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16th APR 2019
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Leisure : Days Out
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
  Event Web Site

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
  Event Web Site

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
  Event Web Site

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
  Event Web Site

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
  Event Web Site

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
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
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
  Event Web Site

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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15/04/2019 to 02/06/2019 YOUNG ENVIRONMENTALIST AWARDS AT THE VYNE
 THE VYNE (NATIONAL TRUST)

Through a series of outdoor activities, families can learn about and look after nature. Among other tasks, measure bug biodiversity, see how camouflage works and map the audible landscape of The Vyne. Pick up an activity booklet from Visitor Reception and complete the activities. Afterwards, return to Visitor Reception to get your certificate stamped. Booking Not Needed. Children must supervise their adults at all times!
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01256 883858
  thevyne@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

15/04/2019 to 31/05/2019 ACCESSIBLE BLUEBELLS AT NUFFIELD PLACE
 NUFFIELD PLACE (NATIONAL TRUST)

See a beautiful carpet of Bluebells, only a short walk from the house on a hard standing path. We expect the bluebells to flower in April/May, and will be updating our social media when they are out. When you arrive, please speak to our friendly Visitor Reception team, and they will direct you to the bluebells. Booking Not Needed. Suitable for children of all ages. Dogs on leads welcome.
Nuffield Place, Huntercombe, Henley-on-Thames RG9 5RY
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01491 642857
  nuffieldplace@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

16/04/2019 THE TUESDAY PARKLAND RUN AT BASILDON PARK

Put your running shoes on every Tuesday to join our volunteers on a run around the park and woodland trails. Every Tuesday some of our volunteers will be leading a run along the trails at Basildon Park. The run will usually be between 8-10km and last about an hour, so we recommend this for runners with some ability only. This is a great way to see the park in all it's beauty whilst keeping fit and being active. Booking Not Needed.
Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 01491 672382
  basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Charity
19/04/2019 THAMES VALE VULTURES MOTOR CYCLE CLUB CHARITY BERKSHIRE EGG RUN

The Berkshire Egg Run is a motorcyle ride which takes place across Reading every Good Friday. Riders from across the south of England will converge at Stadium Way in Tilehurst, site of the old speedway and greyhounds venue, for a ride through Reading and on to the Abbey Rugby Club HQ at Emmer Green. Thousands of Easter Eggs have been donated to the Rotary Club and Southcote Children’s Centre for distribution across Berkshire to disadvantaged kids. The ride is organised by the Thames Vale Vultures Motor Cycle Club and will be marshalled. The club say the ride across town will be a slow one so that every type of bike, scooter, trike or quad can join in safely.
Starts Stadium Way, Tilehurst RG30 6BX - Ends Abbey RFC, Emmer Green RG4 8XA
MORE INFO: Mick 07827 475391
  info@tvvultures.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Sport : Football
20/04/2019 ROYALS v BRIGHTON - WOMEN'S SUPER LEAGUE

Reading FC Women return to Madejski Stadium this weekend to host Brighton & Hove Albion – and the kick-off time has been brought forward to 1pm on Saturday 20th April. The Royals’ return to RG2 had initially been scheduled for 2pm, but please be aware that kick-off time is now an hour earlier for our Easter fixture. After the heartbreak of an FA Cup exit last weekend, Reading return to league action when they visit bottom side Yeovil on Wednesday, before heading back to Berkshire to host the Seagulls at the weekend. It is the second time this season that the Royals Women will have played at Madejski Stadium; the first ended in a disappointing 2-1 defeat to West Ham United, so they’ll be aiming to get back to winning ways. The Royals sit in sixth position in English football’s top tier at the moment, four points behind Bristol City, but they have two games in hand over the Vixens as the season nears it conclusion.
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11, Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0118 968 1313
  ticketing@readingfc.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Sport : Ice Hockey
20/04/2019 to 21/04/2019 NIHL WILKINSON PLAY-OFF WEEKEND

It’s a weekend full of ice hockey with 4 teams playing to be crowned Champions of the NIHL 2 South Wilkinson League.
Bracknell Ice Rink, John Nike Way, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 8TN
MORE INFO: Danny Perchard 07748 632054
  bracknellhornetsihc@gmail.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Music
27/04/2019 SISTER ACT SINGING AFTERNOON

