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#LoveUnites @ Reading Pride 2019 | Saturday, 31st August 2019

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Reading Pride is an annual celebration of the Thames Valley LGBT community. Now in its 14th year the event will march through Reading town centre on Saturday, August 31 before ending up at the festival in King’s Meadow.

We recommend you come to come over for a day of exciting Parade watching – snacks, refreshments (especially water), suntan lotion, sunglasses, glitter & Reading west will hope to see you there…

Reading Pride was formed in 2003 to represent and support the local LGBT+ community in Reading and the Thames Valley.  Since out first festival, attendance has grown steadily year on year with over 10,000 people visiting the event over the course of the day, and growing numbers participating in the parade.

We have been campaigning for equality and diversity for over 14 years.  Over the years we have expanded our event to include a parade, and have hosted over 160 performers on our stage including Agnes, N-Trance Jai McDowall, Amanda Wilson, Scooch, Sam Callahan, Booty Luv, Lisa Scott-Lee, Joe and Jake and many more.

Reading Pride is run by dedicated volunteers, and we work throughout the year to create a free event for the community which promotes diversity and inclusion.

Join us for to celebrate the 16th year of Reading Pride!
Saturday, 31st August 2019

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West Reading Window Wanderland 2020 | 29 Feb – 1 Mar 2020

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This will be the second Window Wanderland accross the whole of West Reading.

The idea is to cheer up otherwise dark and cold evenings with fun and light, in the form of decorated windows, and an opportunity for the community to come together. People can walk with neighbours and friends to follow the window trail and explore their neighbourhod in a new light.

Last year, over 40 houses decorated their windows and hundreds of school children decorated their school windows at Wilson Primary, Battle School and Oxford Road Community School. Over one thousand people downloaded the map to follow the magical trail with friends and neighbours.

2020 will be even bigger and brighter. If you would like to find out more, or get involved by decorating your windows at home, at work, at school, at a nursery, at a business or organisation please sign up here and encourage your neighbours to get involved. This works so well if a lots of people take part on a street and then get together to see eachother’s windows. See how one street had fun doing this last year here.

The organisers will again be holding free workshops where they’ll provide materials, tools and people can swap ideas, tips and skills.

West Reading Window Wanderland 2020 | 29 Feb – 1 Mar 2020 from 6pm to 9pm. Please register or sign in to make a window.

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Christmas Lights Switch On in Reading | Broad Street – 16 November

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The lead up to Christmas officially begins in Reading this weekend as the lights are switched on around the town.

Starting from Santa arriving on a motorised bed to light up the town and Broad Street Mall with thousands of Christmas lights, three new trees sparkle at the station, in Broad Street and The Forbury

Music in Broad Street to accompany the Christmas lights switch on:-

Jive Aces 12.30 -2.30 (X Factor finalists)

RASPO (Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra) 3.00 – 5.00

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Magical Extravaganza | 30 November 2019

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Magical Christmas in Reading – Broad Street & Abbey Ruins

Part of Magical Christmas in Reading, join us for a day of entertainment in Broad Street and a night of music, boat trips, food, light and fireworks in the Abbey Ruins. With music from Ma Bessie, Dat Brass, Avenue and Flamenco Thief, a boat tour from Cast Iron Theatre and a lighting installation from Pif-Paf Theatre, all topped off with fireworks. This is sure to be a night to remember.

The event begins at 12:00 and runs until 18:00.

No alcohol on site. Bag searches will be in operation. 

Please be aware that this is an outdoor event therefore open to the elements.

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