Events

Please Check With the Venues, as  there’s a lot of rescheduling at the moment!

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  • Vale & Downland Museum

    Vale & Downland Museum

    All day
    03/12/2020
    Church Street, Wantage, Oxford OX12 8DBL

     

                                              We Are Reopening!

     

     

    The Museum will reopen on Thursday 3rd December at 9.30am.Opening times will be as usual:

    Museum

    Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 3.45pm & Sunday 1.30 – 4pm

    Café

    Monday – Saturday 10am – 3.30pm & Sunday 1.30 – 4pm

    Mother Christmas

    Unfortunately we will not be going ahead with out Mother Christmas event this year, but please do pop into the museum to see our Christmas displays, children can take part in our Christmas gallery trail and then enjoy a nice warm drink and some delicious food in our Café.

     

     

  • A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    All day
    03/12/2020-10/12/2020
    The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE

    A Christmas Carol

    It’s Christmas Eve, and whilst London is alive with festive cheer and seasonal goodwill, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge grows meaner by the minute. A heartless money lender, who cares more about counting his coins than for his fellow man, Scrooge despises Christmas and everything to do with it. But will a timely visit from the haunting ghosts of Christmas past, present and future change his wicked ways before it’s too late?

    Two actor-musicians introduce us to Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of extraordinary characters as you have never seen them before in a festive retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic tale.

    Tickets
    £23 and £20 from 3 – 17 December
    £25 and £23 from 19 December – 3 January

    Age guidance 5+
    We are unable to admit under 4s or babes in arms into the auditorium.

    Audio Described performance: Saturday 2 January at 1.30pm
    BSL performance: Saturday 19 December at 2.30pm
    Relaxed performance: Saturday 12 December at 2.30pm

     

    Why not enjoy a bite to eat at The Watermill Theatre?

    We offer a pre-show two course meal for £18, a delicious cream tea available after matinée performances priced at £6.95 per person. Tables must be boked in advance when booking your ticket(s) through our box office. Or why not enjoy a light bite before the show or during the interval.

    A Special Christmas tea for £12.50 and a children’s A Christmas Carol themed tea for £6.95 will be available from Thursday 3 December to Sunday 3 January.

    Find out more here

    Keeping you safe at The Watermill 

    A Christmas Carol is part of The Watermill Theatre’s autumn 2020 reopening season featuring shows with smaller cast sizes, reduced capacity inside the auditorium and socially distanced seating to enable you to get back to watching the very best live theatre.

    Audience members are required to wear face coverings (unless medically exempt or children under 11) when moving around the Watermill site, including in the bar and restaurant and at all times in the auditorium. Face coverings do not need to be worn when eating or drinking.

    When you arrive at the theatre a member of the box office team will take your temperature. We recommend arriving 15 minutes before the performance starts to allow time for this.

     

  • Elsie’s Antique & Collectors Fair

    Elsie’s Antique & Collectors Fair

    09:00 -16:00
    03/12/2020
    Newbury Rugby Club Monks Lane Newbury Berkshire RG14 7RW

    Elsie’s Antique & Collectors Fair

  • I Phone Photography for Christmas Cards

    I Phone Photography for Christmas Cards

    10:00 -13:00
    03/12/2020
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    I Phone Photography for Christmas Cards

    Hello to our lovely community of artists and crafters.
    Following yesterday’s announcement, and having read the updated Government website, we are seeking confirmation regarding our status as an educational establishment and how the law applies to our business. We anticipate that, sadly, we will have to close once again, but if there is a chance that we can operate safely and legally, we intend to take it.
    If we do have to close, all students who have booked onto a workshop from 5th November – 2nd December will be offered a credit note to book onto another workshop once we reopen, or a full refund. We are also exploring the possibility of running some of our workshops online and have reached out to our tutors who have experience in doing this.
    We don’t want to lose contact, so to keep our community connected we’ll be running weekly creative challenges on our Instagram and Facebook. More information will follow soon.
    We’re sad that it has come to this, but some things are out of our control, and we’ll continue to do everything in our control to make our students, tutors and everyone here at Micklems Farm feel safe when you return.
    Keep safe

    Join us on an exciting half day workshop to create your own photographs for Christmas cards. We will teach you to use simple photographic techniques to create a design. Just bring your phone or ipad, we will provide all the props you need (or you can bring your own if preferred).

    We will guide you to take stunning pictures, you then choose your favourite, from which we will have 20 cards professionally printed. These will be sent to you, together with envelopes, 2 weeks after the workshop, ready in time for you to send out for Christmas. They will also include a design credit with your name on the back of the card. Additional cards may also be purchased.

    Included on the day:

    –        All props and backdrops, 20 printed Christmas cards with envelopes

    –        Expert tuition

    –        1 to 1 guidance

    –        Detailed demonstrations

    –        A selection of tea, freshly brewed coffee, biscuits and delicious cakes

    And of course you take your wonderful creations from the day. If you share any photographs of your day here and/or your finished work, we’d love to see them so please tag us @micklemsfarmcreativeworkshops or use the hashtag #micklemsfarmcreativeworkshops.

    Terms – Fee is payable on booking. If, having booked, you cancel your booking, we are unable to offer a refund. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place by notifying us using the contact page on the Micklems Farm website. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date. We will only cancel due to insufficient places sold and you will be refunded the full amount paid.

    Level: Beginners

    Number of students: 10

    £60

  • Letterpress & Lino for Christmas

    Letterpress & Lino for Christmas

    10:00 -16:00
    03/12/2020
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Letterpress & Lino for Christmas – Saturday 28th November 2020

    £90.00

    Tutor Beth Jenkins

    Say it in print this Christmas! Make exclusive, original gifts by printing onto fabric, tea towels and tote bags, using a variety of print methods, including letterpress and lino. You will also be able to print on to cards and paper.

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

  • Pomanders for your Christmas Stocking

    Pomanders for your Christmas Stocking

    10:00 -12:30
    03/12/2020-14/12/2020
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Pomanders for your Christmas Stocking (Half-Day workshop) – Thursday 3rd December 2020

    10am – 12.30pm (ish) A complimentary lunch is included.
    £45.00

    Tutor: Richard Box

    Further Detail

    On this half-day course you will be able to prepare several pomanders by penetrating an orange with cloves, ready in time to mellow and decorate for Christmas. Furthermore, you will also decorate with ribbons and coloured beads already seasoned pomanders which Richard, your tutor, will have prepared for you. The fragrance of your pomanders can last for several years and can be most usefully hung in your wardrobe , your linen cupboard or even your knickers’ drawer !

    Level

    This course is designed for a range of abilities, from complete beginner to improver

    Skills/Techniques Covered

    • Knowledge of colour and design.
    • A preserving recipe.

     

    Materials

    Materials are not included in your course fee. Richard will supply the oranges, cloves, ribbons, pins and beads. The cost, for each one you make during the day, will be no more than £3.00 each, possibly less.

    Please Bring With You


    Yourselves with enthusiasm, diligence and perseverance.

    We advise that you do not buy any materials required for a course more than two weeks in advance, because occasionally a course is cancelled due to low enrolment.​​

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  • Linoprinting Christmas Cards

    Linoprinting Christmas Cards

    10:00 -16:00
    04/12/2020
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Linoprinting Christmas Cards

    There is something very special about personally designed and printed Christmas cards and gift tags. Here is the opportunity to design and print your own unique creations. In this workshop we will help you to choose a suitable design that can be easily replicated as a lino print. We will transfer the design onto soft cut lino, cut, ink and print it onto a variety of papers and card stock.

    At the end of the day you will have made several cards and gift tags and you will have the skills to continue printing at home from your own linocut design.

    Items to bring: ideas for designs or existing cards you would like to base your design on. Apron.

    Included in the day:

    Lino, inks, paper and card (you may bring your own tools if you prefer). We also have cutting tools, brayers and printing inks for sale.

    All tools and equipment

    Detailed demonstrations

    1 to 1 guidance

    A selection of teas, freshly brewed coffee, biscuits, mince pies and mulled wine!

    And of course you take your wonderful creations from the day. If you share any photographs of your day here and/or your finished work, we’d love to see them so please tag us @micklemsfarmcreativeworkshops or use the hashtag #micklemsfarmcreativeworkshops.

    Terms – Fee is payable on booking. If, having booked, you cancel your booking, we are unable to offer a refund. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place by notifying us using the contact page on the Micklems Farm website. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date. We will only cancel due to insufficient places sold and you will be refunded the full amount paid.

    Level: Beginner or intermediate

    Number of students: 10

  • A Taste of Italy

    A Taste of Italy

    10:00 -15:00
    04/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    A Taste of Italy

    Italian food is the ultimate social food, and what could be better than gathering a group of friends or family around the table for homemade Italian specialties. Join us for a day where we will teach you to prepare this Italian feast. We will prepare and cook some light and flavoursome recipes and dishes from pizza to homemade pasta and Italian bread.

    Course includes:

    • Arrive at 9.45am for tea and coffee and course introduction
    • We will be making pasta, sauces and pesto, pizza, focaccia bread
    • Italian treats made during the session can be enjoyed around our kitchen table along with an Italian wine or beer

    To take home: All course notes and freshly made treats from the day including a pizza in a box ready to cook at home.

    Spaces for this course are subject to minimum number of participants.

    Other dates  available

     

     

  • Christmas Wreath – Morning course

    Christmas Wreath – Morning course

    10:00 -13:00
    04/12/2020
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    Christmas Wreath – Morning course

    We are delighted to welcome back the talented and lovely Lindsey Kitchin from the White Horse Flower Company to tutor this fabulous class. Her expert tuition and incredible array of foliage and decorative additions left last years attendees reeling – every single wreath was a masterpiece fit to adorn any stately home. If you were to buy a wreath such as you will make on this course, you would be paying at least 200 in any fine florists.

    Places do get booked out quickly so please book early.

    This course is perfect for an early Christmas present or simply to catch up with a loved one or friend for a few hours. Pair the Wreath course with our new Modern Calligraphy course for a perfect home crafted Christmas.

  • Pewter Tour of Techniques: An In-Depth Look

    Pewter Tour of Techniques: An In-Depth Look

    10:00 -16:00
    04/12/2020
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Pewter Tour of Techniques: An In-Depth Look – Friday 4th December 2020
    £90.00

    Tutor: Bonnie Mackintosh

    Pewterwork is a decorative metalworking technique popularised by the Arts & Crafts movement. Students will produce a set of small sample ’tiles’ exploring a variety of techniques for raising and texturing the thin metal. This goes beyond the course offered earlier in the year and is aimed at students with some experience, although beginners will be welcome

  • Christmas Wreath- morning course

    Christmas Wreath- morning course

    10:00 -13:00
    04/12/2020
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    FRIDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2020

    10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    We are delighted to welcome back the talented and lovely Lindsey Kitchin from the White Horse Flower Company to tutor this fabulous class.  Her expert tuition and incredible array of foliage and decorative additions left last years attendees reeling – every single wreath was a masterpiece fit to adorn any stately home.  If you were to buy a wreath such as you will make on this course, you would be paying at least £200 in any fine florists.

