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

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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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.
MORE INFO: Toni Denyer 01883 832639   toni.denyer@mariecurie.org.uk   Event Web Site

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 : Days Out
07/04/2017 to 21/04/2017 EASTER EGG HUNT HENLEY

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
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

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

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

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
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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
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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

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
Leisure : Rivers

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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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
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
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

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
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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

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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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
Leisure : Days Out

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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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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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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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
Sport : Bowls

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 : Music

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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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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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

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
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Leisure : Days Out

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
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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 : Days Out

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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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
Hotels : Promotions

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

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
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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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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

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
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Leisure : Theatre

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

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
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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
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

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

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
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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