Venue

We are delighted to have partnered with Reading’s best LGBTQ+ positive bar for our Fetish Social. The Blagrave Arms (affectionately known to locals as “the Bla Bla”) is situated a couple of minutes from Reading Station, and is right in the town centre.

Getting Here

Train

The Bla Bla is a 2 minute walk from Reading Station (town centre side).


Car

There is no parking at the venue, however Reading Town Centre has plenty of long stay carparks with discounted weekend rates. The closest large car parks are:

Reading Station Car Park
Kings Meadow
Queens Road
The Oracle (Riverside)

Taxi

Taxis are able to drop you off directly outside the doors – just ask for “The Blagrave Arms” or use postcode “RG1 1PW”.


Bus

Bus routes via Reading Station or the stop on “Blagrave Street” are within a couple minute walk.

Cloakroom & Changing Room

Cloakroom

We’re delighted to be able to offer a staffed cloakroom at The Bla Bla. You can check in items with the ANIMAGI team for only £1 an item.

Changing Room
We offer a shared changing space for you to get into your gear, available for only £1 per person to use for your entire time at our event.

 

Accessibility

Venue Access
The Bla Bla is a grade listed building and therefore has restricted accessibility. There is single step access into the building with a temporary ramp available if requested (of course while not required, if you can let us know you’ll require this in advance – we would really appreciate it).

There is no step-free access to the changing room. This is on the 1st floor up a narrow staircase.

Toilets
It is with great regret that due to the venue’s age and listed status, there is no accessible toilet available at The Blagrave Arms. While not ideal, there are plenty of accessible toilets in nearby buildings.

Bathrooms are gendered (Male/Female) – however we welcome guests to use whichever bathroom they feel affirming. Inline with our code of conduct we want everyone to feel welcome, and we will not tolerate any abuse or comments around our inclusive bathroom policy.

Sensory Considerations (Light Sensitivity and Noise)
As you would expect, given the nature of this event, there is both dance lighting and music played at levels that some could find uncomfortable.

At the beginning of the event standard “daytime” lighting is operated. As it becomes darker the venue turns on dance lighting and it is kept atmospherically darker, with the main lights dimmed.

At the beginning of the event music  is kept at background levels, below easy conversational level. As the night progresses the music does become louder (around 7pm). Due to the size of the venue, there is no “quiet space” available, however patrons are free to come and go as they please.

General Accessibility Statement
Have we missed anything? Please do Contact Us and let us know! We really try to make sure we make our events accessible where we can, and if not let you know upfront.

If there is anything we can do on the day, at the event, please do speak to a member of the ANIMAGI staff (identified by clearly visible lanyards). We’d really like to hear from you.