Things To Do

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Things to do in and around Hungerford

Educational walks & talks

We care for a large and richly diverse expanse of countryside and waterway in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Why not join us on one of our informative walks and talks to find out more about the natural environment and wildlife, how it’s managed, and the local history.

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Tractor trailer ride to find out more about Hungerford Common

The effortless way to find out more about Hungerford Common


Tractor Trailer Tour – Saturday 24th June 9.30-11.30am – Hungerford Common Port Down
Join Hugh Pihlens and Robert James on a trailer ride around the Common, exploring the area’s fascinating history and management. Hear about Eisenhower addressing the troops in WW2, the bare knuckle fights, horse races and trees planted for Queen Victoria.

Spaces are limited, please contact Robert James on 07778 139948 to book your place.

Brown trout in Hungerford Town and Manor waters

Brown trout in Hungerford waters

Secrets of the river early morning walk – Saturday 1st July 6.30-8.30am Freeman’s Marsh 
Rob Starr, River Keeper for the Town & Manor of Hungerford, leads an exploration of the River Dun, a globally rare chalk stream habitat abundant with wildlife. See wild brown trout and grayling, and go river dipping for bullhead and a fascinating variety of invertebrates including caddis and freshwater shrimp.

Call Robert James on 07778 139948 to book your place. Meet at St Lawrence’s Church. Wellies advisable.

Kingfisher spotted by Hugh Pihlens on Freeman's Marsh

Kingfisher spotted by Hugh Pihlens on Freeman’s Marsh

Early morning birds – Sunday 2nd July 7.30-10am – Eddington Marsh
Join Jerry Woodham and John Swallow looking at summer residents and migrants on Eddington Marsh and along the river Kennet. This is a drop-in event so please come along at any time during the morning.

Park in the lay-by opposite the Wyevale Garden Centre on the A4. There will be a sign at the end of the lay-by next to Willow Cottage leading you to the event.

Go batty walk – Tuesday 4th July 8:45-10.15pm – Eddington Marsh
Dave Endacott from Oxfordshire Bat Group will introduce some live bats before leading a stroll along the river on Eddington Marsh to see and hear various species of bats with the aid of high-powered torches and bat detectors.

Meet in the fisherman’s car park opposite the Shell garage on the A4, Hungerford. Wear suitable footwear and bring a torch. Tickets (£5) are available through Hungerford Arts Festival. This is a very popular event and numbers are limited, so booking is advisable.

Landscape, history and wildlife walk – Thursday 6th July 7.30-9.30pm – Eddington Marsh
Join the wildlife team and the Town & Manor of Hungerford for a one-off opportunity this year to walk around the marsh, a fascinating and ancient area managed for farming and wildlife.

Meet in the fisherman’s car park opposite the Shell garage, off the A4, Bath Road, Hungerford. Wellies are advisable.

Summer wildflowers walk – Thursday 13th July 6-8pm – Freeman’s and Hungerford Marshes 
Freeman’s and Hungerford Marshes are home to some of the best and rarest wildflowers in the Kennet Valley. Lois Pihlens will help identify species such as the southern marsh orchid, bog bean and ragged robin. You’ll also get to hear how the Town & Manor of Hungerford is conserving these areas with help from Natural England.

Meet at St Lawrence’s Church.

Lois Pihlens on one of our popular Flower Walks, photo by Tony Bartlett

Lois Pihlens leading one of our popular Flower Walks, photo by Tony Bartlett

Go batty walk – Friday 25th August 7:45-9.45pm – Freeman’s Marsh
Dave Endacott from Oxfordshire Bat Group will introduce some live bats before leading a stroll along the canal on Freeman’s Marsh to see and hear various species of bats with the aid of high-powered torches and bat detectors.

This is a very popular event and numbers are limited, please contact Sally Wallington on 07932 322163 to book your place. We advise wearing warm clothing, suitable footwear and please bring a torch.

A child is identifying water wildlife collected in a tray, using a printed identification sheet, on a Wildlife safari event with Town and Manor of Hungerford

River dipping, part of our fun discovery day for younger nature enthusiasts

Children’s wildlife safari – Friday 1st September 10.30am-12.30pm – Freeman’s Marsh
Come mini beast hunting and river dipping in Freeman’s Marsh. Explore the wonderful world of insects in the meadows and the river. All equipment supplied. All children must be accompanied by an adult and this event is suitable for children aged 7-16.

Numbers are limited, please contact Sally Wallington on 07932 322163 to book your place.

