Adult Courses

The Brewhouse Education Centre provides two dedicated learning spaces that are used for a variety of adult education workshops. Come and join us for a myriad of different courses.

From watercolour painting to family history, Burghley offers a number of adult education courses in conjunction with specialist education providers

What’s On

Burghley hosts a number of different day study courses run by experts in their field.

For more information and to book tickets click on the links below.

Sandra Peck – Special Watercolour Painting Days 2020

It really doesn’t matter whether you are an accomplished artist or an absolute beginner Sandra’s classes provide a relaxed, friendly, stress-free environment, where you can sit back and enjoy lots of wet-into-wet watercolour demonstration and then have a go yourself with help and encouragement. You will be pleasantly surprised by what you can achieve. Each day runs from 10.30 till 4.00, and are priced at £67.00 for the day. light refreshments are provided. All painting days take place in the Burghley House Brewhouse Education Center.

Sandra Peck is a Resident Artist and Tutor at Barnsdale Gardens and her work can be seen in the gallery there. She has been teaching for over twenty years and holds regular workshops at a number of locations, including some especially for the Royal Horticultural Society.


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Beautiful Burghley – 29 January

Make the most of the beautiful properties of watercolour. Paint a soft sunset, allowing colours to blend on the wet paper, then add a simple silhouette of Burghley. A lovely technique which can be used for many other subjects.

Entrance to the Park – 12 February

Try out lots of different watercolour techniques to capture sunlight through the majestic trees in the Burghley Park.

Pen & Wash Buildings – 11 March

Using a fineliner and a brush. A really useful technique perfect for depicting buildings. Learn how to capture this lovely old thatched cottage or choose your own subject from the grounds at Burghley or bring a photo.

Wet-into-wet Magnolias – 22 April

Such graceful shapes and soft markings work so well dropped on to wet paper. Absorb yourself in magnolia doodles without any drawing – very relaxing.

Lamplight – 13 May

Use watercolour washes to capture the glow from a lamp and make interesting shadows. Lots of useful tips and techniques for successful wet-into-wet watercolour.

Summer Flowers – 3 June

Lots of wet-into-wet demonstration painting to show how to paint loose and lovely fresh summer flowers from the gardens at Burghley.

The Boathouse – 8 July

Paint this lovely building set in the grounds of Burghley and it’s beautiful reflection in the water. Use loose watercolour, then add details with pen and try using gum Arabic for easy reflections.

Princess Victoria’s Bed – 12 August

Visit The House to look at this beautiful little bed, that was used by Princess Victoria when she visited as a child. Then learn how to capture this special scene.

The Gatehouses – 30 September

A step-by-step demonstration showing how to paint the stately Bottle-neck Lodges at the entrance to Burghley park, in loose watercolour and pen.

Stained Glass Window – 14 October

Beginning with a walk through The House to look at the Chapel and then a demonstration to show how you can achieve beautiful effects with drippy paint and cling film.

Northern Lights – 18 November

Snowscenes with a difference! Tip colours on to wet paper and swirl them to produce dramatic skies. Really fun effects that you can only achieve with wet-into-wet watercolour.

For further details of courses, or to book a place please contact Rachel Starmer or Lynne Denham on 01780 761996 or email