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December Events in Berkshire

Events in Berkshire December 2013

Jack and The Beanstalk at The Corn Exchange
29th November – 5th January
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 www.cornexchangenew.com

Christmas Crafts, Carols and Children’s Party at Shaw House, Newbury 
Sun 1st December

Join in the festivities at Shaw House, with a Christmas carols sing-along led by Speenhamland Ladies Choir. After some fun and games at the Childrens Chirstmas parties, Santa will be making and appearance and handing out presents. You will also have the chance to snap up some locally made, soaps, jewellery, cupcakes and candles at the craft fair.
Entry to the house is £1 for adults and children visiting on Sunday are free. Open 11am to 4pm. For more information call 01635 279279 or visit www.shawhouse.org.uk

Christmas Shopping Evening
Monday 2nd December

5pm – 9pm
Get your Christmas shopping underway at our Christmas shopping evening at Donnington Valley Spa. Christmas cocktails and canapés will be served whilst you browse the stalls. The Perfect opportunity to get your Christmas shopping all wrapped up!
Call us on 01635 551188 to book or Visit 

Christmas Afternoon Tea
2nd – 23rd December
Get into the festive spirit and enjoy a selection of festive treats at Donnington Valley as part of our seasonal Afternoon Tea. £22.50 per person Call us on 01635 551199 to book or Visit 

The Snowman at The Kennet Shopping Centre, Newbury 
Sunday 1st December
Come and have your photo taken with one of the most iconic characters of Christmas Raymond Briggs – The Snowman. He will be in the centre of the Kennet Shopping Centre for photo opportunities.
Appearance times are 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.00pm, and 3.00pm

Christmas Crafts at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre
Friday 6th December 2pm to 4pm
An afternoon of festive craft making with a nature theme. Afterward you can enjoy the fantastic visitor centre; packed full of interactive wildlife and natural history displays, giant jigsaw puzzles, wildlife brass rubbings and adventure playgrounds.
For more information call 01635 874381 or visit www.naturecentre@westberks.gov.uk

Hungerford Victorian Extravaganza at Hungerford
Friday 13th December 5pm to 10pm
This event marks the arrival of Christmas, the smells of roasting chestnuts and mulled wine will whisk you back to times gone by. The official opening time is 5pm when the town is alive with steam engines, organs, side stalls, street entertainment, the big wheel and other fairground rides. Crowds can see the bustling street scene; Punch and Judy shows, stilt walkers, clowns, jugglers and for the children, Father Christmas. The shops will be open with their staff in Victorian dress. At 7pm the Grand Parade starts at the North end of the town and comes up the High Street with the mighty steam engines, the skirl of the pipes and as a bonus, Father Christmas along with the year’s Carnival Queen. At 9pm firework finale, many pubs and restaurants are busy well into the night. Free parking is available at Charnham Park and then proceed on foot to the High Street.

Carols in the Barn at Bucklebury Farm Park
Saturday 14th December
It’s a traditional candle-lit carol service from within the rustic barn to celebrate the story of the nativity with farm animals to set the scene. With complementary mulled wine and mince pies on arrival followed by singing from 5.30-6.30pm. This wonderful evening was really popular last year thanks to the fantastic programme created by Daniel and Sandra Nicholls and their team. Entry is free to this event. There will be a bar along with hot dogs/soup and hot chestnuts on sale.
For more info please call 01189714002 or visit info@buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk.

Cruise with Santa at The Rose, Hungerford 
Sat 14, Sun 15, Sat 21st till Tues 24th December
Santa will be aboard the Rose of Hungerford in the run up to the festive period spreading good cheer as he cruises along. The motor barge will depart from Hungerford Wharf each day over the 2 weekends preceding Christmas and on Christmas Eve. Santa will greet the children and hand out presents, hot drinks and mince pies. Adults will be offered a drink from the bar to celebrate the festive season! Trips last 1 hour please telephone for times. All proceeds go to the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust.
For more info please call The Rose at Hungerford 01635 255367.

Ballet Theatre UK: The Nutcracker at Arlington Arts Centre 
Fri 20th December at 7.30pm
Ballet Theatre UK’s Nutcracker perform a wondrous experience that evokes joy & elevates your spirit to new heights.
Ticket price is £17, for more info please call 01635 244246 or visit www.arlingtonarts.co.uk.

