Things to do in Berkshire

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Kids and family

The 15th Highclere Country Fair is on from Sunday 29 to Monday 30 May from 0830 to 1800 BST, featuring family entertainment, a vintage fair, dog events, clay shooting, falconry, traditional crafts and much more. Tickets on the door are £11 for adults. Call 0845 230 5175 for discounted advance tickets. More information here

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The Yattendon & Frilsham Fete takes place in Yattendon village square on Monday 30 May from 1300 to 1630 BST. There will be craft stalls, a hog roast and activities for all the family. Teas, coffee and delicious homemade cakes are served in the village hall. Entrance £2, £1 for senior citizens and children under 16 go free.

From Saturday 28 May the Look Out Discovery Centre in Bracknell launches its Bubbles And Balloons Show. Are bubbles always round? Not in this show! See a cube-shaped bubble and find out whether you can pierce a balloon without popping it. Times are 1100, 1200, 1400 and 1515 BST. Cost is £1.85 in addition to the entrance fee for the Hands-on Science and Nature exhibition. More information here

On Saturday 28 May children can enjoy a quiz trail around the riverside villages of Goring and Streatley from 1000 to 1700. Head to YHA Streatley, Hill House, Reading Road, Streatley.

Theatre and dance

Moonlight and Magnolias is about Gone With The Wind producer David O Selznick, who fires the director five weeks into filming. He commissions script doctor Ben Hecht, who has never read Margaret Mitchell's epic novel. Fuelled only by peanuts and bananas, tension builds in the five days the men have to rewrite the film. Exhaustion sets in but from the midst of chaos emerges the biggest Hollywood blockbuster of all time.

See this play at the Watermill Theatre in Bagnor, Newbury from Monday 23 May.

Ticket prices and show times vary, so visit the theatre's website for more information.

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Come to the Hexagon in Queen's Walk, Reading from Tuesday 24 May to Saturday 28 May to see Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, which tells the love story of cowboy Curly and pretty farm girl Laurey. Show time is 1930 BST and tickets cost between £10 - £18. Call the Box Office 0118 9606060 or visit

Come and see Guys And Dolls at The Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park arts centre, Ringmead in Bracknell from Tuesday 24 May to Saturday 28 May at 1930 BST (Saturday matinee at 1430 BST). Tickets vary from £12 to £15 and are available from


Watch a re-enactment of the 1644 Battle of Newbury at the Newbury Showground, Priors Court Road, Hermitage from Saturday 28 to Monday 30 May from 1030 to 1630 BST.

There will be stalls, living history displays (with an encampment displaying camp life in the Civil war), pre-battle displays including drills, cameos and 'slice-of-life' scenarios, plus characters from the 17th century including hawkers and preachers.

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The Museum of English Rural Life in Redlands Road, Reading, celebrates its 60 years with an exhibition of The Archers, which shares the same birthday, and the museum. From 23 May to 30 June the exhibition charts changes to the countryside that these two institutions have witnessed over the last 60 years. Admission is free and the museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 0900 to 1700 BST, weekends from 1400 to 1630 BST.

Shaw House in Church Road, Newbury launches an exhibition called Fleece, Fame And Fortune - about Newbury's cloth trade - on Saturday 28 May from 1100 to 1600 BST. A family ticket costs £5.


The UK Wolf Conservation Trust in Butlers Farm, Beenham, Reading is holding an open day on Monday 30 May from 1100 to 1700. You can ask the experts about wolves and listen to them howling. Children's activities include a nature trail quiz, meeting birds of prey and 'Hug a Husky. Tickets are £7 for adults and £5 for children aged between three and 12. Tickets available on the gate or can be pre booked on 0118 971 3330. Website:

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Stockcross House in Stockcross, Newbury, is opening its garden doors on Wednesday 23 May from 1100 to 1600 BST. The two-acre garden features specimen trees, herbaceous borders, long wisteria-clad pergola, a rich variety of roses, a cascade and pond, a wild flower lawn, vegetable and cutting gardens - all enhanced by sculptures by local artists. Admission is £3.50, children go free.

