The Muddy Guide: What’s On Thurs 30 June – Weds 6 July
But is it Art exhibition, The Queen Charlotte Pub, Windsor, Sun 3 Jul, 11.30am to 5.30pm
You can buy original art at this amateur exhibition – such as Waiting by Genine Rainsbourough above – framed and unframed paintings, prints and cards, and the artists will be there to chat about their work. Entry is free and all the artwork is for sale. Yes, we all love those pleasing Ikea prints, but aren’t your walls crying out for a bold and original statement piece? You could well find it here.
The Queen Charlotte, Church Lane, Windsor SL4 1PA. www.butisitart.uk
Roger Sanchez at Chinawhite, Henley Royal Regatta, Fri 1 & Sat 2 July
If you haven’t already booked for the world-renowned Royal Henley Regatta, get to it. 200 rowing races, Olympic teams spilling from the river, more champers than even Muddy Stilettos knows how to handle and some of the prettiest views in England (calm down ladies, I meant the RIVER). As if that wasn’t enough Roger Sanchez is playing Chinawhite on Fri 1 and Sat 2 July! Hands down the coolest encampment on the riverside where you can sip cocktails, enjoy gourmet street food, party hard, and keep your eye out for Leonardo di Caprio and Rhianna who are big CW fans (my money’s on George Clooney making a surprise appearance and doing the caterpillar across the dance floor by midnight). Pass the glowstick, I’m off to the podium to cut some serious shapes. Chinawhite opens its doors from 3pm on Fri 1 July. Tickets from £35.
Temple Island Meadows, Remenham Farm, Henley. www.chinawhite-henley.com
Berkshire Maestros Gala Concert, Concert Hall, Reading, Sun 3 July, 7pm
It’s a wonderful thing to get children into music at an early age (despite all the blood-out-of-a-stone attempts to get my two to PRACTICE!!). More than twenty ensembles from the south of Berkshire perform a wide variety of music in this Gala Concert. The groups range from brass bands and string orchestras to percussion ensembles and wind bands. There will also be guitars, recorders, jazz groups and a full symphony orchestra. Prepare yourself for a wonderful night of noise and brilliance! Tickets £12.
Card Ninja, New Greenham Arts, Newbury, Sat 2 July, 7pm
My son loves magic and ninjas. Enough said. So even he might avert his eyes from Minecraft long enough to watch Javier Tarquin, whose one-man comedy show is full of impressive stunts, card trickery and plenty of laughs. An original show that I think older kids in particular will enjoy (the age guide is 8+). Tickets £10.50; Family Ticket £34. Book online.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ascot Racecourse, Sat 2 & Sun 3 July
Pack a picnic and the Pimms, and (let’s be realistic here) a mac and a brolly, and prepare yourself for some brilliant summer theatre under the stars. Chapterhouse Theatre have been doing this for years and are really rather good at it. This year they’re performing in no less than 150 stunning venues around Britain and Ireland. No summer is complete without braving the elements for a magical show in the open air and what better way to celebrate the Bard’s 400th year? Tickets: Adults £16.50; Children £11. Book online. For more open air suggestions check out my recent post on 8 brilliant outdoor summer theatres and cinemas.
Comedy in the Brewery, Windsor & Eton Brewery, Sat 2 July and Sat 27 August, 8pm
This could be an event leaning more towards the Mr Muddies out there, described as adult no nonsense stand up, live on the factory floor with beer straight from the source. Does what it says on the tin basically and tickets always sell out, so get in there quickly. Tickets just £5. Book online.
Ladies’ Lunch with Robby Jenks, The Vineyard, Newbury, Mon 4 July
Robby Jenks has recently joined The Vineyard at Stockcross as Head Chef, taking over from Daniel Gamiche in February of this year. He’s being somewhat thrown to the lionesses, as this will be the first Ladies Lunch he’s hosting at the hotel. I’ve been reliably informed it’s always a ‘spirited’ bunch of ladies who enjoy a bit of banter! Will they be kind I wonder? And will you be joining them to find out what all the fuss is about with this hot new chef? A few tickets still available if you’re super quick. Three course lunch with matching wines, £60 per person. To reserve your place call 01635 589407.
Henley Festival, Weds 6 – Sun 10 July
The Henley Festival is a sell-out every year, and its success is due to the fact it knows its audience to tee – so if you like dressing in black tie, hanging out in champagne lawn, and listening to Elton John, Bryn Terfel , Blake with Shirley Bassey and Will Young, you’re in luck! Elton John (obviously) sold out within nano-seconds, but there are still tickets left for some of the other nights. The car park opens at 4.30pm. Festival gates open at 6pm.
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Agatha Christie’s The Hollow, The Mill at Sonning, 7 July to 3 September
An impressive coup for the Mill at Sonning with the brilliant Brian Blessed directing this Agatha Christie classic. It’s a real family affair with both his wife, Hildegard Neil, and daughter Rosalind Blessed, starring in the play. I caught an interview with him on BBC Radio Berkshire recently with his glorious voice booming out, and his enthusiasm for the play was palpable. Do not miss this one! Tickets from £45 including 2-course meal with coffee, programme and the show. Book online or contact the Box Office:
Summer Circus Week, Norden Farm, Mon 25 to Fri 29 July
Led by the brilliant Albert & Friends circus skills company, I really recommend this. Me and my youngest mudlet tried it recently and you really do get to do all the cool stuff – stilt walking, unicycles, walking the tightrope – I guarantee it will be a brilliant week! Suitable for ages 7-13, 10am to 4pm and just £115. Plus, if the kids want you to hang around for a few hours until they’re settled, the café is really good and it’s just the kind of place you feel welcome to sit with your laptop for a few hours (believe me, I’ve done it many times when my wifi was up the spout at home!). Full details here.