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 www.newburylions.org.uk 

4th November
An Audience with Esther Rantzen CBE at Watermill Theatre
2pm
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 www.watermill.org.uk

14th November
La Boheme at The Corn
7.30pm
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 www.cornexchangenew.com

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 www.newburychristmasmarket.co.uk

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 www.watermill.org 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 www.cornexchangenew.com

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.

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.

September events in Berkshire

Events in September 2013

ABLAZE: A Festival of Fire at Newbury
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September 2013
The Corn Exchange Outdoor Events Programme presents an immersive, magical world of fire and music that will transform the Kennet and Avon canal as it threads its way through the heart of Newbury. As night falls, you are invited to take a stroll along the waterways as they are brought to life by dozens of flickering braziers and animated by artists.
For map and times please visit www.cornexchangenew.com.

The Great Thatcham Duck Race at The Rowbarge, Woolhampton
Sunday 8th September at 2.00pm
Go quackers and join in the Great Thatcham Duck Race with the Rotary Club of Thatcham and District, as they release several hundred ducks in to the River Kennet. Tickets are £1.00 for each duck, and the first prize will be £250, second prize £100 and third prize £50. Come and see if YOUR duck will win all in aid of local, national and international charities.
For more information please visit www.jeremy.cotton@gmail.com.

Newbury Real Ale Festival at Northcroft Park
Saturday 14th September 2013
The 2013 Newbury Real Ale Festival will feature more than 200 ales and ciders from across the UK and for the first time, a selection of English wines will be available. As this is the 10th anniversary of the event they are looking to source some of the original ales from the first event back in 2003. For all the foodies, there will be the usual hog with sides and extras, freshly made doughnuts, Crown Ice Cream will be serving a range of standard 99s, ice cream sundaes and strawberries and ice cream. Families are more than welcome and there will be a face painter on site to amuse all ages!
Tickets available at entrance only, but for more info visit www.newburyrealale.co.uk

Romeo and Juliet at The Watermill Theatre
Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st September 2013.
ROMEO + JULIET By William Shakespeare. Adapted by Beth Flintoff and directed by Clive Judd. As adulthood looms and the pressures of academia mount, two students find themselves entangled in an emotionally charged and inevitably tragic relationship. With a cast of two actors in a contemporary setting, shows the relationship between Romeo and Juliet and the world around them. Workshops and a free education pack will be available to accompany the production.
School Matinee performances – £7.
All other tickets prices start from £7.50 for matinee performances.
For more info please visit www.watermill.org.uk

The Magic of Motown at The Corn Exchange
Friday 20th September 2013.
The Magic of Motown I’ll Be There – The 2013 Tour. The all-new show for 2013, packed with 36 back-to-back massive Motown hits. Five-star performances authentically reviving the style and sophistication of all the Detroit legends – including the Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, Jackson 5. Dazzling dance moves, glittering costumes galore and the incredible Magic of Motown band. Don’t miss the show of the year… just call its name and you’ll be there.
Tickets £23 (10% discount for groups 10+) For more info visit www.cornexchangenew.com

Royal County of Berkshire Show at Newbury Showground
Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September.
You will go a long way to find a bigger and better family event than the Royal County of Berkshire Show. This year’s event promises a diverse countryside adventure over two fun-filled days. While the skies will be alive with aerial displays from RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team (Sat only) and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Sun only), at ground level, there will be something for everyone – from Team Extreme BMX & skateboard coaching, heavy horse displays, food fayre and show jumping to sheep shearing.
Advance discounted tickets now on sale at Newbury Tourist Information Centre in the Market Place, Newbury or on 01635 30267.
You can buy your tickets over the phone and they will be posted out to you.
For more info please visit www.berkshireshow.co.uk

Supper Club at Donnington Valley Hotel
Thursday 26th September
Enjoy a relaxing evening sampling the best of British.
Our three course English menu has been created to make the most of the best local and seasonal produce and each dish will be matched with English wines.
£39 per person.
Call us on 01635 551199 to book.
for more information please visit www.donningtonvalley.co.uk

Voices in Harmony at Douai Abbey, Woolhampton
Saturday 28th September 2013.
Basingstoke Ladies’ Choir and Basingstoke Male Voice Choir join forces to present a concert in the stunning surroundings of Douai Abbey in Woolhampton. Songs will include Ave Verum, Laudate Dominum, Agnus Dei, For The Beauty of the Earth and many others.
Tickets £10.
For more info please visit www.cornexchangenew.com

Membership Open Day at Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa
Sunday 29th September.
11am – 3pm
Bring along family members, friends and colleagues interested in becoming a member.

