Things to do in Berkshire

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Nature and Outdoors

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust wardens at Greenham and Crookham Commons are holding their last guided walk of the season on Saturday 30 July from 10:00 BST to 12:00. The walk is free and no booking is necessary. Meet at the Control Tower car park, off Bury's Bank Road, Greenham. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Nature fans can come along to a Fire Tower open morning and climb to the top to take a 'bird's eye view' of Snelsmore Common, Wantage Road, Newbury. Times are from 10:00 to 12:00 and entry is £3.50. Booking is essential on 01635 874 381.

Kids and Family

Newbury Racecourse is hosting a family fun race day on Sunday 31 July with guest appearances from Noddy, Paddington Bear and Harry the Horse along with pony rides, book signings and inflatables. Tickets are from £15 though under-18s go free. Gates open at 11:30 and the last race is at 17:00.

Children can find out about Hercules on Saturday 30 July from 11:00 to 15:00. Staff at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at the University of Reading will show a film on the Greek god before discussing ancient myths and allowing children to explore the museum collection. Cost is £3.50 per child. Call 0118 3786990 for more information and to book a place.

Arts and Culture

An outdoor theatre version of William Shakespeare's The Tempest is showing at Caversham Court Gardens, Church Road, Reading until Saturday 30 July. Performed by Progress Theatre, times are 14:00 (weekend matinees) and 19:45. Adult tickets are £15, family tickets cost £45. Visit for full details.

Bucklebury Memorial Hall is hosting a World War II revue called Don't Forget Your Gas Mask from Wednesday 27 July to Saturday 30 July. The show combines a mixture of comedy, music and a glimpse into life both home and abroad from the outbreak of war to Victory. Evening shows are 19:30 and the matinee on Saturday is at 14:30. Tickets cost £10 and includes a two-course supper. More information and tickets from

The Museum of Reading in Blagrave Street is opening a new exhibition on contemporary Mod culture on Friday 29 July. Photographer Dean Chalkley has captured a range of 21st century Mods to complement the museum's current exhibution on 1960s Mod culture in Reading. Museum opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 16:00 and Sunday 11:00 to 16:00.


The Battle Proms at Highclere Castle in Newbury takes place on Saturday 30 July from 16:30. The musical programme includes a sing-along finale packed with prom favourites such as Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia, while Beethoven's Battle Symphony will be performed with the percussion of a 193 live firing cannon. Adult tickets cost £32 in advance, £37 on the day.

Pianist and composer Laurie Holloway will be performing at Norden Farm arts centre in Altwood Road, Maidenhead on Saturday 30 July at 20:00. Tickets cost £12.

Waynestock Festival is taking place on Saturday 30 July at the Facebar, Chatham Street, Reading with a metal line-up of local and tribute acts. Acts include tributes to Metallica, Iron Maiden, Limp Bizkit and The Police plus original bands Koru, Strike Offensive and Karrion. Fifteen bands will play on two stages throughout the day and tickets are £7.50 in advance for over 18s, £6 for under 18s. Tickets on the door cost £10.

The Searchers, a 1960s beat group, are coming to play at the Mill in Sonning on Sunday 31 July. Hits include Sweets For My Sweet, Sugar And Spice and Needles And Pins. Tickets cost £39.50 and are available by calling the box office on 0118 969 8000.

Something Different

Paws In The Park is taking place at Lily Hill Park in Bracknell on Saturday 30 July from 11:00 to 16:00. The event will feature dog advice, displays, competitions, charity stalls and stands from local dog-related businesses. There will be games and handling challenges for dogs and their owners too.

The Berkshire Women's Movement is holding a free discussion event at the Global Cafe, London Street, Reading on Wednesday 27 July at 19:00. Kat Banyard, author of The Equality Illusion and director of UK Feminista, will be joining the discussion about whether feminism is still relevant in the 21st Century. Both men and women welcome.

The Nature Discovery Centre in Lower Way, Thatcham is holding a recycled arts workshop on Wednesday 27 July. Recycling enthusiast Jill Nicholas will show you how to decorate a bag with recycled materials. On from 11:30 to 16:30pm, the cost is £1.00 per bag. You can drop in throughout the day and there is no need to book. Call 01635 874381 for more information.

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