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Leisure : Days Out
01/01/2018 to 31/12/2018 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 : Museums
19/01/2018 to 28/02/2018 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
  basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
31/01/2018 to 04/03/2018 WELFORD PARK SNOWDROPS - GARDEN OPEN

One of the finest natural snowdrop woodlands in the country, approx 4 acres, along with a wonderful display of hellebores throughout the garden and winter flowering shrubs. This is an NGS 1927 pioneer garden on the River Lambourn set around Queen Anne House (not open). Featured on BBC Gardener's World in October 2017. Also the stunning setting for Great British Bake Off 2014 - 2017. NOTE: Open Wednesdays to Sundays only, NOT open Mondays or Tuesdays.
Welford Park, Newbury RG20 8HU
MORE INFO: Snowdrop Enquiries 01488 608691
  snowdrops@welfordpark.co.uk
  Event Web Site

01/02/2018 to 17/03/2018 THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
 THE MILL AT SONNING

An age-old curse... A ravenous monster... Can Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the terrifying mystery before it’s too late? Sir Charles Baskervilles dies in strange circumstances with a look of fear and terror on his face. Legend has it there is a curse on the family – a curse in the form of a gigantic, ferocious, glowing Hound of Hell – that brings death to each successive head of the Baskerville family. And when Sir Henry Baskerville returns from overseas to claim his inheritance and property on the treacherous terrain of darkest Dartmoor, he calls on the renowned Sherlock Holmes to help him solve the riddle of his uncle’s violent death. Is there really a revenge-seeking Hound? Or are there other evil motives at work?
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000
  admin@millatsonning.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
06/02/2018 to 15/04/2018 MYTHICAL BEASTS - LEGENDARY CREATURES COME TO LIFE IN LEGO BRICKS

Pandora's box has opened at Basingstoke's Milestones Museum, and mythical LEGO® beasts have escaped onto the museum's streets. Take on this new LEGO challenge, suitable for adventurers of all ages, recapture the legendary creatures and save the day! With the help of the wise Owl of Athena, and the special app and trail to guide you on your quest, travel around the museum, track down the beasts and return them to the box.
Milestones Museum, Basingstoke Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke RG22 6PG
MORE INFO: LEGO Enquiries 01256 639550
  enquiries@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

10/02/2018 to 31/04/2018 LOST TAPESTRIES AT THE VYNE - SELF-GUIDED TOUR
 THE VYNE (NATIONAL TRUST)

On this family trail, help recover and fit together jigsaw pieces of oriental tapestries hidden in nooks and crannies across the grounds. Pick up your trail sheet at visitor reception. Young explorers will love this quest through ancient grounds in search of little boxes containing jigsaw pieces. Find all the boxes, retrieve all the pieces and assemble your jigsaw to reveal a scene from one of The Vyne's 18th-century tapestries undergoing conservation.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01256 883858
  thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

24/02/2018 to 25/02/2018 YUCKY YOU SHOW AT THE LOOK OUT DISCOVERY CENTRE

Ever wanted to know why mucus is SNOT a bad thing? Find out about this and lots of other disgusting facts about bodily functions in our entertaining live science show. There is no need to pre-book tickets for the shows; tickets can be purchased from reception on the day. Suitable for children age 5+. Show times are at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3.15pm, subject to minimum numbers. Shows run at weekends and Bracknell school holidays.
Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell RG12 7QW
MORE INFO: Event Bookings 01344 354400
  customer.services@bracknell-forest.gov.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
25/02/2018 FRANK BRUNO - LET ME BE FRANK
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Enjoy an evening of conversation with Frank Bruno MBE, hosted by Jed Stone, well known comedian and entertainer. Frank talks about his recent book and boxing career, from starting out to becoming one of Britain's most loved sports personalities. Since hanging up his gloves, he has become a much loved entertainer and performed in numerous panto as well as appearing on our screens in personal interviews and after dinner speaking. He is a huge supporter of many charities including mental health, he runs quite a few half marathons to support various charities.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

