What’s on this week
Mon 7 – Sun 13 Aug
A Gamble With Death, Forbury Gardens Reading, Sat 12 Aug
There’s been a murrrrrder! A Gamble With Death is a murder mystery treasure hunt with a difference. Using your smartphone, race around town, crack cryptic clues and converse with dodgy characters to catch the culprit in the nick of time. Imagine the Crystal Maze, a scavenger hunt, live actors and your phone all got together. Tickets £20.
The Dinosaur Show, Look Out Discovery Centre Bracknell, until Tues 5 Sept
Looking for a totally roarsome day out with your dino loving nippers? Then this is going to be one Rex-citing (too much? Nah) adventure – and it’s in Bracknell! The Dinosaur Show at the Look Out Discovery Centre is full of fun dinosaur facts, with lots of audience participation. Show runs at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3.15pm.
RSC Live: Titus Andronicus, UK cinema release, Wed 9 Aug
If Shakespeare was pitching have Titus Andronicus to HBO they would have said: ‘Nice plot, Will, but we need a catchier title. How about Dexter. Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents murder as entertainment and, as the body count piles ups up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society
The Final Exhibition, New Greenham Arts, Fri 4 – Sun 13 August
The Studio 8 artists are going out with a bang with The Final Exhibition – their last in this gallery space. Studio 8 artist studios have been housing creatives since New Greenham Arts opened in 1999. It will close at the end of August, so don’t miss the opportunity to see works by Jane Cannon, Shirley Eccles, Sally Haynes, Julie Parker, Helen Peake and Ursula Waechter.
The Oracle Summer Food Fest, Reading, Fri 11 – Sun 13 Aug
Forks at the ready, big pants on and an elasticated waist is essential for The Oracle’s Summer Food Fest. The restaurant’s will be serving up loads of delicious samples and handing discounts out like sweeties. So if you’re in Reading, hungry, little bit greedy, looking for some freebies, this is the place to be.
A Teenage Opera, South Hill Park Bracknell, Fri 11 – Sun 13 Aug
Before Jesus Christ Superstar, before Tommy, before Joseph, there was… A Teenage Opera – a magical mystery of musical theatre set in the Summer of Love. Dive into the bowels of your wardrobe and dig out your psychedelic finery and enjoy classic hits from Wirtz and West. Next stop 1967.
Performance exhibition, Bray House Maidenhead, Sat 12 – Wed 16 Aug
Can you believe it was the Rio Olympics this time last year? We were all a bit bleary eyed staying up to watch Team GB going for gold. Beautiful Brazil, carnival spirit, caipirinha cocktails – it’s a blur, but it was a gift for photographers. Here’s your chance to see awesome images in the Performance exhibition at Bray House.
Crossing Lines, Goldwell Park Newbury, Sat 12 Aug
The Corn Exchange’s big, bold outdoor shows just get bigger. Crossing Lines is the latest with PAN.OPTIKUM, one of Europe’s most spectacular outdoor performance companies, joining 30 young people from nine European countries to dance, rap and wow with the help of a huge set and video projection. It’s going to be epic – and it’s FREE!
Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem, River & Rowing Museum Henley, until 24 Sept
Bounce over to Henley for the River and Rowing Museum’s latest kid-friendly attraction – Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem. This exhibition includes original artworks, first editions and early Peter Rabbit merchandise. You can can even help Mrs Tiggywinkle hang up the laundry or visit Mrs Rabbit’s burrow! Dress up (probably best to save your bunny girl outfit for another day), help in Mr MacGregor’s Garden and listen to stories.
Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden, activities throughout August
This month, you can make a Buzzwangling Bird Feeder or a Biffsquilling Bug Jar. You can take a Swishwiffling Storytelling Walk or a Gloriumptious Guided Trail. You can listen to stories and explore the museum and even take a peek at some of the behind-the-scenes archives of Dahl’s letters and manuscripts. And that isn’t even half of it – there’s lots happening all month.
The Secret Garden & Pride & Prejudice, Cliveden Taplow, Thurs 24 – Sat 26 Aug
Surroundings rarely come more rarefied than Cliveden House and its glorious gardens. This month, catch The Secret Garden (24 Aug), based on the children’s book by Frances Hodgson Burnett or a new take on Pride and Prejudice (25 & 26 Aug). Here’s hoping Mr Darcy emerges, wet of shirt, from the swimming pool.
Cliveden House, Taplow, Berks, nationaltrust.org.uk
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London
It involves trekking up to the smoke, but it’s worth it for an evening at this picturesque fairy-light strewn theatre, which is the big daddy of al fresco productions – and the London Theatre Of The Year in 2016’s The Stage awards, no less. They’re bringing out the big guns: namely, the Olivier and Evening Standard award-winning Jesus Christ Superstar (11 Aug 2017 – 23 Sept 2017).
Dinosaur World, Banbury Museum, now – 9 Sept
This is a summer hols saviour if you have little ones who love dinosaurs. At Banbury Museum they can create their own dinosaur lands, creature, masks and fossil collages and even a hatching dino baby. It’s on Saturdays and every day during the Oxon school holidays, with two daily sessions: 10:30am – 12:30pm or 2pm – 4pm.
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Refresh Festival, Wellington Country Park, Sat 2 – Sun 3 Sept
After a summer of booze, bands and bonkers kids, you’re going to need a sanity-saver. I’ve got just the thing. The spinky spanky new Refresh Festival, hosted by Olympic legend Dame Kelly Holmes, is coming to Wellington Country Park. Fun, family friendly and focused on health, fitness and wellbeing, this is a chance to get inspired and press the reset button. After a summer with the kids, I’m in.
The Muddy Literary Salon at Thame Arts & Literature Festival, Thurs 12 Oct
Muddy Bucks/Oxon is opening a Literary Salon during the Thame Literary Festival. It’s worth a little jaunt into Bucks. Booking opens on Tues 1 August and there are only 120 tickets available to see 5 awesome authors at the inaugural literary event. Blogger/food author Sasha Wilkins (aka LibertyLondonGirl), Clover Stroud, Elizabeth Heathcote, Tamsina Perry and Alexandra Heminsley make up the line up, plus there’ll be more Prosecco than you can shake a stick at. Read all about it, or go straight for the jugular and book here now at a bargainous £10.
Giacometti, Tate Modern, until 10 Sept
Last few weeks to catch the UK’s first major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti for 20 years, at the Tate Modern. Celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman, Giacometti’s distinctive elongated figures are some of the most instantly recognisable works of modern art in Tate Modern’s ambitious and wide-ranging exhibition of over 250 works. It includes rarely seen plasters and drawings and showcases the full evolution of Giacometti’s career across five decades, from early works such as Head of a Woman [Flora Mayo] 1926 to iconic bronze sculptures such as Walking Man I 1960.