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    All day
    The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE


    Video On Demand performances available from Tuesday 16 March – Saturday 17 April.

    All performances will be fully captioned and audio description is available.

    Each of us has heaven and hell in them.

    In a profile pic-obsessed, filter-fixated world where online and reality blur, influencer Dorian Gray makes a deal. For his social star never to fade. For the perfect self he broadcasts to the world to always remain. But as his mental health starts to decline, as corruption and murderous depravity start to creep into his world, the true and horrific cost of his deal will soon need to be met.

    From the team behind the New York Times Critic’s Pick, five star “game-changer” (Telegraph) online production of What a Carve Up! comes a brand-new adaptation that brings Oscar Wilde’s Faustian tale kicking and screaming into a world of Instagram, Facebook and dating apps.

    £12 includes a digital programme

    Age guidance 16+
    Content warning: The Picture of Dorian Gray includes strong language and contains scenes of self-harm, suicide, death and mental illness which some viewers may find upsetting.

    The Watermill is proud to be a partner venue for The Picture of Dorian Gray. We receive 25% of the value of all tickets purchased through our booking link.

    If you have any questions or queries about the show, please contact

    How to book:

    Click the BOOK NOW link above to go to The Picture of Dorian Gray website. Once you have purchased your ticket you will receive a booking confirmation including your screening link. This link will be active on the date you have booked to view The Picture of Dorian Gray and will expire after 48 hours. Please check your junk/spam folders for any emails relating to the performance.

  • Hawk Conservatory Trust 2021

    All day

    Hawk Conservatory Trust- Opening 12th April 2021

    Set within 22 acres of stunning countryside, the Hawk Conservancy Trust is an award-winning visitor attraction which is open every day* and offers a full day out for all ages. Arrive early and be sure to see our world-class flying displays throughout the day, and many other activities in between.

    Our mission at the Hawk Conservancy Trust is the conservation of birds of prey. As a registered charity, we couldn’t do our work without you and we aim to make your day at the Trust as memorable and as enjoyable as possible.

    Whether it’s the thrill of holding one of our rare birds of prey, watching world-class flying displays in one of our three display arenas, or simply meandering through our 22 acre grounds of woodland and wildflower meadow, we want to share with you our love of birds of prey and encourage you to join in our mission to conserve them.

    We care for more than 130 birds of prey from owls to eagles and during your visit, we’ll tell you more about each species and our efforts to protect them. Our purpose-built National Bird of Prey Hospital™ is where sick, injured or orphaned raptors are cared for and where you can take a sneaky peek at some of our ongoing rehabilitation work.

    Our on-site British Conservation Discovery Centre is home to our Raptor Nest Box Project (RNBP), run by our Conservation Biologist Dr Matt Stevens, for Barn Owls, Tawny Owls, Little Owls and Kestrels. As well as exploring the ecology of nest box use, this project aims to assess how the use of nest boxes impacts the populations of these species.

    Led by our Head of Conservation and Research, Dr Campbell Murn, our International Vulture Programme  (IVP) is a multi-partner initiative that focuses on the research and conservation of vultures. We’re a core member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Vulture Specialist Group (VSG); a growing global partnership of more than 60 specialists working together towards vulture conservation. As a member of the conservation consortium Save Asia’s Vultures from Extinction (SAVE), we’re able to work towards the prevention of the poisoning of vultures and help create Vulture Safe Zones in south Asia.

    There are special activities and events at the Trust throughout the year which include Owls by Moonlight evenings, Experience Days for all the family and Photographic Days which enable you to get closer to our birds in a more intimate setting.

    Feathers Restaurant is a spacious and contemporary space. It is fully licensed for alcohol and offers a range of catering options from snacks to meals, and has free Wi-Fi for visitors. The Trust Shop sells a range of gifts, souvenirs and branded merchandise. We can also provide a unique fully licensed and catered venue for civil weddings, parties, corporate events, meetings and private functions.

    For more than 50 years, the Hawk Conservancy Trust has worked in the fields of conservation, education, research and rehabilitation and your visit goes towards helping that work. You can also help be a part of some of our most important projects by becoming a supporter of one of our programmes or by joining one of our membership schemes where you’ll receive various benefits throughout the year.

