Forbury Fiesta

Celebrating with biscuit-themed fun for Children’s Festival 2022

  • A Children’s Festival event will be happening near you this summer
  • Forbury Fiesta on Saturday 14 May
  • Loads of free and low-cost events on offer across Reading

READING’S much-loved Children’s Festival has announced its fun-packed, three-week programme of events and activities in celebration of the festival’s 33rd birthday, between 14 May and 5 June.

This year’s celebration gets underway with the Forbury Fiesta in the Forbury Gardens on Saturday 14 May, with a giant tea party in celebration of Huntley and Palmer’s 200th anniversary. The host of fabulous entertainment and fun includes The Mad Hatter’s biscuit party and parade, the ‘Larger than Life’ circus and theatre workshops, flag making, face painting, storytimes, and much more.

The festivities are set to continue across the borough throughout the following weeks. Reading’s libraries are hosting a variety of free sessions, from crafting for the Platinum Jubilee, to planting and decorating your own flowerpot, and making your own unicorn! Find out more here:

In celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, take part in the royal-themed augmented reality (AR) Jubilee Beacon Trail. Find seven magical characters on a day trip from Buckingham Palace, collect digital stamps, and take selfies with some AR characters. 14 May – 5 June:

Reading Museum invites you to see what school was like in Victorian times in the Reading Abbey Gateway on 1 July, or help Bertie the biscuit-loving badger design a new biscuit to go on show in the Welcome Gallery – 28 May. Find out more at:

In partnership with the MERL, ‘Museum’s, My Way’ are sessions for neurodiverse visitors of all ages, developed with Autism Berkshire. This session on 30 May is themed around ‘Biscuits and Food’, and includes sensory backpacks and ear defenders, reduced volume of gallery interactive sounds, and break out spaces. Find out more:

The popular Guyatts Fair returns to Prospect Park between 13 – 15 and 19 – 22 May with a variety of rides and games for families and children of all ages.

For budding musicians, Culturemix invites you to steel pan music taster sessions, on 24 and 31 May, find out more here: Or try out the ukulele and write your very own song with the Rock Academy, 30 May:

Donna Pentelow, Assistant Director of Culture at Reading Borough Council, said:

“Children’s Festival 2022 marks the 33rd anniversary of this brilliant event, which promises an amazing range of activities and events for our younger residents across the borough. 

“The deliciously biscuit-themed Forbury Fiesta on Saturday 14 May kicks off three weeks of exciting events for young people and it promises plenty of dancing, singing, playing and partying. This feels like a summer of celebrations for many reasons and we are delighted to welcome you all to an amazing three weeks of fun events and activities!”

Explore the full programme of Children’s Festival 2022 events here:

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