March 2021: It’s been sad to see Reading quiet and shuttered for the last year. Soon, however, it should be kicking back into life. Under the current lockdown easing road map, the reopening of the town looms tantalizingly on the horizon. From April 12, non-essential shops will be able to re-open and restaurants, bars and pubs will be able to serve food and drink outside, with indoor dining on the cards from May 17. If all goes to plan most restrictions will be lifted by June 21, meaning nightlife and other cultural venues will be open again by this date. Time to get planning your next day out.
At first glance, the best things to do in Reading won't feel like cultural musts: if you spent your teenage years in the vicinity of this destination in England you might still consider the Oracle shopping centre to be the Home Counties equivalent of The Dubai Mall. But as Berkshire’s biggest town (and it doesn’t have any cities), Reading is home to much more than just a very, very messy music festival. Roll on up for stately homes, shire horses, spa days and street art.
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