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When Bathsheba Everdene inherits a farm from her father, no-one expects her to take on its management herself. But our spirited young heroine will not be deterred and takes up the mantle with vigour. Yet, whilst she rises impressively to the challenges of sheep farming, it is the trials of the heart that threaten to undo her. Caught between a pair of suitors, the kind and dependable shepherd Gabriel Oak and the prosperous eligible bachelor William Boldwood, her choice seems hard enough, then the dashing Sergeant Troy appears over the horizon, with a swagger in his step and a dangerous secret in his past. Who will she choose? And will she realise the disastrous consequences of a wrong choice before tis too late?
(Running until Sat 23 May 2015)
How the cat purred and how the witch grinned as they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.
Join in the songs, laughs and scary fun with Tall Stories’ magical musical stage adaptation of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, when it flies into Newbury! The witch and her cat are flying happily along on their broomstick when a stormy wind blows the witch’s hat, bow and wand away into the night. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things and all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK! - it snaps in two!
Running until Sun 19 April
Meet Britain’s hottest young acrobats, Barely Methodical Troupe. This exceptionally skilled all-male trio won a Total Theatre Award at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival for their outstanding debut Bromance, and it’s easy to see why. A thrilling show, it wittily celebrates all things blokey through a series of heroic, risk-taking physical feats. With an inventive mix of flawlessly-timed acrobatics, shoulder-high balances and a stunning routine inside a spinning metal wheel the lads explore male companionship and its limits.
At the edge of contemporary alt-folk sits Ross Wilson aka Blue Rose Code, with his distinct Scottish accent and traditional music inspired from further south in the British Isles. Having always been a singer, he fell in love with folk and Blue Rose Code is the result of that. His latest album, The Ballads of Peckham Rye, features a wealth of collaborations that speak to his standing within the folk community (Karine Polwart, Aidan O’Rourke and Kathryn Williams amongst others). His bewitching effect has also been noted by the good people at Folk Radio UK, who named him their Artist of the Month in October 2014.
Newbury Spring Festival, now in its 37th year, presents some of the world's finest musicians in a fortnight of 45 concerts in 20 venues in and around Newbury, taking in some beautiful rural villages, and local stately homes including Englefield House and Highclere Castle. International symphony orchestras, ensembles and soloists rub shoulders with jazz legends, world music artists and the stars of tomorrow.
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 - 1.30
Last Race - 5.20
We are delighted to welcome the mighty “Off The Wall -The Music of Pink Floyd”.They bring with them the full 9 piece band and all new stunning sound and light production.
Come and join us for the richest raceday in the 110-year history of Newbury Racecourse. Centred around the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes, being run for £350,000 for the first time in 2015, an outstanding seven-race card worth a total of £750,000 will see some of Europe’s finest thoroughbreds go head-to-head on an unmissable day of equine action.
Gates Open - 11.30
First Race - 1.30
Last Race - 5.00
Forty five years ago, Creedence Clearwater Revival headlined the Saturday night slot at the legendary Woodstock Music Festival. Also that year, three Creedence albums simultaneously perched in the top 10 of the rock music charts and the group had four top three singles.
Individually they’re two of the best players around but collectively they create a chemistry which is almost magic. This duo have fast become one of the most talked about combinations on the circuit. They are not only vastly talented but have created a sound that is bursting with emotion and energy - a fusion of pipes and flutes which pushes the boundaries of what the instruments can achieve in a performance which is a vibrant mix of new and original compositions along with traditional tunes.
Hester abandons the security and respectability of life with her distinguished older husband, throwing herself into a passionate affair with former RAF pilot Freddie. His raffish charm wears thin, but Hester remains infatuated. With overpowering feelings for Freddie and with her husband ready to forgive, Hester finds herself caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.
(Running until Sat 04 Jul 2015)
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 dual Group-2 winner Estidhkaar a winner on the card last year, you might see a few stars of the future too!
Gates Open - 12.00
First Race - 2.20
Last Race - 5.35
This up-and-coming young folk duo both come from musical households and began to develop their musical skills long before joining forces. Following their first Award win in 2013, Russell and Algar toured the country in April and after completing school and University exams, began touring again at the beginning of June - a schedule which saw them play venues and festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention as well as appearing live on Mark Radcliffe’s Folk Show.
The Newbury and District Agricultural Society was formed in 1909 with the aim of providing a show to replace the local Horse Show. Today the Society is a registered charity established with the aims and the showcase for these aims is one of the most successful agricultural shows in the country – The Royal County of Berkshire Show.
Chasing a mysterious white rabbit with a pocket watch, Alice tumbles down a rabbit hole and into a world of fun and adventure. There she meets the colourful characters of Wonderland and hears their fantastical tales. After a lively tea party, an unusual game of croquet and a nail-biting trial to find out who stole a very special plate of jam tarts, will Alice find her way home?
(Running until Sun 03 Jan 2016)
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