Events and things to do in Berkshire - June 2015

PUBLISHED: 10:19 01 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:19 01 June 2015

Glitz, glamour and a royal procession: Ascot’s summer festival has it all, plus of course some superb racing. Photo: Maureen McLean

Glitz, glamour and a royal procession: Ascot’s summer festival has it all, plus of course some superb racing. Photo: Maureen McLean

MAUREEN MCLEAN

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

Not to be missed: Royal Ascot

People come from all over the planet for Royal Ascot – which runs from 16 to 20 June – and some of the world’s top equine stars are already here as their owners seek to win one of the prestigious trophies.

Among the most notable is California Chrome, having been carefully delivered after a 4,500 miles plus journey from the States in a bid to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes on the Wednesday. And Hong Kong’s big chestnut, Able Friend, acknowledged by most as the world’s best horse over a mile, is expected to run on the opening day in the prestigious Queen Anne Stakes.

While more than half of entries for the festival come from the UK, countries around the world are well represented, with a strong contingent of top class runners including champions from Ireland and France aiming to take one of the Group A races.

It’s an intriguing line-up with plenty of exciting showdowns. But for many of us Ascot is all about the grand social occasion, the fashion and marvellous food… with perhaps the chance of picking a long-priced winner and going home with more money than we had on arrival.

The daily Royal Procession is not to be missed and no doubt there will be extra warm applause, if that’s possible, for the arrival of HM The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh following the birth of their first great-granddaughter, the Princess of Cambridge.

Tickets for Royal Ascot start from £27 per person or from £21 for groups, book now at www.ascot.co.uk.

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Family fun at Sandhurst

The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Heritage Day on Sunday, 14 June provides a chance to enjoy a behind the scenes look at life there, alongside a host of activities for people of all ages.There’s the architecture, of course, and you can visit rooms and buildings including The Royal Memorial Chapel, and discover the history through stands showing military displays through the ages. Among the events to see will be polo and cricket matches, a Gurkha Cultural Display and a Musical Finale by The Royal Logistic Corps Band.

The ABF - The Soldier’s Charity Summer Fair takes place, and refreshments will be available by the lakeside. South Berkshire Scout District will perform a scaled down version of their next Gang Show and demonstrate rope bridge construction.

The event is free to attend from 11am to 4.30pm, no pets allowed.

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L’Ortolan open day

Friday 19 June from 10.30am to 2pm. Dedicated to celebrations, special occasions and private dining. Join anytime between 10:30am and 2pm and enjoy a complimentary cocktail and canapés as you walk around the restaurant and take in the wonderful displays, demonstrations and tastings.

See here for more details

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Wokingham’s feast of music

Wokingham Summer Music Festival from 13-21 June bringing internationally renowned musicians to All Saints Church, perfect with its superb acoustics, intimate setting and fine architecture. Evening and lunchtime concerts offer an eclectic mix of classical, folk, Indian and Japanese music. Those appearing include Martin Carthy, Jim Causley, Graham Kendrick, Prabhat Rao, Keiko Kitamura, and there will be a gala performance of Vivaldi’s breathtaking Gloria for the final night.

The performances are selected and staged by the artistic director Richard Smith, who says: “I have a passion for filling beautiful spaces with top-class live music. All Saint’s church is an exceptional space in which to engage audiences in an inspiring feast of sight and sound.”

See www.wokinghamconcerts.co.uk

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Take to the water

TheBeale Park Boat & Outdoor Show from June 5 to 7 celebrates the boatbuilder’s craft, keeping alive the centuries’ old skills of building from natural materials – boats that are beautiful to look and amazing to travel on. You will see clinker built craft (made from overlapping planks cut from fine hardwoods shaped by steam) that have been with us since the Vikings landed in Britain on iconic wooden boats a thousand years ago.

There also will be an array of modern boats on display, including a P1, the equivalent of an F1 car but on water; very fast, very noisy, very thrilling. You will be able to ride boats of all shapes and sizes including those powered by steam, electric, sail, engine and even pedal power.

