Events and things to do in Berkshire - June 2016

PUBLISHED: 10:39 01 June 2016 | UPDATED: 11:06 01 June 2016

Stars of The Ratpack Live

Stars of The Ratpack Live


Dog lovers, children, art finders, theatre fans, this is the month when our summer calendar blossoms like the gardens

Watership Down at Watermill

Intimately linked to the nearby countryside, an adaption of Richard Adams’s best-selling book Watership Down in the atmospheric warren-like surroundings of The Watermill Theatre at Bagnor will make for a very special theatrical experience.

Adams was born and raised near Newbury, and his tale of courage and survival has become one of the best-loved adventures. In this gripping version by Rona Munro, the long and perilous journey of a band of rabbits in search of a safe home finally leads them to Watership Down.

Director Adam Penford says “We’ve assembled a multi-talented cast and a vibrant team of theatre’s hottest creative talents in order to tell this epic adventure story through movement, music and puppetry... think War Horse, but with rabbits!”

The production is suitable for ages eight and over and parental guidance is advised as there are some poignant moments as the story unfolds.

Watership Down runs from 16 June to 23 July, tickets £15 to £26.50. Book at or call the box office, 01635 46044.

Reading’s artists show their work

As 2016 is Reading’s Year of Culture, the Whiteknights Studio Trail on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June is an ideal chance to see just how talented our local artists are. This is the 16th year of the Studio Trail and several venues are putting on events, activities and demonstrations as well as showing work from 36 artists. Visitors can see and buy artworks ranging from fine art paintings, ceramics and printmaking to jewellery, furniture and photography. Many of the events are suitable for people of all ages, see for full details and a brochure.

Just as we like it!

How about enjoying Shakespeare’s As You Like It with some circus tricks, choreographed dance and live music along the way – all performed by theatre group Watch Your Head on the spectacular lawns of The Savill Garden in The Great Park?

This pastoral comedy runs from 22 June to 24 July and will celebrate the best of the British summertime with a delicious barbecueserved during the final wedding scene provided by award-winning caterers Leiths. Drinks with also be available to purchase, as a hidden bush bar serving everything from a Fever Tree and Sipsmiths G&T to Pol Roger Champagne, to a nice cold beer from Windsor and Eton Brewery, will be popping up throughout the play. And if a tempting snack is more your style, Propercorn will be providing audiences with their tasty popcorn during the circus scene.

Tickets are £35, concessions £25, and include parking, garden entrance and immersive theatre performance. See

Kings of Cool arrive

The Rat Pack Live swaggers into Newbury’s Corn Exchange on 4 June with a hit show celebrating the music of Sammy Davis Jnr, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra during their Vegas heyday. The trio of stars are portrayed by David Alacey as Sinatra, the UK’s number one tribute to Dean Martin, Harry Crawley (who has actually played the famous Caesar’s Palace Ballroom in Las Vegas with a full big band) and Rahul d’Mello as Sammy Davis Jnr.

Tickets £25, see

Garden open at Frogmore

June is a superb month to see how other people’s gardens are flourishing. In the meantime, the choices are spread right across the county, including at some notable addresses, led by Her Majesty The Queen opening Frogmore House Garden for the NGS on Tuesday, 7 June. You’ll find choices everywhere from Inkpen to Maidenhead at, but here are some highlights:

5 June, Bucklebury House, Bucklebury, RG7 6RR, 01189 358221; Stockcross House, Newbury, RG20 8LP; 11 June, Eton College Gardens; 12 June Chieveley Manor, RG20 8UT, 01635 248208; The Harris Garden, Reading, RG6 6AS; 19 June, Rookwood Farm House, Stockcross, RG20 8JX, 01488 608676.

Family fun for all

DogFest comes to Windsor Great Park for the very first time on 25 and 26 June, hosted by Channel 4’s Supervet, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick. A fun-filled weekend is promised with have-a-go activities for your dog to take part in, including Flyball, agility sessions, dog diving and training, plus grooming sessions for pampered pooches and gifts and treats galore. Highlights include Hill’s School for Dogs, The Great Dog Walk and the Eukanuba Supervet Live Tour.


