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.


CHAIR-BASED YOGA 10.30-11.30am

I 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

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

otley brass band






SING AND SIGN 10am – 10.45am

Sing and Sign is an award winning baby signing class for pre-verbal babies. Enhances early communication and encourages speech development through the use of music and gesture. Sing and Sign is easy to learn and classes are relaxed and a lot of fun! A great way to learn all you need to know about baby signing.

More information & to sign up:


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 /



RHYTHM TIME 9.30am – 12pm (various groups)

Music and singing classes for babies and toddlers which run every Friday during term time. There are various classes, for more information and details on how to book please contact Laura Justice on 07577 531 359

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:

COURTHOUSE WRITERS 1pm-3pm (various dates)

For more details please email Susie Hudson at



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)

Quaker meeting for worship is held at the Courthouse on the first Sunday in each month 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 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.

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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