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Leisure : Theatre
23/11/2018 to 23/02/2019 GUYS AND DOLLS
 THE MILL AT SONNING

Following on from last year's hugely successful production of MY FAIR LADY, The Mill is delighted to continue its presentation of big classic musicals for Christmas. The talented team behind MY FAIR LADY, Director/Choreographer JOSEPH PITCHER and Musical Arranger/Supervisor/Conductor CHARLIE INGLES will work their magic once again on GUYS & DOLLS - one of the greatest musicals of time. This timeless New York Tale of gamblers, petty crooks, nightclub singers, as well as strait-laced missionaries, will delight and beguile you. Sky Masterson is the cool doyen of gamblers. His friend, the not quite down and out Nathan Detroit, makes a bet with him that he can’t get the pious and beautiful mission-doll, Sarah Brown, to go on a date with him to disreputable Havana. The Dice are rolled as these colourful characters pursue love and luck from the heart of Time’s Square to the sizzling clubs of Cuba. Will Lady Luck be on their side?
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000
  admin@millatsonning.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Museums
30/11/2018 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

Leisure : Days Out
27/12/2018 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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Museums
27/12/2018 to 12/01/2019 PATRONS AND DONORS - READING'S ART AND HOW IT GOT HERE

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

Reading Museum, Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Exhibition Enquiries 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
05/01/2019 to 31/12/2019 CURIOUS ABOUT READING? FACT-FINDING WALKS

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

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

Leisure : Theatre
07/01/2019 to 12/01/2019 BLOOD AND ICE
 PROGRESS THEATRE, READING

Now widowed, Mary Shelley, who is tortured by her past and the creature she created, hears the voices of Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and her step-sister Claire Clairmont, which drags her back to the now legendary period of her youth. During a summer of endless rain, a challenge is set. At just eighteen, Mary Shelley gives birth both to a creature and a new genre of fiction in her novel, Frankenstein. Her success and infamy haunt her. She flees across Europe but cannot escape the death that surrounds her, and the voice of Frankenstein's monster. Blood and Ice is a play by Liz Lochhead, a Scottish playwright and poet. It has been performed and amended several times since its original production in 1982. This version is based on the 2003 production.
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch Road, Reading RG1 5HL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 384 2169
  enquiries@progresstheatre.co.uk
  Event Web Site

09/01/2019 to 19/01/2019 THE LADY VANISHES
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

When Socialite Iris’ travelling companion disappears, she’s bewildered to find fellow passengers deny ever having seen her. But with the help of musician Max, she turns detective, and together they try to solve this perplexing mystery. Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, The Classic Thriller Theatre Company presents a quickwitted, devilishly fun thriller - based on the Hitchcock classic, ranked one of the Best British Films ever. Husband and wife JULIET MILLS and MAXWELL CAULFIELD lead the latest Classic Thriller instalment.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Art
10/01/2019 to 22/01/2019 CURVILINEAR - PHOTOGRAPHY AND CERAMICS EXHIBITION

Curvilinear brings together hand-built ceramics by Sally Dorrity and contemporary photography by Tracy Florance. Tracy has travelled widely, and takes her camera with her wherever she goes, hoping to capture the essence of the places she visits. She is drawn to interior and external architecture, in which she attempts to capture patterns and shapes that others might miss. Sally works in stoneware clay to hand-build her pots. Her ceramics and skills are continually evolving and progressing, as she pursues her fascination with form and texture. Sally’s ceramics and Tracy’s photographs complement each other perfectly, with Sally’s glazes and Tracy’s images of reflections in glass and water often echoing each other in form and colour.
The Old Fire Station Gallery, Market Place, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AG
MORE INFO: Tracy Florance 07718 384842
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
11/01/2019 AN EVENING WITH LEON BOSCH
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Leon Bosch has an honoured place among the select group of virtuoso double bass players worldwide.  He was born in Cape Town, a political prisoner at the age of fifteen, he escaped South Africa’s repressive apartheid regime and became a British Citizen. He graduated from the University of Cape Town and continued his studies at the Royal College of Music. Since his 1984 London solo debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, he has appeared with many distinguished musicians, including Pinchas Zukerman, Sir Charles Groves and Nicholas Kraemer and is artistic director of the chamber music ensemble I Musicanti.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
  Event Web Site

11/01/2019 POETS' CAFÉ - ROBIN HOUGHTON
 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 Robin Houghton and host Becci-Louise. Robin Houghton’s latest pamphlet All the Relevant Gods (2018) was a winner in the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Competition. She is widely published in magazines and in numerous anthologies including The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear). She won the New Writer Poetry Competition 2012, the Stanza Competition in 2014 and the Hamish Canham Prize in 2013. Her first poetry pamphlet The Great Vowel Shift (2015) was published by Telltale Press, the poets’ publishing collective she co-founded. She has also self-published a hand-made mini pamphlet, Foot Wear (2017) and has written three commissioned books on blogging.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

11/01/2019 CLUB VELOCITY PRESENTS STEVE IGNORANT'S SLICE OF LIFE
 RISING SUN ARTS CENTRE

Steve Ignorant is a singer/songwriter and artist. He co-founded the anarcho-punk band Crass with Penny Rimbaud in 1977. After Crass stopped performing in 1984, he worked with other groups including Conflict, Schwartzeneggar, Stratford Mercenaries, Current 93, and US punk band Thought Crime, as well as occasional solo performances. Steve is also a wood sculptor and volunteer on the Sea Palling Independent Lifeboat, has written his autobiography –All The Rest Is Propaganda- and has worked as a traditional Punch and Judy performer using the name Professor Ignorant.
Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 986 6788
  info@risingsun-artscentre.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
11/01/2019 JIM MULLEN - JAZZ GUITAR
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

