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What’s on this weekend in Berkshire for families: 18 & 19 November 2017

What’s on this weekend in Berkshire for families: 18 & 19 November 2017

The weather’s getting crisper and the days are getting shorter, but the weekends are just as action packed as ever. Here are the Little Ankle Biters top picks for what’s on this weekend for families in Berkshire.


The Borrowers Christmas 2017, The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Thursday 16 November – Sunday 31 December 2017

Quick, clever and only four inches tall, The Borrowers live happily under the floorboards of a huge house. Bold young Arrietty dreams of exploring the big blue-skied world above their cosy home. But when she finally does, she’s spotted by a frightening ‘human bean’ and The Borrowers are thrown into peril. Will the tiny family escape before it’s too late? And are they ready for their greatest adventure yet?

A big-hearted adventure story full of magical live music, book tickets now to join us for an action-packed Christmas treat! Click here for more information and to book your tickets for this weekend.

Suitable for children aged 4+ and their larger ‘human beans’.

The Borrowers Christmas Tea

For hungry adventurers with rumbling tummies, complete your visit with a tasty themed tea after the show. Available after all matinée performances during The Borrowers for £6.50. Find out more here.

The Carnival of the Animals: Lantern Making Workshop – Norden Farm, Maidenhead

Get ready to join the parade! This is a workshop for children and parents to weave and decorate willow to create lanterns inspired by the animal world. Workshops take place on Sunday 19 November at Norden Farm in Maidenhead. Lanterns created at these family workshops will be illuminated at Norden Farm’s annual Lantern Parade on Saturday 9 December. Suitable for all ages and all the family. £4 per person. (Please note a space must be booked for every person attending the workshop – including supervising adults).

For more information, click here.

Windsor Christmas Lights &/ Lantern Parade

Saturday 18 November 2017

With the majestic Windsor Castle as the backdrop and a live programme of entertainment throughout the afternoon this is an event not to be missed. There will be a children’s lantern procession, carol singing and food stalls all culminating in the switching on of the Christmas lights with the cast from Theatre Royal Windsor’s Panto – Sleeping Beauty. Entertainment starts from 3.30pm. The Windsor Castle wall will also feature the annual Christmas projections.

For more information, click here.

Bracknell Christmas Lights, The Lexicon

Saturday 18 November 2017

Christmas at The Lexicon will start on Saturday 18 November 2017, when the town centre will undergo a magical transformation as the Bracknell Christmas lights are switched-on. In keeping with The Lexicon’s celebration of the borough’s amazing forest and green spaces, the lights will feature fabulous mistletoe, ivy and holly highlighted by classical white lights.

The illumination starts this weekend in Princess Square at 5.30pm, when to the accompaniment of a choir from Garth Hill College, the Forest Snow Queen will wave her wand to activate the lights. She will then parade through the town centre, lighting-up the avenues and walks as she goes, finishing in Bond Square with the switch-on of The Lexicon’s Christmas tree lights. Bracknell & Wokingham Community Band will play festive carols and tunes, with everyone invited to join in with a Christmas sing-a-long, followed at 7.30pm by a festive performance from local choir, Vocalese. The excitement will build from 3.00pm as festive entertainers, local musicians and choirs will perform throughout The Lexicon, providing a magical Christmas atmosphere.

For more information, click here.

Slough Christmas Lights & Fireworks

Saturday 18 November 2017

Kick off the festive season with an afternoon of fun, fireworks, music and dancing at the Slough Christmas lights switch on event this weekend! And all for FREE! Singing and dancing galore will be taking place on stage from 1.00pm, plus giveaways, competitions and much more. Santa joins the fun on stage for the 5.00pm switch on, the sky lights up with fireworks and ‘snow’ tumbles through the air.

For more information, click here.

Reading Town Centre Christmas Afternoon

On Saturday 18 November, more than 450,000 magical lights and an eight metre tall bauble tree will be illuminated in Reading town centre during the afternoon. There will also be festive live music taking place in Broad Street for all the family to enjoy. The perfect set up for some early Christmas shopping, or a family mooch.

Paddington 2

Now showing at a cinema near you is Paddington 2.

Having settled into his new family life well, Paddington is trying to save for the perfect present for Aunt Lucy only to find that the gift gets stolen.

Why not take the kiddies down this weekend and escape the cold. Click here to find out more about cinemas in Berkshire and to book your tickets.

Windsor’s Rise from the Ashes – Family Saturdays at Windsor Castle

On Saturday 18 November, from 11.00am – 3.00pm, bring the children to Windsor Castle for November Family Saturdays.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the restoration of Windsor Castle after the great fire by taking part in our special art and craft activities for families. The activities are free with a standard entry ticket so you can enjoy the Castle at the same time.

For more information, click here.

Reindeer Hunt 2017, Newbury

The Newbury Reindeer Hunt 2017 takes place from 11 – 19 November 2017 in the town centre.

This weekend, follow the trail around Newbury Town Centre for your chance to win a ride in Santa’s sleigh at the parade on the 26 November. Forms will be available to download from from the 11 November 2017. Please post completed forms into the ballot boxes found at Marks and Spencer, The Kennet Centre and David Clulow opticians. Alternatively please email through to us:

For more information, click here.

Christmas Fayre and Fun Dog Show, Trindledown Farm, Great Shefford

19 November 2017

Come along to our annual Christmas Fayre where we will have lots of stalls selling a variety goods. We will be inviting outside stall holders to join us as well has having our own stalls raising money for the animals in our care. On offer will be decorations, festive food and drink, gifts for people and pets, and you can even write to Santa Paws!

We will also be holding a fun dog show along side. So bring along your four legged friend to take part. Classes include Merriest Mutt, Mr Clause, Mrs Clause, Re-Ho-Ho-Homed, Santa’s Seniors, Festive Fancy Dress.

For more information, click here.


Hang out with Santa in Berkshire

Here are the Santa experiences now open. For full details of where to see Santa in Berkshire this Christmas, click here.

Breakfast or Tea with Father Christmas – Wyevale Garden Centre

From 18 November – 24 December, Christmas will be descending on Wyevale Garden Centres across Berkshire. Bring your little ones along and enjoy a delicious, freshly-prepared breakfast or tea! The whole family meets Santa, children decorate a festive biscuit and then choose their very own present to take home. Available in Thatcham, Hungerford, Wokingham, Winnersh, Binfield, Reading, Windsor and Hare Hatch. For more information click here. 

There will also be a Santa’s Grotto for children to meet the main man and his helpers and take home a present. Limited centres only, click here for the list of locations.


We hope you found this post useful and have a great weekend. If you’re thinking ahead to Christmas, we have a whole section with posts on Panto, Christmas lights, meeting Santa, top gifts and more. Click here.


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