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About Lambourn

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Lambourn is situated in the Lambourn Valley at the source of the river Lambourn and in the heart of the Berkshire chalk downs. It is also lucky enough to be in the area covered by DarkStar Discos, the Lambourn marquee hire experts.

The Village is within a few miles of the Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire borders at the north west extremity of the county. The name of the village is thought to have originated from sheep on the downs and the stream. The parish covers an area of 14,000 acres and has a population of around 3000.

The first mention of Lambourn in historical records was at the time of Alfred the Great. It has even been suggested that he was born in Lambourn. One thing is certain, he owned land there which was left to his wife. The first parish priest was Croc in 1017.

The numerous ancient barrows close by are proof of much earlier settlement in the area, as are finds of Roman pottery in the vicinity. Norman invaders later made their presence felt and indeed the nave of St Michael and All Angels Church is 12th Century Norman. By the 13th Century Lambourn had assumed some importance and a charter was granted to allow a market and two sheep fairs a year to be held.

One of the landmarks of the village is the lovely Market Cross in the Market Square, erected around the time that Henry VI granted the charter for the market and fairs. Across the land by the side of the church there are still some traces of the cobblestones that once covered all the village streets. This land leads to the alms-houses founded by John Isbury in 1502 and largely rebuilt by Henry Hippisley in 1852. The houses were further modernized in 1956 to make homes for 8 almsmen.

The breeding and training of racehorses is an integral part of life in Lambourn. With over 30 training establishments and several studs the Lambourn Valley is known as “The Valley of the Racehorse”.


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Lambourn Travel Links

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Road -
Lambourn lies on the crossroads of the B4000 from Newbury to Highworth and the B4001 from Chilton Foliat to Childrey. The B4000 used to follow the River Lambourn up the Newbury Road until the construction of the M4 motorway in the early 1970s. When the motorway was built, the B4000 was diverted along Ermin Street as the old road could not be widened for HGVs in the narrow streets of Great Shefford, Eastbury and Lambourn. The B4001 was also diverted onto Ermin Street because of the M4, and the B4000 and B4001 merge until they arrive in Lambourn at the bottom of Hungerford Hill. The M4 passes through the southern part of the parish between Junction 14 (7 miles (11 km) southeast of the village) and Junction 15 (8 miles (13 km) to the west).

Rail -
In 1898 the Lambourn Valley Railway was built connecting Lambourn to Newbury. Its ownership merged with the Great Western Railway in 1905 and continued in operation until it was closed in 1960. The nearest station is now at Hungerford on the Reading to Taunton line.

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Taxi Firms in Lambourn

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With so much to do within Lambourn and the neighbouring towns, as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside, it's worth renting a car or jumping in a taxi to see the local sights.

Lambourn is well served when it comes to getting a taxi as there are local firms such as Tav’s Private Hire, Pottinger’s and 24/7 Swindon Taxis.



Hotels and Guest Houses in Lambourn

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Day’s Inn Membury M4, near Lambourn -
Just off the M4 motorway, this functional budget hotel is 13 miles from Swindon town centre and 18 miles from Ashdown House. Offering complimentary Wi-Fi, the straightforward rooms also have flat-screen HDTVs, tea and coffeemaking facilities, and desks. Upgraded rooms add minifridges. In-room continental breakfast is available for a fee. Children 12 and under stay free with an adult. The hotel offers free parking.

The Pheasant Inn -
Located less than 1 mile from the M4 motorway, this upscale country pub with rooms is 4 miles from both the shops and restaurants of Hungerford and Lambourn Village. Modern rooms with plush accents have en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities, as well as free Wi-Fi and bottled water. A continental breakfast buffet is complimentary. Seasonal, locally sourced fare and real ales are served in the stylish pub featuring horse racing photos, exposed brick and quirky bowler-hat light fixtures. There's also a courtyard garden.

The Queen’s Arm’s Hotel, near Lambourn -
Set within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this relaxed hotel is 4 miles from the M4 Motorway and 9 miles from the ancient Littlecote Roman Villa. The 8 warm rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as en suite bathrooms. The 1-bedroom suites provide separate living areas with sofa-beds. Parking is complimentary, as is breakfast served in an informal restaurant. There's also a bar and a beer garden.


Places to Get Married in Lambourn

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Elcot Park Hotel, near Lambourn -
Celebrate your big day at the Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel. On your wedding day, celebrate in the Georgian splendour of the Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel. The hotel can seat 120 or organise an evening reception for up to 150 guests.

