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About Witney

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Witney is a historic market town on the River Windrush, 12 miles (19 km) west of Oxford in Oxfordshire, England. The place-name "Witney" is derived from the Old English for "Witta's island" and Witney is lucky enough to be part of the are covered by DarkStar Discos, Witney marquee hire experts. The earliest known record of it is as Wyttannige in a Saxon charter of AD 969. The Domesday Book of 1086 records it as Witenie. Witney has been famous for its woollen blankets since the Middle Ages. The water for the production of these blankets is drawn from the River Windrush, which was believed to be the secret of Witney's high-quality blankets. Mops were also traditionally made by the blanket manufacturers, at one time every ship in the Royal Navy had Witney mops aboard. The Blanket Hall in High Street was built in 1721 for weighing and measuring blankets. At one time there were five blanket factories in the town but with the closure of the largest blanket maker, in 2002, Early's, the town's blanket industry completely ceased production. Early's factory, once a vital and important part of the town's history, has now been demolished, and is the site of several new housing estates.

 

 

Witney Travel Links

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Rail -
In 1970 British Railways closed the Witney Railway completely and it was dismantled. In February 2015 Witney Oxford Transport (WOT) proposed the reopening of the railway, with a station at Witney, as an alternative to improvements to the A40 road proposed by Oxfordshire County Council. WOT and West Oxfordshire Green Party cite chronic traffic congestion on roads linking Witney with Oxford as a reason to reopen the railway.

Road -
Currently the main transport link between Oxford and Witney is the A40, one of the most congested road links in the country.  Every day thousands of cars use this road to get into Oxford.  With the planned major housing expansion in Witney, Brize Norton, Carterton and Bampton the situation will get much worse.  The main routes within the District include the A40 Cheltenham to Oxford, the A44 through Woodstock and Chipping Norton, the A361 Swindon to Banbury and the A4260 from Banbury through the eastern part of the District.

Bus –
Companies operating in Witney include Stagecoach Oxford, West Oxfordshire Community Transport, Swanbrook and Thames Travel. There are 77 services from Witney connecting the town to Broadwell in the west and Oxford in the east.

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Taxi Firms in Witney

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With so much to do within Witney and the neighbouring towns, as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside, it's worth renting a car or jumping in a taxi to see the local sights.

Witney is well served when it comes to getting a taxi as there are local firms such as 001 Abduls Taxis, Tammis Taxis and Abacus Taxis.

 

 

Hotels and Guest Houses in Witney

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The Oxford Witney Hotel -
A stylish and modern hotel in Witney. Just a short walk from the historic centre of the town, Oxford Witney Hotel, Witney offers great accommodation at a great value. Its close proximity to Oxford, Burford, and the Cotswolds makes it the ideal base for travelling throughout Oxfordshire, while our elegant en-suite bedrooms are perfect for a tranquil night’s rest at the end of the day. Enjoy a delicious meal in the contemporary Brasserie restaurant or maybe a light snack and refreshing drink in the bar and lounge. In addition to the extensive business and conference facilities, the hotel features a wide range of leisure facilities including a heated swimming pool, spa bath, steam room, and sauna—making Oxford Witney Hotel the right choice for conferences, meetings, weddings, and special events. With an array of amenities including free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee facilities.

The Glove House, near Witney -
The Glove House bed and breakfast is a beautiful Georgian townhouse located in the centre of Woodstock, on the edge of the Cotswolds and 7 miles from Oxford. The Glove House is about 400 years old and was used as a glove workshop in the 1870’s. It has three rooms available: The Bladon Room, The Woodstock Suite and The Charlbury Suite. The Woodstock Suite, situated on the first floor, has two very quiet rooms overlooking the garden and an en-suite bathroom. It has a king size bed in the main room and a day-bed in the second room. This suite can accommodate up to three persons. The Charlbury Suite has two large rooms, and a separate shower room and is situated on the second floor of the house, facing the street. The light and airy bedroom accommodates a super-king size bed and beautiful antique furniture. This room can alternatively be set up with two single beds. The second room is a sitting room. This sitting room leads to a windowed bathroom, overlooking the garden, with a large shower.

The Blue Boar Witney -
Overlooking the market square in the historic town of Witney, The Blue Boar dates back to the 17th century. For 200 years, this Cotswold coaching inn bore the name of The Marlborough in honour of the Duke before its original name was restored when it reopened its doors in 2011. Following an extensive restoration, it now offers a 70-seat restaurant, bar area, function room, imposing courtyard and 20 boutique-style bedrooms. The courtyard offers al fresco dining in comfortable surroundings, and an extensive and varied drinks menu can be found within the stylish bar. In addition to the wines, spirits and cocktails, they stock beers bought locally from Wychwood Brewery, as well as firm favourites from Fuller's. For a more private dining experience, the Bosworth Suite can be tailored to meet your needs, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or planning a corporate lunch. For an overnight stay, their 20 en-suite bedrooms have been sympathetically designed to reflect the uniqueness of the building. One of the many personal touches found in each of our rooms is a cosy 'Witney blanket', placed in celebration of the town’s history. They are also proud to sponsor Witney Rugby Club.

