Activities for Adults

Courses and Classes autumn 18
Local Courses, Classes and Workshops – Autumn 2018

 There’s plenty on offer in our local area (scroll down for kids).

Click here for our Autumn Guide to Courses, Classes & Workshops

This is a listing of local course providers:

Visual Arts


Art classes for adults in Newbury, suitable for beginners to improvers. Covering various topics using a wide variety of mediums including watercolour and acrylics – all paint materials supplied in class. Book with Carrie on 01256 810 933 or contact The Seasons Art Class website.

Art & Soul art & craft classes in Marlborough. Click here for upcoming classes in printmaking, ceramic jewellery, watercolour painting on plaster, acrylics and much more.

Creative Fun at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage who run art workshops year round for adults and children.

City Arts Newbury offer a wide range of art and mixed media workshops and events year round. Click here for their schedule.

Newbury Art Group If you love to paint, sketch or just a complete beginner this group will provide encouragement, learning and exhibiting opportunities. For further information contact Brenda Roullier 01635 247 295, email or follow on Facebook.

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

Watercolour painting weekends. Frankie Cummins has been teaching in her home studio for nearly 30 years. Famous for her wit and inspiring techniques, Frankie’s painting weekends in Great Bedwyn are a must for any watercolourist, however novice. Contact 01672 871 858 or


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.

Knitters of all abilities needed to work on Knit for Need projects. Part of the Ageing Creatively programme at the Corn Exchange Newbury.

Craft workshops at The Wantage Mix. Contact Jo at or 07768 767787. Concession prices available.

Kennet Valley Woodturners invite you to their meetings and demonstrations every 2nd Tuesday of the month at Padworth Village Hall at 7.30pm & every 4th Saturday from 10am to 1pm for an informal workshop. Please visit for more details.

Wide range of interior-design courses with AwakenHiddenSkills in Inkpen. Expert tuition with all materials, lunch and notes supplied. Click here for course details (including Curtain Making and Interior Design) or contact Terry on courses@awakenhiddenskills.com07990 970 158.


Photographic courses for beginners and beyond with Elizabeth Vickers Photography for help using your camera and taking better photos with a DSLR. Bespoke courses for A-level or GCSE project work also available at regular dates to suit you. Visit the website for more information.

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.

A Boat Full of Wool offers unique craft workshops on board a narrowboat floating up and down the Kennet and Avon canal between Hungerford and Kintbury with 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

Stargazey Workshops in Swindon run weekly craft classes in many different subjects. Please contact Claire Anello on 07771 881 376, or email or visit the Facebook page.

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

Flowers & Gardening

Floristry & Wreath Workshops with Skylark Flower Company. For upcoming dates please telephone Lorna: 07795 486336.

Floristry Workshops at Martin & the Magpie florists in Hungerford

Flower-arranging workshops at The Village Shop Woolhampton RG7 5RJ.  Contact Ros on 0118 971 2205 or call into the shop.

Community gardening workshops and outdoor learning activities and Forest First Nursery. Visit or contact Sharon at

Gardening sessions and food-growing courses in Thatcham from Edible Thatcham. Email or visit the Facebook page for more information.

Marlborough Floral Club meets once a month and offers a range of workshops and events. Click here for details.

Food for Thought

Honesty Cookery School near Newbury offers a mouth-watering range of cookery classes. Book at or 01635 268 989.

Healthy food for busy people. Learn how to make fab fakeaways (affordable, healthy and homemade takeaways) at Newbury Wellbeing Centre. Click here to book. For other nutrition courses and services visit

Macaron masterclasses for all ages at The Real Macaron Company in Newbury. Small classes, detailed demonstration, practical hands-on session, lots of tips on how to make this increasingly popular treat.  Contact or call 07887 870 274 or visit the website for upcoming workshop dates.

MasterChef cookery classes with MasterChef Semi-finalist Ollie Hunter at The Wheatsheaf in Chilton Foliat. Email or call 01488 690 936.

The Lambourn Wine Circle is a fun group that runs eight-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 and friendly events and tastings.

Bread-baking workshops (using sourdough and wild yeast) near Wantage and near Abingdon with The Wild Baker.


