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.

British Sea Power

Top gigs in Reading in February

Check out our picks of the gigs to watch in Reading in February 2018, including Inheaven, British Sea Power and Ed Lofstedt.


Inheaven Interview

Chloe from Inheaven speaks about their Reading gig, their shoegazey, alt-rock and what the band get up to in between shows.


Introducing Reading band Mellor

Get to know why you should follow Reading band Mellor, a local alt-rock four-piece with infectious, high energy songs and forceful live show.

Idles band

Are You Listening Festival 2018 guide

Are You Listening Festival is Reading’s one-day, multi-venue music festival in aid of Menap. Find all the band line ups, venue information, tickets and more for the 2018 festival.

Inside Hobson & Quinn, Reading’s new male grooming salon

Explore Reading’s pub correspondent James Moore prefers pints to pampering. Can newly-opened male salon Hobson & Quinn convince him to give male grooming a try?

Thames Lido restaurant

My perfect Reading weekend: Matt Siadatan from Thames Lido

Thames Lido restaurant manager and former Mya Lacarte co-owner Matt shares his favourite dining spots and the things he loves doing on a weekend in Reading.

The Winter Giant

The best things to do in Reading in December

Make the most of December with our guide to the best events and things to do in Reading this month. Look out for the Jelly Christmas art fair, Stephen K Amos, The Winter Giant, Launchpad’s Carols by Candlelight and more.

The best of Reading

Discover the 25 best things to do in Reading with the Explore Reading Advent Calendar. Every day we’ll be revealing the best bars, restaurants, cafes and things to do in town, all chosen by a panel of experts.

Trudy and the Romance bring Junkyard Jazz to Reading

We speak to 50’s doo-wop inspired trio Trudy and the Romance about their debut EP Junkyard Jazz, their upcoming shows, and their dream tour line up.


Interview: Otherkin

We speak to Irish, alt-rock four piece Otherkin about their debut album OK, their ties to Reading and the weirdest things they’ve experienced at a gig.