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This year’s festival celebrates its 30th 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 Forbury Fiesta on Saturday 11 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!

Saturday 11 May

11am – 4pm

Forbury Gardens

We return to the Forbury Gardens for the launch of this year’s Reading Children’s Festival. 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 lots more!

Forbury Fiesta Main Stage 11.00am 11.30am 11.55am 12.30pm 12.50pm 1.15pm 1.40pm 2.05pm 2.30pm 3pm 3.30pm

Calcot School Choir Meet the Giant Pandas Limpopo Groove Bengali Cultural Society Meet the Giant Pandas Tanzanian Association Theatretrain Reading Razzamataz The Small Strings Meet the Giant Pandas Beatroots Bateria

Why not arrive in style on the day? Thames Rivercruise are running some special cruises on the day from Caversham to the Abbey Ruins. Sailings will take place at 11am & 2pm from Caversham, with return trips taking place at 12.45pm & 3.45pm from the Abbey. Single: Adult £11/Senior £10.50/Child £8/Family £34 Return: Adult £16/Senior £15/Child £10/Family £47 Children 3 years and under free of charge.


Come and meet the Giant Pandas – Have you ever wanted to feed bamboo to Giant Pandas? Now could be your moment! Seize this opportunity to meet ChiChi and SingSing, the gentle and playful pandas, up close and personal. Learn about their lives and natural environment from the informed zoologist character and get the chance to ask questions of your own. Not everything in the life of a panda is black and white! Waterstones will be presenting storytime in the bandstand at the Forbury Gardens featuring author Holly Webb. Storytime with Holly Webb will take place at 11am and 11.45am in the bandstand.


Holly will be reading from her new book The Perfect Kitten and talking about her inspiration for the book and the ever popular Animal Stories series, complementing the fiesta’s animal theme. There will be some colouring and stickering as well as the chance to make your own kitten bracelet to take home. Followed by a book signing. Abi and her family adopt a deaf white kitten that needs to be kept inside. She’s the perfect kitten for them but how will they adapt to looking after an indoor kitten? And what will happen when the kitten gets bored of staying inside? An additional storytime with Waterstones Reading will take place at 12.45pm, 2pm, 2.45pm and 3.30pm in the Bandstand.

Join in the fun at the ‘Larger than Life’ Circus workshop running throughout the day. Try your hand at juggling, uni-cycling, hand-held stilts, diabolos, spinning plates and even walking the tight-wire. The Jelly crew will be running workshops throughout the day for all ages. They will be celebrating the Children’s Festival 30th Birthday by bringing an extra special

feed and groom a selection of farm animals. There will be Shetland ponies, goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, rabbits and guinea-pigs for you to come and meet! birthday cake with them (made from folded paper and recycled materials) – why not create your very own candle to add to the cake using the template on page 35. There will also be an opportunity to join in the giant Wild Animal Doodle and Images from the Past workshop. Join Jelly artists to work on a collaborative giant drawing inspired by wild animals or why not come along and doodle and reimagine some old images of Reading throughout the years?

Join Theatretrain in the main arena at 1.40pm who will perform some highlights from their 2019 show. This will be followed by a dance masterclass that everyone can join in!

The Forbury will transform into a mini farm on the day. Join Basil and Crew mobile farm where you’ll be able to


Theatretrain will also be running taster sessions from their marquee throughout the day. Why not come along and try something new?


Theatretrain has been training young people in the Performing Arts aged 4-18 years for 26 years and we hope you will join us for as many FREE 20 minute workshops as you wish! Experience amazing workshops inspired by hit stage and music musicals including: Mary Poppins Returns, The Greatest Showman, the musicals

Matilda and Wicked and so much more! Looking for something for the whole family, including mum and dad? Enjoy Family Fitness ZUMBA style fun dance fitness class for everyone. Dance to fun and easy routines to chart hits! No experience necessary. Just come along and book onto one or as many workshops as you wish throughout the day! Every child will also receive a certificate at the end of each workshop. Workshops will be led by Theatretrain Principal Tiffany King and her team.

This year’s Let’s Sing (the Mayor’s annual choir competition) Junior school winners Calcot School Choir will be performing on the main stage at 11am. Enjoy their tuneful set featuring a whole host of your favourite songs! Why not have a go at Crazy Golf? Dinton Adventure Golf will be making their debut appearance at Forbury Fiesta and if you get a hole in one you’ll win a free game of crazy golf at Dinton Pastures Country Park.

