Events and things to do in Berkshire - November 2015
PUBLISHED: 11:30 02 November 2015 | UPDATED: 16:02 02 November 2015
November is a bright and busy month in Berkshire
Get out and enjoy spectacular fireworks
There are some superb displays coming this month, and we’re going to start with the traditional monster that is Chieveley Fireworks, now in its 46th year and held on Bonfire Night, 5 November.
In advance tickets can be bought from village stores in Chieveley, Hermitage or Cold Ash (family £13.50, single £4; £18/ £5 on the night). Gates open at the High Street Recreation Centre from 6.15pm and there’s a guy competition and torchlight procession, with the fireworks from 7.45pm. Lots of local food and drink is on offer, including award winning beer from The Two Cocks Brewery in Enborne, a barbecue serving locally produced burgers, sausages and bacon from Chieveley’s Down Farm, with rolls and doughnuts from Shepherd’s Bakery in the village. See www.mychieveley.co.uk.
At Ascot things get underway on 31 October with a display set to music at Ascot Racecourse Grandstand. Gates open at 4pm after the first jumps meeting of the season, with fireworks from 6.15pm. This charity event is organised Ascot Round Table. Gate prices: adults £8, children £6, under 5s free. See www.ascotfireworks.org.uk.
Jeff Wayne’s musical version of the famous H G Wells sci-fi thriller War of the Worlds accompanies a huge display at Royal Windsor Racecourse on 7 November. Lots of special effects come with fireworks, which start at 7.30pm. Gates open 4pm, there’s a funfair (a wristband giving unlimited access to more than 15 rides can be purchased for £10). Advance tickets: adults £10, children up to 17 £5, under fives free, family package for four £25. See www.windsor-racecourse.co.uk.
Fun and fireworks take place at Maidenhead United FC in York Road on 7 November, with stalls and attractions in support of The Link Foundation. From 5.30pm, fireworks at 7pm; adults £5, children under 13 £3, under threes free.
Twyford Round Table’s display has a Halloween theme and is at St Georges Field on 31 October, gates open 6.30pm. Loddon Hall Road, Twyford.
Reading Lions host a fireworks spectacular with funfair, food and bar at Reading Town Football Club in Scours Lane on 31 October. Gates open 5pm with the display starting at 7pm. On the gate, adults £9, children £7, under fives free, see www.readinglions.org.uk for advance ticket details.
The display at Newbury Racecourse is on 7 November from 5.30pm and organised by Newbury Lions to raise funds for local charities alongside great food and entertainment. Tickets on gate £5, under 5s free. See www.newburyfireworks.org.uk for advance tickets.
Windsor Contemporary Art Fair
This popular event returns to Windsor Racecourse on 14 and 15 November, with the work of over 160 artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and selected galleries offered at prices from £50 to £5,000. Organiser Sarah McAllister says: “Since its conception in 2005 the fair has gone from strength to strength, attracting a very talented group of artists and galleries from all over the UK.”
A flagship Prince’s Trust initiative has raised in excess of £45,000 to date by selling small original canvases for a flat fee of £40, donated by artists exhibiting at the fair. Displayed on a dedicated stand at the entrance, they provide a snapshot of the whole fair, and have become collectors’ pieces in their own right. See www.windsorcontemporaryartfair.co.uk.
Those chilled out chinchillas
The Chinchilla, Silver Tabby and Smoke Cat Society holds its 33rd Champion Show at Hungerford Town Hall on 22 November, open to the public from 12.30 to 4.30pm. If we were going to come back as an animal, then a Chinchilla cat would be a good choice.
They are generally affectionate and placid, quite happy to lie around being decorative, enjoying the admiration of less pretty humans. Find out more at www.chinchilla-cat-society.org.uk.
