Things to do in Berkshire

The Sock Puppet Theatre The Sock Puppet Theatre is coming to Maidenhead on Saturday 9 July

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Kids and family

The Royal Windsor Racecourse in Maidenhead Road is holding a Doggy's Day Out on Saturday 9 July from 1100 to 1700 BST, organised by the local RSPCA branch.

There will be lots of canine activities run by local dog training groups, stalls, a dog show, a rescued dog parade, and a performance by Tippy Toes, Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist 2009. Entrance is £5 for adults and £2 for children.

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The Newbury Carnival is on Sunday 10 July and starts with the opening of the fete and funfair in Northcroft Park at midday. There will be a 'picnic in the park' event, live music and over 100 fete stalls and fairground rides. The parade through the town centre starts at 1400 BST and the festivities in the park continues until 1800 BST.

Become a nature detective at a family fun day organised by the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) in Silwood Park, Sunningdale on Sunday 10 July from 1100 to 1500 BST. You can meet experts on climate change and there will be a bouncy castle and face painting. Entry is free and visitors can bring a picnic.

South Hill Park arts centre in Ringmead, Bracknell is holding a free family festival of music and theatre called Park Life on Saturday 9 July. On from midday to 1800, the event is free. There will be a vintage fair, street artists, music and a major installation in the Wilde Theatre for children called The Light Garden, where an entrance fee is charged.

The Caversham Festival in Reading Caversham Festival is on until 10 July with live music, food offers, workshops and events. The event culminates in The Readipop Picnic, at Christchurch Meadows, Reading on the Sunday.

The Reading (East), Wokingham and Bracknell Cats Protection summer fair is taking place on Saturday 9 July from 1300 to 1600 BST at Carnation Hall, Chavey Down Road, Winkfield. Admission is 50p or a donation of cat food. There will be stalls selling toys, books, bric-a-brac, jewellery, Cat's Protection goods and cat collectibles. Some of the cats in care will also be there, looking for a new home.

The Organic Research Centre at Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, is holding its second summer festival on Saturday 9 July. Near Newbury, the centre is hosting a traditional village fete that includes organic and local food and drink, country crafts and live music from 1100 to 2200 BST. Daytime entrance £2.50 per adult, children under 16 go free.

Stepping Stones pre-school are holding a summer fete on Saturday 9 July between 1130 and 1430 BST in Dunsfold Road, Tilehurst.

Theatre and Arts

Mikron Theatre is touring the country by narrowboat and is bringing two shows to Berkshire.

Beer Street and Hell And High Water is sailing into The Rowbarge, Woolhampton, Reading on Monday 4 July, The St George and Dragon, Wargrave on Tuesday 5 July and Goring Lock on Wednesday 6 July.

All performances start at 1930 BST and a collection will be taken after the event.

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Comedy double act The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre perform sketches, songs and satire at Norden Farm arts centre, Altwood Road, Maidenhead on Saturday 9 July at 2000. Tickets are £10 and the event is suitable for children from 12 years.

Comedian Mark Watson is performing his stand-up routine at the Corn Exchange in Newbury on Tuesday 5 July as part of the Newbury Comedy Festival. Doors are at 1945 BST and tickets cost £15.


The Crown Wood pub in Opladen Way, Bracknell is hosting a 'Battle of the Bands' on Sunday 10 July from 1400 to 2200 BST with ten bands competing.

There will be two stages and customers will be asked to mark score cards based on several catagories. scorecards cost £2.50 and proceeds go to charity. There will also be a barbecue, a bouncy castle, stalls, and an outside beer dispenser.

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Peers, Talk In Code and Watership are playing at Play, Milford Road, Reading as part of the Caversham Festival. Doors are at 1930 BST and tickets are £5 on the door.

Soul duo Club Soul are performing at Jagz, Station Hill in Ascot on Saturday 9 July at 1930 BST. Tickets cost £8

A concert in aid of Thames Valley Adventure Playground is being held at Maidenhead town hall on Sunday 10 July at 1430 BST. Called Songs For Sarah, the concert includes classical music, the Newlands Girls' School Madrigals choir and a band playing The Beatles. Tickets cost £5.

Nature and Outdoors

Come along and volunteer at Turnpike Meadow in Newbury on Saturday 9 July. Help to increase the diversity of wildflowers by raking grass cuttings ready for removal. All tools, safety equipment, tea and coffee provided.

Meet at 1000 BST at Riverside Community Centre, Rosemoor Gardens, Turnpike, Newbury.

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Head to Twigs, Old Forest Road, Winnersh on Sunday 10 July from 1400 to 1700 BST for an open garden and plant sale. Features include lily ponds, a small vegetable garden and semi-formal gardens. Entry is £2.50 with proceeds going to the British Red Cross.

Head to Basildon Park in Lower Basildon for a National Trust nature walk on Friday 8 July from 1030 to 1200 BST.

Something different

Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action is holding an open morning to promote its Befriending Service on Thursday 7 July at Crowthorne Library, High Street.

Between 1000 and 1300, find out about volunteering to visit people who are lonely and isolated in their own community.

For more information, contact Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action on 01344 304404.

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