You don’t have to walk far along the Kennet and Avon Canal before encountering one of the many concrete pillboxes positioned along its north bank. Why are there so many and what was their purpose? Once upon a time you would have seen a set of dragon’s teeth in Victoria Park. How might they have caused a problem for German tanks? And why did Newbury Racecourse have 37 miles of rail track running across it?
Greenham Control Tower has a new exhibition entitled Newbury Area in WW2.
Trial re-opening 8th/9th August
Official re-opening 15th August.
They were unable to launch this carefully researched exhibition on VE Day back in May but visitors will be welcomed into the Control Tower from the 75th anniversary of VJ Day on 15th August.. Free guided tours (6 people max. in each group) will be offered at 40 minute intervals. No prior booking is necessary. They are confident that this fascinating exhibition will hold a few surprises for everyone. Another new addition to this historic site is a specially commissioned control desk which has been installed in the observation deck. Visitors will not only be able to enjoy the fantastic views from the glass cupola but track local aircraft movements and get a hands-on experience of what the tower was built for. The new terrace furniture allows visitors to enjoy the snacks and refreshments from the outdoor café.
Tours will be available from 11.00 – 2.30 on Saturdays and Sundays. The café will be open from 10.30 – 3.00 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays