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Leisure : Theatre
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 : 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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
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
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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
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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
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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
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Leisure : Theatre
29/10/2018 to 11/11/2018 READING AT WAR EXHIBITION AT THE HEXAGON
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

As part of the commemorations marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, the Hexagon is proud to present 'Reading At War'. A unique display exploring the lives and experiences of people in the town during the Great War. The exhibition features a set of images drawn together in striking montages by the award winning graphic artist Paul McEvoy. Taken from a variety of local and national archives following a program of research led by Reading Museum in partnership with Reading’s leading military and local historians. Conjuring up a picture of how Reading endured four years of this brutal conflict and struggle at home and on foreign fields. It includes stories of individual acts of heroism and tragic tales of loss, together with an account of the hopefulness and celebration that engulfed the people of Reading when an armistice was finally agreed in November 1918.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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Leisure : Days Out
01/11/2018 to 31/01/2019 BASILDON PARK ILLUMINATED WOODLAND WALK
 BASILDON PARK (NATIONAL TRUST)

As Autumn sets in at Basildon Park, the woodland really comes to life. The stunning display of Autumn colour on the trees is being further enhanced by an illuminated woodland display, which will last until January this year so you can enjoy the illuminated woodland walk throughout the winter as well. We've added hundreds more lights this year, so it's set to be extra special. NOTES: Wear sturdy shoes for walking through the woods. Uneven ground surface through the woodland, with steps up onto the path. The woodland walk can be found a short walk beyond the Stableyard. Dogs on leads welcome.
Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01491 672920
  basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
05/11/2018 to 10/11/2018 THE NUTCRACKER
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

Be swept away on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time – The Nutcracker. With its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, this fabulous ballet is a Christmas treat like no other. Set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, the traditional tale of The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her enchanted nutcracker doll. Their adventures see Clara and the Nutcracker combat the Mouse King, and join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier on a wonderful journey through the glistening Land of Snow to a kingdom made entirely of sweets.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
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06/11/2018 to 10/11/2018 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Lockwood and Lamont have risen to stardom during the silent-film era. This poses a threat when talking pictures arrive and it’s discovered that Lina has a dreadful voice. Enter studio singer Kathy Selden; she has the angelic voice of which Lina is in desperate need. Can Don find a solution to Lina’s laughably annoying voice to salvage his career?
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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07/11/2018 to 10/11/2018 MY DEAR, DEAR BOY
 WOKINGHAM THEATRE

Celebrating the centenary of the end of WW1, WT are proud to present a new drama based on real letters from WW1 between a soldier and his family.
Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road Wokingham RG40 5TU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 978 5363
  boxoffice@wokinghamtheatre.org.uk
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07/11/2018 to 10/11/2018 NOEL COWARD'S EASY VIRTUE
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

The Whittaker family live in an idyllic bubble of socialising and propriety but that’s all about to implode when they’re introduced to their son’s new American bride. A razor-sharp commentary on the morals and conventions of English society, Easy Virtue displays Noël Coward’s satire and wit in a rare revival of one of his earliest plays. The Young Company recreate the glamour and scandal of the Roaring Twenties in this comic melodrama, full of rumours, misapprehensions and dazzling jewels.
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044
  boxoffice@watermill.org.uk
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Local Information :
07/11/2018 to 11/11/2018 PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION - CREATIVITY

CREATIVITY is a touring photographic exhibition, created and supported by The Photographic Angle.Historically we were always trying to capture the fleeting image, one that reflected reality as we saw it. By contrast, in a world of iPhones and Instagram we now often see images that present an altered sense of reality. Although photography is a creative art form in itself, the concept of this theme showcases the results achieved when camera settings, editing techniques and creative angles are used to the photographers advantage. All art is subjective and we fully expect visitors to be challenged by the work on display. Some images may be considered beautiful, while others are thought-provoking; some may even challenge your perception on what constitutes a photographic image. Free Public Admission.
3 Forbury Place, 23 Forbury Road, Reading, RG1 3JH
MORE INFO: Lou Griffiths 0800 0287338
  lou@thephotographicangle.co.uk
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08/11/2018 to 12/11/2018 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.
100 Brook Drive, Green Park, Reading RG2 6UJ
MORE INFO: Lou Griffiths 0800 0287338
  info@thephotographicangle.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
08/11/2018 to 17/11/2018 BIRDSONG
 PROGRESS THEATRE, READING

Based on Sebastian Faulks’ international bestselling novel, Birdsong tells the story of a soldier haunted by his past. As a young man, Stephen Wraysford was caught up in an all-consuming love affair in Amiens, France. As the First World War unfolds, Stephen finds himself pulled closer and closer back to Amiens, back to the Valley of the Somme… Birdsong is a tale of one man’s quest to understand how far mankind can go and still call itself human… There will be a special commemorative performance on Remembrance Sunday - 11 November - to raise funds for the British Legion at 4:30pm.
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch Road, Reading RG1 5HL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 384 2169
  enquiries@progresstheatre.co.uk
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08/11/2018 to 10/11/2018 KENNET OPERA DOUBLE BILL - THE ZOO, PLUS DIDO AND ARENAS
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

Kennet Opera offer two productions for the price of one – and what a bill! Though both by English composers, it would be hard to find more contrasting pieces. Purcell’s unspeakably moving Dido and Aeneas chronicles the doomed affair of the queen of Carthage and the Trojan hero. With some of the most heart-rending arias in all opera, including the famous lament, it also presents sorcerers and spirits, sailors and courtiers, in a succession of pulsating, passionate choruses.
Arlington Arts, Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246
  boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk
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Business to Business :
09/11/2018 BIG BISCOTTI MEGA EVENT

Immerse yourself in a morning of strategic learning, practical application and inspiration that you can take away and use immediately in your business or workplace. Creative, informative, & interactive, this half day event is packed full of fresh ideas to help you supercharge your sales and marketing!
Verizon, Reading International Business Park, Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 6DA
MORE INFO: Event Enquiries
  graham@businessbiscotti.apn1.co.uk
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Leisure : Arts
09/11/2018 to 11/11/2018 CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR AT WINDSOR RACECOURSE

Windsor brings over 160 curated artists and galleries together in one place over one weekend to give you the best choices, so you can find exactly the artwork you are looking for and have a great time doing it. From established favourites, galleries, emerging stars and selected new talent, both national and European our artists work in a range of media from fine art to high-end photography, from glass sculpture to lino prints, textural abstract to traditional oil landscapes, meaning that art lovers can find that special piece that they want to take home! With a Private View evening there is a chance to appreciate fine art and fine wine with room to engage with other art enthusiasts a real social event in the calendar. Or drop in any time over the weekend to a fair full of great contemporary art , by living artists in an accessible venue outside London. There are live demonstrations by exhibiting artists where visitors can get an insight into how they create their individual style. There is an interactive art area with artist-led workshops to try your hand and discover your talent plus young visitors can show us just how much they know about art by taking part in the Art Quest.
Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5EZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01753 498400
  office@windsor-racecourse.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
09/11/2018 to 11/11/2018 PRIVATE PEACEFUL
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the end of World War One, Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line. Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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09/11/2018 AYESHA HAZARIKA - GIRL ON GIRL, THE FIGHT FOR FEMINISM
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Phew! After Weinstein and #MeToo, women of the world have finally united... for a good old-fashioned bitch-fight! Who cares about smashing the patriarchy when you can go full-on Prisoner: Cell-Block H? So, what happened to feminism? Is it too posh? Too white? When did Germaine Greer become Richard Littlejohn? Whose feminism is it anyway? And who asked your opinion, Piers f**king Morgan? Ex-political adviser and regular pundit on Sky, BBC, CNN and LBC, Ayesha analyses the fight for feminism with humour and honesty, and asks - are sisters doing it to themselves?
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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09/11/2018 HOTBUCKLE PRODUCTIONS - JANE EYRE
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! The young, orphaned Jane meets with cruelty at the hands ofher aunt and then at the school to which she is banished. She eventually finds her freedom and becomes governess to the daughter of the enigmatic Mr Rochester at Thornfield Hall. As Jane and Rochester’s relationship grows, it is over shadowed by doubt, dark shadows and terrible secrets and she must choose between passion and reason.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
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09/11/2018 to 10/11/2018 SUBJECT TO TIME
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

At 7pm, two strangers bump into each other at a bus stop. They part without a second glance. At 8pm on another day, they meet again at a mutual friends party. At 9pm, a few weeks later, they share drinks at a bar. Wrapped up in the complications of their previous loves, Archie and Isla weren’t expecting each other. As the world determinedly forces them together only to pull them apart, they’re forced to question whether something can be right, even when it isn’t meant to be. Told in twelve scenes, starting in the evening and spanning to the early hours of the dawn, Subject To Time is a love story that asks whether love can be enough when the timing isn’t on your side.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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09/11/2018 POETS' CAFÉ
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Monthly poetry night hosted by Reading Stanza, including an open mic section for local poets to read their work, alongside guest poet A.F. Harrold and host Jez Dyer. A.F. Harrold is a poet, performer and children’s author who was, for some years, the host and organiser of Poets’ Café. Since handing over the reins he’s been focussing on his work for and with children, traveling to a great many schools across the country and running poetry workshops for pupils and teachers. His new children’s novel, The Afterwards, comes out at the start of November and 2019 will see the publication of two poetry books for kids. He keeps busy.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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09/11/2018 to 10/11/2018 HOW TO HIDE A LION
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

When a lion is chased out of town, a little girl, Iris, helps him to find somewhere to hide. Iris embarks on a mission to squash her new friend into a variety of sneaky tight spots, as the misinformed town folk try and track him down. Helen Stephens’ magical book, How to Hide a Lion, comes to life with playful humour, dazzling puppets and jazz.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
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09/11/2018 WOMAN TO WOMAN - JUDIE TZUKE, BEVERLEY CRAVEN AND JULIA FORDHAM
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Woman to Woman sees a timeless collaboration between three of the UK’s most celebrated female singer-songwriters: Judie Tzuke, Beverley Craven and Julia Fordham. They will be taking to the stage together performing their hit singles and album tracks alongside a stunning 20-piece string orchestra featuring some of the UK’s finest young musicians from the world-renowned Chetham’s School of Music.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
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09/11/2018 CHARLIE BAKER, KELLY CONVEY, ALAN CARR - WORK IN PROGRESS
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Join Charlie Baker, Kelly Convey and your host for the evening, Alan Carr, for a night of work in progress comedy. This is your chance to see Alan Carr host one of his first work in progress shows this year, alongside the all singing, all dancing Charlie Baker, and So You Think You're Funny finalist Kelly Convey.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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09/11/2018 THE BIG UNTIDY - LIVE MUSIC
 RISING SUN ARTS CENTRE

The Big Undy Night Out specialises in bringing new undiscovered talent into the Rising Sun Arts Centre. The Big Untidy are pleased to introduce a great line-up with Head Drop plus The Ady Baker Sound and, completing the bill are Kill Committee.
Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 986 6788
  info@risingsun-artscentre.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
09/11/2018 FELICITY WARD - BUSTING A NUT
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

The multi-award winning comedian is a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast. She is the star of BBC Radio 4’s Appisodes and Netflix’s Live from the BBC. This is Felicity’s second nationwide tour – she’s back and ready to bust a nutful of jokes. As seen on BBC2’s Mock The Week, BBC1’s The John Bishop Show, BBC2’s Russell Howard’s Good News, The Inbetweeners 2 and as heard on BBC Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity.
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
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Leisure : Days Out
10/11/2018 to 11/11/2018 DINOSAUR SHOW AT THE LOOK OUT DISCOVERY CENTRE

Give us your best dinosaur ROAR as you become part of the herd. Guide the herd through the prehistoric challenges to help them survive. Our entertaining live science show is so REX-CITING! Tickets for this interactive show can be purchased from reception on the day of your visit. Suitable for children age 4+. Show times are at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3.15pm, subject to minimum numbers. Shows run at weekends and Bracknell school holidays.
The Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell RG12 7QW
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01344 354400
  customer.services@bracknell-forest.gov.uk
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10/11/2018 to 11/11/2018 THE BERKSHIRE CHRISTMAS SHOW

