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Leisure : Days Out
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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Shops :
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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16/04/2018 to 21/04/2018 LITTLE GEM
 PROGRESS THEATRE, READING

Love, sex, birth, death and salsa classes. Three generations of women. One extraordinary year... Amber has bad indigestion and the sambucas aren't getting rid of it. Lorraine attacks a customer and her boss wants her to see a psychiatrist. Kay's got an itch that Gem can't scratch. And if all that wasn't bad enough, Little Gem makes his presence felt and – well – life is never the same again!
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch Road, Reading RG1 5HL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 384 2169
  enquiries@progresstheatre.co.uk
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16/04/2018 to 19/04/2018 SAINSBURY SINGERS - ANYTHING GOES
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Climb aboard the SS American with The Sainsbury Singers, as they set sail from New York to London in the toe-tapping, feel-good musical Anything Goes. The Cole Porter classic follows stowaway Billy Crocker on his whirlwind endeavour to win the heart of glamorous society heiress, Hope Harcourt, before the ship reaches port. With the help of his friend Reno Sweeney, and several cases of mistaken identity, Billy rigs a plot to trick Hope's overbearing mother, her wealthy aristocratic fiancé and the ship's Captain, so he can be alone with Hope and confess his love. But will it all go according to plan?
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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Sport : Football
16/04/2018 ROYALS U23 v NEWCASTLE - PREMIER U23 LEAGUE 2

Only two games remain this season for our Under-23s, with Scott Marshall’s side aiming for a play-off push in the Premier League 2! The youngsters currently occupy the final play-off place in Division Two, with Newcastle United their opponents at Adams Park on Monday night. Marshall’s squad go into their final pair of matches in the knowledge that two victories will secure their place in the play-offs, and they’ll need your support to help them over the line! NOTE: 7pm kick-off.
Adams Pak, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe HP12 4HJ
MORE INFO: Wycombe Ticket Office 08442 252990
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17/04/2018 MAIDENHEAD UTD v SUTTON UNITED - VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE

Maidenhead are now absolutely certain of their place again in the top division of non-league football next season after an excellent first-ever season at the top. After two home wins in the past week they have now eased past the critical 50-points mark and can use their remaining games this season as something of a pre-season for the next campaign. That doesn't mean they will take their foot off the pedal, however. Their midweek game brings a return visit from promotion-chasing Sutton United, who were 3-2 up when the original game was abandoned three weeks ago. Could be just as close and exciting again.
York Road, Maidenhead SL6 1SF
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01628 636314
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Leisure : Museums
18/04/2018 TALK AT WEST BERKSHIRE MUSEUM - LIVING IN WEST BERKSHIRE IN ROMAN TIMES

In Roman times, the River Kennet was probably a boundary between the Atrebates civitas in the south and the Dobunii civitas in the north and Thatcham was a settlement on the road from Silchester to Cirencester and Bath. This talk by archaeologist Dr Andrew Hutt uses archaeological evidence from sites in West Berkshire to understand the lives of the local elite, and the urban and rural communities.
West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 01635 519562
  museum@westberks.gov.uk
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18/04/2018 HISTORY OF READING SOCIETY MONTHLY MEETING - HISTORY OF THE SIMONDS FAMILY

The History of Reading Society continue our 2018 monthly meetings when we will be welcoming Raymond Simonds, who will be telling us about The Simonds Family of Reading. Before and after the nights presentation, there will be a book sale of local interest books, David Cliffes book 'Picture Palace to Penny Plunge: Readings Cinemas' will be available, as will, Raymond Simonds' 'Brewery History'. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
Abbey Baptist Church, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BE
MORE INFO: Vicki Chesterman   vickichesterman@yahoo.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
19/04/2018 WOKINGHAM MUSIC CLUB - NEVER THE BRIDE, MATTHEW QUILLAN BAND AND HORIZON

A Charity Evening for Headway - The Brian Injury Association. For our 1st Charity Gig who better to have than the band that started it all for us in April 2012. Never The Bride. They are not only lovely people to work with, but they are in our opinion the best band touring today.
The Whitty Theatre, Luckley House School, Luckley Road, Wokingham RG40 3EU
MORE INFO:   stan@wokinghammusicclub.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
19/04/2018 WATERMILL THEATRE RURAL TOURING - BURKE AND HARE

1828, Edinburgh. Two Williams, William Burke and William Hare, discover a money making scheme far more lucrative than hosting lodgers. The first rule of business? Supply and demand. In the leading city for medical research, there’s a huge demand for bodies and an inconveniently low number of deaths. The profitable solution? Murder, of course. As the infamous pair flourish in their new found careers, the more they murder, the less they care but for how long will they get away with it? In a new black comedy that is as hysterical as it is historical, three actors tell the true story of the prolific duo.
Aldworth Village Hall, Bell Lane, Aldworth RG8 9SE
MORE INFO: Watermill Show 0845 634 2140
 
