Things to do in Berkshire

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Science and Technology

Explore the Reading Wind Turbine Visitor Centre as part of Reading Science Week on Saturday 19 March, from 1300 GMT to 1400 GMT. Reading has one of the largest wind turbines in Europe, creating sustainable energy for 1200 - 1300 average British homes on an annual basis.

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Listen to the arguments and discuss four different opinions on how to save the world at Cafe Mondial in Reading on Tuesday 15 March. The debate will start at 1930 GMT and end at 2200 GMT with a vote for the best solution. For more events and online activities visit NSEW's website or Reading Science Week.

Head to the Holt School at 1930 GMT on Wednesday 16 March to see Andy Stanford-Clark, IBM Master Inventor, introduce the technology which is helping to make the world smarter. For more events and online activities visit NSEW's website .

Kids and family

Take part in free Whacky Scrap Races with Robots on Saturday 19 March at Denefield School in Tilehurst. Teams will make a model robot and other art & craft items. No experience necessary. Team sizes of 2-6 are able to take part from the age of 5+. All materials are provided and a free creche is available. Sessions run from 1030 GMT to midday. Visit Whacky Scrap Races for more information. Booking required.

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Enjoy toddler time at the Museum of English Rural Life. Come along to the museum and enjoy rhymes, songs or craft activities based on objects in the collection or the garden. The day costs £2 per child. Drop-in on Friday between 1300 GMT and 1400 GMT on Friday 18 March.

Come and watch the Brain Drain Show at the Discovery Centre in Bracknell. Find out how good your memory is, mind tricks, optical illusions and how your brain knows what your body is doing. The show costs £1.85 per person in addition to the main entrance charge (£6.40 for adults). Shows run at 1100 GMT, midday, 1400 GMT and 1515 GMT at Bracknell Discovery Centre on Saturday 19 March and Sunday 20 March.


See Chas n Dave at the Corn Exchange in Newbury on Thursday 17 March. Tickets cost £18.50. Call the box office on 01635 522733 or head to the Corn Exchange website.

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A recital of organ music on the historic Father Willis organ in Reading Town Hall, played by Tim Harper (Assistant Organist, Birmingham Cathedral) will be held at The Concert Hall in Reading Town Hall on Wednesday 16 March. It includes music by Whitlock and Vierne.

The performance runs from 1300 GMT to 1350 GMT. Tickets are £4, available on the door or in advance from Reading Arts by calling 0118 960 6060.

The Concert Hall is in Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading Berkshire RG1 1QH. To find out more go to the Berkshire Organists website.

See Tankus the Henge + Girl Afraid at Jagz in Ascot on Wednesday 16 March and enjoy a band drawing visual and musical influences from The Beatles to Tom Waits, Gogol Bordello and Radiohead. Tickets cost £8. Jagz is located at Station Hill, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 9EG.

Creative jazz guitarist Mike Miller will perform at The Red Lion in Church Road, Mortimer West End, Reading on Saturday 19 March. Music starts at 1930 GMT and admission is free. For more info tel: 0118 970 0169

Arts and Culture

An exhibition of portraits and words from interviews with 50 Congolese women who have suffered sexual violence will be on display until Sunday 27 March at the RISC, Reading International Solidarity Centre. The RISC cafe is located at 35-39 London St, Reading RG1 4PS Berkshire.

The exhibition is part of CAFOD's (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) bittersweet tribute to survivors in the Democratic Republic of Congo as it marks 50 years of independence. Find out more at the Cafod website

Free entry every day from Tuesday to Sunday (the cafè is closed on Mondays).

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See comedian Terry Alderton at the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts on Friday 18 March at 2000 GMT. Tickets cost £12 and are available from the Box Office on 01628 788997 or online at Norden Farm's website.

Find out about the great 19th Century collector Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers at Museum of English Rural Life on Tuesday 15 March. Hear from speakers Alison Petch and Jeremy Coote, from the Pitt-Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, at 1630 GMT to 1800 GMT.

This is a free event, but please register, by e-mailing or phoning 0118 378 8660. The museum is based at University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading Berkshire RG1 5EX.

Something different

Hannington Women's Institute is holding its Spring Jumble Sale in Hannington Village Hall at 1400 GMT on Saturday 12 March. The village is half way between Basingstoke and Newbury. Buy home-made cakes and jumble.

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