Newbury is a small historic market town nestled in the heart of West Berkshire, boasting a number of attractions, including a top-class Racecourse, which provides a showcase for famous musicians over the summer months, Donnington Castle and nearby Highclere Castle, the home of Downton Abbey.
There are a plethora of leisure and arts facilities, with a selection of golf courses; numerous health and fitness clubs; a multiplex cinema; the Corn Exchange, which offers a wide range of entertainment including comedy, theatre, music and film; The Watermill Theatre and Arlington Arts.
The town’s calendar of events includes a yearly carnival; the Newbury Spring Festival, an eclectic celebration of music; the Crafty Craft race; a monthly artisan market, along with the regular Thursday and Saturday markets and monthly farmer’s market, as well as many free events.
Newbury has a lively town centre, which is undergoing a period of regeneration. The recent Parkway development has increased the variety of retail and eating options on offer and the forthcoming station and Kennet Centre redevelopment will continue to add to the vibrancy of the town. The local schools, from nursery to secondary, have excellent reputations and both state and private education are on offer.
The added benefit of being in an excellent position geographically, continues to drive Newbury’s prosperity. On the main crossroads between London and the West Country, the South Coast and the Midlands, means London, Bristol, Birmingham and Southampton are all approximately an hour drive. With easy road links to the M4 and M3, along with fast trains from Newbury station taking you directly to the heart of London in under an hour, make it an excellent commuter base.
Running through Newbury is the Kennet and Avon canal, which is popular for narrow boats, fishing, canoeists, walkers and runners alike. With the Ridgeway easily accessible and stunning countryside surrounding the town, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. From paragliding in the Wiltshire Downs to sailing in Sulhampstead, close to Reading or, if you prefer something more sedate, visit one of the many pretty villages and sample the plethora of atmospheric country pubs on offer. The area is awash with a variety of clubs, societies and organisations catering for a wide range of interests.
Newbury has a fascinating history being founded by a Norman knight in the 1070’s, although the British, Celts, Romans and Saxons had all farmed in the are long before then. With Oxford, Winchester and Salisbury just a day’s horse ride away, this busy river crossing was a perfect place to spend the night.
By the Middle Ages, Newbury had a booming textile industry, making it one of the top 20 towns in England. The town received a further boost to its fortunes when Georgian tourists stopped over on their way from London to Britain’s first tourist resort, Bath.