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13th AUG 2017
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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
06/06/2017 to 02/09/2017 FROM QUERN TO COMPUTER EXHIBITION

Find out about the fascinating story behind our daily bread, travelling through time from our prehistoric ancestors and up to the present day, in this community display focussing on local mills and some of the stories behind the people who were connected to them. From Quern to Computer is a Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project run by the Mills Archive Trust, a Reading-based archive and charity that preserves records relating to mills and milling. This display uses images, documents and artefacts to reveal the stories that make up our heritage.
Reading Museum and Town Hall, Reading, RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Exhibitions Organiser 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Arts
03/07/2017 to 26/08/2017 ART EXHIBITION AND SALE OF PRINTS

Original prints all of which are for sale. Main Link Corridor and outside the Eye Clinic. 3rd July till 26th August, 8am to 8pm daily at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. The display comprises around 50 of these skilled printmakers lively, original art works, which display a wide variety of printmaking techniques including etching, linoprint, solar print, lithography, screenprinting and monotype. 25% of all sale proceeds contribute to the hospital's Arts and Gardens Fund, for the benefit of patients, visitors and staff. This is Print at the Park Group's 7th exhibition at the hospital. The Exhibition is free and is open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm.
Royal Berkshire Hospital, Craven Road, Reading RG1 5AN
MORE INFO: Exhibition Enquiries 0118 984 2934   Event Web Site

London Calling London is a place like no other. London draws out all kinds of people. London draws out all kinds of places. London draws out all kinds of buildings. All wish to make their mark. Architecture is a testimony to these dreams, made into reality by fair means or foul. Some are glorious in their shiny splendour. Others sadly neglected and abandoned, knocked down and built over. London is constantly changing, so any painting is a snapshot in time. Imagine these snapshots shrouded in an air of mystery and excitement. Spontaneous yet controlled. Are you ready to look at London in an entirely new manner? Capture that sense of wonder with Artist Cathy Read’s architectural creations. Viewing is by appointment only.
Henley Business School, Greenlands, Henley on Thames RG9 3AU
MORE INFO: Exhibition Enquiries 07818 240116   cathy@cathyreadart.com   Event Web Site
Local Information :

An annual event of work by local artists including paintings, drawings and a wide variety of crafts, INCLUDING pottery, jewellery, sculpture, mosaics, and woodturning on show andfor sale over 2 days. Free entry and parking. Teas available on Saturday afternoon and all of Sunday. The show will be opened by a local celebrity at noon on Saturday. There is disabled access, plenty of parking, and teas will be available over the two days we are open to the public. We donate all of our profits to local charities one of which is Sue Ryder Care, Nettlebed.
Nettlebed Community Primary School Hall RG9 5DA
MORE INFO: Rob Molyneux or Susan Byers 01491 641138   art.show@nettlebed.org.uk
18/08/2017 to 20/08/2017 REWIND SOUTH - THE 80s FESTIVAL

Forty thousand people are expected to attend and main stage acts will include some of the greatest music names of yesteryear. For full schedule, click link below. On Saturday and Sunday nights as the music on the Main Stage finishes, a Fantastic Firework finale will light up the night sky, marking the end of the fun in the arena.
Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames
MORE INFO: Box Office 0844 8889991   Event Web Site
Leisure : Nights Out
19/08/2017 OVER 25s 30s 40s AND 50s PARTY NIGHT

With a top DJ playing your favourite chart and dance music from '80s to date these parties are THE place for Over 25s 30s 40s & 50s to dance, romance, meet new people and make new friends. Monthly at Apres Nightclub at The Coppid Beech Hotel. The Nightclub is completely self-contained with its own entrance and boasts two bars, a great dance floor and a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere where you can mix, dance and mingle. From 9pm till 2.00am.
Apres Nightclub at The Coppid Beech Hotel, John Nike Way, Bracknell RG12 8TF
MORE INFO: Gill or Brian 0800 3134441   info@dance-parties.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre

A Gamble With Death is a murder mystery treasure hunt that sends teams of intrepid detectives to find clues hidden on the streets of Reading. It’s a brand new live-action interactive adventure for families, colleagues and friends. Using their smartphones, players must race around the streets of Reading to find hidden evidence, crack cryptic clues and converse with suspicious-looking characters to catch the culprit – before the time runs out. A Gamble With Death is 3-hour live-action treasure hunt with a difference. Imagine the crystal maze, escape room puzzles, a scavenger hunt, a team of live actors, your smartphone and a murder mystery all got together - with a timer. Local businesses and iconic Reading locations are in on the action too, with clues hidden all around the Town Centre. This new concept sees players working as solo sleuths or as teams of intrepid detectives searching the streets of Reading against the clock, and uniquely allows them to discover hidden gems around the town, explore Reading's history and crack the case in an intriguing new way. The game centres on the Abbey Ruins, which, in this plot, aren’t being restored at all – but are being demolished by notorious businessman, Jack Diamond, to make way for The Golden Abbey Casino. He thought the plans for the Casino were his ace card, but certain individuals weren’t happy, and then his luck finally ran out. A Gamble With Death runs at 12noon and 3pm on Saturday 22nd & 29th July and Saturday 5th August. See website for more.
Forbury Gardens, Reading
MORE INFO: A Gamble With Death   help@agamblewithdeath.com   Event Web Site
Local Information :
21/08/2017 to 28/08/2017 HAMPSHIRE OPEN STUDIOS ART TRAIL

Hampshire Open Studios is an annual art trail where the visiting public can meet artists in their studios and galleries. In the week leading up to Bank Holiday Monday 28th August, over 250 studios, galleries, artists and art groups (in excess of over 500 artists) open their doors to exhibit original artwork to the visiting public. Doodles exhibits work from a diverse group of over 35 local artists and crafters. Come to the studio and see their work alongside Katy Stevens who paints with oils, acrylics and mixed media creating stunning compositions that use vivid colours, texttures and finishes to create a truly distinctive style.
Bssed at Doodles, 72 Franklin Avenue, Tadley RG26 4ET
MORE INFO: Art Trail Enquiries 0118 981 1238   contact@doodlesonline.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Museums

Make a brilliant explorer hat, perfect for an archaeologist and adventurer! Then you can wear it while you follow our treasure map around the Museum.
Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre

The timeless children's classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett and adapted by Heartbreak is the perfect family outing this summer. The sour Mary Lennox, orphaned in India and sent to live with her uncle on his estate on the North York Moors, is finding her feet in a new place. Her stubborn curiosity leads her down a garden path to a locked door, overgrown and forgotten. Behind the door the secret garden holds untold magic.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead SL1 8NS
MORE INFO: Box Office 0344 249 1895   cliveden@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Dance

With top DJ playing your favourite chart and dance music from '80s to date. These parties are THE place for 30s to 50-Plus to dance, romance, meet new people and make new friends. These parties are VERY POPULAR so it's a good idea to pre-book by visiting website below.
Bird Hills Golf Club, Drift Road, off Hawthorn Hill (A330), Maidenhead SL6 3ST
MORE INFO: Brian Lewis 08003134441   info@dance-parties.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out

The Festival is now in its 11th year and we have a wonderful line up. Delicious food and drink, a fabulous selection of craft ales, superb live music, inspiring chefs, plus activities to keep the kids happy. See website for full details of a great weekend event. Don’t forget that this year it’s a new venue, at Cantley Park, rather than Elms Field.
Cantley Event Field, Twyford Road, Wokingham RG40 5QG
MORE INFO: Kate Lole 0118 978 8801   info@wokinghamfestival.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
25/08/2017 to 27/08/2017 READING FESTIVAL 2017

