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13/01/2019 to 15/09/2020 

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
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Leisure : Museums
01/09/2019 to 12/10/2019 READING ABBEY QUARTER TOURS

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
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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
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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
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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 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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20/09/2019 to 22/09/2019 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - BROCK KEEP

Brock Keep was built in 1877 as part of Sir Edward Cardwell’s Army reforms, which enhanced the role of local regiments. Designed at the War Office by architect Major H C Seddon of the Royal Engineers, a number of these Keeps were built in different English counties to act as local landmarks as well as function as gatehouses, armouries and regimental stores. Reading’s Keep is one of the surviving few that have not been demolished or converted. It is grade II listed and is particularly special because of its setting next to its original Army Depot. The Keep is now owned by Reading Borough Council and since the 1980 has provided artists' studios and exhibition space for OpenHand OpenSpace and Reading Space Studios.
Open Hand Open Space, 571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL
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21/09/2019 to 22/09/2019 WOKINGHAM ARTS TRAIL

The Wokingham Art Trail provides a platform for local artists to exhibit their work within the Wokingham community and surrounding area. We strive to create a varied and interesting experience for visitors by selecting a wide range of artists who create high quality, unique and innovative work. In addition to paintings, original handmade prints, ceramics, glass, handmade books, jewellery and textiles a mosaic artist will be opening her studio in Winnersh and a photographer will be displaying his work at The Art Company of Molly Millars Lane, Wokingham. Eight artists new to the trail will be exhibiting alongside some familiar faces and two new venues will give the opportunity to see how the artists’ work changes and develops over time.
Various in Wokingham, Winnersh, Shinfield, Woodley, Earley, Lower Earley
MORE INFO: Arts Trail Enquiries   info@wokinghamartstrail.co.uk
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Leisure : Days Out
21/09/2019 to 22/09/2019 ROYAL COUNTY OF BERKSHIRE SHOW

Berkshire’s biggest and best agricultural weekend of the year sees lots of ‘have-a-go’ activities for all the family. The ever-popular food hall will be back, bigger and better than ever, offering a wide range of tipples, delicacies, local produce, confectioneries and many new stands for 2019. The flower tent has also been given an overhaul, with a new location introduced last year, cafe and new classes on offer. And guests will even be given the chance to grab a selfie in the cattle building, getting up close and personal with the gentle beasts. Dogs will again be welcome at the show, allowing the entire family to enjoy the best that Berkshire has to offer. NOTE: Please do not use SatNav to find your way to the Showground as it takes no account of our traffic management plan and you therefore may be directed to the wrong place. Please follow the AA Signs as you approach the Showground. The organisers of the Show are working to encourage visitors to think of the environment when choosing how to travel to the Showground. We’d be grateful if you would consider public transport, walking, cycling or car sharing when planning your journey.
Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham RG18 9QZ (But fillow AA signs, not SatNavs)
MORE INFO: Show Organiser's Office 01635 247111
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Now in its 12th year, this popular and well-organised community event aims to provide a free, fun day out with something for everyone. As well as the commercial craft-and-food fair stalls for which we are inviting bookings, there is a traditional funfair, giant inflatables, entertainment throughout the day, craft activities, good food, licensed bar, live music, charity stalls and a variety of sideshows.
Spencers Wood Recreation Ground, Clares Green Road, Spencers Wood, Reading RG7 1DY
MORE INFO: Karen 07837 942443
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Take a tour of the historic riverside gardens and fine specimen trees, and bring the family for an architecture trail based on the listed 17th century summer house Guided tours of the beautiful riverside gardens and the listed 17th century summer house give a unique glimpse into the history of the house that once stood on the site, the families who lived there, and the history of Caversham and its links with Reading across the Thames. Sensory tours for visually or hearing impaired people are available on request, run by experienced guides from the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens. Families can also follow an architectural trail which will take them on a fascinating journey of exploration and discovery around the 17th century summer house.
Caversham Court Gardens, Reading RG4 7AD
MORE INFO: Open Days Enquiries 0118 954 5779
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21/09/2019 to 22/09/2019 HERITAGE OPEN DAY - ST PETER'S CHURCH

Visitors will be able to visit and explore our parish church. The earliest surviving part was built in about 1162, with additions in the later medieval period. Much of the present building dates from the restoration and enlargement of 1878-80 by Morris and Stallwood, but it was extended further in 1924-5 by Comper. There is an interesting variety of stained glass by Warrington, Clayton and Bell, Powell and Comper. A guide will be on hand to provide information about the history of the church and the parish.
St Peter’s Church, The Warren, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AQ
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Christ Church is a magnificent Victorian Gothic church, designed by Henry Woodyer and consecrated in 1862. Set on a hill to the South of Reading town centre, it commands a prominent position and its spire can be seen for many miles around. The interior of the church is striking in its sense of scale and is largely unchanged since it was completed. Visitors can enjoy the architecture of this beautiful building and particularly its wonderful stained glass. Refreshments will be available and the church's garden will also be open, which is a safe area for children to play.
Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Reading RG2 7AR
MORE INFO: Open Days Enquiries 0118 931 3468
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Leisure : Music

