Love to learn with the ܽƵ

Our languages and culture courses span the length and breadth of England and Scotland, with the option to study online or in person at a time that suits you. Whether you’re looking to learn a new language and immerse yourself in another country, or you simply wish to indulge in your love and fascination of film, we have the course for you. 

Skip to course

Our creative writing courses will nourish your inner writer, providing you with a platform to develop your love of poetry, non-fiction or script development. If literature courses are more your kind of thing, then you’re in luck too, as there are a wide range of topics to choose from.  

Literary greats and great periods in history

Our language courses offer you the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a completely new culture, developing your skills so that you can speak confidently in countries right across the world. German, Italian and Greek are just a few examples of the language courses we have to offer, with many others taking place throughout the year.  

As you’d expect, literary greats such as Agatha Christie and Shakespeare feature regularly. There’s also the option to examine other time periods in English literature too, helping you develop your critical reading and analysis skills - perfect whether you’re a beginner or more experienced in the subject.  

If you prefer history then you’ve got a choice too, from courses on subjects you’d expect such as the first world war, or art history and studying the works of iconic painters such as Salvador Dali. 

Support and guidance

Whatever course you choose, you'll learn in a supportive environment where the class sizes are small, ensuring you get the attention you deserve, with an experienced and qualified tutor on-hand to guide you through your learning too.  

A lot of our cultural learning is delivered by our branch network: learn more here.

Please enter your postcode

In order for us to give you accurate results for your courses, please click on the Search options and enter your postcode and the mile radius for your search.

Refine search

How you'll learn

Your location

Please enter your postcode or town for your search in the boxes below.

We have defaulted the search to ten miles, but you can change this number in the box as you wish.

Sort by start date

Choose to sort the course start date in ascending order (furthest away dates first) or descending (most recent dates first)

Results per page

Days

Other Filters

Part of day
Level of study
Availability
Search for the branch name/location, without adding branch e.g. Barnet

Creative Writing: Boost Your Creative Writing

Calling all fiction writers! Get inspired, get motivated, get writing more! Join this fantastic six week course to explore different writing forms and enjoy the structure and discipline of a regular class and share your writing with your peers if you wish. Who is it for: For writers who have started writing! Writing fiction, short or long form. If you’ve started writing but could do with the structure and discipline of a regular class, then this is the class for you! We’ll read a variety of stories, have a spotlight on craft each and write and share (if you want) our work in class. We’ll look at different forms of writing – short story, flash fiction, micro and vignette. Get inspired, get motivated, get writing more!

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 12/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Nicola Torode
Course code:
Q00016248
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Music Making: Advanced Songwriting

Express your musical creativity and develop your songwriting skills in a supportive online group. This course will explore how to put together multi-track songs using recording software. Learners can choose to use their own recording software, or create an account for SoundTrap, a free online recording platform. During the course we will also analyse different song genres and learn to identify different instrument parts within an existing song. Please note: This is an advanced level course and requires existing skills in order to take part.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 13/06/2024 -
Thu 25/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Lorna Poole
Course code:
Q00015242
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £59.20

Creative Writing: Creative Writing Group –  Sense of Place: Showing & Telling, part 2

Practice techniques for creating short stories, true or untrue. This is a continuation of the previous Friday morning course, though it is not necessary to have attended that course in order to do this one. We'll apply the principles of short fiction to our writing, with the focus this term on thinking about how point-of-view impacts on structure. There will be writing exercises, discussions, an optional weekly homework task and feedback. Guidance on feedback techniques will be provided. The course content has flexibility, and will be adapted to suit the needs of the group. Suitable for improvers. This course uses the same content as the Thursday morning fortnightly course, Sense of Place: Showing & Telling, and the Thursday morning course, Sense of Place: Showing & Telling.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 14/06/2024 -
Fri 26/07/2024
Times:
11:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Humphris
Course code:
Q00014014
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £44.40

Art Appreciation: Art and About: Hyde Park Statues and Monuments

Part of the ܽƵ Art and About Festival! This is a walking tour of Hyde Park's statues and monuments. Hyde Park is 140 hectares in area. It is an historic Grade I-listed urban park in Westminster, Greater London. A Royal Park, it is the largest of the parks and green spaces that form a chain from Kensington Palace through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, via Hyde Park Corner and Green Park, past Buckingham Palace to St James's Park. Hyde Park is divided by the Serpentine and the Long Water lakes. For several centuries Hyde Park has been enriched by the installation of many statues and monuments. Enjoy this leisurely stroll around the park and learn about its fascinating history. Meet 10.30 am on Friday 14 June 2024 in front of Apsley House - 149 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NT. NOTE The house is on the west side of Park Lane, at the south end, by Hyde Park underground station.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 14/06/2024 -
Fri 14/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Meeting Point: Apsley House
149 Piccadilly
London
London
W1J 7NT
Tutor:
Colin Lomas
Course code:
Q00014317
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.00

ܽƵ Membership

For just £15 a year, you can:

  • Join our popular, award-winning weekly lecture series,
  • Access an archive of over 100 past lectures,
  • Get priority online and phone booking for autumn courses (England only),
  • Receive our Highway magazine and access back issues,
  • Attend our members’ annual conference.

