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Leisure : Days Out
30/03/2019 to 31/12/2019 CURIOUS ABOUT READING? FACT-FINDING WALKS

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

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

Leisure : Exhibitions
30/03/2019 to 27/04/2019 ONCE UPON A TIME - THE CHANGING FACE OF WALLINGFORD

This exhibition is about how we connect with times past by exploring Wallingford's history and archaeology. Wherever we live, the familiar surroundings of our houses and streets can remind us of the people that came before us, their work and their lives shaping our present and our future. In this engaging journey of discovery throughout the museum, you’ll be invited to share any local knowledge you may have and to reminisce about your own history. Discover the secrets of garden archaeology and trace the passage of time through photographs and objects, all of which reflect the changing face of Wallingford. There are 'hands on' things for children - a 'Family Friendly' experience.
Wallingford Museum, Flint House, 52 High Street, Wallingford OX10 0DB
MORE INFO: Exhibition Enquiries 01491 651127
  admin@wallingfordmuseum.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Museums
30/03/2019 to 01/08/2019 AT HOME WITH ART - TREASURES OF THE FORD COLLECTION
 BASILDON PARK (NATIONAL TRUST)

A new exhibition of inspiring artworks in the South Pavilion. Booking Not Needed.
Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: Emma Turner 01491 672927
  emma.turner@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
01/04/2019 to 30/04/2019 THE GILDED DAFFODIL GARDENS AT CLIVEDEN
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

See the spectacle of hundreds of thousands of daffodils bloom across the estate. Golden daffodils carpet the grounds of the gardens and woodlands we look after. this year we've added 57 new varieties to our collection, meaning the spectacle is bound to be bigger and better than ever. Weve created a self-guided walking leaflet for you to enjoy the daffodils from hard standing paths. You can pick these up free of charge from the information centre. Booking Not Needed.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead SL6 0JA
MORE INFO: Administrator's Office 01628 605069
  cliveden@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Exhibitions
01/04/2019 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
08/04/2019 to 30/05/2019 BLUEBELLS AND WISTERIA AT GREYS COURT
 GREYS COURT (NATIONAL TRUST)

Discover a beautiful carpet of bluebells and our stunning 128 year old wisteria in the garden. Booking Not Needed. Suitable for children of all ages. A National Trust Event - Gates open 10am.
Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4PG
MORE INFO: Administrator 01491 628529
  greyscourt@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Museums
09/04/2019 to 29/04/2019 DISCOVER ARTS - AWARD SCHEME AT WEST BERKS MUSEUM - HANDMADE CERAMICS
 WEST BERKSHIRE MUSEUM

Become an Arts Award Explorer this Spring holiday. Earn your Discover Arts Award by taking part in a craft activity at the museum and completing the log book that is part of the museum’s Arts Award pack. The pack costing £5 also contains an instruction letter on how to complete your log book and a ticket allowing free entry to one craft activity. The cost of the pack includes the log book and Arts Award Discover certificate (on successful completion and submission of the log book to the museum before 29th April 2019). Packs are limited. To purchase a pack, please go to the museum reception and pay £5 per pack (available from March onwards and while stocks last).
West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 01635 519562
  museum@westberks.gov.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
11/04/2019 to 18/05/2019 AMELIE - THE MUSICAL
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

Amélie is an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her imagination. She secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie will have to risk everything to say what’s in her heart. Based on the much loved and five-time Oscar nominated film, Amélie is a feel good musical filled to the brim with colourful observations and whimsical wonderings. Join Amélie as she finds her voice, discovers the power of connection, and sees possibility around every corner.
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044
  boxoffice@watermill.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
16/04/2019 to 15/06/2019 CURIOUS ABOUT HENLEY-ON-THAMES - HERITAGE WALKS