25/02/2018 MIKE HURST - THE TRACKS OF MY YEARS
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Mike Hurst brings you an evening of his hits from The Springfields to Cat Stevens, Manfred Mann and many others. In the first half he will be accompanied by guitarist Ray Fenwick who over his 55-year career has played with the Spencer Davis Group, Bo Diddley, Jon Lord and many more. For the second half he will be joined by The Springfields. A regular performer at the Kenton - and author of numerous Henley Children's Theatre pantomimes - as a producer, songwriter and musician Mike has worked with everyone from Cilla Black, Marc Bolan, Showaddywaddy and the Four Tops to Belle & Sebastian, PP Arnold, Jimmy Page and Shakin' Stevens.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698   KentonTheatre@gmail.com   Event Web Site
25/02/2018 AN EVENING WITH LEVISON WOOD
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter Levison Wood is bringing his one-man show to Basingstoke. Sharing his experiences as a modern day explorer, Levison will delight you with tales of his epic adventures, from being chased by crocodiles and hippos in Africa, shot at by gunmen, falling off a mountain, being arrested more times than he can remember and meeting such illustrious characters as the Dalai Lama and George Clooney along the way.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
25/02/2018 THE BARRON KNIGHTS - THE LAST JOUST
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

Their musicianship, harmonies and humour makes them what their peers call them- ‘The Guvnors’. See the only group to have toured with the Beatles and Rolling Stones in a show that should not be missed.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Sport : Ice Hockey
25/02/2018 BRACKNELL BEES v BASINGSTOKE BISON

The Bracknell Bees are playing their 30th season of senior Ice Hockey, currently in the National League Division 1 South. Their rink seats 3100 people, there are usually seats available for all games. Downstairs spectators sit behind plexi-glass which surrounds the entire ice surface. Upstairs, spectators are above the plexi and the puck can enter the spectator’s area with little warning. The rink is well insulated and the ambient temperature is usually fairly warm. In line with the new laws the entire John Nike Leisuresport Complex is now a non-smoking venue.
John Nike Leisuresport Complex, Bracknell
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 789000
  matchnight@bracknellbeesihc.com
  Event Web Site

Sport : Rugby Union
25/02/2018 LONDON IRISH v WORCESTER - AVIVA PREMIERSHIP

With no home Premiership wins in the entire season, London Irish will be hard put to avoid relegation. They are so deeply in trouble at the foot of the table that even a do-or-die victory over second-bottom Worcester may not be enough to save them. Whatever, the Exiles' fans will retain their good humour and give the team the usual noisy support at the Mad Stad.
Madejski Stadium, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 968 1016
  contact@london-irish.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Arts and Crafts
26/02/2018 ALDWORTH ARTS AND CRAFTS GROUP

Two friendly and supportive art and craft groups meet in Aldworth village hall. A CRAFT group meets on 2nd and 4th Monday mornings from 10am to 12 noon. An ART group meets on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 9.30am to 11.30am. Sessions cost just £2.50 (to cover hall hire) and everyone takes it in turn to provide refreshments. Occasionally visiting tutors are arranged and these sessions will cost extra. The purpose is to provide a pleasant and sociable venue for folk to meet and enjoy art and craft activities together, while also learning new skills.
Aldworth village hall, Bell Lane, Aldworth RG8 9SE
MORE INFO: Clare 01635 281797
  aacg20161@outlook.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
26/02/2018 RUSSIAN STATE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA WITH HYEJIN KIM
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

The ever popular Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra return to The Hexagon, under their Music Director Valery Polyansky, with a rich Russian programme. Ranking among the finest symphonic ensembles in Russia, they receive frequent invitations to perform in countries around the world. They are joined for this concert by pianist, Hyejin Kim.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

26/02/2018 LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL
 THE CONCERT HALL, READING

The Concert Hall continues its regular series of lunchtime recitals by local and internationally renowned organists. Recitals begin at 1pm and last for approx 50mins.
The Concert Hall, Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

26/02/2018 LIVE MUSIC - GAZ COOMBES
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

Gaz Coombes has just released a video for the first single from World’s Strongest Man, Deep Pockets. Watch the clip via YouTube or Vevo. The self-directed, filmed and edited clip features Gaz undertaking one of the trippiest Uber-pool journeys from the back of a cab in Los Angeles.
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246
  boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
26/02/2018 ROLLIN' STONED - THE STONES TRIBUTE SHOW
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

Rollin Stoned have been named Best Tribute Band in the UK by The Stage Magazine and described by The Times as “better than the real thing”. They have been revered by both Stones fans for their authenticity and the real Stones who booked them for the band’s birthday! The costumes are shamelessly camp, gaudy and fab, the instruments genuinely vintage and the wit irreverent. The show focuses on the early part of The Rolling Stones’ career from 1964 – 1969 and features well-loved hits including, ‘Jumping Jack Flash’, ‘Paint It Black’, ‘NotFade Away’ and ‘Satisfaction’.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
  Event Web Site

