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Local Events this March

There is a lot happening this March, with Mother’s Day, the Easter Bank Holiday weekend as well as the clocks changing forward to British Summer Time. We’ve put together a round-up of the most exciting happenings in the local area this March.

Local Events This March

Romeo and Juliet

25th February – 2nd April
Opening Times: Times Vary
Call: 01635 523726
Tickets from £15
The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

An unforgettable production of this much-loved Shakespeare classic tale of an all-consuming love. Featuring live music and an outstanding new group of actors, this is the table of a young couple defy their feuding families and find love on the streets of Verona.

“I ne’er saw true beauty till this night”

Talking History – The English Civil War

24th February – 23rd March
Opening Times: times Vary
Call: 01635 519562
Tickets: £5
West Berkshire Museum, Newbury, RG14 5AS

This is a series of illustrated talks about history, heritage and culture surrounding the English Civil War. Presented by local historian’s David Stubbs and Dr. David Peacock, military historian Alan Turton and West Berkshire Council’s Archaeological Officer, Alex Godden.

Tuesday 1st March – Lord Falkland: his life, times, death and memorial, 6.30pm to 7.45pm

David Stubbs presents the story of how a sensitive, educated academic found himself catapulted into politics, and died in a cavalry charge during the First Battle of Newbury.

Wednesday 9th March – The Social History of the English Civil War Soldier, 6.45pm to8pm

Military historian Alan Turton tells the story of the ordinary soldier during the Civil War, told using actual artefacts and replica objects relating to daily life.

Wednesday 16th March – Donnington Castle, 6.45pm-8pm

Dr. David Peacock tells the story of this castle built by a knight who fought alongside the Black Prince, defended by the Royalists during a Civil War siege and left with only the gatehouse still standing.

Wednesday 23rd March – The Archaeology of the Civil War, 6.30pm to 7.45pm

Archaeological Officer Alex Godden presents the fascinating local archaeological and historical sites that have become associated with the Civil War across the District.

Mother’s Day Lunch

Sunday 6th March
Opening Times: 12pm to 2pm
Call: 01635 589407
£65 per person; £35 for under £12’s
The Vineyard at Stockcross

Treat your Mum to an elegant and memorable Mother’s Day with our delicious three-course lunch, glass of Champagne as aperitif and a relaxing, long catch-up in the stylish surroundings of our restaurant.

Simon Weston: My Life, My Story

19th March
Opening Times: from 7:45pm
Call: 0845 5218218
Tickets: full price £17.50, concessions price £15.50

This is a truly inspirational show about one man’s journey from the front line of war, on the edge of death, to today a happy and contented father, grandfather and national treasure.

The conflict of a generation started on the second of April 1982 when Argentina invaded the Falklands Islands with the aim of recapturing them. With the UK government quick to defend both the islands and its inhabitants the area became a battleground of a generation and in one of the most horrific moments of the conflict the RFA Sir Galahad was bombed by two Argentine planes, aboard at the time was Simon.

Please note this show does contain media which some may find upsetting.

Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race

25th March – 28th March
Opening Hours: from 6.30am
Call: 0118 966 5912
Kennet & Avon Canal

Held annually over the Easter Weekend since 1948, this race is a real spectacle and atmospheric occasion, with a severe test of skill and stamina for the participants. Being 125 miles long with 77 portages it ends in the tidal section of the River Thames. Boats will pass through Hungerford on Saturday 26th from around 2pm onwards.

Easter Sunday Lunch

Sunday 27th March
Opening Times: 12pm to 2pm
Call 01635 589407
Tickets £59 for three courses; £35 for under 12’s
The Vineyard at Stockcross

Make Easter Sunday something special by joining us at The Vineyard for our three course Easter luncheon as you gather together with family and friends.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

25th March – 28th March
Opening Times: 10am to 5pm
Call: 0118 984 3040
Tickets: The trail costs £3. Normal admission charges apply.
Basildon Park, Berkshire, RG8 9NR
The ultimate Chocolatey Easter adventure. Hunt for eggs in the house and win yourself a Cadbury chocolate egghead prize by solving the Easter Egg trail in the garden. With clues for the children hidden around the grounds, the trail is self directed and can be completed at any point during the visit with no time limit applied.

Local Events This December

December heralds a plethora of festive fun. We’ve picked our six of the best local events and activities happening in the area for you to enjoy.

Local events

Watermill Book Club – The Story of Alice
Tuesday 1st December
Opening time: 7pm
Call: 01635 46044
Ticket prices apply

A good part of our cultural heritage is based on wonderland, and artists, poets, writers and many others have used this theme for over a century. Among this heritage sits the complex history of the author Charles Dodgson, the quiet academic, and his better-known counterpart, Lewis Carroll – storyteller and innovator. This author dreamed up Alice Liddell’s fictional alter ego in the seminal storybook that has spanned generations.
In this evening, Professor Robert Douglas-Fairhurst uses previously unpublished material to bring the timeless legend of ‘Alice’ to light.

Wine School at The Vineyard – Christmas Wines
Wednesday 2nd December
Opening times: 630pm to 8pm
£30 per person

This evening is quite simple. A collection of bottles suitable for the festive lunch and some tips on what to match with, serving ideas, plus a host of tips on making the most important lunch of the year stress-free!

Champagne Jazz Lunch at The Vineyard
Sunday 13th December
Opening times: 12pm to 4pm
£55 per person

The perfect way to begin the festive celebrations;live jazz, great food and unlimited Champagne! Sit back, relax and listen to the soulful sounds of jazz whilst enjoying a three course lunch and unlimited** Champagne with friends and family.
**Unlimited Champagne will only be served during lunch from starter to dessert.

Dick Whittington At The Corn Exchange
27th November 2015 to 3rd January 2016
Call: 0845 5218 218
Ticket prices apply

The 2015 Corn Exchange Christmas Pantomime is full of adventure, danger and magic. Joined by his cat and Sarah the Cook, Dick Whittington is trying to seek his fortune. Will he defeat the devilish King Rat, or save his love, Alice? Sure to be lots of fun and laughter, some performances are sold out already so book your tickets quickly!

A Merry Christmas At Basildon Park
28th November 2015 to 5th January 2016
Opening Times: 10:00 – 15:00
Call: 01491 672382
Ticket prices apply

This Georgian Mansion, surrounded by parkland, will be beautifully decorated for Christmas. Explore the wintery gardens with their trail and see the lovingly restored mansion with fine paintings, fabrics and furniture which you can still see today. Make the most of your visit by treating yourself to cream tea, explore the refined house, or breathe in the fresh air by taking one of their marked trails through the 400 acres of historic parkland.

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at The Vineyard
31st December
Six courses with matching latitude wines, live band, dancing, fireworks and nibbles at midnight.
£249 per person

Join us this New Year’s Eve as we take you on a food and wine matching journey exploring and enjoying wines from 30 to 50° north and south of the equator. Wines flourish between these latitudes and vineyards produce wines of the highest quality. Together with a specially created menu, celebrate New Year’s Eve with New and Old World wines hand-picked by our sommelier team to perfectly match with each course.

What’s on in West Berkshire this June

Half term is all but over, and we now look forward to the long, hopefully sunny, period of Summer. With the 21st of the month marking the longest day of the year, whether you’re planning to celebrate Summer Solstice at Stonehenge or not, here are a few ideas to make the most of the daylight hours this June.


