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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
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.
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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
Spectrum Leisure Complex, Guildford
Swimming, Ten Pin Bowling, Ice Rink, Health and Fitness, Sports Arena Tel: 01483
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
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
Come To The Award Winning
• Fancy Dress Costumes
• Balloon Gas Hire
• Adult Novelties
• Party Goods
• Balloon Decorations for
Weddings, Parties &
• Chauffeur Driven Cars &
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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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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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
SO MUCH MORE THAN A GYM
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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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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.
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:
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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ARMY GOLF CLUB
Laffan’s Road, Aldershot, Hants GU11 2HF
• Play a round of golf at Army Golf Club,
• 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
General market held in High Street on Thursday.
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.
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
without any artiﬁcial ﬂavourings. Other chinese restaurants around that are well
recommended are Wings, Farnborough and the Crab and Dragon, Camberley
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
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
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.
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
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
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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)
CLEANING SERVICES: Lets Clean (47)
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
RECRUITMENT & EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES: ISS Defence (57); Astor Care &
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
Local Towns & Villages .................... 60
Army Families Federation ................ 29
MHS Repairs .................................. 54
Army Welfare Service ...................... 24
NAAFI/Spar ................................... 11
Buses ............................................ 13
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
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.