Events and things to do in Berkshire - July 2015

PUBLISHED: 09:01 13 July 2015

Fun on and beside the river at Henley. Photo:

Fun on and beside the river at Henley. Photo:


Our pick of the top Berkshire events taking place this July

Animal magic

Listen up please… an event not to be miss is the Dogs Trust Newbury 2015 Fun Day from noon to 4pm on 19 July. It all takes place in the centre at Plumb’s Farm, Hamstead Marshall, with free entrance and a parking fee of just £2.

Enjoy a fun dog show, goodies and plants for sale, free microchipping for dogs and teas, coffee and cakes for their two-legged. Find out more on the Newbury page of

Before then you can head to Chalkhouse Green Farm’s open day on 5 July. This traditional farmstead is at at Kidmore End, Reading, RG4 9AL, and the open day had something for all with gardens, trailer rides and rare breeds.

There are working Suffolk Punch horses, pigs and piglets, donkey rides, geese and ducks, vintage farm equipment, you’ll find it all here, and much more. The event is from 2pm to 6pm in association with the Yellow Book National Garden Scheme, entrance £3.50, wheelchair users, carers and children free. See, tel: 01189 723631.


Looking for more family fun? How about these ideas?

• 18 July, Wolf Viewing & Bat Walk, UK Wolf Conservation Trust, Butlers Farm, Beenham, tel: 01189 713330

• 24 July, Pond Dip and Bug Hunt Day, Snelsmore Common, tel: 01635 874381

• 25-26 July, Marvellous’15, Wellington Country Park, tel: 01189 774358

• 26 July, Reading Family Fun Day, Prospect Park, tel: 07591 500513

• 29 July, Family Activity Day, Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, tel: 01635 279279

• 30 July, Bird of Prey Day, The Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, tel: 01635 874381


Other events

• 18-19 July, Big Camping Weekend, Basildon Park, tel: 08442 491895

• 18 July, Big Camping Weekend, Runnymede, tel: 01784 432891

• 19 July, Shaw House Summer Fair, Church Road, Newbury, tel: 01635 279279

• 19 July, Race for Life, Prospect Park, Reading



The Hexagon, Queens Walk, tel: 01189 606060

3 July, The Chicago Blues Brothers; 7 July, Jimmy Carr; 8 July, Stick Man; 11-12 July, Mo’s Dance and Drama: Les Sylphides/Carnival of the Animals; 16 July, Infinity and Beyond, Berkshire Maestros; 18 July, Sing-A-Long-A-Frozen; 20 July, Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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

1 July, Lunchtime Organ Recital; 5 July, Berkshire Maestros

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

7-11 July, Gormenghast; 15-25 July, Open Air Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor (at Caversham Court Gardens);

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

3 July, Daisy Pulls It off; 4 July, Twelfth Night



The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, tel: 01635 46044

Until 4 July, The Deep Blue Sea; 14-25 July, A Little History of the World; from 31 July, Oliver!

Corn Exchange, Market Place, tel: 0845 5218218

4 July, Youth Dance and Drama Showcase; 4 July, ELO Experience; 6 July, Young Corn Exchange: Son Et Lumiere; 8 July, You Must Be Joking: The Final; 9 July, Ali Cook; 10 July, Big Girls Don’t Cry; 11 July, Eno Encore: Carmen; 11 July, Christian O’Connell and Goose; 16 July, NT Live: Everyman; 18 July, The Billy Joel Songbook, Elio Pace and His Band; 22 July, RSC Live: The Merchant of Venice; 25 July, Newbury Youth Theatre



Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street, Tel: 01753 853888

Until 4 July, Amy’s View by David Hare; 6-11 July, Puttin’ On The Ritz; 13-18 July, Sherlock Holmes & The Ripper Murders; 21-25 July, Hetty Feather



Norden Farm, Altwood Road, tel: 01183 788660

2 July, Glyndebourne: Ravel Double Bill; 2 July, Nathan Caton & Charlie Baker; 3 July, The Billy Joel Songbook , Elio Pace and Hi Band; 5 July, ROH Live: William Tell; 8 July, Iain Lee vs Radio; 9 July, Ed Gamble & Carl Donnelly; 10 July, Matt Holland & Leo Green; 16 July, Aunty Donna; 17 July, NT Live: Everyman; 17 July, Romesh Ranganathan and Suzi Ruffell; 18 July, The Summer Sessions; 19/21/24 July, Dave Gorman’s Screen Guild; 22-23 July, RSC Live: The Merchant of Venice; 24 July, Andre Rieu’s 2015 Maastricht Concert; 25 July, Laurie Holloway and his Trio; 26 July, Glyndebourne: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail



South Hill Park, Ringmead, tel: 01344 484123

9 July, Ghost Stories and Ghostly Tour of SHP; 10 July, Moulin Rouge Sing-A-Long; 12 July, Pianothon 2015; 15 July, The Supertonics Swing Band; 17 July, Edinburgh Comedy Previews; 18-19 July, Stepping Up; 19 July, West Forest Sinfonia Chamber Concert; 22 July – 2 August; The History of Everything; 24-25 July, Private Fears in Public Places; 28 July, The Wind in The Willows; 28 July, Twelfth Night; 29-30 July, My Friend Peter; 29-30 July, Phantamagoria

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