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Theatre of Widdershins presents The Elves and the Shoemaker

Fun-packed half-term for families this October

  • Free and low-cost activities on offer this October half-term across Reading
  • Theatres, crafts, arts and activities to keep the kids entertained
  • Rediscover Rhymetimes at Reading Libraries
Christchurch Bridge

Christchurch Bridge to light up to mark programme of national awareness and remembrance events

  • Christchurch Bridge's in-built lighting system will be used to mark a range of national awareness days and remembrance events
  • Reading Pride this weekend will see the bridge light up in Pride colours as part of the celebrations
  • Local charities and community groups will soon be invited to apply for additional slots 
Historical figures at Water Fest

Countdown to Celebrating 900 Years of Reading Abbey at Water Fest

  • Reading Water Fest takes place on Saturday 19 June 2021, between 11am and 5pm
  • The free ticketed festival will celebrate the 900th anniversary of Reading Abbey
  • The Hugh Faringdon carving will be unveiled on the Abbey Gateway at 11am
  • Stringent measures will be in place to ensure the event operates within current Covid guidelines
High Streets Cultural Programme

Reading High Street Awarded £85K for Cultural Programme

  • Further £85k funding announced for Reading’s historic high streets
  • The investment will allow for a three-year programme of cultural activities
Reading Abbey

Artists announced for commemoration of Reading Abbey’s 900th Anniversary

  • Reading based creative groups Berzerk Productions, StrikeUp, and Ma Bessie have been commissioned to create digital art pieces
  • The digital events will be released in the lead-up to the Water Fest, the flagship celebration event to mark the 900th anniversary of Reading Abbey on Saturday 19th June
  • The commissioned artists will have a share of the £10,000 funding pot, provided by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage
Upper Thames Patrol vessels, 1940s

Thames Archives Reveal 250 Years of the River’s History

  • New online exhibition, ‘Where Smooth Waters Glide’ launching on Friday 7 May.
  • Thames Conservancy archive highlights 250 years of lock building, pollution and flood management
Southcote Library in Southcote Community Hub

Southcote Library Reopens Next Week

  • Southcote Library is now due to reopen next Tuesday, initially for 3 hours per week, from 1-4 pm
  • Palmer Park Library to reopen later in May
Reading Water Fest

Celebration Date Announced for 900th Anniversary of Reading Abbey at Water Fest

  • Reading Water Fest will take place on Saturday 19 June 2021, between 11am and 5pm
  • The free festival will celebrate the 900th anniversary of Reading Abbey
  • Stringent measures will be in place to ensure the event operates within current Covid guidelines
HFC Main-L

Further £487K Lifeline Grant to Support Reading’s Cultural Recovery

  • Reading among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund
  • This award will significantly contribute to the service’s preparations for reopening
Battle Library

Battle Library Reopens Next Week

  • Battle library due to reopen next week from Tuesday 6 April
  • The Council will look to continue the planned phase of reopening of wider library services over the coming months
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Reading Choirs, Musicians and Singers Invited to Raise Their Voices for Virtual Let’s Sing 2021

  • Mayor’s annual singing competition moves online for 2021
  • For the first time, extended to the talent competition is all musicians and singers
6. Abbot Hugh Faringdon

Hugh Faringdon Announced as the Winning Choice for Abbey Head Carving

  • Abbot Hugh received 40% of the vote
  • The carving will be unveiled in June 2021 to mark the Abbey’s 900th anniversary