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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
11/11/2017 to 15/11/2017 200 FACES PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

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 note that visitors to this exhibition may also wish to view further images at 3 Forbury Place, 23 Forbury Road, (RG1 3JH), which is a short walk away. Directions will be available at the exhibition venue. Please check website prior to attendance for latest information as dates may be subject to change. Disabled visitors are advised to check with us before visiting an exhibition so that suitable access can be provided.
Abbey Gardens, Abbey Street, Kings Road, Reading, RG1 3BA
MORE INFO: Lou Griffiths 0800 0287338   info@thephotographicangle.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
15/11/2017 to 18/11/2017 THE DEEP BLUE SEA - BY TERENCE RATTIGAN

The Basildonian's are performing The Deep Blue Sea by Terrence Rattigan. Tickets £10 in advance £12 on the door. Performance Starts at 8.
Basildon Village Hall, Bethesda St, Upper Basildon RG8 8NU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0119 984 1122   contact@basildonians.org   Event Web Site
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We are familiar with how filmmakers portray banquets during the English Civil Wars – plenty of clashing goblets and everyone gnawing on a plump chicken or a haunch of venison, but was this how it was, and how did the food get to the table in the first place? This talk by historian Dr Christopher Scott will explain how technology, trade and fashion influenced what we ate and drank in England during the 1600s and how we cooked and consumed it. This will be a mixture of facts, stories, objects and recipes with several surprises and revelations about everyday life both at court and in ordinary homes.
West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01635 519562   museum@westberks.gov.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Bars
17/11/2017 to 31/12/2017 APRÈS - THE WINTER BAR AT STATION HILL

For the third year the outdoor ski lodge bar will be back in Reading over the festive period. Gunter, head ski instructor/chief cocktail tester, and his team will be serving Mulled Wine, Frosty pints of Beer and their signature Winter Cocktails. Last year the bar moved to Station Hill, a move that WePop, the company behind the Après Bar, were extremely excited about. Their excitement was well-founded! A huge attraction to the Après Bar is their cosy mini chalets. Each one seats up to 10 people and is decorated with festive décor and blankets - and this year there’s a larger chalet as well, along with a marquee area with heaters. It’s a great spot to stop by for a swift drink during the festive period and it is also perfect for Christmas Parties. From reserving a small seated area or a chalet for a group, to hiring a section of the venue for your entire company.
Station Hill, Reading RG1 1NF
MORE INFO: WePop   Gunter@ApresReading.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Entertainment

See some superb ideas for your own Christmas floral decorations at Woodley Flower Club's Flower Arranging Demonstration Christmas Elegance with arrangements being made by Peter Bodnor - a superb Florist from London.
Coronation Hall, Headley Road, Woodley RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: Marion Want 0118 962 0418
Leisure : Music

Uncle Buck are an exciting ensemble of experienced musicians that visits all the key points on a journey through American music – touching blues, soul, rock, southern funk, and a little slice of jazz!
Emmbrook Sports & Social, Lowther Road, Wokingham RG41 1JB
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17/11/2017 to 19/11/2017 HENLEY CHRISTMAS MARKET

Featuring a wide range of stalls this popular Christmas Market is the ideal place to find those perfect Christmas gifts, stocking fillers and delicious goodies for Christmas hampers! Beautiful artisan crafts, clothing and jewellery, irresistible groceries, tasty hot food, speciality drinks and a bar serving a selection of craft beers and ciders along with mulled wine and spiced cider definitely make this event worth visiting!
Market Place, Henley on Thames RG9 2AA
MORE INFO: Christmas Market Enquiries 01832 281274   Event Web Site
Leisure : Christmas

Reading Community Gospel Choir has made it to 10 years- and what a fabulous 10 years it has been!! We have grown so much as a choir in this time and are very proud of all we have achieved and shared over the years. We are so grateful for all that have joined, supported and encouraged on this community Gospel journey. This is our time to celebrate the heartfelt, harmonious Gospel message together.
The Pavilion, Oxford Road, Reading RG1 7UY
MORE INFO: Naomi Charles 07810 736598   rcomgos@live.com   Event Web Site
18/11/2017 to 19/11/2017 EARLEY CHRISTMAS MARKET

