FREEdom to enjoy is West Oxfordshire District Council’s theme to celebrate this year’s English Tourism Week.

From Sunday, March 29 to Sunday, April 6 the Council’s tourism team will be promoting the many free events and activities that can be enjoyed by both residents and visitors.

They have already put together a packed itinerary of more than 30 ideas of interesting places to visit and things to do including museums, galleries and attractions that offer free entry, countryside walks and historical places to visit including the Rollright Stones, near Chipping Norton.

Councillor Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member responsible for leisure and tourism, said, “Tourism is hugely important to West Oxfordshire and we have been seeing an increase in visitor spending year on year.

"However, there are very many things that can be done and seen for free and this is a huge attraction for visitors, as well as for residents to enjoy all year round.

"This year’s ‘FREEdom to enjoy’ theme is a great way to showcase what we have to offer.”

Latest figures show that tourism-related spending is worth £268.2m for West Oxfordshire and provides 4,800 jobs, which is about 10 per cent of the district’s workforce.