What's On

What’s On gives you the opportunity to explore the events in and around West Berkshire. Workshops to learn new skills, fun things to do with the family and the perfect way to relax with friends and find things to do.

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  • Poppies in Watercolour

    Poppies in Watercolour

    All day
    26/05/2022
    Treetops, Newbury

    Poppies in Watercolour

    Poppies are so colourful and joyful and are perfect to paint in watercolour, we will be looking at the vibrancy needed to paint these flowers and how to make them pop out from your painting, we will be using a strong Saunders Waterford paper to absorb all the water and pigment used in this class. The cost includes all materials, a 2 course lunch with a glass of wine and refreshments throughout the day. The image for the class will be unveiled on the day.

    £85
  • ONLINE Chinese Painting: Summer Flowers.

    ONLINE Chinese Painting: Summer Flowers.

    10:00 -11:00
    26/05/2022

    ONLINE Chinese Painting: Summer Flowers.

     

    Tutor: Maggie Cross
    Thurs 19th May 10am – 11:30am workshop demo
    Thurs 26th May 10am – 11am follow up and Q&A session
    (UK timings)

    Cost–£50.00

    Thurs 19th May 10am – 11:30am workshop demo
    Thurs 26th May 10am – 11am follow up and Q&A session
    (UK timings)

    This LivePlus™ online workshop is ideal for those who have attended an introductory session with Maggie, but will also be suitable for beginners who are familiar with the materials.

    Workshop details
    Summer is a joyful time of year and what better way to celebrate by painting the flowers.

    The peony is especially highly prized, not only in Chinese painting, but in embroidery carving and is widely cultivated. In fact the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD) empress Wu Zetian was so keen on them that a “peonimania” developed in China rather like the Dutch tulipmania! The peony is regarded as the queen of flowers and symbolises wealth and beauty. It is the Moutan or tree peonies that we are referring to.

    The poppy and iris do not have specific symbolism attached to them but are admired and painted. The iris is often referred to as the butterfly flower.  One of the key features of painting these flowers is the technique of loading the brush with several different colours or tones of the same colour which Maggie will demonstrate.

    She will begin by making a few quick sketches of the flowers and leaves showing them in different angles and perspectives. It is important to familiarise yourself with the plant’s structure before painting as the final composition is painted onto blank paper without any mark making. This the Chinese believe gives your composition more “chi” or liveliness.

    This will be followed by a demonstration of each part of the plant- flowers, buds, stamens leaves and stems. Maggie will use colour and demonstrate the loading techniques. To complete the lesson Maggie will paint a composition of each flower adding an insect to give additional interest.

    Specific skills you will learn at the workshop

    • Learn the symbolism and history of the plants
    • Detailed observation of the structure of the chosen plants
    • Brush loading using several colours and tones
    • Learn the rules of composition in a traditional Chinese painting


    Equipment & materials list
    Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.

    • Chinese brushes -you will need a large one and a finer for the detail
    • An absorbent paper such as Xuan – semi-sized papers are not suitable for this technique
    • Ink
    • Chinese colours or gouache (watercolours may be used) in rose, carmine or peony red, scarlet, rouge, indigo, phthalocyanine blue, gamboge, burnt sienna and mauve
    • 2 water pots
    • Paint rag or kitchen roll
    • Palette
    • Cloth to cover your work surface as the paint will soak through the absorbent paper (NB a towel is too rough)

    You needn’t have the materials ready whilst watching the live demonstration – the demo session is a time to watch, ask and learn. After the demo you will be sent a link to the recording, which you can watch as many times as you wish for thirty days.

    This LivePlus™ online workshop is ideal for those who have attended an introductory session with Maggie, but will also be suitable for beginners who are familiar with the materials.

    Workshop details
    Summer is a joyful time of year and what better way to celebrate by painting the flowers.

    The peony is especially highly prized, not only in Chinese painting, but in embroidery carving and is widely cultivated. In fact the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD) empress Wu Zetian was so keen on them that a “peonimania” developed in China rather like the Dutch tulipmania! The peony is regarded as the queen of flowers and symbolises wealth and beauty. It is the Moutan or tree peonies that we are referring to.

