Faringdon

Faringdon is a beautiful old market town with a rich and vibrant history and is an ideal place to visit.

Faringdon, meaning ‘fern-covered-hill’, is a beautiful old market town perched on a ridge between two river valleys, the Ock and the Thames, gracing it with panoramic views of the surrounding area.

With a rich and vibrant history, and a range of hotels, pubs, cafes and shops, Faringdon is an ideal place to visit for a holiday, short break or day out.

Faringdon is famed for its Folly Tower, built in 1935 by Lord Berners, the then owner of Faringdon House. This 100ft high tower is the last major Folly to be built in England, and sits on Folly Hill, within a charming 4 acre, circular woodland of splendid Scots pine and broadleaf trees. The Folly Tower is open every first and third Sunday of the month when you can climb to the top to see the breathtaking views over five counties. Follow the sculpture trail around the woodland and look out for twenty-four blackbirds, the hidden fairy door, the bridge to nowhere, Cromwell’s cannon and much more.

A charter was granted for a weekly market in 1218, with markets continuing to be held every Tuesday in the marketplace.

All Saints’ Church, just off the marketplace, is well worth a visit. It has a rich interior with monuments that reveal the intriguing history of Faringdon. Civil War cannon and musket balls from the battle between the Royalists and Parliamentarians in 1646 are on display inside the church, and there is even a cannonball lodged in the church wall!

A new exhibition ‘Hospital: Faringdon’s Pump House in WWI’ will be opening in the Pump House from Saturday, August 18th 2018, and will run for six months. More information can be found here.

If you would like more information, why not visit the Faringdon Information Centre located in the marketplace.

Why not visit some great nearby attractions such as Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens and Crocodiles of the World?

 

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October 2019

October 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am - April 19, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Cai Guo-Qiang: Gunpowder Art

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
Free

Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (b. 1957) is best-known for his gunpowder explosion events staged in public spaces worldwide and, in particular, for his firework display for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. This exhibition focuses on the artist’s smaller-scale works, exploring the presence of Chinese culture in his art through the mediums of painting, drawing, and gunpowder on canvas, paper and silk. Learn about the significance behind the materials Cai Guo-Qiang chooses to work with, as…

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November 2019

November 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am - March 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

‘Oh, What a Lovely War!’ Humour in Times of Conflict

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street
Woodstock, Oxfordshire 0X20 1SN United Kingdom
£2.50 – £4.50

An exhibition that explores the ways in which humour and fun were used to spur on both troops and the people back at home - before, during and after war. Objects, music, posters, art, and testimonials from Oxfordshire people all illustrate how some of those who lived through times of conflict still managed to put a smile on their faces. Museum open Tuesday-Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 11am - 5pm and Sunday 2pm - 5pm. Last admission 4.15pm each day.…

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November 16, 2019 - April 25, 2020

Turrill Sculpture Garden Christmas Quarter Selling Exhibition

Turrill Sculpture Garden, Through Summertown Library, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom

Seven Oxfordshire women artists in metal, glass and ceramics show enticing offerings for Christmas and beyond from 16 November to 25 April. Julie Grose and Sophie Thompson work in metal, Harriet Coleridge, Sally Dorrity and Laura Laub in ceramic and Anne Arlidge and Judith Berger in glass. Add an outdoor element to your Christmas gift-giving for long-term delight. 16 November - 25 April Through Summertown Library, South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN

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