Something for this weekend in Reading and beyond

There’s a lot happening on Saturday 16th May

Firstly, it’s the start of Children’s Festival 2015 this weekend and Emma and Kate from jelly will be at the Forbury Gardens from 11am until 4pm, running a free activity making Circus Big Tops. There is plenty to do and take part in that day and over the coming weeks, find out more here.


Meanwhile, round the corner in our Jacksons Studio Space, our “Off the Grid” session is running from 1pm to 3.30pm. Drop in – stay as long or as little as you want. £8 per child – under 5’s £4 (enter code ‘underfive’ to get your discounted rate for children under 5 years). ADULTS go free. “The Nightmonkey” is running the session and will be setting up to teach some drawing skills amongst other things.

Book tickets via Eventbrite:

Robert Fitzmaurice, Open Studio

Robert Fitzmaurice, Open Studio


How about a little walk just outside of town to visit an Open Studio as part of West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios 2015. Robert Fitzmaurice is opening his home and you can find directions and information here on Robert’s Open Studio 2015 page


One of the jelly artists, Rebecca Swainston is opening her studio, in Tilehurst, as well – Rebecca’s full information is here.

Rebecca's Studio

Rebecca’s Studio

There is nothing better then spending a few hours perusing artists studios and this only happens once a year on such a wide scale. Then there is the last weekend of the Caversham Arts Trail, which we wrote about here.

Or if you live in Woodley, we would highly recommend Library Fest 2015 – Making Connections:
Children’s Writing Group special hosted by The Emma Press

If your favourite monsters met, what would they say to each other? Join Rachel Piercey and Richard O’Brien for a fun afternoon of poetry and stories, as they retell familiar myths and legends in surprising new ways. Full of rhymes and mythological characters as you’ve never seen them before!  The poets will read poems from Falling Out Of The Sky, the new anthology of poems for children publishing soon from local publisher the Emma Press, and they will answer questions about writing poetry afterwards.

Free. Just drop in!
Woodley Library Saturday May 16 2pm to 2.45pm

There’s something for Wokingham too: Library Fest 2015 – Making Connections:  Printmaking
Learn a range of printmaking techniques from artist Karen Greville-Smith, using old books and
stories as inspiration.

Karen will lead a relaxed session of printing with lots of chance to experiment and play with the techniques. As well as making printing blocks from foam and free hand line monoprinting, you will be able to add to your art work with collage and ideas from old library books.  All the materials are provided

For children aged 7 and over £1.50 charge. Places must be booked.
Wokingham Library Saturday May 16 10am to 12noon

For adults. £3 charge Places must be booked.
Wokingham Library Saturday May 16 1pm to 3pm

To book a place call Wokingham Library on (0118) 978 1368

Or for more information visit

Don’t forget as well to get those walking shoes, skateboards or bikes out as it’s Beat the Street time – find our more at 10535769_820106838071022_3238935717329869972_o

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