Just add us to your basket to sign up today!

Membership Information

Duration:
12 months
Fee:
ܽƵ Membership

Art Appreciation: Art and About: From Trafalgar Square to Westminster Bridge

Part of the ܽƵ Art and About Festival 2024! A wonderful walking tour of central London. In central London there is a plethora of art which is visible in the streets. There are self-standing statues, statues carved on many buildings, ornamentations on buildings in every style – Gothic, classical, Baroque. Starting from Trafalgar Square we will enjoy the buildings starting with the National Gallery and Saint Martin-in-the-Field. From the square itself the route is down Whitehall, past many government buildings, to the sculptures in Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey, Saint Margaret’s, the Palace of Westminster. The tour will finish on Westminster bridge, enjoying the splendid views of old and new buildings. On the tour you will learn about architectural styles and many famous people. Meet 2.00 pm on Friday 14 June 2024 on the pavement by the main entrance to the National Gallery Trafalgar Square London WC2N 5DN

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 14/06/2024 -
Fri 14/06/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Meeting Place:The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London
WC2N 5DN
Tutor:
Colin Lomas
Course code:
Q00014296
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.00

Art Appreciation-'Art History and Sketching Tour: Southampton City Art gallery'.

This course will take place in Southampton City Art Gallery, which has the most extensive collection of art in the region. The collection covers six centuries of European Art in a stunning 1930’s building, part of the civic complex, and Southampton’s cultural quarter. The course will begin with a tour of art on display, featuring highlights in an interactive discussion. The Gallery is fully accessible, with lightweight portable seats; participants will be encouraged to select a few artworks to sketch – suitable for complete beginners as tuition on this will be given during the session. Be inspired by this world class collection on our doorstep and meet likeminded people in a stimulating setting

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 15/06/2024 -
Sat 15/06/2024
Times:
10:15am - 1:15pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Southampton City Art Gallery - Education
Civic Centre
Commercial Road
Southampton
SO14 7LP
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00014824
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.60

Art Appreciation: Egyptian Treasures of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (In-Person Gallery Tour)

This course is an in-person gallery tour exploring the ancient Egyptian collection of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. In 2 hours we will tour both famous pieces including the Scorpion Macehead and Taharqa Shrine, alongside many lesser known gems of the Egyptian collection. On arrival please come to the main museum entrance on Beaumont Street. We will meet to the left of the front door in Gallery 21 by the sculptures where there is seating. If you are late please proceed directly to the Egyptian Gallery also on the Ground Floor at the other end of Room 21.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 19/06/2024 -
Wed 19/06/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Meeting Poing: Left Of Gallery 21 Door
Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont St
Oxford
Oxford
OX1 2PH
Tutor:
John Billman
Course code:
Q00015234
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Film & Media: Second Look Latin American Cinema

Part 2 of a brief introduction to the rich cinema of Latin America. It gives you an opportunity to explore the rich film industries of Latin America whose influence on world cinema is bigger than you may have thought despite decades of political turmoil, in some cases heavy censorship, and the influence of its Northern neighbour, Hollywood. This half-day course will focus on the international resurgence of Latin American Cinema since the 1990s, including New Mexican Cinema, the works of Latin American auteurs like active in the US and Europe like Walter Salles and Alfonso Cuarón.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Thu 20/06/2024
Times:
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Ruth Mulandi
Course code:
Q00014290
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £11.10

Art Appreciation: The Art and Artists of World War One

In this course, we will explore the visual culture in Europe during World War One. From official war art, to soldiers’ sketchbooks, from world-famous artists to anonymous draughtsmen, we will study and discuss a broad range of attitudes to war. We will study many British artists, but also German, French, Italian, and American ones. We will study great works of art, learn a lot about the history of the war from a British and Western perspective, and discuss the role of art and artists during wartime, as well as in the aftermath of a war.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Caroline Levisse
Course code:
Q00015071
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Art Appreciation: Art of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Modern Art’ arouses strong feelings - like it or loathe it! Explore Constable and Turner, understand the Pre- Raphaelites and the Impressionists. Trace the development of ‘Modern Art’ from the beginnings with Cezanne, through the revolutions of Picasso and Mondrian, to the British artists such as Tracy Emin and Antony Gormley. Discuss whether ‘found art’ such as Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ or Tracy Emin’s ‘My Bed’ are really art at all. Examine the importance of modern art galleries. Understand the contexts and the development which have influenced art in the twentieth century.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
David Brindley
Course code:
Q00015237
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00