Hungerford – A great English destination town

on 14 January 2014.

Agriculture – a career opportunity for Hungerford’s young people? MP Richard Benyon with some hard working pedigree Herefords.

“Hungerford has a timeless quality that is essentially very English – it is like an idyllic town created for TV – except, of course it is very real,” says our MP, Richard Benyon

In the first of our interviews with Richard, Hungerford Townsite asked him about his views of Hungerford.

“ It has always been a thriving town with a wonderful streetscape. Its High Street is a unique blend of shops, businesses and residential which all adds to the town’s special vibrancy for visitors and tourists.

“Visitors soon discover that there is much more to Hungerford than they might think. More than antiques, the town has fascinating specialist shops and restaurants – and it all sits in some of the most beautiful countryside.

Design Statement

“The streetscape is Hungerford’s lifeblood and there is a design statement which applies to the quality of new development and the refurbishment of existing buildings but I believe that any future development plans for Hungerford is a matter where the voice of local opinion must be heard,

“The High Street mix has a unique atmosphere and we need to keep that feeling of being special whilst understanding that visitors demand choice and balance in their retail experiences here. There is always a risk of any High Street becoming filled with charity shops and financial services and although these are important to any town, Hungerford has to be aware that it doesn’t have to be a slave to fashion and has to stay confident in its special position.”

Concerns for the Future

“One of my worries for Hungerford is that the town’s young people can continue to afford to live and work in in the town,” says Richard.

“In a way Hungerford is a victim of its own success. It is located in an area of strong economic growth and has many innovative, successful and buoyant businesses (as Hungerford Townsite will continue to feature) plus a lot of varied commerce in, for instance, agriculture and equestrian sectors.

“As the economy strengthens and confidence increases it is my hope that the town will be able to create the opportunities for young people to continue to be Hungerford Generations – educated, working and living in the town.”

Open Studio at Little hidden farm
Local artists Sue and Claire Acworth are participating in Marlborough Open Studios: an event where artists across the North Wessex Chalk Downs (AONB) open their studios for members of the public to come and view their work in its natural setting.

Beautiful Neranjo Limestone: 20% off
Treat your home this summer with these beautiful flagstones in Neranjo limestone.

Three Swans exclusive: 25% off your food bill
The Three Swans in Hungerford are offering a sizzling summer deal this month for Townsite readers.

Getting to know you… Cobbs, much more than a farm shop
As you walk into Cobbs newly refurbished and extended café, it’s easy to see why this business is thriving.

Get pampered at Donnington Grove
This month Donnington Grove Hotel has revealed its grand opening of Avalon Retreat: a purpose built new salon set in the grounds of this beautiful hotel.

#2 laid back honeymoon ideas 2018
Pick an idyllic spot in the Mediterranean, combine it with panoramic coastal walks, snorkeling and beautiful turquoise waters to make it a perfect honeymoon!

Freedom of the town awards
Last month, three upstanding citizens from our local community: Norman Barr, Chris Scorey and Catherine Wooliston were presented with the prestigious Freedom of the Town award for 2018, recognising their unique contributions to Hungerford.

Luxury honeymoon on a budget
Are you getting married over the Christmas period in 2018? Fare Wise Travel are offering an exclusive 7-night winter beach-chillout honeymoon with an all-inclusive luxury package.

Open garden for good cause
On Saturday 7th of July, 76 High Street Hungerford will be opening its secret garden for a day of fundraising fun!

Honeymoon? You need a honeypot!
Over the last century newlyweds have been evolving, much rarer is the trepidation of a blushing bride about to leave her family home for the first time.

18 idyllic championship holes
Once considered the preserve of retired bank managers, the game of golf has been re-branded for a new generation and not only now has mass appeal, but in certain quarters is even considered quite groovy

Those of us who live here don't have to think twice, we love it and, you've had a job to persuade us to go elsewhere.

Compared to many towns, Hungerford High Street is in good shape. It is better now than it has been for years...

Walking in the beautiful areas of outstanding natural beauty in and around Hungerford is a very special experience.

Next time you visit Littlecote House keep a wary eye out for ghosts. That black dog you see on the stairs may not be all it seems!

Enjoy your visit and don't foget to let us know how it went