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05/09/2017 to 06/01/2018 EARLIEST EUROPEANS - HOW DID OUR ANCESTORS SURVIVE?
 READING MUSEUM

This display curated by Dr Rob Hosfield of the University of Reading’s Archaeology Department and Dr James Cole of the University of Brighton’s School of Environment & Technology will introduce our earliest ancestors and show how they survived in ‘Ice Age’ Europe. It will include casts of skulls, tools, and video footage reconstructing how those tools might have been used. Linked to a wider project on the earliest humans and the climatic challenges they faced, run by Dr Hosfield and Dr Cole and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Look out for the related talk and flintknapping activity!
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 :
01/10/2017 to 31/01/2018 CHILDREN'S TUDOR ANIMAL TRAIL AT THE VYNE
 THE VYNE (NATIONAL TRUST)

Deer, horses and falcons are just some of the creatures you may have seen at The Vyne in 1535. See if you can spot the animals that played an important part in Tudor life. Pick up your trail from Visitor Reception and keep an eye out for animals scattered across The Vyne. Normal admission applies. Booking Not Needed. Children are most welcome. Dogs on leads welcome.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01256 883858   thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
02/10/2017 to 31/01/2018 TUDOR SECRETS AT THE VYNE - SELF-GUIDED TOUR
 THE VYNE (NATIONAL TRUST)

At the site visited by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in 1535, pick up your self-guided tour at Visitor Reception and uncover hidden secrets contained in The Vyne's surviving Tudor features.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01256 883858   thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
30/10/2017 to 23/12/2017 BASILDON PARK ILLUMINATED WOODLAND WALK
 BASILDON PARK (NATIONAL TRUST)

As the sun fades see the woodland walk lit up, and enjoy the changing colours of the trees through the seasons from autumn to winter. As Autumn sets in at Basildon Park, the woodland really comes to life. The stunning display of Autumn colour on the trees is being further enhanced by an illuminated woodland display, which will last until January this year so you can enjoy the illuminated woodland walk throughout the winter as well. Booking Not Needed.
Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01491 672382   basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
16/11/2017 to 31/12/2017 THE BORROWERS - THE WATERMILL CHRISTMAS SHOW
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

Quick, clever and only four inches tall, The Borrowers live happily under the floorboards of a huge house. Bold young Arrietty dreams of exploring the big blue-skied world above their cosy home. But when she finally does, she’s spotted by a frightening ‘human bean’ and The Borrowers are thrown into peril. Will the tiny family escape before it’s too late? And are they ready for their greatest adventure yet? A big-hearted adventure story full of magical live music, book tickets now to join us for an action-packed Christmas treat!
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044   boxoffice@watermill.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Bars
17/11/2017 to 31/12/2017 APRÈS - THE WINTER BAR AT STATION HILL

For the third year the outdoor ski lodge bar will be back in Reading over the festive period. Gunter, head ski instructor/chief cocktail tester, and his team will be serving Mulled Wine, Frosty pints of Beer and their signature Winter Cocktails. Last year the bar moved to Station Hill, a move that WePop, the company behind the Après Bar, were extremely excited about. Their excitement was well-founded! A huge attraction to the Après Bar is their cosy mini chalets. Each one seats up to 10 people and is decorated with festive décor and blankets - and this year there’s a larger chalet as well, along with a marquee area with heaters. It’s a great spot to stop by for a swift drink during the festive period and it is also perfect for Christmas Parties. From reserving a small seated area or a chalet for a group, to hiring a section of the venue for your entire company.
Station Hill, Reading RG1 1NF
MORE INFO: WePop   Gunter@ApresReading.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
21/11/2017 to 30/12/2017 MIKI - THE NORDEN FARM CHRISTMAS SHOW FOR CHILDREN
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Miki, Polar Bear and Penguin live in a very far away place. It’s an icy world where nothing ever grows. One midwinter eve, they make a wish and Miki embarks on a magical adventure in search of a star... Based on the book by Stephen Mackey, Miki is an inspiring story about friendship, courage and adventure. It features amazing underwater creatures, enchanting music and extraordinary puppetry.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997   boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site
23/11/2017 to 27/01/2018 MY FAIR LADY
 THE MILL AT SONNING

The story of Eliza Dolittle – the Cockney flower girl who speaks in ‘yowls’ and not ‘vowels’ – has rightfully captivated audiences for decades. Add to this an unforgettable score including songs Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?, On The Street Where You Live, I Could Have Danced All Night and Get Me To The Church On Time and My Fair Lady’s phenomenal worldwide success can be readily understood. Following the record-breaking success of High Society last Christmas, The Mill is delighted to welcome back Joseph Pitcher to direct and choreograph what promises to be a very special and truly momentous production.
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000   admin@millatsonning.com   Event Web Site
30/11/2017 to 03/01/2018 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS BRACKNELL PANTOMIME - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

With the success of Cinderella still ringing in the air, we are pleased announce our 2017 pantomime Beauty and the Beast! The bright and beautiful Belle encounters an enchanted castle in which a Beast who has been struck with a curse hides. Despite her fears, she eventually befriends the castle’s magical staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognise the kind heart and soul of the prince who is trapped behind the hex.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk   Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
30/11/2017 to 07/01/2018 THEATRE ROYAL WINDSOR PANTOMIME - SLEEPING BEAUTY
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

The pin has finally dropped! We have spun together a dazzling cast to perform in this year’s enchanting pantomime, SLEEPING BEAUTY (29 November 2017 - 7 January 2018). Who we hear you cry….Oh yes even The Doctor is part of the cast! Everyone’s foxy favourite and the face of Children’s television for over 50 years, returns to Windsor's panto. Basil is a celebrity in high demand and often shows up in the most unexpected places. Recent television appearances include The One Show, The Weakest Link (which he won!), Blue Peter and many more. Famed for his ‘Boom’-ing laugh and cheeky charm, Basil is sure to delight all audiences as the lovable Lord Chamberlain alongside King Clifford of Windsornia.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk   Event Web Site

Leisure : Christmas
01/12/2017 to 24/12/2017 WOKINGHAM LIVING ADVENT CALENDAR 2017

Wokingham’s Living Advent Calendar runs from 1st to 24th December each year. Each weekday at 6pm and weekends at 4pm from 1st December to Christmas Eve, a venue around the town will host a FREE performance lasting approximately 20 minutes. A community project, we work with local businesses, charities, performers and individuals to present these performances to the public. Each event is paired with a local performer (or group of performers) and a charity who take a collection. Join us for music, dance, drama and more this Christmas season! But you’ll have to wait and see what each evening will bring, performances are secret until the day!
Various around Wokingham - see website
MORE INFO: Gemma Cumming 0118 974 0889   artsandculture@wokingham-tc.gov.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
01/12/2017 to 23/12/2017 JOYEUX NOEL AT BASILDON PARK HOUSE

See Basildon Park dressed for Christmas like it never has been before, celebrating Lady Iliffe's French-Mauritian roots. The house will be presented as if for the evening, with atmospheric lighting, sumptuous decorations and a giant tree in the hallway, all drawing on Lady Iliffe's French-Mauritian roots. Booking Not Needed.
Basildon Park Lower Basildon Reading RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: The Administrator 01491 672920   basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
01/12/2017 to 07/01/2018 THE FIRE AND LIGHT SHOW AT THE LOOK OUT DISCOVERY CENTRE

This live science show is full of fantastic demonstrations to FIRE your imagination! Watch us create light, and see the amazing tornado of fire! 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.
The Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell RG12 7QW
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01344 354400   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
01/12/2017 to 07/01/2018 THE NEWBURY PANTOMIME - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Prepare for an action-packed pantomime full of songs, mischief and plenty of magic! Will the Beast ever break the terrible curse that entraps him? Will love conquer all? And which pop star will pen the next big hit that’ll feature in this year’s pantomime extravaganza! From our esteemed panto writer and director, Phil Willmott will once again put his own unique spin on this classic fairy tale of good triumphing over evil. Our ever-popular pantomime has become a fun-filled tradition for the families of Newbury and beyond. Grab your tickets for our next biggest festive treat!
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site

Local Information :
01/12/2017 to 23/12/2017 TUDOR CHRISTMAS IN THE CROMWELLIAN AT GREYS COURT
 GREYS COURT (NATIONAL TRUST)

