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Workshop: Silk Painted Christmas Cards *SOLD OUT* | 19 November 10:30

*Please note this workshop has now sold out* Create your own silk painted Christmas cards using iron-fix silk paints.  You will be shown techniques including blending and tinting to build...

Talk: Thatcham and the Great War | 21 November 19:00

Local historian Dr Nick Young will look back at the soldiers from Thatcham that took part in the Great War as well as looking at what Thatcham itself was like...

Workshop: Willow for Christmas *SOLD OUT* | 30 November 10:00

*Please note, this workshop has now sold out* In this workshop we will be making a variety of decorative willow objects (stars, wreaths, reindeer and bells) to celebrate the festive...

Workshop: Willow for Christmas *SOLD OUT* | 23 November 10:30

*Please note, this workshop has now sold out* In this workshop we will be making a variety of decorative willow objects (stars, wreaths, reindeer and bells) to celebrate the festive...

Christmas Family Craft Workshop | 01 December 10:30

Paper sculpture Learn how to construct a paper sculpture based on cutting, curling and folding paper. Choose to make either a Father Christmas head with a lift-off hat or a...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 01 December 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

Christmas Fair & Children’s Parties | 02 December 11:00

Christmas Fair   |  Sunday 2 December  |  11am – 4pm If you are looking for unique and creative Christmas gifts then the Christmas Fair is not to be missed! We have...

Workshop: Christmas Wreath Making | 04 December 10:00

Join us at this fun and create workshop and make your own festive door wreath. The wire frame, moss, seasonal foliage and selection of decorations from dried oranges, chillies and limes to...

Workshop: Christmas Wreath Making | 04 December 18:30

Join us at this fun and create workshop and make your own festive door wreath. The wire frame, moss, seasonal foliage and selection of decorations from dried oranges, chillies and limes to...

Workshop: Christmas Wreath Making | 05 December 10:00

Join us at this fun and create workshop and make your own festive door wreath. The wire frame, moss, seasonal foliage and selection of decorations from dried oranges, chillies and limes to...

Workshop: Christmas Wreath Making | 05 December 18:30

Join us at this fun and create workshop and make your own festive door wreath. The wire frame, moss, seasonal foliage and selection of decorations from dried oranges, chillies and limes to...

Workshops: Painting Ceramic Christmas Decorations | 07 December 10:00

This popular workshop starts with a brief talk about the history of the Christmas tree and its decorations followed by hands- on painting of 4 ceramic Christmas decorations of your...

Workshops: Painting Ceramic Christmas Decorations | 08 December 10:00

This popular workshop starts with a brief talk about the history of the Christmas tree and its decorations followed by hands- on painting of 4 ceramic Christmas decorations of your...

Touch to See | 10 December 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Workshop: Decopatch for Christmas | 10 December 10:30

Enjoy the art of decopatch in this festive workshop. Using specialist decopatch papers, create beautiful designs on baubles, boxes and more! You will even have to opportunity to personalize an...

Talk: Raleigh-ing to the Cause | 12 December 19:00

The Bicycle in Wartime This talk by Tony Hadland traces the use of the bicycle for military purposes, starting as early as 1817. The story takes us many places, including...

Sing for Fun Community Choir | 14 December 19:00

Come along for an uplifting evening of festive music. The programme will be packed full of popular seasonal songs that will bring back happy memories for people of all ages....

A Brief History of Christmas | 17 December 19:30

600 years of musical history in 90 minutes! Acclaimed musicians GreenMatthews (with special guest Jude Rees of Pilgrims’ Way) present a festive romp through 600 years of Christmas music, songs...

Workshop: Christmas Table Flower Arrangements | 19 December 10:00

As Christmas draws near we begin to plan our festive table. You will create your own personalised Christmas table arrangement with three choices; the classic rectangular arrangement to suit a...

Old Christmas Return’d! | 20 December 19:30

Seasonal Tudor Music and Songs We welcome Piva back to Shaw House where they will be performing a wide range of authentic period instruments such as shawms, cornett and recorders,...

Touch to See | 14 January 10:30

The Corn Exchange hosts a monthly get-together for blind and visually impaired residents of West Berkshire. Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am–12pm at...

Talk: Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice | 16 January 19:00

Every November many homes in Europe and North America still waft with the smell of freshly baked gingerbread, cinnamon infused mulled wine and richly spiced fruitcake, puddings and pumpkin pie....

