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Local Towns and Villages   page 60
Leisure Facilities         page 61
Sporting Facilities        page 66
Things to Do and See       page 70

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               Local Towns and Villages
               Pirbright Village
               As well as supporting two pubs there is also the Post Office and the family butchers.
               The Lord Pirbright Hall is surrounded by plenty of open space along with a swing park
               and a duck pond and just along the road from here is the War Graves.
               Pirbright and District Social Club situated on The Green at Pirbright. Membership
               £3.50 regular entertainment, games, quiz and theme nights. Tel: 01483 473365.
               Supporting a number of shops including a chip shop, antiques shop, pet shop, Indian
               take away. Also situated in Brookwood is the main line train station.
               A small village location that has a Barclays Bank, library and a number of other shops
               including a flower shop, fruit and veg, post office, pet shop, and small supermarket.
               Just before Knaphill village is the large Sainsburys Supermarket and Homebase along
               with a large petrol station (the nearest to Pirbright).
               Woking has a rather large shopping centre which includes a Toys R Us, C&A and
               other large department stores, also an every day market.
               Bus services are quite regular into Woking from Slade Road and every 46 minutes
               past the hour.
               Guildford also has lots of nice shops though they tend to be spread over a wider
               area. Guildford is well worth a visit if not to shop then to look around its beautiful
               gardens in the Cathedral and quaint shops down cobbled streets, or visit the craft
               market every Saturday where you are sure to find some form of street entertainment.
               Steeped in history Guildford has something for everyone in the family.

               AWS Activities
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Leisure Facilities
Youth and Community Centre
Billesden Road, Pirbright, Woking, Surrey
Tel: 01483 798296 or military telephone (9) 4211 Ext 8296

Kids Karate 1700-1845 hrs Wednesday contact: Dean Howell Tel 01252 540785 or
Mobile 07850 489069.
Classes for children, taken by qualified instructor.
Thursdays - Justine Shand School of Dance - Justine Shand on 07980942377
Thursdays - Cadence Marching Band - contact Lou Carter on 01483 798296 or
Paul Newman on 07999529219.
Thursday Mornings – Rainbow Tots – contact the Community Development Worker
on 01483 798296

Leisure/Sporting Facilities
Spectrum Leisure Complex, Guildford
Swimming, Ten Pin Bowling, Ice Rink, Health and Fitness, Sports Arena Tel: 01483
Planets, Woking
Ten Pin Bowling, Darklight Laser, Arcades, Pool and Off Licence. Children’s parties
can be booked. Tel: 01483 727100
Woking Leisure Centre, Woking Park Tel: 01483 771122

   New Victoria Theatre, Woking                Tel: 01483 761144
   Guildford Civic Hall                        Tel: 01483 444555
   Electric Theatre                            Tel: 01483 444789
   Yvonne Arnaud Theatre                       Tel: 01483 440000
   The Ambassador Cinema (6 screens), Woking   Tel: 01483 761144
   Odeon, Guildford                            Tel: Filmline General Enquiries 01483 466356
   Cinema Bookings                             Tel: 0870 5050007

Garrison Community Centre
Newfoundland Road, Deepcut Camberley, Surrey GU16 6SY Tel: 01252 833351 or
military telephone (9) 4214 Ext 5351

Kids Karate 1700-1845 hrs Monday contact: Dean Howell Tel 01252 540785 or
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Mobile 07850 489069. Classes for children, taken by qualified instructor.

ESOL 1000 – 1200 hrs Monday – Friday contact: Traci Norrie Tel: 01252 833459
Youth Club 1800-1900 hrs Monday & Tuesday contact: Community Development
Worker Tel: 01252 833351
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               Jnr Football 1800 – 1900 hrs Tuesday contact: Mark Wilkinson Tel: 01252 838766
               or Ian Tyrell Tel: 01252 838892

               First Steps Baby & Toddler Group 0945 – 1115 hrs Tuesday & Thursday contact:
               Community Development Worker Tel: 01252 833351

               Just Dance - Justine Shand School of Dance 1500 – 1800 hrs Wednesday contact:
               Justine Shand Tel: 07980942377

               AWS Activities.

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                        • Fancy Dress Costumes
                          and accessories
                        • Balloon Gas Hire
                        • Adult Novelties
                        • Party Goods
                        • Balloon Decorations for
                          Weddings, Parties &
                          Corporate Events
                        • Chauffeur Driven Cars &
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                      Tel: 01276 38795
                           406 Yorktown Road
                        College Town, Sandhurst
                        (near back gate of RMA)
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               Around ATR Pirbright
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               Local Sports
               Farnborough & Aldershot are well served with first-class sports and leisure facilities
               – there are many leisure centres, swimming pools, golf courses, a dry ski slope and
               bowling facilities – there’s something for all tastes, regardless of age or ability. Have
               fun at one of the largest sports centres in Hampshire, the Farnborough Recreation
               Centre. It provides a pleasant, friendly and relaxed atmosphere and offers a swimming
               pool, children’s pool, excellent gymnasium and health suites, badminton, squash,
               projectile range, aerobics and lots more. New for 1999 is Starquest – an adventure
               play area for children aged from 5-12. It also provides a welcome respite for parents
               in the school holidays as it has a lot of activities and clubs for children!

