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Leisure : Days Out
31/01/2019 to 31/03/2019 SNOWDROP WALK AT CLIVEDEN
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

A self-guided walk around the Estate to see the first signs of snowdrops. Follow the snowdrops around the estate on a self-led walk. The best clusters of snowdrops are expected at Blenheim Lawn, Stable Bank and Ilex Grove (weather depending). Please remember snowdrops are a very fragile plant, and stepping around them will likely cause sevre damage. You can help protect them by not standing in the areas of growth or letting young children or dogs into the area. Please call in advance to confirm the status of the snowdrops.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead SL1 8NS
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01628 605069
  cliveden@nationaltrust.org.uk
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16/02/2019 to 16/04/2019 CHILDREN'S VICTORIAN TRAIL - AT THE VYNE

On this family trail through the gardens, see if you can find ten Victorian children that used to live at The Vyne. Pick up your 1 trail sheet from Visitor Reception and look out for Martha Chutes ten children in The Vynes gardens. Booking Not Needed. Children must supervise their adults at all times. Dogs on leads welcome. A National Trust Event - Start 10am. End 4.30pm.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01256 883858
  thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Exhibitions
05/03/2019 to 20/04/2019 ART EXHIBITION - LIFE ON A SPECTRUM
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

Abstract art exhibition ‘Life on a Spectrum’ explores autism through the eyes of an autistic artist through the visual form of mixed media on paper. The show at Arlington Arts brings together two collections to form Amatina’s newest exhibit ‘Life on a Spectrum’. The first is ‘Autismo 25’, which uses the Spanish word for autism; ‘autismo’ as it was created while taking part in Hannacc artist residency in Spain - but also acts as a reminder that autism is a global condition and something that affects people regardless of where we are in the world. While ‘NYC 14’ is Amatina’s latest work undertaken in New York City as a result of obtaining the Arts Council England ‘Developing your Creative Practice’ funding. My vision is colour. My heartbeat is rhyme. My mind expands with bursts of line, shape, and form. Art imbues each moment of our lives, every cell of our beings. My hands tell my stories as I connect with humanity and explore meaning through creativity and art. The voyage continues...
Arlington Arts, Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Mahlia Amatina
  mahliaamatina@gmail.com
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14/03/2019 to 18/03/2019 A SPLASH OF COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION

We are not alone in our ability to view the world in colour. Many species of birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians have superior colour vision. Yet our ability to be enchanted by colours which illuminate complex patterns, lines and shapes is probably a uniquely human quality. Of all our senses, perhaps our sight is the most precious. Through our colour vision we understand our world. It warns us of danger, makes objects quickly recognisable, and helps us to store and retrieve precious memories. From the earliest cave paintings we have learned to express our feelings and share our thoughts with each other through colour. Open 10am to 3pm.
250 and 400 South Oak Way, Greenpark, Reading. RG2 6UE
MORE INFO: Jen Gorman 0800 0287338
  jen@thephotographicangle.co.uk
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Leisure : Music
16/03/2019 READING YOUTH ORCHESTRA 75th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Reading Youth Orchestra are delighted to present our 75th Anniversary concert featuring talented members of our ensemble as soloists. Led by Euon Mallett, the first half will hear solos from flautist Michi Aneez, oboist Abbey Hardy and baritone David Cox. The second half will be the cheerful and full-of-life 8th Symphony by Dvorak, inspired by Czech and Slavonic folk music.
St Joseph’s College, Reading Upper Redlands Road RG1 5JT
MORE INFO: Concert Enquiries 07927 289768
  reading.youth.orch@gmail.com
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16/03/2019 TRINITY CONCERT BAND SPRING CONCERT

The award-winning Trinity Concert Band return to All Saints Church, Wokingham for an exciting concert featuring vocal duet Indigo May (www.indigomayduo.com). Previously members of The Swingle Singers and regular performers on PandO and Cunard cruise lines, these two accomplished sopranos will perform a range of music with the band, including Bring Him Home, West Side Story, All By Myself, The Prayer, and Come What May. In honour of St Patrick’s Day, the pair will also perform a stunning acapella medley of Celtic songs. The band will be performing a number of solo items including a dazzling Queen medley! Featuring a range of music spanning centuries and genres, this is an evening not to be missed! Tickets are priced at £12 in advance or £13 on the door. Children under 16 get free entry. Advance tickets are available via the band website, below.
All Saints Church, Wokingham, RG40 1TN
MORE INFO: Trinity Concert Band Box Office 0118 4492099
  boxoffice@trinityband.co.uk
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16/03/2019 READING MALE VOICE CHOIR AND ABERTILLERY ORPHEUS CHOIRCONCERT

A Joint concert of Reading Male Voice Choir and Abertillery Orpheus Male Choir. Also features Sohpie Baylis as guest Flautist . A great evening full of many different musical delights. Raising Funds for Headway Thames Valley - The brain injury Charity. Concert starts at 7.30pm.
All Saints Church, Downshire Square, Reading RG1 6NU
MORE INFO: Martin Butler 07949 948310
  martinc.butler63@yahoo.co.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
16/03/2019 YOUNG PEOPLE'S PERFORMING ARTS CONCERT

