I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for a bit of learning! And if you have a little bit of time and a yearning to stimulate those little grey cells and learn a new skill, check out this selection of Sussex adult learning courses and take your pick from some of life’s simple pleasures:
Head over to Plumpton College Wine Division and have a look at their selection of wine courses. Some of their courses are aimed at people who are producing wine (or want to) but there are also courses for the enthusiastic if amateur wine connoisseurs too. They run a one-day course on characterising wine as well as a wine skills and sensory training course and a six-week course on making sparkling wine and cider at home.
Art and crafts
West Dean Arts & Conservation always have a fabulous selection of creative courses. Look out for their Sussex trug making course (it currently has a waiting list) but apart from that, take your pick from pot making, drawing and art, silversmithing, printing and Raffia hat making. It’s a creative dream.
Ashdown Forest is a great place to visit for any reason but how about dipping your fork into some cookery courses? Ashdown Manna at Blackham offers sushi roll classes, Vietnamese street food courses, Indian cookery, Mexican street food and Tapas courses. In short, lots of choice. Their courses do get booked up fast, but they have an ongoing programme so book early and give yourself something to look forward to.
In Rottingdean on the edge of Brighton, you’ll find the Sussex Garden School, where award-winning designer and TV presenter, Juliet Sargeant delivers garden talks and workshops. And there is a fabulous choice that ranges from designing your own small garden to planting a prairie garden. The courses are held at different venues so, for example, the prairie garden course is held at the stunning Prairie Gardens near Henfield.
Brighton MET and Northbrook College offer a number of adult learning courses and these include an introduction to creative writing for beginners, and a course called History | The Novel as Social History which, as you might be able to guess, is about literature and social and cultural history.
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