West Berkshire Family Life

May What's On Guide

A round up of events & happenings taking place in & around Berkshire during the month of May 2024 🌻
**Featured Event**  
Royal Windsor Horse Show

Monday 1st to Friday 5th May

Royal Windsor Horse Show is reinventing itself for 2024.  Alongside the top-class equestrian competition in Jumping, Dressage, Driving and Endurance, and the 120-plus Showing classes, the Show is introducing some special events to make your visit even more exciting.  Click HERE to book tickets & find out more. 

Royal Windsor Horse Show, Home Park, Romney Lock Road, Windsor SL4 1QE

Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book, The Hexagon

Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May

Come and delve into a range of books with Charlie Cook, brought to life with puppetry and enchanting songs, and perhaps you will be able to help his sister discover the wonderful world inside a book!  Recommended Ages: 3-8 years.  Adults: £15, children under 16: £13, groups 10+: £13 – Click HERE to book tickets.  

Norden Farm Market

Saturday 4th May from 12pm-4pm (Free Entry)

The Norden Farm Markets has a Café Bar onsite, accessible toilets (with baby changing) and a programme of activities from cinema to classes. Stallholders sell inspiring artisanal produce ranging from arts and crafts to food and snacks. Free Entry.  Click HERE to book & find out more. 

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

Savill Garden Junior Parkrun

Saturday 4th May at 9am

Savill Garden junior parkrun is a FREE 2km event for juniors of all standards, which takes place on the first Sunday of every month at 9:00am in Windsor Great Park.  Click HERE to register & find out more. 

Windsor Great Park, Englefield Green, Egham, TW20 0UU

Windsor Farmers Market

Saturday 4th May from 9am-1pm (Free Entry)

Discover a rich and abundant range of local fresh produce, artisan delicacies and homemade crafts as well as freshly-baked breads, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, charcuterie, cheeses, raw honey as well as artisan crafts.  Click HERE to find out more. 

Bachelors Acre, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1ER

Family Fun Day, Royal Windsor Racecourse

Monday 6th May

Royal Windsor Racecourse’s ever popular Family Fun Day is back this May and offers some amazing FREE entertainment (for under 18’s) including: A Circus Workshop, Roaming Performances, Fun fair, Face Painting, Berkshire Birds of Prey and  Ice Cream & Pizza.  A fabulous fun day out for all the family!  Adult tickets: £20 | Under 18’s: Free.  Click HERE to book tickets & find out more. 

Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5JJ

Maidenhead Sailing Club Open Day

Monday 6th May from 12pm-4pm (Free Event)

Try sailing for free with an experienced member, or simply relax beside the beautiful lake while enjoying a BBQ lunch and drink.  It’s a great afternoon out for the whole family.  Everyone welcome.  Find out more HERE. 

Lakeside, Summerleaze Road, Maidenhead SL6 8HZ

Shalbourne May Day Fair 2024

Monday 6th May from 12-4pm

Band, Bar, Teas, BBQ, Dog Show, Fun Fair & Craft Stalls.  Free Entry. 

Shalbourne Recreation Ground, Rivar Road, Shalbourne, Wiltshire SN8 3PZ

Arts & Crafts at Bucklebury Farm

Monday 6th, 13th & 20th May from 10:30am

Free with farm admission ticket.  Click HERE to book.

**Bucklebury Farm offers our members a 10% discount on food & drink in their Café, on Play Barn entry & in their shop! Click HERE to find out more.**

Bucklebury Farm, Pease Hill, Reading RG7 6RR

Bird Walk at The Nature Discovery Centre

Wednesday 8th May from 10:30am-12pm (Free Event)

This walk is about 1km in length and is a stroll around the lake primarily to see and identify the birds on the water and also visit the two bird hides and see if we can identify any birds lurking in the hedgerows.  Free event but please boot tickets HERE. 

 The Nature Discovery Centre, Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham RG19 3FU

Storytime at Newbury Waterstones

Wednesday 8th May at (Free Event) time tbc.

Muddy Pig Pottery Mornings at Bucklebury Farm

Taking place every Tuesday throughout May from 11am-11:30am

7th May: Hand Bowls | 14th: Garden Pictures | 21st: Leaf Bowls | 28th: Self Portraits.  Sessions are free with a farm admission ticket.  Book HERE.

