Welcome to our April – June guide to courses and classes in the Penny Post area (updated June 2019).
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Drawing & Painting
Seasons 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, or facebook page
Summer Art workshops at The Hub & Library in Hungerford
Drawing and painting courses at Newbury College starting in Sept. Click here for details (select Leisure Courses).
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.
Sculpture & Pottery
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, email@example.com or click here
Pottery workshops from April 2019 at Newbury College. Discover hidden artistic talents with a wide range of courses. Click here for more information (select Leisure Courses).
Craft, Mixed Media & Photography
Craft workshops at The Base Macrame Beginners Workshop Thurs 27 June, Paper Paintings – Matisse Style Fri 28 Jun (includes entry to the Matisse: Drawing with Scissors exhibition) at The Base, Greenham Business Park, Newbury.
Creative crafts at Newbury College. Discover hidden artistic talents with a wide range of short craft courses. Click here for more information (select Leisure Courses).
Knit, Knot & Natter at Vale & Downland Museum Cafe in Wantage. Bring your own craft project or take tuition from the Museum craft group. 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.
Gardening & Flower Arranging
Thyme Together weekly gardening and craft sessions for older people 1-3pm Thursdays at Five a Day Market Garden, Englefield.
Food & Wine
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, Level 2 from September. 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 nr Wantage which runs popular children’s cookery and holiday camps, cookery classes for adults, gardening and cookery life skills for disadvantaged young people. A beautiful venue over-looking the Ridgeway, Maymessy available to hire for local groups & tutors. Please contact Anna Richards at email@example.com or 07960 489 677.
Music, Dance & Drama
Music & Singing
Sing The World community choir meets 7.30-9.30pm Mondays at Speen Parish Hall near Newbury. No auditions or previous experience required, just a love of a capella singing in harmony. Contact natural voice practitioner Tessa Hall on firstname.lastname@example.org 07909775661 or visit letssingtheworld.org.uk. Pay weekly or termly.
Marlborough Community Choir natural voice choir – no musical experience required – just singing for fun on Weds evenings in Marlborough. Visit mcc.singtastic.co.uk
Individual singing and piano lessons (especially for the terrified!). All ages and levels Individual lessons taught in central Wantage. Contact Jim Mitchell on 01235 767975 or email@example.com.
Music Evening Classes Basic Music Literacy, Beginners Guitar, Improvers Guitar at New College, Swindon.
Thank Friday it’s Improv is a fun, social monthly group for fans of improv and those who have always wanted to have a go at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury Fri 21 June. Click here to book.
Theatre arts for 4-16 years at The Beacon in Wantage. Click here for details (and scroll down).
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 (select Leisure Course).
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 – keep an eye on the website cheek2cheekdance.co.uk or sign up to our Dance Lovers Guide newsletter. For more info contact Alison on 07780 624784.
Dare to Dance at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre Newbury offers the opportunity for dancers of all abilities aged 55+ to explore their creative side and improve overall fitness. Click here to book 11-week course on Wed afternoons or Mon mornings.
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, Yes Men Dance and NOCTURN Adult Dance.
Dance Evening Classes include adult ballet, Beginners Latin American and Ballroom at New College Swindon.
Ceroc Swindon on Tuesday evenings in Stratton, Swindon. Click here for details.
Tango Journey on Wednesday evenings in Stockcross near Newbury 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).
Stretch the Mind
Café Scientifique monthly science and engineering talks at The Beacon, Wantage. Explore the latest ideas in science and technology for the price of a drink. 7.30pm second Tuesday of the month. Click here for details.
Community learning workshops at The Wantage Mix includes zero waste pop-up, upcycling, French conversation and coffee, wine club and IT, Wantage.
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.
Home-School Tutoring (Oxfordshire and Berkshire) is a local branch of Home-School Tutoring UK. We offer all main subjects, from primary to senior level, tailored to the pupils’ requirements, whether for retakes, revision, exam preparation or a short burst of explanation to help understanding. We welcome new tutors to join our expanding team, timings to fit in with your personal schedules. Please contact Carolyn Watson, Area Advisor, on 07506 117 169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 Beginners Spanish 5 week class starts 18 June or book private lessons, or join monthly Conversation Club. Please contact Angela Quiroga on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07557 226 541.
ESOL English lessons in the community – build your confidence in speaking, listening, reading and writing English. Learn at your own speed in a small class with an experienced teacher from the Berkshire School of English. New Evening classes in Thatcham and Saturday School in Newbury.Click here for details. Summer holiday July – August classes
Register for Life in the UK Test Preparation classes in Newbury.
English ESOL/FCE Laser Progression Award in Literacy and Employability Skills Course – if you are looking to live and work in the UK, this course gives you an ESOL/FCE Laser Progression Award in Literacy and Employability. Classes are at the Berkshire School of English in Newbury on Monday mornings. Click here for details and FREE TUITION eligibility. Saturday School and online learning also available.
