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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.

The Pink Pelican Safari

Pink Bus at The VineyardLast Thursday saw the return of the pink bus to The Vineyard, Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa and to Donnington Valley Golf Club. The Pink Pelican Safari is an annual event held by The Vineyard Group and is our opportunity to present the money raised for charity during the past year through the Pink Pelican Scheme.

The Scheme is designed for event organisers to collect points when confirming bookings at the hotels. Points collected through the Pink Pelican Scheme can then be redeemed from the Pink Pelican store which is full of fantastic items. We make a donation of £2 per delegate to the Pink Pelican charities; it is our way of saying thank you for working with us and also a way to support some extremely worthwhile charities at the same time.

The event was attended by 50 event organisers from within the local area who came along to join in the fun. Commencing at The Vineyard we welcomed them to the safari with pink champagne and mouth watering canapés prepared by Daniel Galmiche and his team. The iconic pink double decker bus complete with a disco and dance floor inside provided the perfect form of transport between venues.

It was then onwards to Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa for a delicious main course of rack of lamb prepared by Kelvin Johnson and his team, served in the newly refurbished Cromwell suite. Guests took part in various activities such as catwalk capers, the Haka, Morris dancing, cake decorating and chocolate making keeping everyone entertained and making a memorable night for all.

The final stop on the safari was Donnington Valley Golf Club. A marvellous display of a hand crafted Pink Pelican sculpture made out of sugar, was the centrepiece at Snelsmore house, one of the many skilled sculptures Abraham Padmanaban has produced along with a selection of sweet and irresistible desserts for everyone to enjoy.

Cheque PresentationIn total this year the Pink Pelican Scheme raised a fantastic £17,175 which, during the course of the night, was presented to representatives of the Little Princess Trust, Pink Pelican Foundation and Breast Cancer Care. On receiving her cheque on behalf of the Pelican Cancer Foundation Sarah Crane said “How wonderful thank you! Thank you to everyone for booking an event, please keep it up.”

The Pink Pelican Scheme continues to run for event bookers, with many more events planned for 2011 and beyond.

For further information and how to sign up to the Pink Pelican Campaign visit our website on http://www.the-vineyard.co.uk/meetings_ppclub.asp