Forthcoming Events:

Tue 26 MarTalk at Good Companions - "A collection of powder compacts"
Wed 27 MarLocal Dining Out Group – Coach & Horses, Cadnam
Thu 28 Mar7.30pm - Horticultural Society Talk - Birds in our Gardens in Spring, Memorial Hall
Sun 31 MarOne Church Family Service at St Laurence – 10am
Thu 04 AprDADA Murder Mystery Radio Play, Baptist Church
Sat 06 AprParish Council Surgery, Memorial Hall - 9-10am
Sat 06 AprDADA Murder Mystery Radio Play, Baptist Church
Mon 22 AprEaster Egg Hunt in the Moot, gate opens 10.45am
Sat 27 AprMoviola - Memorial Hall 7.30pm - Bohemian Rhapsody
Sun 28 AprSt Laurence Church AGM – 11.30 in the Church
Wed 01 MayRoyal British Legion meeting - 7.30pm White Horse
Sat 04 MayCuckoo Fair
Thu 09 MayDADA "Winnie the Pooh" - Baptist Church at 7pm
Sat 11 MayHorticultural Society Table Top & Plant Sale
Sat 11 MayMotor Neurone Disease Association Coffee Morning – White Horse 12.00 noon – 4.30pm
Sat 11 MayDADA "Winnie the Pooh" - Baptist Church at 6pm
Sun 19 MayWildlife event to be held in the Moot on the 19th May 12.00 - 4.00
Thu 23 MayDownton Society AGM - Memorial Hall Bonvalot Room, 7.30pm
Sat 08 JunHorticultural Society Summer Show
Sat 22 JunSt Laurence Church Fete
Wed 03 JulRoyal British Legion meeting - 7.30pm White Horse
Sat 31 AugHorticultural Society Autumn Show
Wed 06 NovRoyal British Legion AGM - 7.30pm White Horse
Thu 21 NovHorticultural Society AGM

Downton is a large ancient Wiltshire village situated 6 miles south of Salisbury, just outside the New Forest National park. It is a thriving community having its own schools, shops, pubs and businesses, village hall and recreation areas – including a football pitch, bowling green and leisure centre with a gym and tennis courts. There are over 20 clubs or societies and a popular village band. Every year the Cuckoo Fair attracts around 20,000 visitors to over 250 craft and other stalls, plus live music, dance and other entertainments. The village is also well known for its fishing, its award winning local brewery and as a centre for exploring the River Avon and New Forest.


People have lived in the Downton area for over 7,000 years, and evidence of Iron Age, Roman and Saxon settlements has been found. Early Neolithic finds and the remains of a Roman Villa (including a fine mosaic) are in Salisbury Museum.

The village of Downton has the earthworks of a Norman motte and bailey castle lying within 18th Century Moot landscaped gardens overlooking the river. The Moot is a scheduled monument and part of the village is a conservation area containing over 80 listed buildings.

Evidence of recent economic history (such as tanning and corn milling) can be seen in the old buildings and the mills that used to power local industry.


The Parish of Downton, sitting in the Avon Valley landscape, is characterised by chalk downlands and water meadows. It is predominantly rural with a landscape developed over many centuries of human activity. The village of Downton, straddling the River Avon, is an historic crossing point towards the southern end of the parish, .

To the north of the parish is the residential hamlet of Charlton All Saints, and to the east of the parish is Standlynch, additionally there are farms and scattered buildings within the rural area including the historic Trafalgar Park House.

This site will ease access to the many specific websites relating to Downton (see Links), and provides a summary of amenities, facilities and events all in one place. To ensure your Event gets included, use the “Contact Us” page.

Downton Village

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