Whether you’re kick-starting a new hobby or just looking for a one-off activity, here are some of our picks to keep you busy this summer.

Blend Your Own Gin at Archie Rose
An evening at Archie Rose’s gin-blending workshops kicks off with a gin and tonic, a tour of its distilleries and a brief history of the spirit. After this, guests get the chance to mix a selection of Archie Rose’s pure botanical distillates with a base gin to create their own signature blend. You can then leave with two 200-millilitre flasks of your refined gin and some new party talking points.

Classes are $95 per person and run all year round. To buy tickets click here.

Home Cheesemaking: Ricotta, Labneh and Yogurt at Cornersmith
Conquer the basics of making cheese at home with guru Kristen Allen at Cornersmith. The workshop takes you through the importance of milk composition before teaching you how to make ricotta, labneh and yogurt from scratch. Plus, you’ll learn some uses for your leftover whey. Everything required for the workshop is provided, including Cornersmith bread, cheeses and preserves to snack on while you cook. Attendees get take-home recipe cards and, of course, the delicious cheeses made on the day.

Conersmith also run pickling, preserving and bread-making classes, but be warned, they sell-out quick.

This class is $150 per person and happens on February 1 from 6pm to 9pm. Book a spot here.

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The Invisible Accessory Project by Scentsmith
Explore the practice of perfumery, sharpen your senses and invent your own signature scent at workshops run by Scentsmith in the Strand Arcade’s Courtesy of the Artist loft. Over three hours, guests learn the history of perfumery, smell memory development and get an introduction into basic materials and traditional structure. During the class, attendees mix their own unique eau de parfum to take home and have the chance to reorder their creation as a refill or as a gift.

This workshop is $327.27 per person and happens on January 18 from 6pm to 9pm. Buy tickets online here.

Terrarium Making at Camperdown Commons
Learn the craft of terrarium making in the great outdoors while sipping wine. Held in the gardens of Camperdown Commons, you’ll learn how to construct and care for your mini green oasis. All materials are provided, plus added extras to make your terrariums unique.

The class is $90 per person and will run on December 17 from 6.30pm to 9pm. To book a spot click here.

Chur Burger Masterclass
Round up ten friends and learn how the team at Chur Burger make some of Sydney’s tastiest burgers. This 90-minute masterclass is run by Chur chefs and culminates with you eating the fruits of your labour. There’s wine or beer available, too.

This masterclass is available throughout the year at $59 per person with a minimum of 10 per booking. To make a booking click here.

Leather Working for Beginners at Makerspace & Co
In its Marrickville warehouse you will learn the basic skills required for leatherwork, which you can then apply to your home projects. The class will take you step-by-step through making a leather cover (to protect a journal, iPad or novel) and will have you cutting, dyeing and assembling a vegetable-tanned leather pouch. Students will also gain insight into the forgiving (and unforgiving) nature of leather and how it has remained a desirable material through the years.

This class is $180 per person and takes place on February 17 from 10am to 4pm. To book a place click here.

Pizze e Birra Workshop at Salts Meats Cheese
This step-by-step masterclass teaches you how to create three types of pizzas from scratch: the original pizza, a calzone and a pizza fritta (a fried pizza). Learn how to achieve a perfect dough and stretch it out like an expert, before adding toppings and firing up in the oven. You’ll get to eat your pizza with the Salt Meats Cheese beer of the week. BYO apron.

This class is $89 per person and happens on January 13 from 10am to 12pm. Secure your spot here.

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