Places of Local Interest
The South of England is heaving with sites of historic interest; from the famous Jurassic coastline of Dorset through to the impressive, man-made, Neolithic sites of Stonehenge, Avebury Circle and Silbury Hill.
Typically English village and home to Parsonage Farm, which is a small family farm offering a range of courses and workshops in butchery skills etc. Farm Fest takes place once a year in July and is a great family experience with live bands, BBQs etc. Parsonage Farm
The Crown, in Upton, is within walking distance of Greenfields and serves good, wholesome food. There is a garden. Children and Dogs are welcome.
The Crown Inn, Upton
The George, Vernham Dean, is a proper village pub that serves delicious fish and chips, steak and kidney pies etc. There is a garden. Children and Dogs are welcome. The George, Vernham Dean
The George & Dragon, Hurstbourne Tarrant, is a warm, friendly pub that serves gourmet food. Garden and Terrace. Children and dogs welcome. The George and Dragon, Hurstbourne Tarrant
The Fox, Tangley, is a beautifully restored English pub and Thai Restaurant. The Thai food is second-to-none. Children and dogs welcome. The Fox, Tangley
Places to Go
Highclere is the setting of the famous television series, Downton Abbey. The castle is open to the public and you can walk around the rooms where the series is actually filmed. In the basement, there is The Egyptian Exhibition where you can explore the fascinating discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter in 1922. The cellars are very atmospheric and there are replicas from the tomb of Tutankhamen as well as real antiquities.
Market town, home to the Hawk Conservancy and the Museum of the Iron Age. Andover
Get up close and personal to a wide range of birds of prey, organised displays throughout the day. Children welcome. Hawk Conservancy
Newbury Racecourse has year round racing, including the famous Hennessy Gold Cup. Evening racing also takes place in the summer, which is followed by various concerts such as the ABBA tribute band, Bjorn Again, Tom Jones, Madness.
Marlborough has a thriving weekly market, hosts an annual International Jazz Festival, an annual Food and Drink Festival, the Marlborough Literature Festival and the Mop fair, when the streets are closed to traffic and there is a real carnival atmosphere.
Marlborough is also the location of the very popular school, Marlborough College and Rosanna is always pleased to welcome parents of children who attend the college when they want to attend parents events, drama, sporting or musical activities. Marlborough
Marlborough College also runs Marlborough Summer School every year, where all age groups can take part in a multitude of courses ranging from art, wine tasting, singing, cricket etc. Marlborough Summer School
There is a good local golf club set in beautiful countryside just outside the town. Marlborough Golf Club
The famous Polly Tea Rooms are located in the high street, where you can treat yourself to a delicious cream tea. Polly Tea Rooms
Just a few miles west of Marlborough the 'other' stone circle can be located. Well worth a visit as this is a larger stone circle than that of Stonehenge also with a long and complex history. Avebury Stone Circle
A picturesque town teaming with antique shops. The Hungerford Arcade is a treasure trove of stalls in which one can spend hours browsing.
The Kennet and Avon Canal runs through the town and canal trips can be booked. Kennet and Avon Canal Trust
Winchester is home to numerous music, art and literary festivals. It hosts an amazing Christmas Market, complete with Ice Rink, in view of the Cathedral. Winchester
Salisbury is a buzzing town, with wonderful shopping opportunities. It is home to one of England’s finest Gothic cathedrals which boasts Britain’s tallest spire and probably one of the oldest working clocks in existence. Salisbury cathedral is also home to one of the four remaining original 1215 copies of the Magna Carta. If you can manage heights and a large number of steps; the Tower Tour is well worth experiencing - culminating in stunning views of the city and the interior of the spire itself. Salisbury Cathedral
The pretty Hampshire town of Stockbridge lies midway between Andover and Romsey in the stunning Test valley, famed for its lovely chalk streams and excellent fly-fishing. The beauty of Stockbridge inspired many poets and there’s a poetry trail of ten poems, set in stone, metal and glass, around the town centre.
The Kennet and Avon Canal runs through Great Bedwyn. Picnicking on the banks of the canal, alongside the barges is a must. The Three Tuns Pub serves delicious food.
Three Tuns Pub
Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.
A romantic house and gallery set in beautiful riverside gardens.
Danebury Iron Age Hill Fort
Enjoy an interesting walk around this iron age hill fort built around 2,500 years ago and occupied for nearly 500 years. Danebury Hill Fort
Take the kids for a great day out at the zoo. Comprising large, well-maintained, grounds there is plenty of space for the animals (and children) to roam. Marwell Zoo
Army Flying Museum
Experience over 100 years of the Army in the air. Army Flying