Workshops and Events


Knit and Natter at the Beaney

Knit and Natter

Every Tuesday | 9am to 11am
Free drop-in activity | The Kitchen Cafe in the Beaney

Bring your knitting along to this friendly, informal, self-led group, in the Beaney Kitchen every Tuesday. Everybody welcome, whether you're a pro or just knitting your first rows.

Armchair Artist in Residence

Armchair Artist in Residence

January to April 2014
Various Galleries in the Beaney

Nicky Thompson will be exploring the Beaney, using the experience to take her creative writing practice in fascinating new directions and capturing what happens when the collection and the community meet. Nicky will be encouraging other writers, through interactive workshops, to create individual as well as group responses to the collection.

KCA Walking for Health at the Beaney

KCA Walking for Health

Every fortnight from Friday 16 January 2015
Meet at the Beaney High Street entrance at 9:30am,

Move to improve health walks caters for various levels of fitness and both experienced and new walkers are very welcome. We walk for an hour and then meet for refreshments at the Beaney. For more information please contact walk leader Charlotte Pattenden on 01227 781297

Working from Paintings at The Beaney

Working from Paintings at The Beaney

Wednesdays 4 March until 25 March, 10.30 to 12.30pm

4 sessions, £60, The Beaney Community Room

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With the expert guidance of artist Sarah McNulty, you will work and take inspiration from artists in the galleries. By studying and creating your own interpretations of the wide variety of work in The Beaney, you can discover ways to inform and develop your own art work. The course is suitable for beginners and those with a little experience of drawing.

Illustration Workshop - Storyboards

Illustration Workshop - Storyboards

Saturday 21 March, 10am to 1.30pm

£30, Community Room in the Beaney Library

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Led by illustrator Kate Willis-Crowley, this is a practical introduction to storyboarding for picture books. This course is suitable both for beginners and those with experience. To enrol call 0845 606 5606 or visit the website

Crochet Workshop

Crochet Workshop

Saturday 28 March 2015, 1 to 4pm
£25, Community Room in the Beaney Library

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Learn the basics of crochet. You should be able to create a scarf/blanket/shawl, etc. after the class in your own time. This session is suitable for complete beginners at crochet. To enrol call 0845 6065606 and ask for Canterbury Adult Education or visit the website

In Margate by Lunchtime

In Margate by Lunchtime

Thursday 16 April, 6:30-7:30pm
Free Admission, Community Room in the Beaney Library

Launch event for Maggie Harris' second collection of short stories, following the success of 'Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning', both published by Cultured Llama. Parakeets, smugglers, mermaids, lost boys and poets are some of the characters that span the Isle of Thanet across time, giving a nod to the past and speeding up through the 20th century.

Tales, Tales & More Tales: writing short stories workshop

Tales, Tales & More Tales: Writing Short Stories Workshop

Saturday 18 April, 10:30 - 12noon
Free Admission, Community Room in the Beaney Library

Place, history, mystery and ghosts all feature in Maggie Harris' new collection of stories, 'In Margate by Lunchtime', set on the Isle of Thanet. This workshop will offer guidance on crafting stories from ideas to completion through the genre of short fiction, which is closer to poetry than the form of the novel.

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