Please note that the printed version of this page will include opening times and other useful information for each property/event.
Before heading out for your Heritage Open Days visit, please check entries at www.heritageopendays.org.uk for last-minute changes.
Popeswood Road, Binfield, Berkshire, RG42 4AN
These beautiful 20th-century gardens designed by Oliver Hill are currently being restored by Newbold College, focusing particularly on their historic architecture. The tour will take in the gardens as well as the ground floor of the Moor Close Grade II listed building. Tours will be given as needed, guides are usually found near the entrance.
Access Information: Some steps in garden although there is wheelchair access to most parts.
All Saints' Church, Church Hill, Binfield, Berkshire, RG42 5NS
The church has a 14th century carved wooden porch, an hourglass made in 1628, a 15th-century window and a half-effigy brass memorial dated 1361, the oldest in Berkshire. Refreshments. All welcome.
Ocean House, Above Bentalls, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1AX
Helen Barnett of Bracknell Regeneration Partnership will give a presentation from the top floor of Ocean House with displays and views of Bracknell Town. Suitable for adults
Booking Details: Pre booking essential Contact: Sara Morris Call: 01344 350084 Email: email@example.com Booking opens: 1 August 2013 Booking closes: 9 September 2013
Additional Information: Max 25 people per tour/event.
Directions: Next to the side entrance to the upper floor of Bentalls. Booking is essential - must sign in in reception.
Lily Hill Park, Main car park , off Lily Hill Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 2RX
Take a guided walk through the Park’s past. Discover the estate’s surrounding parkland, planted with exotic species according to the fashions of the time. Of particular interest to adults.
South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Birch Hill, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7PA
1600-1700 Stroll around the historic grounds recently restored to Temple Moore's original designs through a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 1730-1830 Tour of the mansion originally built in 1760 for William Watts but largely rebuilt in the 1890s to Temple Moore's design for Sir Arthur Hayter. Come to either or both events with the opportunity for further questions and a drink between or after the two.
Access Information: Meet for each event at the mansion main entrance.
Directions: Follow the brown signs to Arts Centre.
St Michael & St Mary Magdalene Parish Church, Crowthorne Road, Easthampstead, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7ER
This prominent site has been associated with worship since at least 1159 and the present church was built in 1867. There are many beautiful features including windows by most of the signifcant Victorian stained glass designers including five important windows by Edward Burne-Jones and made by William Morris. We will be providing church trails and ad hoc tours of the church and churchyard throughout each day. And there will be an organ recital by our organist, David Old, on our 1869 Walker organ on Saturday.
Directions: Car Park is between the 2 houses uphill from the church on the same side.
Waterloo Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7NT
Come and visit this historic building. Discover "The Past and the Present". Refreshments available. Church Tour. Ancestry records and support available. Singing Workshop. We will also be supporting "Ride and Stride" and welcome participants in that event. For more information, go to www.crowthorneparishchurch.org.uk St John the Baptist welcomes everyone to encounter this beautiful listed building past and present. There is wheelchair access and a disabled person's toilet, with facilities for young children. Families with children are very welcome.
Directions: The Parish Church of St John the Baptist is located at the southern end of the village. Coming from the north, turn right at the end of the High Street just after the Fire Station. Coming from the South, turn left at the first mini-roundabout as you enter the village.
Audley Inglewood Retirement Village , Templeton Road, Kintbury, Berkshire, RG17 9AA
Audley Inglewood Retirement Village is set within 39 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds and woodland, not far from Hungerford and Newbury. The centrepiece building, Inglewood House, started life as a private residence, then became a seminary under the order of the De Le Salle monks, then becoming an exclusive spa in the 1980s, and now lovingly rebuilt by Audley into a retirement village. We will be providing guided tours about the history of the original building, a walk around the grounds and information on the paintings displayed in the house courtesy of Southampton Museum.
Booking Details: To enter the building you must prebook your tour Contact: Lorraine Ariano Call: 01488208008 Go to: http://www.audleyretirement.co.uk Write to: Audley Inglewood Retirement Village, Templeton Road, Kintbury, West Berkshire, RG17 9AA Booking opens: 18 August 2013 10:00 Booking closes: 8 September 2013 14:00
Additional Information: Max 10 people per tour/event. Lunch and light refreshments will be available to purchase in our bar/bistro including handmade cakes and fairtrade tea and coffee. If you prebook lunch there is also a 10% discount on the food bill in Blandys Bar & Bistro and also 10% discount on our beauty treatments if they prebook.
Directions: We are 3 miles from Hungerford and 7 miles from Newbury and can be found if you follow signs to Kintbury along the A4. Upon reaching Kintbury please follow the yellow AA signs saying Audley Inglewood.
Broadmoor Road, White Waltham, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3SW
According to Pevsner, St John the Baptist church is the finest Decorated church in Berkshire. Visitors can see: the tomb of Sir William Trussell, who founded the collegiate church in 1337; remnants of the 14th-century armorial glass that once filled its windows, including the coats of Edward III, his Queen Philippa of Hainault, plus barons who fought for Edward in Scotland and elsewhere; many other memorials to the people associated with the church such as the coffin-like alabaster monument to William Throckmorton (died 1535), penultimate warden of the college and which includes an epitaph in brass by Lady Elizabeth Hoby then of nearby Bisham Abbey. A history trail will help visitors find out about the memorials, especially those seen by Elias Ashmole in the mid 17th century when he visited the church. An account of the armorial scheme he saw will be available, published by Maidenhead Civic Society.
