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This Winter we have so much to offer you, from stunning Winter Light Displays, to the opportunity to win a fantastic prize of ÂŁ500 to spend in our town. 2020 has brought about many challenges, but also created opportunities to do things differently, a lot of our businesses have had to adapt and evolve to ensure that all of our visitors receive a safe and welcoming experience. Banbury Business Improvement District represents over 500 town centre businesses and they have all contributed to the creation of this guide, and to the production of our Winter Light Displays. We hope you will enjoy both, and be able to experience our town safely. Throughout the guide, you will see reference to our LoyalFree app. Please support our town centre businesses by downloading our app to keep up to date with events and deals in the town. And if you find yourself isolating this winter, you can still experience the LoyalFree audio tour of Banbury from the comfort of your own home. On behalf of all of our 539 contributing businesses I want to say thank you for your continued support throughout such a challenging year. Our guide will connect you to the people and faces behind the businesses.

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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Banbury Museum


The Mill Arts Centre


Arts and Antiques


Top 10 things to do in Castle Quay this winter


Lock 29


Banbury Market - something for everyone


Competition - Spending time in Banbury


Hairdressers and Barbers - The perfect excuse for “me time�!


Shop Small - a guide to independent shops in Banbury


Banbury Town Map


Sewing it back together again


Care and Repair


Eyes to the Future - opticians


Switch On - domestic appliances




Watches and Jewellery


Menswear 25 Nights out in Banbury


Release your competitive spirit


Takeaways 29 Business section New Year New Job!


Finances 31 Moving House


Office Space


Stunning winter light displays showing daily from dusk until late.

Remembrance Display - Banbury Town Hall 1st - 15th November

Winter Lights Display - Cornhill 18th November to 28th December

Welcome in a bright New Year - Cornhill 29th December - 5th January Expect imaginative scenes, stunning lights, and seasonal music. Enjoy the displays as you shop late afternoon, finish work or experience Banbury at nighttime, helping to support our local businesses. Together, we can keep the light shining in Banbury this winter.

Brought to you by Banbury BID and its 539 contributing members, working in partnership with Banbury Town Council.


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BANBURY MUSEUM Banbury Museum & Gallery situated in Castle Quay provides the town with a cultural offer rich in local history, a gallery hosting touring exhibitions and a family fun events programme. The next exhibition to grace the town is Portrayals which has been made possible through loans secured from the Arts Council Collection, the world’s largest loan collection of modern and contemporary British art. The loans are supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund. Portrayals brings together more than 45 original paintings and drawings by some of the country’s most celebrated twentieth century and contemporary artists, including David Hockney, Lucian Freud and Paula Rego. The specially curated exhibition runs from 21 November 2020 to 7 March 2021 – the most ambitious display the organisation has ever staged and the first time so many works by artists of this stature can be viewed together in the town. Selected to appeal to people-watchers and art lovers alike, Portrayals focuses on people, and the varied ways they have

been depicted by 34 different artists across the last century. Further highlights from the exhibition include works by three Turner Prize winners - Chris Ofili, Antony Gormley and Howard Hodgkin – as well as a further four Turner Prize nominees; and original drawings and paintings by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. Simon Townsend, Director of Banbury Museum & Gallery states “This exhibition is a statement, that illustrates just what we can do together. It is such a privilege to bring this astonishing collection of



David Hockney “Portrait Surrounded by Artistic Devices” 1965 Acrylic on canvas 60 x 72” © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt Collection Arts Council, Southbank Centre, London

work to the Pye Gallery and Banbury, which has been made possible through partnership with Arts Council England, with support from the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund. I am sure that we will be able to build upon this landmark exhibition to enrich our outstanding town and region.”

local artists offer a handmade element to those looking to support local small businesses. The team at Banbury Museum & Gallery look forward to welcoming you in this Winter.

Banbury Museum & Gallery are thrilled to not only have reopened their doors to the support of this community and the families that visit regularly but to be in such a strong and positive position to offer an incredible viewing this Winter. During what is an unsettled period for most, Banbury Museum & Gallery is proud to be a safe and welcoming space for all to enjoy the artwork on display over the coming months. With Christmas just around the corner the museum shop also has a beautiful range of new stock ready to delight this season. Themed displays of lifestyle gifts provide you with a wealth of choice this Christmas and our displays of work by

Banbury Museum Spiceball Park Road, Banbury OX16 2PQ Tel: 01295 236165 Portrayals 21 November 2020 – 7 March 2021 Please check the website for upcoming events.