IT'S Reading Festival weekend - cue for an invasion of 80,000 music fans, and, of course, for some mixed weather in the forecast! But as usual, the fans will not let a little rain and mud get them down. The music and the atmosphere does it all! Bringing the biggest and best names in rock, indie, dance, alternative, grime and hip-hop to the UK for the bank holiday weekend that remains completely unrivalled, it really is the only place to see such an exciting mix of acts! Click link below for full daily line-ups on all the stages.
Richfield Avenue, off Caversham Road, Reading
MORE INFO: Festival Republic 0871 231 0821   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre

In a social whirlwind of balls, dinners and very eligible officers, Lizzie Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy stand alone as the only sane people - and they hate each other! Or do they? Can she see beyond his pride, and can he overcome her prejudice, in order to achieve their mutual happiness? Bring a picnic and have a ball as the irrepressible Illyria sharpen their claws to bring you Jane Austen at her vibrant, pacy, forthright best!
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead SL1 8NS
MORE INFO: Box Office 0344 249 1895   cliveden@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out

A lovely long weekend at Braziers Park with a wide range of activities and good company guaranteed: Indie film festival in the barn, drama in the drawing room, camp fires under the stars, music, games, activities, country walks, arts/crafts, picnic area, afternoon teas on the terrace, woodland playground and plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful grounds, evening bar and BBQ (vegan option).
Braziers Park School, Ipsden, Wallingford OX10 6AN
MORE INFO: Event Enquiries 01491 680221 or 01491 680481   Event Web Site
Leisure : Exhibitions

Performance was conceived early in 2012 as British excitement grew in anticipation of hosting the Olympics. Local sporting events were photographed as communities played their part in preparing for the Games. Other photographers concentrated on artistic events, from dance and theatre to street performance and music. This exhibition highlights the transitory nature of action-orientated photography. This is a touring photographic exhibition created and supported by The Photographic Angle. Please check website prior to attendance for latest information as dates may be subject to change. Free admission - disabled visitors are advised to check with us before visiting an exhibition so that suitable access can be provided.
Thames Valley Park (TVP1 / TVP2), 300 Thames Valley Park Drive, Earley RG6 1PT
MORE INFO: Lou Griffiths 0800 0287338   info@thephotographicangle.co.uk   Event Web Site
Local Information :

The World Famous Flying Scotsman will be visiting Didcot Railway Centre over the August Bank Holiday weekend and will be running on our main demonstration line, with rides in a train of three vintage carriages from our newly extended platform. Another visitor - ex Port Talbot Railway No.813, built in 1901, will be running a train on our branch line, so come and have another ride 60009 Union of South Africa will be in attendance on Sunday and Monday only. Possibly the last chance to see these two locomotives in the same location. Union of South Africa is a 1930s streamlined engine of the same type as record holder Mallard.
Didcot Railway Centre, Didcot OX11 7NJ
MORE INFO: Enquiries 01235 817200   Event Web Site
Local Information :
26/08/2017 to 28/08/2017 HENLEY HANDMADE FAIR

The Henley Handmade Fair - a truly special day for you and your family. Over the August Bank Holiday weekend join us at The Henley Handmade Fair, located in the gorgeous grounds of Stonor Park Manor House. Bask in the sunshine as you explore the marquees and outdoor markets filled with handmade jewellery, homewares, clothing and more – all lovingly created by over 200 UK Craftspeople to complement a vintage loving, natural, rustic home. Throughout the day chose from a wide selection of artisan food and drink providers, and relax in the striking landscape and listen to live music, including sets from The Haywood Sisters and Crooked Style.
Stonor Park, Henley on-Thames RG9 6HF
MORE INFO: Craft Show Enquiries 01425 272711   Event Web Site
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26/08/2017 to 27/08/2017 INTERNATIONAL CAT SHOW

