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Glorious Surroundings

Donnington Grove is set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside on the edge of the market town of Newbury.  Within easy travelling distance of the urban sprawls of Reading, Oxford, Swindon and Basingstoke, one glance at the scenery here evokes a feeling of being in another era of rural England. The hugely popular costume drama Downton Abbey is filmed at nearby Highclere Castle. Indeed, for any visitors looking for Downton Abbey tours, breaks or visits, Donnington is a perfectly positioned base, being just a short drive away.

It may feel like another ear but there are plenty of sights and attractions to take in. Berkshire has some fabulous cultural and historical experiences, with a variety of excursions and things to do in Newbury that can occupy the non-golfing visitor.

Grand Days Out

Besides Donnington Grove's golf course and on site activities, there are plenty of other things to do in Newbury and the surrounding area. Beautiful walks and heritage sites offer a sense of tranquillity to guests, while those looking for thrills or diversion will find Newbury Racecourse and Newbury town itself a fine day out.

See below our shortlist of recommended attractions;

 

Donnington Castle

Overlooking our grounds, this 14th Century Castle ruin is a focal point of the surrounding landscape. Golfers and guests like to admire it from a distance but you can get much closer for a more intimate viewing.  For more on this Berkshire landmark, visit www.berkshirehistory.com/castles/donnington


The Racecourse, Newbury 

For a day of excitement, action and a small wager or two, little beats a day at the races in Newbury. This historic course has been making hearts as well as horses race since 1905. See their website for details of various events and all news on the current racing calendar: www.racecoursenewbury.co.uk


Highclere Castle

Set amidst a huge estate, this spectacular heritage site is home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.  It is perhaps most famous as the set for hugely successful ITV drama series Downton Abbey. Highclere has a fascinating history and sits in the most beautiful grounds.  The Castle is only open to visitors for around 70 days a year (typically during the summer, Easter and Bank Holidays . However, when closed, you can view the majesty of the property up close whilst enjoying a hearty walk around the grounds. For more details please visit : http://www.highclerecastle.co.uk or to book a tour, contact: theoffice@highclerecastle.co.uk


Watermill Theatre

Theatre lovers are well catered for at this friendly, popular venue that runs shows ranging from Shakespeare to foot-stomping musicals.  The quaint and very characterful Theatre is set in beautiful grounds and is a quite different theatre going experience.  As well its productions, it runs a programme of workshops and events for all ages.  Well worth a visit.  For further information please visit the website at  www.watermill.org.uk


Sandham Memorial Chapel

"Britain's answer to the Sistine Chapel" features the best work of British war artist Sir Stanley Spencer. The display is a truly moving experience, paying a fitting tribute to Britain's forgotten war dead. The property is managed by the National Trust and visits must be prebooked either online or by calling 01635 278394. It is closed during the colder months from October 31st, but reopens again on March 21st. There are also some fine walks and views in the area. More here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sandham-memorial-chapel


The Living Rainforest

Sample the heat and fascination of a tropical jungle habitat without leaving the country at this immersive attraction for all ages. You’ll learn all about this fascinating eco-system and discover various birds, bugs, lizards, monkeys and even a crocodile or two in the process:  Get up close with nature by visiting www.livingrainforest.org
 


Newbury Town and Shopping Experience

With easy parking, a pedestrianized central high street, local markets and plenty of shops, cafes and eateries, Newbury is an attractive town for a day out-  ideal for golf widows and other non-players!  Not too far away is the village of Hungerford, also offering plenty to browse around with some lovely select boutiques and antique shops.
www.visitnewbury.org.uk/shopping/