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Find your lockdown fun in Berkshire this week

Perk up your social life with a mooch around a virtual art fair; enjoy front row seats at the ballet or debate electro pop – it's all in your Muddy Guide.

ART: Windsor Contemporary Arts Fair, online, Fri 13 – Sun 22 Nov

UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY Lexi-Laine-Angelita
Artist Lexi Laine

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.

DANCE: English National Ballet at Home, available to stream

English National Ballet, Akram Khan's Giselle.
Image credit: Laurent Liotardo

The English National Ballet is bringing their world class dance to your home and while they’re currently working on a season of short works for the camera, their recent classics are available to rent and stream now including Akram Khan’s Giselle, Le Corsaire, and La Sylphide. Rental is from £4.99 for three days, and no subscription is needed. ondemand.ballet.org.uk

BOOKS: Bookface, Rising Sun Arts Reading, online throughout Nov

This event has been moved online following the government’s announcement for a November lockdown. Join the Bookface team and check out their ever-changing gallery of artists’ installations, sketchbooks, illustrations, jewellery, comic books, demos, bindings, short films, animation, poetry, shared ideas and more.


OUTDOORS: Berkshire’s best autumn walks

cock marsh ponds natural pond hill and trees in winter

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.

MUSIC: The Vinyl Frontier, Norden Farm Maidenhead Livestream, Sat 14 Nov

stack of vinyl albums stacked on shelf and headphones

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!

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.

TV: The Crown Season 4, Netflix, Sun 15 Nov

The-Crown-Diana in red dress

Season 4 of the Crown takes us into the 1980s and things are ramping up as Gillian Anderson steps in as Margaret Thatcher and Emma Corrin takes the role of Lady Diana Spencer. They’re starring alongside Olivia Colman as the Queen and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret. 

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