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  • Christmas Tours and Afternoon Tea at Highclere Castle

    Christmas Tours and Afternoon Tea at Highclere Castle

    All day
    16/10/2020-31/10/2020
    Highclere Castle Highclere Park NEWBURY RG20 9RN

    Christmas Tours and Afternoon Tea at Highclere Castle

    Get into the spirit of Christmas at the real “Downton Abbey” and join us for Christmas Tours and Afternoon Tea at Highclere Castle.

    Ticket Price:
    Adult £85
    Carer £45
    Children (4-16yrs) £45

    Admire our traditional Victorian Christmas tree in the Saloon and the festive garlands that cascade down the Oak Stairs and the Red Stairs, the silver and green arrangements in the Drawing Room and the traditional styling of the Library and the State Dining Room.


    Tour the bedrooms upstairs and explore the Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars which tells the story of the world-famous discovery in 1922 of the tomb of Tutankhamun by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter.

    Following your Tour, make your way outside to the Christmas Marquee on the Castle Lawns for a delicious seated traditional Afternoon Tea.

    Please take the opportunity to visit the Castle Gift Shop and explore the Gardens at your own leisure. We hope you find some charming Christmas gifts for friends and family to complete your shopping.

    These exclusive tours are available for a limited number of guests and include a Christmas Tour, traditional Afternoon Tea and time to explore the Castle Gift Shop and Gardens.

    In order to help you plan your day, and to help us ensure we have time to clean everything thoroughly between tours, we have created the following schedules:

    PLEASE CONTACT THE VENUE FOR DATES AND TIMES

    A.  Gates open from 9:30am.
    Tour Entry 10am (Tour of Castle & Exhibition and Afternoon Tea)

    B.  Gates open 11:00am.
    Tour Entry 11:30am (Tour of Castle & Exhibition and Afternoon Tea)

    C.  Gates open 12:30pm.
    Tour Entry 1:00pm (Tour of Castle & Exhibition and Afternoon Tea)

    D.  Gates open 1:30pm.
    Tour Entry 2:30pm (Tour of Castle & Exhibition and Afternoon Tea)

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  • Rejoice at the Return of the Rugby!

    Rejoice at the Return of the Rugby!

    All day
    22/10/2020-31/10/2020

    Rejoice at the Return of the Rugby!

    Join us for the Autumn Internationals! Ireland v Italy
    Book your table today to watch the game in our bar!
    If you book a table with food for 4-6 people receive a round of Guinness on us!
    Please download our Young’s On Tap app before arrival.

    In line with government guidelines we are only accepting bookings for up to 6 people.

  • Lone Flyer

    Lone Flyer

    All day
    22/10/2020-31/10/2020
    The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE

    Lone Flyer

    FRIENDS PRIORITY BOOKING OPENS THURSDAY 10 SEPTEMBER AT 10AM
    GENERAL BOOKING OPENS MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER AT 10AM

    We are delighted to announce that this autumn we will be presenting a limited season of socially distanced performances inside our auditorium.

    5 May 1930. Amy Johnson has a dream, but just how far will her dream take her?

    As the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia, Amy’s career reached new heights, but the outbreak of the Second World War changed everything, and she finds herself facing her greatest challenge yet. Driven by the need to escape from one life to another, follow Amy’s journey from humble beginnings to become one of Britain’s most influential female aviators.

    A powerful play about one of the most inspirational women of the twentieth century, Lone Flyer received its premiere at The Watermill nearly 20 years ago.

    Tickets £25 to £23

    Age guidance 8+

    Audio Described performance: Saturday 7 November at 2.30pm. To reserve a headset for the performance and to book your tickets, please contact the box office on 01635 46044.

    Lone Flyer is part of The Watermill Theatre’s autumn 2020 reopening season featuring shows with smaller cast sizes, reduced capacity inside the auditorium and socially distanced seating to enable you to get back to watching the very best live theatre.

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  • Fossiltastic half term activities!

    Fossiltastic half term activities!

    10:00 -16:00
    26/10/2020-30/10/2020
    Church Street, Wantage, Oxford OX12 8DBL

     

    Join us for our exciting programme of Fossiltastic half term activities!


    We have 3 𝗙𝗢𝗦𝗦𝗜𝗟𝗧𝗔𝗦𝗧𝗜𝗖 sessions running each day for the whole week, Monday 26th – Friday 30th October.

