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Events in Berkshire this October

Blossoms Syrup Events in Berkshire this October5th October  – Hungerford Food Festival at Hungerford
11am – 3.30pm
With over 50 stalls, sizzling street food and the buzz of live cooking demonstrations, this year’s Festival promises to be the most inspiring celebration of everything local and seasonal all organised by HEAT (Hungerford Environmental Action Team).

Local and award-winning food and drink producers will offer a tempting array of fresh produce, local meat & game, pies, beer, cider and wine, rapeseed oil, apple juice, honey, mushrooms, cakes, artisan bread and preserves with many offering free tasters and samples.

Come and learn top cooking tips from Gert Pienaar, Head Chef of The Walmesley Restaurant, make vegetable sculptures and even enter your own homemade baked delights, preserves and beverages in the HFF Cookery Competition. Details and entry forms can be found on www.hungerfordfoodfestival.com
Sponsored by Doves Farm, Audley Inglewood and Newbury Building Society.
For further details see www.hungerfordfoodfestival.com


6th October – Ladies’ Lunch – Blossoms Syrup
12pm to 3pm
Enjoy a food and cocktail matching lunch with Aude Dupont Dudley, Managing Director of Blossoms Syrup. Made in Southern England, her high quality real fruit syrups are truly natural with no added aromas, preservatives, or colours, and make desserts and drinks such as cocktails really come to life. View more Ladies’ Lunches

Three courses with matching wines – £60 per person
Stay the night with breakfast from £174.50 per person

Please call us on 01635 589407 to book


7th October - An Audience with Kate Adie at Watermill Theatre
2pm
Kate became the BBC’s chief news correspondent in 1989, and has reported from war zones around the world. She has won numerous awards including three Royal Television Society awards, the BAFTA Richard Dimbleby Award, the Broadcasting Press Guild’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting and also was awarded an OBE in 1993. Kate also presents ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ on BBC Radio 4 and is the author of four bestselling books.

Hear about her extraordinary career and life experiences as well as hearing about her new book, Fighting on the Home Front, a story of the First World War years through the eyes of women. Also take advantage of meeting the lady herself in the bar for tea and cake.

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


8th October – The Vineyard becomes The Ginyard
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Gin has had a massive resurgence in popularity in recent years, with many small craft distilleries popping up all over the country, even in peoples’ living rooms! Join us for this gin masterclass as we take you through the history of gin, and then have a go at blending your very own gin with the most popular botanicals. We’ll also give you tips on the different garnishes and how to serve the perfect gin and tonic or gin cocktail.

£30 per person

Wine school, two courses in our California Bar with matching wines – £55 per person
Stay the night with breakfast from £144.50 per person

View more details about our up and coming wine schools

Please call us on 01635 589407 to book


13th-17th October – Hamlet at Watermill Theatre
7.30pm and matinees at 2.30pm
A Shakespeare classic. When his father dies suddenly in suspicious circumstances, Hamlet returns home to find that his mother has married his uncle, who now rules Denmark in his father’s place. Torn between desire for revenge and loyalty to his mother, gripped by indecision, Hamlet must forge a new future for himself and the world of Denmark.

This production features the original text cut to a fast-paced 75 minutes, performed by just three actors in a contemporary setting, and follows the success of their previous touring productions, Romeo + Juliet, Othello, and Faustus.

Tickets from £8

For further details see www.watermill.org.uk


14th – 15th October - Pride And Prejudice at The Corn Exchange
7.45pm
One of the most romantic stories of all time with two actors, 21 characters, lots of laughs. This is your chance to catch the five Bennett sisters and the whole world of Austen.

This highly praised production, which premiered at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds in 2013, have sold out audiences and are now on a full UK tour.

Meet the cast yourself afterwards at the 7.45pm show on Tuesday 14 October.

