Things to do

The very best events in Reading every month. Your guide to the top gigs, festivals, markets, shops, shows and activities in town.

Imaginarium TimeTrap Escape Room review

Explore Reading reviews Imaginarium, the quirky, sensory Lewis Caroll-themed second escape room game from TimeTrap.

Top gigs in Reading in May

Keep enjoying live music in town this month with our pick of the top gigs to see in Reading in May, including The Velvet Hands, Haley Heynderickx, Pink Diamond Revue and more.

Haley Heynderickx interview

Haley Heynderickx is a Portland based singer-songwriter. Ahead of her intimate show at the Rising Sun Arts Centre on Sunday 6 May, Haley talks to Explore Reading about her debut album, touring, and her favourite musicians from her city.

Thames Lido Swimming pool

The Thames Lido pool and restaurant review

Test the waters and the menu on a spa day at Thames Lido. Is Reading’s gloriously restored luxury outdoor swimming pool and restaurant worth the price tag?

Idles band

Ten acts you need to see at Are You Listening Festival 2018

Discover the ten acts you should make sure to see at Are You Listening Festival 2018. From new bands to local acts and big names, like Idles and Field Music, make the most of the Reading music festival.

Suzanne Stallard

My perfect Reading weekend: Suzanne Stallard from Jelly

Suzanne Stallard, the founder and director of Reading arts collective Jelly shares where she finds art in Reading. Her weekend involves visiting open art studios, brunching at Picnic, getting creative inspiration from Reading’s cafes and exploring Cemetery Junction.

Idles band

Top gigs in Reading in April

Get out to these incredible gigs to watch in Reading in April. including Japanese cult rock band Shonen Knife, up-and-coming indie stars Swimming Tapes, BBC Introducing at Purple Turtle and one of the best events of the Reading music calendar, Are You Listening Festival.

Introducing: Saltwater Sun

Saltwater Sun are an alternative rock band based in Reading, blending pop sensibilities with hard hitting riffs and soaring melodies. Find out about the local Reading five piece in our Reading band profile.

Reading Carnival

The best festivals and big events in Reading 2018

Your ultimate guide to all the big music, culture and food festivals happening in Reading in 2018.

Top gigs in Reading in March

Local gig night Club Velocity celebrate their 15th birthday, Mellor play BBC Introducing and alt-rock legends Dinosaur Jr take to Sub89. It’s the best gigs to see in Reading in March 2018.