|What's The New Windmill Football Ground Like?|
|The ground is situated in
the Warwickshire Countryside, a couple of miles
outside of Leamington itself. A new modern affair,
it is a tidy looking ground, although generally
quite an open one. At the Harbury Lane End of the
ground (where the Club house and main entrance are
situated) is a small covered terrace. It runs for
around half the width of the pitch and sits directly
behind the goal. On one side is a flat standing
area, whilst on the other side is a portakabin type
structure, that serves as a corporate facility.
Opposite is the North Bank, a fair sized open
On one side of the ground on the West side is the Main Stand. This covered all seated stand, has four rows of seats and runs for around 2/3rds of the length of the pitch. Although there are no supporting pillars, there are the bases of two of the floodlight pylons in front which could obstruct your view. Because of these pylons the seating is split into three sections, although the roof is continuous. On one side of this stand towards the North Bank there is a small portion of open terrace and a programme shop.
Opposite the East Side is mostly open with small flat standing areas running behind its perimeter. It did at one time have a small seated stand that straddled the half way line, but in 2013 this was moved to the other side of the ground, to expand the seating area on that side. Towards the Harbury Lane End there is a small temporary bank of seating. Also on this side are the team dugouts. The West side itself is made up of open terrace and then Whilst in the North East corner of the stadium there is a small electric scoreboard. The ground has a set of eight 'skinny' looking floodlights, four of which run down each side.
Thanks to Paul Edwards of Leamington FC for
providing the above photo.
|Where To Drink?|
the ground is the Brakes Bar which is open to all
fans. Although on the small side, it does employ a
fairly effective queueing system. Also on my visit
they had a good range of bottled continental
lagers, which were priced reasonably. Otherwise,
as I mentioned before the ground is a bit out 'in
the sticks' and I didn't come across any pubs near
to the ground.
|Harbury Lane End
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
Leave the M40 at Junction 14 and follow A452 towards Leamington. You will cross a small roundabout and at the next take the 2nd exit (signposted Leamington A452/Heathcote Industrial Estate). You will reach another roundabout where this time you take the 4th exit (signposting Bishop's Tachbrook/Harbury). So straight across the traffic lights proceeding towards Harbury. After about another mile and a half, you will reach the entrance to the ground on your left.
From The South:
Leave the M40 at Junction 13 and take the A452 towards Leamington. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit (signposted Leamington A452/Heathcote Industrial Estate). Then as North.
Map showing the location of the New Windmill Football Ground (at the bottom of this page).
Leamington Spa railway station is
located around three miles away, so really too far
to walk. The
station is served by trains from Birmingham New
Street, Moor Street, London Marylebone and Reading.
On Saturdays there is an hourly service number
65/66 which runs from the Upper Parade in Leamington
and passes the ground enroute to Daventry/Banbury,
it departs at 40 minutes past the hour. Stagecoach
65/66 timetable (PDF file). After the match
there is only one bus back into Leamington stopping
outside the ground at 17:34.
The Supporters Brakes Trust, runs a 16 seater
minibus for home matches that picks up at various
points around Warwick and Leamington Spa, including
Leamington Railway Station. All supporters are
welcome and there is only a small charge for using
it (£2 each way). Further details including pick up
times can be found on the Brakes
Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the thetrainline website to see how much you can save.
|Map showing the location of the New Windmill Football Ground|
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