Classes & Workshops

In addition to our events programme,  we host a wide variety of clubs, societies and classes take place at Otley Courthouse every day, there is something for all ages from music to creative writing and children’s activities.

Cant find a class to suit your interests, why not set one up? Come in and talk to us about setting a new class




french classes

Do you want to improve your French?

Daytime French classes for adults are offered at the Courthouse on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays:

Monday 10 am – 12 – Intermediate 1 (post-beginners)

Monday 1 – 3 pm – Intermediate 3

Thursday 1 – 3 pm – Advanced

Friday 9.30 – 11.30 am – Intermediate 2

You will learn from Sue Kent a sympathetic, patient, experienced teacher in a class of up to 15 people.

You will gain confidence to speak French, improve your knowledge and have fun!

There are no exams or formal assessments, just lots of practice with people of a similar standard.

All classes are 2 hours long, including a short break in the middle.

Classes cost £8 per session daytime, payable termly in the first class you attend.

Classes are ongoing but you can join at any point.

If you are interested in joining a class, email Sue or phone her on 0113 2789250 so that she can discuss what level you are, and which class would be best for you.





This session is run by Chrissie Chelinski, Dru yoga teacher, for people with MS, ME, Fibromyalgia & any conditions which impair mobility.  The group meets on Mondays from 10.30-11.30am & it’s £6 per class.  Classes run on an ongoing basis and you can join at any time.

For more information please contact Chrissie on 07423 057790 or email



This class runs every Monday from 12-1pm in the Courtroom.  Classes are led by Patricia Wood and you should bring your own towel/mat.  Classes are £4 per person per session.

For more information please contact Patricia on 01943 467 014



keep fit

An ever popular class, they meet every Tuesday from 11am-12.30pm.  For more information and to reserve a place, please call 01943 461506



These classes run from 6.45 – 9.45pm every Monday in the Courtroom.  Come along and try your hand at the American Smooth, Ballroom & Latin, and West Coast Swing.  Classes are £7 per person.

For more information call Ping on 07931 195506 or email



Run by pilates foundation teacher Gaynor, come along every Tuesday from 9.30-10.30am for mat based pilates.

For more information and to book a place call Gaynor on 07970 116408 or email



Explore how meditation can be used to solve daily problems and develop peace of mind.

These sessions run every Tuesday at  12-1pm, 6-7pm or 7.30 – 8.45pm.  The classes are led by Gen Paljin

To enrol please contact Buddahland on 01535 958189 or email




tai chi

This happens every Wednesday  from 10-11am.

For more details please contact Jason Redman on 07712 892550


Dancing with Parkinson’s









Five week taster course.

This is a unique programme for people to take part in our friendly and energised Dancing with Parkinson’s classes in May.  Each class is one hour and is designed to help people with Parkinson’s and other conditions which restrict mobility.

Accompanied by fun and enjoyable music, the classes are expressive, creative and promote feelings of freedom from the physical and social constraints of neurodegenerative disease.

Classes start seated with a stretching and strengthening warm-up, followed by balance work with the aid of chairs, ending with short sequences and social dances. Exercises are adapted of those who prefer to remain seated or aided by one of our dance teachers.

Participants may be learning the Tango, Waltz and Salsa one week, the Hand Jive the next and even be guided around the room for a ceilidh dance. Young and older members are welcome to join in the fun, including carers and friends with or without dance experience!

Participants can choose to take the classes as a course or simply just drop-in to one of our sessions and give it a go. 

Email for a registration form or Tel 07933 685359.



Taking place every Saturday from 10.30 – 11.30am this is a Vinyasa Flow yoga class run by North and Soul Yoga.  Classes are £9 per session.

For more information and to book please contact Polly on 07850 471568 or email




Musical notes

This is a fun relaxed and friendly singing session led by a trained facilitator.  Everyone with memory loss and their carers welcome.

Sessions take place on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month from 2-4pm

Dates for 2018 are:

January 8th & 22nd

February 12th & 26th

March 12th & 26th

April 9th & 23rd

May 14th

June 11th & 25th

July 9th & 23rd

August 13th

September 10th & 24th

October 8th & 22nd

November 12th & 26th

December 10th

Each session costs £1.50 per person and includes tea & biscuits

For more information call 01943 467466 or email or just turn up on the day



Courthouse Choir May 2016

Led by experienced teacher and singer Dave Stewart, the choir meets every Tuesday during term time from 1.30 – 3.30pm. Everyone is welcome and the cost is £5 per person.

For more information please contact Liz on 01943 461971



otley brass band


With 3 different bands to choose from the Otley Brass band meet every Tuesday at the following times:

STEPPING STONES – Otley Brass Youth Band – 5.45-6.15pm

WHARFE BRASS – Otley Brass Development Band – 6.15-7.45pm

OTLEY BRASS BAND – Rehearsals – 7.45-10.15pm

For more information on how to join, please call 01943 464805 or email



Since its foundation in 2009, the Otley Chamber Orchestra has rehearsed fortnightly at the Courthouse. Members come from Otley and surrounding areas, with over 50 experienced players led by Chris Pelly who, as well as conducting, is also a pianist, trumpeter and singer. He started conducting Otley Chamber Orchestra on an occasional basis in 2014 and became our Musical Director in June 2016.
He studied Music at the University of Leeds and now arranges their International Concert Season. He is the Musical Director of the Leeds Haydn Players and Mirfield Choral Society, and also regularly conducts the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra.

Our 2018 concert is on Sunday 20th May 7.30pm at Wesley Hall, Boroughgate, Otley

Programme to be confirmed. We will have an extra rehearsal day on 22nd April (10am – 4pm).

Rehearsals  are  fortnightly on Sundays from 7-9 pm . New members are very welcome but please check with Helen Thornton (see below) to ensure there is a vacancy. (We virtually always have room for extra string players.  The woodwind section is currently full but we keep a ‘waiting list’ for interested players who get occasional chances to play  owing to absences for holidays, sickness etc).

2018 dates:

January 2018
14th and 28th

February 2018
11th and 25th

March 2018
11th and 25th

April 2018
8th, 22nd and 29th

May 2018

June 2018
10th and 24th

July 2018

August 2018

For more information contact Helen Thornton on 01943 463099 or email





Sing and Sign Babes is a gentle music and sensory class with a strong emphasis on communication. Classes are open to babies from birth or as soon as you feel you would like to get out with your baby and enjoy some music together.

Sing and Sign Stage 1 is ideal for babies from 6 months old up to around 14/15 months old and their parent/carer. Themes include basic signs, nappies & bath time, emotions & bedtime. You’ll learn over 100 signs related to your routines and also the sort of things your baby may be interested in, such as animals and vehicles.

Sing and Sign Stage 2 is great when your little one is 14/15+ months, moving about and probably starting to talk (although every baby is different, so there’s no hard and fast rule!) as it is more active and interactive. Themes include weather, opposites, colours and the phonetic alphabet, together with simple counting songs, turn taking, sharing and of course, lots of fun!

The classes are on Tuesdays during term time, led by Melanie Macauley and run at the following times:

Stage 1: 10-10.45am

Stage 2: 11-11.45am

For more information please contact Josie Martin on 07980 757 207 or visit her website




Performance drama school was founded in 2003 by Sue Hughes and now teaches drama, dance and singing, at Otley Courthouse.
Performance classes are for 4 – 18 year olds and they are taught by professional, experienced and fun-loving staff.  Performance aims to inspire enjoyment and achievement in the art of performing whilst developing self confidence in everyone who attends in a friendly and fun environment.
As well as weekly classes we give the children the opportunity to put on shows on a regular basis.

Details of classes which happen every Wednesday during term time at the Courthouse are as follows:

For all ages of children
16:45 – 17:30

Junior Dance
School years up to Year 5
17:30 – 18:15

Senior Dance
School Year 6 and over
18:15 – 19:00

Junior Drama
School Years 1 – 6
18:15 – 19:00

Senior Drama Workshop
School Years 7 and over
19:00 – 20:00

Performance Drama Summer Schools – every year Performance Drama run two Summer schools for children aged 4 – 15 years. They offer a fully supervised week of drama, singing and dancing – 9.30am to 3.00pm each day.

£100 for the full week / £90 for 2nd child in the same family.

This summer the dates are Monday 20th – Friday 24th August

For more information please contact Sue on 01943 602265 /


Rhythmic Gymnastics competition at Richard Dunn Sports Centre, Bradford. Otley Rhythmic Gymnastics club at the event.Amelia Tempest, 11, Jessica Carroll, 12, Caitlin Thomas, 10,Maia Parkin, 12. Photo: Lucy Ray

Rhythmic Gymnastics is a combination of gymnastics and dance using rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon.

Otley Rhythmic Gymnastics Club is the only rhythmic gymnastics club in Yorkshire.

We hold classes for all level of abilities from 4 year old beginners to competition and display level. We are a British gymnastics Gymmark accredited club.

Classes are every Thursday during term time at the following times:

3-6 yrs       4.45-5.30pm

7+ yrs         5.30-6.30pm

For more information contact Karen Priestly via email






Tiny toes ballet is the only pre-school ballet programme in the UK that is fully integrated with the EYFS curriculum, having been founded and developed by not only a Professionally trained Classical Ballet Dancer and Qualified Ballet teacher but also a highly experienced Primary School Teacher.

Their award-winning programme offers classes for babies and children from 6 months- 7 years old.

To book your place contact Miss Louise on 07954 951 678 or




Music and singing classes for babies which run every Friday during term time.  Class times are as follows:

Baby – 10am

Toddler – 10.50am

Pre-School – 11.30am

For more information and details on how to book please contact Laura Justice on 07577 531 359




creative writing

This group meets every Friday from 10am-12pm.  Facilitated by local writer James Nash all abilities are welcome.

For more information please call 0300 303 3464




Meeting every Friday from 1.30-3.30pm for more details on how to join please email the Courthouse centre manager at




This group meets every Saturday morning from 10.30am-12.30pm except the second Saturday of every month when they cast off from the Courthouse and have a joint knit-in with the Parish Church knitters. Everyone is welcome just come along and join in!




Quaker meeting for worship is held at the Courthouse on the first and third Sunday in each month at 10.45am. If you wish to come along then please call 0113 318 8084 or email




Otley Courthouse is a unique development run by people in Otley, West Yorkshire. After an eight year development period we transformed a redundant nineteenth century magistrates court into a unique arts and resource centre for our community.

Find out about the history of Otley Courthouse by visiting the Heritage section of our website.


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