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Berkshire Events in June

4th June  – Beauty and The Beast at the Corn Exchange
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

Highclere Game and Country Fair

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 see www.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 and 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

March Events in Berkshire

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

Join the famous Radio 4 presenter for an afternoon of entertainment. Funny, enjoyable and a real treat, this is not to be missed. Nicholas Parsons takes his audience on a humorous and nostalgic journey through the memorabilia of his long and eventful life. Seeing the funny side of every situation, he highlights with superb and often hilarious observation those events that have shaped his career. His comic timing and accurate observation creates a cast of characters that make this a wonderful afternoon of comedy, which has his audience entertained and laughing throughout. Join Nicholas afterwards in the bar for tea and cake.

Ticket prices £30 per person

For further details please visit www.watermill.org.uk

Friday 14th March – Peter Michael Winery Dinner at The Vineyard– 7pm

Join The Vineyard, the Michael family and Hugh Johnson, wine writer and expert, for the Peter Michael Winery Dinner where you will have the rare opportunity to try the latest and back vintages of Peter Michael wines perfectly matched with a five course dinner. View menu and discover more

Wine dinner – £120 per person or a table of 10 is £960
Saturday tasting ticket – £30 per person

Please call us on 01635 589453 to book

Saturday 15th March – Californian Wine Tasting at The Vineyard – 11am to 5pm

On Saturday 15th March, we are hosting a wine tasting of over 50 Californian wines. Come and meet the winemakers, join us for wine masterclasses throughout the day and discover more about Californian wine.

Please call us on 01635 589453 to book

Saturday 15th March – Meet the Wineries Dinner at The Vineyard – 7pm

Enjoy a five course discovery dinner where five of California’s well known wineries will host the evening along with James Hocking, Vineyard Cellars’ Director of Wine, showcase their favourite wines and give you an insight into why their wineries keep ahead of the vinous world. View menu and discover more
£95 per person

Please call us on 01635 589453 to book

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

Children, young people and professional dancers come together in an evening of dance that spans the breadth of talent in Newbury and surrounding areas. It has been three years since the first production of HOMEGROWN in 2011 celebrating the wealth of dance talent from here in West Berkshire. Since then we have continued to have a thriving community for dance and more young dancers have trained, graduated and are now professional dancers in their own right and so it is time for HG2 to celebrate these achievements and see the dancers of today, tomorrow and the years to come.

Tickets £10 (concessions £7)

For more information please visit www.cornexchangenew.com

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

Performing some of her classic hits, blues and jazz, an electric evening with Elkie Brooks is guaranteed to leave you begging for more. Quite simply one of the most successful and popular singers the UK has ever produced and still proving to be one of the most powerful and versatile vocal talents of our generation. With numerous hit singles, million selling albums and awards, her annual tours are a treat for fans old and new.
Tickets prices £25 per person

For more information please visit www.cornexchangenew.com

Sunday 30th March – Mother’s Day at The Vineyard

Sunday Lunch – 12pm to 2pm
Treat your Mum on her special day and enjoy a three course lunch with a glass of Champagne. All Mums will receive an exclusive Red Grape spa gift to enjoy at home.
£50 per person

Afternoon Tea – 3pm to 5.30pm
Enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea with carefully created cakes, warm scones and finger sandwiches with your choice of tea or coffee. View sample menu
£22.50 per person

Please call us on 01635 528770 to book

What’s on in Berkshire this January

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Wednesday 15th Jan – Jump Racing at The Racecourse Newbury

10.30 to 4.30pm
The Racecourse Newbury’s first raceday of 2014 and a great way to start the year with a card of exciting Jump racing in store. Enjoy some of the finest raceday hospitality with a Private Box or excellent food and drink in our panoramic restaurants, The Racegoers or The Hennessy Restaurant. Tickets from £14 to £24

See website for more details and to purchase tickets 

Wednesday 15th Jan – Whisky Masterclass – What’s your Favourite Dram?

