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May Events in Berkshire

Berkshire Events May 2013

Open gardens at Stockcross House, Wednesday 1st and Sunday 26th May
Two acre garden with emphasis on plant partnerships, colour combinations and naturalistic planting. Long wisteria and clematis covered pergola, reflecting pool with folly, cascade with pond and duck house, rich variety of roses, vegetable and cutting garden. Sculptural elements by local artists,
for more information visit
Admission £4 per adult, children free.
Open 11am to 4pm.

Modern Gift and Craft Fair at the Corn Exchange, hungerford RG17 0NJ, Saturday 11th May
A lovely modern gift and craft fair with high quality ideas for yourself or for loved ones. Shabby chic, textiles, skincare, jewellery, jams and chutneys, things for the garden and clothes so lots to come and see!
10am to 4pm with free admission.
for more information please click here

Newbury Spring Festival, Saturday 11th to Saturday 25th May.
For two weeks in May the celebrated Newbury Spring Festival showcases breathtaking musical talent, at venues throughout West Berkshire, that captivates locals and visitors alike. With approximately 50 events each year Festival is one of the UK’s most prestigious Arts festivals. Included in the Newbury Festival are –

Saturday 11th – Black Dyke Band – The Corn Exchange, Moscow State Orchestra at St Nicolas Church, Newbury
Sunday 12th – Sound Beginnings – Peter and the Wolf at Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre
Wednesday 15th – London Community Gospel Choir at Douai Abbey, Woolhampton
Thursday 16th – Benjamin Britten – 100th anniversary talk at Arlington Arts Centre
Friday 17th – The Symphonic Brass of London at Hungerford
Wednesday 22nd – Aurora Percussion Duo at The Corn Exchange
Thurday 23rd – Ballet Central at The Corn Exchange
Friday 24th – London Philharmonic Orchestra at St Nicolas Church, Newbury
Saturday 25th – Christ Church Cathedral choir at Douai Abbey.

Full Spring Festival programmes will be available from Newbury Tourist Information Centre. 01635 32421/528, or visit

Ladies Lunch at the Vineyard with Janine Roebuck, 13th may
Join Janine Roebuck, a mezzo-soprano equally at home in opera, operetta, oratorio and popular song and is particularly good in roles which require a touch of comedy. When she was only 18, she was told that she was going deaf, and many people told her she would have to give up her dreams – she’s done the complete opposite!
£60 per person.
Please call Poppy Kimber on 01635 589453 to book
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Jekyll and Hyde, the musical at The Hexagon Theatre, Reading, RG1 7UR, Wednesday 15th may
The Sainsbury Singers, Readings Premier musical society, are celebrating 75 years in musical theatre in 2013 with an evocative tale of the epic battle between good and evil, JEKYLL & HYDE is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart.
Doors open 7.30pm,
tickets from £12, for more information please visit

The Judgement of Paris – who will get your vote this time? Friday 24th May at The Vineyard,  7.30pm onwards

Join us at our flagship event, celebrating this infamous moment in history. In the original blind tasting held in Paris in 1976, Californian wines were chosen over France’s very best by some of the leading wine aficionados of the day. But who knows what will happen this year? Only you can decide!
Get involved in this fun and interactive evening and enjoy:

  • Welcome glasses of champagne and sparkling wine
  • The tasting of four wines (two whites and two reds, one French & one Californian in each category)
  • Cheese, charcuterie and something sweet.
  • The result of the blind tasting will be announced at the end of the evening.

£30 per person, £25 per person when booking 4 or more tickets.
To book your place at this year’s Judgement of Paris, please call us on 01635 528770. Discover more

Spring Bank Holiday Monday BBQ at Bucklebury Farm Park, Monday 27th May
Why spend hours on the motorway when you can get away from it all much closer to home at Bucklebury Farm Park? Don’t plan to cook this Bank Holiday – join in for a BBQ – yummy Vicar’s Game hot dogs and speciality hand-made burgers are the perfect treat in the fresh air! Plus all the usual attractions deer and wild boar, free tractor rides. Indoor play area, drop slides and outside adventure playground.
For more information call 0118 9714002 or visit
£8.95 for adults,
£7.95 for children,
under 2 free.

