October Events in Berkshire

October 2013 Events

An Audience with Dame Diana Rigg DBE at Watermill Theatre
on Friday 4th October 2013
The Watermill Theatre is delighted to welcome Dame Diana Rigg who will talk about her book, No Turn Unstoned – a collection of “the worst theatrical reviews in history”. Following an uncouth comment about her nude scene in Abelard by critic John Simon, Dame Diana was inspired to pen No Turn Unstoned. This collection of vicious reviews by theatre critics became a bestseller and cult favourite in 1982. A book that no theatre lover can put down! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Dame Diana talk about No Turn Unstoned and join her afterwards in the bar for a glass of bubbly and cake.
Tickets are £45 per person
to book please call the box office 01635 46044 
or visit admin@watermill.org.uk.

Beerfest 2013 at Bucklebury Village 
Saturday 5th October 2013
The 5th annual Bucklebury Beerfest is to be held at the Recreation Ground, Bucklebury Village, in aid of the Victory Room charity. Last year the amount raised was in excess of £4,000, the crowds were out to enjoy the family-fun atmosphere, visiting the 17 trade and community group stands, listening to the live music, and of course sampling the local beer and cider.
Entrance is free and the event is open from 1pm to 10pm.
For more info please visit www.buckleburyparish.org.

Thatcham Festival of Arts and Leisure 
Saturday 12th to Friday 25th October 2013
This year the Festival has been extended to being 14 days long and there are over 65 activities for people to enjoy at various venues around Thatcham. On the first day of the Festival in Thatcham town centre there will be a Leisure & Craft Fair held across The Broadway Green, the Parish Hall, St Mary’s Church and the Priory Gardens. Head out of the town centre to visit the Henley’s Allotments Open Day, the Thatcham Classic Car Show at Dunston Green, an art exhibition at the Old Bluecoat School or the Stamp Fair at the Memorial Hall. Free activities and fun for all the family to enjoy!
A full programme of events is available now from Newbury Tourist Information Centre, The Wharf, Newbury.
or visit www.thatchamfestival.info.

Chocolate Afternoon Tea At Donnington Valley Hotel.
14th -20th October
Our Afternoon tea just got that little bit more indulgent. Enjoy a decadent chocolate themed afternoon tea. Perfect to satisfy even those with the strongest chocolate cravings
£22.50 per person.
Call us to book on 01635 551199
Click here to find out more.

Literary Dinner – Diane Setterfield
Friday 18th October
7.15pm arrival for 7.30pm
Berkshire born Diane Setterfield is the author of the acclaimed international bestseller The Thirteenth Tale. This autumn she returns with an atmospheric new novel Bellman & Black – a gothic tale of a boy’s casual act of cruelty, when the death of rook came to overshadow the rest of William Bellman’s life.

Diane’s debut novel The Thirteenth Tale is currently being made into a film by the BBC starring Olivia Coleman and Vanessa Redgrave; it will be broadcast later in 2013.

Join us for a literary dinner where Diane will talk about her bestseller The Thirteenth Tale and her latest novel Bellman and Black.

Enjoy a 3 course dinner with a glass of wine and a signed copy of Bellman and Black.

£49 per person
Stay the night with dinner and breakfast for £89 per person.
Please call us on 01635 551199 to reserve your place.
click here to find out more

Giant Pumpkin Hunt at Bucklebury Farm Park 
Friday 25th October to Monday 4th November 2013
Go pumpkin hunting! Take a walk on the wild side through the new spooky woodland maze, play seasonal games in the haunted house, take part in Halloween craft workshops or have your face painted. Enjoy the usual attractions including the adventure playground which has a challenging cable way together with a high tree house, climb around a castle or have fun in the sandpit.
Adults £8.95, children and OAP’s £7.95.
For more information please visit info@buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk.

WSET Level 1 Award in Wine at The Vineyard Hotel
Day course
27th Oct 2013

Learn more about wine in one of the UK’s wine hotels and gain an internationally recognised wine qualification whilst enjoying fine wine and dining at The Vineyard.
The day course includes:

  • a full day’s training WSET Level 1 Award in Wine training including exam and wines
  • Three course lunch with matching wines in our restaurant
  • Tour of our 30,000 bottle cellars

£150 per person
Click here to discover more about the WSET course

Please contact Ami Williams on 01635 589407 to book

Creepy Cruises at Kennet and Avon Canal
Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November 2013
Halloween horrors aboard the Jubilee narrowboat this October half-term. Dare you go aboard? Children are encouraged to dress-up in Halloween costumes to trick or treat the boat crew. There’ll even be ghost stories as you cruise (not too scary though!) This is going to be a spooky spectacle so make sure you don’t miss out by buying your tickets today from Newbury Tourist Information Centre.
Trips will last for one hour and will run once a day at 2pm.
Prepare to be spooked!!
Adults £6, Children £3.50, for more info please call 01635 30267 
or visit tourism@westberks.gov.uk.