They know how much you will be looking forward to your wedding and whether you are planning a Civil Ceremony, a Traditional Church Service or a Civil Partnership, they recognise that every wedding is different. The team is dedicated to making sure that they deliver everything you need to make sure you get the wedding that you dreamt of.

The Queen’s Lodge –
Part of the Queen’s Arms Hotel in East Garston, near Lambourn, this is a beautiful private venue ideal for 60 seated, 120 buffet which can be increased substantially with use of a marquee. Their team will be with you all the way to ensure that your day is planned to perfection. Private hire includes late night licence and extra days for setting up. They have recommended preferred suppliers for all the trimmings: flowers, cars/carriages, cakes, make up, photography, live music/DJ, lighting & entertainment.

Sheepdrove Organic Farm -
An eco-friendly, rustic, unique, bespoke, versatile and blank canvas. Sheepdrove Organic Farm is the perfect venue, hidden in the depths of West Berkshire and overlooking endless organic meadows. The venue is based on a 2500 acre working organic farm in the West Berkshire downs, overlooking vast organic meadows and offering an array of outside space, alongside inside space. The building meets exceptionally high environmental standards and consists of many ‘Green features’ including solar panel heating as well as being built with locally sourced, renewable, recycled materials and an onsite reedbed water treatment system, meaning all waste water from Sheepdrove Organic Farm, is cleansed through a lengthy process and then reused as recycled water within the venue.

All wedding couples have exclusive use of the venue, ensuring their special day is truly theirs. Sheepdrove Organic Farm offers the most picturesque and perfect backdrop to any event. Photo opportunities are simply beautiful all year round. There is a lake and a boathouse which can offer some respite for wedding couples and give them a moment to reflect on their whirlwind ceremony, whilst getting some stunning wedding photos. The venue is fully licenced in two rooms to hold civil ceremonies, or alternatively, couples can simply hold their wedding reception with them. They offer a fully bespoke approach to each individual couple’s special day. The team reflects the offerings of the venue – versatile, flexible, unique and a blank canvas to help sculpt and create the perfect day.

Sheepdrove Organic Farm work with a handpicked selection of outside catering companies. All produce is ethically sourced from carefully selected suppliers, that share the same values and operate to the highest animal welfare standards. They also have an inhouse chef, so the decision is at the discretion of the wedding couple and their budget.

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Event Planning in Lambourn

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Complete your event in Lambourn with DarkStar Discos, the Lambourn marquee hire experts who offer the following services which can reduce your event planning stress. Bars - you don't need to spend too much time looking for the perfect drinks for your event, we have a team that can take care of that for you. Lights - no need to stress out in finding and setting up the lights for your event. DJ and Staffing - let our DJ take care of the music for your event. Our staff will also be the ones taking care of the needs of your guests. You might also want to consider asking us to arrange the following services for your event: Professional Photographer, Event Transportation and Event Catering. For all you event-planning needs, contact DarkStar Discos, the Lambourn marquee hire experts.



Top Restaurants in Lambourn

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The Eastbury Plough, near Lambourn -
Off the beaten track in the hidden gem that is Eastbury, in an area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Just a mile from the famous horseracing yards of Lambourn and amazing walks and views over the breath-taking downs, overlooking the beautiful valley

Chosen as top of the 5 best country pubs in Berkshire - Berkshire & Buckinghamshire Life Magazine

The beauty of having such amazing artisan suppliers on the doorstep means their passion as chefs increases day by day, they work with local farmers to bring you the most amazing beef, pork and lamb. The fish is delivered fresh at 4am every morning, its then filleted and prepped ready for lunch, you can still smell the sea

If gin is your thing, The Plough has sourced over 40 Gins from around the Isles and beyond, matching each individual flavour with fruits and spices to capture the amazing thing that is 'Gin'. And Obviously a full stock of Fever Tree Tonics to take the journey onwards...

The Woodspeen, near Lambourn -
A Michelin Star restaurant and cookery school, set in a lovingly restored 19th century farmhouse, nestling in the West Berkshire countryside. They serve seasonal dishes, inspired by homegrown ingredients. With a Michelin star, award-winning wine list and a relaxed atmosphere. It was 2013 when John Campbell stumbled on a run-down country pub, looking sad and unloved. Yet even in that sorry state, he was smitten by its breath-taking views over the West Berkshire countryside. And he desperately wanted to restore this fading beauty to its former glory, and its rightful place at the heart of the local community. In late 2014, with a lot of help from former colleagues and a few fresh faces, The Woodspeen was born. A light and airy restaurant with picture windows; an open kitchen, a log fire, and a stylish bar. With a cookery school next door, in a beautifully converted barn. Having worked in hotels and restaurants around the world for the whole of his adult life, John had a clear vision for his own restaurant – with a focus on seasonal dishes, using ingredients grown or foraged on our own land. Before he knew it, he’d achieved his first Michelin star for his food and service, and a Wine Spectator award for the wine list.

