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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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October

Sat 26
10am - 1pm

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Beginners Crochet

£34/£31(c) • Friends £32/£29(c)

This introductory session is the perfect autumn treat for crochet beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. Textiles artist Emma Leith is on a mission to get you hooked! You will learn the most basic of crochet stitches using a chunky hook and yarn. This workshop will get you started on making a gorgeous scarf and you will leave not only with a skill that lasts a lifetime but also a hook, enough yarn and confidence to keep going once you get home.

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Sat 26
10am - 12pm

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Editing a Short Story

£12/£11(c) • Friends £10/£9(c)

With your first draft complete, it’s time to hone your work. We will look in detail at editing; word choice, rhythm and pace, reading for sense and creation of atmosphere. This is the fine crafting of your story and every word counts. Sarah will help you complete your writing, improve structure or decide what to include. All ready for the Prema short story competition!

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Sat 26
2pm - 5pm

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Needle punch Embroidery

£36/£33(c) • Friends £34/£31(c)

Punch your art out and create your very own woolly wall hanging in this 3 hour needle punch class. Perfect for the complete beginner and anyone keen to have a go at something new. If you enjoy playing with yarn but have not yet mastered crochet and knitting then this is the class for you.

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Tue 29
10am - 4pm

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Bollywood Dance & Indian Culture Day

£20 • Friends £18

This half term Prerna Chandiramani is coming to Prema for a workshop of Bollywood dance and Indian Culture. Spend a sparkling day learning Bollywood and Bhangra dance. Then after lunch have a go at Indian lamp (diya) decorating. Ages 7-11

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Wed 30
10:30am - 12:30pm

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Tunnel Book Tales

£18 • Friends 1 Adult 1 Child £16

Here’s a wonderful opportunity for some proper team work, this workshop is aimed at one adult one child pairs. Whoever you want to spend some quality time with, Uncle, Granny, Aunty, Dad bring them along to create a magical world with you in a folded paper kingdom. Create characters and devise a story, maybe in a forest or climbing a mountain, the story of your favourite holiday, the secret life of your garden. Prema’s wonderful Hannah Dyson will show you how to construct the set, design a story board and build your characters and backdrop, all brought to life in a concertina form.

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November

Fri 1
7:30pm

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Flats & Sharps

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

Flats and Sharps are a four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance. They deliver hugely energetic, infectiously enthusiastic and highly-spirited Bluegrass to audiences all around the world. Their music incorporates a wide variety of influences from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between.

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Sat 2
1pm - 3:30pm

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Everybody Draw

Free entry

The most fabulous drawing filled day is back! Join our artists to take over the Prema building and get stuck in with all sorts of drawing activities. This year we are diving into the deep blue and transforming Prema into a world of mermaids, tentacles, pirates and more! All ages welcome for this totally free event and we can guarantee its one not to be missed!

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4 Nov -
14 Dec

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Andy Walker

Free entry

Digital artist Andy Walker studied art and photography. Fascinated by colour, geometric shapes and tonal effects, his unique style developed, by enhancing his own photography, using intensely coloured triangles. His portfolio ranges from impressionistic pieces to photo-realistic landscapes that appear purely pictorial from a distance, but which reveal thousands of triangles upon closer inspection.

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4 Nov -
14 Dec

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Emy Lou Holmes

Free entry

Emily is an illustrator from Clevedon who now lives and works in Bristol. She creates illustrations of local towns and cities and retro inspired images. All her artwork is made up of digital illustration, drawn on her iPad and edited in photoshop. She is passionate about 60s & 70s aesthetics and an avid collector of vintage fabrics and wallpapers to collage into her work.

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4 Nov -
14 Dec

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Freya Snow

Free entry

Freya’s illustrations have a strong sense of imagination and fun, appealing to people of all ages with a degree of playfulness and a fondness for vintage motifs. Her designs are created using collaged papers and watercolours to produce the original illustrative design. And then digital skills are deployed to manipulate, create repeats and translate the drawn image into a format which is translatable to fabric.

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Wed 6
10am - 12pm

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Draw Wild

Free entry

Bring sketchbook and drawing materials and spend two hours drawing in the great outdoors. We’ll head off from Prema and explore locations in and around Uley. Drawing on location is a whole new way of experiencing places and capturing the mood and atmosphere whilst drawing directly from life.

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Thu 7
8pm - 10pm

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Knitting Group

Free entry

The Prema Knitting Group meets up on the first Thursday of each month and offers 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 so come along!

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Sat 9
10am - 4pm

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Silver Ring Forming

£49/£46(c) • Friends £47/£44(c)

Come and learn how to form your own exquisite solid silver rings with award winning silversmith Charlotte Duckworth. Use silversmith techniques to form your own ring or collection of stacking rings, shaping and marking the silver to make your own unique design.

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Sat 9
2pm

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Paper Jungle in Three Suns

£3/£1.50(c) • Friends £2/£1(c) • Family £8/ • Friends £7 • On the day £8

In the kitchen a young boy and his babysitter are cooking up a storm, as they cook they remember familiar flavours and begin to unravel magical folktales from around the world. Weaving together innovative puppetry, storytelling and live music Three Suns tells three stories from three different continents - from Africa, Europe and Asia.

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Sun 10
10am - 1pm

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Indian Woodblock Printmaking

£28/£25(c) • Friends £26/£23(c)

In today’s half day workshop you will learn to use traditional woodblock printing techniques to create stunning designs. Textile artist Clare Walsh has a stunning collection of hand carved woodblocks, a mixture of old and new with many collected from her travels around India. With excellent demos, you will be printing onto tissue and a variety of papers and card to take home to use as special gift wrapping, tags and cards.

