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Leisure : Museums
19/02/2018 to 29/04/2018 AT HOME WITH ART - TREASURES OF THE FORD COLLECTION
 BASILDON PARK (NATIONAL TRUST)

A new exhibition of inspiring artworks in the South Pavilion. Booking Not Needed.
Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: Emma Turner 01491 672927
  basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

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
  Event Web Site

01/03/2018 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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
15/03/2018 to 21/04/2018 THE RIVALS
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

Lydia Languish is passionately in love with a dashing but penniless soldier with whom she plans to elope. Mrs Malaprop, her guardian, commands she ‘illiterate him’ from her memory and marry the rich and handsome son of a friend who is ‘the very pineapple of politeness’. Little do they realise that both poor Beverley and the wealthy Captain Absolute are one and the same young man. Cue confusion, romance, misunderstanding and a twilight duel. Taking place over one hilarious day, this classic comedy of desire, intrigue and romantic delusion, bursts onto The Watermill stage.
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044
  boxoffice@watermill.org.uk
  Event Web Site

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
  Event Web Site

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
  Event Web Site

16/04/2018 VERDI'S RIGOLETTO
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

The masterpiece they tried to ban. Featuring a magnificent golden eagle with a seven-foot wingspan and two royal greyhounds. Starring Vladimir Dragos and Iurie Gisca as Rigoletto. A stunning traditional production recapturing the decadence of Renaissance Italy with lavish sets and opulent costumes.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
  Event Web Site

16/04/2018 MENOPAUSE - THE MUSICAL!
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Menopause the Musical is heading out on another UK wide tour. This hysterical show packed full of one-liners about night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss is backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of innuendo-laden versions of 60s, 70s and 80s pop classics. An all-singing, all-dancing comedy set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common, meet by chance and make fun of their woeful lives experiencing The Change.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

16/04/2018 THE ARTS SOCIETY MAIDENHEAD MONTHLY LECTURE - JOHN ERICSON
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

The Arts Society Maidenhead provides an exciting programme of monthly lectures on the third Monday of the month, covering a wide range of subjects. The speakers are all engaging communicators, who excel in their field. The Society offers enjoyable opportunities to discover and support the arts of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Come along to make new friends in convivial surroundings.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
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16/04/2018 to 21/04/2018 IT'S A DOG'S LIFE ARTS DISPLAY - PAULA ZIMMERMAN
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Paula gained a degree in Art and Art History at Scarborough University in 1998 as a mature student. Her career as an artist began as a ceramicist making quirky animals. She became interested in painting, initially as an abstract painter. Now she enjoys working with colour design and animals. She combines both in her animal portraits.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site

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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
17/04/2018 SANDHAM CHAPEL - LINOCUT, AN INTRODUCTION

Learn about the art of linocut with artist Robert Fitzmaurice starting with the basics and moving on to more advanced techniques. This course is suitable for complete beginners or anyone who already has some experience of linocut. The aim of the workshop will be to encourage you to explore your own imaginative worlds via the tools and techniques of the linocut process. The day will start with an introduction to tools, techniques and good practice followed by the first practical session. After discussing the first work you will move on to more advanced techniques before the second practical session.
Sandham Memorial Chapel, Harts Lane, Burghclere, near Newbury RG20 9JT
MORE INFO: Sandham Chapel 01635 278394   enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
17/04/2018 VERDI'S LA TRAVIATA
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

The masterpiece they tried to ban. Featuring a magnificent golden eagle with a seven-foot wingspan and two royal greyhounds. Starring Vladimir Dragos and Iurie Gisca as Rigoletto. A stunning traditional production recapturing the decadence of Renaissance Italy with lavish sets and opulent costumes.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888   info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk   Event Web Site
17/04/2018 BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the world's most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today's most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

Sport : Football
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
  Event Web Site

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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
18/04/2018 PUCCINI - MADAMA BUTTERFLY
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

Marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War, BIRDSONG is the hit, critically acclaimed stage show based on the world famous novel by SEBASTIAN FAULKS. In pre-war France, a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their world upside down. As the war breaks out over the idyll of his former life, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and through the sprawling tunnels that lie deep underground. Faced with the unprecedented horror of the war Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle as his world explodes around him.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
  Event Web Site

18/04/2018 EUROPEAN UNION CHAMBER ORCHESTRA - FEATURING RAFAEL WALLFISCH
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

This season, the European Union Chamber Orchestra bring British cellist, Raphael Wallfisch to The Hexagon stage to play Haydn’s masterpiece, the Concerto in C. Born in London into a family of distinguished musicians, Raphael is one of the most celebrated cellists performing internationally. . At the age of twenty-four he won the Gaspar Cassadó International Cello Competition in Florence. Since then he has enjoyed a world-wide career playing with such orchestras as the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Symphony, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic and many others.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

18/04/2018 GILBERT O'SULLIVAN IN CONCERT
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Gilbert O'Sullivan is back and greater than ever. Having accumulated a number of top-forty hits across his musical career, with number one singles on both sides of the Atlantic, O'Sullivan continues to exhibit tremendous musical abilities to the present day.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
  Event Web Site

18/04/2018 DOM COYOTE - WE CAN TIME TRAVEL
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Following on from the award-winning Songs for the End of the World, musician/theatre-maker Dom Coyote presents his highly anticipated new solo piece, We Can Time Travel. Since he was a boy, Dom has been receiving messages from the Traveller, a mysterious voice, at the edge of time. Join him for an experiment in Harmonic Time Theory to prove, once and for all, that time travel is real.
South Street Arts, 21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: box office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
18/04/2018 MARIA - THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF MARIA CALLAS
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

