Events in West Berkshire 

Discover events that appeal to your sense of freedom and provide opportunities to have fun or learn new skills. Make time to just escape, indulge and relax- with friends or family.

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  • What’s So Great About Opera?

    What’s So Great About Opera?

    19:30 -20:30
    05/06/2021-05/09/2021
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    What’s So Great About Opera?

    What’s So Great About Opera? A Cabaret evening with Hilary Summers.

    Join Hilary Summers and Andrew West for a hilarious romp through the highs and lows of Opera. The evening will feature songs especially composed by the duo, including An introduction to Baroque Opera and I’m a Puccini heroine addict as well as performances of beloved arias from the operatic canon.

    Absurd plots, gender fluidity, modern music and voice categorisation will all come under scrutiny, and the performance culminates in Summers/West Productions’ Essential Magic Flute – a one-woman, 25-minute reduction of Mozart’s masterpiece.

    Hilary Summers is one of Britain’s leading contraltos and performs regularly around the world. She was a soloist on two occasions at the 2019 BBC Proms.

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  • Get Creative

    Get Creative

    09:45 -16:00
    10/06/2021-11/07/2021
    JoeDaisy Studio Mapledurham RG4 7TL

    Get Creative | Contemporary Painting Weekend

    Let’s Use Acrylic Paint Properly!!

    We are going to understand line and proportion of space and DESIGN our own Contemporary Landscape – anyway you want to

    Then how about COLOUR? Which colour goes with which? How will colour makes us feel? Do we want soft and gentle or stunning and impactive?

    Then let’s explore painting KNIVES and see what marks they make – you have a big selection of knives to explore.

    A really great weekend with the sensational Sarah Burton.

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  • What’s On @ The Watercress Line

    What’s On @ The Watercress Line

    All day
    12/06/2021-13/06/2021
    The Watercress Line The Railway Station, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JG

    What’s On @ The Watercress Line

    TRANSPORT YOURSELF BACK IN TIME TO THE 1940s, AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF A SECOND WORLD WAR RAILWAY, TO EXPERIENCE THE ‘BLITZ SPIRIT’.

    War On The Line will feature civilian and military re-enactors, vintage vehicles, live music, dancing and historic displays.

    At Ropley Station, visitors will also be able to undergo a 40s makeover at Pearl’s Pin-up Parlour and enjoy an exciting Spitfire flypast, subject to weather conditions.

    War on the Line is as much about reliving this period as it is enjoying the rush of a steam engine. Whether you want to get involved and dress up in your own period costume, or simply come along and soak up the atmosphere, War on the Line promises to be a truly unique and memorable experience.

  • Get Creative

    Get Creative

    09:45 -16:00
    12/06/2021-13/06/2021
    JoeDaisy Studio Mapledurham RG4 7TL

    Get Creative | Contemporary Painting Weekend

    Let’s Use Acrylic Paint Properly!!

    We are going to understand line and proportion of space and DESIGN our own Contemporary Landscape – anyway you want to

    Then how about COLOUR? Which colour goes with which? How will colour makes us feel? Do we want soft and gentle or stunning and impactive?

    Then let’s explore painting KNIVES and see what marks they make – you have a big selection of knives to explore.

    A really great weekend with the sensational Sarah Burton.

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  • My House

    My House

    All day
    13/06/2021
    Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR

    My House

    Come close and look in through the enticing doors and windows. Meet two strange looking figures, both with their own very different way of being. They provoke and play with each other, trying to find a way to exist together in this quirky looking house of “theirs”.

    My House is a circus theatre experience for little people and their families. Through high technical circus and comedy two artists show us, in a playful way, that it is possible to understand each other even though we are very different.

    FULL PRICE £31 (PER HOUSEHOLD GROUP/SOCIAL BUBBLE (UP TO 6 PEOPLE)

    The seating layout for this event is split into specific bubble sizes. Because of this, tickets for My House are only bookable via the Box Office. Please call 0845 5218 218 (calls cost 2p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge) to purchase tickets and to discuss your booking.

    Duration: 30 minutes (plus 15 minute play time if guidance allows)

    Suitable for all ages

    This event will take place at Shaw House, Newbury

  • On The Wire – Writing for Drama

    On The Wire – Writing for Drama

    10:00 -15:00
    13/06/2021
    Newbury RG14 5AL

    On The Wire – Writing for Drama

    40 years ago this summer the first peace protestors arrived at Greenham Common to draw attention to the siting of cruise missiles there and the global proliferation of nuclear weapons.

    What are the personal stories behind events such as these that make headlines around the world?

    In this series of workshops participants will be helped to develop pieces of dramatic writing which reveal the characters that might have been involved directly or indirectly with the events at Greenham. Who were they? What was the nature of their involvement? And, most intriguingly, what was at stake for them?

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors over the age of 11 are required to wear them in the building, unless you are exempt from wearing one. If you remove your mask to eat or drink you must put it back on straight after.

  • ONSITE Creative Bookbinding: Coptic Stitch Book

    ONSITE Creative Bookbinding: Coptic Stitch Book

    10:00 -16:00
    13/06/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONSITE Creative Bookbinding: Coptic Stitch Book

    This one-day, onsite workshop is designed for a range of abilities including beginners but includes cutting, sewing and gluing so some manual dexterity is needed.

    Workshop Details

    Coptic stitch is a beautiful style of binding with an exposed stitch spine that looks like chain stitch. These books have an open spine which means the pages open completely flat. Coptic style books are ideal as gifts or to keep for yourself as a diary or notebook.During this workshop we will make an A5 portrait notebook from scratch. First we will prepare the covers, cutting these from greyboard, covering with your choice of decorative paper, and then leaving them to dry under weight.
    Next we will trim cartridge paper into the right size for the book and nest the trimmed sheets into ‘signatures’. Then we will make the holes for sewing and will finally sew all the pages and cover together using Coptic stitch. There will be suggestions for how to take this binding style further in your own projects after the workshop.

    £95.00

  • Very Vegan

    Very Vegan

    10:00 -15:00
    13/06/2021
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

     

    Very Vegan

    In our vegan course, you will compose an entire seasonal 3-course menu, plus bread with a dip. The dishes are really versatile for your everyday kitchen pursuits, extracting out key recipes for many a dish.

    The cooking techniques are taught and everyday familiar foods are translated into a vegan way of cooking. We teach dishes which will impress lifelong vegans, those on a transition from animal products and cooking meals for a mixed family with convenience.

    Course includes:

    Country loaf, baked using the Dutch Pot method

    Lemon hummus, using aquafaba and nutritional yeast

    Shortcrust pastry

    Vegetable tart, bound with wild mushroom puree

    Nut roast with cranberry compote

    Chocolate Delice and caramel sauce

     

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  • Nature Tots – Nature Discovery Centre Thatcham

    Nature Tots – Nature Discovery Centre Thatcham

    All day
    14/06/2021
    Nature Discovery Centre, Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3FU
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    Nature Tots – Nature Discovery Centre Thatcham

    Join us for Nature Tots at The Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham. Fun with Nature, organised activities and a friendly welcoming face.