The Newbury Festive Market is a show with something for everybody and running alongside the British Pet Show it includes fantastic main rings, Celebrity Chef’s with amazing food and drink Producers, Rural Crafters, The British Pet Show, Festivals of Dogs, Eight bands playing daily, a festive living history area.
Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage Thatcham RG189NU
MORE INFO: Annabel 01728 685302
  annabel@classicfestivals.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
10/11/2018 KENTON THEATRE FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY - COME AND SING
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Marking 100 years since the end of World War One , Kenton Theatre, Royal British Legion, Henley Town Council, Gillotts School and the Come and Sing Company present an afternoon of poetry, music and theatre in honour of the fallen. Students from Gillotts will perform excerpts from Joan Littlewood’s Oh! What a Lovely War! Hear George Butterworth’s classical interpretation of AE Houseman’s A Shropshire Lad. Butterworth himself was a composer and solider who died during The Somme. Local primary school children will read their own poetic responses to the horrors of a century ago.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
  Event Web Site

10/11/2018 JAMES MULLINGER LIVE - FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

The Maidenhead-born comedian has taken Canada by storm since moving there in 2014. He has been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award and a Just For Laughs Award for Best Comedy Show. His stand up special Anything Is Possible was performed to over 5000 people, released internationally on Amazon Prime and was a bestseller on Blu Ray in North America. James twice beat Jerry Seinfeld's sales record with his colossal arena shows.
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
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10/11/2018 PAUL FOOT - IMAGE CONSCIOUS
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Greetings. I am one of the world’s comedians and I’m here to tell ye about my show. Have you ever considered the unique predicament of the soft-shell crab? Well I have. That animal is absolutely ridiculous. What about the many, MANY problems that occur when organising a suburban orgy? The catering, for example. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, which incidentally is a terrible type of lettuce.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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10/11/2018 LIVE MUSIC - HARRY MANX
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

The Canadian based artist has been dubbed an essential link between the music of East and West. He creates musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. Harry’s signature instrument is the 20-stringed Mohan Veena, blending Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
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10/11/2018 FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

The greatest party in town celebrates 22 years with a new show. A perfect feast of entertainment performed by Carole Gordon and a host of terrific singers, dancers and musicians playing the best in country music and rock ‘n’ roll. This big hearted show includes favourites from Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Mavericks, Tammy Wynette, The Carpenters and Carol King, plus classics from the great western musicals such as Oklahoma and Paint Your Wagon. A great night for all the family!
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
10/11/2018 ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENTITLEMENT
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Vaughan Williams - Brahms, Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis, a German Requiem. Vaughan’s visionary contemplation of Tallis’ hymn tune was his first success and movingly connects composers across the centuries. The title was intended to emphasise that Brahms didn’t set the medieval poem. Gone are the usual terrors of Judgement Day, instead the words and music emphasise consolation and comfort for those mourning. It’s one of his greatest works, and its success made the 35-year-old composer’s name all over Europe. Featuring, Elizabeth Watts (soprano), James Newby (baritone), Choir of the Age of Enlightenment, Marin Alsop.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
10/11/2018 to 11/11/2018 BEALE PARK BERKSHIRE CHISTMAS FAIR

You can enjoy browsing, sampling and buying in time for the upcoming Festive Season throughout this long weekend – with everything from Food & Drink, Arts, Crafts and Gifts together with Home and Lifestyle marquees as well as outside trade stands.
Beale Park, Lower Basildon, Nr Pangbourne, Berks RG8 9NH
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01206 263088
 
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Local Information :
10/11/2018 to 11/11/2018 MAPLEDURHAM FESTIVE GIFT FAIR
 MAPLEDURHAM HOUSE AND WATERMILL

All you need for Gift Shopping in one place. A Festive atmosphere offering a wide range of unique and exciting Gifts and Crafts. Father Christmas will be attending!
Mapledurham House, Off Woodcote Road, Reading RG4 7TR
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01487 814800
  enquiries@mapledurham.co.uk
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Local Information :
10/11/2018 ARMISTICE DAY CONCERT

The first featured concert of Reading Phoenix Choir's 50th anniversary season. This concert commemorates 100 years since the end of World War 1 and promises to be a very memorable and moving occasion. In aid of ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity. Time: 7.30pm.
St Laurence’s Church, 30-31 Friar St, Reading RG1 1DA
MORE INFO:
 
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11/11/2018 PIGTAIL PRODUCTIONS - HOW TO HIDE A LION
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

When a lion is chased out of town, a little girl, Iris, helps him to find somewhere to hide. Iris embarks on a mission to squash her new friend into a variety of sneaky tight spots, as the misinformed town folk try and track him down. Helen Stephens’ magical book, How to Hide a Lion, comes to life with playful humour, dazzling puppets and jazz. Pigtails Productions, Polka Theatre and Oxford Playhouse present How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens, Directed and Adapted by Peter Glanville and with music and songs by Barb Jungr.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
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11/11/2018 BASINGSTOKE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Le Freak are the UK's finest tribute to the music of Nile Rodgers and Chic performing all the hits and productions from their exceptional career. The world's greatest disco band, had an enviable run of worldwide hit singles such as Dance Dance Dance, Good Times, I Want your Love, Everybody Dance, My Forbidden Lover and Le Freak. The eight-piece band fronted by two fantastic female singers are guaranteed to get the party started and give you a night to remember!
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
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11/11/2018 MUSIC NIGHT AT THE MILL - THE ROD STEWART EXPERIENCE
 THE MILL AT SONNING

Garry Pease not only looks like Rod Stewart he sounds like him too! In an all action, non-stop tribute show, Garry performs all of the favourites from Rod Stewart's vast portfolio of songs - everything from the early Faces days through to the Old American Songbook. To name a few Maggie May, Do Ya Think I am Sexy, Tonights the Night, You're in My Heart, You Wear It Well, Stay With Me, Baby Jane and Sailing.
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000
  admin@millatsonning.com
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
11/11/2018 READING REMEMBERS - AND OTHER LOCAL REMEMBRANCE EVENTS

