The Reading on Thames Festival

6th - 16th September

Theatre performances, historic walks, storytelling and musical performances will all be part of this year's Reading on Thames eight-day Festival - starting Thursday 6 September! This festival celebrates the history of Reading – we can help you be a part of it!

All our buses drop off in the town centre to help you be part of the festival.

what's on?

There's plenty to do and see at the Festival this year. Below is just a taste of what is on offer - head over to the Reading on Thames Festival website for full details. 

Night in the Ruins

Celebrate the end of summer in the Abbey with live music and atmospheric illuminations. There's the headline act the multi-instrumental Flamingods plus their special guests, arranged by Are You Listening? Festival. The ruins will be illuminated in the dying light with an exciting and dynamic light installation, linked to the live music.

The Happy Prince - film

British literary legend Oscar Wilde was interned in Reading Gaol inspiring his literary classic The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Ten years in the making, The Happy Prince looks at the life of Oscar Wilde (Rupert Everett)  after his release from the Reading Gaol. Lying on his death bed, Wilde’s eventful life comes flooding back via expertly interspersed flashbacks, featuring his glory days as the toast of the literary establishment and the beginning of his downfall – cast out by his humiliated ex-wife Constance (Emily Watson), though still supported by loyal allies Robbie Ross (Edwin Thomas) and Reggie Turner (Colin Firth). 

A Circus Soiree

One of the Festival's headline acts sees Cirque Bijou perform an immersive evening of the most contemporary of circus at Caversham Court Gardens. Combining traditional skills and daredevilry with modern technology, live music and sophisticated styling, you will witness beautiful, graceful and inspiring performances supported by performances from the communities of Reading against this unique riverside backdrop. Come dressed for a night at the circus...

There will be special free shuttle buses for this performance running between Caversham Court Gardens and the town centre. Look out for RS1 leaving from Friar Street FH, outside Sainsbury’s, every half hour between 5pm and 7pm and then calling at Station North ND. Return journeys leave from directly outside Caversham Court Gardens every half hour between 9:30pm and 11pm.

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