There will be seven judges from around the world, including the USA, Canada, Austria and Australia. This is the Regional Awards Show from the previous season, and there will be over 100 cats competing. In addition to the popular breeds, such as Bengals, Maine Coons and Persians, there will the UK’s only Lykois (werewolf cat), ToyBobs (the smallest breed of cat from Russia) and the newest breed, the Marguerite, which is a cross between a domestic and the elusive African Sand Cat. These are the only Marguerites in the world. Also, making his appearance in the adult class is Mowgleaves Stonehenge, a beautiful American Shorthair, who is the reigning International Kitten of the Year in TICA or The International Cat Association. The show will be open to the public from 9 - 4, Saturday and Sunday.
Bracknell Leisure Centre, Bagshot Rd, Bracknell RG12 9SE
MORE INFO: Steven Meserve 020 7924 4747   pr@londoncats.org   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
27/08/2017 to 28/08/2017 SWALLOWFIELD SHOW

Your local Country Show is moving back to its roots in Swallowfield Park. 2017 will be the 133rd year of the show which is organised completely by volunteers. It has grown and blossomed over the years and grannies, granddads, mums, dads and children visit the show from all over the South of England. New for 2017 includes: online ticket sales; Village Green Bandstand and Food Court; Miller’s Ark; Artisan Food Hall and a Wild West display. Its also great for the younger visitors with New free and low cost activities including; Circus Scene; Punch & Judy; Face Painting and inflatables. With Horticultural Competitions, Horse Show, fabulous Arena Acts, Fun Fair, Dog Show, Craft and Trade Stands, Ferret Racing, Bands, Classic vehicles, Quirks Animal Roadshow; Great choice of tasty treats and well stocked bar, It simply is a brilliant day out for all ages!
Swallowfield Park, Church Road, Swallowfield RG7 1TH
MORE INFO:   organisers@swallowfieldshow.co.uk   Event Web Site

Following on from the wonderful success of previous Tilehurst Festivals, we have great pleasure in announcing the 2017 Tilehurst Festival at Prospect Park on Sunday 27th August. The whole family will be able to enjoy a spectacular mix of entertainment and this year, we’re going bigger!! We’re including a bigger fairground, a bigger stage, showcasing a cracking range of top live local bands! We will once again be serving Real Ales, plus lagers, ciders and spirits in our now famous beer pavilion. Our friends from the army will be bringing down some even more impressive machinery for kids of all ages to play on. Introducing to this years arena event, Berkshire’s strongest man, with over 50 competitors. We’ll have a bigger range of multi-ethnic food stalls, more arts and crafts, bigger games, bigger sideshows, a bigger family picnic area, kids entertainers, bigger face painting for people with really big faces.
Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND
MORE INFO: Festival Enquiries 07851490403   info@tilehurstfest.co.uk   Event Web Site

Thatcham Town Council’s free family event, Fun on the Broadway is back on Thursday 31st August between 10am and 3pm. The free fun on offer will include a Circus Skills Workshop, Face Painting and Glitter Tattoos, crafts and learning resuscitation techniques by St. John Ambulance. Thatcham Town Council will be running a town centre wide treasure hunt. Visit the Thatcham Town Council’s stand to pick up a form then solve the clues to find out where the Town Council’s mascot Cyril the Squirrel has visited. Visit those same places to find a letter, enter it on the form and discover Cyril’s secret word. All forms need to be handed back in to the Town Council’s stall by 2.45pm when the Mayor will draw one lucky winner out.
The Broadway, Thatcham RG19 3HP
MORE INFO: Broadway Day Enquiries 01635 863 592   enquiries@thatchamtowncouncil.gov.uk   Event Web Site
Sport : Football

Freestyle Masterclass with 8x Guinness World Record holder and World Champion freestyler, John Farnworth! John is a regular on CBBC, starring in 'Jamie Johnson' as footballer Theo Baines, and he also presents Match of the Day Kickabout! 90 minute masterclass, where John will demonstrate some of his best tricks and stunts, helping children to improve their freestyle skills and technique. Suitable for children between 5-14 years.
Maiden Erlegh School, Silverdale Road, Earley RG6 7HS
MORE INFO: Reading Enquiries 07943 135802   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
02/09/2017 to 03/09/2017 WALLINGFORD BUNKFEST

