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A jam-packed week of activities aimed at helping adults develop new skills and interests are underway as Leicester joins the national Festival of Learning.

Previously known as Adult Learners’ Week, the Festival of Learning will run from 22-27 May, with a packed programme of workshops and taster sessions taking place in local libraries and community centres.

Photo Credit: Leicester City Council

The event aims to highlight the benefits of lifelong learning and encourage people to take part in activities that could help them find a new career, learn new skills or rediscover the joy of learning for fun.

Over 50 events will take place during the week, including poetry workshops, yoga, embroidery, beginners’ French, Spanish or Polish, and taster sessions in IT and social media.

There will also be the chance to have a go on a potter’s wheel, enjoy a gentle introduction to the solar system, or take the mic for an afternoon of hip hop, rap and grime.

Kerry Gray, Leicester City Council head of adult skills and learning services, said: “The Festival of Learning is the perfect chance for people to try something new and find out more about the wide range of learning opportunities on offer across the city.

“Learning at any level, and at any stage of life, can be very rewarding. It is a really good way to meet new people, pick up new skills or prepare for further education.”

All events and activities are free of charge but pre-booking at some events is required.

To view the full list of events taking place during the Festival of Learning, pick up a leaflet from your local library or community centre, or view it online by going to and clicking on ‘events, news and reading’.

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