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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
Local Information :
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 : Art
07/03/2017 to 29/04/2017 ARTS EXHIBITION - PAINTINGS, CERAMICS, GLASS, SCULPTURE, PRINTS

Paintings: Stuart Buchanan, Paul Wright, Paul Kessling, Ashley Hanson, Alice Cescatti. Sculpture: Mark Hall, Frances Goddard, Sadie Brockbank, Rachel Ducker. Ceramics: Ray Church, John Bauer, Nichola Wright. Glass: Nicky Clarke. Prints: Kate Kessling, Mirren Kessling, Richard Scott, Kim Maher. Sometimes Closed Sunday and Monday. Best to email or phone first before setting out. Parking available outside the gallery which is situated opposite Hardwick Road.
Modern Artists Gallery High St Whitchurch on Thames RG8 7EX
MORE INFO: Exhibition Enquiries 0118 984 5893   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
16/03/2017 to 06/05/2017 ALAN AYCKBOURN - IMPROBABLE FICTION
 THE MILL AT SONNING

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house sat six members of Pendon Writers’ Circle. All suffering the same predicament - Writer’s block! Jess writes bodice rippers. Grace creates children’s stories. Vivvi has completed her 6th crime novel – unpublished of course! Clem is a sci-fi fanatic. Brevis is adapting The Pilgrim’s Progress into – wait for it – a musical!
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000   admin@millatsonning.com   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 : Theatre
06/04/2017 to 22/07/2017 TWELFTH NIGHT
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

The Watermill has become known around the world for its bold, ensemble driven approach to presenting Shakespeare. For our anniversary year we celebrate this rich history by presenting a brand new production of a play that balances comedy, romance and tragedy in equal measure. Bohemian, outlandish, isolated: Illyria is a land where everyone has lost something and they will use any means to survive. Viola is washed ashore. Compelled to survive in a mysterious ethereal land, she disguises herself as Cesario to serve the solitary Duke Orsino. What follows is a tale of mistaken identities, seduction and transformation, leading to a complex love triangle and the potential destruction of all propriety. This production is reimagined in the 1920s where prohibition is rife and Europe is still reeling in the wake of war.
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044   boxoffice@watermill.org.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
17/04/2017 to 22/04/2017 THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

APL Theatre LTD proudly present Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. An ancient family curse, a desolate moor, a spectral hound, and a deranged killer on the loose… the game is afoot!The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of the greatest stories of the twentieth century and its macabre appeal has made it the most popular of the Sherlock Holmes adventures. The trusty companion, Dr Watson takes you on a trip from 221B Baker Street to eerie Baskerville Hall, in this cleverly innovative, witty and nail biting production about literature’s most brilliant detective.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888   info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk   Event Web Site
19/04/2017 to 22/04/2017 READING OPERATIC SOCIETY - LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Once again we welcome Reading Operatic Society’s extremely talented young cast to deliver an evening’s entertainment of singing and dancing with their latest show Legally Blonde. Based on the novel and hit movie, the musical chronicles the journey of the famously perky Elle Woods the girl who has it all. She’s President of her sorority, Hawiian Tropical Girl, voted Miss June in her campus and above all she is a natural blonde. However her life is turned upside down when she is dumped by her boyfriend Warner Huntingdon III. because she is ’too blonde.‘ In an effort to prove to Warner that she is more than a dumb blonde she worms her way into Harvard Law school to try and win him back. She struggles to fit in and do well but ultimately she defies expectations and manages to stay true to her delightfully pink and blonde personality.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
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
Leisure : Theatre
20/04/2017 to 29/04/2017 THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE
 WOKINGHAM THEATRE

This is the story of the shy, reclusive Little Voice and her larger than life, out of control Mother, Mari. Desperately missing her dead father, Little Voice spends her time locked in her bedroom, listening to his old record collection and perfecting astonishing impersonations of famous divas including Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Dusty Springfield. She hides in her room, crooning and dreaming of love, while her disheveled mother mistakes a seedy agent’s interest as affection rather than enthusiasm for the gold mine buried in her daughter’s throat.
Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road Wokingham RG40 5TU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 978 5363   boxoffice@wokinghamtheatre.org.uk   Event Web Site
21/04/2017 LONE PIGEON PLUS DOMINIC WAXING LYRICAL AND BELL LUNGS
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Lone Pigeon is the solo moniker of outsider pop auteur Gordon Anderson whose CV includes being a founder member of The Beta Band, frontman of The Aliens and being responsible for a slew of acclaimed, self released albums (collected together by Domino Records as a Box Set titled Time Capsule). Dominic Waxing Lyrical is Edinburgh-based poet and musician Dominic Harris. Acclaimed in the 90's by the likes of John Peel and Jonathan Richmond, he is re-entering the musical landscape with his much anticipated new album (his first in almost two decades). His regular band comprises Edinburgh band Aberfeldy, but in Reading he presents a stripped back show as a duo. And finally, making up an incredible triple bill is Edinburgh collector of instruments and weaver of songs Bell Lungs.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site
21/04/2017 MARK NIGHTINGALE - TROMBONE
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

A welcome return of this internationally renowned jazz artist. He is a much in demand session musician. He plays regularly in bands led by Andy Panayi, Alan Barnes, Laurence Cottle and Stan Tracey. Supported by a young jazz great – Simon Marsh (sax). With the superb rhythm section headed by Clark Tracey (drums) this combination is quite magical!
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997   boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site
21/04/2017 MYRA DUBOIS - SELF ADMYRA
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Fresh from her appearance on BBC1's The John Bishop Show, Rotherham's least celebrated daughter comes to Maidenhead. Expect acid-tongued conversation, razor sharp observation, songs and maybe even dance (if her hip's up to it) in this unapologetic hour of self-adoration.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997   boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   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 MURDER MYSTERY - GARDENS GAME AT CLIVEDEN
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

