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DOUAI ABBEY

Douai Abbey is home to a community of monks of the English Benedictine Congregation. The monastery is under the patronage of St Edmund, King and Martyr, and was founded in Paris in 1615. Uprooted by the French Revolution it settled at Douai in Flanders, and finally returned to England in 1903, settling at Woolhampton in Berkshire.

** Until 1999 the community ran a school. Douai monks still maintain the other principal English Benedictine apostolate, serving the Church in parishes throughout England. At the monastery itself we welcome guests on retreats or courses, as well as those who seek merely some quiet time. There are facilities for conferences of modest size, and youth or chaplaincy groups. Our library and archive building houses a rich resource for study and research, and is open to researchers and students by application. From time to time we host a number of sacred concerts given by leading performers.

** However, the primary work of the monks is the regular celebration of the sung Divine Office and the Mass, and all such liturgical worship is open to the public. If you are a single Catholic man between the ages, generally, of 18 and 45 and wonder if you might be called to share our way of life, please do look at our information on vocations.

Between Reading and Newbury, West Berkshire

Tel:0118 971 5300
Address: Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Reading RG7 5TQ
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FORBURY GARDENS

Forbury Gardens is a delightful Victorian town garden, created at the height of the urban parks movement - they have recently undergone major restoration.

**They are located between the town centre and the ruins of the 11th century abbey, not far from Reading Station. The ornamental gardens have a wall around which provides a peaceful and tranquil retreat. There is a bandstand, and bands play every weekend in the summer. The Forbury Gardens is home to the famous Maiwand Lion statue.

**Although there are no formal children's facilities, the gardens are wonderful for play, and the kiosk serves coffee, ice-creams and light lunches. The gardens have been entered for three national competitions, and have so far won a Green Flag Award every year since re-opening, along with annual accreditation as a Green Heritage Site, the BALI award and Best Regional Park in the Britain in Bloom competition.

Central Reading

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GREYS COURT (NATIONAL TRUST)

A family home, delightful gardens and an idyllic setting - a peaceful estate set in the rolling hills of the Chilterns.

** This picturesque 16th-century mansion and tranquil gardens were home to the Brunner family until recent years.

** The house exudes a welcoming atmosphere with a well-stocked kitchen and homely living rooms. The series of walled gardens is a colourful patchwork of interest set amid medieval ruins.

** Other buildings from earlier eras include the Great Tower from the 12th century and a rare Tudor donkey wheel, in use until the early 20th century.

North of Reading, between Henley and Wallingford

Tel: 01491 628529
Address: Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4PG
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SHAW HOUSE

Shaw House is one of the best-preserved Elizabethan mansions in England. over the centuries the House has welcomed royalty, seen action during the Civil War, housed soldiers during World War II and schooled generations of local children.

** Shaw House is the perfect venue for conferences, meetings and training and is ideally situated in tranquil surroundings on the north side of Newbury, within an hour’s journey of London, Bristol, Oxford and the South Coast, and just five minutes from the M4/A34 junction. It’s a 25-minute walk from Newbury town centre and is accessible by public transport.
Near Central Newbury

Tel:01635 279279
Address: Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury RG14 2DR
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BUCKLEBURY FARM PARK

Bucklebury Farm Park offers a magical experience and a great value day out in the countryside whatever the weather, that will appeal to the whole family, friends, schools and clubs.

** 60 acres of park and farm land, including free tractor rides to see the red deer herd.

** Latest research shows that just five minutes of exercise in a “green space” such as a farm park can boost physical and mental health.* Interacting with animals is also proven to help us emotionally, lifting the spirits and giving an insight into the natural world.

** At Bucklebury Farm Park you can run, jump, swing, go-cart, de-stress and be out in the fresh air all year round and we are a great venue for Birthday Parties, educational School Visits, corporate days, special events and celebrations.

Bucklebury, west of Reading

Tel:0118 971 4002
Address: Bucklebury Farm Park, Bucklebury, Reading RG7 6RR
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