Events

  • Online-Spring Landscapes with Acrylics. 8th March 2021
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  • Mortimer Alpacas- Not all Alpaca experiences are equal!

    Mortimer Alpacas- Not all Alpaca experiences are equal!

    All day
    06/03/2021-13/03/2021

    Mortimer Alpacas- Not all Alpaca experiences are equal!

    Due to the current restrictions, we are able to offer the following.

    Prior to April 12th, we can offer private picnic/meet & greet sessions- please email us to book.

    12th April onwards, we are able to open fully! Please book in via with bookings section. If we are unable to open due to covid restrictions, you can choose a future date to move your booking to.

     

    We will be extending our covered area for spring 2021 to offer more protection from the elements on bad weather days!

     

    We are delighted to announce our new additions- Sooty & Teddy. At just 6 months old, they are already stealing hearts with the staff. They are such confident, little lads- happy to hand feed and right at the front of the pack for a carrot!

    Mobile : +44 7532 722879

    Address: Little Park Farm, Beech hill road, Mortimer, berkshire, RG7 2AR.

    Or use RG7 2AN, this postcode is for the house opposite the farm entrance

    Please use Google maps to find us. We also find a google search for mortimer alpacas will bring up a exact map of our location.

  • Monitoring the spread of Peregrines in Berkshire

    Monitoring the spread of Peregrines in Berkshire

    All day
    06/03/2021-13/03/2021

    The Peregrine Falcon is a charismatic bird that for most birders lights up a day’s birdwatching. It is the fastest bird in the world and is a supreme flier. And now there are some in Berkshire!

    It is seven years since there was a national Peregrine Falcon survey in the UK. Since then, there has been a significant increase in the number of breeding Peregrines, particularly in towns and cities, with birds breeding on tall buildings, cathedrals, churches, power stations, chimneys and pylons, etc. They take readily to nest boxes placed on these structures, and this has been found to increase their chance of success. Recently, breeding has been seen in Newbury and Bracknell, and birds are present in Reading, Maidenhead and Slough.

    In 2021 we are planning a survey of Peregrines in Berkshire, which will concentrate on towns, with some effort on pylons if time and effort allow. Ideally there are three main periods for surveys, mid- February to late March to establish the presence of a pair, April to confirm their presence, and June and July to confirm breeding by looking for juveniles. The survey needs no special skills, just some regular time to check out potential or known sites, especially when the young are fledging and learning to fly.

    Because of Covid-19, the extent of work possible at the moment is restricted to what can be done during daily exercise, such as during a lunch hour. As the restrictions reduce, we very much hope that by the crucial period in June and July, there will be no problem with surveying.

    If you are interested in helping in this survey, especially if you are already seeing peregrines in a town or on a manmade structure, please get in touch with Patrick Crowley by email on patrick.crowley@btinternet.com.

    The survey results, respecting the confidentiality of some sites that may be required, will be published in the Birds of Berkshire Annual Report.

  • WATCH: Meet a Puppeteer

    WATCH: Meet a Puppeteer

    10:42
    06/03/2021-13/03/2021
    The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8

    WATCH: Meet a Puppeteer

    MON 04 JAN 2021 – MON 05 APR 2021

    This series of resources and events is available to everyone for free, but if you are to make a donation that would be amazing. Your donation will help the theatre to survive and recover during these times. To donate, please click here.

    In this interview Scarlet discusses her professional journey, the highs and lows of puppeteering and gives some great tips on how you can get involved whether you are interested in pursuing a puppetry career, or if you just want to try something new for fun.

    Video Length: 50 Minutes
    Suitability: Suitable for everyone, but will probably most engage ages 10 years – adult.

    Puppetry Warm-up

    Scarlet also shares with us a quick and energising warm up routine, to get our bodies ready for some puppet fun.

    Video Length: 13 minutes
    Suitability: All ages can get involved with this, providing you go at your own pace! Please note, Scarlet has sped up certain elements of her warm up so she can fit it all in – you can pause your video when she fast forwards and go at your own pace. Enjoy!

    WATCH: Make A Sock Puppet

    In this video, The Watermill’s Head of Wardrobe Emily Barratt takes us through all the steps to make a Sock Puppet. We understand not everyone will have sewing equipment at home, but that’s okay – be creative and improvise! Maybe you can draw eyes on with a sharpie and glue on some accessories with what you have in the house (make sure to ask a grown up first). Have fun!

    Video Length: 10 minutes
    Suitability: 5 years plus with adult supervision.