Access Information: The church is accessible by wheelchair. The single toilet, in the nearby medieval Garden Cottage, although it is on the ground floor, is not accessible by wheelchair. Visitors wishing to explore Garden Cottage should realise that the floor is uneven.
Additional Information: There is limited parking though it may be possible to park on the grass nearby. Shottesbrooke Park is a private estate owned by the Smith family. On the site are the offices of the Landmark Trust, founded by the late Sir John Smith to preserve historic buildings. The Trust has a portfolio of rescued buildings that serve as holiday homes. At the event, information about the Trust will be made available.
Directions: The church is located in Shottesbrooke Park, a private estate to the west of White Waltham. Access from Broadmoor Road is via an entrance gate: once past the gate follow the drive to the church. The gate is almost directly opposite where Smewins Road joins Broadmoor Road.
Bunker Farm, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 7HQ
Cob built eco-house.
Flint Cottage, Brightwalton, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 7BP
Newly built 4 bedroom zero carbon house. Solar thermal system; photovoltaics; superior insulation; biomass boiler with thermal store.
Additional Information: Young children should be supervised at all times due to garden pond.
206 Andover Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 6NU
Built in 20th century, of northern Italian architectural design; unique to this country. Church working towards becoming carbon neutral and a community facility. Children welcome.
Access Information: Toilet available always and disabled toilet available on the Sunday morning.
West Mills, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5HG
St Nicolas is the Newbury parish church, built in the 16th century with money from Jack of Newbury, the local clothier. Grade I listed. It contains many fine features, including a 1607 carved pulpit. The bell tower, not usually open to the public, gives a superb view of the town. On show are the ringing chamber, bell chamber, and top of the tower. The bell tower tour takes 45-60 minutes, and a maximum of 16 people (including children) is allowed on each tour.
Booking Details: Pre-booking only required for tours of the bell tower, in person at the church office or by phone. Call: 01635 47018
Access Information: The church is fully accessible apart from the bell tower which has 123 steps, and is only accessible via a conducted tour.
17 Castle Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7SB
16th century house used as an Inn (Castle Inn), a Doctors residence and Surgery. Once owned by a Reading Mayor, now a Solicitors Practice since 1971. Original items retained - diamond chimneys, coach and horse mounting block, shoe carving on the beam timbers. Access to areas not normally open to the public during the working day.
Access Information: Ground floor only for wheelchairs.
Additional Information: Max 12 people per tour/event.
Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, City Centre, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1QH
Your chance to join a guided tour of Reading's most significant historic area. The tour will combine an introduction to the history of the site with an opportunity to find out about the ongoing conservation programme. Visitors will have the opportunity to gain an insight in to the history of what was once one of the country’s wealthiest abbeys and walk inside the Abbey Ruins (now closed to the public for regeneration). Participants will also have the chance to visit one of Reading’s finest green spaces, Forbury Gardens.
Booking Details: The Abbey Ruins are closed to public access as part of the ongoing conservation programme, therefore booking is required. Contact: Reading Museum Call: 01189373400 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Go to: http://www.readingmuseum.org.uk/ Write to: Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1QH Booking opens: 15 July 2013
Access Information: This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users.
Additional Information: Max 12 people per tour/event. Visitors will be required to wear hard hats during the tour for health and safety reasons regarding the ongoing conservation work. High heels and open shoes are not suitable for this event. It would be appreciated if visitors could meet at the town hall/museum reception 15 minutes before the start of the tour.
Directions: Reading Museum is within walking distance of Reading railway station. The meeting point for this event is at the museum and town hall reception.
Jacksons, Jacksons Corner, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3AS
Three Reading based artists, Lisa-Marie Gibbs, Justine Holt and Suzanne Stallard have been creating a piece of work over the summer months recording the history of Jacksons, supported by a grant from the Lady Neville Trust. Jacksons is one of Reading's longest running family businesses and during Heritage Open Days there will be a chance to see the work created before the store's closure later in the year.
Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
A behind the scenes tour of Central Library, including a look at rare books and other materials in the strongroom.
Additional Information: Max 12 people per tour/event.
Redlands Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5EX
The Museum of English Rural Life is offering behind the scenes tours of its Victorian home, including a visit to the archive store (Thurs & Fri) and object store (Sat & Sun).
Booking Details: Due to limited space, numbers are limited and places must be booked in advance. Contact: Museum of English Rural Life Call: 0118 378 8660 Email: email@example.com Go to: http://www.reading.ac.uk/merl Write to: Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX Booking opens: 15 July 2013
Access Information: There may be some parts of the archive store tour which may be inaccessible to wheelchair users. Please contact the Museum to confirm.
Additional Information: Max 10 people per tour/event.
Berkshire Family History Society Research Centre, Yeomanry House, 131 Castle Hill, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7TJ
Enjoy tracing your worldwide ancestors with the help of the Berkshire Family History Society. A team of dedicated volunteers will be available to help you either start your family history research or to assist you to further your research and to suggest ways of making significant progress. The Society has a library containing 6000 items from all over the world, together with computers and internet access to millions and millions of records, including subscriptions to Ancestry, Findmypast, the British Newspaper Archive and Origins websites. No need to have ancestors from Berkshire, everybody welcome.
