Downton Travel Guide

  • The Borough (or The Sea of Downton!)
    The Borough (or The Sea of Downton!)
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  • Floods, Jan 1915
    Floods, Jan 1915
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  • Durdle's Cottage is on the right of the picture
    Durdle's Cottage is on the right of the...
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Downton Things to Do

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    by LouiseTopp Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The Downton Cuckoo Fair is the perfect one day family event, held on the greens in the charming village of Downton, six miles south of Salisbury. With over 250 craft & other interesting stalls (some in large tents); rural craft demonstrations such as wood cutting &, needlecraft; maypole dancing; Morris & line dancing held outside the Co-op; street entertainment like jugglers; music from local bands; Downton Brass Band; & lots for the children including Punch & Judy, clowns, bouncy castle & roundabouts. Speaking of those large white tents, it can get a bit hot & stuffy inside with all that body heat also the crowding can be horrendous.

    There’s sufficient car parks offered, run by charities, with vintage buses running a Park & Ride service. There is also a good variety of food & refreshments, along with good facilities for the disabled. Sometimes the resident’s might open their back gardens to the public for the day; one of the cottages has the river running through at the bottom over looking open countryside.

    The Fair is very trendy, with an estimated 15,000 visitors in 2004. It is planned by a Committee of volunteers drawn from the many Downton village clubs & organisations on a non-profit making basis, with the income received from stallholders, sponsors & donations spent on running the fair. In 2004, over £3000 was spent on entertainment. Downton comes alive for the whole weekend, anyone staying on holiday in the area will be interested to know that there are a number of excellent associated events leading up to The Cuckoo Fair over the rest of the 'Mayday' Holiday.

    Street In Downton
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Downton Restaurants

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    by LouiseTopp Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The Bull on the Downton to Ringwood Road at a set of traffic lights, has been around for hundred’s of years. It has low ceilings, fireplaces & oak beams; it has a varied menu (all you can eat from £5.75), & good service. The Bull is owned by The Hop back Brewery ( there’s only one bar & is at the rear of the building. At the back is a large beer garden; at the front is a large area for cars to park. Relaxing accommodation can be found here, en-suit rooms can be found here from £35 per night. The opening times are 11am-11pm Monday to Sunday.

    Favorite Dish: Other pubs near bye in Downton are:

    The Kings Arms
    Bed & Breakfast: £25 per person per night
    Surcharge £10, single tenancy of twin room.
    9, High Street
    Tel: 01725 510446
    Tel & Fax. 01725 510446

    The White Horse
    The Borough
    Tel: 01725 510408

    The Wooden Spoon
    High Street

    The Bull
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Downton Nightlife

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    by LouiseTopp Written Nov 4, 2004

    The King's Arms is a village pub with a friendly environment, good beers & fine food. located in the Avon valley near to the New Forest. Log fires & beer garden. With scenes of the church the area is superb for walking & hiking, charming walks in the forest & water meadows. 6 miles from Salisbury with its cathedral & market. 30 minute from Bournemouth. The pub has a car park, real ales, dartboard, jukebox, Pool & Snooker, & services for the disabled. The pub is open Monday to Friday 11am - 3pm & 6pm - 11pm, Saturday 12-11pm and Sunday 12noon - 4.30pm & 7pm - 10.30pm. There’s also accommodation which is £15 per night. Telephone: 01725 510446 E-mail:

    Dress Code: The Bull is in The Borough near traffic lights on the Salisbury to Ringwood Road. There’s a large car park here and during the summer is nice to sit outside. There’s only one bar, but it’s very nice. B&B is £35 per night here. See for more info.

    The White Horse is said to be one of the oldest pubs in the area. Also in The Borough.

    There's also the Wooden Spoon which only opens in the late afternoon.

    The Kings Arms
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Downton Shopping

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    by LouiseTopp Updated Sep 21, 2004

    Here is what you can fins in Downton if you come to visit this charming village.

