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Leisure : Museums
06/08/2018 to 03/11/2018 ON THE TROLLEYBUSES EXHIBITION
 READING MUSEUM

Half a century has passed since the last of Reading’s electrically-powered trolleybuses weaved their silent way through the streets of our town. Join this nostalgic journey, tracing the story of Reading Trolleybus system from the beginning of the Second World War to height of the swinging sixties. With unique imagery, object-rich displays and first-hand accounts from the people who drove and rode on these much-loved vehicles, this is a not-to-be-missed community display.
Reading Museum and Town Hall, Reading, RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Exhibitions Organiser 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
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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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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10/09/2018 to 01/11/2018 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
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Leisure : Exhibitions
10/09/2018 to 15/09/2018 RICH LOCAL COLOUR - PHOTOGRPAHY EXHIBITION

The Basingstoke Camera Club Annual Exhibition comprises a collection of photographs from the UK and abroad taken by members of Basingstoke Camera Club. Images range from wildlife through to landscapes. The exhibition entitled “Rich Local Colour” is open during normal Discovery Centre opening hours. Running till Saturday 15th of September, this free exhibition is a must see for everyone in Basingstoke interested in photography. Basingstoke Camera Club welcomes photographers whether novices or advanced. The club meets every Thursday at Oakridge West Community Centre.
Basingstoke Discovery Centre, Festival Place, Basingstoke RG21 7BA
MORE INFO: Exhibition Enquiries 01256 782568
  secretary@basingstokecameraclub.co.uk
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Local Information :
13/09/2018 to 16/09/2018 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - ALL SAINTS CHURCH WOKINGHAM

Bell tower access ONLY on Sunday 9th September between 1:30 and 5pm, Sensible shoes. Special items displayed on both Sunday afternoons will include an ancient coat of arms which is normally only displayed at Civic services, A coloured drawing of the interior of the church in 1823 not normally displayed, A lead work embossed topping out plate dated 1692 from the top of the tower not normally available for display and A couple of clergy vestments illustrating the work of a woman designer - normally only worn at appropriate times of the church calendar. Cafe style teas will be available on both the Sunday afternoons. At all times we will have on display an illustrated time line of the historical changes to the church, Biographies of some exceptional women that have had associations with All Saints and Detailed plans for the future of the building.
All Saints Parish Church, Wiltshire Road, Wokingham RG40 1TN
MORE INFO: John Harrison 0118 9785520
  Foreman@allsaintswokinghambells.org.uk
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13/09/2018 to 15/09/2018 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - ST MARY'S CASTLE STREET

This late-18th century chapel will be open to visitors. Aside from the interesting interior and history, visitors will have an opportunity to see a collection of 18th century pottery, glassware, leather and other items, recovered from a cesspit on the site. There will also be an exhibition highlighting the suffering church down the ages, and across the world. This is to coincide with the 500th anniversary of John Foxe, the great martyrologist.
St Marys Church, 14 Castle Street, Reading RG1 7RD
MORE INFO: Open Days Enquiries 0118 959 5131
 
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14/09/2018 to 15/09/2018 CROWTHORNE MUSICAL PLAYERS - COME TO THE CABARET

Come and join us for an evening filled to the brim with cabaret songs from some of your favourite shows, including Moulin Rouge, Chicago and The Greatest Showman. From Fat Sams Speakeasy and the salubrious Hernando’s Hideaway, with plenty of surprises along the way, our very talented cast are here to entertain you.
Morgan Centre, Wellington Road, Crowthorne RG45 7LD
MORE INFO: Box Office 07796 276888
  cmptickets@gmail.com
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Leisure : Theatre
14/09/2018 COMEDY AT THE KENTON - WITH THREE TOP STAND-UPS
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Another three top stand-ups from TV, radio and Edinburgh join us for a night of comedy for just £11. On the bill this month are Jarlath Regan, Steve Bugeja and Kai Samra. As well as appearing on Tonight at the Palladium, Goggle Box and Russell Howard’s Good News and at comedy festivals in Australia, Canada, Dubai and the US, Jarlath Regan is also a bestselling author (How to Break Bad News), a leading podcaster (An Irishman Aboard) and greeting cards maker. Award-winning stand-up Steve Bugeja (Radio 4, Love Island: Aftersun) returns after last November’s Comedy at the Kenton, off the back of sell-out runs at Edinburgh and the Leicester Square Theatre and starring at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Rising star Kai Samra (Radio 4, BBC Asian Network) won the Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2017 as well as the Up The Creek Blackout Competition. He has performed at Trafalgar Square for the Mayor of London’s Diwali Festival and at Soho Theatre.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
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14/09/2018 to 15/09/2018 TILEHURST AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY MURDER MYSTERY SUPPER EVENING

TADS next Murder Mystery Supper Evening is to be Murder in Rehearsal by Angela Lanyon. There will be a Fish and Chip Supper with dessert and coffee all included in the ticket price. Tables of 8 with limit of 10 tables each night. Tickets are already selling, so don't miss out on this great evening, book your tickets on-line at our website now.
Tilehurst Village Hall, Victoria Road, Tilehurst RG31 5AB
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 943 3016
  tads14@btinternet.com
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Local Information :
14/09/2018 to 15/09/2018 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - ST JAMES' CHURCH

The Church is Pugin's very first church design. The foundation stone was laid in December 1837. Extensions were added in the 20th century. Built in the Romanesque style it is a rarity among Pugin's designs. Completed in 1840, it was among the first Catholic churches to be built in England after the Reformation and is sited next to the ruins of Reading Abbey. Visitors will be able to become familiar with a modern Catholic Church. There will be guides on hand who will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the church, its architecture and history. For those interested in stained glass St James has some magnificent 19th glass attributable to William Warington. There is also a fine example of glass from the studio of Clarke's of Dublin.
1 Forbury Road, Reading RG1 3HW
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14/09/2018 to 16/09/2018 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - GREYFRIARS' CHURCH

