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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
Leisure : Days Out
10/11/2017 to 12/11/2017 MAPLEDURHAM FESTIVE GIFT FAIR

Loads to see and try to get you into the mood for Christmas. Splendid gifts for the family and home, original and wonderful crafts, fine food direct from the producers, Father Christmas, morning coffee, lunches and afternoon teas - all there to tempt you! Prices on the day are £5 for adults. Upgrade to see the house and watermill as well for £9.50 (saving £4.50). Please note the house is open from 2pm. Children under 16 are free.
Mapledurham House, Mapledurham RG4 7TS
MORE INFO: Battenburg Events 01487 814800   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre

The glitz and glamour of 1950’s New York comes to Maidenhead this November, with gamblers, gangsters and gorgeous showgirls in Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows’ classic musical, Guys and Dolls. When naïve mission-band girl Sarah Brown and worldly-wise gambler Sky Masterson meet, they fall in love. But can their love overcome their very different backgrounds? Can Nathan Detroit find a venue for his crap game? And will he and fiancée Adelaide ever get married? This much loved romantic comedy features feel-good music and famous songs.
The Desborough Suite, Town Hall, St.Ives Road, Maidenhead SL6 1RF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 671589   mail@mos-uk.org   Event Web Site
Leisure : Exhibitions
11/11/2017 to 15/11/2017 200 FACES PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

A showcase of 200 faces each telling a story of its very own. This exhibition brings together the work of photographers who’ve all taken the face as their subject. Here we see the canvas on which all our emotions played out exposed. Suffering, happiness, contentment, frustration and anxiety. 200 FACES is a touring exhibition created and supported by The Photographic Angle. Please note that visitors to this exhibition may also wish to view further images at 3 Forbury Place, 23 Forbury Road, (RG1 3JH), which is a short walk away. Directions will be available at the exhibition venue. 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.
Abbey Gardens, Abbey Street, Kings Road, Reading, RG1 3BA
MORE INFO: Lou Griffiths 0800 0287338   info@thephotographicangle.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music

The first concert with new Musical Director David Young, an exciting Russian flavour and another first. The Reading Bach Choir is delighted to be performing the complete set of Shostakovich’s Ten Poems on Texts by Revolutionary Poets. This is possibly the first time the complete set has been performed in Britain and music has been specially printed. Rarely performed, it was written in the early 1950s, before the death of Stalin. Shostakovich cherry-picked a series of early 20th century propaganda texts, setting them to music rich with folk tunes, populist verve and a dramatists’ eye for setting text. This concert is on Remembrance Day and marks 100 years since the end of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Starts 7.30pm.
St Luke’s Church, Erleigh Road, Reading RG1 5LU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 947 8097   Event Web Site

A concert of music inspired by all things maritime. 7.30pm and lasting about two hours, including a 30 minute interval.
St Mary’s Church, Thatcham RG19 3PN
MORE INFO: Ticket Enquiries 0118 971 2575   Event Web Site

Wokingham Choral Society will be performing pieces by Allegri, Mozart, Brahms, Fauré, Tavener and others will be performed, concluding with Karl Jenkins’ Armed Man Choral Suite. We will remember them....
All Saints Church, Wokingham RG40 1UE
MORE INFO: Ticket Enquiries 0118 942 8238   Event Web Site

An evening of eclectic acoustic music from critically acclaimed trio Whalebone. The award winning instrumental trio, whose blend of Celtic folk music interwoven with strands of rock, Americana and Eastern European tradition has earned them a following both in the U.K. and in the USA and Canada, are known for using more unusual instruments alongside traditional guitars and fiddle, with five-string violin, eight-string baritone guitar, mandolin and bouzouki all featuring in their music.
Eye and Dunsden Village Hall, Dunsden RG4 9QG
MORE INFO: Ticket Enquiries 0118 946 1987   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out

This is the event with something for everybody, we have amazing shopping, celebrity chefs doing demos throughout the day, wreath making demos, you can even learn how to wrap the perfect present! But the fun doesn't stop there! You also have the chance to meet santa in his grotto with Rudolph before they have to go to the North Pole! We also have a range of animals that you can meet from Meerkats to Fox's! We hope to see you there!
Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage RG18 9NU
MORE INFO: Show Enquiries 01728 685302   michelle@classicfestivals.co.uk   Event Web Site

The popular key arts event returns to Royal Windsor Racecourse for it's 13th year with more exhibitors than ever before giving art lovers the perfect one stop shop. With over 160 artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors and selected galleries there really is no better place to peruse and purchase that creative piece you were craving.
Royal Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5JJ
MORE INFO: Deborah James 01753 591892   info@windsorcontemporaryartfair.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
15/11/2017 to 18/11/2017 THE DEEP BLUE SEA - BY TERENCE RATTIGAN

