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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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November

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

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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 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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Thu 12
1pm - 4pm

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Home Ed Taster Session

Full £20

Come and spend an afternoon at Prema Arts Centre on this Home Ed taster session where you will be working with dance and drama queen Kez Benbow and sculpting amazing creations with artist Jim Pilston. Open to ages 7-14.

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January

Thu 9
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 do come along!

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Mon
13 Jan -
30 Mar
10am - 11am

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Nia Dance (Monday)

Drop In £8

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. Nia’s stimulating choreography is adaptable to all – men, women, all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

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Tue
14 Jan -
31 Mar
10am - 11am

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Nia Dance (Tuesday)

Drop In £8

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. Nia’s stimulating choreography is adaptable to all – men, women, all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

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Thu
16 Jan -
12 Mar
7pm - 8pm

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Mat Pilates

£56/£53(c) • Friends £54/£51(c)

Develop your balance, strength and improve posture throughout this fabulous eight-week class in Mat Pilates with practitioner, enthusiast and new Prema teacher Karen Keniry. Learn the fundamental disciplines of Pilates in this calm and supportive environment, taking place in the beautiful gallery at Prema. Pilates is great for managing and preventing injury and has immeasurable benefits for helping improve mental wellbeing and assisting restful sleep.

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Tue
21 Jan -
17 Mar
7pm - 9pm

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The Potting Shed (Tuesday)

£89/£86(c) • Friends £87/£84(c)

Explore the foundations of pottery in our weekly class with ceramicist Geg Fayle. Learn to hand build and throw on the potters’ wheel to create sensational ceramics as well as experimenting with surface textures, slips and glazes for decoration.

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Thu
23 Jan -
19 Mar
3:45pm - 4:30pm

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Creative Ballet

£50 • Friends £48

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

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Thu
23 Jan -
12 Mar
4:45pm - 5:30pm

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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, with freedom to experiment and devise choreography incorporating dance styles form everything from folk to street.

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Thu
23 Jan -
19 Mar
7pm - 9pm

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The Potting Shed (Thursday)

£89/£86(c) • Friends £87/£84(c)

Explore the foundations of pottery in our weekly class with ceramicist Geg Fayle. Learn to hand build and throw on the potters’ wheel to create sensational ceramics as well as experimenting with surface textures, slips and glazes for decoration.

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Sat 25
10am - 4pm

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Watercolour Sketchbook

£54/£51(c) • Friends £52/£49(c)

Join artist Alison Vickery to explore how best to use a sketchbook to create a visual journal of your favourite walks. Gain confidence in sketching with watercolour to really capture the changing seasons, colours and textures.

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Sun 26
12pm - 2pm

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Nourish Bowls

£32/£29(c) • Friends £30/£27(c)

Nutritional coach Becky Sage offers the perfect antidote to our Christmas indulgences with heaps of delicious, healthy, seasonal food which is brimming with nourishment; plant-based, comforting and fresh! Learn how to create three brilliant dressings that can bring a meal together and add pizzazz to otherwise humble ingredients. Becky’s array of knowledge and passion about food, health and nutrition enrich today’s delicious workshop!

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27 Jan -
30 Mar
7pm - 9pm

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Writers’ Group (Full Term)

£27/£26(c) • Friends £25/£24(c)

A chance to come together and be have a supportive group of writers. Meet monthly to share your work, get advice, meet other writers. Creative writing tutor Sarah Erskine will lead the group, offer feedback and help confidence and support you in your writing. Book here to attend all three classes.

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Mon 27
7pm - 9pm

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Writers’ Group (January)

Full £11

A chance to come together and be have a supportive group of writers. Meet monthly to share your work, get advice, meet other writers. Creative writing tutor Sarah Erskine will lead the group, offer feedback and help confidence and support you in your writing. The perfect place to find a community of writers to explore ideas with. Workshops take place on the last Monday of the month.

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Tue 28
7pm - 9pm

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Family Legends- Writing Stories for your Children

£18/£17(c) • Friends £16/£15(c)

Do you have a funny story which always gets brought up in your family? Or a moment which gets embellished with every retelling? Fancy making one up? This evening workshop is all about how to write stories for your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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Tue
28 Jan -
10 Mar
7pm - 9pm

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Printmaking

£67/£64(c) • Friends £65/£62(c)

Join printmaker Simon Packard for this six-week adventure into the fascinating world of print. Simon will introduce you to a variety of relief printing techniques including monoprint, collagraph and lino. Printmaking is an awesome way of learning technique as well as bringing out your experimental side.