The Earley and Radstock Social Club are organising a Christmas Market for a second year to raise funds for the Earley Community Association (E.C.A. a Registered Charity). Last year the market proved to be very popular and well attended. The charity supports local community projects like The Laurel Park Football teams (ages up to 16 years old). The Club provides facilities for fund raising functions and social events for the residents of Lower Earley.
Radstock Lane, Earley, Reading RG6 5UL
MORE INFO: Christmas Market Enquiries 07919 445448   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out

Do you enjoy whiskey? Would you like to discover more about it, but don't know where to start? Do you like music? Do you like fun? The Whiskey Affair is for you if you answered 'Yes!' to any of these questions. We are returning to Reading, where we fell in love with the Great Hall so are delighted to be coming back. Netherlands, Sweden, Taiwan and Japan that you never knew existed! Upon arrival you will be handed your Whiskey Affair glass (you can keep this!) and a brochure packed full of information on the brands - a good reference point for you to see which your new favourites will be.
Great Hall, University of Reading London Road Campus RG1 5AQ
MORE INFO: Event Enquiries 07815 478999   Event Web Site
18/11/2017 to 19/11/2017 SOUTH HILL PARK CRAFT AND DESIGN FAIR

Located throughout the Mansion and Wilde Theatre foyer, the Craft Fair will showcase the handcrafted and high quality work of British craft makers. This is the perfect opportunity to see a wonderfully diverse range of rich local talent and take home unique Christmas gifts for all of the family. After carefully choosing each of the exhibiting craft makers, this is also a great chance to talk to the artists on a personal level about how each item has been made and learn its story. We will also be holding open access in the craft studios, giving visitors the opportunity to watch students at work, talk to the tutors about all the creative magic that goes on and be inspired by the work-spaces here at South Hill Park.
South Hill Park Grounds Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123   sales@southhillpark.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music

Join the Whiteknights Ensemble for an evening of varied music for wind quintet. All proceeds from this event will go to local charity, Rosie’s Rainbow Fund, which supports sick and disabled children through art and music therapy. Programme: W.A.Mozart – Overture: The Magic Flute; György Ligeti – Six Bagatelles; Giuseppe Cambini – Quintet No.2 in D minor; Carl Nielsen – Wind Quintet; Paul Patterson – Westerly Winds. 7.30pm.
St Paul’s Church, Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH
MORE INFO:   info@whiteknightsensemble.org.uk   Event Web Site
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A great chance to buy some unique Christmas gifts or simply to pamper yourself at this truly festive event. With something for all ages alongside delicious cakes and home baked refreshments the whole family will get into the Christmas Spirit at the Pangbourne College Christmas Bazaar. Fine jewellery, clothing and accessories, china and glass, wood turning, Christmas decorations and foods. Free entrance and ample parking.
Drake Hall, Pangbourne College, Pangbourne RG8 8LA
MORE INFO: Paula Read 01635 860039 or 07793 116937   pangbournepa@gmail.com   Event Web Site
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Our very popular Christmas Fair returns for the 4th year running with over 50 stalls selling a huge variety of items. All your Christmas gifts under one roof! 10am to 2pm.
Waingels Road, Woodley RG5 4RF
MORE INFO: Christmas Fair Enquiries 0118 969 0336   generalenquiries@waingels.wokingham.sch.uk   Event Web Site
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This annual fund raising event is organised by the Parent's Association. All proceeds go to supporting the students at St Bart's. Over 60 stalls- Wide selection of homemade crafts and gifts- All price ranges from stocking fillers to that special gift.
St Bartholemew's School, Andover Road, Newbury RG14 6JP
MORE INFO: Christmas Fair Enquiries 01635 278650   stbartspa@gmail.com   Event Web Site
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We shall be having a talk by Dr Nick Young speaking about Newbury Then and Now and crime updates from the Police and Fire Service. Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting.
West Berkshire Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD
MORE INFO: Angela Money 01635 40866   ajmy5m7@inbox.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
22/11/2017 to 26/11/2017 WHITE CHRISTMAS

A show to start off your Christmas celebrations. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake.Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander.
Desborough Theatre, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead SL6 1RF
MORE INFO: Box Office 07340 754961   Event Web Site

