Come and learn the art of cake decorating and associated crafts with Dee of Dee's Cakes, an award-winning cake artist with endless patience and motivation - every student is pleased with the outcome of their work when leaving a course.
Guest tutors also deliver courses, such as Sarah Jones from The Chocolate Strawberry, Nikki Bradley of Out of This World Cakes, and Fiona Hardy from Cupcake Delight.
Courses are for all levels and cover a range of skills. Details of courses are available on the website below. If you would like to be included on the mailing list, please get in touch.
Children’s parties, hen and corporate events can also be booked.
Above Finishing Touches, 23 St Mary Street, St Mary Centre, Thornbury BS35 2AB
Tel: 01454 281333
Tel: 07964 182445
Classes in Thornbury and Cromhall
Tel: 01453 545849
Tel: 07837 784816
Greek conversation and dancing classes
Tel: 01454 852331
Alveston Allotments are sited off Forty Acre Lane along a footpath, and are managed by a committee.
There are 35 individual, very productive vegetable plots, and holders are happy to discuss gardening issues and exchange knowledge.
There is a waiting list for allotments and if you would like your name to be added, please use the email link to make your request.
Forty Acre Lane, Alveston
The Alveston Gardens Association meets on the first Monday of each month in the Jubilee Hall, Greenhill, Alveston at 7.30pm.
Each month there is a guest speaker to enlighten us on all manner of things "gardening", plus trips and a Christmas lunch. For more information please contact our Secretary Pam Forrest.
Tel: 01454 416941
Alveston has been twinned with Courville-sur-Eure in North Central France since 1987. The Twinning Association is an enthusiastic group of mixed ages, who enjoy fun, laughter and socialising.
Our mission is to have fun and continue to attract like-minded families who want to explore another nation's culture and investigate their own country.
As well as social events, we hold fund-raisers to host our French guests, and on our return they host us.
To find out more, please contact Secretary Jennie Walters.
c/o Open View Cottage, Earthcott Green, Alveston BS35 3TA
Tel: 01454 411277
We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month (except August) at 7.30pm.
The ideals of the Women's Institute of truth, justice, tolerance and fellowship are as strong and important now in the 21st century as they were at the birth of the WI in 1915. Alveston was founded in 1919.
As well as our monthly meeting we organise day outings, join in with county events, skittles, darts, curling, walks, home economic days and many more.
For more information contact Valerie Fergyson, President or Marjorie Roper-Marshall.
Alveston Jubilee Hall, Greenhill, Alveston BS35 2QX
Tel: 01454 415773 (V F)
Tel: 01454 418694 (M R-M)
We are a friendly club, keen to welcome, encourage and train prospective members within the framework set out by the BMFA.
Weather permitting, flying takes place on Saturday mornings, and during summer, Tuesday evenings. Instruction is provided by established and senior club members who hold appropriate certification, and a strict safety protocol is always observed. Free introductory flights are available prior to joining.
Classes in in Tytherington and Thornbury
Tel: 01454 411915
Tel: 07793 373355
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, from 10.20-11.50 in The Swan in the High Street (far end of the bar from High Street entrance). Lovely group and everyone welcome. Cygnus Books focus on Mind, Body, Spirit, Psychology, Environmental, Spirituality etc. - not fiction.
The Swan Inn, High Street, Thornbury BS35 2AE
Tel: 07866 404471
We meet on the second Tuesday of each month, 7-9pm (doors open 6.30pm).
Each March we have a special evening with a noted speaker from the gardening world. In August we have our Annual Show when members can bring their garden produce: fruit, vegetables or flowers or products of their kitchen by way of cakes, bread and scones for judging. Prizes are awarded for first to third place, in each of the many categories.
December sees our Members' Christmas Party with seasonal beverages and food supplied free of charge. A suitable seasonal speaker or performer provides entertainment.
During the year we arrange a couple of coach outings to gardens of interest. These can be day outings or include a single night stop over, with visits planned for both the outward and homeward journeys.
Gardeners of all ages and abilities are welcome from Daggs Acre Allotments to Window Boxes!
If you would like to join the club, please contact either Jill Lowden on 01453 842235 or Club Secretary Ann Jones on 01453 842317.
Meetings held in the Avon Hall, Turnberrie's, Bath Road, Thornbury BS35 2BB
We are the Thornbury branch of Inner Wheel, one of the world's largest women's voluntary organisations. We aim to promote true friendship, encourage the ideals of personal service and foster international understanding.
