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Introducing The Modern Tea Ceremony

This July, we will introduce new luxury teas to our Afternoon Tea experience from Lalani & Co. Far removed from the ‘English Cuppa’, more like a fine wine or whisky, their batch teas come from family-run gardens throughout the world and are chosen for their exquisite flavour from particular elevations. This is the first in a new series on artisanal tea.

Lalani Teas

Lalani Teas

Buying tea is very much like buying whisky: some are blended and some are single-batch. Also like whisky, you get various qualities and styles, and this all comes down to the people who grow the plants as well as the plantation’s location.

The pleasure comes in the taste and there is a gulf of difference between PG tips and single batch darjeeling or oolong for example. Season, soil, elevation and producer all affect flavour characteristics and the best teas express the best flavour of their region: some batches will be exceptional, some will be average, some will be low end. This spectrum occurs even within a year on the same garden.

The very best single batch teas are made as a luxury craft with the same artisan skill as a family vineyard or a small whisky distillery. Single batch teas also offer seasonally changing flavour profiles, much as with fine wine, offering expression of their terroir which whispers its provenance story to you palate with every sip.

Throught the world’s tea trade, most batches are sold into the markets and blended, but some will be kept as single batch teas. These are normally the better tasting batches and are what will be used here.

When you taste a batch and know the story behind it, it opens up a whole new enjoyment and understanding of tea and flavour.

Sweet, fresh and in-season raspberries

A superfood, with many antioxidants and flavonols, raspberries play a part in many dishes and are in season from now. Whilst naturally sweet, they have a low sugar concentration and have a strong flavour profile so an interesting match for many foods. So says Daniel Galmiche.

Raspberries are in season now

Raspberries are in season now

With all of the delicious desserts and patisseries available from my homeland, there is still something irresistible and also wholesome about choosing juicy raspberries for pudding. Nature’s sweetener, they’re very versatile and are strong enough to be the stand-out or to match the strength and richness of creamy dishes or dark chocolate flavours. The best is to choose fresh berries so ripely-picked that they make your lips and teeth pink.

A fantastic match for lime, where the sweetness of the berries complements the zing of lime zest, the colour of this fruit is also very appetizing. They are also sensational with a crème brûlée as raspberry, despite being naturally sweet, this fruit also has a high acidity and complements perfectly the richness of such dishes.

And of course with summer sun, perfect excuse for a raspberry-embellished aperitif, such as demi-sec Champagne with a dash of raspberry puree or a single berry. And in terms of matching with wine, on their own raspberries go well with a sweet Loire or German wine. How about Côteaux du Layon?

In season now until September, you will be lucky if you have a raspberry bush at home in your garden or allotment. They are so easy to grow and just a few raspberry plants will reward you with plenty of fruit from midsummer until mid-autumn.

 

We travel to Peter Michael Winery in California

In 1982, Sir Peter Michael, owner of The Vineyard, travelled 6,000 miles, from London to Sonoma, on a mission that took him from extraordinary success in the high-tech world to a risky startup in the wine business. The winery in Knights Valley, Sonoma County, has gone from strength to strength, and  Nicolas Morlet, the winemaker, tells us more about how the last two vintages 2012 and 2013 have fared.
Peter Michael Winery in Summer

While mountain vineyards, classical winemaking and limited production are the longstanding themes at Peter Michael Winery, the growing seasons and harvest conditions do change. This makes the winemaking process ever more exciting.

For the 2012 vintage. winter and spring were wet and cold, slightly delaying bud break, flowering and fruit set. The bloom occurred in ideal weather. The climate throughout the summer was picture perfect: temperate with only moderate heat spikes. A long Indian summer of mild temperatures and sunny days was an important factor in the ripening process. Yields for the 2012 harvest were slightly higher than average for all varietals. The vintage gave us beautiful, clean, healthy grape clusters across all varietals, appellations and vineyards resulting in wines of depth and elegance and outstanding ageing potential.

