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Rowan is a charity based in Cambridge that has an arts centre and forest school for adults with learning disabilities. Students take part in creative workshops in woodwork, ceramics, textiles, print, mixed media, drama and music, and have opportunities to be creative in nature.

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Introduction to Rowan:

What to expect

Since 1984 Rowan has offered a safe, creative, and enriching environment where the arts are used as a tool to bring people together and tackle social exclusion.

Adults with learning disabilities can attend creative workshops in arts, crafts and music. Each workshop is run for 6-10 students per session, enabling students to develop their social and communication skills, as well as boosting their wellbeing.

Students can attend each workshop for either a full-day or a half-day session per week. They may choose to specialise in one area or participate in a number of different workshops.

In addition to the creative workshops, Rowan run a forest school which enables students to be creative and connect with nature. They also arrange regular trips to theatres, museums and exhibitions for students to explore art and culture further.

If you are interested in attending Rowan as a student artist, you can visit this page on their website to find out more information and access the application form. You will be encouraged to attend a free taster day to experience daily studio activities for yourself, and see whether Rowan is a good fit for you.

More information

The Rowan arts centre is fully accessible to wheelchairs and has disabled toilets throughout the building. Rowan do not provide personal care, so if this is required, a personal one-to-one supporter must accompany the student.

There is no parking on site. There is paid street parking outside the centre up to two hours maximum. It is therefore recommended to come on foot or bike, or to be dropped off.

Though located in Cambridge, if students from elsewhere in the county can arrange transport they can attend activities at Rowan.


There are several different volunteering opportunities available with Rowan. You could help with the charity’s fundraising, events and retail activities. Or you could volunteer to support the artists running the workshops, or support students at breaktimes. For more information visit the Rowan website.

Community evening classes 

Rowan runs a range of community art classes during evenings and weekends, which are open to everyone. Details of upcoming courses will be added to the Rowan website.

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Rowan offer free taster days for adults with learning disabilities who are interested in their services.

Rowan run a number of community events throughout the year which are free to attend.

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After attending the initial free taster session, students will need to pay to attend each workshop. For details of current prices visit the website.

There is a charge for attending the community evening classes.

How to contact

Where to go

Available Throughout South Cambridgeshire District

40 Humberstone Road Cambridge CB4 1JG

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