10 things to do in Berkshire this weekend: Our editor’s picks

PUBLISHED: 12:14 22 September 2020

Old Court, Windsor (c) Dunk Design

Old Court, Windsor (c) Dunk Design


Each week Berkshire Life editor Sarah Rodi will be giving you a selection of events, exhibitions, workshops, festivals and much more to try to ensure no second of your weekend in the county goes to waste

As we all know by now, all events mentioned are subject to cancellation at short notice so all links should be checked before you head out to the event

1) Thursday is the new Friday, so start your weekend early by spending this one at Stanlake Park on a Creativity on Slate Workshop. You’ll be welcomed with tea and coffee before calligraphy expert Michelle from Mint Lettering will help you to design your own personalised slate platter, which you can take home with you.

Enjoy a glass of Stanlake Park’s English Sparkling Wine together with a brief history of the estate and learn how the wine is made. If it’s a bit last minute, check out their website for more events.

2) If you’ve never been to the Stanley Spencer Gallery in my home village of Cookham, now is the time to go.

Spencer’s work was dominated by his relationships with his two wives, Hilda Carline and Patricia Preece, and the new exhibition, Love, Art, Loss: The Wives of Stanley Spencer,is a compelling art historical.

3) I visited the boutique townhouse hotel, The Roseate Reading, last year, and I’ve heard on the grapevine that it has just opened its brand-new restaurant, The Reading Room.

I feel a Friday date night coming on... Created by award-winning Executive Chef Rajesh Maharjan, the menus feature modern cuisine with a focus on the best seasonal, British produce.

4) Live music has returned to Arlington Arts, and Big Boss Man will be playing on Friday night.

Social distancing measures have been put in place, including e-tickets, one-way systems and staggered entry times, so customers can enjoy an evening of live music in a safe environment.

5) I’ve really missed the cinema during the past few months, so I was delighted to hear about the re-opening of the Old Court in Windsor.

There’s socially distanced seating in the auditorium and a mixture of current and recent releases. Stage Mother is showing this weekend.

6) I’m really liking the sound of the Non Scary Yoga at Unwind Yoga Studio in Cookham. The studio has just reopened with a new schedule of classes after having been closed during lockdown.

Apparently this class is “fun” and “full of bubbly energy” - sounds right up my street.

7) Did the cancellation of the Royal Windsor Horse Show this year leave a gaping hole in your life? Don’t worry. The organisers of the RWHS launched Virtual Windsor instead, and this weekend is the Autumn Series.

It will be live­-streamed and will feature three disciplines in which riders from all over the world can participate from home. There’s also a fantastic shopping village, so get your wallets at the ready.

8) It’s Henley Literary Festival this weekend, and that too is going online, with over 40 events for adults and children, plus speakers such as Graham Norton, Joanna Trollope, Damon Hill, Nadiya Hussain and Michael Morpurgo. We can’t wait!

9) On Sunday, pack your picnic blanket or chairs and head to the garden at Cobbs Farm Shop in Hungerford to see a socially distanced performance by Beechwood Opera.

A Little Light Music includes classics from La Bohème, The Marriage of Figaro, West Side story, Les Misérables and many more. You’ll also enjoy a complimentary glass of English Sparkling Wine. What’s not to love?

10) If you’ve already checked out the sculpture exhibitions at Shaw House in Newbury and Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park, why not head to Great Fosters on the Berks/Surrey border for the David Harber Sculpture Exhibition at Great Fosters?

It’s only running until 30 September and it’s a great excuse to check out the 50-acre estate of this beautiful hotel.


For more information about any of the events listed above; how to get there, how to book tickets and prices, please follow the links in the event name.

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