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Flirty Feb! 34 fun things to do this month

You made it through January! Your reward? A jam-packed February of standout theatre, superb cinema, comedy tours, and much much more. It's a good job the days are getting longer...

MUDDY PICK OF THE MONTH

Magical Bones: Black Magic, Norden Farm Maidenhead, 10 Feb; Corn Exchange Newbury, 18 Feb

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He wowed on Britain’s Got Talent and – abracadabra – Bones is embraking on his debut UK tour. Magical Bones effortlessly combines intricate sleight of hand with mesmerising illusions and jaw dropping break-dance moves.

WATCH

Russian State Ballet: Swan Lake, The Hexagon Reading, 2 Feb

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Probably the world’s most famous ballet performed by the impressive Russian touring ballet company. Expect hauntingly familiar scores, stunning choreography (and bums — sorry, we know that’s not the point), a sea of tulle and the whole Russian shebang with full orchestra.

The Man Who Thought He Knew Too Much, Corn Exchange Newbury, 2 Feb

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Chaplin meets Hitchcock meets Spaghetti Western. Winner of the Les Enfants Terribles and Greenwich Theatre Award 2020, this fast-paced whodunnit is an intercontinental, inter-genre, cinematic caper of accusations, accidents and accents.

Spike, The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, now – 5 Mar

Image: Spike at The Watermill Theatre/ Pamela Raith

I think we could all do with a laugh right now. SPIKE – the funny new play by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman – could be the show to save our sense of humour. as it delves into the inner workings of Spike Milligan one of our most unique and brilliantly irreverent comedy minds.

Catch Me If You Can, Theatre Royal Windsor, 8-19 Feb

Was Bobby Ewing shot or was it all a dream? Sorry wrong show. But Dallas legend Patrick Duffy is starring in a new production of the classic Broadway thriller Catch me If You Can. It’s a twisty story about the disappearance of newly married Elizabeth Corban.

Circus of Horrors: The Witch, The Hexagon Reading, 6 Feb

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Circus of Horrors was the first act of its kind to make it to the Britain’s Got Talent finals and the first circus to appear in a West End Theatre for 100 years. Basically if Quentin Tarantino directed Cirque du Soleil it might look a it like this. Now they’re back for the first time in two years with a new show, The Witch. Expect bizarre circus acts with an original rock score, and a sinister story or Witchcraft and even includes a burning at the stake. Grimly compelling.

The Screen, The Old Court Windsor, 6-30 Jan

Ooh, a cinematic experience with an arthouse vibe, The Old Court in Windsor is the place to be. And it’s a blockbuster bonanza on the movie reel this month. You can see Lady Gaga in House Of Gucci (4-10 Feb); Tom Holland suits up for Spider-Man: No Way Home (11-24 Feb); Ralph Fiennes in The Kings Man (13-25 Feb) and Keanu Reeves is back in his leather trench for The Matrix Resurrections (17-27 Feb).

The Beautiful Game, South Hill Park Bracknell, 6 Feb; South Street Arts Reading, 17 Feb

GOAAAAAAAL! Following a hit run at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, this four woman show explores our obsession with football (everyone’s an armchair pundit, right?), through a high-energy performance complete with chants, match-day rituals and, err, an attempt to explain the offside rule!

ROH Live: Romeo & Juliet, various cinemas, 14 Feb

ROH Romeo and Juliet

To celebrate Valentine’s Day on 14 Feb, you can catch a screening of the Royal Opera House’s ballet classic Romeo and Juliet at South Hill Park in Bracknell. Be sure to pack extra tissues! You can also catch it at the Vue, Showcase and Cinemworld cinemas.

Here’s What She Said to Me, Norden Farm Maidenhead, 16 Feb

Oladipo Agboluaje’s moving production is inspired by her relationship with her own mother. It combines drama, music and poetry to tell the tale of the three generations of proud African women, daughters and mothers, connected across time and continents. It tackles topics of migration and identity with an ultimately positive message about healing and resilience.

NT Live: The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage, South Hill Park Bracknell and Corn Exchange Newbury, 17 Feb

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London theatre without leaving the county. See the National Theatre’s production The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage live at South Hill Park Bracknell and Corn Exchange Newbury this month. Set 12 years before Phillip Pullman’s epic His Dark Materials trilogy, this gripping adaptation revisits his fantastical world in which waters are rising and storms are brewing.

HAVE A GO

Wim Hof Method Fundamentals Workshop, The Swan at Streatley, 13 Feb

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This workshop is cooler than a polar bear’s paw… literally. Cold Therapy has a ton of health benefits: reduces stress, increased energy, better sleep, heightened focus and more more more. What do you have to do to achieve it? Embrace nature, the cold, commit and breathe. The Wim Hof Method gives you the tools for a happier healthier life. The ice bath is optional. Eek.

Flower Arranging For The Home, Sonning Flowers Newbury, 19 Feb

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Blooming gorgeous. Learn the skills you need to fill your home with flowers with a bit more panache than dropping your £1 daffs into a vase. Suitable for beginners and intermediates, this course from award-winning florist Sonning Flowers will give you confidence to make table centres, arrange flowers in a vase, make hand ties and some quick and easy contemporary designs, easy to replicate and experiment with at home.

Artist Inspired Pottery, MadeBY Tamalia Caversham, 28 Feb

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Love Pottery Throw Down? Baby steps people, you don’t have to get all Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. MadeBy Tamalia is running a creative class of artist inspired pottery. Take your inspo from artists like Jackson Pollock, Van Gogh and Wassily Kandinsky and create your own beautifully original mini clay masterpieces. Open to all abilities and run by our talented Master Maker and TV’s Great Pottery Throw Down contestant Elaine Wells.

