Past Events

Applefest 2019

Sunday 6th October, 10am – 3pm
Bring your apples along and join in the day


Kennet Centre Community Wall Mural

Sunday 6th September, 10am – 4pm


Community Day: Sowing the Seeds…

Saturday 17th August, 10am – 3pm

Come and join us for our first community day of the year – we’ll be making something rather special.


Chalkfest 2019

Monday 12th August, 10am – 4pm
Coming soon to Newbury Market Square


City Arts Programme Launch #2

Kennet Shopping Centre, Newbury


Saturday 6th July, 10am – 4pm
All Welcome – Free Event!!

We’ve got a day packed with activities, mini workshops and of course our **NEW SUMMER – WINTER PROGRAMME**

City Arts 2019 Programme Launch & Charity Coffee Morning Event

Saturday 23rd February, 10am – 12pm
Newbury Town Hall, Market Square, Newbury
Free Entry
All Welcome
Join us, in our beautiful, historic Town Hall in Newbury Market Square, for our 2019 Programme Launch and Charity Fundraising Coffee Morning.

Isabel Carmona’s 1 Minute Portrait

Get your very own, unique 1 minute portrait sketched by Isabel Carmona for just £1!!

Watch a Demo & Have a Go

We will have a number of artists joining us, including Wendy Lloyd, Helen Naish, Naomi Lunn, Maria Lewis, Isabel Carmona and Donna Lewis – all of whom will have demos of their upcoming workshops and a chance for you to try your hand at some of the new techniques, we will be teaching this year.


City Arts Presents: Day of the Dead 2018


Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October, 10am – 4pm

Join us for a sensational Dia de los Muertos weekend, celebrating the traditions of this fascinating and beautiful Mexican festival. Feel free to dress up in traditional Dia de los Muertos costume!

There will be traditional food and music, kid’s activities and storytelling. We will have a cafe area, where people can relax and enjoy our gorgeous, homemade Chilli (meat & veggie) and traditional Bolilla rolls – all in aid of our Fundraising Renovation Project.

On Saturday and Sunday, City Arts will unveil their incredible Day of the Dead set, hand built by children & teens, attending the Set Design & Construction Course with Donna Lewis to Book your child’s place, click the link.

Free Entry!

**Day of the Dead Storytelling Session**

Book your Storytelling Session in the ‘Afterlife’. Travel to ‘the other side’ and explore our hand-built set, whilst becoming immersed in the beautiful stories and traditions of old Mexico. 

Age: 6+ Teens. Adults (6+ is recommended age)
Cost: £5 per person

To Book:

City Arts Presents: Applefest 2018


Sunday 7th October, 10am – 4pm

Applefest is returning for its 3rd year, and we want to continue to celebrate this very apple-y community surrounding us.

Free Event

All Ages Welcome

Bring your unwanted apples down to City Arts, and we’ll convert them into 100% pure, City Arts Apple Juice – which is then sold, throughout the year, as part of our Fundraising Project.

This years Applefest sees a number of activities taking place through the day including:

Glass Fusing Workshop with Nicky Clarke

Kid’s Activities

Apple Pressing by hand

We also have our Snug Area with our Fundraising Refreshments, all in aid of the City Arts Renovation Project

**Glass Fusing Drop-in Session with Nicky Clarke**

Come and make a fused glass tile with Nicky Clarke. Design your clear glass tile using copper wire detail, and coloured with different sized glass frits. Once made, the tiles will need to be kiln-fired, and returned to City Arts for collection within two weeks.

Age: 8+, Teens & Adults
Cost: £8 per tile (all materials included)

*Book Your Place :

City Arts Presents: Chalkfest 2018

Monday 6th August, 10am – 4pm

Market Square, Newbury

Join us for our fantastic, free community event for all ages and abilities – in Newbury Market Square! 

Chalkfest brings the whole community together, last year we had over 1000 people join us, creating individual and group chalk drawings.

An amazing day, filled with excitement, creativity and very chalky hands!

Age: All Ages
Cost: Free

Age Categories: 
0 – 12 years
13 – 17 years
Adults (18+)

How to Enter: Just turn up, register and pay £1 on the day.

Community Day: Create a Mixed Media Wall Hanging


This is a fundraising, community event for the whole family to do together – no matter your age or ability, just join in!

Each attendee will be given one square of fabric to design and decorate any way you wish – you can stitch, paint, stamp, embellish, score, print, glue, staple and colour!

As we go through the day, each square will be joined together, to make a huge wall hanging for City Arts!

We’ll be using a variety of materials and equipment, so make sure you Dress For Mess!

Bring the whole family along for a great day at City Arts – join in the creativity and then relax in our snug-area with some refreshments and browse our Plant Sale – all in aid of our *CITY ARTS RENOVATION PROJECT*

Age: Universal – all welcome, from Toddlers to Adults (supervised)
Cost: £1 per person (all proceeds go to our Charity Renovation Project)

To Book: No need to book, just turn up and pay on the door.

City Arts & the Kennet Centre present:

Mural Painting Day for Kids & Teens


Sunday 29th July, 10am – 4pm

City Arts and the Kennet Centre have teamed up to create an amazing event for the kids & teens of Newbury!
Help us paint the ‘Winning Mural Design’ on the wall of the Kennet Centre.
~ Location: Kennet Centre, Newbury (opposite Nando’s) 
~ Age: 10 – 19yrs
~ Cost: £5
You will be supervised throughout your time-slot and receive lots of help and guidance.
Book Your Place:
Everyone is welcome to come along and watch the progress of the mural.

