Spend a lazy day on the water exploring the River Thames
Kayaks and canoes can be hired from Ultimate Canoe & Kayak who will deliver to any drop off point on the river.
One option is a full days paddle to Goring, Steatley and then back to Pangbourne. Taking you through one of the most beautiful parts of the river, the Goring Gap where the Thames cuts between the North Berkshire Downs and the Chiltern Hills.
There is nothing ordinary about the accommodation at The Elephant Hotel.
A comfortable boutique hotel with rooms offering cotton sheets, goose down feather duvets, sumptuous pillows and all the little extras to help one relax and unwind.
Furnished with beautiful handcrafted Indian furniture, rich oriental rugs and delicate fabrics.
Guests can take a morning’s walk next to the river, admiring the stunning views of the wooded Chiltern Hills.
Then spoil themselves with an elegant afternoon tea
One of the most popular trails is a circular three mile walk around the village.
Take the Thames path from to train station through Pangbourne Meadow. Take the path that runs next to the Sul Brook to Sulham Woods where you can spend a bit of time should you choose. There are a a number of way marked trails.
Otherwise this trail heads west towards the River Pang and you follow a path back on the banks of the river back to the village.
Another option is to follow the Thames to Mapledurham House. The estate is not open to the public on weekends but there are private guided tours of both the estate as well as the house during the week.
Alternatively if you head west along the path it will take you towards Basildon Park. Here you will find different way marked trails taking you through parkland and woodland.
Great food, good coffee and good service, they have it all!
A family run restaurant that is professional, not stuffy. Serving delicious food with a smile.
Open for breakfast and coffee, home baked cakes and pastries or a meet up with friends over brunch.
They also open in the early evening on a Friday and Saturday for sharing platters, tapas and a glass or two of wine.
Baxters Kitchen Cafe have created a modern-rustic look and feel that complements an interesting menu.
A Google search for schools near Pangbourne produces the usual results.
RELAX, GET PAMPERED AND SUPPORT THE PANGBOURNE VALLEY PLAYGROUP
Pamper Evening 2020 – The Elephant @ Pangbourne
Our annual Pamper event that provides an unforgettable experience of relaxation to every guest. A number of local therapists and stallholders will offer different kinds of massage, reflexology sessions as well as techniques that connect mind, body and soul alongside some beauty treatments.
Also, this year we are going to host some speakers who will raise some issues related to healthy and meaningful lifestyle choices for discussion.
The entry is £5 which includes a drink on arrival.
Treatments are £10 each and last for 15 minutes.
Appointments available from 7pm till 9.45pm.
Tickets are now available and all money raised will be donated to the Pangbourne Valley Playgroup.
A very nice surprise to be taken out for a birthday treat to The Swan in Pangbourne. A lovely walk in the crisp cold air, past the station nestled right along the river which I can imagine would be a wonderful view in the summer months.
Inside was very warm and welcoming and we had a lovely dinner, I had the steak which was cooked to perfection, and my husband enjoyed the flat iron chicken which he too thoroughly enjoyed. The service was professional and efficient and they too are running a special Monday – Wednesday til November, for 30% off all main meals which was a nice surprise for a week dinner out.
The beautiful Pangbourne village has a lot to offer of various amenities, and is definitely not short of hair dressers and barbers! Along the high street you can find Foresters or Finn Hair. I decided to try out Finn hair and beauty as I was desperately in need of a cut and blow way.
From the initial call to make the appointment up until I left I was treated with the most incredible welcoming service! The reception lady was so welcoming, taking my coat, explaining who my stylist was and surprising me with a further discount of 20% til the end of October! Such a Great surprise!
My stylist was really knowledgeable and ensured she completely understood what style I was after and ended with a perfect cut, A wonderful cuppa coffee was offered and the overall experience was truly magnificent. I have been to many hair stylists in the past but this by far was one of my favourite experiences and I can highly recommend them!
New Italian opened in Pangbourne
A little bit of excitement surrounding the new opening of the Cozze Italian restaurant last month. Beautifully decorated with a very relaxed yet contemporary and classy feel to it. Lovely open windows and lots of space inside so no need to feel squashed.
Went out to both support the new business and treat my brother who was visiting from abroad after a longs day site seeing in Reading. We were politely and quickly greeted from the moment we entered and the service was definitely attentive and great. Having taken our 2 small children with too, we were given some colouring activities as well as crayons to keep them busy so this was very well appreciated.
The food was fresh and well presented. We went for the set menu, burgers and pizza for the kids of which all was really enjoyable. Definitely a great day out.
Situated along the River Thames, between the lovely villages of Pangbourne and Lower Basildon in Berkshire, England is a 30 acres outdoor wildlife park called Beale Park. It has a wonderful collection of small exotic animals, farm animals, birds, landscaped gardens and lovely children play areas all with a splash pool.
Beale Park was formed by Gilbert Beale in 1956 who decided to give this beautiful 350 acre, Thames-side park land to ‘the people’ by converting it from private farmland into a non-profit making, charitable trust.
Some of my favourite animals that can be found there are are the South Africa iconic blue cranes, meerkats for the fellow saffas, and the jumping ‘duikers’.
My other favourites was the wallaby, some gorgeous macaws and parrots and even some reindeers! Yes really reindeers!
Theres also some cheeky monkeys, racoons and fun playing lemurs!
They also have some bee hives with a little outlook and some educational fun facts about bees which is great in teaching the importance of keeping bees safe.
A truly great day out for the whole family for animals, walks, picnics, adventures and making memories. Each ticket also includes a free train ride which takes you through the whole park and is great for adults and kids!
Here’s a link to their website for more information 😉