    CREATE: Design Your Sock Puppet

    Design your sock puppet using this template to help you get started.

    WATCH: Accessorise Your Sock Puppet

    Now you’ve made your Sock Puppet, it is time to make it a costume – here Emily gives you some great suggestions. We can’t wait to see your creations!

    Video Length: 6 minutes
    Suitability: 5 years plus with adult supervision.

     

    WATCH: Bring your Sock Puppet to Life
    Following on from Emily’s amazing videos on how to make and accessorise your very own sock puppet, Scarlet shows us how to bring them to life! Watch this video to learn how to make our puppet look like it is actually talking. Why not get it to read from a poem or sing-a-long to your favourite song? Make a video and don’t forget to show us!

     

    Video Length: 10 minutes
    Suitability: 7 years – adults (younger children will be able to access with support)

     

    CREATE: Shadow Puppet Fun
    Our Outreach Assistant Emma Bradbury is a specialist in drama for early years and she has created a brilliant activity sheet on how to have some fun with shadow puppets at home. Whilst this worksheet has been designed for younger children, all ages can enjoy shadow puppet fun together – a great way to get the whole family involved. You can either print and fill in this worksheet or just work with it on a screen if you don’t have access to a printer. Enjoy and let your imagination be free!

     

    Download: Shadow Puppet Fun

    Activity Length: This worksheet should take about 30 minutes to complete, but the fun you can have creating and making your own shadow puppets is endless!

    Suitability: 4 years plus (but both younger and older children can engage with shadow puppet play – and adults too!)
    WATCH: Anything can be a Puppet
    Professional actor-puppeteer Scarlet is back to share her skills with us! This time she shows us how to turn a range of household objects into puppets – this is a process known as ‘object manipulation’. This is a fantastic opportunity to get really creative using what is around you. Why not create a character (or a host of characters) and get them to respond to being in lockdown! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

     

    Video Length: 14 Minutes
    Suitability: 7 years – adults. Scarlet takes us through different levels (younger children will be able to access with support)

     

    DISCOVER: Puppetry Downloads (Families and Children)

    If you have enjoyed following our puppetry videos, have some fun with this downloadable resource. Print pages two and three to design your own puppet and create a story about what it gets up to! Suitable for primary school aged children.

    DISCOVER: Puppetry Download (Young People and Adults)
    If you have enjoyed following our puppetry videos and would like to find our more, download this process for research ideas and links to videos and further reading. Suitable for secondary school aged young people and adults.
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  • Online-Spring Landscapes with Acrylics

    Online-Spring Landscapes with Acrylics

    14:00 -15:30
    08/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Online Spring Landscapes with Acrylics – Starts Mon 8th March at 2pm

    SKU: JN-S-0803aa12
    £75.00

    Tutor: Jonathan Newey

    Mon 8th March 2pm – 3:30pm workshop demo

    Mon 15th March 2pm – 3:30pm workshop demo & feedback

    This is a 2 week course that will show you how to paint an impressionist style spring landscape with acrylic paint. The painting will be in two parts, spread over the two weeks.

    Tutor: Jonathan Newey
    Mon 8th March 2pm – 3:30pm workshop demo
    Mon 15th March 2pm – 4pm workshop demo & feedback
    (UK timings)

    This LivePlus™ online acrylic painting workshop is ideal for beginners and those who have previously worked with the medium.

    Workshop details
    This is a two-part workshop that will show you how to paint an impressionist style spring landscape with acrylics. The painting will be in two parts, spread over the two weeks. You will be using a photo as reference, you will be shown how to mix the colours of Spring and how to paint loose and quick acrylic paintings with swift, impressionistic brush strokes.

    Specific skills you will learn at the workshop:

    • colour mixing
    • using the paint thick and thin
    • texturing with the brush
    • using a palette knife
    • glazing with transparent colours
  • Goldwork Emboidery: Adventures in Goldwork -Live Plus

    Goldwork Emboidery: Adventures in Goldwork -Live Plus

    19:00 -20:30
    08/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Goldwork Emboidery: Adventures in Goldwork – Starts Mon 8th March at 7pm

    SKU: HN0803aa12
    £140.00

    Tutor: Hanny Newton

    Mon 8th March 7m- 8:30pm workshop demo

    Mon 15th March 7pm – 8:30pm workshop demo

    Mon 22nd March 7pm – 8:30pm workshop demo

    Mon 29th March 7pm – 9pm workshop demo & feedback

    Discover a creative approach to goldwork embroidery. Hanny will show you how, by learning the fundamentals of couching, you can open up a world of possibilities to experiment and explore, whatever your stitching ability.

