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Leisure : Theatre
14/11/2019 to 04/01/2020 THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER - THE WATERMILL CHRISTMAS SHOW
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

An enchanting new adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic tale with heart-warming original music. Two young dreamers with very different lives long for change. The Prince is bored of royal life, of endless parties and rules and grown-ups. Most of all, he hates the grown-ups and wishes he had friends his own age to play with. Outside the palace walls in the bustling streets of London, a young girl who loves to play music and dance dreams of escaping her humble life to perform for the finest people in the city. When their two worlds collide, the prince and the pauper embark on a thrilling adventure beyond their wildest imaginations. Switching places to live each other’s lives, will they ever be the same again? A magical, musical tale of dreams, ambition and friendship, book now for Christmas 2019!
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044
  boxoffice@watermill.org.uk
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Leisure : Bars
16/11/2019 to 05/01/2020 APRÈS - READING'S MOST POPULAR CHRISTMAS BAR

For the fifth 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, however that site is currently being redeveloped, and is unavailable in 2019, so the bar has moved back to its original home beside the ice rink in Forbury Gardens. 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: Gunter from the Apres 0203 793 5533
  info@ApresReading.com
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Leisure : Museums
18/11/2019 to 18/04/2020 ANIMAL WORLD ART JOURNEYS
 READING MUSEUM

Journey through time and around the world in a visual treat of an exhibition where great art meets great craft. See how artists have transformed the animal world into stunning stylised forms such as Peruvian weavings and Javanese batiks. Enjoy the work of artists from as far afield as ancient Egypt or nineteenth century Asia to contemporary Britain. Find images of animals including lobsters and lions, donkeys with dragons, birds beside beasties. Drawn from across the collections of Reading Museum, the Museum of English Rural Life and Reading people, this is a show for families and creative thinkers to explore.
Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
19/11/2019 to 01/01/2020 THE BEAR EXHIBITION AT NORDEN FARM
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

An immersive exhibition to explore and discover. The Gallery is transformed by work created by local children as part of our annual art competition. Inspired by our Christmas production, The Bear by bestselling author, Raymond Briggs. Visit the story den for storytelling sessions while you’re here for tales from the land of Bears and beyond. This year's exhibition is curated by visual artist Amelia Pimlott and students from BCA college as part of our young creatives project.
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
23/11/2019 to 23/12/2019 DECADENCE - CHRISTMAS AT BASILDON PARK
 BASILDON PARK (NATIONAL TRUST)

Witness Basildon Park dripping in opulent Christmas dcor and feel the glow of thousands of tree lights as we do Christmas the Victorian way. Booking Not Needed. Suitable for children of all ages. A National Trust Event - Gates open 10:00. Start 11:00. End 15:15. Free Event but Normal Admission Charges Apply.
Basildon Park, Lower Basildon RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 01491 672920
  basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Exhibitions
23/11/2019 to 12/01/2020 LIFE ON A SPECTRUM - ART EXHIBITION
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

A Compelling Interactive Art Experience Celebrating Autism and Neurodiversity. Life on a Spectrum is an interactive exhibit that uses visual art, writing, videography and performance art to involve viewers both onsite and online. Visitors can play an active role in the creative process and are encouraged to interact with exhibition elements by generating their own art using pre-cut magnetic shapes and leaving responses to questions related to autism-specific traits. The exhibition will grow naturally over time, as more reactions are collated and the narrative on neurodiversity continues to grow within the space. The exhibition is funded by the Arts Council England and is open to the public for free. The aim is to capture the imagination of people from all backgrounds to learn about, and celebrate, neurodiversity.
South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Mahlia Amatina   mahliaamatina@gmail.com
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Leisure : Days Out
25/11/2019 to 15/12/2019 CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS AT STONOR
 STONOR PARK

For generations the Stonor Family have delighted in decorating Stonor House for Christmas each year. For the last four years they have opened the doors of Stonor for everyone to enjoy the decorations which are put together with the Head Gardener and Park team and well-known and gifted florist Sue Bailey West. The decorations change each year and in 2019 Stonor will be decorated for 'A Candlelit Christmas'. The process of decorating Stonor for Christmas starts many months ahead, with holly, mistletoe, sweet scented pine and other greenery carefully selected from the estate to suit each year’s theme.
Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6HF
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 01491 638587
  enquiries@stonor.com
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Leisure : Exhibitions
25/11/2019 to 24/12/2019 HAMPSHIRE'S LEADING CITIZEN - EXHIBITION AT THE VYNE

Bequeathing The Vyne to the trust in 1956, three rooms will explore how Sir Charles Chute and the estate evolved through the turbulence of two world wars. Sir Charles inherited The Vyne in 1892 and ultimately ensured its survival in the 20th Century. Over 100 years of history will reveal how The Vyne has always been happiest when full of people. Booking Not Needed. Children are welcome. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. A National Trust Event - Gates open 10:00. Start 12:00. End 15:00.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01256 883858
  thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Local Information :
25/11/2019 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
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29/11/2019 to 04/01/2020 ALADDIN - THE SOUTH HILL PARK BRACKNELL PANTOMIME
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

From the highly acclaimed creative team who brought you Dick Whittington And His Cat (2018) comes South Hill Park’s mystical re-imagining of Aladdin. Will Aladdin and his magical lamp defeat the forces of evil? Will the princess and Aladdin find true love? Join a host of colourful characters in a magical carpet ride to the Wilde Theatre this 2019. An award-worthy pantomime! Last year’s pantomime Dick Whittington And His Cat was highly regarded by the Great British Pantomime Awards with a nomination for Best Script (Joyce Branagh). Our talented designer Victoria Spearing won the award for Best Staging/Set Design.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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29/11/2019 to 12/01/2020 ALADDIN - THE WINDSOR THEATRE ROYAL PANTOMIME
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

Make your wishes come true and join us on this magical carpet ride of a show, featuring Theatre Royal Windsor’s traditional pantomime comedy capers, with a sprinkle of magic and dazzling dancers, colourful costumes and a glittering star cast featuring actor Paul Nicholas, musical legend Marti Webb and not forgetting the little fox with the big laugh, Basil Brush! A treasure of a show you won’t want to miss. Joining Paul, Marti and Basil are Windsor’s favourite calamitous comedy duo, Kevin Cruise and Steven Blakeley who are celebrating their 10th year in Panto together at Theatre Royal.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
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29/11/2019 to 04/01/2020 SLEEPING BEAUTY - THE CORN EXCHANGE NEWBURY PANTOMIME
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Once upon a time in a land not so far away the beautiful Princess Aurora is tricked by an evil fairy and falls into a deep sleep. A hush falls over the castle as they wait for her true love to awaken her from her slumber… Step up Nanny and the dream team as they battle to save the day. Will they defeat the evil fairy? Will love conquer all? This spell-binding production is full of songs to sing along to and stunning dance routines, plus plenty of magic and sparkle. Our ever-popular pantomime has become a fun-filled tradition for the families of Newbury and beyond. Set your alarms now – to miss Sleeping Beauty would be a nightmare!
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
30/11/2019 to 23/12/2019 A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT THE VYNE

