Palmer Park - Park, Stadium and Velodrome in Reading

Palmer Park is a 50 acre public park located near the Cemetry Junction in Reading.

In 1889, the park was given to the town by the Palmer family. The Palmers were the owners of the Huntley and Palmers biscuit factories. The park has a statue of George Palmer.

The park is popular among the local residents for jogging, pet walking and leisure walks. With formal garden areas and flower beds it offers shady perimeter walks under avenues of parkland lime trees.

The park also has
a library,
a bowling club,

a number of football pitches,

and some playgounds.

The park also houses the Palmer Park Athelitcs Stadium and the Palmer Park velodrome.

The stadium houses the following:

Athletics Stadium (track and field)
460m Velodrome
Floodlit Football Pitch
Floodlit Artificial Grass (5-a-side)
Covered Grandstand (seating capacity 780)
Fully air conditioned cv and weights gym with 40 workout stations
Myride Indoor Cycling Studio
Costa Coffee Outlet
Multi Purpose Room
Children's Playground
Car Park & Cycle Parking Facilities

These are the timings for the stadium:
Monday to Thursday 7.00am - 10.30pm
Friday 7.00am - 9.30pm
Saturday & Sunday 9.00am - 4.30pm

The velodrome was built in at the turn of the 20th century and at 459 metres it is one of the best asphalt track surfaces in UK.

Palmer Park
Wokingham Road
Tel: 0118 901 5080

The Oracle Shopping Mall in Reading, Berkshire

The best place to shop in Reading is undoubtedly the Oracle.

Located in the city centre the Oracle houses international brands like Karen Miller, Reiss, Ben Sherman and Hobbs to name a few. It is also home to major departmental stores like the House of Fraser and Debenhams.

With the 10 screen Vue cinema and a wide range of eateries like Pizza Hut, Nando's, Strada, tootsies, Bella Italia, Ivory Lounge, Coffee Republic and Yo! Sushi- the Oracle has something on offer for everyone. The bars, cafes and restaurants on either side of the River Kennet provide the perfect setting for a memorable meal.

You have stores for -
Jewellery (Goldsmiths, Azendi, Swarovski, Essential)
Confectionery (Hotel Chocolat, Thorntons, Krisy Kreme)

Above: The Thorntons at The Oracle

Footwear (Geox, Timberland, Shoon, Dune)
Fashion (KAren Miller, Oasis, Burton, Mango, Gap, Espirit, Republic)

Above: The Mango store in The Oracle

Beauty (Lush, The Body Shop, The Perfume Shop)
Audio/Music (HMV, Sky, Vodafone, BT, Waterstones)
Others like - Boots, Disney Store, Tie Rack, Octopus, Supercuts, Vision Express and Sports World.

The Mall is open from
Monday to Friday - 9.30am to 8.00pm
Saturday - 9.00am to 7.00pm
Sunday - 11.00am to 5.00pm

To contact The Oracle call - 0118 965 9000

The Oracle has two cark parks - The Riverside and Holy Brook. Both the car parks are open seven days a week and can collectively accomodate 2,300 cars. Isnt that wonderful?

The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest general hospital trusts in the UK.

The hospital is around 20 minutes walk from the Reading Railway Station. The hospital is housed in 2 buildings - a modern hospital with all the latest technological advancements. And the older columned grand entrance on the the London Road.

I prefer the older entrance simply because it looks so majestic.

Contact details of the hospital.

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
London Road

0118 322 5111