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Leisure : Museums
28/01/2017 to 06/05/2017 ART DISPLAY - RAY ATKINS, THE READING YEARS
 READING MUSEUM

The painter Ray Atkins works on a monumental scale. He will be 80 this year and still works outside, in places that he loves, come rain or shine, in the same driven way that he has since the 1960s. Between 1968 and 1974 he lived in Reading, teaching at the University. He produced an impressive body of work in response to the dramatic changes going on in the town centre. The Inner Distribution Road, the Butts Shopping Centre and the Civic Centre were all constructed during this time and Atkins observed their progress and made huge, expressive paintings on site.
Reading Museum, Old Town Hall, Blagrave Street
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
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01/02/2017 to 30/04/2017 MARIE CURIE FREE WILL-WRITING SERVICE

Marie Curie are running a free will-writing scheme throughout Berkshire for three months from 1st February until 30th April 2017. If you are age 55 or over you can apply to have your will written for free.
Berkshire-wide
MORE INFO: Toni Denyer 01883 832639   toni.denyer@mariecurie.org.uk   Event Web Site
11/02/2017 to 11/04/2017 CLANGERS, BAGPUSS AND CO
 RIVER & ROWING MUSEUM

Children’s classics The Clangers, Bagpuss and Noggin the Nog come vividly to life in this unique exhibition for the young and young at heart. See website for details.
River and Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames RG9 1BF
MORE INFO: Exhibition Enquiries 01491 415600   museum@rrm.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Museums
14/02/2017 to 27/05/2017 COMMUNITY DISPLAY - FREEMASONRY IN BERKSHIRE
 READING MUSEUM

Part of the 300th anniversary of Freemasonry being celebrated nationally, Berkshire Freemasons are staging this community display to reveal how Freemasonry developed from the 1700s into a significant social institution. It will also explore how modern Freemasonry fits into today’s world.
Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Barbados Display Enquiries 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
17/02/2017 to 17/04/2017 GREYS COURT - 50 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11 AND THREEQUARTERS!
 GREYS COURT (NATIONAL TRUST)

Get out and about at Greys Court by completing some of the 50 things to before you’re 11 3/4 activities. It’s a great chance for children to play and explore the environment as they tick activities off in their scrapbooks. The top five activities to do at Greys Court: 1. Build a den 2. Make a daisy chain 3. Make a grass trumpet 4. Hunt for bugs 5. Make some wild art Find all the information you need from the visitor reception hut when you arrive.
Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4PG
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01491 628529   greyscourt@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Museums
02/03/2017 to 29/04/2017 AT HOME WITH ART - TREASURES OF THE FORD COLLECTION
 BASILDON PARK (NATIONAL TRUST)

A new exhibition of inspiring artworks in the South Pavilion. Booking Not Needed.
Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: Emma Turner 01491 672927   basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
06/03/2017 to 03/05/2017 HIDDEN TUDOR TRAILS AT THE VYNE
 THE VYNE (NATIONAL TRUST)

Pick up your trail at Visitor Reception and go hunting for hidden Tudor clues in our garden. At the site visited by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in 1535, explore the grounds of this former Tudor palace on a brain-teasing trail. Normal admission applies. Booking Not Needed. Children are most welcome. Dogs on leads welcome. 10am to 4pm.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01256 883858   thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
22/03/2017 to 25/03/2017 THE KITCHEN SINK

This is a contemporary piece set in a run-down northern seaside town which follows the ups and downs of a family during the course of one year. Things aren’t going to plan and each of the well-drawn characters has issues to face and problems to resolve. Amid the dreams and the dramas of family life something has to give! Martin, the father (a milkman), is struggling to keep his business going. Kath, the mother (a school cook and lollypop lady), is desperately trying to keep everyone positive and happy. Billy, the son (an art student), comes to realize that the course he has joined is not for him. Sophie, the feisty daughter (a would-be judo instructor), has an issue from the past which impacts on her ambitions. Finally, Pete (a plumber) is hopelessly sensitive, shy and has desperate romantic designs for Sophie.
New Era Theatre, St George’s Centre, Andover Road, Wash Common, Newbury RG14 6NU
MORE INFO: Box Office 07919 916009   Event Web Site
Leisure : Entertainment
23/03/2017 to 26/03/2017 CIRCUS WONDERLAND

