The Base

The Base - architect's impression


Location of The BaseThe Base is a new project which completed in early 2019 and is now open for visitors.

Designed to replace the ageing New Greenham Arts building and proving our commitment to the arts, The Base will provide a huge improvement to the park's amenities, and will comprise a modern, fit-for-purpose building that houses not only a café with both indoor and outdoor seating, but also a visual arts gallery, an arts outreach classroom and makers’ studios.

Located just to the north of the main entrance road, Albury Way, The Base will become a central hub, providing both an attractive and convenient eating venue with ample parking provision, suitable for business meetings, and also a home to some of the finest artists and makers in the country.



Quality lunches from the Honesty GroupThe Base café

The café will be run by a local company which has an excellent track record in the local community. The Honesty Group, as well as being master bakers supplying farm shops, restaurants, hotels, and individual customers, also runs several coffee shops in both Berkshire and Hampshire. The Crown and Garter Pub in Inkpen is also part of the Honesty Group and won the British Pub Awards in 2015 as Best Newcomer in the South East and London  

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Wildlife photos by Qing Lin, Marco Urso, Laura Albiac Vilas and David LloydThe Base arts

Managed by the Corn Exchange, Newbury, the arts complex at the Base will provide additional arts facilities for local people.  The Base will house a national standard gallery.  The first international exhibition in the gallery space will be Wildlife Photographer of the Year. (Images from previous exhibition)

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will open in February 2019. The most prestigious photography event of its kind, Wildlife Photographer of the Year provides a global platform that has showcased the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years. The 100 extraordinary images will celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes.

The award-winning images, picked from almost 50,000 entries from 95 countries, will embark on an international tour that allows them to be seen by millions of people - with Newbury being one of those chosen few venues!

As well as presenting high quality exhibitions The Base will host a range of workshops, classes and events led by highly skilled creative practitioners and artists.

For children and families these include the chance to get crafty with Creation Station or learn about character illustration. For adults there are one-off sessions in a whole host of skills including arm knitting, cyanotype printing, book binding and calligraphy or there are courses focussing on oils, watercolours and pastels and life drawing.

To accompany the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition there are a series of classes and workshops to encourage you to respond creatively using different techniques or art forms. There is the option to explore photography, writing and experimental drawing or families can enjoy the craft bonanza. There are also accompanying talks on rewilding and Greenham Common from local wildlife experts.

For more information or to book please visit or contact the Corn Exchange Box Office on 0845 5218 218 (calls cost 2p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge).

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