August Berkshire Events

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August Events

Joe Soap’s Masquerade! at Welford Park

30thJuly – 3 August – 7:30

2nd  August – 2.30

Commemorating The Great War, The Boxford Masques is the only play staged only in Berkshire and to have the community initiative to have a history stretching back over a 100 years. In the 19th century, Charlotte Peake established the annual midsummer celebration based on her own stories of nature and magic. These performances took place in natural places around Boxford but the beginning of First World War stopped the yearly tradition and it was not revived until 1988 when seven of Charlotte’s scripts were found. Since then, The Masques have expanded with over a thousand volunteers joining to perform from all backgrounds and have create five new musical theatre plays, 55 new songs and dances themselves. Children have also become a main part of the group with over 300 joining also.

This year’s production entitled’ Joe Soap’s Masquerade’ is about how the First World War impacted rural communities like Boxford. It is part of this year’s commemoration of the Great War and brings fresh perspective on that historic event.

The majority of the cast is under 25 and everyone involved attends over thirty workshops in drama, dance and musical performance, all led by leading professionals.

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Wednesday and Thursday evening and Saturday matinée
£9 in advance (£10 on the gate)
Friday and Saturday evening £12 in advance (£14 on the gate)
£3 off all seats for concessions (elderly, 12 – 16 year olds, disabled, unwaged)
Free for aged 11 and under

Please call Watermill Theatre 01635 46044 to book

The little red hen at the Corn exchange
Friday 1st august – 2:30

Your little ones will love this wonderful show of the little red hen. It is suitable for families with children 3 to 7 years.

“Making bread is hard work, but not if the animals lend a hand! A treat for the whole family with no scary bits!”

Full price £10 Concessions price £8

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Battle Proms Picnic Concert at Highclere Castle
Sat 2 Aug 2014, 4:30 – 10:00

Prepare yourself for an amazing evening of classical music, firework, spitfires, cannons and the Calvary. The concert takes place at Highclere castle, which will be illuminated by lighting and forms the backdrop for the display. We recommend you bring a picnic and enjoy the unforgettable evening with breathe taking displays over the beautiful castle for one of the most spectacular events in the musical calendar.

Gates open at 4.50pm where picnics and hampers can be unpacked whilst the entertainment begin. There will also be fairground stalls where you can get in the part spirit with the warm up acts. The main event begins at 6.45pm where the Napoleonic Calvary begin with the demonstration of a battlefield with lances, rifles and superb horsemanship. It ends with the Diamond Jubilee Salute held by the English Field Artillery Company followed by the musical programme including Spitfire air display accompanied by traditional prom favourites and spectacular fireworks

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Tickets can be purchased from the Newbury Visitor Information Centre, The Town Hall, Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5AA and by phone on 01635 30267.

£29.50 before 31st Jan 2014 (online only)
£32.00 if booked between 1 February 2014 and 30 April 2014
£35.00 if booked from 1 May 2014 until the day before the concert

£40 on the gate (subject to availability)

Child aged 5 to 15:
£17.00 (children aged 4 and under are free, and do not require a ticket)

Concert Pavilion:
£240.00 for a table of 4
£340.00 for a table of 6.

Please note – places are limited in the Concert Pavilion and sold out early last year. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Advance group bookings of 10 or more qualify for a £2 reduction per ticket.

Members of the Armed Forces and concert venue membership holders are entitled to a £2 discount on their ticket. Please note: These discounts are only redeemable on advance telephone bookings.

There is no booking fee if you book through the Visitor Information Centre

  The Tour De Berkshire 2014 at Bucklebury

Saturday 2nd August 2014, 10:30am

A lovely family ride in West Berkshire with refreshment along the way at local pubs. The Tour de Berkshire is an annual family cycling event organised by volunteers. It takes place in the beautiful West Berkshire countryside with The circular route from the The Cottage Inn, Upper Bucklebury, RG7 6QJ. Generous hosts, Gary and Mandy, are supporting the cycle by making it a family-friendly event, with games, bouncy castle and BBQ at the back of the pub.

