Childrens Festival

Ready Steady Go!... Reading’s 35th Children’s Festival

  • Children's Festival returns with three fun-packed weeks of events and activities between Saturday 11 May and Sunday 2 June 2024.
  • This year's festival celebrates everything sporty with the Paris Olympics and Euro 2024 football tournament on over the summer.

Children's Festival gets off to an exciting start with Forbury Fiesta on Saturday 11 May in Forbury Gardens which will be transformed into an Olympic themed arena where there will be something for everyone to get involved with including sport and music workshops and arts and craft sessions.

  • Going for Gold! Join Jelly for an Olympic-inspired workshop and make a medal
  • Sport in Mind will be offering badminton and archery taster sessions throughout the day
  • BETTER will be running a timed obstacle course whilst wearing swimming hats and goggles
  • Avanti Cycling CIC will be offering free Dr Bike safety checks as well as a bicycle obstacle and mini cycle course

Wimbledon comes to Forbury Fiesta with a showing of Anyone For Tennis? an interactive show in front of the main stage at 11.30am and on Forbury Hill at 1pm and 2.20pm. Theatre train will be in the main arena at 2.30pm performing dance highlights followed by a dance masterclass - everyone is welcome! There will also be tombola’s, food and drink stalls, face painting and lots more.

Forbury Fiesta will be followed by three weeks of exciting low cost family events taking place at venues across Reading, including many with a sporty theme; from Green Park 3K and Mini Mile, free Thames river cruises for under 14s, kayak taster sessions, learn calligraphy with Reading Chinese School, fun and creative sessions at all of the council’s libraries from paper plane making to biscuit decorating and lots more plus karaoke at Reading Biscuit Factory.

Find out about all of the Children’s Festival events here

Adele Barnett-Ward, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Councillor for Leisure and Culture said “I’m delighted our fantastic Children’s Festival is returning for its 35th year, ahead of a summer of sport with the Paris Olympics and Euros.”

“Our Children’s Festival is always maximum full-on fun for children and parents alike, do pop along and try something new at Forbury Fiesta and during the three weeks of fun free and affordable events across the borough.”

Reading Borough Council’s 2024 Children’s Festival is sponsored by Station Hill.