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 19 2017

An Affair to Remember

What’s new in 2018 for Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons 2018 is the year of discovery for Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons with the launch of a host of new cookery courses alongside a variety of handpicked and unique events, paired with extraordinary dining and gardening experiences – courtesy of the Raymond Blanc Gardening School…

Dec 11 2017

Oxford wins Silver Tourism Award at the British Youth Travel Awards

Oxford scooped the silver award in ‘Best UK Youth Destination’ at the British Youth Travel Awards in London on Thursday evening. The ceremony was held at The Hippodrome in London and organised by the British Educational Travel Association (BETA) who were celebrating the excellent work and high standards in the youth travel market – a…

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 30 2017

Oxford Visitor Information Centre wins Silver Tourism Award

Oxford’s Visitor Information Centre has been awarded Silver in the Information Service of the Year category at last night’s Beautiful South Awards for Excellence which were held at the Grand Hotel Brighton. The awards recognise and celebrate excellence in the tourism sector and inspire other businesses to reinvest and raise standards in quality, innovation and…

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 27 2017

OCG’s 2017 flagship exhibition in Woodstock rides the crest of the wave

The Oxfordshire Museum is currently hosting the Oxfordshire craft Guild’s annual flagship event, and their exhibition included a huge variety of gifts for Christmas pairing traditional quality craftsmanship and contemporary design in many media. From the array, judges Joanna Simons CBE of Experience Oxfordshire, and previous Chief Executive of Oxfordshire County Council; Joanna Foster CBE…

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…

Nov 03 2017

Value of Tourism to Oxfordshire Exceeds £2 billion!

The newly published Economic Impact Report for Tourism in Oxfordshire, a report commissioned by Experience Oxfordshire, has revealed a positive picture for tourism in 2016, with Oxfordshire welcoming 27.6 million visitors who spent £2.04 billion across the County – an increase of 4.4% and the first time it has reached and exceeded the two-billion-pound mark….

Oct 25 2017

Experience Oxfordshire announced as finalists in the Beautiful South Award for Excellence

Oxford’s Visitor Information Centre has been announced as finalists for Information Provider of the Year in the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence, for the second year running. Winners will be announced at the award ceremony at the Grand Hotel Brighton on 29th November, where the Oxford Visitor Information Centre will find out if they have…

Oct 25 2017

Cotswold Wildlife Park welcomes White Rhino calf to the “crash”.

Cotswold Wildlife Park is celebrating the birth of a White Rhino calf. The newborn male, named Alan, is the newest additions to the “crash” (the collective noun for a group of Rhinos) at the Burford collection. It’s been a remarkable few years for the Rhino family. After almost forty years of hoping the Rhinos would…

Oct 25 2017

SON OF A PREACHER MAN COMES TO OXFORD

SON of a Preacher Man, a heart-warming new musical featuring the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, comes to the New Theatre Oxford from October 24 – 28, starring X Factor finalist Diana Vickers,Bad Girls and Coronation Street star Debra Stephenson and EastEnders and Coronation Street actor Ian Reddington. The musical, which is directed and choreographed…

Oct 24 2017

WESTGATE OXFORD ‘OPENS THE GATE’ TO SHOPPERS “The largest retail and leisure destination to open in the UK this year welcomes the public for the first time”

Westgate Oxford, a brand-new venue located in the heart of the city centre, opens its doors to the public for the first time today. The centre, which offers guests a perfect day out, celebrates its first day of opening with a show-stopping spectacle: an acrobatics display in a balloon heliosphere sailing up towards the stunning…

Oct 19 2017

Experience Oxfordshire embrace the Spirit of TOAD at the first business networking event hosted by Oxford’s new artisan distillery

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation for the County, held the first business-to-business networking event to be hosted by Oxford’s latest attraction: The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD). Held on the afternoon of 18th October at the new distillery in South Park, Oxford, Experience Oxfordshire Partners learnt about the teams fascinating journey starting with the initial…

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 Salisbury’s eclectic Artist…

Oct 15 2017

England’s Historic Cities to benefit from £1m investment

England’s Historic Cities consortium which includes Oxford through the local Destination Management Organisation (DMO) Experience Oxfordshire, has secured a £1m investment from the Discover England Fund for an innovative new project to encourage more US visitors to explore regional England. The Collection brings history to life through story-telling enhanced by augmented reality and will feature…

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 04 2017

Philip Pullman’s Oxford Tour

Go behind-the-scenes in Lyra’s Oxford to coincide with the launch of La Belle Sauvage To mark the publication of Philip Pullman’s highly-anticipated La Belle Sauvage on Thursday 19th October 2017, rediscover the world of His Dark Materials and the setting of the new The Book of Dust series with a walk around Philip Pullman’s Oxford….

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….