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Finger hovering over the thermostat?Don't stay in. Grab your coat, we're going out. What’s on near you, you ask? I know, I know! Family theatre, drive in cinema and more.

DRIVE-IN CINEMA: Ascot Racecourse, Fri 4 – Sun 6 Sep

Taron Egerton Rocketman

Drive-in cinema’s are huuuuge this year – getting you out out but with all the social distancing boxes ticked. Luna Drive In has pitched up at Ascot Racecourse with their big screen with a smörgåsbord of cinematic greats. On the movie this weekend you have: Friday – Aladdin, Dirty Dancing and Rocketman; On Saturday – Grease; Sunday – Toy Story 4, The Greatest Showman.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: Midsummer Night’s Dream, South Hill Park Bracknell, Sat 5 Sep

Cricket DReam Midsummer Night's Dream South Hill park

Autumn, you say? Not on our watch. We’re pressing pause to enjoy a chaotic and confusing cricket-themed production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Six actor-musicians from Scoot Theatre will perform at South Hill Park’s amphitheatre in cricket whites and armed with water pistols in this family-friendly comedy in just 60 minutes. Pack up the cucumber sarnies and a flask of squash for a fun night with the Bard. Owzat!

EXHIBITION: Open Air Sculpture, Shaw House Newbury, Sat 5 Sep – Sun 27 Sep

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Winds of Change sculpture by Brendan Murless

Practice your arty-farty face and waft around The Orangery Lawn at Shaw House in Newbury. The postponed Altered States Sculpture exhibition opens this month and gives you the chance to discover artworks by top Uk sculptors in this lovely historic setting. Everything’s for sale so, if you find something you love, you can batter the credit card. Just make sure it’ll fit in the car boot.

COMEDY: Mark Watson – How You Can Almost Win, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Sun 6 Sep

Comedian Mark Watson Norden farm

In 2017, Mark Watson – a man prone to considerable anxiety, with multiple phobias and a history of piss-poor self-esteem – was asked to go on Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls. To say it wasn’t his bag, is an understatement. Mark enjoys safety, comfort, food and not being scared and miserable. But the experience changed the shambolic comedian for the better, and now he’s written a sort of motivational talk with jokes. Join the socially distant audience or online.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: The Hound Of The Baskervilles, The Watermill Theatre Newbury, now – Sun 6 Sep

The Hound of the Baskervilles Watermill THeatre Poster

The show must go on and it helps when your theatre has a garden. The stunning Watermill Theatre in Bagnor usually puts on an immersive performance amongst its flora and fauna – and when they got the 2020 green light, they had the spooky retelling of Sherlock Holmes’ The Hound of the Baskervilles ready to go. Support the arts, book a table and get your culture fix. It’s elementary, dear Muddy readers, elementary.

MUSIC: Camelot, The Watermill Theatre Newbury, now – Sat 5 Sep

The Watermill Theatre Newbury garden

A garden concert, you say? Your wish is my command, m’lady. The Watermill Theatre will be performing Camelot – a special concert of Lerner and Loewe’s music based on the legend of King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot. Lose yourself in a socially distanced world of knights and chivalry, royalty and romance.

COMEDY: Drive-in Comedy, Millets Farm, nr Abingdon, 5 Sep

If you’re looking for belly laughs, pull up to Millets Farm for an award-winning Jericho Comedy night from the comfort of your motor (if the weather’s nice, you can bring a picnic blanket and watch the show outside your car instead). The show will be broadcast on bluetooth speakers, plus you can pre-order pizza and burgers from the Millets Farm Kitchen.

EXHIBITION: Aubrey Beardsley, Tate Britain, now – 20 Sept

Aubrey Beardsley

Here’s the last call to see this awesome retrospective exhibition of Aubrey Beardsley’s work, from his early medievalist and mythological subjects to his bold illustrations covering themes of sex, death and humour.

EXHIBITION: Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers, The Design Museum, London, now – 14 Feb

From underground raves to the pioneering sounds used in Dr Who, this exhibition explores the history and culture of electronic music throughout the ages. 

EXHIBITION: Ai Weiwei: History of Bombs, Imperial War Museum, London, now – 24 May 2021

Part of Refugees, a free season of exhibitions, artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North, this exhibition draws on renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s ongoing investigation into politics and power.   

LAST CHANCE: Steve McQueen, Tate Modern, London, now – 6 Sept 

This solo exhibition of London-born artist and director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen’s portfolio features 14 major works spanning his extensive career in film, photography and sculpture and is the first major UK exhibition since he received the Turner Prize in 1999. So, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal! The display will cover the last 25 years of McQueen’s career, including personal and intimate works such as his early film on a Super 8 camera and this awesome aerial depiction of the Statue of Liberty (above).

Looking to plan ahead? Fill up your diary with our curated guide to what’s on this September.

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