    Marvellous Mary and her Fantastic Fossils: The Story of Mary Anning
    Fossiltastic Arts & Crafts
    Dino Detectives: How are fossils made and what do they tell us?

  • Newbury’s Fun Half-Term Halloween Trail

    Newbury’s Fun Half-Term Halloween Trail

    10:00 -17:00
    26/10/2020-31/10/2020

    Newbury’s Fun Half-Term Halloween Trail

    Parkway Shopping, The Kennet Centre & Newbury Bid have teamed up to deliver a family friendly, covid safe Halloween Half Term Trail around the town!
    Families & children are invited to pick up their starter trail starter packs from FAT FACE in Parkway from & ON THE 26th October (10am) – and have until 31st October to hand the completed trail sheet into PAPERCHASE at Parkway.
    Solve the clues, follow the footprints & you could WIN some fiendishly good family prizes including:
    Hotel Chocolat Hamper
    Family meal at Nandos
    Superdry voucher for £50
    & more….
    IN ADDITION there will be a little treat for every child at the end of the TRAIL & in your starter pack a DRAGON COLOURING COMPETITON for the little ones to take home with them to keep them busy over Half-Term!
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  • Halloween photo session

    Halloween photo session

    All day
    29/10/2020-30/10/2020

    Halloween photo session by Caroline Nixon Photography Ltd

    So this Halloween I am offerng a 30 minute photo shoot session for you and your little ones in fancy dress.

    The session itself costs £40 and includes all your images on a private online gallery and 1 print to remember your special day.

    I will be holding sessions at Snelsmore common at specific times so be sure to buy the ticket for the time you would like. This is a ticket only event to keep track of numbers and social distancing rules will apply. These sessions will be run on 29th and 30th October only. All children should be accompanied by an adult. Please arrive 10 mins before your shoot to allow for the timings to run smoothly. Meeting place will be by the Snugg Cafe.

    For any further questions be sure to get in touch via email to carolinenixonphotographyltd@outlook.com

  • Curry Night

    Curry Night

    18:00 -21:00
    29/10/2020-09/12/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Curry Night

    Learn robust techniques on Indian and Thai curry making. You will cook a variety of dishes to easily replicate at home. Techniques on marinating and alternative cooking methods will be covered in this course.

    • How to cook fail-safe rice in the oven

    • Dry rubs

    • Wet marinades

    • Thai curry with prawn

    • Indian curry with chicken

    • Aromatic salad

    • Carrot bhaji

    • Base sauces to take home

    Course includes:

    Arrive at 6pm for course introduction

    Enjoy a supper made on the evening of curry and accompaniments, served with your choice of beer, wine or a soft drink

    Leave at 9pm with your base sauce to make further curry at home

    To take away: A base sauce made on the evening, and all notes and recipes from the evening.

    Spaces for this course are subject to minimum number of participants.

  • Elton John: It’s a Little Bit Funny

    Elton John: It’s a Little Bit Funny

    19:45 -21:15
    29/10/2020-30/10/2020
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    Elton John: It’s a Little Bit Funny

    Priority booking opens to Members on Thursday 1 October. Tickets are available for general sale on Monday 5 October at 10am.

    Elton John: It’s a Little Bit Funny tells the incredible story of Elton John’s rise and fall (and rise again) as one of the most successful singer/songwriters ever.

    It also tells the tale of one extraordinary night in Las Vegas when Martin Kaye bumps into the bespectacled star and happens to spend the evening with him.

    It’s a night of confessions, anecdotes, jokes and – of course – fabulous songs. Martin Kaye (star of Million Dollar Quartet) is the biggest Elton John fan ever – so who better to sing and play Elton’s greatest songs and narrate this tall tale of an unforgettable celebrity encounter.

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors are required to wear them in the building, unless you are exempt from wearing one, or if you are eating or drinking. This includes when you are watching a film or performance. If you remove it to eat or drink you must put it back on when you have finished.

    Duration: 90 mins

    Tickets must be booked in advance and we ask customers to select an e-ticket if possible. If you are unable to book an e-ticket, please speak to our Box Office team.

