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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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January

9 Jan -
16 Feb
10am - 4pm

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Joyce Pinch

Free entry

Joyce’s paintings focus on found natural forms from the garden, the hedgerow or the seashore. This has been her life-long subject matter and often follows a theme, as one painting will sometimes lead to another. Moving on from her former subject matter based on nests, eggs and feathers Joyce is now presenting her recent work based on plants from the lanes and fields surrounding her home in Stinchcombe and her much loved garden.

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9 Jan -
16 Feb
10am - 4pm

drawings River Severn panorama landscape

Carolyn Black

Free entry

Carolyn Black has returned to her studio practice, creating several metre-wide panoramic drawings of the Severn, seen from both sides, resulting in a collection of works and texts which have been brought together in her book Severnside: An Artist’s View Of The River Severn. Now exploring the potential of 360-degree imagery and video as an art-form, she’s revisiting her interest in romantic landscape painting and photography in the digital age.

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9 Jan -
16 Feb
10am - 4pm

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John Pinch

Free entry

Uncommonly, artist John Pinch enjoys an eclectic mix of skills. He possesses an innate appetite for exploring materials and exploiting their potential, often resulting in unusual combinations.

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Mon
14 Jan -
1 Apr
10am - 11am

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Nia Dance

Drop In £7

The Nia Technique is an astonishing and hugely enjoyable way to gain total body fitness through expressive dance fused with the power of martial arts.

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Mon
14 Jan -
25 Mar
6:30pm - 7:45pm

Mindful Yoga Relax gentle body and mind

Mindful Yoga and Relaxation

£70/£67(c) • Friends £68/£65(c)

Join Catherine Forrester from Helix Yoga for a relaxing and nurturing start to the week. This is a gentle yoga class designed to help you find more comfort and ease in your body and mind.

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Tue
15 Jan -
2 Apr
10am - 11am

Nia Dance fitness wellbeing

Nia Dance

Drop In £7

The Nia Technique is an astonishing and hugely enjoyable way to gain total body fitness through expressive dance fused with the power of martial arts.

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Tue
22 Jan -
19 Mar
7pm - 9pm

pottery ceramic potters wheel craft

Tuesday Potting Shed

£89/£86(c) • Friends £87/£84(c)

Get stuck in and explore the foundations of pottery in this weekly class devised by ceramicist Geg Fayle.

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Wed
23 Jan -
20 Mar
7pm - 9pm

Pottery ceramic throw glaze craft

Wednesday Potting Shed

£89/£86(c) • Friends £87/£84(c)

New for 2019 - there’s an extra session on Wednesdays! Get stuck in and explore the foundations of pottery in this weekly class devised by ceramicist Geg Fayle.

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23 Jan -
27 Feb
7pm - 9pm

basic knitting friendly relaxation fun yarn craft

Woolly Wednesdays

£32 • Friends £30

On these dark winter days come and get cosy learning to knit. Katy Bevan will support and guide you through how to cast on, master both the knit and purl stitches, basic increase and decreases, and what to do when you drop a stitch (don’t panic!). The first session will cover the basics, working at your speed to set you off on your knitting journey then catch up a month later to learn the next steps, ask questions and move your knitting on to the next level! All materials included and suitable for complete beginners. A brilliant skill with incredible benefits for wellbeing too.

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Thu
24 Jan -
21 Mar
3:45pm - 4:30pm

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Creative Ballet

£50 • Friends £48

Learn the core foundations and traditions of ballet without the pressures and confinements of grades. Creative Ballet offers a chance to channel energy into creativity whilst learning the basics of ballet, improving coordination, flexibility and musicality. For ages 6-10

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Thu
24 Jan -
21 Mar
4:45pm - 5:30pm

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Kids Contemporary Dance

£50 • Friends £48

This class provides the perfect platform for young people to learn the basic techniques of contemporary dance in a fun and friendly way. With Keziah Benbow’s upbeat approach this class encourages inventiveness and helps to build confidence as your dancing vocabulary begins to grow. 8 week course For ages 6-10

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Thu
24 Jan -
21 Mar
6:30pm - 7:30pm

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Beginners Contemporary Dance

£56/£53(c) • Friends £54/£51(c)

Using creative expression through fluid movement and combining elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet, contemporary dance allows mind and the body to connect. This brilliant course led by choreographer and performer Keziah Benbow is just perfect for dancers and for those who want to develop their movement skills and fitness whilst having heaps of fun.

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Thu
24 Jan -
21 Mar
7pm - 9pm

pottery ceramic craft throw potters wheel

Thursday Potting Shed

£89/£86(c) • Friends £87/£84(c)

Get stuck in and explore the foundations of pottery in this weekly class devised by ceramicist Geg Fayle.

