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What's On in July 2015
Get Active Sports Kids Holiday Camp. Get Active Sports Summer dates have gone live on our website!
All venues and all dates are there to be booked.
Childcare vouchers accepted Sibling discount offered
Each venue have themes such as: Princess and Superheroes, Animal Magic, Around the world, Countryside and Seaside, you can be sure your child will have a great time! Get Active provide a variety of different sports to choose from, messy art & craft, biscuit decorating and an abundance of literacy & numeracy skills work whilst having fun!
Locations Wokingham Winnersh Finchampstead Bracknell Marlow Hillingdon Uxbridge Ascot
Visit our website for more information or to book online
Set in London’s murky underworld, Lionel Bart’s much-loved musical tells the story
of the runaway orphan Oliver and the colourful characters he encounters on his
escape from the workhouse. The bullying Mr Bumble, devious gang leader Fagin,
menacing Bill Sikes, his kindly girlfriend Nancy and the Artful Dodger are brought
vividly to life in the atmospheric setting of the old mill.
A company of the theatre’s trademark actor-musicians, with a supporting cast of
Watermill Youth Theatre actors, and Bart’s witty and memorable songs, including
You’ve Got to Pick A Pocket Or Two, Consider Yourself and I’d Do Anything, Oliver!
will tug at your heart strings, make you smile and most definitely make you want to
Tickets from £30 to £17.50
What's On in August 2015
Free Travel Photography exhibition by Malorie Martine-Remy Bader, a local photographic artist who has a special interest in travel and outdoor themes. Returning to Berkshire to a new venue after recently exhibited in Maidenhead in March 2015, this exhibition is an uplifting and colourful blast of 22 outdoor travel photography exhibits from thirteen countries on local wildlife, architecture, coastal scenes, winter landscapes, cityscapes and townscapes mostly in print and some in diamond polished acrylic. The exhibition is accompanied by an informative guide available to read at the venue. Children as well as adults will enjoy the display as each picture has a story about its background. All art is for sale at affordable prices with 25% proceeds to Elizabeth House, Cookham where the exhibition is hosted on weekdays from 9am -12pm, and 1pm to 3pm and also at other times including possibly weekends by arrangement with the photographer, Malorie. (Please note the venue is closed weekdays 12 – 1pm)
Fabulous food and drink producers, superb chefs and amazing musical talent. Over 60 craft beers and perries, a full cocktail bar plus a range of non alcoholic drinks will be served to accompany the tasty restaurant food and eclectic live music
It’s the one you’ve all been waiting for! Ladies Night is here on our summer season finale and celebrity DJ Jo Whiley will be joining us to end the season in style! Dress to impress for a sophisticated and glam night at the races where you can enter our Best Dressed competition for your chance to showcase your style, for your chance to win an overnight stay at the luxurious Cliveden hotel.
The gates, bars and Castle Restaurant will be open two hours before the start of the first race, so why not come along early and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere whilst selecting your winners from the racecard.
Bank Holiday Monday Tilehurst Festival.The whole family will be able to enjoy a spectacular mix of entertainment and this year, we’re striving to be even bigger!! We’re including a fairground of course, a bigger stage, showcasing a cracking range of top live local bands and the return of some of your favorites!
We will once again be serving multiple Real Ales, plus lagers, ciders, wine and spirits in our now famous beer pavilion!
We’ll have a bigger range of multi-ethnic food stalls and of course the old faithfuls, more arts and crafts, bigger games, bigger sideshows, a bigger family picnic area, kids entertainers, bigger face painting for people with really big faces.
The Annual Reading Chilli Cook-off!! will, we believe, return for the 5th year no doubt there will be a chilli eating contest for the brave or foolish.
The main events start at 12.00 and finish at 19.00.
Entry to the main event is FREE to all, with a £1.00 charge for parking.
For traders please contact us via the website
What's On in September 2015
If you are aged 16 – 24 and you are thinking of starting an apprenticeship but you don’t know where to start or who to talk to, then come along to our event on either Thursday 3rd or 10th September and speak directly with employers and training providers who have current vacancies
This meeting is designed for the time of year when prospective new members are thinking of a new hobby or expanding a old interest. We will take you through all the factors that we obsess about. Mentioning the science and history along the way.
Free tea/coffee, free entry.
Get all the details of the society and what we can offer
This 9-week introduction to traditional Chen Tai Chi – the original family style developed about 350 years ago – starts on 5th September 2015 and runs until 31st October 2015.
You will be introduced to the history, principles and practice of Tai Chi under the guidance of an experienced professional instructor and you will make a start on the “Form”; a set sequence of moves which have to be memorised.
Pre-enrolment is necessary so please email Berkshire Tai Chi for an introduction Pack/Enrolment Form.
