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Christmas markets, fairs and events in west berkshire - 2021

There are so many Christmas events taking place in the area this year! You can get your Christmas shopping done at one of the many markets, take the children to a pantomime or get creative at a Christmas crafting event. There is something to suit all budgets and ages. Check out our list of events below.

Please do get in touch if you’re holding an event that you’d like us to add or if you know of anything that we’ve missed.

You can also view our events calendar for handy day to day listings of local events.

Looking for Christmas gift ideas? Check out our Christmas shopping guide.

Please check that all details are correct and up-to-date before going along to an event that is listed below. We cannot be held responsible for any loss or embarrassment caused by failure to check for accurate details.

Newbury’s Living Advent Calendar

1-24 December at various locations in Newbury

Visit the Facebook page for more details including times and locations.

Events by the Corn Exchange, Newbury

Pantomime: Cinderella – 26 November 2021 – 2 January 2022

The Corn Exchange’s annual pantomime. More details and booking here.

The Nutcracker Live – Thursday 9 December 7.15pm

Screening of The Royal Ballet’s performance of The  Nutcracker. Tickets £15.50. Find out more and book here.

There is an encore showing on Sunday 12 December at 2pm. Find out more here.

Lantern Making Workshops – Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 December at 101 Outdoors, Greenham

Make your own lantern for the lantern procession – Festival of Light – taking place on Sunday 12 December. The workshops are free but need to be booked. Sessions take place at 10am, 1pm and 4pm. Find out more and book here.

101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space, Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Newbury, RG19 6HN.

Festival of Light – Sunday 12 December 6pm in Newbury

Newbury’s annual Festival of Light procession which will travel along Northbrook Street to the Market Place.

If you are spectating you will need to book a spectator ticket. These are free and can be booked via the Corn Exchange website.

If you have participated in a Lantern Making Workshop you will be provided with a code to book your lantern bearer ticket.

Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5BD.

The Jungle Book at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Until 31 December

Suitable for those aged 4+. More details and booking via the theatre’s website.

The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury, RG20 8AE.

Christmas at Basildon Park: Lights & Liminality

Until 5 January 2022 (closed 24 & 25 December)

The house at Basildon Park has been transformed into a winter wonderland. There is a Percy the Park Keeper’s Winter Wander trail for children (trail packs are available to purchase from reception) and an illuminated wintry woodland walk. Find out more on the website.

Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, RG8 9NR.

Events at West Berkshire Museum, Newbury

Festive Craft Pack & Victorian Christmas Card Craft Pack

Drop in to the museum and pick up a festive craft pack (from 1 December) and a Victorian Christmas Card Craft Pack (from 3 December) for 50p each. 

West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury, RG14 5AS.

The Museum is open Wednesday-Saturday 10am-4pm.

Newbury Victorian Christmas Fayre

Friday 3 December – Sunday 5 December

A three day Victorian Christmas Fayre with market stalls, performers, live music, Father Christmas and more. 

10am-8pm Friday & Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.

Visit the Facebook event here for more details.

Squiggle & Dot Christmas Specials at Darling Buds of May Farm Barn Cafe

3, 10 & 17 December 11am

Christmas themed arts & crafts sessions. £12 per child. Spaces are limited so you will need to pre-book. You can find more details on the Squiggle & Dot Facebook page.

Christmas Adventure at 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park

Magical Christmas Adventure – 3 December -24 December

An interactive indoor Christmas experience featuring a sleigh ride to the North Pole, build your own bear, an ice castle, toy factory, enchanted forest, and of course a visit to Father Christmas. You can book online at www.4-kingdoms.co.uk. Tickets start from £25 for adults and £35 for children.

From 27 December – 3 January you can also experience the ‘After Christmas Pantomime.’ More details and booking info here.

4 Kingdoms, Newbury Road, Headley, RG19 8JY.

Warming Up for Christmas – Thatcham Christmas Lights Switch On

Friday 3 December 5pm-8pm

Thatcham’s Christmas Lights Switch On celebration with live music and more. Lights switch on at 7pm. Visit the Facebook event here.