A new game around the gardens of Cliveden. Band together with your family and friends to solve the murder of Lord Mucke, found murdered on the estate. Seek out clues, solve puzzles and unravel the mystery before the killer strikes again... Suitable for ages 8+. Booking Not Needed.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead SL1 8NS
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 01628 605069   Event Web Site
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
22/04/2017 to 23/04/2017 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
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 : Theatre
22/04/2017 ARE YOU LISTENING? FESTIVAL - VARIOUS READING VENUES
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Are You Listening? Festival returns for its fifth edition, following the overwhelming success of the first four years’ events, which has seen around 5,000 festival-goers raise over £34,000 for Reading Mencap. That is a small local charity that provides information, support and respite services for children and adults with learning difficulties, disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders, along with their families. They are affiliated to the UK’s leading learning disability charity, Royal Mencap, but receive no financial support from them. As well as top acts from around the country, the festival also focuses on supporting the local music scene from the grass roots level, with it being festival policy to ensure at least 70% of the artist bookings are from Reading and the Berkshire area. Each year, around 70 volunteers provide crucial support to the festival, and the organizers would love to hear from anyone interested in getting involved this year, with great benefits on offer including a free festival ticket, T-shirt, a meal and drinks! Please email communityfundraiser@readingmencap.org.uk  if you would like to support the festival this year. VENUES: Milk (18+), Oakford Social Club (18+), Public (18+), Purple Turtle (18+) Rising Sun Arts Centre (14+), St Laurence Church (14+), South Street Arts Centre (14+), Sub89 (14+).
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site
22/04/2017 BRAINIAC LIVE
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Strap on your safety goggles boys and girls, science’s greatest and most volatile live show is returning with a vengeance! Brainiac Live! is back due to popular demand and is more mischievous than ever before. Based on the multi-award winning TV show, Brainiac Live! will take you on a breathless ride through the wild world of the weird and wonderful.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218   boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site
22/04/2017 PASEDENA ROOF ORCHESTRA
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Since 1969 the Pasadena Roof Orchestra has been faithfully re-creating the glories of popular music from the 1920s and 1930s. This fun-packed, humour- filled show, features timeless classics from the great American song book – those wonderful songs that miraculously lifted people’s spirits during the depression era. Presenting, singing, and putting on the top hat white tie and tails, is the suave band leader, Duncan Galloway. So pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music, with more than a dash of wit and humour.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123   sales@southhillpark.org.uk   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
Local Information :
22/04/2017 THAMES VALLEY ANCIENT EGYPT SOCIETY LECTURE - EGYPTIAN COFFINS

Egyptian Coffins: Exploring the carpenter's craft Dr Geoffrey Killen will examine coffin manufacture from earliest times to the very sophisticated later products, with carpentry methods established by CT scanning and the work of the Deir el-Medina carpenters in making funerary furniture will be explored. Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society.
Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: 01491 838803   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
Leisure : Theatre
23/04/2017 WEST FOREST CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Featuring the sonorous tones of the cor anglais and the silvery beauty of the flute sound, the West Forest Chamber Ensemble presents a varied programme ranging from the lushness of Glinka to the energetic brilliance and melodic elegance of the Poulenc Sonata for flute and piano. An unusually agile side to the cor anglais is displayed in David Gordon’s exuberant Bebop Tango.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484 123   sales@southhillpark.org.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
Leisure : Theatre
24/04/2017 to 29/04/2017 TWO PLAYS - THE WRITER BIRD, AND THE SWASTIKA PARTY
 PROGRESS THEATRE, READING

Following on from the success of ten years of WriteFest, and as part of our commitment to supporting local writers and directors, Progress Theatre is proud to present an evening of two one-act plays. THE WRITER BIRD is a journey down the writing rabbit hole. Drawing on both physical and absurdist theatre for its inspiration, it is in some senses a call to arms to our local writers. It is written by Emily Goode, whose work has frequently been performed at WriteFest. THE SWASTIKA PARTY is set in London’s East End in 1941, a city  shrouded in smoke, and destruction. The heart of the Blitz. This is a story about friendships under pressure and how symbols can impact on their lives. Written by Paul Levy, this play has become increasingly relevant to our changing political landscape.
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 384 2195   longshorttall@progresstheatre.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
24/04/2017 to 26/04/2017 THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

A musical play adapted and directed by DAVID WOOD, based on the book by JUDITH KERR. Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem...expect to be surprised!
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site
24/04/2017 to 29/04/2017 GABRIEL
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

A family held captive in Nazi occupied Guernsey.  A mysterious stranger with no history. Only one chance of survival. Starring Paul McGann (Withnail and I, Doctor Who and The Monocled Mutineer) and Belinda Lang (2point4 Children, Second Thoughts) written by Moira Buffini (Handbagged, wonder.land), this electric drama with edge-of-your-seat suspense is directed by award winning Kate McGregor and produced by Theatre6; producers of the award winning, West End smash hit The Scottsboro Boys. 
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888   info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk   Event Web Site
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
25/04/2017 INUA ELLAMS AND FUEL - AN EVENING WITH AN IMMIGRANT
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, in 1996 award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England aged 12, moved to Ireland for three years, before returning to London and starting work as a writer and graphic designer. Part of this story was documented in his hilarious autobiographical Edinburgh Fringe First Award-winning play The 14th Tale, but much of it is untold. Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, Inua will tell his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant-story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, directing an arts festival at his college in Dublin, performing solo shows at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or place to call home.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site
25/04/2017 to 26/04/2017 AN AUDIENCE WITH IAN WAITE AND NATALIE LOWE - SOMEWHERE IN TIME
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Ian and Natalie will deliver a night you will remember forever... Strictly’s favourite couple are back with a bang after their first successful UK Tour. Ian and Natalie have developed a whole new show with newly choreographed routines of their favourite Ballroom and Latin dances. The dance showcase spectacular will give full on entertainment with a romantic feel and will transport you away to a place of wonderful moments, with lots of laughs and stories along the way. The pro-pairing have been on our screens for 8 years on the hit BBC show and are best known for their high-intensity performances. Ian and Natalie have become family favourites, as they have always pushed the boundaries of dance to bring the best out of their celebrity couple.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218   boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site
Local Information :
25/04/2017 BUSINESS BISCOTTI WOKINGHAM NETWORKING EVENT