Harp Lessons for beginners. For more information contact Ellie from Hands on Harps (who also offer affordable instruments, one-to-one lessons and online or Skype tuition) on 07961512428 or email

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

Sing for Fun enjoyable singing workshops and groups for adults of all abilities. For more details contact Jane Dunton on 08455 191391.

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

Newbury Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest non-professional orchestras in England. The orchestra welcomes classical instrument players. If you are interested contact us and come along to a rehearsal in Newbury on Wednesday evenings during school terms.

Alice Simmons singing teacher based near Marlborough offers lessons in a variety of genres to children and adults. Beginners welcome. DBS certified. Contact or 07966 439 728

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 is led by natural voice practitioner Tessa Hall. Contact or 01635 523 379 or visit the website.


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

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 the Facebook page. Weekly term-time rehearsals at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury. No auditions. To enrol please click here.


Ballroom, Latin American and sequence dancing with Cheek2Cheek Dance in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Beginners classes in Boxford, Lambourn and Wantage – please book in advance. Private lessons and wedding dance lessons also available. To book courses and lessons visit the website: For more information, visit the website or call/text Alison on 07780 624 784.

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

Dance classes across all age groups and abilities at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury include: Toddler Dance, Junior Dance, Youth Dance and NOCTURN Adult Dance. For adults there are also NOCTURN Weekend Workshops and a Dance Week.

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.

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

Poetry and lyrics workshop Interested in writing your own poetry or song lyrics? This workshop will explore form, line, rhyme, voice and imagery. Click here to book at Newbury College

Enrol at The Vici Language Academy in Newbury to learn French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Arabic and English as a Foreign Language. Join the thousands of students of all ages who have successfully learned a new language with The Vici in the past 10 years. Visit for their intensive one-to-one coaching, online courses, relaxed conversation and cultural workshops.

Community learning workshops at The Wantage Mix includes upcycling, French conversations, mindfulness, craft and IT.

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) with Berkshire School of English: friendly English-language courses at all levels and all ages for non-native speakers, families, businesses and schools, including Intensive Grammar, General English, GCSE English and a range of online courses. Please click here for details of all available courses – and see in particular the range of courses over the summer holidays by clicking here.

English conversation Group at Lambourn Library (01488 71350 or and Hungerford Library (01488 682 660 or

To learn Spanish, join the Spanish Learning Club, where language meets culture.  Based in Kintbury, they offer complete beginnerprivate classesintermediate groups and conversation and film clubs. Please contact Angela Quiroga on or 07557 226 541.

Science Tuition Jake Wagg is a Science Tutor with over 19 years experience based in Grove, Wantage. All science subjects covered up to GCSE, but specialises in A-Level Biology & Chemistry. Happy to tutor in student’s home or at his home in Grove. Contact Jake on

Hungerford U3A The University of the Third Age runs small groups for retired or semi-retired people to explore learning opportunities in almost every subject. Discover what Hungerford U3A offers or 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) with each session looking at a different question around Christian faith. All welcome. Held at Hungerford Vicarage. Click here for next course details.

Skills & CPD (Continuing Professional Development)

Adult Learning at Newbury College offers a wide range of courses for adults from essential skills (English and maths) and community learning courses to higher education, professional qualifications and business training. You can choose between classroom-based courses led by an experienced tutor in one of our fully-equipped venues across West Berkshire, or learn from your own home or office with the support of a qualified assessor on our flexible digital and distance learning courses. Click here for more details.

English-language courses for professionals for those working in a wide range of occupations (including English for Business Communication) at the Berkshire School of English. Please click here for more information on these.

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

Teacher training at local schools through Excalibur Teaching School Alliance’s School direct PGCE programme, based at St John’s Marlborough and local primary schools. 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. It generally meets twice a month month at Newbury Rugby Club. It also providse mentoring and support for speakers of all abilities.

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.


