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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August 2019

August 1 @ 10:00 am - August 31 @ 4:00 pm

Rhino Month

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Bradwell Grove
Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4JP United Kingdom

The keepers at the Park will be doing a daily talk throughout August at 2:00pm near the Rhino Paddock about these magnificent animals and the conservation work that is going on to try and protect them for future generations.

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August 7 @ 10:00 am - November 3 @ 5:00 pm
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Normandy 75: Oxfordshire to the Orne

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street
Woodstock, Oxfordshire 0X20 1SN United Kingdom
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Exhibition charting the Second World War invasion of Normandy by allied forces. Combining information panels from the National Army Museum with the regimental history and artefacts from SOFO's own archives to give an Oxfordshire perspective on D Day and the events surrounding it. SOFO Museum Open Tuesday - Fridays, 10am to 5pm. Saturdays 11am to 5pm, and Sundays 2pm - 5pm. Last admission at 4.15pm.

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Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre – Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III

August 21
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Blenheim Palace, Blenheim Palace
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL United Kingdom
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Monday 8th July – Saturday 7th September 2019 Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean Theatre. Following its highly acclaimed inaugural season in York this year, Europe’s first-ever pop up Shakespearean theatre arrives at Blenheim Palace for summer 2019. Four of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays - Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III and Romeo & Juliet will transport audiences to the thrilling, intimate atmosphere of an Elizabethan playhouse, with plenty of breath-taking, spine-tingling and heart-stopping moments. The 13-sided scaffolding theatre…

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