Wedding Fair | 03 February 11:00

Try, Buy, Book & Hire Everything You Need for you event or wedding. Hair & Beauty Tips. Grooms Room. Designer Dresses. Wedding Décor Ideas. Photographers and so much more www.rustyandroses.com...

Blaze’s Buddies | 07 February 11:00

Come and meet Blaze, the museum dragon, and join in with an action poem, story, simple craft, treasure hunt and sing-a-long! Held in the museum’s comfortable and child-friendly learning space,...

Concert: Cloaked in Secrecy | 10 February 14:00

Subterfuge, scandals, and seafaring shenanigans Award winning early music ensemble Charivari Agréable return to Shaw House with their new programme of words and music to commemorate the 400th anniversary of...

Touch to See | 11 February 10:30

The Corn Exchange hosts a monthly get-together for blind and visually impaired residents of West Berkshire. Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am–12pm at...

Talk: In Praise of Apples | 13 February 19:00

The talk by Charlotte Popescu, author of The Apple Cookbook, will include the social history and history of apples with lots of information on apple varieties and the best tasting...

3 Little Pig Tails – Puppet Theatre | 18 February 14:00

A grumpy old wolf is a chef who wants some pigs' tails for his soup. Will the little pigs outwit the wolf and what kind of house will they build?...

Family Activity Day | 20 February 10:00

Beautiful birds Using porcelain pens, decorate a ceramic bird. A new house trail will also be available. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No need...

Family Art Workshop – Fascinating Fossils | 21 February 10:00

Get hands-on with some of the museum’s fossil collection while the Armadillo Art Experience teach you how to draw, colour and paint your own fun versions of how they look...

Messy Museum Day | 22 February 10:00

Fabulous fossils  Make your own fossil from a replica mini-beast using clay, Plaster of Paris and foil. While waiting for the fossil to set, why not visit the museum galleries...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 22 February 14:00

Treat yourself to afternoon tea in the Elizabethan splendour of Shaw House. Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese,...

Workshops: Design Your Own Perfume | 02 March 11:00

Discover the world of bespoke perfumery. Learn a little bit of perfume history, about the ingredients and extraction methods, understand top notes, middle and base notes and their importance in...

Workshops: Patchwork for Beginners | 06 March 18:15

Make a Quilted Cushion. Always wanted to try making a quilt but a bit daunted by the terminology (fat quarter, blocks, wadding, quilting, flying geese, log cabin and lots more...

Blaze’s Buddies | 07 March 11:00

Come and meet Blaze, the museum dragon, and join in with an action poem, story, simple craft, treasure hunt and sing-a-long! Held in the museum’s comfortable and child-friendly learning space,...

Workshops: Green Man | 09 March 10:30

Come and have fun learning how to create your own garden 'Green Man' using a robust stoneware clay suitable for all weathers. You will be making and cutting a slab...

Civil War at Shaw House | 09 March 11:00

Immerse yourself in history with a day out in the 17th Century with The Earl Rivers Regiment Muster (Members of The Sealed Knot). Discover what life was like for those...

Touch to See | 11 March 10:30

The Corn Exchange hosts a monthly get-together for blind and visually impaired residents of West Berkshire. Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am–12pm at...

Evening Class: 2,000 Years Around Newbury | 15 January 12:00

An introduction to the history of the Newbury area over 2,000 years, covering a different period each week which will include major events, people and architecture from the Romans to...

Talk: A Peek into the Lives of Berkshire Women during the 19th Century | 20 March 19:00

Compared to other counties in 19th century England, why is there little or no information written about the women of Berkshire? Who were they, what did they do and where...

Workshops: Spring Flowers | 28 March 13:00

Join in the fun creating seasonal flowers in a basket. A perfect Mother’s Day gift. Or maybe treat someone special to come along and create their own special arrangement, with...

Workshops: Celebration Bunting | 03 April 18:15

Summer, celebrations, garden parties, Christmas - what would they be without a bit of bunting decorating the space. Easy to make, lovely to look at and always there when you...

Workshops: Easter Wreaths | 04 April 13:00

Come along to this spring wreath workshop and create your own arrangement using seasonal flowers, ribbons and Easter decorations. These stunning designs are perfect for displaying on your door or...

