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What’s on in April in Berkshire

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Wednesday 2nd April – Wine School at The Vineyard – Chocolate and Wine Hedonism – 6.30pm to 8pm
With chocolate being one of the hardest foods to match with wine, we’ll be looking and tasting a range of wines that pair up exceedingly well, including Port, fortified dessert wines and rich red wines. Chocolate and wine will never be a difficult pairing again! £30 per person
Discover more about our wine schools
Please call us on 01635 589407 to book


Friday 4th to Monday 21st April – Easter on the farm at Bucklebury Park Farm
Come and feed the lambs and go on an Easter egg hunt! Enjoy a delicious meal from Woody’s the new cafe and tea rooms. Set in a stunning 74-acre site they have a host of attractions including: deer park, farm animals, indoor play, pedal go-cart track, tractor rides (included in your admission price), refreshments, adventure playground, a wild walk, Be a farmer club and den building.

Bucklebury Farm Park offers a magical experience and a great value day out whatever the weather, that will appeal to the whole family, school groups, senior citizens’ clubs, or just a couple of friends. Opening times 10am to 6pm (last admission 5:00pm)

A family ticket is priced at £30, adults – £8.95 and children – £7.95.
For further details see www.buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk


Friday 4th April Southern Sinfonia Café concert at The Corn Exchange
1pm onwards
A hot new quartet, The Consone Quartet, winners of the coveted Century Fund Prize, bring the classical sound world through period instruments. Programme to include Purcell, Haydn and Schubert. Tickets from £7.

Discover more at www.southernsinfonia.co.uk and www.southernsinfonia.co.uk


Monday 7th April – Ladies’ Lunch – The Healthier Way to Enjoy Chocolate
12pm – 3pm
Join Anneliese Setchell, nutritionist and owner of www.tonichealthboutique.com, who will give you a fascinating insight into the many health benefits of chocolate as well as delicious examples of how to incorporate it into your diet. Did you know that chocolate has more antioxidants than most other plant foods? It can help with weight management and anti-ageing as well as having anti-inflammatory properties.

Three course lunch with matching wines – £60 per person
Discover more about our ladies’ lunches
Please call us on 01635 589407 to book


Saturday 5th to Tuesday 22nd April – Easter Trail at Beale Park
10am to 4pm
Take part in an Easter Trail & Dig for an Eggstra Special Chocolate Treat! There will be an eggstra special Easter trail at the Park in the Easter half term. All you have to do it complete the trail, hand it into the Park’s restaurant and you will get the chance to dig for a chocolate egg! 50p admission
Discover more at www.bealepark.co.uk


Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April – Dubai Duty Free Weekend – The Racecourse Newbury 
The Flat season gets into full swing with a weekend of quality racing starting on 11th April. Be here to welcome its return in style with a table in The Hennessy restaurant and toast the start of a fantastic summer of racing ahead. The 12th April racing day is crowned by the Group 3 Aon Greenham Stakes, as well as a host of entertainment for all the family. The day is also devoted to new racegoers through ‘Inside Track’, an array of features and demonstrations aiming to introduce racing to curious, inexperienced racegoers.
Tickets from £14.40 per day – buy online


Friday 11th to 13th April – All about Gardening Show at Newbury Showground
9.30am to 5pm
The All about Gardening show, organised by Aztec Events will also be treating visitors to its pawsitively spectacular All About Dogs Show. So whether you’re a serious green-fingered enthusiast or just looking for a ‘grrrreat’ way to entertain the entire family, the Newbury showground will have it all.

Popular TV presenter and prolific author Pippa Greenwood will be giving grow-your-own advice on Saturday April 12th and on Sunday April 13th. Celebrity Ground Force gardener Charlie Dimmock will be offering a huge crop of advice on choosing and installing water features.