    Meeting point

    The Hutch, close to the playground

    Date

    Time
    Staggered start times: 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am
  • Introduction to Modern Calligraphy

    Introduction to Modern Calligraphy

    10:00 -13:00
    14/06/2021
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Introduction to Modern Calligraphy | West Berkshire Villagers

    This informal, practical and inspirational workshop explores the wonderful art of writing using a nib and ink, but with a modern twist. The workshop will begin with some drill exercises to help you understand and appreciate the slow flow of the nib and basic letter forms. You’re sure to appreciate how relaxing this process is. You will then experiment writing your own postcard-sized print with a saying of your choice. This is yours to take home.

    Modern calligraphy requires a good deal of practice. You will leave this workshop with a starter set to continue your skill development at home. But most importantly, you will leave with some confidence to continue practising this beautiful skill at your leisure, helping unlock your own creative style of writing.

    Let’s make letters look beautiful!

  • Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    19:00 -21:00
    14/06/2021-14/07/2021
    Welford Newbury Berkshire RG20 8HU

    Pride and Prejudice | West Berkshire Villagers

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s witty and romantic masterpiece is one of the best-loved stories of all time, dealing with the most important questions in life

    This event will take place at Welford Park, Newbury

    Will Mrs Bennett manage to offload her numerous daughters in record time? Will Lizzy and Darcy actually get together? Will creepy Mr Collins just go away please? Join The Pantaloons this summer for this delightfully innovative and hilarious new adaptation.

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors over the age of 11 are required to wear them on arrival. We will be limiting the number of people admitted to each event to ensure appropriate social distancing between each group and once you have been seated face coverings may be removed.

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  • Writing Back to Happiness

    Writing Back to Happiness

    All day
    15/06/2021
    Hungerford Hub Church St, Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 0NL

    Writing Back to Happiness

    Do you think about keeping a journal, but not sure where to start?

    Have you felt worried where it might lead you to write down your own thoughts?

    Imagine if as little as five minutes a day could help you feel calmer, and even sleep better…

    Mary Fenwick writes the agony aunt column for Psychologies magazine, she’s been a journalist for 30 years, an executive coach for 12 years, and has kept a journal since Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep was in the charts.

    Mary runs an online programme which combines positive psychology research, with writing techniques. She is bringing her free taster session to Hungerford Hub as part of The Well Read Mind season.

    Here are a few things that people have said about Writing Back to Happiness:

    “I can’t believe that something as simple as sitting down for 15 minutes with a pen and paper every day could be so therapeutic. Really helped to get some thoughts together and I think I’m easier to live with as a result!”

    “I learnt new habits which made me calmer and more ordered in my thinking. I would recommend the course to anyone suffering from stress or anxiety.”

  • Spring Blossom Applique

    Spring Blossom Applique

    10:00 -16:00
    15/06/2021
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Spring Blossom Applique

    Make a small landscape in a day inspired by blossom trees. Images will be provided. We will collage together a fabric background, add tree trunks, then use a confetti technique, cutting tiny pieces with rotary cutters, and sprinkling these onto “mistyfuse”. Tulle is added before ironing and stitching. The composition can then be finished with hand or machine sewing as preferred. We will make a design approximately 35cm long by 35cm high max.

    Tutor: Kate Findlay

    £75.00

  • Cucina Siciliana

    Cucina Siciliana

    10:00 -14:00
    15/06/2021
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    Cucina Siciliana

    Sold Out

  • Teddy Bear Making: Nico the Bear

    Teddy Bear Making: Nico the Bear

    14:00 -16:00
    15/06/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    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.

  • Move in The Park | Adult Dance

    Move in The Park | Adult Dance

    18:00 -19:00
    15/06/2021
    Park Way, Newbury RG14 1DJ

    Move in The Park | Adult Dance

    This event takes place at Victoria Park, Newbury

    Learn the fundamental elements of contemporary dance focusing on placement, control, breath and musicality.

    Priority booking opens to Members on Thursday 6 May. Tickets are available for general sale on Tuesday 11 May at 10am.

    We recommend loose comfortable clothing and trainers.

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors over the age of 11 are required to wear them on arrival. We will be limiting the number of people admitted to each event to ensure appropriate social distancing between each group and once you have been seated face coverings may be removed.

    Move in the Park is supported by McCarthy and Stone

     

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  • Memory Cafe

    Memory Cafe

    10:00 -12:48
    16/06/2021
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    Memory Cafe

    FREE (BOOKING REQUIRED)

    These friendly, relaxed sessions are designed to provide support for people living with Dementia, their carers and family members.

    They are a place to find support, share concerns, celebrate and take part in arts activities.

  • Precious Metal Clay Jewellery

    Precious Metal Clay Jewellery

    10:00 -16:00
    16/06/2021
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Precious Metal Clay Jewellery

    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!

  • ONSITE Colourful Coiled Raffia Basketry

    ONSITE Colourful Coiled Raffia Basketry

    10:00 -16:00
    16/06/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONSITE Colourful Coiled Raffia Basketry

    Sold Out

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  • Bohemia Earrings

    Bohemia Earrings

    All day
    17/06/2021
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Bohemia Earrings

    Learn how to make beautiful earrings and celebrate sustainable fashion with a bohemia vibe!

    You will create two stunning pairs of earrings made from a choice of wire (gold, silver & rose gold colour) using beautiful reclaimed beads! To complete your creations Born Again Bohemia Eco Gift boxes are provided for each pair you design – making this the ideal gift for family and friends!

    *Discount available for Base Pass Plus Holders

    This workshop will take place in person at The Base

    Full Price £45.00

  • The Goring and Streatley Regatta and River Festival – 17 July 2021

    The Goring and Streatley Regatta and River Festival – 17 July 2021

    All day
    17/06/2021

    The Goring and Streatley Regatta and River Festival – 17 July 2021

    The Goring & Streatley Regatta and River Festival is held every two years, alternating with the Goring Festival. Around 2000 people attend each year to watch up to 40 crews battle it out on the river in what is often a display of spectacularly optimistic rowing.  It’s not just rowing – there are other races too – canoeing and mini dragon boats.

    All day bar, live music, stalls, food court, with a funfair, bouncy castle and amusements for children – the emphasis is on entertainment both on and off the water for children and adults. It’s a brilliant day out!

    Rowing starts at 9am, with all entertainments full blast from 11am. The last race is at 6pm and the fun continues with the prize giving, with the bar open to 8pm (or beyond if the barrels aren’t empty).

    We are strictly following the Government’s and British Rowing’s Covid policies, and therefore we may have to adapt the regatta to fit any changes at short notice.

     

    For enquiries about racing and entries, please contact race@goringgapbc.org.uk.

    For enquiries about the regatta in general, please contact regattachairman@goringgapbc.org.uk.

    It should be a great day out for the whole family after a long and dreary lockdown!

    Spectators
    Free for children!

    Tickets are available on the day. Parking is free.
    Entrance to the regatta is £8 for adults and children 16 years and over.
    Kids and under 16s go free, but must be accompanied by a fee paying adult.

    The regatta site is located just outside Streatley on the Berkshire bank of the Thames. By car leave Streatley heading north on the A329 Wallingford Road, keep right where a side road forks left to Blewbury, go through a width restriction and 100 meters further on turn right down a farm lane which will be clearly signposted REGATTA.
    For satnav users, post code RG8 9PU will take you right to the entrance.
    By boat. There are a few mooring spaces below Cleeve Lock or upstream of the regatta, around the bend towards the Beetle and Wedge.

  • Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace 2021

    Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace 2021

    All day
    17/06/2021-20/06/2021
    Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP

    Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace 2021

    Simple Minds, Deacon Blue, Lionel Richie, UB40 and more….

