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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 - 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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