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Adult learning taster week - what will you do next?

With free taster courses running from Monday, 4 September to Thursday, 7 September, there has never been a better time to sign up for a course at an adult learning centre.

Taster sessions are usually two hours long and give an idea of what goes on in a classroom, what adult learning is like and to meet the tutors. There is no pressure to commit to anything further.

Taster sessions on offer include a wide range of subjects, such as try flower arranging, try crochet and try knitting as well as try computers and try using a tablet.

After the try sessions, learners may choose to enrol on one of the main autumn courses which cover a whole range of subjects, aimed at people aged 19 years and over, that can help improve skills to get a job, gain a new qualification or learn something completely new.

Learners can choose a level that is right for them (beginner, intermediate and advanced) and many of the courses lead to a nationally-recognised qualification.

Councillor Andy Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment, said: “Providing quality adult learning opportunities is a key priority for the council and helps support and grow the local economy by ensuring residents have the necessary skills to achieve their aims and ambitions.

“The council’s employment, education and skills service was awarded a “Good” rating by Ofsted, with inspectors praising the progress learners made and the high standard of the work they produced.

“The autumn course offer and try week really does have something for everyone and we would welcome new learners to join the thousands of others who benefit from education and training with us each year.”

Courses available include counselling and mental health; focus on photography, working with children, English and maths for life and work and ICT related courses, such as computer and digital skills.

Shorter courses are also available, such as knitting, patchwork and quilting as well as favourite courses including pottery, crafts, drawing and painting and flower arranging.

Courses are delivered from one of four adult learning centres in the East Riding:

Burden Road, HU179LW
Hallgate, HU16 4DD
If you receive certain benefits you may be eligible for fee discounts, help towards the cost of a course, or a concession. Ask a course adviser when booking.

Find out more and enrol online at or call (01482) 887670.


Heritage Open Day at the Treasure House in Beverley

As part of Heritage Open Day, there will be a chance to go behind the scenes at the Treasure House in Beverley on Saturday, 9 September, from 10am – 4pm.
Visitors will be able to come to the Treasure House and discover a fascinating display of stories and tales about the East Riding's cultural heroes. They will be able to find out more about the men and women who have influenced art, music, theatre and literature.  There will be children's activities, including games, crafts and a treasure hunt.

As part of the Treasure House Heritage Open Day event, visitors will also be able to enjoy behind the scenes tours of the unique Treasure House building. Areas not normally open to the public are included to give a glimpse of the inner life of the Treasure House and its fascinating collections - find out about the amazing work of the Archives,  and hear about the treasures of Beverley Art Gallery.

There will be two different tours, the Archives Tour and the Art Gallery Tour. All tours are free and last 20- 30 minutes. Tours must be prebooked at

Heritage Open Days celebrate England's fantastic heritage and culture with a once a year chance to enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

Everyone  is welcome and the event is free. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. (The special events mean that research facilities in the archives will not be available on the day).


Mysterious Children's Trail in the Treasure House, Beverley, this summer

Children and families can have fun solving some puzzling mysteries at the Treasure House in Beverley this summer, as they take part in the annual Treasure House Children’s Trail. The free activity is available throughout the summer holiday until Saturday 9 September.

Participants are invited to become detectives and explore the building, looking for clues to help them complete the trail. The mysteries include working out what some unusual-looking historical objects were used for and breaking codes to reveal the identity of mystery locations around Beverley. It’s a perfect indoor activity for the school holidays.

Everyone who takes part can enter the prize draw, for a chance to win family passes to Sewerby Hall and Gardens and Skidby Mill, as well as kids’ craft materials.

A little bit of a helping hand is given by the characters from Beverley Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. The Animal Agents, a group of skilled detectives, appear on some of the clues to lend support.

Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture, said : “The Children’s Trail is always great fun, and very popular, and this year includes a chance to crack some codes! It will also help families to learn about Beverley, and about local history.”

For more information about the free Treasure House Children’s Trail visit, call 01482 392780 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information about the Summer Reading Challenge at Beverley Library visit


Explore the Yorkshire Wolds during Walking and Outdoors Festival

The Yorkshire Wolds will play host to the seventh Walking and Outdoor Festival, from Saturday, 9 to Sunday, 17 September.