Look out for Reading Museum and their Abbey on Wheels, where you’ll have the opportunity to handle real museum objects from Reading Museum. Wear our virtual-reality headset and be transported to the top of the Abbey Ruins, galleries in the museum and inside the Abbey Gateway to get a unique perspective of Reading’s History. Become an Abbey Quarter Explorer and make your own explorer hat! Amersham Road Estate Neighbourhood Association (ARENA) will be bringing their Dr Bike workshop to Forbury Fiesta. Young future mechanics

from the Amersham Estate have recently been trained and started up their own bike repair shop on the estate. On the day they will be on hand to show off their new skills and carry out small repairs to any of your bikes under the supervision of their tutor. Why not find the Pop up Village marquee where you can have a go at a whole host of children’s role play scenarios – these include a construction site, art studio and lots more. The National Child Birth Trust Ltd will provide a feeding and changing area for babies and toddlers. Also joining in the fun on the day will be: The Bengali Cultural Association, GD Tennis, Pop up Village, Reading Voluntary Action, Reading Refugee Support

Group, Launchpad Reading, Food4Families, Broad Street Mall, Razzamataz Reading, and Campaign for Real Events. 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!

Free Event

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Saturday 11 May 12noon & 3.30pm Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk



Channel 5: * The Milkshake Live show will feature 2 Milkshake! Presenters. Jen, Derek, Kemi, Amy, Olivia, Sita, David, Nathan and Kiera may only appear at certain venues. © Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited 2018. All Rights Reserved. © 2018 Prism Art & Design Limited. © Fizzy Productions Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Wissper 2 Limited/M4E. © 2015 - 2018 Universal Kids Media Productions LLC and Rightsco TV Limited ©2018 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, Nella The Princess Knight and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. ©2018 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, Shimmer and Shine and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. NODDY® Toyland® Noddy in Toyland™ © 2018 Chorion Rights Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new 2019 musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen! Be part of this fantastic production as you learn the amazing songs and dances with your favourite Milkshake friends, and watch as the music, the lights, the costumes and stage come together. With great Milkshake friends, anything is possible.

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Starring Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and Floogals, alongside two Milkshake Presenters, this brand-new show has plenty of laughter, audience interaction and great fun to get everyone up on their feet! It’s a family show not to be missed! Adults £16.50 U16’s £15.50 Family Ticket £60 Babes in arms: Under 12 months only

11 May – 2 June



In celebration of the Children’s Festival Waterstones Reading are running their annual short story competition. Calling all budding authors – 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 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@ or handed in to a bookseller at Waterstones Reading Broad Street. Please write your name, age and contact details on each entry.


Every Saturday (during Reading Children’s Festival) The Hill School, Peppard Road, Caversham




Are you aged 4-18 years? If you love Singing, Dancing and Acting, then you will love working with our team of professionals at Theatretrain Reading! Come along to Theatretrain Reading any Saturday during Reading Children’s Festival and enjoy an amazing, fun filled session completely free of charge! Theatretrain students regularly perform in West End Theatres, The Royal Albert Hall, Disneyland Paris, National Theatre Connections and at the world famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Theatretrain has been inspiring young people for over 27 years in our weekly classes, performance opportunities in West End Theatres, The Royal Albert Hall and Abroad and in our Holiday workshops and performance tours. Our students work with trained professionals and West End performers each week and our work is supported by many well-known Patrons: Catherine Tate, Alfred Molina, Lucy Davis and Sir Derek Jacobi.


Our classes take place at The Hill School, Peppard Road, RG4 8TU. TT Minis for 4-6 year olds (9am-10:30am, 10:45-12:15pm and 12:40-2:10pm) TT Main Session for 6-18 year olds (10:15am-1:15pm) We also offer Advanced Drama and Dance classes for students aged 11+.

