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About Earley

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Lower Earley is often spoken of as a town in its own right, but it is just a development at the southern end of the town. The name Lower Earley is however very old, having originally been applied to the low-lying land between the old Maiden Erlegh Estate and the River Loddon.

Even after its recent development, Earley has some remnants of ancient woodland within its boundaries, including Pearman's Copse (a local nature reserve) and Redhatch Copse. There is a nature reserve on the edge of Earley called Highwood.

Earley falls within the parliamentary constituency of Wokingham, except for the Whitegates Town Ward (comprising the part of Earley lying north of the Reading - Waterloo railway line), which falls within Reading East.

Earley is bordered by the B3270 (Lower Earley Way) to the south and south-east; the boundary then follows the Reading - Waterloo railway line until it turns north to run to the east of the B3350 (Church Road and Pitts Lane) as far as the gyratory system where the B3350 joins the A4; the boundary then runs north to the River Thames. The boundary then runs upstream along the Thames as far as the River Kennett, then follows the Reading - Waterloo railway line again, until it meets the B3350; it then runs north-west along Whiteknights Road, cuts irregularly across the University of Reading Whiteknights Campus, and then runs to the east of the A327 (Shinfield Road) until it meets up again with the B3270. The extension of the Reading Borough boundaries in 1888 (referred to above) has the result that the section of Earley lying to the north of the railway line (sometimes referred to as Old Earley or North Earley) is connected to the larger part to the south by only a narrow corridor of land. The Borough of Reading lies to the west, the River Thames to the north-west, Woodley to the north-east, Winnersh to the east, and Arborfield and Shinfield to the south.



Earley Travel Links

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Earley railway station is on the line from Reading to London Waterloo. Winnersh Triangle railway station, which opened in 1986, is also near Earley.

Earley is also served by Reading Buses who provide a number of bus services to and from the centre of Reading, namely the 4, X4, 19a, 19b, 19c; and the 21, a 24-hour service. The 17 bus runs 24 hours a day from the junction at the Three Tuns, through Reading town centre, towards Tilehurst. Wokingham can be reached by bus on the Wokingham Road or by train from Earley or Winnersh Triangle stations.

Earley is about 1 mile to the north of the M4 motorway which connects London with Bristol and is situated between Junctions 10 and 11.



Taxi Firms in Earley

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With so much to do within Earley and the neighbouring towns, as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside, it's worth renting a car or jumping in a taxi to see the local sights.

Earley is well served when it comes to getting a taxi as there are local firms such as Yellow Cars, Cintracks Taxis and Top Cars.



Hotels and Guest Houses in Earley

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Novotel Reading Centre -
Contemporary lodging with a gym, a sauna & an indoor pool, as well as a restaurant & a casual bar. Set in a modern brick and glass building, this upscale hotel is 1 mile from The Hexagon venue, and 5 miles from the 15th-century water mill at Mapledurham House.

Hillingdon Prince Hotel -
A mile from both the University of Reading and the Oracle shopping centre, this budget hotel occupying an imposing mansion is 2.6 miles from the M4 motorway. Simple rooms with free Wi-Fi and parking, in a budget hotel offering a bar and on-site gym.

Pentahotel Reading -
A 13-minute walk from Reading train station, this modern hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Oracle shopping centre. Contemporary-styled rooms with free Wi-Fi, in a modern hotel offering a hip lobby cafe bar.

Pheasant Inn Hotel -
This warm pub with rooms is a 6-minute walk from Winnersh railway station, a mile from Dinton Pastures Country Park and 2.1 miles from the historic market town of Wokingham. Traditional option featuring modest rooms, plus a relaxed restaurant/pub with a patio.



Places to Get Married in Earley

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Cantley House Hotel and barn -
Set within 50 acres of stunning countryside, Cantley House Hotel is a warm and welcoming Berkshire wedding venue located on the outskirts of Wokingham and just a short distance away from Reading, Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead. Cantley House Hotel is a privately owned, 38-bedroom boutique hotel that offers everything you could need for your special day.

As the former home of the Marquis of Ormonde, the property has a grand yet homely feel with quirky and eccentric surprises at every turn. Whether you are looking for a venue for a small and intimate wedding reception or a larger more elaborate event this unique and enchanting property has an array of function facilities to suit every taste and budget; from the original suites of the classic Victorian manor house to the distinctive 17th century barn, there is even the capacity to erect a marquee on the impressive lawns - perfect for those weddings where a larger capacity is required.

Sindlesham Court - Offers a completely flexible venue for all styles of event in a peaceful location within easy reach of the M4 motorway and only 10 minutes from Reading. A special venue for a wide variety of special occasions includes the following facilities:

  • The Berkshire -One of the most impressive civil ceremony rooms in Berkshire, which features a unique vaulted ceiling and minstrels' gallery. Whilst non-religious, it lends itself to the solemnity and importance of the occasion, with seating up to 250.
  • The Flavell Suite - A large, elegant room for the wedding breakfast and your evening celebration, adjacent to the Berkshire. The suite can be configured in a variety of sizes using room dividers. At its largest it can accommodate up to 250 people with a dance floor, and 300 without.