Aztec events have a 2 for 1 offer on at the moment until 8th April 2014. Simply visit www.aztecevents.co.uk tickets and quote the promotional code NEW14, which will gain you entry to both shows. But don’t delay! Availability is limited. Parking is free and dogs are allowed on leads.
Discover more –  www.visitnewbury.org.uk


Saturday 12th April – History Walk at Greenham and Crookham common
10am to 12.30pm
A gentle walk led by local enthusiast Lloyd Garvey. Walk through time as you discover the vast history of Greenham Common and the surrounding area. Discover how our history has shaped the landscape; from Roman remains and Civil War battles, all the way to World War 2 and the Cold War. Finally, learn about the restoration of the common and why it looks the way it does today.

Dogs on leads welcome. Meet at Greenham Common Control Tower car park, off Bury’s Bank Road, Greenham Common, nr Newbury, Berks. Free entry.
Discover more – www.bbowt.org.uk


Friday 25th April – A Delicate Pairing – Chocolate and Wine Matching Dinner
7pm arrival for 7.30pm
For many years now, chocolate and wine have been enjoyed together, but it can be tricky to get the pairing just right. Join us for this truly indulgent dinner and discover more about the wines that can be matched with both sweet and savoury dishes, and why they go together so well.
Four courses with matching wines and chocktail aperitif – £95 per person
Please call us on 01635 589407 to book
Discover more about our wine dinners


Tuesday 29th April – Tutti Day at Hungerford Town Hall
8am to 10am
Hungerford residents are the only people in Britain still to don their costumes as part of the Hocktide celebrations. Tutti-Day (the second Tuesday after Easter), marks the end of the financial and administrative year.

The Bellman (who is also Town Crier) summons the Commoners to the Court, while the two Tutti-men work their way around the town, visiting every house with common rights, numbering nearly 100 in total. In the past they would have collected the ‘head penny’ from each householder, but nowadays the most they collect is a kiss from the ladies of the house, and a little hospitality to help them on their way.
Discover more - www.hungerford.uk.net

Discover more about Californian Wineries

Vin-de-Cal is the international sales representative for select small family-owned wineries in California; Schramsberg, Ferrari-Carano, Benovia and Talley. Taste wines from all these wineries on Saturday 15th March at The Vineyard from 11am to 5pm and attend masterclasses throughout the day for just £40 for two tickets. Discover more

Schram - old imageSchramsberg was originally founded in 1862 by Joseph Schram, who made still wine. When he died the winery lay dormant until Jack and Jamie Davies bought it in 1965. The Davies’ plan was to make sparkling wine the same way that Champagne is made as no one in the U.S. was doing this. In 1972 President Nixon chose their Blanc de Blancs to toast Premier Zhou Enlai when the U.S. re-opened relations with China.

Schram - bottle displaySince that day Schramsberg has been poured by every President at the White House. The wines are frequently mistaken for Champagne in blind tastings. The wines are all vintage dated. The J Schram is Schramsberg’s signature wine and is the perfect balance of acidity and richness. The Blanc de Blancs is the most popular wine and works well as an aperitif and as an accompaniment to food. The winery is now in the hands of the Davies’ youngest son, Hugh.

bottle display - FCFerrari-Carano was founded by Don and Rhonda Carano in 1981. Both Caranos are of Italian descent and the rolling hills of Alexander Valley reminded them of Italy. They chose to add Don’s grandmother’s name, Ferrari, to the name of their winery as a tribute to her. Ferrari-Carano began by making Chardonnay and Fume Blanc. They established a highly acclaimed reputation for these wines. They added their red wines a few years later and are now known for both red and white wines.

FC - coupleThe Fume Blanc continues to be one of their best loved wines. A well rounded, flavourful wine that is highly regarded by consumers and restaurants, and often served as a wine-by-the glass. On the red side, the Merlot is a favorite having rich berry fruit with firm structure, able to have as a glass,but perfect with duck or beef.

Benovia owners - hi resBenovia is a small winery owned by the couple, Joe Anderson and Mary Dewane, and the winemaker, Mike Sullivan. They founded the winery in 2007 when they bought the land in Russian River. They now also own a vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. Mike Sullivan built a reputation for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay before joining Jo and Mary in this venture.