  • Special membership offers available on the day
  • File and paint mini treatments
  • Show around of the facilities
  • Chat to our instructors about the types of classes we offer.

For more information on our memberships please click here

August Events in Berkshire

Events in August 2013

Battle Proms Picnic Concert at Highclere Castle, Highclere, Newbury – Saturday 3rd August 2013
A celebration of classical music with fireworks, spitfire, cannons and cavalry. The concert takes place in front of the Castle which is illuminated by dramatic lighting and forms the backdrop to this stunning event. Bring a picnic and enjoy an unforgettable evening of sublime music and breathtaking displays overlooking the beautiful setting of Highclere Castle.
Doors open at 4.30pm. 

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

Ticket prices are £34.00 if booked from 1 May 2013 until the day before the concert and Children aged 5 to 15 £16.00 (children aged 4 and under are free, and do not require a ticket).

For more information please visit www.battleproms.com.

Family Fun Day – Craft, Bake and Race Day at Newbury Racecourse – Sunday 4th August 

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. A fun-filled Sunday at The Racecourse Newbury with entertainment for all ages featuring cake baking, crafts workshops, pony rides, pony races, Kids’ Zone and much more. Bring along your crafts and baked creations to win some fabulous prizes.
Grandstand tickets are priced at £16 and Premier Enclosure tickets cost £24. Under 18’s go free. 
Gates open 11.30am.

For more information please visit info@racecoursenewbury.co.uk

Big Bacchanalian Feast at Donnington Valley Hotel – 9th and 10th August
We hold our own Bacchanalian feasts at Donnington Valley and this summer we are going one better with our big Bacchanalian feast weekend, taking place the 9th and 10th of August. Join us for a weekend of mouthwatering food and delicious wines:

  • Starting Friday night with a bottle of sparkling wine in your
    room on arrival
  • Followed by a three course dinner in The WinePress restaurant
  • Saturday, enjoy a five course set menu with matching wines including a delicious dessert wine and port with your cheese course
  • Plus so that you can recreate your own Bacchanalian feast at home we are offering you a 20% discount on any wines purchased to take home with you.

A fabulous two day experience of food and wine from just £299*
click here to find out more.

An Evening with Nyetimber at The Vineyard – Sunday 11th August

Join The Vineyard and Nyetimber, one of England’s finest wine producers, for the evening and celebrate the best of British enjoying English sparkling wine matched with four courses created by executive chef, Daniel Galmiche. 
For over 20 years, Nyetimber has had a single aim: to make the finest sparkling wine, one to rival the very best in the world, including Champagne. A true pioneer, Nyetimber was the very first producer of English sparkling wine to craft wines made from three celebrated varieties found in Champagne: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.
£95 per person. 

Please call 01635 528770 to book. 

For more information please click here.

Stockfest 2013 at Stockcross – from 10th – 25th August 

A unique event that will be taking place in the village of Stockcross. Inspired by their vibrant village community, Stockfest 2013 is a celebration of local talent, arts, music, culture and sport. The festival has grown from and celebrates the numerous successful village events which have taken place over many years including, Jazz on the Glebe, Street Fairs, an annual sell-out Pantomime and the very popular Open Gardens days.
For more information contact clairemingo@hotmail.com or visit www.stockfest2013.co.uk.

Quintessential Afternoon Tea Party (part of Stockfest) at The Vineyard – Saturday 17th August 3pm – 5pm
Join The Vineyard for the afternoon and enjoy live music together with a delicious Full Afternoon Tea including freshly made sandwiches, cakes and warm scones with home made strawberry preserve, and Cornish clotted cream served with your choice of tea, coffee or infusion.
£27.50 per person.

Please call 01635 528770 to reserve your place.

