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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 : Theatre
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
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 : Days Out
01/12/2017 to 06/01/2018 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
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01/12/2017 to 07/01/2018 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
02/12/2017 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
27/12/2017 to 07/01/2018 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
30/12/2017 to 06/01/2018 THE HENLEY PANTOMIME - CINDERELLA
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

A customary festive outing for many over the past 48 years, the HCT takes to the stage once again to present the time honoured tale of Cinderella. A superlative cast of local youngsters will bring their usual energy and vibrancy to tell the tale of this rags to riches Princess. Poor Cinderella needs all the help she can get to overcome her horrendous step sisters; thankfully Fairy Berry and her contingent of little Cupcakes are on hand to ensure that the cream rises to the top, despite the interfering efforts of the Independent Pantomime Assessor and his oxymoronic partner.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com   Event Web Site

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
01/01/2018 to 27/01/2018 THE CRITIC AS ARTIST EXHIBITION AT READING MUSEUM
 READING MUSEUM

Following on from the success of Inside at Reading Prison, Reading International present a contemporary art exhibition about and for the Irish writer and dramatist Oscar Wilde, whose ideas and legend remain startlingly contemporary. The exhibition is curated by leading art critics Michael Bracewell and Andrew Hunt. They have commissioned works from or selected works by significant artists including Miles Aldridge, Stephen Buckley, Donna Huddleston, Malcolm McLaren and Marc Camille Chaimowicz, whose installation for Oscar Wilde occupies the whole of the Museum’s Victorian Art Gallery. Other works are strategically placed throughout the museum galleries.
Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Critic Display Enquiries 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
Local Information :
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
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 : Museums
05/01/2018 to 11/02/2018 BREXIT: A RURAL PERSPECTIVE - AT THE MERL
 MUSEUM OF ENGLISH RURAL LIFE

Over the last three years, MERL staff have been travelling the length and breadth of the England talking to people about their lives in the countryside. During our conversations, Brexit and the impact of European Union membership on rural life has been one issue raised by some of our interviewees both before and after Britain’s 2016 referendum. This display in our Community Case explores some of their thoughts on this complicated topic which continues to divide opinion.
Museum of English Rural Life, The University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 0118 378 8660
  merl@reading.ac.uk   Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
07/01/2018 THE SNOWMAN - CONCERT
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

An enchanting family friendly concert adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved story The Snowman. Performed by Chamberhouse Winds, with narration by Jonathan Butcher. The ensemble will also play a selection of other short fun pieces to introduce the instruments before the story begins.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997   boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site
Local Information :
08/01/2018 to 12/01/2018 THE EQUALITY EXHIBITION

This is an informative and inspiring exhibition organised by the UK Equality Council and hosted by Centric Community Projects. This exhibition focuses on how disability has been reflected in popular culture across the years, how disabilities can be mental as well as physical, and how science has advanced throughout the years to improve the lives of many affected by disabilities. There is also a great amount of content on race relations in the 21st century, and on how depictions of race in the media have changed over the past few decades. 12 to 5 daily - free admission.
Beacontree Plaza, Gillette Way, Reading RG2 0BS
MORE INFO: Reading Exhibition Enquiries 01908 667750
  Event Web Site

Sport : Football
08/01/2018 ROYALS U23 v BRIGHTON - PREMIER LEAGUE 2 (FREE ENTRY)

Reading's Under-23s will be getting their new year underway with a match at the Mad Stad. Scott Marshall's side remain in fine fettle in the Premier League 2, having gone into the Christmas break in fourth place in the table, just three points behind table-toppers Middlesbrough. Brighton and Hove Albion are the opponents on Monday, and have steadily climbed the table themselves with a five-match unbeaten run in the division taking them just two places behind the Royals. NOTE: 7pm kick-off.
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11, Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0118 968 1313
  ticketing@readingfc.co.uk   Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
10/01/2018 to 20/01/2018 EDGAR WALLACE - THE CASE OF THE FRIGHTENED LADY
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

When Inspector Tanner is called in to investigate a ruthless murder at Mark’s Priory, the grand ancestral home of the Lebanon family, he quickly discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. As Tanner moves closer to the heart of the mystery he uncovers a shocking and closely guarded secret.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888   info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk   Event Web Site
11/01/2018 to 10/02/2018 TEDDY
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

