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10 unmissable things to do this weekend

Literary luvvies, comedy, shopping, a music festival and Sir Ian Mckellan on stage... it's all going on in our 'hood this weekend..


DANCE: Carmen, South Hill Park Bracknell, 9 Oct

Jose Agudo – one of the world’s leading choreographers – draws upon his unique palette of Flamenco and contemporary dance to create this dramatic adaptation of Carmen. It’s a cracker. Don’t miss it.

THEATRE: The Cherry Orchard, Theatre Royal Windsor, now – 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.

FILM: Respect (12A), Norden Farm Maidenhead, 8-13 Oct

Respect Jennifer Hudson

Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career — from a child singing in her father’s church choir to her international superstardom — it’s the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.

COMEDY: Chris Ramsay, The Hexagon Reading, 8 Oct


Chris Ramsay has finally scrubbed off the last of the fake tan and stopped finding glitter and sequins in every crevice. To celebrate, he’s shimmying off on tour for his biggest ever stand-up tour.

SHOPPING: Ascot Fashion Weekend, Ascot Racecourse, 8-9 Oct

Need to give the credit card a battering? Ascot Racecourse is hosting an AW21 fashion frenzy. Designers and boutiques will be wafting about like peacocks at the Ascot Fashion Weekend. Whether you just need a trend injection, have a party to go to or you’re looking for something to see you through the new season, you’ll find it here. Grab the girls, join the stampede and shop till you drop.

EVENT: Wedding Fair, Swan At Streatley, 10 Oct

Wedding Fair swan at StreaTley

Calling all Bridezillas! If you’ve got a wedding to plan this is the event for you. The Swan at Streatley will be is finally saying ‘I Do’ to their first pst lockdown Wedding Fair. It’s a great chance to snoop round this stunning riverside venue and meet loads of brilliant local wedding suppliers. 11am-3pm. Pre-register and for a surprise gift.

EXHIBITION: 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.

FESTIVALS: Henley Literary Festival, Various location in Henley, now – 10 Oct

It’s Henley Literary Festival‘s last hurrah for 2021 – but there’s still plenty of things authors to see from now until 10 Oct. The festival boasts a rack of big names like Grace Dent (9 Oct), Joe Wicks (9 Oct), Mariella Frostrup and Mel Giedroyc (10 Oct) and many more. 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?

MUSIC: Are You Listening Festival, Reading, 9 Oct

Are you listening festival 2019 Reading South Street arts illustration of a finger pointing from a gramaphone horn with the message are you listening?

The opportunity to see bands before they get mahoosive – and raise money for charity. Reading’s fab one day festival caters for all tastes but we’re sitting up like meerkats for Billie Marten, who is A listed on BBC6Music who counts Annie Mac as a fan. Add into the mix Freestylers DJ who have played at Glastonbury, the Times Square Millennium Party and Top of the Pops and BC Camplight, another Glasto vet, and you know it’s a bit spesh. Tickets £27.50pp.

FILM: The Screen Room, The Old Court Windsor, 10 Oct


Head to the super-cool Old Court in Windsor for a day date with the kids to see Spirit Untamed about a girl who befriends a wild mustang when she moves from the city to the middle of nowhere. Or turn the romance dial up for a fondue film The Last Letter From Your Lover about a journalist investigating a forbidden love affair.


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.

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