Made in Mortimer Christmas Market

Friday 3 December 5pm-8pm at St John’s Hall

A Christmas market with free entry. More details here.

Warming up for Christmas – Festive Family Day in Thatcham

Saturday 4 December 10am-3pm

A festive family fun day on Thatcham Broadway with live entertainment, a petting farm, stalls and a treasure hunt. More details via the Facebook event.

Festive Clay Decoration Making at The Base, Greenham

Saturday 4 December 10am-3pm

For children aged 6-12, make hanging decorations from clay. £19 per child which includes a biscuit and a drink. A 2 hour session.

Session times: 10am-2pm and 1pm-3pm.

Find out more here.

Events at West Berkshire Libraries

Christmas Crafts for Children at Lambourn Library – Saturday 4, 11 & 18 December 10.30am-12pm

Free, drop-in craft activity for children (children under 8 need to be accompanied by an adult).

Phone 01488 71350 or email lambournlibrary@westberks.gov.uk for more details.

Lambourn Library, 11 High Street, Lambourn, RG17 8XL.

Christmas Crafts for Children at Pangbourne Library – 4, 11 & 18 December 10.30am-12pm

Free, drop-in craft activity for children (children under 8 need to be accompanied by an adult).

Email pangbournelibrary@westberks.gov.uk or call 01189 844117 for more information.

Pangbourne Library, Reading Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7LY.

Children’s Christmas Fun at Hungerford Library – Tuesday 7, 14 & 21 December

Free, drop-in activities for children over the age of three. Activities include crafts and stories.

Call 01488 682660 or email hungerfordlibrary@westberks.gov for more information.

Hungerford Library, 2 Church Street, Hungerford, RG17 0JG.

Christmas Rhymetime at Thatcham Library – Friday 10 December 11.15am-11.35am

A Christmas rhymetime session. For more information contact the library on 01635 866049 or thatchamlibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

Thatcham Library, Bath Road, Thatcham, RG18 3AG.

Children’s Victorian Day at Hungerford Library – Friday 10 December 3pm-6.30pm

Free craft activities, a drop-in event with no need to book. For more information call 01488 682660 or email hungerfordlibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

Hungerford Library, 2 Church Street, Hungerford, RG17 0JG.

Christmas Crafts for Children at Burghfield Library – Saturday 11 December 10.30am-12pm

Christmas crafts for children aged 5-10. A free event. For more information contact the library on 01189 833632 or burghfieldlibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

Burghfield Library, School Lane, Burghfield Common, RG7 3JZ.

Christmas Crafts at City Arts, Newbury

Saturday 4 December 10.30am-12.30pm

Make some Christmas tree decorations. A workshop suitable for all ages. £12. Book online here.

City Arts Newbury, 10 Hampton Road, Newbury, RG14 6DB.

Christmas with Santa & the Alpacas at Mortimer Alpacas

4 & 5, 11 & 12, 20-23 December

A 90 minute experience including feeding the alpacas, games and a visit from Father Christmas. £25 per child and £15 per adult. Advance booking is required. Email info@mortimer-alpacas.co.uk. 

Visit the website here for more information.

Ikea Reading

Pop-Up Panto – 4 & 5 December

Mini 15 minute panto performances will be running throughout the day. Free, no booking required.

Gingerbread House Competition – 4 & 5 December

Decorate your own gingerbread house. There will be a prize for the best decorated.

Supper With Santa – Thursday 16 December

FULLY BOOKED

Santa’s Grotto – 18, 19 & 23 December

Free, drop-in sessions.

Breakfast with Santa – Monday 20 December

FULLY BOOKED

More information on these events can be found on the Ikea website.

Ikea, Pincents Kiln Industrial Park, Theale, RG31 7SD.

Lights Celebration and Christmas Fayre in Theale

Saturday 4 December 4.30pm-7.30pm

Christmas fair and lights switch on in Theale. There will be a Santa’s grotto and market stalls.

View more details here.

St Mary’s Church Shaw Christingle Service

Sunday 5 December 4pm

Join us at St Mary’s as we get ready to celebrate the coming of Jesus, the Light of the World at our Christingle Service

We will process from Shaw House main gate at 3.45pm.

