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Countdown to Cornbury Music Festival – 5th-7th July 2019



With Less 10 Days To Go, Britain’s Most Enchanting Festival Is Now Taking Shape In The Heart Of Rural Oxfordshire

It’s nearly here… there’s a definite vibration rumbling through the ground…and somewhere not too distant, a steady stream of trucks is rolling into beautiful Great Tew Park to start building the loveliest intimate festival in the country.

A festival so civilised you don’t even have to put up your own tent if you don’t want to. A festival where washing oneself or eating food other than a Twix or a GrottBurger from the back of a filthy van are all considered perfectly reasonable activities and not examples of bourgeois decadence…

So – what a relief, and how nice to come to Cornbury and meet lovely people.

Oh, and of course there’s three days of absolutely sensational music. An amazing cross-section of the best of the past forty years is represented, including The Specilas, Beverkey Knight, Keane, and the institution called The Beach Boys.

Younger visitors will be entertained by everything from Bhangra Dance & Tatty Bumpkin Yoga to the regular Graffiti Wall Street Show. The Riverside & Caffe Nero Stages will showcase the local Oxfordshire scene along with tomorrow’s top talent and the legends that are Stackridge.

This is Cornbury’s 16th. Nestling in the rolling hills of the Cotswold countryside, the Great Tew Estate is one of Oxfordshire’s most beautiful and ancient sites.

‘I think it’s one of our best line-ups ever’ says Phillimore, ‘the combination of Keane, The Specials and The Beach Boys is pretty huge for us – and we’re also delighted to have our new friends, and national treasures, The Hairy Bikers returning with their fabulous Festival Feast. Last year we sold every seat in the restaurant – it was totally delicious and the feasters’ feedback was incredible.’

Hairy Bikers Si King and Dave Myers have been cooking together for more than 20 years, travelling the world in the pursuit of great food. The stars of a string of hit television shows, and regulars on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen, they have become the UK’s most popular cookery writing duo.

The Cornbury Festival is one of the UK’s ‘cleanest, cosiest’ boutique festivals. It’s family-orientated, with something for everyone. Quintessentially English, it’s marked by its good natured, inclusive and slightly eccentric atmosphere, with echoes of an old country village wedding or a funky farmer’s market selling fresh rock ‘n’ roll and great music galore. Come and see, come and relax… and experience it for yourself.

Tickets for the 2019 Cornbury Festival are currently on sale Here.

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Lions Reading Firework Extravaganza




It’s back for 2019!

The Lions Club of Reading have their annual Fireworks Spectacular at the ground of Reading City FC on Scours Lane (just off Oxford Road) in Reading on Saturday 2nd November 2019.

A spectacular fireworks display will light up the sky at 7pm

A family ticket purchased in advance is just £15 for up to 2 adults and 3 children (5-15 years old). Adult tickets are for everyone aged 16 years and older, and children’s tickets are for 5-15 year olds. Under 5s are admitted free of charge, and don’t require a ticket. Click here to buy tickets online.

Tickets purchased on the night will be more expensive, and are limited.

And there’s plenty to do before the fireworks display, with fairground rides, hot food and drink stalls and a licensed bar.

There’s further fun with face painting and other activities.

Gates are open at 5pm, and it’s best to arrive early, to give yourself plenty of time to get parked and on the site ahead of the fireworks.

And it’s easy to get to, with plenty of free parking available, as well as being on the Sky Blue 16 bus route from Reading Town Centre.

This always a very popular event, so to avoid disappointment book your tickets today.


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Reading Town Centre 5K | Santa Run | 8th December 2019




1k Mini Santa Run–The fairly level 1k course is ideal for youngsters, adults with babies in buggies, dogs with owners and we especially welcome wheelchair users and encourage all those with disabilities to join in, dress as Santa or Elf and be part of the festive fun!  PLUS you can raise monies for your own particular charities if you wish. By the way Santa or Elf outfits included in the entry fee!

5k Town Centre Santa Run–The annual Reading 5k Charity Santa Run, organised by The Rotary Club of Reading will take place once again in Reading – Sunday 8th December 2019.

Starting at 9.00am. It is open to anyone 10 and over and Santa suits are included in the price.
Great town centre route starting and finishing at the Forbury Gardens and taking in Broad Street, The Oracle shopping centre and Kennet side paths.

The route is all on road or pavements. The route is through the town centre starting and finishing at the Forbury Gardens and taking in Broad Street, The Oracle shopping centre and Kennet side paths, runners should be aware of street furniture and bollards. There are some narrow sections, please show patience when passing through these areas and across the river Kennett Bridge.

‘100% of money raised by runners will go to charities, none on overheads. The majority of funds raised will go to our two main charities, Daisy’s Dream and No. 5. The remainder will be split between other local charities and Rotary Projects to included Reading Samaritans, Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Berkshire Vision and CIRDIC.’’

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Reading West Get Their Running Shoes on for Prospect Parkrun…




Reading residents are encouraged to get their running shoes on this Saturday for a free, timed 5km run in Prospect Park, which is now a weekly fixture in the Reading calendar.

Reading parkrun, which started earlier this month and is being championed by Reading Council, brings free weekly, timed runs at Prospect Park every Saturday, starting at 9am. It is coordinated entirely by volunteers from the local community.

The run is open to everyone, is completely free and is easy to take part in, although participants need to register in advance at and bring a printed copy of the barcode it provides.

People are encouraged to participate by walking, jogging, running, cheering people on or volunteering with the run organisation, and to catch up for refreshments in a local cafe afterwards.

Almost 200 runners attended the event the previous week, with the help of 15 volunteers.

Event Organiser
Prospect parkrun’s Event Director, AJ Jain, said: “Parkrun is a friendly, welcoming event that provides a perfect opportunity to get out in the fresh air to socialise and be physically active in a supportive environment.

The run takes place in pleasant parkland surroundings every Saturday at 9am and we encourage people of all abilities to take part; from juniors and those taking their first steps in running, to seasoned runners. The parkrun also brings people together with a visit a local café afterwards. Our nominated coffee shop is the Mansion House, so we are also supporting a local business as well.”

Cllr Sarah Hacker, Reading’s Lead Member for Recreation, said: “I’m delighted the Council has been able to support the first parkrun in Reading and hope to see many more of these groups across the borough in future. We are keen to encourage grass roots activities like this, which have so many benefits to offer, not only in terms of health and wellbeing, but also from a social perspective in encouraging the community to come together.

The Course
The course is two relatively flat laps, on grass, round the southern section of the park. The course gets muddy and boggy after rain so trail shoes may be necessary at times. The start and finish is just south of the Prospect Park Pavilion car park. To find out more and register visit

If people are interested in volunteering to help with the run organisation, email

parkrun is a not for profit organisation which is part of a national network of timed runs held around the world in over 1000 locations. This is the first parkrun within the Reading area. For more information on the national initiative visit

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