The Muddy Guide top 10
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 Reading Contemporary Art Fair has 130 award-winning and emerging artists and galleries with prices starting at £40, including the hugely talented Tommy Gurr, above. His stencil murals can be found in Camden and as far as the streets of Siem Reap in Cambodia. Tickets £7.
Tankus The Henge, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Sun 23 April
Why stay in for the Antiques Roadshow, when you could be out enjoying a funk-fuelled live set from Tankus the Henge. This London-based five-piece rock ‘n’ roll jalopy will be careering into Maidenhead with a sound that embodies The Clash, Blur and Paolo Nutini. Tickets are £14.
The First Hippo On The Moon, Corn Exchange Newbury Sun 23 – Mon 24 April
Final stop in Berkshire. 3… 2… 1… BLAST OFF! The beautifully bonkers David Walliams has done it again with the The First Hippo On The Moon – a space race story with large puppets, songs and plenty of poo jokes. It’s on at child-friendly times (2pm and 4pm) and tickets are £10.50.
Ascot Fashion Weekend, Ascot Racecourse, Fri 21 – Sat 22 April
Need to give the credit card a battering? Ascot Racecourse is hosting a SS17 fashion frenzy. Designers and boutiques will be wafting about like peacocks at the Ascot Fashion Weekend. Whether you just need a trend injection, have a wedding to go to or your looking for something to see you through Royal Ascot to Henley Regatta, you’ll find it here. Grab the girls, join the stampede and shop till you drop. Tickets £7 (£4 if you book online in advance and you get a £5 voucher to spend at the event)
Antiques & collectables, Windsor Auctions and Hungerford Town Hall, Thurs 20 – Sun 23 April
Who doesn’t love a good rummage at an antiques fair. Well Mr Muddy, actually as he hollers out the door, ‘Don’t bring any old tut home’. Rude. OK, so there have been a few disasters. Well, bargain hunters there are two events this weekend for your delectation. Windsor Auctions has its monthly sale on and get ready for your close up because the Beeb are in the house filming Antiques Roadtrip, viewing is on Thurs 20 and Fri 21. The sale is on Sat 22 from 10.30am.
Then on Sunday, pop along to Hungerford – a village that has more antiques shops than Lovejoy has chat-up lines. Have a mooch at the antiques and flea market on in the Town Hall. There will be a bit of everything: vintage, retro, collectables, crafts and clothing, from 10am-4pm.
RSC Live: Julius Caesar, Corn Exchange Newbury, Wed 26 April
First Brexit, now a General Election. With the politics of spin and betrayal playing out in Westminster it seems apt that the Royal Shakespeare Company’s epic political tragedy, Julius Caesar, is being broadcast live from Stratford Upon Avon. See it live at the Corn Exchange Newbury and if you like it, see the real thing when it transfers to London’s Barbican Theatre at the end of the year. Tickets £14.50.
Come and Try It, Adventure Dolphin, Pangbourne, Sat 22 April
Living so close to the river, it seems bonkers not to get wet and wild on the Thames. If you’ve ever thought of dipping your toe in the water, activity charity Adventure Dolphin is offering you the chance to try canoeing, kayaking and climbing this weekend for FREE! Taster sessions are first come first served basis and last about 40-60 mins. The morning sessions 10am- 12noon and afternoon sessions run from 1pm-3pm. Spaces are limited, so book online to avoid disappointment.
21-Gun Salute for The Queen’s Birthday, Long Walk, Windsor Great Park, Fri 21 April
Champagne corks will be popping at Windsor Castle as Her Maj celebrates her 91st birthday on Friday. To mark the occasion the traditional 21-gun salute will let rip on the Long Walk in windsor, near the Brook Street entrance at 12 noon. Candles on a cake seem a bit tame in comparison. Happy Birthday, ma’am, you’ve got my number if you need any good recommendations for a top night out.
Delphine, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Thurs 27 April
My mum’s called Delphine. It’s not a name you come across very often, so Claire Rebekah Pointing’s one woman show, pretty much had me at hello. Of course there’s more to it than that. I’m not that lame (all of the time). Delphine is witty, honest and critically acclaimed play that will reveal a little Delphine in all of us. Tickets £14.
Gin Tasting, Sir Christopher Wren Hotel Windsor, Fri 28 April
Need a bit of ginspiration in your life? Always. But in fairness I just need a good gin, a bottle of Fever Tree and lots and lots of ice served at 7ish any day of the week. But gin is having its moment in the spirit spotlight (just as peach schnapps did in the 80s). So if you like to know what makes gin gin, where it was first made and stuff about botanicals? You’ll find the answers at this 2-hour tasting run by the lovely peeps at Thames Valley Wine School. There are a few spaces left, £35 per person.