Family Activity Day: Wild about Plants | 10 April 10:00

Come along for this fun-packed drop-in session and learn about the importance of planting wildflowers.  You’ll get the opportunity to decorate a plant pot in the Great Hall before going...

Microscopic Signs of Spring | 12 April 10:00

What can you see under the microscope? Local Wildlife Trust expert Martin Woolner will be on hand with microscopes and an array of remarkable mini-beasts and plants to view up-close....

Crazy Craft Day: Delightful decorations | 12 April 10:00

There will be at least three crafts to choose from (while stocks last).  You can pick the craft you wish to do and complete it using the craft materials available....

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 12 April 14:00

Treat yourself to afternoon tea in the Elizabethan splendour of Shaw House. Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese,...

Family Activity Day: Floral Fun | 17 April 10:00

Make a fridge magnet and note holder in the shape of a daffodil or other Spring flower, using Deco pens, felt, foam sheets and other craft materials. There will be...

Crazy Craft Day: Dress to impress | 18 April 10:00

There will be at least three crafts to choose from (while stocks last).  You can pick the craft you wish to do and complete it using the craft materials available....

Talk: Jack of Newbury | 24 April 19:00

Jack of Newbury (John Winchcombe) was producing cloth on an industrial scale in Newbury during Henry VIII’s reign, for export across Europe. This left him wealthy and allowed him to...

Workshops: Iron-fix Silk Painting | 29 April 10:00

Discover the art of iron-fix silk painting to create your own beautiful design. You will learn how to stretch silk onto a frame, use gutta to outline your chosen design...

Workshops: Bridal Flowers – Wedding Favours & Decorative Flowers | 01 May 18:15

Wedding favours are a tradition. Creating your own is a special memory. Come along and learn how to make a flower favour for your guests to take away and can...

Workshops: Willow for the Garden | 03 May 10:30

Join us to make a garden cloche or plant climber for use in your garden. Along the way we will explore different weaving techniques that you can use to create...

Workshops: Macrame for Beginners | 08 May 18:30

Create your own Macramé Hanging Plant Holder. Beth will guide you through the learning of the artisan craft of knotting, to design and create a contemporary plant holder, perfect for...

Workshops: Kiln Carving | 10 May 10:30

Kiln carving is a simple kiln forming process which adds texture and relief to glass. It refers to the “carving” effect given to the glass which takes place in the...

Talk: Leonardo, 500 Years On | 16 May 15:00

Spring Festival: Leonardo, 500 Years On To mark the 500th Anniversary of the death of one of the greatest geniuses, the quintessential Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci, Dr Matthew Landrus...

Workshops: Watercolour Painting on Location | 17 May 10:30

Friday 17 May Session 1: Shaw House Learn how to record what you see in order to create a series of study sketches using watercolour paints directly. During the first...

Shaw House Open Days | 26 May 11:00

Join us for the Shaw House Open Days where you will have the opportunity to access many areas of the House which are not normally open to the public, including...

Family Activity Day: Happy Hedgehogs | 29 May 10:00

Make a multi-coloured model 3D hedgehog using a polystyrene shape for the body, wooden sticks for the prickles and Deco pens to make him or her colourful.  Dress for mess!...

Family Art Workshop: Roundheads & Cavaliers | 30 May 10:00

Get a closer look at some of 17th century objects from the museum’s Civil War collection and learn to draw them with the Armadillo Art Experience, along with famous people...

Family Activity Day: Fly your flag! | 31 May 10:00

Design and make a colour inspired by the Civil War flags carried by roundhead and cavalier regiments, using calico, fabric crayons, a stick and other materials.  This year marks the...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 31 May 14:00

Treat yourself to afternoon tea in the Elizabethan splendour of Shaw House. Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese,...

Talk: Bats at the Museum | 31 May 21:00

A talk and walk by local bat expert James Shipman about the life of these amazing creatures. Did you know bats can live for up to 30 years? James explains...

Workshops: Steam-fix Silk Painting | 10 June 10:00

Explore the delights of steam-fix silk painting whilst creating abstract floral and landscape designs. Learn a variety of techniques including adding salt and gutta to your designs. All resources provided...

Workshops: Bridal Flowers – Wedding Buttonholes & Posies | 19 June 18:15

The perfect evening workshop. Master the technique to wire a simple buttonhole. We will then go on to create this timeless classic the handtied posy with seasonal flowers suitable for...

