The Loft

The Loft

A place to meet, to learn, to participate, to create, to enjoy

Beginner Guitar Classes

Saturdays from 12.25pm – 16 & 30 March, 20 & 27 April, 4 & 18 May, 1 & 15 June, 6 & 20 July.

Tutor Mark Orchin offers a 45-minute classes to beginners (over 16) – learn the basic techniques and chords to accompany popular songs and develop into being able to play a few tunes and picking patterns. It is not essential to read music but some help will be given to follow chord/lead sheets and basic guitar tablature. Please bring your own acoustic guitar.

Tickets: £7.50. Click here to book. 

Harmonica Intermediate Workshop

Sat 11 May  10am-2.30pm

If you can bend a note on a diatonic harmonica, you are no longer a beginner, and you are ready to take some big steps forward with this workshop. You will learn the (all-important) blues scale, and how to use it. Plus, other topics chosen from a list by the students: including third position, tongue-blocking, playing at the top end, throat vibrato and trills.  You will need 10-hole (diatonic) harmonicas in C and A. For recommended models, or to buy one on the day, contact Con on 07481 903 127. 


Ukulele Lessons

Saturdays –  16 & 30 March, 20 & 27 April, 4 & 18 May, 1 & 15 June, 6 & 20 July.

Beginners Class
- A new starters class for over 16s and adults where you will learn how to play chords, accompany songs, tune up and play in a small group. This is the 2nd year we have run theses successful classes for ukulele learners so book a place now!

Intermediate Class - For those who have continued from the previous beginners class and players who can follow a chord chart and play some simple melodies. This group uses charts, notation and tablature.
Improvers Class - A class is for players who wish to extend their skills considerably and covers more advanced techniques and styles and uses charts, notation and tablature.

Tutor Mark Orchin has been running these successful classes at the Hawth now for 18 months and they have proven very popular. Mark is an experienced teacher and performer and has played the guitar at The Hawth with Touchstone (Folk Rock) for many years and has just formed a new band called Plush covering ‘80s and modern pop music. 

Please bring your own ukulele to the lesson

£7.50 per session / Click here for dates and to book


Life Drawing

Mondays  4 March-1 April, 29 April, 13 & 20 May, 3 June-15 July 6.30pm-8.30pm

Wednesdays  6 March-3 April, 24 April-22 May, 5 June-17 July 10am-12noon

Rachel Cowell offers two blocks of Life Drawing sessions focused on learning and experimenting with new materials and gaining more skills for people regardless of ability or previous experience. Suitable for 16+.

Admission: £12 per session (£10 per session if you book either block) / Book here

Drift Dance Class

New Class - Tuesdays 26 February, 5, 12, 19 March and 2 April 7.30pm

Drift Dance is a one-hour contemporary-based dance class held every Tuesday in The Loft. We welcome all abilities, even those who are completely new to the form. These classes focus on slowly building up your technique in understanding why and how we move through the space. We indulge in weight, breath and momentum to encourage movement within and around the body.

Suitable for ages 15+. Classes are £6 with the first one free! Further details from


Papercraft with Natalie O’Shea

Sat 30 March and Sat 4 May 1pm-5pm

Come and join Natalie O’Shea to make fabulous handmade greeting cards. If you thought you weren’t artistic, then Natalie will show you how easy it is to make personalised cards whether you think you are crafty or not. 4-hour sessions with all materials provided - however, please bring scissors, ruler, glue and a trimmer, if you have one.

Admission: £20 per session / Book here


Move With Peppa

Fridays (term time)

The popular, pre-school dance, music and movement sessions for children aged 18 months to 5 years old are created using the stories from the award-winning episodes. Parents and children can enjoy the fun and joy of learning and moving together in a 45-minute class are designed to build motivation, physical confidence, coordination, balance and agility within the wonderful and exciting world of Peppa.

18 months-2½ years: 9.45am-10.30am. 2½-5 years: 10.45am-11.30am. Trial classes are £6.50 and 5 sessions are £30. Pre-booking via the website or email: or emailing



Busylizzy operates a timetable of antenatal fitness, postnatal fitness that you can bring your baby to, and baby classes across Horsham and Crawley. It also offers a community of like-minded mums to hang out with, with regular social events and workshops on relevant themes.

Pregnancy classes include Yoga, Pilates and a strength and cardio session called Vibe. Postnatal fitness sessions include Yoga & Pilates, as well as Aerobics dance fitness, Bootcamp and Buggy Fitness. Meanwhile, your baby can enjoy massage, baby yoga, music and movement, learn to sign or even do arts & crafts.

Membership is super flexible, allowing you to attend classes when it suits you - booking via the app up to 30 mins before classes start, or cancelling up to 2 hours beforehand if something comes up or you just don't fancy it!

Anyone is welcome to come and try a class for free by registering their details at


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The Hawth,
Hawth Avenue, Crawley
RH10 6YZ