French evening classes taster, beginners, improvers, AS Level at New College Swindon.
French conversation morning (with coffee and croissant) last Saturday in the month, hosted by Hungerford Twinning Association at the Hungerford Hub.
Skills & CPD (Continuing Professional Development)
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 works. In just a few weeks, you will get to grips with your finances so you can budget, save and prevent debt. Click here for details.
Computing and digital business skills at Newbury College. Keep up-to-date with the latest technologies that shape the modern workplace, from basic computer skills and Microsoft Office to social media for business and web design. Click here for details (click on Leisure Courses).
Digital Skills for Re-launchers at Newbury College. Have you had a career break and are now beginning to look at getting back into the workplace? Sign-up for this five-week, part-time course to boost your confidence and give you the much needed digital skills to be in demand. Click here for details.
First-aid training in Marlborough for the confidence to step forward and help in an emergency, including the use of a defibrillator. Accredited certificates available if required for your work or just come along to learn how to look after your family and friends. Details at worsleytraining.co.uk.
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 in Newbury. Click here for details.
Compliance and workforce development at Newbury College. Ensure your qualifications and accreditations are up-to-date with a range of compliance courses covering COSHH, HSE and fire safety to working at heights and wiring regulations. Click here for details.
Zak Elliott Personal Training Sign up for 20 early bird fitness sessions Mon – Fri starting 6am Mon 1 July. Plus Sat morning bootcamps & kickboxercise evening classes in Newbury & Hungerford, X-HIIT and 1-2-1 Personal Training sessions with fitness trainer, boxing coach & kickboxing professional Zak Elliott at Greenham Business Park. Click here to book your session or contact Zak on email@example.com. Monthly packages available. Also Shape & Tone Class 6 – 6.45pm Fridays with Codrina Altan 07793 489839.
Aerial & Pole Fitness Classes fancy a class that gets you fit but you don’t feel Pl working out? Then aerial fitness is for you! Private 1-2-1 and group aerial fitness classes available (in pole, hoop and silks) with Bambi Newport in Newbury. Daytimes and weekends, open to adults and children. Beginners welcome. Click here for details.
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.
Audley Club at Inglewood near Kintbury offers members over 20 group exercise classes a week including dance fit, yoga, pilates, aqua aerobics; a 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. Contact 01488 73690 or visit their website.
Outdoor Group Circuits high-intensity 60-minute full-body workout: what better way to improve your fitness and tone up for summer? Cardio exercises, strength training and lots of fun! All abilities welcome 9.15-10.15am Tuesdays in Wantage Memorial Park. Pre-booking essential with firstname.lastname@example.org or visit coreprogress.co.uk for further information on classes, personal training, pre- and post-natal exercise and running programmes.
Love Lotte Fitness fun but challenging core strength & fitness classes using the bar at The Secret Garden & Herongate Club in Hungerford. Click here for details or call Bernie on 07856 249074.
Get Strictly Fit! ballroom moves adapted for a fitness class format so you dance on your own but feel like you’re on Strictly Tues evenings in Thatcham. Free taster session for new members. Visit strictlyfitsteps.com or call 01635 877253.
Wantage Fencing Club at the new Sports Hall on King Alfred’s Academy West Site. Children’s 5 week beginners course starts Fri 21 June 7.30 – 9.30pm £30. For more details, please see our website or facebook.com/wantagefencingclub/ contact Club Coach: Olly Bickley on email@example.com or 07791 517939
Inkpen Table Tennis For Fun If you are interested, please contact Mike Gilbert on 01488 658192 or just turn up any Wednesday at 5:45pm at Inkpen Village Hall. £2.50 per session. Mixed ability.
Fitness for Elderly & Less Mobile
Seated Exercise social chair-based exercise incorporating balance and mobility exercises with fun games and refreshments afterwards. Tuesdays 10.30-11.30am, Bucklebury Memorial Hall. £2 per session. Contact Caroline to find out more on 07739 509824
Dance with Parkinsons 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. Click here to book starts Fri 26 Apr.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07702 892 518.
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.
Home, Clothes & Parenting
Authentic Parenthood Course with Rachel Tapping for busy, possibly-a-little-overwhelmed parents who are trying to give ther little ones the best start in life whilst juggling work, family and looking after themselves. Click here to book five-week course in Padworth starting Thurs 6 June. Children under 2 welcome.
Sustainable Style Studio 12-week online programme to inspire anyone who wants to buy less new clothing with Frankie & Ruby personal stylist Victoria Lochhead. Click here to enquire when next programme starts.
Whole-home tidy support programme 20 Weeks To Tidy! with certified KonMari™ Consultant, Andie Bright in East Swindon to help you acheive a calm and de-cluttered living space. For more details email email@example.com.
