Djembe Lottery #2

Win this very special djembe made for Afrikaya by a first-class drum-maker in The Gambia. Weighing less than 8 KG, it normally retails for over £160.

Just £2 a go may win you this fantastic djembe. The winning name will be drawn from a hat at 3 pm on 21 April 2018 at the Afrikaya Drum Circle.

Pay your £2 for one entry or £10 for 6 entries via Write ‘djembe’ in the comments section.

You can enter immediately. Entries close at 17.00 on 20 April

If you win, it is collection only at the drum circle or from Pewsey.

All monies go direct to the Afrikaya Nursery School in The Gambia. This is specifically to raise money for medical supplies so we can continue to give the children free primary medical care.

Afrikaya Sponsored Walk 20 May 2018

How Far Will You Go to Make a Difference?

A 10k walk through the beautiful Pewsey Vale.

Do your bit and get fit!

Sunday 20 May 2018!

Afrikaya’s 4th sponsored walk!

10.00 check in ready for 10.30 start

A sponsored ‘walktoschoolathon’ for Afrikaya. This 12K walk through the beautiful Pewsey Vale is almost the distance that children in New Yundum, The Gambia [some as young as 3 years old] were walking to school each day, including crossing a busy 4 lane highway – the main Banjul to Brikama highway. The walk is in its fourth year – by popular demand.

Start and finish: Golden Swan, Wilcot, Nr Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5NN

There is no registration fee. However, you are expected to raise sponsorship or make a personal donation in lieu of sponsorship. Suggested amount:


under 17s £5.00; under 12s £2.00

For more information, please go to Sponsored Walk Information 2018

For entry details and sponsorship forms, please email.

Donate via BTMyDonate; then send your donation reference number to us by email. This way we receive an extra 25% donation Gift Aid if you are a UK tax payer.

You can also create your own fundraising page – that way you dont have to chase people for sponsorship after the event!

Alternatively, download our Sponsorship_Form 2018 2

You don’t have to take part to donate. Donate via BTMyDonate on our event page.

Here are a couple of photos taken part way through the walk!




Autumn Craft Bazaar 20 October 2018

Another successful event in 2017 raising in excess of £1000. Watch this space……….

20 October 2018

Alton Barnes, Wiltshire,  for your early Christmas shopping.

Our usual format:

11am – 4pm
Coronation Hall, Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, SN8 4LB

What makes the Afrikaya Bazaar different?

  • Afrikaya has many loyal supporters thereby not just relying on local people. This increases the footfall.
  • Live music and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Warm Gambian lunch available at very reasonable cost.
  • Unusual gifts to make your gift buying fun – made by local craftspeople or sourced from craftspeople in The Gambia.
  • Drum circle at 4 p.m..


If you would like to donate, go to BTMyDonate.


Afrikaya Drum Circles every fortnight

Afrikaya drum circles take place roughly once every 2 weeks:

Dates on flyer at bottom of page. Taster sessions available for all newcomers throughout 2018 at reduced rate.

Saturdays 2 pm to 4 pm

Coronation Hall, Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, SN8 4LB

All proceeds from our community drum circles go direct to support the work of Afrikaya in The Gambia.

Everyone is welcome, whatever their age or ability. No booking required. However, if you are coming along with a larger group – please let us know beforehand so that we can make sure we have enough drums.

If you are not a member of Wiltshire Drum Circles on Facebook or do not receive our regular drum circle emails, please email to check if the circle is still on.

Afrikaya Drum Circles involve hand drums [mostly djembes from Africa], other percussive instruments from around the world, and also any other instruments that complement the free-form rhythm produced by the circle.

To see a recent video of mostly novice drummers, go to Afrikaya Drum Circle Video

Dancers are more than welcome. Drumming and dancing are very much linked as part of the West African culture. As well as facilitating rhythm, West African djembe rhythms and specific dances are practiced in harmony to tell a story from an African tradition.

Afrikaya drum circles are a combination of community circles, facilitated circles, and teaching of West African rhythms.

Let’s make this the best year EVER for drumming and for Afrikaya.

If you want more information about our drum circles, please go to Afrikaya Drum Circles2