  • Food From the Amalfi Coast

    Food From the Amalfi Coast

    10:00 -14:30
    17/06/2021
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    Food From the Amalfi Coast | West Berkshire Villagers

    We are delighted to welcome back Mariella Bliss to the cookery school.  Mariella was born in Naples and is passionate about Italian food. Her warmth and enthusiasm for her subject will whisk you away to various regions in Italy, each with their own food culture.

    The Amalfi Coast is not just the land of beautiful sea, villages and landscapes. As a result of centuries of culinary refining it produces an array of wonderful dishes. In this class Mariella will guide you through these authentic dishes from her home region.

    On the way you will learn the art of making fresh pasta and the secrets to a making the perfect pizza dough, along with many other hints and tips that Mariella is always so keen to impart.

  • Hamstead Park Revealed – a Guided Walk

    Hamstead Park Revealed – a Guided Walk

    10:00 -14:00
    17/06/2021-18/06/2021

    Hamstead Park Revealed – a Guided Walk

    Please be understanding if there are last minute alterations in the arrangements for this walk if the relaxation of COVID restrictions happens more slowly than the current government expectations.  We will make whatever changes are needed to remain in compliance with government restrictions.

    The highlight of this walk is the historic Hamstead Park, near Newbury. We discover the fascinating history of this former medieval deer park with royal connections and which, for many years, was part of the Lord Craven estate. Click to read BGT’s Research Paper on Hamstead Park.

    Walk description

    Our walk starts out from the Red House pub in Marsh Benham.  The walk follows the meandering path up to the site of Hamstead Lodge taking in castle mottes and the old manor fishponds. Passing the Lodge along the tree lined drive we then descend along a pretty path overhung by hazel coppice around the Park perimeter (which is often muddy).

    We briefly leave the Park along Ashtree Plantation but soon re-enter to follow the park pale towards the church.  Then, pairs of enigmatic gateposts come into view to give a clue to the existence of a house, since long vanished.  We retrace our steps to the Red House.

    What will it be like?

    This is a 4.5 mile walk that will take approximately 3 to 3.5 hours.  Our guide will be Philippa from Pipsticks Walks.  We will take a short mid-walk refreshment break and there will be stops along the way to look at features of interest.

    The terrain is gently undulating (total ascent: 276 ft).  Our route mostly follows good paths, drives and tracks with two short sections on road, but one section may be rough and muddy.  There is one stile.

    Dogs are not permitted on this walk.

    There are no facilities or toilets on route.  Please bring drink and snacks for personal consumption during the walk.

    Please read the walk description carefully. Bookings and your participation on the day are accepted on the understanding that you, and those you are booking on behalf of, are medically and physically fit to take part in the activity.  If you have any concerns you should discuss these with us prior to booking and participating.

    Time and where to meet?

    10.00 am meet probably at The Red House pub, Marsh Benham, RG20 8LY (OS Map Exp 158 GR: SU 426 675).  This will depend on whether the pub has re-opened and availability.  Arrangements for parking and possibly some post-walk refreshments at the Red House pub (not included) will be sent out to those who book.

    Booking: There are two possible dates. Numbers are strictly limited to 12 people per day. Please book by 14th June so that final arrangements can be made. Full instructions, including any necessary COVID arrangements, will be sent to you prior to the walk.

  • Seasonal Dinner Party Cooking

    Seasonal Dinner Party Cooking

    10:00 -15:00
    17/06/2021
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Seasonal Dinner Party Cooking

    We will teach you three amazing seasonal dishes, how to prepare them in advance with fail-safe measures which are sure to delight. This way, when entertaining, you will spend more time with your guests enjoying your party and less time stressing in the kitchen. Your guests will marvel at the ambitious dishes you’ve created for them, and not believe you don’t have a professional chef in your kitchen whilst you enjoy a glass of fizz with them.

    • Make three courses with seasonal produce, homemade bread and pick up tricks of the trade
    • Understand seasonality and its importance, and why ingredients work well together
    • Feel confident in being able to create your own dishes in the future
    • Understand how you can prepare in advance, so you only need to finish your dishes on the day
    • Watch how the tutor finishes the dishes, opportunity to get your phones out and use the video to help you re-create at home

  • Floral Design

    Floral Design

    17:00 -19:00
    17/06/2021
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Floral Design

    In this evening workshop you will learn about the different areas of floristry and how floral designers create their work through design schema using the principle and elements of design.

    There is a high demand for more locally grown flowers and eco-friendly techniques within the industry.  In this course you will also learn how to use the form of the flowers themselves to create a foam-free asymmetrical vase design to take home with you. Please bring a vase of your choice or we have a selection of vases for sale.

    Included on the day:

    • Flowers from the garden

    • 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

  • Outdoor Theatre: Daisy Pulls It Off

    Outdoor Theatre: Daisy Pulls It Off

    19:30 -21:50
    17/06/2021
    Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR

    Outdoor Theatre: Daisy Pulls It Off | West Berkshire Villagers

    Daisy Meredith a young scholarship girl arrives at Grangewood School for Young Ladies full of hope. She soon finds that getting acceptance from the snobby girls is not as easy as she thought.

    She undergoes many tribulations with her good friend Trixie Martin and both girls end the play by being honourable and straight in all things, saving the lives of sneaky Monica and toady Sybil-their arch enemies and discovering the treasure of Grangewood, scoring the winning goal at hockey and finding Daisy’s long lost father!

    A ripping romp for all ages.

    Please bring your own seating/rug, warm clothes and picnic. The café will be open selling snacks, drinks and ice cream. Please observe social distancing at all times and be prepared to be directed to an area in which to sit.

    Gates 6pm Performance 7.30pm | £10 Adults, £4 Under 16s

    Pre-book only, tickets will not be available on the gate.

    Tickets are fully refundable should there be any change with the easing of Government restrictions.

     

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  • Sourdough Masterclass

    Sourdough Masterclass

    09:30 -16:00
    18/06/2021
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    Sourdough Masterclass

    Sold out

  • Quirky Clay Collage Harbour Scene

    Quirky Clay Collage Harbour Scene

    10:00 -16:00
    18/06/2021
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Advanced Clay Collage Harbour Scene

    This workshop gives you the opportunity to create your own clay collage harbour scene on canvas board. Julie will teach and guide you through the process of working with paper clay to create a unique stylised clay collage. Inspiration will be from images/photos of harbours and we will make a tracing paper template design which will be used to cut out the clay pieces. The clay design will then be adhered to the canvas board. The clay collage will be over painted using acrylic paints and a white posca pen or permanent marker. You will leave the workshop with a finished quirky harbour scene that will be ready for framing or if necessary completed at home.

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  • For Beginners and Improvers

    For Beginners and Improvers

    09:45 -16:00
    19/06/2021-20/06/2021

    For Beginners and Improvers

    A ‘Traditional’ skill approach to oil painting but in a contemporary manner. Learning all the basics of oil painting – most especially ‘The Blend’. You can’t call yourself an oil painter until you understand the blend!

    We are also going to attempt the ‘old fashioned’ 7 layer oil painting method = with a modern approach to it. Using modern mediums.

    JMW Turner is probably one of the best examples of a fine art oil painter = so we will also take inspiration from this Master.

  • Calm Creativity

    Calm Creativity

    10:00 -13:00
    19/06/2021
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Calm Creativity

    Take time out from the hustle and bustle of daily life and absorb yourself in session of calm creativity with Katherine Kingdon.

