Star Q&A: Kim Wilde

Kim Wilde chats to Liz Nicholls about performing at Heritage Live, alongside Boy George, Lulu, Gabrielle & more, including Ardingly on Saturday, 16th July and Englefield House on Saturday, 23rd July.

Star Q&A: Katherine Jenkins

Liz Nicholls chats to mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE ahead of her performance at Henley Festival, 6th-10th July.

Jacobs the Jeweller’s Emerging Designer competition

Go online & vote for your favourite in eighth edition of design awards

Toot-Toot Drivers Airport review

Fun manipulative & role play features include spinning radar, wind meter, runway lights, roundabout & boarding ladder that will encourage your child’s imagination. Includes Smartpoint Jet and 2 cute mini jets.

Wine & dine at The Alice

It’s bottoms-up time down the rabbit hole! The Alice in Oxford is hosting a series of intimate Wine and Dine events and a special Wine Flight tasting menu in collaboration with Balfour Winery and Coates & Seely.

Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace

Singer/songwriter Mick Hucknall chats about being back on the road performing as Simply Red get set to star at Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace on 15th June

David Gray prepares for Nocturne Live

Liz Nicholls chats to musician David Gray amid his UK & European tour to celebrate 20 years since his multi-platinum album White Ladder, which has just been re-released in a deluxe edition on CD, digital and vinyl.

Star Q&A: James Blunt

Musician & dad James Blunt, 48, chats to Liz Nicholls ahead of his performances at Cornbury & more festivals this summer…

June recipes: Heavenly honey

Manuka honey is not only good for your gut and your skin but its soothing properties can also help your overall wellbeing.

Volunteers help maintain Betjeman Millennium Park

James Kent, a year 12 pupil at King Alfred’s, spends a day with the army of volunteers who help maintain the Betjeman Millennium Park in Wantage, which has just marked its 20th anniversary

Poignant performance from St George’s School

Community concert organised by local preparatory school St George’s School raises £3,000 for DEC Ukraine Appeal.

Journey into the Magical Forest

LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort is opening its newest attraction this Saturday, 30th April – step inside and explore.

Festival fun for all

Festivals are back on! Yes, after two fretful years of disrupted fun & frolics, there’s a summer sizzler of festivals ready to rock your world, whatever you’re into… writes Liz Nicholls

May recipes: Green queens

We’re celebrating the green goodness with two brunch recipes to herald Alresford Watercress Festival

Star Q&A: Toyah Willcox

Musician Toyah Willcox, who turns 64 this month, shares her excitement for a summer of festivals, including Let’s Rock where she is set to star…

Lifelong learning and mental fitness

You don’t have to run a four-minute mile to follow in the footsteps of Roger Bannister. On a windy day in May 1954, a 25-year-old medical student… broke track and field’s most famous barrier – the four-minute mile.

April recipes: Feed your family

Say bye-bye to boring dinners with exciting recipes from Chefs In Schools, by Nicole Pisani & Joanna Weinberg

Star Q&A: Steve Backshall

Explorer, naturalist, presenter & dad Steve Backshall MBE, 48, talks to Liz Nicholls ahead of his Ocean show at a venue near you.

Showing support for Ukraine

Reading Biscuit Factory independent cinema is one of several across the country previewing Olga in aid of the DEC

Musical treats at The Watermill, Newbury

From an enchanting folk-inspired musical to a sizzling Cuban inspired spy thriller The Watermill Theatre has a musical treat for everyone.

How to save on energy costs

With the rising costs of energy bills, Dave Lamont from Plastic Free Home, based in Wokingham, has some top tips to help you save

Star Q&A: Kelly Jones

Liz Nicholls chats to musician & dad Kelly Jones as the Stereophonics release their new album Oochya and hit the road for their UK tour

March recipes: Dinners for winners

We’re sharing three hearty recipes from The Hairy Bikers’ Everyday Winners by Si King and Dave Myers, published by Seven Dials, out now £22 hardback

Visit Newbury bidding for your vote

Vote for Visit Newbury’s Family Fun Days in ‘Best Local Family Friendly Event’

Convoy Community

Convoy Community is dedicated to taking loneliness out of job hunting and can help with the fully funded spaces available on their The Road to Work programme.

The Year of the Tiger

Henley and Marlow Launches 2022 `The Year of the Tiger`

Star Q&A: Justin Fletcher

TV megastar Justin Fletcher MBE tells us about his influences as he steps out to a venue near you for his all-singing and dancing live show Justin Live – The Big Tour!

February recipes: Sweet dreams

We share a taste of Nadiya’s Fast Flavours by published by Penguin Michael Joseph (£22)

Your Will, your way

David Robinson, Director of Templar Estate Planning discusses the importance of everyone having an up to date and valid Will. If you do not have a Will or changes have happened in your life, please read on!

January recipes: Gut Reaction

We’re serving up a taster from The Gut-Loving Cookbook by Alana & Lisa MacFarlane which is out this month, published by Pavilion Books

Star Q&A: Ray Mears

Local television star & bushcraft expert Ray Mears, 57, tells us more about his new We Are Nature book & theatre show to help us “tune in and turn on” to nature…

Winnie-the-Pooh 95th anniversary prequel

Once There Was A Bear, a new prequel to mark the 95th anniversary of the classic Winnie-The-Pooh. With so much uncertainty in the world the familiar, beloved characters from our childhood are more welcome than ever.

St Bartholomew’s: ‘Outstanding’ in all areas

St Bartholomew’s School: ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. High praise for Sixth Form as it prepares to welcome more students to join

December recipes: Comfort & joy

We’re offering a taste of Christmas at River Cottage by Lucy Brazier with foreword, essays and seasonal recipes from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, published by Bloomsbury, Priced £22.

Star Q&A: Gok Wan

Television star Gok Wan, 47, talks to us ahead of his dazzling star turn as the Man In The Mirror in Snow White at Woking’s New Victoria Theatre from 4th December to 2nd January

Menopause and hair loss

It may not be talked about as much as hot flushes and night sweats, but hair loss is extremely common during menopause.

Long-term help with your short-term rental

The Short Term Rental Company offers a complete hands-free hosting experience for owners.

Local photography competition

Award-winning local housebuilder Berkeley Homes invites Community to take part in photo competition celebrating nature.

Jack & Beyond

Send some sweetness & light to loved ones with Jack & Beyond’s Christmas cakes & goodies available for delivery across the UK

November recipes: Passage to India

We’re sharing a taste of From Gujarat With Love – 100 Authentic Indian Vegetarian Recipes by Vina Patel

Star Q&A: Samantha Womack

Actress, singer, model & director Samantha Womack tells us about festive feelings as she stars as the White Witch in The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre as part of its UK tour

Join Twyford Together Charity run

Get together with family and friends at The Piggott School on Sunday, 10th October

October recipes: Sweet spot

Ravneet Gill’s Sugar, I Love You: Knockout Recipes to Celebrate The Sweeter Things in Life, is out this month.

Star Q&A: Timmy Mallett

Broadcaster, artist & dad Timmy Mallett, who turns 66 this month, tells Liz Nicholls about family, football, art and his new book Utterly Brilliant – My Life’s Journey

Star Q&A: Martin Jarvis

Actor Martin Jarvis OBE tells us about life, love and turning 80 as he prepares to star as Ted Heath in Michael McManus’ smash hit play Maggie & Ted at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud this month

Feel more energised

Feel more energised with these tips from Nature’s Corner in Newbury

The Divorce Revolution

New business launched to help separating and divorcing couples save money and stay out of court

Hands free!

Paul Zerdin on his Hands Free show at Camberley Theatre on Tuesday, 21st September

Star Q&A: Ed Byrne

Liz Nicholls talks about life, laughs & lockdown saviours with comedian & dad Ed Byrne, 49, ahead of his live shows in September, including Oxford, Newbury, High Wycombe, Farnham, Camberley & Dorking

September recipes: Coffee & banoffee

This September, Macmillan Cancer Support’s iconic Coffee Morning event is back on Friday 24th September, however you plan it and whatever your baking talents (or lack of) host your coffee morning your way and help raise millions to support the growing number of people living with cancer

Build your dream home

A visit to Build It Live this month will help you create a home as individual as you

Interiors inspiration

Treat yourself to a day out with some shopping on the banks of the beautiful River Thames thanks to Henley Decor Fair from Thursday, 23rd to Sunday, 26th September

A community where you can flourish

Pangbourne College is a co-educational day and boarding school set in 230 acres within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Salisbury Cathedral: Threads Through Creation

Creating the world in eight million stitches… On Tuesday 17 August Threads Through Creation, a magnificent embroidery display created by textile artist Jacqui Parkinson will go on show at Salisbury Cathedral.

