10 things to do in November lockdown
Put the sequins on hold, we're not going to need them this month. But there's still plenty to keep you entertained throughout November. We've done it once we can do it again.
ONLINE: Windsor Contemporary Arts Fair, 13-22 Nov
How cool is this? This ethereal image is the work of underwater photographer Lexi Laine, just one of the amazing artists appearing at The Contemporary Art Fair online event this month. More than 160 creatives will be showcasing their work, including printmakers, painters, ceramicists and independent galleries from all over the UK and Europe. Have a virtual mooch, and, if you see something you love, prices start at just 40 quid.
COMEDY: It Started With Jason Donovan, Dance Reading, 18 Nov
Has lockdown brought your love life to a halt? Well, do not worry, Sarah Blanc has revived her award-winning show It Started with Jason Donovan. Especially for you, she recounts her past dating life through the songs of her first love – Jason Donovan. Presented in an interactive webinar-style format, alongside a cardboard cut-out Jason, she offers important life lessons for those with too many broken hearts, through dance, theatre, comedy & a whole lot of lycra. Nothing can divide us with Sarah to guide us. Tickets are on a donation basis.
FOOD: The Hind’s Head at Home, The Hinds Head Bray
We’ve done it once and we can do it again, but with bells on. Heston’s Michelin Star gastropub has brought back its Hind’s Head At Home menu, offering three phenomenal courses for £35pp, plus you can add wines from the Fat Duck cellar and Royal Lounge cocktail. It’s what weekend culinary dreams are made of. Order Wednesday to Sunday for collection Friday to Sunday. The menu changes weekly.
OUTDOORS: Berkshire’s best autumn walks
And breathe! The stress levels are rising and we haven’t even started climbing the Christmas organisational mountain. But press pause, get some fresh and a chilly hit of wellbeing over the next few weeks on a countryside walk with your family or favourite plus one. We’ve got this! Click here for Muddy’s 20 favourite stomps across the county.
KIDS: Peter Rabbit Winter Adventure Trail, Basildon Park, Lower Basildon and Cliveden, Taplow, from 23 Nov
Hop to it! A blast of fresh air and stomp around Berkshire’s National Trust grounds should release the stress of Lockdown 2:0. Basildon Park and Cliveden are both running Peter Rabbit themes Winter Adventure Trails which should keep your ankle biters busy long enough for you to take in the scenery and drink a hot cuppa on the go. Booking is essential.
TV: Love Cars: On The Road, ITV4, 12 Nov
Pedal to the metal, laydee. From the glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo to the wilds of Wales, and everything in between, ITV4’s Lovecars: On The Road brings you the latest, greatest and sometimes strangest cars from across the globe If you’re a fan of old school Top Gear, with its mischievous mix of care useful car reviews and comedy, then you’ll love this, starring the legendary Tiff Needell and features Berkshire’s finest Torquil Rowley – Production Manager of the show and director of Lovecars and Fleet Elite.
MUSIC: The Vinyl Frontier, Norden Farm Maidenhead Livestream, 14 Nov
Electronic Pop Music has been part of our lives forever. Hasn’t it? Join host Jeff Lloyd in a travel through time as he navigates through the history of the music and the acts that have shaped what we listen to today. In only 12 tracks, starting with 1963 and ending in 1999. He’s bound to leave something out so join him on this adventure and let him know what he should have played!
SHOP: Christmas Craft Fair, The Base Greenham Common, 21-22Nov
Don’t line the gilded pockets of Amazon this year, choose gifts made with love at The Base in Greenham Common’s Christmas Craft Fair – a one stop social media shop celebrating local crafters, makers and creators! Simply follow The Base on Facebook and Instagram on Sat 21 and Sun 22 Nov.
TV: The Crown Season 4, Netflix, 15 Nov
Arguably the season that everyone’s been waiting for, The Crown gets even juicier this November as Gillian Anderson and Emma Corrin join the cast as Margaret Thatcher and Lady Diana Spencer respectively.
COOKERY: Baking Classes, The Real Macaron Company
Banana Bread and Sourdough starters are so last lockdown. With Christmas coming and Bake Off raising the nations spirits, check out Newbury-based baking biz The Real Macaron Company brilliant online courses. Learn to make delicate macarons, surgary doughnuts or an entire afternoon tea via Zoom. Pinnies at the ready.
THEATRE: Impromptu Shakespeare, Norden Farm Maidenhead Livestream, 20 Nov
God I miss live theatre, but this is the next best thing. Claim the best seat in your house for Impromptu Shakespeare. Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, mistaken identity and everything in-between. You’ll get an entirely new and unique Shakespeare play inspired by audience suggestions to delight Shakespeare nerds and newbies alike. Featuring a cast of leading theatrical and comedic improvisers, they’ve performed five critically acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and two at the Bristol Shakespeare Festival. Stream it in.