One of the world's leading jazz guitarists and an icon of the UK jazz scene. Jim's bountiful and melodic sounds will enchant you. He’s known for his work with Average White Band and being one half of jazz funk band Morrissey-Mullen. He performs with his rhythm section of choice: Clark Tracey (drums), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Alex Hutton (piano).
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
12/01/2019 to 12/03/2019 GEO-CACHING AT THE VYNE - THE LOST TOYS
 THE VYNE (NATIONAL TRUST)

William Wiggett Chutes children have been playing in the woods. Unfortunately, these young Victorian adventurers have managed to lose four of their toys along the way. Can you help the children find them again' To get started, all you need is a free account with geocaching.com/play and the official Geocaching app or a GPS. Or, if you prefer something a bit less digital, you can pick up a map at Visitor Reception. Normal admission applies. Booking Not Needed.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01256 883858
  thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
12/01/2019 MICHAEL PORTILLO - LIFE, A GAME OF TWO HALVES
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

It took Michael Portillo little more than 10 years to get a seat in the Commons and then rise in power and esteem to a point where he was a favoured leader of his party and possible future PM. Although his political career then came to a humiliating end, losing his seat in May 1997, Michael has since reinvented and endeared himself to many with his obvious respect for the solid workmanship found in the great railways of the world, the effect of the railways on the history of countries and the daily lives of their people.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  boxmanager@kentontheatre.co.uk
  Event Web Site

12/01/2019 LIVE MUSIC - TUKES
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Tukes are a 7-piece group of ukulele enthusiasts who warmly invite you to come along for an evening of music, singing along, silly banter, frivolity and fun. It’s just like a Carry On film, but with ukuleles! We once played the entire Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album on ukulele, whilst next to a windmill on top of a hill in the summer sunshine, overlooking the scenic vistas of Turville. The stuff of legends! In addition to some of our Beatles favourites, there’ll be a cocktail of music from the world of pop, rock, folk, electronica and disco and, for this performance only, a special 70s flavour, with songs from ABBA, T-Rex, Lindisfarne and more. So come and have a boogie!
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

12/01/2019 THE VINYL FRONTIER - 2019 ALBUM CHAMPIONSHIP
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Eight contenders play off in heats to establish who wins the coveted Album Championship title of 2019. The Specials’ debut LP was the winning LP in 2018. The audience decides who wins each heat. This is a guaranteed sell out event each year, so make sure your seats are booked!
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
13/01/2019 WILDE SUNDAYS - MARK T, VICKI SAYERS AND SPENCER BROOKS
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Mark T is a performer of folk, blues and roots and is also an awardwinning community musician and composer on steel guitar, bouzouki, vocals and harmonica. Vicki Sayers is a Berkshire-based singer-songwriter whose style consists of pop, rock and jazz. The use of a loop pedal and cajon bring her songs to life. Spencer’s love for live performance, and years of performing on stage, have given him the tools necessary to put on captivating performances. He has a wide range of instrumental and vocal pieces, both original and covers.
South Hill Park Grounds Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Music
13/01/2019 CELLO SHOWCASE WITH CORAL LANCASTER

This concert will be celebrating the cello as a solo instrument, heading back in time to the superlative Bach cello suites, and also looking to the future with a vibrant selection of today’s best music for solo cello. Born in Australia, Coral has performed in concerts around the world, and freelances regularly with the Philharmonia orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Old Bluecoat School, Thatcham RG18 4JT
MORE INFO: Ticket Enquiries 07739 454573
  simon@witcombs.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
13/01/2019 MILTON JONES
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

Join Milton and friends, Tom Lucy (as seen on Comedy Central) and Laura Lexx (writer for Mock the Week) for our first comedy night of 2019, Stand Up By Royal Appointment. The genius one liner merchant returns to Windsor to deliver some of the greatest jokes ever written! You might have seen Milton Jones on Mock the Week and having smashed it on Live At The Apollo! Milton has filled the theatre on previous visits to us, so booking early is a must if you don’t want to miss out.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
13/01/2019 READING WEDDING FAIR

All the needs of your special day under one roof. Cars, Cakes, Menswear, Bridalwear, Photographers, Entertainment, Jewellery, Hair and Make Up, Stationery and much much more... Open from 11am to 3pm. Free Entry.
Crowne Plaza, Richfield Avenue, Caversham RG1 8BD
MORE INFO: Fair Organiser 07990 711 444
  info@berkshireweddingfairs.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
15/01/2019 BRACKNELL JAZZ YOUNG MUSICIANS - TOM RIDOUT (TENOR SAX/RECORDER)
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Award winning saxophonist Tom Ridout (23) was predicted by Jazzwise Magazine in 2012 as an upcoming jazz musician to watch out for. A recent graduate from the prestigious Royal Academy of Music, finalist in the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016 and a current member of NYJO, Tom is a prolific composer who fronts his own bands playing his original compositions.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Business to Business :
16/01/2019 WOKINGHAM AND BRACKNELL BUSINESS BISCOTTI NETWORKING EVENT

Wokingham Biscotti meets the last Tuesday of each month at Cantley House Hotel, Milton Road, Wokingham You are invited to the next Wokingham Business Biscotti business networking event starting at 09.30am until 11.30am. Business Biscotti is what networking is all about - meeting and forming business relationships with like-minded people. We like to think we provide an antidote to formal networking.

