What’s on: this week
Mon 26 June – Sun 2 July 2017
Henley Royal Regatta, Wed 28 June – Sun 2 July
Don’t tell Muddy Bucks/Oxon but we’re crossing the Thames for the hottest regatta in existence. Straw boaters on, eyes on the lunch box (sarnies or Lycra bulges… they’re not mutually exclusive); and watch the rowing brawn from the riverbank – Henley Royal Regatta is on. A whopping 578 boats so keep your eye on the races, the smoking–hot rowers and your Champagne picnic.
ROH Live: Othello, various cinemas, Wed 28 June
Love opera, hate the eye-watering ticket prices? No problemo. Watch the action unfold live in cinemas across the UK without remortgaging your house. World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agrestal is Desdemona in a new production by Olivier Award winning director Keith Warner.
Nespresso Boutique, The Oracle Reading, opens Mon 26 June
This my friends is coffee! A wall of friggin’ coffee and I love it! Literally buzzing like I’ve had downed three double shot espressos that the Nespresso Boutique opens tomorrow in Reading. Now there’s no suggestion that the Clooney will be popping in, but I reckon with newborn twins he could do with caffeine-fuelled time out. So come on down, George. Se you about 10am?
Exclusive Le Vian Event, Ernest Jones Newbury, Wed 28 June
Shone bright like a diamond at this very special Le Vian event at Ernest Jones Newbury. Le Vian bring over 750 exclusive pieces from the US for the public to view, some of them are the last in the world or the only ones made! Book your VIP reservation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You could even win an exquisite piece. Bling it on.
Windsor Championship Dog Show, Home Park Windsor, Thurs 29 June – Sun 2 July
Best in show just got really competitive. With 160 breeds being pampered and preened, dog lovers are in for a treat this week as the prettiest pooches trot into the show ring at Windsor Championship Dog Show. It’s the summer Crufts, admission is free and there’s doggy day care available, so if you like your dogs blow dried and glossy, this is the gig for you.
Sense of Unity, Northbrook Street Newbury, Fri 30 June
Gentle giants of light meet in a percussive promenade performance through Newbury’s town centre in this night-time outdoor performance. Sense of Unity brings the illuminated large scale puppet, Dundu from Germany together with the UK’s LED-lit, high-energy, percussion ensemble Worldbeaters for the first time. As dusk falls, follow the band as they parade through the streets.
Wildlife Walk, Basildon Park Lower Basildon, Fri 30 June
Come on, let’s take a walk on the wild side, grrrr! After all, it’s brilliant for de-stressing (and I need to decompress after the Muddy Awards!). Let’s start with a wildlife walk around the magnificent parkland of Basildon Park (400 acres in tota). The walks are led by a warden and leave from the ticket office at 11am every Friday. It’s free, they last about an hour and there’s a tea room at the end. Walkies anyone?!
Outdoor Cinema Rocky Horror Picture Show, Newbury Rugby Club, Sat 1 July
It’s a jump to the left, and a step to the right… so dig out your corset, heels and apply your make up like a drunk person for the screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Newbury Rugby Club’s pop up outdoor cinema. Tickets needs to be booked in advance, enjoy a barbie, cocktails and fancy dress competition. Gates open at 7.30pm. Movie starts at 9.30pm.
Cream Tea Day, Norman Road Caversham, Fri 30 June
This Friday is National Cream Tea Day. I’m a Devon girl, so it’s always cream first and jam on top of a plain scone. This is not up for debate. Dare to disagree? I’m prepared for a food fight on this one. In the meantime, the wonderful Caversham Jam Lady – a finalist in the Muddy Awards for Best Local Producer is hosting a cream tea event on Friday from 12pm-2pm, all proceeds going to Reading Mencap. Good cause and great jam!
Norman Road, Caversham RG4 5JN. www.facebook.com/thejamladycaversham
Berkshire Motor Show, Prospect Park Reading, Sun 2 July
Get all revved up around the smell of oil and burning rubber. No I’m not driving around with the hand break on… again, the Berkshire Motor Show rolls into town for a day of family fun. There’s a fun fair, stalls, vintage cars motors, a dog display team and much more. In aid of bucketlistwishes.org.uk to give terminally ill people a last wish with there loved ones.
LAST CHANCE TO SEE
Don’t Dress For Dinner, Mill at Sonning, until Sat 1 July
Don’t Dress For Dinner sound like Jamie Oliver’s swingers sequel to the Naked Chef. But it’s not that kind of show. This is a classic French farce of marital infidelity, misunderstandings and mistaken identities. With his wife out of town,, Bernard thinks he’s planned the perfect romantic weekend for his mistress, Suzanne. But when Bernard’s wife changes her plans, an evening of hilarious confusion ensues! Tickets are £46 and include a two-course meal. Clothes are NOT optional.
House and Garden, The Watermill Newbury, Thur 25 May – Sat 1 Jul
The property porn mag House & Gardens has spent the last 70 years giving us a sneaky peak into the idyllic homes of the rich, famous and stylish (without a Lego brick, plastic dinosaur or empty wine glass to be seen). Here, playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s duo of plays House and Garden, uses the magazine’s name as a cheeky reference to the vision of perfection it portrays. The plays, performed simultaneously by the same cast in the theatre and garden, reveal that nothing is ever quite so perfect behind the ornate gates and brass-knockered doors. One character’s entrance to House is another’s exit from Garden.