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Fri 15 – Sun 17 September

Around The World In 80 Washing Lines, Riverside Museum Reading, Sat 16 – Sat 30 Sept

artist Mahlia Amatina in a laundrette surrounded by washing

Never air your dirty laundry in public… for fear of the embarrassing state of your smalls. Laundry seems an unlikely subject for an artist, but it does unite us. Mahlia Amatina invites you to discover ‘Around the World in 80 Washing Lines’, an autism-friendly art exhibition. Visitors are advised to keep it clean with their clothes on.


Reading on Thames Festival, Sat 9 – Sun 17 Sept

Enter our very own water world at the first ever Reading on Thames Festival – an arts and culture fest using Reading’s rivers as a backdrop. Expect theatre, opera, writing, debate and exhibitions inspired by the local H2O. For the full programme of events go to website and get involved.


Cookham & Maidenhead Arts Trail, Sat 16 – Sun 17 Sept

Finnish artist Satu Vartiainen's abstract painting mixing blues, pinks and coals

Always wondered what artist’s do all day? Now’s your chance to find out. Join the Cookham and Maidenhead Arts Trail and have a nose around the studios of the talented creatives working in the area and even buy, it you like. While you’re in the area pop into the Stanley Spencer Gallery and then grab a bite at the Bel & The Dragon.


Paul Zerdin All Mouth, Corn Exchange Newbury, Fri 15 Sept

British ventriloquist, comedian and America’s Got Talent 2015 winner, Paul Zerdin, is returning to the UK with his live show. A whopping 22 million internet views, don’t lie. The man’s a genius. Join Paul, pre-teen Sam, cantankerous OAP Albert and the precocious Baby, plus two new characters, for a laugh-out-loud evening.


7Up, The Firestation Windsor, Sat 16 Sept

Find yourself going to club and begging them to play your favourite choons or thinking you could do better? Then 7UP is the night for you. Pick 7 songs, bring them along on an iPod, CD or other such thingy, play them loud. If they’re rubbish, you’ll get gonged of If they’re super-wicked and quite sick, you’ll win the coveted 7UP prize.


Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, Blenheim Palace, 13 – 17 Sept

show jumping blenheim horse trials

Tally-ho! The 27th annual Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials return this week, a three day event over four days (go figure) featuring dressage, cross country and show-jumping. It’s very horsey as you can imagine – the trade stands are rammed with tweed, leather boots and strange equine fashion, but you get great views of the competition (nearly so close you can touch in some instances), and it’s a slickly run event in stunning surrounds.  This year the popular Fun ride route has been changed with more jumps and both a long and short course, plus there’s a new shopping pavilion. Horsey heaven.


London Design Festival, various locations, 16 – 24 Sept

This festival, now in its 15th year, is just incredible – hundreds of events taking place across the city at venues including the V&A where you can see this stunning Reflection Room, by designer Flynn Talbot,  an immersive coloured light experience that will be the first London Design Festival installation to be housed in the Prince Consort Gallery.

The Handmade Fair, Hampton Court, Fri 15 – Sun 17 Sept

I can’t even sew labels onto school clothes so this kind of event is way out of my comfort zone. However, you may be au fait with a with needle and thread, sewing machine, knitters and fabric scissors, in which case fill your boots at this slick annual offering from everyone’ favourite Head Girl Kirsty Allsopp. Joining her are interior designer and author Sophie Conran and founder of Not On The High Street, Holly Tucker, and, of course, Kirstie Allsopp. Plus there’s the chance to try something new in the interactive workshops – from calligraphy to wirework, machine sewing to screen printing.

The Handmade Fair


The Great Antique & Vintage Car Boot Fair, Stonor Park, Sun 17 Sept 

I’m not sure how Stonor Park polices what qualifies as vintage and antique but this sounds like the kind of event where you could find a real bargain or two. Tickets are £7 between 7-9am (yes, you read that right – set your alarm) and only £4 from 9am onwards, so if you’re serious about snaffling that masterpiece, get there early! Otherwise meander around until 5pm at your leisure.

Stonor Park, Stonor, Henley-on-Thames,

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