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.

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?

Reading explored: View Island

Explore View Island, a peaceful spot for nature along the River Thames, and only a five minute walk away from Reading train station.

Mother Courage

Mother Courage and Her Children at Progress Theatre review

See Bertolt Brecht’s powerful 20th Century anti-war drama Mother Courage and Her Children, performed by an energetic cast at Progress Theatre.

Chair at Reading auction

Explore the Reading auction house at the Cattle Market

Matthew Farrall browses for antiques and rummages for bargains at Reading’s monthly auction house, held in the historic Reading Cattle Market.

A Clockwork Orange at Progress Theatre review

Progress Theatre takes on A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess’ iconic tale of violence, crime and punishment in a dystopian world.

Matilda the Empress

Matilda the Empress from Reading Between the Lines review

Reading Between the Lines brings our town and the role of women to the forefront of English history with this powerful tale of Henry 1’s daughter Matilda, staged in Reading’s iconic St James’ Church.

Hamlet Progress Theatre

Hamlet at Progress Theatre review

Megan Turnell brings a raw and nimble energy to the role of a female Hamlet in Progress Theatre’s bold, modern, production.

Films to watch at the Reading Film Theatre

Watch The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, A Fantastic Woman, feminist cinema and powerful foreign-language films at Reading’s only independent cinema in 2018.

Henley Literary Festival-hub

A guide to the Henley Literary Festival 2017

Find out which authors to see, highlights to look out for and how to buy tickets in our guide to the Henley Literary Festival 2017.