Cool stuff to do this weekend
The Lipsinkers, The Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor, Sat 25 March
Camp, cult and brilliantly bonkers… The Lipsinkers are transporting their unique and radical drag show to Windsor with its mix of showbiz insanity and queer political spoof. Forget Ru Paul and Danny La Rue, this show’s weird, wild and very naughty. There’s even an after hours session –DJing disco and smokin’ hot burlesque.
The Firestation Arts Centre Windsor, firestationartscentre.com
Windsor Antiques & Collectables Sale, Sat 25 March
Ooh I love a good rummage at an antiques fair and the thrill of the salesroom. It brings out the competitive side in me. So sharpen your elbows and have your wits about you because Windsor Auctions is holding its monthly Antiques & Collectables sale. Cue sighs of despair as I bring more treasures through door that Mr Muddy refers to as old tat. Outrageous! There’s a bit of everything: jewellery, silver, art, furniture and knick knacks. Win the bid and pick up a bargain. Viewing starts is Thurs 23 & Fri 24 March from 9am-7pm. The fun begins on Saturday at 10.30am.
Al Murray: Let’s Go Backwards Together, The Hexagon Reading, Thur 23 March
Putting the world to rights, the Pub Landlord’s back – and with Brexit, Trump, Corbyn, the NHS and fortnightly bin collections, he’s got a lot to sort out. Al Murray, the nation’s critically-acclaimed bar-based braveheart embarks on a common sense campaign to re-Great Britain. Watch the one man who will answer the call of destiny even though it’s an unlisted number. Tickets £29.50.
The Hexagon Reading, readingarts.com/hexagon
Revolting Rhymes, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Wed 29 March
If you thought Cinderella married the prince and lived happily ever after, or Little Red Riding Hood was ?? then think again… Rules are there to be broken and who better than Roald Dahl to do it. Here The Youth Group Showcases are bringing Dahl’s brilliant Revolting Rhymes to life in a production that is surprising a a little twisted. It’s all part of Norden Farm’s annual Family Arts Festival, Jump In. Tickets £4.
Champions of Magic, Corn Exchange Newbury, Fri 24 March
Straight from the London’s West End, the world class illusionists Champions of Magic will blow your minds with their incredible mind reading, close-up magic and large-scale illusions. With 20 million online views between them, you’ll witness the impossible, including a heart stopping finale that sees one performer walk through the spinning steel blades of a giant industrial fan, all presented with lighting and pyrotechnics to rival the biggest arena productions. Suitable for ages 5+, tickets are £22.
Corn Exchange Newbury, cornexchangenew.com
Newbury Artisan Market, Sun 26 March
Hmm the smell of fresh bread and sizzling street food is enough to get me out of bed for a Sunday market, but the Newbury Artisan Market is much more. Think quality produce, original art, designer crafts, all mixed in with family activities, music and more… From 10am to 4pm, get up and mooch and grab yourself something unique from Berkshire’s finest.
Hip Hop Masterclass, South Hill Park Bracknell, Sat 25 March
My dancing obviously doesn’t need any improvement… as long the routine requires a hand in the air and a bit of bobbing about, I’m all over it. But the signature move is limited. But if you love your dancing and want get your urban moves down, Banjo Muteto of hip hop dance crew Blanc Canvas Dance is running a workshop covering choreography, creativity and hip hop techniques. Suitable for 8+, price is £5.
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Spring Family Raceday, Ascot Racecourse, Sun 2 April
Race course are generally kid-free zones – probably due to all-day bubbles and focus on the horses, but the Spring Family Raceday is a brilliant day with loooooads to entertain the kids –the legendary Lamb National, featuring six Herdwick sheep, infamous ‘Red Ram’, ‘Mint Sauce’ and friends will take to the Queen Anne Lawns for a race over mini fences, a petting zoo, free pony rides and the Gruffly and Peter Rabbit will be dropping by too. Oh and there’s some actual jump racing too, if that floats yours boat. Tickets from £24, but under 18s go FREE.
Once Upon A Bus, Crown at Bray, Sat 15 April
Fancy disappearing down a rabbit hole? Now’s your chance. The fab Once Upon A Bus storytellers will be performing at The Crown at Bray on Sat 15 Apr. Inspired by Alice, see A Journey Through The Looking Glass, brought to life in a two-hour extravaganza featuring magical storytelling with special guest, CBeebies star Jane Deane. The kids will also enjoy a traditional egg hunt, crafty competitions and a disco – and a few bottle labelled ‘drink me’ for the grown up too. There are two sessions 11.30am and 3pm. Tickets cost £13.50, children; £3, adults and £30, family ticket. Book now: email@example.com or tel 01628 621936.
PS: The Hinds Head closes on Mon 27 March to undergo a major transformation that promises a few quirky touches. Reopening on Thursday 20 April, bookings are bring taken now. I’ll be there as they fling opens the doors and will give you the lowdown on the new look and nosh.