Here’s our top picks for things to do in Reading this Bank Holiday weekend which includes street-dancing, soulful grooves, heavy metal, food and more.
- Reading Carnival — The Rebirth
Bank Holiday Monday 28th May from midday to 7pm starting and ending at Prospect Park
Reading Carnival will be celebrating its 41st anniversary this coming Monday with the Carnival Parade through the streets of Reading being the centrepiece of festivities starting and ending in Prospect Park.
You will be able to enjoy some delicious cuisine, drinks and entertainment from the Caribbean and around the world at Prospect Park alongside a variety of family entertainment on the day for everyone to enjoy.
2. Blue Collar Street Food — Feastival
Friday 25th May to Sunday 17th June in Forbury Gardens from 11am to late. Closed on Monday and Tuesdays apart from Bank Holiday Monday 28th May.
Feastival returns to Forbury Gardens this year bigger and better with the very best of the Blue Collar’s Street Food traders, alongside two bars, a brand new two-tiered scaffold seating infrastructure, fire pits, hale-bale sofas and live music.
Along with rotating food options, beers, cocktails, Pimms, Prosecco and more, it promises to be the perfect place for lunch in the sun, evening vibes, and great weekend sessions.
3. Goldust Radio Summer Party
Sunday 27th May from 9pm to late at Yates’s on Friar Street. Tickets are available here or £10 door entry on the night, strictly over 25s only.
Goldust Radio will be hosting another popular Bank Holiday Sunday extravaganza upstairs playing the best of 70s, 80s, 90s Classic Soul, Disco-Boogie, Funk, RnB-Neo Soul, Soulful/Funky House, Rare Groove, Reggae.
Hosted by The Gold Dust DJs FunkyB, DJ Fennygan, Prone, Timi Backspin, Deano Jones, plus guest DJ Club RG1 maverick Pete Precise.
4. The Swamp featuring Pensevor
Friday 25th May from 8pm at The Face Bar on Ambrose Place, Chatham Street. Door Entry £5.
This month’s show takes a turn down a road towards a dark horizon. Make no mistake this will get Heavy and shake the foundations of The Swamp.
There will be a blend of old favourites and new talent including Pensevor, Morass of Molasses, Grim Ravine, and Vexed! This event is for ages 16+ and ID will be required to purchase beverages at the bar.
5. The Rocketman Theatre Show
Friday 25th May at The Hexagon on Queen’s Walk from 7.30pm. Tickets are available here
The Rocket Man will be bringing his tribute show for the Multi-Grammy award-winning Sir Elton John to The Hexagon on Friday night.
Travel back in time and be treated to all the hits such as Crocodile Rock, Philadelphia Freedom, Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting, Are You Ready for Love, I’m Still Standing, I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues, Tiny Dancer, Your Song and of course Rocket Man.