Produce show, crafts and entertainment

The Show

This year the Aldermaston & Wasing Show will be held on Sunday 1st September 2024 in the grounds of The Old Mill, Reading.

Gates will open at 13:30.

Once onsite, parking is free. Please follow the directions by our helpers to the next available parking space.

If you or any of your passengers have accessibility requirements please let the helpers know and they will direct you to alternative parking spaces.

Once parked you can walk to the payment desk after which you will have access to The Old Mill grounds and parts of the house for refreshments and toilets.

Admission Prices for 2024

We accept cash or contactless payments. Stalls and side-shows accept cash only.

Adults£3.00
Children (5-14 years)£1.00
O.A.P.£2.00
Dogs welcomeFREE
Car ParkFREE

Site Map

Meetings

Committee Meetings are usually held on the second Monday of the month in the Aldermaston Parish Hall Billiard Room commencing 19:30 and usually last between an hour and 90 minutes.

Next Meeting

Committee Meeting
19:30 Mon 10 Jun 2024
Parish Hall, Billiard Room

Meetings

Committee Meeting
19:30 Mon 10 Jun 2024
Parish Hall, Billiard Room

Committee Meeting
19:30 Mon 08 Jul 2024
Parish Hall, Billiard Room

Committee Meeting
19:30 Mon 12 Aug 2024
Parish Hall, Billiard Room

AGM
Date 2025 TBD
Parish Hall, Billiard Room

If you wish to help us with the show, either in the months leading up to the show, or on Show Day, please feel free to come along to any of the meetings listed above and see how you can volunteer.

Duck Derby

A standout highlight of the Aldermaston & Wasing Show is the renowned Duck Derby.

Throughout the event, as many as 10 distinct duck races take place along the mill stream, meandering through The Mill. Each race features 100 numbered ducks, and the first duck to reach the finish line rewards its fortunate ticket holder with a £20 prize.

The top 10 ducks from each race, including the first-place duck, advance to the grand final. Prizes for the final include £100 for first place, £50 for second place, and £25 for third place, all awarded to the respective lucky ticket holders.

For those eager to participate, tickets can be purchased in advance through the Duck Derby Ticket website, or directly from Committee members, or at the Duck Derby desk on the day of the show.

YouTube

In 2020 we held a virtual Show (remember Covid19?). We still sold Duck Derby tickets online and held 10 races. The whole set of races were recorded and uploaded to YouTube so that the ticket holders could still track their ducks while clutching onto their virtual tickets.

You can watch the video showing all races and commentary by clicking this screenshot.

Link to Duck Derby 2020 on YouTube

Produce Show

Up till 1874 when it was abolished, a Fair was held every year in The Street, Aldermaston and this probably explains why this main road running through the old village is so unusually wide.

In the dark days of 1943, villagers got together and decided to stage a Produce Show. The vital need at the time was to “dig for Victory” and the “produce” consisted of home-grown vegetables and, within wartime limits, cookery, floral and other creations. The Show flourished and competition to produce the best in each category was, and still remains, intense.

The show was originally held in the field behind The Hinds Head public house but after 20 years it was moved to the magnificent grounds of The Old Mill, just to the north of the old village and September 2019 saw its 77th consecutive year. Only once has it been cancelled- in 1997 when the funeral of Princess Diana was held on the same day.

The Show offers families a vast range of attractions, displays and events, constantly renewed each year. Also every year, charities are selected to benefit from monies raised.

Over the decades, countless photographs have been taken and a small selection is shown below, with comments beneath each picture. A Duck Derby uses the mill-stream to great effect. Classic events such as children’s races and egg-throwing contests, together with dog contests and demonstrations such as Falconry, make for a wonderful day out for all the family- and the “Produce” competitions are crowned by the award of a splendid range of cups and trophies.

Register Your Entries

Join in and register your entries for the show. You can do this online or by filling in the entry form found in the Schedule.

The Schedule is issued in plenty of time for you to decide what you want to enter (crafts, photos, baking, art, flower arrangement, or produce from your garden) and time to prepare it.

The online entry system will be made available before the paper schedules are printed or made available for download, and using the online system you have extra time before all entries are collected.

If you have used the online entry system before your login details will still be valid. If not, simply register for a new account.

Online System Login

Crafts and Stalls

Craft Pitches – New for 2024

With the increase of footfall at the show over the past 3 years, we are moving the Craft stands out of the large marquee and distributing them around the show site. For stall holders this will providing a larger independent area away from the main Produce Show Marquee, avoiding the stifling heat that can occur in the large marquee. It will allow the patrons to wander around the whole site.

Each pitch will be large enough to accommodate a 3m x 3m gazebo which you will need to provide yourself.

The cost for a pitch will be £25

Rules for reserving tables and pitches will be published soon.

Stalls for Local Voluntary Groups

The A&W Show has always supported local organisations by providing them with space to advertise their activities and meet and chat to the patrons of the show. Please contact a committee member or complete the form if you would like space for a stall.