The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

The Muddy Guide

29 Sep 2016

Bray Bungee Jump, Bray Lake, Sat 1 & Sun 2 Oct


I was loopy enough to do a bungee jump when I lived in Dubai in my twenties – 150ft over Dubai Creek – loved it then but not so sure I’ve got the same gumption to do it again now 20 years later! If you’re up for it, this one, run by the UK Bungee Club is 160 feet taking place lakeside at Bray Lake Watersports Centre. Definitely one hell of a rush and lots more to see and do at the lake if you want to make a day of it. If you don’t fancy going DOWN, then you can go UP instead with the catapult experience on Sunday! Book your time slot and tickets online: single bungee jump £60; single catapult £39.

Blithe Spirit, Mill at Sonning, 29 Sept – 19 Nov


Noël Coward’s mischievous farce is the latest offering at the gorgeous Mill at Sonning, running from today until late November. Of course it’s a brilliantly bonkers comedy – Charles invites a clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his dinner party, who unwittingly conjures up the spirit of his deceased first wife, the gorgeous and naughty Elvira, much to the dismay of his second wife, the straight-laced and super-rational Ruth. Mayhem and oodles of fun ensue as the two feuding wives fight to the bitter end for the love of their mutual husband. Like I said. Bonkers, but brilliant fun! Dinner theatre tickets (including a two-course meal) £45.50.

Something Old, Something New, Epoch3, Reading, Fri 30 Sept, 5pm-8pm


Epoch3 has just joined our Little Black Book of recommended businesses and if you pop along to this special event on Friday you’ll see why! Celebrating the new look shop and to showcase their new jewellery range, owners Russ and Tessa are throwing open the doors and have gone a bit bonkers with the special offers so pop along to take a look at their revamped and painted vintage furniture, Frenchic chalk paints (and how to use them!), brilliant original artwork, textiles, ceramics, handmade soaps, bath goodies and candles, Simon Drew range, sculptures, photography and more. All unique; all local – head over there and grab yourself a bargain (find out more in my recent review).

Epoch3, 139 Caversham Road, Reading RG1 8AU. Tel: 0118 3278818

Boogie Music Inferno, South Hill Park, Bracknell, Fri 30 Sept, 8pm-11pm


‘Le Freak, c’est chic!’ Dig out those gold lamé hot pants and polish off those platforms because we are going disco dancing’! Step back in time with Boogie Music Inferno to when disco, soul and funk ruled supreme with a brilliant night of non-stop dance classics from three live bands – Hidden Agenda, Evolution and Soul Direction. Don’t blame it on the moonlight, or the sunshine people, blame it on the BOOGIE! (Somebody is going to have to stop me, I can make disco references until the Soul Train picks me up and carries me home). Tickets £14.

Free Open Day, Pauline Quirke Academy, Theale Green School, Sat 1 Oct, 9.45am-1pm


This new academy opening in Theale is holding a free open day this Saturday to introduce children and parents to the academy, demonstrate what they do, how children can benefit from classes and just give people a flavour of what’s on offer. After a brief introduction, children will be divided into age groups and get to sample classes in musical theatre, comedy & drama and film & television. Parents are welcome to stay and there will be refreshments and the opportunity to chat with PQA staff. No need to book, just go along.

PQA, Theale Green School, Church Street, Theale, Reading RG7 5DA

Tile Painting Workshop, Robin’s Nest Gallery, Wargrave, Fri 7 Oct


Do not forget the brilliant workshops being held at the Robin’s Nest Gallery, coming up they have tile painting with tutors Roelofs & Rubens on Fri 7 Oct (£85); Bangles & Brooches on Sat 15 Oct with tutor Caroline Marriott (£65); Stained Glass hanging panel on Sun 23 Oct (£78); and Rag Rugging on Sat 29 Oct (£65). The courses usually last from around 10am to 4pm with refreshments throughout the day and a sandwich lunch with homemade cake. See the website for a full list of courses.

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Paralympic swimmer Kate Grey at Coworth Park, Weds 19 Oct


Kate Grey represented Great Britain in swimming at the Beijing Paralympics and World Championships. Having lost her hand at a young age Kate has never let her disability hold her back and alongside swimming has pursued a number of other sports including netball, tennis, athletic and horse riding. Following her retirement from competitive swimming she recently worked as a reporter for the BBC during the Rio Paralympic Games. Kate will be chatting about her experience as a Paralympic athlete, her time in Brazil this summer and the things you don’t see on the TV! Coworth Park speaker events start at midday and cost £50 per person, including a glass of fizz, 3-course lunch with a glass of wine, coffee and chocolates. Tel: 01344 756784 to reserve a space.

Wine Festival Weekend, The Vineyard, Newbury, 25-26 Nov


Enjoy a weekend of wine at The Vineyard (and believe me, there is no better hotel in the county for wine lovers!) beginning with a wine dinner on the Friday evening – a five course dinner matched with a superb wine per course selected from wineries who will be showcasing their wines the following day. Stay the night with breakfast and enjoy the festival on Saturday with over 150 wines available to taste from 11am to 4.30pm (bagsy not driving!).
Five course dinner with one matched wine per course £150 per person; Stay the night with breakfast from just £173.50 per person; Wine tasting ticket – £30 per person. To book call: 01635 589407 or email: Not been to the hotel yet? Check out my recent review.

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Berkshire Edition