10th – 12th and 17th – 19th May Prospect Park, Bath Road


This popular family Fun Fair returns to Prospect Park with a wide variety of rides and games for all ages. GuyattsFunFair 12th May


The Museum of English Rural Life, RG1 5EX


Drop in and enjoy a craft activity inspired by the MERL collections. £2. Visit whats-on for details

11 May – 2 June


Helen & Douglas House Charity Shop, Crockhamwell Road, Woodley

COLOURING COMPETITION Enter our colouring competition to celebrate the Bubble Rush, a new foamy 5K family fun run, coming to Reading on 9 June. WIN FREE FAMILY ENTRY TO THE BUBBLE RUSH READING* Pick up a colouring sheet and entry form from: • The Woodley Helen & Douglas House Charity Shop • Download it • Come and see us at the Forbury Fiesta on 11 May All entries must be submitted to the Woodley Helen & Douglas House Charity Shop by 2 June. To celebrate Reading Children’s Festival we are giving away FREE children’s activity books* *Two adults and two children **while stocks last


14 – 15 May

South Street



This thrilling performance of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’, adapted by David Wood, is full of adventure, mystery and magic. When the Boy finds himself staying in the same hotel as the Grand High Witch and her followers, notorious for their hatred of children, he must overcome his fears to defeat them. But when he and his new friend, Bruno, are found out, their challenge becomes a little more difficult...

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This amateur production of “The Witches (Wood/Dahl)” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD. £10, £7 concessions

0118 960 6060


15 May

10.30 – 11.30am

Jelly, Broad Street Mall

JELLY TOTS PLAY Join us at Jelly home and artist studios located within Broad Street Mall for a colourful morning of craft and creative play. The session allows you and your child to explore and experiment with art materials and techniques such as painting printing and collage. Throughout the term we will explore the work of different artists, play with mixing colours, try out art techniques and make things that can be continued to be played with and provide inspiration for future artwork at home. Suitable for 18 months to 8 years.

9.45am – 12.15pm David Lloyd, Thames Valley Park

If you would like to find out more about Busylizzy and try out one of our classes then why not come along to our free Open Day! We will be running our Baby Music, Mummy&me Aerobics and Mummy&me Pilates classes all free of charge. We will also have a special joining offer available on the day! Book via the website

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Booking essential £4 – 5 years and younger £6 – 6 – 8 years

17 May


17 & 24 May

10 – 11.30am

The Museum of English Rural Life, RG1 5EX

A fun outdoor learning session for pre-schoolers in the fantastic urban garden at The MERL. Come and join in outdoor activities inspired by the themes and collections of the museum. Enjoy outdoor play and explore the natural environment. Each session involves story-telling, craft activities and singing, and is run by Charlotte, a local teacher and Level 3 Forest Leader. £4 (includes drink and snack) No need to book. Suitable for families with children under 5 years old. Visit for details


WHAT’S COMING OUT OF THE BOX “What was it like in mummy’s tummy?” Have you ever heard this question? Or tried to answer? We did and the result is ‘Inside’. Join us on an immersive journey from conception to birth and share a very special experience with your little one. ‘Inside’ is an intimate, interactive show, specifically devised for 1 - 4 year olds, alongside their families. Set in a campsite and inspired by life inside the womb, it features multi-sensory activities, shadow theatre, live soundmaking and object theatre. ‘Inside’ has been devised in consultation with young children, their families and nursery staff.

18 May 10.15am, 11.45am, 1.30pm South Street

The Barbados and Friends Association (Reading) (Registered Charity No 1102221)

Barbados Day

Celebrating 15 years of Town Twinning between Reading and Speightstown


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Show times: 10.15am: 1 - 4 year olds 11.45am: 1 - 2 ½ year olds 1.30pm: 2 ½ - 4 year olds Show duration: 55 mins All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note capacity is limited to 18 Children & 14 adults and therefore there is a limited amount of tickets for 1 adult to accompany 2 children. 1 adult & 1 child ticket £15 1 adult & 2 children ticket £20 (limited) 0118 960 6060

Steel Pan Music, Singing, Salsa Dancing, Landship dance performance Bajan Food, Drinks & Products

On sale

Saturday 18th May 2019 10am-6pm Broad Street, Town Centre, Reading


18 May


Jelly, Broad Street Mall, Reading


Create your own black and white mono prints inspired by artist Keith Haring. Join us on the third Saturday of each month in our artist studios and workshop space within Broad Street Mall for our Jelly Family Art Club with Reading artist and arts educator Julie Calce as we celebrate art and collaborative art making. Suitable for 3 to 14 years. Booking essential. 5 years and younger - £6, 6 years and older - £7.50 18 May

10am – 12noon

Whitley Library, South Reading Community Hub, 252 Northumberland Ave.


