Love Winter in Banbury 2019

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Love winter in Banbury

Welcome Following the success of our previous publications, it gives me great pleasure to share with you our 2019/20 Love Winter guide. caring

This year we have put people at the heart of this guide, taking inspiration from the Danish feeling of Hygge. Hygge is a word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out. Ordinary or extraordinary. Our guide is about caring, sharing and giving in Banbury.


When thinking about gifts this year we have put together a collection of ideas for you. We have beautiful items to purchase, events to attend, memories to create, classes to experience and treatments to enjoy. We have also included ideas of where to eat and drink in Banbury as well as expert tips on the perfect Festive meal. At such a busy time it’s important to remember those people who would welcome just a coffee and a natter, so we have included a feature about volunteering in our community. Sharing time brings so much joy during the bleak Winter months.


At this time, it is important to support our town and remember the crucial part it plays within the community. Use our specially commissioned map to wander around the shops, look up at the beautiful buildings and connect with the town and the friendly people at the heart of it.

Jo Holland, BID Manager

Please note: All information and details, including prices shown within this guide were correct at the time of going to press and are subject to change. All rights are reserved.


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Age Friendly comes to Banbury


Santa’s Post Office


Sustainable shopping in Banbury


Shopping for good


The gift of giving


Cultural experiences in Banbury


Giving a gift of an experience that keeps on giving


Work out together in Banbury


10 reasons to get together in Banbury this Winter


What’s on in Banbury this Winter


Feature on The Mill Arts Centre


Feature on Banbury Museum


Banbury Sun Lantern Parade


Gift Ideas from Castle Quay


Banbury Town Map


Gift Ideas from Castle Quay


Gift Ideas from Parsons Street


Gift Ideas from Church Lane


Gift Ideas from High Street & South Bar Street


Gift Ideas from High Street, Bridge Street & George Street


A free from festive meal


Taking time out for a coffee


10 places to eat, drink and be merry in Banbury this Winter


The perfect Christmas roast


Recipe: Cocktail from Lenny’s Bar


Entertaining at home this Winter


Christmas magic! TAKE A WALK ON THE QUAY FOR

AND LOTS MORE With lots of stores packed with fashion, gifts, decorations and more, plus shopping until 8pm on Thursdays from 5th December until Christmas, you’ll find everything you want and need for the festive season. PLUS! Bring the little ones for a magical Christmas experience at the Banbury BID’s ‘Santa’s Post Office’ and enjoy making Christmassy creations at our FREE craft workshops!




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Age Friendly comes to Banbury Working together to make Banbury an Age Friendly Community.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes an Age Friendly Community as: • A place in which people want to grow older. • Fosters healthy and active ageing. • Enables older people to be free from poverty, age safely in a place that is right for them, continue to develop personally and contribute to their communities while retaining autonomy and dignity. Banbury has a great deal going for older people, though sometimes they don’t benefit from the opportunities due to difficulties with transport, health or mobility, lack of awareness of activities, loss of confidence or limited resources. Age Friendly Banbury is a partnership of organisations and older individuals which includes Visit Banbury Community Interest Company, Age UK Oxfordshire, Citizens Advice, the RVS, Katharine House Hospice and others, which is working to tackle these barriers to ensure all older people experience all the benefits of their local community. Look out for the Age Friendly flower logo as more shops and premises adopt the Age Friendly pledge, to give older people a better experience of our town centre businesses.

Activities for older people There is in fact a great range of activities within Banbury for all interests many of which take place at the RVS Cornhill Centre in Castle Street, which is open weekdays, 9am to 2pm. These include Zumba, keep fit, dance, singing, and arts and crafts. The RVS also runs a weekly day centre for frailer seniors. The RVS café is open weekdays and is a great place to meet and socialise and take a break from shopping. The new breakfast service runs from 8.30-10.00 weekdays except Wednesday. Contact Steve Kilsby 01295 264214

Information and advice Citizens Advice holds drop in sessions daily in 26 Cornhill. Age UK Oxfordshire helpline and Community Information Network for local information and services for older people 0345 450 1276. There is an informative and comprehensive directory of local activities for older people in the area which you can access on the above number or search online at:

Opportunities to contribute to your community

It is well-attested that giving your skills and time in support of local causes brings benefits both to the helper and the cause, and there are plenty of opportunities in Banbury for people of all ages to offer their support, What does Banbury offer older people? from helping in charity shops to helping at the RVS, There were plenty of positives for residents and Restore in Calthorpe Street, or through driving people visitors alike with compliments for Banbury in Bloom, the to appointments and social occasions with one of the car friendliness of the community and the number of activities schemes. The proposed new Visit Banbury CIC Hub in available. Greater awareness of what is happening and how Banbury Town Centre will provide opportunities to to get to it is preventing some people from enjoying the connect to organisations and activities ensuring everyone best possible experience of ageing in Banbury. We hope can appreciate all the good things Banbury has going for it. that raising awareness will help promote what is available. If you would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities contact Volunteer Connect on 0300 3030125/6 or speak to someone directly in one of the charity shops in town.

Download the App For more details on RVS Cornhill Centre and charity shops, you can download Banbury’s very own town app. Search for Loyalfree App at Appstore or GooglePlay.

Thank you to Age Friendly Banbury for writing this article.

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santa’s post office

Banbury BID is hosting Santa’s very own magical post office this Christmas.



Our festive elves will help children write their letters to Santa, (or Father Christmas if you prefer) while parents can sit down and have a well deserved rest. Letters are sent by special elf magic, via our magic Post Box, direct to Santa. Come and join us in Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Unit 27, opposite Cards Direct. Our elves are very busy over Christmas but we are lucky to have the following opening times.

No need to book - just turn up and enjoy! Launching on the same day as our Town Hall bazaar, make sure you don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to get into the Christmas Spirit.