Fun singing afternoon for female voices. We will be singing a medley of songs from the Sister Act films arranged for 2-part choir. Led by local music teacher and choir director Suzanne Newman. £10 which includes music and refreshments.
Charvil Village Hall, Park Lane, Charvil
MORE INFO: Suzanne Newman 0118 934 0589
  suzanneynewman@btinternet.com
  Event Web Site

Shops : Children's
27/04/2019 MUM2MUM MARKET - NEARLY-NEW SALE
 

Mum2mum market, children and baby nearly new sales where you can buy top quality, preloved goods at our award winning pop up indoor market. 30 Stalls under one roof giving you the best choice and the best bargains; from cots to clothes, books to buggies and everything in between, all for a fraction of the high street price.
South Reading Leisure Centre, Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 8DF
MORE INFO: Helen 07824 552322
  helen@mum2mummarket.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Exhibitions
28/04/2019 to 29/05/2019 NO EDEN

An exhibition covering the activities of the Greenham Common Peace Camp women and their non-violent protests against the existence of nuclear weapons.
Greenham Common Control Tower, Burys Bank Road, Greenham, Newbury RG19 8BZ
MORE INFO: Robert Fitzmaurice 07504 265583
  robert.fitzmaurice@gmail.com
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
28/04/2019 WALK FOR PARKINSON'S AT WELFORD PARK

Join us for our Walk for Parkinson's around the beautiful Welford Park. There are two circular routes to choose from, a 2.5 mile route or more challenging 6.5 mile route. By taking part you'll be helping us to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's whilst supporting those living with the condition. Registration opens: 09:30, Walk commences: 10:00. We strongly recommend wearing sturdy waterproof footwear and suitable clothing. Parking available near registration. Friendly dogs on leads welcome. Toilets available at the start/finish. Registration in advance: Adults - £12, Children (under 16) - £5. Registration on the day Adults - £15, Children (under 16) - £7.50. Suggested sponsorship: £50 - to help us to support everyone affected by Parkinson's.
Welford Park, Newbury, RG20 8HX
MORE INFO: Parkinson's UK 020 7963 3912
  fundraisng@parkinsons.org.uk
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Leisure : Museums
30/04/2019 to 01/08/2019 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
  emma.turner@nationaltrust.org.uk
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Theatre
30/04/2019 LIVE MUSIC - ROBYN HITCHCOCK AND GUESTS
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, a talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

01/05/2019 PLAYPEN - GRACE PETRIE
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. She’s toured with Billy Bragg and Frank Turner, supported comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, and collaborated with Leon Rosselson and Peggy Seeger. She is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s the Now Show and has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts.
South Street Arts, 21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: box office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
02/05/2019 to 05/05/2019 READING BEER FESTIVAL 2019

Over 450 Real Ales, plus a large range of Cider, Perries, Foreign Beers, UK Wines and Mead. As one of the largest beer festivals in the country, our selection not only provides an evolving line of casks but also unique craft beverages rarely seen at other events. Come and see why more revisit us each year and what we have lined up for 2019… From vegan jerky to olives to pizza, curry and bratwurst, we have a food vendor you’ll love.
Christchurch Meadows, Reading RG4 8DH
MORE INFO:
 
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03/05/2019 ROYALS U23 v NEWCASTLE - PROMOTION PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL

While their chances of the league title ebbed away at the final hurdle, Reading's Under-23s still have a chance of promotion to Premier League 2, Division One. Scott Marshall's side will be welcoming their Newcastle United counterparts to Madejski Stadium for the Play-Off Semi-Final, 7pm kick-off. It's a one-legged affair in the Premier League 2 Play-Offs, so the finalists will be decided on the night at the home of the Royals. Marshall's men have enjoyed a superb season that has seen them into the Final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup, the semis of the Premier League International Cup and a third-placed finish in the league.
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11, Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 0FL
MORE INFO: RFC Ticket Office 0118 968 1313 (option 1)
  ticketing@readingfc.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
04/05/2019 to 05/05/2019 FARLEY HILL BOWLS CLUB OPEN DAYS AND PLANT SALES