Elephant and Castle, London. 1956. Saturday night. Teddy and Josie are about to hit the streets of London for a good time. Hair quiffed. Red lipstick. Dressed toe to head in the latest threads. So what if it’s pouring down, they’re totally skint, and someone wants them dead? A little trouble never stopped a Ted from having a good time. Desperate times call for rock ‘n roll.
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044   boxoffice@watermill.org.uk   Event Web Site
11/01/2018 to 13/01/2018 PANTOMIME AT TWYFORD - DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT
 TWYFORD & RUSCOMBE THEATRE GROUP

Once again TRTG bring you a lively local pantomime for all the family Dick seeks his fortune in the big city of London accompanied only by his faithful cat. This leads him into many adventures, including a trip to Morocco.
Loddon Hall, Twyford RG10 9JA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 328 2825
  trtgboxoffice@gmail.com   Event Web Site

Leisure : Dance
12/01/2018 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
12/01/2018 JAZZ AT THE FARM - ALAN BARNES, A WINTER WARMER
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Alan is a much sought-after jazz artist both internationally and in the UK. This is a most pleasurable and welcome return to Maidenhead of this multi-reedist supremo. Supported by the astounding Pendulum Rhythm Section – Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box office 01628 788997   boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
13/01/2018 WINDSOR AND ETON CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT

We present 2 contrasting works. Rossini composed his Petite Messe Solennelle in 1863, 34 years after his last opera and only 5 years before his death. The mass has in several extended movements in the tradition of the missa solemnis, but the composer ironically labelled it petite. In contrast, Elgar's six choral songs From the Bavarian Highlands, were written following a holiday in Garmisch. His wife, Alice, adapted the lyrics from Bavarian folk songs and the music invokes dance.
Eton College School Hall, High Street, Eton SL4 6DW
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 527041
  Event Web Site

13/01/2018 RDF AND SUPPORT BANDS AT THE FACEBAR

Radical Dance Faction. The original dub punk band return to Reading with support from local miscreant folk ska punksters Personal Issue, Margate’s finest punk band Surgery Without Research and opening the show skipping down from the Midlands, the wonderful Junkyard Orphan.
Facebar, Ambrose Place, Reading RG1 7JE
MORE INFO: Andrew French 07787 991119   francobench9@yahoo.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
13/01/2018 THE TOTAL WHO SHOW
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Get ready for two hours of hits from The Who – including Won't Get Fooled Again, My Generation, Pinball Wizard, and Substitute. The Total Who Show is performed by Johnny Warman's Magic Bus. They have worked with Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle from The Who.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997   boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site
14/01/2018 MAIDENHEAD MUSIC SOCIETY YOUNG WINNERS CONCERT
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Maidenhead Music Society presents Young Winners from the recent WMSO Young Musicians’ Competition. Ewan Millar, 16, and Evie Rogers, 17, will astound you with their virtuoso playing. Hear Ewan on oboe playing blues, Bach, Dutilleux and Malcolm Arnold. Violinist Evie will perform masterworks by Ravel including his second sonata and the gypsy-inspired Tzigane, and Kodaly’s Adagio.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site

14/01/2018 WILDE SUNDAYS - JAMES PARKIN
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Singer/songwriter James Parkin has just released his debut album of original songs to great acclaim with his Facebook site getting 35,000+ followers and 200,000 video views during the first week of release. The album tells his story of 2016 as he fights particularly aggressive cancer and promised to deliver a song a month and release an album.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk   Event Web Site

14/01/2018 ELIO PACE PRESENTS THE BILLY JOEL SONGBOOK
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

Following his highly-acclaimed reunion concerts in the USA with Billy Joel’s original touring band, Elio Pace delivers this sensational tour. Featuring the massive hits, ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘Just The Way You Are’ and ‘My Life’.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888   info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk   Event Web Site
14/01/2018 MUSIC NIGHT AT THE MILL - THE PASADENA ROOF ORCHESTRA
 THE MILL AT SONNING

This show includes famous tunes such as 'Puttin on the Ritz, Sweet Georgia Brown, The Lullaby of Broadway as well as hot numbers from the 20's such as Duke Ellington's Black and Tan Fantasy or Truckin, the show is far from a history lesson as audiences can testify, there is a liberal dose of British humour in its presentation.
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000
  admin@millatsonning.com   Event Web Site

