On the edge of the Hampshire border near the boundary of Surrey, Farnborough is ideally placed for tourists and business commuters alike. With Bracknell and Reading situated just a few miles away to the north, London 34 miles to the southwest and Basingstoke 16 miles to the west it really is the perfect location for exploring this area.
Farnborough is probably best known for its link to the aviation world. Farnborough International Airshow runs for a week biannually, with the next show being held from the 16th to the 22nd July 2018. The show is open for trade for the first four days and then open to the public for the final three.
There are plenty of things to do and watch during the action packed three days. You can view aerial displays from afar, discover the wonders of the aviation history, listen to astronauts as they share their space experiences as well as find out how innovative technology is helping the Aerospace future. If you’re planning on staying in Farnborough, our bright and modern serviced apartments are perfectly placed for you to have quick and easy access to the show.
If you’re staying in Farnborough then you should also take the time to visit the Air Sciences Museum which is run by the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (www.airsciences.org.uk/). You’ll find out just how important Farnborough is and has been to the world of aeronautical science. The historic listed building is home to an enormous archive of equipment, films, books, reports and machinery. Even the location of the museum is impressive as it is situated on a hill overlooking the runway of Farnborough Airport! It’s perfect for watching modern planes flying above and seeing historical planes on the ground, in and around the museum building.
If you fancy a break from aviation and like history and beautiful architecture a visit to Saint Michael’s Abbey is an absolute must. A small community of Benedictine Monks live within the Abbey and live a strong monastic life focusing on the beauty of the liturgy, the chanting of the office, and the manual work within the enclosure of the monastery. Visitors can attend the religious services but are encouraged to email beforehand to ensure there has been no change to the public services.
As well as taking part in the public services, visitors can also join a guided tour around the Abbey held every Saturday at 3pm. The tour lasts about an hour where you will be shown around the Abbey Church and Imperial Crypt. You’ll learn more about the historical links to Napoleon and will be able to appreciate the flamboyant gothic style the Abbey has been built in. For further information visit: http://farnboroughabbey.org/.
If you love fresh air and the great outdoors then a visit to the Queen Elizabeth Park should be on the cards. This 24-acre woodland is popular amongst dog walkers, joggers, cyclists and families and used to be part of the Farnborough Hill estate and previously the outer reaches of Windsor Great Park. The space is a haven for wildlife and offers a lovely retreat for people to to enjoy some peace and quiet in a suburban setting.