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the mill arts centre This year, we’re celebrating Christmas at The Mill with a fantastic range of family-friendly activities. Join us for a socially distanced production of Snow Play, make your own crafty cardboard house in the Snow Play Online Workshop, and enjoy a screening of the classic festive film The Muppets Christmas Carol. Snow Play What would you do if one year Winter moved into your house? Find out in Snow Play, a brrrilliant adventure for the whole family. Perfect for ages 3+. Performances at 10:30am & 2pm, 19th-24th December 2020. Tickets £10 each, £35 family of 4. Snow Play Online Workshop Make your own house for Mr White or Mr Green using cardboard, tissue paper and other household materials – and recreate your own battle between Winter and Spring at home! Workshops run via Zoom at 12pm, 19th-24th December 2020. Tickets £8 per Zoom entry.

The Muppets Christmas Carol The fabulous Muppets band together to teach Scrooge (Michael Caine) the meaning of Christmas in this charming adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. 6:30pm, 4th December 2020. Rating: U. Tickets £6, £20 family of 4. We’ve introduced additional safety measures including social distancing, one-way systems and increased regular cleaning schedules, so you can celebrate the festivities with confidence. The Mill Arts Centre Spiceball Park Road, Banbury OX16 5QE Tel: 01295 279 002


ART & ANTIQUES This winter, why not treat yourself or someone special, to a unique gift. “Antiquities make the perfect one off present for that special someone in your life who has everything.” says Charlotte from Antique Modern Mix. “A unique piece of statement glass, an unusual lamp or even a piece of furniture can make a perfect gift.” Antique Modern Mix is currently open via appointment and it is certainly worth a visit. Or why not visit one of Banbury’s galleries for a piece of fine art or craft? Kate Kleiner from White Horse Gallery says “‘Art is an expression of our individuality, to give a piece of art is the perfect way to show how much you know, care and think of someone. It really is a fantastic gift which can last a lifetime.’ If you’ve already got that piece of art but it needs a frame, you can call on any one of Banbury’s three picture framers listed below. Arts and antiques include: Antique Modern Mix 62 Parson’s St, OX16 5NB Banbury Emporium 11 White Lion Shopping Walk, OX16 5UD Banbury Picture Framing, 2 Borough House, Marlborough Rd, OX16 5TH Church Lane Gallery Church Lane, OX16 5LT Holloways Auctioneers 49 Parson’s St, OX16 5NB The Art Framing & Printing Workshop 38 Parsons St, Banbury OX16 5NA The White Horse Gallery 12 S Bar St, OX16 9AA


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TOP 10 Things to do in


Castle Quay offers a great full day out experience in Banbury. From witnessing incredible exhibitions in the Banbury Museum, grabbing a hot drink at Coffee #1, picking up essential gifts at high street favourites like H&M, then eating the finest vegan food at Tom’s Diner - there is literally something for every taste!


BANBURY MUSEUM Explore a range of local, regional and touring exhibits at Banbury Museum. Plus visit their Museum Shop which stocks beautiful ranges of lifestyle gifts and greetings cards, from small brands and local makers.


EATING OUT Tom’s Diner at Banbury Museum is Banbury’s first 100% plant-based café serving a range of family friendly options. All food is locally sourced and prepared in the unique canal-side setting. If you’re looking for something a bit meatier Greggs offers firm family favourites and Costa, Muffin Break, Coffee #1 and Bakers + Baristas offer a perfect destination for a cuppa and a cake.


GIFTS FOR ALL High-street favourites Debenhams, F.Hinds, Pandora, Thorntons and Waterstones provide the perfect destination to pick up a gift for someone special. Banbury Vintage Watch and Jewellery Company is also the ideal location to pick up a one-of-a-kind vintage watch or beautiful piece of jewellery.


KIDS If you’re after something unusual, new store POP showcases the very best, hard to find toys, gifts and books from some of the most exciting independent brands and small businesses. The Entertainer, Game and Flying Tiger are also the perfect place to pick up those must-have gifts on every child’s wish-list.



FASHION There’s a fashion offer for every taste and age. From H&M and New Look to JD Sports, Sports Direct, Trespass and USC. Castle Quay is the ideal destination to pick up your must have styles. HEALTH AND BEAUTY 6 You can get all your beauty and fragrance essentials from, Bodycare, Boots, Body Shop and Superdrug at the centre. Plus Debenhams and Fragrance Shop offer an incredible selection of fragrances for gift inspiration.





TOOLEY’S BOATYARD Tooley’s is one of the oldest working boatyards on the inland waterways and a unique part of Banbury’s history and heritage. With a working forge, resident blacksmith Jamie Simmons can also make bespoke items to order. The boatyard is open for public viewing every day between 10am – 1pm.


HAIR SALON AND BARBERS Castle Barbers offer hairstyling and cutting solutions for men within a friendly and exotic Turkish barbers. The Cutting Bar is also available for walk-ins and offers stylish cuts for ladies, gentleman and children.

VISUALISE TRAVEL Why not book a well-deserved holiday Visualise Travel - Banbury’s local independent travel agency with over 60 years in the travel industry. The friendly team are ready to help you book the ultimate holiday and plan all your travel arrangements.

