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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
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
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 : 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
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 : 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
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08/04/2017 to 23/04/2017 EGG HIUNT AT THE VYNE
 THE VYNE (NATIONAL TRUST)

Join us for a fun-packed treasure hunt. Keep your eyes peeled to get your chocolate bunny. 3 per hunt map and prize. If you’re a clever as the Easter Bunny then you might just be the folks we need to uncover hidden clues dotted across The Vyne. Bring your wellies and a coat and collect your 3 hunt map from Visitor Reception. From then on, it’s up to you to find 100 characters and collect your prize.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01256 883858   thevyne@nationaltrust.org.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
Pubs : Entertainment
21/04/2017 QUIZ NIGHT IN AID OF CANCER RESEARCH UK

The Reading Group for Cancer Research UK Quiz Night is open for teams of up to four, £20 per team. There will be prizes for 1st and 2nd placed teams as well as a raffle and a prize for the best team name! To enter a team, please contact Jacqui on 07854 674842 or at readingcancerresearchUK.gmail.com. Limited space is available so get in quick! Every penny raised will go toward Cancer Research UKs life saving work so please come and join us and help us to beat cancer sooner.
The Bull, 41 High Street, Theale, RG7 5AH
MORE INFO: Jacqui Harrington 07854674842   readingcancerresearchuk@gmail.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
22/04/2017 to 23/04/2017 RIVER AND BOATING OPEN WEEKEND

ou can already visit our marina 7 days a week, but on the weekend of 22nd & 23rd April we'll be holding a special Open Weekend for you to: - explore a huge number of New and Used Boats on display; - view our 2017 ranges of boats by Interboat, Corsiva and Haines; - meet our team ask any questions you have about boats and boating; - experience our marina setting right on the Thames.
Val Wyatt Marine, Willow Lane, Wargrave RG10 8LH
MORE INFO: Open Weekend Enquiries 0118 940 3211   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
22/04/2017 LES MISERABLES SINGING AFTERNOON

Fun singing afternoon for female voices. We will be singing a medley from Les Miserables arranged for 2-part choir. Led by local music teacher and choir director Suzanne Newman.
Charvil Village Hall RG10 9TR
MORE INFO: Charvil Music Enquiries 0118 934 0589   Event Web Site
22/04/2017 THE OCCASIONAL ORCHESTRA AT GORING VILLAGE HALL

The Occasional Orchestra are a band hailing from across the Home Counties, getting together on Occasion to produce some of the finest and most distinctive Indie Pop music available in the UK. They are continuing their village hall tour of England, with the aim of bringing their sheer exuberant uplifting music to the people of England. Forget having to get expensive taxis to town and city based venues, long waits for taxis home, THEY ARE COMING TO YOU! Having recently launched their second album, Clever Bones, to rave reviews, all they want to do is play… to you, a listening and happy audience. Support act Chris Ryder is booked to play, what more could you ask of a great Saturday night out in your local village hall!
Goring Village Hall, High Street, Goring-on-Thames RG8 9AG
MORE INFO: Ticket Enquiries 07882764233   goringvillagehall@gmail.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Art
22/04/2017 to 23/04/2017 READING CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2017
 RIVERMEAD LEISURE COMPLEX

RCAF was set up in 2010 as the sister event to Windsor Contemporary Art Fair (est. 2005) and is now a prominent national arts event. It brings together over 130 artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and selected galleries from the UK and Europe to offer the very best in contemporary art. In line with its ethos of Real art for real people, prices are affordable at between £40 and £4,000. The atmosphere is informal, friendly and relaxed, with something for everyone. Visitors can expect to see an inspirational range of artwork and the Fair is a unique opportunity for new and more experienced collectors to view and buy direct from artists. It is also a rare chance to engage with the artists and understand their inspiration and talent. By promoting art to a wider audience, the Fair acts as a crucial sales forum for artists and galleries
Rivermead, Richfield Avenue, Reading RG1 8EQ
MORE INFO: Deborah James 01753 591892   info@readingcontemporaryartfair.co.uk   Event Web Site
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22/04/2017 BEANPOLE DAY - GET YOUR GARDEN READY FOR SUMMER

Come and visit Caversham Court Gardens by the River Thames and buy your very reasonably priced plants and plant supports for the summer. We have vegetable and ornamental plants grown by charitable organisations to raise funds and a range of beanpoles, peasticks and plant supports to grow them up. Our supports come from locally managed coppiced woodland and your purchase supports this traditional technique to maintain the habitat for wildlife. There are a range of activities all day include guided walks, children's activities and seed sowing organised by local environmental charities. 10 til 3.
Caversham Court, Church Road, Caversham RG4 7AD
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site
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22/04/2017 STEAM LOCO GOING 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 Stratford on Avon. That, of course, is synonymous with Shakespeare, whose birthplace incorporates a museum illustrating his life. This is a special trip to commemorate the 423rd anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. Holy Trinity church, where Shakespeare is buried, is one of the loveliest parish churches and nearby Hall’s Croft, Nash’s House and New Place all give further insights into Shakespeare’s Stratford. The loco on this occasion is 34046 Braunton, a ‘Bulleid Light Pacific’ express passenger engine designed by Oliver Bulleid. The locomotives were named after towns on or near the Southern Railway system in the west of England, with the village of Braunton situated in North Devon. In the post war years of skills shortages and declining maintenance standards, British Railways embarked on a rebuilding programme of the ‘Light Pacifics’ in an attempt to improve reliability. By 1965 after accumulating 779,210 miles in service, Braunton was retired from service and sold to Barry Scrapyard. By 1988 the locomotive had moved from Barry but serious restoration did not begin until 1996 and was completed by 2008. Braunton is currently operating under the guise of 34052 Lord Dowding. It was renamed to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Reading Railway Station, Station Hill, Reading RG1 1LZ
MORE INFO: Steam Dreams 01483 209888   nfo@steamdreams.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
23/04/2017 WARFIELD VETERAN TREE SURGERY

