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WOMAD (World Of Music Arts & Dance) – 25th-28th July 2019

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I first went to WOMAD (World Of Music Arts & Dance) in 2005 when it was located in Reading UK. It has a special place in my heart. Its now more popular than ever at it’s new site Charlton Park, Wiltshire (I bumped into Prince Harry few years ago!!!). It’s a true family festival, perfect for little ones to teenagers and young people all the way to OAPs, theres something for everyone. It feels very safe, with the true hippy feeling of love flowing through out.

Lets get to the important part, the music!

World sounds all over, from some of the greatest musicians in the world. From huge recording super star artists from the UK to Ukraine & West African to West Australian all mixed up. Then you’ll hear bands and sounds you’ll have never heard before (check out the onsite Real World record shop, highly recommended for rare CDs & Records).

Flags everywhere! Amazing campsite festival vibes. (I do miss the all night drumming circles in the campsite, I know… more complaint about this than anything I’ve been told, children CAN sleep though anything, please think of bring it back Womad!!?? It was a very special experience, I loved going to sleep with it in the distance and waking up to it, incredible good vibes).

WOMAD’s UK home is in Charlton Park, Wiltshire, where every year, during the last weekend of July, you’ll discover a world without borders, a global fiesta of music, food, dance & art, and a place where everyone is welcome. Our first festival took place in 1982, and since then we’ve taken the party to over 27 countries and held over 250 festivals. We’re currently in Australia, Caceres, Chile, Las Palmas, New Zealand, and of course the UK, so join our global community and celebrate the world on your doorstep.

CLICK HERE FOR WEBSITE http://womad.co.uk/

WOMAD – The World’s Festival 26 – 29 July 2018 WOMAD stands for the ‘World of Music, Arts and Dance’. It gives its name to the internationally established festival bringing together artists from all over the globe. As well as presenting and celebrating the huge array of art forms the planet has to offer, a central aim of WOMAD’s many festivals is to promote cross-cultural awareness and tolerance. Reasons to go to WOMAD – Hear the best music you’ve never heard before – Tour the World in 80 hours – Take the kids for FREE (somewhere they can run free) Need more reasons? Join their Facebook page, talk to their fans and read about what’s coming up in July!

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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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