Our Activities

A range of leisure and community activities for adults, offered in a truly inspiring environment.

Social

Start your weekend with a Castle Dairy wine tasting experience. You’ll be taken through a variety of delicious wines with our expert Graeme Hedley, the College’s Sommelier and Restaurant Manager.

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: £40
Dates: 31st January 2020, 13th March 2020

Unleash your creativity, have fun and create your own work of art! No experience necessary, materials provided.

Duration: 2.5 hours per week for 6 weeks
Cost: £120
Start Dates: 4th March 202

A fun and creative course, introducing you to different drawing techniques and mediums. No experience necessary.

Duration: 2 hours per week for 6 weeks
Cost: £120
Start Dates: 4th March 2020

Local artist Annie Turner will introduce you to felt making, showing you how to work with felt to create unique art pieces.

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: £25
Dates: 30th January 2020, 20th February 2020

Put pen to paper, explore starting points and find inspiration as part of your journey towards making your writing lively and engaging.

Duration: 2.5 hours per week for 8 weeks
Cost: £128
Start Date: 28th February 2020

A relaxing and rewarding process, delivered by Annie Turner. Create a selection of exciting, one off prints from your own print plates to take home and frame.

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: £25
Dates: 30th January 2020, 20th February 2020

Taught by Emily Younger, learn how to use stitch to produce creative embroidery pieces, a social technique-based session to help you start or develop your own work.

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: £25
Dates: 6th February 2020, 27th February 2020

Creative photography, learn how to get your camera off auto, understand aperture, shutter speed iso and understand whats behind the different photographic genres and understand whats behind a great image. This is a practical course that will enable you to practice and build confidence to make the most of your camera. DIGITAL dslr camera required, suitable for beginners.

Duration: 2.5 hours per week for 6 weeks
Cost: £120
Start Dates: 2nd March 2020

IT

The Castle Dairy can help you stay connected and make the most of the digital world we live in, through a variety of activities delivered by local experts.

We will take you through how to set up your Windows computer so it’s easy to find the applications you like using and want to access.

Duration: 6 hours
Cost: £60
Dates: 10th February 2020, 2nd March 2020, 23rd March 2020

Learn how to navigate the internet on your phone or home computer to make the most of the resources at your fingertips.

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: £25
Dates: 11th February 2020, 3rd March 2020, 24th March 2020, 14th April 2020

You will be shown how to manage your finances online to help you become confident with secure online banking and bill payments.

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: £20
Dates: 12th February 2020, 4th March 2020, 25th March 2020, 15th April 2020

We will show you how you can stay in touch with friends and family anywhere in the world, with user-friendly video call and messaging apps on your phone.

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: £25
Dates: 13th February 2020, 5th March 2020, 26th March 2020

Having trouble using a social media site, accessing documents or sharing digital photos on your phone or computer. We can offer advice and support in this IT troubleshooter hour.

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Donation
Dates: 13th February 2020, 5th March 2020, 26th March 2020

Outlook and Hotmail accounts offer so much more than an email inbox, we will show you how to use OneDrive, Calendar, OneNote and navigate the Office suite you never knew you had.

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: £20
Dates: 28th January 2020, 18th February 2020, 10th March 2020, 31st March 2020

We will show you how to shop beyond the high street, making the most of online shopping sites to purchase safely and securely.

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: £25
Dates: 29th January 2020, 19th February 2020, 11th March 2020, 1st April 2020

We will take you through how to set up your iPad or tablet. Then introduce you to a variety of application so it’s easy to find the applications you like using and want to access.

Duration: 3 hours per week for 8 weeks
Cost: £100
This course is funded by the government and financial support may be available to cover the cost.
Start Dates: 30th January 2020, 2nd April 2020

Make the most of the hi-res, megapixel camera you have within your phone or tablet to capture, edit and share amazing photographs with family and friends.

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: £25
Start Dates: 7th February 2020, 20th February 2020, 28th February 2020

Understand how to use and set up parental controls within your child’s mobile device while also discussing strategies for encouraging young people to keep safe on the internet and mobile applications.

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: £25
Start Dates: 11th February 2020, 3rd March 2020, 24th March 2020

A short course to help small businesses make the most of their social media platforms, understand what platforms are available and how to use them to support your business.

Duration: 6 hours
Cost: £40
This course is funded by the government and financial support may be available to cover the cost.
Start Dates: 13th February 2020, 26th March 2020

Talks

Dave Willis has been photographing Cumbria from border to border, for over 30 years and for much of that time Cumbria Tourism. He has worked with CountryFile for over 15 years and continues to provide a rich and creative range of photography for the magazine. As a one-time outdoor instructor and former expedition photographer, he has worked with professional athletes in every kind of adventure sport, on land, river, sea and air. His work has appeared on the cover and inside countless outdoor magazines and books and he has been at the forefront of outdoor industry product photography, working for many of the UK’s leading brands.

Dave Willis guides you through the rich and varied landscapes, seascapes, towns and villages that make up our county and discusses his approach to travel and tourism photography.

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: £8
Date: 27th January 2020

Dave Willis takes you behind the scenes on a range of Countryfile shoots, exploring traditional crafts, meeting inspiring people and visiting wild locations.

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: £8
Date: 24th February 2020

Dave Willis guides you through some of his favourite adventure sport images, taking you behind the scenes to discover what it takes to capture professional adventure sport images.

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: £8
Date: 23rd March 2020