Become part of the Chute family this Christmas and enjoy a Victorian home discovering Charles Dickens for the first time. Exploring a Victorian household, you can immerse yourself in the Dickensian tale of A Christmas Carol. Booking Not Needed. Children are welcome. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. A National Trust Event - Gates open 10:00. Start 12:00. End 15:00. Free Event but Normal Admission charges apply.
Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01256 883858
  thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
30/11/2019 to 08/02/2020 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
 THE MILL AT SONNING

Set in Hollywood in the waning days of the silent screen era, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN centres on romantic lead Don Lockwood, his sidekick Cosmo Brown, aspiring actress Kathy Selden, and Lockwood's leading lady Lina Lamont, whose less-than-dulcet vocal tones make her an unlikely candidate for stardom in the transition from silent films to 'talkies'. A brilliant script, show-stopping choreography and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards including Make 'em Laugh, You Are My Lucky Star, Good Mornin' and of course the one that you will all be waiting for…Singin' in the Rain - and yes, there will be real rain!!
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000
  admin@millatsonning.com
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03/12/2019 to 04/12/2019 MILTON JONES - MILTON IMPOSSIBLE (WARM-UP SHOW)
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

One man. One Mission. Is it possible? No, not really. Milton reveals the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo. But this is also a love story with a twist… or at least a really bad sprain. Just gloriously daft nonsense… or is there a deeper meaning?
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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03/12/2019 to 07/12/2019 SEASON'S GREETINGS - STUDIO THEATRE COMPANY
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Christmas has arrived in Bunker house along with family and friends. But as the children lurk out of sight it’s the adults who let the side down. Cheating at snakes and ladders, fighting over comic books and a bungled infidelity underneath the tree. Season’s Greetings offers a seriously entertaining look at the misery and hi-jinks of an average family Christmas.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484 123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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03/12/2019 SINODUN PLAYERS - PUNCHBOWL, LOVE AND MARRIAGE
 WALLINGFORD CORN EXCHANGE

The theme this year is Love and Marriage. Sinodun Players will provide the first half of this evening, consisting of sketches and songs, taking a humorous look at love and marriage from the courtship stage, via difficult husbands, to children’s views on marriage (from our youth group Encore) and other issues on this theme, ending with some fun songs with a nod to fast-approaching Christmas. The second half of the programme will be performed by our much-loved Cholsey Silver Band who will produce their usual magic, ending with some Carols which we can all join in with.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Wallingford OX10 0EG
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 825000
  info@cornexchange.org.uk
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04/12/2019 CINDERELLA 2 - THE MRS CHARMING YEARS
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

A celebrity grown-up pantomime - for one night only in aid of charity. Local celebrities and surprise guests take to the Kenton Stage for a grown-up version of Cinderella. There will also be an auction and live music with all profits going to the local The Chiltern Centre based off Greys Road, Henley on Thames.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
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04/12/2019 to 14/12/2019 A CHRISTMAS CAROL
 WOKINGHAM THEATRE

It’s Dickens but not as you know it, in this fun, fresh and lively adaptation of the Christmas classic. Of his version, Hutchison writes the reason he loves the story so much is the opportunity to show that people have a second chance. There’s so much depression in the world that being able to realize that there is another day and that you can write on a brand-new page tomorrow and that no matter where you’ve been you can turn things around and start over is an important message. With some familiar faces, a few new ones, and a good old-fashioned ghost or two this fresh take on an old tale is sure to delight our audiences and leave you feeling thoroughly festive.
Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road Wokingham RG40 5TU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 978 5363
  boxoffice@wokinghamtheatre.org.uk
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Business to Business :
05/12/2019 READING EAST BUSINESS BISCOTTI CHRISTMAS MEET

Business Biscotti is a Private Membership Organisation - we run business clubs across the UK. We warmly welcome guests (guest tickets are £10 and must be pre-booked). We are a thriving UK business community. We share success stories, encourage collaboration, nurture business growth, and most importantly WE DO BUSINESS! You can expect some Quality Time - to network with local business people - and a Marketing Table, to share your services, products and promotions.
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading M4 J10, Mill Lane Sindlesham, Wokingham RG41 5DG
MORE INFO: Derek Spicer 07890 765860
  derek.spicer@picoproductions.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
05/12/2019 OPERA PRELUDE PRESENTS CANTIQUE DE NOEL
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Opera Prelude invites you to mark the start of the festive season with a sparkling celebration of opera favourites and more. This special gala event presents performances of song from some of the best loved opera and musical theatre by exciting new young performers. Join the opera stars of the future for an enchanting evening of music. Opera Prelude is a Henley based charity dedicated to supporting the next generation of operatic talent.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
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05/12/2019 to 08/12/2019 THE ALDERMASTON YORK NATIVITY PLAY

The village of Aldermaston has put on a Nativity Play in the parish church of St Mary the Virgin every year since 1957. The play is an adaptation of 8 or 9 plays from the 400 year old York Mystery Cycle plays that tell the story of the first Christmas. The Aldermaston staging of the York Nativity Play was the brainchild of Revd Canon Stanley Young, the vicar of Aldermaston, and Pat Eastop, a local mother and teacher who had studied Medieval Art. Pat went on to direct the play for 57 consecutive years before her death in 2014. She was awarded an M.B.E. This version of The York Nativity Play Cycle was made in 1930 by E. Martin Browne. The text was revised in 1952, after E. Martin Brown’s experience in producing the York Mystery Cycle Plays. It is this 1952 edition that we perform at Aldermaston. Martin Browne had a long career in religious drama He produced the revival of the Mystery Plays in York in 1951, 1954 and 1957.
The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Church Road, Aldermaston RG7 4HR
MORE INFO: Box Office
  tickets@aldermastonnativity.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
05/12/2019 TALK BY JOAN DILS - READING'S 19th CENTURY SCHOOLS

For much of the 1800s, the churches and wealthy individuals were the main benefactors instrumental in setting up local schools. Then from 1871, the local authority in Reading also became involved, providing education through the Reading School Board. Find out more about our much loved local schools in this fascinating talk. This talk is organised by Berkshire Family History Society.
Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ
MORE INFO: Talk Enquiries 0118 950 9553
 
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Leisure : Theatre
06/12/2019 to 07/12/2019 THE KING IS BACK - BEN PORTSMOUTH, TAKING CARE OF ELVIS
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

The King Is Back - Ben Portsmouth Is Elvis! Come and celebrate Christmas with the World’s Greatest Elvis Tribute and the magnificent TCE Band. He looks like Elvis, sings like Elvis and has an on-stage charisma that has audiences believing at times they are watching the King himself. In August 2012, Ben made history in Memphis, being crowned as the 'Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist', the first artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
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06/12/2019 BRACKNELL JAZZ
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Featuring this month, Kelvin Christiane - tenor sax - and Stuart Henderson - trumpet. Accomplished reed man Kelvin Christiane has played with everyone from Don Weller to Bernard ‘Pretty’ Purdie. He organises the Twickenham Jazz Club and has released a steady stream of albums. Stuart was principal trumpet of The Scots Guards Band. Since leaving the services, Stuart has appeared with many of the country’s finest jazz musicians.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
06/12/2019 MEDITATION EVENING

