We have many varied events throughout the year. Many are free. Select the event of your choice from below for further details of that event.
Various locations in the town
May is Wokingham Town’s Cultural Month. Arts and cultural events are happening every day.
Located at Market Place.
Local artists are invited to perform for a few hours on a Saturday. Previous acts have included childrens’ entertainment, local bands, soloists and choral groups. If you are interested in performing please get in touch. Contact the Arts and Culture Officer for more details.
*Performers please note you must have or be willing to get Public Liability Insurance.
Check Love Wokingham for upcoming performances.
Langborough Recreation Ground. Each year the Town Council puts on a free Fun Day for the children of the Town. Activities have included Face Painting, Magic shows, Petting Zoo, Fairground Rides, Candyfloss and crafts. Check Love Wokingham for details of this year’s event.
At this traditional ceremony, the current Mayor retires and officially
hands over the position of office to the new Mayor who will make his/her
declaration of office. It is the first meeting of the municipal year.
Following the ceremony, the new Mayor leads dignitaries, councillors and guests in a parade to a designated local church for a civic service. This service is a traditional way of asking for God’s guidance for the Mayor and Council for the forthcoming year and also to mark the strong historic links between the Council and the Church.
The event takes place in Broad Street
In early June but often seen as the finale of the Cultural Month, The International Street Concert brings international acts to an open air stage in the centre of town.
This event takes place in Howard Palmer Gardens.
Each year the Arts and Culture Committee commission at least two performances in the open air from local theatre companies. These commonly include one in May as part of Cultural Month and one later in the Summer. For details of performances please see the Love Wokingham website.
Wokingham Town Council, with the kind support of Saint Sebastian
Wokingham Band playing music in the Market Place, marks this date to help raise
public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and
have served in HM Armed Forces, and to provide an opportunity for the nation to
show its appreciation for this.
It takes place on the last Saturday in June and an Armed Forces Day flag is raised. More details about Armed Forces day can be found at www.armedforcesday.org.uk
Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic
architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually
closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year in
September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors,
ranging from castles to factories, town halls to tithe barns, parish churches
to Buddhist temples. See www.heritageopendays.org.uk for
more information and current dates for Open Days.
Wokingham Town Council arranges an Open day at Wokingham Town Hall each year, usually on a Saturday. This is often planned around a national theme or a more local anniversary. Local partners, e.g. Wokingham library and Wokingham Churches often take part too. The day includes historical exhibitions, children’s activities and competitions, refreshments etc.
Taking place in two venues, Town Hall and The Library.
A two day festival in Wokingham where you can meet, listen to talks and join in with
workshops by authors of children’s books. Learn about the process of writing and have a lot of fun!
Find out more about this year’s event: Book festival website
Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, generally the nearest to 11th November. Dignitaries, councillors and uniformed organisations parade from Wokingham Town Hall to All Saints Church. A Church service is always held at All Saints Church at 3.00pm, in partnership with Churches together in Wokingham. Representatives from key organisations are also invited, on this day, to attend a wreath laying ceremony inside the Town Hall.
Takes place on 11th November and commemorates the peace agreement signed between the Allies of World War I which took effect at 11.00am – the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” in 1918.
A two minutes’ silence is held at 11.00am in the Market Place to remember this day.
This takes place all around the Town Centre.
Wokingham’s Living Advent Calendar runs from 1st to 24th December each year.
Each weekday at 6pm and weekends at 4pm from 1st December to Christmas Eve, a venue around the town will host a FREE performance lasting approximately 20 minutes.
A community project, working with local businesses, charities, performers and individuals to present these performances to the public. Each event venue is paired with a local performer (or group of performers) and a charity who take a collection.
Join us for music, dance, drama and more this Christmas season! But you’ll have to wait and see what each evening will bring, performances are secret until the day!
For more information check out the Advent website
This takes place in the Market Place.
An annual event, the Dressing takes place after the Winter Carnival. Local schools are invited to produce decorations for the large tree in the Market Place and these are received by the Mayor at the Dressing. Carols are sung and refreshments are provided.