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NewburyFest 21 June - 27 July

This summer sees the second annual NewburyFest bring the town alive, with acts such as the Covent Garden Entertainers preparing to wow the crowds.



The Watermill - CALAMITY JANE

Calamity Jane can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood. Hard, boastful and desperate to impress, she travels to Chicago on the Deadwood Stage to recruit a star, Adelaide Adams. But things don’t go too smoothly for Calamity, as everyone in town favours the new girl and she struggles to keep her jealousy and pride in check. It takes her long standing enemy Wild Bill Hickok to make her see sense, and realise her Secret Love…

(Running until Sat 06 September 2014)



Racecourse Newbury - Summer Racing

Flat Racing

Gates Open - 11.30
First Race - 2.00
Last Race - 5.15



Corn Exchange - Heaven in A Hell of War

This gala performance stands as part of a range of events connected to the centenary of World War I and to the National Trust property, Sandham Memorial Chapel.

Taking Stanley Spencer's visionary paintings, housed at the chapel, as inspiration Kennet School, Trinity School and Youth Drama at New Greenham Arts have created three unique dramatic responses to the themes of conflict, resurrection and humanity. These performances will also be accompanied by dance pieces in response to the art works from WISE (boys dance company) and Youth Dance at new Greenham Arts.



Racecourse Newbury - The Beach Boys at Party in Paddock

World-renowned pop legends The Beach Boys will be performing live after racing on one of the summer’s biggest racedays featuring the Weatherbys Super Sprint.

Known for hits like ‘Surfin’ USA’, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ and ‘I Get Around’, the band will take to the Party in the Paddock stage following a retro themed raceday with memorabilia and vintage style competitions.

Please Note: Although children 0-4 enter for free, each child must have a ticket. If you are bringing a child please ensure you include their ticket on your order.

Gates Open - 11.00
First Race - 1.05
Last Race - 5.00
Concert - 6.00



Corn Exchange - Monty Python Live (mostly)

For the first time in more than three decades, comedy legends Monty Python will perform live on stage together this year.

Broadcast from London’s O2 Arena, Monty Python Live (mostly) will play in cinemas around the globe on Sunday 20 July.

At a combined age of just 358, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will once again perform some of their greatest hits, with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists.

Monty Python are rightfully regarded as among the world’s finest-ever comedians. They influenced a generation and revolutionised comedy. Their eagerly awaited reunion promises to be among the biggest live events of 2014.



Berkshire Maestros Fundraising Concert in support of Prior’s Court

Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Reading. Berkshire RG7 5TQ

Sunday 20th July 2014

7.45pm Start time

£10 per Adult £5 per Child £5 per Senior Citizen

The Berkshire County Choirs and Youth guitar Orchestra will be performing a special evening of songs and music to help raise funds for local autism charity Prior’s Court. In preparation for their forthcoming tour to Germany, the choirs and guitar orchestra will be performing a selection of sacred and secular music with featuring music from Bach, Lassus, Elgar, Schubert, Karl Jenkins and arrangements by the Kings Singers.

Tickets on sale from the Corn exchange Newbury Box Office no 0845 521 8218



Corn Exchange - Jason Manford: First World Problems

Jason has had a busy time since he was last on the road. After his opera singing turn saw him emerge the winner on Born To Shine (ITV1) Jason put his new found talent into practice joining Alfie Boe on tour prior to a well-received run in the West-End hit musical Sweeney Todd. However, his comedy bones weren’t completely idle as he enjoyed appearances on QI (BBC Two), Big Fat Quiz of the Year (Channel 4), and Comedy World Cup (Channel 4).

Tuesday 22nd July 2014 – Wednesday 23rd July 2014



Racecourse Newbury - Craft, Bake & Race Family Day

A fun Sunday at the races with thrilling action on track and family entertainment, activities and competitions in support of Daisy’s Dream charity. Racegoers can bring along their own baked creations for baking competitions for a variety of age groups, sponsored by Parkway Shopping of Newbury.

What’s more there’s facepainting, craft workshops, bouncy castle, pony rides, Harry the Horse and much more to make a fun day out for kids.

