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Leisure : Days Out
06/02/2018 to 15/04/2018 MYTHICAL BEASTS - LEGENDARY CREATURES COME TO LIFE IN LEGO BRICKS

Pandora's box has opened at Basingstoke's Milestones Museum, and mythical LEGO® beasts have escaped onto the museum's streets. Take on this new LEGO challenge, suitable for adventurers of all ages, recapture the legendary creatures and save the day! With the help of the wise Owl of Athena, and the special app and trail to guide you on your quest, travel around the museum, track down the beasts and return them to the box.
Milestones Museum, Basingstoke Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke RG22 6PG
MORE INFO: LEGO Enquiries 01256 639550
  enquiries@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk
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01/03/2018 to 30/04/2018 LOST TAPESTRIES AT THE VYNE - SELF-GUIDED TOUR
 THE VYNE (NATIONAL TRUST)

On this family trail, help recover and fit together jigsaw pieces of oriental tapestries hidden in nooks and crannies across the grounds. Pick up your trail sheet at visitor reception. Young explorers will love this quest through ancient grounds in search of little boxes containing jigsaw pieces. Find all the boxes, retrieve all the pieces and assemble your jigsaw to reveal a scene from one of The Vyne's 18th-century tapestries undergoing conservation.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01256 883858
  thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
07/03/2018 to 10/03/2018 DIGGING FOR VICTORY
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

When sisters Joyce, Beryl and Vera Linnet arrive at Nott’s Farm in Kent to join the Women’s Land Army, they hope to find some respite from the danger and chaos of wartime London. But when their fellow Land Girl Mabel goes missing, leaving behind only a series of coded clues, it’s clear that all is not as it seems in the sleepy village of Witherington. Led by Joyce, with her insatiable appetite for mystery novels, the sisters vow to dig for the truth. But can they solve the code in time? And as they investigate the inhabitants of Nott’s Farm, what secrets of their own will be brought to light?
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044   boxoffice@watermill.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
10/03/2018 MUSIC FOR LENT - BAROQUE AND MEDIEVAL LAMENTATIONS

A unique event for classical early music aficionados to immerse themselves in the beautiful harpsichord and vocal music of baroque/medieval Lamentations, in the sublime setting of the Sacred Heart Church in the centre of Reading. This will be a rare opportunity to enjoy performances by world renowned artistes rarely seen in the UK. See us also on Facebook Events: Concert Gorzkie Zale - Lenten Lamentations, Reading.
Sacred Heart Church, 61 Watlington Street, Reading, RG1 4RF
MORE INFO: Jolanta 07544 810778
  lamentations.reading@talktalk.net
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10/03/2018 BEN PEDLEY MEMORIAL CONCERT
 UNIVERSITY OF READING

This concert explores the theme of Remembrance. We commemorate the life of Ben Pedley, a second year Chemistry student who died in a road traffic accident in 2017. We present music that was meaningful to Ben in the first half of the programme, celebrating his love of a diverse range of songs and piano music. The second half of the concert is a performance of Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace. In the centenary year of World War 1, this piece reminds us of the horrors of war, and the urgent need for nations to come together in peace.
The Great Hall, University of Reading, London Road Campus, Reading RG1 5AQ
MORE INFO: Katie Whaley 0118 378 8518
  music@reading.ac.uk
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10/03/2018 to 11/03/2018 BRIDE - THE WEDDING SHOW AT ASCOT RACECOURSE

Plan your perfect day at Berkshire’s most prestigious two-day bridal exhibition, Bride: The Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on 10-11 March, which will bring together more than 90 of the region’s finest wedding suppliers under one roof from venues to bridal designers, cake-makers to stationers and photographers to florists. There will be sensational choreographed catwalk shows taking place three times daily at 11.30am, 1.15pm and 3pm showcasing a selection of the latest bridal fashions, live music on the café stage, a champagne bar to lend even more sparkle to the occasion.
Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Sophie Bell 01242 211099   ascot@theweddingshow.co.uk   Event Web Site
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11/03/2018 VENUS SCULPTURE WORKSHOP

A day of discussion, storytelling, poetry, sculpture and sustenance in celebration of the feminine and International Women's Day. Women are invited to come help to create a wonderful atmosphere of sisterhood and creativity. Spaces need to be booked in advance and payment to be made at the time of booking.
OpenHand OpenSpace, Brock Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL
MORE INFO: Sculpture Exhibition Enquiries 0118 959 7752
 
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Sport : Horse Racing
11/03/2018 HAMPSHIRE HUNT POINT-TO-POINT

