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1:30 pm Crochet workshop Cotton face pad... @ The Wantage Mix
Crochet workshop Cotton face pad... @ The Wantage Mix
Jan 25 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Crochet workshop Cotton face pads set @ The Wantage Mix | England | United Kingdom
If you’ve got to grips with the basics and want to have a go at something new come along to this afternoon workshop and make yourself a set of cotton face pads.
7:00 pm Charity Burns Night Supper and C... @ The Beacon
Charity Burns Night Supper and C... @ The Beacon
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Charity Burns Night Supper and Ceilidh - CANCELLED @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience.
7:30 pm Burns Night at The Queens Arms, ... @ The Queens Arms
Burns Night at The Queens Arms, ... @ The Queens Arms
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Burns Night at The Queens Arms, East Garston @ The Queens Arms | England | United Kingdom
Always good fun! An opportunity to dress up, enjoy a traditional Scottish dinner with the formal address to the haggis washed down with a wee dram or two and then och aye – we’re away![...]
7:30 pm Burns Night in aid of Noreen’s Kids @ Hungerford Town Hall
Burns Night in aid of Noreen’s Kids @ Hungerford Town Hall
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Burns Night in aid of Noreen's Kids @ Hungerford Town Hall
Join us for this great night out in aid of a great cause.
2:00 pm Sustainable Living Market @ Catholic Church Hall, Thatcham
Sustainable Living Market @ Catholic Church Hall, Thatcham
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Sustainable Living Market @ Catholic Church Hall, Thatcham | England | United Kingdom
Everyone’s favourite eco-friendly event is back! Join us for the first of our 2020 pop-up markets, bringing together our community of local people who care for our planet and want to make it a more[...]
9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Jan 27 @ 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[...]

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 The Wantage Mix in Wantage include crochet, mosaic, upholstery & beginners knitting. Contact Jo at  

Craft workshops at The Hub & Library in Hungerford

Craft Workshops at The Base in Greenham Arm Knitting for Beginners (Sun 19 Jan & Tue 11 Feb), Copper Foiling A Mirror (five-week course starts 28 Jan) Clothing Revival Workshop (Tue 4 Feb), Celtic Knot Construction and Decoration for Beginners (Tue 13 Feb), Weave Your Own Willow Chicken (Sun 15 Mar).

One-day crafts and mixed-media classes including crocheting, calligraphy, lino print and bangle-making at The White Horse Bookshop in Marlborough, 01672 512 071.

Seasonal Fabrics Scraps Wreath at Newbury College from February. Explore how to make a beautiful and lasting seasonal decorative wreath from fabric scraps and a metal clothes hanger.

Needle felting at Newbury College from February. Suitable for complete beginners, this workshop aims to provide students with the basic skills required to make their own needle felted projects.

Crafty Creations at Newbury College from February – learn different crafting techniques using a variety of materials. Click here for more information. 

Sewing and dressmaking classes at Newbury College from February: Advanced Dressmaking Workshop and Machine Sewing for Beginners.

Honesty Cookery School near Newbury doesn’t just offer cookery courses, but also runs craft events such as floristry and modern calligraphy. For further information please email

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• Drawing & Painting

Art classes in Marlborough A very 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.

Drawing and painting classes at Newbury College from February covering a range of techniques and styles including Acrylic Painting, Drawing for Beginners, Drawing and Painting, Expressionist Painting and French Expressionist Painting.

Oil-painting classes covering a range of techniques and styles take place weekly in Hamstead Marshall Village Hall for all ages and abilities. Contact Chris on 01488 658 587 or email

Watercolour Painting Weekend Famous for her wit and inspiring techniques, Frankie Cummin’s weekends in Great Bedwyn are a must for any watercolourist, however novice. Single Saturday or Sundays can also be booked 4/5 Apr (1/2 Feb fully booked). Contact Frankie on 01672 871 858

Drawing and Painting beginners course starts Wed 15 Jan (choice of morning or evening sessions) at Old Mill Hall in Grove. Structured introduction to a range of art and design activities. 

Art for Calm Explore the use of creativity in wellbeing in four-week Art for Calm course starting Sat 25 Jan at The Base, Greenham

Oil and Acrylics Course for painters of all abilities with local artist and tutor Tessa Kirby in Boxford Village Hall. 10 week course starts Weds 15 Jan. Click here for details.

Art workshops at The Hub & Library in Hungerford include Art Group every Tuesday 2-4pm.

