Destination Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton is easy to reach and a wonderful location for our first Film Festival. It’s a quintessential Cotswold market town, with a wide range of comfortable accommodation, excellent places to eat and lots of interesting, independent shops. The Theatre itself is a charming and beautifully restored Victorian building situated right in the centre of town and within an easy walk of the car parks, town centre accommodation, restaurants and pubs. You can find out more about the town, its theatre and other attractions at

The Town lies on the A44 about 20 miles NW of Oxford and about 22 miles S of Stratford; with Banbury some 13 miles to the NE with access to the M40 and good services to Birmingham and the North. The nearest mainline station is Kingham (4.5 miles and ten minutes by car) served by a shuttle bus connecting with most trains. Trains run via Oxford to Paddington with a best time of about 80 minutes. Close by are the Evenlode and Windrush valleys and many attractions including Blenheim Palace at Woodstock, the Rollright Stones, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Burford, and Bourton-on-the-Water. There are numerous farm shops nearby, including the nationally renowned organic establishment at Daylesford.


By Train:

Chipping Norton has excellent rail links, with regular First Great Western trains from London Paddington to nearby Kingham. The X8 railbus connects Chipping Norton to Kingham Station and is timed to meet most trains throughout the day, Monday to Saturday. Late evening trains are not met, and there is a bit of flexibility built into the timetable to allow the bus to wait for the last train of the day if it is 15 to 20 minutes late.

By Bus:

S3: Chipping Norton to Oxford
This is the service down to Oxford, via Enstone, Kiddington, Woodstock and Yarnton. The travel time is 50 minutes to an hour, and the service is hourly through the day.

Number 488: Chipping Norton to Banbury
This is the service to Banbury, via Over Norton, Great Rollright, Hook Norton, Milcombe and Bloxham. A few of the daily services also go via Wiggington and South Newington. There is no Sunday service on this route. The bus takes a meandering route through the back roads and villages, and if you are not in any hurry is a charming way to get to Banbury and see the surrounding country.

Number X9: Chipping Norton to Witney
This bus travels beween Chipping Norton and Witney via Chadlington, Spelsbury, Charlbury, Fawler, Stonesfield, Combe, Finstock, Ramsden and Hailey. There are regular servcies through the day Monday to Saturday.

By Road

Road links are good, with the M40 just a few miles down the road at Banbury, providing a quick link with Birmingham and London. The A44 and A 361, which run through the town provide access to Stratford on Avon, Evesham, and Banbury. Unusually, there is plenty of free parking as well.

Cars can be parked in the Town Centre for short periods and in the following car parks (all of which are less than 4 minutes walk from the centre):
• New Street – long stay
• Cattle Market – very short and short stay
• Albion Street – long stay