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12th FEB 2019
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Leisure : Days Out
31/01/2019 to 31/03/2019 SNOWDROP WALK AT CLIVEDEN

A self-guided walk around the Estate to see the first signs of snowdrops. Follow the snowdrops around the estate on a self-led walk. The best clusters of snowdrops are expected at Blenheim Lawn, Stable Bank and Ilex Grove (weather depending). Please remember snowdrops are a very fragile plant, and stepping around them will likely cause sevre damage. You can help protect them by not standing in the areas of growth or letting young children or dogs into the area. Please call in advance to confirm the status of the snowdrops.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead SL1 8NS
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01628 605069
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Leisure : Theatre
12/02/2019 to 13/02/2019 SHERLOCK HOLMES - THE SIGN OF FOUR

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s epic second Sherlock Holmes tale is brought to life in this spectacular new stage adaptation. When Mary Morstan arrives at 221B Baker Street to request help with the mystery of her missing father, Holmes takes the case and, with his companion Dr Watson, enters a murky world of deception and trickery. Together they unravel a complex plot involving murder, corruption and stolen jewels. Blackeyed Theatre’s world premiere is crammed full of adventure, romance, comedy and of course one or two rather brilliant deductions. Original live music, stylish theatricality and magical story-telling combine for an unforgettable theatrical experience. The game’s afoot!
The Corn Exchange, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
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Leisure : Music

Travel back in time to meet foreign spies, disgraced favourites and plotting noblemen, illuminating the life of a court which rejoiced in some of the finest music ever created in England, a country who’s royal court revelled in the skill of some of great composers such as Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and John Dowland. This is a time of an unparalleled flowering of the arts in England: the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Explore with Stile Antico how music was used to gain favour with the Queen by courtiers and diplomats, and even by suitors seeking to gain the royal hand in marriage.
St Mary’s Church, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AU
MORE INFO: Box Office 01442 920303
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Leisure : Days Out
16/02/2019 to 16/04/2019 CHILDREN'S VICTORIAN TRAIL - AT THE VYNE

On this family trail through the gardens, see if you can find ten Victorian children that used to live at The Vyne. Pick up your 1 trail sheet from Visitor Reception and look out for Martha Chutes ten children in The Vynes gardens. Booking Not Needed. Children must supervise their adults at all times. Dogs on leads welcome. A National Trust Event - Start 10am. End 4.30pm.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01256 883858
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Sport : Rugby

Reading Rugby Club's veterans travel to Camberley's Watchetts Recreation Ground this Saturday in a testimonial game to honour former player and coach, Richard Jones. Prop Jones, who played for Camberley until last season, having represented Reading at junior level, died in September last year after suffering a brain haemorrhage. His family, from Twyford, were supporters and patrons of both clubs and the two clubs struck up the friendly to raise funds for a Trust in Richard's name. The Surrey club's Under 15s will also play host to Cwmgor RFC, for whom Jones also played during an amateur playing career spanning three decades. His two sons will both pull on their boots to play this weekend, with 14-year old Ben playing against Cwmgor and Dan,18, playing for the Vets against Reading. Both games kick off at 1.15pm and are followed at 2.30pm by 1st XV and 2nd XV fixtures against Hove. A minute's silence will be held across the park before kick-off. All funds raised from the game, including a lunch and post-match auction, will go towards the Richard Jones Memorial Trust fund. Contact Richard Hoare, details below.
Watchetts Recreation Ground, Parkway, Camberley GU15 2SR
MORE INFO: Richard Hoare 01276 25395
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Sport : Football
18/02/2019 to 22/02/2019 ROYALS HALF-TERM SOCCER SCHOOLS

The latest dates for our ever-popular Soccer Schools are available for the upcoming February half-term holidays. The Reading FC Community Trust will be running Soccer Schools all around the local area in the next couple of weeks, so take a look below and see which one is right for you! To book your child's place, head to the booking page on our Community Trust's website below.
Various in Reading area - see weblink below
MORE INFO: Community Trust Team 0118 968 1480
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Aircraft enthusiasts in the Thames Valley will get a last chance to say farewell to the iconic Tornado fighter-bomber, which is being retired from service with the RAF. Weather permitting, three specially marked Tornados will fly past RAF Benson, RAF High Wycombe and RAF Halton (Aylesbury) as part of their Wednesday, February 20 tour, with times to be determined. It’s one of three farewell flyovers that week taking in most of the RAF bases in the UK. The schedule for that day also includes RAF Honington, IWM Duxford, Former RAE Bedford, Cranfield Airfield, MOD Boscombe Down, RAF Pembrey, MOD St Athan, Cardiff Airport, Filton, MOD Shrivenham and RAF Brize Norton. RAF Tornado jets returned home from a base in Cyprus for the last time to their home at RAF Marham in Norfolk on 5 February. The planes will be officially de-commissioned on 31 March. The fleet has been used by the RAF for 40 years and has taken part in combat since the first Gulf War. It is being replaced by the RAF's F-35 Lightning II fighters and an upgraded Typhoon fleet.
RAF Benson, RAF High Wycombe and RAF Halton
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Join our nationwide mammoth quiz. Test your knowledge, have fun and raise money to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. Bring Your Own drinks and nibbles. All proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support.
St Joseph’s Church Hall, Berkshire Drive, Tilehurst RG31 5JJ
MORE INFO: 07809 214015
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Winter Walk for Wards, is organised by the Royal Berks Charity, we do hope that you will come and walk with us on 24th February. There are 2 walks, either 2 miles or 4.5 miles, around the beautiful Dinton Pastures Country Park. Monies raised will go to the Royal Berks Charity and then on to the designated wards. T-shirt and certificate on completion of the walk.
Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis street, Hurst RG10 0TH
MORE INFO: Walk Organiser 0118 322 6939
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Reading 's biggest business show is the ultimate networking event for all ambitious businesses who are looking to grow and prosper. Whether you’re an existing business looking to grow, a business in the early stages, or want to explore the possibilities of starting your own business – you will find something of interest at this networking event. At this free-to-attend business expo, you will find a hive of creativity and activity from our seminars, high-paced speed networking and inspirational keynote speakers, as well as from our variety of exhibitors showcasing the very best of local and regional businesses.
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11, Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: Matthew Larcome and Gemma Brett 0118 430 0219
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Leisure : Days Out

