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 breath-taking 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. Here is a Faringdon walk and route map that takes you from the town, past the Folly and through the surrounding countryside.

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!

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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June 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Giovanni Bononcini: ‘Handel’s London Rival’ Queen’s Choir & Academy of Ancient Music.

SJE Arts, Iffley Rd, Oxford., St John the Evangelist Church, Iffley Rd, Cowley
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1EH United Kingdom

Rowan Pierce soprano Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano Guy Cutting tenor Giles Underwood bass   Owen Rees director Saturday June 19th, 7pm - 8.15pm (no interval) SJE Arts, Iffley Rd, Oxford. Tickets £30/£20/£15/£5   www.queenschoir.com/tickets   PROGRAMME: When Saul was king over us Ave maris stella Laudate pueri Te Deum in D   As a previous audience member of concerts and recitals given by Queen’s Choir, we’re delighted to announce that ticket sales are now open for our Trinity term concert of choral music by Giovanni Bononcini…

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Combe Mill `Open Days` wed 19th/26th May 2021

Oxfordshire United Kingdom
£4.00 – £5.00

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June 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Art & Action: Benjamin Zephaniah in Conversation

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In his autobiography, The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah (2018), award-winning poet, lyricist, musician, and activist Benjamin Zephaniah speaks out candidly about the writer’s responsibility to step outside the medium of literature and engage in political activism: “You can’t just be a poet or writer and say your activism is simply writing about these things; you have to do something as well, especially if your public profile can be put to good use.”   In this conversation, Zephaniah will…

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