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Reading’s

What’s On Guide 2017


Welcome to Reading’s Events Guide for 2017 Following the success of last year’s guide we have once again put together a ‘What’s On Guide for Reading’ in 2017 showcasing all the fantastic events and activities taking place across the town.

A wide range of groups from across the Borough have produced a packed programme of bumper events taking place at venues all over the area – and what’s more, many of them are free!

As you’ll see, the year ahead offers an exciting mix of cultural, sporting and fun events aimed at everyone – whatever your age! Look out for loads of special new events to celebrate this year, along with lots of popular old favourites.

For further up-to-date event listings and information see reading.gov.uk/whatson or visit the Events in Reading Facebook page

Design by cream-design.co.uk


Reading in 2017 Reading has a thriving arts and cultural scene and can claim to be one of the major heritage sites in the south east with its royal abbey and literary connections. Reading celebrated a year of arts, culture and heritage in 2016 – showcasing the best of Reading as well as inviting new names to perform in the town. Highlights included Artangel’s Inside at Reading Prison, the first performances of Henry I by Reading Between The Lines Theatre Company, a season of open air town centre arts performances and events, audiences with household names such as Lucy Worsley and Craig Revel-Horwood, as well as establishing new dance and literature festivals. The Year of Culture created a real impetus for arts and cultural activity in Reading and many of Reading’s cultural organisations have exciting plans to keep the momentum going. Emanating from the University of Reading’s highly regarded Art Department and new Institute of Heritage & Creativity, Reading International is funded by Arts Council England to make Reading a major centre for the visual arts. The programme will create a series of exhibitions, workshops, projects and events over a three-year period beginning in early 2017.

The vibrant town centre ARENA arts programme, first established for Reading 2016, will continue in 2017, showcasing the work of many of Reading’s finest art and cultural groups in a series of free town centre events in summer 2017. Reading and its twin city Düsseldorf will be celebrating 70 years of friendship with appearances from artists from Düsseldorf during Reading Fringe Festival 2017 as well as other dedicated events. South Street Arts Centre will be officially reopening in February following a major refurbishment, while the Museum of English Rural Life’s nine new galleries are a major cultural addition to a long-standing part of Reading’s cultural life.

Keep an eye on readingplaceofculture.org for regular updates


25 January 6pm

Holocaust Memorial Day

Civic Offices Join us as we will again host an evening of reflection to remember victims of the Holocaust with a special memorial event. The keynote speaker will be Lord Alfred Dubs, a Holocaust Survivor and one of the 669 Kindertransport children rescued by the late Sir Nicholas Winton. Free 0118 951 0279 / reading.gov.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

January


From 1 January

14 January 10.30am – 1.30pm

Turbine House, Blake’s Lock, Kenavon Drive Enjoy a quirky piece of Reading’s heritage – a changing programme celebrating the Turbine House and its environs throughout the year. Features exhibitions of original art, craft, furniture, science and history and lots of family friendly activities. Free 07704 251105 / turbocharged.org.uk

Readipop Studios, Milford Road Join us for our annual gathering of Reading’s artists, musicians, promoters and producers. A great opportunity to reflect on everything the Year of Culture has bought to Reading and see what’s in store for the year ahead. Free readipop.co.uk

Turbo Charged @ Blake’s Lock

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5 January 7.30 – 9.30pm

Arjeea21 Contemporary Art discussion meeting

OpenHand OpenSpace, Brock Keep, Oxford Road First of bi monthly Thursday evening meetings for artists to meet, show and discuss their contemporary artwork. £2 donation ohos.org.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

7 January 8pm

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads

South Street Arts Centre Adrian Berry’s acclaimed production telling the tale of a young David Bowie obsessive. Features a blistering Bowie soundtrack and plays Reading the day before what would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday and a few days after the 1st anniversary of his death. Followed by a Special Bowie club night at the MacDevitts Studio. £12 / £9 members 0118 937 3456 / readingarts.com .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

7 January

Masterclass and Open Day

Theatretrain Reading, The Hill Primary School, Peppard Road, Caversham Open to budding performers aged 4 to 18 the event is to celebrate Theatretrain’s 25th anniversary. theatretrain.co.uk/reading .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

13, 15, 20, 22 January

Humpty Dumpty Pantomime

Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane Family fun and games. Check website for times. 0118 975 8880 / shinfieldplayers.org.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Cultural Life 2017

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15 January 3pm

Energy Saving Seminar

rLab, C1 Weldale Street Free workshop on saving energy and draught proofing to help tackle fuel poverty. People can also bring items needing repairs and get help doing that work. Free readinguk.org/draughtbusters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

16 January 7 – 9pm

Acappella 101

Readipop Studios, Milford Road This fun workshop is suitable for complete beginners and experienced singers alike. You’ll learn vocal warm ups and technique, get to sing, learn new arrangements and even beatbox! In this modern approach to choir arrangement you will learn songs produced by nothing more than the voice, including lyrics, harmonies, bass parts and even percussion! £7 readipop.co.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

