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BERKSHIRE IN SAXON WESSEX

There are traces of Anglo-Saxon farmsteads, as well as more high-profile settlements,  which have been uncovered throughout Berkshire, for example at Radley and Sutton Courtenay. These Germanic people, as mercenaries in the Roman army, appear to have settled in the Abingdon area from a very early date, but they soon gained political ambition and, in time carved, out kingdoms for themselves. One of these, Wessex, eventually covered Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon. The north of Berkshire was particularly associated with the early Wessex kings and it was probably at the Royal Palace of Cholsey that St. Birinus sought out King Cynegils, in AD 634, and gained permission to convert his people to Christianity.    The ancient Abbey of Abingdon was founded only forty years later.

There were nunneries at Reading and Cookham and elsewhere minsters soon developed, from which to send priests out into the countryside, at Kintbury, Lambourn, Thatcham and White Waltham. Saxon architecture is still extant in the county at churches like Wickham and Boxford. The power of Christian Wessex was so extensive that by AD 829, its king, Egbert, became effective ruler of all England. There was great rivalry between the Anglo-Saxon kings, and areas of Berkshire changed hands several times particularly between Mercia and Wessex before a greater enemy, the Norse Vikings arrived from Scandinavia to challenge all of them. 

Berkshire is the nearest Gateway into Wessex from London and the Royal Connection remains with the main Royal Castle at Windsor.

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We have a multitude of reference pages which were created some time ago and are now under reconstruction. So on here you will find dedicated pages to specialist activities in Wessex & Mercia. These include a list of Agricultural ,Horse Shows etc, The Wessex Hall of Fame, Michelin starred restaurants in Wessex,Seaside Resorts, Theatres in Wessex & the UK, List of Films made in Wessex, Wessex Names, Golf Clubs, Football Clubs, Rugby Clubs, and Racetracks . Campers & Caravanners have their own dedicated section too. I have even got my own page for readers letters and news snippets, mainly from my ancient capital Chard.

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BRACKNELL T.I.C The Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, RG12 1AQ
BRACKNELL FOREST T.I.C. Easthampstead House, Town Square, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1AQ
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St Ives Road, Maidenhead  Tel: +44 (0) 1628 796 502 email: click here Website: click here
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31 High Street, Marlow , Tel: +44 (0) 1628 483 597
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Blagrave Street, Reading . Tel: +44 (0) 1189 566 226
READING VISITOR CENTRE Church House, Chain St, Reading  Tel: +44(0)  118 956 6226
SLOUGH T.I.C. One Stop Shop Visit us in the Queensmere Centre, Slough, Berkshire. Open: Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays: 9am - 4.45pm. Wednesdays & Thursdays: 10am - 4.45pm. Saturdays: 9am - 1.30pm.
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A more intimate venue than the larger Hexagon, South Street plays host to a wide variety of performers from avant-garde touring plays to Kathak dance companies. There are also regular comedy evenings and community groups of different kinds.

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Abbey House (Reading)

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the old abbey buildings at Reading, which her father had had converted for use as a Royal Palace, became commonly known as 'Abbey House'. Being only infrequently in residence herself, the Queen appears to have leased the complex to her faithful servant, Sir Francis Knollys, Treasurer of the Royal Household. Only the abbey's old inner gateway survived.The Inner Gateway is all that is left of the Abbey House complex. It is owned by Reading Borough Council, but is only open to the public on Annual Heritage Open Days.

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The Abbey Mill Arch
The milling of corn was a lucrative business in Medieval England and one of which Reading Abbey took great advantage. Having access to the a small natural stream, still called the "Holy Brook," which runs through (and under) the town, the monks built themselves a strong stone mill, near the bustling Abbey Wharf, in the late 12th century. The sides of the Holy Brook were artificially narrowed before the mill to speed up the fast-flowing waters. These turned the underside of the Abbey Mill wheel at a point where the water-level dropped some five feet to build up a head of water. So successful was the business that it outlasted the Abbey by four hundred and twenty years!
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Though most of the building has been demolished, the ancient mill-arch still straddles the Holy Brook behind Reading's Central Library in King's Road (where the Abbey Stables once stood).

Aldermaston
Aldermaston Wharf was the site of a fine Roman Villa, only the bathhouse of which has survived .The origin of the village's name is quite obvious if you think about it: 'Alderman's Town'. This was not today's borough official, but the Saxon Ealdorman of Berkshire. This man (the equivalent of an Earl) was the predecessor of the County Sheriff, the man who ruled Berkshire on the King's behalf.
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Aldermaston village is situated is situated at the southern edge of the flood-plain of the River Kennet, just where the ground starts to rise into the higher ground below. It lies on the A340 road which runs from the A4 road,
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Aldermaston Church

Aldermaston Church was a Saxon Minster. The medieval Achard family, who entertained Henry III at the manor (1227), gave the parish church away to Sherborne (ie. Pamber) Priory (Hants) and consequently are all buried at Sparsholt. The church does contain a beautiful alabaster effigial monument to one of their successors, Sir George Forster and his wife (1530), and a fine set of hatchments of the Congreve family.

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Aldermaston Court
was the home of Berkshire's rulers. Originally, as Aldermaston House, it stood immediately alongside the church. An early house was rebuilt in 1636 by Sir Humphrey Forster. He was a staunch Royalist during the Civil War. This caused the Parliamentary army to station troops in the village to guard the Kennet crossings before the Second Battle of Newbury. Forster's house, unfortunately, burnt down two hundred years later. The place was not completely gutted and the beautiful figured wooden staircase was saved. In 1848, it was reinstalled at the new Court, along with some old stained glass and 15th century chimneys from the original house. It is an interesting place with an imposing tower. The entrance gates to the park were won in a card game from the owner of Midgham House.
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The Manor House (NC)Aldermaston Park Aldermaston (Reading) RG7 4HX

The estate is currently owned by Blue Circle Cement, who have built sympathetic new lakeside offices there. The "Manor House" as the Court is now styled is a hotel and conference centre.


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Aldworth Church

The tiny parish church at Aldworth contains numerous huge effigies of the De La Beche family. The figures are supposed to be life size representations, depicting knights all over seven feet tall. Known as the "Aldworth Giants", they were possibly erected by the most influential member of the family, Lord Nicholas De La Beche in the 1340s. Unfortunately many of the effigies were vandalised by Cromwell's men during the English Civil War in the 17th century. Many of the knights are missing the lower part of their legs, noses and arms, no doubt the easiest parts to break off. They were probably seen as a symbol of royalty by the parliamentarians, although many churches were ransacked in the same period. The churchyard was the scattering-place of the ashes of poet Laurence Binyon. There is a slate memorial.

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Aldworth village is situated on the high ground of the Berkshire Downs, just off the B4009 road from Newbury to Streatley.
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Alexandra Gardens
Alexandra Gardens is a good place to begin your visit to Windsor as it offers spectacular views of the castle on the hill. The gardens were laid out in the early 1900s and they still retain a Victorian charm which adds to the regal atmosphere of Windsor. Before walking along the promenade that takes you along the river and into Windsor, there is plenty to enjoy in the Gardens themselves. There are trampolines, a skate park, and a café offering light refreshments.
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Antwicks Manor

Although some form of dwelling has existed here since the Domesday Book (1086)  and is believed to be the site of King John's hunting lodge (hence "Regis" in the name of the village), the original section of the present house is believed to date from around 1780. The house was moated until the late 1800s as was the custom in the manorial system. Between 1890 and 1905 during two changes of ownership, one of which was the wealthy Irish born racehorse owner Richard 'Boss' Croker, the house was remodelled and substantially enlarged. It is worthy of note that the Racing Illustrated in 1895 described the property as "few prettier places of the kind have we seen in the course of last summer's wanderings."

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Arborfield
The village of Arborfield is centred around the junction at Arborfield Cross.Near to the site of Arborfield House, once the seat of the Standen family, stands the ruins of a 13th century church, which used to contain a rare type of font carved from a solid block of wood with an oak cover. This font, together with a stained glass window, has been removed to the present parish church, which lies between the River Loddon and the village. This new church also contains an 18th century tomb upon which lie the alabaster figures of Edward Standen, his wife and one of their children. Arborfield Hall, which has since been demolished, was immortalised as the 'Old House at Aberleigh' in Miss Mitford's Our Village .
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Ardington House
Ardington House was built in 1719 for Edward Clarke by the Strong family, master masons at Oxford, the great feature of the interior is the staircase hall, which occupies the whole centre of the house on the ground floor. The pursuit of symmetry at Ardington has led to a bold experiment of a sort seldom attempted in English houses. A so-called 'imperial staircase' rises in two flights on either side of the south door leading to the garden, and returns to a single flight to the upper landing. The twisted oak balusters are of exactly the same pattern as those of the more conventional staircase at Britwell Salome and it is possible that the Oxford joiner, Thomas Fawcett, who worked at Woodperry, may have been responsible for this spectacular feat of workmanship.
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Ascot
Ascot was the centre of an important Bronze Age cemetery consisting of a number of Round Barrows. Unfortunately, these have almost all been flattened and built upon. Only one survives, in the middle of the Heatherwood Hospital complex. An old story tells how they were the home of the mythical ‘Side-hill Winder’. This bovine creature had two legs shorter than the others, so it could only live on the side of hills or burial mounds. If you wanted to catch one, you just had to chase it onto level ground where it would fall over!The name Ascot is Saxon and derives from ‘East Cote,’ the Eastern Cottage, probably a reference to being east of the Royal estate at Easthampstead (alias Yethampstead). Some have suggested that it was the original of Sir Thomas Malory’s ‘Astolat’ where, just prior to this period, Sir Lancelot (of King Arthur fame) had stayed with the loyal Sir Bernard and slept with his lovesick daughter, Elaine the White.
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Queen Anne liked nothing better than to hunt in Windsor Forest and it was in the early 18th century that she discovered for herself this open heathland which she thought an ideal place, not five miles from Windsor, for "horses to gallop at full stretch". She founded the famous race-course there in 1711. I n July 2004, the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead granted planning permission for the redevelopment of Ascot Racecourse, which enabled the main scheme to commence in October 2004 as planned Ascot Racecourse is delighted to announce that Royal Ascot will return to its Berkshire home in 2006. The Royal Meeting will run from Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th June 2006. The official opening will take place on the first day of the Royal Meeting

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Ashbury
Merlin the Magician is said to have wandered aimlessly across the Hampshire and Berkshire Downs during his many periods of madness. He passed by Ashbury one day and turned a whole field of sheep to stone. These Grey Wethers still litter the roadside below Kingston Down. (They are actually erratics carried along by prehistoric glaciers.) Ashbury was in fact the original name of Alfred's Castle which has been transferred to the village. It means 'Ash Tree covered Fort'. It is an Iron Age Hillfort which was reused in Roman times to enclose a Roman villa. Even older is the unenclosed late Bronze Age settlement on Tower Hill.
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Ashbury Church
The first church at Ashbury was built for the Abbot of Glastonbury sometime before AD 947 when it appears in the abbey chronicles. A number of the Somerset monks lived at Ashbury Manor which was a monastic grange. The earliest part of the present church is the 12th century west end. It was probably cruciform originally, with a central tower, but has been much altered over time. Most of the building is some three hundred years younger, though the chancel is 14th century and the tower and north and south chapels are 13th century.
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Ashbury Manor
  is arguably one of the finest and most original manor houses in the country. Dating from 1488, with later additions and constructed of cut stone, chalk and brick under a stone slate roof, the house has been sympathetically maintained without significant alteration.Set back from the rest of the village, the Manor has ample reception and bedroom accommodation, together with an attached cottage. Set to the east of the house are the barns and outbuildings arranged around a large courtyard with an impressive timber framed barn with tiled roof. Ashbury Manor is a private residence.
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Ashdown House

17th-century house perched on the Berkshire Downs. Famous association with the sister of King Charles I, Elizabeth of Bohemia, known as 'The Winter Queen'. Important paintings contemporary with the house. Spectacular rooftop views over the gardens and Berkshire Downs. Includes an Iron Age hill fort where King Alfred is thought to have battled the Danes
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Lambourn
Hungerford
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Ashdown Park
Ashdown Park was the residence of the Earls of Craven. It is said that, in 1662, the first Earl of Craven was fleeing the plague in London on a lone stallion, when he arrived, exhausted, at his little used Berkshire estates. It was on this beautiful spot on the Berkshire Downs that his weary steed halted and here the Earl decided to build himself a house as a country refuge for his love, the Queen of Bohemia. Construction began soon afterward but, unfortunately, the lady died that same year
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Lambourn, Newbury, RG17 8RE
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Ashampstead Church
The church at Ashampstead was built in the late 12th century as a chapel of Basildon. The massive timber roof and the bell-turret are of 16th century date.Berkshire is not best known for a proliferation of medieval wall paintings in its churches, yet Ashampstead Church has some of the finest in the country. They appear to have been painted in the 13th century by a Benedictine monk
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Avington Church
Avington Church is a tiny treasure in itself, almost unchanged since it was built in the 12th century.It has superb carvings of classic Norman design, with birds heads and zi-zag decorating the south doorway and chancel arch. The chancel may originally have been vaulted. The font, of the same date, is probably the best in the county. It has features thirteen carved figures, amongst them saints, bishops, the Devil tempting Judas Iscariot and the Kiss of the Betrayal.
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Basildon Park

Basildon Park features in the new Pride and Predudice film. See our Behind the Scenes exhibition here this year. Costumes from the film on display April - end June. Basildon Park, situated between Streatley and Pangbourne in the Thames Valley in Berkshire, was due for demolition before Lord and Lady Iliffe saved it in 1952. Between 1910 and 1952 the house was largely unoccupied. It was requisitioned in both wars and the parkland used as a training ground for the D-Day landings.The house was restored and filled with fine pictures and furniture and in 1978 presented to the National Trust who continue with its restoration and conservation. The house is a particularly fine Palladian mansion built in Bath Stone by the architect John Carr of York, for Sir Francis Sykes. Surrounding the house are gardens and pleasure grounds leading to 400 acres of park and woodland
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Lower Basildon
Reading
RG8 9NR
Between Pangbourne and Streatley, 7ml NW of Reading, on W side of A329; leave M4 at exit 12 and follow brown NT signs to Pangbourne.