Opening Times: Saturday 23rd November

11am - 4pm

Sunday 24th November

11am - 2pm

Saturday 30th November

11am - 4pm

Sunday 1st December

11am - 4pm

Saturday 7th December

11am - 4pm

Sunday 8th December

11am - 4pm

Saturday 14th December

11am - 4pm

Sunday 15th December

11am - 4pm

Friday 20th December

11am - 4pm

Saturday 21st December

11am - 4pm

Sunday 22nd December

11am - 4pm

Monday 23rd December

11am - 4pm

Tuesday 24th December

11am - 12.30pm


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caring for the environment

sustainable shopping in banbury A recent survey has found that the ‘Attenborough Effect’ has prompted over half (54%) of us to shift towards environmentally conscious shopping. So what does Banbury offer to the more eco aware shopper?

By Dan Ludlow at Nothing but Footprints, Banbury’s first zero waste store

As many of us become more conscious about the sheer volume of waste we create in our daily lives, local businesses are embracing these changes. Steve Betts Butchers have been supplying the folk of Banbury with meat for over 21 years, and will now happily fill your own containers for you. Parsons Street is a joy for the eco conscious shopper, with Doodledash Interiors offering the materials and know-how to spruce up tired old furniture. Antique Modern Mix and Buzzy’s Emporium will cover your antique shopping needs, whilst the Artery art shop will even refill your paints. Banbury is also home to a wealth of charity shops packed full of second hand bargains waiting to find their new home. Across town the Natural Health Store offers refills and fair trade goodies, and in the Castle Quay you’ll find Nothing but Footprints, Banburys’ first zero waste store, offering packaging free food, cleaning products and lots more eco essentials besides.

Antique Modern Mix

We also boast our very own plant based eatery, Tom’s Diner beside our beautiful canal, below the museum. Perfect for vegans and anyone who wants to know the provenance of their food, and packaging alike.

Buzzy’s Emporium

So what does Banbury offer to the more eco aware shopper? Perhaps more than you might think!

62 Parsons Street.

The Artery 21 Parsons Street 16 Parsons Street

Doodledash 3 Parsons Street.

Natural Health Store 3 George Street

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Nothing But Footprints

For more details on vintage shopping, charity shops and Banbury’s eco trail, you can download Banbury’s very own town app. Search for Loyalfree App at Appstore or GooglePlay.

Steve Betts Family Butchers

Castle Quay 2 Church Lane.

Tom’s Diner


Banbury Museum.

Thank you to Dan Ludlow at Nothing but Footprints for writing this article.

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caring for others

shopping for good There are many benefits to charity retail, not only can you pick up a bargain, but you’re giving something back and helping others when they need it the most, Joe Gates, the manager at Katherine House Hospice’s High Street shop talks to us about shopping for good. In 2018/19 more people have received care where they want to receive it. Katharine House Hospice supporters make a real difference to people living with life limiting illness, from fundraising to shopping and donating items to our shops, two of which are right here in Banbury, the furniture shop (High Street) and our more traditional charity shop (Bridge Street) both offering an eclectic mix of stock and also our fantastic 2020 calendars and range of charity Christmas cards including local scenes. You only have to walk around some of the lovely charity shops our town offers, to see some fantastic bargains and charities. At our Katharine House Hospice Furniture shop we are happy to be collaborating with local independent businesses like Doodledash Interiors (Parsons Street) where customers who purchase our pre-loved furniture can get discounts on everything they need to upcycle it! Supporting Banbury’s charity shops is not only great for bargain hunting but also a great way to care for the environment by making donations of your unwanted items and helping to reduce landfill waste. With every penny you spend in our Katharine House Hospice shops you will help us carry on caring for people in our community facing life-limiting illnesses.

Banbury Charity Shops: Age UK 2 Parsons Street Barnado’s 59 Parsons Street Oxfam Books and Music Market Place British Heart Foundation 83 High Street British Heart Foundation Furniture & Electrical 10-13 Broad Street The Blue Cross 77 High Street Cancer Research UK 9 Parsons Street Helen & Douglas House 10 Church Lane Katherine House 15-17 Bridge Street Katharine House Hospice Furniture 40a High Street The Little Bookshop - Style Acre 5 Butcher’s Row The Salvation Army 23 Bridge Street Scope 82 High Street Wood Green 7 High Street

Thank you to Joe Gates for his help with this article.



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the gift of

giving With Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s Day approaching why not treat that special someone to a little pamper time with a hair or beauty voucher? A voucher provides the recipient with personal choice and removes the “hope they like it” dilemma. Banbury has much to offer when it comes to self-care and pampering. With such a wide selection of hairdressers and beauty salons to choose from, where do you start? Parsons Street is good option, full of hidden little gems especially when it comes to hair and beauty. We have the original all-rounder So Hair Nails and Beauty. A short walk further finds you the luxury touch for ladies and gents hairdressing with Lawrence Anthony. If massage and beauty is more your “cup of tea” then why not try Modo Bella or Total Image Beauty just up Church Walk, both offering excellent value treatments, or take a short stroll into White Lion Walk to see Melody Mind and Body for your nail and eyelash needs. Try Dr Li at her Acupuncture Centre in White Lion Walk, for something a little more natural and traditional. Or perhaps R3balance Fitness, Beauty, Healing along South Bar, specialising in the repair and recovery of muscles, is more to your taste.

Dr Li Acupuncture Centre 10 White Lion Walk, Banbury, OX16 5UD

Lawrence Anthony 15 Parsons Street, Banbury, OX16 5LY

Modo Bella 8 Church Walk, Banbury, OX16 5NY

R3balance 18A S Bar St, Banbury, OX16 9AF

So Hair Nails and Beauty

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7 Parsons Street, Banbury, OX16 5LW

For full details and options on treatments in Banbury, download the Loyal Free App. Search for Loyalfree App at Appstore or GooglePlay.

Total Image Beauty 2 Church Walk, Banbury, OX16 5NY

sharing Thank you to Laura at Modo Bella for writing this article.

