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A Children’s Festival event will be happening near you – see inside 14 May - 5 June


Children’s Festival 2016

www.reading.gov.uk/childrensfest @Reading_CF


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This year’s festival celebrates its 27th anniversary with three fun packed weeks of events and activities for children all over the borough. The festival gets off to an action packed start with Meadow Madness on Saturday 14 May, where there will be something for everyone to get involved with on the day. Reading’s Children’s Festival promises to bring plenty of fun, mayhem and madness. From sport and music workshops to fun days with art and craft sessions, take your pick from the many exciting events taking place at venues across Reading. Use this diary as your guide to making sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun, and remember many of these activities are free! Every effort was made to ensure that the details in this publication were correct at the time of going to print. However, Reading Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for any changes, amendments or cancellation of events or activities listed, nor any inaccuracies that may have been printed in error. Adverse weather conditions may cause some events to be cancelled, relocated or rescheduled. If in doubt, you are strongly advised to confirm details with venues before leaving home. For enquiries relating to this publication, call 0118 937 2771. Take a Children’s Festival selfie at any of our special events and use the hashtag #Reading_CF to be in with a chance of winning one of our special prizes!


Children’s Festival 2016



Meadow Madness Saturday 14 May 2016 11am-4pm

Forbury Gardens, Reading, RG1 3BB

Meadow Madness Main Stage 11am Welcome 11.15am BubbleJo and His Amazing Bubble Show 12noon Small Strings 12.30pm Shine 1pm Rock Academy 1.30pm Viv O Gara 2pm Diddi Dance Taster Session 2.30pm Theatretrain 2.45pm Bengali Cultural Association 3pm North Reading Suzuki Group (NRSG) 3.30pm Bulmershe Ensemble

Meadow Madness returns for the twelfth year running as the launch event to Reading Children’s Festival 2016. For the second year running we return to the Forbury Gardens and look forward to seeing you there for a day of fantastic fun. As we now have a new home for the event we’d like you to put your thinking caps on and rename the event. The winning suggestion will win a special Children’s Festival prize and will have their suggestion added to next year’s event publicity! To enter the competition visit the info stand on the day and fill out one of the application forms. Attractions on the day will include children’s entertainment and workshops, charity and information stalls, tombolas, refreshments, face painting, arts and crafts, balloon modelling and that’s not all. This year’s event features a literary theme that celebrates the anniversary of the


births of the much loved children’s authors, Roald Dahl and Beatrix Potter. Waterstones is running a special storytime in the round on the bandstand throughout the day. Come along and listen to some Roald Dahl and Beatrix Potter favourites as well as our special guest author Holly Webb reading extracts from her own books and signing copies afterwards. 11.00 - 11.30 am: Cheryl and Holly read Roald Dahl and Beatrix Potter favourites 11.30 - 12.00 noon: Holly Webb story time (followed by informal book signing) 12.15 - 12.45 pm: Holly Webb story time (followed by informal book signing) 1.30 - 2.15 pm: Cheryl and Holly read Roald Dahl and Beatrix Potter favourites


2.30 - 3.15 pm: Cheryl and Holly read Roald Dahl and Beatrix Potter favourites Also keep your eyes peeled for some very special guests…. you may get to hear all about them during the storytime! One is very tall with large ears and two are very small with bushy tails, can

you guess who they are? Join in the fun at the ‘Larger than Life’ Explorer workshop running throughout the day. Try your hand at juggling, uni-cycling, hand-held stilts, diabolos, spinning plates and even walking the tight-wire. Also why not take part in The Mayor of Reading’s Junior Writing & Drawing Competition. Join our team at the arts and crafts tent and complete your entry on the day. For those under 10 years - draw, paint or illustrate what you think Reading looks like now, looked like in the past or will look like in the future. And for ages 11 - 16 years - Write a short piece of creative writing (under 300 words) telling us where you think Reading is heading. What makes Reading special and how you think it will look in the future. The winning entries will receive an exciting prize from the Mayor of Reading and your entry will be displayed in the Mayor’s Parlour. The jelly crew will be running workshops throughout the day for all ages. Under 7’s will have the chance to design their own

