Want to learn a new skill or treat yourself to some quality me-time?
Browse through our easy-to-use guide to find a course starting soon near you in the Penny Post area.
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Arts, Crafts & Sculpture
• Craft & Mixed Media
Craft workshops at Jade Bailey Interiors in Hungerford includes lampshades, macrame, arm knitting.
Craft workshops available at The Hub & Library in Hungerford.
Crafts workshops on a wide range of themes including copper foiling, clay and basket weaving available at The Base in Greenham – also a number of seasonal craft workshops in the run-up to Christmas. Further details here.
Crafts and mixed media classes including crocheting and seasonal Christmas crafts at The White Horse Bookshop in Marlborough. For more information, visit the website or call 01672 512 071.
Large and varied programme of arts, crafts, design and floral classes at New College, Swindon. Click here for details.
Knit, Knot & Natter at Vale & Downland Museum Cafe in Wantage. Bring your own craft project or take tuition. 1.30pm every third Friday of the month. Free.
Introduction to Lacemaking a small group of Lace Makers demonstrate how lace is made in the Vale & Downland Museum Cafe in Wantage at 1.30pm on every second Monday of the month.
Crafty Creations at Newbury College from September – learn different craving techniques using a variety of materials. Click here for more information.
Honesty Cookery School near Newbury doesn’t just offer cookery courses, but also runs craft events such as Christmas wreath making and modern calligraphy. For further information please email: email@example.com.
• Drawing & Painting
Art classes in Marlborough – a wide range of one-day courses (generally 10am to 4pm) is available at The White Horse Bookshop. For more information, visit the website or call 01672 512 071.
Watercolour Painting Weekend 5/6 October. Famous for her wit and inspiring techniques, Frankie Cummin’s painting weekends in Great Bedwyn ar a must for any watercolourist, however novice. Single Saturday or Sunday sessions can also be booked. Contact Frankie on 01672 871 858 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts, crafts, design and floral classes at New College, Swindon. Large and varied programme. Click here for details.
Drawing and painting mixed-ability course start 18 Sept (choice of morning or eve sessions) at Grove Adult Learning Centre. Structured introduction to a range of art and design activities. Click here for course details.
Art workshops including art journaling, painting pet portraits and painting techniques available at The Base in Greenham – also a number of seasonal craft workshops in the run-up to Christmas. Further details here.
Oil & acrylics course for experienced and less experienced painters with local artist and tutor Tessa Kirby in Boxford Village Hall. Click here for details.
Art workshops at The Hub & Library in Hungerford.
• Sculpture & Pottery
Ceramic sculpture and pottery courses with sculptor Diana Pattenden in Newbury. Book a term-time course (from 3 Sept) to get creative with clay and learn how to sculpt, slab, coil, throw, fire and glaze. Contact Diana on 07887 844 981, email@example.com or click here for more details.
Large and varied programme of arts, crafts, design and floral classes at New College, Swindon. Click here for details.
Creative clay for beginners classes from September 2019 at Newbury College including hand-building and glazing techniques. Click here for more information.
Clay workshops available at The Base in Greenham – further details here.
Food & Wine
Novelty Cake Decorating for Beginners & Improvers at New College, Swindon. Learn how to produce your own Show Stopper. Click here for details.
Honesty Cookery School near Newbury offers a mouth-watering range of cookery classes. Take a look at their exciting new course schedule, with courses ranging from patisserie and chocolate making through to authentic cookery from Sri Lanka and Turkey. Why not treat someone special to one of their courses or celebrate by booking an experience together? Can’t decide which course to give? Why not buy a voucher? For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready to Cook with your 3-5 year old! Gruffalo-themed 6 week course in West Ilsley to get your little ones confident in the kitchen, introduce healthy food in a fun way and learn where our food comes from. Book here on Thurs or Fri mornings or contact Flick at email@example.com 07799 647068.
