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What’s on in March in West Berkshire

Spring is officially here! It feels great to welcome the slightly warmer weather, the longer days, the first daffodils and the spring sunshine. And let’s not forget, Easter is also on its way! There is lots going on in March in West Berkshire to keep you entertained before school is out for the holidays. Here’s our lowdown on some of our favourites.

1. Workshops at Treetops, Newbury

Treetops in Newbury are back again this month with a whole host of wonderful workshops, so go on, sign up, unwind, and discover your inner creativity!

  • Wednesday 6th March: Pen & Wash 10am-3:30pm

The Lake District offers plenty of opportunity to master drawing and pen techniques with an atmospheric wash of paint to complete the picture. Art classes at Treetops are taught by tutor Claire Warner and are run in small groups of no more than ten students so that everyone receives plenty of attention. All of your materials are provided as well as a two-course lunch, a glass of wine and refreshments throughout the day. Claire teaches in a step-by-step style, demonstrating each stage of the picture so that you will have a finished painting to take home. £85.

  • Friday 8th March: Mist and Reflections on the Lake Watercolour 10am-3:30pm

Create a gorgeous atmospheric picture, learning about colour choices, mixing, and applying colour onto paper, concentrating on soft edges to create mist and distance with harder edges for the foreground and trees. With artist Claire Warner, the class includes all your materials, a two-course lunch with a glass of wine and refreshments throughout the day. £85.

  • Sunday 10th March and Wednesday 27th March: Sound Healing 7:30pm – 8:45pm

Join this sound healing journey and enjoy a relaxing sound bath (also known as sound healing or sound journey) with the pure and ethereal sound waves created by quartz crystal bowls and koshi bells. Sound waves along with their frequency and vibration really help with wellbeing, relaxation, and sleep. You’ll leave feeling deeply restored. £13.

Book all the above workshops online at

Enjoy this restorative sound healing workshop at Treetops this spring

2. Latin in Line Dance Classes with Mayo Dance Studios

Learn to dance the Samba and other Latin American dances with Mayo Dance Studios’ Latin in Line dance classes. Get fit and have fun with these relaxed and sociable classes. Learn the foundations of the Rumba, the Samba, the Jive, and the Cha-Cha through simple routines. Partners are optional! All levels of dancer welcome. Classes are on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm at Newbury Rugby Club. Email Emma at or call her on 07834 370152 and book on. £12 a class. Arriba arriba!

Get on the dance floor and shake those hips with a Latin in line dance class with Mayo Dance Studios

3. Yoga Retreat with Nourish by V

Nourish by V is back with another yoga day retreat on 23rd March at Westridge Studio in Highclere. This ‘Creative Mindfulness’ workshop is a full day of bliss, with vinyasa yoga, yoga nidra, yin yoga, crystal bowl sound healing and creative mindfulness. Taking place from 10am-4pm, the retreat will help you to declutter your mind and recharge as we enter the spring season. Tickets also include welcome drinks and treat and a plant-based lunch – worth every penny of the £85 ticket, we’re sure you’ll agree! Book now at and get ready for spring. Namaste.

Declutter and recharge at a yoga retreat with Nourish by V

4. Immersive Travel Experience with Not Just Travel

Lourdes Huelgas at Not Just Travel is hosting a fabulous travel-inspired event on Tuesday 5th March at 7pm at the Royal Oak pub in Yattendon. This ‘Reimagine Travel’ event allows you to explore the world with ‘community and earth at heart’. Learn how to be a conscious traveller and discover eco-friendly accommodation and other community-driven initiatives and be inspired by travel that not only broadens the horizons but makes a positive impact on the world as it does so. This is a free event, you simply need to register, and off you go! Link to register is on the @lourdestravelguru Instagram profile. See you there.

5. Monthly Wine Club and Vermouth and Rioja tasting at Goat on the Roof

Dry January is safely well behind us now, so why not head down to the wine bar at Goat on the Roof in Newbury town centre for some vino fun. Kicking off March with its monthly wine club, this month, it’s all about the Pinot Noir! Get stuck into some fabulous-tasting reds on the usual first Thursday of the month, 7th March, at 7-8.30pm. Tickets are £30.

Enjoy a special one-off evening of Rioja tasting on Thursday 14th March at 7-8.45pm. Sample six different Riojas from some favourite regions and fall in love with Rioja all over again. £30.

On 21st March from 7-8.30pm, join the Vermouth tasting tour with Wine with Polly where you’ll sample Vermouths from all over Europe, as well as getting to taste the original wines from which they were made. £30.

These events are always popular so don’t delay, book today! Book online for all three events at Chin Chin.

Sample some fabulous vintages at one of the events at Goat on the Roof this month

6. Spring Awakenings Event with Fitter Mother

This very special event is hosted by the wonderful duo that is Fi, Pilates coach, from Fitter Mother, and life coach, Hannah Chudasama. Together, they will take you through a two-hour, women-only, mindful movement and goal setting session to awaken your senses to start off the spring season. The evening includes Pilates and breathwork with Fi, and vision boarding with Hannah. And who doesn’t need to set a few goals early in the year?

The event takes place on 14th March at 7-9pm at The Studio in the old town hall in Newbury Market Place. Tickets are £25 and include a glass of fizz, healthy protein snacks, and herbal tea! You’ll leave feeling nourished, more focused and with a lot more clarity for the year ahead. A great Mother’s Day gift, we think! Book online at Places are limited.    

Set some goals and get energised with this spring workshop with Fitter Mother

7. Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at The Base

This annual favourite is back again for another year. The 59th to be exact. On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, this world-famous exhibition comes to The Base in Greenham from Friday 1st March to Sunday 14th April.

The exhibition contains a selection of exquisite photos of wildlife from all over the world – capturing animal behaviour and rare species, this exceptional showcase of work from some truly talented photographers will take your breath away. Tickets are £10.95. Book online at

8. Easter Mini sessions with Sally Rimmer Photography

The minis are back… at Bucklebury Farm Park. With the help of Floral Beauts and the team at Bucklebury Farm, you can make special family memories with a spring and Easter photoshoot with Sally Rimmer Photography in the beautiful setting of Bucklebury Farm. Enjoy brunch with the Easter bunny and then explore everything on offer at the farm. These 15-minute sessions are the perfect length of time for those restless little ones. Sessions are taking place on 26th-29th March and 1st-3rd April. You can choose one of two photo packages priced between £40 and £70. Book your mini session online at 

Say Cheese!

Create memories of a lifetime with a mini photoshoot package with Sally Rimmer Photography

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