bug streamer with characters from James and the Giant Peach. And over 7’s will be able to design their own chocolate bar for Willy Wonka and his Chocolate Factory (no chocolate involved!) Come along to the Readipop pagoda and find out more information about Readipop’s projects. Also take part in the ukulele workshop running throughout the day. The Small Strings ukulele group will be performing at 12noon on the main stage. There’s also a hop, skip and jump around Forbury Gardens listening to stories of Reading’s secret past. It’s aimed at youngsters aged 7 and over. Get in touch with admin@readipop. co.uk for more info and to book a place. Join Theatretrain in the main arena at 2.30pm who will perform some highlights from their 2016 show. This will be followed by a dance

masterclass that everyone can join in! Making their Meadow Madness debut is the North Reading Suzuki Group a violin group taught by Helen Hines. Helen’s students regularly win music scholarships, festival competitions, and always score highly in their music exams. A number of students are members of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, and 28 students have recently performed in the Royal Albert Hall and Royal College of Music as part of the British Suzuki Gala Concert series. British Tennis is delighted to be supporting Meadow Madness. Tennis activity will be available on the courts for families to come and try, with coaches on hand to offer tips and advice on how and where you can play more often. Broad Street Mall will be running a



football give-away and free inflatable penalty shoot-out throughout the day. You can catch The Rock Academy Foundation on the main stage at 1pm or at their stall performing songs and handing out information throughout the day. Returning for the second year to Meadow Madness is our Health Zone! Reading CTC will be there with their smoothie bike, have a go and cycle for your smoothie. Eat 4 Health will be offering healthy eating tips whilst you can pick up points with our double points beat box from Beat the Street. The Beat Box will be positioned on the RG Spaces Tricycle, can you spot the trike in the gardens on the day? Decathlon will also be there with a host of sporty activities to try on the day. Look out for the Reading Refugee Support Group’s tipi where you can take part in African Drumming sessions throughout the day! Not only will you see BubbleJo on the main stage but you can also catch him performing his bubble show around the Forbury Gardens throughout the day. Watch as he creates fire bubbles, giant bubbles, billions of bubbles, bubbles within

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bubbles, and if the weather is just right he can even put a person or two inside a bubble! Catch one of BubbleJo’s 3 performances on the day at 11.15am on the main stage, 2pm in the gardens and 3.30pm in the Bandstand. Reading Borough Libraries will be on hand with a special ‘Meadow Madness’ bookstart goodies and freebies. Also joining in the fun on the day will be: The Bengali Cultural Association, League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading Sea Cadets, Reading Fostering and Recruitment Team, Campaign for Real Events, PACT & Daisy’s Dream. And as if that’s not enough, there will also be a BBQ, children’s funfair rides, free face painting and free balloon modelling all day long! So why not pack up a picnic and make a day of it? We look forward to seeing you there!

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Anyone who lives or works in the area is invited to take part in the game from 15 April until 27 May 2016. A Beat the Street card can be collected from GP practices, libraries, leisure centres and other points listed online. To score points, these cards must be tapped against at least two Beat Boxes within an hour. The top teams - those who collect the most points - will win Decathlon vouchers worth £1000, £500 and £250! For more information, visit reading.beatthestreet.me In 2015 more than 175,000 people participated in Beat the Street in 21 different areas across the UK and the world!

Beat the Street is turning areas of Reading, Burghfield, Mortimer, Pangbourne and Theale into a fun free real-life game where residents are challenged to join a team and see how far they can walk, cycle or run.


Beat the Street inspires a whole community including children, their families and adults of all ages to be physically active, to explore their towns and areas.