April Events in Berkshire

April Events 2013

 8th April – Ladies Lunch with Darphin

12pm – 3pm

Join this ladies lunch at The Vineyard and get involved in an interactive workshop with Darphin expert Lucy Clark and The Vineyard Spa Team. We’ll be focusing on the eye area; a very important area that’s often neglected. Plus, discover more about the best way care for the delicate skin around your eyes and also the causes of some common problems such as puffiness. An exclusive Darphin offer will be available on the day.
£60 per person
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Please call 01635 528770 to book.

9th April to 13th April – The Sound of Music by Newbury Musical Theatre Society at The Corn Exchange 

Relive the heart-warming story of Maria and the von Trapp family in one of the most loved musicals of all time.
Ticket Full Price £13
For more information please call 0845 5218218
or visit

11th April to 16th April – Miser by Molière at The Watermill Theatre 

Fast, funny and full of energy, this sparkling new version by acclaimed writer Martin Sherman, is as pertinent today as it was when first written and performed by Molière in the 17th century.
Tickets from £14
To book, please call 01635 46044 
or visit

17th April – Wine School – Ten Wines to Try Before you Die 6.30pm to 8pm

Join this wine school at The Vineyard and you’ll be the first in Europe to try a range of absurdly rare bottles from the Golden State that would have just arrived in Europe!
£30 per person
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Please call 01635 528770 to book.

12th to 14th April – Newbury Garden Show at Newbury Showground

Discover a world of horticultural excellence at the Newbury Garden Show. Whether you are looking to create a fun space, tranquil haven, organic vegetable plot or family friendly patio, you will find all the elements you need in one great location saving you time and money.
Adults – £7.50 
For more information please call 01635 30267 
or visit

26th to 27th April – Rookwood Plant Fair, Berkshire

Enjoy a great day out at Rookwood Specialist Spring Plant Fair.There will be over 25 exhibitors including 11 garden nurseries, specialist plant suppliers, garden accessories and home produce stalls, plus those showcasing unique gifts for the home and garden. The Plant Fair also welcomes distinguished lecturer and former Head Gardener for HRH Prince of Wales David Howard, who will be giving two lectures; My Garden Life (am); Organic Gardening Philosophy (pm).
Refreshments and a light lunch will be available.
Admission and entry to the gardens – £5 for Adults; Children are free
Admission and one lecture – £25 (11am or 2.30pm)
Admission and both lectures – £40

To book your place, please contact Charlotte Digby & 01488 608676.
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Reading Contemporary Art Fair – Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading – 27th – 28th April

This is an opportunity to buy from UK and international artists and galleries, with over 90 exhibitors displaying paintings, sculptures, prints, photography and ceramics.
Tickets £7 per person, children £1, under 5 Free
For more information please visit or call 01753 591892.

March Events in Berkshire

Events in March 2013

Behind Closed Doors at Basildon Park – Sunday 3rd

Join the house team for a tour of the property to find out about the conservation that goes on when the house is closed and their preparations for the coming season. Afternoon tea will follow in the South Pavilion.

Prices £25 per person.
To book, please call 0844 249 1895 
or email for more information.

Newbury Symphony Orchestra at The Corn Exchange – Saturday 9th

One of the oldest non-professional orchestras in England, the Newbury symphony Orchestra is now playing in its 133rd season and are proud to present young and upcoming piano soloist Madalina Rusu performing Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto.

Tickets full price £12
Please call 0845 5218218 
or visit

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Donnington Valley Hotel – Sunday 10th

Enjoy a delicious three course Sunday lunch in our award winning restaurant with a glass of prosecco on arrival. 

Plus Mum will receive a £10 spa gift voucher as an extra treat from us.

£27 per person
Please call 01635 551199 to reserve your table.

Peter Michael Winery Spring Dinner at The Vineyard – Friday 15th

You will have the rare opportunity to try the latest and back vintages of Peter Michael wines perfectly matched with a five course dinner. Compare and contrast established wines such as Ma Belle-Fille Chardonnay, with the new vineyards from Sonoma Coast – Le Caprice and Ma Danseuse Pinot Noirs. We look forward to welcoming you on Friday 15th March 2013.

