Ascot

Castle to Coast tips

Top tips for the Castle to Coast challenge 

Wisley garden

Make the most of the longer evenings at RHS Garden Wisley

Picnic Month

Celebrate National Picnic Month and dine al fresco 

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!

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

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.

10 top hotels in Devon

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

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

Gardening: Abundance of colour

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

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.

Henley Arts Trail

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

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? 

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

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”

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

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. 

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

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…

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

Thames Valley Hospitality Awards

Nominate your favourites for 2019 Thames Valley Hospitality Awards

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.

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…

Rock solid: megaliths

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

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

Make believe

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

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

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…

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

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

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.

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

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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