Many of us have taken up new hobbies during lockdown, so now is the chance to hone those skills with the help of expert craftspeople the length and breadth of the country.

Upholstery Five-Day holiday at Gartmore House

Spend five days at the beautiful Gartmore Estate, where you will receive bed and board, plus expert tuition in the art of upholstery, for everyone from the complete beginner to the more advanced.

Pottery courses at CUP Ceramics

Whether you’re looking for a taster session to get your hands on some clay for the first time, or a ten-week course to really hone your skills, there is something for everyone.
From £45.

Introduction to Leather Work at Bespoke Leather

A two-day course that introduces you to the basic skills used in leather work, perfect for those little or no experience. You will come away with two small items made in leather.

Garment Construction at Cambria Costumer House

A five-week course designed to take you from complete novice to being able to make your own clothes, by teaching you about different stitches, understanding tension, construction sampling, fastenings, and manipulating fabrics.

Stained Glass – with Jamal Rafay at Stained Glassic

Jamal is a freelance artist and maker of stained glass. He worked at John Hardman Studio (est. 1838), where he designed, restored, and conserved stained-glass windows for several historical buildings, modern architecture, private companies, and domestic clients.
From £80.

Lino Printing Workshop at Oxford Linocut Workshops

Design and carve your own lino printing block and produce a collection of prints on paper or fabric. The workshop teaches everyone how to use the carving tools and the basic cutting techniques, practising first before composing your own design.
From £55.

Beehive making at Bees for Development

Help to save the UK’s declining bee population with this introductory course to skep hive making using straw. You will take away the lipwork skills, materials, and tools needed to finish your skep at home.

Knife-making and bladesmith courses at Anvil Forge

If you can stand the heat, learn all there is to know about blacksmithing with Anvil Forge. With small class sizes you’ll be given expert tuition and take away everything you make on the day.
From £200.