Wine courses (WSET Levels 1 & 2) at GrapeSmith Wine Academy, Barrs Yard, Hungerford, the only local WSET-approved provider offering these internationally recognised wine qualifications. Wine-tasting packages also available. WSET Level 1 courses monthly (one-day course, last Sunday of the month). WSET Level 2 in Wines from early September (10-week course, Wednesday evenings). For more information email Polly on firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01488 680933 or visit the website.
Cooking and nutrition workshops at Maymessy Cookery School in West Challow for all ages, gardening and cookery life skills for disadvantaged young people. A beautiful venue over-looking the Ridgeway, Maymessy is available to hire. Please contact Anna Richards at email@example.com or 07960 489 677.
LoveFood cookery workshops in Marlborough. Fun, relaxed, small classes with Lucinda at lovefood.uk.com
Music, Dance & Drama
Music & Singing
Singing at the Corn Exchange in Newbury including community singing and lunchtime choir (for adults) and Makaton karaoke (for children and families) – further details here.
Harp Lessons with Ellie from Hands on Harps. Private tuition for ages 4+ in Hungerford. Ellie has just published a book on how to play the Rainbow Harp – a brand new type of harp for anyone who thinks they can’t play a musical instrument. Contact Ellie on firstname.lastname@example.org 07388 929908
Guitar, Bass and Ukulele lessons. Suitable for all ages and abilities, Individual and group lessons taught in a professional teaching studio in Marlborough. Visit morrissmusic.co.uk for more information or contact Daniel Morriss on 07919 288949 or email@example.com
Guitar for Beginners classes available at New College, Swindon. Click here for details.
Family Ukulele at the Family Ukulele session Sun 22 Sept at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury.
Beginners Accordian Course with Marlborough Accordion Orchestra 5.45-6.30pm Mondays in Marlborough starting Mon 23 Sept. 6-96 yrs old welcome. No musical experience required and accordians available to borrow. Just £1 per week for children/ £2 for adults.
Drama classes and courses are available at the Corn Exchange in Newbury. The Corn Exchange Youth Theatre has four age groups and welcomes performers aged from four to 19: there are also various classes and workshops for adults, including improv and theatre skills. DRAMA
Drama groups for all ages at The Watermill Theatre in Bagnor near Newbury. Theatre is a wonderful way to build confidence, develop performance skills and make long-lasting friendships. There are regular opportunities for all ages and abilities at The Watermill and now is the time to sign up for the autumn term. To find out more, click here or contact Emma on 01635 570934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ballroom and Latin Dance courses from beginners to advanced at Newbury College. Step to it with a range of dance courses from beginners to advanced, including many styles from Ballroom and Latin to Charleston. Click here for details.
Ballroom, Latin American and Sequence dancing with Cheek2Cheek Dance. Private lessons, wedding dance lessons, tea dances and Learn to Dance in Day events. Friendly weekly beginners classes start Sept in Boxford, Lambourn and Wantage – details on the website cheek2cheekdance.co.uk or sign up to our Dance Lovers Guide newsletter. For more info contact Alison on 07780 624784.
Adult Ballet, Latin American & Ballroom Dancing classes available – go with the beat at New College, Swindon. Click here for details.
Contemporary dance, belly dance, freestyle, tap, street and ballet classes at The Beacon in Wantage. Click here for details (and scroll down).
Dance for Parkinson’s at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury is suitable for people with Parkinson’s and their carers to develop confidence, strength and relief from symptoms. Dance for Parkinson’s starts Fri 13 Sept.
Stretch the Mind
Computing and digital business skills at Newbury College from September including Microsoft Excel for Beginners and Digital SLR Photography.
Software training Learn how to manipulate digital images to get the best results from your photographs or improve your Microsoft Excel skills with a range of workshops designed to help you interrogate and manipulate your data. Beginners and Improvers classes available at New College, Swindon. Click here for details.
Hungerford University of the Third Age brings like-minded people together in small groups to explore learning opportunities in many varied subjects including languages, art, barn dancing, walking and geology. U3A membership costs just £16 per year and includes regular coffee morning, speakers, theatre trips and barn dances. For more details please contact hungerfordu3a.org.uk in Hungerford.
