Events

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018
    10:00 - 15:00Caversham Court Gardens

    Church Road, Caversham RG4 7AD

    An Econet event promoting local woodland products and wildlife friendly gardening. Bean Poles, Pea Sticks, plants, Willow products, reconditioned tools and tool sharpening service for sale.

    There will also be stalls representing a variety of local organisations including:
    -Reading and District Beekeepers (Honey and beeswax products plus information about bees and beekeeping)
    -Women's Institute (Jams and chutneys)
    -Traidcraft (Fairtrade goods)
    -Food4Families
    and others.

  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018
    10:45 - 12:00The Reading Irish Centre

    Chatham Street, Reading RG1 7HT

    With major concerns about air quality, as well as climate change, have we started a shift away from diesel and petrol towards electric vehicles? Are they more environmentally friendly? Can our electricity system cope? Find out the latest developments and perhaps consider whether you are ready to go electric!

    This month we are joined by Anthony Simpson, who is currently working for the University of Reading on a two-year project with a Marlow-based electric car leasing and smart services company, with the objective of creating business models for smart charging of electric cars.

    Then add some great songs, sung with The Word Of Bob and all the other fun things that make a Sunday Assembly.

    Sunday Assembly Reading is free to attend and runs entirely on donations. The Assembly is a secular congregation that celebrates life, meeting once a month at The Reading Irish Centre and welcomes all ages and all backgrounds.

  • Wed
    25
    Apr
    2018
    19:00 - 21:00Reading Canoe Club

    The Warren, Caversham, Reading RG4 7TH

    You are invited to the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens AGM on Wednesday 25 April 2018.

    A brief business meeting will be followed by an illustrated talk by garden historian Kate Felus. Based on her book, The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden, Kate will reveal the previously untold story of how great landscapes were used in the eighteenth century.

    Free event. Members and non-members are very welcome.

    Contact details
    Email: friends@fccg.org.uk
    Phone: 0118 954 5779.

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018
    12:00 StartSub 89

    110-117 Friar Street, Reading RG1 1EP

    The "Are You Listening?" Festival, in partnership with Reading Mencap, returns for its 6th year, following its continuing overwhelming success. To date the music festival has raised over £40,000 for the local charity that supports people with learning disabilities and their families.

    The one-day music festival is held across Reading town centre venues, including Sub89, South Street Arts Centre, St Laurence Church, Rising Sun Arts Centre and more.

    The festival features nearly 70 bands, some of the biggest UK names and Reading’s best local acts. We’re very excited about sets from Mercury Prize-nominated Field Music and cult indie favourites The Lovely Eggs. On the local lineup look out for Saltwater Sun, Mellor and Vienna Ditto.

    Tickets are available from the website at http://areyoulistening.org.uk for £22.50.

  • Tue
    01
    May
    2018
    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 will include:
    -Basic structure of a voluntary organisation
    -Trustee duties and liability
    -Trustee Roles
    -Choosing/understanding your organisation’s structure
    -Your constitution
    -Reporting
    -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. The session is free but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Wed
    02
    May
    2018
    11:00 - 16:15Green Park

    100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading RG2 6GP

    The Equality and Human Rights Framework is a free digital toolkit and learning programme for voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations. It’s been designed by the Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) to help organisations explore how equality and human rights can help achieve your core purpose, and how you can integrate equality and human rights into your work.

    The learning programme combines three training workshops with online resources and a webinar to make it easy for you to participate. It aims to support community groups and organisations understand how to use the Equality and Human Rights Framework to make a difference. It provides topic overviews, addresses key themes identified by VCS organisations, and gives you the opportunity to explore how you could apply the learning to your own organisation’s work in a supportive context.

    The three learning programme workshops are coming to Green Park on 2 May (full day) and 11 June (2 half day workshops). The workshops are free (with a £50 refundable deposit) and the deadline for registration is 27 April 2018.

    For more information about the learning programme workshops see the EDF website at www.edf.org.uk.

    Click here to Register

  • Sat
    05
    May
    2018
    14:00 StartReading Central Library

    Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that brings reading to life for the whole capital in a massive book group. Each spring, Cityread invites London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together.

    This year, it doesn’t just cover London: Reading is also taking part, with themed events taking place across Reading Libraries and reviews of the book submitted in May entered into a draw to win a bottle of Spanish wine. This year's book is The Muse by Jessie Burton.

    Paul Crooks will come to Reading Central Library to talk about his knowledge of family history. Paul traced his family back six generations to slaves captured in the Krobo Mountains in Ghana and then to the sugar plantations in Jamaica. Paul published his book Ancestors in 2002. Paul will talk about his novel and his amazing journey to trace his family history.

    Entry is £4 Library members/£5 non-members.

  • Mon
    07
    May
    2018
    11:00 - 13:00St Michael's Church Hall

    The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4JX

    St Michael’s Church Tilehurst Mini Spring Fayre with the Big Raffle. Join us for coffee and cake and a chance to buy from various stalls including plants and handicrafts at the Church Hall on the Spring Bank Holiday, Monday 7 May.

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

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018
    08:30 - 17:30Circle Hospital Reading

    100 Drake Way, Reading RG2 0NE

    Reading Lions Club invites all local men over 45 or those who are younger and have a family history of prostate cancer to come along to the Circle Hospital Reading on Saturday 12 May to learn more about prostate cancer and take a simple PSA blood test. It is well proven that early detection and treatment may vastly increase your chances of survival.

    The test involves a simple blood sample taken on the day. The samples are sent to a specialist laboratory for analysis and a letter is sent to every man taking part with their own individual results.

    Please allow 30 to 45 minutes for registration and the test although this may take longer at busy times. Bring your completed consent form, which you can download from the website at www.readinglions.org.uk.

    There is no parking available at the hospital. Please park at the Madejski Stadium and use the complimentary shuttle bus to and from the hospital.

    If you have suffered flu-like symptoms, diarrhoea, or vomiting within 48 hours prior to your visit, we ask you not to attend this event in order to reduce the risk of transmission to others.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018
    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 12 May with Forbury Fiesta in Forbury Gardens. The Gardens are the perfect venue for a giant party with loads of fun activities including arts and craft, sport and music/dance workshops, as well as entertainment all day.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018
    14:00 StartReading Central Library

    Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    A talk by RBC Chaplain Una Chandler, who came to Reading from Barbados in the early 1960s, aged 17, with £2 in her pocket. Una will share her memories of a happy but very hard life in Barbados and then her relocation to 1960s Reading and talk about her book A Long Way from Home. If you haven’t met Una before she is an amazing woman and this will be an excellent event.

    Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that brings reading to life for the whole capital in a massive book group. Each spring, Cityread invites London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together.

    This year, Reading is also taking part, with themed events taking place across Reading Libraries and reviews of the book submitted in May entered into a draw to win a bottle of Spanish wine. This year's book is The Muse by Jessie Burton.

    Free event

  • Tue
    22
    May
    2018
    10:00 - 12:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    Are you a voluntary or community group based in Reading and looking at ways to increase your funding? RVA are hosting a Funding Fair on Tuesday 22 May

    This event will include short presentations from:
    -Big Lottery – who will provide an update on Reaching Communities funding and the new Partnerships Funding that went live this month
    -Berkshire Community Foundation – who will give an update on key funding available to Reading groups
    -Crowdfunder - who will give an introduction to crowdfunding, what it is suitable for and how it works

    The morning will also include an opportunity to network with other local community groups and charities and will be followed by 1:1 slots with the funders, so you can canvas your ideas for funding with them.

    Please register your interest for this event at www.eventbrite.co.uk. Due to popularity, spaces are limited to 2 people per organisation and organisations must be operating services in Reading.

  • Wed
    23
    May
    2018
    19:00 – 20:30Battle Library

    420 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1EE

    A talk by Mike Cooper (author of We Cannot Park on Both Sides) and Ray Parkes about the remarkable men and women from Reading who volunteered to serve and fight for the Republican government in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Mike and Ray will also discuss some of the striking poster art from this time.

    Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that brings reading to life for the whole capital in a massive book group. This year, Reading is also taking part, with themed events taking place across Reading Libraries.

    Entry is £4 Library members/£5 non-members.

  • Mon
    28
    May
    2018
    12:00 - 19:00Prospect Park

    Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND

    Reading Carnival returns to mark its 41st Anniversary on 28 May 2018.

    We had an amazing year last year and this year we want to make the Carnival even better by aiming to getting EVERYONE in the community involved!

    Come and join the festivities by lining the streets for the parade and enjoy some delicious cuisine, drinks and entertainment from the Caribbean and around the world at Prospect Park until 19:00. Carnival is a truly inclusive and family-friendly event, so everyone is welcome!

  • Wed
    06
    Jun
    2018
    18:00 - 23:00Shehnai Olympia Ballroom

    75-77 London Street, Reading RG1 4QA

    The Reading Volunteer Awards are returning once again. The awards acknowledge and highlight the extraordinary contribution that volunteers and volunteering make to life in our town. After the success of last year’s awards, we are delighted to be holding the event again in 2018, celebrating those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills.

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018
    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.

    Family event that takes place in the Forbury Gardens, Abbey Ruins and along the Kennet, between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum. The event includes live entertainment, children's activities and refreshments, water activities, narrow boats, craft and charity stalls.  

    This year's Reading Water Fest will coincide with the official reopening of Reading Abbey and the start of the Reading Abbey Revealed Festival.

    If you are a stallholder and would like to join us, please complete the online application form. There will be a fee of £50 for all commercial stalls and community/charity stalls are able to apply for a stall for free. The deadline for all applications is Friday 11 May 2018.

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018
    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
    30
    Jun
    2018
    11:00 - 16:30Forbury Gardens and Broad Street

    Reading Town Centre

    Reading pays tribute to the Armed Forces and its veterans with a host of family-friendly music and activities in the beautiful surroundings of Forbury Gardens, as well as Broad Street in the town centre.

    Enjoy an afternoon of live music from the bandstand in Forbury Gardens, culminating in an Armed Forces Veterans Badge presentation ceremony.

    Highlights will be performances from Diane James as Dame Vera Lynn and a military band who will be performing at both Broad Street and the bandstand at Forbury Gardens. There will also be activity stands in Broad Street where the Salvation Army will be performing.

    Entry to the gardens is free so bring a picnic - refreshments will also be available. For more information contact 0118 937 2771.

  • Sun
    01
    Jul
    2018
    10:00 StartProspect Park

    Liebenrood Road, Reading, Berkshire RG30 2ND

    The Berkshire Motor Show this year will be held at Prospect Park in Reading raising funds for the fire fighters charity. All the usual attraction will be there including the Fun Fair, vehicle display, crafts, food and stalls. The show is now open to classic cars, custom, rod, Bikes, tractors and even steam.

    The event is for the whole family and disabled people to enjoy. There will be trophies for Best 4x4, Best Classic, Best Customised, Best Club Stand, Best Motor Bike, Best in show and Best HGV.

    Public Car parking is a donation of £2. Entrance to the event by walkers is a donation to the charity, Marshall's shall be holding buckets. For disabled parking, please ask a member of staff.

    Contact details:
    Mobile: 07990 667503
    Email: stephawbery@outlook.com

  • Fri
    06
    Jul
    2018
    09:00 - 18:00Hennerton Golf Club

    Crazies Hill Road, Wargrave RG10 8LT

    The Lions Club of Reading organises a Prostate Cancer Awareness Event each year at The Circle Hospital, Reading. On that day, men are tested free of charge for early signs of prostate cancer.

    Last year, 1500 men attended, 37 of whom underwent subsequent treatment. While the test is free, Reading Lions have to pay the NHS £20 for each blood sample to be tested.

    To help cover these significant costs, Reading Lions are organising their 4th charity golf day on 6 July at Hennerton Golf Club. A team entry is £220 and individuals can enter for £55. Full details and entry forms are available at www.readinglions.org.uk/index/golfday.