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Autumn Term 2015

Enrolments for Autumn Term 2015 will open on Tuesday 23rd June at 9am. Details of all the courses and workshops will be available on the courses page of our website that morning and prospectuses will be available from the Folk House.

You can enrol by paying over the phone with a debit or credit card, by sending us a cheque with an enrolment form, or you can pop in and see us at reception.

Folk House Co-op members will be able to enrol from Monday 22nd June at 9am. If you would like to sign up to the Co-op in order to take advantage of this exclusive enrolment day, you will need to do so by 3pm on Wednesday 17th June. Yearly membership to the Folk House Co-op costs £10 and more information can be found here. Please note that Folk House Co-op members can only enrol themselves on courses on Monday 22nd June, you cannot enrol family or friends unless they too are members.

Thank you for your continued support of the Folk House and we hope to see you all soon!




Summer Schools 2015

Saturday 1st to Sunday 9th August 2015

Enrolment for our Summer Schools 2015 are now open.

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

The Summer Schools appears on the top toolbar of the website




An exhibition of monoprints by Sophie Rae

Sophie Rae presents a beautiful series of Monoprints as a response to her travels from Kathmandu in Nepal down to the southern tip of India. Where she also spent a month as Artist in Residence at Chhaap Printmaking Studios in Baroda, in the state of Gujurat. You can see Sophies beautiful prints adorning the walls of the folk house cafe until the end of July.

Visit Sophies website

Showing now until the end of July 2015 - in the café bar



Summer Opening Times

Our Summer term ends on Monday 6th July.

We will then be open Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm.

The Summer Schools run from the Saturday 2nd August to Sunday 9th August where our opening hours will be longer.

The office and the cafe will be closed from Monday 24th August to Monday 31st August.

Our Autumn term starts on the Saturday 12th September when we will return to normal opening times.

Our Pottery pick up time will be 3-6pm on Wednesday 15th July. You can also arrange to pick them up during our Summer Schools. Please speak to the office.




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.

The Darkroom will be open to members to use from the 14th September and we start taking bookings for courses and workshops on the 23rd June.




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 £12 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

Autumn Term 2015

Enrolments opening soon.......  more

Workshops in June and July

Still spaces......  more

Summer Schools 2015

Enrol on our Summer Schools...  more

An exhibition of monoprints by Sophie Rae

Beautiful monoprints exhibited in our cafe...  more

Summer Opening Times

...  more

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You can download the prospectus for our Summer term courses 2015
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