Growing willows for cricket bats – Saturday 7th October 10am-12noon – Eddington Marsh Guided Walk
John Surridge grows willow trees to make cricket bats which are sold all over the world. Come and find out more about this local rural craft and how the trees – Salix Alba Caerulea, a fast-growing willow – are managed and processed.

Meet in the Fisherman’s car park, opposite the Shell garage, off the A4, Bath Road, Hungerford.

Chalk stream management – Monday 16th October – Rivers Dun and Kennet
This is a private event for The Royal Agricultural University.

All this, just a stone’s throw from Hungerford High Street!

Booking:

If you’re interested in booking a conservation or historical educational walk or demonstration for your group, please call Robert James on 07778 139948.

Most of our events don’t require booking, you can just turn up. For those that do, please call the number shown in the event information above. For any other information about our events, please call Sally Wallington on 07932 322163.

Don’t miss…

Tractor trailer ride to find out more about Hungerford Common

Hungerford Common Trailer RideSaturday 24th June 9.30-11.30am 
Enjoy a trailer ride around Hungerford Common Port Down, learn about the fascinating history, history, ecology and present day uses of this great local space, with commentary from local experts Hugh Pihlens and Robert James. What did Eisenhower say to the troops here during WW2? What’s all this about bare knuckle fighting, horse races, and trees for the Queen?

Open to all, but spaces are limited, call Robert James on 07778 139948 to book your place.


Hungerford & District Community Arts Festival 2017 – Friday 30th  June – Sunday 16th July
The Hungerford Arts Festival (HADCAF) is run entirely by volunteers and is funded by The Town & Manor of Hungerford, Hungerford Town Council and Greenham Common Trust, together with sponsorship by local businesses and individuals whose generous help enables ticket prices to be kept as low as possible. HADCAF

June

Thursday 1st
Pre-Election Debate – 6pm Hungerford Town Hall, bar and refreshments will be available

Friday 2nd
Church on the Rock Cafe – Hungerford Town Hall

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th
Handmade Persian rug sale – 10am-4pm Hungerford Town Hall 1

Monday 5th
Lottie Burke Technique Class – 6.30pm Hungerford Town Hall
Town Council full meeting – 6.30pm Hungerford Town Hall
Chain AGM – 7pm Hungerford Town Hall

Tuesday 6th
Fishery Meeting
– 6pm Hungerford Town Hall 

indoor market in Hungerford Town HallWednesday 7th
Indoor Flea Market – 9am Hungerford Town Hall – free entry
Charter Market – 9am Hungerford High Street 
Yoga
–7pm Hungerford Town Hall 
Fishery Meeting
– 6pm Hungerford Town Hall

Thursday 8th
General Election – 7am-9pm Hungerford Town Hall

Saturday 10th
Pop-up cafe in aid of Cancer Research – HungerfordTown Hall – in aid of Cancer Research

Monday 12th
Ladies Luncheon – 12noon Hungerford Town Hall
Town Council meeting – 6.30pm Hungerford Town Hall

Wednesday 14th
Town Council – 2pm
Town & Manor Trustees meeting – 7pm Hungerford Town Hall
North Wessex Downs – 12noon Hungerford Town Hall

Thursday 15th
NHS Blood Donor Session – 12noon – by appointment
Camera Club – 7pm Hungerford Town Hall
Bookshop Event – 7pm Hungerford Town Hall

Friday 16th
400 yr Feoffment Celebration Drinks – 7pm – by invitation
Martin and the Magpie – Flower arranging class – 6pm Hungerford Town Hall – details from Martin & The Magpie

Saturday 17th
Indoor Cafe, Antique & Retro Market – 10am Hungerford Town Hall – free entry

Monday 19th
Lottie Burke Technique Class – 6.30pm Hungerford Town Hall

Tuesday 20th
Cambourn Interviews – 10am Hungerford Town Hall – by appointment

Wednesday 21st
Yoga – 7pm Hungerford Town Hall

Thursday 22nd
Camera Club – 7pm Hungerford Town Hall

Tractor trailer ride to find out more about Hungerford Common

Find out more about Hungerford Common on our Tractor Trailer Tour

Saturday 24th
Tractor Trailer Tour – 9.30-11.30am Hungerford Common Port Down
See Educational walks & talks above for more information. Spaces are limited, please contact Robert James on 07778 139948 to book your place.
Piglet Antique Market & Pop-up Gastronicks Deli – 10am Hungerford Town Hall

Sunday 25th
Indoor Café Antique and Retro Market – 10am

Monday 26th
Loge Burke Technique Class – 6.30pm Hungerford Town Hall

Wednesday 28th
Hungerford Historical Association – Talk with Stewart Hoftgartner – 6.30pm

Friday 30th  June – Sunday 16th July
Hungerford & District Community Arts Festival 2017
Visit HADCAF website for details. 