Maths e-learning courses with a personal on-line tutor for those who wish to work at their own pace on GCSE Maths or Functional Skills Maths – further details here. Newly available via the Berkshire School of English.
Popular local maths tutor has vacancies for primary-school pupils, offering term-time and holiday booster sessions. Consultations and homeschooling sessions are also available. Contact Giselle Lategan on 01635 622584, text 07526 171573 or email email@example.com.
Café Scientifique monthly science and engineering talks in Wantage. Explore the latest ideas for the price of a drink. Click here for details.
Bridge for Beginners on Friday evenings in Chieveley Village Hall with Newbury Bridge Club. Course starts Fri 13 Sept. All welcome at Open Evening at Chieveley Village Hall 7.15pm-9.45pm Fri 30 Aug.
Languages (including EFL/ESOL)
Language classes at Newbury College. Learn a new language with short courses including French, Italian and Spanish. Click here for details (select Leisure Courses).
Hola, Spanish Learning Club in Kintbury. Do you love to travel and want to interact with people you meet? New Beginner Spanish courses starting in Sept. Do you want to keep learning? Intermediate Spanish Courses. Private lessons available too. Please contact Angela Quiroga on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.
Turkish tuition available in Newbury from experienced language teacher Sena Yesirci. Choose from one-to-one, group or online sessions: specialist commercial tuition and sessions in your own home also available. For more details, visit her website or email email@example.com.
Great range of languages ranging from holiday tasters to conversation classes at New College, Swindon. Click here for details.
French conversation morning (with coffee and croissant) last Saturday of month, hosted by Hungerford Twinning Association at the Hungerford Hub.
French Converstion at The Mix in Wantage.
English as a Foreign Language at the Berkshire School of English in Newbury including EFL & Cambridge Exams Classes; subsidised ESOL English lessons in the community to build your confidence in speaking, listening, reading and writing English with a wide range of courses; and subsidised English Employability and Progression Skills (LEAP) Courses for those looking to live and work in the UK.
GCSE English Exam Preparation at the Berkshire School of English in Newbury for classes Year 9-11 pupils preparing for GCSE English. Affordable very small groups learn in an encouraging and supportive atmosphere – details here.
English e-learning courses from the Berkshire School of English in Newbury with a personal on-line tutor for those who wish to work at their own pace. GCSE English, Functional Skills English, ESOL & IELTS all available – details here.
Skills & CPD (Continuing Professional Development)
First-aid training in Marlborough for the confidence to step forward and help in an emergency. Weds 18 Sept Basic Life Support Course (including defibrillator training) and Emergency First Aid at Work Accredited certificates available if required for your work or just come along to learn how to look after your family and friends. More details at worsleytraining.co.uk.
Wide range of CPD courses including for those scared of Public Speaking or who to get to grips with their Digital Marketing at New College, Swindon. Other professional courses are on offer here.
English-language courses for professionals at the Berkshire School of English in Newbury (including English for Business Communication) for those working in a wide range of occupations – further details here.
Train the Trainer courses at the Berkshire School of English in Newbury for those new to or interested in teaching and training or providing adult learning. Learn about the teaching and learning cycle, teaching and learning models and inclusive session planning – further details here.
Business Training courses at Newbury College covering a wide range of subjects. Click here for details.
PR for Beginners Workshop Thurs 12 Sept, 9.30-12.30am Hungerford Hub. Are you a busy small business looking to raise awareness of your brand and increase sales? Margaret McDonnell will show you how to achieve this with your own PR campaign. Tickets £22 available here.
Fitness, Sports, Clubs & Fitness for Less Mobile
Love Lotte Fitness fun but challenging core strength and fitness classes using the bar at Herongate Club in Hungerford. Click here for details (and video) or call Bernie on 07856 249074.
Aerial and Pole Fitness Classes: want to get fit without ‘working out’? Have fun instead learning aerial fitness (pole, hoop and silks). Private and group classes for adults and children with Bambi Newport in Newbury daytime and weekends. Total beginners welcome. Click here for details.
