Cultural classes

We offer a varied programme of cultural classes including our Chinese café, an informal and free drop-in place to practice Mandarin with native speakers.


For details please see the Cultural Classes Timetable (PDF)

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art practiced for both its health benefits and defence training which has its roots in Taoism. It combines profound principles, theories and martial art techniques. It is the cultivation of one's internal energy, mind and the physical body that make it so unique and challenging.

On campus, we offer weekly classes for 10 weeks each term, from beginner to intermediate. Classes are priced at £25 per term, and are held for 1 hour each, either at lunchtimes (12:00-13:00 / 13:00-14:00) or evenings (18:00-19:00). Please see our timetable for a full list of times and locations, as well as booking details.

Off campus, we offer 2 drop in classes in Lancaster- our main class on Mondays at The Storey Institute from 6:00-7:00pm, and we also run a class mainly reserved for over 50's on Wednesdays at the Friends Meeting House, from 2:00-3:30pm.

Keep an eye out for our own film, showcasing our instructor Robert, and one of our weekly Tai Chi classes at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster- Coming Soon!

Wu Shu (Kongfu)

Wu Shu, or Kongfu, was a  system of codified practices and traditions of training for combat. Today, it is done for various reasons including combat skills, fitness, self-defence, sport, self-cultivation (meditation), mental discipline, character development and building self-confidence. We will teach Chang Quan(Long Fist style), which is one of Kongfu styles and has a long history particularly in North China. It is characterized by its hand and leg attacks for a long distance and fully extended movements and considered to contain a good balance of hand and foot techniques.

We offer a 10 week course on campus each term, with both beginner and intermediate classes. Much like our Tai Chi classes, these are held for 1 hour each, either during lunchtimes (12:00-13:00 / 13:00-14:00) or evenings (18:00-19:00). Classes are £25 per term, and full details concerning times, locations and booking details can be found in our timetable above.

Chinese calligraphy and painting

Chinese calligraphy, shū fǎ, is "the rules of writing Han characters". Chinese painting is known today as guó huà. They emphasize motion and are charged with dynamic life. As the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world, calligraphy and painting today are known and learned as important parts of traditional Chinese culture. A ten-week practical workshop provides you an opportunity to know something about Chinese calligraphy and painting and the time to practice, with guidance from practitioners. Materials are provided.

Note, this course is not scheduled to run every term, if you are interested in this course please contact us. 

Chinese café

It is a warm and free drop-in place for you to practice Mandarin with native speakers. All native speakers and students of Chinese welcome, no need to book.

Every Wednesday from 6.30pm-8.00pm during term time until end June.