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Beale Park

Beale Park, this unique, 45 year old Thames-side charity, is home to an amazing collection of birds including swans, owls, parrots and pheasants but also boasts a narrow gauge railway with a steam engine, huge adventure playground and sand pits, two children's splash pools, goats, ponies, a 'hands-on' pets corner and deer park, Piggery, raised flamingo walk, new restaurant, a gift shop and much more. There are Thames boat trips in the summer, many acres of lawns and gardens for picnics, sculpture, ponds and fountains plus the National collection of Model Boats (view on request). Also Nature Trails, holiday events and activities and excellent river and lake fishing. All this set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Lower Basildon
Reading
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Berkshire Aviation Museum
Berkshire’s dynamic contribution to aviation history is graphically recaptured at the Woodley Museum. Run as a charitable trust, the museum is at the historic site of Woodley airfield, near Reading.
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Mohawk Way, Woodley, Berkshire RG5 4UE
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 Berkshire Medical History Centre
Housed in the Old Laundry (1881) of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, the Centre preserves and displays items of historical medical interest particularly those with a local connection. The collection includes many hundreds of artefacts and photographs relating to medicine, nursing, pharmacy and dentistry. The Centre is home to the archives of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, which date back to 1837, and compiles oral histories from former patients and local hospital workers.
Berkshire
                  Medical History Centre
Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, Berkshire RG1 5AN
Berkshire  
BERKSHIRE MEDICAL HISTORY CENTRE CLICK

tel:
0118 926 2724
Berkshire Racquets and Health Club
The Royal Berkshire Club is an exclusive health centre that offers a wealth of activities. These include 12 indoor tennis courts, 7 outdoor tennis courts, a training pool, family pool and a toddler pool, a hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam rooms, a stylish fitness studio, an aerobics studio, squash and badminton courts, dance, tap and ballet classes, a crèche, physiotherapy, a pilates studio, and football classes. There is also an excellent social and live events programme, and a sun deck with a barbecue.
Royal Berks
                  Raquets Club
Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 7PB
ROYAL BERKSHIRE
RAQUETS CLUB CLICK

tel:
01344 860717
Big Gee's Limousine Hire Service
  We are a professional  limousine company based in Reading, Berkshire and cover London, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey and the South East, we also  cover all of the UK as no job is too far.   All our chauffeurs are punctual and dressed in smart attire and their knowledge of venues and events  is excellent, all our Limos are in immaculate condition throughout and are fully valeted before each and every hire. Our Limousines are all new millennium shaped and are equipped with  full length bars, mood lighting, fibre optic mirrored ceiling, 4 colour changing neon lights, Leather upholstery, CD player, TV, DVD, as well as having on board satellite navigation. If you are looking for Limousine Hire then you have come to the right place, our luxury Chauffeur Driven Limousines are perfect for any occasion. We can offer you Limo hire at competitive prices for any event.
Big Gee's
                  Limousines
63-65 Reading Road
Pangbourne
RG8 7HY
BIG GEES LIMOS CLICK
tel:
01189 589186

Black Park and Langley Park Country Parks

A historic parkland of 130 acres which once housed extensive herds of deer. There are many formal features to interest the visitor, including the rhododendron and azalea-filled Temple Gardens, and the walled Arboretum which has many beautiful species of trees and shrubs. The pond has been restored to an attractive feature. Nearby a group of trees were planted in 1994 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the D-day landings. Langley Park is easily accessible by road, being located opposite Black Park off the A412 Slough-Uxbridge road.
Langley Park
Black Park Road
Wexham
Slough
Berkshire
SL3 6DR
tel:
01753 511060
Bradfield College
Founded in 1850, it became well known by 1900 as one of the leading independent schools in southern England. In effect the school is the village of Bradfield and vice versa; a very attractive village of brick-and-half-timber and brick-and-flint houses in one of the prettiest regions of Berkshire. The total grounds cover about 200 acres. Its accommodation is excellent and it has outstandingly good facilities, including centres for design, electronics and IT, and a new golf course, sports complex and indoor tennis centre.
Bradfield
                  College
Bradfield College, Reading, Berkshire
RG7 6AR
BRADFIELD COLLEGE CLICK
Tel: 0118 964 4510
Bracknell Leisure Centre
Bracknell Leisure Centre has three pools: a learner pool, a training pool and a competition pool. There are a number of exercise classes available for adults and teenagers, a spa which includes a sauna, steam room, whirlpool spa, hot tub, foot spa, and a tanning suite, and a BodyWorks fitness room. There are crèche facilities so parents can leave their children in capable hands, sports halls for playing badminton, basketball, football and short tennis, and outdoor facilities for football and athletics. There is also a café and a sport shop.
Bracknell
                  Leisure Centre
Bagshot Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 9SE
BRACKNELL LEISURE CENTRE CLICK
tel:
01344 422288
Bray
What can one say about a tiny little village which boasts three fantastic restaurants. Is renowned in history and was the centre of the swinging sets in the fifties, sixties and even now. From Diana Dors & her first husband Dennis Hamilton and the Hotel de Paris with its smart tea dances in the 1940's & 50s to Heston Blumenthal 's The Fat Duck ( voted the best restaurant in the world ) & The Hindes Head and the Roux Bros  Waterside Inn now. Whilst the majestic Monkey Island Hotel has spanned the years. If you've got megabucks to spend and want the best head for Bray.Rolf Harris, Michael Parkinson, Billy Connolly, Sheila Ferguson of the Three Degrees, Gerald Ratner and Anthony Worall-Thompson, are all down by the river. Like it's famous vicar this village is a camelion which changes with the belief of the time and profits by it.
Bray
Bray, Maidenhead,
Berkshire


Bucklebury Farm Park
Bucklebury Farm Park is a great day out, whatever the weather. We have a whole range of attractions that will appeal to your whole family, school group, Senior citizens' club, or just a couple of friends. 

Situated in the beautiful Berkshire countryside close to the picturesque village of Bucklebury, the park has: Deer Park ,Animals, Indoor play area,Tractor rides (included in your admission price), Refreshments,Picnic area and Adventure Playground

Bucklebury
                  Farm Park
Bucklebury,
Reading,
Berkshire RG7 6RR

We are open every day from Saturday March 18 until October.In October we will be open Friday, Saturday and Sundays and every day during Half Term
.Bucklebury Farm Park opens daily at 10am and closes at 6pm with last admission at 5pm
BUCKLEBURY FARM
PARK CLICK

tel:
0118 971 4002
California Country Park
Woodland, play area, paddling pool and lake
California Country
                  Park
Nine Mile Ride, Finchampstead, Wokingham
Tel: 0118 973 0028

Calleva Museum

The Silchester Collection consists of a wealth of items from the Roman town of Calleva, near Silchester, in Hampshire. Most were found during the Society of Antiquaries' excavations which uncovered the area within the town walls between 1890 and 1909. These things belonged to rich and poor, old and young and no project on life in Roman Britain is complete without reference to Calleva and its objects. Only a small proportion of what was discovered at Silchester is on display in the Museum. For every piece of pottery, there may be several boxes in store, for every pin, twenty more. Each object is slightly different and some are not particularly suitable for display, but study of them helps push forward our knowledge of Calleva and of Roman Britain.
Silchester Museum
Bramley Road
Silchester
Reading
Berkshire
RG7 2LU
Months Open:
All year, daily, 0930-1800. Closed 25 Dec
CALLEVA MUSEUM CLICK
tel:
0118  970 0825
Caversham Lawn Tennis Club
Caversham Lawn Tennis Club is regarded as one of the best clubs in Berkshire, situated in Caversham Heights, just beyond Reading. Membership numbers are on a constant increase and to date reach the 500 mark. Caversham LTC has continued to grow and now boasts a total of nine tennis courts (two of which are indoor during the winter months.)
Caversham
                  Tennis Club
Queensborough Drive 
off Conisboro Avenue 
Caversham
Berkshire
RG4 7JA
CAVERSHAM LAWN TENNIS CLUB CLICK
tel:
01189 474566 

Clewer History Museum and Church

The question which everybody asks about Clewer Church is "How old is it?" No precise answer is possible.
Rector William Elwell, writing in the 192Os, wrote that the nave of the present church was built around 1100, the north aisle and the tower being added at the end of the century, but we do not know how he came to this conclusion.It is the oldest building in Windsor and the museum is a place to learn about the history & see some of the antiques associated with the church.
Clewer Museum

Church Lodge, Mill Lane
Clewer
Windsor
Berkshire
SL4 5JQ
CLEWER HISTORY MUSEUM CLICK


tel:
01753 865185

Cliveden

This spectacular estate overlooking the River Thames has a series of gardens, each with its own character, featuring roses, topiary, statuary, water gardens, a formal parterre, informal vistas, woodland and riverside walks. The present house, the third on the site, was built by Charles Barry for the Duke of Sutherland in 1851. Once the home of Nancy, Lady Astor, it is now let as an hotel. It was also the backdrop to the 1960s scandal of Jack Profumo -a minister in the Conservative government and the call-girl Christine Keeler.
Cliveden
Taplow, Maidenhead
Berkshire SL6 0JA

Estate and Garden: 16th March to 30th October Daily 11.00am - 6.00pm
31st October to 22md December Daily 11.00am - 4.00pm. House (part) and Octagonal Temple: 3rd April to 30th October Thursday and Saturday 3.00pm - 5.30pm.
Woodlands: 1st April to 30th October Daily 11.00am - 5.30pm. 31st October to 22nd December Daily 11.00am - 4.00pm.3rd January to 31st March Daily 11.00am - 4.00pm
CLIVEDEN CLICK
tel:
01628 605 069

Concert Hall

Don't be fooled by the name, this ornate and lofty venue hosts anything from Mozart to urban music, plus top comedy acts like Dave Gorman.

Concert Hall,
                  Reading
Blagrave Street, Reading
CONCERT HALL CLICK
tel:
0118 9606060

Cookham
The Royal Manor of Cookham was held by the Crown until 1818. Although many changes have taken place since then, Cookham has made the most of its position and is now one of the most popular Thames-side villages with many superb restaurants and inns. These include The Bel and The Dragon which was built in 1417 and is reputedly one of the oldest licensed houses in England. The Church of the Holy Trinity, although considerably restored, retains parts of its Norman origins as well as many examples of later construction, from the early English to the late Perpendicular period (1350 – 1550) when the tower was erected. The interior has many interesting brasses and memorials. The name of Cookham is closely associated with Sir Stanley Spencer, who lived in the village until his death in 1959 and who used the local scenery as the background to many of his paintings. The Stanley Spencer Gallery in the High Street is open at certain times throughout the year and contains many items of interest.A colourful ceremony, which attracts many visitors to Cookham, is swan-upping, which takes place during the third week in July. This is the time when the Queen’s Swan Marker counts all new cygnets and assigns ownership between the Crown and the ancient Vintners and Dyers – the only other bodies entitled to swan rights on the River Thames. The centre of the parish is at Cookham Rise, now featuring a modern shopping development and a station on the Maidenhead to Marlow branch line with connections for London.

The residential area of Cookham Dean is noted for the beauty of its cherry orchards in springtime and the panoramic views from Winter Hill, now the property of the National Trust.
Cookham


Courage Shire Horse Centre
As well as the Shire horses there is a small animal and bird area containing peacocks, rabbits, owls, budgerigars, goats and lambs.

Shire Horses
Cherry Garden Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 3QD
1 May-31 Oct   10:30-17:00


Coral Reef Waterworld


Coral Reef Bracknell's Water World is a tropical paradise providing fun for all the family. There are three giant water slides and other water features including the wild water rapids, erupting volcano, firing cannons, squirting snakes and bubbling spas.After all this fun why not visit our air-conditioned restaurant on the first floor with views over the pool.Sauna World is available to over 18s only so you can relax in the tranquil surroundings of a Saunarium (a mix of dry and wet heat), two saunas and our two tier steam room.
Coral Reef
Nine Mile Road
Bracknell
Berkshire
RG12 7JG
CORAL REEF WATERWORLD CLICK
tel:
01344 862 525

Corn Exchange

The auditorium seats 400 people, the studio seats 60 and there are conference facilities as well as the usual bar and restaurant.

Corn
                  Exchange, Newbury
Market Place
Newbury
Berkshire
RG14 5BD
CORN EXCHANGE CLICK
Tel: 01635 522 733
Datchet
Despite modern development, Datchet manages to retain many features of a quiet riverside settlement. The older buildings cluster around The Green with its central oak tree commemorating Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, while those of later periods line the roads radiating towards the river and the attractive Thames-side gardens. There was a church at Datchet as far back as the 13th century but, along with most others in the area, it was rebuilt in the middle of the 19th century and subsequently enlarged. A portion of the earlier church can be found at the east end whilst the chancel has two interesting brasses – one in memory of Lady Katheryn Berkeley, and the other erected in 1593 to the memory of Richard Hambery, a London goldsmith, and his wife.
Being convenient for London – with its own railway station and close to the M4 motorway – Datchet has been home to many famous people over the years, among them astronomer William Herschel and Robert Barker, the royal printer to Elizabeth I and James I who, at his own expense, printed the Authorised Version of the Bible in 1611. Robert Barker died in a debtors’ prison in 1645, but to this day the village benefits from the Barker Bridge House Trust set up in his name. The Trust gains income from its local rents, including from the Royal Stag public house. This income supports the village with 60% allocated to expenditure not covered by local rates and the remainder to the repair and upkeep of the parish church.
Datchet


Dinton Pastures Country Park
 Dinton Pastures Country Park’s lakes, rivers, meadows and wooded areas span just over 335 acres of what was once part of the Great Forest of Windsor. Past gravel extraction has created lakes and islands frequented by both local wildlife and the non-powered watersport enthusiasts of the Black Swan Sailing Club. There are three public bird hides to view the waterfowl while footpaths and self-guided trails enable further exploration of bird and wildflower habitats. The adjacent Lavell’s Lake is a designated Local Nature Reserve.
Dinton Park
Davis Street, Hurst, Reading
Tel: 0118 934 2016
Donnington Castle
The striking twin-towered 14th- century gatehouse of this castle, later the focus of a Civil War siege and battle, survives amid impressive earthworks.

1 mile N of Newbury off B4494

Dorney Court

Dorney Court has been the home of the Palmer family for more than 450 years, passing from father to son through thirteen generations. It is a Grade 1 listed building, further designated as being of outstanding architectural and historical interest. Dorney Court has always been the manor house of Dorney village which was first recorded in the Doomsday Book. Dorney Court has been open to the public since 1981. A great deal has been achieved in restoring and preserving the historic house and gardens for the future. This has been possible thanks to the interest and patronage of visitors from the four corners of the globe. The House and Estate show the evolution of the squirearchy in English country life, and of particular interest are the early family portraits, furniture and needlework. The house is surrounded by attractive gardens, making it an oasis of living history. Dorney Court has for many centuries been the focus of country life on the western fringes of Royal Windsor. The manor house lies close to the village and common, where cattle and sheep still graze. The surrounding farmlands are carefully tended as they have been for generations. Horticulture has been central to the people of Dorney. The first pineapple grown in England was believed to have been grown in the village at Pin Cottage. The pineapple became the symbol for the whole of the Restoration! Today a large carved stone pineapple stands in the Great Hall, while adjacent to the house, within the old kitchen garden, lies The Walled Garden Centre.


Dorney Court

Court Lane
Dorney
Windsor
Berkshire
SL4 6QP  

May: Bank Holiday Mondays and the preceding Sundays 1:30pm with last admissions at 4.00pm August: Every afternoon except Saturdays 1.30pm with last admissions at 4.00pm.

DORNEY COURT CLICK
tel:
01628 604 638
Douai Abbey
Douai Abbey is the home of a community of Benedictine monks, set in the countryside between Newbury and Reading. The Abbey offers a wide range of courses and retreats. The Guest House provides accommodation for individuals and groups and is available as a venue for fully catered conferences. The Abbey Church, with its magnificent architecture and rich acoustics, is used regularly for series of choral, orchestral and chamber concerts.
Douai Abbey
Upper Woolhampton
Reading
Berkshire
RG7 5TQ
  DOUAI ABBEY
CLICK

Tel: 0118 9715300

Englefield House & Garden


The structure of Englefield House is essentially Elizabethan but incorporates alterations and additions from the 18th and 19th centuries. Its seven acre garden contains some magnificent specimen trees and is surrounded by a deer park. The formal garden was laid out in the 17th century and the terraces and stone staircases were built in 1860. The woodland and water garden on the hill above the house was designed and planted in 1936. In 1976 the formal planting and gravel paths were removed from the terrace and a new planting scheme was put in place with the assistance of the garden designer, Lanning Roper. There is a small garden specially created for children where four little statues conceal hidden jets of water.The House is open by appointment only. The Garden is open as above.

