The Hungerford Summer Festival 2022

The Hungerford Summer Festival is Here ! It is the 30th Hungerford Summer Festival 2022! Along with Her Majesty, they are celebrating!Formerly known as HADCAF, since 1991, a team of volunteers has been bringing a variety of entertainment to the Community every Summer.(apart from 2020, when even they were forced to cancel!) They are so proud to present you with this year’s programme, bringing you a variety of stunning events, mostly happening in the glorious marquee in The Croft Field.They have everything you could want for your summer entertainment – Music, Drama, Art, Workshops, Craft, Food, Wine ,Walks and Talks, Animals, Horticulture, Sport and more.

Hungerford Summer Festival

Ticketing Website

Secrets of the River - River Dun walk. Friday 1 July  6:30 - 08:00am.

Join Rob Starr, one of England’s most experienced and respected river keepers on his beat for the Town & Manor of Hungerford.

Explore the River Dun, a chalk stream which is a globally rare habitat abundant with wildlife. Rob will talk about the ecology and management of the river, and the challenges, rivers face today.

Booking is required as numbers are limited.

Meet outside St Lawrence’s Church, Parsonage Lane, Hungerford, RG17 0JB - Boots or wellies are advisable.

Sorry no dogs.

This event is free but you will require a ticket
Tickets available online. Kindly sponsored by Town & Manor of Hungerford

Bowls ‘Taster Session’Friday 1 July  6:00 - 8:00pm

Hungerford Bowling Club

Free - no ticket required

Come Bowling at Hungerford Bowls Club in the Croft. Try your hand at Bowling and enjoy a fun evening with tea and cake to sustain you. We have the equipment – all you need is flat shoes. We look forward to seeing you.

Hungerford Comedy Club

Friday 1 July  7:30 - 10:00pm

Triangle Field (Rugby Club)

£5.00
Tickets are available on the event website
Tickets available online. - Doors open at 19:30, show starts at 20:00

There will be a licensed bar at this event

The night will feature a line-up of experienced & newer acts from the South West hoping to win over the audience for the chance to perform again at one of the pro nights. They will be supported by award winners from this Comedy Festivals around the UK.

It should be a night of wildly different comedy styles and there's also a chance (but not obligatory!) for someone local to give it a go....

The Hungerford Summer Festival 2022- Saturday July 2nd

Summer Festival Art Exhibition at the Birches. Saturday 2 July  10:00am - 5:00pm

Chilton Foliat: The Birches

Free - no ticket required

Curated by David H Jones

An inspiring and hugely varied show of work ranging from paintings to pottery, jewellery to stained glass, ceramics to photography and millinery.

Exhibiting artists include Lone Hudson, Rosalind Hewitt, Faye Knight, John Hing, Diana Barraclough, Sandra Cook, Arran Miles, Susan Kirkman, Micky Thompson, Shirley Cartey, Patty Medlin, Andi Mulholland, Elizabeth Davis, Theresa Hing, David H Jones, Hilary Reem, Helen Colling, Susan Acworth, and Rosemary Trigwell.

Open every day between 2nd and 10th July
Parking, wheelchair access, garden

Anita's Open Garden

Saturday 2 July  10:00am - 5:00pm

87 High Street

£5.00
Tickets available on the day
- Entry tickets can be bought on arrival

Come and visit a gorgeous, old medieval garden in the heart of Hungerford

Light refreshments are available. Garden ornaments by well known local artists will be on sale.

All proceeds will go to Noreen's Kids, a small charity looking after severely disabled children in Romania

Zoolab - Session 1

Saturday 2 July  10:30 - 11:15am

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

£5.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee

For over 20 years, ZooLab has amazed, educated and inspired through our ethical and engaging hands-on animal encounters.

The early development of a child is a crucial phase where they discover the world. Our Early Years workshops motivate and stimulate young children to help them grow through active learning and storytelling.

Zoolab - Session 2

Saturday 2 July  11:30am - 12:15pm

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

£5.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee
Click on the ticket image below to purchase tickets for this event via the Jumblebee ticketing website


For over 20 years, ZooLab has amazed, educated and inspired through our ethical and engaging hands-on animal encounters.

The early development of a child is a crucial phase where they discover the world. Our Early Years workshops motivate and stimulate young children to help them grow through active learning and storytelling.

Hungerford Primary School Choir

Saturday 2 July  2:30 - 3:30pm

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

Free entry (retiring collection) - no ticket required

Come and listen to 55 of Hungerford's finest young singers, performing a selection of popular songs from Disney films.

