Sun’s out and there’s loads of funky stuff on. So grab your lightweight coat (it can feel a bit chilly) and let’s go have some fun.
Reading Contemporary Art Fair, Rivermead Leisure Centre, Sat 22 – Sun 23 April
You don’t need to be an art expert to be an art lover, so a fair’s a great place to look at loads different works and buy something original without getting the heebie-jeebies.
The Lipsinkers, The Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor, Sat 25 March
Camp, cult and brilliantly bonkers… The Lipsinkers are transporting their unique and radical drag show to Windsor with its mix of showbiz insanity and queer political spoof. Forget Ru Paul and Danny La Rue, this show’s weird, wild and very naughty. There’s even an after hours session –DJing disco and smokin’ hot burlesque.
The Firestation Arts Centre Windsor, firestationartscentre.com
Windsor Antiques & Collectables Sale, Sat 25 March
Ooh I love a good rummage at an antiques fair and the thrill of the salesroom.
Ahhhhhh! Just one week to go until Mothering Sunday, and I’m screeching in (as usual) with arrangements for my own Mum (sorry Ma Muddy). Restaurants reservations can be a bit of challenge, but there’s always something you can do to make your mother feel a bit spesh on Sunday 26 March. Here are Muddy’s mega Mothering Sunday picks…
Family Sunday lunch – don’t worry, you don’t have to cook it
There’s nothing quite like that feeling of knowing you don’t have to cook a roast or tidy up.
LaplandUK, Whitmoor Forest, Ascot, tours from 9am to 5pm daily until Christmas Eve
So you’ve heard that LaplandUK is up and running again for Christmas and you want to know if it’s worth the money. My verdict having been a couple of years ago when the mudlets were 6 and 7 is that after seeing their little faces at various moments throughout the day and wanting them to believe in the magic for as long as possible, is that it is worth the cost… just!
Ladies Lunch with Allium Design, The Vineyard, Newbury, Mon 7 Nov, 12pm to 3pm
Join the hotel’s house florist, Karen from Allium Design who will share her love and knowledge of blooming bouquets and also the trends for the coming season. Included is a three-course lunch with matching wines. Tickets £60.
Henry I of England, inside St James’ Church, Reading, 2 – 19 Nov
You’ll no doubt have heard earlier in the year that a geophysical investigation took place in the ruins of Reading Abbey where it’s believed Henry I was buried.
Ratburger, Caversham Court Gardens, Fri 12 Aug
Voted the top children’s book of the year, David Walliams’ Ratburger has been adapted for the outdoor stage by Heartbreak Productions. One of his darker books, it’s a modern thriller full of irreverent comedy suitable for children aged 7+ and follows the story of 12-year old Zoe, a little girl with a profound love of animals and a dream of travelling the world, which keeps her going as she copes with her lazy stepmom, disgusting neighbours, her recently unemployed dad and the menacing Burt of Burt’s Burgers who is after Zoe and her pet rat.
The school holidays are nearly upon us (or for some, have already arrived). Oh dear, is that the sound of gentle weeping I hear? If you haven’t quite worked out how to get through six weeks (or more) of children around your ankles, in your hair, and up your bleedin’ nose, now is the time to take a deep breath and let Muddy Stilettos take the strain. I’m including some kid-friendly stuff in The Muddy Guide each week through the hols so keep an eye out on Thursdays when the new list comes out.
Bedroom Farce, Theatre Royal Windsor, until Sat 25 June
Ooh, I do love a bit of fighting spirit, and even a flash flood a couple of weeks ago – flooding the corridors and front row of the Theatre Royal Windsor’s auditorium – can’t keep a good theatre down! They’ve bounced back with a vengeance, continuing their brilliant six-week repertory festival. You still have a couple of days left to see Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce, then next in line it’s My Cousin Rachel from 28 June to 2 July.
Watership Down, The Watermill, Newbury, Thur 16 to Sat 23 June
If, like me, you sobbed your way through the book as a child, be prepared to relive all those poignant moments, but well worth getting through a packet of tissues for, as it sounds amazing! Director Adam Penford has put together a great cast and creative team to tell Douglas Adams’ epic adventure story through movement, music and puppetry.
An Audience with George The Poet, Thurs 21 April, RYND, Reading, 7.30pm
He’ll never get that off you know. Those bloody Sharpies are the bane of my life. Anyway, George the Poet published his first collection of poetry, Search Party, last year. At just 25 he has taken his unique brand of spoken word performance and poetry to packed audiences everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall to the Cheltenham Literature Festival.