The Church was built in 1311 and the main elements of Greyfriars survive to this day as the most complete example of Franciscan architecture in Britain, and the oldest still being used for worship. After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538, it became a poor hospital, workhouse and then a gaol in 1613, until 1844. In 1863, it was restored as a church by the Victorians and has been in use ever since, culminating in a refurbishment in 2000. A guided tour of the Church, outlining its history over the last 700 years and its current usage is offered. Alternatively a free leaflet is available for self-guiding.
Greyfriars Church, Friar Street, Reading RG1 1EH
MORE INFO: Open Days Enquiries 0118 951 6700
  info@heritageopendays.org.uk
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14/09/2018 to 16/09/2018 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - ST GILES CHURCH

The original St. Giles was built in the twelfth century, to serve a large Parish with a small population in well-wooded country through which the River Kennet flowed. It stood on the main road south, on the Outskirts of the town, hence perhaps the dedication. In 1191 Pope Clement III gave the church to Reading Abbey: and throughout the middle ages it enjoyed the right of sanctuary. The building grew gradually. During the Civil Wars of the seventeenth century, when the parliamentarians besieged Reading, St. Giles tower was garrisoned for the King and the upper part was destroyed in 1643. The fabric was restored at the end of hostilities, and again under a series of popular incumbents in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In the second half of the nineteenth century, the Catholic Revival began to influence the life and work of what was by now a very populous parish.
Southampton Street, Reading RG1 2QP
MORE INFO: Geoff Canterbury
 
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15/09/2018 to 16/09/2018 ROYAL COUNTY OF BERKSHIRE SHOW

Berkshire’s biggest and best agricultural weekend of the year sees lots of ‘have-a-go’ activities for all the family. The ever-popular food hall will be back, bigger and better than ever, offering a wide range of tipples, delicacies, local produce, confectioneries and many new stands for 2018. The flower tent has also been given an overhaul for this year, with a new location, cafe and new classes on offer. And guests will even be given the chance to grab a selfie in the cattle building, getting up close and personal with the gentle beasts. And if that wasn't quite enough, the show will have its own unicorn named Lily which visitors can meet and grab a photo with. For the first time ever, dogs will be welcome at the show, allowing the entire family to enjoy the best that Berkshire has to offer. NOTE: Please do not use SatNav to find your way to the Showground as it takes no account of our traffic management plan and you therefore may be directed to the wrong place. Please follow the AA Signs as you approach the Showground. The organisers of the Show are working to encourage visitors to think of the environment when choosing how to travel to the Showground. We’d be grateful if you would consider public transport, walking, cycling or car sharing when planning your journey.
Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham RG18 9QZ
MORE INFO: Show Organiser's Office 01635 247111
  office@newburyshowground.co.uk
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Leisure : Music
15/09/2018 A MUSICAL CELEBRATION

Fun singing afternoon for female voices led by local music teacher and choir director Suzanne Newman. Come and join us to sing a medley of songs bu music theatre composer Stephen Schwartz - songs from Wicked, Pippin, Godspell and more! £10 which includes music and refreshments.
Charvil Village Hall, The Hawthorns, Charvil, Reading RG10 9TR
MORE INFO: Suzanne Newman 0118 934 0589
  suzanneynewman@btinternet.com
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Local Information :
16/09/2018 HANDPOST - GARDEN OPEN FOR NGS CHARITY AND NAOMI HOUSE CHILDREN'S HOSPICE

A four-acre designer's garden with many areas of interest. Features include six lovely long borders attractively and densely planted in six colour schemes, a formal rose garden, old orchard with grass meadow, pretty pond area and peaceful wooded area. Large variety of plants, trees and a productive fruit and veg patch. Plants for sale and tea/coffee and cake for sale in aid of Naomi House Children's Respite Centre and Hospice.
Handpost, Basingstoke Rd, Swallowfield RG7 1PU
MORE INFO: Faith Ramsay
  faith@mycountrygarden.co.uk
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Local Information :
19/09/2018 TALK - FROM VILLAGE TO VILLAGE

Timed to accompany a special exhibition on 60 years of work by the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group, Still Digging Up The Past, this talk by archaeologist Steve Clark will explore how voluntary archaeology projects have often been at the forefront of expanding our knowledge of Berkshire from the Roman to the medieval period. These centuries saw tumultuous changes to the pattern of local settlement and the exploitation of the landscape. The results from a variety of sites in West Berkshire and beyond will be used to explore what we can reconstruct of these periods and to show how voluntary projects can be best placed to uncover the story.
West Museum, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
MORE INFO: Enquiries 01635 519562
  museum@westberks.gov.uk
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Leisure : Dance
20/09/2018 HAVE A GO TASTER SESSION WITH HURST MORRIS PEOPLE

Hurst Morris People invite everyone, men and women, to their free and friendly taster sessions. Lots of laughs are guaranteed. Also: a homemade cake break and a pub visit. Beginners are very welcome. No previous dancing experience is necessary. Potential dancers and musicians are welcome. Our great teachers will show you easy to learn dances. We dance the Cotswold tradition, the one using sticks and hankies. We come come from a wide area including Wokingham, Reading, Earley, Twyford, Maidenhead, Tilehurst, Wargrave and High Wycombe. And Hurst of course. We dance at fetes, fairs, shows, country mansions, and at folk festivals across southern England. We hold social events including a barn dance, a Christmas dinner, meals out together and a village May Day celebration. 8-10pm And it’s free!
Hurst Village Hall, School Road, Hurst RG10 0DR
MORE INFO: Taster Session Organiser 0776 122 2390
 
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Leisure : Theatre
20/09/2018 to 27/10/2018 TRIAL BY LAUGHTER - AT THE WATERMILL THEATRE
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

Following critical acclaim for The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman return to The Watermill with the premiere of a new play inspired by extraordinary real-life events. William Hone, the forgotten hero of free speech, was a bookseller, publisher and satirist. In 1817, he stood trial for ‘impious blasphemy and seditious libel’. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. Worse than that he was funny by parodying religious texts. And worst of all, he was funny about the despotic government and the debauched monarchy. Along with his great ally, political cartoonist George Cruikshank, Hone sought vindication for his laughable offences and fought for freedom in one of the most remarkable legal cases of its time.
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044
  boxoffice@watermill.org.uk
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Local Information :
20/09/2018 ARLINGTON PARK FUN RUN IN AID OF GUIDE DOGS CHARITY