• 7 November, Woodley and Earley Lions Charity Fireworks Display, Laurel Park
• 7 November, Spirals Craft Market, Hungerford Town Hall, tel: 07979 498876
• 7 November, Fireworks Fiesta, Pangbourne Primary School, www.fopps.org.uk
• 11 November, Greenham Common Bird Walk, tel: 01635 874381
• 14-15 November, Craft & Design Fair 2015, South Hill Park, Bracknell, tel: 01344 484123
• 15 November, Ufton Court Wedding Fayre, tel: 01189 832099
• 15 November, Bird Walk, The Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, tel: 01635 874381
• 18-21 November, Steel Magnolias – The Goring Gap Players, The Morrell Rooms, Church Lane, Streatley
• 20-22 November, Windsor Christmas Fair, Royal Windsor Racecourse, tel: 01753 591892
• 21 November, Sue Ryder – Starlight Hike, Dinton Pastures, Hurst, tel: 01189 394889
• 21 November – 24 December, Lapland UK, Whitmoor Forest, Windsor Estate, tel: 08716 207063
• 28 November – 31 December, A Merry Christmas, Basildon Park
• 29 November, Santa Dash, Swinley Forest, tel: 01753 848946
• 29 November, Wokingham Winter Carnival, www.wintercarnival.org.uk
The Hexagon, Queens Walk, tel: 01189 606060
2 November, Diversity; 3 November, Flanders Symphony Orchestra; 5 November, Al Murray; 6 November, Steve Backshall’s Wild World; 8 November, Henley Symphony Orchestra; 11-12 November, Peppa Pig’s Surprise; 13 November, Moscow Ballet; 15 November, Carmen; 18 November, Queen Extravaganza; 19 November, Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra; 27 November, The Maccabees
Town Hall, Blagrave Street, tel: 01189 606060
1 November, An Evening with Donovan; 7 November, Reading Community Gospel Choir; 26 November, Andy Hamilton
Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, tel: 01183 9758880
18-21 November, Playing Away
The Mill at Sonning, Sonning Eye, tel: 01189 698000
Until 21 November, Round & Round the Garden; 26 November 2015 – 16 January 2016 Stepping Out
The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, tel: 01635 46044
2-7 November, Macbeth; 11-14 November, Gormenghast; 19 November 2015 – 3 January 2016 Alice in Wonderland
Corn Exchange, Market Place, tel: 0845 5218218
Until 12 November, NT Encore: Hamlet; 3 November, Shakespeare Schools Festival; 6 November, Ed Byrne; 10 November, Josh Widdicoombe; 15 November, ROH: The Royal Ballet Encore; 19 November, NT Encore: Of Mice and Men; 27 November 2015 – 3 January 2016 Dick Whittington
Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street, tel: 01753 853888
2 November, The Rollin’ Stoned; 3-7 November, The Gruffalo; 3 November, The Upbeat Beatles; 4 November, The Elvis Years; 5 November, Elkie Brooks; 6 November, The Everly Brother and Friends The Temple Brothers; 7 November, ABBA: Thank you for the Music; 8 November, Making Memories; 10-14 November, The Nutcracker; 15 November, Frankly Sinatra; 16-28 November, Blood Brothers; 22 November, Big Girls Don’t Cry
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, tel: 01183 788660
4 November, Festival Showcase – Celebrating 50 Festivals; 4 November, Dick Gaughan; 6 November, Sean McLoughlin; 7 November, Dance to the Rhythm; 7 November, Paul Armfield; 14 November, Laurie Holloway in Concert; 19 November, The Heath String Quartet with James Baillieu; 20-21 November, Stephen K Amos; 24 November – 27 December, One Snowy Night; 26 November, Hardeep Singh Kohli; 27 November, Adam Long’s Dickens Abridged
South Hill Park, Ringmead, tel: 01344 484123
6 November, David Gray; 8 November, The Snow Queen; 9 November, A Floral Demonstration: Bracknell Flower Club; 10-13 November, Shakespeare Schools Festival; 15 November, Tapathon World Record Attempt; 20 November, Aleksanser Pavlovich; 21 November, The Sitcom Experience – Del & Rodney Dinner Show; 29 November 2015 – 3 January 2016 Sleeping Beauty