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cultural experiences Give a truly alternative gift this Christmas! There are so many exciting events in the town that you may not have tried before, why not try some tickets for a local event. A great alternative gift idea is buying tickets to the Also Known As Cheese and Wine Night on the last Sunday of the month, or their Bottomless Pizza and Prosecco Night. Both of these are ticketed events and at £15 and £20 per head they’re a great group gift idea, or even for a works Christmas party. If your friends are craft beer lovers, the Apothecary Tap has a wide range of bottles and cans available to enjoy in their relaxed bar, or to take away. Rob is super knowledgeable about all the products they stock.

Already lined up to perform in the winter season. Gary Delaney, Dane Baptiste (as seen on Live at the Apollo) Mike Wilmot (as seen on Never mind the Buzzcocks) and Jess Fostekew (performing a tour warm up show) with more still to be announced! Tickets do sell out quickly, so stay up to date with events via social media pages or their website.

Also Known As 54-56 Parsons Street, Banbury, OX16 5NB

The Apothecary Tap

Or you could also take a trip to the oldest pub in Banbury, Ye Olde Reine Deer Inn. They have a great function room for big parties, as well as a warm and welcoming bar area, which regularly hosts quizzes and live music.

4a Church Lane, Banbury, OX16 5LR

If you are looking for established comedians testing out new material for UK tours, a comedy club style show or upcoming comedians breaking through onto the comedy club circuit, Atic is the place for you! Atic is an intimate venue, serving excellent cocktails with great customer service.

10-11 Butchers Row, Banbury, OX16 5JH

Since 2015, Atic has been hosting shows welcoming household names such as Rhod Gilbert, James Acaster, Sara Pascoe & Ed Byrne. With ticket prices ranging from £8-£15, it’s a great gift idea, as well as something you can enjoy yourself!

Thank you to Harry at Atic for writing this article.


The Mill Arts Centre Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 2PA - See page 16

Ye Olde Reine Deer 47 Parsons Street, Banbury, OX16 5NA

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giving a gift of an


that keeps on giving By Barry Whitehouse at The Artery, Banbury’s Art Supplies and Education Centre on Parsons Street.

This winter give a gift to your loved ones that will bring them joy, give them new and exciting skills, a chance to unwind, escape the stresses and strains of life, and allow them to have a wonderful time. Spending time creating has been proven to lower stress, and give a sense of mindfulness, and calm.

Add to this the wonderful range of upcycling workshops run by Doodledash, leather printing workshops at J D’Cruz, and sewing and craft classes from Banbury Sewing Centre also all in Parsons Street; plus the wide range of art classes taught at The Mill Arts Centre in Spiceball Park Road. Banbury has all your unique creative workshop experiences all wrapped up this winter!

The Artery

With so many businesses offering unique and creative workshops, there really is something for everyone in our town. Art, craft, hobby or decorative supplies can be purchased, but learning how to use them not only makes these purchases more useful, you have a greater and deeper knowledge, so you know to buy the correct thing.

21 Parsons Street.

The Artery art shop in Parsons Street offers over forty art classes every single month, at various times of day, covering acrylics, drawing, calligraphy, watercolour, art history and much more.

Banbury Sewing Centre

Doodledash 3 Parsons Street.

J D’Cruz 54-56 Parsons Street, 1st Floor. 57 Parsons Street.

The Mill Arts Centre Spiceball Park Road.

sharing Thank you to Barry Whitehouse for writing this article.

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work out

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We spoke to Dave Earle from Banbury’s Spit’n’Sawdust Boxing Gym about the benefits of staying active. “From the age of 11, boxing and kick-boxing have always been a big part of my life. My dad was a boxer, and you could say he was a great influence on me. Now, years on, my interest and life choice, to run a boxing club and gym, is creating a difference in other people’s lives, from all different walks of life. Taking part in a different or new physical activity, like boxing or yoga, makes sure people are in a better place psychologically to face their situations, whatever they maybe. I’ve worked with people with addictions, anxieties, social issues, such as poverty, racism, a sense of not belonging, homelessness, hunger, low job prospects and spectrum orders such as ADHD (don’t call it a disorder!!! Lets be positive!!!) Many people have crossed my path, from those who have overcome life changing situations, some heartbreaking, to those who have now joined me to make that positive difference in the lives of others. We might recognise a person who is on our pathway who is a mentor, friend, work colleague who changes our perception. This might not be something we realise at the time. But getting out there, and joining a gym or doing physical activity of any kind, can help change your state of mind.”

Download the App For more information about physical activities in Banbury town centre, download our Loyal Free APP and look for our physical health wellbeing trail.

Thank you to Dave Earle for writing this article.

Dave Earle is a former champion boxer and kickboxer who run’s Banbury’s Spit’n’Sawdust Boxing gym. Dave has been presented with a Points of Light award for his work using physical activity to tackle mental health issues. The award recognises volunteers who are making a change in their community. Giving someone the gift of gym membership, or a taster session of a new activity could change their life, why not try...

Spit”N”Sawdust Membership £30 a month or £300 for the year.

Spiceball Leisure Centre Spiceball Leisure Centre has a range of activities, classes and membership deals.

Temple of Yoga. The gift of stillness - a yoga class to balance the body and mind. What better gift than one that brings peace and harmony. Buy your loved one the gift of one group class for £12 or a ten class pass for £95. Or if they need a bit more attention how about a private class with one of our experienced teachers for £55.

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reasons TO get together IN BANBURy this winter

Whether you are looking to immerse yourself in the town’s rich history and culture, join in with a festive run or enjoy the Christmas lights switch on, Banbury really has something for everyone. Here are 10 highlights for getting together with family and friends over the winter period.

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Festive fun run On Sunday the 1st of December join with family, friends and colleagues and take on the Santa Fun Run in aid of Katherine House Hospice. Choose from a 5km or 1.5km route to help raise £25,000, which is enough to fund the inpatient unit for five days over Christmas!