Arlington Business Park will be hosting a 5k charity fun run - in aid of the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind. The fun run will start at 12.30pm and will take place around the grounds of the business park. To take part, simply go to website below.
Arlington Business Park, Theale RG7 4SA
MORE INFO: Amy Coles 0118 324 0253
  amy.coles@workmanfm.co.uk
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Local Information :
21/09/2018 READING CAREERS FAIR

Are you looking for a Job? Looking for employment can often be time consuming, and frustrating. The UK Careers Fair offers candidates from all backgrounds the opportunity to speak to an abundance of local employers, all in one place. Entrance free. 10am - 2pm Bring lots of copies of your CV!
The Pavilion, 143-145 Oxford Road, Reading, RG1 7UY
MORE INFO: The UK Careers Fair 0800 6891725
  info@ukcareersfair.com
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Sport : Football
21/09/2018 ROYALS U23 v WEST BROM - PREMIER U23 LEAGUE 2

Reading’s Under-23s will be aiming to keep pushing up the Premier League 2 Division 2 table on Friday evening as they face their West Bromwich Albion visitors at Adams Park (kick-off 7pm). Scott Marshall’s charges – with the inclusion of Andy Rinomhota, Pelle Clement and Garath McCleary – overturned a two-goal deficit to win a friendly fixture with Brentford B in midweek. Coupled with a draw last Friday against Manchester United in the league, as well as wins against North East pair Sunderland and Newcastle, there’s plenty of confidence to be taken into this fixture! On the other hand, the Baggies currently sit rock-bottom of the table after five games – just one draw amassed in that time, as well as four losses, and a -9 goal-difference.
Adams Pak, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe HP12 4HJ
MORE INFO: Wycombe Ticket Office 08442 252990
 
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Leisure : Art
22/09/2018 to 23/09/2018 EXHIBITION OF WORK BY SOPHIE BRIDGLAND

A large collection of original artwork being exhibited for the first time by artist Sophie Bridgland. Mixed media canvas paintings will be up for sale, along with gift cards, and framed works. Visit Sophie's website to view the collection.
10 Hampton Rd, Newbury RG14 6DB
MORE INFO: Sophie 07549 418427
  sophiebridgland@gmail.com
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Leisure : Days Out
22/09/2018 BASINGSTOKE TRACK PARTY

We have an epic train track ready for your little ones to play on. To complete the #epicplaytime experience we also have great car tracks and hundreds of toy dinosaurs to play with! Why not come along and see what all the fuss is about? We have 6 hourly play sessions available for you to pre-book, each play session has limited numbers, so have a look below and see which one fits in with your day!
Old Basing Village Hall, Old Basing RG24 7DA
MORE INFO: Richard 07895 775965
  richard@trackparty.co.uk
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Leisure : Music
22/09/2018 FINGEST GREAT BARN OPERA

A performance by Diva Opera Company in a unique and initmate setting. Performances from professional opera singers who perform regularly at the Royal Opera House, Glyndeborne and ENO. Diva Opera is Britain’s foremost chamber opera company, was founded by Anne Marabini Young and Bryan Evans in 1996. Since then has produced more than 50 different operas and over 2000 performances in festivals, theatres and for charities throughout Great Britain, the Channel Islands, France, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Greece, Slovenia, Japan and Italy including a performance of La Cenerentola at the acclaimed Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Tonight they perform the Strauss classic Die Fledermaus.
The Great Barn, Manor Farm, Fingest, Henley on Thames RG9 6QE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 638474
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22/09/2018 LOVE LOVE LIVE
 RISING SUN ARTS CENTRE

Mark Jones, pioneer behind Wall of Sound Records invites you to experience some of his favourite new discoveries, in Love Love Live,the first in a series of new music happenings. Tonight’s line-up includes all new breaking artists including: Hot Sauce Pony, China Bears and The Purple Lights.
RISC, London Street, Reading
MORE INFO: Sam Chamberlaine 07894 220777
  sam@369press.com
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Leisure : Nights Out
22/09/2018 BARKHAM VILLAGE BARN DANCE

Barkham Village Residents Association will be holding a Barn Dance with a live band and caller, at Barkham Village Hall on Saturday 30th September from 7pm until 10pm.
Barkham Village Hall, Church Lane, Barkham RG40 4PL
MORE INFO: Gill Powell 0118 978 3373
  social@barkham.org.uk
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Pubs : Entertainment
23/09/2018 WOODLEY AND SONNING THAI FAYRE (CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER)

Come and join us for a great day of Thai music, dance, food, crafts and culture on the grounds of The Shepherd's House pub on the A4 near Woodley, just outside Reading. The festival will feature authentic Thai cuisine from a variety of food stalls, Thai clothing and Arts & Crafts stalls, Thai Massage, contemporary and traditional Thai music, traditional Thai dancing and some live music from local singer-guitarist, Scott Lewis. There is a small play area for young children and a beer garden in which you can sit, eat and enjoy the show.10.30am to 9.00pm. Adults £2 on the gate - Under 15s free entry. There will also be plenty of standard UK food and drink available in the pub which will remain free to enter all day and evening.
NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS)The Shepherds House, London Road, Woodley, Reading, RG6 1BD
MORE INFO: Sue Mayne 07557 773643
  suesouthsea@hotmail.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
27/09/2018 to 31/10/2018 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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Leisure : Theatre
27/09/2018 SCOTT MATTHEWS - PLUS SUPPORT FROM JASMINE RODGERS
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Scott Matthews’ new record, 'The Great Untold', is a career-defining masterpiece. The sixth studio album by the Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter is the one that many have craved: it is a masterclass in honesty, instinct and reflection. He grew up listening to Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, got his first guitar when he was seven and knew then that music was his future. His first album ‘Passing Stranger’ caught the attention of Janice Long, Mark Radcliffe and Lauren Laverne and won him the Ivor Novello award for the single ‘Elusive’. He’s toured with the Foo Fighters, Robert Plant and Rufus Wainwright and his folk, blues and rock fusion continue to attract a devoted band of supporters.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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27/09/2018 to 17/11/2018 A NIGHT IN PROVENCE
 THE MILL AT SONNING

