READING's popular shopping centre is turning 20 this month.

To celebrate the milestone birthday, The Oracle will host a range of fun party entertainment and a huge game of pass the parcel.

On the September 23, 1999, The Oracle opened its doors for the first time and in turn transformed the retail and dining offer in Berkshire.

This month, the shopping centre will celebrate with a huge 'Big Kids’ Party' on The Riverside on Saturday, September 21, all day from 11am.

Nearly 300 million customers have visited in the last 20 years and The Oracle has cemented itself as the premier retail, dining and leisure destination in the Thames Valley.

Fun for all the family and running throughout the day, The Oracle will host all the classic party favourites this weekend.

There will be musical chairs, face painters, stilt walkers, magicians, party bags and a giant pass the parcel with some amazing prizes to be won.

For customers with a sweet tooth, look out for the giant replica of The Oracle made entirely from cake.

There will also be a selection of exclusive discounts available from retailers as well as some fantastic competitions and giveaways on The Oracle PLUS app.

Andy Briggs, General Manager at The Oracle, said: “It’s been an incredible journey since 1999 for us at The Oracle and we’re overjoyed to be able to celebrate this momentous milestone with our friends, family and the Reading community.

"Looking back it’s amazing to see how far our centre has come and I can’t wait to see what the future holds."

The Oracle’s 20th Big Kids’ Party event is free to attend for all, but be sure to download The Oracle PLUS app for extra birthday treats on the day.

To find out more visit the website.

Scroll through the gallery to see old and new pictures of The Oracle and bring back memories of the shopping centre's very beginning.