               Army Sport Control Board
               Ministry of Defence, Clayton Barracks, Aldershot, Hants GU11 2BG
               For general information on sport in the Army, as well as details of annual fixtures in
               respect of the following events:
                   Football                     Rugby                 Cricket
                   Athletics                    Golf                  Lawn Tennis
                   Swimming                     Tug of War
               Contact the Chief Clerk of the Army Sport Control Board, on Aldershot Mil: 3569
               (Civ: 01252 348569).
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Sport England
If English sport is to continue thriving at all levels, it cannot afford to stand still.
Sport England, as the country’s premier sports development agency, has a great
responsibility – to the sportsmen and women it supports and to the public it serves.
As distributors of public money, including Lottery money, it is our duty to communicate
clearly with all our audiences so that they understand exactly what we do and exactly
what we stand for.
To this end, our public profile has been strengthened and simplified under the brand
name of Sport England. You will be seeing more and more of it and every time you
do, you will know that Sport England is lending its support and that your money is
being well spent.
Sport England’s objective is to lead the development of sport in England by
influencing and serving the public, private and voluntary sectors. Its aim is:
more people involved in sport
more places to play sport
more medals through higher standards of performance in sport
Sport England, South Region, 51a Church Street, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire
RG4 8AX. Tel: 0118 948 3311, Facsimile: 0118 947 5935,

The Aldershot Garrison
Sports Centre
Aldershot Army Sports Centre has been chosen as the training camp for the British
Olympic team ahead of London 2012. The Army’s Centre of Sporting Excellence has
many of the facilities in place for the 750-strong team that will descend on Aldershot.
1. The Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre (AGSC) is a Land Millennium project and is
a key component in the facilities that make Aldershot the Army’s Centre for Sporting
Excellence. The complex will be open initially for the use by military personnel and
entitled Civil Servants and their dependants but, as experience is gained, the wider
commercial opportunities will be exploited and local civilian sports clubs in Rushmoor
and the surrounding areas will be encouraged to use the Centre.
2. Primary Management (Aldershot) Limited (PMAL) have taken it over and have
appointed their member company Sodexho to run it on their behalf. The formal
opening of the Centre by the Secretary of State for Defence took place on 12 Jul 00.
The Centre
3. The £12.8m AGSC is an outstanding multi-functional training and sports facility. Its
key components are:
    a. Back to Back Sports Halls. The two sports halls can be separated by a curtain
    and are equipped to allow normal physical training activities and gymnastics.
    The floors are marked to enable 5-a-side soccer, volleyball, netball, basketball
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    and badminton to be played and there is a viewing gallery with space for 200
    b. Swimming Pool. The 50m 8-lane swimming pool, one of only 12 in the
    country, is equipped to allow a wide range of team and individual water sports to
    take place. It has 5 and 3m diving boards and a boom system which allows the
    pool to be divided into two 25m pools when necessary. The pool is fitted with a
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                    floating floor, which enables the shallow end depth to be varied from 0 to 2m. A
                    championship level timing system has been included along with seating space for
                    200 spectators and 100 competitors.
                    c. Squash Courts Complex. Six glass-backed squash courts have been included
                    in the Centre. Each has an umpires/markers platform and there is space for 100
                    seats for spectators.
                    d. Weights and Fitness Suite. The weights and fitness suite contains a wide range
                    of modern equipment including rowing machines, airsteppers, cyclone cycles,
                    powerjoggers and an 8-station multi gym.
               4. The support facilities within the complex including changing and showering
               facilities for 180, sports equipment, sports and pool stores and, offices for the
               reception and civilian management staff. In addition there are offices and changing/
               showering facilities for the PTIs from 7 RHA, 1 WG and 1 PARA/2 PWRR, the units
               for whom the Centre is their synopsis gym scale. There are vending machines and an
               associated sitting area for 70 and parking for 150 cars.
               5. The Centre is open initially from 0600hrs to 2200hrs Monday to Friday. Weekends
               0800-1800hrs. The swimming pool and courts will be booked for use by off duty
               married military personnel with their dependants, and, entitled married Civil Servants
               with their dependants between 1230-1330hrs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
               Block bookings for off duty single military personnel and entitled Civil Servants will be
               between 1230-1330hrs on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These times may be adjusted in
               the light of experience of the first three months use.
               6. Admittance to the AGSC is by appropriate MOD pass. All dependants aged 12
               and over will need an Aldershot Garrison Dependants pass to gain admittance into
               the Centre. Those under 12 will only be admitted when accompanied by an eligible
               adult. Application forms are held in all units. Paragraph three should be annotated
               “AGSC”. Completed application forms should be passed through the unit to the
               Garrison Pass Office who will arrange to call forward individuals for photographs.
               The completed passes will be sent back to units for issue.
               7. In due course, providing the correct notice is given and subject to the normal
               constraints on the booking of sports facilities in Aldershot, military sporting events can
               be included in the programme for the Centre outside these times and on weekends.
               Booking Procedures
               8. Sodexho operate a booking system on site and, with the exception of the launch
               time block bookings outlined above, all users must book in advance. Bookings will be
               accepted from units through nominated individuals and Service sports clubs. Bookings
               will be conditional upon the supervision guidelines and all regulations being followed.
               Bookings from individuals will be accepted for all facilities except the swimming pool.
               9. The Centre Chief Inspector maintains a list of all those entitled to book facilities
               in the complex on behalf of military units and sports clubs and will keep Sodexho
               informed. Single bookings for training use can be made up to one month in advance.
               Recurring and block booking requests are to be made through Sodexho who will co-
               ordinate requests with the CCI and issue the agreed programme. Military personnel
               may book facilities for private use no more than seven days in advance.
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               Telephone Numbers
               10. Telephone numbers in the Centre are as follows:
                   a. Centre Manager                    Mil: 2723 Civ 01252 347723
                   b. Reception/Bookings                Mil: 2724 Civ 01252 347724
                   c. Chief Instructor/PTIs office       Mil: 2725 Civ 01252 347725
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    d. Centre Storeman (Sgt Simpson):         Mil: 2728 Civ 01252 347728
    e. Fax                                    Mil: 2715 Civ 01252 347715
11. The opening of the AGSC marks a major step not only in the development of
Aldershot as the Army’s Centre of Sporting Excellence but also in the provision of
facilities for all those serving in Aldershot Garrison and their families. It is now up to
everyone to make maximum use of this outstanding facility.