27/02/2018 BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

For double the adventure come along to both nights for two entirely different film programmes. Two-Night discounts are available. Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the world's most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today's most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

27/02/2018 PROFESSOR ROBERT WINSTON - MODIFYING HUMANS
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

History shows that humans are obsessed with their genes. Does the sequencing of the human genome really herald a new opportunity for medicine or is there a darker side that we ignore? IVF treatments now mean we can treat apparently hopeless sterility, help 65 year-olds to conceive, store eggs and embryos in the deep freeze for several hundred years, and screen embryos for serious genetic disorders before a pregnancy has even really begun.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Sport : Football
27/02/2018 ROYALS v SHEFFIELD UNITED - SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP

Having avoided an unwanted club record fifth straight home defeat in the 3-3 draw against Derby on Saturday, the Royals hope to go one better and return to winning ways against Sheffield United. It won't be easy, because nothing is in the fiercely-competitive Championship - with Sheffield United's recent dip in form meaning they will be extra-keen to keep their promotion hopes alive. As for the Royals, avoiding relegation is their target now.
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11, Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: RFC Ticket Office 0118 968 1313
  ticketing@readingfc.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
28/02/2018 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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Museums
28/02/2018 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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
28/02/2018 to 03/03/2018 THE BOX THEATRE COMPANY - TERENCE RATTIGAN'S SEPARATE TABLES
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

1956: The Beauregard Private Hotel near Bournemouth is a hotbed of repressed emotions and middle-class Englishness. Each of the staff and residents has their own reasons for seeking the solace of a quiet life, but hiding away from a growing wave of cultural change proves to be impossible. Things can’t go on as they were and nothing will ever be the same again. Today: 50 years on from the decriminalisation of homosexuality, this alternative version of Rattigan’s gently subversive two act drama (written by him for its American premiere) observes the challenges to the status quo of the changes in post-war British culture and puts a spotlight on the treatment of ‘difference’ within our society.
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044
  boxoffice@watermill.org.uk
  Event Web Site

28/02/2018 STORY TIME AT THE MILL - THIS WEEK, GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE
 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

Leisure : Theatre
28/02/2018 MILTON JONES - IS OUT THERE
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Milton Jones is Out There. No, really out there and this time he hasn't just forgotten his keys. He's holding up the mirror of truth to society, and he can see right through it, which means its probably just a window. In his brand new show he'll be putting his foot down and lifting the lid on the pedal bin of lies of the media (which doesn't include this press release obviously). He will also be scaling the heights of fashion at the risk of falling into a terrible cravat. Milton will be talking about his life so far - the ups, the downs and why buying his own see-saw was the best decision he ever made. But perhaps he should give all this up and seek the highest office in the land - but how do you get a desk and a swivel chair up a mountain?
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Museums
01/03/2018 BLAZE'S BUDDIES AT WEST BERKSHIRE MUSEUM

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that day. FREE session tickets are available from 10am on the day – it is first come, first served basis as places are limited. Suitable for 2-5 years.
West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 01635 519562
  museum@westberks.gov.uk
  Event Web Site

01/03/2018 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

Leisure : Theatre
01/03/2018 ROSE MATAFEO - SASSY BEST FRIEND
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

NZ comedian Rose Matafeo returns with an hour of sketch and stand-up about her 25 year struggle with being the sassy best friend in her own life. All she wants is to be loved by you, and she’ll do whatever it takes to win you back, baby.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

01/03/2018 LET'S SING!
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Enjoy some of Reading’s top choral groups as they battle to become the Mayor of Reading’s 2018 champions. You will also be supporting worthwhile local charities as well as hearing some outstanding singing! All proceeds from the show will go directly to the Mayor of Reading charity fund.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
01/03/2018 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
  Event Web Site

Sport : Football
01/03/2018 READING FC FORMER PLAYERS' ASSOCIATION EVENING WITH DAVE KITSON

The evening follows on from a series of very popular events with current and former Reading players and managers. Past events have previously let fans put questions to Trevor Senior, Jamie Cureton, Jimmy Quinn, Mick Gooding, Glen Little and Brian McDermott, to list a few. This event with Dave Kitson seems certain to sell out so we advise tickets are bought early! Dave Kitson will always be fondly remembered by Reading fans as part of the record breaking side that earned 106 points to top the Championship table in the 2005/2006 season. Kitson hit 18 league goals that season as Reading stormed into the Premier League for the first time in their history. He didn't stop making history there as he scored Reading's first ever Premier League goal as the Royals came from two goals down to defeat Middlesbrough in their opening top tier game.
Tilehurst Royal British Legion, Downing Rd, Reading RG31 5BB
MORE INFO: 07768 904338
  david@readingfcformerplayers.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Dance
02/03/2018 BRACKNELL OVER 25s PARTY FOR SINGLES AND COUPLES

