What’s happening throughout 2015

MHBG-17-07-14 Old Town Party  Banbury Old Town's annual street party. Pictured: Eirlys Plowman (76), a volunteer at the Cancer Research Shop on Parsons Street. Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-141207-212408009
MHBG-17-07-14 Old Town Party Banbury Old Town's annual street party. Pictured: Eirlys Plowman (76), a volunteer at the Cancer Research Shop on Parsons Street. Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-141207-212408009
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The Old Town Spring Celebration is just one of many events scheduled to take place this year, and it seems they get more popular every time.

With summer seemingly at its height, the Banbury and District Show will boast two fields in Spiceball Park on June 14 brimming with fun and entertainment for all the family, including a dog show, fairground, animals and birds and food and drink.

And as well as the family events the town will also join together to respect their military heroes. On June 27 the town centre will have stands and displays from all backgrounds for the Armed Forces Day, with the parade marching through the streets.

Another highlight of the year is the Town Mayor’s Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival, which celebrates the town’s heritage and history of the hobby horse. It takes place in People’s Park on July 5.

Later on in the year is the Banbury Food Fair and Flower and Produce Show, which recognises the talents of some of the town’s green-fingered gardeners. Now in its fourth year, last year’s event proved to be a great hit with celebrity chef Brian Turner stopping by to give residents cooking tips.

It will take place in the Market Place on August 9 and the flower and produce show features more than 600 exhibits.

Another popular event sees town criers descend on Banbury from all corners of the country for the Street Organ Festival and Town Criers’ Competition. Last year’s event was attended by actor Timothy West and his wife Prunella Scales, who played Basil Fawlty’s wife Cybil in the BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers.

Later on in the year is the Battle of Britain parade on September 13, Banbury’s 12th Canal Day on October 4 and Remembrance Day Parade on November 8.

The town’s Christmas Lights will be switched on this year on November 29.