Aldershot Tennis Centre
Princes Avenue, Aldershot, Hants GU11 2LD
Tel: 01252 343138
If you’re just a beginner or an expert Aldershot Tennis Centre is the place for you! We
coach players from the age of 3 to 80 on four indoor courts and ten outdoor courts.
Our coaching staff have an unsurpassed record of producing International and
County Standard players.
We run an all year programme of coaching and social events and we also have a
membership scheme that entitles you to free use of the outside courts.
During August we run our popular Summer Camps for children aged between 3 and
14. Don’t forget if you’re in the Army you and your dependants are entitled to free use
of the outdoor courts plus a 20% reduction on indoor court use.
To find out more about one of the best Tennis Centres in the country ring Clive Asprey,
Development Officer on 01252 343138. Our manager is Mr Allan Soul.
Energy Fitness Centre
Princes Avenue, Aldershot, Hants GU11 2LD
Tel: 01252 333189
Energy Fitness Centres believe in offering an unrivalled service within the fitness
industry. The two guiding principles we use in the provision of a fitness centre are:
     Affordable fitness for all,
     and Professional care and attention
With these two goals in mind we have built a chain of fitness centres that operate
with you, the client, in mind. Using the highest quality equipment and professional
instruction, we aim to offer you an unbeatable service at an affordable price. Whether
you are a serious athlete or someone who would just like to get into shape, Energy
can help.
Membership offers an extensive range of Fitness and Health related services:
     State of the Art Cardiovascular and Resistance Equipment
     Professional Qualified Fitness Team
     Fully Air Conditioned Gym
     Health Checks including, Cholesterol Screening and CHD Risk Analysis
     Personal Programmes
     Personal Training
     Beauty Salon
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     Free Parking
     Wide range of free classes
     Massage, Sports Injury Clinic, Reflexology
We are situated at the popular Aldershot Tennis Centre in Princes Avenue just off the
Queens Avenue, Aldershot. With free parking for over 200 cars, the Energy Fitness
Centre is the ideal training venue.
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               Aldershot Pools Complex
               Guildford Road, Aldershot, Hants Tel: 01252 313706
               Indoor Pool - open daily
               The Lido - One of the finest outdoor pools in the south of England. Weekends only
               through June, then 7 days a week from 01 July to the beginning of September.
               Connaught Leisure Centre
               Tongham Road, Aldershot, Hants GU12 4AS               Tel: 01252 344438
               Sports hall, gym, sunbeds, kids party treats, functions rooms.
               Aldershot is the site of the Alpine Ski Centre which has facilities to cater for all levels
               of expertise from enthusiastic beginners enjoying their first time “on the piste” to the
               next Olympic hopeful’s! Have a few lessons here before you hit the real slopes on
               your skiing holidays. It is fully floodlit so you can ski until late in the evening. There
               is also the Aldershot Lido said to be the largest outdoor lido in the South of England
               and features water slides, diving boards and a shallow area for younger children. An
               ideal place for a family day out during the summer.
               There is a leisure centre in Fleet, the Hart Centre, there is also the Arena at
               Camberley and the Farnham Sports Centre all of whom offer excellent facilities. Local
               community sporting facilities can be found at the Wavell-Cody Community Campus,
               the Connaught Leisure Centre, Frogmore Community Campus and the Oak Farm
               Community School.
               Quayside Watersports at Mytchett is an 80-acre site and provides a great venue for
               water skiing, windsurfing and ringoes.
               For the golf enthusiasts among you there are plenty of golf clubs for you to enjoy a
               “tee-off” from, Blackwater Valley, Bowenhurst Centre, Crondall, North Hampshire,
               Pine Ridge and Southwood to name a few. Southwood is a public course and
               is chosen each year to be a venue for one of the Hampshire PGA Pro-am golf
               Ten-pin bowling can be had at the Aldershot Bowling Centre and birthday parties can
               be arranged for the children and also at the Pine Ridge Centre, Camberley.
               There is also a karting centre, tennis centre and outdoor skate park in Aldershot which
               are all popular with young people.
               There is racing to be found at Tweseldown Racecourse, Church Crookham with many
               events to be enjoyed throughout the year.