Farley Hill Bowls Club cordially invite anyone to come and have a go at Lawn Bowls on our Two Open Days this year. All you need is a pair of flat soled shoes (to protect the green) trainers will do. Club bowls will be provided and a member will give you some basic tuition, before letting you practice with others. Free tea, squash & biscuits will be served at 4.00pm, while we tell you more about the club and how it operates. N.B. We can also arrange free trail sessions for a small group or individual at any mutually convenient time.
Victory Hall, Church Road Farley Hill RG7 1TR
MORE INFO: Bill Dowling 01344 772130   billdowling@talktalk.net   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
05/05/2019 MEDITATIONS FOR RELAXATION
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Public talk and meditation with Gen Nyingpo. During this course you will learn and gain experience of special breathing meditation practices that help disengage the mind from the busyness of everyday life and create a special feeling of peace. When the mind is peaceful, we naturally feel happy, contented and relaxed – and this has a positive influence on everything that we think, say and do. Everyone is welcome.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

Sport : Football
05/05/2019 ROYALS v BIRMINGHAM CITY - SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP

A month or so back it seemed unthinkable that this match would be anything but a cliff-hanger to see if Royals could preserve their Championship status. But thanks to brilliant work by new coach Jose Gomes and his team, the agony was ended with two matches to spare. So this can virtually be the first match of next season. Birmingham, who might also have been in relegation bother, are a decent side, so this shiuld be an entertaining, and stress-free match. NOTE: 12.30pm KICK-OFF.
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

Leisure : Days Out
06/05/2019 WOKINGHAM MAY FAYRE

The annual Wokingham May Fayre is organised by Wokingham Lions Club and and promises to be a very lively day of family entertainment. It is believed to be the largest street fair in the south of England, attracting thousands of people. The event takes place in Peach Street and Broad Street, where a variety of stalls are set up, along with a funfair. The fun starts at 10am and continues until 5pm. Admission is free, but there is a small charge for some activities. The main goal of the May Fayre is to provide a low-cost and fun family event, and enable local charities and other groups to raise money for their causes. 10am - 5pm, free.
Wokingham Town Centre RG40 1AS
MORE INFO: Fayre Enquires 07976 220114
  mail@wokinghamlions.org.uk
  Event Web Site

06/05/2019 BRADFIELD MAY FAYRE

One of the finest local traditional country fayres, good value for money and plenty for everyone to enjoy. There are many new games this year, including old favourites of Plate Smashing, Coconut Shy or Tossing the Bale competition, have a go at Skittles, the bouncy castle slides. New this year is Gypsy Pysky clown workshop as well as traditonal Blacksmith Demonstration and Classic Tractors. Music. Food. Beer tent. Gates open 12.30pm. Closes around 5pm.
Village Hall Playing Fields, Bradfield Southend RG7 6EY
MORE INFO:
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06/05/2019 MAY DAY FETE

Come and enjoy the bank holiday with us, 11am to 4pm. All welcome - Coconut shy- Giant Jenga- Children’s archaeological sandpit- Penalty shoot-out- Plant stall- Book stall- Ice creams- Tea and coffee... and more. Entry and activities free. Plant sale etc. raising funds for Meal-a-Day charity.
Reading Christadelphians, 132 Oxford Road, Reading RG1 7NL
MORE INFO:
  info@readingchristadelphians.org
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Leisure : Watersports
06/05/2019 MAIDENHEAD SAILING CLUB OPEN DAY

Come along for a sail with one of our experienced sailors; no experience required. You can also take advantage of our licenced bar, BBQ and refreshments throughout the day. We are a friendly, family club in the heart of Maidenhead offering relaxed social sailing every Saturday from April through September, racing every Sunday morning throughout the year (unless the lake is frozen!), an active Youth and Junior section, Thursday evening sailing from April to September and ladies and novice racing on 2nd Saturday afternoon of the month. A variety of dinghies are available for hire should you not currently own a boat.
Lakeside, Summerleaze Road, Maidenhead SL6 8HZ
MORE INFO: Open Day Enquiries 01628 914129
  secretary@maidenheadsc.org.uk
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Local Information :
06/05/2019 MEADOW COTTAGE GARDEN OPEN FOR NGS CHARITY

