The Portland Guesthouse, Cheltenham

Posted by Andy Davies, on January 22, 2020

New for 2020, The Portland is providing luxury accommodation in the centre of Cheltenham whilst operating as a social enterprise. The Portland is just over an hour in the car from the centre of Banbury and provides an ideal location for Cheltenham and the Cotswolds alike. Free breakfast and free Wi-Fi in public areas are […]

£9m Project to Save Finest View in England at Blenheim Palace

Posted by Andy Davies, on January 22, 2020

A massive civil engineering project to help save the ‘finest view in England’ is set to get under way at Blenheim Palace later this year. The multi-million pound project will see more than 300,000 cubic metres of silt – enough to fill Wembley Stadium – removed from the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site’s iconic Queen […]

Discovering Bournemouth

Posted by Andy Davies, on July 2, 2019

While it isn’t one of England’s most famous seaside towns, Bournemouth is still very much worth a visit. Dorset’s coast presents many opportunities for explorers, sports fans and visitors looking for unique experiences. From exploring Brownsea Island, to enjoying Kings Park, to taking afternoon tea aboard a double-decker tour bus, you’re sure to find some […]

Make Friends in Europe

Posted by Rob Checkley, on January 2, 2019

The Banbury and District Twinning Association  was set up in 1978 with the purpose of facilitating closer cooperation and friendship between local businesses, communities and individuals in Banbury and towns in Germany and France. In 1981 Banbury was formally twinned with Hennef in Germany and in most years there is a visit of people sharing […]

Discover Stratford

Discover Stratford

Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

One of the best known tourist destinations in England is Stratford upon Avon. The reason why so many descend on the town is well known especially in 2016 as they commemorated 400 years since the death of one of the greatest writers who ever lived – William Shakespeare. But, I am of there to look […]

Shakespeare’s England

Shakespeare's England

Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

As a small boy growing up in Warwick in the late 1950s, I used to play (they call it hanging around these days) with my friends in the grounds of Warwick Castle. It was, in those days, still owned and lived in by the Earl of Warwick who allowed ratepayers and their families free and […]

Staycation – Devon

Staycation - Devon

Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

A pet-friendly home from home (sleeps 10) and a fabulous place to stay all year round. It is exactly 3 hours by car to drive from Banbury to Braunton, North Devon and we arrive at Rock Haven, East Street quite late on a chilly spring night. Thoughtfully, the timer has been set so as when […]

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