Graeme Hewitt's High Society Jazz Band are an excellent jazz band specialising in Traditional and Dixieland Jazz. Every Tuesday evening come and join us for an evening of live toe-tapping jazz, have a dance if you wish and enjoy a drink or two at low Club prices!
Theale Village Hall, Englefield Rd, Theale RG7 5AS
MORE INFO: Jazz Club Enquiries 0118 981 2598

Leisure : Theatre

The twin juggernauts of Hip-Hop and feminism are on a collision course. And Testament reckons he’s the guy to sort it out. A rapper and World Record Holding Beatboxer, he thinks he’s a right-on kind of guy. He’s made theatre shows and had his poetry on Radio 4. Then his daughter is born and suddenly he’s not so sure. That’s why he’s staying up late, lost in the dark worlds of the internet. Because that’s the place people go to talk about these things.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
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Get ready for an unforgettable evening and put the Boom Boom into your heart. From the Wham! classics of the new pop revival to the chart-topping success of the eighties album, Faith, plus the awesome tunes of the nineties and noughties, enjoy an evening of crowd pleasing anthems. This is a spellbinding experience you don’t want to miss. You’ll be getting up (to get down) to all your favourite songs: Careless Whisper, Freedom, Outside, Jesus to a Child, Kissing a Fool, and many more. Relive the passion, the flare, and the unique sensitivity of George Michael in this incredible concert sensation.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
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Leisure : Arts
28/09/2019 to 06/10/2019 HENLEY LITERARY FESTIVAL

170 exciting events for adults and children in various venues across Henley-on-Thames. This year's speakers include some of the UK's best-loved writers alongside exciting new talent, with top names including Mary Berry, Kate Atkinson, Sir Tim Rice, Nadiya Hussain, David Nicholls, Dom Joly, John Craven, Prue Leith, McFly's Dougie Poynter and Julian Clary. There's lots for families and children to do with our brilliant story time events and we're excited to have some of the most famous characters in children's books joining us this year, including Dennis the Menace, Moomins, Elmer, Percy the park-keeper and The Harry Potter show.
Various around Henley - see website.
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575 948
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You can now join a Guided Historic Town Walk on any Saturday morning, from the end-March until the end-September starting from beneath the Town Hall at 11.00am. Walks last 1 - 2 hours and cost £5 per head, as a donation to support Wallingford Museum. These are general walks covering the rich history of our town, but also touching on the links with Agatha Christie and 'Midsomer Murders'. They will appeal to residents and visitors alike. There’s no need to book, just turn up at the Town Hall undercroft at 11.00am on any Saturday from 31 March until 29 Sept.

From Wallingford Town Hall OX10 0EG
MORE INFO: Philip Burton 01491 836200
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The Reading Town Meal is an annual community-powered event, celebrating the wonderful fruit and veg that is grown in Reading. All the food for the meal is donated by growers and allotment holders around Reading, cooked by Reading College students, and served free in Forbury Gardens. The Meal is accompanied by live music, workshops, family fun activities and an array of local producer stalls.
Forbury Gardens, The Forbury, Reading, RG1 3HS

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Leisure : Days Out

Approximately 2½ hour return trip on the John Pinkerton II canal boat through beautiful Hampshire countryside. Watch the wildlife and learn about the history of the Canal and local area. Includes a stop at historic Odiham (King John's) Castle. Licensed bar and toilet. Hot and cold drinks and snacks available. All trips are crewed by trained volunteer members of the Basingstoke Canal Society, the skipper is certified by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Proceeds benefit the Society, which works to safeguard the Canal for the future.
Departs from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham RG29 1AL
MORE INFO: Trip Bookings 01256 765889
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a day of fun, local food and drink, live music, giant pumpkins and children's entertainment. We’ll be open from 12noon until 4pm, for visitors to see our beautiful market garden, have a Sweetcorn BBQ, wood fired pizza, and enjoy our vegetables, drinks and refreshments. Local stalls of food and crafts, traditional English cakes, preserves are awaiting you. For children – lots of activities and fun, to keep them happy. Parking in the Lower Filed by Hardwick gate.
Market Garden, Hardwick Estate, Whitchurch-on-Thames RG8 7RD
MORE INFO: Show Organiser 07795 334474
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Leisure : Museums

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
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Release your potential - whether you are looking for your first job, changing career or returning to work this is the event for you! Expert careers and CV advice, dozens of employers with live vacancies. Christmas job market, Workshops, apprenticeships and more ...
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Job Fair Enquiries 0118 960 6060
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Join us for a tour inside the recently restored medieval Abbey Gateway and learn about this listed building’s fascinating history and its role in the Abbey Quarter. Hear about the Abbey monks, visiting royalty, links to novelist Jane Austen and the vital conservation work done to bring it back to life. In groups of ten you can then access the Gateway rooftop - a fantastic chance to see an aerial view of the Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins. Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors.
Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Abbey Event Enquiries 0118 937 3400
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Leisure : Days Out