    Places do get booked out quickly so please book early.

    This course is perfect for an early Christmas present or simply to catch up with a loved one or friend for a few hours. Pair the Wreath course with our new Modern Calligraphy course for a perfect home crafted Christmas.

    Price includes refreshments and mince pies.

  • Christmas Wreaths & Swags

    Christmas Wreaths & Swags

    10:00 -16:00
    04/12/2020
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Christmas Wreaths & Swags

    04/12/2020

    Sold Out- please visit our events page for further workshops

    In this one day workshop we will be having fun with Christmas wreaths and swags! We will make both a door wreath and a table / door swag using a range of fresh and decorative materials. With festive music to see us through the day, you will be all set for the seasonal festivities.

    £90

     

  • Make a Wire Christmas Robin

    Make a Wire Christmas Robin

    11:00 -16:00
    04/12/2020
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Make a Wire Christmas Robin

    Priority booking opens to Members on Thursday 13 August. Tickets are available for general sale on Monday 17 August at 10am.

    Step by step instructions will be given on how to create your own beautiful Christmas Robin.

    You will create a wire frame outline from a drawing and learn how to sculpt, join and layer colured copper wire to create your 3D bird.

    All materials supplied, but you are welcome to bring along images for inspiration.

    This workshop will take place in person at The Base.

    All places must be booked in advance. Booking closes 24 hours before the course start time. Please note that we reserve the right to cancel any course or workshop if the minimum numbers are not met. If we are not able to run a workshop you will be informed three working days ahead of the course or workshop start date.

    Full Price £55

  • A Christmas Gift from Bob

    A Christmas Gift from Bob

    14:30 -16:00
    04/12/2020
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    A Christmas Gift from Bob

    Priority booking opens to Members on Friday 20 November. Tickets are available for general sale on Monday 23 November at 10am.

    James looks back at the last Christmas he and Bob spent scraping a living on the streets and how Bob helped him through one of his toughest times – providing strength, friendship and inspiration. Together they teach each other about the true meaning of Christmas spirit.

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors are required to wear them in the building, unless you are exempt from wearing one, or if you are eating or drinking. This includes when you are watching a film or performance. If you remove it to eat or drink you must put it back on when you have finished.

  • Christmas Wreath – evening course

    Christmas Wreath – evening course

    18:30 -21:30
    04/12/2020
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    Christmas Wreath – evening course

    We are delighted to welcome back the talented and lovely Lindsey Kitchin from the White Horse Flower Company to tutor this fabulous class. Her expert tuition and incredible array of foliage and decorative additions left last years attendees reeling – every single wreath was a masterpiece fit to adorn any stately home. If you were to buy a wreath such as you will make on this course, you would be paying at least £200 in any fine florists.

    Places do get booked out quickly so please book early.

    This course is perfect for an early Christmas present or simply to catch up with a loved one or friend for a few hours. Pair the Wreath course with our new Modern Calligraphy course for a perfect home crafted Christmas.

    Price includes refreshments and mince pies

  • Christmas Wreaths – Evening Course

    Christmas Wreaths – Evening Course

    18:30 -21:30
    04/12/2020
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    FRIDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2020

    6.30 PM – 9.30 PM

    We are delighted to welcome back the talented and lovely Lindsey Kitchin from the White Horse Flower Company to tutor this fabulous class.  Her expert tuition and incredible array of foliage and decorative additions left last years attendees reeling – every single wreath was a masterpiece fit to adorn any stately home.  If you were to buy a wreath such as you will make on this course, you would be paying at least £200 in any fine florists.

    Places do get booked out quickly so please book early.

    This course is perfect for an early Christmas present or simply to catch up with a loved one or friend for a few hours. Pair the Wreath course with our new Modern Calligraphy course for a perfect home crafted Christmas.

    Price includes refreshments and mince pies.

    £90.00

  • Katherine Jenkins Christmas Spectacular

    Katherine Jenkins Christmas Spectacular

    19:30 -21:00
    04/12/2020
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    Katherine Jenkins Christmas Spectacular

    Priority booking opens to Members on Friday 20 November. Tickets are available for general sale on Monday 23 November at 10am.

    Classical music superstar Katherine Jenkins OBE presents a magical and unique Christmas musical from the iconic Royal Albert Hall, bringing joy and festive celebrations to audiences around the world this holiday season.

    With unprecedented and exclusive access to the historic venue, the Welsh singing sensation performs seasonal favourites and carols with full nostalgic Hollywood musical glamour. Katherine is joined by friends beloved actors Vanessa Redgrave and Bill Nighy, Operatic icon Sir Bryn Terfel, Italian Tenor Alberto Urso, American Broadway star Marisha Wallace, English National Ballet Lead Principal Erina Takahashi, the Royal Air Force Regiment Band and many more to share an unforgettable and enchanting experience this Christmas.

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors are required to wear them in the building, unless you are exempt from wearing one, or if you are eating or drinking. This includes when you are watching a film or performance. If you remove it to eat or drink you must put it back on when you have finished.

  • Floral Workshops by Emma Sampson

    Floral Workshops by Emma Sampson

    19:30 -21:30
    04/12/2020

    Floral Workshops by Emma Sampson

    Autumn Wreath Course Wed 7th October 10:00 – 12:00

    £60.00

    So often people come into the shop, indulge their senses and utter the words “oh I so wish I could do flowers the way you do” There is something so magical, so creative about working with fresh flowers … a truly rewarding and uplifting experience!

    Autumn is one of my favourite times of year – the colours are amazing and all the textures make my heart sing! We start the course with a demonstration using flowers specially chosen by Emma, our founder, and then let you loose on creating your own wreath with our tutor on-hand to offer expert advise.

    All our courses come with the flowers, tools and any containers provided, so all you need to do is come to the school with an open mind ready to learn!

    – Course limited to 6 people, allowing for more one-on-one guidance

    – Course starts at 10:00 sharp and finishes around 12:00

    – THIS COURSE IS TAKING PLACE AT OUR NEW LOCATION – THE OLD HEN HOUSE, UNIT 5, HEWINS WOOD FARM, BRADFIELD, RG7 6DH. It is 3 miles away from our old shop in Pangbourne, with plenty of free parking.

    – Suitable for beginners

    – Costs £60.00 per person

    – Flowers, tools and tuition

    – 48 hour cancellation policy

    – If you require this as a gift, please let us know and we can provide you with a special gift presentation box

    Christmas Wreath Course Saturday 28th Nov 14:00-16:00

    £60.00

    So often people come into the shop, indulge their senses and utter the words “oh I so wish I could do flowers the way you do” There is something so magical, so creative about working with fresh flowers … a truly rewarding and uplifting experience!

    About our Christmas Wreath course

    Our most popular course to date. We’ve been running our Christmas wreath classes since we opened way back in 2008. I think there is something about taking some time out at Christmas to get crafty and create something amazing for your door. This course ensures you go home with a completely bespoke wreath for your door as well as some valuable floristry skills which gives you a basic understanding of the principles of table centres as well.

    All our courses come with the flowers, tools and any containers provided, so all you need to do is come to the school with an open mind ready to learn!

     

    – Course limited to 6 people, allowing for more one-on-one guidance

    – Course starts at 14:00 sharp and finishes around 16:00

    – THIS COURSE IS TAKING PLACE AT OUR NEW LOCATION – THE OLD HEN HOUSE, UNIT 5, HEWINS WOOD FARM, BRADFIELD, RG7 6DH. It is 3 miles away from our old shop in Pangbourne, with plenty of free parking.

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  • Santa Steams In @ Didcot Railway Centre

    Santa Steams In @ Didcot Railway Centre

    All day
    05/12/2020-12/12/2020

    Santa Steams In @ Didcot Railway Centre

    Father Christmas is giving his reindeer a rest before Christmas Eve and will be in a specially decorated Victorian station at the Centre on weekends from 5 – 20 December plus Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23.
    Book your tickets and take a ride on a vintage train, with a private compartment for each group. You can meet Santa who has a train load of presents, helpers to entertain the family and has arranged a second steam train to take you, the children (and their presents) on a festive journey, ready to explore the rest of the 21-acre living museum.

    There are seasonal refreshments to enjoy as you explore the original 1932 GWR Engine Shed. Here, you can see more restored locomotives, access the footplate of some engines and meet Eddie the Engine Driver who will be telling festive tales of the railways at Christmas time. The refreshments are all included in the ticket price and come in the shape of mince pies and mulled wine/non-alcoholic punch which will be served to adults, while for children there’s gingerbread and hot chocolate – with marshmallows of course!

    We are continuing to limit the number of people on site to keep everyone safe, so we expect tickets to sell out quickly.

    The Great Western Society has unveiled an ambitious scheme it hopes to drive forward during 2021 which marks the Society’s 60th Anniversary.

    The plan is to not only look back over the past 60 years and celebrate but to provide a springboard for future developments at the Railway Centre. We have adopted a joined up approach embracing historic buildings, vintage locomotives and rolling stock, contemporary visitor facilities and inventive ways of telling the story and bringing history to life.

    Items include the return to steam of three locomotives that are currently undergoing overhauls, including the famous express passenger locomotive 4079 “Pendennis Castle” which it is hoped will return to steam next year – the first time it has run since returning from Australia in 2000.

    Improvements to the Gift Shop and Refreshment Rooms are also included along with commencing the reconstruction of the stone station building that once stood at Heyford.

    We have launched our Diamond Jubilee Fund to pull together these strands and more under one overarching appeal that is designed to raise sufficient funds to pump-prime the next chapter in the Society’s history.

    You can find out more here and can support the Fund with a donation or by entering our Festive Draw – with a first prize of £1000.

  • Loose & Lively Landscapes

    Loose & Lively Landscapes

    10:00 -16:00
    05/12/2020

    Loose & Lively Landscapes

    Be prepared to free up and let go! Using bold colours and loose energetic mark-making with big brushes and palette knives we will create lively and dynamic landscape paintings.  We will explore composition, layering, & creating atmosphere through your selection of colours. Add in a bit of spatter and flourishes of oil pastel for that finishing touch!