The Coppid Beech Hotel, John Nike Way, Bracknell RG12 8TF
MORE INFO: Peter Morris 0118 947 5857
  peter@pinewoodassetfinance.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Arts
16/01/2019 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
 
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
16/01/2019 CLIVEDEN HOUSE CRITTERS WORKSHOP FOR TODDLERS
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

These workshops teach little ones the value of nature from a young age. In a small group, they'll explore Cliveden's estate and create their own adventure. A weekly workshop for pre-school children aged 2-4.5 years, with hands-on creative crafts, nature-focused activities and story-time. Each week is different, so make this fun, outdoor session part of your and your childs routine. Children must be supervised by adults at all times. Each session has a maximum capacity of 10 children. Booking Essential.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire SL1 8NS
MORE INFO: House Tour Enquiries 01628 605069
  clivedenpress@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

16/01/2019 to 17/01/2019 ROBOT 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
  Event Web Site

16/01/2019 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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Museums
16/01/2019 TALES FOR TOTS - STORY TIME FOR UNDER 5's
 READING MUSEUM

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

Reading Museum, Old Town Hall, Blagrave Street
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 939 9800
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
  Event Web Site

16/01/2019 SUGAR AND SPICE AND ALL THINGS NICE - TALK, AT WEST BERKS MUSEUM
 WEST BERKSHIRE MUSEUM

Every November many homes in Europe and North America still waft with the smell of freshly baked gingerbread, cinnamon infused mulled wine and richly spiced fruitcake, puddings and pumpkin pie. Familiar spices such as nutmeg, cloves, allspice, cinnamon and ginger are synonymous with Christmas. However, the history of these common place spices takes us across time and continents, with people risking life and limb to bring them home. Following the history and geography of the Spice Trail, researcher and educational consultant Lynda Warren will lead us on a journey to discover their use in cooking, medicines, cosmetics and household purposes, supported by a free handout for those who are interested in finding out more.
West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 01635 519562
  museum@westberks.gov.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
16/01/2019 JAZZ IN THE ROUND - ALEX BARNES AND FRANK HARRISON
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

The first of a series of chamber jazz concerts, with the audience seated comfortably on the extended Kenton stage and gathered around the musicians. These are performances that will draw you into the music, improvisatory fireworks and passion at close hand, to be punctuated by casual chat from the musicians, who will offer insight into their craft. Audience numbers will be limited. So, do book early to guarantee your space with these world class musicians. ALAN BARNES is the musical pin-up of the jazz club world in the U.K. As proof he played sax on the Tetley Beer adverts (when he insisted that he be paid in kind). He has led many groups of different size, style and personnel, and has recorded over thirty albums as a leader. FRANK HARRISON studied jazz at the Berklee School of Music and was a founder member with Gilad Atzmon of the Orient House Ensemble which now tours the world. Now he plays with many groups, also he leads his own trio.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  boxmanager@kentontheatre.co.uk
  Event Web Site

16/01/2019 STORY TIME AT THE MILL - BLUE AND BERTIE
 THE MILL AT SONNING

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

Local Information :
16/01/2019 FARMERS' MARKET IN WOODLEY

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

Local Information :
16/01/2019 ST TIMOTHEE GARDEN OPEN FOR NGS CHARITY

Join us for a talk and discussion on ‘The Winter Garden’, covering key elements that make the garden at St Timothee shine through the darkest months. The talk will take place indoors at St Timothee. It will be followed by a Q&A session and then culminate with a walk around the garden at St Timothee to see how the ideas discussed are brought to life. Arrival from 10.15am for a 10.30am start. Please bring appropriate shoes/coats. This unique event is £15 per person to include tea/coffee and homemade cake on arrival.
St Timothee, Maidenhead SL6 6PA
MORE INFO: Sarah and Sal Pajwani 07976 892667   pajwanisarah@gmail.com   Event Web Site
Sport : Horse Racing
16/01/2019 JANUARY AFTERNOON RACEDAY AT NEWBURY

Our first race day of 2019 offers the perfect excuse to celebrate the New Year with a day at the races. An exciting six race card features the Betfred Mobile Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase won last year by subsequent Grade 2 winner Saint Calvados. Other notable winners on this day have included 2015 World Hurdle winner Cole Harden and Champion Chase hero Finian’s Rainbow.
Newbury Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01635 40015
  info@newburyracecourse.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Museums
17/01/2019 READING MUSEUM SURGERY
 READING MUSEUM

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

Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
17/01/2019 SANDI TOKSVIG - NATIONAL TREVOR
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

andi Toksvig is touring a brand new, one-woman comedy show. Sandi realises some people harbour an ambition to be a National Treasure but following a misunderstanding with a friend has decided instead to become a National Trevor – half misprint, half Danish comedian, novelist, actor and broadcaster. Expect tall stories, fascinatingly funny facts, really silly jokes, a quick fire Q&A and a quiz. Don’t expect tap-dancing, leotards or a forward roll.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

17/01/2019 BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, written quickly in the middle of an intensely creative period, begins with five strokes of the timpani, and unfolds from this simple beginning into the greatest of all concertos for the instrument. A noble and lyrical work, it set the pattern for the great violin concertos of the nineteenth century. Strauss’ Sinfonia Domestica uses his home life – children playing, a quarrel and reconciliation with his wife, dreams and cares at night – as the starting point for a work which overflows with imaginative and exuberant music. Written just before his operatic career exploded with the scandalous success of Salome, it’s tended to be unfairly overshadowed.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
  Event Web Site

