Activities for Adults

Guide to Local Courses – November

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If you’re looking for courses or workshops to join this autumn there’s plenty in our local area to Stretch the Mind, Flex the Body, Break a Sweat, Soothe The Soul and Get Creative as well as Animals & Nature and Food for Thought.

Arts & Crafts

Sewing Playground offers a wide range of sewing courses and one-off workshops for people of all levels of experience in Hungerford. Contact Silvia Luce on 07857  037754 or

Photography, floristry, upholstery and a range of other adult courses and classes are available at St John’s Marlborough.

Oil-painting classes take place weekly in Hamstead Marshall Village Hall. Contact Chris on 01488 658 587 0r email

Ceramic Sculpture and Pottery Course with sculptor Diana Pattenden in Newbury. Term-time courses for you to get creative with clay and learn how to sculpt, slab, coil, throw, fire and glaze. Contact Diana on 07887 844 981, or visit her website.

Art, Craft, Needle Felting and Dress Making at Newbury CollegeClick here to browse their leisure courses or call 01635 845 000

Flower Workshops at Martin & the Magpie in Hungerford. Click here for current schedule.

Kelly Louise Floristry School offers workshops in Hungerford, Kintbury, Chilton Foliat and Pewsey. Click here for the current schedule.

Creative Workshops inc silk, glass, wire, clay and caricature drawing at the new Corn Exchange Learning Centre, Newbury. Click here for dates

Upholstery, Upcycling, Lampshades, Floristry and Silversmithing Stargazey Workshops in Swindon with Claire Anello on 07771 881 376

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

Old Chapel Textile Centre  sewing, embroidery and bookbinding courses at the National Needlework Archive near Newbury.

Curtain, Blinds, Cushion and Lampshade courses at Awaken Hidden Skills in Inkpen.

Lorne Hill Farm Quilt Workshops and Pitch’n’Stitch at lovely farm workshop in East Garston. Contact Joanne on 01488 648 736 or or visit the website.

Food for Thought

Honesty Cookery School near Newbury offers a wide range of inspiring cookery classes. Contact or 01635 268 989 to book.

Bread-Baking Workshops (using sourdough and wild yeast) near Wantage and near Abingdon with The Wild Baker. Click link for course details.

Cookery Classes with MasterChef Semi-finalist Ollie Hunter at The Wheatsheaf in Chilton Foliat. £50 per person for two to three hours with a glass of wine and food included. You can learn what you want, or request a specific skill. Email him at or call 01488 690 936.

One-day Cookery Classes including Chinese, Indian, low-fat and student basic are available at St John’s Marlborough.

Basic Cooking, Feel Good Food, Bread Making and Food from around the World at Newbury College.  Click here to browse their leisure courses or call 01635 845 000

The Lambourn Wine Circle is a fun group that runs 8 week terms to learn more about the grape and taste some super wines from new regions. Contact Brian Davis on or 01488 670 468. Brian also runs  friendly, informal events and tastings

Macaron Masterclasses from The Real Macaron Company, a range of  for both adults and children. Contact


Hogan Academy in Newbury offers a wide range of courses and classes  for people of all ages and abilities.  These include tuition for most instruments as well as ensemble playing, songwriting, sound mixing and a number of specialist workshops. Contact 01635 49657 or or visit the website.

Phoenix Brass is a very friendly fourth-section band which is open to all and practices in Froxfield year-round. Recruiting all players, especially cornet players. Contact 01672 515 176 or 01672 512 634.

Phoenix Brass Training Orchestra at Froxfield Village Hall. Instruments and tuition provided. All ages and total beginners welcome. Contact 01672 512634 or

Choir 55 for over 55s who want to have fun singing. No previous experience required. Part of the Ageing Creatively programme at the new Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury. Click here for details.

Marlborough Community Choir welcomes everyone, with no auditions, no need to read music. For more information visit the website.


Watermill Theatre Drama CoursesPrologueAssociate Youth Theatre (Juniors and Seniors). Adult Drama Groups (no previous experience necessary),  Fourth Wall (for adults with learning difficulties)  and Duologue at Arlington Arts (a deaf and hearing integrated group for anyone over 12 years).  Please contact Emma on 01635 570 934 or

NYT (Newbury Youth Theatre) for 14-21 years. Berkshire’s only youth theatre that performs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival every August. For latest reviews visit Weekly term-time rehearsals at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury. No auditions. To enroll please click here.

Youth Theatre for 4-19 years at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury. No auditions. Various age groups. Click here for more details.


