Brand New Summer Programme & News Update
Brand New Summer Programme & News Update

Welcome back – we hope you had a relaxing half term break.

Coda’s Summer Term ends on Friday 19th July, which means our music lessons, courses and ensembles will be taking a break over the holidays… but we are excited to reveal our inspiring Summer Programme and update you on our new development.


Welcome to the Summer at Coda Music and Arts Trust: activities for over the Summer period (and beyond), providing a taste of new programmes to come, as well as introducing you to our brand new barn development.

To register your interest in any of these workshops, please email 
We will then contact you to confirm bookings and take payment in a few weeks once interest has been registered. 

EMBRACING THE SEASONS – Gentle creative movement with Rakhee Jasani
Tuesdays 10 – 11.15am

Starting Tuesday 30th July 2024
£10 PAYG or Summer offer: £40 for a 5 week block

Discover the transformative power of Qigong (gentle movement related to Tai Chi) in our five-week journey through the seasons. Perfect for beginners, each session offers gentle movements, reflective writing, and guided meditations to harmonise mind, body, and spirit.

Join us to unlock your inner resilience, cultivate joy, and embrace the natural rhythms of life. No prior experience required – just an open heart, playful curiosity, and a willingness to explore.

VILLAGE HALL DRAW with Tracey Dovey
For adults of all ages and ability

Tuesdays 7 – 9pm  
Starting Tuesday 30th July 2024
£15 per session PAYG or Summer offer: £65 for a 5 week block

Throughout the summer and beyond, we will be gathering in the barn for relaxed and intuitive creative drawing sessions for adults of all ages and abilities – most of whom haven’t drawn since childhood!

Each week there will be the opportunity to explore a variety of materials, ideas and artists in a playful way.

All materials will be provided.

WILD WEDNESDAYS with Maddy Collymore – Creative Family Workshops 
Wednesdays 10.30am -12pm
Starting 31st July 2024
£10 PAYG (per family) or Summer offer: £40 for a 5 week block

Join us in the meadow (or gallery, depending on the weather!) to help weave a giant nest throughout  the Summer holidays.

Step into the world of nature-inspired creativity with our weekly workshop, Wild Wednesdays. Led by multimedia artist, Maddy Collymore, these creative workshops are available to all ages and especially great for families.

Explore diverse artforms with natural tools to gain insight into the season’s biodiversity. Techniques will be imparted in weaving, large-scale drawing, and cyanotype (an ancient form of photography), where you can uncover new creative possibilities in this welcoming environment.

These workshops will provide a taster of the kind of classes and creativity that we’ll be offering as a part of our new, regular programme at Coda.

LORETTA’S HOLIDAY HOME with Emily Stracey – Creative Family Workshops
Thursdays 10.30am -12.30pm
Starting Thursday 1st August 2024
For 8-12 years
£15 per child PAYG or Summer offer: £65 for a 5 week block

Loretta is a cat who holidays in a beach hut – she is an agony aunt to animals and has a travelling show. Animals write to her with a problem, or a talent, asking for advice and then perhaps end up appearing in her show!

Some of our workshops will involve writing letters to Loretta as if we are an animal with a problem or a talent.

All materials will be provided, parents are welcome to stay and join in if they’d like to.

Week 1: Gulls not Buoys
Seaside fun – we’ll start with some drawing, then we’ll make a pesky seagull from clay – complete with chips, lolly or a pasty in the gull’s beak, sitting in a nest!

Week 2: Seaside Beach Huts
Inspired by Loretta the cat’s beach hut, we will create our very own little colourful beach houses, using slabs of clay.

Week 3: Cool Rock Pools
Who’s hiding in your rock pool? We will be creating a rock pool from clay and some little creatures (crabs, snails & shrimps) to inhabit it. We may use mixed media (wire and sticks) and create some lovely watery, watercolour paintings of our rock pools too!

Week 4: Animal Crackers
Looking at animals and their habitats, we will take inspiration from these and create some animals and their homes. Using our imaginations, we might give them some alternative places to live!

Week 5: Pet Pawtraits
This workshop will involve drawing and making a head of our favourite pets. You can bring a photo of your pet – or just a favourite animal – and we will create them in clay. If we have time at the end we can write a little story about them.

CYANOTYPE WORKSHOPS with Sam Lewis – Creative Workshops for Young Adults
Fridays: 2nd and 9th August

2 – 5pm
£25 per person, per workshop
For young adults

These mindful, creative workshops for young adults provide an opportunity to discover the beautiful art of cyanotypes – the oldest form of photography.

Cyanotypes are Prussian blue prints made with light sensitive paper. During this workshop, we will spend time outside and in the studio, using nature as our inspiration, working from collected natural objects. Everything you need will be supplied, but if you have some inspirational images, photographs or sketches (plants, animals etc) to make your artwork even more unique, please bring them along with you.

For these workshops, please register your interest by emailing 
and we will be in touch nearer the time to confirm bookings and take payment.


If you are a professional artists or maker looking for space to make work and develop your practice, our brand new studios might be just what you’re looking for.

Full details below:


If you are interested in contributing towards a cultural strategy for the New Forest, Folio is inviting all creative professionals living and/or working in the New Forest district to join them for an engaging conversation-based workshop exploring their ambitions for the area, as they work towards the delivery of a new place-based cultural strategy.

Folio will be hosting two workshops in June at Minstead Lodge and Forest Arts Centre (both with the same content, so you only need to book for one!) and they would love to see you there. These sessions will be lead by arts engagement specialist Chris Rolls from Collective Sense (

For more information please Folio’s blog:

or email Folio at with any questions.

Enjoy your last few weeks of term and we hope to see some of you over the Summer.