August recipes: Rays of sunshine

We’re serving up two dishes from Sunshine Kitchen: Delicious Creole recipes from the Heart of the Caribbean by Vanessa Bolosier, published by Pavilion Books.

Star Q&A: Andre Rieu

Liz Nicholls asks international classical music champion & dad Andre Rieu, 71, about life, love & music ahead of Together Again which comes to cinemas on 28th & 29th August.

Local Sue Ryder Hospice launches appeal

National healthcare charity Sue Ryder, which runs Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading, has this month launched an appeal asking people to help them fill families’ final days together with love.

July recipes: Tutti Fruity

It’s barbecue season! We’ve teamed up with home economics star Jack Monroe & Del Monte to serve this sunny delight

Star Q&A: Paul Stellar

Singer & dad Paul Weller, 63, opens up about his new album Fat Pop (Volume I), collaborations and a hopeful return to live music.

June recipes: Cupcakes & kindness

Dust off your baking bowls, whip out your whisks and unite against dementia by signing up for Cupcake Day

Star Q&A: Danny Goffey

Liz Nicholls chats to musician & dad of four Danny Goffey, 47, who will star with his Supergrass bandmates, Feeder & Sports Team at Englefield House in Theale on Friday, 23rd July, as part of the Heritage Live Concert Series.

Star Q&A: James Arthur

Liz Nicholls asks singer James Arthur, about music, mental health and more. His new single September is out on 4th June, via Columbia Records, taken from his as-yet untitled album out in autumn

AZUMI-Wellness: Nature Therapy Berkshire

We passionately believe that going outside in nature can help us to feel calmer, more relaxed and less stressed.

Support vaccination with V-star badge

Show your support for Covid vaccination programme with a V-star badge thanks to mums’ mission

Flying high with Legoland

Families can book in to enjoy the UK’s first flying theatre ride at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort at the end of this month

Mental Health Mates are offering support

Abby Lacey set up Mental Health Mates – Reading after needing help herself, the support group helps anyone suffering as well as their family and friends

Good Cheer Award Winners 2021

Raise your glasses, it’s time to toast our Round & About Good Cheer Award winners!

Gilbertson & Page

Here at Gilbertson & Page our team lives and breathes dogs. Not only do we specialise in the manufacture of life stage, working and sensitive diets like hypoallergenic and grain-free recipes, but dogs run our office, well unfortunately, not quite! but there’s always one or two running about or napping by the desk.

Where’s Brian’s Bottom? asks Abingdon illustrator

Local illustrator Rob Jones always wanted to create a children’s book and, in Where’s Brian’s Bottom? the dream has unfolded!

Gemma Hardy offers mental health advice

Gemma Hardy of Hardy Training Company in Fleet explains what mental health is and how we can manage it during uncertain times

Take five….

Top tips for creating your home gym. We’ve teamed up with Morgan Beilby of local design and fit-out specialists Velvaere Studios to help you create the perfect home/work balance.

Star Q&A: Ed Stafford

Liz Nicholls chats to survival expert, dad & TV star Ed Stafford, 45, about life, lockdown & the summer family wilderness camps he has helped devise in the South East.

May recipes: Watercress wonders

Suze Morrison, founder of Gourmet Glow, has teamed up with The Watercress Company to offer some healthy meals

Shakespeare & St George’s Day

“Cry God for Harry, England and St George..!” Pit your wits against our Which William quiz in honour of Shakespeare & St George’s Day

#BlossomWatch

Celebrate the UK’s first ever #BlossomWatch day in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire

Tiney Home Nursery

Tiney Home Nursery: Change lives from your living room

Walk this way!

Walk this way! Chilterns Walking Festival is back from 22nd May to 6th June with more than 80 guided walks to enjoy

Decor delights

Treat yourself to a day out and some shopping at Henley Decor Fair over the late bank holiday weekend 27th to 31st May 2021

Win! A portrait of your pet

Love your kitty? Adore your doggy? We always knew that we Brits loved our pets passionately, but the last year has deepened our appreciation for our animal companions!

Coffee delivery to perk us up!

Roots and Rose is a brother and sister duo, who want to take the hassle out of finding great-tasting coffee, by doing the hard work for you.

Take our Horrible Histories quiz

Pinch punch first of the month… it’s April’s Fools Day! This is a tradition that some say dates back to Chaucer here in the UK.

What have you missed?

Here we are, a full year after lockdown was announced. Let’s face it, tempers feel a little bit frayed this week, which is natural, really, as we approach the final furlong towards (hopeful) freedom!

Book a plant clinic appointment

Plant or garden dilemma? Grab a free Gardeners’ Question Time Plant Clinic slot with garden guru & Miracle-Gro this week.

Tips to overcome a needle phobia

A needle phobia is quite common – it’s thought to be a problem for about 1 in 10 of us. Phil Day gives some advice to those worried about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Spring has sprung so let’s celebrate!

Bees are buzzing, flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining: spring is here!

Get zoom ready with vitamins

Getting the right vitamin supplements to make you Zoom ready! As millions across the world continue to interact online, people are spending a record amount of time video chatting.

Staying safe after COVID-19 vaccination

Comments from Phil Day, Superintendent Pharmacist at Pharmacy2U, the UK’s first and largest online pharmacy

How daylight savings affect your sleep

The clocks go forward on March 28 – the start of daylight savings. This means one less hour in bed, so prepare to feel extra sleepy that day!

Jess Gillam chats about Investec 2021

Jess Gillam tells us about music’s power to connect us and looks ahead to the Investec International Music Festival which will take place in Surrey Hills as soon as safely possible.

April recipes: Baking power

We’ve cooked up a sneaky slice of The National Trust Book of Baking by Sybil Kapoor, which is out on 15th April, with these heart-warming spring recipes.

Star Q&A: David Walliams

Author & dad David Walliams, 49, talks about life & the arts ahead of the adaptation of his novel Billionaire Boy as a Covid-safe Car Park Party

Delicious chocolates for Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday so why not show her how much she means by making these sweet treats packed with healthy ingredients and love

Time for wildlife

Time for wildlife – help ensure the survival of beautiful African wild animals by supporting two amazing charities

Liven your home with green walls

Gardarica offers ‘living walls’ tailor-made to the needs of your home, garden or business from design to construction

Putting children’s wellbeing first: Inside Out

Inside Out is an education charity based in Reading focussed on improving children’s wellbeing.

Star Q&A: Raymond Blanc

Liz Nicholls asks star chef Raymond Blanc about feeding the soul in isolation, finding your calling & his surprising favourite foodstuff…

March recipes: Spice of life

Mandira Sarkar of Mandira’s Kitchen serves up a wonderful suggestion for Mother’s Day: spiced biscuits & masala chai to deliver to your mum’s doorstep if you live close enough to her…

Keep memories alive with Fusions Craft

Discover millions of creative ways to share your life stories for future generations

Pancake recipes: From Bonne Maman

Today is Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday. We’ve teamed up with Bonne Maman UK to offer you some great recipe ideas.

Half term fun for families

Surrey Wildlife Trust have some great resources to help you spot & encourage wildlife in your own garden or outdoor space

Love local with fresh food boxes

Love local! Fresh food delivery box for Valentine’s Day meals & restaurant quality cooking with Crop To Kitchen.

Billy Ocean & the Young Voices

Billy Ocean, along with the Young Voices Choir, wish you a Lovely Day with charity single to help children’s mental health

Build a lockdown family time capsule

Kirsty Prankerd, from photo keepsake retailer Write From The Heart, explains how to build a time capsule with the kids.

Patrick Ebbs: Ciceri e Tria recipe

Try the traditional dish of Ciceri e Tria (Chickpeas and Pasta) as recommended by Godalming author Patrick Ebbs.

