Children’s Festival returns for three weeks of events


FAMILIES can look forward to a summer of fun in Reading with the return of the fun-filled Children’s Festival from 13  May running through till 4 June.

Now in its 28th year, the festival returns for two weeks of family entertainment at venues across Reading, with a range of low-cost or free events open to children of all ages to choose from.

The festivities are kicking off at 11am on Saturday 13 May with the very popular “Forbury Fiesta” at Forbury Gardens with attractions including a Main Arena with Choirs, Dance Groups, Music and Theatre

There are attractions on offer throughout the Gardens for all age groups from toddlers to teenagers and plenty of marquees to shelter in whatever the weather. Other attractions include:

–        Balloon Modelling and Face Painting

–        Sport Tasters

–        Storytelling with Waterstones featuring author Abie Longstaff,

–        Theatre skills with Theatretrain,

–        Giant Bubble Making

–        Circus Skills

–        Carnival

–        Wandering Entertainment

There will also be plenty of food and drink on offer including a BBQ from Reading Scouts.

Face painting at last year’s festival

Councillor Paul Gittings, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Culture and Sport said:

“Reading Children’s Festival is one of the highlights of the annual calendar –certainly not one to miss.

There is an array of exciting activities on offer this year for everyone. I hope to see families from all over Reading coming together to join in the fun.”

There are a variety of events taking place across Reading  during the Festival catering for the interests of children of all ages and their parents including, a number of theatre and musical performances, arts and crafts, an array of different sports to try – many free of charge, playtime, river cruises, story time, fun and games, and educational workshops!

Waterstones will also be holding a two short story competitions throughout the festival for children aged 5-12 years old, and 13-19 years old.

A full programme of events and more information regarding the festival is available at, and you can keep up to date with festival news by visiting or by following us on twitter (@reading_cf).


Victoria Nickless

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