Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle – Behind the scenes of the real Downton Abbey

Visit Highclere Castle and relive every scene from the Downton Abbey series.

Explore the Castle, learn about the real history and take a walk around the beautiful gardens.

Look around some of the 12 bedrooms in the castle, walk up and down the beautiful stairs and admire the artwork on the walls.

Today, the castle is the home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and everyone is welcome to visit.

Highclere Castle is only 15 minutes drive from the hotel.

Photograph courtesy of Highclere Castle.

Baby Showers in Newbury

Baby Showers in Newbury

Celebrate your Baby Shower in style with our superb package. Bring friends and family to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and great food and drink options from just £15 per person.

We can help you to plan every aspect of the happy day to ensure that it’s perfect, leaving you to enjoy every minute of your celebration.

Our inclusive Baby Shower package from £15 per person includes:

  • Event room hire
  • Event host
  • Fruit juice on arrival
  • White chair covers
  • Cake stand & knife

This package is based on a minimum of 15 guests. For smaller groups contact us direct.

Graduation Parties & Ceremonies

Graduation Parties & Ceremonies

The end of University and College life is a big moment for anyone. That’s why you want the occasion to be as memorable as possible.

Friends, family and fellow students all make such days great fun and something to be remembered forever.

We can help with every aspect of planning and coordinating a graduation party or ceremony, so that everyone is sure to have an incredible time.


Celebrate Prom Night in style!

Celebrate the end of exams, the end of school and the end of an era with our great Prom Packages.

We’ll help you make sure the party goes off in style, with up to 140 Prom Kings and Queens.

Let us take the strain of planning, so that the guests can get down to the serious business of partying.



What better way to celebrate the christening of a child than with friends and family in beautiful surroundings.

We can help you to plan every aspect of the happy day to ensure that it’s perfect.

Funeral wake venues in Newbury

Planning a Funeral Wake

Losing your loved one can be a difficult time and planning a wake for a funeral can be overwhelming, but we are here to provide an excellent range of services and our venue can be tailored to suit your individual needs. Our highly experienced team will help you organize the wake at our beautiful venue in Newbury and will arrange a funeral reception, managing caterers, florists, room layouts and everything else involved with a gathering of this nature.

Our experienced staff at Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel are here to help and can tend to your requirements with the sensitivity and professionalism you would expect.

From £12 per person, choose from a range of adaptable menu options for your reception. From morning and afternoon teas to finger buffets and sit-down meals, simply let us know what you’d like, and we’ll make it happen. We also offer a range of drinks packages to suit your budget.

You can find us at this address:
RG20 8NJ

Bicester Village

Discover a world of luxury at Bicester Village, the ultimate shopping destination. Home to more than 160 fashion and lifestyle boutiques, Bicester Village is located in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, only 20 mins away from Oxford.

Find boutiques of leading British and international luxury fashion brands with savings of up to 60%* all year round, including Alexander McQueen, Armani, Bally, Coach, Fendi, Givenchy, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith, Saint Laurent Paris, Stella McCartney, Tod’s, Valentino and many more.

The Village offers a wide range of services to enhance your visit, including Hands-free Shopping, VIP Lounge, Valet Parking, the award-winning Bicester Visitor Centre, an onsite Tax Refund, currency exchange service, personal shopper, luggage drop and home delivery. The Village has a comprehensive multilingual concierge service and you can also earn miles and rewards with 14 airlines via Frequent Flyer programmes when you shop at Bicester Village.

Spacious boulevards, attentive service and a friendly, unhurried atmosphere combine to offer a truly unique retail experience. So much to enjoy, whether it’s browsing prestigious boutiques, or sampling fine food and drink in the Village’s cafés and restaurants.

Paultons Park

Paultons Park

Paultons Park is the UK’s number one family theme park with over 70 exciting rides and attractions to enjoy.

There are plenty of things to see and do including main attractions such as Peppa Pig World and Jurassic World. There’s plenty of big and small rides, play areas, entertainment and an astonishing collection of animals and birds.

Paultons Park is only 1 hour by car from the Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel.

Photograph courtesy of Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World.

Kennet and Avon Canal

Kennet and Avon Canal

The Kennet and Avon Canal links London with the Bristol Channel, and passes through spectacular landscapes including Wiltshire and the rolling Cotswolds.

In 1724 the River Kennet was made navigable from Reading to Newbury, and by 1727, boats could reach as far as Bath.

Today, visitors can enjoy boating, walking and cycling along the peaceful towpaths and spend a family weekend at this beautiful waterway.

The Kennet and Avon Canal is only 45 minutes by car from the hotel.

Newbury Racecourse

Newbury Racecourse

The racecourse is over 100 years old and combines heritage and history with everything a modern sporting venue can offer.

Offering top quality entertainment over 29 racedays a year, Newbury Racecourse is on of the UK’s leading horse racing venues with a range of contemporary facilities to enjoy during your visit.

Newbury Racecourse is only 20 minutes by car from Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel.