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Leisure : Museums
20/05/2017 to 23/09/2017 EXHIBITION: READING ABBEY QUARTER - THEN AND NOW
 READING MUSEUM

As work gets underway to reopen the Reading Abbey site in 2018 come and see how the Abbey Quarter has changed over the centuries through artworks in the Museum’s collection. Explore how the English Civil War impacted on the Abbey Ruins, the changing portrayal of the Abbey Gateway, the development of the Victorian pleasure gardens and its more recent past. As part of the exhibition there will also be an opportunity to feedback on the work being planned to introduce new display panels across the site. This is the visitor’s chance to help us plan for the future of Reading Abbey Quarter! Reading Abbey: Then and Now is part of the Reading Abbey Revealed project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Exhibition Enquiries 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : 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
Leisure : Museums
02/09/2017 to 15/10/2017 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
04/09/2017 to 15/10/2017 STRIKING SCULPTURES IN THE GROUNDS AT CLIVEDEN HOUSE

Internationally acclaimed conceptual artist Bernar Venet is bringing a new perspective to the gardens at Cliveden with an exciting outdoor art exhibition. 10 large-scale sculptures, some scaling up to 9 metres high, are placed around the estate, challenging you to re-think the space which has often been home to new and striking art.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire SL1 8NS
MORE INFO: Cliveden Administrator 01628 605069   clivedenpress@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Exhibitions
05/09/2017 to 06/01/2018 EARLIEST EUROPEANS - HOW DID OUR ANCESTORS SURVIVE?
 READING MUSEUM

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
Leisure : Days Out
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 : Arts
16/09/2017 to 30/09/2017 ART EXHBITION - AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WASHING LINES

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, who you are or what you do – we all have laundry to do! Conceptual artist Mahlia Amatina invites you to discover Around the World in 80 Washing Lines, an interactive autism-friendly art exhibition depicting 80 washing lines across the globe. The exhibition will tour both galleries and launderettes in the South of England, inviting visitors to discover the story behind each garment and washing line. The installation explores the connections and similarities of each washing line using a combination of photographs, textiles and a multi-sensory catalogue of effects including touch, smell and sound. Come join the journey - a heart-warming inspirational project with a focus on connecting humans all over the world in a time where this is more vital than ever. Interactive, Multi-sensory and Accessible – a Free Exhibition for all to enjoy.
The Riverside Museum, Blakes Lock, Kenavon Drive, Reading RG1 3DH
MORE INFO: Mahlia Amatina 0118 939 9800 (Reading Museum)   mahliaamatina@gmail.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
16/09/2017 WADE FESTIVAL

Wokingham Lions have teamed up with the WADE Day Care Centre to organise the WADE Festival. There will be 10 real ales on offer, plus cider, wine, soft drinks and food. There will be music throughout the day, featuring numerous performers including Pauly Zarb, the Gas Trick Band and The FiLF.
WADE Day Centre, 40 Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH
MORE INFO: 07976 220114   Event Web Site
16/09/2017 POP-UP PLAY VILLAGE - CHILDREN'S ROLE PLAY

It is a Peppa Pig themed play session for those Peppa Pig fans! There will be a Peppa Pig toy shop aswell as a Peppa Pig hunt! Find all of the characters to get a prize! Pop Up Play Village will feature our Peppa Pig toy shop, café, veterinary centre, baby nursery, construction site and art studio. At the art studio, children can choose from a variety of crafts and make something to take home! There will be a cafe selling drinks and snacks during each play session. Play sessions last 75 minutes and must be pre-booked in advance on our website.
Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall, Reading RG4 7BJ
MORE INFO:   hello@popupplayvillage.co.uk   Event Web Site
16/09/2017 to 17/09/2017 ROYAL COUNTY OF BERKSHIRE SHOW

Berkshire’s biggest and best agricultural weekend of the year sees lots of ‘have-a-go’ activities for all the family such as obstacle courses, 4x4 driving experience, simulator rides, snowboarding, mini digger adventures and many more. Why not take part in a cookery demonstration, tickle baby piglets and stroke donkeys in the animal petting area or shop til your drop in over 600 trade stands that will be providing some unique gifts and delectable treats that can’t be found on the high street. Amble down to our brand new Society building, which will be housing over 400 of the UK’s best livestock, and the new Food and Farming zone. NOTE: Please do not use SatNav to find your way to the Showground as it takes no account of our traffic management plan and you therefore may be directed to the wrong place. Please follow the AA Signs as you approach the Showground. The organisers of the Show are working to encourage visitors to think of the environment when choosing how to travel to the Showground. We’d be grateful if you would consider public transport, walking, cycling or car sharing when planning your journey.
Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham RG18 9QZ
MORE INFO: Show Organiser's Office 01635 247111   office@newburyshowground.co.uk   Event Web Site
16/09/2017 to 17/09/2017 HENLEY FOOD FESTIVAL

To celebrate a Food Festival being back in town we will be bringing any array of local producers, purveyors, bakers, brewers and chefs to Henley ! With a vibrant variety of food & drink from some of the best restaurants, brewers & producers from The Thames Valley. Bring the kids along for a fun filled time in our kids zone. With a line up of some of the best chefs in the surrounding areas showing us what they can do on stage, we will also have a few celebrity chefs popping along for the weekend. See website below for more information.
Market Place, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AQ
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site
16/09/2017 SPENCERS WOOD CARNIVAL

A fantastic day of family fun, delicious food and exciting entertainment. The aim is to provide something for everyone, with fairground rides, craft workshops and games for the children, lots of stalls selling everything from jewellery and clothes to books and toys, great music, and our popular licensed bar run by the Farriers Arms pub. Best of all, it is free to come in, so there's nothing to stop you joining in the fun!
Spencers Wood Recreation Ground, Clares Green Road, Spencers Wood, Reading RG7 1DY
MORE INFO: Liz 0118 988 4882   info@spencerswoodcarnival.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
16/09/2017 FINGEST GREAT BARN OPERA

A performance by Diva Opera Company in a unique and initmate setting. Performances from professional opera singers who perform regularly at the Royal Opera House, Glyndeborne and ENO. Diva Opera is Britain’s foremost chamber opera company, was founded by Anne Marabini Young and Bryan Evans in 1996. Since then has produced more than 50 different operas and over 2000 performances in festivals, theatres and for charities throughout Great Britain, the Channel Islands, France, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Greece, Slovenia, Japan and Italy including a performance of La Cenerentola at the acclaimed Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
The Great Barn, Manor Farm, Fingest, Henley on Thames RG9 6QE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 638474   Event Web Site
17/09/2017 CLUB VELOCITY - DICK VALENTINE (ELECTRIC SIX) SOLO

Come one, come all to the intimate and festive occasion that is the Dick Valentine solo acoustic experience! Experience a seven-or-eight-times-in-a-lifetime chance to be up close and personal with an American music icon. It’s a low pressure, good time affair as the Electric Six frontman strips down all your favorite songs from the Electric Six catalog, plays original solo material and swims in a sea of requested good-time covers.
Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 986 6788   info@risingsun-artscentre.co.uk   Event Web Site
17/09/2017 READING SINFONIETTA - BEETHOVEN, HANDEL, MOZART

Reading Sinfonietta will be returning to the Long Gallery, Englefield House, for a concert featuring Mozart’s brilliant Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola (with soloists Jo Edwards and Duncan Commin), Beethoven’s joyous Symphony No. 2, and a selection from Handel’s magnificent Music for the Royal Fireworks. Join us for this delightful programme in what is a truly stunning setting – the perfect way to spend a September afternoon!
Long Gallery, Englefield House, Englefield RG7 5EN
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 973 5517   tickets@rso.org.uk,   Event Web Site
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20/09/2017 CROWDFUND YOUR COMMUNITY WITH READING SOUP

Reading SOUP is a grassroots, community fundraising project, which aims to support and promote causes, projects and ideas in the Reading area. We’re inspired by the original Detroit SOUP. Every other month we host Reading SOUP dinners, where three community projects or charities to pitch for their cause. Our SOUP-ers vote for the pitch of their choice and the winning project receives all the proceeds from the door towards their project. Entry is £5, which gets you a bowl of freshly-made soup, live music, art - and your vote.
St Laurence Church, Friar Street, Reading RG1 2DQ
MORE INFO: Katherine Edwards 0118 962 2589   readingsoup@gmail.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
22/09/2017 to 23/09/2017 BURGHFEST - THE BURGHFIELD BEER AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

A quality real ale, cider and music festival with food stalls and fairground showcasing Berkshire and Hampshires finest breweries and bands. Set in the center of Burghfield Common village at the recreation park with easy access for all the community. Everyone welcome to come and enjoy the weekend. Entrance is free for spectators or £6 in advance for those looking to sample some of the 30 different drinks available, including wine and prosecco. (Over 18's only) This is a charity event in aid of Thames Valley Air Ambulance which is run by the Burghfield Santas, a local fundraising organisation in the village.
Recreation park, Burghfield RG7 3EN
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site
23/09/2017 BIG TREE CLIMBING COMPANY AT THE VYNE

For some outdoor fun, visitors aged six and over can learn to climb a tree in a harness. Visitors aged eight and under can zoom down a zip wire. Step up to the challenge on various dates. Conducted in groups of ten, each hour-long session introduces you to tree climbing if you’re aged six and over and ’zip-wiring’ if you’re aged eight and under. Sessions will be run by three experienced instructors from the Big Tree Climbing Company.
Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01256 883858   thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Entertainment
23/09/2017 to 07/10/2017 WINDSOR FRINGE FESTIVAL

