Places To Visit Nearby

Planning your visit to Bonfire

Here at Bonfire, we’re proud to be based in Silchester, Hampshire. Silchester is located 10 miles south-west of Reading and 5 miles north of Basingstoke.

Silchester was voted “Hampshire Village of the Year” (2008) and “South England Village of the Year” (2009) in the Calor Village of the Year competition, so as you can imagine, we’re more than happy to welcome you to our showroom and our area.

Silchester Village Sign

Why not come to Bonfire and spend the day checking out the local sights including Calleva, the Roman walled city, or some of our great local pubs such as the Calleva Arms and the Plough at Little London.

Places of Interest Near Bonfire in Silchester

Silchester, located in Hampshire, England, is a village rich in history and charm. Known primarily for its ancient Roman ruins, Silchester offers a glimpse into the past with its remarkably well-preserved archaeological sites.

The village, once known as Calleva Atrebatum, was a significant Roman town, and its ruins remain a major attraction today. This historical backdrop provides an excellent starting point for a day trip that combines culture, nature, and modern attractions.

Below is a list of a few places of interest near Silchester that visitors to Bonfire in Reading, Berkshire, can enjoy.

Silchester Roman City Walls And Amphitheatre

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Silchester 3rd Century Illustration
Roman South Wall Path

Explore the extensive remains of the Roman town, including the city walls and the amphitheatre. It’s one of the best-preserved Roman sites in England, offering a fascinating insight into ancient urban life.

Address: Silchester, Reading RG7 2HP

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The Calleva Arms, Fullers Pub

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The Calleva Arms, Fullers Pub

Located just around the corner from our showroom, the Calleva Arms is a great 12th century country pub with beautiful village green out the front.

It is great for just a casual pint or some delicious food after your visit. It has a great array of beers some even brewed locally. Large portions on the mains and some lighter bites.

It stands on the site of an earlier Saxon church and provides a peaceful retreat with its charming architecture and serene surroundings.

Easy parking and tables at the front which face onto the green. Everybody is very friendly and thoroughly recommended.

Address: Little London Rd, Silchester, Reading RG7 2PH

Phone: 0118 970 0305

Visit the website here

The Vyne, National Trust

The Vyne, National Trust

A National Trust property, The Vyne is a 16th-century country house set in splendid grounds. Something to fill a day – You can tour the house, enjoy the gardens, and even spot the resident swans on the lake.

Explore this nationally recognised ‘Treasure House,’ featuring a pre-Reformation chapel with exquisite stained-glass windows, a stunning Oak Gallery, and a tapestry room.

Stroll through the picturesque Lime Avenue leading to a 17th-century summerhouse and a majestic 600-year-old oak tree, and discover the walled garden, orchard, and bird hide. Enjoy light refreshments and hot or cold beverages at the cosy Brewhouse tea-room, or have a picnic on the north lawn by the wide lake.

Visit the shop in a former coach house next to the tea-garden, offering National Trust highlights and locally sourced goods.

Address: Vyne Rd, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL

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Wellington Country Park, Reading

Wellington Country Park, Reading

Something for the little ones to look forward to after their visit to our Reading, Berkshire showroom.

Ideal for families, this park offers 350 acres of woodlands, lakes, and meadows. Activities include adventure play areas, animal enclosures, and miniature railway rides.

There are numerous activities for children to enjoy, including adventure playgrounds, animal-themed quad rides, a farm, duck feeding, a miniature railway, a dinosaur trail, and a sandpit.

There is ample seating and various spots to get a good coffee and food, with the option to picnic in designated areas if you prefer.

Address: Odiham Rd, Riseley, Reading RG7 1SP

More information here

Podium Place Cafe, Newbury

Podium Cafe, Newbury

Located nearby in Newbury is the new Podium Place Cafe. This is a fantastic destination for car enthusiasts, featuring a wide variety of automobiles regularly on display. The food is excellent, making it well worth a visit.

A great place to relax and unwind after your visit to Bonfire as you watch the cars pull up or drive by.

Address: Podium Place, 31A Bone Ln, Newbury RG14 5SH

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Cobbs Farm Shop, Englefield

Cobbs Farm Shop, Englefield

Located just down the road, Cobbs Farm Shop in Englefield has a large variety of local produce and a cafe if you get peckish on or after your visit to us.

The farm shop offers a fantastic selection of products, ensuring you’ll find plenty to choose from. After shopping, you can relax in the cosy coffee shop, with the option to sit indoors or enjoy the outdoor seating.

The friendly staff provides excellent service, making your visit even more enjoyable.

Address: Wickcraft Farm, Theale, Reading RG7 5EA

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Basildon Park, National Trust

Basildon Park, National Trust

A great place to visit for the day when visiting Bonfire.

Another National Trust property, Basildon Park is an 18th-century mansion surrounded by glorious parkland. The house and gardens are perfect for a leisurely afternoon.

Surrounded by a 360-degree panorama of rural beauty, the house is set amidst breathtaking gardens. The grounds offer numerous picturesque walking paths.

The charming tea room provides a perfect spot to relax, and there are ample picnic areas, which we took advantage of. The staff is well-versed in the history of the house, adding to the enriching experience.

Address: Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR

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Beale Wildlife Park, Pangbourne

Beale Wildlife Park, Pangbourne Reading

A great destination for animal lovers, Beale Wildlife Park offers a variety of animals, beautiful gardens, and play areas for children. – A great place to take the kids before or after a visit to us.

Address: Lower Basildon, Pangbourne, Reading RG8 9NW

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