Frequently Asked Questions

I have a great idea about a course I'd like to do - how can I suggest my idea?

Fantastic - we love it when people get in touch with us about new workshops - drop your suggestion to and we'll get in touch to let you know if we have a tutor and venue that could run a course.

Can I pay by cash or cheque?

Unfortunately we don't take cash or cheque payments.  Once you've found the course for you, you can book online on whenever suits you.  If you're not used to paying online and would like some help using it for the first time, pop into your local library and a member of their staff will show you how to create your account.

How do you select your tutors?

When we select tutors for our courses, we make sure that not only are they qualified to teach and experts in their subject, but that they are also passionate about their work.  We want you to go away feeling as excited about what you've learnt or produced as them!

How big are the classes?

We think it's really important to keep class sizes small so that you have plenty of opportunities to discuss your ideas and questions with the tutor.  If you enrol on a workshop, such as a cookery class, the class size will be no larger than 10 people.  Some informal events and talks, such as wine tasting or the Mint Yard Lectures, will have more people.

I can't make the date of a course but I'd really like to attend - will you run it again?

If you can't make a course - or if there's a waiting list, the best way to keep in touch with what we're running is to sign up for our newsletter by emailing us at  New courses will be added every few weeks, so you can also check back regularly on the website and most courses we currently advertise will be run more than once.

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