November Events in Berkshire

Events in Berkshire – November 2013

2nd November
The Italian Wine Dinner at Donnington Valley
7pm arrival for 7.30pm Dinner
Join us for an Italian inspired three course wine dinner and a tour of Feudi di San Gregorio Winery wines.

The Italian Wine Dinner Menu
2012 Feudi di San Gregorio, Albente Falanghina, Campania, Italy

Seared king scallops, squid ink pasta, caviar butter sauce
2012 Feudi di San Gregorio, Cutizzi Greco di Tufo, Campania, Italy

Veal Saltimbocca, rich plum tomato sauce, garlic green beans and crispy polenta
2008 Feudi di San Gregorio, Aglinanico de Vulture, Campania, Italy
2008 Feudi di San Gregorio, Taurasi, Campania, Italy

White Chocolate and pistachio panna cotta
2011 Carlo Pellegrino, Pantelleria Passito Liquoroso, Sicily, Italy

£59 per person
Call us on 01635 551199 to book or click here for more information

2nd November
Spectacular Fireworks Display at Newbury Racecourse
Gates open 5.30pm
The Annual Lions Club of Newbury fireworks display sure to have you saying ohh and ahh at the spectacular display set to music. Heart FM’s drivetime presenter Luke Smith will be compering for the event. There will also be three live performacnes through out the night from the ‘The Ian and Mel Sound’, ‘Military Wives Choir – Aldershot’ and finishing with ‘State 51’. To add to the fun there will be a fancy dress competition for under 11’s on the theme of “Stars” sponsored by Castle windows with prizes of £50, £30 and £20. Once again the popular fun fair will be on site along with a BBQ, bar and donuts Gates open at 5.30pm and the fireworks start at 7.30pm.
Advance tickets – £4 for adults, £3.50 for 5 to 16 year olds and just £12 for a family (2 adults and 2 children). Entry on the night is just £5 per person with under 5s free
For more info visit 

4th November
An Audience with Esther Rantzen CBE at Watermill Theatre
Join Esther Rantzen at the Watermill theatre on the 4th November to hear her talk about her life experiences. Esther’s career began with BBC Radio as a sound effects assistant. From there she moved into television as a researcher/reporter and in 1973 became a producer/ presenter of That’s Life! which was on air for 21 years. In 1991 Esther received an OBE for her services to broadcasting later 2006 she was raised to the order of CBE for her services to children through her work in various charitable causes. Esther has recently launched The Silver Line, a helpline for older people, designed to combat loneliness.
Tickets £25, for more information call 01635 46044 or visit

14th November
La Boheme at The Corn
Kennet Opera present Puccini’s classic love story. One of the most popular operas ever written, La Boheme mixes heartbreaking melodies with exuberant choruses. Comedy sits side by side with tragedy, in Puccini’s classic love story of Mimi and Rodolfo. Sung in English.
Tickets £15, Concessions £12.50.
For more information call 0845 5218218 or visit

28th November
November Supper Club at Donnington Valley
Our three course Thanksgiving menu has been created to make the most of the best local and seasonal produce and each dish will be matched with American wines.

Thanksgiving Supper Club Menu
Classic clam chowder
White – Waterstone, Chardonnay, Carneros, California, USA 

Loin of venison wellington, parsnip and apple mash, braised cabbage with chestnuts
Red – Z-52 Zinfandel, Brsada Vineyard, Sonoma, California, USA

Sweet pumpkin pie, cranberry sorbet
Dessert wine – Andrew Quady, Essensia Orange Muscat, Madera, California, USA
£39 per person
Call us on 01635 551199 to book or click here for more information

28th November
The Winter Festival – Day 1
At Newbury Racecourse The opening day of the Winter Festival features seven adrenalin charged Jump races. The racing programme includes the Listed ntermediate Hurdle as well as the feature race, the GPG Novices’ Chase.
Gates Open – 10.30 First Race – 12.25 Last Race – 3.45
Ticket prices TBC
For more information or to book tickets please click here or call on 01635 40015

29th November
The Winter Festival – Day 2
Gentlemen’s Day at Newbury Racecourse Day two of The Winter Festival is dedicated as Gentleman’s Day. This year we are supporting Movember and looking out for the most inspiring moustaches amongst our racegoers. Gentlemen – dress up smart and enter our Winter Styles Competition.
Gates Open – 10.30 First Race – 12.30 Last Race – 3.45 
For more information or to book tickets please click here or call on 01635 40015

30th November
Winter Festival -Day 3, Hennessy Gold Cup
Hennessy Gold Cup Day at Newbury Racecourse Day 3 of the Winter Festival culminates with the historic Hennessy Gold Cup and the Sportingbet Long Distance Hurdle – a feast of top class Jump racing.
Gates Open – 10.30 First Race – 12.30 Last Race – 3.45 
For more information or to book tickets please click here or call on 01635 40015 

30th November – 22nd December
Christmas Market at Victoria Park
10am to 7pm
Inspired by the festive markets of Germany and Austria, this December Newbury will hold its first Christmas Market in Victoria park. With festive fragances of mulled wine and gingerbrerad filling the air wander the array of festive stalls insearch of the perfect Christmas gift.
For more information please call Newbury Tourist Information centre 01635 30267 or visit

21st November – 5th January
Pinocchio at Watermill Theatre
The well known story of the wooden puppet with dreams of becoming a real boy. The story follows pinoccchios adventures as he tries to find his path back home and to becoming human. But as he travels he has some lessions to learn about being brave and honest. A much loved tale full of memorable characters and toe-tapping music re-told by Robin Belfield and Simon Slater.
For times and prices please visit Suitable for age 4 upwards Please note, no babies or children under 3 will be admitted into the auditorium.

29th November – 5th January
Jack and The Beanstalk at The Corn Exchange
Jack goes to market with the family prize cow but returns with just an handful of beans. As you can imagine his mother is not very happy with her son. After the beans grow overnight Jack enters a world filled with magic and wonder not to mention a rather large giant!
For performance times and ticket prices please call 0845 5218218 or visit

30th November 
Switching on of the Christmas lights Starting off at 4.30 pm
In the Kennet centre with the Burghclere hand bell ringers followed by Berkshire Maestros with two choirs Sing Thing (aged 8-11years) and Cantati Bei (students ages 11-18) 6.10pm sees the start of the Christmas parade leaving from the clock tower in Broadway. At approximately 6.30pm the lights will be switched in the market place with the fire brigade and Santa.