The Reading Beer Festival is located in Christchurch Meadows, a short five minute walk from the centre of town and the train station. From the rear side of the station, the easiest route to take is the footpath through Norman Place, crossing Christchurch Bridge (purple route on the map below). This route is fully accessible and has no steps.

For directions on Google Maps please either click here or the image:

Reading Beer and Cider Festival walking to the site


Travelling by bus is the easiest way to get in to and home from the festival. SimplyReading all day tickets cost £4 or the 4goTogether group ticket costs £9 before 6pm on the Thursday and Friday, or £6 after 6pm or at any time on the Saturday and Sunday.

Most buses in Reading run until at least 11pm or midnight, meaning you don’t have to worry about getting home safely after Reading Beer Festival. The good news is that day tickets and group tickets are valid until 4am, if you’re planning on heading on for a few more drinks after the festival closes. The pink 23 and 24 to Caversham and yellow 26 to Calcot routes run until gone 2am on Friday and Saturday nights and there are four buses that run 24/7: emerald 5 and 6 to Whitley, purple 17 from Wokingham Road to Tilehurst, and claret 21 to Lower Earley.

Check out the bus routes maps here or detailed route information here.

Also make sure to download the Reading Buses app for live travel times, service alerts, planning your journey and buying tickets on the go or to use later. The app is available for iOS and Android, giving you a one-stop shop for information and ticketing.

Reading Beer and Cider Festival travelling by bus


By train, Reading is 15 minutes from Didcot Parkway, 25 minutes from Oxford and 25 minutes from Basingstoke.

We have been notified by Great Western Railway that the line between Newbury and Westbury will be closed during the festival. Buses will replace trains from Kintbury, Hungerford, Bedwyn and Pewsey, whilst long-distance services to/from the South West will be diverted around the closure. Local trains between Reading and Newbury will continue to run.

Plan your journey at

Reading Beer and Cider Festival travelling by train


NO CAR PARKING exists on the actual festival site, however nearby Car Parking is available at Hill’s Meadow (3-4 minute walk) and King’s Meadow (10 minute walk) NCP car parks.