Access Information: Access to disabled toilets is only available on Thursday and Friday.
Directions: Next to the Berkshire Record Office.
Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 6AF
Explore your local history at the Berkshire Record Office, the archives of the Royal County of Berkshire and its people. Take a 'behind the scenes' tour to see the strongrooms, conservation studio and highlights from the collections. Tours last 30-45 minutes.
Booking Details: Places limited to 10 per tour, so pre-booking required. Contact: Reception Call: 0118 937 5132 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Booking opens: 1 June 2013 09:00 Booking closes: 13 September 2013 15:00
Additional Information: Max 10 people per tour/event.
Directions: We are located next to Reading Register Office, also known as Yeomanry House, on Castle Hill, Reading.
St Andrew's Churchyard, High Street, Sonning, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6UP
Tours of the historical and once Episcopal riverside village to include many of its listed buildings, most being fine examples of domestic, vernacular or public architecture. Opportunity to see the highly significant baroque Rich Memorial in the church and to hear about other buildings associated with the Rich and Palmer families.
Booking Details: Due to narrow pavements and heavy traffic walks need to be pre-booked. Contact: Diana Coulter Call: 0118 969 2132 Email: email@example.com Write to: Red House Cottage, Pearson Road Booking opens: 4 August 2013
Access Information: Disabled parking is available in the churchyard by special arrangement - please ring 0118 969 2132 if you need this facility.
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/event. Refreshments available at The Bull or The Great House or Riverside Tea Rooms at Sonning Lock.
Directions: Meet in the churchyard near The Bull Inn.
89a Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2AP
Local author Adam Sowan launches his latest book 'All Change at Reading: the railway and the station 1840-2013'. Isambard Kingdom Brunel gave Reading an inconvenient station with but a single platform; after four major rebuilds it now has 15. Find out more and chat to Adam who has also written other popular books about Reading, including 'Believing in Reading' and 'Abattoirs Road to Zinzan Street'.
Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, Department of Classics, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6AA
How did antiquities come to our town and become part of our heritage? What if they couldn’t be moved? How were we still able to make them ours? We will explore this interesting theme in a 2 parts evening event especially organized for this year’s Heritage Open Days. 1. Workshop/Activity: Taking inscriptions home - Visitors will learn about and experience first-hand how scholars are able to ‘take inscriptions’ with them for study without actually moving them from their original locations. Each workshop participant will have the chance to take a “squeeze” of an inscription. 2. Lecture: “Libya … Virginia Water … Reading: the mysterious journey of a Roman tombstone" - Prof. Peter Kruschwitz, Latin scholar and epigrapher, will take us on the marvellous journey of the tombstone of a Roman woman whose memorial remains in Reading. Adults are welcome to come with or without their children to the workshop; unfortunately all children will have to bring their adults. The lecture part of the event is more suitable for adults but craft activities will be offered for children during the lecture.
Booking Details: Booking is required for the workshop but no booking necessary and no number limit for the lecture. Contact: Guja Bandini Call: 0118 379 6990 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Booking opens: 29 June 2013 Booking closes: 11 September 2013 12:00
Access Information: Parking is available on campus but the spaces are limited. Please contact our office at 0118 378 6990 or email@example.com providing registration, make, type and colour of your vehicle and we will reserve a parking space for you.
Additional Information: Max 30 people per tour/event. Visitors can decide to attend both parts of the event of either one of them.
Directions: We are located inside the Whiteknights campus of the University of Reading. The Museum is on the ground floor of the Humanities and Social Sciences building inside the Classics department.
Watlington Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4RF
Beautifully restored church thanks to the generosity of English heritage, National Churches Trust, Berkshire Churches Trust, Garfield Foundation, Englefield estate, Marian Brothers and parishioners. Large stained-glass windows inside are worth seeing. Ths spire is a magnificent landmark in Reading. History of the church and phases of restoration are displayed.
Directions: Watlington Street buses.
The Concert Hall, Reading Museum & Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1QH
Join the Berkshire Organists’ Association in the Concert Hall for a short introduction to the organ and its history, demonstrations and an opportunity to play the instrument. Just drop in. All ages welcome.
Directions: Reading Museum & Town Hall is a short walk from Reading station.
Forbury Band Concert, Forbury Gardens, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3EH
Throughout the summer, the gardens have played host to a variety of events, and especially for Heritage Open Days, Watership Brass Band will entertain you from the beautiful Victorian Bandstand. Why not make an afternoon of it and bring a picnic?
Wind Turbine, Green Park, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 6GP
Turbine talk and tour. Learn all about one of Reading's most famous landmarks. What is it, what does it do and how good or bad is it really?!!
Directions: At the base of the wind turbine - its very difficult to miss !!
Friar Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1EH
Built by Franciscans in 1311, the main elements of Greyfriars survive to this day as the most complete example of Franciscan architecture in Britain and the oldest still being used for worship. After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538, it became a poor hospital, workhouse and then a gaol in 1613 until 1844. It was restored by the Victorians and has been in use ever since, culminating in a refurbishment in the year 2000. A guide will be available to give a brief tour covering the history of the church and site and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. A leaflet will be available for self guiding.
Directions: Located at western end of Friar Steet near IDR (Inner Distribution Road)
Reading Quaker Meeting House, 2 Church Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2SB
Guided tours of the Quaker burial ground, garden and meeting house. Quakers have been worshipping at this site since 1714 and the burial ground, garden and meeting house are all still in use.