    The poppy and iris do not have specific symbolism attached to them but are admired and painted. The iris is often referred to as the butterfly flower.  One of the key features of painting these flowers is the technique of loading the brush with several different colours or tones of the same colour which Maggie will demonstrate.

    She will begin by making a few quick sketches of the flowers and leaves showing them in different angles and perspectives. It is important to familiarise yourself with the plant’s structure before painting as the final composition is painted onto blank paper without any mark making. This the Chinese believe gives your composition more “chi” or liveliness.

    This will be followed by a demonstration of each part of the plant- flowers, buds, stamens leaves and stems. Maggie will use colour and demonstrate the loading techniques. To complete the lesson Maggie will paint a composition of each flower adding an insect to give additional interest.

    Specific skills you will learn at the workshop

    • Learn the symbolism and history of the plants
    • Detailed observation of the structure of the chosen plants
    • Brush loading using several colours and tones
    • Learn the rules of composition in a traditional Chinese painting


    Equipment & materials list
    Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.

    • Chinese brushes -you will need a large one and a finer for the detail
    • An absorbent paper such as Xuan – semi-sized papers are not suitable for this technique
    • Ink
    • Chinese colours or gouache (watercolours may be used) in rose, carmine or peony red, scarlet, rouge, indigo, phthalocyanine blue, gamboge, burnt sienna and mauve
    • 2 water pots
    • Paint rag or kitchen roll
    • Palette
    • Cloth to cover your work surface as the paint will soak through the absorbent paper (NB a towel is too rough)

    You needn’t have the materials ready whilst watching the live demonstration – the demo session is a time to watch, ask and learn. After the demo you will be sent a link to the recording, which you can watch as many times as you wish for thirty days.

  • Batik on Paper

    Batik on Paper

    10:00 -16:00
    26/05/2022
    Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

    Batik On Paper

    Learn the basic techniques of paper batik using hot wax and dyes.

    In this one-day workshop you can expect to produce several colourful batik papers, in which you will demonstrate a variety of techniques.  You may also produce a collage of some of these papers.

    Working on a selection of black and white newspaper, coloured newspaper, black tissue paper and coloured tissue paper, you will learn how to use the canting (tool for applying the wax) as well as other methods of applying the wax. The whole paper is then covered with a layer of dye. When dry, more wax is applied to “save” areas of the dye and a second dye is applied. The process is repeated until only small areas remain unwaxed and the final dark dye is applied. You will repeat this process on a number of different papers and may then put some of these together to make a collage.

  • Learn to Crochet

    Learn to Crochet

    10:00 -11:30
    26/05/2022
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    Learn to Crochet

    Learn how to crochet with expert tuition and projects to work on each week.

    Bring your own yarn and you’ll be hooked.

  • Freekeh – Cooking With Ancient Grains

    Freekeh – Cooking With Ancient Grains

    10:00 -14:00
    26/05/2022
    The Barn North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 4UL

    Freekeh – Cooking With Ancient Grains

    Freekeh, wild wheat and ancient grains, the staples of our ancestors are growing in popularity as they re-emerge into our modern diet, as healthy carbohydrates. Rich in vitamins and minerals and with lower gluten structures, these wheats and grains are easier to digest and make for incredibly tasty alternatives to rice, potatoes and pasta.

    Join culinary author and cook Ruth Nieman, whose recent publication Freekeh, Wild Wheat & Ancient Grains, recipes for healthy eating explores the historical, biblical and cultural background of the staple foods of the hunter gathering communities from the Fertile Crescent, with modern uses in a healthy diet. She will teach you the traditional way to cook freekeh, the Arabic staple that is harvested unripe and smoked in the fields, as well as showing you its versatility in salads, soups and bread.

    We will also be making delicious seasonal fayre using spelt, rye and other ancient grains, which you will enjoy after the workshop for a vegetarian lunch with a complimentary glass of wine.

