What’s on: this weekend

If Strictly is your TV guilty pleasure, then you’ll love the Kevin and Karen Clifton tour – a sultry, hip-swinging journey through the Waltz, Cha Cha, Fox Trot, Tango and Salsa. I have a soft spot for these guys. Mr Muddy grew up in the same area as Kevin. There’s a live 12-piece show band, a cast dancers and Mr and Mrs Clifton’s passionate routines (read sex with clothes on).

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But Is It Art? Queen Charlotte Windsor, Sun 25 June

Cut out the middle man, meet the artists and find something cool for your wall. But Is It Art? is a group of experienced and innovative artists in the Windsor and Bracknell area creating contemporary and abstract art in different styles and media. Check out the art exhibition in the upstairs rooms at the Queen Charlotte Bar & Restaurant in Windsor.

butisitart.uk

 

Lagoona Aqua Park, Pingewood Road South Reading, Sat 24 June

The world’s biggest inflatable aqua playground is opening this weekend in Reading. Yup that’s right. The inflatable Lagoona Aqua Park in Pinewood Road South is massive! The 3,700 square metre pool makes the second biggest in Dubai look like a paddling pool. There’s an obstacle course, and loads of watery activities including jet skis. It’s guaranteed to be chilly so wear a wetsuit. Cost: £15 per hour, wetsuit hire £5.

lagoon.online

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stubbings House Maidenhead, Tues 20 – Sat 24 June 

If you go down to the woods tonight, you’re in for a big surprise? Particularly if you’re in the woods near Stubbings House near Maidenhead. Mischievous fairies and star-crossed lovers, comic labourers, an ass-headed monster and a hungry lion will be performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream in aid of Child Bereavement UK. Have a picnic on the lawns from 5.30pm before being led up the garden path to see the Garden Players’ production. Tickets £18.

stubbingsnursery.co.uk

 

Well Thumbed, Rising Sun Arts Centre Reading, Fri 23 June

Ever been caught giggling in the library as you discover the mucky bits of a book? From 50 Shades to Lady Chatterley’s Lover, the spectrum of erotic content is vast. The premise of comedy show is simple: Terry Victor will perform his Well Thumbed greatest hits from the Bible to DH Lawrence by way of Jane Austen revealing the all the  dirty bits for your pleasure, before he heads up to Edinburgh Fringe. Tickets £6.

Royal Ascot 2017, Ascot Racecourse, Tues 20 – Sat 24 June

Last chance to do Royal Ascot, so grab your hat, keep the hemlines long, the fake tan light and enjoy a day of *cough* sunshine, celeb spotting and apparently there are few horses running too. It’s the perfect place to people watch, just don’t overdo the bubbles for fear of making it into the Daily Mail. Tickets are still available from £37.

ascot.co.uk

 

Classic Vehicle Day, Yattendon, Sunday 25 June

A slick of red lipstick, retro shades and embrace the vintage vibes for Yattendon’s annual Classic Vehicle Day. See the coolest cars, check out the vintage stalls and hit the Prosecco van. Jimmy Chow’s Military Field Kitchen will be on hand to soak up the bubbles and there’s vintage afternoon teas. I can only pray for a French Fancy a slice of Battenberg.

yattendonclassicvehiclecouk.com

 

Offbeat Festival, Oxford, Fri 23 June – Sun 2 July

Loving the look of this. Offbeat started last year and is a showcase of 71 different pieces of brand new theatrical work, from comedy, drama, dance, spoken word. 25 per cent of the shows are from Oxfordshire based artists and it’s a collaboration between Oxford Playhouse and The Old Fire Station so it’s extremely professional. Best of all , the tickets are a tenner or less, so you can see the likes of Mark Thomas, Viv Groskop and Richard Marsh without breaking the bank. Look out for Dr Zeiffal and the Hippo Can Never Be Caught (pictured, 24 June); This Flipping Rescue Dog has Ruined My Life (Sat 1 July); Todd and God (Sun 2 July); Swan (Sun 2 July) and the brilliant Everything Wrong With You Is Beautiful (Tues 27 June).

The Little Welly Goes Wild, Henley, Sat 24 – Sun 25 June

Persil at the ready? Then I’ll begin. Bigger, better and muddier than ever, the UK’s biggest children’s obstacle course returns for the fourth year to the Culden Faw Estate in Henley. We’re talking 30 obstacles over a 3km course for kids 4+ (and they’re parents – sorry about that!) braving The Big Slide, Tyre Mangle, mud and water pits, Spider’s Web and bouncing round the foam pit. Away from the race’s there’s Laser Tag, Parkour demonstrations & workshops, pony rides, den building and bungee trampolining. Seriously good fun.

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