The 2016 Festival

The Sonning Festival takes place every 2 years and kicks off with the Regatta on the 28th May 2016.  The festival consists of a series of events organised over the Bank Holiday and promises to be a fun filled weekend for all the family! 
Details of all the main events are listed below and a flyer will be available from this site in the next few months. Items listed "TBC" are to be confirmed by the respective organising committees.
SONNING REGATTA  -  28th May 2016
Following the success of what has become a biennial  event since 2002, the Regatta will again be held on the Oxfordshire bank of the river opposite Blue Coat School boat house just upstream of Sonning Lock.  A ferry will operate from this point, alternatively limited parking is available on site. A range of adult and children’s events will be held – no experience necessary.  Plenty of refreshments available, bring a picnic and keep fingers crossed for the weather again.
Contact: John  Hargrave 0774 7444968 or Lynn Woodhouse 0118 9692206
LIVE BAND and FISH & CHIP SUPPER - 28th May 2016

Live music evening and fish & chip supper. Tickets priced at £10 will be available from the Sonning Club or at the ticket sales times in the Pearson Hall (19th March 2016), see Calendar. 

Contact: The Sonning Club 0118 9693939

CHERISHED CAR DISPLAY - 29th & 30th May 2016

A display of locally owned cherished cars in the Old Forge Yard in the heart of the village - well worth a visit!
Contact: John Woodhouse 0118 9692206

ELEGANT PICNIC – Sat 9th July 2016 (in the heart of Sonning)

Its in summer, it should be warm! Weather not included..... So come and enjoy an elegant evening picnic in the grounds of Bishops Close in the heart of Sonning which has been made available for an evening of sociability and live entertainment by kind invitation from Mr & Mrs McNeill.  Bring your own picnic and chairs/rugs only.  Gazebos by arrangement when buying your ticket - limited plots available.  Please note that no refunds will be made in the event of bad weather.  Dress: Black Tie.

Contact: John Hargrave 0774 7444968





SCARECROWS – 29th & 30th May 2016
The scarecrows have become an extremely popular village event.  Expect to see some old friends and some new faces spread throughout the village in a variety of situations.  See how many you can spot and name, then vote for your favourite. Maps available on the day in the village. Contact: Barbara Carr 0118 9345886, email
GARDENS OPEN – 29th & 30th May 2016
A number of superb Sonning gardens will once again be open to view thanks to the generosity of our green fingered villagers.  Lunches and teas will be available in the Pearson Hall and other venues throughout the village. Tickets available on the day.

Contact:  Chris Fry  0118 9693551



An exhibition and sale of works by local artists will be on display in the Pearson Hall.

Contact:  Sue Bell 0118 9696924