Britain’s most magical circus is appearing in Newbury with high flying acrobats, tumblers and clowns promising thrills and spills for all the family. Appearing in the UK for the first time, the Casablanca Troupe will be fearlessly flipping and flying across the arena, whilst Marton Perna will be freewheeling into the spotlight to perform spectacular stunts on his breath taking BMX. Daring Moldovan trapeze star Nadia defies gravity high in the roof of the Big Top, and Ruslan Arlanov stylishly spins around the circus ring in his revolving Wonder Wheel. Amidst the action and excitement, award winning clowns Kakehole and Mr Popol are returning to scale new summits of silliness with their crazy comic capers and madcap music and magic.
Northcroft Park, Northcroft Avenue, Newbury RG14 1RS
MORE INFO: Box Office 07531 612240   Event Web Site
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23/03/2017 TALK AND FILM - THE STORY OF HEMP

Hemp is one of the most versatile plants on the planet with over 25,000 known uses ranging from the raw material for biodegradable plastic, to a source of energy, food, medicine, home cleaning products, cosmetics and canvas! Hemp is a renewable replacement for countless current technologies and can be cultivated with relative ease and low impact throughout most of the world.
Pangbourne Village Hall, Station Road, Pangbourne RG8 7AN
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site
Leisure : Nights Out
24/03/2017 30s to 60s PARTY NIGHT FOR SINGLES AND COUPLES

Party Night 8.30pm till 1am. Singles and couples welcome. Terrific music, super dance floor, great atmosphere, friendly people and FREE on-site car parking.
Bird Hills Golf Club, Drift Road, Hawthorn Hill (A330), Maidenhead, SL6 3ST
MORE INFO: Gill or Brian 0800 3134441   info@dance-parties.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
24/03/2017 to 25/03/2017 TILEHURST AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY (TADS) - THE UNINVITED

A classic ghost story by Tim Kelly. Set in the 1950’s it is about a brother and sister who buy a house overlooking the sea in the West of England. They cannot believe their luck when they purchase it at a suspiciously low cost from the village curmudgeon, Commander Brooke. The reason soon becomes apparent; the house has an unsavory reputation. Fifteen years earlier a murder may or may not have been committed by the gnarled tree overlooking the cliff. Slowly, the new owners begin to sense the evil spirit that inhabits the house ....
Tilehurst Village Hall, Victoria Road, Tilehurst RG31 5AB
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 943 3016   tads14@btinternet.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
25/03/2017 SOUTH BERKS CONCERT BAND - BEST OF BRITISH, MUSICAL TRIP ROUND THE UK

Celebrating music from musicals, films and television.
Kennet Valley Free Church, Calcot RG31 7YT
MORE INFO: Box Office 07775 988798   southberksconcertband@yahoo.com   Event Web Site
25/03/2017 BREWHOUSE MUSIC

Bi-monthly music gig. Next event - MUSIKISSMO - roots and rhythms from across Europe - from Portuguese Fado to Serbian gypsy tunes via Irish folk, Edith Piaf and Cuba!! Support folk singer Saskia Griffiths-Moore.
Yattendon Village Hall, RG18 0UR
MORE INFO: Yattendon Stores 01635 201236   randssansom@aol.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
25/03/2017 ALDWORTH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - CLASSICAL EVENING OF DRAMATIC DARKNESS

Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra are delighted to invite you to our next concert featuring fantastic young soloists and a programme to tug at your heart strings. Journey from the the grandness of Sibelius’ Finlandia to the soulful beauty of Elgar’s Cello concerto, then march with us to Rimsky-Korsakov to arrive at the turbulent mind palace of Schumann in his Symphony No.4 Sibelius – Finlandia Elgar – Cello Concerto (movements 1 + 2) – soloist Charlie Rothwell (pupil at RBCS) Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. Lindberg) – Trombone Concert – soloist Alex Turvey (pupil at RBCS) Schumann - Symphony No.4 (revised edition).
Reading Blue Coat School, Sonning Lane, Sonning RG4 6SU
MORE INFO: Box Office 07532 217325   boxoffice@aldworthphilharmonic.org.uk   Event Web Site
Local Information :
25/03/2017 JUBILEE WOODLAND CADETS FAMILY FUN DAY