**Bucklebury Farm offers our members a 10% discount on food & drink in their Café, on Play Barn entry & in their shop! Click HERE to find out more.**

Bucklebury Farm, Pease Hill, Reading RG7 6RR

Lower School Fun Day at Horris Hill School

Saturday 11th May from 10am to 12pm (Free Entry)

Open to young children and their families for a morning of fun and play in the picturesque school grounds.  There will be a bouncy castle, woodland trail, activities and games.  Free parking is available.  Click HERE to sign up & find out more.

Horris Hill School, Newtown, Newbury RG20 9DJ

The All Nations 5k, 10k, Half Marathon & Supersprint Triathlon, Windsor

Saturday 11th May from 8:30am

If you love running, want to get together with family, friends or work colleagues then definitely take part in this event! Set at the stunning Olympic venue Dorney Lake, the atmosphere is superb and the event is great fun and super friendly.  Find out more and book your space HERE. 

Dorney Lake, Off Court Lane, Windsor SL4 6FJ

Teen Rangers at The Nature Discovery Centre

Saturday 11th May from 2pm-4pm

Wildlife and seasonal themed activities for children to explore and engage in the great outdoors!  £7 per child plus booking fee.  Click HERE to book & find out more. 

Nature Discovery Centre, Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham, RG19 3FU

Newbury Spring Festival

Saturday 11th to Saturday 25th May

‘Two weeks of world class music’ – Newbury Spring Festival is one of the most popular and successful music festivals in the South of England.  Over the last 40 years the Festival has grown hugely in size and quality building up a reputation of international status.  The very best young musical stars appear alongside some of the world’s most distinguished and famous names.  Click HERE to book tickets & view the full schedule of events. 

‘Craftisans’ Craft Coop Craft Market

Saturday 11th May from 10am-5pm (Free Entry)

Join our monthly Craftisan market in the atrium of the Nicholsons Shopping Centre from 10am-5pm for a mix of local sellers ranging from jewellers, lasercut and resin homewares, candles, home fresheners, decoupage, dog shampoo and treats.  Free Entry, book HERE.

Nicholsons Shopping Centre, Nicholsons Lane, Maidenhead SL6 1LB

The Kintbury 5 2024

Sunday 12th May at 11am

The Kintbury 5 is a five mile run organized by the Kintbury St Mary’s Primary School PTA with the support of local runners.  All profits help to raise funds for Kintbury St Mary’s Primary School, providing vital resources to support the children in their learning and development.  Minimum age: 15 years.  £17 unaffiliated | £16 affiliated.  Enter HERE. 

The races starts and finishes at Kintbury Recreation Ground behind the Jubilee Centre (RG17 9TU).

Nature Tots at The Nature Discovery Centre

Monday 13th May 10am-11:30am

Join our friendly Nature Tots staff and volunteers to explore the nature reserve and enjoy wildlife themed activities suitable for children aged 18 months to 4 years.  £7 per child plus booking fee.  Click HERE to book & find out more. 

Sausage Making Workshop, Cobbs Hungerford

Wednesday 15th May from 6pm-8pm

Master the art of sausage-making for yourself!
Enjoy a hands-on workshop with expert butchers and a hot sausage bap!  £50 per person.  Click HERE to book & find out more. 

Cobbs Farm Shop, Bath Road, Hungerford RG17 0SP

Newton Faulkner at Arlington Arts Centre

Wednesday 15th May from 7:30pm-10pm

Newton’s going old school, solo, mainly acoustic with the occasional splash of something of the beaten track, maybe a cassette sting part, who knows.  Age restriction: 14 years +.  **STANDARD AND VIP TICKETS SOLD OUT.  ONLY GUITAR WORKSHOP TICKETS REMAINING** Book HERE.

Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare, Snelsmore, Newbury RG14 3BQ

Tots Cinema: Zog (U) at Newbury Corn Exchange

Thursday 16th May at 10:30am

A half hour family film based on the much loved picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Tickets: £3.50 – Book HERE. 

Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5BD

The Southern Motorhome & Caravan Show 

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May

Local and national dealers will be displaying a diverse range of new & used motorhomes and campervans on display from multiple dealers. Compare the sizes, layouts, base vehicles and berths on offer for your budget.  Tickets: £7 – Click HERE to book & find out more.

Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage RG18 9QZ

Indie Comedy Festival, Reading

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May

The festival will comprise of 3 days of hilarious shows across Reading’s independent comedy circuit.  The festival’s headline event at Double-Barrelled Brewery on Saturday 18 May will be closed by the hilarious Gary Delaney. Festival Pass – Early Bird: £35 | Standard Advance: £40.  Click HERE to find out more. 

Milk Bar Reading, 8 Merchants Place, Reading RG1 1DT

Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes & Ladies Day

Saturday 18th May, gates open at 11:45am

Click HERE to book tickets & find out more. 

Newbury Racecourse, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 7NZ

Ramsbury Estates Beer & Cocktail Festival

Saturday 18th May from 12pm-9pm

The eagerly anticipated Ramsbury Beer Festival! Enjoy a wide range of Ramsbury and local ales, delicious food, and great cocktails all day long.  As the sun sets, live music will take you into the night.

Early bird tickets are available: Adults: £20 (includes 4 x half pints or 2 x large g&t’s and 1 branded cup) | Children: £5.  Click HERE to book tickets & find out more.

Stockclose Farm, Aldbourne, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 2NN

Windsor Food Market

Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th May from 10am-5pm.

Food Market with fresh local produce & sizzling street food in the heart of Windsor shopping.  As featured in Time Out Magazine.  Find out more HERE. 

Peascod Street, Windsor, SL4 1LT. 

Victoria Park Family Fun Day, Newbury

Sunday 19th May from 12pm-4pm (Free Event)

Punch & Judy Shows, Climbing, Caving Adventure, Free Tennis Sessions, Bowls Open Day, Splash Park, Skate Park, Rugby Tots Try-outs & Entertainment on the Grandstand!  Click HERE to find out more. 

Victoria Park, Newbury, RG14 1EL

The 80th Anniversary of D-Day West Berkshire Museum

Wednesday 22nd May to Sunday 2nd June from 10am-4pm (Free Event)

To commemorate the 80th anniversary year of D-Day West Berkshire Museum will be screening Working in Shadows, an archive film of workers at Elliotts of Newbury during the Second World War.  Younger visitors can also make a pair of World War II aviator goggles from card, cellophane, and sticky tape. This free craft activity can be found in Gallery 5 along with the screening of film.  Click HERE to find out more. 

West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS

Grooving with Pirates at Newbury Corn Exchange

Saturday 25th May at 10:30am

Come on a swashbuckling adventure with family favourite Groove Baby as it sails the seas in this exciting, jazz and funk fuelled show especially for 3-7s and their grown-up crews!  Adults: £10 | Under 16’s: £7.  Book tickets & find out more HERE.

Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5BD

Windsor Carriages Heritage Carriage Ride

Saturday 25th May from 9am-12pm

Experience the enchantment of Windsor Castle with a 30-minute carriage ride along the iconic Long Walk, enjoying breath-taking views of Windsor Castle from your horse-drawn carriage.  There will be an opportunity for photos with Windsor Castle as your backdrop. Your guide will capture moments using your phone.  Click HERE to book tickets & find out more. 

Long Walk, Windsor Castle, Windsor, SL4 1LB

Children’s Karaoke at Reading Biscuit Factory

Saturday 25th May from 3pm-5pm

As part of this year’s Reading Children’s Festival PACT will be bringing the tunes for a fun afternoon of children’s karaoke at The Reading Biscuit Factory.  No need to book – suggested donation: £1 per song.  Click HERE to find out more. 

Reading Biscuit Factory, 1 Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7QE

Family Activities at Reading Museum

From Saturday 25th May onwards

  • Activity Carts Fun paper crafts – From 25th May – 2nd June: Drop in, Free (Donations Welcome). 
  • Little Puffin Trail – From Saturday 25th May onwards.  Families: £1.50 per trail, pay on the day or book online.
  • Sugar Cube Igloos – Tuesday 28th May.  For all ages, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm.  £4 – book online.
  • Make & Take – Arctic Birds Streamers: Wednesday 29th May – Half hour sessions 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm.  Drop in: £1 – pay on the day.
  • Ice Experiments: Thursday 30th May – All ages, 1 hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm. £4 – book online. 
  • Victorian Schoolroom Experience in the Gateway: Friday 31st May – Meet a Victorian schoolteacher and re-learn the ‘3Rs’.  A 45 minute experience for adults & children over 5 years.  11am & 2pm (meeting at the Abbey Gateway).  £1 per person, pay on the day or book online. 

