Social Dances

Swing JamGeneric 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 to a background of fairy lights and cake. 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 12midnight.

The Venue

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 access 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, coffee and soft drinks. You’re also welcome to bring your own refreshments too and we’ll supply some cakes and biscuits to keep you energised too.


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

Alley Cat Blues

*** Alley Cat Blues is back in a new home starting 17th August 2018! ***

Reading’s dedicated Blues social is a perfect way to shake off your working week and kick start your weekend with great music and friendly company.

You can find us every third Friday of the month at the Eldon Arms, DJing a variety of delightful tunes from 8pm-10pm to satisfying your Blues and Fusion dancing needs as well as enjoying a chilled out drink or two.

All welcome, no matter your experience level. No partner necessary, join us and meet new people, make new friends. Best of all? Free entry!

The Venue

The home for Alley Cat Blues is the cosy Eldon Arms, a traditional local pub that offers real ales, pub grub, darts and pool, plus small beer garden. It’s just about halfway between the UoR Whiteknights Campus and the town centre, making it easily accessible on foot, and a 15min walk from the Reading train station.

Map & Directions

Eldon Arms
19 Eldon Terrace,

Map with walking directions from Reading Train Station


Sunday Swing

*** Sunday Swing takes a break! We’ll be back soon at an exciting new venue! ***

Low-key, relaxed and community focused, Sunday Swing is a chance to get to know people in the scene, grab a bite to eat, enjoy a drink and get your dance fix.

Join us every third Sunday of the month. Entry is FREE and we’ll be dinning and dancing all afternoon from 2.00pm – 5.00pm, so pop in and see us at any time.