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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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01/03/2018 to 30/04/2018 LOST TAPESTRIES AT THE VYNE - SELF-GUIDED TOUR
 THE VYNE (NATIONAL TRUST)

On this family trail, help recover and fit together jigsaw pieces of oriental tapestries hidden in nooks and crannies across the grounds. Pick up your trail sheet at visitor reception. Young explorers will love this quest through ancient grounds in search of little boxes containing jigsaw pieces. Find all the boxes, retrieve all the pieces and assemble your jigsaw to reveal a scene from one of The Vyne's 18th-century tapestries undergoing conservation.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01256 883858
  thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Museums
15/03/2018 LATE NIGHT AT THE MERL - DIG IT!
 MUSEUM OF ENGLISH RURAL LIFE

Discover the ABC of Soil with the Soil Security Programme! Experience a worm’s eye view of the Architecture of Soil. Dig deep into the Biology of Soil with real-life critters. Create the perfect climate for plants at home by exploring the Chemistry of Soil. Get your hands dirty making a biodegradable plant pot and planting seeds. Investigate the importance of soil in the fight against alleged climate change. Find out if we can make a healthy soil for Life on Mars! Cocktails available and live music from Dolly and the Clothespegs.
Museum of English Rural Life, The University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 0118 378 8660
  merl@reading.ac.uk
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15/03/2018 to 16/03/2018 CHARITABLE ART EXHIBITION

Join us in Bracknell to take a look at all our artwork, we have a wide range of different styles of art and also a free book giveaway for all visitors. Preservation and Promotion of the Arts (PAPOA) is an incorporated charitable organisation with a number of concerns. Our aim is to promote and preserve arts in all their current forms. Our primary focus is to make the arts accessible to individuals who otherwise may not have the opportunity, time or inclination to engage. We hold regular events all over the country to preserve and promote the arts. All our events are free to attend.
Phoenix House, Cookham Road, Bracknell RG12 1RB
MORE INFO: Joshua Jacques
  joshuajacques@papoa.co.uk
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Leisure : Museums
16/03/2018 FRIDAY FLEDGLINGS FOR UNDER-5s AT MERL
 MUSEUM OF ENGLISH RURAL LIFE

Discover the benefits of outdoor learning! Come and join in outdoor activities inspired by the themes and collections of the museum. Enjoy outdoor play and explore the natural environment. Each session involves story-telling, craft activities and singing. Friday Fledglings is run by Charlotte, a local teacher and Level 3 Forest Leader. Suitable for families with children under 5 years old.
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road Reading RG1 5EX
MORE INFO: Lecture Ticket Office 0118 378 8660
  merl@reading.ac.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
16/03/2018 MINISTRY OF BISCUITS

In post-War London, the Ministry of Biscuits casts its sinister shadow over every elevenses in the land. Established to 'control biscuits', it prohibits decadent products like Gipsy Creams. But when Cedric, a junior designer, falls in love, he designs a biscuit to shake confectionery to its very foundations, and his world is turned upside down. Inspired by Ealing comedy and Orwell's 1984, this satirical musical comedy by acclaimed author Reeve and playwright and composer Mitchell is revived in a new version. Supported by the Lantern Theatre, Brighton, where it has just completed a highly successful run, the show is touring round the UK. Suitable for all ages from 7 up. Starring Murray Simon, Amy Sutton and Radio 4 regular David Mounfield. Starts 7.30pm.
Swallowfield Parish Hall, Swallowfield Street, Swallowfield, Reading RG7 1QX
MORE INFO: Box Office 07597 637933
 

Leisure : Music
17/03/2018 LEARN TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT DAY

National Learn to Play Day offers the general public the chance to have a FREE ‘taster’ lesson on a musical instrument. It aims to inspire everyone, young and old, and of different levels of experience to appreciate the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument.
Hickies, Friar Street, Reading RG1 1HG
MORE INFO: Learn to Play Day Enquiry 0118 957 5771
  reading@hickies.co.uk
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Sport : Basketball
17/03/2018 READING ROCKETS v TEAM SOLENT KESTRELS

