As Berkshire Youth’s newest flagship youth and community centre, Waterside Centre is a safe place for young people to access support, activities and opportunities whilst also providing a hub for the local community to connect and network.

Having completed the refurbishment of the building in 2021, Berkshire Youth are proud to present Waterside Centre as a space where they can make a positive contribution to young people and families within West Berkshire.

On their website you will be able to find out about Waterside Centre, Berkshire Youth and their staff team as well as what they have on offer through their programmes of activities.

The Waterside Centre | history

Built in the 1960s, Waterside Centre was part of a national response to the Arbermale committee’s report into youth work and the engagement with young people outside of school activities and holiday programmes. The government of the time engaged in a massive build campaign to provide young people with a place to go and things to do.

Waterside Centre sits on the site of an old Baptist church complete with graveyard, which had to be de-sanctified and relocated for the investment in a riverside town centre location for young people.

The Waterside has been a focal point for Newbury since its build and has enjoyed a presence in the lives of many young people, including as a destination for date nights. Today, many passers-by tell us how they met their partner at the Waterside or enjoyed the outdoor sports and trips; camping, climbing and canoeing. The centre was always well-known for its outdoor sports, the music nights, battle of the bands and exchanges with Newbury twin towns. Above all, the Waterside was a place for young people.

The Waterside Centre | Berkshire Youth and Youth Work

They believe that every young person should have access to opportunities to develop skills and raise their aspirations. With local authority funding greatly reduced and activities for young people being lost as a direct result, it is more important than ever to invest in personal development opportunities for young people.

Young people need a variety of opportunities both inside and outside of education to have fun with their friends, to be healthy and creative, to make positive changes in their community and to develop their skills and aspirations.

Berkshire Youth are pleased to be able offer a variety of affordable and engaging programmes for both youth workers and young people.

For further information about Berkshire Youth and  their work across the county, please visit the Berkshire Youth website.

Boogie Mites catchy melodies, toe-tapping beats and exciting themes inspire children and grown-ups to dance, clap and sing along. With benefits for cognitive, emotional and physical development, active music-making is a great way to learn and feel happy! 


Berkshire Youth have partnered with BoxWise to deliver a free 6-week non-contact boxing programme, for young people aged 12–16.

Classes consist of a warm up and cool down, technique and teamwork drills, plus bag and one to one pad work.

Each student will be provided with a free BoxWise t-shirt, water bottle, hand wraps and a hot meal after every session.

Thames Valley ABC

Thames Valley ABC is a small boxing club, well supported by the local community. The club has been in Newbury since 1956 and has had both male and female National Junior champions and semi-finalists, CYP champion and finalist, and school boy and girl finalists.

Sessions consist of fitness, boxing skills, to learn how to throw correctly and block hoping that the boxers will want to compete in competition under England boxing rules. These in turn build self-confidence and discipline.

Thames Valley ABC train at Waterside on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Juniors (aged 9–15 years), 6.30pm–7.30pm. £5 per session (payable on the night). Seniors (aged 16–40 years), 7.30pm–9pm. £6 per session (payable on the night).

Both males and females welcomed.

Please contact Paul Cooke for further details, email or call 01635 871993.

Join us for a boxing taster session on Saturday 9 July 2022. Please click here to see the poster with full details. Email us to book your places:

Climbing Club

Have you been stuck at home with nothing to do? Have you considered trying a new activity? Join them for a free trial session on their climbing wall.
Fridays, term time only.
All sessions cost just £5 per person per session.
Please email them to book your places.

Canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding activities.
Fridays, term time only. All abilities welcome.
All sessions cost just £5 per person per session.
We recommend a towel and change of clothes and shoes are brought to every session. Closed-toe shoes must be worn on the water

Within the Wooden Spoon Café at Waterside Centre, Colline’s Kitchen offers barista style coffees, a range of teas, delicious cakes, snacks and healthy lunches including her famous Buddha bowls and vegan brownies!

On warmer days, you can dine al fresco and enjoy a spot of lunch on the terrace overlooking the canal. Colline prides herself on offering food for different dietary requirements and working collaboratively with other local independent businesses and suppliers. In addition to the café, Colline also provides private catering services and is one for the original founders of the community EduCafé, at the Newbury Library.

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