You Unplugged

Shortlist symbol Add to shortlist button.

Roman mosaic workshops in Suffolk


Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill but didn’t know where to start? Well, what better time to learn than now? There are craft courses taking place across Suffolk on a wide range of subjects, some for a day, some for several weeks, even some that are residential. It’s safe to say that if you want to make it, there is a course in Suffolk that tells you how.
Jewellery workshop in Suffolk (c) BrightsmithsLearn how to create beautiful pieces of jewellery with Brightsmiths
Photo (c) Brightsmiths
If the thought of making your own jewellery appeals, then Brightsmiths near Beccles is the place for you. There you can learn the art of silversmithing under the watchful eye of tutor Rosemary Price, and create your own bracelets, necklaces, perhaps even your own wedding ring!
The Print Workshop at Gainsborough House in Sudbury is one of the best-equipped workshops in the country, and an excellent place to study printmaking. Courses and workshops are held throughout the year, with classes taught by the expert staff and guest artists. One off sessions, short courses and longer summer courses are available, so there’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for an introduction to printmaking or to gain more detailed knowledge of a specific technique.
DrawEast drawing courses in SuffolkPut pencil to paper and achieve a lifelong ambition at DrawEast
Photo (c) DrawEast
If you’ve ever uttered the words “I wish I could draw,” you should check out DrawEast. They offer a range of courses tutored by professional artists in an exploratory and informal environment. Suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced artists, one-day courses are held each month at the Suffolk Food Hall in Wherstead, Ipswich.
Assington Mill near Sudbury is a hive of crafty excellence. Focussing mainly on rural and traditional craft courses they offer short sessions of one to three days on over fifty different subjects. These include blacksmithing, upholstering, signwriting, hedgelaying, making soap and cosmetics with beeswax. Sure enough, there will be something that catches your interest at this craft hub.
Assington Mill in Suffolk (c) Adrian S PyeLearn rural crafts and skills at Assington Mill
Photo (c) Adrian S Pye

Jo Hammond has been teaching basket making and decorative willow work for over twelve years. She runs one-day classes at her workshop in Holbrook, and keeps them small to ensure that each student gets plenty of one-to-one tuition. She also leads courses at various other locations around the region. Using locally-grown materials she makes the most of the wonderful variety of colours found in willow to weave some spectacular creations.

If you’d prefer your new skill to be something a bit more edible, then the Swan Hotel in Lavenham is holding culinary workshops to help you master the kitchen. Under the instruction of The Swan’s Head Chef, Justin Kett you can learn how to make dinner parties easy, fillet fish and shuck oysters. You’ll even get a two-course meal for the price!

Food at the Swan in Lavenham Suffolk (c) The Swan LavenhamTake your cookery skills to new levels on a culinary masterclass at The Swan in Lavenham
Photo (c) The Swan Lavenham
Intricate and beautiful, the mosaics left behind by the Romans have fascinated archaeologists for centuries, and inspired many artists to mimic the complicated style. Now is your chance to try this ancient art for yourself at the Roman Mosaic Workshop near Bury St Edmunds, where you’ll discover techniques and knowledge thousands of years old.
If you’ve ever wanted to fashion a frock, design a dress, or tackle a tifter, then the dressmaking and millinery course at West Suffolk College is for you. Run at Stowmarket High School several times throughout the year, this course will give you all the skills you need to start in this exciting area.


If you're planning to take a course in Suffolk this year, we'd love to hear about it via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.