Englefield
                  House
Englefield House
Englefield
Reading
Berkshire
RG7 5EN

ENGLEFIELD HOUSE CLICK
tel:
01189 302 221

Eton College

Eton College was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI to provide free education for 70 poor scholars who would then go on to further their education at King’s College, Cambridge. Life in the early days was harsh, rats ran free and the boys had to wash outside using only cold water. From these 70 scholars, the school has expanded to about 1,280 boys aged from 13 to 18 who are admitted by competitive examination, and has become one of the most exclusive schools in the world.Eton has educated 18 former British Prime Ministers including the Duke of Wellington, Walpole, Pitt the Elder, MacMillan and Douglas-Holme. The School Dress still consists of a black tailcoat and waistcoat, and pin-striped trousers which dates from the 1850s. Tours of the College are a fascinating experience, which includes the Cloisters, the Chapel, the oldest classroom in the College and the Museum of Eton Life.

Eton College
Eton
Berkshire
SL4 6DW

ETON COLLEGE
CLICK

tel:
01753 671177
  Forbury Gardens
The Forbury Gardens, originally part of Reading Abbey, were laid out between 1856 and 1864. The gardens are dominated by the Maiwand Lion, an 1886 memorial to the dead of the 66th Berkshire Regiment who fell during the battles of Maiwand and Kandahar at the end of the second Afghan War (1878-80). Designed by George Blackall-Simonds, it is one of the world’s largest bronze statues at 31 feet long. Nearby is Reading Prison to where Oscar Wilde was sentenced in 1895, writing The Ballad of Reading Gaol in 1898 after his release.
Forbury
                Gardens
Between the Forbury and the Forbury Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1

French Brothers River Cruises
Based on the Thames at Windsor, Runnymede and Maidenhead, French Brothers luxury passenger boat operators have become firmly established as market leaders in the creation and management of riverboat events. Established in 1978 and continuing today as a family run business, we at French Brothers pride ourselves on our professionalism and dedication to the customer, never losing sight of even the smallest detail. From short cruises along the Thames to extravagant corporate affairs and wedding receptions, French Brothers really are the boat operator of choice whatever your requirements.
French Bros River
                  Cruises
The Clewer Boathouse
Clewer Court Road
Windsor
Berkshire SL4 5JH

FRENCH BROS RIVER CRUISES CLICK
tel:
01753 851900

Frogmore House 

Frogmore House, set in the private Home Park, is renowned for its beautiful landscaped garden and 18th-century lake. Queen Victoria was inspired to write 'all is peace and quiet and you only hear the hum of the bees, the singing of the birds'. Indeed Queen Victoria loved Frogmore so much that she chose to build a mausoleum for herself and her husband, Prince Albert, in the grounds. The interior of Frogmore House reflects the interests and talents of several generations of the royal family. In the Victoria Closet visitors can see works of art executed by three generations of the royal family - Victoria, Duchess of Kent, Queen Victoria, and a number of works by Queen Victoria's children, including Princess Victoria and Princess Louise. The garden is one of the enduring attractions of Frogmore. Queen Charlotte had a great interest in botany and was given full rein in the garden at Frogmore, which she laid out with rare and unusual plants. She formed an extensive botanical library and flowers became a major theme in the house.

Frogmore
                  House
Home Park
Windsor
Berkshire

FROGMORE HOUSE
CLICK
tel:
020 7766 7305

Go Ape

Go Ape! and swing from tree to tree high above the forest floor for over two hours of adrenalin-fuelled fun, laughter and adventure.

Who can take part? :Min. height: 1m 40cm / 4ft 7in, Max. weight: 130kg / 20.5st, Min. age: 10 years. No younger, no shorter! Under 18yr olds must be accompanied by a participating adult. One adult can supervise two under 16yr olds, plus an additional three 16 or 17yr olds. Adults must sign a disclaimer for their group.
What should I wear? Wear something that you don't mind getting grubby or even slightly damaged. Dress for the weather - no sandals or slip-off shoes, ankle supporting boots are the best.Some recommend fingerless gloves and long hair must be tied back. Body piercings should be removed or taped over and midriffs should not be bare as the harness may chafe.

Go Ape

The Look Out
Nine Mile Ride
Swinley Forest
Bracknell
Berkshire
RG12 7QW

GO APE CLICK


tel:
0870
444 5562

Goring And Streatley Bridge
This magnificent road bridge across the Thames joins together the villages of Goring in Oxfordshire, and Streatley in Berkshire. The bridge as it stands today was built in 1923, replacing a wooden bridge built in 1837. The bridge is in two sections, the eastern Goring side overlooks Goring Lock, the western Streatley side the Swan Hotel. This section of the Thames is one of the oldest crossing points and the two villages have been linked since Roman times. The glorious views of the Thames make the bridge a popular attraction.
Goring &
                  Streatley Bridge
Goring and Streatley, Berkshire RG8

Herb Farm & Saxon Maze

The Herb Farm has a great deal more to offer than its name implies. It began some 20 years ago when Richard Scott, with enterprise and foresight, reconstructed a picturesque 18th century timber-framed barn transported from a farm south of Reading. This forms the centrepiece of the Specialist Herb Nursery, where experienced staff grow a comprehensive range of herb plants. The nursery also offers an unusual range of cottage garden plants and a selection of old style roses supplied by the renowned growers David Austin Roses. Many of the plants can be seen in mature settings in the attractive display Gardens. In 1999 a new purpose-built timber-framed barn, skillfully linked with the old barn, was opened as the Barn Shop. It contains a fascinating and ever-changing display of products that demonstrate the versatility of herbs, many of which make attractive gifts; also an eclectic collection of hand-crafted items which add a touch of elegance to the home and a sense of style to the garden. With its unique range of products, Christmas is an especially popular time to visit. A summer attraction for children is the Saxon Maze, designed by Adrian Fisher and opened in 1991. With over a mile of curving grass pathways this beech hedge maze is a challenge to all. No visit is complete without enjoying the excellent service at the recently opened Orangery Coffee Shop. A wide choice of freshly prepared food and drinks is served inside or outside in relaxed and comfortable garden surroundings.

Herb Farm &
                  Saxon Maze

Peppard Road, Sonning Common, Reading RG4 9NJ

The Herb Farm is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm

HERB FARM CLICK 


Tel: 

0118 972 4220 


Highclere Castle and Gardens
Highclere Castle, home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, is probably the finest Victorian House still in existence. Created by Sir Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament, the Castle dominates the magnificent grounds influenced by 'Capability' Brown. There are two exhibitions in the Castle one on Egyptology and one on horseracing. The Egyptology exhibition records the explorations of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon who, with Egyptologist Howard Carter, uncovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. The Horseracing exhibition celebrates a hundred years of Highclere's association with horseracing. There are woodland and temple walks in the grounds, these historic and enjoyable walks within the park are clearly signposted and take from 1½ to 2½ hours. Dogs are allowed on lead, please keep to the paths. The walks are open during July and August only.
Highclere
                  Castle
Highclere
Newbury
Berkshire
RG20 9RN

  Open until 2nd September: Monday to Friday & Sunday 11am - 4.00pm last admission one hour before closing.
Closed 28th August.

HIGHCLERE CASTLE
CLICK
tel:
01635 253210
Holme Grange Craft Village
The craft village offers a wide range of craft goods housed in beautiful converted stables in a rural environment within 2 miles of Wokingham, Crowthorne and Bracknell town centres. It is within an area of outstanding beauty and close to other leisure facilities including fruit picking, fishing, walking and cycle trails and good local pubs
Holme Grange Craft
                Village
Heathlands Road, Wokingham, RG40 3AW
2 Jan-24 Dec   10:00-17:00
HOLME GRANGE CRAFT VILLAGE CLICK
tel:
020 8876 2676

Household Cavalry Museum

The Household Cavalry Museum collection relates to The Life Guards (1st and 2nd), Horse Grenadier Guards, Royal Horse Guards (Blues), 1st Royal Dragoons (Royals) and The Blues and Royals, covering over three hundred years of the history of the Sovereign's mounted bodyguard.
The collection contains Uniforms, Weapons, Standards, Guidons, Drum Banners, Horse Furniture, Campaign and Gallantry Medals, Regimental Medals from the 17th Century. Silver, including Silver Kettledrums presented to the 2nd Life Guards by William IV, hallmarked and dated 1831, and many other personal gifts from the Monarchy such as Oil Paintings, Water Colours, Prints and many other curios of the Regiments. The Library contains Officers and Soldiers records from the latter part of the 17th Century, Order Books, Courts Martial, Historical records of the Regiments, Marriage and Birth Records. Documents signed by Charles II, James II, etc., private letters, private journals, War Diaries. Records of State occasions and Photographic Records from the mid 19th Century.


Household
                  Cavalry Museum
Combermere Barracks
Windsor
Berkshire
SL4 3DN
All year, Mon-Fri, 1000-1600.
HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MUSEUM CLICK
tel:
01753  755112
Hungerford
Hungerford is a small historic market town set in the midst of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the western fringe of Berkshire, bordering Wiltshire to the west, Hampshire to the south and Oxfordshire to the north. The town centre is located four miles to the south of Junction 14 on the M4 Motorway, and eight miles west of Newbury and the A34 providing excellent road links with rest of the country. Hungerford also enjoys a main line rail service to Newbury, Reading and London Paddington stations. These road and rail links make Hungerford an attractive location as a place for people to live and for businesses. Although our historic town has seen many changes over the years, we still maintain an ‘old world' aspect with many of our buildings dating back to past centuries. In particular there are many notable 18th century buildings along the tree lined High Street. In recent times, Hungerford has become a centre for the antiques business whilst maintaining its attractive heritage. We are fortunate to have a rich local ecology with a delightful common over which to roam, as well as an outstanding marshland area which flourishes alongside our rivers and canal.
There are many pubs and restaurants in the town and we also have two leisure centres each with a swimming pool. The Kennet and Avon Canal passes through the centre of the town and provides an ideal walkway or boat trip opportunity. The town is surrounded by open countryside in which the implementation of careful planning policies over the years has kept unwelcome development to a minimum. The land is of high agricultural quality and farming remains an important part of the local economy. The need to preserve a balance between town and country, and old and new is of paramount importance if the town is to retain its economic and commercial prosperity whilst retaining its character.
Hungerford High Street


Hurley
THE VILLAGE of Hurley is situated between the picturesque riverside towns of Henley-on-Thames and Maidenhead, and pre-dates the Norman Conquest. It was known to the Danes as Herlei and is mentioned in Domesday; indeed the oldest building dates back to c.1086. The remains of the Benedictine monastery may still be seen, and the church is still in use. Ye Olde Bell Hotel is thought to have originally housed visitors to the monastery. The re-opened Rising Sun pub (1km) and the completely refurbished Black Boys Inn (2km) now offer a further choice of eating and drinking. The village shop is supplemented by the Post Office and the small shop on the Campsite. Hurley provides some delightful rambles, with long riverside walks to Marlow or Henley, almost entirely along the banks of the Thames on the Thames Path. There are also walks up the side of the valley to Ashley Hill Forest which has good views of Berkshire and beyond. The lock in Hurley is also worth a visit. Golf and boat hire can be found locally, within a few miles of the park.
Hurley


John Nike Leisuresport Complex
The John Nike Complex offers many activities for those who love snow sports. There are group ski lessons available which are organised according to ability and for adults, children and younger children. Recreational skiing is also available for those who just want to enjoy the slope without supervision. Snowbobbing is also available-this is a fun activity which is similar to tobogganing but with a smaller sledge. Other activities include snowboarding, blading, and ice karting. And then there is the ice rink to enjoy ice skating.
John Nyk
                  Leisuresport
John Nike Way, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 8TN
JOHN NIKE LEISURESPORT  COMPLEX CLICK
tel:
01344 789000 

The Hexagon

Top professional touring plays, ballet, opera, rock and pop shows, comedy, children's events, films and classical music concerts in the largest venue the area has to offer (capacity up to 1,600).

The Hexagon
Queen's Walk
Reading
Berkshire
RG1 7UA
HEXAGON CLICK
Tel: 0118 960 6060

Kennet Horse Boat Co. Ltd

Some of our heritage is being kept alive by traditionally painted canal boats offering canal rides on a Horsedrawn Barge based in the pretty village of Kintbury near Hungerford and a Motorised Barge at Newbury. Both boats were purpose built to traditional style of canal boats during the 1800s and decorated in bright colours of 'Roses and Castles' canal style. The two horses, Hannah and daughter Boncella, are bedecked in traditional harness.Visitors may enjoy a visit on a public trip or privately charter the boats for clubs, societies, schools or family anniversaries and celebrations. Travelling through at least one lock on every trip, may be enjoyed by all ages. Our crew welcome you on board both boats where you may partake of liquid refreshment from our bar including tea and coffee. Souvenirs are also on sale. Catering is offered for Private Charter groups.

Kennet Horse
                  Boat
2 Rectory Cottage
Church Hill
Wickham
Newbury
Berkshire
RG20 8HD
Months Open:
Mid April - End September



KENNET HORSE BOAT CLICK
Tel: 01488 658 866
Lambourn Trainers Association
Stable tours of Racehorse Stables. Incudes gallops, racing stables, equine swimming pool, Hall of Fame and a tour of new staff housing. The big open charity day this year is : GOOD FRIDAY, April 14th 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Lambourn
                  Trainers
Windsor House
Lambourn
Hungerford
Berkshire
RG17 8NR
LAMBOURN TRAINING CLIC K
tel:
01488 71347

Legoland


Imagine a land that's dedicated to children. A land that inspires adventure, excitement and fun, where the entertainment is hands-on and children are in control. This is LEGOLAND®Windsor - a different sort of family theme park.For an exciting day out, head for LEGOLAND® Windsor and enjoy over 50 interactive rides and attractions that'll keep the whole family entertained. Set in 150 acres of parkland, LEGOLAND® is more fun than you can imagine for children aged 2-12 and their families.
For 2005 there's five new attractions including three new rides so you can go wild on the Dino Safari, take a spin on the Dino Dipper or enrol at the Fire Academy! You can also ride the thrilling Jungle Coaster, learn to drive, brave the Pirate Falls or explore Miniland made from mi llions of LEGO® bricks.

Legoland
Winkfield Road
Windsor
Berkshire
SL4 4AY
12th March – 5th November 2005. Opening hours of the park vary from 10am – 5 / 6 or 7pm.Please note that the park will be closed on the following dates 14-17 March, 19-20, 26-27 April, 3-4, 10-11 May, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 September, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 31 October and 1-4 November.
LEGOLAND CLICK
tel:
01 870 5040404
Living Rainforest

Explore the rainforest, and discover its wonders for yourself.On your visit, look out for free roaming lizards, birds and butterflies - you never know where they will appear next! See some of the world's most popular foods, from bananas to coffee, cocoa and ginger... as well as plants that have changed the way we live today. Plus... monkeys, a crocodile and much more.


Living
                  Rainforest
The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys
Berkshire, RG18 0TN
 Leave the M4 at Junction 13 and follow the Rainforest signs.
o pen daily , with the exception of Christmas Eve, when we close at 1pm, and Christmas Day and Boxing Day when we are closed.

We open at 10am and close at 5.15pm. Last visitors are admitted at 4.30pm each day.
LIVING RAINFOREST CLICK

tel:
01635 202444
Look Out Discovery Centre

The Look Out Discovery Centre has over 70 interactive exhibits designed to entertain and educate children and adults of all ages. In the Light and Colour Zone visitors can 'Pluck' the laser beams of the Light Harp to make a little light music or freeze their shadow on the wall. The Forces and Movement Zone is where you can make your own short film and animate it. Build a wobbly bridge or try to steady the balancing broomsticks. You can see inside your body in the Body and Perception Zone. In the Water and Woodland zone, float leaves in the stream, design a tree or crawl through a giant mole hole. It's time for lift off in the Forces and Movement Zone! Launch a hydrogen rocket, spin a giant orb or send a huge hot air balloon skyward. Challenge your body and brain in the Body and Perception zone.