Come and join us to invite stillness into your mind and body with an immersive evening of Reiki, Meditation and Sound at this beautiful space. Expect an evening for the senses as you experience sound, vibrations and blended aromas to encourage you quieten the mind and still the body with gentle touch applied to your head, shoulders, hands or feet. Om Nom Health is a private, online nutrition and wellness clinic specialising in digestive health, hormone health and stress management. My team and I empower people to take charge of their own health. Our tailored approach is simple, supportive and encourages you to embrace a healthier way of living through the food you love and the life you lead. Whether you want to rebalance your digestion, address on-going fatigue, maintain your ideal weight, balance your hormones, kickstart your health or are just sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, we can help.
Eye and Dunsden Village Hall, Dunsden Green, Reading RG4 9QG
MORE INFO: Emily 0118 328 2270
  info@omnomheath.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
07/12/2019 to 08/12/2019 FAMILY FESTIVITIES CHRISTMAS TRAIL AT CLIVEDEN
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

A festive trail through Clivedens grounds, inspired by the stories of Astor family Christmases on the Estate. A festive trail through Clivedens grounds, inspired by the stories of Astor family Christmases on the Estate.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire SL1 8NS
MORE INFO: Event Enquiries 01628 605069
  clivedenpress@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Museums
07/12/2019 to 08/12/2019 INDOOR CHRISTMAS MARKET - AT MILESTONES MUSEUM

The Milestones Museum Christmas Market is back by popular demand! Join us for our seasonal, undercover market in the museum's Victorian streets, where you can: - Visit over 40 stalls selling festive treats and gifts - Experience Victorian Christmas with our costumed interpreters and themed market - Meet Santa in his grotto (bookable in advance*) and receive a gift - Enjoy festive refreshments including mulled wine and mince pies, or take a break in The Baverstock Arms - Have family fun including Victorian themed make-and-takes - Listen to Christmas carols and festive music - Learn about Christmas crafts and traditions from days gone by - Have full access to everything else the museum has to offer.
Milestones Museum, Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke RG22 6PG
MORE INFO: Christmas Event Enquiries 01256 639550
  info@hants.gov.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Music
07/12/2019 CONCERTS IN CAVERSHAM - CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT

Concerts in Caversham's annual sell-out event - Christmas Concert by Candlelight, will once again fill the church with wonderful music to celebrate the arrival of the season of Advent. The programme will include, Vivaldi's Winter from The Four Seasons, Gabriel's oboe, Pachelbel's Canon and concertos for flute, cello and harpsichord. The orchestra will be lead by Tamas Andras - co-leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and all performers are top London players. The church is wonderfully atmospheric in full candlelight and the acoustics of St Andrew's Church are absolutely superb.There will be mulled wine and mince-pies during the interval which are included in the ticket price.
St Andrew’s Church, Albert Road, Caversham RG4 7PL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 948 4112
  music@standrewscaversham.org
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07/12/2019 CHRISTMAS BELLS AND CHIMES - WITH THE BARFIELD HANDBELL RINGERS

An afternoon of music to brighten a winter day. Performed by 14 ringers playing nearly 100 handbells, there will be a varied programme of music, including some Christmas pieces to get everyone in the festive mood.
St Mary’s Church, Church Gate, Thatcham RG19 3PN
MORE INFO: Dianne Rogers 01635 867421
  dianne@barfield.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
07/12/2019 THE CARNIVAL OF ANIMALS LANTERN PARADE
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

The Carnival of the Animals Lantern Parade returns to illuminate Maidenhead on Saturday 7 December! Featuring live music and entertainment from The Brass Funkeys who bring pumping brass driven funk to lead you on the route! Plus street food, licensed bar and hot drinks. Free to attend and open to all! And you don't need a lantern to take part - just come down and celebrate with the community.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
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07/12/2019 LIVE MUSIC - U2BABY
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

U2Baby capture the unique sound of legendary band U2 as well as the look. Their Bono sings exactly like the real thing, putting on a great show with star swagger. They have performed internationally in theatres and at festivals. WHY? Expect all the band's legendary hits, including With or Without You, One and Where the Streets Have No Name.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
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07/12/2019 to 05/01/2020 CINDERELLA - THE HEXAGON READING PANTOMIME
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Come and join us for another fabulous family festive treat! We are delighted that our great friend and CBeebies Super-Star Justin Fletcher will be returning once again for this year's Christmas show at The Hexagon. Paul Morse ~ 'Reading's favourite (and award-winning) Dame', will also be returning for more slap-stick silly-ness. Will the Wicked Stepsisters succeed in ruining Cinderella's dreams of happiness or will her Fairy Godmother and loyal friend Buttons be able to thwart their wicked plans? Come and join us at the ball and find out!
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
07/12/2019 GORING FESTIVE FOOD AND LOCAL PRODUCE FAIR

Goring's Festive Food and local Produce Fair takes place on Saturday December 7th, 10am-3pm. This annual event provides a perfect opportunity to prepare for the festive season. We have a varied selection of fine food and drink stalls to suit both savoury and sweet tastes. These include tastings from Walters’ turkeys, Christmas cakes, puddings and mince pies, chocolates and fudge, cheeses from Neal’s Yard, artisan bread, pickles, preserves, locally grown vegetables and flowers, hampers, gluten free foods and puddings plus fine wines local gins, beer and cider. Babies and toddlers will also be catered for with a stall offering healthy, artisan dried blended baby meals and fruit.
Goring Village Hall, Goring RG8 9AG
MORE INFO: Food Fair Enquiries 01491 872707
 
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Local Information :
07/12/2019 TABLE TOP AND JUMBLE SALE AT ISLAND FARM DONKEY SANCTUARY

Table Top and Jumble Sale at Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Nr. Wallingford OX10 0SW. Saturday 7th December, doors open from 11 am. Lots of interesting stalls. Buyers entry 50p but no buyers before 11 am please to give the sellers time to set up.
Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary, Old Didcot Road, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Nr. Wallingford OX10 0SW
MORE INFO: Sale Enquiries 01491 833938
  mail@donkeyrescue.org.uk
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Leisure : Charity
08/12/2019 READING BIKERS CHARITY TOY RUN 2018

When the event was launched 34 years ago, only 18 riders took part. This year nearly 2,000 bikers from all over the country are expected to take part in what is officially the world’s biggest motorcycle charity toy run. Every rider will carry a toy which is donated to Barnardo’s and other children’s charities over Christmas. Some roads will be closed briefly, with diversions in place. Roads most affected are Whitley Wood Lane, Lower Earley Way between The Black Boy Roundabout and The Showcase cinema. On from there it will be the A329 Reading Road between the Showcase and Shute End and Rectory Road and Wiltshire Road to Barnardo's High Close School in Wokingham.
1pm meet at John Wood PLC, RG2 9FW, (Formerly AMEC Foster Wheeler, formerly Shire Hall), near to J 11 M4.
MORE INFO: Ben Spiller 0118 978 7095
 
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Leisure : Days Out
08/12/2019 READING CORPORATION TRANSPORT CENTENARY

2019 is the Centenary of the first Reading Corporation motor bus service which was heralded by a civic run on Friday 5th December 1919 and commenced public operation on 6th December 1919. The service ran from Tilehurst (Plough Inn) to Caversham Heights (Harrogate Road/Albert Road) via Caversham Bridge. On Sunday 8th December will be marked by Reading buses from different eras re-tracing the original route. Buses will be centred on St Mary's Butts and will pick up and set down at the Station Hill terminus by Reading Station running between 10.30 and 16.30. This is a free service provided by the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust. The service will run from 10.30 until 16.30.
St Marys Butts and Reading Station RG1 1LZ
MORE INFO: Enquiries
  enquiries@tvagwot.org.uk
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Leisure : MUSIC
08/12/2019 TRINITY CONCERT BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Trinity Concert Band’s Christmas concert is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit with lashings of music and carols guaranteed to bring Christmas cheer to all the family. The award winning wind orchestra will be performing at Reading Minster for the first time and will kick start proceedings with a rousing Fanfare for Christmas. This will be swiftly followed by a variety of seasonal specials including O Magnum Mysterium, Jingle Bells, music from blockbuster greats Home Alone and Polar Express, a fabulous Glenn Miller style Christmas medley, and much more! This is an afternoon concert starting at 4pm. Introduced at their Summer Concert in June, Trinity Concert Band’s ‘Newcomers Scheme’ offers those who have never been to one of their concerts before a FREE ticket to their first concert! Simply reserve a ticket in advance by calling their box office - see webste for details. Trinity Concert Band is a symphonic wind band based in Lower Earley, Reading made up of both talented amateurs and professional musicians. The group perform up to five formal concerts each year in the area and can be seen at bandstands across the region during the summer months. In 2018 they were one of only two bands in the UK to receive the top Platinum award at the National Concert Band Festival.
Reading Minster, Chain Street, Reading, RG1 2HX
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 449 2099
  boxoffice@trinityband.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
08/12/2019 BELIEVE IN THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS
 SHINFIELD PLAYERS THEATRE

An evening of Christmas entertainment for all the family. This is a charity event raising funds for Shinfield Players Theatre charity of the year, Talking books for the blind. Bring the whole family along and enjoy the sounds of Christmas.
Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, Reading RG2 9DF
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 975 8880
 
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08/12/2019 THE INTERNATIONAL UKULELE CLUB OF SONNING COMMON
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

After the loss of her singing voice in 2007, Sam Brown (Stop, Jools Holland, Pink Floyd) had to find a new way to earn a crust! Some friends wanted to learn the ukulele, and so she began teaching in her front room! Interest ballooned, and now there are 5 ukulele clubs, with over 100 members in total. The first club was The International Ukulele Club of Sonning Common. The IUCSC have played on albums, played at Cornbury Festival, Bunkfest, Beacon Festival and toured in Paris, Prague and Oxfordshire. The IUCSC have honed their unique and varied entertainment skills over the last 9 years. They have much experience delighting audiences with their own special melting pot of music. With several fantastic soloists, the IUCSC has become a veritable vortex of musical talent.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
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08/12/2019 THE RAT PACK AT CHRISTMAS
 THE MILL AT SONNING

Following last year’s four-night sell out, we are pleased to announce the return of The Rat Pack at Christmas. Featuring the internationally-renowned Manhattan Swing Orchestra and one of Dean Martin’s sensational Gold Diggers, The Definitive Rat Pack bring you an evening of festive classics, including White Christmas, Jingle Bells, The Christmas Song and Let It Snow, plus all- time favourites including I’ve Got You Under My Skin, That’s Amore, Mr Bojangles and New York, New York.
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000
  admin@millatsonning.com
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08/12/2019 LIVE MUSIC - PICTISH TRAIL
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Throughout his career Pictish Trail – aka Johnny Lynch – has resolutely furrowed his own path, steadily creating a unique catalogue of recordings and performances through his own labels (Lost Map / Fence Records) while eschewing the blueprint of the predictable singer-songwriter in favour of something untidily intriguing. Born out of a compulsion to make infectious, melody driven music from a treasure trove of secret sounds, Pictish Trail’s spectral songs are filtered through a sun-warped pop lens, where heart-pumping guitar shriek-outs collide with sampled gurgles and fractured lyrics figure-skate over sine-waves of glacial synth.
South Street Arts, 21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: box office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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Local Information :
08/12/2019 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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Local Information :
08/12/2019 SOUTH BERKSHIRE SINGERS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT CORPUS CHRISTI WOKINGHAM

South Berkshire Singers will be hosting a Christmas Celebration of seasonal music and readings at Corpus Christi Church. They will be ably supported by the children of St. Teresa's School Choir and refreshments including mince pies and wine will be served at the end of the concert. All proceeds will go towards The Africa Fund supporting a primary school in Nairobi, Kenya and an orphanage near Entebbe in Uganda.
Corpus Christi Church, Sturges Road, Wokingham RG40 2HE
MORE INFO: May Withers 0118 978 5635
 
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Local Information :
08/12/2019 NEWBURY ARTISAN MARKET

NOTE DIFFERENT DATE: Newbury Artisan Market usually takes over the streets of Newbury on the last Sunday of the month. Think quality produce, original art, designer crafts & sizzling street food, all mixed in with family activities, music and more... Our ‘Feast Street’ section will get your taste buds tingling with a mouth-watering selection of locally produced dishes. Our Designer-Makers promise to fill your bags and homes with gifts and all manner of unique designs and vintage treasures. Our food producers will fill your cupboards with ciders and sauces, breads and pastries, meats and sweet treats. Our Kids corner will provide activities and entertainment for the little ones while you have a well deserved break and a coffee. Find us in Newbury town centre from 10 am– 4pm.
Northbrook Street, Newbury Town Centre RG14 1DJ
MORE INFO: Market Organiser 01749 939485
  info@newburyartisanmarket.co.uk
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Sport : Football
08/12/2019 ROYALS v ARSENAL - FA WOMEN'S SUPER LEAGUE