Feel free to bring a lantern to light your way.

Every child will receive a lighted Christingle at this magical candlelit service inside the church.

A collection will be donated to Action through Enterprise supporting hungry and disabled children in Ghana, one of St Mary’s charities, see Church website for details. www.shawchurch.org.uk.

St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR.

Christmas at The Little Play Lounge, Padworth Common

4 & 5 December and 11 & 12 December 9.30am-3pm

Festive fun. Homemade snacks, festive backdrops, decorations and treats. Advance booking required. Find out more and book your tickets here.

The Little Play Lounge, The Old Rectory, Rectory Road, Padworth Common, RG7 4JD.

Green Christmas Tree Sale at The Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham

Sunday 5 December 10am-4pm

More details can be found on the website.

The Nature Discovery Centre, Lower Way, Thatcham, RG19 3FU.

Events at Shaw House, Newbury

Christmas Fair – Sunday 5 December 11am-4pm

A  Christmas fair with over 60 stalls. There will also be live music, hot food, mulled wine and a children’s outdoor trail. You need to pre-book a one-hour slot online. There is a £1 entry for adults, children are free but you must still book a ticket. Book online here.

Movie in the Hall: The Grinch – Wednesday 22 December 10.30am-11.55am

A showing of the 2018 animated film. £5 for adults and £3 for children. Book your tickets here.

Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR.

Events at Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury

Jack Frost – Sunday 5 December 1pm & 3pm

For children aged 3+. A theatre show featuring puppetry, music and story-telling. Find out more and book your tickets here.

Boogie Mites Festive Family Music – Thursday 16 December 10am & 11.15am

A festive family music-making workshop with Lizzie from Boogie Mites. For children aged 0-5. Find out more and book your place here.

Arlington Arts, Mary Hare School, Snelsmore Common, Newbury, RG14 3BQ.

Thatcham Christmas Market & Boot Sale

Sunday 5 December 10am-3pm

A Christmas market and boot sale at Thatcham Memorial Hall. Visit the Facebook event here.

Christmas Shopping Day at Beale Park

Thursday 9 December 10am-3pm

Beale Park’s gift shop has had a Christmas makeover and will be offering a selection of Christmas gifts. You can enjoy 10% off (exclusions apply) and children are welcome. Please note that the park is closed. Visit the Facebook event here.

Beale Park, Lower Basildon, Reading.

Hungerford Victorian Extravaganza

Friday 10 December 5pm-9pm

Hungerford’s Victorian Extravaganza returns to its High Street this year. Find out more via the Facebook event.

Free Santa’s Grotto at Parkway Shopping Centre, Newbury

11, 12, 18-23 December 10.30am-4.30pm

A free event. Donations are welcomed and will go to Naomi and JacksPlace Hospice. Father Christmas will be in the unit opposite Next. No booking required.

You can also ride the Polar Express (£2 per child). Open 10.30am-4.30pm.

Parkway Shopping Centre, Newbury, RG14 1AY.

Christmas Market at The Plough on the Green, Newbury

Saturday 11 December 12pm-4pm

Visit the Facebook event here.

Breakfast with Santa at The Two Watermills, Newbury

11, 18 & 24 December 9am-11am

£7.75 for an adult breakfast and £8.25 for a child – includes a gift from Santa. It is not clear if advance booking is required but you can book a table on the Two Watermills’ website.

The Two Watermills, Newtown Road, Newbury, RG14 7HB.

Events at The Swan, Thatcham

Christmas Market & Santa’s Grotto- Saturday 11 December 12pm

A Christmas market and Santa’s Grotto. More details here and here.

Breakfast with Santa – Saturday 18 December 9am

£8 per child. Advance booking is required. Visit the Facebook event here.

Christmas at Bucklebury Farm

11 & 12, 18 – 22 December

Father Christmas is visiting Bucklebury Farm. Advance booking is recommended and you can book via the website. It’s £10 to visit Father Christmas, if you would like to visit the farm you will need to pay the usual admission fees in addition. 

Bucklebury Farm Park, Pease Hill, RG7 6RR.

