The Wokingham Paper

What’s on at the Winter Carnival 2018

Winter Carnival

On Sunday, November 25, the first Winter Carnival will take place since Market Place reopened following the regeneration.

There will be a host of family friendly entertainment taking place across the town centre between 11am and 5.35pm, with stalls, games, morris dancing, reindeer, music, circus acts and plenty of surprises.

The event comes to a conclusion with first a festive jog, then the return of the Carnival procession after a year off. There will then be carols around the tree, and the laser light show which was so popular last year.

And if Leslie Crowther was patroning the festival, we’re sure he would say, “Come on down!”

Market Place stage

Performances throughout the day by Berkshire Maestros

  • 11.0am Mozart Strings
  • 11.25 Murphy and Farnaby Brass bands
  • 11.45 Flutes
  • 12.0 Clarinets
  • 12.40pm Watson Band
  • 12.55 Sparke Band
  • 1.15 Recorders
  • 1.35 Percussion ensemble
  • 1.55 Concert band
  • 3.0 Vivaldi Strings
  • 3.15 Whistling woodwind
  • 3.35 Training Band
  • 4.0 Youth brass
  • 4.20 parade
  • 4.40 VIP stage
  • 5.0 Speeches
  • 5.10 Community carols
  • 5.25 Laser light show grand finale
  • 5.35 Christmas tree lights switch on

Denmark Street

  • 12.0 Professor Crump walkabout
  • 12.15pm Creature Encounter: meet Jingle the loveable reindeer
  • 1.0 Comedy jugglers
  • 1.30 Royal Castle Jazz Band
  • 2.15 Rolling Relf The Elf
  • 2.40 Reading Scottish Pipe Band
  • 3.15 Creature Encounter: Jingle
  • 3.30 Royal Castle Jazz Band
  • 5.10 Carols
  • 5.25 Laser Light Show
  • 5.35 Christmas tree light switch on

Wokingham Library

  • 11am-3.0pm Father Christmas in his grotto
  • 11.15am Mini Maestros
  • 12.0 Punch and Judy
  • 12.45pm Mini Maestros
  • 1.30 Magic show
  • 2.15 Guitar ensemble from Berkshire Maestros

Peach Street

  • 1.45pm Creature Encounter with Jingle

Shute End

  • 4.10pm Lions Santa Dash
  • 4.15 Carnival procession leaves Shute End


Morris dancing near town hall and in Denmark Street, Circus Scene street entertainers and more.

All timings are approximate, and may change if there is a sudden blizzard (which is unlikely, but you never know…)

And don’t forget … come along to The Wokingham Paper’s stall for your chance to win family tickets to Marvellous Festival and a host of other fantastic prizes!

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