Kick-off 2.30pm. Ahead of Arsenal Women’s visit to Adams Park this Sunday, Kelly Chambers’ Royals are coming off some impressive results, which include a 6-0 victory against Crystal Palace in which Norwegian striker Lisa-Marie Utland netted 5 times. The win over Palace was the last of 4 fixtures the side played at the Madejski Stadium across October and November. This was followed up by the come-from-behind performance of the season so far against West Ham, where a 10 player Reading side came back from a 2-0 down to secure a 3-2 victory with just 15 minutes of the game to go. Reading’s most recent outing against Brighton & Hove Albion was another never-say-die performance, with Remi Allen scoring a 94th minute equaliser to ensure the Royals walked away from the People’s Pension Stadium with a hard-earned point.
Adams Pak, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe HP12 4HJ
MORE INFO: Wycombe Ticket Office 08442 252990
  ticketing@readingfc.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
09/12/2019 to 31/12/2019 HANSEL AND GRETEL - THE SOUTH STREET CHRISTMAS SHOW
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Hansel and Gretel were born holding hands, nothing can keep them apart. Until one day they are cast out into the forbidden woods with no way home. Will they ever find one another again? Can they survive the dark, twisting festival of the forest? And what is that powerful smell of candy floss that keeps catching on the wind?
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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09/12/2019 to 31/12/2019 ROBIN HOOD - THE CAMBERLEY PANTOMIME

Robin Hood Monday 09 Dec 2019 - Tuesday 31 Dec 2019 Choose a Showing About The Show: From the team who brought you Cinderella, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty – the biggest adventure yet! Robin Hood returns home to Sherwood Forest to find the greedy Sheriff of Nottingham starving the local people, raising taxes and ruling a very unhappy kingdom. Courageous, kind and headstrong, Robin can’t stand by and watch friends and family suffer. So vows to be brave and stand up for the local people. The Sheriff, alone in his ivory tower, is hell-bent on becoming the richest and most powerful man in the country. He tricks Will Scarlett into betraying Robin, giving him vital information and capturing Maid Marion – will the Merry Men and true friendship save the day?
Camberley Theatre. Knoll Road, Camberley GU15 3SY
MORE INFO: Box Office 01276 707600
  camberley.theatre@surreyheath.gov.uk
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Local Information :
09/12/2019 to 13/12/2019 CHRISTMAS LUNCH IN THE COWSHED TEAROOM AT GREYS COURT

Handmade Christmas dinner for you, your family & friends. This year in the tea-room were inviting you to have a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, with a vegetarian option and children's option available.
Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4PG
MORE INFO: Event Enquiries 01491 628529
  greyscourt@nationaltrust.org.uk
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10/12/2019 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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Leisure : Theatre
10/12/2019 to 11/12/2019 PLATINUM CHRISTMAS SHOW - A SPARKLING NIGHT OF ABBA GLAM AND GLITZ
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Having sold out again last year, internationally acclaimed PLATINUM – The Live ABBA Tribute Show return with their spectacular theatre show. PLATINUM provide an incredible tribute to one of the greatest music acts of all time. Described by the Evening Standard as “better than the original”, their breathtaking show has to be seen to be believed. PLATINUM have performed around the world for Kings & Queens, Princes & Princesses, Presidents, top prestigious companies and international festival crowds of up to 30,000 people. More than just a tribute, with stunning musicianship, their meticulously crafted, electrifying performance this show will appeal to all ages. This stunning, LIVE show promises an unforgettable evening of singing & dancing!
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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Leisure : Arts
11/12/2019 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
 
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Leisure : Days Out
11/12/2019 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
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Leisure : Museums
11/12/2019 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
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11/12/2019 A 17th CENTURY CHRISTMAS - TALK BY TIM HEALY AT WEST BERKS MUSEUM
 WEST BERKSHIRE MUSEUM

This talk by Tim Healey presents a vibrant portrait of Christmas in a turbulent age. There are Lords of Misrule, Twelfth Night revels, wassails, boar’s head feasts, frost fairs on the frozen Thames – and a Puritan ban on Christmas itself. A freelance writer and broadcaster, Tim Healey also directs the 17th-century costume band, The Oxford Waits. Authentic 17th century nibbles will be available for you to try if you wish.
West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 01635 519562
  museum@westberks.gov.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
11/12/2019 to 14/12/2019 ROMEO AND JULIET
 PROGRESS THEATRE, READING

Two households, both alike in dignity In fair Verona, where we lay our scene From ancient grudge break to new mutiny Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents' strife. The feud between the noble houses of Capulet and Montague is deep and bitter. So when the son of one house falls in love with the daughter of the other, what can come of it?
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 384 2195
  enquiries@progresstheatre.co.uk
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11/12/2019 CHILDREN'S STORY TIME AT THE MILL
 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
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11/12/2019 APACHE KITES - SIXTIES CHRISTMAS PARTY
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Following from their energetic appearance at this year’s Summer of Love festival, Apache Kites return to South Hill Park for a Sixties Christmas Party. This Bracknell-based trio of experienced musicians play rousing covers of 60s classics. The band includes ex-members of Sham 69, Moonboot Oz and The Magic Mushroom Band, bringing their respective influences together to form their unique ‘paisley punk’ sound with an engaging stage presence. A chance to dance the night away!
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
11/12/2019 STEELEYE SPAN - THE 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

A vintage year for music and the end of a decade that changed the world, 1969 would also see the birth of a band that would go on to become one of the most enduring stories in the folk world and beyond. Fifty years on and Steeleye Span, led as ever by Maddy Prior, mark this incredible milestone with a night of favourites and songs from new album EST’D 1969.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
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Leisure : Museums
12/12/2019 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
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Leisure : Theatre
12/12/2019 JOHN FISHER AND THE IDMC GOSPEL SOUL CHOIR
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

John Fisher and IDMC bring their multiple award winning, infectious gospel sound. They perform traditional songs and tracks from their albums that span the past 25 years. The choir have collaborated with artists such as Michael Bublé, Luciano Pavarotti, Heather Small and Sting.
Norden Farm Arts Complex, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
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12/12/2019 ACE WINTER SHOWCASE
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

ACE return to share this season's repertoire, which includes work created by professionals and teachers. The company was established in 2001 and offers trained dancers and aspiring dancers alike the opportunity to work and perform in a professional environment. This new evening of dance, hosted by ACE Dance studios, is a celebration of the diversity and skill that is abundant across Berkshire. Here, the Newbury-based ACE invites the best young performers to present their latest and finest repertoire.
Arlington Arts, Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246
  boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk
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12/12/2019 BYE BYE BABY - A CELEBRATION OF FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Bye Bye Baby covers the journey of The Four Seasons through the sounds of one of the most successful vocal groups of all time. From the very beginning, to the disco era, and then to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this show spans it all. The show demonstrates the diversity and harmonic sounds as once performed by the great group themselves as they perform 31 numbers in close four-part harmony. Accompanied by slick choreography and the recognisable falsetto, Bye Bye Baby really sets the scene for a great night. This sensational production features many of the bands worldwide hits, including Beggin', Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Lets Hang On, Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye), and many, many more.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
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12/12/2019 to 05/01/2020 ALADDIN - THE ANVIL BASINGSTOKE PANTOMIME
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Make Anvil Arts' spectacular pantomime one of your three wishes this Christmas. Jump aboard the magic carpet and follow Aladdin, his hapless brother, and of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a fearless quest to stop the evil Abanazar from ruling the world. Featuring magnificent scenery, beautiful costumes, lamp-fulls of laughter and an Aladdin’s cave of stupendous surprises, this traditional pantomime is a genie-us way for the whole family to spend a night out together. So don’t miss a whole new world of adventure!
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
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Sport : Football
12/12/2019 ROYALS UNDER-18 v CRYSTAL PALACE - FA YOUTH CUP 3rd ROUND

