Things to do in Berkshire

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KIDS AND FAMILY

Royal Ascot begins on Tuesday 14 June until Saturday 18 June at Ascot Racecourse. Tradition, pageantry, fashion and style all meet at one of the most famous racecourses in the country.

Tickets start at £17 and entry is free for under 18s accompanied by an adult. Gates open at 1030 BST. To book call 0870 727 1234.

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A family fete is taking place at the Bearwood Recreation Ground in Sindlesham on Saturday 18 June between 1300 and 1630 BST. Attractions include a large bouncy castle, jousting, a ball pond, a birds of prey display, a dog display plus fly-ball racing, maypole dancing, gymnastics, a jazz band and displays in the hall. Entry is free.

The Cookham summer fair is on Saturday 18 June between 1100 and 1600 BST on the village moor. Attractions include Punch & Judy, bouncy castles, a coconut shy, bowling, tractor rides, 'beat the goalie', a beer/Pimms tent and a BBQ. Arena events include a dance display, children's races and a family dog show. Free entry.

St Andrew's Church, Albert Road, Caversham Heights in Reading is holding a traditional church fete with cake and cream teas on Saturday 18 June. On from 1400 to 1600, entry is free.

On Saturday 18 June children aged six upwards can learn about Apollo, god of the sun, in a series called Gods And Goddess at the Ure Museum of Classical Archaeology, Classics Department, University of Reading. On from 1400 to 1600 BST, the cost is £3 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and to book a place call 0118 378 6990.

The Charvil Village Fete is on Sunday 19 June from 1230 BST at the village hall in Park Lane, Reading. This year's theme is 'A Charvil Toy Story' and celebrates iconic toy events from the teddy bears' picnic to steam trains. A large scale model tank and dalek will also be present as well as children's entertainer Fred In The Shed, street dancers, the Bulmershe Gymnastics team, a choir and stalls.

NATURE AND OUTDOORS

The UK Wolf Conservation Trust at Butler's Farm, Beenham is holding a Fathers Day Wolf Walk on Sunday 19 June from 1000 BST. The event includes a talk and a walk with the wolves, a photo memento and refreshments. Children must be aged 12 upwards. Cost is £75 for two adults, £10 for children aged 12 to 16. To book call 0118 971 3330.

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Find out which plants are growing in Turnpike Meadow in Newbury on Tuesday 14 June and help set up a long-term monitoring programme for the area. Paul Evans, a wildflower expert from the Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre will be present to help with identification. Meet at 1000 BST at the Riverside Community Centre, Rosemoor Gardens, Turnpike, Newbury, RG14 2FG. Find out more at www.renewalproject.org.uk

One of the many open garden days on Wednesday 15 June includes Pyt House in Ashampstead, RG8 8RA between 1400 and 1700 BST. The four-acre garden features mature trees, a yew, a hornbeam and beech hedges, pleached limes, an orchard and a vegetable garden. Tickets are £5, including entry to Willow Tree Cottage. Children go free.

MUSIC

Ancient Futures, the first-ever multi-media presentation of African classical music in Britain, is on at Norden Farm arts centre, Altwood Road in Maidenhead on Thursday 16 June.

The programme spans from the ancient to the contemporary. Imagery from visual artist Sunara Begum accompanies the piece.

Doors open at 1930 BST and tickets are £10.

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Clarinettist Pete Allen performs a special gig on a canal boat on Saturday 18 June. Providing a range of musical styles from jazz, country and classical to well known melodies, he will play on the Rose Of Hungerford. Boarding is from 1730 BST for a 1800 BST departure from Canal Walk, Hungerford. Tickets are £11.50 and need to be booked in advance by calling 01635 44806.

The Mike Miller Jazz Trio is playing at The Lock Stock & Barrel, Northbrook Street, Newbury on Sunday 19 June from 1430 BST. Free entry.

The newly-formed Reading A440 Choir presents A Boy And A Girl, "a choral show with bells on", at Methodist Church, High Street, Maidenhead on Friday 17 June at 1930 BST. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

THEATRE AND ARTS

Comedienne Jenny Eclair brings her stand-up show, Old Dog New Tricks to Norden Farm arts centre in Altwood Road, Maidenhead on Saturday 18 June at 2000 BST. Tickets are £15.

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The Watermill Theatre in Bagnor, Newbury has teamed up with local primary schools to present The Green of the Spring by Ade Morris from Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 June. Based partly on local events, the story follows two photographers and their families, one gentry the other working class, during WWI. Tickets are £11 and performance times are 1930 BST from Wednesday to Friday and 1830 BST on Saturday.

Comediennes Shelley Marshall and Karen Bayley are performing at the Comedy Club at South Hill Park arts centre in Bracknell on Friday 17 June at 2000 BST. Tickets cost £11.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

The annual Newbury Radio Rally is on Sunday 19 June from 0900 BST for fans of radio communications, electronics and computing. The event includes demonstrations, displays and national amateur radio clubs. Entry is £2 per person at the Newbury Showground, next to junction 13 of the M4, RG18 9QZ. More info here.

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St Mary's Church in Aldworth is hosting afternoon tea every Wednesday from 15 June until 10 August. The church, on the edge of the Berkshire Downs' Ridgeway path, also has a 1000-year-old Yew tree in its grounds. All proceeds go towards improving church facilities including the installation of toilets. Come along between 1430 and 1630 BST.

On Friday 17 June Basildon Park in Lower Basildon hosts An Audience With Pat Albeck, who was one of the key fashion designers for Horrockses in its 1950s heyday. Tickets are £15, gates open at 1000 BST. Booking is essential, call 0844 249 1895.

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