Bill’s Newbury

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It’s time to take a fresh look at a familiar face with the grand re-opening of Bill’s in Newbury today (23rd September).

The popular restaurant and bar in Market Place is staying true to its roots but adding a touch of glamour with modern décor, luxurious velvet seating and sparkling chandeliers.

It’s the ideal spot for lunch, after work cocktails or dinner and to celebrate the relaunch they are offering you the chance to win dinner for six people. Anyone booking a table online during the opening week (23rd to 29th September) will automatically be entered into the prize draw.

And for the first two weeks after the relaunch, diners will be asked to vote for their chosen charity – West Berkshire Mencap, Helen & Douglas House and The Samaritans – to support for the next three months. The successful charity will be revealed on 7th October.

The management team in Newbury have been working to build relationships with the local community and the restaurant will be making a 50p contribution for each ‘burger of the week’ sold with the money going to the chosen charity.

Founder of the restaurant chain, which started in Lewes, Sussex in 2000, Bill Collison said: “Good quality food in a welcoming environment has always been at the core of Bill’s. We have loved being in our current spot in Newbury for the past five years and we felt the time was right for a fresh new look for the restaurant.

“We are proud to create restaurants that are full of vibrant colour and vintage trinkets. I believe that the new look transcends all dining times which will only enhance our diners’ experience and showcase our vibrant food and drinks.”

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Book your table online to enter the prize-draw or to find out more head to Bill’s website

Win! Gennaro’s book

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Win! A copy of Gennaro Contaldo’s new cookery book Pasta Perfecto

How many times have you cooked a spag bol and wished you could do something more imaginative with pasta?

In Italy, it’s more than just a food, it’s a tradition and no meal is complete without it and thanks to legendary Italian chef Gennaro Contaldo help is at hand with his new book Pasta Perfecto!

And we’ve got two copies to give away so you can discover his delicious range of more than 100 recipes for fresh, dried, filled and baked pasta dishes – have a go at recreating some of Gennaro’s favourites from classics to those with a modern twist.

To find out more about www.pavilionbooks.com

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Win! Thorpe Park tickets

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Win! Tickets for a family of four to visit Thorpe Park Resort, the Island that’s alive like no other!

Thorpe Park Resort has teamed up with Round & About to offer four entrance tickets for a day of adrenaline-pumping adventure! Thorpe Park Resort is the ultimate destination for thrillseekers. Experience over 30 rides including record-breaking rollercoasters, breathtaking attractions for the whole family, and live events. Push your fear endurance to the limit at FRIGHT NIGHTS, the UK’s premier award-winning Halloween event on selected dates until the 3rd November. With eight horrifying scare attractions including two new live-action horror experiences, it’s guaranteed to awaken your darkest nightmares.

To find out more about Thorpe Park Resort visit www.thorpepark.co.uk

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Win! A spa day for two

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Win! A luxe spa day with up to an hour of treatments with lunch or afternoon tea for two thanks to Buy A Gift

Take a friend or loved one to one of the many top UK spas on offer and you’re guaranteed luxury spa facilities in a peaceful location. Both of you will enjoy a delicious lunch or afternoon tea on the day, as well as a rejuvenating pamper treatment each and full use of the spa facilities at your chosen location. With tranquil country estates like Wiltshire’s Woolley Grange and The Ickworth, to seaside retreats such as the Edwardian Polurrian Bay Hotel, you and your spa buddy will be spoilt for choice. With over 500,000 gifts sold a year, Buy A Gift delivers happy memories to thousands!

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Win! Dinner & an overnight stay

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Win! A three-course dinner with wine and overnight B&B stay for two at Oxfordshire foodie pub The Kingham Plough

One of the UK’s most renowned pubs, made famous by Great British Menu winner Emily Watkins, was recently taken over by Matt and Katie Beamish. In the kitchen, new head chef Jonny Ponds continues the pub’s legacy of championing local artisan products and sourcing the very best fresh, seasonal ingredients for his innovative modern British menu with Mediterranean influences alongside outstanding pub classics. Upstairs are six comfortable and stylish guestrooms from £145 a night B&B. Enter to win a midweek break (except between 15/12/19 and 7/1/20).

To book a meal and/or room visit www.thekinghamplough.co.uk or call 01608 658 327.

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Enter our story competition

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Calling all children aged seven to 13! Write us a short story for the chance to be one of our competition winners

You don’t need to be a child to love Roald Dahl’s fantastic stories or those of latter-day children’s favourite David Walliams… but have you got what it takes to be the next Roald or David or JK Rowling yourself?
Well, we are challenging you to have a go at writing your own story in 500 words. Your story can be about anyone or anything, past, present or future, it can make us laugh, cry or leave us thinking; let your imagination run riot and entertain us!

The only condition is that your story should start with these words:
“Sam was cycling down the hill when all of a sudden…”

It’s then up to you whether Sam is a boy or a girl and what happens next.
Entries will be judged on their plot, use of characters, language and enjoyment.

The competition will be split into two age groups; ages seven to nine years and ages 10-13.

The two winning stories will be published in the January issue of our education supplement and the winners will also receive a book bundle.
Here are the books in our bundle for our winner of the seven-to-nine-years category which are worth checking out:
• Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day; a fantasy by Dominique Valente
• Bad Nana: All the Fun of the Fair; naughty fun by Sophy Henn,
• Books from Ben Fogle’s Mr Dog series

Here are some books for the age 10-13 category:
• How to Rob a Bank, a crime caper by Tom Mitchell
• Bloom, a funny book that celebrates being different by Nicola Skinner
• The Valentines, a rom com by Holly Smale

David Walliams’ latest book – The World’s Worst Teachers – is a delightfully dreadful collection of tales that will make you love your teachers . Meet science teacher Dr Dread who is half man, half monster; the furious Miss Seethe who is on a detention rampage and Mr Phobe, who is terrified of children.

David Walliams has sold more than 30 million books worldwide and has this advice: “When I was a child I devoured every book I could get my hands on. I loved losing myself in colourful and dramatic stories.”
He says Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was his favourite. “Everything about it electrified me.”

So now it’s over to you… Can you follow in his talented footsteps?

• Entries should be submitted online via the form below but we will accept postal entries to Story Competition, Round & About, Windrush Innovation Centre, Howbery Business Park, Wallingford, OX10 8BA.
Entries must be received by Friday, 15th November and the winning stories will then be published in the January edition.
* Usual Round & About competition rules apply.








*As parent/guardian, I give consent for the child’s name and age and winning entry to be published in the January edition of the Round & About education supplement.