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Thu
24 Jan -
21 Mar
7:45pm - 8:45pm

Dance contemporary movment expression

Intermediate Contemporary Dance

£56/£53(c) • Friends £54/£51(c)

Using creative expression through fluid movement and combining elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet, contemporary dance allows mind and the body to connect.

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Sat 26
10am - 12pm

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Chunky Arm Knitting

£56/£53(c) • Friends £54/£51(c)

Courtney Love brings her remarkable and deliciously luxurious chunky arm knitting workshop to Prema. Using just your arm and an awful lot of wool you will learn to knit a sumptuous blanket to keep you toasty this winter. Please note- Bookings close on 16th January

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26 Jan -
16 Mar
10am - 12pm

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Sketchbook Club

£58 • Friends £56

In this series of three workshops each session will be led by a different artist, each using different materials, techniques and sharing how they tackle creative problems, work on ideas and use a sketchbook (or not!) in their own day to day practice. This fantastic opportunity working directly with professional artists will inform and guide you as you explore how a sketchbook can be used to record thoughts, dreams and ideas. Saturdays 26 Jan, 16 Feb and 16 Mar. Suitable for ages 11-16

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Sat 26
7:30pm

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The Paper Cinema presents Ghost Stories

£10/£7(c) • Friends £8/£6(c) • Family £25/ • Friends £24 • On the day £15

A dark and spooky show for mid-winter, Ghost Stories takes five haunting tales from across England and brings them to life through live music and illustrated puppetry. From an intrepid Devon girl who outwits a witch to how the Cornish fought off the devil, Ghost Stories celebrates the age-old tradition of story-telling with a unique twist. Exquisite pen and ink drawings are magically brought to life by a pair of puppeteers and a projector to create a unique, animated film.

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Mon
28 Jan -
11 Mar
8pm - 8:45pm

Mindful Meditation group explore calm health wellness

Mindfulness practice group

£58/£55(c) • Friends £56/£53(c)

A wonderful follow up for those who have completed Catherine's Introduction to Mindfulness Course or have an existing mindfulness practice and would like to continue with the support of a group.

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Tue
29 Jan -
12 Mar
7pm - 9pm

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Life Drawing

£82/£79(c) • Friends £80/£77(c)

Paul Fowler will guide you through this six week life drawing course to develop your observation skills, a sense of proportion, scale and a confidence in drawing.

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Wed
30 Jan -
13 Mar
4:30pm - 5:30pm

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Wednesday After School Art Club

£48 • Friends £46

Join our fabulous resident artist Hannah Dyson for this six-week adventure into the world of drawing and making. These sessions are perfect for those who would benefit from a creative space which allows them to develop their skills and their own creative voice. Explore a variety of mixed media techniques including drawing, printmaking and collage. For ages 6-10. 6 week course

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Wed
30 Jan -
13 Mar
6:30pm - 8pm

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Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

£60/£57(c) • Friends £58/£55(c)

Mindfulness can be an amazing tool to deepen our understanding of ourselves and find space within our daily lives. It can help us to reduce stress, manage pain, and access greater insight and joy. Join Catherine Forrester on this six-week introduction to mindfulness meditation – perfect for beginners.

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Thu
31 Jan -
14 Mar
7pm - 9pm

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Creative Writing

£55/£52(c) • Friends £53/£51(c)

Join Sarah Erskine for six dynamic creative writing sessions, exploring a range of narrative styles and genres to discover your unique voice.

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February

Sat 2
10am - 4pm

Introduction to Japanese bookbinding

£49/£46(c) • Friends £47/£44(c)

Prepare for a magical day steeped in paper and stitch with bookbinding wonder Ursula Jeakins and make your very own set of beautifully bound books using Japanese techniques, including the inner bindings with twisted paper thread, and outer bindings with silk.

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Sat 2
10am - 1pm

Print woodblock pattern textile

Indian Woodblock Printing

£32/£29(c) • Friends £30/£27(c)

In this 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

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Sat 2
7:30pm

world music dreamy folk electronic

Symbio

£12/£9(c) • Friends £10/£7(c) • On door £15

The music of Symbio has been described as original compositions where folk, minimalistic art music and electronic dance music meets to create a cinematic experience for the listener. Seriously beautiful sounds from two astonishing musicians – don’t miss Symbio at Prema this February.

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Sun 3
12pm - 2pm

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Nourish Bowls

£33/£30(c) • Friends £31/£28(c)

Nutritional coach Becky Sage has the perfect antidote to our Christmas indulgences with some delicious, healthy, seasonal food full of nourishment. Plant-based, comforting and fresh.

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Sat 9
10am - 4pm

Heart valentines embroider hand embroider stitch

Hand Embroidered Heart

£40/£37(c) • Friends £38/£35(c)

Love is in the air. Feel the love in every stitch as you tenderly create a beautiful hand embroidered heart inspired work of art.

