Please check with the venue for events, during the new lock down.

The Corn Exchange is closing from Nov 5th- Dec 2nd 2020.

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  • Wellington Country Park 2021

    Wellington Country Park 2021

    All day
    04/01/2021-13/02/2021

    Wellington Country Park 2021

    Park Events

    Fun, fresh air and freedom awaits.

    Why not plan your adventure alongside attending one of our many in-house events throughout the season?

    Explore our Park Events for 2021 to see what’s in store for your family day out!

    Please note: Full event information will be released soon.

    Events 2021

    Park Re-Opens

    Saturday 13th February

    We are back for another exciting year! Begin your safe, family friendly outdoor adventure with us and see where your imagination will take you!

    Easter Mini Circus Spectacular

    Friday 2nd – Monday 5th April

    Roll up, roll up, it wouldn’t be Easter at Wellington without our Easter Circus Spectacular!

    Mega Egg Hunt

    Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th April

    Calling all ‘eggs’plorers…the Easter Bunny needs your help! With your map in hand, head on a quest to crack the riddles and solve the clues to find the mega eggs that have been hidden around the Park!

    Easter Show Time

    Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th, Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th,

    Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th April

    It wouldn’t be Easter at Wellington without a Spectacular Easter Show! Join us for Easter entertainment throughout the day.

    Bouncy Castles in the Park

    Saturday 1st – Monday 3rd May

    The Bouncy Castles are back at the Park for another exciting bank holiday weekend!

    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!

    Bouncy Castles in the Park

    Saturday 28th – Monday 30th August

    Bouncy Castles are back in the Park for another exciting Bank Holiday weekend!

    Hallo’Welly’Ween

    Saturday 23rd – Sunday 31st October

    Let your spooktacular Halloween adventure begin this October half term. Join us for our annual Halloween spectacular… an event not to be missed!

    Please note further information regarding each event will be released early in the New year.
  • Free family activity sheets

    Free family activity sheets

    16:44
    04/01/2021-31/01/2021
    Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR

    Free family activity sheets

    These activities can be downloaded and completed at home.
    Why not share your efforts on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and challenge your family to have a go as well!

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  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2017)

    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2017)

    All day
    06/01/2021-27/01/2021

    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2017)

    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2017) • 2h 8m
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  • Still Life Drawing

    Still Life Drawing

    18:00 -20:00
    13/01/2021-27/01/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Still Life Drawing

    FULL PRICE £75 FOR 5 WEEK COURSE / £135 FOR 10 WEEK COURSE

    Priority booking opens to Members on Tuesday 8 December. Tickets are available for general sale on Tuesday 15 December at 10am.

    A great course for improving creative observation, with a relaxed friendly atmosphere.

    Focusing on the traditional discipline of still life studies, this course will give a balance of observational skills and creative experiments, with the time to discover your own directions. Teaching as a group and encouraging individualism enjoy this immensely rewarding experience. There will be a selection of different objects and themes to work on and explore throughout the course, focusing on different aspects of observation each week

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  • Online Learning at Home with the Watermill Theatre

    Online Learning at Home with the Watermill Theatre

    10:50
    16/01/2021-30/01/2021
    The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8

    Online Learning at Home with the Watermill Theatre

    Welcome to Online Learning – At Home with The Watermill Theatre – a series of online resources created by The Watermill Theatre Outreach team and a host of leading theatre professionals. Learn about theatre techniques, find out more about backstage roles and get creative with a range of activities.

    At Home Activities

    Select the Watch & Listen tab above for links to videos, resources and activities to watch and try at home! A great way to learn new skills, get creative and keep yourselves entertained, resources include family friendly activities and information aimed at both young people and adults.

    These resources are free and available to everyone, but if you are able to make a donation that would be amazing. Your donation will help the theatre to survive and recover during these unprecedented times. Thank you. To donate, please click here.


    Education Packs


    Watermill Education Packs provide information and activities inspired by our productions. Designed to complement learning and feed into the modern curriculum, education packs are free to download and can be accessed here.

     

    Schools


    To support with remote learning, The Watermill Theatre are delighted to be offering schools a bespoke online programme of activities, giving students the opportunity to learn from inspirational and leading theatre professionals.

    There are several workshop options to choose from, each designed and adapted especially for KS1 – KS5 students. These engaging and interactive sessions will support remote learning, inspire your students and deliver a shared experience of enjoyment. As well as practical workshops, we are also able to offer Q&A sessions with experienced creative artists, actors and directors.

