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MON 18 – SUN 24 JUNE

THEATRE: Jerusalem, Watermill Theatre Newbury, Thu 21 Jun

The Watermill is staging the first major revival of Jez Butterworth’s multi-award-winning play, Jerusalem. A contemporary classic which originally starred Mark Rylance as the anarchic Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron in 2011. Big shoes to fill for Jasper Britton. Expect fruity language in this wild and defiant rekindling of our national identity. One of the show’s of the summer.


Open Air Cinema, Abbey Ruins Reading, Wed 20 – Sat 23 June 

I feel the need, the need for speed! Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan star in this 1986 classic Top Gun. Great soundtrack, gratuitous volleyball scene. Hmmm. Don’t deny yourself a night with Mav and Goose – they’ve got that loving feeling. Tickets from £15.35. If Tom before he had his teeth done and discovered scientology, you can also see the darkly funny Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Wed 20 June; 80s leather clad hotties in Lost Boys, Thu 21 June and of course The Greatest Showman, Fri 22 June – all at the newly reopened and rather magnificent Abbey Ruins in Reading.


EVENT: The Village Pop Up Bar, Station Hill Reading, from 14 Jun


It’s baaaaack! The Village Pop Up has returned to Reading – and it’s bigger and better than ever with a a new roof terrace, extra bars (one just isn’t enough for us thirsty Berkshire peeps, but we’re not complaining), plus ping pong, mini golf and a big screen showing the World Cup (England play Tunisia, Monday at 7pm and Panama on Sunday at 1pm) and Wimbledon! Of course, that’s not all as the space will also be hosting a family-fun day, drinks fest and a vegan market! You’ll find me fighting to get out of a deckchair.


EVENT: Hobby Horse Championships, Hurst Show & Country Fayre, Sat 23 – Sun 24 Jun

Riders and their hobby horses prepare for th first ever Hobby Horse Championships at the Hurst Show and Country Fayre Berkshire

Giddy up! The famous Hobby Horse Championship is making another appearance at the Hurst Show and Country Fayre. Fancy horsing around? We know you’re excited but whoa there! (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves). Discover the price of your dusty old tat, I mean, hidden treasures at the new Antiques Valuation Show, there’s music, car and bike show, dog show, falconry – in fact, there’s not much this fayre doesn’t have. Don’t forget your trusted steed (husband or hobby horse).


FILM: Pop up cinema nights, Lillibroooke Manor, Maidenhead, Wed 20 – Thu 21 Jun

Paddington 2 Paddington bear doorstep yellow door bucket of water

Your glass of Pimms may have to be replaced with a something a little less alchoholic (dammit) for this after school screening of the family fave Paddington 2, but an afternoon spent in the stunning Great Barn at Lillibrooke Manor, kids’ tea and entertainment sorted. You’ll be winning at life, right there. Doors open at 4pm, film starts at 4.30pm, then straight to bed. *Pours wine at 7.17pm*. Tickets: adults £8.80; kids, £5.50; family tickets from £16.50. Not your bag? It’s only freaking 40 years since it was released (dear god!) Grease Sing A Long, Wed 20 June, 8pm; Victoria & Abdul, Thu 21 June, 12.30pm and The Greatest Showman, Thu 21 June, 8pm.


THEATRE: DoppelDånger, South Street Arts Reading, Tue 19 Jun

I’ve always wondered if my double is out there ? God help us all if she is. So imagine meeting your real life doppelgänger. It happened to Eugénie and Shamira and they made a show about it. DoppelDänger is an exploration of dangerous doubling that reclaims what it means to be two women on stage. You’ll be seeing double with or before you’ve finished your bottle Sauvignon. But make mine a large one anyway.


EVENT: Royal Ascot 2018, Ascot Racecourse, Tues 19 – Sat 23 June

So many fashion rules to remember, but one of the great highlights of the social calendar is here. Royal Ascot has come around again, so grab your hat, keep the hemlines long, the fake tan light and enjoy a day of *cough* sunshine, celeb spotting and apparently there are few horses running too. It’s the perfect place to people watch, just don’t overdo the bubbles for fear of making it on the Mail’s sidebar of shame.


FESTIVAL: Offbeat Festival, Oxford, Fri 22 June – Sun 30 Jun

Loving the look of this. Offbeat – a showcase of 61 different pieces of brand new theatrical work, from comedy, drama, dance, spoken word. 25 per cent of the shows are from Oxfordshire based artists and it’s a collaboration between Oxford Playhouse and The Old Fire Station so it’s extremely professional. Best of all , the tickets are a tenner or less, so you can see the likes of BGT smash hit Lost Voice Guy, David Baddiel and Bridget Christie without breaking the bank. Look out for Trump the Musical(pictured, 28 June)..


THEATRE: Brian Blssed directs Unexpected Guest, Mill at Sonning, now – Sat 28 Jul

BOOM! The man with the biggest voice in show business is back in Berks. National treasure Brian Blessed in the director’s chair at The Mill at Sonning, following on from his successes with A Spider’s Web and The Hollow. And who better than Flash Gordon to take on Agatha Christie’s classic whodunnit, An Unexpected Guest?  Brian has been peddling his acting wares for 60 years and knew and worked with Christie, so you know this will be a corker. And remember, your ticket price also includes a two-course meal.


EVENT: War of the Roses Live, Warwick Castle, now – Sat 30 June

Pledge your allegiance in an epic battle for the English Throne! Yup, it’s time for the reenactment brigade, with stunt riders, jousting and special effects. There’s also a castle that’s quite interesting, apparently. Head to Warwick Castle, grab your kids, borrow one or two from a friend and get yourself for War of the Roses Live. Eye rolling emoji…only in Britain


THEATRE: Giffords Circus: My Beautiful Circus, touring now until 30 Sept

This year the inimitable Giffords Circus is celebrating the birth of circus which happened near Westminster Bridge in London in 1768. It’s all brilliantly bonkers putting on a candle-lit international gymnastic show with dancing horses, a live band and everyone’s favourite clown Tweedy. It’s in Oxfordshire throughout June, it then heads off to Chiswick House before setting up the big top in Windsor Great Park in July.

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