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Thatcham Festival launches tomorrow (Saturday)

Arts and leisure event returns for sixteenth year

Something for everyone at this year's Thatcham Festival

The 16th annual Thatcham Festival welcomes new musicians, organisations and venues across the 14-day event, with more than 60 events scheduled. 

The festival will be opened by the mayor of Thatcham, Ellen Crumly, at 10am in the Broadway green on Saturday. And there’s plenty to see and do on the opening weekend.

As part of the launch event is the festival craft fair. Local craftspeople will be showcasing their wares with demonstrations and items for sale in St Mary’s Church and the Broadway green.

Also taking place is the 26th Thatcham Rugby Club School Tag Festival. More than 200 children from local primary schools will take pare in the tournament at the Henwick Worthy Sports Ground from 8am until 2pm.

Thames Valley Kings Wheelchair Basketball Club will be holding an open session where you can watch or take part in a match at the Kennet Leisure Centre between noon and 2pm.

The festival classic car show returns to Dunstan Green and runs from 10am until 4pm. All money from exhibitors is donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. 

Also on Saturday is Thatcham Photographic Club’s exhibition of pictures from this year’s schools competition. It will be held in the Old Bluecoat School between 10am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Set off on a Fun Family Cycle Treasure Hunt around the town from St Mary’s Churchyard and back between 11am and 2pm. Pick up a map and first clues from the start point and all completed clue sheets returned by 2pm will be entered into the prize draw.

On Sunday The Kennet Group will hold their 9th annual reunion. Members of the Kennet School Old Pupils Association will meet at Kennet School from noon until 4pm. All are welcome. 

West Berkshire’s Peace and Integration Forum will explore topics of pain and forgiveness. The talk will be led by the founder of the Forgiveness Project, Marina Cantacuzino, at the Frank Hutchings Community Hall between 3.30pm to 6pm.

For more information vist or pick up a festival guide from the town council offices in Brownsfield Road.

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