    Lots of step-by-step demos & individual help… a basic knowledge of acrylics is useful.

    What to bring: Heavy watercolour paper (approx. 350gsm) or acrylic paper/board or primed MDF (painted white). Catridge paper for initial studies / exercises. Drawing pencil, rubber. Oil pastels or artists crayons such as Neocolour – whatever you have (don’t buy specially).

     Acrylic paints – whatever you have – if buying specially just buy primary colours and white. Mixing palette, brushes (whatever you have), kitchen sponge, small offcuts off cardboard / old credit card / palette knife if you have one. Kitchen roll, water pot. Old clothes / apron.

     Inspiration / source material / sketches of landscapes (the tutor will also bring some images as starting points).

    Terms – Fee is payable on booking. If, having booked, you cancel your booking, we are unable to offer a refund. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place by notifying us using the contact page on the Micklems Farm website.

    Level: Intermediate

    Number of students: 10

     

    Tutor: Karen Carter

  • Christmas at Waterperry – Oxfordshire

    Christmas at Waterperry – Oxfordshire

    10:00 -16:00
    05/12/2020-06/12/2020
    Waterperry Gardens, Near Wheatley, Oxfordshire, England. OX33 1JZ

    Christmas at Waterperry – Oxfordshire

    Get into the Christmas spirit at Waterperry Gardens with a number of Arts and Craft Stalls with gorgeous handmade gift ideas and festive food and drink along with Christmas shopping from our Gallery, Gift Barn and Christmas Shop and festive events for the children, a shopper’s delight with great gift ideas for all the family.

    Why not tie your trip in with choosing and buying your spectacular Waterperry grown Christmas tree (don’t forget to bring your wellies if you want to go out to the West Field to choose your own!), along with a beautiful hand-made and hand-finished Waterperry Christmas wreath. Round it all off with a stop at our Teashop for warming treats and festive fare. Enjoy your Christmas shopping this year and visit a truly unique and festive Waterperry Gardens!

    Events Around West Berkshire

     

  • Christmas Wreath – morning course

    Christmas Wreath – morning course

    10:00 -13:00
    05/12/2020
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    Christmas Wreath – morning course

    We are delighted to welcome back the talented and lovely Lindsey Kitchin from the White Horse Flower Company to tutor this fabulous class. Her expert tuition and incredible array of foliage and decorative additions left last years attendees reeling – every single wreath was a masterpiece fit to adorn any stately home. If you were to buy a wreath such as you will make on this course, you would be paying at least 200 in any fine florists.

    Places do get booked out quickly so please book early.

    This course is perfect for an early Christmas present or simply to catch up with a loved one or friend for a few hours. Pair the Wreath course with our new Modern Calligraphy course for a perfect home crafted Christmas.

    Price includes refreshments and mince pies.

  • Seasonal Pewter Ornaments

    Seasonal Pewter Ornaments

    10:00 -16:00
    05/12/2020
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Seasonal Pewterwork Ornaments – Saturday 5th December 2020

    SKU: BM051220-8
    £90.00

    Tutor: Bonnie Mackintosh

    10am – 4pm

    Learn to give texture and form to soft pewtersheet to produce a decorative hanging ornamentwith a festive flair. This inexpensive, ‘low-tech’ craft – made popular by the Arts & Crafts movement – is suitable for creating at home on long, dark winter evenings. The tutor will bring a variety of seasonal designs to choose from; experienced students are welcome to bring their own.

  • Christmas Wreaths & Swags

    Christmas Wreaths & Swags

    10:00 -16:00
    05/12/2020
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Sold Out- please visit our events page for further workshops

    Christmas Wreaths & Swags

     

    Tutor: Yvonne Sonsino

    10am – 4pm

    £90.00

    In this one day workshop we will be having fun with Christmas wreaths and swags! We will make both a door wreath and a door / table swag using a range of fresh and decorative materials. With festive music to see us through the day, you will be all set for the seasonal festivities.

    Further Detail

    Using floristry techniques which will be taught on the day, we will design and make a wreath and a swag. The wreath will be prepared in the morning session then after a festive themed lunch, we will move onto the swag.  Nature has provided some beautiful objects just waiting to be collected and combined into little pieces of art, so you are encouraged to bring a range of foraged materials with you (see below).

    Skills/Techniques Covered

     

    • How to design and create a well-proportioned door wreath and table / door swag
    • Wiring and combining foliage, fruit, seed-heads, nuts and flowers and other foraged natural objects
    • The colour wheel principles and how they will impact your design
    • How to forage for materials that won’t cost you the earth
    Level

    All levels including complete beginners

     

    Materials

    Materials are not included in your course fee. Most materials will be provided by the tutor the approximate cost of these will be £20, payable to the tutor during the course. We encourage you to bring along nice found natural objects, some suggestions are listed below. We will also raid the Ardington School garden for fresh ivy, yew, hawthorn, buddleia heads etc

    ​The tutor will not have the facility to take card payments for materials in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book


    Please Bring With You
    • Secateurs or wire snippers or old tough scissors if you have them (the school has some you can borrow)
    • If you can find some natural objects from your own garden or on a nature / beach walk, then please bring them along e.g. Feathers, pine cones, good dried seed heads such as poppy, honesty, crocosmia, rose hips, ivy berries, beech nuts, acorns, small pieces of driftwood or bark, hydrangea heads, star anise, cinnamon sticks, nuts, herb sprigs, bay leaf sprigs, skeletonised leaves, nice pebbles or shells etc
    • If you wish you can also bring some Christmas baubles and other decorative elements to include in your design
    • We advise that you do not buy any materials required for a course more than two weeks in advance, because occasionally a course is cancelled due to low enrolment.​​
  • Christmas Wreath- morning course

    Christmas Wreath- morning course

    10:00 -13:00
    05/12/2020
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    FRIDAY 5TH DECEMBER 2020

    10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    We are delighted to welcome back the talented and lovely Lindsey Kitchin from the White Horse Flower Company to tutor this fabulous class.  Her expert tuition and incredible array of foliage and decorative additions left last years attendees reeling – every single wreath was a masterpiece fit to adorn any stately home.  If you were to buy a wreath such as you will make on this course, you would be paying at least £200 in any fine florists.

    Places do get booked out quickly so please book early.

    This course is perfect for an early Christmas present or simply to catch up with a loved one or friend for a few hours. Pair the Wreath course with our new Modern Calligraphy course for a perfect home crafted Christmas.

    Price includes refreshments and mince pies.

  • Santa’s Christmas Cracker

    Santa’s Christmas Cracker

    10:30 -12:00
    05/12/2020
    Arlington Arts Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ

    Santa’s Christmas Cracker

    THIS PERFORMANCE WILL BE ADHERING TO SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CLICK HERE.

    The socially-distanced show where every child can get a present from Santa!

    Following last year’s sell-out performances of Santa’s Christmas Countdown, Honalee Media are delighted to present their next hit tour – the show will go on this Christmas, with a socially distanced Santa Show!

    “It really is the most wonderful time of the year, so it’s no surprise that everyone at the North Pole is super-excited as Christmas draws near!”

    Father Christmas is busy making toys, Dotty the Elf is decorating the Christmas tree and Dasher the Reindeer is getting presents onto his sleigh – but then they meet a lost penguin who has never even heard of Christmas…

    Impossible! But how to teach him all about Christmas? Dare they open the box marked For Christmas Emergencies Only? And can you help unleash the magic of Christmas by pulling one of Santa’s Christmas Crackers?”

    Join Father Christmas and friends for a fun, festive, musical adventure to discover the wonder of Christmas!

    Santa’s Christmas Cracker is a 45 minute, interactive family show, particularly suitable for 2-7 year olds. Afterwards the adventure continues as, with social distancing, gloves and a mask for Father Christmas, each child gets to meet him and receive a specially wrapped present – it’s the most Christmassy Christmas show ever, HO-HO-HO!

    Songs include festive favourites:

    Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Deck The Halls, We Wish You A Merry Christmas and many more!

     

    http://www.santashows.co.uk

     

    “It was perfect, full of fun, singing and laughter, what better way to start the festive season!”‘Mummy Monster’ blog

    “The Santa Shows have become our Christmas tradition and we love them! Perfect engagement with the children, lots of audience participation and the children were beside themselves when Father Christmas gave them a present after the show. Wonderful value for money and top rate entertainment!”Natalie D, mum of Rae

    “Eyes lit up full of wonder and joy – as my children walked away from receiving their gift they whispered, “That was the real Santa!”Families North Hampshire

    “A magical way to start our Christmas celebrations and a memory I shall treasure!” Basingstoke Gazette

  • An Introduction to Vietnamese Cooking

    An Introduction to Vietnamese Cooking

    10:30 -13:30
    05/12/2020
    The Book Respository, The Nuneham Estate, Nuneham Courtney, Oxfordshire OX44 9PQ

    An Introduction to Vietnamese Cooking

    With its diverse landscape and agriculture, Vietnam is blessed with a wealth of beautiful produce and they sure know how to make the most of it, balancing flavours, colours, seasonings and textures in an exquisite manner.

    Honest, humble, ingenious and ever so satisfying – lets brighten up a winter’s day with this tasty menu:

    • Vietnamese Papaya Salad
    • Summer Rolls
    • Pineapple Dipping Sauce
    • Bun Cha with Pork meatballs and chargrilled pork belly
    • Homemade Chilli Sauce
    • Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese dipping Sauce)

    This is a first for us in a long time – you requested it, we provide it!!

  • Christmas Wreath – afternoon course

    Christmas Wreath – afternoon course

    14:00 -17:00
    05/12/2020
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    Christmas Wreath – afternoon course

    We are delighted to welcome back the talented and lovely Lindsey Kitchin from the White Horse Flower Company to tutor this fabulous class. Her expert tuition and incredible array of foliage and decorative additions left last years attendees reeling – every single wreath was a masterpiece fit to adorn any stately home. If you were to buy a wreath such as you will make on this course, you would be paying at least 200 in any fine florists.

    Places do get booked out quickly so please book early.

    This course is perfect for an early Christmas present or simply to catch up with a loved one or friend for a few hours. Pair the Wreath course with our new Modern Calligraphy course for a perfect home crafted Christmas.

    Price includes refreshments and mince pies.

  • Aladdin

    Aladdin

    19:00 -21:00
    05/12/2020
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    Aladdin

    Your wish has been granted – Aladdin and his friends will be at the Corn Exchange this Christmas for our socially distanced pantomime.

    With a little pantomime magic, and a lot of hard work behind the scenes, we are thrilled to announce that we will be taking you on a magic carpet ride adventure this Christmas.