Closing date for enrolments: 29th August 2015
Every day the local children love to stop on their way home and play in a beautiful deserted garden. But the garden belongs to none other than a giant – who doesn’t like children one bit! And when he comes home, he throws all the children out, which makes the garden so sad that nothing grows there anymore. Can you help the children to save their garden, and help the Giant to see some sense? This interactive adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s timeless children’s
classic is especially created for young children and their brave parents. Suitable for children aged 2 – 6 years. Please bring a cushion. Chairs are also provided.
YHA Streatley in West Berkshire is one of 107 Youth Hostels throughout England and Wales that will be throwing its doors open to the local community on Sunday 6 September as part of its annual celebrations for YHA Day 2015. It will take place from midday until 4pm.
The special weekend will provide the local community, passing walkers and cyclists the opportunity to come inside and see what YHA Streatley to offer. As well as learning about the modern face lift of the Youth Hostelling charity, there will be an unmissable offer for visitors to YHA Streatley with a 50% discount on annual membership of YHA (England and Wales)
Poet, diplomat, senator, champion of the working man, citizen of the world, lover and bon vivant – Chilean Pablo Neruda wrote what he lived and lived what he wrote. His life and his art were inseparable and his passion for both, contagious. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1971. The raw sensuality and tenderness of his love poetry; the surreal simplicity of his celebration of all things ordinary; the power of his epic poetry and his passion for social justice, is testimony to a man whose life’s work remains as vital today as it ever was.
Neruda’s poetry will be read by actor David Soul who performed in The Watermill’s production of Mack and Mable. David is best known for his role as Hutch in the US TV series Starsky and Hutch and is a veteran of film, TV and theatre. Joining David will be guitarist Hugh Burns who has worked with a range of musicians from Paul McCartney to Placido Domingo.
There will be a question and answer session at the end of the performance with Adam Feinstein, writer, poet, translator and author of the acclaimed biography, Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life.
Tickets: £15 to £14.50
Minnie Churchill is the Director of Churchill Heritage and co-author, with David Coombs, the art historian of Sir Winston Churchill His Life and His Paintings. Minnie was responsible fortracing Sir Winston’s 500 plus paintings across the world and the stories associated with their ownership, spending six years on this adventure. She undertook this fascinating work to show her love and respect for this great man. ‘It was a journey for me,
a way to give something back’.Minnie is the granddaughter-in-law of the late Sir Winston and Lady Churchill, formerly married to Winston Churchill, Member of Parliament for 25 years.
Does your child love singing, dance and drama? Then come and join the Razz family! FREE taster session on September 12th!
Razzamataz Theatre Schools was launched in 2000 and achieved national recognition in 2007 after a memorable appearance on BBC’s Dragons’ Den, winning the investment from Duncan Bannatyne, who remains a committed partner supporting all new Razzmatazz ventures.
Our Newbury school is launching on Saturday 12 September 2015! We provide affordable part-time performing arts training for children and young people throughout the UK, giving them access to some of the most talented performers in the UK through specialist workshops and classes.
Come and join the Razzamataz Newbury family to experience a range of styles from classic West End musical theatre to funky street dance and pop singing. There are always lots of opportunities to perform for both boys and girls, from local theatres and festivals to the glittering lights of London’s West End stage
We are delighted to be bringing our parenting workshops to central Reading Saturday 12th September 2015
This will be the first in a series of Parenting workshops where we take a different approach to traditional parenting methodologies and techniques.
Instead of prescriptive techniques, we discuss the nature of how our thoughts and feelings are connected. We will use practical examples of everyday challenges, for example teenage challenges for parents and the teenagers themselves.
We will also explore how our feelings often clog up our minds and block the ability to come up with more effective solutions in the present moment.
We will discuss the implications of knowing that others operate through the same nature of thought-feeling connection, and how that opens up the doors for more compassion and inner resilience.
Finally we will demonstrate how knowing that we are all naturally well, healthy and resilient gives us everything we need to cope with life’s ups and downs more smoothly.
Newbury Real Ale Festival takes place at Northcroft playing fields The festival runs on a drink token system, in order to speed up the process of serving drinks! With over 4000 people expected to attend and upwards of 30 bar staff at any one time, we don’t want to hold you up by having to provide change. Please note that tokens are non-refundable. Entertainment, Face painting real ales and cider
Since our 60s and 70s nights were so successful we had a few requests for other themed nights and one of the suggestions was a Rock ‘n’ Roll Night and we just couldn’t say no to that!
These nights are a bit different as we hire live bands and DJs specifically suited in Rock ‘n’ Roll to play for you all at Liberty.
The bands we book are the best of the business and travel the country playing their music.
As usual our bar is open all night and if you’d like us to stock your favourite tipple, just let us know and we’ll see what we can do.