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Leisure : Art
20/04/2018 to 21/04/2018 WOODLEY AND EARLEY ARTS GROUP EXHIBITION

An exhibition by Woodley and Earley Arts Group. Over one hundred original paintings and crafts for sale. Expect a wide range of subjects to be represented amongst the 100+ exhibits comprising oils, acrylics, watercolour, pastels and other media. Our members will also display diverse crafts such as jewellery and greetings cards. Free admission, 10am to 5pm each day.
Oakwood Centre, Headley Rd, Woodley RG5 4JZ
Leisure : Art
20/04/2018 to 22/04/2018 READING CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2018
 RIVERMEAD LEISURE COMPLEX

Art lovers and artists meet face to face, to browse, to talk, to admire and to buy. Contemporary Art Fairs – Reading was set up in 2010 as the sister event to Contemporary Art Fairs – Windsor (est. 2005), and is now a prominent national arts event. Bringing together over 160 artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and selected galleries from the UK and Europe, we offer the very best in contemporary art. With artwork from £40 to £4,000 and workshops and demonstrations, from leading artists and galleries, our artists will inspire you to create a unique space in your home or office. This is the time to allow yourself several hours to really appreciate everything there is to see. Many visitors make a full, fun, art-filled day of it.
Rivermead, Richfield Avenue, Reading RG1 8EQ
MORE INFO: Deborah James 01753 591892   info@readingcontemporaryartfair.co.uk   Event Web Site
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20/04/2018 to 22/04/2018 WORLD VILLAGE MARKET FESTIVAL IN HENLEY

The World Village Market will be visiting Henley on Thames for the 10th year running where this established event is now firmly in the local diary for early Spring. A discerning shopper tends to turn out for our markets in Henley on Thames and our conclusion based on a good few years of observation is that if you have the right product you will have customers.
Market Place, Henley on Thames RG9 2AA
MORE INFO: Market Enquiries 01832 281274   Event Web Site
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21/04/2018 ROYAL WEDDING BUNTING WORKSHOP WITH BBC RADIO BERKSHIRE
 RISING SUN ARTS CENTRE

The royal wedding is coming to Berkshire in May and we’re making some giant bunting to decorate the crowd barriers in Windsor.Come and help us make some beautiful Berkshire bunting to celebrate Harry and Meghan’s wedding at our fun, free workshop! You can paint, draw or sew on your design, on your own or as a group effort with family and friends – all ages and abilities welcome.Let’s show the happy couple how pleased we are for them and how proud we are that they’re getting married in our county.The workshop runs from 10am-4pm with sessions running every hour. To guarantee your place, book by emailing us with your name and preferred time slot.
Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST
MORE INFO: BBC Radio Berkshire   BerkshireBunting@bbc.co.uk   Event Web Site
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22/04/2018 THE SUNDAY ASSEMBLY - THIS MONTH'S TOPIC, ELECTRIC CARS

Electric cars: Greener, smarter, safer? With major concerns about air quality, as well as climate change - have we started a shift away from diesel and petrol towards electric vehicles? Are they more environmentally friendly? Can our electricity system cope? Find out the latest developments, and perhaps consider whether you are ready to go electric! This month we are joined by Anthony Simpson, who is currently working for the University of Reading on a two year project with a Marlow based electric car leasing and smart services company, with the objective of creating business models for smart charging of electric cars. Then add some great songs, sung with The Word Of Bob, and all the other fun things that make a Sunday Assembly. Sunday Assembly Reading is free to attend and runs entirely on donations. The Sunday Assembly is a secular congregation that celebrates life, meeting once a month at The Reading Irish Centre. Members of Sunday Assembly believe in Living Better, Helping Often and Wondering More, for no other reason than to make the most of the one life we know we have.
The Reading and District Irish Centre, Chatham Street, Reading RG1 7HT
MORE INFO: Sunday Assembly Enquiry 0118 939 3096
  info@sundayassemblyreading.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
24/04/2018 to 29/04/2018 CIRCUS VEGAS AT ASCOT RACECOURSE

