Events and things to do in Berkshire - June 2017
PUBLISHED: 10:50 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:02 13 June 2017
David Mullany / Team Wild Media
Our guide to some of the best events across Berkshire this June
Giant puppets to light up Newbury streets
Outdoor puppeteers Dundu will bring two gentle giants of light to life in Newbury’s town centre on Friday, 30 June, accompanied by high-octane live music from renowned percussion ensemble Worldbeaters in a premier collaboration performance, Sense of Unity.
Presented as part of the Corn Exchange, Newbury’s expanding free outdoor arts programme, Sense of Unity combines visual spectacle, live music and snippets of audience interaction, to bring the community together for an evening of captivating, free outdoor theatre.
At 9.45pm, the Worldbeaters will lead a procession through the town in search of the puppets, performing high-energy beats on their unique LED-lit drums and setting the atmosphere for the performance.
Dundu will animate a giant human shaped puppet of the same name, walking it through the audience in search of a smaller puppet companion. The puppets’ transparent, flexible bodies, made up of a weave of individual fibre strands, will be lit from the inside, illuminating them against the darkening evening sky. Dundu will be handled and steered by a team of five skilled puppeteers who collectively breathe life into the gigantic figure as it glides through the audience. Though large in size, Dundu is a gentle giant, capable of presenting surprisingly touching human characteristics.
Audiences are invited to enjoy the different musical worlds of Dundu, from the West African Kora to the Latin American based drumming riffs and rhythms, whilst following the gentle giant and its smaller companion on their unique journey through Newbury.
RedKangaroo’s trampoline centre has now opened at what was the former indoor go-kart track in Bridgewater Close (off Portman Road, close to Tesco Reading West Extra), with a host of super-sized interconnecting trampolines. Bounce off the walls, compete in ninja courses, play dodgeball, perform an awesome bouncing slam dunk and fly into a foam pit or a huge inflated bag. It’s great exercise for all ages and might just tire out, at least a little, those who sometimes seem have too much energy for the rest of us!
It’s suitable for both beginners and experts, and we were interested to hear that low-impact health and fitness classes are planned for later this year. Prices from £8 for an hour plus you need to buy jumping socks (which can be used for future sessions).
New West Woodhay Gardeners’ Fair
West Woodhay Gardeners’ Fair is being held in Association with The National Garden Scheme, in the elegant private gardens and country estate of West Woodhay House near Newbury in Berkshire, on 23-25 June, with all proceeds being donated to local charities.
The Fair, which has been masterminded by the same team who ran the successful Cottesbrooke Gardeners’ Fair in Northamptonshire for over five years, will offer passionate gardeners a treasure trove of quality plants and gardening products, direct from some of the UK and Europe’s finest plant nurseries and product makers.
Tickets to the Fair cost £9 each for advance online booking, or £12 each on the gate. The ticket price includes entry to the West Woodhay Gardens and Estate and free parking.
First Stop Highclere
The Game and Country Fair season continues with Highclere Country Show on 28 and 29 May. You’ll find superb family entertainment, shopping, as well as lots of new and exciting feature areasm and this year there’s a clay shooting festival.
The popular Folk Roots Festival returns, with a new line-up of folk, jazz and blues. Performers include The Hillmans, Tia McGraff and Perkelt. There’s equestrian action with the Devil’s Horsemen, the ancient art of falconry with Ye Olde Redtail Falconry, Britain’s longest established and leading dog display team, the Essex Dog Display, plus qualifying rounds of the Chudleys Gundog Championship. Adult one-day tickets £15 on the day, children free.
A new musical adaptation of The Railway Children will take over the stage at the Corn Exchange in Newbury from Thursday, 29 June to Saturday 1 July, presented by Talking Scarlet Theatre Company.
Performed in period costume, and with a heart-warming music score, The Railway Children comes to the Corn Exchange following the show’s world premiere last year. Tickets cost £17.50 (£15 concessions) and it’s suitable for all over 5. Book at cornexchangenew.com or call the box office on 0845 5218 218 (2p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge).
Chinawhite at Temple Island Meadows - 30 June-1 July
Henley Royal Regatta
Chinawhite have announced that DJ Pete Tong will be headlining their 5th annual party during the Henley Royal Regatta on Saturday 1 July. Taylor Morris, La Marqueza Hats and gourmet food company Pulled will all be in the Chinawhite enclosure.
