|Sat||21 Oct 17||Footpath Group Walk|
|Sat||21 Oct 17||Moviola - Viceroy's House|
|Thu||26 Oct 17||DHS Talk on sweet peas, Memorial Hall 7.30pm|
|Sat||28 Oct 17||Textile Fair at Landford|
|Sun||28/29 Oct 17||Downton Art Group Show Annual Exhibition - 10-4 - Memorial Hall|
|Sun||29 Oct 17||Downton Churches Together - joint service at the Baptist Church|
|Wed||1 Nov 17||Royal British Legion AGM - 1930 White Horse|
|Wed||4/11/17||St Laurence Church "Awayday"|
|Sat||4 Nov 17||Footpath Group Walk|
|Sat||4 Nov 17||Bonfire & Fireworks - White Horse 6pm|
|Mon||6 Nov 2017||Forest Edge Flower Arranging Society|
|Fri||10 Nov 17||Downton Link AGM|
|Sat||11 Nov 17||Remembrance Day - Borough Cross - 11.00am|
|Sat||11 Nov17||MNDA Coffee Day & Sale - 11-4.30 in the White Horse|
|Sun||12 Nov 17||Remembrance Parade and Church Service - start Memorial Hall 10.00am|
|Thu||16/11/17||Brian Whitehead Sports Centre Social Club AGM|
|Sat||18 Nov 17||Footpath Group Walk|
|Sat||18 Nov 17||Moviola - Going in style|
|Mon||20/11/17||Downton Evening WI meeting|
|Thu||23 Nov 17||DHS AGM and Christmas Event, Memorial Hall 7.30pm|
|Sat||25 Nov 17||Downton4Family Christmas Craft Fair - 11-3 - Baptist Church|
|Sun||26 Nov 17||Downton Bridge Cleaning Extravanganza|
|Sun||26 Nov 17||Final deadline for Christmas Tree Festival entries|
|Sun||16/17 Dec 17||St Laurence Christmas Tree Festival|
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, and the Avon Valley landscape in which it sits, is characterised by chalk downlands and water meadows. It is predominantly rural with a landscape developed over many centuries of human activity. Towards the southern end of the parish, the village of Downton, which straddles the River Avon, is an historic crossing point.
Charlton All Saints to the north of the parish, and Standlynch to the east, are residential hamlets, and 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.
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