Family Christmas Concert On Saturday the 14th of December Banbury Symphony Orchestra is hosting a festive family concert of Christmas favourites and carols, including The Snowman. The event will take place at St Mary’s Church from 3:30pm – 5.30 pm. For tickets visit

Banbury bright lights – On Sunday the 24th of November gather with family and friends for Banbury Town Council’s 2019 Christmas lights switch on. Enjoy festive food and drink, live music and entertainment, a fairground and Santa’s Grotto between 2pm – 7pm in the Market Place.

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Late night shopping On Thursday the 12th of December take that walk around the old town area of Banbury to discover the unique festive gifts our independent retailers have on offer. Enjoy mulled wine, live music and mince pies to ease you into the festive spirit until 8 pm. #IndieBanbury #BanburyOldTown

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Shop & drop! As well as offering recreation, leisure and sports activities, Spiceball Leisure Centre has an Ofsted registered creche. Use its ‘shop & drop’ service for up to two hours when leaving the building to pop into town and finish your Christmas shopping. Call 01295 257522.

Catch a show Sit back, relax and enjoy a theatre or dance production, music or comedy show at The Mill Arts Centre Banbury. On Friday the 6th of December, join Vienna Festival Ballet on a magical journey with their unmissable production of Snow White.

Autumn Art Exhibition Until Sunday the 12th of January 2020 The Pye Gallery at Banbury Museum is showcasing The Young Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the Art of Perspective exhibit. See Turner’s masterful work, alongside some of his first commissions. For tickets visit

BANBURY SUN LANTERN PARADE To mark the first day of Winter, join our Lantern Parade. Throughout December Banbury will be running lantern making workshops at the Imagination Station in Castle Quay, to create your very own lantern to take part in a procession on 22nd December. See page 19 for more details.



SANTA’S POST OFFICE Get into the Christmas spirit and visit our magical post office in Castle Quay where children can post letters to Santa, and parents can take advantage of a present wrapping service. For more information see page 5 or visit

Share the POPCORN! Christmas is all about spending quality time with your family, so why not arrange a trip to the cinema to catch a festive blockbuster? Check out what’s on at Banbury Odeon this December at

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what’s on in Banbury THIS WINTER

There’s always lots happening in Banbury town centre and this Winter is no different. From meeting Santa and other Christ­mas children’s events, to workshops and performance, live music and comedy throughout the season. Here are just a few of the highlights!

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4 ALE & GIN:


4 Butcher’s Row.

9-11 North Bar Street.

Live Music:

Wednesday 4th December.

Get together with friends: Sunday 22nd December.

Open Mic Night with The Rock Bottoms.

Christmas Quiz!

Wednesday 18th December.


Open Mic Night with The Rock Bottoms.

6 North Bar Street.

ALSO KNOWN AS: 54-56 Parsons Street. Live Music:

Friday 6th December. Larkins - Banbury Get together with friends:

Live Music:

Saturday 14th December. Backstreet Noise. Family:

Sunday 22nd December. Charity Santa’s Grotto.

Saturday 7th December.


Unlimited Pizza & Prosecco.

Spiceball Park Road.

ATIC: 10-11 Butcher’s Row. Get together with friends:

Thursday 5th December. Winter Lights Brush Party. Comedy:

Friday 20th December. Apollo Syndrome Live.

BANBURY CROSS PUB 7 Butcher’s Row.

Live Music: Saturday 21st December. RnB Christmas Party with Beano Brown & Random B.


Wednesday 12th December. Late Night Shopping in Banbury Old Town.


Boxing Day Free Family party in the Ballroom with Bumble Bee Roadshow and the brilliant Mr Mayhem! 12-4pm. Get together with friends:

New Years Eve

Sixty Plus Band in the Ballroom. £10 per ticket. 7pm-late.

ST MARY’S CHURCH Horse Fair. Family:

Saturday 14th December. Family Christmas Concert.

THE SWAN 3 South Bar Street. Live Music:

Saturday 7th December. The Social Services Rock The Swan Live Music:

Friday 20th December.


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Town Centre.



Saturday November 23: Charity Christmas Bazaar (Town Hall 9.30am to 3.30pm)

Sunday November 24:

Banbury Museum, Castle Quay Get together with friends:

Saturday 7th December. Oxford Doodle Club.

Charity Lights Festival (Town Centre)


Monday 25th to Friday 29th November:

5-6 Parsons Street.

Christmas Toy Appeal - Donations to the Town Hall.

Live Music:

THE CHERWELL 63-67 Broad Street. Get together with friends:

Saturday 7th December. The Crossfader Collective Presents.

Saturday 14th December. Barney & Tom Live Music:

Saturday 28th December. Dave Arrowsmith Band

YE OLDE REINDEER INN: 47 Parsons Street. Get together with friends:

Wednesday November 27. Free beer! Come and try a sample of our latest beer – Twelve Days. (6pm to 7pm)

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the mill arts centre

The Mill Arts Centre look ahead to 2020 with the launch of their Winter season brochure on the 9th November, promising something for everyone across the normal plethora of shows, events, classes, workshops, exhibitions and more! This Christmas join the Victorian era’s finest time travelling magicians as they tackle one of the festive season’s most iconic tales; Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol adding their own blend of fantastical storytelling and mind-bending illusions to the mix. “The likeability of this dashing duo, and truly impressive sleight of hand magic, will put almost anyone in a good mood.” The Scotsman With Morgan’s enthusiasm for enacting the story prevailing over his actual grasp of the plot, and West’s suspiciously Scrooge-like tendencies and desire to champion magic over theatre, the pair set out to create a truly entertaining festive performance which can be enjoyed by all ages (5+).