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Wed
29 Jan -
11 Mar
10:30am - 12pm

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Creative Tots

£56 • Friends £53

Our most fun and fabulous creatives Abby Conway and Bea Cleaver are bringing back this magical and inspiring creative course for parents and their nippers! Our six-week course will help nurture and develop your tots’ innate creativity whilst reawakening and giving confidence to your own creative playfulness. Ages 3+

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Wed
29 Jan -
11 Mar
4:30pm - 5:30pm

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Illustration Club

£48 • Friends £46

Join imaginative artist Hannah Dyson for this six-week foray into the world of illustration. Learn about the many ways illustration can be used in everyday life form magazines, to packaging, books and comics. Explore different ways to use materials to create striking narrative images to tell stories through a series of design and drawing challenges dreamt up by the ever inventive Hannah! Ages 6-10.

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Wed
29 Jan -
11 Feb
7pm - 8:30pm

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Sketch Sculpt Squish –A Crash Course in Creativity

£58/£55(c) • Friends £56/£53(c)

When young, we pretty much all had the confidence and imagination to create and explore our visual language. But for many of us it becomes lost, criticised or hidden away or discouraged as we become older. Now’s the time to rediscover that joy of making and creating in a safe and playful space with artist Jessy Plant.

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Wed
29 Jan -
11 Mar
7pm - 9pm

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Life Drawing and Anatomy

£82/£79(c) • Friends £80/£77(c)

Develop your observational drawing skills, sense of proportion and understanding of light and tone as you gain confidence over this six-week course in life drawing and the study of anatomy. Artist and tutor Paul Fowler will introduce a range of exercises, techniques and materials to investigate the form of the human body. Paul will also show how to tackle the more detailed parts of the body such as hands, feet and the face.

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Thu
30 Jan -
12 Mar
7pm - 9pm

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Creative Writing

£55/£52(c) • Friends £53/£51(c)

Join Sarah Erskine for six sensational creative writing sessions, exploring a range of narrative styles and genres to discover your unique voice. This course is perfect for complete beginners as well as those at any stage of their writing journey. A variety of short writing tasks will underpin aspects of the literary craft, from knowing where to start and how to edit.

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February

Sat 1
10am - 1pm

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Modern Calligraphy Brush Lettering

£30/£27(c) • Friends £28/£25(c)

Put beautiful pen to paper on this creative calligraphy session with the brilliant Emma Barnes from Emerald Paper Design. Emma guides you through the key modern calligraphy basics; showing you how best to use the essential tools, practising mark-making drills, and alphabet work before moving on to whole words. You will be given all the tools you need on the day including brushes and watercolour palettes.

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Sat 1
10am - 4pm

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Stained Glass Mosaic Swallows

£44/£41(c) • Friends £42/£39(c)

We’re thrilled to welcome back the wonderful Yvette Green from Baobab Tree Mosaics on this beautiful February morn’ to guide you through making your very own stained-glass mosaic swallow. These beautiful 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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Tue 4
7pm - 9pm

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Writing for Wellbeing

£18/£17(c) • Friends £16/£15(c)

This evening come along and explore how writing techniques and methods can be a way to help support emotional wellbeing. Led by Sarah Erskine this workshop can help you unlock and encourage your creativity by exploring and experimenting with writing in a fun and interactive way.

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Wed 5
10am - 11:30am

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Draw Wild (February)

Free entry

This drawing group if the perfect place to take some time to get outside and draw the world around you. Explore new techniques and ideas and join a supportive group of sketchers. Drawing is a wonderful way to explore your surroundings.

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Thu 6
8pm - 10pm

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Knitting Group

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 do come along!

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Sat 8

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Wire Sculpture – Creature Features!

£25 • Friends 1 Adult 1 Child £23

Here is the perfect opportunity for some teamwork as you create a wire sculpture with artist Celia Smith. Working in your pairs you can sculpt a creature from the depths of your imagination or a real animal or pet. Starting from a rough drawing you will then learn how to translate this into a basic framework for your sculpture and then the fun can begin making textures and features with soft coloured telephone wires and copper wires.

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Tue 11
7pm - 9pm

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Love Letters – Copperplate Calligraphy

£26/£25(c) • Friends £24/£23(c)

On this love-filled week come spend an evening learning copperplate calligraphy with Miranda Songer to create a beautiful motif for yourself or your valentine!

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Sat 15
10am - 4pm

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Silver Bangle in a Day

£60/£57(c) • Friends £58/£55(c)

Decorate and form an exquisite silver bangle on today’s brilliant workshop under the guidance and with inspiration from the shining silversmith Charlotte Duckworth. Use forming and texturing methods to create a bespoke silver bangle; starting with a flat sheet of silver and using a piercing saw you’ll cut in your design to then add texture with hammers or stamps.

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Sat 15
10am - 4pm

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Portrait Photography

£36/£33(c) • Friends £34/£31(c)

Portrait photography is the perfect blend of technique and aesthetics. Understanding light and how to shape it is a huge part of the process but capturing an essence of someone is where the true art lies. On this course photographer Rupert Russell guides you through moving from natural light to full studio lighting.

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18 Feb -
21 Feb
10am - 3pm

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Half Term Make-a-thon (the week)

£100 • Friends £92

This half term prepare for a creative feast at Prema. We’re doing things a bit differently and offering four whole days of creativity that connect different practices with a theme that weaves through the whole week. The mornings will be charged up by the amazing Kez Benbow who will bring everyone’s energy levels up with movement and drama, then the rest of each day will be a mix of making including illustration, sculpture and more. Book the full four days here. Ages 7-12

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Tue 18
10am - 3pm

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Half Term Make-a-thon (Tuesday)

£28 • Friends £30

This half term prepare for a creative feast at Prema. We’re doing things a bit differently and offering four whole days of creativity that connect different practices with a theme that weaves through the whole week. The mornings will be charged up by the amazing Kez Benbow who will bring everyone’s energy levels up with movement and drama, then the rest of each day will be a mix of making including illustration, sculpture and more. If you can make all four days that’s great we can’t wait to see you, but don’t worry if not, each day will stand alone as a brilliantly immersive creative experience. You won’t miss out by joining later in the week either as any work created with Kez will grow and develop each day. Make, move and create every day. All materials are provided just bring along some lunch and get stuck in to this creative feast for the Feb half term. Book the full four days or individual days.

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Wed 19
10am - 3pm

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Half Term Make-a-thon (Wednesday)

£30 • Friends £28

This half term prepare for a creative feast at Prema. We’re doing things a bit differently and offering four whole days of creativity that connect different practices with a theme that weaves through the whole week. The mornings will be charged up by the amazing Kez Benbow who will bring everyone’s energy levels up with movement and drama, then the rest of each day will be a mix of making including illustration, sculpture and more.

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Thu 20
10am - 3pm

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Half Term Make-a-thon (Thursday)

£30 • Friends £28

This half term prepare for a creative feast at Prema. We’re doing things a bit differently and offering four whole days of creativity that connect different practices with a theme that weaves through the whole week. The mornings will be charged up by the amazing Kez Benbow who will bring everyone’s energy levels up with movement and drama, then the rest of each day will be a mix of making including illustration, sculpture and more.

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Fri 21
10am - 3pm

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Half Term Make-a-thon (Friday)

£30 • Friends £28

This half term prepare for a creative feast at Prema. We’re doing things a bit differently and offering four whole days of creativity that connect different practices with a theme that weaves through the whole week. The mornings will be charged up by the amazing Kez Benbow who will bring everyone’s energy levels up with movement and drama, then the rest of each day will be a mix of making including illustration, sculpture and more.

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Sat 22
10am - 1pm

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Self-Care Mini Retreat- Winter

£32/£29(c) • Friends £30/£27(c)

Join aromatherapist, bodyworker and teacher Fen Jerry to welcome a new year and a chance to take some time for yourself. Today’s mini-retreat will explore the element of ‘water’ and essential oils to restore and fortify, giving strength, courage and motivation for the rest of the winter season.