CONVENIENCE Pick up wrapping paper and cards from WHSmith, Card Factory, Flying Tiger, or Cards Direct. Then post your Christmas gifts at the centre’s conveniently located Post Office.

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Lock29 is a sustainable community destination that opened in Banbury in August 2020. The venue features diverse and exciting food and drink artisans set in a completely unique creative space that pays homage to its hometown, whilst reaching out to visitors from far and wide. Lock29 started life as a vision to breathe new life into the canal side destination and rethink a critical, abandoned space for the benefit of the community. Since launching in the midst of a global pandemic, Lock29 has changed and grown and we are excited about the next chapter, which will see additional elements of Lock29 open to the public. As Lock29 continues to grow, and with Castle Quay Waterfront continuing its journey to its first phase of opening in Spring/Summer 2021, these linked and interconnected canal side spaces will continue to be a hub of activity offering something for everyone.

Together with Happerley England, we are welcoming more and more local Banbury businesses into the space, ensuring that we have a really exciting offer for you this winter and beyond. Join us this winter for festive competitions, special offers, new recipes, Christmas activities and a whole lot of lovely stuff. The vision has now become a reality and we invite you to be part of the story. | @lock29.banbury




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There is nothing like a market place to get you into the festive spirit. Markets may have had a tricky year but they have come back with a vengeance and they are here to stay. Markets are not just a place of business, they are the beating heart of our community, a collection of social gathering spots that bring the best local produce as well as a unique opportunity for those one-off finds we all love. Whether you’re hunting for gourmet, garments or goods, our alfresco markets have become the go-to destination for shopping, dining and socialising for Banbury’s town centre visitors. From fruit and vegetables, meats, breads and cakes, specialty coffee, cheese and plants to clothing, gifting, crafts and antiques, they have you covered.

And not only that. You can help support a trade that goes back thousands of years. Without markets, our towns wouldn’t be the same. So this winter make them part of your go-to list for quality seasonal shopping and cheer. Banbury Charter Market takes place every Thursday & Saturday, Banbury Market Place, 9am-4pm. Banbury Farmers Market takes place on the first Friday of the month, Banbury Market Place, 8.30am-1.30pm Follow us on Facebook: @Banburymarkets – Website:

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Enter our competition for the chance to spend money and time in Banbury town centre businesses. One lucky person will win ten ÂŁ50 gift vouchers to spend in each of the following outlets: GAME Banbury, Castle Quay

So... Hair, Nails & Beauty, Parsons Street

H&M, Castle Quay Shopping Centre

Superdrug, Castle Quay Shopping Centre

Nothing But Footprints, Castle Quay Shopping Centre

TK Maxx, Calthorpe Street

Paw Paw, Bridge Street

Waterstones, Castle Quay Shopping Centre

Union, Parsons Street

White Stuff, High Street

How to enter

To enter the competition, you will need to download our free app for Banbury at Competition ends midnight 16th December. The Winner will be chosen randomly but you must be prepared to have your photo taken and appear in promotional articles! For full terms and conditions, visit our website:

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The perfect excuse

for “Me Time”

The joy of the festive season brings a good reason to give yourself some “me time” and get pampered in Banbury’s stylish hair salons this winter. There is no doubt hair salons have had to adapt very rapidly to the many challenges thrown upon us this year, however, they continue to be a comforting source of self-care and community in Banbury. “COVID-19 has made a big difference in the way we operate,” Charlotte from Lawrence Anthony tells us. “We are so grateful to our wonderful clients. They have shown loyalty, patience and have taken all the changes in their stride. We want to reassure everyone that all of the government protocol and advise has been put into place to give our clients a safe space to relax.” Why not treat a loved one to some serious indulgence this year. Choose from a large selection of wonderful Banbury Salons to find the perfect gift.

Banbury Hair Stylists include: Renaissance, Mimi Hair Lounge, Wisteria Loft, So Hair & Nails, RJ’s Salon, Flix Hair, Lawrence Anthony, Matthew Grant Hairdressing, Total Image Hair Banbury, Hair Concepts, Paul Joseph Hairdressing, Varia Hair Studio, O’Neils, The Cutting Bar Banbury, Toni & Guy, JH Hair & Beauty

Barbers include: Castle Barbers Ralph and Tony, Graffiti Barbers, Newton Barbers, Razor King, RJ’s Barbers, Shearing Shed, Simon and Co Barbers, Trinders Barbers. Unit One Barbers

Discover Banbury For up to date details on barbers and hairdressers in Banbury, download Banbury’s LoyalFree app by searching ‘LoyalFree’ on the Appstore or Googleplay

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#ShopSmall: A guide to the best independent shops in Banbury This year, December 8th is Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to the independent businesses that make our High Street a special place to shop and visit. Whether you are able to come to Banbury on 8th, or you prefer spreading your seasonal shopping over a few weekends, #shopsmall to support our local economy this winter.


