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New Year – New Skills

A new year often inspires in us the urge to acquire a new skill. We might want to learn how to bake a really good loaf of bread, weave a traditional basket, or find out how to keep bees.

There are many craft, cookery and other courses available in Suffolk and we have picked out a handful to get your creative juices flowing.

Jewellery workshop in Suffolk (c) BrightsmithsJewellery workshop in Suffolk (c) Brightsmiths

Scientific Cooking for Kids

This is a great way to get children interested in food and cooking – the chefs teaching this class are using all sorts of kitchen wizardry and ingredients to make things like spaghetti out of strawberries, jelly that won't melt and instant ice cream!

When: 14th February 2017

Where: ICE, 2 Lundy Court, Rougham Industrial Estate,Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9ND

Other courses available at this venue include bread-making, cooking with fish, butchery workshop and more.

Sheep for Smallholders

Learn about the different breeds of sheep and how to handle and care for them. This one day course is informative and fun and takes place in a beautiful venue in a private nature reserve.

When: 8th April 2017

Where: Assington Mill, Assington, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 5LZ

Other courses available at this venue: a huge range of craft and rural skills courses including felt-making, beekeeping, jam and chutney making, how to build a clay oven and more.

Assington Mill in Suffolk (c) Adrian S PyeAssington Mill in Suffolk (c) Adrian S Pye

Bread workshop

You can't beat freshly homemade bread and on this course participants will learn to make sweet and savoury bagels, pretzels, plaited challah. and cinnamon scrolls. The Suffolk Food Hall sits on the banks of the River Orwell with gorgeous views towards the Shotley Peninsula.

When: 12th March 2017

Where: Suffolk Food Hall Ltd, Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2AB

Other courses available at this venue include chocolate making for adults and children, baking cakes and wine-tasting.

Basic Hedgehog Care

Learn all about these sweet and prickly little creatures with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Suffolk Prickles Hedgehog Rescue. Find out what their preferred habits are, and what to do if you come across one that is sick or injured.

When: 25th February 2017

Where: Redgrave & Lopham Fen, Low Common Road, South Lopham, Diss, Suffolk IP22 2HX

Other courses with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust include a marmalade masterclass, woodblock printmaking, spoon-carving and more.


Learn to surf with your family, friends or on your own at the Southwold Surf School. The beautiful Suffolk coast is a lovely backdrop for this summery sport and you can even have a lesson as part of a hen or stag party.

When: Choose a date to suit you.

Where: Ferry Road, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6ND

Other courses at this venue include body boarding and paddle boarding.

Surfing in Lowestoft (c) Chris Read PhotographySurfing in Suffolk © Chris Read Photography

What new skills will you learn this year?

There are plenty of other courses available at some fantastic venues in Suffolk. Let us know what new skills you will be learning via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram