Looking for online activities and courses during the coronavirus crisis? Browse through our easy-to-use guide to find a course that interests you. 

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These local colleges offer a wide range of leisure and professional courses with increasing online/distance learning options:  Newbury College ~ New College, Swindon ~ Abingdon & Witney (Grove). The eLearning Marketplace also offers many online courses.

Arts, Crafts & Sculpture

Online Art Experiences with the Corn Exchange in Newbury.  

Sculpture & Ceramics with Diana Pattenden. Studio classes currently suspended but please contact Diana in Newbury about future courses or commissions.

Online Clay Inspiration from the Corn Exchange in Newbury

 

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Photography

Online Photoshop courses from beginner to advanced available from The eLearning Marketplace.

Please let us know of any online courses available.

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Food & Wine

Online recipes and nutrition tips for families to enjoy together from Flick at Ridgeway Nutrition.

A wide range of courses covering food safety, food service, nutrition and healthy eating, allergies and special diets, preparing a range of different dishes, understanding wines and how to serve them, licencing awareness, cellar management,  becoming a barista and much more from The eLearning Marketplace.

Honesty Cookery School recipes are being posted on their facebook page and instagram by Romilla Arber, author of What’s for Dinner? Cookery Book.

MasterChef demonstration from Graham White at The Plough on Thu 30 Apr – book and donate to Trindledown Farm Animal Welfare Trust.

 Please let us know of any online courses available.

Music, Dance & Drama

Music & Dance

Online Singing and Beginner Piano Lessons with Music Teacher Alice Simmons near Marlborough.

Online Music Lessons with Hogan Music in Newbury.

Online Music Lessons with Berkshire Maestros (Philip Brown Violins in Newbury can still courier you string instruments on trial). 

Online Dance Experiences with the Corn Exchange in Newbury.  

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Drama

Online Drama Experiences with the Corn Exchange in Newbury.  Know someone who doesn’t have access to the internet? Let us know at getinvolved@cornexchangenew.co.uk and we will call them or post them some activities to enjoy.    

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Stretch the Mind

Maths and English classes from The Berkshire School of English – an online e-learning platform for Functional Skills Maths and English (years 7, 8 and 9) and GCSE Maths and English (Years 10 and 11) with interactive resources, tests and quizzes and mock tests.

A wide range of courses covering a wide range of topics and interests available from The eLearning Marketplace.

How to write and publish a book with Juian Rota on Thu 30 Apr – book and donate to Trindledown Farm Animal Welfare Trust.

Online Tuition with Home School Tutoring in Maths (all levels), English (language and literature), English learning as a foreign language ( EFL), Science (including Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Geography, History, languages and help with special needs. Contact Carolyn on 07506 117169 or carolyn.watson@homeschooltutoring.co.uk 

Online Maths & Physics Tutoring with John Haigh from GCSE to A Level and IB.

 

 

Languages (including EFL/ESOL)

Online yet Face to Face Spanish Courses for beginners, improvers and private 1-2-1 sessions with Spanish Learning Club based in Kintbury. New students welcome to join existing courses. New complete beginner’s course starts Thurs 23 April (morning and evening sessions).

Online language courses – a wide ranges of courses covering English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Welsh and many more languages available from The eLearning Marketplace.

VICI Language Academy in Newbury is offering an introductory package, with no subscription, of expert language tuition for just £67 (normally £197). You get three 45-minute 1:1 language lessons in the language of your choice ( French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Portuguese or English) on the iVici online platform PLUS six months access to Lingua Attack for games, assessments and videos to help you immerse yourself in the language. Offer ends 5pm on Fri 24 Apr. To sign up, contact learn@thevici.com or call 01635 44424. (See Young Family Fun for kids language courses).

Fun Spanish for Beginners Online If you are interested please email Maria in Hungerford on maria.leon@gennard.net.

English classes from The Berkshire School of English’s online e-learning platform for Functional Skills English (years 7, 8 and 9) and GCSE English (Years 10 and 11) with interactive resources, tests and quizzes and mock tests.

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Business Skills

Free distance-learning business courses from Newbury College.

Online business software courses – over 120 courses covering Microsoft Office plus another 20 courses covering other IT packages available from The eLearning Marketplace.

Distance-learning courses from New College in Swindon include accounting, finance, microsoft, computing, IT, business management, access to further education, health & social care.

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Fitness

Stretch Strong Online live facebook vidoes with Connor from Herongate Club in Hungerford.

Online fitness courses including principles of stretching and motor skills and the principles of muscular and cardiovascular fitness and the Introduction to Fitness diploma available from The eLearning Marketplace.

Online Lotte Berk Barre Fitness fun but challenging core strength and fitness classes adapted for you to do at home with Bernie at Love Lotte Fitness who teaches in Hungerford. £29/month contact bernie.kenna25@gmail.com or 07856 249074.

Fitness Training Videos from Seeds2Glory near Hungerford.

Online SuperFit Bootcamp (normally in Newbury) – sign up here or visit their facebook page – big discounts during Covid-19

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Fitness for Elderly & Less Mobile

Exercise Videos from Age UK click here to watch online or to order a DVD. Classes normally taught at The Beacon in Wantage.
 
Please let us know of any online courses available.

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Life Skills

Weekly nutrition support from Sam Silvester at What’s Eating You plus Skype weight loss sessions or a Health MOT.  Contact Sam@whatseatingyou.co.uk  07767 260374.

Nutrition Tips from personal trainer Chris from Fitness in the Village book and donate to Trindledown Farm Animal Welfare Trust.