21 January

Free workshops and Open Day

Theatretrain Reading, The Hill Primary School, Peppard Road, Caversham Open to budding performers aged 4 to 18 the event is to celebrate Theatretrain’s 25th anniversary. theatretrain.co.uk/reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

24 January 7 – 9pm

Ukulele 101

Readipop Studios, Milford Road This fun workshop is our intro to the tiny instrument that’s making a big impact. You’ll learn simple technique, chords and strumming before playing a couple of easy songs. Reading’s own Uke band The Small Strings will be on hand to help as well as perform a couple of tracks before everyone gets up and jams together at the end of the session. £5 readipop.co.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................


25 January 8pm

Reading Hospital’s League of Friends Quiz Night

Grosvenor Casino, Rose Kiln Lane Reading Hospital’s League of Friends Quiz Night, auction and buffet. £10 a head with teams of 6 people £60 0118 322 8592 / lof@royalberkshire.nhs.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

26 – 28 January

Everyday Moments

South Street Arts Centre A sound installation for one audience member at a time, in a dark room, with headphones and space to move. A chance to move without inhibition, the way you always wanted to when no one is looking. Aimed at 14 years and over. See website for timings. £7.50 / £5 members 0118 937 3456 / readingarts.com

30 January 6pm

Free Have a Go Electric Guitars

Reading Music Centre, Stoneham Court, Cockney Hill An evening offering children and their families the chance to have a go at electric guitars, meet expert teachers and look into learning music. Free catherinewilkins@berkshiremaestros.org.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

31 January 11am

Reading Wellbeing Fair

Central Library, Abbey Square Showcasing a range of charities and community groups helping improve wellbeing. Sample activities include Sport in Mind, Green Gym and social groups for older people. Free 0118 937 2054 / rva.org.uk/event/wellbeing-fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

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28 January – 6 May

Museum of Reading This exhibition showcases 12 of the great Reading paintings Ray Atkins produced during the six years he lived in Reading and taught at the

University. He produced an impressive body of work marking the dramatic changes going on in the town centre during the time he was here, from 1968 to 1974. This included the IDR, the Butts shopping centre and the civic centre which were all constructed during this time. readingmuseum.org.uk

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29 January

31 January – 14 March

Ray Atkins: The Reading Years

Chinese New Year Celebration

Reading Concert Hall and Town Hall Square Reading’s Chinese community will put on a dazzling event including a magical lion dance and cultural performances. Free workshops include Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting and crafts. readingchineseschool@hotmail.com .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Every Tuesday, 7 – 9pm

Beginners Uke Course

Readipop Studios, Milford Road A fun course for beginners; learn technique, expand your chord knowledge and play alongside others. The course is led by The Small Strings and culminates in a performance at Readipop’s Night of 1000 Ukes. £55 for entire course readipop.co.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................


February 28 February from 12.30pm

Launchpad’s Pancake Race

Broad Street Reading’s annual pancake race takes place every Shrove Tuesday. The race has been running for over 20 years in the centre of town. Over 30 teams from local businesses batter it out in freezing conditions, egged on by cheering crowds of hundreds of spectators. £50 per team 0118 929 1146 / launchpadreading.org.uk .....................................................................


1 February

Reading Café Sci: The 100,000 Gnomes Project

Smokin’ Billy’s, 61 St Mary’s Butts Hosted by Dr Jennifer Whitfield, an exploration of the latest ideas in science and technology in a welcoming and informal atmosphere. Free scienceinreading.org/cafe-scientifique .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3 February 7.30pm

Urban Orchestra

South Street Arts Centre This is Readipop’s open access orchestra for open minded young musicians. Features singers, rappers and producers from all musical backgrounds. Also includes a progressive platform bringing together up and coming MCs, producers, singers, DJs and dancers. £5 0118 986 6788 / risingsunartscentre.org .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

4 February

Free workshops and Open Day

Theatretrain Reading, The Hill Primary School, Peppard Road, Caversham Open to budding performers aged 4 – 18. theatretrain.co.uk/reading .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

4 February 7.30 – 9.30pm

Cally Trench’s Board Games

Rising Sun Arts Centre Come and play Cally Trench’s original board games! Seven colourful and exciting games, both playable games and works of art that are animated and completed by people playing them. The games (each for 2 – 4 players) last 5 – 20 minutes, and have accessible rules. They are suitable for all ages. You can go on a ‘Shopping Spree’, become ‘Vegetable Thieves’, struggle with ‘Whirlpools and Lifebelts’, play for ‘Danger Money’, go on holiday in ‘I’ve brought you back a baby dragon’, fall into toxic ponds in ‘Board Game’, and collect ‘Gravestones and Dry Bones’. Entry by donation 0118 986 6788 / risingsunartscentre.org .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