    We will be limiting the number of people admitted to each event to ensure appropriate social distancing and will be leaving seats between each group. To facilitate social distancing, we have implemented a new way of booking online. You will see that there are seats available in bubbles of different group sizes and you will need to select the one that is appropriate for your booking. You must select a bubble which fits with your group size otherwise the system will not proceed with the booking. For example, if you try to book two seats in a bubble which is designed for four, the booking will not go through and you will need to select a bubble of two seats. If you require a bubble size which is not available please contact the Box Office and they will assist with your booking. You must only book tickets for people in your household. If you wish to come with someone who is not in your household, they will need to book tickets in a separate transaction. This is for the purposes of Track and Trace and so that we can ensure that government guidelines are being adhered to for the safety of all of our visitors.

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  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    14:00 -19:00
    30/10/2020-31/10/2020
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    Priority booking opens to Members on Friday 23 October. Tickets are available for general sale on Monday 26 October at 10am.

    What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard.

    The organisers of the protest – including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale – were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors are required to wear them in the building, unless you are exempt from wearing one, or if you are eating or drinking. This includes when you are watching a film or performance. If you remove it to eat or drink you must put it back on when you have finished.

  • I am Greta

    I am Greta

    20:30 -22:00
    30/10/2020-31/10/2020
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    I am Greta

    Priority booking opens to Members on Friday 23 October. Tickets are available for general sale on Monday 26 October at 10am.

    The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never before seen footage in this intimate documentary from Swedish director Nathan Grossman.

    Starting with her one person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament, Gross man follows Greta a shy student with Asperger s in her rise to prominence and her galvanizing global impact as she sparks school strikes around the world.

    The film culminates with her extraordinary wind powered voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City.

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors are required to wear them in the building, unless you are exempt from wearing one, or if you are eating or drinking. This includes when you are watching a film or performance. If you remove it to eat or drink you must put it back on when you have finished.

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  • Halloween 2020

    Halloween 2020

    All day
    31/10/2020

    Halloween 2020

    It’s tricky to know exactly what will happen this Halloween. After all, Covid-19 guidelines are constantly changing, as is the national transmission rate.

    Social distancing is threatening the usual Halloween traditions. So we are just looking at the larger organised events in and around West Berkshire for 2020.

    Click on the picture for more details.

  • Spooky Halloween Fun @ Blenheim Palace

    Spooky Halloween Fun @ Blenheim Palace

    All day
    31/10/2020
    Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP

    Spooky Halloween Fun

    Join our spooky ‘going’s-on’ this October, from spooky stories for your little ghouls to creepy walks for the bigger monsters in the family. We will have everyone quivering in their boots from all the frightful fun in the Pleasure Gardens.

    Ride the terrible train through the Frightful Tunnel down to the Pleasure Gardens for a range of family friendly activities. Listen in to spooky stories for a thrilling time.

    Come for a spooky walk (if you dare), our performers will tell creepy tales through the orchards and trees, these folk tales are sure to chill you to your bones! If you would like a ‘fang’tastic time then this is for you. There are two walks running, a creepy walk for family and even creepier walk for teenagers and adults.

    Learn about the history of pumpkins and turnip carving, before decorating your very own #terrifyingturnip, or taking one to carve at home. All day in the Pleasure Gardens for a small charge. Legend says that glowing coal would be placed in a carved turnip or potato to scare away evil spirits.

    Your Halloween day out wouldn’t be complete without some tasty treats. The Orangery have a mysterious menu for a special Halloween Children’s Afternoon Tea and the Pizza Café is serving pumpkin pizza for all your hungry hobgoblins

  • Introduction to traditional green wood turning course

    Introduction to traditional green wood turning course

    All day
    31/10/2020

    Introduction to traditional green wood turning course

    My name is Simon Vowell and I am a traditional pole lathe turner that has been introducing the craft back to the general public for the past ten years. This beginners course will cover the basics of green wood-turning with all tools and materials provided. No previous experience necessary.

    The course content will include the selection of materials, tool types, techniques and their safe use to create a finished item by the end of the day. The emphasis on this course is to provide you with the knowledge and confidence to carry your new found skills forward into a new and rewarding hobby.

    There are no more than two students on this course at any time although I will teach a student on a one to one basis when booked according to my advertised dates. I am also happy to take couples / family members (adults only) for a fun days wood turning tuition.

    I am based at Snelsmore Common Country Park near Newbury, Berkshire. This is a S.S.S.I. (Site of Special Scientific Interest) managed by BBOWT (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust).