5 Day a Week SuperFit Boot Camp with ex-Army PT instructor Jason Briley in NewburyClick here for next course details Thirty sessions for £149.99 inc. free shirt plus regular discounts.  Suitable for all fitness levels (beginners welcome). Click here to join. “Get Fit, Eat Well, Train Early, Be Happy”

Pregnant & new mum fitness drop-in weekly sessions with RichGlow Wellbeing for all fitness levels. Babies/toddlers welcome. Contact Tracey on 07900 562263 or

Lotte Berk Technique at Secret Garden Studio, Hungerford. Popular fitness technique of barre exercises to strengthen your core – ‘not just a work out, a work of art’. Contact Bernie Kenna (who was taught by Lotte’s daughter Esther Fairfax) on 07856 249074 or

Nightingale Fitness offers personal training, 12-week mixed age/ability group fitness classes in Newbury and Thatcham. 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, circuits and spin classes. Contact 01488 683 303 or visit their website.

Fitness at The Lambourn Centre various morning and evening classes 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.

Zumba. Friendly, fun dance and cardio exercise for all ages and sizes. Term-time classes in Marlborough, East Grafton, Wootton Rivers and Great Bedwyn. For more information please contact Joanna on or 07710 115 324.

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 more information, click here.

Nordic walking turns a walk into a work-out, improving your posture while enjoying the local countryside with Wessex Nordic Walking. in Marlborough, Swindon, Hungerford and Newbury. Free tasters, special poles provided. Click here to register interest or contact Ashley on 07540 784 959.

Nordic walking with 3JFitness. Contact 07792 550 191.

Cycling UK Wantage is a friendly group offering rides for all types of recreational rider predominantly on the roads and occasionally along the local by-ways and bridleways. Visit their website for details.

Nightingale Fitness runs mixed age and ability fitness classes, indoor/outdoor bootcamps in Newbury and Thatcham and residential fitness retreats. Visit the website or call 07885 551750.


Ignition Tennis has five coaching venues across Berkshire and one in Wiltshire with over 300 players on its termly programme. For further details please contact or 01635 976755.

Newbury Tennis Club welcomes tennis players of all ages and standards. Four floodlit all-weather courts. Click here for membership details or contact 01635 741514

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  215 014.

Cycling UK Wantage friendly road cycling club for all ages and abilities. For more info please click here or contact

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 470 405

Falkland Cricket Club on Enborne Road, Newbury has great training facilities including grass practice pitches, astroturf net facilities and a bowling machine.

Volleyball for all abilities and disabilities. Fortnightly Thursday evenings at Trinity School, Newbury. Contact Haddon for more details on or Jo on 07796 188368.

Table tennis at Beedon Village Hall.  Contact Laurie on 01635 247 295 or Rod 01635 248 774

Indoor bowls at Beedon Village Hall.  Tuesday 7-9pm, £10 per quarter year. Just drop in for a free taster or contact: Laurie on 01635 247 295 or Rod 01635 248 774

Fives at St Barts School, Newbury. A handball game played in a small squash-style court with two teams of two. All abilities welcome. For anyone 12+ years. Contact for more information.

Fitness for the Elderly & Less Mobile

Home exercise kitbag 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.

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 sessions suitable for over 55s as part of the Ageing Creatively programme at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury.

Over 60’s exercise class fun EXTEND classes to music at The Beacon, Wantage. Contact Jennifer Cowling 07886 715924

Volleyball for all abilities and disabilities at Trinity School, Newbury. Contact Haddon for more details on or call Sue on 07881 677634.

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

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


The Wellbeing Centre in Newbury offers a range of complementary therapies and treatments to support physical and emotional wellbeing, personal development and mental health as well as hosting a growing range of classes & groups, workshops & events including yoga, mindfulness, meditation and tai chi. Pregnancy and post-natal classes and services are a speciality with specialised yoga, exercise and hypnobirthing classes available. Contact 01635 552 874, or visit The Wellbeing Centre.

Mindfulness workshops and courses with Living Well Mindfulness in Newbury, Midgham and Swallowfield. Contact Sheila Bond on 07990 584 078.

Calm Quiet Space Mindfulness teaches you how to settle the chattering mind and helps you spend more time living in the present moment, reducing the pressures & stress of everyday life. For details of the next courses please contact Caroline on 07836 762702 or email

Sport in Mind promotes mental well-being through sport by offering a range of sports and physical activities designed for people experiencing mental health problems.