Please let me know if you want to attend. A few of us get together on Tuesday evenings, 6.30-9.30pm and sew our own projects. Please email Caroline Twemlow to find out more.
Classes at The Chantry, 52 Castle Street, Thornbury BS35 1ER
United Reformed Church, Chapel Street, Thornbury BS35 2BA
Tel: 01453 845193
Tel: 078910 36145
Workshops held at The Chantry, 52 Castle Street, Thornbury BS35 1HB
Mumbleys Farmhouse, Sweetwater Lane, Mumbleys, Thornbury BS35 3JY
Tel: 01454 415296
The National Garden Scheme is proud to say that 80% of money raised through opening gardens goes to health charities.
In our area, Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath there are almost 40 gardens to choose from, all described in the local 'Yellow book.' In South Gloucestershire 7 very different gardens open to visitors providing 'Great Gardens, Great Cakes!' Some will open for groups, at a time to suit you, 'By Arrangement'.
Details of all the gardens can be found on the National Garden Scheme website below, or you can download the smartphone app. On both you can search for gardens opening within the distance you are prepared to travel. So why not go ahead and plan the gardens you would like to visit?
The huge benefits of gardens and gardening to health and well being are now well recognised. You may feel you would like to become involved in this inspiring organisation. It's possible to volunteer in a small way by helping with serving teas, or you may even feel that your own garden could be enjoyed by others. Seeing the pleasure on visitors' faces and sharing your endeavours with others, whilst helping the NGS charities, has a huge 'feel good factor.'
To find out more, contact the County Organiser, Su Mills by phone or email.
Tel: 01454 615438
We meet on the second Monday of each month at 2pm for demonstrations and practice classes.
St Mary’s Church Hall, Eastbury Close, off Eastbury Road, Thornbury BS35 1DR
Our meetings are held at the Cossham Hall on the 4th Wednesday of each month except July, August and December and start at 7.30pm. We try to cater for all levels of quilters from beginners to the more experienced.
At present our membership list is full but visitors are welcome to attend our meetings, for which there is a fee of £3.50. Further details by email.
Classes in Berkeley, Thornbury and Yate
Tel: 01454 868485
Shiralee Cottage, Wotton Road, Rangeworthy BS37 7LS
Tel: 07838 275713
Daggs Allotments at the top of the High Street are administered for the people of Thornbury by Thornbury Town Trust.
Thomas Dagg gave the field to Thornbury in 1546, so we tend what must be some of the oldest allotments in the country.
There are 120 allotments, and the Association has over 100 members. It organises social events, monthly newsletters, and an Allotment Shop.
Gillingstool Primary School's plot offers pupils the chance to grow and eat their own produce.
Membership costs just a couple of pounds a year, and brings many benefits. You don't need to be a plot holder to become a member. We have discounted seeds, competitive prices on gardening items, guest speakers and visits.
If you would like to become a member, or be added to the waiting list for a plot, contact the clerk to the Town Trust via the link below.
We meet for demonstrations and practice classes at Thornbury Methodist Church Hall, at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of the month. New members and visitors are always welcome at either the demonstration or practice nights. We are affiliated to NAFAS. For more information click below.
We are a small friendly club who meet every Wednesday evening at 8pm. Subject to programme, we usually meet at the Chantry, Thornbury.
Courses and exams can be arranged. Morse practice is available.
Please see our website, below, for details of our location, activities and the weekly club meetings programme. For more information, please contact Stan Goodwin, G0RYM:
Tel: 01454 413177
We meet Fridays at 8pm in the old scenery store in The Chantry garden. Most scales, gauges, companies and tractions are accounted for and membership boasts a wide range of skills. Although we are only a small club, we are flourishing.
Over the years we have built a number of layouts to most of the usual scales and gauges, including (a long since retired) model of Thornbury Station. Exhibiting these layouts has allowed the club to travel around the local area and, on a couple of occasions, further afield.
We hold our own exhibition in November, and as member of the Association of Model Railway Clubs, Wales & West of England we also take part in their exhibition held at Thornbury Leisure Centre on May Bank Holiday Weekends.
We welcome new members of all abilities from absolute beginners to professional artists. All our activities (except annual Summer Exhibition) are now at St Mary’s Church Hall.
There are two Painting Studio Groups, on Tuesdays (tel. 01454 414433) and Thursdays (Tel. 07776 271010) both in the afternoon from 1.30 - 4.30pm.
Our monthly Club Nights when we have a talk /demonstration by a guest artist are now on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 7.15 for 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome, and there is a non-members fee of £5 on the door.
