Maybe you want to learn a new skill to add to your CV? Or meet new people? Or how about an activity to bond with your bestie and/or other half? Whatever may be the reason behind signing up, adult learning classes are becoming an increasingly popular pastime for young professionals who want to do something with their downtime. Here are some of our favourites.

1. Breadmaking: Bread and Beer classes at Chorlton’s Creameries
 – £36.75 per month
Always wanted to make your own bread à la Paul Hollywood? Well now’s your chance: The Creameries in Chorlton are holding bread making workshops once a month where you’ll learn to make two different types of bread. while you develop your kneading muscles you get to learn about and taste beers that match the bread. Producing homemade bread for breakfast when someone stays over is a surefire way to gain brownie points! It costs £36.75 per class and they run on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 5pm to 8pm. Booking essential. Find out more:

2. Learn a language: Urdu, Japanese, Russian & more at MMU – £175 per term
Always wanted to visit Japan but worried you won’t find your way around? MMU offer language courses for all levels. Starting in January you can join beginner classes in Urdu, brush up your Italian with a post beginner module, and chatter away in German A level conversation classes. The courses cost £175 per term and consist of one 90 minute class per week. Book here:

3. Adult acting classes: The Actor’s Lab, Salford Quays
 – from £85 a month
Start your stage side hustle through Drama School training without the drama of uprooting your life. The Actors’ Lab offers three levels of classes (spanning one to three years) with tutors from all areas of the thespian community including professional actors and theatre directors. You’ll study aspects of the industry including voice and characterisation, improvisation, self selling and CV building. Classes take place Tuesday to Thursday evenings in Media City, Wilmslow, Liverpool, and Chester. There are three levels of membership, starting at £85 per month, all of which give you access to a 2 hour class every week during term time.
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4. Beekeeping: An introduction at Tatton Park – £25 one off session
You can’t miss the fact that our city’s emblem is the humble worker bee. If you love our buzzing friends then why not start the journey to owning your own apiary. On Sunday 19th May 2019 Tatton Park are offering an introduction to beekeeping where you can find out more about this ancient practice and even see how bees make honey for us. Tickets cost £25 and include entrance to the park to complete your day out.
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5. Creative writing with local author, Nicola Mostyn in Chorlton
 – £20 per session
Stuck in a rut? Want to write but don’t know where to start? Join one of Nicola’s two hour classes and get those creative juices flowing. The first class is an introductory session in the first week of each month that focus on writing with the flow. Then you can join her monthly classes Time to Write and/or Work in Progress. Bounce ideas off like minded people and be inspired. All classes take place at Chorlton Craft Cafe and cost £20.
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6. Pottery: Classes at Clay Studio in Hulme – £35 per class
Pottery is the hobby du jour for many people in the food and drink industry. It’s satisfying to spend time in a little bubble where all that matters is the process and you don’t have to do anything to please someone other than yourself. Clay Studio is based in Hulme and runs two hours classes on a weekend for complete beginners, evening classes for those with some experience, and offers membership for those with enough experience. Prices vary and all classes get booked up fast but as a guide the weekend classes are £35 and the 6 week courses £180.
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7. Exercise: Tribe Mcr Group training at Sadler’s Yard – £7.06 per session
If you don’t want the commitment of a gym then get yourself down to Sadler’s Yard for a group training session with Dr Jessicarr Moorhouse. The weekly class aims to help you make friends, have fun and get fit at the same time. Sessions run every Wednesday at 6.30pm for an hour. One class costs £7.06 and if you want to reward yourself and your new friends afterwards, The Pilcrow is right next door.
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8. Learn anything, for free with University-led ‘Massive Open Online Courses’
Sometimes you don’t even need to leave your house to learn something new. Massive Open Online Courses are gaining in popularity with around 800 universities worldwide offering courses for free (or mostly free) via the internet. You can choose from over 8,000 courses to follow from home. The link below will lead you to a list of free classes from computer programming to strategic business management to Jazz piano. You can even learn how to make the most of Excel spreadsheets.
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Lily Carden
Published on:
Mon 18 Feb 2019