Activities for Adults

PP Guide to Local Courses
Follow your calling this autumn
It’s never too late to start – I know a lady who began violin lessons in her eighties!
Stretch the Mind

Community Learning There’s something for everyone at Newbury College this September. A wide range of community learning courses including art, craft, language, dance, cooking, floral art and dress making. Or perhaps you’d like to try your hand at IT, public speaking, plumbing, bricklaying, welding or sociology? Click here to browse our leisure courses or call 01635 845000

Maths Tutoring Do you need a little extra help with maths? Experienced local maths teacher available for private tutoring in Common Entrance, scholarships, entrance exams and GCSE. Particularly good at helping those who struggle with maths and need to build their confidence. A fun, relaxed approach that brings results. For more information contact Ian Leatham on 07880 613668 or

Spanish Lessons Did you know that Spanish is the official language in 21 countries and the third most used language on the internet? Join the 500 million people who already speak Spanish and sign up for one of our local Spanish Learning Club‘s new Spanish Courses or Conversation Club.
Spanish Film Club: Motorcycle Diaries 7.30pm Fri 30 Sept. Contact Angela Quiroga on 07557 226541 or

Music Lessons Learning an instrument is proven to assist in many other areas of development and learning. Why not introduce your child to a wonderful experience which will help their school work, by contacting Hogan Academy to book your free taster lesson? Our tuition includes guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, woodwinds, strings, brass, vocals DJ-ing and music production. Contact us on 01635 49657 or and quote Penny Post.

Watermill Youth Theatre Prologue taster term for young people interested in acting who would like to become part of The Watermill Theatre community. The emphasis is on having fun, working as a team, and learning to think creatively on your feet.
Mondays 6.15 – 7.15pm (Years 7 & 8) and 7.30-8.30pm (Year 9, 10 & 11) Term dates: Mon 12 Sept – Mon 21 Nov (no session at halfterm). Cost £47 per term. Book with Emma on or 01635 570934.

Bridge Lessons, Marlborough area. For absolute beginners, improvers & intermediate. New courses start September 2016. Practice sessions also available. No partner needed. Friendly relaxed atmosphere. Please click here or contact Andy Hill for further details on 01380 724725 or

Stretch the Body

Badminton at Kintbury Jubilee Centre. Play for fun, keep fit and cheap fees with Kintbury Badminton Club, member of NDBA league.  Adult Club Night: Tuesdays 7.30 – 9.30pm £4 per session. Junior Club (8 – 16 yrs) with fully CRB checked Level 2 Coach. 6 – 7pm Thurs starts 8 Sept, £3 a session. Contact Cliff Verrall on 07478 699313

Ballroom, Latin American & Sequence Dance with Cheek2Cheek Dance Weekly classes in Boxford, Lambourn & Wantage. Wedding dance lessons and private lessons also available for couples & groups. Contact Alison on 07780 624784 or for more details & upcoming Tea Dances.

Ballet & Contemporary Dance with Newbury Contemporary Dance Company. Friendly, mixed ability classes at Park House School, Newbury Weds evenings during termtime. 7pm Adults & Teen Ballet. 7.45 – 9pm Adult Contemporary. Contact Debbie Camp on 01635 or or follow

Nordic Walking with Ashley. Using specially designed poles to increase effort and propulsion you’ll learn to get more from your walks & get fitter, faster, improve your posture & core while enjoying the Wiltshire countryside. Free tasters, poles provided. Up to 5 walks per week & monthly membership available. New Saturday & mid week lessons start early September. Click here to register interest or contact Ashley on 07540 784959 or

Swimming Lessons, fitness classes & gym membership at Hungerford Leisure Centre throughout the whole year excluding bank holidays.  Call us on 01488 683303 or visit our web page at All children enrolled onto the programme receives FREE swimming at any West Berkshire Leisure Centre managed by Legacy Leisure

Yoga Classes with Beth Trotter at Be Yoga. Click here for weekly Summer & Autumn classes in Wantage, Newbury, Stockcross & Hungerford. Contact Beth on 07790 015762 for one to one sessions and upcoming Spa Retreats and Restorative Yoga Evening details.

Food for Thought

Cookery Classes  Honesty Cookery School just south of Newbury has a mouth-watering range of cookery classes this autumn: For the Love of Bread, A Taste of Byzantium, A Celebration of Soft Fruit, Japanese Soul Food, Autumn in Tuscany, Thai & Vietnamese Street Food, Feeding Children (from weaning to early years), Indian Snacks & Starters. Click here for details or contact the cookery school on or 01635 268989

Nutrition Course  Healthy Nutrition Made Easy 6-week course with Kay van Beersum, top nutritional therapist and co-author of Bear Grylls’ food bible Fuel for Life. Kay will help you to improve your diet & lifestyle and transform the way you think about food & health. Discover how to eat for your body type, work on physical & mental wellbeing and learn how to thrive in our modern day fast food society. Next course start: Thurs 29 Sept at Nature’s Corner, Newbury. Book on 01635 330077. Marlborough course coming soon.

Wine Tasting Course  – just a few places left on the popular 8 week Lambourn Wine Circle course with Brian Davis. Broaden your wine horizons, drink and enjoy better wine and join the fun every Thursday evening. Next course starts Thurs 6 Oct and will include tastings from Chile, Southern Italy, Slovenia, English sparkling wine and Lebanon. Book with Brian on 01488 670468 or

Soothe the Soul

Mindfulness Workshops with Sheila Bond at Living Well MindfulnessFinding Peace in a Frantic World at The Wellbeing Centre, Newbury starts Fri 23 Sept and Mindfulness for Pain Relief and Health at Harris Mind & Body Clinic,Thatcham starts Weds 21 Sept. For more details contact Sheila on or 07990 584078

HypnoBirthing The Mongan Method Course with Tara Economakis teaches you to trust your body and work with it, as well as how to free yourself of harmful anxiety and emotions that lead to pain-causing fear during childbirth. Five week hypnobirthing course nr Hungerford starts Sun 11 Sept 4 – 6:30pm. For more details contact Tara on

Access the Bars Classes Learn how to give and receive this simple, effective body process to access the consciousness. Full day class includes manual, head charts, certificate. You will learn to give and receive two bars sessions. At the end of the day you will be able to practise on family and friends or set up your own Access Bars business. Next class 9am – 5pm Tues 27 Sept in Thatcham. Cost is £190 Book with Tanya Whannell on 01635-866409 or visit

And last but not least…Dog Obedience and Gun Dog Training classes with Jill Thorpe at Develop Your Dog starting in September.

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