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What’s on this Weekend in Berkshire for Families: 12 – 13 May 2018

What’s on this Weekend in Berkshire for Families: 12 – 13 May 2018

Here’s a handy guide to all the best, not-to-be-missed bits happening in Berkshire this weekend for families.

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Carters Steam Fair at Pinkneys Green, Maidenhead – Steam Spectacular!

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May 2018

Carters Steam Fair is coming home, so get yourselves down to Pinkneys Green in Maidenhead for all the fun of the fair this weekend. Plus this is the one time in the year that Carters run all the rides on steam-generated energy using showman’s engines. Running from 12 to 13 May 2018, Carters is an amazing experience run by a local family that’s been entertaining families in Berkshire for 40 years. And you won’t want to miss the free fireworks display which takes place at 9.00pm on Saturday 12 May, great for families with older children.

The fair is free to get in to, and the rides operate on a token basis. You can buy tokens on the day at the fair, or online here now. You’ll also find plenty to fill tummies with food and drink vans, candy floss and sweets and treats. The fair will be open from midday – 11.00pm Saturday, and midday – 9.00pm Sunday.

For more information, click here.

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell

Saturday 12 May 2018, 2.00pm

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet is the funny tale of a little dog with very big dreams. Based on the award-winning children’s book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, this fabulous feel-good show features music, songs, handcrafted puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog! Biff isn’t like other dogs. He doesn’t do dog stuff like weeing on lampposts, or scratching his fleas, or drinking out of the toilet. No, Biff likes moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog. He thinks he’s a ballerina!

Tickets are still available for this great children’s show at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell. The show is running on Saturday 12 May at 2.00pm and is suitable for children 3+ years. Running time approx. 55 minutes. Tickets are £12.00.

For more information and to book your tickets now, click here.

Reading Children’s Festival

12 May – 3 June 2018

This weekend kick starts 3 weeks of fun with Reading Children’s Festival. This year’s festival celebrates it’s 29th anniversary with events and activities for children all over the borough.

Saturday 12 May – Forbury Fiesta – Festivities will start on Saturday 12 May at Forbury Gardens with the Forbury Fiesta! This will run from 11.00am – 4.00pm and there’s a packed agenda throughout the day. Activities include; meet the dinosaur, storytime, circus workshops, entertainment, face painting, refreshments, arts and crafts, balloon modelling, and much more! This is free to attend but there will be a small charge for some of the activities.

Sunday 13 May – Spring Chickens – This will be a seasonal family fun day on the theme of poultry with music, games and activities. The day will include; meet the MERL chickens and their friends, speak to poultry keepers, live music, races and games, stories, trails and activities. Takes place at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading from 11.00am – 4.00pm.

For more information on Reading Children’s Festival, click here.

Family Saturdays – The Wedding Bells of Windsor, Windsor Castle

Saturday 12 May 2018, 11.00am – 4.00pm

This month’s family activities will be a celebration of royal weddings, past and present. Windsor Castle has been a beautiful backdrop to royal weddings over many centuries. Henry I was the first royal to marry here, almost 900 years ago! Bring the kiddies to the art workshop and create all the accessories they’ll need for their own royal wedding. Design a dazzling wedding tiara, ceremonial sword and much more. These activities are free with standard entry to Windsor Castle. To find out more on entry costs, click here. Also remember residents of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead with an Advantage Card can get free entry to the Castle.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Cox Green Village Fayre

Saturday 12 May 2018

Bring the family down to Brill Green on Saturday 12 May 2018, for the annual Cox Green Village Fayre in Maidenhead. There will be lots of fun for all ages and entry to the fayre is free, events will kick off at midday. You can expect;

  • Children’s pony rides
  • Popcorn, candyfloss and ice cream
  • The Spicy Chef serving family friendly food
  • Local stalls – tea, cakes and crafts
  • Children’s games
  • Face painting & temporary tattoos
  •  Wessex School Maypole Dancing
  • Cox Green School Jazz Orchestra
  • Raffle
  • Dali Ballooni – balloon sculpting
  • A medley of dance demonstrations
  • Maidenhead Rock Choir
  • A fire Engine, and more.

So bring the children down for this fun family event. For more information, click here.

Address: Brill Green, Cox Green Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire

The Little Mermaid Circus Show at Theatre Royal Windsor

Saturday 12 May 2018, 11.00am, 3.00pm & 7.00pm

The Little Mermaid brings spectacular circus and spellbinding songs which combine in this extraordinary new adaption from the award-winning Metta Theatre. With awe inspiring acrobatics and hauntingly beautiful original songs, this is a show for everyone.

