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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her on 0113 2789250 so that she can discuss what level you are, and which class would be best for you.
YOGA, FITNESS & DANCE
CHAIR YOGA & MINDFULNESS CLASS
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 email@example.com
MIND, BODY CONNECTION CLASS
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
OVER 55S EXERCISE CLASS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
OTLEY MEDITATION CLASSES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Email Classes@ascendance.org.uk 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 email@example.com
SINGING FOR THE BRAIN
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
June 11th & 25th
July 9th & 23rd
September 10th & 24th
October 8th & 22nd
November 12th & 26th
Each session costs £1.50 per person and includes tea & biscuits
For more information call 01943 467466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or just turn up on the day
COURTHOUSE COMMUNITY CHOIR
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 email@example.com
OTLEY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
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
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).
14th and 28th
11th and 25th
11th and 25th
8th, 22nd and 29th
10th and 24th
BABY SING AND SIGN
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 singandsign.co.uk
PERFORMANCE DRAMA SCHOOL
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
School years up to Year 5
17:30 – 18:15
School Year 6 and over
18:15 – 19:00
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
OTLEY RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS
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 email@example.com
TINY TOES BALLET
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
WRITING AND SPOKEN WORD
WEA 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 email@example.com
PIC ‘N’ KNITS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org