February recipes: Blooming lovely

Star chef & hospitality champion Tom Kerridge’s new Hand & Flowers cookbook is helping us find reasons to be cheerful. We’ve teamed up to share recipes for you to cook at home.

Star Q&A: Andy Triggs Hodge

Three times Olympic rowing gold medallist Andy Triggs Hodge started rowing because he thought it would be fun, now he is sharing that sense of fun through Race The Thames 2021, we chatted to him about his career, the importance of sport and the event taking place in March

January recipes: Right angles

The festive period isn’t normally associated with healthy eating, but Dr Michelle Braude of nutrition practice The Food Effect, says it doesn’t have to be this way and that many of the foods we often associate with Christmas and New Year are actually very healthy if used in the right way.

The Three Daggers in Edington

A stay at the dog-friendly The Three Daggers certainly made my tail wag, not to mention that of terrier Roger

Unique moment of time

Professor Stephen Hawking had a fascinating relationship with time and this year Bremont are marking that and honouring the eminent scientist with the launch of its Bremont Hawking watch collection.

December recipes: The main event

The festive period isn’t normally associated with healthy eating, but Dr Michelle Braude of nutrition practice The Food Effect, says it doesn’t have to be this way and that many of the foods we often associate with Christmas and New Year are actually very healthy if used in the right way.

Star Q&A: Andrea Bocelli

Liz Nicholls asks Italian opera singer, tenor & record producer, Andrea Bocelli, 62, some questions for our bumper Christmas edition.

Foster care in lockdown

Lockdown has been challenging for many of us, for lots of different reasons, and none more so than for Sarah and Darren who are Oxfordshire County Council foster carers, who were staying at home with five children.

LEGOLAND®’s World of Mythical Creatures

The World of Mythical Creatures is coming to The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort in spring 2021

November recipes: food with heart

A new cook book Food & Kindness is raising funds for Oxfordshire’s Sobell House hospice with help from local restaurants

#YouCanAdopt

We’ve partnered up with (Parents And Children Together) to highlight the #YouCanAdopt campaign and encourage you to consider adopting

Guardian Warm Roof

Guardian Roof Designs can transform your Conservatory with a Guardian™ Roof System making it a comfortable new room that you can use all year round

October recipes: An apple a day…

Did you know in the UK alone we have more than 2,500 varieties of apple? Enough for you to try a different one every day for more than seven years and what better day to start then on October 21st, Apple Day. Why not try these recipes to start with…

The Beatles: Get Back

Get Back is set to celebrate the iconic band’s influence

August recipes: Fabulous fish

Sea for Yourself is encouraging us to cook with fresh fish caught in UK seas, so ‘see for yourself’ how healthy and easy it can be

Hook, line & sinker

Fishing is a reel-ly big pull for millions of people and what can be better than sitting by the river in the sunshine – you may fin-ish up with a big catch you’ll have something to carp on about to your friends!

The GREAT outdoors!

We’ve never appreciated being outside more than we do now and with more gradually opening up to us, let’s get out and enjoy it

Eat better in lockdown

Nutritionist Abi Barclay-Watt has some tips on how to curb those cravings

Explore education

With many of us having more time on our hands, there’s never been a better time to learn something new

Star Q&A: Julia’s outdoor jewels

To say TV presenter Julia Bradbury loves the outdoors would be an understatement, so much so that she set up The Outdoor Guide website packed with wonderful walks, picturesque pubs to stay in and everything you need to get out and enjoy yourself

The GREAT outdoors!

We’ve never appreciated being outside more than we do now and with more gradually opening up to us, let’s get out and enjoy it

July recipes: Love those leaves

Watercress is healthy, delicious and packed full of goodness – one 85g bag provides more than the recommended daily amount of vitamin C to help boost your immune system. It’s in season until October so get creating now!

Salute our Forces

Our Armed Forces are something for us to be proud of at any time as they work to keep us safe and now they are helping to fight coronavirus

Mini plays in response to Covid-19

Four Reading writers have penned mini audio plays about their town and their relationship to home in these challenging times.

Hurst Show & Country Fayre

Hurst Show and Country Fayre are championing ‘the show must go on’ ethos by holding their first ever virtual show.

Scrubs help

Huge thanks goes out to all those who have been making scrubs in their homes and the schools coming together to make face shields for our NHS and key workers

Gardening leave

How does your garden grow? Does it rival Chelsea Flower Show or is it just patches of green and brown in need of some love and attention? Once it looks good, sit back and enjoy it in style and comfort

Wind in the Willows

Join Mr Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger in GSC’s online Wind in the Willows

Chawton House virtual gardens

Chawton House virtual garden festival

Butterfly ID skills via Zoom

We’ve all got closer to nature over the past few weeks as we spend more time in our gardens and take time to appreciate what’s around us.

Surrey Hills

Surrey Hills advises you to stay away – for now!

Rock Choir fundraiser

Join Rock Choir’s 24-hour fundraiser for Mental Health Awareness Week

Wartime spirit

Celebrate VE Day at home – sing, dance and raise a glass to toast Second World War heroes

Citizens Advice debt help

Coronavirus: Get help if you can’t pay household bills

Hypnotherapy sleep tips

Resolve coronavirus-related sleep problems with the help of hypnotherapy

Save music venues campaign

#SAVEOURVENUES campaign launched to help grassroots music

RBC road markings

Heart-felt thanks to NHS staff outside Royal Berkshire Hospital

Room for improvement

With the majority of us spending more time at home at the moment how about lavishing some love on your home and considering how you can improve it, Karen Neville looks at some ways to make the most of your home…

Cotswold Challenge

Teenagers take the Cotswold Challenge and showcase your skills

2.6 Challenge

Take the 2.6 Challenge and help boost the UK’s charities

April recipes: Close to nature

Qualified natural chef Jo Keyes shares some wholesome recipes devised in her Time To Nourish kitchen for body, mind & soul

Time to love your home

Advice for how you can freshen up your home especially if you’re looking to sell

Wildlife Trusts online

Enjoy the wonderful world of wildlife online

Co-parenting advice

Co-parenting during the Coronavirus lockdown

Turn on the TAP

A new app makes it easy to thank the unsung heroes in your community at a time when we’ve never needed them more

Barking to baking

Your dogs will be barking mad for these home bakes

Home schooling

Home schooling tips to help you learn as your child does

Worship Online

Churches in Newbury are reaching new congregations with online services helping us through these difficult times

Take your seat…

Enjoy the theatre from the comfort of your sofa courtesy of National Theatre at Home via YouTube

Gardening tips 2

Getting some fresh air in the current situation is so important. 

Gardening tips 1

Staying at home is not ideal but there’s lots to get on with in the garden.

Spring clean: De-clutter

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Spring clean your digital life

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Spring clean your house

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Spring clean your kitchen

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Spring clean your bedroom

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Happy bunnies…

You’re never too old to enjoy an Easter egg hunt which is lucky for you as there are some cracking ones to enjoy!

Gorgeous gardens

What better way can there be to mark spring than to get out in the garden? Karen Neville gathers some inspiring gardens worth visiting.

Spring clean your bathroom

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Barry the pig

Help Barry the non-swimming pig 

Make your own garden for wildlife 

Make your own secret garden for wildlife 

Mum’s the word

Here are some present ideas ahead of Mothering Sunday on 22nd March

Garden Re-Leaf Day 2020

Plans are blooming for the ninth annual Garden Re-Leaf Day, which takes place on Friday, 13th March. 

World Book Day

Thursday is the annual worldwide celebration of books and reading that is World Book Day.

British Pie Week

Never has the saying ‘nice as pie’ been so apt – who doesn’t love a tasty pastry pie and what better time to indulge than in British Pie Week.

Food, friends and fun

Host a supper club on 7th March and raise funds for Eva’s Friends

Journey of discovery

Fi Harding tells us more about Chiltern Arts Festival 2020 which takes place at various venues between Friday 28th February and Saturday 7th March

March recipes: Not your average Joe!

Fitness star Joe Wicks –AKA The Body Coach – has teamed up with cancer charity Macmillan to share some veggie recipes for March

Drive time

Whatever your vintage or passion, March is a great month for motoring enthusiasts.

