Reading Directory | Activities in Reading during the summer holiday 2024 (2024)

Reading Directory|Activities in Reading during the summer holiday 2024 (1)

Holiday Clubs

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

Reading Play run a club for Reading families at The Hill Primary School in CavershamReading Play - The Hill Holiday Playclub


Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) Youth Team are out and about in the community this summerclick herefor more details. See attached poster for more details on community activities in local parks and family fun days.


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 visitBrighter Futures for Children (BFfC) - Holiday Activity Fund (HAF)


Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) Children's Centres are open during the summer holiday click on following link to find out more about their activitiesBrighter Futures for Children (BFfC) Children's Centre activities see attached flyers for more details


Sport activities

uSports - multi sport activities during the summer holiday

Reading Football Club Community Trust -Book Reading FC Football Courses & Soccer School Sessions (

Reading PlayRanger Station at Prospect Parkmini golf, Tennis Courts, Football, Climbing Wall, Archery, Low Ropes

Sport in for 10 to 14 years from 5th to 15th August 2024. These sessions are aimed at children and young people that have low mood or other mental health challenges. We will provide a safe, nurturing space to help build confidence, meet new people and be in a supportive group.


Science and learning activities

FunTech @ Reading School



At Palmer Park: Reading Mela 3rd & 4th August

At the Rising Sun Arts Centre: Here Comes the Sun Festival 10th August

Broad Street Reading Carnival of the World 10th August

Thrive Charity Fun Day 28th July


Drama, Music & Art

  • RABBLE Theatre Holiday Club

Ages 6-16 years

Ages 8-16 years

6-16 years musical theatre

  • Progress Theatre Youth Theatre

A Play in a Week -In August 2024, PYT willbe opening up our "A Play In A Week" workshops to two age ranges. These will be led by our highly experienced Youth Theatre Facilitators.

Across the week, students will workshop and learn a play to perform on the Friday evening for friends and family.

There is a discount for existing PYT members and for anyone who signs up for the PYT Autumn term before 30th September 2024 (in this case, the discount will be applied to the fees in the autumn term. Visit


5th - 9th August - 7 - 13 Year Olds &

12th -16th August - 13 -18 Year Olds

  • Reading Rep

Ages 9 to 16 years

Ages 5-8 years



Reading Museumsituated in the centre oftown at the Old Town Hall, Riverside Museum at Blakes Lock and the Abbey Quarter. Museum open, for details of activities and events visitReading Museum - Summer Activities

Reading University's Museums:

In Woodley on the outskirts of Reading, you can find the Museum of Berkshire Aviationcontact them directly to check if they are opening this summer. There are also museums at Henley theRiver and Rowing MuseumandWest Berkshire Museumsituated in Newbury.


Reading Libraries

This year'sSummer Reading ChallengeReading Directory|Summer Reading Challenge 2024 – Marvellous Makers

Reading libraries Summer activities with Fred in the ShedReading Libraries August 3rd to 16 the August Fred in the ShedReading Directory|Fred in the Shed part of the Marvellous Makers Summer Reading Challenge

For information onReading Libraries activities during the summer reading challengeplease visit theirFacebook page.


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

South Street - Alice by Heart presented by Anything Goes Theatre Company 29 Aug 2024 - 31 Aug 2024. In the rubble of the London Blitz of World War II, Alice Spencer’s budding teen life is turned upside down, and she and her dear friend Alfred are forced to take shelter in an underground tube station. When the ailing Alfred is quarantined, Alice encourages him to escape with her into their cherished book and journey down the rabbit hole to Wonderland. For 12+ years


Outdoor theatre

Caversham Court Gardens SISATA presents Peter Pan Sunday 4th August at 6pm . Adapted from J M Barrie’s novel. Created with support from the Lighthouse, Poole, Arts University Bournemouth and Bournemouth University. Dorset based SISATA transports you to Neverland like you have never seen it before. Inspired by the Isle of Portland off the Jurassic Coast, meet the natives of Portland, pirates and smugglers and a prehistoric Jurassic monster intent on consuming the rest of Hook.

Abbey Ruins - Progress Theatre – The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde 17th - 27th July

"The truth is never pure and rarely simple"

It’s the story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure.


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

Matilda Too is a 12-seat narrowboat based in Reading. Whether you are a local resident or a visitor to the town, step aboard our narrowboat Matilda Too and enjoy a leisurely cruise round the town. It’s a chance to experience views of Reading that very few have seen. Children must be accompanies by at least one adult.


Parks and Gardensto visit inReading 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 threeparks/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 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 thereareusually Bandstand Events.Forbury Gardens

A little further outsideof the town centre are Palmer Park to the east and Prospect Park(new mini-golf course)to the west seeReading Parksfor more details.

Reading has a number of outdoor play areas and outdoor gyms, please view


Trampolining/ Climbing / Soft Play

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

Parthian Climbing Readingfor more information on activities available over the summer please visitParthian Climbing Reading

Mad House soft play area Green


Places to visit near Reading

In the Wokingham Borough area there isDinton Pasturesclose to Woodley to the east of Reading Borough,visit their website for more details of current activities and opening

Wellington Country Park is also in the Wokingham"places need to be booked in advance

On the west of Reading in West Berkshire is Beale daily updates.

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