New – Croft Films Season

Screen Shot 2016-07-28 at 17.47.38.pngNew film season starting Fri 2 Sept and we have a terrific line up starting with a high action block buster the Revenant followed by a great family drama and love story with The Hundred Foot Journey Click Buy Tickets above or go to Hungerford Bookshop for tickets and a very special book service


Arts For Hungerford Overview

Arts For Hungerford is an exciting new not-for-profit CIC* providing a year round programme of high quality arts events for Hungerford and the surrounding communities. Our mission is to use both traditional and innovative new ways of connecting with and understanding each other through the arts.

We are proud and delighted to announce that, in association with the independent, award winning Hungerford Bookshop, we will be presenting the Hungerford Literary Festival on 21st and 22nd October 2016, one of Hungerford’s most popular events.

Other events will cover: Visual Arts (film, photography, drawing and painting, ceramics and other media, architecture), Literature and the Performing Arts (classical and contemporary music, theatre, dance and comedy

Our collaborative approach will see us engaging with other arts organisations to create enhanced experiences, as well as providing a single hub website, which will enable one-stop viewing of all arts events in Hungerford and the purchase of tickets.

Dance – our next film Yuli Fri 24 Jan an amazing true story and beautiful film

Diary of a Somebody – Brian Bilston

Sat 7 Sept we kick of the new season with the unofficial poet laureate of twitter, who has just become a novelist. Come and enjoy an amusing and thought provoking evening, with something a little different. Get your tickets here

Darker Nights, Great Times Out in Hungerford

Six events in September a real kick start from great films at £5 a ticket to award winning live music, the unofficial poet laureate of twitter, a timeless classic portrayed on stage – humour and social comment for all the family, plus we close the month with rising young stars of the classical world. Find out more, about how to enjoy yourself here

This Friday – Oscar Wilde

The Happy Prince

The last days of Oscar Wilde

In a cheap Parisian hotel room Oscar Wilde (Rupert Everett) lies on his death bed. The past floods back, taking him to other times and places. He reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance, the ensuing reprisals of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross (Colin Firth), who tried and failed to save him from himself. As Wilde relives his travels through England, France and Italy, the transience of lust is laid bare and the true riches of love revealed.

2018 Cert 15 1hr 45mins Bio/Drama7.30pm Croft Hall – Tickets £5

Tickets or Hungerford Bookshop

Faustus Sat 23 Feb

Classical, Rock and now Folk with the return of the amazing Faustus with their new album Cotton Lords. Get your tickets at or Hungerford Bookshop.

Vancouver, Edinburgh and Hungerford

The London Haydn Quartet playing this Fri 25/1 at St Lawrence’s Church – Hungerford such amazing quality and so convenient. Yet again world class entertainment in Hungerford. Programme Mozart K.575, Beethoven op. 18 no. 6, Haydn op. 77 no. 2. Tickets £15 or Hungerford Bookshop.

London Haydn Quartet Fri 25 Jan – Hungerford.

Listen to this world class quartet in the beautiful setting of St Lawrence’s Church. Raised Stage. Tickets £15 or Hungerford Bookshop.

Some of their others tracks not in this programme for you to enjoy

Saturdays Programme:  Mozart K.575, Beethoven op. 18 no. 6, Haydn op. 77 no. 2

London Haydn Quartet Fri 25 Jan – Hungerford

Listen to this world class quartet in the beautiful setting of St Lawrence’s Church. Raised Stage. Tickets £15 or Hungerford Bookshop.

Some of their others tracks not in this programme for you to enjoy

Saturdays Programme:  Mozart K.575, Beethoven op. 18 no. 6, Haydn op. 77 no. 2

Pandora’s Box – Talk and Film

To celebrate 10 years of the Croft Film Club we are holding a special event with Pamela Hutchinson talking about the film and the ground breaking actress Louise Brooks, before the screening. For those that like to do their homework, please see the Arena documentary. Fri 18 Jan Bar 7.00pm Show 7.30pm Tickets or Hungerford Bookshop

The Blue Bishops

Fri 25/1we have Haydn and on the Sat 26/1 The Blue Bishops diversity rules.