17/01/2019 SAM BRAYSHER AND MICHAEL KANAN - PLUS SARAH DOWLING
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

New York pianist Michael Kanan makes another welcome visit to the UK. Michael is a real master with an exquisite touch. London alto saxophonist Sam Braysher has recently been heard playing with Jorge Rossy, Barry Green’s Sextet and the London Jazz Orchestra. They are joined by special guest vocalist Sara Dowling, one of the fastest rising stars on the British jazz scene.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
  Event Web Site

17/01/2019 BON DRURY - VIVA NEIL DIAMOND
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Whilst performing in Las Vegas two years ago Bob Drury was described as "one of the world's finest vocal tributes to Neil Diamond" and he's now back touring the UK with his new show celebrating the legendary Neil Diamond and his incredible back catalogue of songs. Bob Drury's one-man show is an absolute 'must-see' for any Diamond fans. Prepare to be blown away by his vocal likeness which has been delighting audiences around the world. This year's show includes all the favourites such as Cracklin' Rosie, America, Love on the Rocks, Play Me, Hello Again, Forever in Blue Jeans, Beautiful Noise, I'm a Believer, Red Red Wine and of course Sweet Caroline, plus Neil Diamond's UK hit Pretty Amazing Grace and a few lesser known songs that are sure to become your favourites by the end of the evening.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

17/01/2019 to 19/01/2019 PANTOMIME AT TWYFORD - CINDERELLA
 TWYFORD & RUSCOMBE THEATRE GROUP

Don't miss our annual Twyford pantomime this January. A traditional village panto for all the family. A chance to escape from the stresses of daily life to a world of magic pumpkins, glass slippers and amazing fairy godmothers who make your dreams come true.
Loddon Hall, Twyford RG10 9JA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 328 2825
  trtgboxoffice@gmail.com   Event Web Site

Leisure : Dance
18/01/2019 MAIDENHEAD 35s to 60s-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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
18/01/2019 MUSIC AT PROGRESS - GILAD ATZMON AND THE ORIENT HOUSE ENSEMBLE
 PROGRESS THEATRE, READING

The constantly touring sax supremo Gilad Atzmon, who The Times once described as ‘the hardest gigging man in British jazz’ leads this excellent band paying homage to one of the greatest jazzmen of all time with ‘The Spirit of Trane’. Born in Israel but based in the UK for over twenty five years, the multi-talented Gilad Atzmon who is best known as a saxophonist and composer is also a prolific author and political activist. His philosophy and music have always sought to surmount boundaries and barriers and encompass different cultures. As a leader he has fronted his regular working band The Orient House Ensemble since 2000.
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 384 2195
  enquiries@progresstheatre.co.uk
  Event Web Site

18/01/2019 CONSERVATOIRE INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SERIES - THOMAS HUMPHREYS AND RAYA KOSTOVA SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL
We welcome the return of this fabulous husband and wife duo for whom the performance of Schubert’s Die Winterreise (The Winter’s Journey) is the fulfilment of a long held dream.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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18/01/2019 to 02/02/2019 THE SINODUN PLAYERS' PANTOMIME - ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES
 WALLINGFORD CORN EXCHANGE

The Sinodun Players’ annual Pantomime. This year’s panto tells the story of Ali Baba and how he cleverly thwarts a bunch of gangsters to keep a hidden treasure. All the usual elements will be there with music, dance, glamour and, of course, Fiona Huntingford-Ledger as the idiot – if none of the 40 thieves steal the show then she will.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Wallingford OX10 0EG
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 825000
  info@cornexchange.org.uk
  Event Web Site

18/01/2019 THE CLASSIC ROCK SHOW
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

From AC/DC to ZZ Top and everything in between, including Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Queen, The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Meatloaf plus much much more. Anthem after anthem, riff after riff, solo after solo, The Classic Rock Show brings the recordings back to life on stage with a huge sound and light show to match. Culminating in a show-stopping guitar duel that is definitely not to be missed.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
  Event Web Site

18/01/2019 to 19/01/2019 THIS SHOW DOES NOT CONTAIN NUTS
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

A new wave of exciting, all female comedians has been playing to sell out audiences across the UK, and the show, now in its third season, showcases the talent of these exciting and critically acclaimed artists. Gabby Killick, fresh from the Fringe festival, will be bringing her award winning show, Girlfriend from Hell, to the stage. Alongside this incredible comedy line up, audiences will be spoilt with a burlesque bonanza, old school Ibiza tunes, thought provoking graphics, gigantic gold glitter cannons and all opened in a unique eclectic fashion by host Maddi Sharkey, who makes the warm up almost instantaneous.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
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18/01/2019 ANDREW DOYLE - FRIENDLY FIRE
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Andrew Doyle is one of the UK’s foremost political satirists. Friendly Fire is his seventh solo stand-up show. It follows the critically acclaimed Thought Crimes, which ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year and later transferred to the Soho Theatre in London. Andrew is co-writer of internet sensation Jonathan Pie, and has collaborated with Pie creator Tom Walker on numerous viral videos.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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18/01/2019 MIKE VERNON AND THE MIGHTY COMBO
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Legendary producer and founder of blues label Blue Horizon, Mike Vernon (vocals) returns with his hand-picked band. Join Mike for a unique evening of music, performing rhythm and blues numbers. Accompanied by Kid Carlos (guitar), Paul Tasker (saxophone), Matt Little (keyboards), Ian Jennings (upright bass), Mike Hellier (drums).
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site