Come along and get crafty with HAMA beads.


All welcome. £2 per child

0118 901 5115

18 May


Waterstones Reading


k launch o o b Carry on our Reading Children’s

Festival celebrations with local children’s author Charlotte Lo, as she launches her debut novel. Charlotte will be talking about how she became an author and reading from her book, followed by a book signing. When Luna’s family win an island, Luna thinks it will solve everything AND she can finally get a donkey! But things don’t go entirely to plan - but the island is beautiful, and the family are happy, and maybe Luna will get her donkey after all... Meet Charlotte to find out more. Perfect for 9 - 12 years all ages welcome.

Green Park, Reading


The Green Park Royal Berkshire 10K and Family Races start and finish by the lake in Green Park. There are 3 races to choose from on the day: - Family Mini Mile starting 8.30am - 3K MiniMarathon starting at 9.15am - 10K race starting at 10.30am The Mini-Mile Family Fun Run is for children up to (and including) the age of 8 years old. This race takes place on closed roads within the scenic landscaped ground of the Green Park campus. Parents and adults are encouraged

to run with and support the children (entry for parents is free). All children receive a race t-shirt, a running bib, chip timing, a finishers medal, and automatic entry to the School’s Challenge. The 3K Family Fun Run is for children (and adults) aged 9 years and over. Again, all entrants receive a race t-shirt, a running bib, chip timing, a finishers medal, and automatic entry to the School’s Challenge. The Royal Berkshire 10k is a one lap rural route around Pingewood lakes. The route is flat and on good surfaces making it suitable for seasoned runners and those who are less

experienced. The race takes place on fully closed roads and has cut off time of 1 hour 45 minutes. There are water stations on route and plenty of support and entertainment on the course! In the Race Village there will be everything you need, including a bag drop, toilets, coffee, food, ice-cream, music, bar, sports massage and a variety of stalls and traders. This is a family friendly event with a great atmosphere and provides the perfect opportunity for children, schools and parents to get involved and take part. Entry starts at ÂŁ10

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19 May


21 May

22 May

10.30 – 11.30am

3.30 – 6pm

Jelly, Broad Street Mall

Jelly, Broad Street Mall

Central Library, Abbey Square


Jelly Tots Story is an hour arts and story session. Each week our host will theme arts and crafts based on a story. At the end of the session the children will gather to hear a story read by our host.

Join researchers from the University of Reading to discover more about Our Body as part of a Pint of Science event, specifically designed for our half-pints (6 – 11 year olds) and their families. Come to the Central Library between 3.30pm – 6pm and take a trip inside yourself! You’ll find out more about your body and it’s inner workings and puzzle your way through our escape game to find out about protein in our food and the role it has on our body.

Booking essential. £4 per child, Adults free

Space is limited so please email to book your place.

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Join us for a colourful morning of craft and creative play.

JELLY TOTS PLAY Join us at Jelly home and artist studios located within Broad Street Mall for a colourful morning of craft and creative play. The session allows you and your child to explore and experiment with art materials and techniques such as painting printing and collage. Throughout the term we will explore the work of different artists, play with mixing colours, try out art techniques and make things that can be continued to be played with and provide inspiration for future artwork at home. Suitable for ages 18 months to 8 years. Booking essential £4 – 5 years and younger £6 – 6 - 8 years

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10.30am – 11.30am

20 May

25 May

11.15am and 3pm

Waterstones Reading

A.F. HARROLD STORYTIME Join us in our Children’s section as we start our Reading Children’s Festival half term celebrations with legendary local children’s author A.F. Harrold. Ashley will be reading from his Greta Zargo series of books. He may talk about how he became an author and answer all your questions about how he writes such fabulous books, or he may ask you some questions instead... perhaps a bit of both! Whatever he does we know we’ll have a great time with him on the day with lots of audience participation and laughs along the way. Followed by a book signing. Greta Zargo doesn’t know it, but once again she is about to unwittingly and unknowingly save the world ... Intrepid young schoolgirl-turned-reporter Greta Zargo is always in search of a Big Scoop and for once there are plenty of strange goings-on! Meet Ashley to find out more.


