The Loft

The Loft

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

The Hawth remains closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, however we hope to re-introduce a full programme of classes as soon as we can. 

Our Dance Studio and creative space The Loft offer great opportunities to try new activities, have fun and meet new people.

Whilst the pandemic has reduced the programme for the moment, we are still offering the activities below and many more will be added in the coming weeks and months. 

Get That Novel Started: Creative Writing Course with Dominic Canty

Course dates: Tuesdays 15 June-20 July 2021Time: 10am-12 midday

Duration: Six weeks, with sessions held once a week for two hours.

Format: In-class lecture, discussion, exercises, plus homework

Description: This course is suitable for beginners or writers looking for a fresh injection of inspiration, and is perfect for all genres: fiction, historical, biographical, autobiographical etc.

Course Outline: In a warm, fun and inspiring environment, you will learn the nuts and bolts of the creative process and the necessary key ingredients – character, structure, discipline, framework, plot, theme, drama, the creation of ideas, point of view, location, editing, rewrites, delivery, and the all-important strong, dramatic and satisfying conclusion that will leave your readers wanting more.

From the get-go, you will begin to produce work, sharing it with your fellow students to build your confidence and critiquing skills. And over the six weeks, via discussions, in-class exercises and homework, you will develop a writer’s mindset and daily discipline necessary to make your goals happen, seeing remarkable results each day.

At the end of the course, you will have produced the first ten-thousand words of your novel, and be fired up to continue towards your end target.

Course Requirements: You’ll need basic written English skills to benefit from it. No previous creative writing experience required. Age: 18 and above.

Book Here

Hidden Gem Creative Vision Board Workshop

Saturday 10 July, 10am - 1pm   

'Live a life by design, not default' by visualising your future in this 3 hour face-to-face Creative Vision Board Workshop.

What Hidden Gems are you aspiring to become a reality in your life and future?

Lacking Confidence? Motivation? Focus?Do you want to feel empowered? Seeking clarity on where to begin?

Then join Life Coach Gemma Legrand of Hidden Gem Coaching for a face to face, interactive workshop in a light and spacious studio located in The Hawth, Crawley.

This 3-hour session will enable you to bring your inner dreams and visions to life. Creating a vision board is a relaxed, fun and effective way to bring to life what's in your head and heart. You will be getting hands-on creating your own collage of your dream life and learning the science and philosophy of visualisation and manifestation. As well as interactive learning, conversation and practices of 'how to', around the power of visualisation, manifestation and meditation.

This workshop is a space for like-minded individuals to come together and share ideas and inspiration. Leaving with a refreshed sense of empowerment and confidence with your own vision board and tools to help you stay focused and motivated on your quest to realise your dreams and goals. With a clear direction of the next steps needed to bring them to reality.

Gemma is a member of the International Coaching Federation and is passionate about helping and enabling creative souls realise and achieve their Hidden Gems and live a more fulfilled and purposeful life.

All creative material and refreshments provided. Plus, a Hidden Gem individual gift!

Tickets £50 Book here

Ukulele & Guitar Lessons

Back from Saturday 15 May in a socially-distanced environment. With experienced teacher and performer Mark Orchin. Bring your own uke or guitar.


Beginners 9.45-10.30am
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. 

Intermediate 10.45-11.30am
For those who have continued from the previous beginners class and players who can follow a chord chart and play some simple melodies.

Improvers   11.45-12.30pm
A class for players who wish to extend their skills considerably and covers more advanced techniques and styles.

Book Here


Saturdays 12.45pm-1.30pm

Tutor Mark Orchin offers acoustic guitar classes for those who have already started to learn the instrument (over 16s) and can play the basic chords and tune up . In the classes you will be able to develop your strumming and picking techniques, learn to read tablature, follow chord charts and a music score. A variety of styles are covered from folk, pop, blues and some jazz – places are limited so please contact the box office for more information – you will need your own instrument. 

£7.50 per session. Book here


Mondays 6.30 - 8.30pm May 24; June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26.

Wednesdays 10am - 12noon May 26; June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28.

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

Admission: £12 per session (£10 per session if you book a block). Students: £10. Book here

((BOUNCE))™ Classes

Tuesdays 7.30-8.30pm and Fridays 6-7pm in The Loft

Performed on mini trampolines in The Loft, ((BOUNCE))™ makes exercise fun with choreographed dance routines. ((BOUNCE))™ improves weight loss 3 times quicker than floor-based workouts due to opposing gravity and added g-force. For more info and book via


Find Us

The Hawth,
Hawth Avenue, Crawley
RH10 6YZ