A new venture is showing that summer school is not just for children while giving the grown-ups a chance to learn something new.
The Buckingham Summer School is currently taking bookings for more than 40 courses on everything from wood carving to needle felting, circus skills to watercolour and belly dancing to bread making.
The summer school, which will run from August 4 to 8, is the brainchild of Lorner Spencer, who used to work at Missenden Abbey, where they hold short courses for adults.
The idea of the summer school is to give adults an opportunity to learn new skills and benefit from knowledgable, enthusiastic and experienced tutors, many of whom have had work published or have won awards.
Courses vary from one to five days and will take place at The Buckingham School.
The summer school has been taking bookings since the beginning of February.
Bookings can be made through the summer school’s website www.buckinghamsummerschool.co.uk.
Mrs Spencer said she decided to start the summer school after seeing a gap in the market in Buckingham.
She said: “The Buckingham area doesn’t seem to have anything like this. The Buckingham School are very keen to host it – everyone I’ve spoken to seems very enthusiastic.
“Quite a few of the tutors have won awards and appeared on television. We are lucky to have a good group of people coming to Buckingham to teach new skills and it’s fantastic that we will be able to get them here.”
Planning for the summer school started in the autumn with tutors lined up from the Buckingham area, Northants and Oxfordshire as well as further afield such as Wiltshire and Shropshire.
Mrs Spencer said she was hoping to extend the summer school to two weeks in future years if this year was successful enough.
The bookings have already started coming in with the cooking and baking courses being particularly popular, although there haven’t been many takers for the circus skills courses. All courses are aimed at adults 18 and over.
People can learn artisan breadmaking with Karon King, on August 4 and 5, circus skills with Steve the Juggler, on August 4 and 5 or the art of cheese making with Louise Talbot, on August 8.
You can also learn to sing with Sheridan Coldstream with Vocal Magic, a three day course which runs from August 4 to 6.
There are also courses on digital photography, painting in watercolour, making paper jewellery, stained glass for beginners, an introduction to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, tribal belly dancing and the basics of fiction writing.
To find out more about the summer school visit the website or telephone 01296 340333.