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Jan 02 2018

New views for a New Year

In a new exhibition to kick start 2018, Summertown’s Sarah Wiseman Gallery shows artist Christopher Farrell’s Vantage Point of Oxford, interpreting not just its iconic skyline but also the real and rapidly changing face of the city today. The city of Oxford is at a moment in time where rapid development and building in a…

Dec 22 2017

What’s On This Christmas Bank Holiday in Oxfordshire?

23rd December Enjoy late night shopping evenings at Bicester Village and enjoy performances while you shop from The Creation Theatre until Christmas Eve! Or enjoy Jack & The Beanstalk at the Oxford Playhouse – but hurry, tickets are selling fast for this popular pantomime! The North Wall Arts Centre will be transformed into Victorian London…

Dec 01 2017

Cool Art for Christmas

With only a month left in 2017, the galleries in Oxfordshire are offering a mixed bag – or should we say stocking – of interesting art for the winter season as exhibitions combine wall art and free-standing ceramics, and range from contemporary art inspired by the Middle East to the Nativity with a twist, from…

Nov 28 2017

Top 5 performances to see this December in Oxford

Thinking of visiting the theatre this December in Oxford or looking for that perfect Christmas show? From pantomimes to critically acclaimed shows, we have listed our top 5 picks below which includes something for everyone to enjoy!   1. War Horse at New Theatre Oxford 13th December to 6th January: Following 8 record-record breaking years in London’s…

Nov 03 2017

Art Marking The Past, And Art For The Present

This month the art exhibitions in Oxford present the past and provide food for further thought too, as the world continues to change around us, socially, politically and environmentally. In Modern Art Oxford, the work of Hannah Ryggen (1894–1970), one of Scandinavia’s most outstanding artistic figures of the 20th century, is on show from 11th…

Oct 16 2017

6 Boutique Hotels in Oxfordshire

6 boutique hotels in Oxfordshire Stride across the rolling Cotswolds hills, wander through ancient Oxford colleges, shop for organic food and designer clothes, then retreat to one of these boutique hotels in Oxfordshire, selected by The Good Hotel Guide. 1. Artist Residence Oxfordshire, South Leigh The latest addition to Justin and Charlotte Sainsbury’s eclectic Artist…

Oct 05 2017

Hauntingly Fun Oxfordshire this October

Visit Oxfordshire this Halloween for something spooktacular! We have listed our top 11 favourite events/activities all ages can enjoy in and around Oxfordshire this October during half-term and Halloween! Number one on our list is the annual Ghost Fest at Oxford Castle Unlocked! Oxford Castle Unlocked will transform into Oxford’s only scare attraction this October. From 19th…

Oct 02 2017

From print-making to Halloween, art to intrigue and to unsettle

This month, there’s rather a focus on print-making in the Oxfordshire art scene. Print-making is the process of creating original pieces of art using various hand-printing methods in which each image created is unique, even when a short ‘run’ of ‘limited edition’ prints are made and there are a number of ways to create an…

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…