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Ladies Lunch with Allium Design, The Vineyard, Newbury, Mon 7 Nov, 12pm to 3pm


Join the hotel’s house florist, Karen from Allium Design who will share her love and knowledge of blooming bouquets and also the trends for the coming season. Included is a three-course lunch with matching wines. Tickets £60.

Henry I of England, inside St James’ Church, Reading, 2 – 19 Nov


You’ll no doubt have heard earlier in the year that a geophysical investigation took place in the ruins of Reading Abbey where it’s believed Henry I was buried. As the investigation into his burial site continues the Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Henry I of England, a modern history play about the youngest son of William the Conqueror performed inside St James’ Church, Reading immediately above Henry I’s burial site. Pretty atmospheric I’d say! I couldn’t make the press night unfortunately but reviews are excellent and the cast is impressive. Contains scenes of a violent nature so not suitable for under 14s. Tickets from £10, check the website for performance times.

Autumn lights and colour at Basildon Park, until 30 Nov


Ok, ok, so it’s getting colder, darker, drizzlier… but it’s not all bad because you can at least enjoy the stunning display of Autumn colour at Basildon Park and this year those gorgeous golden leaves are being further enhanced with an illuminated woodland display. Visitors can wander through the lit-up woods whilst enjoying the autumnal tones. No need to book and dogs are allowed on leads. Daily from now until Nov 30, 10am to 5pm. General admission prices apply.

Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire RG8 9NR.

Ubu Roi, The Watermill, Newbury, Weds 9 Nov to Sat 12 Nov


Fancy something completely different and a little bonkers? Well, here’s the lowdown, and it’s more Kings and corruption on the menu… Papa Ubu wants power. Mama Ubu wants it for him. He’ll risk everything to wrestle the crown from the King in a glorious coup. It’s a pity the Ubus are so stupid, greedy and most likely insane. But when has that ever stood in the way of ambition? The Watermill Young Company present Ubu Roi, a riotous comedy of high ambition and the lowest of humour. Think Macbeth, re-imagined by Monty Python. Tickets from £11. Performances Weds to Fri 7.30pm; Sat 6.30pm.

Czech National Symphony Orchestra, The Hexagon Auditorium, Reading, Thurs 10 Nov, 6.30pm


Celebrating its 23rd birthday this year, the CNSO is now recognised as one of both Czech and Europe’s top symphonic ensembles. Renowned for its versatile performances, the orchestra play a broad programme ranging from classical music concerts and contemporary genre, film scores, jazz and musicals, making it a popular choice for those new to classical music. Joining the orchestra for Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor (you’d know it if you heard it) is British pianist, Mark Bebbington, looking incredibly relaxed above (he’ll never reach the keys like that). Mark studied at the Royal College of Music where he won pretty much every award and prize going, so we’re in for a treat. Tickets from £22.50.


Wahaca’s Day of the Dead Fiesta, The Vaults, 3, 4 & 5 Nov, 8pm to 2am


A Mexican-themed fiesta with live music, performance art and a whole lot of spicy street food and tequila. In Mexico the Dia de los Muertos is a chance to honour loved ones who have moved on from this earth with the sort of party you want to stay at forever. Thomasina Miers’s Mexican food brand Wahaca are putting on one hell of a party this Day of the Dead at The Vaults, Waterloo, so don’t miss this nocturnal celebration of modern Mexico.

Hair by Sam McKnight, Somerset House, Nov 2 to Mar 12, 2017


If you fancy a trip to the Big Smoke, this exhibition will be one to catch. Hairstylist Sam McKnight has styled some of the world’s most famous locks, creating some of the most iconic images in popular culture – from Princess Diana’s slicked back style and Madonna’s Bedtime Stories album covver, to Tilda Swinton channelling Bowie. He’s worked on more than 190 Vogue covers and styled all the supermodels, including of course Kate Moss. This exhibition celebrates his 40-year career from the late 1970s to today. To coincide with the exhibition, a book Hair by Sam McKnight, has been published and is available for £35.

Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2R 1LA.

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Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Windsor Racecourse, Sat 12 & Sun 13 Nov


Windsor Contemporary Art Fair returns for its 12th year next weekend – on Sat 12 Nov from 10am to 6pm, and Sun 13 Nov from 10am to 5pm, at Royal Windsor racecourse. You can buy artwork, ceramics, glassware and sculptures from over 150 exhibitors, if you want a sneak peak here are my top 5 picks of some of the artists who’ll be exhibiting (including Dave Hughes who makes LEGO artwork and sculptures like this interpretation of A Clockwork Orange above). The Fair is well known for its warm and welcoming atmosphere, you can meet the artists, chat about their work, and enjoy wine tasting and other refreshments along the way. There are painting workshops and quizzes for children so it really is a fun family experience if you’re looking for something a bit different. The organisers are offering Muddy readers 2 for 1 on tickets for either Saturday 12 or Sunday 13 November, just use the code: WCAF16MS241 when you book online!

The Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5JJ. Saturday 12 November 10am to 6pm; Sunday 13 November 10am to 5pm. Advance tickets £7 per person book online now.

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