Tickets from £14

For further details, see www.cornexchangenew.com


17th October – An Evening with Sacred Distillery
7pm
If you enjoy gin and gin cocktails, join us for an evening with Sacred Distillery hosted by the Founder, Ian Hart. Sacred is craft distillery in North London, which was founded in 2009. It’s the only vacuum microdistillery in London and uses twelve organically sourced botanicals including citrus and cardamom to create a gin that’s lush and fresh in character.

Four courses with matching cocktails – £89 per person
Stay the night with dinner and breakfast from just £238.50 per person

View more details on our up and coming dinners

Please call us on 01635 589407 to book


18th -19th October - Decorative Antique & Salvage Show at Beale Park
10am – 4pm
Bentley’s are proud to present this new event at Beale Park on 18th & 19th October, 2014. A decorative antique and salvage show where you can expect to find some of the finest original pieces, and a great display of garden statuary.

Antique Show entry price only: £5

For further details see www.bealepark.co.uk


25th October – Armed Forces Raceday at Newbury Racecourse
A fantastic finale to the Flat season featuring the Group 3 Worthington’s Whizz Kids Stakes and the Group 3 Worthington’s Champion Shield Stakes. There’s free entry for Armed Forces, MOD Civil Servants, RBL members and their families to this great family raceday, featuring the Launch of the Berkshire and the Vale of the White Horse Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Under 18s go free on a fun day for the family.
Gates Open – 11.30
First Race – 1.45
Last Race – 5.10

Tickets: £16.20 to £26.

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

Wine Tasting – A Perfect Autumn Activity

Glasses in a row 1024x609 Wine Tasting   A Perfect Autumn ActivityAs we say goodbye to summer (although hopefully we’ll have a few more balmy days) we look forward to autumn with the leaves turning to rich, vibrant colours
and being cosy inside warming ourselves in front of a roaring fire and enjoying a lovely glass of red wine.

Whether its red, white or rosé wine that takes your fancy or maybe all of them depending on your mood, dishes you’re matching wines with or simply the occasion, there’s lots of ways to have fun with wine.

tumblr mwbblh9Y6z1rveocqo1 1280 150x150 Wine Tasting   A Perfect Autumn ActivityWe’ve found that our selection of wine tasting masterclasses go down well with our corporate guests who’ve had a really productive day and simply want to relax and have fun with colleagues, but still learn a little. The blind tasting masterclass is always a good one to choose and gets everyone talking about the wine or wines in question. Or if you’re looking to perhaps focus on a specific country, region or style of wine, we can look to tailor your wine tasting to suit you and you team. Two of our popular wine tastings are Asian Influences and California Dreaming, but it’s really up to you to choose the topic that’s right for you. We are flexible with where we can hold the masterclasses too. They often take place in our California Bar, but can set up our Calistoga or Oakville suites to accommodate larger groups.

If you’re looking for something a little different then our cocktail masterclasses provide aCheese board with wine 377 x 221 150x150 Wine Tasting   A Perfect Autumn Activity perfect situation for further networking to take place in a fun and informal way. Our Gin Masterclass is a big favourite amongst both our corporate and leisure guests due to the rise in popularity in gin in recent years. Making your own cocktails is really interactive and is a enjoyable way to spend an hour learning new skills and catching up with colleagues. For the beer and cheese lovers among you, you’ll be pleased to hear that we also offer beer tasting and cheese tasting.

If you’re looking to host a meeting during the autumn months, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to visit our website and see more about our meeting spaces online and please call us on 01635 589407 for more details and a personalised quotation.

Events in Berkshire this September

Glasses in a row Events in Berkshire this September3rd September – Wine School at The Vineyard –  Ageing Gracefully

6.30pm to 8pm
Join us for a celebration of wines that become better with age. You’ll taste some fantastic wines which have aged extremely well, and you’ll be given a fascinating insight into buying wines for future ageing and investment.

£30 per person

Discover more online


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.