    8 people maximum          All abilities welcome

  • Flower Arranging

    Flower Arranging

    10:30 -11:30
    26/05/2022
    Fair Close Centre Newtown Road, Newbury Berkshire, RG14 7BH

    Flower Arranging at Fairclose Centre

    Get creative with flower arranging on Thursday mornings! Bring a vase or even an empty jam jar and take your arrangement home with you.

  • More than Biscuits, Beer and Bulbs – Reading’s Other Industries

    More than Biscuits, Beer and Bulbs – Reading’s Other Industries

    14:00 -15:15
    26/05/2022

    More than Biscuits, Beer and Bulbs – Reading’s Other Industries

    2 – 3.15pm with Jo Alexander Jones The cost is £ 12-50p

    While Reading is rightly renowned for its baking, brewing and seed businesses, the town had many lesser-known industries that brought with them prosperity and just as importantly jobs for the wider population.  In a time when most companies were privately owned, we will explore a number of these companies and the people who owned them covering industries such as printing, ironworking and brickmaking; names like Cox and Wyman, Katesgrove Foundry and Poulton’s Waterloo Kiln Brickworks.

  • Honesty Live

    Honesty Live

    19:00 -23:00
    26/05/2022
    Herongate Leisure Centre, Charnham Park, Hungerford, West Berkshire RG17 0YU

    Honesty Live

    Honesty at Herongate will open its doors and invite you to a world of live entertainment with Honesty Live! Sit back and relax on a Thursday evening with friends and family whilst enjoying a range of live entertainment from music to comedy! Drinks and food will also be available throughout the night too.

    Doors open at 7pm with entertainment starting from 8pm and the night coming to a close at 10:30pm.

    26th May:
    Café Zazous
    Swing gypsy jazz quartet in the hot club style of the Paris Café musette. The perfect piano lounge music!

  • Painting and Prosecco

    Painting and Prosecco

    19:30 -21:30
    26/05/2022
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    Painting and Prosecco

    Create your own original canvas painting to take home!

    Spend a fun and relaxed evening with artist Richard Francis Bellin learning contemporary painting techniques whilst enjoying a glass of fizz!

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  • Seafood Weekend

    Seafood Weekend

    All day
    27/05/2022-28/05/2022
    The Old Boot Inn Stanford Dingley Berkshire RG7 6LT

    Seafood Weekend

    The Old Boot Inn in Stanford Dingley, seafood weekend is not far off. Join us on Friday the 27th or Saturday the 28th of May for the best is local produce. They have lovely wine offers for the evening as well. Order a seafood platter and receive a complimentary bottle of House white wine

  • Bleak Expectations

    Bleak Expectations

    All day
    27/05/2022
    The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE

    Bleak Expectations

    Based on the hit BBC Radio 4 comedy

    A brand new stage adaptation based on ‘the gloriously daft’ BBC Radio 4 series by Mark Evans.

    Bleak Expectations is the story that Charles Dickens might have written after drinking too much gin. Two-time winner of the Best Radio Sitcom award and winner of a Sony Award, Bleak Expectations has captivated audiences and critics alike since its 2007 debut.

    Hold on tight for a chaotic caper through Dickensian London with young Pip Bin: tragic half orphan, hopeless romantic and would-be-hero.

    Follow Pip’s remarkable adventures with sisters Pippa and Poppy and best friend Harry Biscuit as they attempt to escape the scheming clutches of Mr Gently Benevolent, defeat the irrepressible Hardthrasher siblings and avert disaster at every turn. Will evil be vanquished by virtue? Can love triumph over hate? Immerse yourself in this joyful comedy mash-up featuring hideous boarding schools, dastardly plans, devilish disguises, pulse-quickening romances, heart-rendering death scenes, and definitely a happy ending.

     

  • Bleak Expectations

    Bleak Expectations

    19:30 -22:00
    27/05/2022
    The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE

    Bleak Expectations

    Based on the hit BBC Radio 4 comedy

    A brand new stage adaptation based on ‘the gloriously daft’ BBC Radio 4 series by Mark Evans.