Wine School – Argentina and Beef

Wednesday 3rd June – 630 to 8pm
Argentina has probably seen the biggest growth area in the world of fine wine in recent years. It is with the current excitement around steakhouses in the restaurant world that the noble Malbec grape has found to be one of the perfect matches to bef. We will explore the range of wines that Argentina produces, featuring Malbec as their pinnacle of achievement. Daniel Galmiche will also prepare a couple of beef cuts for us to pair to the wines being opened.
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Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show 2015

Friday 5th to Sunday 7th June
Thinking of trying – or buying – a boat? Or do you just enjoy being on or around the water? Then look no further…a family day out with lots to do and see around the lake. There are even activities taking place in the lake!! Outdoor pursuits, live jazz, boat rides for young and old alike and so much more……
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Evening Falconry Experience

Tuesday 9th June
Join expert falconer Ray Prior and learn about his birds of prey then practise your skills. You will learn all about how his birds fly and hunt and are brilliantly adapted for their individual habitats. There will be plenty of time to practice your newly acquired falconry skills and knowledge and, of course, some wonderful photo opportunities.
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Father’s Day Lunch

Sunday 21st June
Gather the family and treat Dad by celebrating at The Vineyard for a delicious three-course lunch this Father’s Day in our elegant restaurant. Excellent service, a fantastic wine list and a relaxing ambience will help you spend a memorable day with the important people in your life.
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Guided Walks of Newbury

21st June
Did you know that Newbury dates back to Mesolithic times after which it was formally founded in 11th Century following the Norman Conquest. To find out more about the secrets and little known facts about this historic town and its royal connections. Stretch the legs and take some fresh air after a delicious luncheon with your family, why not combine your Father’s day meal at The Vineyard with a one hour walk around historic Newbury with all the family. A local historian will talk you through the secrets and little known facts about this historic town.
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Music for a Summer’s Evening

27th June
In the height of summer, what better than spending a beautiful summer’s evening outside listening to great music, picnicking on the lawn. This is possible at Shaw House where you can explore the building and grounds. And fantasic value at £7.50 for adults and children under 16 £2.50.
Gates open at 6pm, the concert will commence at 7.30pm
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Always mix business with pleasure

If being locked in a hotel conference room in the city for 8 hours isn’t your idea of getting a fresh perspective, we’d be delighted to offer something a little different. We offer plenty of “Only at The Vineyard” activities to inspire and motivate.

The wine discovery experiences are always popular:

  • Aromatic Grapes – enjoy tasting wines made from aromatic grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Shiraz
  • The Art of Wine Tasting – learn how to taste wine from the experts
  • Old World vs New World – which will be your favourite style of wine?
  • Discovery – excite your taste buds with rare and intriguing wines
  • Blind Tasting – an equal number of French and American wines to try. Will you guess correctly?

Other activities that are equally fun to try:

If you’d like to discover more about how we can help to make your meeting memorable, call our events team on 01635 528770 or email Poppy – events1@the-vineyard.co.uk

Up and Coming Events in September 2012

Saturday 8th September – Ascot Food and Wine Festival

If you’re planning a visit to the Ascot races, this weekend is the ideal one to go. The Ascot Food and Wine Festival offers visitors a day filled with races, food demonstrations, numerous stalls with local products, and of course, wine tastings. Renowned Chef Valentine Warner as seen on BBC2 and ITV, will be at the racecourse throughout the day, doing demonstrations such as ‘Trout with Chanterelles and Artichokes’. Moreover, the Shop ‘n Drop service allows you to buy products at the stands throughout the day, and pick them up at the end of the event so as to avoid carrying around your wares all day. For more information, click here.

Monday 10th September – Ladies Lunch – Life as a Race Horse Trainer

Richard Philips, who was an assistant trainer to Henry Candy, set up in his own right almost twenty years ago and has been extremely successful on the flat and over jumps during this time. He is acquainted with a great many influential characters in the racing world, and will be speaking about the life, encounters and experiences of a trainer. The lunch is £60 per person, and can be booked by calling 01635 528770.

Monday 10th September – Ladies Wine Club: Wine and Fashion, How Does it Work?

Wine, women and Yohann. If that sounds like a good time, then we’d strongly recommend you join our Ladies Wine Club. Ideal for those who enjoy wine and would like to learn more about it in a friendly and informal atmosphere, this is also a great way to meet other like-minded ladies.
3pm-5pm. £30 per person. Please call 01635 528770 to reserve your place.

15th & 16th September – Royal County of Berkshire Show 2012

Undoubtedly one of the largest events in the County of Berkshire, one can see everything from chickens to llamas, horse driving to pig-showings. Some of Britain’s best foods will be available at numerous stands, complete with cookery demonstrations and tastings. Impressive performances in show jumping and the great spectacle of Livestock Grand Parade finally round up the day. Celebrate some of the proudest agriculture the countryside has to offer! For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit their website.

Saturday 22nd September – Dubai Duty Free International & Party in the Paddock with Lionel Richie

Global superstar Lionel Richie will bring the Dubai Duty Free International Weekend to a close with a live Party in the Paddock concert following the last race. With seven races including three group races this raceday promises to be a cracker! For tickets and more information, click here

Friday 28th September – Piedmont Wine Dinner at The Vineyard

This month at The Vineyard, we celebrate Piedmont, one of the most renowned wine regions of Italy where wine quality hits a unique high. Join us for a fabulous evening of food and wine pairing featuring two of the best local Piedmont winery estates: Poderi Colla with its famous Barolo ‘Dardi le Rose’ and Marchesi di Gresy will present its exquisite Barbaresco called ‘Martinenga’. We will be joined by Master Sommelier, Nigel Wilkinson, will guide us through the wines during this unforgettable evening.

Tickets are at £95 per person and can be booked by calling 01635 528770.
Please click here for a preview of the menu.

Up and Coming Events in August 2012

Saturday 11th August – Burgundy Wine Dinner at The Vineyard

Join Yohann Jousselin MS, Head Sommelier at The Vineyard and UK Sommelier of the Year 2011 and Gearoid Devaney MS and UK Sommelier of the Year 2008, who will guide you through Burgundy from North to South with wines from prestigious areas including Meursault and Nuits St Georges.

Gearoid Devaney currently works for Flint Wines, a London based wine company who specialises in fine wines from Burgundy. Please click here to view the menu.
£95 per person. Reserve your place online or call us on 01635 528770 to book.

Sunday 12th August – Classic Vehicle Show at Newbury Racecourse

This is the 20th Annual Classic Vehicle Show in support of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. The show attracts a variety of classic cars, commercial vehicles, motorbikes and other unusual classic vehicles. Refreshments are also available.
Entry forms can be downloaded from www.classicvehicles.org.uk

2nd Aug-22nd Sept – Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Watermill Theatre

From Thursday the 2nd of August running through until Saturday the 22nd of September, ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ will be playing at the Watermill Theatre. With high-energy, great music numbers throughout, this romantic comedy took Broadway by storm, winning six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Performances start at 7:30pm. Please click here for further information.

Friday 24th August – The Rainforest show with Martin Rapley at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre

Get close up and hands on with the creatures of the rainforest. Martin Rapley returns with a fantastic selection of creatures from the rainforest. A great opportunity to meet his animals up close. Usually including a rainbow boa, green iguana, chameleon, tree frog, leaf insect, stick insect, praying mantis, tarantula, forest scorpion and cockroaches.

Sessions throughout the day at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Please click here for further information.

Up and Coming Events in July 2012

Friday 22nd June to Saturday 28th July – Ben-Hur at the Watermill Theatre
The Watermill is overawed to present an unbelievably spectacular and never-before seen stage version of the novel by General ‘Lew’ Wallace. Almost certainly the greatest book ever penned… Experts say no book has ever been so widely read…  Find out more

Friday 6th to Sunday 15th July – Newbury Comedy Festival at the Corn Exchange
Just three days left to see some fantastic top name comedians and some of the latest talent at Newbury’s Comedy Festival 2012 (6th – 15th July). Find out more

Saturday 14th July – Newbury Summer Festival – Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury Racecourse
The Weatherbys Super Sprint is one of the major races for two year olds of the entire flat racing season. Some of the country’s quickest horses will race at blistering pace over the shortest racing distance of 5 furlongs. The high class supporting races include the Group 3 Shadwell Stakes and the Listed Shadwell Beech House Stud Stakes. Find out more 

Monday 16th July Ladies Lunch – Maurice Blik – The Vineyard 
Join artist Maurice Blik for an interesting and insightful talk on his past experiences, work in sculpture and in particular the commission of the ‘At First Light’ bronze statue by Sir Peter Michael in 1997. This statue proudly stands within the grounds of nearby Donnington Valley Golf Club and was aptly named ‘At First Light’ because it was specifically designed for a site, which catches the first light of dawn. £60 per person. Find out more

Friday 20th July – Cheese, Wine and Spa Evening with Darphin – The Vineyard 6.30pm – Enjoy a selection of artisan cheeses and wines and learn more about food and wine pairing from Yohann Jousselin MS. 7.15pm– Interactive Darphin Skin Secrets talk. 8pm – Taster treatments in the spa including mini hand and head massages. Enjoy your goodie bag filled with Darphin product samples and Vineyard chocolates. Just £15 pp. Please call 01635 589415 to book.

Sunday 22nd July – Newbury Waterways Festival at Kennet and Avon Canal
The Newbury branch of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust proudly organises the Newbury Waterways Festival which this year will be on Sunday 22nd July. Boats will start gathering from Friday 20th July for the event which takes place in Victoria Park and at The Wharf. Find out more

Monday 23rd July – Foundation Wine School – Blind Wine Tasting – The Vineyard – 6pm-8pm
Discover the art of blind wine tasting with Head Sommelier Yohann Jousselin MS. £25 per person. Find out more

Monday 23rd July – Ladies Wine Club, Winemaker event – Domaine Laroche –  The Vineyard – 3pm-5pm
Join Yohann and other like-minded ladies for the second Ladies Wine Club event. Domaine Laroche is one of the best producers of Chablis and has wineries in South Africa, Chile and in the south of France. £30 per person. Call 01635 528770 to book and discover more.

Wednesday 25th July – Advanced Wine School – Blind Wine Tasting – The Vineyard – 6pm-8pm
Have fun tasting wines blind with Head Sommelier, Yohann Jousselin MS. £30 per person. Find out more

Saturday 28th July – Kipling’s Just so stories at The Corn Exchange
Critically acclaimed, award winning Newbury Youth Theatre perform their brand new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Just so stories. Adapted and directed by Amy and Tony Trigwell-Jones and devised by the company, this year’s production marks a return to these much-loved fables, having produced their first version of the Just so stories in 2007. Find out more

Up and Coming Events in June 2012

Monday 11th June – The New Menu Concept  at The Vineyard
Join us for the June Ladies Lunch and be one of the first to see the new look and feel of The Vineyard and try, taste and enjoy our new menu created by Executive Chef, Daniel Galmiche. Our new menu includes more flavours and exciting food combinations than with a traditional menu so you’ll be treated to five dishes, some savoury and some sweet, and they’ll all be matched perfectly with wine selected by Yohann. £60 per person For more information

Thursday 14th June – Thursday Evening Racing at Newbury Racecourse
What better way to unwind after work and enjoy a summer’s evening! Soak up some Pimm’s and enjoy the great racing action. For more information 

Saturday 16th June –Wine Dinner – Raiding the Peter Michael Wine Library 
We begin the summer months with a trip to the Golden State giving you an exclusive opportunity to taste new releases and rare, back vintages from the Peter Michael Winery, consistently rated as one of the world’s greatest estates. Don’t miss out on what could be your last chance to enjoy Peter Michael’s 2005 L’Espirit des Pavots, 2007 La Carrière Chardonnay, and 2007 Le Caprice Pinot Noir, to name but a few, which have all received frequent high praise from critics and connoisseurs alike. £120 per person. Formore information

Sunday 17th June – Father’s Day  at The Vineyard
Celebrate Father’s Day at The Vineyard with a three course Sunday lunch. View sample menu. £39 per person. For more information

Sunday 17th & 18th June – The tiger who came to tea at The Corn Exchange This delightful family show is packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of this classic tale of teatime mayhem. Expect to be surprised! For more information 