Circus Vegas arrives in the UK for its first full British tour. Housed inside its huge Stars and Strips big top Circus Vegas merges all the elements of circus with all the glitz, glamour and spectacle that you would imagine when you think Vegas. With jaw dropping acts, scintillating costumes and the funniest of Clowns this show brings performers from all over the world, you will be sitting on the edge of your seat when not falling off them with laughter. 2 for 1 tickets any show, any day - quote 'Acrobat'.
Racecourse Car Park 6, Ascot SL5 7HS
MORE INFO: Box Office 07904 428555
  enquiries@circusvegasuk.com
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Local Information :
25/04/2018 FRIENDS OF CAVERSHAM COURT GARDENS AGM AND TALK

The briefest possible AGM will be followed by an illustrated talk by garden historian Dr. Kate Felus. Based on her book, The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden, Kate will reveal the previously untold story of how great landscapes were used in the eighteenth century. The smooth turf of the parkland provided for thrilling carriage driving in the Georgian equivalent of the Ferrari, the lake gave opportunities for fishing and boating (including mock sea battles with real canons) and eye-catchers provided places for eating and drinking, afternoon naps and illicit liaisons. In her freelance consultancy Kate has researched and written restoration plans for a wide range of designed landscapes from Elizabethan water gardens to Edwardian seaside parks. Kate is an experienced public speaker and her talks are laced with the same lavish illustrations and entertaining detail as the book.
Reading Canoe Club, The Warren, Caversham, RG4 7TH
MORE INFO: Val Peggrem 0118 954 5779
  friends@fccg.org.uk
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25/04/2018 LIVING THROUGH THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR - TALK BY CATHERINE SAMPSON

Catherine developed her love of history in childhood and pursued it at University in Sheffield and later Oxford, where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in English Local History. Her dissertation subject being the impact of the Civil War on the local people in and around Reading. A published local and family history author, she is the current Chairman of Berkshire Family History Society. The countryside in and around Reading was horribly affected by the Civil War, and this talk tells the story of what happened to the ordinary folk when the soldiers arrived. How villagers were caught up in the skirmishes, perished as a result of disease, and attempted to stave off financial disaster. Amongst the masses, we can still identify the individual: the husband who hid his valuables, the Pest House occupant who feared the worst, and the fearless individual who published scurrilous pamphlets whilst hiding on the Thames. 2pm to 4pm.
Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ
MORE INFO: Talk Enquiries 0118 950 9553
 
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Leisure : Theatre
27/04/2018 to 28/04/2018 MADE IN DAGENHAM
 SHINFIELD PLAYERS THEATRE

Rita O'Grady works for the Ford Motor Co plant in Dagenham, Despite performing the specialised task of sewing upholstery for the car seats, women are classified as unskilled labour and paid much less than men. Encouraged by a sympathetic union rep, Rita agrees to bring the women's grievances to Ford . The meeting goes badly and outraged by the company's lack of respect for them, Rita leads her colleagues to strike.
Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, Reading RG2 9DF
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 975 8880   boxoffice@shinfieldplayers.org.uk   Event Web Site
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27/04/2018 to 28/04/2018 ASCOT FASHION WEEKEND

Boutique fashion event featuring 130 stylish clothing and accessory companies you won’t find on the high street. Dress yourself from top to toe from a choice of sensational outfits, jewellery, shoes, hats, handbags and cosmetics suitable for leisure, work, pleasure, holidays, evenings and special occasions. All under one roof with free parking and licensed restaurant.
Ascot Racecourse, High St, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Noelle Walsh 01367 860017   enquiry@ukgrandsales.co.uk   Event Web Site
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28/04/2018 SAVE THE CHILDREN CHECK-OUT JUMBLE SALE

Save the Children's popular check-out Jumble Sales returns at 10.30am on Saturday 28th of April at St.John's Hall Mortimer. All items are still 40p or 3 for £1 there will be bargains! We believe we're Berkshire's friendliest jumble sale, all welcome pop in for a cup of coffee. Lots of parking opposite. 10.30am - 12 noon, donations always welcome from 9am.
St John’s Hall, West End Road, Mortimer RG7 3NS
MORE INFO: 0118 933 2186
Sport : Football
28/04/2018 ROYALS v IPSWICH - SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP

This is it, the chance to finally put to bed any relegation fears in the final home game of what has been a thoroughly traumatic season for the Royals. It's been one of the club's worst-ever seasons for home wins - nowhere near double figures. However, much will be forgiven if they can see off an Ipswich team now just playing out the season in mid-table after the departure of the club's legendary manager Mick McCarthy.
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11, Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: RFC Ticket Office 0118 968 1313
  ticketing@readingfc.co.uk
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Leisure : Charity
29/04/2018 WALK FOR PARKINSON'S IN WELFORD PARK

