well as tasting some scrumptious snacks including crackers and kale chips.

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Sat 20
10am - 2pm

mosaic garden bright cuting grouting

Mosaic Plant Pots

£48/£45(c) • Friends £46/£43(c)

Emma Leith will be guided through the mosaic process from cutting to grouting, with access to a wide range of colourful mosaic tiles. All materials will be provided but if you would like to incorporate any broken china into your design please bring along.

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Sat 20
7:30pm

performance dance theatre powerful

Viv Gordon presents I Am Joan

£10/£7(c) • Friends £8/£6(c) • On the day £15

A hopeful comedy about a woman in recovery from trauma finding empowerment by connecting with various inspiring Joans, such as Joan Collins, Joan Jett and Joan of Arc, all of whom embody elusive qualities of resilience and self-belief. Think

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Sun 21
10am - 4pm

leather craft skill traditional

Leather Belts

£65/£62(c) • Friends £63/£60(c)

Using traditional hand tools and techniques, learn how to cut your belt strap, prepare edges, lay-out and mark-up leather, punch, attach a buckle and hand stitch. Carla and Jeremy will guide you through each step as you are introduced to the wonderful world of leatherwork.

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Tue 30
10am - 5pm

drawing monkeying around cake decoration lunch included

Monkey Business

£34 • Friends £32

The story of John Daniel the Gorilla has spread like wildfire so to celebrate his moment in the spotlight, we bring you a day of monkey mayhem. Spend the first half of the day with our resident artist Hannah Dyson creating illustrated hanging monkey cut–outs before indulging in some confectionary goodness as Emily Murray from NomNom teaches you how to decorate monkey faced biscuits.

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Wed 31
10:30am - 12pm

cafe session friendly crochet infotmal

Crochet in the Cafe for May

Free entry

Our wonderfully exuberant resident textiles artist Emma Leith kick-started café crochet earlier this year and has built a welcoming community of woolly-minded crafters through her cosy crochet sessions. Hot drinks, cakes and delicious savoury dishes will be available to purchase from the Vestry Café, so you can enjoy a tasty treat whilst talking all things crochet and brushing up on your skills.

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June

Thu 1
8pm - 10pm

knitting friendly social informal

Prema Knitting Group for June

Per person per session £2

The Prema Knitting Group meets up on the first Thursday of each month in our newly refurshed and toasty-warm Old Schoolroom. Here's the perfect opportunity to meet up with other knitters and crafters to exchange ideas, yarn-stashes and pick up a whole range of tips to boost your portfolio of knitting skills. It's all very friendly and informal - you'll love it, totes!

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Mon
5 Jun -
3 Jul
7pm - 9:30pm

loom hand weave wool yarn pattern texture textiles

Loom Weaving

£84/£81(c) • Friends £82/£79(c)

Work at your own pace in this weekly class led by textiles designer and hand-weaver Rebecca Connolly. Suitable for beginners and returners, this class will take you through how to thread and set up your loom, make and wind a warp, join and change the weft yarn and finish your weave. You will experiment with colour, yarns, patterns and weave techniques to produce a diverse range of samples using a simple back strap and 4” rigid heddle loom.

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Wed 7
10:30am - 11:30am

drawing friendly no pressure informal

Sketch Cafe for June

Free entry

Resident illustrator Eve Coy has plenty of tips and tricks up her sleeve that will have you sketching away in no time. Bring along your own sketchbook and pencils and enjoy an hour of doodling in the Vestry Café. If the sun is shining then the group may stray from the café to the beautiful surrounding countryside where sketching opportunities are second to none!

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Fri 9
7:30pm

science theatre space the universe everything

Third Angel presents 600 People

£10/£7(c) • Friends £8/£6(c) • On the day £15

600 People explores how we think about evolution and intelligence, belief and invention, communication and space travel. A show that explores the stories we tell in order to understand our place in the cosmos. A piece of theatre which asks if it really is possible that extra terrestrials exist in our galaxy. A show that asks what it means to be human. We said they were big ideas…

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Sat 10
10am - 4pm

collage drawing drawn elements layers

Collaged Landscapes

£44/£41(c) • Friends £42/£39(c)

You will spend the first part of the day creating quick sketches outdoors before deconstructing and reconstructing you chosen vista to create a beautiful mixed media landscape. Prema resident artist Hannah Dyson shows you how to build layers of texture from hand-drawn elements using acrylic, pen, pencil and ink; your finished piece can be as realistic or abstract as you desire!

