Events and things to do in Berkshire - April 2015

PUBLISHED: 12:33 02 April 2015 | UPDATED: 12:33 02 April 2015

Hardly neck and neck: there's lots to enjoy at Lambourn Open Day. Photo: Toby Connors

Hardly neck and neck: there's lots to enjoy at Lambourn Open Day. Photo: Toby Connors


A selection of events and things to do across Berkshire this month.

See the horses and join in the fun

We just have to recommend this year’s Betfair Lambourn Open Day on Good Friday, 3 April, for a great day out with lots to enjoy for all the family.

This is the day when the Lambourn Valley opens up its doors and stables to thousands of people. More than 30 of our top trainers allow the public to tour their yards, see the horses and learn so much about the racing world. At some you can see horses using hydrotherapy pools, and in others meet racing stars who have picked up top trophies at courses.

All this is followed by an afternoon of fun in an arena, country related shows and competitions. Children’s activities are included and there are plenty of chances to grab some food, including delicious local, homemade produce.

Proceeds from the day got to charity. Admission prices are: Racing Yards and Afternoon Entertainment, £15 per person, or £7 per person if choosing the afternoon events only. Children under 12 go free and an excellent programme providing information on the yards and events costs £4.



Become an Easter ‘eggsplorer’

At Cliveden throughout the Easter weekend (3-6 April) families will be able to explore the gardens as they follow the clues on the special Cadbury Easter Egg Trail. There’ll be lots of activities to complete along the way with children needing to keep a look out for paper rabbits hiding amongst the shrubbery, count giant eggs hanging from the trees and solve the Easter riddle before enjoying a delicious Cadbury Egghead prize at the end.

The trail is open from 11am until 4pm and costs £3 per child. Normal admission charges to Cliveden apply, but no advanced booking is needed. Cliveden will be open throughout the bank holiday weekend, 10am – 5.30pm. For admission prices and a full list of opening times see or call 01628 605069.

On Friday, 3 April, Pinkneys Green will be the scene for a Cadbury Easter Egg Trail at Maidenhead and Cookham Commons. Follow clues through National Trust woodlands and grassland to find the letters you need and piece together the puzzle. Your hard work will be rewarded with a Cadbury Egghead prize. The trail costs £3 per child and starts from the Pinkneys Green car park – stop by any time between 11am and 3pm to collect your trail sheets and start exploring. There are no admission charges at Maidenhead and Cookham Commons.

For further information see


Godspell comes to Reading

The Broadway revival of the legendary rock musical by Stephen Schwartz, Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer of Wicked, has been a sell-out in the West End. Now it’s coming to The Hexagon, Reading, on Friday, 24 April, with starring roles taken by Jade Ewen of the Sugababes, X Factor’s Andy Abraham and The Voice’s Leanne Jarvis.



Jazz star in Bracknell

Grammy-nominated American jazz singer Stacey Kent comes to South Hill Park on 30 April during a tour which takes her across much of Europe. The British section of the tour will bring back fond memories as some 
20 years ago she began her career at Café Boheme in London before opening for established jazz acts across the road at Ronnie Scott’s nightclub. She won the 2001 British Jazz Award and the BBC Jazz Award for Best Vocalist the following year.



The Hexagon, Queens Walk, Tel: 01189 606060

9 April, Magic of Motown; 10-12 April, Dinosaur Zoo; 15 April, Count Arthur Strong: Somebody Up There Licks Me; 17 April, Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted; 19 April, London Philharmonic Orchestra; 22-23 April, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom; 24 April, Godspell in Concert; 25 April, Champions of Magic; 30 April, Simple Minds

