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What’s on this Weekend for Families in Berkshire: 17 & 18 November 2018

What’s on this Weekend for Families in Berkshire: 17 & 18 November 2018

If you’re looking for things to do this weekend (17 & 18 November) with the kiddies in Berkshire and just beyond, there’s loads happening and we’ve got all the best, not-to-be-missed bits right here for you. So, grab a cuppa and read on.

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

Saturday 17 November 2018, 10.00am

Lantern making workshop norden farm maidenhead 17 november 2018

Celebrate 10 years of Maidenhead’s Community Lantern Parade!

The Carnival of the Animals Lantern Parade returns to illuminate Maidenhead on Saturday 8 December 2018! Featuring live music and entertainment, street food, licenced bar and hot drinks. Free to attend and open to all! And you don’t need a lantern to take part – just come down and celebrate with the community.

Get involved at Norden Farm’s Lantern Making workshops, running throughout November and December. This weekend Sunday is now sold out, but there’s still availability for Saturday 17 November in Maidenhead Town Centre. Create an animal inspired lantern by weaving and decorating willow. Expert lantern makers will guide you through the process and you will have a lantern ready to illuminate at the parade.

Workshops are £4 per person. To find out more and book now, click here.


Windsor on Ice 2018

17 November 2018 – 6 January 2019

Windsor on Ice Berkshire Christmas 2018 Little Ankle Biters

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit with the kiddies to an ice rink, showing the world you still have your Jayne Torvill moves. Ahem. And if that doesn’t quite materialise, there’s always the trusty penguins to scoot around on. Or the bar for a mulled wine or three. This year Windsor On Ice returns to Alexandra Gardens from 17 November 2018 – 6 January 2019. And we’re very excited to see it back again.

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


Newbury Christmas Lights & Parade

Sunday 18 November 2018

Newbury Christmas lights switch on berkshire november 2018

There’s an action-packed agenda this year in Newbury for families. On Sunday 18 November the Christmas lights will be switched on. The fun will kick off at 3.00pm with performances from Uncovered and Berkshire Maestro’s Swing Band. The annual Santa Parade sets off from Market Street at 4.45pm and will make its way to Market Place, ready for the big switch on at 5.15pm.

The Grotto is also making a return, this year to a new location at Parkway Shopping Newbury.

To find out more, click here.


Slough Christmas Lights Switch On

Saturday 17 November 2018

Christmas lights switch on slough november 2018 berkshire

The Christmas lights switch on event in Slough will feature music, dance and a preview of The Curve’s pantomime Beauty and the Beast.

A 40ft Norwegian Spruce Christmas Tree will be installed in the town square a few days after the Christmas lights switch on event.

There’s also a festive family fun weekend planned for 15 & 16 December 2018 where there will be a land train, Santa’s fun animals, stalls, face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon modelling, a Christmas trail and other activities.

To find out more, click here.


Eton Christmas Lights Switch On 2018

Thursday 15 November 2018

Christmas lights switch on eton berkshire november 2018

Eton’s festive season commences on Thursday 15 November 2018 at 5.30pm, with the Christmas light switch on evening. There will be a Community Carol service at Eton College Chapel (6pm), followed by a parade through Eton High Street to the Jubilee Square where the lights for Eton will be switched on (7pm). There will be community stalls, live music, Santa’s Grotto and live reindeer.

To find out more, click here.


The Grinch – At Cinemas in Berkshire this Weekend!

The Grinch is back, and he’s had a revamp! Everyone’s favourite Christmas baddie is set to return to cinemas from 9 November, and is guaranteed to have little ones (and bigger ones) chuckling into their popcorn.

The Grinch lives alone in a cave, and he likes his peace and quiet. When his neighbours’ Christmas celebrations threaten to disrupt his tranquillity, there’s only one option: to steal Christmas. They’re going to make this Christmas three times bigger than usual, so the Grinch’s only choice is to be even more mean to teach them a lesson. And so he disguises himself as Father Christmas to carry out his scheme…

Benedict Cumberbatch is the voice of ‘The Grinch’ in this retelling of the classic story from the creators of ‘Despicable Me’ and ‘Sing’.

Book your tickets now to see The Grinch at one of the following Berkshire (and just beyond) cinemas: Empire Slough, Odeon Maidenhead, Bracknell Odeon, Vue Reading, Showcase de lux Winnersh, Vue Newbury, Vue Staines, Vue Camberley, Cineworld High Wycombe, Cineworld Bracknell.

You can watch the trailer here…


Nick Cope Family Music at Corn Exchange Newbury

Saturday 17 November 2018, 10.30 – 11.30am

Nick Cope Family Music October 2018 corn exchange newbury berkshire

This Saturday 17 November join Nick Cope for his ever popular interactive music sessions with songs about everything from counting to how plants grow. Nick’s family music sessions have proved very popular so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. The session will run from 10.30 – 11.30am at Corn Exchange Newbury. Suitable for ages 8 years and under. Tickets are £4.00 per person. To find out more and book now, click here. These sessions runs every Saturday until 17 November 2018.


The Dinosaur Show at The Lookout Bracknell

Saturday 17 November 2018

dinosaur show the lookout discovery centre bracknell berkshire

Give us your best dinosaur roar as you become part of the herd. Guide the dinosaurs through the challenges to help them survive. It’s so REX-citing!

Runs on Saturdays from 10 November 2018 – 6 January 2019, and during Bracknell school holidays. Show times are: 11.00am, midday, 2.00pm & 3.15pm.

Shows are suitable for primary school aged children. To find out more about this show, click here.


Best Places for a Family Walk this Autumn in Berkshire

Walks in Berkshire for families post

We love nothing more than getting out in the fresh air with the kiddies and the pooch at the weekend, it’s free, healthy and fun. 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 in Windsor, to the Kennet and Avon Canal, Berkshire is bursting with stunning places to be walked upon this Autumn!

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


Eating out this Weekend – Family Friendly Restaurants in Berkshire

Eating out with the children in berkshire this weekend

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. From great children’s menus, to outside play areas, and entertainment at the table, there’s something for everyone.





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 just beyond, click here.




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