The life and music of Maria Callas with Vissi Darte and more. Starring Laurene Hope as Callas and Francis Kenny in cameo roles. Follow the young Callas through the war in Greece, as she turns opera into ‘a bloody lusty experience’ to her heartbreak and loves.
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
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
Local Information :
18/04/2018 ST TIMOTHEE GARDEN OPEN FOR NGS CHARITY

A recently created 2 acre garden adjacent to Pinkneys Green. Deep, gently flowing, colour themed borders planted for yr-round interest with a wide range of attractive grasses and perennials. Other features incl a box parterre, wildlife pond, rose terrace and wild areas all set around established trees and a 1930s family home (not open).
St Timothee, Maidenhead SL6 6PA
MORE INFO: Sarah and Sal Pajwani 07976 892667   pajwanisarah@gmail.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
19/04/2018 to 20/05/2018 BLUEBELL WALK AT CLIVEDEN
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

Nestled inside the woods at Cliveden estate, bluebells brighten up this historic forest. We'll find the best displays and highlight them on trail map for you to stroll through.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead SL1 8NS
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 01628 605069   cliveden@nationaltrust.org.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
  Event Web Site

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
 
  Event Web Site

19/04/2018 LADYBOYS OF BANGKOK - WONDER WOMEN
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Uncork the champagne! Dress to kill! Party like there's no tomorrow, and join us in celebrating 20 diamante decorated years of The Ladyboys of Bangkok! The Wonder Women tour will take Britain's number one cabaret show to a new level. With some of your favourites from the last 20 glorious years re-imagined, added to new scenes of spectacular costumes, choreography and – of course – hilarious comedy! Wonder Women celebrates in style with iconic appearances including Cher, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Diana Ross, Pink, Shirley Bassey, even Wonder Woman herself.
The Corn Exchange, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
  Event Web Site

19/04/2018 LIVE MUSIC - THE HEATH STRING QUARTET
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

The Heath Quartet have established themselves among the foremost string quartets in the UK. Guy Johnston was BBC Young Musician in 2000. He is one of the most exciting and versatile British cellists of his generation.
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
  Event Web Site

19/04/2018 to 02/06/2018 MOVE OVER, MRS MARKHAM
 THE MILL AT SONNING

We are delighted that the world-renowned master of comedy Ray Cooney will direct this hilarious play that he co-wrote with John Chapman. This wonderful farce is set in an elegant, recently renovated London flat belonging to the happily married Philip and Joanna Markham. Philip, a straight-laced publisher of children's books, has reluctantly agreed to let his partner Henry Lodge borrow the apartment for an evening to entertain a new girlfriend. At the same time, Joanna Markham has allowed Linda Lodge to borrow the apartment so she can rendezvous with her lover. What nobody knows is that the Interior Designer has also decided that this is the night he wants to try out the new oval bed - with the au pair girl!
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000
  admin@millatsonning.com
  Event Web Site

19/04/2018 to 21/04/2018 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
19/04/2018 MARILLION - LIVE IN THE UK
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

MARILLION’S music is more than prog, it’s musically-experimental and yet-emotional. Within the genre it has a uniquely soul-baring aspect which sets the band apart and has elicited an almost religiously zealous following. After nearly 40 years, the band has evolved into a vibrant and international musical force, flourishing seemingly outside of fashion and mainstream media exposure. Since their formation, they have had 19 Top 30 singles, four of which made the Top 10.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

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 : Theatre
20/04/2018 RBL THEATRE COMPANY AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY - GENOMES (PREVIEW)
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

A new play exploring the moral dilemmas, extraordinary opportunities and profound risks of genetics and medical genomic big data. If you had the chance to know whether your life will be affected by disease, would you take it? What if you could change the colour of your unborn child’s eyes? Or rid the world of a disability? Our medical records will soon be open to pharmaceutical companies able to tailor their advertising to our individual frailties. So, as we enter an age of unprecedented bodily insight and choice, where do we draw the line?
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

20/04/2018 FORBIDDEN NIGHTS
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Brace yourself for two hours of thrilling action, provocative choreography with the ultimate Forbidden strip tease (and a few men in uniform thrown in for good measure). Abandon your inhibitions at the door as the talented cast of acrobats, fire acts, aerial artists and world-renowned circus performers flip and spin across the stage in this high-octane show. This sexy but classy evening with Forbidden Nights is guaranteed to get your pulse racing and leave you begging for more.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk   Event Web Site

20/04/2018 NIKKI AND JD PRESENT - KNOT
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

A chance encounter between two acrobats: a frustrated lover and a jilted dreamer. This is the story of two hearts making sense of imperfection. 'The Knot' is the invisible string that connects two people. Sometimes strong, sometimes just about to break, it is the complex yet simple bond that we juggle with our whole lives. Funny and heart breaking, Knot reveals the raw underbelly of Nikki & JD’s relationship with an effortless balance between spectacle and intimacy.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
  Event Web Site

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
Local Information :
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
Leisure : Days Out
21/04/2018 to 22/04/2018 MURDER MYSTERY GAME OF CLUES AT CLIVEDEN
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

The year is 1853 and, whilst the Sutherland's are away visiting their London abode, Cliveden's head butler has turned up dead on the estate. Mr Butter, a rather unsavory character, was discovered fallen off his chair and smelling of whiskey; but how did he get there...?
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire SL1 8NS
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01628 605069
  cliveden@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

21/04/2018 to 22/04/2018 YUCKY YOU SHOW AT THE LOOK OUT DISCOVERY CENTRE

Ever wanted to know why mucus is SNOT a bad thing? Find out about this and lots of other disgusting facts about bodily functions in our entertaining live science show. 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.
Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell RG12 7QW
MORE INFO: Event Bookings 01344 354400
  customer.services@bracknell-forest.gov.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
21/04/2018 THE SUPERSONIC 70s SHOW
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