Most of our crowd even dress up in their Rock ‘n’ Roll gear and really get into the swing of things, we get professional dancers from all over the place just to let their hair down at our party
A fantastic day of family fun, delicious food and exciting entertainment. The aim is to provide something for everyone, with fairground rides, craft workshops and games for the children, lots of stalls selling everything from jewellery and clothes to books and toys, great music, and our popular licensed bar run by the Farriers Arms pub. Best of all, it is free to come in, so there’s nothing to stop you joining in the fun
Everyone is welcome to join in a great day of fun and activity at our exciting event called #PUSHyourself!
It is open to anyone who would like to have a go at, or learn more about, disability sport.
They may be:
Interested in trying sport for the first time
Looking to get back into sport after a long break, accident or illness
Wanting to support our charity with hands on help, donations or volunteering
This event is part of SportsAble’s 40th Anniversary celebrations and we’re hoping to attract a big crowd to help us celebrate – so please come along and bring all the family!
Come and try wheelchair basketball, boccia and archery and join in or cheer along as we try and push over 150 miles on static wheelchairs.There will be food, music, face painting and lots of fun!
Time to see what disability sport can do for you
Criminal mastermind, Professor Marcus, and his gang of oddball villains posing as
musicians, meet their match when they take up residence in the top floor room of
Mrs Wilberforce’s dilapidated house. A convenient location to plan their heist, they
figure their sweet-natured old landlady will be easily hoodwinked. But beneath her
demure exterior, Mrs Wilberforce is made of sterner stuff and, with just her parrot,
General Gordon, for moral support, she turns the tables on the bogus quartet.
Based on the much-loved Ealing Comedy, this award-winning stage adaptation by
Graham Linehan, writer of Father Ted and The IT Crowd, fizzes with fun.
Tickets £26.50 to £15
The fair is a unique combination of town and gown – a special day devoted to fund raising by the boys of Eton College and more than 50 local charities. They are joined by a range of artisan producers offering distinctive handicraft, clothing and food. Additional attractions include live music and an upmarket jumble sale in the splendid setting of School Hall
The 2015 Henley Literary Festival takes place from September 28 to October 4 at venues across the picturesque town, including an historic theatre and a boat on the Thames. It features 170 talks, performances and workshops for children and adults, covering everything from cookery and current affairs to showbusiness and sport. Speakers including Virginia McKenna, Ben Fogle, Tracey Thorn, Caroline Lucas and Princess Michael of Kent feature alongside bestselling authors like Deborah Moggach, SJ Watson, Candace Bushnell, MC Beaton and Louis de Bernieres. For children aged two and up, over 40 events include Alice in Wonderland, Beast Quest, Hugless Douglas, Famous Five and Charlie & Lola creator Lauren Child
What's On in October 2015
Gift Fair 3 October 2015
Come and buy direct from 22 local stall holders specially selected to sell a wide range of quality goods at affordable prices. Raffle. Refreshments and light lunches. 50p admission for adults
In the bicentennial year of the Battle of Waterloo, General Sir Richard Shirreff brings a professional soldier’s perspective to the momentous events of the Waterloo campaign of June 1815. Drawing on original accounts from the soldiers who fought there, he recounts the story of the battle which set the conditions for the European order for much of the 19th Century.Sir Richard has had a distinguished military career and his command appointments have included 7th Armoured Brigade, 3rd (UK) Division, the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and NATO’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He withdrew from active service as a soldier in 2014. He is now developing his second career as a consultant/advisor in strategic risk.
The Heartbeats performing live so dress up in their Rock ‘n’ Roll gear and really get into the swing of things, we get professional dancers from all over the place just to let their hair down at our party.
Hurst Rocktoberfest annual beer festival Hurst Berkshire, Live music, hot food and plenty of beer.
A morning of activities for families celebrating our Christmas show Alice in Wonderland.
Hunt for Wonderland characters around the garden and claim your treasure when you’ve discovered their hiding places. Listen to stories in the theatre, take part in themed arts activities and dress up in a wonderful array of costumes from past Watermill productions.
Ideal for children up to 10 years.
Tickets for children £5, adults £1
Come and enjoy an evening of Halloween fun at Shaw House. Please note tickets must be booked in advance of the evening and will be on sale closer to the event. Ticket only event, Children £5, accompanying adult free, additional adults £1
What's On in November 2015
In a country ravaged by war, three witches wait for the young soldier Macbeth on
a desolate heath. They tell him he will be King. When Macbeth is unexpectedly
promoted, and with the Witches’ prophesy ringing in his ears, his bloody ambition
takes hold. How far will he and his resolute wife go to win more power?
In a mythical world of dictatorship, uprisings, famine and war, Shakespeare
examines what it truly means to be a tyrant. An ideal introduction to Shakespeare,
this production is performed by only three actors and features the original text cut
to a fast-paced, blood-spattered 75 minutes.