Whilst Jubilee Cadets Woodland Holiday Club is just for children, we know parents often want to join in too. So here’s your chance! On the 25th of March, Jubilee Cadets invites the whole family to our free Woodland Family Fun Day. Come and visit our beautiful setting, try out our fantastic adventure play equipment and a host of nature-based activities. It’s also a perfect opportunity for children to make a memorable gift in preparation for Mother’s Day. There will be a barbecue and homemade cakes on offer in exchange for donations. All money raised will go to Zacky’s Dare to Dream fund. 11am to 3pm.
Sopers Lane, Padworth RG7 4NN
MORE INFO: 0118 970 1300 9am-5pm Mon-Fri only   Event Web Site
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25/03/2017 QUIZ AND CURRY NIGHT

Quiz and Curry in aid of Save the Children, Mortimer Community Center,The Street, Mortimer Common, RG7 3SW.Pit your wits against the best brains in Mortimer. Doors open 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. Teams of 6, £10 per ticket.
St John’s Hall, West End Road, Mortimer RG7 3SY
MORE INFO: Quiz Tickets 07971 241222
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26/03/2017 KATE LOCKHART EXHIBITION - CAPTURING THE CORNISH COAST

A vision of Cornwall seen through a visiting artist’s eyes. Artist Kate Lockhart is showcasing her most ambitious collection of work to date. This dynamic and celebratory new body of work captures Lockhart’s memories, experiences, energy and the vibrancy of the South Cornish coast over the last decade. Kate’s fluid, lyrical and instantly recognizable style encapsulates the unique light, atmosphere and essence of iconic places, including St Ives, Cape Cornwall and St Michael’s Mount through drawings, print and paintings.
OpenHand OpenSpace, Brock Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site
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26/03/2017 PANGBOURNE TWINNING ASSOCIATION FILM NIGHT

2008 film by Philippe Claudel, Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (I’ve loved you so long) starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Elsa Zylberstein. Critically celebrated, and winner of various awards including a BAFTA. this is a film about family, love, rehabilitation, forgiveness and redemption. Running time: 113 minutes; English subtitles. Wine and beer served in return for a donation to funds. This is the last in this season of Film Night’s by the Pangbourne Twinning Association.
Pangbourne Village Hall, Station Road, Pangbourne RG8 7AN
MORE INFO: 0118 984 5898
Leisure : Theatre
29/03/2017 to 01/04/2017 SINODUN PLAYERS PRESENT - OUTSIDE EDGE
 WALLINGFORD CORN EXCHANGE

It’s a Saturday afternoon in summer and an important local cricket match is underway. But while the team captain is trying to keep his men focused on the game, there is slow-burning meltdown among their wives and girlfriends in the kitchen. Richard Harris’s cricketing comedy Outside Edge is more to do with marital disharmony in the pavilion where tea is being prepared than scoring runs on the pitch. Bickering, back-biting and witty one-liners eventually lead to chaos and begs the question: which is the more important, the match or the tea? Written in 1979, this play is now seen as one of the classic comedies of the late 20th century. It involves genuine characters, acutely observed, in a typical middle-England situation in which things unravel with hilarious results.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Wallingford OX10 0EG
MORE INFO: Carol Evans 01491 825000   carol.evans@sinodunplayers.org.uk   Event Web Site
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29/03/2017 FRIND OF CAVERSHAM COURT GARDENS AGM

Friends of Caversham Court Gardens AGM on Wednesday 29th March, 2017, 7 for 7.30pm. A brief business meeting will be followed by an illustrated talk by broadcaster and author Travis Elborough, who will be talking about his book ' A Walk in the Park, the life and times of a people's institution'.
Reading Canoe Club, The Warren, Caversham, RG4 7TH
MORE INFO: Val Peggrem 0118 954 5779   friends@fccg.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Museums
31/03/2017 to 23/04/2017 ARTIKINESIS - SPRINGTIME ART EXHIBITION

A colourful exhibition by five West Berkshire and North Hampshire artists at the West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury. The museum and exhibition are free to visit. All artworks are available to purchase. Artists: Adeliza Mole, Amanda Bates, Brian Marchant, Elinor Cooper and Rosemary Lawrey.
West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
MORE INFO: Exhibition Enquiries 01635 519562   Event Web Site
Leisure : Nights Out
31/03/2017 30s to 60s PARTY FOR SINGLES AND COUPLES

Party Night 8.30pm till 1am. Singles and couples welcome. Terrific music, super dance floor, great atmosphere, friendly people and FREE on-site car parking.
Bird Hills Golf Club, Drift Road, Hawthorn Hill (A330), Maidenhead, SL6 3ST
MORE INFO: Gill or Brian 0800 3134441   info@dance-parties.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
31/03/2017 to 01/04/2017 GORING GAP PLAYERS - MURDERED TO DEATH