Sport : Football
14/01/2018 ROYALS WOMEN v ARSENAL - CONTINENTAL CUP SEMI-FINAL

Before this season, Reading FC Women had never made it to as far as a quarter-final in a major competition. But now they have a chance to reach the final of the Continental Cup – only Arsenal stand in their way! Kelly Chambers’ side have overcome some gruelling challenges en route to their fixture against the Gunners – which will take place at Adams Park.
Adams Pak, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe HP12 4HJ
MORE INFO: Wycombe Tickt Office 08442 252990   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
16/01/2018 to 19/01/2018 SINODUN PLAYERS PANTOMIME - CINDERELLA
 WALLINGFORD CORN EXCHANGE

The Sinodun Players’ 70th Annual Pantomime – it's Cinderella, and it's not your average panto. It's rock ‘n roll!
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Wallingford OX10 0EG
MORE INFO: Carol Evans 01491 825000   carol.evans@sinodunplayers.org.uk   Event Web Site
17/01/2018 to 19/01/2018 SISTER ACT
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Can Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a Convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. Book today to see Park House School’s Sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music.
Arlington Arts, Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246
  boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk   Event Web Site

17/01/2018 BRACKNELL JAZZ YOUNG MUSICIANS - TOM OLLENDORFF, GUITAR
 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 : Days Out
18/01/2018 to 19/01/2018 TODDLER SPACE-THEMED 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 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
Leisure : Museums
18/01/2018 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
18/01/2018 to 27/01/2018 TERRY PRATCHETT'S MASKERADE
 PROGRESS THEATRE, READING

All is not well in the Ankh-Morpork Opera House. A ghost stalks the dark corridors, leaving strange letters for the management and ... killing people. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, two Lancre witches, investigate, and are soon involved in all kinds of skulduggery, mayhem and ear-splittingly loud singing. Quirky and original characters, a labyrinthine plot and numerous witty one-liners make this a treat for Discworld fans and Pratchett newbies alike.
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch Road, Reading RG1 5HL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 384 2169
  enquiries@progresstheatre.co.uk   Event Web Site

18/01/2018 BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Mozart’s symphony began life as a serenade, and its dashing first movement, warm slow movement and gracious minuet are capped by a brilliant ‘perpetual motion’ finale. There follow two engaging clarinet concertos by the father and son who developed the orchestra in Mannheim into a powerhouse which was renowned all over Europe. They are played by the Principal Clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Dvořák’s symphony is the first of his mature works in the form and shows a wealth of inspiration and memorable melodies in its four movements.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk   Event Web Site

18/01/2018 to 20/01/2018 RARE PRODUCTIONS - OLIVER
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

The streets of Victorian London come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
18/01/2018 SARI SCHORR AND THE ENGINE ROOM
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

One of today's most exciting blues-rock singers performs direct from Brooklyn. Sari Schorr gained prominence in the blues world through tours with blues legend Joe Louis Walker and renowned guitarist Popa Chubby. She was recently inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.
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
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
Leisure : Nights Out
19/01/2018 to 20/01/2018 15PERCENT OF THE SEAGULL

Edinburgh Fringe Sell Out Show Back by Popular Demand. After raising chuckles and tickling sides at Brighton, Buxton, Camden and Edinburgh Fringe, Mayer and Martin are bringing 15% of The Seagull back to Goring & Streatley. This hysterical take on the Checkhovian classic is not to be missed. Bar provided by The Catherine Wheel from 7pm. Show at 8pm (running time 55 minutes).
Goring Village Hall, High Street, Goring-on-Thames RG8 9AG
MORE INFO: Show Enquiries 01491 872379   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
19/01/2018 to 21/01/2018 SHINFIELD PLAYERS THEATRE PANTO - SNOW WHITE
 SHINFIELD PLAYERS THEATRE

Snow White, heir to the throne, can tweet and do Facebook, but is no good at cooking. Her evil stepmother Grimhilda tries to kill Snow White, despite some serious insubordination from her magic mirror. When the poisoned apple fails Grimhilda turns to gunpowder, ending her career with a bang.
Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, Reading RG2 9DF
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 975 8880
  Event Web Site

19/01/2018 FAITH - THE GEORGE MICHAEL LEGACY
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Don’t accept imitations FAITH – THE GEORGE MICHAEL LEGACY features international George Michael tribute artist Wayne Dilks together with his incredible 7 piece band and backing singers. A musical journey of 35 years of hit records from Wham to George’s solo career, the show and production are based upon the George Michael 25 live tour (also known as the 25th anniversary tour) Our show uses actual video footage from the 25 live tour displayed on our unique video wall, this is a first for any UK theatre show. Join us in celebration to the life of one of the world’s most successful male artists.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  hexagon.boxoffice@reading.gov.uk   Event Web Site

