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MON 23 – SUN 29 APRIL

 Ballet Black, Corn Exchange Newbury, Wed 25 Apr

Black Ballet contemporary ballet The Suit

Ballet Black returns for the 5th year with specially commissioned pieces celebrating dancers of black and Asian decent. Renowned British choreographer Cathy Marston has created a new ballet based on Can Themba’s moving fable The Suit. Completing the evening is Arthur Pita’s Olivier nominated A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream. cornexchangenew.com

 

David Baddiel: My Family, Not The Sitcom, The Hexagon, Sun 29 Apr

Families all have their moments – embarrassing, cringingly awful and utterly ridiculous. That’s just Ma Muddy. But David Baddiel is about to up the ante. His show is covers, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral policing on social media, golf, and gay cats. It’s massively disrespectful celebration of the lives of David’s late sex-mad mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin. Come and be offended on David’s behalf! readingarts.com/hexagon

 

Grump Old Women To The Rescue, Corn Exchange Newbury, Sat 28 Apr

Grumpy Old Women starring Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane and Lizzie Roper

Fed up with flogging their guts out and alway having to be in charge? Join the Grumpy Old Women (Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane, Lizzie Roper) who have put their knobbly old feet up in glorious retirement, free at last to practise their extreme colouring-in, ukelele orchestra and novelty fudge-making. A riot of truth be told laughs. cornexchangenew.com

 

Adventure Explosion, The Hope Windsor, Wed 25 Apr

Author Lois Pryce wearing open black helmet and goggles for solo motorcycle ride across Iran

The curators of The Adventure Travel Film Festival, film-maker Austin Vince and author Lois Pryce bring a whirlwind of adventure to Windsor. Lois will be speaking about her solo motorcycle ride around Iran and Austin will show a collection of shorts from the Adventure Travel Film Festival, taking you train-hopping in the USA, uni-cycling across China and detouring into Armenia, Japan and Chernobyl along the way… fireythings.com

 

Are Your Listening Festival, South Street Reading, Sat 28 Apr

Turquoise yellow what and black illustration of a pointing hand – Are Your Listening festival

When the bill includes one of the late great Prince’s personal faves, you sit up like a meerkat. Indie pop kings Field Music (Mercury prize nominated) will perform at Are Your Listening? Reading’s fab multi-venue one day festival alongside breakbeat pioneers Plump DJs. The duo, who’ve collaborated with Mark Ronson, Gary Newman and Fatboy Slim, will perform their legendary four deck DJ set. Add Carnival Youth who supported the Red Hot Chili Peppers and BBC 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq and you know it’s a bit spesh. readingarts.com/south-street

 

The Art Of Style, The Oracle Reading, Fri 27 – Sun 29 Apr

women wearing floral dresses head scarf sunglasses and cropped jeans

The new season has finally arrived (woohoo), so if you’re now ready to ditch your winter woolies for something SS18, then pop along to The Oracle Reading  An army of stylists are on hand to guide you through the trends – brought to life by sculpture and catwalk shows. There’s also a team of make-up artist to help you turn your wobbly eyeliner into the perfect cat-eye flick or help you find the perfect shade of red lippie. theoracle.com

 

The Washboard Resonators, The Hope Windsor, Fri 27 Apr

The Washboard Resonators folk band banjo field suits

The Washboard Resonators are a duo that play foot-stomping blues, vaudeville, ragtime, hokum, skiffle, swing and folk like it was in the 1920s, 30s & 40s. Expect a show with upbeat songs, tap dancing and an array of instruments, including; washboard, resonator guitars, banjo, ukulele, snare drum, suitcase bass drum, spoons and their very own invention—the kazoosaphone. fireythings.com

 

The Great British Dog Walk, Windsor Great Park, Sat 28 Apr

Muddy Stilettos Berkshire Hungarian Vizsla Benson

Benson the Muddy hound

Walkies! This is a nice idea to get you, your family and your pooch out into the Spring air, while raising funds for the charity Hearing Dogs For Deaf People. The Great British Dog Walk takes in a 4km family route or an 8k scenic one around Windsor Great Park, where you might just spot deer or royalty. There’s also various stalls, activities and refreshments. It’s £10 for an advance adult ticket, with children under the age of 16 go free. Plus you get a free doggie bandanna to jazz up Rover. hearingdogs.org.uk

 

Ascot Fashion Weekend, Ascot Racecourse, Fri 27 – Sat 28 Apr

Woman shopping with bad cream short coat knee high boots and mustard yellow tights

Need to give the credit card a battering? Ascot Racecourse is hosting an SS18 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 your 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. ukgrandsales.co.uk

 

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, Showcase Cinema Reading, Fri 27 Apr –Wed 2 May

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood – documentary Westwood: Punk, Activist, Icon Berkshire

Anyone else a bit mad about Westwood? And I mean the super cool punk icon, NOT the cheesey DJ – just to be super clear! We’re giddy at the thought of checking out this (first) documentary about the legend’s life and work and, we are gonna make sure we dress appropriately outrageously for the occasion! Yaaaaaaaaa cornexchangenew.com