Look
                  Out Discovery Centre

Touist
                          info
Nine Mile Ride
Bracknell
Berkshire
RG12 7QW

LOOK OUT DISCOVERY CENTRE CLICK

Tel: +44 (0)1344 354 400
Magnet Leisure Centre

The facility includes a 25 metre 8 lane swimming pool, a teaching and fun pool, 2 Sports Halls, BodyZone Gym and Health Suite to name but a few so you can be sure that whatever your sporting preference the Magnet can offer you the facility!



Magnet Leisure
                  Centre
Holmanleaze Maidenhead Berkshire SL6 8AW
Open: All Year
Tel: 01628 777003

Maidenhead Heritage Centre


The website includes exhibition and events programme, news, a potted history of Maidenhead, the history of the ATA, a picture gallery, details of talks available to clubs and schools, a mail order catalogue and membership application form. Further developments of the website are planned, including a collections page and a greatly enlarged picture gallery.
Maidenhead Heritage Centre
90 Moorbridge Road, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 9NZ. Between town and river, 100 yds past Waitrose

MAIDENHEAD HERITAGE CENTRE CLICK 

Tel:
01628 780555
The Mill at Sonning

In the beautifully serene setting of the river at Sonning, the Mill offers a pleasant evening's entertainment and top-class meals. The programme tends to be light-hearted comedies, farces and concerts.

The Mill at
                  Sonning
Sonning Eye
MILL AT SONNING CLICK
tel:
0118 969 8000

Museum of English Rural Life


The Museum was founded by the University of Reading in 1951and is dedicated to the spirit of the English countryside and its people. It houses nationally important collections of objects, archives, photographs and books relating to farming and all aspects of country life. The exhibition areas are open to the public and the reserve and archival collections may be consulted by appointment.  In 2005, the Museum will be moving to a new site at the University

Museum of Rural
                  English Life
On Whiteknights, the main University campus in Reading, which is two miles south east of the town centre on the A327 (Shinfield Rd).
MUSEUM OF ENGLISH
RURAL LIFE CLICK
Tel:
0118 3788660
Museum of Reading
The Museum of full of fascinating exhibits about the history and development of Reading, from the earliest Saxon settlements to our modern industrial heritage. Featuring Britain's "Bayeaux" tapestry - the only full size replica of the world's most famous embroidery, and the Silchester Gallery, housing a varied a display of Roman artifacts found at the nearby site at Calleva Atrebatum.
Reading Museum
Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH
MUSEUM OF READING CLICK
Tel: 0118 939 9800
New Greenham Arts Centre

New Greenham Arts is a small but emerging arts centre based at the old nuclear airbase on Greenham Common. Established in 1998 by Greenham Common Trust. The main aims of the centre are to encourage a dialogue between commerce, science and technology and the arts, to enable the local community to make use of New Greenham Park and to establish a high class international exhibition and performance venue. As well as housing a working artists' studio and a variety of spaces available for hire for community and arts based projects, it also hosts a range of contemporary performance, visual arts exhibitions and an ongoing regular schedule of arts classes and workshops covering a wide range of disciplines and media. New Greenham Arts also has spaces for hire for business conferences and seminars and also has a high class, fully licensed Indian restaurant - New Greenham Tandoori - which is open during the evenings and at weekends while providing light lunches during the day for people visiting the exhibition.


New Greenham
                  Arts Centre
New Greenham Arts
113 Lindenmuth Way
New Greenham Park
Newbury
Berkshire
RG19 6HN

NEW GREENHAM ARTS CENTRE CLICK
tel:
01635 817444

Newbury Racecourse

Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire offers some of the best horse racing both on the flat and over jumps. The first race meeting was held here on 26th September 1905. It is home to the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup and the Juddmonte Lockinge Weekend, Ladies Day in August and a summer season of top-class racing, including three evening meetings and Family Fun Days. Newbury Racecourse is set amid 360 acres of the most picturesque countryside. The racecourse and its extensive buildings, including the state-of-the-art Lord Foster designed grandstand and the newly refurbished Hampshire stand, incorporating the panoramic Hennessy restaurant, boasts some of the best facilities in Great Britain. Superbly located in the heart of the M4 corridor in Berkshire, Newbury Racecourse is a flexible Conference Venue with excellent Event Facilities accommodating events ranging from 10 to 10,000 guests.

Newbury
                  Racecourse

 

Newbury
Berkshire
RG14 7NZ


NEWBERRY RACES CLICK


Tel
:
01635 400 15
Norden Farm, Centre for the Arts
This Arts Centre, opened in May 2000, provides Maidenhead and the Thames Valley with an exceptional venue for arts and cultural activity. The Centre co-ordinates participatory workshops, master classes and community projects as well as promoting a programme of dance, drama, music, film, literature and visual art, from both professional touring companies and local arts groups.
Norden Farm
Altwood Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire. SL6 4PF
Box Office is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am-8pm
NORDEN FARM CLICK
Telephone 01628 788997
Novello Theatre

Redroofs Associates acquired The Old Picture House at Sunninghill in 1987. While many theatres across the country were closing down, Redroofs was determined to fulfil its dream to build a resident theatre for children and in 1988, the theatre opened with a brand new musical adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The theatre is small and intimate, offering a coffee shop, wine bar for evening shows, a sweet shop selling bagged sweets, drinks and ice-cream and complimentary use of cushions for little people!

Novello
                  Theatre
2 High St Sunninghill, nr. Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 9NE

The theatre can be contacted at the advance box office (01753) 783726 Monday to Friday between 10am and 6pm. They are contactable on show days at the theatre box office from 1pm on (01344) 620881.

NOVELLO THEATRE
CLICK

Old Thatch Cottage & Garden
Old Thatch, a 17th-century thatched cottage, is situated close to the River Thames on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, between Marlow and Bourne End. Beloved home to the world famous author Enid Blyton from 1929-1938, it was where she was inspired to write over forty books and plays, as well as a series called The Old Thatch. Enid was delighted by the garden and soon set about making it her own until she left in 1938. Old Thatch is now owned by the garden designer Jacky Hawthorne who has enhanced the spirit of Old Thatch and introduced structure to the garden while at the same time preserved a sense of the past. The lovely grey, sagging wood of the old arbour has been retained, as has the original well, an enticing glimpse of a former way of living.
Old Thatch
                  Cottage
Coldmoorholme Lane, Well End, nr Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, SL8 5PS
June, July and August 2006: Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. Also Summer Bank Holiday weekend Friday 25 to Monday 28 August 2006
OLD THATCH
COTTAGE CLICK

tel: 01628 527518
Pangbourne
Pangbourne is an ancient settlement, mentioned in the Domesday Book. Today it is a bustling village which acts as a hub for many of the smaller, more rural villages and hamlets. It lies on the Berkshire-Oxfordshire border on the south bank of the river Thames, seven miles from Reading, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Easy access to the M4 and to London and Oxford on the railway make it a popular village for people of all ages. The historic centre of the village is a conservation area with a number of listed buildings. It contains a variety of shops, a library, health centre and several public houses and restaurants. A large number of community groups and societies meet regularly in the village. There has been a church building in Pangbourne since the 1200s. On the present location a church is recorded as having been built c1650 and the present St James the Less building dates from 1866. Pangbourne has enjoyed a literary history: Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a boat ended their journey along the Thames at The Swan Inn. Kenneth Graham, a former resident, is said to have been inspired by Pangbourne River Meadows for his Wind in the Willows.
Pangbourne
PANGBOURNE
CLICK

Progress Theatre

Progress is a self-governing, self-funding theatre group. It maintains its own 99-seat theatre. It produces a programme of varied, interesting and challenging drama to the highest standard. In partnership with Reading Borough Council, Progress stages the Summer Open-Air Shakespeare in the 350-seat Abbey Ruins. 

Progress
                  Theatre, Reading
The Mount (off Christchurch Rd), Reading
PROGRESS THEATRE CLICK
tel:
0118 9606060

“The Queen” Replica
Train enthusiasts will love this full-scale replica of the GWR Achilles class 4-2-2 locomotive at Windsor and Eton Central Station. It was constructed as part of the Madame Tussaud’s Royalty & Empire exhibition. The train was originally named “Emlyn” after Lord Emlyn who was the Chairman of the Great Western Railway Company. It was then renamed “The Queen” and later “James Mason” although “The Queen” is its most popular name. It was withdrawn from service in 1912.
Queen Replica
Windsor and Eton Central Station, Berkshire

Reading

Reading is the county town of Royal Berkshire, situated in beautiful countryside in the heart of the Thames Valley, with the Rivers Kennet and Thames running through the town. Approximately half way between London and Oxford, Reading is a vibrant University town, with an interesting history and plenty of modern facilities.Henry I founded an Abbey here in 1121 for 100 monks, it was consecrated in 1164 by Thomas a Becket, and became one of the important religious and political centres in England. Visitors can see the Abbey ruins and inner Gatehouse, also Forbury Gardens where the monks used to walk. Next to the Abbey ruins is Reading prison, whose famous inmate Oscar Wilde wrote his epic poem "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" during his internment here. Of architectural interest are its ruined Abbey, three medieval Churches, Georgian buildings in London Street, a gothic Town Hall, splendid old coaching inns, new hi-tech offices and shopping centres. Reading was known for its production of beer, from Simonds (now Courage's) brewery; biscuits, from Huntley & Palmers, and seeds from Suttons. Sadly these industries have closed, or moved away leaving one brewery on the edge of town. Reading is known today for hi-tech industry and financial services, which are based in and near the town, with employers such as Microsoft, Oracle, Prudential and Foster Wheeler. Reading University is a leader in Cybernetics and food science. Over ten thousand students, including many international post-graduate students attend the University.

Reading
Touist
                        info
READING T.I.C.

Blagrave Street, Reading or
READING VISITOR CENTRE
Church House, Chain St, Reading  
 Tel:
0118 956 6226

Reading Abbey
Most of the buildings that made up Reading Abbey, whose 30-acre site dominated the town from 1121 to its dissolution by Henry VIII in 1539, now lie in impressive ruins. But St Laurence’s Church, built to serve east Reading parishioners, the Hospitium (or guesthouse) and the inner gatehouse remain, although much altered. Founder Henry I was buried in the Abbey Church in 1136 before its consecration by Archbishop Thomas à Becket in 1164. ‘The most remarkable ancient musical composition in existence’ – Sumer is icumen in – also originated here in around 1240.
Reading Abbey
Off Abbot’s Walk/Abbey Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1

REME Museum of Technology

The main museum displays reflect the development of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer's (REME) trades and training since 1942. The Prince Philip Hall displays 20 specialist vehicles. The Corps technical, documentary and pictorial Archives, is a designated Place of Deposit for the Public Record Office.

REME Museum
Isaac Newton Road, Arborfield Garrison, off Biggs Lane, Arborfield, Berkshire. RG2 9NJt

REME MUSEUM OF TECHNOLOGY CLICK 


Tel:
0118 976 3375
 Riverside Museum
The museum tells the story of Reading’s two rivers, the Thames and the Kennet and occupies two former industrial buildings. The centrepiece is Dunton’s gypsy caravan which was built on the Kennet banks and is housed in the Screen House together with a video about gypsy life and a medieval mill wheel found when the Oracle, the nearby shopping showpiece, was built. The Turbine House spans the Kennet with waterside views of the town centre. It’s home to preserved turbine machinery and occasional summertime art exhibitions and events.
Riverside
                  Museum
Off Kenavon Drive, Reading, RG1 3DH

RIVERSIDE
MUSEUM CLICK
tel:
0118 939 9800
Rivertime
A company with whom you can enjoy boating on the Thames be it in a canoe, taking part in a regatta, driving yourself in one of our 8-seater electric launches or cruising in style in a classic launch sipping drinks before dinner. Rivertime provides corporate hospitality, team building events, bridal carriages and river taxis at a variety of prestigious venues on the Thames between Windsor and Henley.Regattas and nautical treasure hunts are Rivertime's speciality and create an opportunity for participants to race in skiffs, punts, pedalos and canoes or you can take to the water in skippered electric boats to find clues along the riverbank starting at Windsor, Bray, Cookham, Marlow or Henley.
Rivertime
Swan Upping
Fishery Road
Bray, Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 1UP
RIVERTIME
CLICK
tel:
01628 780700

Royal Berkshire Yeomanry Cavalry Museum

The Berkshire Yeomanry Museum was founded in 1975 and today contains a modest collection of regimental artefacts covering the roles, arms and uniforms adopted by the regiment since its beginnings in 1794. The collection also covers the regiment's activities during the Boer War, the First World War, and Second World War.

Royal Berkshire Yeomanry Cavalry Museum
The Museum is housed in the TA centre at the junction of Bolton Road and Bolton Avenue in Windsor

ROYAL BERKSHIRE YEOMANRY CLICK 

Tel:
01753 860600
The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
The site the Academy occupies was originally enclosed after the English Civil War by a local farmer who fenced off the area of Windsor Forest between the Blackwater and the Wish Stream, named Sandhurst Park. The area is wooded - a hurst - and situated on light soil - sand. At the end of the 18th century a retired officer bought the land together with Frimley Park. The farmer was forced to sell the park in 1800 to his wife's uncle, Prime Minister William Pitt. He in turn sold it on to the government a few months later with the purpose of becoming the site of the newly-created Royal Military College. The area around the Academy is dotted with ancient monuments such as the Iron Age hill fort, Caesar's Camp, to the north of the Barossa training area, and the Roman road, the Devil's Highway, running from East to West. Three counties meet just outside the Academy grounds, probably under the Tesco's car park, where the Wishstream marks the border between Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire.
Royal Military
                  College Sandhurst
Sandhurst, Camberley, Surrey GU15 4PG.
Tel : 0127 - 663344
Royal Windsor Racecourse

Windsor Racecourse is situated between Windsor and Maidenhead and has excellent access to most major motorway networks and rail services. The course is laid out in the form of a figure eight just over a mile and a half in length, the final five furlongs of which are virtually straight. Six furlong races start on an extension to this straight. There are three different areas: the Club enclosure, the Grandstand Enclosure and the Silver Ring. All enclosures have TOTE betting facilities, bookmakers and access to the centre of the course. The Club Enclosure gives you access to all public areas, bars and restaurants and allows entry to the Members Lawn, Paddock lawn, Parade Ring, Pre-Parade Ring & Silver Ring areas. The Club Enclosure also has the prime position next to the winning post. Grandstand Enclosure gives you access to the Grandstand, Paddock Lawn, Parade Ring, Pre Parade Ring and Silver Ring areas, giving you various bars and eating areas to choose from. The Grandstand area has a reasonable view of the winning post which is superbly complemented by a big screen directly opposite.
The Silver Ring has a cafeteria and licensed bar and allows access to the Silver Ring and Centre Course areas only. It is approximately half a furlong (110 yards) prior to the winning post although you can stand at the winning post in the centre of the course if you wish. The Silver Ring Picnic Car Park is the only area on the course where picnics are allowed and the best positions in this area do tend to be taken quite quickly due to their reasonable viewing and access to Centre Course

Royal
                  Windson Racecourse

Maidenhead Road
Windsor
Berkshire
SL4 5JJ
ROYAL WINDSOR RACECOURSE CLICK


Tel:
018702 200 024

Runnymede
Just 3 miles south-east of Windsor, on the banks of the River Thames, is the famous meadow of Runnymede. It was here in 1215 that King John sealed the Magna Carta. This charter established the principle of the constitutional monarchy and affirmed the individual’s right to justice and liberty. The American constitution is based on the Magna Carta and to commemorate this the American Bar Association erected a memorial in 1957. This can be seen on the hillside overlooking the water meadows.Nearby on an acre of ground given to the USA by Her Majesty The Queen is a memorial erected in 1965 to the memory of the assassinated President John F. Kennedy. High on the hill is a memorial erected as a tribute to "the men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth who lost their lives in the Second World War and who have no known grave". There are 20,455 names recorded on the stone panels and courtyard. This most peaceful place offers magnificent views across the Thames Valley.
Runnymede
A308 from Windsor towards Staines
From dawn until dusk
Tea rooms offer refreshments and light lunches

RUNNYMEDE CLICK
tel:
01753 743900
Russell Players

Russell Players are an amateur dramatics society based in Swallowfield, Berkshire. We put on three productions per year including a pantomime and meet on Wednesday and Sunday Evenings.


