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The Watermill - UNTOLD STORIES - Hymn & Cocktail Sticks

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)



Corn Exchange - Jay Rayner - My Dining Hell

Jay Rayner has been a restaurant critic for over a decade, written reviews of well over 700 establishments, and if there is one thing he’s learnt it is that people like reviews of bad restaurants. No, scratch that. They adore them, feast upon them like starving vultures who have spotted fly-blown carrion out in the bush. In My Dining Hell, Jay examines our love affair with lousy reviews, reads from accounts of some of the most excruciating nights out he’s ever had & looks at the worst reviews his own work has ever received. A hugely entertaining show in the company of the man recently voted the best food and drink journalist in Britain.



Corn Exchange - Project_Vee

Presented by Circus Geeks

8.15pm Market Square, Newbury

Roulette wheel meets juggling: danger, skill and unpredictable moments. Project_Vee is a nod to a Soviet era circus act, remixed for the 21st century. Steel, concrete and motors meet in an unlikely way; Project_Vee takes juggling in a different dimension.



Corn Exchange - Carousel

Presented by Southpaw Dance Company

9.15pm Market Square, Newbury

Carousel features a splendid, fully functioning merry-go-round, which provides the centre-piece for an edgy story of the enigmatic characters who inhabit the fairground. As the fair shuts down for the night, its public face gives way to the exhilarating private celebrations and personal tragedies of an intensely close-knit group of people.



Newbury Spring Festival

For two weeks in May the celebrated Newbury Spring Festival showcases breathtaking musical talent, at venues throughout West Berkshire, that captivates locals and visitors alike.

With approximately 50 events each year the Festival is one of the UK's most prestigious Arts festivals. The festival is privileged to be able to use some of the countries best regional performance spaces and many famous locations from the surrounding countryside. It covers a wide range of genres from music, theatre, dance, literature and cabaret and is very proud of its large programme of work aimed at young people and family's including the young stars award.

Full Spring Festival programmes will be available from Newbury Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall, Market Place.

Running until 21 May 2016



Youth Day

Pop along to the Berkshire Youth Gazebo to see some local youth bands perform, including Newbury Rock Project.

The event is a great FREE chance to find out more about local youth music and drama activities, brought to you by Berkshire Youth and Newbury BID.

12pm-4pm in the Market Place



Arlington Arts - Omid Djalili: Live 2016

Omid Djalili is an award-winning stand-up and an acclaimed actor. Intelligent, sometimes provocative, always entertaining, his stand-up is an energetic and captivating comedy masterclass.

(Running Until Wednesday 11 May 2016)



Arlington Arts - 9Bach

9Bach made their name by taking traditional Welsh folk songs and recasting them onto a spectral and haunting sound canvas. Their 2014 album Tincian was the worthy winner of the coveted Best Album in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015.



Racecourse Newbury - Starlight Charity Raceday

Head to Newbury for a day of competitive Flat racing in support of a worthy cause. A high quality seven-race card forms part of a day held in support of Starlight, who do remarkable work granting the wishes of terminally ill children.

Gates Open - 12.00
First Race - 2.00
Last Race - 5.35



Racecourse Newbury - Al Shaqab Lockinge Day

Come and join us for the highlight of our Flat racing season featuring some of Europe’s finest thoroughbreds going head-to-head on an unmissable day of equine action. Centred around the £350,000 Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes will be an outstanding seven-race card worth a total of £750,000.

The most recent renewal of the feature race saw 2014 2,000 Guineas winner Night of Thunder claim the second Group 1 victory of his career, and subsequent Royal Ascot winner Time Test and Hungerford Stakes winner Adaay were amongst the other winners on one of the greatest days of Flat racing ever staged at Newbury.

Gates Open - 11.00
First Race - 2.00
Last Race - 5.25



New Greenham Arts - Thumbelina

There was once a little girl so small she could float on a lily pad and ride on the back of a dragonfly ... Hans Christian Andersen's tale of a girl no bigger than a thumb and her encounters with a frog, mouse, mole and swallow, is played gently amongst gardening tools, leading her to ultimate happiness in the kingdom of flowers.



Google Bus Day - Newbury Market Place

Cloud Technology Solutions have booked the Google Bus in with Newbury BID. The bus has been touring the country, the team can explain what Google Apps provides and how it can benefit an organization, including:

· Providing a workforce with mobile working from any device.
· Allowing staff to securely share documents with anyone using only one click.
· Promoting reduced travel time with simple-to-use Video Hangouts. One of their spokesmen says that feedback from businesses so far has told them that “it has opened up a whole new working world and changed the way people manage their organisations.”

To book your session on the bus please send the following booking form to Zhen Yang at googlebus@cloudsolutions.co.uk or zhen.yang@cloudsolutions.co.uk (and copy in suzanne@newburybid.com) or call her on 0161 241 0536

Booking form - http://goo.gl/forms/Qb8Al79TFL



Corn Exchange - Rat Pack Live

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.



Racecourse Newbury - June Afternoon Racing

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



The Watermill - WATERSHIP DOWN

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)



Racecourse Newbury - Pump Technology Irish Night Live

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



Racecourse Newbury - Pelican Charity Race Evening & Scott Mills DJ Set

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



New Greenham Arts - Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

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.



Arlington Arts - The Mermaid's Tale

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.



Newbury Showground - Royal County of Berkshire Show

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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