Whitley Pump tours now fully booked

The three walks around Katesgrove that the The Whitley Pump organised as part of the annual Heritage Open Days weekend are now fully booked. There are some alternatives a little further afield.

Thursday 7 September and Sunday 10 September – Industrial Reading a History Tour

Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group (BIAG) are offering two industrial history walks starting at 3pm on both days.

The starting point for the walk is Queen Victoria’s statue next to the old Town Hall.

Numbers are limited to 20 people and pre-booking is preferred. For full details see the Heritage Open Days website.

Also on Thursday 7 September – Town Centre walk with Terry’s Reading walkabouts

The walk starts from Reading railway station at 10am. Pre-booking is required using the walkabouts’ Facebook page.

Friday 8 September and Saturday 9 September – Abbey Quarter Tours

Most of the Abbey Quarter tours are fully booked but there are still places available at 2pm on 8 and 9 September.

The walk starts from the entrance foyer of Reading Museum and Town Hall. Please note that a tour of the Abbey ruins is not included because of the conservation work that is taking place.

Booking is required using Eventbrite.

Saturday 9 September – a Conservation Area walk

The only conservation area walk that still has places available is in Caversham. Friends of Caversham Court Gardens have organised two walks at 11am and 2.30pm around St Peter’s Conservation Area to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of conservation areas.

This walk starts in Caversham Court Gardens where guided tours of the garden will also be available.

Booking is required using Eventbrite.

Apart from walks and tours, many heritage buildings in Reading will be open over the weekend. Full details are on the Heritage Open Days website. There is also a map of events in Reading which is available from Reading Central Library or can be downloaded from the Reading place of culture website.

  1. Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group
  2. Reading Conservation Areas
  3. Friends of Caversham Court Gardens
  4. Heritage Open Days 2017
  5. Reading – Heritage Open Days 2017