Leisure Learning

Leisure Learning

Leisure Learning Overview


Welcome to our exciting Leisure Learning programme!

We advise that you sign up using the links below early to secure a place on your chosen Leisure Learning course at our campuses in Ipswich and Otley.

If there are very low enrolments one week prior to the start date of the course we will review whether the course is closed, and if possible offer you an alternative.

Age Restriction: Please note our Leisure Learning courses are for people aged 19 and over (as of August 2021).


Are you interested in running a Leisure Learning course?

Download our initial contact form here and send it to Business@suffolk.ac.uk.

Available Leisure Learning courses

An Introduction to Floristry (6 weeks)

This course is designed for those who have no or little experience in floristry techniques. Care and conditioning plus plant and flower identification will be covered as well as gift packaging and a range of basic floristry designs. Students will...

Basic Vehicle Maintenance

The course is designed to suit owner drivers of any age or even learner drivers who wish to be able to take care of their vehicles. The course content will include the following: Safety checks on owner vehicles, maintenance checks...

Basic Wedding Flowers

This workshop will cover a range of simple wedding designs for the beginner. During the workshop you will learn basic wiring techniques and make a button hole and a small posy. Learners will need to provide their own flowers, foliages...

Basket & Container Growing

Tips and tricks to help design and plant your own hanging basket or container. Tips and tricks to choose the plants, design, plant up and maintain baskets and containers in your garden and inside the house to give extra colour...

Build a Garden Border

Learn how to construct your garden to give design and flair. Learn how to measure and make a plan, lay out a design and do a plant list. This short course will give you direction and confidence in how to...

Chinese for Beginners

Learn basic Chinese Mandarin with our Chinese for Beginners Leisure Learning course, delivered by an experienced native Chinese Mandarin tutor. Learn phrases, keywords and conversation skills in topics such as: Meeting and Greeting, Families and Friends, Food and Drink, Numbers,...

Christmas Door Wreath Workshop

This is an opportunity to make your own Christmas Door Wreath. In this three hour long workshop you will learn and make your own Christmas Door Wreath to take away with you. This workshop is suitable for beginners and those...

Christmas Table Decoration Workshop

This is an opportunity to make your own Christmas Table Decoration. In this three hour long workshop you will learn and make your own Christmas Table Decoration to take away with you. This workshop is suitable for beginners and those...

Christmas Table Wreath with Candle Decoration Workshop

This is an opportunity to make your own Christmas Table Wreath Decoration with Candles. In this three hour long workshop you will learn and make your own Christmas Table Wreath Decoration with candles to take away with you. This workshop...

Dressmaking

Learn how to design and create your own clothes through development of sewing, dressmaking and pattern cutting skills using commercial patterns. This course is intended for beginners and you don't need any experience to participate, however basic machine sewing skills...

French for Beginners

This course is designed to teach you the basics of the French language, learn basic phrases and help you during your holiday. This will include how to greet people, order food, book hotels and get directions, improving your conversation skills...

French Improvers

This course is designed for those that have been studying French for a while and who want to develop their skills further. What you will need to bring: A notepad, pen and French dictionary. Enrolment End Date: Please note that...

Fruit & Veg Growing

Learn the basics to make the most of your own garden. Learn the basics for getting the most out of your vegetable plot and fruit garden. From soil management, sowing seeds, growing, harvesting, pest and diseases, this course will help...

Garden Design & Principles of Horticulture

You will study both aspects to give you a comprehensive all round understanding of garden design and horticultural principles. Design principles of site assessment, analysis, scale drawings, presentation and project management will be studied alongside basic principles of horticulture with...

Garden Maintenance

As well as learning how to enhance your garden with design and putting the right plants in the right place the sessions will include: Soils & compostingLooking after your lawnPruning Trees, shrubs and fruit treesEnding the course with your own...

Gardening the Natural Way

This course is suitable for both the novice and experienced gardener and will offer practical instruction and solid knowledge. Attendees will learn how to control pest, diseases and weeds in a natural way without using artificial products and chemicals. Course...

Genealogy

Whether you are a beginner or more experienced in conducting family history research, this remote course will encourage you to consider a range of rich resources, new techniques and creative expression in relation to your research. You will have the...

German for Beginners

This course is designed to teach you the basics of the German language & learn basic phrases. By the end of the course, learners will be able to understand and use simple phrases and questions to exchange basic personal information...

Houseplants for Beginners

This course is suitable for both anyone with a new found interest in houseplants and will offer practical instruction and solid knowledge. Attendees will learn which houseplants to select for their home or office, how to care for them and...