For the 2013 vintage, the growing season began with a dry spring and mild temperatures similar to the previous vintage. In the first part of May, two days of violent winds damaged our Chardonnay vineyards. This resulted in uneven bloom and set, despite the otherwise ideal weather conditions. The vineyard crew carefully re-pruned the vines and executed multiple passes of green harvest. The already small crop was further reduced to one cluster per shoot, bringing the vines back into balance and ensuring the quality of the harvest. From veraison through picking, the vines enjoyed ideal ripening conditions. A long Indian summer allowed the fruit to reach perfect maturity and contributed to the exceptional quality of this small vintage.

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What’s on in West Berkshire this June

Half term is all but over, and we now look forward to the long, hopefully sunny, period of Summer. With the 21st of the month marking the longest day of the year, whether you’re planning to celebrate Summer Solstice at Stonehenge or not, here are a few ideas to make the most of the daylight hours this June.


 

Wine School – Argentina and Beef

Wednesday 3rd June – 630 to 8pm
Argentina has probably seen the biggest growth area in the world of fine wine in recent years. It is with the current excitement around steakhouses in the restaurant world that the noble Malbec grape has found to be one of the perfect matches to bef. We will explore the range of wines that Argentina produces, featuring Malbec as their pinnacle of achievement. Daniel Galmiche will also prepare a couple of beef cuts for us to pair to the wines being opened.
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Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show 2015

Friday 5th to Sunday 7th June
Thinking of trying – or buying – a boat? Or do you just enjoy being on or around the water? Then look no further…a family day out with lots to do and see around the lake. There are even activities taking place in the lake!! Outdoor pursuits, live jazz, boat rides for young and old alike and so much more……
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Evening Falconry Experience

Tuesday 9th June
Join expert falconer Ray Prior and learn about his birds of prey then practise your skills. You will learn all about how his birds fly and hunt and are brilliantly adapted for their individual habitats. There will be plenty of time to practice your newly acquired falconry skills and knowledge and, of course, some wonderful photo opportunities.
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Father’s Day Lunch

Sunday 21st June
Gather the family and treat Dad by celebrating at The Vineyard for a delicious three-course lunch this Father’s Day in our elegant restaurant. Excellent service, a fantastic wine list and a relaxing ambience will help you spend a memorable day with the important people in your life.
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Guided Walks of Newbury

21st June
Did you know that Newbury dates back to Mesolithic times after which it was formally founded in 11th Century following the Norman Conquest. To find out more about the secrets and little known facts about this historic town and its royal connections. Stretch the legs and take some fresh air after a delicious luncheon with your family, why not combine your Father’s day meal at The Vineyard with a one hour walk around historic Newbury with all the family. A local historian will talk you through the secrets and little known facts about this historic town.
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Music for a Summer’s Evening

27th June
In the height of summer, what better than spending a beautiful summer’s evening outside listening to great music, picnicking on the lawn. This is possible at Shaw House where you can explore the building and grounds. And fantasic value at £7.50 for adults and children under 16 £2.50.
Gates open at 6pm, the concert will commence at 7.30pm
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Events in Berkshire this May

Events in Berkshire this MayNewbury Open Studios 2015

2nd to 25th May

Set up in 1988, Newbury Open Studios is up and running for two weeks again this May. It is an ideal opportunity for you to visit the studios of the regions most prominent artists, see their latest works, talk to them about their processes and generally get your creative juices flowing.

Kick off the event with the flagship exhibition at the complimentary New Greenham Arts exhibition which features works from 115 artists, including 17 new artists. From glass to silk painting, jewellery to painting and drawing, the festival runs the gamut of artistic talent.

For more information, we recommend you visit the website.


Californian Wine School at The Vineyard

6th May

California wine is our specialist subject, and this event in perfect timing as our latest shipment will be on the water from the 2015 Spring releases. Join us for a vinous trip around Napa, Sonoma & Mendocino Counties, plus a trip down South to Arroyo Grande. We are a bit biased but it is one of the best events in Berkshire this May! We will explore the classic grape varieties and compare hillside and coastal fruit. Many of the wines being opened will be totally new and exclusive to The Vineyard which we are excited about.
£30 per person

Discover more about our wine schools.


Wolf Keeper Experience

7th May

Take advantage of this unique one-day experience to get up close and personal with wolves, including the new Arctic wolves.