19/01/2018 SOUTH STREET ARTS MEMBERS' NIGHT
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

We are delighted to announce another special South Street Members Night on Friday 19 January, where our Artistic Director, John Luther, will make a short presentation outlining the coming season, including contributions from artists coming up in our programme. There will be a reception from 6pm including nibbles and members discounts at the bar, with the presentation from around 7pm. Full details to be announced.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site

19/01/2018 THUNDERBARDS - THE BEST OF
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Sketch comedy duo Thunderbards present an evening of the very best material from their four critically-acclaimed shows. Filled with their trademark off-beat jokes, fast-paced sketches and overwhelming politeness. With a potent combination of heartfelt absurdity, high-concept silliness and sweat-drenched toil, Thünderbards will stop at nothing to make your day great again. Stars of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama.
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site

19/01/2018 JIM DAVIDSON - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Jim Davidson takes to the road again with a brand new show. Billed as the antidote to this ‘PC’ world we now live in, this evening is guaranteed to be outrageous and as truthful as ever.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk   Event Web Site

Leisure : Days Out
20/01/2018 to 21/01/2018 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,
MORE INFO: Event Bookings 01344 354400   customer.services@bracknell-forest.gov.uk   Event Web Site
20/01/2018 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
Leisure : Museums
20/01/2018 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   Event Web Site
20/01/2018 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   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
20/01/2018 to 21/01/2018 A CONCERT OF OPERATIC CHORUSES, ENSEMBLES AND SOLOS

Opera at Bearwood is pleased to present 'There and Back Again', a mainly light hearted collection of operatic comings and goings in an exciting concert full of opera choruses, ensembles and solos. Featuring Offenbach's 'La Vie Parisienne', Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas', Mozart's 'Il Seraglio', Guonod's 'Faust' and many more. We welcome Serena Kay as our musical directror.
Reddam House School Theatre (formerly Bearwood College), Winnersh RG41 5BG
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 966 5414   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
20/01/2018 THE SIMON AND GARFUNKEL STORY
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Direct from it’s success in London’s West End, a SOLD OUT UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including 'Mrs Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Homeward Bound' and many more.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  hexagon.boxoffice@reading.gov.uk   Event Web Site

20/01/2018 THIS SHOW DOES NOT CONTAIN NUTS
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Back by popular demand, this all female stand up comedy show will have you rolling around in your seats with laughter. With a variety of stand up comedy, music and a performance to make you blush it’s the perfect recipe for a fantastic night out. Maybe it’s a girls night out or a date night with your one, either way you will be sure to be chuckling on your way home. Returning to the Kenton is the hilarious Gabby Killick and superb Sarah Keyworth joined by three fabulous new acts including a sketch from the very funny Sarah Burke “The Modern Mom” and all hosted by comedy writer and producer Maddi Sharkey.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698   KentonTheatre@gmail.com   Event Web Site
20/01/2018 BEN WATERS
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

This event has 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

20/01/2018 THE VINYL FRONTIER - 2018 ALBUM CHAMPIONSHIPS
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Eight contestants bring their favourite LP and try to make it through three rounds to be crowned 2018 Vinyl Frontier Album Champion. The audience chooses the winner of each round – last year’s winning Album was ‘American Idiot’ by Green Day. What will it be this year…?
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org   Event Web Site

20/01/2018 CLUB VELOCITY - DOLLY AND THE CLOTHES PEGS
 RISING SUN ARTS CENTRE

Dolly And The Clothes Pegs - now ten years old. Reading faves and everyones' fave Kennet Delta Blues beat combo group. Pink Diamond Revue - Silver Street legends. Electro beats for punks. Head Drop - new local supergroup. They say aggressive fuzed-out psyche groove for people who can't drink caffeine after 5pm. 
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

Leisure : Theatre
20/01/2018 FAST LOVE - A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE MICHAEL
 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

Local Information :
20/01/2018 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   Event Web Site
Local Information :
20/01/2018 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   Event Web Site
Local Information :
20/01/2018 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: 01635 578090   Event Web Site
Sport : Football
20/01/2018 ROYALS v BRENTFORD - SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP

The year 2017 ended in bitterly disappointing fashion at the Mad Stad, the Royals drawing a 21,000 crowd for the 500th game at the stadium, only to flop to a miserable 2-1 defeat at the hands of lowly Burton Albion. And 2018 started just as dismally at RG2 with an equally-emabarrassing 2-0 reverse to Birmingham City, who arrived at the Mad Stad in bottom place. Next up at home it's Brentford, no easy task, because the Bees are much-improved on their poor early-season form and are now one of the best-performing of Championship sides. Throw in the M4 derby element as well, and this one will be nothing less than a dramatic occasion.
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
20/01/2018 WINDSOR FC v BRIMSCOMBE AND THRUPP

Summer 2011 and it’s rather ironic that 100 years of senior football at Stag Meadow should be celebrated by the birth of a brand new club, Windsor FC, which came to be following the sad demise after 118 years of Windsor & Eton FC. During the final death throes of the previous club it became apparent, following several well attended supporters’ meetings, that the will was there to continue to host a senior football club in Windsor for the community to embrace and, therefore, on February 4th 2011 WFC Football Community Development Ltd was registered with Companies House with the aim of achieving that objective. Founding Director Kevin Stott and a newly-appointed management committee then set about the long and sometimes arduous task of turning that dream into a reality. Since then the club has made steady progress and is curently having its best-ever season in the Hellenic Premier Division.
Stag Meadow, St Leonards Road, Windsor SL4 3DR
MORE INFO: Matchday Enquiries 01753 860656   webmaster@windsorfc.net   Event Web Site
Sport : Horse Racing
20/01/2018 CLARENCE HOUSE CHASE RACEDAY AT ASCOT

Start the new year with a bang at Ascot Racecourse for the Clarence House Raceday. The Grade 1 Royal Salute Whisky Clarence House Steeple Chase takes centre stage and could be a pointer towards the Cheltenham Fesitval in March.
Ascot Racecourse, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Box Office 0870 727 1234   enquiries@ascot.co.uk   Event Web Site
Local Information :
21/01/2018 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   Event Web Site
Local Information :
21/01/2018 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
Local Information :
21/01/2018 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   Event Web Site
Sport : Ice Hockey
21/01/2018 BRACKNELL BEES v MILTON KEYNES THUNDER

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
Leisure : Theatre
22/01/2018 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

23/01/2018 THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE
 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
Leisure : Days Out
24/01/2018 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
24/01/2018 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
24/01/2018 SPRING KING PLUS SUPPORT
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Previous Are You Listening? Festival headliners Spring King return to Reading to play an intimate show at South Street Arts Centre. You can expect to hear some old favourite's and maybe some new material. They are one of the UK’s most exciting new bands, no question. But it’s not in their nature to take the easy route. From a bathroom-based de facto studio to their superb debut album ‘Tell Me If You Like To’, their story is a victory for any band plugging away endlessly in the hope of one day achieving their dreams.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site

24/01/2018 to 03/02/2018 THIS IS ELVIS - BURBANK AND VEGAS
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

It’s 1968 – the major musical event of the year is the first live TV special for Elvis Presley in what will come to be known as ‘The ’68 Comeback Special’. Drawing phenomenal ratings, this event re-establishes Elvis as the major entertainment star of the decade, and twelve months later Elvis stars at the International Hotel in Vegas, performing live for the first time in seven years, and securing his place in history as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll! This production celebrates 50 years since the TV phenomenon and is testament that his songs live on and the King still rules! THIS IS ELVIS recreates all the drama leading up to the comeback as well as staging the monumental concert itself, and features Elvis’s greatest ever hits including Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog, Love Me Tender and many more.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk   Event Web Site

24/01/2018 STORY TIME AT THE MILL - BUMPUS JUMPUS DINOSAURUMPUS
 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
24/01/2018 JETHRO - THE BULL AND BONKERS TOUR
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

We take a peek into the circus lurking deep within the mind of probably the greatest comic storyteller ever to grace the stage. Jethro beguiles and befuddles his audience with the endless stream of irreverent twaddle that has created a comedy genius.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  hexagon.boxoffice@reading.gov.uk   Event Web Site

25/01/2018 BEYOND THE BARRICADE
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Beyond the Barricade has delighted audiences throughout the UK and mainland Europe for more than a decade with its exciting concert portrayal of the greatest songs in musical theatre. Starring Andy Reiss, David Fawcett, Katie Leeming and Rebecca Vere, it's packed with songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Misérables, The Lion King, Blood Brothers and many more.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk   Event Web Site