Instagram Training

During this online course you will learn how to create an engaging Instagram Profile and start building your followers. We’ll look at the top ten tips for success on Instagram and discover the key elements required for a successful ma...

Introduction to Creative Writing

This ten week remote course aims to offer a fun and flexible introduction to creative writing, including an overview of related literature, with plenty of opportunities for you to practise and develop your own writing. The course is open to...

Introduction to Floristry

This workshop is designed for absolute beginners as an introduction to commercial floristry techniques. Practical work includes bow making, a decorative gift wrap and a table arrangement. Foliage, foam, container and packaging materials are included in the price. Students will...

Introduction to Garden Design

Whether you simply want to get a feel for garden design or apply the ideas to your own gardens, this is a great way to get an idea of the processes involved and how to create designs. This course looks...

Japanese for Beginners

This course is designed to teach you the basics of the Japanese language, learn basic phrases and help you during your holiday. This includes how to greet people, order food, book hotels and get directions, improving your conversation skills and...

Japanese Improvers

This course is designed for those who understand and can speak basic Japanese fluently but would like to improve further. You will be able to learn functional Japanese while finding out about various aspects of Japanese culture including: festivals, travel...

Meditation & Mindfulness

Search Inside Yourself Training: The Art of Discovering Meditation and Mindfulness Techniques. This meditation and mindfulness online course is designed for people who are looking for practical strategies to have more control of their lives during these Covid and lockdown...

Mindfulness

The Art of Discovering Meditation and Mindfulness Techniques. This meditation and mindfulness online course is designed for people who are looking for practical strategies to have more control of their lives during these Covid Lockdown times. The course will dive...

Mindfulness Practices

This meditation and mindfulness online course is designed for people who are looking for practical strategies to have more control of their lives during these Covid Lockdown times. This course dives into neuroscience and includes evidence from scientific research into...

Painting and Drawing for all

This structured course is ideal for beginners or those with some experience. You will explore different ways of drawing and mark-making using a variety of simple materials. You will learn how to observe, to relax and enjoy the process of...

Polish for Beginners

This course is designed for the beginners and for those who know some Polish and wants to refresh or consolidate their knowledge. By the end of the course you should: be able to use the language effectively for practical communication,...

Polish for Improvers

This course aims to develop skills in listening, speaking and reading Polish. It lays emphasis on communication and comprehension skills but also builds on the grammar base acquired in elementary courses. Topics covered earlier will be revised and extended and...

Printmaking

On this course you will learn an experimental approach to printmaking, you will explore a range of techniques including relief, mono printing, Screen printing and Drypoint Etching. This course offers are range of projects for a variety of abilities, there...

Productive Gardening

This course looks at how to produce flowers, fruit and vegetable from your site and still have a garden to enjoy. It looks at containers, planning fruit and vegetable garden layouts, fitting them in, types to grow and how to...

Pruning - What, When & How

Get confident with managing your ornamental and fruit trees, shrubs and hedging. Learn how to correctly prune, it may save time and energy! Get confident with managing your ornamental and fruit trees, shrubs and hedging. The course will include presentation...

Spanish for Beginners

This course is designed to teach you the basics of the Spanish language, learn basic phrases and help you during your holiday. This will include how to greet people, order food, book hotels and get directions, improving your conversation skills...

The Answer Lies in the Soil

Successful gardeners know all too well the importance of keeping soil healthy. This course is suitable for anyone who grows fruit and vegetables and attendees will learn how to improve crop yield through the management of their soil. Attendees will...

Traditional Christmas Wreath

This is an opportunity to make your own Traditional Christmas Wreath. In this workshop you will be taught the traditional method of how to moss and back a frame, attach the foliage and finish with bow and trimmings. You will...

Vegan Cookery

Learn about healthy hints and tips for a varied vegan diet and expand your knowledge and vegan repertoire. You will learn how to create mouth-watering vegan recipes and treats such as 10-minute tomato pasta, coconut bliss balls and vegan choc...

Wildlife Gardening

What we can do to make our gardens wildlife friendly. How to make areas in your garden suitable and sustainable for the wildlife, from ponds, bird feeders, plants and wildflower meadows. Enrolment End Date: Please note that the enrolment for...

Willow Basketry

In a fast changing world many of us want to reduce our reliance on plastics, have the satisfaction of making things ourselves, and work with natural, unprocessed materials which bring us closer to nature. Learning to make willow baskets fulfils...

​Zoom Training

Zoom Training- Learn to Use Zoom Like a Professional. Zoom meetings have now become an important part of our lives but often we are thrown in at the deep end without any formal Zoom training. If you want to use...