Witney is a renowned market town in Oxfordshire, 12 miles from Oxford city centre. Witney’s extravagant architecture best represents the towns extensive history and its role in the Wool Trade. One of its much admired aspects being the 13th century St Marys Church and the 156ft spire with it. Having been founded in 1070, the Church is open to the community for worship and admiration of the history lying within the stone walls.
A lovely afternoon visit could be to the delightful Cogges Manor Farm. With an origin dating back to the 13th century, the farm consists of a manor house, walled garden, orchard and farm buildings. Much loved animals such as, goats, ponies, rabbits and more are there for the admiration of families and children. As well as the Cogges kitchen with freshly baked scones, coffee and other beverages and snacks. The beautiful orchards also offer the perfect picnic location. Cogges farm also holds events throughout the year like the Family Festival during the summer time and the Christmas Market to round off the year.
Witney is well known for its busy High Street. Packed full of shops for every occasion. Ranging from Waterstones, Game, Waitrose, H&M and much more. As well as the vast selection in cuisine. The Lamb Inn is a community favourite. The classic 18th century, country pub offers passionately cooked British pub food from locally sourced ingredients. The pub also prides itself in the extensive range of wine and beer they offer. Another highly valued place to enjoy delectable dishes is at the Chequers Smoke House. A restaurant deriving from classic American BBQ food. The unique restaurant presents extensive menus fit for every taste bud, from vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options, The Chequers Smoke House has it all.
However, to experience a leap through time, a visit to the Witney Blanket Hall is feasible. Alongside the Wool Trade, Witney was also involved with blanket making. A trade that first began in 1721, all of the blankets were created and weighed within the building. After completing its role in 1845, The Blanket Hall assumed roles such as, a home and brewery. The extensive history of this hall is represented within its own walls as a museum. Many tours of the building are available daily and even a chance to shop for your own blankets is available. Alongside the treasured café, supplying baked goods, pies and drinks and the quant riverside garden posing as the perfect spot to have a picnic.
However, an incredible experience available to the public not far from Witney is the Crocodiles Of The World Zoo. An unbelievable experience involving detailed talks about the breath taking creatures, under water viewings, first hand animal encounters and much more. The Crocodile zoo aims to educate and stimulate the mind on some of the world’s most dangerous reptiles.
However, a relaxing yet stimulating afternoon could involve a visit to the Windrush Leisure centre for an alleviating swim. The centre is located in the heart of Witney, conveniently placing it near shops, restaurants and cafes. The centre itself with holds a plethora of amenities. This includes, a gym, swimming pool, cycling studio, play area and many more facilities catering to numerous sports. After a tranquil swim in the pool, stop at the leisure centre’s own café. Providing both hot and cold drinks, alongside freshly made snacks.