    Bleak Expectations is the story that Charles Dickens might have written after drinking too much gin. Two-time winner of the Best Radio Sitcom award and winner of a Sony Award, Bleak Expectations has captivated audiences and critics alike since its 2007 debut.

    Hold on tight for a chaotic caper through Dickensian London with young Pip Bin: tragic half orphan, hopeless romantic and would-be-hero.

    Follow Pip’s remarkable adventures with sisters Pippa and Poppy and best friend Harry Biscuit as they attempt to escape the scheming clutches of Mr Gently Benevolent, defeat the irrepressible Hardthrasher siblings and avert disaster at every turn. Will evil be vanquished by virtue? Can love triumph over hate? Immerse yourself in this joyful comedy mash-up featuring hideous boarding schools, dastardly plans, devilish disguises, pulse-quickening romances, heart-rendering death scenes, and definitely a happy ending.

    Tickets from £15

    First Week Special: £5 off tickets from 27 to 30 May

  • Live Music at The Crown & Garter

    Live Music at The Crown & Garter

    19:30 -23:00
    27/05/2022
    The Crown & Garter Great Common Road Inkpen Common Hungerford Berkshire RG17 9QR

    Live Music

    Join in this Friday for some amazing live music by @jazziejuo in our beer garden, from 7.30pm.

    Food and drinks will be available.

    The perfect way to spend a Friday night! 🎶🎤🥂

    See you there!

  • 80S LIVE

    80S LIVE

    19:45 -22:45
    27/05/2022
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    Get ready as we bring you the biggest 80s party show to tour the UK, 80s Live!

    You’ve made it through the wilderness, somehow, you’ve made it through and now we’re never gonna give you up!

    We will be heading down the Atlanta highway, so bring your jukebox money and get ready to Jitterbug.

    The show includes hits such as Girls just Wanna have fun, Edge of Heaven, Tainted Love, Love Shack, Living on a Prayer, The Final Countdown, Don’t You Want Me Baby, Relax, Never Gonna Give You Up, It’s Raining Men, Rio and the list goes on.

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  • National Burger Day

    National Burger Day

    All day
    28/05/2022
    THE OLD DAIRY YATTENDON, BERKSHIRE RG18 0XT.

    National Burger Day

    Celebrate national burger day the right way by indulging in a homemade juicy WBB Burger.

    Keep your eyes peeled for our special burgers too..

  • Art in The Foyer

    Art in The Foyer

    All day
    28/05/2022-29/05/2022
    New Era Theatre St. Georges Community Centre Andover Road Newbury RG14 6NU

    Art in the Foyer at The New Era Theatre in Newbury.

    Chronofusiona – a sense of the past, present and future merging together as one by artist Lisa Mounteer- Watson

  • The Highclere Show

    The Highclere Show

    All day
    28/05/2022-29/05/2022

    The Highclere Show

    The Highclere Show is the perfect place for families on the lookout for some half-term fun and we can’t wait to share with you our fantastic line-up for 2022! Whether you’re looking for fantastic live arena entertainment, high-octane performances or a bit of live music whilst sampling some fabulous food & drink, there’s so much to do and see at Highclere!  Here’s just a taster of what’s on offer…

  • Bootleg Blondie

    Bootleg Blondie

    All day
    28/05/2022
    Arlington Arts Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ

    Bootleg Blondie

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

    Bootleg Blondie is the official Debbie Harry & Blondie tribute band, the only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGB’s in New York City before it’s demise in 2006 and to have the honour to be mentioned on Blondie’s 11th album ‘Pollinator’. Lead vocalist Debbie Harris appeared on two shows for BBC1 when she was picked out of 15,000 applicants to represent Debbie Harry on ‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’ hosted by Paddy McGuinness. The show drew in nearly 4 million viewers on the pilot episode alone.

