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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
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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
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11/01/2018 to 10/02/2018 TEDDY
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

Elephant and Castle, London. 1956. Saturday night. Teddy and Josie are about to hit the streets of London for a good time. Hair quiffed. Red lipstick. Dressed toe to head in the latest threads. So what if it’s pouring down, they’re totally skint, and someone wants them dead? A little trouble never stopped a Ted from having a good time. Desperate times call for rock ‘n roll.
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044
  boxoffice@watermill.org.uk
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11/01/2018 to 13/01/2018 PANTOMIME AT TWYFORD - DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT
 TWYFORD & RUSCOMBE THEATRE GROUP

Once again TRTG bring you a lively local pantomime for all the family Dick seeks his fortune in the big city of London accompanied only by his faithful cat. This leads him into many adventures, including a trip to Morocco.
Loddon Hall, Twyford RG10 9JA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 328 2825
  trtgboxoffice@gmail.com   Event Web Site

Leisure : Music
13/01/2018 WINDSOR AND ETON CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT

We present 2 contrasting works. Rossini composed his Petite Messe Solennelle in 1863, 34 years after his last opera and only 5 years before his death. The mass has in several extended movements in the tradition of the missa solemnis, but the composer ironically labelled it petite. In contrast, Elgar's six choral songs From the Bavarian Highlands, were written following a holiday in Garmisch. His wife, Alice, adapted the lyrics from Bavarian folk songs and the music invokes dance.
Eton College School Hall, High Street, Eton SL4 6DW
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 527041
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13/01/2018 RDF AND SUPPORT BANDS AT THE FACEBAR

Radical Dance Faction. The original dub punk band return to Reading with support from local miscreant folk ska punksters Personal Issue, Margate’s finest punk band Surgery Without Research and opening the show skipping down from the Midlands, the wonderful Junkyard Orphan.
Facebar, Ambrose Place, Reading RG1 7JE
MORE INFO: Andrew French 07787 991119
  francobench9@yahoo.co.uk   Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
16/01/2018 to 19/01/2018 SINODUN PLAYERS PANTOMIME - CINDERELLA
 WALLINGFORD CORN EXCHANGE

The Sinodun Players’ 70th Annual Pantomime – it's Cinderella, and it's not your average panto. It's rock ‘n roll!
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Wallingford OX10 0EG
MORE INFO: Carol Evans 01491 825000
  carol.evans@sinodunplayers.org.uk   Event Web Site

Leisure : Nights Out
19/01/2018 to 20/01/2018 15PERCENT OF THE SEAGULL

Edinburgh Fringe Sell Out Show Back by Popular Demand. After raising chuckles and tickling sides at Brighton, Buxton, Camden and Edinburgh Fringe, Mayer and Martin are bringing 15% of The Seagull back to Goring & Streatley. This hysterical take on the Checkhovian classic is not to be missed. Bar provided by The Catherine Wheel from 7pm. Show at 8pm (running time 55 minutes).
Goring Village Hall, High Street, Goring-on-Thames RG8 9AG
MORE INFO: Show Enquiries 01491 872379
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Leisure : Music
20/01/2018 to 21/01/2018 A CONCERT OF OPERATIC CHORUSES, ENSEMBLES AND SOLOS AT BEARWOOD

Opera at Bearwood is pleased to present 'There and Back Again', a mainly light hearted collection of operatic comings and goings in an exciting concert full of opera choruses, ensembles and solos. Featuring Offenbach's 'La Vie Parisienne', Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas', Mozart's 'Il Seraglio', Guonod's 'Faust' and many more. We welcome Serena Kay as our musical directror.
Reddam House School Theatre (formerly Bearwood College), Winnersh RG41 5BG
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 966 5414
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26/01/2018 JUDIE TZUKE - THE PEACE HAS BROKEN OUT TOUR

After the sell out success of the Songs and Stories tour, which saw Judie perform over 70 concerts around the country, she is back on the road performing these special acoustic concerts. This promises to be an intimate evening of old favourites, new songs and tales from across her life and career.
The Whitty Theatre, Luckley House School, Luckley Road, Wokingham RG40 3EU
MORE INFO:   stan@wokinghammusicclub.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Exhibitions
26/01/2018 to 19/02/2018 RONNIE WOOD ART EXHIBITION

Ronnie Wood has returned with a new collection entitled A Glimmer Suite. This new body of work includes three limited edition prints inspired by the music, friendship and talent of his bandmates from The Rolling Stones. Each piece illustrates Ronnie's love for art and music. The exhibition will also feature art taken from the archive of Ronnie Wood, the hand-signed Private Collection comprises some of the oldest and most sought-after limited editions published in his artistic career to date. Fellow rock legends Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Chuck Berry are captured in Ronnie's inimitable style. Whether you're an art aficionado or a dedicated fan of the Rolling Stones, this is a unique chance to view or own a truly legendary artwork.
Castle Galley, 5 Chain Street, Reading RG1 2HX
MORE INFO: Kevin Goodbody 0118 959 0300
  kgoodbody@castlegalleries.com
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Leisure : Music
27/01/2018 MURDER MYSTERY EVENING AT GORING VILLAGE HALL