ADMIRE

Exhibition: Wildlife Photographer of the Year, The Base Gallery, Greenham Common, 4 Feb- 3 Apr

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Image: Storm Fox by Jonny Armstrong

The Natural History Museum’s annual touring exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is an absolute belter. Wildlife photography requires patience, lightning reactions and a little bit of luck. But when they get the money shot… POW! The results are extraordinary. This year’s prestigious touring exhibition stops off at The Base at Greenham Common Business Park in Newbury. It’s an international showcase of 100 images taken by the very best in nature photographers around the world.

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Over in Cookham, the Stanley Spencer Gallery is always worth a visit. See this influential local artist’s final self portraits in the Mind & Mortality exhibition. Comprised of 26 works, the exhibition spans 50 years from 1909 until the artist’s death on the eve of the 1960s. Although more famous for his local landscapes, his portraits are world class – in fact one hangs in Tate Britain. Under 16s free.

LAUGH

Mark Watson: This Can’t Be It, Concert Hall Reading, 3 Feb

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Mark Watson – a man prone to considerable anxiety, with multiple phobias and a history of piss-poor self-esteem – has had more than enough time on his hands to ponder the fragility of life. At 41, he’s halfway through his days on earth, according to the life expectancy calculator app he paid £1.49 for. Brace yourself as Watson crams a couple of years of pathological overthinking into an evening of stand-up. 

Shaparak Khorsandi: It Was The 90s, Norden Farm Maidenhead, 19 Feb

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If you can remember the 90s, were you even there? It was the decade where Shaparak left an important part of her brain somewhere in a Hampshire field. Now her new comedy show will take you on a fuzzy trip down memory lane when Shaparak found herself flying about London with hope in her heart, a tenner in her pocket and spare knickers in her handbag. We’ve all been there.

Gary in Punderland, South Hill Park Bracknell, 10 Feb

If you’re a fan of the master of one-liners on Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo, you can now go ‘through the laughing glass’ and catch Gary Delaney on stage, churning out a joke a minute for his latest show, Gary in Punderland (see what they did, there?!).

LISTEN

BBC Big Band: The Music of James Bond, Corn Exchange Newbury, 11 Feb

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Swing out sister! The BBC’s internationally acclaimed Big Band will be raising the roof with the music of James Bond. This fab evening of movie magic features classic numbers including Diamonds are Forever, Thunderball, We Have all the Time in the World, A View to a Kill, Goldfinger and, of course, John Barry’s iconic James Bond Theme, alongside a selection of more contemporary numbers from the James Bond library.

Vinyl Frontier: Charity Shop Vinyl, Norden Farm Maidenhead, 17 Feb

Spend your weekends rifling through dusty boxes of records? Put your taste to the test. Twelve volunteers have £10 to spend a piece of charity shop vinyl. The audience votes for the best selection and the winning charity shop gets the evening’s profits.

KIDS & FAMILY

The Wind In The Willows, River & Rowing Museum Henley, 3-28 Feb

Visitors young and old will be delighted by the interactive gallery on The Wind in the Willows at The River & Rowing Museum, Henley. Tea in a caravan, escaping from prison as a washer woman, ousting weasels from Toad Hall…now that’s a day out.

Shlomos Beatbox Adventures for Kids, South Street Arts Reading, 22 Feb

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Psst here’s something for kids that adults can also enjoy – I know, I’ve seen the show myself. Beatboxer extraordinaire SK Shlomo gave up astrophysics to perform his amazing vocal pyrotechnics. In this show he gets children involved and teaches them some tricks.

 Morgan & West: Unbelievable Science, Norden Farm Maidenhead, 26 Feb

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Morgan & West present captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics and bonkers biology in this science extravaganza. Expect explosive thrills, chemical spills, and a risk assessment that gives their stage managers chills. Suitable for age 6 years +.

Party by Half Moon, South Street Arts Reading, 23 Feb

Party by Half Moon

Heartfelt, provocative and full of quirky humour, Party features striking, colourful designs and a glorious contemporary soundtrack. Let the warmth of a Portuguese summer take you to a place where difference is something to celebrate.   

The Smartest Giant In Town, Corn Exchange Newbury, 25 Feb

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On paper a stripping giant doesn’t sound very PG, but anyone who has read this Julia Donaldson classic, will be more than familiar with The Smartest Giant in Town. George goes from the scruffiest giant in town to the smartest, – until he bumps into some animals who need his help… and his clothes.

Bring on the Battle, Windsor Castle, 19-27 Feb

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Chaaaaaaaarge! Windsor Castle is getting reading for an almighty battle (and this one has nothing to do with Harry and Meghan). During half term your kids can create an imaginative model castle tower or design a motivating banner ready for battle.. Then they’ll learn how to attack and defend a medieval fortress.

Star Count 2022, nationwide, from 26 Feb – 6 Mar

Silhouette of figure stargazing in rocky landscape below a clear night sky & vibrant Milky Way, Dartmoor National Park, UK

Twinkle twinkle, count the stars. This fun, free annual activity is you chance to count your patch of the Milky Way. Not your chocolate stash, but the twinklers in night sky. Here’s how you can join Star Count 2022 – a two-week window to help The Countryside Charity to measure the dark skies of the UK.

Snowdrop Walks, Welford Park Newbury, 2 Feb – 3 Mar

carpet of snowdrops in woodland at Welford Park Newbury

It’s snowdrop time! Choose a dry-ish day and wander through drifts of snowdrops at Welford Park. Why Welford Park? It’s only got one of the finest natural snowdrop woodlands in the chuffing country – four fabulous acres. Visit Wed-Sun (11am-4pm) until Sun 3 Mar. You can find more snowdrop walks here.

Need more inspo? Check out our 2022 Local Culture Guide, and see what’s on in London here.

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