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.
Reading Vegan Festival
17 Sep 2022
Reading Vegan Festival is the annual non-profit event from Sparkle Vegan Events. The fifth festival will be taking place on in the town centre on Market Place, Broad Street (new for 2022!) and inside Market House, where you can sample and buy a range of delicious vegan food, natural skincare, beautiful homeware, unique gifts and much more. There will also be a programme of interesting speakers.
Bookface: Chapter 13
8 Oct 2022
The Rising Sun Arts Centre's annual artists' book fair returns this October. Hand made books, small publishers, paper arts, altered books, hand decorated papers, printmaking, illustrations, sketchbooks, installations and more. Join them and share ideas, browse stalls, make a mini book, listen to poetry, discover some magic, and enjoy lovely refreshments in the Yellow Teapot Cafe!
Wild Willy Barrett's Roaring Touring
21 Oct 2022
The master of live entertainment and multi-instrumentalist Wild Willy Barrett is back, this time with his own trio. Willy’s off-the-wall humour has audiences laughing out loud between numbers, as the group perform original material on instruments including the guitar, cello, fiddle, banjo, ukulele and keyboards.
Terraces and Towpaths: Art from a River Town
From 19 Sep 2022
Gas Tower Community Art present their third community art exhibition in another unique space - the Jolly Anglers on Kennet Side. The theme is "Terraces and Towpaths: Art from a River Town". You will see photography, paintings, collage, mixed media, giclée prints, a six-foot computer-generated graphic of George Palmer, and poetry inspired by their creative Newtown area (and a little beyond).
Stephen K Amos: Oxymoron*
26 Oct 2023
Luverly! Stephen K Amos is back at South Street with a brand new show. What a mad couple of years it’s been! How did you get through it all? Stephen’s solution... find the funny. The opportunity in the crisis, the joy in the sadness, the wisdom of fools, after all comedy equals tragedy.
*A serious comedian
Big Jay's Drag Anniversary Show!
17 Sep 2022
Big Jay is celebrating one year in drag by putting on a spectacular show at Bar 77, featuring an incredible line up of local drag talent including Cairo Ali, Grace Anatomy, Lujane Oud, Sheer Obsession and Xena Morph. Plus join them on 1 October too for the Halloween edition of Reading's Got Drag!
Relics of the Fall
17 Sep 2022
Relics of the Fall is a 30-player, 6-hour megagame - players represent leaders of a faction, roleplaying and negotiating with other factions while deciding how their followers should be deployed. Battle, explore, negotiate: a post-apocalyptic game of violent empires, corrupt merchants, and the nomads stuck in between them.
Storm In A Teacup Present: Buds.
23 Sep 2022
Storm In A Teacup Presents... hit the ground running at their new home, The Butler. Back by popular demand are headliners Buds. - Punk Rock from small town Hampshire playing songs that make you feel good in spite of your dread - supported by top-tier local punk talent.
Judi Love: Work In Progress
22 Sep 2022
Straight-talking powerhouse Judi Love is one of the UK’s most stand-out performers. A brilliantly engaging comic on stage, Judi takes everyday relatable situations that resonate with audiences and brings them to life in hilarious routines. Judi can also be seen as a regular panelist on ITV’s Loose Women. Come and join her at South Street as she tries out new material!
Escapade: Mafia Town
From 17 Sep 2022
The twon-wide escape experience returns! This Autumn, the Mafia are in town - and you need to take them down. Your job is to take them down before they control all of Reading. You'll need to solve cryptic clues, snap secret surveillance photos, record incriminating conversations, locate a missing journalist AND expose all the shady business deals the Mafia are a part of. You've only got 2 hours to complete the job before Reading becomes another Mafia town.
Odds On: An Interactive Short Film
5-11 Sep 2022
Following the award-winning video podcast 'User Not Found', Dante or Die bring you an interactive short film that’ll have you hooked from the start. Odds On takes you deep down into the world of online gambling; from that first win, all the way behind the screen to give a game’s-eye view of how your fellow players are really doing.
Inspector Drake and the Black Widow
16-19 Nov 2022
Shinfield Players Theatre first new show of their new season (following the oft-delayed Our House) is an hilarious murder mystery where hapless Inspector Drake and his hopeless sidekick Sergeant Plod as they try to unravel the case of oil tycoon John Johnson found with a huge sword in his back... before too many more people are murdered!
