Events

You can see the programme for last year's Festival by scrolling down this page.
This year's Festival information will be added as soon as available.


Comedy Club


Friday 29 June 2018  8:00pm      Corn Exchange

Hungerford Comedy Club rounds off its first year with a mixture of stand-up styles including sets from Sunjai Arif and Jay Handley, and regular MC Graeme Coulam. An engaging storyteller, Sunjai quickly wins over audiences with his warm personality. Jay is a regular at some of the UK's very best venues and has twice been a finalist in the Birmingham New Act of the Year Awards - although he did not win, what he lost in potential accolades he has gained in a zen-like acceptance of his place in the world.

...can go toe to toe with some of the funniest stand up skits I've seen - EdFringeReview.com

A top class comic with a great mix of material…his gags are imaginative, polished and proper proper funny - 4GoodComedians

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Graham Harvey: In Search of Countryside Treasure


Friday 29 June 2018  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

An evening with Graham Harvey, Ambridge's 'Minister of Agriculture' With music by Alastair Collingwood Writer of over 600 episodes of The Archers - the world's longest-running radio soap opera - and creator of some of its most memorable storylines and characters, Graham Harvey looks back on his time with the programme and explains how it is created. Fans will enjoy the light-hearted pub quiz on the show! With live music, songs and readings from his stage play, No Finer Life, Graham explores our relationship with the countryside. "Farming," he says, "the state of the land, its impact on the countryside and the quality of the food it produces, and our individual health are inextricably linked. Getting it right is perhaps the most important challenge of the 21st century. Deciding what we do, even discussing it, should not be left to politicians, industry or those working the land alone. Everyone should be part of a great debate." A discussion and Q&A session on rural life concludes the evening. One of the most influential campaigners on rural matters in the UK, Graham writes for The Sunday Times, New Scientist, and Country Life, and for three years he wrote the 'Old Muckspreader' column in Private Eye. The author of We Want Real Food and The Carbon Fields, his views have reached national prominence (the current Minister for Agriculture is a confirmed disciple!). His other plays include The Darkness of the Sun, the story of the writer Henry Williamson.
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Secrets of the River - Early morning walk


Saturday 30 June 2018  6:30am      St Lawrence's Church

Rob Starr, River Keeper for the Town & Manor of Hungerford, leads an exploration of the Dun, a chalk stream which is a globally rare habitat abundant with wildlife. See wild brown trout and grayling and go river-dipping for bullhead and a fascinating variety of invertebrates including caddis and freshwater shrimp.

Followed by a delicious fried breakfast cooked by the 1st Hungerford Brownies in the Croft Hall at 8.00am

Please note that the walk is free and no ticket is required– the tickets you can buy are for the breakfast (which is optional!)


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Exhibition: 23 Local Artists


Saturday 30 June 2018  10:00am - 4:30pm      The Birches, Chilton Foliat

Paintings, prints, pottery, sculpture, textile art, jewellery, photography, stained glass, ceramics, millinery.

Curated by David H Jones

Artists: Shirley Cartey, Jane Corbett, Amy Malikov, Sandra Cook, Rowan Whimster, Susan Kirkman, Sue Acworth, Micky Thompson, Patty Medlin, Theresa Hing, Normandy Barcelo Soto, Andi Mulholland, Helen Colling, David H Jones, Elizabeth Davis, Hilary Reem, Diana Barraclough, Rosemary Trigwell, Claire Acworth, Arran Miles, Diccon Dadey, Susie Whimster, Rosalind Hewitt

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The Wheatsheaf Gallery


Saturday 30 June 2018  10:00am - 4:30pm      The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat

The Wheatsheaf launches their new Gallery Space with a solo exhibition by Brighton-based landscape artist Lily Rigby,
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Chilton Foliat Garden Trail


