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12 ways to get your creative juices flowing in the new year

Bored of your regular routine? Fed up of Netflix and chilling and looking for something fun? Here's 12 creative and exciting classes to help start your new year off with a bang.

It’s that time of the year when we start thinking about making a change and resolutions and if yours is to take up a new skill or hobby, take a look at our pick of the most creative ones – from floristry classes to candle making,  and the new yoga class you must try!

Aerial Silks with Aerial Anna

Start your new year in the air! Made famous by the Cirque du Soleil troop, mastering aerial silks can be quite tricky but it’s always  something I’ve wanted to do so am excited to tell you about Anna Simpson. She’s performed at Wembley Stadium, O2 Arena and Euro Disney as well as  Chongqing International Circus, China and offers classes for both adults and children focusing on hoops and silks at the Oadby and Leicester Gymnastic Club. Keep your eyes peeled, you may even see me there whizzing around in the air.

Floristry classes at Rose Cottage Floristry

Can’t resist a beautiful bunch of blooms? Neither can Susan Martano. She’s trained in the UK and USA and can teach you everything from how to create a single bloom for a buttonhole to a large floral installation. This year she is running floristry taster sessions (£55) as well as bespoke classes. She also offers floristry training which runs over 20 days or 14 days around dates that suit you. Her beautiful studio is located in the picturesque Vale of Belvoir with gorgeous views and all courses include drinks and cake (baking is her other hobby). It all sounds blooming gorgeous!

Belly Dancing

Yup that’s me getting my shimmy on!

Master the shimmy and hip hits at this brilliantly fun belly dancing class. Run by Katerina Wells, who has been moving her hips like Shakira for the past 20 odd years, the classes are fun and also kind of addictive (lots of encouragement from the students) Go with your gal pals or even on your own like I did. Classes run across Leicestershire inc Hinckley, Oadby and Market Harbs. Read my full review here.

Bee Keeping with The Bee Farmer 

Fancy learning a new skill and doing something to help the environment? Ever considered bee keeping? David McDowell aka the Bee Keeper offers bee experiences and visits to a local bee hive (£60) and lasts a day. On it, you’ll learn the history of honeybees, their life cycle and get the chance to look into a hive. Eeek! For the hardcore bee enthusiasts, he also offers a weekend-long Foundation Course in beekeeping from £160 and he’s currently taking bookings for weekend 25/26th Jan 2o20.

Do you love all things coffee – the taste, the smell even the sound of the beans grinding? Want to know how to become a barista-maestro? Two Chimps Coffee run a hands-on morning, introducing you to speciality coffee, how it’s grown, processed and ethically sourced and talk about the coffee roasting process and more. There will be plenty of time to also of course play around with the coffee machine yourself  to help you on your way to achieving espresso-greatness. Various dates and times throughout the year. £75.

Wool Zone, Oakham

Forget everything you think you know about knitting and crocheting! The Wool Zone in Oakham run a variety of craft workshops for everyone – all ages and levels. The 2020 courses are aimed at complete beginners or anyone that hasn’t picked up a pair of needles in a long time. Classes are usually held on Saturdays from 10.30 – 3.30 and cost between £30 and £45 and taster sessions run in the evenings. New year classes include learn to knit, needle-felting, crochet plus sock-knitting, crocheting with beads and even Amigurumi toys – ohh the list is almost as long as the yarn you’ll be using.

Painting and Prosecco, Market Harbs

Talented artist Mikki Longley is starting some brand new painting and prosecco classes that sound as fun as they do creative. While there is are no set dates, Mikki can offers classes to any one that is interested – ideally a small group. The classes will run for approx 2 hours in her home studio (I’ve been there and it’s really inspiring). Prices from £25 per person including all materials and refreshments.

Laughter Yoga with Wellbeing4life

No comedy, no jokes, no humour – just laughing! But before you imagine yourself laughing while perfecting your downward dog (that would be tricky anyway) it’s more about laughter using deep breathing ‘exercises.’ Sharon and Elain run Wellbeing4life and even though the idea is a little cra cra it gets you out of your comfort zone. Sharon started it after struggling with her own mental health and says it has transformed her and believed the exercises played a massive part in her recovery. Apparently the benefits are pretty good too; laughter yoga can reduce stress, low mood and anxiety, promote better sleep, reduce pain, focus, improve your immunity and so much more – sounds like a wonder cure!

Pic Credit: Sky Photography

Who would have thought that the simple art of writing – or more specifically calligraphy and modern lettering could be so popular? But it is – it really is! Jenny Cabrelli runs workshops throughout the year (great if you want to create some signage for your wedding). Classes are £40 and held in Seagrave Leicestershire and run just over 2 hours. All materials included, as well as tea/coffee and of course, cake.

Katherine Fortnum Ceramics, Market Harborough 
Unleash your creativity and get down and dirty with clay (and no we’re not talking about that scene in the film, Ghost) at Katherine’s home studio where she offers bespoke sessions designed to suit you. She also offers family days as well as an 8 week courses (£208) where budding ceramicists can hone their creativity and delve in deeper in to the world of ceramics.

Barre Yoga, Market Harborough

Move over Bikram and Ashtanga, 2020 is all about Barre (pronounced ‘bar’) yoga. It basically combines ballet-inspired moves with elements of pilates, dance, yoga and strength training. Most classes incorporate a ballet barre and use classic dance moves such as plies, alongside static stretches. New classes are starting in Market Harbs this year. 

Candle making at The Home of Handmade

Christmas may have come and gone, but there’s no reason why you can’t gift yourself a little something else. This wonderful little shop tucked away in the beautiful village of Woodhouse Eaves not only sells high quality handmade products but also runs a variety of workshops throughout the year. The candle making class is a popular one so get in quick – you’ll learn how essential oils can be used to make natural soy wax candles. £25 per person.

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