Swallowfield Parish Hall
RUSSELL PLAYERS CLICK

St James Church
Known locally as the ’church next to the prison’, St James was built between 1837-1840 on the site of the north transept of Reading Abbey. The architect was A.W. Pugin (1812-52), considered one of the foremost of the 19th Century who, following conversion, sought to express his Catholic faith through his buildings. The church features a bell-turret instead of a tower and is at the heart of a complex that includes a priest house and a school (now Forbury Gardens Day Nursery), also with its own bell-turret.
St.James
                  Church, Reading
Forbury Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 3HW
ST. JAMES CHURCH CLICK
tel:
0118 957 4171
St Mary’s Church
The current building dates from around 1200 although there has probably been a church on the site of St Mary’s for over a thousand years. As a minster church, the vicar and clergy looked after the townspeople as well as those living in the countryside around Reading. Most of the church was rebuilt in the mid-16th Century using stone taken from the dissolved Reading Abbey, giving St Mary’s its notable chequered brickwork pattern. Further restoration followed in the 19th and early 20th centuries with some interesting 17th Century fittings surviving.
St.Mary's
                  Church Reading
St Mary’s Butts, Reading, Berkshire RG1 2HX

Savill Garden 

Magnificent landscaped 35-acre woodland garden within Windsor Great Park. Spectacular Spring displays; sweeping Summer herbaceous borders; formal rose beds; fiery Autumn colours; misty Winter vistas; landscaped temperate house and Golden Jubilee Garden.

Savill Garden
Windsor Great Park
Wick Lane
Englefield Green
Berkshire
TW20 0UU
SAVILL GARDEN CLICK
Tel:
01753 847 518
Sir Christopher Wren’s House
Sir Christopher Wren’s House in Windsor was both designed and inhabited by the famous architect who chose to build the house in a prime location overlooking the Thames and with a view of Windsor Castle. Today, the house is a hotel, but great care has been taken to preserve the original features of the house including the floor to ceiling oak panelling above the fireplace in the hotel’s Oak room. Later owners of the house also left their mark on its architectural splendour and it is well worth a visit. Now a hotel.
Sir Christopher
                  Wren's House
Thames Street, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1PX
SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN's HOUSE CLICK
tel:
01753 442422

Slough Museum

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 11.30-16.00, a visit to Slough Museum in Slough High Street is an exciting trip out for all the family. Admission is free and there is disabled access. Take ‘A Journey Through Time’ and discover Slough’s history, from mammoths to modern day or visit our temporary exhibitions showing work by local groups. There are drop in children’s activities throughout the year and special events for families during the holidays. We offer an education service for schools and go out to local groups giving talks. If you have a local inquiry we can use our collections to try and answer it, or if you are looking for a photograph we can carry out a search for you.
Slough Museum
278/286 High Street
Slough
Berkshire
SL1 1NB

Wednesday & Saturday 11.30 - 4

SLOUGH MUSEUM CLICK
Tel: 01753 526 422

South Hill Park Arts Centre

For over twenty-five years, South Hill Park Arts Centre has offered a year round programme of theatre, music, dance, film, exhibitions, workshops and courses, in its magnificent 18th Century mansion and modern Theatre. Its name has been synonymous with exciting ground breaking programming since it began. For years major London productions have begun tours here, whilst artists, theatre companies, comedians and bands have used the Park as a te sting ground for new material.
South Hill Park
                  Arts Centre
South Hill Park
Ringmead
Birch Hill
Bracknell
Berkshire
RG12 7PA
SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE CLICK
Tel: 01344 484 123
Stanley Spencer Gallery

The Stanley Spencer Memorial Trust owns a collection of paintings and drawings by Sir Stanley Spencer, one of the foremost British artists of the 20th century. These are exhibited in a former Victorian Chapel in Cookham, Berkshire, the Stanley Spencer Gallery. It is the largest permanently displayed collection of the artist's work. The Gallery is the only one in Britain devoted exclusively to an artist in the village where he was born and spent most of his working life. Details of opening times and current exhibitions can be found on our website.

Stanley Spencer
                  Gallery
Kings Hall, High Street, Cookham, Berks

STANLEY SPENCER GALLERY CLICK 


 
Tel:
01628 471885
Sunningdale
In the south-eastern corner of the Royal Borough, Sunningdale borders the county of Surrey and, until 1894, was included within the parish of Old Windsor. As in neighbouring Ascot and Sunninghill, the area is noted for its fine displays of trees and shrubs, especially banks of rhododendrons. The Duke of Cumberland (Prince William – George II’s second son and famous for his command at the Battle of Culloden) lived in the area and is commemorated with an obelisk in the Great Park. The names of Sunningdale and the nearby Wentworth are known throughout the sporting world for their magnificent golfing facilities and both have courses which regularly stage major championships.The Parish Church of Holy Trinity, with its graceful spire, replaced a previous building of 1839 and was completed in 1887–88. Inside is the tomb of the exiled sculptor Prince Victor of Hohenlohe, who died in 1891 and is probably best known for his statue of King Alfred at Wantage,    Today Sunninghill is a favoured residential district in an area noted for its natural beauty. Many of the larger houses have now been demolished although there are some historic smaller homes in the parish, notably the farmhouse at Silwood Park, and The Cedars close to Sunninghill Church, where Sir Walter Scott wrote his poem Marmion.
Sunningdale


Sunningdale Golf Club
Sunningdale ranks as one of the premier clubs of England and it has never stooped to tricking up the course for major competition. It is difficult enough in all conscience and also hauntingly beautiful. There are few more exhilarating sights than the view from the high 10th tee across an inviting valley, with the fairway rising to the wooded horizon. Behind the green, discreetly camouflaged but never out of mind, even if out of sight, is the halfway house where the grateful golfer can refresh the inner man. If there is one hole in England which fantasists would like to take them into banishment on a desert island it must be the tenth at Sunningdale. Bobby Jones wished that he could take the entire course back with him to America. He did in fact take back cherished memories of Sunningdale and incorporated many of them in Augusta National.
Sunningdale Golf Club
Sunningdale Golf Club
Ridgemount Road
Sunningdale
Berkshire
SL5 9RR
SUNNINGDALE GOLF COURSE CLICK
tel:
01344 621681

Taplow Court

This large house, overlooking Boulter’s Lock, is now-a-days the home to SGI-UK, a Buddhist lay organisation, but the house and site have a history that stretches back to at least the Iron Age - remains of a hill fort having been found on the site. From about 1000 BC, there was a large settlement there, the people being responsible for traffic on the Thames - notably of metal goods such as jewellery and weapons - from the continent. The site was a good one - easily defended with good views all round, and a supply of fresh water at Bapsey Pond, where fish could also be reared.      A manor house has existed on the site from before 1066, and is recorded in the Domesday survey
Taplow Court
Berry Hill, Taplow
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 0ER
1 Jun-16 Sep, Sun, 1400-1860
TAPLOW COURT CLICK
tel:
01628 591215
Temple Golf Club
  Temple is a beautiful old course set on the edge of the Chilterns with stunning views across the Thames Valley. The course was designed by the 1887 and 1889 Open Champion Willie Park Junior as an inland links course and to this day the spirit of his course is maintained. Since its founding in 1909, the Club has been a private members club, which is always delighted to extend a very warm welcome to visitors.  Within just a few miles of both the M4 and M40 motorways, the Club is easily reached from many parts of the country and is also only 20 minutes from Heathrow Airport.

Temple Golf Club

Temple Golf Club Henley Road,Hurley, Nr Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 5LH

TEMPLE GOLF CLUB CLICK
Tel:
01628 824795

Thames Valley Police Museum 

The museum includes information and artefacts relating to the history of Thames Valley Police and its five predecessor forces of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Oxford City and Reading Borough. The museum's collections include items relating to the Great Train Robbery of 1963, uniforms, equipment, medals, photographs and scenes of crime evidence as well as occurence and charge books.

Thames
                  Valley Police Museum
The Museum is situated in the historic White House of Sulhamstead, near Reading, which is now used as the Force training Centre near Junction 12 of the A4.

THAMES VALLEY POLICE MUSEUM CLICK 


Tel:
0118 932 5748

Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre

Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre offers a year round programme of events, workshops, special exhibitions, walks and talks for children, families and adults. The Centre is situated off Lower Way on the northern side of Thatcham Lake close to Thatcham Reed Beds Local Nature Reserve and is a partnership between West Berkshire Council, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and English Nature. Drop into the centre in Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham during opening hours

Nature Discovery Centre
Muddy Lane
Lower Way
Thatcham
Berkshire
RG19 3FU
Months Open:
21 Jan-28 Feb, Tue-Sun, (term-time) 1300-1600, (school hol) Tue-Fri, 1100-1700.
1 Mar-9 Nov, Tue-Fri, (term-time) 1300-1600, school hols) Tue-Sun, 1100-1700.
Closed Easter (18,21 Apr), 25,26, Dec.


tel:
01635 874381
Tiny Talk UK

My name's Katie Mayne, mum to Lucy and Harry and the founder of TinyTalk Baby Signing Classes. I set up TinyTalk baby signing after I taught my son Harry to baby sign when he was just 7 months old. It worked like magic - he was signing to me when he wanted to play or read a book, when he was hungry, and even when he wanted to go to sleep.As I had been already fully certified in sign language (I'm a Primary School Teacher as well as a Teacher of the Deaf) - I made up my mind to start baby signing classes for other parents around my area. And so TinyTalk baby signing classes were born!  We'd love you to baby sign with us!

Tiny Talk
Calcot Centre and Turnhams Farm Hall, Tilehurst
Reading
Berkshire
RG31 5SD

TINY TALK
CLICK

tel:
07787
147807

Trilakes Animal

This is a children's zoo with chipmunks,goats, miniature horses, rabbits, donkeys, pigs and sheep Lake 1 is the smaller of the two lakes stocked with most species of fish with the average carp going mid to upper double. With snags, islands and pads you have plenty of features to fish to.Lake 2 also contains most species of fish and a good number of 20lb plus carp, with a nice mix of commons, mirrors and ghosties. Features are much the same as Lake 1, but with more open water features

Trilakes
                  Animal
Yateley Road
Sandhurst
Berkshire
GU47 8JQ

TRILAKES ANIMAL CLICK
tel:
01252 873191
Twyford & Ruscombe Theatre Group
The group usually present three shows a year in Loddon Hall, Twyford: a pantomime in January, a light-hearted play in April, and something a little more challenging in October. We meet regularly at our group headquarters in Polehampton Close, Twyford, both to rehearse and to build scenery. We also have an active social life behind the scenes. Our theatre group has a long tradition of welcoming new members and introducing them to amateur theatre.
Twyford &
                  Ruscombe Theatre Group
Loddon Hall, Twyford
TWYFORD & RUSCOMBE THEATRE CLICK

The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
Discover more about Greek mythology and life through images on our many vases. Find out how Odysseus escaped the Cyclops cave or study scenes of warriors going into battle.
See everyday and extraordinary objects, from the small oil bottles that athletes wore around their wrists to a mask of the terrifying Gorgon Medusa. Learn about the Egyptians too, through our important and exciting collection of artefacts, including a fascinating funerary boat, jewellery, grave offerings and a mummified cat's head.
Ure Museum
Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
Department of Classics
University of Reading
Whiteknights
Reading RG6 6AA
weekdays 9am to 5pm
URE MUSEUM CLICK
tel:
0118 378 6990

Valley Vineyards

Stanlake Park lies on the border of the Parish of Hurst and Ruscombe in a beautiful valley just south of the village of Twyford in Berkshire, England. Because of Stanlake’s location within Windsor Great Park for many centuries and its proximity to Windsor Castle, it has a rich and fascinating history. The origins were in the 12th Century when it was called Hinton Pipard. The name changed to Stanlake Park in the Tudor period and a Vineyard was first planted (by Jon Leighton) in 1979 – originally known as ‘Thames Valley Vineyards’, and then simply ‘Valley Vineyards’. Whilst you can order wine by phone and via this website, everyone is encouraged to come and visit Stanlake Park, to see the Valley Vineyards and the extensive Winery. Our shop is open 7 days a week. The vineyard is extensive running to almost 25 acres – around 30,000 vines. Our winery is capable of handling 200 tonnes of grapes every season and we make wine for many other vineyards in England – as well as all of our own wine.
Valley
                  Vinyards
Stanlake Park
Twyford
Reading
Berkshire
RG10 0BN
Months Open:
7 Jan-23 Dec, Mon-Fri, 0900-1700, Sat, 1100-1700, Sun, 1200-1700 (or dusk).
Closed 24 Dec-7 Jan

VALLEY VINYARDS CLICK

tel:
0118 934 0176

Watermill: West Berkshire Playhouse

The Watermill theatre is a stunning converted mill situated in beautiful gardens beside the river Lambourn. The theatre seats 216 people and is one of only 49 producing theatres in the country. The Watermill's compact building makes the theatre experience extraordinarily intimate for both performers and audience. The theatre's reputation within the profession for producing quality work, attracts high calibre artists and production personnel, which in turn has created the opportunities for the work to tour and dazzle audiences all over the world.

Watermill - The Playhouse Newbury
Bagnor
Newbury
Berkshire
RG20 8AE
WATERMILL PLAYHOUSE CLICK
  Tel:
01635
 46044
Welford Park
Walks along the River Lambourne through the beech wood and enjoy the carpets of snowdrops followed by a visit to the Old Laundry Tea Rooms for a cream tea. Dogs on leads welcome.
Welford Park
Welford Park
Welford
Newbury
Berkshire
RG20 8HU
WELFORD PARK CLICK
Tel:
01488 608 203

Wellington Country Park

Welcome to Wellington Country Park, set in 350 acres of peaceful woodlands within the Duke of Wellington's Estate. With a wealth of open space, birds and wildlife, we have all the ingredients for a wonderful family day out. There are plenty of picnic and barbeque areas, and cream teas, coffee and cake are available in the coffee shop. This is a superb place for children, with safe play areas and fascinating nature trails. There are peaceful woodland walks where you can discover our herd of red deer and other wildlife in a natural environment. The large lake is home to a variety of water birds and can be explored by boat (boating available in season). Our very popular day fishing lake is available for carp, pike, perch and tench. Wellington Country Park is an ideal touring base if you are camping or caravanning. Stay on the ETB 4 star touring campsite and enjoy free entry to the Country Park during your stay.

Wellington Country Park
Odiham Road
Riseley
Reading
Berkshire
RG7 1SP
Open daily 17th March to 24th March: 10.00am - 4.30pm. 25th March to 30th September: 10.00am - 5.30pm.
1st October to 5th November: 10.00am - 4.30pm.

