There is plenty to keep the family busy in this popular village with its charming local shops and self-guided walks, including the celebrated Cobbett Trail which follows in the footsteps of Botley’s most famous resident.
This and other points of local interest are described in the new Botley visitor leaflet and information boards located at car parks and Botley Mills.
Manor Farm Country Park is easily accessible from Botley along the peaceful country lanes. Children will enjoy a visit to the Victorian working farm or discovering the 400 acres of countryside which reaches down to the banks of the river.
Botley is also the start of the popular long distance walk, The Strawberry Trail. During
summer months The Village Horse Bus offers carriage rides around The village and Manor Farm Country Park.
More information can be found in the Botley leaflet, call 01489 787181 to request a copy or call into the new information centre at All Saints Church
on the High Street.
Many of the buildings in the old market square are much older than their frontages suggest. The distinctive Market Hall, which features in Botley’s logo, has been home to a market from the 18th century until recently. Imagine the square filled with up to 14 public houses and ale houses open in Botley in the 18th Century!
There was probably a hard or quay at Botley in the medieval period and it was a significant river port during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Botley Mills are mentioned in the Domesday Book. Although milling has not taken place in these handsome buildings for several years, the site is now home to a number of unique shops.
Botley will be celebrating the Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations with a series of events:
An evening of dance with a 1950's - Theme Dance taking place in The Market Hall.
Botley Square will be closed to traffic from 9am to 6pm to make way for a wonderful Street Party with music, dancing and other attractions.
For more information and tickets visit www.botley.com
or contact the Parish Clerk on 01489 787181