Benovia offers Russian River Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as several vineyard select Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. The wines are consistently regarded highly by well-respected critics year after year Although the winery is small its reputation is growing for the balance of fruit and texture the wines provide. The Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are bright, full-flavoured wines on their own, but a great accompaniment to meals. The individual vineyard select wines are distinct in each case, reflecting the terroir where they are grown. Enjoy a vineyard designated Pinot Noir with fowl or heartier fish and the combination proves that the marriage of wine and food makes both better.

Talley coupleTalley began in 1948 when Oliver Talley founded Talley Farms and started growing specialty vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley. During the 1970s extensive planting of wine grapes began in the neighbouring Edna Valley and Santa Barbara County areas. After observation and extensive analysis, Oliver’s son, Don Talley, was convinced of the potential to grow high quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on the steep hillsides above Talley Farms. Don planted a small test plot in 1982. Over time the varietal and clonal selections were refined and planting expanded to a total of 165 acres in the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys.

Talley Vineyards produced its first wine in 1986 with the production of 450 cases. Today the third generation, Brian and Johnine Talley, own and operate Talley Vineyards. Producing only Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays fromtheir vineyards, the Talleys have put Arroyo Grande on the wine map. Their goal is to produce distinctive wines of consistently high quality that best express the unique character of each of the Talley family’s six vineyard sites in the two valleys.

Talley’s wines are highly regarded for their character and balance. The vineyard specific Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are frequently singled out by wine writers for their reflection of the vineyard where they were grown. The wines are full-bodied, rich in fruit and exceptional in their pairing with food.

March Events in Berkshire

Friday 14th March 2014 – An Audience with Nicholas Parsons at Watermill Theatre – 2pm

Join the famous Radio 4 presenter for an afternoon of entertainment. Funny, enjoyable and a real treat, this is not to be missed. Nicholas Parsons takes his audience on a humorous and nostalgic journey through the memorabilia of his long and eventful life. Seeing the funny side of every situation, he highlights with superb and often hilarious observation those events that have shaped his career. His comic timing and accurate observation creates a cast of characters that make this a wonderful afternoon of comedy, which has his audience entertained and laughing throughout. Join Nicholas afterwards in the bar for tea and cake.

Ticket prices £30 per person

For further details please visit www.watermill.org.uk

Friday 14th March – Peter Michael Winery Dinner at The Vineyard– 7pm

Join The Vineyard, the Michael family and Hugh Johnson, wine writer and expert, for the Peter Michael Winery Dinner where you will have the rare opportunity to try the latest and back vintages of Peter Michael wines perfectly matched with a five course dinner. View menu and discover more

Wine dinner – £120 per person or a table of 10 is £960
Saturday tasting ticket – £30 per person

Please call us on 01635 589453 to book

Saturday 15th March – Californian Wine Tasting at The Vineyard – 11am to 5pm

On Saturday 15th March, we are hosting a wine tasting of over 50 Californian wines. Come and meet the winemakers, join us for wine masterclasses throughout the day and discover more about Californian wine.

Please call us on 01635 589453 to book

Saturday 15th March – Meet the Wineries Dinner at The Vineyard – 7pm

Enjoy a five course discovery dinner where five of California’s well known wineries will host the evening along with James Hocking, Vineyard Cellars’ Director of Wine, showcase their favourite wines and give you an insight into why their wineries keep ahead of the vinous world. View menu and discover more
£95 per person

Please call us on 01635 589453 to book

Wednesday 19th March – HG2 Homegrown at The Corn Exchange – 7.45pm

Children, young people and professional dancers come together in an evening of dance that spans the breadth of talent in Newbury and surrounding areas. It has been three years since the first production of HOMEGROWN in 2011 celebrating the wealth of dance talent from here in West Berkshire. Since then we have continued to have a thriving community for dance and more young dancers have trained, graduated and are now professional dancers in their own right and so it is time for HG2 to celebrate these achievements and see the dancers of today, tomorrow and the years to come.

