The Friends of Reading Abbey
|The Friends aim to aid the preservation of the Ruins of the Abbey
for the enjoyment of all, and to spread knowledge and public
awareness of its history
Welcome to the website of the Friends of Reading Abbey. Here you can find information about the organisation and how to join us, and about the Abbey ruins and the history of Reading Abbey. We will keep the front page updated with details of outings and other events organised for members.
News (for further information see the News page)
24th July 2022 Pantry Cafe open
24th July 2022 MP for Reading East meets Prisons Minister about Reading Gaol
29th June 2022 Reading Borough Council report on the Reading Abbey Revealed project
1st Feb. 2022 Cloisters Garden re-opens to the public after Covid-19 lockdown period
7th Jan. 2022 Petition started to re-open the bidding process for the sale of Reading Gaol
15th Dec. 2021 Friends of Reading Abbey on list of organisations supporting the Save Reading Gaol campaign
5th Dec. 2021 Further media reports about possible additional funding for purchase of Reading Gaol site
18th Nov. 2021 Media reports of possible additional funding for purchase of Reading Gaol site
Forthcoming events (for further information see Programme)
20th - 30th (not 24th) July 2022 Progress Theatre are performing Charles Dickens' "Great Expections" in the Abbey ruins
3rd Aug. 2022 Annual Friends of Reading Abbey outing, this year to Abingdon
6th Aug. 2022 Berkshire Heritage Online Fair
29th Oct. 2022 AGM and lecture by Chris Darbyshire on Reading Abbey's Last Abbot: Hugh Cook Faringdon
Remember to keep an eye on the Reading Abbey Quarter Facebook , Twitter and What's On pages for further updates and events in the Abbey Quarter, as well as the Friends' Facebook page.
900th anniversary year, 2021
Following the completion of the 900th anniversary of the foundation of Reading Abbey, information about the year's commemorative events has been moved to a separate 900th anniversary page.