Reading Winter on Ice

Saturday 16 November to Sunday 5 January, 11am–10pm | Forbury Gardens Opening until 5 January, there is a wide range of attractions, activities and entertainment for visitors of all ages including a Apres Ski Bar, a real ice staking rink, Santa’s grotto and a wide variety of festive food and drinks to keep you full … Read More


Sunday 24 November, 10am–3.30pm | Broad Street Artline brings work created by local artists to Broad Street – your chance to meet and buy from them direct. Organised by Jelly in partnership with Reading BID.It aims to attract people to Reading and support the town centre economy while profiling Reading as a cultural destination supporting … Read More

Christmas Extravaganza

Saturday 30 November, 12–6pm | Abbey Ruins, Chestnut Walk, The Blade and town Thrills, spills, sparkles and fun in a magical setting – that’s the mighty Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday, November 30. Events will run from 12 to 6pm, and your host will be radio star Michelle Babs Jordan from 3pm. There will be events … Read More

Reading Phoenix Choir

Sunday 1 December, 1–2pm | M&S, Broad Street Reading Phoenix Choir has been delighting audiences locally, nationally and internationally for over 50 years. Singing mainly a capella, the choir’s repertoire spans the centuries from the Rennaissance to the present day. With a drive to make music enjoyable and accessible to all, the choir works with … Read More

Winter Scene Badge Making

Monday 2 December, 2–3pm | Jelly, Level 1, Broad Street Mall Make special seasonally inspired badges at Jelly with a Jelly artist. Use pencils and rubbings from vinyl designs hand-cut by artist and illustrator Linda Newcombe to compose a scene from a strange wintery landscape, a homely place or abstract images of symbols and repeat … Read More

Small Silence/Richard Bentley: Slumberbus

Tuesday 3 December, 12-6pm & Tuesday 10 December 2-8pm | M&S and Broad Street Drawing inspiration from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, you are invited to step off the high street, hop into bed, snuggle up and reconnect with the season of goodwill. Captivated by the dreamy play of lights and accompanied by a fascinating … Read More

Hansel & Gretel

Tuesday 3 December, 7.30–9.30pm | 7 Flowers & Tea, Cross Street Rabble Theatre Company with a special showing of this fairytale Hansel & Gretel were born holding hands, nothing can keep them apart. Until one day they are cast out into the forbidden woods with no way home. Will they ever find one another again? … Read More

Bounder & Cad

Wednesday 4 December, 7.30–8.30pm | The Vault in The Market House, Market Place Bounder & Cad – the musical-comedy duo whose mischievous lyrics 10 Downing Street tried to censor… until their jazzy tunes had the PM dancing. Unlikely love-children of the Footlights and college choirs, this classically-trained duo write and perform ‘face-achingly funny’ songs, backed … Read More

Magical Wonderland at The Oracle

From Saturday 30 November, 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm | The Oracle Riverside This Christmas, The Oracle will be transformed into a magical frozen wonderland! Watch a series of wondrous wintry ice capades on the festive rink. Saturday 30 November, Saturday 7 December, Saturday 14 December, Saturday 21 December. Free.

An Even More Crayola Christmas

Thursday 5 December, 7.30–8.30pm | Purple Turtle, Gun Street Hot on the heels of two sell-out shows for the Reading Fringe Festival and the Pussy’s Bow Pride Party, Crayola is back in town for another round of top notch drag buffoonery, but be warned: the festive season has her feeling camper than ever! With a … Read More