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  • Ultimate Bounce Park

    Ultimate Bounce Park

    All day
    29/07/2021-01/08/2021

    Ultimate Bounce Park

    The Inflatable Circus Company bring you all the fun of the fair with our giant bespoke inflatables – The only ones of their kind in the world! From the extreme base jump and rush slide to the 100ft Circus Assault Course the fun doesn’t stop.

    With 2 play zones perfect for families to play together:

    ?The Circus Zone is suitable for all ages and abilities.

    The Ultimate Zone for those who are extra brave.

    and the fun doesn’t stop there…
    Pop-up food vendors, carnival games, meet Charley and more…?

     

    29th July 9 -11am / 12 – 2pm / 3 – 5pm
    30th July 9 -11am / 12 – 2pm / 3 – 5pm
    31st July 9 -11am / 12 – 2pm / 3 – 5pm
    1st August 9 -11am / 12 – 2pm£10 per wristband Spectators Free

    The Moors Pavilion, Lower Way, Thatcham, Berkshire RG19 3AZ
    Tomorrow to Sun 1 Aug 2021
    Contact telephone: 02039165363 Call to check latest times or cancellations.

    Lower Way Sports Field., Thatcham

     

    Events: organizer: Inflatable Circus

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  • Waterside Centre Free Summer Holiday Club Programme

    Waterside Centre Free Summer Holiday Club Programme

    All day
    29/07/2021-31/07/2021
    Berkshire Youth, Watlington House, 44 Watlington Street, Reading, RG1 4RJ

    Waterside Centre Free Summer Holiday Club Programme

    West Berkshire Villagers | Events | What’s On | Things to Do

    Berkshire Youth is delighted to announce a partnership with West Berkshire Council to ensure young people can access youth provision over the summer holidays. The Holiday Activities and Food Programme is funded by Department for Education and distributed by West Berkshire Council.

    The programme aims to encourage young people to:

    • eat more healthily over the school holidays
    • be more active during the school holidays
    • take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and wellbeing along with their wider educational attainment
    • be safe and not to be socially isolated
    • have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition
    • be more engaged with school and other local services

    Berkshire Youth will deliver the programme to young people aged 11+ from the Waterside Centre during the summer holidays, one of the first programmes to run out of the newly refurbished centre. Berkshire Youth will also work with partners in Thatcham – including Thatcham Town Council, Thatcham Youth and RMD Adventure Learning – to develop a community summer programme for young people aged 11+ in Thatcham.

     

     

    Events: organizer: Vale & Downland Museum

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  • Tino Sehgal at Blenheim Park & Gardens

    Tino Sehgal at Blenheim Park & Gardens

    All day
    29/07/2021-31/07/2021
    Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP

    Tino Sehgal at Blenheim Park & Gardens

    West Berkshire Villagers | Events | Things to Do | What’s On

    Blenheim Art Foundation is pleased to announce a major solo exhibition by Tino Sehgal. Following a year of extensive confinement indoors, this will be the first exhibition at Blenheim designed specifically for the Park and Gardens.

    Tino Sehgal (b. 1976) is known for artworks composed exclusively using the human body, voice, and social interaction. His artistic practice focuses on the fleeting gestures and subtleties of social encounters, with participation and open exchange as the subjects of value, rather than material objects. For this project, Sehgal will present a complex, roaming choreography imagined for Blenheim, involving more than 30 participants.

     

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    In accordance with Government regulations

    Events: organizer: Blenheim Palace

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  • Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered from the V&A

    Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered from the V&A

    All day
    29/07/2021-31/07/2021
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered from the V&A

    Fri 25 June – Sun 5 Sep

    West Berkshire Villagers | Events | What’s On | Things to Do

    Find out what kind of game player you really are when the Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered exhibition, on loan from the V&A’s Museum of Childhood, comes to The Base this summer.

    This interactive exhibition includes some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually striking games from the V&A’s outstanding national collection of board games with more than 100 objects from all around the world. Alongside family favourites such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, and traditional games like chess, the exhibition will look at historical board games including ‘The Game of the Goose’ and other beautifully designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries.