    Hawk Conservancy Trust, Visitor Centre, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY

  • Odds Farm

    All day

    Odds Farm-Following the Government briefing yesterday providing a 4-Step Roadmap to bring us all collectively out of lockdown, Odds Farm Park will look to re-open its doors on 12th April 2021.

    Lambing is the one of the busiest times of year on the Farm!  Visit our web cams until you can return

    Odds Farm Park
    Wooburn Common
    High Wycombe
    Bucks HP10 0LX


  • Lego Land, Windsor

    All day

    Lego Land, Windsor-We’re ready to play!

    25th February 2021:

    Following this week’s Government update, we are excited to tell you that the Park will reopen on Monday 12th April 2021! Unfortunately, in line with Government guidance, our Hotels will remain closed at this stage.

    The vast majority of our outdoor rides and attractions will be open and our character meet and greets will be going ahead. Due to current restrictions, we are unable to open our indoor rides and attractions or run live entertainment.

    Like before, we have additional hygiene and safety measures in place throughout LEGOLAND Windsor, including temperature checks on arrival, enhanced cleaning, one-way systems, and social distancing markers in our ride queues, shops, restaurants and more. To allow for social distancing and additional cleaning, we have reduced the number of guests that we let into the Park each day and everyone must pre-book their tickets.

    Please be aware that face masks are required on all rides (we recommend you remove these on water rides) for guests aged 11 and over*, as well as in other locations throughout the Park.

    Winkfield Road
    SL4 4AY

  • What’s on @ Wellington Country Park

    09:30 -16:30
    Wellington Country Park, Odiham Road, Riseley, Berkshire, RG7 1SP

    Wellington Country Park-We hope to reopen from Monday 12th April 2021.

    We hope to be able to confirm our event calendar nearer to the date of our reopening.
    Take a look at our normal yearly event calendar below:-

    Outdoor Explorers

    Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June

    Perfect for your budding outdoor explorers! Join us for a host of exciting activites to take part in, from our Nature Explorer Woodland Trail, Bird of Prey Shows, Mud Kitchen, bug hunting and much much more!

    Summer Sports Weekend

    Saturday 31st July & Sunday 1st August 

    Celebrating all things sport for a weekend of active fun at Welly Park!

    Summer Craft Creative Stations

    Every Wednesday in August – 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th August

    Get creative during your visit to the Park and pop in and say hello at our summer craft creative station.

    Dinosaur Takeover

    Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th August

    Rooooaaarrrrrr! Keep your eyes peeled as Dinosaurs roam the Park. Journey back in time for a prehistoric adventure and get up close with these magnificent beasts!

    Pirate & Mermaid Weekend

    Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th August

    Avast me hearties, the pirates be coming to Wellington County Park. So hoist up your main sail and set course for an exciting swashbuckaling adventure!

    Summer Fun Weekend

    Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd August

    Join us for our Summer Fun Weekend! Dance with Big Bear at his Big Balloon Show, try your hand at circus skills, explore the Park with our Teddy Bear Treasure Hunt Trail, Party with Big Bear and his Big Balloon Show and much much more!

  • Introducing OutSide @ The Vineyard, Stockcross

    The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury RG20 8JU

    Introducing OutSide – A New Vintage


    Please note: Covers are limited due to socially-distanced seating. For tables of 2 guests, please call our team on 01635 528770.

    Sadly we have had some guests not show up for their booking. As a result of this and due to the fact that we want everyone to enjoy the experience of OutSide, we have implemented cancellation charges as follows – cancellations within 24 hours notice of your booking will incur a £10 charge per person. Cancellations on the day of booking will incur a charge of £30 per person.


    Welcome to OutSide @ The Vineyard – A New Vintage

    We have created selections of small plates for you to enjoy prepared in our fire pit area. Please choose at least 3 dishes from the below selection.
    Dishes will be served as soon as they are ready and will be brought to your table once prepared.

