Archive for the ‘venues’ Category

Gorgeous local flowers at wedding

13 September, 2010

I just loved the displays of fantastic OXFORDSHIRE GROWN flowers at the wedding yesteray at Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre.

The wedding flowers were provided by the brilliant Green and Gorgeous who also sell flowers at a few of their local farmers’ markets. See their blog…

Locally grown flowers fit perfectly with the ethos of the venue, of course, and the family’s wedding organisers also collected wild ivy from the farm to adorn the Oak Room, doorways and arches. The place looked great!

Jason Ball


Eco-buildings Open Days

13 August, 2010

If you live in this area and are interested in greening-up your house or offices, look out for the open days organised by West Berkshire Green Exchange.

These buildings make a statement about energy efficiency – just like Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre, the UK’s first purpose-built sustainable conference centre.

Harriet Collins will be pleased to arrange a viewing if you are interested in booking a room, or the whole venue, for your wedding or business event. Call Harriet on 01488 674737 today to check our availability. Alternatively if you can’t wait – visit us virtually!

BATS AND MOTHS – National Moth Night 2010

14 May, 2010

Bats and Moths

National Moth Night 2010 Saturday 15 May, 8pm start

Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Sheepdrove Road, Lambourn, Berkshire.

a moth lamp in action

a moth lamp in action

Come and discover moths and bats at the Eco Conference Centre, Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Lambourn. Meet real live bats up close with expert David Endacott.

A large Robinson Moth Lamp will light the way for colourful local moths, and our Bat Detector will help us to hear some fantastic flying insect munchers! We should see and hear a few bats around the courtyard and garden as we watch the moths come in, and we will take a short Bat Walk to see what else is around.

Please bring a torch, warm clothes, sensible footwear and be ready for changes in the weather. Sunglasses are very useful near the moth lamp! All welcome, children must be supervised at all times. Sorry, no dogs permitted.


Admission is free but please tell us you are coming. Call Jason Ball on 01488 674727. Mobile (during the event) 07747 848429.

Directions at


Purple Thorn

Magpie Moth

More events around the UK

Follow the link to find National Moth Night events around the UK.

Piano events

14 May, 2010

This Sunday two classical piano events will resound in the splendid Oak Room. Enjoy listening to emerging young talent in the exciting Sheepdrove Piano Competition Final at 2.00pm and then in the evening, a recital by Russian pianist Mikhail Kazakevich begins at 7.30pm.

Both of these events are part of the Newbury Spring Festival.

The Sheepdrove Piano Competition Final

This important competition, funded by the Sheepdrove Trust, was launched in 2009 and attracted pianists of an extremely high standard from all over the world. Students from all the major UK music colleges are invited to apply.

Once again there will be an emphasis on the music of Chopin, whose 200th Anniversary is being celebrated this year.

You will be able to cast your vote for the Audience Prize. The competition winner will also perform a solo recital at 12.30pm in the Corn Exchange on Monday 17 May as part of the Festival’s established Young Artists Lunchtime Recital Series.

2.30pm (ends approx 5.30pm)

£16.50* Unreserved seating. Includes afternoon tea.

Mickhail Kazakevich

Following the afternoon’s Piano Competition Final, the Festival is delighted to present a recital by one of the judges, the distinguished Russian pianist Mikhail Kazakevich. His programme begins with Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Seasons’, twelve separate pieces written to reflect each month of the year. This is followed by two major works by Chopin, continuing the Festival’s celebration of the composer’s 200th anniversary.

Russian born Mikhail Kazakevich’s sensational western debut at the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund in 1991 launched his international career and he has gone on to give numerous solo recitals and perform with many leading orchestras. Mikhail also combines his intense concert activity with teaching, mainly at London’s Trinity College of Music, where he is professor of piano.

7.30pm (ends approx 9.30pm)

£15.00* Unreserved seating. Licensed bar.

*Special combined ticket price to attend both these events £25. A delicious 2 course seasonal organic supper will be available at 6pm. £17.50. (Please pre book when ordering your tickets.

Book your tickets online now!

Alternatively you can book by calling the Newbury Corn Exchange – Tel: 01635 522733

Please watch our Forthcoming Events page for more excellent reasons to plan a trip to the Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre located in the heart of the beautiful Lambourn Downs.