Featuring a small cast of talented young actor-musicians, Starmaker’s Spelling Bee is sure to be a unique and unforgettable experience! An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life-unaffirming ‘ding’ of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. Its traumas and triumphs will be highly relatable for anybody over the age of 13. Contains infrequent anatomical references; the Saturday matinee has been adapted for a younger audience and all are welcome.
The Whitty Theatre, Luckley Road, Wokingham RG40 3EU
MORE INFO: Tracey Essery 07785 316612   Tracey@starmaker.org.uk   Event Web Site

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the world with its effortless wit and humour. Featuring a small cast of young actor-musicians, Starmaker’s Spelling Bee is sure to be a unique and unforgettable experience! An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming
The Whitty Theatre, Luckley House School, Luckley Road, Wokingham RG40 3EU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 988 7959   tracey@starmakeruk.org   Event Web Site
Leisure : Entertainment

Curved Air’sconcerts and festival appearances continue to thrill a steadily increasing mass of new and old fans worldwide. Their experimental blends of classical themes, electronic sounds and pop/rock energy and beautiful, timeless songs are performed with fire and passion and tremendous musicianship. The band, are still fronted by Sonja Kristina, with original drummer Florian Pilkington Miksa. and veteran musicians who were introduced through Sonja Kristina’s and Darryl Way’s solo projects.
Emmbrook Sports and Social, Lowther Road, Wokingham RG41 1JB
MORE INFO:   stan@wokinghammusicclub.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music

A Mozart Mass with original instrumentation, plus a celebration of Advent with new and well-known Advent carols to set us up for the season ahead. 7:30pm The concert is free and you do not need a ticket. Just turn up and enjoy the music!
St Barnabas Church, Emmer Green RG4 8RA
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For our Autumn Concert, on Saturday, November 25th at 7.30 pm in Greyfriars Church, Reading, we will be singing the Durufle Requiem and Handel's Dixit Dominus.
Greyfriars Church, Friar Street, RG1 1EH
MORE INFO: Christopher Lock 07557 900 210   lock.chris1@gmail.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Nights Out

We invite you to our annual Out of Africa Charity Ball 2017 where our Africa-on-Thames unique gala dinner will once again bring Africa to the heart of Berkshire. Prepare to be taken on a journey of Africa, immersing yourself in its diverse and lively culture. Our ball is the perfect celebration for your company’s Christmas gathering, corporate hospitality event or team night out and to grow your network and business potential! You will enjoy live African entertainment by talented performers, arts and crafts, charity auction, raffle and more; all in a celebration of the joy and hope that comes out of Africa. Our keynote speakers will inspire you with their first-hand experience of volunteering in rural Zimbabwean schools. Having provided over a million meals to children so far, we currently support 2218 children at 9 different primary and secondary schools in making sure they’re being educated and fed. Whilst 177 of them are sponsored, we have hundreds of children on our waiting list for sponsors. By supporting Creating Better Futures, your donation will change lives as you will be providing education, food, water and resources for orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe. Your ticket will help to feed a class of 50 children for one whole month. Our team is made up of dedicated volunteers in the UK and Zimbabwe who donate their time and expertise daily.
Hilton Hotel, Drake Way, Reading RG2 0GQ
MORE INFO: Hanna Siddiqui 01183271154   events@creatingbetterfutures.org.uk   Event Web Site
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Come and Sing some Carols and enjoy some free Minced Pies, Mulled Wine and Roasted Chestnuts at the Switch on of the WOODLEY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS with the TREE of LIGHT from the Woodley and Earley Lions, Carols with Woodley Churches, The Reading Operatic Society and the Woodley Concert Band from 4.30 to 5.30 pm.
Crockhamwell Road Woodley Town Centre RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: Christmas Lights Enquiries 07506 741591   Event Web Site
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In the mad rush of Christmas - why not come to St Mary Magdalen on Saturday 25 Nov and reflect as you look through a exhibition of Nativity scenes around the church. Once you've finished then take the path over to the Hall, where refreshments will be served and you will have a chance to purchase those early Christmas presents, either for loved-ones or yourself. A wide range of home-made produce, toys, plants, bric-a-brac, and other stalls to take your pick from.
St Mary Magdalen Church HillKentwood Hill, Tilehurst RG31 6DR
MORE INFO: Hall Manager 0118 941 1713   carl.feltham@virginmedia.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out