Following a record-breaking Christmas season at Oxford’s Pegasus Theatre in 2017, early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Morgan & West: A (sort of) Christmas Carol Magic Show runs from 13th to 24th December 2019 at Banbury’s Mill Arts Centre. Tickets on sale now priced at just £14 (£12 groups 4+).

The Mill Arts Centre Spiceball Park Road, Banbury OX16 2PA Tel: 01295 279 002


Fri 6 Dec at 5pm & 8pm

Sun 8 & Mon 9 Dec at 7:30pm

Fri 13 - Tue 24 Dec

Fri 3 Jan at 2pm

Sat 1 Feb at 11am & 2pm

Tue 5 Mar at 7:30pm

Thu 19 Mar at 7:30pm

Fri 20 Mar at 8pm

Sat 28 Mar at 7:30pm

The Mill Arts Centre @TheMillBanbury @TheMillArtsCentre

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Banbury Museum

Banbury Museum has a packed winter programme to keep everyone entertained during this cold and festive season. With fantastic exhibitions on offer including The Young Turner and the Ironstone Art Prize there is plenty of art to see over the coming months. The museum also has a very busy programme of events to keep you and your little ones busy. Festive crafts throughout December to entertain the children during those busy shopping weekends and a February half term full of messy fun that children will love!

View of the High Street, Oxford, 1809-10, Joseph Mallord William Turner. Image ©The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford (WA2016.48).

The Young Turner

Ironstone Art Prize

Currently exhibiting The Young Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the Art of Perspective, which showcases beautiful early work by one of Britain’s greatest painters. Displayed in the stunning Pye Gallery, this is the first time that work by JMW Turner has been shown in Banbury and includes Turner’s rarely exhibited first sketchbook.

The Ironstone Art Prize is a prestigious exhibition showcasing the best recent work by artists from this region. All artwork displayed is by those living within 25 miles of Banbury and can include mixed media, paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, digital art, glass, textiles and metalwork. All of the artwork shown has been judged by an independent panel of judges with professional art backgrounds who have selected these works for the exhibition and for you all to enjoy. Visitors to the exhibition will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite piece. The Ironstone Art Prize will open on 25 January 2020 until 15 March 2020.

On until 12 January 2020, the exhibition costs just £5 for adults to visit and £4 for concessions. The exhibition is free from 3pm on Monday – Wednesdays.

Evergreen Wreaths Saturday 14 December | 2.00pm – 4.00pm | £32 per person Learn how to design and make your own traditional evergreen wreath. Add colour with small baubles and ribbons, or keep it natural with pine cones and holly. Feel free to bring along any special decorations you would like to incorporate. Suitable for adults. Booking is essential.

February Half Term Join us for some messy fun this half term at Banbury Museum. Inspired by our Ironstone Art Prize exhibition and encouraging all our little visitors to get creative we have a whole range of messy activities and crafts to take part in. Please visit the website for more information and to book your place now.

Christmas Crafts: White Clay Stars and Glitter Baubles Saturday 14th & Saturday 21st December 10.30am – 12.30pm | £4 per person Kids can create two beautiful new decorations for your home this year. Clay stars can be personalised with names and make a lovely keepsake to bring out each year or give as a gift. Glitter baubles are fun to make and add a sparkle to any tree!

Banbury Museum Spiceball Park Road, Banbury OX16 2PQ Tel: 01295 236 165

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banbury sun


Option 2 Join us on Sunday 22nd December at 5pm as Castle Quay and Banbury BID team up to celebrate the winter solstice with a stunning lantern parade throughout the town. Children will have the chance to design and make their very own lanterns at FREE craft workshops, set to be held at The Imagination Station at Castle Quay this December.

If you would like to get involved, please visit Castle Quay’s website. Or follow Castle Quay on social media to stay up to date with the times and dates of the lantern workshops and all festive events and updates on wet weather contingencies. Children will then be able to collect their lanterns from Castle Quay on Sunday 22nd December from 4.30pm before parading them throughout the town from 5pm in a fantastic celebration of the shortest day of the year.

Key Dates: Lantern Making Workshops Saturday 14th December - 10am - 3pm Friday 20th December - 10am - 3pm Saturday 21st December - 10am - 3pm At The Imagination Station, (Opposite Tiger), Castle Quay

Banbury Sun Lantern Parade Sunday 22nd December - 5pm Castle Quay

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castle quay

There is a huge range of gift options for you to choose from at our independent and national retailers. Here are just a few examples from this part of our town centre.



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Go Bananas Hair Wrap & Shampoo Set. £18 from The Body Shop. Rocket Gift Set. £15 from The Body Shop. Irresistibly Juicy Strawberry Festive Gift Set. £20 from The Body Shop. Grow a Christmas Elf Kit. £3.99 from Cards Direct. Juicy Pear Range. From £5 - £15 from Body Shop


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6.) Vintage 15ct Gold Photo Pendant. £625 from Banbury Vintage Watch and Jewellery Company. 7.) 18ct Gold Emerald & Diamond Ring. £395 from Banbury Vintage Watch and Jewellery Company. 8.) Necklaces. From £12 from Monsoon. 9.) Deluxe Advent Calendar. £65 from The Body Shop. 10.) Eva Multicolour Star Jumper. £60 from Monsoon. 11.) Frankie Fairisle Jumper. £55 from Monsoon. 12.) Jellycat Elf £21.99 and Jellycat Leffy’s Christmas Gift Book £9.99 both from Smart Ideas. 13.) Omega Seamaster Automatic 18ct Gold & Steel Watch. £3,500 from Banbury Vintage Watch and Jewellery Company. 14.) Xmas Dog Jumper. £55 from Monsoon.

Shopping in Banbury’s Historic Market Town Centre, gives you the opportunity to engage with your local community, spend time with family and friends and enjoy the atmosphere of a traditional town this Christmas.

You can’t buy happiness but you can buy locally.

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So explore Banbury this Christmas and enjoy all that our town centre has to offer.