    With hands-on activities and the chance to become part of one big interactive game, come and delight in old favourites, and discover what kind of game player you really are…

    Events: organizer: The Base

    Event Status- Current

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    Safety measures: Please note that we have blocked out 15 minutes between visitor time slots in order to clean all games equipment and displays. There will also have hand sanitiser and wipes available throughout the exhibition.

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  • Introduction to Bread and Enriched Doughs

    Introduction to Bread and Enriched Doughs

    10:00 -13:30
    30/07/2021
    Restaurant & Cookery School Lambourn Road, Woodspeen Newbury, RG20 8BN

    Introduction to Bread and Enriched Doughs

    West Berkshire Villagers | Events | Things to Do | What’s On

    Learn the basics with us, and before you know it you’ll be making classic and modern breads, from traditional soda bread to shortbread.

    • Understanding fermentation
    • Gluten knowledge: strong and soft flour
    • Practical session making basic bread recipe, soda bread, pittas, shortbreads and Chelsea buns, muffins

    Course includes:

    • Arrive at 9.45am for tea and coffee and course introduction
    • We will keep you refreshed with tea, coffee and mineral water throughout the morning
    • Finish course at 1.30pm with plenty of your home bakes to take home with you

    To take away: Bakes from the day and all notes and recipes.

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

     

    In accordance with Government regulations

    Events: organizer: The Woodspeen

    Event Status- Current

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  • A Flavour To Savour

    A Flavour To Savour

    All day
    31/07/2021
    Arlington Arts Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ

    A Flavour To Savour | Arlington Arts

    West Berkshire Villagers | Events | What’s On | Things to Do.  In 2003 our family routine was turned upside down when my eldest daughter, 10 years old at the time, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes – a condition where the pancreas effectively stops producing the insulin hormone which constantly controls the blood sugar level in the body.

    Overnight, my daughter had to start thinking carefully about her sugar intake and exercise regimes as well as coming to terms with having to inject insulin every day for the rest of her life.

    In order to compensate somehow for this immense upheaval in her lifestyle, along with limited understanding of the condition from her friends, I developed the characters appearing in A Flavour to Savour.

    The main character Billy Sweet, and the Sugar Cube gang represent the confectionery industry who use every trick in the book to woo and seduce us all into all things ‘sweet’ with their fancy packaging and high sugar content.

    His rivals became the staple healthy options, such as tinned tuna, sweetcorn, tomatoes and pulses (beans) and a story evolved when Giovanni, a local restauranteur is fed up with the rival gangs fighting on the street outside his restaurant and suggests their time would be better spent entering his competition to create a flavour to savour!

    Billy Sweet senses the competition might not go his way and concocts a devious plan to secure the prize money at the expense of Guest Judge Dame Lollo Rosso, who ends up in a terrible state and Billy’s hapless sidekick, Cookie who gets ‘dunked’ for his troubles.

    I was keen for people living with Type 1 Diabetes to be able to participate in the show and having reached out on social media, I am delighted to have succeeded in achieving representation in the cast and the band.

    The company will be coming together in the days leading up to the performance and rehearsing‘boot camp style’ at the venue.

    Special thanks go to Nick Brace at Actiontrack Performance Co. for musical direction and the many family, friends and colleagues for their input in bringing these characters to life in support of DiabetesUK.

    The performance is to be filmed on the night and footage will used as ongoing promotion in support of DiabetesUK.

     

    A retiring collection will also be taken at the end of the performance.

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    online booking is currently disabled for this event – please call 01635 244246 to check availability

  • Open Water Swim Skills with SwimQuest at Blenheim Palace

    Open Water Swim Skills with SwimQuest at Blenheim Palace

    All day
    31/07/2021
    Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP

    Open Water Swim Skills with SwimQuest

    West Berkshire Villagers | Events | Things to Do | What’s On

    Join a Front Crawl Workshop with Olympic Open Water Medallist Cassie Patten, with a morning or afternoon session, allowing you time to explore the Park and Gardens too.

    This is an invaluable opportunity to brush up your front crawl technique with advice from Cassie Patten.

    This session is suitable for all ability levels, however we advise you should have some open water experience and be able to swim 100m comfortably without stopping (in any stroke). The group will be divided into ability groups.