    Take the trip of a lifetime and journey to far off lands with Aladdin and his friends, as they discover treasures beyond their wildest dreams. But will they foil Abanazar’s evil plan? And will Widow Twankey ever get through her mountain of laundry?

    Aladdin is written and directed by Plested and Brown, and is full of songs from across the decades and traditional Corn Exchange pantomime fun – plus a few surprises, of course!

    In order to make pantomime possible, we will be rebuilding our auditorium seating so we can increase capacity whilst still adhering to social distancing measures. Our new seating layout will have more space between rows, the new seats will have individual arm rests, and each household group will be kept separate using dividing Perspex screens.

    You can book with confidence as, if you are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms or having to self-isolate, we will refund your tickets or credit your account.

    So rub that lamp, book your tickets and make all of your Christmas wishes come true!

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors are required to wear them in the building, unless you are exempt from wearing one, or if you are eating or drinking. This includes when you are watching a performance. If you remove it to eat or drink you must put it back on when you have finished.

    Super Saver performances: Sun 6 Dec, 5pm | Thu 10 Dec, 7pm

    Adult Only nights: Fri 4 Dec, 8pm | Fri 11 Dec, 8pm | Sat 12 Dec, 8pm | Fri 18 Dec, 8pm | Sat 19 Dec, 8pm

    Signed performance: Tue 29 Dec, 2pm

    Captioned performance: Wed 30 Dec, 2pm

    Audio described performance: Wed 30 Dec, 6pm

    Relaxed performance: Sat 2 Jan, 3pm

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  • Charcoal Ink Resist-Live Plus

    Charcoal Ink Resist-Live Plus

    10:00 -11:30
    06/12/2020-06/01/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Charcoal Ink Resist – Wed 6th January 10am

    SKU: KC0601aa12
    £50.00

    Tutor: Karen Carter

    Wed 6th January 10am – 11:30am (UK time) workshop demo

    Wed 20th January 7pm – 8pm (UK time) follow up

    Experiment with different types of charcoal, inks and a variety of tools – some homemade, some scavenged and some found – to explore creative mark-making and the use of resists, bleach, spritzing & spattering to create interesting and atmospheric effects.

    A fun session covering a variety of techniques with lots of step-by-step instruction – no experience needed…..just a willingness to get messy!

  • Winter Warmers

    Winter Warmers

    10:00 -15:00
    06/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Winter Warmers

    The backbone of British cuisine in the colder months, toe warming stews and casseroles bring friends and family together tucking in to these one pot wonders. Find out how to build flavour, master ‘cloud fluffy’ dumplings and pickles to accompany your rich stews.

    Other dates available

  • Christmas Cosy Cottage Cushion (Lights Up!)

    Christmas Cosy Cottage Cushion (Lights Up!)

    10:00 -16:00
    06/12/2020
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Christmas Cosy Cottage Cushion (Lights Up!)- Thursday 19th November 2020

    £90.00

    Tutor: Amanda Brown

    We all love a cushion and this is the perfect Light-UpChristmas Cushion for any Sofa!

     

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

  • Porcelain Festive Decorations

    Porcelain Festive Decorations

    10:00 -16:00
    06/12/2020
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Porcelain Festive Decorations

     

    With the festive season fast approaching this workshop offers the opportunity to work with different porcelain clays, to make both hanging and free-standing decorations, eg tea lights.

    Create pretty knitted effect decorations for you and your home without the use of knitting needles!

    Further Detail

    Porcelain is a fascinating material – its whiteness, translucency and strength mark it apart from other clays.   Porcelain doesn’t behave like ordinary clays – it doesn’t have the same plasticity or stretch-ability, so has to be handled a little differently.  So we will make the hanging decorations from standard porcelain clay, and will switch to paper porcelain clay to make the 3D pieces.

    I will provide a wide range of examples and demonstrate the ways to achieve results using templates, formers and textures.  I will show you how to enhance the decorations once they are fired using sharpie pens. Most of the decorations will be left unglazed and fired to 1300 degrees, especially the hanging decorations, although the 3D free-standing ones can be glazed with a transparent glaze.

    Skills/Techniques Covered
    • Pinching and coiling
    • Slab rolling
    • Use of templates and formers
    • Using texture as decoration
    • Finishing of edges
    • Joining sections of clay & blending/ securing seams
    • Piercing
    Level
    This course is designed for a wide range of abilities including complete beginners

    Materials

    Materials are not included in your course fee. All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £25-30 payable to the tutor during the course. Depending upon quantity of clay used

    ​The tutor may not have the facilities to take card payments for materials in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.

     

    Please Bring With You
    • Sketchbook / Notebook & writing equipment
    • Aprons
    • Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
    • You are welcome to bring your own tools or textures; please ensure they are marked with your name to avoid confusion. Please make sure they are very clean – including removing rust from knives and other metal tools

    We advise that you do not buy any materials required for a course more than two weeks in advance, because occasionally a course is cancelled due to low enrolment.

  • Gingerbread Trail at Shaw House

    Gingerbread Trail at Shaw House

    11:00 -16:00
    06/12/2020
    Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR

    Gingerbread Trail at Shaw House

    Description

    Join us for a family Gingerbread Trail through the grounds at Shaw House on Sunday 6th December, 11am – 4pm.

    Pick up a trail sheet from Reception and begin your search for clues which are hidden around the gardens. Once you’ve completed the trail, pop back to Reception to collect your goody bag!

    We will also be revealing our entry to Newbury’s Living Advent Calendar. Take a stroll through the historic gates at the front of the House to enjoy the full festive display.

    The Café will be open for take-away refreshments from our special Christmas Menu. You can also do some Christmas shopping in the gift shop – or perhaps find a treat for yourself!

    We ask those visiting our Café, Shop and toilets to wear a mask and use our one way system. There is no entry to the House on this day, other than to visit our facilities.

    Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds.

    There is a suggested donation of £1 per trail sheet.

    PLEASE NOTE: There is no need to book for this event (it is NOT sold out!).

  • Thatcham Winter Bird Walk – Nature Discovery Centre

    Thatcham Winter Bird Walk – Nature Discovery Centre

    14:00 -16:00
    06/12/2020

    Thatcham Winter Bird Walk – Nature Discovery Centre

    Learn all about the winter visiting birds to be found on the lake and in the hedgerows with the expert guidance from Graeme Stewart.

    The walk meets under the new covered area at the Centre and starts with a walk around the lake before exploring further afield.

    Please wear suitable footwear for wet and muddy conditions and dress warmly.

    Due to COVID restrictions we can only accommodate 5ppl (and walk leader) in the group and now require booking for this event.

    £3.00 per person

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  • Christmas Door-Wreath Workshop

    Christmas Door-Wreath Workshop

    10:00 -14:30
    07/12/2020
    The Tithe Barn, Tidmarsh, Nr. Pangbourne, Berks. RG8 8ER

    Christmas Door-Wreath Workshop

    Join us on the run up to Christmas for a festive & creative workshop making a beautiful feature wreath to compliment your front door. Led by Emma Sampson of Green Parlour we will ensure that you leave with a completely bespoke piece that will be admired by friends & neighbours alike. Feel free to bring your own snips & anything you would like to incorporate into the wreath. Included on the day: All winter foliage, seasonal materials & tools Group demonstration Expert tuition A home cooked lunch, refreshments & a glass of fizz Q&A session with Emma A guided tour of the Tithe Barn walled garden with Fran At the end of the workshop you will take home your unique wreath & a festive Tithe Barn gift bag.

    For more information, advice or assistance please contact us directly at hello@tithebarngarden.co.uk

    Location & Contact Details

    Email: hello@tithebarngarden.co.uk
    The Tithe Barn, Tidmarsh, Nr. Pangbourne, Berks. RG8 8ER UK
    Cancellation Policy: The Tithe Barn Garden School reserves to right to cancel a course or workshop up to 48 hours before it is due to start
  • Calligraphy: Italic for Beginners- Live Plus

    Calligraphy: Italic for Beginners- Live Plus

    14:00 -15:30
    07/12/2020
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Calligraphy: Italic for Beginners – Mon 7th December 2pm

    SKU: MN0712aa12
    £45.00

    Tutor: Mary Noble

    Mon 7th December 2-3:30pm workshop demo and Q&A

    Mon 21st December 2-3pm feedback & follow up

    A step-by-step guide to achieving beautiful Italic writing from scratch. First, we’ll develop a good writing rhythm by exploring the possibilities of pen patterns, then focus in detail on the letters and spacing, giving you the tools to develop a fluent calligraphic hand

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  • Christmas Decoupage

    Christmas Decoupage

    10:00 -16:00
    08/12/2020
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Christmas Decoupage

    £70.00

    Tutor: Keron Jordan

    An Xmas themed beginners decoupage workshop also to incorporate how to decoupage a candle and a log. You will be given four items  to paint using the wonderful  Frenchic paint, either to make as gifts or just keep for your self!

    Included on the day:

    –       A large church candle

    –       Any other materials not specified for the students to bring

    –        Expert tuition

    –        1 to 1 guidance

    –        Detailed demonstrations

    –        A selection of tea, freshly brewed coffee, biscuits and delicious cakes

    And of course you take your wonderful creations from the day. If you share any photographs of your day here and/or your finished work, we’d love to see them so please tag us @micklemsfarmcreativeworkshops or use the hashtag #micklemsfarmcreativeworkshops.

    Terms – Fee is payable on booking. If, having booked, you cancel your booking, we are unable to offer a refund. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place by notifying us using the contact page on the Micklems Farm website. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date. We will only cancel due to insufficient places sold and you will be refunded the full amount paid.

    Level: Beginner

    Number of students: 10

    £70.00

  • Christmas Door-Wreath Workshop

    Christmas Door-Wreath Workshop

    10:00 -14:30
    08/12/2020
    The Tithe Barn, Tidmarsh, Nr. Pangbourne, Berks. RG8 8ER

    Christmas Door-Wreath Workshop 2020

    Join us on the run up to Christmas for a festive & creative workshop making a beautiful feature wreath to compliment your front door. Led by Emma Sampson of Green Parlour we will ensure that you leave with a completely bespoke piece that will be admired by friends & neighbours alike. Feel free to bring your own snips & anything you would like to incorporate into the wreath. Included on the day: All winter foliage, seasonal materials & tools Group demonstration Expert tuition A home cooked lunch, refreshments & a glass of fizz Q&A session with Emma A guided tour of the Tithe Barn walled garden with Fran At the end of the workshop you will take home your unique wreath & a festive Tithe Barn gift bag.

