Activities for Adults

Penny Post Guide to Local Courses and Classes – February 2018

If you’re looking for courses, classes or workshops to join there’s plenty on offer in our local area…

Arts & Crafts

Art classes for adults in Newbury, suitable for beginners to improvers. Covering various topics using a wide variety of mediums including watercolour & acrylics – all paint materials supplied in class. To book call Carrie on 01256 810933 or contact via the The Seasons Art Class website

Ceramic sculpture and pottery courses with sculptor Diana Pattenden in Newbury. Term-time courses 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.

A range of creative classes including Batik, photography and dressmaking at Newbury CollegeClick here to browse their leisure courses or call 01635 845 000.

Craft workshops at The Wantage Mix including mosaic workshop, crochet and Junk Monkeys monthly craft session for kids over 8 years.

Spoon carving days with Chris of Oneday Woodcraft. Learn to use an axe and knives to create a spoon in this workshop at his relaxing woodland workshop between Hungerford and Newbury. Click here for 2018 workshop dates.

Creative workshops and courses including silk, wire sculpture, decoupage and lots more all in the Corn Exchange Newbury’s Learning Centre. Click here for dates

Stargazey Workshops in Swindon run weekly craft classes in many different subjects. 2018 events will include Needle Felting, Silver Jewellery Making, Mosaics, Cushion Making, Roman Blinds and Decoupage. Please contact Claire Anello on 07771 881 376 email : or

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

Curtain, blinds, cushion, interior design and lampshade-making courses at Awaken Hidden Skills in Inkpen. Whether you want a new career or just wish to refurbish your own home, we offer expert tuition with all materials supplied, copious amounts of coffee, lunch and comprehensive notes.

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

A Boat Full of Wool offers unique craft workshops on board a cosy narrowboat floating up and down the Kennet and Avon canal between Hungerford and Kintbury. They offer fun, on-trend crochet, knitting, arm knitting and pom-pom workshops. Click here for upcoming workshops.

Fused glass workshops with Sue Lashmar in Baydon. Learn how to make beautiful glass items to treasure. Beginners first make a tile or coaster then can expand into bowls, jewellery, hanging decorations etc For upcoming workshop details visit

Food for Thought

Feel Good Food, Pro Pasta Making & more foodie courses at Newbury College.  Click here to browse their leisure courses or call 01635 84500.

Honesty Cookery School run by award-winning cookbook author Romilla Arber near Newbury offers a mouth-watering range of cookery classes including Beautiful Breads, Japanese Soul Food, Byzantine Food from Istanbul, Italian Street Food and Nourish the Body and Mind with Yoga & Vegetarian Delights. Contact or 01635 268 989 to book.

Cookery classes with MasterChef Semi-finalist Ollie Hunter at The Wheatsheaf in Chilton Foliat. Email or call 01488 690936.

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 for next course details & friendly events and tastings

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

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


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.

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

Alice Simmons Singing Teacher based near Marlborough offers lessons in a variety of genres to children and adults. Beginners welcome. DBS certified. Contact 07966 439728

Family music sessions at the Corn Exchange Newbury with Nick Cope  are great for eight years and under (with their grown-ups).

Rock Choir in Newbury, Thatcham, Hungerford, Wantage and Marlborough is the UK’s most popular contemporary choir for keen singers with no audition or previous experience necessary. Go to to find details of your local choir.

Opus 2 is a friendly mixed-voice choir performing a range of traditional, sacred choral pieces to contemporary, popular compositions at a high standard. For more details contact Jane Pike on 07780 767 408 or

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

Marlborough Accordion Orchestra has a Beginners’ Group , a Training Orchestra and an Advanced Orchestra, all for all ages, practising in Wesley Hall, Marlborough.  Accordions and music available for hire.  Contact Marilyn Mason  on 01672 5126 or

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

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

Sing the World acapella harmony singing group meets at Speen Parish Hall to sing Gospel, folk, Eastern European, African and other songs from around the world. No auditions or requirement to read music. Led by Natural Voice Practitioner Tessa Hall on or 01635 523379 webs


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.

Community theatre makers and theatre skills for adults at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury. No auditions, open to adults of all abilities.  Click here for more details.


Ballroom, Latin American and sequence dancing with Cheek2Cheek Dance in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Weekly Beginners classes in Boxford, Lambourn and Wantage. Learn to Dance in a Day in Steventon (near Abingdon). Private lessons and wedding dance lessons also available. To book courses online visit or call/text Alison on 07780 624784.

