Social Dances

Swing Jam

Swing Jam returns after the covid hiatus on 9 April 2022!Generic Poster 2014

Once a month local and not-so-local dancers meet in a spacious community hall tucked behind one of the oldest historic buildings in Reading to enjoy an evening of dancing and great company. Every second Saturday of the month, Swing Jams kick off at 8.00pm with lively mix of vintage and neo swing jazz before bidding the evening’s survivors goodnight at 11pm.


£5.00 – Standard entry
£2.50 – Concessions (full-time students, pensioners, emergency services and armed forces)

Tickets available on the door, no advance purchased or booking required.


Photo of Watlington House signage by the South Street sign.
Access the Community Hall from the back on South Street.

Watlington House is one of the oldest buildings in Reading (built in the late 1600s) and the Community Hall, situated around the back of the historic house, is the new home of Reading Swing Jam. The Hall is accessed from the side gate on South Street.

Located close to Reading Town Centre, it is only a short walk from Train Station and the University’s Whiteknights Campus. For those coming by car, there is a small car park outside the front.

Map & Directions

Watlington House Community Hall
44 Watlington Street

Map with walking directions from Reading Train Station


As well as a spacious wooden floor and comfy seating, the Hall has a small kitchen which allows us to keep our dancers well hydrated with water, tea and coffee. You’re also welcome to bring your own refreshments and snacks too. 


Anything goes! You won’t be turned away for wearing jeans and trainers but equally you won’t feel out of place going all out with vintage suits and frocks.

Covid Policy

Attendees of our events agree to take all reasonable precautions and follow government guidelines to avoid the spread of illness amongst our community.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to complete a lateral flow test in advance of attending and are kindly requested to not attend events if they are feeling unwell or have tested positive for Covid. In the event of a guest having to isolate, a refund will be issued (minus booking fees).

Good personal hygiene is expected at all events, including regular hand sanitisation. Use of masks is encouraged during times of high case counts or areas of limited ventilation or high foot fall.