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MON 11 – SUN 17 MAR


EVENT: MERL Lates – More Than Human, Museum of English Rural Life Reading, Thu 14 Mar

Merl Lates reading More than Human: A MERL Late Close up of a Maria McKinney sculpture made from colourful semen straws and straw

Close up of a Maria McKinney sculpture made from colourful semen straws and straw

Ever wondered what happens after hours at the museum? Eerie, quiet places with the occasional late worker shuffling about? Nah! They throw a VIP party for geeks and you’re invited. There’s cocktails from Milk Reading (approproate), a silent disco (obvs) and the UK’s funniest scientists will be sharing their most ridiculous stories from behind the microscope, join the Blight Attack Buzzer Game and more.


THEATRE: A Song At Twilight, Theatre Royal Windsor, Mon 11 – Sat 16 Mar

Simon Callow and Jane Asher A Song At Twilight

If there was ever a person who was born to act it would be Simon Callow – he oozes acting through ever pore whether he’s taking people out in a kilt on the Four Weddings dance floor or performing Shakespeare the man is a legend. So it’s pretty exciting that he’ll be in the Berkshire ‘hood starring opposite Jane Asher in Noel Coward’s A Song At Twilight. .


TALK:  An Evening With The Hairy Bikers, Hexagon Reading, Wed 13 Mar

Hairy Bikers suited arms crossed long hair and beards touring chef talks

The most hirsute TV chefs ever will be flicking their hair and waxing their moustaches when they arrive in Reading this week for an evening of cooking and conversation. The Hairy Bikers – Si King and Dave Myers – have reached national treasure status having stepped out from behind the TV cameras (Dave was a make up artist and Si a locations manager on the Harry Potter movie franchise, pub quizzers) and they’ve never looked back.


THEATRE: Bouncers, Corn Exchange Newbury, Fri 15 – Sat 16 Mar

Bouncers Corn Exchange Newbury four men in waistcoats ties outside a nightclub set

Push up bra… CHECK; sparkly top… CHECK; killer hills… CHECK. All set for a night on the razz with shots galore, sticky carpets and sharking on the dance floor. Sorry, you’re not off to the local Ritzy, but you can relive those glory days at the Corn Exchange Newbury. Bouncers, written by the award-winning John Godber, is modern classic in which the fun police will be catapulted into the 21st century! TAXIIIIIIIIII!


EVENT: The Music & Words Club, The Hope Windsor, Thu 14 Mar

Music and words club sunset grid filler

Calling all creative thinkers, we’ve found Berkshire’s modern day equivalent of the Bloombury Group – The Music & Words Club. It’s a bi monthly (2nd and 4th Thursday of the month) get together of musicians, poets, singers, composers, electronic music makers, beat boxers and just about anybody who has some original material to showcase. Like a support group for creatives with less lofty philosophising. Calling Blue Jay will be performing, she’s just launched her debut album.


COMEDY: Angela Barnes – Rose Tinted, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Fri 15 Mar

Comedian Angela Barnes red hair holding red glass ball pinafore and red striped t-shirt

Down to earth, straight talking comedy that shoots from the hip. Angela Barnes sold out at Edinburgh Fringe, she’s appear on all the TV and radio from Live at the Apollo and Mock The Week to R4’s The News Quiz. So don’t miss her brand new show in which Angela is trying, really trying, to look on the bright side of life.


FAMILY FUN: Legoland Opens, Legoland Windsor, Fri 15 Mar

Lego Movie 2

OMG. Protect your credit card, it’s gonna get a hammering. Legoland reopens with a celebration of the Lego Movie 2 (and a ton of new merch to go with, no doubt). Plus there’s new attractions including ‘The Haunted House Monster Party’ – its most spook-tabular ride EVER (opens Sat 13 Apr). WARNING! The gift shop at the end will bankrupt you.


EAT OUT: Supper Clubs, The Pantry Yattendon, Fri 15 Mar

THE PANTRY Yattendon Berkshire cafe with suppler club tart quenelle of cream and smear fruit sauce

A Muddy award-winning cafe by day and, once a month, it’s a pop-up restaurant by night. The Pantry Yattendon, is so much more than a lifeline of flat whites for commuters and mums on the school run, it’s supper club menu has all the flair of a fine dining restaurant, heavily influenced by the cafe’s sister catering biz, Top Nosh. For the March event expect five courses, bring your own wine (£5 corkage), and veggie/ special dietary options are available if pre arranged. £60per head. To book, call Gemma on 01635 202202 or email:


WELLBEING: Break The Stress, Inspire Hot Yoga Maidenhead, Sat 16 Mar

word stress with silhouette of a woman in the yoga lotus position

Wine is not always the answer when you’re feeling stressed out. I mean, for me, it hits the spot more often than not. BUT stress is something that we all encounter, in varying degrees, and often struggle to cope with. Again wine is not the answer (noted). Inspire Hot Yoga’s Claire Stewart and the Berkshire Health Clinic’s Laura Rigby are running a FREE workshop on Saturday afternoon to help you conduct a stress audit, manage the symptoms and avoid burn out. A brilliant event. Sign up.


EXHIBITION: A Royal Wedding: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, Windsor Castle, from Fri 1 Mar

Stage coach kiss Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank wedding

When you’re the second royal bride in a year, you’re never going to steal the limelight, no matter how much razzle dazzle and how many supermodels you throw at it. Once again, Princess Eugenie is playing second fiddle to the Duchess of Sussex’s Givenchy gown as her Peter Pilotto goes on display at Windsor Castle for A Royal Wedding Exhibition – mark two.


