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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
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
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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
08/12/2017 RAIN OR SHINE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS DRACULA
 PURLEY BARN

1897. Transylvania. A lone English solicitor makes an ill-fated visit to an important client at a remote and mysterious castle. Soon afterwards, Count Dracula moves to London, where a bizarre plague begins to stalk its inhabitants. Can an intrepid team led by maverick-doctor, Professor Abraham Van Helsing prevent the infamous Count from getting his fangs into everyone before his grip over the people of London proves fatal? An atmospheric tale of maidens in distress, dark nights and vampires is here presented by Rain or Shine as you’ve never seen it before… Doors Open 7pm for 7.30.
The Barn, Goosecroft, off Beech Road, Purley RG8 8DR
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 942 4167

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

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10/12/2017 NEWBURY FESTIVAL OF LIGHT LANTERN PROCESSION

Come along for our annual Lantern Procession, a stunning winter event that brings the community together to celebrate the festive season. Join in or just admire and soak up the atmosphere as the candle-lit procession travels along Northbrook Street to the Market Place. Meet from 4pm to take part or 4.30pm to watch. There will be live music from Beatroots and Tankata Drummers during the procession. Stay on after to enjoy headliners Faith i Branko and other foodie festivities in the market place.
Northbrook Street, Newbury RG14 1DN
MORE INFO: 0845 5218 218   Event Web Site
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10/12/2017 SUNDAY FUNDAY - SPORTS FUN FOR DISABLED CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Join us once a month for our Sunday Funday sports fun session for disabled children and their families. This is a free, drop-in sports taster session giving children who are ordinarily unable to keep up in PE lessons on in the park the chance to explore accessible and adapted sport in a fun and friendly environment. Children under the age of 14 and their siblings can take part in Paralympic sports such as Boccia, Table Tennis and Wheelchair Basketball across a two-hour session that offers so much flexibility with others sports available to try such as New Age Kurling, Crossbow, Sitting Volleyball and Short Tennis. Whether a youngster wants to spend all afternoon on one activity or spend just a few minutes at each station it’s absolutely fine.
SportsAble, Braywick Sports Ground, Braywick Road, Maidenhead SL6 1BN
MORE INFO: Melissa Paulden 01628 627 690   melissa.paulden@sportsable.co.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
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15/12/2017 CAROLS IN THE PARK WITH BRASS BAND AT BARKHAM

Please join Barkham residents and Breakaway Brass Band from 7pm to sing carols. Mulled wine and mince pies provided. 7pm Free event, but there will be a bucket collection for the band.
The Junipers, Elizabeth Park, Barkham RG41 4TA
MORE INFO: 0118 978 3373
Leisure : Days Out
16/12/2017 THE WINTER GIANT AT DEE PARK

John the Giant will wake up lost and alone in Dee Park, looking for a place to call home. Will you come and greet him? The Winter Giant is a spectacular, magical FREE outdoor performance for all the family featuring live music, puppetry and a stunning community lantern procession. The show starts on Tay Road at 6pm, where John will wake up. Follow his journey through Dee Park as his story unravels, and greet him in the grand finale. 6 to 7pm.
Tay Road, Dee Park, Reading RG30 4ED
MORE INFO: Danielle Corbishley 07815 677672
  dani@beautifulcreatures.info   Event Web Site

Leisure : Music
16/12/2017 to 17/12/2017 SOUTH CHILTERN CHORAL SOCIETY - FEAST OF FESTIVE SONGS

South Chiltern Choral Society (SCCS) is delighted to be joined by special guests The Hill Primary School Choir and the Chiltern Brass Quintet in an uplifting selection of Christmas music. The programme includes Cecilia McDowall’s 'Christus natus est' and Alan Bullard’s 'A Feast for Christmas' both featuring well known seasonal songs. After the traditional interval refreshments, the audience will be invited to join in with Christmas carols.
Chiltern Edge School, Reades Lane, Sonning Common RG4 9LN
MORE INFO: Sue Craddock 07808 812841
  sue.craddock@virginmedia.com   Event Web Site

16/12/2017 WOKINGHAM CHORAL SOCIETY - CHRISTMAS ORATRIO

Wokingham Choral Society will be performing parts 1, 2, 3 and 6 of J S Bach's Christmas Oratorio, with soprano Sofia Larsson, mezzo Olivia Warburton, tenor Hiroshi Amako, and bass baritone Johnny Herford, and the Hampstead Chamber Orchestra, conductor Patrick Allies.
Great Hall, University of Reading london Road Campus RG1 5AQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 07900 057352   tickets@wokingham-choral-society.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
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 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
Leisure : Theatre
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 : Nights Out
31/12/2017 WINDSOR 30s to 60s NEW YEAR's EVE PARTY FOR SINGLES AND COUPLES

Come and celebrate the arrival of the New Year with us at this fabulous venue from 9pm till 2am. Excellent DJs playing the best party sounds and chart hits. Plenty of Room - but numbers limited for comfort and enjoyment. Fantastic fun atmosphere with lots of friendly people 30s to 60s plus. Optional Hot and Cold Buffet served pre-party at 7pm. Hotel accommodation at special rates. Big Ben's chimes at midnight. For more info and online bookings see website.
The Harte and Garter Hotel, High Street (opp Castle), Windsor, SL4 1LJ
MORE INFO: Brian Lewis 0800 3134441   info@dance-parties.co.uk   Event Web Site
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01/01/2018 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

Sport : Fitness
03/01/2018 SYSTEMA HEALTH CLASS

Systema Health classes are similar to regular Systema classes. You will work on the four pillars of Systema - breath, relaxation, movement and structure. These principles are the foundations of Systema…and the benefits readily transfer into – and transform – our daily lives. The only difference between the health class and the regular class, is that there is no combat element. You won’t be learning how to defend yourself from external enemies in the health class. Instead, you’ll be working on mastery of yourself.
All Saints Church Hall, Downshire Square, Reading, RG1 6NN
MORE INFO: Jason   jason@systemareading.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
06/01/2018 PROSPECT PARK MODEL RAILWAY OPEN DAY

Come and enjoy having a ride on Readings Minature railway. See different types of locomotives in action and enjoy a trip around the tracks for the whole family. Trains start running from 1.30 until approx 5pm or dusk wichever is sooner. Rides cost just 60p per person. For more information visit propect park railway .com . There is also an indoor layout operating(subject to operating staff) and a Thomas layout for the children to operate.Refreshments are available in the club house for a small charge.
Prospect Park, Bath Road, Reading RG30 2BQ
MORE INFO: RSME Secretary 07920 833546
  tony@tonygiles.me.uk
  Event Web Site