Come and join the local environment group as we take a look at some of the marvellous veteran trees around Warfield. We are recording them as part of the Bracknell veteran tree register. Full training will be provided. Please wear suitable footwear and clothes as you may need to dive into hedgerows to get close to the trees. If you have a long tape measure, camera and GPS enabled phone then please bring along. We will meet in the car park at The Shepherds House Pub. Start 10.30am.
The Shepherds House Pub, Maidenhead Road, WarfielD RG42 6ER
MORE INFO: 07928 648063   Event Web Site
23/04/2017 THE GREAT BIG TREE CLIMBING AT GREYS COURT
 GREYS COURT (NATIONAL TRUST)

As part of the National Trust's 50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4's campaign we bring you The Great Big Tree Climbing Company. Two highly skilled and friendly instructors can help all ages reach new heights in a fantastic tree in Greys Court. They will teach you how to enter a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securely attached in a harness at all times. Once at the top of the tree you will gain an experience which can't be found on the ground and if you're feeling brave take a branch walk before being lowered back down! Booking Essential.
Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4PG
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01491 628529   Event Web Site
Leisure : Rivers
23/04/2017 TRY CANAL BOATING FOR FREE

Drifters Waterway Holidays and the Canal and River Trust are offering people the chance to try canal boating for free at 17 narrowboat hire bases across England and Wales, including Aldermaston on the Kennet and Avon Canal near Reading. The taster sessions will include free trips on skippered narrowboats, as well as boat tours and holiday discounts.
ABC Boat Hire, Aldermaston Wharf, Padworth, Near Reading RG7 4JS
MORE INFO: Open Day Organiser 0118 971 4123   support@drifters.co.uk   Event Web Site
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23/04/2017 ST GEORGE'S DAY ART WITH AFTERNOON TEA

Art Exhibition by local artists plus afternoon tea. Free entry, free parking. Proceeds to Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice which provides inpatient care and community services to patients who are living with life limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families. 2.30 to 5pm.
Village Hall,Tidmarsh RG8 8ER
MORE INFO: 0118 955 0433
Sport : Football
24/04/2017 ROYALS U-23 v LEICESTER CITY, PREMIER LEAGUE 2 (FREE ENTRY)

First of three consecutive home games for the U23s is a battle against Leicester, who sit two places above Reading in the Premier League 2 table and just a point in front. A win could be huge for the Royals who currently sit at the bottom of the division following a difficult few weeks in the league, however a win on Monday could change the outlook of the table drastically for Reading. Good form in the Cup and playing in front of a home crowd at Madejski Stadium could make all the difference for Royals as they look to end the season on a high, so be there to back Martin Kuhl's team next Monday evening.
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11, Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0118 968 1313   ticketing@readingfc.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
26/04/2017 to 29/04/2017 THE PRODUCERS

Maidenhead Musical Comedy Society present 'The Producers'Fading Broadway producer Max Bialystock is desperate to get to the top of his profession again, and he finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant Leo Bloom, who hypothesizes that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit. Together, the two set out to produce the worst musical ever to hit Broadway, with the worst script, the worst director, and the worst cast they can find; the catch is that they will raise two million dollars to finance the show, and they plan to take the money and head to Rio when the show inevitably closes after just one performance. Too bad for Bialystock & Bloom that, against all odds the show is a total hit!Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th April. Tickets cost £16 for adults, Concessions £14. (£2 off all tickets on opening night, Wednesday). Concessions apply to Students, OAPs, and children. Evening performances Wed to Sat at 7.45pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Group discounts available (£1 off for 10+ people, full price tickets only) Book via the Box Office by calling 07340 754 961, email mmcs.tickets@gmail.com or book online at www.mmcs.biz
Desborough Theatre, Maidenhead Town Hall, SL6 1RF
MORE INFO: Emma Sanders 07866 812724   info@mmcs.biz   Event Web Site
27/04/2017 to 29/04/2017 OUT OF SIGHT... OUT OF MURDER - A MYSTERY COMEDY

A Loddon Players production - Peter Knight, a mystery writer, is grinding out a murder story in a Gothic mansion in Vermont, when it is hit by lightning in a fierce storm. His archetypal characters seem to come to life and create the perfect murder plot for him. Mayhem ensues as the stunned author struggles to regain control of his own creations.
Sherfield Village Hall, Reading Road, Sherfield on Loddon RG27 0EZ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 880224   Event Web Site
27/04/2017 to 29/04/2017 MACK AND MABEL
 SHINFIELD PLAYERS THEATRE

From an idea by Michael Spigelglass - a musical based on a book by Michael Stewart and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. The plot involves the tumultuous romantic relationship between Hollywood Director, Mack Sennett, and Mabel Normand who became one of his greatest stars.
Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, Reading RG2 9DF
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 975 8880   boxoffice@shinfieldplayers.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Art
28/04/2017 to 09/06/2017 NEWBURY ART GROUP OPEN STUDIOS

A display of art in the hospital restaurant and corridor leading to out patients. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Newbury Art Group all art displayed is for sale and will have the theme 'Celebrations'. Follow the art group on Facebook: Newbury Art Group.
West Berkshire Community Hospital, London Road, Benham Hill, Thatcham RG18 3AS
MORE INFO: 01635 247 295   Event Web Site
Leisure : Nights Out
28/04/2017 THE MASQUERADE BASH!