    Attendance Mode

    In accordance with Government regulations

    Events: organizer: Ardington School of Arts

    Event Status- Current

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  • All about Dogs Show 2021

    All about Dogs Show 2021

    All day
    31/07/2021-01/08/2021
    Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, RG18 9QZ

    WELCOME TO ALL ABOUT DOGS 2021

    We are so excited to welcome All About Dogs back for 2021! Come along and join in the fun, with a family of dog lovers as we enjoy a weekend packed with advice from industry experts, exciting have-a-go activities, amazing arena displays and lots up shopping!

    Tickets are now available – click here to book today..

    Please be assured that we are continuously monitoring government advice relating to COVID to make sure that every precaution is taken to ensure the health and well-being of all our visitors (both humans and dogs), whilst providing the best day out we can.  You can book in confidence knowing in the unlikely event we can’t proceed we guarantee a full refund of your ticket price or transfer of tickets.

  • Faces of Newbury

    Faces of Newbury

    10:00 -17:00
    31/07/2021-01/08/2021
    City Arts Newbury 10 Hampton Road Newbury Berkshire RG14 6DB

    Faces of Newbury

    A community workshop project at Newbury Contemporary Art Fair 2021

    Saturday 31 July and Sunday 1 August 2021, 10am to 5pm each day. Free event, art fair entry fee will apply.

    This event is for all ages. Children under 8 years old need to be accompanied by an adult.

    Come to Newbury’s racecourse during the Contemporary Art Fair and learn to do a self portrait or draw the person you come with to the fair. Isabel Carmona will be at hand to guide you to create an artistic portrait to pin on the wall of this collaborative piece entitled Faces of Newbury. There will be various drawing media to use. Take home your portrait drawn by Isabel for a donation to City Arts.

    This community event is made possible by Newbury Contemporary Art Fairs.

  • Shaw House Picnics

    Shaw House Picnics

    12:00 -14:00
    31/07/2021
    Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR

    Shaw House Picnics | West Berkshire Villagers

    Takeaway Picnics are now available to pre-order on selected days throughout the year.

    Picnics are £10 per person, supplied with a picnic basket and a waterproof blanket for you to borrow during your visit.

    Sample meat picnic menu; -1 meat filled sandwich -A Homemade Sausage Roll -Chicken Goujons

    Sample vegetarian picnic menu; -1 vegetarian filled sandwich -Vegetarian Roll -Vegetarian Falafels

    Plus the following in each picnic; -Crudities and Dip (v) -A Homemade Cake or Brownie (v) -Any Hot or Cold Soft Drink of your choice

    HOW TO BOOK -Select number of vegetarian or meat picnics -Pay online -Go along to the café to collect your picnic between 12pm and 2pm on your selected date, with lead bookers surname and booking reference -On collection, choose your sandwich (meat or vegetarian depending on your booking preference) and drink -Take your picnic outside and enjoy!

    Please note the House and grounds close at 4pm.

    If you have any dietary requirements please telephone 01635 279279 with your booking reference (gluten, dairy, nut and egg free diets can be catered for). If you have any other requirements please contact Shaw House before making your booking.

    Please note, pre-ordered picnics must be placed three days before the day of your visit.

    Refund/cancellation policy. We understand that the great British weather may take a turn for the worst or your plans may need to change, if you would like to cancel your booking and request a full refund we ask that you contact us within 48 hours notice of your chosen picnic date. Please telephone 01635 279279 or email shawhouse@westberksgov.uk

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  • Afternoon Art by the Canal

    Afternoon Art by the Canal

    13:00 -15:00
    31/07/2021
    Park Way, Newbury RG14 1DJ

    Afternoon Art by the Canal

    SATURDAY 31ST JUL 2021 — SATURDAY 21ST AUG 2021, MEET AT BANDSTAND IN VICTORIA PARK, NEWBURY

    FULL PRICE £20 (PER SESSION)

    West Berkshire Villagers | Events | What’s On | Things to Do

    Explore outdoor art with Richard Francis Bellin and learn to how to observe and paint in nature.

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors over the age of 11 are required to wear them on arrival. We will be limiting the number of people admitted to each event to ensure appropriate social distancing between each group and once you have been seated face coverings may be removed.

    Duration: 1pm – 3pm

    Session dates: Saturdays, 31 Jul & 21 Aug

    Materials: Please bring medium you are particularly interested in working with suitable for outdoor use.

