Reading has everything from Extreme Water Jetpacks to Beer Keg Racing to make sure the boys are kept busy and grinning all stag do long. Your stag might be a laid back guy who'd rather enjoy some Craft Beer Tasting, a chilled out Health Spa or even a Gamer's Paradise LAN Party session. Or he could be the kind of bloke that wants to go stag vs. stag on the Paintball battlefield, get Fast and Furious in Off Road Buggies or go medieval on some targets with a spot of Crossbow shooting. Whatever the stag wants, Reading's got it!
Best Bars in Reading
Mix Bar - A modern cocktail bar with plenty of drinks deals, a huge range of cocktails, beers and mixers and some quality music courtesy of three in house DJs.
Milk Bar - Craft beers, in house DJs, knock out specials cocktails and over 70 different rums are Milk Bar's ingredients for an awesome night. This fiercely independent watering hole is laid back and casual; the ultimate stag stomping ground.
The Greyfriar - The humble pint rarely gets better than it does in The Greyfriar. With Craft ales, lagers and ciders on tap and an ever changing list of guest brewers, pub has got the best pints in Reading.
April - >Reading Beer and Cider Festival
Beer and cider, pure and simple. This CAMRA ran real beer festival boasts hundreds of foreign and domestic beers, ales, stouts, perries and ciders for stag sampling.
May - Reading Community Carnival
Bold, bright and Brazilian, this bombastic community carnival has great music, irresistible food and drinks and dancers everywhere!
August - Reading Festival
From Foo Fighters to Metallica, Reading Festival has had the best bands in the world grace its main stage, and if that's not reason enough to go we don't know what is!
"With God and Queen"
- Reading town motto.
Where to Head...
Friar Street, which is just a short walk from the station, is lined with bars and clubs to meet your stag night needs. Lively every night and packing a good variety of crowds and watering hole's, Friar Street is one of the best places to go for an epic night out.
Football fans should seek out Reading FC's Madejski stadium for a match. The Royals have been in and out of England's top division throughout their history, but remain a consistent and strong football side with an incredible fan base.
Before the rock festival, Reading was famous for seeds, beer and biscuits.
The first Little Chef was opened in Reading in 1958.
Reading high street is the shortest in the country.
Ayrton Senna lived in Reading; the road named after him is rife with speed bumps.
Kate and Pippa Middleton were born in Reading.
A Taste of Reading
Eats - Famous for its Huntley & Palmers biscuits, which once rivalled McVitie's and Jacob's, Reading's biscuit business has since come to an end. However, Huntley and Palmers still exists and their biscuits can be found in Reading.
Drinks - The brewery that made Reading famous has since moved to Malta, leaving Reading with the ever excellent Binghams Brewery to supply the stags with an epic selection of craft ales, stouts and IPAs that'll put the premium lagers to shame.
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Reading
Reading's centre is small enough for the boys to handle on foot. However, if the lads are looking to cover some serious ground the town's buses are reliable, affordable and cover a wide variety of destinations. Day passes and group tickets are available and economic if the group are going to be moving around all day.
Ricky Gervais, Jeremy Kyle & Kate Winslet all come from Reading.
A guide to your Reading stag do
With stag night heavyweight contender London on one side, and high class, high octane Oxford on the other, it's easy to overlook Reading as a stag destination. A Reading stag do, though, punches well above its weight. The city-quality nightlife is no slouch, with casinos, jazz clubs, an unstoppable music scene, 123 pubs and bars, and some top level, multi-room clubs to enjoy. Reading built itself off the back of the “Three B's” - biscuits, beer, and bulbs. Frankly, we don't care much about the flowers (though we're not going to say no to a digestive), but any town with a third of its development owed to beer is certainly one worth drinking in! The daytime activities are just as varied as the nightlife, with around 40 different choices provided by StagWeb to keep you and the boys moving whilst you're on a stag do in Reading.
