Queen Victoria’s Circus
Nearest train station: Windsor and Eton Riverside
This family festival will serve up a right royal celebration of the Victorian era, marking the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth at Windsor Castle. Inspired by the travelling circus that popped up in the grounds back in 1847, the Lost in Translation Circus troupe will wow and amaze you with their sky-scraping stilt walkers, edge-of-your-seat aerial acrobatics and the chance to enrol at circus school to learn the ropes as a lion tamer.
Speaking of lions, while in Windsor don’t miss your chance to track down the pride of new, colourful sculptures that form part of the Lions of Windsor & Maidenhead Sculpture trail. Part-walking tour, part-live art display, pace the pavements and see how many life-size fibreglass lions you can spot. Catch the train to Windsor and Eton Riverside Station to spot our very own, SWR Simba who is waiting to greet you on the concourse.
Film and Comic Con Exeter
Nearest train station: Exeter Central
The South West’s favourite TV and film exhibition is back, bringing together stars from the big and small screen for meet and greets, panel talks and photo sessions galore. Come dressed up in your favourite fancy dress and expect to see famous faces from Star Trek, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. There’s the chance to browse hundreds of stalls full of TV and film memorabilia too – perfect if you’re after that rare movie prop or the latest superhero poster for your collection. Tickets can be booked online in advance, with entry for children costing from just five pounds, and early bird options available too.