Quaint, quirky and quintessentially English, the town of Newbury is a great day out for hotel guests at Donnington Grove. It is also, dare we say it, ideal for non-golfing loved ones in search of an enjoyable day out. Besides high street stores there are some wonderful boutique stores and lively markets.
Magic Markets: One of the great features of Newbury is its wonderful traditional and independent market scene. Bristling with local stall holders, you’ll find a wide range of unique goods, from fine locally-sourced food to retro fashion accessories not found on the average high street. A good starting point would be the main market, open for trade on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00am to 4:00 pm, but you’ll also find a farmer's market on the first and third Sunday of every month and stacks of options in the surrounding area.
Explore the Kennet and Avon Canal: A historic waterway with miles to roam, the pretty Kennet and Avon Canal is a place for wanderers and nostalgics alike. You could happily stretch your legs here, or just take time out with a book or fishing rod (Try Newbury AA for tickets) . But if you’re here in the spring or summer perhaps the most romantic way to proceed is by a horse drawn barge, with cruises operating direct from Newbury (Further details from the Kennet Horse Boat Company).
Get on Your Bike (or Horse!): There are more ways to dicover Newbury than just feet or by car. One excellent option is to make the most of the local bike hire scheme. Not only do you see more in a day, it’s also great exercise and eco-friendly. For those who prefer four legs to two wheels, there are also bridal routes and several friendly riding schools in and around Newbury.
Get Back to Nature: Completely free and full of interest, the Nature Dicovery Centre at Thatcham has fascinating archaeological finds in scores, spanning thousands of years to artefacts used by the region’s ancient inhabitants. There is also lovely wild habitat on site, with a restaurant and great “hands on” activities for children (further info here).
Make Boredom History: With stacks of interesting and in some cases downright peculiar artifacts, the West Berkshire Museum is a collection where you might find anything from a Neolithic axe head to an albino mole (no kidding), thanks to local involvement and ever changing displays (Museum opening times/ info here).