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Local Events this March

There is a lot happening this March, with Mother’s Day, the Easter Bank Holiday weekend as well as the clocks changing forward to British Summer Time. We’ve put together a round-up of the most exciting happenings in the local area this March.

Local Events This March


Romeo and Juliet

25th February – 2nd April
Opening Times: Times Vary
Call: 01635 523726
Tickets from £15
The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

An unforgettable production of this much-loved Shakespeare classic tale of an all-consuming love. Featuring live music and an outstanding new group of actors, this is the table of a young couple defy their feuding families and find love on the streets of Verona.

“I ne’er saw true beauty till this night”


Talking History – The English Civil War

24th February – 23rd March
Opening Times: times Vary
Call: 01635 519562
Tickets: £5
West Berkshire Museum, Newbury, RG14 5AS

This is a series of illustrated talks about history, heritage and culture surrounding the English Civil War. Presented by local historian’s David Stubbs and Dr. David Peacock, military historian Alan Turton and West Berkshire Council’s Archaeological Officer, Alex Godden.

Tuesday 1st March – Lord Falkland: his life, times, death and memorial, 6.30pm to 7.45pm

David Stubbs presents the story of how a sensitive, educated academic found himself catapulted into politics, and died in a cavalry charge during the First Battle of Newbury.

Wednesday 9th March – The Social History of the English Civil War Soldier, 6.45pm to8pm

Military historian Alan Turton tells the story of the ordinary soldier during the Civil War, told using actual artefacts and replica objects relating to daily life.

Wednesday 16th March – Donnington Castle, 6.45pm-8pm

Dr. David Peacock tells the story of this castle built by a knight who fought alongside the Black Prince, defended by the Royalists during a Civil War siege and left with only the gatehouse still standing.

Wednesday 23rd March – The Archaeology of the Civil War, 6.30pm to 7.45pm

Archaeological Officer Alex Godden presents the fascinating local archaeological and historical sites that have become associated with the Civil War across the District.


Mother’s Day Lunch

Sunday 6th March
Opening Times: 12pm to 2pm
Call: 01635 589407
£65 per person; £35 for under £12’s
The Vineyard at Stockcross

Treat your Mum to an elegant and memorable Mother’s Day with our delicious three-course lunch, glass of Champagne as aperitif and a relaxing, long catch-up in the stylish surroundings of our restaurant.


Simon Weston: My Life, My Story

19th March
Opening Times: from 7:45pm
Call: 0845 5218218
Tickets: full price £17.50, concessions price £15.50

This is a truly inspirational show about one man’s journey from the front line of war, on the edge of death, to today a happy and contented father, grandfather and national treasure.

The conflict of a generation started on the second of April 1982 when Argentina invaded the Falklands Islands with the aim of recapturing them. With the UK government quick to defend both the islands and its inhabitants the area became a battleground of a generation and in one of the most horrific moments of the conflict the RFA Sir Galahad was bombed by two Argentine planes, aboard at the time was Simon.

Please note this show does contain media which some may find upsetting.


Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race

25th March – 28th March
Opening Hours: from 6.30am
Call: 0118 966 5912
Kennet & Avon Canal

Held annually over the Easter Weekend since 1948, this race is a real spectacle and atmospheric occasion, with a severe test of skill and stamina for the participants. Being 125 miles long with 77 portages it ends in the tidal section of the River Thames. Boats will pass through Hungerford on Saturday 26th from around 2pm onwards.


Easter Sunday Lunch

Sunday 27th March
Opening Times: 12pm to 2pm
Call 01635 589407
Tickets £59 for three courses; £35 for under 12’s
The Vineyard at Stockcross

Make Easter Sunday something special by joining us at The Vineyard for our three course Easter luncheon as you gather together with family and friends.


Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

25th March – 28th March
Opening Times: 10am to 5pm
Call: 0118 984 3040
Tickets: The trail costs £3. Normal admission charges apply.
Basildon Park, Berkshire, RG8 9NR
The ultimate Chocolatey Easter adventure. Hunt for eggs in the house and win yourself a Cadbury chocolate egghead prize by solving the Easter Egg trail in the garden. With clues for the children hidden around the grounds, the trail is self directed and can be completed at any point during the visit with no time limit applied.

Local Events This December

December heralds a plethora of festive fun. We’ve picked our six of the best local events and activities happening in the area for you to enjoy.