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8th September – Ladies’ Lunch with Charlie Barton at The Vineyard

12pm to 3pm
Join Berkshire based artist Charlie Barton, known for her paintings inspired by the cosmos. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and is working towards a solo exhibition in London at The Club at The Ivy in late September.

Charlie will be showcasing a range of her paintings at the Ladies’ Lunch and the week running up to the event, and will be signing a limited number of prints on the day.

Three courses with matching wines – £60 per person

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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.

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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

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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

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

8am-6pm
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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25th September – An Evening with Clarendelle Winery at The Vineyard

7pm arrival for 7.30pm
Join us for an exquisite four course dinner matched with fantastic wines from the Clarendelle estate with an extra special main course wine from La Mission Haut-Brion.

£120 per person

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27th September – Rubys Vintage and Retro Fair

10am-4pm
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.

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Choose your wedding entertainment

Wedding quartet 227x300 Choose your wedding entertainmentOften, wedding entertainment can play a big part in your wedding day and the key is to choose the right entertainment that fits with you and your guests, be that a recommended DJ, live band, wedding singer or even a silent disco!

DJs, live bands and wedding singers
If you opt to go for a DJ or live band at your wedding, there are a number of questions that are worth asking before you go ahead and sign on the dotted line. After all, their music selection and announcements will truly set the tone for your reception so definitely set some time aside to interview prospective DJs and bands. So find out how long they’ve been going for and whether this is their sole job as this should give you a good indication of their passion for music and how serious they are. Having an assistant DJ is worth considering so check with your prospective DJs if they plan to bring one along to help with the setting up and breaking down of equipment and giving the main DJ a break during the evening.

Check to make sure you know what their contingency plan is if they are sick and unable to make your wedding. Often they will have DJs and bands they know who will step in if this happens. Another good piece of advice to ask to see photos of their set up so you are not unpleasantly surprised on the day, and check to make sure they are insured.

Guests will often ask for their favourite songs to be played so it’s worth ask the DJs and bands you’re interviewing how they handle requests. Many brides and grooms now ask their guests for the song requests before the day via their wedding websites or on rsvp cards so this might be a good option for you. A very important thing to remember is to give them a list of ‘must play’ and ‘do not play’ songs and always read through the contract and ask questions if there’s anything you don’t understand.

String quartets and musicians
Music is definitely one way to really set the scene for a ceremony, wedding reception or wedding breakfast and having background music played by a string quartet, saxophonist, guitarist to name but few is worth looking into. Whilst a string quartet is traditionally known to play classical music, many will be open to suggestions and play modern songs if they have them in their repertoire.

Wedding singers
Wedding singer B W 150x150 Choose your wedding entertainmentWhilst some may think back to Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer and have a horrible misconception of what a wedding singer is all about, don’t be put off as times have changed and there is now a good number quality singers out there to choose from including opera singers, solo artists and tribute singers. You may even hear a busker on a street that you love the sound of, so why not ask them to play at your wedding?

Silent disco
For something a little bit different, and where noise needs to be kept to a minimum after a certain time, a silent disco is becoming a popular option. Whilst it might seem a little futuristic for some, it could end up being the thing that makes your wedding stand out from the rest.

View our list of preferred wedding partners to discover more

August Events

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Joe Soap’s Masquerade! at Welford Park

30th July – 3rd August – 7:30pm
2nd August 2014 – 2.30pm
This year’s production entitled’ Joe Soap’s Masquerade’ is about how the First World War impacted rural communities like Boxford and includes five new musical theatre plays, 55 new songs and dances. It is part of this year’s commemoration of the Great War and brings fresh perspective on that historic event. Tickets from £9.

For further details see www.boxfordmasques.org.uk

Please contact The Watermill Theatre 01635 46044 to book


Battle Proms Picnic Concert at Highclere Castle

Saturday 2nd August – 4:30pm – 10pm
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. It’s recommended that 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. Tickets between £17-£40

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.


