Wokingham Food and Drinks Market

Chocolate Tasting Experience

Gourmet treats, home-brewed beers and local honey at a food and drink market in Wokingham this summer

Holme Grange Craft Village in Heathlands Road, Wokingham, Berkshire is hosting the event this August in partnership with The Handmade Craft Company.

We are really pleased to be holding our popular Food and Drink Markets again this year here at Holme Grange Craft Village.

2nd Sunday of each month May – Oct 2019
10am – 3pm

The list of stall holders is growing…. keep checking back for updates.

Silent Pool Gin Distillery – Gin (June, Aug, Sep, Oct)
The Liquor Cart – Prosecco, Cocktails and more (May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct)
Saf’s Kitchen West End – Indian street food (May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct)
Purely FairTraid – Chutneys, teas and more (May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct)
Hellobakehouse – Cupcakes, loaf cakes and more (May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct)
Bond Brews Ltd – Draught and bottled beer (May)
The H’eggs Company – Fresh Pasta (May, June, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct)
Forever Living – Aloe drinks and food supplements (May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct)
Blue Button Bears – Reusabe snack bags (May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct)

Annual Vintage Day at Holme Grange Craft Village

Triumph TR 6

Our Annual Vintage Day full of fun vintage is taking place on Saturday 1st June. From 12:00noon till 16:00

With lots of activities including :-

  • Live Music
  • Military Vehicles
  • Classic Cars
  • Decommissioned Military Weaponary
  • Face Painters
  • Charity Vintage Stalls
  • Vintage Dress Competition – come dressed in your vintage attire to join in with the fun

Face Painting

Easter Holiday Fun at Holme Grange Craft Village

It’s that time of the year again. Your kids are off school and you start wondering what delights to offer your siblings.

Holme Grange is puting on some fabulous activities with favourites like Pony riding and one or two new things.

Santalina Pony RidesPony Rides with Santolina Stables
http://santolinastables.co.uk/

Are a friendly, family run fully licensed riding school working with local schools and other services as well as individuals of all ages! We are one of the few riding schools insured to take children under 4 for Tot’s Trots.

TUES 9th APR – 11am – 3pm, THUR 11th APR – 11am – 3pm, TUES 16th APR – 11am – 3pm, THUR 18th APR – 11am – 3pm.

Pony rides – Santolina Stables (£2.50 per ride) (ponies break for an hour at 12.30pm

 

 

 

BERKSHIRE REPTILE ENCOUNTERS

https://berkshirereptileencounters.co.uk/
Berkshire Reptile EncountersCome and get up close and personal with snakes and reptiles when Berkshire Reptile Encounters return. The ‘Reptile Man’ will be in the village on FRI 19th APRIL From 11am to 3pm there is a small charge to handle the creatures

Berkshire Reptile Rescue was set up in 1996 with the aim to take in, rehabilitate and rehome hundreds of unwanted reptiles.

Berkshire Reptile Encounters provides reptile visits and reptile handling to both individuals, businesses, learning industries and much more. We regularly carry out reptile events for schools, fetes, birthday and other groups. This is sessions are aimed at educate children and others about reptiles and other exotic animals.

Artists HarvestARTISTS HARVEST

Talented face-painter Zoe Pratt will also be in the village on

TUES 16th & FRI19th APRIL

£4 per face

If you’d like to see some of Zoe’s work, take a look at her FaceBook page

https://www.facebook.com/ArtistsHarvest/

sand-art-320Sand Art from Kids Be Happy

Have a go at creating a piece of Sand Art.

Children will learn lots of transferable skills and benefits such as concentration, creativity, colour awarenesss, imagination and lots more. SandArt also learns them how to plan and complete a project.

TUES 16th, WED 17th, THUR 18th APRIL

£2 – £5 per picture

https://kidsbeehappy.com/

Mothering Sunday Cafe Gift Ideas – Wokingham

Mothering Sunday

As early as the 16th century, the fourth Sunday of Lent was called Mothering Sunday, when families came together to attend church. It was traditionally a day off for servants, who could use it to return home and visit their mothers, since they wouldn’t get to see them during the rest of the year… By the early 20th century, Mothering Sunday had evolved into a tradition of spending family time at home.

Children and young people who were given a day off on that date so they could visit their families would pick wild flowers along the way to place in the church or give to their mothers. Eventually, the religious tradition evolved into the Mothering Sunday secular tradition of giving gifts to mothers.

Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and home-made cards to their mothers.

This year it is 31st March and Chocolate Café Customers treat their mums to breakfast, lunch or Afternoon Tea. It is one of the few days of the year when we don’t require you to book a table, but we always look forward to warmly welcoming you and your families.

And if you are looking for fab gift ideas to treat your special mum, then you can buy Chocolate Café gift vouchers or get 25% off on our popular Chocolate Tasting for Two by joining our VIP list. https://chocolatecafewokingham.co.uk/vip-list/

This includes a glass of Prosecco each and a delicious platter of various different chocolates treats made in house, together with a hot chocolate sauce to dip marshmallows, bananas and strawberries in. There are no expiry date on our vouchers so it makes an ideal present for mum.

For other Mothering Sunday gift Ideas go to https://chocolatecafewokingham.co.uk/shopping/

Holme Grange Craft Village Festive Family Fun

Holme Grange Craft Village Christmas Family Fun

Come and join us at Holme Grange Craft Village.

Sat 1st, Sun 2nd, Sat 8th and Sun 9th December between 1pm and 3pm for some Festive Family Fun!

We’ll have live musical entertainment, Face painters, Crafting activities for the young ones and mulled wine for the not so young ones….and Father Christmas himself will be here on both Saturdays!