And of course, you will find much more than just candlesticks in our Church Lane Gallery.

Visit our cafes for hand-made cakes, Sugar Rush for Banbury Cakes or try Marks and Spencer’s onsite bakery, and our farmer’s markets for great bread.

Pop into Steve Betts butchers for advice on buying the perfect joint for your festive dinner.

Banbury Town Centre can offer you everything from butchers, bakers and candlestick makers. Just come and take a look and remind yourself what our lovely little local town has to offer.

Nothing really beats a gentle stroll around independent shops and High Street brands, to hand-select gifts for your loved ones. Then pop into one of Banbury’s many coffee shops, cafes, bars and pubs, to unwind and share time together.

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There is a huge range of gift options for you to choose from at our independent and national retailers. Here are just a few examples from this part of our town centre.





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Banbury Christmas Cards. 2 for £1 from Cards Direct. Christmas Sign. See instore for price from Magical Story. Harriet Forest Green Handbag. £65 from Hotter. Feather Wreath and Bird Decoration. See instore for prices from Magical Story. Santa Musical Snow Globe. £15 from M&S. Large Robin Ornament. £7.50 from M&S.


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7.) Zebra Purse. £15 from Banbury Museum. 8.) Necklaces. From £12.50 from Monsoon. 9.) Gordon’s Pink Gin Gift Set. £8. 10.) Gordon’s Gin Advent Calendar. £13. 11.) Whitley Neill Gin Tasting Selection. £14 all from Debenhams. 12.) Glitter Kitten Heels. £25 from M&S. 13.) Christmas Stockings. £3.99 from Cards Direct. 14.) Circus Themed Toiletry Set. From £5.25 from Banbury Museum. 15.) Charlie Bear. £70 from Smart Ideas. 16.) Whisper Boots Dark Tan. £85 from Hotter.

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There is a huge range of gift options for you to choose from at our independent and national retailers. Here are just a few examples from this part of our town centre.

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KEY: 1.) Queen Bee Beeswax Wraps. From £8 to £16 from Nothing But Footprints. 2.) Blue Jumper. £25 from Roman. 3.) The Secret Commonwealth Hardback. £20. You’ve Got Crabs Game. £24.99. Agent Running In The Field Hardback. £20. 5 Second Rule Game. £9.99 all from Waterstones. 4.) Satzuma Touchscreen Gloves. £6.50 (3 for 2 Mix & Match) from Boots. 5.) Champneys Luxury Massage Slippers. £25 (3 for 2 Mix & Match) from Boots. 6.) Joules Mens Weekend Bag. £24 (3 for 2 Mix & Match) from Boots. 7.) Soap & Glory Wonder Woman Fab-U-Stash. £50 (3 for 2 Mix & Match) from Boots.

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8.) Home Alone DVD. £4.99. 9.) Olaf’s Frozen Adventure DVD. £2.99, both from HMV. 10.) Star Wars BB-8 Toy. £34.99. 11.) Donkey Kong Cookie Jar. £29.99, both from HMV. 12.) Daniel O’Donnell LP. £18.99. 13.) Liam Gallagher LP. £19.99. 14.) Stockholm Wireless Headphones. £89.99, all from HMV. 15.) Super Duper Dough Set. £12.50 from The Entertainer. 16.) Organic Wellbeing Spa Collecton. See instore from Nothing But Footprints. 17.) Cat Fluffy Notebook £9.99 from WHSmith. 18.) Revolution Vegan Advent Calendar. £30 from Superdrug. 19.) Revolution 196 Red Eyeshadow Palette. £15 from Superdrug. 20.) Jerry Bottles. £19.99 from Nothing But Footprints. 21.) Primal Suds Soaps. £6 each from Nothing But Footprints. 22.) Gift Box. £9.99 from Cards Direct.

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There is a huge range of gift options for you to choose from at our independent and national retailers. Here are just a few examples from this part of our town centre.






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Scarf. £9.95 from Kendals. Vintage Toucan Lamp by P.T Huangslite . £165 from Antique Modern Mix. Set of 3 Murano Lattice Design Vases. Various prices from Antique Modern Mix. Felt Christmas Decorations and Characters, Stockings and Wreaths. £7 to £40 from Doodledash Assorted Square Mile Artisan Coffees. From The Rustic Bean. See instore for details. Husky Coca Cola Chiller. £133 from Buywise.

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7.) Cricket Bat and Hockey Stick. All 15% off from Hawkes Sports. 8.) Uniball Multi-craft Pen Kit. See instore from The Artery Artshop. 9.) Assorted Hand-printed and Hand-made Leather Handbags. £79.00 each from J D’Cruz. 10.) Barfly Eau De Toilette. £40 from Union Menswear. 11.) MA Strum Crew. £115 from Union Menswear. 12.) Weekend Offender Banbury Crew. £59 from Revival MKII. 13.) Lyle and Scott Merino Knit. £65 from Union Menswear. 14.) Blue Bag £37.95 from Kendals. 15.) Candle £8.95 from Kendals. 16.) John White Boots. See instore from Union Menswear.

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There is a huge range of gift options for you to choose from at our independent and national retailers. Here are just a few examples from this part of our town centre.




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Bags of Christmas Sweets. See instore from Sugar Rush. Jane Wimbury Red Random Dish. See instore from Church Lane Gallery. Banbury Sun Bag. ÂŁ4 from Church Lane Gallery (and other stockists in town). Janet Bird Prints. Individually Priced from Church Lane Gallery. Assorted Craft Beers. See instore from The Apothecary Tap.


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6.) Janet Bird Prints. Individually Priced from Church Lane Gallery. 7.) Christmas Helium Balloon Bouquets tied to a Sweet Treat. From £20 from Sweet Celebrations and Sugar Rush. 8.) Games & Model Kits. From £10.00 from Games Workshop. 9.) Dark Chocolate Log filled with Hand-made Truffles. £19.99 from Belflair Chocolates. 10.) Sweet Baubles. £2.50 from Sugar Rush.