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  • ONLINE Line & Wash: All you need to know

    ONLINE Line & Wash: All you need to know

    10:00 -15:30
    09/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONLINE Line & Wash: All you need to know

    If you wish to take part but are unable to attend any of the workshop demos live, let us know in the notes field on booking. A video playback service is provided to all students for 30 days.

    Tutor: Colin Palmer
    Tues 9th March 2pm – 3:30pm workshop demo
    Tues 16th March 2pm – 3:30pm 
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    Tues 23rd March 2pm – 3:30pm workshop demo
    Tues 30th March 2pm – 4pm workshop demo and Q&A
    (UK timings)

    This LivePlus™ online illustration workshop is designed for beginners as well as the more experienced.

     

     

  • Scene Change

    Scene Change

    13:00 -14:30
    09/03/2021
    The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE

    Scene Change

    When life gets on top of us, we could do with a change of scene. This relaxed monthly group is for adults to enjoy some time to play and connect through drama and creativity. No previous experience is necessary.

    When: Tuesday 12 January, Tuesday 9 February and Tuesday 9 March 1pm – 2.30pm

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

    All sessions will take place online via Zoom. If you or someone you know would like to take part but online access is a problem then we may be able to help. Please call us on 01635 570927 or email heidi@watermill.org.uk.

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  • Online- Linoprinting: Basics & Beyond

    Online- Linoprinting: Basics & Beyond

    10:00 -11:30
    10/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Online-Linoprinting: Basics & Beyond

    Starts Wed 10th March 2021 10am

    SKU: KC1003aa12
    £140.00

    If you wish to take part but are unable to attend any of the workshop demos live, let us know in the notes field on booking. A video playback service is provided to all students for 30 days.

    Tutor: Karen Carter
    Wed 10th March 10am – 11:30am workshop demo
    Wed 17th March 10am – 11:30am workshop demo
    Wed 24th March 10am – 11:30am workshop demo
    Wed 31st March 10am – 12pm workshop demo and Q&A
    (UK timings)

    This four-part LivePlus™ online linoprinting course is designed for absolute beginners and those with a little knowledge of the subject

    Workshop details
    In this series Karen will show you that linoprinting is a great technique to do at home…easy to learn, using minimal equipment with a whole host of variations available once you’ve got the basics.

    Forget the blunt tools and tough lino of school days and enjoy the process with soft-cut lino and a whole range of approaches. Perfect for printing cards, wall art, fabric etc. whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to expand your skills.

    Session 1:  We’ll start off with the absolute basics covering tools, materials, elements of design (templates will be available if you want to use my designs), different cutting techniques and inking & printing in black & white.

    Session 2:  This is all about exploring colour – we will be using blends & rainbow rolls, spot colour, masks, a nifty cutting and sticking technique, & collage as well as making a basic registration device.

    Session 3:  Jigsaw prints, Stamps & Composite images…designing plates to be cut up, inked and reassembled in both a structured and informal way to create multicoloured images with minimum effort!

    Session 4:  We will look at working in layers…designing for a two or three layer linoprint;  layering using polystyrene as a printing plate,  freeform layering & creating interesting backgrounds using the back of the plate for simple monoprinting.

    Specific skills you will learn at the workshop:

    • Creating designs suitable for linoprinting
    • A range of cutting techniques
    • Materials & tools for getting the best results when handprinting
    • A variety of inking & printing techniques
    • Playing with colour, layering & combining with other printing plates
  • Linoprinting: Basics & Beyond- Live Plus

    Linoprinting: Basics & Beyond- Live Plus

    10:00 -11:30
    10/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Linoprinting: Basics & Beyond – Starts Wed 10th March at 10am

    SKU: KC1003aa12
    £140.00

    Tutor: Karen Carter

    Wed 10th March 10am – 11:30am workshop demo

    Wed 17th March 10am – 11:30am workshop demo

    Wed 24th March 10am – 11:30am workshop demo

    Wed 31st March 10am – 12pm workshop demo and Q&A

    In this 4-week series Karen will show you that linoprinting is a great technique to do at home…easy to learn, using minimal equipment with a whole host of variations available once you’ve got the basics.

    Forget the blunt tools and tough lino of school days and enjoy the process with soft-cut lino and a whole range of approaches. Perfect for printing cards, wall art, fabric etc. whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to expand your skills.

