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9 Fun Things To Do in Reading For Adults

Although the Berkshire town of Reading isn't a famous tourism hotspot, the town has a surprising number of fun activities that adults will enjoy.

Here are 9 of our favourites:

TimeTrap Escape Rooms

© Timetrap Escape Rooms

Have you ever wanted to travel back in time?

TimeTrap Escape Rooms lets you enter a museum of time travel, and choose from three missions where you can explore a key moment in history and set things right.

But you'll need to hurry - you only have an hour before the time warp destabilises and traps you in the past forever.

Choose your time travel experience from:

Pudding Lane 1666: With The Great Fire of London raging, you need to brave the fiery streets to find out how it started before law and order breaks down in London.

Station X 1942: There's a spy stealing secrets from code-breaking centre Bletchley Park. Can you identify the culprit and retrieve the stolen decrypts before time runs out?

© Timetrap Escape Rooms

Curiouser & Curiouser 1871: Lewis Carroll is suffering from writer's block and there's a risk that "Alice Through the Looking Glass" may never get written. You'll be working inside Carrol's brain to fix his writer's block and save this classic of children's literature for future generations.

If the weather is good there's also Professor Pooch's Adventure - an outdoor escape-room-style puzzle adventure.


Bozedown Alpacas

© Bozedown Alpacas

At Bozedown Alpacas you can walk an alpaca through the beautiful countryside on the edge of the Chilterns.

Your guide will be able to tell you all about these wonderful creatures and answer any questions you have.

You'll see hundreds of alpacas during your walk, and afterwards, you'll have time to wander along the laneways linking the paddocks.

© Bozedown Alpacas

Depending on the time of year, you may see baby alpacas (crias), fluffy alpacas awaiting shearing, or sleek recently-sheared alpacas.

Each person in your group can lead their own alpaca. Practical footwear is recommended as walks take place regardless of the weather and it can be muddy.


Thames Valley Local Wine School

© Thames Valley Local Wine School

If you like wine and want to learn more about it, you'll enjoy events at the Thames Valley Local Wine School.

Their "Evening Introduction to Wine Tasting" is a great place to start. You'll find out which wines you enjoy and why, which will help you discover other wines you like.

© Thames Valley Local Wine School

The wine school also offers Discovery Evenings that focus on wines from one country or region, as well as longer courses and fun sessions like a Cocktail Masterclass.


Thames River Cruise

© Thames River Cruise

See the countryside around Reading from a new perspective on a Thames River Cruise.

Starting from Caversham in Reading, a Thames Experience Cruise lasts 45 minutes.

The Thames Meander lasts one hour taking in both town and countryside.

And the Thames Explorer lasts 90 minutes and goes all the way to Mapledurham.

© Thames River Cruise

You can also choose events such as Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Saturday Sundowner or even an 80s Disco Night Cruise.

Larger groups can even book a Private Charter with a bar, and dining options from canapés to silver service.


Stand and Deliver Comedy Club

© Stand and Deliver

Established in 2016, the Stand and Deliver Comedy Club has been making the people of Reading laugh ever since, and it's a great place for a night out.

The club has two venues:

The Biscuit Factory has a three-screen cinema, coffee shop and bar and is home to the Stand and Deliver Comedy Club all year round.

© Stand and Deliver

The Jolly Anglers is the club's summer venue for outdoor shows and possibly the only pub with a swimming pool in the garden!


Escape Reading

© Escape Reading

Escape Reading has 5 challenging escape games that will test the wits of even the smartest teams:

In "Blown Away" you need to disarm the bomb before it explodes.

In "Kidnapped" you wake up in a small dark room and need to escape before your captors return.

"The Ram Raid" sees you needing to pay back a million pounds that you borrowed from the wrong people before they lose patience with you.

© Escape Reading

"Age of Magic" lets you tackle a magic journey with your team.

And in "The Vampire Slayers" you have 60 minutes to vanquish the vampire lord and save humanity.


Delta Force Paintball Reading

Reading is home to one of Britain's biggest paintball centres with no fewer than six game zones.

Choose from "London Apocalypse" complete with iconic red buses, "Berlin Wall", "Space Warz" and more.

Full paintball gear is provided including a combat suit, goggles, body armour and a semi-automatic paintball gun, so you'll be properly equipped to do battle.

Library Photo © gjbmiller via Pixabay

So whether you're fighting zombies in a graveyard or storming a foreign embassy, you'll have a great time at Delta Force Paintball.


Parthian Climbing Reading

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If you're looking for an exciting activity that will exercise your mind and your body while you have fun, why not try climbing?

Parthian Climbing offer an Adult Intro to Climbing course that's the perfect way to try out this exciting sport.

In the 1.5-hour session, your instructor will introduce you to top rope climbing, using auto-belays and bouldering (climbing lower walls without ropes).

Once you've completed this session you'll be ready to pass a free competence test on your next visit and you'll be able to boulder, and climb using the auto-belays, unsupervised.


Reload Laser Clay Pigeon & Archery

Laser clay shooting offers all the fun of clay pigeon shooting, but your gun fires a harmless laser beam.

You'll get full instruction on how to hit the targets so no shooting experience is needed.

Choose from a standard one-hour session where up to 5 people share a bay, or a premium bay which fires targets from three different positions to really challenge your shooting skills.

Library Photo © giovannaorlando via Pixabay

Or why not try your hand at the ancient art of archery - also available in beginner and advanced versions.



We hope you've enjoyed our selection of fun things to do in Reading for adults, and you've found some exciting new activities to try on your next day out.

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