THERE are a huge number of Armistice Centenary events planned for the Reading area tomorrow, Sunday November 11th. This is a guide to what is happening where and at what time… READING’S main Remembrance service will take place at Reading Minster starting at 9.25am. The service will be followed by a parade through the town centre, led by the Waterloo Band and Bugles of the 7 Rifles, to Forbury Gardens. The Remembrance Ceremony at the Forbury War Memorial will include the laying of wreaths and a two minute silence at 11am. TILEHURST: There will be a parade and service at the Triangle war memorial in the village from 10.15am. WOODLEY: Commemoration service from 10.30am at the Memorial Ground. A function afterwards at the Oakwood Centre will have poetry readings, music from the era and film documentaries. WOKINGHAM: A two minute silence will be held in Market Place at 11am. Also a parade will leave Wokingham Town Hall at 2.30pm to arrive at All Saints Church for a service at 3pm. BRACKNELL: The Royal British Legion parade will take place at 11.15am from The Lexicon. MAIDENHEAD: A civic service will take place from 11am at the war memorial outside the town hall and a service will be held in St Mary’s Borough Church afterwards. There will then be a march past in St Ives Road. WINDSOR: The High Street war memorial will host an act of remembrance and wreath laying from 11am, followed by a service at the parish church. The Windsor Boys’ School band will provide musical entertainment from 6.30pm and the Last Post will be played at 6.55pm. The Mayor, Cllr Paul Lion, will light a beacon outside Cambridge Gate, on the Long Walk, at 7pm. NEWBURY: 10.25am: Remembrance Parade starting at Pelican Lane, marching the length of Northbrook Street, turning to Mansion House Street and to the Market Place. There will be a Remembrance Service, then the parade will march to the war memorial before heading into St Nicolas’ Church. 6.15pm to 7.45pm: Battle’s Over event, Market Place, Newbury. THATCHAM: 10.30am: Members of the armed forces, the Royal British Legion, local dignitaries and youth groups will parade from The Kingsland Centre car park, round the Broadway and up the High Street, where they will gather in the war memorial car park. 6.45pm: St Mary’s churchyard for the lighting of the beacon at 7pm followed by the ringing of the church bells. This will be followed by a concert in the church. COLD ASH: Noon to 5pm: Men of Cold Ash Memorials Exhibition at St Mark’s Church, Cold Ash. 3pm to 6pm: Men of Cold Ash Memorials – Commemorative Concern at St Mark’s. 7.15pm to 11pm: Hampstead Norreys Players presents Armistice Day – a play by Andy Green. PANGBOURNE: 6am National tribute – Lone Piper outside St James the Less Church. Battle’s O’er. 11.21am: Flyover from RAF Benson. 2.30pm: Remembrance Parade starting outside Pangbourne Police Station reaching St James the Less Church for a Service of Remembrance at approximately 3pm, then walking back to finish at The George at approximately 4pm. THEALE: 10.10am: Holy Trinity church, Theale Remembrance Service followed by laying of wreaths at the war memorial at 11am. MORTIMER: 9.30am: Requiem for parishioners who gave their lives in the wars. The bells ring half-muffled in Honoured Remembrance at St John’s Church. 11am: Act of Remembrance at the village war memorial and service to the memory of the fallen (Continues at St John’s Church). 6pm: Remembrance Service at St John’s Church. 6.35-7.05pm: Remembrance Day at the Fairground. 7pm: Lighting of WW1 Beacon of Light. BURGHFIELD: 10.30am: Remembrance Service and Parade at St Mary’s Church. BRADFIELD/BUCKLEBURY: 10.30am: Service of Remembrance St Peter’s, Bradfield Southend. 10.55am: Service of Remembrance St Mary’s, Bucklebury. 10.55am: Service of Remembrance St Denys’, Stanford Dingley. 3pm: Remembrance Sunday Service at the War Memorial, Bradfield Southend. TADLEY: 9.30am: Remembrance Service  for children and families at St Paul’s Church, The Green, Tadley. 10.30am: Remembrance Service at Tadley Old Meeting URC (United Reformed Church). 10.50am: Remembrance Service at St Luke’s Church, Pamber Heath. 3pm: Royal British Legion Remembrance Service will be at St Paul’s Church, Tadley. LITTLEWICK GREEN: A service will start at St John’s from 10.45am, and at 11am the priest, two British Legion flags and wreaths will be taken out of the church. Rev Tina Molyneux will read out the names of those local people who died. KNOWL HILL: A service will take place at St Peter’s from 10.45am and a beacon will be lit on top of Knowl Hill common at 7pm. TWYFORD: A united remembrance service will take place at St Mary’s Church in Station Road at 10.30am. WHITE WALTHAM: A service will take place at White Waltham Church at 10.45am. After the service the group will walk to the war memorial for a short act of remembrance. WALTHAM ST LAWRENCE: Waltham St Lawrence Parish Church is starting its service at 9.45am in the church yard where there are some war graves. A church service will follow and there will be a two minutes’ silence at the war memorial at 11am.
Reading Town Centre, Butts and Forbury
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Local Information :
11/11/2018 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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Leisure : Days Out
12/11/2018 ADULT WORKSHOP - PERSONALISED PICTURE AND PHOTOGRAPH MOUNTING AT SHAW HOUSE
 SHAW HOUSE

Using your own pictures or special photographs, learn to cut and decorate window mounts to create a wonderful personal addition to your home or a thoughtful gift for a loved one. Sue will teach you how to use the correct materials, tools and techniques to make your pictures look their best. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners or for those wanting to refresh their mount cutting skills.
Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury RG14 2DR
MORE INFO: Enquiries 01635 279279
  shawhouse@westberks.gov.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
12/11/2018 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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12/11/2018 to 24/11/2018 PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Based on the smash-hit 1994 movie, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is the heart warming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for dreams and friendship – but discover much more… With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favourites.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
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12/11/2018 to 17/11/2018 A CHRISTMAS CAROL - THE MUSICAL
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

University Centre Weston proudly presents a dazzling production, which will surely get you into the holiday spirit! A Christmas Carol is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens’s most well known story by Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty And The Beast & The Little Mermaid) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime & Seussical), who breathe new life into the classic tale. Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
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12/11/2018 to 13/11/2018 SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Shakespeare's timeless stories are brought to life by local schools in the world's largest youth drama festival. Shakespeare Schools Foundation marks its 18th birthday with a Season of Democracy, in which young people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities have been finding their 'voice' in their school rehearsal room, culminating in a thrilling night of theatre.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
13/11/2018 to 14/11/2018 TODDLER DAYS AT THE LOOK OUT DISCOVERY CENTRE

Come along with your toddler to one of our special toddler days. We don't take any school bookings and we have extra activities on such as arts and crafts, story telling and face or hand painting. Toddler days run from 10am to 4pm and there is no need to book. Just turn up on the day.
The Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell RG12 7QW
MORE INFO: Lookout Events Organiser 01344 354400
  customer.services@bracknell-forest.gov.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
13/11/2018 to 15/11/2018 FROZEN LIGHT - THE ISLE OF BRIMSKER
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

