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Leisure : Arts
02/07/2018 to 25/08/2018 EXHIBITION AND SALE OF HANDMADE ORIGINAL PRINTS - AT THE RBH

A wide variety of printmaking techniques, both traditional and more contemporary, have been used in these HANDMADE ORIGINAL PRINTS by artist-printmakers belonging to PRINT AT THE PARK. The works are as varied as the interests of the artists themselves, both in style and subject matter, ranging from urban and rural landscapes, the human figure and other living creatures, plant life and more abstract compositions. Many have distinctly 'summery' qualities. There are over 40 works. Prices range from £45 to £150, remarkably low for work of such quality. The more that are sold; the more widespread the benefits: as 25% of all sale proceeds are contributed to the hospital's Voluntary Services.

Main Corridor, Level 2, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Craven Road, Reading RG1 5AN
MORE INFO: Picture Display Enquiry 0118 322 5111
  talktous@royalberkshire.nhs.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
21/07/2018 to 02/09/2018 SUPERHERO SHOW AT THE LOOK OUT DISCOVERY CENTRE

Are you a superhero? Come and find out all about the science behind superpowers like invisibility and super strength! This entertaining and interactive live science show also has exciting demonstrations and experiments. Tickets for the show 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 Forest school holidays.

Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell RG12 7QW
MORE INFO: Event Bookings 01344 354400
  customer.services@bracknell-forest.gov.uk
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24/07/2018 to 02/09/2018 MAIDENHEAD SUMMER 'GOA' BEACH AT NORDEN FARM
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

The ever popular Maidenhead Beach is back – this year inspired by the laid back tropical paradise that is Goa.The Beach has been designed and handmade by Norden Farm with the help of the community. It’s free to play on every day with beachside tables available for snacks and lunch from the Cafe Bar (including children’s picnic bags). For maximum chill out, explore the indoor sensory space in our Gallery. It is designed for children with SEND and features work from local schools. Get involved with decorating the floor and making kites. Peel yourself off the beach and get creative with your little ones in our daily Beach Craft sessions.

Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Beach Enquiries 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
28/07/2018 to 15/09/2018 SWEET CHARITY
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

Charity Hope Valentine fantasises about three things in life: romance, luxury and escaping the questionable clientele of the Fandango Ballroom. Lovable, gullible and spirited, she longs to find a lover who can sweep her off her feet but guided by the ‘fickle finger of fate’, Charity is always handing over her heart (and her earnings) to the wrong man. There’s Charlie tattooed on her arm, movie star Vittorio Vidal and then there’s Oscar. But will any of them be her one true love? Charity’s romantic highs and lows entertain and dismay her fellow dancers but in trying to shake off the past, will she ever be able to live happily ever after?
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044
  boxoffice@watermill.org.uk
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08/08/2018 to 09/09/2018 SUMMER HOLIDAY FUN AT HARE HATCH SHEEPLANDS

Have fun with our children's activities in the café! We have a host of different board games, arts, crafts and toys as well as modern and retro games consoles so that you're guaranteed a great day out whatever British Summertime has to offer. Enjoy a FREE child's meal with every adult meal and a FREE hot drink with any slice of homemade cake too!

Hare Hatch Garden Centre, Twyford RG10 9HW
MORE INFO: Enquiries 0118 940 1600
  info@hhsheep.co.uk
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08/08/2018 to 12/08/2018 STREETSCAPES - PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION

All the images in this exhibition have been taken within cities and towns. They are contemporary records of urban life, but they are also testament to mankind’s ingenuity in adapting to new and challenging environments. These photographs capture the challenges we face on a daily basis, as well as the lifestyle choices and aesthetic stimulation arising from high population density and cultural diversity. Each of our photographers has emphasised beautiful elements to capture and hold our attention, particularly when the subject material is challenging. STREETSCAPES is a touring photographic exhibition created and supported by The Photographic Angle.
100 Brook Drive, Green Park, Reading RG2 6UJ
MORE INFO: Lou Griffiths 0800 0287338
  info@thephotographicangle
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11/08/2018 PLUMTREE COTTAGE GARDEN OPEN IN AID OF NGS CHARITY

Plumtree Cottage is a delightful property (not open) set in half an acre outside Holyport village. The large, secluded garden has a cottage garden, potager, summerhouse, patio and raised decking area with lots of seating to enjoy the numerous vistas. The garden is no dig, completely organic and planted to attract pollinators.
Plumtree Cottage, Ascot Road, Holyport, Maidenhead SL6 3LD
MORE INFO: Georgia Gowlett
 
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Leisure : Days Out
12/08/2018 THAMES PUNTING CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Punting returns to the River Thames in Maidenhead with the Thames Punting Club Championship Regatta on the Bray Reach (just downstream of the Brunel Railway bridge). The best racing punters from the 5 clubs on the Thames will be competing in a around 20 single and doubles races. Spectators may enter for free and there will be a bar and refreshments. All are welcome to attend - lots of seating and space for picnics and there will be an expert commentary.
River Road, Maidenhead SL6 0AU
12/08/2018 WEST BERKS CLASSIC VEHICLE CLUB 26th ANNUAL SHOW