Ah Provence! Ah The French Riviera! Where optimistic holidaymakers rent luxury villas for exhorbitant sums in order to get their annual fix of sun, sea, and haute cuisine. However, imagine the crisis if one such sumptuous place was double booked. Worse - imagine it triple booked! By a French couple - Maurice and Yvette; an English couple - Fred and Judy; and begorrah, an Irish couple - Shaun & Moira. Marriages have floundered on less. Add the ingredients of copious amounts of sparkling champagne, heightened sexual attractions, to say nothing of deep-seated cultural differences, all this makes the current Brexit negotiations seem a snip!
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000
  admin@millatsonning.com
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Leisure : Cinema
28/09/2018 MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.

Drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions. 5pm and 7:30pm.
Showcase Cinema de Lux, Reading Road, Winnersh RG41 5HG
MORE INFO: Nicole Mullen 0871 220 1000
  hello@crystlsd.com
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Leisure : Music
28/09/2018 PATAWAWA LIVE AT THE PURPLE TURTLE

DIY disco trio Patawawa have had an extremely busy 2018 so far. Releasing their debut EP at the start of the year, the band immediately broke through with the million streaming lead single ‘Patagonia’. Hotly tipped by the likes of NME, Line of Best Fit, DIY and Clash and many more, the band have topped the Hype Machine charts several times during the last few months. Clocking up several million streams across all digital platforms, they’ve earned support from the likes of Tom Robinson and Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music and plays on Radio 1 with Huw Stephens. Quickly signing to the 13 Artists roster last spring, Patawawa have already had a busy 1st festival season, going down a storm at some of the summer’s biggest events such as Bestival and Tramlines. Having earned comparisons to a bewildering array of other artists from Chic to Madonna, Two Door Cinema Club to Foals, Beth, Rory and Sam have spent 2018 so far refining and defining their own sound via a slew of releases and collaborations and in the process cementing their position as one of the most exciting new acts around in 2018.They will be releasing a new track ‘Wires’ around the upcoming tour with a second full EP that will be dropping end of November through January. Patawawa's music provides both a commentary on and escape from a world that more often than not seems to be spinning out of control. Join them as they head out on their first major UK tour.
Purple Turtle, 9 Gun Street, Reading RG1 2JR
MORE INFO: Andy Gardiner (+33)663 330 5009
  andyvicbliss@gmail.com
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Leisure : Theatre
28/09/2018 RACHEL PARRIS - IT'S FUN TO PRETEND
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Viral sensation Rachel Parris, star of BBC’s The Mash Report, presents a comedy show packed with stand-up, song, sketch, and inevitably a sideways swipe at society. In this tour show she showcases some of her best bits, from her trademark comic anthems, to her all-too relatable, bittersweet stand-up, alongside brand new material looking at the insane events of this year.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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28/09/2018 CHRIS RAMSEY - THE JUST PLEASED TO BE OUT OF THE HOUSE TOUR
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Critically acclaimed and award-winning stand-up comedian Chris Ramsey brings his 2018 live tour to the Corn Exchange. Host of his own TV entertainment and stand up show on Comedy Central, Chris is also a Celebrity Juice regular and the only person to ever put Katie Hopkins in her place.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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Leisure : Arts
29/09/2018 to 07/10/2018 HENLEY LITERARY FESTIVAL

This year's Henley Literary Festival is set to be the biggest yet as it expands to nine days for the first time, offering over 150 events across Henley from Saturday 29th September to Sunday 7th October. Speakers include some of the UK's best-loved writers alongside exciting new talent, with top names including Irvine Welsh, Pam Ayres, Sir Oliver Letwin, Kate Mosse and Moeen Ali. Running concurrently, the Henley Children’s Literary Festival will entertain children of all ages including Anthony Horowitz, former Children's Laureate Sir Michael Morpurgo and the international bestselling author-illustrator David Melling.
Various around Henley - see website.
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575 948
  info@henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk
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Leisure : Bars
29/09/2018 to 31/12/2018 CASA BACARDI THEME BAR - NOW OPEN AT THE ORACLE

A brand new pop-up theme bar has arrived in Reading - and it’s the first of its kind in the UK. Casa Bacardí, a popular addition in seaside resorts around the world, now brings the best in summer socialising to The Oracle Riverside on the site which was formerly Chili’s and later Jamie’s Italian. Featuring a hand-picked menu of Bacardi’s very best cocktails, relaxed seating areas and a sun terrace overlooking the river. All set to a playlist of feel good, upbeat music vibes that radiate from our Sound of Rum. There’s a great selection of Caribbean-themed food on offer as well, with wines and spirits also available if those fantastic cocktails are not to your taste.

Unit 1, The Riverside, Oracle Shopping Centre, Reading RG1 2AG
MORE INFO: Anthon
  info@casabarcardirg.co.uk
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Leisure : Exhibitions
29/09/2018 to 30/09/2018 FASHION ON A RATION - AT MILESTONES MUSEUM

Want to know how to make your wartime ration go further? Then join us for Fashion on a Ration and discover how to make the most of your ration and still look glamorous! Come and see our Ration Fashion Show supported by Hampshire Wardrobe, have your hair and make-up done and listen to the women of Milestones Village explain how to make your ration going further.
Milestones Museum, Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke RG22 6PG
MORE INFO: Exhibition Organiser 01256 639550
  info@hants.gov.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Music
29/09/2018 FILM MUSIC GALA

