Things to do in Berkshire

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On Saturday 13 August, Tom Jones will perform at Ladies' Day and Party in the Paddock at Newbury Racecourse. Gates open at 11:00 BST and racing lasts from 13:25 BST to 17:20. The concert will begin after the racing.

Enjoy some jazz at Jagz in Ascot on Saturday 13 August. The Jazz Traitors play everything from jazz tunes from classic artists such as Billie Holiday to modern artists and pop such as Alicia Keys and Amy Winehouse. Doors open at 19:30 at the venue in Station Hill. Tickets cost £8.

Enjoy the Here Comes The Sun Festival on Saturday 13 August, featuring live music on three stages as well as children's activities, African drumming, and games. Bands include the MidiMidis, Dolly and the Clothes Pegs, Damien A. Passmore & The Lovable Fraudsters, The Jettes, Alex Hawkins, Rhapsodaisical and Secret Rivals. The festival will run from 11:00 - 23:00 at the Rising Sun Arts Centre in Silver Street, Reading. Tickets cost £10.

Children and Family

Head to the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) to make your own bread and butter on Wednesday. Take it in turns to grind corn, using quern stones. Make dough to take home and bake bread, and make butter to eat with it. Suitable for families with children aged two and abouve. Cost is £3. Please book for a session between either 10:00 - midday or 13:30- 15:30. To book contact or phone 0118 378 8660. The Museum of English Rural Life is at University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX.

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) is also holding a pedal tractor race on Friday 12 August. Competitors must bring their own tractors. Suitable for families with children aged two to five years. Free event, just drop-in between 10:30-11:15 or 14:00- 14:45 to the museum in University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX.

Test your nerve at The Nature Discovery Centre with close encounters of the creepy crawly kind on Wednesday 10 August. The sessions give people a chance to watch or take part in survivor activities. Sessions will be held at 10:30, 11:30, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00. Tickets cost £4.50 per person. Booking essential. Call 01635 874381 for more information. The Nature Discovery Centre is located at Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham, RG19 3FU.

Take part in a watercolour day at Shaw House in Church Road, Shaw, RG14 2DR on Wednesday 10 August. Create a painting of the story of the Newbury Coat. All materials provided. Watch the Newbury Art Group at work when they visit Shaw House to seek inspiration from this stunning building. No need to book, just drop in from 11:00 to 15:30. Normal house admission charges apply. Activities suitable for ages four and upwards.

Arts and Culture

See Shakespeare's Globe Theatre perform As You Like It at South Hill Park on Sunday 14 August. Pack your picnic and head to the arts centre in in Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA. Performances will take place at 17:00.

Head to the Museum of Reading in Blagrave Street to see a exhibition on contemporary Mod culture. Photographer Dean Chalkley has captured a range of 21st century Mods to complement the museum's current exhibition on 1960s Mod culture in Reading. Museum opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 16:00 and Sunday 11:00 to 16:00.

Mapledurham House near Reading will host an outdoor performance of Snow White for children on Wednesday 10 August at 13:00 and an open air cinema screening of The King's Speech on Friday 12 August at 21:00 (doors open at 19:00).

Something Different

The Berkshire Festival of Wings, Wheels, Speed & Steam will be held from Saturday 13 August to Sunday 14 August at White Waltham Airfield. Enjoy air displays and see vintage cars. Doors open at the Maidenhead airfield at 10:00 to 23:00 on Saturday and 10:00 to 17:00 on Sunday. Admission charges apply.

Enjoy a bird of prey day with professional falconer Ray Prior on Friday 12 August. Find out what it is like to hold a barn owl or a Lanner falcon. See a hawk swoop past you at the Nature Discovery Centre in Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham. Be amazed as the remote control rabbit is used to demonstrate hunting techniques. Sessions at 11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00. £4.50 per person. Call 01635 874381 to book your place.

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