Wokingham Biscotti meets the last Tuesday of each month at Cantley House Hotel, Milton Road, Wokingham You are invited to the next Wokingham Business Biscotti business networking event starting at 09.30am until 11.30am. Business Biscotti is what networking is all about - meeting and forming business relationships with like-minded people. We like to think we provide an antidote to formal networking.
Cantley House Hotel, Milton Road, Wokingham RG40 5QG
MORE INFO: Peter Morris 0118 947 5857   peter@pinewoodassetfinance.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
26/04/2017 INHOLMES - OPEN IN AID OF NGS GARDENS

Set in 10-acres with views over parkland. Lots to enjoy with large walled garden, rose Bedfordshire, cutting and sunken garden. Individual touches incl brightly painted gates and benches and spooky wood. Walks to lake and meadow. Beautiful display of bulbs and bluebell wood in spring, then in summer the inspirational borders burst with colour.
Inholmes, Woodlands St Mary, Berkshire RG17 7SY
MORE INFO: Open Day Organiser 07811 381211   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
26/04/2017 HEAVY POP PRESENTS PALACE PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

They sing of escapism, death and diving headfirst into relationships they know will destroy them. They make sumptuous, soulful rock music in a dour ex-munitions factory. They're the fatalistic sound of the future. You are cordially invited to Palace, this generation's most moving evolution in alt-rock.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site
26/04/2017 to 27/04/2017 JASMIN VARDIMON - PINOCCHIO
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Be charmed by Jasmin Vardimon’s joyous and wildly imaginative take on the classic Collodi fairytale. With clever humour, engaging drama and theatrical innovation, Pinocchio takes us on a magical journey as he discovers what it is to be human. With trademark choreographic style, Vardimon’s breath-taking dancers bring to life the enchanting world of the famous marionette in this visual delight for all the family.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123   sales@southhillpark.org.uk   Event Web Site
26/04/2017 to 29/04/2017 TAKE ME TO... HENLEY AMATEUR OPERATIC AND DRAMATIC SOCIETY
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

TAKE ME TO....Avenue Q, and on the way meet Matilda, or even The Phantom of the Opera. Don’t forget we are Crazy for You at the Cabaret, then a quick trip to Spamalot where We Will Rock You with The Boyfriend. On to a Wonderful Town with Sweet Charity, meet a Funny Girl on The Way To The Forum, and a Thoroughly Modern Millie who is not Wicked, but very much My Fair Lady, and many, many more...
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698   KentonTheatre@gmail.com   Event Web Site
26/04/2017 to 29/04/2017 THE DROWNED WORLD
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

In a world drowned in totalitarianism and decay, Tara and Julian are in hiding from police who have been carrying out systematic raids and mandated “quarantines” of individuals who possess “radiance”, a condition that separates citizens and non-citizens. They intrude into the apartment of Citizen Darren, who agrees to protect them, while Kelly, a police officer with a quarantine order, is sent undercover to find them.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123   sales@southhillpark.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Museums
27/04/2017 MUSEUM SURGERY
 READING MUSEUM

Visitors can discover more about the collections, or ask for help in identifying interesting objects (NB no valuations can be given). Every Thursday, in the Box Room.
Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
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 ROCHARD HERRING - THE BEST
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Richard Herring, King of the Edinburgh Fringe, Metro columnist and the UK's Podfather (RHLSTP, AIOTM) picks his favourite routines from his 12 one-man shows and crams them into 90 minutes for your delectation. From his deconstruction of the genealogy of Christ to him proving that racists are less racist than liberals, via some of the best knob jokes in the business. Will your favourite routine make the cut? A great introduction to this influential cult comedian for the newcomer and a welcome greatest hits for long term fans.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site
27/04/2017 THE CONSONE STRING QUARTET
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

The Consone String Quartet won the 2016 Royal Over-seas League competition and focus on classical music. They play period instruments bringing a new freshness and clarity to the music. The concert will feature popular string quartets by Haydn, Schubert and Mendelssohn.
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997   boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site
27/04/2017 DELPHINE
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Delphine is 30 and up to now the possibility of falling in love has only ever existed in her imagination. Now something has happened. Join Delphine in her home, enter her world and help yourself to a mint.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box office 01628 788997   boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site
27/04/2017 OH SUSANNA, PLUS HANNAH SANDERS AND BEN SAVAGE
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

An unmissable double-bill of Canadian singer/songwriter Oh Susanna and English duo Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, that was formed after a residential in Toronto where the artists worked on a 90 minute show that mixes their own material and new trio arrangements into a varied and brilliant concert show.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244   box.office@anvilarts.org.uk   Event Web Site
27/04/2017 LA BOHEME
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Introducing the international soprano Alyona Kistenyova as Mimi and starring Olga Perrier, the international French Soprano as Musetta Directed by Ellen Kent, this brand new production is traditionally staged and features beautiful sets and costumes. La bohème is one of the most romantic operas ever written. It tells the tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer. The set reflects the Bohemian art of the period and will include a brass band, snow effects and Musetta’s dog will also make an entrance.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244   box.office@anvilarts.org.uk   Event Web Site
27/04/2017 to 28/04/2017 THE EMPTY NESTERS CLUB
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Join Vicky Barret for the inaugural meeting of The Empty Nesters’ Club. If your children have left home and the nest is empty, this is the group for you. Vicky will share her story of empty bedrooms, fresher’s flu, boyfriends, long goodbyes, motorway service stations and trips to Ikea; and how she fought back to be the woman she is today - exhausted!
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218   boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   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 : Theatre
27/04/2017 KING KING
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

This event has now sold out. Please call the box office on 01256 844244 to be added to the waiting list.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244   box.office@anvilarts.org.uk   Event Web Site
Sport : Football
27/04/2017 DEAF FRIENDLY FOOTBALL