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• Sculpture & Pottery

Ceramic sculpture and pottery courses with sculptor Diana Pattenden in Newbury. Book a term-time course to get creative with clay and learn how to sculpt, slab, coil, throw, fire and glaze. Contact Diana on 07887 844 981, 

Creative clay for beginners classes from February at Newbury College including hand-building and glazing techniques. Click here for details. 

Clay Class for Beginners at The Base, Greenham near Newbury starts Mon 13 Jan.

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Advanced Photography 8 week course at Newbury College. £125pp starts 4 February. Students need their own digital SLR camera. 

Photography in Wantage Wantage Camera Club meet every Tues evening for a varied programme of speakers and practicals. Monthly Audio Visual Group meets in Grove.
Photography in Newbury for all ages and abilities at Newbury Photography Club. Weekly meetings with guest speakers and practical sessions. 

Photography in Thatcham for all ages and abilities at Thatcham Photo Club. Understand what all the buttons on your camera are for, improve the quality of the photographs you take, and gain confidence to experiment with new ideas.

Photography in Hungerford for all ages and abilities at Hungerford Camera Club. Weekly meetings with guest speakers and practical sessions. 

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Food & Wine

Handmade chocolate workshops at Newbury College from February. Learn how to master the difficult art of handling and decorating chocolate and how to work with a range of styles and techniques. More details here.

Culinary masterclass at Newbury College on Sat 8 Feb 2020. Designed for the enthusiastic home cook, learn how to prepare cook and sample a delicious three-course meal that has been designed by a Michelin star chef. More details here.

Honesty Cookery School near Newbury offers a mouth-watering range of cookery classes ranging from bread, cheese and chocolate making through to authentic cookery from Italy, India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Can’t decide which course to give? Why not buy a voucher? Or celebrate by booking an experience with a friend? For further information email

Wine courses (WSET Level 1 and 2) at GrapeSmith Wine Academy, Barrs Yard, Hungerford. The only local WSET-approved provider offering these internationally recognised wine qualifications. One-day WSET Level 1 courses on last Sunday of the month. 10-week Level 2 starts Weds 12 Feb. Wine-tasting packages also available. For more information contact Polly on or 01488 680933.

Lambourn Wine Club Do you enjoy wine, would like to learn more with like-minded wine lovers and taste quality wines? Then come join the fun at the next eight-week Lambourn Wine Circle starting Thur 20 Feb. You will sample eight different wines every week including Chianti Classico, Alsace, South African and organic wines. Please book with Brian Davis on 01488 670468 or Private tastings for a special event at home or at a club can also be booked.

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 or 07960 489 677.

Music, Dance & Drama

Music & Dance

Singing at the Corn Exchange in Newbury includes Sing 55 and Makaton karaoke (for children and families) – further details here.

Learn to Play Brass on Phoenix Brass Band Total Beginner’s Course on 9.30 – 10.15am Saturday mornings from 1 Feb in Froxfield. Adults £2 per week, children (over 7 yrs) £1 per week.

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. Friendly weekly beginners classes start in Boxford (Mon 6 Jan), Lambourn (Wed 8 Jan) and East Challow (Thur 9 Jan)  Private lessons, wedding dance lessons, tea dances and Learn to Dance in Day events. Contact Alison on 07780 624784 or sign up to her Dance Lovers newsletter.

Beginners Ballroom & Latin American Dance join a friendly new class at Richmond Retirement Village in Letcombe Regis 3 – 4.30pm Mon 20 Jan. £5 pp (inc tea and cake). Book with Stephanie on or 01235 773970.

Ginger Jive at Herongate Club in Hungerford. Weekly, fun modern jive class 7.30pm every Thursday followed by social evening. You don’t need to bring a partner. Beginners welcome. Jive Workshop 1 – 4pm Sun 9 Feb. Book on 01488 682000. 

Dance classes across all age groups and abilities at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury include: Infant Dance, Toddler Dance, Junior Dance, Youth Dance, Wise, and NOCTURN Adult Dance (start week commencing 14 Jan).

Dance for over 55 years Dare to Dance (starts Weds 15 Jan) at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury. Explore your creative side and improve overall fitness.

Contemporary dance, belly dance, tap, and ballet classes at The Beacon in WantageClick here for details (and scroll down).

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Improv at the Corn Exchange in Newbury Thank Friday it’s Improv is a fun, social weekly group for fans of improv and those who have always to have a go Fri 17 Jan to Fri 3 Apr.

