Things to do in Berkshire

Image caption The White Persian Cat Club is co-hosting an event in Twyford on Saturday

A few suggestions to help you plan the next few weeks...

Arts and Culture

Family entertainment is on offer at the Wilde Theatre at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell when it hosts Beauty And The Beast. Performed by Kate Winslet's former theatre company Starmaker, you can step into the world of Disney's modern classic, adapted for the stage.

Performances are from Tuesday 1 March to Saturday 5 March. Times are 1945 GMT and 1500 GMT for the matinee. Tickets cost £13 to £17. For more information visit the Starmaker website.

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A Kathak dance concert comes to South Street arts centre in Reading on Thursday 3 March. Drishti Dance presents an evening of Kathak choreographic works called Utsav - The Celebration. The show includes A Host Of Golden Daffodils, a dynamic interpretation of Wordsworth's work through narrative Kathak.

Show starts at 1930 GMT. Call box office for tickets on 0118 960 6060 or find out more about the event at South Street arts centre


The Beenham Wind Orchestra is holding a spring concert called Song And Dance on Saturday 5 March. Held at St. Nicholas Church, West Mills, Newbury, the programme will include Big Top by Robert Jager, Colonial Song by Percy Aldridge Granger and Faeroe Island Dance by Percy Aldridge Granger. The concert starts at 1930 GMT and tickets cost £8, though concessions are available. Find out more at the Beenham Wind Orchestra website.

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The Quotes and The Wrong Uns are playing a charity gig at South Street arts centre on Friday 4 March. The Ridgeline Trust is a small local charity developing a therapeutic garden in East Reading for people with mental and/ or physical difficulties. Doors open at 1945 GMT and tickets are £6 on the door, £5 in advance. Find out more here

The Mike Miller Jazz Trio is playing the Lock Stock & Barrel pub in Northbrook Street, Newbury on Sunday 6 March. Find out more about the band here. St Andrew's Church in Caversham Heights is hosting a spring concert on Saturday 5 March.

Featuring three prize-winning young musicians from London Conservatoires, the programme will include piano trio and solo items by Schubert, Brahms, Fritz Kreisler and Piazolla.

Show starts at 1930 GMT. Tickets cost £10 on the door, £8 in advance, various concessions apply. Find out more about the musicians here


Just taken on an allotment or planning to 'grow your own' in the garden? Veggie Gardening For Beginners is an introductory talk to the basics, taking place in Reading this Thursday. Four speakers will cover everything from ground preparation to the economics and environmental impact.

The talk starts at 1945 GMT, and entry is free. Head to the Village Hall, Victoria Road, Tilehurst in Reading.

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If you fancy some exercise with a difference on Saturday 5 March, you can head to Cliveden in Taplow, Maidenhead for a Woodland Workout Trim Trail. There are ten family-friendly pieces of wooden exercise equipment tucked away in the woods on a 900m track. You can also follow directions at each activity point.

Suitable for ages 6 upwards. Come along between 1000 GMT and 1700 GMT. Booking not needed. Berkshire Ornithological Club is hosting a talk called Winners And Losers, presented by the Berkshire Bird Atlas Team on Wednesday 2 March.

The Atlas Team report on the first findings from the work done over the past few years to survey the birds of Berkshire. Doors open 1915 GMT. Visitors pay £2.00, BOC members go free. All are welcome to come along to Room 109, Palmer Building, Whiteknights, University of Reading.


Experience two classic children's tales in a double bill of entertainment at the Watermill Theatre in Bagnor, Newbury. On Saturday 5 March, intergalactic superhero storytellers Chicken-Head and Cow-Face use their powers to tell, in their own unique way, the classic story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Then, join three gardeners as they recount the tall tale of the boy who had faith in a handful of magic beans, climbed into the clouds and defeated a giant.

Told in rhyme, this show is suitable for age 4 upwards. The show starts at 1100 GMT, tickets cost £6. Find out more via the Watermill Theatre website

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Come along to the Museum Of English Rural Life on Friday with your little ones and enjoy ryhmes, songs or craft activities based on objects in the museum collection and garden. Entry is £2 per child and is from 1300GMT to 1400GMT.

The address is Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading. Find out more here

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Two cat clubs are hosting their 11th Championship Cat Show on Saturday 5 March in Tywford. The Longhair Cream & Blue Cream Cat Association and the White Persian Cat Club will be showcasing their pedigree exhibits at the 1st Twyford Scout Headquarters, Loddon Hall Road. The Persian breeds are known for their long flowing beautifully coloured coats and their stunningly beautiful large, round copper eyes. In the case of the White Persians, some will have blue eyes and some could even have one orange and one blue.

Exhibitors are happy to talk to visitors about their exhibits, about showing and about cats in general. The show is open to the public between 1230 GMT and 1530 GMT. Entry is £2 for adults and £1 for senior citizens.

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Woodcote Village Hall is holding a Crafty Coven Spring Craft Fair in aid of Cancer Research on Saturday 5 March. There will be 20 different stalls including those selling hand-made glass bead jewellery, wood crafts, hand-made scented/aromotherapy candles and cakes. Come along between 1100 and 1700 GMT. Entry by donation.

A natural beauty and holistic fair is taking place in Bracknell on Saturday 5 March in aid of the Eve Appeal, which funds research into gynaecological cancers. The Fair, at the Coppid Beach Hotel between 1000 GMT to 1700 GMT will help raise funds for ovarian cancer research and boost awareness of the disease. Admission costs £1 and includes a raffle ticket.

A pamper evening is being held in aid of Macmillan Cancer on Tuesday 1 March at St Lukes Hall, Norfolk Road, Maidenhead. There will be therapists, clairvoyants and lots of pampering sessions available including facials, reflexology and Indian head massage. Entry is by donation and the event is from 1900 to 2200 GMT. More information here

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