A tailormade football session for people with hearing impairments and other disabilities. Run by the FA - who will provide coaches - the sessions are supported by SportsAble, Berks & Bucks Football Association and Deaf Positives Action. Everyone welcome. Friendly atmosphere guaranteed.
Braywick Sports Ground - Pitch 3G, Braywick Road, Maidenhead SL6 1BN
MORE INFO: 01628 627 690   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 : Dance
28/04/2017 MAIDENHEAD 30s to 60s PARTY FOR SINGLES AND COUPLES

These parties are THE place for 30s to 60s to dance, romance, meet new people and make new friends. From 8.30pm till 1am Top DJ playing your favourite chart and dance music from '80s to date. These parties are popular so it's a good idea to pre-book via website below. Gents collared shirt required. No trainers, T shirts, jumpers, etc. Right of admission reserved.
Bird Hills Golf Club, Drift Rd, Hawthorn Hill (A330), nr Maidenhead, SL6 3ST
MORE INFO: Gill or Brian 0800 3134441   info@dance-parties.co.uk   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
Leisure : Theatre
28/04/2017 SHAKIN' STEVENS - ECHOES OF OUR TIMES
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

With 33 hit singles and four UK No. 1s to his name, the Platinum-selling entertainer and performer will be exciting his audiences as he performs new tracks from Echoes Of Our Times, along with classic hits, and a few surprises. The tour will see this Welsh singer unveil another side to his talents, as an artist, songwriter and storyteller. Echoes Of Our Times blends blues, roots, Americana and classic rock. Detailing stories from his intriguing family history, Shakin’ Stevens has created a remarkable musical tribute to his once mysterious past.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site
28/04/2017 THE UNTHANKS - HOW THE WILD WIND BLOWS
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

A wistful mother in the 1950s makes some simple home recordings in her family sitting room. Little could she have known that decades later, her son would become one of the most poetic and influential songwriters ever, or that more than sixty years later, the dust would be blown off her own songs.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244   box.office@anvilarts.org.uk   Event Web Site
28/04/2017 ANDREW LAWRENCE - THE HATE SPEECH TOUR
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

An evening of provocative comedy with double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee. Seen on BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Dave’s One Night Stand, as well as star of his self-penned BBC Radio 4 series, There Is No Escape. Join one of the UK’s most controversial comedians as he presents a new show of morally repugnant material all for the sake of a cheap laugh. Come and be sure to take everything at face value.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218   boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site
28/04/2017 to 29/04/2017 PIANIST TIM VALENTINE AT THE MILL, SONNING
 THE MILL AT SONNING

Come and be blown away by international pianist Tim Valentine as he treats visitors to our Waterwheel Bar to an evening of beautiful music on Friday and Saturday nights. Unable to read music, Tim plays the piano ‘by ear’ and is loved and appreciated by a wide range of people, both young and old. Tim lives locally and is well worth seeing whether you are visiting The Mill for a show or just for fun. He takes requests on the spot and provides the perfect background sound for a wonderful evening of eating and drinking with friends and family in the bar.
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000   admin@millatsonning.com   Event Web Site
28/04/2017 CLUB VELOCITY
 RISING SUN ARTS CENTRE

BURNT TOMORROW - Your fave forward thinking folk punks. One of our fave local bands. HORSE ROCK - Fast becoming Silver Street legends.Last seen round these parts supporting John Otway at Sub89. Where they made a lot of friends. Surf for real punks. For fans of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet or Man or Astro-man.Great live. THE RUMPO KIDZ - 
A good old rabble of punks, doing your faves as only they can. TV Smith is a HUGE fan. Featuring ex members of Cuckoooland, Oizone and Shellys Children.
Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 986 6788   info@risingsun-artscentre.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
28/04/2017 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen's witty and romantic masterpiece is one of the best-loved stories of all time, dealing with the most important questions in life... The literary classic gets the full Pantaloons treatment in this beautifully hilarious and delightfully innovative new adaptation.
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997   boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site
Local Information :
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
MORE INFO: Ticket Enquiries 0333 666 3366   Telepfestival@dorchester-abbey.org.uk   Event Web Site
Local Information :
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
Local Information :
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
MORE INFO: Ticket Enquiries 0333 666 3366   Telepfestival@dorchester-abbey.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
29/04/2017 to 01/05/2017 SPLASH, BUBBLES AND BALLOONS SHOW AT THE LOOKOUT DISCOVERY CENTRE

This bubbling and explosive show is not to be missed! Can we really make water disappear? Can we set fire to balloons? Come and find out in this new, live and interactive science show! Please note that a minimum of 10 people are needed for shows to proceed. There is no need to pre-book tickets for the shows; tickets can be purchased from reception on the day. Suitable for children who can sit still for 30 minutes. Show times are at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3.15pm, subject to minimum numbers. Shows run at weekends and Bracknell school holidays. The cost of the show is £1.95 per person in addition to the main entrance price to the hands-on science and nature exhibition.
The Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell RG12 7QW
MORE INFO: Lookout Events Organiser 01344 354400   customer.services@bracknell-forest.gov.uk   Event Web Site
29/04/2017 WOODLEY SATURDAY MARKET

Woodley Shopping Centre is now home to a Thriving Saturday Market. Fresh foods,Great Vegetables, Wet Fish, Butcher, Breads Clothes Local produce and Craft Stalls fill the Town Centre every Saturday offering local residents and visitors more choice whilst they shop. Occasionally some Local Brass bands join in the fun or Morris Dancers.
Woodley Town Centre RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: Town Centre Manager 0118 921 6920   tcm@woodley.gov.uk   Event Web Site
29/04/2017 to 01/05/2017 NARROWBOAT CRUISES FROM NEWBURY WHARF

Jubilee is a traditional narrowboat purpose built for carrying passengers. It has seating for up to 29 passengers. Jubilee is crewed by volunteers of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust. A licensed bar, refreshments and a toilet are available on board.
The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
MORE INFO: Trip Ticket Enquiries 01380 721279 or 07716 460562   office.manager@katrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Museums
29/04/2017 TEA AND TALKS AT 2 - NOT SO SECRET HISTORY OF FREEMASONRY
 READING MUSEUM