Have fun discovering Henley on Thames with two self-guided, quirky, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Buy in booklet or instant download format. Are you curious about Henley on Thames? 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 Henley a great place to explore! You'll get everything – detailed directions, maps, clues (with answers in the back!), and interesting snippets about the history of Henley and the people that have shaped it.
Henley Town Centre - Starts: St Mary’s Church, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AT
MORE INFO: Sue Jennings
  sue.jennings@curiousabout.co.uk
  Event Web Site

23/04/2019 to 27/04/2019 AVENUE Q
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Following five years in the West End, sell-out runs worldwide and smash hit tours in 2014, 2015 and 2016 (packed with mischief, bad behaviour and political incorrectness!) Tony Award-winning Musical, created by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez ,Co-creator of Book of Mormon and writer of the songs for Disney’s Frozen, is an irresistibly charming tale of the loveable characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

23/04/2019 to 27/04/2019 CRIMES ON THE NILE
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

Following 2018’s sell-out smash hit Crimes Under the Sun, multi-award-winning theatre company, New Old Friends, hit the road again with another hilariously inventive comedy thriller. Belgian detective extraordinaire, Artemis Arinae, is enjoying a cruise along the Nile when tragedy strikes once more. The passengers and staff are suspects, the murder count is growing, will Arinae’s little grey cells identify the murderer in time?
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
25/04/2019 to 28/04/2019 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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26/04/2019 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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
26/04/2019 COMEDY AT THE KENTON
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Steve Hall is a stand-up comedian and writer, who returned to the Edinburgh Festival in 2015 with his sell-out third show Zebra. Hayley Ellis featured in the top Fringe jokes of all time in The Scotsman, The Independent and The Mirror. Guess who’s back? Back again, Hayley’s back, tell a friend. I mean that opening line relies heavily on you having knowledge of the Eminem song. Steff Todd performed at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 as part of CKP’s Lunchtime Special and also hosted Funny Women during the festival.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
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26/04/2019 LIVE MUSIC - THE FURROW COLLECTIVE
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

November 2018 saw the release of the third album by award-winning and acclaimed folk group The Furrow Collective. Their new album 'Fathoms' was produced in Powys and Oxfordshire by honorary fifth-Furrow Andy Bell and sees the group build further on their substantial reputation for breathing new life into traditional songs. The twelve recordings of which Fathoms is comprised capture typically innovative arrangements and set the four distinctive voices in a magical, captivating sound-world. As with their previous collections, the impression is by turns ancient, evoking the lines back to the earliest source, and then altogether unknown; fresh as tomorrow morning.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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26/04/2019 to 27/04/2019 SHOWCASE
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Join Peer Productions’ emerging artists for a brand new night of performance. Showcasing dynamic work, these talented performers will be sure to impress.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
  Event Web Site

26/04/2019 SOUNDS ECHOED WITH THE PAUL JORDANOUS JAZZ ENSEMBLE
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

The stunning, original and expansive ensemble return to Norden Farm following their recent UK tour. Paul Jordanous (trumpet) is a London based trumpeter, pianist, composer arranger. He has been a regular on the jazz, funk and soul scenes for the last 13 years. He is joined by Piers Green (sax), Leo Appleyard (guitar), Sam Leak (piano), Kevin Glasgow (bass) and Ted Carrasco (drums).
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
  Event Web Site

26/04/2019 EMILY ATACK - TALK THIRTY TO ME...
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Emily Atack (The Inbetweeners, The Keith Lemon Sketch Show, I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here) takes to the stage for her debut comedy show. A live memoir of anecdotes, impressions and tales of an actress in her twenties. Emily will be unravelling today’s anxiety inducing world of scrolling through social media, swiping right, slimming apps and the never ending search for 'the one.'
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
  Event Web Site

26/04/2019 JASON DONOVAN - THE MIDLIFE CRISIS TOUR
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

