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Events in Berkshire this December

Couple sitting in the snow

Events in Berkshire this December

Christmas Shopping Evening

Thursday 4th December, 5PM – 9PM

Join us for a festive evening with a selection of gifts and treatment experiences to choose from. With Christmas floral displays, cakes & cupcakes, jewellery, decorations and gifts for the home there is sure to be something for everyone.

Everyone welcome, members, guests, friends and family.

Canapés and drinks available on arrival.

Father Christmas Arrives at The Kennet Shopping Centre

Saturday 6th – 7th December

Santa is due to make an early stop this Christmas and visit the Kennet centre after making his way up Northbrook Place, around the market street and finally up Bartholomew street. Santa will be in the centre all day on both the 6th and 7th December to hear all your Christmas wishes and for the good boys and girls he may even have an early Christmas gift.

Meeting Father Christmas has an age limit of 10 years old. Free face painting and entertainment throughout the weekend.

For further details see www.kennetshopping.co.uk

Hungerford Victorian Extravaganza at Hungerford

Friday 12th December 5:00pm – 10:00pm

The day starts with local dignitaries in Victorian costume braving the elements to eat a large breakfast on the steps of the Town Hall. During the course of the day a mix of stalls will slowly appear through out the streets and by 5pm the town is alive with steam engines, side stalls, fairground rides and more.

Crowds gathered can enjoy Punch and Judy shows, clowns and jugglers and also a visit from Father Christmas. The shops will be open with staff in Victorian dress, some giving out mulled wine and mince pies. Many local charities will be there with a variety of stalls, tombolas and even hot soup.

7pm is the start of the Grand Parade. Commencing at the north end of the town and heading through the High street. After this there follows the prize giving for the best dressed shop windows, the best dressed shop assistants, and the best dressed stall holders.

At 9pm, the evening’s activities will be brought to a close by a firework finale and for those not wishing to head home, many pubs and restaurants are busy well into the night.

Free parking is available at Charnham Park and is clearly marked from all directions.

For further details see www.hungerfordchamberofcommerce.co.uk/joomla/index.php/what-we-do/victorian-extravaganza

Free entry

Christmas Raceday at Newbury Racecourse

Wednesday 17th December

This is the perfect date to celebrate Christmas with family, friends or colleagues.

Gates Open – 11.00
First Race – 12.20
Last Race – 3.40

For more information or to book tickets please click here or call on 01635 40015

Swan Lake at Arlington Arts Centre

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st December 7:30pm
Saturday 20th December 2:30pm

Celebrating their 10th production of this timeless classic, Ballet Theatre UK presents the tale of a princess held captive under the spell of an evil magician, as a swan. One of the most enduring of the classical Ballets Swan Lake.

For further details see www.arlingtonarts.co.uk

Tickets £17 (concessions £15, family £50)

Festive Raceday at Newbury Racecourse

Monday 29th December

See out the year in style at The Racecourse Newbury at Festive Raceday! Racegoers can enjoy a festive atmosphere with lots to see and do with fantastic racing, including the Grade 1 Betfred Goals Galore Challow Novice’s Hurdle and six other thrilling Jump races.

For further details see http://www.racecoursenewbury.co.uk/raceday/festive-raceday/

Gates Open – 10.30
First Race – 12.20
Last Race – 3.50

Tickets from: £16.20

November Events In Berkshire

The Racecourse Newbury

Events in Berkshire this November

Twelfth Night at The Watermill Theatre
Wednesday 12th to 15th November – 7.30pm (6.30pm on 15th)
The Young Company presents Shakespeare’s famous comedy, Twelfth Night, a celebration of love and life in all its glory with music and a little anarchy thrown into the mix.

