Berkshire

Things to do in Berkshire

Image caption Cliveden will give guided tours around its gardens this weekend

A few suggestions to help you plan your week...

Nature and Outdoors

Take part in a Moonlight Walk to raise money for the charity Naomi House Children's Hospice. The walk will start at 2100 GMT. Tickets are £15. Meet at Northcroft Leisure Centre, Northcroft Lane in Newbury on Saturday 26 March. This is an 8km, ladies only evening walk. Wear sensible clothing and sensible shoes as this is an evening event.

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Head to Dinton Pastures Country Park in Winnersh at 1000 GMT on Sunday 27 March and enjoy an early spring walk in the Lower Loddon Valley, ending at 1230 GMT. Enjoy a pleasant walk through Ruscombe, Stanlake Park, Whistley Green and the Loddon Reserve. The distance is about 4.5 miles with a few stiles. It might be very muddy in places. Meet on the lane alongside St James' Church at Ruscombe. Admission: Free. No dogs please. Contact: Alice Ayers 0118 9267441. For more information go to Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust .

Wake up to spring with a free guided tours of Cliveden Gardens with Cliveden gardeners. These walks are very popular, so arrive early to ensure you secure a place. First come, first served. The walks will run on Tuesday 22 March from 1400 GMT to 1515 GMT. Gates open at 1100 GMT. No booking needed.

Go to Howl Night at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust in Butlers Farm, Beenham and listen to a talk on wolves. Learn why they howl followed by a howling session (the wolves just might howl back at you). The night will be held on Friday 25 March at 1830 GMT and tickets will cost £10 per person. Bookings required on 0118 971 3330. For more information go to the Wolf Trust website.

Hear a talk on natural quarries at a Bracknell Forest Natural History Society event. Naturalist David Broag will make his first visit to the Society to speak about the naturally occurring wildlife in quarries. Meet at The Recital Room, South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell. Admission: £3. Contact: Gill Cheetham 01344 423440 from 2000 GMT to 2200 GMT.

Head to Stubbings House for an Open Garden weekend on Saturday 26 March to Sunday 27 March for the National Garden Scheme. Enjoy the 10-acre landscaped garden, accessed through a one-acre walled garden that adjoins the 18th century house, home to Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands during the Second World War. Admission is £3 with all money going to charity.

Arts & Crafts

A Blooming Marvellous Flower Workshop will be held on Thursday 24 March at Basildon Park in Lower Basildon, Reading. Learn how to make a beautiful seasonal arrangement with the guidance of the house steward, using the daffodils grown at Basildon Park. The half-day workshop will include a light lunch and refreshments.

The workshop will be held at 1030 GMT to 1430 GMT. For more information call 0844 249 1895. Tickets cost £30. Booking Essential.

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Make your own sweet pea supports with English willow for the garden in a one day workshop. You will make one, possibly two, plant supports. Suitable for beginners or those with some experience of weaving with willow. The day will run from 1000 GMT to 1600 GMT and will cost £35 plus up to £20 for materials. Price includes refreshments. For more information go to the Stripey Basket website.

Find out about the history of baskets and basket making at Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) day schools on Saturday 26 March. The day will run from 1000 GMT to 1600 GMT. Maurice Bichard is author of Baskets Of Europe.

There will be opportunities to explore the basket collection at MERL and to encounter some of Dr. Bichard's personal basketry collection.

The day costs £40 and booking is required. Bring a packed lunch or order a sandwich lunch when you book.

History

Hear about the history of Women's Institutes at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) on Tuseday 22 March. The speaker is Bridget Yates from the University of Gloucester. The MERL Seminar will take place is in the Conference Room at MERL, 1630 GMT to 1800 GMT. This is a free event, but please register, by e-mailing merlevents@reading.ac.uk or phoning 0118 378 8660.

Kids and Family

Take part in free Whacky Scrap Races with robots on Saturday 26 March at Denefield School in Tilehurst. Teams will make a model robot and other art and craft items. No experience necessary. Team sizes of two to six are able to take part from the age of five. All materials are provided and a free creche is available. Sessions run from 1030 GMT to midday. Visit Whacky Scrap Races for more information. Booking required.

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Come and watch the Brain Drain Show at the Discovery Centre in Bracknell. Find out how good your memory is, mind tricks, optical illusions and how your brain knows what your body is doing. The show costs £1.85 per person in addition to the main entrance charge (£6.40 for adults).

Shows run at 1100 GMT, midday, 1400 GMT and 1515 GMT at Bracknell Discovery Centre on Saturday 26 March and Sunday 27 March.

Learn about gods and goddesses and Dionysos, Greek god of revelry at The Ure Museum of Classical Archaeology on Saturday 26 March, from 1400 to 1600 GMT. Join staff to hear myths about this god, do a craft activity and explore the collection. Booking is required. For further information and to book a place call 0118 378 6990 or email re.education@reading.ac.uk

Music

See Following The Herd, a Jazz Knights Orchestra featuring Cliff Longhurst on 24 March at Jagz in Ascot. Tickets cost £10. The night begins at at 2000 GMT and will be a homage to Woody Herman. Tickets cost £10. Jagz is located at Station Hill, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 9EG.

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Enjoy a Whole Lotta Led at a Led Zeppelin Tribute Show at South Street Arts Centre on Friday 25 March. Tickets cost £13 advance, £15 on the door. Doors open at 1930 GMT.

Enjoy a spring recital in aid of Kampala Music School in Uganda and St Mary's Church in Streatley on Saturday 26 March. The evening will begin at 1930 GMT. Tickets are available at the Spring Recital website. St Mary's C of E Church is on Church Lane, High Street, Streatley Berkshire, RG8 9HU.

Enjoy Bach's St John Passion at Eton College Chapel on Monday 28 March with the Windsor & Eton Choral Society. It is the last concert by conductor Ralph Allwood before he retires after 25 years as precentor and director of music at Eton College.

The concert is at 1930 GMT and tickets cost £18 and £16. Tickets are available by calling 01628 528041.

Something different

Enjoy a Cabaret Night with Simon Green and David Shrubsole on Saturday 26 March from 1945 to 2115 GMT. Tickets cost £12 and are available from the Box Office on 01628 788997 or online at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts.

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