Learning holidays

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10 fun UK holiday courses and experiences that make perfect Christmas presents
Whether your friends and family want to sharpen their climbing skills or hone their prose style, these short courses make ideal gifts

Vicky Smith

04, Dec, 2021 @11:00 AM

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An immersive weekend of wine and wine-making in south Devon is a crushing success
A course in Dartington educates the tastebuds, and with grape treading and blindfold tests on offer, is also fun and messily therapeutic

Rachel Dixon

24, Aug, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Crafty breaks: 15 of the UK’s best creative retreats
From pottery throwing to furniture upcycling, these arty breaks are all about learning new skills – or improving old ones – in lovely surroundings

Rachel Dixon and Jane Dunford

29, May, 2021 @6:30 AM

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I’m painting the amazing Galápagos wildlife – from my sitting room
Can a virtual four-day art class come anywhere close to visiting the famous archipelago? Maybe not, but for our writer it turns out to offer something far more valuable

Kevin Rushby

24, Jan, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Learning to swim wild with confidence – with the ‘Dip Advisor’
With most pools still closed, wild swimming is booming this summer, but what about those too nervous to dive in? Expert guidance on a peaceful Surrey river does the trick for our writer

Jini Reddy

10, Aug, 2020 @5:30 AM

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In lockdown, I went on a surfing and yoga retreat – via Zoom
Jane Dunford, who is self-isolating alone, finds this interactive virtual holiday a great way to meet people and exercise

Jane Dunford

25, Apr, 2020 @10:00 AM

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The secrets to stargazing from your backyard
How to search the sky and what to see, from moon and stars to planets and the International Space Station. Go on a journey of billions of miles … from your garden

Roy Alexander

23, Apr, 2020 @5:19 AM

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Lockdown learning: 10 great ways to be ready for your next holiday
Discover online courses in languages, cookery and photography (even scuba and sailing) as you prepare for a future adventure

Jane Dunford

22, Apr, 2020 @5:30 AM

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The world’s your classroom: 10 fun ways to home school
Running out of home schooling ideas? Take the kids on a virtual voyage with these interactive learning tools, from safaris to cooking lessons with an Italian chef

Holly Tuppen

20, Apr, 2020 @6:46 AM

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Lockdown learning: How a techno-head got into Beethoven
Dance music critic Tom Faber uses unexpected hours of free time to get his head round classical music and Beethoven’s famous Symphony No 5

Tom Faber

12, Apr, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Bored in lockdown? Try learning how to tango online
Our writer tries to recreate the buzz of a Buenos Aires dancehall in his UK living room with a selection of tango classes on YouTube

Chris Moss

05, Apr, 2020 @10:00 AM

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How I learned to stay safe in Highland mountains – with the experts
A week-long mountain leader course teaches the skills to navigate and lead expeditions in some of Scotland’s remotest and potentially hazardous terrain

Anna Fleming

28, Jan, 2020 @6:30 AM

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