If you’re looking for things to do over the Christmas Holidays and New Year break 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 Baileys and read on.
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Christmas at Windsor Castle
1 December 2018 – 6 January 2019
This winter, all the family will enjoy exploring the Christmas display at Windsor Castle, including a striking Nordmann Fir tree which forms the centrepiece of the festive display at the castle.
For the children – Also every Saturday in December bring the kiddies to the Castle for fun festive activities which will help bring Christmas to life with art and craft workshops. Make your own Christmas tree decoration to take home. These activities are included in your standard admission to the castle. Runs 11.00am – 3.00pm.
For more information, click here.
The Fir Tree, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
20 November – 30 December 2018
This year’s family Christmas show at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead is The Fir Tree.
The Moomin family was hibernating in the drawing room as they were known to do. They had been sleeping for a few months already and were going to keep it up until spring… Now all at once a cold draught disturbed Moomintroll’s dreams. And someone was pulling at his quilt and shouting that he was tired and Christmas was coming. Featuring live puppetry and music, The Fir Tree is an adventure set in the idyllic and peaceful Moominvalley. It is a gloriously unselfish take on Christmas.
The Fir Tree runs from 20 November – 30 December 2018. Suitable for all audiences from 3 years and upwards. Ticket prices from £11.50. To find out more and to book your tickets for Christmas now, click here.
A New Coat for Christmas, Reading Rep Theatre
18 – 30 December 2018
A New Coat for Christmas is a heart warming festive treat for children aged under 6 and their families taking place at Reading Rep Theatre from 18 – 30 December 2018.
Snowflakes are falling and Anna needs a coat to keep her warm and snug. But times are hard, so Anna and Mummy set out to make a new coat – with a little help from their friends.
A New Coat for Christmas is inspired by a true tale of finding friendship in the most surprising circumstances. Following the success of Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas last year, Reading Rep bring this enchanting story to the stage with music, fun and a flock of very fluffy sheep. The perfect festive treat! To find out more and book your tickets (£10 or £30 for families), click here. Running time 1 hour.
A Taste of Christmas at The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park
1 December 2018 – 2 January 2019
This Christmas there’s loads going on at The Savill Garden for families and it runs until 2 January 2019 so there’s plenty of time to visit over the school holidays.
Enjoy all that the stunning gardens have to offer and get the kiddies outside in the fresh air for the Winter Sprite Trail. Starting at The Savill Building, search for the magical winter sprites in the Great Park. Look for Jingle, Tinsel and Spruce and other sprites hidden around Obelisk Pond, and discover fascinating winter facts about the animals and plants that make the Great Park their home. This hour long trail which is buggy and wheelchair friendly is a great way to burn off some energy, as well as enjoying a treat at the end. The questions in the trail are suitable for 4 – 8 year olds, but the walk can be enjoyed by all. £3.50 per trail and it’s open from 8.30am – 3.00pm.
Don’t miss the vintage carousel outside the main building. There will be a full and mid size carousel for big and little ones to enjoy. £2.00 per ride, runs from 10.00am – 4.30pm.
To find out more about Christmas at The Savill Garden, click here.
Aladdin at The Hexagon, Reading
8 December 2018 – 6 January 2019
The 2018 family pantomime at The Hexagon in Reading is Aladdin. And even more exciting is that Cbeebies superstar Justin Fletcher will once again be returning. Paul Morse, one of the most loved of Dames, has also confirmed we will once again be teaming up with Justin for some more sloshing around and slapstick high-jinx.
Ticket prices are from £14.00 and the show will run from Saturday 8 December 2018 – Sunday 6 January 2019. For more information, show times and to book now, click here.
Windsor on Ice 2018
17 November 2018 – 6 January 2019
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.
The Dinosaur Show at The Lookout Bracknell
10 November 2018 – 6 January 2019
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.
Jack & the Beanstalk, Corn Exchange Newbury
30 November 2018 – 6 January 2019
Fee Fi Fo Fum, we smell lots of panto fun. Expect adventure, mayhem and a gigantic helping of magic in the Corn Exchange’s spectacular 2018/19 pantomime – Jack and the Beanstalk.
Join Jack and the whole gang on an adventure of enormous proportions… from high-flying dreams to magical beans; prepare to be transported to the enchanted panto-land of Newbury Bottom, where anything is possible. Climb the beanstalk with Jack and enjoy high-energy dance routines, tunes to sing along to and plenty of audience participation, which will leave you on cloud nine!
The show runs at the Corn Exchange Newbury from Friday 30 November 2018 – Sunday 6 January 2019. Tickets are from £20.00 and available now. For more information, show times and to get your tickets now, click here.
Best Places for a Family Walk this Winter in Berkshire
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.
Dick Whittington at Theatre Royal Windsor
23 November 2018 – 6 January 2019
This Christmas, Dick Whittington and his cat are getting ready to help celebrate 80 years of traditional pantomime at the beautiful Theatre Royal Windsor. Get ready for even more laughs, splosh and Days of Christmas than ever before. There will be new stars including Anne Hegarty, The Governess from The Chase, as well as your old favourites – Basil Brush is back! And not forgetting Panto veteran Kevin Cruise and resident Dame Steven Blakeley who’ll be getting his frock on for the 10th year!
Dick Whittington will run from Friday 23 November 2018 – Sunday 6 January 2019. Tickets are from £17.00. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
Eating out 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. 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.