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What’s on: This weekend

Sat 6 – Sun 7 May 2017

The Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival, Windsor Castle, Sat 6 May

You gotta love an old Jag, sleek, great curves and the smell of petrol and well-worn leather can be intoxicating. When I was an  old Jag to get me to the church on time. In fact I was unfashionably early. And once in it, I couldn’t get out in my dress. Anyway, if you fancy a trip down memory lane, or the boys in your life are hopeful of a bikini clad woman, draped over something sporty, pop over to the Queen’s gaff for the Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival and check out the Jaaaaaagsl.


Festival, Forbury Gardens Reading, Thurs 4 – Sat 6 May

If you see a line of people looking like the Bisto kids, following their noses to the food heaven, they’ll be off to Feastival at Forbury Gardens, Reading. Organised by Blue Collar Market, it is getting a great rep for its three-day gastro get together. Expect amazing food from all over the world, washed down with something cold and *ahem* preferably alcoholic. Put on your big pants, dig in and pig out.


Pat-A-Cake-Baby, New Greeham Arts, Sat 6 May


No sooner has the puppet pig Babe moved on to pastures new, a giant baby moves to Newbury to replace him in Pat-A-Cake-Baby. Long Nose Puppets will be performing a show full of rhyme, bonkers puppets and a very special cake iced with music and song. Grab a spoon (and the tramadol) it’s pat-a-cake time! The kids will love it. Tickets £10.


Ayesha Hazarika: State of the Nation, South Street Reading, Sat 6 May

You may recognise Ayesha Hazarika as a regular on Sky News, Newsnight, and The Andrew Marr Show. She started her career as a stand-up comedian, then took what she thought was a natural diversion into the Labour Party as a Special Adviser (no sniggering at the back). Ayesha lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks what’s next for British politics. Take note, Mr Corbyn and Mrs May, you could learn something. Tickets £16.


An Artistic Affair, Stanley Spencer Gallery, until 1 Oct

Daphne 1940 Sir Stanley Spencer 1891-1959 Purchased 1940

Heard of Daphne Charlton? No me neither. But she sounds like game girl, having professed  to having no inhibitions whatsoever. Daphne was 18 years younger and married when she began a two-year affair with Spencer. She became his muse and stayed in touch with him for the rest of his life. Now Daphne’s reunited with her lover in An Artistic Affair at the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham in an exhibition that reveals the influence she had on his work. Tickets £8.



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