Exploring Newbury - Best Place To Stay?

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  1. Wombles

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    Some friends of ours want to visit Newbury town & the nearby area & wondered where best to stay? They are used to camping on aires abroad as well as campsites so any suggestions (including parking/pub overnight stops) that I could pass on would be helpful. Are there are any campsites with a bus stop nearby for Newbury?
     
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    are you serious,they actually want to visit Newbury?:LOL:
    cant help with campsites,but please let us know how they get on.
     
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    Yes really! They went through it last year & wanted to stay but couldn't find anywhere. We have only been to the Showground before so haven't visited the town.
     
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    This campsite is the South side of Newbury, circa 3 miles from Newbury town centre off the Andover road A343 - http://www.oakleyfarm.co.uk

    The Woodpecker pub is a few minutes walk away - http://www.arkells.com/the-woodpecker-inn-newbury.htm There is a bus stop near the pub I think.

    I think the Red House and the Furze Bush pubs might be in Brit Stops, not sure if any facilities though:-

    http://www.theredhousepub.com
    http://www.furzebushinn.co.uk

    Edit: I think there may also be a couple of small CL/CS sites if in the requisite CC / CCC clubs.
     
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    Hi,there used to be a britstops in or very near Newbury are you a member.
     
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    Our friends don't have Britstops but thanks to @RowleyBirkinQC Oakley Farm & The Woodpecker look like a great option so will pass those on :)
     
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    No worries. Just to ensure no ambiguity, I only mentioned the Woodpecker pub as a convenience, given it is a few minutes walk from Oakley Farm campsite. I didn't know the pub accommodated overnight stays for Motorhomes as per your PM. So I've learned something here too!
     
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    Think that the pub is like many others that if you contact them on an individual basis & book in for a meal or two then ask nicely about staying overnight in their car park they might agree :) Keep reading about Funsters doing this so thought I would try & ask! Our friends have just a small campervan. The Woodpecker doesn't advertise itself as a camping pub so may not always be possible or suitable for them so always best to check in advance.
     
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    Postern Hill. Quirky site in forest. Not too far from Newbury and is a short walk from Marlborough when fed up with Newbs.
     
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    For anyone who is considering staying at Oakley Farm (not far from Newbury Showground):
    Having checked with Stagecoach there is a reasonable bus service into Newbury Monday - Saturday (no buses on Sunday) but 2 different sets of stops in walking distance. The Wash Water stops are next to The Woodpecker pub for Burghclere-Newbury bus number 7A & the Penwood stops are on the main road (between site road & pub?) for Andover-Newbury bus number 7. Timetables are here https://www.stagecoachbus.com/ & have a look at https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place...f612316877652c2!8m2!3d51.3668983!4d-1.3486823 for location of stops in regards to the campsite & pub. We have happy friends now :) Thought I should post the bus stops info. as the campsite doesn't list them on their website & they couldn't advise on the times.
     
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    Newbury has a great history and is worth a few days visit. The Kennet and Avon canal and associated is wonderful I have lived here for 60 years and love the place even though it has changed from being a proper market town ..many great places to eat and drink ..or just chill out watching narrow boats navigate the town bridge and lock ..Roy
     
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    Along with Donnington Castle (what's left), English Civil War battle sites and related history, Shaw House (Elizabethan mansion) which has a musket ball lodged in the wall of a wood panelled room, allegedly shot at Charles 1st when in residence there, think I recall some reference to a John O'Gaunt, a wealthy business man of some historical note back in the day maybe (could be a stretch that, trying to recall local history from school days, but there are local references such as a school and pub by said name).

    Or just go to the pub!
     
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