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Sat 16
10am - 4pm

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Hand Embroidered Heart

£34/£31(c) • Friends £32/£29(c)

Stitching sensation Marion Bedford is bringing this stunning workshop to create a hand embroidered felt heart this winter. These beautiful stuffed hearts will look fabulous adorning your home or make a wonderful gift.

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Sat 16
10am - 12pm

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Christmas Cards

£36 • Friends £34

Come and make a truly unique and joyful set of Christmas Cards with collage extraordinaire Hannah Dyson. Draw and collage using paper of all different colours and textures to build up festive scenes. A wonderfully fun and festive morning and Christmas cards sorted! Price covers two adults and two kids plus all the materials.

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Sat 16
1:30pm - 2:30pm

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The Environment Show - 1.30pm

£7/£5(c) • Friends £6/£4(c) • Family £17/ • Friends £15 • On the day £10

This totally immersive environment is jam-packed with knowledge and facts, ripe for discovery. Here’s the perfect place to learn about our planet, how climate change is affecting Mother Earth and what you, me and every one of us can do to be kinder to our planet so that we are able to create a harmonious, healthy environment for our future.

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Sat 16
3pm - 4pm

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The Environment Show - 3pm

£7/£5(c) • Friends £6/£4(c) • Family £17/ • Friends £15 • On the day £10

This totally immersive environment is jam-packed with knowledge and facts, ripe for discovery. Here’s the perfect place to learn about our planet, how climate change is affecting Mother Earth and what you, me and every one of us can do to be kinder to our planet so that we are able to create a harmonious, healthy environment for our future. Our guides within the dome are the most inspiring educators, helping young and old to find solutions while learning a whole stack of fun facts and alarming truths about the human race and its ecological impact to date.

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Sat 16
4:30pm - 5:30pm

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The Environment Show - 4.30pm

£7/£5(c) • Friends £6/£4(c) • Family £17/ • Friends £15 • On the day £10

This afternoon art meets science under the canopy of the amazing Explorer Dome. This totally immersive environment is jam-packed with knowledge and facts, ripe for discovery. Here’s the perfect place to learn about our planet, how climate change is affecting Mother Earth and what you, me and every one of us can do to be kinder to our planet so that we are able to create a harmonious, healthy environment for our future.

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Sat 23
10am - 1pm

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Wood block Printed Christmas

£28/£25(c) • Friends £26/£23(c)

We wish you a crafty Christmas, and here’s the perfect way to personalise your gift giving this year. Using a beautiful selection of wood printing blocks with various festive patterns and designs, Clare Walsh will help you print your own wrapping paper, cards, gifts tags and more! Environmentally friendly and stunning.

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Sun 24
10am - 4pm

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Candle Making

£49/£46(c) • Friends £47/£44(c)

Bring light to this beautiful night of the festive season by joining Kelly Allan of Happy Holistics to make organic, zero waste candles from natural plant-based waxes. Learn the basics of candle making and explore natural essential oil blends to fill your home with chemical free scents and the perfect aroma to make your home sparkle with comfort and joy.

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Fri 29
7pm - 9pm

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Short Story Reading Evening

£5 • £3.50(c)

Come along to hear the shortlisted stories of the Prema Short Story competition read aloud! A celebration of story writing, storytelling and the wonder of words. (Entry free to those who entered the competition).

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Sat 30
10am - 4pm

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Glass Mosaic Birds

£42/£39(c) • Friends £40/£37(c)

In today’s workshop Yvette Green from Baobab Tree Mosaics guides you through making a stained-glass mosaic Robin or Red Cardinal on a stalk. These glorious winter garden bird mosaics are designed to interact with their environment, reflecting and refracting light so that they change throughout the day.

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December

Tue 3
7pm - 9pm

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Aromatics for Relaxation

£28/£27(c) • Friends £26/£25(c)

Join Fen Gerry of Inhara on this aromatic, sensory and creative evening of self-care, and explore simple yet powerful natural tools to support you in feeling relaxed through the festive period. This healing workshop will help you embrace the quieter rhythm of nature this winter and re-balance your body and mind.

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Wed 4
10am - 12pm

draw sketch outdoor free drop in group

Draw Wild

Free entry

Bring sketchbook and drawing materials and spend two hours drawing in the great outdoors. We’ll head off from Prema and explore locations in and around Uley. Drawing on location is a whole new way of experiencing places and capturing the mood and atmosphere whilst drawing directly from life.

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Thu 5
8pm - 10pm

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Knitting Group

Free entry

The Prema Knitting Group meets up on the first Thursday of each month and offers 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 so come along!

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Fri 6
7:30pm

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Fishclaw

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

Flshclaw’s music may be tricky to define but it’s shockingly easy to become smitten with their sound within moments of listening. This is warm, intelligent music which is enhanced in performance by a backdrop of video and still projections. The band offers an evening of dusky soundscapes all the way through to seriously hi-tempo tunes. Whilst folk is always at its core, Fishclaw offers a very different and brave new “take” on folkdom, bringing it bang up to date and helping to take traditional tunes and brilliant musicianship to new audiences and most notably to younger devotees.

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Sat 7
10am - 4pm

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Christmas Stitch Angel

£34/£31(c) • Friends £32/£29(c)

A wonderfully festive day spent learning to stitch a felt Christmas Angel. The perfect decoration for your home this December. Marion Bedford will introduce you to the techniques of hand embroidery, perfect for complete beginners and seasoned stitchers!

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Tue 10
7pm - 9pm

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Christmas Calligraphy

£32/£31(c) • Friends £30/£29(c)

Emma Barnes hosts this evening’s beginner’s guide to modern calligraphy with a Christmas twist. Put your new-found skills to good use as you produce your own festive decoration and go home with a full kit of goodies to get you going on your festive calligraphy journey. Festoon your gifts this year with beautiful hand lettered labels, a perfect finishing touch.

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