25 May

25 May – 2 June

Palmer Park, Wokingham Road

10.30am – 5pm Caversham Pier, Thameside Promenade, Caversham

FREE BOAT TRIPS for children

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Thames Rivercruise will be offering FREE Boat trips for accompanied children aged 0 to 16 years during the Half Term holidays. One free child ticket per full paying adult. 30 minute, 45 minute & 80 minute round cruises from Caversham Cruises to Beale Park Hop on Hop off to Goring & Cruises to the Abbey Ruins. Prices from £5, no booking required.


This popular family Fun Fair returns to Palmer Park with a wide variety of rides and games for all ages.

25th May – 2nd June (Closed Monday) The Museum of English Rural Life, RG1 5EX

Half Term FAMILY FUN AT THE MERL Visit the MERL and explore the galleries and garden. Have fun with our rat trails indoors and the woodland brass rubbing trail in the garden, have a go at the free ‘make and takes’ and object handling activities. Play at dressing up or pretend to be a farmer on the wooden tractor in the garden. Visit for details

27 – 29 May

Session times each day:

10:00am to 11:15am 11:30am to 12:45pm 1:30pm to 2:45pm 3:00pm to 4:15pm

Reading Canoe Club, The Warren, Caversham RG4 7RE

BEGINNER TASTER SESSIONS Come and try out canoeing with our fun taster sessions. It’s a great sport, whatever the weather, and there are lots of different types to learn. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your session starts, bring a towel and change of clothing and a signed parental consent form (on our website). To book a place, please email the Club on, letting us know the session your child(ren) would like to attend and how many places you require.

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Booking essential (only 10 places per session). Free, ages 9-16 To book please email


28 May – 31 May

28 May

28 May

Green Park, The Hill, and Waterloo Meadows

10am – 11.30am

2pm – 3pm

Tilehurst Library, School Road

Palmer Park Library, St Bartholomew’s Road



Holiday Playclubs offer lots of fun activities with prices from as little as £11 per session.

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Come along and get crafty with pirate flags.

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You can pre-book via the Reading Play website at Or for more information call 0118 937 2632 or email

All welcome.


Come along and get crafty with this animal themed craft session. Ad mi t

Suitable for ages 4+ years


£1 per child

0118 901 5112

£1 per child

0118 901 5106

28 May

2pm – 3pm

Southcote Library, Southcote Community Hub

28th May

10.30am – 12pm or 12.30 – 2pm

The Museum of English Rural Life, RG1 5EX

The MERL Family Event:

FUNKY AN ENCHANTED SPRING Join us in the MERL garden for an enchanting family event the season of Spring and the wonderful changes FAIRIES itcelebrating brings. Dig out or create a costume to wear that symbolises Spring or perhaps a magical garden creature! and

Come and join us for a fun interactive craft session. Parents must remain for the session.

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£4 per child (adults free) Booking essential.

Visit for details and to book

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Ages: 6-10 years. £1 per child

0118 901 5109


HALF TERM FUN at READING MUSEUM ACTIVITY CART Visit us throughout the holidays at the Museum and enjoy a range of ladybirdthemed craft ideas. Free, drop in* Daily, 10am – 4pm

MONK BEAR TRAIL Find the Reading Abbey Monk Bears hidden around the Museum. Families, 10am – 4pm £1, drop in*


Tuesday 28 May, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm

THE GREATEST KNIGHT! Be inspired by the ‘Greatest Knight’ in England, William Marshal – who is connected to Reading Abbey and Caversham. Decorate your own signature helmet and shield, then have fun trying to launch your ‘noodle’ javelin at the target! Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £3, booking essential (see our website or call us) Wednesday 29 May

Make & Take: LADYBIRD BUNTING AND STREAMERS Make some fun bunting out of hand drawn ladybird pictures. Help decorate our new Welcome gallery on the ground floor. Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in*

Thursday 30 May Wednesday 29 May

VICTORIAN SCHOOLROOM EXPERIENCE in the Gateway Meet a Victorian schoolteacher and re-learn the ‘3Rs’. A 45-minute experience for adults and children over 5 in our unique Victorian classroom, now in the brand new setting of the historic Abbey Gateway. Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. Ages 5+, 11.30am, 1.15pm & 2.30pm (meeting at the Abbey Gateway) £1 per person, see our website to book in advance or pay on the day (35 places max per session)*

LADYBIRD FRIENDSHIP ROCKS Paint your own friendly ladybug creature in these drop-in sessions and hide them in a mini home! Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £2, booking essential (see our website or call us)


