czdCrosswords courses

Learn how to solve cryptic crosswords with an expert teacher on a relaxed and enjoyable course. Henry Howarth has taught cryptic crosswords to over 400 adults and is the author of Learn How to Solve Cryptic Crosswords.

"An excellent course." Harvey Conroy

". . . . . I found the course engaging right from the start." Sue Gammage

"Very well presented, very enjoyable." Barry Harlow

Choice of courses

Courses are taught at two different levels:

  • Cryptic Crosswords for Beginners is for complete beginners and those with a little experience.
  • Cryptic Crosswords for Improvers is for people who understand the principles of how cryptic clues work, have some solving experience, and are now seeking to develop their skills further.

These courses are available as:

 residential courses    2+ days, with full board and lodge at attractive UK locations
 one day courses  6 hours teaching with breaks for coffee, lunch and tea
 half-day courses  a 3 hour introductory course for beginners
 U3A courses  for U3A members only

Residential courses

 Course  Venue  Location  Dates  Price   Contact
 Improvers  Denman  Abingdon   17–18 Aug 2017   1£190  01865 391991 
 Beginners  Denman  Abingdon  21–22 Jan 2018  1£175  01865 391991
 Beginners  Knuston Hall  Wellingborough   26–28 Jan 2018  £299  01604 362200
 Beginners  The Green Park   Pitlochry  30 Jan–3 Feb 2018   £422  01796 473248
 Improvers  Denman  Abingdon  20–21 May 2018  1£TBA  01865 391991

 

 1£20 discount for WI members. Course details in the Lifestyle sectiion of the Denman brochure.

 One-day courses

 Course  Venue  Location  Dates  Time  Price  Contact
 Improvers   Knuston Hall   Wellingborough   26 Jan 2018   9:15–4:45   £62   01604 362200 

 Bed and breakfast is available at £60.

 Half-day courses

Half-day courses for beginners have previously been taught at Christchurch, Bournemouth and Dorchester libraries and for a number of U3As in Dorset.

 Poster for half-day course at Christchurch Library

U3A Courses

These courses are for U3A members.

 Course  U3A  Venue  Date  Time
 Beginners   Bournemouth   Moordown MCC Room 5   Sat. 7 Oct 2017   9:30am–12:30pm 

Half-day courses for beginners have previously been taught at Christchurch, Yeovil, Bournemuth and Wimborne U3As.

There is also a residential beginners course at the U3A Summer School 1, hosted at Harper Adams University in Newport, Shropshire, from 17-20 July 2017. This course is fully booked. 

Find out more about courses

 Document  Size  Information provided
 Course info  229K   A one-page outline of the beginners course 
 Course testimonials   235K  Feedback from course attendees
 Course outcomes  254K    Results from a survey of course attendees 

 

Previous czdCrosswords courses

Date     Venue Level Duration
2017 Feb 17 Denman, Abingdon Beginners 2 day
4 Christchurch Library Beginners half-day
Jan 21 Knuston Hall,Wellingborough Beginners 2 day
20 Knuston Hall,Wellingborough Improvers 1 day
7 The Green Park Hotel Beginners 3 day
2016  Nov  3 HMP Guys Marsh Beginners 1.5 hr
  Oct 17 Wimbourne U3A Beginners half-day
   8 Bournemouth U3A Beginners half-day
  Sep 27 Poole U3A Beginners 7 week
 
Aug 15  U3A Summer School, Cirencester  Beginners  3 day
     3 Knuston Hall, Wellingborough Beginners 2 day
     2 Knuston Hall, Wellingborough Improvers 1 day
  Jul 16 Dorchester Try This Beginners 2 hr
  Jun 30 Pilgrims School, Winchester Beginners half-day
    28 Pilgrims School, Winchester Beginners half-day
    27 Pilgrims School, Winchester Beginners half-day
    25 Christchurch U3A Beginners half-day
    18 Christchurch U3A Beginners half-day
  Apr 14 Yeovil U3A Beginners half-day
  Mar 3 The Coach House, Lechlade Beginners 1 day
  Feb 13 Bournemouth Library Beginners half-day
    3 Denman, Abingdon Beginners 2 day
  Jan 23 Knuston Hall, Wellingborough Beginners 2 day
    22 Knuston Hall, Wellingborough Improvers 1 day
    16 Christchurch Library Beginners half-day
    11 Christchurch U3A Beginners 7 week
2015 Dec 14 Age UK, Dorchester Beginners half-day
  Nov 14 Itchen VI Form College Beginners half-day
  Oct 27 Wimborne U3A Beginners 7 week
    9 Dorchester Try This Beginners 2 hr
  Sep 30 Poole U3A Beginners 7 week
    30 Bournemouth U3A Beginners 7 week
  Jun 6 Knuston Hall, Wellingborough Beginners 2 day
    5 Knuston Hall, Wellingborough Improvers 1 day
  Mar 28 Christchurch Library Beginners half-day
  20 Alston Hall, Preston Beginners 2 day
  Jan 19 Christchurch U3A Beginners 7 week
    9 Knuston Hall, Wellingborough Beginners 2 day
2014 Dec 13 Dorchester Library Beginners half-day
6 Christchurch Library Beginners half-day
Sep 30 Bournemouth U3A Beginners 6 week
29 Dorchester Try This Beginners 2 hr
  29 Christchurch U3A Beginners 6 week
  25 Dorchester U3A Beginners 6 week
  Jul 17 Age UK Dorchester Improvers 2 hr
  Jan 16 Age UK Dorchester Beginners 6 week
2013 Nov 1 Bournemouth U3A Beginners 6 week
2012 Oct 26 Bournemouth U3A Beginners 6 week
  Jun 28 HMP The Verne, Portland Beginners 6 week
Jan 23  Age UK Dorchester Beginners 6 week
2011 Sep 12 Age UK Dorchester Beginners 6 week