Join us for a festive gala of seasonal songs & music from two West End stars and a live band


The Mill at Sonning Theatre, near Reading
Dec'20 was so great, we're hoping for a December 2021 date!

The Mill was delighted to announce that The Mill at Sonning re-opened their much missed theatre on 30 October 2020 for a Winter Season of Comedy, Magic, Cabarets, small shows and talks … and will be opening again after Lockdown 2 in early December.

Places are limited, so please do not miss the only chance you may have, to celebrate Christmas with friends, in a wonderful atmospheric theatre! 

Please join us for a festive gala of seasonal songs, from old-age standards including Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and Frosty The Snowman to contemporary hits such as Merry Christmas Everybody and Mistletoe and Wine and a few surprises from well-known musicals!

Two West End stars front a live band of four leading musicians under the musical direction of Toby Cruse.

Tickets include our socially distanced Luxury coach travel; a delicious 2-Course Lunch with a Christmas Menu including appetiser; seasonal treats and Lin, your Solent Events escort.

We will be given a designated arrival time to allow for a safe entrance to The Mill, therefore you will be notified of our FINAL departure times on the  reminder postcard sent out by post approximately 5-7 days before 20th December.

Please remember that you will be required to wear a face mask or visor when entering and moving within the building.
You will also need to wear your face covering in the theatre, but of course you will be allowed to remove your face covering when safely seated at your ‘restaurant’ table.

The team at The Mill have been working hard to ensure that all measures have been put in place to make our visit as safe as possible. The restaurant has been open for a few months so you may like to read some comments from happy customers:

‘If you’re worried about going out to somewhere safe, where every COVID-19 precaution is properly in place, The Mill at Sonning is it’!

‘We felt well looked after and safe throughout our visit’

The management and patrons of  The Mill would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support and kindness during the last 6 months. It was very challenging, as many of you have also found, especially with businesses. The forthcoming months will be bumpy but The Mill can offer us the delight and exhilaration that only LIVE theatre can bring …. and all in a safe environment.

Please remember that you will be required to wear a face mask or visor when entering and moving within the building. You will also need to wear your face-mask or face-covering in the theatre, but will be allowed to remove it when safely seated at your restaurant table.
I think we are all used to this by now and it has actually become ‘a way of life’!

You definitely don’t want to miss the chance of visiting  Solent Events’ favourite small theatre in the country, situated right next to George Clooney’s house on the Thames at Sonning Eye. George and his wife Amal are patrons of the theatre and have hugely supported them in the past few months and they are often seen in the audience at the Mill.

As we can currently only accommodate 37 on our 53-seater luxury coach and the theatre is limited to just 70 guests, be sure to book your place as soon as possible. 

On arrival, we will be dropped off in the car park, right in front of the theatre – so there is very little walking! 

A delicious appetiser, 2-course meal and tea and coffee will be served at your table in the restaurant on the first floor,  where the theatre is also situated. (NB. a small lift is available on request – if required).

ONLY £103.00pp
Inclusive 2-course Christmas pre-theatre lunch with appetiser, tea & coffee

What's Included?


1020    Pick-up at Stubbington – Bus Shelter opposite Red Lion

1030    Pick-up at Peak Lane, Fareham – centre lay-by  

Comfort stop en route

1235     Arrive Mill at Sonning – Temperature as entering restaurant at our entry times.
NB. The Watermill Bar is currently closed due to to the Covid-19 rules, but drinks can be ordered and served at your table during lunch.

1245    1st sitting – Lunch is served in the restaurant – table service only

1300    2nd sitting – Lunch is served in the restaurant – table service only


Interval – 20 minutes TBC

1630    TBC  Performance ends

1645     TBC Coach leaves theatre

1815     Arrive in home area

The above itinerary is only provisional, but will give you an idea (+/- 1/2 hour) of the time schedule expected.
Coach seats  & theatre seats are allocated on a first come first served basis, after Privilege Club Members.
Couples, bubbles & friends will be seated together if boarding at same pick-up, in single or double seats according to the Covid19 restrictions. 
Solent Events & Leisure reserve the right to alter the final tour itinerary as necessary if circumstances change beyond their control.
NB. Please do not ask us to pick-up or drop-off at stops not specifically listed above, as unfortunately we are unable to do so.

Customer Safety  



There is no bar service so customers will be taken to a table in the Waterwheel Bar.

For the restaurant, customers will be given a time to arrive. Please arrive promptly so that we can safely distance all visitors into the building.

On arrival you will be offered hand sanitiser and have your temperature taken. If your temperature is over 38 degrees you will not be allowed to proceed into the restaurant or bar.


We will ask you to maintain a 2 metre distance between other guests and staff as much as possible.

Customers are asked to wear a face mask/covering until they are seated at their table.

At least 2 metres distance between each table in our spacious, airy restaurant and in the Waterwheel Bar.

Waiters & Waitresses will be wearing visors. They will bring your food and utensils to the end of the table and ask you to take them from there. When you have finished each course it will be appreciated if you can return your plates etc to the end of the table for the waiting staff to clear.

All waiting staff and chefs are constantly reminded to wash and sanitise their hands. On arriving at work all staff have their temperature taken.

Dedicated members of staff continuously cleaning surfaces such as tables, chairs and bathroom facilities.


Once you have finished your meal you will be guided to the exit following a one-way system.

Credit and debit cards are the ideal means of payment for drinks purchased at your table

1st, an appetiser


Roast Turkey Breast – Garlic and Thyme Roasted Cornish Mids, Sage Stuffing, Brussel Sprouts, Cranberry Sauce, Pigs in Blankets

Pan Fried Salmon Fillet – Roasted Beetroot and Parsnip Cous Cous, Wilted Spinach, Dill Sauce

Butternut Squash, Chestnut & Sage Risotto – with Watercress

Braised Shin of Beef Pie – Mashed Potato, Cavolo Nero


Spiced Apple & Pear Crumble – with Custard

Christmas Pudding – Vanilla Ice Cream & Brandy Custard

Chocolate Nemesis – Creme Fraiche

Selection of Local Cheeses – Onion Chutney, Celery and Biscuits

Tea & Coffee

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