The Masquerade Bash is great way to kick off Festival week in the Cloister Garden Marquee. This is the party of the year! A free welcome drink with live jazz! A sumptuous Indian buffet Feast served! Great entertainment!Amazing live music to dance to by The Undercovers – winners of the 2014 ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition. Food will be served at 7.30pm Dress code – Party wear and Mask (but don’t worry, you won’t be turned away on the door if you don’t have one!)
Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester-on-Thames OX10 7HH
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site
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28/04/2017 to 07/05/2017 DORCHESTER FESTIVAL 2017

The biennial Dorchester-on-Thames Festival is one of Oxfordshire’s leading Festivals based in the stunning location of Dorchester Abbey. Since 2005 the Festival has regularly attracted over 3,000 people each year, from serious followers of the arts to schools, families and children of all ages and has raised significant profile and over £110,000 for Dorchester Abbey and local charities. In 2015 we were proud to give £27,000 to PACT (Parents and Children Together) who are raising money for their post adoption support work. In 2017 we are delighted to be supporting Sue Ryder, Nettlebed.
Various around Dorchester-on-Thames OX10 7HH
MORE INFO: Ticket Enquiries 0333 666 3366   Telepfestival@dorchester-abbey.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
29/04/2017 to 14/05/2017 THAMES PATH TOGETHER - YARN BOMBING ART COMMUNITY EVENT

Artworks from Pangbourne, Whitchurch-on-Thames and stops along the Thames Path will be on display along Whitchurch Bridge.Yarn bombing is a popular form of street art where a public space is covered with colourful displays of artwork made from yarn or fibre. The theme of the installation is the Thames Path and will include work from artists, needle workers and weavers in a range of materials, including wool, thread and even recycled litter collected from the river side meadows. The exhibition is free but visitors are encouraged to donate money, which will be distributed to local charities and community groups. Children can take part in the Mouse Hunt Quiz and win a hand crafted Sam Mouse. Event open all day, every day. Art cafe open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 4pm for tea, coffee and cakes and quiz entry.
Whitchurch Bridge - Whitchurch on Thames RG8 7DA
MORE INFO:   gill@artcafe.co.uk   Event Web Site
29/04/2017 to 01/05/2017 CHARITY BLUEBELL WALKS

Come and enjoy a family walk in the ancient bluebell woods at Rushall Manor. Several routes to choose from, a short stroll up to five miles. Wheelchair access to the bluebells. Family fun in the barn. Free treasure hunt for children. Refreshments including home made cakes. All proceeds to Reading Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Rushall Manor Farm, Back Lane, Bradfield RG7 6DS
MORE INFO: Bluebell Walks 0118 974 4547   Event Web Site
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29/04/2017 STUBBINGS HOUSE GARDEN OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - FOR NGS CHARITY

Parkland garden accessed via adjacent retail nursery. Set around C18 house (not open), home to Queen Wilhelmina of Netherlands in WW2. Large lawn with ha-ha and woodland walks. Notable trees incl historic cedars and araucaria. March brings an abundance of daffodils and in May a 60 metre wall of wisteria. Attractions include a C18 icehouse and access to adjacent NT woodland.
Stubbings House, Maidenhead SL6 6QL
MORE INFO: Mr and Mrs D. Good 01628 825454   info@stubbingsgroup.com   Event Web Site
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29/04/2017 LINKING THE LANDSCAPE TRAINING - BIRDING FOR BEGINNERS

A Training day with Your Local Wildlife Trust - Have you ever wondered why birds do what they do? Would you like to be able to tell the difference between a Swallow and a House Martin, or a Dunnock and a House Sparrow? Come on this training course with Ailsa Claybourn to Learn how to identify birds by their appearance and behaviour, and find out what makes a bird a bird. There will be an indoor session followed by an afternoon walk around the Nature Discovery Centre, looking at a range of habitats and practising identification skills.
Nature Discovery Centre, Muddy Lane, Thatcham RG19 3FU
MORE INFO: 01635 874381   Event Web Site
Sport : Football
30/04/2017 ROYALS U23 v NORWICH CITY - PREMIER LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINAL (FREE ENTRY)

A second-half spot-kick by Andrija Novakovich sent the young Royals past Newcastle in the quarter-final, now they are one step away from the chance to win the competition for the second time. Norwich finished second to Portsmouth in their group, finishing above Wolves and Everton.  Since then, they overcame Fulham by way of spot-kicks after a captivating fixture had ended 5-5 after extra time, before triumphing 1-0 on Merseyside to eliminate Liverpool. And while Norwich currently prop up the Premier League 2 Division 2, they are performing heroics in the knock-out competition – so our boys will need your backing if they are to clear the penultimate hurdle! The winner of the Sunday-afternoon meeting with the Canaries will meet the victor of the tie between Swansea and Portsmouth on the other half of the draw.  It is an opportunity for Martin Kuhl’s side to win the competition for a second time, having won it in its inaugural year back in 2014. Entry and parking will be free for all supporters, so we’d encourage as many Reading fans as possible to come along and get behind our boys!
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11, Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0118 968 1313   ticketing@readingfc.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
01/05/2017 GARDENING DAY IN WOODLEY TOWN CENTRE

Bedding plants, Perennials, Shrubs, Vegetable plugs and Herbs in the Town Centre on Monday bank holiday from 11am to 3pm. Also some light entertainments, ices creams and Foods etc... right in the middle of the Town Centre.
Crockhamwell Road, Woodley Town Centre RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: Gardening Day Enquiries 07506 741591   Event Web Site
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01/05/2017 to 21/05/2017 NICK SCHLEE'S OPEN STUDIO

