Things to do in Berkshire

Alan Titchmarsh Alan Titchmarsh will be in Taplow on Friday 8 April

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Nature and Outdoors

Alan Titchmarsh will officially open a new maze at Cliveden on Friday 8 April.

The celebrity gardener will be a guest at the launch of the recreated 19th Century maze at the National Trust attraction in Taplow.

He will be joined by Lord Astor, great grandson of William Waldorf, the 1st Viscount Astor, who created the original maze in 1894.

The maze covers one third of an acre and features more than 1,000 two-metre-high yew trees.

The launch starts at 1200 BST, entry will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

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The Harris Garden in Reading is holding an open day on Sunday 10 April from 1400 to 1730 BST. The garden, at Whiteknights in Earley, will have cakes and a plant sale. The day is in aid of the National Gardens Scheme. The garden has been renovated over the past six months and is replanted with perennials and lots of bulbs. Entrance is £3 for adults. Free for children.

Basildon Park is hosting a National Trust nature walk around its parkland on Friday 8 April. No booking is needed, just come along to the park, in Lower Basildon, Reading, between 1030 and 1200 BST.

Wyevale Hare Hatch Garden Centre on Floral Mile near Twyford is hosting a vegetable growing advice clinic on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April.

The Berkshire Gardens Trust hosts a lecture called The Origin of our Garden Plants by Dr Michael Keith-Lucas on Saturday 9 April at 1900 BST. The lecture, at The Purley Barn, off Beech Road in Purley-on-Thames, will be on when, how, and from where some of our most common garden plants arrived in this country. Tickets are £8 for non-members. Call 0118 984 3170 for more information.


Sonny Black's Roots & Blues Club in Ascot on Wednesday 6 April will feature special guest Jon Walsh, a slide blues guitarist. There will also be slots for open mic performances and a finale jam session.

Tickets on the door are £7 and the show, at Jagz in Station Hill, Ascot, starts at 2000 BST.

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Eighties punk band The Cockney Rejects are playing Sub89, Friar Street, Reading on Sunday 10 April. Support comes from local band On Trial. Doors are 1930 BST. Tickets cost £12.

On Tuesday 5 April the Museum Of English Rural Life in Redlands Road, Reading, hosts A Take On Jake: The Music Of The Late Great Jack Thackray, performed by Simon Mayer. This is part of a folk music series at the museum. Doors open at 1930 BST and tickets cost £15. To book call 0118 378 8660 or email

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, sings Handel's Messiah on Tuesday 5 April at Showcase cinema in Winnersh Triangle, Reading. Doors open at 1900 BST and tickets cost £10. More information at

The Henley & District Theatre Organ Trust hosts John Mann from Brighton at Henley Town Hall on Sunday 10 April at 1430 BST. Proceeds go to the Oxfordshire Air Ambulance.

The Reading Bach Choir will perform Graces and Heroes: choral music from the German Romantic tradition on Saturday 9 April at 1930 BST at Wesley Methodist Church, Queen's Road, Reading. Tickets cost £12 and are available by emailing, or calling 0118 9470104. More information at

Arts and Theatre

A young artist that sculpts bees wax is holding an exhibition from now until Tuesday 26 April.

Michael Brown will be showcasing his work at Modern Artists Gallery, High Street in Whitchurch-on-Thames.

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The Stanley Spencer gallery in Cookham has opened its summer exhibition called Spencer's War: The Art of Shipbuilding on the Clyde. Spencer accepted an official commission from the War Artists' Advisory Committee (WAAC) to depict work in a Glasgow shipyard. The gallery, in High Street, is opening daily from 1030 to 1730 BST. Entrance costs £5, children go free. More information at

Threadbare Greebo is a theatre production that highlights mental health issues and is at Firestation arts centre in St Leonard's Road, Windsor on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 April at 2000 BST. Tickets cost £7. More information at

Kids and family

Birch Hill Community Centre in Leppington, Bracknell is holding Easter art and craft workshops for one to 11-year-olds on Friday 8 April between 1000 and 1050 BST.

All materials are included and splash suits are provided.

Creation Station session fee is £5.50. Find out more at

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The Swimathon 2011, the world's biggest fundraising swim, takes place from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 April and hopes to raise £2 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care. There are many Berkshire pools taking part. Find out more at

Datchet golf club on Buccleuch Road dis holding free golf sessions for youngsters and older beginners on Saturday 9 April. For more information call 01753 543 887.

Something different

The Woodley Flower Club is meeting on Tuesday 5 April at Coronation Hall, Headley Road, Reading and will have a flower arranging demonstration as a well as a sales table.

Subscription is £12.00 per annum. Find out more here.

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The Earley Environment Group hosts a talk by Kit Brownlee called Amber: Mysterious Time Capsule on Wednesday 6 April at 1930 BST. The talk will discuss all things amber and is at the function room, Maiden Place, off Kilnsea Drive in Lower Earley. Free admission. Find out more here.

Help in a big litter pick in Winnersh on Saturday 2 April, organised by the parish council. Assemble either at Sainsbury's car park or the parish council offices in Mole road, Sindlesham at 1030 BST. Black bags, litter pickers and safety jackets will be provided.

The Maidenhead farmers' market is on Sunday 10 April from 1000 to 1300 BST. Head to Grove Road car park, Park Street in Maidenhead (behind Town Hall). More information here.

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