About Olney



Olney is a good place for walking, browsing, eating and drinking. Surrounded by meadowland and the Ouse valley country walks are a real treat.

Walk along the wide High Street and admire the many fine properties, browse the many interesting shops and visit the beautiful, medieval parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul.


Olney is a great town for shopping with Independent specialist shops surrounding the market place and in the High Street. Many can also be found down many courtyards.

You will find art galleries, craft shops, antiques, furniture, designer clothing, gifts and oriental rugs.


The Cowper and Newton Museum is housed in a magnificent Georgian Town House in the market square just a few minutes walk from the Old Dairy.

Dedicated to the work of poet William Cowper and curate John Newton, famous for the collaborative work of Olney hymns, Cowper's former home gives an insight into the early 18th century life.


Olney's pancake race which takes place every Shrove Tuesday attracts visitors and TV crews from all over the world.


A Victorian Christmas market, held on the 1st Sunday in December and the town's Summer floral fiesta week are popular events held every year. Every September the town holds the two day ‘Big Olney Food Festival’, a celebration of local food and drinks.