Tickets – £11

Please see the website to purchase tickets and for more details

The Vineyard Wine Festival Weekend
14th November – Wine Festival Dinner – £120 per person
7pm arrival for 7.30pm
We begin the Wine Festival Weekend with a fantastic five course dinner matched with two superb wines per course selected from wineries who will be showcasing their wines for you to taste the following day. Join us for this special dinner and enjoy great food, wine and company. View menu
Five course dinner with two matched wines per course and Schramsberg Californian sparkling wine aperitif – £120 per person

15th November – Wine Festival Tasting – £25 per person
12pm to 4pm
Join us for our fifth annual wine festival with over 150 wines available to taste from suppliers around the globe. Have fun and deepen your wine knowledge, chat with suppliers and winemakers, and attend our masterclasses throughout the day. Taste and enjoy wines from Peter Michael Winery, Schramsberg, Rudd Estate, Champagne Taittinger, Boutinot, Les Caves de Pyrene and more.
Wine ticket – £25 per person
Masterclass ticket – £5 per person

Please call us on 01635 589407 to book and discover more online

Stockfest Christmas Craft Fair at Stockcross
Saturday 15th November 11am – 4pm
Stockfest Christmas Craft Fair will be held at Sutton Hall, Church Road, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8LN. Pop along to the Christmas gift fair with over 20 stalls selling great festive gifts for all the family. There will be refreshments available such as sandwiches, Christmas cakes, mince pies and drinks.

See the Visit Newbury website for more details.

The bet365 Hennessy Festival at Newbury Racecourse

27th to 29th November

The highlight of the winter social calendar is almost up on us. Get your tickets to one of the most anticipated events in racing, the world famous Gold Hennessy cup, which incorporates the competitive spirit, history and elegance of the sport in three days of thrilling horseracing.

Day One
The bet 365 Listed Intermediate Hurdle as well as the feature race, The bet365 Novices’ Chase. Tickets are available from £14.40

Day Two
The Grade 2 Fuller’s London Pride Novices’ Chase along with a strong supporting card of races.
Tickets are available from £20.

Day Three
Feel the anticipation in the air on the final day of the festival which features the historic Hennessy Gold Cup and the bet365 Long Distance Hurdle.
Tickets are available from £30

The Three Day Festival ticket is available from just £45 for the Grandstand Enclosure and £55 for Premier

 For further details see their website 

Switching on the Christmas Lights at Newbury
Sunday 30th November
One of the last family events this November sees us lighting up Newbury ready for the festive season. There will be a parade which starts at 5:30pm as well as some traditional treats and warming mulled wine.

There will be live music throughout the day and stalls selling Christmas gifts, and at 6.30pm the Christmas lights switch-on will take place in the Market Place.

For further details see their website

September Events in Berkshire


6th September – Mary Berry Book signing at Camp Hopson

10.30am – 4.30pm
With the arrival of her new cookbook “Mary Berry cooks the perfect”, due out on the 1st of September, Mary will be signing copies at Camp Hopson in Newbury Town. Camp Hopson themselves are incorporating her visit with a ‘cookery themed’ day, which will consist of other demonstrations throughout the day.

Discover more online

6th – 8th September – Chieveley Flower Festival

Come and see all things floral with the Chieveley Flower Festival, including craft stalls, tea and refreshments, a BBQ and an accompanying art exhibition created by local artists of the surrounding area.

The ‘Let there be Light” festival is being held over three days at St. Mary’s Church, Chieveley.

Discover more online

13th September – Shaw House open-air cinema

The last in the series of movie showings this year will be the multi Oscar winning Les Miserables. Set in 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for years has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

A large area of the garden will be set up so pop your deckchairs and picnics around and feel free to bring your own food and drink.

Tickets available from Newbury Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall, Market Place or on 01635 30267. Priced at £12.50 per adult or £8.50 per child/student

The film will commence after sunset and will go ahead even if the weather is inclement, but please bring an umbrella if you think you may need it.

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17th – 20th September – Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Corn Exchange

The classic tale of two lovers, torn apart by the anger of their apposing families in Verona, this dynamic new theatre production combines the purity and beauty of Shakespeare’s original text with entrancing contemporary street dance.

Directed by Rae Mcken(Artistic Director, Custom/Practice), in collaboration with choreographer Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy and composer Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante from the Olivier award winning hip-hop dance company, Boy Blue.

Meet and Greet: Stay behind after the 1pm show on Thursday 18 November or after the 7:45pm show on Friday 19 November to meet the cast!

