Special Shopping Event 2016

Special Shopping Evening

DISCOUNTS galore, prize draws, and goodie bags are all part of a special welcome for older and disabled residents during a Christmas shopping evening in the town centre on Monday 5th December, 5-7pm.

The festive event, organised by Reading Borough Council supported by the Oracle Shopping Centre and the British Red Cross, aims to make shopping an easy and enjoyable experience for everyone.

The Elvish Pressies will be rolling into town to help with the celebrations. Cruising in their battery powered Hot Rods, with 1950’s festive tunes playing on the car radio, these pointy eared leaders of the pack are the ‘Kings’ of mix and mingle.

Young performers from Theatretrain, will provide entertainment in the Oracle. The Salvation Army will also be lending the evening a festive air by playing inside Marks & Spencer and the Moving On Choir will be singing Christmas carols in Broad Street. The Bel & The Dragon will be in Broad Street serving refreshments.

Many retailers throughout the town centre will be offering discounts or providing refreshments. Stores taking part this year include Marks & Spencer, Thorntons, House of Fraser, Boots, Primark, Clarks and many more.

Wheelchairs will be available for people to use on the night, which have been kindly donated by The Oracle. Volunteers from the Red Cross will be assisting our shopppers on the night with their Christmas shopping providing some essential support to those who need it

The Council has once again agreed that on this day the entry restrictions to St Mary’s Butts, West Street and Friar Street – which usually end at 7pm – will end instead at 5pm specifically to allow blue badge holders to take full advantage of the special evening.

Cllr Rose Williams, Chair of the Access and Disabilities Working Group, said:

“Reading Special Shopping Evening is a much loved annual event. I’m delighted that so many Reading stores are getting involved in this special evening by offering assistance and promotions. A big thank you also needs to go to all the retailers and volunteers who support us with this event and help make it happen every year.

“I would like to welcome all our elderly and disabled residents to this shopping evening set aside especially for them, where they can shop in comfort and enjoy the start of the festivities. I look forward to seeing everyone there!”

Cllr Rachel Eden, Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Vice Chair of the Access and Disabilities Group, said:

“Reading Special Shopping Evening is invaluable for many elderly and disabled people who may otherwise struggle in the hustle and bustle of the town centre in the run up to Christmas. It is also a great opportunity to get in the Christmas mood and I would encourage people to come along, enjoy shopping in a fun, friendly atmosphere and meet the Elvish Pressies!”

Anyone who would like to go along to the Christmas shopping evening may wish to book the Readibus service on (0118) 931 0000.

For further information on the Special Shopping evening, please call 0118 937 2395 or visit www.reading.gov.uk/whatson


Notes to Editors

There will be a photo opportunity at 5pm in the Oracle Management Suite (meet by the Oracle entrance near to John Lewis).

The list of shops participating includes:

  • Oracle Shopping Centre
  •  Marks & Spencer
  • Paperchase
  • Thorntons
  • Boots
  • House of Fraser
  • Build-A-Bear
  • Lush
  • Primark
  • Sunglasses Hut
  • Clarks
  • Subway


Victoria Nickless

For media enquiries about this release email victoria.nickless@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 3957