Friday 22nd to 28th July – Ben-Hur at Watermill Theatre
Based on the novel by General ‘Lew’ Wallace. Written by Patrick Barlow. The Watermill is overawed to present an unbelievably spectacular and never-before seen stage version of the novel by General ‘Lew’ Wallace. Almost certainly the greatest book ever penned… Experts say no book has ever been so widely read. For more information

Tuesday 26th June – Pump Technology Race Evening at Newbury Racecourse After a long stressful day at work, racing at Newbury Racecourse is a relaxing way to wind down after a busy day in the office. Why not bring along some friends on a balmy summer’s evening to double the fun?! For more information

Thursday 28th June- 1st July 2012 Barbury Castle Horse Trilas Marlborough Come and see the British Eventing Team – see them one month before the Olympics and cheer them on to Gold. See some of the other nations Olympic teams compete at Barbury as their final run before the Olympics at Greenwich. Feel the Olympic Fever! For more information

Saturday 30th June – Opera Brava – The Barber of Seville at Newbury Racecourse 
Greenham Common Trust is delighted to announce the return of Britain’s leading outdoor opera company Opera Brava to Newbury Racecourse to perform Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. For more information

Up and Coming Events in May 2012

Saturday 5th May- Tiddler and other terrific tales at The Corn ExchangeAdapted from the bestselling books Children’s Laureate, Julia Donalson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler- creators of The Gruffalo. A new show from the award-winning Scamp Theatre. Find out more

Sunday 6th May- Sing-a-long-a-Sound-of-Music at The Corn Exchange
For those of you not yet converted, Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! Find out more

Monday 7th May- Crafty Craft Race at Kennet and Avon Canal
Crafty Craft has been running since 1974 and is a fantastic fun event on the first May Bank Holiday. This year the theme is the Olympics. It is a boat race from Hungerford 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. Find out more

Wednesday 9th May 2012 Andy Hamilton: Hat of Doom at The Corn Exchange One of Britain’s best loved comedy performers, Andy Hamilton serves up a one-man show, brimming with jokes, stories, gossip, cash prizes, nudity, trampolining and ‘mild peril’. Find out more

Saturday 12th to 26th May 2012 Newbury Spring Festival at Newbury
With approximately 50 events each year The Newbury Spring Festival is one of the UK’s most prestigious Arts festivals. The festival is privileged to be able to use some of the countries best regional performance spaces and many famous locations from the surrounding countryside. Find out more

Sunday 13th May 2012- Bayer 10K Race 2012 at Newbury
The Bayer Newbury 10K is an annual multi-terrain event in the heart of Newbury. Bayer continues to work in partnership with Newbury Athletic Club (NAC) in organising the event. Now in its fifth year, the event has expanded to accommodate 1,000 runners. Find out more

Monday 14th May – Real Downton Abbey – Lady Carnarvon, Countess of Highclere Castle at The Vineyard at Stockcross
Come to hear Lady Carnarvon talk about the ‘Real Downton Abbey’ and how life at Highclere Castle has changed over the past hundred years. Find out more

Friday 18th May 2012 – Gourmet Wine Dinner California vs. France at The Vineyard at Stockcross
Enjoy the taste of some of the most highly rated and sought after Peter Michael Californian wines as well as quality French wines carefully selected by Yohann himself. Yohann will choose a Californian and French wine of the same grape variety and price point for each course and let you decide on the wine that gets your top vote. Which country will be crowned our wine winner of the evening? You decide. Find out more

Friday 18th May 2012- Friday racing at Newbury Racecourse
What better way to enjoy a spring day! Soak up some Pimm’s and enjoy the great racing action. Find out more

Friday 18th May- A Time To Heal at Highclere Castle
The Countess of Carnarvon and special guest Professor Simon Wessely are offering a unique and exclusive talk along with a private tour of the Castle, all in support of Combat Stress and Highclere Parish Church.  Find out more

Saturday 19th May 2012- JLT Lockinge Stakes and Beer Festival at Newbury Racecourse
The highlight of Newbury’s Flat racing season featuring the JLT Group 1 Lockinge Stakes, one of the best races for milers in the country. The racecourse will also be staging their second Beer Festival featuring a wide selection of local real ales and live music. Find out more