    Please email heidi@watermill.org.uk to find out more.

  • Scene Change

    Scene Change

    10:58
    16/01/2021-30/01/2021
    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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  • Pottery is Back!

    Pottery is Back!

    10:13
    18/01/2021-25/01/2021

    Pottery Throw Down is Back!

    (and so am I! briefly!)

    Series 4 is now available in the UK (or via British VPN?!) on Channel 4

    Sundays at 7.45pm.

    To celebrate, BBC Radio Berkshire has invited me in to chat with Sarah Walker tomorrow, Monday 18th at 10am! Do tune in if you’re available, or listen again – I’ll be around for about 20 minutes!

    Clay at Home
    If clay is what you need to help get through lockdown 3.0 and the Throw Down has you all fired up, I have a few different ways to help.

     

    Clay at Home Packs

    Includes: 1kg of clay, tools, and instructions for a range of clay projects.

    Air-dry Clay Pack | Earthenware Clay Pack

     

    Online Classes

    Choose one-off online sessions you can join over Zoom with materials from home or one of my clay packs

    Fri. 29 Jan | Fri 12 Feb

     

    Firing of your work

    If you’ve been getting crafty at home with your own clay and simply need access to a kiln in the Newbury area let me know, I can fire your work for you based on how much you need – full kiln £40, minimum charge £10

    Find out more

     

  • Missed the January fitness boat?

    Missed the January fitness boat?

    20:29
    18/01/2021-01/02/2021

    Missed the January fitness boat?

    Missed the January fitness boat?

    Boost your mood with our fun February challenge!

    Dear Supporters,To mark Children’s Mental Health Week  (1 – 7 February) we’re challenging you to make the most of the 28 days in February and get Fit4Feb!

    • Get a virtual team of four together
    • Walk or run 28 miles each or cycle 280km each during February
    • Feel great about promoting mental health

    No need to get sponsorship (although you’re welcome to do that too), simply get your team together, sign up here for £25 each (£5 for under 16’s) and get outdoors.

    Looking after young people’s mental health is more crucial than ever. Here are some ways your support can help:

    £5 pays for 24 packs of resources for parents and carers 
    £25 pays for 125 Wellbeing Action Plans for young people
    £100 (a team of four) buys 12 books for our mental health book club – helping young people to learn about taking care of their mental wellbeing

    In these difficult times, it can be hard to stay connected with friends and family. #Fit4Feb is a great way of staying in touch: set up a team WhatsApp group to support each other and share how you’re feeling through the challenge.

    While we can’t be together in person, we can be together in spirit as a virtual team. Please make sure you follow relevant Covid-19 guidance while completing your #Fit4Feb challenge.

    As a thank you for helping us to raise money and awareness we’ll give you special access to one of our upcoming online mental health talks. You can choose from:

    • Change and uncertainty
    • Young people’s mental health
    • The teenage brain – what’s going on?
    • Anxiety in young people – what helps?

    We’ll send more details when you sign up.

     

    Visit The Website

     

     

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  • Weekend Kitchen

    Weekend Kitchen

    10:00 -14:00
    24/01/2021
    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

  • Lithoprinting

    Lithoprinting

    10:00 -12:00
    24/01/2021
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Lithoprinting

    FULL PRICE £45 (PER SESSION)

    An introduction to the skills and techniques involved in linoprinting, led by Charlotte Adcock.

    You will create a range of your own prints to take away with you and you’ll receive a small frame for your artwork.

    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.

  • Glass Fusing : An Introduction-Postponed

    Glass Fusing : An Introduction-Postponed

    10:30 -16:30
    24/01/2021
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Glass Fusing : An Introduction

    postponed

    £75.00

    10.30 – 4.30

    This course is an introduction to the skills and techniques involved in Glass Fusing and Slumping. We will make three items during the day – glass jewellery and two kiln-fired pieces (a bowl/platter and either a coaster, window hanging or a wind chime). You will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of ideas and glass materials.

    Project 1: You will create fused glass jewellery pieces and cabochons to use as pendants, earrings, fridge magnets or keyring holders.  This will give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with a variety of glass materials including frits, confetti and glass stringers etc. and see how they react once fired.

    Project 2: During this project you will be able to develop your glass cutting skills using both a strip cutter or cutting freehand. You can create either a small wall hanging, coasters, or a wind chime. You will also be able to experiment melting stringers over a flame to add to your design ideas.