    Katherine will work with you to explore the use of plan, chance and ambiguity as a starting point for creative play. She’ll introduce you to some of the methods she uses in her own work, encourage you to treat your inner critic with compassion and help you along a 2D, mixed media creative journey.

  • Adult’s Summer Linoprint

    Adult’s Summer Linoprint

    11:00 -13:00
    19/06/2021
    City Arts Newbury 10 Hampton Road Newbury Berkshire RG14 6DB

    Adult’s Summer Linoprint

    Adult’s Summer Linoprint

    LINOPRINT WORKSHOP WITH CHARLOTTE ADCOK

    Saturday 19 June 2021 , 11am to 1pm, £30

    This workshop is for Adults (18+)

    A fun introduction to lino printing. You will be learning traditional lino print techniques using lino and hand mixing colours. We will be getting creative and making some unique Summer themed prints.

    Small class (maximum 6).

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  • Castle Tours and Mozart in the Garden 2021

    Castle Tours and Mozart in the Garden 2021

    All day
    20/06/2021
    Highclere Castle Highclere Park NEWBURY RG20 9RN

    Castle Tours and Mozart in the Garden

    Please join Lord and Lady Carnarvon for a magical June Sunday to include a guided tour of their spectacular home followed by a performance of Mozart’s famous pieces in the gardens.

    Whether you are entranced by Downton Abbey, or would like to explore the Egyptian Exhibition, we hope it will be the most memorable visit, topped by a wonderful performance in the surroundings of Highclere’s Arcadian 18th century parkland. Performed by young musicians from the Royal College of Music, this performance will take place by the 18th century Temple in the glorious setting of Highclere’s Capability Brown designed park.

    Weather permitting, chairs and tables of complementary scones, cakes and lemonade will be set up around the Temple. Our Coach House tearooms will also be open to offer you hot drinks and delicious food during the afternoon.

    Please see venue for booking times.

  • Introduction to Copper Foil Embossing

    Introduction to Copper Foil Embossing

    10:00 -13:00
    20/06/2021
    City Arts Newbury 10 Hampton Road Newbury Berkshire RG14 6DB

    Introduction to Copper Foil Embossing

    COPPER FOIL EMBOSSING WITH SARAH JANE GORDON

    Sunday 20 June 2021, 10am to 1pm, £35

    This workshop is for adults (18+)

    Sheets of thin copper foil will be used to create designs, inspired by patterns and shapes in nature, with dimension and texture through the method of embossing using simple hand tools.
    You will finish your work by using heat to obtain a range of beautiful colours. The workshop is aimed at complete beginners and all materials and tools will be provided.

  • Bookbinding- Buttonhole Stitch Online

    Bookbinding- Buttonhole Stitch Online

    10:00 -16:00
    20/06/2021
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Bookbinding- Buttonhole Stitch ONLINE

    In this workshop Janina will take you through you all the steps involved in making a buttonhole book with a cutaway spine.  The project will be a hard back landscape A6 book, with paper cover, book cloth detailing, cutaway spine, and buttonhole stitching. We will start by cutting greyboard into the correct size for the book and making the cut away element. The front and back covers will be covered with a decorative paper, and the spine and hinge areas reinforced with bookcloth. The cover will then be placed under weight to dry flat. Next we will trim the inside pages to fit (using the fold and slice technique), nesting the folded pages into ‘signatures’. Once we have made holes in the paper for sewing, the final stage will be to sew the pages into the book cover using a long buttonhole stitch and linen thread.

     All the stages will be fully demonstrated as a group, with plenty of help and support on an individual basis during the day.

  • Introduction to Glass Fusing : 2 Projects

    Introduction to Glass Fusing : 2 Projects

    11:00 -13:00
    20/06/2021
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Introduction to Glass Fusing : 2 Projects

    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.

  • Blithe Spirit

    Blithe Spirit

    14:30 -17:00
    20/06/2021

    Blithe Spirit | West Berkshire Villagers

    This event will take place at Thatcham Cricket Club

    BlackBox Theatre Company presents an outdoor production of Noël Coward’s timeless classic, Blithe Spirit.

    Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, has had two wives – one is most certainly living and the other is most certainly dead! However, after a rather eventful séance held by the eccentric Madame Arcati, the ghost of his temperamental first wife has come to visit, much to the consternation of the current Mrs Condomine. Two wives, ‘living’ under the same roof? What could possibly go wrong?

    The play was first produced at The Manchester Opera House in 1941 and over the years ‘Coward’s masterpiece’ has become a firm favourite with theatre audiences around the world. It has been made into two films, the first starring Rex Harrison and the formidable Margaret Rutherford and most recently a Hollywood retelling starring Judi Dench as Madame Arcati.

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors over the age of 11 are required to wear them on arrival. We will be limiting the number of people admitted to each event to ensure appropriate social distancing between each group  and once you have been seated face coverings may be removed.

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  • Pet Portraits with Personality

    Pet Portraits with Personality

    10:00 -16:00
    21/06/2021
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Pet Portraits with Personality

    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!

  • 19:00 -23:00
    21/06/2021
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    Wine & Dine

    Join us for an evening of wining & dining at the Hartley Arms.

    We have a beautiful selection of wines provided by My Fine Cellar, which you can taste and enjoy.

    Guests will sample wines by the beautiful river or in our courtyard before sitting down to a specially curated menu and ordering a bottle of their choice. Alcohol and drinks will be billed separately. This will allow you to have flexibility on what you would like and how much to drink with dinner. We have a wine pairing/suggestion for every course!

    Included in the ticket purchase, you will have an amuse bouche/canapé, some glasses of wine with our professional sommelier where he will help you choose your wine for dinner & a 3 course meal, from our menu, specially curated by our chef’s & My Fine Cellar. 

    There will also be an envelope with some goodies that you can take home with you.

    Don’t miss out on a wonderful evening of wining and dining with some fine food and company.

    Spaces are limited so book now to avoid disappointment!

     

    Date: Monday, 21st June, 2021, 7:00pm onwards

    Ticket Price: £35 per person. Booking multiple tickets as a table would be advised.

    Venue: The Hartley Arms, 2 Castle Lane, Donnington, Newbury, RG14 2JP

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  • Effective lobbying – how to make your voice heard

    Effective lobbying – how to make your voice heard

    13:00 -14:00
    22/06/2021

    Effective lobbying – how to make your voice heard

    Join our BBOWT lunch time webinar to find out how you can make a difference by lobbying your elected representative.

    About the event

    If you feel daunted by the idea of contacting your MP or councillor this webinar aims to give you confidence and point you towards useful resources to help you to prepare and get your message across.

    What to expect:

    • A welcome from BBOWT Chief Executive, Estelle Bailey.
    • Find out how Government works and how we can best influence Government policy from Richard Benwell, Chief Executive of Wildlife and Countryside Link and former senior advisor at DEFRA.
    • Hear from Layla Moran MP who will explain how best to contact your MP, how the pandemic has changed how we contact our MPs and what methods of lobbying she herself finds most persuasive.
    • Councillor Carloyne Culver from West Berkshire Council will tell us how best to contact your local authority councillor, how this has this changed since the pandemic, and what to do or not to do when contacting your councillor.
    • BBOWT Wildlife Ambassador Val Siddiqui will describe her considerable experience of lobbying using various methods including how to prepare for a meeting with an MP or councillor and how to follow it up.
    • Find out what resources and support are available from BBOWT.
    • Ask questions of our experts about any aspect of effective lobbying.