Stokes Farm Barn -
Stokes Farm Barn is licensed for civil weddings and partnerships, meaning you and your guests can enjoy the full celebration in one beautiful setting.

A wedding at Stokes Farm Barn is sure to be unique with the barn and its beautiful surroundings waiting to adopt your style. The in-house wedding co-ordinator will be on hand throughout the planning process to help bring all your ideas to life, and on the day itself to ensure the day runs smoothly. The team pride themselves on their excellent customer service and will do everything they can to ensure your special day really is the best day of your life.

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Event Planning in Earley

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Complete your event in Earley with DarkStar Discos the Earley marquee hire experts who offer the following services which can reduce your event planning stress. Bars - you don't need to spend too much time looking for the perfect drinks for your event, we have a team that can take care of that for you. Lights - no need to stress out in finding and setting up the lights for your event. DJ and Staffing - let our DJ take care of the music for your event. Our staff will also be the one taking care of the needs of your guests. You might also want to consider asking us to arrange the following services for your event: Professional Photographer, Event Transportation and Event Catering. For all your event-planning needs, contact DarkStar Discos, the Earley marquee hire experts.



Top Restaurants in Earley

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Toby Carvery, Lower Earley –
The home of the roast and, as they say “When it comes to roast dinners, we really know our stuff. Every day our chefs lay on a feast of tender, hand-carved meats with all the trimmings – including towering Yorkshire puds, golden roasties with all those lovely little crunchy bits, and plenty of freshly prepared veg, all crowned with proper gravy. We serve four types of meat; gammon, succulent roast beef, soft turkey and juicy pork all cut and served from our carvery bar straight onto your plate, so it's no wonder we're Berkshire's favourite carvery restaurant.” Try them for a good, honest roast!

Blandford’s Restaurant -
Blandford’s Restaurants have fine dining facilities with a blend of contemporary style and classic heritage. Offering an intimate dining experience for up to 35 seated guests in the main dining room or 60 guests for a standing drinks reception. The interlinking Blandfords Ante Room can offer private dining for up to 12 guests or used in addition to the main restaurant. The relaxed setting makes this an ideal space for people to host guests for a private lunch or dinner.

The George at Earley -
The George pub restaurant at Earley is a traditional “olde worlde” style pub on the site that used to be a toll house for the toll bridge over the river Loddon. Today it is within the Winnersh Triangle Business Estate next to the cinema on the riverbank overlooked by the terraced patio. Like all Chef and Brewer pubs the George pub serves freshly cooked, great value pub food crafted using only the finest ingredients. The pub sits on the corner of Wokingham and Loddon Bridge Road on the riverbank. You can sit and overlook the river from our terraced patio. Sometimes you know just what you want; great pub food cooked with care. Whether it's hand-battered cod & chips, the gourmet burger, or the ever-popular ‘Brewer's Chicken’, now is the time to rediscover your old favourites.  



Top Things to do in Earley

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Dinton Pastures Country Park –
The Country Park offers a huge range of open air, adventurous and educational events for families, adults and young people. Enjoy some quality time with your family of all ages, from circus skills workshop, music and car festivals and open-air cinema to spooky night paddles on black swan lake. Have fun in the Play Park, enjoy the delights of the Dragonfly Café or take a walk around the trails and lakes. Public toilets, changing facilities and mobility scooter hire available.

The Museum of English Rural Life –
This is one of the best things to do in Reading. Whether on your own or with friends and family, discover the new immersive galleries, research the collections, refresh in the café and relax in the garden. The Museum is a part of the University of Reading and work with Reading Museum as the Arts Council England-funded Museums Partnership Reading. The Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading uses its diverse collections to explore how the skills and experiences of rural people, past and present, help shape our lives

Cole Museum of Zoology -
The Museum was established in the early 20th century by Francis J. Cole, Professor of Zoology from 1907 to 1939. The Collection was originally housed at the London Road campus until the early 1970s when it was transported to its present location at Whiteknights. The Cole Museum of Zoology contains some 3500 specimens of which about 400 are on display at any one time. Specimens are arranged in taxonomic sequence enabling a complete tour of the diversity of the Animal Kingdom to be completed in less than one hour. The African Tree Pangolin (Phylum Chordata; Class Mammalia; Manis tricuspis), occurs in the west-central rainforests of Africa. Tree pangolins can climb up their long prehensile tail in the absence of branches. Highlights of the Collection include complete skeletons of a male Indian Elephant, a False Killer Whale, a five metre Reticulated Python, and a pair of Giant Spider Crabs.



Earley Today

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Earley is officially a town and civil parish in the English non-administrative county of Berkshire. Along with neighbouring Woodley, it forms part of the extensive eastern suburbs of Reading. The Office for National Statistics places Earley within the Reading/Wokingham Urban Area; for the purposes of local government it falls within the Borough of Wokingham, outside the area of Reading Borough Council. The name is sometimes spelt Erleigh or Erlegh.


The town consists of a number of smaller areas, including Maiden Erlegh and Lower Earley, and lies some 3 miles (5 km) south and east of central Reading, and some 4 miles (6 km) northwest of Wokingham. It has a population of around 32,000. In 2014, the RG6 postcode area (which is nearly coterminous with the area of the civil parish) was rated one of the most desirable postcode areas to live in England.

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