Talking Point: Clare Balding

Liz Nicholls asks Clare Balding about life, sport and our beloved pets as she launches Dogcast With Clare Balding

Golf: Hole lotta love

“Golf is a good walk spoiled” according to some but to others there’s nothing like the challenge of hitting that small round ball to the best of your ability, avoiding hazards and wayward shots along the course and eventually seeing it drop in the hole.

Tuck into Cornish Pasty Week

Yesterday marked the start of Real Bread Week and today it’s the turn of Cornish Pasty Week.

Real Bread Week

Did you know this week is Real Bread Week? It’s the annual celebration of additive-free loaves and the people who make them.

Movie magic

Anton DuBeke and Erin Boag will bring Dance those Magical Movies to Reading’s Hexagon this March

Love literature

Talented stars from Ascot, Crowthorne and Sandhurst will dazzle you this month at the 49th South East Berks Gang Show. Sandra Sidey tells us more…

Lost Letters

Through a series of more than 40 workshops and a touring exhibition, the newly-launched community heritage project, Lost Letters, will engage people across Surrey in the lost art of letter writing.

Show time

Talented stars from Ascot, Crowthorne and Sandhurst will dazzle you this month at the 49th South East Berks Gang Show. Sandra Sidey tells us more…

Random Acts of Kindness day

Make the world a better place with a random act of kindness 

Forging past the food fads

With so much misinformation out there here are Abi Barclay-Watt’s 25 nutritional truths – no fads!

Warmer winter

Tips on how to keep your home warm & safe in the colder months

Seal of approval

Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition comes to The Base at Greenham

Max & Ivan

Max & Ivan bring their show Commitment to Reading tomorrow (6th February).

Wear Red Day

Go with the Flow at Godalming art gallery’s new exhibition

National Apprenticeship Week

Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week and all its benefits

Talking Point: Russell Watson

Liz Nicholls chats to singer Russell Watson about his tour

Adult care: Winter 2020

We’ve put together some articles about planning for later life care as well as staying healthy & stimulated in our February guide.

February’s recipes: Rice & easy!

We’ve teamed up with Tilda to serve up some recipes to make the most of their new flavoured easy-cook sachets

You’re never too old…

Active minds and active bodies are on the curriculum at the University of the Third Age

Birds Hill Golf charity holes

A pair from the golf club wear mankini’s to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

Business School

Make money from your passion at Pop-Up Business School in Didcot

Banff film festival

Scale new heights with this year’s films with the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 

Health research study

New online map helps people find health research in Thames Valley 

Snowdrop walk

Join snowdrop walk and support Child Bereavement UK 

2020 trends

The ways of getting in shape are constantly changing as this year’s trends suggest

Paws for thought!

The new “Dogs Welcome” campaign has taken off in Wallingford

New year, new job

Want a change of job and need some help writing that perfect CV? Judith Coslett has some great advice

Cat’s whiskers

Peter Anderson chats to Roy Marsden, producer of the classic thriller Cat and The Canary at The Theatre Royal, Windsor, next month

Education guide: Winter 2020

Welcome to the first education extra of 2020, we had an impressive array of entries for our story writing competition and they all prove what a talented bunch you are!

Go green!

If we each make small changes to our lives we can collectively make a huge impact to protect our planet for future generations. Here are some positive ideas…

Talking point: Liz Bonnin

Liz Nicholls asks award-winning presenter and biologist Liz Bonnin about school, the live tour of the BBC’s Planet Earth II this spring and how we can all do our bit.

January’s recipes: Vive la revolution!

We share two exclusive recipes from Ollie Hunter’s brand new sustainable cookbook with two copies up for grabs

Driving force

Can you help local people in need this winter by joining Twyford Volunteer Drivers?

Great & good

This festive season, look no further than Windsor Great Park as the setting for your family time together.

A golden example of dining

Liz Nicholls reviews the newly opened Ivy Oxford Brasserie.

Wintry wonders

Please join us in supporting the Children’s Air Ambulance whose life-saving helicopters are going green. Anna Phillips tells us more.

Above & beyond

Please join us in supporting the Children’s Air Ambulance whose life-saving helicopters are going green. Anna Phillips tells us more.

Spa & away

Michelle Miley takes some time out to indulge in an afternoon of relaxation and pampering at Donnington Valley near Newbury in Berkshire

A green Christmas

Local dad David Lamont, founder of Plastic Free Home, offers his tips on how we can enjoy a more planet-friendly season

Magical Reading

There are so many events going on in Reading for the whole family this month it’s like having an extra present every day!

Adult Care

Round & About Magazine is publishing its popular annual eight-page Adult Health & Social Care Supplement in February 2020.

Charity champions 

Businesses honoured for their work with charities at awards ceremony

Ghost: The Ultimate Tour Named Death

Steve Warner enjoys Ghost’s performance at SSE Arena Wembley on Friday

Independence day!

Christmas shopping: celebrating our local traders and Small Business Saturday on 7th December

Oh yes it is…

Pantomimes are many children’s first experience of the theatre and what a way to start!

December’s recipes: Movers & shakers

We’ve teamed up with multisensory creators Sam Bompas and Harry Parr to serve up some cocktail fresh recipes from The Bompas & Parr Cocktail Book

Talking point: Brydon time

Television star, singer and father of five Rob Brydon, 54, talks about his life & career ahead of his new Songs & Stories tour

Santa cruise

Helping the carers on National Carers Rights Day 

National Carers Rights Day

Helping the carers on National Carers Rights Day 

Pride of Reading 2019

Amazing people honoured at the Pride of Reading awards.

Devine Dash 

Join in the Santa run from Windsor Castle

Wrappers delight

Guildford’s Carolyn Ledger explains more about Naturally Wrapt – the planet-friendly business she launched this year, in addition to her job as a SEN teacher

Make no bones about it…

Ella Reeves reviews Lovely Bones at Oxford Playhouse

Beer-fuelled Bard

The smash-hit comes to Swindon

Sue Ryder Awards

Nominate inspirational women for 2020

The best bar none!

Hampstead Norreys Christmas Market

Sir Ranulph Fiennes at Cranford House

Cranford House welcomes the world’s greatest living explorer

Half term at National Trust

Things to do this half term Oxfordshire & Berkshire

November’s recipes: Tried & trusted

Leading chef Laura Mason shares some recipes

Talking point: Jack Savoretti

Liz Nicholls chats to musician & dad Jack Savoretti

Service & sacrifice

In association with The Royal British Legion, we recognise the unseen service of the Armed Forces past and present.

LoLo app

Be loyal to the high street in Reading and save money as you shop

SOFO exhibition

WW2 veterans portraits at Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum 

Wear it pink day

Wear it pink and support breast cancer research charities 

Plastic problem

Michaela Strachan chats to us about plastic…

First aid in schools

First aid to be part of curriculum in state schools next year

Reading gaol hug

Give Reading gaol a hug and help save it for the town 

Mental health day

Don’t bottle things up on World Mental Health Day 

Autism hour

For autistic people every day …

Guildford Book Festival

Celebrating 30 years of sharing stories 

Wisley in October

The wonder of Wisley 

Good Beer Guide

Cheers to CAMRA Good Beer Guide 

Chilterns Walking Festival

Take a walk around the Chilterns as the annual walking festival starts

Animals exhibition

Reading Museum celebrates the world of animals with exciting new exhibition 

Autumn walks

Enjoy a walk in a local wood as we enjoy awesome autumn! 

Thames Valley Tech Awards 2019

Read about the Thames Valley Tech Awards 2019

Reading Thames Festival

Celebrate Reading’s creativity with Reading Thames Festival 

Reading Rep

Click to help Reading Rep theatre company collect £100k 

Bill’s Newbury

New look for Bill’s in Newbury with chance to win dinner for six 

Headlines & Hedgerows

Our countryside & its wildlife is at risk. We encourage you to join the campaign to save our endangered hedgerows and share an exclusive extract from John Craven’s new book.

Think pink!

