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Didcot Town Oxfordshire

About Didcot

Welcome to the Didcot edition of The Oxford Magazine.

Didcot grew up as a gritty railway town that coalesced around Brunel’s Great Western Railway in the mid-1800s. For decades, its railway heritage and the cooling towers of the Didcot Power Station have been a landmark identifiable from miles around.

Alas, with hi-tech industries and research centres moving in and the decommissioning of the power station, Didcot is now all about innovation. It’s the gateway town to the Science Vale: three large science and technology centres in the surrounding villages of Milton (Milton Park), Culham (Culham Science Centre) and Harwell (Harwell Science and Innovation Campus).

And for tourists, the Didcot Railway Centre is just the ticket if you’d like to relive the halcyon days of steam locomotives. The attraction revolves around a massive engine shed, with more than 30 locomotives, four of which are operational on the museum’s a heritage line.


Local news & stories

No more extra funds to see through Didcot’s HIF1 project
/ Transport

No more extra funds to see through Didcot’s HIF1 project

Measures will be taken to manage costs rather than find extra money if inflation further affects the major new roads project in Didcot.
Parking ban on major Didcot road to help keep cycle lanes free
/ Transport

Parking ban on major Didcot road to help keep cycle lanes free

The council has approved proposals for double yellow lines running the length of Wantage Road in Didcot in a bid to stop people from parking in the cycle lanes.
Go-ahead for the next phase of the HIF1 Didcot road plan. Image:Artist impression of Didcot Science Bridge
/ Transport

Go-ahead for the next phase of the HIF1 Didcot road plan

The Didcot Garden Town housing infrastructure programme is a combination of four projects to ensure there is the capacity to connect 12,000 houses set to be built to the south of Oxford.
Cornerstone showcases art inspired by nature for Oxfordshire Artweeks
/ Culture

Cornerstone showcases art inspired by nature for Oxfordshire Artweeks

Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot is celebrating Oxfordshire Artweeks 40th anniversary by hosting an exciting exhibition by two local artists.
New artwork highlights railways’ role in the standardisation of time. Image: Savinder Bual with Didcot Railway Centre volunteer, Frank Dumbleton
/ Culture

New artwork highlights railways’ role in the standardisation of time

Artist Savinder Bual has created a film installation which will go on show at Didcot Railway Centre before being streamed online.
Have your say on a new technology park development in Didcot Garden Town
/ Real Estate

Have your say on a new technology park development in Didcot Garden Town

Hill Farm in Appleford and near Didcot is the site of a proposed Local Development Order (LDO) which local planning authorities use to set out the overall design of a site.
The Didcot Powerhouse Fund announces grant recipients for 2022. Recipients include Didcot Railway Centre
/ Community

The Didcot Powerhouse Fund announces grant recipients for 2022

In its first year of grant giving, the fund has made grants totalling £95,508 to 17 organisations with amounts ranging from £400 to £13,000.
Route revealed for Oxfordshire stage of Women’s Tour cycling race.
/ Culture

Route revealed for Oxfordshire stage of Women’s Tour cycling race

Residents between Chipping Norton, Carterton, Faringdon, Didcot and Oxford will be able to cheer on the elit riders when this year’s cycling race comes to Oxfordshire on Saturday, 11 June.
Didcot’s first-ever smokehouse, Django’s Smokehouse, announces its long-awaited opening.
/ Food & Drink

Didcot’s first-ever smokehouse, Django’s Smokehouse, announces opening

Mixing a casual, relaxed dining environment with a stylish, contemporary bar, Django’s serves up tasty American style comfort food. The wait is finally over!
Andy outside the Children’s Hospital. Picture by Sarah Vaccari from Oxford Hospitals Charity
/ Community

Didcot charity Play2Give founder celebrates two decades of fundraising

Over 40 good causes and thousands of individuals in need have benefited from Andrew Baker’s two decades of fundraising and dedicated charitable work.