The Reading Rockets club was founded in 1997 and has achieved huge success with its Senior, Junior, Academy and Community development programmes and is now privileged to run the AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) programme. Rockets is now one of the most successful clubs in England and established its Rockets Sport and Educational Foundation charity in 2012. It has gained Sport England’s kitemark ‘ClubMark’ and England Basketball’s 4 star accreditation. The heart of the Rockets club is passion, vision, quality, motivation and commitment – unified with family values and standards. The Senior Men’s and Ladies’ teams play their home games at the Rivermead Leisure Complex in Reading and are comprised of players with experience of the USA game, Europe and of National Senior Divisions coupled to young blood. Our vision of facilitating opportunities for youngsters to come up through the ranks of the junior section and play in the Senior National League has been realised bringing much reward to coaches, mentors and players alike.
Bohunt School, Sheerlands Rd, Arborfield, Wokingham RG2 9ND
MORE INFO: Basketball Hotline 0118 926 3040
 
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Sport : Athletics
18/03/2018 SAGE READING HALF-MARATHON 2018

Once again the race sets off around the stunning parkland of Green Park, through the beautiful grounds of the University campus and round to the highlights of the town centre of Reading with its huge huge crowd support. The final straight leads into the magnificent Madejski Stadium where 5,000 supporters will be waiting to cheer the runners home. This is a race for the experienced athlete looking for a new PB through to the complete beginner looking for a friendly safe and fun environment to run in. The first ever Reading Half Marathon was organised and run in 1983, when the start and finish venue was Reading University at Whiteknights Park. There were 5,000 runners and it was won by a 21 year old local University student, Mark Curzons in a time of 67.45. In 2003 Sweatshop took over the organisation with the aim of making the event all about the runner and ultimately create an experience that is worthy of this prestigious half marathon. They retain an involvement although the race passed on to the banner tof insurance company Vitality, and now accountancy experts Sage.
Start Green Park, Reading - Finish Madejski Stadium
MORE INFO: Reading Race Info 0778 813 7117
  events@sweatshop.co.uk
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Leisure : Charity
20/03/2018 READING FC HALL OF FAME NEW INDUCTIONS ANNOUNCEMENT

The next 25 names to be inducted into the STAR Hall of Fame will be announced at our presentation evening in the Princess Suite at Madejski Stadium. The event is open and free to all Reading fans! Among those to be inducted are internationals, record-holders, managers, club saviours, Olympic gold medallists, captains, local boys, even a journalist! Several great names will be there in person to receive their awards, in the presence of the Mayor of Reading, say a few words and perhaps re-live a few moments of their most memorable televised match action. These names will be added to the 24 already inducted since the Hall of Fame was launched by STAR in 2016.
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11, Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: Hall of Fame Night Enquiry 0118 968 1100
  customerservice@readingfc.co.uk
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Leisure : Nights Out
20/03/2018 THE WIZARDRY QUIZ
 REVOLUTION

Prepare yourself for an evening of magic. Dust off your robes, sellotape your wand, cage your owl. Enter the magical world for just one night - and prove your knowledge of the Potterverse. Wizardry is so much more than a Harry Potter quiz. Step into our universe and expect the unexpected. Choose your quiz according to your strengths. Or become a prefect and attend all four! Book your tickets in advance, there are no tickets available on the door. You’ll compete in teams of 1-6 people, you can arrive with a group or form alliances on the night. Food and drink will be available to purchase. Please note that this is an over 18s event. All profits go to Child.org, an international children's charity using sustainable, data-led programmes to break down barriers to education for children in some of the world's poorest countries.
MORE INFO: Georgie 07751 768207
  georgie@child.org
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Leisure : Days Out
23/03/2018 GUIDED WALK OF FORBURY GARDENS - WITH LOCAL HISTORIAN JOAN DILS

Joan Dils is currently President of the History of Reading Society, a Vice-President of the Berkshire Local History Association and an Honorary Visiting Fellow in History at the University of Reading. Joan will lead a guided walk around Forbury Gardens in Reading highlighting its colourful history through religious and political change to its current status as pleasure gardens. Don't miss this rare opportunity. 2-3pm.
Forbury Gardens, The Forbury, Reading RG1 3BB
MORE INFO: Forbury Walk Enquiries 0118 950 9553
 