Join Parkinson’s UK when we will be returning to Welford Park for our sponsored Walk. There will be two different circular walks available, a 2.5 mile walk and a more challenging 6.5 mile walk around the beautiful Welford Park estate, home of the Great British Bake Off. During the walk you will cross the River Lambourn, climb the hill to see the impressive cricket pitch whilst overlooking the historic Welford Park, explore the wonderful woodland before crossing the fields and taking in the lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Entry fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s and all walkers will receive a Parkinson’s UK t-shirt, plus a medal on completing the walk. The funds raised from the Walk for Parkinson’s – Welford Park will go to Parkinson’s UK to support the vital research work taking place to find a cure for Parkinson’s and improve the lives of the 145,000 people in the UK who are affected by the condition. We support those living with Parkinson’s and their families and friends, so that no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.
Welford Park, Welford, Newbury RG20 8HX
MORE INFO: Jenni Green 020 7963 3912
  fundraising@parkinsons.org.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
01/05/2018 to 31/12/2018 CURIOUS ABOUT READING? FACT-FINDING WALKS

Are you curious about Reading? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around the better-known sights, as well as some of the more unusual and quirky ones, which combined make Reading an unmissable place to explore. Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Reading in becoming what it is today. You’ll get everything – detailed directions, maps, clues (with answers in the back!), and interesting snippets about the history of Reading and the people that have shaped it. Buy or instantly download to print at home or use on your mobile device from the website below and explore in your own time. One booklet is enough for four people of all ages to enjoy.
Riverside Museum, Blake's Lock, Reading RG1 3DH
MORE INFO: Sue Jennings 01159 502151
  sue.jennings@curiousabout.co.uk
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05/05/2018 MURDER MYSTERY - A DISH TO DIE FOR!

Race round Reading, find hidden clues and catch a killer in an immersive 3-hour murder mystery treasure hunt. Solve the case of #WhoKilledAmeliaCook. A brand new, interactive, real-life Cluedo-like Murder Mystery Treasure Hunt that will be played out on the streets of Reading on Saturdays in February. Teams or individuals can take part in the hunt for the murderer in a three-hour, immersive scavenger hunt around the Town Centre. Using their smartphones, players must race around the streets of Reading to find hidden evidence, crack cryptic clues and converse with characters to catch the killer – against the clock. The game centres on the murder of chef Amelia Cook, Reading’s newest Gourmet Sensation. Amelia was launching her exclusive Five Star Fare Menu but while the public tucked into the new dish, it was crunch time for Amelia – as she became the main corpse. The killer remains at large somewhere in Reading. Scotland Yard suspects foul play, they and need your help. Tickets £20 - save 10pc on website below using promo code: TOOMANYCOOKS
Starts Forbury Gardens, The Forbury, Reading RG1 3HS
MORE INFO: A Dish To Die Enquiries
  help@adishtodiefor.com
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Leisure : Nights Out
05/05/2018 BALLROOM BLITZ!

The BallroomBlitz immersive theatre party will transport you back to 1940's London the night before VE Day. This is an evening of live jazz & swing music, dancing and cocktails. Prepare to be placed at the centre of the action with live actors playing out the story of a soldier returning home trying to find his heartthrob and experience true 40s style revelry. An immersive and interactive Blitz Party where your courage, your cheerfulness and your resolution will bring us to victory! Dress: era appropriate.
Old Court Arts Centre, St Leonard’s Road, Windsor SL4 3BL
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 743579   info@oldcourt.org
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Leisure : Theatre
05/05/2018 KALAKUNJI PRESENT KRISHNA - THE MYTHOLOGICAL HERO
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

KALAKUNJ, a community-based performing arts group, has been engaged in Heritage Lottery Fund project KRISHNA: The Mythological Hero exploring Krishna as interpreted in Indian classical dance, music, literature and philosophy. KALAKUNJ has highlighted the artistic, aesthetic and philosophical aspects of Krishna through library and museums' visits, seminar, workshops and performances and upheld the heritage of 'Bhakti' or love and devotion in art and culture. KALAKUNJ aims to encourage and support people's interest for traditional art forms from South Asia and enhance the scope of South Asian dance in the community in Reading and beyond.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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05/05/2018 to 06/05/2018 FARLEY HILL BOWLS CLUB OPEN DAYS AND PLANT SALES

Farley Hill Bowls Club cordially invite anyone to come and have a go at Lawn Bowls on our Two Open Days this year. All you need is a pair of flat soled shoes (to protect the green) trainers will do. Club bowls will be provided and a member will give you some basic tuition, before letting you practice with others. Free tea, squash & biscuits will be served at 4.00pm, while we tell you more about the club and how it operates. N.B. We can also arrange free trail sessions for a small group or individual at any mutually convenient time.
Victory Hall, Church Road Farley Hill RG7 1TR
MORE INFO: Bill Dowling 01344 772130   billdowling@talktalk.net   Event Web Site
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06/05/2018 NAGAR KIRTAN - SIKH VAISAKHI CELEBRATION PARADE

