Group Activities in Reading
With a musical history & lively present, choose Reading to spice up any group occasion with a change of scenery.
Just a stone’s throw away from London, Reading offers the best of both worlds for all it’s visitors throughout the year. The town boasts nearly as much choice as the capital of UK but without the sheer hustle and bustle that comes with the big smoke. This means all the choice you could ever need without the hassle of the big city!
If that isn’t enough on it’s own to draw you to Reading, the 150+ different group activities on offer might just tip the scales. Catering for a lads weekend away, family trip, friends day out and everything in between, you’ll struggle not to find an experience that’s right up your alley.
Aside from the array of structured group activities on offer, in between them you won’t fall short of things to see and do around Reading itself. Underrated for its larger next-door neighbour, Reading actually holds a lot of charm outside of just the annual Reading music festival. But don’t take our word for it, see what the town holds for yourself and take your group along for the ride!
Top 10 Group Activities in Reading
Spice up your evening with this ever-popular experience that gives everyone an opportunity to mix and shake their own cocktails from scratch.
See the most of Reading with the one of a kind smartphone app that presents you with challenges, tasks and trivia about the town.
Enjoy feeling like a big kid for the day with classic school sports day races like the egg and spoon, beanbag and sack races just to name a few!
Burn some rubber in this classic and competitive go kart racing that everyone can sink their teeth into.
5. Crafty Activities
Choose from our variety of crafty workshops to bring out your creative side with the helping hand of an expert workshop leader.
Spark some friendly competition in your group outing with a classic paintball extravaganza, complete with all the gear you’ll need.
Put all your best skills together as you crack codes, solve clues and unravel riddles in order to escape your themed room before the time runs out.
Get everyone in your group belly laughing in this 5 a side game with a twist! Hop into your own giant inflatable bubble and try your best to score goals.
Hop from pub to pub as you go head to head with your friends to tackle trivia and take on challenges, score points and beat the rest.
A classy addition to any type of group occasion, treat everyone to the dainty and delicious afternoon tea experience.
Birthday Activity Ideas for Adults
One of the best things about all the options we have on offer for group activities is that we can offer it all to anyone. This falls in line with big birthday occasions – no matter what your age, everyone wants to celebrate their special day! The choice for birthday activity ideas for adults is vast and can be quite daunting, but some experiences are better suited for certain ages than others.
We’ve had every year of birth pass through our activities, from a VIP addition to a 21st birthday party night out to a crafty workshop that will make a 50th birthday experience one to remember and everything in between. Mix and match with a few experiences that tickle your fancy and you’ll be well on your way to creating a full birthday weekend celebrating you!
Ladies Night Out
Although Reading is the king of daytime activities, the town tends to turn into an adult playground after dark with a surprising amount of nightlife venues, bars and clubs on offer to keep you entertained until the early hours. All this is screaming for you to treat your girls to an epic ladies night out to remember – or forget depending on how many drinks you have.
A lot of the time, people think you need an actual occasion to go out with the girls but we’re big believers that you don’t need a reason for a good ol’ knees up with the gals! A ladies night out in Reading is all about where you go and how you use those hours after dark to your advantage, and that means a bit of research beforehand.
If you want to make your ladies night out a little more special, consider treating your favourite ladies to nightclub entry into Popworld and skip the queues, or plan ahead to visit some of the hotspots around Reading.
Fun Work Social Event Ideas
Swap that after work pint for something with a little more bite and enjoy one or a couple of our group activities as fun work social event ideas. You don’t need to be friends or family to book a memorable activity, let your hair down with your work pals and opt for energetic, crafty, night or daytime experiences that everyone can get stuck into.
On the other hand, it doesn’t have to just be an after-work drink that you’re replacing with something more structured, our group activities can fit for leaving do’s or retirement parties too! Give one of your beloved colleagues the send off they deserve with a fun work social event like the cocktail making for groups.
Reasons to Visit
Water Sports Galore – Making the very most of the River Thames, Reading is home to an outdoor lido, Aquadrome water park and canoe club that offers lessons and other activities on the water.
Animal Lovers – Reading is home to a lot of different sanctuaries you can dip in and out of, including Beale Park and the Cole Museum of Zoology.
100’s of Activities – Reading may be a town, but it can rival the biggest cities when it comes to the variety of experiences on offer.
The People – Welcoming 1,000’s of people to the Reading festival every single year, Reading is used to getting visitors from far and wide.
Free Things to Do in Reading
You can still thoroughly enjoy Reading if you’re on a budget, just take a look at some of the free things to do around the town.
The River Thames is an obvious choice for an epic combination of scenic views, a relaxed atmosphere and a great place for a tasty picnic.
Abbey Ruins is a free tourist attraction that’s great to fill an hour or two with pure Reading heritage.
Take a stroll through Forbury Gardens if you want a relaxing half day in between all the activities you have planned.
Visit Reading Museum to discover the best of Britain all in one fun and vibrant venue.
Getting Around Reading
Reading is a large town, and large towns usually come with reliable transport links that run throughout the day. In Reading you’ll find two major train stations for travelling in, out and around - Reading and Reading West. The bus station is just next door to Reading station and provides good transport links across the town. Its major shopping destinations The Oracle and Broad Street make it one of the top 10 UK destinations and these are both a short walk from the central station. Getting around otherwise is best served by taxi’s and if you fancy a bit of culture head over to The Forbury Gardens, Victorian gardens.