The Cromwellian building at Greys Court will be showing how a Tudor Christmas would have been celebrated. Greys Court was first mentioned in 1086, and so has years of history attached to it. To help celebrate the wider history of Greys Court, the Cromwellian building will be focusing on the Tudor-era of Greys Court, and displaying how the festive season would have been celebrated in this time period. With sumptuous decorations, a traditional Tudor feast on display and Tudor-themed, children's dressing up costumes, there's much to help you experience what a Tudor Christmas would have been like.
Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4PG
MORE INFO: Admin Office 01491 628529   Event Web Site
01/12/2017 to 24/12/2017 HENLEY LIVING ADVENT CALENDAR

The Henley Living Advent Calendar is based on an original idea from Stockholm and began here in 2011. One of the first events of it's kind in the UK, and certainly the first locally, it runs every evening from December 1st to 24th. Like a children’s Advent Calendar, a different window or door is opened at 6:15pm promptly each evening and a 30 minute performance is given to the audience assembled. This can include songs, carols, music, poetry, book excerpts, notes from local history or folklore, sketches, dance etc, all with a Christmas or winter focus to them. Each Venue is matched, by the Organising Committee, with a local performer or group of performers and a collection is made, and Raffle tickets sold, every evening for selected local Charities.
Various around Henley on Thames - see website
MORE INFO: Richard Rodway 07920 589675   richard@thpsolicitors.co.uk   Event Web Site
06/12/2017 to 16/12/2017 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - A LIVE RADIO PLAY
 WOKINGHAM THEATRE

The American Christmas classic - but in a 1940s radio studio. A few actors bring dozens of characters to life in the story of the idealistic George Bailey, his plans to see the world and the obstacles that get in his way. True to the original much-loved film, but fresh and inventive using props, live music and sound effects to conjure up this seasonal love story.
Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road Wokingham RG40 5TU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 978 5363   boxoffice@wokinghamtheatre.org.uk   Event Web Site
09/12/2017 to 07/01/2018 THE READING HEXAGON PANTOMIME - PETER PAN
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Come and join us on a magical journey as we fly away to Neverland this festive season with Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up. Returning due to overwhelming public demand, Cbeebie's superstar Justin Fletcher will be joining in the fun and mayhem once again as Mr Smee and Paul Morse will be donning another array of fantastic frocks as Nanny McSmee. The Hexagon once again promise a panto full of adventure, with a stunning set, spectacular song and dance routines, a lot of traditional panto slapstick, and of course, a ticking crocodile!
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site

09/12/2017 to 31/12/2017 THE MAIDENHEAD PANTOMIME - ALADDIN

Television favourites SANDRA MARTIN (Channel 4’s Gogglebox) and NISHA ANIL (CBeebies) will star in this year’s family pantomime alongside a cast of West End performers and juvenile ensemble of local young performers! Following the exciting re-launch of The Pearce Suite Theatre at Magnet Leisure Centre, Q Productions is delighted to be bringing Maidenhead its first fully-produced professional pantomime with the much-loved family favourite, ALADDIN, which will be packed full of side-splitting comedy, stunning special effects and lavish costume.
The Pearce Suite Theatre, Magnet Leisure Centre, Maidenhead SL6 8AW
MORE INFO: Box Office 01494 917519
  boxoffice@q-productions.co.uk   Event Web Site

12/12/2017 to 16/12/2017 THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
 PROGRESS THEATRE, READING

Dorian is a good-natured young man until he discovers the power of his own exceptional beauty. As he gradually sinks deeper into a frivolous, glamorous world of selfish luxury, he apparently remains physically unchanged by the stresses of his corrupt lifestyle and untouched by age. But up in his attic, hidden behind a curtain, his portrait tells a different story.
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch Road, Reading RG1 5HL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 384 2169   enquiries@progresstheatre.co.uk   Event Web Site
12/12/2017 to 13/12/2017 A CHRISTMAS CAROL
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

The old miser Ebenezer Scrooge has no time for Christmas or those that celebrate it. One night he is visited by the ghostly apparition of his seven years dead business partner, Jacob Marley. Marley is condemned, for eternity, to wander the earth shackled by the chain of wrong doing he forged in life. He tells Scrooge that he will be visited by three spirits and therefore afforded the chance to escape the same fate. But, will Scrooge choose to amend his ways? Does he deserve a second chance?
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244   box.office@anvilarts.org.uk   Event Web Site
12/12/2017 to 31/12/2017 THE CAMBERLEY PANTOMIME - PETER PAN