    This event will take place at Victoria Park, Newbury

    All places must be booked in advance. Booking closes 24 hours before the course start time. Please note that we reserve the right to cancel any course or workshop if the minimum numbers are not met or in the event of adverse weather conditions.

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    • In accordance with Government regulations sectors including leisure, entertainment and hospitality are now legally obliged to have a system in place to request and record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff to help break the chains of transmission of coronavirus. Anyone in your party aged 16 or over will be asked to scan the Test and Trace QR code or to record their contact details with us.
    • We want you to feel confident about booking in advance for performances and classes. It is very important that people displaying symptoms of COVID-19 do not attend an event. If you are unwell with coronavirus symptoms or having to self-isolate, please phone the Box Office and we will arrange for your tickets to be transferred, credited to your account or refunded, as long as you tell us in advance of the event start time.
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  • The Rare Variety Show

    The Rare Variety Show

    14:00 -16:00
    31/07/2021
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    The Rare Variety Show

    West Berkshire Villagers | Events | What’s On | Things to Do

    Rare Productions presents the Rare Variety Show!

    Performing songs movement and dialogue from some of the world’s greatest musicals: Les Miserables, Matilda, Wicked, Hairspray, Annie and many more!

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors over the age of 11 are required to wear them in the building, unless you are exempt from wearing one. If you remove your mask to eat or drink you must put it back on straight after.

    Events: organizer: The Corn Exchange, Newbury

    Event Status- Current

     

    Attendance Mode

    Following the government’s update today on social gatherings, we know many of you will have questions about what this will mean for your visit to the Corn Exchange, Learning Centre or The Base.

     

    As an arts venue we are permitted to host our films, live performances, workshops, classes and exhibitions as planned. The team here, and all of the practitioners and performers that we work with, have meticulously planned these to ensure we are Covid-secure. We are complying with all industry and government guidelines and are proud to have the Visit England We’re Good to Go certificate displayed.

    Book with confidence:
    We want you to feel confident about booking in advance for a film, screening, performance, exhibition, course or workshop. It is very important that people displaying symptoms of Covid-19 do not come to events so, if you are unwell with coronavirus symptoms or having to self-isolate, please phone the Box Office and we will arrange for your tickets to be transferred, credited to your account or refunded.

    Booking tickets:
    Tickets must be booked in advance and we are asking customers to select an e-ticket if possible. This means that your ticket can be scanned on arrival reducing the need for contact with our staff when they check tickets. If you are unable to book an e-ticket, please speak to our Box Office team.

    You do not need to show a ticket for events in the Learning Centre or at The Base as the team there will have a record of all those who have booked.

    You must only book tickets for people in your household or support bubble. You will be asked to confirm this when you make your booking. If you wish to come with someone who is not in your household or support bubble, they will need to book tickets in a separate transaction.

    In accordance with Government regulations sectors including leisure, entertainment and hospitality and therefore the Corn Exchange, Newbury are now legally obliged to have a system in place to request and record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff to help break the chains of transmission of coronavirus. Therefore your booking details will now be used for Test and Trace purposes.

    Social distancing:
    We have limited the number of people admitted to each event and seats will be left free between different household groups to ensure appropriate social distancing.

    For films and performances up to and including Sunday 25 October, we have implemented a ‘social bubble’ system of booking online. As in the example picture below, 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. Seats that are available are shown in red and those that have already been booked, or that have been left free for social distancing, are shown in grey.

    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.

    The system will continue to be used in the cinema after 25 October.

     

     

     

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  • Battle of the Proms 2021

    Battle of the Proms 2021

    16:00 -22:00
    31/07/2021
    Highclere Castle Highclere Park NEWBURY RG20 9RN

    Battle of the Proms

    West Berkshire Villagers | Events | What’s On | Things to Do

    We’re delighted to confirm that the Battle Proms Concerts are going ahead! Join us for a fabulous summer celebration with music, fireworks, Spitfire, cannons and cavalry.More tickets have been released for this weekend’s Battle Proms at Highclere Castle. Treat yourself to a fresh picnic or bottle of prosecco, chilled for collection on arrival at the concert. And pre-order your furniture or opt for a table in the Concert Pavilion for the ultimate hassle-free Battle Proms experience!