For the indulgence seeker - Looking for the ultimate pampering experience? You can treat yourself or a friend to a stone-heated massage at R3Balance or get the perfect manicure at Modo Bella. For a full list of beauty salons download the LoyalFree app.


For the vintage and history lover - If you love pieces with history, you may want to attend an auction at Holloways Auction House, Parsons St, Banbury’s longest standing auction house for fine arts and antiques.


For the health conscious - If you are looking for a workout regime or a way of keeping active during the holidays to blast the extra calories, make sure you try some of the boxing classes at Spit’n’Sawdust Gym.


For the ethical shopper - Wanting to make a difference to our planet? At Nothing But Footprints in Castle Quay, they stock a full range of zero waste goodies. From refillable foods, to cleaning products, soaps and shampoos, the only thing you need to do is to bring your container and they fill it up for you. And of course the Natural Health Store, George St. has a great range of ethical products and remedies.


For the young at heart - if you want to impress with gifts with a twist, make sure you visit the Collectors-Assemble for some classic comic books, Sweet Celebrations for the ultimate fancy dress, Banbury Emporium, for retro toys and other collectables.




For the confirmed sweet-tooth - Love the idea of a feast of delicious chocolate, cakes and sweets? We recommend Sugar Rush and Shelia’s Sweets for pick and mix sweets and Belflair for artisan chocolate.


For the selective foodaholic - No shopping day is complete without a stop to enjoy some tasty food. Pop to Taquero for authentic Mexican street-food dishes, Calzone’s for indulgent pizza, Cafe Veneto for a selection of fresh salads and Italian style sandwiches and La Foglia, for your favorite Italian dishes. And if you like cooking don’t forget Abraxas Cookshop for all those cooking utensils and the latest gadgets.


For the arty type - whether you are an amateur or professional artist working on your next watercolour canvas, you would love the fabulous art and craft range at The Artery. For textiles check out The Banbury Sewing Centre.


For the home enthusiast - Passionate about interiors and chic decor? Infuse your home with the gorgeous scent of fresh flowers from Secret Garden. Spruce up a piece of furniture with paint or stencils from Doodledash Interiors. Add to your art collection with a new painting from Church Lane Gallery, and have the latest magazines on your coffee table from Nilay’s News.


For the devout fashionista - Are you an accessories lover? Kendalls is a real treat if you are after a statement piece of jewellery or a scarf, while JD Cruz specialises in beautiful handmade leather bags. See page 25 for Menswear.

Discover Banbury For up to date details on businesses and deals in Banbury, download Banbury’s LoyalFree app by searching ‘LoyalFree’ on the Appstore or Googleplay

Shopping in Banbury’s Historic Market Town Centre, gives you the opportunity to engage with your local community, spend locally and support our town centre businesses.

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





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Download our LoyalFree app, go to trails, and take a trip into the past.

You can explore those memories from the comfort of your own home, or take an actual walking tour of Banbury with our Audio Trail.

Banbury has an audio trail featuring stories from local residents of days gone by.


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We rediscovered our inner creativity during the lock down, and Banbury has a selection of shops that cater for every skill level. For art supplies, The Artery is the place to be. Doodledash Interiors sells stencils and paints for sprucing up your furniture, and The Banbury Sewing Centre provides traditional and modern haberdashery, all of which help customers create bespoke projects. When lockdown struck earlier this year The Banbury Sewing Centre carried on trading using the ShopAppy platform, organised by Banbury BID. Owner Amy said, “We donated a lot of mask making kits for free which people ordered from ShopAppy. Our kit had enough fabric to make ten masks which people made and donated to the vulnerable, health centres, and care homes”. With the reopening of the shop these designs are proving popular, “As well as readymade masks we’ve got a big range of designer fabrics to make your own, I think the face mask is being seen as an expression of the wearers individuality”.

Mask Madness continues and having made thousands for the NHS, Fire Service and Banbury Horton Hospital, Amy and her team are now making autumn, Halloween and Christmas themed masks. One thing is clear, Banbury has lots of talented artisans, and love for their craft not only supports our local businesses and services but also our community. Take a look and discover your inner creativity Doodledash Interiors, 3 Parsons St, OX16 5LW The Artery, 21 Parsons Street, OX16 5LY The Banbury Sewing Centre, 57 Parsons Street, OX16 5NB



Don’t “Make Do”!

LET us mend it!