Everyone loves a good film music concert, and Trinity Concert Band’s Film Music Gala promises to delight fans of the world’s greatest scores! Some of the most memorable music of the 20th Century was written for the silver screen; composers like Hans Zimmer, Lalo Schifrin, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nigel Hess and the inimitable John Williams are all recipients of major awards for their film scores and are rightly recognised for their genius. TCB will pay homage to these great writers on 29th September in Reading University’s beautiful Great Hall, bringing you a programme of film music spanning 65 years, from ‘Gone with the Wind’ to ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.  On this journey TCB will visit music from Star Wars, Mission Impossible, the Spaghetti Westerns, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Harry Potter and many more! Don’t miss this evening of well-known greats performed by one of Britain’s top wind bands! Concert starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are priced at £12 in advance or £13 on the door. Children under 16 get free entry. Advance tickets are available via the band website (below).
The Great Hall, Reading University
MORE INFO: Trinity Concert Band 0118 449 2099
  boxoffice@trinityband.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
29/09/2018 THE BOUNDARYNPLAYERS PRESENT A MURDER MYSTERY

Save the Children – Kennet Branch are also hosting a special one off event. The Boundary Players present a Murder Mystery Play in aid of Save the Children Popular 80's rock band 'Hot Pink Pillow' are performing a gig at Englefield House to mark the end of their current tour. But will success be a dead cert or will they all fall out before the band start? Interrogate the players to reveal the murderer. Tickets are £25 including a three course dinner. Seating is at tables of eight.
The Long Gallery, Englefield RG7 5EN
MORE INFO: Clare Downey 07971 241222
  jclaredowney@gmail.com
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
29/09/2018 READING TOWN MEAL 2018

You are invited to this fantastic celebration of local sustainable food. It's one of the events that makes Reading a special place. Reading Town Meal is a truly community-powered event. First held in 2011, so far there have been five fantastic 'picnics in the park' celebrating the delicious fruit and veg that is grown in Reading. All the food is donated by the wonderful growers and allotment holders around Reading, cooked by Reading College students, and served free in Forbury Gardens. The meal is accompanied by music from local bands, family fun activities, plus the chance to learn more about growing your own food, shop with local producers and find out what local community and sustainability groups are doing in Reading.
Forbury Gardens, The Forbury, Reading RG1 3HS
MORE INFO: Danielle Milsom 0118 958 6692
  danielle@risc.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
29/09/2018 UFTON CYCLE SPORTIVE

Now in its second year, the Ufton Cycle Sportive is a charity bike ride aimed at all ages and abilities and takes in some of the most stunning scenery that West Berkshire has to offer. This year, the Ufton Sportive will be starting from the exclusive Englefield Estate. We’ve got a 25 mile and 55 mile route to tempt pros and families alike. The 55 mile route starts at 9am and the 25 mile route starts at 10am, Early Bird Rates (ends 30th June 2018) 55 mile: £30 Adults 25 mile: £20 | £5 Children (U16s must be accompanied by an adult) Standard Entry Rates (1st July – 24th September 2018) 55 mile: £35 Adults 25 mile: £25 Adults, £10 Children (U16s must be accompanied by an adult).
Englefield Estate, Theale RG7 5EN
MORE INFO: Sportive Enquiries 0118 983 2099
  enquiries@uftoncourt.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
29/09/2018 WALLINGFORD HISTORIC GUIDED WALKS

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

From Wallingford Town Hall OX10 0EG
MORE INFO: Philip Burton 01491 836200
  pburton6@talktalk.net
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
29/09/2018 to 30/09/2018 THE CHILTERN 50

Join us for an 'end of season' challenge in the Chilterns. Take on 50km in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - along sections of the Ridgeway, Icknield Way Trail, and Chiltern Way. Walk, jog, or run it - with 1,500 others - then soak up the finish line festival style celebrations & evening hospitality - with camping options if you're up for it! The challenge cuts through a stunning section of the Chiltern Hills, starting in Henley next to the River Thames. Our route follows the Chiltern Way, the historic Ridgeway trail which is one of the oldest roads in England, and the ancient Icknield Way, with rest stops enroute with snacks & drinks, and lunch at half way. There're a few ups & downs before descending to the town of Princes Risborough where the finish line and tented village await, where can enjoy the celebrations, food, drink, and entertainment, well into the Saturday night.
Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames RG9 1BF
MORE INFO: Race Enquiries 0207 609 6695
  info@chiltern50.com
  Event Web Site

Sport : Bowls
29/09/2018 to 30/09/2018 WEST BERKS INDOOR BOWLS CLUB - FREE TASTER SESSION

Bowls isn't just for the retired! It's a game of skill played by men, women and children of all ages and ability. Indeed, many of the national squad are in their twenties and thirties. An easy game to pick up, the level of skill is up to you. So come along to our club at the top of Pyle Hill, Newbury on either Saturday or Sunday and try your hand at indoor bowling with nothing to pay. Qualified coaches will show you the basics, just bring flat soled shoes such as trainers. All welcome from 9 to 90 whatever your ability. We are a thriving club with over 450 members. Purpose built modern air conditioned premises, bar, lounge, function room, ample free parking, full disabled facilities. Why not give bowls a go?
West Berks Indoor Bowls Club, Pyle Hill, Newbury RG14 7SW
MORE INFO: Angela Blades-Moore 07729 183373
  angelablades@gmail.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Music
30/09/2018 CLUB UFO AND PORTERBROOK RECORDS PRESENT JACOB HOLROYD AND KATIE KING

Club UFO and Porterbrook Records are delighted to announce their collaboration with Oxfam Music, hosting an intimate instore performance to promote the upcoming Oxjam Music Festival. On the afternoon of Sunday 30th September, Oxfam Music will play host to two of Reading’s brightest young talents, Jacob Holroyd and Katie King. Free entry - all donations to Oxfam.
Oxfam Music, 9 Duke Street, Reading RG1 4SA
MORE INFO: Club UFO 0118 956 1598
  thisisclubufo@gmail.com
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
30/09/2018 THE OLDE BELL WINTER WEDDING FAIR

All the needs of your special day under one roof. Cars, Cakes, Menswear, Bridalwear, Photographers, Entertainment, Jewellery, Hair & Make Up, Stationery and much much more... Venue show rounds available on request. Open from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm. Free Entry.
The Olde Bell, High Street, Hurley, nr Maidenhead SL6 5LX
MORE INFO: Wedding Fair Enquiries 07990 711 444
  info@berkshireweddingfairs.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
01/10/2018 WEDDING FAIR

Make your own Civil War soldier out of a wooden peg, felt pieces, wool, chenille stems and other craft materials. This event is to tie-in with the re-enactment by English Civil War Society of the First Battle of Newbury, Newbury I, at the end of this month; please see the listing on this event.
West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01635 519562
  museum@westberks.gov.uk
  Event Web Site

01/10/2018 to 31/12/2018 CURIOUS ABOUT READING? FACT-FINDING WALKS

Are you curious about Reading? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around the better-known sights, as well as some of the more unusual and quirky ones, which combined make Reading an unmissable place to explore. Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Reading in becoming what it is today. You’ll get everything – detailed directions, maps, clues (with answers in the back!), and interesting snippets about the history of Reading and the people that have shaped it. Buy or instantly download to print at home or use on your mobile device from the website below and explore in your own time. One booklet is enough for four people of all ages to enjoy.

