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What’s on this week in Berkshire

Find the fun with my curated guide to hip happenings in Berkshire and beyond this week. 15 brilliant things to do from comedy and exhibitions to pumpkin picking and supercars.

COMEDY: Notflix, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Thu 15 Oct

Notflix female comedians wearng red varsity jackets improvised comedy Norden Farm

Netflix combines the taste profiles of 98 million users to create the ‘perfect’ viewing experience. Notflix combines the taste profiles of a room full of theatre goers to create a hilarious and completely improvised viewing experience – a full musical. The all-female cast use audience suggestions of recently watched films to create a brand new, fully improvised, one-night-only musical. It was a five star sell out at the Edinburgh Fringe not to be missed.

THEATRE: Roald Dahl and The Imagination Seekers, Corn Exchange Newbury, Sun 18 Oct

Roald Dahl Imagination Seekers Corn Exchange Newbury

Anything Roald Dahl gets a big thumbs up from the kids at Muddy and Roald Dahl and The Imagination Seekers looks like a dead cert. An interactive theatre experience, the story is delivered through performance, games and creative play as the characters must save Roald Dahl’s stories from disappearing from the world.

KIDS: Brick or Treat, Legoland Windsor, Thu 15 Oct – Sun 8 Nov

Lifesize Lego Halloween figures dracula orange lego brick with lashes and witches hat and frankenstein

I’ve run out of jokes about Brick or Treat – that’s how long this Legoland event has been running! But there’s some new bits to sink your teeth into: The Haunted Lighthouse Halloween Show, Scarecrow joins the spooky Brick or Treat crew, plus 55 ‘spooktacular’ rides, live shows and attractions.

EXHIBITION: Quentin Blake and John Yoeman – 50 Years of Children’s Books, The Base Greenham, now – Sun 6 Dec

QUENTIN BLAKE JOHN YEOMAN exhibition The Base Newbury

Just like wine and cheese, Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl trip off the tongue. But a new exhibition at The Base in Greenham Common reveals Quentin Blake’s longest collaboration was in fact with the author John Yeoman. House of Illustration’s 50 Years of Children’s Books exhibition is the first to celebrate this partnership. It features the original drawings for A Drink of Water, and 10 other projects – from picture books and short novels.

FILM: White Riot, Corn Exchange Newbury, Sat 18 – Wed 21 Oct

White-Riot-Corn Ex New

Rubika Shah’s award-winning and energising film charts a vital national protest movement. Rock Against Racism (RAR) was formed in 1976, prompted by ‘music’s biggest colonialist’ Eric Clapton and his support of racist MP Enoch Powell. White Riot blends fresh interviews with queasy archive footage to recreate a hostile environment of anti-immigrant hysteria and National Front marches. Tough but important viewing.

THEATRE: Simon Slater in Bloodshot, The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, now – Sat 17 Oct

Simon Slater Bloodshot Watermill Theatre Newbury

Theatres are dipping their toe into socially-distant waters, putting on shows with small audiences and often a one-man show. Case in point, The Watermill Theatre in Newbury is putting on its first indoor production – Simon Slater in Bloodshot. A thriller set in 1957 London, policeman-turned-photographer Derek Eveleigh is down on his luck, but a mysterious envelope of money arrives it looks like his fortunes are about to change. Simon’s a man of many talents – acts, plays the ukulele and sax and even throws in the odd conjuring trick!

PYO Pumpkin, Cobbs Farm Shop Hungerford, Sat 10 – Sat 31 Oct

Cobbs Farm PYO pumpkin

Slime and seeds – pumpkin carving is a nightmare, but it definitely keeps the kids busy for a bit. Head to Cobbs Farm and pick your own pumpkin (pay for it)  Check in at the new bus café, you have one hour to find your perfect pumpkin. Then head home for creative carving, or paint it (much easier0 Entry is £3.50 per child! cobbsfarmshop.co.uk

EXHIBITION: HRH Princess Beatrice Wedding Dress, Windsor Castle, now – Sun 22 Nov

princess-beatrice-WEDDING GOWN ON display

No fuss, no pomp or ceremony, on the 17 Jul 2020 Princess Beatrice quietly married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor wearing her ‘something borrowed’ vintage Norman Hartnell borrowed from Granny. It helps she’s the Queen. Now we get to see this masterclass in craftsmanship up close now that it is on display at Windsor Castle. The queen famously wore this gown to the premiere of Lawrence Arabia at the Oden Leicester Square in 1962. It was nothing short of perfection.

CARS: Stonor Breakfast Club, Stonor Park, nr Henley, 18 Oct

Stonor Park estate in Henley

Vroooom! Head to Stonor Park on the morning of 18 October for bacon rolls and an eclectic collection of motors, from supercars and sports cars to GTs.

FURTHER AFIELD

EVENT: Fright Night Fearstival, Thorpe Park, Surrey, Fri 16 Oct – Sun 1 Nov

Thorpe Park Fright Night

A dead cert hit with adrenaline junkie teens, it’s the 19th annual Fright Night at Thorpe Park. Expect thrilling rollercoaster rides, spooks, ghouls and social distancing. Recommended for ages 13+.

EXHIBITION: Nick Knight: Roses from my Garden, Waddesdon Manor, until 25 Oct 

Isn’t this just beautiful? The image was taken by legendary fashion (Jil Sander) and celebrity (The Queen, Lady Gaga) photographer Nick Knight. 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.

EXHIBITION: Young Rembrandt, Ashmolean museum, Oxford, until 1 Nov 

I’ve missed our brilliant museums, haven’t you? The Ashmolean has opened its doors once again to show it’s major exhibition Young Rembrandt, a chronological journey through the artist’s early career beginning in his native Leiden with paintings, prints and drawings and ending in Amsterdam when his career rocketed to stardom. You’ll get to see 34 paintings by Rembrandt, along with a further 90 drawings and prints including the newly discovered Let the Little Children Come to Me, which is making its public debut at the exhibition.

EXHIBITION: Never Alone, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, until 2 Feb 2021

Did you know there are now more devices connected to the internet than there are people on the planet? This exhibition in Hut 12 investigates the stories behind the rapidly expanding ‘Internet of Things’ and invites visitors to think about the choices they make while connected to the internet.

EXHIBITION: Among The Trees, The Hayward Gallery, Southbank, until 31 Oct

From Colombian rainforests and remote Japanese islands to olive orchards in Israel and a 9,550-year-old spruce in Sweden, this mixed media exhibition explores trees relationship to humans, featuring work from 37 international artists. You’re right on the Southbank so plenty of foodie options to head to after your culture fix.


EXHIBITION: Young Rembrandt, Ashmolean museum, Oxford, now – Sun 1 Nov 

I’ve missed our brilliant museums, haven’t you? The Ashmolean has opened its doors once again to show it’s major exhibition Young Rembrandt, a chronological journey through the artist’s early career beginning in his native Leiden with paintings, prints and drawings and ending in Amsterdam when his career rocketed to stardom. You’ll get to see 34 paintings by Rembrandt, along with a further 90 drawings and prints including the newly discovered Let the Little Children Come to Me, which is making its public debut at the exhibition.

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