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Editor Ian often reminds us that Banburyshire has no boundaries, indeed a few minutes drive east,west or north of Banbury takes you to one of three adjoining counties, north takes you into Warwickshire.
And just into that county you will find three major tourist attractions, arguably the worlds finest medieval castle, a homage to the British motor industry and one of the areas hidden secrets , a magnificent art gallery set in stunning countryside.
Warwick Castle is recognisable as one the finest mediavael castles in the world the view of it from the River Avon bridge in the Banbury road is one of the finest in England and still takes your breath away no matter how many times you see it.
A bit of bad news, a family visit to Warwick castle for a family of four is not cheap, with car parking, meals and tickets it will be getting close to a £100, and there may be some extra charge for attractions….though there are always special offers and advance booking prices on their website.
Just down the B4100 from Banbury at Gaydon is the just re-opened and re-branded British Motor Museum after a major revamp from its previous status as the Heritage Motor Centre, it is a stunning state of the art display of British Motoring History.
A new collections centre has also opened with around 250 cars that were previously in store, the same building also gives the opportunity to look down into modern workshops where cars are being worked on and restored.
A family ticket to the museum is just £39 and if you apply gift aid to your purchase you get 12 months free, a real bargain.
Stars of the museum for me are the collection of iconic Jaguars including the XJ13 which held for many years held the record for the MIRA test track of 161mph whilst being driven by Upper Boddington racing driver David Hobbs. It suffered a severe accident in 1971 when being driven by legendary Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis who at the age of 95 still test drives Jaguar cars.
Between Kineton and Wellesbourne is Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park which reopens on Saturday March 19 following its winter break, set in 120 acres of classical parkland designed by the legendary Capability Brown there are several permanent exhibitions and this year sees visiting exhibitions encompassing Shakespeare through to Queen Victoria, Picasso and Comedy of the BBC.
Again the website will give you much more on what is on at Compton Laverne including very popular family days and children’s actions in the park, great food available as well or a super place for a picnic.
Three super days out and all in Banburyshire.
Peter Evan Jones
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