Tickets £10 (concessions £7)

For more information please visit www.cornexchangenew.com

Saturday 29th March – Elke Brooks at The Corn Exchange, Newbury – 7.45pm

Performing some of her classic hits, blues and jazz, an electric evening with Elkie Brooks is guaranteed to leave you begging for more. Quite simply one of the most successful and popular singers the UK has ever produced and still proving to be one of the most powerful and versatile vocal talents of our generation. With numerous hit singles, million selling albums and awards, her annual tours are a treat for fans old and new.
Tickets prices £25 per person

For more information please visit www.cornexchangenew.com

Sunday 30th March – Mother’s Day at The Vineyard

Sunday Lunch – 12pm to 2pm
Treat your Mum on her special day and enjoy a three course lunch with a glass of Champagne. All Mums will receive an exclusive Red Grape spa gift to enjoy at home.
£50 per person

Afternoon Tea – 3pm to 5.30pm
Enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea with carefully created cakes, warm scones and finger sandwiches with your choice of tea or coffee. View sample menu
£22.50 per person

Please call us on 01635 528770 to book

How the Wine World has Changed

Over the last few months I have been working alongside James Hocking of The Vineyard Cellars on the new Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses that we are able to offer. It was while studying and preparing for this, when it struck me how much has changed in the 15 years or so since I originally started in the wine industry.

When the old world was dominant
Back then France was still the dominant country, with Spain and Italy close behind. Germany was having real problems shaking their cheap, sweet wine image and Austria was still suffering from the disastrous effects of the anti freeze scandal. Meanwhile in the New World, Australia was just seeing its gutsy Shiraz and Oaked Chardonnays gather momentum, New Zealand was on the rising tide of Cloudy Bay and its gooseberry laden Sauvignon Blancs, South Africa was stuck with Apartheid, California was overpriced and difficult to source, while South America couldn’t quite work out what it was producing!

We now have so much choice
Now though, the wine industry, and particularly the choice available in the UK, is booming! The choice from Europe has grown massively with new wines from old areas, but also increased competition arriving from the east, with Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary and Bulgarian wines improving immensely. Particularly at The Vineyard we have seen a dramatic increase in Austrian wines with Gruner Veltliner and Blaufrankisch being of great excitement. Germany has seen a massive increase as their style of wines has become more commonly bone dry in style, with the sharp zesty citrus fruit appeal that works beautifully with Oriental influenced sashimi style seafood.
As for the New World… well we certainly weren’t seeing as many wines from China, Japan and India on our wine lists as we do now! New Zealand has moved on, to produce top quality Central Otago Pinot Noirs and Gimblett Gravel Cab blends. South Africa now offers some of the best value and most interesting wines around, especially from the burgeoning Swartland District, then we come to California…

How California has changed
It is quite easily apparent the huge steps that have been taken to not only improve quality but also value for money. Cooler areas like Sonoma coast, Monterey and the hillsides above and around Napa instead of the valley floor are providing some excellent examples of varietal wine making. Meanwhile a touch of delicate acidity from this mountain fruit has added balance to many of the hottest Cabernet blends around.

Of course, the best way to notice these changes and improvements is to taste it yourself, so why not join us for our Californian Wine Weekend on 14th and 15th March. There’s something for everyone. So whether you’re wanting to try as many wonderful Californian wines as you can, or are looking for a really special evening where you’ll have the rare opportunity to try some of the Peter Michael Winery best and highly sought after wines, you won’t be disappointed. Discover more – www.the-vineyard.co.uk/CalifornianWineWeekend.asp

What I’m really looking forward to is the Les Pavots vertical tasting at 4.30pm on 15th March where you’ll get the chance to try some of the more recent vintages. Be sure to sign up soon as I know this will be the most popular of them all.