The Basildonian's are performing The Deep Blue Sea by Terrence Rattigan. Tickets £10 in advance £12 on the door. Performance Starts at 8.
Basildon Village Hall, Bethesda St, Upper Basildon RG8 8NU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0119 984 1122   contact@basildonians.org   Event Web Site
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We are familiar with how filmmakers portray banquets during the English Civil Wars – plenty of clashing goblets and everyone gnawing on a plump chicken or a haunch of venison, but was this how it was, and how did the food get to the table in the first place? This talk by historian Dr Christopher Scott will explain how technology, trade and fashion influenced what we ate and drank in England during the 1600s and how we cooked and consumed it. This will be a mixture of facts, stories, objects and recipes with several surprises and revelations about everyday life both at court and in ordinary homes.
West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01635 519562   museum@westberks.gov.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 : Entertainment

See some superb ideas for your own Christmas floral decorations at Woodley Flower Club's Flower Arranging Demonstration Christmas Elegance with arrangements being made by Peter Bodnor - a superb Florist from London.
Coronation Hall, Headley Road, Woodley RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: Marion Want 0118 962 0418
Leisure : Music

Uncle Buck are an exciting ensemble of experienced musicians that visits all the key points on a journey through American music – touching blues, soul, rock, southern funk, and a little slice of jazz!
Emmbrook Sports & Social, Lowther Road, Wokingham RG41 1JB
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17/11/2017 to 19/11/2017 HENLEY CHRISTMAS MARKET

Featuring a wide range of stalls this popular Christmas Market is the ideal place to find those perfect Christmas gifts, stocking fillers and delicious goodies for Christmas hampers! Beautiful artisan crafts, clothing and jewellery, irresistible groceries, tasty hot food, speciality drinks and a bar serving a selection of craft beers and ciders along with mulled wine and spiced cider definitely make this event worth visiting!
Market Place, Henley on Thames RG9 2AA
MORE INFO: Christmas Market Enquiries 01832 281274   Event Web Site
Leisure : Christmas

Reading Community Gospel Choir has made it to 10 years- and what a fabulous 10 years it has been!! We have grown so much as a choir in this time and are very proud of all we have achieved and shared over the years. We are so grateful for all that have joined, supported and encouraged on this community Gospel journey. This is our time to celebrate the heartfelt, harmonious Gospel message together.
The Pavilion, Oxford Road, Reading RG1 7UY
MORE INFO: Naomi Charles 07810 736598   rcomgos@live.com   Event Web Site
18/11/2017 to 19/11/2017 EARLEY CHRISTMAS MARKET

The Earley and Radstock Social Club are organising a Christmas Market for a second year to raise funds for the Earley Community Association (E.C.A. a Registered Charity). Last year the market proved to be very popular and well attended. The charity supports local community projects like The Laurel Park Football teams (ages up to 16 years old). The Club provides facilities for fund raising functions and social events for the residents of Lower Earley.
Radstock Lane, Earley, Reading RG6 5UL
MORE INFO: Christmas Market Enquiries 07919 445448   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out

Do you enjoy whiskey? Would you like to discover more about it, but don't know where to start? Do you like music? Do you like fun? The Whiskey Affair is for you if you answered 'Yes!' to any of these questions. We are returning to Reading, where we fell in love with the Great Hall so are delighted to be coming back. Netherlands, Sweden, Taiwan and Japan that you never knew existed! Upon arrival you will be handed your Whiskey Affair glass (you can keep this!) and a brochure packed full of information on the brands - a good reference point for you to see which your new favourites will be.
Great Hall, University of Reading London Road Campus RG1 5AQ
MORE INFO: Event Enquiries 07815 478999   Event Web Site
18/11/2017 to 19/11/2017 SOUTH HILL PARK CRAFT AND DESIGN FAIR

Located throughout the Mansion and Wilde Theatre foyer, the Craft Fair will showcase the handcrafted and high quality work of British craft makers. This is the perfect opportunity to see a wonderfully diverse range of rich local talent and take home unique Christmas gifts for all of the family. After carefully choosing each of the exhibiting craft makers, this is also a great chance to talk to the artists on a personal level about how each item has been made and learn its story. We will also be holding open access in the craft studios, giving visitors the opportunity to watch students at work, talk to the tutors about all the creative magic that goes on and be inspired by the work-spaces here at South Hill Park.
South Hill Park Grounds Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123   sales@southhillpark.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music

Join the Whiteknights Ensemble for an evening of varied music for wind quintet. All proceeds from this event will go to local charity, Rosie’s Rainbow Fund, which supports sick and disabled children through art and music therapy. Programme: W.A.Mozart – Overture: The Magic Flute; György Ligeti – Six Bagatelles; Giuseppe Cambini – Quintet No.2 in D minor; Carl Nielsen – Wind Quintet; Paul Patterson – Westerly Winds. 7.30pm.
St Paul’s Church, Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH
MORE INFO:   info@whiteknightsensemble.org.uk   Event Web Site
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A great chance to buy some unique Christmas gifts or simply to pamper yourself at this truly festive event. With something for all ages alongside delicious cakes and home baked refreshments the whole family will get into the Christmas Spirit at the Pangbourne College Christmas Bazaar. Fine jewellery, clothing and accessories, china and glass, wood turning, Christmas decorations and foods. Free entrance and ample parking.
Drake Hall, Pangbourne College, Pangbourne RG8 8LA
MORE INFO: Paula Read 01635 860039 or 07793 116937   pangbournepa@gmail.com   Event Web Site