Following on from the success of our January “Better You” campaign, focusing on creating a healthier and fitter Bankside, this March we’re bringing you a second round of events and activities; this time focused on developing skills. Whether you’re looking to learn something new, or brush up on old hobbies, there’s something to pique anyone’s interest.
For the green-fingered, there's a special edition of our bi-monthly Gardening Club on Wednesday 8 March, looking at planting dogwood cuttings. Meet our Urban Gardener in Wardens Grove at 12.30pm to learn how to take cuttings, before heading back to our Community Space to plant them in pre-prepared pots. You'll also learn how to properly care for the cuttings, to get your new mini-garden off to the best possible start.
Explore the delicate work-life balance at a CPD accredited workshop with the prestigious School of Life. Hosted at Mondrian’s beautiful Screening Room, the class will discuss the current landscape of work, as well as the art of play. We’ll look at how difficulties in our working lives can be symptomatic of an attachment to being “busy”, and practice reversing our thinking about free time as “time on” rather than “time off”. Tuesday 14 March, 8.30am.
Tired of being a classic Brit abroad on your summer holidays? Make sure you’re equipped with basic language skills by coming to our lunchtime taster sessions (1-2pm). Taught by Susan Rich of Languages 2000, the first session on Tuesday 14 March will cover French and Italian, and on Tuesday 28 March we’ll learn Spanish and German. The classes will go over greetings, introductions, saying where you live and come from, and a rough guide to pronunciation.
Learn how you can get more creative in the kitchen with a visit to Borough Market. Our famous neighbour hosts regular Demo Kitchens where you can pick up some cookery skills with some very special guests. On 1 March, they're celebrating St. David's Day with Welsh cook, teacher and broadcaster Lisa Fearn. Think Welsh cakes, pot bread, and a performance from a Welsh male choir! Come back on 10 March to pick up some tips from the original £1 Chef, Miguel Barclay, when he'll be whipping up some seasonal budget recipes. Both Demo Kitchens run from 12.30-2pm.
Get out of the office and brighten your desk at a lunchtime session where we'll be making terrariums - that's mini desk gardens to you and me! On 14 March from 12.30-1.30pm, Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) will be running the masterclass at Red Cross Garden. No RSVP is necessary and all materials will be provided. Contact clive [at] bost.org.uk for more info.
You may only see Bankside as the place you go to work, but there’s much vibrant history to be discovered here. In the 1500s Bankside was full of theatres, taverns and houses of ill repute. But after industrialisation in the 19th century and bombing in World War II, the area went through a period of decline. Join a Blue Badge Guided walk to learn how the area recovered and transformed into the beating heart of culture it is today. Wednesday 15 March, 1-2pm.
Rediscover the art of glass-blowing at an exclusive visit to Michael Ruh's studio in partnership with Contemporary Applied Arts. You'll have the chance to learn practical insights into the craft and watch Michael in action, followed by a special dinner; homemade pizza cooked in the glass oven! There are two trips to the studio - Wednesday 15 and Wednesday 21 March.
Bring your broken items to The Goodlife Centre on Sunday 19 March to get advice from their fixperts on repairing, reusing and recycling. Whether it’s crockery, bicycles, toys, electricals… there’s very little that can’t be given a new lease of life. Register your place for this free event here. What’s more, The Goodlife Centre are also offering 15% off any of their workshops booked in March for Buzz card holders, so you can learn more forgotten crafts. Find out more here.
Always wanted to know more about wine? Bedales are offering 10% discount on their wine workshops taking place in March - "The Lost Grapes" and "Don't Panic It's Organic". Find out more about the workshops here, use the code "buzz" when purchasing online or show your card in store to redeem.
Did you know that London has the densest bee population in Europe? Join Dale Gibson from Bermondsey Street Bees for a presentation on the craft of urban beekeeping, followed by a tutored honey tasting. We’ll discuss sustainable beekeeping, advice on improving pollinator foliage and local planting initiatives. Wednesday 29 March, 5.30pm.
As always, we'll also be running fortnightly StreetGym sessions on 8 and 22 March, 6-7pm, and our monthly yoga for deskworkers class on 30 March, 5.30pm - because it's never too late to start getting fit. Booking for these events will open soon.