    For more information, advice or assistance please contact us directly at hello@tithebarngarden.co.uk

    Location & Contact Details

    Email: hello@tithebarngarden.co.uk
    The Tithe Barn, Tidmarsh, Nr. Pangbourne, Berks. RG8 8ER UK
    Cancellation Policy: The Tithe Barn Garden School reserves to right to cancel a course or workshop up to 48 hours before it is due to start.
    Visit our events page for more workshops.https://westberksvillagers.com/2019/11/10/events/
  • Table Top Willow Reindeer

    Table Top Willow Reindeer

    10:00 -14:30
    08/12/2020
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Table Top Willow Reindeer

    Priority booking opens to Members on Thursday 13 August. Tickets are available for general sale on Monday 17 August at 10am.

    Join Judith Needham to make a willow reindeer about 45cm tall to stand on a windowsill or table. Add some twiggy antlers and decorate with fairy lights if you wish.

    Using a whole range of basketry techniques, you get lots of learning in this class as well as a really impressive item to take home with you.

    Suitable for beginners and those who have worked with willow before.

    All materials will be provided (including a set of battery fairy lights).

    This workshop will take place in person at The Base.

    All places must be booked in advance. Booking closes 24 hours before the course start time. Please note that we reserve the right to cancel any course or workshop if the minimum numbers are not met. If we are not able to run a workshop you will be informed three working days ahead of the course or workshop start date.

    Full price £35

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  • Eco Friendly Wreath Making Workshop

    Eco Friendly Wreath Making Workshop

    09:30 -12:00
    09/12/2020
    The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8

    Eco Friendly Wreath Making Workshop

    Price £39 (includes all materials, but please bring secateurs)

    Join Liz Barnett and Judy Wilson (members of Newbury Floral Society) and make your very own eco-friendly Christmas wreath.

    Join us in the bar for coffee and a festive mince pie before creating a wreath that’s
    personal to you. All materials will be supplied including the ring, moss, greenery, cones, berries and dried oranges. Wreaths can be finished off with a ribbon if wished.

    Coffee/Tea at 9.30am
    Wreath Making at 9.45am


    Friends of The Watermill receive priority booking on events organised by the Friends and much more, to find out more about becoming a Friend, click here.

     

     

  • Festive Gifts and Treats

    Festive Gifts and Treats

    10:00 -14:00
    09/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Festive Gifts and Treats

    This morning is sure to get you in the mood for Christmas. Join us for tea/coffee and a warm mince pie whilst we teach you some creative and ‘merry’ little ideas for treats to make and enjoy over the Christmas season or to create as unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Enjoy a light luch at the Kitchen table

    Treats include:

    •Recrystalized nuts

    •Salted white chocolate and pistachio fudge

    •Cranberry and orange biscotti

    •Mince pies

    •Anchovy and olive sticks

    •Show stopper Yule log demo

    To take away: All notes and recipes from the morning.treats packaged and ready for gifts

    Spaces for this course are subject to minimum number of participants, and minimum numbers.

  • Festive Gifts and Treats

    Festive Gifts and Treats

    10:00 -14:00
    09/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Festive Gifts and Treats

    This morning is sure to get you in the mood for Christmas. Join us for tea/coffee and a warm mince pie whilst we teach you some creative and ‘merry’ little ideas for treats to make and enjoy over the Christmas season or to create as unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Enjoy a light luch at the Kitchen table

    Treats include:

    •Recrystalized nuts

    •Salted white chocolate and pistachio fudge

    •Cranberry and orange biscotti

    •Mince pies

    •Anchovy and olive sticks

    •Show stopper Yule log demo

    To take away: All notes and recipes from the morning.treats packaged and ready for gifts

    Spaces for this course are subject to minimum number of participants, and minimum numbers.

  • Greenham Common Bird Walk

    Greenham Common Bird Walk

    10:00 -12:00
    09/12/2020

    Greenham Common Bird Walk

    An informative stroll at Greenham common with natural history enthusiast Graeme Stewart.

    Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear.  Most paths are gravel but it is often wet and muddy.  This may not be suitable for young children in buggies, if you are a wheel chair user please contact us and we can let you know about  the conditions.

    Please bring binoculars and a bird reference book if you have them.

    Due to COVID restrictions we can only accommodate 5ppl (and walk leader) in the group and now require booking for this event.£3.00 pp

  • Greenham Common Bird Walk

    Greenham Common Bird Walk

    10:00 -12:00
    09/12/2020

    Greenham Common Bird Walk

    An informative stroll at Greenham common with natural history enthusiast Graeme Stewart.

    Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear.  Most paths are gravel but it is often wet and muddy.  This may not be suitable for young children in buggies, if you are a wheel chair user please contact us and we can let you know about  the conditions.

    Please bring binoculars and a bird reference book if you have them.

    Due to COVID restrictions we can only accommodate 5ppl (and walk leader) in the group and now require booking for this event.£3.00 pp

  • Christmas Themed Modern Calligraphy for Beginners- Morning Course

    Christmas Themed Modern Calligraphy for Beginners- Morning Course

    13:30 -16:00
    09/12/2020
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    Christmas Themed Modern Calligraphy for Beginners

    Would you like to learn how to write beautifully, using a nib and ink to create your own greetings cards and tags?

    Join Louise Ralphs from LouPaper for an Easter themed modern calligraphy workshop for beginners.

    You will learn the art of modern calligraphy, using a nib and ink, mastering the basic strokes and practising letter forms. This class is designed for complete beginners, starting with shapes and strokes, then moving on to letter forms and by the end of the class joining up letters.

    The cost includes your very own toolkit (worth £10); a jar of ink, pen, nib and practice papers, along with a workbook of exercises and tips, so you can continue practising at home.

    There will be plenty of time to practice as well as 1-to-1 guidance throughout the class, helping you to find your flow.

    Christmas themed, you’ll learn to create beautiful cards and tags to wow your friends and family. This class is perfect for those looking to unlock their creativity and explore the art of calligraphy.

    Please wear suitable clothing, that you don’t mind getting ink on.

    All resources will be provided.

    The course includes refreshments and a sweet treat from the Honesty Bakery.

    Cost £50

  • Christmas Themed Modern Calligraphy for Beginners- Afternoon Course

    Christmas Themed Modern Calligraphy for Beginners- Afternoon Course

    13:30 -16:00
    09/12/2020
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    Christmas Themed Modern Calligraphy for Beginners

    Would you like to learn how to write beautifully, using a nib and ink to create your own greetings cards and tags?

    Join Louise Ralphs from LouPaper for an Easter themed modern calligraphy workshop for beginners.

    You will learn the art of modern calligraphy, using a nib and ink, mastering the basic strokes and practising letter forms. This class is designed for complete beginners, starting with shapes and strokes, then moving on to letter forms and by the end of the class joining up letters.

    The cost includes your very own toolkit (worth £10); a jar of ink, pen, nib and practice papers, along with a workbook of exercises and tips, so you can continue practising at home.

    There will be plenty of time to practice as well as 1-to-1 guidance throughout the class, helping you to find your flow.

    Christmas themed, you’ll learn to create beautiful cards and tags to wow your friends and family. This class is perfect for those looking to unlock their creativity and explore the art of calligraphy.

    Please wear suitable clothing, that you don’t mind getting ink on.

    All resources will be provided.

    The course includes refreshments and a sweet treat from the Honesty Bakery.

    Cost £50

  • Curry Night

    Curry Night

    18:00 -21:00
    09/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Curry Night

    Learn robust techniques on Indian and Thai curry making. You will cook a variety of dishes to easily replicate at home. Techniques on marinating and alternative cooking methods will be covered in this course.

    • How to cook fail-safe rice in the oven

    • Dry rubs

    • Wet marinades

    • Thai curry with prawn

    • Indian curry with chicken

    • Aromatic salad

    • Carrot bhaji

    • Base sauces to take home

    Course includes:

    Arrive at 6pm for course introduction

    Enjoy a supper made on the evening of curry and accompaniments, served with your choice of beer, wine or a soft drink

    Leave at 9pm with your base sauce to make further curry at home

    To take away: A base sauce made on the evening, and all notes and recipes from the evening.

    Spaces for this course are subject to minimum number of participants.

  • The Friends Christmas Party 2020: Basil’s Christmas Carol

    The Friends Christmas Party 2020: Basil’s Christmas Carol

    18:30 -23:00
    09/12/2020
    The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE

    The Friends Christmas Party 2020: Basil’s Christmas Carol

    What the Dickens?! After telling Manuel that he has to work on Christmas Day, miserly old Basil Fawlty is visited by the ghosts of his old business partner and 3 comedy legends in this hilarious take on the Dickens Christmas Classic. Sybil wants Basil to return to the ‘carefree’ man she married and Manuel’s desperate to feed his son, Tiny Timeo. But will Basil manage to change his ways, serve his guests and fill them with Christmas cheer… or at least a Christmas pudding. A three course supper will be served by the cast during the performance. Book early to avoid disappointment.

    Bar opens @ 6.30pm
    Show commences @ 7.30pm
    3 course supper @ 7.50pm

    Price £45 (includes supper)

    If you, or any of your guests, have specific dietary requirements, please let us know via email restaurant@watermill.org.uk or call the Box Office on 01635 46044.

    Bar opens at 6.30pm
    Show commences at 7.30pm
    3 course supper at 7.50pm

    Tickets selling fast!


    Friends of The Watermill receive priority booking on events organised by the Friends and much more, to find out more about becoming a Friend, click here.

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  • Eco Friendly Wreath Making Workshop

    Eco Friendly Wreath Making Workshop

    09:30 -12:00
    10/12/2020
    The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8

    Eco Friendly Wreath Making Workshop

    Price £39 (includes all materials, but please bring secateurs)

    Join Liz Barnett and Judy Wilson (members of Newbury Floral Society) and make your very own eco-friendly Christmas wreath.

    Join us in the bar for coffee and a festive mince pie before creating a wreath that’s
    personal to you. All materials will be supplied including the ring, moss, greenery, cones, berries and dried oranges. Wreaths can be finished off with a ribbon if wished.

    Coffee/Tea at 9.30am
    Wreath Making at 9.45am


    Friends of The Watermill receive priority booking on events organised by the Friends and much more, to find out more about becoming a Friend, click here.

     

     

  • CHRISTMAS WREATH 3

    CHRISTMAS WREATH 3

    10:00 -13:00
    10/12/2020
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    CHRISTMAS WREATH 3

    £50

    Come and join us for a fun-filled morning creating your very own Christmas wreath. We will show you how to make a 12” frame and decorate it with greenery gathered from the garden and the footpath that runs past the farm. We will also have a supply of additional foliage and other adornments for you to choose from, including cones, berries, ribbons, lights etc. If you have any of your own personal decorations that you would like to incorporate into your wreath please bring these along as well.