A FREE fun day out for all the family, in Wokingham Town centre from 11.00 am until 5.30 pm, and a great way to start the Christmas period. For the event all the town centre roads are closed to traffic, and we have over 100 Crafts, food, gift and charity stalls lining the streets. This major event is also supported by street entertainers, a music stage and fun fair attractions (including a Ferris Wheel). The day ends with the switching on of the Christmas lights, and carols around the Christmas tree.
Wokingham Town Centre RG40 1AT
MORE INFO: Chris Monk 0709 289 5497   wokingham.carnival@gmail.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music

Join Reading Symphony Orchestra for our first concert of the 2017-18 season! We are delighted to welcome talented pianist Rhys Concessao, winner of the 2017 RSO / Hickies Young Musicians’ Competition, who will be performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Rhys, a pupil at the Purcell School and Royal Academy, has already performed with piano superstar Lang Lang and at Carnegie Hall in New York, and was the 2017 winner of the Times Network Global Award for Outstanding Young Pianist. The concert will begin with Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture. Based on his opera Benvenuto Cellini, the overture evokes all the sounds and excitement of Mardi Gras festivities in Rome in 1532. The second half of the concert will feature Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7.
Great Hall, Reading University, London Road Campus RG1 5AQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 973 5517   Event Web Site
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Purley’s magical Christmas Market returns by popular demand on Sunday 27 November, between 11am and 3pm, in the atmospheric setting of the eighteenth century barn at Goosecroft, Purley on Thames. This year it’s even bigger and better, and entry is free: original and gorgeous crafts and Christmas gifts, fine foods and confectionery, festive atmosphere and entertainment, refreshments, mulled wine, Santa’s Grotto, disabled access and free parking. Great for all the family. Packed with stalls selling amongst other things: presents, crafts, vintage, books, accessories, jewellery, textiles, paintings, cards, confectionery, Christmas decorations, home baking and children’s toys. The event is organised by the Friends of Purley Barn with proceeds going to raise funds for this historic venue.
Purley Barn, Goosecroft Lane, Purley-on-Thames RG8 8DR
MORE INFO: Market Enquiries 0118 942 2255   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
28/11/2017 to 02/12/2017 YEOMEN OF THE GUARD

Gilbert and Sullivan's Yeomen of the Guard staged by Woodley Light Operatic Society. Tue-Sat 7.45pm; in addition Saturday matinee at 3 pm. Box Office 0333 666 3366 or book online at woodleylightoperatic.ticketsource.co.uk
Oakwood Centre, Woodley RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: Simone Worringham 0118 926 1995
  s.worringham@ntlworld.com   Event Web Site

Leisure : Entertainment

Five comedians for £5. Visit PUBLIC, Reading for Smoking Hot Comedy. This is the final show of 2017 and is set to be an explosive - and hilarious - night!
PUBLIC, 11 Castle Street, Reading RG1 7SB
MORE INFO: Smoking Hot Comedy 0118 950 7651   Event Web Site
Leisure : Christmas
01/12/2017 to 24/12/2017 WOKINGHAM LIVING ADVENT CALENDAR 2017

Wokingham’s Living Advent Calendar runs from 1st to 24th December each year. Each weekday at 6pm and weekends at 4pm from 1st December to Christmas Eve, a venue around the town will host a FREE performance lasting approximately 20 minutes. A community project, we work with local businesses, charities, performers and individuals to present these performances to the public. Each event is paired with a local performer (or group of performers) and a charity who take a collection. Join us for music, dance, drama and more this Christmas season! But you’ll have to wait and see what each evening will bring, performances are secret until the day!
Various around Wokingham - see website
MORE INFO: Gemma Cumming 0118 974 0889   artsandculture@wokingham-tc.gov.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Dance

