Get crafty with a series of new arts and crafts workshops.
The Cultural Spring, a three-year Arts Council-funded project aimed at boosting participation in the arts on Wearside and South Tyneside, has launched its new programme of workshops across 11 venues next month.
You can get involved in glass making, ceramics, jewellery, singing, learning a new instrument or even breakdancing, and many of the workshops are free.
Others have a small charge to cover the cost of materials.
Emma Horsman, deputy director for the Cultural Spring, said: “Our autumn programme has been developed through feedback from our earlier sessions and through talking to local residents. “We’re continuing with some of our most popular sessions, like the ukulele sessions at Hylton Castle and singing at Whitburn, but we’ve also added a few new workshops, like breakdancing with Bad Taste Cru at Boldon Community Association.
“Our craft sessions are always popular, and this time they’ll be focusing on Christmas, giving people the opportunity to make their own festive essentials.
“But, whether you’re wanting to develop a new skill, make some new friends or just make some time to do something you enjoy, we hope people will find something in our new programme.
“Beginners are always very welcome and we encourage people to bring a friend, family member or a neighbour.”
•Glass Fusing at Hylton Castle Community Stained Glass Shop, every Wednesday from September 16 to October 21, 5pm-7pm (£25 to cover all sessions, materials and visit to a studio)
•Jewellery making at Boldon Community Association, every Tuesday from September 8 to November 17, 5pm-7pm
•Paper workshops at East Boldon Methodist Church, every Wednesday from September 16 to November 18, 6.30pm-8.30pm
•For a full list of workshops, costs and times, and to book a place visit www.theculturalspring.org.uk
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