Gig in the Gardens: Teamwork! (Thurs 8th Dec)


Forbury Gardens, from 2pm. Find your colleagues, grab a drink and book on to one of our two festive teambuilding activities below.

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Gig in the Gardens: Teamwork!

Thursday 8 December 2022, Forbury Gardens, Reading, Victoria Gate entrance (disabled access via Abbey Gateway)

Marquee opens from 2pm

Grab your colleagues, set your out of office, and head down to Forbury Gardens for an afternoon of festive, teambuilding activities, exclusively for businesses within the Reading Business Improvement District. Hosted in our fully heated and lit marquee we’ll be enjoying the gardens whatever the weather.

There’ll be an on-site bar from local Blue Collar from 2pm to keep you hydrated throughout the afternoon. So grab and drink, find your workmates and book on to one of our two festive teambuilding activities during the afternoon.

  • Option one: Make your own candle-lit lantern
    Why not get the team together and make candle-lit lanterns to take home or ready to join the Reading Lantern Parade on Saturday 10 December?
  • Option two: Take part in a table-top escape room
    If you fancy something a little more competitive, why not try your hand at Timetrap’s table-top escape room games? Pit your skills against the boss and see who escapes first!

Stay on for the evening and join Gig in the Gardens: Staff Party – for an evening of music, a live band, food and drink – featuring Reading’s very own silent disco! Don’t forget to register your place in advance (it’s free!).


Entry is completely free to all Reading Business Improvement District businesses and staff, giving you the perfect excuse to kick off the festive season with your teams and colleagues. Please note numbers to each activity are limited, so you must book your place on a session of your choice in advance. Make sure you reserve your place today!

Our sponsors and partners
Gig in the Gardens is brought to you by Reading’s Business Improvement District (BID). Reading BID is made up of Reading’s 900 town centre businesses and works to deliver events and activities that make Reading a better place to live, work and visit. Find out more about Reading BID.

Game Details:

Reading Abbey
It’s 1164 and King Henry II is coming to visit Reading Abbey for its official opening ceremony. He’s not familiar with the Abbey, however, and the grounds are over 30 acres in size, so he’s in need of someone to piece together a map of the different areas for him so that he can work out how far it is between the different parts he needs to visit.

It’s 1688 and the Revolution to replace King James II with his daughter Mary is well underway. Military leaders in Reading have heard that opposers may try to mount an attack, so they have drawn up a diagram to show how their soldiers should be deployed around Market Place. They’re in need of someone to put the soldiers into position – any grid square with a number in it shows that there are that many soldiers to be found in the eight adjacent grid squares. Soldiers can share squares with items or civilians but there can only be one soldier per square. The military leaders then need to receive a report back detailing the number of soldiers in each column that has them, A to F.

It’s 1830 and Reading’s varied industries are booming, drawing a lot of trade into the town. However, the maps haven’t been updated for a long time and some tradesmen have gotten lost during their visit. The Mayor, John Jackson Blandy, is in need of someone who can put together an overlay for the town map, showing where the varied industrial buildings are, to help the traders complete their trips.

WW2 – 1943
It’s 1943 and Reading is wary of an impending WW2 air raid. Plans are being made about how to protect Friar Street but there are only four concrete bomb blast shields available and they have to be given to the buildings most at risk. The Home Guard are in need of someone who can report which buildings the shields should be placed in front of as they work down the street, taking into account the four risk factors.

Reading Festival
It’s 1978 and Reading Festival is in full swing. Festival security have had a few reports of groups of potential delinquents that might be causing trouble, and some sketches to go on, but they’re a bit understaffed. They need someone who can take the sketches and find the suspects among the crowd to see exactly what they’re doing.

Figures of Reading
It’s 2021 and Reading is holding a recognition ceremony for well-known Readingites to be commended for their achievements. They have all sent their RSVPs back, but with quite a few requests. The organising committee is in need of someone who can work out a seating plan for the awards lunch that will satisfy every attendant. Then they need to know which seats, from left to right, will be left for the council officials to sit in.



Additional information

Forbury Options

Lantern Workshop, Toptable escape games – team of 4