Basildon Park in Lower Basildon, Reading is hosting a National Trust event called Get Growing from Wednesday 25 May to Monday 30 May. Day includes children's craft activities, talks with gardening team and a tour of the grounds. At 1400 BST each day children can help plant herbs, fruits and vegetables. Come along between 1000 and 1700 BST. Booking not needed. Call 0118 984 3040 for more information

The Bracknell Forest Natural History Society hosts an illustrated talk called Our Indigenous Spiders by Lawrence Bee of the British Arachnological Society on Monday 23 May from 2000 to 2200 BST. Head to the Recital Room, South Hill Park arts centre, Ringmead, Bracknell. Admission is free. Contact Gill Cheetham 01344 423440 for more information.

Tilehurst village hall in Victoria Road, Reading is holding a plant exchange evening on Thursday 26 May at 1930 BST. Entry is 50p and a plant.

Waltham Place gardens in Church Hill, White Waltham opens its doors on Friday 27 May from 100 to 1600 BST. You can enjoy the private estate's naturalistic plantings with woodlands and an organic and bio-dynamic kitchen garden and farm. Call 01628 825517 for more information. Admission is £4, £1 for children.


Muddy Waters' son Mud Morganfield is performing at the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Altwood Road, Maidenhead on Tuesday 24 May at 2000 BST.

A sell-out last year, Morganfield delivers a set of Chicago blues which combines blues classics with hits made famous by his father.

Tickets, £15, available by calling the box office on 01628 788997.

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The River Rat Pack Tour is dropping anchor and playing at the Oakford Social Club, Blagrave Street on Thursday 26 May at 2000 BST. The free gig features Sound of Rum, Joker And The Thief, Holy Vessels, Bastille and Dark Moon, who join River Rat Pack founder and festival favourite Beans on Toast.

On Sunday 29 May the Plough in School Road, Tilehurst hosts Plough Fest, with The Police Academy, The Limiters, The Floydian Doors, Avatar Original, Trio Spongo, The Resonators, Ashley Stone, The Sidewinders, Sazz and Amy Jane John. On from 1300 til late.

Amy Wadge and Pete Riley are coming to Jagz, Station Hill, Ascot on Wednesday 25 May from 2000 BST. Tickets cost £12. One reviewer has called Amy, who has released seven albums, the new Joni Mitchell.

Something different

If you fancy doing something rather different for the May Bank Holiday weekend then why not join in the 61-mile Kiltwalk along the Kennet & Avon Canal from Bath to Thatcham in aid of Naomi House Children's Hospice.

The first leg is on Saturday 28 May at 0800, walking from Bath to Pewsey in Wiltshire, and at 0800 on Sunday 29 May from Pewsey to Thatcham in Berkshire. Sponsorship requested, registration fee required. Email for more information. Don't forget your kilt!

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The Fiddlesticks Northwest Clog Dancers will be performing outside the Visitor Centre, Savill Garden at Windsor Great Park on Sunday 29 May. Times are 1030 to 1100 BST and 1200 to 1230 BST.

Laser teeth whitening, Japanese acupressure facials, indian head massage are just some of the treatments on offer at the Mind, Body, Spirit Fayre on Saturday 28 May from 1000 to 1600 BST. Entry by donation to Macmillan Cancer. Head to Holyport War Memorial Hall, Moneyrow Green, Holyport, near Maidenhead. More information at

Regency Park Hotel in Bowling Green Road, Thatcham, hosts medium Ben Hicks, who will present An Evening Of Psychic Demonstration And Mediumship. Show starts 1930 BST and tickets cost £15, available from

A Baby & Childrens Market is being held in Purley-on-Thames on Saturday 28 May, where parents can buy or sell second-hand goods including buggies, toys, books and clothes. Head to The Barn, Goosecroft Lane between 1400 and 1600. Entry is £1 for adults, kids go free. More information here

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