    Project 3: You will learn techniques to design your own sheet of art glass. This will then be used to form a slumped bowl or platter. Suitable moulds will be discussed and prepared for this process. This technique will include two firings, both Fusing and Slumping.

    Skills/Techniques Covered: Design techniques and special effects, Fusing processes, Glass Cutting Techniques, Melting glass stringers over a flame, Preparation of moulds for slumping, Health and Safety when working with glass materials.

    Level: This course is designed as an introduction to Glass Fusing and Slumping but can be adapted to suit a range of abilities.

    Materials are not included in your course fee. All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £35-£45 (depending on size), payable to the tutor during the course.  Findings for jewellery, keyrings and magnets are optional extras; these along with silver chains, can be purchased from the tutor.

    Items to bring: A sketchbook/notebook and pen, a dust mask and safety glasses, surgical gloves, an apron, an old but clean dishcloth, wear closed-toe shoes.

    Collection of Work: Projects will be taken away for firing in a kiln and will be returned to Micklems Farm for collection.

    Included on the day:

    –        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.

    Number of students: 10

     

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  • Meat Prep and Cookery- postponed

    Meat Prep and Cookery- postponed

    10:00 -15:00
    25/01/2021
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Meat Prep and Cookery

    At The Woodspeen we believe that a good understanding of traditional butchery skills give the cook an advantage for getting the most out of each cut. Just as important as the skill to prep is the skill to cook and we will run through time and temperature to cook your meat perfect every time. From keeping your stews and casseroles tasty with the meat being moist and tender, we’ll be breaking down chicken, duck and cooking lamb and beef, explaining the cuts as we go along and the best cooking methods to use.

    What the day covers

     

    • Demonstrations and practical sessions butchering chicken, duck and cooking of lamb and beef
    • Braising beef cheek
    • Confit duck legs / slow cook the breast
    • Stuffing a chicken leg, chicken kiev, chicken stock
    • Cooking lamb rump
    • Making your own black pudding
    • Burger making

    Course includes:

    •Arrival at 9.15am for tea and coffee and course introduction

    •Enjoy lunch with some of the mornings dishes

    •We will keep you refreshed with tea, coffee and mineral water throughout the day

    •Finish course at 3pm with some of the day’s cooking to take home with you

    To take away: All notes and recipes. Food made from the day

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

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  • Beautiful Breads

    Beautiful Breads

    09:45 -15:00
    26/01/2021
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    Beautiful Breads

    Romilla Arber has been baking bread for many years and is passionate about real bread, made traditionally. She firmly believes that good-quality bread doesn’t make you fat! Industrialised, mass produced bread is the perfect example of how our food culture has broken down. It is made with only profit in mind not what is best for the health of the customer.

    On this course you will make a variety of breads (there will be plenty to take home) and enjoy a simple lunch with a glass of wine. You too can fall in love with the art of bread making and learn how to make exquisite artisan loaves in your own kitchen.

    Romilla is the author or two cookery books and she has won the prestigious Gourmand Best UK Cookbook award for her second book. She is a passionate advocate of eating a balanced diet and in 2008 founded the Food Education Trust with the aim of working with schools to promote the benefits of home-cooked food.

    Romilla is the founder and owner of The Honesty Group which includes the Crown and Garter at Inkpen and the Hartley Arms at Donnington.

    Maximum number 8.  All level of abilities welcome.

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  • What’s Love Got To Do With It? New Date

    What’s Love Got To Do With It? New Date

    All day
    27/01/2021
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    What’s Love Got To Do With It? New dates

    Don’t miss the joyous new show What’s Love Got to Do With It? It’s a stunning celebration of one of the greatest female singers of our time – Tina Turner.

    Brought to you by the same incredible producers behind the hugely successful Whitney – Queen Of The Night, this is the ultimate tribute concert to one of the most iconic and loved musical artists of our generation.

    Expect a night of feel-good,  high-energy, rock’n’roll full of Tina’s best loved hits including What’s Love Got To Do With It? along with Proud Mary, Private Dancer, River Deep, Simply the Best, Nutbush City Limits and many more.

    Known for her amazing vocal talent, Elesha Paul Moses from Whitney – Queen of the Night, The Voice and X Factor will be performing the music supported by a 10-piece live band.

    Please note this that this a tribute production and is not endorsed or affiliated by the Tina Turner Estate.