An Evening of Fun, Food, Murder and Mayhem with a two-course meal. The bar opens at 7pm for 7.30pm show. All For £20/person Eleven people are marooned in a storm on an island in the Thames. Soon the first body is found, and then another. How many will live to tell the tale? Can you spot the murderer before it’s too late? Based loosely on historical events and personalities, it is an evening designed for mystery solving and a few laughs as well. Prizes will be awarded to the team who solves the mystery, or gets closest to solving the case.
Goring Village Hall, High Street, Goring-on-Thames RG8 9AG
MORE INFO: Mystery Evening Enquiries 01491 871055   Event Web Site
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28/01/2018 PANGBOURNE TWINNING ASSOCIATION FILM NIGHT - THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL

In a quiet border town during the German occupation of France, an ageing artist, Marc Cros, is inspired to once again pick up his tools after his wife Lea brings home a refugee on the run from Franco’s Spain. In idyllic surroundings, an unlikely friendship develops between a young woman near the start of her life and the old man, nearing the end of his. This is a deeply moving meditation on the artistic process and on the nature of humanity itself. The film is beautifully shot in black and white, and does feature some nudity in a non-sexual context.
Pangbourne Village Hall RG8 7AN
MORE INFO: 0118 984 5898
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Sport : Football
29/01/2018 ROYALS U-23 v WOLVES, PREMIER LEAGUE 2 (FREE ENTRY)

The promotion race in the Premier League 2 is beginning to hot up, with the top five in the table separated by just two points. The Royals currently sit in 3rd, level on points with top-of-the-table Aston Villa and are right in the mix to get back to the top tier of youth football in England. Scott Marshall's side are unbeaten in four in the competition, and have also won both of their matches at Madejski Stadium this season. Wolves will pose a tough test for Marshall's men, and they are also unbeaten in four in the Premier League 2 as it stands. KO 7pm - free entry.
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11, Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0118 968 1313   ticketing@readingfc.co.uk   Event Web Site
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31/01/2018 TALK WITH TEA AND CAKE - MIKE HURST, EDWARDIANS ON THE MOVE

It is a delight to welcome Goring-based historian Mike Hurst to The Centre for Heritage and Family History. Mike will paint a colourful account of how the Edwardians got around in those halcyon days before the First World War. Illustrated in colour from old postcards, GWR posters and paintings ranging from transatlantic travel to commuting, pleasure jaunts and vacations.
Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ
MORE INFO: 0118 950 9553
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31/01/2018 to 04/03/2018 WELFORD PARK SNOWDROPS - GARDEN OPEN

One of the finest natural snowdrop woodlands in the country, approx 4 acres, along with a wonderful display of hellebores throughout the garden and winter flowering shrubs. This is an NGS 1927 pioneer garden on the River Lambourn set around Queen Anne House (not open). Featured on BBC Gardener's World in October 2017. Also the stunning setting for Great British Bake Off 2014 - 2017. NOTE: Open Wednesdays to Sundays only, NOT open Mondays or Tuesdays.
Welford Park, Newbury RG20 8HU
MORE INFO: Snowdrop Enquiries 01488 608691
  snowdrops@welfordpark.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
03/02/2018 to 04/02/2018 CORPUS CHRISTI PANTOMIME GROUP - GEORGE AND THE DRAGON

A rip-roaring, laugh-a-minute pantomime adventure involving knights, a Princess, a dastardly villain, an evil bloodthirsty dragon and all the usual pantomime fun! The Corpus Christi Pantomime Group welcome you to our 13th annual pantomime and take you way back in the midst of time to a time when Wokingham was but a small village and Dame Molly Mog ran the local hostelry. Sir Render is most ineffective knight of the occasional octagonal table. Unaware that his lowly squire George could be the key to defeating the enraged explosive dragon, Emeraldblood. Join us in this traditional family pantomime as we sing, dance and wave our arms around in an attempt to distract the dragon that terrorises our town.
Caudwell Hall Theatre, Holme Grange School, Wokingham RG40 3AL
MORE INFO: Pantomime Enquiries 0118 978 0348   Event Web Site
03/02/2018 CLUB VELOCITY - QUIET QUIET BAND, WOLFS, KEEP CATS
 RISING SUN ARTS CENTRE

