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Things to do in Olney

A traditional market town, Olney is world famous for its pancake race; taking place every Shrove Tuesday, it dates back to 1445. Visit the Cowper and Newton Museum (kids go free), home of poet William Cowper and where he used to meet his friend, preacher and former slave trader John Newton, author of the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’. Spend the day at Emberton Country Park - 200 acres of mature unspoilt parkland where you can enjoy wildlife, lakeside walks and play areas.

Shoppers paradise in Buckinghamshire

Olney’s High Street is one of the widest in England, with a large number of independent shops including traditional tearooms, specialist furniture shops, arts and craft shops and ironmongers. Every Thursday there’s a vibrant market in the centre of town selling clothing, flowers, food and household goods, and on Sundays locals and tourists alike enjoy the farmers’ market.

Sports and leisure

Located on the River Great Ouse, there are lots of lovely walks along the footpath and through wide, open meadows, as well as fantastic fishing. Enjoy easy access to the Three Shires Way, a bridleway running through the quiet rural landscape of Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. For the more adventurous, you’re just 10 miles away from Milton Keynes with its Big Rock Climbing Centre, Snozone and Aerial Extreme.