Local events


Watermill Book Club – The Story of Alice
Tuesday 1st December
Opening time: 7pm
Call: 01635 46044
Ticket prices apply

A good part of our cultural heritage is based on wonderland, and artists, poets, writers and many others have used this theme for over a century. Among this heritage sits the complex history of the author Charles Dodgson, the quiet academic, and his better-known counterpart, Lewis Carroll – storyteller and innovator. This author dreamed up Alice Liddell’s fictional alter ego in the seminal storybook that has spanned generations.
In this evening, Professor Robert Douglas-Fairhurst uses previously unpublished material to bring the timeless legend of ‘Alice’ to light.


Wine School at The Vineyard – Christmas Wines
Wednesday 2nd December
Opening times: 630pm to 8pm
£30 per person

This evening is quite simple. A collection of bottles suitable for the festive lunch and some tips on what to match with, serving ideas, plus a host of tips on making the most important lunch of the year stress-free!


Champagne Jazz Lunch at The Vineyard
Sunday 13th December
Opening times: 12pm to 4pm
£55 per person

The perfect way to begin the festive celebrations;live jazz, great food and unlimited Champagne! Sit back, relax and listen to the soulful sounds of jazz whilst enjoying a three course lunch and unlimited** Champagne with friends and family.
**Unlimited Champagne will only be served during lunch from starter to dessert.


Dick Whittington At The Corn Exchange
27th November 2015 to 3rd January 2016
Call: 0845 5218 218
Ticket prices apply

The 2015 Corn Exchange Christmas Pantomime is full of adventure, danger and magic. Joined by his cat and Sarah the Cook, Dick Whittington is trying to seek his fortune. Will he defeat the devilish King Rat, or save his love, Alice? Sure to be lots of fun and laughter, some performances are sold out already so book your tickets quickly!


A Merry Christmas At Basildon Park
28th November 2015 to 5th January 2016
Opening Times: 10:00 – 15:00
Call: 01491 672382
Ticket prices apply

This Georgian Mansion, surrounded by parkland, will be beautifully decorated for Christmas. Explore the wintery gardens with their trail and see the lovingly restored mansion with fine paintings, fabrics and furniture which you can still see today. Make the most of your visit by treating yourself to cream tea, explore the refined house, or breathe in the fresh air by taking one of their marked trails through the 400 acres of historic parkland.


New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at The Vineyard
31st December
Six courses with matching latitude wines, live band, dancing, fireworks and nibbles at midnight.
£249 per person

Join us this New Year’s Eve as we take you on a food and wine matching journey exploring and enjoying wines from 30 to 50° north and south of the equator. Wines flourish between these latitudes and vineyards produce wines of the highest quality. Together with a specially created menu, celebrate New Year’s Eve with New and Old World wines hand-picked by our sommelier team to perfectly match with each course.


Spotlight on Festival Exhibitors: Two Cocks Brewery

In just under a week we welcome our sixth annual Wine Festival. It is back with a diference. We have invited esteemed friends from the drinks trade, including our brewery partner, Two Cocks Brewery. Here, we learn a little more about them.

Brewery

Phil and Michael started Two Cocks Brewery in 2011 and now produce award–winning ale in small batches using water drawn from the farm’s borehole.

Using this clear, fresh and sweet tasting water and some of the farm’s own hedgerow hops in every brew gives the beers a distinctive edge.

Hot on sustainability, the spent grain is used to feed the farm’s livestock and the spent hops are used to enrich the soil.

The Two Cocks name and hand-applied feather on every bottle label gives a nod to the brewery’s poultry farm roots and underlines the brewery’s desire to produce artisan beers with a known provenance. The beers have already won 17 major awards and gained a following of several Michelin-starred chefs.

The beers all have Civil War-inspired names in honour of the fact that the brewery is based on a Roundhead encampment of the 1643 battle of Newbury.

Mushrooms: A Seasonal Delight

‘Tis the season for richer game-flavoured dishes thanks to in-season game meats and woodland crops. Our forests are generous with a wealth of delights for us to choose from and we explore the seasonal delight of mushrooms.

