Friday, August 5 2022

After a period of merriment and fun indoors, many people will be looking to get out and about again to bring in the new year.

Luckily for those who live in Reading, the town hosts many different events on this New Year’s Day.

From paddleboarding at Caversham to ice skating at Reading Winter Wonderland, there are plenty of great activities to try out with friends and family.

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For those who don’t want to empty their pockets, the day could also be the time for a nice run or brisk walk through some of Reading’s beautiful scenic areas.

‘Swim and Sup’ at Caversham Lakes

Caversham Lakes will host a “Swim and SUP” event on New Years Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those who are brave enough are invited to swim or paddle in the refreshing but also freezing cold water.

Hot food and beverages will be available at Ava’s Cafe on the day.

Ticket prices depend on what you want to do.

Swimming is £6 and paddleboarding is £10. You can rent paddle boards or bring your own.

Run around reading

Parkrun Reading will host a running event on New Years Day at 9am.

Parkrun are free, weekly, timed running events that take place across the UK and the rest of the world.

They are organized by local volunteers and open to all.

To join, simply complete an application form available on the Parkrun website.

This year Parkrun Reading is running a run around the area on New Years Day.



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The run would be perfect for those looking to burn some Christmas calories, but if a run seems too strenuous there are plenty of scenic routes around Reading that are perfect for a stroll.

Harris Garden is a lovely place to walk around and has 12 acres of meadows.

The area is at the University of Reading and can be accessed via one of the University’s entrances.

Another great walk is Bugs Bottom in Caversham.

This walk can start at Tanners Lane and once you reach the top of the hill you can see great views of Reading.

winter wonderland

Readings Winter Wonderland has been open throughout December and won’t close until January 3, meaning there’s plenty of time to go and revel in the festivities before Christmas is well and truly over. .

You can buy an unlimited pass or you can buy individual tokens for rides that include mini roller coasters and a Ferris wheel.

The venue is located on George Street, just north of the station, and has various bars and stalls offering mulled wine, roast pork and churros.

For those who are not afraid of the cold, you can also buy tickets to go ice skating on the ice rink adjacent to the rides.

Bottomless pub lunches and brunches

For those who didn’t have enough to drink on New Years Eve, there are places in Reading that will be open on New Years Day, ready to serve endless bubbly to those who have booked brunch.

Slug and Lettuce is one such venue that will be open for Bottomless Brunch reservations.

Brunch costs £28 per person and the offer includes unlimited drinks as well as a brunch dish, such as Eggs Benedict or ‘Pornstar’ pancakes.

Bottomless drinks include prosecco, mimosas, Aperol spritz, Bloody Mary’s, pints of Amstel, Virgin Mary’s and other soft drinks.

You can upgrade your brunch dish for an extra £3 and have a different meal, like a BBQ rump steak sandwich or a cheese and bacon burger.

All Bar One in Reading will also serve a bottomless brunch on New Years Day and prices start at £30pp, with the option of various upgrades.

Customers will receive unlimited prosecco as well as unlimited Tanqueray London Dry Gin and tonic, Aperol spritz and flavored Daiquiris.

The menu includes food items such as a full English breakfast and a classic cheese burger.

For those who prefer a pub lunch to a boozy brunch, The Caversham Rose has a New Year’s Eve deal including three courses for £24.95.

Starters include seared wild Atlantic scallops and soup of the day, while main courses include rib steak and fish and chips.

You can also order dessert, and the menu offers creme brulee and apple and blackberry crumble.

The Cunning Man in Reading, which is another pub owned by Vintage Inns, has a similar menu available on New Years Day, but does not have the £24.95 offer.

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