Click HERE for more details and to book. 

Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH

Art on the Park – Victoria Park, Newbury 

Sunday 26th May from 10am

If you are someone who likes a stroll in the park and enjoys looking at original, creative work, Art on the Park is for you!  If you’re an artist and would like the opportunity to meet the public and offer your work for sale in a fun, outdoor setting, Art on the Park has been created for you too!  Click HERE to find out more. 

Victoria Park. Newbury RG14 1DJ

Newbury 10k – Newbury Athletic Club

Monday 27th May from 9am

Newbury Athletic Club will be staging the 14th Newbury 10k, a town based multi-terrain race, with two shorter races for under 16’s. All three courses will start and finish in a vibrant atmosphere at the centre of the idyllic market town.  Adults: £22 | Kids 0.9km (5-11 years): £5 | Under 16’s 1.5km: £5 – Enter HERE.

Reading & District Kennel Association Premier Open Show
Tuesday 29th May
Click HERE to find out more.  The Society Building, Newbury Showground, Thatcham, RG18 9QZ

Highclere Show 2024

Sunday 26th & Monday 27th May from 9am-5pm

The Highclere Show is the perfect place for families on the lookout for some half-term fun and we can’t wait to share with you our fantastic line-up for 2024! Whether you’re looking for fantastic live arena entertainment, high-octane performances or a bit of live music whilst sampling some fabulous food & drink, there’s so much to do and see at Highclere! Free onsite parking.  Dogs must be on leads. Ticket Prices: Adult: £16 | Child (Over 5 year): £7 | Family: £45 | Under 5’s: Free.  Click HERE to book tickets & find out more. 

Highclere Castle, Highclere, Newbury RG20 9RN

Pop Divas Live! at Newbury Corn Exchange 

Tuesday 28th May at 2pm

With family friendly choreography and lyrics, your little divas and their friends will have the best time of their lives featuring all their favourite female stars including, Little Mix, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa, JoJo Siwa and many more, the hits just keep on coming.  Tickets are £17.50 – Book HERE. 

Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5BD

Blossom & Bees at The Nature Discovery Centre

Tuesday 28th & Thursday 30th May from 10am-3pm

Come and join us at the Nature Discovery Centre to find out more about beautiful blossoms, busy bees and other pollinating insects by taking part in our self led trail.  Activities will take around an hour and a half to two hours to complete and include a take-home craft activity.  Suitable for 4-11 year olds.  Tickets are £5 per child plus booking fee.  Find out more & book tickets HERE. 

Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham, RG19 3FU

Bach to Baby Concert, Reading Minster

Tuesday 28th May at 4pm

Buttons, Bellows, Keys, oh My!
Discover the magic of the accordion and understand why it is infused into so many traditions across Europe, from Parisian street scenes to Finnish swan songs, from Bach-inspired adagios to Jack Tar’s English adventures. Be sure to put on your dancing shoes!  Tickets: £15 each adult ticket allows up to 2 children entry for FREE.  Click HERE to book. 

Reading Minster, Chain Street, Reading RG1 2HX

Amazing Animals at Newbury Corn Exchange 

Wednesday 29th May at 2pm

A show dedicated to and celebrating all creatures great and small. The only show around that you get to see life-sized crocodiles, sloths, reindeer, dinosaurs, penguins, orangutans and maybe even a spraying skunk bursting out onto the stage right before your very eyes!  Tickets: £17.25 suitable for all ages.  Click HERE to book & find out more. 

Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5BD

Family Activity Day, Shaw House

Wednesday 29th May from 10am-3pm 

Tree-mendous! – Make and decorate a 3D pre-cut card tree with felt tip pens, foam stickers and other craft materials. Explore the garden at Shaw House with the free tree themed trail.  Aimed at 7-11 year olds, but younger and older children are welcome. An adult must remain with the child at all times.  £2.50 pay on the door – Click HERE to find out more. 

Church Road, Shaw, Newbury RG14 2DR.

Messy Museum Day at West Berkshire Museum

Friday 31st May from 10am-3pm  

Sacred scarabs – Make a scarab beetle, often found on Ancient Egyptian amulets worn by the living, from air-drying clay and then paint.  An adult must remain with the child throughout the session.  £2.50 Pay on the door.  Click HERE to find out more. 

West Berkshire Museum, Wharf Street, Newbury RG14 5AP

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