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/event.
Directions: Church Street is off London Street, which runs between Queen's Road and London Road.
St Peter's Church, The Warren, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 7AQ
Guided tours of the historic 12th century parish church of St Peter, Caversham, which overlooks the beautiful Caversham Court gardens. The Tea Kiosk in the gardens will be open for refreshments sold in aid of local charities.
Additional Information: Max 10 people per tour/event.
Starting at Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1QH
Join us for a guided walk around Reading's first Music Heritage Trail visiting musically significant places around the town. The tour will include demonstrations of the Father Willis Organ at the Concert Hall, exclusive back-stage tours of some of the historic venues on our trail including South Street Arts Centre and The Great Hall, as well as offer commentary on Reading's rich musical history and some of our famous residents. Guided walks will be taking place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th visiting different locations on each day. Reading's Music Heritage trail has been developed by music and arts charity Readipop in partnership with Reading Museum as part of the 'Reading On Tour' project. These walks are suitable for ages 10+. The duration of each walk is approximately 3 hours, stopping periodically for between 5 and 20 mins. Refreshments and comfortable footwear are recommended.
Access Information: This walk takes a route around central Reading navigating public pavements, footpaths and walk ways all of which are paved and relatively level with no steps. All of the venues that the tour will be visited offer disabled access with the exception of Sub89.
Additional Information: Max 30 people per tour/event. Feel free to contact the Readipop office for more information on 01189 387 156 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions: We will be meeting in the Reading Museum foyer. Reading museum is located at Reading Town Hall. For information on parking and travel please visit http://www.readingarts.com/townhall/howtogetthere/
Market Place, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2DE
Following the success of last year, Here’s Heritage is back and it’s bigger! Alexandra Vintage, in partnership with Reading UK, hosts the return of Here’s Heritage: Reading’s Celebration of Nostalgia. This year's programme sees the exciting addition of Here’s Fashion on Friday 13th September – a vintage style evening taking place in Reading's landmark museum, with vintage industry experts' styling advice, catwalk shows and behind the scenes access to some of Reading Museum’s hidden treasures. Here’s Fashion launches the Here’s Heritage weekend welcoming back its charming, traditional Here's Heritage Fete on Saturday 14th September with a variety of fun-filled activities including art, craft and vintage traders, live music, dancing performances, antique valuations and more! Jelly - an energetic charity championing the creative arts in Reading - will be hosts to children's workshops throughout the Here's Heritage Fete on Saturday 14th September.
Access Information: Accessible toilets onsite only at the Here's Fashion vintage style evening on Friday 13th September, located at Reading Museum. Pushchair and/or pram access is more accessible at the Here's Heritage Fete on Saturday 14th September, located in Market Place.
Directions: Five-minute walk from Reading railway station. Centrally located with many car parks nearby including The Oracle Riverside car park. Key landmarks are: Reading Museum, Reading Town Hall, Post Office and Tesco.
Caversham Bridge, Bridge Street, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8AA
Heritage walk beginning on Caversham Bridge (east side) and visiting sites of historical and cultural interest in Caversham. The guided walk will end in Caversham Court Gardens, where the refreshments kiosk will be open for teas. Shorter tours of the history, garden history and ecology of Caversham Court will also be available on site.
Booking Details: Caversham Court Gardens are free to explore but the walks must be pre-booked Contact: Vickie Abel Call: 0118 9475062 Email: email@example.com Booking opens: 1 August 2013 09:00 Booking closes: 9 September 2013 09:00
Access Information: We regret that the Heritage Walk is not suitable for wheelchair users owing to steps on the bridge and narrow pavements. Caversham Court Gardens are wheelchair accessible.
Additional Information: Max 15 people per tour/event.
Directions: Meeting Point is the viewing platform on the eastern side of Caversham Bridge
Oxford Road, Reading, Berkshire
See and extraordinary collection of furnishings including the famous Pugin screen, formally in St Chads Cathedral, Brimingham. There will be an exhibition of vestments and vessals., We may be able to provide refreshments.
Access Information: Limited toilet facilites, no disabled toilet access. Wheelchair access by temporary ramps. Limited parking on street.
Directions: Opposite the bottom of Russell Street and the old snooker hall now Church of Living Waters.
Meet at the Queen Victoria statue, Old Town Hall, for a tour of Readings industrial heritage sites. A one and a half hour tour of central Reading, pointing out industrial heritage sites such as ironworks, biscuit making, brewing and bricks.
Booking Details: Call: 01491682002
Access Information: A steady but slow walk involving steps.
Additional Information: Max 25 people per tour/event. Facilities on the route, toilets etc.
Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 9NH
Come and visit this striking flint-and-brick 700-year-old church stands in a pretty churchyard shaded by fine trees near a beautiful stretch of the Thames. The church itself is simple and serene. The nave and south door were built in the 13th -century, while the ornate roof timbers were installed in the 15th-century, when parishioners grew rich from the local wool and corn trade.
Directions: 7 miles south of Wallingford, off A329, adjacent to the River Thames and the railway.