The overall distance of around 20 miles and the aims is to not only raise money for the trust but to make it a family and friends event where everyone can get together.

Last year raised a huge £10,888 so a big thank you to everyone who took part this year.

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Entry into this event is £10 per adult and free to those aged 15 or under on the day of the ride. Online registration will close on the 26 of July. Registration on the day will be £15.

Family Fun Day – Craft, Bake and Race Day at Newbury Racecourse

Horse Racing, Sun 3 Aug 2014, £14.40-£24

Daisy’s Dream are hosting a family activity day with family picnics to raise money to support children and young people across Berkshire who are facing, or have experienced, bereavement. A fantastic day out for all the family to experience exhilarating flat racing along with a massive range of extra children’s entertainment on offer. There will be bouncy castles, craft workshops including glitter tattoos, sweet stalls and many more.

Bring along your crafts and baked creations to win some fabulous prizes.

A great day to bring younger racegoers racing as under 18s go FREE.

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Gates Open – 11.30
First Race – 1.40
Last Race – 5.25


Tickets range from £14.40 – £24.
Under 18’s go free

Teddy Bears Picnic at Bucklebury Farm Park

Children’s Activity, Thu 7 Aug 2014

Picnic in the Paddock tickets include a picnic lunch and soft drink, entry into the Premier Enclosure, and premium parking. Adults £30 and Children £10

Who hasn’t wanted to go to a Teddy Bears picnic at now at Bucklebury Farm Park you can. Bring along your favourite teddy and begin the hunt for the famous bears in the farm. This is in aid of Helen & Douglas House hospice.

Bucklebury Farm Park is a working farm, so everyday is an adventure with new arrivals on the farm yard throughout the year including baby lambs to bottle feed in spring, goat kids, rabbits and guinea pigs to cuddle and piglets to watch. Visitors are guaranteed to have fun in their adventure playground, on the jumping pillow, go-karts, obstacle course, den-building area and great indoor play area with its scary drop slides and soft play for

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•Adults – £8.95
•Children & OAPs – £7.95
•Children under 2 years – FREE
•Family Tickets (2 Adults and 2 Children) – £30
•Disabled – £6
•Carer accompanying disabled visitor – £6

Stockfest 2014 at Stockcross

Festival, Sat 9 – Sun 24 Aug 2014

Stockfest is back!

Stockfest 2014 is a celebration of local talent, arts, music, culture and sport.

The events taking place over two weeks are being supported and hosted by all the surrounding venues – St John’s Church, The Lord Lyon, Deanwood Park Golf Club, Stockcross Post Office, Stockcross House, Stockcross School, Rookwood Farm House, The Sutton Hall and Benham Estates.

Music & Dance
• Open-air picnic with the Gail Hendrickx Jazz Experience in the grounds of Stockcross House
• Introduction to Argentine Tango

Literature talks and tours
• Meet the author: Iris Lloyd
• The Lambourn Valley Railway – Kevin Robertson
• Tour of the Benham Estate
• Antique Valuation & Open Garden

Crafts, Skills & Sports
• Tennis Coaching
• Stockcross Knitwits
• Cup-cake icing workshops
• Circus skills workshops
• Science workshop for 5-10 year olds

• Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Stockcross House
• Cheese & Wine Tasting
• Stockcross Village Show
• Murder Mystery Evening at Deanwood Park Golf Club
• Family Treasure Trail

For more information and see the full list of events and details of the venues and sponsors please go to:

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22nd Annual Classic Vehicle Show at Newbury

Sunday 10th August 2014

For all you car enthusiasts – visit the West Berkshire Classic Vehicle Club’s 22nd Annual Classic Vehicle Show at Newbury College, Monks Lane on Sun 10th Aug from 10am – 4.30pm. There will be over 1000 vehicles on display, ice-creams, refreshments, side stalls and auto jumble.

All in aid of the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Fund.