The Supersonic 70s are a 6-piece 100percent live band, with both male and female lead vocals featuring the incredible Cat suited wondergirl Janey Bombshell, one of the finest female singers in the UK. Janey adds some real Agnetha glamour alongside co-lead vocalist Mark Keen, the velvet voiced singing sensation with the moves to match! The top flight band of musicians alongside have a wealth of experience worldwide and include guitarist/vocalist Greg Hart, who has played and written for Asia, Mike Oldfield and Donna Summer, former Ultravox and Danni Minogue bassist Gary Williams and the wizardry of musical director and keyboardist/Vocoder Andy Stewart, who is the grandson of the late great Arthur Askey! Completing the line-up is Andy Fox, a drummer who has played with Thin Lizzy’s Brian Robertson.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
  Event Web Site

21/04/2018 to 22/04/2018 THE TELETUBBIES - LIVE
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

See the iconic, world famous Teletubbies in their first ever theatre show created especially for your little ones. Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a show full of love and laughter as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland. Look out for the Tubby Phone, Noo-noo and Sun Baby in a fun, bright and safe world which captures young children’s imaginations and encourages them to explore the world around them. Join in and enjoy beloved features from the TV series along with brand new songs.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

21/04/2018 SHAPPI KHORSANDI - MISTRESS AND MISFIT
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Shappi presents England's unsung heroine, Emma Hamilton. For too many years she has been known as just ‘Nelson's mistress', a bit of a harlot. (You get ONE job in a brothel and bang goes your reputation.) Women's lib wasn't a 'thing' in Georgian times, Emma moved mountains to haul herself from 'scullery maid' to 'Lady Hamilton'. Yes, she occasionally danced on tables naked to get ahead in life, but who hasn't? As a fellow naked dancer on tables, Shappi is inspired by Emma, although she never wants hair big enough to house mice in.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

21/04/2018 ALUN COCHRANE - ALUNISH COHRANISH
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Grumpy-joyful, silly-serious stand up. Jokes, ideas and (possibly) movement will all be deployed for your amusement during this show. As seen on blah blah and blah, and heard on various funny radio shows.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
  Event Web Site

21/04/2018 CLUB VELOCITY PRESENTS THE DE RELLAS, PLUS GO-GO CULT AND HEADSPARKS
 RISING SUN ARTS CENTRE

The DeRellas - Easily the best Glam Punk Stomp Band in the UK. For fans of the Supersuckers/ Ramones/ New York Dolls/ Hellacopters/ Mudhoney/ Backyard Babies/ RFTC et al. The Go Go Cult - Maybe the best Billy Garage Punk band in the UK. For fans of the Cramps/ Long Tall Texans/ Man Or Astroman/ Dick Dale et al. Headsparks - The best Melodic Core Pop Punk inthe UK. For fans of Midway Still/ Consumed/ Vamilla Pod/ Snuff/ China Drum et al.
Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 986 6788
  info@risingsun-artscentre.co.uk
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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
Leisure : Days Out
22/04/2018 CLASSIC CARS DAY AT NUFFIELD PLACE
 NUFFIELD PLACE (NATIONAL TRUST)

Lord Nuffield's history with motor cars attracts a variety of car clubs to Nuffield Place. Motor cars from visiting car clubs are parked outside the front of the house for visitors to enjoy seeing. Cars will usually arrive at Nuffield Place in the morning and generally stay for a couple of hours. Please be aware that sometimes due to weather conditions, or mechanical failures, cars will not be displayed as anticipated. Booking Not Needed.
Nuffield Place, Huntercombe, Henley-on-Thames RG9 5RY
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01491 642 857   nuffieldplace@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
22/04/2018 U.DANCE 2018 REGIONAL FINALS
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

U.Dance Lift Off Dance Festival 2018 is a partnership event between Lift Off Dance Festival, South East Dance and One Dance UK. Groups will compete for a place at the U.Dance national youth dance festival in Suffolk. Groups competing are Young Anjali Dance Company, The L&S Youth, Penny & Jules Youth Dance Company, Ceyda Tanc Youth Dance Company, Drishti Dance, Davison Dance Company, I-Star Academy, Nuclear Dance Company, Cascade Dance with invited guest performances by Senior West Berkshire Youth Dance Company and Berkshire County Dance Company Youth. Generously supported by Arts Council England. South East Dance is proud to be an Arts Award Supporter.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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22/04/2018 WILDE SUNDAYS LIVE MUSIC - SUNTRAP
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Suntrap are a 4-piece folk-inspired group with beautiful entrancing vocal harmonies on original, contemporary and traditional material. They play accordion, violins, viola, guitars, ukulele and banjo. Their trademark is their powerful vocal harmony sound. 2.30 to 4.30pm.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484 123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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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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22/04/2018 SANDLEFORD PLACE GARDEN OPEN FOR NGS CHARITY

A plantswoman's 4 acres, more exuberant than manicured with R Enborne flowing through. Various areas of shrub and mixed borders create a romantic, naturalistic effect. Wonderful old walled garden. Long herbaceous border flanks wild flower meadow. Yr-round interest from early carpets of snowdrops and daffodils, crocus covered lawn, to autumn berries and leaf colour. A garden for all seasons.
Sandleford Place, Newtown, Newbury RG20 9AY
MORE INFO: Mel Gatward 01635 40726   melgatward@btinternet.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Arts and Crafts
23/04/2018 ALDWORTH ARTS AND CRAFTS GROUP