    Debbie Harris and Bootleg Blondie have played the Isle Of Wight Festival, the 100 Club, the Hammersmith Palais, The Electric Ballroom in London, Eric’s in Liverpool, and have opened up for amongst others The Undertones, Slade, The Beat, Bad Manners, Heaven 17, Toyah, Hazel O’Connor, Tony Hadley, David Essex and Nick Kershaw and can be seen at all the major venues and festivals around the UK and Europe. Debbie Harris and the boys have met the REAL Blondie and are officially endorsed by the band. Debbie Harry got in touch in 2006 when she heard we were playing CBGB’s in New York City to wish us good luck with our show and when Clem Burke, Blondie’s charismatic drummer, found out that we were making a replica of his Premier drum kit, he arranged a meet up to sign the Bootleg’s bass drum skin. ‘During the 2010 Blondie tour of the UK we took Clem out for a trip around London in our tour bus, he signed that too!!!!’

    In 2014 Clem invited Debbie and Andy to a recording session at the Foo Fighters’ famous 606 Studio in Los Angeles, where they saw Clem and the awesome Neve mixing desk in action! Debbie and Andy got married in March 2016 and to their great delight received two video clips from both Blondie and Debbie Harry herself congratulating them on their wedding day. What a wedding present!

    Events: organizer: The Corn Exchange, Newbury

    Attendance Mode

    Keeping You Safe

    With the recent government advice, we want to do our utmost to ensure the health and safety of our audiences, staff, performers and wider community. For the foreseeable future, all of our events must adhere to social distancing guidelines. This page will be updated regularly to ensure customers are clear on the current processes helping to keep everyone safe. If you would like to know more about the social distancing guidelines, you can do so via the government website.

     

    Arlington Arts Centre is now open to the general public. If you are planning to visit, please watch the short instructional video on how to keep yourself and others safe.

  • Mini Yoga Retreat Day

    Mini Yoga Retreat Day

    10:00 -14:00
    28/05/2022
    Star Lane, Highclere, Newbury, RG20 9QS
    woman carrying a rolled yoga mat and holding a cup

    Mini Yoga Day Retreat

    This mini retreat is for everyone who isn’t able to attend the whole day but still would like to experience yoga practice, mediation and breathing exercise. We will explore Yin & Yang movements and finding the connection within through a Mandala Yoga practice, moving into Yin & Yang, finishing with beautiful meditation to set you for the rest of the day.

    10am – Arrival to Westridge Studio

    10:15 – 11:30 – Mandala Yoga Practice – is a practice that works towards a firm intention and established on the four elements that bring connection between you and each of the Elements in the Universe – Earth, Water, Fire and Air. Each of these elements have their corresponding Chakra and group of muscles. You are moving 360 degrees around your yoga mat.

    11:30 – 12:00 – Cake & Hot Drink and choosing your Oracle Card, doTerra Essential Oil to try

    12:00 – 13:00 – Yin & Deep Meditation Practice

    A mini retreat for nourishment of your mind, body and soul. If you haven’t done something for yourself for a while perhaps this is a sign.

    This mini retreat is open to just 10 yogis/yoginis, as I would like everyone to feel comfortable.

    Here is a discount for all West Berkshire Villages readers: RETREATWBV5

    If there is any issue with the booking, please feel free to contact me on hello@nourishkitchenbyv.com

  • Waggy Wildlife Walk

    Waggy Wildlife Walk

    11:00 -12:00
    28/05/2022
    Greenham Control Tower, Burys Bank Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG19 8BZ

    Waggy Wildlife Walk

    A guided dog walk on Greenham Common spotting wildlife as you go.

    Join the wildlife wardens on a guided walk for dogs and their owners exploring the roam zone and spotting wildlife as you go. A gentle walk for 45mins – 1hr. Paths may be wet and/or muddy so please bring suitable footwear. Healthy, well socialised dogs only. You are responsible for the behaviour of your dog(s) at all times.

    Free but please book a ticket for you and your dog

  • Open Air Sculpture Exhibition

    Open Air Sculpture Exhibition

    11:00 -16:00
    28/05/2022
    Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR

    Open Air Sculpture Exhibition

    The Orangery Lawn at Shaw House will be transformed into an open air sculpture exhibition where you can discover artworks by acclaimed sculptors in the grounds of this lovely historic setting.

