THE annual Christmas event in Forbury Gardens is to take a break for a year while restoration works continue at the Abbey Ruins.
Reading Winter on Ice has been held in the popular Victorian gardens for the last three years but the scaffolding surrounding the Abbey Gateway during renovation works has meant vehicular access to the gardens is restricted.
The operator looked at adapting the event on-site but decided it would not be able to go ahead with a Christmas event in Reading this year.
The Council will now work on plans to ensure festive activities return to Forbury Gardens in 2018.
Cllr Sarah Hacker, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Culture, Sport and Consumer Services, said:
“There will be a wide range of exciting attractions to draw people to Reading this festive season, as well as our excellent range of shops, bars, restaurants and arts venues.
“It is disappointing the Forbury Gardens will not be hosting a Christmas event this year but we will now start planning the return of a fabulous festive activity next year.”