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

Following on from last year's hugely successful production of MY FAIR LADY, The Mill is delighted to continue its presentation of big classic musicals for Christmas. The talented team behind MY FAIR LADY, Director/Choreographer JOSEPH PITCHER and Musical Arranger/Supervisor/Conductor CHARLIE INGLES will work their magic once again on GUYS & DOLLS - one of the greatest musicals of time. This timeless New York Tale of gamblers, petty crooks, nightclub singers, as well as strait-laced missionaries, will delight and beguile you. Sky Masterson is the cool doyen of gamblers. His friend, the not quite down and out Nathan Detroit, makes a bet with him that he can’t get the pious and beautiful mission-doll, Sarah Brown, to go on a date with him to disreputable Havana. The Dice are rolled as these colourful characters pursue love and luck from the heart of Time’s Square to the sizzling clubs of Cuba. Will Lady Luck be on their side?
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000
  admin@millatsonning.com
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Leisure : Museums
30/11/2018 to 01/08/2019 AT HOME WITH ART - TREASURES OF THE FORD COLLECTION
 BASILDON PARK (NATIONAL TRUST)

A new exhibition of inspiring artworks in the South Pavilion. Booking Not Needed.
Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: Emma Turner 01491 672927
  emma.turner@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
05/01/2019 to 31/12/2019 CURIOUS ABOUT READING? FACT-FINDING WALKS

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

Riverside Museum, Blake's Lock, Reading RG1 3DH
MORE INFO: Sue Jennings 01159 502151
  sue.jennings@curiousabout.co.uk
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12/01/2019 to 12/03/2019 GEO-CACHING AT THE VYNE - THE LOST TOYS
 THE VYNE (NATIONAL TRUST)

William Wiggett Chutes children have been playing in the woods. Unfortunately, these young Victorian adventurers have managed to lose four of their toys along the way. Can you help the children find them again' To get started, all you need is a free account with geocaching.com/play and the official Geocaching app or a GPS. Or, if you prefer something a bit less digital, you can pick up a map at Visitor Reception. Normal admission applies. Booking Not Needed.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01256 883858
  thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
30/01/2019 to 23/02/2019 MURDER FOR TWO
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

Back by popular demand following huge success in 2017, the madcap murder mystery returns to The Watermill Theatre for a limited run. A high-energy musical whodunit, Murder For Two is a mystery with a twist. In this loving homage to the canon of murder mystery plays, two actors play thirteen characters... and the piano. When famous novelist Arthur Whitney is found dead at his birthday party, it’s time to call in the detectives. The only problem is, they’re out of town. Enter Officer Marcus Moscowicz, a neighbourhood cop who dreams of climbing the ranks. With the clock ticking, it’s up to Marcus to prove his super sleuthing skills and solve the crime before the real detective arrives.
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044
  boxoffice@watermill.org.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
31/01/2019 to 31/03/2019 SNOWDROP WALK AT CLIVEDEN
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

A self-guided walk around the Estate to see the first signs of snowdrops. Follow the snowdrops around the estate on a self-led walk. The best clusters of snowdrops are expected at Blenheim Lawn, Stable Bank and Ilex Grove (weather depending). Please remember snowdrops are a very fragile plant, and stepping around them will likely cause sevre damage. You can help protect them by not standing in the areas of growth or letting young children or dogs into the area. Please call in advance to confirm the status of the snowdrops.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead SL1 8NS
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01628 605069
  cliveden@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Exhibitions
01/02/2019 to 14/07/2019 AN EARTHLY PARADISE - WILLIAM MORRIS AND THE THAMES

This new exhibition illustrates the rich and little-known story of William Morris’ deep connections to the Thames. We bring together a unique selection of works, with loans from the V&A, The William Morris Gallery, British Library, and many more. Highlights include Morris’ Thames series of textiles alongside his original hand-drawn designs, a signed copy of News from Nowhere, and his personal fishing tackle and spectacles. Materials from the Morris & Co. workshop illustrate the production process, while socialist pamphlets that Morris penned and published demonstrate his deep commitment to socialism in later life. The influence of the Thames and its tributaries flowed through William Morris’ life and work. The river provided the setting for his leisure time spent angling and boating, inspiration for his designs and writing, and the ideal water conditions for the manufacture of his textiles. One notable Thames boat trip from his London home via Henley to his rural retreat in Oxfordshire was so moving that it inspired his socialist utopia novel, News from Nowhere.
River and Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames RG9 1BF
MORE INFO: Enquiries 01491 415600
  museum@rrm.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
16/02/2019 to 16/04/2019 CHILDREN'S VICTORIAN TRAIL - AT THE VYNE

On this family trail through the gardens, see if you can find ten Victorian children that used to live at The Vyne. Pick up your 1 trail sheet from Visitor Reception and look out for Martha Chutes ten children in The Vynes gardens. Booking Not Needed. Children must supervise their adults at all times. Dogs on leads welcome. A National Trust Event - Start 10am. End 4.30pm.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01256 883858
  thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk
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16/02/2019 to 24/02/2019 HALF-TERM TRAIL AT CLIVEDEN
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

Wrap up warm and get outdoors with our childrens trail. Children will have fun exploring Cliveden estate on this February half-term trail. At the end of the trail little ones will make their own craft to take home. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking Not Needed. Designed for children between the ages of 3+. Dogs on leads welcome. A National Trust Event - Start 10:00. End 14:30.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead SL6 0JA
MORE INFO: Administrator's Office 01628 605069
  cliveden@nationaltrust.org.uk
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16/02/2019 to 24/02/2019 UNDER THE SEA SHOW AT THE LOOK OUT DISCOVERY CENTRE