Gates Open - 11.30
First Race - 1.40
Last Race - 5.25



The Watermill - JOURNEY'S END

Just before Germany’s spring offensive in 1918, British officers are in a dug-out on the front line. Keen young officer Raleigh joins the company and finds Stanhope, his old friend, much changed. Trying to create some sort of normality amidst the horror, are Trotter, who is furious about how the war has interfered with his meal times, Hibbert, who is trying to find a way to escape, and Osborne, who would rather be tending to his garden.

(Running until Sat 11 Oct 2014)



New Greenham Arts - Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick

For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved and most enthusiastic of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. Martin was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2014.

Dave Swarbrick first came to prominence on the folk scene as a young instrumental virtuoso, and in 1969 joined Fairport Convention and his contribution to folk and folk/rock music from that point on, is legendary and well documented.



Arlington Arts - Lil' Jimmy Reed

Lil' Jimmy Reed is coming to Arlington Arts. If you are a blues enthusiast or even just looking for a good show, you must come and see this blues magician when he performs, it is an experience not to be missed. Growing up across the street from a nightclub he developed a fascination for music while hearing the sounds of guitars and pianos.



Arlington Arts - Preston Reed

Percussive fingerstyle master Preston Reed, who inspired such latter day flattop heroes as Andy McKee and Jon Gomm, is back and with a mind blowing new album! Using the two-handed integrated percussive acoustic technique he pioneered in 1987, Reed fuses chord-based grooves, soaring melodic runs and polyrhythmic percussion that integrate the breathtaking potential of the guitar body. Preston Reed doesn’t need a band. He isthe band.



Arlington Arts - Fragile featuring Claire Hamill

FRAGILE were founded as a tribute project to the music of classic 70s symphonic rock band Yes in 1998. The band are now well known to YES fans all over Europe, having appeared on the UK's primetime Richard & Judy TV show with Rick Wakeman and visionary album cover artist Roger Dean and performed throughout the UK, Finland, Belgium, Holland & Switzerland, including tours with YES/ASIA guitar legend Steve Howe in 2005/6 and 7.



Newbury Showground - Newbury Show: 20th - 21st September 2014

The Royal County of Berkshire show is undoubtedly Berkshire’s best weekend. Where else can you see everything from chickens to llamas; horse driving to pig showing skills; taste Britain’s finest foods and watch cookery demonstrations; sample the best craft and watch traditional crafts in action or compare your horticultural skills to the expert displays on show? Come and watch the best in show jumping, the wonderful spectacle of the Livestock Grand Parade and the breathtaking Hot Air Balloon flight at the end of each day. Shop ‘til you drop, celebrate agriculture and all your countryside has to offer, meet friends and make new ones, bring the family and you’ll find something for everyone.



The Grand Final - Young Songwriter Competition

Hogan Music is getting ready to launch a Young Songwriter Competition that will conclude with a Grand Final concert, to be held in the Corn Exchange on Sunday 21st September. The Grand Final will feature the top 6-8 entrants and will, essentially be a concert that we hope will fill the Corn Exchange.



Food Festival 1st - 2nd November

Your Newbury Food Festival is free to the public and features attractions for all the family with a diversity of food and drink offers representing the best of local produce and producers. Taking place in the town centre, Northbrook Street and Batholomew street.



The Watermill - PETER PAN

When the mischievous Peter Pan swoops in with tales of a magical place far beyond London’s starlit sky, what child can resist? Dreaming of fun and tempted by the promise of adventure, Wendy and her brothers journey with Peter to the mystical world of Neverland where children never have to grow up.

Together they explore a land with sparkling mermaids, swashbuckling pirates and a ticking crocodile. With the help of Peter’s band of Lost Boys and a sprinkling of fairy dust, they must brave the perils of Neverland and defeat the villainous Captain Hook.

A classic story of magic, courage and friendship with original music to warm your heart, fly away for an unforgettable adventure in Neverland.

(Running until Sun 04 Jan 2015)



For the Fallen: Music of the First World War

7:30pm, St Nicolas Church

Dupré: De Profundis Elgar: The Spirit of England Holst: Ode to Death Butterworth: The Banks of Green Willow





Sandham Memorial Chapel


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