Based at St Mary's Church Hall, Eastbury Road, Thornbury BS35 1DR
The club welcomes photographers of all abilities. We meet at 7.30 for 7.45pm every Monday in the Games Room at Turnberrie's Community Centre, September to April, and have a reduced programme during the summer. The meetings are a mix of guest speakers, competitions and practical evenings. We run beginners courses, and students regularly join us for club meetings. If you would like more details, contact us, or come along to one of our meetings.
Thornbury Chess Club meets at 7.30pm on Tuesdays at the Chantry, (52 Castle Street, Thornbury). The club team plays in the second division of the Bristol Chess League so, whether you are interested in competitive chess or just a friendly game, why not come along?
For further information click below to email or visit the Bristol League web-site.
We meet every second Thursday of the month, 7.30-9.30pm. Join us for an evening of fun, make new friends and try your hand at a new craft. The meetings are a mix of demonstrations, speakers and hands-on experience. The evening normally concludes with an item to take home and show off to the family! Anyone is welcome to attend from the age of 18 with any ability level. To attend a trial evening please email below.
St Mary's Church Hall, Eastbury Road, Thornbury BS35 1DR
We are a section of Thornbury Museum and meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in the Chantry. We meet to exchange information about local and world wide geological topics and examine maps, rocks, minerals and fossils. No previous knowledge of geology is needed and beginners and experts alike are welcome. For more information contact Sandi Shallcross by phone or email.
Meetings held at The Chantry, 52 Castle Street, Thornbury BS35 1HB
Tel: 01454 416882
Thornbury United Reformed Church, 28 St Mary Street, Thornbury BS35 2AT
Tel: 01761 472468
The oldest Horticultural Society in Thornbury was established in the 1830s by a group of gentlemen of the town 'to introduce a taste of gardening amongst the cottages...'. The Society is affiliated to the RHS, and membership entitles you to a discount at Thornbury Garden Shop and free entry to the Shows and Social Evenings. For more information please click below.
Tel: 0793 4560207
This initiative is about making a difference in our local community and around the world, and about meeting and creating connections with people active (in whatever way) within the Thornbury community.
Our aims are achieved through regular get togethers at Thornbury Castle where we:
- Identify Projects to help our local community and Rotary International Projects
- Arrange Social events to create connections
- Meet identified professional and personal development needs
Meetings at Thornbury Castle Hotel, Castle Street, Thornbury BS35 1HH
Tel: 07871 795846
Thornbury Squares has been in existence for eighteen years, and during that time many people from Thornbury and district have discovered the joys of square dancing and made many new friends.
Classes run on Thursdays at 8pm in Manorbrook School, Thornbury. If you would like to find out what square dancing is all about, why not turn up or ring Ann (885058) or Sue (778795) for more details.
Thornbury University of the Third Age (U3A) was founded in 1997 and is now one of the largest organisations in the town with over 1500 members.
The title ‘University’ can be misleading as members do not require any qualifications to join and there are no examinations to sit or awards made. It provides a wide range of educational, social and leisure activities and is an excellent way of meeting people and making friends. There is no age limit on membership but you need to have ceased full-time employment as most groups meet during the day, either in members’ homes or halls in the local area.
For further information visit our website or phone our Membership Secretary, Jackie Gitsham on 858438 or our Chairman, Norman Taylor on 418396.
Thornbury WI offer social and educational events throughout the year, both locally and as part of Avon Federation. Apart from our monthly meetings, members can take part in outings, supper clubs, knock-out skittles, walking and darts.
We also support local and community events and have a nominated charity each year.
Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7.30–9.30pm.
Thornbury Methodist Church Hall, off High Street, Thornbury BS35 2AQ
We meet on the first Friday in each month at 8pm in the Armstrong Hall. We stage three commercial wine tastings a year, including wines possibly more expensive than one would normally buy. For these evenings we charge between £3 and £5 depending on actual costs of wine and light supper.
Our other evenings involve slide shows and talks. These are funded from the annual subscription of £12. The Christmas meeting is at an hotel with dinner and dance, and the summer event is often a Mystery Coach Tour to an out of the way pub.
Unlike when the Wine Circle began in the Seventies, home made wine is not often made these days, but some grape and elderberry wine is used at BBQs, and mulled wine at Christmas.
For more information, contact Andrew Gillingham on 01454 415015 or by email below.
We are a small but friendly target archery club based in Tockington near Bristol.
We welcome archers of all levels from absolute beginners, for whom we run a beginners' course in early summer, to the more experienced archer.