The Bell at Ramsbury, near Lambourn -
A 300-year-old former coaching inn, in the beautiful village of Ramsbury near Marlborough. Voted Wiltshire Life pub and restaurant of the year. Modern European cuisine and pub classics, with 9 luxurious bedrooms. The Bell is part of the Ramsbury Estate with its own brewery, distillery and smokehouse. Your perfect destination for a romantic or family meal, business lunch or a warming Sunday roast. Their food features sophisticated, modern British cuisine – and the country classics you’d expect from an award-winning pub. Head chef Oli Clarke sources as much as possible from the kitchen garden and the wider Ramsbury Estate that they’re part of. It means their menus are fresh and inspired by the seasons. They work closely with specialist partners to provide the finest produce such as line-caught fish that arrives daily from Cornwall and local producers as part of a sustainable rural economy. Booking, particularly at peak times is highly recommended – and children and larger parties are welcome. They also have a menu for young children and highchairs.



Top Things to do in Lambourn

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Ashdown House, near Lambourn –
Ashdown House was built in the early 1660s for William, 1st Earl of Craven, and was designed by either Balthazar Gerbier or William Winde. Legend purports that Ashdown was built during an outbreak of plague in London as a refuge for Elizabeth of Bohemia, to whom Craven was devoted. It is more likely, however, that it was planned by Craven as a hunting lodge. The exterior design – a tall central block flanked by two low pavilions and adorned with a cupola and gilded globe – may have been influenced by the tall town houses seen by Craven during his time as a soldier in the Netherlands, although the 17th-century château of Balleroy in Normandy, designed by François Mansart in 1626, may have been a more direct inspiration. Inside Ashdown House, a robust oak staircase leads up to the cupola and to a viewing platform on the roof.

Perfect for families, with plenty of space to run around, Ashdown House and the wider estate have lots of ideas for fun outdoors activities. You could spot deer or explore the woodland on one of the woodland walks or the tree trail. Don’t forget to have a run through the maze too – you never know, you might spot a Cavalier behind a hedge!

Uffington White Horse and Castle and Dragon Hill -
These three prehistoric sites lie beside the Ridgeway, the ancient route that ran from Dorset to the Wash and still crosses the chalk ridges of the Berkshire Downs.

Uffington ‘Castle’, which occupies the summit of Whitehorse Hill, is a rare and outstanding example of a large Iron Age hillfort. The famous White Horse is the oldest chalk-cut hill figure in Britain, perhaps over 3,000 years old. Nearby Dragon Hill, a natural mound about 10 metres high, is named for its association with the legend of St George.

The Iron Age hillfort known as Uffington Castle occupies the summit of Whitehorse Hill. It consists of a large enclosure, measuring about 220 metres by 160 metres, surrounded by a wide chalk-stone bank or inner rampart about 12 metres wide and 2.5 metres high, and formerly lined with sarsen (sandstone) stones. Around this is a grass-covered ditch about 3 metres deep and a further, smaller bank forming an outer rampart. A causeway, flanked by the out-turned ends of the inner rampart, provides an entrance to the site from the west. This would have been closed by a gate. Postholes and pits revealed during archaeological excavations serve as evidence of structures built within the enclosure during the hillfort’s occupation, while pottery and coins have been found in burial chambers close by.

Situated 170 metres to the north-east of the hillfort – and visible from a distance of several miles – is the striking chalk-cut figure of a horse. The White Horse, which measures 111 metres from the tip of its tail to its ear, has been dated to the later Bronze Age or Iron Age, between 1740 and 210 BC. It may have been a territorial marker or a fertility symbol – its function is not certain.

Local legend associates the horse with St George and the Dragon, hence the name of nearby Dragon Hill. This is a round mound, about 10 metres high with a flattened top, likely to have been formed by glacial erosion.



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Lambourn Today

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Lambourn is a large village and civil parish in West Berkshire. It lies just north of the M4 Motorway between Swindon and Newbury, and borders Wiltshire to the west and Oxfordshire to the north. After Newmarket it is the largest centre of racehorse training in England and is home to a rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys, an equine hospital, and several leading jockeys and trainers. To the north of the village are the prehistoric Seven Barrows and the nearby Long Barrow, and in 2004 the Crow Down Hoard was found close to the village.

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