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Residents of an Oxfordshire village have been baffled by the weekly appearance of "coach loads" of tourists in their road. Groups of sightseers in Kidlington have been seen posing for photos in front gardens and against parked cars. Locals have no idea why the quiet suburb, about five miles north of Oxford, has become a tourist magnet. Inspector Morse, Love Island and Harry Potter are among the causes suggested for the tourists' interest. The phenomenon was first identified in Benmead Road and the Moors on the Spotted: Kidlington Facebook page.
Source : BBC News
Who's idea was it to turn Benmead road into a tourist attraction?? coachloads of Japanese tourists with their usual multiple cameras seem to weekly be turning up in Benmead road and proceed to pose for photos in peoples front gardens and against peoples cars parked in their drives????? i must say i do find it hilarious but i am at a loss to understand it all 😊 😊
Source : Spotted Kidlington
....."(It's) because (the tourists) are being told that this is a Cotswold village. "It then saves the organisers having to drive them to the proper Cotswolds. "It's also easy for them to take the train from Parkway after to Bicester Village." Other notable mentions for the village are that Thomas Beecham developed his powders here and Sir John Vanbrugh stayed nearby while building Blenheim Palace
Source : Daily Mirror UK
......'People in the area have got their own views on it all. I have no personal grievance but for example there are gardens where people have benches out and the tourists will just wander in and pose for selfies on them.'
Another villager, Simon Jones, 34, said 'There are quaint chocolate-box thatched houses in the village and an ancient church, but the tourists are taking selfies in front of bog standard modern homes.
'It's really weird and nobody has a clue why Kidlington, and Benmead Road in particular, has suddenly become world-famous.'
Another said: 'The latest lot arrived at midday on Saturday...a busload of tourists disembarked with their selfie sticks, taking pictures of people's houses.'
Source : Daily Mail (sorry!)
Pity no one seems to have bothered to ask these tourists what's going on?