Riverside Museum, Blake's Lock, Reading RG1 3DH
MORE INFO: Sue Jennings 01159 502151
  sue.jennings@curiousabout.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Exhibitions
01/10/2018 to 24/11/2018 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 : Museums
01/10/2018 to 01/08/2019 AT HOME WITH ART - TREASURES OF THE FORD COLLECTION
 BASILDON PARK (NATIONAL TRUST)

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

02/10/2018 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 : Theatre
03/10/2018 REDCAPE THEATRE - THUNDER ROAD
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

This bold, original comedy by RedCape Theatre is about the power of the Heimlich manoeuvre, the call of the open road, and the kind of friendship you'd take a bullet for. Two women pack a car with training materials and medical supplies and set off on a journey, leaving their ordinary lives behind. But when things take an unexpected turn in a Travelodge and events spin out of control and Maureen and Sylvie find themselves on the road trip of a life time.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

03/10/2018 to 06/10/2018 STARMAKER THEATRE COMPANY - IN THE HEIGHTS
 STARMAKER THEATRE COMPANY

A rare opportunity to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning musical, performed with a live band by Berkshire’s premier youth theatre company. In The Heights explores the challenges and dreams of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights, to a soundtrack featuring hip-hop, soul and Latin grooves. Vibrant, funny and life-affirming!
The Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Bracknell
MORE INFO: Melissa Matthews 07717 413143
  melissa@starmaker.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
03/10/2018 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
Leisure : Arts
04/10/2018 to 07/10/2018 EQUINOX - ART EXHIBITION AND INSTALLATION

Equinox is a new art installation taking the theme of the Autumn Equinox. It's the inspiration of local artist Gill Williamson who brought us the fabulous Yarn Bombing of Whitchurch Bridge in 2017. Local artists, schools, charities have been involved again this year to create a stunning exhibition of decorated pottery cylinders displayed on wooden poles in a special pattern known as the Fibonacci spiral, a mathematical pattern found in much of the natural world. It certainly has the Wow factor and will get you thinking and admiring the skills, designs and industry of all the people involved in creating these hundreds of detailed and different pieces formed from clay. All day. Free.
Pangbourne Meadows - Near Adventure Dolphin, Pangbourne RG8 7DA
MORE INFO: www.artcafe.co.uk/contact-us/   Event Web Site
Local Information :
04/10/2018 FLYING SCOTSMAN TRIP FROM THEALE AND NEWBURY TO TAUNTON

Enjoy a trip behind Flying Scotsman through beautiful scenery. There will be a short stop along the way where you can stretch your legs. ullman Style Dining and Premier Dining passengers will be served a champagne brunch over both legs of the journey. Leaving from Theale our train is hauled by 60103 Flying Scotsman down the Berks & Hants Line through Newbury & Castle Cary to Taunton. After a short stop in Taunton, of approximately 15 minutes, to change locos we return to Theale. NOTE: This trip will be diesel hauled on the return leg of the journey. Leaing Theale at 8.15am and Newbury at 8.30.
From Theale Station/Newbury Station
MORE INFO: Steam Train Enquiries 01483 209 888
  info@steamdreams.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
06/10/2018 to 07/10/2018 CARTERS' VINTAGE STEAM FUNFAIR

Experience the joys of a vintage family fairground; we have something for all ages. Carters Steam Fair is believed to be the largest travelling vintage funfair in the world, our vintage rides and attractions date back from the 1890s to the 1960s, all lovingly restored for your enjoyment. They’re fun to ride but are also beautiful to photograph and our free entrance every day means that you can get snap happy for your Instagram feed too. In fact, our beautiful fair has been seen in films and on television: we’ve featured in Oscar-winning The Theory of Everything, Paddington 2, Call the Midwife and more!
Holyport Green, Holyport SL6 2JL
MORE INFO: Carters Enquiries 01628 822221
  info@cartersentertainment.com
  Event Web Site

06/10/2018 BUCKLEBURY BEERFEST

A fun day out for all the family, the Bucklebury Beerfest boasts a great selection of regional beers and ciders, as well as fabulous local food cooked on the BBQ. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of trade stalls, an artisan food market, a traditional tea tent, and plenty of children’s entertainment, all accompanied by live music. Once again, this year’s Beerfest will also include the Bucklebury Fun Dog Show, so don’t forget to bring along your canine companion(s) to win some fantastic prizes. The venue offers plenty of on-site parking. For directions, please enter the postcode RG7 6PR into your navigation system. Now in its ninth year, the Bucklebury Beerfest is a major fundraising event for the Victory Room – a 90 year-old community hall serving the Parish.
Bucklebury Village Recreation Ground RG7 6PS
MORE INFO: Anne Ryder 01635 867186
  anneeryder@btinternet.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Entertainment
06/10/2018 to 19/10/2018 THATCHAM FESTIVAL 2018

Welcome to the 18th Thatcham Festival. The Festival is a showcase of the range of activities that are available in our town and the talents of Thatcham residents. Whether you are interested in sport, music, dance, theatre, history, craft or gardening, you will almost certainly find something to interest you. For this year’s Festival we welcome new musicians, new organisations and new venues. It is great to see more people wanting to take part in the Festival and a real pleasure to have those groups and individuals returning this year who continue to dedicate their time and enthusiasm.
Various around Thatcham area (see website)
MORE INFO: Festival Organiser 01635 863 592
 
