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.
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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.