Near 2-acre garden adjoining ancient bluebell woods created by the owner from 1995 onwards, with many areas to explore. A professionally designed vegetable garden, large composting areas, wild flower garden and pond, old and new fruit trees, many shrubs, much varied hedging and large areas of lawn.
Meadow Cottage, Watlington OX49 5HR
MORE INFO: Zelda Kent-Lemon 01491 613779
  zelda_kl@hotmail.com
  Event Web Site

Sport : Football
06/05/2019 ROYALS U23 v SLOUGH TOWN - BERKS AND BUCKS SENIOR CUP FINAL

Reading's Under-23 team has won its way through to the final of the Berks & Bucks FA Senior Cup, and will be going for silverware. Following the conclusion of a long-running appeal, Marlow's disqualification from the competition was upheld and the young Royals will be facing National League South outfit, Slough Town in Monday's final. While Reading have been infrequent entrants to the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup, the club did win the tournament's inaugural running back in 1879. And Scott Marshall's side have made their way through past tough opposition in the Royals' first run in the competition since 2002.
Bracknell Town FC, Larges Lane, Bracknell RG12 9AN
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0118 968 1313
  ticketing@readingfc.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Sport : Horse Racing
06/05/2019 FAMILY FUN RACEDAY AT WINDSOR

The biggest family fun day of the year returns on bank holiday Monday! Spend your bank holiday Monday enjoying our Family Fun Day, offering exciting racing for the adults to enjoy and a host of free entertainment - our giant funfair and all other rides will be completely FREE, including the UK's largest dodgems!
Royal Windsor Racecourse
MORE INFO: Box Office 01403 783400
  events@windsor-racecourse.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
08/05/2019 to 12/05/2019 LIGHT IN THE LENS PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION

As photographers we use light in our pictures to bring out the character in portraits, the grain and texture in surfaces, and to concentrate our gaze within the frame. We pick a particular moment in time to grasp the ever-changing light and capture a unique visual record. This exhibition includes images from the widest range of subjects, which we hope will add to the exhibition’s appeal. What all these photographs have in common is the way in which the light has transformed each image so that it becomes dramatic and special. Open daily 10am to 3pm. This is a touring exhibition created and supported by The Photographic Angle.
3 Forbury Place, 23 Forbury Road, Reading RG1 3JH and Abbey Gardens RG1 3BA
MORE INFO: Jen Gorman 0800 0287338
  info@thephotographicangle.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Sport : Equestrian
08/05/2019 to 12/05/2019 ROYAL WINDSOR HORSE SHOW

The UK's largest outdoor equestrian show with four different disciplines. Equestrian enthusiasts and professional competitors will convene at the Royal Windsor Horse Show for a diverse schedule of disciplines that include driving, dressage, endurance, jumping and showing. Musical rides and displays from mounted regiments such as the Household Cavalry also feature, as well as the Pony Club Mounted Games and Shetland Pony Grand National. Horsemanship skills will be presented during a hacking championship, while over 200 selected exhibitors will showcase a wide selection of fashion products, furnishings and food. The Show opens half an hour before the first class in the morning (first class approx 7.00 am) and closes half an hour after the end of the last class in the evening. Please check the daily timetable below for detail.
In the grounds of Windsor Castle
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0844 581 4960
  customerservices@theticketfactory.com
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Arts
10/05/2019 to 12/05/2019 CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR AT NEWBURY RACECOURSE

