Regular readers of West Berkshire Mums will know that every year we put together a round-up of Christmas markets, fairs and events in the area. While everything is (understandably) a bit quieter this year, there are still a few things going on so we have put together this events guide. It includes both online and in-person events. If you’re holding an event that you’d like us to add or if you know of anything that we’ve missed, please get in touch and we can add it to the list.

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Please check that all details are correct and up-to-date before going along to an event that is listed below.

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park

Magical Christmas Adventure – 5th December -24th December

A two-hour indoor Christmas experience featuring a sleigh ride to the North Pole, build your own bear, an ice castle, toy factory, enchanted forest, and of course a visit to Father Christmas. This year 4 Kingdoms has reduced the number of visitors on each journey and it is therefore recommended to book early to avoid disappointment. You can book online at www.4-kingdoms.co.uk. Tickets start from £15 for adults and £27.50 for children.

4 Kingdoms, Newbury Road, Headley, RG19 8JY.

West Berkshire Museum

Victorian Christmas Card Craft Pack (from 2nd December)

Drop in to the museum and pick up a Victorian Christmas card craft pack for £2. These are available until 24th December or while stocks last.

West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury, RG14 5AS.

The Museum is open Wednesday-Saturday 10am-4pm.

Growing2gether

Christmas Fair – Saturday 5th December 10am-3pm

A ticketed Christmas fair. Tickets are free and bookable in one-hour time slots. Book here.

Growing2gether, Cottismore Park, Newbury Road, Kingsclere, RG20 4SY.

St Mary’s Church, Shaw, Newbury

Bethlehem at Shaw – Open Air Nativity Trail – Sunday 13th December 4pm-6pm

A nativity trail through the church grounds. There will be DIY Christingle kits, seasonal refreshments and Father Christmas.

www.shawchurch.org.uk.

St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR.

Shaw House

Gingerbread Trail – Sunday 6th December 11am-4pm

A family gingerbread trail through the grounds of Shaw House. You can pick up a trail sheet from Shaw House reception and search for clues hidden around the grounds. There is a suggested donation of £1 per trail sheet. You do not need to book for this event. More details on the Shaw House website.

Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR.

Corn Exchange Newbury

Pantomime: Aladdin – 4th December – 3rd January

A socially distanced panto from the Corn Exchange. Tickets from £22.50 (adults), £20 (concessions). More details and booking here.

Winter Lantern Trail – Friday 11th – Sunday 13th December

A lantern trail in Newbury.

This event is fully booked but the Corn Exchange has said that any returned tickets will be released to the general public so you can check the Corn Exchange website.

You can also book a free home lantern making kit and collect it from Greenham Business Park on 5th or 6th December. All details here.

Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5BD.

101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space, Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Newbury, RG19 6HN.

Arlington Arts

Santa’s Christmas Cracker – 5th December (10.30am and 1pm)

A socially distanced show where every child will receive a gift from Father Christmas. A 45 minute interactive show. Suitable for ages 2-7. Adults £10.50, children £9.50, family ticket £36. More details and booking here.

Boogie Mites Festive Adventure – 15th December 2020 10am & 11.15am

45 minutes of musical fun for children from birth to age 5. Tickets are £8 and can be bought via the Arlington Arts website where you will also find some more information about the show.

Arlington Arts, Mary Hare School, Snelsmore Common, Newbury, RG14 3BQ.

Newbury Racecourse

Car Park Panto: Horrible Christmas – Wednesday 23rd December 2pm-5pm

A drive-in Christmas show from Horrible Histories. Tickets are £45 a car and can be purchased here.

The Two Watermills, Newbury

Breakfast with Santa – 19th and 20th December 9am-11.30am (online event)

Online via Facebook. More details here.

The Watermill Theatre

A Christmas Carol – 3rd December – 3rd January

The Watermill’s Christmas show. Suitable for those aged 5+. Tickets from £20. More details and booking via the theatre’s website.

The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury, RG20 8AE.

Parkway Shopping Centre

Parkway Shopping Centre in Newbury won’t have its Christmas Grotto this year but there is a Lego Winter Wonderland display (from 22nd November) plus Christmas market stalls from 3rd December. Visit the website here.

Parkway Shopping Centre, Newbury, RG14 1AY.

Basildon Park

Basildon Park has had to postpone its winter activity trail but you can still go and visit. Book your visit via the website.

Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, RG8 9NR.

Millets Farm

Christmas Food & Gift Marquee – 7th November– 24th December

A selection of Christmas treats and gifts in the Farm Shop marquee. More details here.

Santa’s Grotto – 21st November – 24th December

SOLD OUT

Millets Farm, Kingston Road, Frilford, OX13 5HB.

Finkley Down Farm

Magical Christmas – 5th & 6th December, 12th & 13th December and 19th – 24th December

A socially distanced (with reduced capacity) Christmas experience. Includes gingerbread decorating, elf hunt, and a visit to Father Christmas. Adults £12.95, Child (2-16) £29.95, under 2s £24.95. Under 1s are free if accompanying a sibling and not meeting Father Christmas. More details and booking here.

Finkley Down Farm, North Way, Andover, SP11 6NF.

Roves Farm

Festive Farm Fun – 27th November – 23rd December

A visit to Father Christmas, a gift, reindeer food making, and all usual farm activities. Tickets £5 for adults and £19.80 or £22.30 (depending on dates) for children aged 3-16. Different prices for two-year olds and under 2s. All details here.

Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Swindon, SN6 7QG.

Other Events

Newbury’s Living Advent Calendar – 1st-24th December

This year’s living advent calendar is still taking place. Visit the Facebook page for details of the trail.

The Friends of Winchcombe School Christmas Trail – 3rd December – 17th December

A Christmas trail open to everyone, not just those at the school. Follow the trail to spot the snowmen, collect 9 letters and make a Christmas themed word. Return your completed answer sheet to The Winchcombe School by 3pm on Thursday 17th December to be in with a chance of winning a box full of treats! Answer sheets can be placed in a box outside the school office (during school hours). Answer sheets are £2 each and will be emailed to you once payment is received. Payment is via Paypal. All details can be found via the Facebook event.

Christmas Window Trail in Newbury – 5th-31st December

Find over 30 decorated Christmas windows in Newbury town centre and vote for the best. There will be trail sheets to collect and return to be in with a chance of winning a prize. At the time of writing the location from which trail sheets can be collected had not been announced. Keep up to date via the Visit Newbury Facebook page.

This event is a collaboration between Visit Newbury, Parkway Shopping Centre and Kennet Shopping Centre.

Virtual Advent Fayre – Saturday 12th December 11am

A virtual Advent fayre hosted by Alder Bridge Steiner-Waldorf School. All details can be found on the Facebook event.

Cheeki Monkeys Newbury Christmas Event – Saturday 12th December – 10.30am-1.30pm

A ‘pre-loved’ Christmas market. Adults £1.50, children free. More details here.

Held at Newbury Royal British Legion, Pelican Lane, Newbury, RG14 1NP.

Wash Common Christmas Duck Extravaganza – Monday 14th December – Sunday 20th December

A Christmas duck hunt. Follow the map to find Christmas themed duck displays. Maps are £2 and are available from NuMee coffee shop from 14th December. Return your map for the chance to win a Christmas hamper. 70% of proceeds will be going to the West Berkshire Food Bank and 30% will go towards outdoor equipment for Jane’s House Montessori nursery.

Twilight Trail in Reading – 8th December – 3rd January

An outdoor festive trail in Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins. Advance booking is required. Tickets from £9 for children and £11 for adults. More details and booking here.

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