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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)
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
The 2015 bet365 Festival continues with more superb jump racing, centred around the Grade 2 Fuller’s London Pride Novices’ Steeple Chase and the £50,000 bet365 Handicap Steeple Chase.
Last year saw subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree register an impressive success on his debut over fences, and the day regularly throws up horses to watch for the future.
Gates Open - 11.00
First Race - 12.25
Last Race - 3.45
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
The most significant Jump fixture in Newbury’s calendar as the bet365 Festival reaches its climax with the 59th renewal of the Hennessy Gold Cup. One of the most prestigious and valuable races in Jump racing, it has been won by some of the greatest steeple chasers in history including Arkle, Mill House, Burrough Hill Lad and more recently Denman.
Gates Open - 10.30
First Race - 12.15
Last Race - 3.35
NCS Musical Director Cathal Garvey has sung and played Messiah too many times to count, and our performance on 28th November will be his ninth as conductor of Handel’s most famous oratorio. But he says this does not stop him ‘falling in love with it all over again’ every time.
The choir’s first performance of this enduring work was in the second year of existence, in December 1886. Since then it has been on the programme twenty-six times, including during both World Wars and on notable dates such as the choir’s 80th anniversary, and the 125th celebration which consisted of two performances of Messiah under newly appointed conductor Cathal.
The chorus will be joined by professional soloists of the quality that people expect from an NCS concert. The orchestra will be familiar to audiences of our last three summer concerts: the widely acclaimed Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra. Venues in their home city include St Paul’s, Covent Garden and St John’s Smith Square. They relish the chance to play with choirs and are impressively versatile: with NCS their repertoire has included Monteverdi, Mozart, Puccini and Gilbert and Sullivan.
Visit our website at www.newburychoral.org.uk to buy your tickets through our simple and secure online ticketing system. The signs are that this concert will sell fast so don’t delay! We look forward to seeing you for an evening of glorious music making and enjoyment.
9:00am-10:30am – Meet Santa and his helpers while they walk about the town, or visit Santa in his grotto outside the Town Hall in the Market Place from 10:30am-4pm.
11:30am-12:30pm – Meet Santa and his helpers while they walk about the town, or visit Santa in his grotto outside the Town Hall in the Market Place from 12:30pm-4:30pm
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.
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).
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.
Fast becoming a tradition within Newbury, the 6th Festival of Light: Lantern Procession gathers the community together to share in this stunning winter outdoor event. Join us from 4pm as the Lantern bearers meet and start to light their lamps, with the procession starting from 4.30pm on Northbrook Street, and parading to Market Place in centre of Newbury Town Centre. Why not come along to one of our Free Lantern making Workshops, or just come along on the day and enjoy the spectacle and atmosphere, as hundreds of lights process through the streets of Newbury.
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!
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
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)
One of the most highly accomplished and critically acclaimed Interceltic/World/Roots bands in Britain today, Jamie Smith's Mabon have built their reputation on their energy and dynamism, outstanding original compositions and virtuoso performances. Their distinctive, infectious and multi-award winning music is acclaimed on the alternative folk scene. They are rightly hailed as one of Britain’s ‘must see’ live acts, their music travelling beyond borders to explore the forms and styles of the Celtic traditions and work them anew.
Join a team of professionals for a revealing insight into the world of special effects; feel the heat from an onstage inferno, get up close with gruesome sci-fi monsters, be blown away by apocalyptic weather and hold on tight through huge explosions!
Get closer to the action than ever before as this interactive and explosive family show takes you behind the scenes of your favourite films to discover the science and secrets of creating movie magic.
A powerful and explosive new production of Shakespeare’s immortal tale of an all-consuming love. Risking everything, a young couple defy their feuding families and find love on the streets of Verona. This unforgettable production, directed by The Watermill Theatre’s new Artistic Director, Paul Hart, features live music and an outstanding new ensemble of actors bursting onto The Watermill stage.
Paul’s directed for Propeller and The Donmar. He also directed The Essay for BBC Radio 3 and productions including Great Expectations, Heroes, Journey’s End and The Tempest for The Watermill Theatre.
(Running until Sat 02 April 2016)
Formed in Liverpool in 1978, Echo & the Bunnymen grew to become one of the UK’s most popular indie rock bands responsible for hit albums and singles such as The Cutter, Seven Seas, Bring on the Dancing Horses, The Killing Moon, Nothing lasts forever.
Brought into the limelight by Fairground Attraction, Eddi Reader saw their single ‘Perfect’ and parent album First of a Million Kisses both top the British charts. Now, from the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song. Whilst the perfection of her technique is widely acknowledged, what sets Reader apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener but to connect her experience to that of her audience. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.
Melody-driven folk-rock group Hunter & The Bear have sailed from a sound proofed shipping container in a London car park, to supporting Eric Turner, in just a matter of years. In their early days (when they only had access to a kick drum and acoustic guitars) comparisons to Mumford & Sons were rife, but the sound has changed and grown as the boys adjust to their skyrocketing popularity and infuse the influences of newer band members. Folk with muscle; beefed out by the addition of an electric guitar and drum to the line-up. Think spirited attack, with an audible friendship in the four-piece's harmonies.
9Bach made their name by taking traditional Welsh folk songs and recasting them onto a spectral and haunting sound canvas. Their 2014 album Tincian was the worthy winner of the coveted Best Album in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015.
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