4 – 5 February 7.45pm

Murder Mystery Supper

Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane Check out the website for further details. 0118 975 8880 / shinfieldplayers.org.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

7 February 8 – 10pm

Samba 101

Readipop Studios, Milford Road Readipop’s samba drumming group Beatroots invites you to join them for a fun, informative and energetic intro to Brazilian percussion. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners, rusty drummers and those that just want a challenge. Followed by a full performance with workshop, participants welcome to join in at the end. £5 readipop.co.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

11 February 10.30am – 3.30pm

Poetry Workshop: The Lie of the Land

Reading Museum The first of two poetry workshops (the second is on 24 February) with acclaimed poet and teacher Lesley Saunders looking at ways unglamorous parts of our external environment can be rediscovered. £25 0118 937 3032 / elaine.blake@reading.gov.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

11 February

JS Bach Mass in B Minor

Reading Concert Hall Performance of a Mass described as ‘The mightiest choral piece ever written’ by Reading Bach Choir. £25 / £20 over 60s and students / £5 under 18s 0118 947 8097 / readingbachchoir.org.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

11 February 7.45pm

Diamond Heart Hospital Show

Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane Featuring friends and staff from the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Organised by League of Friends. £10 or buy on door 0118 322 8592 / lof@royalberkshire.nhs.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

14 February – 27 May

Freemasonry in Berkshire: A Not so Secret Look at 300 Years of Heritage

Reading Museum Berkshire Freemasons are staging this community display looking at how Freemasonry developed from the 1700s into a significant social institution. readingmuseum.org.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................


15 February 7 – 9pm

19 February 3pm

Readipop Studios, Milford Road Readipop and Steve Southall (Tankata Drummers) introduce you to African drumming in this fun, West African inspired taster workshop. In the workshop you will get hands on with Djembe and Dun Duns, learn some warm up exercises, technique and a few catchy rhythms, there will then be a short performance and a chance to jam alongside Tankata Drummers. £6 readipop.co.uk

RISC, London Street A free workshop on saving energy and draught proofing aimed at helping tackle fuel poverty in Reading. Part of the national Warm Homes Campaign. There will be advice and practical hints and tips. People can also bring household items and Repair Café volunteers will help with repairs. Free readinguk.org/draughtbusters

Afro Drum 101

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16 February 7pm

Rock for Life

The Face Bar, Ambrose Place A fantastic collaborative fundraiser between The Rock Academy Foundation and Cancer Research UK Teens and Kids. Features live music from new and established bands. £6 over 18s / £4 under 18s therockacademyfoundation.org . .. .. ................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Energy Saving Seminar

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25 February

Friends of Reading Museum Annual Lecture

Reading Museum Laura Cumming, an art critic and writer, will share her passion of the great Spanish painter Velazquez. Her interest was matched in the 19th century by a print seller in Reading, John Snare, who spent his life trying to prove he owned a rare Velazquez portrait of Charles 1. £12 07751 965334 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

25 February & 4 March 10.30am – 3.30pm

Two day Mixed Media Workshop: Under Construction

Reading Museum Led by local artist Cath Baldwin to respond to the Ray Atkins’ exhibition. Exloring colour, collage and texture. £75 for both days including all materials cathbaldwin@virginmedia.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

27 February 7pm 17 February 7.30pm

Anton and Erin Swing Time

The Hexagon Features Anton du Beke and Erin Boag – the nation’s favourite ‘Strictly’ ballroom couple with dazzling new choreography, sparkling costumers and a fab show band. £47 / £37 0118 960 6060 / readingarts.com . .. .. ................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

An evening celebrating San Francisco Libre

RISC, London Street An evening for San Francisco Libre: presentations, discussion and Nicaraguan fairtrade products; in support of Reading’s twin town in Nicaragua. Free risc.org.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

27 February – 12 March

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

RISC, London Street Bring along broken items and the volunteers will help fix them. Includes electronics, mechanical, IT, toys and sewing. Free but donations welcome readingrepaircafe.org.uk

Across Reading A programme of Fairtrade events, special sales, meetings and exhibitions. We’ll be building on the message ‘It’s time to put Fairtrade in your Break’. This will encourage people to introduce Fairtrade into their break time which will in turn support farmers and workers to put food on their own tables. fairtrade.org.uk

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19 February 12noon – 4.30pm

Reading Repair Café


19 March

Vitality Reading Half Marathon

Starts and finishes at Madejski Stadium This ever popular race kicks off around the parkland of Green Park and takes in the town centre where crowds line the streets. It’s a race for experienced athletes through to complete beginners. £40 0845 164 1775 / readinghalfmarathon.co.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

March


8 March 7.30pm

Night of 1000 Ukes

1 March 6.30pm

Let’s Sing!

