Things to do in Berkshire

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Kids and family

A Berkshire 4X4 show in aid of the Starlight charity for terminally ill children will be held on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August from 10:00 to 17:00 BST at Mereoak Lane, Grazeley, Reading. There will be a main arena with attractions, a fun fair, monster truck rides, stalls and more. Entry is £10, children under 14 go free.

On Tuesday 16 August children aged between five to 11 can try out circus crafts at Maidenhead Library, St Ives Road from 10:30 to 11:30. Cost is £2.50 and booking is essential. Call 01628 796969 for more information.

Children can find out about Trendy Tudors on Thursday 18 August Newbury Library in The Wharf from 10:00 to 12:00. Make your own Tudor head-dress or hat and find out what Tudor children wore. The activity, for children between five and ten-years-old is free and there is no need to book. For more information call: 01635 519900.

Come along to a petting farm when it comes to the Museum Of English Rural Life in Redlands Road, Reading on Tuesday 16 August. Meet sheep and goats, pigs, geese, ducks and chickens. Suitable for families with children of all ages. Cost is £1 per person and you can drop in between 12:00 and 16:00. For more information contact or phone 0118 378 8660.

Arts and Culture

Mapledurham House is hosting a open air film screening of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House, performed by the Royal Ballet. Doors are 19:00 and the film starts at 20:45. Tickets are £12 in advance. More information from

A book swap night at the Firestation Arts Centre in St Leonard's Road, Windsor will be held on Thursday 18 August at 19:45. Guest novelists this month are Jane Harris and Icelandic author Sjon. People should bring along to book to swap. Email organiser Scott Pack on for more information.

Hungerford author Iris Lloyd will be signing copies of her new book Bron Part IV: The Scarlet Seal at Waterstone's in Northbrook Street, Newbury on Saturday 20 August.

Nature and Outdoors

Runnymede is holding a Bats At Twilight event on Friday 19 August from 19:00 to 22:00. Learn about bats' nightly activities and hear their communication through the help of a bat detector. Join a National Trust ranger and the Surrey Bat Group for an evening bat walk along the riverside at the historic grounds at Windsor Road, Old Windsor. Tickets are £6 for adults and £2 for children. Booking is essential. Call 01784 432891 for more information.

A Bird Of Prey day will be held at the Nature Discovery Centre in Lower Way, Thatcham on Wednesday 17 August. Hold a falcon or a barn owl under supervision of a professional falconer. A remote control rabbit will be used to demonstrate hunting techniques. Cost is £4.50 and booking is essential for the sessions at 11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00. Call 01635 874381 for more information.


The Rewind Festival in Temple Island Meadows, Remenham will feature a host of 1980s pop stars from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 August. Artists include Bananarama, Holly Johnson, Haircut 100, ABC, Hue and Cry and many more. Tickets are £193.

Come along to an open mic night at Jagz in Station Hill, Ascot with guests including Ken Bain, Tom Gamble and A Scattered Few. Entry is free and it starts at 20:30.

Something Different

Trindledown Farm in Wantage Road, Great Shefford is holding a Bark In Berkshire fun dog show to celebrate the National Animal Welfare Trust's 10th anniversary. The farm, which cares for elderly pets, will also feature stalls on Saturday 20 August from 11:00 to 14:00. Entry is £1.50 per class or party game.

On Sunday 21 August the Ascot Farmers' Market is on in the High Street from 09:30 to 13:00.

A jumble sale to raise money for Cats Protection is being held on Sunday 21 August from 12:30 to 14:30 at Holyport Memorial Hall, Moneyrow Green, Maidenhead. Entrance is 50p and stalls will sell clothes, shoes, toys, books and more.

Tesco Reading West staff are holding a charity carboot sale in the supermarket car park in Portman Road on Sunday 21 August from 16:30.

On Saturday 20 August the Windsor Allotment Association Annual Show and Fete will be in Gardeners Hall, St Leonard's Road, Windsor from 14:15 to 17:15. Entrance 50p. Website:

The Royal County Game Fair is on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August at Mapledurham House, near Reading from 09:00 to 18:00.

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