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What’s on this Weekend for Families in Berkshire: 1 & 2 December 2018

What’s on this Weekend for Families in Berkshire: 1 & 2 December 2018

If you’re looking for things to do this weekend (1 & 2 December) 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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Windsor & Eton Living Advent Calendar

Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 December 2018

Windsor and eton living advent calendar 2018 berkshire

With the start of December this weekend, we also see the start of the Windsor & Eton Living Advent Calendar. Every day up until Christmas Eve a ‘door’ will be opened at 6.15pm at a different business or location in Windsor and Eton. There will be a surprise 15 minute performance for families to enjoy in the build up to the big day. To see full details on the schedule and locations each day, click here.


Woodley Christmas Extravaganza 2018

Sunday 2 December 2018

Woodley Christmas extravaganza 2 december 2018 berkshire

This year marks the 22nd annual Woodley Christmas Extravaganza, which will take place on Sunday 2 December 2018. Festivities will kick off at 10.00am until 3.00pm.

There will be loads going on for families including; Santa and his reindeers in a magical den giving free gifts, lots of musical and dancing performances, an appearance from a comedy juggling duo, and much more.

To find out more, click here.


What’s on this weekend at Norden Farm, Maidenhead

Saturday 1 December 2018

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The Fir Tree – Norden Farm’s beautiful Christmas show, The Fir Tree, will be showing on Saturday 1 December at 11.00am and 2.00pm. Featuring live puppetry and music, this show is suitable for ages 3 years +. To find out more and book tickets, click here.

The Carnival of the Animals: Lantern Making – Get involved at Norden Farm’s Lantern Making workshops. This weekend Sunday is now sold out, but there’s still availability for Saturday 1 December in Maidenhead Town Centre, 10.00am – 4.00pm. 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 on 8 December. Workshops are £4 per person. To find out more and book now, click here.

Arts & Crafts Sessions – Craft activities to keep the little ones entertained this festive season. Runs Saturday 1 December at 3.15pm. Suitable for ages 5 – 8 years. £5.00 per child. To find out more and book now, click here.

Storytelling – Join the storytellers in the magical story den for more Moomin adventures this Saturday at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Suitable for children aged 3 – 7 years, £2.00 per person. To find out more and book, click here.


Reindeer Parade Windsor 2018

Saturday 1 December 2018

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Windsor’s most popular Christmas event returns. Come and see the LIVE Reindeer and Father Christmas on a sleigh parading through Windsor town centre with a marching band and costumed characters. Route: The parade leaves the castle from Advance Gate at 2pm and turns into St Albans Street, then into Park Street, High Street (past the Parish Church and Windsor Guildhall), into Peascod Street then into King Edward Court. The parade finishes in Windsor Yards behind the rear entrance of Daniels Department Store by the Jubilee Monument.

Have your photo taken with Father Christmas on his sleigh before he returns to Lapland. Sponsored by Windsor Yards and in association with Windsor and Eton Town Partnership. Runs from 2pm to 4pm. To find out more, click here.


Christmas Fair & Children’s Parties at Shaw House, Newbury

Sunday 2 December 2018

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Christmas Fair – If you are looking for unique and creative Christmas gifts then the Shaw House Christmas Fair is not to be missed! There will be over 60 amazing local crafters, bakers, artists and photographers all brimming with bespoke wares that can’t be found on the high street. With mulled wine, hot food and Living Nativity with Miller’s Ark Animals, make sure you pop along this Sunday. £1 adults, children free, runs 11.00am – 4.00pm.

Children’s Parties – It’s party time at Shaw House! Featuring Mr Muddles the charming, if muddlesome magician, who captivates and amazes children with his comical slapstick magic. There will also be a special visit from Father Christmas and all children will receive a present. Parties £5 per child and run at 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2.00pm & 3.15pm. Tickets must be booked in advance from Shaw House 01635 279279.

To find out more on these events at Shaw House, click here.