A lighthouse keeper lives on a desolate outcrop surrounded by stormy seas. Duty bound to maintain the light that guides boats away from danger, she lives a solitary existence. One day a runaway lands on the shore, together they face the inevitable. Change is on the horizon but not in the form she expects. How do you survive when faced with the biggest decisions of your life? Would you change the world or change yourself?
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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Local Information :
13/11/2018 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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13/11/2018 TOUR OF THE LONDON ROAD READING CEMETERY WAR GRAVES


Former teacher Liz Tait began researching Reading's World War One casualties in 1996 when she discovered war graves in the old Reading Cemetery. Find out why these graves are there and the stories of those commemorated in what promises to be a fascinating and thought-provoking tour.
Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ
MORE INFO: Berkshire Family History Society 0118 950 9553
  events@berksfhs.org.uk
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Leisure : Arts
14/11/2018 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
14/11/2018 UK WOLF CONSERVATION TRUST VISIT WEDNESDAYS

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

Butlers Farm, Beenham, Reading, Berks, RG7 5NT
MORE INFO: Lynn Kent 0118 971 3330
  ukwct@ukwolf.org
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Leisure : Museums
14/11/2018 TALES FOR TOTS - STORY TIME FOR UNDER 5's
 READING MUSEUM

Drop in - free of charge - and bring your under-5's to catch a story or two using objects from the museum collection. 10.30am to 11.30am

Reading Museum, Old Town Hall, Blagrave Street
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 939 9800
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
14/11/2018 JOOLS HOLLAND AND HIS RHYTHM AND BLUES ORCHESTRA
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Musical master of ceremonies Jools Holland and his acclaimed Rhythm and Blues Orchestra have announced their annual musical excursion around the UK and Ireland hitting The Hexagon in November. Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond will be accompanying Jools Holland, along with Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Beth Rowley.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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14/11/2018 SIX HANDS - JOHN WILLIAMS, JOHN ETHERIDGE, GARY RYAN
 THE CONCERT HALL, READING

After many years of playing together John Williams and John Etheridge are joined by classical guitarist and composer Gary Ryan in a colourful and varied programme of solos, duos and trios. Williams and Etheridge will play some of their most popular pieces together and own compositions and Gary Ryan will play his own “Benga Beat”. The programme will also feature duos played by Ryan and Williams, by Ryan and Etheridge and trio pieces.
The Concert Hall, Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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14/11/2018 THE JOURNEY
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

A displaced mother and child struggle to hold darkness and despair at bay, during a punishing trek from their devastated, war ravaged homeland to a destination of perceived safety and security. This fearless, intense and immersive theatre project focuses on the experiences of refugees from across the globe To research the play writer/director Steve Lambert visited The Lebanon and camps on the Syrian border to learn of the desperate measures people can be forced to endure as they strive to survive. In the UK he worked with refugee communities and support organisations to develop a drama that is true to their experiences of fleeing conflict and, sometime, certain death.
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246
  boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk
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14/11/2018 to 17/11/2018 FARNDALE AVENUE...MACBETH
 SHINFIELD PLAYERS THEATRE

The Farndale Avenue Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society mounts yet another assault on the classics with a startlingly original production of Macbeth. What can go wrong does go wrong and results in a series of hilarious mistakes from beginning to end. A play within a play with only a passing nod to Shakespeare’s masterpiece.
Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, Reading RG2 9DF
MORE INFO: Maggie Smith 0118 975 8880
  maggie@shinfieldplayers.co.uk
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14/11/2018 FASTLOVE - THE GEORGE MICHAEL TRIBUTE SHOW
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Relive the passion, the flare, and the unique sensitivity of George Michael in this incredible concert sensation. Get ready for an unforgettable evening celebrating a global superstar, as he puts the Boom Boom in your heart. The show is packed with crowd pleasing anthems from Wham classics to the chart-topping success of the eighties album Faith, plus the awesome tunes of the nineties and noughties. A spellbinding experience not to be missed, get up (to get down) to all your favourite songs: Careless Whisper, Freedom, Faith, Father Figure, Outside, Jesus to a Child, and many more!
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
15/11/2018 to 16/11/2018 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
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Leisure : Museums
15/11/2018 READING MUSEUM SURGERY
 READING MUSEUM

Visitors can discover more about the collections, or ask for help in identifying interesting objects (NB no valuations can be given). Every Thursday, in the Box Room.

Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
15/11/2018 LIVE MUSIC - THE ROVING CROWS
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

Roving Crows have been carving out their niche in the UK folk music scene since early 2009. Over eight years and evolving incarnations, Roving Crows have cultivated an arresting, singular sound that pushes the boundaries of the Celtic Folk genre. The band play with genuine passion, energy and soul. Vital and vibrant, a must-see live act who showcase a mix of fiery, Celtic-inspired fiddle, conscious, intelligent lyrics, backed by pounding tribal rhythms and electronica-infused dance grooves. Roving Crows comprises; Lead vocals from Paul O’Neill and Caitlin Barrett, Paul’s electric and acoustic guitars, Caitlin’s fiddle, Loz Shaw on electric 5 and 6 string bass, keyboards, guitars and clarinet, and pumping percussion from Tim Downes-Hall.
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246
  boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk
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15/11/2018 LIVE MUSIC - THE ELO EXPERIENCE
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

The legacy left by Jeff Lynne & The Electric Light Orchestra have established themselves as one of the most important and influential bands ever. Between 1972 and 1986, they achieved more combined UK and US Top 40 hits than any other band on the planet. 10538 Overture, Evil Woman, Living Thing, Diary of Horace Wimp, Don't Bring me Down, and of course, Mr Blue Sky went on to become the soundtrack of our lives. The ELO Experience are the world's foremost tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra, and have been bringing their music to the live stage for over 12 years.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
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15/11/2018 WITHERING LOOKS
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Britain’s favourite literary lunatics are back with their cult Brontë spoof. Specially reworked for the 200th anniversary year of Emily’s birth, the classic comic duo just couldn’t resist the urge to dust off their crinolines, wear flattering bonnets and sit at rain-lashed windows in a pale and decorative manner. Withering Looks takes an ‘authentic’ look at the lives and works of the Brontë sisters – well, two of them actually; Anne’s just popped out for a cup of sugar. Peopled with many of the characters we know and love, Maggie and Sue move effortlessly from frock to frock coat. Don’t miss the chance to share in the silliness too!
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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Local Information :
15/11/2018 TALK - DAVID DOWNS ON MEDALS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Known to many as Reading Football Club's historian, David is also passionate about medals and awards. He will give a fascinating insight into the background of medals and awards, including many from his own collection, and share the stories behind them. Attendees are very welcome to bring medals for David to talk about.
Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 0118 950 9553
  events@berksfhs.org.uk
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Leisure : Bars
16/11/2018 to 24/12/2018 APRÈS - THE CHRISTMAS BAR AT STATION HILL

