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The Big Lunch - street party image

Record-breaking 57 Street Parties in Reading as town hosts four-day Jubilee extravaganza in June

  • Celebrations start with a Beacon Lighting Ceremony and beacon trail
  • Flagship Jubilee event Water Fest on Saturday 4 June
  • 57 street parties taking place
Slime by the Herd Theatre

Eggstra-special holiday activities on offer this Easter

  • Free and low-cost activities on offer this Easter across Reading
  • Theatres, crafts, arts and activities to keep the kids entertained, offerings for children of all needs and abilities
Maiwand Lion

New booklet celebrates the history of Reading’s Maiwand Lion

  • Fascinating insight into Reading’s most famous monument
  • Available from Reading Libraries now
Reading online interactive maps

New online maps reveal history of Reading’s streets

  • Explore Victorian Reading online with new map collection
  • Zoom in on a particular area to discover more about the hidden history of your house, your street and your community
  • 29 maps of selected areas of central Reading available
FREE Business Support

High-street expert to share top tips with Reading businesses

  • Free expert advice for local businesses
  • Virtual and live workshops running during March 
Oxford Road HSHAZ Mural

£30K grant announced for further Oxford Road projects

  • Call out for community groups and artists to apply for funding
  • Next step in the High Street Heritage Action Zone Cultural Programme
Colouring pencils

New Directions celebrates the Big Draw Festival this October half-term

  • New Directions College will host a free event as part of The Big Draw Festival 2021 on 26 October
  • Residents of all ages were invited to join in with art workshops around the theme ‘Make the Change’
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