Ned Boulting: Retour De Ned
After a year away from the front line, ITV’s Tour de France commentator Ned Boulting returns with a fresh assault on our cycling senses.
The cunningly entitled “Retour de Ned” is an indispensable theatrical road map for anyone aspiring to wear the yellow jersey on the Champs Elysées: a really very rough guide to the tactics (pedal faster) and challenges (not pedalling fast enough) which will need to be deployed to win the biggest bike race in the world. Along the way, there will be time to call to mind the greatest racers of the age, and to do hopelessly bad impressions of them. There will be scope to celebrate all that is French about France, and all that is Tourish about the Tour: Stuff like ignoring 12th century cathedrals, peeing at the side of the road, pushing spectators over, punching demonstrators and generally behaving like a shaven-legged hooligan for a month while riding over entire mountain ranges.
So come along for another ride through the peaks and troughs of the silliest and the grandest month of the year, as Ned hands out his copious, thoroughly unreliable, advice on How To Win The Tour de France. Or if not that, then at least How To Watch It On The Telly.
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18/08/2022 - 25/08/2022 All day
THE WOODLAND FEAST
A four course woodland feast in beautiful mature woodlands in Oxfordshire. Walk through the woods, enjoy a cocktail (or mocktail) on arrival. Sit at our locally sourced oak tables, under a beautiful canopy of mature beech trees for a feast cooked over fire. Our chefs have been carefully chosen for their mouth watering, fire flavoured and seasonally inspired food. Please find an example menu here. Gather around the campfire afterwards for marshmallows, fire brewed coffee or mint tea. We cater for all types of dietary requirements.
- A 4 course woodland feast
- A unique and beautiful woodland setting
- A cocktail or mocktail on arrival
- A campfire and awnings to keep you cosy in case of rain
- Foraged tea and wood fired coffee & marshmallows
WHAT TO BRING
We recommend you bring
- Warm and waterproof clothes
- Sturdy shoes, walking boots or wellies
- Hat and gloves
This event will be held in woodland near Goring Heath in the beautiful South Oxfordshire countryside. The nearest train stations are Goring on Thames, Pangbourne and Reading. Reading station is just a 23 minute train journey from London Paddington. You will be sent a Google pin drop with the exact meeting location of the woodland car park with your ticket.
Different Dates Available
18/08/2022 11:00 - 18/08/2022 14:15
Just beginning your family history research and need some advice? Baffled by so many competing research websites?
Banging your head against a brick wall? Or struggling with some other issues? In this one-to-one session, one of our seasoned advisors will help you make some progress.
To make the most of your session our advisors will carry out some preliminary research beforehand, and for that we need you provide us with some information please:
- to tell us what you’ve done so far
- describe the nature of the problem
- attach copies of any key documents such as BMD certificates, research notes
- if possible, provide a link to a family tree we can view (members – if your tree has been uploaded to YourTrees, that would be perfect) or at least attach a copy of a hand drawn tree of the immediate family of the people you’re researching
After you’ve booked you’ll be taken to a page where you can enter that information.
You can do it later but it’s much better to prepare that material now and complete the form while you’re at the keyboard and the topic is fresh in your mind.
Bookings close 7 days before the session to give us time to research your submission.
But every extra day helps, as we’re manned solely by part-time volunteers so the earlier you book, the better.
These sessions are face-to-face.
18/08/2022 19:00 - 18/08/2022 23:00
The Hartley Arms is opening its doors every other Thursday, to a world of live entertainment with Honesty Live! Sit back and relax with friends and family whilst enjoying a range of live entertainment from music to comedy. Drinks and food will be available throughout the night. Doors open from 5.30pm with entertainment starting from 7.30pm. Entry is FREE but Booking is ESSENTIAL!
Here’s a line up of entertainment in August.
Thursday 18th August: Acoustic Indie Singer Charley Hart
Charley Hart is a solo artist with an incredible voice and who sings lesser known but much loved songs, from artists such as Katie Tunstall to Paolo Nutini. She’s been gigging since she was fourteen years old and has written and recorded a number of her own songs that have appeared on Spotify. Her singing is a hobby that she has developed and grown since she was young, and she now enjoys playing regularly at local venues and events across West Berkshire and Hampshire. Her style is acoustic indie.
18/08/2022 All dayApprox 3hrs
You start by walking along the beautiful River Pang, a tributary of the Thames, through a mainly Ash woodland where Deer roam, Marsh Tits and Spotted Flycatchers move through the trees, Woodpeckers Drum and Yaffle and Blackcaps can be heard singing along the pathway. You then head into the reserve to explore its diverse habitat through beautiful woodland copses and meadows where there is an abundance of wildlife ready to be found.
Choose your own dates
18/08/2022 10:00 - 18/09/2022 12:00
In the school holidays, The Vale & Downland Museum run themed sessions and family fun days that bring the Museum’s collection to life. More recently, their holiday events have been small and socially distanced, so they can continue to spark families’ excitement about the heritage of our local area