    Times TBA

  • Pet Portraits with Personality- postponed

    Pet Portraits with Personality- postponed

    10:00 -16:00
    27/01/2021
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Pet Portraits with Personality

    Postponed

    £75.00

    Together we will work through a stage by stage process to create a Pet Portrait in Oils- using an ‘islands to oceans’ method of working.  We are aiming to make the eyes come alive and give the animal and your painting lots of personality! I hope to inspire you with some new ideas and techniques to take away with you and apply to your own work.

    You will be working from your own image, either from an I-pad OR you can use a photograph at least 5” x 5”.  The animal’s eyes must be clear and in focus. Crop your image so that it is square.  The head of the animal should take up most of the frame. For good (free to use) reference images see www.pixabay.com The better the reference image – the better the painting!

    Items to bring: A photograph of your animal or an image on an ipad / tablet. A black and white print out of your square cropped image as large as you can make it on an A4 piece of paper. A sharp pencil and a 30cm ruler. A selection of synthetic brushes to include some ‘short flat’ synthetic acrylic brushes.  I like to use – Daler Rowney System 3: short flat ¼”, ½”, ¾”.  Daler Rowney System 3 filbert size 2. Small round size 1 synthetic brush. Palette knives – Winsor and newton size 22 or similar. ‘Liquin’ painting medium. A flat mixing palette – paper palettes are fine. (£2 in ‘The Works’). A clean plastic takeaway box with a lid. An empty cereal box to take your work home in.

    Acrylic colours as follows – Titanium White, Cerulean Blue, plus: Naples yellow if you are painting a white animal, Cadmium Orange if you are painting a brown animal, Quinacridone Red if you are painting a black animal. A good size jar for low odour thinners/white spirit substitute for cleaning your brushes, some rags or plenty of tissues to wipe brushes clean.

    Oil colours as follows – Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium red, Alizarine Crimson, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, French Utramarine, Phthalo Blue.

    If you’re trying oils for the first time- oil paint and medium can be supplied for use on the day at additional cost of £6.

    Included on the day:

    –        8” x 8” gessoboard and any other materials not specified for 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 or intermediate

    Number of students: 10

  • Curry Night

    Curry Night

    18:00 -21:00
    27/01/2021
    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.

  • Virtual Asian Cookery Class

    Virtual Asian Cookery Class

    18:30 -20:00
    27/01/2021
    The Cooking Academy Silverwood, London Road, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 1JR

    Virtual Asian Cookery Class

    £39

    In this virtual cookery class you will have an introduction to Asian cuisine. Asian food is renowned for its wonderfully complex flavours, blending sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy tastes to create a wealth of harmonious and mouth-watering dishes.

    Learn how to cook from the comfort of your own home, led by a professional chef. Learn about the different spices used in Asian cuisines that give so many dishes their unique flavours, we will equip you with essential skills and knowledge you can build on. We will begin with a short and sweet version of our much-loved spice trail, which will educate you on the use of different Asian spices. You will then enjoy an interactive cookery demonstration and cook along learning 2 recipes to create a delicious meal!

    Please note prices are per person/attendee and not per screen/household

    Allergies and dietary requirements can also be catered for!

    Menu:

    • Sweet, Soy Chicken
    • Prawn Cakes

    Duration:

    • 90 minutes

    How it works

    Before the class:

    • Check your email for a booking confirmation (please also check your junk folder)
    • A Zoom session invite with login credentials will be sent out 3 days before the class
    • We will send you an Ingredients list with your booking confirmation, we advise you purchase the ingredients 2 days prior to the class
    • We will also send out an equipment list with your booking confirmation

    During the class:

    • Cook along with the chef and follow step by step instructions
    • We will stop at various points throughout the class to answer any questions you may have
    • Mix and mingle with other participants after the class for an end of session Q+A

     

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  • Kiragami for Textiles- postponed

    Kiragami for Textiles- postponed

    10:00 -16:00
    28/01/2021
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Kiragami for Textiles

    postponed

    Tutor: Kate Findlay

    £75.00

    In this exciting day, learn the art of Kirigami – Japanese paper cutting – and apply it to textiles. You will learn how to create freezer paper stencils, and how to foil fabric to create your own exciting abstract designs in bold colour combinations. We will use fabric paints and create one or two panels 40cm square – large enough to make two stunning cushions or tote bags.

