Events and things to do in Berkshire - March 2015

PUBLISHED: 16:04 27 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:04 27 February 2015

Plan your big day at Bride: The Wedding Show

Plan your big day at Bride: The Wedding Show


A selection of events and things to do across Berkshire this March - performances, music, wedding shows and more

Bride: The Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse

Love is in the air this month and if you get a St Valentine’s Day proposal or are already planning your perfect wedding there’s no better place for inspiration than Bride: The Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on the weekend of March 14-15, 2015.

The event is organised by our new sister magazine, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Bride, due out this March and Berkshire and, Buckinghamshire Life readers can get discounted tickets for just £3 by entering the code LIFE48 at (standard advance price £5, or £7.50 on the door, with free entry for visitors aged 16 and under).

On the Sunday, which is Mother’s Day, the first 20 mums through the door get a free glass of champagne. The first 100 brides each day receive a goody bag with wedding favours, treats and samples.

The 2014 event was praised by exhibitors and visitors alike. Exhibitor Lorraine Langridge of Brides Visited said: “There is a great feel good factor to the show, we do a lot of wedding shows and this is by far the most entertaining”, and bride Mandy Pack described it as “the best wedding show I have been to.”

This year local brides-to-be will be married with more than 80 of the region’s finest wedding suppliers, from bridal boutiques to venues, jewellers to cakemakers, florists to photographers, offering advice and inspiration.

The spectacular choreographed catwalk shows are on at 11.30am, 1.15pm and 3pm daily. Expect to see gowns from The Wedding Warehouse, Confetti Bridal and Bride & Proms, plus menswear from Slaters, to name just a few.

Brides receive a free copy of the launch edition of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Bride, packed with inspiration, advice and real wedding stories. There will be special show offers, discounts and competitions too, and you can toast your future with a glass of bubbly in the Champagne bar.


Dancing delights

Strictly’s Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag bring their ‘That’s Entertainment’ tour to The Hexagon, Reading, on 20 March, tel: 01189 606060,


Relight your fire

Enjoy all the big hits of one of the most successful boy bands of all time with a tribute show courtesy of The Take That Experience. It’s on at Windsor Theatre Royal at 8pm on 28 March, rtickets £15-35,


Musical escape to the Sixties

The delightful Dreamboats And Miniskirts, the sequel to the sell out Dreamboats and Petticoats, arrives at Theatre Royal Windsor from 16 March.

Set to showcase the greatest hit songs, this musical is set in 1963. Bobby and Laura’s single ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’ is only half a hit. Norman and Sue have settled down to non marital bliss – and a baby! And Ray and Donna seem blissfully happy. Then the advent of the Beatles and the Merseyside sound is inspirational.


The tempting drama of Faust

See a rare production of Charles Gounod’s acclaimed opera Faust when Swansea City Opera return to the South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, in a celebration of their 10th anniversary. Their performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro last year received critical acclaim.

Sung in English, this dark Gothic tale follows the fortunes of Faust, who weary of life, is contemplating suicide when he encounters Méphistophélès (the Devil). It’s widely regarded as a magical and tuneful masterpiece, based on Goethe’s dramatic poem Faust.

There will be a free pre-performance talk about the production for ticket-holders at 6.15pm, given by Brendan Wheatley, Artistic Director of Swansea City Opera. Book at


Performance Highlights


2 March, Blues and Boogies; 3-6 March, Rent; 4-7 March, Honk; 4-5 March, Metamorphosis; 6 March, Conservatoire Concert Series; 10-14 March, The Addams Family; 13 March, Bracknell Jazz; 14 March, Artree Live – Folk & Roots Music; 15 March, Swansea City Opera present Faust By Charles Gounod; 18-20 March, Jekyll and Hyde; 20 March, Conservatoire Concert Series; 25-26 March, The Wizard of Oz; 27 March, The Counterfeit Stones South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, tel: 01344 484123



1 March, Mendelssohn’s Elijah; 3 March, The Government Inspector; 4-7 March, Natural Causes; 7 March, Richard Herring; 11 March, The Red Mock Chilli Peppers; 12 March, The Heath Quartet; 12-14 March, God of Carnage; 13 March, Tom Stade; 15 March, Chicken Licken; 17-21 March, Maidenhead Drama Festival; 17 March, Rita Payne; 21/28 March, Lee Nelson; 22 March, Arthur’s Dream Boat; 24 March, Lucy Porter