HALF TERM FUN at READING MUSEUM WORKSHOP Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June FAMILY MAKE AND TAKE with Air Dried Clay Create your own air dry clay tiles to take home and paint after a few days, using mini-tile carved clay stamps. Working with both simple cut shapes and square templates, you can design something unique using traditional tile patterns found on tiles from Reading Abbey and from further afield. With a chance to handle original medieval tile fragments and with an explanation of some of the meanings of the patterns, this is suitable for children of all ages Saturday 30 March – Saturday 17 August 2019



and abilities, with easy to use tools and all the means you need to carry your tiles safely home. Your workshop leaders are Karen and Charlie Slade, who have made replica medieval tiles for Cathedrals, Museums and even for a Disney film, since 1996. All ages, 10am – 11am and 11.15am – 12.15pm £4 per person, booking essential (max 12 places per hour slot, see our website or call us)

An exhibition celebrating the history of the nation’s favourite children’s books. Hosted at Reading Museum as part of Museums Partnership Reading, a new cultural initiative funded by Arts Council England, this exhibition presents material from the extensive Ladybird Books Archive housed at the University of Reading.

Thursday 30 May

10am – 2pm

30 May

Meadway Sports Centre, Conwy Close

We have teamed up with the Reading Play team to offer you the chance to try a whole host of sports and activities FREE of charge. Why not try out a range of games, sports and challenges including lacrosse, basketball, handball, table tennis, dodgeball, French cricket and more! There will be something for everyone, you can even get your Mum and Dad to try out some of the activities! A special certificate and badge 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 2771 or visit

The Caversham Library, Church Street, Caversham


and help us make a circus display

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2.15 – 3.15pm

£1 per child

0118 901 5103


1 June


Waterstones Reading


Join us in our Children’s section this half term as we finish our Reading Children’s Festival celebrations in style with wonderful children’s author Rob Biddulph, who was this year’s Official World Book Day illustrator. Rob will be reading from his new book Wide Awake with a Dinosaur draw-along. He will talk about how he became an author and answer all your questions about how he writes and illustrates such wonderful books. Followed by a book signing. Book three of the incredible Dinosaur Juniors series from award-winning Rob Biddulph is a spectacularly sleepinducing third story from the delightfully Dinosaur-y series. It’s bedtime for the Tyrannosaurus twins, and Otto is sleepy but Winnie is not. In fact, she’s wide awake! She wakes up


poor Otto to help her drift off... but will they ever get there? Meet Rob to find out more and draw a dinosaur of your own. This event will be on a first come first served basis, so early arrival is recommended as it will be very popular.

1 June

2nd June

10:30am – 12:00noon

The Museum of English Rural Life, RG1 5EX

Readipop, 35 Milford Road, Reading, RG1 8LG

UKULELE FAMILY JAM A ukulele family jam session for primary school kids and parents/carers etc to learn and play together. For firsttime and more seasoned Uke players to band together to learn the hits.

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No experienced is required. Readipop have a limited number of ukes you can borrow - let us know when you book. Cost: £3 per family/group

https://readipop.eventbrite. 0118 938 7156

10 – 11am


A quieter hour for visitors with autism

Early birds is a quieter hour (during our usual opening hours) which provides an atmosphere in which to explore the museum, sensitive to the needs of visitors with autistic spectrum or other communication and sensory conditions. The session takes place every first Sunday of the month from 10 – 11am. Siblings, families, carers and friends are welcome. No need to book. Free. For details visit merl.reading. or email


Throughout Reading Children’s Festival Various venues



diddi dance offers funky preschool dance classes for girls and boys. The award winning, high energy sessions explore 16 different dance styles set to original, age-appropriate music. Classes improve gross motor skills, rhythm, co-ordination, confidence, creativity and social skills with dancing games, fun exercises, action songs and a host of props. Lessons are aligned to the EYFS and are structured, yet relaxed, providing a great opportunity to enjoy some quality time with your little one and have a giggle together! Classes run every day across Reading & Wokingham, with nursery workshops and birthday parties also running throughout the area. For more details, or to book a trial, contact Andrea on 07719 87 87 89, or email andrea.bickford@diddidance. com,

