Events and things to do in Berkshire - November 2016

PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 October 2016

Mig Kimpton with a new take on snowballs

Mig Kimpton with a new take on snowballs


Whether its fireworks, arts or theatre you seek, November in Berkshire offers a colourful fiesta

The Mary Howard Christmas Fair

One of the region’s not-to-be-missed Christmas shopping and charity events comes to Newbury Racecourse from 8 to 11 November – the Mary Howard Christmas Fair. The fairs always attract thousands of visitors, and this year the chosen charity is The Injured Jockey Fund.

Mary and her husband Patrick started the fairs over 30 years ago. Sadly, Mary died in a car accident in 2008, but her family have continued to run the events and raise money for charity.

This year’s fair will cover three floors at The Dubai Duty Free Grandstand and contain over 100 stall holders offering antiques, food and drink, beauty and fragrance, beautiful fashion items, toys, gifts and everything for the home.

Book at Tickets start from £10 and there are options to include a splendid lunch. Free parking is available at the racecourse and a shuttle bus service will take visitors to and from the car park to the fair entrance.

Feast of art at Windsor

Windsor Contemporary Art Fair returns to Royal Windsor Racecourse for its 12th year on Saturday 12 (10am-6pm), and Sunday, 13, November (10am to 5pm). Visitors can see and buy artwork, ceramics and sculptures from over 160 artists and galleries. Affectionately known for ‘real art for real people’, it is a must for any seasoned or budding art collector looking to purchase an original piece.

Meet the artists, talk about their creations and techniques and enjoy wine tasting and refreshments. There will also be painting workshops and quizzes to keep children entertained. Alongside the Art Fair is The Wine Affair – a celebration of the best in viniculture. Exhibitors from boutique vineyards to established independent merchants will share their passion for wine.

The fair’s organisers are supporting The Prince’s Trust, with all exhibitors contributing a small canvas to be sold to raise money. Advance tickets: adults £7 (£9 on door), Conc £6 (£8), children up to 16 £1, under fives free,

Fantastic floral design

The Frozen Floral Roadshow with Mig Kimpton comes to The Watermill, Newbury, at 7pm on 30 November and then moves to Norden Farm, Maidenhead, for shows at 2pm and 7.30pm on 2 December. RHS gold medal winner Mig creates a collection of breathtaking festive floral displays from scratch whilst regaling the audience with amusing anecdotes. Members 
of the audience get the opportunity to help Mig with his displays and also to win one of the designs to take home at the end of the show. Tickets are £15, book at 01635 46044, and 01628 788997 and

November choices

This year’s spectacular Chieveley Fireworks on 5 November is an all-ticket affair as a huge crowd is expected. See for full details. Ascot Racecourse’s fireworks are on 29 October (, while at Windsor Racecourse there is a fireworks and laser show on 4 and 5 November (

Other events include

• Until 30 November, Autumn Lights and Colour, Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, tel: 01491 672920

• 5 November, Fireworks Spectacular, Reading Lions Club, Scours Lane, Reading, tel: 08458 337431

• 5 November, Fireworks Fiesta, Pangbourne Primary School, Kennedy Drive

• 5 November, Vintage Funfair and Bonfire Night Spectacular, Boyne Hill Cricket Club, Maidenhead

• 12 November, Christmas Fayre, Grange Church, Southcote Lane, Reading

• 12-13 November, South Hill Park Craft & Design Fair 2016, Bracknell, tel: 01344 484123

• 18-20 November, Windsor Christmas Gift Fair, Royal Windsor Racecourse, tel: 01753 591892

• 20 November, Championship Cat Show, Hungerford Town Hall and Corn Exchange, tel: 01380 828281

• 26 November, Out of Africa Charity Ball, The Hilton Hotel, Reading, tel: 01183 271154

• 26 November, Christmas Fayre, Moor Hall, Cookham, tel: 01628 527465

• 27 November, Winter Carnival, Wokingham town centre,

• 28 November, Pelican Cancer Christmas Gift Fair, The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury, tel: 01256 314746


South Street Arts Centre, South Street, tel: 01189 606060

11 November, Jenny Éclair: How To Be A Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane)

The Hexagon, Queens Walk, tel: 01189 606060

2 November, Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra; 4-6 November, George’s Marvellous Medicine; 10 November, Czech

National Symphony Orchestra; 11 November, Sean Lock; 18 November, La Boheme; 19 November, Balletboyz present Life; 21-26 November, Dirty Dancing; 28 November, The Chinese State Circus

Concert Hall, Town Hall, Blagrave Street, tel: 01189 606060

6 November, Henley Symphony Orchestra 2016; 9 November, Lunchtime Organ Recital – Joseph Beech; 13 November, An Audience with Craig Revel Horwood; 25 November, Richard Durrant

Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, tel: 01183 9758880

16-19 November, Ladies Day

The Mill at Sonning Theatre Ltd, Sonning Eye, tel: 01189 698000

Until 19 November, Blithe Spirit; 24 November – 14 January 2017, High Society; 27 November, Chris Barber Big Band


The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury, tel: 01635 46044

Until 4 November, Frankenstein; 9-12 November, Ubu Roi; 17 November – 1 January, Sleeping Beauty – Christmas 2016

Corn Exchange, Market Place, tel: 0845 5218218

1 November, Be Brave and Leave for the Unknown; 3 November, 1972: The Future of Sex; 3 November, The Schools Choreography Challenge; 4 November, Lee Nelson: Work in Progress; 4 November, Sean Walsh; 11 November, Julia Fordham; 16 November, Alan Bennett’s Diaries Live; 17 November, Russell Howard; 19 November, Carols at The Corn Exchange

Shaw House, Church Road, tel: 01635 279279

11 November, Ravish’d by Magic; 19 November, Six Centuries of Spectacular Song; 19 November, Musical Mystery Tour Family Show


Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street, tel: 01753 853888

1-5 November, Rumpy Pumpy! – A Musical; 6 November, The Bob Dylan Story; 8-12 November, Snow White; 15-19 November, Pride and Prejudice; 20 November, Jackson – Live in Concert; 21 November, Jake & Elwood’s Christmas Party!; 22 November, Christmas Classics with Blake; 23 November, Frankie’s Guys; 24 November, Swinging Into Christmas; 25 November, Supreme Queen Live; 26 November, ABBA Forever; 30 November – 8 January, Jack and The Beanstalk


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

22 November – 30 December, The Elves and the Shoemaker; 23 November, Rory Bremner - Party Political; 24 November, The London Conchord Ensemble; 26 November, Rosemary Shrager; 29 November Blofeld and Baxter: Rogues on the Road


South Hill Park, Ringmead, tel: 01344 484123

1-5 November, Chess – The Musical; 6 November, West Forest Sinfonia Chamber Concert; 8-10 November, Lee Hurst; 16-19 November, Bouncers; 28 November, Michael Portillo; 30 November – 3 January Cinderella

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