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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 : 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 : 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 : 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
01/12/2017 to 07/01/2018 THE FIRE AND LIGHT SHOW AT THE LOOK OUT DISCOVERY CENTRE

This live science show is full of fantastic demonstrations to FIRE your imagination! Watch us create light, and see the amazing tornado of fire! There is no need to pre-book tickets for the shows; tickets can be purchased from reception on the day. Suitable for children age 5+. Show times are at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3.15pm, subject to minimum numbers. Shows run at weekends and Bracknell school holidays.
The Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell RG12 7QW
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01344 354400   Event Web Site
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01/12/2017 to 07/01/2018 TUDOR CHRISTMAS IN THE CROMWELLIAN AT GREYS COURT
 GREYS COURT (NATIONAL TRUST)

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

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
07/12/2017 CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT - IN AID OF READING HOMELESS CHARITY LAUNCHPAD

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
08/12/2017 RAIN OR SHINE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS DRACULA
 PURLEY BARN

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

Leisure : Music
09/12/2017 READING FESTIVAL CHORUS
S ORATORIO

READING FESTIVAL CHORUS under the musical directorship of Edward-Rhys Harry will sing two joyous works to reflect the Christmas season: Saint Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Parts 1 and 3). Accompanying them will be Simon Dinsdale (organ), the Palmer Ensemble, Matthew Bale (harpsichord, for Bach only), Angharad Davies (soprano), Amanda Floyd (alto), Peter Wilman (tenor) and Edward Kay (bass).
Wesley Methodist Church, Queen’s Road, Reading RG1 4BW
MORE INFO: Alison Mackay 0118 983 4523   tickets@readingfestivalchorus.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
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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10/12/2017 NEWBURY FESTIVAL OF LIGHT LANTERN PROCESSION

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
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10/12/2017 SUNDAY FUNDAY - SPORTS FUN FOR DISABLED CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

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
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10/12/2017 SOUTH BERKSHIRE SINGERS - A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT CORPUS CHRISTI WOKINGHAM
South Berkshire Singers will be hosting a Christmas Celebration of seasonal music and readings. All proceeds go to the church’s Africa Fund. Starts 4pm.
Corpus Christi Church, Sturges Road, Wokingham RG40 2HE
MORE INFO: May Withers 0118 978 5635   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
14/12/2017 ROYALS U18s v MILLWALL - FA YOUTH CUP 3rd ROUND

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
Leisure : Music
15/12/2017 READING HAYDN CHOIR - FESTIVE CAROLS AND MUSIC

Come and join us for Festive Carols and Music at 7.30pm on Friday December 15th. The Choir will be singing plenty of carols, both old and new, as well as some of the most popular choruses from Handel's Messiah...including the Hallelujah Chorus. And you can join in for some of your favourite carols. Mince pies and drinks will be served afterwards.
King William of York Church, Upper Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5JP
MORE INFO: Christopher Lock 07557 900 210   lock.chris1@gmail.com   Event Web Site
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15/12/2017 CAROLS IN THE PARK WITH BRASS BAND AT BARKHAM

Please join Barkham residents and Breakaway Brass Band from 7pm to sing carols. Mulled wine and mince pies provided. 7pm Free event, but there will be a bucket collection for the band.
The Junipers, Elizabeth Park, Barkham RG41 4TA
MORE INFO: 0118 978 3373
Leisure : Days Out
16/12/2017 THE WINTER GIANT AT DEE PARK

John the Giant will wake up lost and alone in Dee Park, looking for a place to call home. Will you come and greet him? The Winter Giant is a spectacular, magical FREE outdoor performance for all the family featuring live music, puppetry and a stunning community lantern procession. The show starts on Tay Road at 6pm, where John will wake up. Follow his journey through Dee Park as his story unravels, and greet him in the grand finale. 6 to 7pm.
Tay Road, Dee Park, Reading RG30 4ED
MORE INFO: Danielle Corbishley 07815 677672
  dani@beautifulcreatures.info   Event Web Site

Leisure : Music
16/12/2017 to 17/12/2017 SOUTH CHILTERN CHORAL SOCIETY - FEAST OF FESTIVE SONGS

South Chiltern Choral Society (SCCS) is delighted to be joined by special guests The Hill Primary School Choir and the Chiltern Brass Quintet in an uplifting selection of Christmas music. The programme includes Cecilia McDowall’s 'Christus natus est' and Alan Bullard’s 'A Feast for Christmas' both featuring well known seasonal songs. After the traditional interval refreshments, the audience will be invited to join in with Christmas carols.
Chiltern Edge School, Reades Lane, Sonning Common RG4 9LN
MORE INFO: Sue Craddock 07808 812841
  sue.craddock@virginmedia.com   Event Web Site

