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Our top five things to do in and around Banbury

We're really lucky here at Banbury Heights Nursing Home, with so many things to do and see just a stone's throw away - but how do we decide what to do and where to go with so much choice?

If you have a family member or friend here at Banbury Heights Nursing Home and you are trying to think of what to do when you visit, we have a few ideas to help you make the most of your time in Banbury.

Here are our five favourite places to visit:

1. Broughton Castle - situated in the village of Broughton, two miles south-west of Banbury, Broughton Castle is a medieval fortified manor house dating back to 1306. It sits on an artificial island and is surrounded by a moat - and it's open to the public in the summer months.

2. Upton House - this stunning country mansion is in the care of the National Trust. The beautiful gardens have something to offer in all seasons, and there's also a shop and restaurant onsite, so it's easy to make a day of it.

3. Sulgrave Manor - this incredible Tudor and Georgian building has a remarkable history and was in fact built by direct ancestors of none other than George Washington, the first President of the United States. Now an accredited museum, it's well worth a look around.

4. Farnborough Hall - home to the Holbech family since 1684, Farnborough Hall is also in the care of the National Trust. Built from honey-coloured stone, it's well worth taking a good look around the hall and landscaped gardens.

5. Banbury Museum - there has been a museum in Banbury since the 1940s, with this most recent museum on Horsefair opening to the public in 2002. Overlooking Banbury Cross, this building itself holds so much history, and its exhibitions are great to see too.

If you would prefer to spend a bit of time close to Banbury Heights Nursing Home looking around Banbury town centre, there are many lovely caf├ęs, tea rooms and pubs where you can have a bite to eat and a drink. We personally love the Granary on Butchers Row, which serves amazing Banbury cakes.

Welcome to Banburyshire

Have you ever heard of Banburyshire? It may sound like some kind of mythical county, but it actually holds a special place in our hearts here at Banbury Heights Nursing Home. No, it's not an area recognised on any map, so you can't see where this undocumented area covers, but it really does exist - let us explain...

The area surrounding the town of Banbury has been nicknamed Banburyshire for many years - since at least the 1830s, in fact - and it all stems from the town's proximity to neighbouring villages. Take Overthorpe and Warkworth, for example; these villages are each just three miles out of the town centre but are over the Oxfordshire border in Northamptonshire.

You see, Banbury lies within the county of Oxfordshire but is very close to Warwickshire and Northamptonshire - and Banburyshire spreads into all three. That's because Banburyshire's boundaries don't coincide with any political or administrative limits, but nevertheless, we 'Banburians' are incredibly proud of this informal region.

The Banbury area possesses its own identity that's different to Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire or Warwickshire. In fact, Banbury is 22 miles from Oxford, 28 miles from Northampton and only 20 miles from Warwick, so our charming market town offering all sorts of amenities is nestled right in the middle of all three county towns.

The unique identity of this close-knit area encompasses various factors including education, trade, religion, transport, living conditions and social behaviour from years gone by and modern day, creating a culturally-rich town that we call our home.

What this gives us is a real sense of community - here at Banbury Heights Nursing Home, not only do we benefit from a great location near the centre of the town, but we are also part of the wider community of Banburyshire. And better yet, the fabled region isn't far from Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire either, making all sorts of beautiful places and fantastic attractions close enough for us to visit with our residents. How about a day trip to Stowe? The Cotswold Wildlife Park? Blenheim Palace? Or maybe even Charlecote Park or Broughton Castle? They're all right on our doorstep.

Many of our residents here at Banbury Heights Nursing Home are Banburians, born and bred, so Banburyshire really is important to us. If you haven't been into our home yet, why don't you pop in and find out more about our unique Banburyshire identity? We hope to see you soon.