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What to do on a Rainy Day in Reading

Rain and wind spoiling your plans? Don't let the dreary weather dampen your spirits! Reading has plenty of exciting weather-proof activities to keep you entertained.

If you're fed up of the rain and have run out of things to do, here are some of the top suggestions to keep you occupied when the heaven's open in Reading. 

Visit Reading Museum

Visit Reading Museum

Price: Free

About: The Museum of Reading contains a number of galleries describing the history of Reading and its major industries. A gallery of artefacts discovered during the excavations of Calleva Atrebatum, a copy of the Bayeux Tapestry and an art collection are amongst some of the museum's highlights. 

Address: Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH

Telephone: 0118 937 3400 

Visit The Living Rain Forest

Visit The Living Rain Forest

Price: £8.45+

About: Next time the heavens open, why not escape to the tropical climes of the rainforest? The Living Rainforest near Reading is a lushus indoor greenhouse experience with over 700 species of plants and animals. Watch birds, butterflies and lizards roam free in tropical glasshouses, without even leaving the UK. 

Address: Hampstead Norreys, Thatcham, RG18 0TN

Telephone: 01635 202444

Go Shopping

Go Shopping

Where: Swindon Designer Outlet

About: It may be out of town, but it's worth the trip! Housed in the Grade II listed buildings of the Great Western Railway Works, McArthurGlen's Swindon outpost is one of the largest covered designer outlets in Europe - the perfect place for sheltered shopping on a rainy day! With over 100 leading brands to choose from at discounted prices, you can't go wrong.

Address: Kemble Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 2DY

Telephone: 01793 507600

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Where: The Oracle

About: When the weather's all doom and gloom, we love nothing more than throwing on our mac, grabbing a brolly and heading down to The Oracle. A shopping trip is a sure fire way to shake off those rainy day blues and with coffee shops aplenty, finding a spot to enjoy a quick caffeine fix after you've picked up a bargain, won't be a problem. 

Address: The Oracle, Reading, RG1 2AG

Telephone:  0118 965 9000

Visit The Hexagon

Visit The Hexagon

Price: £5.00+

About: The Hexagon is a multi-purpose arts and entertainment venue in the centre of Reading. The venue boasts a diverse programme of concerts, comedy shows, theatre productions, and dance shows - after all there's nothing quite like a trip to the theatre to keep cheer you up on a rainy day. 

Address: Queens Walk, Reading, RG1 7UA

Telephone: 0118 960 6060

Visit The Cole Museum of Zoology

Visit The Cole Museum of Zoology

Price: Free

About: The Cole Museum of Zoology is packed full of skeletons, mounted animals and other interesting specimens. The Cole contains over 3500 specimens with around 400 on display at any one time. Collection highlights include complete skeletons of a male Indian Elephant, a False Killer Whale and a five metre Reticulated Python. 

Address: Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6UA

Telephone: 0118 378 5393

Visit the Museum of Berkshire Aviation

Visit the Museum of Berkshire Aviation

Price: £2.50+

About: Escape the showers at the Museum of Berkshire Aviation. From the famous Fairey Gannet T.5 to the mighty Westland Scout helicopter - all of the museum's aircrafts are available for you to view up close. In addition to the aircraft, the museum displays a diverse range of aviation artefacts.

Address: Mohawk Way, Reading, RG5 4UE

Telephone: 0118 944 8089

Visit Krazy Playdays

Visit Krazy Playdays

Price: £3.50+

About: Crammed with climbing frames, slides and a bouncy castle, Krazy Playdays is the perfect environment for little ones to burn off some excess energy. Kids can climb, slide and throw themselves about for several action-packed hours.

Address: Sterling Way, Reading, RG30 6HW

Telephone: 0118 942 6171

Take a trip to the Cinema

Take a trip to the Cinema

Price: £5.50+

About: Catch a movie while keeping dry and warm. If you’re looking to see the latest blockbusters visit Vue Reading to get your film fix! Whether you’re a fan of action movies, romance or horror, a trip to the cinema can be the perfect way to pass a rainy afternoon. 

Address: The Oracle, Reading, RG1 2AG

Telephone: 0871 224 0240

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