Courses and Workshops
Come and learn Photography in the beautiful surroundings of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Saturday workshops!
Whether you’re a total novice looking to take your first snaps or looking to sharpen your skills, we offer the perfect photography course to choose from.
Our photography courses include: Compact Cameras, DSLR Photography for Beginners and DSLR Further Steps.
2018 course dates are available to book online and are filling up fast! Treat yourself or someone special to this unique and exciting experience!
Photography Course FAQs
Please use the Book a Photography Course link above to direct you to the current course information and availability.
Each course costs an excellent-value total of £60.
Most courses last a total of eight hours - two hours on four consecutive Saturdays. (Your availability for all four Saturdays will be needed to access the entire course content - we regret that missed/unavailable days cannot be attended during a later course.)
New for 2018 - we are also offering two one-day DSLR beginners courses (April & September), where the same content is covered over a whole day. (A 30 minute break will be incorporated - lunch is not provided, but why not try our Pavilion Tea Room.)
Please see the course descriptions for more information.
We have a maximum of 12 people on a course so you receive more attention from the tutor.
Our courses are aimed at specific types of camera, as per the course title and description, so please ensure that you book on the right course for your camera. We recommend that you try out your camera beforehand so you can come prepared with your question for the tutors! You will also need a memory card, fully-charged batteries, and suitable clothing and footwear. Some courses do require other specific equipment and you should double-check the current course descriptions for the requirements as requested by the course tutor.
Enrolments must be done via the Gardens on-line booking system where course titles can be chosen and paid for with a credit or debit card 24 hours a day. Just click on the links at the bottom of the page which will take you to the bookings section. Pre-booking is essential for all courses and you must be at least 18 years old to enrol.
If you cancel your place within 28 days of the start date of your course, then we regret to announce that we do not offer refunds. Transfers to other courses instead, are subject to the discretion of Gardens' staff and are normally only offered in extenuating circumstances. For all other refund enquiries, the Gardens' policy is: 28 to 40 days before the course start date: 50% refund offered, over 40 days before course start date: 100% refund offered. Please note that all cancellations will incur a £3 administration charge.
The Gardens reserve the right to cancel any courses that do not attract sufficient interest, up until a few days before the course is due to start, whereupon a full refund or transfer will be offered.
Courses are held in the Gardens' main building complex and please be aware that accessibility to the room is via a spiral staircase only. Please park on the Gardens' car park on Westbourne Road and enter the main reception area. (Car registration numbers must be entered into a machine at reception (if parking for more than one hour) to avoid parking charges.)