Wedding fair at Donnington Valley Hotel – 18th 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 Beth Willis, our wedding co-ordinator, on 01635 568106 to book a VIP tour.

International Orchid Summer Fair at Roots, Priors Court Road, Hermitage Sat 24th and Sun 25th August 2013
The International Thames Valley Orchid Society will bring Hermitage into bloom when its Summer Fair arrives at Roots Garden Centre. At the Summer Fair you can expect to see thousands of stunning orchids in flower and a huge variety of orchids will be for sale from top British nurseries. Also, local people are invited to bring their plants that are unwell or need care to receive advice and help.
For more information please visit www.roots-online.co.uk

July Events in Berkshire

Events in Berkshire – July 2013

Stockcross House, Stockcross, Berkshire – Open Garden for NGS,
Wednesday – 3rd July 2013

Set in a two acre garden, with an emphasis on plant partnerships, colour combinations and naturalistic planting. Long wisteria and clematis covered pergola, reflecting pool with folly, cascade with pond and duck house, rich variety of roses, vegetable and cutting garden. This event includes sculptural elements by local artists. Admission £4, Children free, times 11 – 4pm. For more information, please call 07765 674863.

Littlecote House Hotel, Hungerford – Open Garden NGS,
6th, 7th, 20th, 21st July 2013
In a beautiful setting around a Grade I listed house with views of the Kennet Valley over lawns and parkland. Formal areas including herbaceous borders, rose and herb garden, clipped yew and box hedging, fruit trees. Don’t miss the stumpery and the courtyard with large planters. Admission £4, times 11-4pm. For more information, please call 01488 682509. Open for charity. Sorry no children.

Ladies’ Lunch at The Vineyard – Richard Randall
TV Interior Designer – 8th July
Join Richard Randall at our Ladies Lunch in July, one of the most popular interior designers on TV – featuring on ITV1’s “60 Minute Makeover”. He also runs his own extremely successful design and wedding planning business – RANDALL. His TV career began with Channel 4’s “The Big Breakfast” and a weekly interior design feature with Denise Van Outen, then becoming a regular presenter on the programme.
Enjoy a three course lunch with matching wines.
£60 per person.
Discover more
Please call Ami on 01635 589407 to book.

Newbury Carnival
Sunday 14th July
This year’s NewburyFest will close with one of the highlights of the town’s calendar when Newbury Carnival bursts into life, this vibrant, colourful event will see floats and performers parade through the town, ending at Victoria Park for the Carnival fete. For the first time this year the ‘Battle of Britain’ Memorial Flight will be treating us to a flypast. The Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane and Avro Lancaster will complete at least one pass over the town centre during the Carnival. For more information of other events at NewburyFest please call 01635 760505 or visit www.newburybid.com

The Comedy of Errors at Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre 
2.30pm, Sun 21st July 2013
Rain or Shine Theatre Company invites you to witness the comical confusion & chaotic capers of Shakespeare’s hilarious masterpiece of mistaken identity! Combining adventure, human folly, farce, romance and suspense, the Bard’s clever & original plot shows a high degree of genius and creativity – an ideal choice for an outdoor theatrical event. The performance is open air in their Physic Garden & will continue, rain or shine, in all but the worst weather! Please bring your own low backed chairs or rug & appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.
Admission Adults – £14, children – £6, OAP – £12.
For more info please visit myevents@sheepdrove.com.

Wine School at The Vineyard – The Classics Explained
24th July (6.30 to 8.30pm)
We all know Chablis and Rioja…but what’s in them! A detailed and un-stuffy guide to all those famous wine labels that don’t actually explain much about how they are made or what grapes go in the mix. £30 per person.
Discover More
Please call Ami on 01635 589407 to book.

Candlelit Opera Gala at Shaw House, Church Road, Shaw, Newbury
Sat 27th July 2013
This event promises to have something for everyone. For both the lifelong opera lover and the novice, this programme fully staged will contain a feast of opera’s most inspiring music that will create a positive and lasting memory. Singers from English National Opera, Covent Garden and International Opera houses will entertain you with world-class singing. For tickets and information, please call 01635 279279 or visit www.shawhouse.org.uk Adults – £25, children 5-16 – £10.

