Santa Cruise

This is where it all started when a group of mates went out for a few drinks after making and wrapping many presents. We wore our red suits and raised a little money for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

Check out the antics from previous years below.

2021. I’m Still Santa

2019. We’ve got a brand new sleigh and sack…

2018. Santibidi

2017. Santa Cruise & Mini Cruise

2014. Nobody puts Rudolph in the Corner

2013. Santy Python

2012. Sexy Reindeer

2011. Santa Prepares

2010. Catch the Reindeer

2009 – Santa Cruise La La

2008 – Hey Hey Santa

2008 – Santa Cruise…. Its not that far

2007 – Santacus the Movie

Santa’s Sleigh Ride

Saturday 20th January 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Pie & Pint at The Nag’s Head.
“Limo” departs 1615 from Village Hall

Following the success of last year’s outing to Siren Craft and Elusive, this year’s sleigh ride will be to Reading’s finest and one of our favourite places, The Nag’s Head for a “Pie & a Pint for a tenner”.

There’s a little more to it than that of course!  While you sip on your beer, we’ll do a short talk on what we’ve achieved in the past year or so and kick off 2024 by talking about the events we’re planning for the coming year. This isn’t just about us talking, we want your feedback, questions and suggestions. Maybe you want to know how we setup and run Burghfest, choose & brew our annual Beer, or have a fabulous idea for a new event we could run – we’ll answer as many of them as we can.

We’ll then have a Pie from Sweeney & Todd to finish off the formalities. Our rough plan is to be finished around 6:30pm, although there’s a fairly high chance most people will stick around for a beer or two and we’d love to chat with you more.


4.15pm Coach from Burghfield Village Hall, or make your own way there.
5pm Arrive at The Nag’s Head, get a beer & grab a seat in the “Santa Lounge”
5:15 – 6pm Santa Meeting
6 – 6.30pm Pies Served

This is a break-even event and we are not funding this from proceeds raised, so you’ll need a ticket, which will cost £10 (plus booking fee) for a pie and a pint. Coach is £2, payable on the day.

Please buy your ticket(s) ASAP – we will close tickets a few days before so the pie order can be placed in time.

Tickets on sale now at

Frequently Asked Question

(Well, nobody has actually asked any questions but here is some stuff you might want to know.)

The Nag's Head? Where is it? Never Heard of it?
Really? If you love your beer, you are missing out on this pub! This is our favorite place to go out for a pint when we’re not running our own events! 5 Russell Street, Reading, RG1 7XD. They have a great selection of cask and keg beers, gins, snacks and yes, they sell lager too.
How do I get there?
Funny you ask. Turns out there’s a shared stretch limousine service that leaves from outside NISA / opposite the Burghfield Common Village Hall. It’s called Lime and will only cost a few quid. Based on the timetable as of 10th December 2023, there’s a bus that leaves there at 16:29, goes all the way down Russell Street, stopping about 90 seconds walk from the Nag’s Head on Oxford Road, Reading. If you’re super keen, there’s one at 15:59.
Pies? What Pies?
They’ll come from another of our favourite places in Reading, Sweeney & Todd’s. We can’t guarantee specific pies until the day of the event, so we’ll do our best to match what you ask for. When you book your ticket, you’ll be asked for your selection from Vegetarian, Beef, Chicken, Santa’s meaty choice! The Nag’s Head will sort out the pies, heat and serve them. We’re not doing vegetable side dishes.
What do I get for a tenner?
A Sweeney’s pie and a pint upto about £5 in value. Some of the craft beer / high ABV is more expensive so you’ll either get offered a smaller volume or asked to supplement it. If you want to take the coach its £2, payable on the day.
I don't like beer, can I have something else?
Yes, it’s  pub, they have other drinks on offer, you get about £5 value towards a drink and can pick something else if you like.
I'm not a volunteer but would like to be
Grab a ticket and sneak in at the back, we’d love to meet you.
Is there a dress code?
You’re more than welcome to come in evening dress, but this is a casual, social event and we’re going to be in the first tent on the right at the back of the pub – although it has some heating, we’d recommend dressing warmly!.
Is this a Santa only event?
Absolutely, 100% NO! We’d like anyone who has volunteered or sponsored, is thinking about volunteering or sponsoring, wants to know more about the Santas, has questions or ideas about events, wants a scrummy pie, tasty beer and a chat with us, any of you lovely people to attend.
I can't make it but have a question
No problem, email and we’ll get back to you!


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The Bulging Sack in the Park

Burghfield Common Recreation Ground
Friday 5pm-9pm, July 12th until August 23rd

Why not join us for a drink in the park with your friends and family and in the process help raise some much-needed funds for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

We will be serving:

  • A selection of Real Ale and Craft Beer from local brewers including our very own Santa’s Best , brewed for us in collaboration with Reading Amateur Brewers and Elusive Brewing.
  • Chilled Lager and Cider
  • Santa’s Frozen Cocktails
  • Red, White & Rosé Wine and Prosecco
  • A range of Posh Gins and Tonic
  • Soft Drinks and snacks
  • Carribean cuisine from local street food vendor, The Jerk Chicken Company.

Check out the full menu here

Bring your own chairs and picnic rugs and relax in the park.

  • Payment is by contactless card only
  • The Rec. is a licensed premise. You cannot bring your own alcohol


The Bulging Sack will be Popping Up through out the year. The latest schedule is below:

The Bulging Sack – in the Park
Jul 19 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Bulging Sack – in the Park
Jul 26 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Bulging Sack – in the Park
Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Bulging Sack – in the Park
Aug 9 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Bulging Sack – in the Park
Aug 16 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Bulging Sack – in the Park
Aug 23 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

How can I help?

Our events would not be possible without the support of our volunteers. We are currently looking for bar staff for The Bulging Sack on Friday evenings over the summer.

Shifts are only 2 1/2 hours so you will still have time to eat/drink/relax with your friends before or after your shift.

We’re using to manage this. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Go to our SignUp page  on
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

If you are a local community group that can provide volunteers, and in return raise money for your organisation, check out the Burghfield Santa’s Affiliate programme.

Do you have the appropriate permits for your events?

All Burghfield Santa events that are attended by the general public are organised in accordance with UK legislation. We have the necessary permissions and licenses to host public events in public places. This includes:

This license governs the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the legal permission they need to play the music they want. These licences ensure that music publishers, songwriters and composers are fairly rewarded with royalties so they can keep making music.
PPL collects and distributes money on behalf of performers and record companies for the use of their recorded music.
  • Permission for temporary road closure for Box Kart
  • Permission to use public land.
  • Premises license for Burghfest.
  • License to sell raffle tickets for all events
A temporary event notice (TEN) allow us to hold one-off licensable events at unlicensed premises without the need for a premises license, club premises certificate or the presence of a personal license holder, provided certain criteria are met.