Now an established event considered by many to be the best and friendliest classic car show in the south of England. Last year the event welcomed over 1000 exhibitors and some 4000 visitors. Great day out for all the family and for enthusiasts. Hundreds of vehicles on display. Auto-jumble. Side Stalls. Refreshments. Raising funds for Bloodwise - formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Newbury College, Monks Lane, Newbury RG14 7TD
MORE INFO: Newbury Show Enquiries 07909 316 462
 
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15/08/2018 ANIMAL EXPERIENCE DAY - REPTILES AND MINI-BEASTS

A sure hit with both children and adults alike, our Reptiles and Mini-Beasts event introduces you to an amazing selection of unusual animals. The opportunity to get up close and personal and even hold many of these rare and unusual creatures. On the day you will meet snakes, ranging from the Milksnake all the way up to a 4m long Burmese Python. Bearded Dragons and Blue Tongued Skinks from Australia. Chameleons -- eyes that move independently and tongues that can exceed their body length. Goliath Bird Eating Tarantula -- one of the largest spiders in the world and an Emperor Scorpion -- a regular Hollywood star. Tortoises and African giant millipedes. Please note: this list may vary slightly if for example animals are carrying young.
Nature Discovery Centre, Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham RG19 3FU
MORE INFO: Enquiries 01635 874381
  ndc@bbowt.org.uk
  Event Web Site

18/08/2018 THAMES VALLEY POLICE OPEN DAY

Thames Valley Police is opening its doors to the public once again for its annual force Open Day. Come along and get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to police the largest non-metropolitan force in the country. There will be lots of things to do, from watching arena displays by the public order team to a pat and chat with officers and their horses. Your children could even be in with the chance of winning a prize in the Children’s Fancy Dress Competition – just come dressed in your best police themed costume!
Police Training Centre, Sulhamstead, Berkshire, RG7 4DX
MORE INFO: Thames Valley Police 01865 542052
  caitlin.rosetti@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
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18/08/2018 to 19/08/2018 READING THAI FOOD AND CRAFT FESTIVAL

Come and join us for a great day of Thai music, dance, food and culture at the Reading Thai Food and Craft festival. The festival will feature Authentic Thai cuisine from a variety of food stalls, Arts & Crafts, Thai Massage, contemporary and traditional Thai music and British music from live entertainers, Thai dancing, Ladyboy Diva show and a Thai costume show. There will also be a Thai Kickboxing demonstration, funfair for the children, British snacks and a bar serving Thai Chang Beer and Monsoon Valley Wine. 10.00pm to 7.00pm Tickets available at the gate.
Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND
MORE INFO:
 
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18/08/2018 CASTLE DAY AT WALLINGFORD MUSEUM

This year we are focusing on Wallingford Castle. Besides displays about the castle and the research that has been done, we shall be asking people to help build a model of Wallingford Castle during the day! Also in attendance will be our special Castle Knight with a wonderful display of weapons, armour and other things that would have been in daily use in the castle. He is very keen to tell people about how things were made and used. There will also be other ‘hands-on’ activities for children and adults alike, providing a great opportunity for a family day out with a difference.
Wallingford Museum, Flint House, 52 High Street, Wallingford OX10 0DB
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 01491 651127
  admin@wallingfordmuseum.org.uk
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Leisure : Entertainment
18/08/2018 A VOW TO A KILL - MURDER MYSTERY TREASURE HUNT

The team behind A Shot In The Saddle and A Dish To Die For are back with a brand new Murder Mystery Treasure Hunt for Reading this Summer in A Vow To A Kill. Prepare for a glorious summer wedding - with a killer twist. A new, 3 hour immersive treasure hunt, A Vow To A Kill challenges teams of intrepid detectives to race round Reading, search the streets for hidden evidence, crack cryptic clues and catch a wedding killer, all against the clock – as players must get back to the church on time! Find us online on all social media using the hashtag #WhoKilledBeauKay
St Laurence's Church, 30-31 Friar St, Reading RG1 2DQ
MORE INFO: A Vow To A Kill
  help@avowtoakill.com
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Local Information :
18/08/2018 GORING VILLAGE GREENFINGERS GARDENING CLUB ANNUAL SUMMER SHOW

Village Greenfingers Gardening Club Annual Summer Show. Flowers, Vegetables, Crafts, Cookery, refreshments/cakes tombola 2-4 pm. ADMISSION FREE !
Goring Village Hall, High Street, Goring RG8 9AG
MORE INFO: Enquiries 01491 873990
  greenfingers@goring-on-thames.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
19/08/2018 READING DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