The WBCVC was formed by Dave Mills who following 10 years of successful LRF shows initially established by Dave working closely with the local LRF fundraising team. The WBCVC was intended to meet the demand for a locally based club and to provide additional help for the show, the organisation and running of which is no mean feat. The WBCVC is still organising the annual show and Dave Mills continued to help, in a consulting capacity, until his sad and untimely passing in 2011.

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Adults – £5.00
Concessions – £3.00
Children under 14 Free

The Hunters Grimm at Watermill Theatre
From 11 Aug 2014

A sensory spectacle performed in the gardens and around The Watermill. Following the success of Adventures in Wonderland last summer, Teatro Vivo returns with a bucolic frolic that puts you in the midst of the action.

Wanted: Story Hunters for a life saving mission…
The famous Brothers Grimm invites you to become hunters and track down tales to feed their insatiable appetite for stories. You will dance with the musicians of Bremen, help a frog find a Princess and try on a slipper for a Prince. You’ll hear stories of love and laughter, poverty, and longing that will make familiar characters strange and strange characters funnily familiar. For families with active imaginations and a sense of adventure! Who knows where these stories will take us…

Suitable for age 6 upwards.

The performance lasts for approximately one hour with no interval. Be prepared to be on your feet throughout. In the event of bad weather, the performance will go ahead around the theatre buildings.

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Adults £10, children £8

Ladies Day with Annie Mac & Pete Tong at Newbury Racecourse

Sat 16 Aug 2014, 11:00am

The highlight of the summer season featuring the superstar DJs Annie Mac and Pete Tong playing after racing.

Full of glamour, fashion and fun off-the-track, Ladies Day is fabulous day to socialise and enjoy some of the best racing of the season.

Queen of dance music Annie Mac and the iconic Pete Tong will take to the decks for a double-bill of dance beginning shortly after the last race of the day.

Book tickets by 30 June for a £5 discount.

Please Note: Although children 0-4 enter for free, each child must have a ticket. If you are bringing a child please ensure you include their ticket on your order.

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Gates Open – 11.00 • First Race – 12.55 • Last Race – 4.55 * Concert approx 6pm

International Antiques & Collectors Fair at Newbury Racecourse

From 24 Mar 2014, £5-£10

The Newbury Antiques and Collector’s Fair is an IACF ‘One Day Monday’ fair. It’s the perfect introduction to antiques fairs for those new to the industry and a welcome addition to the UK antique fairs calendar for both professionals and enthusiasts.

Taking place at Newbury Racecourse, there will be hundreds of stands to choose from, with the venues grandstand housing a delightful 70-stand exhibition. A wide variety will be on offer, from glassware and decorative items to jewellery and small items of antique furniture.

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8am-10am Early Buyers £10
10am-4pm Buyers £5
Children under 16 accompanied by an adult are admitted free.

 At Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa:

Thalgo Skin Consultation Pamper Evening
Tuesday 5th August

Join us for a glass of wine and canapés for a ladies evening in the treatment suite. Limited to 20 people. Bring a friend along and they can use the spa on the day free of charge.


Call us to book on 01635 551188

Wedding fair
Sunday 10th August

Join Donnington Valley and local suppliers for our wedding fair. Discuss your plans and find inspiration for your special day.

Time: 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free
VIP tours: Please contact our wedding co-ordinator, on 01635 568106 to book a VIP tour.

Summer Sunday – Time to BBQ
Every Sunday throughout the summer holidays we will be barbecuing.

Not only are we offering a traditional roast option for lunch, but we will also have the barbeque alight from 12.30pm to 4pm so come in for an afternoon in the sun.

We will be offering a selection of BBQ items from local pork sausages, lamb cutlets and Bucclurgh burgers to Hampshire trout and mushroom kebabs. We of course have something lined up for the kids with American style hot dogs, chargrilled chicken goujons and corn on the cob. Everything will be priced individually, or if you simply can’t decide, try a selection of dishes for £22.00 per person.

Bookings essential.

Call us on 01635 551199 to book

Available Sundays (excluding bank holiday weekend) from Sunday 20th July to Sunday 7th September.
We reserve the right to cancel barbeques or serve from the kitchen dependent on weather conditions.

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