Tickets: £15, concessions £13

Discover more online  

20th September – Dubai Duty Free International Weekend at the Racecourse

11am – 6pm
Featuring top class horseracing with two Group races, sporting masterclasses and trick shot shows.

Gates Open – 11.00am. Last race is 4.40pm
General tickets are priced from £18 – £30

Discover more online

20th – 21st September – Royal County Show at Newbury Showground

The Royal County of Berkshire Show has something for everyone! See everything from chickens, llamas, horse driving and pigs showing skills in the animal show. Alongside this taste Britain’s finest foods and watch cooking demonstrations to get your cooking skills up and running. Traditional crafts and horticultural displays are around to take a look at and have a try yourself. To finish the day, come and watch the best in show jumping, the wonderful spectacle of the Livestock Grand Parade and the breath taking Hot Air Balloon flight.

Tickets from £15

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27th September – Rubys Vintage and Retro Fair

Ruby’s are fabulous Vintage and Retro Fairs in the West Berkshire area!
They run regular fairs in Newbury and each fair is full of vintage, retro & unique object d’art, jewellery, clothing, homeware, vintage and upcycled furniture and everything in between.

You can also sit down for a vintage style tea at their themed tea room.

Park House School, Newbury RG14 6NQ – They have moved venue from Newbury College to Park House School, Newbury RG14 6NQ but will still be full of vintage loveliness along with a pop-up vintage tea room. There is plenty of free parking on site and the location is easy to find at the southern end of Newbury on the Andover Road.

Discover more online 

20th September – 5th October – Octoberfest

We’ll be offering a special selection of German beer to match some traditional Oktoberfest foods such as pretzels, bratwurst and sauerkraut.

Try Erdinger Urweisse – 4.9%. a strong and spicy aroma a distinctive yeast flavor and an unmistakable top-fermenting beer profile. The recipe for Urweisse dates back to the brewery’s founding days over 120 years ago

Or try Weihenstephaner Kristall – slightly stronger at 5.4%It quenches your thirst like no other beer. With its elegant appearance, it is the speciality of our brewery. Goes well with fish, seafood and light dishes.

Call to book your table on 01635 551199

August Berkshire Events

BBQ kebabs

August Events

Joe Soap’s Masquerade! at Welford Park

30thJuly – 3 August – 7:30

2nd  August – 2.30

Commemorating The Great War, The Boxford Masques is the only play staged only in Berkshire and to have the community initiative to have a history stretching back over a 100 years. In the 19th century, Charlotte Peake established the annual midsummer celebration based on her own stories of nature and magic. These performances took place in natural places around Boxford but the beginning of First World War stopped the yearly tradition and it was not revived until 1988 when seven of Charlotte’s scripts were found. Since then, The Masques have expanded with over a thousand volunteers joining to perform from all backgrounds and have create five new musical theatre plays, 55 new songs and dances themselves. Children have also become a main part of the group with over 300 joining also.

This year’s production entitled’ Joe Soap’s Masquerade’ is about how the First World War impacted rural communities like Boxford. It is part of this year’s commemoration of the Great War and brings fresh perspective on that historic event.

The majority of the cast is under 25 and everyone involved attends over thirty workshops in drama, dance and musical performance, all led by leading professionals.

For further details see www.boxfordmasques.org.uk


Wednesday and Thursday evening and Saturday matinée
£9 in advance (£10 on the gate)
Friday and Saturday evening £12 in advance (£14 on the gate)
£3 off all seats for concessions (elderly, 12 – 16 year olds, disabled, unwaged)
Free for aged 11 and under

Please call Watermill Theatre 01635 46044 to book

The little red hen at the Corn exchange
Friday 1st august – 2:30

Your little ones will love this wonderful show of the little red hen. It is suitable for families with children 3 to 7 years.

“Making bread is hard work, but not if the animals lend a hand! A treat for the whole family with no scary bits!”