 

 

Places to Get Married in Witney

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Cogges Manor Farm Witney -
Nestled in the lovely market town of Witney, sits a beautifully unique Oxfordshire Cotswold barn wedding venue at Cogges Manor Farm. A rustic blank canvas located about half an hour from Oxford and 60 miles north west of London. The beamed seventeenth century barns ooze charm and will give you the flexibility to create your own dream wedding. Plus, there’s loads of space around the barns, as well as the Manor House lawn, walled garden, orchard and play area to explore. Guests of all ages will enjoy the family friendly attractions and you can even include the farm animals in your special day! Cogges is a beautiful wedding venue with over 1000 years of history, as well as being an integral part of the local area and a filming location for Downton Abbey.  Weddings are a really important part of life at Cogges as they raise money for the upkeep of the site so it can keep its doors open for the whole community. It also offers two stunning seventeenth century barns which provide a wonderful setting for celebrations and a perfect blank canvas where you can add your own personalised details to make your special day complete. 

Eynsham Hall Witney -
Eynsham Hall is one of Oxfordshire’s great country houses. In the early 1700s, wealthy local landowner, Willoughby Lacey, chose to enclose a huge section of his land to create the ultimate space in which to entertain guests and to pursue the popular outdoor sports of the day. His original house was typically Georgian, with Greek-style columns and an ostentatious interior. Eynsham Hall is a Grade II listed mansion, approached down a sweeping drive and set in the heart of a 3,000-acre Oxfordshire estate.  An idyllic location for the sort of wedding that dreams are made of. If Downton style and grace appeals but without the formality, Eynsham Hall is the perfect venue. Set within beautiful landscape gardens, they boast an idyllic back drop for your big day. Licensed for marriage ceremonies they can comfortably accommodate 150 in the grandeur of a stately home to create a dream wedding. The venue offers a range of accommodation for your wedding. The Bridal Suite boasts a sinfully comfortable bed, marble bathroom and antique furniture set in a stunningly grand room overlooking the gardens. Guests can enjoy the grandeur of the Main Hall or cosy doubles in the grounds.

Merriscourt Chipping Norton, near Witney -
Merriscourt is a breathtakingly beautiful Cotswold wedding venue on the border of Oxfordshire & Gloucestershire. Home of Thomas Astor & his family, there are three interlinking, beautiful Cotswold wedding barns for you & your guests to enjoy. You are also free to roam the 500 acres of glorious Cotswold countryside. Known as one of the prime Cotswold wedding venues, every wedding is bespoke, designed to your specifications. The diligent event team pride themselves on giving you everything you dreamt of for your wedding day… and more. The three, interlinking, converted Cotswold barns surround a romantic courtyard, with spectacular rural views across the rolling countryside. 

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Event Planning in Witney

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Complete your event in Witney with DarkStar Discos, the Witney marquee hire experts who offer the following services which can greatly reduce your planning stress. Bars - you don't need to spend too much time looking for the perfect drinks for your event, we have a team that can take care of that for you. Lights - no need to stress out in finding and setting up the lights for your event. DJ and Staffing - let our DJ take care of the music for your event. Our staff will also be the one taking care of the needs of your guests. You might also want to consider asking us to arrange the following services for your event: Professional Photographer, Event Transportation and Event Catering. For all your event-planning needs, contact DarkStar Discos, the Witney marquee hire experts.

 

Top Restaurants in Witney

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Café Rouge Witney -
This sociable bistro is the perfect place to refuel after a full day. With local attractions such as Wychwood Brewery, home to the legendary Hobgoblin beer, and Cogges Manor Farm as well as the shopping centre nearby you’re bound to have worked up an appetite. Whatever the time of day, they have a dish to suit your mood; from steak frites and boeuf bourguignon to a selection of croques, baguettes and vegan options too – all on their menu of classic French food with a contemporary twist. The kids are also covered with two amazing menus for different age groups, making the restaurant the ideal place to grab a coffee, a quick bite, or enjoy a longer, more leisurely meal with a glass of wine. Café Rouge is proud to hold a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. The Marriott’s Walk car park offers free parking.