    All works on display will be available for purchase.

    Open times: Saturday 30 July – Sunday 25 September, 11am – 4pm. The exhibition will be closed on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August due to a private event.

    Monday to Friday: Visitors will have access to the grounds only. Toilets will be available. We ask you to please respect the space around those celebrating their weddings and other ceremonies within the House.

    Weekends: The House, grounds, shop and café will be open.

    For more information please visit http://www.alteredstatessculptures.co.uk

  • Shaw House Picnics

    Shaw House Picnics

    12:00 -14:00
    28/05/2022
    Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR

    Shaw House Picnics | West Berkshire Villagers

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

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

    Sample meat picnic menu; -1 Ham Salad Sandwich -A Homemade Sausage Roll -Chicken Goujons

    Sample vegetarian picnic menu; -1 Egg Mayonnaise Sandwich -Vegetarian Roll -Vegetarian Falafels

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

    If you have a specific dietary requirement please call Shaw House 01635 279279.

    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 hot or cold drink -Take your picnic outside and enjoy!

     

  • West Berks CAMRA-Elusive Brewing Taproom – Mild Month

    West Berks CAMRA-Elusive Brewing Taproom – Mild Month

    13:00 -16:00
    28/05/2022
    Unit 5 Marino Way, Hogwood Ln, Hogwood Industrial EstatePostcode:RG40 4RF

    West Berks CAMRA-Elusive Brewing Taproom – Mild Month

    Time:
    13:00
    Address:
    Unit 5 Marino Way, Hogwood Ln, Hogwood Industrial Estate
    Postcode:
    RG40 4RF

    Meet up with CAMRA Berkshire South-East members at the Elusive Brewing Taproom to sample cask mild during Mild Month (1pm).

    Buses between Reading and Wokingham serve Hogwood Industrial Estate – #3 the Leopard.

  • The Gingerbread Man

    The Gingerbread Man

    13:00 -15:00
    28/05/2022
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    The Gingerbread Man

    Imagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea!

    Come and see the adventure of the deliciously smelling Gingerbread Man who finds his feet fast and sets off on the journey of a lifetime! Up and down and into town, our Gingerbread Man must use his wits to escape anyone who finds him tasty. Is he faster than a Goose? Can he cross a river using a Fox as a raft? Are Gingerbread Men allowed on trains?

    Bring the whole family, join in his epic quest and meet the bravest biscuit of all time!

    Created with public funding from Arts Council England, support from The Berry Theatre, Hedge End & The Point Eastleigh, with additional support from Salisbury Playhouse and The Lyric Theatre Bridport.

  • Ed Sheeran Experience

    Ed Sheeran Experience

    17:00 -21:00
    28/05/2022
    Caversham Lakes, Henley Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 9RA, United Kingdom

    Ed Sheeran Experience

    The World’s Number One Ed Sheeran Tribute is coming to Caversham Lakes on the 28th May 2022.

    Guaranteed to get you singing along and bringing out those festival moves!

    Jack Shepherd has been performing as Ed Sheeran since 2014, in doing so becoming the most established Ed Sheeran tribute act on the globe!

    Jack recreates every song completely live using a replica loop pedal to that of the man himself. With a show featuring all the hits and ballads you are sure to have a full Ed Sheeran Experience.

    With support from Amanda’s Music Events & James Lainey this will be a show not to be missed!

    Adult Ticket £15
    Child Ticket (Under 16’s) £10

    Doors open from 4:30pm
    1st Support Act (5:00pm – 6:00pm)
    2nd Support Act (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
    Ed Sheeran Act (7:00pm – 9:00pm)

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  • GB Mead @ Newbury Artisan Market

    GB Mead @ Newbury Artisan Market

    10:00 -16:00
    29/05/2022
    Northbrook Street, Newbury, Berks

    GB Mead @ Newbury Artisan Market

    WHY MEAD?

    Starting in the early 1990’s being involved in dark age re-enactment meant mead was the drink to have round the campfire.