Aqua Aerobics

Aqua Aerobics

So what is Aqua Aerobics? Put simply it’s an aerobic based class that takes place in a shallow depth pool so you don’t need to be a strong swimmer to take part. The class uses a mixture of resistance and aerobic based training to help tone, shape and sculpt the body.

Suitable for any age group due to the reduced stress on the joints, ligaments and muscles, a benefit of exercising in the water.

Aqua Aerobics can also be a hard workout for individuals that really want to burn some calories. There is a range of equipment used within the class, including woggles, foam dumbbells and aqua mitts; these are used to increase the difficulty of the class by adding resistance.

Aqua aerobics at Donnington Valley Facts:

  • Classes last 45 minutes.
  • Uses both aerobic and resistance types of training
  • Suitable for all age groups
  • Low stress on joints, ligaments and muscles 
  • Exercising in water allows greater range of motion for joints

To find out more about or range of classes, facilities and memberships available at Donnington Valley take a look at our website or stop by the health club and speak to one of the team.

Fitness Team
Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa

June Events in Berkshire

Events in Berkshire this June

Aladdin and Cinderella – Arlington Arts Centre – 1st and 2nd June, Mary Hare School, Newbury

West Berks Ballet School are thrilled to be returning to Arlington Arts for their exciting double bill of dance. This time they shall be joined by pupils from Aldbourne Ballet School, making a cast of 138 with ages from 5 to 18 years. This is surely the perfect half-term treat for all aspiring dancers!
For more information please visit www.arlingtonarts.co.uk
or call 01635 244246.
Tickets £8 per person.

Beale Park Boat Show – 7th to 9th June 2013 – Child Beale Park, Lower Basildon, Reading

Visitors are invited to take to the water, with a FREE boat trip on the Thames; however if you are thinking of buying a boat, this year’s Show will give you the opportunity to take a test drive on the seven acre lake and maybe even find your dream boat! This years Boat Show will also feature a classic car display, and the Historical Maritime Society will recreate a slice of life at sea in Nelsons Navy.
For more info please visit www.bealeparkboatshow.co.uk
or call 01189767498.
Tickets bought in advance Fri £6/Sat and Sun £7 per adult, on the gate Fri £7/Sat and Sun £9, children under 16 with adult are free.

Rita Ora – Party in the Paddock Sat 8th June – Newbury Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ

Breakthrough artist of 2012 with the most number-one singles in the UK singles chart last year, Londoner Rita Ora will take to the stage to perform huge hits including ‘Shine Ya Light’, ‘Hot Right Now’, ‘How We Do (Party)’ and ‘R.I.P.’ The evening of flat racing will commence at 6.10pm with gates opening well in advance for people to soak up the atmosphere and Rita Ora performing after the last race (approx 9.15pm) as the sun sets on the racecourse.
Tickets Adults and children from £35,
for more info please visit www.racecoursenewbury.com
or call 01635 40015.

Laurel and Hardy by Tom McGrath 13th June to 20th July at Watermill Theatre, Bagnor

The most successful double-act on the big screen, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy kept the world entertained with their slapstick, songs, pratfalls and most of all, their wit and boundless charm. Stan and Ollie’s best-loved routines are played out in a continent-crossing journey of song and sparkle. Standby for another fine mess of tears, smiles and the odd custard pie.
Tickets from £12 per adult
for more info please visit www.watermill.org.uk
or call 01635 46044.

West Woodhay House Garden Show – 15th and 16th June at West Woodhay, Newbury

West Woodhay House’s gardens are extensive and there is a lot to see – we suggest you plan to arrive early by 11am at the latest to give yourself a full day to explore the gardens and visit all the attractions and stalls. There will be plenty to see and do including – show gardens, gardening talks and a Youth Gardening competition. This promises to be a great day out for all the family!
For more info please visit www.westwoodhaygardenshow.co.uk
or call 01206 251 790.
Admission £7 per adult.

Nightjar Walk at Snelsmore Common Country Park – Fri 7th and Fri 21st June

Join the ranger for a stroll around Snelsmore Common looking for the elusive nightjar. Explore Snelsmore Common at night and gain an insight into the fascinating world of some of the common’s more elusive wildlife. You’ll be looking for nightjar, bats, owls and glow worms. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.
Prices £3.50 per person, booking essential,
please call Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre 01635 874381 
or visit ww.naturediscovery.org.uk.