THEATRE: Macbeth, The Watermill Bagnor, now – Sat 30 Mar

Macbeth Watermill Theatre Newbury Bagnor Berkshire soldiers in war zone

The timing of The Watermill’s Macbeth could not be better with our political parties imploding and Brexitaggedon looming. A ruthless, violent struggle for power leads to a devastating coup (we’re talking about the play now, not Westminster am-dram). The Macbeths will stop at nothing to survive, and it’s all played out to a fierce soundtrack of Johnny Cash, The xx and The Rolling Stones. If the last few Shakespeare plays are anything to go by, this will be a corker.


WALKS: The Gilded Gardens, Cliveden National Trust Taplow 

Blenheim Pavllion, Cliveden

Say goodbye to snowdrops and a big hello to daffodils that are springing up everywhere. New for 2019 Cliveden present their new programme The Gilded Gardens, inspired by the 24 carat gilded golden gates on the Sounding chamber and thousands of daffodils that grow across the estate- this year the gardening team have added a further 57 varieties to the existing 20 so there grounds really will be carpeted in canary, until Tues 30 April. Head to the Water Garden and Blenheim Pavilion for the best of ‘em.


DRINKIES: Musical Bingo Relaunch, The Botanist Reading, Sun 17 Mar

The one thing I love about bingo is the opportunity to use one of those dig dabber pens. But no need to join the nanas at your nearest Mecca, head to The Botanist in Reading for bingo with a twist. Replacing the numbers are live music rounds so basically name that tune meets bingo, with the added bonus of a foxy cocktail list. HOUSE! Tis right up my street.



EXHIBITION: Abstract Allies, Zuleika Gallery, London, until Fri 29 Mar 

Curated by former BBC Radio News journo and hardcore art collector, Tim Sayer MBE, and the gallery’s director Lizzie Collins, this colourful exhibits showcases art, sculptures and ceramics from abstract artists including Liz West (you can also check out her installation over the border in Herts at St Albans Museum & Gallery until Tues 19 Mar), Lucie Rie and Howard Hodgkin. On Tues 12 Mar, there’ll also be a gallery talk with Tim and reception, booking essential (


EXHIBITION: An Earthly Paradise: William Morris & the Thames, River & Rowing Museum, until Sun 14 July

I have great memories of taking my family to William Morris’s house in Gloucestershire and having them all sit outside glumly for an hour proclaiming it the most boring thing ever while I drooled over the textiles and furniture. Ah, happy days! Anyway, this exhibition focuses on how the Thames influenced Morris’ work. He had a rural retreat in Oxfordshire, where he loved to boat and fish, ergo the influence of the river in his textiles and designs. Pieces have been collated from the V&A, The William Morris Gallery and the British Library to make this exhibition possible and it also delves into Morris personal life and his politics.


EVENT: London Design Week, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Sun 10 – Fri 15 Mar

bright pink and teal design room London Design Week Chelsea Harbour

There’s a couple of interior shows popping up in London this month if you’re thinking of sprucing up your gaff. First up is London Design Week at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, Sun 10  –  Fri 15 Mar, with 120  showrooms and over of 600 luxury brands- the biggest of its kind in Europe. Later in the month the whopper Ideal Home Show rocks up at Olympia London, Fri 22 Mar – Sun 7 April, with hundreds of free talks, 600 companies and the latest tech. This year the theme is Best of British so expect loads of UK companies. Does anyone else feel a splurge coming on


RACING: Cheltenham Gold Cup, Tues 12 – Fri 15 Mar 

There’s no stopping Cheltenham races (not even that nasty Equine Flue scare) with four days of betting and booze. The fun kicks off with Champion’s Day on Tues and it’s good news for gin lovers as the Gin and Jazz Lounge returns with cocktails and music everyday until 7pm.


MUSIC: KT Tunstall, Derngate Theatre, Northants, Tues 12 Mar 

Winning Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall performs as part of her European and US tour just over the border at Derngate Theatre, just half an hour north of MK. The BRIT Award winner’s hit songs include The Black Horse and the Cherry Tree and Suddenly I See, which was used in the opening credits of The Devil Wears Prada – if Miranda Priestly approves, so do I.

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EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, until Sun 14 July

Tickets are selling like hotcakes for this! The V&A is showing the largest House of Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK, tracing the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. The exhibition is based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and there’s a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight is the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London.



High School Musical, South Hill Park Bracknell, Wed 17 – Mon 22 Apr

High School Musical poster

The first High School Musical film came out 13 years ago… THIRTEEN YEARS!!! It means two things 1) we’re all really old and 2) if your children were born in the 2000s, some of you may not have seen it. Guilty as charged, but I’ve also only seen one of the original Star Wars movies. Anyway High School Musical is coming to South Hill Park Bracknell and in the creative hands of director Mark Hooper (Madagascar, Suessical), it’s set to be a corker. Book now Wildcats. 


The Little Welly, Henley, Sat 8 – Sun 9 Jun

Little Welly adventure course kids wading through mud pit

Have the hose and a hot wash on stand by, this is gonna get messy. Like break your washing machine, kinda messy. Bigger, better and muddier than ever, the UK’s biggest children’s obstacle course returns for the sixth year to the Culden Faw Estate in Henley. Throw your mud-seeking minis (4+) and they’re parents (sorry about that) at the 30 obstacles – including The Big Slide, Tyre Mangle, mud and water pits, Spider’s Web and bouncing round the foam pit. Away from the race’s there’s Laser Tag, circus skill workshops, pony rides, den building and bungee trampolining and more.

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