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month – support the cause by buying these items & wearing pink on Friday, 18th October

Talking point: Country smile

Liz Nicholls asks broadcaster & dad John Craven, 79, about his life & career ahead of his appearance at Guildford Literary Festival

October’s recipes: Italian job

Chef & restaurateur Gennaro Contaldo shares two delicious autumnal recipes from his new book Pasta Perfecto

Literary heaven

Marlborough is set to welcome writers and readers of all sorts as it celebrates 10 years of its LitFest

Plastic free home…

David Lamont shares his story about his mission to heal the planet

Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed chats about meeting Agatha Christie and more…

Alzheimer’s memory walk

Join a memory walk against dementia

Windsor Fringe 2019

Theatre, comedy, music, dance, family shows, a pop up record stall and music around a fire pit are among some of the many amazing attractions at this year’s Windsor Fringe. 

Literary heaven

Marlborough is set to welcome writers and readers of all sorts as it celebrates 10 years of its LitFest

A true Christie classic

Turn sleuth and track down a great weekend of Agatha Christie-inspired activities

A radical festival

Michelle Miley reviews Boomtown 2019

Heritage Open Days

Discover history, architecture and culture at Heritage Open Days

Pruning v chopping!

A light hearted look at the subject of pruning or as many people call it ‘chopping’ ‘hacking’ or ‘trimming’.

Spa & away

September is the perfect month to book in for some R&R. Here are a few great places to enjoy some pampering treatments and time out!

Talking point: Fry & mighty!

Actor, comedian & writer Stephen Fry, 62, tells us about his new show Mythos: A Trilogy – Gods. Heroes. Men which is on tour this month, including Oxford & London

Education guide: Autumn 2019

School days are the happiest days of your life, right? Check out our education guide and find out how you can make them really top class.

September’s recipes: Cakes & cups

Chef & TV star Sophie Grigson shares two recipes ahead of her food & photography courses starting next month…

‘No Reading, no Amazon’s!’

Liz Nicholls asks Matt Thomson, frontman of homegrown heroes The Amazons about local life and music ahead of their hotly anticipated performance at Reading Festival…

Reading Film Theatre

Celebrate Reading Film Theatre’s 50th anniversary & design a new logo

Health clinic

New child health clinic opens in central Reading

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle voted one of the nation’s favourite landmarks

Disability day

Event at The Oracle promotes disability awareness 

Full of pride

Colourful lions set to line the streets of the Royal Borough

Right at Home

Right at Home one of Top20 homecare providers in south east 

Gardening: August

There’s still plenty to enjoy and get on with in the garden this month.

Kidd pro quo

Model, racing driver, TV presenter & pub landlady Jodie Kidd, 40, tells us about life, local treasures and her foodie favourites

Active Reading

Have your say on being active in Reading 

August’s recipes: Sophie’s choice

Chef & TV star Sophie Grigson shares two recipes ahead of her food & photography courses starting next month…

Homegrown heroes

We raise a toast to the many local producers wowing the world with their food & drink offerings worth your attention

Reading Fringe

Hair-raising Fringe takes over Reading

Get ready for Readipop

The friendly music festival is back in Caversham

Wisley garden

Make the most of the longer evenings at RHS Garden Wisley

Love tennis!

Wimbledon starts today (1st July) so expect to see more people out with their tennis rackets and more strawberries being eaten. 

Talking Point: Will Young

Liz Nicholls speaks to local singer-songwriter Will Young

Get into gear

Join Wokingham Bikeathon on 30th June and take on 15 or 35 mile route 

July’s recipes: Thrills & grills

We’ve teamed up with the team behind ZIGZAG to bring you the perfect recipes to rustle up on the grill this summer!

Castle to Coast

Take on a triathlon with a difference from Windsor to Brighton

Eat Food Festival

Eat Food Festival in Henley until Saturday

Children’s Hospice Week

Show you care during Children’s Hospice Week 

Independent Bookshop Week

It’s Independent Bookshop Week – read all about it! 

June’s recipe: Fiery & fresh

Star chef Kay Plunkett-Hogge shares two recipes from her new book Baan: Recipes & Stories From My Thai Home

Talking Point: George Clarke

Liz Nicholls asks architect, dad and TV star George Clarke, 47 about life & loves ahead of hosting Blenheim Flower Show this month

Whiteknights Studio Trail

Join the studio trail around Whiteknights and uncover some treasures

Who cares for the carers? 

Carers Week puts the focus on 6.5million in the UK helping family and friends 

Solent Hotel & Spa

Solent Hotel & Spa in Fareham, Hampshire, has the perfect spa break and dining packages to help you hit the “reset” button and offers a great base to explore the south coast

Sit and sip

Former Wokingham schoolboy James Mattingley has brewed up something special for the town with the opening of Sit & Sip Tasting Room in the town’s highly anticipated Peach Place development. 

Gardening: June joys

June is one of the nicest months of the year. The days are long and the garden is now in full swing.

Prophet Sharing

The descendants of Abraham may have gone their separate ways, but now stand-up comedian friends Ashley Blaker and Imran Yusuf are joining forces.

10 top hotels in Devon

Good Hotel Guide shares 10 of their top hotels in Devon with us…

Medieval Jousting at Stonor Park

Stonor Park are hosting the Knights of Royal England for a weekend of medieval jousting on the 29th – 30th June.

Big lunch: The perfect ingredients

Add a handful of community spirit, a sprinkling of food and a big dose of fun to create The Big Lunch on 1st and 2nd June

Community shop

Visit summer market ad find out what makes Hampstead Norreys Community Shop an award winner 

Hero police dog

Britain’s bravest police dog who was stabbed in the line of duty has visited Heathfield School with his handler to discuss the role of police animals, perseverance and resilience.

Helen & Douglas House Bubble Rush

Burst though bubbles and help raise funds for Helen & Douglas House 

Dementia Action Week

Don’t be afraid to talk in Dementia Action Week

Chilterns Walking Festival

There are a wide variety of walks to enjoy – however you like to take yours – as part of the Chilterns Walking Festival from Saturday, 18th May to Sunday, 2nd June.

Gardening: Abundance of colour

Spring is coming to its glorious end, and summer is nearly upon us.

Let’s Rock the Moor

Get ready to rock the moor in Cookham 

Foster Care Fortnight

Foster carers are part of what’s often termed “the team around the child” who are responsible for the wellbeing and development of a fostered child.

Foster Care Fortnight

Foster carers are part of what’s called “the team around the child”. As we approach Foster Care Fortnight, between 13th and 26th May, we encourage you to consider it.

May’s recipe: Egg custard tart

Ahead of Alresford Watercress Festival on Sunday, 19th May, The Watercress Company has teamed up with chef Keri Astill Frew to share some recipes…

Christian Aid Week

Today marks the start of Christian Aid Week, the national week raising money for the worldwide work of Christian Aid.

Newbury Contemporary Art Fair

Find work with the wow factor to suit all tastes at the Contemporary Art Fair at Newbury Racecourse

Henley Arts Trail

How many of the 300 exhibitors will you see and enjoy around Henley?

Green Day’s American Idiot

Make sure you catch Green Day’s American Idiot at Reading’s Hexagon this week

Reading beer & cider festival

We’re here for the beer and much, much more at Reading Beer & Cider Festival 

Marathon in May

Can you take on PACT’s Marathon in May challenge? 

Avenue Q

An irresistibly charming tale of the loveable characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues comes to the Reading Hexagon this week.

Floral feast

The blooming marvellous Chelsea Flower Show is a true horticultural highlight

April flowers

I absolutely love this time of year. The countryside is awash with daffodils, tulips are starting to flower and glorious summer days in the garden really are just around the corner.

Craft beer & music festival

Craft beer makers are brewing up a treat at Reading’s South Street Arts Centre

Seesaw success

After 78,871 bounces, Richard March and Michael Jones beat the non-stop seesaw record having gone up and down for 80 hours, 10 minutes and six seconds.

Green party: April recipes

Ahead of Alresford Watercress Festival on Sunday, 19th May, The Watercress Company has teamed up with chef Keri Astill Frew to share some recipes…

We Love Golf

The We Love Golf campaign is encouraging more women to take part in the game and enjoy the social side too

Street parties

Don’t miss out on your chance to party in Reading

Wildlife survey

People’s Trust for Endangered Species needs your help to record Britain’s ‘big five’

Male cancer awareness week

The eleventh Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week, from 8th 14th April, encourages all men to check their “bits”

Seesaw record

Seesaw record bid promises more ups and downs than Brexit

Doctor Who at Escape Hunt

Worlds Collide, the new Doctor Who escape room in Reading, proves challenging for Cherry Butler.