    Before the internet finding a bottle or two of mead to pick up on the way involved detouring to a pre arranged off-licence who had some in stock.

    HOW WE STARTED

    As it happened I knew a few bee keepers so making my own seemed the best option. Later having moved over to Medieval re-enactment mead was still the drink to have so I began to take a boot full, and when that wasn’t enough we moved on to having a stall

    As is often the case with home brewers, the under stairs cupboard is rapidly outgrown, and there is nothing like enthusiasm, so having progressed through a variety of spaces, now we have a commercial unit in order to keep up with demand and expand our range, and are now licensed to include retail and wholesale through the AWRS scheme

    ROAD MAP

    We are always on the look out for new outlets!

    We are now stocked in many off licences and farm shops, pubs, restaurants and boutique bars.

    We also supply mead to hand fastings and weddings, where mead makes an excellent toasting drink.

    If you would like your local to stock our excellent mead, get them to contact us and we will do the rest!

    DAYS & OPENING TIMES

    LAST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH

    Set Up 07.00-09.45 

    Trading Times 10.00-16.00

    Breakdown 16.00

  • Artisan Market

    Artisan Market

    10:00 -16:00
    29/05/2022
    Newbury Town Centre

    Newbury’s Artisan Market

    Newbury’s much-loved monthly Artisan Market takes place on the last Sunday of each month (except December).

    Visitors from near and far can experience the sizzling smells of the Artisan Market between 10am and 4pm in Newbury’s Northbrook Street and Bartholomew Street. The market will deliver fresh and exciting artisanal offerings and seasonally produced local dishes, to complement the well-established variety of businesses already lining Newbury’s historic streets.

    A new covid-friendly layout is in place for the market to help maximise social distancing and ensure that adequate sanitisation measures are in place.

  • Spring Botanical Jewellery Making Workshop

    Spring Botanical Jewellery Making Workshop

    10:00 -17:00
    29/05/2022
    Westridge Studio Highclere RG20 90S

    Spring Botanical Jewellery Making Workshop

    Course details

    Capture nature’s beauty in pure silver with this botanical jewellery making workshop. Ideal for beginners who would like to try their hand at a new creative skill.  You will learn to all about silver clay, applying techniques to use both paste and lump metal clay to cast real pieces of nature such as leaves, and seeds in to pure silver jewellery.

     

    Description

    Discover the alchemy of silver clay with this full day beginners’ workshop.  You will learn to all about silver clay and make between three and five small items of beautiful nature themed  jewellery from silver clay, and real pieces of nature, cast in pure silver. No experience in working with metal clay is necessary for this workshop.

     

    Level: Complete beginner

     

     

    Class Outline

    This fantastic workshop is to be taught in the stunning purpose build creative studios on the second floor of the Westridge Studios, in the leafy village of Highclere.  (Please note the studio is access by stairs only, if you are unable to access the studio due to it being located on the second floor please do get in touch before booking and I will do my utmost to move the workshop to the downstairs space at the Studios, subject to availability.)

     

    In this  workshop, you will learn the skills required to make beautiful jewellery from metal clay, and how to continue making at home if you wish.  During the workshop you will learn all about Silver Clay, and what makes it such an awesome material to work with.

     

    After a brief introduction to Silver clay and what to expect on the workshop, We will take a walk around the grounds of the beautiful Westridge studios to forage for leaves, seeds and twigs for our projects.

    You will then be taken step by step through the different techniques you can use to capture natures beauty including;

    Using silicone Moulding compound to make your own Moulds.

    Using silver paste to paint on to leaves and delicate flowers. And using lump clay with the natural objects to press the objects in to the clay to make an impression and capture all of those beautiful fine details that can be seen on leaves and bark.

     

    The workshop includes 7g of silver clay and silver paste, which is enough to make three or four pieces of silver jewellery, depending on the sizes of the pieces you wish to make.

    Basic jump rings, ear wire hooks and a standard 18’chain are also included in the price, you may also bring your own and we can help you attach them.