On 7th May, the UK Wolf Conservation Trust has arranged for members of the public to learn more about these beautiful creatures. You will be able to help with aspects of care, shadow the keepers, see behind the scenes into the everyday life of wolves and their keepers, and see how the trainers encourage natural foraging behaviours. It is certainly one of the most unusual events in Berkshire this May. There will be plenty of opportunity for photographs, as well as added bonus of watching resident birds of prey such as kestrels, buzzards and kites.

For more information, we recommend you visit the website.


Peter Michael Winery Dinner

8th May

Hosted by Sir Peter Michael and family, we welcome you to the annual Peter Michael Winery dinner where you will be treated to five course dinner matched with exquisite wines from the Peter Michael Winery. Five course dinner with matching wines.

£120 per person

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Newbury Spring Festival

9th to 23rd May

Guaranteed to be the biggest and best yet, for two weeks from 9th May to 23rd May, the annual Newbury Spring Festival is taking place around the various prestigious local venues. One of the UK’s most prestigious Arts festivals, this year showcases international talent from all areas of the artistic spectrum: music, theatre, dance, literature and cabaret. Sopecifically, the large programme of work is aimed at young people and families, including the young stars award.

For more information, we recommend you visit the website.


Annual Pelican charity Golf Day

13th May

Held at the Donnington Valley Hotel and Golf Course, this annual event on 13th May is sure to be a fantastic day of sporting fun, followed by a delicious three course gourmet lunch. After a delicious breakfast of bacon baps, the starting gun is at 9am, and is all for the worthy cause of Pelican Cancer Foundation, driving innovation and development in bowel (colorectal), bladder, prostate and liver cancer treatment.

For more information, we recommend you visit the website or email events@pelicancancer.org


Award-nominated music in Newbury this May

14th May

The breathtaking and wickedly inventive music of Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin comes to Acespace in Newbury this 14th May. Playing like no-one else, the two have been nominated for Best Duo in the Radio 2 Folk Awards. Who else can you think of who are equally at home on 6 Radio (Cerys Matthews) and Radio 3 (In Tune). £10 in advance, £12 on the door, this is a great value evening, not to be missed.

We recommend you email events@acespace.org.uk or visit the website for more details.


Highclere Game and Country Fair

24th to 25th May

Set in the picturesque surrounds of the Highclere Castle, for 20 years Highclere Game and Country Fair has provided one of the UK’s finest showcases of country life. From 24th to 25th May, with world-class championship hunting and shooting events as well as the Highclere food festival, there’s something to suit all tastes, from competitive field sportsmen to those who want to relax.
Plus, for those new to country sports, you will find expert tuition and advice on how to get involved. The Highclere Game and Country Fair is also a great family day out, with live music and children’s entertainment too.

For more information, we recommend you email info@countrymanfairs.co.uk or visit the website.


Bucklebury Bushcraft and Barbecue

25th May

Set in a stunning 77-acre site, Bucklebury Farm Park has a host of attractions including deer park, farm animals, indoor play, pedal go-cart track, tractor rides, refreshments, adventure playground, a wild walk, Be a Farmer Club and den building. Join in this May Bank Holiday for some free bushcraft activities and a barbecue for a great value day out that will appeal to the whole family, school groups, senior citizens’ clubs, or just a couple of friends.

For more information, we recommend you email info@buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk or visit the website.

Californian Wine Weekend – 8th to 9th May 2015

Californian wine weekendWell, we are getting ever closer to our Californian Wine Weekend on 8th and 9th May this year so I guess I should start to announce some of our visitors from across the water and the wines they will be showing…

At dinner, featuring Peter Michael Winery, we will be opening for the first time the 2013 L’Apres-Midi Sauvignon Blanc, a beautiful Sauvignon Blanc-based wine with a touch of Semillon added. Think white Bordeaux…but VERY good white Bordeaux. It goes without saying that the Les Pavots will be opened along with some of the family’s Pinot Noir. It promises to be a good night! View the menu with matching wines

