Banbury is a market town in the Cherwell district of Oxfordshire. It is known for the nursery rhyme - "Ride-a-cock-horse" and Banbury cakes. The local football team is Banbury United, they play at the Spencer stadium.
Due to the building of the M40 motorway, Banbury is now a town with good industry. It is now one of the major commuter towns for London, Oxford, Solihull and Birmingham. The M40 also provides local residents access to the Midlands and the southeast.
Banbury has rail services run by Chiltern Railways to Warwick and Birmingham; and run by Wrexham & Shropshire to Shrewsbury and Wrexham, both running to London Marylebone via the non-electrified Chiltern Main Line. It also has services run by First Great Western to Oxford, Reading and London Paddington. Services to other parts of the country are provided by CrossCountry via Birmingham New Street, to Cardiff, Bristol, Gloucester, Leicester, Stansted, as well as direct services to other cities across England and Scotland.
Banbury has an intra-urban bus service provided by Stagecoach Group which feeds the outlying villages and provides transport to places such as Oxford, Chipping Norton and Brackley.
Hennef Way (A422) was upgraded to a dual carriageway easing traffic on the heavily congested road and providing better links to north Banbury and the town centre from the M40.
In 2005 Oxfordshire County Council proposed building a ring road around Banbury, connecting the M40 to the Oxford Road at Bodicote, to ease town centre traffic. However this is not expected to be built until 2016 at the earliest.
There are many local taxi companies and a public bus system.
Spiceball Leisure Center- offering activities such as RollerDisco etc.
Spiceball Park- facilities such as a large playground, skate/BMX ramp
Castle Quay Shopping Centre. A large shopping centre with most of your big name shops somewhere.
Three of the big four supermarkets, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons.
Market every Thursday and Saturday.
Farmer's market first Friday of every month.
Banbury Cross Retail Park.
A1 Chinese Restaurant
The Wine Vaults
The Grand Union
Fleur De Lis
Pizza Hut Take Away
Thursday nights in Banbury are the well known "Student Night", but have declined in popularity over the past few years. Banbury is still busy with a slightly older crowd on a Friday, and is always generally busy on a Saturday.
The Chapel- Marketed as "The Alternative to Banbury nightlife", quickly becoming Banbury's most successful club.
Malarki- Pure Pop, Cheese and Part.
Sound Exchange- Bliss- Renovations left the club half it's former size. Still relatively busy on weekends.
Sound Exchange- Toko- Often quiet, past it's glory days
The Wine Vaults- Friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere, great prices.
AKA- A very "trendy" bar, a place for hipsters. Staff here can be quite rude.
Fleur De Lis- Typical Wetherspoons, great drink offers.
The Grand Union- formerly The Priory, now very quiet.
The Bar With No Name- No one is ever in this bar.
Wetherspoons Sound Exchange. Underneath 2 of Banbury's clubs, good location.
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