Burghfield Santas

The Burghfield Santas are a group of local residents that create fun events for the residents of Burghfield and the surrounding area to raise money for local charities.

It all started with Santa Cruise 16 years ago 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.

We did this again and again many times and somewhere along the way we realised that charity fundraising is not just for Christmas but Easter too. The Bunny Hop was born, closely followed by Burghfest which satisfied our need for good music, good company & good local beer.

The next challenge was to return racing to the historical home of the Auclum Hill Climb, so in 2017 we launched the annual Box Kart Bash.

2018,  saw the launch of  The Bulging Sack, our very own Pop Up Pub. This came to its own in 2020 when due to the coronavirus our major events were canceled.  It opened Friday and Saturday evenings in the summer and raised almost £10,000 for Thames Valley Air Ambulance as well as providing a chance for the community to get together.

In 2021, coronavirus was still impacting our event schedule but we were able to open The Bulging Sack, in the summer and Burghfest returned bigger and better than before.

Over the years, with your help,  we have raised over £250,000 for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and other local charities

Thanks for all your support.

Burghfest 2022


Burghfest 2022 featured:

  • Cask Ale and Craft Beer from 20+ local brewers including our very own Burghfield Santa’s Reinbeer of the Mohicans brewed in collaboration with Reading Amateur Brewers and Elusive Brewing.
  • A selection of still and fizzy Cider from our local cider producers
  • A gin bar, featuring the award-winning Blowing Stone range from local distiller, Hawkridge.
  • Top-quality range of Wine and Prosecco as well as Pimms
  • An exciting program ofLive Music from local acts including Burghfest favourites Murdoch’s Crazy Eyes and Indie Generation.

and  rasied £11,000   for Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

Thanks for your support