Great Western House, 18-20 Station Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1JX
Formerly known as ‘The Railway Hotel' and built in 1844, it changed its name to ‘The Great Western Hotel' in 1925. Designed by the world famous Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his team of architects, it is reported to be the oldest railway hotel in the world. In 1972 the hotel closed its doors, many thought for the last time, as it was highlighted to be demolished. However due to its historical significance, the building became ‘protected' as a Grade II listed building, and was used as a postal sorting office, and then headquarters of Berkshire's Area Health Authority. In 2007, following extensive refurbishment in keeping with the railway theme, it opened once again as a hotel, boasting 75 bedrooms, three meeting rooms, a bar and brasserie.
Additional Information: HERITAGE AFTERNOON TEA Visit Malmaison Reading on the Sunday of Heritage Open Days and enjoy a buffet-style afternoon tea in the hotel lounge. At a special Heritage offer price* of £10 per person, you can relax and enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon with tea and scones with clotted cream, smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches before treating yourself to a slice of Victoria sponge, Battenburg or Bakewell tart. *this offer is only valid from 12 noon to 6pm Sunday 15 September. Pre-booking is advised on 0844 693 0660.
Christchurch Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 7AB
One of architect Henry Woodyer's finest churches, Christ Church is a prominent feature of the Reading skyline with its spire rising to a height of 164 feet. The construction of the church began in 1861 and on 7 August 1862, the unfinished church was consecrated, although it was not until 1875 that the south aisle, south chancel aisle and choir vestry were added and the tower and spire completed. The Church is particularly notable for the carved chalk tracery of the chancel arch and for its Victorian stained-glass windows, including a very fine east window by Hardman & Co of Birmingham, showing Christ in Glory.
50/56 Portman Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 1BA
A rare opportunity to discover and explore the Reading Chronicle archives in a live and thriving newsroom. Take a peek at coverage of events and landmarks of historical interest.
Booking Details: Contact: Maurice O'Brien Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Mary's Butts, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX
Reading Minster of St Mary the Virgin dates from c979 and is a Church of England place of worship. Look out for the doorway in the north wall which dates from Norman times and the south arcade from around 1200. Most of the church, including the famous checkerboard tower, was refaced in 1551, with the north aisle added in the 19th Century. The refurbishment of internal decoration was completed in 2004 and the external works are still being carried out.
Access Information: Full wheelchair access at the main entrance to the church.
Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1QH
Join us for a tour behind the scenes of our South Reading store. We will be looking at the work in progress on various collections, including archaeology, historic world objects and taxidermy, and at how we manage the store to maintain high standards of collection care. Tours are in small groups led by Museum staff, and will last about one hour. We regret that there is no wheelchair access.
Booking Details: Booking essential Call: 0118 937 3400 Email: email@example.com Booking opens: 15 July 2013
Access Information: We regret that there is no wheelchair access.
Additional Information: Max 12 people per tour/event.
Directions: Directions to the store will be sent a few days before the tour.
Reading Synagogue, 7 Goldsmid Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7YB
Guided tour of Moorish Victorian Synagogue, opened in 1900. Historical displays.
Additional Information: Max 10 people per tour/event.
Directions: Goldsmid road is off Russell Street, off Oxford Road. Nearest street parking in Russell Street
35-39 London Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4PS
Small edible roof forest garden developed to demonstrate sustainability and our dependence on plants. All plants in the garden have an economic use for food, clothing, medicine etc. and come from all over the world. Demonstration of renewable energy, water harvesting and irrigation systems. Regular tours of the garden offered,
Access Information: No wheelchair access to garden. Garden accessed by steep external staircase.
Additional Information: Parking at top of ramp only. Please check with organisers if unsure.
Directions: Above the World Shop and Global cafe.
Reading, Berkshire, RG30 2DB
The museum shows the extraordinary changes in medicine that have taken place in the past 150 years. See displays on the history of surgery, anaesthesia, nursing, dental surgery, pharmacy, obstetrics, blood transfusion, blood letting and wartime medicine.
Additional Information: Max 15 people per tour/event. Children need a responsible adult in charge.
Corner of London Road / St Bartholomew's Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3QA
Built in 1879 (with later extensions) on a site presented by George Palmer. Architects involved in its construction and furnishing include Waterhouse, Bodley and Comper. Notable features include a Comper ‘medallion‘, windows by Comper and Bodley and a rood carved by Herr Zwink of Oberammergau. There are also Orthodox icons on display as the church is also used by the St Elias Greek Orthodox Church.
Southampton Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2QP
St Giles is one of three medieval parish churches in Reading. In 1191, Pope Clement III gave St Giles Church to Reading Abbey and throughout the middle ages it enjoyed the right of sanctuary. The Abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII and on 14 November 1539, the Abbot and a small group of supporters, which included a former vicar of St Giles, John Enyon, were executed for refusing to acknowledge the King as the Head of the Church in England. There is a memorial to John Enyon in St Giles. The interior of the Church is in Gothic style, redesigned by JP St Aubyn and completed in 1872.
Access Information: Wheelchair access to the main part of the church is via the South Door. Some areas may not be accessible to wheelchair users due to steps.