Saturday 30 June 2018  10:00am - 4:00pm      Chilton Foliat

Eleven village gardens open from 10am-4pm. Discover the hidden gems that lie beyond the garden gate, ranging from classic cottage plots to formal borders, quirky havens to riverside vistas. Refreshments available in the Village Hall 11am-4pm courtesy of Chilton Foliat WI. 4pm onwards, swing band 'Ish Kabibble' will be jazzing it up in the garden of The Wheatsheaf.
Isk Kabibble
Tickets for the garden trail £5 per adult, accompanied children free. No dogs please Tickets and map available ON THE DAY from The Birches, Chilton Foliat RG17 0TE t. 01488 684038 Parking available at The Birches, the Wheatsheaf and the School
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KAST OFF KINKS


Saturday 30 June 2018  7:30pm      John O’Gaunt School

The Kast Off Kinks are actual former members of the iconic rock band 'The Kinks', back together playing great music and reliving the good times whilst keeping the songs alive that made The Kinks a household name This great line-up features Mick Avory (original drummer on all the classic hits from 1964-84), Ian Gibbons (keyboards/vocals Kinks 80s & 90s and still works with Sir Ray Davies), John Dalton (bass/vocals Kinks 60s & 70s), Dave Clarke (guitar/vocals, previously with the Beach Boys, Noel Redding Band and Tim Rose). Expect all the hits including: You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon, Lola, Days, Waterloo Sunset, Come Dancing, All Day and All of the Night plus many more ... A great night out, not to be missed!

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Hungerford Harey 8 Run


Sunday 1 July 2018  10:00am      Triangle Field

The Hungerford Harey 8 has become a regular event on the West Berkshire running scene and is a part of the annual “Run West Berks” series of races, held over early summer. The 8 mile, multi-terrain race, starts and finishes at the triangle field (rugby club). Over its short but successful history, it has been heralded as extremely friendly and very well organized. In addition to the main race, there is a Children's Fun Run with prizes for all participants. Follow the website link for details and entry information.
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HADCAF Fish Trail


Sunday 1 July 2018  10:00am      St Lawrence's Church

Find 24 hidden fish on Hungerford High Street during the Festival (29june – 15 July).

Rewards for completed forms.

Further fish trail activities at St Lawrence’s Church at 10am Sunday 15 July
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Singing Workshop with Sarah Cope


Sunday 1 July 2018  2:00 - 4:00pm      The Croft Hall

Come and sing! All welcome - no experience necessary. Since 1997, Sarah has been the Director of Music at St Nicolas Parish Church, Newbury, where she has grown the church choir to over 40 members, both Juniors and Adults. The choir performs regularly for all Sunday Services as well as for special civic and Newbury Festival services.
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Ashworth & Rattenbury - Guitar Recital


Sunday 1 July 2018  8:00pm      Our Lady of Lourdes

Ashworth & Rattenbury Guitars began playing as a duo to prepare music for a celebration of composer Milton Babbitt's centenary in 2016. Their performance was recorded for later broadcast by BBC Radio 3's 'Hear & Now' show, and they also performed Babbitt's music at further concerts. Inspired to explore the guitar duet repertoire further, they now perform a wide range of music for two guitars. This includes arrangements of baroque keyboard music, well-known classical guitar duets, choros from Latin America, and works by the American minimalists. Both guitarists are also members of the Sussex Guitar Quartet.

Jon Rattenbury is an active guitarist and music educator. He has wide experience as a performer on electric and classical guitar and as a music tutor. Jon has worked as a music examiner for RSL and the International Baccalaureate Organisation, and has recently worked as a music consultant for ABRSM, helping to develop a new popular music syllabus. Jon completed his Masters in music at Goldsmiths, University of London, and has interests in both historical and contemporary musicology. In 2014, the Lute Society published Jon's critical edition of 17th century baroque guitar songs from the library of Samuel Pepys at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Brian Ashworth studied classical guitar, piano, and harmony, benefiting greatly from his studies with Robert Brightmore at music college in London. Professional projects have included TV and radio work with composer Karl Jenkins, working from Olympic Studios in London. His recent focus has remained in contemporary music and education, working in Brighton as a guitar, bass, drum kit and ukulele teacher. Brian also travels internationally as a performer, presenter, and educator. He has played and recorded with many ensembles over the years, with particular interest in 'Early' and 'Late' periods of music.
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Film Night - Maudie (12)


