Saturday, July 20, 2024

Celebrate The Magic of Christmas at Hillier Garden Centre

This Christmas, Hillier Garden Centre Newbury will be celebrating The Magic of Christmas, with locals being given the opportunity to take part in a variety of workshops to brush up on their festive skills.

From Monday 4th to Friday 8th December, the centre will be running two wreath workshops per day (at 10am and 4pm). Staff at the centre will impart their knowledge and expertise on wreath-making during the 90-minute classes. Sessions cost £35 per person and the materials needed to make a stunning wreath are provided, including the frame, a selection of seasonal plants and decorations, including baubles and ribbon.

Vince Page, centre manager at Hillier Garden Centre Newbury, commented:

“Our wreath workshops were incredibly popular last year so we’ve brought them back! Whether this is your first time making a wreath or you are well practised, at our workshops you can enjoy the hands-on supervision of our centre experts, making sure you come away with a decoration to be proud of. We’ve got lots going on this Christmas and we look forward to seeing everyone taking part.”

A second festive workshop is also being held at the centre, new for 2017 on Thursday 7th December, Hillier’s Development Chef, Chris Search, will be hosting a cookery demonstration. During the three-hour class you will learn how to make a whole array of delicious savoury and sweet party canapes and festive drinks, and will, of course, get the chance to enjoy the tasty creations and mingle with fellow guests! The class costs £45 per person.

To reserve your place on either course, visit the centre to book at the tills or phone 01635 200442.

For those that enjoy freshly baked mince pies, but don’t want to make them at home, Hillier Newbury is selling luxury mince pies, with 50p from each box sold being donated to Hillier’s charity partner, Wessex Cancer Trust. The box of six mince pies are all baked on site by Hillier’s chefs.

Shoppers are also invited to support Wessex Cancer Trust via the Hillier “Create A Celebration” campaign. Simply purchase an extra food or drink item in the centre and donate it at the drop-off point for the charity to use at its support centre Christmas parties.

For more information about #HillierXmas please visit, where you will also find festive news, inspiration and a series of Christmas themed “how to” guides.