Newbury’s Summer Get Involved season kicks off this month offering an extensive programme of workshops, courses and activities for adults and children of all ages and abilities.
For the little ones, interactive activities such as Nick Cope: Family Music sessions (for ages eight and under) and Stories at the Museum (for ages seven and under) offer regular opportunities for families to participate in song singing and storytelling time; and Make & Do: Textures is the perfect opportunity for children aged 12 and under to get crafty and creative, and look around professional artists’ studios.
Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, Just So: Drama Week is ideal for young performers aged 5-14 who want to create a play to perform to family and friends; while in Just So: Crafts and Activities, children aged 12 and under and their parents can create animal based crafts under the guidance of a professional artist.
Young performers will have the opportunity to join one of the Corn Exchange’s youth performance groups. In addition to these term time companies, a Puppetry Workshop for ages 11-16 will be delivered by professional puppeteers from Certain Dark Things Theatre Company; and dancers of all abilities (ages 9-18) can take part in dance workshops before performing at the Corn Exchange in Summer Dance Week.
For adults looking to pick up a new skill or enjoy improving a craft, there are a host of workshops and courses for ranging abilities enabling you to touch up your painting technique in watercolours and pastels.
Join in and create copper wire sculptures in Wire Horse and Wire Flower workshops, learn how to melt and work glass to make beautiful gifts on the Glass Projects course, or experiment with ceramics in Create in Clay: Hand-building.
The Corn Exchange’s expanding Ageing Creatively programme also offers a host of activities for people aged 55+, including a friendly weekly singing session in Choir 55; dance classes for both beginners and improvers in Dare to Dance; and the chance to meet new and regular faces for a chat in Coffee Companions; as well as monthly supported activity based sessions for those with visual impairments in Touch to See, and for those living with dementia and their carers in Memory Café.
To view the full Get Involved programme, including date, time and age range information, visit the Corn Exchange website at cornexchangenew.com/learning or call the box office on 0845 5218 218.