Sunday 1 July 2018  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

MAUDIE, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MAUDIE charts Everett's efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie's deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter. "This sensitive, beautifully acted film lingers long after the final frame. And the Newfoundland locations are breathtaking." Trailer available here
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Roger Phillips - Wild Cooking


Monday 2 July 2018  7:30pm      The Croft Hall

An illustrated talk based on Roger's forthcoming book Wild Cooking, which covers mushrooms, edible flowers, newly discovered vegetables, drinks, and cooking over wood fires outdoors.

The perfect companion to a day in the countryside!


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Author talk - Joy Rhoades


Monday 2 July 2018  7:30pm      The Library

Join author Joy Rhoades as she talks about her engaging novel The Woolgrower's Companion.

Set in Australia in 1945 this the gripping story of one woman's fight to save her home, and a passionate tribute to Australia's landscape and its people. Bittersweet and inspired in part by her own grandmother’s experiences on a farm during WW2, this book makes a great summer read – why not bring along your book group?

"A heartbreaking tale, beautifully told. Magical" Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help

Tickets available from Hungerford Bookshop (01488 683480) & Hungerford Library (01488 682660)


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An Evening of Jazz - Rory McNeill


Tuesday 3 July 2018  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

Rory is a local 19-year old jazz singer-songwriter whose rich, baritone voice offers a fresh take on the great Jazz Songbook fused with his own originality as a lyricist and storyteller. He has been gaining recognition in this genre and has been likened to Michael Bublé and Frank Sinatra. Rory and his band together with a few special guests present an evening of original music intertwined with jazz classics.
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Go Batty Walk


Tuesday 3 July 2018  8:45pm      Eddington Marsh

Dave Endacott from Oxfordshire Bat Group will introduce some live bats before leading a stroll along the river on Eddington Marsh to see and hear various species of bats with the aid of high-powered torches and bat detectors.

This is a very popular event run by the Town & Manor of Hungerford and numbers are limited.
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A Musical Tribute to David Bunney


Wednesday 4 July 2018  3:00pm      United Reformed Church

The United Reformed Church invites you to join them in a musical tribute to the late Reverend David Bunney, former minister of the URC. Everyone who knew David will know of his deep passion and knowledge of music. He was an active committee member of the HADCAF committee where his contributions and highly tuned sense of humour were much appreciated. Brian Sturtridge has put together an organ recital covering five centuries of the very best music to celebrate David's life. There will be refreshments after the recital plus an opportunity to share fond memories of David.
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Bell Ringing Workshop


Wednesday 4 July 2018  8:00pm      St Lawrence's Church

The ringers of St. Lawrence's invite you to see bell ringing in action and try your hand at 'learning the ropes'. Children welcome with adult supervision.
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The Joni Mitchell Songbook


Wednesday 4 July 2018  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

Both Sides Now present The Joni Mitchell Songbook Of all the leading lights of the West Coast singer-songwriter movement, Joni Mitchell remains its most influential figure, with a body of work spanning folk to mainstream pop to modern jazz and back again. This comprehensive survey of Joni's career includes landmarks such as 'Big Yellow Taxi' (her most covered song), 'River' and 'A Case of You' (both from the breakthrough album Blue), the radio hits of 'Help Me' and 'Free Man In Paris', and the jazz-infused stylings of 'In France They Kiss On Main Street' and 'Coyote'. Both Sides Now brings together a group of top-drawer musicians, led by singer Sarah Miller and keyboard player Aidan Goldstraw, to explore the work of a musical genius.
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Eddington Marsh Walk