6.30pm to 8pm
Whether it’s Irish, malt or rye, join us for a whisky masterclass and enjoy tasting whiskies from around the world. Learn more about how they vary in character and the best way to appreciate them. £30 per person

See our website for more details on our wine schools and masterclasses
Please call Ami Williams on 01635 589407 to reserve your place

Saturday 25th Jan – Burn’s Night with Glenmorangie

7pm arrival for 7.30pm
Join us in celebrating the life of Robert Burns starting with whisky cocktails on arrival and a reading from our Glenmorangie host followed by a wee dram to toast the haggis and four course dinner with matching whiskies & wines. £95 per person See menu

Please call Ami Williams on 01635 589407 to reserve your place

Fri 31st Jan to Sat 15th Feb  – Devil & The Deep Blue Sea at Watermill Theatre

A musical compiled by Simon Slater and directed by Simon Slater. It’s the roaring ’20s and five stowaways set sail from England to the USA – the land of opportunities, the land where dreams come true, rags can turn to riches and romance is in the air. Join us on a musical journey across the ocean in this compilation cabaret featuring the infectious music of the period from a company that includes some favourite Watermill actor-musicians. With songs including Ain’t Misbehavin’, Making Whoopee and Night and Day, this scorching collection of intoxicating numbers will warm your heart. Tickets from £15.

See the website for performance times and more information
To purchase tickets call 01635 46044 or email – boxoffice@watermill.org.uk

Events in Berkshire – December 2013

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Enjoy lunch in our restaurant with friends or colleagues in December from £29 for three dishes (Monday to Thursday). And choose matching wines from just £7 per glass. View our menu and Short Wine List. Please call 01635 528770 to book. Discover more by visiting our website

Hungerford Victorian Extravaganza at Hungerford – Friday 13th December 5pm to 10pm
Every year on the second Friday in December, the Hungerford Victorian Extravaganza heralds the arrival of Christmas. 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 and Father Christmas.

The shops will be open with their staff in Victorian dress, some giving out mulled wine and mince pies. See the Grand Parade at 7pm and fireworks at 9pm. Free parking is available at Charnham Park and then proceed on foot to the High Street. For more info, please visit their website

The Vineyard Wine School – Wednesday 11th December – The Christmas Turkey
Quite simply, how to be the perfect host on Christmas Day. What to drink, what to match with it and how to make a lasting impression (for all the right reasons!) in what is surely the most family-orientated, special meal of the year. £30 per person. Please call 01636 528770 to book. Discover more by visiting our website

Carols in the Barnat Bucklebury Saturday 14th December
Come along to Carols in the Barn 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. 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. 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 their website

Ballet Theatre UK: The Nutcracker at Arlington Arts Centre – Fri 20th December at 7.30pm
A perfect treat for the Christmas season– a wondrous experience that evokes joy and elevates your spirit to new heights. Whether continuing a valued tradition or discovering the magic of this beloved festive classic for the first time – Ballet Theatre UK’s Nutcracker is sure to leave you with a sense of warmth and treasured memories that will last a lifetime. 17, for more info please call 01635 244246 or visit their website

Christmas and Boxing Day Lunch at The Vineyard
The Vineyard is a place to indulge the palate and refresh the spirit. Where gastronomes and wine lovers indulge and the curious enjoy a new and very different experience. If you’ve not already booked for Christmas Day (£150 per person) or Boxing Day lunch (£50 per person) , why not join us and celebrate with friends and family? Please call 01635 528770 to book. Discover more by visiting our website

New Year’s Eve at The Vineyard – The Big Bottle Bash
Nothing is quite as impressive as seeing an old wine being poured from these large bottles such as Magnums and Jeroboams, so why not join us for a New Year’s Eve party like no other! Our Big Bottle Bash! Before dinner, don’t miss the chance to see our wine team decanting these fantastic wines and sharing some interesting big bottle facts.

Champagne aperitif with canapés, six course dinner with matching wines poured from a variety of large bottle formats, followed by dancing to our live band, fireworks at midnight and a special toast to see in the New Year. £295 per person. Please call 01635 528770 to book. Discover more by visiting our website

Events in Berkshire – November 2013

Hungerford Christmas Fair at Hungerford
Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November 10am to 4pm
There will be approximately 30 stalls, many of them new to the fair this year, selling a wide variety of Christmas gifts to suit everyone. There will also be a café selling delicious soup, sandwiches and cakes.
All the proceeds from the gate and raffle will be going to the Bruce Trust, which provides canal boat holidays for disabled, disadvantaged and elderly people along the Kennet and Avon Canal. In addition, a percentage of all sales will go to AMREF, the charity supported by Kathini Graham who started and ran the fair for over 25 years.

