Get Involved this summer

This summer is packed with opportunities for children, young people, families and adults of all ages.

There are going to be lots of exciting new opportunities to participate with us over the next year, with our new Learning Centre launching in September, and we wanted to take a moment to share the opportunities for members of the public to participate with us this summer. 

Young People
Our list of youth companies is ever growing and every company presents opportunities to perform, learn performance skills and techniques, create performance and work towards arts awards. In May, Youth Dance, WISE,Youth Drama, Junior Youth & Mini Youth Drama will be performing on the Corn Exchange stage. Places are available now for the summer term and new members will get a chance to see the current show for free. 

There are a range of tasters for youth groups that take place in school holidays so also keep your eye out for these opportunities for young people to try something new.

Arts for Adults
Our adult courses were really popular this spring so we encourage you to book early for our summer offers. These include one day workshops and short courses such as Crafternoon Tea, Create In Clay, Wire Sculpture and Silk Painting. We also offer ongoing groups and courses such as Adult Contemporary Dance, Play Reading, Glass Projects, Bookmaking and Printing. After high demand for Dressmaking this spring you can now try making a Summer Top in our Stitch Workshop or try your hand at learning a traditional art skill with Watercolour & Pastels or Oils & Acrylics.

Families
On top of our programme of family shows, there are plenty of opportunities to take part in family activities. Our monthly interactive Stories at the Museum is a great way to explore stories and the West Berkshire Museum. If, like me, you are a parent reminiscing about when you used to go to gigs, why not try Nick Cope: Family Music. A great chance for you to enjoy live music together.

Ageing Creatively
For anyone aged 55 or over; classes and projects are subsidised by Big Lottery funding to ensure that we are offering lots of affordable, sociable and creative opportunities for older people to experience. Join us for Coffee Companions, Choir 55 or Dare to Dance weekly sessions. All of these projects are open to people of all ability levels with many more options in the pipeline for the coming year.

It’s going to be a busy summer for the Learning and Participation team here. We hope to meet more of you over the summer season and share our plans for our expanded programme in the new Learning Centre.

Sarah Gregson
Learning and Participation Manager