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Furrow Collective, Arlington Arts Centre Newbury, Fri 2 Mar

Furrow Collective folk band Arlington Arts Centre Newbury

Award-winning folk band Furrow Collective are clearly doing a better job than Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May in showing a united front. This English/ Scottish band formed in 2013, drawn by a shared love of traditional songs and an open intuitive approach to collaboration. Mojo mag described them as ‘mouthwatering’, so don’t miss the chance to see something truly unique.



World Book Day, Windsor Castle, Fri 2 – Sat 3 Mar

Windsor Castle rare and antique books World Book Day

‘Hooray for World Book Day!’ said no parent ever, as we cobble together a passable character. But World Book Day’s not just a chance for kids to play dress up. Windsor Castle is giving you the chance to see someof its finest books from the Royal Library, including exquisite illuminated manuscripts alongside books owned by Henry VIII and Charles I.



The Hound of The Baskervilles, Mill at Sonning, now – 17 Mar

Dartmoor is a pretty creepy place even in daylight. My impression of it didn’t improve after reading Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound  of the Baskervilles. But if you love a terrifying mystery on a dark winter’s night, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson using their powers of deduction at the Mill at Sonning. Hopefully George Clooney will console me (he was in the audience with Amal to seeMy Fair Lady – just saying).


Nick Sharratt’s Big Draw Along, Corn Exchange Newbury, Sat 3 Mar 

Illustrator Nick Sharratt Big Draw Along Corn exchange Newbury

Nick Sharratt has illustrated close to 260 books. They range from board books for babies to novels for teens. He’s worked with top authors including Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen, and Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Up your doodle game, and join Nick for a fun draw-along, as he reveals the secrets to drawing Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, kings and cats and all kinds of crazy creatures.


Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room, Hexagon Reading, Fri 2 Mar

Comedian Katherine Ryan Canadian Reading Arts Hexagon

If you haven’t heard of Katherine Ryan, where the hell have you been? She’s ruthlesslessly funny and all over the telly box. Her latest show Glitter Ball is a celebration of single motherhood. Who needs a lover in your life to unzip your tight dresses when you’ve got an eight-year-old or (if desperate) an Uber driver on hand? The woman is a force of nature, be prepared for a girl crush.


Dracula: The Bloody Truth, Theatre Royal Windsor, Wed 28 Feb – Sat 3 Mar

It’s a night of garlic and stakes! Sounds delicious but this is not a romance killing meal out – instead, go heavy on the eyeliner and enjoy the Gothic gigglefest Dracula: The Bloody Truth. It’s a theatrical comedy that’ll take you across Europe from the dark and sinister Transylvanian mountains to the, er, Whitby. It’s a show full of song, dance, shadow puppets and Victorian parlour tricks.


Stephen Bailey: Can’t Think Straight, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Fri 2 Mar

Comedian Stephen Bailey Norden Farm Maidenhead

Meet your new potty-mouthed best friend, who supported Katherine Ryan and Jenny Éclair on their recent sell-out UK tours. Stephen Bailey’s friendly, gossipy humour has made him one of the most enjoyable acts on the UK comedy circuit today. He was also named one of Attitude Magazine’s Top 100 Bachelors of the Year… just saying. Looking for love or a laugh, check out Stephen at Norden Farm.



Barbara Hepworth: Finding Form, River & Rowing Museum, Henley, now – 3 June

I love Barbara Hepworth’s work – if you’re ever in St Ives, be sure to visit her gorgeous house/studio, with its striking sculptures dotted all around the pretty garden. So I’m very excited about this – and what a coup for Henley’s little museum. This retrospective covers the sculptor’s work from the 1930s to the 1960s, borrowing pieces from the Tate and National Portrait Gallery. A must-see.



Variety Night: Grayson Perry, Sir Michael Parkinson, Gareth Malone, New Theatre Oxford, Weds 28 Feb

Perry, Parkinson and Malone. The most unlikely boyband ever? A new firm of solicitors? Actually, the artist, the interviewer and the choirmaster are appearing together, in conversation, on stage for this charity fundraiser. What on earth will they talk about? We’re promised ‘laughs, discussion, insight and costume changes’ (presumably the latter from Perry rather than Parkinson).

Orchid Festival, Kew Gardens, London, now – 11 March

Things are going totally tropical this month at London’s gorgeous Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival takes in Insta-friendly displays of the vibrant Thai blooms, Thai street food and musical performances, workshops on how to grow these notoriously tricky flowers and Thai afternoon tea at The Botanical restaurant. King prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet followed by Thai sticky coconut cream rice with mango salsa? Yes please.

National Theatre Posters, National Theatre, South Bank, London,  now – 31 March 2018

Theatre posters advertising National Theatre productions from 1963 to the present day are on display in a free exhibition at the building until March. Curated by Rick Poynor, professor of Design and Visual Culture at the University of Reading. it explores changing promotional styles and features some famous productions.


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