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The best 2023 events to fill your Berkshire break

Published by: James Matthews

Between its magnificent countryside, historic sites and beautiful market towns, there are plenty of reasons to visit Berkshire any day of the year.

But if you want to make your visit even more special, it’s worth keeping an eye on the extensive calendar of events to take place in the county this year. From horse racing and dog shows to food festivals and family crafting, here are our picks for some of the best upcoming 2023 events in Berkshire.

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Berkshire Christmas Markets 2022

Published by: Laura Alario Avery

The mistletoe, mulled wine, and carols season is slowly swooning in around Donnington Grove and if there’s one thing that brings our estate joy in the winter, it is the Christmas markets transforming our countryside into a magical scenery.

Christmas markets are known for their beautiful, extravagant and family-friendly Christmas festivities and as we prepare to welcome holiday guests, we couldn’t help but map out the most enchanting and delicious Berkshire Christmas markets around us.  

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The best Autumnal walks in Berkshire

Published by: James Matthews

There’s no doubt that Berkshire is a walker’s paradise. With sprawling woodland, historic landmarks and breathtaking hilltop views, exploring on foot is one of the best ways to discover all that Berkshire has to offer.

When autumn rolls around, that best gets even better. With the crisp air on your cheeks and rich red and gold leaves as far as the eye can see, an autumnal walk in Berkshire is nothing short of magical. And the best bit? Wherever you want to explore, Berkshire means you’re spoiled for choice.


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What to wear to a Winter wedding

Published by: Belinda Dixon

Although we’re more used to choosing outfits for summer nuptials, it’s actually often easier to work out what to wear to a winter wedding. We’re expecting cooler weather so can plan for it properly. Rich colours work as well as pastels, layering means you can be both stylish and warm, the latest trends keep things interesting, while timeless classics can shine. So read on to get all the info you need to discover what to wear to a winter wedding – and to feel and look fabulous on the big day.

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Spotting Berkshire wildlife at Donnington Grove

Published by: Belinda Dixon

As well as a charming country house hotel, Donnington Grove encompasses a 500-acre estate. This mix of gardens, parkland, woods, river and lake offers endless opportunities to relax, reset and recharge. The estate is alive with wildlife – looking out for it turns a walk into a richly-rewarding adventure. So here are our top tips for spotting Berkshire wildlife at Donnington Grove.

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Fun Outdoor Activities in Berkshire

Published by: Bethany Preston

June officially marks National Great Outdoors Month. There’s no better time to step away from the screen, lather on the Factor 50 and soak up some much-needed vitamin D. With the warmer weather at our fingertips, why not pay a visit to the charming province of Berkshire, home to some of the most impressive countryside in England, an array of idyllic market towns and a plethora of things to do. 

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The History of Afternoon Tea

Published by: Bethany Preston

From ancient Chinese Emperors to Victorian ladies-in-waiting, the tradition of afternoon tea has been honed for centuries. But have you ever stopped to wonder just how the ancient custom came to be so widely loved? Well, look no further, as we’re about to take you on a brief detour into the fascinating history of the afternoon tea. 


Things to do at Donnington Grove

Published by: Alice Beresford

We’re all raring to get into the great outdoors and explore areas near and far. At Donnington Grove, we have a range of Springtime activities to suit all ages, abilities and group sizes.

Below is a list of five Springtime activities to enjoy here in our 500 acres of stunning grounds. 

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Spring walks in West Berkshire

Published by: Alice Beresford

As the days get longer and, hopefully, a tad warmer, there’s a growing number of reasons to pause the series you’re binging, pull on your coat and wellies, pack a picnic and start exploring the many scenic walks, hikes and strolls around West Berkshire. 

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See in the Spring at Donnington Grove

Published by: Belinda Dixon

Despite the storms, the rain and the still-short days, February and March also give us a real treat. Because these are the months when the signs of Spring start to emerge. From snowdrops and daffodils to birds rediscovering their voice, it’s an exciting time of year...