The Youth Cup is the country's biggest Academy football tournament, with the very biggest teams in the nation entering the Cup at the Third Round stage, with U18 sides from the Premier League and Championship entering the fray. Our Scholars, coached by Mikele Leigertwood and Michael Donaldson, have been drawn at home to the Eagles. Traditionally, the FA Youth Cup sees the strongest available Under-18 players compete in the tournament, even if legible players often play above their age group, with Liverpool winning the title last season.
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11, Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0118 968 1313
  ticketing@readingfc.co.uk
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Leisure : Music
13/12/2019 FESTIVE CAROLS AND MUSIC

As well as performing some of the Christmas carols that have proved most popular with our audiences over the years, we'll be singing the Halleluiah Chorus and other seasonal classics from Handel's Messiah. And please join in with us to sing old favourites like Once in Royal David's City, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. When we've all finished singing, our Choir will serve you with mince pies and non-alcoholic wassail for you to wash them down with. Please bring your friends and family along. It's free for children who are less than 12 years' old and just £8 for all others. After the concert, we'll be making a collection in aid of Launchpad, Reading’s leading homelessness prevention charity, which we see as a highly worthwhile cause, especially at this time of year.
St William of York Church, Upper Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5JP
MORE INFO: Antony Gordon 07816 409591
  antonygordon@waitrose.com
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Leisure : Theatre
13/12/2019 to 28/12/2019 SLEEPING BEAUTY - THE KENTON THEATRE HENLEY PANTOMIME
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

There is nothing like a good old traditional British panto to get you in the holiday mood! This year, The Kenton Theatre are delighted to bring you the fun and frolics, the energy and dynamism, and the love and romance of Sleeping Beauty. You will be delighted and enchanted! There will be everything you have come to expect from the much-loved Kenton pantomime – a heart-warming story for all the family told with charm and wit. Once upon a time in a land far, far away the King and Queen organise a great feast to celebrate the birth of their daughter Briar-Rose. In their eagerness they forget to invite the Sorceress Maleficent who arrives mid-feast to wreak her revenge.
Kenton Theatre, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 525050
  boxoffice@kentontheatre.co.uk
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13/12/2019 CONSERVATOIRE INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SERIES - GUILIA SEMERANO AND FILIPPO DI BARI SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL
The four hand repertoire is full of treasures and our Italian duo is offering a great collection that includes an early Beethoven Sonata, Op.6 for 4 hands. The programme also includes duos by Mozart, Brahms, Kurtág, Debussy and Casella – another unmissable concert.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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13/12/2019 to 14/12/2019 STEPHEN K AMOS - EVERYMAN
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Stephen K Amos is on a mission to bring about world peace. Or, to at least bring about an evening of peace, one venue at a time. In an age when arguments are started over everything from politics to bendy straws, Stephen is rising above the anger to remind us of what we have in common. Bringing achingly funny anecdotes, hilarious takes on the everyday and his infectious charm, Stephen K Amos will warm your cold, stiffened hearts. Join together with your fellow man and experience the universal language of laughter.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
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13/12/2019 LIVE MUSIC - THE BIG UNTIDY
 RISING SUN ARTS CENTRE

The Big Untidy Night Out specialises in bringing new undiscovered talent into the Rising Sun Arts Centre. The Big Untidy is very pleased to present an evening of music curated by My Northern Sky (aka Christopher Ryman). He will be performing and will be joined by specially invited guests: the versatile and technical excellence of jazz band Baron Mara and the skilful jazz-inflected playing of Kings in the Corner.
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 : Days Out
14/12/2019 to 15/12/2019 SLIME SHOW AT THE LOOK OUT DISCOVERY CENTRE

Why are slugs and snails so slimy? Can you really cut, bounce or stretch slime? Come and find out in our sticky, gooey live science show! This entertaining and interactive show also has exciting demonstrations and experiments. Tickets for the show can be purchased from reception on the day. 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: Lookout Events Organiser 01344 354400
  customer.services@bracknell-forest.gov.uk
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14/12/2019 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
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14/12/2019 to 15/12/2019 SANTA SPECIAL NARROWBOAT CRUISES FROM NEWBURY WHARF

Jubilee is a traditional narrowboat purpose built for carrying passengers. It has seating for up to 29 passengers. Jubilee is crewed by volunteers of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust. A licensed bar, refreshments and a toilet are available on board.

The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
MORE INFO: Trip Ticket Enquiries 01380 721279 or 07716 460562
  office.manager@katrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Entertainment
14/12/2019 TILEHURST AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY PANTOMIME - MOTHER GOOSE

Tilehurst Amateur Dramatic Society (TADS) Panto will be Mother Goose by Nigel Holmes. Our pantos are always very popular and this year, for the very first time we have introduced a select your own seat ticket system so that no-one is disappointed. Tickets are already selling well, so don't delay if you wish to come to see our amazing panto. Performances are at 3.00 pm and 7.00 pm on Saturday 7th December and Saturday 14th December.
Tilehurst Village Hall, Victoria Road, Tilehurst RG31 5AB
MORE INFO: TADS Enquiries 0118 943 3016
  tads14@btinternet.com
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Leisure : Museums
14/12/2019 FATHER CHRISTMAS'S VICTORIAN WINTER GROTTO
 READING MUSEUM

Can you hear his sleigh bells? Step back into Christmases past in this special Saturday event and make a traditional decoration for your home. Compose a letter then present it to Father Christmas and receive a special gift before you leave. A magical experience for those that still believe! Our visitors absolutely loved our authentic version last year.
Reading Museum, Blagrave Street (in Old Town Hall building)
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 937 3400
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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14/12/2019 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
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14/12/2019 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
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Leisure : Theatre
14/12/2019 CHRISTMAS CEILIDH - AT NORDEN FARM
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

An evening of music and dancing in the atmospheric 18th century Long Barn. A caller will guide you through the dances while ceilidh band Nedron’s Jig provide the live music. Dances include the likes of Cumberland Square 8, Virginia Reel, Gay Gordons and The Willow Tree. No experience necessary!
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
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14/12/2019 RISING SUN ARTS - TRIBUTE NIGHT CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
 RISING SUN ARTS CENTRE

