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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 2020 *

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.


Sport Clubs /Sessions

Reading Rockets Basketball will be offering outdoor sessions for 4 to 12 years from 27th July to 28th August 2020, in south Reading, Tilehurst and Caversham visit website for more details.  

uSports Summer 2020 Holiday Club Football Plus at Woodford Park Woodley

Reading Football Club Community Trust ~ Soccer Holiday Schools at Floreat Montague Park Primary School Wokingham. Reading Football Community Trust ~ Soccer Holiday Schools

Reading Sport & Leisure phased re-opening of centres from 3rd August, visit website for updates.

Joshua Academy Summer School ~ In partnership with Prospect school the Joshua Academy will be offering catch up sessions in English Maths & Science from 10th to 21st August, in preparation to going back to school. Sessions aimed at BAME student 9 to 16 years. Joshua Academy ~ Summer School



Reading Museum situated in the centre of town at the Old Town Hall, Riverside Museum at Blakes Lock and the Abbey Quarter. Museum preparing to re-open for details of activities and events visit For online activities visit

Reading University's Museum of English Rural Life MERL on Redlands Road, museum is not open to the public at the moment, however there are may activities available for families and the Ure Museum of Greek archaeology at the university's Whiteknights campus also has children's activities available online visit Ure Museum ~ Colouring and quiz

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 opening soon and the West Berkshire Museum situated in Newbury which has re-opened.


Reading Libraries

This years reading challenge is "Silly Squad" various activities taking place on line visit Summer 2020 reading challenge ~ Silly Squad

For information on when libraries will be re-opening starting with Central Library, also story time and activities visit Reading Libraries facebook page.


Reading Children's Centres ~ visit their Facebook page for online activities


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 this is a reduced service for summer 2020, 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


Trampolining Reading / Climbing Centre

Red Kangaroo trampoline park is re-opening for the summer from 25th July, please visit their website for information on changes to activities.  Red Kangaroo ~ Reading

Reading Climbing Centre is also opening for the summer 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  and Wellington Country Park "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.