Full price £10 Concessions price £8

For further details see www.cornexchangenew.com

Battle Proms Picnic Concert at Highclere Castle
Sat 2 Aug 2014, 4:30 – 10:00

Prepare yourself for an amazing evening of classical music, firework, spitfires, cannons and the Calvary. The concert takes place at Highclere castle, which will be illuminated by lighting and forms the backdrop for the display. We recommend you bring a picnic and enjoy the unforgettable evening with breathe taking displays over the beautiful castle for one of the most spectacular events in the musical calendar.

Gates open at 4.50pm where picnics and hampers can be unpacked whilst the entertainment begin. There will also be fairground stalls where you can get in the part spirit with the warm up acts. The main event begins at 6.45pm where the Napoleonic Calvary begin with the demonstration of a battlefield with lances, rifles and superb horsemanship. It ends with the Diamond Jubilee Salute held by the English Field Artillery Company followed by the musical programme including Spitfire air display accompanied by traditional prom favourites and spectacular fireworks

For further details see www.battleproms.com

Tickets can be purchased from the Newbury Visitor Information Centre, The Town Hall, Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5AA and by phone on 01635 30267.

£29.50 before 31st Jan 2014 (online only)
£32.00 if booked between 1 February 2014 and 30 April 2014
£35.00 if booked from 1 May 2014 until the day before the concert

£40 on the gate (subject to availability)

Child aged 5 to 15:
£17.00 (children aged 4 and under are free, and do not require a ticket)

Concert Pavilion:
£240.00 for a table of 4
£340.00 for a table of 6.

Please note – places are limited in the Concert Pavilion and sold out early last year. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Advance group bookings of 10 or more qualify for a £2 reduction per ticket.

Members of the Armed Forces and concert venue membership holders are entitled to a £2 discount on their ticket. Please note: These discounts are only redeemable on advance telephone bookings.

There is no booking fee if you book through the Visitor Information Centre

  The Tour De Berkshire 2014 at Bucklebury

Saturday 2nd August 2014, 10:30am

A lovely family ride in West Berkshire with refreshment along the way at local pubs. The Tour de Berkshire is an annual family cycling event organised by volunteers. It takes place in the beautiful West Berkshire countryside with The circular route from the The Cottage Inn, Upper Bucklebury, RG7 6QJ. Generous hosts, Gary and Mandy, are supporting the cycle by making it a family-friendly event, with games, bouncy castle and BBQ at the back of the pub.

The overall distance of around 20 miles and the aims is to not only raise money for the trust but to make it a family and friends event where everyone can get together.

Last year raised a huge £10,888 so a big thank you to everyone who took part this year.

For further details see www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk

Entry into this event is £10 per adult and free to those aged 15 or under on the day of the ride. Online registration will close on the 26 of July. Registration on the day will be £15.

Family Fun Day – Craft, Bake and Race Day at Newbury Racecourse

Horse Racing, Sun 3 Aug 2014, £14.40-£24

Daisy’s Dream are hosting a family activity day with family picnics to raise money to support children and young people across Berkshire who are facing, or have experienced, bereavement. A fantastic day out for all the family to experience exhilarating flat racing along with a massive range of extra children’s entertainment on offer. There will be bouncy castles, craft workshops including glitter tattoos, sweet stalls and many more.

Bring along your crafts and baked creations to win some fabulous prizes.

A great day to bring younger racegoers racing as under 18s go FREE.

For further details see www.racecoursenewbury.co.uk

Gates Open – 11.30
First Race – 1.40
Last Race – 5.25


Tickets range from £14.40 – £24.
Under 18’s go free

Teddy Bears Picnic at Bucklebury Farm Park

Children’s Activity, Thu 7 Aug 2014

Picnic in the Paddock tickets include a picnic lunch and soft drink, entry into the Premier Enclosure, and premium parking. Adults £30 and Children £10

Who hasn’t wanted to go to a Teddy Bears picnic at now at Bucklebury Farm Park you can. Bring along your favourite teddy and begin the hunt for the famous bears in the farm. This is in aid of Helen & Douglas House hospice.