Drama groups for all ages at The Watermill Theatre in Bagnor near Newbury. Theatre is a brilliant way to build confidence, develop performance skills, have fun and make long-lasting friendships. Regular opportunities for all ages and abilities at The Watermill, holiday courses and one-off events to fuel the imagination. Now is the time to sign up for the new term! To discover more, click here or contact Emma on 01635 570934 or

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Stretch the Mind

Computing skills at Newbury College from February includes Microsoft Office: an Introduction to Word (for users of all levels of experience).

Computing for Beginners on Friday lunchtimes at Hungerford Library. Booking essential 

Hungerford University of the Third Age brings like-minded people together to explore learning opportunities including languages, art, barn dancing, walking and geology. Plus regular coffee morning, speakers, theatre trips and barn dances with the U3A group in Hungerford

Maths e-learning courses with a personal online 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

Café Scientifique science and engineering talks in Wantage on second Tuesday of the month. Explore the latest ideas for the price of a drink. Click here for details.

Bridge for all standards with Newbury Bridge Club

Writing for Performance is a creative and supportive course that explore a range of writing styles used in performances at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre Mon 13 Jan to 23 Mar in Newbury.

Creative Writing Five-week course starts Tue 14 Jan Creative Writing for Wellbeing is a social and fun course to stimulate your creative side at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre Newbury.

Newbury Geological Study Group organises site trips and evening classes inc A Talk on Rocks & Minerals 21 Jan and a 6 week evening class starting 28 Jan in Newbury

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Languages (including EFL/ESOL)

Foreign Language classes at Newbury College from January. These include French Beginners, French Intermediate, Italian Beginners, Italian IntermediateSpanish Beginners and Spanish Intermediate.

Hola, Spanish Learning Club in Kintbury. Do you want to learn Spanish this 2020? New Beginner Spanish course starts 9.30am Fri 24 Jan. Do you want to keep learning? Intermediate Spanish Courses evening and day classes. Private lessons available too.  Please contact Angela Quiroga on or visit their website.  

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; e-Learning options and subsidised English Employability and Progression Skills (LEAP) Courses for those looking to live and work in the UK. 

Adult Literacy classes for those struggling to read and write in English. Very small friendly groups at the Berkshire School of English in Newbury – details here. 

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

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Business Skills

Learn the art of public speaking with Newbury Speakers Club. Free public speaking open house 1.30 – 3.30pm Sat 18 Jan at West Berkshire Museum. Pre-booking required here.

Computing and digital business skills at Newbury College from February including Microsoft Office: an Introduction to Word (for users at all levels) and Social Media for Business.

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.  

Business Training courses at Newbury College covering a wide range of subjects. Click here for details.

First-aid training in Marlborough with Worsley Training for the confidence to help in an emergency.  Emergency First Aid at Work on Thur 23 Jan. Accredited certificates available. 

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Fitness, Sports, Clubs & Fitness for Less Mobile


Love Lotte Fitness fun but challenging core strength and fitness classes using the barre at Herongate Club in Hungerford starts w/c 6 Jan. Click here for details (and video) or call Bernie on 07856 249074.

Fitness at Herongate Club in Hungerford includes state-of-the-art gym facilities, fitness programmes, movement screening & nutrition coaching. Wide choice of classes (aerobics, aqua, bike-fit, body combat, Synrgy 90, HIIT) cost £6 for non-members or free for members. See Herongate membership details here. Booking essential on 01488 682000.

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, SwindonHungerford 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.

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 indoor cycling. Contact 01488 683 303 or visit their website.

Fitness at The Lambourn Centre various morning and evening classes for all abilities including circuits, pilates, boxercise, 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.

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Sports & Clubs

West Berks Indoor Bowls Club for all ages and abilities. Discover this fun sport that provides healthy anaerobic excercise. Open day Sat 11 Jan. Visit the website for details.

Squash at Herongate Club in Hungerford. Courts available for members and non-members. Booking essential on 01488 682000.

Cycling UK Wantage local road cycling for all ages and abilities. See the website for details

Walking Football and Indoor Bowls at The Lambourn Centre. Contact 01488 73690 or visit their website.

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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 17 Jan.

Chair Mobility at Herongate Club in Hungerford Chair-based exercises to help joints and muscles 11am Mon & Thursdays. Cost £6 for non-members or join club here. Booking essential on 01488 682000.

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.

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.

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Life Skills

Sustainable Style Studio with personal stylist Victoria Lochhead to inspire anyone who wants to buy fewer new clothes. 12-week online programme starts Sat 25 Jan. Contact to register.