Singles and couples welcome. Terrific music, super dance floor, great atmosphere, friendly people and FREE on-site car parking. 15percent OFF drinks 8.30-9.30pm. Ladies/Gents: £10 - Pay on the door. Smart denim ok, Collared shirt required. No trainers, T shirts, etc. Right of admission reserved.
Maidenhead Rugby Football Club, Braywick Park, Braywick Road, Maidenhead SL6 1BN
MORE INFO: Brian Lewis 0800 3134441   info@dance-parties.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
01/12/2017 to 06/01/2018 JOYEUX NOEL AT BASILDON PARK HOUSE

See Basildon Park dressed for Christmas like it never has been before, celebrating Lady Iliffe's French-Mauritian roots. The house will be presented as if for the evening, with atmospheric lighting, sumptuous decorations and a giant tree in the hallway, all drawing on Lady Iliffe's French-Mauritian roots. Booking Not Needed.
Basildon Park Lower Basildon Reading RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: The Administrator 01491 672920   basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music

Some act are like fine wine they just get better as the years go by and The Acoustic Strawbs are one of those acts. This will be a magical evening and a huge pleasure to have the guys back at Wokingham Music Club.
The Whitty Theatre, Luckley House School, Luckley Road, Wokingham RG40 3EU
MORE INFO: Stan   stan@wokinghammusicclub.co.uk   Event Web Site
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The Cromwellian building at Greys Court will be showing how a Tudor Christmas would have been celebrated. Greys Court was first mentioned in 1086, and so has years of history attached to it. To help celebrate the wider history of Greys Court, the Cromwellian building will be focusing on the Tudor-era of Greys Court, and displaying how the festive season would have been celebrated in this time period. With sumptuous decorations, a traditional Tudor feast on display and Tudor-themed, children's dressing up costumes, there's much to help you experience what a Tudor Christmas would have been like.
Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4PG
MORE INFO: Admin Office 01491 628529
  Event Web Site

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Visit this stunning exhibition dedicated to rare and original Christmas decorations. Set as a white forest installation where handmade trees are the stands with branches displaying a unique collection of Christmas ornaments. Learn why we decorate a tree, when and where did the tradition start and what were the first Christmas decorations made of. See old Christmas ornaments that linked cultures, religions, politics, fashion and art.
The Old Fire Station, Market Place, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AG
MORE INFO: Margarita 07794 582267   info@christmasornamentsfair.co.uk   Event Web Site
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01/12/2017 to 24/12/2017 HENLEY LIVING ADVENT CALENDAR

The Henley Living Advent Calendar is based on an original idea from Stockholm and began here in 2011. One of the first events of it's kind in the UK, and certainly the first locally, it runs every evening from December 1st to 24th. Like a children’s Advent Calendar, a different window or door is opened at 6:15pm promptly each evening and a 30 minute performance is given to the audience assembled. This can include songs, carols, music, poetry, book excerpts, notes from local history or folklore, sketches, dance etc, all with a Christmas or winter focus to them. Each Venue is matched, by the Organising Committee, with a local performer or group of performers and a collection is made, and Raffle tickets sold, every evening for selected local Charities.
Various around Henley on Thames - see website
MORE INFO: Richard Rodway 07920 589675   richard@thpsolicitors.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music

Another opportunity to spend a winter's afternoon enjoying the magic of handbells as the Barfield Handbell Ringers perform a varied programme of music, including some Christmas music to mark the start of the festive season. Light refreshments will be served in the interval. Concert starts at 3pm.
St Mary’s Church, Church Gate, Thatcham RG19 3PN
MORE INFO: Dianne Rogers   dianne@barfield.org.uk   Event Web Site

Come and join Clive Fortune Big Band for an entertaining evening of big band and jazz favourites, plus a few seasonal classics to put you in the Christmas mood! The evening starts at 7.30pm.
Sherfield-On-Loddon Village Hall, RG27 0EZ
MORE INFO: 07789 766180   Event Web Site
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Goring's Festive Food and local Produce Fair takes place on Saturday December 2nd 10am-3pm. This annual event provides a perfect opportunity to prepare for the festive season. We have a varied selection of fine food and drink stalls to suit both savoury and sweet tastes. These include tastings from Walters’ turkeys, Christmas cakes, puddings and mince pies, chocolates and fudge, cheeses from Neal’s Yard, artisan bread, pickles, preserves, locally grown vegetables and flowers, hampers, gluten free foods and puddings plus fine wines local gins, beer and cider. Babies and toddlers will also be catered for with a stall offering healthy, artisan dried blended baby meals and fruit.
Goring Village Hall Berkshire RG8 9AG
MORE INFO: 01491 872707   Event Web Site
Leisure : Charity

