Activities for Adults

Local Courses & Classes – August 2017

If you’re looking for a local course to join there’s plenty here to Stretch the Mind, Flex the Body, Soothe The Soul, and Get Creative as well as Animals & Nature and Food for Thought.

Get Creative

Arts & Crafts

Sewing Playground  Workshops in July and August include: Make Your Own A-line Skirt and Pyjama Bottoms. For more details contact Silvia Luce on 07857 037 754 or

Crafternoon Tea Sat 29 Jul, 2pm – 4.30pm New Greenham Arts Create your own greetings cards and other 3D projects, using techniques such as rubber stamping and die-cutting.

Two Day Portraiture Class with artist Kim Vine on Weds 2 & Thurs 3 Aug. Join a small group of like-minded aspiring artists and create a brilliant likeness (of a family member, friend or favourite pet) in pencil, chalk or pastel. Join for free or email for more info. Places are limited, so don’t miss out. £195 for two days, 10am-4pm including lunch & art materials, near Great Bedwyn. You’ll surprise yourself!

Stockfest Activities 16 – 25 August – inc origami, family sewing, wild writing, cartoons & caricatures, watercolour workshop, Sing for Joy & lots of other great events

Lorne Hill Farm Quilt Workshops and Pitch & Stitch. Lovely farm workshop in East Garston. Contact Joanne on 01488 648736  or or visit

One Day Woodcraft Spoon Carving and Pole Lathe Days near Newbury with local green woodworker Chris Allen.

Stargazey Floristry, Upholstery, Jewellery & Craft Workshops in Swindon with Claire Anello on 07771 881376

Kelly Louise Floristry Workshops in Chilton Foliat. For upcoming classes contact Kelly Louise on 07818 769 121 or

Old Chapel Textile Centre  sewing, embroidery & bookbinding courses at the National Needlework Archive nr Newbury

Curtain design, roman blinds, cushion & lampshade courses at Awaken Hidden Skills in Inkpen


Summer Music Activities at Hogan Academy in Newbury for people of all ages and abilities. Summer workshop schedule just published! Click here for more info and to book your free taster lesson in guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, woodwinds, strings, brass, vocals, DJ-ing or music production. Contact 01635 49657 or

Phoenix Brass Training Orchestra 10.30am-12.00pm Saturdays at Froxfield Village Hall. Instruments and tuition provided. All ages and total beginners welcome. Contact 01672 512634 or

West Berkshire Strings offers affordable violin lessons for beginners of all ages. Contact Pat Glover on 01488 648420

Animals & Nature

Sheepdrove Organic Farm nr Lambourn offers great workshops about bushcraft, wildlife & foraging – click link for dates. Suitable for 14 yrs & up with an adult.

Zen Dog Whisperer Ken Stronach helps you create a bond with your dog and resolve any behavioural problems they may have. He works with you at home or takes your dog for a one week rehabilitation course. Advanced booking recommended as Ken is busy (and works with dogs all over the country). Follow him on facebook to learn more.

Dog Training for Working Breeds with Jill Thorpe. Small, relaxed fortnightly classes starting with good manners on the introductory foundation course, working on the basic commands, steadiness and an introduction to the puppy retrieve.  Contact Jill on 07901 651 663 or

Stretch the Mind

Workshops at The Wantage Mix  including gardening, DIY, craft, IT and upcycling. Click here for their schedule or email to go on Sustainable Wantage’s monthly mailing list.

Free Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia advice sessions at Hungerford Library 10am-12pm on the 4th Sat of the month for anyone with concerns about a child or loved one who is struggling at school, college, uni or work. Or click here to request a free 30 min no obligation telephone chat.

English and French Classes at Westrin Study Centre, Victoria Rd, Old Town Swindon. Contact Odile on 07921 54 04 75 or

English Conversation Group at Lambourn Library 2 – 3pm every Friday Contact 01488 71350

Food for Thought

Stockfest Mon 21 Aug 1.30pm – 3.30pm Discover Chocolate with Tilly’s Treats £5 pp (adult accompanying a child has free entry)

Honesty Cookery School run by award-winning cookbook author Romilla Arber nr Newbury offers a mouth-watering range of cookery classes. Contact or 01635 268989.

Lambourn Wine Circle wine tasting courses.  Informal and informative way to broaden your wine horizons.  Contact Brian on 01488 670468 or

The Real Macaron Company offers a range of macaron masterclasses for both adults and children. Contact

Flex the Body

Spectacular Performance Opportunity in Newbury 9 – 12 Aug (rehearsals & performance). For 15+ yrs dancers. No cost. Organised by Corn Exchange Newbury. See link for details.

Summer Dance Week for Adults Tue 29 Aug – Sat 2 Sep | New Greenham Arts. Intensive, fun 4 evenings of dance for adults with John Darvell,Artistic Director of NOCTURN, culminating in an evening performance on Sat 2 Sept!