18/01/2019 to 20/01/2019 PUSS IN BOOTS

Traditional Pantomime, Fun for all the family!
Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, Reading RG2 9DF
MORE INFO: Martin Butler 07949 948310
  martinc.butler63@yahoo.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
19/01/2019 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
  Event Web Site

19/01/2019 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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19/01/2019 to 20/01/2019 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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Museums
19/01/2019 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
  Event Web Site

19/01/2019 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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
19/01/2019 BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY - THE MUSIC OF FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Step back in time, to the era of romance. Where gents were gents, and gals were gals! Come and experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons authentically recreated by a phenomenal cast and live band. During the sixties and seventies number one hits Sherry, December 1963 (Oh What a Night), Walk Like a Man, Rag Doll and Big Girls Don’t Cry helped propel the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli to super stardom.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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19/01/2019 BYE-BYE BABY - THE MUSIC OF FRANKI VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

A celebration of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. This full theatre show covers the journey of the Four Seasons from their beginning to the disco era and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Featuring many of the band’s worldwide hits including Beggin', Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby and Sherry.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
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19/01/2019 CLUB UFO MUSIC - THE KEEP CATS PLUS SUPPORT
 RISING SUN ARTS CENTRE

The Keep Cats headline Club UFO's first gig at the Rising Sun. Expect a fascinating blend of various strands of guitar music, from punk to stoner, with support coming from Indica Palm Radio and The Petties. The Keep Cats are seemingly a constant on the local scene despite their tender years - possibly Reading's brightest young talent. With a maturity to their songwriting which belies their youth, this four piece's energetic brand of post punk will be sure to get you moving. Indica Palm Radio - the brainchild of Wokingham based Jonas Butler, Indica Palm Radio are a collective brought together to play melodic indie of the highest order. You'll be sure to be humming the hooks all evening. The Petties - originally from Reading but now based in Bristol and following firmly in the footsteps of punk heroes Idles, angsty vocals and aggressive guitars are the order of the day for this darkly humorous bunch.
Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST
MORE INFO: Gig Enquiries 0118 986 6788
  info@risingsun-artscentre.co.uk
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19/01/2019 THE SOLID GOLD 70s SHOW
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Glamrock greats, disco hits, power ballads and party anthems revive the golden age of pop. A fantastic night of hits from Queen, David Essex, Suzi Quatro, ELO, The Osmonds and more. With sparkling vocals, starring supercool musicians that have performed with Mike Oldfield, Asia and Ultravox, step back to a time of Pans People, Eurovision and Saturday Night Fever. The top of the pops time of your life guaranteed!
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
19/01/2019 WALLINGFORD LOCAL PRODUCERS' SATURDAY MARKET

To make available produce grown or produced within a 30 mile radius of Wallingford, sourcing ingredients, wherever possible from within that area. To educate and promote the benefits of locally produced food and other products thereby supporting a vibrant and dynamic local economy. The market was started in 2007 by some of the current stallholders as a means to reach the local community. The produce available ranges from meat (pork, beef, lamb), fruit and vegetables, plants, bread, cheeses, wines, beers,cakes ready prepared food, chocolate, jams, preserves, crafts including wood, knitting, jewellery, cosmetics, pottery, photography, painting and much more. 10am to 1pm.

Regal Centre, St Martin’s Street, Wallingford OX10 0DP
MORE INFO: Dennis Jackson
  admin@wlpm.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
19/01/2019 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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Local Information :
19/01/2019 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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Sport : Horse Racing
19/01/2019 NAVIGATE MATCHBOOK CLARENCE HOUSE CHASE RACEDAY AT ASCOT

The jumps racing elite arrive at Ascot en masse with the much-loved Matchbook Clarence House Steeple Chase as the highlight. Europe's best chase horses go head-to-head to contest the Grade 1 encounter. Previous winners include Desert Orchid, Master Minded and Un De Sceaux, who has been victorious for the past two years.
Ascot Racecourse, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Box Office 0870 727 1234
  enquiries@ascot.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
20/01/2019 MUSIC NIGHT AT THE MILL - THE SOUND OF THE 60s SHOW WITH THE ZOOTS
 THE MILL AT SONNING

THE ZOOTS are Coming! And they're bringing the hits of the 60s! Experience THE Sixties show that's wowing audiences around the world, and headlining venues from the Palladium to Old Trafford. THE ZOOTS are here to make your whole family bop to the '60s beats that everybody loves - with legendary numbers by Elvis, The Beatles, The Monkees, the Beach Boys, and dozens more of your favourite artists. Feel the groove that's thrilling audiences of stage and screen, in more than 30 countries!
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000
  admin@millatsonning.com
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Local Information :
20/01/2019 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: Market Enquiries 01235 227266
  info@tvfm.org.uk
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20/01/2019 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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Local Information :
20/01/2019 BE FEARLESS @SUNDAY ASSEMBLY READING

You’ve already decided to do in 2019 what you meant to do in 2018. Now you need the courage to do that. So thinking of you, we’ve invited the brilliant Free Radicals Improv Troupe along to show you how some gentle improv skills can be applied to your everyday life to allow you to say Yes! to more and get you safely through some of the sticky social situations we all have to face. 10.30am to 12noon.
Reading Irish Centre, Chatham Street, Reading RG1 7HT
MORE INFO: Lynda Chater 07986 172035
  lynda.chater@sundayassemblyreading.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
21/01/2019 to 23/01/2019 ST PETERSBURG CLASSIC BALLET - THE NUTCRACKER AND SWAN LAKE
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