    • Downton Cross Roads Post Office - Post Office Confectionery & Newsagents.
    • Downton Tyre & Autocare - Retailer of Exhausts Tyres and Batteries. Auto and home supply shops / stores.
    • Revive Vending Ltd - Food Vending gear Wholesalers. Computer bits/software - Electrical repair shops.
    • Thoroughclean Services - Office and Shop Cleaning Services. Building cleaning / maintenance.
    • Anthony Hair Fashions - Unisex Hairdresser. Beauty shops.
    • Julia Gale Cake Decorations - Cake Decorating Equipment Retailers. Retail shops various.
    • Hair Design - Unisex Hairdressers. Beauty shops
    • Anthony Bass & Partner: Anthony J Bass - Opticians. Retail shops miscellaneous
    • Downtown Leisure Centre - Leisure and Recreation Centres. Membership sports clubs - Other amusement services
    • Tannery House Ltd - Medical Centre. Medical doctors
    • LloydsTSB plc
    • Downton Pharmacy
    • Chropodists - Angela Smith
    • Downton Surgery
    • Library -
    • Downton Memorial Hall - Function Rooms
    • The Sherwood Room – Weddings, Discos, Parties, Skittles, seminars & conferences.

    Snow in the centre of Downton
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Downton Local Customs

  • Downton Academy of Dramatic Art (DADA)

    Drama Classes aimed at 5 to 16 year olds. Thursday evenings throughout most term times 5.45 to 7.15 at Downton Baptist Church. Generally leading towards a production.

  • Downton band

    The precise origins of the band are unknown but it is normally thought it began from a village orchestra which had links with the local White Horse Friendly Society Band of Music as far back as 1873. It still has ‘associations’ with The White Horse public house today – (read into that what you will!) & indeed the band usually plays Carols & other...

  • The Downton Society

    The Downton Society was started in 1973, and has as its plans are: •To arouse interest in the village & its history. •To support high standards of planning in our village. •To manipulate the preservation & development of historic sites & buildings within our village.Some things about Downton you might not know.The Bull was fairly late in providing...


Downton Sports & Outdoors

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    by LouiseTopp Written Sep 21, 2004

    Services consist of:
    • Sports Hall - 5 badminton Courts
    • Fitness Studio
    • Sunbed
    • 2 indoor tennis courts
    • Meeting Room
    Ran by the Brian Whitehead Sports Centre Association by DC Leisure. The multi-purpose sports hall can host 5-a-side football, basketball, netball, badminton & children's holiday play schemes. For younger people there is Softplay Fun for under fives, & a selection of actions for 5-16 year olds.

    Equipment: Monday 08.00am - 10.00pm
    Tuesday 07.00am - 10.00pm
    Wednesday 08.00am - 10.00pm
    Thursday 07.00am - 10.00pm
    Friday 08.00am - 9.00pm
    Weekends 09.00am - 4.00pm

    Aerobics Tuesday &Thursday evening 7.00 - 8.00
    Members Free
    Non-members £3.75

    You don't have to be a member of the fitness suite to use the services, but joining could save you money. Single Annual £300.00
    Joint Annual £500.00
    Single Direct Debit £30.00 pm
    Joint Direct Debit £50.00 pm
    Pay as you Play fitness suite £4.75
    Induction (free for members) £15.00

    Tennis Courts
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Downton Favorites

  • Flooding in Downton

    THE floodwater may have gone, but it left behind a strong smell and chilling coldness in every Downton home it came to. After seeing the water at last drain away from their ground-floor rooms, villagers along the span of The Borough began the bleak chore of cleaning-up in the path of the most horrible floods in living memory. Inside a few hours of...

  • Downton Mass emigration

    On April 7, 1836, the community of Downton saw almost 10% of it's inhabitants leave in a town sponsored mass departure to the wilds of Upper Canada. 220 souls from the Wiltshire parish of Downton, along with 59 others from Standlynch & Whiteparish left on the 380 ton King William, which was chartered on behalf of the parish with the express idea of...

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