• Fri
    13:00 - 15:30The Warehouse

    233 King's Road, Reading RG1 4LS

    A fun and lively social gathering which is open to everyone over 50 living in Reading. There will be live music and singing, light refreshments and the chance to get up and dance or relax and chat to friends.

    This popular event is run by volunteers and is always very relaxed and friendly. Invite your friends along or come alone and meet new people.

    £3 including your entrance and refreshments – payment will be taken at the door.

    You can download a flyer for the event here. To book a place please contact Sarah Hunneman by phone on 07580 870945 or email at

  • Mon
    11:00 - 13:00St Michael’s Church Hall

    The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4JX

    St Michael’s Church Tilehurst is holding its Spring Fayre and plant sale in St Michael’s Church Hall on The Meadway. Fun for everyone on Bank Holiday Monday!

    You might like to start with coffee and biscuits and at lunchtime indulge with a sweet or savoury pancake or a toastie. The stalls will include a raffle, cakes and produce, plants, games for children, books, jewellery, a tombola, a craft stall and much more. A magnificent food hamper is always a great raffle prize!

    For the children there will be a bouncy castle and perhaps the opportunity to dance round a very traditional maypole.

    All services and events at St Michael’s are fully accessible to wheelchair users.

  • Sat
    13:00 - 16:00Reading Town Centre

    As part of Brighter Berkshire, the Year of Mental Health, there is a Walk and Talk for Mental Health in Reading.

    “We aim to connect with others and raise awareness that 2017 is a Year of Mental Health in Berkshire and we want as many people as possible to join in, make a pledge and have conversations about mental health.

    The more people doing this the better and more powerful it will be, so tell your friends, family, colleagues, students, businesses and more. Its open to whoever wants a Brighter Berkshire.”

    The walk will start in Reading Town Centre at 13:00. Watch out for the bright purple tee-shirts!

    Further details and to sign up for the walk at

  • Tue
    18:00 - 21:00Reading Voluntary Action

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Trustees play an essential role in our society, making our charity sector work. It’s a hugely rewarding role but it’s not always easy to get all the information you require to be sure you are carrying out your role as effectively as possible. This training will help give you an overview of what’s expected of trustees as well as providing a networking opportunity with your fellow trustees from the area.

    The areas covered are will include:
    -Basic structure of a voluntary organisation
    -Trustee duties and liability
    -Trustee Roles
    -Choosing/understanding your organisation’s structure
    -Your constitution
    -Organisational policies

    The training is suitable for new and existing trustees and will also give a valuable introduction to anyone thinking of taking on the role. You will leave with an improved knowledge of what the position entails along with how to limit any liability you might face.

    The course is free but please register at to confirm your place

    Click here to register

  • Sat
    11:00 - 16:00The Forbury Gardens

    Forbury Road, Reading RG1 3HS

    The launch event of the ever popular Reading’s Children Festival returns to the Forbury. The festival starts on Saturday 13 May with Forbury Fiesta in Forbury Gardens. The Gardens are the perfect venue for a giant party with children's entertainment, workshops, stalls, refreshments and more.

  • Sun
    14:00 - 17:00Harris Garden

    University of Reading Campus, via Pepper Lane, Reading RG6 6UR

    Would you like to see inside the locked walled garden at Harris Gardens? Come along on Sunday 14 May!

    As well as having a lovely stroll around the gardens you can get your face painted, go on a treasure hunt, shop for plants, jam from The Jam Lady, fudge from Hartland Fudge, have a go on the tombola or just relax with a cup of tea and a cake.

    Entry is £3 for Adults, children free – proceeds to Reading Mencap. Download the flyer at

  • Sat
    10:30 - 16:30Victoria Recreation Ground

    Tilehurst, Reading RG31 6HT

    Annual Summer Fete by League of Friends Royal Berkshire Hospital. Booking now for stalls and entertainment.

    See the website at for more information. If you have any queries please phone 0118 322 8592 or email

  • Thu
    18:00 - 21:00Reading Voluntary Action

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library (rear doors), Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    RVA and RCVYS are working in partnership to deliver safeguarding training specifically aimed at Trustees and those running unincorporated groups and community associations (please note this is not training for front-line staff).

    Trustees hold the overall responsibility for the actions of their groups and it is essential to know your safeguarding responsibilities to give you the confidence to run your group effectively.

    By the end of the session you will be able to:
    -Demonstrate an awareness of the safeguarding issues that could emerge in your organisation.
    -Describe key principles and best practice in terms of your responsibilities to safeguard individuals involved with your organisation.
    -Identify resources to help you and your staff/volunteers to safeguard effectively.
    -Identify next steps for yourselves and your organisation in terms of meeting your safeguarding responsibilities.

    The training is free but please register at to book your place.

  • Sat
    11:00 - 17:00Forbury Gardens, Riverside and Chestnut Walk - Reading

    Reading Borough Council and the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust come together to bring you Reading Water Fest.

    The event will run from the Forbury Gardens, along the Kennet between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum. Watch live performances and join in with free family activities in the Forbury Gardens, browse the avenue of stalls along Chestnut Walk, listen to live music, enjoy a tasty bite to eat and something refreshing at the Bel and The Dragon at Blake's Lock and admire the flotilla of boats along the Kennet Canal.

    If you would like to have a stall at the event please fill in an application form or contact Lucy Daniels on 0118 937 2771 or

  • Mon
    10:00 - 13:00Reading Voluntary Action

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    If you look after the financial records for your charity and need some guidance on how to make sense of it all, this course if for you.

    Aims of the workshop
    -To build understanding of the role of the principles of bookkeeping
    -To consider practical tips for doing this successfully in a small voluntary organisation
    -To ensure the ability to deal with issues that you might face in bookkeeping for a small voluntary organisation
    -To consider the methods you will use in bookkeeping and record keeping more generally for your organisation
    -To leave the workshop confident in your ability to produce the accounts that you need

    Learning outcomes
    The content covered will be tailored depending on the needs of delegates on the day. However typically attendees will:
    -Understand the components of a charity’s account
    -Understand the key principles of bookkeeping
    -Understand the particular requirements for keeping financial records of a small voluntary organisation
    -Be aware of how they can contribute to effective corporate governance for a small voluntary organisations
    -Be ready to resolve issues with record keeping and know where to get help if they need it
    -Be able to determine what records will need to be submitted to the charity commission and if the organisation they volunteer with needs an audit or independent examination of their accounts

    Target audience: The workshop will be open to up to 10 delegates. It is aimed at treasurers, assistant treasurers or charity managers in Reading’s voluntary sector, but will also be suitable for volunteers who are stepping up to the role of treasurer.

    About the Trainer: Rachel is a trainer, speaker, facilitator and coordinating director of Holy Brook Associates. She has delivered a wide range of courses including technical training for Accountants (ACCA, CIMA, ICAS and AAT). An experienced course designer she has been training staff, volunteers and partners since 2007.

    Cost: The training is at RVA's reduced rate of £40 for voluntary and community groups in Reading. FREE places are available for RNN members using the usual promotional code.

    Register online at

  • Sun
    12:00 - 18:00Palmer Park

    Reading RG1 3PA

    East Reading Festival is a local community festival that runs in June every year in Palmer Park. The festival aims to strengthen the connections between the people and organisations of East Reading.

    The event culminates in a fun day at Palmer Park with a wide range of attractions, music and performance marquees.

    For more information see the East Reading Festival Website.

  • Sat
    12:00 - 15:00Rabson's Recreation Ground

    Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 8DF.

    Face painting, talent contests, live music, bouncy castles, free BBQ, tug of war, Battlezone, and a giant slide and assault course: these are just some of the activities and events you will find at the South Reading Churches Fun Day.

    Join us for a great afternoon for all the family at Rabson's Rec!  Details at

  • Fri
    12:00 onwardsChristchurch Meadows

    George Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8BY

    The Readipop Festival returns to Christchurch Meadows this year from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 July 2017.

    The festival includes live music over three stage, theate, arts, comedy and cabaret, world music, bar and festival food and a children's area. This annual event celebrates home-grown music and performing arts.

    For more information see the Readipop website at

  • Sun
    12:00 - 19:00Prospect Park

    Reading RG30 2ND

    The 2017 Tilehurst Festival will be at Prospect Park on Sunday 27 August. Once again it's free to enter. The whole family will be able to enjoy a spectacular mix of fun entertainment including a fairground, a bigger stage, showcasing a cracking range of top live local bands and the return of some of your favourites.

    There will be a huge range of multi-ethnic food stalls with multiple Real Ales, plus wine and spirits in the beer pavilion and with the old faithful's, arts and crafts, bigger games, sideshows, a family picnic area, kids entertainers, bigger face painting for people with really big faces.

    Contact details:
    Phone: 07525 810751