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February what's on guide

PUBLISHED: 00:16 21 January 2012 | UPDATED: 16:34 20 February 2013

...see actor Graham Seed, best known as Nigel Pargetter

...see actor Graham Seed, best known as Nigel Pargetter

February is the month to...

February is the month to


...see actor Graham Seed, best known as Nigel Pargetter, in the hit BBC Radio 4 series The Archers, or fellow actor Adam Best, who plays student doctor Matt Parker in the drama Holby City in the new stage version of the critically acclaimed Journeys End, the brooding, classic play set in the trenches of World War One. Catch three performances at The Hexagon, Reading on February 9-10,
tel: 01189 606060, and five at South Hill Park, Bracknell from March 17-20,
tel: 01344 484123.



gain an insight into an artists relationship with the Thames. Reflections on a Bridge, is a striking new selling exhibition of paintings of the River Thames providing huge, vivid images of mans attempts to cross its waters will be on display at the River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames. The exhibition of new work runs until February 28. On February 6 artist Nick Schlee (above), will present Painting Big, an insight into his work and techniques. Starts at 11.am. Tickets 6. Tel. 01491 415600.



...enjoy a spectacular new form of circus entertainment from Les 7 Doigts de la Main and their hugely acclaimed production Traces which comes to Milton Keynes Theatre on February 8-10, following their debut appearance on the 2009 Royal Variety Performance in December.
Box office: 0844 871 7627.



...marvel at early spring colour with the National Trust. At Cliveden the gardens are opening almost two weeks earlier than usual, on February 13, so that visitors can enjoy the start of Clivedens spring colour. Shop and restaurant also open. Cliveden, Taplow, SL6 0LJ,
Tel: 01628 605069.

At Basildon Park, near Pangbourne, spring flower guided tours also take place every Friday from 12 February at 2pm, led by the Reading Natural History Group (call property to confirm walk before attending). The garden, shop and tea room are open from 10 February. Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire RG8 9NR, Tel: 0118 984 3040.



book now for...


...Shakespeare at the house HamletThe Bard comes to Cliveden on Sunday, March 21. But to attend or not to attend need not be the question as it is open to non-residents and non members of the Cliveden Club, too. Enjoy Champagne, followed by the play in the Great Hall, then dinner. The dress Code is Black Tie and tickets cost 98 to non members.
Call the Club Office on 01628 607158.



GARDENS & WILDLIFE


7 February, Pits, Bumps and Hollows walk through Bradenham woods, 10am, The Green, Bradenham Woods Lane, Bradenham,
tel: 01844 355506.
10 February, Greenham Bird Walk, 10am, meet The Control Tower car park, Greenham Common,
tel: 01635 874381.
From 12 February, spring flower guided tours, Basildon Park, every Friday, 2pm.
Tel: 0118 984 3040.
16 February, Preparing for spring, make a nest box, half-term fun, 10.30am-2.30pm, New Barn, College Lake Nature Reserve,
tel: 01442 826774.
16 February, Swift Conservation, Pangbourne Village Hall, Pangbourne, with speaker Edward Mayers founder of London Swifts,
tel: 0118 9414750.
16 February, Ancient Woodland - Flora and Archaeology, with John Morris, director of the Chiltern Woodlands Project, 7.45pm, Great Missenden Memorial Centre,
tel: 01494 447763.
19 February, Haymill Valley half-term fun day, Burnham Beeches, Burnham, 1pm, meet corner Whittaker and Marescroft Road, Burnham,
tel: 01628 829574 ext 202.
20 February, Glimpses of Stowe, Stowe Landscape Gardens, 10.30am, to book,
tel: 01280 822850.
27 February, Wildlife at Little Marlow Gravel Pit, Bourne End, 10am, meet car park beyond Spade Oak public house, Well End,
tel: 01494 676091.
28 February, First Signs of Spring at College Lake, near Tring, 11am, to book
tel: 01442 826774.



Don't miss!
Snowdrops and spring flowers:
6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 February, Snowdrop steps, Stowe Landscape Gardens,
tel: 01280 822850.
From 13 February, Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead,
tel: 01628 605069.
14 February, Higher Denham Gardens, Higher Denham, 2-4.30pm, open through the National Gardens Scheme.
21 February, Magnolia House, Wooburn, 11am-2pm, open through the National Gardens Scheme.
28 February, Quainton Gardens, Quainton, 12noon-4pm, open through the National Gardens Scheme.



EVENTS


13 February, totesport.com Gold Cup Day, Newbury Racecourse,
tel: 01635 40015.
13-21 February, Civil War Week, Shaw House, Shaw, near Newbury,
tel: 01635 279279.
17-19 February, 12noon-3pm, Spring Clean, Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe,
tel: 01494 755573.
20 February, Betfair Ascot Chase Day, Ascot Racecourse,
tel: 0870 727 1234.
24 February, Willow Weaving workshop, Waddesdon Plant Centre, Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury, to book
tel: 01296 653226.



Don't miss!
Flipping good fun:
16 February, Shrove Tuesday
The original Pancake Race, first run in 1445, Market Place, Olney,
tel: 01234 711679.
Popular pancake race, Shrove Tuesday, Market Place, Newbury. Prizes for fastest team, best-dressed team and tosser of the year.
Third year for the New Pancake Challenge, (pictured above), Shrove Tuesday, Windsor and Eton which finishes with a dash across Windsor and Eton bridge.



PERFORMANCE, THEATRE, MUSIC & DANCE


1 February, Eva Cassidy - Over the Rainbow, The Elgiva Theatre, Chesham,
tel: 01494 582900.
2 February, An Evening with Larry Lamb, Stantonbury Campus Theatre, Milton Keynes,
tel: 01908 324422.
2-3 February, Dave Gorman, mercilessly sharp comic, The Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor,
tel: 01753 866865.
5 February, Laura Solon, Rabbit Faced Story Soup, brand new comedy from Perrier Award winner, South Street, Reading,
tel:0118 960 6060.
5-6 February, Morecombe - the man what brought us sunshine, (below), Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Bracknell,
tel: 01344 484123.
1-6 February, Matthew Bournes Swan Lake, (right), Milton Keynes Theatre,
0844 871 7627.
6 February, Kyla Brox Band, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead,
tel: 01628 788997.
6 February, The Hounds of Love Band - a tribute to the music of Kate Bush, The Elgiva Theatre,
tel: 01494 582900.
7 February, Chopin Bicentenary Celebration Concert, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead,
tel: 01628 788997.
8-13 February, When Harry Met Sally, Theatre Royal, Windsor,
tel: 01753 853888.
10 February, Sir Arnold Wesker reads from his new volume of poetry All Things Tire of Themselves, Corn Exchange, Newbury,
tel: 01635 522733.
10-13 February, The School for Scandal, imaginatively revamped restoration comedy, Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Bracknell,
tel: 01344 484123.
13 February, Full Twist with Pan Gottic Theatre, The Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor,
tel: 01753 866865.
13 February, Rhod Gilbert, Milton Keynes Theatre,
tel: 0844 871 7627.
15-20 February, Dreamboats and Petticoats, Milton Keynes Theatre,
tel: 0844 871 7627.
20 February, Sean Hughes: What I meant to say was, The Elgiva Theatre, Chesham,
tel: 01494 582900.
21 February, Elkie Brooks: 50th Anniversary Tour, Theatre Royal Windsor,
tel: 01753 853888.
22-27 February, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, Theatre Royal, Windsor,
tel: 01753 853888.
24 February, An Audience with Joanna Lumley, The Watermill, near Newbury,
tel: 01635 46044.
25 February, Jo Caulfield Wont Shut Up, The Stables, Wavendon,
tel: 01908 280800.
26 February, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys, (above), The Stables, Wavendon,
tel: 01908 280800.
27 February, The Hairy Bikers, Corn Exchange, Newbury,
tel: 01635 522733.
28 February, Bach Reloaded, 2.30pm, The Stables, Wavendon,
tel: 01908 280800.



FAMILY & HALF-TERM ACTIVITIES


5 February, Little Howard and the Magic Pencil of Life and Death, The Hexagon, Reading,
tel: 0118 960 6060.
6 February, How the Koala Learnt to Hug, The Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor,
tel: 01753 866865.
6 February, The Night Keeper, Corn Exchange, Newbury,
tel: 01635 522733.
15-19 February,Feed cute lambs, Odds Farm Park, near Beaconsfield,
tel: 01628 520188.
16 and 19 February, Shadow pictures, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden,
tel: 01494 892192.
16 February, Make a Puppet, 10.30am-12 noon and 1-2.30pm, Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 331441.
16 February, Telling Tales, Corn Exchange, Newbury, tel: 01635 522733.
16-17 February, Peter and the Wolf by Sea legs Puppet Theatre, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, tel: 01628 788997.
16-21 February, Royal Knights activity trail, Windsor Castle, Windsor,
tel: 020 7766 7304.
17 February, Nicholas Allan - Cinderellas Bum workshop, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden,
tel: 01494 892192.
17 February, Princess and the Pea, South Street, Reading,
tel: 0118 960 6060.
17 February, Clowning and Slapstick Workshop, Stantonbury Campus Theatre, Milton Keynes,
tel: 01908 324422.
17-19 February, Family Welly Walks, 10.30am, Stable Yard, Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe, to book, tel: 01494 755573.
17-20 February, Georges Marvellous Medicine, The Hexagon, Reading,
0118 960 6060.
18 February, Art Factory, Dress for mess clay, collage, drawing and sculpture, (above), South Hill Park, Bracknell, tel: 01344 484123.
18-19 February, Huck, Corn Exchange, Newbury,
tel: 01635 522733.
19 February, Rainbow Live! Zippy - Superstar DJ, The Elgiva Theatre, Chesham,
tel: 01494 582900.
20 February, Something Else, Corn Exchange, Newbury,
tel: 01635 522733.
20 February, Treasure Hunt, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden,
tel: 01494 892192.
20 February, Foxtastic Party Games, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden,
tel: 01494 892192.
20 February, Andy & Mikes Big Box of Bananas, Stantonbury Campus Theatre, Milton Keynes,
tel: 01908 324422.
27 February, The Kings Got Donkeys Ears, The Stables, Wavendon,
tel: 01908 280800.
27 February, David Woods Magic & Music Show, The Watermill, near Newbury,
tel: 01635 46044.



ART, EXHIBITIONS & MUSEUMS


From 6 February, Capturing our Natural World in Bracknell Forest, South Hill Park, Bracknell,
tel: 01344 484123.
From 6 February, Serial Reconstructions, (above), Cipriano Martinezs paintings and silkscreen prints, Atrium, South Hill Park, Bracknell,
tel: 01344 484123.
From 6 February, Faith, The Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park, Bracknell,
tel: 01344 484123.
From 15 February, Limited Edition, Arlington Arts, Newbury,
tel: 01635 244246.
Until 20 February, Marco Sanges: Beyond Decadence, The Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor,
tel: 01753 866865.
Until 21 February, 50 years of toys, Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury,
tel: 01296 331441
26 February, Introduction to Botanical Watercolours, Waddesdon Plant Centre, Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury,
to book tel: 01296 553226.
Until 28 February, Ballet 2009, a new video installation, Museum of English Rural Life, Reading,
tel: 0118 378 8660.


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