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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…

Feb 01 2017

Art that stimulates every sense across Oxfordshire this month

Art that stimulates every sense across Oxfordshire this month. The weather may not be the best Britain has to offer this month, but there are still plenty of reasons to get out and about, and whilst the Jurassic skeletons of Oxford’s Museum of Natural History are always interesting, you can be surprised by a far…

Jan 25 2017

A Journey Through Broad Street

For our second blog of the year, we thought it only right to start off exactly where our story began – on the beautiful, historical Broad Street. Home to two University colleges, the Sheldonian theatre, the original Blackwell’s bookstore, the first ever Oxfam shop, and us! Experience Oxfordshire; Broad Street is a little gem just…

Jan 01 2016

In Store for 2017

Welcome readers to a New Year! 2016 was an exciting one for Oxford; seeing new events such as the vibrant Common People festival, as well as several well-loved, returning events such as May Day, Oxfordshire Artweeks, Alice Day and many others. We can’t wait to see what 2017 has in-store for Oxfordshire, with lots of…