There are a wide variety of one day courses and evening talks throughout the year. One day courses are an excellent way to introduce yourself to the WEA and sample the quality and breadth of the learning options available.

These courses tend to be very popular: so please contact us on the telephone numbers shown if you are interested and we will endeavour to fit you in!

Tea and coffee are usually, but not always, included in the Fee. Lunch arrangements are indicated but the duration of the lunch break may vary - the branch will be able to supply further details.

The following is a list in date order of other Branch one-day courses in Essex held recently or soon to be held. To search by branch, please go to the Branches page.


Course Title: Russia in Revolution
Course Description: Examine why this most backward of the great powers was the first to embark on the ‘socialist experiment’, the reasons for the fall of the USSR, and subsequent developments in post-Soviet Russia.
Tutor: David Prynn
Venue: Benfleet Methodist Church, 67 High Road, Benfleet, SS7 5LH
Course Length: One Day
Date: 03/11/18
Start Time: 11:00
End Time: 16:00
Fee: £18.50
Contact: Elaine Cooper
Telephone: 01268 794770
Email: N/A

Course Title: Worlds of Confusion
Course Description: Examine the popular music culture of the 1960s as both a reflection and instigator of major social, economic and political change in the western world.
Tutor: Ted Woodgate
Venue: Benfleet Methodist Church, 67 High Road, Benfleet, SS7 5LH
Course Length: One Day
Date: 02/03/19
Start Time: 11:00
End Time: 16:00
Fee: £18.50
Contact: Elaine Cooper
Telephone: 01268 794770
Email: N/A

Course Title: Kick up the Eighties
Course Description: Examine the popular music of the 1980s as both a reflection and instigator of major social, economic and political change in the United Kingdom.
Tutor: Ted Woodgate
Venue: Billericay Reading Rooms, 73 High Street, Billericay, CM12 9AS
Course Length: One Day
Date: 22/09/18
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 16:00
Fee: £15.00
Contact: Denise Fielding
Telephone: 01277 651482
Email: N/A

Course Title: Guided Walk 'The Essex Serpent & Colchester Literary Connections'
Course Description: Hear tales of the serpents, detectives and serving wenches as well as the many other characters and their creators to have walked the streets of Colchester. Please book directly with Joan Black.
Tutor: Guest Speaker - Josie Watson
Venue: Non-WEA venue
Course Length: One Day
Date: 12/09/18
Start Time: 10:30
End Time: 12:30
Fee: £5.00
Contact: Joan Black
Telephone: 01245354644
Email: joan.familynoir@gmail.com

Course Title: Lennie 100
Course Description: Examine the diverse life and career of Leonard Bernstein; from musical theatre to the concert hall, from Harvard University to the recording studio.
Tutor: Chris Green
Venue: Feering Community Centre, Coggeshall Road, Feering, CO5 9QB
Course Length: One Day
Date: 17/11/18
Start Time: 11:00
End Time: 15:00
Fee: £12.00
Contact: Jane Dougan
Telephone: 01245 476583
Email: jmd8@post.com

Course Title: African American Civil Rights
Course Description: Gain an overview of the origins of the Civil Rights Movement, examine Martin Luther King’s contribution to the movement and review what has happened in the USA since his death in 1968.
Tutor: Guest Speaker - Steve Clarke
Venue: Feering Community Centre, Coggeshall Road, Feering, CO5 9QB
Course Length: One Day
Date: 17/11/18
Start Time: 11:00
End Time: 15:30
Fee: £12.00
Contact: Jane Dougan
Telephone: 01245 476583
Email: jmd8@post.com

Course Title: The RAF in World War Two
Course Description: Examine RAF operations during World War Two and explore individual stories, some with the use of aviation archaeology.
Tutor: Ian McLachlan
Venue: Feering Community Centre, Coggeshall Road, Feering, CO5 9QB
Course Length: One Day
Date: 17/11/18
Start Time: 11:00
End Time: 15:30
Fee: £12.00
Contact: Jane Dougan
Telephone: 01245 476583
Email: jmd8@post.com

Course Title: Essex Country Houses
Course Description: Investigate the history and influence of some Essex country houses and their story, ranging from late medieval times to nearer the present day.
Tutor: Margaret Mills
Venue: School Room, Tollesbury Congregational Church, East Street, Tollesbury, CM9 8QD
Course Length: One Day
Date: 29/09/18
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 15:00
Fee: £18.00
Contact: Ann Jackson
Telephone: 01621 868167
Email: tollesburymaj@aol.com

Course Title: Why Shakespeare?
Course Description: Explore Shakespeare’s craftsmanship as a theatre practitioner and poet to help explain why his work remains such a significant part of our cultural heritage.
Tutor: Ron Marks
Venue: School Room Tollesbury Congregational Church, East Street, Tollesbury, CM9 8QD
Course Length: One Day
Date: 13/10/18
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 15:00
Fee: £18.00
Contact: Ann Jackson
Telephone: 01621 868167
Email: tollesburymaj@aol.com

Course Title: History Everywhere!
Course Description: Examine how the turn of any lane, the lay-out of fields and the pattern of woods, the fabrics of castles and villages and the names of all these features, all bespeak history.
Tutor: Nicholas James
Venue: Tollesbury Sailing Club, Woodrolfe Road, Tollesbury, CM9 8SE
Course Length: One Day
Date: 20/10/18
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 15:00
Fee: £18.00
Contact: Ann Jackson
Telephone: 01621 868167
Email: tollesburymaj@aol.com

Course Title: Zero Night: The First Great Escape of WW11
Course Description: Examine the mass escape of British prisoners-of-war from Oflag VI-B during the Second World War.
Tutor: Mark Felton
Venue: Tollesbury Sailing Club, Woodrolfe Road, Tollesbury, CM9 8SE
Course Length: One Day
Date: 10/11/18
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 15:00
Fee: £18.00
Contact: Ann Jackson
Telephone: 01621 868167
Email: tollesburymaj@aol.com

Course Title: Geoffrey Chaucer - Civil Servant and Poet
Course Description: Discover Geoffrey Chaucer's immense influence on British culture over the last six centuries, exploring his life, his family background and the English and European literary traditions he drew on.
Tutor: Graham Platts
Venue: School Room Tollesbury Congregational Church, East Street, Tollesbury, CM9 8QD
Course Length: One Day
Date: 13/04/19
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 15:00
Fee: £18.00
Contact: Ann Jackson
Telephone: 01621 868167
Email: tollesburymaj@aol.com

Course Title: Imperial China: Land and People
Course Description: Gain an introduction to China's natural environment, great dynasties, and the contribution of Chinese civilization to world culture in terms of art, inventions, thought, belief and development of a centralised state.
Tutor: David Prynn
Venue: School Room, Tollesbury Congregational Church, East Street, Tollesbury, CM9 8QD
Course Length: One Day
Date: 11/05/19
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 15:00
Fee: £18.00
Contact: Ann Jackson
Telephone: 01621 868167
Email: tollesburymaj@aol.com