    You can register for this free event – a virtual meeting, by visiting the website.

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  • Jo Ellis Inspired Textured Landscape in Mixed Media

    Jo Ellis Inspired Textured Landscape in Mixed Media

    10:00 -16:00
    23/06/2021
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Jo Ellis Inspired Textured Landscape in Mixed Media

    £75.00

    Tutor: Caroline Crawford

    Students will work in a loose style with a variety of media to create a slightly abstracted landscape. They will use a new technique ‘sugar texture’ in the foreground – a new media your tutor has created. They work with layers of colour in an expressive, gestural style. With lots of guidance, hints and tips from your tutor.

  • Paradise Lost (Lies Unopened Beside Me)

    Paradise Lost (Lies Unopened Beside Me)

    19:45 -22:00
    23/06/2021
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    Paradise Lost (Lies Unopened Beside Me)

    There is a possibility that God made everything because he was terrified of doing nothing. Here is a re-telling of the story of the beginning of everything inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost – told through words, music and the easily misunderstood medium of dance. A show for anyone who has created anything (child, garden, paper aeroplane) and then watched it spiral out of control.

    Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) is a one-man adaptation of Milton’s epic poem and is conceived, directed and performed by Ben Duke for Lost Dog. The show premiered in May 2015 at Battersea Arts Centre, London as part of A Nation’s Theatre and went on to run at Summerhall as part the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2015 where it received high critical acclaim.

    Paradise Lost was shortlisted for a 2015 Total Theatre Award in the Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form category and Ben Duke won the 2015 National Dance Award for Outstanding Male Performance. Since 2015 the show has toured to over 60 venues both nationally and internationally including 14 village halls as part of the Rural Touring Dance Initiative. In 2019 The Guardian named Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) in its list of the Top Ten Dance Performances of the 21st Century.

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  • As You Like It

    As You Like It

    All day
    24/06/2021
    The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE

    As You Like It | West Berkshire Villages

    PRIORITY BOOKING FOR FRIENDS OPENS THURSDAY 6 MAY AT 10AM

    GENERAL BOOKING OPENS TUESDAY 11 MAY AT 10AM

    ‘These trees shall be my books…’

    Enter the forest, reconnect, and celebrate the joy of nature in this lively, uplifting production from the critically acclaimed Watermill Ensemble.

    Using responsibly sourced, repurposed, or recyclable materials to create the set, props and costumes, Shakespeare’s famous pastoral comedy will be brought to life in a production that celebrates the unique environment of the Watermill gardens.

    Forced to leave their homes behind, Rosalind and Orlando find sanctuary in the forest of Arden. Amongst whispering trees, their worlds collide, and they become entangled in a game of love, lust and mistaken identity.

    What follows is a riotous adventure with a feisty heroine in disguise, feuding brothers, love poetry and laughs aplenty! Will love conquer all, or is it merely a madness?

    With an atmospheric modern folk soundscape, inspired by the music of Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Taylor Swift, experience the magic of As You Like It in the dappled forest of The Watermill Gardens.

    Running time: approximately 2 hours including 20 minute interval

    Age Guidance: 12+
    Unfortunately we cannot admit children aged 3 and under.

    Tickets: £25 per person.

    All performances take place outside in The Watermill garden. All seating is socially distanced, with aisles and space between reserved seating areas.

    Book an individual seat, or select a table for two, four or six people. Best availability is for tables of 4. All seats at a table must be purchased in a single transaction.

    All seating areas on the lawn are wheelchair accessible, although tables near the path (beside the exit) may be more convenient. Please refer to the online seating plan or call the Box Office for guidance.

    Aged 18–30 years? Limited number of £15 ‘Solo’ seats available for every performance (usually £25).

    Accessible Performances 
    Audio Described performance: Saturday 24 July at 2pm, Touch Tour at 12.30pm.

    To reserve a headset for the performance and to book your tickets, please contact the Box Office on 01635 46044.

    We have taken steps to ensure a comfortable and relaxed environment for all, and welcome you to make use of the grounds to move around or take a break during performances should you need to.

    The Great Outdoors 

    This performance takes place outside and will go ahead whatever the weather. Seats in the garden are uncovered, so we recommend you bring appropriate clothing. You may also wish to bring a cushion and blankets.

    Dine at The Watermill

    Make the most of your time at The Watermill with a pre-show two course meal, or perhaps indulge in a cream tea after the matinée.

    Please note: Only food and drink purchased at The Watermill may be consumed on the premises. Unfortunately, picnics are not permitted.

    Social Distancing and Safety Measures

    All current government guidelines apply throughout the season. There is limited access to indoor areas, with a one-way system and hygiene measures in place. Face coverings will be required in indoor spaces, unless exempt, and in some circumstances outdoors, depending on Government guidance at the time of the performance. Staff will wear face coverings when in close proximity, such as when checking tickets or serving food.

    Principal Sponsor

     

  • Back to Basics: Soups and Stews

    Back to Basics: Soups and Stews

    10:00 -13:00
    24/06/2021
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    Back to Basics: Soups and Stews

    Sold Out

     

     

  • Artisan Cheese and Butter Making

    Artisan Cheese and Butter Making

    10:30 -15:00
    24/06/2021
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    Artisan Cheese and Butter Making

    Join Louise Talbot, founder of Cutting the Curd to immerse yourself in all things cheese and dairy at the Honesty Cookery School!

    You will receive a folder of theory and recipes and will learn how to turn either raw or supermarket milk/cream into halloumi, mascarpone, mozzarella and butter! This course is suitable for vegetarians as we will be using vegetarian rennet.

    For those who have attended our Christmas cheese course this will provide some different skills and end products.

    You will take home the cheese you’ve made – just make sure you have pizza bases and passata at the ready!

    A light lunch will be provided combining some of the cheeses and mascarpone with Honesty bakery products.

    All abilities welcome.

  • Steak Night

    Steak Night

    18:00 -21:00
    24/06/2021
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Steak Night

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

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

    Course includes:

     

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

     

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

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

    £95.00

    6 Places Available

  • Make Do and Mend

    Make Do and Mend

    19:30 -20:00
    24/06/2021
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Make Do and Mend

    Learn some simple mending and sewing techniques to extend the life of your clothes. Bring your own projects and clothing items with you for this fun and friendly workshop, perfect for beginners and those keen to change habits and slow down fast fashion.

    Price £15.00

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  • What’s On @ The Watercress Line

    What’s On @ The Watercress Line

    All day
    25/06/2021-26/06/2021
    The Watercress Line The Railway Station, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JG

    Diesel Gala

    ENJOY THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF A WEEKEND OF HERITAGE DIESEL TRACTION OVER OUR STEEPLY GRADED LINE.

    Friday 25th – Sunday 27th June will see the railway operated by our home fleet of diesel locomotives, alongside some special guests, showcasing the varied types of diesel locomotives produced during the 1960’s modernisation plan.

    Other activities:

    • Brake van rides at Alresford and Alton

    • Visit society sales stands

    • Carriage and Boiler workshop viewing galleries open

    • Real ale served at Ropley throughout the Gala

    • BBQ Saturday evening

    TRAINS WILL BE OPERATED BY:

    Home fleet

    Class 20 D8059 (20059)

    Class 47 47579 “James Nightall GC”

    Class 50 50027 “Lion”

    Class 08 08288 “Phoenix” 

    Class 11 12082   

    Visiting traction

    Class 25 D7612 (25262) courtesy of the South Devon Diesel Traction group

    Two Class 73/1  Electro-Diesel locomotives courtesy of G B Railfreight Ltd.

