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Leisure : Theatre
25/07/2019 to 21/09/2019 KISS ME, KATE
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

Onstage romance collides with backstage drama in this musical comedy about the highs and lows of working in theatre. When ego-centric actor-manager Fred Graham and his fiery ex-wife Lilli Vanessi find themselves starring opposite each other in a musical version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, sparks begin to fly. Meanwhile in another corner of Ford’s Theatre, Baltimore, Fred’s current flame and rising star Lois Lane attempts to tame her gambler boyfriend only to be thwarted by the arrival of a couple of gangsters who somehow find themselves centre stage! Despite chaos reigning on and offstage, the show must go on! Will the cast make it to curtain up or will they literally bring the house down?
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044
  boxoffice@watermill.org.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
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
08/08/2019 to 05/10/2019 AT HOME WITH ART - TREASURES OF THE FORD COLLECTION
 BASILDON PARK (NATIONAL TRUST)

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
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Leisure : Days Out
17/08/2019 to 14/09/2019 EXHIBITION - BASILDON PARK EN VOGUE
 BASILDON PARK (NATIONAL TRUST)

Basildon Park comes to life with the style and glamour of its last owners, with select pieces on display from the Fashion and Textile Museum. Booking Not Needed. Suitable for children of all ages. A National Trust Event - Gates open 11:00. Start 11:00. End 17:00. Free Event but Normal Admission Charges Apply. The exhibition will be in the mansion. Check website for latest information.
Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: Estate Office 01491 672382
  basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Leisure : Museums
01/09/2019 to 02/11/2019 STORIES OF READING TOURS AT READING MUSEUM
 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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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 : Theatre
04/09/2019 to 14/09/2019 BOEING BOEING
 WOKINGHAM THEATRE

Our new season opens with an award-winning adaptation of Marc Camoletti’s hilarious farce. Set in the swinging sixties Boeing Boeing tells the exploits of Parisian bachelor Bernard and his three flight attendant fiancées: Italian Gabriella, German Gretchen and American Gloria. With their frequent layovers Bernard has managed to keep one up, one down and one pending. That is until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and to his apartment, at the same time. With the misdirected help of his bewildered friend, Robert, Bernard struggles to keep them from learning the truth of his lying lothario ways. It’s Carry On Cabin Crew in this laugh-out-loud comedy romp, and you won’t want to miss it.
Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road Wokingham RG40 5TU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 978 5363
  boxoffice@wokinghamtheatre.org.uk
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11/09/2019 to 14/09/2019 PROGRESS THEATRE 14th ANNUAL WRITE FEST
 PROGRESS THEATRE, READING

Seven brilliant new short plays in our 14th Annual WriteFest. Comedy, drama and the downright surreal; there's something for every taste at Progress Theatre’s WriteFest.
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 384 2195
  enquiries@progresstheatre.co.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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Leisure : Entertainment
14/09/2019 TILEHURST AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY AFTERNOON TEA DANCE

Tilehurst Amateur Dramatic Society is holding an Afternoon Tea Dance with music from the 1940's and 1950's. Gary Upton will be on the piano accompanied by TADS singers. Period dress is optional. This is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy music and song from the 40's/50's and to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. Tickets are limited so book early. 3.00 pm to 5.30 pm.
Tilehurst Village Hall, Victoria Road, Tilehurst RG31 5AB
MORE INFO: TADS Enquiries 0118 943 3016
  tads14@btinternet.com
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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 THAMES VALLEY ANCIENT EGYPT SOCIETY SEPTEMBER LECTURE

The Missing Tombs of Egypt : Dr Chris Naunton. Where are the tombs of Imhotep, Nefertiti, Alexander the Great or Cleopatra? This talk describes the quest for these and other great ‘missing’ tombs, and key moments of discovery for astonishing finds. 14:00 - 16:30 pm.
Coronation Hall, Headley Road, Woodley RG5 4JB
MORE INFO: Lecture Enquiries 01491 838803
  honsec@tvaes.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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Leisure : Theatre
16/09/2019 BEN ELTON LIVE 2019 - WORK IN PROGRESS
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

After a 15 year absence Ben Elton is back with an all new stand-up show. Ben promises to try and make sense of a world which appears to have gone stark raving mad. Don't miss this Work in Progress performance ahead of his UK tour. Ben Elton is a multi-award winning novelist, playwright, television writer, screen writer and lyricist. He is also a theatre, screen and TV Director, a stand-up comedian and a very occasional actor.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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