    Flatbread “Catalan style” with tomatoes and Peter Michael olive oil 2 Grilled tiger prawns, lemon mayonnaise
    Pork and tomato Cumberland style sausage
    Spiced glazed chicken thighs
    Spring lamb with mint and cucumber
    Home smoked salmon with grapefruit dressing
    Burrata with grilled peaches
    1/2 lobster chilli and ginger butter – £10 supplement
    BBQ’d spring cabbage with salsa verde
    Asparagus and Pecorino
    Tomato and basil salad
    Baby gem with house dressing

    Something to Share

    (minimum of two people)

    1kg Wing rib of beef with chimichurri -£25 supplement per person

    Sea bass with lemon and capers £20 supplement per person

    Hungerford honey baked Tunworth with radishes and breadsticks £6 supplement per person

    Something sweet

    Lemon posset with shortbread Rhubarb and almond tart, vanilla marscapone Chocolate mousse cake with raspberries


    Glass of Taittinger Champagne Vineyard spring cocktail
    Pint of Renegade lager or Detour Pale Ale

    £30 for 3 dishes & drink per person | £40 for 5 dishes & drink per person Extra dish – £7

    A 12.5% discretionary service charge is added to your bill. This service charge is shared amongst the team at The Vineyard. Any of our dishes may contain one or more of the 14 allergens. Please speak to a member of staff for further details or visit to access allergen information.

    OutSide – Wines

    Romain our Sommelier has chosen a selection of wines to compliment your food, however if you would like to see our full wine list, please let our team know and we will have it brought to you

    200 Echeverria, Sauvignon Blanc, Reserva, Valle de Curico, Chile (Half Bottle) 2018 229 Cypress Vineyards, Chardonnay, Central Coast, CA 2017 216 Alexana, Pinot Gris, Terroir Serie, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2017 226 Waterstone, In Studio White, Rhône Blend, Napa Valley, CA 2016 205 Chapel Down, Bacchus, Kent, England 2019 212 Alsace Riesling Grand Cru, Cave de Turckheim, Brand, Alsace, France 2013 214 Melville, Chardonnay (UNOAKED), Inox, Clone 76, Sta. Rita Hills, CA 2018 213 Vouvray, Domaine Huet, Le Mont, Demi-Sec (OFF DRY), Loire Valley, France 2016 261 Peter Michael Winery, L’Après Midi, Sauvignon Blanc, Knights Valley, CA 2017 237 Meursault, Château de Cîteaux, Vieux Clos du Château, Burgundy, France 2018

    Red Wines

    314 Echeverria, Merlot Reserva, Valle de Curico, Chile (Half Bottle) 2018 345 Monsoon Valley, Shiraz, Hua Hin Hills, Thailand 2016 326 Cypress Vineyards, Zinfandel, Central Coast, CA 2018 317 Corazon del Sol, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina 2016 329 Ferrari-Carano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, CA 2014 300 Two Paddocks, Pinot Noir, Picnic, Central Otago, New Zealand 2018 328 Barolo, San Silvestro, Patres, Piedmont, Italy 2015 344 Rioja Reserva, Lopez de Heredia, Viña Bosconia, Rioja, Spain 2005 349 Donelan, Grenache Blend, Cuvée Moriah, Sonoma County, CA 2014 312 Gevrey-Chambertin, A. & S. Bidault, Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, Burgundy, France 2015

    The Inside Out @ The Vineyard, Stockcross

    Havana Club 7 Years Baron de Sigognac VSOP Macallan Gold

    Digestives (50ml) Orange Liqueur

    Dark Rum Armagnac Scotch Whisky

  • ONLINE Teddy Bear Making: Nico the Bear

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

    ONLINE Teddy Bear Making: Nico the Bear

    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: Jacqueline Schultz

    Thurs 15th April 2pm – 3:30pm
    Thurs 22nd April 2pm – 3:30pm
    Thurs 29th April 2pm – 4pm
    (UK timings)

    This three-part LivePlus™ online course is ideal for beginners. If you can thread a needle and sew on a button, you have all the sewing skills you need.

    Workshop details

    Join Jacqueline from Jacqueline’s Bears, and a small group of like-minded crafters, to learn all the techniques required to make this traditional, cotter pin jointed, ratinee mohair teddy bear.The bear you will be building in this beginners course is Nico. Designed to resemble a classic 1920’s style heritage bear, Nico’s forefather is Feliz; the original bear from Jacqueline’s ‘Bramble Wood’ collection.

    When finished, your bear will stand at 22cm tall, with a paunch belly and 8mm glass bead eyes. His clipped upper snout, embroidered nose and mouth give him an appealing, huggable personality. All the facial features are hand embroidered, so each bear is guaranteed to take on it’s own personality. (And of course, you are very welcome to call your bear whatever you want!)