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

First Playtime Parent-Child Classes – For parents and their children under three years. Build more mindful relationships with your little ones. Understand your child through their play, with tips and support from an experienced class leader. We look at movement and behaviour development in a relaxed atmosphere where play is self-chosen. £12. FREE taster sessions available in Padworth. For details and timings, please visit

Yoga & Pilates

Yoga and pilates at The Wellbeing Centre in Newbury includes Hatha, Vinyasa and pregnancy yoga and Clinical Pilates. Contact 01635 552 874 or

Chakra-balancing workshops at St John’s Marlborough Adult Education.

Yoga sessions at the Grove Adult Learning Centre near Wantage. Click here to book

Hatha yoga in Great Shefford Village Hall. Year round, drop-in class with June Frith 07507 933 219.

Pilates – friendly, traditional classes held in Stockcross and Peasemore. All abilities welcome. Choice of morning classes and flexible attendance possible. Instructor with 17 years experience. Contact Gillian for more information 01235 814 299 or 07981 362 867.

Physiotherapy-led Pilates Small, friendly classes in Brimpton and Burghclere. All levels welcome. Classes can be adapted for those recovering from injury, surgery or illness. Contact Emily on 07887950095 or for more details or to book your space.

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.

Tai Chi & Martial Arts

Tai Chi/Qi Chong Increase your life-force energy at The Wellbeing Centre in Newbury  Contact 01635 552 874 or

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

Tai Chi  in Thatcham, Newbury, Hungerford and Kintbury. Taster classes also available. For current class schedule click here or contact Kate on 07562 655 877 or

Chen-style Tai Chi courses and one-to-one tuition are provided by GreenChi at Swindon, Newbury, Lambourn, Hungerford and Reading.

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

Young Family Fun

Infant Massage is an opportunity to bond with your baby at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury.

Alfie Meets… Join Alfie Bear in Wantage’s Vale & Downland Museum as he meets different objects and people from Wantage past and present. For 3-5 year olds but all ages welcome. Please book in advance on 01235 771447 or pop into the museum.

Mini Professors interactive science classes exploring dinosaurs to bubbles and chemical reactions to digestion at Eddie Catz in Newbury, Hungerford, Hampstead Marshall. Suitable for two to five years and parents. For more information,  visit the website.

Toddler dance at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury – dance-based movement to help promote confidence, coordination and rhythm for children aged two to four and their grown-ups. Click here for more information.

Story Store at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury takes under-fivess on a different adventure each week through songs, rhymes and activities. Click here to find out more.

Interactive family music with Nick Cope at the Corn Exchange in Newbury.

Music Monday A fun and friendly session at Wantage’s Vale & Downland Museum Join in with traditional songs and rhymes accompanied by live music.

NCT mother and baby yoga classes in Hungerford in termtime. No prior yoga experience needed. Contact or  via Facebook.

Animals & Outdoor Adventure

Berkshire Young Farmers for anyone aged 10 + not just for farmers, for anyone with an interest or passion for the countryside. With a whole host of different activities, from arts and crafts to public speaking and stock judging. Clubs in Shefford, Newbury and Bradfield (meets in Theale). For more details and how to join visit

Explore the Great Outdoors offer a wide range of Bushcraft Courses and Outdoor Activities near Marlborough for children, and adults, who wish to connect with nature.  Their workshops run throughout the year whatever the weather, with one exception … high winds! Visit for more details.

Wildlife Clubs for up to 16 years who love wildlife, and want to do more to help BBOWT Wildlife Trust at Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham or local site. For times and locations visit

Growing2gether Workshops For the latest schedule visit Growing2Gether Community Garden Centre (between Newbury and Kingsclere) or contact 

Dog training for working breeds in Marlborough with Jill Thorpe. Small, relaxed 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. Ken works with you at home or via Skype. Advance booking recommended. 10% discount for PP readers. Contact him on 07866 620933, at or follow him on facebook to learn more.

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.



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

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