Two friendly and supportive art and craft groups meet in Aldworth village hall. A CRAFT group meets on 2nd and 4th Monday mornings from 10am to 12 noon. An ART group meets on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 9.30am to 11.30am. Sessions cost just £2.50 (to cover hall hire) and everyone takes it in turn to provide refreshments. Occasionally visiting tutors are arranged and these sessions will cost extra. The purpose is to provide a pleasant and sociable venue for folk to meet and enjoy art and craft activities together, while also learning new skills.
Aldworth village hall, Bell Lane, Aldworth RG8 9SE
MORE INFO: Clare 01635 281797
  aacg20161@outlook.com
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Leisure : Days Out
23/04/2018 to 01/05/2018 CLIVEDEN HOUSE GUIDED TOURS
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

Book onto one of our short guided tours to discover more about the fabulous Cliveden House. These tours allow you to see some of the rooms that were once home to Nancy and Waldorf Astor. Entry to the house is by timed ticket only and the tours last approximately 25 minutes. Please head to the Information Centre to get your timed ticket before making your way to the House entrance. National Trust members can collect guided tour tickets free of charge. House tours will run every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from March until October. Booking Advisable.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire SL1 8NS
MORE INFO: Cliveden Administrator 01628 605069   clivedenpress@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
23/04/2018 LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL
 THE CONCERT HALL, READING

The Concert Hall continues its regular series of lunchtime recitals by local and internationally renowned organists. Recitals begin at 1pm and last for approx 50mins.
The Concert Hall, Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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Sport : Horse Racing
23/04/2018 FREE MONDAY RACENIGHT AT WINDSOR RACECOURSE

Join us for an evening of competitive racing by the banks of the River Thames and be there for the first Monday Night of the year. Why not get your face painted and enjoy our St George's Day celebrations! Grandstand and Paddock tickets are FREE for this fixture, but only when registered for in advance. To do this, simply book the free ticket as you would any other ticket or package. Once you've registered, you will be sent a Print at home ticket via email. It's as easy as that!
Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5EZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01753 498400
  office@windsor-racecourse.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
24/04/2018 HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES IN WINDSOR GREAT PARK

Enjoy exploring one of England's most beautiful Royal Parks from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. Relax and travel at a leisurely pace through a Collection of Japanese Maples past Ancient Oak Trees to a beautiful 18th Century Lake with fabulous display of Waterlilies in Summer and tranquil reflections in Autumn/Winter. The lake is a hidden gem in the heart of Windsor Great Park complete with Diamond Jublee Arbour, a covered seat unveiled by Her Majesty the Queen in 2012. Your driver/guide can provide interesting and lesser know facts about the history of the area.
The Savill Garden, Wick Lane, Englefield Green, Egham TW20 0XD
MORE INFO: Jo - Carriage Rides Bookings 07811 543019   info@ascotcarriages.co.uk   Event Web Site
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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Leisure : Exhibitions
24/04/2018 to 28/04/2018 TREASURES WITH TALES

Wallingford Museum's latest exhibition is creating great interest with its 'Treasures with Tales' exhibition. Residents from Wallingford and the surrounding villages have loaned the museum a wide variety of fascinating objects, each with its own special significance - from exotic to fun to poignant! Visitors are able to follow the 'Treasures Trail' and discover these things for themselves throughout the museum. Each has its own 'tale' displayed and can be enjoyed by the whole family. The treasures are woven in amongst other exhibitions which include not only the story of Wallingford's Saxon origins, its great Royal castle, the town's links with Agatha Christie and Midsomer Murders, but also updates on the recent archaeology that is being uncovered by new developments around the town.
Wallingford Museum, Flint House, 52 High Street, Wallingford OX10 0DB
MORE INFO: Judy Dewey 01491 651127
  judy@piepowder.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
24/04/2018 FAITH - THE GEORGE MICHAEL LEGACY
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Don’t accept imitations FAITH – THE GEORGE MICHAEL LEGACY features international George Michael tribute artist Wayne Dilks together with his incredible 7 piece band and backing singers. A musical journey of 35 years of hit records from Wham to George’s solo career, the show and production are based upon the George Michael 25 live tour (also known as the 25th anniversary tour) Our show uses actual video footage from the 25 live tour displayed on our unique video wall, this is a first for any UK theatre show. Join us in celebration to the life of one of the world’s most successful male artists selling over 100 million records worldwide and encompassing 11 British number 1 singles, 8 British number 1 albums and 6 US number 1 singles in a spell binding spectacle of his songs.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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24/04/2018 HALF-BREED - FEATURING NATASHA MARSHALL
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Jazmin feels different. She doesn’t want to stay in the village. She doesn’t want to have a baby. She doesn’t want to laugh at racist jokes in the local pub. She’s got to get out. Following its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and a run at London’s Soho Theatre, Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company present Half Breed, Natasha Marshall’s semi-autobiographical dark comedy about finding your voice.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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24/04/2018 BUSINESS BISCOTTI WOKINGHAM NETWORKING EVENT

Wokingham Biscotti meets the last Tuesday of each month at Cantley House Hotel, Milton Road, Wokingham You are invited to the next Wokingham Business Biscotti business networking event starting at 09.30am until 11.30am. Business Biscotti is what networking is all about - meeting and forming business relationships with like-minded people. We like to think we provide an antidote to formal networking.
Cantley House Hotel, Milton Road, Wokingham RG40 5QG
MORE INFO: Peter Morris 0118 947 5857   peter@pinewoodassetfinance.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Arts
25/04/2018 OPEN STUDIO - CERAMICS

