What’s on this weekend for all ages in Berks
Time to plan your time off - we've got affordable art fairs, festive lights,, indie cinema, comedy galore, and free classical music. That's everyone in the household covered, right?
PICK OF THE WEEKEND
The Contemporary Art Fair, Windsor Racecourse, 12 – 14 Nov
Love art but have a blank expression to match your walls? Come we can do better than that, The Contemporary Art Fair is popping up at Windsor Racecourse with more than 160 artists, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists and independent galleries from all over the UK and Europe. Have a mooch, chat to artists and, if you find something you love, prices start at just 40 quid.
Sara Barron: Enemies Closer, Norden Farm Maidenhead, 12 Nov
A powerhouse live act and fast rising star, Sara’s previous shows have sold out to major critical and audience acclaim. Blisteringly funny and no-holds-barred, Sara examines kindness, meanness, ex-boyfriends, current husbands, all four of her remaining friends, and two of her 12 enemies.
The Screen, The Old Court Windsor. 12-14 Nov
Make a visit to the cinema an even in itself. Head to The Old Court in Windsor and drink in the boutique vibes of this awesome arts centre. This weekend you can drool over Daniel Craig in No Time To Die or keep the kids amused and enjoy a semi snooze in the dark at Ron’s Gone Wrong – about a socially-awkward kid and his digital best friend in a box.
Lapland UK, Whitmoor Forest Ascot, 14 Nov
Lapland UK opens this weekend! Good news, kids, Santa’s quit the North Pole, perpetual darkness and Northern Lights, to set up shop in the UK. Anyhoo, they’ve only gone and set up shop in Berkshire. Journey through snowy enchanted forests, to Santa’s chalet, where he and his elves need a little assistance in preparing for the 25th December. It’s a four-hour immersive experience so pack the Kendal Mint Cake.
Jimmy Carr: Terrible Funny, The Hexagon Reading, 13 Nov
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.
Who Killed Alfred Oliver?, Rabble Theatre Reading, 4 – 20 Nov
Prise yourself off the sofa for a local whodunnit based on real life events in Reading’s roaring Twenties. The Rabble Theatre’s latest production takes the truth is stranger than vibe and runs with it – the tobacco shop owner, Alfred Oliver, has been found bludgeoned to death in his Cross Street store and the star of the box office smash hit, The Monster, is the prime suspect. But did he do it?
Wokingham Winter on Ice, Cantley Park Wokingham, 12 Nov – 7 Jan
Ice ice, baby! Wokingham first ever ice rink pops up this month, so we can slip and slide to the fun side in the run up to Christmas. The synthetic rink at Cantley Park opens on 12 Nov and a Christmas Market will open from 24 Nov. Booking is advised.
The Cherry Orchard, Theatre Royal Windsor, now – 13 Nov
Last chance to Sir Ian McKellen in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard – a dramatic play about an aristocratic landowner who returns to her family estate to find its being sold to pay the family debts. It’s all about social change, mid-life regrets and the hope the next generation will make a difference. A limited number of on-stage seats are available so grab the best seats in the house.
Craft & Design Fair, South Hill Park Bracknell, 13-14 Nov
Nail your Christmas gift shopping early at South Hill Park’s Craft and Design Fair. Over 40 artists from around the country will be selling unique, handcrafted designs. Shopping can a be tiring business so there will be coffee and cake to keep your stamina up.
Winter Wonderland, Hills Meadow Reading, 13 Nov – 3 Jan 2022
It’s back! After a mini break, Reading’s Winter Wonderland will be popping up in Hills Meadow Car Park. Expect more festive fun than a Mariah Carey video. There’s an ice rink, fun fair, Aprés bar, Santa’s grotto, German sausage and lots and lots of mulled wine. It’s free to enter, but you can buy tickets now for Santa’s Grotto, Ice Skating and an unlimited ride pass.
Sausage and Cider Festival, Braywick Maidenhead, 13 Nov
Love a sizzling sausage? Who doesn’t. And what goes with bangers? Cider! Combine two of our favourite things to do – eating and drinking – but make it vaguely educational. Cheers to that!
Gary in Punderland, Norden Farm Maidenhead, 12 Nov
One of the most sought after joke writers in the country and longstanding Mock the Week special guest, Gary Delaney has been through the laughing glass and he’s ready to bring you a new show with hit after hit of the kind of one-liners only a master could craft. Get ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world – Gary is back! This event will be streamed online, if you can’t drag yourself off the sofa.
Hockney and Hollywood, The Base Greenham, now – 28 Nov
Hockney in Berkshire? Oh yes he is. The works of Britain’s most famous living artist is on display at The Base in Greenham – and we’re giddy. The legendary David Hockney’s major photomontage Hockney and Hollywood features an extraordinary life-sized nude photographic study of Theresa Russell, commissioned by film director Nicolas Roeg for the film Insignificance.
Henley Symphony Orchestra, The Concert Hall Reading, 14 Nov
No need to blow your own trumpet when you have rising star Matilda Lloyd, playing two staples of the trumpet repertoire with the Henley Symphony Orchestra at The Concert Hall in Reading. Matilda will play Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat and Copland’s Quiet City.
The Invisible Dress, HUMOS Caversham, now – 28 Nov
Marilyn Monroe would be seen dead in flannelette PJs, preferring the more seductive Chanel No5 at bedtime. So we’re loving the sounds of HUMOs perfumers exhibition The Invisible Dress. This innovative exhibition from perfumer E. Gabriel De Carvalho, is a sensory catwalk of dress sketches brought to life through fragrance. Call it ‘invisible couture’.
FIELDS, MERL Reading, now – 31 Jan 2022
Before Jeremy Clarkson made farming fun, The MERL in Reading was wearing that crown. This under the radar museum is a mash up of science, art, history and humour. The latest exhibition FIELDS uses film, photography, tech and creativity to reflect on our relationship with cows, sheep, farmers and farming.
The 1971 Reading Festival – For The First Time, Reading Museum, now – 29 Jan 2022
If there’s one thing that’ll clear a field full of teenagers, it’s their parents living it up like it’s 1971. Reading Festival is 50 years old this year and to celebrate the UK’s iconic music festival an exhibition of astonishing objects and rare and unseen photos can be seen in Reading Museum’s Sir John Madejski Art Gallery.