No5 presents their Second Annual Young People's Performing Arts Concert - a showcase of the talent from some of Reading's best young people's performing arts groups! Performances from: Berzerk Productions, Starlet Dance School, Conco Dance, Kalakunj, T4C, Reading Boys' School, Queen Anne's School, and choirs and musicians from The Bulmershe School. Doors open: 5:30 pm, performance: 6.30pm- 8.30pm (including interval). Online Ticket Price: Adult £6, Children under 16 £3, under 5's free. On-the-door Ticket Price: Adult £7, Children under 16 £4, under 5's free. Venue is wheelchair accessible.
The Bulmershe School, Woodlands Avenue, Woodley RG5 3EU
MORE INFO: Carly Newman 07342 355425
  carly.newman@no5.org.uk
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16/03/2019 WORKSHOP - WHERE THERE'S A WILL THERE'S AN ANCESTOR

This workshop will look at wills, pre and post 1858, plus other probate documents such as inventories, administrations and death duties. Find out their benefits for family historians and where to locate them. With Tutors: Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens. This workshop is organised by Berkshire Family History Society.
Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 0118 950 9553
  events@berksfhs.org.uk
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17/03/2019 SUNDAY ASSEMBLY READING - FOSSILS AND THE FORGOTTEN WOMAN

Mary Anning was an overlooked pioneer of palaeontology. As a working class, non-educated woman in the 1800s, she never published her findings but her discoveries paved the way for the modern understanding of our planet's history and the creatures that once roamed upon it. Hear about her life, the amazing creatures she found, and how we are looking to spread her story to inspire a new generation of geologists. Mary’s achievements will be extolled by Dr Katie Cooper, a lapsed geologist, science communicator and badge-wearing STEMinist, who is championing the Mary Anning Rocks campaign which aims to erect a statue of Mary in her home town of Lyme Regis. We will also be rocking with the Sunday Assembly Reading band and getting you to make your own discoveries. After the Assembly, we meet once again at Brewdog ** About Sunday Assembly **Sunday Assembly Reading is free to attend and runs entirely on donations.The Sunday Assembly Reading is a secular congregation that celebrates life, meeting once a month at The Reading Irish Centre. Members of the Assembly believe in Living Better, Helping Often and Wondering More, for no other reason than to make the most of the one life we know we have.
Reading Irish Centre, Reading, RG1 7HT
MORE INFO: Stephen   info@sundayassemblyreading.uk
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17/03/2019 BENSON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTORS' FAIR

RAIN OR SHINE BENSON ANTIQUES FAIR IS ALWAYS ON! This popular quality Antiques and Collectors fair is held on the third Sunday of each month. Benson Antiques Fair is held at the Parish Hall, AA signposted, sat nav OX10 6LZ. 9am-4pm, admission £1.50.
Parish Hall, Benson OX106LZ
MORE INFO: Joy 07850 979699
 
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Sport : Athletics
17/03/2019 SAGE READING HALF-MARATHON 2018

Once again the race sets off around the stunning parkland of Green Park, through the beautiful grounds of the University campus and round to the highlights of the town centre of Reading with its huge huge crowd support. The final straight leads into the magnificent Madejski Stadium where 5,000 supporters will be waiting to cheer the runners home. This is a race for the experienced athlete looking for a new PB through to the complete beginner looking for a friendly safe and fun environment to run in. The first ever Reading Half Marathon was organised and run in 1983, when the start and finish venue was Reading University at Whiteknights Park. There were 5,000 runners and it was won by a 21 year old local University student, Mark Curzons in a time of 67.45. In 2003 Sweatshop took over the organisation with the aim of making the event all about the runner and ultimately create an experience that is worthy of this prestigious half marathon. They retain an involvement although the race passed on to the banner to insurance company Vitality, and now accountancy experts Sage.
Start Green Park, Reading - Finish Madejski Stadium
MORE INFO: Reading Race Info 0778 813 7117
  events@sweatshop.co.uk
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Sport : Football
17/03/2019 ROYALS SUPPORTERS' TRUST HALL OF FAME NIGHT

On Sunday, the Supporters' Trust at Reading (STAR) will be inducting another 25 names into the Reading Football Club Hall of Fame on an evening which will no doubt see a host of Royals legends attend the ceremony once again. What is the Hall of Fame? It’s a celebration, a chance to enjoy a slice of our long history and mingle with those who help make the club what it is. STAR aim to induct 150 Reading FC legends by the time the club turns 150 years old in 2021 and the names inducted are spanning every decade of the Royals' existence, with every part of the club's history treated equally and honoured.
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11
MORE INFO: Supporter Services 0118 968 1211
  supporterservices@readingfc.co.uk
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20/03/2019 BERKSHIRE WOMEN IN THE 19th CENTURY - TALK AT WEST BERKS MUSEUM

