Events and things to do in Berkshire - August 2015

PUBLISHED: 11:04 29 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:04 29 July 2015

Much Ado About Nothing comes to Windsor’s Theatre Royal, photo Bronwen Sharp

Much Ado About Nothing comes to Windsor’s Theatre Royal, photo Bronwen Sharp


A selection of great performances, events and more things to do across Berkshire this month

Enjoy outdoor theatre at its best

Cliveden, owned by the National Trust, is hosting three summer theatre productions that audiences can watch al fresco with their picnics.

On 27 and 28 August, and returning by popular demand, Illyria present The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Featuring music from Disney’s Fantasia this is the story of a boy-wizard apprentice who is bored of chores. One day he waves a wand and a nearby broom magically moves to fetch the water the boy-wizard is meant to be moving. “Hurrah” he thinks, but what is the spell to make it stop? An afternoon treat recommended for ages three and upwards.

Next up, on the 29 August, Illyria perform a new adaptation of The Three Musketeers for children aged eight upwards and adults. Young D’Artagnan is desperate to join Athos, Porthos and Aramis as an elite Musketeer of the King’s Guard. Keen to prove himself he plunges headlong into an adventure across London and France. As the fearless four unite, will their combined power be enough to survive once they cross swords with the deadly Milady de Winter? This production is a whirlwind of excitement, broad comedy and dramatic swordfights.

To round off the season, on the 5 September, audiences are invited to a truly Shakespearian experience spending an evening watching the Lord Chamberlain’s Men’s production of Twelfth Night. The story follows identical twins separated by shipwreck, a terrible case of mistaken identity, a cross-dressing heroine and it seems everyone is in search of love. A joyous tale of longing, laughter, mischief and mayhem.

Audiences are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy in the Water Garden before the show and as no seating will be provided asked to bring their own chairs or picnic rugs.

To book visit or call 0844 249 1896.

Or head to the Mapledurham Estate, four miles north-west of Reading on 12 August for the Cambridge Theatre production of Robin Hood - The Musical. The show starts at 1pm, with gates open for picnics from noon, and runs for around two hours with a 20 minutes interval. Tickets from £7 and further details at


Excitement at Windsor

The first ever visit to Windsor by Shakespeare’s Globe sees the legendary company leave their playhouse on the Southbank for a trip down river (actually, more likely the M4!) for five performances of Much Ado About Nothing between 6 and 8 August.

Intrigues and romance abound in this comedy, with the story of Beatrice and Benedick demonstrating Shakespeare at his wittiest. Book at


Anyone for sprinkes?

Here’s the perfect outdoor show for August in Reading, ‘I’ll Keep Waiting on the Pavement for the Ice Cream Van to come.’ It’s presented from a working ice cream van and charts the rise and fall of this British icon. In their heyday some 20,000 chimed along our streets, today less than 2,000 remain.

The show is performed and written by director and ice cream van fan Ian Nicholson, and was created with former ice cream van man turned award winning theatre maker Tom Frankland.

The show is being presented free of charge in Market Place on Saturday, 22 & Sunday, 23 August at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm, courtesy of Sitelines and Reading Business Improvement District. Sitelines is a programme of theatre in unusual spaces run by South Street Arts Centre. See


See a host of classic cars

The 23rd Annual Classic Vehicle Show run by West Berkshire Classic Vehicle Club takes place on 9 August at Newbury College in Monks Lane. In recent years it’s raised thousands of pounds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The show runs from 10am to 4.30pm and as well as the hundreds of vehicles on show families can enjoy side stalls and attractions such as a bouncy castle. Tickets £6 adults, £5 concessions, children under 14 free, see, tel: 07909 316462.


