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Countdown to BoomTown Fair Chapter 11 at Hampshire | 7-11 August 2019

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Oh buoy! We’re under way with the countdown to one of the biggest events in nearby.

Last year as a BoomTown virgin, We knew we were in for a treat but what hit me was more dazzling than I could ever have imagined. The four day extravaganza was a trippy around a futiros world with sound systems and drum of bassline, which left me paralysed with a utopian feeling of happiness, accomplishment and of course, inevitable exhaustion.

Matterley Estate in Winchester was transformed into a fantastical pop-up wonderland, complete with twelve eccentric and ornate districts. From TrenchTown to OldTown, Mayfair to the WildWest and even a KidsTown for the little ones, the planning and production of the setting was overflowing with overwhelming creativity, vast attention to detail and an abundance of unexpected surprises. Walking to purchase a breakfast of coffee or hot chocolate with churros one morning, I was greeted by people left right center.

In few week we’ll be back, I can’t wait to go back there again. The festival attracts 60,000 residents, but the organisers managed to somehow bypass the feeling of crowdedness and congestion. Whether you are more of an uptown girl, or a downtown roller, there was a huge variety of camping spots depending on your preference. Residents were able to float between the stages and tents for the vast majority of the festival..

Suffice to say, we most certainly will be attending the festival next summer, albeit equipped with slightly more sequins and novelty headwear. And of course, a monumental thank you goes out to absolutely everybody involved in organising BoomTown Fair and making it without a doubt the best festival I have attended this summer. To see more images from one of the best weekend of 2019, click here to be redirected to the BoomTown website gallery and remember to keep your peepers open to bagsy your tickets for this year event by clicking here.

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Christmas Lights Switch On in Reading | Broad Street – 16 November

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The lead up to Christmas officially begins in Reading this weekend as the lights are switched on around the town.

Starting from Santa arriving on a motorised bed to light up the town and Broad Street Mall with thousands of Christmas lights, three new trees sparkle at the station, in Broad Street and The Forbury

Music in Broad Street to accompany the Christmas lights switch on:-

Jive Aces 12.30 -2.30 (X Factor finalists)

RASPO (Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra) 3.00 – 5.00

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Magical Extravaganza | 30 November 2019

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Magical Christmas in Reading – Broad Street & Abbey Ruins

Part of Magical Christmas in Reading, join us for a day of entertainment in Broad Street and a night of music, boat trips, food, light and fireworks in the Abbey Ruins. With music from Ma Bessie, Dat Brass, Avenue and Flamenco Thief, a boat tour from Cast Iron Theatre and a lighting installation from Pif-Paf Theatre, all topped off with fireworks. This is sure to be a night to remember.

The event begins at 12:00 and runs until 18:00.

No alcohol on site. Bag searches will be in operation. 

Please be aware that this is an outdoor event therefore open to the elements.

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Christmas At The Oracle

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This Christmas, The Oracle will be transformed into a magical frozen wonderland!

Head to The Riverside and enjoy a series of wondrous wintry ice capades on our festive rink.

Expect music, dancing, storytelling and lots of festive cheer… perfect for customers of all ages to enjoy and best of all, it’s FREE!

Show times
Saturday 30th November – 4:30pm, 5:30pm & 6:30pm
Saturday 7th December – 4:30pm, 5:30pm & 6:30pm
Saturday 14th December – 4:30pm, 5:30pm & 6:30pm
Sunday 21st December – 4:30pm, 5:30pm & 6:30pm

FURTHER INFO
No need to book, simply turn up and enjoy the Christmas magic!

Please note, the ice rink is for performances only. No public skating is available.

LOCATION
The Riverside.

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