Find Your Spring Freedom in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley
…By Learning a New Skill
Perhaps you'd like to take up a new craft or try a new outdoor activity? We've got a wide range of skills you can learn here in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.
Have you been inspired by The Great Pottery Throw Down to finally learn how to ‘throw a pot’? Pottery making is very popular here, with large clay deposits throughout the area it has a long history dating back to before the Roman times. We have several pottery centres which offer classes and events and it’s a great all weather activity, satisfying and endlessly versatile. Eastnor Pottery and Taurus Crafts offer pottery courses as do Hot Pot Pottery who run classes and group activities as well as pottery painting sessions. Learn how to make your own pots, mugs and vases or get crafty painting some. This spring they have a one day throwing workshop on Saturday 4th April suitable for complete beginners in a small group atmosphere including lunch and refreshments and your own wheel for the day.
Join Humble by Nature along the Wye Valley for a huge range of classes from rural skills such as hedge laying or dry stone walling to animal husbandry, lambing and how to keep pigs, goats or sheep or crafty classes such as floristry, print making, willow weaving or working with wool. This spring they have their popular Lambing Experiences back. Join in on either a day or a full 24 hours in the shed (on 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th March). Their Willow Garden Sctructures course allows you to create stunning pea frames or plant supports or weave a willow basket (on 14th March, 15th and 16th May) and they have a Beekeeping Course on 2nd May. Plenty of onsite accommodation too.
Hugely popular across the Forest and Wye Valley, you can find a range of mountain biking lessons with Pedalabikeaway from the fundamental basics of mountain biking to honing your core skills to improve your time on the trails. Courses include Finding your Feet - The Core Skills, Jumps and Drops, Wye Valley Off Piste and Night Riding. Spring dates for Finding your Feet are 13th March, 24th April and 8th May. Spring dates for Wye Valley Off Piste are 20th and 28th March, 5th April and 22nd May.
In our stunning natural surroundings, improving your photography skills is a fun and rewarding activity. Join The Forest of Dean School of Photography on a day’s course with a small group in a popular rural location. You’ll be guided on the camera settings that best suit you, working with light and shadow and capturing those all important shots. You’ll learn a vast array of photography skills in the best way possible – with camera in hand and practising as you go. Capturing the Natural World is at Humble by Nature on Sunday 24th May. Chasing the Light is at Puzzlewood on Saturday 16th May. Private bookings also available.
Learn how to create your own seasonal flower displays for a variety of occasions with a Spring Flower Arranging Course at Tudor Farmhouse Hotel. Spend a few hours learning from an expert florist before sitting down to afternoon tea. A lovely day out, gift for a loved one or can be purchased as a gift voucher. Mother’s Day Flowers – 21st March, Easter Flowers – 9th April, A Celebration of Spring Flowers – 14th May. See our full What's On guide here.
See our full guide to finding your spring freedom in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley here.