American Smooth (1 Day)

Traditional standard style ballroom featuring more freestyle choreography and fewer syllabus steps.

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Enamelling Techniques

Learn a range of techniques and processes for creating enamelled jewellery and other small objects.
All levels welcome - suitable for complete beginners.

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Extreme Knitting

Experimental hand-knitting exploring alternative materials and scales in knitting. You will get to use giant knitting needles, make knitting devices of your own and work with non-traditional materials including rope, wire and plastic.

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Sound Installation

Produce sounds with a variety of techniques and turn a space into an immersive sound installation in this one day course.

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Puppet Making

Build a puppet and learn how to operate it. The course will offer a formal introduction to basic techniques in making and operating different types of puppets. Open to all levels of experience but some experience of puppetry is advantageous.

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Life Drawing

Spend a day brushing up on your life drawing skills with a mix of short and longer poses designed to challenge and engage.

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Enrol Now For ESOL

Do you want to learn and improve your English language? Do you want to practise your speaking, listening, reading and writing to help you in your daily life, your work or your studies? Do you live or work in the UK? Then these are the classes for you.

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Folk Fiddle

Acclaimed fiddle player, John Dipper will lead you through the intricate techniques of bowing, tone and genre specific ornamentation allowing you to develop your own style while studying tunes from around the British Isles and further afield.

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Folk Guitar

This course is for beginners to intermediate guitarists and will explore traditional songs and styles from all over the UK and Ireland, with award winning guitarist Adrian Lever.

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Wide Variety of Fitness Classes at Great Turnstile

Why not try NEW Fighting Fit or Strength & Body Conditioning to get you back into shape?

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Upcoming Courses

Mar 04

Mosaic Taster

Use found and bought materials: crockery, tiles and coloured glass, to make a small mosaic[...]

Mar 04

NEW: Sound Installation

Produce sounds with a variety of techniques and[...]

Mar 04

New: Puppet Making

Build a puppet and learn how to operate it[...]

Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’

The Cafe

The vegetarian cafe at 42 Queen Square is a popular meeting place for lunch, dinner, or coffee and cake.  The café specialises in vegetarian, vegan, gluten and wheat-free meals and snacks, catering for every dietary requirement.


Café customers can enjoy being surrounded by art produced by Mary Ward Centre art students, or simply catch up with friends, fellow students or colleagues in the calm setting of Queen Square.