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

29 April, Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello; 30 April, Rich Hall – 3:10 to humour

Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch, tel: 0118 384 2195

2 April, Jazz at Progress – Alex Garnett’s ‘Bunch of Fives’; 20-25 April, Talking Heads by Alan Bennett

Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, tel: 01183 9758880

24 April – 2 May, Radio Times A Musical



The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, tel: 01635 46044

Until 11 April, Tuxedo Junction; 16 April – 23 May, Far From The Madding Crowd

Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, tel: 0845 5218218

4 April, New: Music Showcase; 10 April, Richard Herring – Lord of the Dance Settee; 7-11 April, Oliver!; 14 April, Stand; 16 April, The Hard Problem; 18 April, Dick Tracy; 19 April, Bolshoi Live: Ivan the Terrible; 16-19 April, Room on the Broom; 23 April, Bella Hardy – The Dawn Tour 2015; 25 April, East Meets West; 28 April, Norsesome



Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street, Tel: 01753 853888

Until 4 April, SWMTC Present Chess the Musical; 7-11 April, Tara Arts in Association with Queen’s Hall Arts & Black Theatre Live present Shakespeare’s Macbeth; 14-18 April, Dear Lupin; 19 April, Swinging to Victory; 26 April, Stand Up by Royal Appointment; 27 April – 2 May Avenue Q



Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, tel: 01183 788660

2-3 April, Rocky Horror Comedy Show; 10 April, A Night of ELO; 17 April, Christian O’Connell – Breaking Dad; 24 April, Voodoo Room – A Tribute to the Music of Jimi Hendrix and Cream; 25 April, The Vinyl Frontier – Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’; 26 April, Bitesize Opera: Mozart Opera Scenes



South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, tel: 01344 484123

2-4 April, A Night at the Oscars – Jayne A Coleman Academy of Dance; 11 April, Fawlty Towers; 19 April, Bracknell’s Got Talent Auditions; 21 April, Sex in Suburbia; 22 April, Hazel O’Connor; 23 April, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical; 25-26 April, Linda Butler School of Dance; 28 April, Jeremy Hardy Live; 30 April, Stacey Kent; 30 April – 1 May, Richard the First

Tilehurst Village Hall, Victoria Road, Tilehurst, tel: 0118 9429984

1-11 April, (TADS) Holiday at Home


Other events

• Until 20 April, Easter Egg Hunt, The REME Museum of Technology, Off Biggs Lane, Arborfield, tel: 0118 9763375

• 4 April, Easter Family Fun Day, Grenfell Park, Maidenhead, tel: 07876 341334

• 10 April, BBOWT – Linking the Landscape: Evening Bat Walk, The Rowbarge Pub Car Park, Woolhampton, tel: 01635 500886

• 12 April, Harris Garden, Open Garden, University of Reading, Whiteknights, tel: 0118 9358221

• 18 April, Ashampstead Spring Food and Local Produce Fair, Ashampstead Village Hall, Church Lane, tel: 01635 202993

• 18 April, BBOWT – Linking the Landscape – History Walk at Greenham Common, Greenham Common Control Tower Car Park, Off Bury’s Bank Road, tel: 01635 500886

• 25-26 April, Reading Contemporary Art Fair, Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue, Reading, tel: 01753 591892

• 25-26 April, Stubbings Open Garden, Henley Road, Maidenhead, tel: 0118 9358221

• 25 April, Oye Santana, Village Hall, Frilsham, Yattendon, Thatcham

• 25 April, Beanpole Day: Get your garden ready for the summer, Caversham Court, Church Road, Caversham

• 25 April, St. George’s Day Activities, Windsor Royal Shopping Centre, Opposite Windsor Castle, tel: 01753 797070669

• 26 April, Stockcross House Open Garden, Stockcross House, Nr Newbury, tel: 07765 674863

• 26 April, Odney Club Open Garden, Odney Club, Cookham

• 26 April, 2 Belle Vue Cottages Open Garden, Belle Vue Cottages, Cookham

• 27 April, Charity Golf Day, Sonning Golf Club, Duffield Road, Sonning-on-Thames, Reading, tel: 0118 9693096

• 29 April, Rooksnest Open Garden, Rooksnest, Lambourn Woodlands, tel: 01488 71678

• 29 April, Inholmes Open Garden, Inholmes, Woodlands St Mary, Berkshire

• 30 April – 3 May, Reading Beer & Cider Festival, Kings Meadow Park, Reading,

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