Wednesday 19th June – It’s all about the Rosé – The Vineyard, Newbury 6.30pm to 8pm

Summer is that time of year when Rosé wines make more of an appearance. So join us and we’ll give you the run down on Rosé wine covering Champagne and sparkling, classic European styles and latest bottles from the New World.
£30 per person. www.the-vineyard.co.uk/WineSchools.asp
Please call 01635 528770 to book.

Newbury Food Festival, Market Place, Newbury – Sunday 30th June 2013

Newbury Food Festival 2013 is free to the public and features attractions for all the family, with a diversity of food and drink offers representing the best of local produce and producers. Cookery demonstrations by local and celebrity chefs will be held throughout the day and there will be around 80 stalls featuring the finest local producers, sample their wares, enjoy a fantastic lunch and take home some of the finest food and drink that the area has to offer!
Open 10am to 4pm,
for more information please visit www.newburyfoodfestival.co.uk
or call Rebecca Smith on 07939 334619.

May Events in Berkshire

Berkshire Events May 2013

Open gardens at Stockcross House, Wednesday 1st and Sunday 26th May
Two acre garden with emphasis on plant partnerships, colour combinations and naturalistic planting. Long wisteria and clematis covered pergola, reflecting pool with folly, cascade with pond and duck house, rich variety of roses, vegetable and cutting garden. Sculptural elements by local artists,
for more information visit www.ngs.org.uk.
Admission £4 per adult, children free.
Open 11am to 4pm.

Modern Gift and Craft Fair at the Corn Exchange, hungerford RG17 0NJ, Saturday 11th May
A lovely modern gift and craft fair with high quality ideas for yourself or for loved ones. Shabby chic, textiles, skincare, jewellery, jams and chutneys, things for the garden and clothes so lots to come and see!
10am to 4pm with free admission.
for more information please click here

Newbury Spring Festival, Saturday 11th to Saturday 25th May.
For two weeks in May the celebrated Newbury Spring Festival showcases breathtaking musical talent, at venues throughout West Berkshire, that captivates locals and visitors alike. With approximately 50 events each year Festival is one of the UK’s most prestigious Arts festivals. Included in the Newbury Festival are –

Saturday 11th – Black Dyke Band – The Corn Exchange, Moscow State Orchestra at St Nicolas Church, Newbury
Sunday 12th – Sound Beginnings – Peter and the Wolf at Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre
Wednesday 15th – London Community Gospel Choir at Douai Abbey, Woolhampton
Thursday 16th – Benjamin Britten – 100th anniversary talk at Arlington Arts Centre
Friday 17th – The Symphonic Brass of London at Hungerford
Wednesday 22nd – Aurora Percussion Duo at The Corn Exchange
Thurday 23rd – Ballet Central at The Corn Exchange
Friday 24th – London Philharmonic Orchestra at St Nicolas Church, Newbury
Saturday 25th – Christ Church Cathedral choir at Douai Abbey.

Full Spring Festival programmes will be available from Newbury Tourist Information Centre. 01635 32421/528, or visit enquiries@newburyspringfestival.org.uk

Ladies Lunch at the Vineyard with Janine Roebuck, 13th may
Join Janine Roebuck, a mezzo-soprano equally at home in opera, operetta, oratorio and popular song and is particularly good in roles which require a touch of comedy. When she was only 18, she was told that she was going deaf, and many people told her she would have to give up her dreams – she’s done the complete opposite!
£60 per person.
Please call Poppy Kimber on 01635 589453 to book
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Jekyll and Hyde, the musical at The Hexagon Theatre, Reading, RG1 7UR, Wednesday 15th may
The Sainsbury Singers, Readings Premier musical society, are celebrating 75 years in musical theatre in 2013 with an evocative tale of the epic battle between good and evil, JEKYLL & HYDE is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart.
Doors open 7.30pm,
tickets from £12, for more information please visit www.sainsburysingers.org.uk.

