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Leisure : Museums
29/05/2018 to 12/01/2019 PATRONS AND DONORS - READING'S ART AND HOW IT GOT HERE

In 1885 crowd-sourcing existed in Reading: 5000 people contributed to the cost of having a portrait of biscuit magnate William Isaac Palmer painted for the town. And remarkably in the 1970s Reading commissioned a modern set of Civic silver with the support of dozens of local businesses. When Palmer went on to bequeath his personal collection of contemporary Victorian art, he started the impressive art collection at Reading Museum and set a precedent for later generations of gifts from Reading people. Today the museum remains unusual as its art collection continues to grow through the support of Reading Foundation for Art, grant-giving bodies and many individuals. See familiar favourites and unexpected treasures, some with curious stories attached.
Reading Museum, Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Exhibition Enquiries 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
01/07/2018 to 31/12/2018 CURIOUS ABOUT READING? FACT-FINDING WALKS

Are you curious about Reading? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around the better-known sights, as well as some of the more unusual and quirky ones, which combined make Reading an unmissable place to explore. Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Reading in becoming what it is today. You’ll get everything – detailed directions, maps, clues (with answers in the back!), and interesting snippets about the history of Reading and the people that have shaped it. Buy or instantly download to print at home or use on your mobile device from the website below and explore in your own time. One booklet is enough for four people of all ages to enjoy.
Riverside Museum, Blake's Lock, Reading RG1 3DH
MORE INFO: Sue Jennings 01159 502151
  sue.jennings@curiousabout.co.uk
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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
Leisure : Days Out
10/07/2018 to 31/08/2018 CELEBRATE THE FEMININE - STATUE TRAIL AT CLIVEDEN
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

Explore a selection of Cliveden's world-renowned statuary collection, chosen exclusively by our onsite art curator. Femininity has a strong influence over Cliveden's sculpture collection. Discover which aspects of femininity they represent, and see how they relate to our Cliveden's women featured in 'Misrepresented''. Booking Not Needed. We do not recommend this event for children. Dogs on leads welcome.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead SL6 0JA
MORE INFO: Sian Burgess 01628 605069   cliveden@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Exhibitions
22/07/2018 to 09/09/2018 MISSION MEGA MACHINE - AT MILESTONES MUSEUM

A fantastic science-based exhibition and family activity day out in the streets of Milestones. Come along and learn about inventions and innovations developed in Hampshire, such as the Spitfire and Taskers engines. Fun trail and hands-on activities for all ages as you explore the world of science from railways to rockets and take on the Mega Machine Mission…
Milestones Museum, Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke RG22 6PG
MORE INFO: Exhibition Organiser 01256 477766
  info@hants.gov.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
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
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Leisure : Theatre
02/08/2018 to 22/09/2018 TEN TIMES TABLE - BY ALAN AYCKBOURN
 THE MILL AT SONNING

Long due a revival, TEN TIMES TABLE is a play so funny that it displays playwright Alan Ayckbourn at the top of his game. Alan is a genius at analysing ordinary people in everyday situations. We follow the planning and disastrous outcome of a group of members of The Pendon community as they plan their small town's first pageant. The pageant is to be based on a long lost piece of local history - The Massacre of the Pendon Twelve - where the Earl of Dorset crushed an uprising of rebellious workers. As the meetings in the run down Swan Hotel progress, we see a natural divison between right-wing supporters of the patronising middle-class Helen, versus the bolshie left-wing teacher Tim and his two adoring female groupies. All have very different views of what the pageant should be and what it represents. Battle commences. The day of the pageant arrives. And what was a mock-up of the event now becomes the real thing as both sides clash with hilarious and riotous results!
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye, Reading RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000
  boxoffice@millatsonning.com
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Local Information :
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
 
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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
  Event Web Site

10/08/2018 to 11/08/2018 HELP! GET ME OUT OF THIS MUSICAL
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Teenage life is full of its ups and downs, and hell-raiser Callum certainly makes sure of that. But one morning the ultimate school bully, wakes to find, to his growing horror, his entire world has been turned into a musical! Trapped, with no escape, in a world where people break into a song and dance routine at the slightest provocation, where no-one ever looks him in the eye because they’re too busy turning out front! Help! Get Me Out of This Musical takes us on a beautiful and bonkers, pop-rock journey of social discovery, holding a mirror up to relationships, families and society. This devilishly droll musical written by John Nicholson is packed full of toe-tappingly catchy music from award-winning composer, Alexander Rudd.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
11/08/2018 SANDHAM MEMORIAL CHAPEL - FIRST WORLD WAR POETRY READINGS

