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Twilight Trail

Twilight Trail returns to Reading

After the excellent Twilight Trail through the Forbury Gardens and Reading Abbey last year, I’m delighted to announce that it will return this year. There will be spectacular new illuminations and surprises, with a biscuit-themed light experience to celebrate Reading’s links with the world-famous Huntley and Palmers biscuit factory. Twilight Trail: Biscuit Town will run between 3 – 31 December 2021. Booking is now open via Whats on Reading, or for more information visit the event page, or follow on Instagram @twilight_trail

WHY GET TESTED REGULARLY IF YOU DON'T HAVE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS? We should all get tested frequently because it helps detect the most infectious COVID-19 cases and helps stop the virus spreading. About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. You can get free regular COVID tests if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. It’s recommended that we all do rapid Lateral Flow Device COVID tests at least twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if we have the virus. If people test positive they should get a PCR test and self-isolate until they get a negative result as this helps stop the virus spreading. Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly. You can order free COVID tests to do at home and keep the people you care about safe, or find your local click and collect centre here. However, if you DO have symptoms of COVID-19, you need a different test called a PCR test, which you can book on the Government website.

FUN PACKED HALF-TERM FOR FAMILIES NEXT WEEK Families are in for a treat this October, with creative activities galore on offer across Reading. Reading Museum is encouraging residents of all ages to come along and take part in two fun trails: Between Saturday 23 and Saturday 31 October (with a special Monday opening), take part in ‘The Big Pumpkin Trail’! Hunt high and low for the pumpkins hidden throughout the Museum – each with a unique decoration. Collect a prize at the end. £1 per trail. Or for music fans, take part in the Musical Mayhem Trail with 1971 Reading Festival Craft! Celebrate the Museum’s latest exhibition, Reading Festival 1971. Follow the clues to find the musical objects on display throughout the Museum and explore the fabulous Festival instruments on display in the Art Gallery. Collect a Festival craft pack to take away and make at home. £2.50 per trail. For both trails, book online at At Reading Libraries, to celebrate Black History Month on Saturday 30 October, children and families are invited to an inspiring author reading of Kaya and Tuesday Holder’s ‘Tawny and Maya: Unique Me’ at Central Library, followed by a Q&A session and a fun activity workshop. Although this half-term workshop for children is free, numbers are limited. Book early by calling 0118 937 5950 to avoid disappointment. There is a craft session making Halloween lanterns at Battle Library on Thursday 2 October at 2.30 – 3.30 pm. You can also rediscover the Library Service’s Rhymetimes at Central, Battle, Tilehurst and Southcote Libraries. All sessions last for 25 minutes and you must book a place:

  • Central Library Thursdays at 10.15 am and 11.15 am

  • Battle Library Friday at 10 am and 11.15 am

  • Tilehurst Library Mondays 10.30 am

  • Southcote Library Thursdays (from 21 October) 10.30 am – 10.55 am

Reading Arts has two great theatre experiences on offer during half term at South Street. Kaleidoscope is a brand new piece of theatre for babies aged 6 - 18 months with mirrors, lights, colours and sounds, watch as a multi-coloured Kaleidoscope is brought to life for you and your baby. On Friday 22 October at 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 2 pm and 3pm. Tickets £8 (includes baby & carer). Book at or by calling the Box Office on 0118 960 6060. Also at South Street on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 October, Theatre of Widdershins presents The Elves and the Shoemaker. This well-known tale has been re-heeled in its own inimitable style. Beautifully crafted set and puppets, sublime music, a kaleidoscope of miniature shoes and a comic mouse all make this show a magical must-see. Showings at 11.30 am and 2 pm. Tickets £9.50. Book at or by calling the Box Office on 0118 960 6060. Check out the Whats On Reading website – a one-stop shop for listings and bookings for the town's arts, culture and heritage events. New Directions College is offering a fun packed day of art workshops as part of ‘The Big Draw Festivalon Tuesday 26 October 2021 at 330 Northumberland Avenue in south Reading. Book either a morning or afternoon slot. The festival is an annual, worldwide event celebrating the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression, and invention. The Hill Holiday Play club at The Hill Primary School, Peppard Road, Emmer Green, is available from Monday 25 to Friday 29 October. Bookings can be made direct on Kids Club accounts. For any queries


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