Well I have exciting news. The brilliant Sewing Directory has had a facelift and a relaunch. If you don't now this site and you are into sewing of any kind, I recommend a visit. This site has information about UK wide sewing services, techniques for dressmaking, bag making, craft sewing and more. You can find out about fabric shops near you as well as groups of all kinds.
I have written a few articles for this site focussing on all aspects basic bag making.
This site is run by the lovely Fiona Pullen and Julie Briggs. Both of these women have a rich background of sewing and sewing publications. If you are interested in finding out about sewing and quilting shows you can get that information from this site and you can do online classes.
I'll also give a little plug for my friend Val. She teaches sewing and overlocking in 1 : 1 sessions and on line. She is also on the Sewing Directory so you can get to her site by joining that or by going there directly. Little Stitches (thesewingdirectory.co.uk)