Workshops: Delft Tile Painting | 21 June 10:30

Delftware, also known as Delft Blue, is the charming variety of blue and white ceramic pottery originating from Delft in the Netherlands, with many of the classic tile designs dating...

Talk: Swifts in Newbury | 26 June 19:00

A walk and a talk by local bird expert, Ailsa Claybourn, about these amazing birds who are disappearing from our skies, and how we can help them. Did you know...

Workshops: Willow Bird Feeder | 05 July 10:30

In this workshop we will be making a variety of willow bird feeders for use in your garden. Along the way we will explore different weaving techniques, giving you an...

Workshops: Symmetrical Flower Arrangement | 17 July 13:00

Spend the afternoon working with Summer flowers learning to create this front facing design. A design once mastered can be used for so many occasions and can be easily adapted...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 26 July 14:00

Treat yourself to afternoon tea in the Elizabethan splendour of Shaw House. Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese,...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Outdoor Theatre | 30 July 19:00

Multi-award nominated Immersion Theatre are thrilled to present the most magical and romantic comedy of them all, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Set in Great Britain just before the start of...

Family Activity Day: Leaping Frogs | 31 July 10:00

Make and decorate a frog with dangly legs – a fantastic decoration to hang at home. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No need to...

Messy Museum Days: Beautiful Brooches | 02 August 10:00

Make a Saxon saucer brooch out of air-drying clay, gold paint, acrylic gems and a brooch pin.  Then go and see the saucer brooch in our permanent exhibition, and why...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 02 August 14:00

Treat yourself to afternoon tea in the Elizabethan splendour of Shaw House. Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese,...

Family Activity Day: Magnificent Mini-beasts | 07 August 10:00

Make a real or imaginary mini-beast in the Great Hall from 10am and then go outside for a wildlife safari of the gardens with your local Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) from...

Messy Museum Days: Marvellous Mosaics | 09 August 10:00

Make a Roman mosaic coaster with tiles and grout. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No need to book, drop in. Dress for mess!  Disposable...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 09 August 14:00

Treat yourself to afternoon tea in the Elizabethan splendour of Shaw House. Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese,...

Alice in Wonderland – Outdoor Theatre | 12 August 18:00

Follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure like no other and meet a host of outlandish characters including the troublesome twins, Tweedle...

Family Activity Day: Spinning Snakes | 14 August 10:00

Make a spinning snake hanging decoration and decorate with acrylic gems, sequins and other craft materials. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No need to...

Messy Museum Days: Wonderful Walls | 16 August 10:00

Make a Roman wall painting by creating a wall (tile) from air-drying clay and then applying the acrylic paints to the damp clay. For 4-11 year olds but younger and...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 16 August 14:00

Treat yourself to afternoon tea in the Elizabethan splendour of Shaw House. Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese,...

Family Activity Day: Animals Rock! | 21 August 10:00

Paint a large pebble with your favourite real or imaginary animal in the Great Hall from 10am and then go outside for a wildlife safari of the gardens with your...

Messy Museum Days: Spectacular Scarabs | 23 August 10:00

Make a model 3D scarab beetle out of polystyrene shapes, card, Deco pens and metallic paint. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No need to...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 23 August 14:00

Treat yourself to afternoon tea in the Elizabethan splendour of Shaw House. Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese,...

Family Activity Day: Wise Owls | 28 August 10:00

Make an owl mask out of card, feathers and any of the other craft materials available. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No need to...

Messy Museum Days: Perfectly Potty | 30 August 10:00

Make a prehistoric pot from air-drying clay, using real and replica ones as inspiration. You’ll use Stone Age-inspired tools such as twigs and feathers to make patterns on your pot....

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 30 August 14:00

Treat yourself to afternoon tea in the Elizabethan splendour of Shaw House. Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese,...

Talk: Bats at the Museum | 30 August 20:00

A talk and walk by local bat expert James Shipman about the life of these amazing creatures. Did you know bats can live for up to 30 years? James explains...

Workshops: Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers | 31 August 13:00

Braiding and tapestry weaving Saturday 31 August They are really easy and can be used in everyday life, before you know it the whole family will want to do try...

Heritage Open Days | 14 September 10:00

Heritage Open Days is England's biggest heritage festival. It celebrates our fantastic history, architecture and culture; offering people the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences - all...