Tickets: £12.50 to £7.50
Comedy Night at Hurst Village Hall There will be a line up of 5 comedians supplied by The Comedy Hut, a licenced, bar and a raffle, all proceeds going to Beating Bowel Cancer Charity
Tickets £12 each
£10 each if a group of 10 or more is booked
£15 on the door but entry not guaranteed if hall to capacity
Gormenghast, a crumbling, labyrinthine castle in a world dominated by iron-clad
laws and ancient decaying ritual. Titus Groan is the seventy-seventh Earl and heir
to Gormenghast, with a longing for life beyond the castle walls. Steerpike is a lowly
kitchen boy, with limitless, murderous ambition.
The Watermill Young Company brings to life one of the twentieth century’s most
remarkable feats of imaginative writing. An epic melodrama of dizzying scope, wit
and an array of fantastical characters.
Tickets: £11.50 to £6
Victorian Christmas Fayre, to be opened at 2.30 pm by Sangeeta Bhabra from ITV Meridian.
Many stalls including gifts, cakes, handicrafts, jewellery, tombola, homemade sweets and preserves, toiletries, books, Christmas goods, win a Christmas grocery hamper, raffle, plus refreshments.
Chasing a mysterious white rabbit with a pocket watch, Alice tumbles down a rabbit
hole and into a world of fun and adventure. There she meets the colourful characters
of Wonderland and hears their fantastical tales. After a mad tea party, a curious game
of croquet and a nail-biting trial to find out who stole a very special plate of jam tarts,
will Alice find her way home?
The creators of last year’s sell-out Christmas show, Peter Pan, bring to life Lewis
Carroll’s classic novel, 150 years after it was first published. Join Alice in an
enchanting world of talking animals, a bad-tempered Queen and a Mad Hatter for an
unforgettable musical adventure.
Tickets: £21 to £10.50
A FREE fun day out for all the family, in Wokingham Town centre. A great way to start the Christmas period. The highlight of the day is a float Parade at 4.00 pm, followed by the switching on of the Christmas lights and carols around the Christmas tree.
Attractions for the day include fun fair rides, over 100 food, craft and charity stalls, non-stop FREE entertainment including a magic show, Punch & Judy, comedy jugglers, clowns and other special entertainers
What's On in December 2015
Our party nights are the perfect excuse for you and your friends to get into the festive spirit. Enjoy an exceptional 3 course Festive Meal in the stylish tranquil surroundings of the stylish 2 AA Rosette Caprice Restaurant.
Prices start from £29.95 per person, for a superb 3 Course Festive Meal, Tea & Coffee, Christmas Novelties and Disco. Alternatively, why not add a half a bottle of Wine to liven up the occasion
Held in the beautiful surroundings of Reading Minster, our annual Christmas carol concert is an atmospheric way to start your festive season. All proceeds go directly to Launchpad, allowing us to continue our crucial work over the festive season, when many clients need us most. Date: Thursday 10 December 2015 Time: 6pm Location: Reading Minster, St Mary’s Butts This year’s Christmas concert will see performances from local choirs plus readings from some special guests. Carols by Candlelight is always popular, so to guarantee your spot you can buy tickets online. They’ll be available for you to collect on the door.
Individual ticket £10 Family ticket £25
Treat yourself and your loved ones to a very special day this Christmas. Enjoy an exceptional 5 course traditional Christmas Day Lunch in our stylish 2 AA Rosette Caprice Restaurant, with crackers, novelties and a visit from Santa. Start the celebration with a chilled glass of Champagne on arrival in our relaxed Monty’s Lounge Bar whilst enjoying music by our resident Pianist.
Adult: £69.00 per person Children up to 13 years: £35.00 Dress Code: Lounge Suit
Welcome in the New Year in style and plan the perfect party for all your friends and family. Enjoy music by our Resident Pianist on arrival, followed by a spectacular 5 Course Gala to welcome in the New Year in style.
Dinner and dancing until the early hours with a chilled glass of Champagne to bring in the New Year! Arrival: 19.30, Sit Down: 20.00 Disco Until: 01.00, Bar close: 01.00
What's On in January 2016
Following her acclaimed performance in The Watermill’s 2014 production of Calamity Jane, Jodie Prenger now steps into Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical, Tell Me On A Sunday.
Tell Me On A Sunday charts the romantic misadventures of a young English girl in New York in the heady days of the 1980s. Brimming with optimism, she seeks success and love. But as she weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties, frustrations and heartaches, she begins to wonder whether she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places.
This iconic musical, with a wonderful original score, features Unexpected Song, the chart-topping Take That Look Off Your Face, and title track Tell Me On A Sunday.
Performed by many legendary musical theatre stars including Marti Webb and Sarah Brightman, this new 2016 production
directed by Paul Foster includes an intimate post-show chat with Jodie about life, love and playing the role of Emma.
Tickets: £26.50 to £14.50
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