The Windsor Fringe: UK’s second oldest Fringe, since 1969, based in the royal town of Windsor, provides an eclectic mix of arts and entertainment including music and dance, drama, visual arts, film, poetry and informative walks –and featuring the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing.
Various round Windsor - see website.
MORE INFO: Peter Deane 07770 882855   peter.deane@ntlworld.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
23/09/2017 TADLEY BRASS BAND - WITH BELLE CANTO CHOIR

Come and enjoy a wonderful selection of music played by the Tadley Band ranging from the Grand March from Aida to Blaydon Races, while their guests, Belle Canto, will entertain you with some forties favourites and songs from the shows. The Tadley Band is a traditional English Brass Band which was formed around 1875. Belle Canto is a ladies vocal trio consisting of Jane Greenshields, Gabi McKeown and Heather Sims, with their pianist, David Gillis. The concert starts at 7.00 pm. Tickets are £7 on the door. (Children under 16 free). Proceeds to the Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice.
Memorial Hall, Pamber Heath Road, Pamber Heath, Tadley RG26 3TQ
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site
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23/09/2017 EARLEY CRAFT AND GARDEN FAYRE

Current confirmed stall holders: Plants and Gardens Chris Johnson Garden Statues Brickleton Beads Magpies Costume Jewellery, Funky Vintage Cake Company, Neals Yard, Lighting Up Treasures, Shannon Amber Crafts - more stall holders signing up daily Hot and cold refreshments available from the Funky Vintage Cake Company 10:00-16:00. Free Entry
Earley St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Earley RG6 1EY
MORE INFO:   info@craftandgardenfayre.co.uk   Event Web Site
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23/09/2017 READING MONTHLY 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
Leisure : Days Out
24/09/2017 CLASSIC CARS DAY AT NUFFIELD PLACE
 NUFFIELD PLACE (NATIONAL TRUST)

Lord Nuffield's history with motor cars attracts a variety of car clubs to Nuffield Place. Motor cars from visiting car clubs are parked outside the front of the house for visitors to enjoy seeing. Cars will usually arrive at Nuffield Place in the morning and generally stay for a couple of hours. Please be aware that sometimes due to weather conditions, or mechanical failures, cars will not be displayed as anticipated. Booking Not Needed.
Nuffield Place, Huntercombe, Henley-on-Thames RG9 5RY
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01491 642 857   nuffieldplace@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Local Information :
24/09/2017 EMMER GREEN 10K AND MINI-OAK CHALLENGE

The PTFA are organising the inaugural Emmer Green Primary School 10k run to raise much needed funds!! The run will take place on Sunday 24th September and will start at 10.30am at the school. The course will include a mixture of quiet roads, farm tracks and footpaths. At the same time kids will have the chance to join in, running as many times round the school playing field as they can, raising money through sponsorship and winning themselves a medal.
Emmer Green Primary School, Grove Road, Emmer Green, Reading RG4 8LN
MORE INFO: PTA Enquiries 0118 901 5464   egptfa@hotmail.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Exhibitions
27/09/2017 to 01/10/2017 200 FACES

A showcase of 200 faces each telling a story of its very own. This exhibition brings together the work of photographers who’ve all taken the face as their subject. Here we see the canvas on which all our emotions played out exposed. Suffering, happiness, contentment, frustration and anxiety. 200 FACES is a touring exhibition created and supported by The Photographic Angle. Please check website prior to attendance for latest information as dates may be subject to change.
Greenwood House, London Road, Bracknell RG12 2UB
MORE INFO: Anna 0800 0287338   info@thephotographicangle.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Dance
28/09/2017 HAVE A GO TASTER SESSION WITH HURST MORRIS PEOPLE

Hurst Morris People invite everyone, men and women, to their free and friendly taster sessions. Lots of laughs are guaranteed. Also: homemade cake, tea and coffee in the break, plus a pub visit. Beginners are very welcome. No previous dancing experience is necessary. Our great teachers will show you some easy to learn dances. We dance the Cotswold tradition, the one using sticks and hankies. Our dancers come from a wide area including Wokingham, Reading, Earley, Twyford, Maidenhead, Tilehurst, Wargrave and High Wycombe. And Hurst of course. We dance at fetes, fairs, shows, country mansions, and at folk festivals across southern England. We hold social events including a barn dance, a Christmas dinner, meals out together and a village May Day celebration.
Hurst Village Hall, School Road, Hurst RG10 0DR
MORE INFO: Taster Session Organiser 0118 926 8187   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
28/09/2017 to 18/11/2017 PERFECT WEDDING
 THE MILL AT SONNING