On the banks of the Thames in South Oxfordshire, Wallingford BunkFest is a free-access community festival providing a unique, family friendly celebration with something for everyone. In 2017, BunkFest celebrates its 16th year of life - starting from a small marquee in a pub car park to filling the KineCroft and providing entertainment throughout Wallingford, on the River Thames and on the Bunk Railway line. Most events are free - you only need to purchase tickets for the boat trips, train trips, workshops and also for camping. See the Tickets page for details. BunkFest is a volunteer run, not-for-profit organisation working for the benefit of the local community. Please donate generously now and during the festival - BunkFest relies on your kind financial support.
Various around Wallingford Town Centre - See Website
MORE INFO:   info@bunkfest.co.uk   Event Web Site

Think Welly Wanging, Coconut Shy, Craft Stalls and Kids Trail! A traditional village fete wouldn't be the same without a Fun Dog Show, plenty of games and great food, so come along and get stuck in! If your kids (and dog!) like to dress up, this is the show for you… We’re having a fancy dress competition with a theme: Traditional Nursey Rhymes… think Little Miss Muffet, Incy Wincy Spider or a fiddle playing Cat! To end the day we like to grab a rope and PULL! 1 to 5pm.
Beech Hill Memorial Hall, Beech Hill Road, Beech Hill RG7 2BE
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site

Refresh Festival is the newest and most exciting outdoor health, fitness and wellbeing festival in the U.K. Hosted by the inspirational and motivational, twice Olympic gold medalist Dame Kelly Holmes DBE, featuring a whole team of health and fitness professionals including Healthy Chef Steph, Clean Eating Alice, Farah Fonseca, Serena McKenzie, Aldine Preisner and many more! The festival will be full of variety, including personal trainers, instructors and fitness experts, therapists, nutritional advisors, healthy food suppliers and a range of fitness clothing companies. Dame Kelly Holmes will be running a children’s sports day and the show arena will showcase activities and demonstrations such as karate and free runners to spark enthusiasm.
Wellington Country Park, Odiham Road, Riseley RG7 1SP
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 01189 326 444   marketing@refreshfestival.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Exhibitions
02/09/2017 to 15/09/2017 ALL OF A TWIST

Inspired by its Victorian Turbine House, an exhibition exploring the science and technology of twisty-turny stuff in, on, above and beside Reading’s rivers. Thermals, eddies, tornadoes, waterwheels, millstones, spirogyra, DNA, twisting plants, spinning and turbines have all affected Reading, its river dwellers, monks and red-kites one way or another. The Riverside Museum consists of the Screen House and the Turbine House which formed part of the Victorian pumping station built in the mid1800s. They are important remnants of Reading’s industrial past. The Screen House displays objects connecting Reading with its rivers and a gypsy caravan made nearby. The Turbine House spans part of the extensive weir in the River Kennet and is available for local artists and organisations to mount temporary exhibitions during the summer months.
Turbine House, Riverside Museum RG1 3EQ
MORE INFO: Annette Haworth   info@rgspaces.org.uk   Event Web Site
Local Information :

Welcome to one of the finest circuits ever used in British pedal car racing, a true ‘’drivers’ circuit’’. If Wolverhampton was the Spa of pedal car racing and Preston the Nurburgring, Blackbushe is our very own Oulton or Donington Park. The Blackbushe Weekend is a double header, Sprints on Saturday and a 100 Mile Endurance on Sunday giving a varied experience for all drivers. Sample race day program is below but check the individual race pages for full details.
Blackbushe Airport, Camberley GU17 9LG
MORE INFO: Dave Ralphs 07802 350556   blackbushe@pedalcarracing.info   Event Web Site

This display curated by Dr Rob Hosfield of the University of Reading’s Archaeology Department and Dr James Cole of the University of Brighton’s School of Environment & Technology will introduce our earliest ancestors and show how they survived in ‘Ice Age’ Europe. It will include casts of skulls, tools, and video footage reconstructing how those tools might have been used. Linked to a wider project on the earliest humans and the climatic challenges they faced, run by Dr Hosfield and Dr Cole and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Look out for the related talk and flintknapping activity!
Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site