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high street & south bar street

There is a huge range of gift options for you to choose from at our independent and national retailers. Here are just a few examples from this part of our town centre.






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Adam Gale Humming Bird Limited Edition Print. From £110 from The White Horse Gallery, South Bar. Shaun Leane Silver Heart Bracelet. £150 from Michael Jones Jeweller, High Street. Montblanc Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Classique Ballpoint Pen. £385 from Michael Jones Jeweller, High Street. Deakin & Francis Sterling Silver Yellow Bi-Plane Cufflinks. £260 from Michael Jones Jeweller, High Street. Deakin & Francis Sterling Silver Red Racing Car Cufflinks. £260 from Michael Jones Jeweller, High Street.

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6.) Alex Monroe Squirrel & Acorn Gold Plated Necklace. £165 from Michael Jones Jeweller, High Street. 7.) Alex Monroe Prowling Fox Gold Plated Necklace. £165 from Michael Jones Jeweller, High Street. 8.) Natalie Toplass Birds in Flight Limited Edition Print. From £110 from The White Horse Gallery, South Bar. 9.) Claudio Lugli Shirt. £95 from Henry’s Menswear, High Street. 10.) Schwarzkopf Peptide Repair Rescue Gift Set. £26.95 from Matthew Grant, High Street. 11.) Schwarzkopf Oil Ultime Gift Set. £26.95 from Matthew Grant, High Street. 12.) Barker Jax Shoes. £250 from Henry’s Menswear, High Street.

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Cosy Socks x3. £5 from Bon Marche, Bridge Street. Tis The Season Long Robe. £59.95 from White Stuff, High Street. Pyjamas x2. £12 from Bon Marche, Bridge Street. Pyjamas x2. £12 from Bon Marche, Bridge Street. Doing Good Stuff Water Bottle, £19.95 from White Stuff, High Street. Star Mule Slippers, £19.95 from White Stuff, High Street.

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7.) Boppi the Booty Shakin’ Llama. £19.99 from Robert Dyas, High Street. 8.) Calligraphy Set. £8 from The Works, High Street. 9.) My Felt Doll Book £5 from The Works, High Street. 10.) Glitter Nutcracker Decoration. £12 each from Matalan, George Street. 11.) Ride-On Range Rover Evoque. £29.99 from Robert Dyas, High Street. 12.) Academy of Music 54-Key Keyboard with Microphone. £14.99 from Robert Dyas, High Street.

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A free from festive meal

Lucy at Tom’s Diner shares her fool proof recipe for the perfect Free From festive meal. Lucy’s number one tip for catering for this special occasion is planning and preparation. Do this well and the execution will be a triumph! Over to you Lucy; Here is my whistle stop guide to a delicious Free From Christmas Dinner, with all the wow factor and none of the stress. I can vouch for the menu, as I put this to the test myself last Christmas, catering for 16 family members, (including 1 gf, 3 veggie, 2 vegan) in a new house (new oven, box fresh and no time to read instructions) and I can honestly say, it’s fool proof. Even when you drop the cauliflower cheese all over the floor in front of everyone! Yes, that really happened! (Thank goodness I made 2!)

Here’s my menu, please visit the Banbury BID website for the recipes.

Starter Pâté and Toast with Homemade Pickles. ~

Main Nut Roast, Spiced Red Cabbage, Miso Sprouts, Cauliflower Cheese, Vichy Carrots, Caraway Roast Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Gravy. ~

Dessert Mulled Wine Trifle ~

Postres Cheese and Crackers

Tom’s Diner Banbury Museum. toms__diner/ TomsDiner.Cafe

Thank you to Lucy Pearson at Tom’s Diner for writing this article.

The trick is to prep as much as you can in advance, and freeze it until the night before. It can all be put in the oven pretty much at the same time, leaving you to spend precious time with your family and friends, rather than swearing - oops I mean sweating - by yourself in the kitchen.

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taking time out

for a coffee Coffee shops are in the heart of our community, a place to relax and unwind, catch up with friends and family or even open up your laptop and work. In Banbury, we are fortunate to have some of the best coffee shops around. One specialist coffee shop is The Rustic Bean, a relative newcomer and situated on Parsons Street in the Old Town. Stacy Parsons, owner of The Rustic Bean, tells us that a good cup of coffee takes time to make, an almost scientific process. To achieve the perfect coffee the beans are ground and weighed, to ensure every shot is consistent (19.0g) Coffee is tampered then using a state of the art gravimetric Victoria Arduino Black Eagle coffee machine, the coffee is extracted to the desired weight and time of extraction, giving the perfect blend.

Banbury Coffee Shops: Beau Tea 15 Calthorpe Street Blend Juice and Coffee Bar 36a Church Lane Bica Cafe and Deli 36 Calthorpe Street Caffe Nero 95 High Street Caffe Veneto 17a High Street Cafe Mocha 11 High Street Coffee Hut 6 Church Lane Costa Coffee Castle Quay Debenhams Castle Quay Elly’s Cake and Coffee Shop 8 White Lion Walk The Granary 6 Butchers Row

Full fat milk is foamed to the perfect temperature before serving with beautiful latte art.

M&S Castle Quay

The Rustic Bean pride themselves on excellent smooth coffee and customer service, getting to know customer names and their favourite coffee.

Muffin Break Castle Quay

Whilst they make your perfect coffee why not take that time for you…

The Rustic Bean 61 Parsons Street

Old Town Gallery & Cafe 21 Parsons Street

Tom’s Diner Banbury Museum, Castle Quay Thank you to Stacy Parsons at The Rustic Bean for writing this article.


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PLACES TO eat, drink & BE MERRY

in banburY THIS WINTER

When the weather changes and the temperature drops, there’s nothing more enjoyable than getting together with family and friends to share a meal or festive tipple. Here are 12 places to eat, drink and be merry in Banbury this winter.