Take the second to the right and join Peter Pan as he takes Wendy and her brothers on an action packed adventure in Neverland. Meet Pan’s best friend Tink and the Lost Boys as they help Pan take on his arch enemy Captain Hook! With all those sword fights, it will be all hands on deck for Mr and Mrs Smee as they do their best to keep everything shipshape. Camberley Theatre gives J.M Barrie’s timeless tale of the boy who never grows up a modern makeover. It is an unforgettable panto complete with flying, laugh out loud gags, singalong songs, breath-taking choreography and bucket loads of audience interaction. Will Peter Pan defeat Captain Hook? Will Wendy and her brothers make it home? Will Peter Pan ever grow up? Come along and fly to Neverland with us but be sure to bring happy thoughts and a little pixie dust!
Camberley Theatre. Knoll Road, Camberley GU15 3SY
MORE INFO: Box Office 01276 707600
  camberley.theatre@surreyheath.gov.uk   Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
13/12/2017 to 14/12/2017 WINTER WONDERLAND TODDLER DAYS AT THE LOOK OUT DISCOVERY CENTRE

Toddlers are always welcome at The Look Out, but on our Toddler Days we have extra activities for children under 5 years old. Come and enjoy our fun crafts, story-telling sessions and face/hand painting. Prizes for children who come in fancy dress to match the woodland animals theme!
The Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell RG12 7QW
MORE INFO: Lookout Events Organiser 01344 354400   customer.services@bracknell-forest.gov.uk   Event Web Site
13/12/2017 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
13/12/2017 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
13/12/2017 LAURA MUGRIDGE AND TOM ADAMS - BOOKISH
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Bookish is a collection of five brand new comedy shows from performers and comedians Laura Mugridge and Tom Adams: five mini shows each inspired by a different book and you get to choose which ones you see! Each show is a blend of comedy, live original music, a quiz and the stories of what happened when Tom and Laura tried to research the books. There will be a live vote on the night, and two shows (books) will be performed
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site
13/12/2017 ACE DANCE STUDIOS INVITES...
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

This new evening of dance, hosted by ACE Dance Studios, invites the best youth dance groups from Berkshire to celebrate their excellent talent!
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246   boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk   Event Web Site
13/12/2017 STORY TIME AT THE MILL - THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
 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
13/12/2017 to 16/12/2017 STUDIO THEATRE COMPANY - THE OFFICE PARTY
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

John Godber’s cut-throat world of a local marketing company, paper wastage, broken coffee machines and lecherous clients are standard water cooler conversations. But this is the early 90’s; East 17 and Take That are chart rivals and The Crystal Maze is prime time viewing. The Christmas party is looming and everyone is up for a good time.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 07785 316612   sales@southhillpark.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
13/12/2017 CHARITY CONCERT IN AID OF HEARING DOGS FOR DEAF PEOPLE
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

A good night out for all the family, with a wide variety of music including big band sounds, songs from the shows and films as well as some Christmas music.
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997   boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site
Leisure : Museums
14/12/2017 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
14/12/2017 MANDOLINQUENTS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

Mandolin magic and much merriment! The Mandolinquents seasonal extravaganza has become a highlight of the Yuletide calendar. Join our virtuosic foursome for a perfectly pitched pre-Christmas mix of classics, carols and comedy. Mandolins, guitars, banjo, fiddle, voices (theirs and yours) as well as....surprising surprises!
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246   boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk   Event Web Site
14/12/2017 to 15/12/2017 STEPHEN K AMOS - BREAD AND CIRCUSES
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Things are looking bleak, so wouldn’t it be better to just forget all about it? Comic maestro Stephen K Amos might not be able to provide bread to the hungry masses, but no one else is going to put on a better circus. Leave your problems behind for the evening in the company of the ‘effusively charming’ Amos and who knows? Maybe the world will seem just a little bit brighter.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site
14/12/2017 THE HORNE SECTION CHRISTMAS SHOW
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

