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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 : 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
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 : 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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
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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 : 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
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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 : 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
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Leisure : Music
20/01/2018 to 21/01/2018 A CONCERT OF OPERATIC CHORUSES, ENSEMBLES AND SOLOS AT BEARWOOD

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
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26/01/2018 JUDIE TZUKE - THE PEACE HAS BROKEN OUT TOUR

After the sell out success of the Songs and Stories tour, which saw Judie perform over 70 concerts around the country, she is back on the road performing these special acoustic concerts. This promises to be an intimate evening of old favourites, new songs and tales from across her life and career.
The Whitty Theatre, Luckley House School, Luckley Road, Wokingham RG40 3EU
MORE INFO:   stan@wokinghammusicclub.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Exhibitions
26/01/2018 to 19/02/2018 RONNIE WOOD ART EXHIBITION

Ronnie Wood has returned with a new collection entitled A Glimmer Suite. This new body of work includes three limited edition prints inspired by the music, friendship and talent of his bandmates from The Rolling Stones. Each piece illustrates Ronnie's love for art and music. The exhibition will also feature art taken from the archive of Ronnie Wood, the hand-signed Private Collection comprises some of the oldest and most sought-after limited editions published in his artistic career to date. Fellow rock legends Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Chuck Berry are captured in Ronnie's inimitable style. Whether you're an art aficionado or a dedicated fan of the Rolling Stones, this is a unique chance to view or own a truly legendary artwork.
Castle Galley, 5 Chain Street, Reading RG1 2HX
MORE INFO: Kevin Goodbody 0118 959 0300
  kgoodbody@castlegalleries.com
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Leisure : Music
27/01/2018 MURDER MYSTERY EVENING AT GORING VILLAGE HALL

An Evening of Fun, Food, Murder and Mayhem with a two-course meal. The bar opens at 7pm for 7.30pm show. All For £20/person Eleven people are marooned in a storm on an island in the Thames. Soon the first body is found, and then another. How many will live to tell the tale? Can you spot the murderer before it’s too late? Based loosely on historical events and personalities, it is an evening designed for mystery solving and a few laughs as well. Prizes will be awarded to the team who solves the mystery, or gets closest to solving the case.
Goring Village Hall, High Street, Goring-on-Thames RG8 9AG
MORE INFO: Mystery Evening Enquiries 01491 871055   Event Web Site
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28/01/2018 PANGBOURNE TWINNING ASSOCIATION FILM NIGHT - THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL

In a quiet border town during the German occupation of France, an ageing artist, Marc Cros, is inspired to once again pick up his tools after his wife Lea brings home a refugee on the run from Franco’s Spain. In idyllic surroundings, an unlikely friendship develops between a young woman near the start of her life and the old man, nearing the end of his. This is a deeply moving meditation on the artistic process and on the nature of humanity itself. The film is beautifully shot in black and white, and does feature some nudity in a non-sexual context.
Pangbourne Village Hall RG8 7AN
MORE INFO: 0118 984 5898
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31/01/2018 TALK WITH TEA AND CAKE - MIKE HURST, EDWARDIANS ON THE MOVE

It is a delight to welcome Goring-based historian Mike Hurst to The Centre for Heritage and Family History. Mike will paint a colourful account of how the Edwardians got around in those halcyon days before the First World War. Illustrated in colour from old postcards, GWR posters and paintings ranging from transatlantic travel to commuting, pleasure jaunts and vacations.
Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ
MORE INFO: 0118 950 9553
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31/01/2018 to 04/03/2018 WELFORD PARK SNOWDROPS - GARDEN OPEN

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