As the world moves toward sustainable fashion, there has never been a better time to treasure the things you love, so that they last you a lifetime. 2020 has changed the way many of us shop. A new set of values seems to have emerged in our community, leading us to be more mindful of how much we buy and what we wear. The things you own have a story, they bring memories of family gatherings, work achievements, and life milestones. To you they may even have more value than they did when you originally bought them and this is why you cherish them. “There is no need to throw away that pair of shoes you love, or garments that don’t fit any longer. Our local businesses can help you bring life back to the items you wish to keep for a long time.” says Mark Sharman at Banbury Shoe Repairs & Key Cutting Service. From shoe repairs and dry cleaning, to clothing mending and altering, Banbury’s high street has you covered.

If longevity is something you’re passionate about, make sure you pay them a visit this winter and give the things you treasure the care they deserve.

Banbury Appliance Centre, 12 Bridge St, Banbury, OX16 5PN. Banbury Shoe Repair & Key Cutting Service, 84A High St, Banbury OX16 5JG. Jojos Mobile and Computer Repair 7 George St, Banbury OX16 5BH. Stitches, 5 Market Pl, Banbury OX16 5LG. Timpsons 86 High St, Banbury OX16 5JE.

Discover Banbury For up to date details on businesses and deals in Banbury, download Banbury’s LoyalFree app by searching ‘LoyalFree’ on the Appstore or Googleplay

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When dreams become vision, they can also become a tangible reality. And this is exactly what happened to Barry Lever, who this year saw his dream become a reality before his very eyes. “I have been in Banbury’s high street for eight years and I have no wish to be anywhere else.” Barry tells us. “I always knew exactly where I wanted to build my business.“ Just across the street from his old premises, Barry has opened Complete Eyecare on number 13. The old Charles Clinkard shoe shop is now a state-of-the-art optics and hearing care centre, equipped with the latest eye care innovations. Barry has created a centre of excellence for eye care in Banbury but also made an investment in his family’s future, with two luxurious flats above the shop.

Discover Banbury For up to date details on opticians in Banbury, download Banbury’s LoyalFree app by searching ‘LoyalFree’ on the Appstore or Googleplay

Complete Eye Care is just one of many opticians to choose from in Banbury’s town centre.

Opticians in Banbury include: Boots Castle Quay, Banbury OX16 5UH Complete Eye Care 76 High St, Banbury OX16 5JG Harrold Opticians, 92 High St, Banbury OX16 5JE. Peepers Opticians 54 High St, Banbury OX16 5JJ. Scrivens Opticians 5 High St, Banbury OX16 5DZ. Specsavers 29, 31 Bridge St, Banbury OX16 5PN. Vision Express Unit 8 Castle St, Banbury OX16 5UH Walford and Round Opticians, 47 High St, Banbury OX16 5LA




Slow-roasted chestnuts, an indulgent melt-in-the-mouth roast dinner and a great blockbuster on TV — the festive season is all about fun with the family. This winter you can enrich your home entertainment with the latest technology in appliances and electrical goods. Blinkhorns, a local, family-run business that has been serving in Banbury’s local community since 1883, can bring to your home the latest audio visual equipment, including televisions, cameras and soundbars. Extremely well-regarded for their professionalism and customer service, the firm can help you transform your living room into a sophisticated entertainment lounge.

If you are after a new cooker, washing machine or home appliance, Buywise is the place to go. With a team of extremely friendly and helpful engineers, they can deliver and install your new appliance.

“These days, a home is not a home without a TV.” Tom Blinkhorn, the owner of the business, explains. “The TV is an essential part of our daily lives, from hosting family movie nights and keep-fit sessions, to providing companionship to the elderly, and not forgetting the kids playing fortnite.”

So what are you treating your home to this Christmas? TV or fridge, support our local businesses in Banbury.

“Our main aim is to deliver the best product available to fit the customers requirements in the shortest time frame possible.” Jolyon New, the owner of Buywise tells us.

Blinkhorns 5 South Bar, OX16 9AA Buywise 45 Parsons St, OX16 5NA

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8 looks to shine on this season

From all eyes-on-me trends to wardrobe staples, this winter is all about lifting the spirits and fashion plays a crucial part in this. Fashion can be the best antidote for sweeping the blues away. So if you are after some retail therapy, make sure you pop to Banbury’s town centre this winter. Browse the high street brands and independent boutiques that our town has to offer.


The XXL sleeve




Gold colour


Traditional checks Tartans, ginghams and Prince of Wales checks, these timeless fabrics are huge this winter. Pair them with leather to add some sophistication or wear two patterns together to create a clashing look as seen on the catwalk. Discover the prints at Matalan on Cherwell Street or TK Maxx on Calthorpe Street.

Ladies, this winter is all about the puffy sleeves. Think 1980s and Joan Collins in Dynasty. Balloon-shaped, the bigger, the better. Head to New Look or H&M in Castle Quay Shopping Centre.