Oar-some day

Enjoy an oar-some day out at the University Boat Race

Mums in business

Mums in business come together – with their children – to network

Big pedal

Don’t be surprised if on your way to work or school this morning you see many more children than usual on their bikes, scooters or just walking. 

Cycle Safely

More and more of us are cycling, but are you wearing a helmet? A Reading-based charity is encouraging everyone to Cycle-Smart.

Get away!

Fancy a night away? Refresh yourself (and perhaps your plus one) with an overnight break right here in the UK, writes Liz Nicholls.

And they’re off…

The next couple of months are a great time to enjoy a day at the races

Thames Valley: Easter egg-stravaganza

Shell out on some family fun at these cracking Easter egg hunts.

The Rose of Hungerford

Hop aboard The Rose of Hungerford and enjoy a trip along the canal

Pancake Day!

Our easy to make pancake recipe!

Life of pie: March recipes

Ahead of British Pie Week, 2nd to 8th March, The Hairy Bikers share their pie recipes…

Green sale trail

Looking for a handy way to get rid of your unwanted goods easily? Join the first Green Ticket Trail in Caversham

The search for King Henry I

Reading Borough Council needs volunteers to take on role of costumed historical characters

Henley House & Garden Show

Looking for some inspiration for your home and garden, the head to the Henley House & Garden Show at the weekend. 

Talking Point: Julia Donaldson

Multi award-winning author Julia Donaldson tells us about seeing her work adapted for the stage as Zog goes on tour across the UK this month

RHS:Dig For Victory

Share photographs of Second World War vegetable plots with the RHS Dig for Victory campaign

Newbury Civic Awards

It’s time to nominate who you think deserves to win a Newbury Town Council Civic Award 2019

Let’s Sing: The Hexagon

Choirs to battle it out for Mayor of Reading’s Let’s Sing 2019.

Thames Valley Hospitality Awards

Nominate your favourites for 2019 Thames Valley Hospitality Awards

Birthday HuMP: Hurst Morris People

Help Hurst Morris People (HuMP) celebrate their 30th birthday with a barn dance on Saturday, 2nd March and more…

Over the moon: astronomy

Tony Hersh of Newbury Astronomy Society explains more about what we can see in the skies above us this month.

Spice of life: local foodie’s book

Pangbourne foodie Balwinder Kapila explains more about her new book A Pinch Of Spice.

A show stopper!

Scouts and Guides stage fun-packed gang show at South Hill Park.

No strings! Pinocchio in Henley

Immersion Theatre return to Kenton Theatre this month with a new musical version of The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio. Peter Anderson finds out more.

Hancock highlight

Tony Hancock and co will be brought to life at South Hill Park this month thanks to the Apollo Theatre Company, writes Peter Anderson

Older & wiser: a care-giving career

With our rapidly ageing society, the demand for elderly care at home increases and good care-givers are in high demand…

AniMalcolm magic! Family theatre

Join animal-hating Malcolm on his trip to a farm and see how life changes at Wycombe Swan on Sunday, 17th February.

Restless Minds: Ward Thomas

Ward Thomas – AKA 24-year-old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy who went to school near Cranleigh – tell us about their influences ahead of their gig this month.

Dog & Duck: twist on tradition

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Talking Point: Nigel Havers

Liz Nicholls chats to actor, dad, and all-round charming man Nigel Havers, 67, who is set to star in ART at Richmond Theatre.

Chinese Whispers: February recipes

Ahead of Chinese New Year on Tuesday, 5th February (the Year of the Pig), local star Ching He Huang shares her wisdom…

Bowie & beyond

Liz Nicholls chats to Woody Woodmansey ahead of the Holy Holy show this month…

BEAT cancer…

A Woking couple have launched a “BEAT” awareness campaign for ovarian cancer.

Rock solid: megaliths

Andy Burnham offers his guide to some of the best megalithic sites here in South East England which you can visit.

Party popper! Abigail’s Party in Woking

Jodie Prenger leads the cast in Abigail’s Party, Mike Leigh’s ground-breaking play at Woking’s New Victoria Theatre from Monday, 25th February, to Saturday, 2nd March.

Grape expectations: Albury Vineyard

Enjoy a wine time at Albury Vineyard and take a bit of the vine home with you.

Adult care guide: Winter 2019

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Later life can be full of fun & mental stimulation. In February we focus on adult care and our moving interview with Sir Jackie Stewart as well as initiatives from silverswans

Mixing it up! Improv comedy

Expect to be involved in the show in the latest improv offering from The Noise Next Door.

Chocalicious! Woking festival

Now the festive season is a memory, cheer-up treats are needed and what could be better than The Fantastical Chocolate Festival in Woking?

Purls of wisdom: unravel knitting festival

Farnham Maltings will once again host unravel… a festival of knitting, between Friday, 22nd and Sunday, 24th February.

Q&A with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody

Snow Patrol’s frontman Gary Lightbody chats about his recent move to L.A. and what goes into their shows.

Underwater wonders

Journey deep into the ocean with Blue Planet II – Live in Concert – a feast for your eyes and ears…

Only the be-gin-ning

Two favourite worlds of beauty and booze combine to create Collagin.

Mind the gap: Goring boat club

Goring Gap Boat Club is offering new opportunities for those who want to row their own sculls on this beautiful, quiet stretch of the Thames.

Bracknell ice skating stars

Congratulations to three talented young couples from Bracknell Ice Skating Club who have done so well in the British Figure Skating Championships.

Hungerford heroine: historical novelist Iris Lloyd

Iris Lloyd explains more about her “now or never” approach to writing, having written her first novel at the age of 70 and just published her latest.

Wassailing: Pagan roots

Wassailing is an ancient English custom designed to ensure a plentiful crop in the spring and nowadays the chance to drink cider too; join in at Lily Hill Park.

Sentimental journey: Twyford singers in France

Twyford Twinning has celebrated its very first project with its new ‘sibling’, the town of Cuincy in northern France.

Murder mystery event in Goring

Use your “little grey cells” to help solve a double murder at Goring Village Hall.

Concert: Violin virtuoso

Former Young Musician of the Year Jennifer Pike will be playing the piece that won her the title when she appears at Marlborough College.

Literature lovers: events in Wokingham

Janet Ferguson explains why you should join Wokingham Literary Society and some of the highlights to tempt you this month.

Relationships: Going it alone

A woman who found new strength after her marriage breakdown a year ago is urging others facing post-split up pain to make a New Year’s Resolution for change.

Education guide: Winter 2019

School days are the happiest days of your life, right? Check out our education guide and find out how you can make them really top class.

Saving Sumatran orangutans

Lucy Radford of Abingdon charity Sumatran Orangutan Society explains more about the plight of and how to help this majestic endangered creature.

Dancing: Witness the fitness

Strictly star Ian Waite’s life was changed by the joy of dance and you can channel the same benefits thanks to FitSteps…

Cocklebarrow Races

Celebrities galore and a great day out!

Talking Point: Alice’s adventures

We chat to academic, writer and broadcaster Alice Roberts ahead of her tour Digging for Britain

Marlow Archaeology Society

Marlow Archaeology Society unearths the secrets of Reading Abbey.

Best of British: Political cartoons

Liz Nicholls reflects on a tumultuous year in world politics, thanks to Tim Benson and the talented cartoonists who have depicted 2018 in satirical pictures…

Vegan virtues: January recipes

Star chef Dipna Anand shares some Punjabi-inspired vegan recipes to warm the cockles as we enter a new year

Gardening: Veggie patch

Another year beginning and I can’t think of a better task than to sit in front of a roaring fire scanning the new seed catalogues! I am often asked what veg can I grow NOW?

Hal Cruttenden: Middle ground

One of Britain’s top comedians, Hal Cruttenden brings his stand-up show to Maidenhead’s Norden Farm this month.

Blackbeard’s Treasure at Escape Hunt

Cherry Butler ends up all at sea in Reading’s newest escape room, Blackbeard’s Treasure at Escape Hunt.

Wishes in the Wind

Wishes in the Wind, A Christmas story by Chris Meredith

Show you care this Christmas

On Monday, St Christopher’s Fellowship launched its Christmas fundraising appeal. They’re raising £20,000 to help make sure children in care and young care leavers don’t feel lonely this Christmas.