     

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  • ONLINE Papercutting: Inspired by Plants

    ONLINE Papercutting: Inspired by Plants

    14:00 -15:30
    12/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Tutor: Christine Green
    Fri 12th March 2pm – 3:30pm workshop demo
    Fri 26th March 2pm – 3pm follow up and feedback
    (UK timings)

    This online workshop is suitable for beginners and improvers.

    Workshop Details
    Using a variety of plant related resources, Christine will provide you with templates of some of her beautiful and original designs to practice your cutting, as well as showing you how to create your own drawings and designs for successful paper cuts.

    From simple leaf-themed tags to more complex cards, you will learn the basics for safe, accurate cutting and developing your own ideas.

    Skills and Techniques Covered

    • loading and unloading a blade from a scalpel
    • safe use of scalpel
    • basic top tips for starting papercutting
    • some simple cutting exercises to gain confidence for the blade
    • cutting out various plant themed shapes
    • cutting out a design in reverse
    • cutting out a card with a plant themed image
    • finishing off a cut

    Equipment and Materials List

    • Swann Morton Handle number 3
    • Swann Morton Blades number 10A
    • packet of 5 A4 cuttng mat
    • set of small pliers
    • A4 80 gsm paper
    • white photocopy paper
    • A4 cartridge paper
    • masking tape

    Links to Suppliers
    Pretty much everything is available from ebay or Amazon.

    Please note that standard craft knives are NOT suitable for paper cutting, they are too clunky and the blades are too thick to achieve the fine cutting needed.

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  • ONLINE ArtTalk -British Painters: An Introduction

    ONLINE ArtTalk -British Painters: An Introduction

    14:00 -15:15
    17/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONLINE-The Classics Continued: An Introduction

    Starts Thurs 17th March 2021 7pm

    Pieter Breughel the Elder: Wed 17th March 2pm – 3:15pm
    Rembrandt: Wed 24th March 2pm – 3:15pm

    Following on from The Classics: An Introduction earlier in the year, this two-part series sees Martin provide an introduction to the life and works of two more of the best known artists in history.

    Breughel the Elder – Join us on a look at one of the most important artists of the northern Renaissance. Many of his paintings are full of humour as well as a deep understanding of human nature. They offer insights into the world of the past and bring the life of common people of the 16th Century into sharp focus. Many of the original pictures for this talk were taken by Martin in Brussels and New York.

    ​Rembrandt – Possibly one of the greatest artists who has ever lived. This talk explores Rembrandt’s unique insight into human nature; his complete mastery of oil paint in depicting human flesh and character. Both as a printmaker and painter Rembrandt excelled. His life was full of drama and tragedy, and he ponders these things in his self portraits from youth to “old age.”

  • Talk: Mary Anning, Fossil Hunter: Class, Gender and Sea Monsters

    Talk: Mary Anning, Fossil Hunter: Class, Gender and Sea Monsters

    19:00 -20:00
    17/03/2021

    Description

    West Berkshire Museum presents as part of its Talking History programme this talk by Dr Liz Hide. Described as ‘the greatest fossilist the world ever knew’, 19th century Dorset palaeontologist Mary Anning made an outstandingly important contribution to our understanding of early life in the sea. Yet, as a working class woman, she didn’t fit the accepted mould of a learned scientist and her work was, and still is, not fully acknowledged. Her correspondence with Adam Sedgwick in Cambridge sheds some interesting light on this, and can help us find ways to redress this imbalance.

    Dr Liz Hide is Director of the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge, committed to making the museum welcoming, inclusive and accessible for everyone.

    Tickets will be on sale until Tuesday 16 March and you will then be emailed with a link to attend.

    Wednesday 17 March 2021 | 7pm – 8pm | Zoom (live) | £5 per household

     

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  • Virtual Event: A Rum Affair Friday

    Virtual Event: A Rum Affair Friday

    All day
    19/03/2021

    The Inn @ Home-Virtual Event: A Rum Affair Friday

    Join us online for ‘A Rum Affair’, a delightful journey through the main styles of rum. We’ll enjoy white, flavoured. dark and spiced, featuring new producers and classics.

    Friday March 19th 7.30pm

    We limit the number of places to 25 to ensure maximum enjoyment and a warm and friendly atmosphere.