Visit Sally Courage, Teresa Munn and Moya Tosh, local ceramic artists, united by a love of landscapes and the organic feel of clay. Guest artists include Julie Massie, Christine Lack and John Brazendale. Sally works with coils of clay to create satisfying forms which evolve as the work grows. Teresa works with text in ceramics, and explores feelings associated with the landscapes of our lives in clay-scripted wall plaques and hand-held textured forms. Moya throws porcelain and uses blocks of glaze colour, 23-carat gold leaf, silver leaf and lustre colour for decoration. Red Steps is a working studio, and one of the three will always be working there and able to discuss their latest work. Major pieces and small gift items available - or just come and enjoy chatting and looking.
Red Steps, Whitway, Newbury RG20 9LE
MORE INFO: Open Studio Enquiries 07786 956051
 
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Leisure : Days Out
25/04/2018 UK WOLF CONSERVATION TRUST VISIT WEDNESDAYS

The Trust is open every Wednesday from 11am – 4pm. A wonderful day out for all the family, with photo opportunities from a photographic platform area, regular talks by the keepers, watch the wolves being fed at 2pm and, of course, our ambassador wolves. Come to see our Arctic wolves, admire our Beenham pack and see our older wolves, including mischievous Mosi, majestic Mai and Motomo. We have a photography platform overlooking the Beenham pack and you'll be able to see the Torak and Mosi via a large picture window in our shop and education centre. Free parking is available and there are toilets on-site. Our well stocked shop will be open for you to purchase souvenirs of your day. There will be tea/ coffee, squash refreshments available to purchase by donation, but no food. Outdoor picnic tables available. No walks or wolf contact is available on this day. Additional children’s activities will be held during school holidays. Adults £8, Children 3-12 £5, under 3's free. No booking required. Pay on arrival. Please note: no dogs are allowed on-site or to be left in parked cars.
Butlers Farm, Beenham, Reading, Berks, RG7 5NT
MORE INFO: Lynn Kent 0118 971 3330
  ukwct@ukwolf.org
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Leisure : Museums
25/04/2018 TALES FOR TOTS - STORY TIME FOR UNDER 5's
 READING MUSEUM

Drop in - free of charge - and bring your under-5's to catch a story or two using objects from the museum collection. 10.30am to 11.30am
Reading Museum, Old Town Hall, Blagrave Street
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 939 9800
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
25/04/2018 BORDER TALES
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Following a phenomenal run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to sold-out audiences, award winning Protein presents a satirical look at multicultural Britain through a blend of energetic dance, dialogue and live music.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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25/04/2018 STORY TIME AT THE MILL - THE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIONS
 THE MILL AT SONNING

Every Wednesday at 10.15am, pre-school children will be treated to stories and singing in the theatre, as well as colouring-in and dressing-up in the bar. Bring your little ones along for a magical experience, topped off as we turn the famous waterwheel. Entry is £3.50 per child (pay when you arrive). Healthy snack and drink provided for children.
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000
  admin@millatsonning.com
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25/04/2018 to 28/04/2018 GORING GAP PLAYERS - SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD

It's 1934, and Shakespeare's most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically materialised on the Warner Bros. Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Instantly smitten by the glitz and glamour of show biz, the two are ushered onto the silver screen to play themselves. Much mischievous magic ensues in this fine comedy by Ken Ludwig. This is the GGP's big spring production with live music, directed by Jennamarie Smith.
The Morrell Room, Church Lane, Streatley RG8 9HT
MORE INFO: Jean Betteridge 01491 873530   goringgapplayers@gmail.com   Event Web Site
25/04/2018 BALLET BLACK - DOUBLE BILL
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Ballet Black returns to the Corn Exchange for the 5th year with specially commissioned pieces celebrating dancers of black and Asian decent. Ballet Black, a company that celebrates dancers of black and Asian decent, presents an evening of specially commissioned pieces which showcase the technique, precision and grace of their talented dancers. As part of their latest double bill, renowned British choreographer Cathy Marston choreographs a new ballet based on Can Themba’s moving fable The Suit. Completing the evening is Arthur Pita’s Olivier nominated A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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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 : Museums
26/04/2018 READING MUSEUM SURGERY
 READING MUSEUM

Visitors can discover more about the collections, or ask for help in identifying interesting objects (NB no valuations can be given). Every Thursday, in the Box Room.
Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
26/04/2018 SOUTH STREET MEMBERS NIGHT - SPRING AND SUMMER SEASON LAUNCH
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

A new season and more great shows coming to South Street. So if you’re struggling to decide what shows to see then head down to South Street for our Members Night. Artistic Director, John Luther, and some select artists, will introduce the highlights of the Summer programme. With a welcome drink, nibbles and discounts at the bar it is also a chance to chat with the South Street team, your fellow regulars and plan your diary!
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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26/04/2018 to 28/04/2018 20th CENTURY BOY - THE MARC BOLAN MUSICAL
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

This hit musical, inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, returns to the stage to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic star’s untimely death. Featuring some of the greatest rock songs ever written, 20th Century Boy tells the life story of the legendary Bolan and his band T. Rex. This show exposes some of the myths and takes the audience on a tearful yet feel-good journey through Marc’s fascinating life, cut short by a cruel twist of fate.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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26/04/2018 LIVE MUSIC - 60s NIGHT WITH READY STEADY
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Ready Steady formed just over two years ago and were borne from the desire to play classic sixties music as well as well loved songs that are rarely heard on the local live music scene. Harking back to the flamingo club circa 1966 and you’ll be on the right track to Ready Steady! Think Dusty, think Sandie, add a splattering of British Invasion, fold in some Motown hits and top it all off with some floor stomping Northern Soul and you have the recipe for Ready Steady. The band have played many gigs in the last two years, most recently, for the second year running, Retro Festival in Newbury.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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27/04/2018 THE BARRON KNIGHTS
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