Reading town is substantially cheaper than its neighbours. Without the flocks of families and tourists that invade Oxford and London, Reading's prices are about as far from bank-breakers as you can get so you and the stags will be able to stretch every penny that much further. Reading is no pushover - it can deliver an absolutely knock-out stag weekend!
When to stag do in Reading?
If you're planning a summer stag, we'd advise booking accommodation well in advance - the legendary Reading Festival begins in August, and with previous years having acts like Eminem, Biffy Clyro, Skrillex, Foo Fighters, and countless others take the stage, spaces in Reading fill up fast. If you can't get in for all the ravers and moshers, don't worry - there are plenty of other festivals in Reading all year round (the Beer and Cider Festival sounds more our scene anyway). Aside from a few water exceptions, most of our activities can be enjoyed all year round too. Reading is really well located within the UK and there's always something going on - there isn't a bad time to visit for a Reading stag weekend!
Rock and Roll in Reading
Rock legend Bryan Adams lived in Reading in the 70's.
Reading Festival is one of the biggest events in the UK music scene. It's the oldest music festival still going - and despite council intervention, an ill-advised goth phase, and the Stone Roses 1996 performance, it's going strong. We've narrowed it down to five performances that prove why:
- My Chemical Romance, 2011. Not for Gerard Way and co, whose brand of tortured-soul, pseudo-punk, pop-rock doesn't really belong at Reading. No, the highlight of this set was when the nay-sayers (like us) were silenced by renowned rocker and music legend Brian May joining them on stage for their last two songs.
- Manic Street Preachers, 2008. The performance wasn't noticeably better than is expected at Reading, but since the last time they played there was in 1994 whilst Richey was in hospital, this was a triumphant return for the band.
- Hole, 1994. Only a few months after the death of both Kurt Cobain and Kritsen Pfaff, the set was raw and unsettling. Love's performance was both physically painful to watch and mesmerising.
- Eminem, 2001. Like MCR in 2011, this one was all about the team up. Dueting with Marilyn Manson made this one of the oddest pairings ever to hit the stage at Reading. And it was exactly as good as you'd expect from the icons of their genres.
- Nirvana, 1992. This one makes everyone's list, and ours is no different. Cobain responded to accusations of drug addiction and illness by entering the stage wheelchair bound and clad in a hospital gown, shocking people in a way that Lady Gaga will later fail to.
Where to stay in Reading
In general, as long as you're around the town centre in Reading, you won't be far from all the very finest nightclubs, bars and restaurants, so everything is in reach. That said, the area just to the east of Reading's main road including Friar Street, Station Road and Broad Street are heavier on the clubs and bars than the rest of Reading - and close to the station too, making travel a little bit easier.
Get the boys in
'In Reading gaol by Reading town, There is a pit of shame' Oscar Wilde
Since it's so close to London, a Reading stag do is ridiculously easy to get to. Wherever the boys are based, they should be able to get to Reading without much hassle. The train station is located right in the town centre, and runs lines to cities like Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Oxford, and York, as well as others. If not, trains from London can take as little as half an hour to reach Reading, so make your way there first. If you're driving, the M4 runs east/west past Reading and if you're coming from further up or down the country, just go towards London and keep an eye out for signs.
So why StagWeb?
A Reading stag do is a pretty big undertaking - add a lot of lads to a lot of their money and before you know it, you're coming out with a whole lot of expectation. You need to blow them away with a fantastic send off for the groom-to-be. Co-ordinating accommodation, activities, nightlife, transport, food and timings is harder than it sounds - and it already sounds bloody hard! Hand it over to the experts, and we can take care of all the boring stuff for you - all you have to do is let us know what you want included. It doesn't have to break the bank either as we've got packages for your Reading stag weekend from as little as £69 per person, right up to £175 per person, so we really can work to any limits. Give us a call, or ask us to call you, for more information!
Looking for information and stats about Reading? See more info here.