MEET Beyond London has a pleasure of inviting Club members to an overnight stay in Reading.
Venue Showcase Reading – Thursday 18th to Friday 19th May.
Reading is the de facto capital of the Thames Valley and is one of the best-located business centres in the UK. MEET beyond London and Visit Reading have teamed up to show PA Club members around the town so you can discover first-hand how accessible it is for your meetings and events.
Just 22 minutes from London direct on the Great Western Mainline as well as connected directly with central London, the City, and Docklands on the new Elizabeth Line, Reading can be reached direct from over 250 locations by rail.
Whilst there is a huge choice of venues across Reading, the beauty of this venue showcase is that every venue we will show you is located within a 10-minute walk of Reading Station, with no need for taxis, cars, or transfers – making it more sustainable too!
PA Club Members will be staying at Pentahotel Reading one of the finest hotels on offer. With 206 bedrooms, this six-floor concept hotel is designed with style and comfort in mind. You will explore the array of flexible Penta Plus meeting rooms and suites, offering theatre capacities of up to 250 theatre style. You’ll also discover the Pentalounge – an inspired space for break time, dinnertime, or playtime – with pool tables and PlayStations.
Pre-dinner drinks will be enjoyed at The Thames Lido before a show round of this unique venue. The Lido was an Edwardian Ladies’ Bathing pool that has been transformed into a high-end restaurant, bar, pool, and spa. With plenty of natural daylight, it accommodates up to 80 people for a standing event, or 56 people seated.
Dinner will be enjoyed at The Roseate, Reading’s most Luxury Hotel, best known for its spectacular attention to detail. Designed for business and pleasure, with the latest technology and stylish surroundings. You will enjoy dinner and a show round of this fine hotel including its 30-seat private cinema ideal for corporate presentations or VIP guests.
On Friday, after breakfast we will take you on a tour of Reading Town Hall - this beautiful Grade II* listed building boasts the largest theatre capacity in Reading and is just a stone’s throw from the station making it a great location for large-scale conferences. Its stunning Victorian Gothic facade provides the wow factor whilst its 700-seat state-of-the-art concert hall speaks for itself.
The day will end with a short walk through the town to the Crowne Plaza Reading on the banks of the Thames. To quench your thirst you will enjoy Cocktails, a light lunch, and a show round, followed by a welcome aboard a Thames River Cruise vessel, moored in front of the hotel. Here you will be introduced to a few more local businesses that are also able to enhance an event held in Reading.
Thursday 18 May
5 pm Arrive in Reading – travel to Penta Hotel /Check-in
6 pm Drinks at The Thames Lido
8 pm Dinner at The Roseate
Fri 19 May
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by hotel meeting spaces showground.
10 am Visit Town Hall showground
11.30 Crown Plaza Reading and Thames River Cruise
2 pm Finish.
WHO IS MEET BEYOND LONDON
MEET Beyond London (MBL) is run by the tourism body- Tourism South East, and is dedicated to inspiring event planners, and showcasing the array of unique destinations and high-quality event venues around South East England that rival London. From grand castles to contemporary museums.
If you are looking to escape the ordinary and explore unique conference and event spaces beyond the city, MEET Beyond London’s free, user-friendly website allows you to seamlessly browse venues, and gain access to a range of helpful, resources including the all-new capacity finder tool.
MBL isn’t a venue-finding agency, we don’t charge a fee – we just love shouting about what great destinations are on offer, and signposting to amazing event spaces that stand out from the crowd.
WHO IS VISIT READING?
Managed by REDA – Reading Economy and Destination Agency, Visit Reading is the official tourism arm for Reading and the wider Reading region. The website promotes, and areas to explore. It also has a dedicated Meetings and Event section dedicated to showcasing the large array of quality conference and event spaces outside of London.
Please complete the booking form HERE and you will be notified asap if you have a place, places are limited and offered on first come basis.