Compared to other counties in 19th century England, why is there little or no information written about the women of Berkshire? Who were they, what did they do and where can we find out more about them? Find out in this fascinating talk by professional genealogist, Lin Ricketts. A talk to tie-in with International Women’s Day, which was earlier this month.
West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01635 519562
  museum@westberks.gov.uk
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Leisure : Entertainment
22/03/2019 to 24/03/2019 CIRCUS WONDERLAND

Britain’s most magical circus is returning to Basingstoke with a brand new show that promises fun for all the family. Whirlwind unicyclists, high flying trapeze artistes and flame throwing fire jugglers are joined by the show’s very own Miss Grace Olivia, who puts the ‘Wonder’ into Wonderland in a sparkling show-stopping sensation. Amidst the action and excitement, award winning clowns Kakehole and Mr Popol are returning to scale new summits of silliness, causing chaos with their unique brand of music, magic and mayhem. Blending thrills and spills and side splitting comedy, Circus Wonderland is Number One for Family Fun.
The Old Common, London Road, Basingstoke RG21 4BY
MORE INFO: Circus Enquiries 07531 612240
  info@circuswonderland.com
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Leisure : Theatre
22/03/2019 CONSERVATOIRE INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SERIES - MIKHAIL SHILYAEV, PIANO
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Mikhail Shilyaev (on piano) is playing music by Mozart, Janacek, Alistair Jones and Debussy.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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Leisure : Music
23/03/2019 READING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT - ROSSINI, BEETHOVEN, STRAUSS

For our Spring concert, we are delighted to welcome back Eloisa-Fleur Thom who will be performing Beethoven’s dazzling Violin Concerto. Eloisa-Fleur, a prize-winning violinist, director and curator, has performed with stars as diverse as Maxim Vengerov and Radiohead and her playing is truly stunning. The second half of the concert will feature Richard Strauss’ monumental Death and Transfiguration. The music depicts a dying artist’s memories of his life, from childhood innocence to the struggles of manhood and the attainment of worldly goals, to transfiguration at the gates of heaven. The concert will begin with Rossini’s sparkling Semiramide overture and end with Johann Strauss II’s Emperor Waltz.
Minster Church of St Mary, Reading, RG1 2H
MORE INFO: Concert Enquiries 0118 946 2667
  eleanorhayes@gmail.com
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23/03/2019 NINEBARROW IN CONCERT AT DUNSDEN VILLAGE HALL

Superlative performers Jon Whitley and Jay Labouchardière of Ninebarrow make a triumphant return to Dunsden Village Hall, 15 months after their last sell-out performance. Ninebarrow's new record, The Waters and the Wild reached Number 2 in Amazon’s Folk Best-Seller chart in June 2018. The 11-track album highlights displays the duo’s beautiful vocal harmonies wrapped in lush, sensitive arrangements and flawless musicianship. Awarded 5-stars in both The Morning Star and the English Folk Dance & Song Society’s EDS Magazine, the album has received airplay on BBC Radios 2, 3, 6 Music, Wales and Scotland. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed it as ‘absolutely monumental’. Forget the 'folk' label if you're not a fan of the genre. This is pure music at its best. Try it! If you're a diehard folk fan, you're in for a treat.
Dunsden Village Hall, Dunsden Green, Nr Reading RG4 9QG
MORE INFO: Ninebarrow Enquiries 07397 975 374
  DunsdenVillageHallManager@gmail.com
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Leisure : Theatre
23/03/2019 WALL OF SOUND
 RISING SUN ARTS CENTRE

Wall of Sound's Mark Jones takes you Back to the Phuture as he brings together his pick of the best new artists that will make tomorrow today!! Adam & Elvis deliver an up-tempo quirky romanticism, provocative and poetic, while bizarre and comedic all at once. Shimmering guitars, dirty bass-lines and quirky synths. The Purple Lights return to Reading bringing a clash of rock and reggae fused with loop station magic evoking the buoyancy of Vampire Weekend meshed with the pure unleashed wigouts of FuckButtons. Bursting at the seams with upbeat power pop, grunge and drama, Ham Legion's mini-epics dive and transform into sudden twisting, complex prog back to the Englishness of 60s pop, 70s punk and 80s new wave with occasional moments of restrained delivery and somber reflection. Up and coming singer-songwriter Lauren Wyatt kicks-off with her own unique blend of Americana reminiscent of artists from Caitlin Rose to KT Tunstall.
Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST
MORE INFO: Gig Enquiries 0118 986 6788
  info@risingsun-artscentre.co.uk
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23/03/2019 CANCEER RESEARCH UK TAKE OVER THE ART CAFÉ