There is nothing more comforting than getting wrapped up in a cosy cardigan. This winter cardigans are back and they look great when worn with a pair of wide leg jeans, true Seventies style, or the timeless pencil skirt, for the ultimate librarian look. Try GAP Outlet, Love Fashion in Castle Quay, White Stuff on the High Street or Bonmarche on Bridge Street.

A staple colour for evenings and special occasions, rich gold is the party colour of this season. So, if you are after the perfect number to welcome 2021, this is the colour to pursue. For all that glitters visit New Look or Roman Originals in Castle Quay Shopping Centre.




Leather coats

This big 90s trend is back. Buttery-soft leather coats in caramel and brown tones play a big part in this season’s fashion. Wear them over a relaxed pair of jeans and casual jumper to smarten your look. Head to Debenhams in Castle Quay Shopping Centre or TK Maxx on Calthorpe Street.


Skirt Suit For more formal occasions or if you’re planning a return to the office next year, why not look the part, in a tailored skirt suit? This year they come in brighter colours such as red, blue and even yellow. Get suited and booted at White Stuff in the High Street or Debenhams in Castle Quay Shopping Centre.


Bright faux-fur coats



Shades of pink, lemon and lilac are the designers’ choice this winter for faux-fur coats. The perfect choice to brighten up the gloomiest winter days. And if colour is not your thing, animal prints continue to be a fabulous choice. Try New Look or H&M in Castle Quay Shopping Centre.

Whatever your age or style Banbury has something for you from High St stockists like Debenhams, GAP, JD Sports, USC, and White Stuff, to three fantastic independent menswear shops - see page p25.

Discover Banbury For up to date details on businesses and deals in Banbury, download Banbury’s LoyalFree app by searching ‘LoyalFree’ on the Appstore or Googleplay

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a timeless gift

Some of the best gifts in life come in things you can treasure forever, like a fine watch or a classic piece of jewellery. These are the gifts that tell a story, create memories and become cherished family heirlooms. You will agree with us that there is something truly special about spoiling a loved one with a timeless watch or exquisite piece of jewellery. So, if you are looking to wow someone with an unforgettable gift, Banbury has an eclectic selection of prestige jewellers, stocking pieces that speak to the heart. For the luxury-lover, Michael Jones Jeweller has just launched the Rolex Boutique a haven of elegance, (pictured above). With beautiful marble flooring and intricate bronze fretwork, the space has been thoughtfully designed to encapsulate the essence of Rolex and create a truly immersive shopping experience. As well as Rolex, they offer a wide selection of watches from other renowned brands such as Omega, Zenith, Tag Heuer and the new Garmin Marq smart watches, perfect for the sports and adventure-lover.

For unique and custom designed jewellery visit Watermans Goldsmith. With their on-site work shop you are sure to find that very special something. Each jeweller in Banbury offers designs that speak to the wearer’s unique style and personality. If that style is vintage, look no further than Banbury Vintage Watch & Jewellery Co. Independent jeweller’s in Banbury include: Michael Jones Jeweller, 78-80 High St, OX16 5JG Watermans Goldsmiths & Jewellers 51 Parsons St, Banbury OX16 5NBRecruits, Banbury Vintage Watch & Jewellery Co 42 Castle Quay, OX16 5UW

Discover Banbury For full list of Banbury’s jewellers, download Banbury’s LoyalFree app by searching ‘LoyalFree’ on the Appstore or Googleplay



OF FASHION Banbury is lucky to have three very different, independent menswear shops, all within walking distance of one another. Looking for that new outfit, or gift, makes for a perfect stroll, especially if you make time to stop in one of Banbury Town’s cafés on Parsons St, Church Lane or White Lion Walk. Union on Parsons St specialise in premium brands and suits for all occasions. This season Elliott the manager suggests Barbour quilted jackets and stretch slim denim are the season trend. Union stock a variety of brands including MA Strum, Hugo Boss and House of Cavani (pictured top right). They now have a selection of women’s brands too. Right next door you will find Revival MK2 which specialises in terrace casual, retro and iconic clothing. Brands include Farah, Ska and Soul and Fila (pictured middle). Owner Mark optimises the look! Recently teaming up with Trinder’s Barbershop, on Church Lane to offer deals in both shops,, Revival now stocks Jordan Trinder’s Unseen Masks. A short walk through Church Lane and White Lions Walk will bring you to Henry’s on the High St. Henry’s provides the finest quality menswear since its founding in 1953, and remains family-run to this day. With off the peg suits, a hire department and made to measure services, Henry’s offers you lots of options, including statement ties (pictured bottom right) and matching face masks.


