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Summer Holiday Activities 2019

Summer Fun! Holiday Activities and Clubs in the Reading Area.

Reading Play run three holiday clubs in Reading at Katesgrove (Waterloo Meadows), Caversham (The Hill) and South Reading (Green Park), please use the following link to view the clubs and book spaces for Summer 2019. Reading Play

There are a number of holiday schemes run by private and voluntary organisations in the Reading Borough area, this includes specialised courses eg Reading Football Soccer Schools. Please visit our holiday clubs section.

Reading Play will be having a Summer Fun Day @ Prospect Park,  Friday 2nd August 11am to 4 pm . Note this is a family event and not a childcare option

Reading Sport & Leisure have an amended programme for the summer holidays please use the following link to find out more  Reading Sport and Leisure Holiday Activities . See downloads for brochure.

Reading Children's Centres will be open throughout the summer holiday please see amended programme of activities from 29th July to 30th August 2019.


Wild About Reading

From 27th July to 4th August there will be Reading wide events celebrating the many organisations, groups and individuals that preserve and conserve different aspects of Reading. FREE activities available daily. See attached leaflet.


RVA Reading FREE holiday activities for 10 to 14 years

This summer RVA Reading has put together a full schedule of FREE events running throughout Reading visit their website for more details of activities and how to book.



In the Reading area we have more than one museum, Reading Museum situated in the centre of town at the Old Town Hall, Riverside Museum at Blakes Lock and the Abbey Quarter. There are two further museums at Reading University MERL Museum of English Rural Life on Redlands Road and the Ure Museum of Greek archaeology at the university's Whiteknights campus. Reading Museum Family Activities Summer 2019

In Woodley on the outskirts of Reading, you can find the Museum of Berkshire Aviation. There are also museums at Henley the River &  Rowing Museum and the West Berkshire Museum situated in Newbury.


Reading Libraries

This years reading challenge is "Space Chase" various activities taking place in Reading libraries including magic shows with Fred in the Shed.


Boat Trips with Thames River Cruises, French Brothers & The Rose at Hungerford

Throughout the summer there will be river cruises from Reading Thameside which includes the Reading Abbey Shuttle, Beale Park Ferry and trips further along the river to Pangbourne, Goring & Streatley. If you prefer a more leisurely trip along the Kennet & Avon Canal, The Rose of Hungerford will be offering trips from Hungerford Wharf. Please view French Brothers ~ WindsorThames River Cruise and Rose of Hungerford.


Shopping Centres, town centre

Broad Street Mall ~ Over the summer holiday there will be various family fun craft sessions with Jelly @ Broad Street Mall

Oracle Shopping Centre ~ Free family events on 6th, 13th & 20th August. Dinosaur themed crafts & activities level 2 space outside Victoria's Secrets. The Oracle ~ Summer Dinosaur Events

On Saturday 17th August 2019 the "Here Comes the Sun Festival 2019" will be taking place at the Rising Sun Arts Centre. Reading Carnival of the World this year is on the 17th August, along Broad Street. See attached related links for more details.


Parks and Gardens to visit in Reading Borough

There are various Parks & Gardens in Reading Borough that are open throughout the year, to view the complete list please use the following link. Reading Parks

There are three parks/gardens easily accessible from the town centre, two are located next to the River Thames on the Caversham side of the river. These are Caversham Court Gardens a picturesque area near Caversham Bridge with historic walled gardens, walks and grassed area where you can enjoy a picnic. On 3rd August at 6.30pm Heartbreak productions will be performing Gangsta Granny in the open air, tickets available from Reading Arts.  Friends of Caversham Court Gardens - Website. Further along the river near Reading Bridge is Christchurch Meadows a large open area where you can sit, play games also a children's play area and paddling pool. Christchurch Meadows

Behind Reading Museum is Forbury Gardens which hosts various events throughout the year, including those organised by Reading Museum, in the summer months there are also regular Bandstand Events. Forbury Gardens

A little further outside of the town centre are Palmer Park to the east and Prospect Park to the west see Reading Parks for more details.  


Soft Play, Climbing Wall, Trampolining

There are two soft play venues in Reading, Krazy Play Days (west Reading) and The Mad House (south Reading), various activities throughout the year.

Reading Climbing Centre run a holiday club and activities for children in the summer holidays for more details visit website. Reading Climbing Centre ~ Kids Activities

Red Kangaroo trampoline park please visit their website for information on changes for the summer holidays.

Places to visit near Reading in the Wokingham Borough area are Summer activities ~ Dinton Pastures and Wellington Country Park Events Summer 2019. On the west of Reading in West Berkshire is Beale Park What's On Summer 2019.

For more information on activities in our neighbouring local authorities please click on the links.  West Berkshire FIS   Wokingham ~ What's On  Oxfordshire FIS

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.