The Judgement of Paris – who will get your vote this time? Friday 24th May at The Vineyard,  7.30pm onwards

Join us at our flagship event, celebrating this infamous moment in history. In the original blind tasting held in Paris in 1976, Californian wines were chosen over France’s very best by some of the leading wine aficionados of the day. But who knows what will happen this year? Only you can decide!
Get involved in this fun and interactive evening and enjoy:

  • Welcome glasses of champagne and sparkling wine
  • The tasting of four wines (two whites and two reds, one French & one Californian in each category)
  • Cheese, charcuterie and something sweet.
  • The result of the blind tasting will be announced at the end of the evening.

£30 per person, £25 per person when booking 4 or more tickets.
To book your place at this year’s Judgement of Paris, please call us on 01635 528770. Discover more

Spring Bank Holiday Monday BBQ at Bucklebury Farm Park, Monday 27th May
Why spend hours on the motorway when you can get away from it all much closer to home at Bucklebury Farm Park? Don’t plan to cook this Bank Holiday – join in for a BBQ – yummy Vicar’s Game hot dogs and speciality hand-made burgers are the perfect treat in the fresh air! Plus all the usual attractions deer and wild boar, free tractor rides. Indoor play area, drop slides and outside adventure playground.
For more information call 0118 9714002 or visit info@buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk
£8.95 for adults,
£7.95 for children,
under 2 free.

April Events in Berkshire

April Events 2013

 8th April – Ladies Lunch with Darphin

12pm – 3pm

Join this ladies lunch at The Vineyard and get involved in an interactive workshop with Darphin expert Lucy Clark and The Vineyard Spa Team. We’ll be focusing on the eye area; a very important area that’s often neglected. Plus, discover more about the best way care for the delicate skin around your eyes and also the causes of some common problems such as puffiness. An exclusive Darphin offer will be available on the day.
£60 per person
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Please call 01635 528770 to book.

9th April to 13th April – The Sound of Music by Newbury Musical Theatre Society at The Corn Exchange 

Relive the heart-warming story of Maria and the von Trapp family in one of the most loved musicals of all time.
Ticket Full Price £13
For more information please call 0845 5218218
or visit www.cornexchangenew.com

11th April to 16th April – Miser by Molière at The Watermill Theatre 

Fast, funny and full of energy, this sparkling new version by acclaimed writer Martin Sherman, is as pertinent today as it was when first written and performed by Molière in the 17th century.
Tickets from £14
To book, please call 01635 46044 
or visit www.watermill.org.uk

17th April – Wine School – Ten Wines to Try Before you Die 6.30pm to 8pm

Join this wine school at The Vineyard and you’ll be the first in Europe to try a range of absurdly rare bottles from the Golden State that would have just arrived in Europe!
£30 per person
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Please call 01635 528770 to book.

12th to 14th April – Newbury Garden Show at Newbury Showground

Discover a world of horticultural excellence at the Newbury Garden Show. Whether you are looking to create a fun space, tranquil haven, organic vegetable plot or family friendly patio, you will find all the elements you need in one great location saving you time and money.
Adults – £7.50 
For more information please call 01635 30267 
or visit tourism@westberks.gov.uk

26th to 27th April – Rookwood Plant Fair, Berkshire

Enjoy a great day out at Rookwood Specialist Spring Plant Fair.There will be over 25 exhibitors including 11 garden nurseries, specialist plant suppliers, garden accessories and home produce stalls, plus those showcasing unique gifts for the home and garden. The Plant Fair also welcomes distinguished lecturer and former Head Gardener for HRH Prince of Wales David Howard, who will be giving two lectures; My Garden Life (am); Organic Gardening Philosophy (pm).
Refreshments and a light lunch will be available.
Admission and entry to the gardens – £5 for Adults; Children are free
Admission and one lecture – £25 (11am or 2.30pm)
Admission and both lectures – £40

To book your place, please contact Charlotte Digby charlotte@rookwoodhouse.co.uk & 01488 608676.
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Reading Contemporary Art Fair – Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading – 27th – 28th April

This is an opportunity to buy from UK and international artists and galleries, with over 90 exhibitors displaying paintings, sculptures, prints, photography and ceramics.
Tickets £7 per person, children £1, under 5 Free
For more information please visit www.readingcontemporaryartfair.co.uk or call 01753 591892.