Discover the world of bespoke perfumery. Learn a little bit of perfume history, about the ingredients and extraction methods, understand top notes, middle and base notes and their importance in constructing a lasting fragrance. Using the 21 blends of fragrance designed by a master perfumer, design your very own fragrance to wear and take home with you. You also name your fragrance and can then re-order your own perfume at any time. It’s fun and easy to do and what could be more luxurious than creating your own signature scent?
Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury RG14 2DR
MORE INFO: Enquiries 01635 279279
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Step right up, step right in - the circus is about to begin. The Circus of Dreams had rolled into town for the greatest show on earth. But last night, famed knife-thrower, Chuck Dagger, was found face down in the sawdust of The Big Top with a dagger in his back. ​ A bizarre message has been found at the crime scene, suspicious characters ask to meet with you urgently - and despite the twisted events that have taken place, you get the feeling there's more to Chuck Dagger's killer finale than meets the eye. But what is it? The show must go on but The Circus of Dreams has become a circus of screams. The clowns at Scotland Yard don't stand a chance. ​ Roll up and race round Reading to hunt down hidden evidence, crack cryptic clues and converse with characters - against the clock. Give your detective pals a call and assemble a troupe of super sleuths to catch a killer at the greatest show on earth.
Forbury Gardens, Reading
MORE INFO: A Circus of Screams
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02/03/2019 GET FISHING!

Spring into Fishing is back for 2019! A series of free, fun and friendly activity days around the UK for families this March. Spring Into Fishing events are run by the Angling Trust and funded by the Environment Agency, and are a great way to get everyone out doing something different. Get the kids outdoors and learn new skills and best of all it won’t cost a penny! Everything needed to learn more about the wonderful world of fishing is provided on the day, together with events and games, and our friendly volunteers will make everyone really welcome. We’ll provide you with free tackle, bait, instruction and more info about local clubs and places to go fishing so you know what to do next time.
Braybrooke Park, Makepiece Road, Bracknell RG42 2HG
MORE INFO: Daniel Williams 07957 327963
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Leisure : Exhibitions
05/03/2019 to 20/04/2019 ART EXHIBITION - LIFE ON A SPECTRUM

Abstract art exhibition ‘Life on a Spectrum’ explores autism through the eyes of an autistic artist through the visual form of mixed media on paper. The show at Arlington Arts brings together two collections to form Amatina’s newest exhibit ‘Life on a Spectrum’. The first is ‘Autismo 25’, which uses the Spanish word for autism; ‘autismo’ as it was created while taking part in Hannacc artist residency in Spain - but also acts as a reminder that autism is a global condition and something that affects people regardless of where we are in the world. While ‘NYC 14’ is Amatina’s latest work undertaken in New York City as a result of obtaining the Arts Council England ‘Developing your Creative Practice’ funding. My vision is colour. My heartbeat is rhyme. My mind expands with bursts of line, shape, and form. Art imbues each moment of our lives, every cell of our beings. My hands tell my stories as I connect with humanity and explore meaning through creativity and art. The voyage continues...
Arlington Arts, Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Mahlia Amatina
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Leisure : Music

Tony Wright and Julie Coupland backed by an outstanding band perform some of the greatest songs recorded by Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand to name a few. ‘Love On the Rocks’, ‘Hello Again’, ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’, ‘September Morn’, ‘People Somewhere’, ‘Evergreen’, ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’. This show is one not to be missed!
The Mill at Sonning, Sonning Eye, Reading RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 800
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Leisure : Theatre

The latest string of the seven brass instruments by Mnozil Brass, who, as always exploring the limits of their instruments, enter the arena to counteract the monkey circus of everyday life with music and humor, transforming it into a small, fine flea circus even if only for a few hours ... Come! Listen! Amaze! They are staunch supporters of the thesis that the world is round. And they made another discovery over the course of their 24 years, especially in their legendary performances in the Rocky Mountains, Shibuya and Ühlingen-Birkendorf: Again and again - even with the most intimate cantilenas - there were completely unexpected salmon blasts in the audience.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
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Leisure : Exhibitions

We are not alone in our ability to view the world in colour. Many species of birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians have superior colour vision. Yet our ability to be enchanted by colours which illuminate complex patterns, lines and shapes is probably a uniquely human quality. Of all our senses, perhaps our sight is the most precious. Through our colour vision we understand our world. It warns us of danger, makes objects quickly recognisable, and helps us to store and retrieve precious memories. From the earliest cave paintings we have learned to express our feelings and share our thoughts with each other through colour. Open 10am to 3pm.
250 and 400 South Oak Way, Greenpark, Reading. RG2 6UE
MORE INFO: Jen Gorman 0800 0287338
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