    Class 438 4TC unit courtesy of Transport for London Engineering.

    More to be announced.

     

  • Game Plan | Board Games Rediscovered

    Game Plan | Board Games Rediscovered

    All day
    25/06/2021
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Game Plan | Board Games Rediscovered | West Berkshire Villagers

    Board games are played by everyone, young and old. They have a universal appeal that transcends cultural and language barriers.

    The playing of board games is embedded into our culture, not just the games themselves but the act of playing, the interaction with family and friends, the lessons to be learned and the fun to be had.

    Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered includes some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually striking games from the V&A’s outstanding national collection of board games. Alongside family favourites such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, and traditional games like chess, the exhibition will look at historical board games including The Game of the Goose and other beautifully designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries.

    With hands-on activities and the chance to become part of one big interactive game, come and delight in old favourites, and discover what kind of game player you really are…

  • Make a Wire Swallow

    Make a Wire Swallow

    All day
    25/06/2021
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Make a Wire Swallow

    Capture the swift and graceful movement of a swallow out of coloured copper wire to display in a flower pot or garden border.

    Instructions will be given on how to sculpt with wire; learning to trace, join and shape it working from a drawing.

    All wire included and a metal rod, but if you have a small pair of pliers please bring them along.

  • Belshazzar’s Feast

    Belshazzar’s Feast

    All day
    25/06/2021
    Arlington Arts Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ

    Belshazzar’s Feast

    Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals) and Paul Hutchinson (accordion) together entertain audiences across the UK, Australia and the USA with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes, songs and chat that sends audiences home with a smile.

    PAUL SARTIN

    As a singer, oboist, violinist, composer and arranger, Paul Sartin performs and records extensively with trio Faustus, previously with multi-BBC Radio 2 Award-winning big band Bellowhead, and with Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings. Paul is consultant and Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers and the author of ‘Community Choirs Collection – Folk’ published by Faber Music. During 2017 and 2018 he appeared in, as well as directing the music for a new production of Peter Bellamy’s ballad opera, The Transports (Guardian *****). Paul is a BASCA-nominated composer whose commissions include works for the Central School of Speech and Drama, the Choir of Somerville College, Oxford, Streetwise Opera, Aldeburgh Music, and the BBC Radio 4 series ‘Playing the Skyline’. See http://www.paulsartin.co.uk/

    PAUL HUTCHINSON

    As a singer, oboist, violinist, composer and arranger, Paul Sartin performs and records extensively with trio Faustus, previously with multi-BBC Radio 2 Award-winning big band Bellowhead, and with Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings. Paul is consultant and Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers and the author of ‘Community Choirs Collection – Folk’ published by Faber Music. During 2017 and 2018 he appeared in, as well as directing the music for a new production of Peter Bellamy’s ballad opera, The Transports (Guardian *****). Paul is a BASCA-nominated composer whose commissions include works for the Central School of Speech and Drama, the Choir of Somerville College, Oxford, Streetwise Opera, Aldeburgh Music, and the BBC Radio 4 series ‘Playing the Skyline’. See http://www.paulsartin.co.uk/

  • Blenheim Palace Flower Show

    Blenheim Palace Flower Show

    All day
    25/06/2021-27/06/2021
    Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP

    Blenheim Palace Flower Show

    A riot of colour, fragrance and weird and wonderful plants, the 20,000 square foot Grand Floral Pavilion forms the centrepiece of the Show and features the UK’s finest nurseries and growers giving expert advice and gardening ideas.

    Visitors can enjoy Garden Talks with experts and enthusiasts, fabulous food and drink as well as more than 300 exhibitors, an outdoor Plant Village and live entertainment throughout the weekend.

    New for 2021 is Floral Street, the perfect place to discover your favourite plants, flowers and an array of gardening goodies from unique garden gazebos, greenhouses and arbours to beautiful flowers, gardening sundries and hundreds of other products.

  • Tezhip | An Introduction to Islamic Floral Illumination

    Tezhip | An Introduction to Islamic Floral Illumination

    10:00 -16:00
    25/06/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Tezhip | An Introduction to Islamic Floral Illumination

    This one-day, onsite workshop is suitable for beginners with a little experience through to intermediate level.
       
    The tutor will give a short presentation on the art of Tezhip, meaning ‘ornamenting with gold’ using non-figurative floral motifs. Historically Islamic manuscripts were adorned with patterns with paints made from natural pigments and illuminated with real 24 carat gold to glorify the calligraphic text. In the workshop participants will explore the principles of symmetry in stylised Islamic floral motifs known as ‘penc’ and ‘hatai’ flowers.  Participants will be shown how to prepare gold paint from 24ct gold leaf, known as ‘shell gold’ and be introduced to traditional paper preparation methods. Students will then be taught the traditional ‘halkar’ shading technique to paint and gild a tezhip floral composition prepared by the tutor.

    Tutor Sharmina Haq

    £95.00

  • Natural Skincare – Body Butter Workshop

    Natural Skincare – Body Butter Workshop

    10:00 -12:30
    25/06/2021
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    Natural Skincare – Body Butter Workshop

    Are you looking for skincare products with simple but delicious ingredients? Would you like to create some natural products for yourself, your family or friends? Our body butter workshop is the perfect course for you.

    Sue of Honey & Rose will teach you how to safely make your own Body Butters with natural (vegan), plant based ingredients using a blend of essential oils, moisturising and soothing oils and butters. With an interest in dermatology and many years experience in nursing, Sue began studying cosmetic ingredients and the effects on the body, searching for natural plant based alternatives that are effective and suitable for all skin types.

    The workshop offers an aromatherapy sensory retreat  with the unique opportunity to create your own skincare product.  You will use Honey&Rose chemist tested recipes to produce 4x 75ml tins of moisturising Body Butters and will leave with the skills to create your own body butter in future .

    All equipment, ingredients, packaging are provided.

    8 people maximum

    £60.00

  • Ed Gamble & Friends

    Ed Gamble & Friends

    20:00 -23:00
    25/06/2021
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    Ed Gamble & Friends | West Berkshire Villagers

    Enjoy an evening of stand-up comedy with Ed Gamble and his comedian friends.

    Priority booking opens to Members on Thursday 6 May. Tickets are available for general sale on Tuesday 11 May at 10am.

    Stand-up comedian Ed Gamble is known as a regular on Mock the Week (BBC2) and for being the co-creator and co-host of the incredibly successful mega-hit podcast Off Menu with James Acaster. He was crowned the series nine champion of the hugely popular television show Taskmaster (UKTV/Channel 4), and his other appearances include Live at the Apollo (BBC), The Russell Howard Hour (Sky), and 8 out of 10 Cats (Channel 4). Ed is also the co-host of Radio X’s Sunday morning show with Matthew Crosby.

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors over the age of 11 are required to wear them in the building, unless you are exempt from wearing one. If you remove your mask to eat or drink you must put it back on straight after.