    This will be a creative and relaxed workshop to get you into the Christmas spirit – why not come with a friend or relative to make it even more special! We will be serving mince pies…

    Included on the day:

    –        All equipment you will need, foliage and natural decorations

    –        Expert tuition

    –        1 to 1 guidance

    –        Detailed demonstrations

    –        A selection of tea, freshly brewed coffee, biscuits, mince pies and mulled wine!

    And of course you take your wonderful creations from the day. If you share any photographs of your day here and/or your finished work, we’d love to see them so please tag us @micklemsfarmcreativeworkshops or use the hashtag #micklemsfarmcreativeworkshops.

    Level: Beginners

    Number of students: 10

  • Festive Gifts and Treats

    Festive Gifts and Treats

    10:00 -14:00
    10/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Festive Gifts and Treats

    This morning is sure to get you in the mood for Christmas. Join us for tea/coffee and a warm mince pie whilst we teach you some creative and ‘merry’ little ideas for treats to make and enjoy over the Christmas season or to create as unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Enjoy a light luch at the Kitchen table

    Treats include:

    •Recrystalized nuts

    •Salted white chocolate and pistachio fudge

    •Cranberry and orange biscotti

    •Mince pies

    •Anchovy and olive sticks

    •Show stopper Yule log demo

    To take away: All notes and recipes from the morning.treats packaged and ready for gifts

    Spaces for this course are subject to minimum number of participants, and minimum numbers.

  • Christmas Stationery Print Workshop

    Christmas Stationery Print Workshop

    10:00 -16:00
    10/12/2020
    The Tithe Barn, Tidmarsh, Nr. Pangbourne, Berks. RG8 8ER

    Berkshire based Print Designer Tee Stevenson has curated this workshop to demonstrate the artistic process of lino style printmaking. Explore how to carve lino style blocks for printing your very own selection of hand-crafted festive stationery items. Take a walk through the beautiful Tithe Barn garden to gather botanical inspiration, either flower or foliage, which will help you create your own unique seasonal motif. Practice using the carving tools in a simple exercise before Tee guides you through the creative process of transforming your own sketch into a beautifully personal print. This is the perfect course for a beginner.

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  • Festive Gifts and Treats

    Festive Gifts and Treats

    10:00 -14:00
    11/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Festive Gifts and Treats

    This morning is sure to get you in the mood for Christmas. Join us for tea/coffee and a warm mince pie whilst we teach you some creative and ‘merry’ little ideas for treats to make and enjoy over the Christmas season or to create as unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Enjoy a light luch at the Kitchen table

    Treats include:

    •Recrystalized nuts

    •Salted white chocolate and pistachio fudge

    •Cranberry and orange biscotti

    •Mince pies

    •Anchovy and olive sticks

    •Show stopper Yule log demo

    To take away: All notes and recipes from the morning.treats packaged and ready for gifts

    Spaces for this course are subject to minimum number of participants, and minimum numbers.

  • Matisse Inspired Landscape in Acrylics

    Matisse Inspired Landscape in Acrylics

    10:00 -16:00
    11/12/2020
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Matisse Inspired Landscape in Acrylics

    Students will look carefully at Matisse’s style of painting. They look at marks and shapes that Matisse used in his works, and create an inspired piece, using acrylic paints and working on a coloured ground. The focus is on texture, marks and referencing a contrasting colour palate typical of Matisse. Students simplify detail, capturing the essence of a Southern French landscape in the Autumn sun

    Includes – All materials. Tea, coffee and biscuits.

    Terms – Fee is payable on booking. If, having booked, you cancel your booking, we are unable to offer a refund. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place by notifying us using the contact page on the Micklems Farm website.

    Level: Intermediate

    Number of students: 10

    Tutor: Caroline Crawford

  • Hillbilly Elegy

    Hillbilly Elegy

    16:00 -18:00
    11/12/2020
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    Hillbilly Elegy

    Priority booking opens to Members on Friday 20 November. Tickets are available for general sale on Monday 23 November at 10am.

    J.D. Vance (Gabriel Basso), a former Marine from southern Ohio and current Yale Law student, is on the verge of landing his dream job when a family crisis forces him to return to the home he’s tried to forget. J.D. must navigate the complex dynamics of his Appalachian family, including his volatile relationship with his mother Bev (Amy Adams), who’s struggling with addiction. Fueled by memories of his grandmother Mamaw (Glenn Close), the resilient and whip-smart woman who raised him, J.D. comes to embrace his family’s indelible imprint on his own personal journey.

    Based on J.D. Vance’s New York Times Bestseller, directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard and produced by Academy Award winner Brian Grazer, Hillbilly Elegy is a powerful personal memoir that offers a window into one family’s personal journey of survival and triumph. By following three colorful generations through their unique struggles, J.D.’s family story explores the highs and lows that define his family’s experience.

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors are required to wear them in the building, unless you are exempt from wearing one, or if you are eating or drinking. This includes when you are watching a film or performance. If you remove it to eat or drink you must put it back on when you have finished.

  • Winter Lantern Trail

    Winter Lantern Trail

    17:00 -19:50
    11/12/2020
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    Winter Lantern Trail

    FREE (PRE-BOOKING REQUIRED)

    This event goes on sale to Members at 10am on Monday 23 November and will be on general sale at 10am on Wednesday 25 November. If you are not a Member to you can join here to take advantage of priority booking straight away.

    Our annual Festival of Light takes on a reimagined format for 2020! This year we invite you to join us for a one-off explosion of creativity featuring sculptural lanterns by Thingumajig Theatre, Handmade Parade, Rag and Bone and other artists from around the country.

    Beautiful sculptural lanterns, light and music will guide you on a magical journey along the banks of the Kennet & Avon canal. Come together with your family and bubbles to experience the warmth of winter celebration in a safe and socially distanced fashion.

    You can also take part by making fabulous tissue paper lanterns at home to display at the event. Click here for more information.

    Booking
    Please reserve 1 ticket per member of your household up to a maximum of 6 tickets. Timed slots are available every ten minutes between 5pm and 8pm each night.

    This booking will be a reservation while we await more information from the government as to whether the lockdown will be easing or if restrictions will remain. We will contact you on 5 December via e-mail to ask you to confirm by 8 December that you still require all of your reserved tickets. Following receipt of your confirmation you will be sent your e-ticket no later than 24 hours ahead of the event.

    Arrival & Tickets
    In order to ensure the safety of all guests, please only arrive at the time of your pre-booked tickets. There will be a short queue outside St. Nics Church on St. Bartholomew Street. Our stewards will be there to guide you and we ask that you help us to maintain social distancing while waiting.

    You do not need printed tickets, please just have your booking confirmation ready to show on a phone when you arrive. Also, If you can no longer attend please let us know so that we can offer your tickets to another party.

    The Route
    The trail begins at St. Nics Church and takes you on a journey along West Mills over the footbridge and along the Canal Path. This takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

    Audience
    This event is suitable for all ages. Please be advised that the route follows parts of the canal path if you have small children.

    Accessibility
    The route is accessible to wheelchair users. Please let us know if you have any specific accessibility requirements.

    Additional Info
    The Winter Lantern Trail
    is an outdoor event so please dress sensibly for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Toilets will be not be available on the trail.

    Timed entry between 5pm – 8pm.

    Please Note: This event will include photography that may be used for promotional material.

    If for any reason we have to cancel the event, you will be notified and have the opportunity to rebook tickets in the case of a postponement.

    Photo credit: Ghost Caribou by Thingumajig Theatre; photo by Ian Hodgson.

  • Curry Night

    Curry Night

    18:00 -21:00
    11/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Curry Night

    Learn robust techniques on Indian and Thai curry making. You will cook a variety of dishes to easily replicate at home. Techniques on marinating and alternative cooking methods will be covered in this course.

    • How to cook fail-safe rice in the oven

    • Dry rubs

    • Wet marinades

    • Thai curry with prawn

    • Indian curry with chicken

    • Aromatic salad

    • Carrot bhaji

    • Base sauces to take home

    Course includes:

    Arrive at 6pm for course introduction

    Enjoy a supper made on the evening of curry and accompaniments, served with your choice of beer, wine or a soft drink

    Leave at 9pm with your base sauce to make further curry at home

    To take away: A base sauce made on the evening, and all notes and recipes from the evening.

    Spaces for this course are subject to minimum number of participants.

  • Mank

    Mank

    19:30 -22:00
    11/12/2020
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    Mank

    Priority booking opens to Members on Friday 20 November. Tickets are available for general sale on Monday 23 November at 10am.

    1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane.

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  • Die Cut Christmas Cards

    Die Cut Christmas Cards

    10:00 -16:00
    12/12/2020
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Die Cut Christmas Cards

    Join us for a fun filled day making your own Christmas cards. Using our die cutting machines with a large choice of designer dies to make your own personal cards. A selection of embellishments – ribbons, bells and a bit of sparkle will add the finishing touches! We will also have card blanks and envelopes in various colours for you to use. In the event of this workshop being cancelled due to an extended lockdown you will receive a full refund or a credit note.

    Included on the day:

    –        All materials, equipment, 20 card blanks and envelopes, various embellishments

    –        Expert tuition

    –        1 to 1 guidance

    –        Detailed demonstrations

    –        A selection of tea, freshly brewed coffee, biscuits, mince pies and mulled wine!

    And of course you take your wonderful creations from the day. If you share any photographs of your day here and/or your finished work, we’d love to see them so please tag us @micklemsfarmcreativeworkshops or use the hashtag #micklemsfarmcreativeworkshops.

    Terms – Fee is payable on booking. If, having booked, you cancel your booking, we are unable to offer a refund. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place by notifying us using the contact page on the Micklems Farm website. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date. We will only cancel due to insufficient places sold and you will be refunded the full amount paid.