Thursday 5 July 2018  7:30pm      Eddington Marsh

Landscape, History and Wildlife Walk Join the wildlife team and the Town & Manor of Hungerford for a one-off opportunity this year to walk around the marsh, a fascinating and ancient area managed for farming and wildlife.
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Hungerford Rock Choir


Thursday 5 July 2018  7:30pm      Corn Exchange

A chance to listen to your friends and family in the recently formed Hungerford Rock Choir. In four-part harmony they will perform six recently perfected songs and will then be joined by a few key members from other local choirs.
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London Suite - Newbury Dramatic Society


Thursday 5 July 2018  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

A Hyde Park hotel suite provides the fashionable setting for four individual short plays, each with a different tone. As London Suite veers from thriller to farce we meet an array of different characters, including a novelist holding his accountant at gunpoint, a rich widow on a rather odd date, a talk show host being reunited with her ex, and "the man on the floor". Sharp, witty dialogue and sympathetic characters make London Suite an unmissable production. Directed by Ian Martin. This amateur production of London Suite is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.
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Swing Out Swindon - Dance Workshop


Friday 6 July 2018  7:30pm      Corn Exchange

Add some new moves to your repertoire with dance teachers Cliff and Erica, who have created their own style - Swing Dance - out of Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Modern Jive and Jazz Live. They are the perfect team to introduce both new students and those with previous experience to this infectious style of dance to music spanning the '20s through to the '50s. A great opportunity to dress the part too!
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The Hysterical Historical Show


Friday 6 July 2018  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

Cult theatre company and comedy duo LipService return to their stand-up roots in the Hysterical Historical Show a wacky whirlwind tour of Britain’s female national treasures. Meet notorious gossip Mrs Gaskell and her timid friend Charlotte Bronte, learn about Marie Stopes and her little known friendship with Scott of the Antarctic, stage a protest with the ever radical Pankhursts, meet Georgian housekeeper and inventor of cuppa soup Elizabeth Raffald, Annie Horniman, creator of the modern repertory theatre, and many more. Nothing is sacred. But we hope you have been paying attention because there will be a quiz, not a very serious one, with points and points mean prizes. Part sketch show, part pub quiz this show has all the ingredients of a fun night out.
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Camera Workshop (part 1)


Saturday 7 July 2018  10:00am      Magistrates Room in Town Hall building

Brian Price and other members of Hungerford Camera Club present a two-part workshop on how to get the most from your digital camera and turn good photos into great photos. Both sessions will be practical, run mostly outdoors (weather permitting). There will be some classroom time to review photos and answer questions. Bring your camera (and the manual).
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Garden Open - 87 High Street


Saturday 7 July 2018  10:00am - 5:00pm      87 High Street, Hungerford

Relax in the lovely secret garden ( two medieval burgage plots). Small art exhibition, music, plants for sale, refreshments available

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Exhibition: 23 Local Artists


Saturday 7 July 2018  10:00am - 4:30pm      The Birches, Chilton Foliat

Paintings, prints, pottery, sculpture, textile art, jewellery, photography, stained glass, ceramics, millinery.

Curated by David H Jones

Artists: Shirley Cartey, Jane Corbett, Amy Malikov, Sandra Cook, Rowan Whimster, Susan Kirkman, Sue Acworth, Micky Thompson, Patty Medlin, Theresa Hing, Normandy Barcelo Soto, Andi Mulholland, Helen Colling, David H Jones, Elizabeth Davis, Hilary Reem, Diana Barraclough, Rosemary Trigwell, Claire Acworth, Arran Miles, Diccon Dadey, Susie Whimster, Rosalind Hewitt

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The Wheatsheaf Gallery


Saturday 7 July 2018  10:00am - 4:30pm      The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat

The Wheatsheaf launches their new Gallery Space with a solo exhibition by Brighton-based landscape artist Lily Rigby,
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Flower Festival


Saturday 7 July 2018  10:00am - 5:00pm      St Lawrence's Church

The theme for this year's annual Flower Festival at St Lawrence's is "Film Titles" . Come and see the amazing creations - cameras essential!
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Beginners' Quilting Workshop


Saturday 7 July 2018  2:00 - 5:00pm      The Library

Make a hand-quilted needle case with members of Kintbury Quilters who will demonstrate rotary cutting and different methods of transferring designs onto fabric, ready for hand-quilting. Maximum of twelve participants and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
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Garden Open - Sanham Green Cottage


Saturday 7 July 2018  2:00 - 5:00pm      Sanham Green

Antique stone sculptures, a wildflower meadow and traditional vegetable potager make these gardens well worth a visit. Tea and coffee available. Entry £5 ON THE DAY, all proceeds to the Air Ambulance.
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Phoenix Brass Band - Open Air Concert


Saturday 7 July 2018  3:00pm      Froxfield Village Green

Phoenix Brass was formed in 1993 by a small but enthusiastic group of players under the leadership of Musical Director David Watson to promote the enjoyment of brass band music. It has steadily grown in popularity and size and there is a great demand for its services. Join them for a relaxing afternoon listening to a range of all-time favourite tunes (in Village Hall if wet).
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Clive Collective


Saturday 7 July 2018  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

Back by popular demand!

Those who have experienced the roof raising sound of the Clive Collective know exactly what to expect from this highly popular local band – rock classics with a unique slant. If you've not yet heard them you are in for a treat.

Milly and Sally's vocal harmonies totally complement the superb musical talents of Johnny Marter, Jimmy Johnson, Ian Mackay and Nick Beere.
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Exhibition: 23 Local Artists


Sunday 8 July 2018  10:00am - 4:30pm      The Birches, Chilton Foliat

Paintings, prints, pottery, sculpture, textile art, jewellery, photography, stained glass, ceramics, millinery.

Curated by David H Jones

Artists: Shirley Cartey, Jane Corbett, Amy Malikov, Sandra Cook, Rowan Whimster, Susan Kirkman, Sue Acworth, Micky Thompson, Patty Medlin, Theresa Hing, Normandy Barcelo Soto, Andi Mulholland, Helen Colling, David H Jones, Elizabeth Davis, Hilary Reem, Diana Barraclough, Rosemary Trigwell, Claire Acworth, Arran Miles, Diccon Dadey, Susie Whimster, Rosalind Hewitt

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Cycle ride


Sunday 8 July 2018  10:00am      Croft Hall

Cycle the quiet lanes in and around Hungerford This cycle ride will be a sociable event, intending to bring awareness to and enjoyment from some of the quiet and peaceful country roads and lanes around Hungerford. The ride will be about twenty miles long and will be ridden at a slow to medium pace with regular stops to take in the beauty of the countryside. As some off-road riding is inevitable, sturdier tyres and frames are advised. All ages are welcome but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
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Hungerford Allotments Open Day


Sunday 8 July 2018  2:00 - 5:00pm      Marsh Lane

Visit Hungerford's hidden gem that is the Marsh Lane Allotments. Wander through the vegetable plots, enjoy the flowers and wildlife. Visit our Open Day stalls and stop for a snack and a chat.
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Methodist Church Exhibition


Sunday 8 July 2018  2:30 - 5:00pm      Methodist Church

1868-2018 – 150 years of the Methodist Church in Bridge Street How has Hungerford changed since 1868? The Methodist Church and Hungerford Historical Association exhibition charts changes in town and church over the years. Cream tea available in the Church Hall.
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Sleeping Trees: World Tour


Sunday 8 July 2018  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

Comedy trio Sleeping Trees have been travelling around the world! They've been scuba-diving at the Great Barrier Reef, trekking the ancient Inca trails of Peru and gone dogging in Blackpool. But what starts as an innocent journey of discovery soon leads to an intricate series of events, culminating in the secret mission to end all missions. A story of love, revenge and friendship, and by friendship, we mean revenge.