Great Shefford Young Farmers – Date and time to be confirmed – Eddington Marsh/Harvey’s Meadow, with Robert James & Rob Starr. 

July

HADCAF events – See Educational walks & talks above for more information.
Saturday 1st  Secrets of the river early morning walk – 6.30am Freeman’s Marsh followed by early birds’ breakfast in The Croft Hall, with Town & Manor Water Keeper, Rob Starr.
Sunday 2nd Early morning birds – 7.30-10am Eddington Marsh with Jerry Woodham and John Swallow.
Tuesday 4th Go batty walk – 8.45-10.15pm Eddington Marsh – See Educational walks & talks above for more information.
Thursday 6th  Landscape, history and wildlife walk – 7.30-9.30pm Eddington Marsh.
Thursday 13thSummer wildflower walk – 6-8pm Freeman’s Marsh.
HADCAF Speakers include: Robert James, Rob Starr, Dave Endacott, Sally Wallington, Jerry Woodham & John Swallow.
Hungerford 2nd Brownies – Date and time to be confirmed.

August

Friday 25th – Go batty walk – 7.45-9.45pm, an evening walk where you’re usually guaranteed to see and hear bats, with experts Dave Endacott, Robert James & Sally Wallington. See Educational walks & talks above for more information.
Scything day with training – Date and time to be confirmed – Eddington Marsh, with Flora Local & Sue Everett.

September

Friday 1st – Children’s wildlife safari – 10.30am-12.30pm – Mini beasts and river dipping, with Sally Wallington & Adrian Hickman. See Educational walks & talks above for more information.

October

Saturday 7th – Growing willows for cricket bats – 10am-12noon with John Sunridge & Robert James. See Educational walks & talks above for more information.
Monday 16th – Chalk stream management walk with Royal Agricultural University, with Robert James & Rob Starr. See Educational walks & talks above for more information.
Grayling fishing training with Retiring Forces Servicemen – Date and time to be confirmed, with Robert James & Rob Starr.

November

Grayling fishing – Date and time to be confirmed, with Robert James & Rob Starr.

Town & Manor Meetings

2017 Meetings

January 3rd – Fishery Committee
January 11th – Trustees and Finance Committee
January 17th – Buildings Committee
January 18th – Commons Committee

February 7th – Fishery Committee
February 8th – Trustees and Finance Committee
February 14th – Buildings Committee

March 7th – Fishery Committee
March 8th – Trustees and Finance Committee
March 14th – Buildings Committee
March 15th – Commons Committee

April 4th – Fishery Committee
April 9th – Commons Clear-up – 10am South Gate
April 11th – Croft Committee
April 12th – Trustees and Finance Committee
April 18th – Buildings Committee

May 2nd – Fishery Committee
May 10th – Trustees and Finance Committee
May 16th – Buildings Committee
May 17th – Commons Committee

June 6th – Fishery Committee
June 14th – Trustees and Finance Committee
June 20th – Buildings Committee

July 4th – Fishery Committee
July 12th – Trustees and Finance Committee
July 18th – Buildings Committee
July 19th – Commons Committee

August 9th – Finance Committee

September 5th – Fishery Committee
September 13th – Trustees and Finance Committee
September 19th – Buildings Committee
September 20th – Commons Committee

October 3rd – Fishery Committee
October 11th – Trustees and Finance Committee
October 17th – Buildings Committee and Croft Committee

November 7th – Fishery Committee
November 8th – Trustees and Finance Committee
November 14th – Buildings Committee
November 15th – Commons Committee

December 5th – Fishery Committee
December 13th – Trustees and Finance Committee
December 19th – Buildings Committee

2017 Additional Dates

February 28th – Sanden Fee AGM and Watercress Supper
April 6th – Fishery Poaching Seminar
April 8th – Fishery Supper
April 18th – Hocktide Jury Selection
April 21st – Macaroni Supper
April 24th – Ale Tasting
April 25th – Hocktide
April 28th – Court Leet
April 30th – Constable’s Day
June 16th – 400 Year Feoffment Celebration

Please let us know if you have an event happening in or around Hungerford that you’d like to share with your local community. Click here to email us or call 07932 322163.