The Tour De Berkshire 2014 at Bucklebury

Saturday 2nd August
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 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 the ride raised £10,888. Entry is £10 for adults and under 15 can ride free.

Online registration will close on the 26th July. Registration on the day will be £15.

For further details see www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk


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

Sunday 3rd August – 11.30am to 6pm
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. Tickets from £14.40-£24. Under 18’s go free

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

For further details see www.racecoursenewbury.co.uk


Stockfest 2014 at Stockcross

Saturday 9th – Sunday 24th August
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.

Events include tennis coaching, cheese and wine tasting, a murder mystery evening, family treasure trail and a cup cake icing workshop.

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 Aug – 10am to 4.30pm
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. Adults £5 and Children go free.

For further details see www.classicvehicles.org.uk


Ladies Day with Annie Mac & Pete Tong at Newbury Racecourse

Saturday 16th Aug – 11am to 7pm
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. Grandstand enclosure tickets – £30.

For further details, please see www.racecoursenewbury.co.uk

July Events

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HARDBOILED – The fall of Sam Shadow at Watermill Theatre
1st July to 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.

Tickets from £14

For performance times and further details, please visit www.watermill.org.uk


Ramsbury Silver Band at Victoria Park
6th July  – 3pm to 5pm

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.

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

For further details see www.newbury.gov.uk


Tosca at The Racecourse Newbury
12th July  – 7pm to 10pm

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

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

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.

Tickets are available from Newbury Corn Exchange box office.

Prices from £5 per adult and under 16s free – For further details see www.cornexchangenew.com


Marlborough Jazz Festival
18th to 20th July

A fantastic event for jazz enthusiasts and fun for all the family. They have a brilliant line up  this year with headline acts; Georgie Fame, Darius Brubeck Quartet and Clare Teal.

Tickets range from £25.00 to £66.00 and can be purchased online

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The Beach Boys at Party in the Paddock at The Racecourse Newbury
19th July  – 11am to 7pm

Concert – Approx. 5.15pm

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!

Prices from £25.00 per adult and £15 per child

For further details see www.theracecoursenewbury.co.uk


Champagne Jazz Lunch at The Vineyard
20th July – 12pm to 4pm

The perfect Summer Sunday; live jazz, great food and unlimited Champagne! Sit back, relax and listen to the soulful sounds of jazz whilst enjoying a three course lunch and unlimited Champagne with friends and family.

£49 per person

Please call The Vineyard on 01635 589407 or see www.the-vineyard.co.uk/events.asp to book

Berkshire Events in June

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Ballet Cymru brings to life this timeless story using the company’s unique blend of classical technique and storytelling. Ballet Cymru has been nominated by the Critics Circle National Dance Awards in 2013 as Best Independent Company as they perform a sparkling and refreshing ballet based on the eternal fairy tale.
Tickets – £16
Book online or call the Corn Exchange box office on 0845 5218 218


4th June – Wine School at The Vineyard– Can English wines really compete?
6.30pm to 8pm
With recent warmer weather conditions improving quality and consistency, along with an increasing demand, English wines are becoming a popular choice among consumers and diners. We’ve chosen a number of fantastic English wines for you to taste and learn about the grapes and problems that arise from producing wine in our moderate climate.          
£30 per person
Please call 01635 589407 to book and discover more


7th June 2014 -The Newbury Chamber Choir: Secrets of the Universe
Arlington Arts Centre
A programme of English music, dance and opera featuring a rare staged performance of Holst’s beautiful chamber opera Savitri. Based on an incident in Hindu mythology, Savitri outwits Death who has come to claim her husband… The title role is taken by Elaine McKrill who is well-known in many leading opera-houses and she is partnered by Andrew Dickinson, a rapidly rising star.
Tickets – £13
Book online or call Arlington Arts Centre box office on 01635 244246