FREE diddi dance trial classes available for you and your pre-schooler throughout the Children’s Festival. Mon 9.30am - Caversham Heights Methodist Church, 74 Highmoor Road, RG4 7BG Mon 10am - Emmanuel Church Centre, Southlake Crescent, Woodley, RG5 3QW Tues 10am - Lord Harris Court, Mole Road, Sindlesham, RG41 5EA Tues 10am - St Luke’s Parish Hall, Erleigh Road, Reading, RG1 5QY Tues 1.45pm - Tilehurst Methodist Church, 26 School Road, RG31 5AN Wed 10am - St Barnabas Church Hall, Elm Road, Earley, RG6 5TS Wed 1.45pm - Wokingham Community Centre, 35 Reading Road, RG41 1EG Thurs 10am - Wokingham Community Centre, 35 Reading Road, RG41 1EG Fri 10am - Reading YMCA (Sports Hall), 34 Parkside Road, RG30 2DD Sat 9am & 10am - Radstock Community Centre, Radstock Lane, Lower Earley, RG6 5UZ Sat 9am & 10am - Coronation Hall, Headley Road, Woodley, RG5 4JB


READING SPORT AND LEISURE Every holiday sees a bumper selection of activities including cycling, football, under 5’s activities and splashing good fun in the pool. So why not spring into action at your local RSL centres across Reading!

AQUA ACADEMY Our Aqua Academy follows the Swim England National Plan for Teaching Swimming for both adults and children and you can join at any point throughout the year, subject to availability. From the complete beginner to experienced swimmers who want to diversify into other water based sports (competitive swimming, Rookie Lifeguards) our Aqua Academy programme can help you to make the very most of this important life skill. Our programme includes the following stages:


Pre-School Ducklings Classes Stage 1 with Parent Stages 1 - 7 Stages 8 - 10 Competitive Swimming Stages 8 Rookie Lifeguard Private Swimming Lessons In addition we offer 1:1 Private Swimming Lessons at Meadway Sports Centre. For lesson availability and to pre-book your lesson please call Meadway Sports Centre Tel: 0118 937 5060. aqua-academy/

Monday – Friday

4pm – 5pm

Meadway Sports Centre, Conwy Close


Come along after school and learn badminton and squash. Get active and have fun playing these racket sports with your family!

Meadway Sports Centre, Conwy Close

Booking essential.


0118 937 5060

Get active with the RSL Sports Academy. Their courses are a great way for children to learn a new sport and to stay active.

Wednesday 15th May 2019 and Wednesday 22nd May

Junior Badminton: Every Monday, 5pm – 6pm (under 16 years only) Trampolining: Every Monday, 6pm – 7pm (5 – 8 years) Gymnastics and Baby Bounce are also available. Contact Meadway for more information.

Palmer Park Stadium

0118 937 5060

FREE CYCLE4SPORT SESSIONS Age 6-16 (must be able to ride a bike independently.) To book 0118 937 5080


If you’re a Reading resident don’t miss out on the great deals on offer with the Reading Borough Council ‘Your Reading Passport’. This covers free swimming during general swimming sessions during Reading school holidays, Monday to Friday, from centre opening til 4.55pm. To sign up go to There’s lots more details of the RSL Holiday Programme on, or pick up a holiday leaflet from your local RSL centre. Meadway Sports Centre, Conwy Close, Tilehurst

Tel: 0118 937 5060


Palmer Park Sports Stadium, Wokingham Road, Reading

Tel: 0118 937 5080

South Reading Leisure Centre, Northumberland Avenue, Reading

Tel: 0118 937 3399

Follow the instructions to Make A Paper Candle and bring it with you to the Jelly Marquee, Forbury Gardens Saturday 11 May 11am – 4pm to help Jelly decorate the Children's Festival celebration 30th Anniversary Birthday Cake!


place the 2 strips of paper one on top of the other to to make an ‘l’ shape. glue them together at the corner.



cut 2 long strips of paper using this rectangle as a template

fold one strip over the other...

6. Cut out and Make a

flame. glue it to the top of the candle

5. keep folding each strip over 4. ...and then fold the other strip over

the other like this to the ends. glue ends together.

snip here to make 2 glue flaps

Tip: Decorate your candle before you fold and glue it together


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Reading Children’s Festival 2019  

Your essential guide to this years Reading Children’s Festival.

Reading Children’s Festival 2019  

Your essential guide to this years Reading Children’s Festival.