The Hexagon Local choirs and singing groups take part in the grand final of the Mayor of Reading’s Choir Competition. For more information call 0118 937 2771 or visit reading.gov.uk. £9.50 / £4.50 concessions / £20 family/groups 1 in 10 free. All tickets are inclusive of booking fee. All proceeds from the show will go directly to the Mayor of Reading’s Charity Fund 0118 960 6060 / readingarts.com .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1 March 7.30pm

Greg Valerio is Making Trouble - fighting for justice in the jewellery industry

RISC World Shop, London Street MBE and award winning British fair trade ethical jeweller and environmental activist. Part of the Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 programme. Free, Fairtrade refreshments will be served risc.org.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1 March

Reading Café Sci: Focusing on the problem – or maybe not: putting everyday vision into perspective

Smokin’ Billy’s, 61 St Mary’s Butts Hosted by Dr Anna Horwood, an informal look at the latest ideas in science and technology. Free scienceinreading.org/cafe-scientifique .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

4 March 7.30pm

Chopin and Friends

Reading Concert Hall Cellist Steven Isserlis is acclaimed worldwide for his musicianship and technical mastery. He’s a well known chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster. He will be joined on stage by Sam Haywood on piano. There will be a pre concert talk at 6.30pm at the Town Hall. 0118 960 6060 / readingarts.com . .. .. ................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Readipop Studios, Milford Road Night of 1000 Ukes is Readipop’s own mini ukulele festival. The evening will feature performances from a range of local ukulele bands and groups, followed by an en-masse performance to finish the evening in style! £5 readipop.co.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

8 – 11 March 7.45pm

The Importance of Being Earnest

Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane Production of the ever popular Oscar Wilde comedy. 0118 975 8880 / shinfieldplayers.org.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

11 March

Reading Café Sci: Flotsam, Jetsam and the Beach Picnic – how they all contribute to polluting over 71% of our planet

Smokin’ Billy’s, 61 St Mary’s Butts An informal event run by the Reading Branch of the British Science Association and hosted by Dr Simon Boxall. Free scienceinreading.org/cafe-scientifique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

15 March

Reading Café Sci: Exploring the Origins of the Universe with Giant Lasers

Smokin’ Billy’s, 61 St Mary’s Butts Hosted by Dr Jena Meinecke, an informal exploration of the latest ideas in science and technology. Free scienceinreading.org/cafe-scientifique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

18 March 8am

London to Reading Bike Ride

Finishes at Christchurch Meadows Join the fight against heart disease with the British Heart Foundation by cycling 40 miles from London to Reading! The event is open to anyone over 14 that is accompanied by an adult. Early bird offer: £15 adults / £7.50 under 17s After 31 January: £20 adults / £10 under 17s bhf.org.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................


18 March 10.30am – 3.30pm

Workshop: Bookmaking

Reading Museum How to make your own A5 sketchbook. £40 including materials joy.frey@btinternet.com .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

18 March

Reading Male Voice Choir concert

Caversham Heights Methodist Church, Highmoor Road A concert featuring music from Reading Male Voice Choir and Taplow Boys’ Choir. £10 0118 926 7893 / rmvc.net .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

18 March 7pm

Reading Youth Orchestra Spring Concert

Great Hall, University of Reading Features Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2 and the premier of a new work by ex principal trumpet player Alex Illingworth, as the orchestra perform his first symphony. £12 adults / £8 concessions / £5 children / £25 family ticket. Raising money for the League of Friends at the Royal Berkshire Hospital 07827 289768 / readingyouthorchestra.co.uk

24 – 26 March

Recent Journeys by Kate Lockhart

OpenHand OpenSpaces, Brock Keep, Oxford Road Exhibition of sketches, prints and paintings inspired by the Cornish coast. Free 0118 959 7752 / ohos.org.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

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19 March

12noon – 4.30pm

Reading Repair Café

rLab, C1 Weldale Street Bring along broken items and the volunteers will help fix them. Includes electronics, mechanical, IT, toys and sewing. Free but donations welcome readingrepaircafe.org.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

21 March 10.30 – 11.30am

Handling: Studio Textiles 1968–1974

Reading Museum An informal session handling and discussing embroideries and dyed fabrics from the Museum’s Studio Craft collections. There will be a second session on 16 May. £5 0118 937 3400 / readingmuseum.org.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

25 March 7.30pm

Tyondai Braxton & Dawn of Midi

South Street Arts Centre A double bill of America’s most inventive musicians. £17 / £15 members 0118 937 3456 / readingarts.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................


April 22 – 23 April

Reading Contemporary Art Fair 2017

Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue An eclectic mix of more than 130 artists, print makers, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and galleries offering contemporary art with prices from £40 to £4,000. There will be workshops run by Jelly artists’ group: £5 advance / £4 concessions. £7 on the door / £6 concessions / £1 5 – 16 years / Free under 5s 01753 591892 / readingcontemporaryartfair.co.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................


