AWBS International Women's Club

All Women of Berkshire & Surrey
Celebrating inclusiveness and friendship

AWBS is a sisterhood of international and local women living in Berkshire and Surrey, who come together to enhance their UK experience through fun and fulfilling volunteer-run activities.    

Activities List

In addition to General Meetings and Special events, AWBS members can enjoy special interest activities together. Activity groups are established and organized by members who are interested in pursuing their personal interests and hobbies with other AWBS members.

To book a place on one of these events, first come to a General Meeting where you can be the first to sign up.  Events fill up quickly and those who go to the General Meeting get priority.  If there are any places left after the meeting, the event will be opened for online registration.  Go to the Calendar to find an event you are interested in, click on it and register.  Only members and their guests may attend an AWBS organised event.

Booked for Lunch (aka Book Club)

Enjoy reading and love to discuss books with others? Booked for Lunch meets once a month between September and June. The only requirement is a love of books and a commitment to read the book being discussed. There is no charge and no full year commitment. 

Evening Book Club

The evening book club meets once a month and will read the same books each month as the day time Book club. Hope you can join us!

Adventures Abroad

Join a constantly changing mix of women who get together to travel abroad, explore, shop, and above all, have fun.

How to get better photos

Beginners photography tutorial day by award-winning portrait photographer. This activity will run in Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer, to make the most of the seasonal beauty. We do hope you can join us and learn to use and enjoy your camera!

Art Appreciation

This class is for everyone from beginners to the most seasoned art enthusiasts. Art history attracts a fun group of women interested in learning about artists’ lives, the history of their time and the meaning in their work.

Seasonal Photography Workshop For Beginners

English History 

Learn about the rich history and culture of Britain, with four lectures and a field trip each term (autumn and spring). Occasional one-off special events are also featured.

Country Walks

We are just steps away from some of the most stunning scenery in the United Kingdom with miles of paths criss–crossing the landscape, making all areas of this charming country accessible. Walks vary from 3 to 6 miles and are typically once a month, September through May.


Thinking of travelling to France while you are living in the UK? Do you speak some French and want to improve your skills? Are you a fluent speaker and want to converse with others? Separate classes accommodate all skill levels.

One of our most popular activity is Country Walks, recently completed a 6 mile walk around the beautiful River front village of Pangbourne, meandered through the rugged countryside of Chobham and around the glorious, quintessential, uncrowded, rolling green English countryside of Berkshire and the Chilterns.

Glorious Gardens 

No green thumbs required! Outings are primarily in the south east of England including well-known and lesser known gardens, coinciding with seasonal highlights where possible.


Let’s Go 

Visit world famous and lesser known sites in and around London, as well as in the Berkshire and Surrey areas. Outings are typically within school hours.


Study plant material for its individual beauty, and create an arrangement that is truly one of a kind. In twice-monthly classes, you will look at lines, space, texture, color, shapes and form.

The Inner Artist

Come along to this relaxed, 8 week drawing course and unlock your inner artist. Learn about perspective, proportion, shading and toning, using charcoal, graphite and coloured pencils.


Whether you’ve played for years or are just getting started, come join us for a round or clinic lessons. Have fun, meet fellow golfers and improve your game in a non-competitive environment.

Love London

Walking tours followed by lunch once a month in different London neighbourhoods. Sometimes the focus will be a geographic location, other times, a particular subject matter within London.


Similar to the Western card game rummy, Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation, and involves a degree of chance. It can be easily learned yet is difficult to master! We play about every two weeks at the home of one of our members.

Plan Your Trip to Italy 

Italian AWBS member Barbara will share the special, secret side of Italy in one of her two hour seminars to help you plan the perfect trip to Italy.

Pins and Needles

From expert to novice, all are welcome. Learn new skills, use up your stashes of fabric swatches, wools, and embroidery silks, finish those abandoned projects and enjoy a natter while you work.

Potluck lunches 

A fun and informal way to meet and get to know other AWBS members while enjoying yummy food and conversation. Bring a favorite starter, main dish, drink, or dessert.


 A social tennis group of all skill levels. 1.5 hour sessions take place on selected Friday mornings. We run 1or 2 Intermediate/Advanced courts depending on demand, plus a court clinic for Improvers. All indoors!


Co-ordinated by Membership, anyone can run one of these great opportunities to meet fellow AWBS women. Join us for drinks on random Fridays -- check the schedule. All are welcome. No need to pre-book.

One off activities

If you have an idea for a one-off activity, you can make it happen. Just contact our VP of Activities and she will help with whatever is needed. Don’t let a really great idea wither on the vine....

AWBS International Women's Club

Monthly meetings will take place throughout our club year from September to May. Check out the website for when and do come along - your first meeting is complimentary: you'll be so excited by what we are offering we are confident you will sign up before you leave!

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