Dec 27 2018

Wild Art in an Oxfordshire Winter

As we see the New Year in here in Oxfordshire, there’s a wildness to the art across the county this month to match the winter weather whilst other shows promise warmer days to come. The perfect mid-winter contemplation, a thought-provoking multi-media show in Summertown’s The North Wall, is a project conceived during research for a…

Dec 21 2018

Macdonald Randolph Hotel Unveils New £100k Ballroom

Oxford’s leading five-star hotel, Macdonald Randolph Hotel, has transformed its grand ballroom after a £100,000 investment. The extensive remodel, which took just three months to complete, saw the spacious function suite undergo a complete refurbishment, including customised carpets and wallpaper using the Acanthus leaf, the plant which inspired the name of the hotel’s restaurant. Beautifully…

Dec 06 2018

Feed Your Face at Dirty Bones Oxford with Holiday Specials and Exclusive Festive Cocktails

Dirty Bones, NYC-inspired comfort food and cocktail concept, launch Holiday Specials. In a bid to save diners from the tired turkey dinner, Dirty Bones Holiday Specials are all about the kind of comfort food we really want for Christmas. Festive favourites with a Dirty Bones twist include Braised Lamb Neck with a caramel BBQ glaze…

Dec 06 2018

Oxford Visitor Information Centre wins Top Tourism Award

Oxford’s Visitor Information Centre has been named Information Service of the Year at last night’s Beautiful South Awards for Excellence which were held at the Grand Hotel Brighton, while Experience Oxfordshire’s ‘Oxford Official Walking Tours’ was awarded Highly Commended status for Guided Tour of the Year. The awards recognise and celebrate excellence in the tourism…

Dec 05 2018

International Travel Trade Activity

We have recently attended overseas travel trade missions out in the USA and China with VisitBritain. These were a great opportunity to talk to buyers and media about our destination and our partners. Over 140 meetings were conducted during this time. In addition this we also conducted a visit to Canada where we visited travel…

Dec 05 2018

USA Tourism Leader Visits Oxford

Experience Oxfordshire were delighted to welcome Gavin Landry, the Director and Executive Vice President of VisitBritain Americas, to Oxford on the 28th October 2018. The visit was negotiated by Chief Executive of Experience Oxfordshire, Hayley Beer-Gamage, following on from increased activity in the USA market and a recent travel trade mission on territory. The VIP…

Dec 04 2018

Oxfordshire is Home to UK’s Third Best Restaurant

Oxfordshire’s Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons has today been named third best-rated restaurant in the UK, according to the 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards, announced today by the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor. As well as finishing up third in the UK fine dining restaurants rankings, Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons is named eighth…

Nov 29 2018

Sparkling Art for a Fabulous Christmas

As Christmas approaches, galleries and exhibitions offer a refuge from the High Street, a quiet space for enjoyment, reflection and delight, and – for those seeking unique and unusual Christmas gifts – an alternative to the mass-produced merchandise. In Jericho, this month, the Oxford Ceramics Gallery also celebrates pioneers in the visual arts this month….

Nov 27 2018

Oxfordshire Exceeds Target for Visitor Spend

 For Immediate Release:  The recently published Economic Impact Report for Tourism in Oxfordshire, a report commissioned by Experience Oxfordshire, has shown a significant increase in visitor spend in 2017. The study shows an impressive increase in spend of 6% taking the value of the visitor economy spend to £2.17 billion, exceeding the target of 5%…

Nov 26 2018

Experience Oxfordshire’s Oxford Official Walking Tours Awarded Highly Commended Status

We’re thrilled to announce that the judging panel for the 2018 Beautiful South Tourism Awards has awarded our Oxford Official Walking Tours HIGHLY COMMENDED status in the Guided Tour of the Year category. Our tours team will be joining our Visitor Information Centre Team ( Finalists in the VIC of the year category ) at…

Nov 22 2018

Experience Oxfordshire’s Networking Event at Heythrop Park Resort

Recently, we hosted a partner networking event at the stunning Heythrop Park Resort. This networking event allowed a chance for our partners from across the County and from different sectors to network and discuss future collaboration. Partners were also given an exclusive show around the property and enjoyed a luxurious afternoon tea. In addition, Heythrop Park Resort provided…

Nov 12 2018

New Augmented Reality App Brings Oxford to Life Like Never Before

England Originals from England’s Historic Cities, has launched its very first app, bringing to life 16 historic destinations in England, including Oxford, using the power of augmented reality (AR). Created by Hex Digital and aimed primarily at international millennials looking to explore England, the app combines emerging technology and powerful storytelling to provide a fun…

Nov 02 2018

Christmas Shopping Country Homes & Interiors Style

Discover a world of festive country style and gorgeous shopping at Country Homes & Interiors Christmas, returning to Stonor Park this November after a sold-out show last year. In collaboration with the magazine, this boutique event presents a handpicked collection of makers and country brands, with more than 100 stands brimming with beautiful home and…

Nov 02 2018

Autumn arrivals: Largest rodent species in the world produce their first litter at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens is home to a diverse collection of over 1,500 animals from 250 different species, many of which are instantly recognisable, like the iconic Rhinos, Lions or Giraffes. Some of the creatures at the Park, particularly the more unusual looking or lesser-known species, incite a far more curious reaction from visitors…

Nov 02 2018

New Exhibition at Pitt Rivers Museum: Intrepid Women: Fieldwork in Action 1910 to 1957

Why intrepid? The six women featured in this exhibition undertook ground breaking fieldwork at a time when women were not expected to excel. They all defied conventions, travelling to places where ‘ladies’ didn’t go, learning local languages and establishing relationships across cultural barriers. These women were all leaders in different ways and many survived physical…

Oct 30 2018

What’s Coming Up At Sophie’s Cookery School

The big C-word is in the air again. Whispered, in a slightly guilty way, shouted down with cries of “Too soon, too soon!”. But there’s no avoiding it sooner or later. Christmas is hurtling full throttle towards us, and before it arrives, the impossible search for the perfect present looms. Sophie’s Cookery School can rumba…

Oct 26 2018

Un-boo-lievable Halloween & Half Term Events in Oxfordshire

Nothing says autumn in Oxfordshire like a wide-range of Halloween and Half Term activities for the whole family! Experience everything from ghosts, ghouls and gourds with these spooktacular events happening throughout the county. Blackout Bletchley at Bletchley Park It is a dark October night in 1944. Britain rests uneasy. But Bletchley Park does not sleep. The…

Oct 25 2018

Fantastic Cities, Fantastic Art

In Modern Art Oxford, Penny Woolcock’s Fantastic Cities opens on 17th November, exploring the idea that, for many, the lived experience of cities may at times be more unexpected that fiction. This is the first major art exhibition of artist and director Penny Woolcock, perhaps an unrivalleled pioneer in contemporary visual culture in the UK….

Oct 25 2018

Huge Project to Save Finest View in England Gets Under Way

One of the biggest civil engineering projects ever undertaken at a British stately home has got under way in Oxfordshire this month. Blenheim Palace is embarking on a rescue plan which will cost in the region of £12m to safeguard the future of its iconic Capability Brown landscaped grounds. Dubbed the finest view in England…

Oct 25 2018

Oxford Bus Company and Oxfordshire Credit Union Join Forces to Make Travel Cheaper

The Oxford Bus Company has formed a partnership with Oxfordshire Credit Union to provide its members with payment plans to make travel more affordable, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of International Credit Union Day. As part of the collaboration Oxford Bus Company is providing Oxfordshire Credit Union members access to a season ticket loan scheme….

Oct 25 2018

Oxford Bus Company ‘Brand The Bus’ Competition Hots Up 2018

More than 1,800 votes have been cast for entries to the Oxford Bus Company’s unique ‘Brand the Bus’ competition. The competition offers people the chance to nominate their favourite good cause to be branded on a double-decker bus. Since launching the competition, a month ago 15 entries have been made by local good causes and…