Reading Cancer Research UK group are delighted to be running the Art Café in Whitchurch. Please do pop in to enjoy a cup of tea/coffee with a delicious slice of homemade cake. There will be arts and crafts for you to browse and you can combine the visit with a walk along the nearby Thames. All proceeds on this day will go to Cancer Research UK. The Café is found by crossing the Thames at Whitchurch Toll Bridge and walking/driving a short distance up the hill.
Community Art Cafe, The Old Stables, Whitchurch on Thames, RG8 7DF
MORE INFO: Reading Group for Cancer Research UK
  Readingcancerresearchuk@gmail.com
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24/03/2019 PANGBOURNE TWINNING ASSOCIATION FRENCH FILM NIGHT - THE MIDWIFE

Midwife Claire is conscientious and hardworking, but inhibited and somewhat stuck in a rut. After years of looking after others, is she a little left behind? Then she gets an unexpected phone call from her father’s former lover, Béatrice, a capricious free spirit, who walked out on Claire’s father many years ago. Circumstances bring flighty Béatrice and uptight Claire together. One is forced to consider her responsibilities, while the other finally learns to let go of her troubles. The film stars two great French actors Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot, who act together for the very first time in this bright and charming drama about old acquaintance and new beginnings.
Pangbourne Village Hall RG8 7AN
MORE INFO: Film Night Enquiry 0118 984 4401
 
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26/03/2019 CHARITY DINNER IN AID OF CANCER RESEARCH UK

The Reading Group for Cancer Research UK presents:C Food Charity Dinner In aid of Cancer Research UK, hosted by The Kitchen at Reading College, King's Road. £25 per person for a four course meal and glass of wine. Evening to include a raffle and talk from a Cancer Research UK scientist. To book your places please contact Sarah Kidd-May as below. Menu: To begin, Carrot, Coconut, Coriander and Ginger Broth. To follow, Cod, Cauliflower and Cumin (Cauliflower, Cumin and Spiced Gooseberry Chutney). Followed by Chicken, Celeriac, Cavolo Nero, Chickpeas and Chorizo (Chive Rice Bon Bons, Celeriac, Cavolo Nero, Chickpeas and Chorizo). To Finish, Chocolate Tart with Clementine Sorbet. Vegan option (it is vegan chorizo, made from chickpeas).
Reading College, Kings Road, Reading
MORE INFO: Sarah Kidd May 07443 635688
  sarahkiddmay@gmail.com
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Leisure : Exhibitions
30/03/2019 to 27/04/2019 ONCE UPON A TIME - THE CHANGING FACE OF WALLINGFORD

This exhibition is about how we connect with times past by exploring Wallingford's history and archaeology. Wherever we live, the familiar surroundings of our houses and streets can remind us of the people that came before us, their work and their lives shaping our present and our future. In this engaging journey of discovery throughout the museum, you’ll be invited to share any local knowledge you may have and to reminisce about your own history. Discover the secrets of garden archaeology and trace the passage of time through photographs and objects, all of which reflect the changing face of Wallingford. There are 'hands on' things for children - a 'Family Friendly' experience.
Wallingford Museum, Flint House, 52 High Street, Wallingford OX10 0DB
MORE INFO: Exhibition Enquiries 01491 651127
  admin@wallingfordmuseum.org.uk
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Leisure : Music
30/03/2019 READING HAYDN CHOIR SPRING CONCERT – ROSSINI, PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE

It’s often said that the Petite Messe Solennelle is neither little, solemn nor especially liturgical in spirit. Even Rossini’s own notes would suggest that he himself inclined to such a view: Dear God – behold completed this poor little Mass – is it indeed music for the blest (musique Sacrée) that I have just written, or damned music (Sacrée musique)? Thou knowest well, I was born for comic opera. It contains scant learning, but all my heart. So bless Thee and grant me Paradise! G Rossini – Passy 1863. Composed for a small musical group, the piece was originally scored for just ‘twelve singers of 3 sexes – men, women, and castrati’, two pianos and a harmonium. It signalled a return to composing after a 30-year retirement, and represents a magnificent feat of creative self-renewal for the seventy-one-year-old composer. It has all the warmth and energy that has become the trademark of Rossini’s work.
St Joseph’s College Upper Redlands Road Reading RG1 5JT
MORE INFO: Christopher Lock 07557 900210
  lock.chris1@gmail.com
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30/03/2019 BRACKNELL CHORAL SOCIETY SPRING CONCERT

Bracknell Choral Society Spring concert comprises a programme of nineteenth century romantic era musical masterpieces. We open with Mendelssohn's glorious cantata Lauda Sion. followed by his beautiful anthem Hear My Prayer, which includes the well-loved soprano solo 'O for the wings of a dove'. The second half of the concert begins with the British Sinfonietta playing Mendelssohn's ever-popular overture Hebrides and we conclude with Bruckner's magnificent Te Deum. The choir will be conducted by our musical director Greg Hallam, with professional soloists Augusta Hebbert, soprano, Catherine Backhouse, mezzo-soprano, Piet Zorn, tenor and David Ireland, bass and orchestra the British Sinfonietta.
Great Hall, University of Reading, London Road Campus, Reading RG1 5AQ
MORE INFO: Fiona Hardman 07922 662740
  fiomhardman@gmail.com
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30/03/2019 CELEBRATE THE SOUND - WITH THE THAMES VALLEY CHORUS

