Caversham festival brings a wealth of talent to town

Christchurch Meadows, Caversham, thronged to the sound of music of all varieties this weekend as the Caversham Festival rode into town. Hosted by Reading music and arts charity, Readipop, Caversham Festival proved a winner as thousands packed the meadowlands on both days of the weekend.

Crowds flocked to the Thames-side to enjoy culture, food, music and the arts. There was something for everyone this weekend whether young, old, and every age in-between. A Punch and Judy show was available to entertain the traditionalists, face painting, bungee jump slings, dancers, fairground rides, activity workshops, acrobats, music of almost every genre, comedy, cabaret and much, much more. Local independent businesses also hosted small side kiosks and stalls to bring their wares to the heart of the community.

Winners of Readipop’s “Our Big Gig” contest Area 52 made a promising start in the Festival Tent on Sunday lunchtime, followed by the brilliant indie/alternative band Off The Radar and Beartown Zodiac. The Dancia International Tent played host to Sonia’s Belly Dancing Academy whilst the Berkshire Theatre School delivered an enthusiastic performance from their musical “Madness” which they have recently shown at South Hill Park in Bracknell. Hits such as “Our House” and “Baggy Trousers” were accompanied with slickly polished dance moves to boot and it went down to much applause from the viewing crowds.

Reading Borough Council hosted a stand promoting adoption and fostering. Social Worker and member of the Recruitment Assessment Team Steffi Roth said: “It’s important that we keep the children we have to place in Reading. Having to place children outside the borough is a huge upheaval for them both in terms of social, development and educational impact. This is why we are actively seeking foster carers and adopters from the Reading borough so that we can keep children with local connections in the communities which they are familiar with.”

To find out more about Readipop, the music and arts charity which hosts and organises Caversham Festival, visit

Last modified on Monday, 13 April 2015 08:01