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  • Classic Car Saturdays

    Classic Car Saturdays

    All day
    26/06/2021
    26 Broad Lane Upper Bucklebury Reading Berkshire RG7 6QJ

    Classic Car Saturdays

    Classic Car Saturdays Pub meets that are happening in the  West Berkshire locality for classic and/or interesting vehicles. Join Us with your classic vehicle one Saturday lunch a month at The Cottage Inn, Upper Bucklebury.

    Let’s hope for a great summer! 

    Bull Inn, Stanford Dingley

    Classic and/or interesting vehicle meet

    TBA

    Cottage Inn, Upper Bucklebury

    Classic and/or interesting vehicle meet

    Last Saturday lunchtime each month all year round – 12.00 noon onwards

    THIS PUB MEET HAS RECOMMENCED FROM 29 MAY 2021

     

  • Begin Portraits in Acrylics

    Begin Portraits in Acrylics

    09:45 -17:00
    26/06/2021-27/06/2021
    JoeDaisy Studio Mapledurham RG4 7TL

    Begin Portraits in Acrylics

    Cat is, we are told, by many students, the best Portrait tutor around.

    LEARN, DRAW, CREATE – Cat teaches you the proportions of the face, how to draw out, facial colours, tones and how to mark make. A Wonderful Beginners Portrait Painting in acrylics or a ‘brush up’ for Improvers.

    You paint in a Professional Art Studio: JoeDaisy Studio, Mapledurham, Oxon. ALL ART MATERIALS SUPPLIED

    We Bring Out the Artist in YOU!!

    Cat’s Portraits were featured in New Artist Magazine and one of her student’s was selected for the ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’ competition

  • Pocket Monsters

    Pocket Monsters

    10:00 -12:00
    26/06/2021
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Pocket Monsters

    Create, design and play!

    Create and design your own pocket monsters card game with our residents artist. Using your imagination to create mystical animals which are used in turn to battle one another.

    Full price £35.00 for a 2 week course

  • Summer Market

    Summer Market

    10:00 -15:00
    26/06/2021
    Manor Court, Church St, RG18 0TD

    Summer Market | West Berkshire Villages

    Over 40 different stalls are already booked for the event. There will be live music, a BBQ, a cookery demo from MasterChef semi-finalist Ollie Hunter, games for kids, and much more…..

  • Vineyard Tour

    Vineyard Tour

    11:00 -12:30
    26/06/2021
    Cobbs Farm Shop & Kitchen Bath Road, Hungerford | Berkshire | RG17 0SP

    Vineyard Tour

    HOSTED BY BERKS FIZZ

    Join Ollie and Natasha for a morning tour of the vineyard – the home of our internationally award-winning English Sparkling Wine!

    We will visit the vineyard and discuss the trials and tribulations of winemaking in England – followed by a sparkling wine production tutorial, and a guided tasting of a range of our sparkling wines.

    (90 mins approx.)

    Tickets are £20pp and available to buy on the Berks Fizz website:

  • Boy George & Culture Club -West Berkshire Villagers

    Boy George & Culture Club -West Berkshire Villagers

    16:00 -19:00
    26/06/2021
    The Long Long Gallery, Englefield House, RG7 5DU.

    Boy George & Culture Club West Berkshire Villagers | West Berkshire Villagers

    Boy George & Culture Club have announced a series of exclusive UK outdoor shows as part of the Heritage Live Concert Series for 2021.

    The multi-million selling group will perform at some of the country’s most stunning venues, beginning with a very special concert at Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath in London on Saturday 26th June, where Boy George, who lives locally to Kenwood, will celebrate his 60th birthday which falls the week prior.

    Boy George & Culture Club will also perform at Englefield House in West Berkshire on Saturday 24th July.

    Very special guests for the show will be Lulu. Kim Wilde and Gabrielle will also perform at Englefield House, with DJ Fat Tony getting the party started.

    Since their inception in 1981, Culture Club have sold more than 150 million records worldwide, recognised as a Grammy Award winning UK institution with a stream of classic hits including ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me’, ‘Karma Chameleon’, ‘Church of The Poison Mind’, ‘Victims’, ‘It’s A Miracle’ and ‘The War Song’

    The group are fronted by singer/songwriter Boy George, universally loved as one of music’s most iconic artists who performs alongside original Culture Club members Roy Hay and Mikey Craig.

    As the first multi-racial band with an openly gay front man, Culture Club set many records and established themselves as icons of British musical history and popular culture.

    Since establishing herself as one of the best-selling female singers of the 1960s with her trademark song ‘Shout’, Lulu has cultivated an incredible career in British popular culture.

    Alongside some unparalleled milestones, Lulu made her film debut in 1967 opposite Sidney Poitier in ‘To Sir, with Love’, and performed the title track which was a No.1 hit in the US. Lulu also was one of four joint winners of the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Boom Bang-a-Bang’, and late found success with her own self-titled BBC TV show; as well as having a hit with the title theme to the 1974 Bond classic ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’.

    With her debut single ‘Kids In America’ in 1981, Kim Wilde established herself as one of the biggest stars of the 1980’s, including holding the record for being the most-charted British female solo act of the decade. Alongside selling over 10 million albums and 20 million singles, she is also a renowned presenter on both television and radio.

    This year, Gabrielle celebrates over 20 years of her incredible album ‘Rise’. With hit singles such as the title track, as well as ‘Out of Reach’, ‘Sunshine’, and ‘Should I Stay’, the album has gone on to achieve 4x platinum sales and was in the Top 10 album charts three summers in a row from 1999-2001.

    DJ Fat Tony is the original superstar DJ. A mainstay of the London party scene having performed at some of the most legendary clubs of all time, and birthday parties for the likes of Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson, Tony lit up Instagram with his DJ sets throughout lockdown providing a source of entertainment for many.

     

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  • Newbury Artisan Market

    Newbury Artisan Market

    All day
    27/06/2021
    Northbrook Street and Bartholomew Street, Newbury RG14 1 DJ

    Newbury Artisan Market

    An exciting, destination market in Newbury Town Centre returns for 2021.

    Newbury Artisan Market takes over the streets of Newbury on the last Sunday of the month. Think quality produce, original art, designer crafts & sizzling street food, all mixed in with family activities, music and more…
    Our Food Court will get your taste buds tingling.
    Our Designer-Makers promise to fill your bags and homes with gifts and all manner of unique designs and vintage treasures.
    Our food producers will fill your cupboards with ciders and sauces, breads and pastries, meats and sweet treats.
    To apply to trade, please email contact the LSD Promotions Head Office on 01384 877336 or email customerservice@lsdpromotions.com
  • Japanese Stab Book Binding

    Japanese Stab Book Binding

    10:30 -15:00
    27/06/2021
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Japanese Stab Book Binding| West Berkshire Villagers

    Come and join Donna Lewis for a relaxed and creative half-day learning the ‘Japanese Stab Binding’ technique.

    The skill level is for beginners, intermediate and binders who would like to brush up on their skills. We will provide all the materials and tools you need to make your A5 book, however, please feel free to bring your own kit and cover paper. Book binding is a beautiful skill to acquire, and this is a great place to start.

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors over the age of 11 are required to wear them in the building, unless you are exempt from wearing one. If you remove your mask to eat or drink you must put it back on straight after.

  • Thatcham Family Fun Day Sunday

    Thatcham Family Fun Day Sunday

    11:00 -16:00
    27/06/2021

    Thatcham Family Fun Day Sunday June 27th 2021, 11am till 4pm at Henwick Worthy Sports Ground

    Planning has commenced for the 2021 Thatcham Family Fun Day Sunday sponsored by McCarthy Stone!