Finding original, accessible, affordable artwork to adorn your home or office is easy when you know where to look. Contemporary Art Fairs - Newbury, a brand new event, is THE destination for art lovers, collectors, interior designers, homemakers & those who simply want to learn more about today’s art & artists. Championing the most exciting art in the UK & Europe, Contemporary Art Fairs - Newbury is where the buying public can meet and get to know award-winning & emerging artists. Over 160 painters, ceramicists, photographers, glass artists, sculptors and galleries will be exhibiting at this year’s fair. Creative workshops are a highlight of the Art Fair, for both children & adults. In line with its ethos of ‘Real art for real people’, prices are affordable at between £40 and £4,000.The atmosphere is informal, friendly and relaxed, with something for everyone.
Newbury Racecourse, Newbury Racecourse RG14 7NZ
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 01753 591892
  info@contemporaryartfairs.co.uk
  Event Web Site

Local Information :
10/05/2019 BEGINNERS' FAMILY HISTORY COURSE

Beginners' Family History Course for those new or fairly new to family history research. Where to start, how to progress and good research practice. Course comprises of four sessions on 5 and 12 April and 3 and 10 May (all Fridays). This course 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
 
  Event Web Site

Leisure : Arts
11/05/2019 to 12/05/2019 CAVERSHAM ARTS TRAIL 2018

This year the Trail will include 14 venues across Caversham and Emmer Green with 27 artists taking part. Many of the artists are familiar faces but there are many new participants including a new ceramic artist, local vintage shop and four new painters.​ The Trail gives visitors the opportunity to meet the artists in their own homes and studios, learn about their techniques through demonstrations and buy work directly from them. Unlike many other arts trails, the Caversham Trail is special in that almost all of the venues are in the artists’ homes and gardens. Florence Gardening is joining us again this year: inspiring the green fingered amongst us!​ There will be a huge variety of work on display including ceramics, painting, collage, stained glass, book binding, handmade chairs, woven textiles, printmaking, designer jewellery, sculpture, plant structures and plants – with something to suit all tastes and pockets!​
Various Around Caversham area
MORE INFO: Lauren
  info@cavershamartstrail.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
11/05/2019 to 12/05/2019 CARTERS' VINTAGE STEAM FUNFAIR

Travel back in time this weekend to a real fairground with original hand-painted rides dating from the 1890s to the 1960s. Lots of rides and games for the little ones. This is a special event: the one time a year when almost all our rides are powered on steam using actual showman’s engines. Our fireworks provider is pulling out all the stops for this show. The amazing free firework display will be to the official soundtrack of The Greatest Showman. They will begin around 9pm Saturday 11th. The Vintage Vehicle Road Run will be leaving the Green around 10am Saturday 11th - free to watch!
Pinkneys Green, Maidenhead SL6 5DS
MORE INFO: Carters Enquiries 01628 822221
  info@cartersentertainment.com
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11/05/2019 to 02/06/2019 READING CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL

READING’S much loved Children’s Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with three fun packed weeks of events and activities for children all over the borough between 11th May and 2nd June. The festival gets off to an action packed start with Forbury Fiesta in the Forbury Gardens on Saturday 11th May, where there will be something for everyone – with a host of fabulous entertainment and fun activities including games, music, dancing and a chance to meet and feed two giant pandas! Part of the Forbury will transform into a mini farm where the kids will be able to feed and groom Shetland ponies, goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, rabbits and guinea-pigs.
Manor Farm, Blackstocks Lane, Hook RG27 9PH
MORE INFO: Chuildren's Festival Enquiries
0118 937 2771
 
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Leisure : Museums
11/05/2019 READING MUSEUM AND CHARACTERS FROM THE QUARTER AT FORBURY FIESTA
 READING MUSEUM

Come and find Reading Museum on Wheels in Forbury Gardens! Handle real museum objects and wear our virtual-reality headset to be transported to the top of the Abbey Ruins, into the museum galleries or inside the Abbey Gateway for a unique perspective of Reading’s history. Become an Abbey Quarter Explorer and make your own explorer hat! ALSO... Meet our characters from the Quarter, dressed in full replica costume while you enjoy Forbury Fiesta. Enjoy finding out how people lived in past times with these fun costumed tours. Discover how monks lived, meet a laundress or find out how the Abbey became ruined in Tudor times. In the event of bad weather, please come to the Museum.
Reading Museum and Town Hall, Reading, RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
11/05/2019 LANGTREE SINFONIA SPRING CONCERT