Steel and Snow

20 January, 2010

From our Snow Gallery, here’s a photo you can use on your computer as a snowy desktop wallpaper. The steel sculpture stands in the courtyard in front of Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre, and was designed by sculptor Patrick Bateman.

How to capture this as your wallpaper:

  1. Click on the picture to see it appear full size.
  2. Right-click the full image and select ‘save as’ or ‘set as wallpaper’

Farm animals in steel -  sculpture by Patrick Bateman. Photo by Jason P Ball

Food for Life Awards

3 December, 2009

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall dishes out school food awards
Yesterday, ethical and sustainable food hero Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall presented Food for Life Partnership Silver and Gold Awards to schools, who have excelled in creating a healthy and climate-friendly food culture within their schools and communities.

The ceremony took place at  Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said: “What makes this project so inspiring is the way that young people in more than a thousand schools are now learning about real food in a hands-on way, growing and cooking it themselves and even rearing their own chickens! I would urge the Government to do more to encourage all schools to follow their lead.”

Children and teachers took tours of Sheepdrove Organic Farm – seeing the Organic Free-Range Turkeys just before the birds go on their Christmas holidays. Our award-winning guests ate in the unique Eco Conference Centre dining room and took foodie lessons in the marvellous Food for Life cooking bus!

Find out more about Food for Life

The Nutcracker

13 November, 2009

nutcracker178x80titleThe Nutcracker is coming to Sheepdrove! This enchanting Christmas story comes to life with a very unique musical storytelling, on 4th and 5th December 2009. Delicious refreshments are included in the price of the ticket.

These are the only two dates available for the performance. Book now – don’t miss this chance to see a unique Nutcracker production!

Visit our website for more event details…
For bookings please call 01488 674737

Sound Beginnings

14 May, 2009

Concert for Babies and Young Children

Hundreds of children and parents gathered in the majestic Oak Room for today’s concerts at Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre .

Classical music played by Mikhail Kazakevich (piano) and Sarah Austin (flute) combined with a stunning light show, altogether an enchanting experience.  Maxine Parsons led the event… an expert educator who welcomed the children and introduced the musicians as people who make classical music accessible to young children.

Juliet and Peter Kindersley believe music is very important for children as part of learning and growing up. Read more about Sound Beginnings… Mikhail Kazakevich solos on a piano music CD compiled by the Kindersleys, called The Healing Power of the Mozart Effect. We sell the CD at Sheepdrove’s web shop. Find it  in our gift section…

Part of the Newbury Spring Festival – there were 3 concerts today, with family tea after each. All organic food, of course. Some families dined alfresco in the Physic Garden, which is a beautiful collection of medicinal and edible herbs, coloured with zestfully fragrant flowers.

There is a rumour that the venue might host performances of The Nutcracker this Christmas. Mikhail told us, “I love the Nutcracker music, it is beautiful, powerful. The story has many layers, the transformations have deep meaning, when you look into it.”

Look out for more news at this blog…

BOCN Symposium set to go

3 April, 2009

oakroom-ready200We look forward to greeting the 120 delegates booked for Saturday’s symposium for the Barn Owl Conservation Network. Colin Shawyer chairs the conference, which includes speakers and network advisors from across the UK and Ireland.

2009 BOCN Symposium details…

Sheepdrove at Ecobuild 2008

5 December, 2007

an alternative angle to architectureEcobuild 2008 takes place 26th – 28th Feb at Earls Court in London. Jason Ball, our Manager for Biodiversity and Alternative Energy, will chair one of the afternoon sessions of the Innovate and Green conference. Look out for Jason on Wednesday 27th Feb at the module Building the future: new and natural. Details here.

Jason will begin proceedings with the unique architectural example of Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre. “Where we demonstrate environmental innovation, it’s important to share the Sheepdrove story and encourage people to adopt the successes,” says Jason. 

“We continually strive to be greener with a lighter ecological footprint. The business is always learning, and Ecobuild is an excellent event for fresh ideas.”

Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre has won:
> Most Excellent Dedicated Venue Award 2008 in the latest Condé Nast Johansens Annual Awards for Excellence. 
> Special Award for Sustainable Architecture in the Civic Trust Awards 2005.

Read more about the building’s excellent green credentials.