Bucklebury Farm Park is a working farm, so everyday is an adventure with new arrivals on the farm yard throughout the year including baby lambs to bottle feed in spring, goat kids, rabbits and guinea pigs to cuddle and piglets to watch. Visitors are guaranteed to have fun in their adventure playground, on the jumping pillow, go-karts, obstacle course, den-building area and great indoor play area with its scary drop slides and soft play for

For further details see www.buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk


•Adults – £8.95
•Children & OAPs – £7.95
•Children under 2 years – FREE
•Family Tickets (2 Adults and 2 Children) – £30
•Disabled – £6
•Carer accompanying disabled visitor – £6

Stockfest 2014 at Stockcross

Festival, Sat 9 – Sun 24 Aug 2014

Stockfest is back!

Stockfest 2014 is a celebration of local talent, arts, music, culture and sport.

The events taking place over two weeks are being supported and hosted by all the surrounding venues – St John’s Church, The Lord Lyon, Deanwood Park Golf Club, Stockcross Post Office, Stockcross House, Stockcross School, Rookwood Farm House, The Sutton Hall and Benham Estates.

Music & Dance
• Open-air picnic with the Gail Hendrickx Jazz Experience in the grounds of Stockcross House
• Introduction to Argentine Tango

Literature talks and tours
• Meet the author: Iris Lloyd
• The Lambourn Valley Railway – Kevin Robertson
• Tour of the Benham Estate
• Antique Valuation & Open Garden

Crafts, Skills & Sports
• Tennis Coaching
• Stockcross Knitwits
• Cup-cake icing workshops
• Circus skills workshops
• Science workshop for 5-10 year olds

• Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Stockcross House
• Cheese & Wine Tasting
• Stockcross Village Show
• Murder Mystery Evening at Deanwood Park Golf Club
• Family Treasure Trail

For more information and see the full list of events and details of the venues and sponsors please go to: www.stockfest.co.uk

For further details see www.stockfest.co.uk


22nd Annual Classic Vehicle Show at Newbury

Sunday 10th August 2014

For all you car enthusiasts – visit the West Berkshire Classic Vehicle Club’s 22nd Annual Classic Vehicle Show at Newbury College, Monks Lane on Sun 10th Aug from 10am – 4.30pm. There will be over 1000 vehicles on display, ice-creams, refreshments, side stalls and auto jumble.

All in aid of the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Fund.

The WBCVC was formed by Dave Mills who following 10 years of successful LRF shows initially established by Dave working closely with the local LRF fundraising team. The WBCVC was intended to meet the demand for a locally based club and to provide additional help for the show, the organisation and running of which is no mean feat. The WBCVC is still organising the annual show and Dave Mills continued to help, in a consulting capacity, until his sad and untimely passing in 2011.

For further details see www.classicvehicles.org.uk


Adults – £5.00
Concessions – £3.00
Children under 14 Free

The Hunters Grimm at Watermill Theatre
From 11 Aug 2014

A sensory spectacle performed in the gardens and around The Watermill. Following the success of Adventures in Wonderland last summer, Teatro Vivo returns with a bucolic frolic that puts you in the midst of the action.

Wanted: Story Hunters for a life saving mission…
The famous Brothers Grimm invites you to become hunters and track down tales to feed their insatiable appetite for stories. You will dance with the musicians of Bremen, help a frog find a Princess and try on a slipper for a Prince. You’ll hear stories of love and laughter, poverty, and longing that will make familiar characters strange and strange characters funnily familiar. For families with active imaginations and a sense of adventure! Who knows where these stories will take us…

Suitable for age 6 upwards.

The performance lasts for approximately one hour with no interval. Be prepared to be on your feet throughout. In the event of bad weather, the performance will go ahead around the theatre buildings.

For further details see www.watermill.org.uk


Adults £10, children £8

Ladies Day with Annie Mac & Pete Tong at Newbury Racecourse

Sat 16 Aug 2014, 11:00am

The highlight of the summer season featuring the superstar DJs Annie Mac and Pete Tong playing after racing.

Full of glamour, fashion and fun off-the-track, Ladies Day is fabulous day to socialise and enjoy some of the best racing of the season.

Queen of dance music Annie Mac and the iconic Pete Tong will take to the decks for a double-bill of dance beginning shortly after the last race of the day.