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Sat 10
11am - 3pm

crafting picnic knit & crochet in the garden fun informal super-friendly

Summertime Woolly Mammoth

Free entry

To celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day, Prema warmly invites you to join effervescent resident artist Emma Leith and a merry throng of knitters, felters and crocheters to pick up your hook or needles and set-to, creating pompoms and a range of crafted flowers and foliage whilst sitting in Prema’s garden – our south-facing suntrap.

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Sat 10
8pm

folk traditional contemporary awesome

Moore Moss and Rutter

£12/£9(c) • Friends £10/£8(c) • On the day £15

Moore Moss Rutter are a trio of musicians who are reworking traditional native English tunes and songs into something far more contemporary. They aim to breathe life back into ancient material through complex arrangement, virtuosic musicianship, powerful aesthetic and an ear for detail.

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Sun 11
10am - 4pm

drawing writing collaboration visual storytelling

The Art of Words

£68/£65(c) • Friends £66/£63(c)

Artist and illustrator Imogen Harvey-Lewis joins forces with writer and lyricist Alun Hughes for a creative collaboration. Work with two intuitive artists as you discover the world of visual storytelling in its broadest sense. You will spend the day writing, drawing and collaborating together to create responsive imagery and text that aims to become the basis or starting point of your artistic exploration.

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Sat 17
10am - 2pm

crochet easy baskets colour lush

Crochet Baskets

£42/£39(c) • Friends £40/£37(c)

These handmade baskets make beautiful authentic storage solutions for your home. With a wide range of colours to choose from, our lovely resident textiles artist and frequent yarn bomber Emma Leith teaches you how to create a gorgeous woolly basket! Suitable for anyone who can already crochet and confident beginners who have mastered chain and double crochet stitch.

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19 Jun -
29 Jul

prints colour bold folk-art

Karoline Rerrie

Free entry

Karoline Rerrie is an illustrator who creates images by hand using drawing and screen-printing. She sees her work as a craft and wants to maintain a handmade element - precisely the thing that originally attracted her to printmaking. She now designs, makes and sells a range of hand printed products including greetings cards and limited edition screen prints.

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19 Jun -
29 Jul

drawings prints colour woodland

Peta Taylor

Free entry

Peta Taylor is a Brighton artist specialising in brush-pen drawings of woodland on the theme of ‘A Modern Arcadia’. The drawings are made into limited edition prints using giclee, a digital process on archival paper.

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19 Jun -
29 Jul

crochet mosaic kits colour bright bold happy

Emma Leith

Free entry

For her exhibition with Prema, Emma will be immersing the showcase gallery in a riot of colour and texture – crochet, yarn-bombing, mosaic work and various kits and projects for people to try at home. Emma is passionate about helping others to locate their own “inner-artist” and reminds us of the words of Einstein – “creativity is contagious, pass it on”.

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Wed 28
10:30am - 12pm

crochet cafe session free informal

Crochet in the Cafe for June

Free entry

Our wonderfully exuberant resident textiles artist Emma Leith kick-started café crochet earlier this year and has built a welcoming community of woolly-minded crafters through her cosy crochet sessions. Emma will be on hand if you get your threads in a twist, or if you’re lacking inspiration and need a new project to get stuck in to. These sessions are ideal for anyone with some previous crochet experience who has already mastered the chain and treble stitch.

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July

Sat 1
10am - 4pm

make-up special effecs illusions ageing ballet opera

Make Up for Theatre & Stage

£30 • Friends £28

Jodie from Aponi shares her best-kept secrets from behind the scenes. You will learn specialist make-up techniques such as facial illusions, ageing and gender change as well as face painting, stage sfx, performance make-up for circus, ballet and opera, and an introduction to complimentary hair and costume. This colourful workshop is perfect for those with an interest in theatrical make-up who want to know what goes on before the curtain rolls up!

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Sat 1
10am - 2pm

mosaic workshop working together 1 adult + 1 child

Mosaic Mirrors

£38 • Friends £36

Our resident artist and mosaic marvel Emma Leith takes you through the mosaic process from designing to cutting to grouting, with elements both of you can enjoy. Today’s workshop is for one adult and one child only.

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Sun 2
10am - 11:30am

restorative gentle no-tree-hugging mindfulness

Mindful Yoga - taster session

£10 • Friends £7

Say hello to restorative yoga teacher Catherine Forrester. Catherine combines gentle hatha yoga with simple mindfulness meditation to help you to slow down, bringing strength, ease and comfort without impossible poses or complicated philosophy. This one-off taster session is the perfect for those who want to find space, ease and peace as Catherine introduces gentle, flowing movement and short periods of mindful meditation to free the breath and connect us to sensation in the body.

