Things to do in Berkshire

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On Sunday 17 April you can step back in time at Cliveden in Taplow, Maidenhead.

A National Trust Event, you can experience what the stately home was like in the 1930s when Lord and Lady Astor owned the house and celebrities of the time were regular visitors, who you can meet. Past appearances have included Waldorf and Nancy Astor, TE Lawrence, Amy Johnson, Eleanor Roosevelt and Lord Lothian.

Times are 1230 to 1630 BST. Gates open at 1000 BST. Booking not needed.

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Windsor Library in Bachelors Acre is holding a Fun With Fabric day with sewing teacher Benta Hickley. Suitable for teenagers and adults, suitable for all abilities. Course is from 1030 to 1200 BST and costs £5 to cover cost of materials. For more information call Windsor Library on 01753 743940 or visit the Windsor library website

The Firestation arts centre in St Leonard's Road, Windsor is holding a Bugsy Malone musical theatre workshop from Monday 11 to Friday 15 April for children aged six to 16. Children will perform at the end of the week for friends and family. Course is from 1000 to 1500 BST and costs £135 pounds for the week, or £250 for siblings. Email

Children can find out about the scarabs of Egypt at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at Reading University on Tuesday 12 April. Find out why scarab beetles were so special to Ancient Egyptians and make your own scarab beetle to take home with you. No booking required. Workshop, suitable from age six upwards, is from 1400 to 1600 BST. Cost is £3 per child to cover materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the session. For further information phone 0118 378 6990 or email

Children will be able to crown themselves kings and queens for the day in Princess Square, Bracknell from Monday 11 to Saturday 16 April. They can also make flags, hats and bunting. The free Makendoo sessions are from 1100 to 1300 BST, and 1400 to 1600 BST.

Children visiting Basildon Park can follow the a trail map around the 18th-century gardens, with clues leading to a chocolatey 'Egghead' from now until Monday 25 April (except Tuesdays) from 1000 to 1700 BST. Tickets are £2 per child plus normal admission. Inside the house, explore the rooms for Basildon Bunnies.

Arts and Culture

Comic theatre comes to New Greenham Arts, Lindenmuth Way, Newbury on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 April with the new one-woman show, You're Not Like Other Girls Chrissy.

The setting is Paris in 1945. The story originates from creator and performer Caroline Horton delving into her French grandmother's past after finding a shoe box containing her wartime letters.

Show starts at 2000 BST and tickets cost £8. Call the Corn Exchange Box Office on 01635 522733 or online at

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Until Saturday 16 April, Farrer Theatre at Eton College presents a fully staged performance of The Marriage Of Figaro by Mozart. Sung in English with full orchestra. Tickets cost £18. Booking form on website here or phone 01344 466173.

Nature and outdoors

The Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead Beekeepers' Society is holding a talk on hive hygeine, bee diseases and varroa control on Tuesday 12 April.

The meeting starts at 2000 BST at Windsor Parish Hall, All Saints Church, Alexandra Road, Windsor.

Find out more here.


Slough grit pop band Brother are playing Play in Milford Road, Reading on Monday 11 April as part of their UK tour. Support comes from Reading band Peers.

Doors at 1930 BST. Tickets cost £8.

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The Clare Free band is playing at Jagz in Station Hill, Ascot on Tuesday 14 April. The gig starts at 2000 BST and tickets cost £8.

Bristol-based singer Jane Taylor is bringing her thought-provoking songs to the New Greenham Arts venue in Lindenmuth Way, Newbury on Friday 15 April at 2000 BST.

The Twyford Singers are performing Stainer's Crucifixion on Sunday 17 April at 1900 BST at St Mary's Church, Church Lane, Twyford. Tickets cost £5 including refreshments, and are available on the door or by telephoning 0118 934 2406, 0118 934 5985 or via

Something different

The Maidenhead Cats Protection charity is staging its monthly jumble sale on Sunday 17 April from 1230 to 1430 BST to help raise funds for the cats and kittens in care.

At Holyport Memorial Hall in Moneyrow Green you will find good quality nearly new/new branded goods, toys and games, books, bric a brac, small furniture and more.

Entry is 50p for adults and 25p for children. All money raised goes directly to the welfare of stray cats.

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The California Association is holding a charity car wash at the Ratepayers Hall in Finchampstead Road, Finchampstead on Saturday 16 April from 1000 to 1300 BST. All money raised will be used for projects to improve the hall facilities. Costing £5, each car will be hand washed with the help of the Finchampstead Guides.

On Saturday 16 April, the Pride of Dee Park association in Reading is holding a fund-raising fayre with a variety of stalls as well as boxing, karate and kickboxing taster sessions, an Easter egg hunt, a raffle and much more. Head to Lyon Square in Tilehurst between 1300 and 1600 BST.

The Ditty Cafe in Pangbourne is holding a Caribbean night with food between 1800 and 2100 BST and dancehall music from 1000 to 0100 BST on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April. Find out more here.

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