    Courses are taught in a relaxed woodland environment at Snelsmore Common regularly unless otherwise committed to other events.

    All tuition, tools and materials.
    Tea and Coffee provided.

    Simon Vowell at Vallis Green Woodworking

    Snelsmore Common
    Newbury
    Berkshire
    RG14 3BQ
  • Chieveley Pop Up Artisan Market

    Chieveley Pop Up Artisan Market

    09:30 -11:30
    31/10/2020
    High St, Chieveley RG20 8TEhttp://www.mychieveley.co.uk/index.php?page=66

    Chieveley Pop Up Artisan Market

    A small independent business delivering artisan produce to you. We carefully choose local suppliers who use traditional methods and the finest fresh ingredients to bring you speciality breads, pastries, homemade chutneys, jams, honey and quality pasta.

  • Woodspeen Classics

    Woodspeen Classics

    10:00 -15:00
    31/10/2020
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Woodspeen Classics

    EVENT DETAILS

     

    Love our restaurant? Our team share the most popular starter, main course and dessert from this season, and teach you to confidently re-create some of our most popular restaurant dishes at home. We’ll share some of our kitchen secrets including ‘partition preparation’ where most of the cooking is done before your guests arrive leaving you to spend more time at the table and less time in the kitchen.

    • Morning involves demonstrations and practical sessions making some of the components that make up some of the restaurant dishes
    • You will be fully capable of creating a Woodspeen classic starter, main course and dessert
    • Discuss what makes up great taste in a dish
    • Where possible we’ll be using produce from our own vegetable plots to start to create some of the classics
    • Enjoy your starter with your fellow cooks around The Chef’s Table for lunch, and your show-stopper dessert with some tea before you leave. The tutor will masterclass the main-course for you to re-create at home, and the main course you have made will be packed up for you to serve at home.

    Course includes:

     

    • Arrival at 9.45am for tea and coffee and course introduction
    • Enjoy lunch around our Chef’s Table
    • We will keep you refreshed with tea, coffee and mineral water throughout the day, and your show-stopper dessert can be enjoyed with tea in the afternoon
    • Finish course at 3pm with the main course made on the day to take home

    To take away: Main course made on the day and all notes and recipes.

    Spaces for this course are subject to minimum number of participants.

    6 Places Available
    £145.00
    Other dates available
  • Berkshire Christmas Gift Fair

    Berkshire Christmas Gift Fair

    10:00 -16:00
    31/10/2020
    Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, RG18 9QZ

    Berkshire Christmas Gift Fair Saturday

    You can enjoy browsing, sampling and buying in time for the upcoming Festive Season , in this purpose built building at the Newbury Showground – with everything from Food & Drink, Arts, Crafts and Gifts together with Home and Lifestyle exhibitors as well as outside trade stands.

    Fully catered & with a licensed bar

    For stallholders wishing to book space at this event please click here

    Tickets available on the gate: Adults: £5,  Young people to 18 – free

    Online: Adults: £4.00, Young people to 18 – free

    Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

    Well behaved dogs on a lead welcome at this show, but not in marquees with food please.

    Please check with the venue for current details.

  • Buddy Holly and the Cricketers

    Buddy Holly and the Cricketers

    19:45 -22:05
    31/10/2020
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    Buddy Holly and the Cricketers

    Priority booking opens to Members on Thursday 1 October. Tickets are available for general sale on Monday 5 October at 10am.

    Buddy Holly and The Cricketers is a breathtaking show that has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe from Cardiff to California, Barking to Bangkok and Swindon to Sweden!

    It stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK whose combined West End credits include Buddy, Lennon, Forbidden Planet and Jailhouse Rock and was endorsed as Britain’s most popular Buddy Holly act when the boys guested on BBC One’s Saturday night live programme, The One and Only, hosted by Graham Norton.

    The show rarely pauses for breath and is, quite simply, the most compelling concert of its kind. The hits just keep on coming – That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Heartbeat, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, Raining In My Heart, Oh Boy! – and much, much more.

    Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your Heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans the world over saying: ‘I can’t believe it’s not Buddy!’

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors are required to wear them in the building, unless you are exempt from wearing one, or if you are eating or drinking. This includes when you are watching a film or performance. If you remove it to eat or drink you must put it back on when you have finished.

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