Imagine... A bridegroom wakes in the bridal suite on his wedding morning, with his bride-to-be about to arrive at any moment, and finds beside him – a naked girl. What’s more, an extremely attractive naked girl whom, in the depths of his post stag night hangover, he can’t remotely remember having been introduced to. Imagine also that during the ensuing panic to get the stranger dressed, the bride arrives and the girl is trapped in the bathroom. Imagine further that the only way out of the dilemma is to persuade the best man to pretend that the hidden girl is his girlfriend but that his real girlfriend is to be kept ignorant of the fact! By the time the bride’s parents and half the hotel staff get in on the act the chaos reaches nuclear proportions. This hilarious play moves at the speed of light with a riot a minute that will leave you aching with laughter.
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000   admin@millatsonning.com   Event Web Site
Local Information :
28/09/2017 MURDER AT READING GAOL

Crime writer Angela Buckley will share stories of the Victorian inmates of Reading Prison, including the nefarious acts of infamous baby farmer Amelia Dyer, and the tragic murder that inspired Oscar Wilde to write The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Places are limited so advanced booking is essential.
Chineham Library, Chineham District Centre, Basingstoke RG24 8BQ
MORE INFO: 01256 336481   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
30/09/2017 BUCKLEBURY BEERFEST

A fun day out for all the family, the Bucklebury Beerfest boasts a great selection of regional beers and ciders, as well as fabulous local food cooked on the BBQ. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of trade stalls, an artisan food market, a traditional tea tent, and plenty of children’s entertainment, all accompanied by live music. Once again, this year’s Beerfest will also include the Bucklebury Fun Dog Show, so don’t forget to bring along your canine companion(s) to win some fantastic prizes. The venue offers plenty of on-site parking. For directions, please enter the postcode RG7 6PR into your navigation system. Now in its ninth year, the Bucklebury Beerfest is a major fundraising event for the Victory Room – a 90 year-old community hall serving the Parish.
Bucklebury Village Recreation Ground RG7 6PS
MORE INFO: Anne Ryder 01635 867186   anneeryder@btinternet.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Nights Out
30/09/2017 BARKHAM VILLAGE BARN DANCE

Barkham Village Residents Association will be holding a Barn Dance with a live band and caller, at Barkham Village Hall on Saturday 30th September from 7pm until 10pm.
Barkham Village Hall, Church Lane, Barkham RG40 4PL
MORE INFO: Gill Powell 0118 978 3373   Event Web Site
Local Information :
30/09/2017 to 01/10/2017 WINDSOR BEAST AND SPRINT SPARTAN RACE

Windsor Great Park Estate will host the world renowned Spartan Race as they finish the 2017 UK season in the picturesque 5,000-acre park, just south of the historic town of Windsor. In the shadow of the Queen’s residence, Windsor Castle, Windsor Great Park Estate will transform from a place of peace and natural beauty to the chaos of obstacle paradise for fitness fanatics and outdoor enthusiasts, as racers take on their next life challenge in the form of the world’s best obstacle course race. The famous park will be packed with 50 of Spartan’s famous obstacles alongside some new blockades. Race goers will be subject to an event that will test their mental strength, grit, perseverance and endurance.
Based at: Rapley Farm, Bracknell Road, Bagshot GU19 5PN
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site
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30/09/2017 BERKSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY BOOK SALE

New homes needed for hundreds of social, local and family history books. UK-wide collection, many out of print. Bargains galore. Also some office stationery, pictures and maps. Moving out sale. Refreshments available, free entry and free parking.
Family History Society Research Centre, Yeomanry House, 131 Castle Hill, Reading RG1 7TJ
MORE INFO: 0118 950 9553   Event Web Site
Sport : Bowls
30/09/2017 to 01/10/2017 WEST BERKS INDOOR BOWLS CLUB - FREE TASTER SESSION

Bowls isn't just for the retired! It's a game of skill played by men, women and children of all ages and ability. Indeed, many of the national squad are in their twenties and thirties. An easy game to pick up, the level of skill is up to you. So come along to our club at the top of Pyle Hill, Newbury on either Saturday or Sunday and try your hand at indoor bowling with nothing to pay. Qualified coaches will show you the basics, just bring flat soled shoes such as trainers. All welcome from 9 to 90 whatever your ability. We are a thriving club with over 450 members. Purpose built modern air conditioned premises, bar, lounge, function room, ample free parking, full disabled facilities. Why not give bowls a go?
West Berks Indoor Bowls Club, Pyle Hill, Newbury RG14 7SW
MORE INFO: 07729 183373   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
01/10/2017 to 02/11/2017 BASILDON PARK HOUSE DRESSED FOR DINNER AT 8 - AS IT USED TO BE