               Leisure Centres
                   Arena Leisure Centre, Grand Avenue, Camberley
                   Tel: 01276 28787
                   Multi-purpose sports hall, health studio, sauna, swimming pools, spa and steam
                   room, squash courts and dance studio.
                   Farnborough Recreation Centre, Westmead, Farnborough
                   Tel: 01252 370411
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                   Swimming pool, “Jades” fitness suite, multi-purpose sports hall, green bowls,
                   martial arts, “Tumble Junction”, soft play area, Fit Kids, squash courts, creche and
                   Farnham Sports Centre Dogflud Way, Farnham
                   Tel: 01252 723208
                   Sauna and sunbeds, creche, swimming pool, multi-purpose sports hall, squash
                   courts, gym and air conditioned aerobics studio.
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    Hart Leisure Centre Hitches La, Fleet
    Tel: 01252 629974
    Swimming pool, badminton and squash courts, gym, health suite and aerobics.
    Lightwater Leisure Centre Lightwater Country Park, The Avenue, Lightwater
    Tel: 01276 472662
    Sports hall, gym, dance studio, all-weather pitch and tennis court.

Outside Farnborough and Aldershot
Bracknell has excellent leisure facilities – the Bracknell Sports and Leisure Centre has a
vast range of recreational areas and boasts three swimming pools, two large sports halls,
a fitness room and dance studio, together with a floodlit all-weather football/hockey
pitch and athletics track. Coral Reef, is an exciting leisure pool and is great fun for all the
family with waterslides, full-sized pirate ship, toddlers pools, wild water rapids, erupting
volcano and tropical rain cloud. Adults can relax and enjoy the tranquillity of Sauna
World. Bracknell also has the John Nike Leisuresport Complex, with an international size
ice rink, a 150-metre dry ski slope and nursery slope for beginners.
The principal sports venue in Guildford is the Spectrum and it is a regular host of
national competitions, for example, the British Gymnastics Championships. The centre
offers an impressive range of facilities, including an Olympic-sized skating rink, leisure
pool complex with flumes and slides, competition and diving pools, large bowling
alley and much more.
Useful Contacts
         Coral Reef                     Tel: 01344 862525
         Guildford Spectrum             Tel: 01483 443322
         John Nike Leisuresport Complex Tel: 01344 789000
         Tourist Information Centres    Aldershot 01252 320968
                                        Farnham 01252 715109
                                        Fleet 01252 811151

