Forbury Gardens is a delightful Victorian town garden, created at the height of the urban parks movement. It is located between Reading town centre and the ruins of Reading Abbey, not far from Reading Station. The ornamental gardens have a wall around which provides a peaceful and tranquil retreat. There is a bandstand, and bands play every weekend in the summer. Forbury Gardens is home to the Maiwand Lion statue. There are no formal children's facilities, but the gardens are wonderful for play, and the kiosk serves coffee, ice-creams and light lunches.
Forbury Gardens is the venue for a variety of events through the year including:
- Forbury Band Concert Season
- Bastille Day Festival
- Reading Children's Festival
- Reading Town Meal
- Reading Water Fest
Forbury Gardens is one of Reading Borough Council's parks.