Nordic Walking turns a walk into a work-out with special poles. Get fitter faster, improve your posture and core while enjoying the local countryside. Free tasters, poles provided. Nordic Walking with Ashley offers walks & lessons in Marlborough, Swindon & Hungerford areas. Click here to register interest or contact Ashley on 07540 784959 or ashleysandy@mac.comJanine at 3JFitness offers sessions in the Newbury to Reading area, Mondays – Saturdays inc 3 evenings/wk – see: or contact 07792550191

Ballroom, Latin American and Sequence Dance with Cheek2Cheek Dance Weekly classes in Boxford, Lambourn and Wantage. Also wedding dance lessons, private lessons & regular local tea dances. Contact Alison on 07780 624 784 for more details

Martial Arts

Martial Arts in Newbury & Thatcham MF Matt Fiddes Martial Arts classes for 3-6 yrs and 7 yrs-adults, as well as popular family classes which cover karate, kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do.  To book a free trial session contact or 07871 333846.

Summer Karate Camps in Swindon & Lambourn Matt Ward Karate‘s popular junior karate syllabus tailored for kids (4-7 years) & cadets (8-15 years). Private adult sessions by appointment. Summer camps during the holidays. Contact Matt on Facebook or or 07774 645476.

Yoga & Pilates

My Kind of Yoga with Eunice Learmont Tues 8 – 9pm G5 Martial Arts, Swindon. Suitable for beginners & improvers. Book a free trial by contacting Eunice on her Asia Zen Wellbeing facebook or 07973 987938 & to enquire about yoga workshops & 1:1 or small group private classes.

Seeds2Glory Yoga & Pilates Classes in a lovely new centre near Hungerford. For membership details click here or call 01488 491158.

Flexibility and mobility classes at the Hungerford Leisure Centre include Body Balance, a mind-and-body training class, Yoga and Pilates. Contact 01488 683 303 or visit their website.


Seeds2Glory Fitness Classes & Summer Bootcamp with fitness guru Ricardo Dafazio in Stype nr Hungerford. Pay £8 per session or become a member. Drop-in sessions: 7-8pm Mon, 1 -1pm Weds, 5.30 – 6.15pm Thurs, 6.30-7.30pm alternate Fridays. £8 per session. For details click here or call 01488 491158.

Aqua Aerobics at the Hungerford Leisure Centre. All-round, low-impact aerobic workout in the pool for all ages and abilities. Contact 01488 683303 or visit their website.

High-energy workout classes at the Hungerford Leisure Centre inc Body Attack, Body Pump, WAR,  and Circuits.  Contact 01488 683303 or visit their website.

Exercise Classes at The Lambourn Centre including WAR, Circuits and Body Pump; Balance; HIIT; Fitness Pilates; Boxercise; Total Stretch; and Cardioblitz. Contact 01488 73690 or visit the website.

Spin/Indoor Cycling at the Hungerford Leisure Centre. Popular fitness activity on stationary bicycles to a great soundtrack. For every level of ability.  Pre-booking recommended. Contact 01488 683303 or visit their website.

Fitness for the Elderly & Less Mobile

Home Exercise Kit Bag for West Berkshire residents who want to improve their mobility and balance but struggle to get out to a class. On clearance from your GP or health professional, you will receive tuition at home on exercise as well as a resistance bands and ankle weights to aid exercise. To apply contact Nick Rance or call 07702 892518.

Low-impact Pure Stretch and Wellbeing Aerobics classes at Hungerford Leisure Centre for complete beginners or for those returning from injury. Contact 01488 683303 or visit their website.

Oomph! Seated Exercise Class in Newbury for older adults and those with mobility challenges. A fun class incorporating music and games is sure to make you smile, meet new people and get your whole body moving. To register contact Nick on or call 07702 892518.

Sit Tall Stand Strong (chair-based gentle exercise class) at the Lambourn Centre to improve mobility and prevent falls,  Contact 01488 73690 or visit the website.

‘Ever Active’ Gentle Sports (for over 50s & people with mobility issues):  click here for local schedule of Short Tennis (played in sports hall with pro coach), Walking Football & Walking Netball (slowed down version of the games), Disability Cricket and New Age Bowls (a form of ‘Short Mat Bowls’ using softer, lighter balls)


Hungerford Bowling Club has a beautiful outdoor green and new members always welcome. For more details please click here or contact Jennifer Bartter on 01488 684471 or at

Reading Climbing Centre runs great activities for all ages during the summer (inc Family Outdoor Climbing Days). Click here for details.

Touch Rugby 7.15pm Thursdays at Hungerford Rugby Club. For anyone over 16 yrs old. A lot of fun and you are taught if you’ve not played before.

Ignition Tennis offers a range of coaching in Kintbury, Chieveley, Newbury (at Park House School), Woodland (Tilehurst) & Malmesbury

Soothe the Soul

Mindfulness Workshops & Courses with Living Well Mindfulness. Click here for the next free taster session or contact Sheila Bond on or 07990 584078.

Sport in Mind is a local charity promoting mental well-being through sport. They offer a range sports and physical activities designed for people experiencing mental health problems inc Badminton in Hungerford and table tennis in Thatcham. Click here to find out about other locations.

Recovery in Mind is a social enterprise in Newbury that helps people with mental health problems live a more meaningful life. Book a course: Introduction to Recovery taster sessions, Welcome to Recovery, Healthy Eating Cookery Workshop, Five Ways to Wellbeing

Have fun deciding what you are doing to do – and doing it!


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