Come and listen to Jonathan Jones reading iconic First World War poetry throughout the day in the setting of this inspiring chapel created by Stanley Spencer. First World war poetry read throughout the day by Jonathan Jones. Booking Not Needed. Suitable for those over the age of 12.
Sandham Memorial Chapel, Harts Lane, Burghclere, near Newbury RG20 9JT
MORE INFO: Event Enquiries 01635 278394
  enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
11/08/2018 ALISTAIR McGOWAN - INTRODUCTIONS TO CLASSICAL PIANO
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

A brand new show which brings together all Alistair McGowan’s talents. He plays tracks from the album and some other short classics piano pieces: from Gershwin to Grieg, Mompou to Mendelssohn, Satie to Schubert. In between the pieces, he will talk a little about history of each piece, the composer and his own connection to the music.
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
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11/08/2018 HERE COMES THE SUN FESTIVAL 2018
 RISING SUN ARTS CENTRE

Here Comes The Sun will return for its ninth year on Saturday 11th August. We’ll once again transform the centre into a wonderland of bunting, fairy lights and fake grass, with plenty of food and drink and stuff for the kids, too. And, of course, we’ll have performances on three stages both inside and out of the centre.
Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 986 6788
  info@risingsun-artscentre.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
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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Sport : Football
11/08/2018 ROYALS U23 v WOLVES - PREMIER LEAGUE 2 (1pm)

The Royals’ Under-23 side will kick off their Premier League 2 Division 2 campaign at Madejski Stadium on Saturday 11th August 2018, getting underway at 1pm against Wolverhampton Wanderers. That fixture is one of four league games to take place at the home of our senior side before Christmas – Southampton and Sunderland both visit RG2 in August and September, before we welcome Manchester United on Sunday 16th December. That will be the return fixture of our away game which is scheduled to take place at Old Trafford in September. Madejski Stadium also plays host to our Premier League International Cup fixture against Sparta Prague this season – Scott Marshall’s side will take on their Czech counterparts under the floodlights on Wednesday 24th October. Feyenoord and Leicester are our other opponents in the continental competition.
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11, Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0118 968 1313
  ticketing@readingfc.co.uk
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Sport : Horse Racing
11/08/2018 DUBAI FREE SHERGAR CUP RACEDAY AT ASCOT - FOLLOWED BY CONCERT

The world’s premier international jockey’s competition has four competing teams: Great Britain and Ireland, Europe, the Rest of The World and The Girls’ team. Live music post-racing is one of the most popular features of the day, with King Edward VII and Winning Post Enclosure ticket holders benefitting from access to the 'Golden Circle' close to the stage. Upgrades and hospitality also available. Under 18s go free when accompanied by an adult.
Ascot Racecourse, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Box Office 0870 727 1234
  enquiries@ascot.co.uk
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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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Sport : Horse Racing
12/08/2018 PROMS IN THE PARK RACEDAY AT WINDSOR

Join us for an afternoon of competitive racing by the banks of the River Thames. After racing enjoy the traditional and LIVE classical sounds in the afternoon at the Proms on the Paddock Lawn. Okiem, who creates his signature sound by combining piano, orchestral instruments and synthesizers, and his orchestra will be performing all your favourite hits from the movies whilst you enjoy a glass of prosecco.
Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5JJ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01753 498400
  office@windsor-racecourse.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
13/08/2018 to 16/08/2018 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: House Tour Enquiries 01628 605069
  clivedenpress@nationaltrust.org.uk
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14/08/2018 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

Local Information :
14/08/2018 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

Sport : Football
14/08/2018 ROYALS v BIRMINGHAM CITY - CARABAO CUP 1st ROUND

After a desperately frustrating fnal-seconds defeat to Derby County in the season's first home league match, the Royals will be keen to give Mad Stad fans something to cheer about when they take on Birmingham City in the Carabao Cup. With no replays, it will all be decided on the night - but Royals won't be too over-confident, because the Blues were one of the too-many teams who won in RG2 last season.
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11, Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: RFC Ticket Office 0118 968 1313
  ticketing@readingfc.co.uk
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14/08/2018 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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Leisure : Arts
15/08/2018 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
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

