The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

13 new things to do or book this week 19-25 Jan

19 Jan 2017

We’re over the hump, Donald gets the keys to the White House and you get a weekend pass – buy the ticket and enjoy the ride: from ballet, to musicals, live music, wrestling and wine tasting (there’s always wine). Happy weekend y’all.

 

Bolshoi Live: The Sleeping Beauty, Corn Exchange Newbury, Sun 22 Jan

Is there anything more lovely than watching the ballet? Apart from a date night with Ryan Gosling, I’m gonna say no. Breathtakingly beautiful to watch with dreamy music, if it were a pudding it would be Peach Melba. And it doesn’t get much better than the Bolshoi performing Sleeping Beauty – even on the big screen. The famous fairytale is brought to life with the help of Tchaikovsky’s music, the purest style of classical ballet with the most luxurious costumes and set. A must-see. Buy a tub of ice cream and settle in at 3pm, tickets £14.50.

Corn Exchange Newbury, cornexchangenew.com

 

 Fame: The Musical – Open auditions, Theatre Royal Windsor, Tues 24 Jan

Leg warmers and leotards at the ready. ‘You want fame? Well, fame costs, and right here is where you’re going to pay; in sweat’… you know it Linda. I never missed an episode of the TV series, pirouetting round the house and jumping off beds. Showbiz just wasn’t my calling. But it could be yours or your child’s. Open auditions for Fame the Musical are being held, 5pm-6pm for 8-12 year olds; 6pm-7pm for 13-21 years olds at the Theatre Royal Windsor. Simply turn up. Auditions are free. Break a leg…

Theatre Royal Windsor  theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk

 

Windsor Fun Run Series, Dorney Lake, Sun Jan 22

On your marks, get set, go… to Dorney Lake for a fun run. No groaning. I know what you’re thinking there is nothing fun about running. But as a recent convert to this sport, lace up your trainers and give it bash. Fresh air, time to clear your head and enjoy the endorphin-fuelled high. F3 Events is staging its first run of the year at one of the most iconic London 2012 Olympic venues. Run 5k to 20k, grab your medal and then treat yourself to a bucket of wine and a large bar of Galaxy. you deserve it. Arrive at 11.30 for a 12.30pm start. Entry from £25. See you at the start line.

Windsor Fun Run, Dorney Lake, Eton, F3events.co.uk

 

Murder For Two, The Watermill, Thurs 26 Jan

Get the Cleudo out we have another murder to solve, this time at The Watermill. The first show of its 2017 calendar was a massive Off-Broadway hit and previews here before it is heads off to the bright lights, big city vibes of London. Directed by award-winning Luke Sheppard, Murder For Two is a hilarious, energetic musical whodunit. Two actors play 13 (yes that’s right, 13) characters and the piano for a night of murder, mystery and mayhem. Tickets from £15-£26.50.

The Watermill, Bognor, Newbury, watermill.org.uk

 

American Wrestling Superslam, The Hexagon Reading, Sun 22 Jan

Let’s get ready to rumble! I know, I know, but my boys love wrestling and I reckon this would be a great family treat. My knowledge stops short at Big Daddy but I’m assured this All Star Wrestling featuring The Un-Natural Disasters is not to be missed. Just pray there are no re-enactments in the back of the car on the way home. Tickets: Adults £15, Children, £11. Easy, Easy…

The Hexagon Reading, Readingarts.co.uk/hexagon 

 

Yoga + Vegan Pop-Up, Windsor, Fri 20 Jan

Namaste my yogi friends. Whether you are polishing your detox halo or following a retox path of enlightenment (that’ll be me – but ginuary is going very well, thanks), a fab pop-up is, well, popping up in Windsor. Enjoy a relaxing evening Yoga session followed by delicious vegan Indian food. Tickets £17.

Windsor Youth & Community Centre, Windsor, Yogic.com

 

Room On The Broom, The Hexagon Reading, Mon 30 Jan – Tues 31 Jan

Iggety ziggety zaggety zoom! It’s time to book tickets for Room on the Broom. (What can I say, I’m a poet). This classic picture book by the legendary Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is a HUGE fave with my boys and now we get to see it brought to life in this Olivier-nominated show. Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation follows the witch and her cat – and a whole host of hitchhikers – on a mission to defeat the dragon. A lorra lorra great songs, belly laughs and scary fun. Tickets from £12.50.