At our Saturday tasting, these wines will be again open to taste, but joined with many others from our range of Californian bottles. Taste over 50 Californian wines that will be open to taste and purchase for just £30 per person. Maryann Bautovitch will be flying in from Talley Estate and pouring their Arroyo Grande Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Brent Shortridge, owner of our best sellers Waterstone, Mandolin and Amala Springs arrives on the same day and will be showcasing his entire range from the delicate Mandolin Riesling, to the deep, dense Waterstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Joe Donelan joins us for the first time this year and will showcase some of the finest Syrah to emerge from the US, plus a beautiful Viogner from Sonoma County. Masterclasses will be in progress throughout the day to help you get the most out of every taste…

And if you’re really lucky, I might just open a bottle of Peter Michael Chardonnay…!

Discover more about the Californian Wine Weekend.

Cheers,

James Hocking
Director of Wine
The Vineyard Cellars

Create your very own Easter nest

Chocolate - 580 x 288With Easter just around the corner, impress your friends and create your very own Easter nest by following our Head Pastry Chef, Anthony Millon’s step by step instructions and recipes.

Recipes

Chocolate mousse

Ingredients: 100g dark chocolate, 1 egg yolk, 200g soft whipped cream

Method: Melt the chocolate (slightly warmer than luke warm, but do not boil or burn), add the yolk to the chocolate, and mix and add cream to the chocolate and yolk .

Honey cream

Ingredients: 25g honey, 25g sugar, 75g double cream, 100g soft whipped cream.

Method: Use a pan and bring the honey and sugar to the caramel stage on the stove once the sugar starts to colour and you have a strong honey smell stop cooking. Heat the double cream in a microwave or on the stove until warm. Add this to the honey and sugar and leave until cold. Use a large pan to do so as this is likely to double in size. Leave to go cold. Once cold, add the soft-whipped cream through, and place into a piping bag with a star nozzle.

Rhubarb compote/purée

Cook the rhubarb with sugar until soft, and use as compote. Or alternatively once cool, blend and pass through a sieve to make a purée.

Step by step instructions

image1Crack the eggs two thirds of the way along, take the egg yolks and whites out and put the shells to one side.

 

 

 

image4Wash the shells and leave them to dry.

 

 

 

Easter nest -image 1Left: Raw Rhubarb, peeled.

Right: Strawberries, lime juice, crème fraîche and sugar
Mix these together

Crushed chocolate eggs

 

New Picture (42).jpgTop: Vanilla Ice Cream, Strawberry, add the mixed strawberries with lime juice, crème fraîche and sugar.

Bottom: A spoonful of mixed berries; blackberries and raspberries

 

New Picture (43)Top: Add chocolate mousse, pipe use a piping bag with a star nozzle.

Middle: Add crushed bits of meringue on top of the strawberry mix.

Bottom: Add rhubarb purée

New Picture (44)Top: Add decorations eg. crushed mini eggs and edible flowers

Middle: Drizzle raspberry coulis over the top of the meringue.

Bottom: Add the honey cream, pipe using a piping bag with a star nozzle.

New Picture (45)Bottom: Once the honey cream has been added, add the raw rhubarb (peeled) on top.

 

 

 

New Picture (47)Place in a cardboard egg container; add straw and extra chocolate eggs.

 

 

I hope you enjoy making these Easter nests and have a very happy Easter. Enjoy afternoon tea over the Easter holidays for just £25 per person.

Happy Cooking!

Anthony Millon
Head Pastry Chef at The Vineyard

 

 

 

Events in Berkshire this March

Events in Berkshire this MarchLadies’ Lunch – Mojo & McCoy – The Vineyard

Monday 2nd March -12pm to 3pm

One of the events in Berkshire this March not to miss. Recently opened high end clothing shop in Hungerford, Mojo and McCoy, will showcase their latest range of clothing via a fashion show and talk you through the best buys for the up and coming season. With the race calendar about to begin for 2015, discover what to wear to stand out from the crowd and get some top racing tips for the Cheltenham Gold Cup Day on Friday 13th March.