Online First Aid Courses to upskill or refresh your skills in generic, paediatric, sports and pet first aid. See Worsley First Aid Training who normally teach in the Marlborough and Newbury area. 

A wide range of courses covering hair dressing, British Sign Language, Level 3 Child Psychology, painting and decorating, Make Up Diploma, Complete Beauty Diploma, Ironing Business Diploma, kids party planner, Pet Sitting Diploma and many more from The eLearning Marketplace.

Sustainable Style Studio with personal stylist Victoria Lochhead, inspiring anyone who wants to buy fewer new clothes with weekly challenges to help you create new outfits from things that haven’t come out of your wardrobe for ages. 12-week online programme. Contact victoria@frankieandruby.co.uk to register.

Please let us know of any online courses available.

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Mindfulness, Healing & Mental Wellbeing

6 week online lunchtime mindfulness course with Caroline at Calm Quiet Space starting 12pm Tues 5 May. The course will introduce you to the benefits of mindfulness, including physical and emotional well-being, how to settle the chattering mind and help you enjoy life more fully by living in the present moment. Cost £70

Online Mindfulness Meditation: monthly Sunday Restorative Meditation, Managing Stress Workshops, Meditation 1-2-1 and group available via Zoom with Gillian from Mindful Medicine. Book with gillian@mindful-medicine.co.uk , 07840 620731. Also all welcome to join her free private Sleep Retreat Facebook group with daily mindfulness exercises and meditations and free Zoom Meditations Mondays @8.05pm and Thursdays @10.35am – email for details.

Online courses include positive mental-health awareness, eating disorders, coping with anxiety and depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, self-harm awareness and many more from The eLearning Marketplace.

Online coaching and healing/balancing for individuals and families with Caroline Dearlove in Wantage.

Mental Health Mates Newbury are providing online support at this time. Please follow them on facebook or contact Emma on mentalhealthmatesnewbury@gmail.com or 07960 844392.

Online Jin Shin Jyutsu from Astrid at FlowsforLife near Marlborough. Book live 1:1 sessions with her here.

Online Course on How to Conquer Misophonia (selective sound sensitivity syndrome, or 4S). Please contact Tara from Lasting Changes near Chilton Foliat on info@lastingchanges.co.uk to book.

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Yoga & Pilates

Online Yoga with Kim 30 to 60 minute classes with Kim from Kalm Kind Yoga to help you continue to practice following safe & professional guidance. Kim has 15 years experience and normally teaches in Hampstead Norreys, Pangbourne and Tidmarsh. Contact Kim on kim@kalmnkindyoga.co.uk to book. Beginners welcome.

Online Yoga with Stable Yoga in Kintbury visit stableyoga.co.uk for details

Online Yoga Classes with Timmy B Yoga 

Online Yoga Classes with Beth from BeYoga who will focus on breathwork, slow and steady flows and relaxation. Beth normally teaches across West Berkshire.

Live streamed energising Morning Flow Yoga and soothing Evening Flow Yoga classes with Maura Barber-Oosterhuis at Tranquil Flow Yoga who normally teaches in West Berkshire.

Yoga Videos & Meditiation Tips with Jo at Real Me Yoga who teaches across West Berkshire and North Hampshire. Follow her on youtube or facebook.

Online Yoga Classes with Diana Reynolds who teaches in Wantage, Abingdon, Didcot and Oxford.

Online Live Pilates Mat Classes for new and exisitng clients with experienced instructors at the Wantage Pilates Studio.  Maximum 6 clients per class. Choice of class length options. New clients please email Julia at hello@wantagepilates.co.uk ⁣or call 07806 270207 to have your level assessed and to join the waiting list.

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Tai Chi & Martial Arts

Online Tai Chi & Qi Gong with Tai Chi with Kate who normally teaches in Thatcham, Kintbury and Marlborough.  Contact Kate on 07562 655877 or taichiwithkate@gmail.com 

Daily Online Tai Chi with Mark from Greenchi who normally teaches in Newbury, Boxford, Hungerford, Lambourn and Swindon.

Matt Ward Karate is setting daily fitness and karate challenges on facebook to inspire you to keep active.

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Animals & Outdoor Adventure

Canine First Aid Tips from Lollie from The Wantage Pet Company on Thu 23 Apr – book and donate to Trindledown Farm Animal Welfare Trust

6 week online dog-training course with Paws 4 Transformation to help all dogs learn important life skills such as coming back when called (immediately!) and walking nicely on a loose lead. Once you sign up, you will be enrolled into a private facebook page with lots of online and virtual support.

Online courses covering Dog Grooming, Dog Behaviour, Pet Nutrition, Pet Psychology and Canine Communication from The eLearning Marketplace.

Please let us know of any online courses available.

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Gardening

Please let us know of any online courses available.

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Young Family Fun

Online Kids Activities with the Corn Exchange in Newbury.    

Vici Language School in Newbury is offering a special price on online French, Spanish, English, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Polish lessons for children: three 45-minute 1:1 language lessons on the iVici online platform (worth £97) AND three months access to the LanguageNut website with games and activities (worth £33). Total cost just £37 (with no ongoing subscription). Offer valid until 5pm 24 April 2020. To sign up contact learn@thevici.com or 01635 44424.

Boogie Mites live interactive music-making for children up to 5 years Join Lizzie to put a smile on your face and help support your child’s development. All events will be posted on boogiemites.co.uk/in-your-area/newbury-hungerford/ and facebook.com/BoogieMitesNewbury

Bumps and Babes Videos from Hungerford and Area Family Centre

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