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THEATRE: Take On Me, South Street Arts Reading, Fri 1 Mar – Sun 3 Mar

5 people i1980s fitness gear leisure centre pool

The 80s called, they want their gym gear back. Take On Me is a show set after hours in South Reading Leisure Centre, in the world of headbands and leg warmers. Live musicians will provide the 80s belters as you’re lead through the changing rooms, gym, an aerobics class and pool. Squeeze into your high cut leotard, lean back into your chair and have your Flashdance moment.


SHOPPING: Alex Gore-Browne Trunk Show, Royal Oak Yattendon, Fri 1 Mar

Alex Gore Browne cashmere ruffle collar and red knitted sweater

If you love a luxury knit, then you’ll get frills… they’re multiplying (sorry) at Alex Gore-Browne’s Trunk Show, organised by ex Vogue editor and style guru Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey (VCH Style), at the Royal Oak Yattendon. Alex has worked with McQueen, Nina Ricci and Matthew Williamson before launching her own label two years ago. The glossies have gone nuts for it. Prepare to max out your credit card.


THEATRE: Joseph & His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Theatre Royal Windsor, Mon 25 Feb – Sat 2 Mar

Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat theatre

I closed my eyes, drew back the curtain… and was pretty shocked to see popstrel Jaymi Hensley in a silver mini skirt, I mean loin cloth. Restrain yourselves, Union J fans, Jaymi is making his musical theatre debut in Bill Kenwright’s critically-acclaimed production of Joseph. Oh come on, if Jason Donovan can do it, anyone can. I’msaw this joyously fromage-heavy show last week and it’s absolutely brilliant.


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.


COMEDY: Andrew Maxwell – Showtime, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Fri 1 Mar

Comedian Andrew Maxwell red cinema seat eating popcorn

Live From The Apollo fave – and the devilish voice of MTV’s Ex On The Beach if you’re under the age of 25 – Andrew Maxwell will be swooping into Maidenhead with a cocktail of personal stories, eagle-eyed political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos. He’s one of the hottest comedians on the circuit. Giggles guaranteed or your money back (joking).


FILM: Green Book, Corn Exchange Newbury, Tue 26 – Thu 28 Feb

Green book turquoise car white man driving black man sat on backseat

Still catching up on the Oscar-winning films? Me too, Green Book snagged the top honours this week, and has been massively criticised for the win. It tells the true story of an unlikely friendship between racist white driver Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) and black pianist Dr Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali). It’s accused of sugar-coating racism, so is it a worthy winner? You decide.

You can also see Olivia Coleman’s Oscar-winning performance (with the most creative use of the C word that I have ever heard) in The Favourite Fri 1 – Sun 3 Mar and Remi Malik in Bohemian Rhapsody on Wed 27 Feb and Fri 1 Mar, both at South Hill Park Bracknell.


SHOPPING: Gin Tasting, Rosebourne Aldermaston, Sat 2 Mar

WESSEX SPIRITS shelves with different types of small batch gins

FREE GIN! Need I say more? Probably not, but I’ll throw a few more words at it anyway. Muddy award-winning gin makers Wessex Spirits have created a new rosehip infused gin called The Kennet & Avon, endorsed by the Canal Trust (50p from each bottle will help maintain our local waterways). The launch takes place at Rosebourne in Aldermaston, so head down there for your G&T fix. Bottom’s up!


WORKSHOP: Design Your Own Perfume, Shaw House Newbury, Sat 2 Mar

Uncommon Scents Janette Hammond perfume bottle

Channel your inner Coco Chanel (or mad scientist) and create a signature scent. A bespoke perfume workshop sounds like a lush thing to do with your bezzie or, if you’re super-organised, a personal Mother’s Day gift. Run by Janette Hammond, you’ll learn about the ingredients and understand top notes, middle and base notes, then get mixing. £40pp.

WALKS: Snowdrop Walks, Welford Park Newbury, now – Sun 3 Mar

carpet of snowdrops in woodland at Welford Park Newbury

It’s snowdrop time! Choose a dry-ish day and wander through drifts of snowdrops at Welford Park. Why Welford Park? It’s only got one the finest natural snowdrop woodlands in the chuffing country – four fabulous acres. Visit Wed-Sun (11am-4pm) until Sun 3 Mar. You can find more snowdrop walks here.


EVENT: Circus of Screams, Forbury Gardens Reading, Sat 2 Mar

striped circus tent and illuminated circus sign

Roll up and race round Reading for A Circus of Screams – a three-hour Murder Mystery where you must find hidden evidence and catch a circus killer against the clock! The whole town becomes the set for this real-life whodunnit.Crack clues using their smartphones, converse with characters and find hidden evidence before the time runs out. Try not to kill each other in the process.



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

The Herball, or General Historie of Plantes 1633

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.


EXHIBITION: Turner, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, until Mon 22 Apr

The Young Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the Art of Perspective takes place in Blenheim’s Gallery with works from The Ashmolean, The Tate and private collections. The exhibition celebrates some of his earliest commissions and shows his progress in depicting architecture and perspective in drawings, paintings and engravings from the 1780s – 1810s. You can also see one of Turner’s sketchbooks and some diagrams from a lecture he gave to the Royal Academy on perspective, which have rarely been exhibited before.


FITNESS: Free Yoga, LuluLemon Bicester Village, Sun 3, Sun 10 Mar 

Yep, you’ve read correctly- this really is free! The upmarket Canadian fitness brand (a fave among chic NYC yoga bunnies, doncha know) put on two early morning sessions with local instructors in their Bicester Village store. A few mats will be provided, but bring one if you’ve got one knocking around.

Tickets here


THEATRE: All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre, London, Sat 2 Feb – Sat 11 May

Not the recent fabulous tv series but a play based on the award-winning 1950s film starring Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a Broadway star, and her young fan, Eve Harrington, who inveigles her way into her life. With Gillian Anderson and Lilly James in the starring roles, director Ivo van Hove at the helm, and with the themes of celebrity and youth at its core, this looks like a dead cert for success.


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

This is going to be maaassive! 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.


EXHIBITION: Don McCullin Photography, Tate Britain, until Mon 6 May & Dorothea Tanning Exhibition, Wed 27 Feb – Sun Jun 9

Over 250 photographs spanning Don McCullin’s 6o year career are on display at Tate Britain and include his iconic war images, including Vietnam, Northern Island and Syria, as well as some of his work focussing on poverty in England. At the end of the month, Tate Modern is showing over 100 works by Dorothea Tanning, from her 7 decade career as a surrealist artist. And don’t forget the Tate Late session at the Tate Modern on Fri 22 Feb when you can wander the galleries after hours and listen to talks, music and workshops.

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