Learn something new this year with our round up of adult courses and classes. From harmonica lessons (we’ve done these, they’re great) to learning about mindfulness and mushroom foraging or bagging yourself a part in Coronation Street, there’s something for everyone.

1. Learn Harmonica at Sale Waterside Arts Centre
Learn to make music on the world’s most accessible ( and possibly cheapest) instrument with inspiring teacher, Mat Walklate.
Tue 24 Jan-Tue 28 Mar, Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside, Sale M33 7ZF
Tel: 0161 912 5616, Beginners 6-7 pm, Beginner plus 7-8 pm, Advanced 8-9 pm, £80 for the course, www.matwalklate.co.uk

2. Group guitar lessons & more at Band on the Wall
Band on the Wall has some great courses lined up this year, including group and one to one guitar lessons, a Irish folk group course, which includes a performance, as well as the Golden Voices community choir for the over 50s and baby sessions too.
Band on the Wall, 25 Swan Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 5JZ. Tel: 0161 834 1786, times and prices vary, www.bandonthewall.org

3. Mushroom foraging in the Peak District (or Sweden, pic)
Learn to forage for wild mushrooms with husband and wife team, Get Funghi. These guys supply wild mushrooms to delis around the UK and also run mushroom foraging expeditions on the Swedish island of Orust. That’s our summer holiday sorted then.
Sun 10 Sep, Sun 7 & Sun 24 Oct 2017, locations vary, £40 per person, www.getfunghi.co.uk

4. Roller Derby for Beginners at Oldham’s Thunderdome
Want to have fun and make some new friends? Pop along to Rainy City Roller Derby beginners sessions – starting Monday 9 January 2017. No equipment needed, just turn up.
From Mon 9 Jan, Rainy City Roller Derby Thunderdome, First Floor, 51-53 King Street, Oldham OL8 1EU, 7.30-9.30pm. £6 per session, www.rainycityrollerderby.com

5. Learn Mindfulness with Manchester Mind at Zion Community Centre 
Feeling overwhelmed? Sign up for this eight week course and perhaps you’ll notice the difference.
Mon 23 Jan – Mon 20 Mar, Zion Community Centre, Hulme, Manchester M15 4ZY 3.30-5.30pm, from £180, www.manchestermind.org

6. Beginners Ashtanga yoga at One Yoga
Get to grips with yoga at Donna McCaffrey’s drop in Ashtanga class – no need to sign up or commit to coming every week.
Every Monday, One Yoga studio, The Quadrangle, Albany Road, Manchester M21 OAZ.6.15-7.15pm, £8 drop in, www.oneyogastudio.co.uk

7. Beginners bouldering at Rock Over Climbing behind Victoria Station
Introductory sessions and beginners courses available now at this friendly bouldering centre. Simple book your place and turn up. Intro sessions run nightly around 6pm – booking required, £15 adults: Beginners courses taking in 3 sessions start at £30. No gear required.
Rock Over Climbing, Clarence Hat Works, 45 Julia Street, M3 1LN. Tel: 0161 288 1218, times and prices vary, www.rockoverclimbing.co.uk

8. Casting masterclass with Coronation Street’s Joanna Moss at Media City Studios
The Actor’s Lab run acting classes for children, teens and adults, with a focus on getting a foot in the door as a professional actor. Fancy your chances in Corrie this year? This four hour workshop could be just the ticket.
Sat 28 Jan, Media City Studios, The Greenhouse, Broadway, Salford M50 2HQ
Tel: 0161 855 6440, 2-6pm, £60, www.theactorslab.co.uk

Sun 1 Jan - Tue 31 Jan
Ruth Allan
Published on:
Mon 30 Jan 2017