The Muddy Guide
Mark Ronson DJ Set, Newbury racecourse, Sat 17 Sept
A mash up of disc jockeys and horse jockeys at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday, as Mark Ronson takes to the Party in the Paddock stage after the day’s racing to play a DJ set. Producing seminal albums such as Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black and Adele’s 19, he’s collaborated with everyone from Duran Duran to Christina Aguilera. Not a bad end to the day! Gates open 11am, concert 5pm. Tickets from £35.
Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe, Windsor Castle, 17 Sept to 8 Jan
In celebration of The Queen’s 90th birthday, three special exhibitions have been staged across each of her official residences this year including Buckingham Palace, Holyrood House and lastly at Windsor Castle, where the exhibition opens this Saturday. Across the whole exhibition there are 150 outfits on display, with Windsor Castle featuring some stunning evening gowns, day outfits and even fancy dress costumes worn by the young Princess Elizabeth. I’m going to the press launch (had my security checks done and everything!) so I’ll obviously tell you all about it. I think it’s going to be pretty breathtaking! Entry to the exhibition is included in your general admission ticket. See the website for all the deets.
Home at Seven, Theatre Royal Windsor, Mon 12 to Sat 17 Sept
This well-crafted thriller sounds like an especially grippy one, made all the more terrifying for one of its stars – Brian Capron – best known for his role as serial killer Richard Hillman in Corrie! The protaganist, David Preston returns home from work only to find that 24 hours have elapsed and it’s a day later than he thought. Suffering from apparent amnesia, he and his wife get another shock when evidence incriminates him in a murder committed during the time he cannot account for. See, gripped already aren’t you? Tickets £15-£31.
40th anniversary screening of Bugsy Malone, Reading, Fri 16 Sep, 7pm
Did you know that the original Bugsy Malone film with Jodie Foster as Talulah and Scott Baio as Bugsy was filmed in Reading?! Oh you so did NOT, you big cheaty pants. Well, I’ll admit, I didn’t know. And to mark Reading’s Year of Culture and this month’s ‘Made in Reading’ theme, The Olympia Ballroom on Reading’s London Road, will be transformed into Fat Sam’s Speakeasy for a 40th anniversary screening of the much-loved Alan Parker film. It’s an immersive evening featuring film, music and special guests. The audience is encouraged to dress up and there will be vintage styling from Electric Hairdressing and Jelly along with some Chicago-style food and drink. Doors open 6pm, book online and don’t forget your splurge gun!
Bridget Jones’s Baby, various cinemas and times, opens Fri 16 Sept
It’s not time to hang up those big pants just yet! Our favourite loveable iconic (and neurotic) singleton is back… and she’s preggers!! With no idea if the father is new boyfriend Jack or old flame Mark Darcy. Renée Zellweger slips back into her role as Bridget as if she’s never been away, and there’s loads of laughs and buckets of charm according to early reviews. So you get the popcorn and I’ll bring the copious amounts of wine we’ll need to get through this! Yipppeeee!
You’re Getting Warmer! Maidenhead Town Centre, Sat 17 Sept
Norden Farm is bringing a very cool interactive family show to Maidenhead town centre on Saturday. It’s called ‘You’re Getting Warmer’ and is basically an outdoor digital treasure hunt for children and their families. On arrival you’re given a smart phone so that you can use app technology to seek out clues around the town. Produced by Pebble Gorge who do brilliant theatre-based events for children and families by sending them on adventures to discover more about the world they live in (this particular challenge focuses on climate change, but in a not-boring way). Apparently, Agent Zero and Professor Helix need your help to save the Marsh Warbler bird before The Gang catch up with you (work with me here people). ‘Basecamp’ is Maidenhead Library where groups depart in 15 minute time slots from 10.30am. The challenge lasts approx 1 hour and you’ll no doubt end up loving it more than the kids! Several time slots have already sold out so book your slot now! Tickets £25 (per group of up to 5 people).
Olympic Heroes Return Parade, Henley, Sat 17 Sept, 10.30am
Leander’s open-top bus tour of Henley has become a bit of a ‘thing’ and the town goes slightly bonkers! It really is an amazing atmosphere and a great opportunity to greet the Olympic Heroes of the town – well worth a nip over the border to join the throng! This year the celebratory events include an Olympic Teams row past, town procession, open-top bus parade (with two buses this time!) and finally a ‘Meet our Olympic Athletes’ in the town’s Market Square at about 12.15pm. Get there early if you want a good spot and the chance to grab a selfie with an Olympic champion!
Royal County of Berkshire Show, Newbury, Sat 17-Sun 18 Sept
Probably one I might have to miss out on (allergies!) but this is one of the most successful agricultural shows in the country and its back again at Newbury Showgrounds with 20 arenas, 2,000 animals (aaaahhhCHOOO!) in over 150 acres. It’s big on hands-on experiences so you can do everything from building a den to milking a cow to thatching a roof. There are also around 500 out-of-town shops, loads of specialist foods and 80 craft stalls. Gates open from 8am, advanced booking recommended to avoid the queues. Tickets £17 adults; £5 children (aged 5-15).
Argentinian Brunch, Valpy St, Reading, Sun 18 Sept, 12 noon to 4pm
Pop-up Reading and Como en Casa are joining culinary forces! Come and enjoy their delicious full tasting menu brunch, with some amazing and very different Argentine dishes to try. There are a few tickets left, email: firstname.lastname@example.org to grab yours before Sunday!
Stick Man, Corn Exchange, Newbury, Sat 17 to Mon 19 Sept
Scamp Theatre had the tricky task of taking one of the nation’s best-loved picture books and bringing it to life on stage, and given the reviews and the awards, it looks like they’ve done a fab job. Packed with puppetry, songs, live music, dancing and lots of funny bits, it will appeal to children 3+. Tickets £10.50 and various morning and afternoon performances. Check website for details. Also showing at The Reading Hexagon, Thurs 15 Sept.
Windsor Festival, 18 Sept to 2 Oct
Windsor Festival has been running since 1969 and this year will include tributes to three anniversaries; the Queen’s 90th birthday, Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary and the centenary of the birth of Yehudi Menuhin, one of the founders of the festival. A celebration of music, literature and the arts, the festival attracts some amazing talent from around the world performing at various venues in the town including Windsor Castle’s Waterloo Chamber, St George’s Chapel, Eton College Chapel and the Theatre Royal.
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Joe Stilgoe: Songs on Film, South Hill Park, Bracknell, Weds 21 to Sat 24 Sept
If you’re thinking the surname is familiar, it’s because Joe Stilgoe – a pianist, occasional drummer, jazz musician and singer – comes from a musical family, whose father Richard was a national treasure in his day, penning clever little ditties on That’s Life! Ahhh, now you remember! Anyway, having done two sell-out years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, his talented son is on a UK tour which includes 4 nights at South Hill Park and having listened to him sing (a kind of British Harry Connick Jr.) I highly recommend you go whether you’re a jazz lover or not. He’s awesome! Tickets £21.