£120 per person
Discover More, Please call 01635 528770 to reserve your place.

Californian Wine Weekend – The Best of the Golden State at The Vineyard – Friday 15th – Sunday 17th

Why not stay for the whole weekend and enjoy a two night stay, tasting over 50 Californian wines on Saturday and a dinner with the winemakers on Saturday evening followed by brunch on Sunday.

From £750 per stay*
Discover more Please call 01635 528770 to reserve your place.
*Subject to availability. Based on two people sharing a Luxury Double.

Lambing Day 2013 at Bradfield – Sat 16th and Sun 17th, Sat 23rd and Sun 24th

Its Lambing time at Rushall Farm, Bradfield for two weekends! Come and see our new born lambs, experience a tractor ride and enjoy refreshments – lots of fun for all the family.

Adults £5, children £3,
opening times 11am to 5pm
For more information, please call 0118 9616107 
or visit

Lucy Porter: People Person at The Corn Exchange – Saturday 16th

Lucy Porters brand new show is based around a fascinating true story with a stunning twist in the tale. It’s a feel-good night of comedy that will appeal to audiences of all ages.

Tickets £15
For more information, please call 0845 5218218 
or visit

Meet the Winemakers Dinner at The Vineyard – Saturday 16th

Join us for the Meet the Winemakers Dinner where five of California’s well known wineries will host the evening along with James Hocking, The Vineyard Cellars Director of Wine. The winemakers will showcase their favourite wines and give you an insight into why their wineries keep ahead of the vinous world. We look forward to welcoming you on 16th March.

£95 per person
Discover More, Please call 01635 528770 to reserve your place.

Wine School – Chocolate and Wine Hedonism at The Vineyard – Wednesday 20th

With Chocolate being one of the hardest foods to match with wines, we’ll be looking at a range of wines including Port, Banyuls and Zinfandel. The Easter egg will be covered in some depth! £30 per person

Discover More, Please call us on 01635 528770 to book.

David Copperfield at Watermill Theatre – Wednesday 27th – Saturday 30th

The Senior Youth Theatre brings its trademark good-humoured charm to the classic Victorian story of an orphan trying to make his way in the world. This classic Dickens story is alive with wonderfully memorable characters and unexpected plot twists guaranteed to make you laugh and cry.

Tickets £11 per person
To book, please call 01635 46044 
or visit

The Betfair Lambourn Open Day at Lambourn – 29th

From 8.30 am to 5pm
This annual Open Day is a unique opportunity to see the racehorses in their training establishments throughout the Lambourn Valley – The Valley of the Racehorse. The highlights will include the Household Cavalry perfoming their spectacular Musical Ride, which they have been performing across the UK and overseas since 1882.

Entrance £12, under 12’s free
For more information, please visit

Exotic Easter Sunday Lunch at Donnington Valley Hotel – Sunday 31st

The Animal Man will be joining us this year with a lively, entertaining animal show where the kids (young and old alike) will get the chance to handle exotic and interesting animals under expert guidance.

Follow that up with a delicious three course lunch and easter egg hunt and you have the recipe for a fun filled Easter Sunday with Family and Friends.

£27 per person
(£13.50 for children up to 12 years)
Call 01635 551199 to book your table.

February Events in Berkshire

Events in February

Welford Park Snowdrop Walks

Open Wednesday to Sunday throughout February
11am to 4pm

Welford Park is renowned, both locally and nationally for its stunning carpets of Snowdrops, spread across two miles and into the beech wood alongside the River Lambourn.

Entrance £5 for adults, children under 12 free.
For more information please click here
or phone 01488 608691

Betfair Super Saturday at Newbury Racecourse – 9th February

Featuring Europe’s richest handicap hurdle – the Betfair Hurdle alongside the Betfair Super Saturday Chase.

For more information please click here
or phone 01635 40015.
Tickets £20- £30.

Predator Day at The UK Wolf Conservation Trust – 10th February

New! The Ultimate experience for wildlife enthusiasts: spend a day in the company of the world’s most powerful and enthralling predators… wolves and raptors! Take a walk with some of the Trust’s ambassador wolves then meet the magnificent birds of prey that you will be handling and flying.