    We are keeping an eye on all Government Guidelines and working with our stallholders and entertainers to present to you a safe and enjoyable event. We think the community could do with a fun day out and so we hope that you can join us.

    Keep an eye on it’s facebook page for any updates: https://www.facebook.com/ThatchamFamilyFunDay/

    If you are a stallholder then please read the below letter, fill out the application form and return to us by Tuesday 18th May. Larger pitches and bespoke pitches can be arranged upon request, please email events.officer@thatchamtowncouncil.gov.uk with your request.

    We can’t wait to see you!

  • Shaw House Picnics

    Shaw House Picnics

    12:00 -14:00
    27/06/2021
    Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR

    Shaw House Picnics | West Berkshire Villagers

    Takeaway Picnics are now available to pre-order on selected days throughout the year.

    Picnics are £10 per person, supplied with a picnic basket and a waterproof blanket for you to borrow during your visit.

    Sample meat picnic menu; -1 meat filled sandwich -A Homemade Sausage Roll -Chicken Goujons

    Sample vegetarian picnic menu; -1 vegetarian filled sandwich -Vegetarian Roll -Vegetarian Falafels

    Plus the following in each picnic; -Crudities and Dip (v) -A Homemade Cake or Brownie (v) -Any Hot or Cold Soft Drink of your choice

    HOW TO BOOK -Select number of vegetarian or meat picnics -Pay online -Go along to the café to collect your picnic between 12pm and 2pm on your selected date, with lead bookers surname and booking reference -On collection, choose your sandwich (meat or vegetarian depending on your booking preference) and drink -Take your picnic outside and enjoy!

    Please note the House and grounds close at 4pm.

    If you have any dietary requirements please telephone 01635 279279 with your booking reference (gluten, dairy, nut and egg free diets can be catered for). If you have any other requirements please contact Shaw House before making your booking.

    Please note, pre-ordered picnics must be placed three days before the day of your visit.

    Refund/cancellation policy. We understand that the great British weather may take a turn for the worst or your plans may need to change, if you would like to cancel your booking and request a full refund we ask that you contact us within 48 hours notice of your chosen picnic date. Please telephone 01635 279279 or email shawhouse@westberksgov.uk

  • Black Victorians

    Black Victorians

    14:00 -14:40
    27/06/2021
    Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR

    Black Victorians | West Berkshire Villagers

    Inspired by nineteenth century studio photographs of black men, women and children, Black Victorians explores a complex, but often forgotten, black presence in pre-Windrush Britain.

    This event is being held at Shaw House.

    Priority booking opens to Members on Thursday 6 May. Tickets are available for general sale on Tuesday 11 May at 10am.

    Calling attention to previously hidden figures and challenging historical and contemporary perceptions, dancers dressed in restrictive Victorian costumes shed them in rebellion as they dance in African, contemporary and hiphop styles, re-imagining a moment in history.

    Black Victorians is supported by Historic Royal Palaces and R&D investment through Without Walls Blueprint. Black Victorians is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by FESTIVAL.

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors over the age of 11 are required to wear them on arrival. We will be limiting the number of people admitted to each event to ensure appropriate social distancing between each group and once you have been seated face coverings may be removed.

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  • ONLINE The Zentangle® Method: Introducing Colour

    ONLINE The Zentangle® Method: Introducing Colour

    14:00 -17:00
    28/06/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONLINE The Zentangle® Method: Introducing Colour

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  • ONLINE Exploring Mixed Media: Summer Landscapes with Jo Dixon

    ONLINE Exploring Mixed Media: Summer Landscapes with Jo Dixon

    10:00 -12:00
    29/06/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONLINE Exploring Mixed Media: Summer Landscapes with Jo Dixon

    This four-part LivePlus™ online series is ideal for beginners and improvers. It follows on beautifully from Jo’s introductory course, but is open to anyone who wants to push their creative boundaries, explore and experiment.

    Workshop details


    In this course, Jo will working with the theme of Summer landscapes.  She will provide you with all the skills you need to experiment with mixed media techniques and discover how to combine different media to express your ideas. You will develop observations of colour, pattern and texture to bring richness to your work.

    Each week you will focus on different elements, including line, colour, pattern, mark-making and surface texture. Throughout the series you will also explore specific painting and mixed media techniques, including drawing, collage, layering, and painting. Jo will share with you some of her own pieces, as well as a variety of other artist’s work for inspiration.

    Jo will offer demos, guidance and discussion through her practical, techniques-based approach. You will be encouraged to develop your own personal theme as you experiment with ideas and approaches to combine methods and materials.

     

  • Reduction Lino Printing

    Reduction Lino Printing

    10:00 -16:00
    29/06/2021
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Reduction Lino Printing

    The reduction process is a method of relief printing in which several coloured layers are printed from the same block of lino. The first colour is printed and then the block is reduced by cutting away and the second colour is then printed on top of the first. With successive cutting and printing, the image will gradually emerge. Prepare to be amazed as each layer is revealed! We will aim to produce a small limited edition of prints with 3 or 4 colours. A step-by-step guide will be available to demonstrate the process. Reference pictures will be provided, or you may bring your own. This workshop is suitable for those with some experience of lino printing.

    Tutor: Carolyn Beale

    £75.00

  • Vegetarian Flavours from Southern India

    Vegetarian Flavours from Southern India

    10:00 -14:00
    29/06/2021
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    Vegetarian Flavours from Southern India

    Sold Out

    Indian tutor, Sasi Krishnan, returns to the school for a class on vegetarian Southern Indian cuisine.  The cuisine of Southern India is known for its light, appetising dishes. Ingredients like mustard seeds, dhal, hing (asafoetida), turmeric, black pepper and curry leaves are used to give a perfect blend of flavour, colour and taste.  South Indian dishes are not just delicious but healthy, light and easily digestible.

    You will learn the art of cooking perfect chapathis and how to create authentic dishes from Southern India including vegetable kurma, tomato dal and sundal.

    Maximum 8 people.  All abilities welcome.

    £80

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  • READ College Musical Theatre Showcase

    READ College Musical Theatre Showcase

    All day
    30/06/2021
    Arlington Arts Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ

    READ College Musical Theatre Showcase

    Returning to Arlington Arts Centre to lift your spirits with the best of West End and Broadway Musicals! Featuring dance, comedy and songs from the shows accompanied by our live professional band under the musical direction of Ellie Verkerk (SIX The Musical).

    “Training young performers is the key to their future success… That’s why the courses at READ College are so important” Craig Revel Horwood, Patron

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

  • Blacksmithing Courses for Beginners

    Blacksmithing Courses for Beginners

    10:00 -14:00
    30/06/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Blacksmithing: Forging Beginners

    This one-day, onsite workshop is designed for complete beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills

    Workshop Details

    Spend the day learning how to hot forge and transform a straight bar of steel into a functional object to take home and use. After starting the day with a demonstration of a simple hook, which will incorporate basic and essential forging techniques, the students will then go on to making their own hook. In the making of this item, students will learn to use the forge fire and gauge the temperature of steel stock by its colour. Handling tongs and hammering steel into shape will be put into practice throughout. If time allows, another item can be started ONLY A FEW PLACES LEFT !

    £95.00

  • Kiragami for Textiles

    Kiragami for Textiles

    10:00 -16:00
    30/06/2021
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Kiragami for Textiles

    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.

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