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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