Love child of Monty Python and The League of Gentlemen(Time Out).

‘Phenomenal performers, brimming with verve and fizzing with invention’ (Chortle).

Winners of Merv's Spirit of the Fringe 2017.

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Alpines of the Western Pacific Coast - Kit Strange


Monday 9 July 2018  7:30pm      The Croft Hall

International speaker Kit Strange is responsible for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew's extensive alpine bulb collection. She has worked with colleagues in the Falklands to propagate native species and restore degraded habitats, and has recently returned from a month-long plant-hunting trip along the western Pacific Coast from Alaska to Denver.
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Crescendo Choir


Tuesday 10 July 2018  6:00pm      St Lawrence's Church

Crescendo Choir invite you to enjoy the evocative and stirring work "The Mountain", along with other selected choral pieces. Composed by Paul Jarman and Bonnie Nilsson, the song cycle "The Mountain" celebrates the history of Cradle Mountain National Park and the lives of Gustav and Kate Weindorfer, who were inspired to preserve this precious natural resource for future generations. The work is being performed in various venues in England and Austria, Gustav Weindorfer's homeland. Crescendo is a non-profit Tasmanian Education Department choir whose members range in age from 7 to 19. The choir has previously performed in Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and in many Australian cities.
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Vintage Fashion Evening


Tuesday 10 July 2018  7:00 - 9:00pm      Hungerford Arcade

Indulge yourself with some vintage retail therapy - you'll find hand-picked, original pieces of clothing, jewellery and accessories dating from the 1940s to the 1980s, along with a range of gorgeous vintage-inspired clothing and accessories.
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Comedy Workshop - Ian MacDonald


Tuesday 10 July 2018  7:30 - 9:30pm      Magistrates Room in Town Hall building

The MC for Ethos Comedy in Newbury, Ian MacDonald leads this workshop for teenagers giving tips and pointers to help them get started on the comedy route. Ian has been gigging since he made 400 vicars laugh (at the same time!). Delivering his own brand of cheerful incredulity, he has been described as warm, full of heart and very very funny.
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Chilton Estate Tour


Wednesday 11 July 2018  6:30pm      New Hayward Farm

This traditional rural estate is based on environmentally friendly low input arable farming and livestock grazing, together with active woodland, riverine and wildlife management. It has been in Entry level stewardship since 2005 and Higher level stewardship since 2010.

Tour on tractor and trailer.

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A British Songbook - Lucy Goddard

With regret this event is CANCELLED due to unforseen circumstances.
Wednesday 11 July 2018  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

We are disappointed that we will not be able to run this event and apologise to those who had purchased tickets. If you would like to hear the remarkable Lucy Goddard, please visit her website for more information.
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Summer Wildfowers Walk


Thursday 12 July 2018  6:00pm      St Lawrence's Church

Hungerford and Freeman’s Marshes are protected sites and home to a wide variety of habitats supporting an abundance of plants. Lois Pihlens will guide you around these special areas and help you identify flowers such as southern marsh orchids, ragged robin, wild angelica. Hear also how the Town & Manor of Hungerford is conserving these areas for future generations with help from Natural England.
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Belshazzar's Feast


Thursday 12 July 2018  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

One of the best-loved duos in folk music, previous BBC Folk Awards Best Duo nominees Belshazzar’s Feast start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it off with a wry humour that has won them fans across the world.

Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Pagoda Project) have together wowed audiences with their eclectic and eccentric mix of songs and tunes, and their between-songs chat guaranteed to send audiences home with smiles on their faces.

‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding

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Private Peaceful


Friday 13 July 2018  7:30pm      The Royal British Legion

Told through the eyes of Private Thomas Peaceful, the story covers one night during the First World War. He recounts his memories of childhood and the horrors of the trenches as the hours move towards dawn and his unknown fate. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, the author of War Horse, the story is a moving celebration of life while underlining the senselessness of war. This amateur production of Private Peaceful (ensemble version) is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD. Tickets from Crown Needlework, phone 01488 684011 and online at hungerfordtheatre.com
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State of the Nation - Ayesha Hazarika


Friday 13 July 2018  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

Politics, power and how we lost the plot Ayesha Hazarika, MBE, started her career as a stand-up comedian playing clubs across the country. She then took what she thought was a natural diversion into the Labour Party as a Special Adviser working for Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband.

Since leaving front line politics she’s become a much sought-after commentator writing for the FT, Guardian, Evening Standard, New Statesman and Grazia. Ayesha has also returned to her stand-up roots. Her one-woman show ‘Tales from the Pink Bus’ was a sell-out hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival and she’s been in huge demand on TV and radio.

Ayesha lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks what’s next for British politics.

Not only is she extremely funny, but she uses her inside knowledge of the Labour machine to deadly effect. Though always sharp and on the money, she is never cruel and manages to create a world I never thought possible. Catch her if you can.
John Crace, The Guardian

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The Wheatsheaf Gallery


Saturday 14 July 2018  9:30am - 11:30pm      The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat

The Wheatsheaf launches their new Gallery Space with a solo exhibition by Brighton-based landscape artist Lily Rigby,
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Camera Workshop (part 2)


Saturday 14 July 2018  10:00am      Town Hall

Brian Price and other members of Hungerford Camera Club present a two-part workshop on how to get the most from your digital camera and turn good photos into great photos. Both sessions will be practical, run mostly outdoors (weather permitting). There will be some classroom time to review photos and answer questions. Bring your camera (and the manual).

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Exhibition: 23 Local Artists


Saturday 14 July 2018  10:00am - 4:30pm      The Birches, Chilton Foliat

Paintings, prints, pottery, sculpture, textile art, jewellery, photography, stained glass, ceramics, millinery.

Curated by David H Jones

Artists: Shirley Cartey, Jane Corbett, Amy Malikov, Sandra Cook, Rowan Whimster, Susan Kirkman, Sue Acworth, Micky Thompson, Patty Medlin, Theresa Hing, Normandy Barcelo Soto, Andi Mulholland, Helen Colling, David H Jones, Elizabeth Davis, Hilary Reem, Diana Barraclough, Rosemary Trigwell, Claire Acworth, Arran Miles, Diccon Dadey, Susie Whimster, Rosalind Hewitt

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Hungerford Tennis Club Centenary Celebration


Saturday 14 July 2018  10:00am - 4:00pm      Tennis Club

Come along to Hungerford Tennis Club as it celebrates its centenary with a series of special events over the weekend of the 14th/15th July, which coincides with the Wimbledon finals and is part of the nationwide LTA Open Weekend. See the Hungerford Tennis Club website for further details
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Chinese Brush Painting Workshop


Saturday 14 July 2018  2:00pm      The Library

Presented by Stevie Franklin, this workshop provides an introduction to the various materials and brush strokes needed to obtain the subtle shading so typical of Chinese brush painting. We will be painting bamboo, one of the four most popular subjects for teaching beginners. If we have time we will have a go at pandas as well!

Materials and equipment provided, but if you have watercolours please bring them along.