’Twas the Trib Night before Christmas... Join us for another Yuletide jamboree of Christmas-related ditties as we immerse ourselves indulgently in festive spirit! A bunch of local musicians and Rising Sun regulars will treat you to a delicious spread of musical Christmas cheer and a right old knees-up it will be too, especially the bawdy end-of-night sing-a-long finale, which this year will be Happy Xmas (War Is Over).
Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST
MORE INFO: Gig Enquiries 0118 986 6788
  info@risingsun-artscentre.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
14/12/2019 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
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
14/12/2019 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 :
14/12/2019 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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Leisure : Days Out
15/12/2019 CHRISTMAS WITH THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF - AT SHAW HOUSE
 SHAW HOUSE

A festive twist on the classic story of the three hungry goats and a grumpy old troll. Watch out for the dance of the goats, the flying troll and loads and loads of rubbish!
Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury RG14 2DR
MORE INFO: Event Enquiries 01635 279279
  shawhouse@westberks.gov.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
15/12/2019 NEWBURY FESTIVAL OF LIGHT LANTERN PROCESSION
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Join us for our annual Lantern Procession, a stunning winter event that brings the community together to celebrate the festive season. Join in or just admire and soak up the atmosphere as the candle-lit procession travels along Northbrook Street to the Market Place. Create your very own lantern for the Lantern Procession at one of our FREE Lantern Making Workshops. Our workshops are very popular, so early booking is recommended.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
15/12/2019 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
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
15/12/2019 to 24/12/2019 ELIZABETH LINE CROSSRAIL SERVICE BEGINS FROM READING

From Sunday 15 December current Great Western Railway (GWR) stopping services between London Paddington and Reading will be operated by TfL Rail. This is the next step in the delivery of the Elizabeth line. Between 15 December 2019 and 2 January 2020, existing fares will apply. Children under 11 who are accompanied by an adult, as well as customers who are eligible for the Freedom Pass, will be able to travel for free to Reading on the TfL service. Customers will be able to use contactless pay as you go between London Paddington and Reading from 2 January 2020. From this date, TfL Rail fares will be aligned with the National Rail fares to Reading, which have now been confirmed as £24.40 for a peak adult pay as you go journey between Reading and London Paddington (with the off-peak fare of £10.60). Daily and weekly capping are expected to be introduced in spring 2020. During peak times, Monday to Friday (not on public holidays) between 06:30 and 09:30, and between 16:00 and 19:00, services to and from Reading will run every 15 minutes and two trains an hour will run during off-peak times. From Sunday 15 December some train and departure times will change, so customers are advised to check before they travel.
Reading Station RG1 1LY
MORE INFO: Crossrail Enquiries 0345 602 3813
  helpdesk@crossrail.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
16/12/2019 to 17/12/2019 SPACE-THEMED TODDLERS SHOW AT THE LOOK OUT DISCOVERY CENTRE

Toddlers are always welcome at The Look Out hands-on science centre, but on our Toddler Days we have extra activities for children up to 5 years old. Come and enjoy our fun crafts, story-telling sessions and face/hand painting, all with a space theme. Prizes for children who come in fancy dress to match the space theme!
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 : Arts and Crafts
17/12/2019 ALDWORTH ARTS AND CRAFTS GROUP

An ART Group meets on 1st & 3rd Tuesday mornings and a CRAFT group meets on 2nd & 4th Monday mornings (term time) in Aldworth village hall. These friendly self-help groups welcome anyone who wants to come along and enjoy sharing their hobby or learning a new one. The cost is only £2.50 a session and members take it in turns to provide refreshments.
Aldworth Village Hall, Bell Lane, Aldworth RG8 9SE
MORE INFO: Craft Group 01635 578177
  aacg20161@outlook.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
17/12/2019 to 18/12/2019 FROZEN SNOW QUEEN
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

A brand new festive adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen with incorporated British Sign Language and spoken English. Featuring a cast of two live performers joined digitally by a host of other characters. Join us on a journey through an icy landscape with a young woman searching to find her soulmate who has been kidnapped by the evil Snow Queen.
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246
  boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Business to Business :
18/12/2019 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
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Leisure : Theatre
18/12/2019 NIGHT TERRORS - E.F.BENSON
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Spine-tingling tales of the supernatural from E.F. Benson’s brilliant collection of ghost stories, Night Terrors. Masterful storytelling from Gerard Logan, who from the deceptive comfort of an easy chair will transport you to a darker, more sinister world where the unexpected and the unexplainable will intrigue and disturb. E. F. Benson is now most famous for his humorous series of novels exploring the world of Mapp and Lucia, but in the mid-twentieth century he was more renowned as the author of what he called spook stories.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
  Event Web Site

18/12/2019 to 22/12/2019 INTO THE WOODS - THE BERZERK PRODUCTIONS WOODLEY PANTOMIME
 BERZERK PRODUCTIONS

Be careful what you wish for as Berzerk Productions present Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairy-tale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical, Into the Woods JR. It features all of your favourite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables. The musical centres on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.
Oakwood Theatre, Headley Road, Woodley RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: Matt Whitelock 07863 734830
  matt@berzerkproductions.com
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18/12/2019 LIVE MUSIC - BLAKE, CHRISTMAS CLASSICS
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Begin your Christmas celebrations with Blake as they take you on a sparkling journey of Christmases through the years. The BRIT award-winning trio will be performing timeless Christmas songs including; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Let it Snow and White Christmas with the warmth that only their rich vocal harmonies can deliver. A spectacular evening is in store with great music, funny stories and a ‘virtual duet’ with Dame Shirley Bassey.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484 123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
18/12/2019 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: Brian Fennelly 0118 921 6920
  towncentremanager@woodley.gov.uk
  Event Web Site

Sport : Horse Racing
18/12/2019 PRODEC NETWORKS DECEMBER AFTERNOON RACING AT NEWBURY

Our penultimate meeting of the year features a seven-race card of competitive Jump racing. Previous winners on the day include the fantastic mare Ms Parfois, as well as 2019 Randox Health Grand National runner-up Magic of Light. It is the perfect opportunity to take a break from Christmas shopping and enjoy some enthralling equine action in a more relaxed, informal atmosphere.
The Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01635 40015
  info@racecoursenewbury.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
19/12/2019 THE LOCK-IN CHRISTMAS CAROL
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Join this BBC Award-winning team of musicians and dancers for the very best festive live music, song and dance in this part gig, part dance show and part panto! It’s Christmas Eve and the regulars of The Olde Fighting Cocks are excited about the night ahead - the folk and hip-hop dance party of the year! To their dismay the landlady, Jasmineezer Scrooge, has more profitable ambitions and is preparing to launch her new business, the ‘Oompah Techno Bar’! Cheap alco-pops, luminous lighting and mind-numbing bass beats are all in danger of alienating the local community and ruining Christmas! Fortunately, some insightful souls are at hand to lead her back to her senses.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
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20/12/2019 MUSIC AT PROGRESS - A JAZZ CHRISTMAS CAROL, ALAN BARNES OCTET
 PROGRESS THEATRE, READING