Nordic Walking turns a walk into a work-out with Wessex Nordic Walking around Marlborough, Swindon, Hungerford and Newbury. Free tasters, special poles provided. Contact Ashley on 07540 784 959.
Fitness at Audley Club at Inglewood near Kintbury offers members over 20 weekly classes; personal trainer on site; state-of-the-art gym, swimming pool and sauna. Click here for details or call 01488 687012.
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 years in Lambourn. Contact 01488 73690 or visit their website.
PT & Fitness Classes with Claire at coreprogress.co.uk in Wantage. Pre- and post-natal exercise and running programmes available.
Sports & Clubs
Fencing Classes for all ages and abilities at the Wantage Fencing Club. Visit website or Facebook page.
Ignition Tennis offers tennis tuition and courses for all levels of ability and runs junior and adult coaching in Chieveley, Hungerford, Kintbury, Malmesbury and Tilehurst for players of three years and above. For more information, visit their website.
Squash at Herongate Club in Hungerford. Two courts available for members and non-members. Click here for how to book.
Cycling UK Wantage local road cycling for all ages and abilities cyclingukwantage.org.uk.
Fitness for Elderly & Less Mobile
Dance for Parkinson’s at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury is suitable for people with Parkinson’s and their carers to develop confidence, strength and relief from symptoms.Dance for Parkinson’s starts Fri 13 Sept.
Chair Based Exercise – Get Berkshire Active is taking its successful chair-based exercise sessions to Aldermaston – develop strength, balance and flexibility, while having fun and being social. The sessions really do become a key appointment in the diary each week so be quick to sign up for free taster session! Contact Caroline on 07739 509 824.
Carpet Bowls – new activity devised as a scaled-down version of indoor bowls and designed to be suitable for playing in small halls. Now available in Bucklebury. Free taster session in September.
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 every Wednesday 2pm-3pm to improve mobility and prevent falls. Contact 01488 73690 or visit their website.
Power Tools for the Terrified and De-Clutter Marie Kondo-style with the Kon Mari™ method are just some of the courses on offer to improve your lifestyle at New College, Swindon. Click here for details.
The CAP Money Course at Hungerford Methodist Church is a free course that will teach you budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system that helps you get to grips with your finances. Click here for details.
Eco Lifestyle Workshops hosted monthly by Packaging Not Included zero waste shop in Marlborough.
Community learning workshops at The Wantage Mix includes zero waste pop-up, upcycling and monthly repair café Wantage.
Mindfulness, Healing & Mental Wellbing
Mindfulness meditation to help you relax and stay relaxed! Monthly Sunday Evening Restorative Meditation just £15, 8 Sept, 6 Oct, 1 Dec with refreshments at New Era Theatre, Newbury pre-booking essential. Contact Gill from Mindful Medicine on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are also interested in a weekly daytime class in Hungerford.
Mindfulness eight-week courses with Calm Quiet Space starting Weds 28 Aug and Weds 15 Jan. Learn how to settle the chattering mind and spend more time living in the present moment, reducing the pressures and stress of everyday life. For information on taster sessions or to book your place contact Caroline on 07836 762702 or email@example.com
A range of wellbeing events at the Corn Exchange in Newbury including creative writing and wellbeing day (for adults) and Take a Break to Create (for young people) – further details here.
Hypnobirthing courses – are you dreaming of a calm and positive birthing experience? Book a 1-2-1, Group or online Hypnobirthing course with Charlotte at my-birth.co.uk. Doula support also offered within 30 minutes of Newbury.
Reduce your Menopausal Mayhem and Learn how to Meditate – new courses for the autumn at New College, Swindon. Click here for details.
Mental Health Mates regular walks and evening meetings in Newbury. For anyone affected by a mental health issue – your own, or that of someone close to you. Please contact their Facebook page or Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yoga & Pilates
Hatha Yoga with Senior Teacher Beth Trotter classes in Newbury, Stockcross, Hungerford, Letcombe Regis and Childrey monthly Restoratiive Classes in Stockcross and Retreat Day Sat 5 Oct. Please visit beyoga.co.uk and use the discount code PENNYPOST to get £5 discount off any course or event booking.
