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Warm, witty and poignant, Untold Stories is a double bill of memoirs from one of the nation’s most successful yet self-effacing playwrights, whose work for the stage includes The History Boys and The Madness of King George.
In Hymn, a play set to live music by George Fenton, Bennett recalls the hymns and music that underscored his childhood and, with great affection, his father, violin playing butcher.
(Running until Sat 11 Jun 2016)
The brand-new production combines the full sound of big band swing with the charisma, panache and swagger of the original trio – performed by an all-star cast!
Including songs such as New York, New York, That’s Amore, My Way, Mr Bojangles, That’s Life, Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Mambo Italiano, Little Old Wine Drinker Me and many more, this lavish treat authentically captures Dean, Sammy and Frank during their Fifties and Sixties Vegas heyday, featuring all the patter and razzamatazz of the Rat Pack’s infamous live stage show.
Begin the summer at Newbury with a bang as we bring you some top-quality midweek Flat racing in a more relaxed, informal atmosphere. With subsequent Champions Day runner-up Journey a winner on the card last year, you might see a few stars of the future too!
A race for purebred Arabian horses will kick things off at 1.30, with the first thoroughbred race at 2.00. Take the chance to try out our Brasserie restaurant before racing – it offers a fresh, seasonal menu in a more casual setting with no pre-booking required.
Gates Open - 12.00
First Race - 1.30
Last Race - 5.15
This stirring tale of courage and survival against the odds has become one of the best-loved adventures of all time. In this gripping adaptation, the long and perilous journey of a small band of rabbits in search of a safe home finally leads them to Watership Down.
(Running until Sat 23 July 2016)
Back after a great launch in 2015, our Thursday Nights Live series returns with Pump Technology Irish Night, celebrating all that is good about the Emerald Isle. With seven competitive races followed live music from Irish artists into the evening, is the perfect opportunity for an after-work social or a night out with friends. Don’t miss out!
There will be a race for purebred Arabian horses at 5.00, with the first thoroughbred race at 5.35.
Gates Open - 4.00
First Race - 5.00
Last Race - 8.50
Live music after racing
Our Thursday Nights Live series continues with Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills performing a set after a seven competitive thoroughbred races.
Start your weekend early with friends or colleagues and enjoy the summer season in style! The first race at 5.20 will be a Charity Race, with the first thoroughbred race at 5.55.
Gates Open - 4.00
First Race - 5.20
Last Race - 9.10
Scott Mills after racing
Nancy Kerr and James Fagan are one of the best-known and most experienced folk duos on the British circuit today. Outstanding musicianship, a lifelong grounding in traditional singing and instrumental playing, acclaimed original compositions but most noticeably a visceral chemistry between these two make Kerr and Fagan a perennial favourite at festivals, venues and clubs across the country.
A glimmering musical adventure in which hope must triumph over greed, performed by pupils of Thatcham's very own Read Theatre School. Read Theatre School (RTS) provides young people aged 3-17yrs in the Newbury and Thatcham community with performing arts training, delivering fun and engaging Saturday Classes and Holiday Courses in dance, singing and drama.
The Newbury & District Agricultural Society have begun the countdown to The Royal County of Berkshire Show taking place on 17th and 18th September 2016.
This year sees the return of the very popular White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team in the main arena. Recognised as the oldest, most accomplished and well-known display team in the world, there will be a mixture of unique feats of balance, skill and coordination and high impact speed cross over riders as well as hair-raising fire and car jumps.
Another main arena attraction this year is the Scurry Driving Championships, the formula 1 of equine! Horse and carriages skilfully steer around multiple obstacles that make it fast, furious and exciting viewing.
Elsewhere across the 150-acre showground, visitors can amble down to the new £1m livestock building, which will house over 400 cattle and was designed to enhance facilities for competitors as well as improve the viewing experience for visitors.
Also new for 2016 is our Food and Farming zone, which will be celebrating British Farming with a number of fun and interesting hands-on activities for all the family.
Many of the show’s favourites will be returning:
- The Food Tent: housing a variety of delectable treats and accompaniments
- Arts and Crafts: unusual gift ideas that can’t be found on the high street.
- Sports Zone: a thrill-seeking area for kids to take part in obstacle courses, simulator rides as well as skiing, football and mini-digger adventures.
- Miller’s Ark Animals: the ever popular mini petting area for kids
- Equestrian line-up: a horse-lovers paradise!
- 4x4 driving course
The Royal County of Berkshire Show never forgets its agricultural origins, and attracts the best livestock from across the UK. Owners appreciate the show as the friendly end-of-season event and entries are already underway for the many livestock classes.
This year we will be attending the Crafty Craft Race in Victoria Park, Newbury on Monday 2nd May to officially launch the show and will be offering visitors a special ‘show launch’ discount if they purchase their tickets in advance. Simply visit our stand to receive your special discount code.
‘Plans are well underway for this year’s show, and the showground is filling up quickly with a vast array of tradestands, proving there is definitely something for everybody! Explains Laura Priestley-Cooper, Show Manager.
‘We are particularly excited to see our new permanent cattle building in action at this year’s show and will once again be looking forward to welcoming some of Britain’s finest cattle and livestock breeds competing. A lot of hard work is going into our new Food and Farming zone, which will showcase the best of British food and farming. Supporting British farming is more vital than ever and at the forefront of what we do, we hope to raise awareness of this through our new features, activities and demonstrations.’
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