Local Area Information

Goring has its own Railway Station approximately 1.45 miles distant, with car parking from £2.80 per day and quick easy access to London and Oxford (40 minutes by direct fast train from Reading, and 1 1/4 Hours from Streatley to London).  The village shops, approximately 20 minutes walk away, include food store/newsagent, chemist, gift shops, cafes and a bank. The wider surrounding Chilterns is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with many picturesque villages. The Old Stables is within walking distance of restaurants including English, Chinese and Indian and many public houses. 

Noteworthy is The Bull Public House in Streatley where a local nun had a clandestine meeting with a novice monk. The errant pair were caught and slain for their crime. Two yew trees were planted over their graves in the grounds of the Bull which remain to this day with a plaque to mark the spot. Legend dictates that on the anniversary of their execution, two figures rise from the graves.

The Old Stables is well placed for sightseeing being located midway between the Cotswolds, Oxford, Windsor, Henley on Thames and London. Reading and The Oracle shopping centre is 9 miles distant, Oxford 20 miles, Windsor 34 miles, London 54 miles.

There are several National Trust and Country Houses within easy driving distance, with Basildon House right on our door step and within walking distance (Basildon House was used as the film set for Grantham House in the Downton Abbey Christmas special).

*www.nationaltrust.org.uk/basildon-park

*www.mapledurham.co.uk

*www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden

*www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greys-court

*www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nuffield-place

A Selection of Activities and Places to Visit in the Vicinity Includes:

(* Suitable for a rainy day)

Open air splash pool and heated open air swimming pool on the banks of The Thames (Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford)

Lagoona Aquapark - www.lagoonaaquapark.com - inflatable water park

*Rivermead Leisure Centre Swimming Pool - https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/reading/rivermead-leisure-complex

*Pendon Museum - www.pendonmuseum.com - 1930's rural model village

Donkey Sanctuary - www.donkeyrescue.co.uk

Paintballing - www.paintball.co.uk/ Reading

Beale Park Wildlife Park - www.bealepark.co.uk - animals, gardens, play and activities including a seasonal paddling pool

Wellington Country Park - www.wellington-country-park.co.uk - activities include nature trails, animal/petting farm, sand pits, water play, miniature railway, mini golf

*Museums - Oxford, including highly recommended, refurbished Natural History Museum - www.oum.ox.ac.uk

              - Reading

              - Newbury

Reading Abbey Ruins - www.readingabbeyquarter.org.uk

*Oxford Castle Unlocked - www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk - Costumed character tours of the castle, debtors tower, and prison.

Oxford Guided Ghost Walks - www.oxfordghosttours.com

*Oxford Ice Rink - www.fusion-lifestyle.com/centres/Oxford_Ice_Rink

* Stonor Park - http://www.stonor.com

* Dorchester Abbey - http://www.dorchester-abbey.org.uk

*Bracknell Ski Slope and Ice Rink - http://jnlbracknell.co.uk

*Cinemas (Reading, Wallingford, Oxford, Henley on Thames)

Thames River Cruises - www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk

Boat and Paddle Board Hire, Benson Waterfrontwww.avboats.co.uk

*The Living Rainforest - www.livingrainforest.org - Home to 700 species of plants and animals. Watch birds, butterflies and lizards roam free in tropical glasshouses.

Bucklebury Farm Park - www.buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk

4 Kingdoms Animal & Adventure Park www.4-kingdoms.co.uk

Newbury Racecourse - www.newbury-racecourse.co.uk

Harcourt Arboretum - www.harcourt-arboretum.ox.ac.uk

Didcot Steam Railway - www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk

Experience handling/hunting days and evenings - www.hawkwalk.org 

Cullinghood Riding Centre - www.cullinghood.co.uk (Hacking for beginners and experienced riders)

Streatley and Goring Golf Club - www.goringgolf.co.uk

The Springs Golf Clubwww.thespringsgc.co.uk

*Lookout Discovery Centre - www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/thelookoutdiscoverycentre (Hands on Science and Nature Activities)

Agatha Christie Trail - https://www.wallingford.co.uk/files/agatha_walks.pdf

Coach and Personal Tours including The Cotswolds, The Midsomer Murders Trail and Downton - www.visitmidsomer.com/explore-midsomer

Agatha Christie Trail - www.wallingford.co.uk/files/agatha_walks.pdf

Swan Upping - 16th-20th July 2018 (Goring Loch dates & times to be announced) - www.royal.gov.uk/royaleventsandceremonies/swanupping/swanupping.aspx

Goring Gap Festival (Arts) - 14th-17th June 2018 run biennially alternating with the Goring Gap Festival (Food)

Goring & Streatley Regatta - biennial event - 2019 date to be announced - www.goringgapbc.org.uk

Goring 10k - 2018 cancelled - www.goring10k.co.uk

Henley Regatta - 4th-8th July 2018 

Henley Festival - 11th-15th July 18

Henley Rewind Festival - August 18

Thames Path Challenge - 8th-9th September 18

Slightly Further Afield but within Driving Distance (Up to 1 hour approx):

Legoland Windsor - www.legoland.co.uk

*Coral Reef Swimming Pool - www.everyoneactive.com/centre/coral-reef-waterworld

*Bicester Designer Outlet - www.bicestervillage.com/en/home

*Swindon Designer Outlet - www.mcarthurglen.com/en/outlets/uk/designer-outlet-swindon

Lapland UK - www.laplanduk.co.uk

*Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter - www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/home

*Windsor Castle - www.windsor.gov.uk/things-to-do/windsor-castle-p43983

Cotswold Wildlife Park - www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk

Mini Tank Experience - www.minitankelite.co.uk (minimum age 8 years)

Stonehenge - www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/stonehenge

Bekonscot Model Village - www.bekonscot.co.uk

*Highclere Castle (Home to Downton Abbey) - www.highclerecastle.co.uk

*Blenheim Palace - www.blenheimpalace.com

Waterperry Gardens - www.waterperrygardens.co.uk

Uffington White Horse - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/white-horse-hill

Avebury - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury/

Farnham Bird World - www.birdworld.co.uk

Slightly Further Afield but within Driving Distance (Up to 1 ½ hours approx):

Thorpe Park - www.thorpepark.com (1 hour 5 mins)

Chessington World of Adventures - www.chessington.com (1 hour 15 mins)

Marwell Zoo - www.marwell.org.uk (1 hour 10 mins)

Bath

Stratford Upon Avon

The New Forest

Cotswold Farm Park (Rare Breeds and Home to Adam Henson from Countryfile) - www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

Bournemouth (2 hours)

Whats On in Goring & Streatley