Motown Gold

Saturday 2 July  7:30 - 10:00pm

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

£17.50
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee


There will be a licensed bar at this event

Motown Gold celebrate the finest songs from the Tamala Motown and Classic Soul era. Experience songs made famous by musical ‘giants’ such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and The Jackson 5. Older and younger generations all enjoy the classic songs. And that’s because some of the most legendary songwriters of all time wrote them – timeless.

Summer Festival Art Exhibition at the Birches

Sunday 3 July  10:00am - 5:00pm

Chilton Foliat: The Birches

Free - no ticket required

Curated by David H Jones

An inspiring and hugely varied show of work ranging from paintings to pottery, jewellery to stained glass, ceramics to photography and millinery.

Exhibiting artists include Lone Hudson, Rosalind Hewitt, Faye Knight, John Hing, Diana Barraclough, Sandra Cook, Arran Miles, Susan Kirkman, Micky Thompson, Shirley Cartey, Patty Medlin, Andi Mulholland, Elizabeth Davis, Theresa Hing, David H Jones, Hilary Reem, Helen Colling, Susan Acworth, and Rosemary Trigwell.

Open every day between 2nd and 10th July
Parking, wheelchair access, garden

Anita's Open Garden

Sunday 3 July  10:00am - 5:00pm

87 High Street

£5.00
Tickets available on the day
- Entry tickets can be bought on arrival

Come and visit a gorgeous, old medieval garden in the heart of Hungerford

Light refreshments are available. Garden ornaments by well known local artists will be on sale.

All proceeds will go to Noreen's Kids, a small charity looking after severely disabled children in Romania

Theatre singing workshop for children with Maia Hendrickx

Sunday 3 July  10:30am - 3:00pm

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

£10.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee

A Summer Pantomime - Sleeping Beauty

Sunday 3 July  4:00 - 6:00pm

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

£7.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee -

Tickets are priced at £7 for children and £12 for adults

This version of the old tale has all the traditional features, plus some new twists bringing a few extra characters into the action.

In the Land of Nod, King Nun the Wiser and Queen Nell celebrate the birth of their daughter Princess Crystal, joined by a retinue of Good Fairies, their loyal butler Rip Van Winkle and their intellectually challenged Guards. But there is one villainous Fairy out to spoil their happiness. So heroic Prince Valiant must take a trip to the Land of Time to try and save the day. He is helped by some characters from other stories, including a famous secret agent. And even then, fresh perils abound.

Will goodness and romance win in the end? We’re not telling. But after all, it is a pantomime.

 

Opus 2 Choir with special guest Paul Sartin

Sunday 3 July  7:00 - 8:30pm

Our Lady of Lourdes

£10.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee

pus 2 is a small but highly accomplished chamber choir that sings a wide range of secular and non-secular, classical and contemporary music. Rehearsing in Kintbury, the choir members share their enjoyment of singing and performing and aim to consistently achieve a high standard.

Opus 2 is proud to support the local community and performs two or three concerts each year at venues in West Berkshire, and is also available for musical interludes at private functions.

We are thrilled to announce that Paul Sartin will be adding his own musical skills to this evening's entertainment.

Oboist, singer, traditional violinist, competent pianist and swanee whistle virtuoso, Paul is a prolific and highly-regarded performer, composer, arranger and teacher. He is a founding member of the award- and nomination-winning ensembles – Belshazzar’s Feast, Faustus and Bellowhead, and appears with Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings and the Kelly Bayfield Band. Currently embarking on a solo project, he is also Musical Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers.

HEAT: Standing up for Nature - How We Can All Make a Difference!

Sunday 3 July  7:30 - 9:00pm

Hungerford Hub


Free - no ticket required
- Please refer to the HEAT website for further details of this and other HEAT events

Talk and Q&A Workshop with Nicola Chester

Nicola is an author, Guardian Country Diarist, an RSPB and Newbury Weekly News Nature columnist and a lifelong campaigner for nature. She is also the School Librarian at John O'Gaunt School, and their student Eco Club Lead. Her memoir, On Gallows Down, focusses on the themes of 'Place, Protest and Belonging', wherever you are 'from.' She will talk about how she resists the loss of wildlife and galvanises others to find joy and connection in nature.

Q&A sharing session to follow, on what we can all do to stand up for nature.

Doors open at 7pm. The talk starts at 7:30pm

Kindly sponsored by Hungerford Environmental Action Team

Flanagan and Allen tribute

Sunday 3 July  7:30 - 9:30pm

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

£7.50
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee

There will be a licensed bar at this event

Mitchell and Williams perform timeless favourites from Flanagan and Allen.

Under the Arches, Run Rabbit Run and many other songs from the Second World War.

The Hungerford Summer Festival 2022 -Monday July 4th

Drawing Portraits Workshop

Monday 4 July  10:00am - 1:00pm

Croft Field Centre

£15.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee - This workshop has limited spaces so please book your place in advance.

