It's your last few days to pick up your bee juice and strange smelling candles.

Jeremy Clarkson has announced Diddly Squat Farm Shop will close on New Year's Day for a month.

It will reopen on February 10 2023 - the same date the much anticipated Season 2 of Clarkson's Farm launches.

The shop, which opened in 2020, has been besieged by fans of the series, causing traffic problems and friction with neighbours.

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Last year the shop closed during January and February after West Oxfordshire District Council ordered mandatory renovation work after the wrong materials were used for the roof.

Fans speculated about the reason behind the temporary closing, and eventually someone behind the Diddly Squat Farm Shop account responded: “Council insisted we change the roof. Closed for building work’”.

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Sharing the news of this year's temporary closure on December 26 a post on Facebook read: "5 days of Diddly 2022 left. Open tomorrow - Saturday. Then closed until February 10th!"

The shop then urged its customers to come along to sample "our delicious burgers, local sausage and bacon baps" before New Year's Eve on Saturday.

Back in August Mr Clarkson was ordered to shut the dining areas of the shop site after West Oxfordshire council said he breached planning laws.



The council, on August 12, gave the Who Wants to be a Millionaire host six weeks to remove tables used for dining, mobile toilets and landscaping materials.

Diddly Squat Farm Shop was also instructed to stop selling products that were not produced on the farm or within a 16-mile radius without council approval.

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Mr Clarkson's representatives said the demands were “excessive” and the six-week period was “too short” for the changes to be made.

And in further controversy, last week Mr Clarkson was forced to apologise over comments he made about Meghan Markle.

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In a Sun column, he said he "hated" the Duchess of Sussex.

It was the Independent Press Standards Organisation’s most complained about article, with more than 17,500 people contacting them.

The Sun has issued an apology and since removed the article from its website.

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Mr Clarkson wrote on Twitter that he was "horrified to have caused so much hurt" and said he would be "more careful in future".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have since reacted to The Sun's apology saying it was "nothing more than a PR stunt".



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This story was written by Miranda Norris, she joined the team in 2021 and covers news across Oxfordshire as well as news from Witney.

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