     

    Alternatively, if a different chain is needed that can also be ordered through the academy at an extra cost, please email your request in advance of the workshop and it can be brought along on the day for you.

    (Please note due to time scales and techniques you will not be able to make stud earrings on this workshop, as it is an advanced skill and requires soldiering techniques, these will be taught in other workshops, feel free to email for details once you have attended a beginner class.)

     

    What you will learn.

    On this fantastic introductory course, you will learn how to make a simple charm or pendant. Then you will use your new found skills to create two or three extra pieces in your own design, maybe a pair of earrings to match your pendant?

    You will learn methods to dry your pieces and how to safely fire your creations with a Butane torch and a kiln.

    Once fired you will be shown how to get your silver pieces beautiful and shiny.

    When your pieces are made you will also be given a little jewellery box take away your beautiful new jewellery in.

    On this workshop you will be guided, step by step and learn the following skills:

    • Handling and how to store the clay.
    • Rolling the clay out to get an even finish.
    • How to add textures to your pieces.
    • How to make and use silicone molding compound with natural objects.
    • Using silver paste to coat and cast real leaves in silver.
    • How to shape and cut the clay.
    • How to dry and refine your pieces
    • Kiln and torch firing methods, how to use a small Butane torch to fire safely.
    • How to Polish and finish your pieces

    If you really enjoyed the workshop and would like to continue your silver clay jewellery, why not try one of our other full day silver clay workshops. Or practice your new skills in the comfort of your home with a specially created Silver Clay kits, available to buy on the day of the workshop.

  • Antiques and Brocante Market

    Antiques and Brocante Market

    10:00 -16:00
    29/05/2022
    Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR

    Antiques and Brocante Market

    A welcome return for the unique French style Brocante market, offering antiques, vintage, retro, bric-a-brac and decorative arts items plus vinyl records on the Great Lawn at Shaw House.

    A great day out for all the family with free entry to explore the House. Street food will be available outside plus light refreshments from the café and pre-prepared picnics are available to order from the Shaw House café (see separate website listing).

    Sunday 29 May & 14 August | 10am – 4pm

    No need to book | Free | Outdoor event

    ACVR Events run regular, a niche events in market towns in Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey. For stall holder enquiries please visit their website here.

  • The California Wine Bash

    The California Wine Bash

    12:00 -15:00
    29/05/2022
    The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury RG20 8JU
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    The California Wine Bash

    £75 PER HEAD, BOOKED IN ADVANCE.

    The Vineyard is proud to be celebrating the relationship between food and wine in a superb afternoon of tasting on the Terrace. Comprising of six brilliantly inspired and designed dishes by our executive chef Tom Scade, paired with six wines that demonstrate excellent Californian winemaking.

    It’s up to you to make your own judgements. Which wines go with what foods? It’s up to you to tell us!

  • Shaw House Picnics

    Shaw House Picnics

    12:00 -14:00
    29/05/2022
    Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR

    Shaw House Picnics | West Berkshire Villagers

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

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

    Sample meat picnic menu; -1 Ham Salad Sandwich -A Homemade Sausage Roll -Chicken Goujons

    Sample vegetarian picnic menu; -1 Egg Mayonnaise Sandwich -Vegetarian Roll -Vegetarian Falafels

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

    If you have a specific dietary requirement please call Shaw House 01635 279279.

    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 hot or cold drink -Take your picnic outside and enjoy!

     

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  • LOLA At The Farm

    LOLA At The Farm

    14:00 -16:00
    31/05/2022
    Bucklebury Farm Park Bucklebury Reading RG7 6RR

    LOLA At The Farm

     

    Children’s art work shop …

    LoLA – Lots of Lovely Art will be running two art classes down at the farm in half term.

    • 2-3pm Fields of Flowers inspired by Gustav Klimt (Collage)

    • 3-4pm Terrific Trees inspired by David Hockey (Paint)

    Recommend minimum age 4/5 years old +

    A parent/carer must stay with the children during the project.

    Max 10 children per group.

    LoLA – Lots of Lovely Art aims to support creativity in children through art.

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