I thought it’s about time we got into the festive spirit, as Christmas is so nearly here! I had a scout around the internet and found 12 really cool festive things to do with the family in Slough and the surrounding area (ie Windsor, Burnham, Stoke Poges).
Please note that some parking charges may apply and always check before you set off for an event as last minute changes may occur.
1) See a panto. There’s Aladdin at The Curve. It’s showing from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 23rd December. Tickets range from £12 to £48 and can be booked online.
Or there is Jack and the Beanstalk at Burnham Park Hall on Saturday 2nd December, Tickets range from £5 to £9 and can be booked online.
Or there is Sleeping Beauty, featuring Basil Brush, at Windsor’s Theatre Royal from 29 Nov 2017 – 7 Jan 2018. Tickets cost £29 and can be booked online.
2) See the Reindeer Parade in Windsor on Saturday 2nd December, 2pm. Come and see the LIVE Reindeer and Father Christmas on a sleigh parading through the town centre with a marching band and costumed characters. The parade leaves Windsor Castle from Advance Gate at 2pm and finishes in King Edward Court behind the rear entrance of Daniels Department Store by the Jubilee Monument. Have your photo taken with Father Christmas on his sleigh before he returns to Lapland.
3) Visit a Santa’s Grotto. There’s one at Black Park – 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th December 10am – 4pm. You must book online. Or there is one at the Queensmere Observatory shopping centre from 15th December to Christmas Eve.
4) Light Up The Village and Christmas Fayre at Burnham Park Hall , Thursday 7th December 5pm – 10pm. We turn on our Christmas lights and the start of the children’s parade for Burnham Lions Chrismas Fayre in the High Street. Come and warm up with a Free Mulled Wine and Mince Pie afterwards at 8pm.
5) Winter Magic at Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park. Ride on a Vintage Carousel from 1903. At night the roundabout is illuminated with thousands of bulbs, with music provided by a magnificent mechanical organ, plus this year there is also a smaller carousel for little ones. There’s also face-painting and a gingerbread trail. 16 – 23 Dec & 27 Dec – 1 Jan, £2 per person
6) Do the Woodland Wonders festive trail at Burnham Beeches from Tuesday 2 December to Tuesday 2 January. Suggested donation £2. Bring a pencil!
7) Village Carols Christmas Event, Stoke Poges, Friday 8th December from 6pm. Meet at the Village Centre from 6pm for carol singing around Santa’s sleigh, followed by the traditional procession around the village. On our return Gerrards Cross Rock Choir will sing seasonal songs, the Air Scouts will be running their barbeque and mulled wine will be on sale. Children can visit Santa and put in their Christmas present requests and see his reindeer. There will be a selection of quality craft stalls offering seasonal items for sale.
8) Meet the Gruffalo LIVE at Slough libraries:
Thursday, December 21, The Curve, 2pm
Friday, December 22, Cippenham Library 2.30pm
Saturday, December 23, Langley Library 10.30am
Saturday, December 23, Britwell Library 2pm
9) Check out the Windsor & Eton Living Advent – like a children’s advent calendar, a different window or door is opened every evening at 6:15pm promptly and a 15-minute performance is given to the audience assembled outside each participating business. Performances will range from songs, carols, music, poetry, book excerpts, creative arts, notes from local history or folklore, sketches and dance, all with a Christmas theme.
10) Go Ice Skating at Windsor on Ice in Alexandra Gardens. The main ice skating rink is fully covered and there’s a smaller open air rink too – skating on both rinks is included in the price of a ticket. Open now until Sunday 7 January 2018, 10am – 9pm. All levels of skaters are welcome.
11) Go to the Christmas Party at Activus Soft Play, Tuesday 19th December 4.30pm – 6.30pm. Tickets for 1 adult and 1 child are £9, for which you get a Disco party, Party games & prizes, a Christmas present for every child, a Party bag, a jungle box meal or organic baby food and unlimited squash.
12) See the Christmas Display at Windsor Castle between Friday, 24 Nov 2017 – Friday, 5 Jan 2018. This year commemorates the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the Castle following the devastating fire of November 1992. The State Apartments will be decked with glittering gold decorations inspired by the intricate gilding work that was undertaken to restore the Castle’s interiors to their former glory.
I’d love to see the Reindeer Parade, and go on the vintage carousel again. A festive trail might be fun, plus that would count as exercise, right? And the village fayres in Burnham and Stoke Poges sound really quaint. Are you tempted by any of these events?