This popular event has become a favourite in the calendar for families, those who love the countryside and racing fans, with a great programme planned. The day starts with The Lucy Lines Leading Rein Dash at 11.30 followed by a parade of hounds at 12 noon. Racing proper gets underway at 1pm, with six races scheduled. Last year’s event attracted more than 80 entries with some thrilling racing over the three mile course, which has a mixture of permanent and portable fences, a downhill back straight and an uphill finish. In addition to the racing, there will be a fun fair, bouncy castle and face painting for the kids, plus trade stands including artwork, jewellery, fashion, country clothing, hats and gifts. New for 2018: a Food Village offering pizzas, homemade pies, cakes, cocktails and a selection of drinks.
Hackwood Park, Nr Basingstoke RG25 2JZ
MORE INFO: Raceday Enquiries 01420 562 090
  info@hackwoodparkracecourse.co.uk
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Sport : Ice Hockey
11/03/2018 BRACKNELL BEES v SWINDON WILDCATS

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
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Local Information :
13/03/2018 INTERNET SAFETY WORKSHOP

The internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children's use of technology can be a challenge. To help parents navigate the world of social media Arlington Business Park, Theale will be welcoming a team from Childnet to host a free workshop on Tuesday 13th March. Using the internet, mobile phones and games consoles are now an everyday part of young people’s lives. So, whether you’re puzzled by parental controls or would like to know more about Social Media, the workshop will guide parents through the way children can now use and access the internet.
Arlington Business Park, Theale RG7 4SA
MORE INFO: Internet Workshop Enquiries 01277 600320
 
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Leisure : Museums
15/03/2018 LATE NIGHT AT THE MERL - DIG IT!
 MUSEUM OF ENGLISH RURAL LIFE

Discover the ABC of Soil with the Soil Security Programme! Experience a worm’s eye view of the Architecture of Soil. Dig deep into the Biology of Soil with real-life critters. Create the perfect climate for plants at home by exploring the Chemistry of Soil. Get your hands dirty making a biodegradable plant pot and planting seeds. Investigate the importance of soil in the fight against alleged climate change. Find out if we can make a healthy soil for Life on Mars! Cocktails available and live music from Dolly and the Clothespegs.
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
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Local Information :
15/03/2018 to 16/03/2018 CHARITABLE ART EXHIBITION

Join us in Bracknell to take a look at all our artwork, we have a wide range of different styles of art and also a free book giveaway for all visitors. Preservation and Promotion of the Arts (PAPOA) is an incorporated charitable organisation with a number of concerns. Our aim is to promote and preserve arts in all their current forms. Our primary focus is to make the arts accessible to individuals who otherwise may not have the opportunity, time or inclination to engage. We hold regular events all over the country to preserve and promote the arts. All our events are free to attend.
Phoenix House, Cookham Road, Bracknell RG12 1RB
MORE INFO: Joshua Jacques
  joshuajacques@papoa.co.uk
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Leisure : Museums
16/03/2018 FRIDAY FLEDGLINGS FOR UNDER-5s AT MERL
 MUSEUM OF ENGLISH RURAL LIFE

Discover the benefits of outdoor learning! Come and join in outdoor activities inspired by the themes and collections of the museum. Enjoy outdoor play and explore the natural environment. Each session involves story-telling, craft activities and singing. Friday Fledglings is run by Charlotte, a local teacher and Level 3 Forest Leader. Suitable for families with children under 5 years old.
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road Reading RG1 5EX
MORE INFO: Lecture Ticket Office 0118 378 8660
  merl@reading.ac.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
16/03/2018 MINISTRY OF BISCUITS

In post-War London, the Ministry of Biscuits casts its sinister shadow over every elevenses in the land. Established to 'control biscuits', it prohibits decadent products like Gipsy Creams. But when Cedric, a junior designer, falls in love, he designs a biscuit to shake confectionery to its very foundations, and his world is turned upside down. Inspired by Ealing comedy and Orwell's 1984, this satirical musical comedy by acclaimed author Reeve and playwright and composer Mitchell is revived in a new version. Supported by the Lantern Theatre, Brighton, where it has just completed a highly successful run, the show is touring round the UK. Suitable for all ages from 7 up. Starring Murray Simon, Amy Sutton and Radio 4 regular David Mounfield. Starts 7.30pm.
Swallowfield Parish Hall, Swallowfield Street, Swallowfield, Reading RG7 1QX
MORE INFO: Box Office 07597 637933