Places to Visit
How well do you know your local area? The Farnborough & Aldershot area has a
rich and fascinating history, which can be explored at local museums like Farnham
Museum and Surrey Heath Museum and other local places of interest. Take a day
out and delve into the past. For information about family attractions, see Family and
Children in this section.
Coral Reef
Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell.
Bracknell’s waterworld includes Wild Water Rapids, Snake River Flumes, full-sized
Pirate Ship and Sauna World.
Open: times vary – please call before a visit. Disabled access. Tel: 01344 862525
or 862484 (24 hour information line).
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Farnham Castle
Top of Castle Street, Farnham
Surrey’s only intact castle, built about 1138 and used by the Bishops of Winchester as
a fortified manor. Now a conference venue.
Castle open Wednesday 2-4pm, keep open daily April to end September.
Tel: 01252 721194 (castle) or 713393 (keep).
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               Farnham Museum
               Willmer Ho, 38 West Street, Farnham
               Set in an early Georgian building, the museum features fine carvings, panelling and a
               local history display. Regular changing exhibitions.
               Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm. Disabled access. Tel: 01252 715094.
               Royal Logistic Corps Museum
               Princes Royal Barracks, Deepcut, Camberley, Surrey GU16 6RW
               Tel: 01252-833371 Fax: 01252-833484
               The museum illustrates the work of the Royal Logistic Corps and its predecessors, the
               Royal Corps of Transport, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Royal Pioneer Corps, Army
               Catering Corps and Royal Engineers Postal and Courier Service. There are displays
               on the development of military logistics since the Middle Ages, including tableaux and
               an extensive military archive. Entry is free.
               Open:      Tuesday to Friday 10am-4pm
                          Saturday 12 noon-4pm (Apr-Sep)
               Closed: Mondays, Sundays and public holidays.
               The RLC Shop is located within the Museum selling items of uniform and souvenirs.
               The shop opening times are Mon-Fri 9am-3pm.
               Surrey History Centre
               130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND. Tel: 01483 594594
               The centre collects, preserves and makes accessible archives and printed material
               relating to Surrey.
               Army Medical Services Museum
               Keogh Barracks, Mytchett
               Contains more than 3000 items of military, medical and historical interest from 1660,
               including Napoleon’s cut-throat razor.
               Open Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4pm (closed Bank Holidays). Disabled access.
               Tel: 01252 868612.
               St Michael’s Abbey
               Off Farnborough Road, Farnborough, junction 4 off M3
               Home to a community of monks for the last 100 years, this magnificent abbey is well
               worth a visit and offers stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Disabled
               access. Open: Guided tours on Sat at 3.30pm. Tel: 01252 546106.
               Donations welcome.
               Surrey Heath Museum
               Knoll Road, Camberley
               Displays on local history and the environment of the Surrey Heath including the
               Highwaymen of Bagshot Heath.
               Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 5pm or by appointment. Disabled access. Tel:
               01276 707284.
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               The Gallery
               Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham
               Features a wide range of contemporary art and craft exhibitions in the east wing of
               the historic riverside Farnham Maltings Arts and Community Centre. National touring
               Open Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm and Saturday 10am - 1pm. Disabled access.
               Tel: 01252 726234.
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 Laffan’s Road, Aldershot, Hants GU11 2HF
• Play a round of golf at Army Golf Club,
  near Aldershot.
• Service personnel and their dependants can
  join at reduced rates.
• Societies and Green Fees are welcome.
• The Club has a refurbished clubhouse and
  restaurant catering for all needs.
• The well established course is in excellent
  condition and its reputation grows each year.
• The Club has a teaching professional, who
  runs a well stocked shop.

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     For more information contact:
    The Secretary on (01252) 337272
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               Family and Children
               There’s so much to see and do around Farnborough & Aldershot and it doesn’t have
               to cost a mint – there’s many attractions which are free or have a small entrance
               fee, so treat the children to a day of fun. Education them with a visit to Birdworld
               & Underwater World, or if the weather’s nice have a walk and a picnic at Trilakes
               Country Park or one of the local parks. For more ideas on days out see Places to Visit
               in this section.
               Birdworld & Underwater World
               3 miles south of Farnham, off the A325
               Rare and exotic birds from all over the world in 26 acres of garden and parkland.
               Adjacent Underwater World features a variety of tropical, freshwater and marine fish
               and alligators.
               Open daily from 9.30am, closing at 4pm in winter and 5pm in summer (beginning
               November to beginning December – weekends only). Disabled access.
               Tel: 01420 22838 or 22140.
               Frimley Lodge Park
               Off Sturt Road, Frimley
               Features 59 acres of grass meadows and woodland set alongside the Basingstoke
               Canal. Includes walks, miniature railway (operates 1st Sunday of each month) and
               children’s play area.
               Open all year from 7.30am to 30 minutes before sunset. Please call for details of
               disabled access. Tel: 01252 836970.
               Lightwater Country Park
               The Avenue, Lightwater
               Natural heath and woodlands covering 146 acres. Includes wildfowl, water and
               nature trails. Excellent views across the countryside are to be had from the vantage
               point of High Curley. Visitor centre with wildlife displays.
               Open all year dawn to dusk. Disabled access but some tracks more difficult.
               Tel: 01276 479582.
               Rural Life
               West of Tilford on Reeds Road
               Various displays including farming through the seasons spread over 10 acres of field
               and woodland. Also children’s playground, arboretum and miniature railway.
               Open Wednesday to Sunday 11am - 6pm and Bank Holidays. Disabled access.
               Tel: 01252 792300 or 795571.
               Thorpe Park
               Off the A320 near Chertsey, junctions 11 and 13 M25.
               There’s something for everyone at one of Surrey’s top attractions. From the lively
               Thunder River ride, Dino Bumper Boat ride, Dare Devil drivers, the all new Pirate’s 4D
               Experience to the highest log flume in the country.
               Open daily, mid March to November 10am - 5pm or later. Disabled access.
               Tel: 01932 562633.
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               Trilakes Country Park
               Yateley Road, Sandhurst. Set in a pretty lakeside location with lakeside walks, animals
               including donkeys, goats, chipmunks, sheep, pigs and rabbits. Bags of food can be
               bought to feed the animals.
               Open daily 1st April to 31st October 8am - 7.30pm. Disabled access.
               Tel: 01252 873191.
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Watercress Line –
The Mid-Hants Railway
Alton Station is the main station in Alton and Alresford station is located off the A31 in
the town centre.
Steam trains running through 10 miles of rolling Hampshire countryside between
Alresford and Alton.
Please contact for opening times. Disabled access at Alresford, not at Alton.
Tel: 01962 733810 or 734866.