This prominent site has been associated with worship since at least 1159 and the present church was built in 1867. There are many beautiful features including windows by most of the significant Victorian stained glass designers including five important windows by Edward Burne-Jones and made by William Morris. We will be providing church trails and ad hoc tours of the church and churchyard throughout each day. The churchyard is a registered Living Churchyard and maintained for its biodiversity.
St Michael and St Mary Magdalene Church, Crowthorne Road, Easthampstead RG12 7ER
MORE INFO: Helen Edwards 01344 425205   office@stmichaelseasthampstead.org.uk   Event Web Site

Enjoy a gorgeous slice of home made cake (or a more healthy nibble) with a refreshing cup of tea or coffee whilst chatting to our dedicated team of genealogists to help you start or progress the discovery of the history for your family. 1538 or 1851 or 1914 or 1939 or 2017 or any date in between Abingdon or Derby or Redruth or Windsor or any other town Berkshire or Cheshire or Down or Norfolk or any other county/country Carpenter – Labourer – Ostler – Whitesmith Census - Deeds – Maps – Newspapers - Parish Registers – Wills 7 computers with access to many subscription websites covering worldwide information No need to have Berkshire ancestors.
Research Centre, Yeomanry House, 131 Castle Hill, Reading RG1 7TJ
MORE INFO: 0118 950 9553   Event Web Site

Pioneering owners of some of the UK’s most eco-friendly SuperHomes are hosting free Open Days this September. SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower bills and fewer carbon emissions - at least 60% less! Visitors can expect to come away with plenty of ideas for greening their own properties. This year is the 10th year of SuperHomes, and to celebrate we’ve partnered with the Ecology Building Society who are supporting this year’s September openings. Ian retrofitted his 1940's ex-local authority semi-detached house to improve it's energy efficiency. Measures installed include water saving devices, solar water heating, a woodburner, solar panels, etc. This has resulted in a 74% carbon saving!
88 Vicarage Road, Henley-on-Thames RG9 1JT
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site

All Saints is an early neo-gothic church built in 1857 by G E Street with the150ft tower and spire added in 1865, Street was a contemporary of Pugin, Butterfield and Scott and is buried in Westminster Abbey, his most famous building being the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand, London.The church is of a collegiate style on one side of a grass quadrangle with the old vicarage, parish centre and church houses on the other three sides. it is built of red and black bricks with Bath stone Inside, the colours are maintained and expanded with the use of polychromatic horizontal lines in green, blue, red and yellow brick, tiles and marble in the chancel.
All Saints Church, Church Close, Boyn Hill Road, Maidenhead SL6 4HE
MORE INFO: 01628 621933   Event Web Site

The life size sculpture in bronze, of two wounded soldiers in Gallipoli, which depicts the events during which, over some 48 hours, Trooper Potts rescued Trooper Andrews from certain death from in front of the Turkish trenches (Gallipoli 21-23 August 1915) and became the only man from Reading to be awarded the VC. Also a Roll of Honour to the 426 men of the Berkshire Yeomanry who lost their lives in the wars of the 20th Century. Information boards explain the context. The memorials were unveiled on 4 October 2015 by the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire and Mr Chris Tarrant OBE. A quiz sheet will be available which will give viewers the opportunity to test their knowledge and understanding of what they have seen, this is suitable for children. Members of the Memorial Trust, which raised the funds to erect the memorial, will be on site to explain the memorial and answer questions.
Forbury Hotel, 26 The Forbury, Reading RG1 3EJ
MORE INFO: Open Days Enquiries 0118 952 7770   Event Web Site

