Planning your visit

Reading Abbey RuinsAfter seven years at Caversham Court Gardens, Reading Open Air is returning to Reading Abbey Ruins for 2018, where we will be performing Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare.

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

Times

Venue opens at 6.45pm. 
The performance begins at 7.45pm, finishing in darkness about 10.25pm (tbc).
There is an interval of twenty minutes.

Venue

  • A licensed bar, operated by Blue Collar Street Food, is open before the show and during the interval.
  • Toilets are available on site.
  • In the case of rain, a shortened version may be presented.
  • The Abbey Ruins will have theatre-style allocated seating; it is not necessary to bring anything to sit on.
  • See below for pre-show dinner deal at Forbury's restauarant.

Blue Collar logoReading-based Blue Collar run the popular street food festivals in Forbury Gardens, featuring the very best street food in the South of England, festival style bars, entertainment and live music, while their weekly Wednesday food market in town continues to showcase the best of local street food. Their bar will be onsite serving craft beer, Pimms, prosecco and soft drinks.


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Reading Abbey Ruins, Abbey St, Reading RG1 3BA
Access is from Chestnut Walk, over the footbridge and across the street if coming from Queens Road Car Park. If coming from the station, cross the Forbury Gardens, walk under the arch of the Abbey Gateway and turn left at the boittom of Abbey St. There will be no access from Forbury Gardens or Abbots Walk. 

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:

  • Warm clothing – Because the production is in the open air, it can become quite cool by the end of the performance, even on hot July days. 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. Except in the back row, umbrellas are only allowed on your lap during the performances, so something with a hood would be perfect!

Don't bring

  • Folding chairs or anything to sit on - seating is included.
  • Alcohol - there is a licenced bar on site.
  • Bulky items that won't fit on your lap or under your seat.

Please leave the venue quietly

so as not to disturb nearby residents.

Directions

By car

Follow signs to Reading Town Centre or Reading Station.

Parking

On-street parking close to the Abbey Quarters is metered and very limited, so we recommend using the public carparks at Queens Road (the closest), The Oracle or Garrard Street (near the station). It will then be a short walk to Reading Abbey Ruins.

By train

Take any train to Reading. Exit the station on the town side, not the Caversham side. Turn right along Forbury Road as you exit the station. The Abbey Ruins is a five minute walk from the station, accessed via The Forbury Gardens.

By bus

Take any bus to the town centre - the nearest stops are Reading Library on Kings Road, Blagrave Street, Market Place and Reading Station on Forbury Road. For more information, please visit the Reading Buses website.

Pre-show Dinner

 

When you book tickets you can book a pre-show dinner with Forbury's Restaurant.

2 Course £17.95 (£5.50 extra for dessert) / 3 course £21.95 (including dessert), excluding booking fee and service charge.Download menu.

Forbury's, One Forbury Square, Reading, RG1 3BB

Forbury’s Square is within a few minutes walking distance from Reading train station and The Oracle shopping centre. Tel:  0118 957 4044

By Car to Forbury's

Approach from Kings Road and take the turning opposite Zizzi’s Restaurant into Abbey Street. Follow the road around to the left until you see Soane Point, then turn right. Forbury’s car park is under Davidson House.

Car parking free for pre-booked dinner/theatre tickets

Sat Nav: navigate to RG1 3BJ

 

This open air production is presented in partnership with