Reading This Summer

15 Great Things To Do In Reading This Summer

As a trusted hire company, we know that arranging transport for a group can sometimes be a bit of a headache, whether for an extended family or a number of friends.

If you’re planning on taking a staycation holiday or summer outing, hiring a self-drive minibus can be a practical option.

In this article, we will take a look at why minibus hire could be the answer to your group transport dilemmas before exploring things to do in Reading and the surrounding areas.

What are the benefits of self-drive minibus hire in Reading?

Why should you consider hiring a minibus? If you opt for minibus hire, there are many advantages, including:

• Convenience
With self-drive minibus hire, your group can easily travel from door to door e.g. from home to an attraction – without having to take a taxi or go via public transport.

• Eco-friendly
Hiring a minibus and travelling as a group means fewer cars on the road. This reduces CO2 emissions per person per mile.

• Space
If you’re planning an extended family or group trip, a minibus gives the luxury of space for luggage and extra seating.

Having access to your own mode of transport means that you can make your own schedule and itinerary. With minibus hire, you don’t need to rely on public transport timetables.

One minibus can be a lot more cost-effective than a large group taking public transport. A minibus can also be cheaper than using multiple cars, with fuel costs and the cost of parking.

• Fun
Let’s not forget, it’s actually pretty fun to travel as a group! You can chat, laugh, see the sights from the window and even have a sing along!


Where can I hire a minibus in Reading?

Here at Caversham Vehicle Hire, we offer two sizes of self-drive minibus for hire:

Our clean and modern vehicles have power steering for a smoother journey, as well as fitted seat belts throughout. We can provide sat nav and car seats as optional extras. Alternatively, we have a range of MPVs (Multi People Vehicles) for slightly smaller groups of 7 or 9 people.

Things to do in Reading for families and groups of children

Within the Reading area, there are so many great things to see and do with family groups:

1. Beale Park Wildlife Park and Gardens
This 40 acre park has a range of animals, including chances to meet lemurs, tapirs, capybaras, pigs, tarantulas and emus. The gardens, renovated restaurant and other attractions make it ideal for children and adults.

2. RedKangaroo
RedKangaroo offers 36,000 square feet of jumping fun, with trampolines, a ‘ninja course’ , gladiator beam and parkour area.

3. Reading Museum
See the Bayeux tapestry as well as Reading Abbey and a range of art exhibitions, along with activities for all ages.

4. The Living Rainforest
Experience a lush tropical rainforest in Berkshire! Large glasshouses contain over 850 species of plants and animals.

5. Dinton Pastures Country Park
Dinton Country Park boasts a wide range of activities for all – there’s playgrounds, SUP and boat hire, fishing and walking trails. The Marvellous Festival – a family-friendly music festival – also takes place here.

all-adult groups

Things to do in Reading for adults

When it comes to all-adult groups, there are many things to do in Reading and the surrounding areas:

1. Reading Abbey Quarter
Explore this 900-year old historic site. Visit the ruins of a mediaeval abbey, Henry I’s burial place along with a museum.

2. Tour at Renegade Brewery
Visit the local brewery for a tour – to learn about beer, from grain to glass – before enjoying a tasting in the taproom.

3. Museum of English Rural Life
Discover the history and culture of rural England and its people. Discover galleries, enjoy refreshment in the café or relax in the gardens.

4. Visit Henley-on-Thames
The pretty town is home to the Henley Royal Regatta. Explore a range of shops, restaurants, parks, art galleries and Henley market or try activities such as boating and cycling.

5. Explore the Chilterns
The Chilterns is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visit and enjoy walking in stunning scenery, join a guided tour or archaeological dig and more.

Summer events in Reading and the surrounding areas

These are just a few of the many events that take place in and around Reading and the surrounding areas during the warm summer months:

1. Reading Festival
This celebrated annual music festival is a great way to spend the August bank holiday weekend.

2. Henley Festival
This multi-arts festival takes place in Henley-on-Thames. The line-up includes music, comedy performances and art.

3. Reading Fringe Festival
In July, the Fringe Festival features shows from dance and music to theatre and comedy.

4. Newbury Summer Show
Visit nearby Newbury for this agricultural show, featuring livestock displays, craft stalls and family-friendly fun.

5. Reading-on-Thames Festival
Celebrate the culture of Reading with events that range from art to live performances.

Trusted self-drive minibus hire in Reading

Hopefully this blog has highlighted some of the benefits of hiring a minibus for summer outings for larger groups, as well as providing inspiration in the Reading area.

Here at Caversham, we have a fleet of minibuses to choose, all with competitive hire costs. For all enquiries, including how much to hire a minibus for your group, please call our friendly team on:

Reading: 0118 947 6500
Newbury: 01635 44519