Tickets are still available for Saturday 12 May, show times are 11.00am, 3.00pm and 7.00pm. Running time is 70 minutes, please note there’s no interval. Tickets are from £9.50. For more information and to book your tickets now, click here.

The Slime Show at The Lookout Discovery Centre, Bracknell

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May 2018

Can you really cut, bounce or stretch slime? All very repulsive! Shows run throughout the day on weekends and during Bracknell school holidays. Suitable for children aged 3+ years, who can sit still for half an hour. Shows cost £1.95 on top of your admission cost to the Lookout Discovery Centre. You don’t need to pre-book tickets for the shows, just book them on the day at reception. Plus you’ll get to enjoy all the exciting activities and hands-on science exhibitions at the centre.

For more information, click here.

The Chieveley Chase Children’s Race, Newbury

Saturday 12 May 2018, 9.30am

The Chieveley Chase is a stunningly beautiful 5.7 mile multi-terrain single lap race open to all over 16 years of age. The race will take place on Saturday 12 May, the children’s race starts at 9.30am and the adults at 10.30am. All proceeds in aid of Chieveley School PTA. There will be an ample supply of bacon butties available to all runners before and after the race. The course is also suitable for buggies and pushchairs.

For more information and to register, click here.

BCA Goes to Town, Maidenhead

Saturday 12 May 2018, 9.00am – 5.00pm

Berkshire College of Agriculture once again will be taking over Maidenhead High Street on Saturday 12 May 2018 from 9.00am – 5.00pm. Come and visit and get involved with have a go hands-on activities, demonstrations and find out more about your local college.

For more information, click here.

Best places to see Bluebells in Berkshire this Spring

Beautiful Bluebells have started to make an appearance across Berkshire, and we’ve pulled together a list of some of the best places to go for a walk with the kiddies and see these beautiful flowers at their best. Always check with the venue before travelling to ensure the bluebells have arrived!

For more information, click here.

Odeon Kids Club, Berkshire

Fancy snuggling up with the kiddies in the cinema with a tub of popcorn? It’s a great way to spend a weekend morning, and the Odeon make it even easier with their Kids Club. Fantastic films at a fraction of the usual price.

Odeon cinemas can be found in Maidenhead and Bracknell. Click here to check Kids Club films and to get your tickets.

Best Places for a Family Walk this Spring in Berkshire

We love nothing more than getting out in the fresh air with the kiddies and the pooch. The more muddy puddles the better. There are loads of amazing places to go for a family walk in Berkshire, and we’ve pulled together our favourites here for you. From the Long Walk, to the Kennet and Avon Canal, Berkshire is bursting with stunning places to be walked upon!

Click here to check out our suggestions for Berkshire, and just beyond.

Eating out with Children this Weekend – Family Friendly Restaurants in Berkshire

Fancy getting a bite to eat out and about this weekend? If you’re looking for a fantastic family friendly restaurant in Berkshire we’ve done a lot of research (tough job but we took one for the team), and you can check out our guide to eating out with kids in Berkshire, click here.


Fancy something a little further afield…

Marlow May Fayre 2018

Saturday 12 May 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Bring the family to Higginson Park in Marlow this weekend on Saturday 12 May from 10.00am – 5.00pm for the annual Marlow May Fayre. There will be fun for all ages, including; a BBQ, junior go-karts, zorb balls, craft stalls, live music and entertainment. And don’t miss the Duck Race at 3.30pm with a £500 1st prize! Don’t miss out on this great family event, and helping to raise money for local charities and causes.

For more information, click here.

Games of Clues: Murder Mystery at Cliveden National Trust

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May 2018, 10.30am – 3.30pm

A new year, a new victim, a new killer. Following last year’s crime caper, a brand new outdoor mystery has been created at Cliveden National Trust for you and your family to solve. The year is 1853 and, whilst the Sutherland’s are away visiting their London abode, Cliveden’s head butler has turned up dead on the estate. Mr Butter, a rather unsavory character, was discovered fallen off his chair and smelling of whiskey; but how did he get there…?

This event is suitable for children approximately 8+ years. Dogs on leads are welcome. Costs £5.00 per group. Pick up the trail info from the information centre at Cliveden by the car park.

For more information, click here.


We hope you found this post useful and have a great weekend. If you’d like to see ideas for days out with the kiddies in Berkshire and beyond, click here.



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