Tickets £120 per person,
for more information please click here
or call 0118 9713330.

Bird Walk at Greenham and Crookham Common – 13th February

Join resident bird expert Graeme Stewart for a stroll around Greenham Common, a fragile and threatened habitat full of very special wildlife. It is particularly important for some of Britain’s rarest ground nesting birds, including nightjar, woodlark and lapwing.

£2 per person no need to book.
For more information please click here
or phone 01635 874381.

Sleuth at The Watermill Theatre – 14th February to 23rd March

Sleuth is regarded as one of the greatest stage thrillers, winning the Tony Award for Best Play and inspiring two film versions.

Tickets £15-£26.
For more information please click here
or phone 01635 46044.

The Vineyard – Celebrate Valentine’s – 14th to 17th February

Enjoy a pre-dinner Champagne tasting before creating your very own five course tasting menu from a selection of 18 dishes. We’ll select the perfect wine to match each of your chosen courses.

£120 per person.
For more information please click here 
or to book call 01635 528770.

The Fiddler on the Roof – John O’Gaunt Community College, Hungerford – 20th – 23rd February

The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company is proud to present the Town Show. This is an original theatrical activity performed each year during February to coincide with the school half-term.

Tickets £8-£13.
For more information please click here
or call 01488 684011.

Sheldon Theatre, Oxford. Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Andras Schiff – 22nd Feb

We’re enormously excited to bring an additional concert to the Sheldonian this season: András Schiff is to perform as director and soloist with the outstanding musicians of the OAE.

Tickets from £10.
For more information please click here
or call 01865 244806.

KATS presents Aladdin at Kennet School, Thatcham, 21st to 23rd February

The KATS pantomime will be the old and familiar tale of Aladdin and his magic lamp. This show has all the usual hallmarks of an amusing and entertaining pantomime. Fun for all the family – in fact, fun for all!

Tickets £8 per person.
For more information please click here
or call 01635 871777.

An Evening with Pam Ayres at The Newbury Corn Exchange – 26th February

Pam Ayres is known as the “People’s Poet”. She has been an audience favourite for over 35 years for her observations on the comic details of everyday life.

Tickets £20 per person.
For more information please click here
or call 0844 5218218.

January Events in Berkshire

Events in January 2013

Arabian Nights – 1st to 6th January

Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Expect a show full of delights and surprises drawn from one of the greatest collection of stories ever with mystical creatures, magical transformations and enchanting music. Tickets from £10.50. Please click here for a list of all stalls and to purchase tickets online.

New Year Opera Concert in Italian Style – 5th & 6th January

Opera at Bearwood – Italian Style
Saturday 5th Jan – 7.30pm 
Sunday 6th Jan – 2.30pm

Celebrate New Year 2013 in Italian style that will stimulate everyone’s musical appetite. Chorusus From Verdi’s Nabucco, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Rossini’s Barber of Seville and others, interspersed with arias and popular songs to include O Sole Mio, Funiculi Funicula and Torna a Sorrento. Tickets – £18 per person. Please call 0118926 2394 to book and click here for more information

Lakeside Bird Walk at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre – 6th January

2pm – 4pm

Join bird enthusiast Graeme Stewart for a walk around Thatcham Reedbeds Nature Reserve. With footpaths ranging from family friendly walks to the more advernturous. £2.00 per person and no need to book. Please click here for more information.

Armorel Clinton – An Exhibition of Paintings & Lithographs – 7th January


The Jam Factory presents a collection of paintings and lithographs by Oxfordshire-based artist Armorel Clinton. With a number of large-scale and miscellaneous works. For more information please click here.

Stargazing Live Newbury Racecourse – 9th January

Newbury Racecourse

Celebrating the wonders of the universe at a FREE event at Newbury Racecourse. This family friendly event welcomes everyone from beginners to enthusiastic amateurs. A live web-chat with NASA astronaut Piers Sellers, pop-up planetarium, demonstrations of a prototype Mars Rover and even the opportunity to have your photo taken with an astronaut. Please click here for more information.