Jazz at Progress is delighted to bring you a very special Christmas performance of Alan Barnes’ A Jazz Christmas Carol, based on Charles Dickens classic novel. The band comprises the cream of British jazz musicians. With Alan Barnes on saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet, Bruce Adams on trumpet and flugelhorn, Mark Nightingale on trombone, Robert Fowler on saxophones and clarinet, Karen Sharp on saxophones and clarinet, David Newton on piano, Simon Thorpe on bass, and Clark Tracey on drums.
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch Road, Reading RG1 5HL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 384 2169
  enquiries@progresstheatre.co.uk
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20/12/2019 to 22/12/2019 BALLET THEATRE UK - THE WIZARD OF OZ
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

Join Ballet Theatre UK as we follow the yellow brick road and discover all the wonders of Oz. Enjoy Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion, (and yes Toto too) as they seek the Wonderful Wizard to find that there's no place like home! The Wizard of Oz is a two act, full-length, ballet adaptation of the iconic tale by L. Frank Baum, told through the magic of classical dance. Set to a classical score which brings the story to life, this production is family friendly and is the perfect way to introduce children to the classical ballet.
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246
  boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Sport : Horse Racing
20/12/2019 CHRISTMAS RACEDAY AT ASCOT

This festive two-day finale offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate with family, friends or colleagues as the holidays begin in earnest. Festive menus, winter cocktails, mulled wine, brass bands, dodgems, complimentary mince pies, a spectacularly decorated Grandstand and Carol singing after racing provide a perfect excuse to leave the office early. Hospitality Packages available. On the track, the jumps racing card offers competitive action as the build-up to March’s Cheltenham Festival intensifies.
Ascot Racecourse, High Street, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0870 727 1234
  enquiries@ascot.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
21/12/2019 BUDDY HOLLY AND THE CRICKETERS
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers once again herald in the Yuletide festivities with Holly at Christmas, the show that is now as traditional as mulled wine and mince pies! Some of Holly’s best hits and everyone's favourite Christmas crackers are all wrapped up in a fast, furious and funny feast of entertainment, making the perfect gift for all the family. Make your Heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans the world over.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
  Event Web Site

21/12/2019 to 29/12/2019 SNOW WHITE - THE MAIDENHEAD PANTOMIME

This year’s pantomime will be the enchanting fairytale, Snow White! Join us at the Pearce Suite Theatre (Magnet Leisure Centre) between 21 – 29 December to find out if the Wicked Queen will banish Snow White once and for all, or if Dame Doughball and the handsome Prince will thwart her evil plans. Packed with all the traditional pantomime ingredients (plus a few twists!), charming animated scenery, sensational songs, delightful costumes, plenty of audience participation and belly laughing comedy. A magic mirror, poison apple and a handsome Prince, with seven friends on hand to mix it together… Snow White is sure to be the perfect festive treat!
The Pearce Suite Theatre, Magnet Leisure Centre, Maidenhead SL6 8AW
MORE INFO: Box Office 0333 666 3366
  boxoffice@q-productions.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
21/12/2019 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 :
21/12/2019 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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Sport : Horse Racing
21/12/2019 CHRISTMAS FAMILY RACEDAY AT ASCOT

Simply an unmissable date in the diaries for our regular racegoers. The most valuable racecard of Ascot’s jumps season features visits from Father Christmas and his reindeer, story-telling from Mrs Christmas, an animatronic polar bear, face painting, a carol singing concert, festive cocktails, fine dining and animal meet and greets. Truly an elegant and uplifting day to celebrate with loved ones. On the track, highlights are two £150,000 races, an ultra-competitive Betfair Exchange Trophy (A Handicap Hurdle Race) and the Grade 1 Marsh Hurdle (Registered as The Long Walk Hurdle Race) - one of the most prestigious long-distance hurdle races in Britain.
Ascot Racecourse, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Box Office 0870 727 1234
  enquiries@ascot.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
22/12/2019 THE SIXTEEN AND HARRY CHRISTOPHERS
 THE CONCERT HALL, READING

The Sixteen's programme for Christmas 2019 features Britten's hugely popular A Ceremony of Carols. This masterful and idiomatic work continues to be a staple fo the choral canon and is an example of Britten's genius. The rest of the programme combines the traditional medieval carol tunes upon which so much Christmas music has been based, contrasted with more modern delights including Warlock's Corpus Christi and Walton's festive Make we joy now in this fest.
The Concert Hall, Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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22/12/2019 THE RAT PACK SWINGING CHRISTMAS SHOW
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Swing into the Christmas season with the music of The Rat Pack in this special Christmas concert. The acclaimed David Alacey (Lovejoy, Inspector Allan) stars as Frank Sinatra alongside Paul Drakeley (Strictly Come Dancing, Inside Out) as Dean Martin. They are joined by former EastEnders star Des Coleman as Sammy Davis Jnr. Together, they amaze audiences with their recreation of a magical Christmas at The Sands with Sinatra, Martin and Davis, bringing style, glamour and excitement of the Las Vegas heyday to vivid life. Including all the great hits such as My Way, Mr Bojangles, New York New York, Amore, Fly Me To The Moon and seasonal favourites such as Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow and of course, White Christmas. Special guest Charley Toulan will perform many of the great songs associated with Marilyn Monroe.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
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Sport : Horse Racing
28/12/2019 BETWAY CHALLOW HURDLE DAY AT NEWBURY

The final raceday of 2019 features the Grade 1 Betway Challow Hurdle. The race has been won by the likes of Denman, Taquin de Seuil and Barters Hill in recent years and is always one of the most competitive and informative races of its type run all season. It is a great day for the family with plenty of free entertainment on offer for younger racegoers too.
Newbury Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01635 40015
  info@newburyracecourse.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
30/12/2019 to 04/01/2020 PUSS IN BOOTS
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

It’s traditional Pantomime, but not as we know it. This year HCT bring you their regular fun, light hearted family entertainment, but with a modern twist. Principal Boy Jesse, is in fact, a Principal Person, or a Principal It? With the help of trusty friend, Puss, she will endeavour to win a fortune and title to secure the love of the feckless Prince Georgeous. With a buoyant cast of characters, we meet the Monty Python’esque Knights of the Rectangular Table, the appropriately modern GerDAME Greer, and some hapless Peasants. All bid to overcome the flatulent Giant Trump and achieve a happy ending.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  boxmanager@kentontheatre.co.uk
  Event Web Site

30/12/2019 to 03/01/2020 HENLEY CHILDREN'S THEATRE - PUSS IN BOOTS
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

It’s traditional Pantomime, but not as we know it. This year HCT bring you their regular fun, light hearted family entertainment, but with a modern twist. Principal Boy Jesse, is in fact, a Principal Person, or a Principal It? With the help of trusty friend, Puss, she will endeavour to win a fortune and title to secure the love of the feckless Prince Georgeous. With a buoyant cast of characters, we meet the Monty Python’esque Knights of the Rectangular Table, the appropriately modern GerDAME Greer, and some hapless Peasants. All bid to overcome the flatulent Giant Trump and achieve a happy ending.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
  Event Web Site