Looking for the newest events in Reading? Here you can find the biggest new announcements and notable additions to our listings, giving you the chance to book your tickets as soon as they're on sale.
Heritage Live presents Richard Ashcroft
22 Jul 2023
Heritage Live returns to the stunning grounds of Englefield House with legendary Verve frontman and two-time Ivor Novello winner Richard Ashcroft. He'll be joined by fellow Britpop icons Ocean Colour Scene and the none-more-now indie darlings The Sherlocks.
Luke Jerram’s Gaia
10-18 Jun 2023
Gaia, world famous Earth artwork created from NASA imagery, comes to Reading Town Hall as part of Reading Climate Festival 2023. Measuring seven metres in diameter and suspended inside Reading’s historic Concert Hall, Gaia features high-resolution NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. The installation also features surround sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer, Dan Jones.
Russell Brand: Live
30 Mar 2023
Russell Brand is returning to UK venues following his sell-out 33 Tour. After amassing an audience of over six million on YouTube, the cultural and political commentator and award-winning British comedian is back on stage - including a stop at The Great Hall.
11 Jun 2023
Step right up and prepare to be amazed by the colours, sounds and energy of Reading’s brightest and best street party. Launching at midday, Whitley Carnival’s Parades will weave through the streets of Whitley before meeting up at the John Madejski Academy for a Fun Day of stalls, food and performances. Everyone is welcome to take part – from school children to local performers, Whitley residents to professional carnival walkers.
'Hats Off To The King' Garden Party
7 May 2023
As part of the King's coronation celebrations, The Flowing Spring are holding a garden party. Hot and cold food, an outside bar and loads of live music going into the evening from the likes of singer-guitarist Robert Buttrick and uke-poppers The Rocket Kings. And on top of all this: a Hats Off contest - make your own hat (preferably related to the coronation) and you'll parade it on the Hatwalk at around 3:30pm. The creator of the best hat gets a prize!
Iszi Lawrence and The Time Machine Next Door book launch
15 Apr 2023
Head to Waterstones Reading for the book launch of comedian, podcaster and History presenter Iszi Lawrence's new children's fiction books: The Time Machine Next Door: Scientists and Stripy Socks and The Time Machine Next Door: Explorers and Milkshakes. There will be sessions at 11am-12pm, and 3pm-4pm. Book your £3 tickets before the day and get £3 off the books on the day of the event.
South Chiltern Choral Society Easter Concert
1 April 2023
South Chiltern Choral Society, with special guests L'Ensemble Vocal de la Vallée du Tarn, will be performing one of Pergolesi's most celebrated sacred works, Stabat Mater and Puccini's glorious choral work, Messa Di Gloria at the Great Hall, Reading University.
Easter Activities at Reading Museum
1-16 Apr 2023
There's lots of fun activities to be found at Reading Museum during the Easter holidays! Including the chance to make Easter Egg Seeds Bombs and Bug Hotels, Planetary Playdough and The BIG Green Easter Egg Hunt - find the green eggs hidden throughout the Museum and pick up some easy eco tips along the way.
Beverley Knight Plus Support
17 Oct 2023
Beverley Knight has been one of the UK's most consistent artists for almost three decades. Celebrating her incredible career over the years, this tour also marks her milestone 50th birthday. Back together with her live band, she will perform all of her classic hits and fan favourites along with brand new songs.
Easter Holiday Activities
1-14 Apr 2023
Lots of egg-citing events and activities to keep the kids occupied have just landed on the site. Take the kids on an Easter Trail round the town centre, make Easter Crafts at Readin Museum and more!
A Force To Be Reckoned With / Twitchers
Theatre anywhere for everyone, by canal, river and road - Mikron Theatre will be mooring up in the Reading area once again this summer with two new shows in four different locations. A Force to be Reckoned With is an arresting tale of pioneering women in the police. Or Nest(le) down with Twitchers, a tale of birds, birders and the RSPB.
Fairytale Of New York
18 Nov 2023
Direct from the West End and after two sell out tours, the ultimate feel good Irish-inspired Christmas show is back with an even bigger production for 2023. Featuring all your favorite Christmas songs alongside some of the greatest Irish sing-a-long songs of all time.
u slip into: experimental queer exhibition
5 May 2023
Join Double Okay and guest artists for an experimental exhibition at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, showcasing the weird and wonderful work that falls between the cracks... "the queer stuff that's hidden in our bedrooms". Artwork will be on display for you to wander round and have a look at, and performances will happen intermittently throughout the night.