Christmas at The Oracle, Reading

1, 8, 15 & 22 December 2018

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Something exciting is coming to The Oracle Riverside this Christmas…

Bring the family to The Oracle shopping centre in Reading this Christmas, something exciting’s coming! Come down on Saturday 1, 8, 15, and 22 December from 5 – 7pm for a spectacular LED Christmassy parade of ice kings, swans, snow lions and an aerial acrobat performance!

The event is free and there’s no need to book – simply turn up and enjoy the festive fun. The parade will take place at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm around the Oracle Riverside. To find out more, click here. Wrap up warm and enjoy!


Christmas Family Craft Workshop at West Berkshire Museum

Saturday 1 December 2018, 10.30 – 11.30am

Christmas family craft workshop west berkshire museum 1 december 2018

Learn how to construct a paper sculpture based on cutting, curling and folding paper. Choose to make either a Father Christmas head with a lift-off hat or a circular design based on a holly wreath that you can use to decorate your home.

Family workshop suitable for age 7 and above.  Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Book in advance at the museum 01635 519562 £3.50 per child. To find out more, 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.


Christmas on the Green, Datchet Lights Switch on

Saturday 1 December 2018

Christmas on the green lights switch on datchet december 2018 berkshire

This year there will be festive fun for all the family at ‘Christmas on the Green’ and the annual lights switch on at St Mary’s Church and The Green in Datchet, Berkshire.

Get your Christmas shopping off to a great start at the St Nicholas Fayre Gift Market and Café, St Mary’s Church 12.30-3pm. Join the Family Advent Carol Service at St Mary’s Church at 4pm for festive performances and carols followed by the traditional candlelit procession to The Green at 5pm. Then it’s Christmas on The Green, from 4pm to 7.30pm, with the Christmas tree lights switch on at 6pm, carols by candlelight, Santa’s grotto, face painting, delicious food and drink and much, much more… To find out more about this event, click here.


Legoland at Christmas, Windsor

1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 – 23 December 2018

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What better way to get the Christmas festivities started than with a visit to see Father Christmas at Legoland Windsor Resort. Things kick off Saturday 1 December 2018 and run on selected dates until Sunday 23 December 2018. Wonder at the twinkling lights, snow dusted pine trees, exciting seasonal festivities and see the Park as you’ve never seen it before… all with a sprinkling of Lego magic! There will be over 30 rides, shows and attractions, Christmas at Miniland, and much more. Then take the kiddies to see Santa through the snow covered trees and receive a special Lego gift to take home. On your way to the big man, help the elves to build Lego gifts and write a letter to Santa. 

For more information on Legoland at Christmas and to book your tickets now, 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…


Eton Wick Christmas Lights Switch On 2018

Saturday 1 December 2018

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This is a  free, community run, annual, Christmas tree light turning on event for all the family taking place in Eton Wick, Berkshire. This year it will take place Saturday 1 December 2018 from 5.30 – 6.30pm.

To find out more, click here.


Christmas Shopping Evening, Bray Village Hall

Friday 30 November 2018, 6.30 – 9.30pm

Christmas shopping evening bray village hall

One for the adults, on Friday evening there will be a Christmas Shopping event at Bray Village Hall from 6.30 – 9.30pm. There will be stalls from Stella & Dot, Younique, Neal’s Yard, and The Chocolate Libertine. There will also be nibbles, prosecco and mulled wine for sale on the evening. So come along, pick up some gifts and get in the Christmas spirit! All proceeds from the food and drink go to Bray Preschool.


The Dinosaur Show at The Lookout Bracknell

Saturday 1 December 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.


Winter Bird Walk at the Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham

Sunday 2 December 2018

winter bird walk nature discovery centre thatcham berkshire 2 december 2018

Join local natural history enthusiast Graeme Stewart on a walk to learn all about the birds that visit the lakes and grounds around the centre during the winter months. This is a great walk for families which runs from 2.00 – 4.00pm. To find out more and book, click here.


Where to Meet Santa this Christmas in Berkshire

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and Santa is making lots of special and exciting appearances across the county. We’ve got a great round-up right here of all the best places to take the kiddies to meet the big man and his entourage this festive season. Click here to find out more and book tickets.


Best Places for a Family Walk this Winter in Berkshire

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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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