What’s on: This weekend
Sat 29 April – Mon 1 May
It’s May Bank holiday. What have you got planned? If the weather could just sort itself out, there’s some fab festivals, fayres, and family days out. Pack a Kagool, picnic and hope for the best
Lego Star Wars Day, Legoland Windsor, Sat 29 April – Mon 1 May
In a galaxy far far away… well, not so much a galaxy but I guess Legoland can feel otherworldly at times. If you have a little Mudder who’s totally nuts about Star Wars, Legoland Windsor is laying on a Lego Star Wars Day with loads of intergalactic fun and games, plus the chance to explore Star Wars Mainland. May the Force be with you.
The Great British Dog Walk, Windsor Great Park, Sat 29 April
This is my intrepid Muddy hound, Benson, who loves a bound through the countryside. He and his doggy pals have been hatching a plan to get us all down to Windsor Great Park this weekend for the ultimate canine social at The Great British Dg Walk. There’s loads of fun activities, stalls, tea, cake and dog treats. It’s all in aid of Hearing Dogs for The Deaf.
Twelfth Night, The Watermill Newbury, until 11 Jul
Twelfth Night at The Watermill is reimagined in the 1920s where prohibition is rife and Europe is still reeling in the wake of war. Fuelled by energetic jazz music, the young ensemble cast who brought last year’s epic Romeo + Juliet to life reunite to create a dizzying and beautiful version of Shakespeare’s perfect play. The radical spirit of Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt and Ella Fitzgerald is fused with an innovative approach to staging. Twelfth Night runs at The Watermill Theatre until 6 May, then in repertory with Romeo and Juliet to 22 July.
Mapledurham Food Festival, Sat 29 April – Mon 1 May
Grab your biggest pair of pants and head of to the 16th Century Mapledurham House for its much-loved food festival. I cannot think of a more beautiful place to stuff my face than on the banks of the River Thames. Enjoy the street food avenue, producers’ market, celebrity and local chef demonstrations, master classes and more.
Reading Beer and Cider Festival, Christchurch Meadows, Sat 29 – Sun 30 April
If you’d rather hit the May Bank Holiday with more liquid refreshment, this weekend is the 23rd Reading Beer and Cider Festival. There’s loads and loads craft beers and ciders to sample, food to soak it up and music. Tickets are £21.40 in advance and include priority access, drinks vouchers and a souvenir glass. Taxiiiiiii!
NGS Open Garden, Rockwood Farm House, Stockcross, Sun 30 Aprl
Nothing quite like a good nose around a beautiful private garden to see how it is done when you actually know what you’re doing. Mine doesn’t meet the standard, trust me. Part of the National Garden Scheme, Rockwood Farm House, Stockcross is opening it’s gates. Enjoy the rose covered pergola, fabulous tulips, giant alliums, and kitchen garden.
Family Fun Day, Royal Windsor Racecourse, Mon 1 May
Tally ho it’s off to the races we go. Royal Windsor Racecourse is hosting a family fun day – and they usually go to town. There’s a funfair, pony rides, face painting, bouncy castle and the the Paw Patrol will be making a special guest appearance. Plus the grown ups get to see the gee gees and quaff a few glass of fizz to mark the start of the Flat season. Giddyup, gates open at 12noon.
Mindgame, Theatre Royal Windsor, Mon 1 May – Sat 6 May
When you’re handpicked to write a Bond novel by Ian Flemming’s estate, it’s safe say you’re doing OK at the writing thing. So a play by Anthony Horowitz (creator of Foyles War, New Blood) comes loaded with expectation. Mindgame is a psychological thriller about a crime novelist who’s snared an interview with a notorious serial killer… only to discover nothing can be trusted. Tickets £15
May Fayres, various locations, Mon 1 May
Ah the brilliantly bonkers May fayre. Where else can you enjoy men dancing with bells and handkerchiefs, pig racing, brass bands, a slightly dodgy Punch and Judy show with copious amounts of cider in an afternoon of rural madness. There are a few to enjoy on Monday. The Wokingham May Fayre (10am-5pm) is one of the biggest street fairs in the South East with fairground rides, belly dancers and the Rock Choir. Over in Winkfield Row, nr Bracknell, the fun starts at 12pm-4pm with Maypole dancing, stalls, kids rides and a loads of food and drink. Bradfield May Fayre (12.30pm-4.30pm) also has Maypole dancing, skittles, hay bale throwing, sheep shearing and loads of local food and drink (Tutts Clump Cider, West Berkshire Brewery beers and Vicars Game BBQ).
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Spring Jousting Tournament, Blenheim Palace, Sat 29 April – Mon 1 May
Charrrrrrge! The annual Blenheim Palace ye olde joustingy thingy on the South Lawn featuring ‘The Knights of Royal England’. Falconry displays, archery, puppet shows, jesters and knights on horseback charging in the traditional tilt, and battling on foot with the mighty mace and quarter staff. Are you yawning? Well cheer up, lift your visor and head for the Champagne and Pimms tent! blenheimpalace.com
Live Music & Vinyl Party, Clayton’s, Marlow, Thurs 27 & Sun 30 April
Remember the days of vinyl first time round? On Sun 30, ‘Tighten Up’ is an all-day ‘vinyl only’ party dedicated to northern soul, Motown, rare groove and modern soul at the Marlow groove oasis of Clayton’s Marlow. A goodie.
4pm-1am. Clayton’s, Oxford Rd, Marlow, claytonsmarlow.com