Events and things to do in Berkshire - May 2014

PUBLISHED: 14:55 30 April 2014 | UPDATED: 15:04 30 April 2014

Uri Geller, who lives at Sonning, is set to appear at Twyfest

Uri Geller, who lives at Sonning, is set to appear at Twyfest


A whole host of May events from all corners of Berkshire

Oliver Mellor, appearing at Windsor's Theatre Royal in MayOliver Mellor, appearing at Windsor's Theatre Royal in May

Oliver’s back, swapping people for pets

Actor Oliver Mellor returns to his home town of Windsor in May when All Creatures Great and Small opens at the Theatre Royal.

This dramatisation of the popular books and BBC series sees Oliver, who played Dr Matt Carter in Coronation Street, take to the stage as vet James Herriot alongside a star cast.

Set in the North Yorkshire Dales, the close and hard-working community and homely farmhouses were captured in novels which sold in their millions before being made into two films and the BBC TV series.

Joining Mellor are Blue Peter favourite Mark Curry as his blustering but good-natured boss, Siegfried Farnon, and Lee Latchford-Evans of pop sensation Steps as roguish younger brother Tristan Farnon. Clare Buckfield (2Point4 Children) plays James’s eventual wife, Helen, and Susan Penhaligon takes on the role of eccentric Mrs Pumphrey accompanied, of course, by her beloved lap dog Tricki-Woo.

All Creatures Great and Small runs from 20 to 31 May. See


It’s non-stop fun in Twyford

Twyford launches its first ever village festival in May – Twyfest – and has come up with a mix of TV personalities and local ‘stars’ for a 10 day feast of entertainment including drama, comedy, family events and a talent show.

The festival is the brainchild of Paul Williams, a stalwart of the area’s highly successful Twyford Village Partnership. Most events, made possible through volunteers and sponsorship by local businesses, will take place in a marquee at The Duke of Wellington pub, courtesy of Karen and Bill Suter, with profits going to local charities.

The opening night on 23 May features Britain’s Got Talent finalist ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, and the Tom Show, with magic, contortion and even some sword swallowing. Madonna tribute act Tasha Leaper performs on 24 May in a Back to the 80s night. A teddy bears picnic, courtesy of Castle Royle Golf and Country Club, is on 24 May, with Twyford’s Got Talent taking place on 25 May, where judges include X-Factor finalist Danyl Johnson.

Twyford resident Victoria Ruskin and her The Enchanted Theatre Company bring Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the festival on 26 May. Man of mystery Uri Geller is scheduled to appear on 27 May, with magician Paul Newton also on stage.

Stand up comedy night on 28 May sees comedians including Paul McCaffrey and Russell Powell take to the stage, there’s Elise Crumpet’s Unconventional Bingo the following evening, with Bavarian Beer Night on 30 May.

Saturday 31 May sees a rock and blues night featuring bands including The Lightyears. On the same day Twyford Comets will host a five-a-side football tournament. June 1 is the village’s fete and donkey derby day, and events conclude with a classical concert by Paul Rowe in St Mary’s Church.

See for more details.


Party time at Cliveden

Cliveden turns the clock back to the 1930s on Sunday, 18 May, with a garden party to mark the birthday of Nancy Astor, the first woman to take a seat in Parliament, and who also transformed the estate in the early 20th century.

The picturesque Water Garden will be transformed, with live music, traditional Punch and Judy, party games and a birthday cake. There will also be free face painting as well as Cliveden’s giant maze to fascinate youngsters.

Visitors can chat with famous characters from the past, as actors from The Cliveden Set portraying celebrities from Nancy’s heyday stroll through the grounds. There will be live music from the Marlow Town Band. Bring your own picnics; or choose from refreshments on offer.

The party runs from 11am to 4pm. Normal admission charges apply, but no booking is required. Cliveden, Taplow, SL6 0JA. Tel: 01628 605069,


Performance Highlights


1 May, Frank Skinner; 2-3 May, Science Museum Live: The Energy Show; 14/17 May, Sainsbury Singers present Carousel; 20 May, Taking Care of Elvis: Starring Ben Portsmouth; 21 May, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra; 22 May, Joe Brown; 27-28 May, The Devil at Midnight; 30 May, Grumpy Old Women: Fifty Shades of Beige

The Hexagon, Queens Walk, Tel: 01189 606060


15 May, Celebrity Organ Recital; 17 May, Reading Phoenix Choir; 30 May, The Elias String Quartet

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


3 May, Lady Windermere’s Fan; 23 May, 26-31 May, Not About Heroes

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


1-3 May, Act Your Age

Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, tel: 01183 228592



Until 10 May, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility; 14-17 May, The Box Theatre Company – The Canterbury Tales

The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, tel: 01635 46044


1 May, Mark Thomas; 2 May, The Fureys & Davey Arthur; 6 May, The Only Way is Downton; 10 May, The Big Chris Barber Band; 11 May, Sound Beginnings Peter & The Wolf; 13 May, Yevgeny Sudbin; 14 May, Jubilee Quartet; 15 May, Fugata Quintet; 16 May, Trish Clowes Trio; 16 May, Yolanda Brown; 17 May, Gwyneth Herbert & her Band; 17 May, Megson; 19 May, The Sheepdrove Piano Competition Winner 2014; 20 May, Unexpected Opera’s: Opera Naked!; 21 May, Benjamin Baker & Ji Liu; 22 May, Ballet Central; 24 May, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with John Lill; 28 May, Return of The Grumpy Old Women; 30 May, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; 31 May, Sing Along Grease

Corn Exchange, Market Place, tel: 0845 5218218



1-3 May, Agatha Christie’s Murder On Air; 4 May, The Johnny Cash Roadshow; 20-31 May, All Creatures Great And Small, 25 May, The Simon And Garfunkel Story

Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street, Tel: 01753 853888



3 May, Jimmy Lee and the Edge of Chaos Orchestra; 4 May, James Church’s Cabaret Night; 8 May, Motor City Memories; 16 May, Paul Brady; 17 May, Clare Teal – The Divas & Me!; 23 May, Spiers and Boden; 26 May, The Boy and His Horse

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



4-5 May, Allied School of Dance – Showtime!; 6 May, Mata Hari – Female Spy; 8 May, David Starkey; 9 May, Magic of the Musicals; 20 May, Bracknell Choral Society; 23 May, Eagle House School Dance Show; 24 May, Strictly Street Dance Co; 25-26 May, The Enchanted Forest; 28-31 May, Heroes

South Hill Park, Ringmead, tel: 01344 484123


31 May, Sean Hughes Live!, Bracknell Leisure Centre, tel: 0118 4028926



4 May, South Berkshire Concert Band

Kennet Valley Free Church, Calcot, tel: 07775 988798



17 May, Lets Rock The Moor – The Ultimate 80’s Festival

Marsh Meadow, Cookham, Full Info:



-3/10/17 May, Aldworth Village Market, Aldworth Village Hall, tel: 01635 578090

-4/26 May, Minature Train Rides, Prospect Park, Reading, tel: 07920 833546

-6 May, Charity Dog Show & Family Fun Day, Bird in Hand,, Knowl Hill, tel: 01628 826622

-7 May, Antique & Collectors Fair, Royal Windsor Racecourse, tel: 0207 9936195

-8 May, Arts & Crafts Market, Market Place, Wokingham

-10 May, Barn Dance, The Hatch, Burghfield Village, tel: 07823 888323

-11 May, May Fayre, The Hatch, Burghfield Village, tel: 07500 900984

-11 May, Reading’s Affordable Vintage Fair, The Olympia Ballroom, London Street, Reading

-14-18 May, Royal Windsor Horse Show, tel: 01753 860633

-17 May, Ruby’s Vintage & Retro Fair, Newbury College, tel: 07774 257539

-17 May, Museums at Night: After Hours 1951 Vintage Night, Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, tel: 01183 788660

-24 May – 1 June, Burghfield Common Scarecrow Trail, Burghfield Common

-25 May, Baby & Childrens Market, Swallowfield Parish Hall, Swallowfield

-25 May, Bracknell Ale & Wine Festival, Bracknell Town Football Club, Larges Lane, Bracknell

-25-26 May, Highclere County Fair, Highclere Castle, Highclere

-25 May, Beer Festival, The Castle, Churh Hill, Hurst, tel: 01189 340034

-26 May, Yattendon & Frilsham Fete, Yattendon Village Square

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