There are hundreds of common mushroom varieties such as button and brown mushroom buts some of the tastiest include field mushrooms, morels, oyster mushrooms and blewits. Field mushrooms are delicious with sautéed butter and herbs and are found in summer and autumn in rich open manured grasslands grazed by horses or cows. Morels are best cooked with a touch of cream and chopped chives – they have a light honeycomb pattern and a delicate scent. Oyster mushrooms are found in later autumn and have a very mild flavour – they are delicious fricasseed or sautéed with garlic or finished with cream on a steak.

Mushrooms are so versatile and go well with many other ingredients such as shellfish, poultry and meat. Wild game (also in season) with wild mushrooms is an especially good match – they are made for each other. Mushrooms are also a great option for vegetarians.

The flavour texture and scent of wild mushrooms, available either dried or fresh are very distinct – cultivated mushrooms are more widely available but are no match for the unique appeal of their wild cousins!

January Events in Berkshire

January Events in Berkshire

January Events in Berkshire

9th to 30th January – Basildon Park – Lift the January Blues

10am to 3pm
There are lots of January events in Berkshire that you can enjoy including this great trail to explore in Basildon Park. Blow away the cobwebs with a motivational trail around the 400 acre historic parkland as you get ready for the year ahead. Take a tour around the Georgian Manor that was lovingly restored by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the mid 1950s. And why not treat yourself to a cream tea and experience the nostalgia of their 1950s kitchen?

Suitable for all ages. Normal Admission Charges Apply.
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23rd January – Lee Nelson – Suited and Booted at New Greenham Arts

National tour warm-up – 7.30pm
Lee Nelson is back with a brand new show and will be warming up for us highly anticipated nationwide tour with a series of intimate gigs! He’s hosted Live at the Apollo and you may have caught him trying to join the England Squad as Premier League footballer Jason Bent.
“Never lost for words, never less than ingenious. . . a seamlessly entertaining touring show” The Times.
Tickets – £15
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25th January – WSET Level 1 Award in Wine at The Vineyard

9.30 to 5pm
Improve your wine knowledge with this informative and fun January event in Berkshire. Learn all about wine and gain an internationally recognised qualification in one day. Plus, enjoy a three course lunch with matching wines. This course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in wine and would like to know more about the different wine styles, food and wine pairing, and the correct way to store and serve wine.
£199 per person
Please contact us on 01635 589407 to book and for further details see our website


25th January – Bolshoi Live – Swan Lake at the Corn Exchange

This is a not to be missed January event in Berkshire. Live and Encore performances by the Bolshoi Ballet on screen at the Corn Exchange direct from Moscow. Swan Lake tells the tragic love story of Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried. With Tchaikovsky’s famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried, and will no doubt be performed to perfection by the unparalleled virtuosity of Russia’s great Bolshoi Ballet. This universal and enchanting masterpiece of love, deception and drama is a must.
Tickets from £12
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Team Building Activities

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Team Building Activities

When planning a team building away day during the autumn and winter months, there are plenty of activities that will get your colleagues in the mood for a challenge. Outdoor activities are often weather dependent, but you can’t beat getting out in the fresh air and participating in a team challenge.

In the Newbury area, you can choose from outdoor sports such as clay pigeon shooting, archery, 4 x 4 off roading and the Italian job adventure to name just a few. All are just a short drive away from The Vineyard hotel in Stockcross making it an ideal five star meeting venue in Berkshire.

A full day’s shooting at nearby Royal Berkshire Shooting School costs from £149 per person plus vat. For this, each person will receive expert tuition catered to your level of experience, you will also receive up to 150 cartridges and clays, gun hire and all the insurances you need. A refreshing lunch is also provided and the School organises a post lunch competition involving the whole team. To finish the day, there is a prize giving with refreshments. If you can’t spare a whole day then a half day costs from just £99 per person plus vat.

The ‘Italian Job Adventure’ otherwise known as the ‘Parmesan Job’ is one of the most fun, light hearted team building activities you’ll find to get all your colleagues motivated. Each team will get their very own mini for the day and will the objective of completing a customised ‘Italian Job’ style adventure by following a trail of clues and completing a range of enthralling challenges along the way. The types of challenges include breaking into a hidden van and cracking the safe whilst keeping under cover. Photographs will be taken along the way, which you’ll get to keep to remember the day by.