They are back and by popular demand! Masters of musical comedy parody, The Barron Knights are probably one of the most entertaining groups to come out of the 60s and 70s. Their musicianship, their harmonies and of course their humour has given them the nickname of ‘The Guvnors’. You can expect to hear lots of new material as well as old favourites like Call Up the Groups, as well as the band’s inimitable version of The William Tell Overture and their Flamenco party piece, Malaguana.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
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27/04/2018 THE WASHBOARD RESONATORS
 THE FIRE STATION CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CULTURE

The Washboard Resonators are a duo that play foot-stomping blues, vaudeville, ragtime, hokum, skiffle, swing and folk like it was in the 1920s, 30s & 40s. On stage, you can expect a varied and entertaining show with upbeat songs, harmonies, tap dancing and an array of old instruments, including; washboard, resonator guitars, banjo, ukulele, snare drum, suitcase bass drum, spoons and their very own invention - the kazoosaphone.
The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture, The Old Court, St Leonards Road, Windsor SL4 3BL
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 866 865   info@fireythings.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
28/04/2018 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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28/04/2018 WOODLEY SATURDAY MARKET

Woodley Shopping Centre is now home to a Thriving Saturday Market. Fresh foods,Great Vegetables, Wet Fish, Butcher, Breads Clothes Local produce and Craft Stalls fill the Town Centre every Saturday offering local residents and visitors more choice whilst they shop. Occasionally some Local Brass bands join in the fun or Morris Dancers.
Woodley Town Centre RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: Town Centre Manager 0118 921 6920
  tcm@woodley.gov.uk
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28/04/2018 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 : Museums
28/04/2018 BAYEUX TAPESTRY TOUR AT READING MUSEUM
 READING MUSEUM

Enjoy a guided tour of the famous full-size replica of the magnificent Bayeux Tapestry. No need to book - entry is free.
Reading Museum and Town Hall, Reading RG1 1QH

MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
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28/04/2018 READING MUSEUM GALLERY TOUR
 READING MUSEUM

Want to know more about Reading Abbey and its impact on the town? Join our trained volunteer guides for an updated tour that includes more on the Abbey Quarter’s history. Hear about our exciting plans to transform the area into a unique historical and cultural destination. This is followed by an introductory tour around the museum’s galleries taking in a selection of fascinating objects on display. Why not stay for lunch and enjoy the Bayeux Tapestry tour at 2.15pm?
Reading Museum and Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
28/04/2018 FEEL THE BEAT
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

With performers from as young as four through to young adults taking to the stage we welcome you to come along and watch our annual show case. At our last show we had to FOCUS and boy did they deliver! Now we have a wonderful show for you to see all their efforts of the last year pay off and so allow them to do themselves JUSTICE. We hope you enjoy our show.
Arlington Arts, Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246
  boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk
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28/04/2018 READING MENCAP AND FRIENDS - ARE YOU LISTENING FESTIVAL
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Joining the already bustling bill for the one-day festival are Sunderland’s angular indie-pop kings Field Music. Field Music were favourites of the late, great Prince, have previously been nominated for a Mercury Prize and will be performing with the Open Here Orchestra at The Barbican in May. They also had a new album out in February.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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28/04/2018 to 29/04/2018 DEAR ZOO - BY ROD CAMPBELL
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

This timeless children’s book is making its stage premiere! Rod Campbell’s best-selling lift the flap book has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982, and has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide. Join Ben and his friend Sally as they wait to see what the Zoo will send when they get Ben’s letter asking for a pet. All kinds of familiar animals both big and small arrive but what will make the perfect domestic companion? Well... wait and see!
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
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28/04/2018 HAMPSHIRE COUNTY YOUTH ORCHESTRA
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Youthful exuberance matched with strong commitment and a real desire to perform will make for a memorable and unforgettable evening.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
  Event Web Site

28/04/2018 YOUTH AND COMMUNITY GALA AT SOUTH HILL PARK
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Groups performing will be Laura Henderson Dance Company, Reddam House School, OFLAC, Jawahir Bellydance, Ilusion Flamenca, WISE Dance Company, ENB Youth Co, KL Dance Steps, Scatter (The Place), Lavery Dance, Collingwood College, Illume, Nestling Dance Company, Quicksilver, Empty Vessels Dance Company, Tuffney Performing Arts Academy, Henley College with performances by Chrysalis London and professional ballerina, Désirée Ballantyne Grove.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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28/04/2018 WALLINGFORD LOCAL PRODUCERS' SATURDAY MARKET

To make available produce grown or produced within a 30 mile radius of Wallingford, sourcing ingredients, wherever possible from within that area. To educate and promote the benefits of locally produced food and other products thereby supporting a vibrant and dynamic local economy. The market was started in 2007 by some of the current stallholders as a means to reach the local community. The produce available ranges from meat (pork, beef, lamb), fruit and vegetables, plants, bread, cheeses, wines, beers,cakes ready prepared food, chocolate, jams, preserves, crafts including wood, knitting, jewellery, cosmetics, pottery, photography, painting and much more. 10am to 1pm.
Regal Centre, St Martin’s Street, Wallingford OX10 0DP
MORE INFO: Dennis Jackson
  admin@wlpm.org.uk
  Event Web Site

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28/04/2018 ALDWORTH VILLAGE MARKET

