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9:00 am Summer Holiday Course: Revolting... @ The Watermill
Summer Holiday Course: Revolting... @ The Watermill
Aug 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Summer Holiday Course: Revolting Rhymes @ The Watermill | Bagnor | England | United Kingdom
Create, rehearse and perform a site-specific play, in the beautiful Watermill gardens, based on well-known revolting rhymes. Ages 4 – 6 (9am – 12noon) Ages 7 – 11 (1pm – 4pm) Price £98 All of our holiday courses[...]
9:30 am Brick City Exhibition & Brick De... @ The Base
Brick City Exhibition & Brick De... @ The Base
Aug 23 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Brick City Exhibition & Brick Den Workshops @ The Base | Greenham | England | United Kingdom
Make your summer brick-tastic with a visit to The Base and the chance to build your own designs using LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks. Brick City is a celebration of iconic buildings from cities around the[...]
9:30 am Family History Sessions @ Thatch... @ Thatcham library
Family History Sessions @ Thatch... @ Thatcham library
Aug 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Family History Sessions @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham library | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Friday mornings at Thatcham Library. Free practical advice from the Berkshire Family History Society. To book a session, please contact the library: 01635 866049 Twitter: Facebook:
9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Aug 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Pre-school stay and play session with bouncy castle and ball pit. Buy tickets on the door – no booking required.   Dates Every Monday & Friday (except Bank Holidays). Price £3.70 per child or £5.70[...]
9:30 am Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall
Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall
Aug 23 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall | Great Shefford | England | United Kingdom
Everyone welcome regardless of ability to these friendly and informal sessions. If you have something you’re working on, bring it along – or just turn up and expect to be inspired by the things that[...]
9:30 am Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum
Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum
Aug 23 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
Come along to this lovely country market if you are free on Friday morning and you will find wonderful chutneys, marmalades, cards, cakes and plants to buy.  Take the opportunity to meet up with a[...]
9:30 am Wantage LEGO Expo 2019 @ Vale and Downland Museum
Wantage LEGO Expo 2019 @ Vale and Downland Museum
Aug 23 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wantage LEGO Expo 2019 @ Vale and Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
The Wantage LEGO® Expo returns for the summer of 2019! Running from 27 July to 31 August, there will be LEGO® models throughout the museum galleries and loads of LEGO® themed activities. Once again the[...]

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