1 Forbury Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3HW
The Church is Pugin's very first church design. The foundation stone was laid in December 1837. Extensions were added in the 20th century. Built in the Norman style it is a rarity among Pugin's designs. Completed in 1840, it was among the first Catholic churches to be built in England after the Reformation and is sited over the ruins of Reading Abbey. Links will be made with the medieval history of Reading, especially the Abbey Ruins. Visitors will also be able to become familiar with the contents of a modern Catholic Church. There will be a display about the history of St James with guides on hand. The church has recently been refurbished in a style more appropriate for a Pugin church. There is also a new shrine to St James the patron saint of pilgrims. Thursday: Two short introductory talks, about 15 minutes each, at 11.30 am and 3pm. Friday: Two short introductory talks, about 15 minutes each, at 11.30 am and 3pm. Evening at 7.30: Free illustrated talk: 'Sacred Space: From Reading Abbey to St James' Church', by John and Lindsay Mullaney, followed by refreshments. Saturday: Two short introductory talks, about 15 minutes each, at 11.30 am and 3pm. Sunday: Organ recital by Richard Lester on the Cremona organ. Organ Music from St Mark's, Venice, from 12.15. Richard Lester was described in the Daily Telegraph as 'one of our leading players'. Short introductory talk, about 15 minutes, at 3pm.
Access Information: Wheelchair access by right hand side porch. Toilets to right of this porch.
Additional Information: Today it is home to a thriving Catholic community working with and for all the people of Reading. Your visit will allow you not only to see Pugin's beautiful architecture but also the workings of a modern Catholic church. There will guides ready to answer your questions and of course free refreshments will be available to help you on your way to your next HOD visit.
Town Hall Square (off Blagrave Street), Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1DA
St Laurence's Church is an ancient building rich in heritage and yet still in daily use. The church was originally built in 1121 and was extended to its current size in 1196. Never actually part of the Abbey, which was the site of pilgrimage, the Church was built outside the Abbey Gate for the people of Reading. Past congregants include Jane Austen and Queen Elizabeth, who attended so often that she was allotted a regular seat. This 12th century Church has many ancient features including high-beamed roofs, magnificent arches and ancient monuments. The church, which is now solely committed to young people, has been uniquely and creatively re-ordered to include glass rooms and a mezzanine floor. It is now a wonderful example of the old being enhanced by the new.
Access Information: The upper level and the rear of the church cannot be accessed by wheelchair.
Erleigh Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5LU
Constructed in 1882. This church is a fine example of work by Victorian Architect JP St Aubyn. Look out for the notable reredos and font and windows by Charles Eamer Kempe & Co Ltd.
Access Information: Disabled toilets are located in the hall - ask for key if not open.
14 Castle Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7RD
Visit this interesting late-Georgian chapel, which still operates as a place of worship each week. Built on the site of the old County Gaol, it is said that John Bunyan was once imprisoned here. See our hoard of 18th-century pottery and other artefacts dug out of a pit on the premises. We also plan to host an exhibition by a local artist.
Access Information: Access to the gallery is via stairs. Wheelchairs can negotiate the aisles.
Additional Information: Children will be admitted to the gallery only if accompanied by an adult. Guide notes are available, and brief (or longer!) guided tours can be requested.
St Matthews Church, Southcote, 205, Southcote Lane, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 3AX
The Church is a collaboration between the architect Sir Basil Spence and John Piper. The windows are untypical Piper windows done on fiberglass. There will be a small exhibition showing some history and work by Spence/Piper.
Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2BB
Customers will have the opportunity to view the history of John Lewis Reading (Heelas) through archived photographs and drawings. There will be a chance to relive the history and remember old times from the displays on the ground and first floor of the store.
89a Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2AP
Geoff Sawers has chronicled the life of the very building in which this Waterstones is located in his book 'Broad Street Chapel and the Origins of Dissent in Reading'. He will talk about its origins, from the Lollards of the 1400s, through Puritanism and persecution in the the 1500s and 1600s, respectability in the 1800s and finally, decline in the 1960s. This will be followed by book signing and refreshments.
Booking Details: Call or come into store to book a free ticket Contact: Cheryl Dibden Call: 0118 9581270 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Write to: 89a Broad Street Reading RG1 2AP Booking opens: 1 July 2013 09:00 Booking closes: 13 September 2013 18:00
Additional Information: Max 100 people per tour/event. Refreshments are free of charge at this event
53 Castle Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7SS
A chance to wander through the main drive, communal areas and into the Holybrook Garden, and view these Grade II Listed properties designed by architect William Henry Woodman (one time Borough Surveyor) and built in 1866.
Abbey Street, Reading, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BG
We are delighted to welcome The Blade to our Heritage Open Days programme. This iconic building stands 128m tall and can be seen from miles around. Property owners Aviva and management company Jones Lang LaSalle are giving you the opportunity to take a lift to the top floor and experience a 360 view of Reading's fantastic skyline. 100 lucky people will be invited to visit the top floor of The Blade on Thursday 12 September. Please see booking details.
Booking Details: Email: email@example.com no later than Friday 6 September and we we'll get back to you on Monday 9 September if you are selected Booking closes: 6 September 2013 23:30
Open Hand Open Space, 571 Oxford Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 1HL
The Keep was built 130 years ago as the armoury and gatehouse for Brock Barracks, home of the Royal Berkshire Regiment until 1959. It is Grade II listed and still in largely original condition. Come and see an exhibition of art by current OpenHand OpenSpace artists, and an interpretive display of historic military artefacts kindly lent by the Wardrobe Museum in Salisbury. The focus this year will be World War II. Guided tours of the building. Art and craft activities.
Access Information: Wheelchair access is only to ground floor where main exhibition will be held (we regret that there is no wheelchair access to toilets or to studios). However, public toilets with full wheelchair access are located just along the street - approximately five minutes.
