Top 5 things to do in Reading this week

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May 14, 2018 · 3 min read

Monday 14th to Sunday 20th May

Our top picks of things to do in Reading this week includes a celebration of science in the pub, comedy, and royal riverside festivities.

  1. Pint of Science Festival

Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th May at various venues across the town centre

Pint of Science is an annual global festival where adults can learn about and enjoy the wonders of science in various public houses from researchers bringing their scientific discoveries and knowledge to the general public.

This year the Reading festivities will be taking place at Yates’s in Friar Street, The Three Guineas at Reading train station and many other venues covering topics such as health, the environment, and many other wonders from the world of science.

2. Club Velocity presents The Pink Diamond Revue/Head Drop/The Keep Cats

Saturday 19th May from 8pm at The Rising Sun Arts Centre. Tickets are available here

Club Velocity will be hosting another evening of live music pot purri which will be headlined by rock ’n’ roll geniuses in the making ‘The Pink Diamond Revue’. They will be sharing the stage with a band who have plenty of punk swagger ‘Head Drop’ and new kids on the block ‘The Keep Cats’.

3. Angela Barnes: Fortitude

Saturday 19th May from 8pm at South Street Arts Centre. Tickets are available here

Mock The Week regular and host of BBC Radio 4’s Newsjack Angela Barnes will be bringing her ‘beautifully structured show’ (The Scotsman) Fortitude to South Street as part of a UK tour.

Before becoming a comedian, Angela worked in health and social care. In 2011, she won the BBC New Comedy Award and became a finalist at the 2011 Latitude Festival New Act of the Year competition.

4. Whiskey Tasting Wednesday with Buffalo Trace

Wednesday 16th May from 6pm to 9pm at The Thirsty Bear on the Kings Road.

Whiskey Tasting Wednesday is back again at The Thirsty Bear and this time we have partnered with Buffalo Trace and looking at their incredible selection.

Focusing on Mash Builds and aging, we will go through a range of Bourbons to see how one set of ingredients can have incredibly diverse effects when aged in specific ways.

5. The Royal Wedding Viewing Party

Saturday 19th May at The Oracle Riverside from 11.30am

Well we did try our best to avoid this one, but if you can’t beat them, join them. The folks at The Oracle will be showing one of the most anticipated knot-tying ceremonies in recent years on a big screen at the Riverside.

In honour of Prince Harry who was rumoured once to be out on a session at the Slug n Lettuce many years ago, the Oracle will have a bar serving Prosecco and a photo booth to take away your snaps taken on Saturday.

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