Activities on offer this Summer for Older People in Reading

FROM Croquet to coffee mornings, a huge range of activities are on offer across Reading this summer for older people.

This summer across the Borough, a number of charities, organisations and local volunteers will continue to host a variety of different events for older residents to make the most of, from sports and exercises classes to arts and crafts to local coffee mornings.

Caversham residents can look forward to activities throughout the week from exercise classes for a range of abilities including archery and croquet. Locals can also enjoy lunch clubs.

In Southcote, a thriving community café, bingo evenings, tai chi, singing, lunch and social clubs, and even computer lessons are on offer throughout the week.

Residents of South Reading can look forward to aqua aerobics, bingo, walking, lunch clubs, and other social activities throughout the summer.

Tilehurst residents have plenty to choose from with singing, lunch clubs, tai chi, dance, and sport all on offer.

Coley park, Caversham, Southcote and South Reading all have well established, volunteer run over 50’s social clubs that continue throughout the summer holidays.

Rivermead Leisure Centre hosts walking football and walking netball for over 50’s across Reading, and those interested can make use of the number 28/28a bus that connects Rivermead from Tilehurst and Caversham.

Councillor Rachel Eden, Lead Councillor for Adult Social Care said:

“There is so much going on across our town, and we all want Reading to feel a friendly place.   Loneliness can affect any of us but it’s particularly important that our older residents have opportunities to catch up with friends and neighbours, I know that I’ll be encouraging people to take full advantage of the range of free or low cost activities, available over the summer.”

There is a full list of events and activities on offer by visiting: and going to the Community Directory and Venues.  Most activities are free or require a small donation. Those interested in partaking in an activity should contact the organiser to ensure availability. Dementia friendly activities are also on offer.


Notes to Editors

If you or someone you know needs assistance with accessing activities and would like to know more about what’s on in Reading, please contact your neighbourhood team on 07834 335103 or email

The Reading Dementia Action Alliance are looking for interested parties who would like to join a Southcote steering group to continue the good work by raising awareness of dementia and reducing stigma. Please contact or call 07834 335103


Victoria Nickless

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