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Sat 9
10am - 3pm

drawing writing imagination characters inspiration

Story in a Suitcase for Kids

£44 • Friends £41

Ever wanted to write a story, create characters? Join author/illustrator/musician and general all-round creative type, Tom Percival as he reads through one of his books and gives some invaluable pointers on how to give your illustrated creations personality and character. Not only that, but Tom will show you how to ALWAYS know what to draw, even if you have no ideas. Finally... you WILL (or at least you should), gasp in wonder and delight as he unveils the marvel that is the 'Story-in-a-Suitcase. Suitable for ages 7-11

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Tue 12
7pm - 9pm

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Modern Calligraphy

£36 • Friends £34

Emma Barnes from Emerald Paper Design is hosting our beginners’ guide to modern calligraphy. All the basics will be covered- using essential tools, mark making, and alphabet practices you will then move on to whole words. Emma will be giving demonstrations each step of the way, as well as being on hand for individual guidance. The price includes a starter kit full of the goodies you’ll need to start your modern calligraphy journey

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Sat 16
10am - 4pm

cheese feta camembert

More Cheese? Yes Please!

£90/£87(c) • Friends £88/£85(c)

The brilliant Louise Talbot is bringing the next step in the cheese making journey to Prema this season. In this workshop you will be learning to make Camembert and Feta and Louise will demonstrate Boursin blue cheese spread (with homemade labneh) and Baileys Irish Cream.

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Sat 23
6pm

visual theatre imagination age 9+ dark fairytale

Tortoise in a Nutsell in The Lost Things (6pm show)

£10/£7(c) • Friends £8/£6(c) • Family £25/ • Friends £24 • On the day £15

A boy falls and finds himself in a dark and terrifying new world. It’s a world of lost things: car keys, wedding rings, dads, and a mysterious girl who is building an amazing machine. Performed in a unique dome structure, The Lost Things is about losing and finding things you didn’t even know you were looking for; a dark fairy-tale set in a fantastical world, where nothing is quite as it seems. For ages 9+.

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Sat 23
7:30pm

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Tortoise in a Nutshell in The Lost Things (7.30pm show)

£10/£7(c) • Friends £8/£6(c) • Family £25/ • Friends £24 • On the day £15

A boy falls and finds himself in a dark and terrifying new world. It’s a world of lost things: car keys, wedding rings, dads, and a mysterious girl who is building an amazing machine. Performed in a unique dome structure, The Lost Things is about losing and finding things you didn’t even know you were looking for; a dark fairy-tale set in a fantastical world, where nothing is quite as it seems.

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March

Sat 2
10am - 4pm

Story fiction writing illustrator

Story in a Suitcase

£44/£41(c) • Friends £42/£39(c)

Does the idea of creating an amazing story and filling it with fabulous characters tickle your fancy? Then you totally need to join creative genius/author/illustrator/musician and general all-round inventive guru, Tom Percival as he reads through one of his books and gives some invaluable insights into how to bring personality and character to your illustrated creations .

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5 Mar -
13 Apr
10am - 4pm

printmaking sketches screen print monotype

Andy Lovell

Free entry

The work of illustrator and printmaker Andy Lovell is characterised by making drawings and paintings from life which are then revisited through the medium of print. The original drawings are not an end in themselves but rather aim to catch the essence of a place in a form that can be translated to print back in the studio.

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5 Mar -
13 Apr
10am - 4pm

ceramics homeware birds characterful playful

Hannah Turner

Free entry

Ceramic artist Hannah Turner began using slip-casting as a way of creating multiples of her kooky, bold and playful designs, allowing her to focus on the decoration. In 2011 Hannah joined forces with a Sri Lankan company to launch her first ranges of tableware and in 2016 added kitchen textiles to her range. Hannah works from her garden studio workshop in Bristol, and her hardest job at present is keeping up with all of her blossoming new ideas!

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5 Mar -
13 Apr
10am - 4pm

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Celia Smith

Free entry

Prema resident artist Celia Smith draws with wire. For her, creating sculptures is like drawing in three dimensions. Birds are her main inspiration; capturing their movement and character is her primary concern. She finds that wire has a spontaneity that can give her sculptures a feeling of life and energy.

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Tue 5
7pm - 9pm

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Sushi Making

£32 • Friends £30

Calling all sushi lovers! Join Erin Baker from the Natural Cookery School for an evening of vegetarian sushi. We will use a variety of fillings to create an array of delicious sushi. As well as the well known maki, we will also make uramaki, temak, nigiri and Erin will demonstrate a show stopping dragon roll. The evening will begin with a demonstration on how to prepare the rice for sushi, then we will move on to tips and shortcuts, hands on sushi making. You can eat or take away everything we make.

