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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.

Win! Ching-He Huang cookbook and wok

Win! A copy of Ching-He Huang’s Stir Crazy cookbook and a scratch-proof Lotus wok

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.

Walk this way across Wiltshire

The long-awaited Wiltshire Landscape Walking Challenge encourages us all to enjoy a new series of 12 walks from the National Trust

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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