St Mary's Church in Twyford is hosting a concert to raise funds for the charity Daisy's Dream. The concert will feature local choir Thames Valley Chorus. They specialise in performing songs unaccompanied in four part harmony. You might be thinking of straw boaters and waistcoats, singing songs about Mammy! Entertainment is a key part of the performance. Songs by Queen and Elton John rub shoulders with gospel, love songs and and classic favourites.
St Mary’s Church, Station Road, Twyford RG10 9NT
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 977 4257
  tickets@tvchorus.co.uk
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30/03/2019 GORING VILLAGE GREENFINGERS SPRNG SHOW

Spring Flower Show,Vegetables,cookery.tombola,refreshments/cakes . Classes open to non members and spacial children's classes.
Goring Village Hall, Goring RG8 9AG
MORE INFO: Enquiries 01491 873615
  greenfingers@goring-on-thames.co.uk
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Leisure : Exhibitions
31/03/2019 to 04/04/2019 WILDLIFE OF THE WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY

The photographers participating in this theme have sent us striking images of the widest range of species, from elephants to insects. Many of the images in this exhibition highlight the relationships that species have with their habitats. What shines through is the photographers’ admiration and empathy with the subject, together with their sheer joy and sense of privilege of being able to photograph them. We hope this exhibition will encourage our visitors to make a personal commitment to help preserve our biosphere and its fauna. After all, most of our genes are also found in many animals. It is ignorant of us to ignore our true nature. WILDLIFE OF THE WORLD is a touring photographic exhibition created and supported by The Photographic Angle.Please check website prior to attendance for latest information as dates may be subject to change. Disabled visitors are advised to check with us before visiting an exhibition so that suitable access can be provided.
100 Brook Drive, Green Park, Reading RG2 6UJ
MORE INFO: Jen Gorman 0800 0287338
  info@thephotographicangle.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
01/04/2019 to 30/04/2019 THE GILDED DAFFODIL GARDENS AT CLIVEDEN
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

See the spectacle of hundreds of thousands of daffodils bloom across the estate. Golden daffodils carpet the grounds of the gardens and woodlands we look after. this year we've added 57 new varieties to our collection, meaning the spectacle is bound to be bigger and better than ever. Weve created a self-guided walking leaflet for you to enjoy the daffodils from hard standing paths. You can pick these up free of charge from the information centre. Booking Not Needed.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead SL6 0JA
MORE INFO: Administrator's Office 01628 605069
  cliveden@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
01/04/2019 to 06/04/2019 ONE MILLION PLAYS ABOUT READING
 PROGRESS THEATRE, READING

One million plays is a lot. We didn’t manage that many. Instead, we hope the play captures one million aspects, attitudes and images of Reading. Most of the scenes emerged from the collective memory and imagination of the cast. They devised some brilliant moments and developed them into complex, poignant pieces of theatre.
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch Road, Reading RG1 5HL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 384 2169
  enquiries@progresstheatre.co.uk
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03/04/2019 to 06/04/2019 WATERMILL THEATRE - MOONFLEET
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

Nothing ever seems to happen in John Trenchard’s sleepy coastal village until the night he stumbles upon a terrible secret. Plunged into a world of adventure and mayhem - of smugglers and excisemen, storms and shipwrecks, fortunes made and lost - John must leave the safety of his home far behind. Along with his fierce leader and friend, the smuggler Elzevir, John sets out on his most dangerous journey yet, to recover the lost diamond of the legendary Blackbeard Mohune. But all that glitters is not gold, and their quest has the potential to disturb ghosts that have lain in an uneasy peace for centuries…
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044
  boxoffice@watermill.org.uk
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05/04/2019 CORN EXCHANGE COMEDY CLUB
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Leave your cares at the door, grab a drink and join us for an evening of laughter as Avalon presents some of the best new names in comedy. With comedians such as Joe Wilkinson, Greg Davies, Lee Nelson, Jenny Eclair, Al Murray and Russell Howard on their books, Avalon are experts in finding the next big names on the circuit – you never know, you might see them in Newbury first! So send your friends that group text and start your weekend in style at the Corn Exchange Comedy Club. *This month's line-up is: Lou Sanders (MC), Rob Auton (20 mins), Travis Jay (20 mins), Susan Riddell (Headliner).
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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05/04/2019 to 06/04/2019 TILEHURST AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY - DRINKING HABITS

TADS first production for 2019 is a laugh out loud comedy farce set in a convent. This is guaranteed to lighten up your evening, so don't miss out. Tickets are already on sale via our website. Accusations, mistaken identities and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancees, are hot on their trail. They go undercover but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down.
Tilehurst Village Hall, Victoria Road, Tilehurst RG31 5AB
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 943 3016
  tads14@btinternet.com
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06/04/2019 BERKSHIRE TORTOISE CLUB OPEN DAY

