Top 5 things to do in Reading this week

1. Milking It -Museum of English Rural life

Come along to a one-of-a-kid night out at the Museum of English Rural Life with food, music and entertainment inspired by their dairying collection.

At Milking It, enjoy live music from Amber & The Professors, a pop-up cocktail bar from Milk, cheese tasting, butter making, a ‘cheesy’ silent disco, ice cream making science demos, a dairy object trail and much, much more. Part of British Science Week in Reading – don’t miss this truly unique event.

Details: Thursday 16th March at MERL from 7pm. Tickets are £4.

2. Reading Soup – International Women’s Day

Come and celebrate some amazing local organisations and at a night of music, drinks and soup at a very special edition of Reading Soup.

At Reading Soup, you pay for a bowl of soup for the night and hear local organisations pitch on why they should receive your money. The audience votes for their favourite and the proceeds from the night go towards the organisation. This week, enjoy music from Cat Brooks, local art on display and choose between ABC to Read, Berkshire Women’s Aid and Transforme Fitness Mindset Nutrition.

Details: Wednesday 15th March at St Laurence’s Church from 6.30pm. £5 for soup.

3. Manchester by the Sea – Reading Film Theatre

Fancy watching one of the winning films from this year’s Oscars? Come and see a screening of Manchester by the Sea at Reading Film Theatre this week.

In Manchester by the Sea, the life of a solitary Boston janitor is transformed when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew. The story of a working-class family living in a Massachusetts fishing village for generations, is a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.

Details: Thursday 16th March at Reading Film Theatre from 8pm. £5 for members, £8 for non-members.

4. BBC Introducing: Mellor/Slowlights/Minor Mountains – Purple Turtle

Our top music pick this week takes us to the Purple Turtle for their weekly free music night showcasing some of the best talent in and around Reading – BBC Introducing.

This week, one of the most hotly tipped bands in Reading – Mellor – will be taking over BBC Introducing and bringing their friends along. In addition to the headliners there will be the Minor Mountains who are making a name for themselves locally and Slowlights – 4-piece rockers from London who are touring across the UK at the moment.

Details: Wednesday 15th March at the Purple Turtle from 8pm. Free!

5. Beer Friday – South Street

Next month will see South Street Arts Centre and the Grumpy Goat team up for a music and craft beer festival – come along to the preview this Friday.

Come and enjoy some amazing, unique beers from The Grumpy Goat at South Street’s newly refurbished bar. A great way to unwind at the end of the week and kick start the weekend.

Details: Friday 17th March at South Street from 5pm. Free!

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