Reading Centre

Visitors in the garden at the south front at Mottisfont, Hampshire, in autumn.

The Reading Centre is a voluntary group of National Trust members from Reading and the surrounding area.

As a 'supporter group', the Reading Centre aims to provide a range of social activities for members to make membership of the National Trust more enjoyable and to raise funds to support National Trust projects.  The year round programme of social activities include:

  • afternoon and evening talks
  • day visits
  • theatre visits
  • holidays in the UK and Europe

A levy is added to the cost of each event.  Every year, the levies collected are donated to mainly local National Trust properties for projects which they are unable to fund from their normal budget. 


The Reading Centre welcomes new members.  Membership is open to all current members of National Trust, National Trust for Scotland, National Trust volunteers and members of National Trust staff.  If you would like to meet people with similar interests we would like to welcome you into our friendly and active group.  The current annual membership fee is £12 per person and £18 for two people at the same address. 

What's on

There are 8 afternoon talks during the year, on the second Tuesday of a month, starting at 2.00 pm.  The meetings are held at the Abbey Baptist Church, Abbey Square, RG1 3BE.  This venue is near the centre of Reading and is close to bus stops.  

There are 9 evening talks during the year, on the fourth Tuesday of a month, starting at 7.30 pm.  In addition there is a quiz evening.  The meetings are held in St Peter’s Church Hall, Church Road, Earley RG6 1EY.  Car parking is available. 

There are some 25 – 30 day visits throughout the year, to National Trust properties and other places of interest.  Transport is by coach and the visits start and finish in central Reading. 

Theatre visits are usually to matinees at provincial theatres (and occasionally London theatres) to see new or interesting productions.  Transport as for day visits. 

Get in touch

For more information and how to join the Reading Centre, please look at our independent website