Farnborough provides a unique shopping experience for shoppers with its three
separate malls. Kingsmead is an outdoor shopping mall which has recently been
bought and there are plans to refurbish it, along with its neighbour Queensmead
to provide a more modern and pleasing shopping experience.
At present Kingsmead is home touch names as Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins,
Argos and Sainsbury. There are plans currently being discussed to improve the
shopping facilities and maybe a new leisure complex.
Princes Mead is the newest shopping mall of the three and is home to Boots,
Body Shop, Mothercare, WH Smiths and some smaller, more original shops
including a jewellers, china and giftware shop, a picture shop and a luxury
chocolate shop! On the lower level of Princes Mead is an eating area where you
can buy baguettes, croissants or treat yourself to burger and chips at the ever-
popular Burger King. Just outside the mall is a large Asda superstore with clothes,
restaurant as well as household items, music and the local post office. There is
also the weekly market held in the car park next to Asda every Tuesday with lots of
bargains on offer.
Queensmead is the outside shopping mall which gives you Adams, Clarks, Dixons,
Lunn Poly, Burtons and Woolworths as some of its better known stores.
The centre of Aldershot reflects the Victorian heritage of the town which, combined
with up-to-date shops and modern facilities, gives Aldershot a unique character.
The Wellington Centre is home to a number of stores including Superdrug, Boots,
Mothercare, Argos, Peacocks and Wilkinson’s – the value-for-money household store.
It also has creche facilities. Marks & Spencer has been located just outside of the
Wellington Centre for many years. Just outside Aldershot is the large Tesco superstore
at Willems Park which is open until midnight Monday to Friday.
Camberley has a first-rate main square shopping centre with a few department stores
– A & N, Allders and Littlewoods and it houses some major names such as Next,
Virgin Megastore, Boots, Argos, River Island and much more. In 1998 it became
one of the first shopping centres in the area to become a non-smoking venue. It
has an upstairs eating area where you can choose from a variety of things for your
lunch, from jacket potatoes, salads and baguettes to pasta dishes and meatballs. Just
outside Camberley is the dual-sited Marks & Spencer and huge Tesco Superstore set
on the Meadows Complex which draws thousands of hungry shoppers from far
and wide.
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Fleet is fortunate to have the Hart Shopping Centre with ample parking in the
town and a regular open-air market on a Saturday where you can purchase many
bargains. Fleet is able to compete with other centres in the area offering WH Smith,
Boots, Adams and Evans to name a few. The main high street is host to stores such as
Somerfield, Woolworth, Iceland and there is also a McDonalds.
Farnborough Gate is a retail complex located just off junction 4 off the M3, and
features a drive-through McDonalds, Comet, Curry’s, Homestyle Fads, Halfords,
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               Carpetright and Courts.
               Blackbushe market is widely known across the South-East of England and is held every
               Sunday, except at Christmas. It is very large (over 1000 stalls) and gets very busy,
               however you can pick up many bargains, rugs, leather jackets, fruit and vegetables,
               clothes and lots more – whatever you want you are sure to find it.
               Farnham is a lovely, quaint and attractive market town. With its cobbled streets and
               Georgian architecture, it is a totally different shopping experience from other towns
               in the area. It has an unusual variety of unique shops including antiques, designer
               shops, arts and craft shops, art galleries and its home to the West Surrey College of
               Art and Design.

               Local Markets
               General market held in High Street on Thursday.
               Blackbushe Market
               General market held at Blackbushe Airport, A30 on Sunday.
               General market held in Knoll Road on Tuesday and Saturday.
               General market held adjacent to Asda car park on Tuesday.
               General market held in Civic Office Car Park, Harlington Way on Saturday.

               Marriot and Co, 26 West Street, Farnham. Tel: 01252 712083.
               South East Marts Auctioneers and Valuers, The Cattle Market, Slyfield Green,
               Guildford. Tel: 01483 447600.