Live tortoises, lots of stalls, children activities, face painting, arts and craft, sand art, BBQ, lots of stalls to browse.
Church Rd, Earley, Reading RG6 1EY
MORE INFO: Barbara Lee 07786 903393
  berkshiretortoiseclub@hotmail.com

Leisure : Days Out
07/04/2019 to 23/04/2019 CADBURY'S EASTER TRAIL - SPRINGING TO LIFE AT CLIVEDEN
 CLIVEDEN (NATIONAL TRUST)

Children will leap into spring with Cliveden's interactive, nature-themed Easter trail. Explore Cliveden's spring gardeners on our annual Easter trail. At the end children receive a special Cadbury chocolate egg, or a non-confectionery alternative. Booking Not Needed.
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire SL1 8NS
MORE INFO: House Tour Enquiries 01628 605069
  clivedenpress@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
07/04/2019 FLANDERS AND WEST - MORE MAGIC FOR KIDS
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West return to the stage with a marvellous magic show full of crazy capers for the young, old and everyone in-between! Expect the unexpected, believe the unbelievable, but do not dare miss the unmissable Morgan & West! Might Mr Morgan manage a whole trick without his partner complaining? Can everyone’s favourite duo of deception finally find fame, fortune and a box of fondant fancies? Find out all of this and more in Morgan & West: More Magic For Kids!
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484 123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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07/04/2019 SPRING HEALTH AND WELLNESS RETREAT

Take the opportunity to harness the renewing energy of Spring and join us for a mini-retreat at the beautiful Dunsden Hall. Restorative yoga, nourishing food and a blissful meditation session; it's your time to retreat, recharge and reconnect to the world in a more purposeful way. Yoga, Meditation, Vegan afternoon tea, Healthy eating workshop.
Eye and Dunsden Village Hall
MORE INFO: Emily 0118 328 2270
  info@omnomhealth.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
08/04/2019 to 30/05/2019 BLUEBELLS AND WISTERIA AT GREYS COURT
 GREYS COURT (NATIONAL TRUST)

Discover a beautiful carpet of bluebells and our stunning 128 year old wisteria in the garden. Booking Not Needed. Suitable for children of all ages. A National Trust Event - Gates open 10am.
Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4PG
MORE INFO: Administrator 01491 628529
  greyscourt@nationaltrust.org.uk
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08/04/2019 to 18/04/2019 ULTIMATE ACTIVITY CAMP AT LUCKLEY HOUSE SCHOOL

We provide outstanding activity day camps for children aged 4-14 during the school holidays, where the children's welfare and fun are at the heart of all we do! Children will enjoy over 40 sports, games and art activities every week led by engaging staff at amazing locations. During the school holidays, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.
Luckley House School, Luckley Road, Wokingham RG40 3EU
MORE INFO: Camp Enquiries 0330 111 7077
  help@ultimateactivity.co.uk
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08/04/2019 to 18/04/2019 ULTIMATE ACTIVITY CAMP AT BLUE COAT SCHOOL

We provide outstanding activity day camps for children aged 4-14 during the school holidays, where the children's welfare and fun are at the heart of all we do! Children will enjoy over 40 sports, games and art activities every week led by engaging staff at amazing locations. During the school holidays, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.
Reading Blue Coat School, Sonning Lane, Sonning RG4 6SU
MORE INFO: Camp Enquiries 0330 111 7077
  help@ultimateactivity.co.uk
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08/04/2019 to 18/04/2019 ULTIMATE ACTIVITY CAMP AT CRANFORD HOUSE SCHOOL

We provide outstanding activity day camps for children aged 4-14 during the school holidays, where the children's welfare and fun are at the heart of all we do! Children will enjoy over 40 sports, games and art activities every week led by engaging staff at amazing locations. During the school holidays, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.
Cranford House School, Moulsford, Wallingford OX10 9HT
MORE INFO: Camp Enquiries 0330 111 7077
  help@ultimateactivity.co.uk
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08/04/2019 to 18/04/2019 ULTIMATE ACTIVITY CAMP AT ST GABRIEL'S NEWBURY

We provide outstanding activity day camps for children aged 4-14 during the school holidays, where the children's welfare and fun are at the heart of all we do! Children will enjoy over 40 sports, games and art activities every week led by engaging staff at amazing locations. During the school holidays, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.
St. Gabriel’s School, Sandleford Priory, Newbury RG20 9BD
MORE INFO: Camp Enquiries 0330 111 7077
  help@ultimateactivity.co.uk
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08/04/2019 to 23/04/2019 EASTER EGG HUNT AT GREYS COURT

Hunt for clues around the estate to win a Cadbury chocolate prize, with two separate trails this year. Booking Not Needed. Suitable for children of all ages. Dogs on leads welcome. A National Trust Event - Gates open 10am.
Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4PG
MORE INFO: Event Enquiries 01491 628529
  greyscourt@nationaltrust.org.uk
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10/04/2019 to 23/04/2019 EASTER EGG HUNT AT THE VYNE

