This section provides links to the websites of towns and villages which are in easy reach of Steeple and Middle Aston, along with a short description of major points of interest.
Adderbury enjoys a wide reputation for great music, with regular entertainment ranging from informal folk nights in the pub to orchestral concerts in the church. The village has a few shops including village store and hairdresser. Also of note are Adderbury Lakes, a tranquil nature reserve which is ideal for fishermen and walkers alike.
Famous for its cross and cakes, Banbury is a bustling market town with some 40,000 inhabitants. It offers a wide range of shops, from independents to larger chain stores and supermarkets. There is a market on Thursdays and Saturdays plus a Farmers’ Market on the first Friday of every month.
Bicester is a busy and rapidly expanding market town conveniently situated just off J9 of the M40. In addition to the ever-popular Bicester Village designer outlet centre, there is a shopping centre plus a range of restaurants and take-aways in the town. Bicester market is on Fridays.
Situated in the beautiful Evenlode Valley, Charlbury is a small and picturesque town with lots of character and historical interest. Despite its size, Charlbury has an historical station with rail links to London, Reading, Oxford and Hereford & Worcester. It also hosts popular music and beer festivals every year.
Chipping Norton is a well-serviced small town situated within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Boasting over 20 pubs and restaurants, “Chippy” has various antique shops, art galleries, a museum, an impressive church and an excellent theatre, which is famous for its annual pantomime.
Just five miles north of Steeple Aston, Deddington provides our nearest health centre and library. It also offers three places of worship, some ’boutique’ shops and a hugely popular Farmers’ Market held on the fourth Saturday morning of each month.
Just five miles north of Oxford, Kidlington is the second largest village in England with a population of over 1700. Home to the Thames Valley Police Headquarters, it has a busy community and includes a small shopping centre, supermarkets, sports facilities and churches.
The City of Dreaming Spires is renowned for its university, its architecture and its heritage. Town and gown combine to offer a wide variety of world famous attractions, including the Bodleian Library, the Ashmolean Museum, the Botanic Gardens and Christ Church Cathedral. There’s also punting on the River Thames, and Oxford Castle, recently unlocked for the first time in 1000 years. Visitors can tour the city on foot, with a guide, or in an open-top bus. There are restaurants, hotels and shopping opportunities to suit every taste and budget.
Home to the magnificent Blenheim Palace, Woodstock is a charming and picturesque town steeped in royal history. As well as the Palace and grounds, it is also worth visiting for its interesting range of shops, pubs and restaurants.
This link provides more information on other Oxfordshire towns including Oxford city centre.