What's new this season

We have lots of workshops and taster courses this August at Derbyshire Eco Centre and other venues across the county.


Come alone or bring friends and family to find out all about us and have a look in our adult education centres. For more information or to book, contact the centres.

Clay Cross ACE Centre

Pottery − come and make your own garden planter

Gain the knowledge and skills in working with clay to design and make your own garden planter.

  • 8 August. 10am to 4pm. £37/£29/£18 per person.

Derbyshire Eco Centre

Wildflowers of the Derwent Valley

Learn about the wildflowers you can find around the lower Derwent Valley and how to identify them.

  • 22 July. 10am to 4pm. £5 per person.

Storymaking in the woods

Adventures in the woods. Build a den, create and tell a story. Suitable for children aged 4 and over, and their grown-ups.

  • 22 and 23 July. 10am to 1pm. £20 per family of up to 2 adults and 2 children (£5 for each additional child).

Dry stone walling - curves and corners

Learn how to construct a curved dry stone wall to a high standard. For experienced wallers to develop their skills.

  • 29 and 30 July. 10am to 4pm £82/£75/£46 per person.

Building outdoor earth ovens

Find out how to build a domestic outdoor earth oven and then enjoy baking pizza in one.

  • 5 and 6 August. 10am to 4pm. £102/£98/£96 per person.

Identifying trees of the Derwent Valley

Learn about the trees that you can find around the Lower Derwent Valley and how to identify them.

  • 6 August 10am to 4pm. £5 per person.

Working outdoors − dry stone walling taster

Have you always dreamed about working outdoors? This is a chance to find out if dry stone walling might be for you.

  • 7 August. 10am to 3pm, £30 per person

Pottery taster

Hand build a pot using slab and pinch techniques and learn how to apply decorative glazes.

  • 7 and 14 August. 10am to 1pm. £40 per person.

Family pottery

Learn hand building techniques to make fun objects from clay. Suitable for children aged 4 and over, and their grown-ups.

  • 8 August. 10am to 1pm. £20 per family of up to 2 adults and 2 children (£5 for each additional child).

Coppice crafts taster

Learn how to use a shave horse, draw knife and other greenwood working tools to make a besom broom, wooden plant labels and gypsy flowers.

  • 8 August. 10am to 1pm. £20 per person.

Mindfulness taster

Discover how to become more aware of the present moment and develop a deeper enjoyment of the world around you.

  • 9 August. 10am to 1pm, £20 per person.

Hazel and willow frame baskets

Use the natural shapes of summer cut hazel, or dried stored hazel, to make a frame basket or tray with woven willow sides.

  • 8 August. 10am to 3pm, £30 per person.

Woodworking taster

Learn basic joinery skills and make a small wooden box with a tray to keep jewellery or knickknacks in.

  • 10 August. 10am to 3pm, £30 per person.

Family bushcraft

Learn how to light fire, and use plants and tree bark to make bracelets and woven products. Suitable for children aged 4 and over, and their grown-ups.

  • 10 August. 10am to 1pm, £20 per family of up to 2 adults and 2 children (£5 for each additional child).

Bushcraft taster

Learn how to light a fire the natural way, and collect and use plants to make strong woven cord.

  • 10 August. 10am to 3pm, £20 per person.

Pizzas, pittas and parathas

Impress your family and friends with these easy handmade breads from around the world.

  • 11 August. 10am to 3pm, £30 per person.

Decorative stone carving

Learn to carve a decorative stone from a design of your choice.

  • 11 August. 10am to 4pm, £30 per person.

Dry stone walling - Lantra level 1 certificate

Gain the basic knowledge and skills to build and repair dry stone walls to a satisfactory standard.

  • Starts 14 August (10 days over 3 months). 10am to 4pm, £426/£397/£283 per person.

Family willow crafts

Have fun experimenting with willow. Plait a snail, weave a fish or sword, or create a crown. Suitable for children 7 years old and over, and their grown-ups.

  • 15 August. 10am to 1pm. £20 per family of up to 2 adults and 2 children (£5 for each additional child).

AED (defibrillator) awareness

Learn how to safely set-up and apply an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and know when you need to use one.

  • 16 August. 10am to 1pm. £20 per person.

Family alien misfit books

Let your imagination run wild to create your own alien misfit book to take home. Suitable for children aged 4 and over, and their grown-ups.

  • 17 August. 10am to 1pm. £20 per family of up to 2 adults and 2 children (£5 for each additional child).

Painting with nature taster

Be inspired by and use natural materials from the landscape around the Eco Centre to make a small mixed media artwork.

  • 17 August. 10am to 3pm, £30 per person.

Working outdoors - horticulture and gardening taster

Have you always dreamed about working outdoors? Find out how our horticulture and gardening courses could start you on a new career path.

  • 18 August. 10am to 12noon. Free.

Stained glass sun catchers taster

Use copper foil techniques to make a beautiful stained glass sun catcher to hang in your window.

  • 18 August. 10am to 3pm, £30 per person.

Bushcraft and survival skills weekend

Get back to nature with a weekend in the woods learning shelter building, fire lighting, uses of wild plants and trees, wood carving, and water purification.

  • 9 and 10 September. 10am to 4pm, £135 per person.

Decorative stone carving

Learn how to carve a decorative stone from a design of your choice.

  • 11 September. 10am to 4pm. £46 per person.

Fairfield Education Centre

Dry stone walling taster weekend

Gain the knowledge and skills to rebuild a damaged section of dry stone wall, from foundations to coping stones.

  • 22 and 23 July. 10am to 4pm, £84 per person.