16/12/2017 WOKINGHAM CHORAL SOCIETY - CHRISTMAS ORATRIO

Wokingham Choral Society will be performing parts 1, 2, 3 and 6 of J S Bach's Christmas Oratorio, with soprano Sofia Larsson, mezzo Olivia Warburton, tenor Hiroshi Amako, and bass baritone Johnny Herford, and the Hampstead Chamber Orchestra, conductor Patrick Allies.
Great Hall, University of Reading london Road Campus RG1 5AQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 07900 057352   tickets@wokingham-choral-society.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
16/12/2017 to 24/12/2017 ALBY THE PENGUIN RESCUES CHRISTMAS

Alby isn’t just any penguin. Alby is a very special penguin. Alby is a snow-white penguin… Cast off by his fellow penguins, Alby finds himself all alone at the South Pole. When he stumbles across Santa’s list of presents left behind in the snow, Alby realises that Christmas isn’t going to happen unless the list is reunited with its owner. But it’s going to take one very brave penguin to save the day… Alby the Pengiun Saves Christmas is an enchanting story full of music, puppetry and one very special penguin. The perfect festive treat for children aged 3 – 6 and their families.
Reading Studio of Dramatic Art, Reading College, Kings Road, Reading RG1 4HJ
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 955 4757
  info@readingrep.com   Event Web Site

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16/12/2017 FATHER CHRISTMAS'S VICTORIAN WINTER GROTTO

Can you hear his sleigh bells? Step back into Christmases past in this special Saturday event and make a traditional decoration for your home. Compose a letter then present it to Father Christmas and receive a special gift before you leave. A magical experience for those that still believe! Our visitors absolutely loved our authentic version last year.
Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Grotto Information 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
20/12/2017 to 21/12/2017 M R JAMES - GHOST STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS
 THE FIRE STATION CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CULTURE

Back by popular demand, Robert Lloyd Parry's telling of M R James' infamous ghost stories are a dark and chilling Christmas treat.
The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture · St Leonards Road, Windsor SL4 3BL
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 866 865
  info@firestationartscentre.com   Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
27/12/2017 to 07/01/2018 BASILDON PARK ILLUMINATED WOODLAND WALK
 BASILDON PARK (NATIONAL TRUST)

As the sun fades see the woodland walk lit up, and enjoy the changing colours of the trees through the seasons from autumn to winter. As Autumn sets in at Basildon Park, the woodland really comes to life. The stunning display of Autumn colour on the trees is being further enhanced by an illuminated woodland display, which will last until January this year so you can enjoy the illuminated woodland walk throughout the winter as well. Booking Not Needed.
Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01491 672382   basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
31/12/2017 NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT AT DOUAI ABBEY

Commotio return to Douai Abbey for the traditional New Year’s Eve concert with seasonal music by composers of the 20th and 21st century, including Chilcott, MacMillan, Pärt, and Rütti.
Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Reading RG7 5TQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218   boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Nights Out
31/12/2017 WINDSOR 30s to 60s NEW YEAR's EVE PARTY FOR SINGLES AND COUPLES

Come and celebrate the arrival of the New Year with us at this fabulous venue from 9pm till 2am. Excellent DJs playing the best party sounds and chart hits. Plenty of Room - but numbers limited for comfort and enjoyment. Fantastic fun atmosphere with lots of friendly people 30s to 60s plus. Optional Hot and Cold Buffet served pre-party at 7pm. Hotel accommodation at special rates. Big Ben's chimes at midnight. For more info and online bookings see website.
The Harte and Garter Hotel, High Street (opp Castle), Windsor, SL4 1LJ
MORE INFO: Brian Lewis 0800 3134441   info@dance-parties.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Museums
01/01/2018 to 27/01/2018 THE CRITIC AS ARTIST EXHIBITION AT READING MUSEUM
 READING MUSEUM

Following on from the success of Inside at Reading Prison, Reading International present a contemporary art exhibition about and for the Irish writer and dramatist Oscar Wilde, whose ideas and legend remain startlingly contemporary. The exhibition is curated by leading art critics Michael Bracewell and Andrew Hunt. They have commissioned works from or selected works by significant artists including Miles Aldridge, Stephen Buckley, Donna Huddleston, Malcolm McLaren and Marc Camille Chaimowicz, whose installation for Oscar Wilde occupies the whole of the Museum’s Victorian Art Gallery. Other works are strategically placed throughout the museum galleries.
Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Critic Display Enquiries 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
  Event Web Site

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01/01/2018 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

Sport : Fitness
03/01/2018 SYSTEMA HEALTH CLASS

Systema Health classes are similar to regular Systema classes. You will work on the four pillars of Systema - breath, relaxation, movement and structure. These principles are the foundations of Systema…and the benefits readily transfer into – and transform – our daily lives. The only difference between the health class and the regular class, is that there is no combat element. You won’t be learning how to defend yourself from external enemies in the health class. Instead, you’ll be working on mastery of yourself.
All Saints Church Hall, Downshire Square, Reading, RG1 6NN
MORE INFO: Jason   jason@systemareading.co.uk   Event Web Site