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Things to do in Reading this season

It's half term and if you've run out of things to keep the kids entertained, this is the perfect article for you. From Halloween hunts to Christmas Markets, we've got you covered. 

Halloween hunt Caversham

The Caversham Halloween hunt returning this year, and you could get involved! If you live in Caversham, you can kit out the exterior of your home with SPOOKtacular Halloween decorations to get your home on the map for the terrifying trail.

Different icons indicate different levels of spooky décor – from a few carved pumpkins to an all out elaborate display fit for any ghost, ghoul or vampire. And with a no knocking or treat-giving policy, this the perfect way to get stuck into Halloween without having to answer the door.

Visit to register your home for the Halloween Hunt!

Douai Pavilion Christmas Market

Get your diaries out – it’s time to start planning Christmas markets! Complete with a Santa’s Grotto, live music performances and an abundance of mulled wine and mince pies, the Christmas market will be returning to Douai Pavilion on Sunday 21st November. Head down to peruse a large number of stalls teaming with quality gifts from Reading’s best independent business.

Reading Charity Art Fair

If you’re looking for a special gift this Christmas or a unique piece of artwork for your home, head down to the Reading Charity Art Fair at Leighton Park School on 30th and 31st October. With hundreds of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and jewellery by local artists, not only will you find a beautiful piece that no one else will have but you will also be supporting a great cause as all proceeds go to the The Royal Berkshire Hospital Staff Wellness Centre.

Jagerhaus Reading

Reading’s favourite winter bar is returning this Christmas! Jagerhaus Reading transform Reading’s riverside into a Winter wonderland with its snow globes to dine in and après themed charcuterie boards. Perfect for after work drinks or a bite to eat while Christmas shopping!


This season is a busy one for comedy lovers, with big names like Russell Brand, Jimmy Carr, Stephen K Amos, Katherine Ryan, and Nina Conti hitting the Hexagon and South Street. Comedy clubs are also making a comeback this season, with the Mates Rates Comedy Club and Just the Tonic Comedy Club providing laughs from up and coming comedians. And if you’re looking to make an evening of it, The Mill at Sonning is hosting a comedy night complete with two course meal and featuring names from TV and the comedy circuit.


Scouting for Girls, Amy McDonald, Jools Holland and Jason Donavon will be gracing Reading’s major venues this Autumn, as well as George Michael, Pink Floyd and Neil Diamond tribute acts. And with a number of DJ, funk and soul nights hosted at SUB89, the party is never far away this season!


As we gear up for panto season (oh no, we don’t!), there’s lots of theatre performances to delight the children this Autumn and winter! Showing on the 27th and 28th October, The Elves and the Shoemaker at South Street makes the perfect activity for the little ones this half-term. You can also grab tickets for The Snow Queen and A Christmas Carol running all through December, as well as the all-important Pantomime – after all, it wouldn’t be Christmas without it!

Returning for the first time since 2019, the Reading Panto this year is Beauty and the Beast starring Justin Fletcher and Reading’s favourite Dame Paul Morse. Don’t miss out – grab your tickets today at


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