14th and 15th June – No Fit State Circus in Newbury town centre
Coming to Northbrook street in Newbury on the 14th and 15th June is a daytime circus experience which takes place in public spaces.  Part of the Corn Exchange outdoor programme funded by Greenham Common trust and Arts Council England.
Tickets are free
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Thursday 12th June – Summer Racing at The Racecourse Newbury
Start your weekend early and in style with a day of summer Flat racing with family, friends or 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
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From 22nd May to 28th June – A Bunch of Amateurs
The Watermill Theatre
Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero, Jefferson Steele, arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard but a sleepy Suffolk village and the cast are a bunch of amateurs. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested by the enthusiastic amateur thespians – who are not averse to a spot of ego, vanity and insecurity themselves. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself and his relationships with other people… along with his inner Lear!

Evening performances begin at 7.30pm and matinées on Thursday and Saturday begin at 2.30pm
Tickets from £15
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May Events in Berkshire

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

The performance starts at 7.45pm
Mark Thomas, comedy’s trouble-maker-in-chief, returns to what he does best: joyously bad behaviour with a purpose. Mark Thomas is well versed in the art of creative mayhem and over the years his troublemaking has changed laws, cost companies millions and annoyed those who most deserved to be.

Now with the task of committing 100 Acts of Minor Dissent in the space of a year, Mark catalogues everything from the smallest and silliest gesture to the grandest confrontations and the results are hilarious, mainly legal and occasionally inspiring.

Tickets £15, £13 concessions

For further details see www.cornexchangenew.com


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

8:30am to 4:30pm
Crafty Craft has been running since 1974 and is a fantastic fun event on the first May Bank Holiday. It is a boat race from Kintbury to Newbury in home-made boats. As well as building and rowing the boats, the teams must lift the boats out of the water and carry them around each lock. The race takes place along a 5 mile stretch of the Kennet & Avon Canal from Kintbury to Newbury starting from Kintbury Lock. The finishing line is in Newbury alongside Victoria Park.

Throughout the day Victoria Park is the focal point for the fun, with amusements, rides, food outlets and a wide range of attractions to suit all ages.

For further details see www.craftycraft.com


Wednesday 7th May – Wine School at The Vineyard – Can California Stay on Top?

6.30pm to 8pm

1976 saw the Judgement of Paris blind tasting stun the world by showing just how Californian wines could compare and beat the French. Join us as we compare great examples of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines from around the globe in an attempt to see who will come out on top!

£30 per person

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


Saturday 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.

Discover more – www.newburyspringfestival.org.uk


Monday 12th  May – Ladies’ Lunch at The Vineyard – The Judgement of Paris

12pm – 3pm
Re-inact the Judgement of Paris blind tasting in 1976 where Californian wines beat the French hands down. Enjoy a three course lunch with matching blind wines; one Californian and one French, and decide which country gets your vote.
£60 per person
Please call us on 01635 589407 to book and discover more online


Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th May – Box theatre – The Canterbury Tales at Watermill Theatre

Wednesday to Friday at 7.30pm and Saturday at 6.30pm
Bawdy, anarchic and lots of fun, this modern version of Chaucer’s medieval classic takes the form of a storytelling competition. Set in the present, with each tale as a stand-alone piece, linked by a Master of Ceremonies, the approach is deliberately un-academic and the aim, to entertain, with all the spirit of the original’s sense of chivalry and satire.

There are nine of Chaucer’s favourite tales told here, including those of The Knight, The Wife of Bath and The Miller. And, as a finale, the audience is invited to vote on whose tale wins the competition.

So, The Box ask you to join them for an evening of high (and low) drama and help decide the winner.

Tickets £10 and £7
For further details seewww.watermill.org.uk


17th May – JLT Lockinge Stakes Day and Newbury Racecourse

11am to 5pm
The highlight of the Flat season features 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.