Once again, we are excited to be an official partner for Independent Venue Week 2018! This is a nationwide celebration of independent music venues and a chance to highlight how important they are in our communities. We are proud to be the only venue in Reading taking part. How are we marking the occasion? With a triple bill of Club Velocity, of course! QUIET QUIET BAND - The fabulous forward five piece thinking-intelligent alt country punks. They glide through wonderful soundscapes of alternative Country, Folk and good old Rock n Roll. WOLFS - Two piece from Oxford. Left of centre pop music for kids who know their punkrock. Great new band alert. THE KEEP CATS - They started to play their first gigs when they were 12 years old. They are now 16 years old. They are still finding their sound, a great mix of pop/indie/rock.
Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST
MORE INFO: Gig Enquiries 0118 986 6788
  info@risingsun-artscentre.co.uk   Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
06/02/2018 to 15/04/2018 MYTHICAL BEASTS - LEGENDARY CREATURES COME TO LIFE IN LEGO BRICKS

Pandora's box has opened at Basingstoke's Milestones Museum, and mythical LEGO® beasts have escaped onto the museum's streets. Take on this new LEGO challenge, suitable for adventurers of all ages, recapture the legendary creatures and save the day! With the help of the wise Owl of Athena, and the special app and trail to guide you on your quest, travel around the museum, track down the beasts and return them to the box.
Milestones Museum, Basingstoke Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke RG22 6PG
MORE INFO: LEGO Enquiries 01256 639550
  enquiries@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Exhbitions
07/02/2018 to 11/02/2018 WILDLIFE OF THE WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY

The photographers participating in this theme have sent us striking images of the widest range of species, from elephants to insects. Many of the images in this exhibition highlight the relationships that species have with their habitats. What shines through is the photographers’ admiration and empathy with the subject, together with their sheer joy and sense of privilege of being able to photograph them. We hope this exhibition will encourage our visitors to make a personal commitment to help preserve our biosphere and its fauna. After all, most of our genes are also found in many animals. It is ignorant of us to ignore our true nature. WILDLIFE OF THE WORLD is a touring photographic exhibition created and supported by The Photographic Angle.Please check website prior to attendance for latest information as dates may be subject to change. Open 10am – 3pm Daily - Free Public Admission.
Abbey Gardens, Abbey Street, Kings Road, Reading, RG1 3BA
MORE INFO: Lou Griffiths 0800 0287338
  info@thephotographicangle.co.uk
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Leisure : Dance
10/02/2018 WINDSOR 30s to 50s-PLUS VALENTINE'S PARTY

Love is in the air, come and have fun at this VALENTINE PARTY for 30s to 50sPlus. Singles and couples welcome. From 8.30pm to 1am with great music from our top DJ. Come along and join us at this fabulous hotel right opposite Windsor Castle. Admission £10 online or £12 on the door. Pre-booking advised; see our website.
Harte and Garter Hotel, The Ballroom, High Street, Windsor, SL4 1LJ
MORE INFO: Brian Lewis 0800 3134441
  info@dance-parties.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
10/02/2018 to 11/02/2018 MURDER MYSTERY EVENING - HIGH FLYER
 SHINFIELD PLAYERS THEATRE

High Flyer Murder mystery, written by carol vockins and is set in a circus, who dies.... who killed them.... - you decide. Includes and chicken and chips supper and dessert.
Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, Reading RG2 9DF
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 975 8880
 
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10/02/2018 to 11/02/2018 THE ENCHANTED MARKET

An amazing two days packed full of alternative stalls, food market, music, dancing, folk tales, workshops and talks. Over 100 stalls, selling spiritual , pagan and ethnic products. Tarot Readers and healers, Belly dancers, Morris Men, folk tales from story tellers, bar hot food and great company. There is something for everyone!
Garth Hill College, Bull Lane, Bracknell RG42 2AD
MORE INFO: Market Organiser 07916 173517   enchantedmarket@sky.com   Event Web Site
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10/02/2018 SOUTHERN COUNTIES CAT CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW

Championship Cat Show: 400+ cats encompassing over 60 breeds on show. From the traditional Persian and Siamese to the newer Ragamuffin and Sphynx there is something for everyone. Trade stands offering a miriad of merchandise from a catnip mouse to a 6ft activity centre!
Rivermead, Richfield Avenue, Reading RG1 8EQ
MORE INFO: Sarah Johnson 07950 580690
  landican1@gmail.com
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Sport : Ice Hockey
11/02/2018 BASINGSTOKE BISON v CARDIFF FIRE

Following an epic road win at Swindon the Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison return to home ice looking to secure consecutive four point league weekends as they take on the Cardiff Fire. Face-off 5.30pm.
Planet Ice Arena, Leisure Park, Basingstoke RG22 6PG
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 355266
  info@bstokebison.co.uk
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Sport : Football
12/02/2018 to 16/02/2018 ROYALS HALF-TERM SOCCER SCHOOLS

Your child will get the chance to learn some new skills and, most importantly, have lots of fun in our courses. We're running Soccer Schools at several locations, so take a look at our list and find which one is right for you! Reading FC Community Trust run Soccer Schools around the calendar to help to keep local youngsters active during the school holidays!
Various in Reading area - see weblink below
MORE INFO: Community Trust Team 0118 968 1480
  soccerschools@readingfc.co.uk
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