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Tue 4
6:30pm - 9pm

plant creams cheesecake vegan posset

Art of Asparagasm - Summer Sweets & Desserts

£30 • Friends £28

In our second serving of Asparagasm goodness, head chef Lauren Lovatt returns with a medley of mouth-watering sweets, free from gluten, dairy and refined sugars. Lauren will showcase a number of desserts including raw pastries and biscuits, plant-based creams and summer cheesecake, before you move on to make your own lemon posset and nut-free mousse.

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Wed 5
10:30am - 11:30am

sketching join in no pressure drawing

Sketch Cafe for July

Free entry

Run by resident illustrator and passionate sketcher Eve Coy, these monthly sessions are just the ticket for those wanting to explore and discover different methods of sketching. Whether you’re a seasoned sketcher looking to share your passion, or a drawing novice daunted by the blank page, Eve has plenty of tips and tricks up her sleeve that will have you sketching away in no time. Bring along your own sketchbook and pencils and enjoy an hour of doodling in the Vestry Café.

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Thu 6
8pm - 10pm

knitting social natter pot of tea

Prema Knitting Group for July

Per person per session £2

The Prema Knitting Group meets up on the first Thursday of each month in our newly refurshed and toasty-warm Old Schoolroom. Here's the perfect opportunity to meet up with other knitters and crafters to exchange ideas, yarn-stashes and pick up a whole range of tips to boost your portfolio of knitting skills. It's all very friendly and informal - you'll love it, totes!

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Sat 8
10am - 4pm

jewellery design copper beautiful

Copper Jewellery

£80/£77(c) • Friends £78/£75(c)

Choose between two of Jemima’s original designs, a butterfly or a swallow, to transform into a bespoke piece of jewellery. Jemima takes you through each stage as you learn to cut delicate shapes from copper, file and finish metal edges, texture and polish surfaces. Today’s workshop equips you with the basic skills to be able to make simple pierced jewellery, along with all the best tips on where to purchase materials if you wanted to experiment at home.

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Sat 15
1pm - 4pm

button holes bouquets contemporary floristry gawjuss!

Bouquets & Button Holes

£42 • Friends £39

Join floral designer Camilla Williams on this summer’s afternoon for a master class in floral design. Use Camilla’s extensive knowledge of plants to create a number of small or one large bouquet and a set of striking buttonholes. A variety of pre-bought flowers and foraged cut offs will be available on the day but to make your bouquets truly bespoke feel free to bring along any interesting cuttings, dried flowers, berries and herbs from your garden to transform into a colourful creation.

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Sat 15
8pm

folk traditional celtic

TEYR

£12/£9(c) • Friends £10/£8(c) • On the day £15

Folk trio TEYR evolved out of London’s thriving session scene, combining bothy ballads, shanties, folk tunes and Irish poetry. Their unique blend of voices and instruments draws links between the many sounds of the Celtic and British Isles. Featuring close vocal harmonies, fiddle, uilleann pipes, guitar, low whistle and accordion, and influenced by the great folk musicians who've come before, TEYR (‘3’ in the Cornish language) have honed their craft and thrive on weaving their diverse threads together.

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Fri 21
7pm

fusion family klezmer dance summer

Justin & the Argonauts

£12/£9(c) • Friends £10/£8(c) • On the day £15

We’ve got a hum-dinger of a show to celebrate the end of term. If you fancy a stonking night out en famille, we have the most danceable, upbeat evening of mental music in store. Justin and the Argonauts are a four-piece ensemble based in the south east of England. Comprised of violin, accordion, guitar, tuba and vocals, they play an eclectic blend of fast paced tango, classical, klezmer and out-there pop as you’ve never heard it before. They have been dazzling audiences with their musical virtuosity and impeccable manners for the past two years and are the only band performing music from Shostakovich to Britney Spears on the same set!

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Sat 22
10am - 4pm

bundle-dyeing botanical silk scarf foraging

Botanical Bundle Dyeing Silk Scarves

£68/£65(c) • Friends £66/£63(c)

Create your own eco-printed silk scarf from foraged petals and plant materials in this one-day workshop inspired and led by mineral artist Babs Behan. Bundle-dyeing is a contemporary natural dye technique that allows for direct colour transfer from natural materials, without the need for traditional dye extraction.

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Wed 26
10:30am - 12pm

crochet friendly cafe session free event

Crochet in the Cafe for July

Free entry

The final session of the season during which Emma will be on hand if you get your threads in a twist, or if you’re lacking inspiration and need a new project to get stuck in to. These sessions are ideal for anyone with some previous crochet experience who has already mastered the chain and treble stitch.

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