What’s on this weekend
Fri 21 – Sun 23 July
On Track For Summer, Windsor Racecourse, Sat 22 July
It’s been a pretty crappy year, so a Summer of Love nostalgia fest could be the perfect antidote. Head to On Track For Summer for a celebration of peace and love. Fifty years after music fans partied at Balloon Meadow at Windsor Racecourse, the venue will once again rock the Queen’s foundations. Sophie Ellis Bextor’s dad, Robin, is the man in charge, so expect a starry turn out. Probably best to keep top on though, some things can never be unseen. Tickets £35.
Jess Glynne: Party In The Paddock, Newbury Racecourse, Sat 22 July
I don’t know much about the gee-gees. I had to ask my husband for tips at Ascot, but partying in the paddock is something I can do. Get your glad rags on for a full day of racing then shuffle and sway to the stunning vocals of Jess Glynne. Racing starts at 1.50pm, Jess takes to the stage at 5.40pm. Tickets: from £38.
The Big Camp, Cliveden National Trust, Fri 7 – Sat 22 July
The Big Camp at Cliveden is perfect. The family sleep under canvas in the five-star gorgeous grounds. They’ll discover wildlife, play games, explore the nearby Play Trail and be taken on a bat walk through the woods before hot chocolate round the campfire. You, on the hand, need to be checking in to the hotel, enjoying a nightcap on a squishy sofa and star-fishing in a giant bed. Everyone gets to have an adventure. It’s just one as a luxury bathroom and the other doesn’t. Adults £27, Children £17.
A Gamble With Death, Forbury Gardens Reading, Sat 22 July – Sat 5 Aug
A Gamble With Death is a murder mystery treasure hunt that sends teams of intrepid detectives to find clues hidden on the streets of Reading. Using your smartphone, you race around Reading to find hidden evidence, crack cryptic clues and converse with suspicious-looking characters to catch the culprit – before the time runs out. Imagine the Crystal Maze, Escape Room puzzles, a scavenger hunt, a team of live actors, your phone and a murder mystery all got together – with a timer. Tickets £20.
Fruit Salad, Purple Turtle Reading, Sun 23 July
When SESKA comes to town kids laugh out loud, Dads f*rt out loud and mums faint at his feet! He’s that good. Fruit Salad contains magic, mayhem and happiness and is crazier than finding a penguin in your fridge! Jonathan Ross’s kids love him. His shows sell out fast and the whole family end up bent double and in pain from laughing so hard. He’s back for another year at Reading Fringe Festival, it begins at 4.30pm and lasts for one hour. Tickets are £7. Grab a ticket while you can.
Bad Luck Cabaret, The Firestation Windsor, Fri 21 July
Laurie Black is badass alternative cabaret artist who taunts the gods of Bad Luck. Her cabaret features acts including My Bad Sister – the impeccable tap dancing, ‘cabarave’, all singing, all dancing badass intergalactic twins, burlesque beauties and nu-drag storytellers. ‘Kick bad luck in the dick’ is her mantra – angry at Brexit, angry at the world, she’s not taking no for an answer. This is a glitzy, glam and dangerous night out. Dress for the end of the world, or the beginning! Tickets £11
Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, The Hexagon Reading, Sat 22- Sun 23 July
If you’ve endured the drip drip water torture of children’s television, then there’s a strong chance you’ll be familiar with Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom. As it goes, it’s not the worst. A sarcastic fairy does wonders for a show’s credibility in my eyes. So the theatre show if this BAFTA award-winning TV animation has a lot going for it! Holly’s a young Fairy Princess, who is still learning how to fly and her magic doesn’t always go quite according to plan. Her best friend, Ben the Elf, doesn’t have wings and he doesn’t do magic, but he runs very fast and flies on the back of Gaston the Ladybird. Tickets £18, U16s £2 off, Family of four £64. Pop a Tramadol, you won’t feel a thing.