Mark Dennis, curator of London’s Library and Museum of Freemasonry, offers a fascinating insight into the history of Freemasonry in Great Britain and how the organisation’s story weaves into broader historical themes. Not to be missed! Refreshments will be provided.
Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
29/04/2017 BAYEUX TAPESTRY TOUR AT READING MUSEUM
 READING MUSEUM

Enjoy a guided tour of the famous full-size replica of the magnificent Bayeux Tapestry. No need to book - entry is free.
Reading Museum and Town Hall, Reading RG1 1QH

MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
29/04/2017 READING MUSEUM GALLERY TOUR
 READING MUSEUM

Want to know more about Reading Abbey and its impact on the town? Join our trained volunteer guides for an updated tour that includes more on the Abbey Quarter’s history. Hear about our exciting plans to transform the area into a unique historical and cultural destination. This is followed by an introductory tour around the museum’s galleries taking in a selection of fascinating objects on display. Why not stay for lunch and enjoy the Bayeux Tapestry tour at 2.15pm?
Reading Museum and Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
29/04/2017 CHERRY LEE MEWIS
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Championed by Imelda May, Seasick Steve and Walter Trout, the 5ft-nothing, power-house singer songwriter, together with her smokin' hot band including long time collaborator and guitarist Max Milligan, have produced a sound described as dashes of ragtime, country blues, a couple blades of bluegrass and a pinch of Americana.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244   box.office@anvilarts.org.uk   Event Web Site
29/04/2017 FEEL THE BEAT - FOCUS
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

Well last year we looked over the Horizon wondering what was in store for FTB! This year these young performers, some as young as four, have worked exceptionally hard. Trying new styles and challenging themselves every step of the way. We are very proud to have some wonderful pieces to present to you. It was a hazy start as we dried our tears watching one of our own leave to follow their dreams. But FTB! are back as strong as ever to show you that if you want to have fun and still get it right, you just need to FOCUS!
Arlington Arts, Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246   boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk   Event Web Site
29/04/2017 YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND - THE MUSIC OF JAMES TAYLOR AND CAROLE KING
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

From the creators of the smash hit show The Simon & Garfunkel Story, You’ve Got A Friend celebrates two of the world’s greatest songwriters of all time - James Taylor and Carole King. This musical journey intertwines some of the greatest songs ever written including I Feel The Earth Move, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, How Sweet It Is, Fire & Rain, You Make Me Feel and the beautiful, You’ve Got A Friend.
The Corn Exchange, Market Place Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218   boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site
29/04/2017 GINO'S ITALIAN ESCAPE - LIVE
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Fresh from a hugely successful fourth series of Gino’s Italian Escape, Gino D’Acampo is bringing his passion and flair for Italian cookery to Basingstoke. Gino, a proud and fun-loving Neapolitan with irrepressible humour, will demonstrate how to cook signature dishes from his beloved Italy – and he’s sure to be inviting some lucky audience members to join him on stage for a memorable, up-close experience.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244   box.office@anvilarts.org.uk   Event Web Site
29/04/2017 VIVA SANTANA
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Voted into the Top 5 must see tribute bands by Classic Rock Magazine, Viva Santana have taken their superb interpretation of the Carlos Santana Latino rock/blues back catalogue all over the world to packed houses. Expect classy guitar licks over danceable percussion, as the band roll their way through Samba Pati, Changes, Soul Sacrifice, Oye Como Va, Smooth and other highlights from Santana's 30 year career. The seven-piece Viva Santana feature Spanish guitar wizard Marcos Rodriguez on electric and acoustic guitar and two incredible percussionists to match Carlos' Abraxas days.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244   box.office@anvilarts.org.uk   Event Web Site
29/04/2017 A BIT OF MAGIC WITH STU AND FRIENDS
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Bringing a smorgasbord of colourful cabaret acts to Newbury, comedy magician Stu Turner hosts a brilliant night packed full of talent. Join us for laughs, tricks, burlesque, sketches, impressions and more! Blending comedy and magic with absolute nonsense. Combining one-liners, visual gags, and very clever magic, Stu also uses audience participation to create a unique and enjoyable show.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218   boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site
29/04/2017 to 30/04/2017 THE LINDA BUTLER SCHOOL OF DANCE SHOWCASE
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

This is a very exciting show including two ballets, Jewels and Cinderella and A Journey through the Seasons for our modern and tap showcase. This is promising to be a truly spectacular show full of enjoyment.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 07785 316612   sales@southhillpark.org.uk   Event Web Site
Local Information :
29/04/2017 WALLINGFORD LOCAL PRODUCERS' SATURDAY MARKET

To make available produce grown or produced within a 30 mile radius of Wallingford, sourcing ingredients, wherever possible from within that area. To educate and promote the benefits of locally produced food and other products thereby supporting a vibrant and dynamic local economy. The market was started in 2007 by some of the current stallholders as a means to reach the local community. The produce available ranges from meat (pork, beef, lamb), fruit and vegetables, plants, bread, cheeses, wines, beers,cakes ready prepared food, chocolate, jams, preserves, crafts including wood, knitting, jewellery, cosmetics, pottery, photography, painting and much more. 10am to 1pm.
Regal Centre, St Martin’s Street, Wallingford OX10 0DP
MORE INFO: Dennis Jackson   admin@wlpm.org.uk   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 ALDWORTH VILLAGE MARKET

Aldworth's award winning Saturday Market takes place every Saturday morning in the Village Hall. Here you can buy vegetables and other produce, cakes and bread, newspapers and sweets. Please note that bread and newspapers must be pre-ordered.
Aldworth Village Hall, Bell Lane, Aldworth RG8 9SB
MORE INFO: 01635 578090   Event Web Site
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29/04/2017 WALLINGFORD HISTORIC GUIDED WALKS

By popular demand, you can now join a Guided Historic Town Walk on any Saturday morning, from mid-April until the end-September starting from beneath the Town Hall at 11.00am. Walks last 1 - 2 hours and cost £5 per head, as a donation to support Wallingford Museum. These are general walks covering the rich history of our town, but also touching on the links with Agatha Christie and 'Midsomer Murders'. They will appeal to residents and visitors alike. There’s no need to book, just turn up at the Town Hall undercroft at 11.00am on any Saturday until 30 Sept.
Wallingford Town Hall OX10 0EG
MORE INFO: Philip Burton 01491 836200   pburton6@talktalk.net   Event Web Site
Sport : Football
29/04/2017 ROYALS v WIGAN - SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP

After a roller-coaster season, Jaap Stam's over-achieving Royals need just one more point to be certain of a place in the play-offs. They could even get there by default if lucky Leeds don't win both their remaining games. Reading really should have wrapped it up by getting something from last Saturday's game at Nottingham Forest, but in another poor defensive display, they went under 3-2. And although Wigan are third from bottom, this one won't be easy, because they Wigan need to win both their last two games to have a chance of staying up. More nail-biting at the Mad Stad!
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
30/04/2017 KID CARPET'S SUPER ROCKIN' ROAD SHOW
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

Arlington Arts Centre and David Gibb are proud to present Big Beat Little Feet, a brand new series of concerts aimed at creating a unique live music experience the whole family can enjoy. Rooted in the firm belief that good music should be for everyone, Arlington has teamed up with award-winning family musician and songwriter David Gibb to help curate and host the concerts. Gibb, whose latest show was described by The Guardian as "packed full of catchy, toe tapping numbers", will be handpicking some of the very best family-friendly live music acts across the UK and beyond. From stomping folk groups, to upbeat balkan jazz, rock n' roll to good old fashioned singer songwriters, there'll be something for everyone whether they're 3 or 103.
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246   boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk   Event Web Site
30/04/2017 GENESIS REVISITED - WITH STEVE HACKETT
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Former Genesis guitarist and prog legend Steve Hackett is returning with an exciting new show for a 15 date UK tour after his outstanding performance at this year’s inaugural Stone Free Festival. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic Genesis album Wind and Wuthering, Steve and his band will be performing several tracks from the album as well as fan favourites such as ‘The Musical Box’ and other Genesis numbers never performed before by Steve's band.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site
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30/04/2017 MALVERLEYS GARDEN OPEN IN AID OF NGS CHARITY

10 acres of dynamic gardens which have been developed over the last 5 yrs to include magnificent mixed borders and a series of contrasting yew hedged rooms, hosting flame borders, a cool garden and a pond garden. A vegetable garden with striking fruit cages sit within a walled garden, also encompassing a white garden. Meadows open out to views over the parkland.
Malverleys, East End, Newbury RG20 0AA
MORE INFO: Open Garden Enquiries 01483 211535   ngs.org.uk/shop-online.aspx   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
Sport : Horse Racing
01/05/2017 FAMILY FUN DAY AT ROYAL WINDSOR RACECOURSE

The popular family fun day is back, bigger and better than ever with fun activities for children of all ages to enjoy. The day is set to be fun filled action from start to finish for all the family. Entrance is FREE for racegoers under the age of 18 when accompanied by an adult. A Family with up to six children with entry to the Grandstand for only £36! Pony rides, Face-painting, Bouncy castles including a Paw Patrol castle and a Disco Dome, Bouncy Castle assault course for those with a competitive streak, Performances from the Flying Seagull project across the day on the main stage, Funfair attractions – Charges apply, inc Dodgems, Flying Dumbo, Twist, Flying Planes and Bungee Trampolines.
Royal Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5JJ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01753 498400   office@windsor-racecourse.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
02/05/2017 to 06/05/2017 HENLEY DRAMA FESTIVAL
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

The Henley Drama Festival is in its 44th year. It is a competitive festival of one act plays, performed by amateur drama groups, schools and stage schools of all ages. At the end of each evening a professional adjudicator will provide friendly, helpful and constructive criticism. A gala evening will be held on Sat. 6th May when trophies and awards will be presented. The Henley Drama Festival is pleased to welcome back: Henley Players, HAODS, Stageworks, Young Theatre, Didcot Phoenix Theatre Drama Group, Friendly Bombs and Sinodun.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698   KentonTheatre@gmail.com   Event Web Site
02/05/2017 CORN EXCHANGE YOUTH COMPANY SHOWCASE - GRIMM TALES
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Join us for an evening of performances from the Corn Exchange's Dance and Drama Companies. Each company will be sharing performance pieces created during their weekly sessions at the Corn Exchange and New Greenham Arts, all based on the vivid German fairy tales of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The evening will include performances of Hansel & Gretel, Snow White and from our Mini and Youth Drama groups as well as a dance interpretation of Rapunzel from our Youth Dance Company.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218   boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
03/05/2017 UK WOLF CONSERVATION TRUST VISIT WEDNESDAYS

The Trust is open every Wednesday from 11am – 4pm. A wonderful day out for all the family, with photo opportunities from a photographic platform area, regular talks by the keepers, watch the wolves being fed at 2pm and, of course, our ambassador wolves. Come to see our Arctic wolves, admire our Beenham pack and see our older wolves, including mischievous Mosi, majestic Mai and Motomo. We have a photography platform overlooking the Beenham pack and you'll be able to see the Torak and Mosi via a large picture window in our shop and education centre. Free parking is available and there are toilets on-site. Our well stocked shop will be open for you to purchase souvenirs of your day. There will be tea/ coffee, squash refreshments available to purchase by donation, but no food. Outdoor picnic tables available. No walks or wolf contact is available on this day. Additional children’s activities will be held during school holidays. Adults £8, Children 3-12 £5, under 3's free. No booking required. Pay on arrival. Please note: no dogs are allowed on-site or to be left in parked cars.
Butlers Farm, Beenham, Reading, Berks, RG7 5NT
MORE INFO: Lynn Kent 0118 971 3330   ukwct@ukwolf.org   Event Web Site
03/05/2017 WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY AT WALLINGFORD CASTLE MEADOWS

Our roving Wildlife Wednesday visits a different Earth Trust community nature reserve each school holiday. Come out and play and learn about your local wildlife! FREE thanks to Whittard, through TOE2, with funds raised by the 5p plastic bag charge.
Wallingford Castle Meadows, Cemetery Lane, Wallingford OX10 8DL
MORE INFO: 01865 407792   Event Web Site
Leisure : Museums
03/05/2017 TALES FOR TOTS - STORY TIME FOR UNDER 5's
 READING MUSEUM