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Kennet Opera presents Puccini Chunks


Saturday 14 July 2018  4:00pm      Our Lady of Lourdes

A celebration of the genius of Giacomo Puccini, whose thrilling melodies have consistently topped the opera popularity charts for the last century. Be enthralled by gorgeous extracts from his greatest hits - La Bohème, Tosca and Madame Butterfly - as well as many lesser-known gems. Scones and tea will be served in the interval - can there be a better way to spend a summer's afternoon?
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Private Peaceful


Saturday 14 July 2018  7:30pm      The Royal British Legion

Told through the eyes of Private Thomas Peaceful, the story covers one night during the First World War. He recounts his memories of childhood and the horrors of the trenches as the hours move towards dawn and his unknown fate. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, the author of War Horse, the story is a moving celebration of life while underlining the senselessness of war. This amateur production of Private Peaceful (ensemble version) is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD. Tickets from Crown Needlework, phone 01488 684011 and online at hungerfordtheatre.com
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Dance Night with Apollo Big Band


Saturday 14 July 2018  8:00pm      Corn Exchange

Grab your dancing shoes for an evening of toe-tapping Big Band swing! Performing a full range of music from Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Glen Miller to the 'Rat Pack' era and contemporary arrangements, Apollo features top-class local musicians including jazz vocalist Steph Richardson The Band can be seen regularly at their popular 'Apollo@Stockcross' jazz evenings and at their annual showcase at the Newbury Corn Exchange.
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Exhibition: 23 Local Artists


Sunday 15 July 2018  10:00am - 4:30pm      The Birches, Chilton Foliat

Paintings, prints, pottery, sculpture, textile art, jewellery, photography, stained glass, ceramics, millinery.

Curated by David H Jones

Artists: Shirley Cartey, Jane Corbett, Amy Malikov, Sandra Cook, Rowan Whimster, Susan Kirkman, Sue Acworth, Micky Thompson, Patty Medlin, Theresa Hing, Normandy Barcelo Soto, Andi Mulholland, Helen Colling, David H Jones, Elizabeth Davis, Hilary Reem, Diana Barraclough, Rosemary Trigwell, Claire Acworth, Arran Miles, Diccon Dadey, Susie Whimster, Rosalind Hewitt

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Hungerford Tennis Club Centenary Celebration


Sunday 15 July 2018  10:00am - 4:00pm      Tennis Club

Come along to Hungerford Tennis Club as it celebrates its centenary with a series of special events over the weekend of the 14th/15th July, which coincides with the Wimbledon finals and is part of the nationwide LTA Open Weekend. See the Hungerford Tennis Club website for further details
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Family games


Sunday 15 July 2018  11:00am - 1:00pm      The Croft Field

A chance for the whole family to join in a selection of outside games and activities. Hungerford Brownies will be organising this event but please feel free to bring your favourite outdoor games to share and add to the fun. Wear your trainers to win!! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Why not make a day of it, bring a picnic and book tickets for the Zoolab experience in the afternoon.
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The Wheatsheaf Gallery


Sunday 15 July 2018  12:00noon - 9:30pm      The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat

The Wheatsheaf launches their new Gallery Space with a solo exhibition by Brighton-based landscape artist Lily Rigby,
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ZooLab


Sunday 15 July 2018  2:00pm      The Croft Hall

Bringing animal handling experiences to people everywhere

A wonderful chance for both children and adults to meet and even handle a range of exotic animals. These will include stick insects, a scorpion, tarantula, tree frog, corn snake, millipede, cockroaches, giant snail a rat and a bearded dragon. Georgie, your Zoolab Ranger will talk about their natural environment and behaviours during the afternoon session.
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Town Band Concert


Sunday 15 July 2018  7:00pm      Corn Exchange

Under the leadership of Musical Director Tim Crouter, the Band has achieved a reputation as one of the leading brass bands in the region. Their entertaining programme features both modern and traditional arrangements.
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Bad Fortune: A Murder Mystery Supper


Sunday 15 July 2018  7:30pm      The Croft Hall

Presented by Mike Brook and Associates

The evening begins with a short play by a group of West Berkshire actors, revealing a murder, followed by dinner (with a veggie option) and questioning of the suspects to identify the culprit.

Come along as a team or join a team on the night. Interrogate the suspects; solve the clues; accuse the guilty!

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