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What’s on this Weekend in Berkshire for Families: 23 & 24 December 2017

What’s on this Weekend in Berkshire for Families: 23 & 24 December 2017

It’s nearly here, Christmas Eve, my favourite day of the year. This weekend to help you and the kiddies get in to a festive mood, there’s absolutely loads going on in Berkshire for families. Here’s our guide to what’s on this weekend in Berkshire. Have an amazing one.


Windsor On Ice, Alexandra Gardens

Alexandra Gardens is once again home to Windsor On Ice (think ice rinks, rides, food & drink and live music), which runs from now until 7 January 2018. Tickets for skating can be booked online, and we have full info in our review including details on Santa and Tiny Tuesdays.

Click here to get the low down, and to buy your tickets now. Why not pop down this weekend!

Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas – The Reading Rep Theatre

Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 December 2017

Alby isn’t just any penguin. Alby is a very special penguin. Alby is a snow-white penguin… Cast off by his fellow penguins, Alby finds himself all alone at the South Pole. When he stumbles across Santa’s list of presents left behind in the snow, Alby realises that Christmas isn’t going to happen unless the list is reunited with its owner. But it’s going to take one very brave penguin to save the day…

Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas is an enchanting story full of music, puppetry and one very special penguin. The perfect festive treat for children aged 3 – 6 years and their families. The show runs from 16 – 24 December 2017, with showings at midday and 3.00pm everyday. Tickets are £9.00 each, or £25.00 for a family ticket. Show lasts 50 minutes with no interval.

Address: Reading Studio of Dramatic Art, Reading College, Kings Road, Reading, RG1 4HJ

For more information and to get your tickets, click here.

Peter Pan at The Hexagon, Reading

9 December 2017 – 7 January 2018

Come and join us on a magical journey as we fly away to Neverland this festive season with Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up. Returning due to overwhelming public demand, Cbeebie’s superstar Justin Fletcher will be joining in the fun and mayhem once again as Mr Smee and Paul Morse will be donning another array of fantastic frocks as Nanny McSmee. The Hexagon once again promise a panto full of adventure, with a stunning set, spectacular song and dance routines, a lot of traditional panto slapstick, and of course, a ticking crocodile! Tickets from £19.50.

Address: Queens Walk, Reading, RG1 7UA

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Miki, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

This Winter don’t miss the beautiful story of Miki. The theatre show will run from Tuesday 21 November – Saturday 30 December 2017, and you can book your tickets now.

Miki, Polar Bear and Penguin live in a very far away place. It’s an icy world where nothing ever grows. One midwinter eve, they make a wish and Miki embarks on a magical adventure in search of a star. Based on the book by Stephen Mackay, this is an inspiring story about friendship, courage and adventure. It features amazing underwater creatures, enchanting music and extraordinary puppetry.

The show is suitable for ages 3+ years, and ticket prices are from £11.50. For more information and to book your tickets now, click here.

Christmas at Windsor Castle

Saturday 23 December 2017

Why not pay a visit to Windsor Castle this weekend, following in the footsteps of Harry and Meghan!

Every Saturday in December, join us for fun festive activities for children as we make Christmas come to life with art and craft workshops. Children can make a beautiful decoration to hang on the Christmas tree or a colourful wreath to adorn the front door. Activities are included in standard admission price.

For more information, click here.

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.

Angel Academy Christmas Trail, Cliveden National Trust

This Christmas head to Cliveden, one of our favourite places for a crisp winters walk, to take the kiddies on the Angel Academy Christmas Trail from 2 December 2017.

“Every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings.”… but getting your wings is no easy task. You’re invited to Angel Academy, the place where angels train. Learn how to fly, perfect your magic and complete tasks in order to graduate. A fun festive Christmas trail for families.

The Trail costs £5.00 per child and is free for accompanying adults (usual admission to the estate applies). You can pick up your trail pack from the information centre by the main car park. The Christmas trail runs weekends in December and from Wednesday 20 December to Saturday 23 December, from 11.00am to 2.30pm. For more information, click here.

Bracknell Christmas Eve Wonderland

Sunday 24 December 2017

Let your kids burn off some energy before the big day at The Bounce Dept’s Inflatable Christmas Wonderland at Bracknell Leisure Centre! Dates also available after Christmas.

On Christmas Eve your children will enjoy use of around 15+ awesome inflatables, Inflatable Christmas decorations, Christmas music, a present for each child, fancy dress and more!!

Price on Christmas Eve = £9.50 per child for 1.5hrs – adults are free. These events Sold Out last year so don’t miss out… (This is a TICKET ONLY EVENT). For more information and to get your tickets, click here.

Aladdin at the Pearce Suite Theatre, Maidenhead

9 – 31 December 2017

Starring CBBC’s Nisha Anil as Princess Jasmin, this traditional family pantomime is full of side splitting comedy, stunning special effects & lavish costumes. Tickets from £16.50.

Address: Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Beauty and the Beast Pantomime at the Wilde Theatre, Bracknell

30 November 2017 – 3 January 2018

With the success of Cinderella still ringing in the air, we are pleased announce our 2017 pantomime Beauty and the Beast! The bright and beautiful Belle encounters an enchanted castle in which a Beast who has been struck with a curse hides. Despite her fears, she eventually befriends the castle’s magical staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognise the kind heart and soul of the prince who is trapped behind the hex.
Can the spell be broken? Is love stronger than magic? Tickets from £18.00.