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Leisure : Music
24/03/2018 A SHINING LIGHT - 300 YEARS OF CHORAL MUSIC

Reading Festival Chorus, under the direction of guest music director Andrew Haase, and accompanied by Simon Dinsdale on the Organ, offers in this concert a rich selection of familiar choral classics from Europe together with vibrant favourites from the modern American choral repertoire. Based in Wisonsin, USA, Andrew has a wealth of experience working with choirs large and small, and Reading Festival Chorus looks forward to bringing to Reading audiences the benefits of his approach.
Wesley Church, Queen’s Road, Reading RG1 4BW
MORE INFO: Ticket Enquiries 0118 940 3016
  0118 946 4791 0118 947 9417 0118 946 4791 0118 933 1377 tickets@readingfestivalchorus.org.uk
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24/03/2018 READING HAYDN CHOIR SPRING CONCERT

We are delighted to be returning to St John's Church to sing two vibrant pieces of choral music, Karl Jenkins Requiem and Hummel Mass in B Flat. We'll be accompanied by a small, professional orchestra, Sinfonia Musicisti.Karl Jenkins is the UK's most popular contemporary composer, one of Wales' most versatile and critically-acclaimed musicians. His Requiem, first performed in 2005, is a rich melting pot, blending European classical style with ethnic, world music using pulsing energy derived from his early jazz and rock experience. Hummel’s Mass in B Flat received exceptionally positive reviews in the contemporary musical press. Making new demands on the strings and choir the work produces a range of musical effects, from simple pastoral scenes to complex fugues rarely encountered at the time.
St John's Church, Mortimer Common RG7 3SY
MORE INFO: Christopher Lock 07557 900210
  lock.chris1@gmail.com
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25/03/2018 GORING CHAMBER CHOIR - UBI CARITAS

Goring Chamber Choir will be giving a pre-concert tour performance in St Mary's on Sunday March 25th at 3pm. see their own website, below, for further details.
St Mary's Church, Streatley RG8 9HU
MORE INFO: Vicarage 01491 872196
 
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Local Information :
25/03/2018 PANGBOURNE TWINNING ASSOCIATION FILM NIGHT - L'AVENIR

A film by Mia Hansen-Løve, winner of best director at the Berlin International Film Festival. Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) is a philosophy teacher at a Paris high school and divides her remaining time between her family, former students and her eccentric mother. When her husband suddenly leaves her for another woman, she finds a new freedom which is both liberating and disconcerting. This is an intelligent, poetic and naturalistic exploration of one woman’s pursuit of contentment in the face of adversity.
Pangbourne Village Hall, Station Road, Pangbourne RG8 7AN
MORE INFO: 0118 984 5898
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Sport : Football
25/03/2018 FA FUTSAL CUP - READING ROYALS v ESCOLLA CLUB DEV

Reading Royals Futsal Club is playing against Escolla Futsal Club Dev team, Div 2 champions, in the FA Futsal Cup first round. Sunday 25th March, kick off at 3.30pm. The match it will be played at our home ground in the superb facilities at Bradfield College Sports Complex. We would like to see our supporters there to cheer up the boys and to make a memorable day for the club and the town of Reading!!! In the last encounter between the two teams, the Royals managed to win 5-4 in what it was a very exciting match. We are sure that this time it will be another cracking game! Kick-off 3.30pm - free entry.
Bradfield College Sports Complex, Bradfield RG7 6BZ
MORE INFO: Futsal Enquiries 0118 964 4600   f.silva@royalsfutsal.co.uk
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Leisure : Music
28/03/2018 VIVACE VOICES SPRING CONCERT

Choir concert. We'll be singing a medley of songs, secular and sacred, including the hymn 'For the Beauty of the Earth'. 2.30 pm.
St Luke’s Church, Englefield Road, Theale RG7 5AS
MORE INFO: Concert Enquiries 0118 989 3860   Event Web Site
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29/03/2018 TILEHURST HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY TALK - HERITAGE VEGETABLES, BY LOU NICHOLLS

