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13/01/2019 to 15/07/2020 
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08/08/2019 to 21/09/2019 ENCHANTED FOREST - TALES AND TRAILS

Step into a world of make believe and let your imaginations run wild as Bracknell Forest becomes Enchanted Forest and we bring storytelling to life. Join us for a Summer of workshops and an Autumn festival inspired by all of your favourite children's stories. Enchanted Forest story telling and making taking place across Bracknell ‘Enchanted' Forest: there is something for everyone.
Bracknell Forest RG12 1BH
MORE INFO: Event Enquiries 01753 470324
  team@creativejunction.org.uk
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Leisure : Museums
01/09/2019 to 12/10/2019 READING ABBEY QUARTER TOURS
 READING MUSEUM

Abbey days are here again! Enjoy a walking tour exploring the heart of medieval Reading led by our trained volunteer guides. This tour takes you to the highlights of the Abbey Quarter, including the Hospitium where medieval pilgrims stayed, the impressive conserved Reading Abbey ruins and ends in a unique visit inside the Abbey Gateway, the grand entrance to the Abbot’s Lodgings which became Queen Elizabeth I’s royal residence. Have some myths busted and explore the fascinating history of Reading Abbey Quarter, taking in the ancient and modern stories of this centre, from the lives of Medieval monks to the Georgian schooldays of Jane Austen. Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors.
Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Exhibition Enquiries 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
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Leisure : Music
13/09/2019 BACH TO BABY FAMILY CONCERT

Bach to Baby is the critically acclaimed classical concert series for babies, toddlers and their carers. Tots dance, roam about and revel in the wonder of live music, while you take a moment out of your busy day to hear top notch performances by outstanding musicians, with your young babes in tow. No concert is complete without feeding, crying and nappy changing!
Reading Minster, Chain Street, Reading RG1 2HX
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13/09/2019 to 14/09/2019 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - ST JAMES' CHURCH

The Church is Pugin's very first church design. The foundation stone was laid in December 1837. Extensions were added in the 20th century. Built in the Romanesque style it is a rarity among Pugin's designs. Completed in 1840, it was among the first Catholic churches to be built in England after the Reformation and is sited next to the ruins of Reading Abbey. Visitors will be able to become familiar with a modern Catholic Church. There will be guides on hand who will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the church, its architecture and history. For those interested in stained glass St James has some magnificent 19th glass attributable to William Warington. There is also a fine example of glass from the studio of Clarke's of Dublin.
1 Forbury Road, Reading RG1 3HW
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13/09/2019 to 22/09/2019 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - GREYFRIARS' CHURCH

The Church was built in 1311 and the main elements of Greyfriars survive to this day as the most complete example of Franciscan architecture in Britain, and the oldest still being used for worship. After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538, it became a poor hospital, workhouse and then a gaol in 1613, until 1844. In 1863, it was restored as a church by the Victorians and has been in use ever since, culminating in a refurbishment in 2000. A guided tour of the Church, outlining its history over the last 700 years and its current usage is offered. Alternatively a free leaflet is available for self-guiding.
Greyfriars Church, Friar Street, Reading RG1 1EH
MORE INFO: Open Days Enquiries 0118 951 6700
  info@heritageopendays.org.uk
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13/09/2019 to 22/09/2019 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS, VARIOUS LOCATIONS ACROSS READING AND THAMES VALLEY AREA

Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore. There are many in the local area - click the website link for further information, dates and venues.
Various in the RG, SL and OX postcode area
MORE INFO: Enquiries for Reading area 020 7824 7180
  info@heritageopendays.org.uk
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13/09/2019 to 21/09/2019 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - ST MARY'S CASTLE STREET

This late-18th century chapel will be open to visitors. Aside from the interesting interior and history, visitors will have an opportunity to see a collection of 18th century pottery, glassware, leather and other items, recovered from a cesspit on the site. There will also be an exhibition highlighting the suffering church down the ages, and across the world. This is to coincide with the 500th anniversary of John Foxe, the great martyrologist.
St Marys Church, 14 Castle Street, Reading RG1 7RD
MORE INFO: Open Days Enquiries 0118 959 5131
 
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14/09/2019 HERITAGE OPEN DAY - FATHER WILLIS ORGAN DEMONSTRATIONS

Free talk and demonstration of the historic Father Willis Organ. With members of the Berkshire Organists' Association, followed by an opportunity for members of the public to play the instrument. Starts 11am.
Reading Museum and Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Enquiries 0118 937 3400
  mail@readingmuseum.org.uk
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14/09/2019 to 22/09/2019 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - ST GILES CHURCH

The original St. Giles was built in the twelfth century, to serve a large Parish with a small population in well-wooded country through which the River Kennet flowed. It stood on the main road south, on the Outskirts of the town, hence perhaps the dedication. In 1191 Pope Clement III gave the church to Reading Abbey: and throughout the middle ages it enjoyed the right of sanctuary. The building grew gradually. During the Civil Wars of the seventeenth century, when the parliamentarians besieged Reading, St. Giles tower was garrisoned for the King and the upper part was destroyed in 1643. The fabric was restored at the end of hostilities, and again under a series of popular incumbents in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In the second half of the nineteenth century, the Catholic Revival began to influence the life and work of what was by now a very populous parish.
Southampton Street, Reading RG1 2QP
MORE INFO: Geoff Canterbury
 
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15/09/2019 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - ALL SAINTS CHURCH WOKINGHAM

Bell tower access ONLY on Sunday 9th September between 1:30 and 5pm, Sensible shoes. Special items displayed on both Sunday afternoons will include an ancient coat of arms which is normally only displayed at Civic services, A coloured drawing of the interior of the church in 1823 not normally displayed, A lead work embossed topping out plate dated 1692 from the top of the tower not normally available for display and A couple of clergy vestments illustrating the work of a woman designer - normally only worn at appropriate times of the church calendar. Cafe style teas will be available on both the Sunday afternoons. At all times we will have on display an illustrated time line of the historical changes to the church, Biographies of some exceptional women that have had associations with All Saints and Detailed plans for the future of the building.
All Saints Parish Church, Wiltshire Road, Wokingham RG40 1TN
MORE INFO: John Harrison 0118 9785520
  Foreman@allsaintswokinghambells.org.uk
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