    Book soon to avoid disappointment

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  • My Life in the Theatre by Nick Lumley

    My Life in the Theatre by Nick Lumley

    15:00 -16:00
    21/03/2021
    St Lawrence's Church Parsonage Lane The Croft Hungerford Berkshire RG17 0JB
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  • Start with Art- Beginners Online

    Start with Art- Beginners Online

    10:00 -12:00
    22/03/2021
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Start with Art- Beginners Online

    Perfect for beginners, explore different art styles and techniques with artist Yvonne de Savigny in our weekly class online.

    By booking for this course, you are selecting to attend Start with Art online, via Zoom. If you wish to attend these sessions in person at The Base please click here.

    Perfect for beginners, explore different art styles and techniques with artist Yvonne de Savigny in our weekly class online.

    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. If you remove it to eat or drink you must put it back on when you have finished.

  • ONLINE Calligraphy: Flourishes for Italic

    ONLINE Calligraphy: Flourishes for Italic

    10:00 -12:00
    22/03/2021-29/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONLINE Calligraphy: Flourishes for Italic

    £85.00
    If you wish to take part but are unable to attend the workshop demo live, please let us know in the notes field when booking. A video playback service is provided to all students for 30 days.

    Tutor: Gaynor Goffe

    Mon 22rd March 10am – 12pm
    Mon 29th March 10am – 12pm
    (UK timings)

    This two-part LivePlus™ online workshop is ideal for improvers and intermediate calligraphers. All students will need to have experience of writing basic italic to benefit from this workshop.

    Workshop details
    Join Gaynor Goffe for this two-part workshop where she will teach you how to make your italic more rhythmical & flowing and then enhance it with flourishes.

    In week 1, Gaynor will demonstrate how to get your basic italic more rhythmical, how to use basic flourishes on ascenders, descenders, line beginnings and endings for italic minuscule, and how to use them in words and text. There will also be lay-out demonstrations to help you achieve a harmonious structure for your work.

    Week 2 will start with an opportunity for students to receive individual feedback from Gaynor on any work from week 1’s workshop and will then be followed by further demonstrations on a wider range of flourishes.

    Specific skills you will learn at the workshop

    • building skill in using a range of flourishes for italic miniscule
    • lay-out tips

    Equipment & materials list
    Materials are not included in the course fee.

    There is no pressure to work alongside the tutor during this class, although you are welcome to if you wish. Our online classes are an opportunity to watch, ask and learn. After the demo you will be sent a link to watch the recording, which is available for 30 days; allowing you to work along at your own pace and at a time that suits you best.

    • Mitchell’s square-cut ‘roundhand’ nibs ( left-oblique for left-handers), for all edged-nib scripts, nib size  2 (2mm), or similar nib of different make
    • Slip-on reservoir (advisable to get at least 2 of these)
    • Non-waterproof black ink eg Pelikan 4001 (easiest for beginners), or Rousy, or liquid Sumi
    • Winsor & Newton smooth surface drawing & sketching cartridge 70lbs weight (60 or 100lbs also suitable) A3 size recommended, or Rousy cartridge pad. (Some other makes are also ok, but the Winsor & Newton is particularly good to write on)
    • Penholder, eg Cumberland graphics ‘school’ penholder, or similar round penholder
    • HB pencil
      • Ruler
      • Prittstick or similar gluestick
      • Water pot
      • Tissues

      You can write on a flat table, though many calligraphers write on a sloping drawing board/desk easel.  Economic for beginners are the A2 white plastic boards available from The Works or Wilko. Prop the board at a slight slope on a few books or blocks.

      For sharpening nib (optional but recommended) – sheet of wet & dry grey sandpaper 1200 or 1000 grade from a DIY or tool shop, cut a smallish piece approx. 2” square from the A4 sheet, or fine grade small Arkansas stone if you already have one.

      For securing a slip-on reservoir (optional but recommended) – small reel of Micropore sticky medical tape from chemists.

      Links to suppliers
      Most tools and materials are obtainable from Amazon (cheapest for paper and ink) or from www.scribblers.co.uk

  • Clay Class- Open Level Online

    Clay Class- Open Level Online

    18:00 -20:00
    22/03/2021
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Clay Class- Open Level Online

    Join our resident artist and Pottery Throw Down’s Cáit Gould to explore the possibilities clay offers in a friendly, relaxed environment.

    By booking for this course, you are selecting to attend Clay Class: Open Level online. If you wish to attend these sessions in person at The Base please click here.

    Join our resident artist and Pottery Throw Down‘s Cáit Gould to explore the possibilities clay offers in a friendly, relaxed environment.