Beat the Street is delivered by Intelligent Health and jointly funded by the NHS North and West Reading and NHS South Reading Clinical Commissioning Groups, and Reading Borough Council’s Public Health Team. Twitter - @BeattheStreet1 Facebook - www.facebook.com/beatthestreetHQ Enquiries to team.Reading@beatthestreet.me


Children’s Festival

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Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10.30am – 11am Central Library Every Tuesday, 2.15pm – 2.45pm and Thursday 2 June 11.15am – 11.45am Whitley Library Every Tuesday 10.30am – 11am and every Friday 10am – 10.30am & 11.15am – 11.45am Battle Library Every Tuesday 10.15am – 10.45am and 11.15am – 11.45am and every Wednesday 2.15pm – 2.45pm Caversham Library Every Friday, 10.30am – 11am Southcote Library Every Saturday, 10.30am – 11am Tilehurst Library No booking necessary Ring library for details



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Every Monday 2.15pm – 2.45pm Palmer Park Library 0118 901 5106

Tuesday 24 May 3.30pm – 4.30pm Whitley Library Craft session aimed at 5 – 11 year olds. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. 0118 901 5115

Every Tuesday and Thursday 2.15am – 2.45am and Saturday 11.30am – 12noon Battle Library 0118 901 5100 Every Thursday 9.30am – 10am Southcote Library 0118 901 5109 Thursdays 19 and 26 May, 2pm – 2.30pm Caversham Library 0118 901 5103

W ii Cl ub Saturdays 2.15-3.30pm. Battle Library For ages 8 and over, places limited to 8 children so booking is essential. 0118 901 5100


Te ddy Rh ym eti me Thursday 26 May 11.15am – 11.30am Whitley Library Bring your Teddy to Rhymetime! Fun for pre-school children, their carers and Teddies. 0118 901 5115

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Saturday 28 May 3pm – 4pm Central Library A special Elmer themed Storytime and Crafts session for children aged 6 and over. 0118 901 5950


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Tuesday 31 May, 2.30pm – 3.30pm Southcote Library 0118 901 5109

Tuesday 31 May, 3.30pm – 4.30pm Whitley Library A special Children’s Festival craft session aimed at 5 – 11 year olds. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. 0118 901 5115

Thursday 2 June, 2.15pm – 3.15pm Caversham Library 0118 901 5103 Friday 3 June, 3pm – 4pm Battle Library 0118 901 5100

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On ce Up on A Ti me Thursday 2 June 4.00am – 4.30pm Whitley Library Wind down for the day with squash, biscuits and storytime from our picture books. 0118 901 5115


Tuesday 31 May, 3pm – 4pm Tilehurst Library A special craft session ‘Making Spring Flowers’ for children of 5 and over. 0118 901 5112


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Friday 3 June 10.30am – 11am Tilehurst Library A special fancy dress Rhymetime for the under 5s ‘Come as a Flower or an Insect’ with a prize for the best flower and best insect. Prizes for the best costumes! 0118 901 5112


Ic e Cr eam Dr eam s Friday 3 June 10.30am – 11.30am Whitley Library Craft session aimed at 5 – 11 year olds. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. 0118 901 5115

On ce Up on A Te a Pa rty Friday 3 June 3pm – 4pm Bring your tea to the library. Come dressed as your favourite make believe character. Make a Royal Crown and have a Royal Tea party! This event is free but please book. Pop into the library to receive your Royal Invitation, or phone 0118 901 5115.