Address: South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7PA

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime at The Theatre Royal, Windsor

29 November 2017 – 7 January 2018

Panto at The Theatre Royal is quintessentially English and set in a beautiful traditional theatre which will make you feel nostalgic from the moment you walk through the door. Starring DJ Mike Read, Basil Brush (boom, boom), Kevin Cruise and Steven Blakeney. The enchanting tale is a traditional family favourite and Windsor pantomime has a magnificent reputation as one of the best in all the land. Tickets from £17.00.

Address: Thames Street, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1PS

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Beauty and the Beast Pantomime at The Corn Exchange, Newbury

1 December 2017 – 7 January 2018

Will the Beast ever break the terrible curse that entraps him? Will love conquer all? And which pop star will pen the next big hit that’ll feature in this year’s pantomime extravaganza! Prepare for an action-packed tale full of songs, mischief and plenty of magic. Our ever-popular pantomime has become a fun-filled tradition for the families of Newbury and beyond. Tickets from £19.50.

Address: Market Place, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5BD

For more information and to book tickets, click here.


Hang out with Santa in Berkshire

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

Meet Santa with a Jubilee Boat Trip, Newbury

We’ll be cruising to ‘Greenham Land’ to find Santa! Children enjoy a Christmas story, singing, and plenty of time with Santa during the boat trip which lasts approximately 1 hour. The ticket price of £9.00 includes a good quality present from Santa for children; and the choice of mulled wine or hot drink and a mince pie for adults. Advance booking is essential and tickets will not be available on the day. Please dress warmly for this trip and don’t forget your Christmas hat!

Cost £9 (no concessions) and trips are at 10.00am, 12 noon and 2.00pm on Saturday 16, Sunday 17, Thursday 21, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December 2017.

For more information and to book your tickets click here.

Oaktree Garden Centre, Bracknell

Christmas at Oaktree Garden Centre near Bracknell is a very special time for all. Come and visit and see our amazing Christmas display, walk through the Christmas Wonderland, full of lit trees and Christmas scenes. Post your Christmas letter to Santa in our special post box and visit the Reindeer from 26th November till Christmas. There are various packages including grotto experience, breakfast and tea with Santa.

For more information and to book online click here.

A magical Christmas experience, 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park, Newbury

Follow our elves through a Magical Christmas trail and enjoy a story telling journey full of interactive scenes, characters and activities. It’s a 2 hour journey full of stories and surprises through our Christmas experience ending up with Santa and a gift for your child. Tickets are available from 18 November – 24 December.

For more information and to book online 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.

Lego Christmas at Legoland Windsor Resort

2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 – 24 December 2017

Wonder at the twinkling lights, snow dusted pine trees, exciting seasonal festivities and see the Park as you have never seen it before… all with a sprinkling of LEGO magic. Journey to the heart of the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort and discover a Christmas land with over 30 rides, shows and attractions. See Christmas come to life in Miniland, where guests can spot special LEGO additions to London and Scotland, including a Christmas market in Covent Garden, magical lighting and more. If you are very lucky, you will even spot LEGO Father Christmas delivering his gifts! Our elves will be looking for little helpers to help build LEGO gifts to take home and write letters to Father Christmas. The highlight of your day will be meeting Father Christmas in his magical grotto, where every child will receive a LEGO gift… just follow his trusted elves.

To find out more and book your tickets, click here.

Christmas Roller Skating and Tea with Santa, Bucklebury Farm

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Mondays between 1 – 23 December 2017

A fantastic festive evening including the chance to skate and enjoy tea with Santa. Suitable for children aged approximately 4 -10 years. £20 per child and one accompanying adult goes free. Activities include: Festive face painting on arrival for all children, feed the donkeys in the festive farm yard lit with sparkling fairy lights, create your own Christmas tree decoration in our creative craft yurt, get your (roller) skates on to join Santa on the rink, decorate ginger bread over hot chocolate with Mrs Claus, afternoon tea with Santa (menu includes pizza, sandwiches and cake, and wrap up for carol singing and a ride home on the ‘polar express’.

For more information click here.

Christmas Festival at Odds Farm

Daily from 25 November – 24 December, Christmas is back at Odds Farm, bigger, better and more magical than ever before! Present your Christmas Festival Pass and come and meet Father Christmas, before heading onto the Cuddly Creative Christmas Corner and finally onto the Elves’ Workshop to collect something extra special. Plus, enjoy Festive Entertainment, take part in fun Christmas-themed Arts & Crafts and train to become an Elf at the Elf Academy. Combined with plenty of Christmas Lambs to meet, there’s stacks of festive fun for the whole family.

To book your tickets now and find out more, click here.

South Hill Park Father Christmas’ Grotto, Bracknell

From 8 – 24 December, come and see Father Christmas in his comfy and cosy Grotto at South Hill Park. You can write him a letter in the Elves’ post office, make Christmas crafts with the Elves and, of course, meet Father Christmas himself during your very own personalised visit. Are you on his good list? You’ll get a present if you are. This unique Grotto experience will leave you feeling warm and festive, and is the perfect addition to a day at South Hill Park.

For more information click here.


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 Christmas gifts for children, and more. Click here.


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