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Rock it out at Reading Festival

Caversham is big on festivals. Every summer this sleepy suburb of Reading comes alive as revellers descend on Nearby Little John's Farm for what is easily one of the biggest music events in the UK calendar. Caversham also has its own festival, Readipop, a more family-oriented shindig in Christchurch Meadows, which is also where Reading Beer Festival is held.

Take a boat trip to Toad Hall

If you're looking for quieter pursuits, immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery of the area with a cruise along the Thames. Trips depart from Caversham Pier. You can get off at Mapledurham House, the inspiration for Toad Hall in children's classic The Wind in the Willows. See how traditional farming techniques are still used in the dairy farm and water-powered flour mill alongside more modern production.

Soak up Reading's cultural spots

Reading Museum, which is free to visit, tells the story of the town from its Saxon beginnings through to its Huntley & Palmers biscuit tins to today's science and technology pioneers. You can also see a Victorian copy of the Bayeux Tapestry. In the evening, catch a show at the Hexagon Theatre. See top comedians such as Jimmy Carr and Sarah Millican, or tap your feet to Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Caversham? Travelodge Reading Central Hotel is only a mile from the village, and a stone's throw from Reading station, providing easy access to London. Travelodge Reading Whitley Hotel is also close by.