25/01/2018 THE PRIVILEGED - BY JAMAL HAREWOOD
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Have you ever seen a polar bear in the flesh? Been close enough to notice just how white these magnificent mammals are? Here is your chance to get up close and personal - remove your shoes, coats and bags, as you are about to encounter the Arctic’s whitest predator, with black skin. Join a well-trained member of staff as we enter the polar bear’s natural habitat and experience this animal like never before. Be one of the privileged few to say they have pet, played with, and fed a polar bear. This is an audience led participatory performance that uses the excitement of a polar bear encounter to explore race, identity and the community.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site

25/01/2018 ALVIN YOUNGBLOOD HART'S MUSCLE THEORY
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

Since the release of his 1996 debut recording, the all-acoustic BIG MAMA’S DOOR, Hart has relayed his eclectic musical message around the world. 2004 saw his first GRAMMY nomination and 2005 his first win. An evening with his all-electric Muscle Theory is exactly as it sounds: powerful, visceral, intelligent and audacious.
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246
  boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk   Event Web Site

25/01/2018 to 03/02/2018 DOUBT - A PARABLE
 WOKINGHAM THEATRE

In this powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, suspects Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the students. Doubt is a gripping story of suspicion that is less about scandal than moral certainty, forcing you to question your own prejudices. This eloquent and provocative investigation of truth was made into an award-winning film starring Meryl Streep and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road Wokingham RG40 5TU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 978 5363
  boxoffice@wokinghamtheatre.org.uk   Event Web Site

25/01/2018 THAT'LL BE THE DAY
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Highly acclaimed for its stunning LIVE entertainment value, That’ll Be The Day is an outstanding celebration for all true fans of the golden era of popular music. This latest production features a fantastic new-line-up of smash hits spanning the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, plus more side-splitting comic sketches, all performed live on-stage!
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site

25/01/2018 to 26/01/2018 TEECHERS - BY JOHN GODBER
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Blackeyed Theatre revives its highly-acclaimed production of John Godber’s classic comedy about life at a struggling ‘Sink School’ for Mr Nixon, an unsuspecting new drama teacher. Featuring breathtaking ensemble performances and a bang-up-to-date soundtrack, Teechers brings to life an array of terrifying teachers and hopeless pupils through the unique eyes of Salty, Gail and Hobby; three Year 11 students about to leave school for good. Will Mr Nixon abandon his students for a green and pleasant Grammar school? Who puts the bounce in Miss Prime, the PE teacher? Will Mrs Parry ever find her Koko? And why does everyone smell of spring onions?
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk   Event Web Site

25/01/2018 THE HORNE SECTION
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Expect a heady mix of spontaneous stand-up, spectacular performance and outlandish musical talent led by the brilliant comedian Alex Horne! A hit series on BBC Radio 4, sell out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and in London's West End, Dictionary Corner favourites on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and the first band ever to host Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site

25/01/2018 COUNTRY/AMERICANA NIGHT - PENNY JAYNE BLACK
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

UK singer/songwriter Penny Jayne Black’s single California peaked at No.7 in the British & Irish Top 10 hotdisc charts. The single was also released in the USA and picked up spot plays in several States. In 2016 Penny released her self-titled debut country album Penny Jayne Black. Recently she has been on her Both Sides of the Pond Tour which started in Nashville at the CMA Music Festival and ended with a performance at The British Country Music Awards.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0208 563 7725
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk   Event Web Site

26/01/2018 BRENDAN COLE - ALL NIGHT LONG
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Strictly Come Dancing's Brendan Cole takes to the stage with his sensational guest dancers to wow audiences in his latest spectacular production, All Night Long. An extravagant mix of Latin fever and ballroom magic - with a few surprises in store - this is no ordinary dance show. Live music, stunning special effects and Brendan's own dazzling choreography and charm make this an unforgettable night; join us for the party!
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  hexagon.boxoffice@reading.gov.uk   Event Web Site

26/01/2018 COMEDY AT THE KENTON THEATRE
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

