Heritage and culture

Your guide to arts, culture and history in Reading. Explore museums and attractions, Reading history, days out and cultural events, including art, film and theatre.

Overheard in Reading

Overheard in Reading in July

Once a month, I share the silliest, weirdest, funniest things I’ve overheard on the streets and in the pubs of Reading.

Freud the Musical at Reading Fringe Festival interview

Natasha Sutton-Williams, the writer, composer and star of Freud the Musical, talks about her lewd, rude one-woman show about sex, madness and medicine.

Bicycle Boy

Bicycle Boy at Reading Fringe preview

Reading Rep’s Helen Eastman talks about her upcoming, interactive, bike-powered family theatre show Bicycle Boy, performing at Reading Fringe Festival 2018

Much Ado About Nothing at Reading Abbey review

Progress Theatre bring an entertaining take on Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado about Nothing to the Abbey Ruins for their annual open air theatre.

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See the My Reading photo competition winner and finalists

Discover who won our #myRDG photo competition and see the 11 photos which made it through to the final.

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Overheard in Reading

The funniest, silliest, strangest things we’ve overheard on the streets of Reading in June 2018.

Reading Abbey

Discover the Reading Abbey opening 2018

Find out everything you need to know about the reopening and restoration of Reading Abbey ahead of the reveal ceremony on Saturday 16 June 2018.

Photos of My Reading

Enter our My Reading photography competition

Reading photographers, celebrate your favourite spots in town with our My Reading Photo competition. Enter for your chance to have your artwork displayed at South Street Arts Centre and win a meal for two at Honest Burgers.

Recovery Position

Progress Premieres theatre review

Once a year, community theatre group Progress Theatre play host to Progress Premieres, a display of writing from local talent. This year’s plays are Recovery Position by Anthony Travis, previously a set designer for Progress and Sh!t, written by Liz Carroll and directed by Aidan Moran.

View Island Reading gate

Reading explored: The making of View Island

How did View Island, a scrubby patch of land along the Thames in Reading, go from a junk-filled boatyard into a riverside nature park?