A chance to look round Nick Schlee's studio, see some of his work, and chat to the well-known landscape artist himself. Nick Schlee was born in 1931 in Weybridge, Surrey. At 16 he won both Gold and Silver under 18’s medals from The Royal Drawing Society while at Rugby School. Over the next few decades he studied part-time at the Art Students League in New York with Jean Liberty, The Central School, London, with war artist Leslie Cole, Morely College with Lawrence Toynbee, Putney School of Art and The Slade in London. As well as one-man and group shows, he has exhibited at various ILEA exhibitions and the Royal Academy. His work is held in many public collections. Open Studio is part of Newbury Festival.
Galvey, Upper Basildon (opposite the old Beehive) RG8 8LU
MORE INFO: Exhibition Enquiries 01491 671927   Event Web Site
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01/05/2017 WINKFIELD ROW CHARITY MAY FAIR

If you're looking for a family day out to a fun, friendly village fair then come along to the Winkfield Row May Day Fair. Cranbourne School will putting on a Maypole dancing display in the afternoon. Large variety of stalls including plants, home-baking, beauty products, jewellery, toys etc, children’s games, face-painting, Basil & Crew pet corner, fairground rides, entertainment, Pimm's, BBQ & other refreshments. Raffle with great prizes including garden vouchers, 4 Ball Golf at Mill Ride, restaurant vouchers, activities & entertainment. All surplus proceeds will be going to InnerSense, a charity offering multisensory, immersive, creative arts, theatre workshops to around 100 people with disabilities every week.
Carnation Hall, Chavey Down Road, Winkfield Row, Bracknell RG42 7PA
MORE INFO: Fair Enquiries 07713 348913   mayday@winkfieldrowfair.org   Event Web Site
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03/05/2017 ROYAL BERKSHIRE FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE PUBLIC CONSULTATION EXHIBITION

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is holding a public consultation exhibition to talk to local residents about plans to develop a new fire station on Wigmore Lane in Theale. The plans are at an early stage and subject to the outcome of negotiations with the site’s owner – but this exhibition has been scheduled to provide local residents with an opportunity to learn more about the plans and provide initial feedback. The exhibition will take place in the Gateway Centre, Theale Library on Church Street, Theale. It will be open for the public to drop in on Wednesday 3 May, from 3 to 5pm and 6 to 8pm.
Gateway Centre, Theale Library, Church Street, Theale RG7 5DA
MORE INFO: Consultation Enquiries 0118 938 4606   Event Web Site
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03/05/2017 GORING VILLAGE GREENFINGERS SPRING SHOW TALK

Gardening in a changing weather environment - A talk by Brian Davis, Horticultural consultant and plantsman. Everyone welcome.
Storton Lodge, Icknield Road, Goring-on-Thames RG8 0DL
MORE INFO:   greenfingers@goring-on-thames.co.uk   Event Web Site
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03/05/2017 BERKSHIRE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE OPEN EVENING

BCA (Berkshire College of Agriculture) is a Further and Higher Education College with a land-based specialism situated in Maidenhead, Berkshire. On Wednesday 3rd May, 5pm - 8pm the College will be opening their doors to give you the chance to find out more about the exciting range of courses available. Throughout the evening you will have the opportunity to: -Meet the tutors from all course areas to find out all there is to know. -Take a tour of the beautiful 400 acre estate and state-of-the-art learning facilities. -Meet the Student Crew to find out what studying at BCA is really like. -Apply for a course - you may have your interview there and then!
BCA ( College of Agriculture), Hall Place, Burchetts Green, Maidenhead SL6 6QR
MORE INFO: Open Evening Organiser 01628 827417   Event Web Site
Leisure : Nights Out
05/05/2017 Over 25s 30s 40s AND 50s PARTY NIGHT

Over 25s, 30s, 40s & 50s Party Night for Singles and Couples - Special Event with
Bier Keller 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
05/05/2017 WALLINGFORD RACE NIGHT

Place your bets at our friendly fundraiser! We are grateful to Ken and Mayor Ros Lester, who are putting this event on for us. We won’t be piling you on a coach to Newbury Racecourse, but rather, in the comfort of The George Hotel, Wallingford, you can bet on up to 6 races shown on a screen. Half of the takings will be shared among the winners and half will be donated to Style Acre. There will be plenty of opportunity for good conversation and it’s a Friday, we hope you’ll make use of the bar! Tickets are £10, which includes nibbles. There will be a Tote and an opportunity to buy a horse on the night.
The Geroge Hotel, Wallingford OX10 0BS
MORE INFO: Race Night Enquiries 01491 827593   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
05/05/2017 JONGLEURS COMEDY CLUB
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Join us once a month for some raucous and side-splittingly funny nights out. Three comedians and a compère slickly prove that laughter is always the best medicine in our monthly Jongleurs! This ever popular end-of-the-week-treat is sure to provide mirthful merriment aplenty. The line-up is always kept under wraps until the week of the show but Jongleurs guarantee the finest new faces on the circuit. See them here first - you never know who will end up being the next big thing.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218   boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site
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05/05/2017 LINKING THE LANDSCAPE - BATS AT THE MUSEUM

Did you know one bat can eat 3000 insects in a night? Find out lots more amazing facts about bats on this Local Wildlife Trust talk and walk by local bat expert James Shipman. James explains where bats live, how they fly in the dark, and why they are so important and protected by law. After a short talk, James will help us see and hear several species that emerge at dusk near the museum (weather dependent).
West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
MORE INFO: 01635 519562   Event Web Site
Sport : Bowls
05/05/2017 to 07/05/2017 THREE MILE CROSS BOWLS CLUB OPEN WEEKEND

