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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July 2020

July 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Book Group

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

The Museum Book Group enjoy a wide selection of books with all members choosing their reading list then they get together in the Museum Cafe every second Friday of the month. It is free to attend but we do ask you support the Cafe. For more information and to join call the Museum on 01235 771447, email info@valeanddownlandmuseum.org.uk or send us a message.

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July 11 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Summer Serenade at Merton College

£5 – £45

FOOTE     Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 25 MENDELSSOHN   Violin Concerto in D minor, MWV O3 ATHANASÍA TZÁNOU La vallée a rejoint la nuit SUK   Serenade for Strings in E flat major, Op. 6 Natalia Lomeiko violin Kypros Markou conductor Dvořák knew his star pupil and son-in-law Josef Suk would write something wondrous, if only he could be persuaded to move away from dark minor keys. In 1892, Suk delivered his Serenade for Strings, a work whose…

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July 14
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Birds of Prey demonstrations

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

Some birds will swoop low over your heads and some will soar high in the sky over the Park’s beautiful grounds. See a variety of different birds from eagles to owls in these exciting demonstrations by Cotswold Falconry, which take place at 1.00 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. on the lawns in front of the Manor house on specific days.

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