Three course lunch with matching wines – £60 per person

Please call us on 01635 589407 to reserve your place

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Wine School – England – The Vineyard

Wednesday 4th March – 6.30pm to 8pm

England Just a few years ago, English wine was regarded as a misnomer, how that has all changed! We now can lay claim to producing some of the best sparkling wines to be found anywhere. This school will focus on those great competitors to Champagne of course, but will also have a useful insight into the range of aromatic white wines being produced, along with something pink and red. We will focus on Southern England from Kent to Cornwall.

Please call us on 01635 589407 to reserve your place

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Royal Shakespeare Company – Love Labours Won

Wednesday 4th March – 7pm

The Corn Exchange
Watch the Royal Shakespeare Company perform Love Labours Won on a live broadcast at the Corn Exchange.

Tickets: £14.50, Concessions £12.50

Please call to book tickets on 0845 5218 218 or book via the website


An Audience with Jon Snow

Friday 6th March – 7.30pm

John O’Gaunt School, Hungerford

Join Jon Snow, longstanding presenter of Channel 4 News at John O’Gaunt School in Hungerford for what will be a fascinating evening.

Tickets – £10

Please call John O’Gaunt School on 01488 682400 or Hungerford bookshop on 01488 683480 to book

Find out more on the John O’Gaunt School website


Mother’s Day at The Vineyard

Sunday 15th March

Relax on Mother’s Day and enjoy a three course lunch in our elegant restaurant with a glass of Schramsberg Rosé on arrival. All Mums will be treated to a gift from The Vineyard.

£60 per person
Please call us on 01635 528770 to reserve your table


Andy Parsons: Live and Unleashed – But Naturally Cautious

Thursday 19th March – 7.45pm

The Corn Exchange
Andy Parsons is back on the road and heading for Newbury with his fifth show “Live and Unleashed – But Naturally Cautious’. Having enjoyed huge success as a writer and performer on television, radio as well as on the comedy circuit. Andy’s fifth tour will be packed with laughs with his brand or sharp witted and edgy comedy.

Tickets – £15

Call the box office to book your tickets on 0845 5218218 or book via the website


Tuxedo Junction

31st March – 11th April

The Watermill Theatre
A fantastic event in Berkshire this March. It’s the 1940’s, women are wearing their hair in victory rolls and dancing with the GI’s whilst Hollywood is booming. The music scene is booming with swing, Jazz and crooners and we’re off for a toe tapping ride across America.

Show Times:
Monday to Saturday evenings 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matineés 2.30pm
Saturday 11 April performances at 1.30pm and 6.30pm

Ticket prices – £14.50 to £26.50

Please call The Watermill Theatre on 01635 46044 to book tickets.
Website – www.watermill.org.uk

Wild Garlic is in season

I love this time of year when wild garlic is in season. The white flowers are really pretty and I love the soft garlicky flavour they produce when cooked; it’s not as strong as the everyday garlic you’ll find in supermarkets. The flowers are not only fantastic with salmon and lamb, but are also great in salads. You can also eat the leaves and the stem, both of which can be used in cooking.

Found near streams, wetland areas, in nature reserves and also funnily enough you will find it growing in woodland areas amongst bluebells. It’s great to be able to walk through the woods and smell the wild garlic.

There’s so much that goes well with wild garlic, but my particular favourites are cooking up a garlic veloute and a small parmesan espuma, parfait! Look out for wild garlic infused dishes at The Vineyard soon.

I am also hosting the Magnificent Seven Dinner on Friday 20th March together with seven of my very best suppliers all providing one ingredient that will be used in each dish.A wild garlic veloute and morels Fricassee is the first course matched with a fantastic Rioja. The garlic is kindly being supplied by Mash Purveyors.  Discover more about the dinner and view the full menu online

I’d love to hear all about what your wild garlic recipes so please message me on Twitter @danielgalmiche.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Daniel Galmiche
Executive Chef at The Vineyard

Events in Berkshire this February

Events in Berkshire this FebruaryLadies’ Lunch – Colour Consultant

Monday 2nd February – 12pm to 3pm
Kate Jones is a Star Consultant with House of Colour and specialises in personal styling and colour analysis to the stars. She will explain how colour analysis and styling works, and give guests hints and tips to take away from the event.

