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Reme Museum of Technology Will Have One Final Exhibit Before Moving To Wiltshire

The Reme Museum of Technology will have its final exhibit “On The Move” before it closes to move to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire by November.

The exhibit showcases the highlights of the museum of technology since its opening 57 years in Isaac Newton Road, Arborfield.

The exhibit will show the new artist conceptions of the new site and will give fans and patrons a chance to share their memorable moments while inside the museum.

The museum would be closed by April. In Lyneham, the museum will have a chance to completely refresh its displays, upgrade its facilities and further its archives and education areas to cater for groups of all ages and interests

REME, which stands for Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, tells the history of many of the British Army’s most technologically-intelligent individuals and their innovation, technology and contribution to Britain as a whole. Immortalizing their works in the museum, new articles may be added to the museum in the next few years.

REME Museum’s land was once known as the REME Garrison in 1914, during the First World War. It was an Army Remount Depot where horses still pulled war carriages towards battle.

In 2014, it has commemorated its centenary from the start of the First World War.

Accommodations in Reading

Book early is the message for anyone planning to stay in Reading.

Reading’s hotels and guesthouses have seen more and more demand as its population grows. Monday to Thursday are the busiest days, whilst weekends are a good choice for bargain breaks.

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The details of hotels, guest houses and accommodation is not comprehensive, but represents most of the good inspected and graded accommodation available in Reading. Establishments are listed in descending order of the maximum price per single room.  Every effort has been made to ensure the information shown in the list is correct, but visitors are strongly advised to confirm prices and other details before booking.


The three main accreditation agencies – the AA, the ETC and the RAC – have joined forces to create an overall scheme for rating hotels and guesthouses. All properties in the scheme are impartially assessed annual, so you can be confident that your accommodation has been thoroughly checked and rated for quality before you book.

A series of one to five stars or diamonds is given. Stars are for hotels, and diamonds are for guesthouses, B&Bs, inns and farmhouses. The more stars or diamonds, the higher the quality and level of service, and the greater the range of facilities.

Those small bed and breakfast establishments that shows the   symbol have been visited by Reading Tourism Service, and passed as good quality local accommodation. However, Reading Tourism does not carry out a full inspection.


Central Heating

Credit cards accepted

Children welcome

Conference facilities

Dogs by arrangement

Not all bedrooms have water

Special diet meals catered for

Radios in all room

Ground floor rooms (with en-suite)

TV in lounge

Liquor license

Ironing facilities available

Parking on premises

Night Porter

Evening meal available


Separate lounge for residents


Restaurant open to non-residents


Non-smoking establishment

Games Room

Swimming pool

Direct dial telephone

Televisions available in bedrooms

High chair/cot

Tea/Coffee making facilities

Open all year round

Budget/Short breaks packages

Restricted mobility access

Open for Christmas/New Year

Disabled access


#13 on TripAdvisor – Why You Should Visit Forbury Gardens

Are you visiting Reading and wishing to rest and relax for a bit? Well, here is a definite option you should take: go on a trip to the Forbury Gardens!

The Forbury Gardens is a public park situated in Reading Abbey, fronting the Abbey Church. Its location alone signifies its rich and medieval culture. In the past, the land was used as a marketplace and even a meeting area for the military during the Civil War. Circuses and other social affairs were held in there as well.

At the present time, the gardens and their many elements have been restored through the years. One of them would be the Maiwand Lion, which is basically a sculpture of a lion, made to commemorate the Battle of Maiwand. It is one of the largest lion statues in the world.

You will definitely have the retreat you want with the ornamental gardens, a pond and a fountain around, adding to the beauty and tranquillity of the place. Trees, plants and flowers also fill the acre. A bandstand is existing too, where bands play in the summer weekends. Go on a picnic or bond with your family in the wide grounds of Forbury.

The park has the necessary facilities for the public. Toilets are all around to use and supposing you are a resident gardener, tools are readily available. In addition, cameras cover the whole area, so anyone who visits will be assured that they are safe and protected. Because of the quality that the Forbury Gardens have provided to citizens and tourists alike, they have even earned the Green Flag Award, a national standard for parks in the United Kingdom.

Other recreational activities held in the Forbury Gardens are the frequent YouTube gatherings for the town of Reading. On top of that, Christmas was certainly a Winter Wonderland as an open air ice rink has been open to the community. Rides were very much accessible as well. The festive spirit is not lacking the public park at all when the holiday season comes.

The landscape gardeners Lewisham and other garden design enthusiasts will no doubt get inspiration from the great design of this special land in Reading. The Victorian inspired funfair has both tradition and modernity that it is not a surprise that many from far and wide really take the time to travel and see it for themselves.

You can apply the same strategies for gardening Bermondsey and landscaping in your very own garden at home. With the help of the professionals, you can achieve the look and function like that of the Forbury Gardens.

Nevertheless, for the meantime, you should head over to Reading because for sure, you will absolutely enjoy and have the time of your life. Meet with nature by yourself or with company such as family and friends.

The tourism of the town alone has flourished and prospered because of this beautiful public park. In one designated place, you get to find a majority of what Reading has to offer, which, by the way, is clear as the Forbury Gardens was ranked #13 on TripAdvisor.

Shopping in Reading

Reading is one of the few places outside Oxford Street that you find the UK’s top four retailers in one place

In fact they are closer together in Reading than in London – you can walk between Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer within a few minutes. It’s not surprising then that Reading is one of the top ten retail destinations in the UK – and its success is set to continue with even more high street names waiting to find suitable city centre space.

The arrival of the Oracle Shopping and Leisure Complex brought 90 new stores to Reading – including niche brands such as Karen Millen, Zara, Mango, Disney Store and Mama and PapasJohn Cook Bridge at The Oracle
You will find all your favorite high street brand names around Reading – either on Broad Street (our main shopping thoroughfare), in The Oracle, or in the side roads between Friar Street and Broad Street.

In fact, shopping in Reading ranges from John Lewis – one of the country’s largest department stores – to the bustle of our street market (held Wednesday – Saturday on Hosier Street/St Mary’s Butts).

Gun Street, St Mary’s Butts, Bristol and West Arcade and Harris Arcade offer a mix of small specialist shops, while West Street offers two of the biggest names in discount shopping – Primark (clothing) and Fopp (music and video).


An artist's impression of the refurbished Broad Street MallOur other major shopping centre, Broad Street Mall, has been undergoing a major refurbishment and now offers even more shopping space, and a great range of top names – including bargain hunter’s paradise T.K. Maxx and Virgin megastore. At the other end of the city centre you can find Reading’s family-run department store Jackson’s, where you’ll enjoy a taste of traditional shopping.