Drop in - free of charge - and bring your under-5's to catch a story or two using objects from the museum collection. 10.30am to 11.30am
Reading Museum, Old Town Hall, Blagrave Street
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 939 9800   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
03/05/2017 STORY TIME AT THE MILL - OI FROG!
 THE MILL AT SONNING

Join us at 10:30am on Wednesday morning for a magical storytelling session in the theatre, followed by colouring-in and dressing-up in the bar. Entry is £3.50 per child (payable on the door) which includes a healthy snack and drink.
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000   admin@millatsonning.com   Event Web Site
03/05/2017 DIVIDED KINGSDOMS
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Join Interakt as they present a brand new piece of theatre devised by the group. A lion has a secret. Something is coming; the Lions can feel it in their paws, the Gorillas can smell it in the air, the birds have eyes everywhere but can't see it, yet they sense it. Taking the The Lion King as inspiration, members have worked together to create a response to the story, featuring movement sequences, shadow puppetry and an original composition. Things aren't as they once were and will never be again because a lion has a secret. Something is coming; beware the laughter.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218   boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site
Sport : Horse Racing
03/05/2017 DISCOVER ASCOT RACEDAY

Enjoy the first day of the Flat season at the world’s most famous racecourse. As part of our commitment to introducing new audiences to the sport there is no cost for Queen Anne Enclosure (formerly Grandstand Admission) on this day and Kind Edward VII Enclosure is only £13 in advance. For racing enthusiasts, this is the curtain raiser for the Flat season. Featured is the £60,000 Group 3 Longines Sagaro Stakes, one of the most important trial races for The Gold Cup, which takes place on the third day of Royal Ascot.
Ascot Racecourse, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Box Office 0870 727 1234   enquiries@ascot.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
04/05/2017 THE MANDOLINQUENTS AND STEVE TILSTON
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

Steve Tilston, one of England’s most celebrated songsmiths and guitarists, is the Mandolinquents special guest. The amazing story of how Steve’s “lost” letter from John Lennon became the inspiration for a film starring Al Pacino is just part of this musician's extraordinary life story. The writer of many classic songs, Steve is also a published author. His first novel All for Poor Jack is a historical tale set in Bristol and the New World, full of colourful characters. It’s a mighty good read and has been enjoyed by the likes of Bob Dylan no less!
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246   boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk   Event Web Site
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04/05/2017 WOKINGHAM FARMERS' MARKET

Wokingham Farmers' Market is certified by the National Association of Farmers' Markets. Its policy is 'fresh local food at a fair price'. As the market offers a 'customer first' policy offering a huge product range, foods have been introduced in the market from beyond the 30 mile local radius. The product range includes several fresh meat farmers & cheese farmers. Also fresh water & sea fish stalls, as well as watercress, seasonable fruit & vegetables, cakes, preserves, honey, breads, wines, fruit juices, sauces, eggs plus much more.
Market Place, Wokingham town centre
MORE INFO: Rob Vincent 0118 974 0881   marketsup@wokingham-tc.gov.uk   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
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
Leisure : Markets
06/05/2017 THAMES VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET (WINDSOR)

Established in the great foodie centre in the lower end of town alongside local specialist food shops attracting a strong local following. Around 20 stalls offering a good choice of locally produced poultry, bacon and sausages, pork, lamb and beef. Also buffalo meat products, quality meat and fruit pies, seasonal fruit and veg, cheeses, cakes, breads and preserves, ales, speciality products and plants. Public parking 1 minute's walk away behind East Berks College.
St Leonard’s Road between East Berks College and Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor SL4 3BL
MORE INFO: Chris Best 07787 527248   bestchrisj@gmail.com   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
Leisure : Theatre
06/05/2017 THE DUTCH SWING COLLEGE BAND
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

The Dutch Swing College Band started secret rehearsals in the cellars of The Hague during Nazi occupation of The Netherlands three years before D-Day in May 1945. On their 2017 world tour, today’s line-up celebrate the band’s unofficial 75th anniversary of its launch on 5th May – just one day before their performance on this the opening night of Newbury Spring Festival, making this a very poignant appearance. The DSC Band is one of the world’s great traditional bands and has over 100 albums to its name. These fiery, soulful and enthusiastic players appear at festivals, theatres and royal occasions on all continents. They get a tremendous thrill playing with the world’s longest-established international jazz band and a great kick from performing to their audience.
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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06/05/2017 BUCKLEBURY ARTISAN MARKET

Come and celebrate delicious local produce and producers. Artisan Food Market on the first Saturday of the month at The Bladebone at Bucklebury.
The Bradbone Inn, Bucklebury RG7 6PD
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06/05/2017 THAMES VALLEY FARMERS MARKET (READING)

At a farmers' market you will find quality, fresh produce at a fair price. The goods are sold to you directly by the people who produce them and everything comes from within a 30 mile radius of Reading. All food is produced locally and is as fresh as it can possibly be - it has not been transported around the country for processing. At this market expect to find :- Dews Meadow Farm - award-winning pork produce and delicious hot breakfast rolls! Eadles - quality pork, beef and poultry. Brookleas Fish Farm are having a well deserved holiday back next market. Bloomfield Hatch - freshly laid eggs. D & B Cox - their poultry, ducks, game, lamb & venison, along with home-made pies & cooked meats. Old Farmhouse Bakery - wonderful array of award-winning breads and baked goods. Pagets Veg - amazing range of seasonal veg, as nature intended! Goulds Cheese back next market. Wildflour Bakery - delicious bakery goods, cakes and seasonal baked goods. Chocolates by T are on holiday back next market. Q Gardens - Will be here with freshly picked strawberries and possibly more. Christmas Common Conserves - Onion Marmalade and a must try Seville Orange and Whisky Marmalade. Anilas Sauces - a Great range of Indian inspired sauces to brighten any meal. 8.30am - 12noon.
The Cattle Market, Great Knollys Street, Reading RG1 7HD
MORE INFO: John Rawlinson 07971 991313   john.rawlinson@ntlworld.com   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
Sport : Rugby Union
06/05/2017 LONDON IRISH v DONCASTER - CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL, SECOND LEG

