What’s on this week
MON 23 – SUN 29 OCT
Ghostbusters, Swan at Streatley, Thurs 26 Oct
Who doesn’t love a possessed Sigourney Weaver and a giant marshmallow man? The Swan at Streatley’s open-air cinema is back with Ghostbusters. Drinks on tap, wood-fired pizzas and I’d recommend a warm blanket. Who you gonna call? The ticket hotline’s a good start
The Railway Children, South Hill Park Bracknell, Wed 25 – Sat 28 Oct
Edith Nesbit’s classic tale The Railway Children is coming to the South Hill Park stage in Bracknell. The iconic steam train, prim fashion (very AW17) and flag waving bloomers, it’s a cross-generational rite of passage. The staging is going to be epic, so don’t miss the chance to take your kids along during half term. Just stop yourself from flashing your undies. Recommended for ages 5+.
Peter Pan, Theatre Royal Windsor, Mon 23 –Sat 28 Oct
To get you in the mood for panto season, pop along to the Theatre Royal Windsor for some thigh-slapping fun at Peter Pan with Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and Peter and the Lost Boys. James Barrie’s timeless tale of the boy who never grew up is reborn as a spectacular musical by Stiles & Drew and the late Willis Hall
Lego Ninjago Fireworks Spectacular, Legoland Windsor, Fri 27 – Sat 28 Oct,
Whizz, bang, boom…one of the first big fireworks displays is on this week. Legoland Windsor will light up the night sky with the help of Master Wu and his army of heroic ninjas. Head to Legoland Windsor for an epic display that’ll put my Muddy Catherine Wheel and sparklers to shame. Pass me a toffee apple and burnt sausage.
Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, Wellington College Crowthorne, Fri 27 – Sun 29 Oct
It’s a dirty word, it begins with c (no not that one)… CHRISTMAS. Start shopping at the Contemporary Craft and Design Fair at Wellington College in Crowthorne. Beautiful things made by the very best artists and craftmakers in the UK, that’ll look good when the wrapping paper’s ripped off . Practice your game face for the re-gifted scented drawer liners you get in return.
The Borrowers Family Fun Day, The Watermill Newbury, Wed 25 Oct
A day for little people about, well, little people. Pop along for a family fun day celebrating The Watermill’s Crimbo show – The Borrowers. Hunt for characters around the garden and claim your treasure when you’ve discovered their hiding places. Plus loads of arts activities and time to play dress up. Then book a tickets for the show. Wink Wink.
Panto Art Installation, Corn Exchange Newbury, Wed 25 – Fri 27 Oct
Wanna be part of panto season? Oh yes you do! Join panto artist Simon Jardine to create some of the artwork this year’s panto Beauty And The Beast at the Corn Exchange. These workshops will run from Wed 25 – Fri 27 Oct and each session will have a different theme. You are welcome to come to one, two, or all three sessions.
Shark In the Park, Corn Exchange Newbury, Wed 25 – Thur 26 Oct
This fin-tastic family musical combines all three of award-winning Nick Sharatts’ much-loved books; Shark in the Park, Shark in the Dark and Shark in the Park on a Windy Day. Follow Timothy Pope (and his telescope!) on 3 adventures when he discovers Jaws – I think we’re going to need a bigger boat!
Dark Arts, Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios, Sun 1 Oct – Sun 12 Nov
Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios are brilliant at ringing the changes with their events and for this one the Great Hall will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins, just as seen as in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, along with a table laden with a Halloween feast of red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops. Kids can also delve into the sinister world of the Dark Art – wand combat techniques and Death Eater duels as well as filmmaking snot, blood and drool. Er, nice!
Warner Bros. Studio Tour london, Studio Tour Dr, Watford, Leavesden, wbstudiotour.co.uk
Fright Nights, Thorpe Park, various dates throughout Oct
Thorpe Park’s Fright Night boasts more terror than ever before with new horror experiences, attractions, and even more scares. It’s the perfect event to get you in the mood for Halloween, so grab your tickets… if you dare.
MaidenDead Zombie Walk, The Bell Maidenhead, Sat 28 Oct
The annual fright night is almost here. Ditch trick or treating (it’s so 1980s) a, it’s all about the zombie walk. A chance to dress up, go crazy with the face paints, spill your guts (literally) and drag yourself from The Bell in Maidenhead to The Anchor for the Monster Mash After Party.
Brick or Treat, Legoland, Windsor, Sat 14 – Mon 30 Oct
I’ve run out of jokes about Brick or Treat – that’s how long this Legoland event has been running! Over 55 ‘spooktacular’ rides, live shows and attractions, plus firework displays on 21, 22, 27 & 28 October. Don’t forget to read my tips on how to survive Legoland.
RB Live: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, UK cinema release, Mon 23 Oct
Disappear down the rabbit hole for the Royal Ballet’s visually jaw dropping Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. No need to disappear down into the underground or drink suspicious liquids (I’d avoid any hot drinking the train) – nope off to the cinema you go. Order a gin and tonic and a large bag of Minstrels and settle in for Bob Crowley’s wild staging.
Under Milk Wood, The Watermill Newbury, Wed 25 Oct – Sat 4 Nov
Dylan Thomas’s Welsh masterpiece Under Milk Wood is described as a play for voices. Enter stage left… Alistair McGowan! The tv star and impressionist leads the cast at the Watermill Theatre in this comic play about religion, death and sex to the stage. It’s the penultimate show in the Watermill’s 50th anniversary season, but it was also the first professional production performed there in 1967, featuring David Jason.
The BFG in Pictures, River and Rowing Museum, Henley, Thurs 19 Oct – 21 Jan 2018
Curated by Quentin Blake himself, the exhibition of everyone’s favourite giant includes unpublished illustrations that have never been exhibited in public before. The exhibition includes Blake’s first designs that weren’t included in the book, and provide a glimpse of a BFG that might have been in 40 original artworks. Don’t forget there’s the permanent John Piper exhibition at the museum too – that’s well worth seeing in its own right.
Black History Month, Various Reading venues, Sun 1 – Tues 31 Oct
Love a bit of urban artwork, but this Reading mural, created by artists in 1989, is sadly under threat. It’s symbolic of the positive role black people have played throughout history, including in Reading itself. It seem poignant that October is Black History Month. Join the Reading party with poetry, music, dance, exhibitions and talks to enjoy including the phenomenal talent that is MOBO award winning Beverley Knight.
Dressed for ’dinner at 8’, Basildon Park, until Thurs 2 Nov
If you’re looking to raise your dinner party game, then have an ogle at Basildon Park. The crystal’s sparkling, the table is set and the house is ready for guests (no mismatched crockery or foldaway chairs here). Lord and Lady Ilife’s elegant dinner parties were legendary, so probably best not turn up with a cheap bottle of Pinot Grigio and a box of After Dinner Mints. You can leave them with me, if you like.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
1st Birthday Party, No1 George Street Kingsclere, 14 Nov
I know we’re not really talking about Christmas, but let’s be honest, we’re thinking about it. Make the shopping bubble and fizz with prosecco, a canapé or six and 10% off . No1 George Street just over the border in Kingsclere, Hants, is celebrating its 1st birthday and you’re all invited. Pop along on Tues 14 Nov 8.30am-8pm and discover unique homeware and beautiful fashion and accessories – the Christmas list will be ticked off in no time.
No1 George Street, Kingsclere RG20 5NH