Events and things to do in Berkshire - July 2014

PUBLISHED: 15:18 27 June 2014 | UPDATED: 15:18 27 June 2014

See superb floral displays at the Crowthorne Flower Festival in St Johns Church

See superb floral displays at the Crowthorne Flower Festival in St Johns Church


Fill your diary this month with a whole host of events and outings in Berkshire.

It’s ‘Strictly Showtime’ at Crowthorne

We’ve often remarked on the community spirit found in Crowthorne – so it’s no surprise that in this village their ‘Carnival Week’ actually stretches across 10 days, taking in two weekends just to fit everything in.

This year’s theme is ‘Strictly Showtime’ and a parade launches it all on July 5. Events continue with the fete and entertainment at The Morgan Recreation Ground, followed by live music at the parish hall. During the week there’s bingo, dancing, a concert and family treasure hunt before Crowthorne’s own ‘Songs of Praise’ in St John’s Church on Sunday, 13 July. See for full details.

The Crowthorne Flower Festival takes place at the church from 12 to 14 July, with over 30 local organisations, schools, clubs and churches showing floral displays reflecting the carnival theme. This year the festival’s adopted charity is Crowthorne First Responders.

The First Responders is a group of 12 volunteers based in Crowthorne who donate their time to South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust. They go to calls in Crowthorne, Sandhurst, Owslmoor, College Town, South Wokingham and Bracknell, and try to provide cover every day, 365 days a year.

The charity needs to raise money to cover running costs including equipping and clothing their team and vehicle expenses. Pam Goddard from the First Responders said, “We are delighted that the Flower Festival has adopted us as their local charity. We may even find some more volunteers to join us!”

Carol Cain, Chairman of the Crowthorne Flower Festival says: “It’s great to see so many local people who are so passionate about their contribution and making the event a success. It is a great day out for all the family, whilst at the same time, raising valuable funds for a worthwhile charity.”

Visitors will be able to enjoy musical entertainment from local groups. Refreshments and light lunches will be available throughout the festival and profits form this will go to the Church Repair and Renovation fund. There will be a display of patchwork and quilting items from ‘Crowthorne Crafts’

Doors will open on Saturday at 10am. On Sunday, visitors are welcome between 12 and 6pm and on Monday, the festival will be open from 10am to 4pm. See


Bangers and clay shooting

Here’s a way to spend the long summer evenings: head to the Royal Berkshire Shooting School in Pangbourne for a series of fun barbecue clay shoots.

Teams of three people will shoot an 80-bird round plus flush followed by a barbecue cooked by the Pot Kiln Anywhere chefs. Shoot just once with friends, or all as a team for the league, with the overall top team winning a £300 voucher towards a meal for six at the Royal Oak in Yattendon.

Prizes will be given at each event for Top Team, Top Gun, Top Lady and Clay Conservationists, along with points, which will be entered on a league table.

Registration is at 4pm with shooting starting at 4.30pm. Available dates are Monday 30 June, Wednesday 23 July, Tuesday 26 August and Tuesday 23 September.

Cost is £95 per person and places must be booked in advance on 01491 672900 or


Will you have the luck of the Irish?

Royal Windsor Racecourse will entertain racegoers on Monday, July 28 with Irish Night and a performance by The High Kings. Alongside the racing action there will be live Irish music throughout the evening as well as a Guinness Bar, Jamesons Whiskey lawn and plenty of ‘craic’ to keep throughout the evening.

Stuart Dorn, Executive Director said: “This is always a popular fixture at Windsor and we are thrilled to welcome The High Kings to the stage for a fantastic night of live music after racing. There will be Guinness aplenty and the unbeatable atmosphere at Windsor is guaranteed to make it an evening not to be missed!”

Book in advance and save £5 on admission or book the Shamrock Package including Grandstand admission, Gourmet Burger and a £5 Guinness voucher for just £25. More info at


Art to enjoy

Join the Jamboree at Jam Eton until 13 July as the gallery in Eton High Street celebrates 20 years there with an exhibition. Directors Mike and Jacqueline Turner have invited a number of well-known and collectible ceramic artists to exhibit pieces from their latest collections for viewing and sale. See


Performance Highlights


19 July, Quite Nice Theatre – Snakes! The Musical; 19 July, Upstairs Downton: The Improvised Episode; 19 July, Impromptu Shakespeare; 19 July, Quite Nice Theatre – At the Edge of the World

South Street Arts Centre, tel: 01189 606060

3 July, Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously; 5 July, Berkshire Maestros Extravaganza; 9 July, Jethro; 18-20 July, Angelina Ballerina – The Mousical; 24 July, Flash Mob; 25-27 July, Dawn French – 30 Million Minutes Tour

The Hexagon, tel: 01189 606060

2 July, Lunchtime Organ Recital; 5 July, South Chiltern Choral Society;

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

3 July, Standard Miles: Simon Spillett Quintet; 14-19 The Roses of Eyam

The Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch Road, tel: 0845 8679845

16-26 July, Love’s Labour’s Lost…And Won

Caversham Court Gardens, tel: 0845 8679845

5 July, Ave Gloriosa Mater

St James Church, Abbot’s Walk, tel: 01189 478097

9 July, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; 10 July, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mapledurham, tel: 01189 723350



1-12 July, Hardboiled – The Fall of Sam Shadow; 17 July – 6 September, Calamity Jane

The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, tel: 01635 46044

1 July, A Small Family Business; 11-17 July, Jersey Boys; 18 July, Heaven in A Hell of War; 18 July, Mark Thomas – Work in Progress; 20 July, Monty Python Live (Mostly); 22-23 July, Jason Manford – First World Problems; 26 July, Dan Schriber & Rachel Parris; 26 July, The Bee Man of Orn;

Corn Exchange, tel: 0845 5218218

19 July, The Beach Boys

Newbury Racecourse, tel: 01635 40015



Until 5 July, Murder Weapon by Brian Clemens; 7-12 July, The Gentle Hook by Francis Durbridge; 18-19 July, Jane Austen’s Persuasion; 23 July – 2 August, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; 27 July, Stand Up By Royal Appointment – Russell Kane

Theatre Royal Windsor, tel: 01753 853888



7 July, Al Murray The Pub Landlord: One Man, One Guvnor; 15 July, Blofeld & Baxter – Memories of Test Match Special; 28-29 July, Dave Gorman – Work In Progress

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, tel: 01183 788660


Other events

2-5 July, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Gardens of Little Bowden, Nr. Pangbourne, tel: 01491 873530

5 July, Blues on the Meadow, Aldermaston,

5 July, Mortimer Music Live, The Fairground, Mortimer Village, tel: 07831 492221

5 July, Mapledurham Summer Fete, Mapledurham Playing Fields, Woodcote

11-12 July, Under The Sky Concerts, Elmsfield, Wokingham,

17-19 July, Reading Real Ale Jazz Festival, Christchurch Meadows, Caversham

22 July, ‘Just’ Pete Allen, Jazz Barge Cruise, Canal Walk, Hungerford, tel: 01635 44806

27 July, Reading Family Fun Day, Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading

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