• 3 June, Windsor Farmers’ Market, St Leonard’s Road, Windsor, SL4 3BL, tel: 07896 902850
• 3 June, League of Friends Royal Berkshire Hospital Summer Fete, Victoria Recreation Ground, Armour Road, Tilehurst, tel: 01183 228592
• 4 June, Artisan Market, High Street, Maidenhead, tel: 07896 902850
• 10 June, Village Fete, Thames Meadows, Pangbourne
• 11 June, Linking the Landscape Walk and Afternoon Tea, Greenham Common, Newbury, tel: 01635 874381
• 11 June, Newbury Rotary Annual ‘Boules in the Square’ Tournament, Market Place, tel: 07733 487023
• 18 June, Explore Newbury Heritage Walk: Northbrook Street and Speenhamland, (ticket required), 2.30pm, meet outside Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, tel: 0845 5218218
• 18 June, Newbury Radio Rally, Newbury Showground, Next to Junc 13 of M4, tel: 07771 504738
• 23 and 30 June, Wildlife Walk, Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading
• 23-25 June, Gardeners’ Fair – Silent Auction, West Woodhay House, West Woodway, Newbury, tel: 01488 658540
• 25 June, Wokingham Bikeathon, Wokingham Town Centre
The Hexagon, tel: 01189 606060
4 June, UKBFF English Grand Prix; 9 June, Pam Ann: The 20th Anniversary Tour; 10 June, Henning Wehn; Westphalia is not an option; 12 June, Imelda May; 17 June, Killer Queen; 18 June, Beverley Knight: I Love Soulsville Tour; 21 June, Jimmy Carr: The Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour; 24 June, Karen and Karen: Dance
Concert Hall, Town Hall, tel: 01189 606060
3 June, Reginald D Hunter 2017; 8 June, Joan Eardley Promenade Play; 15 June, Julian Bliss Septet; 29 June, John Bishop: Winging It
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch, tel: 0118 384 2195
12-17 June, Betrayal by Harold Pinter
Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, tel: 01183 9758880
6-10 June, Tempting Fete
The Mill at Sonning, Sonning Eye, tel: 01189 698000
4 June, Forever in Blue Jeans; 5 June, Comedy Night at The Mill; 11 June, Stars of British Jazz; 18 June, Magic – A Kind of Queen; 25 June, The Johnny Cash Roadshow
Sub 89, Friar Street, tel: 01189 895395
23 June, The Blockheads – 40th Anniversary
The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, tel: 01635 46044
Until 22 July, Twelfth Night; Until 22 July, Romeo & Juliet; Until 1 July, House and Garden; 3 June, The Gingerbread Man
Corn Exchange Newbury & New Greenham Arts, tel: 0845 5218218
1 June, Leo Sayer; 3 June, New: Music Showcase; 7 June, ROH Live: The Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite & Armand; 8 June, Professor Robert Winston; 8 June, Melancholy; 9 June, The Billy Joel Songbook performed by Elio Pace and His Band; 9 June, Come Together: Barb Jungr and Jonn McDaniel perform The Beatles; 10 June, Caerphilly Male Voice Choir; 15 June, Katy Brand: I Was A Teenage Christian; 16 June, Andy Cutting; 17 June, Lipstick on Your Collar; 22-24 June, Hairspray; 27 June, Under Milk Wood; 28 June, ROH Live: Otello
Shaw House, Church Road, tel: 01635 279279
1 June, The Pied Piper presented by Norwich Puppet Theatre
New Era Theatre, St George’s Centre, Wash Common, tel: 07919 916009
15-17 June, Di and Viv and Rose
Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street, Tel: 01753 853888
Until 3 June, Miss Meena & The Masala Queens; 5 June, The Magic of Motown; 6 June, Think Floyd; 7-10 June, Our Man in Havana; 11 June, The Manfreds – Makin’ Tracks Tour; 12-17 June, Waiting for God; 20-24 June, Dial M For Murder; 20 June – 8 July, Windsor Repertory Festival; 27 June – 1 July, Wuthering Heights
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, tel: 01183 788660
1 June, Flanders & Swann: At the Drop of a Hippopotamus; 1 June, Alfie Moore: Getting Away with Murder; 2 June, James Campbell’s The Funny Thing About…; 3 June, St John’s Chamber Orchestra; 9 June, The Zoots: Sounds of the Sixties; 10 June, Katy Brand – I was a Teenage Christian; 12 June, Mary Alexander – Meet Me at the Waldorf; 13 June, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 18 June, Five Star Swing – The Big Band;; 24 June, Gimme ABBA – One and On and On; 25 June, Martin Simpson; 29 June, London Mozart Trio
South Hill Park, tel: 01344 484123
2-3 June, Sota Pops to Broadway; 3-4 June, Festival of Food and Folk; 10-11 June, Steppin’ Out to The West End!; 16-17 June, On a Lighter Note 2; 21-24 June, Murderer; 22 June, This Ain’t No Rodeo