21 Feb

Banbury: Ideal for those looking to move away from Oxford

Banbury: Ideal for those looking to move away from Oxford

The market town of Banbury could be the ideal choice for people looking for a quieter alternative to nearby Oxford.

Located between a number of major cities, Banbury is well placed for people who have to commute for work or families that enjoy taking days out. There are regular train services to London, Coventry, Oxford and Birmingham so it is a good base.

Banbury has around 40,000 residents, making it one of the larger UK market towns. One of the attractions though of any market town is the fact that people can buy local handcrafted or grown goods from a wide choice of nearby shops.

Families with children could be tempted by the wide range of schooling and the various outdoor attractions on offer. One highlight is the Spiceball Park, where kids can enjoy walks, as well as a range of sports, a play park and a skating area.

There is also plenty of opportunities for sporty adults to get involved, with a number of canoeing, climbing, football, cricket and rugby clubs based in the region.

For those interested in history and culture, there is also a heritage museum in Banbury that will provide more information about the area and its development.

It is a great place for weekend socialising, with over 85 pubs within a 15 mile radius of the town and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to be discovered.

Banbury is also home to the world's largest coffee-processing facility, which was originally built in 1964.

Once a year, the town holds the annual Hobby Horse Festival. Started in 2000, the event brings together the local community to celebrate the traditional toy and take part in lots of fun and games, including a make your own hobby horse competition, a fancy dress on a hobby horse contest, skipping, three-legged and slow cycling races

Anyone looking for property for sale in Banbury will also be tempted by the town's surroundings, which offers plenty of fresh air and opportunities to enjoy the wonderful scenery.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801696005-ADNFCR

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