If you are reading this you have probably already re-read this first sentence a couple of times as I often do when reading the word Reading, pronounced “Redding”. The town is part of the UK version of Silicon Valley – a concentration of businesses and industry to the west of the capital – and one of the stops off the M4 corridor in and out of London. For the business traveller, living albeit temporarily, in a Reading hotel this commercial landscape may seem quite barren in terms of entertainment on those days off or when the family is also in town. Naturally, London is close enough for a wealth of activities, but if you would rather leave a built-up area, these are a few choices for a day outdoors in England’s green and pleasant land.
If Reading’s technology industry is an indoor business, then the summer is the time when the music industry moves outdoors for Festival season. One of the biggest is Glastonbury, but the Reading Festival is world’s oldest popular music event of its type. If swapping a hotel room for a tent sounds like a refreshing change, then go for the whole August Bank Holiday weekend.
Another back-to-nature destination very close to Reading is Bucklebury Farm Park. 74 acres of parkland with animal encounters, tractor rides, woodland walks and adventure playgrounds provide a refreshing change from an office environment to wear out the kids.
So for a diverse experience of both town and country, my thanks to Reading – and thanks to you for reading!