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Summer Term 2015

The first half of the summer term is nearing the end but dont worry we have a range of five week courses starting in June after our half term break.

Courses starting in June

Starting Monday 1st June

Knitting and Crochet 7.45 - 9.45pm

Full Fee £37.90 / Over 60s £34.90 / Benefit £25.90

Starting Tuesday 2nd June

Charcoals and Pastels 1.30 - 3.30pm

Full Fee £50.50 / Over 60s £46.50 / Benefit £34.50

Relaxation Training 6.00 - 7.15pm

Full Fee £31.55 / Over 60s £29.55 / Benefit £21.55

Starting Wednesday 3rd June

Portraiture 1.30 - 4.00pm

Full Fee £78.75 / Over 60s £73.75 / Benefit £58.80

Starting Thursday 4th June

Cartoons and Comics 7.45 - 9.45pm

Full Fee £50.50 / Over 60s £46.50 / Benefit £34.50




Summer Flea Market

Saturday 6th June

10.00am - 4.00pm


Folk House Hall

Join us for our annual Summer Flea Market where our lovely local and independent stall holders will be in full swing!! They will be selling everything from vintage clothing & accessories, bric-a-brac and toys plus gifts such as cheese and homewares. The cafe will be serving up delicious treats.

We are not taking anymore bookings for stall but if you are interested in future markets please email with photos of what you intend to sell. Thank you!




Summer Schools 2015

Enrolment for our Summer Schools 2015 will open at 9am Tuesday 12th May.

We have lots of new and exciting workshops on offer as well as some old favourites.

The Summer Schools will appear on the top toolbar of the website from 9am Tuesday 12th May and our co-op members will be able to enrol from 9am Monday 11th.

For more information about becoming a co-op member please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

1st - 9th August 2015 -



An exhibition of Black and White Photography by Chris Waller and Wendy Leocque.

An exhibition of Black and White Photography by Chris Waller and Wendy Leocque.

1st-31st May

Traditional silver-gelatin photography is enjoying a revival as more and more people are rediscovering the magic of the darkroom. Photographers and artists alike are engaging with the vintage and archaic photographic processes, discovering the creative potential offered. Developing and hand printing your photographs gives a very different appreciation of photography. There is a connection through the mechanics of analogue that simply slows you down and draws you in. This back-to-basics, vintage technique can be a gateway to the past through the materials you discover - old family negatives, or the equipment you use to produce these images.

Traditional photography has a certain tactile quality. You handle the film, the chemicals, the negatives, the paper. You watch the image slowly emerging in the dull red light of the darkroom. The choice of film, developer and paper, darkroom technique, toning - all are brought to bear in creating the final print.

Chris Waller and Wendy Leocque have both been involved in producing, facilitating and organising traditional photography workshops and events for many years and they are now bringing their knowledge, experience and passion for photography to the new Folk House Darkroom.

- in the café bar



Darkroom in Development

Bristol Folk House Darkroom

The Bristol Folk House has a brand new, purpose built wet-based photography facility, which is available for use to darkroom members and users from the beginning of August. The darkroom offers a programme of brand new exciting traditional photography courses and workshops throughout the year.

Darkroom Facilities include, 7 black and white enlargers 35mm/ medium/large format, Black and white film development facilities, print finishing facilities, technical support and chemistry.

Becoming a member gives you greater flexibility and the benefits of, 6 days per week availability, which include evenings and Saturdays, exclusively for members and discounted session rates.

For more information please email to join our mailing list.




Postcards now 50p

Got a favourite cover from over the years? Folk House postcards are now available from reception, only 50p or 4 for £1.50. Collect all 8.




Drop in & Draw every Friday

Our popular Drop in & Draw sessions run each Friday during term time. There is no tuition in these sessions but the model is provided so just come along with your drawing materials and get drawing!

Every Friday during term time 10:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 15:00.

£7 for one session or £10 for both

Sessions for the Summer Term will be held on the following dates:

24th April

1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd May

5th, 12th, 19th, 26th June

3rd July

Please note that spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis in person only (you cannot pay for someone who is due to arrive later). We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes early to give yourself the best chance of getting a place and do arrive on time as you will not be allowed into the classroom once the class has started.




Join the Folk House Co-op today!

As we are a self-funding organisation, The Bristol Folk House relies heavily on the support of our co-op members to continue running this huge range of courses and workshops.

For just £10 per year you can become a member of the co-op and take advantage of these lovely incentives:

The Folk House prospectus straight to your door. We will post the prospectus out to you before it goes online.

Exclusive enrolment day. We open enrolments to co-op members one day before everyone else.

Quick enrolment. Just give us your co-op number and away you go!*

Local Shop Discounts. You will receive discounts in lots of friendly shops local to Park Street.

Newsletter. Keep in the loop with everything that's been happening by receiving our annual newsletter.

AGM. An invitation to the Folk House Annual General Meeting.

Inner Happiness. Get a lovely warm glow inside knowing that you are supporting the Folk House and everything we do!

*remember to tell us if you move house or change your number though!

If you'd like to join you can either fill in the enrolment form at the back of the prospectus or ring us on 0117 926 2987. Thanks!

Please note there is a £1 charge for a replacement card so make sure you keep it safe!




Latest News

Summer Term 2015

Spaces on our Summer Term Courses and Workshops...  more

Summer Flea Market

Saturday 6th June from 10am - 4pm...  more

Summer Schools 2015

Enrol on our Summer Schools...  more

Darkroom in Development

Progress update on the Folk House Darkroom...  more

Drop in & Draw every Friday

Summer Term dates...  more

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You can download the prospectus for our Summer term courses 2015
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BFH Prospectus pdf


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