Top DJ playing your favourite chart and dance music from '80s to date. These parties are THE place for Over 25s to dance, romance, meet new people and make new friends. Monthly at Apres Nightclub. The club is completely self-contained with its own entrance and boasts two bars, a great dance floor and a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere where you can mix, dance and mingle. From 9pm till 2am.
Apres Nightclub at The Coppid Beech Hotel, John Nike Way, Bracknell, RG12 8TF
MORE INFO: Brian Lewis 0800 3134441
  info@dance-parties.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
02/03/2018 MUSIC AT PROGRESS - ORPHY ROBINSON QUINTET
 PROGRESS THEATRE, READING

The renowned USA vibes player Bobby Hutcherson died aged 65 in August 2016 having had a glittering career from the late 1950s. He played with the Who’s Who of jazz icons, recording on Blue Note from 1963 to 1977. Bobby ran the gambit from bebop, via post bop to contemporary and free jazz. In September 2016 Orphy Robinson assembled an octet to pay homage to Bobby Hutcherson.
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 384 2195
  enquiries@progresstheatre.co.uk
  Event Web Site

02/03/2018 PHUIL JUPITUS - JUPLICITY
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for an evening of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funnyman drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it. Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly. Phill became a familiar face as team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks for 19 years. Aside from live stand-up shows all over the UK, he also appears as a regular guest on QI and Alan Davies As Yet Untitled.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  boxmanager@kentontheatre.co.uk
  Event Web Site

02/03/2018 THE FURROW COLLECTIVE
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

The Furrow Collective is an award-winning and critically acclaimed English/Scottish band consisting of four distinctive and talented performers: Lucy Farrell (viola, voice & saw), Rachel Newton (harp, fiddle, voice), Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice) and Alasdair Roberts (guitars, voice). The group formed in 2013, drawn together by a shared love of traditional song and balladry of the England, Scotland and beyond and an open, intuitive approach to collaboration. In recognition of their innovative approach, The Furrow Collective were awarded the accolade of 'Best Band' at the 2017 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards, hot on the heels of the release in late 2016 of their second album, Wild Hog (Hudson Records).
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246
  boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk   Event Web Site

02/03/2018 GRAHAM FELLOWS - COMPLETELY OUT OF CHARACTER
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Graham Fellows has performed as the comic character John Shuttleworth for over 25 years on stage, TV and Radio, delighting audiences throughout the UK with his songs and quirky take on everyday life. Now Graham, minus purple leather jacket and fawn slacks (but fully clothed!) steps out from behind the keyboard to plug in his guitar and sing his own songs: revelatory, humorous and quirky still, sometimes sad. Graham will naturally talk about Shuttleworth as well as his other comic characters, plus his pivotal acting role on Coronation Street, and becoming a teenage pop star as Jilted John.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

02/03/2018 KATHERINE RYAN - GLITTER ROOM
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

This Canadian abroad and break out star of UK comedy is back with a brand new show. Having garnered rave reviews as the presenter and writer of Channel 4's critically acclaimed series, How Did You Get So Rich?, regularly appearing on BBC's QI, Have I Got News For You and Live at the Apollo, Dave's Taskmaster Series 2 (which she won) and Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats, plus co-hosting two back-to-back series of Comedy Central's upcoming Your Face or Mine? reboot with Jimmy Carr, Katherine Ryan is dominating the UK television and live comedy scenes.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

Sport : Horse Racing
02/03/2018 MENCAP CHARITY RACEDAY AT NEWBURY

Put a spring in your step with the first of two great days of Jump racing in support of a good cause. You can enjoy a competitive seven-race card on which future stars such as Village Vic have entered the winners enclosure in the past. The day itself will support West Berkshire Mencap, a charity doing invaluable work to support people living with learning difficulties and their families in the local area.
Newbury Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01635 40015
  info@newburyracecourse.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
03/03/2018 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

03/03/2018 MURDER MYSTERY - A DISH TO DIE FOR!

