Alresford is the perfect place for strolling and there is plenty to please the eye

Alresford (pronounced Allsford) is a beautiful Georgian Town which for many centuries was a prosperous wool town. Old Alresford is mentioned in the Domesday Book but the present town of New Alresford did not come into existence much before 1200 at the time when the Great Weir was being built to create Old Alresford Pond as a fish pond for the Bishop's Palace at Bishop's Sutton and a reservoir for the mills along the Itchen. The colour-washed Georgian houses you see today rose from the ashes of great fires in the 17th Century but many retain their original 13th century cellars.

Now the home of the Watercress Line steam railway, so called because of its association with watercress farming, in what is now known as the UK's capital of watercress. The town hosts the annual Watercress Festival in May attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Voted Country Life's 'Favourite Market Town' in the south-east its specialist shops selling antiques, gifts, food, clothes for all ages, antiquarian books, pictures, china and crafts are a year round attraction

Alresford is the perfect place for strolling and there is plenty to please the eye - The Fulling Mill and Eel House along the riverside walk, St. John's Parish Church, the Millennium Trail and Old Alresford Pond, created by Bishop de Lucy, Bishop of Winchester, in the 12th century. Close by is Hinton Ampner House & Garden.

With pubs, hotels, restaurants and tea rooms, your every need will be satisfied. And don't forget to visit the Watercress Line steam railway that runs from Alresford to Alton through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside.

Alresford is the perfect place for strolling and there is plenty to please the eye

Alresford (pronounced Allsford) is a beautiful Georgian Town which for many centuries was a prosperous wool town. Old Alresford is mentioned in the Domesday Book but the present town of New Alresford did not come into existence much before 1200 created from the ashes of the great fires of the 17th century.

Now the home of the Watercress Line steam railway, so called because of its association with watercress farming, in what is now known as the UKs capital of watercress. The town hosts the annual Watercress Festival in May attracting thousands of visitors each year.



Autumn in Alresford

Come and find that special bargain or just enjoy browsing in the local specialist shops. Come anyway and enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate at one of the town's coffee shops or even take a break for lunch. Walk off the excesses round the Millennium Trail alongside the River Alre.
Have you booked that special lunch yet - if not book now at one of Alresford's many pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy anything from Pub Grub to bistro dining and la carte food.
Come and join the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks on November 5th but before that Alresford becomes a Ghost Town from 27 October to 1 November when everybody can enjoy the 'Great Ghost Hunt'.
Hinton Ampner House & Garden is now open all year round together with the shop and tea room. The Watercress Line will be running special events culminating with Christmas Specials during December.


 

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Events at Hinton Ampner 2013

More details & Booking

Servants Dinner

22 February: 7pm

Open Doors

2 - 8 March
Join us as we open up the treasures of Hinton Ampner.

Wine and Cheese Tasting

15 March: 7pm - 9pm

Photography Workshop

23 March & 26 April: 7am
Enjoy exclusive access to the grounds at Hinton Ampner with a professional photography.

Easter Egg Hunt

29 March - 1 April
Join in the Quest for the Giant Easter Eggs.

Entrance Hall Banquet

13 April: 7pm
A unique opportunity to dine in the Hall at Hinton Ampner.

Bluebell Walk

24 & 27 April: 1:30pm
Guided walk through the beautiful woodland at Hinton Ampner carpeted in Bluebells.

Afternoon Tea

Wednesday 12 May Sunday 16 June: 3pm - 5pm
Join us for an elegant afternoon on the Terrace.

Evening Garden Tour

22 May, 19 June, 17 July: 7pm 9pm

Fire anniversary

Wednesday 25 - 27 May
2013 is the 50th anniversary of Hinton Ampner's re opening after the devastating fire in 1960.

Wimbledon Tennis

24 June - 7 July
Volley on our Short Tennis Court.

Brass Band

6 July: 7pm
As the sun sets enjoy a picnic with Alder Valley Brass Band.
Annual 2014 Attractions at a glance.

12 - 21 April
Easter Days out with Thomas

18 May
Watercress Festival

7 June
Alresford Music Festival

15 June
Alresford 10k Road Race

9 - 17 August
Days out with Thomas

6 September
The Alresford Show

16 October
Fun Fair in Broad Street

5 November
Torch light parade & Fireworks

10 December
Arrival of Father Christmas

 

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