Lou trained at Garden Organic and has a deep passion for working in tune with nature. She ran the vegetable garden at Sissinghurst Castle, then progressed to Assistant Head Gardener at Hole Park. Currently working as Head Gardener on private gardens, Lou will advise on why Heritage Vegetables are important, types and varieties, and seed saving. The talk starts at 7.45 p.m. and is free to all.
Village Hall, Victoria Rd., Tilehurst. Reading RG31 5AB
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 945 3658   tilehurstha@gmail.com   Event Web Site
Sport : Motor Cycling
30/03/2018 to 01/04/2018 BRITISH MOTOCROSS FESTIVAL

The brand new British Motocross Championship Festival will bring together both the opening round of the Judd British Youth National Championship and round two of the ACU Maxxis British Motocross Championship. It will be the first time that the stars of both the youth and adult ACU British Motocross Championships will compete at the same circuit during the same event. Whilst the Judd British Youth National Championship and Maxxis British Motocross Championships will be the centrepieces of the festival, there will be much more on offer across the Easter weekend with entertainment throughout the day and evening. This includes a kid’s zone that will offer tryouts on quads and pushbikes, demonstrations with off-road activities and much more. With RHL Activities’ vast experience in running bumper events such as the HydroGarden Weston Beach Race, the company is preparing a very special weekend in collaboration with the ACU.
Culham Park, off A415 between Abingdon and Clifton Hampden OX14 3DA
MORE INFO: Festival Enquiries 01873 840640
  info@rhlactivities.com
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Leisure : Days Out
31/03/2018 to 15/04/2018 ANNUAL EGG HUNT AT CLIVEDEN
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

A special Easter hunt with the adorable theme of baby animals. Activities include matching the name of the baby animal with the adult, who knew a baby hedgehog is called a hoglet (aww)! Little children can hop straight from point 2 to point 6, older children can complete more challenging tasks, such as measuring themselves to see which species of deer they're closest in height to. At the end children receive a special Cadbury chocolate egg, or choose a non-confectionery alternative.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead SL1 8NS
MORE INFO: Estate office 01628 668561
  cliveden@nationaltrust.org.uk
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31/03/2018 WALLINGFORD CASTLE HISTORY WALK

An historic guided walk around Wallingford Castle has been arranged, which will be led by Judy Dewey (local historian and Museum curator). This Castle history walk will start at the Museum at 2.30pm and last about 2 hours, [unsuitable for dogs!]. There is a charge of £6 for this guided walk, but you could combine it with a season ticket to the Museum. Why not immerse yourself in the town's fascinating local history for the day, and also visit the Museum to view the latest exhibitions! 2.30pm.
Wallingford Castle Meadows, Cemetery Lane, Wallingford OX10 8DL
MORE INFO: Walk Enquiries 01491 651127
 
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01/04/2018 to 02/04/2018 SEALED KNOT - CIVIL WAR ACTION AT BASING HOUSE

Basing House was attacked by Parliamentary troops on three occasions. The final assault came in August 1645 when 800 men took up position around the walls. The garrison held out, despite further reinforcements to the attacking force, until Oliver Cromwell himself arrived with heavy artillery. By 13 October 1645 the walls of the house had been breached. Join us for a weekend of Civil War living history when re-enactors from the Sealed Knot society join us to interpret the site from Sat 31 March - Mon 2 April (Easter weekend). Experience the civil war skirmish and marching.
Basing House, Barton’s Lane, Basingstoke RG24 8AE
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 01256 463965
  enquiries@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
02/04/2018 EXPLORE NEWBURY HERITAGE WALK - CENTRAL NEWBURY
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

A circular walk led by Phil Wood, taking in the Market Place, Newbury Wharf, Victoria Park, Newbury Lock, West Mills and St Nicolas Church during which we cover Newbury’s history from the Domesday Book to the modern day. Pubs, breweries, almshouses, non-conformity, trade and, of course, the church and canal. The walk is aimed at an adult audience, but children 12 and over are welcome. Phil researches, writes and lectures on the history of Newbury and family history. He is President of the Newbury District Field Club (the town’s local history society); his particular interests are the pubs and breweries of Newbury and the war memorials of West Berkshire.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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Leisure : Nights Out
06/04/2018 BRACKNELL OVER 25s PARTY FOR SINGLES AND COUPLES