The club will be open for new bowlers to come and have a try. No equipment is necessary, just shoes without heels please. No appointment is needed. Just turn up, have a drink at the bar [ on us ! ] and have a go. The club will be open from 6 to 8pm on Friday, May 5 and from 10am to 1pm on Saturday and Sunday May 6 and 7. The club can be found at Ford's Forge in the village of Three Mile Cross, very close to the Swan pub and down a lane which is shared with the MOT Centre. For satnavs the postcode is RG7 1AT. Look out for a sandwich board at the entrance with balloons.
Ford’s Forge, Basingstoke Road, Three Mile Cross, Reading RG7 1AT
MORE INFO: Open Weekend Enquiries 0118 988 4473   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
06/05/2017 to 07/05/2017 CELTIC SPIRITUAL HEALING WEEKEND - AT BRAZIERS PARK

This specialised weekend retreat is designed to nurture and transform your relationship with yourself. Come and learn ancient Celtic methods for deep, gentle change: adapted for our present time by inspired friendly teacher Kate E. A. Berridge. In this beautiful location, discover your soul’s own power, using natural methods rooted in a loving respect for life and learn skills you can take home with you to use in your own meditations.
Braziers Park School, Ipsden, Wallingford OX10 6AN
MORE INFO: Event Enquiries 01491 680221 or 01491 680481   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
06/05/2017 ELGAR'S DREAM OF GERONTIUS - BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

We are delighted to welcome Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, renowned for their performances of Elgar’s masterpiece, with a truly stellar cast, including one of the finest mezzo sopranos in the world, Alice Coote. Alice will be joined by our own Festival Chorus, under the baton of the eminent British conductor David Parry.
St Nicolas Church, West Mills, Newbury RG14 5HG
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218   boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site
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06/05/2017 to 07/05/2017 FARLEY HILL BOWLS CLUB OPEN DAYS AND PLANT SALES

Farley Hill Bowls Club cordially invite anyone to come and have a go at Lawn Bowls on our Two Open Days this year. All you need is a pair of flat soled shoes (to protect the green) trainers will do. Club bowls will be provided and a member will give you some basic tuition, before letting you practice with others. Free tea, squash & biscuits will be served at 4.00pm, while we tell you more about the club and how it operates. N.B. We can also arrange free trail sessions for a small group or individual at any mutually convenient time.
Victory Hall, Church Road Farley Hill RG7 1TR
MORE INFO: Bill Dowling 01344 772130   billdowling@talktalk.net   Event Web Site
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06/05/2017 PACT ADOPTION Q AND A

Are you thinking about adoption? Would you like to speak to people who have done it already? Join PACT on Saturday 6th May for a special Adoption Q&A event with a panel of adopters and adoption experts. On the day you can expect: •Q&A session with adopters with children from different backgrounds •An opportunity to talk one-to-one with experienced adopters and social workers •A chance to meet other prospective adopters •Light refreshments including tea, coffee and pastries The event will start at 10am, but please feel free to arrive early (from 9.30am) for registration, refreshments and a chance to look at some literature. This event is free to attend but you must book in advance to secure your place.
PACT 9 Southern Court, South Street, Reading RG1 4QS
MORE INFO: Lucille Piggott 0300 456 4800   lucille.piggott@pactcharity.org   Event Web Site
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06/05/2017 ADOPTION Q AND A IN READING

Are you thinking about adoption? Would you like to speak to people who have done it already?Join PACT for a special Adoption Q&A event with a panel of adopters and adoption experts. On the day you can expect: Q and A session with adopters with children from different backgrounds; An opportunity to talk one-to-one with experienced adopters and social workers; A chance to meet other prospective adopters; Light refreshments including tea, coffee and pastries. The event will start at 10am, but please feel free to arrive early (from 9.30am) for registration, refreshments and a chance to look at some literature. This event is free to attend but you must book in advance to secure your place. To book please contact our enquiries team as below.
7 Southern Court, South Street, Reading RG1 4QS
MORE INFO: 0300 456 4800   enquiries@pactcharity.org   Event Web Site
Leisure : Charity
07/05/2017 THE WOKINGHAM WALK

Sponsored by local estate agents Richard Worth, the Wokingham Walk is an annual event which offers people the opportunity to get out and about, get fit and discover beautiful countryside at a relaxed pace, all whilst raising money for the Wokingham Borough Mayor’s chosen charity Wokingham, Bracknell and Districts Mencap.
From Elms Field, Elms Road, Wokingham RG40 2AG
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
07/05/2017 WALLINGFORD CLASSIC CAR RALLY AND PARADE

250 entries for this year's event. The vehicles wind their way round Wallingford ending at the Kinecroft. Fun, informal event for all the family. Activities start on The Kinecroft from 10.30am with local charity stalls, food traders and the Sporting Bears offering fast-car and classic car rides around glorious countryside.
Kinecroft and Town Centre, Wallingford OX10 0DB
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site
Sport : Horse Racing
08/05/2017 MONDAY NIGHT RACING - PLUS MUSIC AT ROYAL WINDSOR RACECOURSE

Join us for a great evening of racing. The gates, bars and Castle Restaurant will be open two hours before the start of the first race so why not come along early and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere whilst selecting your winners from the racecard. Entrance is FREE for racegoers under the age of 18 when accompanied by an adult. Just buy the adult ticket and the U18’s will be given their ticket on the day.
Royal Windsor Racecourse
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01753 498400   office@windsor-racecourse.co.uk   Event Web Site
Sport : Equestrian
10/05/2017 to 14/05/2017 ROYAL WINDSOR HORSE SHOW