Join them in an interactive workshop to draw a portrait of Helen Simpson, Mayor of Hungerford, our portrait model for the day.

This workshop is suitable for all ability levels and there will be helpful exercises and practical tuition which will build your technical skills and confidence in drawing portraits.

If you’re new to portraiture you will learn about the proportions of the face and figure, and how to use traditional drawing techniques such as Observation, Sighting and Shading to create a portrait that has form and shape.

Experienced artists can practise drawing in a relaxed and sociable learning environment with lots of exercises to sharpen and develop your observation skills.

Please bring your own drawing materials. A selection of dry drawing materials will be available for purchase if you don’t have your own and you are welcome to borrow our drawing boards in the workshop.

Suggested materials to bring: * Cartridge paper / Sketchbook (A3) * A selection of pencils (from 2B to 6B) or charcoal * Rubber * Pencil Sharpener

We are delighted to have the mayor of Hungerford, Helen Simpson as our model for this workshop. This Drawing Portraits workshop is hosted by Challoner Spokes, a practising artist who grew up in Hungerford. Challoner has been tutoring and training adult learners for over a decade. Her artwork can be seen on Instagram at @ChallySpokes and at http://www.challonerspokes.co.uk

Summer Festival Art Exhibition at the Birches

Monday 4 July  10:00am - 5:00pm

Chilton Foliat: The Birches


Free - no ticket required

Curated by David H Jones

An inspiring and hugely varied show of work ranging from paintings to pottery, jewellery to stained glass, ceramics to photography and millinery.

Exhibiting artists include Lone Hudson, Rosalind Hewitt, Faye Knight, John Hing, Diana Barraclough, Sandra Cook, Arran Miles, Susan Kirkman, Micky Thompson, Shirley Cartey, Patty Medlin, Andi Mulholland, Elizabeth Davis, Theresa Hing, David H Jones, Hilary Reem, Helen Colling, Susan Acworth, and Rosemary Trigwell.

Open every day between 2nd and 10th July
Parking, wheelchair access, garden

Monday 4 July  1:30 - 2:30pm

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

£7.50
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee

Soprano Claire read Music at Durham University and was later winner of the coveted Governor’s Recital Prize. She subsequently undertook further postgraduate vocal studies at the Royal College of Music.

Claire’s solo concert work includes Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers at St. John’s, Smith Square; Christmas concerts with the City of London Choir at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St. Martin-in- the-Fields; Haydn’s Creation with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Chamber Orchestra under the late Sir Philip Ledger, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Handel’s Messiah with Gloucester Choral Society under Adrian Partington.

Her work in opera includes roles with Garsington Opera, Grange Park Opera, Pimlico Opera, New Chamber Opera and British Youth Opera. Claire is also a workshop leader with Streetwise Opera, working on opera projects with various members of the community, including people who have experienced homelessness.

Claire is a deputy with the BBC Singers and is a regular member of the Choir of the King’s Consort and London Voices, with whom she sang in the Chinese premiere of Britten’s Peter Grimes in Beijing in 2013.

Claire will be accompanied by Susan Norman, Principal Accompanist at Downe House School. Susan will also treat us to her selection of music for a summer’s day.

Please feel free to bring along a picnic to enjoy at this lunchtime event

Bowls ‘Taster Session’

Monday 4 July  2:00 - 4:00pm

Hungerford Bowling Club


Free - no ticket required

Come Bowling at Hungerford Bowls Club in the Croft. Try your hand at Bowling and enjoy a fun afternoon with tea and cake to sustain you. We have the equipment – all you need is flat shoes. We look forward to seeing you.

For further information contact - Club Secretary Jennifer Bartter
Email: jennifer.bartter@btinternet.com
Tel: 07872 849791

Littlecote Roman Villa

Monday 4 July  6:30 - 8:00pm

Littlecote House

This event is free but you will require a ticket
Tickets available online.

A walk around this wonderful local Roman villa with Hugh and Lois Pihlens. Hear how the villa developed over 360 years, what went on there, and learn about the nationally famous Orpheus mosaic.

Park at the Day Visitor Car Park at Littlecote House Hotel and meet at the villa site at 6.30pm.

The site is uneven and may be wet, so please wear suitable footwear.

Kindly sponsored by Hugh and Lois Pihlens

Consone Quartet

Monday 4 July  7:30 - 9:30pm

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

£17.50
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee

There will be a licensed bar at this event

Formed at the Royal College of Music in London, the Consone Quartet launched their professional career in 2015, shortly after which they were awarded two prizes at the 2015 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, including the EUBO Development Trust Prize and a place on the EEEmerging Scheme in France. They went on to become recipient of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize.