After performing over 100 shows around the UK, Jason Donovan is delighted to announce he is adding a fourth and VERY FINAL leg of his Amazing Midlife Crisis tour. This is a tour with a twist!! This intimate evening will be a unique opportunity to see him like you’ve never seen him before! Celebrating his 50th birthday and with a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt, this autobiographical show will zigzag back and forth through his life, with stories about Neighbours, Ten Good Reasons, Kylie, Joseph, I'm A Celebrity, Strictly and much, much more.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
26/04/2019 COLDPLACE - A TRIBUTE TO COLD PLAY
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Coldplace capture the feeling of a live Coldplay performance - the music, the visuals, the energy and the atmosphere. In 12 years, the band have performed over 600 gigs across the UK and in over twenty different countries worldwide. They have appeared on Sky News, BBC Radio 1 and 2, and The Gadget Show.
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
27/04/2019 WOODLEY SATURDAY MARKET

Woodley Shopping Centre is now home to a Thriving Saturday Market. Fresh foods,Great Vegetables, Wet Fish, Butcher, Breads Clothes Local produce and Craft Stalls fill the Town Centre every Saturday offering local residents and visitors more choice whilst they shop. Occasionally some Local Brass bands join in the fun or Morris Dancers.

Woodley Town Centre RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: Town Centre Manager 0118 921 6920
  tcm@woodley.gov.uk
  Event Web Site

27/04/2019 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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Museums
27/04/2019 BAYEUX TAPESTRY TOUR AT READING MUSEUM
 READING MUSEUM

Enjoy a guided tour of the famous full-size replica of the magnificent Bayeux Tapestry. No need to book - entry is free.

Reading Museum and Town Hall, Reading RG1 1QH

MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
  Event Web Site

27/04/2019 READING MUSEUM GALLERY TOUR
 READING MUSEUM

Want to know more about Reading Abbey and its impact on the town? Join our trained volunteer guides for an updated tour that includes more on the Abbey Quarter’s history. Hear about our exciting plans to transform the area into a unique historical and cultural destination. This is followed by an introductory tour around the museum’s galleries taking in a selection of fascinating objects on display. Why not stay for lunch and enjoy the Bayeux Tapestry tour at 2.15pm?

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

Leisure : Music
27/04/2019 SISTER ACT SINGING AFTERNOON

Fun singing afternoon for female voices. We will be singing a medley of songs from the Sister Act films arranged for 2-part choir. Led by local music teacher and choir director Suzanne Newman. £10 which includes music and refreshments.
Charvil Village Hall, Park Lane, Charvil
MORE INFO: Suzanne Newman 0118 934 0589
  suzanneynewman@btinternet.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
27/04/2019 ALAN JOHNSON - IN MY LIFE
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Alan Johnson is one of the most popular politicians of recent times and now a best-selling author, his memoirs selling half a million copies to date. Inspired by his latest book, In My Life, in this highly entertaining show Alan tells his personal story with the help of some of the music that has soundtracked his life. From growing up as an orphan in a West London slum in the 50s to becoming a postman, before rising through the Labour Party ranks to hold several cabinet posts, including Home Secretary.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
  Event Web Site

27/04/2019 NORDEN FARM SPRING CEILIDH
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

You’ll be in safe hands with the expert calling and playing from our band Nedron’s Jig. The band formed specially for Norden Farm's Ceilidhs and between them play Squeezebox, Fiddle, Mandola and Bass. The four musicians consist of two from the folk super-group Feast of Fiddles and two from the band Phungus. Caller Brian Jones will be on hand to guide you through all the dances. Brian has been involved in Folk Dance for many years, he calls not only the traditional favourites, but also his own original routines. His dances are used by dance callers right across the British Isles!
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
  Event Web Site

27/04/2019 HEAVY POP AND READING MENCAP ARE YOU LISTENING? FESTIVAL
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Are You Listening? is not only easily one of the best value festivals in the UK - it's simply one of the best festivals in the UK. SEE South Street website, as bekow, for full line-up.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

27/04/2019 THE ADAM RICHES EXPERIENCE
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Enjoy a unique show of off the wall, absurd and downright hilarious live comedy from the Edinburgh Comedy Award winner. From edge of your seat audience participation to masterful character creations - no two shows are alike. Adam has been nominated for The Times South Bank Show Breakthrough award, three Chortle Awards and also named Time Out Comedy’s Person of the Year.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
  Event Web Site

27/04/2019 to 28/04/2019 THE NUTCRACKER
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

This is a production which has all the delights of the classic Nutcracker story along with the energy and excitement of Broadway and Hollywood shows. With exquisite dancing captivating children and adults alike, share in Clara’s adventures as she is swept away by her enchanted Nutcracker Prince into a magical winter wonderland.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484 123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
27/04/2019 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 :
27/04/2019 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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Local Information :
27/04/2019 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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Local Information :
28/04/2019 WALK FOR PARKINSON'S AT WELFORD PARK

Join us for our Walk for Parkinson's around the beautiful Welford Park. There are two circular routes to choose from, a 2.5 mile route or more challenging 6.5 mile route. By taking part you'll be helping us to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's whilst supporting those living with the condition. Registration opens: 09:30, Walk commences: 10:00. We strongly recommend wearing sturdy waterproof footwear and suitable clothing. Parking available near registration. Friendly dogs on leads welcome. Toilets available at the start/finish. Registration in advance: Adults - £12, Children (under 16) - £5. Registration on the day Adults - £15, Children (under 16) - £7.50. Suggested sponsorship: £50 - to help us to support everyone affected by Parkinson's.
Welford Park, Newbury, RG20 8HX
MORE INFO: Parkinson's UK 020 7963 3912
  fundraisng@parkinsons.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
29/04/2019 to 04/05/2019 RAIN MAN
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

When self-centred salesman Charlie Babbitt discovers that he has a long-lost older brother, Raymond, who has inherited the family multimillion-dollar fortune, he sets out to get ‘his half’. Raymond is an autistic savant, has a remarkable memory and a genius for numbers. Determined to get his hands on the money, Charlie ‘borrows’ Raymond from the institution where he has spent most of his life. As the two brothers embark on a trip across America, Charlie soon discovers that Raymond is worth more than he could have ever imagined.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Sport : Horse Racing
29/04/2019 'FREE' RACENIGHT AT ROYAL WINDSOR

Join us for an evening of competitive racing by the banks of the River Thames and be there for the first Monday Night of the 2019 racing season! Did somebody say FREE? You heard correctly! Grandstand tickets - FREE for this fixture, but only when registered for in advance by midnight on Sunday 28th. To do this, simply book the free ticket as you would any other ticket or package.
Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5JJ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01753 498400
  office@windsor-racecourse.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
30/04/2019 to 04/05/2019 AMERICAN IDIOT
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Selladoor Productions presents Green Day’s explosive rock musical, American Idiot. Returning to mark the show’s 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Grammy Award winning original album. Starring singer-songwriter Luke Friend (X-Factor), Tom Milner (The Voice and Waterloo Road) and introducing Sam Lavery as Whatsername. Winner of two Tony Awards® and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

30/04/2019 RICH HALL'S HOEDOWN
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed new show begins its second leg of touring. There has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between the two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever. The Hoedown begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America, but ends up being a celebration of Americana. There’s stand-up, improvised ballads, cracking good musicianship and, ultimately a hilarious, foot-stomping, s**t-kicking good time to be had by all. Even if you don’t own a hoe.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
  Event Web Site

30/04/2019 LIVE MUSIC - ROBYN HITCHCOCK AND GUESTS
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, a talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Arts
01/05/2019 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
01/05/2019 CRUISE ON THE BASINGSTOKE CANAL

