A Guide to Olney

If you are looking for a day trip to a beautiful market town with plenty to offer, then head on over to Olney in Buckinghamshire. This lovely small town was voted one of the top places to live in the UK in the Sunday Times this year, so head on over to discover what the fuss is all about.

The beautiful historic town centre hosts a range of independent shops, boutiques, antique shops and vintage shops, which provide a wealth of unique items for everyone. There are also plenty of treasures to discover in the hidden courtyards off market place and the high street, such as Fountain Court and Rose Court, in their boutique shops. Visit (www.facebook.com/olneyshops/) to find out more about the local shops.

Take a break while browsing and pop into one of the cafes or restaurants. We love the family run traditional tea rooms ‘Teapots of Olney’ and their famous afternoon teas. For lunch or dinner book at table at the grade II listed Cherry Tree Pub, which opened earlier this year. There’s an impressive breakfast and brunch menu, wood fired pizza plus a chance to create your own by selecting your preferred sauce, cheese and topping. For something more hearty choose a dish from the grill menu or visit on a Sunday for a roast.

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Pop into Olney’s Cowper and Newton Museum to find out more about the local characters in history including the poet William Cowper and his neighbour, John Newton, creator of the famous hymn ‘Amazing Grace’. See where William lived for 20 years and imagine domestic life in the late-Georgian times. (www.cowperandnewtonmuseum.org.uk)

Pop into Olney on a Thursday and you’ll find the weekly market packed full of exciting wares and on the first Sunday of every month, the farmers’ market comes to town selling seasonal and local produce.

If you are looking to breathe some fresh country air, then head to one of the local parks near Olney such as Emberton Country Park, Irchester Country Park and Salcey Forest.

Find out more at www.visitolney.com

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