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3

APRIL

The Watermill - Jane Austen's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are left penniless after their wealthy uncle cheats them of their fortune. They are forced to leave the comforts of Norland Park and relocate to a cold Devonshire cottage. When a devilishly handsome stranger arrives at Barton Cottage with the rain-drenched Marianne in his arms, the Dashwood girls are convinced that their fortunes are changed forever. Whilst the sensible Elinor pines for quiet Edward Ferrars, impulsive Marianne loses herself in the idea of her hero on horseback, and for a girl who feasts on poetry and music, what else is there to do in Devon but dream of rescue?

In Austen’s dearly-loved classic, we follow the fortunes of the two Dashwood sisters as they chase their dreams from Devonshire to London and back.

(Running until Sat 10 May 2014)

20

APRIL

Food Festival 20th - 21st April

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.

24

APRIL

Arlington Arts - Chantel McGregor with support from Laurence Jones

Imagine the tone of Robin Trower, the inspiration of Hendrix, the influence of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the energy of Bonamassa, the intensity of Walter Trout and the haunting vocal of Stevie Nicks all rolled into one........ then let me introduce Chantel McGregor, one of the most exciting rock and blues musicians that the UK has ever produced!

26

APRIL

Corn Exchange - Voulez Vous: Mad about ABBA

Voulez Vous will be sure to have you dancing in the aisles to all your favourite Abba hits! With their talented team of musicians, glamorous costumes and exciting choreography, Voulez Vous have been entertaining fans with their uncanny recreation of the sound of the Swedish supergroup for over 21 years. So dust off your platforms, put on those flares and get ready to dance to all your favourite Abba songs, including Take A Chance, Dancing Queen, S.O.S, Gimme, Gimme and many more!

26

APRIL

Arlington Arts - Mick Ralphs Blues Band

Mick Ralphs, founder of Mott The Hoople and Bad Company, is at it again. When most other rock stars are coasting on their back catalogues, or not bothering at all, he's started something completely new. And he's bringing his new project – The Mick Ralphs Blues Band – to the Arlington Arts Centre in Newbury on April 26, fresh from a three-week tour of Germany.

27

APRIL

Live Bands

Newbury Market Place

1

MAY

Corn Exchange - Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of Minor Dissent

Mark Thomas, comedy’s trouble-maker-in-chief, returns to what he does best: joyously bad behaviour with a purpose. Mark Thomas is well versed in the art of creative mayhem and over the years his troublemaking has changed laws, cost companies millions and annoyed those who most deserved to be. Now with the task of committing 100 Acts of Minor Dissent in the space of a year, Mark catalogues everything from the smallest and silliest gesture to the grandest confrontations and the results are hilarious, mainly legal and occasionally inspiring.

1

MAY

Arlington Arts - Polly and the Billets Doux

Polly and the Billets Doux are something brilliantly different. Known for their flawless and energy-filled live performances, the genre-defying quartet Polly and the Billets Doux boast a genius blend of Folk, Pop, Rock N' Roll, Soul, Country, Blues and even Gospel. They have a solid reputation and extensive history of headline tours up and down the country; from Ullapool to Brighton, and almost everywhere in between.

5

MAY

Crafty Craft Race

Crafty Craft has been running since 1974 and is a fantastic fun event on the first May Bank Holiday. It is a boat race from Kintbury to Newbury in home-made boats. As well as building and rowing the boats, the teams must lift the boats out of the water and carry them around each lock.

16

MAY

Racecourse Newbury - Friday 16 May

See out the week in style with a day of summer Flat racing with family, friends or colleagues. Enjoy award-winning fine dining in The Hennessy restaurant with panoramic views of the course, overlooking the winning post.

Fantastic Friday- book your Grandstand ticket for £10 before April 16th subject to availability; Flying Start- 10% off online bookings 7 days in advance.

Gates Open - 11.30
First Race - 1.30
Last Race - 4.45

17

MAY

Racecourse Newbury - JLT Lockinge Stakes Day featuring Beer & Local Food Festival

The highlight of the Flat season featuring the Group 1 JLT Lockinge Stakes and the London Gold Cup. The raceday features the annual Beer & Local Food Festival with a range of fine real ales and produce from local suppliers. Plus there’s live music and with one of the biggest races in the country, this will be a great day out for racing newcomers and avid fans alike.

Gates Open - 11.00
First Race - 1.30
Last Race - 5.00

17

MAY

New Greenham Arts - Megson

Megson are husband and wife duo Stu and Debbie Hanna Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and treble winners of the Spiral Earth Awards they draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk.

22

MAY

The Watermill - A BUNCH OF AMATEURS

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero, Jefferson Steele, arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard but a sleepy Suffolk village and the cast are a bunch of amateurs. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested by the enthusiastic amateur thespians - who are not averse to a spot of ego, vanity and insecurity themselves. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself and his relationships with other people… along with his inner Lear!

(Running until Sat 28 June 2014)

25

MAY

Bayer 10k Run

The 10k course starts and finishes in the historic Newbury market place, a gentle climb for the first 3km is followed by a short descent and the rest of the course is flat. Approx 7km is on the road and the remainder on footpaths and the tow path.

28

MAY

Corn Exchange - Return of The Grumpy Old Women…

FIFTY SHADES OF BEIGE - By popular demand the Grumpies are back to knock some sense into the nation. Perrier Award-winning comedian, writer and original star of Grumpy Old Women Jenny Eclair will be joined by fellow recruits Susie Blake (Mrs Brown's Boys, Coronation Street) and actress and singer Kate Robbins (Where The Heart Is, Casualty) in this brand spanking new show.

31

MAY

Racecourse Newbury - Evening Racing & Live Music

An exciting evening of racing on a Saturday with the first race at 5.10pm – perfect for a summer celebrations. There’s live music following the last race from house band, Global Cafe, and bars open until late.

Why not gather friends, family or colleagues together and save up to 20% on raceday tickets.

Gates Open - 3.30
First Race - 5.10
Last Race - 8.40

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JUNE

Food Festival 28th - 29th June

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.

17

JULY

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)

20

SEPTEMBER

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.

1

NOVEMBER

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.

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APRIL

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