|Directions To The Reading Festival site||
The festival is well signposted once you leave the motorway, with AA/RAC signs on lamp-posts at most junctions. Here are the three main routes.
Route 1: from London
Leave M4 at Junction 11, signposted "Reading Central", for car parking on the Eastern (town side) of the festival site.
Take the A33 (Basingstoke Road) and follow signs to Reading.
Go straight over the first roundabout towards "Reading" past Reading FC ground. This is Southampton Street.
Turn left at the flyover onto the A329 (Caversham Road).
Go straight over the next two roundabouts, heading along Caversham Road towards Reading Station/Rivermead leisure centre.
Go past several sets of traffic lights/pedestrian crossings. The railway station and bus station are up Tudor Road/Station Hill on the right. The Duke of Edinburgh pub is on the left. Go under the railway bridge and straight on, still on Caversham Road.
400 yards on is the next roundabout. Caversham Road veers left (the 1st exit) towards Rivermead Leisure Centre.
400 yards down tree-lined road. Pub called The Moderation is on the left at the next roundabout. Take a left towards the leisure centre. (If you find yourself going over the river to Caversham, then you've missed the turn.)
Richfield Avenue. A BP garage is on the left just after the roundabout, the Holiday Inn on the right. 400 yards on is a small roundabout - on the right is the leisure centre opposite Kwik-Fit. This is the entrance for the car park.
Route 2: from West on M4.
This route will bring you to the Western side of the festival site.
Leave M4 at Junction 12.
Take Bath Road. At the third roundabout turn left, follow the road around a right-hand turn and go up Langley Hill. Follow the road, which becomes Park Lane, through Tilehurst. Park Lane becomes School Road (2 miles). At a crossroads with traffic lights, turn Right into Norcot Road. Keep on Norcot Road over a mini roundabout. and down a hill to a large roundabout with a Shell petrol station on the far side (1 mile). A329 crosses this roundabout.
Straight over large roundabout.
Turn left into the industrial units where signposted. This takes you behind the unit for about 800 yards, parallel to the railway line on your left. At the end of this lane, turn left through tunnel under railway into festival site. Your tickets will be checked here, so have them ready.
Route 3: from the North on the M40:
Leave at junction 8 and head towards the A329 (the opposite way from Oxford). Follow the A329 to Shillingford (8 miles).
Then take the A4074 via Wallingford to Caversham (North Reading) (16 miles).
Stay on A4074 into Caversham until you reach a set of traffic lights at the junction of a main road.
Turn right, cross the bridge over the Thames, then turn right at the roundabout by the Holiday Inn onto Richfield Avenue. The festival car park is about 400 yards on your right.
Call 08457-484950 for train info.
30 minutes by train from Paddington - late trains are available. Main station is about 15 mins walk from the festival site - longer if you call in the pubs along the way.
Come out of the main station entrance. The bus station is on the other side of the road. head down the road towards the Duke of Edinburgh pub (sadly boarded up for the last three years).
Turn right and go under the railway bridge. Follow the road, and the crowds of festival-goers, until you pass a pub called The Moderation. Take the first road on the left at the roundabout just past the pub into Richfield Avenue. The festival site is half a mile.
National Express operates special direct coaches to the site. Call 08705-808080. Drop off point: Rivermead leisure centre, which is right next to the camp site. If you go by normal, scheduled coach service to the main coach station, follow the same directions from the train station (above).
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|Click on the picture above to see a high-resolution map showing the three routes to the festival site by car. You can download the map or print it direct from your browser. It's quite a large file (104k) and will open in a new window.|
|Click on the picture above to see a high-resolution map of the festival site, showing car parking, camping areas, toilet facilities etc. Again, you can download the map or print from within your browser. This file is 148k - opens in new window.|
|Click on the picture above to see a high-resolution map of the arena, showing where the stages, toilets and bars are. Again, you can download the map or print from within your browser. This file is 96k - opens in new window.|