Aldworth’s award winning Saturday Market takes place every Saturday morning in the Village Hall. Here you can buy vegetables and other produce, cakes and bread, newspapers and sweets. Please note that bread and newspapers must be pre-ordered.
Aldworth Village Hall, Bell Lane, Aldworth RG8 9SB
MORE INFO: Market Enquiries 01635 578090
 
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28/04/2018 WALLINGFORD HISTORIC GUIDED WALKS

You can now join a Guided Historic Town Walk on any Saturday morning, from the end-March until the end-September starting from beneath the Town Hall at 11.00am. Walks last 1 - 2 hours and cost £5 per head, as a donation to support Wallingford Museum. These are general walks covering the rich history of our town, but also touching on the links with Agatha Christie and 'Midsomer Murders'. They will appeal to residents and visitors alike. There’s no need to book, just turn up at the Town Hall undercroft at 11.00am on any Saturday from 31 March until 29 Sept.
From Wallingford Town Hall OX10 0EG
MORE INFO: Philip Burton 01491 836200
  pburton6@talktalk.net
  Event Web Site

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
  Event Web Site

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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
29/04/2018 YOUTH AND COMMUNITY GALA AT SOUTH HILL PARK
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Groups performing will be Twilight Dance Company St Anne’s, Zambesi Evolution, Phoenix Fusion (Artemis Studios), St Joseph’s Squad, Watkins Dance, Lafour Theatre School, Maggie Monk School of Dancing, Shimmy Cafe Barefoot Dance Fusion, YDC JT Squad, Orb Male Dance Company, Brakenhale Dance Company, The Olivia Dance Academy, Zambesi Apex, Kobika Youth Dance Company, Kobika Senior Dance Company, Berkshire Youth Dance Company Youth (BCDCY) and a professional performance by Edifice Dance Theatre.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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29/04/2018 GRUMPY OLD WOMEN TO THE RESCUE
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Fed up with flogging their guts out and always having to be in charge, the Grumpy Old Women have put their knobbly old feet up in glorious retirement, free at last to practise their extreme colouring-in, ukulele orchestra and novelty fudge-making. But with the world in a bigger mess than ever before, is there anything that can tempt them off their backsides to unleash their superpowers and once more come to the rescue?!
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
  Event Web Site

29/04/2018 MUSIC NIGHT AT THE MILL - BENNY GOODMAN'S 1938 CARNEGIE HALLCONCERT
 THE MILL AT SONNING

Pete Long and his musicians have gone to great lengths to re-create this concert, including original arrangements, period instruments and even the stage seating plan. The result is an evening of fabulous music that swings like crazy, it’s a great night out not to be missed! Bandleader and clarinettist Pete Long presents a superlative recreation of one of the greatest concerts in jazz history.
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000
  admin@millatsonning.com
  Event Web Site

Sport : Horse Racing
02/05/2018 SAGARO STAKES RACEDAY - FIRST DAY OF THE FLAT AT ASCOT

Enjoy the first day of the Flat season at the world’s most famous racecourse as the summer is just around the corner. For racing enthusiasts, this is the curtain raiser for the Flat season. Featured is the £60,000 Group 3 Longines Sagaro Stakes, one of the most important trial races for The Gold Cup, which takes place on the third day of Royal Ascot.
Ascot Racecourse, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Box Office 0870 727 1234
  enquiries@ascot.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
03/05/2018 LIVE MUSIC - SARI SCHORR
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

A jaw-dropping voice and a live show that erupts like a volcano have catapulted Sari Schorr into the spotlight as one of the hottest new blues-rock singers today. The native New Yorker is taking the blues world by storm, and with a voice that jolted legendary blues producer Mike Vernon (think Fleetwood Mac, Clapton, and Bowie) out of retirement, it’s not hard to see why.
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246
  boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk
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03/05/2018 MADAMA BUTTERFLY
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Introducing the celebrated soprano Maria HeeJung Kim from the Korean National Opera, Seoul and the international soprano Alyona Kistenyova, with highly-praised chorus and full orchestra. This award-winning opera returns with exquisite sets boasting a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan. (Cast may be subject to change).
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Dance
04/05/2018 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
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Leisure : Theatre
04/05/2018 SIMON MAYOR'S MANDOLINQUENTS
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

As spring turns to summer join Simon Mayor and his merry crew of Mandolinquents for an uplifting evening of virtuosic masterpieces, light-hearted limericks and much laughter. This special evening of new songs and instrumentals (from their forthcoming CD) also features more from Simon's new book 'Of Death and a Banana Skin’ including Reading’s greatest claim to fame, the Number One hit song of all time from the 13th Century, ‘sumer is icumen in’. As well as mandolins of all sizes, guitars, banjos, violin and voice you just never know what surprise guests will pop up!
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246
  boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
04/05/2018 DARA O'BRIAIN - VOICE OF REASON
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

PLEASE NOTE: This event is now sold out. Please call the box office on 01256 844244 to be added to the waiting list.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Markets
05/05/2018 THAMES VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET (WINDSOR)

Developed in association with the Windsor and Eton Town Partnership, Windsor farmers' market offers a wide range of produce and is within easy walking distance of the town centre and residential area. Closest car park is at East Berks College off Trinity Place, a minute's walk away.
St Leonard’s Road between East Berks College and Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor SL4 3BL
MORE INFO: Claudine Andrew 07896 902850
  ascotwindsormanager@hotmail.com
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05/05/2018 THE VILLAGE ARTISAN FOOD MARKET

The Village Artisan Food Market was started by Jane Bywater about three years ago. Theresa Wright has recently joined Jane to help develop this quality market. The monthly market is held at Beenham Village Hall in West Berkshire UK and promotes small, enthusiastic contributors who want to sell their home-made or home grown produce to an appreciative audience.
Beenham Village Hall, RG7 5NN
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05/05/2018 THAMES VALLEY FARMERS MARKET (READING)

