Events and things to do in Berkshire - September 2016

PUBLISHED: 11:49 06 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:49 06 September 2016

Where supercar style meets splendid history: Blenheim Palace

Where supercar style meets splendid history: Blenheim Palace


Discover your great September day out or evening treat

Fashioning a beauty

Some of the stunning dresses Her Majesty the Queen has worn on official occasions will go on display at Windsor Castle from 17 September, allowing visitors to see close up the intricate work of the designers who produced gowns for the likes of state visits and official engagements.

The Queen’s ensembles for overseas tours are carefully designed to ensure they are appropriate for the climate of country, and, where possible, fabric colours and embroideries are incorporated to pay subtle compliments to the host nation.

The display also indicates how timeless Sir Norman Hartnell’s designs remain, and a stunning evening gown from the 1950s, when Her Majesty was a young mother, very much demonstrates this. Alongside the magnificent formal wear, a contrast is provided by a selection of fancy-dress costumes worn by the then Princess Elizabeth for wartime family pantomimes held at the Castle.

If you’d like to see more of The Queen’s outfits in Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe, including many on show for the first time, take a trip to Buckingham Palace for the Summer Opening until 2 October. Exhibits here include the memorable beaded peach cocktail dress worn by Her Majesty for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

Designer Angela Kelly had to create two dresses – one for the Queen as James Bond collected her from Buckingham Palace, and the other for the ‘stunt double’ who jumped out of the helicopter.

Deadpan master

He comes across as grouchy, indignant and acerbic, but British audiences have a soft spot for American comedian Rich Hall who appears at Newbury’s Corn Exchange on Thursday, 15 September.

Dream cars on display

The big day out for motoring fans takes place at Blenheim Palace when Salon Privé brings together supercars, style and elegance for three days. It all starts on Thursday, 1 September with the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance when a world-leading display of cars will be judged across 10 classes. The Friday hosts Boodles Ladies Day where glamour leads the way, and the Saturday sees some 80 cars on display and awards ceremonies taking place. You might like to take a test drive or two – among those offering this treat are Ferrari, Lexus, Morgan and Tesla. Combine this perhaps with great hospitality offers for individuals and groups, see

Newbury Real Ale Festival

Festival on 10 September, with its mix of ales (this year the theme is National Parks), live music and food, including a hog roast by Graham and Charlie Plank of Schofields Farm, Bucklebury. Find out more at

Other events

• 3 September, Rotary Cookham Regatta, Marsh Meadow, The Moor

• 10-11 September, Slough Canal Festival, Bloom Park, off Middlegreen Road, Langley

• 10-11 September, Free Tours of St Nicholas Church Bell Tower, West Mills, Newbury, tel: 01635 47018 (pre-book)

• 11 September, Binfield Church Fete, St Mark’s Church, tel: 07798 725432

• 11 September, Open Garden: Scotlands, Warren Row, RG10 8QP, tel: 01189 358221

• 17 September, Spencers Wood Carnival, Recreation Ground,

• 17-18 September, The Royal County of Berkshire Show, Newbury Showground

• 18 September, Great British Walk: The Story of Ankerwycke, Runnymede, North Lodge, Windsor Road, Old Windsor, tel: 01784 432891

• 24 September, Family Fun Day, Braywood Farm, Ascot Road, Maidenhead, tel: 07771 871504

• 24 September, Community Fair, Eton College

• 25 September, Newbury Artisan Market, Newbury Town Centre, tel: 01749 939485

• 30 September, Fawlty Towers Night, Coppid Beech Hotel, Bracknell, tel: 01344 303333


The Hexagon, Queens Walk, 01189 606060

1-3 September, Reading Rep Theatre present Ben-Hur; 8-10 September, South Street and The Hexagon present The Great British Bump Off; 11 September, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical; 15 September, Stick Man; 20 September, Sue Perkins; 22 September, Josh Widdicombe; 28 September – 1 October, Reading Operatic Society presents Sister Act

The Mill at Sonning, Sonning Eye, 01189 698000

Until 3 September, Agatha Christie’s The Hollow; 20 September, Comedy Night at The Mill; 21 September, Big Girls Don’t Cry; 22 September, Buddy Holly & The Cricketers; 23 September, ‘Oh Carol’, A Neil Sedaka Show; 24 September, The Glenn Miller Orchestra; 24 September, ‘West End Meets Broadway’; 29 September – 19 November, Blithe Spirit

Tilehurst Village Hall, Victoria Road, 01189 429984

9-10 September, Murder Mystery Evening


The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, 01635 46044

Until 17 September, Crazy for You; 10 September, Suddenly!; 22 September – 29 October, The Wipers Times

Corn Exchange, Market Place, 0845 5218218

3 September, The Simon and Garfunkel Story; 15 September, Rich Hall; 16 September, Johnny Cash Roadshow; 17 September, 24 Hour Plays 2016; 17-19 September, Stick Man; 21 September, Miles Jupp; 27 September, Luke Brown – Youth Curtain Raiser; 27 September, For You I Long The Longest; 28 September, Shooting with Light


Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street, 01753 853888

Until 3 September, The Shawshank Redemption; 5-10 September, Lady Anna: All at Sea; 12-17 September, Home at Seven; 19 September, Henry Blofed – An Evening with ‘Blowers’; 20 September, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock – The Sky at Night; 21 September, Fascinating Aida’s Dillie Keane; 22 September, 90 Glorious Years – Golden Memories; 22 September, Jay Rayner, the Ten (Food) Commandments; 23 September, Arthur Smith; 24 September, Billy Fury Half Way to Paradise; 24 September, The Royal Harmonics & Windsor Military Wives Choir; 27 September – 1 October, The MGM Story


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

2 September, Dave Gorman; 8 September, Viennese Connections – Summer Concert; 9 September, The Real Thing; 10 September, Going South; 10 September, An Evening of Jazz – Raising Money for MacMillan; 11 September, It’s Show Time! With the Noteworthy Vocal Quartet; 23 September, Lee Nelson;24 September, Caerphilly Male Group Voices Concert; 28-30 September, Hi-de-Hi; 29 September, The Heath String Quartet with Adrian Brendel; 30 September, Debra Stephenson – Night of One Hundred Voices


South Hill Park, Ringmead, 01344 484123

15 September, Mark Harrison; 16 September, Joe Stilgoe; 21-24 September, Frankenstein; 25 September, Mission: Improvable 3 Year Anniversary Show; 28 September, Seann Walsh: One For The Road

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