    Specific skills you will learn at the workshop


    • Cutting and reserving your pattern
    • Mohair dynamics, layout for ratinee mohair, and cutting
    • Paw and foot pad options, layout, and cutting
    • Pinning and stitching
    • How to use cotter pin joints
    • Stuffing your bear
    • Construction, placement and embroidery of facial features
    • Inserting glass eyes
    Equipment & materials list

    Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.

    You needn’t have the materials ready whilst watching the live demonstration – the demo sessions are a time to watch, ask and learn. After each demo you will be sent a link to the recording, which you can watch as many times as you wish for thirty days.


    Jacqueline will be providing kits for this course at a cost of £35 each plus P&P.
    The kit will contain:
    • Ratinee mohair, enough to complete one bear
    • A small piece of ultra suede for foot pads & paw pads
    • Matching sewing thread
    • Black cotton perle
    • 1 pair of 8mm black glass eyes
    • 5 x cotter pin joints incl. washers
    • Plastic pellets for tummy
    • Nico – pattern
    Details of how to order your kit will be provided after booking.

    Additional Materials


    • Polyfibre filling
    • Paper glue
    • Old cereal box
    • Small sharp pointed scissors (sprung loaded micro tip work best)
    • Fine tip marker
    • Glass headed pins
    • Cotter key or long / narrow nose pliers
    • Stuffing tool or chopstick
    • Awl or knitting needle
    • Doll needles
  • Design & Plant Your Garden

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

    Design & Plant Your Garden – Sat 17th & Sun 18th April 2021

    SKU: YS170421-8

    Tutor: Yvonne Sonsino

    10am – 4pm

    ​The difference between a garden and a designer garden can be achieved with ease once you have learnt the rudimentary principles and practised with an expert. Designing with plants is the next step, and can be one of the most pleasurable and exciting parts of gardening. This two-day workshop is for those who want to achieve a good outline design framework, with a beautiful balance of colour, height, form and texture with plants that will thrive.

    Only a few left!

  • Outside Bars @ The Douai Pavillion

    08:30 -15:09
    Upper Woolhampton, RG7 5TG


    DOUAI PAVILION AND PARK Upper Woolhampton RG7 5TG

    2021 PROGRAMME

    We hope you are all well and managing to keep safe through hopefully these final stages of lockdown. Following the recent announcement outlining the time frames regarding the lifting of restrictions, we wanted to give you an update regards the re-opening of the Pavilion and grounds. There is light at the end of the tunnel. From the end of March sporting activities will start to take place again outside. As we have such a fantastic outside space, we will also be opening for Sunday Morning Brunch again

    from the 18th April and from Friday 21st May we will be running our outside bars again. Social distancing will be made much easier and guidelines as to how we will operate will be communicated nearer the time, via email, social media and on the Douai Pavilion website. The control measures we will be implementing will be in line with the Government’s recommendations in place at the time, giving our customers the reassurance, they need, to socialise safely. As we make those first steps out of lockdown, we will keep you updated re the social programme and how it may be able to open up throughout the summer. We are really looking forward to seeing you all again.

    Where better to make those first social steps outside, with family and friends!

    Sunday 18 Sunday Morning Brunch Takeaway – 8.30am-1.00pm If you are taking a walk or cycle, to get that much

    needed fresh air and exercise, pop in on your way. If you prefer the comfort of 4 wheels, we have plenty of parking spaces. We will be serving a selection of Teas/Coffees/Hot chocolate, and food from our breakfast menu, from Bacon and Sausage sandwiches to Smoked Salmon and Avocado on Toast. Something for everyone!

    Sunday25 SundayMorningBrunchTakeaway–8.30am-11.00pm

    Sunday 2/9/16 Sunday Morning Brunch Takeaway – 8.30am-1.00pm If you are taking a walk or cycle, to get that

    much needed fresh air and exercise, pop in on your way. If you prefer the comfort of 4 wheels, we have plenty of parking spaces. We will be serving a selection of Teas/Coffees/Hot chocolate, and food from our breakfast menu, from Bacon and Sausage sandwiches to Smoked Salmon and Avocado on Toast. Something for everyone!

