Things to do at Donnington Grove

As we come into April, the signs that Spring has come to full fruition are all around. The smell of freshly cut grass and budding flowers , Easter eggs line shop shelves and newborn lambs graze in surrounding fields.

We’re all raring to get into the great outdoors and explore areas near and far. At Donnington Grove, we have a range of Springtime activities to suit all ages, abilities and group sizes.

Below is a list of five Springtime activities to enjoy here in our 500 acres of stunning grounds::

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Fishing

Set in the stunning Berkshire countryside with the River Lamorn running through our grounds, Donnington Grove is the perfect laid back location for traditional dry and fly fishing.

Fishing on the river is available for approximately half a mile, giving you plenty of river space to catch wild brown trout. There’s nothing more tranquil than spending time in the Spring sun, enjoying the peaceful trickling sounds of clear waters.

If you’re new to fishing or the area, we’d highly recommend the services of our resident guide, John Stevens. John is a patient and qualified fishing instructor available to hire by the day. He can provide tackle and friendly knowhow to visitors of all ages and abilities.  

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Clay pigeon shooting

At Donnington Grove, we boast our own shooting facility, allowing us to offer clay pigeon shooting all year-round. Whether you’re an avid clay pigeon shooter, gifting someone an experience for a special occasion, or just fancy a go by yourself, our facility is suitable for all abilities and ages.

Clay pigeon shooting is an incredibly accessible sport, so come and test your aim – it doesn’t matter if you’ve never experienced it before!

Spaces are limited and booking is required.

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As well as being home to country pursuits such as fishing, clay pigeon shooting and golf, Donnington Grove is a haven for calm and relaxation with our secluded secret gardens. Wander through our extensive grounds that provide the stunning backdrop to our golf course, which has previously hosted golf championships.

Home to wildlife such as trout, ducks and swans, you can also discover various hidden gems around our grounds, such as the enchanting Japanese She-tennoji Temple and gardens. It truly is the perfect space to spend your Spring afternoons in quiet contemplation, enjoying moments of peaceful stillness.  

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Golf

As the days get warmer and longer, there’s no better way to spend your Spring days than out strolling the fairways. Alongside our exquisite gardens, Donnington Grove Golf Club is available for visitors and members throughout the year.

Set in 500 acres of beautiful Berkshire countryside, it’s the perfect location for the ultimate golf experience. The River Lambourn runs through the course, making it one of the UK’s most relaxing and scenic golfing destinations.

As well as offering an 18 hole Championship course, Donnington Grove Golf Club also has a floodlit driving range, fully stocked professional shop, and a bar and restaurant that is welcome to non-residents, as well as members. Enjoy a spot of breakfast, a traditional afternoon tea or a three-course delight, all freshly prepared using locally sourced ingredients.

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Grand days out

Beyond Donnington Grove’s extensive gardens and Springtime activities, the surrounding Berkshire countryside and Newbury market town boasts an array of cultural adventures and historical experiences for you to enjoy this Spring.   

After spending your day exploring Donnington Castle, enjoying the races at Newbury racecourse, or finding those hidden gems at the market, relax at Donnington Grove’s restaurant. Indulge in a classic Sunday roast with all the trimmings, or for smaller appetites, we have our lighter bites menu.

For a truly special Springtime experience, join us on Sunday 17th for our two or three course Easter Sunday lunch.   

When it comes to outdoor activities and enjoying the season in its fullest, there’s nowhere quite like Donnington Grove.