Chequer’s Smoke House Witney -

The Smoke House began with a few friends who had a passion of American food, in particular American BBQ. They got together and made their dream become a reality in their home town of Witney. Their speciality is meat and they like to take their time over it. Their custom-made wood smoker works around the clock cooking freshly prepared, locally supplied meat, fish and fresh vegetables. They don’t just smoke meat to perfection, they also serve American classics like Southern Fried Chicken, Louisiana Crab Cakes and Hand-Made Burgers that are stacked high to blow your mind with an amazing taste sensation. The Chequers Smokehouse is a popular restaurant located on 47 Corn Street in the busy market town of Witney. A must for meat lovers with a selection of vegetarian dishes too, be sure to book to avoid missing out.

The Holly Bush Witney -
Owned and run by two local chaps who share a passion for beer, wine, good food and excellent service. Fresh produce sourced from local farms in and around Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds, fish and seafood from Brixham, beer and wine from local merchants. Classic cooking with a ‘Dirty Gourmet’ aesthetic. Using classic techniques to create different and tantalising dishes. They update the menus every month to make sure their dishes are using the freshest seasonal ingredients. They use quality suppliers such as Aubrey Allen, Cannon & Cannon, King Fisher & Roots of Oxford to ensure that they are working with the best, seasonal, ethical & organic ingredients. Grazing – The grazing menu comprises of a number of small dishes that are ideal as a snack or light meal. Order one or order 10 depending on how hungry you are or how many of you there are. Sundays are for Lazing & Grazing! Drop into the chilled-out pub for one of their epic Bloody Mary’s spiced to your liking. Follow it up with a homely roast served with all the trimmings using the best cuts of Aubrey Allen Beef, Blythburgh Free Range Pork or Cotswold Lamb.

 

Top Things to do in Witney

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The Bishop’s Palace Witney -
The historic building known as the Bishop's Palace was built by the Bishop of Winchester in the 12th and 13th centuries and later became the Manor House. In 1757, the manor house was acquired by the Duke of Marlborough. The archaeological remains which are visible are protected from the elements under a modern roof cover. The site is open from Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm. The interpretation centre is open by appointment only. Admission is free and wheelchair access is available.

Minster Lovell’s Hall -
The picturesque ruins of Minster Lovell Hall, a 15th century Oxfordshire manor house, lie in a beautiful rural setting beside the River Windrush. They include a fine hall, tower and nearby dovecote. Minster Lovell Hall was built in the 1430s by William, Baron of Lovell and Holand - one of the richest men in England. It was later home to Francis, Viscount Lovell, a close ally of Richard III. After several changes of hands, the hall was abandoned and eventually demolished in the 18th century, leaving the extensive remains that stand today. There has been a manor house at Minster Lovell since at least the 12th century, but the major part of the ruins seen today are those of a large new house built by William, Baron of Lovell and Holand, in the 1430s after his return from the French wars. Through marriage and good fortune William was one of the richest men in England, and he built his house as a demonstration of his wealth. William’s son John, a prominent Lancastrian and servant of Henry VI, was rewarded with the position of master forester of the neighbouring royal forest, Wychwood. 

Millets Lane Falconry Centre, near Witney -
Millets Farm Falconry Centre is home to over 100 birds of prey from tiny Owls to huge Eagles it is the largest attraction of its kind in Oxfordshire. They also boast an ever-expanding collection of other weird and wonderful animals such as Meerkats, Skunks, Raccoons and Reptiles!   There is something for everyone! Here you will not only be able to admire a wide and diverse range of birds of prey but also see what they are capable of and learn how they live in the wild. Millets Falconry centre opened in May 2013 and is owned and run by Sharon and James Channon who started out over 17 years ago with Fallowfields Falconry, a private centre only available by appointment but now offer an all-inclusive visitor centre open daily to the public with both daily flying demonstrations as well as a range of hands-on experiences.

Witney Today

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Witney is the largest of the market towns in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and much of the architecture reflects the past prosperity of the woollen trade, including the 17th century Butter Cross and church of St Mary the Virgin with its 150ft spire. An attractive high street runs from the Butter Cross and features the 18th century town hall, the Blanket Hall and the Victorian Corn Exchange. The town has a bustling atmosphere with a good range of shops, supermarkets and a twice weekly market. Witney offers all of the facilities you would expect to find in a town of its size. A varied shopping experience including the Marriotts Walk shopping development, pubs, restaurants, and leisure facilities at The Witney Lakes resort and the Windrush Leisure Centre. Annual events include the autumn Witney Carnival and Witney Feast, nearby Eynsham Carnival, and Wychwood Forest Fair. Witney is 13 miles west of Oxford, with many attractions and villages to enjoy. Witney Visitor Information Centre has lots of information on even more attractions and events so be sure to take a look when planning your visit.

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