For the fourth year the outdoor ski lodge bar will be back in Reading over the festive period. Gunter, head ski instructor/chief cocktail tester, and his team will be serving Mulled Wine, Frosty pints of Beer and their signature Winter Cocktails. Two years ago the bar moved to Station Hill, a move that WePop, the company behind the Après Bar, were extremely excited about. Their excitement was well-founded! A huge attraction to the Après Bar is their cosy mini chalets. Each one seats up to 10 people and is decorated with festive décor and blankets - and this year there’s a larger chalet as well, along with a marquee area with heaters. It’s a great spot to stop by for a swift drink during the festive period and it is also perfect for Christmas Parties. From reserving a small seated area or a chalet for a group, to hiring a section of the venue for your entire company.
Station Hill, Reading RG1 1NF
MORE INFO: WePop 0203 793 5533
  Gunter@ApresReading.com
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Leisure : Theatre
16/11/2018 10cc LIVE IN CONCERT
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Among the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music, 10cc are one of the very few acts to have achieved commercial, critical and creative success in equal measure. Testament to 10cc’s ongoing appeal, the band can count a generation straddling array of fellow artists, everyone from Chrissie Hynde to The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie and Axl Rose to Sophie Ellis Bextor, among their many millions of fans. And now a new generation is discovering 10cc for the very first time.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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16/11/2018 MATTHEW FLOYD JONES - RICHARD CARPENTER IS CLOSE TO YOU
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

In a world where rainy days and Mondays collide, one man’s solitary journey to find himself has only just begun… The piano player from Frisky and Mannish plays the piano player from The Carpenters in a razor-sharp parody play about a life spent playing the piano. Richard used to be on top of the world, to the left of (and slightly behind) Karen. Now he's back with a vengeance, only to find out it's not exactly yesterday once more anymore. DISCLAIMER: This Award-Winning Fringe hit show is not endorsed by the real Richard Carpenter.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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Leisure : Days Out
17/11/2018 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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Leisure : Museums
17/11/2018 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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17/11/2018 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
17/11/2018 HENNING WEHN - GET ON WITH IT!
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

You couldn’t make it up; surely the German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn hasn’t bosched out yet another new show? And what’s he still doing here anyway? Well, his lack of transferable skills is what keeps him here and his belief that practice makes perfect is what keeps him going. This show is a much needed call to arms. Listen, everyone: stop pondering and hand-wringing. Instead get on your bike and put your face to the grindstone!
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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17/11/2018 ABANDOMAN - PIRATE RADIO
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Ireland’s finest hip-hop musical comedian is back on tour with his biggest show to date. Using his trademark blend of audience interaction and razor-sharp improvisation, Rob will take you on a magical journey, transforming the audience’s likes, loathes and daydreams into hit songs and captivating tales. Abandoman have previously supported Ed Sheeran on major UK Tour. As seen recently on 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The One Show and Alan Carr’s Happy Hour. As heard on Nick Grimshaw’s BBC Radio 1 show.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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17/11/2018 LIVE MUSIC - THE REAL THING, FEEL THE FORCE TOUR
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

The multi-million selling soul band celebrates its 40th anniversary with a brand new show. The Real Thing gives its much loved disco inspired hits a new lease of life for its latest tour. Featuring the group’s two original vocalists, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith, along with a 5-piece band, the trio delivers a funky show with a strong retro flavour, mixing the band’s classic songs with contemporary grooves. Hear all the hits, including You to me are Everything, Can’t get by Without You, and Feel the Force, plus some fantastic covers such as Ladies Night, Celebration, Good Times and Ain’t No Stopping us Now.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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17/11/2018 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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17/11/2018 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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17/11/2018 THE WHISKEY AFFAIR
 UNIVERSITY OF READING

Do you enjoy whiskey? Would you like to discover more about it, but don't know where to start? Do you like music? Do you like fun? The Whiskey Affair is for you if you answered 'Yes!' to any of these questions. We are returning to Reading, where we fell in love with the Great Hall so are delighted to be coming back.We are packing the room with three types of whiskey for you to try out to your heart's content: SCOTCH: The best from Scottish whisky distilleries - from the well known to the smaller independents that you are going to fall in love with. BOURBON: America's finest bourbons are here to show you what they can offer. Flavoured and packed with variety!WORLDWIDE WHISKEY: Here is where you may discover a whiskey from the Netherlands, Sweden, Taiwan and Japan that you never knew existed! Cocktails: Is everyone you know coming but you're not sure about whiskey? Don't worry: kick back with a cocktail and join in without a serious commitment. You can join in the fun, but don't need to be a connoisseur! AFTERNOON SESSION: 1pm-5pm - EVENING SESSION: 7pm-11pm. For more details see website, below.
The Great Hall, University of Reading, London Road Campus, Reading RG1 5AQ
MORE INFO: Catherine Jackson 07815 478999
  thewhiskeyaffairteam@gmail.com
  Event Web Site

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17/11/2018 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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Leisure : Theatre
18/11/2018 HENLEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - FEATURING BEN GOLDSCHEIDER
 THE CONCERT HALL, READING

Since reaching the Final of the BBC Young Musician Competition in 2016, Ben Goldscheider has quickly emerged as one of the most exciting horn players of his generation. This season he makes his Proms debut with the BBC Concert Orchestra. HSO is delighted that Ben will play Strauss’s lyrical and virtuosic Horn Concerto No 2. Written some six decades after its predecessor, the concerto brims over with the colourful musical language characteristic of Strauss’s maturity. Jean Sibelius, considered by many as the last master of the grand symphonic tradition, composed his stirring First Symphony at the age of 34. The symphony opens with its famous haunting clarinet solo and develops to a majestic conclusion surely reflecting his beloved Finnish countryside.
The Concert Hall, Town Hall, Blagrave Street RG1
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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18/11/2018 THE CHICAGO BLUES BROTHERS - MOTOWN MISSION
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