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

Dance classes in Thatcham with the Kennet Valley Dance School including  adults’ fun fitness classes and adults’ beginner and children’s ballroom and Latin American. Contact Karen Goodall on or 07952 313 768.

Dance classes at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury also include Junior DanceYouth DanceBoys Dance, and NOCTURN Adult Dance and Choreography classes.

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

New year, new Spanish courses, it all starts with that first class. Start your journey this January with one of our courses for complete beginners or intermediary (for all ages) at the Spanish Learning Club in Kintbury. Contact Angela Quiroga on or 07557 226 541.

French, Greek, Italian, Japanese and Spanish language courses at various levels at St John’s Marlborough Adult Education

Try something new at Newbury College this January. Enrol on a part-time course, subjects include Computer Aided Design, bookkeeping, IT and Poetry. Click here to browse their leisure courses or call 01635 845 000.

Community learning at Grove Adult Learning Centre (part of Abingdon & Witney College) located next to Millbrook Primary School and Grove Library nr Wantage. A wide range of courses including genealogy, office and counselling skills, conflict resolution, IT and languages.  Click here to browse courses and enrol.

Practical astronomy (10 week) and astrology (six-week intermediate-level) at St John’s Marlborough Adult Education

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. Please click here for details of current courses.

English conversation group at Lambourn Library (01488 71350 or and Hungerford Library (01488 682660 or

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

U3A 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 to find a group near you.

Dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia free 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.

Alpha Course (11 weeks) each session looking at a different question around Christian faith. All welcome. Held at Hungerford Vicarage. Click here for next course details.

CPD (Continuing Professional Development)

First Aid classes from Daisy First Aid run by a highly experienced retired police officer and mother. Two-hour classes in your home at days and times to suit you. Bespoke classes for schools and organisations including epi-pen and diabetes training also available. Contact Juliet Rudkin on 07719 663 406 or or email

Regulated First Aid courses for HSE compliance, including hazardous rural industries (tree surgeons, farmers etc) and voluntary organisations including sports clubs, activity providers and Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Half and full day courses delivered at your premises and available within 50 miles of Newbury. Contact Mike Samuels at CPR First Aid Training.

Driver CPC Training (which needs to be undertaken every five years by all lorry coach and bus drivers) for individuals or companies. Delivered by CAE Logistics Ltd based in Lambourn. Contact Cate Earl on 07802 649 902.

English-language courses for professionals for those working in a wide range of professions at the Berkshire School of English. Please click here for more information on these.

Office skills: In Work Office Skills at Grove Adult Learning Centre (part of Abingdon & Witney College) located next to Grove Library near Wantage.

Business courses: Professional Vocational courses and Training for Business are available at Newbury College

Teacher training is available at local schools through Excalibur Teaching School Alliance, based at St John’s Marlborough, which is currently recruiting students for School Direct PGCE courses commencing in September 2018. Click here for more information.

Public speaking: Newbury Speakers Club is a warm and friendly Toastmasters club that helps members become better communicators and leaders. They generally meet twice a month month at Newbury Rugby Club. They also provide mentoring and support for speakers of all abilities.


Nightingale Fitness runs mixed age and ability classes in Newbury and Thatcham including Indoor Bootcamp and Women-only Workout (WOW!) at St Barts School, Newbury and Outdoor Bootcamp in Thatcham. Classes are different each week. Visit the website or call 07885 551750.

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 classes 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.

Zumba. Friendly, fun dance and cardio exercise for all ages and sizes. Morning classes in Marlborough, East Grafton, Wootton Rivers and Great Bedwyn on various days. For more information please contact Joanna on or 07710 115324

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 Ski Fit. Get fit for your winter sports holiday. Six-week progressive programme working on strength, cardio, flexibility, balance and agility in Marlborough.  Click here to register interest or contact Ashley on 07540 784 959 or 

A wide range of fitness, exercise classes and squash courts is available at Herongate Leisure in Hungerford. Visit the website or call 01488 682 000.

Accomplish Fitness Studio near Hungerford. Visit the website for more details.

Seeds2Glory just south of Hungerford with fitness gurus Ricardo Defazio and Shiv O’Connell. For class timetable click here.

Nordic walking with 3JFitness. Contact 07792 550 191.