The evening has three works. Borodin’s overture `Prince Igor’, Brahms’s Violin Concerto and the Eighth Symphony of Antonin Dvorak. The overture this time is by Alexander Borodin. Prince Igor is a dark and brooding subject from Russian history which provided Borodin with an excellent subject for his opera. The overture is a vivid and exciting start to the programme. The concerto is the Violin Concerto by Brahms. Written in 1878 for one of Brahms’s friends, it has become one of the most popular works of its type, and vies with that of Beethoven as one of the finest ever written. Our soloist for this concert will be Jonathan Stone, a graduate of the Royal School of Music from 2005. A specialist in chamber music, he has performed in many of the world’s great concert halls, and as a chamber musician has numerous chamber music prizes to his name.
St Andrews Church, Albert Road, Caversham RG4 7PL
MORE INFO: Concert Enqiuries 01491 833515
 
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Leisure : Theatre
11/05/2019 MILSHAKE LIVE - MILKSHAKE MONKEY'S MUSICAL
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen! Be part of this fantastic production as you learn the amazing songs and dances with your favourite Milkshake friends, and watch as the music, the lights, the costumes and stage come together. With great Milkshake friends, anything is possible. Starring Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and Floogals, alongside two Milkshake Presenters, this brand-new show has plenty of laughter, audience interaction and great fun to get everyone up on their feet! It’s a family show not to be missed!
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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Local Information :
11/05/2019 READING EARTH LIVING FESTIVAL

Join us for an enriching day of community and connectivity, growing the town’s cultural identity, and raising awareness of this vibrant environment in Reading. Yoga, Storytelling, Bootcamps, Re-wilding, Sustainability, Crafting, Fitness, Bollywood dancing, Essential Oils, Hooping, Talks, Poundfit, Wild Workouts, Spoken Word, Live Music, Mindfulness, Bee Skep Workshop, Qi Gong, Sound Baths, Belly Dancing, Tai Chi, Poundfit, Functional Movement, Handstand workshop, Sacred Geometry, Mindful Mouse Walks, Cyclical Wisdom, Red Tents, Soundscape Walks, Relaxations... Vegan/Vegetarian Food, Café/Bakery, Smoothie/Juice Bar.
Caversham Court Gardens, Church Rd, Reading RG4 7AD
MORE INFO: Festival Enquiries
  hello@earthlivingfestival.co.uk
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Local Information :
11/05/2019 WILLIAM MARSHALL POP-UP EXHIBITION AT THE READING ABBEY GATEWAY

Join the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens and take a peek inside the newly restored medieval Abbey Gateway. This May is the 800th anniversary of the death of William Marshal at Caversham. Find out more about ‘The Greatest Knight’ who, as regent for the boy king Henry III, defeated a French invasion force and ensured the survival of Magna Carta.
Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Abbey Event Enquiries 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
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Sport : Fishing
11/05/2019 to 12/05/2019 THE SPORTFISH SHOW

Join us lakeside and be part of our annual celebration of game fishing with all the leading stars and manufacturers in the sport present to entertain and instruct you. There are free demonstrations and seminars, great competitions, special show deals and all the latest kit to try and to buy set against a backdrop of two of the finest stillwater trout fisheries in the UK. Browse the marquee packed with leading tackle brands to try and to buy, with experts on hand to quiz about the latest products and how to best use them. Writer, TV presenter and extreme angler Jeremy Wade will be starring at the 2019 Sportfish Show. A biologist with a special interest in rivers and freshwater fish, Jeremy will be launching his new book, How to Think Like a Fish at the Show and attendees will be amongst the first to get their hands on a copy,
Sportfish Game Fishing Centre, Station Road, Theale RG7 4AS
MORE INFO: Show Enquiries 01544 327111
  sportfish@sportfish.co.uk
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Leisure : Art
12/05/2019 NICK SCHLEE'S OPEN STUDIO

