What’s on this week
MON 2 – SUN 8 APRIL
Love the BBC’s Feud: Bette and Joan? I binge watched the series starring Susan Sarandon (Bette Davis) and Jessica Lange (Joan Crawford). The Hollywood screen queens arch rivals, in danger of becoming has-beens, come together to make Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?. Sparks flew. Delicious one-liners were traded. Ageism, sexism and misogyny were explored. Now you can see it on stage. wokingham-theatre.org.uk
Fabulous Fashion, Windsor Castle, Wed 4 – Fri 13 Apr
With just a month until Harry and Meghan’s, channel your, I mean the kids’, inner prince and princess and play Royal dress up at the castle. There’s an Easter activity trail and an art workshop inspired by royal fashion throughout history. royalcollection.org.uk
Tree Climbing, National Trust Cliveden Taplow, Tue 3, Wed 4, Thu 12 April
Kick out the little blighters and let them burn off some energy at Cliveden National Trust. If you need to up the excitement levels after a chocolate fuelled Easter, The Big Tree Climbing Company will help kids scale the Cliveden canopies – an hour activity for 6+, bookable here and promising gorgeous views with a zip line back down to the bottom. Wheeee!
Kids’ Yoga Workshop, Swan at Streatley, Tue 3 and Tue 10 Apr
Release the tension! And what better place to send them than kids yoga at Swan at Streatley. Two creative yoga workshops for different age groups (4-7 yr olds at 1.15pm and 8-13 yr olds at 2.15pm), where they’ll get to release energy and hit the reset button. You can work on your own tension in the cafe/bar – coffee? wine? Choose your poison and relax.
For some (yes, you Mr Muddy), Sarah’s voice is like nails down a blackboard. but I love her. Although I’m quite partial to a fart and fanny gag. Her latest stand up show Control Enthusiast explores the rules according to Sarah when it comes to farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting and the correct way to eat a biscuit. Funny, frank and unapologetically filthy. readingarts.com/hexagon
‘Pride & Prejudice meets Absolutely Fabulous… it’s not going to be a museum piece.’ explains director Jonathan Humphreys. You had me at Ab Fab, The Rivals is a funny, fast-moving satirical rom-com full of desire, intrigue, delusion and a twilight duel. Let the fizz be overflowing, it’s sounds fabulous daaaarling. watermill.org.uk
Justin’s Band, New Theatre Oxford, 3 April
Is this the most famous man in the UK? There can’t be a parent in the land who hasn’t weeped in gratitude to Justin Fletcher and his children’s TV shows over years. Fletcher is a dab hand at live performance too – he was in Reading over Christmas for the panto – and he’s rocking up at the New Theatre Oxford with a brand new show, Musical Adventure. Expect lots of singing and learning about musical instruments along the way, and possibly some requests to play the tuba. Tickets
The Elephant Man, South Hill Park Bracknell, Wed 4 – Sat 7 Apr
The David Lynch award-winning film, starring John Hurt and many other huuuge stars, is a classic. Now The Elephant Man, the story of ‘Victorian freak’ Joseph Merrick, rescued by the young surgeon, Frederick Treves, is coming to the South Hill Park stage. But is it possible for Merrick soever lead a normal life? Recommended 14+yrs. It’s a great play for teens. southhillpark.org.uk
Coraline, The Barbican, 29 Mar – Sat 7 April 2018
Just a few days left to catch Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel Coraline turned operatic stage adaptation that London’s been buzzing about. Recommended for ages 8+. Tickets: £10–£40.
Now Play This, Somerset House, London, Fri 6 – Sun 8 Apr
I’m feeling a bit anti screen at the mo (anyone else struggling to get young people to look up and out rather than down?) but even I have to admit this three day games festivalsounds intriguing. Players can experience dozens of diverse games – many of which premiere at the festival. The focus this year is on the idea of place, and visitors can explore different countries and cultures, and critical issues specific to these places ranging from international borders to identity. Drop-in workshops throughout the popular weekender will also enable players to explore the patterns, processes and particularities of game making.
A big day out with Peter Rabbit™, Kew Gardens, now – Sun 15 April
The start of a new trail based on Peter Rabbit and other famous Beatrix Potter characters. More permanent pleasures include the tree top walk, the 17 metre tall Hive sensory experience, a 14,000 tree arboretum and the Palm House.
Predators Exhibition, Longleat, Wiltshire, now – Mon 3 Sep
A brand new show for Longleat with 14 killer animatronic carnivores will be stalking the park including lions and tigers. Sounds like it will thrill little ones.
The Making of Harry Potter, Watford, Now – Sun 23 Sept
This WB Studio Tour company never runs out of new reasons to get families back to this paean to the boy wizard. A new special feature dedicated entirely to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth installment of the magical film series, revealing secrets behind the characters, costumes and props that made it so special.