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Independent Reading was started in 2017 to help draw people to local businesses in the Reading area.

Many people believe Reading is a “generic” town which lacks personality but that is simply not true.

Our wonderful, independent businesses make Reading a brilliant town in which to live and work and it’s Independent Reading’s mission to help promote these businesses to the wider community.

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Indie Eats at The Castle Tap

Eek, the first "organised by Independent Reading" event is coming soon and it'll be on the 10th October! We've teamed up with the wonderful team at The Castle Tap and four of our favourite, local food traders to put on an evening of epic-deliciousness proportions. You...

Looking for Small Businesses

Good day, lovely people! Following some recent conversations with some very cool people, Independent Reading is looking for small businesses, artists, creators, etc who are interested in finding more low-cost outlets for selling their wares. We're thinking pop-up...

Reading Fringe 2019

It's one month to the day until Reading Fringe Festival 2019 launches, which means it's high time you checked out what's on and booked your tickets. We promise there is something for everyone, from family-friendly events, to strictly over-18s and Reading-focused...

Refresh Health Club

Hello, hello and welcome to the very last day of May! Today brings the third and final instalment of IR's "A Day in the Life Of..." series. For this final adventure, we meet Babs, the force behind Refresh Health Club in Caversham. Over to Babs... Babs Afolayan,...

TimeTrap Escape Rooms

Welcome to the second in the IR "A Day in the Life Of..." series; today we learn more about the team behind Time Trap Escape Rooms and what it takes to run such an exciting business. Katie and Andrew, the brains behind TimeTrap Say hello to Katie and Andrew, the...

Crunch Comics: Free Comic Book Day

In case you've missed the hype on social media, this Saturday, 4th May (AKA Star Wars Day) is Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). This is a worldwide event which holds a special place in the comic calendar. The absolutely, wonderfully, stonking-good news is that our very own...


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