Berkshire

Things to do in Berkshire

Image caption Have a flipping good time in Maidenhead on Tuesday

A few suggestions to help you plan your week...

Nature and Outdoors

Explore the universe at an evening of stargazing at Dinton Pastures Country Park on Friday 11 March.

Part of National Science and Engineering week, local astronomers will use telescopes to guide you through views of the planets, stars and other delights. For more events and online activities visit NSEW's website .

The free event is from 1930 to 2200 GMT at Dinton Pastures Country Park, Hurst, RG10 0TH

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Enjoy a free guided walk through the gardens of Cliveden, let by the gardeners of the estate on Tuesday 8 March.

A National Trust event, you can explore the unfolding delights of the gardens in Spring. These walks are very popular, so arrive early to ensure you secure a place. Booking not needed. Walk is from 1400 to 1515 GMT, gates open at 1100 GMT.

Address is Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, SL6 0JA.

The Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead Beekeepers' Society is holding a talk on Queen Rearing on Tuesday 8 March. Everyone is welcome to come along from 2000 GMT at Windsor Parish Hall, All Saints Church, Alexandra Road, Windsor, SL4 1HZ

Kids and family

The Reading Vintage Toyfair and Exhibition takes place on Sunday 13 March at Rivermead Leisure Centre, Richfield Avenue, Reading from 1030 to 1530 GMT.

There will be 150 stalls selling model railways, diecast models, Meccano and other vintage toys made between 1900 and 1985, plus working model railway layouts.

Entry is £3.50 for adults and 50p for children.

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Come see science in action in Reading's Broad Street with lots of fizzing, whizzing, banging and clanging on Saturday 12 March from 1200 to 1500 GMT.

Science buskers will be performing fun science experiments throughout the afternoon, free for all to see and enjoy.

Find out more at the Reading Science Week website.

The British Leisure Show is taking place at Royal Windsor Racecourse from Friday 11 March to Sunday 13 March.

The lifestyle event is packed with a variety of things to see with the latest product models and accessories, talks, demonstrations and activities. Suitable for all ages.

The event is from 1000 to 1700 GMT and tickets cost £20 on the door. Children up to 16 years go free.

Address: Royal Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor Berkshire SL4 5JJ. Find out more at the British Leisure Show website.

The Cats Protection charity are holding their Spring Fair on Saturday 12 March from 1300 to 1600 GMT at Carnation Hall, Chavey Down Road, Winkfield.

As well as meeting some of the cats that need a home, there will be stalls selling Cats Protection goods, toys, books, bric-a-brac, a raffle, a tombola, cakes and food. Entry is 50p or by donation of cat food.

Music

The Choir of Royal Holloway will be performing with the Bristol Ensemble in Douai Abbey on Saturday 12 March.

Image caption Trudy Styler is in Maidenhead on Saturday

The concert will feature familiar choral works associated with Lent such as Allegri's Miserere, Victoria's Popule meus and James MacMillan's powerful masterpiece, Seven Last Words from the Cross.

Tickets cost £8. Tickets available from The Corn Exchange in Newbury on 01635 522733.

Address: Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, RG7 5TQ.

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The popular international theatre organist Robert Wolfe will be appearing at Henley Town Hall on Sunday March 13 at 1500 GMT. Admission is £6.50 and the concert is in aid of the Sue Ryder Home in Nettlebed.

Jonathan Ross's former house band 4 Poofs and a Piano will be coming to Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Altwood Road, Maidenhead on Saturday 12 March at 2000GMT. Smoke And Mirror Balls is their second UK tour and takes in comedy, dance and their trademark music in a riotous evening's entertainment. Tickets cost £15 and the gig is suitable for ages 16+.

Book your tickets at Norden Farm's website.

The Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra is holding a concert on Saturday 12 March at the Licensed Victuallers' School, London Road, Ascot, SL5 8DR.

Starting at 1930 GMT, the programme includes Rossini's Thieving Magpie, Strauss' Four Last Songs and Elgar's Symphony No 1.

Tickets are available from the WMSO box office on 0118 9665149.

Arts and Culture

From Newbury With Love tells the intimate true story of daily life in two very different worlds during the Cold War.

In 1971 seven-year-old Marina, daughter of an imprisoned Soviet dissident living in Moldova, received a postcard from across the Iron Curtain that changed her family's life.

It simply read "With love from Newbury. Berks. England. Harold and Olive."

Watch the performance at the Corn Exchange in Newbury from Wednesday 9 to Saturday 12 March at 1945 GMT.

Tickets are £12. Call the box office on 01635 522733 or head to the Corn Exchange website.

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Runnymede Spring Open is a new annual art event launching on Saturday 12 March that brings contemporary art to the traditional surroundings of Windsor and Runnymede.

The show runs until Sunday 27 March at the Runnymede Gallery, North Lodge, Windsor Road, Old Windsor, SL4 2JL.

The gallery is open Thursdays to Mondays.

The artists exhibiting at the Open include locally renowned Alan Brain, Nigel Moores and Jugen Dabeedin, but there are also artists exhibiting from as far afield as Manchester.

Sting's wife and classically trained actress Trudy Styler appears in An Evening with Dr Johnson on Saturday 12 March at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Altwood Road, Maidenhead at 2000 GMT.

The play presents the life of Samuel Johnson through a series of witty anecdotes. Tickets cost £12 and are available from the Box Office on 01628 788997 or online at Norden Farm's website.

Bracknell artist Tonia Maddison is curating an exhibition in Wokingham that features local artists who have responded to the theme 'all that remains'.

The exhibition, from Thursday 10 to Sunday 26 March, will include sculpture, textiles, paintings, photography and installations.

Come along on Wednesdays to Saturdays from 1100 to 1600 GMT to More Arts, 43c Peach Street Wokingham.

An art exhibition and sale run by St Martin's School Association will feature the work of more than 50 award-winning local artists this weekend.

Come along on Saturday 12 March between 1000 and 1800 GMT, and Sunday 13 March between 1100 and 1500 GMT.

Address: East Woodhay Village Hall, Heath End, Newbury.

Entrance is £2 and all profits go to St Martin's School and St Martin's Church.

Something different

Maidenhead Rotaract are holding a cake-making night on Monday 7 March at Burnham Grammar School, Hogfair Lane Burnham, Slough SL1 7HG.

It's a chance to try a new skill, not just how to bake a beautiful cake but how to decorate it with perfect icing and detail. No previous skills needed.

Event is on from 1930 to 2200 GMT. Contact Lisa via the Rotaract Maidenhead website.

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Come along to Berkshire's longest running farmers' market in Maidenhead on Sunday 13 March from 1000 to 1300 GMT. Now in its 12th year, the market has 25 stalls offering a huge choice of quality meat, free-range poultry and game, trout, fresh sea fish and lobster, cheeses, preserves, baked goods, vegetables and fruit and much more.

Come along between 1000 and 1300 GMT to Grove Road car park, Park Street, Maidenhead (behind Town Hall), SL6 1RF

Dust off your apron for Maidenhead's annual pancake race on Tuesday 8 March. Entries are open for local business teams to battle in out for the coveted trophy.

All entry fees (£15 per team of two) will be donated to a local charity.

Competitors will gather in the pedestrianised area of King Street for the first heats at 1230 GMT when the first teams will race the 50-yard course.

Application forms can be downloaded from the Enjoy Maidenhead website.

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