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Black History Month

A variety of activities have been organised at Newbury Library throughout October to commemorate Black History Month, including an exhibition on Reading’s Slavery Links.

The community exhibition, Window To My World is on display at West Berkshire Library as part of Black history Month, it will remain on display until March 2016.

Exhibition running until 20 March 2016



Corn Exchange - The Irish House Party

Starring All Ireland Champion musicians, fantastic presenters with great banter and not forgetting some excellent Irish dancing, this amazing multi-talented gathering deliver the best traditional night of musical entertainment the Emerald Isle has to offer!



Racecourse Newbury - October Afternoon Racing

Our concluding Flat meeting of the 2015 season kicks off with an afternoon of typically competitive Flat racing. Enjoy a seven race card of engrossing equine action in a relaxed atmosphere.

Gates Open - 12.00
First Race - 1.50
Last Race - 5.20



Corn Exchange - What the Ladybird Heard

Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: The Ladybird has a plan of her own!

Friday 23rd October 2015 – Sunday 25th October 2015



Arlington Arts - Joanne Shaw Taylor

Celebrated British blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, Joanne Shaw Taylor, returns to the UK in autumn 2015 for an exclusive Nationwide UK Tour. Joanne will perform songs from her recently critically acclaimed album The Dirty Truth, as well as songs from her previous three albums White Sugar, Diamonds in the Dirt and Almost Always Never.



Halloween Haunt Hunt

Brought to you again by Newbury BID, and following the success of last year’s event, join in the fun this year by collecting your entry form from Parkway Shopping Centre (exact unit to be confirmed nearer the time). Decipher the 15 clues on the trail around the town, find the cauldrons, and work out the caption from each cauldron’s letter. Return your form and you could be in with a chance of a great prize! The winners will be drawn at the Newbury Artisan Market on Sunday 1st November.

Running until Saturday 31 October.



Racecourse Newbury - Worthington's Armed Forces Raceday

The final meeting of our 2015 Flat Season is always a great occasion, featuring a high-quality card centred around the Group 3 Worthington’s Burlison Inns Stakes, won last year by subsequent Dubai Carnival winner Sky Hunter.

The day also sees the launch of the Berkshire & Vale of White Horse Poppy Appeal, and we are delighted to offer free entry for armed forces personnel past and present.

Gates Open - 11.30
First Race - 1.50
Last Race - 5.20



Arlington Arts - Mark Nevin

Founding member, guitarist and songwriter for Fairground Attraction – Mark has a brilliant live band which features fellow Fairground Attraction musicians, master of the vibraphone, Roger Beaujolais, Simon Edwards on bass and Richard Marcangelo on drums.



Arlington Arts - Tom Robinson Band

British songwriter and broadcaster Tom Robinson is probably best known for hits Glad To Be Gay, 2-4-6-8 Motorway and Up Against The Wall. Grittily grooving tracks that tackle subjects that caused major rifts in the 1970s.



The Resurrection Players in Residents Resurrected

To celebrate Halloween The Grim Reaper will be bringing forth ghosts of the Victorians buried in Newtown Road Cemetery. They will tell you stories of their lives. Some were in trouble with the law and some worked for Queen Victoria. There will be a publican, a brewer, a laundress, a draper, a chemist and two artists. One ended up as mayor and one died in the Berkshire Lunatic Asylum. Their stories may amaze you. They present a slice of life in the 19th and 20th centuries in a small market town. At The Phoenix Centre, Newtown Road.

Friday, 30th October, 6.30pm for 7.15pm (£8)
Saturday, 31st October matinee 4.00pm (£6)
Saturday, 31st October, 6.30pm for 7.15pm (£8)

Tickets available from the Corn Exchange



Newbury Artisan Market, 10am-4pm

Brought to you in association with Newbury BID, come along to Newbury town centre (Bartholomew Street and Northbrook Street) to sample the finest artisan sellers, designer-makers & produces, with all traders from within a 30 mile radius of Newbury. Jack FM will be providing the entertainment, with the winners of the Newbury Halloween Haunt Hunt being announced during the day. Newbury BID hope that this will become a monthly market on the second Sunday of each month from March –September 2016.



The Watermill - MACBETH

In a country ravaged by war, three witches wait for the young soldier Macbeth on a desolate heath. They tell him he will be King. When Macbeth is unexpectedly promoted, and with the Witches’ prophesy ringing in his ears, his bloody ambition takes hold. How far will he and his resolute wife go to win more power?

(Running until Sat 07 Nov 2015)




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)



Racecourse Newbury - The bet365 Festival Thursday

The first day of the 2015/16 Jump season and the 2015 bet365 Festival kicks off with a thrilling seven race card of jump racing. The feature races are the Grade 2 bet365 Novices’ Steeple Chase and the Listed bet365 Intermediate Hurdle.

Winners on the card last year included exciting young prospects Jollyalan, L’Ami Serge and Yanworth, and the day often features top class performances from progressive horses.

Gates Open - 11.00
First Race - 12.30
Last Race - 3.50



Corn Exchange - Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington is on his way to Newbury to seek his fortune in this mad adventure. Joined by his faithful Cat and Sarah the Cook, can Dick defeat the dastardly King Rat? And will he save his beloved Alice and live happily ever after?

There will be familiar faces, recognisable tunes and barrels of laughter. Our ever popular pantomime has become a fun-filled tradition for the families of Newbury and beyond. Be sure to grab your tickets fast! Some performances are sold out already.

Friday 27th November 2015 – Sunday 3rd January 2016



Meet Santa

Meet Santa and his helpers while they wander around the town all day!



Christmas Switch On and Santa Parade

Brought to you by Newbury BID, enjoy live entertainment on stage from 12pm, building up to the parade at 5:30pm from the Council Street car park on Market Street. From 10am-4pm meet Santa and his elves in the grotto next to the Christmas Tree,( and of course the reindeer!).

Look out for the parade along Bartholomew Street, Northbrook Street, London Road, Park Way, and Wharf Street from 5:30pm-6pm, finishing back in the Market Place for the “big switch on” (Christmas Tree and Market Place lights, the rest of the town will already be on from Friday 13th November).



New Greenham Arts - Gerard and the Watchman

Music to warm your heart on a winter’s evening from one of the most widely praised acts on the UK’s alternative folk scene. Expect stunningly beautiful and haunting songs from this four piece as they flit from guitar to banjo, double bass to drums and mandolin to percussion. Dave Gerard’s glorious voice is the ideal vehicle for his poetic, beguiling lyrics.



The Choir of 1,000 Voices

Newbury BID are again bringing local choirs to Newbury town centre for your late night shopping enjoyment. There will be a full road closure and, in addition to the choirs dotted around the town, there will live roving entertainment and children’s rides. At 7pm join in the fun yourself in the Market Place for the big festive sing out! Conducted by Jane Dunton of Sing for Fun, and with song sheets provided, the evening is sure to put you in the festive mood!



The Xmas Bash at ACE Space

Our annual fundraiser and feast of jolly variety is back for another indescribable evening of delight and surprise. Now a very popular annual fixture, our seasonal interactive variety party, characterised by music, comedy, silly games, a quiz, a whiskey rolling competition, pathetic decorations and not a few surprises! 7.30pm



The Watermill - TELL ME ON A SUNDAY

Following her acclaimed performance in The Watermill’s 2014 production of Calamity Jane, Jodie Prenger now steps into Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical, Tell Me On A Sunday.

Tell Me On A Sunday charts the romantic misadventures of a young English girl in New York in the heady days of the 1980s. Brimming with optimism, she seeks success and love. But as she weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties, frustrations and heartaches, she begins to wonder whether she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places.

(Running until Sat 20 Feb 2016)





Newbury Michaelmas Fair


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