Book tickets by 30 June for a £5 discount.

Please Note: Although children 0-4 enter for free, each child must have a ticket. If you are bringing a child please ensure you include their ticket on your order.

For further details see www.racecoursenewbury.co.uk

Gates Open – 11.00 • First Race – 12.55 • Last Race – 4.55 * Concert approx 6pm

International Antiques & Collectors Fair at Newbury Racecourse

From 24 Mar 2014, £5-£10

The Newbury Antiques and Collector’s Fair is an IACF ‘One Day Monday’ fair. It’s the perfect introduction to antiques fairs for those new to the industry and a welcome addition to the UK antique fairs calendar for both professionals and enthusiasts.

Taking place at Newbury Racecourse, there will be hundreds of stands to choose from, with the venues grandstand housing a delightful 70-stand exhibition. A wide variety will be on offer, from glassware and decorative items to jewellery and small items of antique furniture.

For further details see www.iacf.co.uk/newbury

8am-10am Early Buyers £10
10am-4pm Buyers £5
Children under 16 accompanied by an adult are admitted free.

 At Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa:

Thalgo Skin Consultation Pamper Evening
Tuesday 5th August

Join us for a glass of wine and canapés for a ladies evening in the treatment suite. Limited to 20 people. Bring a friend along and they can use the spa on the day free of charge.


Call us to book on 01635 551188

Wedding fair
Sunday 10th August

Join Donnington Valley and local suppliers for our wedding fair. Discuss your plans and find inspiration for your special day.

Time: 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free
VIP tours: Please contact our wedding co-ordinator, on 01635 568106 to book a VIP tour.

Summer Sunday – Time to BBQ
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 12.30pm 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.

For more details see


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/

June Events in Berkshire

Donnington Valley Hotel

What’s going on in June in Berkshire?!

7th June 2014

The Newbury Chamber Choir : Secrets of the Universe
A night of English music, dance and opera at the Arlington Art Centre. Tickets: £13

Book Online or call Arlington Arts Centre box office on 01635 244246

12th June 2014

New CID Spring Make Up Evening
Join us and New CID for an evening focused on the summer make up trends of 2014.


Call us to book on 01635 551188

Redeemable against any purchase of CID products on the night.

Summer Racing at The Racecourse Newbury

Start your weekend early and in style with a day of summer Flat racing with family, friends and colleagues. Enjoy award-winning fine dining in The Hennessy restaurant with panoramic views of the course, overlooking the winning post. Don’t fancy driving, then why not think about coming by train? Newbury Racecourse has it’s own stop and is only one stop from Newbury itself or six stops from Reading station.

Tickets from £16

For further details see


14th & 15th June 2014

No Fit State Circus

Coming to Northbrook Street, Open House is a day time circus experience which takes place in public spaces. Part of The Corn Exchange outdoor programme funded by Greenham Common trust and Arts Council England.

For further details see


15th June 2014

Father’s Day BBQ

1pm – 4pm

All the barbeque meats that dad loves, marinated and grilled, but unlike Dad’s… it won’t be burnt! Enjoy along with a selection of summer salads, vegetables and a dessert buffet for afterwards. Also as a present to Dad, a selection of locally brewed and bottled ales.

£25 per person for 3 courses

£15 per Child under 16 years

Call us to book on 01635 551199

29th June 2014

Thatcham Family Fun Day

Back again for 2014!

Taking place at Henwick Worthy Sports Field just off the A4 in Thatcham. The event is open from 11am – 4pm, with the opportunity to meet representatives of different sporting organisations with various displays taking place and some free of charge taster sessions.

To give you a taste of what may be on offer, last years activities included:

  • Live music
  • Fun Fair
  • A vintage car show
  • Tug of war competition for those aged 16 and over
  • And a Junior Fun Run

For more details see www.thatchamtowncouncil.gov.uk

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.

For more information or to book tickets please click here.
or call on 01635 40015

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.

For further details see www.shawhouse.org.uk

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

For further details seewww.cornexchangenew.com

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.

