Keep Learning: 5 places to pick up new skills in Hull

You’re never too old to learn something new, and doing so can give you a massive confidence boost and lead to opportunities you might never have expected.

Our Make It Happen campaign is all about making small changes that have a big impact on your happiness, so whether you opt for formal adult education, or fancy picking up a new skill in a more informal setting, now is the perfect time to make a change and get learning.

Here’s a few places you can visit to get you started…


167 High Street, Hull City Centre

Combining a gift shop with a workshop space, Traenerhus is situated on the cobbled streets of Hull’s Old Town and offers a range of creative skill-building sessions for people of all ages.

If you fancy mastering the art of decoupage and silk painting, you might be interested in joining Traenerhus artist Jaynie-Lou for her Crafty Thursdays sessions from 7pm-9pm. The sessions cost £12.50 and all materials are provided.

And if that doesn’t float your boat, why not try an origami folding and painting workshop with local artist Liz Dees? Inspired by the recent Fly To Freedom project, the session costs £12.50 and takes place on 6 Dec from 7pm-9pm.


Worship Street, Hull City Centre

Committed to making history available to everybody, Hull History Centre boasts an impressive collection of documents, artefacts and records on Hull and its people, including some bits and pieces that will form Hull 2017’s very own archive!

With the help of the centre’s dedicated team of staff and volunteers, you could learn more about your city and family history at little to no cost. Discover more about Hull’s maritime heritage, fill in your family tree or explore memorabilia from some of Hull’s famous sons and daughters.

Alongside its outstanding research services, Hull History Centre also puts on regular talks, courses and exhibitions. Delving into some of the hidden stories behind the centre’s collections, the Lunchtime Club features a guest speaker and runs on the second Tuesday of the month from 12.30pm-1.30pm.

Oresome Gallery. Photo: © Chris Pepper


1 Humber Street, Fruit Market

Ever wanted to try jewellery-making? Well now you can, with Oresome’s range of classes, where you can have a go at creating your own ring, earrings and pendant whilst meeting new people.

In the classes, you’ll be taught the core techniques that silversmiths use daily to produce stunning pieces before designing and making a piece of your own in sterling silver to take home as a gift to a loved one (or a treat for yourself).

Classes run monthly and cost £120.


42 High Street, Hull City Centre

Learn how to capture the human form and brush up on your artistic skills with PAD Studio’s weekly figure drawing group.

For just £10 per session, you’ll have access to an experienced art model with a variety of poses to draw from, good lighting, a friendly, ambient setting and refreshments. Local artist and group leader Paul Dennis will be on hand should you need any guidance, or if you’re experienced, he’ll leave you to your own devices.

Sessions run from 6.30pm-9pm every Thursday – just bring a pad of paper and pencils.

Defiance Rehearsal. Photo: © Chris Pepper


50 Ferensway, Hull City Centre

If you were lucky enough to see Defiance earlier this year at Hull Truck, you’ve already witnessed the brilliant work of the Hull Truck Youth Theatre group and the over 55s theatre group, Act III.

Allowing non-professionals the chance to experience the excitement, creativity and social bonds formed through theatre-making, the groups are open to anyone interested in learning more about theatre, mastering common acting techniques and performing.

Most of all, the groups are about having fun – so don’t be afraid to head down and get stuck in!

Find out how you could make small but positive changes to your life with our Make It Happen campaign.