Cheers

Alan

Tonic’s “I Do” Nutrition Pod

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Blog by Anneliese Setchell – www.tonichealthboutique.com

Every bride wants to look and feel like a million dollars on their wedding day. But having to cope with mounting to-do lists, engagement drinks, hen celebrations, choosing the wedding breakfast menu and drink tastings can often lead to stress eating and eating on the run which can take their toll.

Anneliese Setchell, owner of Tonic Health Boutique in Hungerford, has developed a unique nutrition plan called the “I Do” pod to ensure you look and feel fabulous on your wedding day, leaving you to focus on planning the big event!

While many brides focus on reaching their target weight for their wedding day, the “I Do” pod also ensures they are energized, radiant and calm. They can look forward to having beautiful skin with no hint of bloating or puffiness as well as strong nails and shiny hair.

Nutrition plans and bespoke recommendations

The “I Do” Pod includes a 30-day cleanse to whip the body into shape and help you reach or maintain your goal weight with a nutrition plan written by Anneliese that has meal suggestions, beauty foods and a shopping list. Bespoke supplement recommendations help to combat specific health concerns such as constipation, skin problems, hormone imbalances, stress and poor sleep. A post-wedding strategy will help you avoid regaining the weight you have worked hard to lose and you’ll also receive a 45-minute telephone consultation with Anneliese that will create a bespoke plan that suits you.

The plan helps you with all kinds of mild digestive disorders which can compromise a radiant complexion and a flat tummy. It also helps with weight loss and to balance blood sugar levels so that you’re on top form throughout the busy pre-wedding period when you are likely to be flat out trying to combine a job with planning the biggest day of your life.

Combating sleepless nights and reducing stress levels

Beauty sleep is vital and will keep you feeling and looking calm and collected. Many brides suffer from sleepless nights as they are unable to switch off and so putting a good sleep strategy into place can work wonders. There is also help at hand to reduce those damaging stress-induced hormones steering you away from burn-out and the overwhelming pressure of the mounting to-do list.

Anneliese adds: “This unique package provides the necessary support to help you become the beautiful, radiant and calm bride you deserve to be. It enables you to reach the aisle without feeling worn out, full of cold and a few pounds heavier than you had planned.

“Don’t forget it doesn’t end on the day itself, as the plan will also enable you proudly unveil your bikini body for the honeymoon!”

Anneliese will be at The Vineyard Wedding Fair on Sunday 2nd March so pop over and say hello.

Discover more about The Wedding Fair

 

Chile – One of the most exciting wine producing countries

At the moment, I think that Chile is one of the best and most exciting wine producing countries. Despite the fact it being a “New World” wine country, Chile is in fact fairly old as vines were first planted in 1548 by Spanish colon, Brother Fransisco de Carabantes.

The first grape variety planted was Mission (known as Pais in Chile). The name refers to the Catholic missions where they were generally grown and the wine had, as a main purpose, to be served during the masses. Another exciting fact about this country is that it remains Phylloxera free, meaning that some of the vineyards are 100 or more years old.

Because of the length of the country, vineyards were planted mainly nearby where people were living, close to the big cities. The problem was that most of the vineyards were planted in the wrong place. The tendency is changing and wineries are nowadays looking more into the different terroirs and where the different grapes would best been grown to show all their potential.

The main grape varieties you are likely to find are Sauvignon Blanc; usually producing wines of great freshness and flavours, but without being as vegetal or herbaceous as the cousin from New Zealand. Chardonnays also are magnificent and tend to develop more tropical aromas such as lychee and coconut. Riesling is also found and gives good results.

In term of red wines, the very local Carmenere is a great example of Chile’s wine identity. Carmenere used to be grown in Bordeaux during the 17th to 18th Century, but is not really used any longer. This grape variety has a very long history as Carmenere and Merlot used to be planted together in the same vineyard, however, winemakers didn’t know that. In fact you could have bought a bottle of red wine labeled as being a Merlot and find 90% of this grape.

