Springtime in Banbury
Historic Banbury truly comes to life in the springtime. As the mornings and evenings get lighter, the bustling centre ‘springs’ into action. With daffodils, tulips and bluebells dotted all around, taking a stroll in the spring sunshine is something we can all take a boost from.
The marketplace is always a focal point to the town, but even more so during the spring months as the traders sell their wares to local shoppers. Visitors to the town, and locals alike, can take a walk along the lanes to the bronze ‘fine lady’ statue, St Mary’s Church and the Banbury Cross.
The 18th century Tooley’s Boatyard is also a hub of activity, as more narrowboats travel along the canal, both holidaymakers passing through and owners.
Dining establishments can begin to think about serving outside and foodies can sit on a bench enjoying a ‘Banbury Cake’ people-watching and enjoying the surroundings.
With the museum running regular exhibitions and the Mill Arts Centre operating a schedule of activities, there’s something to entertain all ages and interests.
Castle Quay Shopping Centre is home to over eighty shops, cafes and restaurants, perfect for a spot of retail therapy in between the April showers! With independent local businesses and national retailers, there’s a shop for all tastes.
Situated canal side, Lock29 is a unique destination that brings Banbury’s history into an exciting new venue. With exciting food, drink and retailers, an events space and cinema it promises to be a space the whole community can enjoy.
Springtime last year saw the earlier stages of the Covid-19 pandemic taking hold, and it’s been a difficult year. We all hope that springtime this year, as we follow the roadmap to opening the country, retail and hospitality back up, will mean that Banbury can thrive and be enjoyed by the community and visitors alike.
For those wishing to enjoy a day out in Banbury, or perhaps an overnight stay to pack in all of the above activities this spring, Banbury is easily accessed via road, train or bus service.