Forbury Gardens is a public park located just north east of Reading high street, adjacent to Reading Abbey. A bandstand, refreshments area, open grass area, water feature, public toilets and Forbury Hill can be found within the park. The park also pays tribute to the history of Reading with numerous statues and information boards, including the Maiwand Lion Statue.
A one year, £2.3m restoration project of the park was completed in 2005, to include the provision of new public toilets and a refreshment area. The park is a popular spot for lunch breaks and relaxing on the weekend due to its quiet and peaceful location and premises
The bandstand was refurbished as part of the project and is used for summer concerts on Sunday afternoons throughout July and August.
The refreshment area, currently occupied by Sam’s Wraps, can be found on the southern side of the park. Public toilets are located on the opposite side of the building.
A 3m elevated area of the park with wheelchair accessibility via front and back paths. The hill is covered by the span of a tree and seats can be found on the perimeter of the top of the hill providing a great view over the rest of the park.
Forbury Gardens is home to a number of events throughout the year, including the Street Food Festival consisting of over 20 food and drink stands.
Follow the footpaths found around the perimeter of Forbury Gardens and throughout the park to discover the history of the gardens, Reading and Reading Abbey.
The Maiwand statue, located in the centre of the park along with the bandstand, is a war memorial to commemorate the deaths of 329 men from the 66th Berkshire Regiment of Foot. It was erected in 1884 and is one of world’s largest cast iron statues, weighing in at 16 tonnes.
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