A unique opportunity to run through the town centre, taking in Broad Street, The Oracle Riverside and the Kennet and Avon Canal. To raise funds for two main Charities: No:5 – Counselling for 10-25-year olds, and Reading Family Aid – helping children living with poverty and other disadvantages. Other local charities will also benefit from funds raised at the event: The Alzheimer’s Society, Berkshire Woman’s Aid, P.A.C.T and RAHAB. All the profits will go to these charities.
Starts Forbury Gardens, The Forbury, Reading RG1 3HS
MORE INFO: Graham Broadhurst 0774 094 3050   graham.broadhurst@outlook.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out

Join hundreds of Santas in Wallingford on Sunday 3rd December! Run, walk or sleigh ride your way on our 3km (just under 2 miles) route from Wallingford School through the town's parks, ending up in the Market Place in perfect time for the Christmas Shopping Extravaganza. Open to Santas of all ages, and their canine little helpers! All proceeds go to local charity Style Acre - your entry fee includes a Santa costume, a medal and lots of festive cheer. 11.30am.
Wallingford School OX10 8HH
MORE INFO: Santa Dash Enquiries 01491 827593   Event Web Site

A spectacular fun event organised by Newbury Rotary in conjunction with Newbury Bid which offers the opportunity to don a Santa outfit, run a 5 km course (1 km for children under 8), and have some fun while raising money for worthy causes. Runners are invited to raise money for their own good causes using this event. The entry fees less nominal expenses will be donated to the Rosemary Appeal, West Berkshire Therapy Centre, West Berkshire Mencap and other Rotary Club supported charities. All runners will receive a Santa Suit (available in various sizes and styles) and those that complete the Run will receive an engraved medal.
Newbury Market Place RG14 5AA
MORE INFO: Fun Run Enquries 01635 42027   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music

PETE ALLEN’S Traditional Hot Seven Jazz Band performs a sensational mix of music and songs which includes selections from the commercial hits of British Jazz, Jump Jive sounds of the forties, popular songs from the fifties, sixties and seventies, Parade sounds of New Orleans and the Blues. A Pete Allen show has something for everybody as it presents a variety showcase of happy foot-tapping music for all to enjoy.
Chequers Hotel, Oxford Street, Newbury RG14 1JB
MORE INFO: Music Night Enquiries 01635 38000   Event Web Site
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Great Woodley CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA for the 21st year running on Sunday the 3rd of December 2017 from 10am to 3pm, lots of stalls and entertainments, Live Reindeers next to SANTA 's Magical Grotto, lots of Rides, Climbing Wall, Many Rides etc.
Woodley Town Centre RG5 3JZ
MORE INFO: Town Centre Manager 07506 741591   towncentremanager@woodley.gov.uk   Event Web Site
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Launchpad's annual carol service celebrates it's 10th year this December. For a wonderful way to start the festive season, we welcome you to join our staff, clients, volunteers and patrons in the beautiful surroundings of Reading Minster on Thursday 7th December from 6 - 7pm. There will be special guest readers, with music from Reading Bach Choir, the winners of the Launchpad School Choir Competition and Launchpad Patron, Danyl Johnson. Last year, we welcomed the most people to Reading Minster in the nine years we’ve held the carol service and raised over £9,000. We are very grateful to the local community for all of their support. All proceeds go directly to Launchpad, allowing us to continue our crucial work to prevent homelessness in Reading, over the festive season and all year round. Starts 6pm.
Reading Minster of St. Mary the Virgin, St. Mary’s Butts, RG1 2HX
MORE INFO: Carol Concert Organiser 0118 950 7656   enquiries@launchpadreading.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre

1897. Transylvania. A lone English solicitor makes an ill-fated visit to an important client at a remote and mysterious castle. Soon afterwards, Count Dracula moves to London, where a bizarre plague begins to stalk its inhabitants. Can an intrepid team led by maverick-doctor, Professor Abraham Van Helsing prevent the infamous Count from getting his fangs into everyone before his grip over the people of London proves fatal? An atmospheric tale of maidens in distress, dark nights and vampires is here presented by Rain or Shine as you’ve never seen it before… Doors Open 7pm for 7.30.
The Barn, Goosecroft, off Beech Road, Purley RG8 8DR
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 942 4167

09/12/2017 to 31/12/2017 THE MAIDENHEAD PANTOMIME - ALADDIN

Television favourites SANDRA MARTIN (Channel 4’s Gogglebox) and NISHA ANIL (CBeebies) will star in this year’s family pantomime alongside a cast of West End performers and juvenile ensemble of local young performers! Following the exciting re-launch of The Pearce Suite Theatre at Magnet Leisure Centre, Q Productions is delighted to be bringing Maidenhead its first fully-produced professional pantomime with the much-loved family favourite, ALADDIN, which will be packed full of side-splitting comedy, stunning special effects and lavish costume.
The Pearce Suite Theatre, Magnet Leisure Centre, Maidenhead SL6 8AW
MORE INFO: Box Office 01494 917519
  boxoffice@q-productions.co.uk   Event Web Site

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Come along for our annual Lantern Procession, a stunning winter event that brings the community together to celebrate the festive season. Join in or just admire and soak up the atmosphere as the candle-lit procession travels along Northbrook Street to the Market Place. Meet from 4pm to take part or 4.30pm to watch. There will be live music from Beatroots and Tankata Drummers during the procession. Stay on after to enjoy headliners Faith i Branko and other foodie festivities in the market place.
Northbrook Street, Newbury RG14 1DN
MORE INFO: 0845 5218 218   Event Web Site
Local Information :

Join us once a month for our Sunday Funday sports fun session for disabled children and their families. This is a free, drop-in sports taster session giving children who are ordinarily unable to keep up in PE lessons on in the park the chance to explore accessible and adapted sport in a fun and friendly environment. Children under the age of 14 and their siblings can take part in Paralympic sports such as Boccia, Table Tennis and Wheelchair Basketball across a two-hour session that offers so much flexibility with others sports available to try such as New Age Kurling, Crossbow, Sitting Volleyball and Short Tennis. Whether a youngster wants to spend all afternoon on one activity or spend just a few minutes at each station it’s absolutely fine.
SportsAble, Braywick Sports Ground, Braywick Road, Maidenhead SL6 1BN
MORE INFO: Melissa Paulden 01628 627 690   melissa.paulden@sportsable.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
12/12/2017 to 31/12/2017 THE CAMBERLEY PANTOMIME - PETER PAN

Take the second to the right and join Peter Pan as he takes Wendy and her brothers on an action packed adventure in Neverland. Meet Pan’s best friend Tink and the Lost Boys as they help Pan take on his arch enemy Captain Hook! With all those sword fights, it will be all hands on deck for Mr and Mrs Smee as they do their best to keep everything shipshape. Camberley Theatre gives J.M Barrie’s timeless tale of the boy who never grows up a modern makeover. It is an unforgettable panto complete with flying, laugh out loud gags, singalong songs, breath-taking choreography and bucket loads of audience interaction. Will Peter Pan defeat Captain Hook? Will Wendy and her brothers make it home? Will Peter Pan ever grow up? Come along and fly to Neverland with us but be sure to bring happy thoughts and a little pixie dust!
Camberley Theatre. Knoll Road, Camberley GU15 3SY
MORE INFO: Box Office 01276 707600
  camberley.theatre@surreyheath.gov.uk   Event Web Site

Sport : Football

Our Under-18s will host Millwall in the third round of the FA Youth Cup at Madejski Stadium on Thursday 14th December, kicking off at 7pm. With senior teams playing in the Sky Bet Championship, both Reading and Millwall enter at this stage of the competition… a place in round four of the competition awaits the winner. We reached the quarter-final of the competition two years ago, when a Chelsea side spearheaded by Tammy Abraham were 2-1 winners at Stamford Bridge. Since then, four Royals that were in the squad – Omar Richards, Axel Andresson, Josh Barrett and Sam Smith – have all made senior-team appearances!
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0844 249 1871   memberservices@readingfc.co.uk   Event Web Site