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13/01/2019 to 15/09/2020 
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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
  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
  Event Web Site

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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
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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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
  Event Web Site

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 :
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
  Event Web Site

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
  Event Web Site

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 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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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
  Event Web Site

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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
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
  Event Web Site

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
  Event Web Site

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
 
  Event Web Site

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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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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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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
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
  Event Web Site

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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Leisure : Music
14/12/2019 CROWTHORNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Bring the family to our fun afternoon Christmas concert on Saturday December 14th! Now something of a tradition in Crowthorne, we start the festive season with a mix of well-loved and new Christmassy music along with carols for everyone to join in. The concert starts at 4.30 with an interval for tea and cakes, and the beautiful surroundings of St John's makes the perfect setting for this family-friendly event.
St John the Baptist Church, Crowthorne RG45 7PB
MORE INFO: Faye Aspinall 0118 972 2164
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14/12/2019 CAROL CONCERT WITH READING PHOENIX CHOIR

Come and join Reading Phoenix Choir for their annual Carol Concert - a late afternoon celebration of Christmas music including audience carols and seasonal readings. Furthermore, the choir is excited to perform the world premiere of 'Gold and Spices' by Alison Willis, composed for the choir as part of the inaugural Walter Hussey Composition Competition in 2019. The Carol Concert is a great opportunity to escape the hubbub of christmas shopping and take a moment to sit back, relax and get in the festive spirit. In support of Reading Minster Sanctuary, providing refuge and refreshment to those in need.
Reading Minster, St Mary’s Gate, Chain Street, Reading RG1 2HX
MORE INFO:   secretary@readingphoenixchoir.com
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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 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
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Leisure : Theatre
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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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
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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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Leisure : Days Out
26/12/2019 to 09/02/2020 ILLUMINATED WOODLAND WALK AT BASILDON PARK
 BASILDON PARK (NATIONAL TRUST)

Stroll through a canopy of thousands of fairy lights on our woodland walk to the mansion. This winter, thousands of winter lights will be illuminating the woodland. Take an afternoon walk up to the mansion and admire the colours of the trees in a new way. It's the perfect place for a photo opportunity. Booking Not Needed. Suitable for children of all ages. Dogs on leads welcome. A National Trust Event - Start 10:00. End 16:00.
Basildon Park, Lower Basildon RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 01491 672920
  basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
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
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