The quartet has been enthusiastically received at London’s Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, St John’s Smith Square and St Martin-in-the-Fields, and at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Brighton, and King’s Lynn Festivals amongst others. The Brighton Early Music and York Early Music Festivals have been key supporters over the past few years and regularly host the group.

U3A Pesents - Creative Writing Workshop - Places Tell Stories

Tuesday 5 July  10:00am - 4:00pm

The Herongate Club

£18.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee

Join published author, poet and teacher, Claire Dyer, as she takes you on a creative journey, focusing on how places can tell you stories you didn’t know you knew, and giving you time to explore these stories for yourself. A very special day for writers of any level.

As this is a very interactive day, tickets are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Tinned Goodies with Mandi and Shona

Tuesday 5 July  10:00am - 1:00pm

Croft Field Centre

£15.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee

Have you ever wanted a little door to a magical world in your pocket? Although we can’t help you recreate a miniature Narnia portal, we can share a way to create your own little bit of magic in a pocket sized tin. With our textiles and artistic expertise and your own craftiness, your only restrictions will be the size of the tin and your imagination! i numquam, error, est. Ea, consequatur.

Summer Festival Art Exhibition at the Birches

Tuesday 5 July  10:00am - 5:00pm

Chilton Foliat: The Birches


Free - no ticket required

Curated by David H Jones

An inspiring and hugely varied show of work ranging from paintings to pottery, jewellery to stained glass, ceramics to photography and millinery.

Exhibiting artists include Lone Hudson, Rosalind Hewitt, Faye Knight, John Hing, Diana Barraclough, Sandra Cook, Arran Miles, Susan Kirkman, Micky Thompson, Shirley Cartey, Patty Medlin, Andi Mulholland, Elizabeth Davis, Theresa Hing, David H Jones, Hilary Reem, Helen Colling, Susan Acworth, and Rosemary Trigwell.

Open every day between 2nd and 10th July
Parking, wheelchair access, garden

‘Where Is Mrs Christie?’ starring Liz Grand

Tuesday 5 July  7:30 - 9:30pm

£15.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee


Agatha Christie was one of the greatest thriller writers of all time. In 1926 she was at the centre of a mystery as perplexing as any of her fiction which sparked one of the most extensive police hunts in history when she was missing, presumed dead, for eleven days. When she was eventually found in the Swan Hydro Hotel in Harrogate she claimed she was suffering from amnesia and remembered nothing. Neither the press nor the police believed her.....

Actor Liz Grand (previous one-woman show ‘The Second Best Bed’) presents her new one-woman show ‘Where Is Mrs Christie?’ Did Agatha Christie lie, and if so why? Did she suffer from amnesia? Was it a publicity stunt? Or was there a darker secret involved in this disappearance which was to affect her for the rest of her life? The answer to all these questions will, as in all good thrillers, be revealed!

HEAT: Climate Change: lost cause or window of opportunity?

Tuesday 5 July  7:30 - 9:00pm

The Croft Hall


Free - no ticket required
- Please refer to the HEAT website for further details of this and other HEAT events

There will be a licensed bar at this event

Speaker : Mike Morecroft Principal Specialist, Climate Change, Natural England
This is a free event with a licensed bar
Duration : 45 minutes talk then Q and A for 30 minutes


Kindly sponsored by Hungerford Environmental Action Team

Summer Festival Art Exhibition at the Birches

Wednesday 6 July  10:00am - 5:00pm

Chilton Foliat: The Birches


Free - no ticket required

Curated by David H Jones

An inspiring and hugely varied show of work ranging from paintings to pottery, jewellery to stained glass, ceramics to photography and millinery.

Exhibiting artists include Lone Hudson, Rosalind Hewitt, Faye Knight, John Hing, Diana Barraclough, Sandra Cook, Arran Miles, Susan Kirkman, Micky Thompson, Shirley Cartey, Patty Medlin, Andi Mulholland, Elizabeth Davis, Theresa Hing, David H Jones, Hilary Reem, Helen Colling, Susan Acworth, and Rosemary Trigwell.

Open every day between 2nd and 10th July
Parking, wheelchair access, garden

Grey Wolf - with Jim Allen, Martin Thomas and Andy Offer

Wednesday 6 July  12:30 - 2:00pm

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

£7.50
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee


Old Time American and Acoustic Music with Bite!

Playing Americana / Old Time Folk with traditional instruments such as banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin and double bass alongside fine vocal and harmony singing.

Having seen them in concert, Robert Plant subsequently played a number of hugely enjoyable gigs with the band.

Please bring a picnic and relax and enjoy this lunchtime entertainmemt.

