EXPLORE FARNCOMBE AND BEYOND

Things to do in the area

Farncombe is the perfect gateway to the Cotswolds, whether you’re looking for historic villages and market towns, hills and hiking trails, or a breathtaking natural landscape.

Honeybourne Pottery

Honeybourne Pottery

Honeybourne Pottery is an independent family business run by ceramic artists Alan & Annabel Cusack. The studio offers an exciting range of potter's wheel and clay modelling workshops for individuals, families and large groups. Everyone is welcome, from complete beginner to experienced potter. ... tell me more

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

There’s nowhere better to be than cosied up by the fire in Fish Hotel’s lounges, tucking into a quintessentially English afternoon tea. Home-made sandwiches and quiches, fluffy scones heaped with jam and fresh cream, and a selection fancy cakes… and perhaps a glass of something sparkly to take ... tell me more

Discover Daylesford

Discover Daylesford

The nerve centre of the upmarket organic-food empire, this farm shop and cookery school stocks an array of fine fresh edibles, with clothes, kitchenware, gifts, garden and spa products on the side. They run cooking classes every day from Wednesday to Sunday and garden workshops in everything ... tell me more

Pop to the palace

Pop to the palace

Around 40 minutes’ drive from Farncombe, Blenheim Palace, makes for a great day out whether you’re interested in architecture, art, or history. The 2,000 acres of gardens feature water terraces, a succession of formal and pleasure gardens, a butterfly house and the famous Malborough Hedge Maze. tell me more

Take a punt in Oxford

Take a punt in Oxford

Head to Magdalen Bridge Boathouse and either hire a chauffeur and sit back and watch the world float by, or pick up a pole and put your own punting panache to the test. The route south down the Cherwell past the botanic gardens and through the Christ Church College Meadows and the Magdalen ... tell me more

Browse the boutiques

Browse the boutiques

Shopaholic or not, Bicester Village is a treat. Some of the biggest designer names have outlet boutiques lining the boulevards of Bicester, meaning you can pick up pieces from brands such as Vivienne Westwood Gucci, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Mulberry and more – all for a fraction of the usual price. tell me more

Motor on

Motor on

The Cotswold Motoring Museum in Bourton-on-the-Water is a great day out for petrolheads of every age, with a huge collection of vintage and classic cars, motorbikes from throughout the 20th century. It’s also the retirement home of 1990s kids’ TV star Brum. tell me more

Ride the rails

Ride the rails

There is no better way to explore the countryside than riding the steam and heritage diesel trains of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, which powers along a 26-mile loop of track starting at Toddington, taking in the hills and hamlets of the North Cotswolds en route. tell me more

Tour the Cotswolds

Tour the Cotswolds

There’s more to see in the Cotswolds than you could possibly fit into a single trip, but the team at North Cotswold Tours are dab hands at helping you make the most of your time. Their guides are born-and-bred Cotswold folk and their bespoke excursions are tailor-made to match your interests ... tell me more

Go wild in the country

Go wild in the country

Just outside Evesham in the village of Honeybourne, All Things Wild is home to animals both familiar and exotic, as well as offering soft play, mini golf, bug-hunting expeditions, go-karts and playgrounds galore. Residents include meerkats, marmosets, capybaras and armadillos, but if they alone tell me more

Tickle a pig

Tickle a pig

Just eight miles from Dormy House, Countryfile’s Adam Henson runs a rare-breed-focused agriculture centre that’s a masterclass in how to create a great family attraction that’s honest, down-to-earth and fun for everyone. Visitors of all ages have the chance to feed the resident livestock, take ... tell me more

Gin tour

Gin tour

Gin is definitely the drink of the moment and we’re rather partial to the botanical blends of our local Cotswolds Distillery, not far from the Estate in Stourton. They run regular, pre-booked tours that introduce you to their distilling methods, topped off with a tasting session. tell me more

Row on the River Avon

Row on the River Avon

Stratford is just 25 minutes’ drive from the estate, so as well as overdosing on Shakespeare, you can easily while away an afternoon on the water with a boat trip down the Avon. Pack a picnic to enjoy at the riverside and float your way through the historic town and into the beautiful, ... tell me more

Browse Burford Garden Company

Browse Burford Garden Company

A 15-acre garden centre first founded in 1975, Burford Garden Company has become one of the most beloved destinations in the neighbourhood. As well as an astonishing selection of lovingly grown plants, there’s a charming art gallery, and the café has been a fixture on the Oxfordshire Restaurant tell me more

Stroll to Broadway Tower

Stroll to Broadway Tower

Farncombe Estate is a stroll away from the second-highest point in the Cotswolds – Broadway Tower was the brainchild of landscaping legend Capability Brown and, on a sunny day, the folly offers breathtaking views over the landscape. The surrounding grounds are great for picnics, and there’s a ... tell me more

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