It wasn’t before 1994 that Carmenere was really discovered as a grape and was split from Merlot vineyard to be produced on its own. Then, in 1998, the Chilean Department of Agriculture officially recognised Carmenere as a distinct grape variety. Alongside this fantastic variety, you will find the more classic Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah which are all, given the right conditions, producing wines of great character.

If you are interested in discovering more about this beautiful country, I would be glad to welcome you to our Casa Lapostolle Wine Dinner taking place on Friday 28th February. View menu and more details

Casa Lapostolle is owned by the Lapostolle-Marnier family of Grand Marnier and was established in 1994. Since then, its notoriety has never stopped to grow and it is nowadays regarded as one of the best winery.

Discover more

Romain Bourger
Head Sommelier

What’s on in Berkshire this February

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Valentine’s Dinner – Throughout February

Start with a chilled glass of Taittinger Rosé Champagne before creating your very own tasting menu. – we’ll help you match the perfect wines to match each course. To finish, enjoy a glass of Schramsberg Rosé sparkling wine. There will be a special menu to choose from on 14th February. View current menu

£120 per person
Please call us on 01635 528770 to book or book online

Snowdrops Walk at Welford Park

Thursday 30th January to Sunday 2nd March
This breathtaking sight is enjoyed by thousands of visitors throughout the winter months. Over many years and generations, it has been tradition to open the grounds during February so that this wonderful spectacle can be viewed by all who want to see it. After a bracing walk many retire to the Old Laundry Tea Rooms to partake of a light lunch or homemade cake and a pot of tea and take a wander around the Snowdrops Gift Shop.

For further details see www.welfordpark.co.uk. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am-4pm and the car park closes at 5.30pm. Adults £6, Concessions £5, Children 4-16yrs £1, Children under 4 go free

Wine School at The Vineyard – From Sancerre to Muscadet

Wednesday 5th February – 6.30pm to 8pm
Join us for a journey down the picturesque Loire Valley as we taste wine from the central vineyards to the Loire Atlantique. View more wine schools
£30 per person
£55 per person including a two course dinner and matching wines

Please call us on 01635 589407 to book

The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea at The Watermill Theatre

Friday 31st January to Saturday 15th February
It’s the roaring ’20s and five stowaways set sail from England to the USA – the land of opportunities, the land where dreams come true, rags can turn to riches and romance is in the air. Join us on a musical journey across the ocean in this compilation cabaret featuring the infectious music of the period from a company that includes some favourite Watermill actor-musicians. With songs including Ain’t Misbehavin’, Making Whoopee and Night and Day, this scorching collection of intoxicating numbers will warm your heart.

Performance Time – Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm,Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm, Saturday 15 February performances at 1.30pm and 6.30pm For further details see www.watermill.org.uk. Tickets prices start from £15.

Valentine Wolf Walk at The Wolf Conservation Trust

Saturday 15th February from 10am to 12.30pm
Spend your special day at the Trust in the company of our wolves. You will join two of the wolves as they walk around the fields at the Trust. There will be photographic opportunities whilst on the walk, also a gift for your partner on the day. Booking is essential.

Ticket price is £85 for 2 people. For further details, please visit www.ukwolf.org

Live Broadcast of War Horse at The Corn Exchange

Thursday 27th February 2014 at 7pm
The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse, broadcast live from London’s West End. Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit, capturing the imagination of four million people around the world.
Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

For further details see www.cornexchangenew.com. Tickets – Full Price £14, Concessions £12.

An Evening with Casa Lapostolle of Chile

Friday 28th February – 7pm arrival for 7.30pm
Lapostolle has an objective is to create world-class wines using French expertise and the superb terroirs of Chile. And today, Lapostolle owns 370 hectares in three different vineyards and produces a total of 200,000 cases spread over Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenère and Syrah. Discover more

5 course dinner with matching wines
£95 per person

Please call us on 01635 589407 to book

What’s on in Berkshire this January

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Wednesday 15th Jan – Jump Racing at The Racecourse Newbury

10.30 to 4.30pm
The Racecourse Newbury’s first raceday of 2014 and a great way to start the year with a card of exciting Jump racing in store. Enjoy some of the finest raceday hospitality with a Private Box or excellent food and drink in our panoramic restaurants, The Racegoers or The Hennessy Restaurant. Tickets from £14 to £24

See website for more details and to purchase tickets 

Wednesday 15th Jan – Whisky Masterclass – What’s your Favourite Dram?

