Cultivate your creative side on a course this summer

If you are one of those lucky people how are not only creative, but have some spare time this summer, why not indulge this creative side by attending a course? Whether you are an artistic type, have green fingers, fancy yourself as a bit of a foodie, or think you could be the next David Bailey, there are literally hundreds of UK-based courses that cater for every taste.

You can start as a beginner if you feel you are not too confident, or jump straight in at an intermediate stage, chose whichever suits you but most of all, have fun! We have chosen four courses to give you an overall taste of what is available, with details of how to register.

Photography

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This is especially tailored to those who love nature and wildlife, as it is located on the stunning Isle of Mull, a short drive from Glasgow, followed by a 45 minute ferry ride. You’ll be grouped with no more than 6 other people.

Day one is a Landscape Photography course where experienced local photographer Dr Sam Jones will lead you to discover some of the islands stunning scenery. Cameras are available to hire and the course is completely tailored to your own skills. Day two is the Wildlife safari where you will be guided to the remote parts of the island to spot golden eagles and otters.

You will be based at The Tobermory Hotel, which is located in a stunning location, complete with a waterfront restaurant. Prices cost £495 per person for April & October, £535 per person for May to September. Visit seescotlanddifferently.co.uk.

Cookery

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Think you can cook better than the Masterchefs? Fed up with celebrity cooks on TV? Or do you fancy your chances on Come Dine With Me? Head on over to the Raymond Blanc Cookery School, located at the fabulous manor house hotel – Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxford.

You’ll be studying in a purpose-built kitchen set in the hotel, and you can choose from a range of course to suit your particular requirements, from seasonal dinner party, nutrition, children’s courses, themed courses, evening and short courses and baking and confectionery.

You will be grouped in classes of up to 10 and the class will be led by an expert chef, and best of all, you can eat what you cook! Prices cost £360 pp weekdays, £380 pp weekends for a one day course. Visit manoir.com.

Gardening

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Does your garden bloom in the summer but droop in the winter? Would you like some tips on how to maximise your garden throughout all the seasons? Then the one day course A Garden for All Seasons hosted by Julie Sargeant is the answer. Held at Chichester’s Westdean College, this is only one of 700 gardening courses, but this specific one will teach you how to plan your garden using the right plants to make a good effect throughout the year, how you can make use of the garden through the year, and using landscaping and structure to maximise its use.

The one day course is suitable for all levels of gardening expertise and costs from £100. Visit westdean.org.uk.

Painting

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Fancy getting your paint palette and brushes out in moody Cornwall? Whether you are a beginner or a more accomplished painter, Cornish based artist Tracey Hunter will help you to utilise the wonderful light that Cornwall offers, and be your guide as you learn to paint a scene of your choosing. All medium is provided, from the easels, brushes, paint, paper and canvas, and Tracey will give you all her tricks and trade secrets to help you create a beautiful painting that you can take home with you.

The two night break costs from £320 per person. Visit Bedruthan.com.

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