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The February Diary

PUBLISHED: 00:16 21 January 2012 | UPDATED: 20:35 20 February 2013

The February Diary

The February Diary

What's happening in your area this month...

February is the month to



..enjoy some New Year Seasonal Sauce, courtesy of Miss Helen Watson. The Watermills 2011 starts with its longest running show Miss Helen Watsons Seasonal Sauce, now in its 24th year.


The show has evolved over the years from music hall and Vaudeville to include contemporary songs and sketches, without losing the essence of good all round entertainment. The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury, RG20 8AE, January 26- February 5. Box Office: 01635 46044 or online www.watermill.org.uk



see former MP Michael Mates as youve never seen him before when he performs in an exclusive evening of live cabaret is to be held at the Elcot Park Hotel near Newbury in aid of the Naomi House childrens hospice.


The ex member for East Hampshire takes to the floor with entertainer William Godfree on February 18. The audience will also be able to enjoy a three-course meal and there will be a raffle and auction to raise funds for Naomi House. Tickets are 50. Call Emma Willshire on 01962 843513 or visit www.naomihouse.org.uk



.thrill to the heart-warming rags-to-riches musical, Annie at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, from February 1-5. Its the endearing tale of plucky little orphan Annies fun-filled quest to find her real parents and foil the dastardly plans of Miss Hannigan and her evil brother Rooster.


Star of stage and screen, Su Pollard (Hi-De-Hi) reprises her role as the treacherous Miss Hannigan and David McAlister (Hollyoaks, Eastenders, Mike Bassett TV and Brideshead Revisited) makes a welcome return as warm-hearted the zillionaire businessman, Oliver Warbucks. Box office: 0844 871 7607.



learn more about architecture. Order: Myth, Meaning & Beauty in Architecture explores the language of architecture adopted by Sir John Soane, who was schooled in Reading. Until March 27, Reading Museum, tel: 0118 9373400.



Arts & Exhibitions



- 5 February 3 April, Active Crossover, surround sound composition, Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park, Bracknell,
tel: 01344 484123


- 7-26 February, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Colour as Celebration
Wilhelmina was a key member of the St Ives School and a leading innovator in British modernist abstract painting and printmaking;
the exhibition includes a number of her bold, energectic and dynamic works. Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames, tel: 01491 576228.


- From 5 February 3 April,
The Triumph of Failure, new work by lens-based artists, Atrium, South Hill Park, Bracknell, tel: 01344 484123


- From 5 February 3 April, Capturing Biodiversity in the Natural World, Community Gallery, South Hill Park, Bracknell,
tel: 01344 484123


- 24 Feburary - 31 March, At This Point: Tip of an Iceberg, New Greenham Arts, Newbury,
tel: 01635 817480


- Until 26 February, Book this Space: Altered Books Exhibiton, Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 331441


- Until 27 February, Leading Scottish artist Muriel Barclay, (pictured above right) is well known for her figurative paintings. The Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Eton, Windsor, tel: 01753 854315


- 28 February 26 March, Rules & Regs: Live Art Residencies, Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park, Bracknell, tel: 01344 484123


- Until 6 March, Emily Kirby Portraits, The Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor, tel: 01753 866865


- Until 19 April, Landladies: women and farming in England, 1900-1945, Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, tel: 0118 378 8660



Events


-11 February, Why do wolves howl? Kent Farm, Beenham, Reading,
tel: 0118 971 3330


-12 February, Totesport Super Saturday, Newbury Racecourse,
tel: 01635 40015


- 19 February, Betfair Ascot Chase Day, Ascot Racecourse, tel: 0870 727 1234


- 13 February, Love, passion and deceit at Stowe, Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckingham, tel: 01280 822850


- From 9 February, with wildflower, wildlife and woodland guided tours 10.30am, every Friday, from 11 February, Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, near Reading, tel: 0118 984 3040

- 19-27 February, Spring Snowdrop Trail, Cliveden, Taplow, near Maidenhead, tel: 01628 605069

- 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27 February, Seasonal highlights including snowdrops, crocuses and cyclamen, Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckingham, tel: 01280 822850



Family



8 12 February, Georges Marvellous Medicine, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, tel: 0844 871 7607


From 13 February, Odds Farm Park reopens for sping with opportunties to feed cute lambs, Odds Farm Park, near Beaconsfield, tel: 01628 520188