Other events

Until 30 August, The Maidenhead Beach, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead tel: 01183 788660

1-2 August, Flower Festival – Seven Centuries of Flowers, St Mary’s Church, Aldworth, tel: 01635 578233

1 August, Tilehurst Horticultural Association Summer Show, Village Hall, Victoria Road, tel: 0118 9453658

5 August, Under the Microscope and/or make an animal puppet, West Museum, The Wharf, Newbury, tel: 01635 519562

5/12/19/26 August, Family Activity Day, Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, tel: 01635 279279

5 August, Animal Experience Day – Reptiles and Mini Beasts, The Nature Discovery Centre, Lower Way, Thatcham, tel: 01635 874381

7/28 August, Pond Dip and Bug Hunt Day, Greenham Common, tel: 01635 874381

11/18/25 August, Archery Fun 4U, Grounds of Barkham Manor Farm, Nr Wokingham, tel: 01189 760831/07875688342 (Booking essential)

12 August, Bird Walk, Greenham Common, Berkshire, tel: 01635 874381

14-15 August, Red Bull Air Race 2015, Ascot Racecourse, tel: 0844 3463000,

27 August, Bird of Prey Day, The Nature Discovery Centre, Lower Way, Thatcham, tel: 01635 874381

28 August, Let’s go Batty – Bat Walk and Talk, The Nature Discovery Centre, Lower Lane, Thatcham, tel: 01635 874381


Gardens open this month

2 August, Oak Cottage, 99b Kiln Ride, Finchampstead, Wokingham, tel: 0118 9358221

2 August, Glenmere, 246 Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, RG40 3PD, tel: 0118 9358221

8 August, The RISC Roof Garden, Reading, RG1 4PS

23 August, Littlecote House Hotel, Hungerford, RG17 0SU tel: 01488 682509

30 August, Old Waterfield, Ascot, SL5 7LJ



South Street Arts Centre, South Street, tel: 01189 606060

1 August, Eternal Sunshines; 21 August, Poets’ Café – Open Mic Covers Night Special; 22-23 August, I’ll Keep Waiting on the Pavement for the Ice Cream Van to Come



The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, tel: 01635 46044

Until 19 September, Oliver!

Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, tel: 0845 5218218

1 August, 24 Hour Plays; 3 August, Pongo’s Party; 6 August, The Pied Piper; 7 August, The Three Billy Goats Gruff; 8 August, New: Music Competition; 26 August, RSC Live: Othello; 24-28 August, NCDC Dance Week



Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street, tel: 01753 853888

3 August, Sing-A-Long-A Frozen; 3 August, Sing-A-Long-A Rocky Horror Show; 4-5 August, The Basil Brush Show; 6-8 August, Much Ado About Nothing presented by Shakespeare’s Globe; 10-15 August, Stone Cold Murder; 18-29 August, Shawshank Redemption; 23 August, The Manfreds



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

1-2 August, A Little Man’s Holiday; 1-2 August, According to Arthur…; 1 August, Tina May; 3 August, The Jungle Book; 5 August, The FB Pocket Orchestra; 6 August, Clare Deniz and Raymond Burley; 7 August, The Mick Ralphs Blues Band; 8 August, Probably the Best Comedy Songs in the World ever, Maybe; 9 August, Glyndebourne: The Rape of Lucretia; 13 August, Summer Concert Series – The Romantic Age 1/3; 14 August, Caladh Nua; 15 August, Fred and Ginger; 15 August, Simon Weston; 20 August, The Sherry Babys; 22 August, The Summer Sessions: Headlined by Son Yambu; 26-28 August, RSC Live: Othello; 27 August, Summer Concert Series – The Romantic Age 2/3; 28 August, Papa Truck; 29 August, The Studio Session



South Hill Park, Ringmead, tel: 01344 484123

1 August, Bracknell’s Party At The Park; 1 August, Groove Manoova – After Show Party; 5-8 August, Bums on Seats; 12-15 August, Valediction; 13-15 August, Fagin; 13-23 August, Alice in Wonderland; 14 August, Bracknell Jazz; 20 August, Alexandra Legoux & The Sunflowers; 21 August, Guitarra Romantica

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