6.30pm to 8pm
Whether it’s Irish, malt or rye, join us for a whisky masterclass and enjoy tasting whiskies from around the world. Learn more about how they vary in character and the best way to appreciate them. £30 per person

See our website for more details on our wine schools and masterclasses
Please call Ami Williams on 01635 589407 to reserve your place

Saturday 25th Jan – Burn’s Night with Glenmorangie

7pm arrival for 7.30pm
Join us in celebrating the life of Robert Burns starting with whisky cocktails on arrival and a reading from our Glenmorangie host followed by a wee dram to toast the haggis and four course dinner with matching whiskies & wines. £95 per person See menu

Please call Ami Williams on 01635 589407 to reserve your place

Fri 31st Jan to Sat 15th Feb  – Devil & The Deep Blue Sea at Watermill Theatre

A musical compiled by Simon Slater and directed by Simon Slater. It’s the roaring ’20s and five stowaways set sail from England to the USA – the land of opportunities, the land where dreams come true, rags can turn to riches and romance is in the air. Join us on a musical journey across the ocean in this compilation cabaret featuring the infectious music of the period from a company that includes some favourite Watermill actor-musicians. With songs including Ain’t Misbehavin’, Making Whoopee and Night and Day, this scorching collection of intoxicating numbers will warm your heart. Tickets from £15.

See the website for performance times and more information
To purchase tickets call 01635 46044 or email – boxoffice@watermill.org.uk

Events in Berkshire – December 2013

tumblr_mxdt6wRECv1rveocqo1_1280Festive Dining throughout December and January at The Vineyard
Enjoy lunch in our restaurant with friends or colleagues in December from £29 for three dishes (Monday to Thursday). And choose matching wines from just £7 per glass. View our menu and Short Wine List. Please call 01635 528770 to book. Discover more by visiting our website

Hungerford Victorian Extravaganza at Hungerford – Friday 13th December 5pm to 10pm
Every year on the second Friday in December, the Hungerford Victorian Extravaganza heralds the arrival of Christmas. The official opening time is 5pm when the town is alive with steam engines, organs, side stalls, street entertainment, the big wheel and other fairground rides. Crowds can see the bustling street scene; Punch and Judy shows, stilt walkers, clowns, jugglers and for the children and Father Christmas.

The shops will be open with their staff in Victorian dress, some giving out mulled wine and mince pies. See the Grand Parade at 7pm and fireworks at 9pm. Free parking is available at Charnham Park and then proceed on foot to the High Street. For more info, please visit their website

The Vineyard Wine School – Wednesday 11th December – The Christmas Turkey
Quite simply, how to be the perfect host on Christmas Day. What to drink, what to match with it and how to make a lasting impression (for all the right reasons!) in what is surely the most family-orientated, special meal of the year. £30 per person. Please call 01636 528770 to book. Discover more by visiting our website

Carols in the Barnat Bucklebury Saturday 14th December
Come along to Carols in the Barn with complementary mulled wine and mince pies on arrival followed by singing from 5.30-6.30pm. This wonderful evening was really popular last year thanks to the fantastic programme created by Daniel and Sandra Nicholls and their team. It’s a traditional candle-lit carol service from within the rustic barn to celebrate the story of the nativity with farm animals to set the scene. Entry is free to this event. There will be a bar along with hot dogs/soup and hot chestnuts on sale. For more info please call 01189714002 or visit their website