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Fri 8
7:30pm

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Stuart Waters presents Rockbottom

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

Rockbottom is a powerful, topical new dance theatre solo from Stuart Waters, an acclaimed performer and choreographer. Combining bold story-telling with highly physical choreography, Rockbottom is a moving and incredibly honest self-portrait of personal struggle with depression and addiction.

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Sat 9
10am - 4pm

Stained glass mosaic garden birds

Stained Glass Mosaic Blue Tit

£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 blue tit on a stalk. These glorious 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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Sun 17
10am - 4pm

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Slow Down Sunday

£42/£39(c) • Friends £40/£37(c)

Join Catherine Forrester for a day of nourishing yoga, deep relaxation, and mindfulness meditation. We will begin the day with a gently energising yoga practice, followed by a nourishing seasonal vegetarian lunch.

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Fri 22
7:30pm

country folk young musician Nashville (or not)

Jake Morrell

£12/£9(c) • Friends £10/£7(c) • On the day £15

His music is possibly best described as an evocative mix of Mumfords, Eagles and even Springsteen and it’s small wonder that Jake Morrell has rapidly become one of country’s hottest new male artists in the genre.

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Sat 23
10am - 4pm

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Reportage Drawing – Portrait of a village

£45/£42(c) • Friends £43/£40(c)

Artist Gary Embury uses drawing to visually document a place, time or event. This is often called reportage drawing or visual journalism. This inspiring workshop with the artist introduces you to the techniques and drawing methods of reportage by taking a walk around the village.

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Sat 23
10am - 5pm

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Stained Glass Landscape

£78/£75(c) • Friends £76/£73(c)

Learn the stunning, traditional technique of stained glass to create a lead panel landscape with Sarah Davis. Today’s course is ideal for beginners and those with some prior experience. You will cut colourful glass to suit your design and join the glass using traditional lead and soldering techniques to create a glass panel of your own landscape design.

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Tue 26
7pm - 8:30pm

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An Introduction to Qigong

£14 • Friends £12

Qigong is moving meditation and as such improves both mental and physical health. The exercise is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and abilities, as the exercises can be adapted for most situations. This introduction led by Sally Blackman will guide you to focus on the breath, allowing it to help the body to soften, the mind to rest, whilst gently moving. Today’s session will leave you feeling relaxed, energised, calm and fitter.

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Fri 29
7:30pm

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Bristol European Jazz Ensemble

£12/£9(c) • Friends £10/£7(c) • On the day £15

An amazing evening at Prema, taking a whistle-stop tour of myriad of musical influences but with a distinctive, smooth, jazzy vibe – join them at Prema on the evening that we will leave the European Union. Don’t miss their shockingly pertinent EuRIP - a spoken word and jazz story based on band-members' formative memories, in Switzerland Italy Sri Lanka and The Netherlands – the ensemble’s unique look at the interwoven fabric that is today's Europe, as Brexit threatens to tear it apart!

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Sat 30
10am - 4pm

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Heatpress Printed Textiles

£50/£47(c) • Friends £48/£45(c)

Textile artist Clare Walsh is back for her second creative workshop at Prema. Drawing on her love of nature, Clare’s intriguing process transcribes the physical elements of nature using heat to print them onto textiles.

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Sat 30
3pm - 5pm

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Wild Storyteller

£12/£9(c) • Friends £10/£7(c) • Family £36/ • Friends £32

Join author/illustrator/musician Tom Percival and take a gentle sunlit stroll through the charming, leafy countryside around Prema and see what inspiration you can find for a story!

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April

Sat 6
10am - 4pm

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Spring Posy Embroidery

£40/£37(c) • Friends £38/£35(c)

Weave together beautiful colours and a variety of hand stitching techniques to create your own narrative and assemble beautiful blooms and natural elements in your spring posy.

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Sat 6
2pm - 4:30pm

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Everybody Listen Everybody Sing

Free entry

An incredible singing event with Su Hart. Forget school choirs, song sheets and go back to where it all started. Listening and singing, finding your sound outside and with others. You don’t need to have any singing experience and you will never sing alone. Everybody welcome and totally free- but please book your place in advance by phoning 01453 860 703.

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Sat 6
7:30pm

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Su Hart presents Harmonium and Polyphonie

£12/£9(c) • Friends £10/£7(c) • On the day £15

Su Hart is a Bath-based singer and choir leader and perhaps best known as lead singer in the wonderful Baka Beyond, the internationally touring world music band. She began composing for women’s voices in 2016, drawing on knowledge from musical experiences with indigenous musicians and the inspiration of our natural world. This wordless spiralling of women's voices, embraces many interlocking vocals forms, from the hauntingly beautiful Baka Pygmy women's rainforest singing (which Su learned over many trips to Cameroon) Meredith Monk’s choral pieces (under whom she studied in 2017) to the Indian classical sing form Dhrupad ( studied in Bhopal this winter).

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