The below are warm spaces available in Reading, details were correct when published and are checked regularly, however please check availability before travelling.
Reading Museum, in Reading Town Hall, is free to visit and currently has an abstract art exhibition alongside the regular displays in the other galleries.
Open 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturday.
The museum is closed from Saturday 24 December to Monday 2 January inclusive.
Visit their website for more information and activities for all ages.
There are seven libraries throughout Reading, open for free book lending with no late fees, free computers, free wifi, and free study spaces – as well as free rhymetimes for preschool children.
Central, Southcote and Tilehurst all have free on-site tablet lending.
Your free library card allows access to thousands of free ebooks, eaudio and emagazines
We have purchased a range of physical and e-titles to help with cost of living issues.
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Opening hours of libraries
All libraries are closed from Saturday 24 December to Monday 2 January inclusive.
LifeSpring Church, Café 12, Tuesday to Friday 10am to 2pm, Thursday lunch for the over 60’s.
Family Warm Hub, Monday to Friday 3.15pm-6pm, term time only.
A light meal will be provided. Families need to register in advance.
The Pavilion, 143-145 Oxford Road Reading RG1 7UY
For more information contact email@example.com
Tel: 0118 983 9080
Reading Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, Every Wednesday 11am to 2pm, warm space, free refreshment and social.
2 Tilehurst Road, Reading RG1 7TN
St John and St Stephen’s Church, (term time only, details correct up to 11th February) Community Café 8:45am to 10am Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for parents/carers dropping children off after school. Free tea and coffee, opens
Monday 10am to 11:30am – Kid’s Café especially for parents/carers and toddlers.
Tuesday 10:30am to 12:30pm all welcome, knit and natter or just natter! 12:30pm to 2pm baked potato lunch (£1.50).
Friday 10:30am to 12pm Games Café – board/card games or just enjoy the company.
121-147 Orts Road, Reading RG1 3JN
Caversham Baptist Church – Fridays 9.30 to 11.30am for a warm welcoming place with hot and cold refreshments and table games.
Caversham Baptist Church, South Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8HY
Wellbeing Cafe – Wednesdays 7.30 to 9pm. For adults over 18 years old. A safe space with coffee, cake and chat.
Grace Church Caversham, 119 Peppard Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 8TR
Warm Welcome Space – Mondays 1.30 to 3.30pm
Caversham Baptist Church, South Street, RG4 8HY
Weller Centre Warm Space cafe – Monday to Friday 9.30am to 12 midday.
Tea, coffee and biscuits available. Pay if you can. Electrical points and wifi available for those who want a different space to work from. Access to community bookshelf and local publications. Printing and scanning also available.
110 Amersham Road, Reading RG4 5NA
0118 947 5828
All Nations Christian Centre, warm space 12 midday to 4.30pm. A warm welcome space that is free, welcoming, and safe for our local community.
1 Berkeley Ave Reading RG1 6JE
Tel: 0118 950 5661
Meadway Sports Centre – opening upstairs studio space: Wednesdays 12.30 to 2.30pm for complementary hot drink, social space and board games; Thursdays 10am to 12 midday for complementary hot drink, social space and soft play for children.
There is also wifi and access to showers.
Norcot Mission Church, Fridays 10:00am to 2pm, Warm and friendly with light refreshments.
Brockley Close, RG30 4YP
Salvation Army, Tuesday 10:00 to 13:30, Coffee morning/lunch club. Wednesday 1:30pm to 3pm, Cameo/chatter craft).
522 Oxford Road, RG30 1EG
Tel: 0118 957 5394
St Catherine’s Church, Tuesday get together 10am to 12pm, coffee and chat, free, all welcome.
Cafe Siena, 10am to 2pm Thursdays and Fridays, open for reasonable priced refreshments, real coffee, home-made cakes, snacks and lunches.
Friday friends 2pm to 4pm with entertainment, a speaker/board games/crafts, (especially for the elderly). Costs £3 (carers free), refreshments included.
St Catherine of Siena Church, Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst, RG31 5LN
Tel: 0118 942 7786
St George’s & St Mary Magdalen’s
St George’s Tilehurst, St George’s Road, Reading RG30 2RG, church open 11am to 1pm with a warm kettle.
St Mary Magdalen’s Tilehurst, Kentwood Hill, Reading RG31 6DR, Wednesdays from 10.30 to 11.30am.
Tel: 07753 411989
St Matthew’s Church, Mondays 12 midday to 1.30pm from 4 December to 25 March (term time only). Soup and bread in a warm space.
205 Southcote Lane, Southcote, RG30 3AX
Tel: 0118 954 7964
St Michael’s Church, The Morlais Room, from 12pm to 5pm Thursdays. Soup and bread, hot drinks and biscuits will be available, there will also be board games to play for anyone who fancies a bit of fun. No charge, but donations appreciated. All welcome.
There is also a regular Wednesday lunch group, cost £5 for two courses – please book in advance on 0118 942 7331. Lunch starts at 12:30pm. It is followed at 2pm by a “Knit and Natter” group, to which all are very welcome.
New Lane Hill, Tilehurst, RG30 4JX
Tel: 0118 942 7331
Whitley CDA – Wednesdays 12pm to 2:30pm. Winter Warming Wednesday
Over 50s (open to all), unlimited tea and coffee £1, free soup, board games and chat.
Whitley Community Café 252 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 7QA
Tel: 0118 374 0052