Things to do in Berkshire

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A Feast of Popular Music will be held on Saturday 11 June at 1930 BST at the Concert Hall in Reading. International gold medal winners, The Thames Valley Chorus are in concert with Ascot Brass and Reading Community Gospel Choir. All tickets are £12 at the Old Town Hall/Reading Museum, or callthe box office on 0118 960 6060.

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See Megan Henwood: Making Waves at Norden Farm. Winner of the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Megan's powerful, poignant and often witty lyrics are woven around timeless pop melodies. She has played at festivals including Cropredy, Towersey Village Festival, Warwick Folk Festival and Sidmouth Folk Festival. Megan has also supported artists such as Ray Davies and Cara Dillon. Megan will be joined by her musicians on fiddle and guitar.

The concert will take place on Friday 10 June, at 1945 BST in the Studio Theatre. Tickets cost £11.75 at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 4PF.

Soul Direction are playing at Jagz in Ascot on Saturday 11 June. Soul Direction are a seven-piece function band. Playing a mix of smooth soul, funk, acid jazz, disco and banging dance tunes. Doors open at 1930 BST, and tickets cost £8.00. Jagz is based at Station Hill, Ascot, SL5 9EG.

An outdoor opera, La Boheme, will be performed Newbury Racecourse thanks to Greenham Common Trust. Bring a picnic and a bottle of something sparkling and soak up the atmosphere of opera at its finest. Gates open 1730 BST on Saturday 11 June. The performance starts at 1900 BST. Tickets £10 (concessions £8). To book call Newbury Corn Exchange on 01635 522733 or visit The Corn Exchange at Newbury Racecourse Berkshire RG14 7NZ

Kids and family

The Pangbourne Village Fete is taking place this Saturday 11 June. There will be a beer tent, BBQ, hog roast, craft stalls, commercial stalls and charity stalls. The Pangbourne Rotary Club will run the Dragon Boat racing on the Thames. There will be lots of attractions: coconuts, face painting, climbing wall, ice cream, bouncy castle, lucky dips and all the usual kids stuff. The Twinning Association will run a French Cafe serving wine and baguettes.

The fete will run from midday in Thames Meadows, Berkshire, RG8 7DA.

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Enjoy Warfield Village Fete, a National Family Week Event. There will be a hog roast, slides, bouncy castle, bric a brac, raffle, silent auction, animals, ferret racing and morris dancing. The fete will be held from midday to 1600 BST in Forest Road, Newell Green Berkshire RG42 6 on Saturday 11 June.

The Firestation in Windsor has a brand new family show, Patrick Monahan: Stories and Tales for Kids, Who Can Run Faster than Snails on June 11 from 1530 BST - 1700 BST. The show is suitable for four years plus. The show will involve plenty of music, dancing, interaction and a story about the travels of a young shepherd boy and his amazing dancing sheep. Warning: show may include water pistols and martial arts moves.

The Firestation Centre for Arts & Culture is located in St Leonards Road, SL4 3BL.

Enjoy a Charity Family Fun Day in Sunningdale with special guests Zippy, Bungle and George from Rainbow. There will be face-painting, cakes, tombola raffle, bouncy castles and a BBQ. All monies raised will go to The Rainbow Trust and the HR Trust charities.

The day will be held in Broomhall Recreation Grounds, Broomhall Lane, Sunningdale Berkshire SL5 0QS on Saturday 11 June from 1100 - 1600 BST, entrance is free of charge.


Wander around Eton College Gardens as part of an Open Garden for National Garden Scheme on Saturday 11 June. This gives a chance to visit a group of central college gardens surrounded by historic school buildings. Take a look at Luxmoore's garden, which is on an island in the Thames reached across an attractive bridge. There will also be an opportunity to explore the fascinating Eton College Natural History Museum. Admission costs £4, children free. Opening times are 1400 BST to 1700 BST at Eton College Gardens, Windsor, SL4 6DB.

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Take a look at Whitehouse Farm Cottage, with its atmospheric cottage garden of 'rooms' with brick, china and decorative pebble areas - planted with roses, herbs, ferns and other favourites. The courtyard with pot and lily ponds leads to a terrace with circular domed seating area. Pond garden contains a pretty summer house and glasshouse, which will be candle lit for the evening opening.

Admission £3, Children free. Opening times are 2000 BST to 2230 BST at Whitehouse Farm Cottage, Binfield, RG42 4BY, on Saturday 11 June.

Enjoy an Open Farm Sunday at Jealotts Hill Farm. Meet the animals and take part in tractor and trailer rides from 1100 BST to 1600 BST. The farm is near the Syngenta sign on the A3095 next to the New Leathern Bottle pub. Car parking will be signposted thereafter. Please wear appropriate clothing for any sort of weather. The farm is at Syngenta Ltd in Warfield, Bracknell. Berkshire RG42 6EX on Sunday 12 June

Something different

Basildon Park will play host to a collection of colourful Horrockses gowns, from glamorous evening dresses to vibrant summer frocks. The company is best known for their full-skirted dresses, which were sought after by women in the 1940s/50s and were even worn by Queen Elizabeth II.

The exhibition will run from Saturday 11 June to Monday 13 June, and then from Wednesday 15 June to Monday 20 June. Opening times are 1100 BST to 1630 BST. Gates open at 1100 BST, the last entry is at 1630 BST. Booking is not needed.

Basildon Park is based at Lower Basildon, Reading Berkshire RG8 9NR.

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Take part in a Fun with Fabric day with quilting and all-round sewing guru Benta Hickley. Learn how to sew anything from denim bags to patchwork. Suitable for teenagers and adults, suitable for all abilities. For more information call Windsor Library on 01753 743940.

The day will run from 1030 BST to midday on Saturday 11 June with a charge of £5 per head to cover cost of materials, payable to the tutor on the day. The classes are held at Windsor Library, Bachelors Acre in Windsor, SL4 1ER.

The Museum of English Rural Life in Redlands Road, Reading, celebrates its 60 years with an exhibition of The Archers from 23 May to 30 June. Admission is free and the museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 0900 to 1700 BST, weekends from 1400 to 1630 BST.

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