The orchestra meets at Padworth Village Hall, West Berkshire, England. There’s flat access to the hall itself, and a wheelchair-accessible toilet.
(Please don’t just turn up, though – get in touch first, so we can update you with any changes, and make sure there’s music ready for you.)
The hall is about 400 yards south off the A4 Bath Road down Padworth Lane. That’s in between Theale and Woolhampton.
The nearest big towns are Reading 7 miles to the east, Newbury 8 miles to the west, Basingstoke 10 miles to the south.
The hall is easy to get to by road and has a large car park right next to it.
The address is: Padworth Lane, Padworth, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 4HY. Sat nav users beware – if you go by the postcode rather than the hall name, some sat navs will tell you to go further along away from the A4 (towards the canal), not where it really is. But the hall and car park can easily be seen from the road.
Nearest railway station is Aldermaston: about half a mile from the hall by road, or three-quarters of a mile if you go via the canal path.
Nearest bus route is along the A4. There are bus stops near the junction with Padworth Lane, about 500 yards from the hall. However, at present that bus stop is only useful for getting to the orchestra, as the buses through Padworth seem to stop about 9pm.
If you let us know where you’re travelling from, we can sometimes organise a car-share. Because the orchestra is unusual in welcoming beginner players, there are often people coming from a long way away.
We usually have our end of term informal performances in a bigger hall, often one in Thatcham, which is also easy to get to off the A4.