A chance to look round Nick Schlee's studio, see some of his work, and chat to the well-known landscape artist himself. Nick Schlee was born in 1931 in Weybridge, Surrey. At 16 he won both Gold and Silver under 18’s medals from The Royal Drawing Society while at Rugby School. Over the next few decades he studied part-time at the Art Students League in New York with Jean Liberty, The Central School, London, with war artist Leslie Cole, Morely College with Lawrence Toynbee, Putney School of Art and The Slade in London. As well as one-man and group shows, he has exhibited at various ILEA exhibitions and the Royal Academy. His work is held in many public collections. Open as part of the Open Studios 2019 programme. 11am - 5pm. Free.
Galvey, Upper Basildon (opposite the old Beehive), Basildon RG8 8LU
MORE INFO: Open Studio Enquiry 01491 671927
 
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Leisure : Charity
12/05/2019 HARRIS GARDEN OPEN AFTERNOON FOR CANCER RSEARCH UK
 UNIVERSITY OF READING

Open Garden Day in aid of Cancer Research UK. The Reading Group for Cancer Research UK are delighted to invite you to our Open Garden Day with Musical Entertainment 2-5 pm at the Harris Garden, at the University of Reading. During the afternoon we will be entertained in the garden by the Reading Ukulele Group with an energetic and diverse mix of music from the 1920s to today. Plants, including some from the Harris Garden itself, will be on sale and there will be a craft stall for you to browse. Tea/coffee/squash and homemade cakes available. Do come and join us to enjoy the garden, the refreshments and the music. You enter via Pepper Lane off the A327 (Shinfield Road) post code RG6 6UR. Entrance £3 on the gate, young children free. All proceeds on this day will go to Cancer Research UK.
Harris Gardens, Reading University P13 Car Park, Reading RG6 6UR
MORE INFO: Reading Group for Cancer Research UK
  ReadingCancerResearchUK@gmail.com
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12/05/2019 SUE RYDER DUCHESS OF KENT HOSPICE FORGET-ME-NOT WALK
Please come and join us at the beautiful grounds of Beale Park and take part in our much-loved annual event, the Forget-Me-Not-Walk. By taking on either the 10km or the family-friendly 5km route you can help us raise vital funds needed for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice so we can continue to provide care for local people and their loved ones at the most difficult time of their lives.
Beale Wildlife Park and Gardens, Lower Basildon, Pangbourne RG8 9NW
MORE INFO: Sue Ryder Enquiries 0118 955 0433
 
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Leisure : Exhibitions
12/05/2019 to 14/07/2019 AN EARTHLY PARADISE - WILLIAM MORRIS AND THE THAMES

This new exhibition illustrates the rich and little-known story of William Morris’ deep connections to the Thames. We bring together a unique selection of works, with loans from the V&A, The William Morris Gallery, British Library, and many more. Highlights include Morris’ Thames series of textiles alongside his original hand-drawn designs, a signed copy of News from Nowhere, and his personal fishing tackle and spectacles. Materials from the Morris & Co. workshop illustrate the production process, while socialist pamphlets that Morris penned and published demonstrate his deep commitment to socialism in later life. The influence of the Thames and its tributaries flowed through William Morris’ life and work. The river provided the setting for his leisure time spent angling and boating, inspiration for his designs and writing, and the ideal water conditions for the manufacture of his textiles. One notable Thames boat trip from his London home via Henley to his rural retreat in Oxfordshire was so moving that it inspired his socialist utopia novel, News from Nowhere.
River and Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames RG9 1BF
MORE INFO: Enquiries 01491 415600
  museum@rrm.co.uk
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Local Information :
12/05/2019 HAWKEDON PRIMARY SCHOOL MAY CAR BOOT SALE

SELLERS 9am, BUYERS 10am, ENDS 12noon. CARS £5, VANS or trailers £10 No need to pre-book. BUYERS, admission by donation. Car Parking £1. Refreshments available. Unfortunately no dogs or smoking are permitted on school grounds. Any gazebos must be secured with weighted feet. All proceeds will go towards HPSA fund-raising projects.
Hawkedon Primary School, hawkedon Way, Lower Earley RG6 3AP
MORE INFO: HPSA   hpsa@hawkedon.wokingham.sch.uk
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Local Information :
12/05/2019 SANDLEFORD PLACE GARDEN OPEN FOR NGS CHARITY

