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14 fun things to do this weekend in Berks

Brick or Treat is back at Legoland Windsor, there's live music, movie nights and a day at the races.. it's all going on in our 'hood this weekend..

MUDDY’S PICK OF THE MONTH

MUSIC: BR  James, South Hill Park Bracknell, 16 Oct

Soul singer BR James black suit and short cloud background piano in corner

When you’re described as the John Legend of the UK, that’s putting a whole heap of expectation out there. But that’s what music peeps are saying about BR James – Berkshire’s finest soul singer. Not only can the man sing, he’s also pretty nifty on the piano. You can see him perform at South Hill Park in Bracknell.

THEATRE: The Cherry Orchard, Theatre Royal Windsor, 1 Oct – 13 Nov

Sir Ian Mckellan Theatre Royal Windsor

Sir Ian McKellan has been lighting up the Theatre Royal stage in Windsor in an electrifying production of Hamlet. If you missed it, fear not, he now stars in Chekov’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.

EXHIBITION: The 1971 Reading Festival – For The First Time, Reading Museum, now – 29 Jan 2022

READING FESTIVAL 1971 FOR THE FIRST TIME exhibition

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.

MUSIC: Laura Marling, The Hexagon Reading, 16 Oct

Laura Marling musicIAN

When you release your 7th album and pick up a Grammy and Mercury Prize nominations, it’s safe to say you’ve hit creative gold. Now you can see what all the fuss is about when British folk singer Laura Marling performs music from Song For Our Daughter in Reading this month.

KIDS: The Little Prince Online Dance Workshop, Norden Farm Maidenhead, 15-30 Oct

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Entertain the kids at home with a fun and fast-moving workshop inspired by their award-winning show The Little Prince! Performers Faith and Andy will lead 20 minutes of dance and movement exploring the world of the Little Prince. Grown-ups are welcome too, but you might want to take the opportunity to have a cuppa in peace.

FILM: Free Guy, The Old Court Windsor, 15-28 Oct

Ryan Reynolds Free Guy

The Old Court in Windsor is spoiling us with 115 glorious minutes of Ryan Reynolds in his new film Free Guy. Your kids will love the game concept and vlogger cameos and everyone else can appreciate Ryan and his uber-cool co-star Jodie Cromer. It’s a fun film, so give it a go.

MUSIC: Norman Jay MBE & Don Letts, Sub89 Reading, 15 Oct

norman jay man with glasses and hat in front of yellow background

Ahhh, now this one takes me back to good times! The co-founder of pirate radio KISS FM and the legendary Good Times Sound System comes to Sub89 Reading with his vinyl collection and hat in tow.

SPORT: Qipco British Champions Day, Ascot Racecourse, Sat 16 Oct

Qipco British Champions Day Ascot Frankie Dettori

It’s the flat season finale! That’s all well and good but, let’s be honest we’re only in it for the cute hats, fashion and the endless supply of bubbles. Race you to the winner’s enclosure and we can trot around the parade ring on race day.

Phantom Brewing Co 10K, Reading, 17 Oct

If you need to burn the calories before your go on a beery bender, then this one’s for you. The Phantom Brewing Co 10K, organised by Barnes Fitness, takes place in central Reading. Once you pass the finish line, runners will get a free beer before swapping their trainers for drinking boots for the after party. More beed, street food and live music.

KIDS: PYO PUMPKINS

Child holding pumpkin

It’s prime pumpkin-picking time, and there are plenty of places to PYO this year. P-p-pick up a pumpkin at Cobbs Farm in Hungerford (2-31 Oct) as well as Copas Fruit Fields in Cookham, available 16-17 Oct and 23-31 Oct.

KIDS: Brick or Treat, Legoland Windsor, 14-31 Oct

Lifesize Lego Halloween figures dracula orange lego brick with lashes and witches hat and frankenstein

Brick or Treat has been running so long I’ve run out of lame jokes and puns. But in all serious, kids love it and this year Legoland Windsor are pulling out all the stops. If you want it to be fangtastic don’t miss the Haunted House Monster Party Ride, Lord Vampyre’s Creepy Crypt Trail, Monster Rocker’s fang-tastic Pumpkin Trail, plus all of the new rides in the brand new land LEGO MYTHICA: World of Mythical Creatures, live shows and attractions.

BOOK NOW: Cliveden Literary Festival, Cliveden House Hotel Taplow, 23 – 24 Oct

Cliveden Literary Festival

Politics, scandal and intelligent literary chat – kept civilised with an abundance of bubbles. Not a Boris  Johnson house party but the Cliveden Literary Festival. Speaking at this year’s event are: Oscar-winning writer, actor and director Emerald Fennell, comedian David Baddiel, Women’s Hour’s inquisitor-in-chief Emma Barnett, author Kate Mosse, Michael Gove MP, author Olivette Otele, former political columnist Barbara Amiel, my journo pal Camilla Tominey who broke the story that Harry and Meghan were dating and many more. With the sumptuous hotel as the backdrop, this promises to be a fabulous affair. Tickets from £110. Get 10% the ticket price with the code MUD10.

FURTHER AFIELD

Circus City, Bristol

Ooh, stepping out of county for a change? Go on, why not. Here are few things worth leaving home for:

THEATRE: The Shark is Broken, Ambassadors Theatre, London’s West End, 9 Oct – 15 Jan. This new comedy play (on stage one year later than planned, no prizes for guessing why) takes the audience to Cape Cod in 1974, and the making of Jaws. The mechanical shark has stopped working, and the lead actors are getting cranky. Reviews so far are rave.

EXHIBITION: Nero: the man behind the mythBritish Museum, on until 24 Oct. A ‘thrilling’ exhibition that questions the traditional narrative of Nero, one of Rome’s most infamous rulers, as a ruthless tyrant.

PERFORMANCECircus City, various venues across Bristol, from now until 16 Oct. Think you ‘get’ circus? Ooh, boy: there’s a whole world of contemporary circus out there, and this biennial circus celebration shows it all off.

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