    Friday 21 and ongoing throughout the summer – So, come and relax with family and friends and enjoy that glass of Pimms, chilled beer, wine or fizz or your favourite tipple, in the beautiful rural setting of Upper Woolhampton, with ample outdoor space. We will have a different themed bar every Friday night throughout June, July and August, dependent on the guidelines at the time. Details will be communicated nearer the time.


    As details become a little clearer as to when and how we can hold social events we will communicate other events that will be happening in the social programme.

    In the meantime, if you want to become a ‘Friend of Douai Pavilion’ and enjoy the benefits of

    the beautiful grounds and make a difference in the Community, please contact us for further details. Also, if you are interested in hiring the Pavilion or grounds in the future for a Wedding, Party, Wake etc. please get in touch.

    All details regarding the above and the guidelines we will be implementing can be found at or contact Sue Birch at or call 07501011442. However, despite all the safety controls and measures that will be put in place we cannot give any guarantees that there will be no risk to you. It is your decision as to whether you feel safe in attending.




  • ONLINE Crochet for Beginners: Granny Squares – Mon 19th April 2021 at 2pm

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

    Beginners Crochet

    Tutor: Sarah Hemmings

    Mon 19th April 10am – 11:30am (UK time)

    This LivePlus™ online workshop is ideal for anyone who is new to crochet or wants to learn more about getting started in the craft. This course will include a full 90-minute tutorial, with step by step guidance and handouts to help you create at home.

    Workshop details

    During this session we will explore several different types of granny squares, including traditional, solid and free. We will discover how to create endless possibilities by changing up the yarn, adding texture and additional detailing. We will also explore some different borders and look at different ways to attach the squares together to create a blanket. This session will include a full introduction to different crochet tools and different yarns.

    Once you have mastered the basic crochet stitches (a granny square is always a good place to start, as it can create the most beautiful blanket) you can begin to create a whole array of wonderful squares, using different yarns, different techniques, mixing colours and so much more.

    There will be tutor demonstrations, close ups on stitches and how and where to insert your hook, along with plenty of opportunities for asking questions! 

    Specific skills you will learn at the workshop

    • Which hooks to use for different projects
    • The different yarns available and how each one differs in a crochet project
    • How to hold a crochet hook
    • How to build an essential crochet tool kit
    • How to do a slipknot to start off any project
    • How to create a foundation chain and how to count chains
    • How to do a double crochet, half treble crochet and treble crochet

    Equipment & materials list
    Materials are not included in the course fee.  All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.  

    • Any size crochet hook, it is a good idea to buy a pack of all sizes
    • Yarn in any colours (Sarah recommends acrylic yarn to start off with)
    • Darning needle
    • Scissors

    It would be helpful to have the materials to hand whilst watching the live demonstration, but stitching along is entirely optional – the demo session will mainly be a time to watch, ask and learn. After the demo you will be sent a link to the recording, which you can watch as many times as you wish for thirty days.

  • Talk: The Piltdown Man- A Cautionary Tale Online

    19:00 -20:00

    ‘Talking History

    West Berkshire Museum presents this pre-recorded Zoom talk by Sue Ellis, as part of its ‘Talking History’ programme.

    Hailed as a spectacular discovery to rival Heidelberg man when it was first excavated in 1912, it was almost forty years before the true nature of the Piltdown fraud was exposed. This talk looks at both the discovery and at Charles Dawson, its finder, and explores the origins of the fraud. West Berkshire Museum has a copy of the skull featured in this talk.

    Sue Ellis is a local historian, and a member of Thatcham Historical Society and the West Berkshire Heritage Forum.

    Bookings close 4pm on Tuesday 20 April and an email invite with a link will be sent shortly after.

    Please contact if you have not received an invite by 9am on the day of the talk.

    Donations are welcomed:

  • ONSITE Gestural Calligraphy: A Sweep of the Arm

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

    ONSITE Gestural Calligraphy: A Sweep of the Arm-

    Thur 22nd April 2021

    SKU: MN220421-10

    This one-day, onsite workshop is designed for a range of abilities including beginners with a little lettering experience

    Workshop Details
    Sweeping arm movements, splashy writing, pens made out of cola cans, what more could you want in your calligraphic repertoire? Using an Italic starting point, explore how to branch out to create vigorous, dynamic designs.

    Starting with pencil exercises to get the gestural movements into your muscle-memory, we will make some pens from household items and work on developing a flowing script.
    Calligraphic energy comes from a firm grounding in core forms, so we will practise these but in gestural ways, ensuring you get good Italic arches whilst creating expansive, joyous strokes. Where to use it? If it’s too dynamic it verges on illegible, so single words or phrases make for a strong focal point, supported by more restrained text, so we will also discuss arranging it on the page.

    Skills/Techniques Covered

    • Develop an eye for pleasing gestural strokes
    • Incorporate core Italic characteristics into gestural strokes
    • Use less orthodox tools for free movement
    • Make a Cola Pen
    • Assemble awkward letter combinations
    • Create a pleasing design with one word or phrase as focal point
  • Teddy Bears Picnic- Spring 2021

    All day

    Teddy Bears Picnic- Spring 2021

    Bring a teddy bear and a snack for these creative arts picnics! Sing songs, play games and get crafty in this relaxed class for you and your under 4’s.

    Course dates: Fridays, 23 Apr – 2 Jul

    Duration: 2pm – 3pm

    Suitable for parents/carers with children aged 4 and under.

    No session w/c 31 May

    We are putting this class/ workshop on sale on the assumption that these will be permitted for young people from 12 April as planned. Should this change, we will be in touch to discuss your booking.

    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.

    We will be limiting the number of people admitted to each event to ensure appropriate social distancing between each group. You must only book tickets for people in your household. If you wish to come with someone who is not in your household or support bubble, they will need to book tickets in a separate transaction. This is for the purposes of Test and Trace and so that we can ensure that government guidelines are being adhered to for the safety of all of our visitors.

    You can book in advance with confidence as, if you are no longer able to attend due to becoming unwell with Covid-19 or having to isolate due to Covid-19, we will offer you the chance to transfer your tickets to an alternative date or to receive a credit or refund to the full value of your tickets. Find out more about your visit to us.

  • The Mosaic House Sign

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

    The Mosaic House Sign – Fri 23rd & Sat 24th April 2021

    SKU: RW230421-8

    Tutor Roz Wates

    10am – 4pm

    In this 2-day workshop you will make a beautiful mosaic house sign, number or bedroom name using glass or ceramic mosaic tiles. Makes a thoughtful gift for a friend or family member

  • Italian for your Holidays

    10:00 -13:00
    Monks Lane Newbury RG14 7TD

    Italian for your Holidays

    This is a one day course designed to prepare students for a trip to Italy. The aim is to give students the confidence and vocabulary to be able to face simple situations and speak with a degree of confidence in Italian.

  • ONSITE The Square Willow Trug

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

    ONSITE The Square Willow Trug


    Tutor Erica Adams
    10am – 4pm

    This two-day, onsite workshop is designed for complete beginners and those wishing to improve their knowledge.

    Workshop Details

    You will be making a shallow rectangular basket with handle, this can make an ideal trug for flowers or vegetables or a handy work basket. Using a combination of willow with or without bark will make a basket to a size that suits your requirements (contact tutor beforehand if you have a particular requirement), the one in the picture is 27cm x 57 cm by 9cm deep. Emphasis will be on good technique and material choice to ensure a functional and attractive basket that could last a lifetime.

    Skills/Techniques Covered 

    • Making a flat rectangular base
    • Doing the ‘Upset’ and discussing alternative methods, English, German, French or a solid base
    • Waling
    • A choice of rand – English or French or a slew
    • Strong border with blunt or sharp corners.
    • Handles can have a single central wrapped bow, or small cranked handles
    • Materials
      Materials are not included in the workshop fee. All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £20 payable to the tutor during the workshop. ​Your 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.Students – please bring with you:
      All tools are provided, however if you have your own favorite secateurs please bring them.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.


  • ONLINE The Art of Sugarcraft: Spring Flowers

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

    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. £38.00

    Join Kelly to learn how to create beautiful spring flowers from scratch.

    Looking at a selection of spring flowers such as bluebells, lily of the valley, and daffodils, you will learn the different methods to create realistic looking flowers than can be used as decorations on cakes, table arrangements, or just general displays.


    Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
    • How to best use modelling tools and equipment, and alternative methods using limited resources
    • The differences between sugar paste, flower paste, and modelling paste, and when to use each
    • A variety of skills to create spring flowers, which can be transferred to a variety of different flowers
    • How to colour and set your flowers 
    • How to turn them into a beautiful arrangement 
    Equipment & materials list

    Materials are not included in the course fee.

    All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.  This list is for guidance only – you can improvise and source your own materials, either in advance or once you have seen the LivePlus™ workshop, giving you maximum flexibility to choose how you would like to approach this craft.​ ​

    You needn’t have the materials ready whilst watching the live demonstration – the demo session is a time to watch, ask and learn. After the demo you will be sent a link to the recording, which you can watch as many times as you wish for thirty days.

  • Silk Ribbon Embroidery: The Humble Fuchsia

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

    Silk Ribbon Embroidery: The Humble Fuchsia – Wed 28th April 2021

    SKU: MP280421-8

    Tutor: Marilyn Pipe

    10am – 4pm

    Spend a relaxing day embroidering with silk ribbon and threads to create a beautiful Fuchsia. A variety of stitches and techniques will be demonstrated in this fascinating craft.

  • ONLINE Drypoint, Tetrapak & Cardcut Printing

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

    ONLINE Drypoint, Tetrapak & Cardcut Printing


    Tutor: Karen Carter

    Wed 28th April 10am – 12pm (UK time)

    This LivePlus™ online printing workshop is ideal for beginners and improvers. This workshop is all about learning a fun and versatile process – no experience needed.

    Workshop details
    A fun low-tech version of drypoint etching that you can do at home without a press. Working on a small scale, with the minimum amount of specialist materials, Karen will show you how to produce a selection of plates and prints using a dessert spoon and a bit of elbow grease!

    You’ll create three different sorts of plates – one on plastic (family-size dessert containers are great for this!) and two on laminated card (the inside of juice cartons work well)….one of these will be predominantly linework, the other will explore tone and texture. You can make plates to your own designs, or from the templates that Karen will provide.

    You’ll be taught different inking methods from simple black & white, progressing into colour using various techniques. Then the exciting bit – getting your prints on paper – a metal spoon, a bit of muscle power (you’re going to be the printing press!) and tips on how to achieve a sharp image.
    Specific skills you will learn at the workshop

    • Creating a drypoint etching plate on plastic
    • Creating cardcuts and line images on laminated card (tetrapaks)
    • Basic inking & printing techniques for intaglio & relief images
    • Playing with colour and wiping variations 

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

    All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.  This list is for guidance only however – you can improvise and source your own materials, either in advance or once you have seen the LivePlus™ workshop, giving you maximum flexibility to choose how you would like to approach this craft.​ ​

    You needn’t have the materials ready whilst watching the live demonstration – the demo session is a time to watch, ask and learn. After the demo you will be sent a link to the recording, which you can watch as many times as you wish for thirty days.


    • Lightweight cartridge paper or Japanese paper (Shoji is great – available from Intaglio Printmakers or Handprinted)
    • Caligo Safewash Relief Ink – Black (and/or colours if you prefer)
    • Drypoint plastic or sturdy plastic food container
    • Large juice carton
    • Clipboard or sturdy piece of cardboard
    • Bulldog clips
    • Two pencils (HB and 2H or harder)
    • Biro
    • Masking or parcel tape
    • Scissors or craft knife
    • Dessert spoon
    • Etching needle or compass or long nail (something sharp and pointy)
    • Tracing paper or greaseproof paper
    • Something flat & non-porous for rolling ink onto (glass /piece of acetate or plastic)
    • Old brushes / small pieces of cardboard / old credit card
    • Small roller
    • Scrim or cotton rag (old pillow case)
    • Newspaper
    • Kitchen roll
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    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    Ballet Black: Double Bill

    For her latest programme, Artistic Director Cassa Pancho brings us two original works: The Royal Ballet’s Olivier Award-winning choreographer William Tuckett’s Then Or Now blends classical ballet, music and the poetry of Adrienne Rich to ask the question: in times like these, where do we belong? Recent Olivier nominee Mthuthuzeli November contemplates the purpose of life in The Waiting Game, an exciting and energetic work about the meaning of life, infused with a dynamic soundtrack featuring the company dancers’ voices.

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    Tutor: Liz Dixon

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