HFS workshops in Hastings and Bexhill are a great place to learn practical skills in a fun, friendly environment. We work with small, supportive groups of adults.

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When funding is available, we offer free or low-cost workshops for adults in:

  • Furniture Restoration 
  • Beginners Carpentry
  • Advanced Carpentry
  • Paint Effects on furniture
  • Mixed Crafts with upcycled materials
  • Upholstery for Beginners
  • Decorating Skills

All courses are 20 hours, over either 4 or 6 days, and usually run on the same day each week.

Furniture restoration Bexhill and Hastings
Learn how to use tools safely, sand down, repair and restore a small piece of furniture from our store to take home. Ask our experts all your furniture fixing questions!

Carpentry Bexhill
Learn how to use tools safely and make some items from scratch from reused bed-slats. Never used a saw before? Book our Beginners course, then move on to the Advanced course to make more complex joints. If you have a carpentry project idea in mind, get it done with advice from our expert Ron!

Paint effects  Hastings
Learn a range of paint effects: rag-rolling, shabby chic, distressing, sponging and crackling. Transform a small piece of furniture from our store to take home.

Upholstery for Beginners Hastings
Learn how to recover dining chairs. Bring a set from home you want to cover (and your choice of fabric), or cover a set from our store with our material to learn the techniques.

Mixed Crafts Hastings
Have fun with a range of craft activities such as; revamping a lampshade, paper flowers, driftwood mobiles, decoupage boxes, painted flower pots, t-light glasses. Something to take home each week.

In November-December we are also running Crafty Christmas – a seasonal take on Mixed Crafts. Make your own decorations, cards and gift bags from upcycled and low cost materials.

Decorating Skills Bexhill
Pick up the skills and tips to get a perfect finish when you decorate a room. Choosing the right tools for the job, preparing walls and surfaces for decoration including painting and wallpapering. Learn how to hang paper, match patterns, trim edges, and work around objects like sockets and light switches.


Fees and Deposits: Our courses and workshops are free or low-cost thanks to the support of our funders.  Read more about the fees and deposits for the sessions here 

Dates: Check out our training calendar (right) for course dates (1/4 is the first week of a course) and book at the Hastings store.

Course calendar


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