Fa ncy Dr ess Rh ym eti me Saturday 4 June, 11.30am – 12noon Palmer Park Library Come along in your favourite costume! 0118 901 5106

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Friday 3 June, 10.30am – 11.15am Central Library Dragon Crafts for children age 6 and up. 0118 901 5950


Tuesday 10 May – Saturday 14 May The Hexagon It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny! From the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories comes the world premiere of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children. ‘I am over the moon that ‘Gangsta Granny’ is coming to the stage. It’s the most popular of all my books and I am sure this production by the brilliant Birmingham Stage Company will delight not just children but their parents and of course grandparents’. David Walliams Tickets £18.50, Under 16s £4 off Family of 4 (max. 2 adults) £60 Groups 10+ £14, Schools £10 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com



Spot Sunday 29 May, 11.30am and 2pm South Street Arts Centre International theatre company La Baracca explores children’s fascination with light, sound and movement. Aimed at children aged 1 – 4 years with simple words in English and Italian. Tickets £5.50 (inclusive of booking fee) Booking required but tickets should be available on the door 0118 960 6060 14www.readingarts.com

Sunday 29 – Monday 30 May The Hexagon Based on the book by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort Adapted & directed by Adam Bampton-Smith


Aliens love underpants Of every shape and size But there are no underpants in space So here’s a big surprise!


This zany and hilarious tale based on the best-selling children’s book is delightfully brought to life on stage for the very first time. With stunning effects, madcap action, original music (and lots of aliens of course!) this fantastically fresh and funny production will delight the whole family. You’ll laugh your pants off! Tickets £14.50. Schools & Groups £11.20 plus 1 in 10 free 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com

Reading Museum


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READING’S RAILWAYS, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE (runs until 15 January 2017) The railway journey told through stunning imagery and must-see exhibits. Looks at the development and impact of Reading’s railways, discovering how the station has become one of the busiest in Britain. FREE

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14 May

A fabulous chance to stay overnight with us at the Museum. Includes making something crafty to take away and an after dark tour of the galleries, finishing with some spooky stories and a midnight feast. Breakfast included. Limited places available. Ages 7+, starting at 7.00pm £20 per person (max. 3 children per adult) Booking essential (0118 937 3400)



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Sat 28 May – Sunday 5 June Celebrate our latest exhibition On Track and make some fun railway themed paper craft, choo choo! Free, drop in*

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Sunday 5 June Become a super spotter and follow the trail to the exhibition. When you have finished collect your special stickers from Reception. £2 per person *Our drop-ins are very popular. Please be aware that we have limited capacity for events in the museum & tickets are sold on a first come first served basis throughout the day. You may wish to 16 arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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Tuesday 31 May Budding chefs can decorate our homemade biscuits in this hands-on activity. Design a special paper plate & wrapping to take them home. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £5, pay on the day, drop in*

Victorian Schoolroom EXPERIENCE

Tuesday 31 May Meet a Victorian schoolteacher and re-learn the ‘3Rs’. A 45-minute experience for adults and children in our unique Victorian classroom. Ages 5+, 11.30am, 1.15pm & 2.30pm £1 per person, drop in (35 places max per session)*

Ed die the En gin e Wednesday 1 June Make a friendly bendy, stretchy train to take away in these fun craft sessions. Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in*

Tales for Tots:


Wednesday 1 June (Every Wednesday) Drop in and catch a story using objects from our collection. Under 5s, 10.30am – 11.30am Free, drop in*

Victorian Sculptor for the Day

Thursday 2 June Older children can learn how to create a fantastic sculpture in this all day activity. Experiment with wire and mud rock or clay to create a work of art inspired by the Victorian artists featured in the Museum. Please bring a packed lunch and dress for mess - and note that children are dropped off for our booked activities. Ages 8+, from 10am - 3pm £15, booking essential (0118 937 3400)

Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH 0118 937 3400 www.readingmuseum.org.uk



Chelsea Building Society 14 May – 5 June Chelsea Building Society, Friar Street Come and join in the fun at Chelsea Building Society, there will be a whole host of activities such as colouring and puzzles with cakes, sweets and squash for all! FREE No Booking Required 0118 958 3368 www.thechelsea.co.uk


Th eat ret rai n M ini s DANCE! ACT! SING! 14 May, 21 May, 28 May & 4 May, 9am – 10:30am The Hill School, Peppard Road, RG4 8TU Does your child enjoy performing for you at home? Sing, Act and Dance all day long? Mini performers aged 4-6 years are invited to come along and join in a Theatretrain Minis Saturday class for FREE during Reading Children’s Festival. Your child will work with industry professionals in a special class tailored to introduce you to performing arts training – 30 minutes singing, 30 minutes acting, 30 minutes dancing. Theatretrain has been training children and young people from all over the UK for over 20 years, performing in West End Theatres, Royal Albert Hall and abroad each year. FREE Booking Required 0786 224 1429 www.theatretrain.co.uk

Da nce ! Ac t! Si ng! WITH THEATRETRAIN READING 14 May, 10:15am – 1:15pm The Hill School, Peppard Road, RG4 8TU Are you a budding performer? Love the performing arts? Come along on Saturday 14 May to take part in FREE fun classes with industry professionals. Theatretrain has been training children and young people from all over the UK for over 20 years, performing in West End Theatres, Royal Albert Hall and abroad each year. FREE Booking Required 0786 224 1429 www.theatretrain.co.uk


Short Story Competition

Saturday, 14th May – Sunday, 5th June Waterstones Reading Calling all budding authors – celebrate Reading Children’s Festival with our short story competition! Are you the next John Green, Malorie Blackman or David Walliams? Why not try your hand at our short story competition? You could win a £10 Waterstones voucher! There are two age categories: 5-12 years with a 250 word limit and teen, 13-19 years with a 500 word limit. There are no restrictions on topic, theme or style – so let your imagination run wild and the ink flow! Entries can be emailed to events.reading@waterstones.com or posted in the Short Story Competition Post Box at the till point in Waterstones Reading Broad Street. Please write your name, age and contact details on each entry. Waterstones Reading Broad Street, 89a Broad Street, Reading, RG1 2AP Further details: 0118 958 1270 or on our website waterstones.com/events Closing Date for this competition is Sunday 5 June 2016


May Fair

Performing Arts FREE TASTER SESSIONS Every Saturday during Children’s Festival, 10am-1pm UTC, Crescent Road, Reading, RG1 5RQ Join SHINE for a 3 hour free taster session, singing, dancing and acting classes with a focus on fun! This term children will be performing SHINE’s version of the Jungle Book. SHINE will also offer 15% off your 1st term. FREE Suitable for 4 – 12 year olds Booking Required 0795 792 9273

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NEW BRIDGE NURSERY SCHOOL Saturday 14th May, 11am - 2pm New Bridge Nursery School, Montague Street, Caversham There’s more fun of the fair at New Bridge Nursery School in Montague Street, Caversham who are holding their popular May Fair. It’s aimed at youngsters aged 3-5 with their families and there will be lots of ‘Super Hero’ themed activities along with amazing food from across the globe at the World Food stall. There’s also a BBQ, cake stall, face paints, silent auction and loads more. It’s free (donation only) and runs from 11am to 2pm. Free Entry 0118 937 5580 www.newbridgenursery.reading.sch.uk

Jelly Tot Pre School


Thursday 19 May, 10.30am – 11.30am The Chalkboard Café Art and craft workshops making pretend sweets, candies and chocolates inspired by Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Tickets £3 per tot under 5, £3.50 on the day Pre booking essential 0795 792 9273 www.thejellyreading.eventbrite.co.uk

Charity Bed Push Reading Symphony Orchestra Saturday 21 May Broad Street

A fancy dress team from Royal Berkshire Hospital will push a bed from the hospital to Broad Street to raise cash for the League of Friends RBH. www.lof-royalberks.nhs.uk

Sunday 22 May, 3.30pm Reading Minster

A return for the orchestra’s popular (short) Children’s Concert which this year features Dukas’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice. This was made famous in the Walt Disney movie Fantasia where Mickey Mouse plays the apprentice. Continuing the magical theme, the programme also includes music from Harry Potter. Tickets £5 adults/£3 children 0118 973 5517 or tickets@rso.org.uk or www.wegottickets.com www.rso.org.uk