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! Sunday Evening Restorative Meditation, open to all £15 per class: Sun 7 Jul, 4 Aug, 8 Sept from 6.45pm followed by refreshments at New Era Theatre, Wash Common. Advanced bookings only please via mindful-medicine.co.uk/book-online. NEW! Summer Holiday Meditation Bootcamp REGISTER NOW and also email to register your interest in a weekly daytime class in Hungerford. For more details contact 07840 620731 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Please contact Caroline on 07836 762702 or email email@example.com for next course details.
The Healing Room in Wantage offers Reiki Academy (Level 1 & 2 and Master), one-day Oracle Card Workshops and The Healing Space six-week courses. For more information contact Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07964 423 851.
Improve mental wellbeing fat Newbury College. The ‘In Mind’ programme offers a range of free courses for any adult residing in West Berkshire who feel stressed, worried, low or are suffering from mild to moderate mental-health difficulties. Click here for more information.
Mental Health Mates monthly walk, talk and a cuppa and fortnightly evening meetings in Newbury. Open to everyone affected by a mental health issue – your own, or that of someone close to you. For more details please contact facebook/Mental Health Mates Newbury or Emma at email@example.com
Memory Cafe friendly drop-in session for people living with dementia and their carers held at the Corn Exchange in Newbury. Mon 15 Jul & 16 Sept Click here for details
Wellbeing Day Sun 28 Jul. at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury. Sessions include Tai Chi Qigong, Creative Writing, Pilates and Mindfulness. Click here for details
Yoga & Pilates
Hatha Yoga with Beth. extra summer classes in Newbury, Stockcross, Hungerford & Childrey plus monthly Restoratiive Classes & Retreat Days (Sat 20 July). Senior Teacher Beth Trotter has been teaching locally for 20 years. Please visit beyoga.co.uk and use the discount code PENNYPOST to get £5 discount off any course or event booking.
Kalm ‘n’ Kind Yoga – Not just yoga classes,: weekly drop in classes in Hampstead Norreys, Pangbourne and Tidmarsh. one to one tuition, workshops and retreats. Soulful Selfcare Sunday‘s: an afternoon of yoga, relaxation and afternoon tea, Sun 1 Sept in Hampstead Norreys. Investment £30 (suitable for ALL abilities). See kalmnkindyoga.co.uk Contact Kim on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07811 385411.
Pilates for Women’s Health at The Wantage Pilates Studio that offers Pilates for Buff Bones to strengthen your bones, The Core Benefit to heal your core and pelvic floor to prevent urinary leaking and prolapsing and The Pink Ribbon Programme to enhance recovery for breast cancer patients. Click here to book your initial assessment or contact Julia on email@example.com or 07806 270207
Yoga and Pilates at The Beacon in Wantage. Click here for details (and scroll down).
Yoga with Claire Fisher private 1:1 sessions and small local yoga classes in Marlborough. Visit clarefisheryoga.co.uk for details.
Tai Chi & Martial Arts
Matt Ward Karate popular courses for juniors in Bishopstone, Marlborough, Swindon, Watchfield, Wroughton, Ashbury, Chilton Foliat and Lambourn. Private adult sessions by appointment. Contact Matt Ward on Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org or 07774 645 476.
Tai Chi with Kate learn a flowing group of slow, strong movements based on the Sun style. Tai Chi is known for its healing properties with pain relief, flexibility, strength, peace of mind and falls prevention. Classes in Newbury, Thatcham, Kintbury & Marlborough. £42 for a term of six classes. Contact Kate on 07562 655877 or email@example.com or visit the website and scroll down for class times.
Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan weekly 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.
Taekwondo and kickboxing at The Beacon in Wantage. Click here for details (and scroll down).
Animals & Outdoor Adventure
Puppy Class Bring your puppy and learn how to get great eye contact, how to socialise them, how to encourage not to pull on the lead and lots more besides! For class dates contact Rhona on 07976 620840 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dog Training for Working Breeds with Jill Thorpe. Small, relaxed fortnightly classes (Weds afternoons & Fri mornings) in Marlborough starting with good manners on the introductory foundation course, working on recall, heelwork, steadiness and an introduction to the puppy retrieve. Contact Jill on 07901 651 663 or email@example.com.
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 bbowt.org.uk/explore.
Practical river restoration and surveying activities, including training in various environmental issues and techniques, are regularly organised by Action for the River Kennet, mainly in the Marlborough area. For more information, visit the website, the Facebook page, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01672 512700.
Young Farmers for anyone aged 10+: not just for farmers but 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 berksyfc.org.uk.
Berkshire Walkers is a Ramblers ‘Young Persons’ Group aimed at people in their 20s and 30s that organises walks and social events across Berkshire. Simply turn up on any walk and you can choose to join Berkshire Walkers after two or three walks.
Young Family Fun
Click here for lots in our summer holiday activity guide.
Makaton Karaoke at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury for families to learn, sign and sing a fun song using Makaton. Click here to book. Fri 12 July.
Baby-wearing Boogie Click here to book (starting 11 Sep) is a fun and gentle movement class at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre in Newbury, suitable for babies or toddlers who can be carried in a sling, baby carrier or wrap.