2021 marks the 900th anniversary of the foundation of Reading Abbey, once one of Europe’s largest royal monasteries, by King Henry I.
We'd like you to join in the celebrations! The flagship celebration event will be Abbey 900 at Water Fest on Saturday 19th June, find out more and book your free tickets.
In 2018 we reopened in the Abbey Ruins as part of the £3.15m Reading Abbey Revealed project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England.
The Abbey Quarter and Reading Museum now sit firmly at the heart of Reading’s cultural offer. Through conservation, interpretation and community collaboration, our ambitious project has reinvented the precinct of the Royal Monastery as the town’s main heritage destination. It is also set to be a major player on both the regional and national scene.
We are proud of the impact of this work way beyond the Abbey’s walls. There is now a step change in how we view our history. We have provided a sense of place and pride for Reading’s diverse and expanding population.
To celebrate the Abbey’s 900th anniversary, we want to develop an exciting mix of arts, culture and heritage events across the town and we are inviting you to be part of it. We are seeking new events, alongside of popular favourites, to create a packed programme of events themed around the 900th birthday celebrations.
Our flagship event will be the Reading Water Fest on 19th June 2021. We’d also love to feature as many of our local arts and community groups as possible.
If you’d like to get involved by hosting an event or activity linked to the 900th anniversary please get in contact with us and let us know what you’d like to deliver in 2021!
Below find the exciting Making of 'The Last Abbott' video shared by RABBLE. On the 900th year anniversary of the Abbey, RABBLE brings to life the extraordinary story of Reading’s Last Abbot.