Whether you’re visiting Berkshire for the holidays or are a local to the area, there are plenty of festive Christmas-themed events that you will find to enjoy throughout the season. Ring in the holidays through fun-filled events that are sure to give you that holiday spirit that you’ve been searching for. From Christmas parties to live theatre performances and spots to meet none other than Father Christmas himself, you will find it all and so much more during your stay in Berkshire. Here are just a few Christmas events and festivities that are planned for the upcoming 2013 Christmas season.
Christmas Party Nights at Beaumont Estate
From the 1st of November through the beginning of February, there’s no better place to spend your evenings than at Christmas Party Nights at Beaumont Estate. Celebrate Christmas with a delicious 3 course meal, bottle of wine, festive table decorations, party novelties and a disco unlike any other. With easy access to major roadways and railways, there’s no better and more convenient spot to celebrate the season than at Beaumont Estate.
The Moulin Rouge
Head to the Royal Berkshire Conference Center during the 2013 Christmas season for a trip to The Moulin Rouge. Guests will be able to transport themselves back to the year of 1889 when the quaint cobbled streets of Paris where buzzing with the arrival of the new music hall. Different party packages at The Moulin Rouge include Moulin Rouge theming, a hearty 3 course dinner, half a bottle of wine per each guest, jugs of water, Christmas-themed novelty items, unlimited beer and soft drinks, a mime artist performer, a fortune teller, Parisian street entertainers, a DJ, disco and can-can dancers for your ultimate enjoyment. These one-of-a-kind themed nights are truly a must-do during the holiday season.
On the 15th of December, be sure to visit the Elves Workshop at the Grovefield House Hotel. This amazing experience is one that your children will not soon forget. Children can make their very own Christmas gifts in the workshop where the elves work followed by a delicious lunch with festive menu. Menu options include Rudolph’s Red Tomato Soup, Santas Roast Turkey and Rich Dark Chocolate Torte with winter berries. A North Pole Milkshake, mince pies and coffee are also available for purchase.
Head to Green Park in Berkshire on the 5th of December to experience Winter Wonderland. Children and adults alike can enjoy fun activities including the Snow Throw, Santa’s Sleigh Ride, Gingerbread Factory and Special Delivery. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus in Santa’s Grotto, make a custom card at the photo booth, sample mulled wine and minced pies at The Taste of Christmas and much more.
Christmas Craft Fair
Berkshire is home to the Christmas Craft Fair held on December 1st at the Shaw House. Come and enjoy carol singing, hot soup, mulled wine and tombola as you make your way around the fair, visiting the different craft stalls that are set up by local vendors. From festive Christmas gifts to hand-made goods and treats, you’ll find it all and more while shopping at the Christmas Craft Fair in Berkshire.
Christmas Ornaments Fair
On December 7th, visitors can check out the Macdonald Hotel for the unique Christmas Ornaments Fair. This event creates a forest of sorts where you can shop around for the perfect Christmas decorations for your tree at home. Vendors each set up their own trees complete with works of art hanging on them for you to enjoy and purchase. Each ornament is designed to tell a story and are all 100% handmade. Pick your favorite ornaments straight from the tree and take them home to display on your own.
Berkshire is home to many other Christmas festivities and events. Some of these include the Herons Farm Christmas Fayre, Hurst Christmas Tree lights and the Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra Family Christmas Concert. Families of all ages are sure to find something to enjoy this holiday season.
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BERKSHIRE PLANS TO OPEN BUS LANES TO MOTORBIKES
Berkshire traffic officials have agreed a 28-day public consultation before it opens 13 more bus lanes and two more bus gates around the town to motorbikes, excluding main routes around the town centre.
Proposed bus lanes to be approved for motorbikes include Southampton Street northbound, Vastern Road southbound, London Road heading out of town, Norcot Road, Duke Street and Gun Street between 11am-4pm and 7pm-7am as well as the bus gates in Duke Street and Stanshawe Road.
BERKSHIRE DRIVING, BRIDGE MAINTRENANCE WESTBOUND M4 NR JUNCTION 12
The Highways agency has just released notice for planned maintenance on the westbound M4 near Junction 12 in Berkshire. This planned maintenance is on the bridge over the M4 and is set to last until March 2014.
Important components will be repaired on the bridge that carries the M4 over the Reading to Taunton railway line, to the east of junction 12. The work will involve narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit on the westbound M4 with overnight lane closures.
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