Ballroom, Latin American and Sequence Dance with Cheek2Cheek Dance. Weekly Beginner classes in BoxfordLambourn and Wantage.  Learn to Dance in a Day in Wantage and Autumn Tea Dance  in Lambourn. Contact Alison on 07780 624 784 for more details. Private and wedding dance lessons also available.

Choreography and Adult Dance with John Darvell from NOCTURN at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre, Newbury. Click here for course details (scroll down).

Dare to Dance for over 55 beginners and improvers. Part of the Ageing Creatively programme at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury.

Ballet/Tap/Dance/Street Dance for 2.5-13 years with Starlet Inspirations Dance School in Basildon. For class times and to book a free trial contact Louise 07789 518 563

Stretch the Mind

Spanish Lessons in small groups with Angela Quiroga’s Spanish Learning Club in Wickham. Courses for  beginners and intermediates and  monthly Spanish Conversation Club. Click here for details or contact Angela on or 07557 226 541.

French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Greek language courses are available are available at St John’s Marlborough.

Community Learning at Newbury College  includes crafts, language, dance, IT, web design, plumbing, bricklaying, welding or woodwork. Click here to browse their leisure courses or call 01635 845000.

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

Community Learning at Grove Adult Learning Centre (part of Abingdon & Witney College) located next to Millbrook Primary School and Grove Library. A wide range of courses including genealogy, office and counselling skills, IT, art, craft, language and yoga.  Click here to browse courses and enrol.

Preschool Science with Mini Professors fun and hands-on classes in Newbury (Mondays at Eddie Catz) and Wantage (Thursdays at The Beacon).

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) with Berkshire School of English Friendly English language courses for non-native speakers, families, schools and businesses throughout Berkshire: General English, ESOL, Cambridge exams, GCSE English, Life in the UK and Online Courses.

English Conversation Group at Lambourn Library. Contact 01488 71350

English and French Classes in the comfort of your own home. Contact Odile at The Brunel Language Centre on 07921 54 04 75 or

U3A Hungerford The University of the Third Age runs small groups for retired or semi-retired people to explore learning opportunities in almost every subject. Click here for more details.

ENCORUM lifelong learning platform offers a range of interesting activities to help people stay mentally and physically active. Join for free or email for more info.

Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia advice sessions at Hungerford Library for anyone with concerns about a child who is struggling at school, college, uni or work, or click here to request a free 30-minute no-obligation telephone chat.

Animals & Nature

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

Dog Behaviour with Zen Dog Whisperer Ken Stronach. Learn how to create a bond with your dog and resolve any behavioural problems they may have. Ken works with you at home or takes your dog for a one-week rehabilitation course. Advanced booking recommended. Follow him on facebook to learn more.

Sheepdrove Organic Farm near Lambourn offers great workshops including bushcraft, wildlife and foraging – click link for dates.

Martial Arts

Matt Ward Karate runs courses for juniors in Swindon, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wroughton, Ashbury Chilton Foliat, Lambourn and Pewsey. Private adult sessions by appointment. Contact Matt on Facebook or or 07774 645 476.

Martial Arts in Newbury and Thatcham MF Matt Fiddes Martial Arts  Contact or 07871 333846.


Seeds2Glory just south of Hungerford offers fitness classes including spin, kettlebell, circuits, boxing and more with fitness gurus Ricardo Defazio and Shiv O’Connel . For class timetable click here or call 01488 491 158.

Aqua Aerobics at the Hungerford Leisure Centre. All-round, low-impact aerobic workout in the pool for all ages and abilities. Contact 01488 683 303 or visit their website.

High-energy workout classes at the Hungerford Leisure Centre including Body Attack, Body Pump and Circuits.  Contact 01488 683 303 or visit their website.

Fitness at The Lambourn Centre various classses every morning and evening for all abilities as well as gym membership, kids trampolining and gymnastics. Supervised gym sessions for 11-15 yrs. Contact 01488 73690 or visit their 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 683 303 or visit their website.

Accomplish Fitness Studio near Hungerford offers weekly classes (including hot yoga and circuits), small group personal training and wellbeing, nutrition and gym-related beauty workshops. Visit the website for more details.

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 and lessons in Marlborough, Swindon, Hungerford and Newbury. Click here to register interest or contact Ashley on 07540 784 959 or 

Nordic Walking 3JFitness offers Nordic Walking in the Newbury to Reading area. Contact 07792 550 191.

Fitness for the Elderly & Less Mobile

Home Exercise Kit Bag for West Berkshire residents who want to improve mobility and balance but struggle to get out to a class. On clearance from your GP you will receive tuition at home on exercise as well as a resistance bands and ankle weights to aid exercise. Contact Nick Rance or call 07702 892 518.

