FRI 29 – SUN 31 MAR
MUDDY’S PICK OF THE WEEKEND
COMEDY: Stephen Bailey: Our Kid, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Sat 30 Mar
Meet your new potty-mouthed best friend, who supported Katherine Ryan and Jenny Éclair on their sell-out UK tours. Stephen Bailey’s new show Our Kid is a story full of Northern warmth, some working-class guilt and a bit of blue. The kinda smutty humour we love. He was also named one of Attitude Magazine’s Top 100 Bachelors of the Year… just saying.
THEATRE: The Trials Of Oscar Wilde, Theatre Royal Windsor, Tue 26 – Sat 30 Mar
How did the ‘wittest man that ever lived’ become Prisoner C.3.3? This brilliant play, written by Oscar Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland, dramatisatises Wilde’s libel and criminal trials, following the successful opening of his final play The Importance of Being Earnest – 100 days later he was behind bars. Using the actual words spoken in court, we can feel what it was like to be in the company of a flawed genius – as this less than ideal husband is reduced to a man of no importance. It was a West End sell out, loved by critics, so definitely worth seeing.
COMEDY: Adam Kay 2019 – This Is Going To Hurt, Hexagon Reading, Thu 28 – Fri 29 Mar
After sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016, 2017 and 2018, Adam Kay’s bestselling book is now being turned into a BBC Series. His hilarious and sometimes stomach-churning observations on his time as a junior doctor are certainly causing a stir and you can catch him for yourself at the The Hexagon Reading.
DRINKIES: A Journey Through South Africa, GrapeSmith Hungerford, Fri 29 Mar
If you’re gasping for a holiday, I can’t deliver white sands and balmy temperatures (I’m not a magician) but I can send you off to on a liquid tour of the South Africa’s wines. GrapeSmith in Hungerford will take you on tour, starting with a bubbly number and finishing with something sweet, (via some incredible reds and whites). There’s nibbles too. Phew. Could get messy. A fab (and affordable!) opportunity to flirt South African wines in the presence of an expert Ross Dixie! Spaces are limited, £15 pp.
THEATRE: Macbeth, The Watermill Bagnor, now – Sat 30 Mar
THEATRE: No Kids, Corn Exchange Newbury, Fri 29 Mar
Did you consider whether you should have kids? Given the look on my face when the positive pregnancy test came up, the answer is no. But George and Nir, a real-life same-sex couple, are covering all the bases – adoption, surrogacy, co-parenting, the environmental impact of childbirth, the fears and anxieties, how the past affects parenting and much more. Serious stuff, told in a less than serious way.
EVENT: Spring Family Race Day, Ascot Racecourse, Sun 31 Mar
Racecourses are generally kid-free zones – probably due to all-day bubbles and focus on the horses, but the Spring Family Raceday is a fab day with loooooads to entertain the rugrats –the legendary Lamb National, den building, cooking demos with James Wood, a petting zoo, free pony rides and more. Oh and there’s some actual jump racing too, Under 18s go FREE and the under 12s get a free nosebag in Bandstand Kitchen. Winning on Mother’s Day.
SHOPPING: Newbury Artisan Market, Northbrook St Newbury, Sun 31 Mar
Hmm the smell of fresh bread and sizzling street food is enough to get me out of bed for a Sunday market, but the Newbury Artisan Market is much more. Think quality produce, original art, designer crafts, all mixed in with family activities, music and more… From 10am to 4pm, get up and mooch and grab yourself something unique from Berkshire’s finest.
EXHIBITION: A Royal Wedding: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, Windsor Castle, now – 22 Apr
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.
WALKS: The Gilded Garden, Cliveden National Trust Taplow
Say goodbye to snowdrops and a big hello to daffodils that are springing up everywhere. New for 2019 Cliveden present their new programme The Gilded Gardens, inspired by the 24 carat gilded golden gates on the Sounding chamber and thousands of daffodils that grow across the estate- this year the gardening team have added a further 57 varieties to the existing 20 so there grounds really will be carpeted in canary, until Tues 30 April. Head to the Water Garden and Blenheim Pavilion for the best of ‘em.
WORKSHOP: Mother’s Day Candle Workshop, Penguin Classic Pop Up Shop London, Sun 31 Mar
I cannot think of better way to spend Mother’s Day (unless 14 hours’ sleep on a sun lounger counts) but in second place would be a dose of ‘me time’ – and this bookish candle making course in London is a cracker. Run by Berkshire-based Literati & Light, the workshop takes place at The Penguin Classics Pop Up Shop in Shoreditch and you’ll be making a scented candle inspired by Pride & Prejudice or Wuthering Heights surrounded by all 1,200 Penguin Classics. £35pp.
EXHIBITION: An Earthly Paradise: William Morris & the Thames, River & Rowing Museum, until Sun 14 July
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: Abstract Allies, Zuleika Gallery, London, until Fri 29 Mar
Curated by former BBC Radio News journo and hardcore art collector, Tim Sayer MBE, and the gallery’s director Lizzie Collins, this colourful exhibits showcases art, sculptures and ceramics from abstract artists including Liz West (you can also check out her installation over the border in Herts at St Albans Museum & Gallery until Tues 19 Mar), Lucie Rie and Howard Hodgkin. On Tues 12 Mar, there’ll also be a gallery talk with Tim and reception, booking essential (email@example.com).
EXHIBITION: Van Gogh and Britain, Tate Britain, London, Wed 27 Mar – Tues 27 Aug
This new major exhibition will be the first to explore the artist’s relationship with Britain and the literature, art and culture that inspired his work. Over 45 works by the artist from public and private collections including Starry Night on the Rhône 1888 from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the rarely loaned Sunflowers 1888 from the National Gallery, London. There’ll also be work by British artist who were influenced by Van Gogh’s work including Francis Bacon ad David Bomberg.
EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, until Sun 14 July
Tickets are selling like hotcakes for this! 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.
EVENT: Royal Ascot, Ascot Racecourse, Tues 18 – Sat 22 Jun
It feels like a loooong way off, but let’s get organised, people, and then we can focus on the important bit – what to wear! Book your tickets to Royal Ascot now and when we roll into June you’ll be enjoy first class racing, fine dining and high fashion. Remember to grab your hat, keep the hemlines long and the fake tan light. Tickets start from £32 if you book before 4 Apr. Fine Dining Packages and Private Boxes start from £269+VAT pp. To book click here or call 0344 346 3000.