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Holme Grange Pony Rides

Holme Grange May Half Term 2018

There’s lots of fun for everyone at Holme Grange in May half term. As well as our usual resident workshops & parties, we have an action packed schedule of extra activities!

We’re delighted to welcome back Santolina Stables with their popular pony rides.
The ponies will be in the paddock on;
Tues 29th and Thur 31st May – 11am – 3pm.
(With an hours break for lunch at 12.30)

Berkshire Reptile Encounters will be back with their amazing reptilian menagerie! Meet the reptiles on Tues 29th May between 11am & 3pm.

We’ll also be joined by talented Face painter, Artist’s Harvest on Tues 29th and Thur 31st May – 11am – 3pm.

See you soon!

Small charges will apply for each activity.
Times and dates may be subject to change – watch our Facebook page for updates.

Refill Water Bottles

Tap Water Refill Wokingham

Refill is a national practical tap water campaign that aims to make refilling your bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by introducing refill points on every street.

We know water fountains can be expensive to install and maintain, so now friendly cafes, shops, hotels and businesses are welcoming people in to refill your water bottle – for free

The Problem with Plastic

Plastic pollution is damaging the health of our oceans. From plankton to pilot whales, algae to albatross ― no ocean life remains free from the effects of plastic waste … it’s even found in the seafood we eat. It’s been dubbed as “one of the most serious emerging threats to marine biodiversity,” by the Convention on Biological Diversity and between 8 and 12 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year – over 80% of it coming from land-based sources. The main contributor is larger plastic litter, including everyday items such as drinks bottles and other types of plastic packaging, as well as sewage-related related debris, such as cotton buds, wet wipes, sanitary waste and microbeads.

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and it’s predicted that figure will rise by another 20% by 2021. However global efforts to collect and recycle the bottles to keep them from polluting the oceans, are just not keeping up.

Here in the UK, the average household uses 480 plastic bottles a year, but only recycles 270 of them – meaning nearly half (44%) are NOT put in the recycling. This means that nationally, of the over 35 million plastic bottles being used every day in the UK, nearly 16 million plastic bottles aren’t being put out for recycling.

If just one in ten Brits refilled once a week, we’d have 340 million less plastic bottles a year in circulation!

Tap Water Refill Wokingham

A Refill Campaign was introduced in Henley, October 2017 to help reduce plastic waste. Chocolate Cafe Henley has signed up to the official scheme. But did you know that all our Chocolate Cafes, have always offered to provide tap drinking water and you may refill water bottles?

We have countless cyclists throughout the year, together with walkers and people visiting Holme Grange. Whilst there is an official scheme in Henley you can get free water for your bottle in the Chocolate Café here at Wokingham, Chocolate Cafe Henley or Chocolate Cafe Goring.

Vintage Day

Vintage Day Saturday 26th May 12pm – 4pm

Our annual Vintage Day is almost upon us. This is a traditional annual event half here at Holme Grange Craft Village Centre and its the first time we’ve held this special event on a bank holiday weekend so if you are looking for FREE fun in the sunshine come along to Holme Grange Craft Village on Saturday.

The fun starts at 12 midday. There will be classic cars, WW2 military vehicles and weaponry, live music from three different swing bands, face painters and live painting.

The Royal British Legion will be attending, plus all the usual attractions and shops as well as prizes for the best-dressed visitors (male and female) so please come in your best vintage clothing you could walk away with a great prize!

Our Chocolate Café is open from 10: am for breakfast and is also running a BBQ and bar, serving Pimms, Prosecco and bottle beer.