THE NUTCRACKER. A delightfully festive tale and the perfect introduction to Russian classical ballet. Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet presents its scintillating version of the enchanting story of Clara, who is whisked away on a fairy tale adventure by her Nutcracker Prince. Full of tricks and effects, the ballet is set to the magical Tchaikovsky score performed by a live orchestra. SWAN LAKE. The story of the Prince and the Swan Princess, a tragic tale of love that triumphs over evil, set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime, soaring dramatic score performed by a live orchestra.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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21/01/2019 MOTHERS WHO MAKE
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Being a maker of any kind is a more than full time job, often all consuming with antisocial hours and bad pay, and so is mothering! How can we navigate these two demanding roles? Mothers Who Make is a monthly peer support group and creative exchange session for mothers who are artists or makers of any kind, professional and/or passionate. We hold space for you to find whatever support or connection you might need, and it’s a great way to meet and collaborate with other mothers from different creative backgrounds. Every kind of maker and every kind of mother are welcome. We meet on the third Monday of each month, please book so we have an idea of numbers.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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21/01/2019 COMEDY NIGHT AT THE MILL
 THE MILL AT SONNING

The Mill at Sonning is pleased to be able to bring you some great stand up comedians in a hilarious evening of entertainment. Enjoy our full buffet dinner along with the comedy all for £30! Please note that the acts may change from those advertised and that the language and subject matter may not be suitable for children.
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye, Reading RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000
  boxoffice@millatsonning.com
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Leisure : Theatre
21/01/2019 THINK FLOYD
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

This extraordinary band, dubbed the Definitive Pink Floyd Experience, are renowned for their stunning celebration of the music of one of the world's greatest bands. 2019 Celebrates the 40th anniversary of The Wall, one of the best selling albums of all time and the brand new show will feature the complete album as well as the whole range of classic Pink Floyd from the Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and much more. Think Floyd pride themselves in faithfully recreating Pink Floyd's timeless music, backed by their dedicated team of sound and lighting engineers and an impressive laser light show, this exciting production will recreate all the atmosphere, visual magnitude and musical excellence of Pink Floyd live on stage.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
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22/01/2019 FRANKIE'S GUYS - FRANKI VALLI AND FOUR SEASONS TRIBUTE
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

Frankie’s Guys is a fast paced, energetic production with an authentic live concert feel. Putting their own charismatic stamp on timeless classics such as, 'Big Girls Don't Cry', 'Walk Like A Man', ‘Sherry’ & 'Oh What A Night', the boys take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane and remind you exactly why The Four Seasons sold over 100 million records and earned themselves a place in the prestigious 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame'. With slick choreography, charm, charisma, brilliant audience participation and amazing live vocals and a great live band, its clear to see why Frankie's Guys are receiving standing ovations all over the world.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
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Sport : Football
22/01/2019 ROYALS v ASTON VILLA - SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP

Last time out at the Mad Stads the Royals turned on their best display of the season to see of a promotion-challenging Nottingham Forest side. Now comes another visitor with lofty ambitions - fallen giants Aston Villa, who have spent fortunes trying to regain Premier League status. A tough ask, but the Royals coukld claim another good scalp here.
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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Leisure : Theatre
23/01/2019 RESPECT TO ARETHA - LETITIA GEORGE
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

Life-long Aretha Franklin fan and power-house vocalist, Letitia George stars in this heartfelt and uplifting dedication to the Queen of Soul. Aretha Franklin’s extraordinary career as a singer and songwriter spanned over sixty years. She rose from church gospel singer to international stardom at a young age and is widely accepted as the finest female soul singer of our time. Her talent has always been unequalled. Massive hits including ‘A Natural Woman', 'Say a little Prayer', 'Chain of Fools', 'Until You Come Back to Me', 'Think, I Never Love a Man’, and of course ‘Respect’, will ensure that Aretha’s legacy will continue forever.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
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23/01/2019 PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Finlandia, part of a suite which Sibelius wrote for a pageant in 1900, is a concentrated burst of patriotic feeling. Ravel said that his piano concerto was written in the same spirit as those of Mozart and Saint-Saëns with two vivacious outer sections framing a slow movement of still and crystalline beauty. The first of Sibelius’ great cycle of symphonies is a noble and powerful piece from the late 1890s. While influenced by Tchaikovsky, it shows many signs of the composer he was to become.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
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24/01/2019 GREG WOHEAD - CALL IT A DAY
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Two couples; one liberal, one conservative. One progressive, one traditional. One faithless, one faithful. Ten years ago, on a freezing snowy day in the USA, Greg Wohead and his then partner spent an afternoon with a traditional Amish couple. Call it a Day is about that unlikely encounter. What unfolds on stage is a strange, surreal, part-improvised reliving of that meeting again, and again and again and again. Featuring an upicking of Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 hit Time After Time and interruptions from 1985 Amish-themed thriller Witness (starring Harrison Ford), Call It A Day is a kaleidoscopic examination of the impossibility of truly understanding one another.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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24/01/2019 THE BEST OF WHAM
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

