Hailed by The Sunday Times’ “a place you can prosper and plan your future”, Reading made it onto the esteemed list of the best places to live in the UK in 2022, and no wonder given how much the Berkshire town has going on.

Plenty of countryside mixed with a quick commute to the capital, this part of Berkshire is a blend of urban and outdoorsy living. One of the largest towns in the UK with a rich and interesting history that dates back to the Roman period, there are so many areas to explore, from the residential suburbs through to stunning surrounding countryside on every border.

If you’re thinking of moving to Reading in 2023, we’ve spoken to our sales team to get the inside scoop on things to look forward to and do in the area this year.

1. Art in the Dark Months 2023 at Reading Museum – Back by popular demand, this years programme will celebrate the links between Abstract art and making music, with a whole heap of ways to get involve in the exhibition including musical residencies and creative workshops. Head to the Reading Museum website to book – truly one not to be missed!

2. Follow the Thames Path – The villages that lie along Berkshire’s waterways are as picturesque as they are accessible. Catch the train to Pangbourne or Goring-on-Thames and walk the five miles for a deservedly delicious lunch at The Miller Mansfield in Goring this Spring. Can’t decide what to order? We recommend their ultimate pub classic – a proper steak and ale puff pastry pie!

3. Reading Cycling Festival – arguably one of the best ways to get around Reading is by bike, so whether you are a keen cyclist, or looking for an introduction to the cycling community, keep an eye out for a date announcement for the annual day-long event. Fun for all the family, Reading Cycling Festival is a community event that hopes to encourage more people outdoors and on to their bicycles. Join a group ride, try a unicycle or an e-bike, get your bike security marked, marvel at the skills of stunt riders and learn about the fantastic cycle routes in green areas in and around Reading.

4. Hexagon Theatre – Whether you are looking for an evening of laughs, or a night of music – from classical to folk, to rock and roll – keep a look out for what’s going on at the Hexagon Theatre. This year Russell Howard is due to take to the stage, along with Prue Leith and a Queen Extravaganza. Coming up is Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, featuring Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin Clifton and Maisie Smith – guaranteed to beat any January blues!

5. Reading Festival – The annual bank holiday spectacular will be returning again this year. 2022 saw The 1975, Bastille and Charli XCX take to the stage, with 2023’s acts tipped to be even bigger and better. Fear not – if you haven’t managed to secure a ticket, BBC iPlayer will be streaming the festival so you can soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the music from the comfort of your own home!

And this is just a taster of what’s to come in 2023! There is always so much going on in Reading, and all in such close proximity to our L&Q at Huntley Wharf development.