    Level: Beginners

    Number of students: 10

     

  • Festive Robin in Pastel

    Festive Robin in Pastel

    10:00 -16:00
    12/12/2020
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Festive Robin in Pastel – Sunday 29th November 2020

    £90.00
    On this course you will discover the timeless appeal of creating the classic Festive Robin . By learning about the awareness of shape, proportion, colour, tone and feather detail you will use the pastel to successfully depict the illusion of this beautiful creature.
    Producing the necessary detail to capture realistic birds and feathers can seem a daunting challenge. In this workshop you will be shown how to create this festive classic. Clive will work on his own piece during the session so students can observe the process of development using this versatile and accessible medium, whilst offering guidance along the way.
  • Christmas Tree Festival 2020

    Christmas Tree Festival 2020

    12:00 -17:00
    12/12/2020

    Christmas Tree Festival 2020

    Please come along and see the trees, decorated by different groups and businesses in the community.
    The Festival is going ahead along the same lines as in previous years, but will of course be adapted as necessary to comply with all covid19 regulations in place at the time.
    Your support, especially this year, for all the wonderful community groups and businesses represented, will be very welcome.
    (If you would like to have a tree and have not yet registered your interest please email alison.eves@stmarysburghfield.org)
  • Curry Night

    Curry Night

    18:00 -21:00
    12/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Curry Night

    Learn robust techniques on Indian and Thai curry making. You will cook a variety of dishes to easily replicate at home. Techniques on marinating and alternative cooking methods will be covered in this course.

    • How to cook fail-safe rice in the oven

    • Dry rubs

    • Wet marinades

    • Thai curry with prawn

    • Indian curry with chicken

    • Aromatic salad

    • Carrot bhaji

    • Base sauces to take home

    Course includes:

    Arrive at 6pm for course introduction

    Enjoy a supper made on the evening of curry and accompaniments, served with your choice of beer, wine or a soft drink

    Leave at 9pm with your base sauce to make further curry at home

    To take away: A base sauce made on the evening, and all notes and recipes from the evening.

    Spaces for this course are subject to minimum number of participants.

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  • Festive Robin in Pastel

    Festive Robin in Pastel

    10:00 -16:00
    13/12/2020
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Festive Robin in Pastel

    Rescheduled  date

    £90.00

    On this course you will discover the timeless appeal of creating the classic Festive Robin . By learning about the awareness of shape, proportion, colour, tone and feather detail you will use the pastel to successfully depict the illusion of this beautiful creature.
    Producing the necessary detail to capture realistic birds and feathers can seem a daunting challenge. In this workshop you will be shown how to create this festive classic. Clive will work on his own piece during the session so students can observe the process of development using this versatile and accessible medium, whilst offering guidance along the way.
  • Weekend Kitchen

    Weekend Kitchen

    10:00 -14:00
    13/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Weekend Kitchen

    How to get the best out of nature with seasonal ingredients at their prime. Fantastic tips and recipes, creating two dishes taking inspiration from the kitchen garden.

    Tickets from £135

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  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – Kitty Arden

    Christmas Wreath Workshop – Kitty Arden

    10:00 -14:30
    14/12/2020
    The Tithe Barn, Tidmarsh, Nr. Pangbourne, Berks. RG8 8ER

    Christmas Wreath Workshop – Kitty Arden

    Join us for a fun and festive wreath workshop led by royal florist and renowned artist Kitty Arden. Kitty is best known for her bold use of colour and British quirkiness so she will ensure that you will leave with a completely bespoke feature wreath that will be admired by friends and neighbours alike. Feel free to bring your own snips & anything you would like to incorporate into the wreath. The quirkier the better. Included on the day: All winter foliage, seasonal materials & tools Group demonstration Expert tuition A home cooked lunch, refreshments & a glass of fizz Q&A session with Kitty A guided tour of the Tithe Barn walled garden with Fran At the end of the workshop you will take home your unique wreath & a festive Tithe Barn gift bag. For more information, advice or assistance please contact us directly at hello@tithebarngarden.co.uk

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  • Getting Ready for Christmas

    Getting Ready for Christmas

    10:00 -14:00
    15/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Getting Ready for Christmas

    We all know that often Christmas can become rather a whirlwind of last minute preparations. So to get in the Christmas spirit join us as we prepare in good time for the big day. Everything you make on the day is designed to go home with you and be stored in the fridge or freezer ready for Christmas Day, making cooking and serving Christmas day lunch so much easier. enjoy a light luch at the Kitchen table

    Course includes:

    • Arrive at 9.45am for tea and coffee and course introduction

    • Hands on cookery session making 12 portions of each of the following, mince pies (making of flaky puff pastry and mincemeat filling), bread sauce, cranberry compote, rosemary and turkey gravy, and apricot and chestnut stuffing

    •  Talk with our chef and run through for cooking the perfect turkey on the day

    •  Demonstration and making of a yule log

    • Course comes to a close at 2pm with a tea or coffee and yule log

    To take away: All notes and recipes from the day, a Woodspeen apron and cooking cloth and 12 portions of each of the following:

    Mince pies

    Bread sauce

    Cranberry compote

    Rosemary and turkey gravy

    Apricot and chestnut stuffing

    Spaces for this course is subject to availability, and minimum numbers.

  • Silver Clay Rings

    Silver Clay Rings

    10:00 -16:30
    15/12/2020
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Silver Clay Rings – Sunday 15th November 2020

    £90.00

    Tutor: Melanie Blaikie

    Silver clay is a new form of silver. It is soft and pliable like clay, so easy to shape, and sets hard when fired. Guided by a jeweller who has designed for Tiffany and Asprey, you will make three beautiful silver rings: a simple band ring, a stone set ring and one of your own design, using your newly learned skills.

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  • A Log Basket

    A Log Basket

    10:00 -16:00
    16/12/2020
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    A Log Basket (with Wooden Base) in a Day – Wednesday 16th December 2020

    SKU: NK181120-8
    £90.00

    Tutor: Norah Kennedy

    10am – 4pm

    Along with making a logbasket on this wonderful workshop you will learn about how willow is grown, harvested and prepared and also pick up some lovely old basket making jargon. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

  • Make Some Noise- Singing for the Sake of It (Online)

    Make Some Noise- Singing for the Sake of It (Online)

    13:00 -15:00
    16/12/2020
    The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8

    Make Some Noise- Singing for the Sake of It

    These sessions are generously funded by Greenham Trust and are free for everyone!

    Join Musical Director and actor Tom Self (our musical director for Camelot) for an uplifting hour to connect and make some noise!

    Singing can strengthen your immune system, lower stress levels and act as a natural antidepressant, so there has never been a better time to give it a go.

    This weekly session will focus on looking after your wellbeing, regardless of your singing ability. If you usually reserve your singing for the shower, this is a great time to do it in a virtual group. These no pressure sessions are suitable for all ages. Book one session or join us every week, it’s up to you!

  • Steak Night

    Steak Night

    18:00 -21:00
    16/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Steak Night

    Ever tried to cook the perfect steak and chips? We’ll show you how to pick the best cuts, sharing tips on how to retain tenderness and flavour. Then it’s over to The Chef’s Table, where you can savour the results with your fellow ‘Steak Masters’ and enjoy a refreshing well-earned beverage.

    • The session starts with an explanation of various cuts of meat, how to cook them to get the best results, and what to ask for when buying meat
    • Understand how to cook your steak the way you like it, and how to cook it for others preferences too
    • To accompany your steak you will make tomato chutney and ‘triple cooked chips’
    • Our tutor will show you how to make classic steak sauces, béarnaise and peppercorn

    Course includes:

     

    • Arrive at 6pm for course introduction
    • Enjoy a supper made on the evening of steak, triple cooked chips and tomato chutney, served with béarnaise or peppercorn sauce and your choice of beer, wine or a soft drink
    • Evening finishes at 9pm

     

    To take away: All notes and recipes from the evening.

    Spaces for this course are subject to minimum number of participants.

    £95.00

    6 Places Available

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  • Festive Willow Creations

    Festive Willow Creations

    10:00 -16:00
    17/12/2020
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Festive Willow Creations – Thursday 19th November 2020

    £90.00

    Tutor: Norah Kennedy

    Weave handmade willow decorations for your home this Christmas; stars, angels, spheres, wands, hearts and more. Work with willow in a variety of rich natural colours and learn from a professional basketmaker and experienced willow tutor.

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

  • Getting Ready for Christmas

    Getting Ready for Christmas

    10:00 -14:00
    17/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Getting Ready for Christmas

    We all know that often Christmas can become rather a whirlwind of last minute preparations. So to get in the Christmas spirit join us as we prepare in good time for the big day. Everything you make on the day is designed to go home with you and be stored in the fridge or freezer ready for Christmas Day, making cooking and serving Christmas day lunch so much easier. enjoy a light luch at the Kitchen table

    Course includes:

    • Arrive at 9.45am for tea and coffee and course introduction

    • Hands on cookery session making 12 portions of each of the following, mince pies (making of flaky puff pastry and mincemeat filling), bread sauce, cranberry compote, rosemary and turkey gravy, and apricot and chestnut stuffing

    •  Talk with our chef and run through for cooking the perfect turkey on the day

    •  Demonstration and making of a yule log

    • Course comes to a close at 2pm with a tea or coffee and yule log

    To take away: All notes and recipes from the day, a Woodspeen apron and cooking cloth and 12 portions of each of the following:

    Mince pies

    Bread sauce

    Cranberry compote

    Rosemary and turkey gravy

    Apricot and chestnut stuffing

    Spaces for this course is subject to availability, and minimum numbers.

  • Steak Night

    Steak Night

    18:00 -21:00
    17/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Steak Night

    Ever tried to cook the perfect steak and chips? We’ll show you how to pick the best cuts, sharing tips on how to retain tenderness and flavour. Then it’s over to The Chef’s Table, where you can savour the results with your fellow ‘Steak Masters’ and enjoy a refreshing well-earned beverage.

    • The session starts with an explanation of various cuts of meat, how to cook them to get the best results, and what to ask for when buying meat
    • Understand how to cook your steak the way you like it, and how to cook it for others preferences too
    • To accompany your steak you will make tomato chutney and ‘triple cooked chips’
    • Our tutor will show you how to make classic steak sauces, béarnaise and peppercorn

    Course includes:

     

    • Arrive at 6pm for course introduction
    • Enjoy a supper made on the evening of steak, triple cooked chips and tomato chutney, served with béarnaise or peppercorn sauce and your choice of beer, wine or a soft drink
    • Evening finishes at 9pm

     

    To take away: All notes and recipes from the evening.

    Spaces for this course are subject to minimum number of participants.

    £95.00

    6 Places Available

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  • Getting Ready for Christmas

    Getting Ready for Christmas

    10:00 -14:00
    18/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Getting Ready for Christmas

    We all know that often Christmas can become rather a whirlwind of last minute preparations. So to get in the Christmas spirit join us as we prepare in good time for the big day. Everything you make on the day is designed to go home with you and be stored in the fridge or freezer ready for Christmas Day, making cooking and serving Christmas day lunch so much easier. enjoy a light luch at the Kitchen table

    Course includes:

    • Arrive at 9.45am for tea and coffee and course introduction

    • Hands on cookery session making 12 portions of each of the following, mince pies (making of flaky puff pastry and mincemeat filling), bread sauce, cranberry compote, rosemary and turkey gravy, and apricot and chestnut stuffing

    •  Talk with our chef and run through for cooking the perfect turkey on the day

    •  Demonstration and making of a yule log

    • Course comes to a close at 2pm with a tea or coffee and yule log

    To take away: All notes and recipes from the day, a Woodspeen apron and cooking cloth and 12 portions of each of the following:

    Mince pies

    Bread sauce

    Cranberry compote

    Rosemary and turkey gravy

    Apricot and chestnut stuffing

    Spaces for this course is subject to availability, and minimum numbers.

