Great offers from West Oxfordshire attractions
The popular West Oxfordshire Week (WOW) is back this September with many local attractions throwing open their doors to give free or discounted entry to the district's residents.
On the 15 and 16 September, residents will be able to book an exclusive visit to see some amazing animals at Heythrop Zoological Gardens. The company has been supplying animals to the film and television industry since 1977.
Jim Clubb from Amazing Animals at Heythrop Zoological Gardens said: “This will be a fun-packed weekend for all of the family. We are taking a totally different approach this year, to provide a brand new interactive experience.”
April Millin from Carterton (pictured left) and Emily Pratley-Hutt from Hailey (pictured right) are planning to take advantage of West Oxfordshire Week discounts and have already picked up their vouchers from the Witney Visitor Information Centre.
Emily said, "I'm a big fan of performing pets and I am planning to visit the Heythrop Zoological Park where they supply animals for TV and films."
April said, “I didn't realise the country's only crocodile zoo was based in the district. That's the one for me.”
Between 17 and 23 September there will be many other local attractions offering discounts for residents. These include favourites such as Blenheim Palace, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Oxford Bus Museum, Rousham House Gardens, Cogges Manor Farm in Witney and the Local History Museum in Chipping Norton.
On Sunday 23 September West Oxfordshire's very own 'Croc Man' is offering 2 for 1 entry to 'Crocodiles of the World', Britain's only crocodile zoo, based in Crawley near Witney. Highlights include seeing Black caiman crocodiles and other reptile species, with eye to eye encounters from underwater viewing enclosures.
Residents can also discover more about their local district by joining guided tours of historical Woodstock, the Witney Wool Trail and the village of Filkins, which is followed by a cream tea at Cotswold Woollen Weavers.
Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Economy and Local Communities at the District Council, said: “We support West Oxfordshire's tourism industry and work to promote the area as a must-see visitor attraction. This special week is about getting local residents involved and we hope that many people will take advantage of these great offers to find out what fantastic attractions there are on their doorstep.”
To enjoy the discounts local residents need to collect a voucher sheet from visitor information centres in Burford or Witney, The Guildhall in Chipping Norton, the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock and most libraries across the district. It is necessary to book for some of the attractions in advance.
For more details about WOW, including a full list of the offers available, see the Council’s website www.westoxon.gov.uk or call 01993 861080.
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