Greenham Common Control Tower

An iconic Grade II listed building restored as a visitor centre and community cafe in Greenham Common.


Greenham Common Control Tower opened its doors in Summer 2018 as a visitor centre and community hub, with the aim to preserve and share the historical legacy of one of the few remaining airfield buildings. It now tells the story of Greenham Common whilst supporting and cooperating with local organisations for the benefit of the whole community.

The cafe offers a special place for all; whether you have come a distance to see the tower and are looking for lunch, to stop off after walking your dogs or as a friendly place to meet with friends or treat yourself! As well as hot drinks, they offer a variety of delicious cakes, pastries and more.

The cafe is open for take-away service from the rear of the tower. Serving a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice creams. We have also introduced outside seating.

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We celebrate the 3rd anniversary of officially opening to the public. We would like to thank everyone for their support during what has been a particularly difficult period and we look forward to many more year of welcoming you to The Tower

RT @studiofitz: Looking forward to running this workshop 'Drawing towards Peace' as part of #Summeronthecommon @thebasegreenham @cornexcha…

This weekend's full event programme #MarkingSteps40 can be found here:… @ScaryLittleGs @_RebeccaMordan @GreenhamTower @GreenhamWomen #GreenhamWomen40 #GreenhamWomenEverywhere #GreenhamControlTower #historymatters #westberkshireheritage #greenhamcommon

The marchers have arrived. #GreenhamWomen40 #GreenhamControlTower #MarkingSteps40 #GreenhamWomenEverywhere

Welcome to Greenham @GreenhamWomen! We hope to see you at the Control Tower over the weekend for our exhibition marking 40 years since the arrival of the original Peace Women. #Greenham40March…

A reminder that our exhibition marking 40 years since the arrival of the Greenham Peace Women, Both Sides of the Fence, opens tomorrow at 10am!

Have you seen the details of the events taking place this weekend at the Tower? Full details at the link - #GreenhamWomen40 #GreenhamControlTower #MarkingSteps40 #GreenhamWomenEverywhere

Best of luck to the #Greenham40March, which will be reaching the Common today on the 40th anniversary of the arrival of the original Peace Women! This coincides with the opening of our exhibition on the Peace Women, Both Sides of the Fence, which begins tomorrow.…

RT @JudithBuntingLD: Great Exhibition - Both Sides of the Fence @GreenhamTower 4th Sept to 28th Nov Memorabilia, audio & film from Newbur…

The Tower has been dressed up in preparation for the opening of our new exhibition, Both Sides of the Fence, marking 40 years since the establishment of the Women’s Peace Camp at Greenham. It opens tomorrow so make sure to come and visit us; there’s plenty going on this weekend!

RT @4CornersBooks: Marking the 40th anniversary of the Greenham peace protests, @GreenhamTower is running a brilliant programme of educatio…

We are open all Bank Holiday Weekend and final chance to see the Common Threads exhibition

Next week, our exhibition Both Sides Of The Fence opens at the Control Tower to mark 40 years since the Peace Women arrived at Greenham. Our website for the event is now live, featuring the programme of events that will be run in the local area!…

"When you go home, tell them of us and say: For your tomorrow, we gave our today". Today marks the 76th Anniversary of VJ Day and we remember all those who sacrificed. Picture from our 75th anniversary event last year. #VJDay

Free events - Full details at link

Did you know this year is the 40th Anniversary of #GreenhamPeaceWomen arriving at #GreenhamCommon? Join us for workshops/creative writing/sculpting and more! Find out more here: #historymatters #GreenhamControlTower #40yearsofpeace #westberkshireheritage

Today we remember how on June 6th 1944 Greenham Common played a major role in the D-Day airborne operations. Lest we forget how much we owe to a generation.

77 years ago was the eve of D-Day. General Eisenhower arrives at RAF Greenham Common to rally the troops and delivers his ‘The eyes of the world are upon you speech’. This picture was taken at Greenham Common on that day.

Doesn’t time fly. 30 years ago today was the end of an era at Greenham Common with the inactivation of the 501st TMW.

RT @WbHeritage: @GreenhamTower was built in 1951 and marked the first phase of #ColdWar activity at #Greenham Common airbase:…

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. #VEDay

Do you know anyone with cafe management experience?

How's the view from up there? A couple of amazing images of the tower taken this weekend by Andy Amor. Thanks for sharing with us Andy!

Our Take-Away is open all this week for the holidays (10:30-3) Please come along if you are on the common. From Wed 14th our tables & chairs will be back outside Do you want to support us & have a chance to win £25k? Buy a West Berks Lottery Ticket!

Something a little different for the Common. The UK Eurovision entry filmed their video at the GAMA bunkers. This may explain the loud fireworks heard over the area a few weeks ago!… @Eurovision @bbceurovision

We are open for take-away at the rear of the tower. Hot and cold drinks and snacks. We would love to see you!