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, tel: 01183 788660



Until 21 March, Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary; 25-28 March, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase; 31 March – 11 April, Tuxedo Junction

The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, tel: 01635 46044


4 March, RSC Live: Love’s Labour’s Won; 5 March, Dame Joan Plowright in Conversation; 6 March, The Circus of Horrors – The Night of The Zombie; 7 March, Rory McGrath and Philip Pope; 8 March, Bolshoi Encore: Romeo & Juliet; 12 March, NT Live: Behind the Beautiful Forevers; 13 March, Lee Nelson; 13 March, Back to Broadway; 19 March, Andy Parsons; 20 March, Johnny Cash Roadshow; 23 March, Encore: Maxine Peake as Hamlet; 26 March, Songbird: The Music of Eva Cassidy; 26-28 March, Showtime Circus

Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, tel: 0845 5218218



1 March, The Circus of Horrors; 3-7 March, Birdsong; 11 March, Banff Mountain Film Festival; 12 March, The Sensational 60’s Experience 2015; 14 March, Dylan Moran; 20 March, Anton and Erin – That’s Entertainment; 21 March, One Man Breaking Bad; 22 March, Henley Symphony Orchestra; 24 March, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; 25 March, Roy Chubby Brown; 26 March, Let’s Sing Reading!; 27 March, Stewart Lee: A Room With A Stew; 28 March, Killer Queen

The Hexagon, Queens Walk, Reading, Tel: 01189 606060


8 March, Michael Collins, Clarinet & The Heath Quartet; 14 March, Simon Amstell: To Be Free; 18 March, Lunchtime Organ Recital: Jeremy Lloyd, Brompton Oratory

Concert Hall, Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, tel: 01189 606060


6 March, Jazz at Progress: Don Weller Quartet

Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch, tel: 0118 384 2195


11-14 March, They Came from Mars and Landed Outside the Farndale Church Hall in Time for Townswomen’s Guild’s Coffee Morning

Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, tel: 01183 9758880



1 March, Beyond the Barricade; 3-7 March, Vienna Festival Ballet present Sleeping Beauty; 8 March, Mane Chance Charity Gala ‘Class Act’; 9-14 March, The History Boys; 16-21 March, Dreamboats and Miniskirts; 22 March, Chinese New Year Extravaganza; 23 March, An Evening with Michael Portillo; 24 March, The Elvis Years; 26 March Supreme Queen; 28 March Jackson Live in Concert 28 March The Take That Experience

Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street, tel: 01753 853888


5 March, Christian O’Connell: Breaking Dad

The Firestation, The Old Court, St Leonards Road, tel: 01753 866865


Other Events

• 1 March, Miniature Train Rides, Propect Park, Bath Road, Reading, tel: 07779 099321

• 4/11/18/25 March, Visit Wednesdays, UK Wolf Conservation Trust, Butlers Farm, Beenham, Reading, tel: 01189 713330

• 7 March, Woofs & Wellies, Windsor Park, Berkshire,

• 14 March, Come and Sing!, St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, tel: 01628 524332

• 14 March, A Feast of Choral Music with Brass and Organ, Eton College Chapel, High Street, Eton, Berkshire, tel: 01628 528041

• 14 March, Concerts in Caversham, Spring Concert – Mostly Mozart, St Andrew’s Church, Albert Road, Caversham, tel: 01189 463202/484112

• 15 March, Windsor Racecourse Wedding Fayre, Royal Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor, tel: 08001 777080

• 22 March, Charity Bunny Fun Run, Oaken Grove Park, Maidenhead, tel: 07475 771471 / 01628 783318

• 22 March, Vitality Reading Half Marathon, Thames Hospice, Pine Lodge, Hatch Lane, Windsor, tel: 01753 848946

• 22 March, Reading Moat House Hotel Wedding Fair, Reading Moat House Hotel, Mill Lane, Sindlesham, tel: 08001 700080

• 28 March, Stubbings House Open Garden, Stubbings House, Berkshire, tel: 01628 825454

• 28 March, Charity Concert, Rose Theatre, St Mary’s School, St Mary’s Road, Ascot, tel: 07884 331195

• 29 March, Ditton Manor Open Garden, Ditton Manor, Slough, SL3 9LL

• 29 March, Twyford Singers Easter Concert, St Mary’s Chruch, Station Road, Twyford, tel: 01189 345985

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