The event is brought together by more than 30 partners and has grown in strength since it first run in 2010. The 2017 festival will feature over 100 walks and activities for all ages and abilities, showcasing the wonderful landscape and rich heritage of this unique area.

It offers an exciting range of outdoor pursuits including specialist guided walks, boating, horse riding and cycling.

Councillor Richard Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for leisure, culture and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoors Festival is becoming more and more popular each year and provides an excellent opportunity to discover our region’s picturesque landscapes and all that the area has to offer.

“Walking is a great way to improve health and wellbeing and we are blessed in the East Riding to have so many wonderful locations to explore and such a wide variety of destinations to visit on foot.”

Some of the festival’s firm favourites include:

The Beverley Ghost Walk - a twilight visit to the spooky bits of Beverley drawing chilling tales from the town's history.

Nordic Walking across Beverley Westwood using specially designed walking poles - this is a great new way of walking that can be done any time and helps to improve fitness, lose weight and tone the whole body.

The Pilgrimage of Grace circular walk discovers the fascinating story of this historic rebellion whilst enjoying spectacular views over the stunning Yorkshire Wolds.

New for 2017, Walking the Town Beverley are playing host to  Snapshots of Medieval Beverley let by Colin Bradshaw, which links together some of Beverley’s many medieval buildings and A Walk of Small things that bring to life small details that you may walk past every day and not have seen.

 A walk along 19th Century Flemingate examines the fabric of this historic street and the lives of people who lived along it. 

Walk the “Alta Via”, the High Street extending from Beverley Minster to North Bar, whilst considering how things may have looked many years ago and how much of the town has been altered over the centuries.

For the first time, the festival has adapted a walk for people with impaired mobility. This walk takes you round some of Beverley’s oldest streets, using a route designed to make it easier for someone with limited mobility. The route utilises dropped kerbs to give those using a wheelchair or a mobility scooter the chance to navigate the centre of town and learn about its history, including foods, famous people, executions and the lives of ordinary citizens.

Further afield, Pocklington plays host to Burnby Hall Gardens and Canal Heritage Walk.  Funded by two Heritage Lottery Projects, this event showcases two of the town’s most beautiful landmarks. Find out about the history of this stunning hall and gardens before taking in the heritage and wildlife along the canal. Alternatively, join the crew of the New Horizons Canal, spotting wildlife and the experience of passing through a lock. There will also be an opportunity for those interested to have a go at steering the boat.

Other festival highlights include photography walks, beach walks, health walks, seabird cruises, treasure trails, cycling events, nature safaris and cliff top walks - observing the gannets at Bempton. Not forgetting a selection of walks across the stunning Yorkshire Wolds picking up secret art as you go.

For a full Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoor Festival programme, costs and all booking details - pick up a copy of the festival guide at one of East Yorkshire’s Tourist Information Centres or view online at


The Humber 250 Trail launched by Humber Museums Partnership

The Humber Museums Partnership, a consortium of Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire Museums Services, is excited to announce the launch of its latest project – The Humber 250 trail.

The Humber 250 trail takes people on a scenic journey throughout the rich landscapes of the Humber region, linking 70 fascinating sites of interest ranging from Museums and Art Galleries, Historic Houses and Gardens, Industrial and Wartime Heritage and Archaeology and Architecture.

The trail spans from as far north as Flamborough lighthouse and Bempton cliffs to as far south as Gainsthorpe Medieval Village in Lincolnshire. The 250 mile route is split into three distinctive regions, The Humber South Bank, The Humber North Bank and Sea and the Yorkshire Wolds.

Nial Adams, of the Humber Museums Partnership, commented:

“We are very excited about the launch of the Humber 250 trail. Hull is very much on the map this year for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 events. We simply want to expand the map and encourage visitors to visit, experience and enjoy the unique and fascinating heritage of the wider Humber region.”

The Humber 250 heritage trail will be launched on 2nd June from 12-1 pm at Normanby Hall, North Lincolnshire. The launch will feature an eclectic mix of classic cars and cyclists led by an eager team of Victorian Explorers on their quadricycle, creating a unique photo opportunity as they depart the Hall to explore the rest of the Humber 250 trail,

Pick up the trail guide in the region’s tourist information centres, via the Humber Museums Partnership website at and via a mobile phone app which will be available on Play Store and App Store for free.

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