What’s on this week in Berkshire
No plans? Muddy's weekly what's on guide is back, baby, with a mix of openings, events and online gems all from local venues to keep you entertained.
MUDDY’S PICK OF THE WEEK
SUPPER CLUB: Gifford’s Circus Travelling Restaurant, Stonor Park, nr Henley, 24 – 26 Jul
Roll up, roll up for a food extravaganza worth jumping through hoops for. Gifford’s Circus will be opening its travelling restaurant – Circus Sauce – at Stonor Park nr Henley this week – and it’s the hottest ticket in town. Critics have gone nuts for it describing it as one of the most memorable and enjoyable restaurants imaginable. Better book yourself a table pronto. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings with a weekly changing menu of three-courses costing £35 adults and £25 children. Stonor’s gardens and car park are open Wed – Sun and pre-booking is essential to adhere to social distancing rules. The toilets will be open with added cleaning measures. Book here.
ONLINE THEATRE: Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers, Reading Fringe Festival, 25 Jul
An immersive family show (phew! at least it’s online) based on the works of the world’s No1 storyteller, Roald Dahl. His words are mysteriously disappearing not only from books but children’s minds too! Now only a Secret Organisation known as The Ancient Guild of Taletenders can save the stories and they need your help… Especially made for ages 6 and up. Tickets £10.
FILM: Drive In Cinema Club, Reading Hockey Club, Sonning, 20-26 Jul
A seven-day film fest of timeless classics from the comfort of your car front seat. *Ouch* Mind the gearstick. Expect quality sound and gigantic screen when The Drive In Cinema Club pitches up in Reading. Plus food and drink delivered contactlessly to your motor. Take you pick from 17 films including Rocket Man Sing-A-Long (20 Jul); Despicable Me and Dirty Dancing (21 Jul); Moana and Grease Sing a Long (22 Jul); The Greatest Showman, Pretty Woman and Back To The Future (23 Jul); Aladdin, Avengers: End Game and The Conjuring Experience (24 Jul); The Lion King, Mamma Mia Sing A Long and Joker (25 Jul) and Frozen Sing A Long, Bohemian Rhapsody Sing A Long and Jurassic Park (26 Jul).
FILM: Star & Mouse Drive In, Wasing Estate Aldermaston, 23-26 Jul
The ain’t no ordinary drive in, this is a drive in cinema on one of the most beautiful estates in Berkshire. Wasing is playing host to Star & Mouse Drive In who’ll be bringing the Hollywood glamour and lashing of Americana swagger. The will be a whopper screen,. FM technology so you get your audio through your radio, DJ sets, car bingo, quizzes and live music. This week’s screening include Rocketman (23 Jul), Pretty Woman (24 Jul), Dirty Dancing (25 Jul), and Knives Out (26 Jul).
DRIVE-IN CINEMA: Tom Kerridge’s Drive & Dine Theatre, Henley Showground, 23 – 26 Jul
Why stop with one drive in when you can hit the metal with two? With Pub in the Park cancelled this year, the Michelin-starred Marlow marvel chef has instead organised a drive-in cinema experience, complete with a top-notch foodie offering (we wouldn’t expect anything less). There are loads of films on the movie reel including drive-in classic and 80s pottery porn Ghost (21 Jul), brilliant murder mystery Knives Out (24 Jul) Incredibles 2 (25 Jul) and defining Eighties blockbuster E.T (26 Jul) . See the full line up here.
EVENT: Car Park Party, Newbury Racecourse, 24-25 Jul
Having been starved of all entertainment unless if involves your TV remote, you maybe wanting more from your drive in experience. You’re a fussy lost. Well, Newbury Racecourse is hosting a two-day event that includes 80s karaoke, Horrible Histories Barmy Army live theatre show and a comedy night.
CABARET: Crayola The Queen – Let’s Get Digital, Reading Fringe Live, Fri 24 Jul
After last year’s triumphant sell-out, Crayola the Queen returns to the Reading Fringe with a live drag and cabaret show filled to the brim with all the camp, comedy and colour you’ve come to adore! Expect songs, lipsyncs, games and silly banter. £7.
SHOPPING: Hungerford Antiques & Collectables Market, Hungerford Town Hall, 26 Jul
Let’s get ready to rummage! Antiques, collectables, vintage, clothing – it’s all here in the village of Hungerford which boasts more antiques shops than Kirsty Allsopp has shoes. Bundle into the Town Hall and you’ll find 30 to 40 dealers touting their wares. Nothing you fancy there? Pop over the road and have a mooch around Hungerford Arcade. The market is free and is open from 10am-4pm
Hungerford Town Hall, High Street, Hungerford RG17 0NF
COMEDY: Eleanor Conway Walk of Shame, Reading Fringe Festival, 25 Jul
Part of the Reading Fringe Festival’s virtual line up, ferocious clubber and party girl Eleanor Conway partied around the world as a music journalist, ran off to Asia to work for the triads, made porn & Tinder’d her way through most of London… Now sober from alcohol and substances she’s failing to find moderation and meaning. Tickets £10. Suitable for 18+.
EXHIBITION: Nick Knight: Roses from my Garden, Waddesdon Manor, until 25 Oct
Isn’t this just beautiful? The image was taken by legendary fashion and celebrity photographer Nick Knight (he’s photographed the Queen, you know!). He’s coming up roses with an exhibition at Waddesdon Manor, which features manipulated photographs of roses inspired by the work of 16th- and 17th-century still life painters like Jan Brueghel the Elder and Jan van Huysum. Read our interview with Nick here.
DAY TRIP: National Trust
Fingers on buzzers! Slots sell like hotcakes for National Trust day trips these days, but if you’re lucky enough to get tickets, here are some of my local favourites: Cliveden, Berks, where the gardens and woodland estate are open; the rolling parkland and woodland of Basildon Park nr Pangbourne, Tudor powerhouse The Vyne nr Basingstoke; Hughenden, High Wycombe; and the picturesque Greys Court, nr Henley.
EAT: Pick your own, various locations
Feeling fruity? Gray’s Farm, in Wokingham, is the biggie in our are for hand-picked punnets. There’s no need to book, and you only pay for what you pick. Copa’s Farm Fruit Fields, near Maidenhead, is also open but you have two hours max to grab and go.
ONLINE EXHIBITION: The Art of Advertising, The Bodleian Library, Oxford, until 31 Aug
How cool is this print? The Bodleian’s The Art of Advertising has gone online; a whistle-stop tour through British advertising from the mid-18th century to the 1930s, you can see prints from the Bodleian’s renowned John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera.