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Free adult learning opportunities as part of Festival of Learning

Published on Friday, May 27, 2016

FUN, free adult learning opportunities will be on offer as Leicester joins in national celebrations to mark the Festival of Learning.

Formerly known as Adult Learners’ Week, the Festival of Learning runs from 4-11 June and will offer free taster sessions in art, IT, history, languages and many other subject areas.

A number of practical, sociable learning opportunities will be on offer, including learning to use acrylic paints, basic internet skills, digital photography and cake decorating.

There’s also the chance to make a simple cloth shopping bag at a sewing workshop, learn how to make the most of your mobile phone or tablet, have a go on a potter’s wheel or try creative writing.

Examples of the sessions on offer include an ‘Under the Sea’ family learning session, taking place at five different venues throughout the week, which will give parents the chance to make storytime fun for their children, by making story aids such as masks and puppets.

A family history workshop at Belgrave Hall will bring together people who are researching their families, while a Baking in Spanish taster course at Leicester Adult Education Centre will see learners baking Spanish filled bread and learning some basic vocabulary related to cooking.

Cllr Sue Waddington, assistant city mayor responsible for jobs and skills, said: “Learning is a lifelong journey and we want to make sure it’s something that is accessible to everyone. Our libraries, community centres and Leicester Adult Education Centre provide numerous different opportunities so that people can take part in learning across the city.

“Whether you want to meet people, learn new skills, take an academic course or simply try something different, the diverse range of taster courses on offer during the Festival of Learning mean there’s something for everyone.

“Learning at any level is an extremely rewarding experience, so I hope lots of people will take the chance to try something new during the festival.”

Events are free, but booking is essential. To view the full list of events taking place during the Festival of Learning, pick up a leaflet from your local library or community centre, or view it online by going to and clicking on ‘events, news and reading’.