The award winning spectacular is Europe’s biggest and best loved production of the Blues Brothers. The show is a high octane, adrenaline pumping musical mash-up which has jump started the legacy of Jake and Elwood for a new generation with its modern twist on this cult classic and an energy and spirit that is impossible to resist.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
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18/11/2018 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
  Event Web Site

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18/11/2018 ROYAL BERKSHIRE MEDICAL HERITAGE CENTRE

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

Sport : Rugby Union
18/11/2018 LONDON IRISH v CORNISH PIRATES - RFU CHAMPIONSHIP CUP

The Irish are in buoyant mood as they bid to regain their cherished place in the Premiership. They have won every home league game so far, including the last one against this same opposition who they now meet again in the league cup. The Pirates were no pushover at the Mad Stad last month, recovering from a huge deficit to get within three points before finally going under 38-29. Should be a good game again.
Madejski Stadium, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 968 1016
  contact@london-irish.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
19/11/2018 ABBA FOR CHRISTMAS - ABBA FOREVER LIVE IN CONCERT
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

Dynamic non-stop choreography, stunning visuals, top class musicianship and an all-live performance ensures that the show captivates audiences from the opening refrain to the final sing-along chorus. Have some festive fun and sing along to all your favourites: ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’, ‘The Winner Takes It All’.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
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20/11/2018 JAMES ACASTER
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

The record-breaking comedian headlines Stand Up By Royal Appointment this November. The Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You and Live at the Apollo regular is truly unique and the only comedian in the World to have 4 Netflix Specials released on the same day! James will be joined by Sean McGoughlin (as seen on Comedy Central) and Carl Donnelley (Mock the Week).
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
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20/11/2018 THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

The Australian Pink Floyd Show gave its first ever concert in Adelaide, Australia in 1988. Since then, they have performed in over 35 countries worldwide; played at David Gilmour’s 50th birthday celebration and were even joined on stage by Rick Wright. TAPFS is the leading and biggest show of its kind in the world. Performing the music of Pink Floyd with note for note perfection, this critically acclaimed tribute show has been astonishing audiences worldwide.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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21/11/2018 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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Leisure : Theatre
22/11/2018 IAIN STIRLING - U OK HUN? X
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Join the ‘star of comedy’ (The i) as he explores dinner party etiquette and the pressures on a generation brought up in a world of instant gratification. How has modern living affected our ability to find long term happiness? Can social media ever reflect real life? And why is the floor lava? Due to phenomenal demand the Bafta-winning stand-up and voice of Love Island is back on UK stages this autumn, as his sell-out tour is extended for the third and final time. This is your last chance to catch Iain Stirling’s brilliant observations of modern millennial life.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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Leisure : Dance
23/11/2018 MAIDENHEAD 30s to 50s-PLUS PARTY FOR SINGLES AND COUPLES

These parties are THE place for 30s to 60s to dance, romance, meet new people and make new friends. From 8.30pm till 1am Top DJ playing your favourite chart and dance music from '80s to date. These parties are popular so it's a good idea to pre-book via website below. Gents collared shirt required. No trainers, T shirts, jumpers, etc. Right of admission reserved.
Bird Hills Golf Club, Drift Rd, Hawthorn Hill (A330), nr Maidenhead, SL6 3ST
MORE INFO: Gill or Brian 0800 3134441
  info@dance-parties.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
23/11/2018 MUSIC AT PROGRESS - THE STEVE FISHWICK QUINTET
 PROGRESS THEATRE, READING

UK trumpet star Steve Fishwick will be joining forces with special guest from New York, Grant Stewart to present an evening of swinging, straight-ahead, polished and powerfully expressive jazz, which bears the influence of their great heroes, Kenny Dorham, Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon. John Pearce, Jeremy Brown and Steve’s twin-brother Matt will round off this impeccable quintet.
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 384 2195
  enquiries@progresstheatre.co.uk
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23/11/2018 to 06/01/2019 THE WINDSOR PANTOMIME - DICK WHITTINGTON
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

Dick Whittington is getting ready to help us celebrate 80 years of traditional Panto here at the beautiful Theatre Royal Windsor. Get ready for even more laughs, slosh and days of Christmas than ever before! We have new stars…including Anne Hegerty, The Governess from The Chase and we have your old favourites…Basil Brush is back, as is Mike Read! Of course Kevin Cruise, Windsor’s calamitous comic returns along with our resident dame Steven Blakeley, who’ll be getting his frock on for a 10th year!
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
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23/11/2018 CORN EXCHANGE COMEDY CLUB
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Join us for your monthly dose of laughter therapy - and it's the last Comedy Club of 2018! Leave your cares at the door, grab a drink and join us for an evening of laughter as Avalon presents some of the best new names in comedy. With comedians such as Joe Wilkinson, Greg Davies, Lee Nelson, Jenny Eclair, Al Murray and Russell Howard on their books, Avalon are experts in finding the next big names on the circuit – you never know, you might see them in Newbury first! So send your friends that group text and start your weekend in style at the Corn Exchange Comedy Club.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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Sport : Horse Racing
23/11/2018 PRINCE'S COUNTRYSIDE FUND FRIDAY RACEDAY AT ASCOT

Begin your festive countdown at this free race day with a six-race Jumps card complemented by Country Living Magazine’s Christmas Shopping Fair. A wealth of independent pop-ups to enjoy offering seasonal delicacies, hand-crafted gifts, charming stocking fillers that are not available on the high street. A complimentary shop-and-drop service is available so you can enjoy a glass of champagne or two or perhaps with a decadent afternoon tea.
Ascot Racecourse, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Box Office 0870 727 1234
  enquiries@ascot.co.uk
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Leisure : Music
24/11/2018 READING HAYDN CHOIR AUTUMN CONCERT - HAYDN AND HANDEL

