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What’s on this Weekend for Families in Berkshire: 8 & 9 December 2018

What’s on this Weekend for Families in Berkshire: 8 & 9 December 2018

If you’re looking for things to do this weekend (8 & 9 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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Christmas Elf Academy, The Lexicon Bracknell

Saturday 8 December 2018

Christmas Elf academy lexicon bracknell berkshire december 2018

Bring the kiddies to the Lexicon in Bracknell this weekend for the Christmas Elf Academy as children get the chance to become certified elves by completing arts and craft tasks set by the Head Elf. Children aged 3 – 10 are invited to come along to The Avenue next to Charles Tyrwhitt at The Lexicon Bracknell, on either Saturday 8 or 15 December.

Cost is £2 per child (plus 30p booking fee). To find out more, see time slots, and book now, click here.


The Carnival of the Animals – Lantern Parade, Maidenhead

Saturday 8 December 2018

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Celebrate 10 years of Maidenhead’s Community Lantern Parade this Saturday from 4.30pm, presented by Norden Farm!

The Carnival of the Animals Parade returns to illuminate Maidenhead on Saturday 8 December! Featuring live music and entertainment, street food, a licenced bar and hot drinks. The event is 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.

To find out more, click here.


Windsor & Eton Living Advent Calendar

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December 2018

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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.


What’s on this weekend at Norden Farm, Maidenhead

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December 2018

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The Fir Tree – Norden Farm’s beautiful Christmas show, The Fir Tree, will be showing on Saturday 8 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. If you’d like to read our review of the show, click here.

The Carnival of the Animals: Lantern Making – Get involved at Norden Farm’s LAST CHANCE Lantern Making workshop. The carnival takes place on Saturday afternoon, but there will be a final drop in session on Saturday 8 December in Maidenhead Town Centre, 10.30am – 2.00pm. 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 in the afternoon. Workshops are £4 per person and this is a drop in session. To find out more, 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.

Big Dog Little Dog – Big Dog Little Dog are yoga sessions for parents and children. Connect and and through movement and breath. Get ready to fly! Class includes elements of acroyoga. Bring one mat per pair and a banket each. Suitable for children age 4 – 8 years and must be accompanied by an adult. Session runs Sunday 9 December 10.00am – 11.00am. £15.00 per pair (1 adult and 1 child). Click here to find out more and book.


Christmas at The Oracle, Reading

Saturday 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 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!


Wokingham Living Advent Calendar 2018

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December 2018

Wokingham Living Advent Calendar Christmas 2018 Berkshire

Each weekday at 6.00pm and weekends at 4.00pm from 1 December to Christmas Eve, a venue around the town will host a FREE performance lasting approximately 20 minutes. This weekend come to TG Art Gallery on Saturday and Tamarind Tree on Sunday.

To find out more and check out the full schedule, click here.


Newbury Artisan Christmas Market – Extra Date!

Sunday 9 December 2018

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Newbury Artisan Market takes over the streets this Sunday 9 December. Think quality produce, original art, designer crafts and sizzling street foods, all mixed in with family activities, music and more. The ‘Feast Street’ section will get your taste buds tingling with a mouth-watering selection of locally produced dishes. The designer-makers promise to fill your bags and homes with gifts and all manner of unique designs and vintage treasures. The food producers will fill your cupboards with ciders and sauces , breads and pastries, meats and sweet treats. And the Kids Corner will provide activities and entertainment for the little ones while you have a well deserved coffee.

Come to Newbury Town Centre from 10.00am – 4.00pm, or for more information, click here.


Windsor on Ice 2018

17 November 2018 – 6 January 2019

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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.


Thatcham Christmas Lights Switch On

Friday 7 December 2018

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The evening will start at 5.00pm with 25 charity stalls offering a selection of games and competitions plus there will be a treasure hunt around town centre businesses. The on stage entertainment starts with a live outdoor broadcast with Kennet Radio then there will be performances from Spurcroft Primary School, Kennet School, KATS, community carol singing lead by Jamie Read and St Mary’s Church Choir. The big switch on taking place at 7.00pm.

Please be aware that the eastern side of The Broadway will be closed to all road traffic from 1pm, including the central car parking area.

To find out more, click here.


Legoland at Christmas, Windsor

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 Dinosaur Show at The Lookout Bracknell

Saturday 8 December 2018

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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.


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…


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 Winter!

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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