7 – 8 April

Mr Bloom’s Nursery Live

The Hexagon Tiddlers are welcome to join Mr Bloom and the Veggies for their first ever live tour. Using song, play and interaction, this is a fun and inspiring show with strong educational values. £17.50 / £15.50 under 16s. Family and group tickets available 0118 960 6060 / readingarts.com .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

22 April – 11 May

To and Fro: A Reflection on Treaty Ports

8 April 7.30pm

Judas Maccabaeus with Reading Festival Chorus

St Luke’s Church, Reading Judas Maccabaeus is a rarely performed oratorio composed in 1746 by Handel. £15 / Free under 17s 0118 983 4523 / readingfestivalchorus.org.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

8 April

Frozen singalong 2pm Sound of Music 7pm

Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane Check out the website for further details. 0118 975 8880 / shinfieldplayers.org.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

21, 22, 27, 28, 29 April

Mack and Mabel

Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane The popular local drama group presents this musical based on the lives of silent movie stars Mack Sennet and Mabel Normand. 0118 975 8880 / shinfieldplayers.org.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The Peacock Gallery, Maiden Erlegh School Exhibition by Reading based artist Robert Fitzmaurice which features a series of works in response to the concept of treaty ports. Reflects on identity, trade and the cost of trade when profit is a primary consideration. Free 07504 265583 / fitzmaurice.works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

22 April 12noon – 4.30pm

Reading Repair Café

New Hope Centre, 95 York Road Bring along broken items and the volunteers will help fix them. Includes electronics, mechanical, IT, toys and sewing. Free but donations welcome readingrepaircafe.org.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

27 – 30 April

Reading and Mid Berks CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival 2017

Christchurch Meadows, Caversham More than 500 real ales, 150 ciders and perries, food, live music and pub games. Tickets and booking details on readingbeerfestival.org.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................


13 May – 4 June

Reading Children’s Festival

Across Reading This year’s festival celebrates with three weeks of events and activities for young people all over the Borough. Many events are free of charge and offer great fun for all the family. A full diary of events for the Reading Children’s Festival will be available in April. 0118 937 2771 / reading.gov.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

May


4 – 13 May

Here! Here!

Turbine House, Blake’s Lock, Kenavon Drive Exhibition of work by ten artists from the Reading area, exploring themes of the here and now in the context of Reading’s industrial history. Free 07504 265583 / open-studios.org.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

7 May

Heritage Event 2017 at Whiteknights

The Meadow Suite, Park House, Whiteknights Celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Friends of the University. There will be guided walking tours of the campus along with entertainment and children’s events £5 01635 869594 / thefriends.org.uk/event/trailday2017 .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

9 – 14 May

Chaos, Contrasts, Change

OpenHand OpenSpaces, Brock Keep, Oxford Road An exhibition of new work by the studio artists and associates alongside items from the Keep archives which reflect its unique cultural heritage. ohos.org.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

20 May – 17 September

Reading Abbey: Then and Now

Reading Museum As work gets underway to reopen the Reading Abbey site next year, this exhibition looks at how the Abbey Quarter has changed over the centuries. It shows how the English Civil War impacted on the Abbey Ruins and charts the development of the Victorian pleasure gardens and the more recent past of open air plays. For up to date information on the Reading Abbey restoration work see Twitter @RdgAbbey or Facebook @ReadingAbbeyQuarter. readingmuseum.org.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

21 May

The GreenPark Royal Berkshire 10k, 3k and Mini Mile

Longwater Avenue, Green Park There are three races on offer, the family mini mile, the 3k mini marathon or the 10k itself for those of you who wish to chase that coveted PB on a proven flat and fast course, coupled with being scenic and inspiring for those of you who simply want to soak up the atmosphere of a larger scale event. £19 and £17 10K / £9 Mini Marathon / £6.50 Mini Mile 0118 984 1511 / royalberks10k.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

13 May 11am – 4pm

Forbury Fiesta (replacement for Meadow Madness)

Forbury Gardens The launch event of the ever popular Reading Children’s Festival returns to the Forbury. The Gardens are the perfect venue for a giant party with children’s entertainment, workshops, stalls, refreshments and lots more. Free 0118 937 2771 / reading.gov.uk

21 May 12noon – 4.30pm

Reading Repair Café

rLab, C1 Weldale Street Bring along broken items and the volunteers will help fix them. Includes electronics, mechanical, IT, toys and sewing. Free but donations welcome readingrepaircafe.org.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

27 May 11am

Daddy’s Drum Club

From Royal Berkshire Hospital to Broad Street Raising funds for the League of Friends RBH. 0118 322 8592 / lof@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

Readipop Studios, Milford Road A fun and informal session of rhythm and song aimed at under 5s. Daddy’s Drum Club is a 45 minute structured workshop featuring rhythm games, movement, simple songs and imaginative activities based around learning to play drums and percussion. Mums are also welcome! £6 adults / £3 children readipop.co.uk

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20 May

Charity Bed Push


June 10 June

11am – 5pm

Reading Water Fest

On the Kennet and Forbury Gardens Visitors to this year’s celebration of canal life will be treated to children’s activities, craft and charity stalls as well as boat parades and a boat tug of war. We will once again be extending the event into the Forbury Gardens where traditional music and dance will be complemented by a feast of folk-inspired acts. Free 0118 937 2771 / reading.gov.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . ................................................................................