Mole’s Christmas Wind in the Willows – 13th January

Sheepdrove Organic Farm

Enjoy the performance of Mole’s Christmas Wind in the Willows by the Rain or Shine Theatre Company and witness the wild adverntures of Ratty, Badger, Otter, Mole and the naughtiest Toad in history – The Wind in the Willows! Tickets – Adults – £10 and Children – £6. Please contact Stephanie Clark on 01488 674 737 or email to book.

The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Overview – 18th January

New Theatre Oxford

It’s fun all the way as the ‘Purveyors of Cool’ swing into town with a sensational show featuring the greatest music of the 20th century. Wonderful memories of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Junior in a fabulous production that continues to be successful all over the world. Tickets from £17 per person. book tickets online 

Dinner with Villa Mattielli Winery – 19th January

The Vineyard
7pm onwards 
£95 per person

Stay the night with dinner – just £340 per stay* Occupying some of the best wine-growing slopes of Soave and the Valpolicella Doc area in Italy, we are very much looking forward to welcoming Roberta Roncolato from the Villa Mattielli winery. Please call us on 01636 528770 to reserve your place. For more information please click here

Ladies’ Lunch – Angela Knight – 28th January

The Vineyard  
12pm – 3pm 
£60 per person

Join Angela Knight, a trained stylist who has worked in design and couture for 20 years. Owner of a successful lingerie shop in Hungerford, Angela is a passionate believer in encouraging her customer’s to feel ‘sexy’ and ‘confident’ from within. Discover more. Please call 01635 528770 to book.

December Events in Berkshire

Events in December 2012

Cinderella at the Corn Exchange – 1st December – 6th January

Expect mischief, mayhem and action aplenty in this year’s glittering tale of Cinderella. Tickets from £13-£18. Please click here for a list of stalls and to purchase tickets online. 

Thatcham Christmas Lights Celebration – 7th December

17.30 onwards

The towns Christmas lights are being turned on, followed by an evening of entertainment. Hot food and drink will be available and there will be numerous stalls and shops to enjoy. All takes place in The Broadway, Thatcham. Entertainment from 5.30pm. Please click here for more information.

Champagne Discovery Dinner at The Vineyard – 7th December

19.00 onwards

A very warm welcome to Deutz Champagne House who will be pairing, with Yohann, some of the finest Champagnes to each of the five mouthwatering courses. What makes Deutz more individual is that they blend their wines later than the norm resulting in Champagnes of an exceptional balance, complexity and great finesse. Reserve your place online or call on 01635 589420 to book

Hungerford Victorian Extravaganza – 14th December

17:00 to 22:00

The streets will be brought to life with steam engines, Victorian organs, side stalls, street entertainment, the big wheel, a Scottish Pipe Band, the Hungerford Town Band and the Phoenix Band, the Grand Parade, and last but not least Father Christmas and this year’s carnival Queen. The evening’s activities will be brought to a close by the firework finale. Please click here for more information. 

Carols in the Barn at Bucklebury Farm Park – 15th December

17:30 to 19:30

To celebrate the story of nativity, a traditional candle-lit carol service from within the rustic barn. Warm refreshments and a magical start to the final few days before Christmas. Please click here to find out more.

Giant Ice Sculpture in Newbury – 15th December

What will it be? A chance to fit in your Christmas shopping whilst popping back and forth to see the winter scene as it develops. Please click here to find out more information.

Racing and Jazz Experience at The Vineyard – 29th December

Experience a race day like no other and enjoy the races in a private box* with premier enclosure tickets, canapés, full afternoon tea and an official programme, followed by a jazz evening and a light supper at The Vineyard. We welcome the four strong band Bastedo, known for their funky Suburban Blues-istic style so sit back and relax and enjoy listen to the soulful sounds. To book please call us on 01635 528770.

November Events in Berkshire


Events in November 2012

Saturday 10th Nov – Hungerford Christmas Craft Fayre

Start your Christmas shopping early for a good cause – Fund raising for Cancer Research UK. There will be 40 Stalls to include frames, soaps, jewellery, ceramics, cards, wood working, childrens books, knitted items and much, much more. For more information, please contact Heather Tarry on 01488 683035 or by email –

Monday 12th Nov – Ladies Lunch at The Vineyard

Currently a news presenter on Midlands today, Nicholas Owen has had a very interesting and varied career so far. Join us for this Ladies Lunch and hear how Nick started his career working for a local newspaper and ended up taking the leading role as Royal Correspondent, interviewing the Prime Minister and appearing on Strictly Come Dancing. £60 per person. Please call us on 01635 528770 to book.