Race round Reading, find hidden clues and catch a killer in an immersive 3-hour murder mystery treasure hunt. Solve the case of #WhoKilledAmeliaCook. A brand new, interactive, real-life Cluedo-like Murder Mystery Treasure Hunt that will be played out on the streets of Reading on Saturdays in February. Teams or individuals can take part in the hunt for the murderer in a three-hour, immersive scavenger hunt around the Town Centre. Using their smartphones, players must race around the streets of Reading to find hidden evidence, crack cryptic clues and converse with characters to catch the killer – against the clock. The game centres on the murder of chef Amelia Cook, Reading’s newest Gourmet Sensation. Amelia was launching her exclusive Five Star Fare Menu but while the public tucked into the new dish, it was crunch time for Amelia – as she became the main corpse. The killer remains at large somewhere in Reading. Scotland Yard suspects foul play, they and need your help. Tickets £20 - save 10pc on website below using promo code: TOOMANYCOOKS
Starts Forbury Gardens, The Forbury, Reading RG1 3HS
MORE INFO: A Dish To Die Enquiries
  help@adishtodiefor.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Markets
03/03/2018 THAMES VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET (WINDSOR)

Developed in association with the Windsor and Eton Town Partnership, Windsor farmers' market offers a wide range of produce and is within easy walking distance of the town centre and residential area. Closest car park is at East Berks College off Trinity Place, a minute's walk away.
St Leonard’s Road between East Berks College and Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor SL4 3BL
MORE INFO: Claudine Andrew 07896 902850
  ascotwindsormanager@hotmail.com
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Leisure : Museums
03/03/2018 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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03/03/2018 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 : Music
03/03/2018 SING! SING! SING! 2018
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

A concert by girls' choir Jewel Tones and friends to celebrate World Book Day - 7.30pm - tickets £10 from the Box Office at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Suzanne Newman 0118 934 0589
  suzanneynewman@btinternet.com
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Leisure : Photography
03/03/2018 to 07/03/2018 FOOTPRINTS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Free Public Admission - the exhibition consists of photographs that have previously been entered into one of our four bi-monthly photographic competitions, each based on an environmental theme. Launched by The Photographic Angle in 2010, Footprints had the key objective to promote a greater sense of environmental awareness in the face of man’s unprecedented impact on our global environment. FOOTPRINTS is a touring photographic exhibition created and supported by The Photographic Angle. Please check website prior to attendance for latest information as dates may be subject to change. Disabled visitors are advised to check with us before visiting an exhibition so that suitable access can be provided. 10am to 3pm daily.
TVP1 and 2, 300 Thames Valley Park Drive, Thames Valley Park, Earley RG6 1PT
MORE INFO: Lou Griffiths 0800 0287338
  info@thephotographicangle.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
03/03/2018 READING PHOENIX CHOIR
 THE CONCERT HALL, READING

Reading Phoenix Choir returns to delight audiences with its Annual Concert at Reading Concert Hall. The Choir, with the Phoenix Brass Ensemble, will perform John Rutter’s Gloria followed by a selection from their varied repertoire. Highlights include the Howells Requiem and pieces by Victoria, Rachmaninov, Eric Whitacre and David Bowie!
The Concert Hall, Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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03/03/2018 SIMON MAYOR AND HILARY JAMES
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

From BBC Radio 4 to USA TV’s The Simpsons, Simon Mayor's inimitable wit and virtuosity and Hilary James' honey dripping voice and unusual mandobass have travelled far. But it’s probably their diverse repertoire that surprises people most: from folk to blues, swing fiddle to classical mandolin show-stoppers and some of their notorious comic songs. A hugely entertaining evening not to be missed. Serious stuff – but don’t take it too seriously!
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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Local Information :
03/03/2018 THE VILLAGE ARTISAN FOOD MARKET

The Village Artisan Food Market was started by Jane Bywater about three years ago. Theresa Wright has recently joined Jane to help develop this quality market. The monthly market is held at Beenham Village Hall in West Berkshire UK and promotes small, enthusiastic contributors who want to sell their home-made or home grown produce to an appreciative audience.
Beenham Village Hall, RG7 5NN
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03/03/2018 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
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03/03/2018 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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03/03/2018 ROYAL BERKSHIRE MEDICAL HERITAGE CENTRE

Museum showing changes in medicine that have taken place in the past 150 years. Also history of Royal Berkshire Hospital. Displays cover a wide range of areas including surgery , anaesthesia, nursing, blood letting (see live leeches) and wartime medicine.
Level 4, Main Entrance, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading RG1 5AN
MORE INFO: Museum Curator 0118 954 9371
  Josephine.Cutts@royalberkshire.nhs.uk
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03/03/2018 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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Sport : Basketball
03/03/2018 READING ROCKETS v KENT CRUSADERS