WELLINGTON COUNTRY
PARK CLICK
Tel:
01189 326 444

 
West Berkshire Museum
Agriculture, Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Inland Waterways, Industry, Natural Sciences, Photography, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War
West Berks
                  Museum
The Wharf, Newbury
RG14 5AS
April to September: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri - 10am to 5pm. Sat - 10am to 4:30pm
October to March: Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri, Sat - 10am to 4pm. Open Wednesday during School Holidays only
WEST BERKSIRE
MUSEUM CLICK

Tel :
 01635 30511

Windsor & Royal Borough Museum Collection

Windsor & Royal Borough Museum  is the local history collection for the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. It is housed in a store, with a new display arm in the local studies area at Windsor Library,  There are also small display cases around the borough showing a selection of artefacts. Amongst the museum collection's 6000 items are archaeological finds, paintings, prints, drawings, maps, books, dioramas, costume and a wide variety of social history objects, all relating to Windsor, Maidenhead and the surrounding area. The museum store is open by appointment only on Wednesday mornings;
Royal Borough
                  Mus
Windsor Library, Bachelors Acre, Windsor, SL4 1ER
open Monday - Saturday.

WINDSOR & ROYAL BOROUGH MUSEUM CLICK 

Tel:
01753 743940
Windsor Arts Centre
The Old Fire Station in St Leonards Road is the unusual home of Windsor Arts Centre. This hive of cultural activity offers a year round programme of events in all artistic areas and to all ages. Activities include music, dance, drama, comedy, films and exhibitions. There are also a variety of workshops and classes for those interested in exploring their creative potential or developing their artistic talents.
Windsor
                Art Centre
St Leonards Road, Windsor, Berkshire. SL4 3BL
 Monday 7pm-11pm. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 11pm. Sunday 7.30pm-10.30pm. Bar opens daily from 7.30pm.
WINDSOR ARTS
CENTRE CLICK
tel:
 01753 859336
Windsor Bridge
Windsor Bridge has an interesting and turbulent history. It was designed by Charles Hollis who decided to build the bridge in cast-iron, a material that was still rare in the construction of bridges in 1824 when the Windsor Bridge was completed. The bridge was initially a toll bridge which caused so much controversy among the local townspeople that the issue was taken to Parliament which ruled that the toll be scrapped. In 1970 the bridge was closed to traffic due to structural problems that were foreseen when it was being built. Today it is fully refurbished and open to pedestrians.
Windsor Bridge
Windsor, Berkshire

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. Its rich history spans more than 900 years. The magnificent State Apartments reflect the changing tastes of successive monarchs, from the Baroque grandeur of Charles II to the highly acclaimed restoration work following the devastating fire of 1992. They form the heart of the palace and are used regularly by The Queen and the Royal Family for ceremonial and state occasions.St George's Chapel, within the Castle precincts, is one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England. Ten monarchs are buried there, including Henry VIII with his favourite wife, Jane Seymour.           Highlights for Children
Queen Mary's Dolls' House, a masterpiece in miniature, is the most famous dolls' house in the world. Also on display is the last and largest suit of armour made for Henry VIII, and the armour of the 14 year-old Henry, Prince of Wales, elder brother of Charles I. A range of family activity trails is available free of charge from the Admission Centre.

Windsor Castle
Windsor
Berkshire
SL4 1NJ
Open daily, March to October, 09:45-17:15 (last admission 16:00), November to February, 09:45-16:15 (last admission 15:00)
The Castle is closed
14 April (however free admission to the Castle Precincts is possible), 16 April (castle closed am, admissions from 13:00), 21 April (castle closed am, admissions from 13:00), 23 April, 30 April (castle closed pm, last admissions at 12 noon), 19 June, 25 and 26 December

WINDSOR CASTLE
CLICK

Tel:
020 7766 7304
Windsor Royal Shopping
The Windsor Royal Shopping centre is in the centre of Windsor opposite the castle and is built around the old Victorian station. If you like to shop somewhere different this is definitely the place for you as it combines imagination with style. There are unusual boutiques, prestigious shops, stalls selling a variety of beautiful items from across the world, and plenty of cafés and restaurants. So, whether you’re looking for that perfect gift or just a relaxing cup of coffee, Windsor Royal Shopping has something for you.
Windsor
                  Royal Shopping Centre
Windsor Royal Shopping
5 Goswell Hill
Windsor
SL4 1RH
WINDSOR ROYAL SHOPPING CENTRE CLICK 
Tel :
 01753 797071

Windsor Theatre Royal
The greatest names in theatre come to Windsor's Theatre Royal, as they have since it opened in 1910. This intimate theatre boasts Bill Kenwright as its producer and audiences are treated to new productions before they transfer to London's West End or go off on tour around the country. There’s a traditional pantomime every Christmas.
Theatre
                  Royal Windsor
Thames Street, Windsor, Berkshire
Box office open 10am until 8pm
Evening performances at 8pm Monday to Saturday, matinees at 2.30pm Thursday and 4.45pm Saturday
THEATRE ROYAL CLICK
tel:
 01753 853888
Windsor Farm Shop
The Royal Farms at Windsor date from the reign of George III who from 1790 onwards laid out two model farms. There are now two dairy herds, Jersey and Ayrshire, other livestock and arable land growing mainly wheat, oats and beans. Established by Prince Albert in 1858, the Royal Dairy is situated in the home Park in buildings designed by John Thomas. The Farm Shop is on the edge of the Home Park and has been created by converting some Victorian potting sheds and constructing two new buildings, one for the shop and one for the coffee shop. The Windsor Farm Shop sells a range of products from the Royal Farms and small local specialist suppliers, including Beef from traditional British breeds, lamb, pork, poultry and game in season from the Royal Estates. A selection of hams and pies cooked on site.Locally grown seasonal fruit and vegetables.Milk, yoghurt, cream and ice cream from the Royal Dairy.Bread and cakes baked locally.Jams, preserves and sauces.Apples and apple juice from Sandringham. Locally produced wines and ales.Plants from the Royal Gardens.Hot and cold drinks, home-made sandwiches and a selection of cakes and pastries are available in the adjacent coffee shop .
Windsor Farm
                  Shop
Datchet Road, Old Windsor, Berks, SL4 2RQ
Farm Shop open Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. Coffee Shop open Monday to Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Special conditions apply for Bank Holidays
Website and on-line ordering
WINDSOR FARM
SHOP CLICK

tel:
 01753 623800
Windsor Great Park
Windsor Great Park covers 4,800 acres, parts of which are open to the public. Its present area was determined in the 1360s and was popular with Saxon kings as a hunting forest. The park is shrouded in mystery and legend and for over 1,000 years the story of Herne the Hunter has been told. His ghost still appears wearing the antlers of a stag, riding a phantom black stallion at the head of a pack of black hounds. He appears to warn of times of trouble and gallops through Windsor Great Park only to disappear into thin air. The park today is the perfect place for picnics, walking, cycling and horse riding.
Windsor Great
                  Park
Accessible from Windsor town centre on foot via the Long Walk, or car parks are located along the A332 that goes through the Park. Alternatively you can drive to Virginia Water and park at Blacknest Gate for a walk around the lake, where you will pass a totem pole and miniature waterfall.
tel:
 01753 743900

Windsor VIP Cruises

Windsor VIP Cruises is a family business operating on the non-tidal part of the River Thames. Our aim is to offer our clients the most luxurious cruise on the River Thames with first-class service on our modern 38ft Motor Yacht 'Lady Diana of Windsor'.Designed cruise packages for up to twelve persons with a selection of cruise durations.We offer champagne reception on every cruise with morning coffee, afternoon tea, canapes and lunch included, depending on the cruise option chosen. First-class cruises for corporate entertainment, or that special occasion such as weddings, pre-horse race, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. We have a full bar on board, special dietary requirements can also be considered if these are requested at the time of booking. Visit our website or call us for more information.
Windsor VIP
                  Cruises
Little Cote
Friary Island
Wraysbury
Staines
Berkshire
TW19
WINDSOR VIP CRUISES CLICK
tel:
01784 481702
Woodley Theatre

Woodley Theatre has been run by the community since 1945 and has a reputation for high quality drama. The council has just built a brand new community centre with 100-seat theatre.

Woodley
                  Theatre
The Oakwood Centre, Headley Rd, Woodley

WOODLEY
THEATRE CLICK
tel:
0118 969 0827

Yippee's Yard
The Ultimate Playworld at South Reading Leisure Centre, Yippee's Yard is an amazing labyrinth of play structures, interactive zones, along with more relaxed fun and games, music and crafts.
Yippees Yard
South Reading Leisure Centre, Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 8DF
Tel:
0118 901 5040




THE GARDENS OF BERKSHIRE
From Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels
Garden
Picture
Address
Tel/Fax
Alexandra Gardens
Alexandra Gardens is a good place to begin your visit to Windsor as it offers spectacular views of the castle on the hill. The gardens were laid out in the early 1900s and they still retain a Victorian charm which adds to the regal atmosphere of Windsor. Before walking along the promenade that takes you along the river and into Windsor, there is plenty to enjoy in the Gardens themselves. There are trampolines, a skate park, and a café offering light refreshments.
Alexandra Gardens Barry Avenue, Windsor, Berkshire

ALEXANDRA GARDENS
CLICK


Ashdown House
17th-century house perched on the Berkshire Downs. Famous association with the sister of King Charles I, Elizabeth of Bohemia, known as 'The Winter Queen'. Important paintings contemporary with the house. Spectacular rooftop views over the gardens and Berkshire Downs. Includes an Iron Age hill fort where King Alfred is thought to have battled the Danes
Limited opening times. A National Trust Property
http://www.picturesofengland.com/img/M/1007357.jpg Estate Office
Lambourn
Hungerford
Berkshire
RG16 7RE
Apr-Oct, Wed and Sat, 1400-1700.
Guided tour only 1415,1515,1415.

ASHDOWN HOUSE CLICK
tel:
01488
 72584
Basildon Park
Basildon Park features in the new Pride and Predudice film. See our Behind the Scenes exhibition here this year. Costumes from the film on display April - end June. Basildon Park, situated between Streatley and Pangbourne in the Thames Valley in Berkshire, was due for demolition before Lord and Lady Iliffe saved it in 1952. Between 1910 and 1952 the house was largely unoccupied. It was requisitioned in both wars and the parkland used as a training ground for the D-Day landings.The house was restored and filled with fine pictures and furniture and in 1978 presented to the National Trust who continue with its restoration and conservation. The house is a particularly fine Palladian mansion built in Bath Stone by the architect John Carr of York, for Sir Francis Sykes. Surrounding the house are gardens and pleasure grounds leading to 400 acres of park and woodland
Basildon Park - copyright NTPL. Lower Basildon
Reading
RG8 9NR
Between Pangbourne and Streatley, 7ml NW of Reading, on W side of A329; leave M4 at exit 12 and follow brown NT signs to Pangbourne.

BASILDON PARK
 CLICK
Tel: 01189 843 040
Fax: 01189 767 370
Black Park and Langley Park Country Parks
A historic parkland of 130 acres which once housed extensive herds of deer. There are many formal features to interest the visitor, including the rhododendron and azalea-filled Temple Gardens, and the walled Arboretum which has many beautiful species of trees and shrubs. The pond has been restored to an attractive feature. Nearby a group of trees were planted in 1994 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the D-day landings. Langley Park is easily accessible by road, being located opposite Black Park off the A412 Slough-Uxbridge road.
Langley Park Black Park Road
Wexham
Slough
Berkshire
SL3 6DR
tel:
01753 511060
Cliveden
This spectacular estate overlooking the River Thames has a series of gardens, each with its own character, featuring roses, topiary, statuary, water gardens, a formal parterre, informal vistas, woodland and riverside walks. The present house, the third on the site, was built by Charles Barry for the Duke of Sutherland in 1851. Once the home of Nancy, Lady Astor, it is now let as an hotel. It was also the backdrop to the 1960s scandal of Jack Profumo -a minister in the Conservative government and the call-girl Christine Keeler.
http://thinkconferences.co.uk/images/venues/cliveden-house-berkshire-01.jpg Taplow, Maidenhead
Berkshire SL6 0JA

Estate and Garden: 16th March to 30th October Daily 11.00am - 6.00pm
31st October to 22md December Daily 11.00am - 4.00pm. House (part) and Octagonal Temple: 3rd April to 30th October Thursday and Saturday 3.00pm - 5.30pm.
Woodlands: 1st April to 30th October Daily 11.00am - 5.30pm. 31st October to 22nd December Daily 11.00am - 4.00pm.3rd January to 31st March Daily 11.00am - 4.00pm
CLIVEDEN CLICK
tel:
01628 605 069
Dorney Court
Dorney Court has been the home of the Palmer family for more than 450 years, passing from father to son through thirteen generations. It is a Grade 1 listed building, further designated as being of outstanding architectural and historical interest. Dorney Court has always been the manor house of Dorney village which was first recorded in the Doomsday Book. Dorney Court has been open to the public since 1981. A great deal has been achieved in restoring and preserving the historic house and gardens for the future. This has been possible thanks to the interest and patronage of visitors from the four corners of the globe. The House and Estate show the evolution of the squirearchy in English country life, and of particular interest are the early family portraits, furniture and needlework. The house is surrounded by attractive gardens, making it an oasis of living history. Dorney Court has for many centuries been the focus of country life on the western fringes of Royal Windsor. The manor house lies close to the village and common, where cattle and sheep still graze. The surrounding farmlands are carefully tended as they have been for generations. Horticulture has been central to the people of Dorney. The first pineapple grown in England was believed to have been grown in the village at Pin Cottage. The pineapple became the symbol for the whole of the Restoration! Today a large carved stone pineapple stands in the Great Hall, while adjacent to the house, within the old kitchen garden, lies The Walled Garden Centre.
Court Lane
Dorney
Windsor
Berkshire
SL4 6QP  

May: Bank Holiday Mondays and the preceding Sundays 1:30pm with last admissions at 4.00pm August: Every afternoon except Saturdays 1.30pm with last admissions at 4.00pm.