January's comedy night features Virgin Radio DJ and former Xtra Factor host Matt Richardson, Edinburgh star Tania Edwards and BBC3 regular Kieran Boyd. Matt Richardson: A lot has happened since his last tour. From interviewing millionaire dogs in LA, ghost hunting with Craig Revel Horwood and having his phone nicked by Kate Moss it's been an odd, but fun, few years. Tania Edwards: Featured as top Edinburgh pick by Glamour and in the Mirror's top 5 jokes of the Fringe, Tania has performed stand-up on BBC1 and Radio 4, as well as writing for Mock the Week. Kieran Boyd: A regular Edinburgh sell-out as part of sketch group WitTank and solo, Kieran has been featured on BBC3 shows Live at the Electric and Three at the Fringe.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com   Event Web Site

26/01/2018 PAUL SINHA - SHOUT OUT TO MY EX
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

In his 2015 Edinburgh Fringe show, comedian and doyen of daytime, Paul Sinha, weaved an intricate tale of happiness based on a combination of doing the two jobs he loved, enjoying parental approval, and, actually being in a proper, grown-up, long-term relationship. The day after he returned home, the illusion of happiness was shattered. Was this the end? The beginning of the end? Or the end of a beginning?
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site

26/01/2018 THE KAST-OFF KINKS
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

The Kast off Kinks are actual former members of the legendary band ‘The Kinks’, back together playing great music and re-living the good times whilst keeping the songs alive that made The Kinks a household name. This great line-up features Mick Avory (the original drummer on all the classic hits from 1964-84), John Dalton (bass/vocals, Kinks 60’s & 70’s), Ian Gibbons (keyboards/vocals, Kinks 80’s and 90’s and still with Ray Davies) with Dave Clarke (guitar/vocals, formerly of the Beach Boys, Noel Redding and Tim Rose).
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246
  boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk   Event Web Site

26/01/2018 THAT'LL BE THE DAY
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

The UK’s premier rock 'n' roll production returns with another brand new show! Highly acclaimed for its stunning live entertainment value, That’ll Be The Day is an outstanding celebration for all true fans of the golden era of popular music. This latest production features a fantastic new line-up of smash hits spanning the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, plus more side-splitting comic sketches, all performed live on stage!
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk   Event Web Site

26/01/2018 CONSERVATOIRE CONCERT SERIES - MAYA IRGALINA, PIANO
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Belarusian pianist, Maya Irgalina, has already made an enviable reputation for herself worldwide as a virtuoso performer of note. She comes to us as a Gold Medallist from the RNCM offering a combination of well-known music by Chopin, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and the less well known Russian composer and pianist, Nicolai Kapustin.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 07785 316612   sales@southhillpark.org.uk   Event Web Site
26/01/2018 DANCING QUEEN
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Join us for the ultimate night of feel-good nostalgia, featuring all the greatest 70s hits. Dancing Queen ‘The Concert’ is an action packed party show featuring over 2 hours of the greatest hits from ABBA, Grease and the 70’s. This is the ultimate nostalgia night that guarantees to get you dancing in the aisles! Relive the nights when ABBA ruled the dance floor and experience the classic 70s era in all its glory with full costumes and plenty of glitz - this is the golden age of pop revived!
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site

27/01/2018 to 28/01/2018 FROM IBIZA TO THE NORFOLK BROADS
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Martin is a boy with problems – an illness no-one understands and a head full of sound and vision. So when an unexpected gift arrives on his birthday, Martin embarks on a thrilling journey in the footsteps of his obsession, leading him to discover some long-hidden truths about himself. What follows will change his life forever…
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk   Event Web Site

27/01/2018 PAUL JONES AND DAVE KELLY
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

Ruggedly durable and timeless, the Blues is perhaps more popular today than it has ever been. Young musicians still cut their teeth on its enticing, 12-bar appeal, but its real rewards, true virtuosity, poise and knowledge, only come with age. Founder members ofThe Blues Band, Paul Jones and Dave Kelly’s tangled and colourful roots go way back into the true undergrowth of the tradition. As well as their own original material, they not only know and perform the work of the greats, ranging from Howling’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker through to Sonny Boy Williamson - they actually played alongside them, and enjoyed their friendship. After over a quarter century as presenter of his BBC Radio 2 R&B show, as a thrilling singer and harmonica maestro, what Paul Jones doesn’t know about the Blues can be written on a pinhead. The same can be said about Europe’s leading bluesman, Dave Kelly. He’s played with them all, including legends such as James Burton and Buddy Guy.
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246
  boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk   Event Web Site

