Downton, Wiltshire

Forthcoming Events:

Mon11 Dec 17Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm at The Band Hall
Tue12 Dec 17Good Companions Singalong
Tue12 Dec 17Downton Band Carol Concert - Charlton All Saints Church
Wed13 Dec 17Little Club Nativity with farm animals - Baptist Church Field - 9.30am
Fri15 Dec 17Christmas Country Market - Memorial Hall - 9.30 - 11am
Sun16/17 Dec 17St Laurence Christmas Tree Festival
Sat16 Dec 17Grand Christmas Downton Band Concert - St Laurence - 7.30pm
Tue19 Dec 17Good Companions Christmas Celebration - 2pm
Wed20 Dec 17Bowls Club Christmas Extravaganza - 10am
Fri22 Dec 17Last Country Market for 2017
Sun24 Dec 17St Laurence Christingle Service 5pm
Tue2 Jan 17Good Companions restarts
Mon8 Jan 18Downton Band Beginners Brass starts
Thu18 Jan 18Mystery in White - performed by DADA in the Baptist Church - 7.30pm
Fri19 Jan 18Country Market re-opens
Fri19 Jan 18Joint Church Service at the Baptist Church
Sat20 Jan 18Mystery in White - performed by DADA in the Baptist Church - 7pm
Sun21 Jan 18Church for everyone at St Laurence
Mon22 Jan 18United Service at St Laurence
Fri26 Jan 18"They were the first" in the Sherwood Rooms - 7.15 for 8pm
Sat27 Jan 18Moviola film
Sun28 Jan 18Family Tea Concert at St Laurence
Thu1 Feb 18Mystery in White - performed by DADA in the Baptist Church - 7.30pm
Sat3 Feb 18MNDA Coffee Day & Sale - 10-4 in the White Horse
Mon5 Feb 18Forest Edge Flower Arranging Society
Sat17 Feb 18Moviola
Thu22 Feb 18Horticultural Society talk - 'Birds in your garden' - 7.30pm Memorial Hall
Wed7 Mar 18Royal British Legion Meeting - 1930 White Horse
Thu22 Mar 18Horticultural Society talk - 'Chrysanthemums' - 7.30pm Memorial Hall
Wed2 May 18Royal British Legion Meeting - 1930 White Horse
Sat19 May 18Horticultural Society - Plant & Table-top Sale
Sat9 Jun 18Horticultural Society - Summer Show
Wed4 Jul 18Royal British Legion Meeting - 1930 White Horse
Sat1 Sep 18Horticultural Society - Autumn Show
Wed5 Sep 18Royal British Legion Meeting - 1930 White Horse
Wed7 Nov 18Royal British Legion AGM - 1930 White Horse

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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