Whether you choose to do a full day or half day activity, your team will feel energised helping your meeting that day or the next be as productive as possible. With five great meeting spaces here at The Vineyard, combining team building activities with a meeting is certainly something to consider when planning your next corporate get together.

Events in Berkshire this November

Newbury racecourse photo

Spectacular Fireworks Display at Newbury Racecourse
Saturday 1st November – 5.30pm
Newbury Racecourse will be hosting a charity fireworks display this Saturday joined by Roary the Lion and friends. There will also be other entertainment taking place during the evening.

Tickets are available from a number of shops around Newbury & Thatcham.

Prices
Under fives are free. Children and Adults £5 on the night of the display. Save and buy your tickets in advance.

Gates open at 5.30pm and the fireworks start at 7.30pm.

For further details on where to buy tickets or about the display visit their website 


Wine School – All about US Wines
Wednesday 5th November – 6.30pm to 8pm
When we think of wine from the US, California often springs to mind, but there are many other states who produce good quality wine. Let us take you on a journey across America tasting many different styles of US wine from New York, Oregon, Georgia and Washington.

£30 per person

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Twelfth Night at The Watermill Theatre
Wednesday 12th to 15th November – 7.30pm (6.30pm on 15th)
One of the events in Berkshire this November that’s definitely worth attending. The Young Company is delighted to present Shakespeare’s most famous comedy celebrating love and life in all its excesses and absurdity. Anarchy and music abound in this, the most complicated of love triangles.

Tickets – £11

Please see the website to purchase tickets and for more details


The Vineyard Wine Festival Weekend
14th November – Wine Festival Dinner – £120 per person
7pm arrival for 7.30pm
We begin the Wine Festival Weekend with a fantastic five course dinner matched with two superb wines per course selected from wineries who will be showcasing their wines for you to taste the following day. Join us for this special dinner and enjoy great food, wine and company. View menu
Five course dinner with two matched wines per course and Schramsberg Californian sparkling wine aperitif – £120 per person

15th November – Wine Festival Tasting – £25 per person
12pm to 4pm
Join us for our fifth annual wine festival with over 150 wines available to taste from suppliers around the globe. Have fun and deepen your wine knowledge, chat with suppliers and winemakers, and attend our masterclasses throughout the day. Taste and enjoy wines from Peter Michael Winery, Schramsberg, Rudd Estate, Champagne Taittinger, Boutinot, Les Caves de Pyrene and more.
Wine ticket – £25 per person
Masterclass ticket – £5 per person

Please call us on 01635 589407 to book and discover more online


Stockfest Christmas Craft Fair at Stockcross
Saturday 15th November 11am – 4pm
Stockfest Christmas Craft Fair to be held at Sutton Hall, Church Road, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8LN. Pop along to the Christmas gift fair with over 20 stalls selling great festive gifts for all the family. There will be refreshments suitable for everyone available such as sandwiches, Christmas cakes, mince pies and drinks.

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The bet365 Hennessy Festival at Newbury Racecourse

27th to 29th November

The biggest race weekend in the winter social calendar is almost up on us. Get your tickets to one of the most anticipated events in racing, the world famous Gold Hennessy cup, which incorporates the competitive spirit, history and elegance of the sport in three days of thrilling horseracing.

Day One
The bet 365 Listed Intermediate Hurdle as well as the feature race, The bet365 Novices’ Chase. Tickets are available from £14.40

Day Two
The Grade 2 Fuller’s London Pride Novices’ Chase along with a strong supporting card of races.
Tickets are available from £20.

Day Three
Feel the anticipation in the air on the final day of the festival which features the historic Hennessy Gold Cup and the bet365 Long Distance Hurdle.
Tickets are available from £30

The Three Day Festival ticket is available from just £45 for the Grandstand Enclosure and £55 for Premier.

 For further details see their website 


Switching on the Christmas Lights at Newbury
Sunday 30th November
One of the last events in Berkshire this November for all the family. Join Santa to make Newbury light up with the switching of the festive lights. There will be a parade which starts at 5:30pm as well as some traditional treats such as a German bratwurst sausage stall and some mouth-watering mulled wine.

There will be live music throughout the day and stalls selling some quirky Christmas gifts, and at 6.30pm the Christmas lights switch-on will take place on Wharf Street.

There will be hot food, sweets and doughnuts available in the Market Place so come along and enjoy the fun and bring the whole family!

For further details see their website