Through the center of the town and beyond in both directions flows the Kennett-Avon canal.Its great to sit and relax in a bar and see a barge go by.............But doing it is better. You can hire barges for the day at around £100 and you can get up to ten people on them depending on the size so it ends up very cheap.All you need then is booze and...more
Go on - have a flutter.Best thing was watching my mother winning £200! Her face went through the whole range of emotions watching the horse come in.My son thought the big TV screen was good - you could see the car with the flashing light.Anyway, fine way to while away an afternoon (and a sum of money).more
Officially the Totalisator Board, affectionately "Nanny" or "the old nanny goat", the State betting operation is an alternative to the bookies. Instead of betting at fixed odds, you buy a share in the pool, which is then distributed to winners after a slice has been taken off. The dividends are not related to bookmakers' odds but to the total...more
You can just stand by the rails and watch the races if you want, but if you do you'll miss a lot.Before each race the horses are paraded before spectators by the stable lad or stable girl who looks after them. This is where you can get a good look at the horses and see how skittish they are or how well-prepared for the race. If you know what you...more
Although the traditional manual boards still dominate, with the odds being changed with a marker pen and a wipe of the bookie's sleeve, an increasing number are moving towards electronic boards driven by a keyboard.I mention this by way of a warning to photographers - you'll be using fast film at the course, but taking pictures of these boards...more
When you've decided which horse to back, and you've looked around the bookies for the one whose odds and honest look you fancy the most, just go up to him, give the number (not the name) of your horse, your stake and whether "win" or "each way". He will take your money and give you a receipt with the details of your bet. Hold on to this, and...more
Bath Road, Speen, Newbury, RG14 1QY, United Kingdom
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Old Oxford Road, Donnington, Newbury, RG14 3AG, United Kingdom
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Bowling Green Road, Thatcham, Newbury, RG18 3RP, United Kingdom
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Jade Cottage is centrally located in the main area of Thatcham.The food is great and they offer loads of vegetarian meals, childrens meals, special offers and all the traditional chinese meals.My personal favourites are the Crispy Duck rolls and the special fried rice.The restaurant itself is done in white decor with traditional chinese art on the...more
As with Disneyland, you aren't allowed to take food and drink into Newbury Racecourse (except for the Picnic Enclosure in summer, but you won't get a good view of the race from there.Instead there are food stalls around the Grandstand enclosure selling hamburgers, hot pies, shellfish and other finger food, and there are restaurants in the stands...more
Bar Cuba is where all our local friends go for a dance and to listen to the cool tunes by the many local DJs who pump out all kinds from Hard House to easy beats.
There is not much seating in the frount (by the dance floor) but if you are lucky enough to grab the couches there stay there all night!!
There is pleanty of seating in the back but most people spend all night on the dancefloor anyway!!
Drinks are reasonably priced and the wait at the bar is not long.
Dress Code: Girls - Anything really , Guys - no white soled shoes, tidy clothes
These are not normally available at course bookmakers but are common bets at off-course bookies. Sometimes I enjoy having a Patent to add some spice to a dull afternoon at work, though I'm not adventurous enough for the more elaborate bets! When combinations come off you can make a lot of money - though it's more likely that you will get a small...more
The simplest bet is to win - that is, you stake a sum on your fancied horse and if it wins you collect your stake plus a bonus according to the odds offered - if you bet one pound on a horse quoted at 7-1 you get your one pound back plus 7 pounds from the bookmaker.An Each Way bet is in fact two bets, one to win and one to place. It's a kind of...more
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Spread betting has become very fashionable in recent years, and if you are really serious about making money it is one way to do it - but it is dangerous and you can lose very heavily too.With fixed-odds betting the worst that can happen is that you lose your stake, but with spreads you stand to lose a lot more. Don't touch it unless you really...more
Bet for fun, not for profit!Betting on the races gives you an interest in and an edge to the action. But don't expect to get rich, you won't.A very few professional gamblers make a living out of betting on horse racing. Generally they do it by being well in the know and staking very large sums at very short odds on near certainties in obscure races...more
My boyfriend has lived in Newbury/Reading for over 20 years and did'nt know this was here!!
Just a short ride up the hill from the town centre you get to Donnington Castle.
The striking twin-towered 14th- century gatehouse of this castle, later the focus of a Civil War siege and battle, survives amid impressive earthworks.
The view from up here is great too!
1 mile N of Newbury off B4494 (OS Map 174; ref SU 461)
I went to Newbury to go horse racing to watch the Hennesy Gold Cup meeting.It was a great day out except for the lack of winners, although we did miss the first race as we were still in the pub.
The journey there and back was fun as well, if anybody had seen us they would have fallen about laughing, 3 men in suits sat on a settee in the back of a transit van.
Equipment: A pair of binoculars would be handy to see the far side of the course.
National Hunt racing usually involves jumping over some kind of obstacles, do it is often referred to as Jumps racing. The races cover longer distances than the Flat, and the winter conditions are often difficult. Tactical racing is the order of the day, rather than going flat out for speed, so races make a fascinating study for those with eyes to...more
Flat racing is the kind of horseracing familiar in the rest of the world, where you find the multi-millionaire playboys, and takes place in the summer, partly because the harder ground suits this kind of racing and partly because its personalities spend the winter swanning around Dubai and elsewhere.Flat races tend to be short in distance and...more
There are two kinds of professional racing in the UK - the Flat, under the auspices of the Jockey Club, and National Hunt. Queen Elizabeth is a noted and enthusiastic owner and racer of Flat horses and can sometimes be spotted at big meetings, in a headscarf inconspicuously inspecting the horses. Her mother, who died in 2002, was a celebrated...more