Classes & Workshops

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


CHAIR-BASED YOGA 10.30-11.30am

Chrissy would like to extend a warm welcome to old and new class members who are all People with MS, ME, or any conditions which impair mobility – to this friendly, supportive drop-in class which supports you to improve range of movement safely through seated gentle yoga . Breathe more freely, melt stress away, and feel better. So good for both physical and mental health.

Some useful info : We sit on chairs or also motorised chairs in a circle with a safe distance between each chair in the main hall which is fully accessible. What to wear? – anything that’s comfortable for you but enough to be warm as you will be sitting for an hour. What to bring? – perhaps a small bottle of drinking water. How do I pay? – the class runs as a drop-in with a sliding scale so you just pay as you go, cash is OK BUT Booking in Advance is Best. Just come along and give it a try to see if you enjoy the class and feel better afterwards. It’s a very friendly and supportive atmosphere so don’t worry about coming for the first time. You are most welcome to ring Chrissy for a chat about the class beforehand.
Booking in Advance Recommended – Contact Chrissy to find out How 07423057790
Senior Yoga Alliance and Dru Yoga Registered Teacher


Classes are led by Patricia Wood and you should bring your own towel/mat.
For more information please contact Patricia on 01943 467 014

SINGING FOR THE BRAIN 2pm – 4pm (every 1st & 3rd Monday)

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 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, 2pm – 4pm
Each session costs £1.50 per person and includes tea & biscuits

FOOTLOOSE DANCE 4.30pm – 7pm

Modern dance classes for children and teenagers.

BALLROOM 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Come along and try your hand at the American Smooth, Ballroom & Latin, and West Coast Swing.
For more information call Ping on 07931 195506 or email


PILATES 9.30am – 10.30am

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

LADIES EXERCISE GROUP 11.15pm – 12.15pm

For more information and to reserve a place, please call Jackie Harris on 07847 760773

INSPIRATION DANCE 4.00pm – 6.45pm

Various classes including Ballet (4-10yrs), Tap & Modern (4-7yrs), Commercial Street Dance (6-16yrs) & Lyrical Contemporary (8-16yrs).

For more information please contact Beth Roberts,

COURTHOUSE CHOIR 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Led by experienced teacher and singer Dave Stewart, the choir meets every Tuesday during term time from 1.30 – 3.30pm. Everyone is welcome.
For more information please contact Liz on 01943 461971

Courthouse Choir May 2016

OTLEY BRASS BAND 7.30pm – 10pm
For more information on how to join, please call 01943 464805 or email



TAI CHI 10am – 11.30am

INSPIRATION DANCE 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Various classes including Ballet (4-10yrs), Tap & Modern (4-7yrs), Commercial Street Dance (6-16yrs) & Lyrical Contemporary (8-16yrs).

For more information please contact Beth Roberts,


The Chippendale Singers are a chamber choir of mixed voices based in Otley. We were formed just over 30 years ago and, until recently had been based at Otley Methodist Church, but are now relocating to Otley Courthouse. We enjoy singing a wide selection of music varying from sacred to popular and madrigals to the classics. We usually perform 2 main concerts a year; at Christmas and in the early Summer and occasionally sing for weddings, dinners, events etc.
Anyone interested can contact us by phone or email:
Mrs P Walker (hon sec) 01943 467204 /
Mrs C Woodhead (Chair) 01423 885643 /


SPANISH 10am – 11.30am

Ladies Exercise 10am – 11am

Thursday is also our Lunchtime Recital, Movie Matinee, and Film Society day. See our What’s On page for details of what this Thursday holds in store


CROCHET 9.30am – 11.30am

Email, or pop in, for more details

RHYTHM TIME 9.30am – 12.15pm (various groups)

FUN, EDUCATIONAL & AWARD-WINNING music classes. Your little one’s confidence, creativity and coordination will flourish with our fun, quality music sessions.

Rhythm Time Yorkshire North West was recently voted Wharfedale & Craven Mumbler’s favourite class or activity for the under 5s!Our classes will help to nurture and enhance EVERY child’s development and innate musical ability. At a critical time in your child’s formative years, Rhythm Time offers a wide variety of activities. These activities help brain development, balance, concentration, listening skills and language which in turn help with reading, writing, maths, coordination and socialising.

Rhythm Time also helps stimulate your child’s imagination and also develops specific musical concepts such as rhythm, pitch and listening. It’s the perfect foundation for school and future music making! Our baby classes and Young Baby Courses will help the development of your baby from birth. Our Young Baby Courses have been created specifically for very young babies from birth to 6 months. These focus on developmental and multi-sensory activities specifically designed for very young babies and their early development.

Plus, you get FREE access to our Facebook Members’ Hub to support your face-to-face classes with more weekly online classes from home!

We are founding members of the Children’s Activities Association which means that you can be confident that our classes are some of the best available for parents and carers.

09.45 – 10.15 Preschool
10.30 – 11.00 Toddler
11.15 – 11.45 Baby

Phone: 07577 531359

OTLEY WRITERS 10am-12noon

We are a long established group which welcomes new members whether they are experienced or new to writing. We try to write short pieces of prose, verse or playscript each week and discuss them in the meeting. We have occasional visiting speakers. A number of group members are also involved in longer writing projects and some have had their work published.
Each year we self- publish an anthology of our work.

We are a relaxed and friendly group and offer constructive criticism to each other.

If you are interested in joining us please contact John Ellis 01132686132 email:


PIC ‘N’ KNITS 10.30am – 12.30pm

The group meets every Saturday morning in the Courthouse’s foyer. Everyone is welcome, no charge, just come along and join in!


QUAKERS 10.30am – 12.30pm (once a month – usually the last Sunday of the month)

Quaker meeting for worship is held at the Courthouse on the last Sunday in each month (Craft Fair and Farmer’s Market day) at 10.45am. If you wish to come along then please call 0113 318 8084 or email

OTLEY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (rehearsing at Bridge Church)

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. They are conducted by Sean Gleeson and led by Chris Hodges.

Rehearsals  are  fortnightly on Sundays from 6.30-9.15 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).

For more information contact Helen Thornton on 01943 463099 or email


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