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Festival atmosphere breezes in over bank holiday weekend

Corn Exchange street extravaganza and Lambourn Carnival

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith


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A FESTIVAL atmosphere breezes over the local area over the bank holiday weekend, with a packed line-up including Lambourn Carnival, two evenings of spectacular street performances in Newbury's Market Place, a real ale festival in Hungerford and Reading Festival.

Allowing extra time for journeys along the M4 near Reading is advised, as tens of thousands of visitors head for the three-day Reading Festival, which kicks off today (Friday), with ten stages and long list of acts per stage, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Saturday and The Vaccines on Sunday.

Saturday sees an anniversary party by Riverside Youth, from 12pm at Riverside Community Centre, in Clay Hill.

On Sunday, Lambourn Carnival will see a procession assemble at 4pm at the field at Lamborn Sports Club, before judging takes place, followed by the parade through the village. 

A parade of floats and walking entries will then wind its way through the picturesque village.

The bank holiday weekend also sees the return of Hungerford's popular annual real ale festival, a three-day event held at the sports and social club. 

Festivities commence at 11am on Saturday and continue until 11pm on Monday August 29, with a noon start on Sunday.

On Sunday and also repeated on Monday evening, at 9pm, in Newbury's Market Place, the Corn Exchange hosts Silence, a spectacular street performance by Polish company, Teatr Biuro Podrozy.

The visually dramatic extravaganza is a sequel to the company's Carmen Funebre, exploring the impact of war on civilians, with strobe lighting. Free of charge, age guide 14 plus. 

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