Come and enjoy having a ride on Readings Minature railway. See different types of locomotives in action and enjoy a trip around the tracks for the whole family. Trains start running from 1.30 until approx 5pm or dusk wichever is sooner. Rides cost just 60p per person. For more information visit propect park railway .com . There is also an indoor layout operating(subject to operating staff) and a Thomas layout for the children to operate.Refreshments are available in the club house for a small charge.
Prospect Park, Bath Road, Reading RG30 2BQ
MORE INFO: RSME Secretary 07920 833546
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Museum showing changes in medicine that have taken place in the past 150 years. Also history of Royal Berkshire Hospital. Displays cover a wide range of areas including surgery , anaesthesia, nursing, blood letting (see live leeches) and wartime medicine.
Level 4, Main Entrance, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading RG1 5AN
MORE INFO: Museum Curator 0118 954 9371
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Leisure : Entertainment

After the huge popularity of the Oktoberfest Reading 2017 and 2018 events we are back this Oktober for even more Bavarian fun. Join us for four days of authentic Oktoberfest food, drink and entertainment! Featuring: A huge Oktoberfest party hosted in our touring Bier tent, LIVE Bavarian music acts and entertainment; Steins of authentic German Bier (PLUS Wines, Spirits and Prosecco); and Traditional Oktoberfest Food. For more details see website. Please note the new venue - while Station Hill is being renovated, we have moved to Hills Meadow, still a very short walk from Reading Station.
Hills Meadow, George Street, Reading RG4 8DH
MORE INFO: Gunter 0203 793 5533
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Leisure : Theatre
10/10/2019 to 12/10/2019 MADE IN DAGENHAM

Local group Nomads are back with this brilliantly funny, touching and timeless British musical based on the smash hit movie. Inspired by a true story, Made in Dagenham is the uplifting new British musical comedy about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right. Funny, touching and timeless, this fantastic musical shows how ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they come together.
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
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11/10/2019 to 13/10/2019 FIRE GARDEN - AT THE NEWBURY MARKET PLACE

The streets of Newbury will be transformed by fire as we celebrate ten years of outdoor events. A spectacular successor to our popular Ablaze fire installation on the Kennet and Avon canal in 2013, we are thrilled to present a beautiful and truly spellbinding way to celebrate ten years of the Corn Exchange's amazing outdoor events programme. Legendary French fire artists Carabosse come to Newbury to transform the familiar landscape of the town's streets and squares into a magical and mesmeric wonderland of flickering flames. As much alchemists as artists, Carabosse have travelled the world, never failing to enchant audiences from the very young to the very old. Come and wander the streets amidst thousands of clay fire pots, suspended illuminations and ingenious kinetic sculptures; sit, watch and listen as live music and beautiful firelight provide truly magical moments that will change the way you feel about the town forever.
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
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11/10/2019 to 12/10/2019 ASCOT FASHION WEEKEND

Exciting new autumn/winter collection of stylish, affordable clothes and accessories from 110 top quality companies, all under one roof at this twice-yearly boutique fashion event. Dress yourself from top to toe in outfits you won’t find in your usual high street shops – perfect for leisure, work, evenings, holidays or a special occasion. Now in its 24th year, this is a show you can trust for range, style, quality and accessibility.
Ascot Racecourse, High St, Ascot SL5 7JX
MORE INFO: Noelle Walsh 01367 860017
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A fun day out for all the family, the Bucklebury Beerfest boasts a great selection of regional beers and ciders, as well as fabulous local food cooked on the BBQ. This year there will be beer from four breweries including Bond Brews, Indigenous, Ramsbury and West Berkshire Brewery, and cider from Pang Valley and Tutts Clump. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of trade stalls, a traditional tea tent, and plenty of children’s games and entertainment, all accompanied by fantastic live music from local musicians and bands. Once again, this year’s Beerfest will include the Bucklebury Dog Show, so don’t forget to bring along your canine companion(s) to win some fantastic prizes. Registration for the dog show opens at midday, with classes commencing at 1pm.
Bucklebury Village Recreation Ground RG7 6PS
MORE INFO: Anne Ryder 01635 867186
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Leisure : Music

All aboard for an evening of music inspired by transport! This autumn, Woodley Concert Band have been inspired by the veritable cornucopia of music that’s been written about all manner of different forms of transport. Join us as we take to the skies, roads and rails for Fly Me to the Moon, Take the A Train, William Walton’s magnificent Spitfire Prelude and much much more!
Reddam House Theatre, Bearwood Rd, Sindlesham, Wokingham RG41 5BG
MORE INFO: Box Office 0870 321 2186
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Leisure : Nights Out

Get your friends and neighbours together and form a team or join as individuals and we'll mix you up with others to make new friends and maybe even lift the trophy! Starts 7.30pm.
Village Hall, Church Road, Mortimer West End RG7 2HZ
MORE INFO: Quiz Enquiry 0118 970 0001

Sport : Horse Racing

In the Windsor area this week? Enjoy the autumnal sunshine at our beautiful racecourse on Monday 14 October for our penultimate fixture of 2019. Join us this autumn afternoon, get close to the action with seven competitive races, enjoy a glass of bubbly or pint of craft ale and try a bite to eat from our street food stalls on the famous Paddock Lawn.
Royal Windsor Racecourse
MORE INFO: Box Office 01403 783400
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