Tired of serious theatre? Want a terribly silly theatre experience, but with hidden depths (well, maybe not) that don’t ruffle your brow? We have the answer for you and it’s The Goring Gap Players’ spring production of Murdered to Death by Peter Gordon! Relax and enjoy Murdered to Death an enthusiastic spoof of the Agatha Christie whodunit genre including… the Colonel who drinks too much, Miss Maple the local busybody, the catastrophic Inspector, and plenty of corpses. And if you don’t like theatre but do like jazz, the Goring Gap Players have coerced a swinging jazz band to provide live 1930’s music to set the scene.
Goring Village Hall, High Street, Goring-on-Thames RG8 9AG
MORE INFO: Jean Betteridge 01491 873530   goringgapplayers@gmail.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
01/04/2017 SPRING CONCERT IN AID OF MY CANCER MY CHOICES

A concert by 100-person community choir the New Egham Singers. The varied programme includes pop, folk, classical, show tunes and more. The concert will raise funds for Berkshire charity My Cancer My Choices which is dedicated to providing complementary therapies free of charge to patients in recognition of both the physical and emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis. The concert starts at 7.30 pm. To reserve tickets see contact details below.
Rose Theatre, St Mary's School Ascot, St Mary's Road, Ascot SL5 9J
MORE INFO: Box Office 07884 331195   nesboxoffice@gmail.com   Event Web Site
01/04/2017 READING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - RAVEL, STRAVINSKY, SAINT-SAENS

The orchestra is delighted to welcome back Robert Cheung, 2014 winner of the RSO / Hickies Young Musicians’ Competition, for Ravel’s dazzling Piano Concerto in G. Completed in 1931, the concerto draws heavily on jazz influences and ranges from the virtuosic passages of the first and third movements to the tenderness of the second. The second half of the concert features Stravinsky’s ballet music for Petrushka, the story of the loves and jealousies of three puppets brought to life by a charlatan during a shrovetide fair in St Petersburg, Russia. Petrushka loves the Ballerina, but she only has eyes for the Moor. The concert will start with Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre, famously used as the theme tune for the BBC series Jonathan Creek. Join us for this fabulous concert - a treat not to be missed!
Great Hall, Reading University, London Road Campus RG1 5AQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 986 0707   Event Web Site
01/04/2017 READING HAYDN CHOIR SPRING CONCERT - CHILCOTT/BRUCKNER

Please come and join us - we’ll be singing choral works by Bruckner and Chilcott accompanied by Chaconne Brass, one of Britain’s most versatile brass ensembles. Bruckner Motets - Bruckner has composed some of the finest liturgical music of the last two centuries. The five motets included in this concert derive from the latter part of his career (1861-1885). Some we’ll be singing acapella, with some accompanied by organ and brass instruments played by members of the Chaconne Brass ensemble. Chilcott’s St John Passion - This setting of St John’s Passion is by Bob Chilcott, one of the world’s most popular active choral composers. First performed by Wells Cathedral Choir in 2013, the work combines 13th and 17th-century English poetry with texts from the King James Bible. Singing with professional soloists, we’ll be accompanied by Chaconne Brass and organ.
St Joseph's College, Upper redlands Road, RG1 5JT
MORE INFO: Christopher Lock 07557 900 210   lock.chris1@gmail.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
03/04/2017 to 07/04/2017 FOSSIL-THEMED STONE CARVING WORKSHOPS

Design and carve your own plant or dinosaur fossil fragment into real limestone Following the Artists in Residence Exhibition at the University of Reading in March, stone sculptor McAlistair Hood will be hosting a special Easter week of tutored stone carving for beginners at beautiful Rushall Manor Farm, near Bradfield (just west of Reading).
Rushall Manor Farm near Bradfield RG7 6DS
MORE INFO: Workshop Enquiries 07576 451844   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days out
03/04/2017 to 04/04/2017 THE BIG TREE CLIMBING COMPANY AT CLIVEDEN
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

Ever wondered what it is like to be high up in the tree tops' Now's your chance to explore a whole new side of the woodlands. As well as using ropes and harnesses to climb up into the trees, there'll be a zip wire and rope swing for you to play on, all under the watchful eye of our tree climbing experts, the Great Big Tree Climbing Company. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For children aged 6+.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead SL1 8NS
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01628 605069   enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Sport : Football
03/04/2017 to 21/04/2017 ROYALS EASTER SOCCER SCHOOLS