Reading Farmers’ Market is a friendly, twice-a-month event, showcasing fantastic local food and drink. Many of our traders and customers have been attending the market since it started in 1999 and there is a strong community feel. Everything is sold direct from our local farmers, bakers, conservers and brewers, have a chat and discover the story behind the produce! The market is held undercover, in the auction house at the Cattle Market. There is cheap parking (on street, or in the Cattle Market car park next door - 50p for 1hr, £2.60 for 2 hrs) and it’s a short walk to town. The producers below typically attend the market, but attendance does vary, due to seasonality of produce. Sign up to our weekly newsletter, or follow our Facebook or Twitter pages, for regular updates on who will be attending.
The Cattle Market, Great Knollys Street, Reading RG1 7HD
MORE INFO: Kathryn McCann 07956 426821
  kathryn@katcreative.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
06/05/2018 PROSPECT PARK MODEL RAILWAY OPEN DAY

Come and enjoy having a ride on Readings Minature railway. See different types of locomotives in action and enjoy a trip around the tracks for the whole family. Trains start running from 1.30 until approx 5pm or dusk wichever is sooner. Rides cost just 60p per person. For more information visit propect park railway .com . There is also an indoor layout operating(subject to operating staff) and a Thomas layout for the children to operate.Refreshments are available in the club house for a small charge.
Prospect Park, Bath Road, Reading RG30 2BQ
MORE INFO: RSME Secretary 07920 833546
  tony@tonygiles.me.uk
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06/05/2018 THAMES VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET (NEWBURY)

Newbury Farmers' Market runs twice a month on the first and third Sunday. Originally set up by the Council to give local farmers and producers an opportunity to sell their produce direct to the public, most will have been grown or processed within 30 miles of West Berkshire. The Farmers' Market supports the local economy, providing healthy fresh food and reducing food miles - the distance food has travelled from where it is produced. In addition, the market provides an opportunity to find out more about issues such as Genetically Modified foods, land management and organic farming.
Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Johnny Morrison 07818 215 623
  cuthbert71@icloud.com
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06/05/2018 ROYAL BERKSHIRE MEDICAL HERITAGE CENTRE

Museum showing changes in medicine that have taken place in the past 150 years. Also history of Royal Berkshire Hospital. Displays cover a wide range of areas including surgery , anaesthesia, nursing, blood letting (see live leeches) and wartime medicine.
Level 4, Main Entrance, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading RG1 5AN
MORE INFO: Museum Curator 0118 954 9371
  Josephine.Cutts@royalberkshire.nhs.uk
  Event Web Site

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   Event Web Site
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   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
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
  Event Web Site

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, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Sport : Horse Racing
11/05/2018 MAY NIGHT RACING AT ASCOT

oin us for Ascot’s only evening fixture of the year, as our May Racing Weekend gets underway amid a fun Friday night atmosphere. A post-racing concert with the region’s best tribute bands keep the party going long into the evening. The Beatles, Dolly Parton and Queen tribute acts will be gracing the Ascot Grandstand. A host of street -food pop-ups and eclectic bars, plus reduced pricing on tickets, make this an unmissable after-work treat.
Ascot Racecourse, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Box Office 0870 727 1234
  enquiries@ascot.co.uk
  Event Web Site

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   Event Web Site
Local Information :
12/05/2018 THAMES VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET (PURLEY)

Run in conjunction with Purley Parish Council, this market is in the big barn next to the Goosecroft recreation ground in Beech Road. Refreshments are provided by the WI, and there's a craft market featuring Purley Lacemakers, local artists, a blacksmith and handmade jewellery.
Big Barn, Beech Road, Purley-on-Thames RG8 8DS
MORE INFO: TVFM Office 01235 227266
  info@tvfm.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Sport : Horse Racing
12/05/2018 VICTORIA CUP RACEDAY AT ASCOT

The feature race itself is in part a nod to Royal Ascot, albeit also a prestigious prize in its own right. Many of the participants in the Victoria Cup, a seven-furlong handicap, will return to contest major handicaps at the Royal Meeting. But with prize money well in excess of £100,000, it’s a race that every trainer and jockey wants to win. Off-the-track, Elvis Presley, Rolling Stones, Elton John, The Beatles, Take That and Adele are just some of the stars to have been covered in recent years.
Ascot Racecourse, High Street, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0870 727 1234
  enquiries@ascot.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
13/05/2018 MAIDENHEAD FARMERS' MARKET

Enjoy the friendly atmosphere whilst shopping for great fare at Berkshire's longest-running farmers' market. Our 25 stalls offer a huge choice of quality meats, free-range poultry and game, trout, fresh seafish and lobster, award-winning cheeses, preserves, baked goods, seasonal vegetables and fruit, real ales, fruit juice and lots more. Join the customer loyalty scheme at the tea stall to qualify for free vouchers! A FARMA certified market.
Grove Road car park, Park Street, Maidenhead (behind Town Hall) SL6 1LW
MORE INFO: Market Organiser 01628 670272
  info@maidenheadfarmersmarket.org.uk
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16/05/2018 FARMERS' MARKET IN WOODLEY

High quality local products direct from the producer or farmer, plus cookery demonstration using market products. Wonderful meats; pork, chicken, fruits and vegetables, organic breads, pies, cheeses, special ginger drinks, juices, preserves and pickles, Amazing crafts - and a local nursery.
Crockhamwell Road, Woodley town centre RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: Jacques Lherbier 0118 921 6920   towncentremanager@woodley.gov.uk   Event Web Site