Every Sunday throughout June, July, August and first two weekends in September 10.30am – 4.30pm

Forbury Band Concerts

Forbury Gardens Enjoy music from the bandstand every Sunday from June through to September. Free 0118 937 2395 / reading.gov.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

7 – 10 June

Shinfield Players Theatre presents Tempting Fete

3 June

Eat Reading

Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane Comic production from popular local drama group. 0118 975 8880 / shinfieldplayers.org.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

Reading Town Centre Launching with a high profile town centre event, this celebration of food in Reading will feature food stalls promoting some of our best local restaurants and food producers. livingreading.co.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3 June 10.30am – 4.30pm

Diamond Summer Fete

Victoria Recreation Ground, Tilehurst Organised by the Royal Berkshire Hospital’s League of Friends. To book a stall or entertain, contact 0118 322 8592 / lof@royalberkshire.nhs.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3 June

Reading Male Voice Choir concert

10 June

Reading Male Voice Choir and Harfa Choir, Warsaw concert

Christ Church, Woodley The premier concert male voice choir in Berkshire performs from its varied repertoire. Their aim is to entertain and raise funds for charity. £10 0118 926 7893 / rmvc.net

Sacred Heart of Jesus Polish Church, Watlington Street, Reading A joint performance between Reading Male Voice Choir and the Harfa Men’s Choir from Warsaw, Poland. £10 0118 926 7893 / rmvc.net

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10 – 11 June 11am – 6pm

Whiteknights Studio Trail

Studios and venues in the University area Artists and craftspeople will open their studios and show the public what they do and how they do it. Work on view will be on sale. We are hoping to include two artists from Düsseldorf as part of Reading and Düsseldorf’s 70th anniversary celebration, making a total of 36 artists exhibiting. studiotrail.co.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

10 – 11 June

Reading Amateur Regatta

Thameside Promenade The regatta is a great weekend out for rowers, family, friends and the general public who can come along and watch the racing for free. The Thames promenade allows you to walk the complete length of the course giving excellent race viewing opportunities. reading-amateur-regatta.org .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

17 June 2 – 5pm

Oakfest

24 June 11am – 4.30pm

Armed Forces Day

Forbury Gardens Come and join us in the beautiful surroundings of the Forbury Gardens as Reading marks Armed Forces Day. There will be performances and activities taking place throughout the day. We will be joined by representatives from a variety of associations and charities who will host information and fundraising stands. Free 0118 937 2771 / reading.gov.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

Clayfield Copse An afternoon to celebrate the communities of Emmer Green and Caversham Park. Activities will revolve around oak trees growing near Clayfield Copse Wood. There will be storytelling with myths and legends about trees, crafting head dresses, folk music and dance. Free rach.paton@hotmail.co.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

25 June 12noon – 6pm

East Reading Festival

Palmer Park Popular community festival including performances from local groups and bands. Wide range of food available and stalls featuring work of local artists, charities and businesses. 07786 9170763 / eastreading.co.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

25 June 5.30pm 18 June 12noon – 4.30pm

Mikron Theatre Company presents In at the Deep End

St Barnabas Church Hall, Grove Road Bring along broken items and the volunteers will help fix them. Includes electronics, mechanical, IT, toys and sewing. Free but donations welcome readingrepaircafe.org.uk

Forbury Gardens The touring theatre company return to Reading in their barge to present their latest production of In at the Deep End. Free 0118 937 2771 / reading.gov.uk

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Reading Repair Café


July 30 June – 2 July

Open for Art

Venues around Reading Town Centre A weekend festival of art, dance, painting, photography, drawing, trails, drama, illustration, music, fashion, animation, walks and talks. Most events are free 07702 422353 / jelly.org.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Throughout July

League of Friends 60th Anniversary

Royal Berkshire Hospital, London Road Volunteers from the League of Friends and staff will dress up in 60s gear as 60 different people for 60 minutes to mark the League’s 60th anniversary. 0118 322 8592 / lof@royalberkshire.nhs.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1 July 7.30pm

Rutter – Requiem and Harry – Mass of St Denis

Wesley Church, Queens Road Reading Festival Chorus perform the Requiem by John Rutter, and a mass written by their music director Edward-Rhys Harry. £15 / Free under 17s 0118 983 4523 / readingfestivalchorus.org.uk . .. .. ................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3 July – 26 August 8am – 8pm

Art Originals

Royal Berkshire Hospital, London Road Exhibition of originals from a group of 50 printmakers. The artwork is for sale and proceeds go to the hospital’s arts and gardens fund. Free printattheparkgroup.co.uk