Real MeYoga weekly hatha yoga classes in Newbury, Ashmansworth, Kingsclere and Highclere. Candlelit Sunday Deep Yoga Relax 8 Sept, 6 Oct, 3 Nov, 1 Dec in Kingsclere. Contact email@example.com to book or visit realmeyoga.co.uk
Yoga: practise your poses at our Saturday Yoga class at New College, Swindon. Click here for details.
Pilates sessions available at the Corn Exchange in Newbury – further details here.
Kalm ‘n’ Kind Yoga: yoga classes and also weekly drop-in classes in Hampstead Norreys, Pangbourne and Tidmarsh. 1-1 tuition, workshops and retreats. Soulful Selfcare Sundays, an afternoon of yoga, relaxation and tea, Sun 1 Sept in Hampstead Norreys (all abilities). See kalmnkindyoga.co.uk. Contact Kim on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07811 385411.
Oxfordshire Adult Learning: yoga for all abilities and ages start w/c 23 Sept at Hanney War Memorial Hall. Relax, replenish your energy and enjoyment of life and exercise effectively with specialist yoga classes. For beginners, mixed ability, restorative (for a more gentle approach) and over-65s. Find out more.
Hatha Yoga with Olivia Boydall suitable for beginners and experienced yogis. Mon evening classes in Great Shefford, Thurs & Fri evening classes in Lambourn. Contact Olivia on facebook or 07554 446502.
Tai Chi & Martial Arts
Green Chi Tai Chi weekly chen style drop-in classes for beginners in Swindon, Newbury, Lambourn, Hungerford and Reading to relax and strengthen your body. One Day courses and 1-2-1 tuition also available with senior instructor Mark Jones. Visit greenchi.co.uk for details.
Matt Ward Karate for juniors in Bishopstone, Marlborough, Swindon, Watchfield, Wroughton, Ashbury, Chilton Foliat and Lambourn. Private adult sessions by appointment. Contact Matt Ward on Facebook or email@example.com or 07774 645 476.
Tai Chi: whether you’re a beginner or you want to re-establish the basics, then this is the course for you at New College, Swindon. Click here for details.
Tai Chi sessions available at the Corn Exchange in Newbury – further details here.
Tai Chi with Kate learn flowing movements based on the Sun style for healing, pain relief, flexibility, strength, peace of mind and falls prevention. Classes in Newbury, Thatcham, Kintbury & Marlborough. Contact Kate on 07562 655877 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website.
Taekwondo and kickboxing at The Beacon in Wantage. Click here for details (and scroll down).
Animals & Outdoor Adventure
Dog Training Classes with Rhona from Paws 4 Transformation Puppy Training & Adult Improver classes in East Garston and Agility classes in Newbury start w/c 2 Sept. Book on 07976 620840 fb/paws4transformation
Guided Tours of The Living Rainforest in Hampstead Norreys. Learn about the amazing animals and life in the rainforest from insect-eating plants to tree-dwelling snakes. Daily tours suitable for all ages.
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. Contact Ashley on 07540 784 959.
Wildlife clubs for up to 16 yr olds who love wildlife, and want to do more to help BBOWT Wildlife Trust at Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham or a local site. For times and locations visit the website.
Practical river restoration and surveying activities, with Action for the River Kennet, mainly in the Marlborough area. Email email@example.com or call 01672 512700.
Young Family Fun
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Forest First Toddler Group free outside fun on first Tuesday of the month at Growing2Gether near Kingsclere.
Wide range of kids’ activities including dance, music, crafts, and story-telling available at the Corn Exchange in Newbury – further details here.
First-aid training for children in Marlborough. Give your children skills for life. Mini Life-saver Courses for 5-9 years and Teen-Aiders for 10-14 year olds, or private bespoke groups at your venue when suits. Click here to book. More details at worsleytraining.co.uk.
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 a local site. For times and locations visit the website.
Baby-wearing Boogie is a fun and gentle movement class at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury, suitable for babies or toddlers. Click here to book (starting 11 Sept).