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The March Diary

PUBLISHED: 00:16 21 January 2012 | UPDATED: 18:56 20 February 2013

March is the month to...

register for the Sue Ryder Midnight Walk.
Support a worthy cause and take part in Readings Midnight Walk for Sue Ryder. Its taking place at the Nettlebed Hospice at Green Park on May 14. To register, just visit www.sueryder.org/midnightwalks and select the Reading Walk on the right hand side. If you register by 28 February the registration fee costs just 12 per person. The Nettlebed Hospice needs to raise 1.4 million in voluntary income this year and the Reading Midnight Walk aims to raise an astonishing 90,000. If you would like to be a volunteer on the evening then visit the website and register to volunteer or email kelly.gibson@suerydercare.org


...have flipping good fun on the 8th for Shrove Tuesday.
1 The original pancake race, first run in 1445, from the Market Place to the Church, Olney, and followed by a Shriving service in the parish church when the prizes are presented. Tel: 01234 711679.
2 Popular pancake race, Market Place, Newbury. Teams of four compete for prizes for fastest team, best-dressed team and tosser of the year. Followed by pancake lunches in St Nicholas Hall, Newbury, tel: 07810767026.
3 Dash to the finish across Windsor and Eton bridge for this recently revived Flippin Pancake Challenge with teams of four invited to run in the traditional gear of 15th century housewives (men and women). Royal Windsor Information Centre,
tel: 01753 743921.


plan ahead for April 3, Mothers Day.
1 Savill Garden has free entry for all mums on Mothers Day, and there are 25-minute horse drawn carriage rides in The Royal Landscape starting and finishing on Obelisk Lawn. Savill Garden, Egham, tel: 01784 435544.
2 Make Mums Day at National Trust properties: Mums go free at Cliveden, near Maidenhead, tel: 01628 605069; Mums go free and children can make a special gift for mum at Basildon Park, near Reading, tel: 0118 984 3040; Mums go free and children can make a paper posy for mum at Hughenden Manor, near High Wycombe,
tel: 01494 755573.
3 All aboard for Mothers Day! Mums travel for free when accompanies by a fare-paying passenger on a steam train on Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway, tel: 01844 353535 (talking timetable).


ART & EXHIBITIONS


5 27 March, Spring Open Exhibition, Runnymede Gallery, Old Windsor, tel: 07914329208.


5 March 2 November, Woodland Wonders, Wycombe Museum, Buckingham, tel: 01494 421895.


8 March 24 April, Animation and Illustration, The Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor, tel: 01753 866865.


Until 13 March, The Windsor Art Group Exhibition, Norden Farm Centre, Maidenhead,
tel: 01628 788997.


Until 20 March, Archaeology in Reading, Reading Museum & Town Hall, Reading, tel: 0118 937 3400.


Until 26 March, Rules & Regs: Live Art Residencies, Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park, Bracknell,
tel: 01344 484123.


Until 27 March, Order: Myth, Meaning and Beauty in Architecture, John Madejski Art Gallery, Reading Museum & Town Hall, Reading, tel: 0118 937 3400.


Until 27 March, Winter Exhibition, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham, tel: 01628 471885.


Until 27 March, FLOOD! The great flood of March 1947, Maidenhead Heritage Centre,
tel: 01628 780555.


Until 31 March, At This Point: Tip of an Iceberg, New Greenham Arts, Newbury, tel: 01635 817480.


Until 31 March, Sculptures by Alfred Oakley FRBS, Wycombe Museum, High Wycombe,
tel: 01494 421895.


Until 3 April, Active Crossover, surround sound composition, Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park, Bracknell, tel: 01344 484123.


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


Until 3 April, Capturing Biodiversity in the Natural World, Community Gallery, South Hill Park, Bracknell, tel: 01344 484123.


Until 3 April, Gerard Byrne, Case Study: Loch Ness, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, tel: 01908 676900.


Until 19 April, Land ladies: woman and farming in England, 1900 1945, Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, tel: 0118 378 8660.


Until 21 April, Inside Out, Rebecca Swainstons powerful images, Corn Exchange, Newbury, tel: 01635 522733.


Until 24 April, Uncertain Moments Uncomfortable Truths, Special Exhibition Gallery, Reading Museum and Town Hall, Reading, tel: 0118 937 3400.


EVENTS


4 March, Arkells Raceday in aid of West Berkshire Mencap, Newbury Racecourse, tel: 01635 40015.


5 March, Greatwood Charity Day, jump racing to benefit the work of racehorse rehabilitation charity, Greatwood, Newbury Racecourse, tel: 01635 40015.


8 March, Business and Pleasure: women, work and the professionalisation of farming as a female career in England 1900 1950, 4.30pm, Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, tel: 0118 378 8660.


11 13 March, British Leisure Show & British Motor Show, Royal Windsor Racecourse, Windsor, tel: 01753 743915.


20 March, Classic Car & Bike Show and jumble, Newbury Racecourse, tel: 01484 667776.


26 March, Final day of the jump season, plus a celebration of all things equine with displays and guest appearances, Newbury Racecourse, tel: 01635 40015.


26 27 March, Campaign 45 1940s soldiers, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117.


28 March, International Antique & Collectors Fair, vintage trading from glassware to small items of antique furniture, Newbury Racecourse, tel: 01636 702326.


3 April, Blitz Day, Museum of Technology, REME, Arborfield, tel: 0118 976 3375.


GARDENS AND WILDLIFE


1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 March, Wake up to Spring, walks with the gardeners, Cliveden, near Maidenhead, tel: 01628 605069.


4 March, Woodland Archaeology Workshop, popular one day course has been running for 12 years and includes talk, guided walk and mapping exercises, Pigotts Wood, Hughenden, Chiltern Woodlands Project, tel: 01844 355503.


13 March, Information session on future of public forests in England organised by the Forestry Commission, caf, Wendover Woods, tel: 01420 520212.


13 March, Grow with Stowe, help to plant spring bulbs in the green at Stowe Landscape Gardens, near Buckingham, tel: 01280 822850.


18 19 March, Spring has Sprung, join the gardeners on a walk, Greys Court, near Henley on Thames, to book tel: 0844 2491895.


19 March, Daffodil Walk, Waltham Place, White Waltham, near Maidenhead, tel: 01628 825517.


19 March, Introduction to Birdwatching, Ashridge Estate, near Aylesbury, to book tel: 01442 851227.


26 March, Early Spring Walk in the Lower Loddon Valley, 10am, St James Church at Ruscombe, near Twyford, tel: 0118 9267441.


27 March, Historic tour of Berkhamsted with Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society,
tel: 01442 865158.


PERFORMANCE: THEATRE, MUSIC & DANCE
1 March, The Man Who was Hamlet, the comic, tragic and scandalous history of the man some believe was truly Shakespeare Edward de Vere, Studio Theatre, South Hill Park, Bracknell, tel: 01344 484123.


1 March, Lenny Henry in Cradle to Rave, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, tel: 0844 871 7607.


1 5 March, Hamlet, National Theatre tour, Milton Keynes Theatre, tel: 0844 871 7627.


1 5 March, Goodnight Mister Tom, Swan Theatre, High Wycombe, tel: 01494 514444.


2 March, Keepers, Plasticine Men, award-winning performance based on an extraordinary true story and creating a powerful tale of loss of life and sanity, South Street, Reading, tel: 0118 960 6060.


2 6 March, Peter Pan on Ice, Russian Ice Stars, The Hexagon, Reading, tel: 0118 960 6060.


4 March, Big Joe Louis and his Blues Kings, Norden Farm Centre, Maidenhead, tel: 01628 788997.


4 March, Andy Parsons Gruntled, Concert Hall, Reading, tel: 0118 960 6060.


4 March, Milton Jones: Lion Whisperer, Corn Exchange, Newbury, tel: 01635 522733.


6 March, Acker Bilk and his Parmount Jazz Band, Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Bracknell,
tel: 01344 484123.


6 March, Robert Hardy and Jon Snow plus John Schlesingers film Black Legend, The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, tel: 01635 46044.


7 March, The Barber of Seville, Swansea City Opera, Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Bracknell, tel: 01344 484123.


7 9 March, Tell Me on a Sunday with Claire Sweeney, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, tel: 0844 871 7607.


8 March, The Watermill Book Club Joanna Trollope, The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, tel: 01635 46044.


8 March, Barbara Dickson, The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, tel: 01908 280800.


9 12 March, From Newbury with Love, Corn Exchange, Newbury, tel: 01635 522733.


10 11 March, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Arlington Arts, near Newbury, tel: 01635 244246.


11 March, The Searchers, The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, tel: 01908 280800.


11 March, A Night at the Opera with London Festival Opera, Swan Theatre, High Wycombe,
tel: 01494 514444.


14 19 March, Cranford, Theatre Royal, Windsor, tel: 01753 853888.


15 18 March, Dancing at Lughnasa, Brian Friels Olivier award-winning play, Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Bracknell, tel: 01344 484123.


15 19 March, King Lear with Derek Jacobi and Gina McKee, Milton Keynes Theatre,
tel: 0844 871 7627.


17 March, Courtney Pine: Europa, The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, tel: 01908 280800.


20 March, Cara Dillon and Tradac, Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Bracknell, tel: 01344 484123.


21 22 March, Pam Ayres, Theatre Royal, Windsor, tel: 01753 853888.


22 March, The Big Ballet the size does not matter tour, Swan Theatre, High Wycombe, tel: 01494 514444.


22 23 March, Les Ballets Trockadero, Milton Keynes Theatre, tel: 0844 871 7627.


24 March, Letters from America, Scottish Dance Theatre, Corn Exchange, Newbury, tel: 01635 522733.


26 March, Glen Matlock & The Philistines, The Firestation, Windsor, tel: 01753 866865.


26 March, The Unmissable Brian Sewell, Elgiva Theatre, Chesham, tel: 01494 582900.


26 March, Vida de Tango, Argentinian Tango Show, Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Bracknell, tel: 01344 484123.


26 March, Faure Requiem and Rutter Gloria, St Nicholas Church, Newbury, tel: 01635 522733.


28 March 2 April, Spamalot, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, tel: 0844 871 7607.


28 March 2 April, Life of Riley, Alan Ayckcourn's latest play starring Liza Goddard, Theatre Royal, Windsor, tel: 01753 853888.


29 March 2 April, Chess the Musical, Swan Theatre, High Wycombe, tel: 01494 514444.


31 March, The Unthanks, The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, tel: 01908 280800..

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