Music, floats and food will all be a part of the Nagar Kirtan, translated as religious procession. Nagar Kirtan will begin with prayers and messages for peace, with religious hymns sung by five representatives from the Reading Gurdwara (Sikh temple). Starting at 10.30am from the Siri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Cumberland Road, the procession will make its way to the temple in London Road. The procession will then make its way back to its start point in Cumberland Road where it will finish at 4pm. Free vegetarian food will be given out in the afternoon, which everyone is welcome to as the event hopes to promote friendship, mutual understanding and respect. Each year the Sikh community raise funds for a different charity, this year choosing Reading Bladder Cancer Support Group.
Starts and finishes Cumberland Road, Reading RG! 3LE
MORE INFO: Parade Enquiries 0118 966 5500
  singhsabhareading@gmail.com
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Leisure : Days Out
07/05/2018 WOKINGHAM MAY FAYRE

The Wokingham May Fayre will take place on the Bank Holiday, Monday, 7 May and promises to be a very lively day of family entertainment. It is believed to be the largest street fair in the south of England, attracting thousands of people. The event takes place in Peach Street and Broad Street, where a variety of stalls are set up. The fun starts at 10am and continues until 5pm. Admission is free, but there is a small charge for some activities. The main goal of the May Fayre is to provide a low-cost and fun family event, and enable local charities and other groups to raise money for their causes. Andy Slay and his team organise the May Fayre, which is the club’s biggest annual fund raising event.
Wokingham Town Centre RG40 1AS
MORE INFO: Fayre Enquires 07976 220114
  mail@wokinghamlions.org.uk
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Leisure : Watersports
07/05/2018 MAIDENHEAD SAILING CLUB OPEN DAY

Come along for a sail with one of our experienced sailors; no experience required. You can also take advantage of our licenced bar, BBQ and refreshments throughout the day. We are a friendly, family club in the heart of Maidenhead offering relaxed social sailing every Saturday from April through September, racing every Sunday morning throughout the year (unless the lake is frozen!), an active Youth and Junior section, Thursday evening sailing from April to September and ladies and novice racing on 2nd Saturday afternoon of the month. A variety of dinghies are available for hire should you not currently own a boat.
Lakeside, Summerleaze Road, Maidenhead SL6 8HZ
MORE INFO: Open Day Enquiries 01628 914129   secretary@maidenheadsc.org.uk
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Leisure : Art
09/05/2018 to 13/05/2018 PATTERNS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION (ABBEY GARDENS)

PATTERNS. They surround us. We come across them every day and yet we very rarely take that much notice of them. Exploring the hidden geometry that surrounds us, enables us to truly appreciate the way that pattern can help us to tell a story. Focusing on different forms, structures, textures and colours is a great starting point for exploring pattern and discovering the narrative that begins to unravel. The photographers who have work featured in this exhibition have taken nature, architecture, art, design and more as their inspiration. They have experimented with repetition, tessellation, symmetry, perspective, angles and magnification to create powerful images using visual patterns. PATTERNS is a touring photographic exhibition, created and supported by ThePhotographic Angle. Please check website prior to attendance for latest information as dates may be subject to change. Abbey gardens is located in Reading town centre on the corner of Kings Road and Abbey Street, approximately 5-10 minutes’ walk from the main train station. On arrival, please report to the reception area, where our gallery attendant will be on hand to direct you to our space. Please note that visitors to this exhibition may also wish to view further images at 3 Forbury Road, which is a short walk away. Open 10am to 3pm - free entry.
Abbey Gardens, Abbey Street, Kings Road, Reading RG1 3BA
MORE INFO: Lou Griffiths 0800 0287338
  info@thephotographicangle.co.uk
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09/05/2018 to 13/05/2018 PATTERNS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION (FORBURY PLACE)

PATTERNS. They surround us. We come across them every day and yet we very rarely take that much notice of them. Exploring the hidden geometry that surrounds us, enables us to truly appreciate the way that pattern can help us to tell a story. Focusing on different forms, structures, textures and colours is a great starting point for exploring pattern and discovering the narrative that begins to unravel. The photographers who have work featured in this exhibition have taken nature, architecture, art, design and more as their inspiration. They have experimented with repetition, tessellation, symmetry, perspective, angles and magnification to create powerful images using visual patterns. PATTERNS is a touring photographic exhibition, created and supported by ThePhotographic Angle. Please check website prior to attendance for latest information as dates may be subject to change. Forbury Place is located right in the centre of Reading, just a stone’s throw away from the main Reading train station. There is an additional display of similar works at Abbey Gardens, nearby. Open 10am to 3pm - free entry.
3 Forbury Place, 23 Forbury Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3JH
MORE INFO: Lou Griffiths 0800 0287338
  info@thephotographicangle.co.uk
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Sport : Equestrian
09/05/2018 to 13/05/2018 ROYAL WINDSOR HORSE SHOW

