Things to do in Berkshire

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Kids and family

The 15th Highclere Country Fair is on 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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Children aged between seven and 12 can take part in Play-In-A-Day at the Theatre Royal in Thames Street, Windsor on Wednesday 1 June from 0900 BST. Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory will be presented to friends and family in the stalls bar at 1600 BST. Course costs £40.

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.

On Monday 30 May children can enjoy a quiz trail around the riverside villages of Goring and Streatley from 1000 to 1700 BST. Head to YHA Streatley, Hill House, Reading Road, Streatley.

On Tuesday 1 June at 1100 BST children can watch How The Koala Learned To Hug, a tale about the magic of family, at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Altwood Road, Maidenhead. Tickets are £6. Find out more at

Children can head to a theatre workshop on Beauty And The Beast on Tuesday 31 May and Wednesday 1 June from 1030 to 1530 BST. Workshop is at Turnhams Farm Hall, Little Heath Road, Tilehurst, Reading. Find out more here

Come along to a Big Family Picnic on Saturday 4 June from 1200 to 1500 BST at St Andrew's Vicarage, Harrogate Road, Caversham, Reading. Find out more here

Bring your teddy and enjoy a picnic, games and stories in the park on Saturday 4 June. Meet at the Cotswold Sports Centre, Downs way, Tilehurst, Reading. Picnic is from 1100 to 1300 BST. Bring your own blanket, food and drink.

On Saturday 4 June you can embark on a family-themed treasure hunt around Burghfield Common village, from 1400 to 1700 BST. Come and find your favourite traditional and new fairy tale characters. Meet at Garland Junior School, Clayhill Road, Burghfield Common, Reading.

Children and their families can follow the Owl And The Pussy Cat on Tuesday 31 May at 1500 BST as they set out on the high seas with only some honey, money and a runcible spoon to help them find their way through a topsy-turvy world. On at South Hill Park arts centre in Ringmead, Bracknell. Tickets cost £10.50 for adults, £5.50 for children.


Watch a re-enactment of the 1644 Battle of Newbury at the Newbury Showground, Priors Court Road, Hermitage on 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 from 23 May to 30 June. Admission is free and the museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 0900 to 1700 BST, weekends from 1400 to 1630 BST.

Nature and outdoors

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.

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Come along to a charity plant sale on Monday 30 May in Nutley, Hanworth, Bracknell from 1000 BST. All proceeds go to Steps4thefuture, an appeal for Callum Berry who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Visit the largest Charity Garden Show in the Thames Valley at West Woodhay House in Newbury on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June from 1000 BST. Entry is £6. Call 0843 208 0500 for more information.

Basildon Park in Lower Basildon, Reading is hosting a National Trust event called Get Growing on Monday 30 May. The day includes children's craft activities, talks with gardening team and a tour of the grounds. At 1400 BST 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.

Sunningdale Park in Ascot opens up its 20 acres of gardens on Monday 30 May from 1400 to 1700 BST. The landscaped gardens in Capability Brown-style includes a Victorian rockery, a lake area and a one-mile woodland walk. Admission is £4, children go free.


On Wednesday 1 June at 2000 BST Sonny Black's Roots and Blues club opens up at Jagz, Station Hill, Ascot. During these evenings Sonny performs with a special guest and provides slots for open mic performers and a finale jam session. Tickets cost £7 on the door.

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Robyn Hitchcock is performing an acoustic set at the Firestation arts centre in St Leonards Road, Windsor on Thursday 2 June at 2000.

The Reading Summer Proms opening concert takes place on Saturday 4 June at the Concert Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading at 1930 BST. More info at

Alt-folk trio Sparrow And The Workshop play South Street arts centre on Thursday 2 June at 2000 BST. Tickets cost £6. Call the box office on 0118 9606060.

Something different

The Fresh Food Festival returns to The Oracle in Reading on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June. Day and evening activities include interactive cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs James Martin and Lesley Waters and a farmers' market. Free entry.

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A Transport Collectors' Fair for all those interested in railways or buses is being held on Saturday 4 June from 1030 to 1530 BST at the Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue, Reading. On sale will be books, photographs, postcards, models buses and railways and much more. Visit for more information.

A photographer launches an exhibition on orangutans from Wednesday 1 June to Thursday 30 June from 1000 to 1700 BST. Man of the Forest by Marilyn Taylor is free to view at Rhubarb And Custard, Eton High Street, Eton from Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Come along to the Windsor Farmers' Market on Saturday 4 June from 0900 to 1300 BST in St Leonard's Road. Stalls include locally produced meat and poultry, dairy, pies, seasonal fruit and vegetable, cakes, breads and preserves.

Come along to the Sandhurst Donkey Derby, Bull & Butcher field, Sandhurst at 1200 BST on Monday 30 May.

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