Three course lunch with matching wines

£60 per person
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Wine School – Rhône Valley

Wednesday 4th February – 6.30pm to 8pm
In all of the classic French Viticultural regions, it is probably the Rhône Valley that offers the most diversity of style. This school will take our guests down through the valley and showcase the classic regions and styles. A school for the classical drinker!
£30 per person
Wine school & two courses with matching wines in our California Bar- £55 per person

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Wildlife Art Exhibition at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre

Saturday 7th to Sunday 22nd February – 10.30 to 4pm
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife trusts present the Wildlife Art Exhibition. An exhibition of local artist Jonathan Pomroy will be on display at the Nature Discovery Centre during February.

Jonathan has staged a number of very successful exhibitions at the Nature Discovery Centre (NDC) over the last 20 years, and was in fact the Centre’s very first visitor when they opened the doors on 15th January 1995.

Jonathan has gone on to become a very well known and collected wildlife artist, regularly exhibiting at venues across the country, and has shown at the Mall Galleries with the Society of Wildlife Artists. He has a passion for painting wildlife & landscapes from extensive field work in all weathers.

This exhibition will include 25 of Jonathan’s most recent works including a number of wetland landscapes and bird studies.

Jonathan will also be running a sketching workshop on 7th February.

Price – donations welcome.

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The Secret Adversary at Watermill Theatre

Thursday 12th February to Saturday 21st March
There are many events in Berkshire this February that are not to be missed including this performance. The Watermill Theatre in association with Eleanor Lloyd Productions are showing Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary. A Tommy & Tuppence Thriller. Adapted by Sarah Punshon and Johann Hari.

Agatha Christie’s gripping thriller follows the daring and dizzying adventures of Tommy & Tuppence through 1920s London.

Home from the War, flat-broke and unemployed, our twenty-something heroes embark on a daring business scheme: ‘The Young Adventurers Limited’… willing to go anywhere, willing to do anything. But their first assignment plunges them into more danger than they ever imagined and they quickly find themselves sucked into a perilous world of political intrigue, criminal conspiracy, murder and mayhem.

Launching as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of the author’s birth, The Secret Adversary takes to the stage for the very first time in this inventive new adaptation shot through with fast-paced action, comedy, live music and a dash of romance.

Tickets from £14.50 to £26.50

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Bordeaux Wine Dinner with Vine Trail

Friday 27th February – 7pm onwards
Vine Trail are specialist importers of artisanal, small domaine French wines. Using no agents or brokers, Vine Trail have developed a very individual selection of wines, and for this dinner they will focus on matching organic wines of Bordeaux with Daniel’s dishes.
Five course dinner with matching wines
£95 per person
Stay the night with breakfast from £173.50 per person

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Champions of Magic at The Corn Exchange

Saturday 28th February – 7.45pm onwards
Join our award winning team of tricksters for a spectacular night of mystery that’ll keep you guessing for a long time to come.

Witness stunning illusions including disappearances, teleportation, levitation and a heart stopping finale that sees one performer walk through the spinning steel blades of a giant industrial fan, all presented with lighting and pyrotechnics to rival the biggest arena productions.

Champions Of Magic, the UK’s largest touring magic show, features 5 of the world’s finest magicians, including –

‘Young & Strange’ – Grand Illusionists as seen on ITV’s ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’
“Fantastic, just amazing” Jonathan Ross

‘Fay Presto’ – Queen of Close-up magic, having performed for every member of the Royal Family

Alex McAleer – Master Mind Reader as featured on ITV’s ‘Good Morning Britain’

Edward Hilsum – IBM International Champion Of Stage Magic 2014

Prices – £16.50 to £21

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Jay Antiques Fairs in Hungerford

Saturday 28th February – 8.30am to 4pm
Events in Berkshire this February include the Jay Fairs, which will be visiting Hungerford Antiques Market again where there will be 40 quality stalls for the antique enthusiast. When you have finished visiting the Antiques Market why not enjoy Hungerford, which is fortunate to maintain a traditional high street that is crammed with independent shops ranging from three Antiques arcades and numerous other dealers through to bespoke clothing, pretty home wares and destination shops for countryside pursuits and jewellery.

Prices – £1

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