    Fabric, fabric paints, freezer paper, foil, fusible web and irons will be provided.

    What to bring:

    • Apron

    • Sharp fine cutting blade (craft knife)  to cut stencils, cutting mat, pencil

    • Sharp scissors

    • Masking tape

    • Tray/old plate to put fabric paint on. Small sponges for dabbing paint

    • A couple of brushes (might be needed for mixing colours etc)

    • Old newspaper to protect surfaces

    Included on the day:

    • 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

     

  • Meat Prep and Cookery- postponed

    Meat Prep and Cookery- postponed

    10:00 -15:00
    28/01/2021
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Meat Prep and Cookery

    At The Woodspeen we believe that a good understanding of traditional butchery skills give the cook an advantage for getting the most out of each cut. Just as important as the skill to prep is the skill to cook and we will run through time and temperature to cook your meat perfect every time. From keeping your stews and casseroles tasty with the meat being moist and tender, we’ll be breaking down chicken, duck and cooking lamb and beef, explaining the cuts as we go along and the best cooking methods to use.

    What the day covers

     

    • Demonstrations and practical sessions butchering chicken, duck and cooking of lamb and beef
    • Braising beef cheek
    • Confit duck legs / slow cook the breast
    • Stuffing a chicken leg, chicken kiev, chicken stock
    • Cooking lamb rump
    • Making your own black pudding
    • Burger making

    Course includes:

    •Arrival at 9.15am for tea and coffee and course introduction

    •Enjoy lunch with some of the mornings dishes

    •We will keep you refreshed with tea, coffee and mineral water throughout the day

    •Finish course at 3pm with some of the day’s cooking to take home with you

    To take away: All notes and recipes. Food made from the day

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

  • Middle Eastern Winter Mezze

    Middle Eastern Winter Mezze

    10:30 -14:45
    28/01/2021
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    Middle Eastern Winter Mezze

    For anyone looking to update their culinary repertoire with flavours from the Middle East, this course is a fascinating insight into the different ingredients, flavours and techniques of this cuisine. Middle Eastern cooking is packed with fresh herbs, flavoured with aromatic spices, and lends itself perfectly to a plant-based mezze.

    Middle Eastern cuisine is quite rightly now getting the adoration it deserves and Turkish cookery writer, Ozlem Graves, is perfectly placed to inspire you with the history & flavours of these dishes.

    The menu will include:

    • Omac – a wonderful bread salad dish in which the ingredients, including bread, halloumi cheese, red pepper paste, shallots, peppers and fresh herbs are all crushed in pomegranate molasses and formed into bite size balls.
    • Nohutlu Borek – there are many different types of borek, in this recipe the filo pastry encases a delicious spicy chickpea mix.
    • Elmali Kereviz – a fresh green apple and celeriac, yoghurty dip, topped with toasted seeds and spices.
    • Cabuk Tursu – a quick, spicy pickle
    • Mastabe – a heavenly mixture of greens on a bed of feta, topped with pomegranate, toasted almonds and nigella seeds.

     

  • Curry Night

    Curry Night

    18:00 -21:00
    28/01/2021
    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.

  • Talk: The Battles of Newbury- Online

    Talk: The Battles of Newbury- Online

    19:00 -20:00
    28/01/2021

    Talk: The Battles of Newbury

    £5.00

    Description

    Newbury was the location for two major battles during the English Civil War. These are explored in this online talk by local historian Dr David Peacock, along with the siege of Donnington Castle.

    Where did they take place, who was involved and what happened?

    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 2011 edition of The Story of Newbury, and of the 2018 Newbury Roman Cemetery.

    This pre-recorded talk will take place via Zoom. It will be accessible from 7pm on Thursday 28th January only and lasts 1 hour.

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

    Bookings will close on Wednesday 27 January. Attendees will then receive an email on the morning of the talk with the link to attend.

    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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  • Wille and the Bandits

    Wille and the Bandits

    All day
    29/01/2021
    Arlington Arts Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ

    Wille and the bandits

    Sales disabled

    online booking is currently disabled for this event – please call 01635 244246 to check availability

    Essentially Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues rock three piece much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience. But in a similar way to how these bands pushed the genre in their time, Wille and the Bandits try to take their sound beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up.

    The use of more bizarre instrumentation and eclectic influences in the song writing often pushes them more into a world music or progressive category. Having toured with artists such as Deep Purple through to the John Butler trio and played major festivals across Europe, the band seem to leave an equally astounding impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds with their energetic and soulful performances.

    They have received great critical acclaim, being voted in the top ten must see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1 and reaching number 2 in the UK blues chart with their first single on downloads alone. Now touring their third independently released studio album Wille and the Bandits fan base, repertoire of sounds,
    styles and innovation seems to be growing at an exponential rate.

    The band are praised in the press for their albums; bursting at the seams with textures, originality and soul. Rock legends such as Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi have also praised the band’s musicianship and their unique edge to Rock and Blues.

    “Wille is a suberb slide player, I love what these guys are doing” – Joe Bonamassa

    If Cream had spent more time on a beach in Newquay they might have sounded like this.” – Blues Matters Magazine

    Support comes from Troy Redfern.

  • Beginners Crochet

    Beginners Crochet

    10:00 -15:00
    29/01/2021
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Beginners Crochet

    FULL PRICE £65 (PER SESSION)

    Priority booking opens to Members on Tuesday 8 December. Tickets are available for general sale on Tuesday 15 December at 10am.

    Perfect for those who have never crocheted or those who are looking to learn some new crochet skills!

    The workshop will cover all the crochet basics from holding the hook and yarn, brief history, Yarn Weights and fibre properties, learning the chain, learning the most common stitches, how to work in the round. We will then make a start on how to crochet Granny squares. You will go away with lots of Content, a good start on your crochet journey and the workshop will also include access to online video of all we have covered during the session.

    Each participant will be taken at their own pace and we will work slowly through the content at first to ensure each learner is confident in what they are doing.

    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.

  • Meat Prep and Cookery- postponed

    Meat Prep and Cookery- postponed

    10:00 -15:00
    29/01/2021
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Meat Prep and Cookery

    At The Woodspeen we believe that a good understanding of traditional butchery skills give the cook an advantage for getting the most out of each cut. Just as important as the skill to prep is the skill to cook and we will run through time and temperature to cook your meat perfect every time. From keeping your stews and casseroles tasty with the meat being moist and tender, we’ll be breaking down chicken, duck and cooking lamb and beef, explaining the cuts as we go along and the best cooking methods to use.

    What the day covers

     

    • Demonstrations and practical sessions butchering chicken, duck and cooking of lamb and beef
    • Braising beef cheek
    • Confit duck legs / slow cook the breast
    • Stuffing a chicken leg, chicken kiev, chicken stock
    • Cooking lamb rump
    • Making your own black pudding
    • Burger making

    Course includes:

    •Arrival at 9.15am for tea and coffee and course introduction

    •Enjoy lunch with some of the mornings dishes

    •We will keep you refreshed with tea, coffee and mineral water throughout the day

    •Finish course at 3pm with some of the day’s cooking to take home with you

    To take away: All notes and recipes. Food made from the day

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

  • The Perfect Concealed Zip Live Plus

    The Perfect Concealed Zip Live Plus

    10:00 -11:30
    29/01/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    The Perfect Concealed Zip – Fri 29th January at 10am

    SKU: AB02901aa12
    £30.00

    Tutor: Amanda Brown

    Fri 29th January 10-11:30am workshop demo with Q&A

    Concealed Zips look fabulous in handcrafted clothes, but are often a stumbling block for sewers.

    Join Amanda as she shares with you the secrets of the perfect concealed zip learnt during her 30 years of clothing alterations.

  • Precious Metal Clay Jewellery- Postponed

    Precious Metal Clay Jewellery- Postponed

    16:00
    29/01/2021
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Precious Metal Clay Jewellery

    postponed

    £75.00

    Precious metal clay has taken the jewellery world by storm! It is a fantastic material to work with as it has the versatility of clay and once fired it turns into 99.9% silver. We will look at designs you can create, either earrings or a pendant, then show you how to make a moulding compound which will be used to cast your chosen object or texture. The PMC is then pressed into the mould, fired with a torch and polished using a rotary polisher. Liver of sulphur may then be applied to enhance the texture/design. The pieces will then be finished – by forging silver ear wires and piercing the final piece to create earrings or creating a hanging bail for a pendant. You will be amazed at the results you will achieve!

    Included on the day:

    –        PMC for a pendant or earrings and all other materials

    –        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: 8

  • Curry Night

    Curry Night

    18:00 -21:00
    29/01/2021
    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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  • Harbours and Boats- postponed

    Harbours and Boats- postponed

    10:00 -16:00
    30/01/2021
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Harbours and Boats

    Postponed

    £75.00

    Using simplification, mark-making and a loose impressionistic approach we will learn how to tackle a busy subject and make it manageable!