The UK's largest outdoor equestrian show with four different disciplines. Equestrian enthusiasts and professional competitors will convene at the Royal Windsor Horse Show for a diverse schedule of disciplines that include driving, dressage, endurance, jumping and showing. Musical rides and displays from mounted regiments such as the Household Cavalry also feature, as well as the Pony Club Mounted Games and Shetland Pony Grand National. Horsemanship skills will be presented during a hacking championship, while over 200 selected exhibitors will showcase a wide selection of fashion products, furnishings and food. The Show opens half an hour before the first class in the morning (first class approx 7.00 am) and closes half an hour after the end of the last class in the evening. Please check the daily timetable below for detail.
In the grounds of Windsor Castle
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0844 581 4960
  customerservices@theticketfactory.com
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Leisure : Theatre
10/05/2018 A WONDERFULLY WEIRD EVENING OF MAGIC WITH DEE RILEY
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Dee Riley is a multi award winning Stage & Cabaret magician with experience in producing and hosting his own public shows. Dee is one of London's finest classic comedic stage & close up performers, as well as a great presenter of his more serious stage routine. This is all complimented by his unique quirky presentation style. Dee holds several residences in and around London including, Mr Frogg's Mayfair, Bunga Bunga Covent Garden and Battersea.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
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10/05/2018 MADAMA BUTTERFLY
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Back by overwhelming public demand, this award winning Opera returns with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan. One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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10/05/2018 to 11/05/2018 DRACULA - THE BLOODY TRUTH
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

This theatrical and comical retelling of Bram Stoker's classic novel reveals that the events recorded in 1897 were not fiction at all... but fact. This five star comedy theatre show will take audiences on a journey across Europe from the dark and sinister Transylvanian mountains to the awkwardly charming seaside town of Whitby and into the world of the supernatural, educating us all on the perils of dealing with vampires.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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11/05/2018 COMEDY AT THE KENTON - WITH THREE TOP STAND-UPS
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Our latest comedy night features three top stand-ups in Julian Deane, Lou Sanders and Glen Moore. An award-winning stand-up as well as a writer for Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Mock the Week, Julian Deane has earned praise both from audiences across the country and prominent comedy figures. As seen on Comic Relief and Russell Howard’s Good News and heard on Radio 4’s The Unbelievable Truth, Time Out says that Lou Sanders is 'destined for hugeness' while Vogue calls her 'amazing and different'. Part of the Absolute Radio breakfast show team, Glen Moore has appeared on Mock the Week and Radio 4’s Sketchorama, was featured in the Telegraph’s funniest Edinburgh Fringe jokes and 'tipped for great things' by GQ.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
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11/05/2018 BALLET BOYZ 2018
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Celebrated across the world for their stunning live performances, films and TV appearances, BalletBoyz are back with four brand new works and the return of an audience favourite. For the new works in the first half of Fourteen Days choreographers Javier de Frutos, Craig Revel Horwood, Iván Pérez and Christopher Wheeldon were teamed with composers Scott Walker, Joby Talbot, Charlotte Harding and Keaton Henson and each given just fourteen days to create their pieces. Playing with the concept of balance and imbalance, the result is an exciting and varied programme of dance and music.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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Sport : Bowls
11/05/2018 to 13/05/2018 THREE MILE CROSS BOWLS CLUB OPEN WEEKEND

The club will be open for new bowlers to come and have a try. No equipment is necessary, just shoes without heels please. No appointment is needed. Just turn up, have a drink at the bar [ on us ! ] and have a go. The club will be open from 6 to 8pm on Friday, May 5 and from 10am to 1pm on Saturday and Sunday May 6 and 7. The club can be found at Ford's Forge in the village of Three Mile Cross, very close to the Swan pub and down a lane which is shared with the MOT Centre. For satnavs the postcode is RG7 1AT. Look out for a sandwich board at the entrance with balloons.
Ford’s Forge, Basingstoke Road, Three Mile Cross, Reading RG7 1AT
MORE INFO: Open Weekend Enquiries 0118 988 4473
  admin@threemilecrossbowlingclub.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
12/05/2018 to 03/06/2018 OPEN AIR SCULPTURE EXHIBITION AT SHAW HOUSE
 SHAW HOUSE