When the dragons return to Reading it really will be a great family fun day not to be missed, with the spectacle of the racing on the water alongside many landside attractions from community stalls to fun games and even a bar - there really is something for everyone. Even if you are not participating in the boat racing it will be a festival not to be missed, a picnic and walk by the riverside, surrounded by a great family atmosphere and lots to see and do. In 2017, 400 participants paddled the 200 meter course in 12 meter long dragon boats attracting big crowds raising thousands for charities in the process.
Thames Valley Park Riverside, RG6 1PQ
MORE INFO: Event Team 08452 930897
  events@racethedragon.com
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19/08/2018 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 642857
  nuffieldplace@nationaltrust.org.uk
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19/08/2018 THE GREAT BIG TREE CLIMBING AT GREYS COURT
 GREYS COURT (NATIONAL TRUST)

As part of the National Trust's 50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4's campaign we bring you The Great Big Tree Climbing Company. Two highly skilled and friendly instructors can help all ages reach new heights in a fantastic tree in Greys Court. They will teach you how to enter a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securely attached in a harness at all times. Once at the top of the tree you will gain an experience which can't be found on the ground and if you're feeling brave take a branch walk before being lowered back down! Booking Essential.
Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4PG
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01491 628529
  greyscourt@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Entertainment
19/08/2018 OUTDOOR THEATRE - JANE AUSTEN'S SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

A wonderful evening performance of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility will be performed by the renowned Chapterhouse Theatre Company outdoors in our walled garden at Basing House. Join Chapterhouse this summer as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exciting world of Regency society. Adapted by award-winning writer Laura Turner, this exquisite and lively tale follows the sisters as they fall in love, make mistakes and experience heartbreak for the first time in their quest to find a balance between sense and sensibility.
Basing House, Barton’s Lane, Basingstoke RG24 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 463965
  enquiries@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
19/08/2018 BRACKNELL GARDENS OPEN FOR NGS CHARITY

Two interesting town gardens, both completely different, and lovely local allotments. Devonia is a plantsman's garden designed for all seasons with areas showcasing different conditions. 10 Shaftesbury Close is a woodland garden, planted to reflect the challenges that pine trees offer. Glenwood Allotments have enthusiastic owners who plant a wide variety of vegetables for yr-round cropping. Plant sale at Devonia.
Bracknell Gardens, 1 mile south of Bracknell Town Centre RG12 9NF
MORE INFO:
 
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Sport : Tennis
20/08/2018 to 24/08/2018 JUNIORS' SUMMER TENNIS TRAINING CAMP

FIVE-Week Summer Tennis Camp running over the Summer Holidays for ages 4 - 14 years old. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9am - 12pm Tuesdays and Thursdays 2pm - 5pm. £17.50 members, £20 non members. Weekly rates - £75 members, £90 non members. Group booking discounts available.

Sheepcot Recreation Ground, Gatehampton Road, Goring on Thames RG8 0EN
MORE INFO: Tennis Camp Enquiries 07770 525406
  webmaster2@goring-tennis.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
21/08/2018 CHILDREN'S FARMER FOR A DAY!

Does your child enjoy being at the farm? Aimed at all children from ages 5-14. Hands on with all the animals... Feed, groom and clean out pens... Well supervised and fun. Gift certificates available. They'll love it! 11-3pm £50 per child. Must book in advance.

Manor Farm, Blackstocks Lane, Hook RG27 9PH
MORE INFO: Farm Enquiries 01256 767596
  elizabeth@millersark.co.uk
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21/08/2018 to 23/08/2018 WILDLIFE EXPLORER DAYS

Grab your Sutton Courtenay passport and go on a whirlwind trip of our nature reserve! Join us for a travel-themed day filled with fun activities suitable for the whole family. 10am - 3pm £4 per child. Suitable for ages 4+. Booking Essential.

Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre, Sutton Courtenay Road, Didcot OX14 4TE
MORE INFO: Corinne Richards 01235 862024
  sceec@bbowt.org.uk
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Sport : Football
21/08/2018 5-A-SIDE REFEREES TRAINING COURSE

Willing whistle blowers are wanted in Reading as a community football league looks to recruit men and women in black. Leisure Leagues – Europe’s biggest and most successful providers of 5 and 6-a-side football – are running courses for budding referees. The league donates all its profits to charities and good causes and has received praise from Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Prince Charles and Boris Johnson for its community efforts. The firm has been lauded for its treatment of referees, and they can be assured they will be backed by the strongest discipline structure in the country.

Prospect Park Pavilion, Prospect Park, Reading RG30 2ND
MORE INFO: Refereeing Course Enquiries 03331 232340
  info@leisureleagues.net
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Local Information :
22/08/2018 CHILDREN'S WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

Learn how to take a great photograph with the expert guidance of expert wildlife photographer Iain Green. The course will start inside with an introduction to wildlife photography, camera settings and how to vary the composition of your photographs for impact and creativity. We'll then head off to explore the nature reserve and put your new skills into action.There will be lots of hands on tuition and opportunity for photographing native wildlife. The course will finish with the presentation of certificates to all attendees. The course is suitable for children over 8 years and older. Parents and carers need not attend so registration and booking are essential.

