Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton is a bustling market town occupying the highest point of Oxfordshire. It is located around 18 miles northwest of Oxford in the Cotswald Hills.

Like many of the Cotswold towns, Chipping Norton grew to wealth with the wool trade, and up to today its Bliss Tweed Mill is a major landmark. The Bliss Mill factory appears like a combination of a mansion and a folly with a domed based chimney.You can also enjoy historic listed buildings including alms houses, churches and the Town Hall, along with a great selection of independent shops, centuries-old pubs, eateries and accommodation.

Chipping Norton, also called “Chippy” is a lively town with a variety of festivals around the year such as the well-known Chipping Norton Literary Festival. The events and festivals mostly take place in the medieval market place which is situated in the heart of the town. Here you can also find the Town Hall, the Guidhall as well as the Chipping Norton Theatre.

In the closer area you can find the mysterious Rollright Stones, a megalithic stone circle. Legend has it that it is impossible to count the stones, and that whoever can count them three times and always reach the same number will have their heart’s desire fulfilled. You can also enjoy historic listed buildings including alms houses, churches and the Town Hall, along with a great selection of independent shops, centuries-old pubs, eateries and accommodation.

Getting There

By Bus

There is a bus service between Oxford city centre (Railway station or Gloucester Bus Station) to Chipping Norton. The bus number is S3 and the bus is operated by Stagecoach.

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March 2019

March 21, 2019 - February 9, 2020

Thinking 3D: Leonardo to the present

Treasury, Weston Library, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3BG United Kingdom

For centuries, artists and scientists have wrestled with how to convey three-dimensional objects on the page. Using some of the Bodleian Libraries’ finest books, manuscripts, prints and drawings, Thinking 3D tells the story of the development of three-dimensional communication over the last 500 years.

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July 2019

July 5, 2019 - March 8, 2020

Talking Maps

St Lee Gallery, Weston Library, Weston Library, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3BG United Kingdom

Every map tells a story. Talking Maps is a celebration of maps and what they tell us about the places they depict and the people that make and use them. Drawing on the Bodleian's unparalleled collection of more than 1.5 million maps, this exhibition brings together an extraordinary selection of ancient, pre-modern and contemporary maps from a range of cultures and in a variety of formats as well as showcasing fascinating imaginary, fictional and war maps.

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August 2019

August 19 - December 21

Lester Piggott: Born to Ride Exhibition

Vale & Downland Museum, Church Street
Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 8BL United Kingdom

Celebrating champion jockey Lester Piggott who was the first baby born in the maternity unit at Wantage Hospital in 1935. Life size bronze statue of Lester Piggott was unveiled by Lester himself on 18th August in the museum garden. Check out the museum Facebook page @valeanddownlandmuseum to see a video from the unveiling. 19th August – 21st December Vale and Downland Museum.  

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