You are invited to experience the house dressed ready for one of Lord and Lady Iliffe's infamous dinner parties. Go on a house tour at 11am or 11:30am or wander round for yourself from 12pm. The curtains have been drawn, the crystal chandeliers are sparkling and the table is set ready for guests to arrive. The Octagon room, Dining room and other grand rooms of the house will be dressed as you've never seen them before. Lord and Lady Iliffe were famous for the weekend parties they laid on, including the decadent dinner parties that went with them. Now, you too have the opportunity to experience the glamour and opulence of a country house evening party.
Basildon Park Lower Basildon Reading RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: The Administrator 0118 984 3040   http://reading-guide.co.uk/photos/Dinner8.jpg   Event Web Site
01/10/2017 TYLNEY HALL HOTEL - GARDEN OPEN FOR NGS CHARITY

Large garden of 66 acres with extensive woodlands and fine vista being restored with new planting. Fine avenues of wellingtonias; rhododendrons and azaleas, Italian garden, lakes, large water and rock garden, dry stone walls originally designed with assistance of Gertrude Jekyll.
Tylney Hall Hotel, Rotherwick RG27 9AZ
MORE INFO: 01256 764881   Event Web Site
Local Information :
01/10/2017 to 31/01/2018 CHILDREN'S TUDOR ANIMAL TRAIL AT THE VYNE
 THE VYNE (NATIONAL TRUST)

Deer, horses and falcons are just some of the creatures you may have seen at The Vyne in 1535. See if you can spot the animals that played an important part in Tudor life. Pick up your trail from Visitor Reception and keep an eye out for animals scattered across The Vyne. Normal admission applies. Booking Not Needed. Children are most welcome. Dogs on leads welcome.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01256 883858   thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
02/10/2017 to 31/01/2018 TUDOR SECRETS AT THE VYNE - SELF-GUIDED TOUR
 THE VYNE (NATIONAL TRUST)

At the site visited by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in 1535, pick up your self-guided tour at Visitor Reception and uncover hidden secrets contained in The Vyne's surviving Tudor features.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01256 883858   thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
02/10/2017 BASINGSTOKE CANAL CRUISE - VOLUNTEERS INTRODUCTORY NIGHT

Tickets: FREE to those wishing to learn more about the many volunteering roles available on the Canal. The John Pinkerton II is wholly owned by The Basingstoke Canal Society (a registered charity). The operating company is John Pinkerton Canal Cruises Ltd, and the crew are all trained volunteers.
From Colt Hill, Odiham RG29 1AL
MORE INFO: Trips Enquiries 01256 765889   enquiries@basingstoke-canal.org.uk   Event Web Site
02/10/2017 to 30/11/2017 THE STATUE TRAIL AT CLIVEDEN
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

Cliveden has an extensive and important statue collection on display around the estate. This trail is a self-led walk offering you the chance to learn the history behind how these statues have ended up at Cliveden.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead SL6 0JA
MORE INFO: Sian Burgess 01628 605069   cliveden@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Arts
03/10/2017 to 08/10/2017 HENLEY LITERARY FESTIVAL

Some of the UK’s most respected writers will be joined by top speakers from comedy, cookery, politics, music and more with over 150 events for adults and children at the 11th annual Henley Literary Festival this autumn. From politics we have Everywoman author Jess Phillips and former Business Secretary Vince Cable. Sir Chris Bonnington and Virginia McKenna will each look back on their amazing careers, while Richard Ingrams charts the justice campaigns of Ludovic Kennedy. Novelists include bestsellers Katie Fforde and Samantha Shannon, as well as highly regarded debut crime writer Imran Mahmood.
Various around Henley - see website.
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575 948   info@henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
05/10/2017 to 07/10/2017 MORT
 TWYFORD & RUSCOMBE THEATRE GROUP

Death comes to us all, but when he comes to Mort, he offers him a job. After being assured that dying is not compulsory, Mort accepts. However he soon finds that his romantic longings do not easily mix with the responsibilities of being Death's apprentice. Terry Pratchett's offbeat humour has been adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs. With a cast of 23 including a flying horse, the stage at Loddon Hall will once again be filled with FUN.
Loddon Hall, Twyford RG10 9JA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 328 2825   trtgboxoffice@gmail.com   Event Web Site
Sport : Football
05/10/2017 READING FC FORMER PLAYERS' ASSOCIATION EVENING WITH SENIOR AND CURETON

