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What's happening in West Berkshire and North Hampshire this weekend: First Newbury Pride march, Hungerford festival, Kennet & Avon Canal Waterways festival and WildFest Nature Day, Thatcham plus summer fetes galore



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You'll be spoilt for choice this weekend, with fun events for the whole family from church and school fetes to the first Newbury Pride March and the return of the Waterways festival. Here's a quick round up.

Saturday 2

To July 10, Hungerford Summer Festival, in the Croft Field and other venues. Outdoor Summer Festival with walks, talks, music, drama, exhibitions, open gardens, workshops & art. More information and tickets available at www.hungerfordsummerfestival.co.uk

WildFest Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham. 10am-3pm. Loads of exciting activities for nature lovers of all ages, including wildlife talks, kids' nature trails, fun crafts, guided tours, a play zone and all-important ice creams! You can also find out all about our vital work for wildlife in the special BBOWT village. Tickets are free but booking advised www.bbowt.org.uk/events/2022-07-02-wildfest-nature-discovery-centre

Growing 2gether, behind Cottismore Garden Centre, Newbury Road, 10am-3pm. Family fun day, for Ukrainian families and their hosts. Outside in the orchard, pond dipping, nature trail, craft activities and more. Bring a packed lunch and picnic in the orchard. For more infromation email enquiries@growing2gether.org or call (01635) 299949.

The Great British Seaside summer fair, Thatcham Park Primary School, noon-3pm.

St Thomas Church, Woolton Hill, summer fair, 2pm-4pm. Activities, refreshments, bouncy castle and East Woodhay Silver Band.

St Mark’s Cold Ash summer fete, noon-4pm.

Compton Village Fete, Compton Recreation Ground, 1pm-4pm.

Inkpen Primary School fete, 11am-1pm.

Hurst School Fete, 11.30am-2pm.

Pride March, Victoria Park, Newbury, 1pm. Starting in Victoria Park (the Parkway Shopping Centre side) with music being played live by local group The Station. The March is wheelchair and mobility scooter accessible. It will go through Parkway then Town Centre and finishing at the Market Place where Kennet Radio will blast some of favourite LGBTQIA+ songs.

Beating the Bounds, meet outside Newbury Town Hall, 2pm. North route, six miles, suitable for all ages and walking abilities. Due to finish approximately 5.30pm back at town hall.

Aldbourne Churches Together Fete, noon-4pm.

Open Day and craft fair, Hewins Wood Farm, Ashampstead Road, Bradfield, 10am-4pm.

Friends of Whitelands Park Summer Fair, 12.30pm-3.30pm.

Shefford School 40th birthday celebration, 11am-3pm.

Newbury Waterways festival on Sunday
Newbury Waterways festival on Sunday

Sunday 3

Newbury Waterways Festival, Victoria Park, 10.30am-4.30pm. A flotilla of decorated boats and vessels for the public to take a look inside will be lined up along the canalside and Jubilee will be offering boat trips throughout the event. In Victoria Park there will be a variety of charity and craft stalls, displays, activities and entertainment for the whole family.

Happy’s Circus, Hermitage Primary School, noon-4pm.

Art Stamp and PaperCraft Show, the grandstand, Newbury Racecourse, www.stamperama.com

Fun Dog Show Berkshire Maestros, Reading Music Centre, 100 Cockney Hill, Reading, 11am-3pm.

Aldbourne Doggy Day and Classic Car Show, 11am-4pm.

Tadley Remembers, Tadley Cemetery, 3pm. An outdoor service of remembrance.

Open Gardens Island Cottage, Newbury, 2pm-5pm.

Hampstead Norreys Youth Open Day, Hampstead Norreys village hall, 11am-2pm.

Summer Plant Sale and Seed Exchange, City Arts, 10 Hampton Road, Newbury, 10am-4pm. new plants and seedlings to buy, plus a free seed swap. Plant donations welcome (please label clearly). Bring along seeds to swap and take away something new to sow. If you’d like to donate plants get in touch via email ahead of time. Plants must be in ‘ready to sell’ condition, labelled and ideally with some information about height, colour, etc The Art Hub Cafe will be open.



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