More details will follow soon but for now pop the dates in your diary and get excited with us 🙂

Here’s a run down of what’s going on…

SAT 1ST DEC
Father Christmas
Breakaway Brass (brass band)
Liquorice Allsorts (clarinet ensemble)
Kel’s Colours – Face Painter
Crafting Activities

SUN 2ND DEC
Sandhurst Singers
Artists’ Harvest – Face Painter
Crafting Activities

SAT 8TH DEC
Father Christmas
Wokingham Rock Choir
Carol Singers from St Sebastian’s
Kel’s Colours – Face Painter
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Crafting Activities

SUN 9TH DEC
Pete Ratcliffe (keyboard)
Kel’s Colours
Crafting Activities

Mulled wine will be available on all dates for a donation to Guide Dogs for the Blind.

October 2018 Events at Holme Grange Craft Village

Holme Grange Craft Village Aerial View

One of the benefits of the Chocolate Cafe location is that there are often events put on by the various craft shops and by the Holme Grange Estate.

These are events listed for October 2018;

21st October – Sunday, 11:00 – 3:00 PM – Intermediate Furniture Painting Workshop. Held at https://www.absolutelymintage.co.uk/courses/furniture-painting-courses/ Please go to the website and book via EventBright. They say on their website, “Learn Layering, Highlighting and Distressing techniques using Frenchic Paint & Products for perfect end results.”

23rd October – Tuesday, 11:00am – Half Term Pony Rides. Doesn’t everyone love to ride on a Pony? I know I always did!

24th October – Wednesday, 11:00am – Half term Halloween fun – Make a pumpkin become a Glamkin. Held at AbsolutelyMintage order via EventBright.

25th October – Thursday, 11:00am – Half Term Pony Rides.

28th October – Sunday, 11:00 – 3:00 pm – Intermediate Decoupage Workshop. Held at https://www.absolutelymintage.co.uk/courses/decoupage-courses/
Order via EventBright

Hope you have time to pop in to see us for a drink or bite to eat!

Cream Tea’s or Afternoon Tea’s at Chocolate Cafe’s

Cream Tea

The origin of the afternoon cream tea began in England in the early 1840’s by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon and in the 1840’s the fashion in households was not to serve the evening meal until 8pm, which meant it was a long time between lunch at midday and dinner.
Afternoon Tea is traditionally a meal composed of sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and cakes, served with tea or coffee.

The Chocolate Cafes not only offer its own version of Afternoon Tea, but also offer Cream Tea too. This is traditionally a speciality of both Cornwall and Devon and is a form of afternoon tea but a lighter meal. Consisting of tea taken with a combination of scones, clotted cream, and jam. Cream teas are offered for sale in tea rooms in those two counties, as well as in other parts of England.

The one thing most people ask though is “which goes first, jam or cream”? And the answer, well it depends on whether you follow the tradition from Cornwall or Devon. Cornwall put the jam first and Devon put the cream on first.
Unlike some hotels and restaurants, you don’t have to book into The Chocolate Cafes to enjoy our Afternoon/Cream Teas. Nor do we specify a time to have it. Many people enjoy an afternoon tea with us from midmorning, lunch and tea time as well as afternoon.

There is no maximum number of people, we can and do serve afternoon tea for one or as many as you like. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed any day of the week and can be accompanied by prosecco as part of our Bubbly Afternoon Tea.

Ponies are back by popular demand 31st Jul – 4th Sep

Ponies and Rides at The Grange

The Santolina Stables are a licensed riding school, which has been coming along during school holidays at Holme Grange Craft Village Centre for quite a few years now.

They are a lovely friendly, family run fully licensed riding school and as well as coming along to Holme Grange they also work with local schools and other services and so are very experienced dealing with children of all ages. as well as individuals of all ages!

Santolina Stables moto is that they “pride themselves on bringing people and horses together” ie they don’t just teach children how to ride but most importantly they teach children about horses.  We have a friendly and encouraging approach to teaching people to ride.

The ponies are located in the front paddock on the left of the entrance at Holme Grange. They arrive around 11am. Children are given helmets and safety jackets to wear. And I think they are one of the most popular activites ever. A small charge is made and children ride up and down the paddock.

The ponies will be in the paddock
July – 31st
Aug – 7th, 9th, 23rd, 28th, 30th
Sep – 4th
11am – 3pm
(With an hours break at 12.30)

For further information visit their website

http://santolinastables.co.uk/riding-with-santolina

Survey Sample

This survey will only take you a few seconds to do and is  completely confidential. Once completed you will have the option of signing up to our  VIP list and get 25% off one of our experiences.

All you need do, is place your  cursor over the stars and vote by clicking on the relevant star. With only four questions, you will wizz through in no time. Once you’ve completed the survey you will be redirected to our VIP list offer (which is optional).

England Vs Panama Sunday June 24th 12 PM – 4 PM

England Vs Panama Sunday June 24th 12 PM - 4 PM

Ok, we’re off to a winning start, England’s second group game against Panama will be on the big screen at The Grange Chocolate Cafe. The Three Lions kickstarted their campaign in Russia with a 2-1 victory in Volgograd as a stoppage-time Harry Kane header gave Gareth Southgate’s side a pressure-relieving Group A triumph, Phew, what a relief!

Belgium’s game against Panama was rough on Eden Hazard (an understatement) so how will Harry Kane and England fair?

If your nerves can stand it, come and give the boys a shout and enjoy some great food & drink at the same time!

The Grange Chocolate Cafe,Holme Grange Craft Village, RG40 3AW Wokingham

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