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Keep your brain active with creating, making and learning.

(Updated 8th December 2022)

  1. Fancy kickstarting your creativity in 2023? Then sign up for the January Challenge!
  2. Stanwick Lakes has a wide variety of art and craft events throughout the year, whether you want to learn a new skill, brush up on an old one or be inspired by the talents of others.
  3. If you’re interested in learning new woodworking, craft and textile skills, become a member of the Community Workshop in Corby, or Sheds in Desborough or Wellingborough.
  4. #GraysonsArtClub is back and they are after your artistic submissions across six themes ahead of the new series. All entries can be submitted at
  5. Would you be interested in joining a friendly online creative-writing workshop for autistic people in your area? Writing East Midlands are looking to expand their Beyond the Spectrum project, here will be groups available for adults and young writers (aged 11-13 and 14-17 years).
  6. Interested in researching and creating your family tree? You can access family history websites Ancestry and Find My Past for FREE though Northamptonshire Libraries.
  7. Take an art class at Rooftop Arts Centre and flex those creative muscles.
  8. Download a FREE WEA activity pack on Art, Music, Creative Writing or Literature including fun learning and activities you can complete in the comfort of your own home.
  9. Northamptonshire Adult Learning have lots of FREE online creative activities, with new opportunities starting in April. Learn how to paint, take a course in Art History, get involved in family crafts and more.
  10. Watch and learn all about contemporary artists and makers at – hosted by the Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham.
  11. My Sensory Adventures is a new digital project from our friends at Carbon Theatre for people who like to explore the word in sensory ways, including babies, people with special educational needs, disabilities or dementia. They have recently made all of their how-to videos available on their YouTube channel.
  12. Over 18? Want a creative outlet? Join the online NN8 Writers Group.
  13. The Royal Voluntary Service have started the Virtual Village Hall, a programme of themed online activities designed to enjoy at home, led by expert tutors in creative arts and crafts, music and singing, cooking and baking, dance and exercise, and technology skills. Join in with live sessions or catch up on demand when it suits you, on the Virtual Village Hall Facebook Page.
  14. Find lots of fantastic step-by-step craft tutorials at Crafts Council Craft Club – why not set up an online club with your friends? You can also find Craft Club ideas on Pinterest and YouTube or read Crafts magazines from their archives.
  15. Find out about the art of Animation with the creators of Wallace and Gromit, Aardman Animations – and for lots more fun Aardman content, see their YouTube channel.
  16. Try your hand at digital making with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. For many of the projects you only need a web browser and free apps to create games, digital art, music and more!

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