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All the hot Berkshire gossip right here. Wanna know about the Netflix comedy filming at Cliveden House? Or the latest foodie openings? Read all about it!
TIME TO BURN OFF THAT BANANA BREAD
Whether it’s Zoom pilates in the living room or Strava strolls round the village, exercising on your own just doesn’t pack the punch – or giggles – that a group class brings. So, it’s a relief to know that come March 31 one of our favourite local outdoor fitness classes starts up again. The Parkfit sessions at Stonor Park near Henley will run every Wednesday at 9.15am with more classes added as demand increases. The socially-distanced fitness classes take place in the deer park and gardens – what better bucolic distraction from that two-minute plank than the exquisitely planted beds and roaming deer at Stonor? Run by Texan dynamo, Cat Batson, a Level 3 PT and UK Athletics Coach, the sessions tackle cardiovascular health and strength with body weight exercises. There’s a lot of fun along the way and she’ll give you easier options if you need or tougher ones if you’re not breaking enough of a sweat. Classes cost £15 per session and need to be booked in advance, plus a questionnaire is required before your first session (bring your own mat). Parking is free and there are steam-cleaned toilets on site and a coffee vendor, for that pre or post class boost and shock horror – a post-class natter with your workout buddies (well, five of them anyway).
Click here to book – https://www.stonor.com/events/parkfit/
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!
Get ready for Hollywood stars milling about the Chiltern Hills, as a big new Netflix series is reportedly being filmed at Cliveden House on the Bucks/Berks border. Titled The Bubble, the comedy will follow a group of actors stuck inside a pandemic bubble at a hotel, starring Karen Gillan (of Doctor Who and Avengers fame) and Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell from Game of Thrones). Camera crews have already been spotted in Cliveden’s grounds and tellingly, the film’s director Judd Apatow (who produced Bridesmaids) liked a tweet that claimed The Bubble was being filmed there — so we’re convinced! Catch us lingering in the nearby area, hoping to exchange fashion tips with our new celebrity BFFs.
Just a smidge outside Windsor, The Bailiwick Pub in Englefield Green is all set to open on 12 April. The pub was saved from closure by chefs Steven and Ami Ellis and restauranteur Ratnesh Bagdai. The trio joined forces to take over The Bailiwick – a stone’s throw from Great Windsor Park – to create a foodie destination. You’ll know Steven and Ami from their previous culinary adventures atThe Oxford Blue in Old Windsor which was a sad Covid casualty.
Shimmy a little further down the Berkshire-Surrey county line and we discover The Brickmaker’s Arms in Windlesham has lured Simon Dyer – former executive chef at Richard Branson’s Necker Island – to the their spinky-spanky new gastropub kitchen. The pub has been taken over by small family run group, Noble Inns – – The Princess of Shoreditch and Smokehouse and The Pig and Butcher in Islington – with a rep for gastropub excellence. Before Necker Island, Dyer worked the stoves in Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants including a period as Head Chef at the Savoy Grill and Senior Sous Chef at Petrus. The pub is getting a top to to renovation, so no word yet on the opening date – but watch this space.
Banksy graffiti war continues
Reading’s Banksy vs Team Robbo war of spray paint continues – and the town’s walls are in the firing line. After a Banksy’s ‘Create Escape’ art was defaced by Team Robbo, Banksy wouldn’t it lie, adding a new typewriter to Reading Bridge. It was again tagged by Team Robbo and now a cover up has appeared of a boy looking over the hanging typewriter with the words ‘Cherish Love Hope’. Where this feud will end is anyone’s guess, but Reading’s certainly a great canvas.
Into the wild – new exhibition dates
Great news! The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at The Base in Greenham, on loan from the National History Museum, has a new dates, 17 May-13 Jun. It’s an international showcase of 100 images taken by the very best in nature photographers around the world. Each year, the winning images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition form a stunning exhibition. It premieres at the Natural History Museum before touring in the UK and across the world. The Base is an annual fixture and is real coup for them to be able to stage it. Just like wildlife photography, getting your culture fix during Covid is requiring patience. Tickets are on sale now.