               Eating Out
               Whatever your tastes may be – from the eclectic to the more sedate, there are
               numerous restaurants to cater for all tastes in the Farnborough and Aldershot
               areas. There are Chinese, Cantonese, Nepalese, Indian, Italian, Spanish, Greek
               – you name it – you can taste it somewhere!
               If you are a lover of Indian food, many Indian restaurants hold Sunday buffet
               lunches where you can eat as much as you like for a very reasonable set price.
               Some Chinese restaurants have a set menu on a Sunday at a reduced price, and
               the whole family can tag along.
               The Beijing Kitchen in Blackwater is a very popular Chinese Restaurant where you
               can eat as much food as you like from Sunday through to Thursday for a set price
               – as long as you eat each dish, then you can order more. Book in advance though,
               as it gets very busy. The Water Sky restaurant at Fleet serves excellent Chinese food
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               without any artificial flavourings. Other chinese restaurants around that are well
               recommended are Wings, Farnborough and the Crab and Dragon, Camberley
               amongst others.
               If Italian food is more your style, try the Villa Bianca, Frimley, there is Al Fresco and El
               Castello, Fleet, Sinuessa, Farnham and more.
               Dakotas at Fleet is a fun American-style restaurant which is great for kids parties
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and is set in a lakeside location. Sit out on the veranda in the summer and enjoy
a lunchtime snack or a main meal whilst looking out over the lake. They also have
theme nights at various times of the year. A wide variety of food is served and they do
great fajitas, whether your vegetarian or a meat eater.
The Quays at Mytchett is located next to a large lake and provides a great place
on a balmy summer’s evening to have a drink and sit outside and view activities
on the water. It is ideal for families as there is a children’s playground outside. It is
very popular with the younger generation in the summer evenings and thus gets very
A popular pub is the Monkey Puzzle at Southwood which has a large garden with a
climbing frame and serves pleasant food. The Old Ford at North Camp is good for
families and has a few animals and a large play area for the kids. Treetops restaurant
and Wacky Warehouse at Cove/Fleet Road, Cove is proving to be very popular for
families – the kids can run riot while you have a drink to calm your nerves – and then
pop in to Treetops which serves a wide variety of food to cater for all tastes and is
very well priced. The Cricketers at Bagshot is a Beefeater restaurant is also great for
Pizza, pasta and a fun night out can be had at Sinuessa’s restaurant at Farnham
– good food can be had at reasonable prices – especially the garlic bread which is
very moreish!
The Crab & Anchor, Southwood, formerly the Merlin (next to Safeway) serves a wide
variety of dishes from around the world. There is a cosy, friendly atmosphere and it is
reasonably priced.

                                    AWS Activities

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Outside Farnborough and Aldershot
Basingstoke is home to the Warner Village complex, with multi-screen cinema,
bowling and ice skating. There is also the Haymarket Theatre which stages various
productions throughout the year. Bracknell has The Point, which has a nightclub, 28
lane bowling alley, Italian restaurant and 10-screen cinema and at Guildford is the
Odeon which is also a multiplex cinema – there are no parking facilities but you can
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               park free of charge after 6pm in the adjacent multi-storey car park. There is also the
               Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and the Electric Theatre at Guildford. The Guildford Civic
               Hall hosts a wide variety of shows from comedy, dancing and music to children’s and
               family shows. A regular programme of events are to be enjoyed here.
               Nightclubs further afield include Utopia at Reading, CR’s, Bojangles and The Drink
               previously known as Harper’s at Guildford.
               At the Peacocks Centre, Woking you will find the Ambassadors with its theatres, the
               New Victoria Theatre which is well noted for its big name productions and the Rhoda
               McGaw Theatre and also its six-screen cinema.
               The Anvil in Basingstoke is the area’s largest international music venue.
               Local Entertainment
               Camberley Arts Link has a lively programme of entertainment and arts throughout
               the year from ballet, music, comedy and the ever-popular annual pantomime held in
               December – excellent for the whole family.
               The West End Centre is the local community arts centre in Aldershot. IT has a regular
               programme of exhibitions, plays, workshops, classes and concerts. It also stages many
               gigs, so if live music is your thing – this is the place to be!
               The Maltings at Farnham stages many popular events from craft fairs, book and
               antique fairs to live music, an annual beer festival and a regular programme of art
               Fleet is quite a lively social centre in the evenings. There are a wide variety of pubs,
               from the modern, trendy and busy – the Old Emporium, Harwoods, the Prince Albert
               and the Hogs Head alehouse who serve speciality beers and cider. Most of these pubs
               also serve bar food and snacks. The Oatsheaf pub, an older more traditional style
               of pub has recently been refurbished. For the younger generation who want to party
               the Cube nightclub, formerly known as the Warehouse is just around the corner. The
               Harlington Centre is an arts and entertainment centre providing exhibitions, shows
               and is home to a local dramatic society.
               The Lakeside Complex at Frimley Green is host to the annual darts championships
               at the beginning of the year. There is a family pub, entertainment hall, nightclub and
               hotel – all of which provide the ultimate in choice for a great night out.
               There is the ABC Cinema in Aldershot which shows the latest releases – they don’t
               have the comfort and glamour of the more up-to-date out-of-town multiplexes,
               however they do offer value-for-money tickets.
               Some of the other popular local nightclubs are Envy and JW’s at Camberley, Pantiles
               at Bagshot and Cheeks in Aldershot – some of which have theme evenings and
               happy hours. There is also Shotts which is a snooker hall/nightclub located near
               Tweseldown Racecourse, Church Crookham.
               Useful Contacts                                         The Anvil
                        Bojangles                                      01256 844244
                        01483 304202                        Tourist Information Centre
                        Cinderella’s                                   Aldershot 01252 320968
                        01483 531446                                   Farnham 01252 715109
                        Electric Theatre                               Fleet 01252 811151
                        01483 444789                        Utopia
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                        Guildford Civic Hall                           0118 930 4433
                        01483 444555                        Warner Village Cinemas
                        Haymarket Theatre                              01256 818448 or 818739
                        01256 465566 or 323073              Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
                        New Victoria Theatre                           01483 440000
                        01483 761144
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          Classified Index of Advertisers
This index provides a quick and easy way of locating any product or service
you require. Production of this Guide is made possible by the support of the
advertisers listed below and, in turn, it is hoped that all readers will lend their
support to these businesses.
ACTIVE FORCES after page 48
ANIMAL BOARDING: Spangleberry Kennels & Cattery (23)
BICYCLES: Camberley Cycles (58)
COUNSELLING SERVICES/HELPLINES: Connect Christian Counselling Service
(42); Army Alcohol Awareness (18); Surrey Alcohol & Drug Advisory Service (8)
DENTISTS: Highclere Dental Practice (8)
EARN & LEARN page 57
EDUCATION & TUITION: Brookwood Primary School (42); Children’s Education
Advisory Service (34); Cross Farm School (36); Early Years/Children’s Info Service
(Inside Front Cover); Lyndhurst School (41); Pirbright Ballet School (41); Sandringham
School (42); Woking College (37)
ENTERTAINMENT & LEISURE: Army Golf Club (73); Bob Potter Leisure Ltd T/A
Lakeside Country Club (62); Jo Jingles (42); Party World (62); The Look Out
Discovery Centre (63)
HEALTH SERVICES: Marie Stopes International (8)
HOTELS & PUBS: Bisley Pavilion Hotel (47)
MOTOR SERVICES: Bentleys Garage (58); Merityre Specialists Ltd (Inside Back
Cover); P Warren & Co Ltd (4)
NURSERY SCHOOLS & PLAYGROUPS: Cherry Nursery Group (34); Nursery on the
Green (36)
Nursing Agency (57)
RESTAURANTS & CAFÉS: Domino’s Pizza (Outside Back Cover)
RETAIL: Trends Furniture Centre (51); What Not’s (50)
SCHOOLS after page 32
SOLICITORS: Harris Fowler (Mostly Media Advertising) (51)
VETERINARY PRACTICES: Blackwater Valley Veterinary Centres Ltd (2)