Self-care: granny knows best

How do dadimas aka grandmothers self-care?

Allelujah all! Christmas concert in Bracknell

Music-lovers can enjoy the dulcet tones of Thames Voyces at their annual visit to St Joseph’s Church in the centre of Bracknell at 7.30pm on Saturday, 15th December

Fountain of folk: music in Marlborough

St Agnes Fountain are about to embark on their 18th sell-out Christmas tour and tell us why you should catch them in Marlborough on Friday, 14th December.

Shining example: Twyford Christmas Tree Festival

Between Thursday, 6th and Sunday, 9th December everyone’s invited to the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s Church in Twyford.

Broadway beauty: Guys & Dolls

The Mill at Sonning’s Christmas musical this year could almost be described as a Fairytale of New York, writes Peter Anderson.

Santa by train!

Why not enjoy a magical journey on the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway through the south Oxfordshire countryside and visit Santa in his grotto?

Winters tale: folk music in Oxford

Make a date to see contemporary folk singer-songwriter Emily Mae Winters perform on Saturday, 8th December, with Holywell Music & Folk.

Story lines: Anton du Beke

Anton du Beke chats to Peter Anderson about writing his new novel One Enchanted Evening ahead of another UK-wide dance tour with Erin Boag in January.

Mr Tumble talks to us

Peter Anderson chats to children’s TV star Justin Fletcher MBE, 48, ahead of another star turn delighting families as we hit pantomime season.

Peace offerings: Christmas recipes

Here are some indulgent yet wholesome and uncomplicated recipe ideas to help keep us grounded throughout this mad month.

Clowning around: Cheltenham panto star

Peter Anderson chats to Alan Digweed, AKA Tweedy The Clown, ahead of his star turn in Aladdin at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre.

Where’s Santa?

Father Christmas is very busy this month finding out who’s been naughty or nice! 
Here’s where you can catch him.

Fairytales & fun: panto

Your local theatres have a stockingful of pantomimes to delight family audiences. Liz Nicholls rounds up some star-studded highlights to enjoy at a theatre near you this winter…

Craig Revel Horwood: Strictly panto star

Interview with Craig Revel Horwood, Strictly pantomime star.

No Tourists

The Prodigy brought their No Tourists tour to London’s Ally Pally on Wednesday night as part of their European live tour

Katie Melua Guildford & London shows

Katie Melua tells us about her latest tour, what she’s learnt in her 15-year career, and why her grandad is still her biggest fan.

Mendelssohn & more

Langtree Sinfonia’s autumn concert takes …

A cut above: best Christmas roasts

Turkey is a traditional favourite but there are so many choices of meat when it comes to the festive table, and many excellent local producers.

Let’s get crafty!

Happy half term everyone! How’s …

Coast vs Country

We chat to Scottish and Oxford-based television presenter of Coast vs Country

Will Greenwood: nice try

With the autumn rugby internationals on the horizon, we chat to rugby legend and father Will Greenwood.

A print success story

Round & About Magazine expands in to its ninth county as the family business continues to fly the flag for print publishing

Squirrel Sisters: nutty and nice

We talk to Fulhamites Gracie and Sophie – aka Squirrel Sisters – about their mission to bring their vegan snack bar start-up to the masses

Winter aches & pains?

find effective natural relief for joint and muscle inflammation this winter

GINspiration

Gin is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, with a wealth of interesting spirits produced right here on our doorstep.

Thick & thin: hair loss tips

Jamie Stevens, hairdresser to the stars including Hugh Grant and Olly Murs, talks frankly about the sensitive topic of balding – and how to combat it

Lucky Neem Cocktail Recipe

Gin-lovers! Check out this Lucky Neem cocktail recipe courtesy of Kricket in White City, London

The Winter Prune

It is a challenge to identify the plants, know how they are pruned and then carry it out. Cathie has some advice for those brave enough to venture out!

Cosy cravings

In the heart of winter sometimes we crave informal, uncomplicated, wholesome food. These recipes will provide comfort and nourishment through the festive period.

Warming wonders

October to me is all about wholesome, nutritious, heart-warming, health-giving food.

Joanna Lumley: me time

Actress, activist and mum Joanna Lumley, 72, talks tigers, tickets and taking life in her stride as she embarks upon her solo UK tour It’s All About Me.

Eyes on the tiger

Liz Nicholls chats to Simon Clinton, founder of Save Wild Tigers

Smiles all round

Heathfield School in Ascot proves its ‘Excellent’ rating by Independent Schools Inspectorate this year, when every student exceeded their GCSE prediction

Rick Astley: Rick & Roll

Liz Nicholls chats to singer-songwriter and dad Rick Astley, 52, about making his new album and having the best of both worlds

Young minds

Kevin Leivers of The Naked Pharmacy explains how parents can help boost children’s mental health to cope with their learning journey at school

Michaelmas daisies

Fill your garden with these beautiful Michaelmas Daisies flowers, says Cathie’s Garden Army, and have beautiful blooms in Autumn

Turning point

September signifies a change of the seasons, woodland walks and cosy evenings in. These following recipes should provide comfort & nourishment

Shining spa

Michelle Miley checks into Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa, near Newbury to have a romantic time with her husband, before their baby arrives.

Make believe

Susannah Steel traverses rooftops and rainforests with prize-winning author Katherine Rundell to explore children’s literature and her inspiration

Key Player

Impressionist Alistair McGowan will show audiences a different side of himself this month. He chats to Peter Anderson ahead of his Maidenhead piano show

Colourful Capers

The colourful comic book world of 1930s America lands in Windsor next month as Le Navet Bete bring Dick Tracy to the stage in their own style, writes Peter Anderson

All aboard for charity

Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) is working hard to ensure charitable organisations get support, just like Wokingham Me2 Club

Making merry with Robin Hood

Join Robin Hood and his friends from Sherwood Forest this month in The Savill Garden, Englefield Green, thanks to an outdoor special from Chapterhouse Theatre Company

Claim to FAME!

The 30th anniversary tour of Fame The Musical comes to Reading’s The Hexagon. We catch up with soap star Jorgie Porter, of Hollyoaks fame, ahead of her performance.

Grill-seekers!

Summer is here which means al fresco aplenty and Katie Kingsley has rustled up some delicious ideas to enjoy on the side!

Drink quench marks

Our beautiful part of the world is full of fantastic food & drink producers. We uncork some of our favourites to enjoy this summer…

Summer favourites from Paul Clerehugh

We chat to Paul Clerehugh, the star chef of The Crooked Billet and London Street Brasserie about his summer favourites…

Hooked on Peter Pan

Journey to Neverland thanks to an open-air musical production of Peter Pan by the Immersion Theatre team, writes Peter Anderson

Summer favourites from Atul Kochhar

We asked Atul Kochhar the twice Michelin-starred chef, and owner of Benares in London, Sindhu in Marlow and many other restaurants, about his summer favourites

Alex James: feast of fun

Liz Nicholls chats to musician, cheese maker and dad Alex James, 49, ahead of The Big Feastival which takes place 24th-26th August, in the Cotswolds

Beauty & The Beach

Beauty and the beach …or wherever you happen to be over the summer. Here are our picks

Seeing red

Tony Hersh of Newbury Astronomy Group explains more about what we can see in the skies above us this month, including the red moon

Music & more marvels

Family-friendly Marvellous festival at Dinton Pastures Country Park over the weekend of 21st & 22nd July promises tribute acts galore and lots more!

Homegrown heroes

Henley Symphony Orchestra will take centre stage on Saturday, 14th July, at the Henley Festival which Round & About is proud to sponsor this year

Imaginative arts

Make a date to visit Basildon Park this month to enjoy a spectacular exhibition.

Meat and greet

Ever since he was in his early teens Christian Alba knew that he wanted to be a butcher. Jonathan Lovett finds out more about the butcher boy who has realised his dream

How toxic is your world?