Enter the magical world of the ocean as we take a journey through the wonders of the deep. Discover the creatures that live there and help protect them through different challenges. Can you help to save our seas in this interactive live science show? Show times are at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3.15pm, subject to minimum numbers. Shows run at weekends and Bracknell school holidays.
The Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell RG12 7QW
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01344 354400
  customer.services@bracknell-forest.gov.uk
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Sport : Football
18/02/2019 to 22/02/2019 ROYALS HALF-TERM SOCCER SCHOOLS

The latest dates for our ever-popular Soccer Schools are available for the upcoming February half-term holidays. The Reading FC Community Trust will be running Soccer Schools all around the local area in the next couple of weeks, so take a look below and see which one is right for you! To book your child's place, head to the booking page on our Community Trust's website below.
Various in Reading area - see weblink below
MORE INFO: Community Trust Team 0118 968 1480
  soccerschools@readingfc.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
19/02/2019 to 23/02/2019 MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Join Alex (X-Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry), Marty, Melman and Gloria as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in this live musical spectacular. This smash hit musical features all of your favourite crack-a-lackin' friends as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar. This brand new musical from Dreamworks (Shrek The Musical) will leave audiences with no choice but to Move It, Move It!
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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Leisure : Arts
20/02/2019 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
20/02/2019 CLIVEDEN HOUSE CRITTERS WORKSHOP FOR TODDLERS
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

These workshops teach little ones the value of nature from a young age. In a small group, they'll explore Cliveden's estate and create their own adventure. A weekly workshop for pre-school children aged 2-4.5 years, with hands-on creative crafts, nature-focused activities and story-time. Each week is different, so make this fun, outdoor session part of your and your childs routine. Children must be supervised by adults at all times. Each session has a maximum capacity of 10 children. Booking Essential.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire SL1 8NS
MORE INFO: House Tour Enquiries 01628 605069
  clivedenpress@nationaltrust.org.uk
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20/02/2019 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
20/02/2019 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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Leisure : Theatre
20/02/2019 STORY TIME AT THE MILL - BIGGEST MUDDY PUDDLE IN THE WORLD
 THE MILL AT SONNING

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

Local Information :
20/02/2019 RAF TORNADO FINAL FLY-PAST

Aircraft enthusiasts in the Thames Valley will get a last chance to say farewell to the iconic Tornado fighter-bomber, which is being retired from service with the RAF. Weather permitting, three specially marked Tornados will fly past RAF Benson, RAF High Wycombe and RAF Halton (Aylesbury) as part of their Wednesday, February 20 tour, with times to be determined. It’s one of three farewell flyovers that week taking in most of the RAF bases in the UK. The schedule for that day also includes RAF Honington, IWM Duxford, Former RAE Bedford, Cranfield Airfield, MOD Boscombe Down, RAF Pembrey, MOD St Athan, Cardiff Airport, Filton, MOD Shrivenham and RAF Brize Norton. RAF Tornado jets returned home from a base in Cyprus for the last time to their home at RAF Marham in Norfolk on 5 February. The planes will be officially de-commissioned on 31 March. The fleet has been used by the RAF for 40 years and has taken part in combat since the first Gulf War. It is being replaced by the RAF's F-35 Lightning II fighters and an upgraded Typhoon fleet.
RAF Benson, RAF High Wycombe and RAF Halton
MORE INFO:   Event Web Site
Leisure : Museums
21/02/2019 READING MUSEUM SURGERY
 READING MUSEUM

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

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

Local Information :
21/02/2019 FARMERS' MARKET IN WOODLEY

High quality local products direct from the producer or farmer, plus cookery demonstration using market products. Wonderful meats; pork, chicken, fruits and vegetables, organic breads, pies, cheeses, special ginger drinks, juices, preserves and pickles, Amazing crafts - and a local nursery.
Crockhamwell Road, Woodley town centre RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: Jacques Lherbier 0118 921 6920
  towncentremanager@woodley.gov.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
22/02/2019 FRIDAY WALKS AT BASILDON PARK

Find out more about the parkland that surrounds Basildon Park mansion from our knowledgaeable team of volunteers and rangers a they take you on a guided walk of the park. Join our volunteers and rangers for a walk around Basildon Park. A refreshing way to take in the park, whilst learning about the steps we take to protect the parkland and its wildlife inhabitants. Booking Not Needed. Suitable for children of all ages. A National Trust Event - Gates open 10am.
Basildon Park Lower Basildon Reading RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: The Administrator 01491 672920
  basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
22/02/2019 MUSIC AT PROGRESS - PORTRAIT OF CANNONBALL, FEATURING TONY KOFI
 PROGRESS THEATRE, READING

Alto-sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant (in every sense) Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley. The group traces the explosive music of Cannonball from his first session as leader in1955 through work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the 1960s. The repertoire includes Adderley brothers classics like Things Are Getting Better, Work Song, Del Sasser, Sack o’ Woe and Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – as well as a guest vocal spot by Deelee Dubé exploring the memorable 1961 collaboration with Nancy Wilson.
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 384 2195
  enquiries@progresstheatre.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
23/02/2019 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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