Planning your visit

Caversham Court GardensFor the eighth year running, Reading Open Air will be at Caversham Court Gardens and for 2018, we will be performing Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare.

On this page you can find useful information for your visit.

Times

Times for this production are to be confirmed but past productions have started at 7.45pm, finishing in darkness about 10.00pm. The Gardens open for ticket holders to picnic about an hour earlier. Our bar is open before the show and during the interval of twenty minutes. In the case of rain, a shortened version may be presented.

Venue

 


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Caversham Court Gardens, Church Road, Caversham, Berkshire RG4 7AG

What to Bring

An Open Air production is always a wonderful way to experience theatre - here are some tips to help you to have the best time possible:

  • A rug or low back chair – Seating is not provided, so bring your own to make your visit comfortable and ensure you can see the stage. There will be a number of seats available for hire on the night, but they will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Areas will be set aside for those on rugs or without seats.
  • Warm clothing – Because the production is by the beautiful Thames River, the Gardens often get cooler quicker than the rest of Caversham. Just in case it gets a bit too chilly, bring a jumper or a blanket so you can wrap up warm if you need to...
  • Waterproofs – There's no roof, so there's just a chance there's a passing shower - not that that would ever happen in England of all places! - make sure you check the weather forecast and ensure you've got something to keep yourself dry if needed. Umbrellas are only allowed on ones lap during the performances, so something with a hood would be perfect!
  • A picnic – There's plenty of space in the Gardens for a picnic so you're more than welcome to bring a packed dinner and tuck into it - we even open the Gardens that much earlier to accommodate! We have a fully licensed bar, so no need to worry about running out of drinks. Plus, the Garden’s Tea Kiosk will be serving hot and non-alcoholic refreshments, plus homemade goodies, before the performance starts and at the interval.

Directions

By car

Parking

On-street parking close to Caversham Court Gardens is very limited, so we recommend using the public Pay & Display carparks either off Chester Street or on Thames Side Promenade on the opposite side of the river, both being a five minute walk from the Gardens themselves.

From M4 Junction 10

  1. Exit the M4 at Junction 10, taking the A329(M) towards Reading
  2. After approximately 3 miles, take the A4 exit
  3. Continue on the A4 into Reading by taking the first left at the roundabout
  4. Turn right onto Sidmouth Street (signposted Caversham)
  5. At the end, turn right onto the A329
  6. Bear left, and follow the A329 towards Caversham
  7. At the next roundabout, take the first exit
  8. At the next roundabout, take the second exit
  9. At the next roundabout, take the second exit, with the station carpark on your left
  10. At the next roundabout, go straight onto Caversham Road
  11. Continue straight over the next roundabout, crossing the Thames
  12. Take the next left and Caversham Court Gardens is directly ahead of you.

From M4 Junction 11

  1. Exit the M4 at Junction 11, taking the A33 towards Reading Town Centre
  2. After approximately 3 miles, continue onto the A329 towards Caversham
  3. At the next roundabout, take the first exit onto Caversham Road
  4. Continue straight over the next roundabout, crossing the Thames
  5. Take the next left and Caversham Court Gardens is directly ahead of you.

From M4 Junction 12

  1. Exit the M4 at Junction 12, taking the A4 towards Reading
  2. Continue for approximately 3 miles
  3. Continue straight onto the A4155
  4. At the roundabout with the A329, continue right onto the A329 towards Caversham
  5. At the next roundabout, take the first exit onto Caversham Road
  6. Continue straight over the next roundabout, crossing the Thames
  7. Take the next left and Caversham Court Gardens is directly ahead of you.

From Oxford

  1. From the A4142 ring road, join the A4074 towards Reading
  2. Continue on the A4074 for 22 miles
  3. Caversham Court Gardens will be on the right at the bottom of the hill coming into Caversham

From Henley

  1. Take the A4155 towards Reading and travel for 7 miles
  2. Continue through Caversham
  3. Turn right onto the A4074 and Caversham Court Gardens is directly ahead of you.

By bus

Reading Buses route 24 stops on nearby Bridge Street. For more information, please visit the Reading Buses website.

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