19 February, Bushcraft Holiday Club, camp fire cooking, den building and survival skills, Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, tel: 01635 874381
19 27 February, Mapping Mayhem, Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe, tel: 01494 755573


21 February, Human stop-motion animation; take home your own DVD of the film, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden, tel: 01494 892192


23 February, Recycled Arts
Workshop, Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham,
tel: 01635 874381



Gardens & Wildlife


12 February, Winter woodland birds, 1.30pm, meet Holy Trinity Church car park, Penn Street, tel: 01628 526225


13 February, Winter Bird Walk, 2pm, Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, tel: 01635 874381


13 February, A Wild Life Exposed Chris Packham, Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames, tel: 01491 575698


19-20 February, Seed Weekend, Waddesdon Plant Centre, Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury, to book tel: 01296 653226


20 February, Gargoyles with Specs and Oldest Doors in County Walk, 9.30am, meet Whiteleaf Hill car park, follow A4010 turning at Monks Risborough,
tel: 01865 810224


22 February, Build a bird box, Burnham Beeches, to book
tel: 01753 647358


26 February, Willow Structures, Plant Supports & Obelisks, learn how to make dramatic structures for sweetpeas and climbing plants, Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, to book,
tel: 01635 874381



Performance



1 5 February, Vienna Festival Ballet Sleeping Beauty, Theatre Royal, Windsor, tel: 01753 853888


1 5 February, Annie, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury,
tel: 0844 871 7607


2 6 February, Moscow State Circus Legenda, Milton Keynes Theatre, tel: 0844 871 7627


3 February, Cave James Wilton Dance Company, Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Bracknell,
tel: 01344 484123


3 February, Kevin Precious in Not Appropriate; a comic look at the teaching profession, South Street, Reading, tel: 0118 960 6060


4 February, Simon Evans Off the Kerb, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, tel: 01628 788997


4 February, To Arms Etc chamber pop melodies with indie sensibilities, The Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor, tel: 01753 866865


4 February, Russell Kane,
The Stables, Wavendon,
tel: 01908 280800


7 12 February, Footloose, Milton Keynes Theatre, 0844 871 7627


7 12 February, The Haunting starring Charlie Clements (Bradley Branning in Eastenders), Theatre Royal, Windsor, tel: 01753 853888


10 February, Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band, The Stables, Wavendon, tel: 01908 280800


10 19 February, Of Mice & Men, The Progress Theatre, Reading,
tel: 0118 960 6060


11 February, Barbara Dickson,
Corn Exchange, Newbury,
tel: 01635 522733


14 19 February, Blithe Spirit starring Alison Steadman, Hermione Norris and Ruthie Henshall, Milton Keynes Theatre, tel: 0844 871 7627


15 February, Balletboyz, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, tel: 0844 871 7607


15 February, Lo Cor de la Plana, South Street, Reading,
tel: 0118 960 6060


15 16 February, Private Peaceful, Corn Exchange, Newbury,
tel: 01635 522733


16 February, Lenny Henry: Cradle to Rave A Musical Journey, The Hexagon, Reading, tel: 0118 960 6060


16 February, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, South Street, Reading, tel: 0118 960 6060


17 February, Leonora Trio, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, tel: 01628 788997


17 20 February, Chinese State Circus, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, tel: 0844 871 7607


17 February 26 March, Relatively Speaking, Alan Ayckbourns break-out hit, The Watermill, near Newbury, tel: 01635 46044


18 February, PP Arnold and Digby Fairweathers Half Dozen, The Elgiva Theatre, Chesham, tel: 01494 582900


18 February, Wilko Johnson Band one of best and most original exponents of British rhythm n blues, Arlington Arts, Newbury, tel: 01635 244246


22 26 February, Matthew Bournes Cinderella, Milton Keynes Theatre, tel: 0844 871 7627


24 February, James Yorkston (musician and author) with comedienne Josie Long, The Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor, tel: 01753 866865


25 February, Stephen K Amos The Best Medicine, The Hexagon, Reading, tel: 0118 960 6060


25 February, Southern Sinfonia 20th Century Masters including Taverners The Protecting Veil, Douai Abbey, Newbury, tel: 01635 522733


26 February, Are You Experienced, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Stables, Wavendon, tel: 01908 280800


27 February, Rollermania, Trip back to the 70s with Les McKeown and the Bay City Rollers, The Elgiva Theatre, Chesham, tel: 01494 582900


28 February 5 March, Spirit of the Dance, Theatre Royal, Windsor,
tel: 01753 853888

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