Dates for your 2016-17 diary!
Christmas tree sales
Saturday 10 December 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Econet will have Scots pine Christmas trees for sale as part of heathland management plans. Holly, mistletoe and pine needles can also be bought for festive decoration. In addition you will be able to buy stars and wreaths made from willow taken from local willow beds at Kings Meadow, either decorated by our expert or for you to do at home. RSPB, Fairtrade and local beekeepers will join us to sell Christmas cards, calendars and gifts (stripey candles are a speciality). The date coincides with that of the St Peter's Church Christmas Fair so you will find hot refreshments and another range of gifts available in the church.
Christmas carols in Caversham Court Gardens
Monday 19 December
Our popular Christmas carols concert will take place in the gardens. The floodlit gardens will be open from 6.15 p.m. for the sale of mulled wine and mince pies from the charity run Tea Kiosk. Salvation Army bandsmen and women will join the choir of St Peter's Church in leading carols for the festive season. Carol singing will begin at 7.30 p.m.
Wrap up warm, bring a torch (to read the words!) and sing along on this special evening. There will be a collection on behalf of St Peter's Church, the Salvation Army and The Friends of Caversham Court Gardens.
Wednesday 29 March, 7 for 7.30pm
Reading Canoe Club on The Warren
Caversham RG4 7TH
Our speaker will be Travis Elborough, author of A Walk in the Park
"Parks are such a familiar part of everyday life, you might be forgiven for thinking they have always been there – and that they always will. In fact, the roots of even the most humble neighbourhood park lie in age-old battles over land and liberty. From their medieval life as private royal hunting grounds and private estates to their modern incarnation as public spaces teeming with activity, acclaimed author Travis Elborough traces their extraordinary history in an illustrated talk based on his latest book, A Walk in the Park, praised as 'a fascinating, informative, revelatory book" - William Boyd in The Guardian.
Acclaimed by the Guardian as "one of the country’s finest pop culture historians", Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author, broadcaster and cultural commentator for more than a decade, and is frequently on BBC Radio 4 and Five Live. Elborough’s books include Wish You Were Here: England on Sea and The Long-player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl records that inspired the BBC4 documentary When Albums Ruled the World.
Easter egg trail
Saturday 15 April 2.00 to 4.00 p.m.
Celebrate Easter with us when we offer a nature-themed trail around the gardens designed mainly for younger children, but all entrants will receive a chocolate or non-dairy egg at the end, so older siblings will want to join in!
All children to be accompanied by an adult. It is a free event, but donations are welcomed.
Storytelling in Caversham Court Gardens
Sunday 21 May, times to follow.
As part of the Reading Children's Festival we plan an afternoon of fun for children in the gardens featuring storytelling, story adventures and crafts. More details soon.
Lady meets Knight Templar at the Magna Carta & William Marshal, lord of Caversham manor exhibition 15 June 2015
Schoolchildren hung onto the ancient yew tree posters proclaiming values inherited from Magna Carta
Steelband Music Ltd open the Summer Party on 21 June
Actors from Progress Theatre populated the gardens with ghosts from the past
Local potters explained Caversham's clay roots
This began in Caversham Court Gardens! Bright sunshine and thousands of well-wishers greeted Reading PC Lee Umpleby as he emerged from the gazebo carrying the torch, to the sound of the bells of St Peter's church.
As the excitement built up before the torchbearer left, Progress Theatre performed scenes from their 2012 production, Shakespeare's Henry IV Part I, and the Reading Scottish Pipe Band gave a taste of the program they would play at the Olympics closing ceremony.