RT @Aimuseums: Job vacancy - @GreenhamTower is looking to appoint experienced advisers/consultants to provide guidance and support to the B…

Are you on the common this morning? Please share your pics of the tower in the snow, we would love to see them.

The winners of Greenham Tower’s photography competition for young people ‘Exposing the Environment’ have been announced. You can see the results and the winning entries at the link..…

A couple of amazing images of the GAMA bunkers shared with us by photographer Callum Cromwell. You can check him out at his website or facebook page:…

Have you lost a digital camera on the common? One has been handed into the tower. If you think it may be yours please message us with details of the camera and we will try to reunite with the owner.

Are you walking on the Common this weekend?

Reminder that we are open from tomorrow #NewYear2021

RT @thegoodexchange: We did it! Thanks everyone who supported #DoubleMatchedDay. Watch this space to find out how much was raised over the…

RT @Greenham_Trust: Once again a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our Christmas #Doublematchedday. We received 592 donations t…

The Greenham Control Tower trustees would like to thank everyone for their support for #DoubleMatchedDay. Thanks to you we raised almost £15k! Particular thanks to @manormarketing & @EnglishProvCo for their corporate sponsorship. @Greenham_Trust @thegoodexchange

We are on the final push for double matched funding. We are so close to our target for the day...can you tip us over the edge? You can donate here - #doublematchedday #DMD #fundraising #24hours #donate #TrustGreenham @Greenham_Trust @thegoodexchange

RT @thegoodexchange: We’re halfway! 12 hours to go! Before you break for lunch please take a minute to donate to a local charity & @Greenha…

RT @GreenhamTCEO: Finalists in @Greenham_Trust @thegoodexchange #DoubleMatchedDay I’ll be talking to on @KennetRadio #FFFBS next Friday @BM…

RT @GreenhamTCEO: Just talked on @KennetRadio #FFFBS with Andy Kemp @GreenhamTower on @Greenham_Trust #DoubleMatchedDay If you want to dona…

RT @thegoodexchange: Christmas #DoubleMatchedDay is here! For 24 hours each £1 you give becomes £3. Choose & donate:…

RT @thegoodexchange: Wake up! Christmas #DoubleMatchedDay is here! You have 17 hours from now to donate & each £1 you give becomes £3. Choo…

Today is the day! All donations received today will be double match funded. So we get £3 for ever £1 donated. Details of all we are doing and how to donate at #doublematchedday #24hours #donate #TrustGreenham @Greenham_Trust @thegoodexchange

Ready for a talk on the tower history? Do you have any stories or images to share? Can you donate to help us achieve our goals? Full details #doublematchedday #charity #fundraising #24hours #donate #TrustGreenham @Greenham_Trust @thegoodexchange

We are almost there! You can see details of all we are doing and how to donate at… #doublematchedday #DMD #christmasdmd #charity #fundraising #24hours #donate #TrustGreenham @Greenham_Trust @thegoodexchange

Not long now. We will be premiering Andy's informative talk on the cold war on Friday morning. You can see details of all we are doing and how to donate at #doublematchedday #DMD #24hours #donate #TrustGreenham @Greenham_Trust @thegoodexchange

You can see details of all we are doing and how to donate at… #doublematchedday #DMD #christmasdmd #charity #fundraising #24hours #donate #TrustGreenham @Greenham_Trust @thegoodexchange

You can see details of all we are doing and how to donate at… #doublematchedday #DMD #christmasdmd #charity #fundraising #24hours #donate #TrustGreenham @Greenham_Trust @thegoodexchange

The countdown continues You can see details of all we are doing and how to donate at… #doublematchedday #DMD #christmasdmd #charity #fundraising #24hours #donate #TrustGreenham @Greenham_Trust @thegoodexchange

1 Week To Go! We will be selling books outside the tower this weekend, come along and pick up a bargain! Full details on fundraising activities can be found here: #doublematchedday #DMD #charity #TrustGreenham @Greenham_Trust @thegoodexchange

Donations made via The Good Exchange on 11 Dec will be “double matched” by Greenham Trust so for every £1 donated we will get £2, so £1 becomes £3! Full details here: #doublematchedday #charity #fundraising #TrustGreenham @Greenham_Trust @thegoodexchange

The countdown continues. Full details on fundraising activities can be found here: #doublematchedday #DMD #christmasdmd #charity #fundraising #24hours #donate #TrustGreenham @Greenham_Trust @thegoodexchange

Fundraising countdown for a range of historical exhibitions, talks, events & plans for bigger improvements at the tower. Each £1 donated will be matched with £2. Full details: #doublematchedday #DMD #charity #fundraising @Greenham_Trust @thegoodexchange

REMINDER OF OUR PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION Are you under 18? Do you like taking photos? Do you want to win a prize? See the image for full details of our new competition. Closing date 31st December 2020.

