Take part in our free taster sessions

From 1 to 12 November 2021

Over two weeks, we’re inviting adults from across the region to try something new through free adult taster sessions, activities, events and seminars covering a wide variety of exciting subjects.

Why take part?

  • Learn new skills
  • Meet new people
  • Boost your career prospects
  • Learn more about a particular course or a variety of subjects
  • Discover a new passion – or take a hobby to the next level
  • Enjoy the wellbeing benefits of stretching yourself

These specially arranged taster events have been designed to give you a flavour of what we have to offer across a whole range of courses – and to help you understand your options going forward.

Check out our events taking place this year in the calendar below. Follow our group hashtag #FoLpartners

Festival of Learning Calendar 2021

Festival of Learning
calendar 2021

Discover our upcoming events


What is the Festival of Learning?

Festival of Learning is a national campaign that aims to celebrate, highlight and promote the benefits of lifelong learning and help adults aged 19 and over to discover their passion.


Whether you want to learn essential skills, upskill and reskill for your career or pursue a hobby – there is something for everyone, regardless of age and at all levels from beginners to higher education.

Through the Festival of Learning, we hope to shine a light on the different expressions of adult education, by creating inclusive opportunities for those who want to return to education for the first time, try something new or improve their skills.


We’re committed to supporting everyone with guidance. We offer adult courses in Access to Higher Education, Professional, Vocational, Essential Skills and Leisure.

Adult student smiling and collaborating with other students on a project

Inspiring stories from adult learners

Taking on the challenge of studying again after a break can be a daunting prospect, but the rewards are great. As well as unlocking a whole new intellectual world it can also instil self-belief and confidence – and set you on the path towards the career you’ve dreamed of.

Find out more about individuals who have overcome personal challenges to excel in their studies and lives.

Couple excel with Access course.

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Adult learner passes with flying colours!

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Exciting Higher Education journey for mature student.

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Adult learner wins student of the term award.

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Our Partners

Luminate Education Group, which comprises Leeds City College, Keighley College, Harrogate College, Yorkshire Centre for Training and Development (YCTD), White Rose Academies Trust and University Centre Leeds, is working with local partners to deliver programmes that develop skills and support the mental health and wellbeing of adults in Leeds City Region. These include:

We know that many adults across the region have other commitments, such as families and jobs. Together, we will provide flexible learning approaches which accommodate your commitments, encouraging you to upskill and reskill in a Covid-19 safe environment.

Get in touch with us today

If you have any questions about studying or know someone who is thinking about career development and their options for the future, get in touch with us today. You can email us at skills@keighleycollege.ac.uk and a member of our team will get back to you, or give us a call on 01535 685 006.
The Festival of Learning partnership offers a wealth of resources and events for adult learners: www.leedsadultlearning.co.uk

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