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The Best Evenings

Out In Banbury This Winter

Help keep Banbury’s evening life alive and pop to the town for a meal or festive tipple. With great pubs, bars and eateries offering a wide international menu, even the most hard-to-please are spoilt for choice. As COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect life, you may be faced with the dilemma of what’s the right thing to do: either going out to enjoy some evening cheer, or stay snuggled at home. Over the past few months, Banbury’s pubs, bars and restaurants have all made an incredible effort to adapt to the new social distancing demands to keep customers safe. They may have weathered many storms before, but nothing has ever equalled the unprecedented challenges brought this year. Over centuries pubs have been the beating heart of a community. A meeting place for the young and the old, where good food is shared over a pint or two, while putting the

world to rights. Although this year may feel a little different, there are still lots of reasons to celebrate and enjoy your favourite local. “Table service has revolutionised the way we operate - it makes the customers feel safer, helps us with social distancing and the track and trace app works really well!” Rob Foreman from Apothecary Tap tells us. You may also love the idea of taking your very special one for a romantic meal or a quiet drink. From seasoned stalwarts to tasty newcomers, there is plenty of delicious food to choose from and get your taste buds racing.

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What’s more, to keep you going until last orders, newcomer Traquero, has partnered with Rock the Atic to bring you the best of Mexican street food and cocktails in town. You can order from Traquero’s takeaway menu and get your food delivered to Rock the Atic in one of their themed quiz nights. “We’re just trying to find ways to be creative and to help each other out.” Ilja Abbatista, owner of Traquero, explains. With great offers and collabs taking place, let’s support our Banbury Town Businesses.

Pubs and bars in Banbury include: AKA, Apothecary Tap Atic, Banbury Cross Inn, Cherwell Banbury, Coach and Horses, Fever, GF Club And Waterside Bar Banbury JT Davies, The Exchange, The White Horse, The Church House, The Dog & Gun, The Old Auctioneer, The Swan, The Wheatsheaf, The Wine Vaults, Wild Lime Bar & Kitchen, Ye Olde Reindeer


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Release your competitive spirit

No festive season is complete without time for bonding and relaxing with friends and family. Indoor games or activities are the perfect recreation for people to spend quality time together. Whether you are looking for a family game or some entertainment with your friendship bubble, there is plenty of merrymaking in Banbury this winter.

And if bowling is not your thing, adults can enjoy a game of pool or snooker, at one of two Banbury venues. Fast Eddies offers pool and snooker, while Elite 8 Ball Lounge specialises in pool. Of course you Banbury Bowl has adapted their venue to can always enjoy a different type of pool, comply with COVID-19 safety regulations, with a family swim at Spiceball. providing players with a perfectly safe environment where they can relax and get into the competitive spirit fostered by the vintage game. As with all other venues, screens, hand sanitisers and dedicated colour balls have been introduced to each lane, so that you can sit and enjoy your own family bubble without worrying about invading other parties’ space.

Recreation Banbury Bowl, 34 Bridge St, Banbury OX16 5PN. Elite 8 Ball Lounge 9 White Lion Shopping Walk, OX16 5UD Fast Eddies Pool and Snooker Hall 8 S Bar St, Banbury OX16 9AA Spiceball Leisure Centre, Cherwell Dr, Banbury OX16 2BW



Take AWAy

A FEAST Add exotic flavours to your seasonal table with some of the most dashing dishes from around the world. With a large variety of eateries on your doorstep, there is something for everyone. Despite the challenges brought by lockdown and current restrictions, Banbury’s takeaway restaurants continue to offer an exceptional choice of international grub. “We are continuously evolving to delight our customers with the finest dishes from China. We have met a few recessions on the way, but today we are stronger, and more committed than ever before to improve and widen our menu.” James Duong from Paw Paw tells us. This winter you can enjoy an array of cuisines on your table and bring to your home a taste of Italy, China, Thailand, India, Britain and even Mexico! If the thought of sinking your teeth into a cheesy slice of thin-crust pizza covered in fragrant herb oil, or the soothing warm fragrance of a Thai soup make your mouth water, Banbury’s takeaway menu is certainly going to satisfy your taste buds.

Banbury Takeaways include: Voujon, Royal Kebab & Pizza, Papa John’s Pizza, Eslend Go Huo, Master Kebab House, Pizza Hut, Banbury Pizza House, Dominos, Antep Kebab House, Eat Well, Pizza Express, Caprinos, Grill & Desserts,

Pinto Lounge, Subway, Banbury Kebab House, West Cornwall Pasty, Baguette 81, Siam House, Jool, Jaypur, Pizza Calzone, Thai Orchid, The Auctioneer, Wine Vaults, Cromwell Lodge, La Foglia, The Church House, The Whately, JT Davies, Taquero

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New Year new JOB

With many workers being furloughed and a demand for vital changes in the workplace, there is a hive of recruitment activity happening this winter. Oxfordshire has always been one of the best areas in the country to find employment, with Banbury typically enjoying less than 1% unemployment. With the recent lockdown restrictions and a reduction in employer confidence this year, it has understandably become more difficult to find a new job, as more people enter the job market to a decreased number of vacancies. Stuart Moore from Plus One Personnel says “Local employment agencies play a vital part in linking jobseekers into job opportunities, and Banbury is fortunate to have some very good agencies, working across a wide range of industry sectors, with links to hundreds of businesses in the area.” If you are looking for work or you are an employer looking to hire, here is a list of employment agencies based in the town centre who could assist you.