Tickets: £20 to £30 for enclosure tickets
For more information or to book tickets please click here or call on 01635 40015


Sunday 18th May – Butterfly and bug walk at Greenham and Crookham common

2pm to 4pm
A wander around Bowdown Woods looking at the spring butterflies and hoverflies. Get to know some of the other insects that abound here at this time of year. Booking is essential.’ A Guide to Finding Butterflies & Day-flying Moths in Berks, Bucks and Oxon’ by Peter Creed and Rachel Hudson will be on sale.

Meet at: Bowdown Woods ‘Bomb Site’ car park, off Bury’s Bank Road, Newbury, Berks.
Tickets – £6
For further details see www.bbowt.org.uk


Secrets beneath the Grass at Shaw House

Open weekends until Sunday November 2014
This exhibition marks an exciting point in the history of the garden at Shaw House.  Areas of the garden are being reunited after many years as part of school grounds and can now be explored by us all for the first time. With 433 years of history there are tales aplenty of glamour, beauty, innovation, ingenuity, hard work, daring and bravery.
Open every weekend until 28th September and then school half terms and Summer holidays.
For further details see www.shawhouse.org.uk


Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th May – New World vs Old World Dinner at The Vineyard

To celebrate the Judgement of Paris blind tasting in 1976 where Californian wines beat French wines, join us for a five course dinner in our restaurant with two blind matched wines per course; one French, one Californian and decide which country gets your vote. We’ve chosen some fantastic wines from each country for your enjoyment so no doubt it’s going to be a tough decision!

£120 per person

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


Sunday 25th May – Bayer 10K Run

Entries are now open here for the 2014 Bayer Newbury 10k race. This will be the 7th year of this chip-timed race and will include two pre-event runs for under 16’s through the town centre. The adults 10k course starts and finishes in the historic Newbury market place, a gentle climb for the first 3km is followed by a short descent and the rest of the course is flat. Approx 7km is on the road and the remainder on footpaths and the tow path.
Fees for the Bayer Newbury 10K race are £12 for members of affiliated athletic/running clubs and £14 for non-members.

For further details see www.bayer.co.uk


Sunday 25th to Monday 26th May – 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

What’s on in April in Berkshire

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Wednesday 2nd April – Wine School at The Vineyard – Chocolate and Wine Hedonism – 6.30pm to 8pm
With chocolate being one of the hardest foods to match with wine, we’ll be looking and tasting a range of wines that pair up exceedingly well, including Port, fortified dessert wines and rich red wines. Chocolate and wine will never be a difficult pairing again! £30 per person
Discover more about our wine schools
Please call us on 01635 589407 to book


Friday 4th to Monday 21st April – Easter on the farm at Bucklebury Park Farm
Come and feed the lambs and go on an Easter egg hunt! Enjoy a delicious meal from Woody’s the new cafe and tea rooms. Set in a stunning 74-acre site they have a host of attractions including: deer park, farm animals, indoor play, pedal go-cart track, tractor rides (included in your admission price), refreshments, adventure playground, a wild walk, Be a farmer club and den building.

Bucklebury Farm Park offers a magical experience and a great value day out whatever the weather, that will appeal to the whole family, school groups, senior citizens’ clubs, or just a couple of friends. Opening times 10am to 6pm (last admission 5:00pm)

A family ticket is priced at £30, adults – £8.95 and children – £7.95.
For further details see www.buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk


Friday 4th April Southern Sinfonia Café concert at The Corn Exchange
1pm onwards
A hot new quartet, The Consone Quartet, winners of the coveted Century Fund Prize, bring the classical sound world through period instruments. Programme to include Purcell, Haydn and Schubert. Tickets from £7.

Discover more at www.southernsinfonia.co.uk


Monday 7th April – Ladies’ Lunch – The Healthier Way to Enjoy Chocolate
12pm – 3pm
Join Anneliese Setchell, nutritionist and owner of www.tonichealthboutique.com, who will give you a fascinating insight into the many health benefits of chocolate as well as delicious examples of how to incorporate it into your diet. Did you know that chocolate has more antioxidants than most other plant foods? It can help with weight management and anti-ageing as well as having anti-inflammatory properties.