What is Christmas all about? It's about telling bad jokes, singing badly, drinking lots and, despite all these, having the best time together. So who better to spend Christmas with than The Horne Section? In this festive fiesta they will do everything in their power to make your Christmas dreams come true with a night of comedy gold, frankincense frolics and musical myrrh.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997   boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site
14/12/2017 VAKULA AND THE DEVIL - A RUSSIAN CHRISTMAS EVE
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

A magical retelling of Nikolai Gogol’s story Christmas Eve, interwoven with a ravishing selection of Russian and Ukrainian music and song. This uproarious tale tells of the blacksmith Vakula’s battle with the devil, who has stolen the moon and hidden it in his pocket. Vakula is in love with the beautiful Oksana but she will not marry him unless he brings her the Tsarina’s slippers. Now he needs the devil’s help…
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244   box.office@anvilarts.org.uk   Event Web Site
14/12/2017 to 07/01/2018 THE ANVIL BASINGSTOKE PANTOMIME - PETER PAN
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

All children, except one, grow up. Fly far away to Neverland with Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael. Cheer the Lost Boys and Tinker Bell, and boo the wicked Captain Hook and his motley crew. But beware of the ticking crocodile! One of the most famous and best-loved children’s stories, Peter Pan is an unforgettable, enchanting and timeless tale that has been enjoyed by generations for over one hundred years.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk   Event Web Site

14/12/2017 THE BIG CHRIS BARBER JAZZ BAND
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Jazz Legend, Chris Barber, celebrates his 68th Anniversary as band-leader in 2017 with a Europe-wide concert tour. Inspired by the ‘King Oliver Creole Jazz Band’, Chris formed his first Band in 1949 at the age of nineteen and has since gone on to become not only Europe’s most successful and influential bandleaders, but a bona fide jazz legend. With his 10-piece band, featuring a 7-strong front line, Chris plays a selection of his favourite music: from his roots in New Orleans style in ‘Bourbon Street Parade’ to the early music of Duke Ellington and Sidney Bechet … before going back to ‘When the Saints’!
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0208 563 7725   sales@southhillpark.org.uk   Event Web Site
Sport : Football
14/12/2017 ROYALS U18s v MILLWALL - FA YOUTH CUP 3rd ROUND

Our Under-18s will host Millwall in the third round of the FA Youth Cup at Madejski Stadium on Thursday 14th December, kicking off at 7pm. With senior teams playing in the Sky Bet Championship, both Reading and Millwall enter at this stage of the competition… a place in round four of the competition awaits the winner. We reached the quarter-final of the competition two years ago, when a Chelsea side spearheaded by Tammy Abraham were 2-1 winners at Stamford Bridge. Since then, four Royals that were in the squad – Omar Richards, Axel Andresson, Josh Barrett and Sam Smith – have all made senior-team appearances!
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0844 249 1871   memberservices@readingfc.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
15/12/2017 READING HAYDN CHOIR - FESTIVE CAROLS AND MUSIC

Come and join us for Festive Carols and Music at 7.30pm on Friday December 15th. The Choir will be singing plenty of carols, both old and new, as well as some of the most popular choruses from Handel's Messiah...including the Hallelujah Chorus. And you can join in for some of your favourite carols. Mince pies and drinks will be served afterwards.
King William of York Church, Upper Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5JP
MORE INFO: Christopher Lock 07557 900 210   lock.chris1@gmail.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
15/12/2017 to 28/12/2017 ROBIN HOOD
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Follow the exciting escapades of our dashing hero and his loyal band of merry men in this madcap, medieval romp. Watch as Robin fights to restore justice for the people of Sherwood, win the heart of the beautiful Maid Marion and rid the land from the avaricious Sheriff of Nottingham once and for all. With heaps of audience participation, thrilling sword fights, archery contests, spirited heroes and dastardly villains, experience a Christmas treat like no other as this much loved tale is given an exhilarating twist in the Kenton Theatre's most spectacular pantomime to date. We are delighted to welcome back Immersion Theatre Company, featuring the stars of Peter Pan and Aladdin.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698   KentonTheatre@gmail.com   Event Web Site
15/12/2017 to 17/12/2017 BALLET THEATRE UK - THE NUTCRACKER
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

