I recently became a member of the Welshot Photographic Academy based in the UK. I was introduced by a work colleague and after attending a couple of evening workshops I decided to join.
They have an expanding number of locations in the UK, the majority of which are in and around Wales. I am local to the Chester one so have attended a couple of workshops there. I'm also not far from the Llandudno one so I may try one of those evenings next. As well as evening workshops they also run activities covering anything from a 1/2 day street photography session to a 10 day trip to Hong Kong !
Anyone can attend the workshops (small fee) but there are plenty of benefits to joining up. It's also a great way to meet other people who share the same interest so you can swap experiences, hints & tips etc. What I do like is the fact that there is nothing competitive at all about this Academy. It doesn't matter what type of camera you have or how good you are, everyone pitches in and helps each other out.
If you've tried the old style camera clubs and they didn't meet your expectations/requirements then I suggest you give Welshot a try.
Visit their website for full details.... www.welshotimaging.co.uk