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Things to do in Berkshire this July

PUBLISHED: 11:10 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:14 02 July 2018

Enjoy a night it with Forever in Blue Jeans at South Hill Park on 5 July

Enjoy a night it with Forever in Blue Jeans at South Hill Park on 5 July

Ross Gamble

We round up some of the best events and things to do across Berkshire this month

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Art and Icknield

The grounds of Basildon Park, a Palladian-style country house in Lower Basildon near Reading, are the setting for Wayfaring, a free outdoor installation and performance created by artists Mandy Dike and Ben Rigby, who work together as And Now:

Co-commissioned by the Corn Exchange in Newbury, Wayfaring is an artistic journey of exploration, inspired by the landscape and ancient routes of the Icknield Way, a pre-Roman pathway from north Norfolk to the Dorset coast. Basildon Park, where the North Wessex Downs meets the Chilterns, sits on the edge of the route.

Usually visitors pay to enter Basildon Park’s beautiful parklands – but on 18, 19 and 20 July between 10am to 5pm they can go in for free. Once in the park, they can journey through – and contribute to – artwork being crafted from local and found materials by Mandy, Ben and their team and a group of local volunteers.

On the evening of Saturday 21 July from 7pm, fire, pyrotechnics, live music and performance will transform the installation in a rousing celebration. The audience will play an active part in Wayfaring – walking, looking, listening, maybe even singing.

Mandy and Ben were drawn to Basildon Park for a number of reasons – the eccentric history and beautiful architecture of the grand house; the landscape of the grounds with its hills, woods and open fields; the rides and vistas of the chalk ridge; and the ‘conscious aesthetic’ of the landscaping.

They particularly welcomed the opportunity to work side-by-side with Basildon Park’s groundsman.

Basildon Park’s General Manager Rob Hayes says: “The artwork is a great opportunity to encourage more local people to engage with the parkland and the outdoors in a new and interesting way.”

Wayfaring is the culmination of a three-year artistic and heritage collaboration between And Now:, producers Activate and the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Basildon Park residency is supported by the 101 Creation Centre at Corn Exchange, Newbury.

The North Wessex Downs AONB is funding access to the parklands for local school children. Director Henry Oliver says: “The North Wessex Downs AONB is proud to be a supporting partner of the Wayfaring project. Through Wayfaring we hope to inspire everyone, but particularly children, to think about and discover how this beautiful landscape has shaped our evolution over thousands of years.”

Open Gardens for NGS

• 1-2 July, The Old Rectory, Newbury, RG20 0AL

• 8 July, Deepwood Stud Farm, Nr Maidenhead, SL6 6QW, tel: 01628 822684; The Harris Garden, Reading, RG6 6LA; West Silchester Hall, Silchester, RG7 2LX, tel: 01189 700278

• 8 July, West Mills Allotments & Island Cottage, Newbury, RG14 5HT

• 8 July, Jannaways, Newbury, RG20 8AH; Woolton House, Newbury, RG20 9TZ

• 10 July, Wickham House, Newbury, RG20 8HD

• 15 July, Ivydene, Reading, RG5 4BE; Farley Hill Place Gardens, RG7 1TZ, tel: 01189 762544

• 29 July, Malverleys, Newbury, RG20 0AA

Other events

• 1 July, Newbury Race for Life 5K and 10K, Newbury Racecourse, tel: 03301 230770

• 1 July, Family Fun Day Festival, Royal Windsor Racecourse, tel: 01753 498400

• 1 July, Berkshire Motor Show, Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading, tel: 07990 667503

• 1 July, Circus Vegas, Palmer Park, Wokingham Road, RG6 1LF, (Quote ‘Juggler’ when booking for 2 for 1 seats) tel: 079044 428555

• 5, 12 July, Evening Tour of the House, Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, RG8 9NR

• 7 July, The Enchanted Market Summer Spectacular, Garth Hill College, Bull Lane, Bracknell, tel: 07916 173517

• 9 July, Gin Festival, Royal Windsor Racecourse, tel: 01753 498400

• 14-15 July, Bastille Day Festival, Forbury Garden, Reading, tel: 07581 074016

• 18-20 July, Wayfaring, Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, RG8 9NR

• 20-22 July, Festival of Remembrance for WWI, St Mary Magdalen Church Hall, Kentwood Hill, Tilehurst, tel: 01189 411713

• 21 July, Wayfaring Main Event, Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, RG8 9NR

• 21 July, NAWT Open Day, National Animal Welfare Trust, Trindledown Farm, Wantage Road, Great Shefford, tel: 01488 638584

• 22 July, The Wayz Community Fun Day, Calfridus Way, Bracknell, tel: 07540 079568

• 25 July, Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors, Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, tel: 01635 279279

• 27 July, Afternoon Tea, Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, tel: 01635 279279

• 30 July, Ladies Evening Ft. The Take That Experience!, Royal Windsor Racecourse, tel: 01753 498400


South Street Arts Centre, tel: 01189 606060

4 July, Rory Bremner & Jan Ravens; 18 July, Mark Thomas: Health Check – Our NHS @70

The Hexagon, tel: 01189 606060

7 July, Starlet Dance School presents All of the Stars; 8 July, Mo’s 35th Anniversary Dance Showcase; 11-15 July, Awful Auntie; 19 July, The Dreamboys; 21 July, Material Girl – The Madonna Story

Concert Hall, Town Hall, Blagrave Street, tel: 01189 606060

1 July, Reading Music Centre Summer Concert

Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch, tel: 01183 842169

3-7 July, Poetry of War; 11-21 July, Much Ado about Nothing

Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, tel: 01189 758880

7-8 July, Peter Pan Jr.; 13-15 July, Return to The Forbidden Planet


The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, tel: 01635 46044

Until 21 July, Jerusalem; 26 July – 15 September, Sweet Charity

The Corn Exchange & New Greenham Arts, tel: 08455 218218

5-7 July, What the Moon Saw; 18 July, RSC Live: Romeo and Juliet; 19-20 July, Little Baby Bum Live; 21 July, UK Pink Floyd Experience; 28 July, Of Rags and Bones; 28-29 July, Andre Rieu’s 2018 Maastricht Concert


Theatre Royal Windsor, tel: 01753 853888

3-7 July, Relatively Speaking; 10-14 July, Fatal Encounter; 15 July, Heidi Rhodes School of Dance; 17-21 July, Lloyd George Knew My Father; 24-28 July, The Dresser; 29 July, Showaddywaddy

Royal Windsor Racecourse, tel: 01753 498400

2 July, Ronnie Scott Live


Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, tel: 01183 788660

4-7 July, The Great Gatsby; 18 July, RSC Live: Romeo and Juliet; 21 July, Laurie Holloway in Concert with Students of 2018; 29 July, Glyndebourne: Saul


South Hill Park, tel: 01344 484123

Until 1 July Legally Blonde – The Musical; 5 July, Forever in Blue Jeans; 6 July, Bracknell Jazz – Whitehead/Woods; 8 July, West Forest Sinfonia; 20 July, The Supertonics Big Swing Band, Summer Concert; 25 July, A Midsummer Night’s Dream


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