A plantswoman's 4 acres, more exuberant than manicured with R Enborne flowing through. Various areas of shrub and mixed borders create a romantic, naturalistic effect. Wonderful old walled garden. Long herbaceous border flanks wild flower meadow. Yr-round interest from early carpets of snowdrops and daffodils, crocus covered lawn, to autumn berries and leaf colour. A garden for all seasons.
Sandleford Place, Newtown, Newbury RG20 9AY
MORE INFO: Mel Gatward 01635 40726
  melgatward@btinternet.com
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Local Information :
13/05/2019 BBC RADIO BERKSHIRE MENTAL HEALTH MEET-UP

Have your got experience of depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, self-harm or any other mental health difficulty? Did you struggle to find support or maybe you had a really good experience of help from the NHS, a local charity or through friends? Do you want to share your experiences, meet other people in the same boat and have your voice heard? Come along for a couple of hours for a coffee and a chat at Nisby’s on Cross Street, Reading at 6pm on Monday 13th May. You’ll get to share your story in a respectful environment, get tips on staying well from a wellbeing expert and hear about all the sources of support that are available on your doorstep. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, BBC Radio Berkshire will be taking what you say and putting it to those responsible for mental health care in Berkshire so your experiences could make a real difference to others going through similar things. You can remain anonymous if you prefer and you don’t need to agree to be on the radio. This event is open to anyone over the age of 16, although anyone who is 16 or 17 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. You can just turn up on the night but there is limited space so if you want to guarantee a seat then book a free space. This event is not suitable for those who are experiencing a current mental health crisis. If you need urgent help and support, please talk to your GP, Mental Health Crisis Team or contact the Samaritans on 116 123.
Nisby's Cafe, Cross Street, Reading RG1
MORE INFO: BBC Radio Berkshire 0118 946 4200
  eleanor.rowling@bbc.co.uk

Leisure : Days Out
14/05/2019 to 31/12/2019 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
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Leisure : Theatre
15/05/2019 JAZZ IN THE ROUND - BRIGITTE BERAHA WITH FRANK HARRISON
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

These intimate performances allow the audience to engage with these world-class musicians in a unique setting. Brigitte Beraha is one of the most versatile and exciting vocalists to have emerged on the UK jazz scene in the last decade. As well as performing and recording with many of the UK jazz legends, she is involved closely in the work of a new generation of musicians, in particular the Loop and E17 jazz collectives. Frank Harrison is one of the finest jazz pianists in the UK at present, and a regular of the Jazz in the Round series. He is the first choice accompanist for many singers, and leads his own trio. Limited seats available for this rare and distinctive performance, by design.
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
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15/05/2019 to 18/05/2019 SAINSBURY SINGERS - GUYS AND DOLLS
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls tells the story of gambler Sky Masterson who falls in love with Salvation Army girl Sarah Brown, and Nathan Detroit who is desperate to find a location for his notorious crap game, whilst engaged to his fiancée Miss Adelaide, for 14 years. Many Classic songs.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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Leisure : Museums
16/05/2019 MERL LATE AT READING MUSEUM FOR MUSEUMS AT NIGHT
 READING MUSEUM

This event is part of the programme relating to the current Ladybird Books: ‘How it Works’ exhibition, hosted at Reading Museum as part of Museums Partnership Reading, a new cultural initiative funded by Arts Council England. The exhibition presents material from the extensive Ladybird Books Archive housed at the University of Reading.
Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Event Enquiries 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
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Leisure : Theatre
16/05/2019 to 18/05/2019 CAVERSHAM PARK THEATRE - THE TRIAL OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
 CAVERSHAM PARK THEATRE, READING

The world's greatest consulting detective ? Sherlock Holmes is summoned to court to defend his name and reputation against a prosecution from a most unexpected person. Featuring a new stage adaptation of one of Conan Doyle's best loved adventures, and a brand new adventure where Sherlock aids the Suffragettes, The Trial of Sherlock Holmes is a must see for fans and newcomers alike.
Milestone Centre, Northbrook Rd Milestone Way, Reading RG4 6PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 948 1377
  sturge@cavparktheatre.org.uk
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