Well, fear not - we know somewhere that might be able to offer a solution.
The Idler Academy! The Idler is a literary and philosophical magazine edited by Tom Hodgkinson and there's a really sweet story about how the whole thing began in the about section of their website, it's really worth reading through, it will warm you from the inside out.
The Academy, however is the Idler’s educational offshoot. It is a school based in London which offers online and real-world courses in the classical liberal arts and practical skills. You really can learn to play the ukulele! As well as scrub up on your punctuation, creative writing or even elocution.
The courses show vision, great care seems to have been taken when selecting them and the pricing makes The Academy really accessible with lessons starting at as little as £25.
You may wish to learn from home, but if you do decide to take up one of the physical tuition sessions, the headquarters is absolutely lovely with a calm, quiet bookshop selling beautiful, useful and unusual books and gifts and a cafe serving Monmouth coffee and cake. There is an enclosed medieval garden to retreat to too.
The Academy is no doubt a great place to meet new, like-minded people and with the founders being self proclaimed 'festival goers', having been approached to do talks by the guys at Secret Garden Party, the Idler Academy is a modern, visionary approach to education and you'll fit right in!
Get 10% off courses when you book online or over the phone with code DP01, they are also running a competition via their website to win £100. Just think of all the knowledge that could buy you! http://idler.co.uk/article/win-100-in-our-christmas-competition/