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Sing for Fun Community Choir *CANCELLED* | 14 December 19:00

*Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances this performance has been cancelled. All tickets will be refunded in full, please contact the venue at which you booked: Shaw House 01635 279 279 Corn...

A Brief History of Christmas | 17 December 19:30

600 years of musical history in 90 minutes! Acclaimed musicians GreenMatthews (with special guest Jude Rees of Pilgrims’ Way) present a festive romp through 600 years of Christmas music, songs...

Old Christmas Return’d! | 20 December 19:30

Seasonal Tudor Music and Songs We welcome Piva back to Shaw House where they will be performing a wide range of authentic period instruments such as shawms, cornett and recorders,...

Touch to See | 14 January 10:30

The Corn Exchange hosts a monthly get-together for blind and visually impaired residents of West Berkshire. Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am–12pm at...

Blaze’s Buddies | 07 February 11:00

Come and meet Blaze, the museum dragon, and join in with an action poem, story, simple craft, treasure hunt and sing-a-long! Held in the museum’s comfortable and child-friendly learning space,...

Concert: Cloaked in Secrecy | 10 February 14:00

Subterfuge, scandals, and seafaring shenanigans Award winning early music ensemble Charivari Agréable return to Shaw House with their new programme of words and music to commemorate the 400th anniversary of...

Touch to See | 11 February 10:30

The Corn Exchange hosts a monthly get-together for blind and visually impaired residents of West Berkshire. Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am–12pm at...

3 Little Pig Tails – Puppet Theatre | 18 February 14:00

A grumpy old wolf is a chef who wants some pigs' tails for his soup. Will the little pigs outwit the wolf and what kind of house will they build?...

Family Activity Day | 20 February 10:00

Beautiful birds Using porcelain pens, decorate a ceramic bird. A new house trail will also be available. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No need...

Family Art Workshop – Fascinating Fossils | 21 February 10:00

Get hands-on with some of the museum’s fossil collection while the Armadillo Art Experience teach you how to draw, colour and paint your own fun versions of how they look...

Messy Museum Day | 22 February 10:00

Fabulous fossils  Make your own fossil from a replica mini-beast using clay, Plaster of Paris and foil. While waiting for the fossil to set, why not visit the museum galleries...

Blaze’s Buddies | 07 March 11:00

Come and meet Blaze, the museum dragon, and join in with an action poem, story, simple craft, treasure hunt and sing-a-long! Held in the museum’s comfortable and child-friendly learning space,...

Civil War at Shaw House | 09 March 11:00

Immerse yourself in history with a day out in the 17th Century with The Earl Rivers Regiment Muster (Members of The Sealed Knot). Discover what life was like for those...

Touch to See | 11 March 10:30

The Corn Exchange hosts a monthly get-together for blind and visually impaired residents of West Berkshire. Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am–12pm at...

Family Activity Day: Wild about Plants | 10 April 10:00

Come along for this fun-packed drop-in session and learn about the importance of planting wildflowers.  You’ll get the opportunity to decorate a plant pot in the Great Hall before going...

Microscopic Signs of Spring | 12 April 10:00

What can you see under the microscope? Local Wildlife Trust expert Martin Woolner will be on hand with microscopes and an array of remarkable mini-beasts and plants to view up-close....

Crazy Craft Day: Delightful decorations | 12 April 10:00

There will be at least three crafts to choose from (while stocks last).  You can pick the craft you wish to do and complete it using the craft materials available....

Family Activity Day: Floral Fun | 17 April 10:00

Make a fridge magnet and note holder in the shape of a daffodil or other Spring flower, using Deco pens, felt, foam sheets and other craft materials. There will be...

Crazy Craft Day: Dress to impress | 18 April 10:00

There will be at least three crafts to choose from (while stocks last).  You can pick the craft you wish to do and complete it using the craft materials available....

Shaw House Open Days | 26 May 11:00

Join us for the Shaw House Open Days where you will have the opportunity to access many areas of the House which are not normally open to the public, including...

Family Activity Day: Happy Hedgehogs | 29 May 10:00

Make a multi-coloured model 3D hedgehog using a polystyrene shape for the body, wooden sticks for the prickles and Deco pens to make him or her colourful.  Dress for mess!...

Family Art Workshop: Roundheads & Cavaliers | 30 May 10:00

Get a closer look at some of 17th century objects from the museum’s Civil War collection and learn to draw them with the Armadillo Art Experience, along with famous people...

Family Activity Day: Fly your flag! | 31 May 10:00

Design and make a colour inspired by the Civil War flags carried by roundhead and cavalier regiments, using calico, fabric crayons, a stick and other materials.  This year marks the...

Talk: Bats at the Museum | 31 May 21:00

A talk and walk by local bat expert James Shipman about the life of these amazing creatures. Did you know bats can live for up to 30 years? James explains...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Outdoor Theatre | 30 July 19:00

Multi-award nominated Immersion Theatre are thrilled to present the most magical and romantic comedy of them all, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Set in Great Britain just before the start of...

Family Activity Day: Leaping Frogs | 31 July 10:00

Make and decorate a frog with dangly legs – a fantastic decoration to hang at home. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No need to...

Messy Museum Days: Beautiful Brooches | 02 August 10:00

Make a Saxon saucer brooch out of air-drying clay, gold paint, acrylic gems and a brooch pin.  Then go and see the saucer brooch in our permanent exhibition, and why...

Family Activity Day: Magnificent Mini-beasts | 07 August 10:00

Make a real or imaginary mini-beast in the Great Hall from 10am and then go outside for a wildlife safari of the gardens with your local Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) from...

Messy Museum Days: Marvellous Mosaics | 09 August 10:00

Make a Roman mosaic coaster with tiles and grout. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No need to book, drop in. Dress for mess!  Disposable...

Alice in Wonderland – Outdoor Theatre | 12 August 18:00

Follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure like no other and meet a host of outlandish characters including the troublesome twins, Tweedle...

Family Activity Day: Spinning Snakes | 14 August 10:00

Make a spinning snake hanging decoration and decorate with acrylic gems, sequins and other craft materials. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No need to...

Messy Museum Days: Wonderful Walls | 16 August 10:00

Make a Roman wall painting by creating a wall (tile) from air-drying clay and then applying the acrylic paints to the damp clay. For 4-11 year olds but younger and...

Family Activity Day: Animals Rock! | 21 August 10:00

Paint a large pebble with your favourite real or imaginary animal in the Great Hall from 10am and then go outside for a wildlife safari of the gardens with your...

Messy Museum Days: Spectacular Scarabs | 23 August 10:00

Make a model 3D scarab beetle out of polystyrene shapes, card, Deco pens and metallic paint. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No need to...

Family Activity Day: Wise Owls | 28 August 10:00

Make an owl mask out of card, feathers and any of the other craft materials available. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No need to...

Messy Museum Days: Perfectly Potty | 30 August 10:00

Make a prehistoric pot from air-drying clay, using real and replica ones as inspiration. You’ll use Stone Age-inspired tools such as twigs and feathers to make patterns on your pot....

Talk: Bats at the Museum | 30 August 20:00

A talk and walk by local bat expert James Shipman about the life of these amazing creatures. Did you know bats can live for up to 30 years? James explains...

Heritage Open Days | 14 September 10:00

Heritage Open Days is England's biggest heritage festival. It celebrates our fantastic history, architecture and culture; offering people the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences - all...