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The Simon and Garfunkel Story, Corn Exchange, Newbury, Sat 3 Sept, 7.45pm


After a successful stint in the West End, a sold out UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back for a 50th Anniversary celebration. The show uses huge projection photos and original film footage, and a full live band performing all the hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and Homeward Bound. They had me at Mrs Robinson to be honest… Tickets £19.

Much Ado About Nothing, Cliveden, Sat 3 Sept


The last hurrah for outdoor Shakespeare this summer, this performance of Much Ado About Nothing comedy is in the lovely Water Garden at Cliveden. Performed by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men so an all male cast, it’s a non-seated event so bring your chairs,  rugs, blow up settees and picnic from 6pm before the show starts at 7pm.

Ascot’s Festival of Food & Wine Race Weekend, Fri 2-Sat 3 Sept

Ascot Festival of Food & Wine Race Weekend - Day 2

Combine food and wine from around the world with a flutter on the gee-gees at Ascot’s two-day culinary celebration. The east end of the concourse is converted into Ascot’s very own food and wine market with over 40 stalls and plenty of free samples so you can stuff your chops and drown your sorrows if your horse doesn’t come in. Tickets from £23; Gates open at 11am.

Ascot Racecourse, Ascot Berkshire SL5 7JX. Tel: 0844 346 3000.

NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea, various venues, throughout Sept


If you missed this summer’s sell-out performance at The National Theatre, in London, you can still catch the Terrence Rattigan’s masterpiece from the comfort of your cinema seat. Helen McCrory (yes, she from Peaky Blinders) plays Hester Collyer, a woman on the brink of ending her life, and the critics have been saying some pretty good stuff about her. Tom Burke, too, is getting great reviews.  Click the link to find a participating cinema near you. The production will be broadcast at 7pm. Tickets are £15 for adults, £12.50 for children.

Further afield

Bunkfest, Wallingford, Fri 2-Mon 4 Sept


Bunkfest is a hugely popular FREE family festival with a great atmosphere that takes part in various venues just over the Berks border in Wallingford, South Oxon. There are some fab concerts lined up – with folk music being the main vibe, although there are always some exciting surprises thrown in such as the cat suit-clad Space Elevator (above) – plus dance displays, ceilidhs, workshops, a children’s Bunkfest, silent disco, a huge craft fair, vintage displays, music on the river and a singing train! The majority of events are free and camping is available. Full details on the website. Just remember to wear some flowers in your hair.

Holoscenes, Exchange Square, Broadgate, London, 1-4 Sept, 5-10pm


There are a load of events going on right now as part of London Burning, marking the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.  Surely one of the most intriguing is Holoscenes — a six-hour underwater performance installation by Los Angeles-based company Early Morning Opera, inspired by water and society’s troubled relationship with it.  Here’s what happens: in a giant aquarium, people struggle to get dressed, clean, read the paper and so on as water ebbs and flows around them, all accompanied by an other-worldly soundscape broadcast from inside the tank. I so want to see it.

St Paul’s Lates, St Paul’s Cathedral, 2-3 Sept, 6-9pm


For just two days, St Paul’s will be open late — and they’ll be actively encouraging you to take photos (something on which they normally frown).  It’s part of the London Burning series, too, so you’ll see objects that were scorched in the fire (honestly, you think they’d have cleaned up by now…) and their Out of the Fire exhibition.  You can visit the Crypt, too, or just walk around taking it all in.

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Sue Perkins Live! In Spectacles, The Hexagon, Reading, Tues 20 Sept, 7.30pm


Now that the beloved Great British Bake-Off is underway here is another chance to get more than your weekly Wednesday dose of Sue Perkins. The show is based on her best-selling memoir Spectacles and each ticket comes with a free copy of the book! Sue will be signing copies after the show. If that isn’t enough to whet your appetite Sue will also be giving an insider’s view on Mary Berry. Bring on the cake! Tickets are £25.50, arena and stalls seats are sold out but there are still plenty in the balcony so get in there quickly! Show starts at 7.30pm.

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