The CAP Money Course is a free three-week course that will teach you budgeting skills and help you get to grips with your finances. Offered in Hungerford (starts Mon 20 Jan) and Harwell (starts Sat 18 Jan and Sat 7 Mar) Click here for details of all courses throughout the area.

Community learning workshops at The Wantage Mix includes zero waste pop-up, upcycling and monthly repair café Wantage

Mental Health First Aider Qualification Course learn the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and how to provide help on a first aid basis, even in a crisis. Two day accredited MHFA course in Newbury run by West Berkshire Council  £290 pp includes attendance certificate & manual. Book here: 29/30 January or 18/19 March.

First-aid training in Marlborough with Worsley Training for the confidence to help in an emergency.  Basic Life Support Course (including defibrillator training) and Emergency First Aid at Work on Thur 23 Jan. Accredited certificates available if required for your work or just learn how to look after your family and friends. 

Eco Lifestyle Workshops hosted monthly by Packaging Not Included zero waste shop in Marlborough.

Computing for Beginners on Friday lunchtimes at Hungerford Library. Booking essential

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Mindfulness, Healing & Mental Wellbeing

Meditation 5 Week Course near Hungerford starts 1.30pm Weds 8 Jan at Seeds2Glory with Gillian from Mindful Medicine.

Mindfulness 8-week course with Calm Quiet Space starts Weds 22 Jan in Great Bedwyn. Learn how to settle the chattering mind and spend more time living in the present moment, reducing the stress of everyday life. For information on taster sessions or to book contact Caroline on 07836 762702 or

Monthly Sunday Restorative Meditation to help you relax and stay relaxed. Sun 12 Jan at Woolton Hill Church Hall, Newbury Just £15,  pre-booking essential. Contact Gillian from Mindful Medicine on From February will be first Sunday of the month.

Sleep Retreat For sleep problems book a five day, on-demand sleep retreat from the comfort of your own home with free online Facebook sleep support group. Gift vouchers available. Contact Gillian from Mindful Medicine on 

Sleep Well, Live Well two session course in Newbury for parents and carers to improve the sleeping patterns and wellbeing of their families. £30 pp Book with West Berkshire Council here: 10.30am – 12.30pm Thurs 9 & 16 January and Thurs 5 & 12 March.  

Wellbeing Day Treat yourself to a Wellbeing Day of Tai Chi Qigong, Creative Writing, Pilates and Mindfulness on Sun 9 Feb at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury.

Remedial and preventative classes providing beneficial exercise for back pain and conditions including scoliosis, osteoporosis, arthritis, MS and several post-natal issues at The Wantage Pilates Studio. Click here to book your initial assessment or contact Julia on or 07806 270 207.

Action for Happiness 8 week course starts 7pm Weds 12 Feb in Thatcham. Meet friendly, like-minded people and find simple ways to make yourself and others happy. Entry by donation

Mental Health First Aider Qualification Course learn the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and how to provide help on a first aid basis, even in a crisis. Two day accredited MHFA course in Newbury run by West Berkshire Council  £290 pp includes attendance certificate & manual. Book here: 29/30 January or 18/19 March.

Mental Health Mates regular free 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

Free Mindfulness Taster at The Mix in Wantage on Sat 29 Feb.

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Yoga & Pilates

Stable Yoga in Kintbury Do you have a New Year’s resolution to be stronger, more flexible and/or less stressed? Stable Yoga in Kintbury hosts six qualified teachers offering a wide range of morning and evening classes, including a Pregnancy class and our new Mostly For Men class on Saturday mornings. All abilities welcome, all mats & kit provided and ample off-road parking. Book online or contact Lucy on or 01488 608287.

The Wantage Pilates Studio offers small weekly classes and one-to-one sessions in Wantage to improve flexibility, build strength, develop control and endurance using our apparatus, Refomers, Cadillac, wundachair, ladder barrel as well as matwork. Click here to book your initial assessment or contact Julia on 07806 270 207 or

Wasing Wellbeing & Yoga in the beautiful Wasing Estate between Thatcham and Aldermaston has a brand new studio with bucolic views, underfloor heating and ample parking. A friendly all-inclusive space, where students of all abilities can develop a weekly practice to support mind, body and soul. Weekly drop-in classes include Hatha Yoga, Scaravelli Inspired Yoga, Meditation and Pregnancy Yoga. 6-week Beginners Yoga course starts 8pm Tue 7 Jan. 10-week Vinyasa Flow course starts Fri 20 Jan with free taster on 6 Jan.