Three course lunch with matching wines – £60 per person
Discover more about our ladies’ lunches
Please call us on 01635 589407 to book


Saturday 5th to Tuesday 22nd April – Easter Trail at Beale Park
10am to 4pm
Take part in an Easter Trail & Dig for an Eggstra Special Chocolate Treat! There will be an eggstra special Easter trail at the Park in the Easter half term. All you have to do it complete the trail, hand it into the Park’s restaurant and you will get the chance to dig for a chocolate egg! 50p admission
Discover more at www.bealepark.co.uk


Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April – Dubai Duty Free Weekend – The Racecourse Newbury 
The Flat season gets into full swing with a weekend of quality racing starting on 11th April. Be here to welcome its return in style with a table in The Hennessy restaurant and toast the start of a fantastic summer of racing ahead. The 12th April racing day is crowned by the Group 3 Aon Greenham Stakes, as well as a host of entertainment for all the family. The day is also devoted to new racegoers through ‘Inside Track’, an array of features and demonstrations aiming to introduce racing to curious, inexperienced racegoers.
Tickets from £14.40 per day – buy online


Friday 11th to 13th April – All about Gardening Show at Newbury Showground
9.30am to 5pm
The All about Gardening show, organised by Aztec Events will also be treating visitors to its pawsitively spectacular All About Dogs Show. So whether you’re a serious green-fingered enthusiast or just looking for a ‘grrrreat’ way to entertain the entire family, the Newbury showground will have it all.

Popular TV presenter and prolific author Pippa Greenwood will be giving grow-your-own advice on Saturday April 12th and on Sunday April 13th. Celebrity Ground Force gardener Charlie Dimmock will be offering a huge crop of advice on choosing and installing water features.

Aztec events have a 2 for 1 offer on at the moment until 8th April 2014. Simply visit www.aztecevents.co.uk tickets and quote the promotional code NEW14, which will gain you entry to both shows. But don’t delay! Availability is limited. Parking is free and dogs are allowed on leads.
Discover more –  www.visitnewbury.org.uk


Saturday 12th April – History Walk at Greenham and Crookham common
10am to 12.30pm
A gentle walk led by local enthusiast Lloyd Garvey. Walk through time as you discover the vast history of Greenham Common and the surrounding area. Discover how our history has shaped the landscape; from Roman remains and Civil War battles, all the way to World War 2 and the Cold War. 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. Free entry.
Discover more – www.bbowt.org.uk


Friday 25th April – A Delicate Pairing – Chocolate and Wine Matching Dinner
7pm arrival for 7.30pm
For many years now, chocolate and wine have been enjoyed together, but it can be tricky to get the pairing just right. Join us for this truly indulgent dinner and discover more about the wines that can be matched with both sweet and savoury dishes, and why they go together so well.
Four courses with matching wines and chocktail aperitif – £95 per person
Please call us on 01635 589407 to book
Discover more about our wine dinners


Tuesday 29th April – Tutti Day at Hungerford Town Hall
8am to 10am
Hungerford residents are the only people in Britain still to don their costumes as part of the Hocktide celebrations. Tutti-Day (the second Tuesday after Easter), marks the end of the financial and administrative year.