This Grade II listed Victorian church is designed in a 13th century fashion and includes interesting architectural features. Internally there are a number of story telling stained glass windows and bequest items of interest, e.g. Prince Regent (late George IV) pray book. As the town's civic church it houses memorials to those of several conflicts and colours of different regiments. The congregations of this historical building make it a vibrant relevant place in the midst of the town regeneration. Children's activities.
Holy Trinity Church, Langley Hall, The Ring, Bracknell RG12 1HD
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site
08/09/2017 to 10/09/2017 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - GREYFRIARS' CHURCH

The Church was built in 1311 and the main elements of Greyfriars survive to this day as the most complete example of Franciscan architecture in Britain, and the oldest still being used for worship. After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538, it became a poor hospital, workhouse and then a gaol in 1613, until 1844. In 1863, it was restored as a church by the Victorians and has been in use ever since, culminating in a refurbishment in 2000. A guided tour of the Church, outlining its history over the last 700 years and its current usage is offered. Alternatively a free leaflet is available for self-guiding.
Greyfriars Church, Friar Street, Reading RG1 1EH
MORE INFO: Open Days Enquiries 0118 951 6700   info@heritageopendays.org.uk   Event Web Site

Come and relax or explore our wonderful garden oasis most recently, or view some of the rooms within the house dating back to 1688 and still being used today. The oldest part of the house dates back to 1500 which can also be view, along with the old classrooms when this was once Kendrick School. See the original date stamps and initials from the very person where the house is named from on the stack pipes and come and look at the photo of Captain Purvis and decide for yourself if he might be the residential ghost of Watlington House.
Watlington House, 44 Watlington Street, Reading RG1 4RJ
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site
08/09/2017 to 10/09/2017 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - BROCK KEEP

Visit the historic grade II listed Brock Keep, built in 1877 as the armoury and gatehouse of Brock Barracks, home of the Royal Berkshire Regiment. In the1980s the Keep found a new use: providing artist's studios, and, briefly, a shelter for homeless people. Learn more about its 100 years of military history, time as a shelter, and 35 years of artists, some of whom have reached international fame. Tours include heritage and art exhibition on ground floor (accessible), plus artists’ studios on upper floors (unfortunately there is no lift). Imagine what it was like to be a soldier here. Find out how artists make their work and what is involved in looking after a wonderful listed building and providing public access to it.
Open Hand Open Space, 571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site

The church contains many unusual and beautiful furnishings including the famous Pugin Screen and an altar set by Martin Travers from Nashdom Abbey. We have a large collection of old elaborate vestments which will be on display along with altarplate. We have a crypt/catacombes and there will be one tour each day except Sunday.
Oxford Road, Reading RG1 7NQ
MORE INFO: Churchwarden 0118 961 3706   Event Web Site
09/09/2017 to 17/09/2017 READING-ON-THAMES RIVER FESTIVAL

The first ever Reading-on-Thames Festival will use Reading’s rivers as a backdrop and inspiration for a new arts and cultural festival, bringing national arts organisations to Reading and providing a platform for local arts and community organisations to showcase their talent. Reading’s early history as a river port was based on the confluence of the rivers Thames and Kennet here, and with the Holy Brook also flowing under the town, Reading has been a waterfront town for well over a thousand years. See website for daily event details.
Various alngside the River Thames in Reading (see website)
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music

Singing afternoon for female voices led by local music teacher Suzanne Newman. Come and join us to sing a medley of songs from Broadway shows arranged for 2-part choir.
Charvil Village Hall, The Hawthorns, Charvil, Reading RG10 9TR
MORE INFO: Suzanne Newman 0118 934 0589   suzanneynewman@btinternet.com   Event Web Site
Local Information :

The Town Council welcomes visitors to the Council Chamber where they can view and get further information on: - The Town Hall - The Council Chamber - The Boards of Honour, recording all of the Town's Mayors, back to 1596 - The Council's maces and other civic regalia - The Mayor's throne - The Town Hall paintings and portraits - A special display this year on the 20 year anniversary of Newbury Town Council Children must be supervised.
The Old Town Hall, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5AA
MORE INFO: Open Day Enquiries 01635 35486   towncouncil@newbury.gov.uk   Event Web Site
Local Information :
09/09/2017 to 10/09/2017 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - CHRIST CHURCH