    Suitable for beginners and more experienced potters alike. The 5 week course is suitable as a taster or for a specific small project, while the 10 week course enables you to develop your making and decorating skills further.

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  • Talk: The Anglo-Saxon Period in West Berkshire

    Talk: The Anglo-Saxon Period in West Berkshire

    All day
    25/03/2021

    What was life like in the Newbury area before the Norman Conquest? Find out about Anglo-Saxon culture in West Berkshire, including the meanings of some of our local place names, archaeological finds from this period and the growth of Christianity.

    Speaker Dr David Peacock writes, researches and talks on the history of the Newbury area from the Stone Age to the present day. He is the author of ‘The Story of Newbury’ and of ‘Newbury Roman Cemetery’.

    This pre-recorded talk will take place via Zoom. It will be accessible from 7pm on Thursday 25 March only.

    Tickets: £5 per household. You will receive a pdf receipt after purchase.

    Bookings will close on Wednesday 24 March. Attendees will then receive an email with the link to attend.

    Thursday 25 March 7-8pm | 1 hour | £5 | Online

    This talk is hosted by West Berkshire Libraries. For enquiries please contact rav.gopal@westberks.gov.uk

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  • Blewbury Wild Walk – 3 hrs

    Blewbury Wild Walk – 3 hrs

    All day
    29/03/2021

    Blewbury Wild Walk  – 3 hrs

    Standard Adult £49pp

    Members £25pp

    This almost completely flat circular walk can produces a plethora of wildlife and every day is different, from Swallows and Yellow Wagtails in the Summer to very friendly Kestrels to Barn & Little Owls through to Whitethroat and Buntings. Oh and don’t forget our lovely Red Kites and Buzzards. It really is a Special place and a haven for wildlife.

     

    This is a 4.4 mile circuit with stunning fields and a variety of wildlife

  • Goring Riverside Return

    Goring Riverside Return

    All day
    29/03/2021

    Standard Adult £39pp

    Members Adult £20pp

    Short on time? Love the riverside? Need a easy circular walk? Then this is the one for you.

    Covering a range of habitats, this is a 2 mile, flat circular walk via corn fields, wildflower meadows and coppiced woodland – with the return leg along the side of the stunning River Thames.

    During this walk we will hope to see and hear an array of Birdlife from Warblers to Raptors,  Goldcrest to Kingfishers – I’ll help you spot as many as we can along the way.

  • Watlington “What Goes Up” Nature Trail

    Watlington “What Goes Up” Nature Trail

    All day
    29/03/2021

    Standard Adult £49pp

    Members £25pp

    This 4 mile route takes in some wonderful scenery along the chalk downland, trough beech woodlands and ancient pathways. Starting on a quiet road lined with hedgerows filled with songbirds we then rise up the hill following a stretch of the Oxfordshire Way up towards Christmas Common where Goldcrests reside and Deer can be seen in the fields andRed Kites soar overhead.  Returning back down the hill via the chalk pits and a section of the Ridgeway National Trail.

  • Hagbourne’s Scenic Raised

    Hagbourne’s Scenic Raised

    06:00 -07:30
    29/03/2021

    Standard Adult £44pp

    Members Adult £22pp

    This beautiful 3 mile circular Figure of Eight route includes East & West Hagbourne and the Edge of Upton.

    It really is a wonderful route, which changes dramatically with the seasons as to the wildlife and plant life we see along the way. The Autumn / Winter months are breath taking, as we have large flocks of redwing and fieldfare in the fields here. Buzzards, Kites and Kestrels are often seen , and if we are lucky, plenty of deer. The highlight of the route is the Raised pathway section where you walk almost at tree top height, giving you stunning views of the area. Have your cameras at the ready!

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  • ONLINE ArtTalk – New York: Art of the City

    ONLINE ArtTalk – New York: Art of the City

    14:00 -15:00
    31/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONLINE ArtTalk – New York: Art of the City

    Wed 31st March 2021 2pm

    SKU: MB3103aa15
    £15.00

    If you wish to watch this talk but are unable to attend the session live, please let us know in the notes field when booking. A video playback service is provided to all students for 30 days.

    Speaker: Martin Beek
    Wed 31st March from 2pm – 3pm (UK time)

    New York City has inspired artists since the mid nineteenth century. In this 60 minute talk Martin explores the metropolis, and its people, against the backdrop of its revolutionary architecture. You will get a feel for New York City through the eyes of artists who lived and worked there until our own times. This is the story of a city “that never sleeps.”

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