Nifties

Events, activities and films every other Wednesday

From 1.30pm, £3.50 per session


8th May & 15th May – Craft: Ceramic Plant Labels

Work with ceramic artist Lindsay Grieves you to create you own plant labels and decorations. In the first session, you will learn clay techniques to create a set of plant labels and in the second session, you will use beautiful glaze to add to your pieces.

Lindsay will then take the pieces and they will be fired before being returned to you. Although it is preferable you attend both sessions, there will be opportunity to attend one and receive after the session a full set of plant labels.


29th May – Talk: Best-selling local author Glenda Young

Join bestselling local author Glenda Young for an illustrated talk about her new novel The Toffee Factory Girls, published by Headline. The novel is inspired by Horner’s Toffee Factory and Dainty Dinah toffee of Chester le Street and set during WW1. Free bookmarks, postcards and toffees!


5th June – Talk and workshop: Wild Foraging with Shaney Barton

Take a botanical journey of discovery with a tasting workshop on medicinal plants found in your local area.

Learn about the magical health benefits of some common indigenous plants, as well as how you can use them to create tisanes and infusions to support your well-being. There will be teas and infusions to taste throughout the workshop, as well as helpful tips on plant identification and what to look out for in your local parks and gardens to create your own foraged kitchen blends at home.


19th June – Craft: Felting Workshop

Join Lena Archbold to create a wet-felted brooch that you can embellish further with beads and stitching. You will work with high-quality materials such as merino wool, viscose, and silk to craft a brooch in the shape of your choice. Lena will provide a selection of materials and feltmaking tools for your use.

During the workshop, you will learn about various materials suitable for feltmaking, the process of laying out materials for felting, and essential felting techniques. By the end of the session, you will take home a beautiful creation that we hope will ignite your passion for wet felting.


3rd July – Movement: Tai Chi Qigong

Join wellness practitioner Shaney Barton for an Introduction to Tai Chi Qigong

Tai Chi Qigong (chee-gong) is a system of slow movement, balance and postures that promote health and well-being for the whole system. It’s literal translation is ‘energy mastery‘ – as in mastery of your own personal energy field.

An historical practice from China, originating from Shaolin practices, Qigong is designed to support a balanced healthy mind, body and spirit.

Qigong can be performed standing or sitting down, and is suitable and beneficial for all ages and abilities.
Please wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes


17th July – TBC


31st July – Talk: BEATLEMANIA! with Sharon Vincent.

Part of our Washington 60 programme.

In 1963 societal changes created a new cultural movement particularly among adolescent females. Music, fashion, make up and screaming at popstars was the new normal. Beginning in Liverpool, this phenomenon would quickly conquer the world and the British media invented a new name for it – Beatlemania!

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