DORNEY COURT CLICK
tel:
01628 604 638
Englefield House & Garden
he formal garden at Englefield House was laid out in the 17th century and the terraces and stone staircases were built in 1860. The woodland and water garden on the hill above the house was designed and planted in 1936. In 1976 the formal planting and gravel paths were removed from the terrace and a new planting scheme was put in place with the assistance of Lanning Roper. There is a small garden especially created for children where four little statues conceal hidden jets of water.
The walled kitchen garden is planted with fruit trees, a large selection of vegetables, herbs, salads, roses, lavender and sweetpeas.
garden terrace at
                        Englefield House Englefield House
Englefield
Reading
Berkshire
RG7 5EN

ENGLEFIELD HOUSE CLICK
tel:
01189 302 221
  Forbury Gardens
The Forbury Gardens, originally part of Reading Abbey, were laid out between 1856 and 1864. The gardens are dominated by the Maiwand Lion, an 1886 memorial to the dead of the 66th Berkshire Regiment who fell during the battles of Maiwand and Kandahar at the end of the second Afghan War (1878-80). Designed by George Blackall-Simonds, it is one of the world’s largest bronze statues at 31 feet long. Nearby is Reading Prison to where Oscar Wilde was sentenced in 1895, writing The Ballad of Reading Gaol in 1898 after his release.
Forbury Gardens Between the Forbury and the Forbury Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1

Frogmore House
Frogmore House, set in the private Home Park, is renowned for its beautiful landscaped garden and 18th-century lake. Queen Victoria was inspired to write 'all is peace and quiet and you only hear the hum of the bees, the singing of the birds'. Indeed Queen Victoria loved Frogmore so much that she chose to build a mausoleum for herself and her husband, Prince Albert, in the grounds. The interior of Frogmore House reflects the interests and talents of several generations of the royal family. In the Victoria Closet visitors can see works of art executed by three generations of the royal family - Victoria, Duchess of Kent, Queen Victoria, and a number of works by Queen Victoria's children, including Princess Victoria and Princess Louise. The garden is one of the enduring attractions of Frogmore. Queen Charlotte had a great interest in botany and was given full rein in the garden at Frogmore, which she laid out with rare and unusual plants. She formed an extensive botanical library and flowers became a major theme in the house.
Frogmore Gardens -- Berkshire Home Park
Windsor
Berkshire

FROGMORE HOUSE
CLICK
tel:
020 7766 7305
Herb Farm & Saxon Maze
The Herb Farm has a great deal more to offer than its name implies. It began some 20 years ago when Richard Scott, with enterprise and foresight, reconstructed a picturesque 18th century timber-framed barn transported from a farm south of Reading. This forms the centrepiece of the Specialist Herb Nursery, where experienced staff grow a comprehensive range of herb plants. The nursery also offers an unusual range of cottage garden plants and a selection of old style roses supplied by the renowned growers David Austin Roses. Many of the plants can be seen in mature settings in the attractive display Gardens. In 1999 a new purpose-built timber-framed barn, skillfully linked with the old barn, was opened as the Barn Shop. It contains a fascinating and ever-changing display of products that demonstrate the versatility of herbs, many of which make attractive gifts; also an eclectic collection of hand-crafted items which add a touch of elegance to the home and a sense of style to the garden. With its unique range of products, Christmas is an especially popular time to visit. A summer attraction for children is the Saxon Maze, designed by Adrian Fisher and opened in 1991. With over a mile of curving grass pathways this beech hedge maze is a challenge to all. No visit is complete without enjoying the excellent service at the recently opened Orangery Coffee Shop. A wide choice of freshly prepared food and drinks is served inside or outside in relaxed and comfortable garden surroundings.
Peppard Road, Sonning Common, Reading RG4 9NJ
The Herb Farm is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm

HERB FARM CLICK 

Tel: 

0118 972 4220
Highclere Castle and Gardens
Highclere Castle, home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, is probably the finest Victorian House still in existence. Created by Sir Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament, the Castle dominates the magnificent grounds influenced by 'Capability' Brown. There are two exhibitions in the Castle one on Egyptology and one on horseracing. The Egyptology exhibition records the explorations of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon who, with Egyptologist Howard Carter, uncovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. The Horseracing exhibition celebrates a hundred years of Highclere's association with horseracing. There are woodland and temple walks in the grounds, these historic and enjoyable walks within the park are clearly signposted and take from 1½ to 2½ hours. Dogs are allowed on lead, please keep to the paths. The walks are open during July and August only.
File:Highclere Gardens 5.jpg Highclere
Newbury
Berkshire
RG20 9RN

  Open until 2nd September: Monday to Friday & Sunday 11am - 4.00pm last admission one hour before closing.
Closed 28th August.

HIGHCLERE CASTLE
CLICK
tel:
01635 253210
Living Rainforest
Explore the rainforest, and discover its wonders for yourself.On your visit, look out for free roaming lizards, birds and butterflies - you never know where they will appear next! See some of the world's most popular foods, from bananas to coffee, cocoa and ginger... as well as plants that have changed the way we live today. Plus... monkeys, a crocodile and much more.

http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/Images/Attractions/large_5250.jpg The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys
Berkshire, RG18 0TN
 Leave the M4 at Junction 13 and follow the Rainforest signs. open daily , with the exception of Christmas Eve, when we close at 1pm, and Christmas Day and Boxing Day when we are closed
We open at 10am and close at 5.15pm. Last visitors are admitted at 4.30pm each day.
LIVING RAINFOREST CLICK
tel:
01635 202444
Old Thatch Cottage & Garden
Old Thatch, a 17th-century thatched cottage, is situated close to the River Thames on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, between Marlow and Bourne End. Beloved home to the world famous author Enid Blyton from 1929-1938, it was where she was inspired to write over forty books and plays, as well as a series called The Old Thatch. Enid was delighted by the garden and soon set about making it her own until she left in 1938. Old Thatch is now owned by the garden designer Jacky Hawthorne who has enhanced the spirit of Old Thatch and introduced structure to the garden while at the same time preserved a sense of the past. The lovely grey, sagging wood of the old arbour has been retained, as has the original well, an enticing glimpse of a former way of living.
Exterior view of house at Old Thatch Coldmoorholme Lane, Well End, nr Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, SL8 5PS
June, July and August   Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. Also Summer Bank Holiday weekend 
OLD THATCH
COTTAGE CLICK
tel: 01628 527518
Savill Garden
Magnificent landscaped 35-acre woodland garden within Windsor Great Park. Spectacular Spring displays; sweeping Summer herbaceous borders; formal rose beds; fiery Autumn colours; misty Winter vistas; landscaped temperate house and Golden Jubilee Garden.
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                        errors. Windsor Great Park
Wick Lane
Englefield Green
Berkshire
TW20 0UU
SAVILL GARDEN CLICK
Tel:
01753 847 518
Waltham Place Estate
Waltham Place Estate has often been described, as, “the best kept secret in Berkshire”, and that should arouse your curiosity to visit this hidden gem. The estate includes a farm, ornamental and kitchen gardens, with a lake and woodlands. It has been managed organically for over 20 years and has matured into a thriving environment. Visitors can come and enjoy the gardens on their own or on a guided walk. Head Gardener Beatrice Krehl, takes groups around the gardens. She explains the principles of naturalistic planting used here. With the current interest in food miles, sustainability, and a greener lifestyle, education is an important part of the Waltham offering and there are tours for schools and adult courses on offer too
 Church Hill
White Waltham
Berkshire SL6 3JH

WALTHAM PLACE
ESTATE CLICK

Tel. 01628 825517
Welford Park
Walks along the River Lambourne through the beech wood and enjoy the carpets of snowdrops followed by a visit to the Old Laundry Tea Rooms for a cream tea. Dogs on leads welcome.
http://www.picturesofengland.com/img/M/1083495.jpg Welford Park
Welford
Newbury
Berkshire
RG20 8HU
WELFORD PARK CLICK
Tel:
01488 608 203
Wellington Country Park
Welcome to Wellington Country Park, set in 350 acres of peaceful woodlands within the Duke of Wellington's Estate. With a wealth of open space, birds and wildlife, we have all the ingredients for a wonderful family day out. There are plenty of picnic and barbeque areas, and cream teas, coffee and cake are available in the coffee shop. This is a superb place for children, with safe play areas and fascinating nature trails. There are peaceful woodland walks where you can discover our herd of red deer and other wildlife in a natural environment. The large lake is home to a variety of water birds and can be explored by boat (boating available in season). Our very popular day fishing lake is available for carp, pike, perch and tench. Wellington Country Park is an ideal touring base if you are camping or caravanning. Stay on the ETB 4 star touring campsite and enjoy free entry to the Country Park during your stay.
Wellington Country Park Pitch 63 by Lloyd
                        Davis. Odiham Road
Riseley
Reading
Berkshire
RG7 1SP
Open daily 17th March to 24th March: 10.00am - 4.30pm. 25th March to 30th September: 10.00am - 5.30pm.
1st October to 5th November: 10.00am - 4.30pm.

WELLINGTON COUNTRY
PARK CLICK
Tel:
01189 326 444
Windsor Great Park
Windsor Great Park covers 4,800 acres, parts of which are open to the public. Its present area was determined in the 1360s and was popular with Saxon kings as a hunting forest. The park is shrouded in mystery and legend and for over 1,000 years the story of Herne the Hunter has been told. His ghost still appears wearing the antlers of a stag, riding a phantom black stallion at the head of a pack of black hounds. He appears to warn of times of trouble and gallops through Windsor Great Park only to disappear into thin air. The park today is the perfect place for picnics, walking, cycling and horse riding.
The Valley Gardens (Windsor Great Park) --
                        Berkshire Accessible from Windsor town centre on foot via the Long Walk, or car parks are located along the A332 that goes through the Park. Alternatively you can drive to Virginia Water and park at Blacknest Gate for a walk around the lake, where you will pass a totem pole and miniature waterfall.
tel:
 01753 743900
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Esseborne Manor
Andover
Esseborne Manor Esseborne Manor, Hurstbourne Tarrant,Andover Hampshire SP11 0ER
  www.esseborne-manor.co.uk/
Esseborne Manor, set in rich farmland high on the north Wessex Downs, is an ideal location for exploring the South, with Highclere Castle, mystical Stonehenge, Avebury and the Iron Age Danebury Ring - as well as famous gardens and the great cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester.
Tel: +44 (0) 1264 736444
Fax: +44 (0) 1264 736725
Doggie
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Christopher Hotel
Eton
The Christopher Hotel The Christopher Hotel, 110 High Street, Eton, Windsor, Berkshire  SL4 6A
www.thechristopher.co.uk
email: reservations@thechristopher.co.uk

Since 1511, there has been a Christopher Hotel situated in the heart of Eton's High Street. Once considered too racy for the boys at Eton and declared out of bounds by school authorities, this former old coaching inn has now been beautifully modernised to a very high standard, and welcomes everyone with gracious hospitality.
01753 852359
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The Bear Hotel
Hungerford
The Bear Hotel The Bear Hotel, 41 Charnham Street, Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 0EL
www.thebearhotelhungerford.co.uk Email: info@thebearhotelhungerford.co.uk

In recent years new life has been breathed back into one of England's oldest inns and after a sympathetic modernisation it remains as beloved by today's travellers as is was in the days when it welcomed the likes of Elizabeth I and Samuel Pepys.
01488 682512
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Riders Country House Hotel
Maidenhead

Riders Hotel, Maidenhead RIDERS COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL, Bath Road, Littlewick Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire  SL6 3RQ
www.ridershotel.co.uk
email: info@ridershotel.co.uk
Riders is an intimate Country House Hotel, conveniently situated situated on the outskirts of Maidenhead and not far from Reading, Slough and Windsor. The hotel has 20 luxury bedroom suites which are furnished to an exceptionally high standard.

01628 822085
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Sheephouse Manor
Maidenhead
Sheephouse Manor Sheephouse Manor, Sheephouse Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 8HJ
  www.sheephousemanor.co.uk
Sheephouse Manor was originally a farmhouse, built some 500 years ago, and retains all the old world charm with original oak beams, timber floors and miniature antique pine doors.Our accommodation is ideal for both professional working people and families.
01628 776902
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The Crab at Chieveley
Newbury
The Crab at Chieveley Just off Junction 13 of the M4 and without a crabstick in sight is an outwardly demure and inwardly explosive little thatched cottage known as The Crab at Chieveley. AA seafood restaurant of the year and winner of the prestigious Remy 2004/2005 award, this restaurant with rooms offers outstanding seafood.

ALEC's BERKSHIRE
OUTDOOR EVENT GUIDE 2006

prepared by Lance Publications, Park House, Park Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3DL email: info@showmans-directory.co.uk  website: www.showmans-directory.co.uk The full  Directory is available from them.
This section is included in memory of the late Alec Davey of R.Bromley & Co. Ltd- the wine  merchants, to commemorate his 25 years entertaining all at the major events
(1962-1987). Read about him CLICK HERE
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Event
Location
Organiser
website

BERKSHIRE GARDEN SHOW
The Newbury Showground, Priors Court,
Hermitage, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 9QZ
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Michael Gallacher, Showtime Events, Birchwood House, Lion Farm, Milstead, Sittingbourne, Kent tel: 07788 588388 fax: 01795 830176


ALDERSHOT HORSE SHOW
The Newbury Showground, Priors Court,
Hermitage, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 9QZ
Mrs.J.Hopkins, Hammers, Appleshaw, Andover, Hants SP11 9BN tel: 01264 771055 email: admin@thealdershotshow.fsnet.co.uk


PONIES ASSOCIATION (UK) SOUTH SHOW
The Newbury Showground, Priors Court,
Hermitage, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 9QZ

tel:01487 830278


ROYAL WINDSOR HORSE SHOW

Where else are you able to combine top sporting action, with a venue so unique that it is open to the public for just four days a year? The answer is Royal Windsor Horse Show, set for the second year in the beautiful Private Grounds of Windsor Castle. Following on from the huge success last year, the event will proudly launch and incorporate The Royal Windsor Food and Drink Festival for the first time. Family Entertainment, wonderful shopping, fabulous restaurants, rich equine tradition and sporting excellence make this the event and place to visit in May. For tickets call 0870 143 2208

Windsor
Castle
Mrs. Penny Henderson, The Royal Mews, Windsor Castle, Berks SL4 1NG tel: 01753 860633 fax: 01753 831074 email: mail@hpower.co.uk

SOUTHERN MOTOR CARAVAN SHOW
This event is relatively new to the Warners show calendar but has been established for more than 20 years. Since we took over the event in 2003 it has enjoyed considerable growth and now presents around 150 specialist traders. The 2005 show welcomed more than 1500 motorcaravans, caravans and campers who "pitched-up" for a long weekend and around 6,700 day visitors over the course of the 3 days.

The Newbury Showground, Priors Court,
Hermitage, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 9QZ



Maxine Sheppard, Warners Group Publications, West Street, Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 9PH tel: 01778 391123 fax: 01778 392079

SOUTHERN COUNTIES GAME FAIR

Man’s best friend takes centre stage at the Highclere Country Fair. Working dogs of all shapes and sizes will be demonstrating their exceptional talents in range of events including the Skinners International Retriever Event, gundog scurries, terrier and lurcher events and hound parades. Canine beauty and brains, speed and stamina will all be put to the test. Bring your dog along to have a go, and you could win superb cash and dog food prizes.  As always, we have celebrity demonstrators bringing you their famous displays in all our arenas, with competitions and activities for clay shooting, airguns, casting and falconry. Highclere also brings you the very best in quality trade stands, rural crafts and fine food and drink.

Highclere Castle, Nr Newbury
Ian Harford, Hunters Croft,, Upwoods Road, Doveridge,Derbyshire DE6 5LL tel: 01889 563232 fax: 01889 563215 email: info@countrymanfairs.co.uk

SOUTHERN COUNTIES CANINE ASSOCIATION SHOW
Free entry to the show and free car parking for exhibitors is again a feature of Southern Counties. Dates for Southern Counties 2006 are:
Friday 2nd June, (Gundogs and Utility) Saturday 3rd June, Hound, Terrier and Toy), and Sunday 4th June, (Working and Pastoral). The weekend will be a celebration of dogs, with the dog show, Good citizens, a Companion Dog Show on each day, Young Kennel Club rally, UK Handlers international annual competition.Southern Counties offers exhibitors the opportunity to enter the Pedigree Chum Champions, Veteran and Breeders Stakes, the Purina/Pro-Plan Dog World Pup of the Year Competition and KCJO Stakes and The Pat-Dog stakes .
The Newbury Showground, Priors Court,
Hermitage, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 9QZ

Mrs.A.Cavill, Langham House, Ham Common, Richmond on Thames, Surrey TW10 7JB tel: 0208 940 2372  fax: 0208 940 7711 email: scca@angelacavill.co.uk

NEWBURY SUMMER SHOW
The Newbury Showground, Priors Court,
Hermitage, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 9QZ




BRITISH DRIVING SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW
 The BDS Annual Show, held at Smith's Lawn in the magnificent surroundings of Windsor Great Park, is the annual gathering of the membership where they compete against each other in a variety of showing classes. It is now firmly established as one of the prestige equestrian sporting events in the British season and culminates in the Brewin Dolphin Supreme Show Championship and parade in front of the Royal Box.The Show also supports the Sanders Watney Trust, the registered charity set up by the British Driving Society to help disabled people drive horses and ponies.Throughout the day, competition takes place in four arenas. Over 350 horses and carriage turnouts compete in private driving competitions for all levels of driving enthusiast, from the single novice to coachmen with their magnificent teams of four horses.

