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Farm Shops and Farmers’ Markets in Berkshire

Farm Shops and Farmers’ Markets in Berkshire

We love a Farm Shop, there is something satisfying about buying fresh produce and picking the quantity you want, whether it’s eggs, bread, meat, cheese or chutneys. Below is a list of Farm Shops and Farmers' Markets in Berkshire. This post has been updated to show which Farm Shops and Farmers' Markets are open during the Covid-19 pandemic, the information was correct to the best of my knowledge on 19th April 2020. However, please check with the Farm Shops and Farmers' Markets to see how you can shop with the individual Farm Shops and Farmers' Markets. Farm Shops Cobbs Farm…
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A visit to Bracknell Market

A visit to Bracknell Market

If Bracknell Market is on when we are at The Lexicon we will often stop and purchase some fresh fruit, generally strawberries because we can’t resist the look of them when we walk past! The fruit stall always looks so appealing and there is always a great selection of fruit and vegetables on offer. The market is set up outside Princess Square and has a range of traders including bakery items, meats, fresh cut flowers and more. There are also catering vans set up so you can buy a range of cuisines including Indian, Jamaican, Italian and more. There is…
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A visit to Holme Grange Craft Village, Wokingham

A visit to Holme Grange Craft Village, Wokingham

Holme Grange Craft Village based in Wokingham, Berkshire is made up of a range of independent retailers. We have visited the craft village before to go to Brickies Club. The shops are all set in converted barns and include Pottery Pals, The Sweet Cabin, Handmade Craft Company, children's wear shop This Little Piggy and Sewisfaction who alongside selling fabric run a number of creative craft classes for both children and adults. We haven’t eaten there yet but have heard great things about the craft villages cafe; The Grange Chocolate Cafe. Holme Grange Craft Village also offer a range of activities…
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Fletchers Greengrocers in Wokingham

Fletchers Greengrocers in Wokingham

*Please note this blog post was written pre Cover-19 and the photos were taken before the pandemic. Fletchers Greengrocers in Wokingham is currently open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with box collections currently on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please check out their facebook page for latest opening times. Whilst visiting Ashridge Manor Garden Centre and The Farm Cafe for brunch we then looked around some of the independent retailers shops. One of the shops we visited was Fletchers Greengrocers. The shop was brilliant with a great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables. Plus a good selection of Field Fare frozen food…
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Windsor Farmers’ Market

Windsor Farmers’ Market

Windsor Farmers’ Market takes place on the 1st Saturday of the month, 9am - 1pm and we decided to visit on Saturday 2nd March 2019 for the first time. There were about 16 stall holders selling a range of food and drink plus a petting farm and candle stall by Sunningdale Candle Co when we visited the market. It was lovely talking to the stall holders and sample their offering. We tasted pies, cheese from, honey and curry sauce whilst going around the stalls and we came away with two pots of Yogi Mamas Indian Curry Sauce which we paid…
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Our Half Term visit to The Fairy Tale Forest at The Lexicon, Bracknell

Our Half Term visit to The Fairy Tale Forest at The Lexicon, Bracknell

On the Tuesday of the February Half Term we visited The Fairy Tale Forest at The Lexicon. I had pre-booked tickets online and paid full price for our tickets - £2 per child plus a booking fee of 30p and I was free of charge as an accompanying adult (there is a charge for additional adults). The Fairy Tale Forest is on until 22nd February 2019 and you are advised to book tickets online to avoid disappointment. Upon arrival, we were checked into the event and children were asked to sit on bean bags underneath a giant inflatable green leaf.…
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Christmas Markets in Berkshire 2018

Christmas Markets in Berkshire 2018

The Lexicon Festive Markets, Bracknell, 16th November 2018 – 24th December 2018. The Festive Markets are on between 10am-6pm Monday – Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sundays. There is a selection of festive food and drink available to buy including Yorkshire pudding wraps, local ales and mulled wine, German bratwurst, churros, donuts, specialist hot chocolate, olives and nuts plus handmade gifts and decorations. Click here for more details. Newbury Artisan Christmas Market 2018, 25th November 2018 and 9th December 2018, 10am – 4pm, Newbury. Click here for more details. Saddleback Farm Shop Christmas Market, 25th November 2018, 10am – 4pm. There…
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The Lego Brick Safari and Treasure Hunt at The Lexicon, Bracknell

The Lego Brick Safari and Treasure Hunt at The Lexicon, Bracknell

Yesterday 1st August 2018 saw the launch of The Lexicon's Lego Brick Safari and Treasure Hunt. A number of Lego animals have moved into the shopping centre for a few weeks during the school holidays including a giant Elephant, Lion and Crocodile. There are large animals around the shopping centre all made out of Lego bricks. We went to see them today and thought the Lego models were really impressive with the lion and elephant being our favourite. Next to each large animal there was a sign which explained how many hours it took to make each sculpture - a…
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Grays Farm, Fruit Picking, Wokingham

Grays Farm, Fruit Picking, Wokingham

FYI - We visited the farm before the Covid-19 pandemic. Please click here to read about Grays Farm Fruit Picking policies. Last weekend we headed to Grays Farm to ‘pick your own’. I have not been fruit picking for years and last week we decided that it would be a lovely family activity to do outside in the sunshine at the weekend. So we headed to Gray’s Farm to pick strawberries on Saturday afternoon and all three of us loved the 'pick your own' experience. The pick your own farm was busy but there was still room for everyone to…
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The Spring Garden at The Lexicon, Bracknell

The Spring Garden at The Lexicon, Bracknell

During the Easter holidays we visited The Spring Garden at The Lexicon and had a wonderful 1/2 hour. The Spring Garden was a pop-up experience in Princess Square. We pre-booked our space via the Lexicon's website and just turned up 5 minutes before our allocated session.  Upon arrival we were welcomed by two really helpful and friendly members of staff and then invited into the Spring Garden, the decoration and setting was magical and we were met by the Daffodil Princess. We were then taken to a table where we got to decorate a ceramic bird feeder with brightly coloured…
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