Blues but definitely on the rocky edge
Join us for one of our classic café evenings with great music. Over the years The Blue Bishops have built an outstanding reputation. Now acknowledged as one of the best live bands on the circuit, Radio 2’s Paul Jones has called their studio work ‘superb’ and the music press consistently praises the quality of their recordings and live shows.
The band consists of Geoff Grange (Bill Wyman, Kiki Dee, Thomas Dolby), Simon Burrett (Rabbit, Martin Barre, Nation of Strangers), Steve Rodford (The Zombies, Colin Blunstone) and Andy Hodge (Serious Blues, Sam Kelly Band, Geoff Downes and loads of top flight sessions).

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Tonight – Beast – Croft Hall Hungerford

Our first film on the New Year, “A smartly layered thriller” The Guardian 4/5

Start the New Year as you mean to continue, get out and enjoy

Moll (Jessie Buckley) is 27 and still living at home, stifled by the small island community. When she meets Pascal (Johnny Flynn) a free- spirited stranger, a whole new world opens
up to her. In love and breaking free from her family, Moll and Pascal move in together but when he is arrested as the key suspect in a series of brutal murders, she is left isolated and afraid. Choosing to stand with him against the suspicions of the community, Moll finds herself forced to make choices that will impact her life forever.

London Haydn Quartet 25 Jan

“The musicians imbued both works with myriad details of shading and contrast, and beautifully calibrated phrasing” New York Times

One of the world’s leading period instrument string quartets, the London Haydn Quartet have received invitations to many of the most important concert series, performing in major venues from the Wigmore Hall, to Carnegie Hall to Sydney Opera House. Their recordings for Hyperion have been met with international acclaim.

Players Catherine Manson, Michael Gurevich, John Crockatt and Johnathan Manson join us to present works from quartet masters Beethoven and Mozart as well as Haydn, in a varied programme promising drama, humour and eloquence wrapped up in the unmistakeable style of these great composers.

A rare opportunity to hear a chamber ensemble of this calibre in the beautiful, intimate setting of St Lawrence’s Church.

Tickets £15 Hungerford Book Shop or Buy Tickets More Info & Reviews

A Short History of Drunkenness Talk

Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there’s drink there’s drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different.

It can be religious, it can beDrunkenness - book cover sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day’s work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle. A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind’s love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition, answering every possible question along the way: What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Romans got rat-arsed, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies. This is a history of the world at its inebriated best.

The author will be talking about his book at 7:30pm in Hungerford Town Hall (Magistrate’s Room)

Tickets £6 (entitles you to purchase the book for £10 on the night)

Call the bookshop 01488 683480 or buy here


Fri 13 – Sun 15 Oct – Hungerford Literary Festival

A weekend of literary events revolving around the theme of Journeys. Martin Bell has almost sold out and Alastair Sawday proving popular, but don’t miss…

Tom Fort on The Village News. The ‘thinking man’s Bill Bryson’ hops on his bicycle to explore the history of the village. “A witty, charming and informative book… full of shrewd insights peppered with nostalgia and humour” – Countryside magazine. Sat 14 Oct 11am, Croft Hall.

Jonathan Dean on I Must Belong Somewhere. The Sunday Times writer tells the stories of his great-grandfather and grandfather, each of whom was forced to flee his country and forge a new life elsewhere. During his journey he is struck by the parallels between past and present. Sat 14 Oct 1:30, Croft Hall.

Jules Mountain on Aftershock: The Quake on Everest, and One Man’s Quest. The incredible and inspirational story of how one man survived cancer, and also the deadliest earthquake in Everest’s history.  Sun 15 Oct 7:30, Town Hall.

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Sat 18 Nov – Classical Young Musicians Concert – Not to be missed to quote The Newbury Weekly News following the last concert, they really are “young, gifted and wow!”

A regular feature in the Arts for Hungerford diary, these concerts always provide a standard of performance that truly belies the players years. These friendly events give young musicians the perfect opportunity to polish pieces in preparation for auditions whilst showing a local audience what can be achieved with talent and a lot of hard work! Players this time include members of The Royal Academy and Royal College of Music’s Junior Departments, Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra and The National Children’s Orchestra. The concert will showcase pieces for flute, oboe, violin, double bass and bassoon; do come along and support  these local musicians.

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