Reading FC Community Trust are once again hosting Soccer Schools around the local area to help keep kids engaged during February half term! It’s all the more important to stay active during the winter period so why not book your kids onto our soccerschools! Run by the Reading FC Community Trust, with our FA-qualified coaches leading the way, it’s a great way for boys and girls of all levels of ability to stay active and make new friends whilst playing footy ‘the Reading way’! As well as our usual Soccer Schools, we’re also offering girls-only and goalkeepers sessions. All sessions are suitable for children aged between 6 and 14. Plus we’ve also got a load of dates in the diary for the Easter Holidays too! The venues for Soccer Schools are: The Dome at Madejski Stadium; Goals Centre (Woodley); Henwick Playing Fields (Thatcham); Twyford Comets FC (Twyford); Piggott School (Wargrave); Palmer Park (Reading).
Various in Reading area - see weblink below
MORE INFO: Community Trust Team 0118 968 1480   soccerschools@readingfc.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
05/04/2017 YAMATO, DRUMMERS OF JAPAN - THE CHALLENGERS
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Following their hugely successful tour in 2015, the Yamato drummers are back in the UK by popular demand. Their acclaimed performances of Japanese Taiko drumming and music have captivated audiences of over 6 million people in 53 countries across the globe. In a brand new show, the drummers challenge and push themselves to their absolute limits. Yamato will leave audiences exhilarated by this visually spectacular, high-energy and explosive show.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site
Sport : Football
05/04/2017 READING FC FORMER PLAYERS' ASSOCIATION TALK WITH CURRENT ROYALS

After many successful events with former managers and players, the Reading FC Former Players' Association are excited to welcome two current players who will talk at the Tilehurst Royal British Legion on Wednesday, 5 April 2017. Book now for a unique chance to meet Chris Gunter and John Swift - two key players from Jaap Stam's promotion chasing squad. Chris and John have featured in the vast majority of games this season as Reading have climbed the table, hoping to secure a play-off position. Chris Gunter is in his fifth season with the Royals and has already made over 200 appearances for the club after signing from Nottingham Forest. As well as Premier League experience with Reading, Chris has had huge success on the international stage with Wales, playing a big part in their run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals. John Swift has represented England at all levels from under 16 to under 21 before arriving at Reading last summer from Chelsea. He made an immediate impact at the Madejski Stadium, scoring on his debut as the Royals opened the season with 1-0 win over Preston. John has already made 30 Reading appearances, scoring 8 goals. The evening will be hosted by former Reading FC player, and Welsh international, BBC Berkshire's Ady Williams. The two players will need little introduction as Ady kicks off the evening, before fans get an insight into life at Reading Football Club under the management of Jaap Stam. After a break for food, a question and answer session between the players and the audience will get underway.
Tilehurst Royal British Legion, Downing Rd, Reading RG31 5BB
MORE INFO: 07768 904338   david@readingfcformerplayers.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
07/04/2017 to 21/04/2017 EASTER EGG HUNT HENLEY
 RIVER & ROWING MUSEUM

Help! The naughty Easter bunnies have escaped…can you help us find them in the galleries? Follow our trail and claim a mini Easter Egg as your prize! Free with admission.
The River and Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames RG9 1BF
MORE INFO: 01491 415600   Event Web Site
08/04/2017 to 17/04/2017 GERRY COTTLE'S WOW CIRCUS - PLUS CARTER'S STEAM FAIR

A fun-filled, vibrant show for a special anniversary! Gerry Cottle has been providing high energy circus for over half a century! 50 amazing acts in 100 minutes! (50 reasons why the Golden era of Circus has only just begun!) Gerry Cottle brings the circus tumbling into the 21st century with 50 amazing acts in 100 minutes! New for 2017, Gerry Cottle is back with his sensational WOW Circus – a high-energy family show featuring a new generation of vibrant young performers. Gerry calls upon his 50 years in circus to provide an awe-inspiring line-up of the worlds greatest acts in circus, comedy and magic for LIVE entertainment to thrill and astonish all ages. UK talent includes The WOW STARS, a troupe of 10 hugely talented young performers led by Sarah Cottle and Ellen Ramsay who will astound with their unbelievable daredevil acts high in the roof of the big top, on unicycles, roller skates and jug. Carters Steam Fair is believed to be the largest travelling vintage funfair in the world and will also be celebrating the Easter Holidays in Prospect Park. Unique opportunity to experience vintage rides dating back from 1890s to the 1960s.
Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 835 5050   Event Web Site
08/04/2017 to 17/04/2017 CARTERS VINTAGE STEAM FAIR IN PROSPECT PARK

