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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February 2020

February 28 @ 10:00 am - March 31 @ 5:00 pm
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Best of 2020 – The Oxford Photographic Society Annual Exhibition

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street
Woodstock, Oxfordshire 0X20 1SN United Kingdom
Standard Museum Admissions Apply

A wide variety of stunning images from the members of OPS will be on display. Black and white, colour, wildlife, still-life, travel, portrait and street photography all covered. The pieces in the exhibition will be available to purchase, with price from £50. Featured photo: 'Behind the Scenes' by Sandra Devaney. See website for museum opening times and admission prices.

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March 2020

March 6 @ 10:00 am - May 8 @ 5:00 pm

The Art of World War II

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

A 'history in pictures' of the Second World War from diverse and personal perspectives. Featuring artwork, produced during, and depicting scenes from, the Second World War. With art from professionals and amateurs, from already renowned artists to those who would go on to make a name for themselves in a post-war world. The stories behind these works are as colourful as the pieces themselves - from Vogue fashion illustrators forced to flee Paris to Beano cartoonists that turned their hand…

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March 28 @ 10:00 am - April 19 @ 5:00 pm

Hatching Out at Easter

As well as Easter trails, quizzes and daily egg-themed talks and shows, the Gloucestershire wildlife attraction is expecting some egg-stra special new arrivals in their hatchery.   Dozens of eggs in special incubators are due to hatch out over the Easter break and visitors will have the rare opportunity of watching the new-born chicks make their entry into the world.   Families can also take on the Easter Challenge Quiz, hunting down 10 hidden eggs around the park and answering…

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