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Our Arts and Culture programme has something for everyone and we want you, whatever your age and whatever your interest, to get involved. Of course the Burnavon is the focus of all that is going on. Take a closer look and you will find there is always something happening: exhibitions, workshops and great events like the Winter Craft Fair every November. Autumn is our biggest time for workshops so keep an eye on the Burnavon programme to see what is coming up – Ceramics, Floral Art, Basket Weaving and more – just make your choice!

But things don’t stop there – we reach out into the community as well to deliver and support a vibrant programme of activity and events within our schools and the wider district.

We are always trying to bring the Arts in as many forms as possible to as many people as possible. Your feedback is important in helping us to do this, so please keep in touch by either commenting on our Facebook page or contacting us at the Burnavon.

All of our workshops are held in the Burnavon unless otherwise indicated. Contact the Arts and Culture Department on 028 8676 9949 opt 4 to apply for any of these workshops.

Our brand new series of spring workshops are now on sale. See if there’s one that grabs you from the list below!



with tutor Eleanor Turkington

Dates: Sat 30th January
Time: 10.30am to 11.30am (5–8 yrs); 11.30am – 12.30pm (9yrs and over)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: £3 per child

Suitable for age 5 over

Strictly for the young ones in your house, we are delighted to introduce a taster session in Ballroom and Latin American dancing. Open to any boy or girl from age 5, this session will cover the basics of a few well known dances and help kids decide if the dance floor is for them. 

Led by qualified instructor Eleanor, this is something new for the Burnavon and something we hope will prove popular. 

Music and fun guaranteed all the way!



with tutor Louise McLean

DateS: Sat 6th & 13th February

Time: 10am – 4pm

Duration: 2 workshops

Cost: £40 (including materials)

Suitable for age 16y+

Led by acclaimed basket weaver Louise McLean these workshops cater for all levels of
ability and experience. Taking place over two consecutive weeks, first timers have the
perfect length of time to learn the basic skills and weave their first willow basket. For anyone who has tried this craft before, it is the ideal opportunity to take on and complete a new and more adventurous project.

All materials supplied.



with tutor Anne Warnock 

Date: Sat 27th February

Time: 10am – 5pm

Duration: 1 day

Cost: £50 (including materials)

Suitable for 16y +

Give a small piece of furniture a brand new look in just a day! Learn how to make your own chalk paint and take on a number of creative techniques including decoupage,stencilling and upholstering a seat pad.

Experiment with your new found skills and techniques on your chosen piece to create a totally unique look, and preserve your work with a final protective coat of wax or varnish.

A selection of suitable small items of furniture such occasional tables, chairs, plant stands will be provided for participants to choose from – this and all materials are included in the cost of the workshop.



with tutor Louise McLean


Date: Sat 12th March

Time: 10am – 4pm

Duration: 1 day

Cost: £25

Suitable for age 16y+

This glass painting workshop is perfect for all levels of ability and experience. With the use of special glass paints, outliners and brushes you will create a beautiful decorative item for your home from a simple piece of glassware. Louise McLean will share her know–how with you and provide lots of reference books, templates and finished samples by way of inspiration – and you can expect to produce at least two stunning pieces to take home, making the perfect gift or keepsake. 

All materials will be provided although you are welcome to bring along any glass items of
your own that you would like to re–invent.



with tutor Sinead Goodwin

Date: Wed 23rd March

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30 pm

Duration: 1 week

Cost: £20 (including flowers and materials)Suitable for 6y +

Come and enjoy creating a beautiful Easter themed arrangement. A range of effective techniques and the use of carefully selected accessories will enable you to make something to display proudly in your home over the holiday period.

Tutor Sinead Goodwin will take you step by step through all the techniques and skills you need, passing on tips on plant care to ensure your creations stay looking good for as long as possible. 

This workshop is suitable for beginners or learners with some experience.

All materials supplied.



with tutors Stephanie Hazelton and Sheila Oldcroft

Date: Sat 2nd April

Time: 10am – 4pm

Cost: £25 (including materials & equipment)

Suitable for age 16y+

Following on from our very popular introductory workshop with Stephanie and Sheila, we are offering another chance to create a piece of original hand crafted textile art in one day. Participants can choose from a selection of acrylic paints, threads, wool fibres and beads to make their picture. Learn the techniques of drawing, painting and embroidery embellishment on fabric. By the end of the day you will leave with a finished piece mounted onto a canvas ready for hanging at home!This workshop caters for all creative abilities. 

All materials provided.


Burnavon Writers Group

Burnavon Writers Group meets fortnightly throughout the year Thursdays 7 to 9pm. A mix of tutor led workshops, guest speakers, special events and open writing sessions, there is much to learn and even more to enjoy. 


Burnavon Writers Group

Burnavon Writers with poet Deirdre Cartmill

Membership fee: £30 per year

Contact 8676 9949 option 4 if you would like to find out more.





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