Things to do in Berkshire in February 2014

PUBLISHED: 14:14 31 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:15 31 January 2014

Gyles Brandreth has been hutning down the secrets to happiness

Gyles Brandreth has been hutning down the secrets to happiness


Some of the top picks of events in Berkshire this February

Come along, let’s put on a happy face

When Gyles Brandeth set out to find the secret of being happy, he started in Las Vegas and via a psychiatrist’s chair found himself on a journey that led to his hilarious and thought-provoking one-man show ‘Looking For Happiness’.

Now the actor, author and former MP is sharing his findings on a tour that brings him to Maidenhead’s Norden Farm Centre for the Arts on 21 and 22 February.

Gyles reckons that life has allowed him to pick up tips from some notable people, including HM the Queen, Frank Sinatra and Frankie Howerd, so expect lots of name-dropping as he spreads the message with a good helping of laughter, always a route to happiness.

The show has taken him on a tour across the UK since October, winning many plaudits along the way. You can expect an evening of irrepressible humour and, you never know, Gyles’s tips might just change your life. At the very least you will enjoy an excellent evening of entertainment – which always lifts the spirits.

Tickets £17, see


Violetta’s tragic tale

Here’s a version of La Traviata that proves a good plot can move across the centuries. Verdi’s opera based on the Alexander Dumas story is transformed here. Violetta is a so-called ‘fallen woman’ who sacrifices her own happiness for the sake of her lover’s family and future, with the tale set in the 1928 Prohibition era of Atlantic City’s world of speakeasies and bootlegging. Violetta’s lover Alfredo is a passionate young man whose optimism has been shaken by serving in The Great War, and her protector is a gangland boss, while Alfredo’s father is a crooked politician.

See it at The Theatre Royal, Windsor on 14 and 15 February.


Enjoy chocolate and a fair featuring handmade dolls, magical animals and their stories in paintings, sewing, sculpture, papier mache, embroidery, ornaments, needlework, woodwork and many other art forms at the The Cat & His Fish, Macdonald Hotel in Windsor on 22 February, 1am to 5pm, tel 07794 582267.


Other markets:

1 February, Windsor Farmers Market, St. Leonards Road, Between East Berkshire College & Firestation Arts Centre

8 February, Real Vintage & Good Food Market, The Hexagon, Queens Walk, Reading, Tel: 01189 606060

11/18/25 February, Aldworth Village Market, Aldworth Village Hall, Bell Lane, Aldworth, tel: 01635 578090



1 February, Windsor Ceramics, Show, MacDonald Hotel, High Street, Windsor, tel: 07794 582267

2 February, Miniature Train Rides, Propect Farm, Bath Road, Reading, tel: 07920 833546

5 February, Village Greenfingers, Storton Lodge, Icknield Road, Goring

8 February, Cat Club Cat Show, Bracknell Sport & Leisure Centre: tel: 01344 454203

11 February, Untouchable England: Ghosts and Belief: Religion and Folklore, Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, Redlands Road, tel: 01183 788660


Wedding Fairs

What better in the month of romance than being able to pick out your Wedding Day Dreams? This month sees a host of events across the county.

2 February, Berkshire’s BIG Wedding Fair, Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, Madejski Stadium, tel: 0800 1777080

9 February, St Anne’s Manor Wedding Fair, Hilton St Anne’s Manor, London Road, Wokingham, tel: 01276 451498

9 February, Wedding Fair, Holiday Inn, Wharfdale Road, Winnerish Triangle, Reading, tel: 07708 249440

9 February, Wedding Fair, Blue Mountain Golf Centre, Wood Lane, Binfield, tel: 0800 177080

16 February, Wedding Fair, Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, Thames Street, Windsor, tel: 0800 1777080

23 February, Wedding Fair, Northcote House, Sunningdale Park, Larch Avenue, Ascot, tel: 01276 451498

23 February, Wedding Fair, Caversham Heath Golf Club, Mapleduham, Reading, tel: 08001 777080

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