Family days out

• Until 12 July, The Great Ball Run, Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, RG8 9NR

• Until 4 June, Scarecrow Trail, Burghfield Common, RG7 3EN,

• 1 June, Visit Wednesdays, UK Wolf Conservation Trust, Butlers Farm, Beenham, 01189 713330; Family Activity Day, Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, 01635 279279

• 2-3 June, Family Activities, West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury, 01635 519562

• 4 June, Summer Fete, Victoria Recreation Ground, Tilehurst, 01183 228592

• 11 June, Warfield Village Fete, The Memorial Ground, 01344 307030

• 18 June, Teddy Bear Parachuting, St James the Less, Pangbourne Hill, 01189 842698; Winnersh Summer Fete, Bearwood Recreation Ground, Sindlesham, 01189 78044; Open Day and Fun Dog Show, National Animal Welfare Trust, Trindledown Farm, Wantage Road, Great Shefford, 01488 638584

• 26 June, Thatcham Summer Classic Car Show & Family Fun Day, Henwick Lane, 07919 442544; Wokingham Bikeathon,


The Hexagon, Queens Walk, 01189 606060

4 June, Killer Queen; 8 June, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Dame Evelyn Glennie; 17 June, The Proclaimers; 23-24 June, Bill Bailey: Limboland

The Mill at Sonning, Sonning Eye, 01189 698000

Until 2 July, It Runs in The Family; 5 June, Magic: A Kind of Queen; 6 June, Magic Night; 12 June, Searchers; 19 June, Jazz in New York: The 1930’s; 26 June, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman & Count Basie

Concert Hall, Town Hall, Blagrave Street, 01189 606060

4 June, University of Reading Choral Gala; 19 June, An Audience with Nadiya Hussain; 22 June, Milos, Guitar

Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch, 0118 384 2195

13-18 June, Humble Boy

Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, 01183 9758880

8-11 June, Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders by Derek Webb


The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, 01635 46044

16 June – 23 July, Watership Down; Until 11 June, Untold Stories – Hymns & Cocktail Sticks

Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, 0845 5218218

3 June, Austentatious; 4 June, Rat Pack Live; 8 June, Ballet Black: Triple Bill Featuring “Storyville”; 8 June, Dinosaur Park: The Jurassic Parody; 10 June, Graeme of Thrones; 15 June, Gareth Gates and Mad About the Musicals 10th Anniversary; 16 June, Holy Moly & The Crackers; 17 June, Jongleurs Comedy Club; 18 June, The Elvis Years; 24 June, Barb Jungr & John McDaniel perfume The Beatles; 27 June, ROH Live: Werther; 28 June, Dance & Drama Showcase; 29 June, Some Guys Have All The Luck (The Rod Stewart Story); 30 June, Mark Watson: I’m Not Here

Shaw House, Church Road, 01635 279279

3-4 June, Canterbury Tales presented by Blast from the Past

The New Era Theatre, St George’s, Wash Common, 07919 916009

8-18 June, The God of Carnage


Theatre Royal, Thames Street, 01753 853888

Until 4 June, The Railway Children; 7-11 June, One Man, Two Guvnors; 14-18 June, Deadly Nightcap; 19 June, Al Murray The Pub Landlord; 21-25 June, Bedroom Farce; 28 June – 2 July, Jamaica Inn


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

18-19 June, Gyles Brandreth; 22 June, Susan Calman; 23 June, Kathron Sturrock and Daniel Pioro; 23 June, Tiff Stevenson and Julian Deane; 24 June, Summer Song with Martin Speake; 25 June, A Night of ELO; 26 June, Carnival of the Animals; 26 June, Ross Couper and Tom Oakes; 29-30 June, Jane Eyre of Charlotte Bronte; 30 June, Pete Firman


South Hill Park, Ringmead, tel: 01344 484123

2-5 June, The Wizard of Oz; 8-9 June, May Contain Food; 8 June, From Stage to Screen; 9-11 June, Twelfth Night; 11-12 June, Dancing Through the Decades; 12 June, Mission Improvable; 17-18 June, On A Lighter Note; 19 June, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; 22-25, My Favourite Summer; 24 June, Purple Zeppelin; 25 June, South African Cultural Gospel Choir; 26 June, Dare to Dream; 29 June, Songs from the Sea; 30 June, The Simon & Garfunkel Story

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