15/08/2018 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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15/08/2018 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 : Entertainment
15/08/2018 READING ABBEY QUARTER TOUR

Abbey days are here again! Enjoy a walking tour exploring the heart of medieval Reading led by our trained volunteer guides. This tour takes you to the highlights of the Abbey Quarter, including the Hospitium where medieval pilgrims stayed and the grand entrance to the Abbot’s Lodgings which became Queen Elizabeth I’s royal residence, ending in the newly conserved Reading Abbey Ruins. Meet in the Story of Reading Gallery at Reading Museum.
Reading Abbey Ruins, Abbey St, Reading RG1 3BA
MORE INFO: Abbey Tour Enquiry 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
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Leisure : Museums
15/08/2018 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
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
15/08/2018 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
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Local Information :
15/08/2018 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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Local Information :
15/08/2018 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
16/08/2018 NARROWBOAT CRUISES FROM NEWBURY WHARF

Jubilee is a traditional narrowboat purpose built for carrying passengers. It has seating for up to 29 passengers. Jubilee is crewed by volunteers of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust. A licensed bar, refreshments and a toilet are available on board.
The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
MORE INFO: Trip Ticket Enquiries 01380 721279 or 07716 460562
  office.manager@katrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Museums
16/08/2018 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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
16/08/2018 LIVE MUSIC - THE DIME NOTES
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Blues-drenched sounds of clarinet driven 1920s New Orleans jazz combine with London's hard-swinging vintage jazz band. It unearths a repertoire of hot swinging jazz, stomps, blueses and forgotten gems of the era by musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton and James P Johnson. The Dime Notes present a fresh take on a timeless style, emphasising the propulsive grooves and sultry melodies which made early jazz revolutionary, controversial and wildly popular.
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
17/08/2018 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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Leisure : Exhibitions
17/08/2018 to 28/09/2018 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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
17/08/2018 to 19/08/2018 ROBIN HOOD - A MUSICAL CELEBRATION
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Following the summer sell-out successes of Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, South Hill Park presents Robin Hood, David Wood’s enchanting tale for all the family. Take a journey around the musical Maypole and into the English countryside with a troupe of village players as they delight in the tales of Robin Hood. Share in the stories of Friar Tuck, Little John, Maid Marian and more in this lyrical production. David Wood’s award-winning adaptation of this Sherwood Forest legend was first produced at Nottingham Playhouse and subsequently staged by the Young Vic in London. This production will be an enjoyable and visual treat for all the family.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484 123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Sport : Horse Racing
17/08/2018 AUGUST AFTERNOON RACING AT NEWBURY

Our two-day August fixture, which climaxes on Saturday with Betfred Ladies Day, kicks off with a high-quality card of Flat racing. Winners in the past include Elm Park and the unbeaten Mrs Danvers, so it is more than possible you will witness some equine stars of the future whilst enjoying a relaxed, informal atmosphere.
Newbury Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01635 40015
  info@newburyracecourse.co.uk
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Leisure : Dance
18/08/2018 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 : Days Out
18/08/2018 READING ABBEY GATEWAY TOUR

Join us for a tour inside the newly restored medieval Abbey Gateway and learn about this listed building’s fascinating history and its role in the Abbey Quarter. Hear about the Abbey monks, visiting royalty, links to novelist Jane Austen and the vital conservation work done to bring it back to life. Meet in the Story of Reading Gallery at Reading Museum. Please note that the Gateway is a Grade I listed building and has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors.
Reading Abbey Ruins, Abbey St, Reading RG1 3BA
MORE INFO: Abbey Tour Organiser 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
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18/08/2018 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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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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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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Leisure : Museums
18/08/2018 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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18/08/2018 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
18/08/2018 LIVE MUSIC - THE BON JOVI EXPERIENCE
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

The greatest stadium rock band of all time is recreated by the sensational Bon Jovi Experience. They are the only tribute band to have shared the stage with the real McCoy. Lead singer Tony Pearce is the world’s leading lookalike. With all the hits including Living On A Prayer, You Give Love A Bad Name, Keep The Faith, Bed of Roses, Always and more.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
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18/08/2018 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
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18/08/2018 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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18/08/2018 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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18/08/2018 READING MONTHLY GENERAL AUCTION SALE