Low-impact Pure Stretch and Wellbeing Aerobics classes at Hungerford Leisure Centre for complete beginners or for those returning from injury. Contact 01488 683 303 or visit their website.

Oomph! Seated Exercise Class in Newbury for older adults and those with mobility challenges. A fun, sociable class to get your whole body moving. To register contact Nick on or call 07702 892 518.

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

‘Ever Active’ Gentle Sports (for over 50s and people with mobility issues):  click here for local schedule of short tennis (played in sports hall with pro coach), walking football and walking netball, disability cricket and new age bowls (a form of ‘short mat bowls’ using softer, lighter balls) in Lambourn and Newbury.

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.

No Limits Sports & Leisure organises sports and leisure activities including football, badminton, rambling and swimming, for adults with learning disabilities in West Berkshire.


Ignition Tennis offers a range of coaching for all ages and abilities in Chieveley, Hungerford, Kingsclere, Kintbury, Malmesbury, Newbury (Park House) Stockcross and Woodland (Tilehurst). Ignition provides tennis coaching for clubs and schools offering term-time lessons, schools coaching, parties, one-to-one lessons, camps and competitions. For more information visit

Badminton at Kintbury Jubilee Centre for juniors and adults. Play for fun and keep fit with Kintbury Badminton Club, Contact Cliff Verrall on 07478 699313

Touch Rugby at Hungerford Rugby Club for anyone (men and women) over 16 yrs old. A lot of fun, with instruction if you’ve not played before. Click here for more details.

Hungerford Bowling Club has an outdoor green and new members always welcome. For more details please click here or contact Jennifer Bartter on 01488 684 471 or at 

Falkland Cricket Club on Enborne Road, Newbury has great training facilities including grass practice pitches, astroturf net facilities and a bowling machine. To enquire about joining please email


Mindfulness Workshops & Courses in Newbury with Living Well Mindfulness. Book a free taster session or contact Sheila Bond on 07990 584 078.

The Wellbeing Centre in Newbury offers a range of complementary therapies and treatments to support physical and emotional wellbeing, personal development and mental health. Also yoga and meditation classes,  tai chi, pilates, and a variety of workshops and events. Pregnancy and post-natal services are a speciality. Contact 01635 552 874, or visit The Wellbeing Centre.

Sport in Mind is a local charity promoting mental well-being through sport. It offers a range sports and physical activities designed for people experiencing mental health problems including 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.

Tai Chi are available at St John’s Marlborough.

Chen-style Tai Chi courses and one-to-one tuition are provided by GreenChi at various locations in the area.

Calm Quiet Space Mindfulness runs courses in Newbury, helping you to reduce the pressures and stresses of everyday life. Contact Caroline Quinton-Smith on or 07836 762 702.


Yoga at The Wellbeing Centre in Newbury including Hatha Yoga, Prenatal and Pregnancy Yoga and meditation classes, as well as tai chi, pilates. Contact 01635 552 874 or

Yoga, Baby Yoga and Stretch Classes at Seeds2Glory at Stype just south of Hungerford. For class timetable click here or call 01488 491158.

Hot Yoga at Accomplish Fitness Studio in Leverton near Hungerford. Click here for weekly classes.

Infant Massage (and yoga for Mums) six-week course at the new Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury. Click here for course dates.

Yoga Classes are available at St John’s Marlborough.

Yoga at Grove Adult Learning Centre including Restorative Yoga, Mixed Ability and Yoga Club  – click link for course dates.

My Kind of Yoga with Eunice Learmont in Swindon. Suitable for beginners and improvers. Book a free trial by contacting Eunice on her Asia Zen Wellbeing facebook or 07973 987 938 and to enquire about yoga workshops and one-to-one or small group private classes.

NCT Mother and Baby Yoga Classes in Hungerford and Kintbury. No prior yoga experience needed. Contact or

and lastly…something a bit different

Shalbourne Gliding Club just south of Hungerford offers a range of classes from 15-minute trial lessons to full courses. Visit the website for details.

Barbury Shooting School near M4 J15 offers practice sessions and tuition for clay shooting, archery, air rifles and simulated game days.

Reading Climbing Centre offers a range of courses and classes for all levels of ability including NICAS qualifications and bouldering. Click here for details.

Introduction to Astrology course available at St John’s Marlborough.

Horse Riding lessons and hacks at Little Hidden Farm near Hungerford. Contact Sue on


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



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