In The Vynes grounds, collect your 3 activity sheet from the start tent. Keep your eyes peeled for engraved wooden discs containing the clues you need to find. At the end, return to the tent to swap your trail sheet for a tasty treat. Trail sheets and chocolate treats cost 3 each. Trail sheets will be sold until 3pm and you'll need to collect your prize by 4pm. One chocolate treat given per trail sheet presented at the finish. Normal admission applies. Warning: Easter trails may induce bouts of care-free fun, smiles and laughter. In extreme cases trails can result in lasting happy memories. Adults must be supervised by their children at all times!
Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01256 883858
  thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk
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10/04/2019 to 23/04/2019 NATURE DISCOVERY CENTRE - EGGSPERTS TRAIL

An Easter holiday challenge for the family - can you crack all the clues? We've devised a trail to test our families of Nature Eggsperts this Easter! You'll need to keep your eyes peeled and we hope you'll notice more of our beautiful nature reserve as you search for the answers.
Nature Discovery Centre, Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham RG19 3FU
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 01635 874381
  ndc@bbowt.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
10/04/2019 to 13/04/2019 SINODUN PLAYERS - DEAD FUNNY
 WALLINGFORD CORN EXCHANGE

The Sinodun Players present the comic play by Terry Johnson. When the members of the Dead Funny Society learn that Benny Hill has died, they decide to honour him with a memorial get together. Set in 1990s London, an hilarious and poignant comedy about morality and marriage. Expect some nudity, marital disharmony and custard pies. Warning: There are scenes of a sexual nature and some strong language.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Wallingford OX10 0EG
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 825000
  info@cornexchange.org.uk
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11/04/2019 PAUL SINHA - THE TWO AGES OF MAN
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Paul returns to Reading with his life, seemingly, still bordering on disarray. Having spent two decades juggling disparate careers, loneliness, heartbreak, a multitude of vices and an overwhelming urge to show off his general knowledge, he finds that just as one problem disappears, another emerges. Paul is 48 and is pondering the unthinkable. Is he past it? Was Shakespeare wrong? Are there only Two Ages of Man?
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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11/04/2019 to 18/05/2019 AMELIE - THE MUSICAL
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

Amélie is an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her imagination. She secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie will have to risk everything to say what’s in her heart. Based on the much loved and five-time Oscar nominated film, Amélie is a feel good musical filled to the brim with colourful observations and whimsical wonderings. Join Amélie as she finds her voice, discovers the power of connection, and sees possibility around every corner.
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044
  boxoffice@watermill.org.uk
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11/04/2019 TALK - THE HISTORY OF COLEY PARK HOUSE AND ESTATE

Coley Park House, in Reading, has a rich and varied history. The Tudor manor house of the Catholic Vachell family was replaced by a Georgian house, set in landscaped parkland. Altered again in the 1840s, it would be taken over by the Government after the Second World War. This talk is organised by Berkshire Family History Society.
Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ
MORE INFO: Talk Enquiries 0118 950 9553
  events@berksfhs.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
12/04/2019 DAVD STARKEY - A MONARCHY OF MISFITS
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

The marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, when the second son of the Prince of Wales married a divorced American actress of mixed race and uncertain religion, was seen as marking a fundamental modernisation of the British monarchy. Actually, it was only a return to the 14th century when one of the many sons of King Edward III married a twice-divorced merry widow who’d eloped with her first husband at the age of 12; another a part-Moorish Spanish princess who (it is claimed) was a direct descendent of the Prophet Muhammad; while a third wed the au pair!
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  boxmanager@kentontheatre.co.uk
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12/04/2019 FRENCH MARKET AT WOODLEY

France at Home is back in Woodley Town Centre with a great FRENCH General MARKET with genuine French traders & atmosphere with wonderful foods, Cheeses, Breads, Salamis, Olive Oils, Pastries, Handbags, leather goods etc.
Crockhamwell Road, Woodley Town Centre RG5 4JZ
MORE INFO: Market Enquiries 07506 741591
  towncentremanager@woodley.gov.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
13/04/2019 to 22/04/2019 CARTERS VINTAGE FAMILY FUNFAIR IN PROSPECT PARK

Experience the joys of a vintage family fairground; we have something for all ages. Carters Steam Fair is believed to be the largest travelling vintage funfair in the world, our vintage rides and attractions date back from the 1890s to the 1960s, all lovingly restored for your enjoyment. They’re fun to ride but are also beautiful to photograph and our free entrance every day means that you can get snap happy for your Instagram feed too. In fact, our beautiful fair has been seen in films and on television: we’ve featured in Oscar-winning The Theory of Everything, Paddington 2, Call the Midwife and more!
Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND
MORE INFO: Funfair Enquiries 01628 822221
  info@cartersentertainment.com
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13/04/2019 to 14/04/2019 ALL ABOUT DOGS SHOW AT NEWBURY SHOWGROUND