Tuesday 13th Nov – The Travelling Souk, Basingtoke

From the finest knitware, luxury homeware accessories and stunning scarves to handmade jewellery and children’s gifts, you’re sure to find some great, unique Christmas gifts for friends and family. Tickets only £4.90. Please click here for a list of all stalls and to purchase tickets online. 

Saturday 17th Nov – The Nutcracker at Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre

Sheepdrove Organic Farm presents The story of the Nutcracker. A very special Christmas event for all the family! A unique concert performance of the famous Tchaikovsky ‘Nutcracker’. Family tickets are priced at just £39. For more information, please click here

Sunday 18th Nov – Master Sommeliers Discovery Dinner at The Vineyard

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the first Master Sommelier Wine Discovery Dinner in the UK with six of the world’s best sommeliers showcasing their favourite wines to match with each delicious dish. Starts at 7.30pm. £95 per person. Reserve your place online. View menu. Please call us on 01635 589420 to book.

Monday 19th Nov – Ladies Wine Club at The Vineyard

Learn all about food and wine matching for a special occasion with our Head Sommelier, Yohann Jousselin MS and like-minded ladies. This event is ideal for those who enjoy wine and would like to learn more about it in a friendly and informal atmosphere. From 3-5pm. £30 per person. Please call 01635 528770 to book.

Friday 30th Nov – Hennessy Discovery Dinner at The Vineyard

Enjoy a 5 course dinner created by Executive Chef Daniel Galmiche along with matching wines carefully selected by our Head Sommelier, Yohann Jousselin MS. Plus, benefit from some insider knowledge from our Tipster over the course of the evening. Starts at 7.30pm. £95 per person. Please call us on 01635 589420 to book.

October Events in Berkshire

Up and Coming Events October

Beerfest at Bucklebury – 6th October The fourth annual Bucklebury Beerfest is a fun event for the whole family – with great live music, a combination of games and activities for children, and numerous stands (including a local farmer’s market). And of course not to forget: some great food to accompany the large variety of beer and cider available throughout the day! Starting around 1pm on the Recreation Ground in the Bucklebury Village, there is parking available around the area. Come and enjoy a great day out in the autumn sunshine! Call 01635 867186 for any enquiries or visit the website for more details.

Thatcham Festival of Arts & Leisure – 13th– 21st October The 12th annual festival has over 60 events in store again this year – and looks to turn out a success! In the new town centre venue, The Hub, this will be the home to various workshops leading up to the final Sunday on the grounds that will host Thatcham’s first Apple Day. The majority of events continue to be free, while a few will charge a small entry fee. For the list of events on each day, visit their page.

The Vineyard Wine Festival If wine’s your thing, you’ll love The Vineyard Wine Festival. We kick off with a fantastic wine dinner on Friday 26th where we’ve invited well known suppliers to each match one of their great wines to one of the delicious four courses. Get ready for a wine tasting extravaganza on Saturday 27th with 10 suppliers including the Peter Michael Winery, Moreson Estate, and Danebury Vineyards. What’s more, there’ll be over 100 different wines and seven wine masterclasses to enjoy! Call 01635 528770 to book your ticket or visit the site.

Newbury Racecourse: Worthington’s Armed Forces Day – 27th October

The famous annual Armed Forces Day is a Flat Season climax and promises to be a great success again this year – providing free entry for Armed Forces & RBL members. Free entry is also provided for all under 18s, and this year the aviation theme with a flypast by the Army Air Corps, flight simulators, helicopter displays promises many highlights throughout. To book tickets or other enquiries, call 01635 40015 or click here.

Halloween Hullabaloo at Newbury – 28th October This 4th annual free event is for all those little monsters out there who love to get dressed up for the spooky night. Get your costumes ready and head for the Newbury Market Place for a terrific time complete with a Halloween extravaganza for the whole family! With last year’s attendees adding up to over 5,000 people, the programme is expanding every year! Visit the website for more information.