For further details see www.craftycraft.com

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

For further details see www.watermill.org.uk

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

For further details, please visit – www.countrymanfairs.co.uk

April Events in Berkshire

Events in Berkshire – April 2014

Southern Sinfonia Café concert at The Corn Exchange

Friday 4th April

With a programme including Purcell, Haydn and Schubert, The Consone Quartet winners of the Century Fund Prize will bring the pieces to life using period instruments.

For further details see the Corn Exchange website

Easter on the farm

29th March – 15th April

Visit and feed the lambs at Bucklebury farm and then head out on an Easter egg hunt through the woods.

With a host of attractions including the deer park, farm animals and tractor rides (included in your ticket price) you are sure to have a fantastic family day out.

For further details see www.buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk

Easter trail at Beale Park

Saturday 5th – Tuesday 22nd April

Head out on an Easter egg trail around Beale Park, hand your completed card into the restaurant and you will get the chance to dig for a chocolate egg. Plus this Easter half term the re will be an extra special egg trail.

For further details see the Beale Park website

History Walk at Greenham and Crookham common

Saturday 12th April – 10am

Led by local enthusiast Lloyd Garvey, discover the history of Greenham common and the surrounding area. Find our how the Romans, civil war battles and world war II have shaped the landscape. Finally, learn about the restoration of the common and why it looks the way it does today.

Dogs on leads welcome.

Meet at Greenham Common Control Tower car park, off Bury’s Bank Road, Greenham Common, nr Newbury, Berks

For further details see www.bbowt.org.uk

Guys and Dolls

9th April

Taking you back to the classic Broadway era this production includes Sit Down you’re Rocking the Boat and Luck Be A Lady.

Tickets from £10

Book online or call the Corn Exchange directly on 0845 5218 218

Dubai Duty Free & New To Racing Day

12th August

The Flat season is back with a day of quality racing. Be here to welcome it’s return in style with a table in The Hennessy and toast the start of a fantastic summer of racing.

Gates Open – 11.00 
First Race – 1.15 
Last Race – 4.40

Tickets: £16.20 to £23.40 for Enclosure tickets

For more information or to book tickets please click here.
or call on 01635 40015

Easter Sunday Lunch at Donnington Valley

Sunday 20th April

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate.
It’s everywhere this Easter.

Join us this Easter Sunday for a 3 course Sunday lunch with family and friends. We’ll have an Easter egg hunt, egg decorating and a chocolate fountain so that you can indulge in everyone’s favourite treat. And to work up an appetite we’ll include four guest passes to enjoy kids splash time from 10am – 12pm.

£30 per person

Children under 16 years, £15 per person

To book your table call us on 01635 551199

St George’s Afternoon Tea at Donnington Valley

Our St George’s afternoon tea is available 23rd – 30th April.

While away an afternoon this April and enjoy a quintessentially English afternoon tea. Using the best of local ingredients and including a beautifully elegant English sparkling wine from Danebury Vineyards do you really need an excuse to treat yourself?


  • Savoury finger sandwiches
  • Scones with clotted cream and local jam
  • Selection of English cakes
  • Tea from the London Tea Company
  • A glass of Danebury sparkling wine
    (produced in Hampshire)

£19.95 per person

Call us to book on 01635 551199

Linking the landscape: Springtime Flowers at Newbury Library

Thursday 24th April – 18.00 – 18.45

Peter Creed a local botanist, describes the springtime flowers which can be found in our gardens, parks and nature reserves. Illustrated with beautiful picture along with a wealth of information you will be ready to identify the flowers you find on your spring time walks.

Booking essential

For further details see www.bbowt.org.uk

March Events in Berkshire

March Events in Berkshire

An Audience with Nicholas Parsons at Watermill Theatre – 2pm Friday 14th March 2014

For an afternoon full of humour, nostalgia, and memorabilia covering the life and career of Radio 4’s popular presenter Nicholas Parsons head to the Watermill Theatre this Firday 14th March. Nicholas has a way of seeing the funny side of almost every situation and he highlights the events that have shaped his career often with hilarious observations. Join Nicholas afterwards in the bar for tea and cake.

