Things to do in Berkshire

Little Matter Little Matter is a magical tale for children, taking place in Maidenhead on Wednesday

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Nature and Outdoors

West Berkshire Rapid Response Cars are holding a charity bluebell walk at Fishers Farm, Shefford Woodlands, Hungerford on Sunday 8 May from 1330 to 1630 BST.

There will be tea and homemade cake to enjoy after the walk, as well as the launch of the charity's first grand raffle to win prizes including tickets to Newbury Races and signed Theo Walcott memorabilia.

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The Earley Environment Group invites you to their Which Warbler? talk on Wednesday 4 May in Maiden Place, Kilnsea Drive, Lower Earley from 1930 to 2130 BST. If you've been inspired by the Dawn Chorus, join Ray Reedman to get some identification tips by sight and song of Dinton's several warbler species and their allies. Admission is free but donations are welcome. More information here:

Something different

Strictly Come Dancing's Ian Waite will be teaching Zumba at Bearwood College in Wokingham from Wednesday 4 May.

Ian, who has starred as a pro-dancer in seven out of eight series of the BBC hit television show, plans to teach beginner level Zumba, which he describes as "exercise and enjoyment to latin rhythms for everyone from 16 to 80".

Zumba combines moves from Samba, Rumba and Cha Cha Cha into exercise classes set to Latin American music.

Ian's Zumba classes will be held on Wednesdays from 4 May at 18.30 to 19.15 BST and at 19.30 to 20.15 BST in the Sports Hall at Bearwood College.

You can enrol in advance for £8 single classes by contacting 01628 477 705 or by registering online

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The first day of the fifth annual Festival of Wine at Ascot Racecourse starts on Friday 6 May. There will be over 60 wines to sample: sparkling, white, red and dessert from across the globe with tasting notes and expert advice. All these wines compete for the 'Wine of the Festival' - an award voted for by racegoers. Tickets start at £17. Free entry for under 18s accompanied by an adult. Gates open at 1500 BST. First race is at 1520 BST, last race at 2015 BST. To book call 0870 727 1234 or visit the website

Poperinghe Pre-School are hosting a charity race night at The British Legion, Eversley Road in Arborfield Cross on Friday 6 May from 1930 BST. There will be eight races to bet on and a raffle. The tickets/entry are £5 which includes a buffet supper. All money raised will go towards the school's outside classroom and the development of the forest grounds for the two to five-year-olds.

Come along to a weekly giant car boot sale on Sunday 8 May from 1000 BST on the A4 Bath Road in Maidenhead (opposite Taplow station). Entry is £2 up to 1130 BST, £1 after. Gates close at 1630 BST. More details at www.giantcarboot.co.uk

If you have always wanted to sing but not sure if you can or have the confidence, then come along to a free Sing for Fun taster workshop on Thursday 5 May from 1930 to 2130 BST at Hemdean House School, Hemdean Road, Caversham, Reading. More information here

Kids and family

The Burghfield May Fayre is taking place on The Hatch, Burghfield Village on Sunday 8 May from 1030 to 1600 BST.

Organised by the Burghfield Residents Association, the day raises funds for local charities and other good causes.

Entry is free and this year's attractions includes a fun fair, arena displays, a children's storyteller, a circus workshop, a dog show and display, a craft tent, book stalls and lots more. The Tadley Brass Band will be playing and there will be the traditional favourite competitions of Tug-o-War and egg throwing to participate in.

Visitors have a chance to look round a Chinook helicopter from RAF Odiham and talk to the crew.

More information on the BRA website here

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Little Matter is an outdoor theatre show for children performed from a 'magical wagon' in the car park of Norden Farm arts centre, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, on Wednesday 7 May at 1930 BST. Tickets are £12. The show is a magical tale which told from within a traveling gyspy-style caravan. It comes complete with fold-out stage and a canopy for the audience to sit under. Please note: this is an outdoor performance, so warm clothing is recommended.

Carter's Steam Fair is coming to Pinkeys Green in Maidenhead on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May. To celebrate the Royal Wedding, the fair is hosting a huge parade in Maidenhead on Saturday at 1000 BST There will be floats and trailers towed by vintage lorries and steam engines dating from the 1920s with jazz musicians playing live behind, and a motorcycle stunt team from James Messham's Wall of Death. The fair opens at 1200 BST.

A French Market will be trading in the Market Place, Newbury on Friday 6 May and on Saturday 7 May, selling a variety of goods including French bread, pancakes, cheese, soaps, jewellery, handbags, sausages and pate and wooden toys. Trading hours will be from 0900 to 1700.

Thatcham Bowling Club, situated at the Thatcham Memorial Playing Fields in Bath Road is holding an open day on Saturday 7 May from 1000 BST. Open to all, no previous experience is necessary and qualified club coaches are available to help. Visit the website for more information or contact the club on 01635 867044. Coaching sessions will also be available on Mondays from 9 May at 1800.

Music

Ginger from The Wildhearts is playing at Sub89 in Friar Street, Reading on Thursday 5 May at 1930 BST. Tickets cost £10 for the acoustic set - a contrast to the more raucous rock he's known for. More information at www.sub89.com

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South Hill Park arts centre in Ringmead, Bracknell hosts award-winning singer Val Wiseman's presentation of The Brontë Legacy on Friday 6 May at 2000 BST. The night celebrates the lives and passions of the Brontës with a programme of newly-written songs based on their novels and poetry. Tickets cost £8. More information here

Sonny Black's Roots and Blues Club features Sonny Black plus special guests and open mic slots on Wednesday 4 May at Jagz, Station Hill in Ascot from 2000 BST. Tickets cost £7. More information at www.jagz.co.uk.

Waltham St Lawrence Parish Church is hosting a concert on on Saturday 7 May at 1930 BST. The Darling Buds of May will be performed by Rebecca Bell (soprano), Sarah Merricks (recorder) and Nigel Foster (piano). Tickets at £10 per person (£5 for juniors) in advance can be obtained from the Concert Box Office on 0118 940 3209 or on the door on the evening at a £1 surcharge.

Arts and theatre

Progress Theatre in Christchurch Road, Reading is staging All My Sons by Arthur Miller from Thursday 5 to Saturday 14 May (except Sunday 8 May) from 1945 BST. Tickets, £10, available from Reading Arts box office on 0118 960 6060.

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Bracknell Drama Club, in The Ring, Charles Square, is staging an adaptation of Animal Farm by George Orwell from Wednesday 4 May to Saturday 7 May at 2000 BST. Tickets cost £8 and doors open 1930 BST. Call the box office on 07702 608937 or visit www.bracknelldramaclub.co.uk

History

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), in Redlands Road, Reading, is hosting an exhibition celebrating 60 years of The Archers. In 1951 the first national episode of The Archers was broadcast and MERL was founded in the same year. This exhibition charts changes to the countryside that both the radio drama and the museum have witnessed over the last 60 years. Follow the anniversary trail around the exhibition spaces and museum to see how present day and 1950s farming compare.

Free admission. Open Tuesday to Friday 0900 to 1700 BST and weekends from 1400 to 1630 BST. For more information call 0118 378 8660 or visit the website

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