Trevor Senior and Jamie Cureton are sure to strike the right chord with Reading fans as they discuss their time at Reading, before taking questions from fans. Both players need little introduction with their vast haul of goals that proved so vital in Reading promotions. Trevor Senior is the highest goalscorer in Reading Football Club's history, amassing a huge 191 goals in 362 appearances during two spells with the Royals. After signing from Portsmouth, Trevor was the leading goalscorer across all four Divisions of the English league in the 1983/84 season, hitting 41 goals in all competitions. Very few players have a career record as extensive as Jamie Cureton. Jamie has continued to score goals into his 40s and has over 300 career goals to his name. Cureton will have plenty of goals to recall, but out of all those goals the firm fans favourite is likely to be the flick past the goalkeeper in front of a packed away end at Brentford in 2002. That goal was decisive in sealing automatic promotion to send Reading back up to Division One. Jamie spent three memorable seasons with the Royals, scoring 55 times.
Tilehurst Royal British Legion, Downing Rd, Reading RG31 5BB
MORE INFO: 07768 904338   david@readingfcformerplayers.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Dance
07/10/2017 WINDSOR 30s to 50-plus PARTY FOR SINGLES AND COUPLES
Dance, romance, meet new people, make new friends at this party for 30s to 50s Plus. Singles and couples welcome. The fun starts at 8.30pm through until 1am with great music from our top DJ. Come along and join us at this fabulous hotel which is situated right opposite Windsor Castle. Smart denim okay, gents collared shirts, no trainers or T shirts, jumpers, ripped jeans, etc. Right of admission reserved. Details and more events see website below.
Harte and Garter Hotel, High St, (opp Castle), Windsor SL4 1LJ
MORE INFO: Brian Lewis 0800 3134441   info@dance-parties.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Entertainment
07/10/2017 THE OSILIGI TROUPE OF MAASAI WARRIORS

The Troupe's music is incredible, mesmmerising to hear and certainly fascinating to watch. This is an opportunity to experience and enjoy the diverse culture of the Maasai. Craft and wares will be available to purchase. Parking in Station Road/St James Close car park adjacent to The Elephant. Starts at 7 pm.
St James the Less, Pangbourne Hill, Pangbourne RG8 7AS
MORE INFO: Ticket Enquiries 0118 984 2928 / 01118 984 5066   Event Web Site
Leisure : Nights Out
07/10/2017 to 08/10/2017 APPLE WEEKEND AT CLIVEDEN
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

Taste Cliveden's apples, explore the trail, sample local cider and take part in a range of apple themed activities. You can also check on the progress of our orchard restoration in the Round Garden.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead SL1 8NS
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 0344 249 1895   cliveden@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Sport : Football
08/10/2017 ROYALS WOMEN v BIRMINGHAM CITY, WSL1

The Reading Women's team, including some exciting new signings and four current England squad players, openED their second season in the top flight with a disappointing 1-0 to Sunderland at Adams Park. However, they bounced back in fantastic style, winning 3-0 away to Liverpool. Now come Birmingham City in what’s sure to be an exciting game, a great day out! With car parking on site for just £2, entertainment and appearances from official Club mascot, Queensley, Reading FC Women matchdays are a great day for all the family!
Adams Pak, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe HP12 4HJ
MORE INFO: Wycombe Tickt Office 08442 252990   Event Web Site
Leisure : Entertainment
09/10/2017 OLDER PEOPLE'S DAY 2017
 RIVERMEAD LEISURE COMPLEX

READING is celebrating National Older People's Day on Monday 9 October 2017 with a fun-filled afternoon of events at Rivermead Leisure Complex (1 - 4 pm). The annual free event celebrates the contribution of older people to our communities. The festivities kick off at 1pm with a welcome from the Mayor of Reading, Councillor Rose Williams, followed by a performance by Firtree Choir. This will be followed by a range of interactive activities throughout the day including guest speakers, song and dance, choirs, arts and crafts and discussion groups. There will also be information and advice available from over 50 local organisations, blood pressure checks and taster activity sessions where attendees can try their hand at walking rugby, table tennis, and walking netball. The focus of this year's day is to promote good mental health and wellbeing in older people. Many of the presentations and services available will help people to find out more about how they can best live full and satisfying lives.
Rivermead Leisure Centre, Richfield Avenue, Reading
MORE INFO: Open Day Enquiries 0118 937 2383   opwg@reading.gov.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
09/10/2017 NETTLEBED FOLK CLUB - THE CHURCHFITTERS BAND

Folk with an upbeat contemporary feel. Wild Fun! Acoustic and Electric bespoke instruments. Played all over Europe. For One night only at the world famous Nettlebed Folk Club. Bar and seating at venue. 8pm.
NettNettlebed Village Club, High Street, Nettlebed RG9 5DD
MORE INFO: 01628 636620   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
11/10/2017 FOLK MUSIC AT THE CROOKED BILLET - MEGAN HENWOOD AND PETE THOMAS