Approximately 2½ hour return trip on the John Pinkerton II canal boat through beautiful Hampshire countryside. Watch the wildlife and learn about the history of the Canal and local area. Includes a stop at historic Odiham (King John's) Castle. Licensed bar and toilet. Hot and cold drinks and snacks available. All trips are crewed by trained volunteer members of the Basingstoke Canal Society, the skipper is certified by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Proceeds benefit the Society, which works to safeguard the Canal for the future.
Departs from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham RG29 1AL
MORE INFO: Trip Bookings 01256 765889
  jpbookings@basingstoke-canal.org.uk
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01/05/2019 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
01/05/2019 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
01/05/2019 to 04/05/2019 HALF A SIXPENCE
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Arthur Kipps, an orphan,lives and works with other apprentices for the cruel draper, Mr. Shalford. After learning that he is due to inherit a fortune, Arthur tries to join the upper class and becomes engaged to the wealthy Helen Walsingham. It is not long however before Arthur realises that his true love is his childhood sweetheart, Ann. Eventually Arthur loses all of his newfound wealth but fortunately he is finally able to marry Ann and they both live happily ever after.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
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01/05/2019 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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01/05/2019 THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

One minute you know where you are. The next minute your mind's a blank slate... The lives of an eclectic community living in abandoned shipping containers are thrown upside down when a mysterious man arrives. With no memory of his name or former life, they begin to help him find his feet. Whilst a daily serving of soup from a local charity worker begins to nourish his heart and soul, the surprise rediscovery of his past puts his new life in jeopardy. Featuring a soundtrack from songs of praise to sultry jazz, this part melancholic love story, part-deliciously deadpan comedy takes you on one man’s extraordinary journey from anonymity to unexpected salvation.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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01/05/2019 PLAYPEN - GRACE PETRIE
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. She’s toured with Billy Bragg and Frank Turner, supported comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, and collaborated with Leon Rosselson and Peggy Seeger. She is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s the Now Show and has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts.
South Street Arts, 21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: box office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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Sport : Horse Racing
01/05/2019 ROYAL ASCOT TRIALS DAY

Renamed Royal Ascot Trials Day for 2019, Ascot's first Flat meeting focuses on some of the key prep races ahead of the Royal Meeting in June. The seven-race card will have an increased focus ahead of Royal Ascot with four specific trials on the card, led by the Group 3 Longines Sagaro Stakes, won in recent years both Colour Vision and Estimate on their way to Gold Cup glory at Royal Ascot. It also continues as part of the Wetherbys Hamilton Stayers' Million, won last year by Gold Cup champion Stradivarius.
Ascot Racecourse, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Box Office 0870 727 1234
  enquiries@ascot.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
02/05/2019 to 15/06/2019 A BELLY FULL
 THE MILL AT SONNING

When Marnie drags her much put-upon bestie Jane to a belly dancing class they are swept into a shimmying circle of sometimes endearing, sometimes outrageous women. Their friendship is tested through the demands of their spouses, babies, work lives and the arrival of some unexpected roommates. But through all the belly aches, dilemmas, betrayals and some very 'special' cakes, the two friends learn to face life's challenges as they prepare for a special charity night at their local Turkish restaurant. You are guaranteed to leave The Mill with full hearts and dancing bellies - or is that full bellies and dancing hearts?
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000
  admin@millatsonning.com
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Local Information :
02/05/2019 WOKINGHAM FARMERS' MARKET

Wokingham Farmers' Market is certified by the National Association of Farmers' Markets. Its policy is 'fresh local food at a fair price'. As the market offers a 'customer first' policy offering a huge product range, foods have been introduced in the market from beyond the 30 mile local radius. The product range includes several fresh meat farmers & cheese farmers. Also fresh water & sea fish stalls, as well as watercress, seasonable fruit & vegetables, cakes, preserves, honey, breads, wines, fruit juices, sauces, eggs plus much more.
Market Place, Wokingham town centre
MORE INFO: Rob Vincent 0118 974 0881
  marketsup@wokingham-tc.gov.uk
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