The Reading Haydn Choir, a small professional orchestra and soprano soloist will be singing: Nelson Mass - Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809) - Haydn's own title for this mass, Missa in Angustiis ('Mass for times of distress'), might lead us to expect a dark piece, with an undercurrent of fear. While the opening Kyrie features dark and dramatic fanfares, there are also contemplative and joyful movements and a jubilant finale. Coronation Anthems - George F Handel (1685 - 1759) - Handel's first commission as a naturalised British citizen was to write the music for the coronation later that year. The four anthems Handel composed for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline on 11 October 1727, Zadok the Priest, Let Thy Hand be Strengthened, My Heart is Inditing and The King Shall Rejoice still retain their universal appeal.
Caversham Heights Methodist Church, 74 Highmoor Rd, Reading RG4 7BG
MORE INFO: Christopher Lock 07557 900210
  lock.chris1@gmail.com
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Leisure : Theatre
24/11/2018 PAM AYRES
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Pam Ayres has been making the nation laugh for over 40 years. Funny and warm, her charming understated manner belies a rare comic precision. Recent TV appearances for BBC TV include Springwatch, Celebrity Mastermind, Celebrity Antique Road Trip, and Women at War: 100 Years of Service. Recent Radio broadcasts include Just A Minute, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, and Pam’s 2nd appearance on Desert Island Discs.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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Local Information :
24/11/2018 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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24/11/2018 READING SCHOOL CHRISTMAS MARKET

Reading School Parents Association invite you to join us for an amazing afternoon of Christmas shopping with over 50 local stallholders, selling a wide variety of Christmas gifts, decorations, food and services.
Reading School, Erleigh Road RG1 5LW
MORE INFO: Clare Shandling 07802 881622   contactus@readingschoolpa.org.uk   Event Web Site
Sport : Horse Racing
24/11/2018 PRINCE'S COUNTRYSIDE FUND SATURDAY RACEDAY AT ASCOT

A raceday that appeals to seasoned racegoers and novices with a six-race Jumps card complemented by Country Living Magazine’s Christmas Shopping Fair. A wealth of independent pop-ups to enjoy offering seasonal delicacies, hand-crafted gifts, charming stocking fillers that are not available on the high street. A complimentary shop-and-drop service is available so that you can get your Festive shopping off to a flying start. The Grade 2 Coral Ascot Hurdle is the feature race on the card and a look at the list of its previous winners confirms its standing as one of the most important mid-season hurdle races on the Jumps calendar. No fewer than seven different Champion Hurdle winners have lifted the prize in recent decades, including the last two winners of the Cheltenham showpiece: Faugheen and Annie Power.
Ascot Racecourse, High Street, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0870 727 1234
  enquiries@ascot.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
30/11/2018 to 06/01/2019 THE NEWBURY PANTOMIME - JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum, we smell lots of panto fun! Expect adventure, mayhem and a gigantic helping of magic in the Corn Exchange’s spectacular 2018/19 pantomime – Jack and the Beanstalk. Join Jack and the whole gang on an adventure of enormous proportions… from high-flying dreams to magical beans; prepare to be transported to the enchanted panto-land of Newbury Bottom, where anything is possible. Climb the beanstalk with Jack and enjoy high-energy dance routines, tunes to sing along to and plenty of audience participation, which will leave you on cloud nine! Our ever-popular pantomime has become a fun-filled tradition for the families of Newbury and beyond. Grab your tickets early; you wouldn’t want to miss the greatest panto there has ever bean!
The Corn Exchange, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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Sport : Horse Racing
30/11/2018 LADBROKES WINTER CARNIVAL RACING AT NEWBURY

The first of two superb days of Jump racing kicks off our most-high profile meeting of the season – The Ladbrokes Winter Carnival. Winners on this day have included Santini, Clan des Obeaux, Unowhatimeanharry and Beer Goggles, who followed in the footsteps of Big Buck’s, Inglis Drever and Thistlecrack in landing the Grade 2 Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle.
The Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01635 40015
  info@racecoursenewbury.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
01/12/2018 to 06/01/2019 CHRISTMAS IN THE HOUSE AT BASILDON PARK

Take a journey into the periods of Christmas past, as we celebrate Basildon Park's 40th anniversary in the National Trust. Each room will be decorated lavishly, and will tell the story of Christmas from different periods of Basildon Park's history.
Basildon Park Lower Basildon Reading RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: The Administrator 01491 672920
  basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Sport : Football
01/12/2018 ROYALS v STOKE CITY - SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP

This has so far been an infuriating season for Reading fans, with the team languishing around the bottom three after a roller-coaster ride of decent performances followed by dismal ones. The team has come under huge pressure to improve things, and at least they have managed a fairly fragile improvement in their home form, and at least they had the spirit to rescue a point from an indifferent performance against Ipswich last time out at the Mad Stad. Now come Stoke City, one of those with a handy pot of riches from relegation from the Premier League, and expecting to buy their way back first time around. They have not set the division alight, but none-the-less might carry too much firepower for an inconsistent Royals defence.
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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Sport : Horse Racing
01/12/2018 LADBROKES TROPHY RACEDAY AT NEWBURY

The Ladbrokes Winter Carnival reaches its climax with an outstanding day of Jump racing featuring the Ladbrokes Trophy won in its previous incarnation, the Hennessy Gold Cup, by racing legends such as Arkle, Mill House, Burrough Hill Lad and more recently Denman. 2017 saw the first Irish-trained winner of the race since 1980 with Total Recall winning for Willie Mullins. It is always one of the highlights of the winter social calendar and with an electric atmosphere and live music after racing, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01635 40015
  info@racecoursenewbury.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
02/12/2018 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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Leisure : Markets
02/12/2018 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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06/12/2018 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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08/12/2018 MAIDENHEAD'S COMMUNITY LANTERN PARADE
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Norden Farm’s annual Lantern Parade returns to Maidenhead for the 10th time! Celebrations including live music and entertainment, street food, licenced bar and hot drinks. Get involved at one of our Lantern-making workshops, running throughout November and December. Create an animal inspired lantern by weaving and decorating willow. Our expert lantern makers will guide you through the process and you will have a lantern ready to illuminate atthe parade. A retrospective exhibition, marking this milestone event, will open at Norden Farm in January2019.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Lucy Hobbs 01628 788997
  lucy.hobbs@nordenfarm.org
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Leisure : Charity
09/12/2018 READING SANTA RUN

Reading Santa Run time is here again, raising thousands of pounds for local charities. Our race attracts hundreds of runners to the Reading Town Centre every December. Entrants come from all walks of life and abilities. All are very welcome to join us in this great family festive fun event. This year’s chosen charities are Macmillan Cancer Support, The Footsteps Foundation and Rotary Charities. On the day, there are two races - the 1km mini-Santa run and the full 5km Town Centre run, both start and finish in Forbury Gardens.
Starts Forbury Gardens, The Forbury, Reading RG1 3HS
MORE INFO: Graham Broadhurst 0774 094 3050
  graham.broadhurst@outlook.com
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Local Information :
09/12/2018 THAMES VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET (PURLEY)

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