1k Mini Santa Run–The fairly level 1k course is ideal for youngsters, adults with babies in buggies, dogs with owners and we especially welcome wheelchair users and encourage all those with disabilities to join in, dress as Santa or Elf and be part of the festive fun! PLUS you can raise monies for your own particular charities if you wish. By the way Santa or Elf outfits included in the entry fee!
5k Town Centre Santa Run–The annual Reading 5k Charity Santa Run, organised by The Rotary Club of Reading will take place once again in Reading – Sunday 8th December 2019.
Starting at 9.00am. It is open to anyone 10 and over and Santa suits are included in the price.
Great town centre route starting and finishing at the Forbury Gardens and taking in Broad Street, The Oracle shopping centre and Kennet side paths.
The route is all on road or pavements. The route is through the town centre starting and finishing at the Forbury Gardens and taking in Broad Street, The Oracle shopping centre and Kennet side paths, runners should be aware of street furniture and bollards. There are some narrow sections, please show patience when passing through these areas and across the river Kennett Bridge.
‘100% of money raised by runners will go to charities, none on overheads. The majority of funds raised will go to our two main charities, Daisy’s Dream and No. 5. The remainder will be split between other local charities and Rotary Projects to included Reading Samaritans, Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Berkshire Vision and CIRDIC.’’
To enter click on www.readingsantarun.co.uk
West Reading Window Wanderland 2020 | 29 Feb – 1 Mar 2020
This will be the second Window Wanderland accross the whole of West Reading.
The idea is to cheer up otherwise dark and cold evenings with fun and light, in the form of decorated windows, and an opportunity for the community to come together. People can walk with neighbours and friends to follow the window trail and explore their neighbourhod in a new light.
Last year, over 40 houses decorated their windows and hundreds of school children decorated their school windows at Wilson Primary, Battle School and Oxford Road Community School. Over one thousand people downloaded the map to follow the magical trail with friends and neighbours.
2020 will be even bigger and brighter. If you would like to find out more, or get involved by decorating your windows at home, at work, at school, at a nursery, at a business or organisation please sign up here and encourage your neighbours to get involved. This works so well if a lots of people take part on a street and then get together to see eachother’s windows. See how one street had fun doing this last year here.
The organisers will again be holding free workshops where they’ll provide materials, tools and people can swap ideas, tips and skills.
West Reading Window Wanderland 2020 | 29 Feb – 1 Mar 2020 from 6pm to 9pm. Please register or sign in to make a window.
Christmas Lights Switch On in Reading | Broad Street – 16 November
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
Magical Extravaganza | 30 November 2019
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.