For further details please visit www.watermill.org.uk. Ticket prices £30 per person.

HG2 Homegrown at The Corn Exchange – 7.45pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

An evening celebrating the breadth of talent in Newbury with professional dancers, children and young people coming together for an evening of dance. Since the first Homegrown production in 2011 we have continued to see a thriving dance community with more young dancers being trained, graduating and pursuing careers as professional dancers. The time is right to celebrate these achievements and sse the dancers of today and tomorrow.

Tickets £10 (concessions £7) for more information please visit http://www.cornexchangenew.com.

Sacred Music through the Ages: Guided Tour at Douai Abbey – 7.45pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

Taking a look back over six centuries of sacred music Newbury Choral Society Newbury choral Society starts its 130th anniversary year. Conductor Cathal Garvey aims to not only entertain but inform the audience, taking you on a guided tour whilst you enjoy works by some of the most important composers in each period.

Ticket prices £15 (£5 for under 16s). For further details please visit www.newburychoral.org.uk.

Elke Brooks at The Corn Exchange, Newbury – 7.45pm Saturday 29th March 2014

Guaranteed to leave you begging for more, Elkie Brooks performs some of her classic hits. With numerous hit singles, million selling albums worldwide these annual tours are a treat for both old fans and new.

Tickets prices £25 per person. For more information please visit www.cornexchangenew.com.

Mother’s Day Sunday Lunch at Donnington Valley’s WinePress Restaurant – Sunday 30th March

Treat Mum to a three course Sunday lunch without lifting a finger. Join us on Mother’s Day for a celebration Sunday Lunch in our stunning WinePress restaurant with a glass of Taittinger Champagne on arrival and a spa gift for Mum.

Plus enjoy the extra brownie points for not making a mess in the kitchen!

£29 per person
Children under 16 years, £14 per person
To book your table call us on 01635 551199

February Events in Berkshire

Events in Newbury February 2014

Snowdrops Walk at Welford Park – 30th January to 2nd March 2014
Take a breath-taking walk through the Welford Park spring gardens and their magnificent carpet of snowdrops. After a bracing walk you can relax in the Old Laundry tea rooms and indulge in a light lunch or some homemade cake and a pot of tea.
Open: Wednesday to Saturday 11.00am to 4.00pm
Adults: £6.00
Concessions: £5.00
Children 4-16: £1.00
Under four: free
For more information please click here

The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea at The Watermill Theatre – 31st January to 15th February 2014
Join the Watermill theatre for an inspiring journey across the ocean. A compilation cabaret set in the roaring 20’s, where five stowaways set sail from England to the USA.
Performance times:
Monday to Saturday – 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinées – 2.30pm
Saturday 15th Feb – 1.30pm and 6.30pm
For more information and to book tickets please click here

Valentine’s day Dinner at Donnington Valley Hotel- Friday 14th February
Join us for dinner on this the most romantic night of the year. Arrive and enjoy a glass of Taittinger Rosé followed by 4 courses in the stunning WinePress restaurant and enjoy a romantic moment.
£40 per person
To book call us on 01635 551199
To see the menu please click here

Crocodiles of the World at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre – Wednesday 19th February 2014
Visit Britain’s only crocodile zoo for a fun packed fascinating day. You can meet real life zoo keepers and discover how they care for, train and feed these deadly animals. Handle a live crocodile and enjoy a hands on experience.
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Price: £4.50 per person (booking is essential as this a very popular event)
For more information please click here.

Valentine Wolf Walk at The Wolf Conservation Trust – Saturday 15th February 2014
Looking for something different to do for your special day. Spend the day at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust in the company of the most family -oriented species of wolf.
Price: £85 for two people including a special gift.
Time: 10.00am -12.30pm
For more information please click here.

Live Broadcast of War Horse at The Corn Exchange, Newbury – 27th February 2014
The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse, broadcast live from London’s West End. This international stage show has captured the imagination of 4 million people world wide and The Corn Exchange are giving you the chance to experience this extraordinary story.
Time: 7pm
Price: tickets from £14
For more information please click here