A fantastic new show featuring the best of George, Andrew, Pepsi and Shirlie with sensational vocals, choreography, costumes and an awesome live band. Can it really be 37 years since George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley formed one of the most enduring pop groups of the 80s? In four short years WHAM! sold more than 28 million records, topping the charts with three albums, four number one singles and eleven top ten hits. They featured in the Live Aid concert of 1985 and were the first western pop group to ever tour in China. Their impact and influence on the 80s era and music today really cannot be over emphasised. The Best of WHAM! Show includes all those hits, a few B side favourites and a couple of early George Michael bonus songs.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
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24/01/2019 to 26/01/2019 GREASE
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Step back to the 50s with the UK's largest youth musical theatre company. Welcome to the singing and dancing world of Grease, the most successful movie musical of all time. A wholesome exchange student and a leather-clad Danny have a summer romance, but will it cross clique lines?
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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25/01/2019 THAT'LL BE THE DAY 2019
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Back by ever-growing popular demand, get ready to party as the UK’s favourite Rock and Roll variety production returns with another BRAND NEW SHOW! Featuring incredible live music performances, this hugely entertaining Rock & Roll spectacular blends classic gold hits from the 50s, 60s & 70s, with bags of hilarious comedy! Celebrating an entire era of timeless nostalgia, the production is well known for its ability to make audiences return time and time again for a new experience. Now in its 33rd year of consecutive touring of national touring, That’ll Be The Day is living proof that Rock and Roll will never die!
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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25/01/2019 COMEDY AT THE KENTON
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Naz Osmanoglu, star of BBC’s Flat TV, Horrible Histories and Comedy Central’s Drunk History, is an actor, writer and comedian. Meanwhile, Naz regularly performs on the London circuit both as a stand-up comedian and character act, and has taken 4 shows to the Fringe festival, having most recently had a successful solo run in 2017 with The Naz Show. Phil Ellis is an award-winning comedian who has entertained audiences of all ages with his amalgamation of off-beat observational material and physical comedy. Solidifying his reputation in 2014 with his undisputed anarchic sleeper hit of a show Funz and Gamez, Phil won the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award’s panel prize. Tania was a finalist in the Hackney Empire, Amused Moose, Leicester Square, Latitude, and Funny Women competitions. Her last solo show Tania Edwards: Electrifying was named in James Acaster’s top comedy picks for The Guardian, Glamour magazine’s top female comedians to see at the Fringe, and The Mirror’s top five jokes of the Fringe.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
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Leisure : Music
26/01/2019 READING MAKE VOICE CHOIR

First concert of 2019 for Reading Male Voice Choir. Music to suit all genres. Also features support act Avenue (acapella group).
Greyfriars Church, Friar St, Reading RG1 1EH
MORE INFO: Martin Butler 07949 948310
  martinc.butler63@yahoo.co.uk
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Local Information :
26/01/2019 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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Leisure : Theatre
27/01/2019 THE RAT PACK
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

The Rat Pack is Britain’s longest running tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. This hit show perfectly captures not only the wonderful music and comedy of these musical legends, but also offers the remarkable personalities of the stars who truly ruled the entertainment world. This new show includes hit songs made popular by the legendary performers such as The Lady is a Tramp, My Way and New York New York.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
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28/01/2019 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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29/01/2019 CRISPIAN STEELE-PERKINS (TRUMPET) AND THE EUROPEAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
 THE CONCERT HALL, READING

BBC's CD Review concluded that, of all the available recordings of Haydn's famous Trumpet Concerto worldwide, Crispian Steele-Perkins' recording is 'the one to have'. On Tuesday 29 January 2019, you can hear him play it live in the beautiful acoustics of The Concert Hall.
The Concert Hall, Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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30/01/2019 to 23/02/2019 MURDER FOR TWO
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

Back by popular demand following huge success in 2017, the madcap murder mystery returns to The Watermill Theatre for a limited run. A high-energy musical whodunit, Murder For Two is a mystery with a twist. In this loving homage to the canon of murder mystery plays, two actors play thirteen characters... and the piano. When famous novelist Arthur Whitney is found dead at his birthday party, it’s time to call in the detectives. The only problem is, they’re out of town. Enter Officer Marcus Moscowicz, a neighbourhood cop who dreams of climbing the ranks. With the clock ticking, it’s up to Marcus to prove his super sleuthing skills and solve the crime before the real detective arrives.
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044
  boxoffice@watermill.org.uk
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30/01/2019 MIRIAM SHERWOOD - RENDESVOUS IN BRATISLAVA
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Miriam and her granddad are making a cabaret together. They're the perfect double act: he's got the stories, she loves telling them, and they both have a flair for the theatrical. The only problem is - they've never met. And he's been dead for 37 years. Laco Kalina was a dramaturg, satirist, collector of jokes, and writer of cabarets, born in Slovakia in 1913 and died in Germany in 1981. He survived the fascists only to be imprisoned by the communists, who believed he was a threat to the regime.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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30/01/2019 DIRTY DUSTING
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