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Mon
24 Feb -
16 Mar
7pm - 7pm

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Bookbinding for Beginners

£56/£53(c) • Friends £54/£51(c)

Delve into the art of bookbinding on this all-new introductory four-week course. Learn how to bind pamphlets, notebooks and explore different covers and bindings. Emily Northen will guide you through every step in this creative class jam-packed full of paper skills.

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Mon 24
7pm - 9pm

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Writers’ Group (February)

Full £11

A chance to come together and be have a supportive group of writers. Meet monthly to share your work, get advice, meet other writers. Creative writing tutor Sarah Erskine will lead the group, offer feedback and help confidence and support you in your writing. The perfect place to find a community of writers to explore ideas and techniques with.

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Tue 25
7pm - 9pm

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Introduction to Scriptwriting

£18/£17(c) • Friends £16/£15(c)

Lights, camera, action! In this evening’s workshop Sarah Erskine introduces you to the foundations of writing for performance. Focusing on radio and theatre scriptwriting Sarah will show you where to begin with structure, plot and other theatrical considerations

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Sat 29
10am - 4pm

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Natural Skincare

£52/£49(c) • Friends £50/£47(c)

Kelly Allan of Happy Holistics will show you how to make your own skincare products with organic, natural ingredients and zero waste. Using essential oil blends you will make face creams, lip balms and body oils and much more

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Sat 29
10:30am - 12:30pm

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Tunnel Book Tales - Myths and legends

£18 • Friends 1 Adult 1 Child £16

Work together to create an enchanting world in a folded paper kingdom. Create characters and devise a story, maybe it’s of a mythical land of giants or the world of dinosaurs, perhaps it could be 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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March

Tue
3 Mar -
17 Mar
7pm - 9pm

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Introduction to Copperplate Calligraphy

£45/£42(c) • Friends £43/£40(c)

Join Miranda Songer on this new three-week course introducing you to Copperplate Calligraphy. This traditional technique was developed in the 18th century as a way of writing that was incredibly difficult to forge. This results in beautiful, elegant lines which dance across the page. You will work with both ink and gouache and using a straight nib and swan-neck pen.

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Wed 4
10am - 11:30am

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Draw Wild (March)

Free entry

This drawing group if the perfect place to take some time to get outside and draw the world around you. Explore new techniques and ideas and join a supportive group of sketchers. Drawing is a wonderful way to explore your surroundings.

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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 do come along!

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Sat 7
10am - 4pm

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Crochet Project

£40/£37(c) • Friends £38/£35(c)

Get hooked on crochet this season with artist Emma Leith. Spend the morning learning or refreshing crochet skills and then in the afternoon Emma will set you off on a bespoke project to continue at home. This full-day crochet bonanza urges you to explore beyond the basics to really find your crochet groove.

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Sat 7
12:30pm - 4:30pm

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Silhouette Paper Cutting

£34/£31(c) • Friends £32/£29(c)

Join paper artist, illustrator and author Sarah Dennis to create your own spring inspired paper art. In this class Sarah will teach you the core techniques of paper cutting and how to work with a craft knife to cut an intricate design. You will use templates to make your own beautiful stylish paper design that can be displayed in your home.

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Sat 14
10am - 4pm

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Silver Pendant Forming

£56/£53(c) • Friends £54/£51(c)

Design and create your own pendant using reticulation and texturing techniques with silversmith Charlotte Duckworth. Create shapes by using a piercing saw to cut out your design with the option to apply texture using hammers and stamps, you will also utilise techniques such as doming and forming to make 3D forms.

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Sat 14
1pm - 4pm

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Zine Making

£26/£23(c) • Friends £24/£21(c)

Zinester Sophie Sherwood will share with you the art of creating this classic, lo-fi, DIY form of publication. Zines can be about anything and everything and have been used for political activism to recording the everyday or as a means to making mirth! In this short masterclass you’ll make your own zine in an afternoon using words, image and collage. All materials and equipment will be provided on the day, but please bring anything from your own archive you’d particularly like to include (photocopied if it’s precious) for some old-skool cutting and pasting. No experience needed, and this workshop is open to ages 13+.