    The popular event, which takes place this Saturday (July 31), sold out in April, with the organisers capping audience numbers in line with Step 3 regulations. Anyone who missed out will be pleased to hear that a limited number of additional tickets have now been released, but they should book soon to avoid disappointment as audience capacity is still significantly reduced.

    Each year around 10,000 concert-goers gather in the stunning grounds in front of Highclere Castle for an exceptional evening of sublime classical music. The programme includes carefully choreographed and thrilling Spitfire and cavalry displays, dramatic cannon fire and a stunning firework finale.

    Approaching its 20th year at Highclere, the series itself is celebrating 20 years since the first Battle Proms was staged, and there’s a reason it continues to be a firmly established favourite in the local calendar. The organisers are now encouraging people to book early and ensure they don’t miss out on the best possible ticket prices for this fabulous summer event. So pack up the hampers and champers and gather the troops for this ‘Party in the Park’ with a difference!

    The full 2 hour orchestral concert from the New English Concert Orchestra, led by Douglas Coombes MBE and compered by much-loved BBC presenter Pam Rhodes, will include a host of well-known classical pieces and conclude with a ‘last night of the proms’ sing-along with favourites such as Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and more.
    The musical programme will be augmented by a toe-tapping warm-up act, thrilling Napoleonic cavalry displays, a meticulously choreographed aerial display from a WWII Spitfire, live firing cannons and, of course, spectacular fireworks. The Battle Proms is still believed to be the only opportunity in the world to see their signature piece – Beethoven’s Battle Symphony – performed as he composed it: with 193 live Napoleonic cannon providing a thunderous percussion!

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  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    17:00 -19:00
    31/07/2021
    Waterperry Gardens, Near Wheatley, Oxfordshire, England. OX33 1JZ

    Beauty and the Beast @ Waterperry Gardens | West Berkshire Villagers

    Following their sell-out success with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, IKP return with a brand new, “delightfully daft” (The Stage) retelling of the classic story Beauty and the Beast.

    This enchanting production promises to be fast-paced, family-friendly and fun so prepare to be amazed and amused as IKP give this tale of adventure and acceptance their trademark ‘bonkers’ treatment.

  • Ben Hart 2 Metre Magic

    Ben Hart 2 Metre Magic

    19:00 -20:00
    31/07/2021
    Welford Newbury Berkshire RG20 8HU

    Ben Hart 2 Metre Magic | Welford Park |West Berkshire Villagers | Events | Things to do | What’s on

    Renowned magician and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Ben Hart performs his most intimate magic show yet in an evening of ‘close-up magic’.

    This event will take place at Welford Park, Newbury

    Renowned magician and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Ben Hart performs his most intimate magic show yet in an evening of ‘close-up magic’.

    This is a rare chance to witness up-close Ben’s acclaimed sleight-of-hand, set against a backdrop of hilarious repartee, stories of wonder and moments of deep astonishment. Expect impossible magic with the most ordinary of items as Ben manipulates nature, your minds and the very fabric of reality.

    Priority booking opens to Members on Thursday 6 May. Tickets are available for general sale on Tuesday 11 May at 10am.

    Events: organizer: The Corn Exchange, Newbury

    Event Status- Current

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors over the age of 11 are required to wear them on arrival. We will be limiting the number of people admitted to each event to ensure appropriate social distancing between each group and once you have been seated face coverings may be removed.

    Duration: 1 hour (no interval)

    Age guide: 12+

    This event will take place at Aline’s Orchard at Welford Park, Newbury

    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.

    Bookings must be for no more than 6 individuals (or two households). Online bookings are limited to a maximum of 6 tickets. If you are making a booking for two households and require more than 6 tickets please contact the Box Office and they will assist with your booking.

    In accordance with Government regulations sectors including leisure, entertainment and hospitality are now legally obliged to have a system in place to request and record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff to help break the chains of transmission of coronavirus. Anyone in your party aged 16 or over will be asked to scan the Test and Trace QR code or to record their contact details with us.

    We want you to feel confident about booking in advance for performances. It is very important that people displaying symptoms of COVID-19 do not attend an event, if you are unwell with coronavirus symptoms or having to self-isolate, please phone the Box Office and we will arrange for your tickets to be transferred, credited to your account or refunded, as long as you tell us in advance of the event start time.

     

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