Christmas at the MADEbyTamalia Art Sanctuary
There's lots of festive fun to be had this Christmas at the MADEbyTamalia Art Sanctuary in Caversham. It kicks off with the now-annual art market, followed by all manner of Christmassy workshops for kids and families, from making baubles together to dropping the kids off so you get some time to do what you need to before the big day!
The Ryewolf Christmas Show
11 Dec 2022
The first of two seasonal shindigs from Readifolk is a specially-commissioned Christmas Show from from local 'super-group' Ryewolf. In a departure from their normal repertoire of traditional British folk, Ryewolf will be performing seasonal songs and music presented in their own inimitable style.
American Superslam Wrestling
29 Jan 2023
American Superslam Wrestling is back! And it promises to be the match of the year when the New Zealand superstar Niwa returns to The Hexagon to meet the very popular Oliver Grey in a ‘falls count anywhere’ match. An afternoon of exciting fun for the whole family - It's Wrestling at its Best(ling).
The Big Comedy Bash 2022
7 Nov 2022
Slapstick Festival’s annual comedy fundraiser is back at Reading’s Hexagon theatre for a fifth year running with a rare comedy set from none other than Alan Davies, along with other comedy legends including Ed Byrne, Stephen K. Amos and more names to be announced soon!
Reading’s Indie Market
2 Oct 2022
The Double-Barrelled Brewery will once again be transformed into Reading’s premier indie indoor market hall hosting 15+ incredibly talented local craftspeople. You’ll find everything from plants and jam to art and homeware. Plus, delicious street food, cake and coffee f, and of course, plenty of fresh DB beer to keep you hydrated as you browse.
Comedy at Turtle with Headliner Yuriko Kotani
21 Oct 2022
Mates Rates Comedy is back at The Purple Turtle to bring you the best acts from the UK comedy scene. The October show is headlined by Yuriko Kotani - winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2015 and a "leftfield rising star" (Time Out) - with the equally fabulous Joe Jacobs and Dani Johns in support.
Singing Course for Men
20 Sep 2022
Thames Valley Chorus are running a FREE 4-week singing course for men, suitable for new singers or for men who have been in a choir before and would like to return to singing. The course will cover the fundamentals of good singing including posture, breath management and vocal production - and there may be a place for you in the chorus at the end of it!
Autumn with Jazz In Reading
Jazz In Reading are back with their monthly residency at Progress Theatre, showcasing some of the best talent the UK jazz scene has to offer. This autumn catch percussionaist Jonny Mansfield and his Quartet, Tommaso Starace and The Power of Three, The Nat Steele MJQ Quartet and Alan Barnes' 'Copperfield' - a Dickensian Suite.
40th Anniversary of u3a
13-23 Sep 2022
Reading u3a - the "university of the third age" - is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a number of events and showcases around Reading, giving prospective "senior students" the chance to find out exactly what they do, from ambling to photography, play reading to singing in a choir.
12 Nov 2022
Kalakunj presents MARGAM, part of its annual showcase celebrating Indian classical dance and music. Witness the richness of South Asian dance and the path of progression in the artistic pursuit of Bharatanatyam, the Indian classical dance style from the southern part of India.
Punkoween at the Face Bar!
29 Oct 2022
Punk tribute bands + Halloween = Punkoween. So head to the Face Bar and be enraptured by Totally Blondie, get fired up by The Pistols and bop along to Reading's own The Remones. Gabba Gabba BOO!
Trinity Concert Band's Anniversary Concert
24 Sep 2022
You’re invited to join Trinity Concert Band at the stunning Reading University Great Hall as they celebrate a significant milestone at our 21st Anniversary Concert. Throughout this exciting evening, they’ll take you on a musical journey through the band’s history, premiere a new composition and have a celebration of women composers!
Home Education music class
Wednesdays from 21 Sep 2022
Kindermusik with Sarah return with a new run of Level 5 music lessons. Using a small-group approach to music education, this one-hour lesson provides a pressure-free environment where your child can develop a strong musical foundation by learning the concepts, language, notation, and vocabulary of music and its greatest composers.
Dave Gorman: Powerpoint To The People
1 Apr 2023
Dave Gorman, the 'high priest of the comedy Powerpoint talk' (The Times) is touring again - as much as anything to demonstrate that a powerpoint presentation doesn't have to involve a man in a grey suit standing behind a lectern and saying 'next slide please'. There are far more important things to analyse. Well... they're more important in Dave's head anyway.