Workshops and Courses

Upstairs in the Forge we have an excellent space perfect for workshops. Our directors and volunteers are always hard at work organising a diverse programme of interesting and engaging workshops available to the local community and the general public.


Our classes include learning languages, art sessions and children’s workshops.

Language Conversation Sessions


Want to improve your conversational language skills in a relaxed environment over a cuppa?

Monthly sessions in German, French and Spanish on Wednesdays at 4-5pm are not teacher led  and not suitable for beginners.

1 Wed of the month German
2 Wed of the month French
3 Wed of the month Spanish


Everyone's an Artist!

Cost is £5 per person; places must be booked in advanced and paid for at the time of booking.

Guided taster sessions on the second Saturday of each month, 2-4pm.
They are open to anyone over 16 with 8 places available on each course.

All materials included.

May 11th........Needle Felting with Julia Neubauer  
June 8th.........Geli Printing with Carol Nunan
July 13th........Collage with Glynnis Carter
Aug10th.........Jewellery Making with Clare Edwin
Sept 14th.......Screen Printing with Mary Hayward
Oct 12th.........Drawing Flowers with Sarah Blackett-Ord

Creative Children's Workshops


Creative Art Workshops for Children run on Saturday mornings from 10am-12 noon in Studio 11 of the Allendale Forge Studios. No booking necessary just drop in! Run by tutor Sarah Dalton these cost £15 per session and include all materials and refreshments. Classes cover a wide range of techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, and working with ceramics and mixed media.

Allen Valleys Creative Writing Group

£2.50 donation on attendance

Do you enjoy writing?  Why not come along to our workshops?

We meet in Studio 11 at The Forge every second Thursday of the month, from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. Each month, one of us presents a writing topic for discussion and runs a practical exercise. Outside the workshops, we review each other's work online.

You will find we are an informal group, ready to support and inspire you in your writing.

New members are always welcome!

Spilt Ink,our first anthology,is now on sale at The Forge and locally. It demonstrates the wide range of writing styles and forms we embrace.

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