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  • Queen Elizabeth I crown fur teimmed white coat pearls with eyes closed Christ Levine Artist

    Art’s rising rock stars

    Blank walls but your budget doesn't stretch to an Emin or Hirst? Here's 12 cool, collectable artists who won't require you to sell a loved one (and may prove to be a good investment).

  • Reading Museum Silchester Gallery glass displays deer head stair case

    10 free things to do this summer

    It may be looking distinctly changeable outside and the summer funds might be running low but there is still plenty to squeeze out of summer in Berkshire and further afield.

  • Review: The 39 Steps, Theatre Royal Windsor

    Femme fatales will be clutching their pearls in this slim-line parody of the 1935 Hitchcock film, The 39 Steps. It's fast, funny and has a Downton Abbey film star.

  • Party like a pin up

    OMG! We can't wait. Retro Festival (Fri 9 – Sun 11 Aug) is like stepping into the final scene of Grease. Grab you skintight trousers and Letterman sweater, here's the best bits.

  • red and white striped popcorn containers

    Best kids’ movies this summer

    With the weather a bit unpredictable, it's a good week for a cinema trip. It'll keep 'em quiet for a couple of hours while you have a sneaky snooze, right?

  • Collage of books Best reads for summer

    The summer top 10

    Don't pack your suitcase or load up your Kindle until you've read this! Muddy's books editor Kerry has picked the 10 best books to get stuck into on holiday.

  • Eddie Summer School of Burglary comedian in balaclava pnk dolls house

    Best of Reading Fringe

    No need to schlep to Edinburgh for a fabulous Fringe, we've got one right on our doorstep. Breathe in the cool culture, here's Muddy's pick of Reading Fringe Festival.

  • The Anastasia File Theatre Royal Windsor Jenny Seagrove actress kneels praying, actor in white coat stands and Romonov crest llumintaed on the wall

    Pass me a vodka, it’s tense.

    This ain't no sugar-coated Disney adaptation, The Anastasia File at the Theatre Royal Windsor, is so tense you could hear a pin drop (or a mobile phone ring).

  • books and sunglasses on a table beach sandy beach blue sea raffia sun parasol

    Summer’s MUST reads

    June's best new books are a corking bunch, including Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert's breathtaking new novel. Check out Kerry Potter's reviews.

  • Matisse: Drawing With Scissors

    In need of culture fix? No need to schlep into the big smoke. Newbury's cool, new art gallery The Base has brought a piece of the London art scene to Berks.

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