The town of Reading is located 40 miles west of London in the county of Berkshire. Reading is a large town and has a student population of over 22,000, making it a great place for a night out. The town centre has many pubs and bars, particularly in the downtown area around the east end of Friar Street and Station Road. This area is a haven for students and the bars are often full, particularly at the weekends. The Purple Turtle is a late bar and can be found on Gun Street. The bar attracts students for its party atmosphere and cheap drink offers. The bar is busy most days of the week and includes a downstairs club and a beer garden, which is popular in the summer. The nightclub ‘Bed’ can be found on Friar Street and is the destination of choice when the pubs and bars close. The club is busiest on Thursdays and Fridays and caters for students with themed nights and cheap drink offers.
Students wishing for a more cultured evening should check out The Hexagon, a multi-purpose arts venue and theatre on Queens Walk. The venue is run by the local council and is used to showcase varied performances including classical music, dramatic and dance productions, and pop and rock concerts.
Residents of Reading should take advantage of the annual Reading Festival, which takes place at Little John’s Farm on Richfield Avenue. The festival takes place for three days over the August bank holiday weekend and is one of the oldest music festivals in the UK. Reading Festival attracts rock, indie, punk and metal bands and has welcomes acts including The Cure, Marilyn Manson and Muse to their stages. The festival attracts over 85,000 revellers and provides a great opportunity to party non-stop. Don’t forget your wellies!