Real MeYoga weekly hatha yoga classes in Newbury, Ashmansworth, Kingsclere and Highclere. Restorative yoga by candlelight plus calm and kind standing or gentle seated yoga for the gold and silver years.  Candlelit Sunday Deep Yoga Relax in Kingsclere and Woolton Hill/Highclere from March. Contact to book or visit the website

Pilates sessions available at the Corn Exchange in Newbury – see details here.

Yoga & Pilates Classes at Herongate Club in HungerfordWide range of classes throughout the week. Cost £6 for non-members or join club here. Booking essential on 01488 682000. 

Kalm ‘n’ Kind Yoga: yoga courses and weekly drop-in classes in Hampstead Norreys, Pangbourne and Tidmarsh. 1-1 tuition, workshops and retreats. Soulful Selfcare Sundays on 5 Jan, 10 May, 6 Sept, an afternoon of yoga, relaxation and tea in Hampstead Norreys (all abilities). For more information visit the website, email Kim on or call 07811 385411.

Yoga for all abilities and ages starts w/c 6 Jan at Hanney War Memorial Hall with Oxfordshire Adult LearningRelax, replenish your energy and enjoyment of life and exercise effectively with specialist yoga classes. For beginners, mixed ability, restorative and over-65s.

Hatha Yoga with Senior Teacher Beth Trotter classes start w/c 6 Jan in Newbury, Stockcross, Hungerford, Letcombe Regis and Childrey. Monthly Restoratiive Classes in Stockcross Sun 23 Feb & 29 Mar. Please visit the website and use the discount code PENNYPOST to get £5 discount off any course or event booking. Contact Beth on or 07790 015762.

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Tai Chi & Martial Arts

Green Chi Tai Chi weekly chen style drop-in classes for beginners in Swindon, Newbury, Lambourn, Hungerford and Reading start w/c 20 Jan to relax and strengthen your body. One Day courses and 1-2-1 tuition also available with senior instructor Mark Jones. Visit the website 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 07774 645476, facebook or 

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 Thatcham, Kintbury and Marlborough. Book at or contact Kate on 07562 655877 or 

Taekwondo and kickboxing at The Beacon in WantageClick here for details (and scroll down).

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Animals & Outdoor Adventure

Dog & Puppy Training Classes with Rhona from Paws 4 Transformation Six-week adolescent dogs, puppy introduction and puppy Improver courses in East Garston starting Sat 4 Jan. Contact her on on 07976 620840 or via Facebook.  

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 enjoy the local countryside with Wessex Nordic Walking. in Marlborough, Swindon, Hungerford and Newbury. Free tasters, special poles provided.

Wildlife clubs for up to 16 year-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.  

Young Farmers for anyone aged 10 to 26 years with an interest in the countryside, sports, arts and crafts to public speaking and stock judging. For more details visit their regional websites for BerkshireWiltshireOxfordshire and Hampshire.

Practical river restoration and surveying activities, with Action for the River Kennet, mainly in the Marlborough area. Email or call 01672 512700.

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Gardening Courses with Sonia Wright near Marlborough. Something for every garden enthusiast at these one day workshops with award-winning gardener Sonia Wright starting 3 March. Everything provided including home-made lunches. Take home pots of cuttings or seedlings as proof of your new talents!  Gift vouchers available. To find out more, email or call 07917 784602.

Learn how to prune at free community pruning morning at Digby Road Community Orchard in Newbury 10am – 1pm Sat 18 Jan. No previous experience required but please bring secateurs.

Newbury & District Gardeners meet fortnighly during the winter. Lecture series in Newbury open to the public.

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Young Family Fun

Forest First Toddler Group free outside fun on first Tuesday of the month at Growing2Gether near Kingsclere.

Under 5s Fun Alfie’s Stay & Play for under 5s at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage for playtime, making and stories (optional) every first Thur of the month.

Aerial Fun for kids with Bambi Newport. Learn new skills of aerial hoop, aerial silks and aerial sling. Upside down fun for 7 years upward. A great theme for a party!

Fun Family Drama at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury Book the hilarious, practical Family Shakespeare Workshop (Sun 16 Jan).

Art for Young People at The Base in Greenham: Design your own Screen Print T-Shirt (Sun 16 Feb) for 8-14 years Make and Do Holiday Club (17-21 Feb) for 4-8 years, Clay Animals workshop (Sat 22 Feb) for 4-11 years, Cartoon Animal Drawing (Sun 1 Mar) for 7-12 years (inspired by the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition). 

Movement Class with your baby or toddler Baby-wearing Boogie (starts 15 Jan) is a fun and gentle movement class at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury.

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. More details on the website.   

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