Ignition Tennis offers a range of coaching for all ages and abilities throughout the area. It 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. Play for fun and keep fit with Kintbury Badminton Club, member of NDBA league.  Adult Club Night and Junior Club (8-16 years) with fully CRB checked Level 2 Coach . Contact Cliff Verrall on 07478 699313

Touch rugby at Hungerford Rugby Club for anyone (men and women) over 16 years old. A lot of fun, with instruction if you’ve not played before. Click here for more details or contact Pierre on 07713-215014.

Cycling lessons at your home or a convenient public place for all ages, total beginners up to long distance riders and triathaletes. Available within a 50-mile radius of Newbury. Contact Caroline Lane on 07712 470405

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

Volleyball for all abilities and disabilities. Starting soon in Newbury. Please contact Haddon for more details on or alternatively call 01635 760535.

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 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 Deliverers! – Get Berkshire Active are looking for venues to set up new Oomph seated exercise sessions! Full training can be given to staff and no previous experience necessary, just a smile and some enthusiasm! 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, walking football and walking netball (slowed-down version of the games), 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.

Pilates Taster Sessions, part of the Ageing Creatively programme at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre Newbury.

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

Volleyball for all abilities and disabilities. Starting soon in Newbury. Please contact Haddon for more details on or alternatively call 01635 760535.


Mindfulness for Stress Courses (8 weeks) in Newbury, Swallowfield & Midgham 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.

Mindfulness and pilates taster sessions the Ageing Creatively programme at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury

Movement meditation Does life feel like a constant struggle? The 5 Rhythms Mindful Movement Meditation taster days in Liddington (nr Swindon) is a great opportunity to feel free, flow and just be yourself.

Carers programme (inc first aid, building resilience, safer moving and handling, yoga for relaxation) at Grove Adult Learning Centre (part of Abingdon & Witney College) located next to Grove Library near Wantage. Click here for details.

Sport in Mind is a local charity promoting mental well-being through sport. It offers a range of sports and physical activities designed for people experiencing mental health problems including badminton, table tennis, football, rowing, yoga and tai chi.

Recovery in Mind is a social enterprise in Newbury that helps people with mental-health problems live a more meaningful life.  Various free courses are available for individuals, as well as courses for organisations to support the wellbeing and positive mental health of staff or students.

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

Yoga & Pilates

Yoga & Pilates at The Wellbeing Centre in Newbury including Hatha Yoga, Prenatal and Pregnancy Yoga. Contact 01635 552 874 or

Hatha yoga, face yoga, restorative yoga and yoga Nidra fusion classes  at St John’s Marlborough Adult Education.

Pilates Friendly, traditional classes held in Stockcross and Peasemore. All abilities welcome. Choice of morning classes & flexible attendance possible Instructor with 16 years experience. Contact Gillian for more information 01235 814299 / 07981 362867

Yoga at Grove Adult Learning Centre near Wantage 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.

Pilates taster sessions part of the Ageing Creatively programme at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre Newbury.

Hatha Yoga in Great Shefford Village Hall on Monday evenings. Year round, drop-in class with June Frith 07507933219.

Tai Chi & 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.

Fury martial arts and street self-defence in Newbury, Andover and Swindon. Visit for details.

One day Tai Chi workshop at St John’s Marlborough Adult Education.

Tai Chi at The Wellbeing Centre in Newbury  Contact 01635 552 874 or

Young Family Fun

Fun for children and families including infant massage classes, dance, singing and storytelling at Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury. Click here for more information.

Family Music sessions at the Corn Exchange Newbury with Nick Cope  are great for eight years and under (with their grown-ups).

Preschool Science at Eddie Catz, Newbury with Mini Professors – science is all around us, don a labcoat and explore.

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

Mermaid Swimming Experiences Aqua Splash Swimming School are excited to offer Mermaid Swimming courses and one off experiences to children aged six years+ in Newbury and surrounding areas. We also offer group and private swimming lessons to children from three years+ to adults. Find out more at


Dog Training for Working Breeds with Jill Thorpe. Small, relaxed fortnightly classes (Weds afternoons & Fri mornings) 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. Ken works with you at home or takes your dog for a one-week rehabilitation course. Advance booking recommended. Follow him on facebook to learn more.

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.


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

Penny Post makes reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is correct but all details may be subject to change. Please contact us if you know or believe any of the details above are incorrect or if you run a class or course which you would like to see included. Please email

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