AWARD-WINNING Uxbridge-based dance academy Futunity will host a week of street dance workshops at Brunel University.

Founded in 2004, Futunity recently claimed first prize at the World Street Dance Championships in Blackpool and returned from the UDO British Street Dance Championships with 21 trophies and more than 50 medals.

The academy aims to help young people find a healthy outlet for their spare time and keep them off the streets in a safe and controlled environment.

It will also be offering daily gymnastics workshops for children aged five to 12.

what? Street dance and gymnastics workshops when? Monday, August 23, to Friday, August 27, noon-2pm (gymnastics 2-4pm) where? Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH cost? £10 a day or £40 for the week call: Helen Heanen on 01895 251 224 email: see:

Make and take home

WANNABE chefs aiming for success in the style of Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsay can boost their skills with a home-made cooking holiday workshop in Ruislip.

Under the guidance of an experienced in-house chef, learn how to make a variety of delicious foods, all to take home and eat!

The menu includes burgers with fresh relish and chips, cheesecake, golden flapjack and fruit tarts, all washed down with zingy lemonade.

Ideal for any children aged six to 10 with a love of food. Advance booking is essential.

what? Home-made cooking holiday workshop when? Tuesday, August 24 from 2-5pm where? The Windmill Studio, 106A Pembroke Road, Ruislip, HA4 8NW cost? £17.50 contact: Judy McPhee 01895 624 755 or email see:

Rare access to medium

A RESPECTED medium with 20 years' experience, Steve Chitty will demonstrate his ability to communicate with those who have passed on, conveying messages of love and guidance from beyond the physical world.

As well as giving one-to-one readings to countless people across the UK, Steve is currently involved in a number of television projects with the casts of Emmerdale, Shameless and Hollyoaks later this month.

He is also a familiar face in magazines Chat It's Fate and Take A Break Fate and Fortune, and is soon to have his own regular slot in Bridal magazine.

what? Evening of Mediumship when? Today (August 18) at 7.30pm where? Winston Churchill Hall, Pinn Way, Ruislip HA4 7QL cost? £15 call: Mystikal Productions, 07900 362 346 see:

Join Hamsters warming up for Hendrix tour

WIDELY regarded as the leading interpreters of Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top, The Hamsters warm up with a show in Ruislip, ahead of their Hendrix 40th Anniversary Tour to mark four decades since the guitarist's death in September 1970.

Also a band in their own right, the guitar, bass and drums trio have performed more than 4,000 concerts since forming 24 years ago, and have received critical acclaim from The Times, Radio 2, Classic Rock Magazine and Kerrang!

what? The Hamsters when? Friday, August 20 at 9.30pm (doors 8.30pm) where? Tropic @ Ruislip, Ruislip Social Club, Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip HA4 6JQ cost? £12 contact: 01784 460 094 see:

Looking for a Test of your love of rugby?

RUGBY fans who want to learn more about the sport and have fun are invited to a challenge day with Leeds and England rugby union star Andy Gomarsall MBE.

The event will feature children's activities with trained coaches and anyone who completes all the challenges will receive a T-shirt (subject to availability). There will also be a barbecue and raffle. Suitable for four to 16-year-olds.

what? Old Abbotstonians Rugby Challenge Day when? Sunday, August 22 from 11am to 3pm where? Pole Hill Open Spaces Sports Ground, Raeburn Road, Hayes, UB4 8PN cost? Free call: Lucy Walton at see: