With a rich history that dates back to medieval times, modern day Reading has evolved into a vibrant destination in South East England, and is now home to one of the country’s top universities, a popular music festival and an attractive network of rivers and canals.

Alongside the array of museums, green spaces, retail facilities, river activities and cultural excursions in Reading, there is a tight-knit community in the large town. As we head into summer, there is plenty to do in the local area – meaning residents of Reading will have even more opportunities to get together with their neighbours and become an active member of the community.

What’s On?

Cultural Excursions

A perfect way to spend a weekend, head down to one of Reading’s many cultural venues with your neighbours, such as The Hexagon, South Street Arts Centre or the new Reading Rep Theatre. These three local favourites host an eclectic mix of theatre, music, comedy, dance performances and everything in between, meaning there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Royal Ruins

To celebrate a landmark year for the British Royal Family (with the Coronation of King Charles III taking place this summer), why not visit a local historical site with royal links? History buffs eager to learn more about Reading’s royal links should head to the Abbey Ruins, the 900-year-old burial place of King Henry I which was once one of Europe’s largest medieval buildings. Just an 8-minute walk from L&Q at Huntley Wharf, this historical landmark is set within the idyllic Forbury Gardens, a peaceful haven nestled in the heart of Reading and the perfect spot for a spring picnic with friends and neighbours.

Reading Rambles

Reading is perfectly located for exploring the beautiful surrounding Berkshire countryside and the town’s network of waterways. Follow the Thames Path to discover the villages that lie on the outskirts of Reading and make use of local train routes which stop at both Pangbourne and Goring-on-Thames. You can follow the Thames Path between the two, and the five-mile walk is enough to make you extra hungry for a pub lunch reward at the end. People looking to take their walking more seriously can join the Berkshire Rambles, a group of 20 and 30-year-olds who explore the countryside around Reading on weekends and summer evenings – ideal for meeting your neighbours and other Reading locals!

Cream Tea Cruises

Another opportunity to explore Reading’s on the water, the Shiplake Cream Tea Cruise will be returning on selected Tuesdays from May through to September. Guests can enjoy an afternoon on board, taking in the beautiful surroundings of Sonning Lock and Bridge, on the outskirts of Reading whilst enjoying freshly baked scones and tea.

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Benefitting from an enviable waterside location on the banks of the River Kennet, L&Q at Huntley Wharf offers a lively and vibrant lifestyle in the heart Reading, where residents benefit from all conveniences and culture of an exciting cosmopolitan town.