Boo Hewerdine and Brooks Williams - State of the Union

Wednesday 6 July  7:00 - 9:00pm

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

£15.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee


Boo Hewerdine and Brooks Williams as State of the Union, create a magical, stripped back and enthralling musical atmosphere with two guitars and two voices. Their performances are consistently brilliant, equal parts emotive and entertaining. Audiences are still buzzing about their 2018 and 2019 appearances on the main stages at Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Costa del Folk, Wickham Festival and FolkEast.

The two formed their collaboration in 2011 and created two albums in rapid succession, State of the Union and Snake Oil. Subsequent tours took them around the UK, to Ireland and Portugal, including a 14-date stint playing theatres with Eddi Reader and an appearance on The Andrew Marr Show (BBC 1), plus 4-star reviews in Q and R2.

What followed in 2017 is Saltwell Sessions, an album of covers, some obscure and some well-known, including Don’t Blame Me (The Everly Brothers), Halfway (Greg Trooper) and Unforgettable (Nat King Cole). The 25-date tour that followed saw full houses night after night.

The songs State of the Union create are equal parts wit, whimsy and pathos. Both have an impeccable sense of rhythm and melodic beauty. Their sound is huge, two guitars and two voices exceeding the sum of the parts. They interweave melodies and harmonies, nimble picking and full-tilt chording. It’s rich and expertly executed. And both love the craft of writing.

State of the Union is now working on it fourth album to be released in 2022 on Reveal Records.

Boo Hewerdine is perhaps best known from his years fronting much loved English rock band The Bible but he has since enjoyed a solo career spanning over two decades and written thousands of published songs including those for Eddi Reader, Sia, Chris Difford, Kris Drever and KD Lang. His most recent album “Before” came out in Autumn 2019 on Reveal Records.

Brooks Williams is an Americana singer-songwriter-guitarist, in 2020 celebrating 30 years touring and recording with tours in both the USA and the UK, as well as collaborations with Rab Noakes, Sloan Wainwright and Hans Theessink. His new album, “Work My Claim,” released in Spring 2020, features John McCusker, Christine Collister, Phil Richardson and Aaron Catlow.

"Beautiful, classy playing and great songs" - Acoustic Magazine
“Americana at its finest!” - fRoots

Traditional Engineering with Barnaby Newton

Thursday 7 July  10:00am - 12:00noon

7 Tarrant's Hill


This event is free but you will require a ticket
Tickets available online.

A short walk from Hungerford High Street is an Aladdin’s cave of renovated and yet to be renovated fairground organs. Barnaby would love to share the history of these treasures and to give you a demonstration.

Ear protectors are highly recommended.

Summer Festival Art Exhibition at the Birches

Thursday 7 July  10:00am - 5:00pm

Chilton Foliat: The Birches


Free - no ticket required

Curated by David H Jones

An inspiring and hugely varied show of work ranging from paintings to pottery, jewellery to stained glass, ceramics to photography and millinery.

Exhibiting artists include Lone Hudson, Rosalind Hewitt, Faye Knight, John Hing, Diana Barraclough, Sandra Cook, Arran Miles, Susan Kirkman, Micky Thompson, Shirley Cartey, Patty Medlin, Andi Mulholland, Elizabeth Davis, Theresa Hing, David H Jones, Hilary Reem, Helen Colling, Susan Acworth, and Rosemary Trigwell.

Open every day between 2nd and 10th July
Parking, wheelchair access, garden

Art Workshop with Lydia Johnson

Thursday 7 July  10:30am - 1:00pm

Croft Field Centre

£15.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee

An injection of fun and happiness is Lydia’s goal during this class. Working on commissions and bringing smiles to her client’s faces, is always her aim.

Today it is your turn to have a chance to try Lydia’s unique approach.

All art materials supplied.

The Ramsbury Brewery Tour and Tasting

Thursday 7 July  11:00am - 12:30pm

Ramsbury Brewery

£5.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee

Set amongst 19,000 acres of the Ramsbury Estate in the chalk-rich valleys of Wiltshire, this is an opportunity to visit Hungerford's much loved local brewery and learn more about the ethos, the history and the products with a chance to taste the results.

Harveys Meadow – Landscape, history and wildlife walk

Thursday 7 July  7:00 - 9:00pm

Eddington Marsh


This event is free but you will require a ticket
Tickets available online. - Booking is essential and numbers are limited.

Join the wildlife team of the Town & Manor of Hungerford for a one-off opportunity this year to walk around Harveys meadow.

The marsh is a fascinating place for rare wildlife and we will get to know the birds, see the wildflowers and abundant river life on this ancient area managed for farming and wildlife.

Meet in the fishermans car park opposite the Shell garage on the A4. Boots or wellies are advisable.