The All About Dogs Show is the UK's FAVOURITE dog event for dogs of all shapes and sizes - and it's returning to the Newbury Showground! Bring your dog for two days full of exciting arena displays, expert advice, shopping and lots of fun have-a-go activities including the popular Fun Dog Shows where you and your dog can win rosettes, K9 Aqua Sports, talent competitions and more... There's something for dogs of all ages and breeds to enjoy - and if you don't have a dog you're welcome to come too! Tickets are available online at the website below.
Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham RG18 9QZ
MORE INFO: Michelle Norris 01702 549623
  michelle@aztecevents.co.uk
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Leisure : Music
13/04/2019 BREWHOUSE MUSIC

Back to our regular music events. This time with Scottish folk duo Sylvia Barnes & Sandy Stanage. Superb Scots singer, Sylvia Barnes, and master guitarist, Sandy Stanage, founder members of the band Kentigern, present a programme featuring the best of both traditional and modern music and songwriting. Support by Barnyard Junkies, a four piece vocal harmony soft rock Americana band, performing covers by artists such as The Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, Tony Joe White, Ry Cooder.
Yattendon Village Hall, RG18 0UR
MORE INFO: Event Enquiries 01635 200185
  randssansom@aol.com
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Leisure : Theatre
13/04/2019 ALJAZ SKORJANEC AND JANETTE MANRARA- REMEMBERING THE MOVIES
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Strictly’s very own Aljaz and Janette are back on tour with their brand new show Remembering the Movies. If you loved Remembering Fred then get ready for a remarkable, unique and star-studded rollercoaster ride through some of the most successful, Oscar winning and most memorable films of all time. From the Golden Age of Hollywood through to the modern mega musical. Enjoy tributes to Audrey Hepburn, Saturday Night Fever, Gene Kelly, The Greatest Showman, Marilyn Monroe, La La Land, James Bond, Cabaret and many more….
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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13/04/2019 VOCA NETWORKING AT SOUTH STREET
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

This is your ultimate performance platform. If you are an upcoming artist with a talent and you would like the exposure, This is Vocal Networking. We invite all performers to attend our events to meet and network with other like minded artist and industry professionals. #keepnetworking there are many connections to be made from studio bookings to your next show.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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13/04/2019 ANDREW MAXWELL - SHOWTIME
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Last year, Andrew continued his long run of domination of the Edinburgh Fringe. A memorable cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos, it won yet another barrage of five-star reviews for one of the festival's most universally acclaimed acts. Now, it's 'showtime' for the rest of the country .
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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13/04/2019 SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP - DNA AND FAMILY HISTORY

A new, facilitated special interest discussion group for those wanting to get the most from their DNA test results. It will run quarterly. Initial sessions will benefit from the expertise of international DNA expert Debbie Kennett. This discussion group is organised by Berkshire Family History Society.
Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ
MORE INFO: Events Enquiries 0118 950 9553
 
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13/04/2019 EASTER MARKET AT GRANGE CHURCH

Easter Market with many stalls including Crafts, Cakes, Easter Tombola, Raffle, Books, Bric-A-Brac, Toys, charity stalls, plus tea, coffee, hot cross buns, sandwiches and ploughman's lunches.
Grange Church, Southcote Lane, Reading RG30 3HD
MORE INFO: 0118 956 0380

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13/04/2019 THAMES VALLEY ANCIENT EGYPT SOCIETY APRIL LECTURE

Birth and Rebirth: Death as a Rite of Passage in Ancient Egypt : Lucia Gahlin For the ancient Egyptians death heralded rebirth into an afterlife. The heavily ritualised period following death enabled the deceased to be reborn into this afterlife. In this lecture, Lucia will explore the rituals that shed light on death as a rite of passage. For the ancient Egyptians, the sequence of conception, birth and early childhood, were mirrored by death, rebirth and the initial stage of journeying into the afterlife (a period of nourishment and protection from danger).
Coronation Hall, Headley Road, Woodley RG5 4JB
MORE INFO: Lecture Enquiries 01491 838803
  honsec@tvaes.org.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
14/04/2019 WILDE SUNDAYS - AMRIT SOND, MICHAEL TUFFERY, BEWARE THIS BOY
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

Throughout a long and respected music career, Scottish singer songwriter, Sandy McLelland has contributed to the artistic achievements of numerous artists and projects all over the world. Capable and comfortable across many, diverse, musical styles. Fishwife's Fancy are an acoustic duo performing Americana / Folk music. Completing the line up will be Bracknell based duo Toxic Sofa.
South Hill Park Grounds Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
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14/04/2019 MAIDENHEAD FARMERS' MARKET

Enjoy the friendly atmosphere whilst shopping for great fare at Berkshire's longest-running farmers' market. Our 25 stalls offer a huge choice of quality meats, free-range poultry and game, trout, fresh seafish and lobster, award-winning cheeses, preserves, baked goods, seasonal vegetables and fruit, real ales, fruit juice and lots more. Join the customer loyalty scheme at the tea stall to qualify for free vouchers! A FARMA certified market.
Grove Road car park, Park Street, Maidenhead (behind Town Hall) SL6 1LW
MORE INFO: Market Organiser 01628 670272
  info@maidenheadfarmersmarket.org.uk
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