Travel & Accommodation
However you plan to attend Pride, it's always best to arrive in style! There are numerous ways to travel to Reading Pride given our location we're just a short distance from Reading town centre.
We have partnered with De Vere Wokefield Estate as our preferred accommodation option for Pride 2023.
There has been an estate at Wokefield since the first house was built in the 1560s for the wealthy Plowden family. Set in 250 acres of Berkshire parkland, its history is etched in the different architectural features that greet you throughout.
Now De Vere Wokefield Estate, the hotel has been completely transformed following a £20 million restoration throughout whether you choose to stay at Wokefield Place, Wellington Lodge, or the estate's historic Mansion House. Either way, you'll find attentive service recognised by TripAdvisor and its Travellers' Choice certificate for consistently great reviews for the 2nd year running.
A high-tech dedicated conference building, Wokefield Place has been refurbished and kitted out with all the AV and technology you need.
Once again, the heart of the estate, the historic Mansion House has had a complete makeover and now offers 87 guestrooms, including 12 luxury suites, along with the restoration of a number of event spaces including the pillared Terrace Suite.
Outside, you’ll find an 18-hole PGA-standard golf course and outdoor activity course in the grounds. There's also a fully equipped gym and indoor swimming pool available daily for guests to use.
Sitting just south-west of London, the hotel is located near Reading and is just 10 minutes from J11 of the M4 and 40 minutes from Heathrow Airport. Travel into London Paddington is just 50 minutes on the new Elizabeth Line, with up to six trains an hour departing from Reading station.
One of the finest hotels in Reading, Pentahotel sits at the heart of Berkshire’s Royal heritage surrounded by castles, churches and outstanding natural beauty. Pentahotel Reading is a 206-bedroom, six-floor concept designed with style and comfort in mind. At the heart is the iconic Pentalounge: part bar, part restaurant and part chill-out area, it’s an ideal place to unwind after a long day or get together to plan your next adventure.
If you are planning a trip to London and want to stay somewhere that avoids some of the commotion of the capital city, we can offer you the perfect solution. A great alternative to a hotel in London, Pentahotel Reading is just a ten-minute walk to Reading Station. Usually there are 611 trains per day that run between Reading and London, so you should have more than a few choices when it comes to what time you want to make your journey. Speaking of which, if you pick a fast train, you can find yourself in central London in just 25 minutes, and tickets can be under £20, especially if you book them in advance. Easy!
Malmaison Reading is conveniently located next to Reading train station and close to the town centre. Built in 1844, our Reading hotel is the oldest surviving station hotel in the world, perfectly retaining the style and decadence of the golden age of rail travel. Think luxe decor, roll-top baths, and gigantic, soft beds and you're on the right lines. Take your pick from 75 fabulous rooms and suites, each complete with only the best amenities, and settle in for the night.
Travelling to Reading
1. Love Unites Festival; 2. Hill's Meadow Car Park
Arriving by Train
With direct trains, Reading connects with Oxford (24mins), London Paddington (30mins), Swindon (30mins), Birmingham (1hr 35mins) and from many more locations.
The Love Unites Festival is just a short walk from the train station and easily located from the main entrance on the town side of the train station, turn left and head down Forbury Road towards the roundabout. Turn left again and head under the bridge until the next roundabout. If you can't hear the event by now, then just turn right at this roundabout, and you'll arrive at King's Meadow.
Arriving by Bus
If you plan to arrive by bus, please check your local bus services to plan your journey. Make sure you check before you travel, as any strike announcements may affect your route or journey time.
Parking at Pride
We have limited disabled parking available on site for blue badge holders only and no public parking on site. Please follow signs for the traders entrance and have your blue badge ready to show to security at the gate.
Alternative Car Parks: