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Fridayn The Devizes to Westminster canoe race, to Monday. The majority of the boats are expected to arrive at Northcroft, Newbury, between 1.30pm and 7pm today (Friday). They will depart again from 6.30am tomorrow morning. Adult doubles crews will...

Friday

n The Devizes to Westminster canoe race, to Monday. The majority of the boats are expected to arrive at Northcroft, Newbury, between 1.30pm and 7pm today (Friday). They will depart again from 6.30am tomorrow morning. Adult doubles crews will begin from Devizes tomorrow (Saturday) and are expected to pass through Hungerford from around 2pm that day.

n The annual Lambourn Open Day, from 7.30am. Stables open throughout the morning, with the central arena open from 1pm with a full programme of equine and country demonstrations and shows. Tickets and programmes (£15 for adults all day, £7 for just afternoon entertainment, under 12s free) are available from the entrance of each yard on the day and grants admission to the whole event. More details from www.lambourn.info

n To April 18, Giant Easter Egg Hunt, throughout Newbury town centre. Collect an entry form from Newbury Visitor Information Centre or the Easter Zone, East Street, Parkway. Entry forms available from 10am and must be returned to Parkway by 4pm daily. Prizes to be won.

n Unplugged Open Mike Night, ACE Space, St Nicolas Road, Newbury. Just turn up, no tickets. Entry £4, performers free. 7.45pm start. More details from acespacenewbury@btinternet.com or 07905 590214

Saturday

n Pangbourne quality market, Pangbourne Village Hall, 10am until 4pm. Free entry but donations to Cancer Research UK. More details at www.pangbournequalitymarket.co.uk

n Hungerford Ale and Music Festival, Hungerford Town Hall, from noon. Tickets cost £5 and are available on the door, on a first come first served basis, or available in advance online at www.hungerford.co.uk

n To Monday, Cholsey and Wallingford Railway’s annual Ivor the Engine event, runs until Monday, with a full sized ‘Ivor‘ locomotive hauling trains. Trains run hourly from Wallingford between 11.05am and 4.05pm and from Cholsey from 11.35am and 4.35pm. More details at www.cholsey-wallingford-railway.com.

Sunday

n West Berkshire Ramblers weekend walk. Meet at 10am at Snelsmore Common, for a four-mile walk via Bussock Wood, Kites Abbey and Snelsmore Farm.

n West Berkshire Ramblers weekend walk. Meet at 9.30am in the car park south of the straight road from Upper Bucklebury to Chapel Row, for a 9.1-mile walk via Bucklebury and Stanford Dingley.

n Easter Egg hunt and Easter bonnet parade, Highclere Castle, Highclere, from 10am until 4pm. Bring your Easter bonnet on the day for a competition judged by Lady Carnarvon. Hot food and drink available, as well as live music and a host of stalls. Tickets available on the gate at £5, under twos free.

n Easter fete and dog show, The National Animal Welfare Trust, Trindledown Farm, Wantage Road, Great Shefford. From 10am until 1pm.

n Scott May’s Daredevil Stunt Show, Newbury Showground. Gates open 2pm, show starts at 3pm. Tickets £12 adults, £6 children. Available only on the gate one hour before the show starts – cash only.

Monday

n Guided walks of Newbury, from 2.30pm. An hour walk led by local historian Phil Wood. Meet outside the Newbury Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall. Tickets £5.

n Easter Farm Animals, Cobbs Farm, Hungerford, from 10.30am until 1.30pm. Free event where the animals from Farms 2 Ewe visit Cobbs Farm for the day.

n Discover the Despicables! Find all the characters from Despicable Me hidden around the Kennet Shopping Centre for a chance to take one home. Entry forms from the leaflet box in the main square. Closing date April 12.

Tuesday

n To April 11, Newbury Musical Theatre Society presents Oliver!, at the Corn Exchange, Newbury, at 7.30pm. Matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday. Tickets £14.50, £12.50 concs. More details at www.newburymusicaltheatre.co.uk

n Kintbury Wildlife Group, in a joint meeting with BBOWT, present a talk by local nature writer Nicola Chester, entitled Otters and based on her recent book. The meeting starts at 7.30pm in the Coronation Hall, Kintbury. There will be refreshments and a raffle. All welcome, £2 entry for non- members of KWG/BBOWT. More details from (01488) 668482

n Easter Egg Hunt, Cat Protection Newbury, Curridge Road, Curridge, from 11.30am until 2pm. Tickets £3 and must be pre-booked on (01635) 200111.

n To Thursday, Let It Go! holiday course, South Street Arts Centre,
Reading, for four to eight-year-olds. More details from sammy@berkshiretheatrecompany.co.uk or 07785 233282.

Wednesday

n Greenham Common Bird Walk, from 10am until noon. Meet at the control tower car park, Bury’s Bank Road. Guide dogs only.

n Spring fun at the Nature Discovery Centre, Lower Way, Thatcham: Silly Science workshops. Easter Rocket Chicks – one-hour sessions at 10am, 11.30am and 1pm. Easter Paper
Plate Bunnies – 45-minute sessions
at 2.15pm and 3.15pm. Minimum
age three years. From 10am until 11am. £3 per child and pre-booking essential. www.bbowt.org.uk/nature-discovery-centre

n Easter Family Activity Day – Easter Crowns, at Shaw House, Newbury, from 10am until 4pm. Enjoy free
entry to the Grade 1 listed Elizabethan manor house. Children’s drop in arts and crafts and an Easter inspired trail.
A £1 fee applies to some activities.

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