The Hexagon, Reading, readingarts.com/hexagon 

 

Introduction to Wine Tasting, Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa Windsor, Fri 20 Jan 

Fallen off the wagon? Never on it? There’s always a silver lining and this is it, people. The Thames Valley Wine School is hosting a wine tasting evening to help you choose better wine. It’s educational and involves drinking. Happy happy days. If you know what you like, but don’t know why you’ll find out here… after necking (sorry) sampling 6 excellent varieties from Australia, France, New Zealand South Africa and Spain… all for £25. Be quick, tickets are selling fast. Shock me!

Thames Valley Wine School, Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa, Windsor,  thamesvalleywineschool.com

 

Purple Zeppelin, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Sat 21 January

Head nodding and hair flicking obligatory for a night with Purple Zeppelin. Melody Maker described this band – playing tribute to rock giants Deep Purple an Led Zeppelin – as brilliantly authentic. So if you fancy a high octane show using the same stage costumes, guitars and equipment as the original bands, check them out. Brace yourselves, there’s some audience participation too. Tickets: £16.

Norden Farm Maidenhead, norden.farm

 

An Evening with Brian Blessed, Mill at Sonning, Sun Jan 22

Boom! Brian Blessed in da house! I LOVE Brian. A colossus of stage and screen he is an acting legend. That voice. That laugh. That Beard. All fabulous – *I hear you, stop gushing*. This week he’s performing a one man show at The Mill (and he’s not taking a fee so all proceeds go to the theatre). Add ‘nice guy’ to the love list. You’ll get to ask the great man questions about his career from I Claudius and Flash Gordon to Star Wars and Cats. He’ll probably want to talk about his recent gong from Her Maj too and the Agatha Christie play he’s directing at The Mill later this year. Tickets are £80 including dinner.

The Mill at Sonning, millatsonning.com 

 

Wedding Open Day, Coworth Park, Sun 22 Jan

You’ve got the engagement ring, the bridal magazines and your pinterest board is a sea of tulle and flowers. Now’s the time to take your plans to the next level.  Coworth Park has its Wedding Open Day this weekend. Enjoy a glass of  Champagne, check out the venue and get lots of advice and inspiration. Appointments available from 10am-3pm.

Coworth Park, Ascot, dorchestercollection.com

 

Dreamboats & Petticoats, Theatre Royal Windsor, Wed 25 Jan

 With La La Land putting us all in the mood for a dose of theatrical sunshine, it is timely that Dreamboats & Petticoats The Musical is opening at Theatre Royal Windsor. Featuring loads of hit songs from the Rock ‘n’ Roll era, I imagine they’ll be a lot of toe tapping and shoulder jiggling during performances. I’d go just for the full skirts and big hair. Ticket prices £16-£32.

Theatre Royal Windsor, theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk

 

Burns Night Suppers…

The Wheelwright’s Arms, Tues 24 Jan

Fancy heading out for a wee dram to celebrate Scottish poet Robert Burns’ big night? Head to the Wheelies in Wadworth for a traditional feast complete with piper. Tickets are £21.95 per person

The Wheelwright Arms, St Nicholas Hurst RG10, thewheelwrightsarms.co.uk

The Shurlock Inn, Wed 25 Jan

For cultural folk, the Shurlock Inn is hosting an informal evening with singing, bagpipes, poetry and whisky. Lots of whisky. Enjoy a four-course meal, including a haggis croquette, plus a hot toddy on arrival. Price: £42.50.

Shurlock Inn, Shurlock RG10, shurlockinn.com

The Crooked Billet, Wed 25 Jan

Hop over the border to Stoke Row and you’ll find The Crooked Billet has gone all Braveheart. They’ll be addressing the haggis, bagpipes, a traditional ceilidh band, and lots of Celtic specials will be added to the menu.

The Crooked Billet, Stoke Row RG9, thecrookedbillet.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Berkshire Edition