One of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions and a popular Christmas ballet presentation, The Nutcracker, will be brought to life by Ballet Theatre UK, Christmas 2017. This well-loved traditional Christmas ballet will be performed in a unique setting with 24 international dancers, from companies around the world.
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246   boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk   Event Web Site
15/12/2017 NORDEN FARM CHRISTMAS CEILIDH
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

An evening of dance in our atmospheric 18th century Long Barn. A caller will guide you through dances while ceilidh band Nedron’s Jig provide the live music.
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997   boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site
15/12/2017 THE SUPERTONICS BIG BAND WINTER CONCERT
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

The Supertonics play an entertaining mix of popular swing (Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington) and American Songbook jazz classics, plus arrangements from musicals and the movies – even some rock 'n roll!! They are based in Bracknell and have been playing at South Hill Park and across the region for over 25 years. Most band members are either serious amateur musicians or ex-professional. They are passionate about performing, and have a lot of fun playing. Enquiries from potential future band members are always welcome.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484 123   sales@southhillpark.org.uk   Event Web Site
15/12/2017 BESSIE SMITH - EMPRESS OF THE BLUES
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Bessie Smith was an American blues singer. Nicknamed the ‘Empress of the Blues’, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her blues troupe perform to a narrated show, featuring music and songs from that era alongside Bessie's work.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997   boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site
15/12/2017 GREEN ROCK RIVER BAND
 RISING SUN ARTS CENTRE

The Green Rock River Band are a hybrid of old time sounds that universally connects with audiences all over, a sound that has echoed throughout decades of music history, in music hall, Americana, folk tradition and jazz. All this blended with a contemporary sound. Modern songwriting and original arrangements for 21st century audiences wanting to connect with a music that runs a little deeper, a little more primitive than the clean over produced sound of modern folk and pop.
Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 986 6788   info@risingsun-artscentre.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
16/12/2017 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
Leisure : Museums
16/12/2017 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
16/12/2017 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 : Theatre
16/12/2017 to 17/12/2017 OMAD DJALILI - SCHMUCK FOR A NIGHT
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili is known for his legendary stand up performances. Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, expect a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. Omid has recently starred in BBC1’s Dickensian and Sky1’s Lucky Man.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box office 01628 788997   boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site
16/12/2017 STEELEYE SPAN
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

This event is now sold out. Please call the box office on 01256 844244 to be added to the waiting list.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244   box.office@anvilarts.org.uk   Event Web Site
16/12/2017 BANDARAMA PRESENTS BEN MARWOOD, PLUS SUPPORT
 RISING SUN ARTS CENTRE

Reading legend Ben Marwood is back. His latest album is definitely one of the best albums of the year. You should own two copies! He played the Olympics, is mates with Frank Turner/Beans of Toast/Chriss TT. He really should be played a lot more on national radio - but tonight he's playing right here in Reading.
Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST
MORE INFO: Gig Enquiries 0118 986 6788   info@risingsun-artscentre.co.uk   Event Web Site
16/12/2017 BELSHAZZAR'S FEAST
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

On tour with a Christmas-themed show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, added to their usual touch of classical and jazz, with a bit of pop and music hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour. Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces.
South Street Arts, 21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: box office 0118 960 6060   boxoffice@reading.gov.uk   Event Web Site
16/12/2017 to 24/12/2017 ALBY THE PENGUIN RESCUES CHRISTMAS

Alby isn’t just any penguin. Alby is a very special penguin. Alby is a snow-white penguin… Cast off by his fellow penguins, Alby finds himself all alone at the South Pole. When he stumbles across Santa’s list of presents left behind in the snow, Alby realises that Christmas isn’t going to happen unless the list is reunited with its owner. But it’s going to take one very brave penguin to save the day… Alby the Pengiun Saves Christmas is an enchanting story full of music, puppetry and one very special penguin. The perfect festive treat for children aged 3 – 6 and their families.
Reading Studio of Dramatic Art, Reading College, Kings Road, Reading RG1 4HJ
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 955 4757   info@readingrep.com   Event Web Site
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16/12/2017 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
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16/12/2017 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   Event Web Site
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16/12/2017 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: 01635 578090   Event Web Site
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16/12/2017 FATHER CHRISTMAS'S VICTORIAN WINTER GROTTO

