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Lights switch on in Newbury, vegan market, Christmas markets and morris dancing – what to do and where to go this weekend in West Berkshire and North Hampshire

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A round up of events across the region this weekend for all the family.

Saturday 20

Candlelit Winter Market, Hampstead Norreys Community Shop, 3.30pm-7.30pm. More than 40 different stalls, with local crafts and gifts as well as food. Free entry, everyone welcome.

Newbury Christmas Lights Switch on. A day-long festival, including more than 20 free workshops and extra entertainment. Visitors can enjoy a full programme of free festive activities at select venues across the town centre. More information here.

Family Christmas Singing Workshop, Newbury Town Hall, 2pm-3pm. Vox Thrive are running a singing workshop for all the family to learn a festive favourite to be included in a very special performance as part of Newbury Christmas Lights switch-on. No previous experience or singing ability necessary, just come and have some fun.

Newbury Christmas lights 2020
Newbury Christmas lights 2020

Quiz & Pasty evening, Portal Hall, Burghclere, 6.30pm. Fun evening of quizzing. Up to six in a team. Prizes, bar, raffle and pasty supper. £6 per person. All proceeds to Burghclere church maintenance. Tickets burghclere.church/quiz

Ashmore Green WI Craft Fair, The Acland Hall, Cold Ash, 10am-3pm. Craft tables, teas, cakes and raffle. Raising money for Newbury Soup Kitchen. £1 entry.

Armallegan Border Morris, dance out at The Bell, Aldworth, 12.30pm-2pm.

Armaleggan at Aldworth
Armaleggan at Aldworth

Jumble Sale, Padworth Village Hall in aid of The Wessex Cancer Trust, 2pm. To be held in car park if weather permits, otherwise inside the hall.

Growing2gether Christmas Fayre, Cottismore Park, Newbury Road, Kingsclere, 10am-3pm. Variety of stalls from local independent traders.

Sustainable Living Christmas Market, Catholic Hall, Thatcham, 10.30am-1pm.

Helen Whitfield at the sustainable living Christmas market
Helen Whitfield at the sustainable living Christmas market

Sunday 21

Coles Christmas Market, Arlington Arts Centre, 2pm-4pm. Organised by Coles Diner: The Youth Club.

Vegan Market, Market Place, Newbury, 10am3pm. Mulled wine stalls, vegan cheese boards and ‘meat’ platters – plenty of festive food to get stuck into, alongside handmade and local artisan crafts and produce. Pick up a Newbury Vegan Trail Map to explore all things green and clean.

Christmas Market, Douai Pavilion, Upper Woolhampton, 10am-4.30pm. Stalls, Santa’s grotto, refreshments. Entry £2. Raising funds for Naomi House and Douai Park Charities.

Christmas fair at Douai Pavilion
Christmas fair at Douai Pavilion

Newtown Common Working Party, 10am-noon. Clearance of small scrub on the south side of Newtown Grange driveway. Meeting place: opposite post box on B4640 at 10am. Bring your own loppers or secateurs and gardening gloves (no power tools). Free refreshments. Please observe social distancing.

Thorngrove School Christmas Fayre, Highclere, noon-5pm. Refreshments and gifts. Entry £3 for adults. Children free.

Pottery Painting Afternoon, The Downs School, Compton, 2.30pm-4.30pm. Organised by the Friends of Downs, an afternoon of pottery painting with Blue Beetle Ceramics. £15 per person. To book a place email bluebeetleceamicscafe@gmail.com Children welcome.

Spring bulb planting, Old Hospital Green & City Recreation Ground, Andover Road, 10am-2pm. In support of the Puple4Polio initiative created by the Rotary Club of Great Britain.

Inkpen Market, 10am-12.30pm.

Tea dance, Royal British Legion, Pelican Lane, Newbury, 1.30pm-4pm . Ballroom, sequence and Latin. Entry £3. All welcome. Details call (01635) 47415.

St Bartholomew's School Christmas Gift and Craft Fair, Buckingham Road, 11am-3pm. Variety of stalls, refreshments, lunch, tea and cake. Admission £2, concession £1, under 16 free.

Newbury Christmas lights 2020
Newbury Christmas lights 2020

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