Dickensian evening - Fancy a festive evening of good food and drink in the heart of Banbury? The White Horse on North Bar Street is hosting a special Wednesday Evening Dickensian Menu during December. Call 01295 277484.


A bit of tradition - Escape the weather and head to a good ole British pub. Try Ye Olde Reinedeer Inn on Parsons Street, The Cromwell Lodge on North Bar Street, Dog & Gun on North Bar Street, The Banbury Cross pub on Butcher’s Row or The Wheatsheaf on George Street.


Pizza the action - Fancy a slice of Italy this winter? Visit the award-winning Pizza Calzone on Parsons Street, La Foglia on North Bar Street or family-favourite, Pizza Express on the High Street. Little Amsterdam on North Bar Street.


A cracking Christmas - need a mid shop stop or somewhere for a relaxed dinner or drink try Pinto Lounge, Little Amsterdam, Wine Vaults or Cafe Veneto.

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Vegan paradise - along the canal front under Banbury Museum you’ll find Tom’s Diner, serving classic American diner food with a plant-based twist. Locally sourced, lovingly prepared. Gluten and nut-free. Email


Oriental star - fresh, authentic Oriental food is perfect for sharing and celebrating with friends, family and colleagues. Visit PawPaw Banbury on Bridge Street for its sleek sit-down restaurant or call for a takeaway, alternatively try Zushi or Siam House on Parsons Street.





Afternoon tea - if you enjoy a cosy tearoom then stop off at Beau Tea (formally By The Fire) on Calthorpe Street for homemade quiches, soups, cakes, afternoon tea experiences and tapas nights or try Elly’s Cakes on White Lion Walk.

Learn to cook - Banbury’s cookery school, Neva Culinary Affairs on White Lion Walk, is the perfect place to learn a new skill, buy a cookery experience, host a family get-together, entertain clients or reward employees. Call 01295 279266.

Something sweet - looking for an advent calendar, stocking fillers, gourmet chocolates or a Christmas cake? We recommend Shelia’s Sweets on Parsons Street, Sugar Rush and Belflair Chocolates on Church Lane or The Cake Shop on Bridge Street.

Banbury bars - Banbury has plenty of traditional pubs, but also a great selection of bars, including 4 Ale and Gin on Butchers Row, Also Known As (AKA), The Old Auctioneer, J T Davies Cornhill, Marketplace and The Wine Vaults on Parsons Street and The Church House on North Bar Street.

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the perfect:

christmas roast

We treasure our renowned local town centre butcher Steve Betts. Christmas is an important gathering of the year and a rare opportunity to treat your family to a very special meal. There’s nothing like filling your house with all the delicious smells of your Christmas dinner slowly cooking. Most people will have their go to recipe, whether you are a Jamie Oliver, Nigella or Hairy Biker. Our local Banbury town butcher Steve Betts is only too happy to help you choose the best meat and accompaniments, to make sure that your recipe is a triumph. The shop stocks a vast array of Christmas meats from Tom Copas free range and organic turkeys to a Creedy Carver free range duckling.

Steve and his team are the experts and ready to help and advise you, easing any stresses away. If you are thinking of changing things up this year then why not visit Waterstones in Castle Quay to peruse their wonderful choice of cookbooks. And remember to pay Steve a visit to check that you have all the magical ingredients for the big day.

Steve Betts Family Butchers 2 Church Lane, Banbury, OX16 5LR stevebettsbutchers Thank you to Steve Betts for his help with this article.

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Cocktail Banbury is a great place to have a cocktail. As well as our long standing cocktail venues, we have a new venue in the heart of Parsons Street, and Charlie from Lenny’s Bar has provided us with a couple of cocktail recipes to bring some sparkle to your night out. At Lenny’s, we have collaborated with Sheila’s Sweets, also on Parsons Street, to garnish our cocktails with a sweet treat to create that wonderful unique cocktail experience. We’ve got something here for everyone, from a Classic Margherita to a Brandy Alexander. Not only do we offer the perfect cocktails, we serve food all day, with a large selection for everybody. Our menu can be found on our website. Pictured is our famous Planters Punch packed with 3 different rums, garnished with tango orange popping candy and an orange and pineapple lollipop. Alongside our Pina Colada, garnished with pina colada rings and a coconut mushroom.

How to make the Planters Punch Cocktail: What you will need. • Ice. • A shaker. • A tall cocktail glass. Ingredients: • 25ml White or Dark Spiced Rum. • 50ml Orange Juice • 50ml Pineapple Juice • A dash of Passion Fruit Purée.

Lenny’s Bar 17 Parsons St, Banbury, OX16 5LY

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Thank you to Charlie at Lenny’s bar for writing this article. lennysbanbury lennysbanbury

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If you are planning a party and don’t know what to cook, Banbury’s got plenty of answers. Our well stocked Thai, Indian and Polish grocery stores, use Banbury’s Traditional Markets on Thursday and Saturdays and of course don’t forget Steve Betts Butchers. However, if you want to let someone else take the pressure off, Marks and Spencer in Banbury Town Centre has a delicious array of party food to choose from. We love the look of this delicious Christmas pud. And of course if you’ve run out of time to bake that special cake, don’t forget The Cake Shop, on Bridge Street for beautiful cakes in every shape and design including a wonderful turkey shaped cake, which made us all smile in the BID office.

Banbury Traditional Market Every Thursday and Saturday.

Banbury Farmers Market The first Friday of every month

Bao Giang Oriental Supermarket 26 Parsons Street

The Cake Shop 13 Bridge Street

Delia Continental Food 30 Parsons Street

Grosik Euro Supermarket 40 High Street

Iceland 56-60 Calthorpe Street.

International Supermarket 33a-34a High Street

Mace Supermarket 51a George Street

M&S Castle Quay.

Steve Betts Butchers 2 Church Lane.



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