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Sep 01 2017

Art to talk about

Artists rarely work in complete isolation. Over generations, collaborations are an exciting part of creativity, and the creative chemistry between artists often sparks something new says Oxford Gallery Owner, Sarah Wiseman: in ‘Dialogues’, this month’s exhibition at her North Oxford Gallery, see the work of ceramicist Linda Bloomfield and painter Sarah Spackman who share a…

Aug 08 2017

10 ways to entertain the kids in Oxfordshire!

Almost 3 weeks into the summer holidays and the daily dilemma of how to entertain the kids gets harder by the day! With this in mind, we’ve pulled together things to do with the kids this summer holidays in Oxfordshire from the Gruffalo at the Oxford Playhouse to the dinosaur garden at the Oxfordshire Museum….

Aug 04 2017

Crafts in Oxfordshire

The Importance of Crafts Many people appreciate the direct link between handmade objects and their designer/makers. The immediate contact between the hand of the maker and object gives special value to these items over mass-produced, factory-made products as well as the knowledge that each piece is individual. History of Crafts The presence of metal cooking…

Aug 01 2017

August Art

It’s the height of the summer holiday season and as flocks of visitors arrive in the city of Oxford daily soak up the history and heritage of the dreaming spires, there are also places to explore just off the beaten track in which you can find art, inspired by this history, by people and by…

Jul 31 2017

Abingdon to Oxford along the Thames Tow Path

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing”. So said the Water Rat in Kenneth Grahame’s classic book – The Wind in the Willows. Well I’d like to add to that. Walking beside a beautiful river is a…

Jul 03 2017

From Birds to the Big Blue Yonder

Image: Annabelle Shelton As the summer holiday is upon us, there’s a bright and cheerful mood to the exhibitions across the county. In the Turrill Sculpture Garden’s Summer Exhibition in Oxford’s Summertown (tucked away behind the library on South Parade), there’s a celebration of life and the countryside in summer  with a flurry of life-size birds…

Jun 28 2017

Experience Alice’s Wonderland

Alice’s Day is coming to Oxford for another year on Saturday the 1st of July, to celebrate the well-loved tales of Alice in Wonderland. Across the city businesses open their doors for a variety of fantastically whimsical events and activities for adventure lovers big and small. Read below to see how you can take yourself…

Jun 19 2017

9 ways to Potter in Harry’s footsteps through Oxfordshire

Nearly 20 years ago J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone cast a spell over thousands of children and adults across the world with its magical tale of wizardry. To celebrate this special anniversary of the first ever Harry Potter book, we have put together 9 things all Harry Potter fans can do in…

Jun 13 2017

The Colours of Summer in Hearts and Hedgerows

In the smart art gallery space at Burford Garden Company, feel the vibrancy of summer with colourful new work by Harriet Whyatt whose paintings are rich with the flavours of life and loves, heavily influenced by her personal experiences of the Romany gypsy people alongside whom she has lived. Stylistically her work is inspired by…

Jun 12 2017

Dad’s Day Out

Wondering what to do with your Dad this Father’s Day weekend (18th June) to show him what a star Dad he is?! Look no further, we’ve got loads of wonderful things to do that will delight any Dad. Kick your weekend off at Cogges Manor Farm on Sunday the 18th; they’ve got classic cars, motorbikes…

Jun 03 2017

Top Ten Free Things to do in Oxfordshire

1. Wander around our beautiful parks and woodlands Oxfordshire is abundant with beautiful parks that are free to the general public, and offer a great place to go and relax on a sunny afternoon, take a romantic stroll with a loved one, or keep the kids occupied for a few hours! In Oxford city centre and…

May 24 2017

May Bank Holiday and Half Term

The second of May’s bank holidays is coming up, and we want to share with you all the great activities in Oxfordshire that you can enjoy across the long weekend and into the following half term week, to keep you and your family busy! Summer is finally upon us, and kicking off the bank holiday…

May 15 2017

Festival Fever

The summer is coming and we are seeing the first signs of it in the way of festivals! Posters are popping up across the county, heart shaped sunglasses are creeping into the shops, and the weather is even getting a bit warmer (a bit!) We’ve got tonnes of wonderful music, food and culture festivals in…

May 01 2017

Oxfordshire: the world’s biggest art gallery!

Image: Rachel Ducker Oxfordshire is fortunate to house the longest-established open-studio and pop-up exhibition event in the UK: from 6th – 29th May 1000 artists and designer-makers create a county-wide art gallery for the Artweeks Festival! For three weeks, you can enjoy art in towns and villages across Oxfordshire for free, along the Thames and…

Apr 25 2017

May Day and Bank Holiday Weekend

A busy weekend in the Oxfordshire calendar, the first bank holiday of May see’s businesses and venues across the county opening their doors to the greet the public with a warm Spring welcome. From May Day celebrations dancing with Morris Men, to jousting on the lawn of Blenheim Palace, the bank holiday promises to bring…

Apr 13 2017

What’s on in Oxfordshire this Easter

Celebrate Easter by exploring the delights that Oxfordshire has to offer this Bank Holiday. Enjoy the occasion with friends and family by discovering the wonderful range of diverse activities and events that the county has in store over the Easter holidays, in many of its key attractions. Visit one of Oxfordshire’s most frequented attractions; Blenheim…

Apr 11 2017

The habits of Oxford holidaymakers

Holidaymakers from Oxford are more prepared for their holidays than any other British tourist, packing for every eventuality – come rain or shine. According to research from travel price comparison website, TravelSupermarket into Brits’ holiday habits, almost a third (31 per cent) of Oxford residents admit to taking an umbrella on holiday and two fifths…

Mar 28 2017

The colours of spring: the modern, the literary and the ancient

Image: Anna Dillon As Oxfordshire bursts forth into April and there’s colour in the hedgerows across the county, Esther Lafferty, Festival Director of Oxfordshire Artweeks, suggests some places for great art to add some spring to your step. This is the last month of The Ashmolean’s exhibition Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France at…

Mar 01 2017

Art in Oxfordshire this March

It’s finally spring and as new life bursts forth in the green Oxfordshire countryside, many of Oxfordshire art galleries have a focus on life and people, capturing the essence of being human in a variety of forms and media. Over in Chipping Norton, in the Theatre Gallery, discover revealing photographic portraits of many authors and…

Feb 20 2017

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city?

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Then why not come and explore Abingdon-on-Thames. This quint essential Market Town, steeped in history and reputed to be the oldest inhabited town in England offers a warm, welcoming place to enjoy a fun packed and interesting day out with so much to see and…