A chance wrong number gives three cleaning ladies a great idea: ‘Why not run a sex chat line?’ After all, their age and appearance won’t matter on the phone and, providing they can keep this a secret from their boss, they could be on to a winner. Starring Crissy Rock (Benidorm and I’m a Celebrity), Leah Bell, Dolores Porretta and Andrew Green, this is a heart-warming, feel good comedy which sold out in 2017 when it last came to the Corn Exchange. It will have you rolling in the aisles and smiling every time you answer the phone.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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31/01/2019 ISLANDS IN THE STREAM - THE MUSIC OF DOLLY PARTON AND KENNY ROGERS
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Enjoy the songs of the Queen and King of country music - Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Leave your 9 to 5 worries at the door and get ready for a night in the company of Country Music Royalty! This thigh-slapping stage show brings together the beloved glamour and personality of Dolly, along with Kenny’s charisma and energy with hit after hit including: Jolene, Ruby, 9 to 5, Lucille, Here You Come Again, The Gambler, I Will Always Love You, Coward of the County, plus the smash hit Islands in the Stream. Enjoy a superb score and supreme musicianship as we bring the house down with the ultimate tribute to two country music legends.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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31/01/2019 to 02/02/2019 STEPHEN K AMOS - BOUQUETS AND BRICKBATS
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Highly acclaimed stand-up comedian Stephen K Amos hits the road this Autumn with his brand new tour, Bouquets and Brickbats. As Brexit looms on, Trump reigns rampant and everyone seems pushed to extremes, Stephen’s main aim is to cheer us up. Forget everything that’s going on in the world and immerse yourself in the warmth!
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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31/01/2019 THE BIG CHRIS BARBER JAZZ BAND
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

An evening of jazz favourites. Working in the music scene since 1949, Chris Barber OBE has released hundreds of recordings and has performed more than 15,000 concerts in 50 different countries on five different continents. The 10-piece Chris Barber Band delights audiences with everything from the sounds of New Orleans and blues to late 20s Ellington, played with extraordinary panache and skill. Enjoy favourites including Bourbon Street Parade, Jubilee Stomp, Petite Fleur, When the Saints Go Marching In and many more. This evening of high quality jazz and blues will appeal in equal measure to the aficionado and the newcomer.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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01/02/2019 LIVE MUSIC - THE ELO EXPERIENCE
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Celebrating the great music of Jeff Lynn and The Electric Light Orchestra The legacy left by Jeff Lynne & The Electric Light Orchestra barely needs any introduction – suffice to say that 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. In 2016 Jeff Lynne’s ELO came back to prominence with the release of a brand new album - Alone In The Universe and a UK and World tour. The ELO Experience tour will included the greatest hits from an extensive and impressive back catalogue spanning over 45 years. Blending rock rhythms with classical influences, ELO also released many classic albums such as 'A New World Record',
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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01/02/2019 CORN EXCHANGE COMEDY CLUB
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

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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Leisure : Markets
02/02/2019 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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Leisure : Theatre
02/02/2019 JASON MANFORD - MUDDLE CLASS
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. 'Muddle Class' promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ - causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed.
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
03/02/2019 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 : Theatre
03/02/2019 AMERICAN SUPERSLAM WRESTLING
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

2019 sees a brand new line up of top International stars from the wrestling world come into action for a massive Superslam World title series. Stars from all the top federations of the world will be represented in this huge tournament, as well as British favourite’s including Oliver Grey, TV's Love Island star Adam Maxted, action man Deano all facing the challenges from globe trotting superstars. This 2 hour action packed family event is a huge crowd-pleaser and with the special reduced ticket prices is the ideal shop to bring the Family for an evening that will have the kids talking about for weeks after.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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Leisure : Theatre
04/02/2019 THE CIRCUS OF HORRORS
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

The infamous Circus of Horrors and is touring throughout the world, featuring unbelievable sword swallowers, hairculian women swinging around the auditorium from her hair, demon dwarfs, strong man, whirlwind acrobats, flaming limbo, sensational aerialists, knife throwing, cross & long bow wielding Bond like Diva's, twisted contortion & lots, lots more in this roller coaster of a show that is now celebrating 24 years on the road.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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Local Information :
07/02/2019 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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Leisure : Theatre
09/02/2019 THE RAT PACK LIVE
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

They were the definition of cool during their fifties and sixties Vegas heyday – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. Combining the full sound of big band swing with charisma, panache and swagger, the trio, collectively known as The Rat Pack, had attitude to spare. Rat Pack Live invites you to be part of the gang and features all the patter and razzamatazz of their infamous live shows. This brilliant production revives all-time favourites such as New York, New York, That’s Amore, My Way, Mr Bojangles and That’s Life.
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 :
09/02/2019 THAMES VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET (PURLEY)

Run in conjunction with Purley Parish Council, this market is in the big barn next to the Goosecroft recreation ground in Beech Road. Refreshments are provided by the WI, and there's a craft market featuring Purley Lacemakers, local artists, a blacksmith and handmade jewellery.
Big Barn, Beech Road, Purley-on-Thames RG8 8DS
MORE INFO: TVFM Office 01235 227266
  info@tvfm.org.uk
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Sport : Horse Racing
09/02/2019 BETFAIR SUPER SATURDAY RACING AT NEWBURY

One of the highlights of the Jump season, Betfair Super Saturday regularly showcases some of racing’s biggest names alongside the stars of the future. The £155,000 Betfair Hurdle, now the richest race of its type in the UK, boasts a prestigious roll of honour dating back to 1963 with recent winners including 2019 Arkle favourite Kalashnikov, 3-time Champion Hurdle runner-up My Tent or Yours and 4-time Grade 1 winner Zarkandar. The day also features two Grade 2 races. The Betfair Denman Chase, a notable trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, with steeplechasing legends Kauto Star, Denman and Native River all going on from Newbury to win the sport’s flagship race five weeks later and the Betfair Exchange (registered as the Game Spirit), last year used as a stepping stone by Altior who went on to win the 2018 Champion Chase.
The Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01635 40015
  info@racecoursenewbury.co.uk
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Local Information :
10/02/2019 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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