The Reading Rockets club was founded in 1997 and has achieved huge success with its Senior, Junior, Academy and Community development programmes and is now privileged to run the AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) programme. Rockets is now one of the most successful clubs in England and established its Rockets Sport and Educational Foundation charity in 2012. It has gained Sport England’s kitemark ‘ClubMark’ and England Basketball’s 4 star accreditation. The heart of the Rockets club is passion, vision, quality, motivation and commitment – unified with family values and standards. The Senior Men’s and Ladies’ teams play their home games at the Rivermead Leisure Complex in Reading and are comprised of players with experience of the USA game, Europe and of National Senior Divisions coupled to young blood. Our vision of facilitating opportunities for youngsters to come up through the ranks of the junior section and play in the Senior National League has been realised bringing much reward to coaches, mentors and players alike.
Rivermead Leisure Centre, Richfield Avenue, Reading RG1 8EQ
MORE INFO: Basketball Hotline 0118 926 3040
 
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Sport : Football
03/03/2018 MAIDENHEAD UTD v WOKING - VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE

After two tough away games in succession the Magpies return to York Road for a local derby. Inconsistent Woking will be itching for revenge for a recent FA Trophy defeat - and to get the points they need to steer away from the lower end of the table. Maidenhead themselves have almost certainly done enough to retain their place in the top flight of non-league football, which was their pre-season target.
York Road, Maidenhead SL6 1SF
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01628 636314
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Sport : Horse Racing
03/03/2018 GREATWOOD CHARITY RACEDAY AT NEWBURY

The second of our two days of racing centres around the Grade 3 Greatwood Gold Cup, with past winners including subsequent Hennessy hero Madison du Berlais. The day also provides an opportunity for racegoers to learn about Greatwood, a unique charity based near Marlborough which provides fulfilling futures for former racehorses and teaches emotional literacy and life skills to children and young people with special educational needs.
The Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01635 40015
  info@racecoursenewbury.co.uk
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03/03/2018 GREATWOOD CHARITY RACEDAY AT NEWBURY

The second of our two days of racing centres around the Grade 3 Greatwood Gold Cup, with past winners including subsequent Hennessy hero Madison du Berlais. The day also provides an opportunity for racegoers to learn about Greatwood, a unique charity based near Marlborough which provides fulfilling futures for former racehorses and teaches emotional literacy and life skills to children and young people with special educational needs.
The Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01635 40015
  info@racecoursenewbury.co.uk
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Leisure : Music
04/03/2018 SUNDAY AFTERNOON LIVE JAZZ WITH PETE ALLEN AND HIS BAND

Don’t know what to do on a Sunday afternoon? Why not join us at the Chequers Hotel, Newbury for an afternoon of LIVE toe-tapping JAZZ with the legendary Pete Allen and his band. A Pete Allen show has something for everybody as it presents a variety showcase of happy foot-tapping music for all to enjoy. It has a sensational mix of music and songs which includes selections from the commercial hits of British Jazz, Jump Jive sounds of the forties, popular songs from the fifties, sixties and seventies, Parade sounds of New Orleans and the Blues.
The Chequers Hotel, 6-8 Oxford Street, Newbury RG14 1JB
MORE INFO: Jane Mac-Gregor 0118 981 2598
  nana.macgregor@btinternet.com

Leisure : Theatre
04/03/2018 A CELEBRATION OF PRINCE - PURPLE RAIN
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Purple Rain are a world class live celebration of the music, life and legacy of Prince. This full 8 piece live band delivers a non-stop, hit packed show spanning more than two hours! Complete with backing vocals, horn section, keys and of course Jimi Love as the unsurpassed Prince.. Expect to see, hear and feel all of the hits from one of the most loved Artists of all time. 1999, Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, Kiss, Diamonds And Pearls, U Got The Look, When Doves Cry, Cream, I Wanna Be Your Lover and so many more..
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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Local Information :
04/03/2018 THAMES VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET (NEWBURY)

Newbury Farmers' Market runs twice a month on the first and third Sunday. Originally set up by the Council to give local farmers and producers an opportunity to sell their produce direct to the public, most will have been grown or processed within 30 miles of West Berkshire. The Farmers' Market supports the local economy, providing healthy fresh food and reducing food miles - the distance food has travelled from where it is produced. In addition, the market provides an opportunity to find out more about issues such as Genetically Modified foods, land management and organic farming.
Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Johnny Morrison 07818 215 623
  cuthbert71@icloud.com
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