People spending a weekend at the Abbey can choose from at least 12 courses, for example: Puccini and popular opera, embroidery, Japanese, painting, computer textile design, Greek, Portuguese, Verdi's life and works, music and theatre workshops, writing skills, personal development, and health and fitness. Fee: Pounds 150 residential, Pounds 64 tuition only, Pounds 31 one-day. Full-time students: Pounds 15 per course. Bursaries available for people in financial difficulties. Details: 01494 890296.
THE ARVON FOUNDATION
Five-day residential courses with experienced professional writers at the Foundation's three centres in Lumb Bank, West Yorkshire, Moniack Mhor, Inverness-shire, and Totleigh Barton, Devon. Forthcoming sessions include: Paula Milne on scriptwriting, Willy Russell on theatre and poetry; Roger McGough and Liz Lochhead on poetry; and Will Self on short fiction. Fee: Pounds 260. Grants and bursaries available. Details: David Pease, 01706 816582.
POETRY IN THE CLASSROOM, MEDIA AND THE WORLD
English Association summer conference at Regent's College, London NW1, with Andrew Motion, poet, biographer and professor of creative writing at the University of East Anglia; Judith Chernaik on the Poems on the Underground project; Sandy Brownjohn, poet; and Jill Pirrie, head of English, Halesworth Middle School, Suffolk. Fee: Pounds 35, Pounds 30 members. Details: Helen Lucas, 0116 252 5927.
JULY 1-SEPTEMBER 15
One and two-week courses include: Scottish archaeology, understanding music, Scottish Gaelic, the short story, playwriting, film studies (a film festival runs from August 12-18), the Edinburgh Fringe, and Scottish culture studies. Fees: Pounds 140-Pounds 390. Bed and breakfast in halls of residence is Pounds 20 per night. Self-catering flats available. Details: Alison Wightman, 0131 650 4400.
JULY 2-AUGUST 5
THE OXFORD EXPERIENCE
A choice of 35 week-long seminars at Christ Church, Oxford. Afternoons are free for course-related field trips. Topics include: Winston Churchill; the Civil War in Oxfordshire; William Morris and the arts and crafts movement; Charles Dickens; W H Auden; women painters from the Renaissance to Impressionism; the architecture of Oxford; Chaucer; and Shakespeare's tragic heroines. Fee: Pounds 412. Details: Phillipa Tarver, 01865 270381270360.
JULY 2-22 AND JULY 23-AUGUST 12
OXFORD UNIVERSITY: ENGLISH LITERATURE
Courses on Shakespeare, the Romantics, 19th-century fiction, modernism, modern literary theory, postwar British fiction and women's fiction are on offer at Exeter College. Participants take two courses during each three-week session. Fee: Pounds 1,185 or Pounds 580 non-residential (three weeks); Pounds 2, 255 or Pounds 1,015 non-res. (six weeks). Details: Janet Biggs, 01865 270306.
SALFORD UNIVERSITY TEACHERS' SUMMER SCHOOL
Three-day courses for teachers of A-level languages and one-day familiarisation courses for sciencetechnology teachers. Accommodation available on campus. Fees: from Pounds 32 per day non-residential. Details: Denise Parson, 0161 745 5802.
JULY 7-AUGUST 7
GORDONSTOUN SUMMER SCHOOL, ELGIN, MORAY, SCOTLAND
Children aged 8-17 from around 30 countries follow an integrated course in English language, adventurous activities, sailing, creative arts, sport and recreation, with French, computer studies or literature with English skills as alternatives. Fee: Pounds 2,300. Details: 01343 830798.
JULY 10-AUGUST 25
ENGLISH LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND SPORT IN LONDON
Structured English language course every morning for 7-15-year-olds at The International School of London, Gunnersbury Avenue, London W3, followed by afternoons of sporting and cultural activities where they can practise their language skills. Fee: Pounds 175 per week. Details: Yoel Gordon, 0181 992 5823.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
Middlesex University's Technology Education Centre in London N14, will display 60 new teaching aids at its teachers' summer school, which is part of the Engineering Council's Technology Enhancement Programme. Speakers include; John Teather, head of BBC Weather Centre, and Neil McLean, School Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Fee: Pounds 250, Pounds 165 non-residential. Details: Ann Richmond, 0181 447 0342.
HUMAN RIGHTS: EDUCATING FOR A JUST WORLD
Organised by Education in Human Rights Network at University College of Ripon and York St John. Speakers include: Alison Jolly, Essex University, and Madhuri Bose, development and human rights programme manager, Commonwealth Secretariat. Fee: Pounds 165, Pounds 140 non-residential. Details: Mrs M Wilkinson, 01904 616655.
DOLMETSCH HISTORICAL DANCE SOCIETY: IL BEL DANZARE
Dances of the courts of Europe circa 1500 "from the serenely beautiful to the lively and dramatic" for all abilities at Hengrave Hall, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Tutors include: Lieven Baert, who created the historical dance company, Danza Antiqua. Fee: Pounds 346, Pounds 321 members. Details: Diana Cruickshank, 01980 620339.
BRITTEN: PETER GRIMES
Singers aged over 16 of all abilities are given the chance to take part in a fully-staged opera with the English Touring Opera at Basingstoke's Queen Mary Centre. Alternatively, participants can work behind the scenes in stage management and design. Fee: Pounds 175, Pounds 125 concessions. A few bursaries are available. Details: 0171 820 1131.
JULY 23-AUGUST 19
LANCASTER UNIVERSITY SUMMER PROGRAMME
The first three weeks are spent on the Lancaster campus and the fourth on the Lake District campus in Ambleside. Action-packed weeks are organised for young people while their parents follow courses on painting, history, calligraphy, chess, music literature, golf, fell-walking, French conversation, archery, golf, drama and more. Full entertainment programme every evening. Residential fee: Pounds 229 per week, Pounds 129 children. Courses start at Pounds 99 full day, Pounds 65 half-day. Details: 01524 382118.
JULY 24-AUGUST 11
INTERNATIONAL SHAKESPEARE SUMMER SCHOOL
Organised by Roehampton Institute, London, the Shakespeare Institute and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, at King Edward VI Grammar School in Stratford-upon-Avon where Shakespeare was probably educated. Speakers: Professor Stanley Wells, Birmingham University, and Professor John Wilks, Okayama University, Japan. Discussions and workshops with Royal Shakespeare Company directors and actors. Fee: Pounds 600 (includes six theatre tickets). Details: Dr James MacAskill, 0181 392 3348, 0181 392 3000.
JULY 28-AUGUST 7
Theatre, dance and music shows, daytime childcare, evening storytelling, workshops, films, classes, lectures, sports, and adventure playgrounds at Campus Holidays, Fletcherscombe, Diptford, Totnes, Devon. Campus is divided into camping villages laid out around a campfire and a marquee for breakfasts and workshops. Children are kept occupied with constructive play, gymnastics, theatre and puppet shows. Five days cost Pounds 200 plot fee plus Pounds 165 per adult, Pounds 125 per child, and Pounds 35 per infant under three. Details: 01548 821388.
AUGUST 29-SEPTEMBER 1
NOT JUST KIDS' STUFF: THE STATUS OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Organised for English teachers and librarians by the Arts Council at Westminster College, Oxford. Children's authors taking part include: Michael Rosen, Jill Paton Walsh and Benjamin Zephaniah. Participants will select four seminars on such topics as story-telling, media representation, writing with children, and critical approaches to children's literature. Fee: Pounds 160. Details: Administrator, Children's Literature Summer School, W