Top DJ playing your favourite chart and dance music from '80s to date. These parties are THE place for Over 25s to dance, romance, meet new people and make new friends. Monthly at Apres Nightclub. The club is completely self-contained with its own entrance and boasts two bars, a great dance floor and a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere where you can mix, dance and mingle. From 9pm till 2am.
Apres Nightclub at The Coppid Beech Hotel, John Nike Way, Bracknell, RG12 8TF
MORE INFO: Brian Lewis 0800 3134441   info@dance-parties.co.uk   Event Web Site
Local Information :
06/04/2018 THE CASE FOR CHRIST - MOVIE SCREENING

In 1980, Lee Strobel's (Mike Vogel) award-winning, investigative reporting earns him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. Things at home aren't going nearly as well. His wife Leslie's (Erika Christensen) newfound faith in Christ compels Lee to utilize his journalistic and legal training to try and disprove the claims of Christianity, pitting his resolute atheism against her growing faith.
Three Mile Cross Church, RG7 1HF
MORE INFO: Richard Gobs 0118 327 6899   gobs.musical@icloud.com
Leisure : Dance
11/04/2018 to 13/04/2018 URBAN STYLEZ JUNIOR DANCE BOOTCAMP

Urban Stylez are back with a 3 DAY BOOTCAMP for all dancers ages 4-15 to attend!!! 3 Days of fun whilst learning the street dance styles such as Hip-Hop, Popping and Breakdance with Special guest Teachers. All teachers are fully DBS and CRB licensed.10.00 - 3.00pm EVERYDAY with a performance on the last day for family and friends.£65.00 Per Dancer (SIBLING DISCOUNT AVAILABLE). Book NOW because there are limited spaces and once gone, they are gone!
Vibez Dance, 81-87 First Floor, Crockhamwell Road, Woodley RG5 3JP
MORE INFO: Jenna Ellis 07799 004749   Info@urbanstylez.dance   Event Web Site
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12/04/2018 to 17/04/2018 RED KITE ARTISTS AND MAKERS EXHIBITION

Eight local artists and makers are joining together in an exciting new venture. The first ever exhibition of Red Kite Artists and Makers takes off at the Old Fire Station, Henley-on-Thames , the exhibition is free and will show an eclectic mix of paintings, ceramics and upcycled decorative objects. Red Kite aims to showcase a slice of the vibrant creative scene which thrives in and around Henley. It is a new collective of creative people from Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Using diverse media – oils, acrylics, watercolour and fabric – the painters are captivated by light, landscapes and animal life. The ceramics are inspired by the sea and wildlife, while worn and ordinary items are transformed into unique objects through découpage and decorative techniques.
Old Fire Station Gallery, Upper Market Square, Henley-on -Thames RG9 2AQ
MORE INFO: Exhibition Enquiries 07525 160306
  enquiries@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk
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Local Information :
13/04/2018 to 15/04/2018 ASCOT SPRING GARDEN SHOW

We are delighted to introduce the inaugural Ascot Spring Garden Show at Ascot Racecourse. This high-quality boutique event showcasing Britain’s finest established and emerging horticultural talent has been created with the gardening enthusiast in mind. Guests can enjoy 12 inspiring gardens, six show gardens from established designers and a further six gardens created by talented horticultural students for the Young Gardeners of the Year Competition. Peruse a fine array of horticultural trade exhibitors, purchase plants from a range of specialist plant nurseries, enjoy a daily programme of free garden talks and receive personal gardening advice from horticultural experts. Supported by The Savill Garden and The Valley Gardens at Windsor Great Park, the Ascot Spring Garden Show promises top quality horticulture, unsurpassed service and state-of the-art facilities at the historic racecourse.
The Pavilion, Ascot Racecourse, High Street, Ascot, West Berkshire SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Garden Show Enquiries 0870 727 1234
  enquiries@ascot.co.uk
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