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Wed 18
7pm - 9pm

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Experimental Life Drawing

£15/£14(c) • Friends £13/£12(c)

Come and experience a different taste of life drawing in this experimental workshop that will incorporate performance and movement from the model. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who wants to try something new with drawing from life and who might be interested in blurring the lines between disciplines as drawing meets performance. This workshop isn’t about accurately drawing the model but instead reflecting the movement, light and your perspective from changing angles.

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Sat 21
10am - 4pm

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Oil Paint like Van Gogh

£53/£50(c) • Friends £51/£48(c)

Here we have a very exciting opportunity to learn to paint in the style of Vincent Van Gogh with artist Sarah Wimperis. Sarah’s knowledge of Van Gogh’s brushwork is extensive, she was the only UK artist to contribute to the amazing animated film ‘Loving Vincent’; contributing an astonishing 788 paintings! In this illuminating session you’ll learn the skills of how to apply the paint, use colour and texture, using water mixable oil paint.

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Sat 21
10am - 4pm

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Spring Embroidery

£40/£37(c) • Friends £38/£35(c)

Come and join the sensational Marion Bedford for a day of spring stitching. Learn to embroider a delicate wreath of spring flowers and greens. You can also add an optional monogram in the centre to make for the perfect, personalised gift.

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Tue 24
7pm - 9pm

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No Rhyme No Reason

£18/£17(c) • Friends £16/£15(c)

Join words together in jaunty ways, find humour in the most surprising of syntactical locations in this wonderful energetic wordy workshop of poetry like never before! Sarah Erskine will show you how to loosen up, silence the inner critic and create playful poetry.

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Sat 28
10am - 4pm

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Lino Print in Silhouette

£38/£35(c) • Friends £36/£33(c)

Design, cut and print your own designs in silhouette with printmaker Beth Jenkins. You’ll be learning all about lino printing; a technique that allows you to create striking and highly original prints. Using coloured papers and inks, you will experiment with different ways of inking your prints so that each one is unique, as well exploring how to produce a small edition.

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28 Mar -
29 Mar
10am - 4pm

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Introduction to Woodcarving

£120/£116(c) • Friends £118/£114(c)

On this two-day workshop with sculptor Natasha Houseago you will design and carve your own sculpture out of wood. Start by choosing your own piece of locally fallen hardwood and then strip the bark, taking time to look at the natural shapes within the wood. Then experiment with your idea, map out your design onto the wood and start blocking by using a bowsaw.

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Mon 30
7pm - 9pm

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Writers’ Group (March)

Full £11

A chance to come together and be have a supportive group of writers. Meet monthly to share your work, get advice, meet other writers. Creative writing tutor Sarah Erskine will lead the group, offer feedback and help confidence and support you in your writing. The perfect place to find a community of writers to explore ideas with.

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April

Wed 1
10am - 11:30am

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Draw Wild (April)

Free entry

This drawing group if the perfect place to take some time to get outside and draw the world around you. Explore new techniques and ideas and join a supportive group of sketchers. Drawing is a wonderful way to explore your surroundings.

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Thu 2
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 do come along!

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Sat 4
10am - 1pm

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Self Care Mini Retreat - Spring

£32/£29(c) • Friends £30/£27(c)

Rebalance your body and mind with self-care techniques on this mini retreat with aromatherapist, bodyworker and teacher Fen Gerry. Create your own aromatherapy blends to take home, learn and experience nourishing self-massage, acupressure, yoga and meditation by focusing on the specific energising spring meridians (energy pathways).

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Sat 4
1pm - 4pm

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Chemigram Print

£28/£25(c) • Friends £26/£23(c)

Sophie Sherwood specialises in photography without a camera and printmaking. Chemigram printmaking is a simple painterly process which can be applied inside and outside of the darkroom using darkroom chemicals and resistant materials. They can often seem like images from another world, that have a somewhat psychedelic feel.

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Tue 7
12pm - 4pm

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Spring Foraging

£35/£32(c) • Friends £33/£30(c)

Here we have a wonderful opportunity to learn all about foraging wild food with Wild Food UK. The course starts with a short introduction on what to look for and a brief of the general countryside codes, where they relate to foragers. Then we'll set off on a roughly a 2.5 hour walk, identifying the various different edible and poisonous spring shoots, plants, flowers and maybe even fungi that we find.

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