City Arts with Ace Space at Shaw House

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Sunday 10th June, 1pm – 8pm

City Arts is joining Ace Space, at Shaw House, for a day of music, art, food and ale – come and join us!

We’ll have our gazebo there, with lots of goodies for sale, including: Handmade Artist’s Books, City Arts merchandise, Homemade Apple Juice from our apple trees and lots more…

We will also be running a couple of fundraising activities, for all ages and abilities – sounds like it’s going to be a great day for all the family!

Here is the Ace Space info:

A one day festival with invited performers from Unplugged at ACE Space plus Chris Jagger & The Kronies headlining. Held in the beautiful House and grounds at Shaw House. With music, storytelling, comedy, arts and crafts, local food and drink.

Suitable for all the family.

Adults £4, 12yrs and under free. 17yrs and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Bucket collections in aid of Ace Space and Shaw House.

Tickets available from :, Hogan Music,, 078911 76940

 2018 Programme Launch & Meet the Artists

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Saturday 3rd February, 10am – 3pm

Come on down and join in our free event, pick up a copy of our new March – July 2018 Programme, and meet some of the artists whilst observing some great demos!

Meet the Artists:

Isabel Carmona – Printer & Urban Sketcher

Kevin Scully – Painter

Wendy Lloyd – Textiles & Mixed Media Artist

Donna Lewis – Photographer & Poet

Pam Hardman – Collagraph Printer

Sarah Moorcroft – Silk Artist

Helen Lunn – Painter & Mixed Media

Adriana Roberts – Paper-cutting Artist

We’ll also have Claire’s famous homemade soup, as well as gorgeous cakes, and tea & coffee being served all day.

Free Entry!

City Arts Christmas Artisan Fair 2017

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November, 10am – 4pm

Saturday 2nd Dec & Sunday 3rd December, 10am – 4pm

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Our annual two weekends of Christmas Fairs, where local artists, craft people and traders will show and sell a variety of unique work including:

Silk Painting, Jewellery, Ceramics, Painting, Original Prints, Christmas Decorations, Preserves, Photography, Cards and much more.

Find that perfect unique, handmade, special present!

**Stalls will vary each weekend**

Seasonal Refreshments will be available to warm you up
Homemade Soup & Fresh Artisan Bread
Tea, Coffee & Cake

Free Entry!

Applefest 2017

Sunday 15th October – Apple-pressing & Drop-off Day, 10am – 3pm

Sunday 22nd October – Apple Drop-off only, 10am – 1pm

Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th October – Apple Collage Days, 10am – 3pm

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We want to celebrate this very apple-y community surrounding us.

During this FREE activity day, we will be serving lots of scrummy apple bakes and cakes, along with a lovely, hot tea or coffee!

Then you and the kids can get stuck in with the apple-themed activities:

~ Chopping & Scratting ~
~ Pressing & Tasting ~

Don’t forget to bring your unwanted apples to City Arts, we will then convert them into 100% pure City Arts Apple Juice, to sell throughout the year.

**Your apple donation helps us raise funds for our building renovation and low cost community activities**

!We want to beat the 200kg from last year!

Did you know: almost 80% of apples, from domestic apple trees, lie unused or go to waste?


• Sunday 22 Oct
Apple Drop-off only
10 am to 1pm

• Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 Oct
‘Apple Tree Collage Days’ Join in and have fun making our 3D community apple tree!
£1 each
All ages
10am – 3pm

**No Booking Required**

A Portrait of Newbury

Monday 4th September, 10am – 3pm

Newbury Market Square

£1 each

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City Arts invites you to create a community ‘Portrait of Newbury’

This event is for everyone – all ages & all abilities

Come and draw people, each other, your family and friends – using a variety of mediums, with a broad range of surfaces:

Continuous paper

Pens, pencils, coloured pencils and crayons will be provided.

We will also be creating ‘Graffiti Portraits’ with pens on canvas!!!

Tables will be laid out across the Market Square, with a giant roll of paper across it.

~ Urban Sketchers, bring your sketch pads/ easels/ and comfy chairs – join us and share your work at the end ~

**1 Minute Portraits for £1**
Artist, Isabel Carmona will be offering her fun 1 minute portraits – a fab memory of the day, to take home with you!

Age: All Ages!!
Cost: £1 each
All materials provided

**No Booking Required**

City Arts presents: Mandala Day 2017

Saturday 22nd July, 10am – 3pm


Mandala Day is a celebration of the Buddhist and Hindu spiritual symbol for the universe.

This is a community-led event for all the family, using a mixture of mandala designs. We will be planning, designing and then painting part of the floor and wall at City Arts.

So, bring the family along for a great day at City Arts – designing and creating a beautiful mandala.

~ Age: All Ages (with supervision)
~ Entrance Fee: £1 per person
~ Refreshments will be on sale
~ No Booking Required

For more information, just email us:


Friday 11th August, 10am – 4pm

Newbury Market Square

Free Event!!

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City Arts Presents: CHALKFEST 2017!!

For the third year running, City Arts is bringing its Free, Community Event, for all the family, to the heart of Newbury.

Chalkfest is for the whole family – it’s all about joining in, having fun and getting creative with chalk!!!

For those who cannot sit on the floor, tables will be provided.

£1 to enter & Register on the Day!
Children up to 12yrs
Teens 13+