                    SOUTH CENTRAL AT EASE after page 64
ENTERTAINMENT & LEISURE: Blackbushe Sunday Market; Aldershot Military
Museum; Coral Reef - Bracknell’s Water World; Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens;
Holme Grange Art Gallery (Holme Grange Craft Village); Mapledurham House &
Watermill; John Nike Leisuresport Complex (Nike Group Of Companies)
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     Handy Index                                              Leisure Facilities ............................. 61
                                                              Libraries......................................... 11
     AWIS............................................. 32
                                                              Local Towns & Villages .................... 60
     Army Families Federation ................ 29
                                                              MHS Repairs .................................. 54
     Army Welfare Service ...................... 24
                                                              NAAFI/Spar ................................... 11
     Buses ............................................ 13
                                                              Pharmacists.................................... 12
     Churches......................................... 9
     Colleges........................................ 37      Post Offices.................................... 12

     DE Ops Housing ............................ 44           Pre-School Groups ......................... 35

     Dentists ........................................... 9   Refuse Disposal .............................. 17
     Doctors ......................................... 10     Schools ......................................... 35
     Earn & Learn ................................. 57        Sporting Facilities ........................... 66
     Garrison/Station Amenities.............. 26              SSAFA Forces Help ......................... 17
     Guardrooms .................................. 11         The Place Where You Live ............... 60
     Helplines ....................................... 19     Things To Do & See ........................ 61
     HIVE.............................................. 31    Trains ............................................ 14
     Job Centres ................................... 11       UK & BFG Websites........................ 23
     JSHAO .......................................... 52

     Dial 999 (Civil) or 2222 (Military) ask for POLICE and state clearly the location of
     Military Police:
     Aldershot 94222 Ext 2323 mil or 01252 347323 civ

     Dial 999 (Civil) or 2220 (Military) ask for the FIRE BRIGADE and
     state clearly the location of Fire.
     Dial 999 (Civil) or 2222 (Military) ask for the AMBULANCE and state clearly the
     location of the patient.

     Emergency Call-out procedure by day
     For Gas Leaks at any time call TRANSCO on 0800 111 999
     For other emergencies, residents should contact the DE Ops Housing Pirbright on
     0800 707 6000 or your individual HO.

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