May Events in Berkshire

The Racecourse Newbury

17th May – JLT Lockinge Stakes Day and Newbury Racecourse

The highlight of our Flat season featuring the Group 1 JLT Lockinge Stakes and the London Gold Cup. Expect the very best Flat racing and some wonderful live entertainment and attractions off-the-track.

Gates Open – 11.00
First Race – 1.30
Last Race – 5.00

Tickets: £20 to £30 for enclosure tickets.

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22nd March – 2nd November – Secrets beneath the Grass… at Shaw House

…the lost garden of Shaw House.

Looking at an exciting milestone in the history of Shaw house as areas of the garden are reunited after many years. Part of the garden had for many years been part of the nearby school grounds and now will be open for everyone to explore. This garden in his history has had many faces as a showpiece, a place of innovation as well as a work place. You are invited to explore the history, unearth the many stories in this exhibition at Shaw house and runs until 2nd November.

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1st May – Mark Thomas: 100 acts of Minor Dissent at The Corn Exchange

well versed in the art of creative mayhem Mark Thomas returns to the Corn Exchange. With the task of committing 100 acts of Minor Dissent over the course of a year Mark lists everything from the smallest misdemeanour to the grandest confrontation with hilarious results, which are mainly legal and occasionally inspiring.

Tickets £15, £13 concessions

Performance starts at 7.45pm

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5th May – Crafty Craft Race at Kennet and Avon Canal

An annual boat race from Kintbury to Newbury in home made boast this event takes place on the first bank holiday weekend in May and has been running since 1974. Not only do the teams build and row the boats the teams must lift and carry boats around each of the locks on route with the race finishing in Newbury alongside Victoria park.

In victoria park there will be amusements, rides and food outlets with a rage of attractions to suit visitors of all ages so everyone can join in on the fun. A fabulous free event and also a great charity fundraiser with donations coming in from event sponsors, race entries and the fete and fairground participants in Victoria Park.

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10th May – Newbury Spring Festival

A fortnight of excellent music in Newbury and the surrounding villages. Where International Symphony Orchestras, and jazz legends and world music artists rub shoulders with the stars of tomorrow.

14th – 17th May – Box theatre – the Canterbury tales at watermill theatre

Nine of Chaucers tales will be told in a modern approach. Taking the form of a storytelling competition with a master of ceremonies linking them together.

Tales include: The Knight, The Wife of Bath and The Miller with the audience is invited to vote on which tale should win the competition.

Performance Times
Wednesday to Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 6.30pm

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25th and 26th May – Highclere Game and Country Fair at Highclere Castle

8am to 6pm

Set in the glorious grounds of Highclere Castle, the fair draws visitors from across the southern counties and much further afield. The Highclere Game and Country Fair is home to some of the world’s most prestigious field sports competitions and attracts competitors from across the globe. If you’re new to country sports, you will find expert tuition and advice on how to get involved in some of the most enjoyable and rewarding pastimes. With over 200 retailers to choose from, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

Tickets – adults – £13 and children under 15 go free

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