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Due to the COVID-19 situation, some of the organisations listed on this site have posted service updates and will continue doing so. Many phone lines and websites are still available, however some contact details may have changed. Try the organisation's own website if you're having difficulty getting through.

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* Summer Holiday Activities 2021 *

Reading Children's Festival 2021 from Saturday 31st July until Sunday 22nd August  ~ 3 weeks of live, virtual events and activities. Including the return of the Forbury Fiesta at the Forbury Gardens on Saturday July 31st, 11am - 4pm. Visit the Children's Festival website page for up to date information to view the activities programme Reading Children's Festival 2021 by Reading Council - issuu


Holiday Clubs

There are a number of holiday schemes run by private and voluntary organisations in the Reading Borough area this summer. To view which clubs are open, please visit our holiday clubs section.


Holiday Activity Fund (HAF)

Eligible families will be able to access free holiday clubs this summer as part of the Holiday Activity Fund (HAF). For information on the HAF activities in Reading, who is eligible and how to access the funding visit Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) ~ Holiday Activity Fund (HAF)  


Activities for 13+ years run by BFfC Youth Services

To find out more about the activiities event running this summer visit 

Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) ~ Youth Services Summer Activities 2021

Or call 0118 937 6545 or email for more details.


Sport Clubs /Sessions

uSports U-sports~ Caversham-football-camp

Reading Football Club Community Trust ~ Soccer Holiday Schools Reading FC Community Trust ~ Activities

Reading Rockets Basketball ~ Camps taking place over the summer visit website for more details Reading Rockets ~ Summer 2021


Science and learning activites 

Technology camp in Caversham, dedicated to teaching children all about STEM education through fun and exciting activities. Camp Next Thing Education ~ Hemdean House


Drama & Music 

Drama courses with Rabble Theatre, Bezerk Productions  & PQA; music with Berkshire Maestros & The Rock Academy. Visit What's On Reading ~ Creative Summer Schools



Reading Museum situated in the centre of town at the Old Town Hall, Riverside Museum at Blakes Lock and the Abbey Quarter. Museum open, for details of activities and events visit  Holiday Fun | Reading Museum or see attached flyer.

Reading University's Museum of English Rural Life MERL on Redlands Road, is open to the public information on activities available can be found on their websites Summer Holiday Activities at MERL places need to be booked, also available MERL ~ Summer Holiday Activity Packs

In Woodley on the outskirts of Reading, you can find the Museum of Berkshire Aviation contact them directly to check if they are opening this summer. 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 "Wild Heroes" various activities taking place.

For information on Reading Libraries please visit their Facebook page.


At the Hexagon on the 27th & 28th July 2021 In the Night Garden Hexagon ~ In the Night Garden  


Reading Children's Centres 

Visit their Facebook page for online activities see attached summer 2021 Timetable, email: to find out more about the activities and to book a place. 


What's On Reading ~ The guide to arts, culture, heritage and events in Reading

Reading Culture Live ~ Arts, culture and heritage from Reading, online


Boat Trips with Thames River Cruises

Throughout the summer there will be river cruises from Reading Thameside, visit website for more details Thames River Cruise 


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.  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. 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 usually 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.

Reading has a number of outdoor play areas and outdoor gyms, please view the following link for up to date information on the areas that are now open to the public. Reading Parks & Outdoor Spaces


Trampolining Reading / Climbing Centre

Red Kangaroo trampoline park please visit their website for information on changes to activities.  Red Kangaroo ~ Reading

Reading Climbing Centre for more information on activities available over the summer please visit


Places to visit near Reading

In the Wokingham Borough area there is Dinton Pastures close to Woodley to the east of Reading Borough, visit their website for more details of current activities and opening hours  also have open air cinema from end of July into August Dinton Pastures ~ Outdoor Cinema Summer 2021

Wellington Country Park is also in the Wokingham area "in order to control visitor numbers, visiting will only be allowed on a pre-booked basis".

On the west of Reading in West Berkshire is Beale Park "currently open with reduced admissions check website for details of opening hours and how to purchase tickets during covid-19" for daily updates.

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.