The Orangery at Shaw House will be transformed into a sculpture trail where you can discover artworks by local sculptors in this lovely historic setting. The exhibition is part of the annual West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios whose accreditation is a seal of high quality, innovation and craftsmanship. Some sculptors exhibiting at Shaw House will also be opening their studios at various times throughout the month of May and welcome browsers. Open Studio brochures will be available from the House and the works on display will be available for purchase. Open 11am to 4pm.
Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury RG14 2DR
MORE INFO: Enquiries 01635 279279
  shawhouse@westberks.gov.uk
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12/05/2018 to 13/05/2018 CARTERS VINTAGE STEAM FUNFAIR

Carters Steam fair is back in our hometown for the annual Steam Spectacular event where most of our rides are powered by steam. This is the one time in the year that we run all the rides on steam-generated energy using showman's engines!
Pinkneys Green, Maidenhead SL6 5DS
MORE INFO: Funfair Enquiries 01628 822221
  info@cartersentertainment.com
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12/05/2018 A SHOT IN THE SADDLE - MURDER MYSTERY TREASURE HUNT

Take the reins and race round Reading, find hidden clues and catch a killer in an immersive 3 hour murder mystery treasure hunt. The team behind A Dish To Die For and A Melody For Murder are back with their most sinister mystery yet. A Shot In The Saddle is a brand new, 3 hour, immersive Murder Mystery Treasure Hunt that challenges the public to take the reins and race round Reading to hunt down hidden evidence and catch a killer in their tracks as they crack the case - against the clock! The game centres on the murder of world-famous racehorse trainer Gideon Upp. Gideon was staying in Reading before taking his prized horse to the races but he never reached the final furlong. Someone snuck into his hotel room and shot him at point blank range. But the only fingerprints found on the pistol were Gideon’s. Scotland Yard can’t work it out – and they need your help. The whole town becomes the set for this real-life whodunnit, which fuses live-action, escape-room style puzzles, a scavenger hunt and actors with a murder mystery, as players must crack cryptic clues using their smartphones, converse with suspicious characters and find vital evidence hidden around the town, in partnership with local businesses and iconic Reading locations!
Queens Walk Plaza, Reading
MORE INFO: A Shot In The Saddle
  help@ashotinthesaddle.com

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12/05/2018 ST MARY MAGDALEN MAY FAIR

Our annual May Fair see a large selection of stalls available for you to browse. There will be a craft market, fun and games and plenty of plants for you to buy. 2pm to 4pm.
St Mary Magdalen Church Hall Kentwood Hill, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 6DR
MORE INFO: May Fair Enquiries 07974 150172
 
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Leisure : Music
12/05/2018 DEAN FRIEDMAN ON TOUR
 SHINFIELD PLAYERS THEATRE

Following the success of last year's concerts, Dean Friedman returns to Shinfield Players Theatre for his 2018 tour. Starts at 8pm
Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, Reading RG2 9DF
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 975 8880
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Leisure : Theatre
12/05/2018 MICHAEL LAW'S PICCADILLY DANCE ORCHESTRA - WITH THE GATSBY GIRLS
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

From the Charleston of the 1920s through the beautiful classic songs of the 1930s to swing and jazz mayhem, Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra and the four Gatsby Girls present a night of razzle dazzle. The evening features some of the greatest music of the golden jazz age, including such timeless classics as It Don’t Mean a Thing, The Very Thought of You and Yes, Sir, That’s My Baby. Celebrating its 30th year, this leading jazz orchestra presents its Anniversary Gala Gatsby Concert, transporting the audience back to a world of sophistication, glitz and glamour, delighting the senses with flapper fun and frolics.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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Local Information :
12/05/2018 BERKSHIRE TORTOISE CLUB OPEN DAY

Berkshire Tortoise Club is holding its annual open day. There will be live tortoises to see and some for sale (pending approval) Games for the children. Face painting. Sand Art. Guess the name and weight. Raffle and tombola. BBQ and refreshments. Cake stall. 11.30am to 3.30pm.
St Barnabas Church Hall, St Barnabas Road, Emmer Green RG4 8RA
MORE INFO: Open Day Enquiries 07786 903393

