Arts organisations, clubs and associations

compiled by
Newbury & District
Arts Association


Theatre in West Berkshire and North Hampshire.

Arlington Arts Centre

Arlington Arts is a first class arts and conference facility set in a beautiful location within rural West Berkshire. All profits from the centre go to Mary Hare, the national charity for young deaf people.

Tony Trigwell-Jones

Mary Hare
RG14 3BQ

01635 244246

Corn Exchange, Hungerford

The magnificent Town Hall and Corn Exchange building lies in the Market Place in the very heart of Hungerford’s High Street. It is only 200 metres from the Western Region train station.

This excellent facility was built in 1870, but the facilities have continued to be kept up-to-date, and the rooms provide a suitable venue for a wide variety of functions, including weddings, for which a full licence is held. There are four rooms available for hire within the Town Hall and Corn Exchange complex.

Follow the links below to find out more on each area:

The Corn Exchange is the largest room in the building. It is ideally suited to the larger function, seating up to 160 people for a banquet or up to 240 for a conference. It can hold up to 360 people for dancing, with all furniture removed.

John Morgan
Town Hall Keeper

Town Hall
RG17 0NJ

01488 683818

Corn Exchange, Newbury

The Corn Exchange is situated in the historic market place in the centre of Newbury.

The Corn Exchange aspires to be a real place of adventure and experience, a flagship venue for West Berkshire. Somewhere where you can go and experience an exciting range of live events and film all year round; where you can be challenged or surprised one week or laugh and be entertained the next. Somewhere welcoming and open, where you can take part as much as watch: a vital part of the life of local community and of the South East region.

Closed for four years, the Corn Exchange reopened in September 1993 after a £3.5 million refurbishment programme as a professional 400-seat theatre. On 1 June 2000 the operation of the Corn Exchange passed from West Berkshire Council to Corn Exchange (Newbury) Trust, an independent charity. In 2001 Corn Exchange took up the management of New Greenham Arts. Today The Corn Exchange receives more than 100,000 visitors a year from across West Berkshire, South Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and beyond.

Ruth Cadiot
General Manager

Market Place
RG14 5BD

01635 582666

Creation Theatre

Think about those books, the ones that you’ll always go back to, those moments in life where you think ‘that’s a bit like that chapter’ or ‘you’re just like that character’, those are the stories we love.

We don’t just want to leave those books on the shelf though, we take them down, hand them around, share them out and bring them to life.

All over Oxford we find unusual spaces – these stories aren’t set in theatres so we don’t put them there. Castles, antique mirror tents, college gardens, bookshops and factories… we’ll go wherever the stories take us, and so far we’ve taken over 500,000 people with us.

Our shows are anarchic, unexpected, fun, lively, quirky, fast and definitely not like any version you’ve seen before.

From the thousands of children who’ve told classic stories in new ways through our education programme, to our professional actors and directors, you’re always most likely to find us lost in a good book.

22 years, 70 shows, half a million audience members aged 5-95…we are Oxford’s own Creation Theatre Company.


The Mill Arts Centre
Spiceball Park Road
OX16 5QE

01865 761393

Croft Hall, Hungerford

Ideal for parties, receptions, lunches, theatre, talks, exhibitions, cinema, workshops, etc. Full performing and dancing authorisation and a bar licence can be provided.

Used regularly by many local groups and is a principal location during the Hungerford Arts Festival.

Holds up to 140 people. Air Conditioning. Stage Lights/Sound. Cinema Screen. Automatic blinds. Cooking facilities. Car parking. Wood floor. Disabled access/WC.


01488 684861

Lambourn Catholic Hall


RG17 8NU

Progress Theatre

Progress Theatre is a self-governing, self-funding theatre group founded in 1946 and maintained by volunteers. As a registered Charity we are committed to promoting education in the performing arts as well as producing a programme of varied, interesting and challenging drama to the highest standard.

Our intimate 96 seat venue has a fully licensed bar and is the oldest producing theatre in Reading. There is wheelchair access to the Theatre with a seat for disabled patrons and their carer.
Progress has a thriving Youth Theatre, a Writers’ Group, the Friends of Progress and the Members themselves.

Progress Theatre enjoys good relations with the Arts and Leisure department of Reading Borough Council, and use to stage the 350-seat Reading Abbey Ruins Open Air Shakespeare in partnership with Reading Borough Council each summer before the Abbeys Ruins was closed for refurbishment. We now produce the Reading Open Air Shakespeare annually in the enchanting settings of Caversham Court Gardens during July.


The Mount
Christchurch Road

0845 867 9845

Shaw House

Shaw House is an important example of an early symmetrical H-plan Elizabethan mansion, located at Shaw, on the north-eastern outskirts of Newbury in Berkshire.


Church Rd
RG14 2DR

01635 279279

The Watermill Theatre

The existence of a mill at Bagnor is recorded in the Domesday Book and the building has served as a corn mill and a paper mill for hundreds of years with its beautiful tithe barn alongside. It was converted into a theatre in the early 1960’s and the first short professional season opened in 1967.

In recent years The Watermill has progressed into the top league of regional theatre with many shows produced here transferring to London or touring throughout the UK or overseas.

Particular artistic partnerships with directors such as Edward Hall, John Doyle and Craig Revel Horwood and musical director, Sarah Travis, have resulted in strands of work – Shakespeare and Music Theatre – that now have their own strong identity countrywide.

The Watermill is a resource for the surrounding community and beyond. Our aim is to spread knowledge and understanding about the arts and in particular the art of theatre, through the production of plays and related activities, including touring, working in schools, with youth and community groups and with businesses.

We actively encourage new writing and nurture talented individuals in all areas. Our programme of work is designed to entertain, to challenge and to enrich the quality of life for all, whether participants or audience.

The Watermill is particularly committed to developing new talent in all areas of the profession including actors, directors, designers, stage management, marketing and administration.


RG20 8AE

01635 46044

is supported by:
West Berkshire District Council