December Events in Berkshire

Events in Berkshire December 2013

Jack and The Beanstalk at The Corn Exchange
29th November – 5th January
Jack goes to market with the family prize cow but returns with just an handful of beans. As you can imagine his mother is not very happy with her son. After the beans grow overnight Jack enters a world filled with magic and wonder not to mention a rather large giant!
For performance times and ticket prices please call 0845 5218218 
or visit

Christmas Crafts, Carols and Children’s Party at Shaw House, Newbury 
Sun 1st December

Join in the festivities at Shaw House, with a Christmas carols sing-along led by Speenhamland Ladies Choir. After some fun and games at the Childrens Chirstmas parties, Santa will be making and appearance and handing out presents. You will also have the chance to snap up some locally made, soaps, jewellery, cupcakes and candles at the craft fair.
Entry to the house is £1 for adults and children visiting on Sunday are free. Open 11am to 4pm. For more information call 01635 279279 or visit

Christmas Shopping Evening
Monday 2nd December

5pm – 9pm
Get your Christmas shopping underway at our Christmas shopping evening at Donnington Valley Spa. Christmas cocktails and canapés will be served whilst you browse the stalls. The Perfect opportunity to get your Christmas shopping all wrapped up!
Call us on 01635 551188 to book or Visit 

Christmas Afternoon Tea
2nd – 23rd December
Get into the festive spirit and enjoy a selection of festive treats at Donnington Valley as part of our seasonal Afternoon Tea. £22.50 per person Call us on 01635 551199 to book or Visit 

The Snowman at The Kennet Shopping Centre, Newbury 
Sunday 1st December
Come and have your photo taken with one of the most iconic characters of Christmas Raymond Briggs – The Snowman. He will be in the centre of the Kennet Shopping Centre for photo opportunities.
Appearance times are 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.00pm, and 3.00pm

Christmas Crafts at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre
Friday 6th December 2pm to 4pm
An afternoon of festive craft making with a nature theme. Afterward you can enjoy the fantastic visitor centre; packed full of interactive wildlife and natural history displays, giant jigsaw puzzles, wildlife brass rubbings and adventure playgrounds.
For more information call 01635 874381 or visit

Hungerford Victorian Extravaganza at Hungerford
Friday 13th December 5pm to 10pm
This event marks the arrival of Christmas, the smells of roasting chestnuts and mulled wine will whisk you back to times gone by. 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, Father Christmas. The shops will be open with their staff in Victorian dress. At 7pm the Grand Parade starts at the North end of the town and comes up the High Street with the mighty steam engines, the skirl of the pipes and as a bonus, Father Christmas along with the year’s Carnival Queen. At 9pm firework finale, many pubs and restaurants are busy well into the night. Free parking is available at Charnham Park and then proceed on foot to the High Street.

Carols in the Barn at Bucklebury Farm Park
Saturday 14th December
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. 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. 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

Cruise with Santa at The Rose, Hungerford 
Sat 14, Sun 15, Sat 21st till Tues 24th December
Santa will be aboard the Rose of Hungerford in the run up to the festive period spreading good cheer as he cruises along. The motor barge will depart from Hungerford Wharf each day over the 2 weekends preceding Christmas and on Christmas Eve. Santa will greet the children and hand out presents, hot drinks and mince pies. Adults will be offered a drink from the bar to celebrate the festive season! Trips last 1 hour please telephone for times. All proceeds go to the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust.
For more info please call The Rose at Hungerford 01635 255367.

Ballet Theatre UK: The Nutcracker at Arlington Arts Centre 
Fri 20th December at 7.30pm
Ballet Theatre UK’s Nutcracker perform a wondrous experience that evokes joy & elevates your spirit to new heights.
Ticket price is £17, for more info please call 01635 244246 or visit