Leisure : Days Out
13/05/2018 HARRIS GARDEN OPEN AFTERNOON

Harris Gardens are open to the public this Sunday 2 to 5 pm. Tea, Coffee and Cakes, Plant Sale, Craft Stalls, Children's Activities, Access to the Walled Garden. There is a suggested donation of £3, helping raise funds for the 52nd Reading Scout Group. See website link for features of the Harris Garden.
Harris Gardens, Reading University P13 Car Park, Reading RG6 6UR
MORE INFO: Debbi Dean (for 52nd Scouts) 07541 703783
  debbidean80@yahoo.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
14/05/2018 NEWBURY SPRING FESTIVAL PRESENTS MISHA MULLOV-ABBADO GROUP
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Misha Mullov-Abbado is a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. The Misha Mullov-Abbado Group is made up of some of the finest, multi-award-winning musicians in London, and under Misha’s direction the group performs his original compositions and arrangements with a broad variety of influences. The band has performed at many venues and festivals all around the UK such as King’s Place, the Barbican Centre, the Elgar Room as part of the BBC Proms Lates series, and has toured internationally around Europe and in Mexico. Having been signed to Edition Records the group released its debut album New Ansonia, included in ‘Best Jazz Albums 2015’ of both The Telegraph and BBC Radio 3.
The Corn Exchange, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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15/05/2018 NEWBURY SPRING FESTIVAL PRESENTS MUGENKYO TAIKO DRUMMERS
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Experience the power of thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums, mysterious masked choreography, synchronisation timed to perfection and post-apocalyptic martial imagery in this spellbinding display of sheer energy. Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers make a welcome return to the Festival. As the UK’s longest-established taiko ensemble and Europe’s most successful professional touring company of this thrilling and energetic Japanese performance art, Mugenkyo create a contemporary look and sound, fusing the traditional spirit of taiko with a captivating modern stage performance.
The Corn Exchange, Market Place Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
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15/05/2018 JOHN TOMLINSON WITH COUNTERPOISE - THE ART OF LOVE AND KOKOSCHKA'S DOLL
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

A fascinating evening of two halves, focusing on the dramatic affair between artist Oskar Kokoschka and composer Alma Mahler, starring operatic legend Sir John Tomlinson. In the first half, mezzo-soprano Rozanna Madylus adopts the role of Alma in The Art of Love: Alma Mahler’s Life and Music (text by Barry Millington), a sequence of music by Alma and Gustav Mahler, Zemlinsky, Webern and Wagner (arranged by David Matthews). In the second half Sir John and Counterpoise perform Kokoschka’s Doll, created specially for them by composer John Casken and writer Barry Millington, which tells the dramatic tale of the curious relationship between Oscar Kokoschka and his muse.
The Corn Exchange, Market Place Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
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16/05/2018 YOUNG ARTISTS' LUNCHTIME RECITAL - FLAUTI D'ECHO
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

In this programme, Flauti d’echo celebrates the arrival of spring with music from Germany, England, France and Italy. Cheeky cuckoos, blossoming flowers, dancing shepherds and buffeting winds frame a beautiful pastoral aria, ‘Awake, Thou Wintry Earth’ by J.S. Bach. Encompassing music from the 14th century to freshly-penned compositions, Flauti d’echo creates repertoire for the recorder through their own arrangements and new commissions. The duo engage a variety of different instrumentalists on a project-to- project basis that allows them to communicate their repertoire to audiences in a wide range of performance settings.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
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16/05/2018 to 19/05/2018 CAUGHT IN COURT - BY MIKE DAVIES

Two couples share enduring friendships but, two of them have guilty secrets and have been arrested. They dare not tell their partners. What should they do and will their secrets be exposed? They are about to rub shoulders with some ‘interesting’ characters. Will their lives be changed for ever?
Dorchester Village Hall, 7 Queen Street, Dorchester on Thames OX10 7HR
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16/05/2018 HELEN SEYMOUR - TO HELEN BACK
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Helen is a burglar. She likes breaking into hospitals. She admits you into a surreal hospital as she sneaks around wards, x-ray rooms and cupboards to discover the bizarre, the bemusing – and a badger… Directed by Hannah Silva, To Helen Back analyses sickness, health and what it really means to recover. It’s a funny, unique and powerful theatrical experience, which blurs the boundaries between spoken word, comedy and performance art.
South Street Arts, 21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: box office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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Local Information :
16/05/2018 to 20/05/2018 LIGHT IN THE LENS PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION

As photographers we use light in our pictures to bring out the character in portraits, the grain and texture in surfaces, and to concentrate our gaze within the frame. We pick a particular moment in time to grasp the ever-changing light and capture a unique visual record. This exhibition includes images from the widest range of subjects, which we hope will add to the exhibition’s appeal. What all these photographs have in common is the way in which the light has transformed each image so that it becomes dramatic and special. Open daily 10am to 3pm. This is a touring exhibition created and supported by The Photographic Angle.
100 Brook Drive, Green Park, Reading RG2 6UJ
MORE INFO: Lou Griffiths 0800 0287338
  info@thephotographicangle.co.uk
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