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Nights Out
06/10/2018 MORTIMER WEST END QUIZ NIGHT

Get your friends and neighbours together and form a team or join as individuals and we'll mix you up with others to make new friends and maybe even lift the trophy! Starts 7.30pm.
Village Hall, Church Road, Mortimer West End RG7 2HZ
MORE INFO: Quiz Enquiry 0118 970 0001
  mwevh@outlook.com

Leisure : Days Out
07/10/2018 TYLNEY HALL HOTEL - GARDEN OPEN FOR NGS CHARITY

Large garden of 66 acres with extensive woodlands and fine vista being restored with new planting. Fine avenues of wellingtonias; rhododendrons and azaleas, Italian garden, lakes, large water and rock garden, dry stone walls originally designed with assistance of Gertrude Jekyll.
Tylney Hall Hotel, Rotherwick RG27 9AZ
MORE INFO: Garden Open Day Enquiries 01256 764881
  sales@tylneyhall.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
07/10/2018 WILDE SUNDAYS AT SOUTH HILL PARK
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Enjoy a relaxed Sunday afternoon of acoustic music featuring some of the best acts around, across all genres. Days Are Done is singer/songwriter Emmy Kay and BAFTA winning composer Adam Lewis. Their sound is an amalgamation of folk-pop classic song writing. Gary has been on the local music scene for a few years, having released his debut EP The Wishing Tree. Steve Cox is a singer/songwriter and lead singer with Mr Love and Justice.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Business to Business :
11/10/2018 SHE MEANS BUSINESS - FEMALE FOUNDER MEET-UP

Join small business community Enterprise Nation and Minal Patel, founder of Marketing by Minal, for a fun and friendly networking meet-up, as part of the Facebook She Means Business campaign.
Novotel Reading Centre, 25B Friar St, Reading RG1 1DP
MORE INFO: Enterprise Nation Event (October 11) 0118 952 2600
  hello@enterprisenation.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Bars
11/10/2018 to 14/10/2018 READING'S OKTOBERFEST AT STATION HILL

After the huge popularity of the Oktoberfest Reading 2017 event we are back at Station Hill this Oktober for even more Bavarian fun in the heart of the town centre. Join us at Station Hill, right outside Reading train station for 4 days of authentic Oktoberfest food, drink and entertainment! Featuring: * A huge Oktoberfest party hosted in our touring Bier tent! * LIVE Bavarian music acts and entertainment; * Steins of authentic German Bier (PLUS Wines, Spirits and Prosecco); * Traditional Oktoberfest Food. For more details see website.
Station Hill, Reading RG1 1LZ
MORE INFO: Gunter 0203 793 5533
  sales@wepop.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Nights Out
11/10/2018 JAC JACK'S LAUGHTER HOUSE COMEDY CLUB

Live at the Apollo Hotel! Top stand up from UK comedy circuit - Andy Askins, Nico Yearwood, Mike Cox, Jan Jack and MC Phil Dinsdale.
Apollo Hotel, Aldermaston Roundabout, Basingstoke, Hants RG24 9NU
MORE INFO: Jan Jack 07917 127381
  jan@laughterhousecomedy.club
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
11/10/2018 to 13/10/2018 MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
 SHINFIELD PLAYERS THEATRE

Monty Python's Spamalot is a musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the motion picture, it is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend, but it differs from the film in many ways. The original 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, won three Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, and received 14 Tony Award nominations.
Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, Reading RG2 9DF
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 975 8880
 
  Event Web Site

11/10/2018 THE ILLEGAL EAGLES
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

The World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute returns in 2018 for another outstanding show promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail, and incredible showmanship. This phenomenal group of musicians have been touring for over two decades and remain true Eagles fanatics! Their longevity and continued international acclaim are due in no small part to their extraordinary mastery of the Eagles’ distinctive sound.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
11/10/2018 FESTIVAL OF BUSINESS WOODLEY

The Festival of Business Woodley is an annual event run to celebrate the strength and diversity of the local business community and is run by a committee of volunteers from the Woodley Business Club. The Festival provides an ideal opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their business and products to a large number of local businesses. Last year’s event attracted well over 100 representatives from a wide range of business sectors within the local area.
Oakwood Centre, Headley Rd, Woodley RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: Festival Enquiries 0118 911 1057
  hello@festivalofbusinesswoodley.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
12/10/2018 FRIDAY WALKS AT BASILDON PARK

Join our volunteers and rangers for a walk around Basildon Park. A refreshing way to take in the park, whilst learning about the steps we take to protect the parkland and its wildlife inhabitants. We suggest you boot up for the walk, as the terrain is uneven and often muddy! We meet every Friday in the stableyard at 11am.
Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01491 672382
  basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
12/10/2018 TRIBUTE TO THE GOON SHOW
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

From the producers of the critically acclaimed 50th Anniversary Tour of Round the Horne comes another radio comedy classic live on stage. In 1951 the landscape of British comedy changed dramatically when The Goon Show burst onto the airwaves of the BBC Home Service. Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and co. brought a brand of surreal chaotic humour, unlike anything that had been heard before and revolutionised the way radio comedy was produced. With its bizarre characters, fantastical plots and hilarious running jokes, The Goon Show captured the imagination of the British public and made household names of its three main stars, all of whom would go on to achieve fame across the globe. The show’s influence is still felt today with comedians like Eddie Izzard citing the show as a major influence.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site
Local Information :
12/10/2018 to 13/10/2018 ASCOT FASHION WEEKEND

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

Leisure : Arts
13/10/2018 to 14/10/2018 WATLINGTON ART SHOW

The 29th Watlington Art Show will showcase over 60 talented local artists exhibiting paintings, photography, ceramics, textiles sculptures and much more. Your children can enjoy a selection of children's creative workshops which can be booked in advance. Come and enjoy our art, children's workshops and outstanding cafe in friendly surroundings. All proceeds go to support our venue, Watlington Primary School.
Watlington Primary School, Love Lane, Watlington OX49 5RB
MORE INFO: Art Show Enquiries 07977 227808
  estjohngray@me.com

