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What’s on this week in Berkshire

Jimmy Carr and drag queen bingo in Reading, Rosie Green and Donna Ida in Streatley, Ruby Wax in Henley... there are autumn happenings galore in your area this week.

COMEDY: Jimmy Carr – Terribly Funny, The Hexagon Reading, 29 Sep

Jimmy Carr Terribly Funny smoking astronaut

Jimmy Carr is performing not once, but twice in Reading this autumn. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Not for the easily offended, but definitely for anyone who loves the LOLs. Jimmy’s brand new stand-up show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. You’ve been warned.

TALK: Supper Club – In Conversation with Rosie Green & Donna Ida, Swan At Streatley, 29 Sep

Rosie Green and Donna Ida Swan at Streatley Supper Club

Fancy supper with award-winning journo and author Rosie Green and Jean Queen Donna Ida? Enjoy a night of food, fun and fizz at this not to be missed supper club as these two brilliant women chat about how brands are created, the challenges, pitfalls and pleasures of running a business.

CULTURE: Windsor Festival, The Old Court Windsor and other locations, now – 3 Oct


Windsor Festival is pulling out all the stops in 2021 with a series of cultural events over two weeks. Expect talks, music and walks, including all the No10 goss from Theresa May’s chief of staff Gavin Barwell (28 Sep), an exhibition celebrating Six Centuries of Food and Dining at Eton College, A History of Pubs In Windsor Walk (30 Sep), and Windsor and Eton Choral Society take it to church with Handel’s Samson (2 Oct)

EVENT: Drag Queen Bingo, The Market House Reading, 29 Sep

Drag queen

Grab you chunky dabber pen and get yourself down to The Market House in Reading for a night of bingo with a sprinkling of fabulous and a dash of sauce. This ain’t no ordinary bingo night. We likey a lot.

SHOP: Camp Hopson’s 100th Birthday party, Camp Hopson Newbury, 30 Sep – 3 Oct


Save the date! To celebrate Camp Hopson’s 100th birthday join the party in store from 30 Sep – 3 Oct for fun activities, surprises and complimentary treats. Word on the sales floor is that there will be Gatsby dancers, caricature artists, children’s grotto, lucky dips and beauty masterclasses. And don’t miss the chance to win £100 to spend in Camp Hopson by entering a fab Instagram comp. 

THEATRE: Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum With Ex Pats, South Street Arts Reading, 30 Sep

Sh!t Theatre

Another excuse for the multi award-winning Sh!t Theatre to get drunk on stage. Celebrating their final year as Europeans, island-monkeys Becca and Louise got invited to the European Capital of Culture in Malta. They went to drink rum with Brits abroad but found a lot more than they expected.

THEATRE: Ode To Joyce, South Hill Park Bracknell, 30 Sep

If you’re a fan of Victoria Wood and Miranda Hart, then you’ll love Ode to Joyce – Cheryl Knight’s tribute to Joyce Grenfell was one of the greatest female entertainers of the 20th century. She was world famous for her hilarious and beautifully observed monologues and songs, as well as numerous film, TV and radio appearances. 

EVENT: Heritage Open Days, various venues, throughout September

Eton College

This national campaign to encourage people to learn more about our history and culture includes tonnes of free events and opportunities to explore usually unseen places. It runs all month long and there’s plenty going on in Berkshire, including local artist tours, intimate live performances, guided walks and exhibitions. This year’s theme is Edible England – learn about Medieval Munchies, Berkshire’s brewing heritage, a foraged feast at the MERL in Reading and the chance to go up Green Park’s iconic wind turbine.

EVENT: Beer Festival, Ascot Racecourse, 1 – 2 Oct

Ascot Racecourse autumn racng and beer festival Berkshire

A Beer Festival with bells on. A day of flat racing, the guys behind the notorious Smoke & Fire Festival will be getting their grill on, there are more than 160 loads of beers, beers, ciders and perries on offer plus a brand new wine tasting bar. Race you to the finish line. Lederhosen optional.

EVENT: Henley Literary Festival, Various location in Henley, 2-10 Oct

The plucky Henley Literary Festival runs 2-10 Oct. Though sadly we’re not holding the Muddy Salon there this year due to the fact we’re absolutely knackered running the site, the festival boasts a rack of big names like Cecilia Aherne, Sebastian Faulks, Elizabeth Day, Frank Gardner, Kate Mosse, Ruby Wax and Rob Biddulph. There are talks, workshops and signings for all ages, and there’s a particularly strong children’s section this year. Perhaps this is the inspo you need to finally get that novel written?

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