We’re bringing a range of beautifully restored vintage rides and attractions from small-children rides to exciting thrill rides! There will also be a range of traditional side-stalls/games and fairground food. For a great atmosphere, unique opportunity and an affordable day-out look no further! FREE ENTRY & FREE FIREWORKS! Get extra FREE RIDES when you buy ride tokens online in advance.
Prospect Park, Reading RG30 2ND
MORE INFO: 01628 822221   info@cartersentertainment.com   Event Web Site
08/04/2017 CHILDREN'S POP-UP ROLE-PLAY VILLAGE - INCLUDING EASTER EGG HUNT

Pop Up Play Village features a supermarket, café, veterinary centre, baby nursery, hospital and art studio. At the art studio, children can choose from a variety of Easter ceramic crafts and make something to take home! Included in the ticket price is an Easter hunt! Find the Easter pictures to get a chocolate prize! There will be a cafe selling drinks and snacks during each play session. 10.30am to 4pm.
Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall, Reading RG4 7BJ
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site
08/04/2017 EASTER MINI MARKET

Mini Market and Coffee Morning with stalls including cakes, books, bric-a-brac, raffle, crafts, Easter Tombola, charity stalls, plus tea, coffee and hot cross buns. 10.30 am - 12 noon. Free admission.
Grange Church, Southcote Lane, Reading RG30 3HD
Leisure : Music
08/04/2017 SOUTH CHILTERN CHORAL SOCIETY

Spring is in the air and so are the voices of the 100+ singers of the South Chiltern Choral Society, performing Mozart’s iconic Requiem. Together with professional soloists and orchestra, and conducted by Paul Burke, the choir will also ‘spring’ into Schubert’s more exuberant Mass No 3 in B Flat. Franz Schubert’s Mass in Bb, written when the composer was just eighteen, was premiered in Vienna in 1815 and sets the Latin text of the Catholic Mass for choir, four soloists, and orchestra. Full of exuberance, the piece energetically encompasses a wide range of musical moods during its thirty-minute span. The sublime music of Mozart’s Requiem and its association with the composer’s death have ensured it a special place in history. Setting the Latin text of the Catholic Mass of the Dead for choir, soloists, and orchestra, the Requiem was left unfinished at Mozart’s death and completed by one his pupils.
The Great Hall, University of Reading, London Road, Reading RG1 5AQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 07500 032840   Event Web Site
08/04/2017 READING FESTIVAL CHORUS - HANDEL'S VICTORIOUS ORATORIO

Reading Festival Chorus is delighted to offer you the chance to hear a work which, though not often performed these days, was Handel’s most popular oratorio in his own life-time. It tells the story of the Maccabees’ recovery of their temple in Jerusalem, celebrated in the well-known chorus.
St Luke’s Church, Erleigh Road, Reading RG1 5LH
MORE INFO: Alison Mackay 0118 983 4523   tickets@readingfestivalchorus.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
08/04/2017 FROZEN SING-ALONG AND SOUND OF MUSIC SINGALONG
 SHINFIELD PLAYERS THEATRE

Showing of Frozen film with singalong words. Fun for all the family, come along dress up and join in the fun. Check website for details film showing at 2pm. Later, join in the fun of a showing of the classic Sound of Music with singalong option film showing starts at 7pm.
Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, Reading RG2 9DF
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 975 8880   boxoffice@shinfieldplayers.org.uk   Event Web Site
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09/04/2017 WALK FOR PARKINSON'S UK - WELFORD PARK

There will be two different circular walks available, a 2.5 mile walk and a more challenging 6.5 mile walk around the beautiful Welford Park estate, home of the Great British Bake Off. During the walk you will cross the River Lambourn, climb the hill to see the impressive cricket pitch whilst overlooking the historic Welford Park, explore the wonderful woodland before crossing the fields and taking in the lovely views of the surrounding countryside.The funds raised from the Walk for Parkinson’s – Welford Park will go to Parkinson’s UK to support the vital research work taking place to find a cure for Parkinson’s and improve the lives of the 127,000 people in the UK who are affected by the condition. We support those living with Parkinson’s and their families and friends, so that no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.
Welford Park, Welford, Newbury RG20 8HX
MORE INFO: Jenni Green 020 7963 3912   fundraising@parkinsons.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
10/04/2017 to 15/04/2017 HOP ALONG - EASTER KIDS' CLUB

Fun filled workshops, face-painting, an Egg trail, and the chance to win a family trip to Lego land forms part of the egg-citing entertainment we have lined up across an exclusive week of activities during Easter half term.
Broad Street Mall, Reading RG1 7QE
MORE INFO: Candice Chambers 0118 402 9312   marketing@broadstreetmall.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Museums
11/04/2017 VICTORIAN SCHOOLROOM EXPERIENCE
 READING MUSEUM

Meet a Victorian schoolteacher and re-learn the ‘3Rs’. A 45-minute experience for adults and children over 5 in our unique Victorian classroom. Part of our Victorian Day at Reading Museum, look out for our other Victorian events on 14th February. Dress as your favourite Victorian and come down to the Museum to visit us!
Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
12/04/2017 CHILDREN'S POP-UP ROLE-PLAY VILLAGE

Pop Up Play Village features a supermarket, café, veterinary centre, baby nursery, hospital and art studio. At the art studio, children can choose from a variety of Easter ceramic crafts and make something to take home! Included in the ticket price is an Easter hunt! Find the Easter pictures to get a chocolate prize! There will be a cafe selling drinks and snacks during each play session.
Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall, Reading RG4 7BG
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site
Leisure : Nights Out
14/04/2017 Over 25s 30s 40s AND 50s PARTY NIGHT

With a top DJ playing your favourite chart and dance music from '80s to date these parties are THE place for Over 25s 30s 40s & 50s to dance, romance, meet new people and make new friends. Monthly at Apres Nightclub at The Coppid Beech Hotel. The Nightclub is completely self-contained with its own entrance and boasts two bars, a great dance floor and a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere where you can mix, dance and mingle. From 9pm till 2.00am.
Apres Nightclub at The Coppid Beech Hotel, John Nike Way, Bracknell, RG12 8TF
MORE INFO: Gill or Brian 08003134441   info@dance-parties.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
14/04/2017 NAOMI'S WILD AND SCARY TOUR
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson (Naomi's Nightmares of Nature, Wild and Weird, Live 'n Deadly, Countryfile, Milkshake) comes to The Hexagon this Easter. The show will be packed full of fun and surprises as Naomi is joined, live on stage, by some really scary creatures, including a Carpet Python, Alligator Snapping Turtle, a giant centipede, and a tarantula!With up-close handy cam action, a giant screen and loads of interaction, you’ll have a wild, scary and fun time with Naomi in this new live show. Join Naomi as she brings alive some of her most exciting wildlife experiences from the far flung corners of the world and introduces you to some of the most fierce and frightening animals she met along the way! The show is suitable for kids of all ages and guarantees a great time for the whole family.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   hexagon.boxoffice@reading.gov.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
15/04/2017 FRIENDS OF CAVERSHAM COURT EASTER EGG TRAIL

Bring your children, grandchildren and your friends' children along to Caversham Court on Easter Saturday, when the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens will be hosting an Easter Egg Trail on a nature theme in the lovely riverside gardens. All small competitors will win an Easter Egg prize. The charity run Tea Kiosk will be open for refreshments. All children to be accompanied by an adult. Entry is free, but donations to the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens will be appreciated.
Caversham Court, off St Peter's Hill/Woodcote Road, Caversham
MORE INFO: 0118 954 5779   friendsofcavershamcourt@googlemail.com   Event Web Site
15/04/2017 SPRING HERBAL MEDICINE AND FORAGING DAY AT BRAZIERS PARK DAY

This first of three plant study and foraging days this year will be at the time of green delight and up-rising energy. We’ll walk the grounds and see what life is springing around us and spend part of the morning and afternoon doing an in-depth study with one seasonal plant. Gather knowledge of plant medicine at this time of year, seasonal cycles and observe our sensory connections with our plant friends. We will make one preparation with each plant to take home at the end of the day.
Braziers Park, Ipsden, Wallingford OX10 6AN
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01491 680221   admin@braziers.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
15/04/2017 THE BLACKHEART ORCHESTRA

