Berkshire

Properties and events in Berkshire

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17 Castle Street Reading

17 Castle Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7SB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Rooms which are not normally open to clients with interesting beam construction, Diamond chimneys, carriage mounting block and Victorian staircase.

A new garden at historic Hillside House, Allcroft Road.

Hillside House, 19-28 Allcroft Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5DJ
In person
Pre-booking required

The new garden at Hillside House was created in 2020-21. It was opened to the public for the first time during Heritage Open days 2023. This is an opportunity to see how it has changed. The house itself is not open.

About Your House - discover the families who lived in your house

Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Who lived in your house? Ask our experts how to find out who occupied the premises and when. See the changes caused by the creation of the Inner Distribution Road in Reading. Find out what Broad Street looked like in the past.

All Saints, Boyne Hill, Maidenhead - a George Edmund Street church and parochial buildings masterpiece

Church Close, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 4HE
In person
Pre-booking not required

A listed Victorian neo-gothic church, spire and parish buildings uniquely set around an enclosed quadrangle. Black and red bricks on the exterior and very colourfully decorated internally with beautiful stained glass windows and stone carving.

All Saints' Church Ascot Heath

London Road, Ascot, 7 Sage Walk, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 3SE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit this Grade II listed Victorian church as we commemorate our 160th year.

Basildon Park

Basildon Park, National Trust, Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 9NR
In person
Pre-booking not required

From its origins connected to the East India Company, to an army base in WWII, and onto a glamourous home used to entertain in the 1950s, the history of Basildon Park is a rich and interesting one.

Brock Keep

Brock Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 1HL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come for a tour around the historic former armoury and gatehouse which is now home to artist studios and contemporary art gallery.

Caversham Court Gardens

Church Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 7AD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Take a journey round the world tracking the origins of plants in Caversham Court Gardens! Test your plant knowledge and your geography with our fun facts and learn the fascinating history of plant collecting. Activities for all ages.

Caversham Road: An area shaped by Victorian aesthetics and innovation

213 Caversham Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8BB
In person
Pre-booking required

A guided walk around a Victorian townscape that still has many traces of its rich industrial past as well as plenty of original architectural features.

Christ Church, Reading

Christchurch Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 7AR
In person
Pre-booking not required

Church Open Day and Festrival Evensong

Community, Connections and Church at St Michael and All Angels Church Sandhurst

Lower Church Road, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 8HN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and join us as we celebrate our community over 800 years, the connections that have been made and the link to our church.

Decontamination Suite, Greenham Air Base

Building 274, Buckner-Croke Way, Greenham Business Park, Newbury, Berkshire, RG19 6HX
In person
Pre-booking not required

A rare opportunity to gain access to the Decontamination Suite that formed part of the Cold War US Airbase at Greenham Common with guided tours through the facility explaining the history of the building.

Exhibition from the Archives of The Bracknell Forest Society

Bracknell Town Council Offices, Brooke House, 54 High Street, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1LL
In person
Pre-booking not required

A one-day exhibition of photographs and artefacts from the archives of the Civic Society for the borough of Bracknell Forest.

Explore West Berkshire Museum's attic and meet KVGWSD members

1 The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5AS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Meet members from the Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers who will show you some of the traditional skills associated with the original purpose of the Museum's 17th century Cloth Hall, and then explore the attic of the building.

Grade II * Watlington House A hidden gem of a house and garden in the heart of Reading.

Watlington House, 44 Watlington Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4RJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

We invite you to join us at Reading's oldest domestic building. You will hear about its history from the Tudor Period to today , the garden restoration and have the opportunity to meet some of the tenants.

Green Park Wind Turbine Tour

The Wind Turbine, Green Park, South Oak Way, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 6UG
In person
Pre-booking preferred

A talk all about the landmark Green Park wind turbine

Katesgrove area 'Bricks, Iron, Sails, Education, Potts & a Meadow' Walkabout (Guided Walk)

Traffic lights at the corner of Pell St and Elgar Rd, opposite to Bally Convenience Store RG1 2NZ, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2NZ
In person
Pre-booking required

NEW Katesgrove ‘Walkabout’ (Guided Walk) Bounded - North by IDR. East by London & Whitley Sts & South Waterloo Rise & to West by River Kennet. Covering its wonderful History, Culture, Heritage, Industry, People, Places, Victorian Brickwork & more!

OISE Newbury Hall School Open Day

Newbury Hall, Enborne Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 6AD
In person
Pre-booking not required

OISE Newbury Hall School in Enborne Road, Newbury invites you to visit our school to look inside, meet the teachers and enjoy coffee and home-made cakes. Everyone welcome!

Reading Abbey Gateway Tour

Reading Abbey Gateway, Abbey Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BD
In person
Pre-booking required

A special opportunity to visit the Abbey Gateway and learn about this listed building’s fascinating history and its role in the Abbey Quarter.

Reading Library - six degrees of separation, from the Zinzan family to Kevin Bacon

Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
Online event
Pre-booking not required

Based on the parlour game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, this film tries to do that from a local history perspective.

Reading Minster Heritage 2024

St. Marys Church, Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Reading Minster, or the Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin, is the oldest ecclesiastical foundation in the town of Reading, with a history dating back to the 10th century. Church and parish records will be on display during open times.

Reading Museum Store Tours

Reading Museum Store, Reading, Berkshire, RG2
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us behind the scenes at our store in Whitley. This year’s theme is Roman Silchester, looking at objects connecting the regional capital to the wider Roman empire.

Reading Old - A 'Garden Cemetery'

Reading Old Cemetery, London Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3AQ
In person
Book on day

Guided walks around the site which will focus on the history of the Garden Cemetery movement, plus explore some of the nature and wildlife related to the original planting of the site by Sutton Seeds Ltd - one of Reading's famous.

Renewable Energy Exhibited

Watlington House, 44 Watlington Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4RJ
In person
Pre-booking preferred

The Mills Archive Trust, an award-winning archive and charity situated in Watlington House, will be open on 6th September from 10am-4pm, and 7th September from 11am-2pm for an exhibition on the history and development of renewable energy.

Royal Berkshire Archives Tour

Royal Berkshire Archives, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 6AF
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover more about what we do on a free behind the scenes tour of the Royal Berkshire Archives.

Saint Giles Church Reading

S Giles Church, Southampton Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2QP
In person
Pre-booking not required

View one of the three medieval churches in Reading. Open 10 am - 4pm on Saturday 7th and Saturday 14th September

Shaw House

Shaw House, Church Road, Shaw, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us in the Great Hall for talks about the history of the House throughout the day and then explore the House, exhibition rooms and our historic costume exhibition ‘Dressed for Shaw’ and the English Civil War exhibition ‘Dressed for Battle'.

St James Church Finchampstead - Open Tower

The Manor House, Church Lane, Finchampstead, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 4LU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and see the view from the top of the 1720 tower of our beautiful Norman Church. Enjoy a delicious tea at the end of your visit.

St Laurence Church, Upton Slough

St. Laurence Church, Upton Court Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL3 7LS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Church, Grade I listed, Sloughs oldest building. Tours of church/churchyard. Grave of William Herschel, Heritage display, exhibition of famous telescopes. Family graves; links with Ooty, India and lots more. Covers aspects of National Curriculum

St Luke's Church Erleigh Road, Reading - Our Community

Erleigh Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5LH
In person
Pre-booking not required

St Luke's Church (1882-83) is a Victorian church built to serve the growing population of the Redlands area of Reading. Today, the Church continues to engage with our local multicultural community.

St Mary's Episcopal Chapel, 14 Castle Street, Reading RG1 7RD

St Mary's Episcopal Chapel, 14 Castle Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7RD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Self-guided tours of the chapel, display of pots and glassware found in a pit under the floor during renovations; search for your ancestor in the baptismal register (1884-present).

St Michael Tilehurst - A Celebration of Creativity

St. Michael's Church, New Lane Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 4JX
In person
Pre-booking not required

A celebration of creativity set in a beautiful and historic church, incorporating: An sale of local arts and crafts; Self-guided tours of the building and churchyard.

St. Michael and St. Mary Magdalene Church

Crowthorne Road, 41 Juniper, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7ER
In person
Pre-booking not required

Nineteenth century rebuilt Neo-gothic church with several windows by Burne-Jones

Taplow Court Open Day

Taplow Court, Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 0ER
In person
Pre-booking not required

Taplow Court, a mid 19th-century mansion set high above the Thames near Maidenhead, and its grounds will be open to the public from 1230-1700 on Sunday 8th September, 2024.

The MERL: Routes, Connections, Networks

6 Redlands Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5EX
In person
Pre-booking required

Book into one of these special events for a unique chance to view pop-up displays of items from the University of Reading’s Special Collections and Art Collections, housed at The MERL site and not currently on public display. 

Tour of Foxhill House at the Whiteknights campus

Foxhill House, Shinfield Road, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6EP
In person
Pre-booking required

Foxhill House is a fine example of mid-Victorian architecture. Designed by Alfred Waterhouse, it is situated on raised ground near the northern corner of the University's Whiteknights campus overlooking the meadows down to the lake.

Tour of the University of Reading's Great Hall on the London Road campus

London Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5AQ
In person
Pre-booking required

For the first time, the University Great Hall is open to the public this year. It will give an opportunity to hear about its history, view the organ, enjoy the architecture and the internal decor, and to see behind the scenes backstage.

Victoria Park Area Walkabout Schools, Market, Swimming Pool, Murder, The Pits & Pubs!

Meet outside Oxford Road Community School on Oxford Rd, Nr George St Junction, Oxford Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7PJ
In person
Pre-booking required

An easy Guided Walk (Tour) covering a Reading area not well known. Bordered by the Railway to the North, North St., Chatham St., to the East & Oxford Rd to Reading West Bridge. I will cover how it has grown from 12th Century Abbey Lands to now.

Walk in the Light - Exhibition & Play by Reading Quakers, celebrating George Fox

2 Church Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2SB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Walk in the Light : celebrating the 400th anniversary of the birth of itinerant preacher and Quaker founder George Fox, via an exhibition of Quaker heritage and artwork, and a short play for all ages

Wokingham Town Hall

Wokingham Town Hall, Market Place, Wokingham Town Council, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1AS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Wokingham Town Council is looking to celebrate the theme of Routes - Networks - Connections, whilst discovering connections to local history, and its very own 50th anniversary.

Written in stone

Reading Old Cemetery, Cemetery Junction, London Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3AQ
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Join us for a guided walk of Reading Old Cemetery. Find out about the history of site, some of the monuments and the life stories of people buried there. Dressing Up optional but fun!