Nature Dicovery Centre, Lower Way, Thatcham RG19 3FU
MORE INFO: Enquiries 01635 874381
  ndc@bbowt.org.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
23/08/2018 to 27/08/2018 SANDHAM MEMORIAL CHAPEL - HAMPSHIRE OPEN STUDIOS, MADE IN THE HOOD

Come and see the work of local artists and craftspeople in the beautiful setting of Sandham. Perhaps treat yourself or find a gift amongst the paintings, ceramics, sculpture, photography, glass and jewellery. Made in the Hood members are based in North Hampshire villages, and join us again this year as part of Hampshire Open Studios, a popular annual event. In addition to the works displayed in our exhibition room, you will also be able to see and buy larger. Booking Not Needed.
Sandham Memorial Chapel, Harts Lane, Burghclere, near Newbury RG20 9JT
MORE INFO: Event Enquiries 01635 278394
  enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
23/08/2018 EARLY CLOSING DAY - THE DAY READING WAS BOMBED - TALK, MIKE COOPER

2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the only fatal air raid on Reading during the Second World War, in which 41 people lost their lives. Well-known local historian, Mike Cooper, shares his extensive research into this important day for Reading people. Talk organised by Berkshire Family History Society, a registered charity (no. 283010).

Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ
MORE INFO: Berkshire Family History Society 0118 950 9553
  events@berksfhs.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
24/08/2018 to 27/08/2018 HENLEY COUNTRY CRAFT SHOW AT STONOR PARK
 STONOR PARK

The Henley Country Craft Show – a truly special day for you and your family. For August Bank Holiday weekend join us at Henley Country Craft Show in the gorgeous grounds of Stonor Park Manor House. Bask in the sunshine as you explore marquees and outdoor markets filled with handmade jewellery, homewares, clothing and more – all lovingly created by specialist Craftspeople. Enjoy a wide selection of artisan food and drink providers, and relax in the striking landscape to live music.
Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6HF
MORE INFO: Admin Office 01425 277988
  info@ichf.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Music
24/08/2018 to 26/08/2018 READING FESTIVAL 2018

IT'S Reading Festival weekend - cue for an invasion of 80,000 music fans, and, of course, for some mixed weather in the forecast! But as usual, the fans will not let a little rain and mud get them down. The music and the atmosphere does it all! Bringing the biggest and best names in rock, indie, dance, alternative, grime and hip-hop to the UK for the bank holiday weekend that remains completely unrivalled, it really is the only place to see such an exciting mix of acts! Click link below for full daily line-ups on all the stages.

Richfield Avenue, off Caversham Road, Reading RG1 8EQ
MORE INFO: Festival Republic 0871 231 0821
 
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Leisure : Days Out
25/08/2018 to 27/08/2018 CREAM TEAS ON BOARD A HERITAGE TRAIN

Enjoy a traditional cream tea as you travel in a 1950's railway carriage through lovely South Oxfordshire scenery between Wallingford and Cholsey. The line opened in 1866 but closed in 1959, and has since been kept alive by dedicated enthusiasts operating diesel and steam services. Cream Teas must be pre-booked.
Cholsey and Wallingford Railway, Hithercroft Road, Wallingford OX10 9GQ
MORE INFO: Pat Hatch 07799 381535
  pathatch50@hotmail.co.uk
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25/08/2018 CHAPEL ROW CHARITY FAYRE

Free entry and parking. Traditional country fayre, staged regularly since the time of the Domesday Book and now one of the best fetes in the region! This year the event is supporting Alexander Devine Children's Hospice, West Berkshire Mencap, Newbury McMillan's, MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association) and A.B.F. Soldier's Charity. A full 2018 programme will include Sheep Racing, Ferret Racing, Dog Show, Craft Tent, Fun Fair, Bouncy Castles, Tombolas, Raffles, Vintage Cars and many more displays and stalls. Also a Children's Fancy Dress Competition - all entrants welcome!
The Green, Chapel Row, Reading (opposite the Bladebone Inn) RG7 6PD
MORE INFO: Lynette 07342 968887
  spotlightlynette@aol.com
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Leisure : Entertainment
25/08/2018 READING'S HISTORY COMES TO LIFE

Enjoy some living history in the Reading Abbey Quarter. Will you meet Queen Elizabeth I, Matilda the Empress or even King Henry I himself on your visit to the Abbey Ruins or Forbury Gardens? Our volunteers will be dressed in replica period costumes to impress you as they share royal and everyday stories of the past.

Reading Abbey Ruins, Abbey St, Reading RG1 3BA
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
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Sport : Horse Racing
25/08/2018 SUN RACEDAY AT WINDSOR - FOLLOWED BY KAISER CHIEFS LIVE

Kaiser Chiefs will be performing LIVE after racing on our Sun Racing Raceday! We are delighted to welcome multi BRIT Award winning band Kaiser Chiefs to the racecourse. They are one of the country's most popular bands and will provide everyone a fantastic live summers event.

Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5JJ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01753 498400
  office@windsor-racecourse.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
26/08/2018 SUMMER FUN DAY

Come and join us for some traditional summer fun! From face painting to hook-a-duck, with some small local businesses and a raffle of some fantastic prizes there's plenty to keep the whole family entertained. And of course the bar's open! Age Concern Bracknell Forest are running the event to raise much needed funds for the charity.