The UK's largest outdoor equestrian show with four different disciplines. Equestrian enthusiasts and professional competitors will convene at the Royal Windsor Horse Show for a diverse schedule of disciplines that include driving, dressage, endurance, jumping and showing. Musical rides and displays from mounted regiments such as the Household Cavalry also feature, as well as the Pony Club Mounted Games and Shetland Pony Grand National. Horsemanship skills will be presented during a hacking championship, while over 200 selected exhibitors will showcase a wide selection of fashion products, furnishings and food. The Show opens half an hour before the first class in the morning (first class approx 7.00 am) and closes half an hour after the end of the last class in the evening. Please check the daily timetable below for detail.
In the grounds of Windsor Castle
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0844 338 0338   customerservices@theticketfactory.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
11/05/2017 to 01/07/2017 DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER
 THE MILL AT SONNING

With his wife out of town, an alibi from his best friend Robert, and Suzette, a Cordon Bleu cook, lined up to prepare gourmet delights, Bernard thinks he’s planned the perfect romantic weekend for his glamorous French mistress, Suzanne. But when Bernard’s wife, Jacqueline, hears the news that her secret lover Robert – ooh, la, la – is visiting for the weekend, she decides to stick around for a surprise tryst of her own. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard improvises at breakneck speed! Suzanne becomes the cook, Suzette becomes the lover, the wife becomes increasingly suspicious and the friend is completely bewildered.
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000   admin@millatsonning.com   Event Web Site
11/05/2017 to 13/05/2017 TWYFORD PANTOMIME - THE DRAGON'S EGG
 TWYFORD & RUSCOMBE THEATRE GROUP

A comedy that explores the personalities and internal politics of a group of amateur thespians. The play takes place at a summer barbecue. It opens with the group waiting to hear what their Production Manager Nick has chosen for the next production, and who will play the coveted female lead.
Loddon Hall, Twyford RG10 9JA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 328 2825   trtgboxoffice@gmail.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
13/05/2017 ABBEYFIELD HOUSE SPRING FAYRE

Entrance Free - Jumble, Refreshments/Cakes, Plant Sale, Raffle, Cake Sale, Tombola, Nearly New, Fishing Game, Books, Jigsaw Puzzles and much more. Bring the whole family. All Money raised is for the Residents Fund.
Abbeyfield House, 11 Maitland Road, Reading RG1 6NL
MORE INFO: Fayre Organiser 07917 890598   Event Web Site
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13/05/2017 THE BABY AND CHILDREN'S MARKET - WOKINGHAM

Join us at the original and best Baby and Children’s Market for a great afternoon of bargains galore. 30+ stalls selling lots of toys, books, clothes, walkers, high chairs, buggies, push chairs, car seats, bumbos, stair gates, nursery furniture, maternity wear and so much more at bargain prices.
FBC Centre, Gorse Ride North, Wokingham RG40 4ES
MORE INFO: Nicki Mitchell 07809 628701   enquiries@babyandchildrensmarket.co.uk   Event Web Site
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13/05/2017 THAMES VALLEY ANCIENT EGYPT SOCIETY LECTURE - EGYPTIAN COFFINS

Magical and Divinatory Texts Dr. Luigi Prada has studied unpublished ancient Egyptian dream interpretation books, and he will introduce and interpret a range of these texts.
Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: 01491 838803   Event Web Site
Hotels : Promotions
14/05/2017 WEDDING OPEN DAY

An opportunity to view the hotel for your wedding. Hotel showcase only.
Crowne Plaza, Caversham Bridge, Richfield Ave, Reading RG1 8BD
MORE INFO: Beata Horog 0118 9259933   events@cp-reading.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
14/05/2017 READING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHILDREN'S CONCERT - HIGH SEAS AND OCEANS

Perfect for all those looking for fun and adventure on the high seas! Hear tales of swash-buckling pirates in our narrated version of the film music from the Pirates of the Caribbean - eye patches, wooden legs and parrots are obligatory! Then hear the comforting horns of Malcolm Arnold's Padstow Lifeboat as it steams its way along the Cornish coast. You'll also be introduced to the instruments of the orchestra, double-basses, trumpets, violins and all! A great afternoon to get younger ones inspired by music!
Minster Church of St Mary, Reading, RG1 2H
MORE INFO: Eleanor Hayes 0118 986 0707   eleanorhayes@gmail.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
14/05/2017 MORRISTON ORPHEUS CHOIR
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Morriston Orpheus Choir is the leading exponent of the great Welsh Male Voice Choir tradition and has had a continuous history of excellence since its formation in 1935. The choir has performed across the globe at the greatest concert venues. Perhaps at its most impressive when delivering magnificent Welsh hymns with precision and power, these wonderfully rich voices also perform a variety of other classical and modern pieces. At this event the choir is joined by baritone Robert Garland, named Young Welsh Singer of the Year 2016, who we will have the privilege of hearing sing several solos.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218   boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site
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14/05/2017 SANDLEFORD PLACE GARDEN OPEN FOR NGS CHARITY

A plantswoman's 4 acres, more exuberant than manicured with R Enborne flowing through. Various areas of shrub and mixed borders create a romantic, naturalistic effect. Wonderful old walled garden. Long herbaceous border flanks wild flower meadow. Yr-round interest from early carpets of snowdrops and daffodils, crocus covered lawn, to autumn berries and leaf colour. A garden for all seasons.
Sandleford Place, Newtown, Newbury RG20 9AY
MORE INFO: Mel Gatward 01635 40726   melgatward@btinternet.com   Event Web Site
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14/05/2017 MEADOW COTTAGE GARDEN OPEN FOR NGS CHARITY