RT @Greenham_Trust: Finalist #5 - @GreenhamTower 😀for Christmas #doublematchedday Fri 11th Dec 🎅🎄 Need funding for a range of exhibitions &…

Greenham Control Tower would like to wish all our American followers a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Great shot, thanks for sharing!…

RT @Greenham_Trust: We are delighted to announce the finalists for Christmas #doublematchedday Fri 11 Dec are: @BMaestros, @HallBradfield,…

We are in!! Look out for more info in the coming weeks.…

Greenham Common 1979, the airshow celebrated the C-130 Hercules. Did any of you see this? Nb. This picture was found online. If it is your please contact us for full credit.

Outside tables and chairs @ Greenham Control Tower. The Greenham Control Tower Trustees have released a statement regarding this. Please see the link for full details.…

Today marks the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior. You can read about their last journey here:… Please pause for two minutes at 11am to remember all the servicemen & women who made the ultimate sacrifice. #ArmisticeDay #LestWeForget

RT @TangmereTower: On #RemembranceDay 2020 we think of all those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We will always remember you.…

RT @philc_nwn: Newbury Remembrance Day. @NewburyToday

'At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.' Remembering and honouring today all those who gave their lives for our freedoms. #RemembranceSunday

FOUND: A child's bike has been found on the common. If you are missing a child's bike please contact us via [email protected] with a description. Hopefully we can reunite with the proper owner

Unfortunately we will be suspending all tower tours until further notice to comply with the new government lockdown regulations coming in on Thursday 5th November. The café take-away will remain in operation as per current opening times.

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION Are you under 18? Do you like taking photos? Do you want to win a prize? See image for full details of our new competition. Closing date 31st December 2020.

Happy Halloween from all at the tower! Sorry we cannot welcome you all with some Halloween fun!

Amazing addition to the observation deck. The work done to produce this desk is fantastic.…

A real contrast in the weather from yesterday!

Supporting Shaw-cum-Donnington's Half term Scarecrow hunt, Flt Lt Algernon 'Spitters' Dinglebury-Smyth has duly reported for duty at Greenham Control Tower. If children find him they can show their map to the café staff and claim a treat.

We are afraid there will be no guided tours on Saturday 24th & access to the Tower will be closed. Our tours are volunteers run & occasionally there are days we cannot get cover. We will be operating as usual on Sunday. The take away café will be operating as normal

As the weather starts to change we have been keen to provide additional shelter for our take-away cafe visitors. The marquee went up this week!

Baby Loss Awareness week is an annual event & this year we are supporting the Hampshire NHS Trust who are fundraising for 5 charities who support families though the devastating loss of a baby at any stage in pregnancy or after birth. Full details -…

Tonight – Wednesday 30th September 2020, Greenham Control Tower was lit up in red to support the #WeMakeEvents #LightItInRed campaign. @sunleyevents @SkanPAHire @MoonrakerDisco #WeMakeEvents #LetTheMusicPlay #LightItInRed #RedAlertRESTART

RT @manormarketing: The @GreenhamTower in #Newbury was lit up tonight for awareness and support of the #WeMakeEvents #LightItInRed campaig…

RT @philc_nwn: Newbury's events venues light-up red tonight in solidarity with industry in crisis #wemakeevents @NewburyToday @CornExchange…

Did you know our cafe is now open for take-away on a Wednesday as well? You can find more details and opening hours here…

Today marks Battle of Britain Day, remembering the brave RAF servicemen and women for all that they did 80 years ago on the ground and in the air to protect our freedoms. #LestWeForget #BattleofBritain #BoB80 #BattleofBritainDay

Great view on a sunny morning

For Heritage Open Days 2020, join us on a short *virtual tour* of Greenham Control Tower and the common. Available from Friday 11th September until Sunday 20th September 2020. #HOD2020 #HISTORY #HERITAGE #HERITAGEOPENDAYS

Two years already!! 2 years ago today we officailly opened our doors to the public. Its been a interesting time but we are delighted to still be here offering tours, exhibitions and a great cafe. Here's to the future

A reminder that the tower is open today for take-away and tours.

A nice view between tours today

Installation almost complete on the replica control desk in the tower. Want to see it? We are open for tours today and Bank Holiday Monday

We are delighted to announce that the tower is open for guided tours and take-away cafe on bank holiday Monday, 31st August. The timings are in line with our usual weekend opening, See website for details. The Take-Away will also be open on Wednesday 2nd September

On the common today? Fancy a drink or snack? Our take-away cafe is opening for an extra day today, from 11-2.30.

RT @MichaelLCrick: At Greenham Common, where a non-profit charity runs socially-distanced tours these days and there’s even a take-away caf…

Have you seen the new Heritage Walking Trail leaflets created in conjunction with @WBerksMuseum Pick up a copy at the tower or the museum and discover Newbury during World War 2 #VJDay75

Despite the drizzly weather at Greenham Control Tower today, we had some special visitors to help commemorate VJ Day 75. Thank-you to the members of The Military Vehicle Trust who arrived in their five Jeeps. #VJDay #VJDay75

Great coverage of our new exhibition #VJDay75…

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