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Fathers Day

Fathers Day at Chocolate Cafés 2018

Father’s Day has been celebrated around Catholic Europe since the Middle ages so not as new as we may think. In these parts it is always celebrated on 19 March as this is St Joseph’s Day
In the UK we celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society on the third Sunday of June this year falling on June 17.

The Chocolate Cafes have many bookings for breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas. You don’t need to book however just turn up. At Henley we have over 90 chairs, Goring over 50 and Wokingham 150 chairs including its outside courtyard with 50 seats alone. So accommodating large groups of families celebrating dads, grandads and great grandads Day is never a problem.

Fathers Day this year, the weather looks amazing, so why not combine your visit to The Chocolate Café Henley with a trip on the river with our good friends Hobbs of Henley ….

Goring is located at one of the most picturesque parts of the River Thames as well as being on the Chilterns Walkway and so is perfect for walking, cycling and boating. We are the only café open on Sundays and Mondays and so very popular for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Many people pop in and do takeaway sandwiches and pannini before returning later in the day for afternoon teas/ coffee and cake.

The Wokingham café is a very popular destination not only is the food so different from the other to but the delightful courtyard makes it a fab venue for familes and friends to meet and hang out in the sunshine enjoying food, a glass of wine or too and coffee, cake and ice cream.

Denny Webb at Chocolate Cafe Goring

Chocolate Cafe Goring Supports The Gap Festival

The Gap Festival – Goring & Streatley 14 – 17 June 2018

With four fabulous days, filled with music, words, comedy, literature, visual and performing arts, workshops and much more. Come and listen to amazing speakers, singers and bands, dance the night away, laugh, go to a workshop, follow the Art Trail and meet the artists, enter the world of Wind in the Willows. Most of all, come and have fun and enjoy the Gap Festival 2018.

At Chocolate Cafe Goring we have some of the beautiful art on display on our first floor. Denny Webb has a number of pictures which you may buy if you wish or simply enjoy in relaxed surroundings. Other artists are also featured.

Denny’s website says “Denny is an intuitive, experimental artist who works in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, she is well known for her luminous watercolour paintings using many contemporary techniques which she also loves to share with her students to help inspire them to step out of their comfort zones and re-connect with their creative selves.

Denny has worked and studied in the U.S.A. where she has established a large client base and won numerous awards in national shows, in addition she has paintings in private collections in America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the U.K.,she is also a member of the prestigious Oxford Art Society.”

The Gap Arts TrailThe Gap Arts Trail
Local artists and craftspeople open their own studios or display their work in central community spaces.
Walk the trail on foot or cycle around and take in some interesting facts from heritage sites along the way.
​The art map is available at The Village Cafe/Chocolate Cafe Goring and from many locations in the villages. Or you can just pop into any of the studios where they will be freely available or visit the main GAP Festival Website.

Please do feel free to visit us, why not enjoy a snack or one of our Connoisseur Hot Chocolate drinks made lovingly created using the finest ingredients!

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.

Chocolate Tasting Experience

Price Changes and Your New VIP List Offer

As you may have seen or heard in the news recently several high-profile cafés and restaurants have closed or reduced the number of outlets they operate.

The reasons stated have suggested that the minimum/living wage increases plus auto-enrol pensions has meant that these businesses can no longer make a profit or break-even.

Chocolate Café has taken the view that employees should earn a decent wage and deliver a great service. We are going to increase our prices very soon which will help offset these increased operating costs. But we are determined to help not only our staff but also our customers.

So, we have Introduced our special VIP-List.

By joining our VIP membership, you will save more when you order via our new online store. There are several vouchers/coupons available including 25% off our very popular Chocolate Tasting Experience for two which includes a glass of Prosecco each.

In keeping with the new GDPR directive, you will have full control over any data we collect.

Please feel free to sign up and get your coupons VIP List Offer. If you have any questions, please leave them below or use the contact form which you will find in the contact us page.

With best wishes

The Chocolate Café Team

Kizomba Dance at Holme Grange Craft Village

Kizomba Dance Night at the Cafe

Every Thursday evening from 8-9pm we have Kizomba dance night …… both lessons and dancing at the café.

Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of dance and music originating from Angola. It is a derivative of Semba, with a mix of Kilapanda and Angolan Merengue, and sung generally in Portuguese. It is music with a romantic flow. It was the Kimbundu name for a dance in Angola as early as 1894 and is one of the growing dances in the UK at the moment.

Classes start at 8pm sharp and last for an hour – One class for all abilities led by renowned Kizomba dancer, Daniel Bowman.

Focus on the lesson is musicality driven rather than routine based classes. Guest teachers of different Kizomba genres are invited to lead the lessons from time to time.

Social dancing starts at 9 pm and finishes at 11 pm. We have our very own in-house DJ ….. DJ Visser playing a blend of Kizomba, Ghetto Zouk, Semba, Retro Zouk and Urban Kiz depending who is on the dancefloor.

There is a flat fee cost of £5 for class and/or social. Our dance club runs an honesty box rather than a door person. The honesty box is on the DJ Stand.

Easter Egg Colouring Competition at Holme Grange Craft Village – 30th March to 15th April 2018

Show us your best colouring in and decorating skills:-)

?Pick up an entry form for 50p each from The Handmade Craft Company or Enchanting Glass Designs.
?Running between 30th March and 15th April (during opening hours)
?Take your egg away with you, colour it in and bring it back where it will be put on display.

The café is open from am till pm every day so pop on in to colour in your egg. We have colouring pens you can use.

?A winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday 18th April 2018.
(prize will depend on the number of entrants – all entry monies will go towards the prize).

Easter Bunny Hunt at Holme Grange Craft Village Centre – 30th March to 15th April 2018

At Holme Grange Craft Village Centre, we are holding an Easter Bunny hunt between 30th March and 15th April 11am – 3pm (excluding Easter Sunday).

It is
?£1 per child entry fee to hunt the bunny
?Entry tickets are available at Pottery Pals and Quench.
?Hunt for the bunnies indoors around the village and find the one that matches the picture on your ticket.
?When you find the correct one you win an instant prize and are entered into a prize draw to win one of the bunnies.

Happy Bunny Hunt!

Barkham Pre-School Says Thanks

Barkham Pre-School

Barkham Pre-School Says ThanksWe were very happy to help and assist Barkham Pre-School with their Christmas Fair Raffle. They sent us a nice note too:)