July Events in Berkshire

HARDBOILED – The fall of Sam Shadow
Watermill Theatre

1st July – 12th July

Created by Rhum and Clay theatre company and Beth Flintoff, this play explores the character Sam Shadow, a guy who has a long list of enemies, drinks a lot and is wise crack investigator and how he comes into contact with a beautiful Scarlett Crawford who knocks him out of the park. She brings him no ordinary case to solve, which in the end leads to a number of double crosses, car chases, gangsters and police chiefs.

Back by popular demand after last year’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Rhum and Clay invite you to step into the farcical world of gangsters, investigators and femmes fatales.

Performance times Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinées at 2.30pm
Saturday 12 July performances at 1.30pm and 6.30pm

Monday evenings, Thursday and Saturday matinées: £14.50 and £14
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings: £23, £21 and £14.50
Friday and Saturday evenings: £25, £23 and £15.50

First Week Special
First Thursday and Friday evenings: £14.50 and £14

For further details see www.watermill.org.uk/

Nightjars and glow-worms at Bucklebury Common

4th July & 11th July

Join Tim Culley at Angels corner to see and hear the local wildlife, including the glow-worms. Be sure to wear strong footwear, a warm coat,  and bring a torch. Be back at the cars by 10:30pm.

 Contact Tim Culley for details and more information on 01189 714830.

For further details see www.westberkscountryside.org.uk

Ramsbury Silver Band at Victoria Park

6th July 15:00- 17:00

Free entry

What better way to spend an afternoon after a day of retail therapy then to enjoy one of the local brass bands or silver bands playing at the bandstand in the beautiful victoria park in Newbury. Ramsbury Silver band originates back to the 1900 when founder Thomas Hobbs formed the band to play hymms for the Methodist church. They are well known for entreating people up and down the region and have made a name for themselves by winning many prizes at competitions both in Wilshire and afield.

 Bring your picnic rugs, deck chairs and relax for a couple of hours!

 For further details see www.newbury.gov.uk

Bird walk at Greenham and Crookham common

9th July 10:00 – 12:00

£2 donation per person, no need to book

Join natural history enthusiast Graeme Stewart to learn about the birds that visit this local area every year. Greenham and Crookham common make up the largest area of lowland in West Berkshire, which is a fragile and threatened habitat for our wildlife. Graeme will be on hand to help you discover these fascinating birds that live within our area and help you to identify them. Bring comfortable footwear and some binoculars if you have them.

Please meet in the Control Tower car park. RG19 8BZ

No dogs please.

Minimum age:14yrs+

For further details see www.bbowt.org.uk

Antiques, vintage and collectors market at Newbury

12th July – 13th December

Entry 50p

 This market established in 2009, held every second Saturday of each month has gone from strength to strength. 20+ stalls selling a whole host of jewellery, furniture, ceramics, silver, artwork, you name it they have it. The market is held outside The Congregation Church in the middle of town

Doors open for stallholders at 7.45am.

Loading/unloading — No problem, no stairs. You can drive right up to the venue. Parking next to the venue £3.60 or free if there is space.

Parking: Northbrook Multi-Story Car Park, West St (next door).

Hot and cold food available. All day breakfast. Tea and coffee, etc.

For further details see www.curios.webgarden.com

The beach boys at party in the paddock at Newbury racecourse

19th July 11:00 – 19:00

Concert – Approx. 5.15pm


Children 5-17 Years £15.00
Grandstand Enclosure Early Booker £25.00
Grandstand Enclosure with Golden Circle Early Booker £35.00
Premier Enclosure Early Booker £35.00
Premier Enclosure with Golden Circle Early Booker £45.00

The beach boys are coming to Newbury for one night only! Enjoy a full day of horse racing featuring the Weatherby’s Super Sprint, which for this day is themed ‘Retro at the races’, encoring you to get into your retro gear and enjoy the festivities! Following this then one of the most successful band ever will perform a live show for you to take you back into those retro years!

Please Note: If you are bringing children aged 4 and under, although they enter free of charge, they must be ticketed. Please enter the number of children you are bringing when you purchase your tickets.

For further details see www.theracecoursenewbury.co.uk

Tosca at Newbury racecourse

12th July 19:00 – 22:00

Gates open at 6pm and the performance starts at 7.00pm.

£5 Adult: advanced (before 30th April ),
£7.50 Adult: advanced (before 31st May),
£10 Before the day
£12.00 Adult: on the gate
Under 16’s free

Tickets are available from Newbury Corn Exchange box office from 24th February 2014

Opera for all. Greenham common trust are happy to announce the return of Britain leading outdoor opera company opera brava and southern sinfonia to newbury racecourse. They will be playing Tosca by Puccini – a heart wrenching tale of love mixed with betrayal and murder.

Tosca is set in Rome during the Napoleonic Wars where The malevolent villain, Baron Scarpia, Chief of Police, ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. Excaped political prisoner Cesare Angelotti, a supporter of Bonaparte’s invasion, takes refuge in his friend the painter Mario Carvadossi’s villa. Here they try and hatch a plan for Angelotti to escape from Rome whilst the singer Floria Tosca mistakenly believes her lover Cavaradossi is having an affair and is tricked into revenge by the evil Scarpia.

The open air performance of Tosca will be staged in front of the Grandstand at Newbury Racecourse.

Guests are very welcome to bring their own chairs and picnics to the event or sit on the grandstand steps or the artificial grass and picnic tables provided.

A licensed bar will be available on the first floor of the grandstand which will be open from 6pm when the gates open.

For further details see www.cornexchangenew.com

Culture Fest at Newbury racecourse

12th July – 12:00 – 16:00

Free entry

Culture fest is organised by The West Berks Minority Ethic Forum which has been growing and still is attracting new member and groups. This free event takes in the vibrancy and atmosphere of cultural dancing ranging from Scottish to Egyptian. Try out a Thai foot massage of have some henna body art. The selection of activities is far from small including Chinese crafts, workshops including food tasting from India and japan.

For further details see www.all2gether.org.uk

The Racecourse Newbury Summer Festival

20th July

The feature race today is the Weatherbys Super Sprint, a thrilling test of speed and with lots of entertainment.


£18 – £30

Gates open – 11

First race – 1.05pm

Last race – 5pm

For more information or to book tickets please see http://www.racecoursenewbury.co.uk/racing/racedays-tickets/ or call 01635 40015

Why not choose to stay on our Ultmate Horse Racing Break in conjunction with Mark Usher Racing from £185 per person.

Summer Sunday – Time to BBQ

20th July

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 12.30noon 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.
Reading family fun day

27th July 11:00 – 17:00

Prospect park reading

Free entry

Its back After the success of the first fun day in 2013! With lots of attractions and many new stalls plus a variety of food and drink on offer, this is a fantastic family day out. Many of the local businesses have got involved to give a full range of events for all ages such as:

  • Bouncy Castle
  • Face Painting
  • Glitter Tattoos
  • Trade Stalls
  • BBQ & Hog Roast
  • Ice Cream
  • Ferret Racing & more

Actual attractions dependent on weather. Supporting the British Heart Foundation

For more information  see http://www.readingfamilyfunday.co.uk/