15 – 16 July

Pride and Prejudice

Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane Performance of the book by Jane Austen by the players’ senior youth group. 0118 975 8880 / shinfieldplayers.org.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

16 July 11am

Race for Life Reading

Prospect Park 5k and 10k fundraising run, jog or walk for Cancer Research UK. £14.99 adults / £10 under 16s 0330 123 0770 / raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

16 July 12noon – 4.30pm

Reading Repair Café

rLab, C1 Weldale Street Bring along broken items and the volunteers will help fix them. Includes electronics, mechanical, IT, toys and sewing. Free but donations welcome readingrepaircafe.org.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

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8 – 9 July

Babe the Sheep-Pig

Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane Performance by the junior and middle youth group 0118 975 8880 / shinfieldplayers.org.uk . .. .. ................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

15 July

Pretty Muddy Race for Life Reading

Prospect Park 5k obstacle course raising funds for Cancer Research UK. £19.99 0330 123 0770 / raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org . .. .. ................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

15 – 16 July

Bastille Day Reading

Forbury Gardens Free family event with activities, music, arts and crafts along with delicious food from France and around the world. Live bands along with French and local artists. Free bastilledayreading.co.uk . .. .. ................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

19 – 23 July

Reading Fringe Festival

Venues across Reading Celebrating its 5th year, Reading Fringe Festival will be working with Düsseldorf, Reading’s twin town in Germany. There will be dance, music, opera and photography from across the continent mixed with fantastic acts from Reading. £12 / £10 readingfringefestival.co.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

20 – 23 July

Reading and Düsseldorf celebrate 70 years of friendship

Venues across Reading Throughout 2017 look out for a whole host of events, activities, exchanges and workshops taking place to celebrate 70 years of the link between Reading and Düsseldorf. During this weekend we will reaffirm our relationship with Düsseldorf and will welcome their Lord Mayor, Thomas Geisel to Reading for a weekend of activities to mark the diamond anniversary. 0118 937 2771 / reading.gov.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................


25 – 27 August

Reading Festival

Richfield Avenue One of the most famous festivals in the world. Muse, Major Lazer and Bastille are the first acts confirmed for this year. readingfestival.com .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

August


2 September 12noon

Reading Pride LGBT+

Kings Meadow Park, Napier Road Now in its 14th year, Pride will once again promote equality and diversity in a fun and friendly environment. The day features a full line up of entertainment, a colourful parade through central Reading and live performances from big names on the drag cabaret scene. Free readingpride.co.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

September


17 September 12noon – 4.30pm

Reading Repair Café

The Lodge, Palmer Park Bring along broken items and the volunteers will help fix them. Includes electronics, mechanical, IT, toys and sewing. Free but donations welcome readingrepaircafe.org.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

7 – 10 September

Heritage Open Days in Reading

Across Reading Special events, openings and behind the scenes tours at some of Reading’s most intriguing and historic venues. Don’t miss this four day celebration of Reading’s heritage and culture as venues across the town open their doors for a fantastic programme of walks, talks, tours and special openings. heritageopendays.org.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

30 September 12noon – 4pm

Reading Town Meal

Turbine House, Blake’s Lock, Kenavon Drive Inspired by the book title Around the World in 80 Days, this is an art installation of 80 washing line photos from 80 different countries. Each has a story about the person behind the washing line. Staged by Mahlia Amatina. Free mahliaamatina.com

Forbury Gardens Reading Town Meal is a vibrant, community driven event which is unique to Reading. The Town Meal celebrates and promotes growing-your-own and healthy, sustainable local food. Hundreds of home growers from across the town donate fresh produce which catering students turn into a delicious, healthy meals served up free to over 1,000 people in Forbury Gardens. Practical workshops around healthy, sustainable food and lifestyles, community group and local food producer stalls, family fun activities, music from upcoming local musicians and dozens of dedicated volunteers complete the day. 0118 958 6692 / readingtownmeal.org.uk

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17 – 30 September

Around the World in 80 Washing Lines


October Throughout October

Black History Month

Across Reading A month-long celebration of black heritage and culture. Free 0118 937 2771 / reading.gov.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................


13 October 7pm

15 October 12noon – 4.30pm

All Saints Parish Church Hall, Downshire Square Fundraising event by Royal Berkshire Hospital’s League of Friends. 0118 322 8592 / lof@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

rLab, C1 Weldale Street Bring along broken items and the volunteers will help fix them. Includes electronics, mechanical, IT, toys and sewing. Free but donations welcome readingrepaircafe.org.uk

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Clothes Show

Reading Repair Café

18 – 22 October

For Such a Time as This

OpenHand OpenSpace, Brock Keep, Oxford Road

An exhibition of new work by Peter Driver. ohos.org.uk

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November 12 November 9.30am

Remembrance Sunday Service, Parade and Commemoration

Reading Minster and Reading Town Centre The annual Remembrance Sunday service, parade and commemoration will once again return to Reading Town Centre. A Remembrance service will be held at Reading Minster from 9.30am followed by a parade through the town centre ending at the Forbury War Memorial for the laying of wreaths and 2 minutes silence at 11am. 0118 937 2771 / reading.gov.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ................................................................................