Additional Information: Free parking in The Keep's car park, via Brock Gardens.
Directions: Next door to Brock Barracks.
89A Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2AP
Enjoy a small in-store exhibition of the Grade II listed Broad Street Independent Chapel (in display cases opposite the tills on the ground floor). Admire the beautiful domed ceiling with cornice, the gallery, archway, lantern roof and stained glass window and browse our varied selection of local interest books.
Access Information: Restricted wheelchair access to small raised section under stained glass window on the first floor but there is a lift available to the first floor.
Crowthorne Road, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 8PH
The estate where the school is situated is steeped in history with regards to the original Victorian black and white building being a medical centre and the subsequent events whilst the school has been there since 1886. The tour covers the following areas: the history of the main house / lodge, the Boston air crash in January 1944, the two World War memorials, the school chapel, the site of Edgebrough Manor, the authentic Tudor House built in 2003. There will be a free cup of tea and a cookie at the end of the 2 hour tour! Learning about the history of old schools always interests children and because there is quite a bit of walking outside there is a variety of environments to look at.
Access Information: Although there is quite a bit of walking outside it is possible for a car to reach the locations described.
Additional Information: Max 40 people per tour/event. N.B. Because the site is a school the public have to join the daily tour at 1430 and cannot explore the area on their own.
Directions: The school is between the towns of Sandhurst and Crowthorne.
St Michaels and All Angels Church, Lower Church Road, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU 47 8HN
The first chapel on this site was dated 1220. The present beautiful building dates from 1853. Guided tours of the interesting belfry. Displays including photographs also available. Refreshments available in hall next to church. Information sheet available. Guided tours of the interesting belfry. Refreshments available in hall next to church.
11 Stoke Poges Lane, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 3NW
The Horlicks Factory is one of Slough's most iconic historic buildings which was completed in 1908 for James Horlick. During Heritage Open Day there will be one tour of the small museum, archives and the beautiful Art Deco Board room completed in 1927 and furnished with Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson furniture. There will also be a chance to visit Horlicks's own railway station and platform which led onto the Great Western Railway. Please note no other parts of the building will be open to the public.
Booking Details: Contact: Slough Museum Call: 01753 526422
Access Information: There is no disabled access to the building because of its age.
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/event.
Upton Court Road, (Datchet roundabout), Slough, Berkshire, SL3 7LU
St Laurence's Church, Grade I listed, oldest building in Slough. Claims to fame: grave of Sir William Herschel who discovered Uranus. Other family graves of interest. Newly restored painted Chancel arches dating 1180; stain glass windows including Kempe. Links with local poet, Thomas Gray; Dicken's publisher and many more. St Laurence preserves available while stocks last. Tours throughout day at various times - taylored to age and interests of participants, eg history, architecture, astronomy, religion etc including KS2 curriculum. Brass rubbing available on request.
Access Information: Refreshments / Full wheelchair / pram access in church, may not be able to access all areas of churchyard. Sorry, toilet not disabled. Children please remain with adult in churchyard and do not climb on monuments. Thank you.
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/event. The Chancel & Nave are mediaeval with Victorian South Aisle. The building lends itself to many interests - faith / history / astronomy (burial place of Sir William Herschel) / architecture / links with Ooty in Nilgiri mountains of SW India .
Directions: From M4 exit Junction 5 @ Langley. Continue A4 towards Slough. 1 mile to large traffic light crossroads (Fire Station/St Francis Church), turn left onto Upton Court Road. Contiue 1 mile to Upton Court Car Park on left, St Laurence Church is 200yds on left at next roundabout. Disabled or limited parking available outside church 1 hour Mon - Sat.
Cold Ash Centre, The Ridge, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 9HU
Take a tour of the mini-farm to see ponies, goats, pigs, sheep, turkeys, chickens, guinea fowl and rabbits. Enjoy walking around the beautiful grounds with wonderful views across the Kennet Valley to the North Hampshire Hills. Visit the traditional brick-built apple store. Enjoy some quiet time in the tranquil setting of the St Gabriel's Convent Cemetery with its Celtic Cross and unusual concentric layout. After 1500 on Sunday you can look around the Cold Ash Centre to view the facilities and experience panoramic views over Newbury and Thatcham to the North Hampshire Hills beyond. Visitors must be accompanied when looking around the mini-farm.
Access Information: Apart from blue-badge holders, please park in the adjacent St Finian's School carpark. Full wheelchair access to most of the farm and ground-floor of the building. Access to the Cold Ash Centre building will only be available on Sunday after 1500.
Additional Information: Cold Ash Centre will be occupied by a residents on religious retreat until Sunday at 1500, so visitors are asked to respect the privacy of those in residence.
Directions: From the crossroads in the centre of Cold Ash Village take the road called 'The Ridge' to Bucklebury. Look out for the sign to St Finian's School on the right. Park in the school carpark alongside St Gabriel's Chapel. The Cold Ash Centre is part of the St Gabriel's Convent complex and can be reached by walking passed the west end of the chapel through the convent grounds.
Curridge, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 9DZ
Biomass Boiler 'open' for viewing. Information, display and related activities eg Tree Trail. Related activities eg Tree Trail.
Access Information: School building is all on one level. Disabled parking space opposite school gates.
Additional Information: Car park off Curridge Road (next to WI Hall).
Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 0TN
Commercial 220kW biomass heating system for tropical glasshouses. Visitors to meet at the Human Impact Building at the Living Rainforest. Entry fee waived for the biomass tour only.
Additional Information: Donations always appreciated
St Finian's Catholic Primary School, The Ridge, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 9HU
Guided tour of the school including the beautiful assembly hall and some of the classrooms. Spend a quiet moment in the Reflection Garden at the heart of the school. Visit the quadrangle. See displays of children’s artwork, the full-size painted horse and enjoy other activities. Experience the panoramic vista across the Kennet Valley to the North Hampshire Downs as you enjoy refreshments in the community room. Displays of children’s artwork and other activities
Additional Information: St Finian's School is a new building and has a BREEAM Eco rating Very Good.
Directions: From the crossroads in the centre of Cold Ash village, follow the road called 'The Ridge' towards Bucklebury. Look out on the right for the sign to St Finian's School and park in the School Car Park. The school is alongside St Gabriel's Convent and the Cold Ash Centre.
St Gabriel's Convent, The Ridge, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 9HU
Visit the chapel built in the 1930s for the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary at St Gabriel's Convent. The bland brick exterior hides a delightful interior with a high pointed barrel vault. See ornate gothic arcading, 'stiff-leaf' ornamentation and traceried windows with coloured glass giving an atmosphere of calm and peace. The stone altar with tabernacle has a lovely reredos with niches and there are unusual galleries on either side of the sanctuary. See a delightful relief carving commemorating seven Franciscan Sisters martyred in the Boxer Riots of 1900. Attractive Convent Gardens provide panoramic views across the Kennet Valley giving the impression of being on the top of the world. In the peaceful convent cemetery, reached through the adjacent Cold Ash Centre, an impressive Celtic Cross provides a focus for an unusual concentric arrangement of graves. No special provision
Access Information: Please park in St Finian's School Car Park. Entry to the chapel and convent will be directly from the carpark on the north side.
Additional Information: The Convent is the home of a community of retired Franciscan Sisters so visitors are asked to respect the surroundings. Parking is in the adjacent St Finian's School car park.
Directions: From the crossroads in the centre of Cold Ash Village follow the road called 'The Ridge' towards Bucklebury. Look out on the right for the sign to St Finian's School and park in the School Car Park. St Gabriel's chapel and convent are between St Finian's School and the Cold Ash Centre.
Cold Ash Hill, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 9PT
Impressive 19th century building with wonderful views. Guided tour of church. Display of vestments. See organ played. Children's search for 'church mice'.
Access Information: Disabled + pushchairs enter church through Fisher Room.
Directions: Cold Ash Parish Church
Cold Ash Hill, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 9PT
Exhibition of old photographs. Computer presentation on artist Sir George Clausen RA. Computer presentation of Rev John M Bacon -The Scientific Balloonist. Obtain Heritage Trail around Cold Ash Village. Children's Quiz.
Directions: Cold Ash Parish Church
Muddy Lane, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3FU
Teaching room built using sustainable materials, passive solar design, rainwater harvesting and grey water system, sedum roof and wood pellet heating system. Self-guided tour. Visitor centre has a range of children's activities including microscopes, brass rubbings and jigsaw puzzles.
Additional Information: Onsite cafe, plenty of picnic tables, a great lunch location.
Frost Folly car park, Wellers Lane, Warfield, Berkshire
Travel through time to discover the origins of medieval Warfield, whose population was largely wiped out during the Black Death. Visit the site of a plague pit and learn about some colourful characters that have visited and inhabited these parts. Of particular interest to adults.
Access Information: Car parking available. Surfaces will be uneven.
Directions: On the A3095 coming from Bracknell just past the 3 legged cross take the first turning on your right into a lane. Drive up this lane. Take the first turning on your left up Wellers lane. Frost Folly car park will be on your right hand side.
Brownlow Memorial Hall, Newell Green, Warfield, Berkshire, RG42 6AB
Discover more about the Thomas Lawrence Brickworks and the Brownlow Memorial Hall. Thomas Lawrence Brickworks – did you know Hampton Court and Downing Street were restored with hand-made bricks from Warfield? Come along to learn more about the Brickworks and their Victorian entrepreneur owner who also owned the famous Bracknell Supply Stores, once the largest department store in Berkshire. Brownlow Memorial Hall – is 100 years old this year! To celebrate its Centenary come along to learn more about the Hall and Field Marshal Sir Charles Brownlow, whose legacy it was. Free refreshments available.
Town Hall, Market Place, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1AS
Wokingham Town Hall is a fine Victorian Grade II* listed building which was opened in 1860 in Gothic design. The clock tower rises to 80 ft. It was originally used as a police station, a Guildhall, then a fire station; it is now used for Town Council administration (civic use, meetings, weddings). The theme for Wokingham Town Council's Heritage Open Days 2013 is Wokingham Past and Present : Saturday 14 September, the market traders are being invited to enter a fancy dress competition. Also, a free talk will be held at Wokingham library at 1030 about Montague House and the Montagues. Sunday 15 September, between 1100 and 1600, Wokingham Town Hall will be open to the public for residents and visitors to come along and learn about its history and also the work of the Town Council. Sunday 15 September - there will be activities for chidrens to do, e.g. colouring competitions, puzzles, quizzes with some some fantastic prizes
Access Information: The Town Hall is on 2 levels, with easy access to the first floor via a lift.