Battle Proms Concert among highlights of action-packed Saturday
THE hugely popular Battle Proms Concert at Highclere Castle is among the highlights of an action packed weekend in West Berkshire.
The estate directly in front of the Castle, the home of Downton Abbey, will play host to the infamous evening of entertainment with orchestral music, singing, cavalry, and a choreographed Spitfire display
Relax with hampers and champagne, win a prize at the traditional fairground stalls, or simply get into the party spirit by listening to popular warm up act The Rockabellas.
The world renowned Blades Aerobatic Team will be on hand to perform their breathtaking aerial display.
Meanwhile, Gunners of the English Field Artillery Company will also herald the commencement of the evening’s musical programme with shots from an authentic vintage field gun.
The evening continues with an uplifting and inspiring celebration of soul-stirring classical favourites, performed by the New English Concert Orchestra.
It then closes with a traditional sing-along, flag-waving proms finale - including favourites Jerusalem, Rule Britannia, God Save the Queen and Land of Hope and Glory, and will culminate in a dazzling firework spectacular.
Elsewhere, the Tour de Berkshire, an annual family cycling event organised by volunteers, will see cyclists set off on a 20 mile journey from the Cottage Inn, Upper Bucklebury, before returning to the pub for games, a bouncy castle and BBQ.
The activities in Highclere don’t stop there as local professional actors Daniel Creasey and Yvie Magee are on hand to provide a day of theatre by bringing their FalconGrange productions to the Village Hall.
The Lion & The Mouse, at 2.30pm, is an Aesop’s fable adapted for the stage for 2-8 year olds. join Claude, the lazy lion and Baba, the mischievous mouse, as they learn even the most different of creatures can be the greatest of friends
There will be displays of flowers, fruit, veg, cookery and handicrafts at the Ashmansworth and District Flower Show and Fete from 2pm.
A Scruffs dog show, includes classes for dog with waggiest tail and best child handler, will also be among the entertainment.
There is also cricket action as Kingsclere host Rotherwick ITW.