Hybrid Culture with Don Letts
9 Apr 2023
Hybrid Culture celebrates the world of Reggae, Punk & Ska - a special day showcasing the best of DJs and live performances, a wonderful opportunity to re-live or get to know some of the best music of all time. This an amazing opportunity to hear a DJ set from the amazing DON LETTS set for free - yes FREE! Supported by Reading's own Reggae Reggae Crew (DJ Jack Hollywood & Bubblin' Bob) and a wicked live set from the Skavengers.
Mountain Music by Little Bulb
17-18 Oct 2023
A journey of musical migration to the birth of what's now called Country Music, featuring sumptuous three-part harmonies and a foot stomping five piece string band. Mountain Music, written and devised by Olivier Award-winning Little Bulb, charts the journey of Celtic folk music over 300 years as it moves from the UK and Ireland to America. A time when music lived through community sharing and was a person’s most vital connection to the family they had left behind.
The Unravelling Wilburys
15 Jun 2023
Born out of the ashes of the popular Beatles tribute band Sgt Pepper’s Only Dart Board Band, this is more than just a tribute - they are the complete package! Playing the country-rock songs of the 1980s supergroup ‘The Traveling Wilburys’, the band also steal some choice numbers from the back catalogue of each of its five iconic members; Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne.
2 Sep 2023
WiFi Wars is the live comedy game show where you all play along! Log in with your smartphone or tablet and compete in a range of games, puzzles and quizzes to win the show, and prizes! Hosted by comedian Steve McNeil (team captain on UK TV's hit comedy/gaming show "Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit") and aided by Guinness World-Record-Breaking tech whizz, the award-winning Rob Sedgebeer!
Everything you love about escape rooms with the adventure of treasure hunts. Escapade are back in townc from Good Friday with TWO exciting town-wide escape experiences to choose from - On The Run sees you evading the law, and Mafia Town sees you evading the mob! Both games have been updated for 2023 - new clues, new locations and new challenges!
Reading Haydn Choir Spring Concert
2 Apr 2023
Reading Haydn Choir will be singing works from the 18th and 20th centuries, which all feature brass instruments within their professional orchestra. Some of the last works by Mozart and Handel will be on the programme, alongside the "exalted, devotional and jubilant" Gloria by John Rutter!
Disco Abbey 2023
9 Jun 2023
Blue Collar are putting on a MASSIVE DISCO in READING’S ABBEY RUINS as part of Reading Water Fest, featuring chart-topping Native New Yorkers Odyssey, a DJ set from legendary Soul II Soul frontman Jazzie B OBE and lots more! A night of glitter, mirrorballs & disco lighting in the historic abbey ruins!
The Big Comedy Bash '23
10 May 2023
Slapstick Festival’s annual comedy fundraiser is back The Hexagon for a sixth year running, raising funds for Bristol’s Slapstick festival. Expect an evening of brilliant stand-up comedy with sets from MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE, JO BRAND, MILTON JONES and RIA LINA, with more names due to join the bill in due course...
New gigs at The Retreat
Reading's favourite backstreet boozer has announced a smorgasbord of new gigs, from Sunday Jazz with Stuart Henderson, Simon Price and guests to pop, soul and more as part of the anuual Village Easter Festival!
13 Jun-1 Jul 2023
RABBLE are back for another slice of history written by Beth Flintoff. When William the Conqueror dies, Henry, spare royal son, gets nothing - at first. Power surges into his hands, love beckons and the world falls at his feet. What will he have to do to hold the crown? Staged above the King’s body in Reading Abbey Ruins, founded “for my sins”.
19-27 May 2023
Trapped on the first floor of their retirement home in Gravesend by the rising floodwaters of Storm Vera, five extraordinary yet forgotten women share stories of their lives in this play by Sandi Toksvig, which is both endearing comedy and poignant social commentary.
Singing Cafes for Older People
From 16 Mar 2023
Berkshire Maestros are offering a new series of "Singing Cafes" for older people, including ones designed for people with Parkinson's, and those with dementia. Each session includes singing and musical activity followed by time to have tea/coffee with a biscuit and a chat, giving folk a chance to meet new friends, to socialise and reengage with other like-minded people in the community.
Classes & Courses from RABBLE
A new term is approaching for both adults and youngsters to learn and develop their acting skills with RABBLE Theatre - and you can book a free trial to see if it's for you. Plus, a special 3-day Stage Combat Course is coming up, where you'll walk out with a recognised certificate.
The Mad Monkey Improv Show at Flowing Spring
15 Apr 2023
Mad Monkey Improv are taking their hilarious show on the road with an evening at The Flowing Spring! This show takes place on The Smaller Stage, the perfect intimate setting for a night of hilarious improv where your suggestions play such a big part in the show! A unique and completely different show every time!