Near 2-acre garden adjoining ancient bluebell woods created by the owner from 1995 onwards, with many areas to explore. A professionally designed vegetable garden, large composting areas, wild flower garden and pond, old and new fruit trees, many shrubs, much varied hedging and large areas of lawn.
Meadow Cottage, Watlington OX49 5HR
MORE INFO: Zelda Kent-Lemon 01491 613779   zelda_kl@hotmail.com   Event Web Site
Sport : Athletics
14/05/2017 BERKSHIRE ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Athletic competition to determine who the county champions are for each athletics event in different age groups across Berkshire. Free entry to site, first event 10am. See website below for timetable.
John Nike Athletics Stadium, South Hill Road, Bracknell RG12 9SE
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
15/05/2017 SHEEPDROVE PIANO COMPETITION WINNER RECITAL
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Newbury Spring Festival is delighted to welcome the winner of the ninth Sheepdrove Piano Competition to the Corn Exchange to perform a recital as part of the Festival’s Young Artists Lunchtime Series. The competition, open to students from all the major UK conservatoires, was founded in 2009 by the Sheepdrove Trust, under the patronage of Sir Roger Norrington. The winning pianist’s programme will feature works by Beethoven. Today’s recital is an opportunity to hear more of the winning pianist following the competition held at Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre, Lambourn on Sunday 14th May.
The Corn Exchange, Market Place Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218   boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Museums
16/05/2017 MUSEUM SEWING GROUP
 READING MUSEUM

Come along and join our sewing group. Relax in our café with like minded people and either bring your latest project or help us with minor repairs to some of the costume that we use in the museum for our educational sessions.
Forbury Gardens, Abbey Street, Reading RG1 3BB
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
16/05/2017 KATHRYN TICKELL AND THE SIDE
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Channeling their diverse musical experiences into a powerful new sound, The Side stays true to the spirit and essence of Kathryn Tickell’s own Northumbrian folk tradition whilst unleashing the talent and creativity of each individual musician. Evocative slow airs that could break your heart move seamlessly into life-affirming jigs and reels; Amy storms into a clog dance; Kathryn’s dizzying rapid-fire piping contrasts with the richness of Louisa’s cello and Ruth’s sparkling harp playing melds it all together. A very special evening is in store in the company of Kathryn Tickell and The Side.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218   boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site
Sport : Football
16/05/2017 ROYALS v FULHAM - SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF 2nd LEG

After a roller-coaster season, Jaap Stam's over-achieving Royals finished third in the Championship and in the end easily won a place in the play-offs. But now, after Saturday’s first leg at Fulham it’s a fight to the finish in the second leg. For the winner it’s a Whitsun bank holiday Monday date with Huddersfield or Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley.
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11, Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: RFC Ticket Office 0118 968 1313   ticketing@readingfc.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
17/05/2017 to 20/05/2017 CLASSIC COMEDIES - THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND PLUS THE CRITIC
 CAVERSHAM PARK THEATRE, READING

Caversham Park Theatre presents a night with not one but two classic comedies. In Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound we find two self-involved theatre critics who get more than they bargained for as they are dragged into the whodunnit they are there to critique. In R. B. Sheridan's The Critic, we meet another couple of critics who influence the play they are watching, rather than get involved in it - but not to the play's benefit... This one act version of the classic comedy, adapted by US playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, gets it's UK Premiere here.
The Milestone Centre, Caversham RG4 6PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 948 1377   sturge@cavparktheatre.org.uk   Event Web Site
17/05/2017 2MAGPIES THEATRE- VENTOUX
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France. It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani – whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen. Ventoux charts the parallel lives of these champions who overcame great adversity in tandem, and the mountain that cast them in opposing directions.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site
17/05/2017 to 20/05/2017 SINODUN PLAYERS PRESENT RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET
 WALLINGFORD CORN EXCHANGE

Shakespeare’s forgotten Rock and Roll Masterpiece! This adored and critically-acclaimed Olivier Award winning rock spectacular, loosely based on The Tempest, is a thrilling and energetic jukebox musical, packed with rock classics such as Great Balls of Fire, Good Vibrations, Shake, Rattle and Roll, Go Now and Young Girl. Baby boomers – come and re-live the days of your youth! Thatcher’s children and new-kids-on-the-block Millennials – come and see what it was all about!
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Wallingford OX10 0EG
MORE INFO: Carol Evans 0118 972 3628   carol.evans@sinodunplayers.org.uk   Event Web Site
18/05/2017 BALLET CENTRAL
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Ballet Central’s diverse range of dance and theatre returns to the Corn Exchange under the auspices of its new artistic director Christopher Marney. See the company’s young and dynamic dancers showcasing newly commissioned works and celebrated masterpieces. The repertoire for this year’s tour includes work by Sir Matthew Bourne, Christopher Bruce, Royal Ballet artist in residence Liam Scarlett and former English National Ballet’s Jenna Lee.
The Corn Exchange, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218   boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Travel
19/05/2017 to 21/05/2017 SOUTHERN MOTOR HOME SHOW

The Southern Motorhome Show on 19-21st May just keeps on growing! Ralliers are invited to head south for a weekend of 60’s themed entertainment complete with four nights’ on-site camping, motorhomes and accessories for sale. Dance the weekend away with a night of sixties celebrations. Come and browse over 200 exhibitors filling the trade area with 250+ new and used motorhomes, meanwhile you can also stock up on your lifestyle accessories from the thousands of products displayed, all conveniently in one place. On site with the Southern Motorhome show, will be the National Park and Holiday Homes show. This is an opportunity for visitors to explore the park and holiday home lifestyle, with over 25 choices on display from a range of manufacturers and park sites.
Newbury Showground, Chieveley RG18 9QZ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01778 391123   Event Web Site
Leisure : Exhibitions
20/05/2017 to 24/05/2017 A SPLASH OF COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