Saturday 19th May- Kuljit Bhamra presents Bollywood to Bhangra at The Corn Exchange 
Two legendary names from the British Asian music scene come together in a new theatre show created especially for the Festival. Kuljit Bhamra, the producer of tonight’s show, is the award winning Bhangra record producer who fuses Bhangra dance beats and Hindi film tunes into British and Asian jazz/pop, and Sangeeta is the hugely popular and successful singer with a vast repertoire of songs. Find out more  

Monday 21st May – Foundation wine school- California at The Vineyard at Stockcross Find out more

Monday 23rd May – Advanced wine school- California at The Vineyard at Stockcross Find out more

Saturday 26th May 2012- Party in the Paddock at Newbury Racecourse
The very first Party in the Paddock of 2012 kicks off in style with chart topping DJ Calvin Harris. Come along and enjoy a fantastic days racing plus a first class concert with Calvin Harris; singer, songwriter, DJ and record producer.Find out more 

Saturday 26th to 27th May 2012 Highclere Game and Country Fair at Highclere Castle
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. Find out more

Up and Coming Events in April 2012

Tuesday 3rd April – Henry V & The Winter’s tale – Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury
Henry V tells the tale of the greatest British warrior in English folklore. The Winter’s Tale, a tragic fairytale, tells the mysterious and extraordinary story of a man consumed by an inexplicable jealousy that destroys his family, his kingdom and himself. Find out more

Sunday 8th April – Easter Fun at Highclere Castle
Join the Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday on 8th April 2012 at 2pm for a very special Egg Hunt around the Castle grounds. Make your very own Easter bonnet at home and then join in the Easter Bonnet Parade at 3pm. It will be judged by Lady Carnarvon and a Special Guest. Categories for entries are up to 5 yrs / 5yrs- 10yrs / 10 yrs and over. Find out more

Sunday 8th April – Newbury’s 15th Classic Car & Bike Show & Jumble at Newbury Racecourse
Andrew Greenwood’s Classic shows are delighted to be returning to Newbury Racecourse. Find out more

Tuesday 10th – 13th April –  Family Easter workshops 2 at Newbury College at Newbury
A great range of short workshops available from bake your own muffins, art and 3D crafts, jewellery making and plant pot painting for spring bulbs. Find out more

Tuesday 10th April – Story telling and bear mask making at Hungerford library.
Local award winning author Katie Cleminson is coming to Hungerford library to read her brilliantly written and beautifully illustrated children’s books to children aged 4-10 years at Hungerford Library. Find out more

Friday 13th – 15th April – All about gardening show at Newbury Showground
Green fingered enthusiasts and occasional gardeners alike will find plenty of inspiration at the show. Find out more

Friday 13th  – 14th April –  French market at Newbury
A French Market will be trading in the Market Place in Newbury on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April. This will be in addition to the famous Charter Market as usual. Find out more

Saturday 14th  – 15th April –  All about dogs show at Newbury Showground
A weekend packed with fun, competitions, entertainment, shopping and activities for dogs. Find out more

Friday 20th April. Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials weekend at Newbury Racecourse
First day of the Flat season! Find out more

Monday 23rd April. Celebrate St. George’s Day, The Vineyard at Stockcross
A taste of Pam Ayres, come and enjoy Pam – her wit and humour. Reception drink, three course lunch, glass of wine, petit fours and coffee, together with a signed copy of her autobiography. Find out more

Tuesday 24th – 28th April – Love on the Tracks at Watermill Theatre
The Watermill in association with Big Olive Productions presents Love on the Tracks by Richard Attlee, directed by Michael Woodward. Find out more

Friday 27th April – Science Museum Live on Tour at The Corn Exchange
Experience spectacular science, dangerous demonstrations and extraordinary experiments as the Science Museum takes to the stage with a fantastic live show to blow your mind and challenge your brain! Find out more