27/01/2018 SOFIE HAGEN - DEAD BABY FROG
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Sofie Hagen is unquestionably one of the most talked-about comics of the moment. A modern legend in her native Denmark, she burst onto the British scene by winning Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Festival 2015; her 2016 follow-up, ‘Shimmer Shatter’, was a second total sell-out.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
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27/01/2018 VOODOO - THE CIRCUS OF HORRORS
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

After taking to the road over 22 years ago and touring all over the world the phenomenon returns with its latest brand new incarnation Voodoo. This spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre and fantastic circus acts, all woven into a sensational shock horror story and the darkest of magic.Driven by a dazzling soundscape and performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek, you’ll certainly Die Laughing.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com   Event Web Site

27/01/2018 JOURNEY TO THE IMPOSSIBLE
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

A comedic coming-of-age quest, featuring epic songs, cinematic storytelling and hip-hop dance. Three kids are in trouble. Well, what do you expect if you knock on the door of an inter-dimensional portal and run away? By means of bicycles, bandanas and neural space travel, we travel with them on an adventure to the impossible. We’ll take on intergalactic challenges, we’ll fight invisible forces and we may have to make some sacrifices. But what we’ll discover will be extraordinary and will open the door to new jaw-dropping possibilities.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site

Sport : Football
27/01/2018 MAIDENHEAD UTD v CHESTER - VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE

After a string of away games, the Magpies return to York Road, where they will be hoping to inprove on a surprisingly poor recent home record. They have won only once in their last eight home league games and will hope to imrove on that against a resurgent Chester side.
York Road, Maidenhead SL6 1SF
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01628 636314   Event Web Site
Sport : Rugby Union
27/01/2018 LONDON IRISH v WASPS - ANGLO-WELSH CUP

Last time out at the Mad Stad London Irish collected their first home win of the season against the Russian side Krasny Yar. That was a welcome relief from the Exiles' struggles in the Premiership, and, like the Euro Challenge Cup, the Anglo-Welsh Cup is a welcome chance for Irish to not only get some respite from their league struggles, but to try various permutations and players for the battle against relegation ahead. Although Wasps start favourites, this one should be interesting.
Madejski Stadium, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 968 1016   contact@london-irish.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
28/01/2018 THE RAT PACK IS BACK
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

The hit show 'The Rat Pack’ is back and perfectly captures not only the wonderful music and comedy of the original legends, but also the remarkable personalities of the stars who truly ruled the entertainment world. The Rat Pack is Back is Britain's longest running tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. In 2004 the guys were honoured to perform for HRH The Princess Royal at a Royal Command Performance. In 2011 they performed a sell-out show at The Indig02 at the 02 Arena in London.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  boxmanager@kentontheatre.co.uk   Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
28/01/2018 REMEMBERING GLEN CAMPBELL
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

Join us for an exuberant celebration of a legend of popular music. The songs of Glen Campbell performed by a world class band and vocalist Damien Edwards.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888   info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk   Event Web Site
30/01/2018 to 03/02/2018 MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Lovingly ripped off from the hugely successful 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this spammier than ever production is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen. Join King Arthur as he travels with his hapless Knights of the Round Table on a divine mission to locate the illusive Holy Grail – with uproarious consequences.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060   hexagon.boxoffice@reading.gov.uk   Event Web Site
Local Information :
01/02/2018 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
Leisure : Theatre
02/02/2018 MUSIC AT PROGRESS - LEON GREENING QUARTET
 PROGRESS THEATRE, READING

Leon Greening studied piano at Leeds College of Music and the Guildhall. His extraordinary solos, inspired by the likes of Wynton Kelly and Bud Powell, keep the audience on the edge of their seats and mark him out as one of the finest pianists this country has ever produced. Christian Brewer is a well known jazz alto saxophonist / composer and educator on the London jazz scene. Bassist Adam King as a youngster started on the saxophone before moving to bass guitar and finally to the double bass on which he gained a 1st class honours degree in BA Jazz. Steve Brown, always smiling, always swinging, and drummer with the Scott Hamilton quartet since 2000, studied in New York in the early 1990s.
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 384 2195   enquiries@progresstheatre.co.uk   Event Web Site
02/02/2018 CORN EXCHANGE COMEDY CLUB
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Join us for a guaranteed giggle once a month this spring! Leave your cares at the door, grab a drink and join us for an evening full of laughter as Avalon Promotions present some of the best new names in comedy. This month's line up are: James Loveridge, Phil Wang, Pierre Novellie and Tania Edwards.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk   Event Web Site