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What you need to know about Newbury

Newbury regularly features on lists of the best places to live in the UK, and it’s easy to see why.

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This thriving market town is pretty much halfway between London and Bristol, and you can reach both in about an hour by road or rail.

Because Newbury is such prime commuter country, it has outstanding bus, rail and road links in all directions, and a growing cultural and dining scene that reflects the influx of new residents into the town.

But practical benefits aside, Newbury is a charming and welcoming town in beautiful Berkshire countryside, where you can take canal walks through the Kennet valley, potter around the local shops, spend a day at the races or enjoy one of the many festivals throughout the year.

Food and drink

Lots of new bars, restaurants, gastropubs and cafes have appeared in and around Newbury over recent years, serving a growing upscale population in this part of Berkshire.

New additions like The Woodspeen have been an instant hit, serving up local produce with a touch of flair and a lovely atmosphere. There’s a cookery school here too if you fancy picking up a few tips!

Elsewhere you’ll find plenty of great pubs and restaurants for a midweek supper, a pre-theatre dinner or a Sunday lunch, or you can head south to the Dew Pond in Old Burghclere for a special fine dining experience.   

Shopping

So here’s a top tip – if you want big undercover shopping centres and all the retail bells and whistles, you’d be better off heading to Swindon or Reading. BUT, if you want a more unhurried style of shopping, where shop owners are happy to chat and give you a little more personal service, then Newbury has plenty to offer.

You’ll find lots of high street names in the Parkway, as well as local independents and Newbury’s award-winning department store, Camp Hopson.

If you head out into some of the neighbouring villages, you’ll find all kinds of antiques, boutiques, village stores and lovely farm shops.

Local businesses

Newbury is on the edge of the Thames Valley, where the technology revolution has created thousands of jobs over the last 30 years.

The town is home to the Head Office of mobile company Vodafone, as well as National Instruments, Micro Focus, pharmaceutical company Bayer AG and Newbury Racecourse

Getting around

Newbury is easy to get to – it’s just ten minutes off the M4 by car, with good parking throughout the town, or you can take a train to London Paddington in an hour, or Reading in 25 minutes.

The town centre is easy to explore on foot, and a ramble down the Kennet & Avon canal is a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon.

Local bus services are good, but a car will allow you to explore some of the extraordinary stately homes in the area, like Highclere Casle, Donnington Castle and Ashdown House, which aren’t to be missed!   

Things to watch out for

Newbury hosts a superb calendar of festivals through the year, with something for everyone. Check out the Spring Music Festival in May, the Comedy Festival in July, or the Real Ale Festival and the Berkshire County Show in September. 

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