We are not alone in our ability to view the world in colour. Many species of birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians have superior colour vision. Yet our ability to be enchanted by colours which illuminate complex patterns, lines and shapes is probably a uniquely human quality. Of all our senses, perhaps our sight is the most precious. Through our colour vision we understand our world. It warns us of danger, makes objects quickly recognisable, and helps us to store and retrieve precious memories. From the earliest cave paintings we have learned to express our feelings and share our thoughts with each other through colour.
Thames Valley Park (TVP1 & 2), 300 Thames Valley Park Drive, Earley, Reading,
MORE INFO: Lou Griffiths 0800 0287338   info@thephotographicangle.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Museums
20/05/2017 to 23/09/2017 EXHIBITION: READING ABBEY QUARTER - THEN AND NOW
 READING MUSEUM

As work gets underway to reopen the Reading Abbey site in 2018 come and see how the Abbey Quarter has changed over the centuries through artworks in the Museum’s collection. Explore how the English Civil War impacted on the Abbey Ruins, the changing portrayal of the Abbey Gateway, the development of the Victorian pleasure gardens and its more recent past. As part of the exhibition there will also be an opportunity to feedback on the work being planned to introduce new display panels across the site. This is the visitor’s chance to help us plan for the future of Reading Abbey Quarter! Reading Abbey: Then and Now is part of the Reading Abbey Revealed project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Exhibition Enquiries 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
20/05/2017 TRAVELLING BY TUBA
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Around the world in 60 minutes - 80,000 miles a year and still not out of puff! Enjoy a fascinating voyage through the weird and wonderful world of the tuba and discover other instruments ancient and modern – Tibetan dungs, American sousaphone, Italian cimbasso, African kudus and an Australian didjeridu. With music from classical to jazz, there is plenty of audience participation. Join in with the opera Carmen and watch out for the exploding tuba! Travelling by Tuba is one of the UK’s busiest and most successful classical music duos who have developed a highly successful award-winning education programme suitable for children of all ages.
The Corn Exchange, Market Place Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218   boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site
20/05/2017 DOUBLEDOTBASH!
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

South Street is proud once again to partner with the doubledotdash!? collective and Darklands to bring you our annual, eclectic journey through sound and song. Truly established as a cult event in the Reading music calendar, the line once again promises to be an exceiting genre mash up of noise and ambience, full throttle assault and aural balm.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site
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20/05/2017 ST MARY MAGDALEN FAIR AND PLANT SALE

A chance to stock up on those plants for the garden, as well as a chance to buy homemade cakes, bric-a-brac or just play some games with the children. There's plenty to do at this event.
St Mary Magdalen, Kentwood Hill / Rodway Road Junction, Tilehurst RG31 6DR
MORE INFO: 0118 941 1713   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
21/05/2017 ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL - ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PRESENTS NOISY KIDS THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING
From romping, stomping wild horses to whizzy bumblebees, you'll be able to hear all manner of music creatures in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's Noisy Kids family concert! Introduced by the Orchestra's very own Dr Dolittle, Tim Steiner, this concert is packed full of animal inspired pieces and is the perfect introduction to classical music for you and your family.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site
21/05/2017 ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA WITH MARTIN ROSCOE
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Bursting brass at a galloping pace proclaims the opening of Rossini's William Tell Overture and the beginning of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's spring concert, led by conductor, Christian Kluxen. Joining the Orchestra for Mendelssohn's virtuosic Piano Concerto No.1 is a refined pianist with the wisdom of experience (Gramophone Magazine), Martin Roscoe. Opening with breathless urgency, Mendelssohns' light and joy filled piano concerto is almost improvisatory in its speed and excitement. Close the programme is Tchaikovsky's towering masterpiece, his Symphony No.6 'Pathetique'. Perhaps one of the most personal scores that the composer ever wrote, the piece is etched with heart-breaking intensity and was intended to be his own requiem.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site
21/05/2017 THE SIMON AND GARFUNKEL STORY
 THE MILL AT SONNING

The Simon and Garfunkel Story is a critically acclaimed concert style theatre show about two young boys from Queens, New York who went on to become the worlds most successful music duo of all time backed by a live band. With hits Mrs Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound, Scarborough Fair, The Sounds of Silence and many more.
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000   boxoffice@millatsonning.com   Event Web Site
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21/05/2017 ROYAL BERKSHIRE MEDICAL HERITAGE CENTRE

Museum showing changes in medicine that have taken place in the past 150 years. Also history of Royal Berkshire Hospital. Displays cover a wide range of areas including surgery , anaesthesia, nursing, blood letting (see live leeches) and wartime medicine.
Level 4, Main Entrance, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading RG1 5AN
MORE INFO: Museum Curator 0118 954 9371   Josephine.Cutts@royalberkshire.nhs.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
17/06/2017 to 17/05/2017 WOKINGHAM CHORAL SOCIETY - SURE ON THIS SHINING NIGHT

Wokingham Choral Society are delighted to present their summer concert, which will include a delightful selection of short works by several well-known composers including Holst, Elgar, Rachmaninov, Whitacre and Lauridsen. The concert will be conducted by our Musical Director, Patrick Allies and accompanied by Benedict Lewis-Smith.
All Saints’ Church, Wokingham RG40 1UE
MORE INFO: Ticket Enquiries 07900 057352   tickets@wokingham-choral-society.org.uk   Event Web Site