The Blackheart Orchestra are a British singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist duo comprising long term collaborators Chrissy Mostyn and Richard Pilkington. The band blend musical styles in a non-conformist way, seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create their unique, highly individual, emotion-drenched music. They provide a heavenly combination of acoustic folk and intelligent pop served with a pinch of classical. The pair have toured extensively in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Mortimer West End Village Hall, Church Road, Mortimer West End RG7 2HZ
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 970 0001   mwevh@outlook.com   Event Web Site
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16/04/2017 to 17/04/2017 BEALE PARK BERKSHIRE CRAFT AND COUNTRY FAIR

All day entertainment which may include birds of prey, working dogs, children’s entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees.
Beale Park, Lower Basildon, Nr Pangbourne, Berks RG8 9NH
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01206 263088   Event Web Site
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17/04/2017 THAMES WILDLIFE CRUISE

The wildlife of the River Thames is well known for providing the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame's 'The Wind in the Willows'. Now you can be equally inspired by the river's wildlife by joining one of our special guided wildlife river cruises this summer. Join the Chilterns Conservation Board who will help you and your children spot the hidden natural treasures between Henley and Hambleden on a voyage of discovery aboard the Hibernia. Ideal for adults and children alike, our expert volunteer guide will help you identify what you see. Don’t forget to bring binoculars if you have them!
Hobbs of Henley, Station Road, Henley-on-Thames RG9 1AZ
MORE INFO: Cruise Organiser 01491 572035   boats@hobbsofhenley.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Museums
18/04/2017 PLANTING SUTTONS' SUNFLOWERS
 READING MUSEUM

Get ready for spring! Make a little pot and plant your sunflower seeds. A lovely green-fingered activity for families.
Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
20/04/2017 FAMILY ACTIVITY DAY
 WEST BERKSHIRE MUSEUM

Egg decorating Make and decorate a polystyrene egg with Deco pens, sequins and sequin pins. Finish with a loop of ribbon so you can hang your decorated egg when you get home. £2 per child. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No need to book, drop in. 10am - 3pm.
West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01635 519562   museum@westberks.gov.uk   Event Web Site
20/04/2017 to 23/04/2017 MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS

The UK will play host to one of the most spectacular circus displays in the world when the Moscow State Circus returns. The world’s most famous circus will bring it’s latest & greats production GOSTINITSA - a show that promises to have all the spectacle and nerve-tingling, edge of your seat thrills for the whole family. Nowhere else will you witness all the magnificent ingredients served up in this truly great show, an experience that you won't want to miss. The Circus has been planning this event for the last 2 years and the artistes have been in training ready for this world-beating performance, which promises to be breath taking. Award winning Clowns, Chervotkins Duo, will guide the audience through this show incredible show which features acts like the Didyk Troupe, acrobatics on Europe’s only DOUBLE Russian swings. Flying through the air and somersaulting from one fast moving swing to another, incredible! The Alikhanov Troupe perform on two ten metre poles.
War Memorial Park, Crossborough Hill, Basingstoke RG21 4AL
MORE INFO: Asia Sawicka 0203 375 3970   asia@psycho.co.uk   Event Web Site
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20/04/2017 CATHEDRALS EXPRESS STEAM TRAIN THROUGH BERKSHIRE

Glimpse the golden age of rail travel as a famous locomotive steams through Berkshire. Reading Station is one of the pick-up points as the loco heads from Paddington to the West Somerset Railway - pulled by The Royal Scot. With views of the Somerset coastline and the Quantock Hills this heritage railway is the perfect destination. At 22.75 miles long, this heritage railway is the longest independent railway in Britain. The journey takes you through the rolling Quantock hills, unspoilt villages and farms nestling in leafy lanes, past the cliffs and coast of the Bristol Channel with views of distant South-Wales, confident Church Towers and Dunster's imposing Castle. Minehead's seaside charm is just waiting to be discovered at the end of the line. The main attractions include the picturesque old harbour and sandy beach, which extends from the Strand along to Warren Point. At Bishops Lydeard, a 7F locomotive from the West Somerset Railway’s collection will take over for the beautiful 23-mile journey along the railway, passing between the Somerset coastline and the Quantock Hills. It will also head the train for the journey back to Bishop's Lydeard. 7F locomotives designed for hauling heavy coal and goods trains. Eleven were built in two batches in 1914 and 1925, with just two surviving to preservation.
Reading Railway Station, Station Hill, Reading RG1 1LZ
MORE INFO: Steam Dreams 01483 209888   info@steamdreams.co.uk   Event Web Site