    We will create a collaged ground using text, tissue and patterned papers as the starting point for our image. We will then work over this with layers of acrylic paint – spattering, dripping, and scraping to create a loose impression of a harbour scene, adding more collage elements as we need them.

    Further layers of paint, simple ways to depict boats and adding detail and linework with pen, ink and pastel make the whole image come alive. A fun mixed media approach suitable for beginners and anyone wanting to work in a free and forgiving way… if you don’t like a bit just cover it up with more collage!

    What to bring: Heavy watercolour paper (approx. 350gsm) or mountboard / back of sketchpad (painted white if you’re using this) or MDF (painted white).

    Lightweight patterned & plain papers for collage  – whatever you have. Drawing pencil, Waterproof fineliner pen in a dark colour or dark acrylic ink and a dip pen or fine brush.  A waterproof white pen or ink would be useful but not essential (Posca pens are great). Oil pastels / wax crayons – whatever you have (don’t buy specially). Acrylic matt medium (the gel sort, not the fluid medium– Winsor & Newton, Pebeo & Liquitex all make one).

    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 / small roller if you have one (not essential). Kitchen roll, water pot, Scissors & craft knife.

    Found objects for printing such as bubble wrap, ribbed card, anything with an interesting texture or pattern (wallpaper, food packaging etc). Inspiration / source material / sketches of landscapes (the tutor will also bring some images as starting points).

    Included on the day:

    –        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: Beginners/intermediate

    Number of students: 10

  • Stocks, Sauces & Soups- postponed

    Stocks, Sauces & Soups- postponed

    10:00 -15:00
    30/01/2021
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Stocks, Sauces & Soups

    In The Woodspeen kitchen we consider the secret to a great sauce, gravy or soup is in the stock. Stocks form the foundation of all great kitchens and add a depth of flavour to your dishes, this course teaches you to understand the importance of stock and how it can impact in your cooking. Once you have a great stock fresh soups, sauces and risottos are quick and easy to make.

  • Curry Night

    Curry Night

    18:00 -21:00
    30/01/2021
    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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  • FAUX CALLIGRAPHY AND SLATE DESIGN- postponed

    FAUX CALLIGRAPHY AND SLATE DESIGN- postponed

    10:00 -13:00
    31/01/2021
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    FAUX CALLIGRAPHY AND SLATE DESIGN

    Postponed

    10:00 – 1:00

    £75.00

    This workshop explores the wonderful art of lettering using faux calligraphy techniques; a lettering technique to imitate the style of modern calligraphy using everyday pens. The workshop will begin with an overview of faux calligraphy and some lettering exercises to help you create letter forms. You will then use these skills to create your own wording on a slate sign, with a few words of your choosing using chalk pens. Choose to use this sign for your home or garden, as a snack platter or make this as a special wedding, anniversary, new home, birthday or Christmas gift for someone special.

    This technique is ideal for individuals who would like to explore modern calligraphy more, or who struggle using a pointed pen, but want to create a similar lettering style that a nib produces.

    All materials are provided. Simply arrive with an idea of what to put onto your slate piece. For your planning, the slate measures 28cm x 21cm.

    Let’s make letters look beautiful!

    Included on the day:

    • All materials

    • 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

  • Introduction to Glass Fusing- 2 Projects

    Introduction to Glass Fusing- 2 Projects

    11:00 -17:00
    31/01/2021
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Introduction to Glass Fusing- 2 Projects

    Priority booking opens to Members on Tuesday 8 December. Tickets are available for general sale on Tuesday 15 December at 10am.

    Join Shirely Eccles for an introduction to the skills and techniques involved in glass fusing and slumping.

    We will have the option to make a two kiln-fired pieces; a bowl/platter and either coasters, a suncatcher or a wind chime. You will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of ideas and glass materials. You will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of ideas and glass materials.

    In project 1 you can create either a small wall hanging, coasters, sun catcher or a wind chime.

    In project 2 you will learn techniques to design your own sheet of art glass. This will then be used to form a slumped bowl or platter.

    Suitable moulds will be discussed and prepared for this process as the technique will include two firings.

    These will be taken away for firing in a kiln and will be returned to The Base for you to collect after the course

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