Another user said the Oxfordshire village, particularly Benmead Road and the Moors, had been receiving the unexpected visitors for around three weeks.

Samantha Anderson said: "Saw them the other week, they were even in the gardens and at people's front doors."

Resident Nick Allington, 66, said the tourists asked one family if they could cut the grass in their garden.

In the 1920s and 1930s Kidlington was subject to ribbon development along the main (now A4260) road through the village. Since 1945 many housing estates have been built behind this on both sides.

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Mr Billington added that he had a meeting with local police officers on Wednesday after some residents complained about tourists coming into their gardens to take photos.

Kidlington Cricket Club was founded in 1837 and used to play in the Oxford Times Cherwell Cricket League.[15] However, in January 2009 the League voted to expel Kidlington CC for alleged rule breaches.[16] As of the 2010 season, the club now plays in the Oxfordshire Cricket Association (OCA) league.

Some have suggested the destination is a convenient stop-off for those heading to Bicester Village, a nearby designer shopping outlet, while others believe the area is popular because it is a “normal village”.

Parish council chairman Maurice Billington said he was delighted at the sudden attention the village had received.

It's certainly a very well-kept area, with smart lawns and gardens, as well as lots of colourful flowers.

Could dear old inspector Morse have anything do with the sudden interest?

/ Kieran Davey, Banbury and Kidlington Reporter. Call me on (01865) 425433 / @oxmailkierand

The tourists, who have been showing up for three weeks, were first identified in Benmead Road and the Moors, the Spotted: Kidlington Facebook page revealed.

"I do find it hilarious, but I am at a loss to understand it," one poster said. "Whose idea was it to turn Benmead Road into a tourist attraction?"

"A neighbour did try to ask them where they were from but they didn't speak any English and we didn't get very far," she said.

I guess it would be a bit far from your dealer? Kidlington is 100 x a better place to live than Heroin infested Thame ......... i guess the house prices will tell you that.

The mystery of why Kidlington has become a hotspot for Chinese tourists has grown to global proportions.

Everyone I've spoken to has been more amused than annoyed by the groups regularly turning up. And thankfully that attitude also extends to large numbers of reporters and cameramen.

Rumours of Harry Potter and Inspector Morse being filmed on location and links to Sir Richard Branson have been floated as possible reasons for Kidlington’s sudden surge in popularity.

The Church of England parish church of St Mary the Virgin dates from 1220 but there is evidence of a church on the site since AD 1073. St Mary's has fine medieval stained glass and a 220-foot (67 m) spire known as "Our Lady's Needle". It is a Grade I listed building.[2]

That rule is agricultural market which it does not have. It's a village deal with it, #welljell

And Andrew MacLachlan said: "They are time travellers, something terrible must happen to your village when we finally exit the EU, they just want to see Kidlington before the event."

The settlement listed in Domesday grew from an ancient village adjacent to the church. Here there are as many 18th century Georgian buildings as modern houses. Until the Enclosure acts in 1818, a large section south of the village was unenclosed common land, and the village was widely known as Kidlington-on-the-Green. Just prior to the Second World War, this land was built up in an estate known as Garden City.

But the novelty has quickly worn off and people want their village back.

There was once a zoo in Kidlington where the Thames Valley Police headquarters is now. This short-lived attraction was in existence from 1931 until 1937, when the animals were transferred to Dudley Zoo.

Baz Daniels, who has lived in Kidlington for more than 20 years, said he had been in touch with a friend in China to try to get to the bottom of the tourist influx to his village.

Campsfield House, an immigration detention centre run for the UK Government, is next to the industrial area near the airport.

Residents say the groups have been appearing for the last three weeks.

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Inspector Morse, Midsomer Murders, Love Island and Harry Potter are also among the causes suggested for the tourists' interest.

It has been suggested that sightseeing tours could be mistaking Kidlington for Kirtlington, which is nearby and describes itself as "a quintessential English village".

"Coach loads" of sightseers in Kidlington have been seen posing for photos in front gardens and against parked cars.

This is how much Tony Blair is worth and how much it costs you to protect him every weekSamantha Anderson, posting on a local Facebook group, said: “Saw them the other week, they were even in the gardens and at people’s front doors!!!”

Dubbed the biggest village in Europe, residents were left flummoxed as to why the village suddenly became such a tourist hotspot.

People pointed out billionaire Sir Richard Branson and Emma-Jane Woodham from ITV's Love Island had connections to the Kidlington area.

Kidlington has possessed a brass band continuously since 1892, with earlier foundations dating back to at least the 1850s. The current band, Kidlington Concert Brass, was founded by the merger of Kidlington Silver Band and Oxford Concert Brass in 1992. It presents regular local concerts and has competed nationally in the highest grade for many years.

It's not got a Town Hall... So can't be a town...

Kidlington is a large village and civil parish between the River Cherwell and the Oxford Canal, 5 miles (8 km) north of Oxford and 7 1⁄2 miles (12 km) southwest of Bicester. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 13,723.[1]

"Visitors are now actively asking to add Kidlington to their tour itineraries," he added.

The phenomenon was first identified in Benmead Road and the Moors on the Spotted: Kidlington Facebook page.