Type:Towns & Villages

Thatcham, Berkshire


Thatcham is a town in the historic county of Berkshire and is situated just three miles east of Newbury.

The area has evidence of occupation dating from prehistoric times and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the strongest claimant to being the oldest continuously inhabited place in Britain.

The town had a period of great prosperity around 1304[ when the Chapel of St. Thomas the Martyr on the A4, now called the Old Bluecoat School, was constructed and the population was even larger than Newbury's.

Things to do in Thatcham

Thatcham is home to the beautiful Hosehill Lake which is also a local nature reserve. The path around the lake is a mile long and rustic seating and bird viewing areas at frequent intervals give the visitor time to stop and reflect.

The town also has Padworth Common situated in the heart Thatcham. The common is a rural local nature reserve ideal for those looking for a peaceful, relaxing visit. Covering 28 hectares, the site is served by a network of paths that run through a variety of habitats including heath land, woodland, ponds and wet alder-lined gullies.

Why not visit the Roots Garden Centre who work hard to provide a good choice of garden supplies from plants through to paving at highly competitive prices.

If you're looking for more of a family fun day out then look no further than Newbury Racecourse which is just situated up the road from the town.

The racecourse is one of the most famous and prestigious racing venues in the UK, providing world class racing, hospitality and excellent facilities for conferences and events.

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