Sorry - no dogs please

Kindly sponsored by Town & Manor of Hungerford

Kennet Opera Presents ......

Thursday 7 July  7:30 - 9:00pm

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

£10.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee

Hungerford festival regulars, Kennet Opera, are back in town with a concert stuffed with operatic and choral delights. A huge spectrum of song with selections from the Creation to Die Fledermaus, by way of Handel, Offenbach, Mozart, Verdi, Gilbert and Sullivan and many more. Summer fruits for everyone.

HEAT: The Positive Impacts of Local Food.

Thursday 7 July  7:30 - 9:00pm

Hungerford Hub


Free - no ticket required
- Please refer to the HEAT website for further details of this and other HEAT events

Speaker: Rachel Hammond Urban Designer and founder of Edge, a not for profit which designs local food systems. Rachel runs training on food growing. 
Rachel will talk about growing food in public spaces. She will start with the film “Incredible Edible Todmorton” which illustrates what a small community can achieve. 
Rachel's talk will include examples of growing food in public spaces and an interactive workshop using the “urban food production toolkit”. Plus there will be time for questions. 
This is a free event with drinks available. Donations will be welcome to cover costs. 


Kindly sponsored by Hungerford Environmental Action Team

Makeup Workshop - Looking lovely with Lydia

Friday 8 July  10:00am - 1:00pm

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

£15.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee


Lydia’s passion is Art and has been from a young age. When specialising in bridal hair and makeup she was much in demand.

Bring your own make-up bag and a friend with you and learn some great up-to-date techniques.

Summer Festival Art Exhibition at the Birches

Friday 8 July  10:00am - 5:00pm

Chilton Foliat: The Birches


Free - no ticket required

Curated by David H Jones

An inspiring and hugely varied show of work ranging from paintings to pottery, jewellery to stained glass, ceramics to photography and millinery.

Exhibiting artists include Lone Hudson, Rosalind Hewitt, Faye Knight, John Hing, Diana Barraclough, Sandra Cook, Arran Miles, Susan Kirkman, Micky Thompson, Shirley Cartey, Patty Medlin, Andi Mulholland, Elizabeth Davis, Theresa Hing, David H Jones, Hilary Reem, Helen Colling, Susan Acworth, and Rosemary Trigwell.

Open every day between 2nd and 10th July
Parking, wheelchair access, garden

Gail Hendrickx

Friday 8 July  1:00 - 2:30pm

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

£7.50
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee

Born in Wales, Gail had every opportunity to live a life full of music. Playing guitar and singing, she went from school and church to television, radio and clubland. As a student, she worked alongside many folk musicians, including Al Stewart, Ewan McColl, Peggy Seeger and Maddy Prior.

In later years she formed local Newbury bands "Finisterre" and "The Gail Hendrickx Jazz Experience". Currently she is happy to return to her roots and perform solo, playing the songs that have provided the soundtrack to her musical career -songs by Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Amy Winehouse, Bonnie Raitt, along with many jazz standards. From jazz to Joni, Gail, together with her guitar, brings great depth and range to her singing.

Please bring a picnic and relax and enjoy this lunchtime entertainment.

The Gorgeous Georgians with Andrew Graham Dixon

Friday 8 July  2:00 - 4:00pm

The Herongate Club

£15.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee - The Honesty Café is open for lunch and tea.


Leading art historian and author and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon presents his meditations on the art and astonishing creativity of the Georgian period. Please join him for a collection of Gorgeous Georgians and a discussion of the period of enormous change that shaped Britain's cultural landscape.

“Andrew Graham-Dixon is the most gifted art critic of his generation. Unsparing, witty and probing, with a supple style, a real passion for the concrete body of art and a clear sense of its social environment, he encourages you to think and feel”.

Robert Hughes, former art critic of Time magazine and writer of “The Shock of the New.”

Couture in the Country - with Caroline Ness

Friday 8 July  2:30 - 4:00pm

Our Lady of Lourdes

£5.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee

This talk by Caroline Ness will explore the lives of American Heiress Lady Jean Templeton Ward and her daughter-in-law Susan Ward, both former chatelaines of Chilton Lodge near Hungerford, through their couture wardrobes. Images from the extensive Ward donation of British and French couture clothing at the Fashion Museum Bath, will be accompanied by rarely seen photographs from the Ward family’s private archive.

Caroline Ness lives in Hungerford and completed her doctorate from the University of Glasgow in 2014. Her thesis focussed on London couturier Jo Mattli (active 1929-1980). Since graduating Caroline has worked with the curatorial team at the Fashion Museum, Bath and currently works as an independent scholar, researcher and consultant in the history of dress and textiles. Publications include a chapter in the V&A book London Couture 1923-1975: British Luxury (2015); and journal articles in Costume (2011) and History of Retailing and Consumption (2021). Post-doctoral research interests include the identification and extent of the use of synthetic fibres used in the production of mid-twentieth century couture fabrics.