Learn how to tie knots, understand bushcraft, and even how to make your own boat to take home. Children can build a model boat and deck it with masts and flags. See www.bealeparkboatandoutdoorshow.co.uk.

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Other events

• 4 June, West Berkshire Mencap’s Annual Charity Golf Day, Newbury and Crookham Golf Club, tel: 01635 41464

• 6 June, Windsor Race for Life – 5K, Royal Windsor Racecourse, tel: 03301 230770

• 6-7 June, South Hill Park Food Festival, Bracknell, tel: 01344 484123

• 6 June, Annual Summer Fete, Victoria Recreation Ground, Tilehurst, tel: 01183 228592

• 6 June, Arborfield Village Fete, Arborfield Park, Swallowfield Road

• 7 June, Royal Windsor Swim, Banks of the Thames, tel: 01753 848947

• 13 June, Art on the Street, High Street, Maidenhead, tel: 07479 506003

• 13 June, Create a Father’s Day Card, Windsor Royal Shopping Centre, tel: 01753 797070

• 13 June, Warfield Village Fete, The Memorial Ground, tel: 01344 307030

• 20 June, The Alexander Devine Colour Dash!, Berkshire College of Agriculture, Burchetts Green, tel: 01628 822777

• 21 June, Real Vintage and Good Food Market, The Hexagon, Reading, tel: 01189 606060

• 21 June, Newbury Radio Rally, Newbury Showground, tel: 01635 247111

• 21 June, Holybrook Festival, Linear Park, Calcot, tel: 01189 454339

• 26 June, Cancer Research UK Golf Day, Calcot Park Golf Club, Reading, tel: 07748 305559

• 27 June, Watership Brass, Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, tel: 01635 279279

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Open gardens

• 2-3 June, Frogmore House Garden, Windsor, tel: 01483 211535

• 7 June, Stockcross House, near Newbury, tel: 07765 674863

• 13 June, Eton College Gardens,

• 14 June, Chieveley Manor, near Newbury, tel: 01635 248208

• 21 June, Rookwood Farm House and Springfield Cottage, Stockcross

• 28 June, Littlecote House Hotel, Hungerford, tel: 01488 682509; Bisham Gardens, Bisham Village, tel: 01628 482754; The Old Rectory and Kirby House, Inkpen.

Find many more and plan your day out at www.ngs.org.uk.

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Performance Highlights

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READING

The Hexagon, Queens Walk, tel: 01189 606060

4 June, ABBA Mania; 5 June, Ballet Boyz; 11 June, The West End Men; 12-13 June, Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft; 19 June, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra; 23 June, The Overtones; 27-28 June, Fame the Musical

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

4 June, Inaugural University of Reading Town Hall Lecture – Stephen Fry on Oscar Wilde; 6 June, University of Reading Chorus & Chamber Choir; 14 June, Tenebrae

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

10-13 June, Love Begins At Fifty

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NEWBURY

Corn Exchange, Market Place, tel: 0845 5218218

6 June, Sing-A-Long-A-Frozen; 10 June, Cinderella; 17 June, Reduced Shakespeare Company; 18 June, The Glenn Miller Orchestra; 21-26 June, Dave Gorman’s Screen Guild; 26 June, The Other Half – Mark Billingham and My Darling Clementine

The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, tel: 01635 46044

4 June – 4 July, The Deep Blue Sea

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WINDSOR

Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street, Tel: 01753 853888

2-6 June, Sweet Revenge by Francis Durbridge; 9-13 June, Daphne Du Maurier’s September Tide; 16-20 June, Hay Fever by Noel Coward; 23-27 June, Apart by Alan Ayckbourne; 28 June, Stand Up By Royal Appointment; 30 June – 4 July, Amy’s View by David Hare

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MAIDENHEAD

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

7-11 June, Antony and Cleopatra; 24-27 June, Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities; 28-30 June, Comedy of Errors

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BRACKNELL

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

3-6 June, The Waiting Game; 6 June, La Boheme; 11-12 June, Second Soprano; 12-13 June, The Olivia Dance Academy 20th Anniversary Show; 14 June, Bracknell’s Got Talent Finals

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