To live in southern Oxfordshire is to have the best of everything on your doorstep … city and country … heritage and culture … solitude and nightlife. To the south, the ancient Ridgeway winds between the hill forts and burial chambers of the Downs. To the north is Oxford with its museums, architecture and vibrant cultural life.
On the lowlands between, there are market towns, picture-book villages and the endless draw of the beautiful River Thames. For walkers and anglers, historians and window-shoppers, gourmets and theatre-goers, there’s as much leisure and entertainment as you could wish for.
Three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to choose from
The Science Vale region includes part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Chilterns AONB is a few miles to the east and a third AONB, the Cotswolds, lies roughly 20 miles to the north-west. For hikers, cyclists and dog-walkers, the Ridgeway and the Oxfordshire Way are almost inexhaustible sources of exercise. Close by Blenheim Palace, a world heritage site, is unmissable.
The region’s cultural events, including Oxfordshire Arts Week, the Oxford Literary Festival, Henley Regatta, music festivals and Cowley Road Carnival, attract talent all year round. Local arts centres such as Cornerstone in Didcot offer art, theatre, music and comedy.
That’s the beauty of Science Vale: your leisure time can be as varied, as exciting and as fulfilling as your professional life.