Award-winning singer-songwriter Megan Henwood will be previewing her new album River at the Crooked Billet. Henwood has been described as one of folk music's finest proponents, but her songs move into other musical genres when she chooses. Here she appears as a duo with longtime collaborator bassist Pete Thomas.
The Crooked Billet, Newlands Lane, Stoke Row RG9 5PU
MORE INFO: Folk Music Night Enquiries 01491 681048   Event Web Site
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12/10/2017 to 15/10/2017 READING'S OKTOBERFEST AT STATION HILL

This year Reading celebrates 70 years of being twinned with Düsseldorf and what better way to celebrate than with the legendary Oktoberfest festival! From the people behind The Après Ski Bar and The Village comes a weekend of Bavarian fun! Step into our huge marquee bier hall situated directly outside Reading train station and get fully immersed in Oktoberfest culture. With live music, sing-a-longs, traditional food and Steins and Steins of authentic Bier! Friday evening 6pm - 11pm… Saturday afternoon 12noon - 5pm… Saturday evening 6pm - 11pm… Sunday 15th October - 12noon - 6pm (Family Day - Kids Welcome). NOTE: Apart from Sunday, Oktoberfest Reading is STRICTLY 18+ and all attendees must have valid photo ID.
Station Hill, Reading RG1 1LZ
MORE INFO:   info@wepop.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Entertainment
12/10/2017 STAND-UP COMEDY NIGHT AT ALDWORTH

Lewis Bryan - Compere - Semi-Finalist of English Comedian of the Year 2014.... Alan Francis - Scottish comedian - Alan won Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny Award. Alan works as a writer/performer on ALISTAIR McGOWAN'S BIG IMPRESSION (BBC1) and co-starred on THE ALAN DAVIES SHOW (Radio 4)..... John Pearson - Jon is regularly found at the biggest and best comedy clubs across the UK including The Glee Club, The Comedy Store and Jongleurs.... Dougie Dunlop - Highly talented observational comic, Dougie effortlessly gets audiences laughing and sharing his unique take on life.
Aldworth Village Hall, Bell Ln, Aldworth, Reading RG8 9SE
MORE INFO: Box Office 07796 855315   aldworthcomedy@googlegroups.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
12/10/2017 to 14/10/2017 SHINFIELD PLAYERS THEATRE OPEN DAY
 SHINFIELD PLAYERS THEATRE

The story of their lives and loves of 2 friends meeting again for the first time since the 1980's They reminisce over the old days, truths come back to haunt them, but will their friendship survive. Set in Rebecca's nightclub in Reading, plenty of chances to join in and enjoy those classic 80's tunes.
Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, Reading RG2 9DF
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 975 8880   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
14/10/2017 to 15/10/2017 CARTERS' VINTAGE STEAM FUNFAIR

Carters Steam Fair is believed to be the largest travelling vintage funfair in the world and returns to Prospect Park. FREE ENTRY to our fairground, FREE FIREWORKS Saturday 9pm. Rides and attractions for all ages: from small-children rides to exciting thrill rides. Traditional side-stall games like Hook-a-Duck, Coconut Sheet andmany more. Classic fairground food. Unique opportunity to experience vintage rides dating back from 1890s to the 1960s. For a great atmosphere, unique opportunity and an unforgettable day-out look no further! FREE ENTRY. Open Saturday 12noon-10pm; Sunday 12noon-8pm. Fireworks Saturday 9pm.
Holyport Green, Holyport SL6 2JL
MORE INFO: 01628 822221   info@cartersentertainment.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
14/10/2017 CONCERTS IN CAVERSHAM - JAZZ AT ST ANDREW'S

Concerts in Caversham are branching out and are delighted to announce their first ever Evening of Jazz. The Simon Lasky Quartet, featuring vocalist Jessica Radcliffe will present an evening of the All American Songbook - Jazz Standards plus some exciting new works by our brilliant pianist, Simon Lasky. Simon Bates on saxophone and clarinet, and Robert Rickenberg on bass, will also play in what promises to be a superb evening of relaxing and entertaining music.
St Andrew’s Church, Albert Road, Caversham RG4 7PL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 948 4112   music@standrewscaversham.org   Event Web Site
14/10/2017 OXJAM READING TAKEOVER