The Green Man, Crowthorne Road, Easthampstead, Bracknell RG12 7DL
MORE INFO: Fun Day Enquries 01344 862916
 
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26/08/2018 to 27/08/2018 SWALLOWFIELD SHOW

Wondering what to do over the August Bank Holiday? Come along to the Swallowfield Show 2018 where you will be entertained with great main arena acts including Bobs Hogg - The Lamb National, Steve Colley, word champion trials bike rider and a wide variety of side shows including KidsRome (the Farm on the moooove!), Quirks animal roadshow, fun fair, punch and judy, Laser Tag and Laser Clay Shooting and many more. Alongside the traditional horticultural marquee there is also the Artisan Food Marquee with a mouth watering array of foods and drinks on offer. Then there is the Craft Marquee, with demonstrations and things to buy. You will be entertained with music from the Village Green where another selection of food outlets will tempt you with their succulent offerings. For all the horse lovers out there, the show also boasts a 2 day horse show and for dog lovers a 2 day dog show. With many traders attending the Show, it really is good value for money and most definitely entertaining.

Swallowfield Park, Church Road, Swallowfield RG7 1TH
MORE INFO: Show Enquries 07768 068 270
  organisers@swallowfieldshow.co.uk   Event Web Site

26/08/2018 to 27/08/2018 ENGONE SHED EXPERIENCE AT DIDCOT RAILWAY CENTRE

Visitors are invited to experience the atmosphere and sights of a working steam engine shed in Didcot Railway Centre's original 1930s Engine Shed. Some of the steam engines will be pulled out of the Shed and displayed as they would have been in their working lives. All our usual attractions will be open, including The Signalling Centre with its interactive exhibits, and visitors are welcome to visit some of our restoration workshops. There are unlimited steam train rides all day in genuine GWR vintage carriages from the early twentieth century.

Didcot Railway Centre, Station Road, Didcot OX11 7NJ
MORE INFO: Engine Shed Day Enquiries 01235 817200
  info@didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
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27/08/2018 HALL PLACE HORSE SHOW AND FUN DOG SHOW

Annual Horse Show starts at 8am and includes Show Jumping and Showing classes (ridden and in-hand). Hunter, Ridden and In-Hand Championships will be awarded at the end of the day along with the Supreme Champion. Classes start at 8am. Entry fee for classes from £6 per class. Fun Dog Show starts at 2pm and includes classes such as Best Puppy, Most Handsome Dog, Prettiest Female, Best Child Handler, Best Rescue Dog, Scruffiest Dog!, Waggiest Tail, Veteran – 7 years and over, Best Dressed and Judge’s Pick of the Pack. Classes start at 2pm. Entry fee for classes is £2.50 per class. Free entry for spectators.
Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Sulham Hill, Tilehurst RG31 5UB
MORE INFO: Show Day Enquiries 0118 942 6938
  info@hall-place.com
  Event Web Site

27/08/2018 STOCKCROSS HOUSE GARDEN OPEN FOR NGS CHARITY

A lovely 2 acre garden set around a Grade II Listed former Vicarage (not open) with an emphasis on plant partnerships, colour combinations and naturalistic planting. Long wisteria and clematis covered pergola, reflecting pool with folly, cascade with pond and duck house, rich variety of roses, vegetable and cutting garden. Sculptural elements by local artists. 11am to 5pm.
Sockcross House, Church Road, Stockcross, Nr Newbury RG20 8LP
MORE INFO: 07765 674863   Event Web Site
27/08/2018 EWELME VILLAGE SHOW

The Show and The Show Tent will be opened to the public at 2 pm by the Quarter Finalist of Great British Bake Off, Christine Wallace. The entrance to the show Tent still remains at 50p. There will be may prize-winning exhibits of fruit and vegetables, flowers, floral arrangements, cookery and home crafts. Some of these will be auctioned at the end of the afternoon, around 4.30 pm. There will be a Punch and Judy childrens workshop, traditional skittles with prizes, classic cars, a Grand Raffle (£100 First Prize), plants for sale and many other stalls to browse around. Chalgrove Brass Band will play while you enjoy a cup of tea and cakes. Or you could have a drink at the Pimms tent or maybe food from the barbeque.

Ewelme Recreation Ground, Ewelme, Wallingford OX10 6HP
MORE INFO: Show Enquiries 01491 834111 or 01491 834358
 

Local Information :
27/08/2018 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
Local Information :
28/08/2018 FAMILY-FRIENDLY CRAFT AT HARCOURT ARBORETUM

Join us this August for children's craft activities in magnificent surroundings! Bring your picnic to Harcourt Arboretum to enjoy in the great outdoors and get crafty too. Enjoy seasonal crafts and discover wildflower meadows, ancient redwood trees and wildlife. 1pm to 4pm.

Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay OX44 9PX
MORE INFO: Ticket Coordinator 01865 610 305
  valerie.parslow@obg.ox.ac.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Art
29/08/2018 to 02/09/2018 PATTERNS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

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. 10am to 3pm - free entry.
Thames Valley Park (TVP1&2), 300 Thames Valley Park Drive, Reading RG1 6PT
MORE INFO: Lou Griffiths 0800 0287338
  info@thephotographicangle.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
29/08/2018 to 31/08/2018 SUMMER FARM OPEN DAYS AT MILLER'S ARK

For those of you wanting to share the fun with the children... There will be lots of animals to groom, cuddle, and sit with and remember we have our giant straw play area too. Animal handling area will have guinea pigs and chicken and ducklings to hold. We are waiting excitedly for our next donkey foals which are due to be born very soon, and the sows are due their piglets too. 10-4pm £8 entry, under 2s free.

Miller’s Ark Animals, Manor Farm, Blackstocks Lane, Hook RG27 9PH
MORE INFO: Open Day Enquiries 01256 767596
  elizabeth@millersark.co.uk
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31/08/2018 to 02/09/2018 WALLINGFORD BUNKFEST 2018

On the banks of the Thames in South Oxfordshire, Wallingford BunkFest is a free-access community festival providing a unique, family friendly celebration with something for everyone. In 2018, BunkFest celebrates its 17th year of life - starting from a small marquee in a pub car park to filling the KineCroft and providing entertainment throughout Wallingford, on the River Thames and on the Bunk Railway line. There are three days of terrific musical entertainment - see website for daily schedule. Most events are free - you only need to purchase tickets for the boat trips, train trips, workshops and also for camping. See the Tickets page for details. BunkFest is a volunteer run, not-for-profit organisation working for the benefit of the local community. Please donate generously now and during the festival - BunkFest relies on your kind financial support.
Various around Wallingford Town Centre - See Website
MORE INFO: Enquiries 01491 835065
  info@bunkfest.co.uk
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31/08/2018 CRUISE ON THE BASINGSTOKE CANAL

Are you looking for a way to unwind and relax from the pressures of everyday life? Then why not join us on the John Pinkerton II for a cruise in the peaceful surroundings of the Basingstoke Canal. At less than 3 mph, there is plenty of time to admire the passing countryside, spot the deer in the fields, and count the young ducklings and goslings. You may even see the bright flash of a kingfisher darting ahead of the boat, or the majestic flight of a heron circling round to return to its favourite bank to continue fishing. We run public trips mostly from our base at Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham. These last approximately 2½ hours, either eastwards towards Winchfield or to the west towards Greywell and Odiham (King John’s) Castle (the direction determined by the skipper).

Departs from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham RG29 1AL
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01256 765889
  jpbookings@basingstoke-canal.org.uk
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31/08/2018 MRS FARQUHAR'S AFTERNOON TEA AT SHAW HOUSE
 SHAW HOUSE

Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches , a scone with clotted cream and locally produced jam and a generous slice of homemade Victoria sponge and fruit cake. Group bookings for special celebrations are welcomed.

Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury RG14 2DR
MORE INFO: Afternoon Tea Enquiries 01635 279279
  shawhouse@westberks.gov.uk
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04/09/2018 AN EVENING WITH TOM DALEY

Join us for a wonderful evening with Tom Daley when he will be in conversation with Francesca Perryman about his new book 'Tom's Daily Goals: Never Feel Hungry or Tired Again'. This will be followed by a book signing. Packed with step by step instructions for workouts that will challenge both the mind and body, plus over 70 healthy and filling recipes, 'Tom’s Daily Goals' is perfect for anyone who is looking to make a change for the better. World Number 1 diver, Tom Daley, has trained for major sporting events, had health problems, and come back from personal trauma and bad performances. Now, after years of trial and error, Tom knows that the only thing that truly works when it comes to maintaining your health, wellbeing and energy is consistency: the small choices we make throughout the day, every day. Come and meet Tom to find out more about his 7 simple and manageable daily goals to make you feel the best you've ever felt.

Waterstones Reading - Broad Street
MORE INFO: 0118 958 1270
 
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05/09/2018 AFTERNOON TEA AT ST MARY'S ALDWORTH

Every WEDNESDAY from 2.30 to 4.30 p.m., until end of August, delicious TEAS will be served in the beautiful and historic St Mary's Church. Aldworth is 3 miles west of Streatley on Thames and 12 miles north of Newbury. St Mary's is home to the Aldworth Giants - newly conserved C14 stone effigies of the de la Beche family. Queen Elizabeth the First visited St Mary's to see these amazing effigies, so why not come along too? Our millennium tapestry tells some wondrous stories of Aldworth. The ancient yew tree in the churchyard has stood its ground for over 1000 years! Poet Laurence Binyon (For the Fallen 1914) is buried here.

St Mary’s Church, Aldworth, West Berkshire RG8 9SB
MORE INFO: Afternoon Tea Enquiries 01635 578936
 
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05/09/2018 WELLNESS WEDNESDAY AT MAIDENHEAD

Welcome to Wellness Wednesdays! Every week we will be bringing expert-uplifting discussions to the people of Maidenhead. We all experience midweek madness, so our mission is to simply help you, to break up your week and energise your mindset and to prepare you to achieve your aims. Each wellness workshop will be delivered by a different motivational speaker who will inspire and educate you about the different ways you can add more wellness to your life right now.

Saints Cafe, 49a St Mark’s Rd, Maidenhead SL6 6DP
MORE INFO: Enquiries 07500 892999
 
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Leisure : Days Out
06/09/2018 to 16/09/2018 READING-ON-THAMES RIVER FESTIVAL

The Festival takes its inspiration from Reading’s majestic waterways and sets out to create a vibrant, broad appeal arts and cultural festival programme set in venues and unusual outdoor spaces across Reading. Audiences can expect to encounter exhilarating performances and unexpected encounters. The programme includes nationally-renowned performers and the finest Reading-based arts groups working in collaboration to create a unique experience for audiences. Highlights include In Place of War’s GRRRL featuring Charlotte Adigéry - a live music concert with performances from revolutionary independent female artists from Brazil, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Venezuela, Bangladesh and the UK, fusing music from ghetto base to electronica; fresh from their involvement in Lumière London, Cirque Bijou will be bringing A Circus Soiree, an immersive evening of the most contemporary of circus, to the banks of the Thames at Caversham Court Gardens; renowned philosopher Theodore Zeldin will be hosting a conversational meal, Theodore Zeldin’s Feast of Strangers, on the top floor of Thames Tower; there will be a night-time arts-filled walk through Reading, The Reading Midnight Run; high-quality classical music from the London Mozart Players in the High Sheriff of Berkshire’s Concert; a film trail; film showings and photography. See website for full details and daily events.
Various alngside the River Thames in Reading (see website)
MORE INFO: Thames Festival Enquiries 0118 937 4341
 
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07/09/2018 to 09/09/2018 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - BROCK KEEP

Brock Keep was built in 1877 as part of Sir Edward Cardwell’s Army reforms, which enhanced the role of local regiments. Designed at the War Office by architect Major H C Seddon of the Royal Engineers, a number of these Keeps were built in different English counties to act as local landmarks as well as function as gatehouses, armouries and regimental stores. Reading’s Keep is one of the surviving few that have not been demolished or converted. It is grade II listed and is particularly special because of its setting next to its original Army Depot. The Keep is now owned by Reading Borough Council and since the 1980 has provided artists' studios and exhibition space for OpenHand OpenSpace and Reading Space Studios.
Open Hand Open Space, 571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL
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07/09/2018 to 09/09/2018 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - PARISH CHURCH OF ST MICHAEL AND ST MARY MAGDALENE

This prominent site has been associated with worship since at least 1159 and the present church was built in 1867. There are many beautiful features including windows by most of the significant Victorian stained glass designers including five important windows by Edward Burne-Jones and made by William Morris. We will be providing church trails and ad hoc tours of the church and churchyard throughout each day. The churchyard is a registered Living Churchyard and maintained for its biodiversity.
St Michael and St Mary Magdalene Church, Crowthorne Road, Easthampstead RG12 7ER
MORE INFO: Helen Edwards 01344 425205
  office@stmichaelseasthampstead.org.uk
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Sport : Horse Racing
07/09/2018 FESTIVAL OF FOOD AND WINE FRIDAY RACEDAY AT ASCOT

This opening race day of our two-day Festival of Food and Wine is a real feast for the senses. Fantastic racing is stirred with a host of culinary attractions including more than 40 stallholders. Friday’s race card includes eight competitive Flat races. The Garden For All Seasons Maiden Stakes – a maiden race (for horses yet to win) over a mile and a half provides opportunities for horses that may run over longer distances in the future.
Ascot Racecourse, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Box Office 0870 727 1234
  enquiries@ascot.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
08/09/2018 to 28/10/2018 RIVER AND ROWING MUSEUM BIG BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

2018 marks the 20th birthday of the River & Rowing Museum, and we are planning an exciting exhibition to celebrate. On display in the Museum’s Community Gallery from 8 September to 28 October 2018, the exhibition will explore the history of the Museum over the past 20 years, showcase creative responses by local community groups to objects in the collection and invite visitors to think about the future of the organisation.
River and Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames RG9 1BF
MORE INFO: Enquiries 01491 415600
  museum@rrm.co.uk
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08/09/2018 RBH CHARITY SOAPBOX CHALLENGE

Think Whacky Races and you have this fun event featuring soapboxes ranging in design from the serious - like last year's sleek entry from event sponsors Porsche - to the ridiculous. Each machine is hand-made and fuelled by the human input and the force of gravity in two timed runs down a tricky course. A chicane and a jump will test these worthy modes of transport to the limit. Last year's event attracted a crowd of 2,000-plus and raised £8,000. The senior race was won by Team 360 while Team Wallbank took the junior prize. Other entrants included teams from Reading Metal Recycling, Porsche, Xpert Energy, Mattel and 360Medical. Sponsors for the 2018 race are Porsche and Jacobs, the independent jewellery store in King Street. All proceeds go to the Royal Berkshire Hospital Charity.
Englefield Estate, Theale RG7 5EN
MORE INFO: Jean Leatheam 0118 322 6969
  Soapbox@royalberkshire.nhs.uk
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08/09/2018 HERITAGE OPEN DAY - FATHER WILLIS ORGAN DEMONSTRATIONS

