East Riding Adult Learning Centres invite you to ‘have a go’ this June

As part of the 2018 Festival of Learning, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Adult Learning Centres are inviting local residents to try their hand at a range of new skills throughout June.

Festival of Learning - Try Pottery

Festival of Learning, led by Learning and Work Institute, invites organisations and communities to take part in adult learning activities to showcase the wide range of opportunities and resources available to adults hoping to continue or resume their education. 

In the East Riding, local residents have the opportunity to come along to free taster and open studio sessions to learn more about the opportunities on offer. Local residents can come along to a centre and give something a go that they’ve always wanted to try. They can get an idea of what goes on in a classroom, what adult learning is all about and meet the fantastic tutors. 

June highlights include free ‘Try’ sessions. 

Come along to a free two-hour ‘try’ session and find out more about the subject and the main programmes of learning that you can go on to enjoy. Booking is essential.

‘Try’ sessions include:

  • Try creative writing
  • Try drawing and painting
  • Try dressmaking
  • Try felt flowers
  • Try gardening for health and wellbeing
  • Try pottery
  • Try photography
  • Try self esteem and confidence building 
  • Try Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLS)
  • Try using a computer.


There are also free ‘Taste and Test’ sessions.

Come along to a free two-hour ‘taste and test session’. These are not available as programmes yet, so please come along and tell us what you think and help shape future programmes. Booking is essential. 

‘Taste and Test’ sessions include:

  • buying and selling online
  • interpreting dreams
  • holiday Spanish
  • mobile phone photography.


Adult Learning Open Studios

See tutors and learners at work at one of the ‘open studio’ sessions. See what you could achieve on one of the new courses, including candle making, jewellery making, sewing, bath bomb making and creating fascinators. No booking required.

These will be held at:

  • Beverley – Monday, 25 June, 1-6.45pm
  • Bridlington – Tuesday, 19 June, 9-11am and 3-7pm
  • Cottingham – Tuesday, 26 June, 9am-1pm and 3-7pm
  • Goole – Monday, 11 June, 11am – 7pm.


Sara Arnold, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Employment, Education and Skills Group manager, said: “We are really looking forward to holding these special ‘have a go’ events as part of the 2018 Festival of Learning. We hope to inspire as many local residents as possible to get involved and learn about the far reaching benefits of adult learning. It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase everything that the council’s adult learning centres have to offer.”

Stephen Evans, CEO of Learning and Work Institute, commented: “The Festival of Learning helps people to learn and to discover the wide range of opportunities there are to learn new skills, expand their abilities and transform their lives. Events like this are a great way to bring people together and show that you’re never too old to learn.”

To find out more and to book onto the ‘Try’, or ‘Taste and Test’ sessions, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/learn or alternatively call or visit one of the centres:

  • Beverley Adult Learning Centre, Burden Road, Beverley, HU17 9LW, (01482) 887670
  • Bridlington Adult Learning Centre, Central Library, King Street, Bridlington, YO15 2DF, (01216)  677500
  • Cottingham Adult Learning Centre, Hallgate, Cottingham, HU16 4DD, (01482) 842329
  • Goole Adult Learning Centre, Pasture Road, Goole, DN14 6DP, (01482) 392844


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