The Bellman (who is also Town Crier) summons the Commoners to the Court, while the two Tutti-men work their way around the town, visiting every house with common rights, numbering nearly 100 in total. In the past they would have collected the ‘head penny’ from each householder, but nowadays the most they collect is a kiss from the ladies of the house, and a little hospitality to help them on their way.
Discover more – www.hungerford.uk.net

Discover more about Californian Wineries

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Vin-de-Cal is the international sales representative for select small family-owned wineries in California; Schramsberg, Ferrari-Carano, Benovia and Talley. Taste wines from all these wineries on Saturday 15th March at The Vineyard from 11am to 5pm and attend masterclasses throughout the day for just £40 for two tickets. Discover more

Schram old image1 150x150 Discover more about Californian WineriesSchramsberg was originally founded in 1862 by Joseph Schram, who made still wine. When he died the winery lay dormant until Jack and Jamie Davies bought it in 1965. The Davies’ plan was to make sparkling wine the same way that Champagne is made as no one in the U.S. was doing this. In 1972 President Nixon chose their Blanc de Blancs to toast Premier Zhou Enlai when the U.S. re-opened relations with China.

Schram bottle display1 150x150 Discover more about Californian WineriesSince that day Schramsberg has been poured by every President at the White House. The wines are frequently mistaken for Champagne in blind tastings. The wines are all vintage dated. The J Schram is Schramsberg’s signature wine and is the perfect balance of acidity and richness. The Blanc de Blancs is the most popular wine and works well as an aperitif and as an accompaniment to food. The winery is now in the hands of the Davies’ youngest son, Hugh.

bottle display FC 150x150 Discover more about Californian WineriesFerrari-Carano was founded by Don and Rhonda Carano in 1981. Both Caranos are of Italian descent and the rolling hills of Alexander Valley reminded them of Italy. They chose to add Don’s grandmother’s name, Ferrari, to the name of their winery as a tribute to her. Ferrari-Carano began by making Chardonnay and Fume Blanc. They established a highly acclaimed reputation for these wines. They added their red wines a few years later and are now known for both red and white wines.

FC couple 135x150 Discover more about Californian WineriesThe Fume Blanc continues to be one of their best loved wines. A well rounded, flavourful wine that is highly regarded by consumers and restaurants, and often served as a wine-by-the glass. On the red side, the Merlot is a favorite having rich berry fruit with firm structure, able to have as a glass,but perfect with duck or beef.

Benovia owners hi res 150x150 Discover more about Californian WineriesBenovia is a small winery owned by the couple, Joe Anderson and Mary Dewane, and the winemaker, Mike Sullivan. They founded the winery in 2007 when they bought the land in Russian River. They now also own a vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. Mike Sullivan built a reputation for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay before joining Jo and Mary in this venture.

Benovia offers Russian River Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as several vineyard select Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. The wines are consistently regarded highly by well-respected critics year after year Although the winery is small its reputation is growing for the balance of fruit and texture the wines provide. The Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are bright, full-flavoured wines on their own, but a great accompaniment to meals. The individual vineyard select wines are distinct in each case, reflecting the terroir where they are grown. Enjoy a vineyard designated Pinot Noir with fowl or heartier fish and the combination proves that the marriage of wine and food makes both better.

Talley couple 150x131 Discover more about Californian WineriesTalley began in 1948 when Oliver Talley founded Talley Farms and started growing specialty vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley. During the 1970s extensive planting of wine grapes began in the neighbouring Edna Valley and Santa Barbara County areas. After observation and extensive analysis, Oliver’s son, Don Talley, was convinced of the potential to grow high quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on the steep hillsides above Talley Farms. Don planted a small test plot in 1982. Over time the varietal and clonal selections were refined and planting expanded to a total of 165 acres in the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys.

Talley Vineyards produced its first wine in 1986 with the production of 450 cases. Today the third generation, Brian and Johnine Talley, own and operate Talley Vineyards. Producing only Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays fromtheir vineyards, the Talleys have put Arroyo Grande on the wine map. Their goal is to produce distinctive wines of consistently high quality that best express the unique character of each of the Talley family’s six vineyard sites in the two valleys.

Talley’s wines are highly regarded for their character and balance. The vineyard specific Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are frequently singled out by wine writers for their reflection of the vineyard where they were grown. The wines are full-bodied, rich in fruit and exceptional in their pairing with food.