 

A Shot In the Saddle: A Murder Mystery Treasure Hunt, Queen’s Walk Plaza Reading, Sat 28 Apr

Empty horse stables in a barn wood and steel

Great for teens and tech obsessives who could do with seeing daylight – vitamin D levels running dangerously low. A Shot in The Saddle is a murder mystery treasure hunt against the clock. Reading is the set for this real life whodunnit, fusing live action, escape room style puzzles  and cryptic clue cracking using smartphones. #WhoKilledGideonUp ashotinthesaddle.com

 

Tractor Ted Live, Stonor Park, Sun 29 April 

The UK’s favourite little green tractor will be making a star appearance at Stonor Park. There’s also a mobile farm for kids 1-7 years (are you kidding me, I LOVE a mobile farm), and a giant Tractor Ted Bouncy Castle. You can book online for a 10% reduction.

 

Children’s Fun Day, Mary Hare School, Sun 27 Apr

four kids dressed as superheroes

Kick the kids out and raise money for a great cause. Mary Hare School for the Deaf is running a Family Fun Day with a Mini Olympics to test their Rocket Balloon Javelin, Water Bomb skills and, er, Ankle Breaking. Plus all the standard fete activities like tombola, glitter tattoos, Beat The Goalie, Hoopla, cake decorating and crafting. Drop a tramadol and keep handing over the cash. maryhare.org.uk

 

FURTHER AFIELD
Fashioned By Naturem V&A London, now – 27 Jan 2019

Model with bull skull wearing French embroidered waistcoat, black trousers, holding pheasant feathers – V&A Fashioned By Nature

Embroidered silk waistcoat, France, 1780-9. Image: Vee Speers © V&A

Love a tassel earring? How about the heads of two real Honeycreeper birds? Very fashionable in 1875, but a step too far for me. The V&A’s new exhibition Fashioned By Nature takes the idea of fashion victim to a new level in an exhibition that traces 400 years of fashion and its cost on the environment. Check out the dress embellished with beetle wings, Jean Paul Gaultier’s beaded leopard dress and innovative fabrics like Vegea’s Grape gown made from the waste in wine production. Permission to pour a large one. You’re drinking with a conscience. vam.ac.uk
Chipping Norton Lit Fest, Thurs 26 – Sun 29 AprilLoving the sound of this eclectic festival. Reggie Yates and Gorky Paul rub shoulders with Terry Waite and Lionel Shriver in various venues throughout this elegant Cotswolds town in North Oxfordshire.  
UNIQLO Tate Lates, Tate Modern, London, Fri 27 April 2018
Blue moon Uniqlo Tate Lates

Totally groovacious after hours event at Tate Modern on the last Friday of every month, with a mix of art, music, film and workshops. Yours from 6-10pm and absolutely free. tate.org.uk

 

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Royal Windsor Horse Show, Wed 9 – Wed 16 May 

Carl Hester Dressage Royal Windsor Horse Show

Photograph: Peter Nixon

I love the Royal Windsor Horse Show – hanging out casually with the royal family (there’s always a good turn out), top competitors including Olympic gold medallist Carl Hester (above), military pomp and ceremony, the Shetland pony kids’ Grand National, shopping, food. Nuff said, right? This year marks the 75th anniversary of the show and it’s a brilliant day out for all the family whether you’re obsessed with horses or not. Plus you can get a cheeky Muddy discount on general daytime tickets: Quote MUDDY at checkout and you’ll get £3 off weekday; £3.50 on weekend tickets. Alternatively call the Ticket Factory on 0844 581 4960 or visit Windsor Information Centre or call 01753 743589. rwhs.co.uk

 

Supercar Sunday, Stonor Park, Sun 20 May

Calling all Penelope Pitstops! Get yourselves down to Stonor Park, the idyllic backdrop of this annual supercar event, featuring a parade of pioneering race cars, classic sportscars, and modern hypercars. It’s set to be a fantastic family day out where you can enjoy a picnic – once the cars have left the lawn of course, health and safety fans – try some exciting street food or let loose in the Wonder Woods. Book now and save £3 per ticket. stonor.com

 

The Little Welly Adventure Course, Culden Faw Estate Henley, 9-10 June

Little Welly adventure course pool of foam

Give it some welly and book now for this summer’s much-loved Little Welly kids’ obstacle course (even the most iPad-obsessed nippers can’t resist). It’s 9 and 10 June just over the border in in Henley. Go, go, go! Snap up your tickets. thelittlewelly.co.uk

 

The Shed at Pub in the Park, Marlow, Sun 20 May

Tom Kerridge has Marlow residents eating out of the palm of his hand (not literally, that would be disgusting). His latest grand plan for the town is a special Sunday lunch at The Shed, followed by VIP Sunday night tickets to Pub in the Park – think bubbles in the private bar and the best view of the stage – and then a stay at The Hand and Flowers for the night. The privilege will cost you £450 per person (*gulp*) but what price 24 hours of gastro happiness? Call 01628 401530 or theshed@thehandandflowers.co.uk.

 

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