You’re in control: You can dramatically reduce the total toxic load you are under by making sensible lifestyle choices

Birth & beyond

Following the success of The Nature of Forgetting, Theatre Re bring Birth – their latest work in progress – to the Wilde Theatre in Bracknell, writes Peter Anderson

Much ado outdoors

The Bard’s play from the 16th century, set in the 20th century and acted in medieval ruins

True colours

Kev Munday’s positive, vibrant artwork inspired by people-watching and the everyday will be unveiled at Reading’s Oracle as part of Reading Fringe Benefits, 24th-29th July

Plots for Pollinators

Alan Titchmarsh is calling on all gardeners to unite to create a refuge for struggling butterflies, moths and other pollinators this summer. Join us in your garden – and online.

Hardy Hibiscus

It might come as a bit of a surprise that there is such a thing in this country! Not to be confused with those bright red ones often seen on holiday…

Spoilt for choice

We’re spoilt for choice with fantastic British seasonal produce and cooking light, speedy food is key to feeling good, inside and out! Recipes created by Katie Kingsley.

Live & Direct

Historian, broadcaster and TV presenter Dan Snow tells us more about his upcoming History Guy tour…

On the line

Liz Nicholls chats to Dame Esther Rantzen, 78, patron of Silverline and Childline, about life, loneliness and love

Flying high with Alice Marshall

Peter Anderson chats to Alice Marshall, winner of the Brighton Fringe Best Comedy Award ahead of her shows this month.

Level best

Jonathan Lovett chats to Mark Chadwick of seminal band The Levellers ahead of their tour which takes in the Thames Valley this month

Stomach acid is crucial for health

You’re in control: If you suspect that you might have suboptimal levels of stomach acid, the following actions may well help

Heart to heart

Rufus Wainwright, musician, dad and all-round superstar, chats to Rachel Wakefield ahead of his UK & world tour

Good truck

Liz Nicholls chats to musician and dad Gaz Coombes, 42, whose acclaimed new album World’s Strongest Man is out now and appears at Truck festival in Steventon this month

The June Gap

June is a funny time of year in the garden when the spring bulbs have all finished but summer perennials are not yet out fully

Essence of Summer

Katie Kingsley serves up some quick and easy dishes which you can (hopefully) enjoy al fresco.

By Royal Approval

Anne Denholm, Official Harpist to HRH Prince of Wales will perform one of Mozart’s most popular works for Grayshott Concerts on Friday, 15th June.

Home with Gareth Malone

We chat to Gareth Malone, whose favourite hobbies are singing – and would happily sing ‘Yesterday’ everyday – and unwinds by ice skating!

Elegant Equine

The Royal Horse Show celebrates 75 years at Windsor Castle, writes Rachel Wakefield

Is a vegan diet healthy?

You’re in control: Mark’s view on veganism

Rotten luck

Liz Nicholls chats to Johnny Rotten, AKA John Lydon, 62, ahead of The Public Image Is Rotten Summer Tour of Europe and Japan, marking Public Image Ltd’s 40th anniversary

Lilacs in May

At last spring is here; no more snow, dark evenings and frost… hopefully! And then there are the lilacs which are synonymous with this time of year

Watercress to Impress

If you are lacking inspiration then I hope these simple but effective recipes from Katie Kingsley will motivate you to acquaint it with your dining table. This mysterious vegetable is known to harbour powers beyond tantalising taste buds. Whether it be a cure for baldness, mental stimulant or aphrodisiac you are after, surely failing to make the most of it this season would be reckless!

Fortitude

Host of Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack, Angela Barnes is touring her show. Peter Anderson chats to her.

Great expectations

Youngsters – of all ages, from tots to teens – can enjoy a taste of wildlife and the countryside thanks to volunteers helping with events in Windsor Great Park, writes Peter Anderson

Have you tried a TFKC?

Malaysian, Portuguese and a sprinkling of London sophistication is what inspires the cusine created by husband and wife team Test Kitchen Food, writes Rachel Wakefield

Free Spirit

Her Majesty chose The Free Spirit Horse Memorial Project as a partner for this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show, writes Rachel Wakefield

Gluten-related disorders

You’re in control: Coeliac disease is not the only significant gluten-related disorder

Shared experience

Liz Nicholls chats to broadcaster and campaigner Jonathan Dimbleby, and his charity Dimbleby Cancer Care

Organic lawn care

April is an excellent time to turn our attention to the lawn, but organically?

Edible Eden

The garden looks abundant again! Katie Kingsley brings us these recipes that are all fresh, feel-good and perfect for entertaining over the Easter holiday.

Hardeep and meaningful

Peter Anderson catches up with Hardeep Singh Kohli ahead of his Alternative, Fact stand-up show which lands at Bordon’s Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre

Fighting Talk

Comedian Lucy Porter brings her smash-hit Edinburgh Fringe show Choose Your Battles to various venues near you this month. Peter Anderson catches up with her…

Food is the most powerful medicine

You’re in control: Food is the most powerful medicine known to humankind

Mulch in March

Mulching is an important part of garden maintenance; there are many types and many good reasons to undertake this now

Home truths

Liz Nicholls chats to Barry “Baz” Warne of The Stranglers

Bright Ideas

As winter rolls into spring, hunger strikes as our animal instinct is to fuel up. Our stomachs hanker for warm and comforting, yet nourishing food. Recipes from Katie Kingsley.

Winter Fuel

As the chill of winter …

Irises in February?

Would it surprise you to learn irises can flower for most of the year and there’s one for almost every situation in your garden?

Paloma power

We chat to musician Paloma Faith, 36, whose new album The Architect (with the catchy single Crybaby) is out now and who will perform a UK tour next month…

Treating urinary tract infections (UTIs)

You’re in control: Mark Bennett on breaking the vicious cycle of urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Sinless Sensations

With all the good intentions …

Delightful Daphnes

At the garden centre, in January, look for Daphne, a scented alpine or shrub

Up swing

Liz Nicholls chats to ballroom dancer Anton du Beke, 51, who last year married and became dad to twins and has just released his swing album From The Top

Some problems with coeliac disease

You’re in control: Getting the right diagnosis

What Katie did next

Liz Nicholls chats to philanthropist, writer, TV presenter and former model Katie Piper

Comfort & Joy

December is crazy-busy for one …

The Christmas rose

At this time of the year I like to add a twist to the tradition of Christmas and the plants that have become synonymous with it

How to deal with uninvited gas

You’re in control: Treating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth

Digging deep

Peter Anderson chats to history buff and television star Sir Tony Robinson.

Hydrangea heaven

I have always loved hydrangeas but I fear they do have an antiquated reputation!

Garden composting

Most gardens have a compost heap – more often an eyesore than a thing of beauty

Leaky gut

You’re in control: Perhaps a ‘leaky gut’ is making you ill?

Feel the Byrne

Jonathan Lovett chats to comedian, actor, writer and dad of two Ed Byrne, 45, who has just embarked on his biggest ever tour to date, Spoiler Alert, following a sell-out success at this year’s Edinburgh Festival

Hearty Heaven

Katie Kingsley serves up some …

Warming Wizardry

As we don our slippers …

Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and energy production

You’re in control: Explaining more about chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and energy production

True Colours

Liz Nicholls chats to world-famous decorative painting expert and queen of chalk paint products, Annie Sloan, 69, who lives in Oxford.

Fruitful Pursuits

As August arrives, Katie Kingsley …

Full Floella

Liz Nicholls chats to Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE

Pruning raspberries

Cathie’s tips to ensure a bumper crop of fruit whatever the season

The gut and mental health

You’re in control: Mark explores the gut and mental health

Lost & Found

Liz Nicholls chats to actor and musician Martine McCutcheon

Sumptuous Summertime

As August arrives, Katie Kingsley …

Soul Food

Katie Kingsley serves up some thoroughly wholesome yet joyful goodies to make the most of your summer!

Jackson Live!

Liz Nicholls chats to singer, songwriter, guitarist and dad Tito Jackson

Flower Power

Liz Nicholls catches up with the nation’s favourite gardener Alan Titchmarsh who turns 67 this month and has written more than 50 books.

You bet

We catch up with singer-songwriter Olly Murs, about life and music after The X Factor

Happy as Larry

Liz Nicholls chats to actor, radio presenter, dad and star of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Larry Lamb

Formula 1

We chat to former motorsport engineer and Formula One team principal Ross Brawn OBE

Vine and dandy

Liz Nicholls talks to comedian Tim Vine

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