Spectacular Fireworks Display at The Racecourse Newbury
Saturday 2nd November
Gates open 5.30pm and fireworks start a 7.30pm
A professional firework extravaganza with a spectacular pyrotechnic display set to music. Heart FM’s drivetime presenter Luke Smith will be compering the whole event. Throughout the night there will be three live performances from the ‘The Ian and Mel Sound’, ‘Military Wives Choir – Aldershot’ and finishing with ‘State 51’.
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

An Audience with Esther Rantzen CBE at The Watermill Theatre
Monday 4th November at 2pm
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. In 2006, she was raised to the order of CBE for her services to children through her work in various charitable causes. She has recently launched The Silver Line, a helpline for older people, designed to combat loneliness.
Tickets £25 per person
For more information call 01635 46044 or visit www.watermill.org.uk

Ladies’ Lunch at The Vineyard – Heather White-Smith
Monday 11th November 12pm to 3pm
Join Heather White-Smith at our Ladies’ Lunch in November, author of the book ‘My Years with the Churchills’ which tells the true story through her diaries, of a 17 year old girl who, was given the job as Assistant Private Secretary to Lady Churchill, wife of the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.
Discover more
£60 per person
Please call Ami Williams on 01635 589407 to reserve your place

Wine School at The Vineyard – The Wine Clinic
Wednesday 13th November
6.30pm to 8pm
Dr. Hocking & Dr. Holmes will answer any questions you may have about wine. Bring that special bottle you have had a home for many years and it will be appraised with advice about when to drink it and with what food. A real ‘open wine mic’ situation in every respect. Bottles will also be open to taste at the waiting room and the clinic!
Discover more
£30 per person
Please call us on 01635 528770 to book

La Bohème at The Corn Exchange
Thursday 14th November
at 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.

Master Sommeliers Dinner 
Sunday 24th November
7pm arrival for 7.30pm
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to attend the second Master Sommeliers Dinner at The Vineyard with five of the world’s best sommeliers showcasing their favourite wines paired with each delicious dish. With only 211 candidates in the world holding the Master Sommelier title, join us in welcoming Dimitri Mesnard MS, Nigel Wilkinson MS, Matt Wilkin MS, Gearoid Devaney MS and Claire Thevenot MS for what will be a very exciting evening.
Discover more and see menu
Five course dinner with matching wines – £95 per person
Stay the night with dinner and breakfast from £209.50 per person
Please call Ami Williams on 01635 589407 to book

Christmas Market at Victoria Park
Saturday 30th November to Sunday 22nd December
10am to 7pm
A winter wonderland is coming to Victoria Park. Inspired by the festive markets of Germany and Austria, this December Newbury will host its first Christmas Market. With the aroma of mulled wine and gingerbread filling the air, a dazzlingly array of stalls selling inspirational and unique gifts, sparkling lights and live performances.
For more information please call Newbury Tourist Information centre 01635 30267 or visit www.newburychristmasmarket.co.uk

October 2013 Events

The BIG DRAW at The Corn Exchange, Newbury
Tuesday 1st – Thursday 31st October 2013
Over 200,000 people participate in the Big Draw annually. The Corn Exchange and New Greenham Arts are really excited to be involved this year! The Campaign for Drawing is an independent charity which raises the profile of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement. The official Big Draw weekend is 5th and 6th October, and in conjunction with three of their Studio 8 Artists they will be running a series of workshops for you to go and draw your response to this year’s Big Draw theme, which is “Draw Tomorrow”.
For more information pleasewww.cornexchangenew.com
or call 0845 5218218.

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.

Afternoon Tea with Darphin at The Vineyard
Supporting the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign (BCAC)
Sunday 6th October – 3.30pm to 5.30pm
Join us and Darphin and enjoy Afternoon Tea with Nyetimber sparkling wine, beauty talks and demonstrations. A £5 donation will be given to BCAC for every purchase of Darphin Silky Moisturizing Lotion and every spa treatment booked on the day.
£22.50 per person
Please call The Vineyard Spa on 01635 589415 to reserve your place
Discover more: the-vineyard.co.uk/DarphinAfternoonTea.asp

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.

Ladies’ Lunch at The Vineyard Hotel
14th October
Johannes von Stumm

Join German born Sculptor, Johannes von Stumm, now living in Berkshire, who has attracted public and critical acclaim with the unique combination of three different materials (iron, granite and glass) in two decades of successful exhibitions, both in Britain and abroad. You will find his ‘Arches’ sculpture at The Vineyard in our Atrium Foyer.Enjoy a three course lunch with matching wines.
£60 per person.
Please call Ami on 01635 589407 to book. or click here for more information

An Introduction to Croatian Wines Masterclass at The Vineyard Hotel
17th October 12pm to 4pm
With a history dating back to Ancient Greek settlers, Croatia has a rich wine tradition. Join us for this masterclass to learn about this fairly unknown wine producing region. After the masterclass, enjoy a delightful three course lunch with wine pairings and hear from Mundy Cruising and Paul Gauguin Cruises about their Croatian wine tasting cruise onboard Tere Moana.
£65 per person
Please call Ami Williams on 01635 589407 to book.

Wine Festival Weekend at The Vineyard Hotel
18th – 20th October 2013
18th – Wine Festival Dinner
Five courses with two matched wines per course
£95 per person
19th – Wine Festival Tasting
Taste over 150 wines from around the world and enjoy a light lunch
From £45 per person*
Masterclasses throughout the day from £5 per class
Please contact us on 01635 897738 to book your tickets
Click here to discover 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.

Events in Berkshire – September 2013

Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September 2013 – ABLAZE: A Festival of Fire at Newbury  

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 a map and times please visit -  www.cornexchangenew.com

Monday 9th September – Ladies Lunch – Charlotte Betts

12pm to 3pm

Over a three course lunch with matching wines, listen to Hampshire based award winning author Charlotte Betts talk about her passion for writing historical fiction and her fascination with old maps, seventeenth century recipes and Samuel Pepys’s Diary. She’ll also read and give you an insight into her first two successful novels, The Apothecary’s Daughter and the sequel, The Painter’s Apprentice, plus talk about her newest novel, The Spice Merchant’s Wife, which will be published in August this year.

Please call Ami Williams on 01635 589407 to reserve your place

Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th September – Blenheim Horse Trials

The Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials are now firmly established in the eventing calendar. It has been running since 1990, attracting the world’s best riders and the thousands of spectators who come each year to watch the event.

The Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials is known as a ‘3-day event’, even though the actual event is run over four days! This is because the event is made up of three phases: Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping, with the Dressage phase taking place over the first two days.

Tickets start from just £10. Please visit their ticket information page for further details – www.blenheim-horse.co.uk/ticket-information or contact them on 01993 813335

Saturday 14th September 2013 – Newbury Real Ale Festival at Northcroft Park  

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

Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st September 2013 – Romeo and Juliet at The Watermill Theatre  

Romeo and 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   

Friday 20thSeptember 2013 – The Magic of Motown at The Corn Exchange  

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 information, please visit – www.cornexchangenew.com  

Friday 20th September Dubai Duty Free International Weekend at The Racecourse Newbury

One of their biggest summer weekends starts here. Join them to kick your weekend off in style!

Gates Open – 11.00

First Race – 12.30

Last Race – 5.25

Tickets: enclosure tickets are £16 to £24 and packages and hospitality tickets are £26 to £100.

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

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September – Royal County of Berkshire Show at Newbury Showground 

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

Monday 23rd September – The Game Season is Upon Us

6.30pm to 8pm

A guide to selecting the best bottles for all that upcoming full-bodied fare. We’ll taste wines from the old and the new world giving you a great selection to choose from. £30 per person

Please call Ami Williams on 01635 589407 to book

Friday 27th September – Wine Dinner – An Evening with Rioja Alta

7pm arrival for 7.30pm

When we think of great Spanish wines, we think of Rioja so why not join us and Armit Wines for a memorable evening of Spanish food and wine matching. Supplied by Armit Wines, all the wines we’ll taste will be from wineries that are part of the Rioja Alta Group. They are located in the country’s most renowned Designations of Origin and make wines with a great personality, which age well and are made to improve over time. 4 courses with aperitif and matching wines – £95 per person.

Please call Ami Williams on 01635 589407 to reserve your place and find out more on our website – www.the-vineyard.co.uk/riojaalta.asp

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

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.

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