The market town of Banbury boasts a covetable location in the heart of the North Oxfordshire countryside, bordering the Oxford canal. With a thriving community atmosphere and a range of fascinating leisure attractions, Banbury provides a vibrant and picturesque haven from which to enjoy family life.
The area surrounding Cherry Fields is steeped in history with the town of Banbury affectionately known for its mention in the famous nursery rhyme ‘Ride a Cock Horse’. A statue immortalising the ‘Fyne Lady upon a White Horse’ stands proudly in the town centre, alongside the much admired Banbury Cross.
A thorough history of this fascinating town can be explored at the iconic Banbury Museum just a five minute drive from Cherry Fields. Visitors of any age will be charmed by interesting tales of the town’s history, covering the origin of the Victorian market town, the Civil War and costume from 17th century onwards. History buffs will also delight in the breath-taking classical architecture of St. Mary’s Church, located just a few paces from the Fyne Lady statue and intricate Banbury Cross. These three enlightening sculptures tell a story of Banbury’s vibrant heritage and attract visitors from across Oxfordshire and beyond.
As a town surrounded by rich countryside, Banbury boasts close proximity to a number of open green spaces and public parks, ideal for active residents or those who enjoy a leisurely stroll. The People’s Park is an ornamental lawn of over seven acres at the heart of Banbury town centre. This attractive and well-maintained park is popular in the area and contains a historic war memorial, sensory and rose gardens, a bowling green, sports courts and a play area for its younger visitors. One of the park’s most-loved features is the unique aviary which stands proudly in the centre of the park, especially popular among children who delight in the opportunity to spot wildlife.
Due to its attractive waterside location, Banbury makes for an idyllic day out, with quaint canal-side walkways interrupted by traditional inn-keeper style pubs. Boat trips are a popular past-time for visitors and residents alike, with the oldest working dry dock in Britain just a few minutes stroll from Banbury’s bustling town centre. Tooley’s Boatyard offers guided tours of this fascinating site which played a role in the Industrial Revolution, and encourages visitors to take a boat trip along the canal, admiring the magnificent Oxfordshire countryside.
Housed in a converted heritage water mill, The Mill Arts Centre is just five minutes away by car and offers a host of family-friendly entertainment and interactive workshops. With live performances including comedy, music, theatre and dance, this purpose-built 300-seat venue also shows block-buster movies and boasts an award-winning café and bar, serving tempting treats such as Winstone Cotswold Ice Cream. Further indoor entertainment can be found at the town’s state-of-the-art 3D cinema, just a five minute drive from Cherry Fields, while Banbury’s popular tenpin bowling alley is perfect for a family day out during the colder months, with pool tables, an amusement arcade and an American diner to accompany its 20 tournament lanes.
The historic market town of Banbury is peppered with friendly independent outlets, with everything from traditional book shops to organic greengrocers. Residents of Cherry Fields can discover a treasure trove of antique stores, fashion boutiques and vintage jewellers before stopping for a freshly-baked snack at one of Banbury’s cosy tea rooms.
Everyday retail therapy is well-covered with two large shopping malls just a five minute drive from Cherry Fields. Banbury Gateway is the town’s newest shopping development and comprises several well-known fashion brands, a popular coffee establishment and two casual restaurants amongst its offerings. Castle Quay Shopping Centre is Oxfordshire’s premier retail mall, with over 80 stores from high-street favourites to specialist outlets. To help re-fuel after a day’s shopping, Castle Quay is also home to number of popular restaurants, coffee shops and take-out cafés.
Banbury has remained true to its heritage and still holds a thriving market twice weekly at the heart of the town centre. Over 30 stalls of wonderful local produce is available to purchase, including home-made bread and pastries, refined cheeses, organic fruit and veg and fresh cuts of meat from the local family butcher. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, the regular charter market is extended to include enchanting antique stalls with an eclectic range of goods covering traditional toys, natural stone jewellery and period furniture.
Typical of a town with Banbury’s rich heritage, there are several excellent public houses, some of which date back hundreds of years. Ye Olde Reindeer Inn is a traditional English pub which boasts well-preserved Medieval architecture, along with a welcoming open log fire, distinguished dark wood interior and classic oak-panelled ceiling. As the oldest pub in Banbury, the Inn has a colourful history and has welcomed guests for over a century, rumouring to have been a favourite of Oliver Cromwell himself. Diners can enjoy hearty, home-made British meals and even indulge in a Civil War banquet while enjoying fantastic live music performed by local and travelling artists.
Banbury’s varied restaurant circuit spans a wealth of cuisines, including the award-winning Indian restaurant, Sheesh Mahal which creates exquisitely authentic dishes from ancient Indian recipes. Also nearby is the highly-rated Thai Orchid restaurant, a family business which originated in Bangkok and has offered its culinary delights to the people of Banbury since 1896.
Casual meal times are easily catered for in Banbury and a day’s shopping wouldn’t be complete without sampling a world-famous ‘Banbury cake’. Little Amsterdam is a charming Dutch café which specialises in pancakes, both savoury and sweet, and is well known in the area for its friendly atmosphere and mouth-watering home cooking.
Schools in the area are well-regarded, with Hanwell Fields Community Primary School and Copredy Church of England School serving younger students at only five minutes away by car.
Secondary schools are also easily accessible with the notable Chenderit School a 10 minute drive from home and Blessed George Napier Catholic School and Sixth Form College under 15 minutes away by car.
The University of Buckingham is just 30 minutes drive away and rates highly for student satisfaction and employability, while the prestigious Oxford University is one of the highest-ranked FE institutions in the world and can be reached in just 40 minutes drive.
Travel to surrounding towns and cities is made easy by nearby transport links, with Junction 11 of the M40 motorway just two miles away and connecting with popular cities such as Coventry and Oxford within 40 minutes. Both Milton Keynes and Northampton can be reached in under 50 minutes via the B4525 and A5, while Rugby is just over half an hour away via the A423 and A426.
Banbury Train Station is two miles away and provides services to London in an hour, making Banbury an excellent base for professionals. Additional services from Banbury include trains to Birmingham, Manchester, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Reading and Oxford.
Worldwide travel is afforded by the major Birmingham airport, located under 40 minutes drive from Cherry Fields.
Local area information, including retail, leisure or other amenities is intended as general guidance only. References to schools and other educational establishments are included to illustrate their proximity to the development and should not be regarded as a guarantee of eligibility or admission. Travel times are approximate and by car unless otherwise stated.