Sales by public auction of antique & later: furniture; pictures; books; collectables; silver; jewellery; china & porcelain; glass; and sundries. Also white goods; garden & workshop tools and equipment; bicycles; garden plants; and household effects. Cars and vans sold for private owners, the Official Receiver and Insolvency Practitioners, and including seized vehicles.
Reading Auction Centre, Great Knollys Street, Reading RG1 7HE
MORE INFO: General Auction Enquiries 0118 950 8611
  info@tsauction.co.uk
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18/08/2018 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
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18/08/2018 MONTHLY BAZAAR AT ST MARK'S MAIDENHEAD

This event is a Church fund raising morning with many different stalls selling: books, stationery, bric-a-brac, cakes etc. Raffles with prizes during the morning. Come along and enjoy coffee with us. This is a lovely sociable morning where you can meet up with friends, and also make new friends.
St Mark’s Crescent Methodist Church, St Mark’s Crescent, Maidenhead SL6 5BQ
MORE INFO: Bazaar Enquiries 01628 623263
  info@stmarksmaidenhead.org.uk
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Sport : Horse Racing
18/08/2018 LADIES DAY RACING AT NEWBURY - PLUS MUSIC WITH RUDIMENTAL

Chart topping and BRIT award-winning act, Rudimental will take to the Party In The Paddock stage after racing on Ladies Day, Saturday 18 August 2018 to perform a live DJ set. Most recently they have collaborated with James Arthur, Jess Glynne, American rapper Macklemore & Dan Caplen and with their current single ‘These Days’ which has dominated the official singles chart this spring. Ladies Day is the social event of the Newbury summer season, combining superb racing including the Hungerford Stakes, with fashion, glamour and entertainment off-the-track. The first race of the afternoon is an Arabian Race.
The Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01635 40015
  info@racecoursenewbury.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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Leisure : Music
19/08/2018 FORBURY GARDENS BANDSTAND: THIS WEEK, READING COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR

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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19/08/2018 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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19/08/2018 THAMES VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET (ASCOT)

Ascot Farmers' Market has been running successfully for eight years. The market offers a wide choice of fresh produce and plants. Parking is freely available on site.
Car Park 3, Ascot High Street, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Claudine Andrew 07896 902850
  ascotwindsormanager@hotmail.com
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19/08/2018 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
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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
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Leisure : Theatre
20/08/2018 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
20/08/2018 SKY BET SPRINT SERIES FINALE RACENIGHT AT WINDSOR

The Sky Bet Summer Sprint Series returns to Royal Windsor this summer with ten five and six-furlong sprint handicaps from April-August. Make sure you keep track of who’s qualified ahead of the £75,000 finale on the 20th August! It’s going to be a night to remember. Join us for an evening of competitive racing by the banks of the River Thames to witness the dash to victory in the third running of the Sky Bet Summer Sprint Series Finale.
Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5EZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01753 498400
  office@windsor-racecourse.co.uk
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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 : Arts and Crafts
21/08/2018 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
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
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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
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
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Leisure : Markets
01/09/2018 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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01/09/2018 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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Leisure : Days Out
02/09/2018 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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06/09/2018 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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06/09/2018 WOKINGHAM FARMERS' MARKET

Wokingham Farmers' Market is certified by the National Association of Farmers' Markets. Its policy is 'fresh local food at a fair price'. As the market offers a 'customer first' policy offering a huge product range, foods have been introduced in the market from beyond the 30 mile local radius. The product range includes several fresh meat farmers & cheese farmers. Also fresh water & sea fish stalls, as well as watercress, seasonable fruit & vegetables, cakes, preserves, honey, breads, wines, fruit juices, sauces, eggs plus much more.
Market Place, Wokingham town centre
MORE INFO: Rob Vincent 0118 974 0881
  marketsup@wokingham-tc.gov.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 : Theatre
08/09/2018 NATASHA WATTS
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Local multi award-winning soul singer Natasha Watts returns to her home town of Basingstoke for her brand new album release concert. Natasha has been touring for the last two years off the back of her last album 2nd Time Around which went all the way to no.1 on the UK soul chart and had countless radio plays up and down the UK as well as across the globe.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
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08/09/2018 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
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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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09/09/2018 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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