Windsor Great Park
Charlotte Lawson, Buckinhams Cottage, Fressingfield, Suffolk IP21 5QE tel: 01379 586686 fax : 01379 586466 email: mail@charlotte-lawson.co.uk

WINDSOR DOG SOCIETY SHOW

Mrs I Terry, 13 Rennets Close, Eltham, London SE9 2NQ tel: 02088 505321 fax: 02088 505205 email: windsor.dogshow@btinternet.com


CARTIER INTERNATIONAL POLO
Windsor Great Park
Richard Hodgson, Hodgson Events, The Workshop, Lodsworth, West Sussex BN18 9LT tel: 01798 861815 fax: 01798 861810 email: mail@hodgsonevents.eclipse.co.uk

LIVE CRAFTS
Highclere Castle, Nr Newbury
HD Events Ltd, Events House, Wycombe Air Park, Booker, Marlow, Bucks SL7 3DP tel: 01494 450504 fax: 01494 450245 email: hdevents@aol.com

SWALLOWFIELD HORTICULTURAL SHOW
Taste the atmosphere.  The Swallowfield Show is now in it's 122nd year. Organised completely by volunteers, it has grown and blossomed over the years.  Grannies, granddads, mums, dads and children visit the show from all over the south of England.  All day exhibitions, entertainments and competitions.  A brilliant day out for all ages. Swallowfield is one of the remaining, flourishing, traditional shows still exhibiting home grown country produce.
Swallowfield
Roberta Stewart, Russetts, Swallowfield Street, Swallowfield, Reading, Berks  RG7 1QX tel: 0118 988 2736 email: roberta@stewartm.freeserve.co.uk

LITTLEWICK GREEN SHOW
Littlewick Green, Nr Maidenhead
Valerie Bosley, 18 Pinkneys Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5DH tel: 01628 630622


HIGHCLERE CASTLE INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS
Highclere Castle, Nr Newbury
Janet Benney, Trialtime Ltd, The Old Rectory, Cholderton, Nr Salisbury, Wilts SP4 0DW tel: 07836 213338 fax: 01980 629461 email: jbenney@benneyj.freeserve.co.uk

READING & WOKINGHAM SHOW
The Reading & Wokingham Country Show is a showcase for rural life and agriculture in Berkshire and a range of entertainment for all the family.
Spencers Wood, Reading
Mrs Liz Storey, Hathaways Cottage, Kiln Lane, Mortimer, Reading, Berks RG7 3PN  tel: 0118 933 1300  fax: 0118 933 1300 email: lizstorey2000@hotmail,com

ROYAL COUNTY OF BERKSHIRE SHOW

The Royal County of Berkshire Show 16th and 17th September 2006  featuring  The Musical Drive of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery   The 2005 Show: 

We enjoyed the most amazing two days here on the Showground and had one of the best Shows ever. Some 62,654 visitors enjoyed the action.The sun shone on day one and crowds flocked to the site to marvel at the Metropolitan Police Ride and the parade of livestock.Some 30 balloons left the main arena both evenings and it was an amazing site.

The Newbury Showground, Priors Court,
Hermitage, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 9QZ

Ian Wilson, Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, Berks RG18 9QZ tel: 01635 247111  fax: 01635 247227 email: office@newburyshowground.co.uk

SHOWMAN'S SHOW
is the only outdoor show of its kind in the UK, if not the world. The first Showman's Show was held in 1984 at the Newark Showground, with only 80 or so exhibitors. Until 1989 the show was held every two years but due to demand, from exhibitors and show visitors alike, Lance Publications made the decision to hold the event annually. Initially it moved around the country but eventually settled at the Newbury Showground, which has been its home for the last 11 years.Today the show attracts more than 4,000 visitors over two days and boasts in excess of 400 exhibitors, who show the most sophisticated structures, equipment and entertainment demanded by the event industry at large.
The Newbury Showground, Priors Court,
Hermitage, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 9QZ

Stephen Lance, Lance Publications, Park House, Park Road, Petersfield, Hants GU32 3DL tel: 01730 266624 fax: 01730 260117 email: info@showmans-directory.co.uk


WOKINGHAM WINTER CARNIVAL
Wokingham
Maurice Monk, Cantley House Hotel, Milton Road, Wokingham, Berks RG40 5QG tel: 0118 9895107 email: maurice@cantleyhotel.co.uk

CROQUET CLUBS IN BERKSHIRE
Aldermaston & Berkshire Croquet Club
Awe, C4 Building , Aldermaston , Reading , Berkshire  RG7 4PR
Tel :0118 9827614  Lawns: 2

Caversham Croquet Club
Albert/Richmond Road , Recreation Ground
Cavesham , Reading  RG4 7PR  Tel: 01189 017120
Lawns: 1

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Bearwood,
Mole Road, Sindlesham, Wokingham, RG41 5DB

Bearwood Lakes,
Bearwood Road, Sindlesham, RG41 4SJ

The Berkshire,
Swinley Road, Ascot, SL5 8AY

Billingbear Park,
The Straight Mile, Wokingham, RG40 5SJ

Bird Hills,
Drift Road, Hawthorn Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 3ST

Blue Mountain Golf Centre, Wood Lane, Binfield, RG42 4EX

Calcot Park,
Bath Road, Calcot, Reading, RG31 7RN

Castle Royle,
Knowl Hill, Reading, RG10 9XA

Caversham Heath,
Chazey Heath, Mapledurham, Reading, RG4 7UT
GREENFREE

Datchet,
Buccleuch Road, Datchet, SL3 9BP

Deanwood Park,
Stockcross, Newbury, RG20 8JS

Donnington Grove Country Club,
Donnington Grove, Grove Road, Newbury, RG14 2LA

Donnington Valley,
Snelsmore House, Snelsmore Common, Newbury, RG14 3BG
GREENFREE

 

Downshire,
Easthampstead Park, Wokingham, RG11 3DH

East Berkshire,
Ravenswood Avenue, Crowthorne, RG45 6BD

Goring & Streatley,
Rectory Rd, Streatley-on-Thames, Reading RG8 9QA
GREENFREE

Hennerton,
Crazies Hill Road, Wargrave, RG10 8LT

Hurst,
Sandford Lane, Hurst, Wokingham, RG10 0SQ

Maidenhead,
Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2PZ

Mapledurham,
Mapledurham, Reading, RG4 7UD

Mill Ride,
Mill Ride, Ascot, SL5 8LT

Newbury & Crookham,
Bury's Bank Road, Greenham Common, Newbury, RG19 8BZ
GREENFREE

Newbury Racecourse,
The Racecourse, Newbury, RG14 7NZ

Reading,
17 Kidmore End Road, Emmer Green, Reading, RG4 8SG

Royal Ascot,
Winkfield Road, Ascot, SL5 7LJ

The Royal Household,
The Home Park, Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ

Sand Martins,
Finchampstead Road, Wokingham, RG40 3RQ
GREENFREE

Sonning,
Duffield Road, Sonning, Reading RG4 6GJ

Sunningdale,
Ridgemount Road, Sunningdale, Berks, SL5 9RR

Sunningdale Ladies,
Cross Road, Sunningdale, SL5 9RX

Swinley Forest,
Coronation Road, Ascot, SL5 9LE

Temple,
Henley Road, Hurley, Maidenhead, SL6 5LH

Theale,
North Street, Theale, Reading, RG6 5EX

West Berkshire,
Chaddleworth, Newbury, RG20 7DU

Winter Hill,
Grange Lane, Cookham, SL6 9RP
GREENFREE

Wokefield Park,
Mortimer, Reading, RG7 3AE
GREENFREE

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HORSE RIDING IN BERKSHIRE
Cupid Centre Wessex Horseriding
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Ambitions Equestrian Centre
Hillside Stud
Great Shefford
Hungerford
Berkshire
RG17 7DL
 Tel : 01488 638636
Ambitions is a family owned business that prides itself on being a quality riding centre for all the family.
 Ashford Hill Riding School
 Woodside,
Goose Hill
Headley
Thatcham
RG19 8AS
Tel: 01635 268587
 Barossa Farm Riding Stables
 Devils Highway
Riseley
Reading
Berkshire
RG7 1XR
 Tel: 0118 988 3776
Bearwood Riding Centre
 Mole Road,
Sindlesham,
Wokingham,
Berks, RG41 5DB.
 Telephone: 0118 9760010
Bearwood Riding Centre is a BHS
approved Riding Centre, which has been established for many years.
It is situated between Wokingham and Reading.
 Berkshire Riding Centre
Crouch Lane
Winkfield
Windsor
Berkshire
SL4 4TN
Tel:  01344-884992 (yard)
Fax: 01344-893424
Tel:  01344-883331 (office hours only)
 We at the BRC, would like to help you achieve your dream whatever it is.  We are passionate about horses,
their care and  helping our clients to achieve success.
 We work to the highest standards and constantly strive to improve and stretch ourselves.  
 Bradfield Riding Centre
 The Maltings
Bradfield
Reading
 Berkshire
 RG7 6AJ
Phone:      0118 974 4048
Bradfield Riding Centre is a small friendly equestrian facility established in its pleasant rural location for over 30 years.
 Checkendon Equestrian Centre
Lovegroves Lane,
Checkendon,
RG8 0NE
Tel : 01491 680225
Set in beautiful countryside on the borders of Berkshire and Oxfordshire (between Reading and Oxford) and surrounded by woodlands and country lanes.
 Cloud Stables School of Equitation
Church Lane
Arborfield
Reading
Berkshire
RG2 9JA
Tel : 0118 976 1522
Cloud Stables is located near Wokingham
 and has a large floodlit outdoor school
 and a floodlit indoor school and fully trained BHS Instructors.
Cullinghood School of Riding
Herons Farm,
Buckhold,
Pangbourne,
Reading         
Tel :  0118 974 5228  
Riding school, hacking, and equestrian holidays and weekend breaks.
 Gleniffer Stables
Drift Road,
 Hawthorn Hill,
Maidenhead,
Berkshire
SL6 3ST.
Tel: 01628 626615
 Hall Place Equestrian Centre
 Little Heath Rd,
Tilehurst,
Reading         
Tel : 0118 942 6938 
Training for all ages and standards in extensive indoor and outdoor facilities. Group and Private lessons.
Heathlands Riding Centre
Heathlands Riding Est.,
Heathlands Road,
Wokingham, RG40 3AS
Tel : 01344 772453
Conveniently located on the outskirts
 of Wokingham and close to the M3 and M4. Heathlands offers equestrian services unrivalled in the area. Facilities include an Indoor School with Martin Collins Surface,
International size Flood Lit Outdoor Arena, 
Horse Walker with roof and lighting, Jumping Paddock (including full set of show jumps),
 Solarium and Equissage  Horse Massager.
 Lands End Equestrian Centre
 Whistley Mill Lane
Twyford
Reading
Berkshire
RG10 0RA
Telephone: 01189 341367
Mobile: 07885 257900
Welcome to Lands End Equestrian Centre.  We have been running since 1960 .We offer a range of services
 from beginners lessons to shows, cowboy/cinderella parties, to film work. We can cater for any age from
 tiny tots to the more mature person. We specialise in nervous clients.
 The Spanish Bit Riding School & Livery
Elm Farm.
Boveney Road,
Dorney Common,
 SL4 6QD,
Tel: 01628 661275
We are a riding school and livery yard; BHS and ABRS approved. We provide training for all ages and abilities.  Jill and Keith have been running the riding school for an amazing 30 years, which has galloped past!
Wayside Stables
Fifield Road,
Fifield
Maidenhead,
 Berkshire, SL6 2PG
Phone: 0845 8068336
Phone: 01628 777735
Wayside Stables are well established and have a wealth of experience with riding and running stables. They have built an excellent reputation as the premier riding school in the Windsor and Maidenhead areas
Tally Ho Stables
Crouch Lane
Winkfield
Berkshire
SL4 4RZ
 Tel: +44 (0)1344 885 373
Fax: +44 (0)1344 891 482 
Wokingham Equestrian Centre
 Chapel Green
Wokingham
Berkshire
RG40 3ER
Telephone: 07939 221 872
Wokingham Equestrian Centre is set in a gorgeous 56 acre yard in Chapel Green, near Wokingham in Berkshire. With all the facilities you need, it will be the perfect place for you and your horse to progress.
Abony Equestrian At Blacknest Gate, Blacknest Gate,
Mill Lane,
SL5 0PS,
Tel: 01276 472829
 Full & Part Time Horse Livery, Riding Lessons
Berkshire College of Agriculture,
Hall Place,
Burchetts Green,
 SL6 6QR,
 Tel: 01100 824444
 Horse Livery, Riding Lessons
 Brookfield Farm Equestrian Centre,
 Stable Cottage,
 Brookfield Farm,
 Warfield, RG42 6BH,
Tel: 01344 890056
Full & Partial Livery, All Breeds & Disciplines,
English, Riding Lessons, Combined Training, Showing, Dressage, Eventing, Hunter/Jumpers, Steeplechase, Indoor & Outdoor Arenas, Round Yard, Jumps, Race Track, 25 Acres
Crown Farm,
  Eton Wick Rd,
Berk SL4 6PG,
Tel: Tel: 07902 822484
 Partial Livery, Undercover Stables, Outdoor Menage, Local Hacking
Coldicote Sports
 Horses,
Leyland Farm,
 Preston Rd,
MK18 4HS,
Tel: +44 (0)1280 821601
 Schooling, Competition and Sales Liveries Only, Horses for Sale, School and Lunging Ring, BSJA Jumps, Almost 100 Acres
Fairoak Grange Stud & Livery,
Ashford Hill,
 RG19 8BL,
Tel: 01635 299412
Horse Livery
Lavender Farm Livery Stables,
 Nusery Lane, Middle Green Road
 Tel: 01753 527221
 Horse Livery
Priory Stables,
Church Road,
SL4 2JW,
Tel: 01753 850796
 Horse Livery
New Livery Yard,
Chanders,
Aldworth,
RG8 9RU,
Tel: 01235 211511
 Part and Full Time Livery
Riverside Farm, 
45 Silver Hill,
College Town,
GU47 0QS,
Tel: 01276 32433
 Horse Livery
SEB Stables Crown Farm, 
 Crown Farm,
Eton Wick,
Tel: 0958 327880
 Horse Livery
Simon Billany Liveries,
 Riseley,
RG7 0118,
Tel: 973 1739
 Horse Livery
 Tidmarsh Stud,
 Maidenhatch,
 Tidmarsh,
RG8 8HP,
Tel: 01734 744840
 Horse Livery
 Whitelocks Farm Riding Stables,
Garsons Lane,
Maidens Green, ,
RG12 6JA,
Tel: 01344 890522
 Horse Livery, Riding Lessons
SNOWBALL FARM EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
 DORNEY WOOD ROAD,
 BURNHAM
      SL1 8EH SLOUGH,
BERKSHIRE
      Phone: 01628 666222
We are a family-run Equestrian Centre
 where all ages and all levels of  experience are welcome.  Snowball Farm is a BHS and ABRS approved Riding School, livery and training centre.
 We are able to teach almost anyone to ride. A full range of Livery services are available and we hold a number of shows throughout the year.
 
BERKSHIRE DOWNS RIDING CLUB
Berkshire Downs Riding Club is a friendly affiliated Club with nearly 200 members, mainly based within a 20 mile radius of Wantage. 
We have members spread across Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

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