Can you hear his sleigh bells? Step back into Christmases past in this special Saturday event and make a traditional decoration for your home. Compose a letter then present it to Father Christmas and receive a special gift before you leave. A magical experience for those that still believe! Our visitors absolutely loved our authentic version last year.
Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Grotto Information 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
Sport : Rugby Union
16/12/2017 LONDON IRISH v STADE FRANCAIS - EURO CHALLENGE CUP

Having not won a Premiership match at the Mad Stad all season, London Irish are looking forward to some light relief when they play Stade Francais in the group stage of the European Challenge Cup. Having won the away game in Paris by 44-7, the Exiles must be confident of a similar success.
Madejski Stadium, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 968 1016   contact@london-irish.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
17/12/2017 JAMES PHELAN - TRICKSTER
 THE FIRE STATION CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CULTURE

A night of hilarious, mind-blowing magic in a show where anything can happen – and quite often does. People are tricked, phones are destroyed, needles are swallowed – no-one is safe. Nephew of the late Paul Daniels, James has been storming it online in the last twelve months whilst gaining a lot of traction in the national press (links attached). Gaining almost 200,000 social media followers of his own, his videos have an average of around 400,000 views.
The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture, The Old Court, St Leonards Road, Windsor SL4 3BL
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 866 865   info@fireythings.com   Event Web Site
17/12/2017 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

A Christmas spectacular guaranteed to get you in the seasonal mood. Jam-packed with scintillating dance routines, dazzling costumes and superb singers. Exciting choreography to 42nd Street, Beauty and the Beast, Trolls and Half a Sixpence makes this show a treat for all the family. Plus a magical visit from Santa Claus!
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244   box.office@anvilarts.org.uk   Event Web Site
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17/12/2017 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   Event Web Site
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17/12/2017 THAMES VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET (ASCOT)

Ascot Farmers' Market has been running successfully for eight years. The market offers a wide choice of fresh produce and plants. Parking is freely available on site.
Car Park 3, Ascot High Street, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Claudine Andrew 07896 902850   ascotwindsormanager@hotmail.com   Event Web Site
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17/12/2017 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   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
18/12/2017 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
19/12/2017 to 20/12/2017 FUNK AND SOUL PARTY NIGHTS AT SOUTH HILL PARK
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Our Annual Funk & Soul Christmas Party featuring party band Hidden Agenda, this event always sells out so booking in advance is advised. With a huge set list of classic soul and disco tracks from the 60s, 70s and 80s and a high energy seven-piece band of accomplished musicians fronted by two outstanding female vocalists, it’s no wonder that Hidden Agenda has been filling dance floors at weddings, private functions, festivals and clubs from their first performance in 2009. From Lady Marmalade and Car Wash to We Are Family and Love Train, Hidden Agenda covers the best tracks and acts from everyone’s favourite party music era, with some modern classics from the likes of Amy Winehouse and Duffy thrown in.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123   sales@southhillpark.org.uk   Event Web Site
20/12/2017 to 21/12/2017 M R JAMES - GHOST STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS
 THE FIRE STATION CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CULTURE

Back by popular demand, Robert Lloyd Parry's telling of M R James' infamous ghost stories are a dark and chilling Christmas treat.
The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture · St Leonards Road, Windsor SL4 3BL
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 866 865   info@firestationartscentre.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
20/12/2017 CARA DILLON
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Join the exceptional Cara Dillon for a night of heart-warming Christmas songs, in what will undoubtedly be a magical and memorable festive experience. If you don’t know the voice of Cara Dillon, you’re in for a treat. If you're already amongst her legions of admirers around the world, you know you have something special in store. The extraordinary Irish singer makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244   box.office@anvilarts.org.uk   Event Web Site
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20/12/2017 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   Event Web Site
Sport : Horse Racing
20/12/2017 ST JAMES'S PLACE CHRISTMAS RACEDAY AT NEWBURY

Our penultimate meeting of the year features a seven-race card of competitive Jump racing. Winners on the day last year included exciting young prospect High Bridge and it is a perfect opportunity to take a break from Christmas shopping and enjoy some enthralling equine action in a more relaxed, informal atmosphere.
The Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01635 40015   info@racecoursenewbury.co.uk   Event Web Site