During November

18 November 12noon – 4.30pm

Across Reading Christmas lights switch on and events. Check local press for details. 0118 937 4341 / livingreading.co.uk

The Oasis Community Centre, Baker Street Bring along broken items and the volunteers will help fix them. Includes electronics, mechanical, IT, toys and sewing. Free but donations welcome readingrepaircafe.org.uk

Lighting Up Christmas

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Reading Repair CafĂŠ

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4 December 5 – 7pm

Special Shopping Evening

Broad Street and The Oracle A special festive shopping experience for the elderly and those with disabilities. Free 0118 937 2395 / reading.gov.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

December


Throughout the year Reading Museum There’s plenty to do and see at the Museum during the school holidays (as well as the rest of the year!). This includes special themed exhibitions, workshops, tales for tots, tours, crafts and activities. And many of them are free. You may need to book for some of them on 0118 937 3400. The Museum also offers a range of learning opportunities for school children including the chance to delve into its hundreds of boxes of real ancient objects. education@readingmuseum.org.uk / readingmuseum.org.uk

7 December 6pm

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Carols by Candlelight

Reading Minster Launchpad’s annual carol service raising funds to support Reading homeless and vulnerable at a time of year which many people find very hard. Come and kick start the festive season in Reading Minster at 6pm with carols, musical performances and readings. Tickets available in November. launchpadreading.org.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

9 December 7.30pm

Saint Saens

Venue TBC Christmas Oratorio and Bach – (Part 1). £15 / Free under 17s 0118 983 452 / readingfestivalchorus.org.uk

Reading Football Club Reading FC are in action most weekends and often host special events during the week and so be sure to keep an eye on their website for full details! Please check out their Twitter @readingfc or Facebook @readingfc pages. readingfc.co.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............................................................................

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10 December 7pm

Christmas Concert of Carols and Readings

Falkland Islands Chapel, Pangbourne College, Pangbourne Festive fundraising event by Royal Berkshire Hospital’s League of Friends. £12.50 0118 322 8592 / lof@royalberkshire.nhs.uk .. .. .. .................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

14 December 6.30pm

Beat the Street

Reading Minster A traditional service of lessons and carols. Free 0118 937 2771 / reading.gov.uk

Reading will once again walk, run and cycle between Beat Boxes place across the town to win prizes and get fitter. Check out the website for further details. reading.beatthestreet.me

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Civic Carol Services


Regular events Readipop’s Weekly Community Sessions Every Monday 12noon – 2pm

Every Wednesday 7 – 9pm

Southcote Community Centre, Coronation Square, Southcote Moving On is a sociable singing group for people aged 60+. The group meets every week to learn and sing vocal arrangements of classic popular songs. Moving On also performs at local festivals, care homes and events. New members are always welcome, including absolute beginners. £3 readipop.co.uk

Readipop Studios, Milford Road The Small Strings are a large, quirky ukulele group with a varied repertoire of popular songs. Led by Readipop’s Rob Gilmour, this tangoed troupe have been playing and performing together for four years. The weekly sessions include rehearsing current songs, learning new ones and developing technique. £5 readipop.co.uk

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Every Monday 7 – 9pm

Every Wednesday 7 – 9pm

Readipop Studios, Milford Road Readipop’s Acappella choir is all about using voice as an instrument, making weird and wonderful sounds instead of simply singing lyrics. Together they create incredible arrangements of pop songs using only their voices; layering sounds to make up the melody, harmonies, baseline, chords and percussion. After less than a year together Vox Pop already has an impressive repertoire and an incredible sound. £7 readipop.co.uk

Readipop Studios, Milford Road Learn, develop and rehearse African rhythms played on a mix of traditional drums and percussion including Djembes and Dun Duns. This is an informal workshop leading to opportunities to perform at local events. £6 readipop.co.uk

Moving On

Vox Pop

The Small Strings

Tankata Drummers

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Every Tuesday 8 – 10pm

Every Thursday 11am – 1pm

Readipop Studios, Milford Road Beatroots is Readipop’s Samba drumming group. It has performed at many major events and festivals including WOMAD, The Thames Festival and the Olympic Rowing during London 2012. Absolute beginners can join the band by taking part in a Samba 101 taster workshop. More experienced players can join any time. £5 beatroots.co.uk

Readipop Studios, Milford Road A sociable and fun ukulele club aimed at beginners and rusty musicians aged 60+. Tea & Jam is a weekly two-hour session led by a very skilled and highly patient musician and tutor. The group plays a range of songs and performs at Readipop events such as Night of 1000 Ukes and the Readipop Christmas Hootenanny. £5 readipop.co.uk

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Beatroots Bateria

Tea & Jam


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