Comfort Hotel Reading West
Reading, EN RG7 5HT
Phone: (44) 118 971-3282
Fax: (44) 118 971-4238
Madejski Stadium is certainly no dump, but it was built on one. In 1998, the wasteland was resurrected into a premier, mid-sized sports arena, with methane vents along the perimeter to ensure excellent air quality. It is now home to the Reading Football Club and host to many a rugby tournament. Crowds come for the games, but also for the concerts, as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elton John, and other legendary artists take center stage at Madejski.
The Nature Discovery Centre of Thatcham is a popular tourist attraction in the area which draws over 75,000 visitors every year since its opening in 1995. Located at the border of the Thatcham lake, it offers pristine views of the beautiful countryside and a prime spot for nature and bird walks. It is popular among families for the wide variety of educational activities it offers for kids as well as its picnic facilities and adventure playgrounds. A wildlife club offering memberships to children between the ages of 0 to 16, has many wildlife programs where members are taught to appreciate the environment while learning a host of outdoor skills. The center leases out two rooms on its premises for various events such as weddings, receptions, dinners, conferences and meetings. An lakeside cafe serving refreshments, a gift shop and toilets with disabled access are available at the site.
Church of St Mark in Reading is an ancient Anglican place of worship. The present day building of Church of St Mark dates back to the year 1904. Design plans for the church's building were laid down by Montague Wheeler, a Scottish architect based in Reading. Church of St Mark building is predominantly Arts and Crafts in its architectural style but also features Gothic influences. It is built with red bricks and adorned with stone embellishments, slate roofs and tile work. The interiors of Church of St Mark feature impressive fittings and fixtures, especially the ornate glasswork. English Heritage has marked Church of St Mark as a Grade II listed structure.
Hills Meadow Car Park, located within the city center, is a sought after outdoor venue. It hosts live musicals and other entertainment shows on a regular basis. Primarily a car park area, Hills Meadow Car park has a huge 350 space area that has disabled access. When there is an event, the car park transforms itself into a happening venue.
Located in Greenham Business Park, New Greenham Arts is an intimate studio space that is used for hosting art exhibits and other cultural events from time to time. This venue has a seating capacity for 120 spectators and its main room equipped with latest sound and light technology for events like concerts. Serving as a platform for upcoming artists, the stage is set for some entertaining performances. Call the box office on +44 0845 521 8218 for tickets, or visit their website for more information.
In the center of Reading, this impressive venue hosts a variety of events, including theatrical performances, dance shows, and music concerts that range from rock to classical. The Hexagon Theatre also provides excellent catering services for those seeking to host a private event or function of elegant proportions. It is ideal for a number of events of different categories including rock, pop, comedy, drama, classical music and dance. Call for event timings and additional information.
The Vyne is a country house dating back to the 16th Century and was built for Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain. The Tudor chapel has survived along with its stained glass windows. Although the house largely reflects its original design, a few additions were made in the 17th and 18th Centuries by subsequent owners. Today this magnificent house with its extensive grounds, is open to visitors and hosts various concerts and events. With a seemingly endless list of things to do, a visit here is unlikely to be disappointing. Whether you choose to take a tour of the house, walk through the peaceful woodlands, marvel at the colorful garden, picnic by the ornamental lake or indulge in a little bird watching, the Vyne is sure to delight you. Of special interest to Lord of the Rings fans, is a ring with an inscription and a plaque describing a curse that befell the one who stole it. This ring is believed to have been the author's inspiration for the series. This beautiful house, with its lavish natural surroundings, has an undeniable air of magic and is sure to leave you enchanted.
The Rivermead Leisure Complex is the place for all those seeking a satisfying workout in a pleasant environment. With a fully equipped, 2-story workout facility with over 80 machines, a sports arena, wellness center, leisure pool with flumes and wave machine, squash courts, dance studio, and more, this complex is an ideal venue for those looking for a place to unwind. Rivermead also invites the people of Reading for concerts, exhibits, and other major events throughout the year.
This otherwise quaint little farm, is set abuzz with activity during the Reading Festival. The likes of Marillion and Michael Schenker has set the stage on fire, and entranced the audiences with their performances here during the festival. This is a good place for you to visit as it gives you the taste of the local cultural life of the people of Reading around the year.
PlugnPlay Studios is one of the largest rehearsal studios in town. Located in the city center, it has been offering space to upcoming bands as well as established ones to display their prowess. The venue is an ideal choice for rehearsals, recordings and live events, especially because it is fully equipped with all the latest light and sound system. Check website for further details.
Located about 24 miles from the city of Oxford, this cinema hall is a happening spot for movie buffs. Ten screens belt out the latest flicks of the season, and the 350 seat auditorium is equipped with Dolby sound, for an almost real-life experience. Occupying sprawling space within a popular shopping center, the venue sees many shopaholics and teens coming in for a casual date with friends or family. Its myriad facilities are not to be scoffed at either. Ample provision for those with disabilities and a courteous, friendly staff make this an all-inclusive venue. Call or check website for tickets and other information.
With a railway station of its own, the Newbury Racecourse, gives an open invitation to every traveler to try his luck here. Besides being a venue for races, over the past, it has also hosted conferences and meets and other private events. The famous Hennessy Gold Cup is held here every year and the horses that are bred here are truly world class. Three restaurants are housed with the race course venue that allow you to enjoy good food with a clear view of the grounds as well. A true world class feel is found at the Newbury Racecourse.