Our Guide To Newbury
On the edge of the North Wessex Downs sits the historic market town of Newbury. Close to the Hampshire-Berkshire border, the town is also within thirty miles of Oxford, Winchester, Swindon and Reading. The town’s proximity to these regional hubs, as well as London being under an hour away by train, make it an attractive area for commuters looking to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life.
The local economy is closely linked to the M4 Corridor and it has benefitted from the recent £250 million refurbishment of the town centre. The high street is now pedestrianised and there is a large selection of restaurants around the town square.
This article outlines some of the highlights of living in and visiting Newbury, including things to see and do as well as where to eat out.
Horse Racing At Newbury
Newbury is home to Newbury Racecourse, one of the major racecourses in the UK. Newbury Racecourse was officially established in 1905, and has since undergone several renovations.
During the two world wars, it was used as a military facility, so racing was suspended until 1947. In the year 2000, the state-of-the-art Dubai Duty Free Grandstand was opened, and since then a number of new homes have been built on-site. The renovations are continuing with a new hotel for race staff to use during meets and the winners’ enclosure and parade ring are being remodelled to improve the view for spectators.
Newbury Racecourse hosts a number of popular events every year, including the Hennessy Gold Cup, usually held in November. The racecourse is served by Newbury Racecourse train station, which is in easy reach of Newbury and Reading. With such modern facilities and so many events throughout the year, Newbury Racecourse is an essential place to visit.
Eating and Drinking In Newbury
There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Newbury, from restaurant chains to independent pubs to elegant tearooms. Among the range of chain restaurants are the popular Pizza Express and Café Rouge, providing meals to suit families, friends and couples for any occasion.
The range of cafes and tearooms situated around the town centre means that there are plenty of places to stop for a quick bite to eat whilst out and about. There are coffee shops, dessert bars and bakeries, so there is something for everyone.
Traditional pubs can still be found across the town, so there are plenty of places to socialise and meet for weekend or after-work drinks.
With such a range of eating and drinking establishments, visitors and residents alike are spoilt for choice.
Things To Do In Newbury
Aside from a day at the races and a delicious meal out, there is plenty to do in Newbury.
Walking And Cycling
For those who love the great outdoors, there are a variety of walking and cycling routes through the North Wessex Downs and along historic canal towpaths. Newbury Mountain Club organises walks for those who want to explore the countryside with the help of a local guide.
Donnington Grove Country Club
Donnington Grove Country Club offers private tuition for clay pigeon shooting, fishing and golf, as well as corporate days out. It provides a great facility for experiencing country pursuits under the guidance of professionals.
Just five miles south of the town centre is Highclere Castle, the magnificent setting on the television series Downton Abbey. Visitors can explore the castle grounds and learn about the history of the castle, and there is an option to arrange a private tour of the castle for groups. In August, Highclere Castle hosts the annual Battle Proms, featuring ‘last night of the proms’ favourites, Spitfire displays and First World War cavalry displays.
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