Olney is a beautiful market town in the north of Buckinghamshire which is on the edge of the three counties of Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. The former lace making town of Olney was also the home of the poet William Cowper and the Reverend John Newton, writer of the world famous hymn Amazing Grace. It also hosted the original Pancake Race which is now held each year. The attractive wide High Street and Market Place has a fascinating collection of architecturally varied buildings dating back many centuries, while the tall spire of St. Peter and St. Paul’s church looks over the town. The wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants are evidence of the bustling nature of the town. A busy market takes place every Thursday, and there is a Farmer’s market on the first Sunday of every month.
Shops surrounding Olney Market PlaceOlney is a great town for shopping. You wont find many High Street names here. Independent specialist shops surround the Market Place and spread along the High Street. You will find Art galleries, antiques, clothing, jewellery, gifts, an oriental rug shop, as well as food shopping in one of the specialist shops or small supermarkets.
There are many cafes, pubs and restaurants to eat at in the town and surrounding area. You can also visit The Cowper and Newton Museum in Olney, Emberton Park, Harrold Country Park and a variety of nearby garden centres as well as many other attractions.
Popular annual events include the famous Pancake race every Shrove Tuesday, The BOFF (Big Olney Food Festival) in September, and Dickens of a Christmas in December.
The towns of Northampton, Bedford. Milton Keynes and Wellingborough are all about 10 miles away in different directions.
They offer many facilities including museums, shopping, theatres, multi-screen cinemas, leisure pools, skating and bowling. Within half an hour or so you can visit Woburn Abbey and safari park, Whipsnade Zoo, Gullivers Land, Castle Ashby, Derngate Theatre, Galleries and Museums, The Centre MK, Milton Keynes Theatre, the Xscape Centre in Milton Keynes with Skiing, Snowboarding, Airkix (Indoor Skydiving), new Casino, Cinema, Shopping and places to eat and drink.
For day trips Oxford, Cambridge, London, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds are all within easy reach making it an ideal base for touring Central England