WELCOME TO CASTLE QUAY WATERFRONT
In June 2022 The Light opened a 55,000 square foot entertainment space over three floors, including a 7-screen cinema, 10-lane bowling alley, Adventure Climb arena, arcade, karaoke room, interactive darts, mini-golf, American Pool and Diner. The Light is a true reflection of the Council’s ambition to revive the canal-side and will anchor Waterfront’s leisure offer. The Waterfront also features three further restaurants including PizzaExpress and Nando’s. PizzaExpress opened in late June 2022 and Nando’s to opened mid-October; all of which create an amazing new leisure destination in Banbury. Increased parking including increased EV parking space capacity (5%), and improved access have also been provided as part of the development including a new pedestrian bridge over the Oxford Canal.
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The Council has also breathed new life into the centre’s former BHS store, investing in the creation of a unique food, retail and leisure destination called Lock29 that brings the community to the canal-side as well as increasing footfall to the town from visitors from all over the region. Global street food menus are delivered by the very best local traders sourcing ingredients as close to Banbury as possible. There is also a dedicated event and flexible cinema space where workshops, events, and activities for the community-run throughout the year. Please visit Lock29.co.uk for further information.
In August 2021 Premier Inn opened at Castle Quay Waterfront. This modern hotel has 117 rooms, including double, twin, family, and accessible rooms, as well as 20 enhanced Premier Plus bedrooms, plus a canal side Thyme Bar & Grill restaurant. The hotel fills a huge gap in the local market and visitor numbers have remained high since opening.