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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.
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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

Events in Berkshire – July 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Events in Berkshire this June

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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