The Village of Aldbourne

The village of Aldbourne lies within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

It is a sizeable village of just under 2000 inhabitants and is complete with all the essential village ingredients:- an active village green, shops, places to eat and drink and plenty of entertainment throughout the year.

"What a lovely cottage, everything all so well designed and overthought.  Good energy here!  We hope to be back next year to satisfy our new addiction: crop circles!"

 

Visitors from Holland, July 2012

 

PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK

The Blue Boar is open daily and has a wonderful setting overlooking the village green. It serves meals and bar snacks both at lunchtime and in the evenings and has a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits. They hold a twice yearly beer festival, usually in April and October.

www.theblueboarpub.co.uk

01672 540237

The Crown in The Square is run by Alan and is open daily from 12 noon until late. Pizzas cooked in a wood fired oven are served in addition to a daily lunchtime and dinner menu. It hosts a weekly quiz night on a Tuesday and often has live music both inside and outside in the beer garden.

www.thecrownaldbourne.co.uk

01672 540214

The Post Office Cafe is open from 8.00am until 4pm every day except Sundays. Hot and continental style breakfasts are served from 8.00 until 11.30am and from 11.30 until 4pm they serve lunches, with hot food available until 2pm. Delicious homemade cakes and coffee, tea and soft drinks are available all day. There is both indoor and outdoor seating. Breakfast hampers can be ordered in advance.

01672 541353

ENTERTAINMENT

Aldbourne is a very social and active community and the following is just a selection of some of the things on offer throughout the year. For more information, please visit the village website www.aldbourne.net

  • Community Fairs selling homemade foods and craft items, three times a year on the village green (April, July and October).
  • Aldbourne Carnival week (last week in August, first weekend of September)
  • Aldbourne Feast – funfair that comes to the village for two nights always on the last Monday and Tuesday of July.
  • Aldbourne Brass Band concerts – The acclaimed village brass band gives free concerts in The Square on the first Sunday evening of June, July, August and September.
  • Children's playgrounds, BMX bicycle jumps and zip wire.
  • Free tennis court.
  • Library.

SHOPPING & OTHER SERVICES

The Post Office & General Stores are open daily for food, drink, newspapers, cafe and can take advance orders. They specialise in fine wines and delicatessen products.

The Co-op shop is open 7am - 10pm every day of the week. Food, drink and newspapers.

The Gallery Hair Salon in The Square is open Tuesday to Saturday. It offers hair cutting, colouring and styling and has a nail bar service.

The Four Barrows Clinic in The Square offers beauty treatments, massage and acupuncture.

ALDBOURNE'S FAMOUS CONNECTIONS

THE BAND OF BROTHERS

During the Second World War, the village was home before and after D-Day to men of the USA's 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. Easy Company, as they were known, became famous when their story was published in 1992 by Stephen Ambrose as 'Band of Brothers'.

Many American veterans have maintained links with the village and the Screaming Eagles World War II living history group regularly visit the village, recreating the look and feel of American soldiers of the early 1940s.

DR WHO

During 1971, the village was used extensively as a location to film a series of Dr Who called The Daemons. Starring Jon Pertwee as Dr Who, the church, The Green, The Blue Boar (renamed The Cloven Hoof for the programme) all featured in the series.

THE COUNTRYSIDE

Aldbourne is surrounded by wonderful walking and cycling countryside, including the Ridgeway which crosses through the parish.

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