Ballet Theatre UK: The Nutcracker at Arlington Arts Centre – Fri 20th December at 7.30pm
A perfect treat for the Christmas season– a wondrous experience that evokes joy and elevates your spirit to new heights. Whether continuing a valued tradition or discovering the magic of this beloved festive classic for the first time – Ballet Theatre UK’s Nutcracker is sure to leave you with a sense of warmth and treasured memories that will last a lifetime. 17, for more info please call 01635 244246 or visit their website

Christmas and Boxing Day Lunch at The Vineyard
The Vineyard is a place to indulge the palate and refresh the spirit. Where gastronomes and wine lovers indulge and the curious enjoy a new and very different experience. If you’ve not already booked for Christmas Day (£150 per person) or Boxing Day lunch (£50 per person) , why not join us and celebrate with friends and family? Please call 01635 528770 to book. Discover more by visiting our website

New Year’s Eve at The Vineyard – The Big Bottle Bash
Nothing is quite as impressive as seeing an old wine being poured from these large bottles such as Magnums and Jeroboams, so why not join us for a New Year’s Eve party like no other! Our Big Bottle Bash! Before dinner, don’t miss the chance to see our wine team decanting these fantastic wines and sharing some interesting big bottle facts.

Champagne aperitif with canapés, six course dinner with matching wines poured from a variety of large bottle formats, followed by dancing to our live band, fireworks at midnight and a special toast to see in the New Year. £295 per person. Please call 01635 528770 to book. Discover more by visiting our website

Taste of Christmas Fair

Monday 2nd December 2013 – 12 noon to 8pm

In aid of Pelican Cancer Foundation and West Berks Mencap

If you are still looking for the perfect gifts for friends and loved ones and want to buy them something unique and luxurious, come along to the Taste of Christmas Fair at The Vineyard.

There will be exciting stalls selling unique, luxury and affordable gifts, cookery demonstrations and wine tasting. Bring your friends and family to join us for a special Taste of Christmas. Doors open at noon and there will be special offers for lunch and dinner at The Vineyard.

With over thirty stalls at the fair selling gifts and treats for the whole family including clothes, jewellery, stocking fillers, seasonal decorations and plants, here is just a little sneak preview into some of the stalls that will be with us on 2nd December.

Entry to the Fair is only £5 per person and will go to the Pelican Cancer Foundation and West Berks Mencap

Discover more about the Taste of Christmas Fair

Discover more about some of the stalls

Branche d’Olive – a luxurious range of gifts, lifestyle accessories, home fragrances and luxury bath and body products – Visit the website

Polly Ollie Annie – Polly Ollie Annie provides good quality, handmade clothes appropriate for everyday wear as well as the most special occasions. All products are hand sewn and knitted in England. The limited edition vintage range consists of the most precious handpicked antique fabrics, laces and buttons.  Visit the website

Armadillo Jewellerya stunning collection of stylish, delightfully original and utterly wearable jewellery from designers across Europe. Fabulous gift ideas at sensible prices, or that ‘special something’ to wear yourself. There are plenty of lovely things for well under £20 and some very pretty items for less than £10 so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Visit the website

Vintage Tiger – Contemporary and Classic clothing for ladies created from beautiful Velvets and Silks. The styles are mostly original with rich and colourful accessories to match – standard sizes and bespoke. Visit the website

Absolute Snugs – Absolute Snugs was created in 2009  and brings the very best quality, Australian made ugg style boots to the UK consumer, and at a sensible price! Furthermore the purchaser has the reassurance of dealing with a person here in the UK should there be any issues with their purchase. Visit the website

Ila Spa – At ILA they create luxury organic skincare, spa products and treatments. Meaning ‘Earth’ in Sanskrit, ‘ila’ reflects our faith in the power of nature as the source of real wellness. They only use the finest natural plant and mineral ingredients, wild-harvested in remote, untainted regions by artisan producers who value traditional, sustainable practices. Visit the website

Lotus Direct selling handmade and exclusive home accessories, lighting and fashion accessories. Many of their products they source have an ethnic story to tell. Visit the website