Wokingham Town Council, along with many other historical venues across the country, is celebrating Heritage Open Days on Saturday September 11th.
The national theme for Heritage Open Days this year is ‘Edible England’ and we will be celebrating local and seasonal produce in Wokingham’s Market Place and Howard Palmer Gardens.
By celebrating local food and drink, we back local entrepreneurs and businesses, drive the local economy, celebrate local creativity and product development, support local connectivity, reduce food miles and can help us all to live a more sustainable life.
What we eat and drink is at the heart of much of our history and culture, our communities and daily lives. With us all increasingly becoming a nation of foodies, we’ll be exploring all we have locally plus tempting you to start growing your own.
Follow us on social media on the run up to the event and during September for some snippets of Wokingham’s culinary past and present. We will also be highlighting Wokingham’s connection to food, local food businesses and those championing local produce including sharing some easy garden to table recipe ideas.
Then join us , in person on Saturday 11th September for
9am to 3pm
Tempt yourself with the goods in the Market offering local produce and street food as well as your regular traders offering a variety of delicious goods and treats to take home.
Howard Palmer Gardens
11am – 3pm
(next to Cockpit Path car park)
Pop along to Howard Palmer Gardens for a spot of lunch and enjoy the activities for a fun filled day including the following:
For those of you who relish a good local pint, look no further as Andy Parker, owner of Elusive Brewery in Finchampstead will be joining us.
Draught beer will be available to enjoy on the day and cans can be purchased to take home.
For more information about Elusive brewery, see https://www.elusivebrewing.com/
Local caterers ‘A Bit of a Do’ will be selling locally sourced pork from Poppies Farm in Hurst, cooked slowly and served in a soft floured bap with crackling, stuffing and apple sauce.
Vegetarian burgers will also be available.
Fresh Apple Juice
Volunteers from Wokingham Community Apple press will be washing, chopping, crushing and pressing apples to make apple juice to share. You are invited to bring your own excess of clean apples (eating and cooking) and help cut, crush and press the apples too.
Enjoy seeing and hearing how the press works; adults and supervised children are welcome to help with all of these activities.
If you can please bring your own reusable cups, it would be greatly appreciated.
Take Home Plants
Our volunteers from Wokingham in Bloom and Wokingham Horticultural Association will be on hand to help you pot up some herbs and other plants up to take home ready for the Winter and Spring.
Plus, there’ll be some free seeds to give out whilst stocks last.
NB: All pots, compost etc will be supplied on the day.
The Freely fruity team will be displaying the fabulous work they do in the local community and sharing their abundance of strawberry runners with you to take away and plant at home.
By planting more fruit within our communities, we will reduce carbon emissions, encourage healthy eating, save us all money, reduce food waste & encourage younger generations. Together we can make the world freely fruity.
For more information about Freely Fruity, see Facebook: @freelyfruityuk
Arts and Crafts
Have a go at making some botanical themed clay creations to take home with Cockpit Path Community Garden Volunteers.
Our local historian, Jim Bell, will have a number of his historical publications available to purchase on the day on a variety of local topics. Plus, he will be available to chat and share his stories about the town with you.
Birds of Prey and Ferret Racing
Get up close and personal to see a range of birds of prey including falcons, hawks, vultures, owls and more. James Channon and colleagues from Millets Falconry Centre will be on hand with their wealth of knowledge and years of experience to answer your questions about their feathered friends.
Watch the ferrets set loose on the pipe course dashing to the other end to see who crosses the finish line first. Can you pick the winning ferret?
Not only is this a fun activity, but it’s also fantastic for the ferrets too as they get to explore new territory!
Millets Falconry is Oxfordshire’s biggest centre for falconry and wildlife. Millets Falconry is happy to support any occasion with their birds of prey and ferrets, from community events to large country shows.
More information about Millets Falconry can be found at milletsfarmfalconry.co.uk
Albert the Gardener
On at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm
A larger than life, jovial gardener with a wheelbarrow full of giant horticultural props!. Albert will be walking and mingling with our visitors throughout the day and will be guaranteed to make people smile!
Box Set Musicians
On at 11:15am, 12:45pm and 2:15pm
Look out for the lively singing duo playing the accordion and guitar.
Both George and Tony were well known faces touring on the European circuit in the1990’s with their band ‘Pressgang’. A popular lively band, Pressgang were known as ‘rogue folk’ similar to groups such as the Oyster Band.
After the best part of 20 years, ‘Pressgang’ decided to go their separate ways. A Belgium festival promoter was on the lookout for an exciting, lively duo to tour European venues…..George and Tony decided to form ‘BoxSet’. The rest as they say is history
Win a Raffle Prize
Wokingham in Need will be holding a raffle with two fantastic prizes of a hamper of local produce and a bouquet of seasonal flowers. The money raised by the raffle will go towards buying plants/seeds for the Sensory Garden’s living wall of plants at Acorn Community Centre in Woosehill .
The living wall incorporates pockets which they would love to fill with a collection of herbs which provide a sensory delight of colour for the eyes, aromatic and fragrant smells and of course great for taste and cooking. Wokingham In Need supports the charity, Growing Places, who help the clients at the Centre by teaching valuable gardening skills. Gardening is a very therapeutic activity which can reduce symptoms of anxiety and promote healthy wellbeing. Growing Places will teach how to grow, nurture and care for the plants and they will follow through by maintaining both the Wokingham in Need Sensory Garden and The Living Wall.
More to announce
We would like to thank all the individuals, businesses, community groups and organisations for their valuable contributions who are all helping to bring this day together.
Feel free to contact us with any queries during business hours Monday to Friday:
Telephone: 0118 974 0882
Wokingham Town Hall: Market Place, Wokingham, RG40 1AS
Press inquiries: please find a copy of the press release here at