Did you know that if you’re unemployed and going for an interview, Timpson will help you look your best. They will clean an outfit for you free of charge, to support you with your job search. Recruitment agencies in Banbury include: Champion Recruitment, 34 Bridge St, Banbury OX16 5PN. Mayday Employment, 1 White Lion Shopping Walk, OX16 5UD New Recruits, 11 Church Ln, Banbury OX16 5LR. Pertemps, 41 N Bar St, Banbury OX16 5EQ. Plus One Personnel, 29 High St, Banbury OX16 5ER. Prospect Personnel Horse Fair, Banbury OX16 0AH Quest Employment, Marlborough Rd, OX16 5TH SOS Recruitment Church Ln, Banbury OX16 5JZ

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Taking care of your finances

this winter With the unprecedented events resulting from COVID-19 and current economic uncertainty, it is now more important than ever to have your finances in good order for a rainy day. Your money is the passport to not just your future but the future of your family. Knowing that your children will be able to go to university, should they wish to do so, and that you can enjoy a comfortable retirement are good enough reasons to ensure that your finances are effectively managed to generate you the best possible return. When it comes to money, however, there are a lot of things to consider, particularly because there is always a lot of speculation. Therefore employing a good financial adviser can cut through the hype to steer you in the right direction. Banbury is home to some brilliant firms in the financial sector that can help you make sure all your assets are catered for. Having a plan for your finances will help you meet your short and long-term needs, without going beyond your income limits.

Financial services in Banbury include: Bricknell Wealth Management 44 South Bar, OX16 9AB Eadie Young, Gilmarde House, 47 S Bar St, OX16 9AB. Phipps Henson McAllister, 4 South Bar St, Banbury OX16 9AA. Progress Accountants, 4, Charter House, 25 High St, OX16 5EG. Sadler Talbot, Jeffersons Business Centre, 6 S Bar St, OX16 9AA Swann Financial Consultancy 39 S Bar St, Banbury OX16 9AE Wellers Banbury, 31 Horse Fair, Banbury OX16 0AE.


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Your key to a happy home moving this season

Moving house is about finding a place that enhances your lifestyle and grows your investment. When it comes to buying or selling property, Banbury holds a treasure of high profile estate agents and mortgage advisors. With the changes to the stamp duty and uncertain economic climate, you may be looking at investing in property as a longterm, additional source of income. “We are predicting that this will be a winter like no other due to the stamp duty holiday. So the old saying of: “we’ll get Christmas out the way” may not even exist this year, with people wanting to benefit from the potential £15,000 saving.” Julie Messer, from Maxwells & Vantage Mortgages tells us. If buying or selling a property is on your wishlist this season, get in touch with Banbury’s local estate agents. They’ll not only

be able to advise you on the latest properties in the area and best mortgage deals but also find you your dream home in the hottest postcode in Oxfordshire. Estate Agents in Banbury include: Anker and Partners, Bairstow Eves, Chancellors, Connells, FindersKeepers, Fine & Country, Fisher German, Gate Keeper Estate Agent and Lettings, Haart Estate Agents, Hamptons International, LPM Residential, Mark David, Martin & Co, Maxwells, Northwood, Pontings Residential, Savills, SJB Properties, Stanbra Powell, Strutt & Parker.



Striving for



Winter is the time of year when your home becomes the central hub for family activities. Having a dedicated space to fully focus on work can help you be more productive. Finding a local office to rent, or workstation to use, can provide you with some breathing space. Richard Gotch, owner of North Bar House — a grade II listed office building in Banbury town centre — has found a growing number of people renting individual offices as their work-from-home space. “Our smaller offices are renting as soon as they become available,” he says. For a shorter term solution the Mill Arts Centre offers a table to yourself, with plug, wifi and a bowl of soup, all for £10 for 3 hours. Feeling comfortable while you are working is key, and if you can’t move to a new office you could treat yourself to a new office chair. Streamline Office Services Ltd on South Bar can help you find the perfect chair and desk to make your office as ergonomic as possible, wherever you find yourself working.

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Office services & supplies in Banbury include: Guardian House Serviced Offices, 7 N Bar St, Banbury OX16 0TB Jeffersons Business Centre 6 South Bar St, OX16 9AA North Bar House, 43-44 North Bar, OX16 0TH Rymans Stationary, 8 High St, Banbury OX16 5DZ Streamline Office Services Ltd, 18 South Bar, OX16 9AF WHSmith, Castle Quay

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