We’re back for our 6th year! OXJAM Reading is the biggest Music Festival in Reading after Reading Festival! Our mission is simple - to get Reading rocking whilst raising as much money as possible for Oxfam! To date we have raised over £50,000 for Oxfam. ​ OXJAM Reading Takeover 2017 will return on Saturday 14th October, taking over 8 Reading venues with over 70 great bands playing from noon till late. There’s absolutely no excuse to not be involved in the fun so put Saturday 14th October in your diary! Venues Include: Oakford Social Club, Public, The Butler, The Sun Inn, The Purple Turtle, Pavlov's Dog, Milk, Readipop and The Oxjam Bus in Broad Street outside Sainsbury's from 11am - 6pm. All venues except for Readipop are 18+ and will require ID for entry.
Various venues around Reading
MORE INFO: Rachael Craven   oxjamreadingtakeover@gmail.com   Event Web Site
14/10/2017 THE TAMESIS CHAMBER CHOIR AND ALDWORTH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Tamesis Chamber Choir and Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) reunite for a performance that promises to be even more exciting than the epic Mahler symphony they performed to a delighted audience last year. The Great Hall at Reading University is a fitting venue for a night of beautiful, majestic choral music, starting with the excitement and elation of ‘Toward the Unknown Region’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams and the dramatic intensity of ‘Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), by Richard Strauss. Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna is a classic of new American choral writing, with old world structures and new world spirit intertwining, at once sensuous and spare. The exhilarating evening finishes with the challenging, exciting Chichester Psalms, written by Leonard Bernstein eight years after West Side Story.
The Great Hall, University of Reading, London Road Campus, Reading RG1 5AQ
MORE INFO: 0118 934 3200   Event Web Site
Leisure : Nights Out
14/10/2017 A MELODY FOR MURDER

Following the sell-out success of A Gamble With Death, the team are back this Autumn with A Melody For Murder. Get ready for a brand new murder mystery treasure hunt that sends teams of intrepid detectives into a web of blackmail, lies and deceit as they try to discover #WhoKilledStellaChord. Using their smartphones, players must race around the streets of Reading to find hidden evidence, crack cryptic clues and converse with suspicious characters to catch the culprit – before the time runs out. The game centres around the murder of multi-millionaire singer and long-time diva, Stella Chord, who was rehearsing The Bel Canto Melody for her 100th concert at The Hexagon in Reading. But a lighting rig came crashing down - and she never reached the final bars. Police suspect the dramatic finish to the piece wasn't quite what she had in mind.
Queens Walk Plaza, Reading
MORE INFO: Richard Alexander   help@amelodyformurder.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
14/10/2017 LIPSTICK ON YOUR COLLAR
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Step back in time to the golden era of music where the jukebox roared and feet didn't touch the floor. Get your dancing shoes at the ready, grab yourself a milkshake and relax - you are in for an evening of back to back hits from the 1950s and 60s! A musical journey from the birth of Rock n Roll through to the Beat Group sounds of the British Invasion and beyond, the show is packed with over forty hits from the likes of Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Ronettes, Cliff Richard, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield and many more.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698   KentonTheatre@gmail.com   Event Web Site
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14/10/2017 to 15/10/2017 FLOWER FESTIVAL AT PANGBOURNE COLLEGE - A CENTURY OF CHANGE

This year Pangbourne College celebrates its 100th Birthday and the creation of its school chapel: The Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel, which was opened by HM The Queen in 2000. The Chapel is a ‘living’ National memorial: not only is it a memorial to those who gave their lives in 1982 for the liberation of the Falkland Islands, but also a chapel and concert hall. Using College and Chapel artefacts and photographs, this Festival reveals how much the school has changed over its 100-­--year history and remembers those who paid the ultimate sacrifice 35 years ago. The Centenary Pangbourne College book by Old Pangbournian, Robin Knight, as well as ‘Just to see His Name’ by former Headmaster, Anthony Hudson, will be on sale too. COMMUNITY EVENT: Over 40 flower arrangers; twelve flower clubs from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire; as well as Pangbourne College Art Department are participating in this unique event.
Falklands Islands Memorial Chapel, Pangbourne College, RG8 8LA
MORE INFO: Alex Garnier 0118 984 2101   alex.garnier@pangbourne.com   Event Web Site
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14/10/2017 THAMES VALLEY ANCIENT EGYPT SOCIETY LECTURE - EGYPTOLOGY LECTURE

Egyptian Decrees, Biographies, Accounts and Formulae in the Age of the Pyramids: A Look at the people of the Old Kingdom through the written word. Dr. Nigel Strudwick will look at the people of the Old Kingdom through the written word. It was at this time that continuous texts first appeared. Kings left decrees of exemptions for temples and official created elaborate tombs with inscriptions. Some early papyri show ordinary people at work and give clues to the temple rituals.
Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: 01491 838803   Event Web Site
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14/10/2017 to 15/10/2017 ASCOT FASHION WEEKEND

Boutique fashion event featuring 130 stylish clothing and accessory companies you won’t find on the high street. Dress yourself from top to toe from a choice of sensational outfits, jewellery, shoes, hats, handbags and cosmetics suitable for leisure, work, pleasure, holidays, evenings and special occasions. All under one roof with free parking and licensed restaurant.
Ascot Racecourse, High St, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Noelle Walsh 01367 860017   enquiry@ukgrandsales.co.uk   Event Web Site