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.
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
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.
NOTE: No Sunday Swing in March due to the Reading Marathon! Normal transmission resumes in April.
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.
The Oakford Social Club is a treasure of a venue for our new venture; central to town, a stones throw from the Train Station and with a menu designed to satisfy!
Map & Directions
The Oakford Social Club
53 Blagrave Street
*** Alley Cat Blues is taking a little break! Watch this space for announcements of our next social! ***
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.
All welcome, no matter your experience level. No partner necessary, join us and meet new people, make new friends.