Jelly Tot Pre School


Thursday 26 May, 10.30am – 11.30am The Chalkboard Café Art and craft workshop making animal masks inspired by the woodland characters in Roald Dahl’s book Fantastic Mr Fox. Tickets £3 per tot under 5, £3.50 on the day 07957929273 www.thejellyreading.eventbrite.co.uk


Story Time Story time with Matt Brown at 11.00am and 3.00pm on Saturday 21 May at Waterstones Reading Broad Street Half term fun with AF Harrold at 11.00am and 3.00pm on Saturday 28 May at Waterstones Reading Broad Street Continue the fun of Reading Children’s Festival and start half term in style with AF Harrold in a story/ poetry time extravaganza in Waterstones children’s section! Find out about the latest adventures of Fizzlebert Stump. Fizzlebert’s going to school - will he find his way back to the circus or will he be forced to sit up straight and pay attention forever? Listen to some of Ashley’s wonderful poems and ponder on what should you do if you find a bear in your cornflakes or what Jammy Dodgers are dodging. Come and meet Ashley to find out the answers to these questions and more! Further details: 0118 958 1270 or on our 22 website waterstones.com/events


Sports Challenge Day

Saturday 28 May, 10am – 2pm Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue In the lead up to Rio 2016 we have teamed up with the Reading Sports Awards and a number of local clubs to offer you the chance to try some of the sports FREE of charge. Football, Martial Arts, Basketball, Rugby, Synchronized Swimming and Badminton amongst other sessions have all been laid on for you to get a taste of what training for an Olympic Sport is like! The sessions are absolutely free and will be taken by fully qualified coaches from Reading Royal Synchronised Swimming Club, Reading Rockets Basketball Club, Redingensians Rams RFC, Thames Valley TaekwonDo, Matt Fiddes Martial Arts and Rivermead Leisure Complex and who knows, it might be your first step towards competing in the 2024 games. There will be free swimming for children throughout the day when accompanied by a full paying adult. Young children will be kept entertained in the inflatable zone

Thames River Cruise Saturday 28 May - Sunday 5 June Thameside Promenade, off Richfield Avenue, Caversham RG1 8BD

running all day in the bowls hall. A special certificate and Children’s Festival medal from the Mayor of Reading will be awarded to those who complete the Sports Challenge Day by taking part in four activity sessions For more information contact 0118 937 2395 or visit www.reading.gov.uk/childrensfest

Thames Rivercruise are offering FREE boat trips for accompanied children aged 0-16 years during the Children’s Festival on the following trips. 30 Minute Round Trips Cruises Departing from Thameside Promenade, Caversham at the following times; 1pm and 3.30pm Adult £6.00/ OAP £5.50/ Children go free with this brochure* 45 Minute Round Trips Cruises Departing from Thameside Promenade, Caversham at the following times; 12.00pm and 4.15pm Adult £7.00, OAP £6.50/ Children go free with this brochure* 80 Minute Round Trip Cruises Departing from Thameside Promenade, Caversham at the following time; 2pm. Adult £9.00, OAP £8.50/ Children go free with this brochure* *Please present this brochure to the skipper when boarding the boat. Children must be accompanied by a full fare paying adult. One child can travel free per full fare paying adult. 23 For more info about us visit www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk

Daddy’s Drum Club Saturday 28 May, 11am Readipop Studios, 35 Milford Road Fun, rhythm and song for under 5s (dads and mums welcome). Games, movement, songs and drums. £6 adults £3 children Pre booking recommended 0118 938 7156 www.readipop.co.uk

Holiday Playclubs

Come and Try Canoeing Monday 30, Tuesday 31 May and Wednesday 1 June, 10am – 4pm (in 1 hour sessions) The Warren, Caversham Popular have-a-go sessions aimed at 9 – 16 year olds keen to take part in an hour long paddling session. Bring a towel, change of clothes and sun cream if it’s sunny.

Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June The Hill, Green Park and Waterloo Meadows Holiday Playclubs, lots of fun activities with prices from £20 for a full day between 8.30-5.30pm. Other options available, please contact 0118 937 2632 or check out the website for more details. 0118 937 2632 24 www.readingplay.co.uk

FREE Booking required 0758 078 0961 www.reading-canoe.org.uk

Eton Mess Classes

1, 2 & 3 June 9:30am arrival for 10am start –11am finish Bel & The Dragon Restaurant, Gasworks Road, RG1 3EQ Calling aboard all young cooks! Our dragon chefs have docked alongside the restaurant to teach you how to make Eton Mess. It will get messy, but chef attire will be provided. Please bring along your own container to take your creation away with you. FREE Suitable for 3 - 11 year olds Booking required but tickets should be available on the door 0118 951 5790 www.belandthedragon.co.uk

Jelly Tot Pre School


Art and craft workshop making creatures and bugs inspired by Roald Dahl’s book James and the Giant Peach. Tickets £3 per tot under 5, £3.50 on the day. £4 per 5 years and older, £4.50 on the day. Booking essential.

Thursday 2 June, 10.30am – 11.30am The Chalkboard Café




Summer Fete

Saturday 4 June, 10.30am – 4.30pm Victoria Recreation Ground, Kentwood Hill, Tilehurst Annual fun filled day featuring dog show, inflatables, charity and business stalls, tombola’s , food and drink and more. £1 adult/50p child and concessions 0118 322 8592 www.lof-royalberks.org.uk


Children’s Festival Fun with RSL Swimming, snorkelling, dancing, cycling – there’s so much going on for sporty kids who are keen to get out, play a sport, have some fun and make some new friends. Check out what’s on offer at your local Reading Sport and Leisure Centre. There’s popular Swimming Stroke Clinics or Snorkelling Sessions to get you water-ready for the summer holidays, Mini Olympics, Wheelie Fun Cycling, Soccer Skills, Mini Squash and Dance Exercise. For full details visit www.readingleisure.co.uk or pick up a holiday leaflet from your nearest RSL centre: Arthur Hill Pool and Fitness Studio, Kings Road, Reading 0118 837 5055 Central Swimming Pool, Battle Street, Reading 0118 937 5070 Meadway Sports Centre, Conwy Close, Tilehurst 0118 937 5060 Palmer Park Sports Stadium, Wokingham Road, Reading 0118 937 5080 And back by popular demand – Fred in the Shed – the hilarious family entertainment show is back on Friday 3 June at 2.00pm at Meadway Sports Centre along with the summer holiday break. So get yourself ready for some rib ticklin’ fun! Visit www.readingleisure.co.uk for updates for this not to be missed show!


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The Mayor of Reading’s Junior Writing & Drawing Competition

“Where’s Reading Heading?” Be creative, be bold and have fun - show us where you think Reading is heading by either drawing or writing a piece that may end up being displayed in the Mayor’s Parlour!

Ages 5 - 10 years

Draw, paint or illustrate what you think Reading looks like now, looked like in the past or will look like in the future.

Ages 11 - 16 years

Write a short piece of creative writing (under 300 words) telling us where you think Reading is heading. What makes Reading special and how you think it will look in the future. The winning entries will receive an exciting prize from the Mayor of Reading and your entry will be displayed in the Mayor’s Parlour. Write your name, age, address and a contact number or email address on the back of your entries and send it to The Mayor’s Parlour, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU or email mayor@reading.gov.uk

The closing date is Sunday 5 June 2016 Please gain permission from a parent or guardian before taking part.



Children’s Festival 2016


Profile for Reading Council

Reading Children's Festival brochure 2016  

The full diary of events for this year's Reading Children's Festival.

Reading Children's Festival brochure 2016  

The full diary of events for this year's Reading Children's Festival.