Free Christmas Craft Morning in Thatcham 

Sunday 12 December 10am-12pm at Moorside Community Centre

Organised by Thatcham Youth, a free morning of Christmas themed crafts. No need to book, this is a drop-in event. Visit the Facebook event here.

Moorside Community Centre, Urquhart Road, Thatcham.

Christmas Market at The Kingsclere Village Club

Sunday 12 December 10am-3pm

Visit the Facebook event here.

Kingsclere Village Club, 35 George Street, Kingsclere.

Christmas Events at West Berkshire Brewery 

Christmas Markets – Sunday 12 & 19 December 11am-4pm

Visit the Facebook page here for more details.

Christmas Film: The Grinch – Monday 20 December 3.30pm

A free screening of the 2018 film. You will be able to purchase popcorn and treats and the kitchen will be open for pizza, burgers and snacks. View more info and book a table on the website.

West Berkshire Brewery, The Old Dairy, Yattendon, RG18 0XT

Breakfast with Santa at The Mill, Thatcham

Saturday 18 December 10am

£5 per child. Advance booking required. Visit the Facebook page here.

Santa Boat Trips in Newbury

18 December – 23 December

A canal boat trip to ‘Greenham Land.’ Tickets cost £9 and this includes a gift from Santa for the children and a mulled wine or hot drink and a mince pie for the adults. Advance booking is essential. Trips run at different times throughout the day and many are already fully booked. Visit the website here for more information and booking details.

Bauble Painting at Cobbs Play Barn, Hungerford

20 & 21 December 10am & 2pm

Relaxed create & play sessions at Cobbs Play Barn. £12 per child. Includes all materials, gingerbread, time to play in the Barn and a juice carton.

To book, email play@cobbsplaybarn.co.uk.

You will need to include your contact details and the number of children and adults you are booking for. All bookings are provisional until a member of the Cobbs team has got back to you.

Visit the Play Barn website here.

Yabba Dance Christmas Workshop in Newbury

Monday 20 December 10am-11am at John Rankin School

A Christmas holiday dance workshop for children up to the age of 7. Featuring a mix of festive and pop music! Visit the Yabba Dance website to book.

Read our article about Yabba Dance here.

View our membership page for details of our offer with Yabba Dance.

Thatcham Youth Free Movie Morning – Elf

Tuesday 28 December 10am-11.30am

A free screening of the film Elf at Moorside Community Centre in Thatcham. Doors open at 9.30am for a 10am start. This event will run on a first come, first served basis. Visit the Facebook event here.

Family Fun Day at Newbury Racecourse Challow Hurdle Day

Wednesday 29 December 

Under 18s are free and there may be a visit from a snow princess and Spiderman. Book your tickets via the Newbury Racecourse website.

Not quite West Berkshire but close enough…

Events at Millets Farm

Christmas Food & Gift Marquee – until 24 December

A selection of Christmas treats and gifts in the Farm Shop marquee. More details here.

Santa’s Grotto until 24 December

SOLD OUT

Folksy Theatre – The Little Match Girl – 29-30 December

A show suitable for the whole family. For more details including cost and booking info, visit the website here.

Millets Farm, Kingston Road, Frilford, OX13 5HB.

Magical Christmas at Finkley Down Farm

SOLD OUT

Finkley Down Farm, North Way, Andover, SP11 6NF.

Christmas Experience at Roves Farm

Until 23 December

A visit to Father Christmas, a gift, reindeer food making, and all usual farm activities. Tickets £8 for adults and £25 or £26.50 for children aged 3-16. Toddlers (aged 1-2) £19-£20.50. Under 1s £14.70 (free if not meeting Father Christmas). All details here.

Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Swindon, SN6 7QG.

Reading Winter Wonderland

Until 3 January 2022

Ice-skating, rides, Santa’s Grotto and more. Find out more and book tickets here.

Hills Meadow, Reading, RG4 8DH.

Reading Twilight Trail – Biscuit Town

3-31 December in Forbury Gardens

A biscuit themed trail. Tickets from £6 for children and £8 for adults. Find out more and book here.

Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins, Reading, RG1 3BB.

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