LONDON Irish won the Championship by a street - but unfortunately they have to go through a play-off system to see if they can regain their Premiershipo place at the first attempt. As top team they were pitted against fourth-placed Doncaster in the semi-finals - so this second leg could prove crucial. The winners meet the winners of Ealing and Yorkshire Carnegie.
Madejski Stadium, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 968 1016   contact@london-irish.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
07/05/2017 ALICE IN WONDERLAND BALLET
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Come with Alice on a magical adventure as she tumbles into Wonderland! Guided by the White Rabbit, Alice meets some astonishing characters, including the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, a studious caterpillar and those mischievous twins, Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Basing his ballet on Lewis Carroll’s much-loved children’s books, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Ballet Theatre UK’s Artistic Director Christopher Moore has created a captivating piece, brimming with wit, humour and charm. With its whimsical flights of the imagination, eclectic music and joyful dance, Alice in Wonderland is delightful entertainment for all ages.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698   boxmanager@kentontheatre.co.uk   Event Web Site
07/05/2017 STEPHEN HOUGH
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Britain’s leading international concert pianist makes a welcome return to Newbury Spring Festival for the third time. A true polymath and renaissance man, Stephen Hough is one of the most distinctive artists of his generation, combining a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer, painter and writer. His extensive discography has garnered international awards, and he is the first classical musician to be awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
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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07/05/2017 THAMES VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET (NEWBURY)

Newbury Farmers' Market runs twice a month on the first and third Sunday. Originally set up by the Council to give local farmers and producers an opportunity to sell their produce direct to the public, most will have been grown or processed within 30 miles of West Berkshire. The Farmers' Market supports the local economy, providing healthy fresh food and reducing food miles - the distance food has travelled from where it is produced. In addition, the market provides an opportunity to find out more about issues such as Genetically Modified foods, land management and organic farming.
Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: John Rawlinson 07971 991313   john.rawlinson@ntlworld.com   Event Web Site
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07/05/2017 THAMES VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET (ASCOT)

Ascot Farmers' Market has been running successfully for eight years. The market offers a wide choice of fresh produce and plants. Parking is freely available on site.
Car Park 3, Ascot High Street, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Diane Harker 01628 670272   Event Web Site
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07/05/2017 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
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
Leisure : Theatre
10/05/2017 CIRQUE VV
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

A brand new show integrating physical theatre, comedy clowning and BSL, Cirque VV is one of the first British productions to be fully performed in Visual Vernacular. Visual Vernacular has elements of poetry and mime to create a theatrical art form of physical expression and storytelling based on body movements, iconic signs, gestures, facial expressions.
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246   boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk   Event Web Site
11/05/2017 FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Far from the Madding Crowd is perhaps one of the most endearing and English of Hardy's novels. It tells the story of the young farmer Gabriel Oak and his love for and pursuit of the elusive and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene. Her wayward nature however, leads her into the path of the dashing Sergeant Troy ‘…the past was yesterday; never, the day after’ and the introverted and reclusive gentleman farmer, Mr Boldwood, whose love for her fills him with ‘…a fearful sense of exposure’ culminating almost inevitably in both tragedy and true love.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698   KentonTheatre@gmail.com   Event Web Site
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13/05/2017 THAMES VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET (PURLEY)

Run in conjunction with Purley Parish Council, this market is in the big barn next to the Goosecroft recreation ground in Beech Road. Refreshments are provided by the WI, and there's a craft market featuring Purley Lacemakers, local artists, a blacksmith and handmade jewellery. 8.30am to 12 noon.
Big Barn, Beech Road, Purley-on-Thames RG8 8DS
MORE INFO: John Rawlinson 07971 991313   john.rawlinson@ntlworld.com   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
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
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17/05/2017 FARMERS' MARKET IN WOODLEY

High quality local products direct from the producer or farmer, plus cookery demonstration using market products. Wonderful meats; pork, chicken, fruits and vegetables, organic breads, pies, cheeses, special ginger drinks, juices, preserves and pickles, Amazing crafts - and a local nursery.
Crockhamwell Road, Woodley town centre RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: Jacques Lherbier 0118 921 6920   towncentremanager@woodley.gov.uk   Event Web Site
Sport : Horse Racing
19/05/2017 STARLIGHT CHARITY RACEDAY AT NEWBURY

A day of competitive Flat racing in support of a worthy cause. A high quality seven-race card forms part of a day held in support of Starlight, who do remarkable work granting the wishes of terminally ill children. It’s a great opportunity to try the Bumper Package for a £10 food and drink voucher plus a £2 bet or experience one of our luxury hospitality suites or panoramic restaurants.
The Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01635 40015   info@racecoursenewbury.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
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20/05/2017 READING GENERAL AUCTION SALE

Sales by public auction of antique & later: furniture; pictures; books; collectables; silver; jewellery; china & porcelain; glass; and sundries. Also white goods; garden & workshop tools and equipment; bicycles; garden plants; and household effects. Cars and vans sold for private owners, the Official Receiver and Insolvency Practitioners, and including seized vehicles.
Reading Auction Centre, Great Knollys Street, Reading RG1 7HE
MORE INFO: 0118 950 8611   Event Web Site
Sport : Horse Racing
20/05/2017 AL SHAQAB LOCKINGE RACEDAY AT NEWBURY

Come and join us for the our richest raceday and one of the social highlights of the summer. Centred around the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes is an outstanding seven-race card worth a total of £750,000 which will see some of Europe’s finest thoroughbreds go head-to-head on an unmissable day of equine action. With exclusive prizes to be won, a fantastic atmosphere and live music after racing it is an unbeatable way get your new summer wardrobe on show and enjoy the sun!
Newbury Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01635 40015   info@newburyracecourse.co.uk   Event Web Site