What’s on this weekend
FRI 3 – SUN 5 NOV
Lions club Fireworks Display, Newbury Racecourse, Sat 4 Nov
Grab your sparklers! This year Newbury Lions Club Fireworks marks the organisation’s 100 years of charitable work. Ooh and aah at the popping, banging and sparkle of this fizzwhizzing fireworks display. Plus you can enjoy all the fun of the fair, a BBQ, bar and hot drinks. Scream if you want to go faster or just to stop after too many beers and bangers. Tickets can be bought online vie the Corn Exchange.
Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday, Ascot Racecourse, Sat 4 Nov
Move over Halloween, Bonfire Night is coming atcha with a boom shakalaka boom. Ascot Racecourse’s legendary Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday, takes the toffee apple and sparkler experience to a whole new level. Marking the start of the new Jump season, you can watch the gee gees, have a flutter, enjoy a FREE fair ground and U18s can tag along for for free too. Proceeds go to local charities. Winner winner
Timpany’s Pop Up, Sunningdale, Nov and Dec
If you haven’t visited Timpany’s in Sunninhill, then this is your time to shine. It is a beautiful (Muddy award-winning) fashion boutique, stocking stunning pre-loved designer clobber. Top quality fashion at prices so tantalising we can all dip our toe in designer waters. But Timpany’s HQ is bursting at the seams, so owner Antonia is popping up for two months in Sunnindale. If you’re looking for Christmas outfits, partywear or gift ideas, head to the new pop up at 1-2 Broomhall Buildings, Sunningdale. You’ll come out in a cloud of Chanel.
The BFG in Pictures, River and Rowing Museum, Henley, until 21 Jan 2018
Curated by Quentin Blake himself, the exhibition of everyone’s favourite giant includes unpublished illustrations that have never been exhibited in public before. The exhibition includes Blake’s first designs that weren’t included in the book, and provide a glimpse of a BFG that might have been in 40 original artworks. Don’t forget there’s the permanent John Piper exhibition at the museum too – that’s well worth seeing in its own right.
Amy Macdonald, Hexagon Reading, Sat 4 Nov
Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald has been performing for a decade, sold 12million records and has a 700k social media followers. She’s a pretty big deal and she will be gracing the Hexagon stage this weekend. If you love your indie music to have an uplifting hint of pop, then Amy’s your go-to gal. Tickets are selling fast, so don’t miss out.
Perfect Wedding, The Mill at Sonning, until Sat 18 Nov
Theatre’s answer to The Hangover, The Mill at Sonning’s new production The Perfect Wedding is all about the pitfalls of the stag do: naked girls, memory loss, cover ups and a bride on the warpath. The perfect medicine for all those thinking of getting married! Plus all tickets come with a two-course meal. Just in case you needed a clincher.
Tidy Up by Peut Etre Theatre, South Street Arts Reading, Sat 4 Nov
So THIS is how you get your kids to tidy up! Take them to the theatre, let the performers create chaos and let your rugrats channel their inner Monica. Hmm. We will see. Peut-Être Theatre’s Tidy Up looks at why some of us gravitate towards mess and whether the ‘right way’ really exists. You’ll discover balloons can create pandemonium and tidiness becomes exciting. If it means I don’t step on another lego brick, I’m sold.