Looking for Lansbury - Starring Fiona Jane Weston

Friday 8 July  7:30 - 9:00pm

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

£15.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee


There will be a licensed bar at this event

She’s a star of stage and screen, a household name, and the face of beloved characters from shows such as Mame and Murder She Wrote. But beneath the glamorous façade lies a tale of struggle and perseverance, as one woman fights against the misconceptions and expectations of Hollywood and Broadway.

Discover how one woman used her courage, talent and tenacity to become the icon we know today. Drawing extensively on exclusive interviews and memoirs, and accompanied by live renditions of well-known classics from Mame, Dear World, Gypsy, and Sweeney Todd, along with freshly-revived jazz and country numbers, Fiona-Jane Weston brings this story to the stage to explore how Dame Angela Lansbury captured a generation.

Go Batty - Bat Walk

Friday 8 July  9:00 - 10:30pm

Eddington Marsh

£6.50
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee - Booking is essential and numbers are limited.


Back by popular demand

Join us for a fascinating evening all about bats led by Dave Endacott from Oxfordshire Bat Group.

We will meet some live bats and then take a stroll along the River Dun on Eddington Marsh to see and hear various species of bats using high powered torches and bat detectors. Wear warm clothing, suitable footwear and bring a torch.

This is a very popular event run by the Town & Manor of Hungerford.

Meet in the Fisherman's Car Park opposite the Shell garage on the A4, adjacent to the A4 bridge by the river Kennet in Eddington.

Sorry - no dogs please

Kindly sponsored by Town & Manor of Hungerford

Hungerford Repair Cafe

Saturday 9 July  10:00am - 12:30pm

The Croft Hall


Free - no ticket required
- Please refer to the event website for further details of the running of the repair shop

Hungerford Repair Café is a meeting place where you can get help repairing your things. Repairs and refreshments are free – we rely solely on donations from grateful members of the public to help us to cover our costs. Please tell your friends and help spread the word. 

We run five repair stations covering electrical items, non-electrical items (including toys), tool sharpening, bicycles and textiles/clothing. Our friendly and skilled repairers will help to fix products where they are able to – or will offer advice on repairs or where to obtain spare parts etc. 


Kindly sponsored by Hungerford Environmental Action Team and the Rotary Club of Hungerford.

 

Summer Festival Art Exhibition at the Birches

Saturday 9 July  10:00am - 5:00pm

Chilton Foliat: The Birches


Free - no ticket required

Curated by David H Jones

An inspiring and hugely varied show of work ranging from paintings to pottery, jewellery to stained glass, ceramics to photography and millinery.

Exhibiting artists include Lone Hudson, Rosalind Hewitt, Faye Knight, John Hing, Diana Barraclough, Sandra Cook, Arran Miles, Susan Kirkman, Micky Thompson, Shirley Cartey, Patty Medlin, Andi Mulholland, Elizabeth Davis, Theresa Hing, David H Jones, Hilary Reem, Helen Colling, Susan Acworth, and Rosemary Trigwell.

Open every day between 2nd and 10th July
Parking, wheelchair access, garden

Tennis Club Event - Open Day

Saturday 9 July  10:00am - 3:00pm

Tennis Club


Free - no ticket required

There will be a licensed bar at this event

Ignition tennis coaching will be offering the following taster program at Hungerford Tennis club (the Croft) on the July the 9th. There will be an oopportunity for anyone to have a go from 10am to 3pm with club members on hand to have a hit with if required.

11-11.30 Red Ball 5 to 8 years
11.45 - 2.15 Orange ball
12.15 - 1pm Green ball 11+
1.15 challange the coach and champions..

There will be food and drink available in the clubhouse with BBQ and Pizzas at lunchtime.

Big Cook, Little Cook

Saturday 9 July  10:30am - 2:00pm

Croft Field Centre


This event is free but you will require a ticket
Tickets available online.
Click on the ticket image below to purchase tickets for this event via the Jumblebee ticketing website


Make your own delicious cheese scones and the butter to go on them!

All ingredients and equipment provided and you get to take the scones and recipe home.

