. Welcome to Reading, in the heart of Berkshire, the largest town in the home counties, the commercial capital of the Thames Valley, and the home of the excellent internationally acclaimed Reading Festival. If you haven't been to Reading yet, you should. Reading is an attractive town with beautiful, picturesque historic buildings co-existing alongside modern commercial environment. There are many visitor attractions around Reading, there are many pubs, restaurants, cafes and clubs, and the town has excellent shopping facilities. Scroll down for a quick intro at the bottom of the page.

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Deep in the heart of Berkshire skirted to the south by the M4, at the midpoint between Oxford and London, Reading lies in the Thames valley before the river gets to the capital.

Noted as a popular commuter town for London, Reading has attracted plenty of business and related employment for itself - several large British companies and the UK offices of multinational conglomerates are based in the town.

The town has seen extensive growth since the 1960's, with new suburbs and developments appearing in recent years and hence connected industries, such as out-of-town retail, have flourished in these areas.

Every summer the town stages perhaps its best known event in the form of the Reading Festival, the country's second largest outdoor music festival after Glastonbury - for lovers of more eclectic, international music, drama and dance, the town also hosts the annual WOMAD festival.

Read more about Reading in the About Reading section.