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  • Henley Festuval 2018 illuminated neon tree art installations

    New to Henley Festival 2018

    It’s about a posh as a festival gets – first class music, food, fizz and black tie. Plus Reading’s top notch London Street Brasserie is popping up for the first time ever.

  • Henry & Joe’s, Newbury

    Thank fine-dining it's Friday! It maybe small but this funky restaurant is big on ambition.

  • Rick Stein’s Sunset Cinema

    Ditch the popcorn and soggy nachos, the Padre of Padstow's hosting a pimped-up night at the pictures

  • 9 fab things to do this week

    Crikey is this the longest month ever?! January’s massively overstayed its welcome – and I haven’t given up booze. At least there are plenty of distractions to keep us from crawling back into hibernation. ROH Live: Il Trovatore, Corn Exchange Newbury, Tues 31 Jan Polish your tiara and call Richard Gere, you’re  being whisked off for a night at […]

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

    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 […]

  • man in blue and black skiing in the soft new powder snow

    Eat here: Alpine apres ski in Bray

    Whoopee! It’s ski season. Like the Bisto kids I’m a sucker for hot wine and melted cheese. But forget the alps (well for now at least) head to the snow covered slopes of *ahem* Bray. Ok, you may need to use your imagination on the scenery, but you definitely won’t on the food. Spend an […]

  • The Muddy guide: Thurs 18 – Weds 24 Feb

    Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, 11 Feb – 22 May Wow. I’m probably not what you’d call a dedicated follower of fashion (my friends are doubled-up at this point) but I am fizzing with excitement about this exhibition. I heard about it on the radio driving home the other day and I […]

  • The Muddy Guide: What’s On Thurs 11 – Weds 17 feb

    Follow your heart trail, Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, now until 27 Feb ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains’. You may spot Basildon Park in cinemas this half term as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies gets released on 11 Feb by […]

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