For 3 - 6 years with accompanying adult (s). Free with ticket


Kindly sponsored by Hungerford Food Markets & Festival

Champagne and Nibbles at Winding Wood Vineyard

Saturday 9 July  3:00 - 4:30pm

 

Winding Wood Vineyard

£20.00 
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee - Ticket price includes tasters of 3 sparkles, plus nibbles.
Our thanks to Winding Wood Vineyard who have provided a special discount for this Hungerford Summer Festival arranged tour

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9 years ago this picturesque location was being used to farm sheep when a throwaway comment by its owner suggested that instead of sheep, how about a vineyard. Forward 9 years and Winding Wood now have 3 vintages of Winding Wood sparkling with three more in the pipeline. The second release from the 2016 classic cuvee won a clutch of medals including a gold from WineGB - the wine equivalent of the Baftas! 

A wonderful opportunity to visit Winding Wood Vineyard a stone's throw from Hungerford. Tucked in a lovely valley, the vineyard was once used to farm sheep. 

 

Community Cook-In

Saturday 9 July  3:00 - 6:00pm

Croft Field Centre


This event is free but tickets are required and there will be a retiring collection
Tickets available online.

Come and enjoy a communal cooking afternoon and learn some interesting vegetarian recipes using ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away by supermarkets.

Or join us at 5.30pm for the communal meal.

Entry is free but tickets are required in advance

Tickets are available for 'Cook and Eat' or 'Just Eat' options


Kindly sponsored by Hungerford Food Markets & Festival

The Adam Winslet Band

Saturday 9 July  8:00 - 10:30pm

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

£20.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee

There will be a licensed bar at this event

Back by popular demand, Adam Winslet is joined by a group of world class musician friends.

Adam and his band never fail to impress and know how to raise the roof with an eclectic mix of music; blues, jazz, rock.

Holding the record attendance at Marlborough Jazz Festival for 4 years in a row, get ready to dance the night away with Adam and his band.

Summer Festival Art Exhibition at the Birches

Sunday 10 July  10:00am - 5:00pm

Chilton Foliat: The Birches


Free - no ticket required

Curated by David H Jones

An inspiring and hugely varied show of work ranging from paintings to pottery, jewellery to stained glass, ceramics to photography and millinery.

Exhibiting artists include Lone Hudson, Rosalind Hewitt, Faye Knight, John Hing, Diana Barraclough, Sandra Cook, Arran Miles, Susan Kirkman, Micky Thompson, Shirley Cartey, Patty Medlin, Andi Mulholland, Elizabeth Davis, Theresa Hing, David H Jones, Hilary Reem, Helen Colling, Susan Acworth, and Rosemary Trigwell.

Open every day between 2nd and 10th July
Parking, wheelchair access, garden

Hungerford Food and Artisan Market

Sunday 10 July  10:00am - 1:00pm

Croft Field Centre


Free - no ticket required

Lots of great foodie and artisan stalls to enjoy! Free entry. Well behaved dogs very welcome on leads.

Visitors will find more than 30 local stalls offering bread, honey, pies, cheese, eggs, meat, oil, cakes, produce, preserves, wooden chopping boards (bought by Mary Berry!), eco friendly soaps, candles, jewellery, gifts and lots more. It is a great opportunity to meet local producers and shop sustainably.

Plus live music, street food, cooking demonstrations, seed & plant swap table and foil recycling

Voxsonix - Community Choir

Sunday 10 July  2:30 - 4:00pm

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

£5.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee


VoxSonix is a new contemporary community choir that was launched in 2021. We attract singers from all over West Berkshire and North Hampshire to join in our weekly sessions where we learn pop songs in 3 part harmony. Everything about VoxSonix is community focused - the singers choose the songs, the performances and the charities we support, and we’re thrilled to be supporting Hungerford Summer Festival this year! Do come and have a listen, and singing along is actively encouraged!

Blackbox Theatre Company presents: "Bouncers"

Sunday 10 July  7:30 - 9:30pm

Croft Field Centre - Marquee

£15.00
Tickets are required for this event
Tickets are available online with no additional booking fee

There will be a licensed bar at this event

Following 2021''s critically acclaimed tour of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, BlackBox Theatre Company returns to the stage with something completely different - an outrageous production of John Godber's Bouncers.

Set in 1984, Bouncers tells the story of a northern nightclub and the colourful characters that inhabit its dance floor. It's Friday night and the weekend's here. Maureen and the girls are getting their hair done, Barry and the lads are getting a few drinks in down the pub and Ralph, Les, Judd and Lucky Eric are manning the doors at the town's hottest nightspot ... Mr Cinders.

Full of sharp one-liners, 80s classics and a host of extraordinary characters - all played by just 4 incredible actors, Bouncers is Godber's tour de force. Hysterically funny and full of nostalgia, this comic drama takes an irreverent look at urban nightlife through the eyes of our eponymous heroes. Hen nights and stag dos and plenty of booze. DJs and punks, Horrays and hairdressers - they're all there!

"You'll laugh, you'll cry and be dancing in the aisles", so ... Celebrate good times ... COME ON!

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