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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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Leisure : Theatre
10/07/2019 to 20/07/2019 KING LEAR - PROGRESS THEATRE OPEN AIR AT ABBEY RUINS

The country is divided. King Lear, ruler of the British Empire, intends to split his lands, his wealth, and his power between his three daughters. All but the title of King will be bestowed upon them, yet one decision to turn his back on those that love him the most will change everything. His unpredictable behaviour and fall from grace lead to exile, conflict, madness and death for all around him. In its second year performing back in the Reading Abbey Ruins (after 2018’s sell-out production of Much Ado About Nothing), Progress Theatre is delighted to present King Lear in the imposing surroundings it deserves, within the walls of the magnificent Chapter House. No performance on Sunday 14th July.
Abbey Ruins, Abbey St, Reading RG1 3BA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 384 2169
  info@progresstheatre.co.uk
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Leisure : Music
12/07/2019 to 14/07/2019 READIPOP FESTIVAL 2019

Caversham’s Christchurch Meadows will get down to Grammy nominees, almost 80 UK Top 40 hits, Radio 1 & 6Music staples, and a huge selection of home-grown Reading acts. Sleeper, The Brand New Heavies and The Orb (30th Anniversary Greatest Hits Set) head up the bill for the 3 day event, and are joined by video splicing geniuses Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish, reggae chart toppers Musical Youth, electro punks Audio Bullys, eighties indie popsters The Primitives, The Bluetones’ frontman Mark Morriss, Jurassic 5′ Soup presents Fullee Love Collective, BBC 6Music approved new talent Ibibio Sound Machine and J.P. Bimeni & The Black Belts, future festival headliners Saltwater Sun and The Keep Cats plus local favourites Jewels Music & The Jacuzzis and The Skangsters (playing The Specials’ debut album in full). Many more to come too! In addition to the music, we’ll have Aim to Fly UK circus performances & workshops, Etsy – Reading Team’s indie market, Thames Rivercruise boat trips and much more. All profit from the festival goes to help Readipop charity’s music projects in the local area.
Christchurch Meadows, George Street, Reading RG4 8DH
MORE INFO: Pete Wheeler 07734 434087
  wheelsdj@hotmail.com
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12/07/2019 JOHN COCHLAN'S QUO IN CONCERT

John Coghlan joined Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in their newly-formed band ‘The Spectres’ in 1962. The group went through a series of name changes, including Traffic Jam, before becoming Status Quo in the late 60s when Rick Parfitt also joined the line-up. An evening of Classic Quo Doors open 7.15pm.
The Whitty Theatre, Luckley House School, Luckley Road, Wokingham RG41 5LP
MORE INFO:   info@wokinghammusicclub.co.uk
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Leisure : Charity
13/07/2019 READING RACE FOR LIFE PRETY MUDDY 5K

Race for Life Pretty Muddy is our brilliant 5k muddy obstacle course. Scramble over the A-frame. Crawl through the mud pit. Have fun with your friends. And raise valuable funds for life-saving research.
Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 2ND
MORE INFO: Fiona Miller 0330 123 0770
  rfl@cruk-raceforlife.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
13/07/2019 WHITLEY FUN DAY

Come down to our Community Fun Day! Entry is free and many of the activities, including live music, are also free. Please note, however, that some of the activities on the day may require a small charge. There will be a giant bouncy castle and an INFLATABLE ICE CREAM VAN! We will be having a reptile tent which will be free, where you can hold animals. There will be face painting and glitter painting. The students from JMA Performing Arts will entertain attendees. We have live music from Sam and The Gang. The headteacher of JMA, Camilla Thornalley, has agreed to raise money by allowing her pupils and parents, to chuck wet sponges at her! There will be a BBQ and Carribean food as well as many other stalls. We are also expecting to have the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue and Thames Valley Police coming along to tell our young people about career opportunities. We are also hoping for a few surprises.
John Madejski Academy, 125 Hartland Road, Reading, RG2 8AF

