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FRI 18 – SUN 20 MAY

Royal Wedding, Windsor, Sat 19 May

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engagement photos Frogmore House Windsor Berkshire

Image: Alexi Lubomirski

There is one ticket in town that everyone wants this month and it’s a FROW seat to the Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding. Invite got lost in the post? *Sniff* Mine too. Heading to Windsor, if you can’t get near the action, The Boatman will be screening the I dos, fizz and food by the river. Cliveden House is throwing a glam garden party and The Jelly Lounge Windsor has a day of royal themed fun. There’s loads of Big Fat Berkshire Royal Wedding events, so I’ll do a post.


Lynn Chadwick, Cliveden National Trust Taplow, Wed 1 May – Oct 2018

Lynn Chadwick metal work sculptures of human form at Cliveden House

If you loved the Benar Venet sculptures at Cliveden last year, then the new installation of English sculpture and artist Lynn Chadwick’s awesome abstract metal works inspired by the human form and natural world. His big, bold sculptural pieces are doted around the grounds. Take a stroll, admire and then pop into Cliveden House for afternoon tea or lunch at the Astor Grill.


Al Shaqab Lockinge Day, Newbury Racecourse, Sun 19 May

Newbury races hospitality dress hats binoculars

The Queen’s favourite racecourse and she’s got a prior engagement. A Royal Wedding kinda trumps a day at the races. – but not for you. You’re invited to the Prince Harry and Meghan’s ‘I dos’ (well, it’ll be shown on a big screen), enjoy bubbles,  a classy picnic and it’s the perfect excuse to show off your style credentials. The Most Stylish Racegoer will be picked – and there are prizes. Oh, and the racing’s pretty good too.



Friday Night Pop Up Bar, Douai Pavillion Woolhampton, Fri 18 May

bottles of gin lined up on 2 wooden shelves in a bar

Fancy sitting in the sunshine with stunning views across the Berkshire countryside, while your kids safely run feral outside playing games? Sign me up, baby. I’m thinking chilled rosés and gin and tonics and bit of food. This utopia is a reality. Throughout the summer, the lovely team at Birch Associates Events will be running a pop up bar at Douai Pavillion in Woolhampton every Friday night. If you’re in the area, pop in and pop that cork.



Newbury Spring Festival, various locations, now – Sat 26 May

Sting musicians using violin bows to attack the bass man Graffiti Classics

This whopping music festival has grown over the last 40 years to now attract the very best in classical, jazz and world music acts. Over 40 concerts will take place this year from 12 to 26 May in some glorious venues, including Englefield House, Highclere Castle, Donnington Priory and the Corn Exchange Newbury where you can catch saxophonist YolanDa Brown and Graffiti Classics (above).


Caversham Arts Trail, various locations, Fri 18 – Sun 20 May

Julie Simmonds & David Pope Ceramic oriental style bowl painted with red yellow and grey modern design

Hot on the heels of the Henley Arts Trail is this one based around Caversham and Emmer Green, north of Reading. Visit the studios, workshops, homes and gardens of 37 talented local artists (including Julie Simmonds & David Pope Ceramics, above). See their latest projects, ask questions, buy their art and be inspired! 37 artists in 17 venues the trail runs across two weekends: Sat 12 & Sun 13 May and Fri 18, Sat 19 & Sun 20 May, 11am – 5pm.

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Open Air Cinema: Bridesmaids, Swan At Streatley, Sat 19 May

Bridesmaid movie with bride and 5 bridesmaids wearing pink satin short dresses

Light, camera… outdoor cinema action. If you’re running in the opposite direction to the Royal Wedding Windsor massive, then head to The Swan At Streatley for a wedding that’s more fun than a night out with Holly Willoughby. The Swan at Streatley will screen comedy classic Bridesmaidsby the river, you can stuff your face on lush street food and hit the well stocked bar hard.

Healthy Food For Busy Mums, The Wellbeing Centre Newbury, Sat 19 May

Fruit veg and pulses Wooden tray with rope handles on slate top

Mums and dads worry a lot about what they are feeding their children, but often neglect to eat well themselves. Guilty as charged. Flick of Ridgeway Nutrition is running a fab 2 hour workshop to help you create tasty, healthy meals for all the fat, that you can knock up quickly and won’t use every pan. Spaces are limited, book up, £20pp.


Style Clinic, Fifi & Moose Newbury, Fri 18 May

woman wearing white t shirt slogan dress shouting

Lost your fashion mojo? Stuck in a style rut? Panic not, head to the fab Fifi & Moose women’s boutique in Newbury and stylist Claire McNestry will help you guide you to colours and shapes that’ll make you look, er, hot. Did I mention the bubbles, discounts and goody bag? Make way coming through.

Fifi & Moose, Weavers Walk, Newbury, 10am-3.30pm, Fri May 18


Open Studio: 30 Years, West Berks and North Hants, Tue 1 – Thu 31May

Mixed media art colourful pledges Sarah Moorcroft textiles

Amazing art in open studios and private spaces across West Berkshire and North Hampshire throughout May and totally free! Simply go to the Open Studios website, find an artist and pop along for a nose. The main exhibition is INSIGHT at Arlington Arts Centre where 123 artists will show their pieces. My faves include Tom Cartmill’s drawings at his Burghfield studio and textile artist Sarah Moorcroft (she’s worked for everyone from Monsoon to Missoni) at Lower Way Farm Thatcham.


Midsummer Night’s Dream, Watermill Theatre Bagnor, now – Sat 16 Jun

Midnight blue background and purple neon A Midsummer Night's Dream Watermill Theatre Bagnor

The Bard is back! Following on from the huge success of Twelfth Night and Romeo + Juliet, it’s the turn of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to be performed by the Watermill ensemble. The staging’s always clever, fusing actor musicianship with one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies.

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.


Pub in the Park, Marlow, Thu 17 – Sun 20 May

Music stage Pub in the park 2017 Brand new Heavies Marlow Bucks

Tom Kerridge has Marlow residents eating out of the palm of his hand (not literally, that would be disgusting). Pub In the Park was such a hit with the locals last year, it’s back with bells on. The food and music festival will see performances from the likes of Jamie Cullum, Texas, Melanie C, Razorlight, Soul II Soul, with kitchen kings James Martin, Paul Ainsworth, Atul Kocchar, The Crown at Bray’s Matt Larcombe serving up the top nosh. It’s pretty much a sell out, but Thursday tickets are still available.


The Design Museum, London, now to Sun 7 Oct

Fascinating exhibition of the sculptor turned couturier, Azzedine Alaïa, who found fans in Michelle Obama, Rhianna and Grace Jones, with his flair for couture and refusal to stick to fashion week deadlines.



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.

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