The Muddy Guide: What’s On Thurs 23 – Weds 29 June
Bedroom Farce, Theatre Royal Windsor, until Sat 25 June
Ooh, I do love a bit of fighting spirit, and even a flash flood a couple of weeks ago – flooding the corridors and front row of the Theatre Royal Windsor’s auditorium – can’t keep a good theatre down! They’ve bounced back with a vengeance, continuing their brilliant six-week repertory festival. You still have a couple of days left to see Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce, then next in line it’s My Cousin Rachel from 28 June to 2 July. Full details of all the shows, dates and ticket info on the theatre’s website.
Wildlife walk at Basildon Park, Fri 24 June, 11am to 12 noon
Come on, let’s take a walk on the wild side, grrrr! After all, it’s brilliant for de-stressing (and I need to decompress after the Muddy Awards!). Let’s start with a wildlife walk around the magnificent parkland of Basildon Park (400 acres in total, but I don’t think they’ll be expecting you to trudge around the entire perimeter, don’t panic!). The walks are led by a warden and leave from the ticket office at 11am every Friday. It’s free, there’s no need to book, they last about an hour and there’s a tea room at the end. Walkies anyone?!
Family Activity Taster Days, Dinton Pastures, Sat 25 & Sun 26 June
Taster sessions at Dinton Activity Centre give everyone a chance to try something new at a bargain price – an hour and a half session costs just £20 per person! Perfect if the little angels decide paddle boarding isn’t there thing (at least they’ve decided before you’ve forked out for all the kit and caboodle!). Activities are open to adults, family groups and children aged 8+. The Sessions run weekend mornings until September, subject to availability. There’s an introduction to paddle sports with basic tuition, games, challenges and a quick tour of the lake; sailing with an introduction to the basic controls of sailing a dinghy; plus power boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, and rock climbing. That should wear them out!
NGS gardens open for charity, Sun 26 June
Swallowfield Horticultural Society has 10 gardens in and around the village open to the public on Sunday from 11am to 5pm. There are gardens in all shapes and sizes to explore including one with a model train at Wessex House. Some are within walking distance of each other, but you’ll need a car to drive to those not in the village centre. Light lunches are being served at Brambles and tea, coffee and cakes at Hornbeams. Other gardens open in Berkshire on Sunday include Pyt House in Ashampstead and Sandleford Place in Newtown.
Antiques Roadshow, Caversham Park, Sun 26, 9am to 4.30pm
Foxy Fiona Bruce and the Antiques Roadshow team will be at the home of BBC Radio Berkshire on Sunday at Caversham Park. It’s totes free to go along, so start looking in all those forgotten chests and packing boxes – that Rembrandt is surely tucked away somewhere?! All the details here or check out the Antiques Roadshow website.
Celebration of Yoga, Magnet Leisure Centre, Maidenhead, Sun 26, 11am to 5pm
If you’re looking to find your Zen, you won’t find it down the back of the sofa, but you might just find it at the Magnet Leisure Centre in Maidenhead on Sunday where they are hosting a Celebration of Yoga with free yoga, free food and free mindfulness sessions, along with performances by local dancers and musicians. Organised by Muddy Award winner, Inspire Hot Yoga (Best Yoga Studio) they have also gathered some fab local businesses from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead area to showcase their offerings, including Sweaty Betty, Tikiboo and Bhumi juices. You can book tickets in advance but also worth just coming down on the day as there is plenty to see and do as well as the bookable sessions.
Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW. www.leisurecentre.com/magnet-leisure-centre
Sophie Conran at Coworth Park, Weds 29 June, 11.30am
I absolutely love Sophie Conran’s range of gorgeous Portmeirion homeware (take the hint Mr P – still many things in the range that have yet to grace the Muddy table) and with her several hats on – interior designer, cook, author, working mum of two kids – she’ll be speaking about her life and career, influences and inspiration, and how she’s developed and grown her business. I think it will be a fascinating talk. Coworth Park’s speaker events start at 12 noon and costs £50 per person, including a glass of Champers and a three-course lunch in the restaurant with a glass of wine, coffee and chocolates. Sadly, there’s no mention of a goodie bag, so I guess I’ll be hitting John Lewis’ home department with the Muddy credit card again. Hey ho!
Hungerford Arts Festival, Fri 1 to Sun 17 July
Hungerford Arts Festival is celebrating 25 years with an extra special programme headlined by actress Maureen Lipman and jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth who are appearing together with Jeremy Robson and Charlie Wood in a mash up of poetry, music and, knowing the fabulous Maureen Lipman, a lot of laughs. It’s an absolutely jammie-packed festival embracing arts, theatre, all kinds of music, literature, film, talks, activities for kids and even guided wildlife walks through surrounding countryside. Totally worth a look see. Event listings, venues, tickets and all you need to know right here.