Christ Church is a magnificent Victorian Gothic church, designed by Henry Woodyer and consecrated in 1862. Set on a hill to the South of Reading town centre, it commands a prominent position and its spire can be seen for many miles around. The interior of the church is striking in its sense of scale and is largely unchanged since it was completed. Visitors can enjoy the architecture of this beautiful building and particularly its wonderful stained glass. Refreshments will be available and the church's garden will also be open, which is a safe area for children to play.
Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Reading RG2 7AR
MORE INFO: Open Days Enquiries 0118 931 3468   Event Web Site
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09/09/2017 to 10/09/2017 HERITAGE OPEN DAY - ST PETER'S CHURCH

Visitors will be able to visit and explore our parish church. The earliest surviving part was built in about 1162, with additions in the later medieval period. Much of the present building dates from the restoration and enlargement of 1878-80 by Morris and Stallwood, but it was extended further in 1924-5 by Comper. There is an interesting variety of stained glass by Warrington, Clayton and Bell, Powell and Comper. A guide will be on hand to provide information about the history of the church and the parish.
St Peter’s Church, The Warren, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AQ
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Small edible roof forest garden developed to demonstrate sustainability and our dependence on plants. All plants in the garden have an economic use for food, clothing, medicine etc. and come from all over the world. Demonstration of renewable energy, water harvesting and irrigation systems. Regular tours of the garden offered.
The RISC Roof Garden, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS
MORE INFO: Garden Open Day Enquiries 0118 958 6692   Event Web Site
Shops : Promotions

Since the opening of the new Dr. Martens Reading store in July, the brand has celebrated arrival in town with some exciting activity. Hosting a special in-store gig with Reading’s finest The Amazons and Blackwaters and working with local artist Joe La-Placa on exclusive artwork for the store, the brand has settled comfortably into their new Queen Victoria Street home. Continuing support of local, home-grown talent, the store will host tattoo artist extraordinaire Belle Atrix. Having already built a huge fan base online, Belle will personalise the product with her unique intricate designs. Consumers can bring in their old Dr. Martens or treat themselves to a fresh new pair in-store. From 12 – 3pm.
Dr. Martens, 24 Queen Victoria Street, Reading RG1 1TG
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Leisure : Days Out

Bring your friends and family and have lots of fun while raising funds for your local Hospice. When you sign up, you will receive a free Bubble Rush t-shirt and there will be more amazing Bubble Rush merchandise available on the day. Don't worry if you are not much of a runner, as it's not a timed event. All the Bubblers do it for fun with friends and children and you can choose to run, hop, dance, crawl or walk the course. This is a family friendly event and children of all ages are welcome and you can even push a push chair around the course. The atmosphere will be buzzing and there will be with music and warm up routines to get you in the mood! On each Bubble Station there will be one of our high powered foam cannons blowing out 30 cubic metres a minute of frothy milkshake bubbles. Our trained team - The Bubble Commandos man each Foam Cannon to make sure you get covered in coloured frothy foam.
Royal Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5JJ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01753 498400   office@windsor-racecourse.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music

Do you love singing and are thinking about joining a choir? Remix Voices is holding an Open Rehearsal in September at Meadow Park Academy, Norcot Road, Tilehurst, for any singer who wants to join us as we expand the choir and learn some exciting new songs. Our choir is made up of singers from Tilehurst and the surrounding area and it is a great way of meeting new people. We are a contemporary three part mixed choir which strives to achieve high musical standards, whilst having fun learning and singing popular songs. We welcome anyone who would be interested in finding out more about the choir. Why not come along and give it a try - we are very friendly and welcoming to new singers. 8 - 9.30 pm Free trial rehearsal.
Meadow Park Academy, Norcot Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 6BS
MORE INFO: Remix Enquiries 07557 809330   Event Web Site