MORE INFO: Fun Day Enquires 0118 937 0200
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13/07/2019 to 14/07/2019 READING'S CELEBRATION DE LA BASTILLE

If you are looking for another reason to don your Red, White and Blue, get in on the festivities... After 6-years of continued success, Bastille Day Festival Reading is rolling out its plans for yet another weekend of fun, relaxation and laughter staged in the Forbury Gardens, Reading. As the 2017 programme you can find below the pictures on the right shows, our sole purpose is to entertain you and your family while bringing people of all cultural background together around a French themed festival.

Forbury Gardens, The Forbury, Reading, RG1 3HS

MORE INFO: Vincent Valere 07581 074016
  vince@bastille2012.co.uk
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Leisure : Entertainment
13/07/2019 JIMSTOCK FESTIVAL

Jimstock festival is returning to Wokingham! Saturday 13th July 2019 at Wokingham Masonic Centre! 10 great bands will be performing! Mixture of originals and cover bands. They'll be a fully licensed bar, food stalls and a great sound + lighting system.
Wokingham Masonic Centre, 7 Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EG
MORE INFO: Festival Enquiries 07949 145443
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Leisure : Charity
14/07/2019 READING RACE FOR LIFE 5K AND 10K

Try the 5k - or if you're ambitious, 10k is a great step up from our 5k events, that's still achievable for everyone. Join a Race for Life 10k event and help raise valuable funds for cancer-beating research.
Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND
MORE INFO: Race for Life 0300 123 0770
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Leisure : Theatre
14/07/2019 EXPLORE NEWBURY HERITAGE WALK - CENTRAL NEWBURY
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

A walk through Newbury’s past led by Phil Wood, taking in Bartholomew Street on the way to The City. A walk through Newbury’s past led by Phil Wood, taking in Bartholomew Street on the way to The City. Almshouses and breweries, churches and pubs, bombs and burial grounds: tales from the middle ages to the modern day. The walk is aimed at an adult audience, but children 12 and over are welcome.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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14/07/2019 THE OLD RECTORY GARDENS OPEN TO PUBLIC FOR NGS CHARITY

Classic English country garden of about 2 acres surrounding Regency Gothic former rectory (not open). Tranquil views over parkland, croquet lawn, large walled garden incl formal topiary, roses and unusual perennials, Mediterranean pool garden, wildflower meadow and fruit garden.
The Old Rectory, East Woodhay, Newbury RG20 0AL
MORE INFO: David and Victoria Wormsley
 
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14/07/2019 to 15/07/2019 1 WOGSBARNE COTTAGES GARDEN OPEN IN AID OF NGS CHARITY

Small traditional cottage garden with a roses around the door look, much photographed, seen on calendars, jigsaws and in magazines. Mixed flower beds and borders. Vegetables grown in abundance. Ornamental pond and alpine garden. Views over open countryside to be enjoyed whilst you take afternoon tea on the lawn. The garden has been open for the NGS for more than 30 yrs. Small vintage motorcycle display (weather permitting).
1 Wogsbarne Cottages, Rotherwick RG27 9BL
MORE INFO: The Whistler Family
 
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Leisure : Theatre
17/07/2019 to 20/07/2019 SINODUN PLAYERS - PRIVATE LIVES
 WALLINGFORD CORN EXCHANGE

Elyot and Amanda are glamorous, rich, reckless … and divorced. Five years later, their love for one another is unexpectedly rekindled when they take adjoining suites of a French hotel while honeymooning with their new spouses, Victor and Sybil. Noel Coward’s glorious wit and dramatic precision combine to form his 1930s masterpiece about modern romance. Here is Coward at his sparkling best as a modern dramatist and ‘Private Lives’ continues to be one of his most performed and read works.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Wallingford OX10 0EG
MORE INFO: Carol Evans 01491 825000
  carol.evans1976@gmail.com
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