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County - Buckinghamshire | Map
Tel code: 01234 | code search
Postcode: MK46 | code search
Population: 6000
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Folk Customs:
Firing the Fenny Poppers
Olney Pancake Race
The Coronation Glove
The Duck Feast
Weighing the Mayor

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Pancake Day Race
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Swan Inn & Bistro
"lovely food, a pity the service is so damn poor. We were left for nearly an hour before we could order. I was starving. After waiting for half ..." More

Bell & Bear
"Had a fantastic sunday lunch here today. Was recommended by friends and was surprised at how much food the pub sources locally. Chef took the orders and explained the menu, ..." More

Cowpers Oak

Date visited: December 2009 ..." More

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Olney is a thriving little market town on the A509 in north Buckinghamshire, roughly 12 miles from Northampton, Bedford and Milton Keynes. The Market Place retains its 18th century character and is where the market is held every Thursday and the “Dickens of a Christmas” held yearly since 1995 at the beginning of December. For 300 years lace making was at the heart of industry in the area, however the trade ceased due to competition and lace is now made by hand purely for pleasure. The River Ouse runs through the town, previously helping industry but now there are gorgeous water meadows bordering the Clifton hills, creating a large attractive area for walks and picnics. The poet, William Cowper, lived here from 1769 till 1786, as did John Newton, the curate, and together they wrote the “Olney Hymns”, including “Amazing Grace”. The Cowper Museum in Market Place is open from March to December. Emberton Country Park provides 170 acres of fishing, sailing, windsurfing and children’s playgrounds with a caravan and camping area. A range of accommodation is available, as are many restaurants, cafes and pubs. The town won silver in Thames and Chiltern Country in Bloom Small Town competition 2006 but is best known as home to the 500 year old Pancake Race!


Cowper and Newton Museum
Emberton Country Park


Emberton Country Park


SS Peter and Paul, Olney


Olney Cottage

Farmers Market

Olney Farmers Market


Olney Farmers Market
Olney Market

Pub and Bar

Bell & Bear
Cowpers Oak
Green Man
Olney Wine Bar
Swan Inn & Bistro
The Robin Hood
Two Brewers


Café Brio Ltd

Courtyard Brasserie
Donzella Italian Restaurant
Four Pillars Tandoori Restaurant
Green Man
Kasbash Restaurant
Old Shanghai Restaurant
Swan Inn & Bistro


Cranfield School
Emberton First School
Filgrave School
Lavendon County Combined School
Olney First School
Olney Middle School



Sports Clubs

Olney RUFC (Rugby Union)
Olney RUFC (Rugby Union)
Olney Town (Amateur Football)


Clifford Gallery
The New Studio
Cox & Robinson

P Revitt & Sons (Bakers)
T A Bennett & Sons
The Olney Deli
Oliver Adams Ltd Bakery
Wild About Chocolate
L B Craft
China Creations Ceramic Studio
Words Bookshop
Metalyka Fashion Accessories
J H Parkin
The Flower Shop
Country Style
Stephen Tomlin Gentlemens Hairdresser
Changes Hair Design
Reva Hair
Jeannes Country Garden


Antiques Centre at Olney
Dodo Antiques
Elisabethjames Antiques


Places to Stay near Olney

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The Old Dairy (0.22 miles)

The Old Dairy

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The Old Dairy is a fine old house dating back to the 17th century and is situated on the High Street in the picturesque market town of Olney. The house ... More

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The Old Mill (1.98 miles)

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Set in the picturesque village of newton blossomville, we are 10 minutes from milton keynes and 15 from bedford.the village is surrounded by countryside and lovely walks.the inn hosts a ... More

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Newton Park Farm (2.63 miles)

Newton Park Farm
Newton Park is a traditional working farm situated on the Buck/Beds border, 15 minutes from Milton Keynes, set in a beautiful location with stunning views over the Ouse Valley. A total of 3 rooms, two ... More | visit website
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The White Hart (2.82 miles)

The White Hart
This old and well known hostelry stands in the oldest part of the pretty village of Sherington; the village stands on the gently rolling hills that overlook the Ouse Valley to the east of Newport ... More | visit website
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De Vere Venue Harben (3.64 miles)

De Vere Venue Harben

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Free Car Parking. De Vere Harben benefits from 137 en-suite bedrooms, a leisure Spa and Gymnasium - Ideal for a little relaxation after a busy day. Free Internet Cafe. Within ... More

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Swan Revived Hotel (4.66 miles)

Swan Revived Hotel

A charming former Coaching Inn which retains many of its traditional features as well as all of the modern comforts you would expect for an enjoyable stay.
There are 40 well equipped en-suite bedrooms, ... More | visit website

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The Coach House (4.76 miles)

The Coach House is a recently renovated 17th Century Coaching house. We offer luxury accommodation at very affordable prices. All rooms are en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities. Free wi-fi. On site parking for ... More | visit website
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The New French Partridge Hotel (4.77 miles)

The New French Partridge Hotel
The French Partridge is a contemporary fine dining restaurant and hotel serving locally sourced produce in historic surroundings dating back to the 16th century.

Originally a coaching inn, the hotel now offers luxury accommodation in 10 ... More | visit website
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Days Inn Milton Keynes East M1 (5.25 miles)

Days Inn Milton Keynes East M1

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Located at junction 14 of the M1, on the north-bound side, the hotel is ideally set within easy reach of all the local attractions, including Milton Keynes for shopping, Woburn Abbey, ... More

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Falcon Hotel (5.27 miles)

Falcon Hotel

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Set in the idyllic rural hamlet of Castle Ashby, dating back to the 16th Century The Falcon Hotel is a traditional country hotel with the emphasis on good food and ... More

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