Berkshire and the surrounding area is home to a range of brilliant festivals, shows and events. Check out our diary of favourites below. Events such as Reading Festival are very popular, so you may need to book well in advance - we've provided links to the relevant websites. Enjoy!


 
© KATE LEWIS JEWELLRY DESIGN

© KATE LEWIS JEWELLRY DESIGN

Henley-on-Thames Festive Fayre

16 — 18 NOVEMBER 2018

This popular Christmas Market offers shoppers a great choice of original Christmas gift ideas. There’ll be a wide range of stalls selling a host of handcrafted, artisan-made, unusual and exotic arts, crafts, clothing and jewellery... not forgetting the delicious selection of food and drink.

© The Watermill

© The Watermill

Robin Hood - Christmas 2018

THE WATERMILL THEATRE : 15 NOVEMBER 2018 — 5 JANUARY 2019

A daring tale full of live music, laughter and bravery, book now for a heroic Christmas adventure. This hilarious new adaptation is written by acclaimed children's author Laura Dockrill. She has written numerous bestselling books and poetry collections including the popular Darcy Burdock series.

 
© Wargrave Festival

© Wargrave Festival

Wargrave Village Festival

12 — 30 JUNE 2019

A truly local festival, drawing together the whole community of Wargrave village in non-stop activities. Come and meet the friendly residents of Wargrave… you're guaranteed a warm welcome plus LOTS of fun, laughter and entertainment!

 
© Ascot Racecourse

© Ascot Racecourse

Royal Ascot

18 — 22 JUNE 2018

There are great racedays and events at Ascot Racecourse throughout the year but Royal Ascot is really the place to see & be seen. Attended by members of the Royal Family, including the Queen herself and featuring a daily horse-drawn procession from Windsor Castle to Ascot Racecourse. Tickets are on sale now.

 
© HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA

© HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA

Henley Royal Regatta

3 — 7 JULY 2019

The best known regatta in the world and one of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar and social season. You will be thrilled by over 200 races of an international standard. Aside from the rowing, visitors can take in the ambience enjoying the facilities within the enclosures.

 
© Henley Festival

© Henley Festival

Henley Festival

10 — 14 JULY 2018

Henley Festival is a boutique cultural experience which takes place over five days, celebrating the best of international and UK music, art, food and comedy in a quintessentially British location.

 
© MArlow Rowing Club

© MArlow Rowing Club

Henley Masters Regatta

12 — 13 JULY 2019

Hosted and run by Upper Thames Rowing Club, the regatta has grown into an internationally recognised event for masters crews. Competitors travel from all over the world to compete over 1000 metres on the famous Henley reach.

 
© Readipop festival

© Readipop festival

Readipop Festival

DATES TBC - Updates soon

There's bound to be some great headliners at this festival but it’s also about supporting local talent. Expect a variety of fun activities for all the family including a funfair and dancing workshops. A really friendly festival held at Christchurch Meadow, Reading.

 
© Bastille Festival

© Bastille Festival

Bastille Festival

13 — 14 JULY 2018

It's not just the big festivals we're proud of in Berkshire... here's a charming local oddity for you. A small family-friendly event in Reading celebrating French culture. A casual cross-cultural weekend of food, drink, arts & crafts and music - and it's free. A tres bientot!

 
© RETROFESTIVAL

© RETROFESTIVAL

Retrofestival

9 — 11 AUGUST 2019

A must for vintage fans and a great weekend for all the family at Newbury Showground. Attractions include three live music stages, funfair, retro/vintage market, vintage & classic car arena, hot rods, steam engines, kids zone plus music & dance from the 30’s to the 80’s. Early Bird tickets on sale now.

 
© REWIND SOUTH FESTIVAL

© REWIND SOUTH FESTIVAL

Rewind South

16 — 18 AUGUST 2019

Rewind Festival is held on Temple Island Meadows Henley on the banks of the thames... it's the world's biggest 80s music festival. There's also a funfair, fireworks and lots of fun! Early bird tickets on sale now.

 
MARMOZETS - PHOTO: JEN O'NEILL

MARMOZETS - PHOTO: JEN O'NEILL

Reading Festival

23 — 25 AUGUST 2019

The big one! On the banks of the River Thames with a solid reputation for some of the best headliners. The 2019 line up will be announced soon. We'll update when we know more. Tickets are now available. 

 
© The Royal County of Berkshire Show

© The Royal County of Berkshire Show

The Royal County of Berkshire Show

21 — 22 SEPTEMBER 2017

One of the area's most anticipated events. Includes the Grand Parade of Livestock, Cattle Judging, Parade of Hounds, Coaching Marathon, International Showjumping, Scurry Driving, Farriers Display, craft marquee, flower tent, old-fashioned funfair, hot-air balloons, sports zone and vintage area plus over 600 stands - phew!... now that's what we call a show. Tickets on sale soon.