Heritage Open Day: Led by members of the Berkshire Organists' Association, followed by an opportunity for members of the public to play the instrument.
Reading Museum and Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Enquiries 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
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08/09/2018 to 09/09/2018 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - CHRIST CHURCH

Christ Church is a magnificent Victorian Gothic church, designed by Henry Woodyer and consecrated in 1862. Set on a hill to the South of Reading town centre, it commands a prominent position and its spire can be seen for many miles around. The interior of the church is striking in its sense of scale and is largely unchanged since it was completed. Visitors can enjoy the architecture of this beautiful building and particularly its wonderful stained glass. Refreshments will be available and the church's garden will also be open, which is a safe area for children to play.
Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Reading RG2 7AR
MORE INFO: Open Days Enquiries 0118 931 3468
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08/09/2018 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, BRACKNELL

This Grade II listed Victorian church is designed in a 13th century fashion and includes interesting architectural features. Internally there are a number of story telling stained glass windows and bequest items of interest, e.g. Prince Regent (late George IV) pray book. As the town's civic church it houses memorials to those of several conflicts and colours of different regiments. The congregations of this historical building make it a vibrant relevant place in the midst of the town regeneration. Children's activities.
Holy Trinity Church, Langley Hall, The Ring, Bracknell RG12 1HD
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08/09/2018 to 09/09/2017 HERITAGE OPEN DAY - ST PETER'S CHURCH

Visitors will be able to visit and explore our parish church. The earliest surviving part was built in about 1162, with additions in the later medieval period. Much of the present building dates from the restoration and enlargement of 1878-80 by Morris and Stallwood, but it was extended further in 1924-5 by Comper. There is an interesting variety of stained glass by Warrington, Clayton and Bell, Powell and Comper. A guide will be on hand to provide information about the history of the church and the parish.
St Peter’s Church, The Warren, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AQ
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Sport : Horse Racing
08/09/2018 FESTIVAL OF FOOD AND WINE SATURDAY RACEDAY AT ASCOT

This headline race day of our two-day Festival of Food and Wine is a real feast for the senses. Top class flat racing takes place amid a host of culinary attractions, a day when elite sports people and culinary experts share top billing. Saturday’s race card is headlined by The Cunard Stakes, the UK’s most valuable mile-and-a-half handicap. Six more ultra-competitive flat races take place. The Gastronome Theatre offers talks and demonstrations from the likes of Raymond Blanc OBE, Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown and wine expert Neil Philips. A BBQ Masterclass offers expert tuition. Racegoers will be able to sample and purchase food and wines from over 140 stalls (a complimentary shop and drop service offers further convenience).
Ascot Racecourse, High Street, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0870 727 1234
  enquiries@ascot.co.uk
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Leisure : Music
09/09/2018 FORBURY GARDENS BANDSTAND FINAL WEEK - CAMBERLEY SILVER BAND

Make most of a sunny summer’s afternoon and relax and enjoy some wonderful live music in the beautiful surroundings of the Forbury Gardens. Usually 3pm to 4.30 - and free.

Forbury Gardens, Reading Town Centre
MORE INFO: Bandstand Organiser 0118 937 2771
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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09/09/2018 HERITAGE OPEN DAY - CAVERSHAM COURT, CAPABILITY BROWN EXHIBITION

Guided tours of the beautiful riverside gardens and the listed 17th century summer house give a unique glimpse into the history of the house that once stood on the site, of the families who lived there, and of the history of Caversham and its links with Reading, across the Thames. Sensory tours for visually or hearing impaired people are available on request, run by experienced guides from the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens. An exhibition about some of the Extraordinary Women of Caversham will be open to view. Charity-run Tea Kiosk open on site.
Caversham Court Gardens, Reading RG4 7AD
MORE INFO: Open Days Enquiries 0118 954 5779
 
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Sport : Football
09/09/2018 ROYALS WOMEN v YEOVIL TOWN - WOMEN'S SUPER LEAGUE 1

Yeovil Town Ladies travel to Adams Park on Sunday to take on Kelly Chambers' unbeaten Royals at the start of the FA Women’s Super League campaign. The Royals won their opening game of the 2018-19 season - captain Kirsty Pearce struck first before Fara Williams registered a hat-trick in a 4-1 Continential Cup win over Durham. And then Reading FC Women becane the first team to topple a newly-formed Manchester United side, inflicting a 2-0 cup defeat in front of a record crowd for the competition last month. A number of our international players represented their countries during the recent break in fixtures and they are all back this weekend as league football resumes. And the Royals are clearly ready! Reading finished fourth in the FA WSL1 last season - behind only Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in the top tier of women's football in England. And the restructured FA Women’s Super League will kick-off a historic season this weekend when it becomes fully professional for the first time.
Adams Park, Hillbottom Rd, High Wycombe HP12 4HJ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0118 968 1313
  ticketing@readingfc.co.uk
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