Leisure : Days Out
13/10/2018 to 14/10/2018 CARTERS VINTAGE STEAM FUNFAIR IN PROSPECT PARK

Experience the joys of a vintage family fairground; we have something for all ages. Carters Steam Fair is believed to be the largest travelling vintage funfair in the world, our vintage rides and attractions date back from the 1890s to the 1960s, all lovingly restored for your enjoyment. They’re fun to ride but are also beautiful to photograph and our free entrance every day means that you can get snap happy for your Instagram feed too. In fact, our beautiful fair has been seen in films and on television: we’ve featured in Oscar-winning The Theory of Everything, Paddington 2, Call the Midwife and more!
Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND
MORE INFO: Funfair Enquiries 01628 822221
  info@cartersentertainment.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Music
13/10/2018 CONCERTS IN CAVERSHAM - DOUBLE REED DELIGHTS AT ST ANDREW'S

Continuing our series of concerts high-lighting the woodwind family this promises to be an interesting evening showing off both the bassoon and oboe. Our bassoonist, Ben Hudson, (a former BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist) will play the bassoon as a soloist with piano, chamber-musician with oboe and piano and as continuo player with oboe and harpsichord. Ben and Joseph Sanders - a marvellously entertaining oboist who has worked extensively with all the top London Orchestras, will be joined by Adrienne Black on piano and harpsichord. The programme will include works by Poulenc, Piazolla, Telemann and Saint Saens. As usual, the tickets will include delicious refreshments after the concert, included with the ticket. The concert will run with a short interval and should finish by 9pm.
St Andrew’s Church, Albert Road, Caversham RG4 7PL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 948 4112
  music@standrewscaversham.org
  Event Web Site

13/10/2018 JANET POUND PIANO RECITAL

Janet will be returning to St Mary's for another fabulous piano recital. Janet has been playing as a concert pianist since the age of 16. She will be presenting a well chosen program of short classical pieces including both the well loved and the more unusual. Pieces include Scenes from Childhood by Robert Schumann, Sonata in D Major Op 25 no 6 by Clementi, Waltzes Op. 70 no 2+3 by Chopin, Intermezzo Op 118 no 2 by Brahms, Arabesque No 2 by Debussy and Kashmiri Song by Finden. Tickets £8 full/£7 concessions are available in Inspirations, Goring and will also be available on the door. Enquiries/Advance Bookings to StMarysConcerts@hotmail.co.uk (There will be optional tea and cakes in the Morrell Rooms after the performance, optional donations to St Mary's for the tea and cakes). 4pm - 5pm.
St Mary’s Church, Streatley on Thames RG8 9HT
MORE INFO: Concert Enquiries 01491 872196
  StMarysConcerts@hotmail.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Nights Out
13/10/2018 OUT OF AFRICA CHARITY BALL 2017 IN AID OF CREATING BETTER FUTURES

Creating Better Futures presents the 6th Annual Out of Africa Charity Ball. A vibrant, gala dinner that brings Africa to the heart of Berkshire. The night will be filled with celebration of the joy and hope of Africa, with live African entertainment by talented performers, authentic arts and crafts, unforgettable auction, raffle and more! Our keynote speakers will inspire you throughout the night with their first-hand experience of volunteering in rural Zimbabwe with Creating Better Futures. The money raised at this unique gala dinner will go to providing education and resources for orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabawe. With your donations, we currently feed 3008 children 2 meals per day at 10 different primary schools, during the school term. 200 of whom are sponsored, but we have hundreds of children still on the waiting list. Your donation could not only change lives, but will go a very long way.
Hilton Hotel, Drake Way, Reading RG2 0GQ
MORE INFO: Charity Ball Enquiries 0118 327 1157
  events@creatingbetterfutures.org.uk
  Event Web Site

13/10/2018 ALDWORTH BARN DANCE - WITH THE ALDBRICKHAM BAND

Starts 7.30pm - Seated chilli dinner, provided by Mrs B's Kitchen. 8.30pm Dancing shoes please! £20 to include chilli dinner. Cash bar available.
Aldworth Village Hall, Bell Lane, Aldworth RG8 9SE
MORE INFO: Barn Dance Enquiries 07796 855 315
  events@aldworthvillage.org
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
13/10/2018 YOGA AND MEDITATION MINI-RETREAT

The perfect start to a weekend if you need some encouragement to wind down, connect to yourself and revitalise with some wellness. We will be looking at the power of inner peace and see how finding stillness in your daily life influences the way you see the world. We will meet at 10.15am at the beautiful Eye and Dunsden Village Hall, situated in the peaceful village of Dunsden, just North East of Reading. The hall is the perfect location with beautiful views over the countryside. Upon arrival you will be greeted with a welcome drink and we will begin our morning of slowing down and tuning in.
Eye and Dunsden Village Hall, Dunsden RG4 9QG
MORE INFO: Dunsden Event Enquiry 0118 328 2270
  info@omnomhealth.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
13/10/2018 COWLEAZE WOOD AUTUMN FORAGING COURSES

Cowleaze Wood is a small woodland made up mostly of Larch, Beech and Oak trees which makes it perfect for Autumn foraging. We’ll be meeting at the grass area at the end of the car park at 12pm for a short introduction on what to look for and a brief of the general countryside codes, where they relate to foragers. After the talk we’ll set off for a roughly 2.5 hour walk identifying the different edible and poisonous plants, fruits and mushrooms that we find. There will be breaks along the way for some lovely homemade refreshments such as our wild mushroom soup or elderflower champagne.We will finish the day off with a light wild food lunch based on what we have found. This will include some tasty treats made from our recent finds, a wild salad that we will pick on the day and hopefully some creamy wild mushroom pasta.After the course, we will email you the details of the plants and mushrooms we find to help you to remember what you have learnt.There are limited spaces available so please book your tickets online.
Cowleaze Wood, Lewknor, Watlington OX49 5HX
MORE INFO: Lindsey Wyatt 01981 590 604
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