Social Dances

Swing Jam

PLEASE NOTE: All dance socials have been suspended until further notice in response to the Covid-19 situation. We are monitoring the situation closely and aim to return as soon as it is safe to do so. 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 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.