Events and things to do in Berkshire - March 2017
PUBLISHED: 14:56 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:57 27 February 2017
The sensational pop sounds of the Sixties and Seventies are everywhere this month so get ready to rock
From Motown to The Bee Gees
Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into Reading’s Hexagon on 10 March. Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience.
Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and many more are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band.
This breath-taking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Ain’t No Mountain, Signed Sealed Delivered, Grapevine, Get Ready, Dancing In The Streets, My Girl, Blame It On The Boogie, Uptight, Endless Love, My Cherie Amor, All Night Long, Heatwave, I’m Coming Out, Loco In Acapulco plus many more. Tickets are £27.50. Box office 0118 9606060, readingarts.com.
The Hexagon has other shows to tempt you as well. On 9 March it’s Sing a Long a Grease, and then on 25 March The Sensational 60’s Experience 2017 comes to town, starring Herman’s Hermits, Chris Farlowe, New Amen Corner, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Fortunes, The Ivy League and Alan Mosca from Freddie and The Dreamers.
You Win Again – The Story of The Bee Gees is at Windsor Theatre Royal on 5 March, while Garry Pease provides a superb and uncanny performance as the Rod Stewart Experience, see him at The Mill at Sonning on 26 March.
March Day Out
The grounds of Stubbings House near Maidenhead will open on Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 19 March on behalf of The National Gardens Scheme (NGS). The house, which will not be open, was the home of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands during The Second World War. The parkland garden is set around the 18th century house and features a large lawn with ha ha, woodland walks and historic cedars.
Stubbings House has a retail nursery for plant lovers, and other attractions within the 80 acre estate, include an 18th Century icehouse and access to adjacent National Trust woodland. Opening times are 10am to 4.30pm on the Saturday and until 4pm on the Sunday, £3.50 adults, children free.
The gardens will also be open on Saturday, 29 and Sunday, 30 April and Monday, 1 May . For other opening times and information see www.stubbingsnursery.co.uk. Dogs on leads are welcome. There is a level site with firm gravel paths for wheelchair access and light refreshments are available in Nursery Café.
Bride: The Wedding Show
Delivering a jam-packed programme of high octane entertainment, Bride: The Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on 11-12 March is set to inspire and delight visitors. From the spectacular choreographed catwalk show to show-stopping musical acts taking to the café stage, Bride: The Wedding Show will keep you entertained from start to finish. Featuring more than 90 suppliers, brides and grooms-to-be can look forward to dresses, flowers, stationery, cakes, menswear, venues, photography, transport and much more.
The catwalk show combines dance moves with captivating choreography. Running three times each day at 11.30am, 1.15pm and 3pm, the show will present outfits for the bride, bridesmaids, groom and guests, with brands taking to the catwalk including Ascot Bridal Studio, Slaters, Moss Bross and Truly Bridal of Surrey.
All this, plus show-exclusive offers, deals and discounts, as well amazing competitions, champagne bar and complimentary copies of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Bride. The first 100 brides through the door on both days will pick up a goody bag bursting with products and samples from the show’s exhibitors.
Tickets are now on sale. Berkshire & Buckinghamshire Life readers can enjoy half-price tickets at £2.50 each in advance using code LIFE2 at www.theweddingshow.co.uk/buy-tickets. Tickets are £7.50 each on the day. For further information, visit www.theweddingshow.co.uk/ascot.
• 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 March, Wildlife Walk, Basildon Park, 11am
• 4 March, Windsor Farmers Market, St Leonards Road, tel: 07896 902850
• 5 March, Wedding Fair, Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, Madejski Stadium, Reading, tel: 07990 711444
• 5 March, Barn Sale, National Animal Welfare Trust, Trindledown Farm, Wantage Road, Great Shefford, tel: 01488 638584
• 11 March, Civil War – The Earl Rivers Regiment Muster, Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, tel: 01635 279279
• 17-18 March, The French Property Exhibition, Newbury Racecourse, Newbury, www.fpnewbury.com
• 19 March, Windsor & Eton Half Marathon, Eton College, Dorney Lane, Windsor
• 26 March, Newbury Artisan Market, Northbrook Street
The Hexagon, Queens Walk, tel: 01189 606060
1 March, Lets Sing Reading 2017; 5 March, Henley Symphony Orchestra; 7 March, Mike and the Mechanics; 8 March, Arrival: The Hits of ABBA; 9 March, Sing a Long a Grease 2017; 10 March, Magic of Motown; 14 March, The Classic Collection: The Stranglers 2017; 17 March, Omid Djalili; 21 March, Sean Lock; 23 March, Al Murray; 24 March, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; 25 March, The Sensational 60’s Experience 2017
The Mill at Sonning Theatre Ltd, Sonning Eye, tel 01189 698000
5 March, The Definitive Rat Pack; 16 March – 6 May, Improbable Fiction; 26 March, The Rod Stewart Experience; 27 March, Magic Night
Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, tel: 01183 9758880
8-11 March, The Importance of Being Earnest
The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury, tel: 01635 46044
2-25 March, Faust X2; 29 March – 1 April, Ann Veronica
Corn Exchange Newbury & New Greenham Arts, tel: 0845 5218218
2 March, Carl Donnelly; 2 March, An Audience with Lesley Garrett; 4 March, Susan Calman; 10 March, Northern Soul Live; 11 March, NT: Encore: Hedda Gabler; 11-13 March, Meryl Donoghue; 14-15 March, Romeo & Juliet/Twelfth Night; 18 March, Mendelssohn: Elijah; 16-18 March, Showtime Boheme; 19 March, Bolshoi Live: A Contemporary Evening; 17-19 March, Babe the Sheep Pig; 22 March, Andy Parsons; 24 March, Champions of Magic; 25 March, Big Girls Don’t Cry
Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street, tel: 01753 853888
Until 4 March, Blood Brothers; 5 March, You Win Again – The Story of The Bee Gees; 7-11 March, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; 13-18 March, Swan Lake; 19 March, The Mane Chance Charity Gala; 20-25 March, Northanger Abbey; 26 March, Chas and Dave; 27 March – 1 April, Father Brown
Eton College, School Hall, tel: 01628 528041
18 March, The St John Passion by J. S. Bach; 25 March, Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, tel: 01183 788660
2 March, Rachel Parris; 3 March, The Mersey Legends;11 March, Stephen Bailey; 14-18 March, Maidenhead Drama Festival; 16 March, Mitch Benn; 17 March, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin; 19 March, A Festival of Choirs; 20 March, Reginald D Hunter; 22-25 March, The Regina Monologues; 23 March, Marcus Farnsworth Sings; 24 March, David Baddiel; 31 March, Total Who Show
Town Hall, tel: 01344 917993/08458 335793
2-4 March, Brassed Off; 11 March, Spring Charity Music Concert
South Hill Park, Ringmead, tel: 01344 484123
1-4 March, East; 3-4 March, Strictly Murder; 3 March Evgeny Genchev; 8-11 March, Annie; 14-18 March, Made in Dagenham The Musical; 15 March, Heights; 16 March, The Salts; 17 March, Tyler Hay; 17 March; 19 March, London Military Band; 22-23 March, Godspell; 25-26 March, Youth & Community Gala