  • Ballet Theatre UK: The Nutcracker

    Ballet Theatre UK: The Nutcracker

    All day
    18/12/2020-20/12/2020
    Arlington Arts Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ

    Ballet Theatre UK: The Nutcracker

     

    Ballet Theatre UK bring to life one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous and popular compositions, The Nutcracker.

    This well-loved traditional Christmas ballet will be performed in a unique setting with 24 international dancers, from companies around the world. The Nutcracker ballet recounts the adventures of young girl Clara the night before Christmas. As the clock strikes midnight, strange things begin to happen… her toys around the tree come to life, while the room fills with an army of mice. Clara journeys into a world of magical Snowflakes, dancing dolls and a Christmas tree that reaches the sky.

    This opulent new production promises magical choreography, exquisite costumes, breath-taking scenery and an atmosphere of fantasy and illusion set to the music of Tchaikovsky’s most loved and unforgettable musical score. With grand sets and stunning costumes, The Nutcracker, promises to be a highlight on the calendar for the whole family.

    Please check venue for times

  • A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    14:00 -16:30
    18/12/2020
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    A Christmas Carol

    Priority booking opens to Members on Friday 20 November. Tickets are available for general sale on Monday 23 November at 10am.

    A Victorian family prepares a paper theatre for a performance of A Christmas Carol. The audience enters the imagination of one of the children and quickly, the cardboard stage transforms to reveal a magical world containing real dancers and stylised sets.

    The classic tale unfolds in a rich tapestry of highly absorbing, theatrical drama featuring sumptuous visual effects inspired by the techniques of early cinema. In a daring twist of format, characters are portrayed by dancers and voiced by an eclectic cast of the world’s most recognisable actors.

    The mix of danced action and spoken narration brings fresh dimension to Dickens’ characters and poetic language, whilst remaining true to the beauty of the author’s original narrative.

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors are required to wear them in the building, unless you are exempt from wearing one, or if you are eating or drinking. This includes when you are watching a film or performance. If you remove it to eat or drink you must put it back on when you have finished.

  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    17:00 -18:30
    18/12/2020
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    Priority booking opens to Members on Friday 20 November. Tickets are available for general sale on Monday 23 November at 10am.

    Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), her ambitious horn player (Chadwick Boseman), and the white management determined to control the legendary ‘Mother of the Blues.’ Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play.

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors are required to wear them in the building, unless you are exempt from wearing one, or if you are eating or drinking. This includes when you are watching a film or performance. If you remove it to eat or drink you must put it back on when you have finished.

  • Ballet Theatre UK: A Christmas Carol

    Ballet Theatre UK: A Christmas Carol

    19:30 -23:00
    18/12/2020
    Arlington Arts Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ

    Ballet Theatre UK: A Christmas Carol

    Back by popular demand, this festive season see’s the return of the captivating story, A Christmas Carol. Taking note from Charles Dickens, the classic tale is set in the streets of a traditional Victorian Christmas. The three enchanting ghosts take you on an inspired journey to remind us all that the pursuit of money will not always make us happy. Set to a score of popular joyous carols, along with stunning costumes and the wonderful choreography of the Artistic Director, Christopher Moore this truly is a family favourite that you will not want to miss. Come along for the ride as we show you the true meaning of Christmas.

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  • Getting Ready for Christmas

    Getting Ready for Christmas

    10:00 -14:00
    19/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Getting Ready for Christmas

    We all know that often Christmas can become rather a whirlwind of last minute preparations. So to get in the Christmas spirit join us as we prepare in good time for the big day. Everything you make on the day is designed to go home with you and be stored in the fridge or freezer ready for Christmas Day, making cooking and serving Christmas day lunch so much easier. enjoy a light luch at the Kitchen table

    Course includes:

    • Arrive at 9.45am for tea and coffee and course introduction

    • Hands on cookery session making 12 portions of each of the following, mince pies (making of flaky puff pastry and mincemeat filling), bread sauce, cranberry compote, rosemary and turkey gravy, and apricot and chestnut stuffing

    •  Talk with our chef and run through for cooking the perfect turkey on the day

    •  Demonstration and making of a yule log

    • Course comes to a close at 2pm with a tea or coffee and yule log

    To take away: All notes and recipes from the day, a Woodspeen apron and cooking cloth and 12 portions of each of the following:

    Mince pies

    Bread sauce

    Cranberry compote

    Rosemary and turkey gravy

    Apricot and chestnut stuffing

    Spaces for this course is subject to availability, and minimum numbers.

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  • Getting Ready for Christmas

    Getting Ready for Christmas

    10:00 -14:00
    20/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Getting Ready for Christmas

    We all know that often Christmas can become rather a whirlwind of last minute preparations. So to get in the Christmas spirit join us as we prepare in good time for the big day. Everything you make on the day is designed to go home with you and be stored in the fridge or freezer ready for Christmas Day, making cooking and serving Christmas day lunch so much easier. enjoy a light luch at the Kitchen table

    Course includes:

    • Arrive at 9.45am for tea and coffee and course introduction

    • Hands on cookery session making 12 portions of each of the following, mince pies (making of flaky puff pastry and mincemeat filling), bread sauce, cranberry compote, rosemary and turkey gravy, and apricot and chestnut stuffing

    •  Talk with our chef and run through for cooking the perfect turkey on the day

    •  Demonstration and making of a yule log

    • Course comes to a close at 2pm with a tea or coffee and yule log

    To take away: All notes and recipes from the day, a Woodspeen apron and cooking cloth and 12 portions of each of the following:

    Mince pies

    Bread sauce

    Cranberry compote

    Rosemary and turkey gravy

    Apricot and chestnut stuffing

    Spaces for this course is subject to availability, and minimum numbers.

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    Getting Ready for Christmas

    10:00 -14:00
    22/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Getting Ready for Christmas

    We all know that often Christmas can become rather a whirlwind of last minute preparations. So to get in the Christmas spirit join us as we prepare in good time for the big day. Everything you make on the day is designed to go home with you and be stored in the fridge or freezer ready for Christmas Day, making cooking and serving Christmas day lunch so much easier. enjoy a light luch at the Kitchen table

    Course includes:

    • Arrive at 9.45am for tea and coffee and course introduction

    • Hands on cookery session making 12 portions of each of the following, mince pies (making of flaky puff pastry and mincemeat filling), bread sauce, cranberry compote, rosemary and turkey gravy, and apricot and chestnut stuffing

    •  Talk with our chef and run through for cooking the perfect turkey on the day

    •  Demonstration and making of a yule log

    • Course comes to a close at 2pm with a tea or coffee and yule log

    To take away: All notes and recipes from the day, a Woodspeen apron and cooking cloth and 12 portions of each of the following:

    Mince pies

    Bread sauce

    Cranberry compote

    Rosemary and turkey gravy

    Apricot and chestnut stuffing

    Spaces for this course is subject to availability, and minimum numbers.

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  • Getting Ready for Christmas

    Getting Ready for Christmas

    10:00 -14:00
    23/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Getting Ready for Christmas

    We all know that often Christmas can become rather a whirlwind of last minute preparations. So to get in the Christmas spirit join us as we prepare in good time for the big day. Everything you make on the day is designed to go home with you and be stored in the fridge or freezer ready for Christmas Day, making cooking and serving Christmas day lunch so much easier. enjoy a light luch at the Kitchen table

    Course includes:

    • Arrive at 9.45am for tea and coffee and course introduction

    • Hands on cookery session making 12 portions of each of the following, mince pies (making of flaky puff pastry and mincemeat filling), bread sauce, cranberry compote, rosemary and turkey gravy, and apricot and chestnut stuffing

    •  Talk with our chef and run through for cooking the perfect turkey on the day

    •  Demonstration and making of a yule log

    • Course comes to a close at 2pm with a tea or coffee and yule log

    To take away: All notes and recipes from the day, a Woodspeen apron and cooking cloth and 12 portions of each of the following:

    Mince pies

    Bread sauce

    Cranberry compote

    Rosemary and turkey gravy

    Apricot and chestnut stuffing

    Spaces for this course is subject to availability, and minimum numbers.

  • Car Park Panto: Horrible Histories presents Horrible Christmas

    Car Park Panto: Horrible Histories presents Horrible Christmas

    11:00 -12:20
    23/12/2020
    Racecourse Road Newbury, Berkshire RG14 7NZ United Kingdom

    Car Park Panto: Horrible Histories presents Horrible Christmas

    SOLD OUT

    THE WORLD’S FIRST DRIVE-IN CHRISTMAS SHOW COMING DECEMBER 2020

    Get into the festive spirit at a friendly social distanced Christmas performance at outdoor venues across the UK.

    Just when you thought panto was cancelled, Horrible Histories comes to the rescue with their own unique take on the great British tradition. Not strictly speaking a panto, HORRIBLE CHRISTMAS is the next best thing; enabling families across the UK to enter into the festive spirit in a safe, socially distanced manner, from the comfort of their own sleigh car!

  • Car Park Panto @ Newbury Showground 2020

    Car Park Panto @ Newbury Showground 2020

    14:00 -16:00
    23/12/2020
    Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, RG18 9QZ

    Car Park Panto @ Newbury Showground 2020

    Christmas is cancelled? Oh no it isn’t!!!

    Live on stage at Newbury Showground  Horrible Histories will be live on stage with Horrible Christmas.

    Get into the festive spirit at a friendly social distanced Christmas performance at outdoor venues across the UK.

    CAR PARK PARTY lifted the country’s spirits this summer with the ONLY national tour of comedy, theatre and live music shows. After rave reviews from the public and press, they’re back this winter with CAR PARK PANTO, in partnership with the Birmingham Stage Company and Horrible Histories, to present HORRIBLE CHRISTMAS.

    Just when you thought your Christmas show was cancelled, Horrible Histories comes to the rescue with their own unique take on the great British tradition. Not strictly speaking a panto, HORRIBLE CHRISTMAS is the next best thing; enabling families across the UK to enter into the festive spirit in a safe, socially distanced manner, from the comfort of their own sleigh (car)!

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