Nov 11 2019

Oxford Bus Company Produces Local Honey at Depot for Charity

We’re not pollen your leg.   Best known for keeping Oxfordshire moving, the Oxford Bus Company has turned its hand to producing honey. Bus driver and beehive enthusiast Barry Duke has produced a tasty batch of ‘City Honey’ from a hive tucked away behind the bus-wash at its Cowley House depot on Watlington Road.  …

Nov 08 2019

Curiouser and Curiouser: City Council Fills Covered Market with Alice in Wonderland Sculptures

Oxford Covered Market is getting curiouser and curiouser as Oxford City Council fills the 18th century building with Alice in Wonderland sculptures.   So far sculptures of the White Rabbit, Gryphon, Mock Turtle, Cheshire Cat, Caterpillar and Dormouse have been installed amongst the rafters throughout the market.   Next week the Queen of Hearts, the…

Nov 08 2019

Experience the Best of British at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is the perfect destination to discover the very best of what Great Britain has to offer.   A fairy-tale country house set in one of England’s most beautiful and historic settings, Blenheim Palace may only be 90 minutes journey time from London but it’s a whole world away.   Quintessentially English with 2,000…

Nov 06 2019

Oxford Covered Market is Full

Oxford Covered Market is full. In the run-up to Christmas, all 61 of the available units in the 18th century market – which is operated by Oxford City Council – will be occupied.   The new openings are: Rewind, a vintage clothing company that already has a unit in Reading’s market, will open on a trial…

Nov 05 2019

Cream Tea at The Bear

Come have Cream Tea at Blenheim Palace’s doorstep. Sit down and relax by the 18th fireplace in our Bar or enjoy the lovely views of the Market Square from the Restaurant.

Nov 05 2019

Blenheim Palace Launch ‘Year of Restoration’ with Restoration and Conservation Tours

UNESCO World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace Oxfordshire, are launching a Year of Restoration beginning with Restoration & Conservation Tours allowing visitors to see behind the scenes of their epic deep-clean of the historic State Rooms.   The ‘Restoration & Conservation’ tour will be exclusively available from 10 January – 9 February, 2020, running twice per…

Nov 05 2019

Oxford Bus Company in the Running for Five Industry Awards

Oxford Bus Company could scoop as many as five national industry awards.   The company, which was recently crowned Large Bus Operator of the Year in the Route One Awards, is shortlisted in the UK Bus Awards final in the Top Shire Operator, Bus and Community, Making Buses a Better Choice and Cultural Change categories. The…

Nov 01 2019

Community Woodland Project Gains Ground in Bicester

Plans for a community woodland to the south west of Bicester are a step closer, with a site to be provided by Countryside Properties (Bicester) Ltd. A decision, taken by Cherwell District Council’s planning committee on Thursday (24 October), approved the change of use for land adjacent to Vendee Drive, from ‘agricultural’ to ‘informal recreational’…

Oct 31 2019

Oxfordshire Bucks National Trend with Increase in Visitor Spend

This year’s Economic Impact Report for Tourism in Oxfordshire, a report commissioned by Experience Oxfordshire, shows the county bucking the national trend with a significant increase in visitor spend in 2018. The study shows an impressive increase in spend of 5.1%, taking the value of the visitor economy in Oxfordshire to £2.28 billion, meeting the…

Oct 29 2019

Oxford Christmas Light Festival 2019: Our Top Picks

Festival dates this year: Friday 15th - Sunday 17th November The famous Oxford Christmas Light Festival is back for 2019! Taking place over 3 days and featuring light and sound installations, a festive market, music, dance and loads of free activities in venues across the city. It can be tricky knowing where to start, right?...
Oct 28 2019

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Announces Roll Out of New Fleet Worth £5m

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire has announced the roll out of its new fleet of 21 buses will commence on 28th October. The new buses worth over £5million will launch on the S1 and S2 routes, operating between Witney and Oxford.   It’s the first major upgrade since the gold fleet was launched 10 years ago.   The…

Oct 25 2019

Experience Oxfordshire Launch New Dreaming Spires and Splendid Ceilings of Oxford Tour

Oxford Official Walking Tours, which are run and managed by Experience Oxfordshire, have launched an exciting new Dreaming Spires and Splendid Ceilings of Oxford Tour.   This new tour will open the doors of some of the most important ceremonial buildings of the University of Oxford. A great way to explore the city of Oxford,…

Oct 21 2019

Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2019

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest adventures of our age, the Apollo moon landings, Oxford’s annual Christmas Light Festival takes the theme of ‘Discovery’ for a series of illuminated installations, performances, displays and more. From 15th to the 17th November the historic city will be lit up as schools, community…

Oct 18 2019

8 Spooktacular Halloween Events in Oxfordshire

Make the most of summer in Oxfordshire with these outdoor shows!

Oct 18 2019

Shiny Historic Bus Returns After Repainting

The Oxford Bus Museum’s 1961 Dennis Loline II (304 KFC) has returned from Selby in Yorkshire having had its front end rebuilt, replacement window seals and a complete repaint including period adverts on the sides and rear. The last repaint was over 20 years ago. Chris Butterfield, a Museum Trustee, commented that “Although the Loline…

Oct 18 2019

IF Oxford 2019: Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Periodic Table with Elemental Science for All

There is no Targaryen Iron Throne in Oxford: however university researchers are battling it out for an Iron Crown as they argue about this element’s most important functions during IF Oxford science and ideas festival. Since the end of the stone age, when the advent of metal-working gave us advances in both tool and weapons,…

Oct 18 2019

IF Oxford 2019: Looking at the Perils of Children and the Policies that Might Help

After WWII, portrayals of ‘evil children’ proliferated in horror and science fiction films in both Britain and the US. From characters displaying a disturbing amount of intelligence to those who were simply outright bad, children as well as adults were suddenly being presented in popular culture as dangerous threats rather than innocent victims. Drawing on…

Oct 09 2019

Oxford Bus Company Scoop Large Bus Operator of the Year Gong at Industry Awards

The Oxford Bus Company has won UK Large Bus Operator of the Year in a prestigious national bus industry award.   It scooped the accolade in the Route One Awards, dubbed ‘The Oscars of the bus, coach and mini-bus industry’, in the Large Bus Operator category.   The awards recognise and celebrate achievements, innovation and…

Oct 09 2019

WW2 Veterans’ Portraits to Go on Display at Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

A new exhibition of photographic portraits of WW2 veterans is set to go on display at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, from 19th October 2019 to 5th January 2020.   The exhibition, titled 3945 Portraits, is the work of award-winning photographer Glyn Dewis. He is leading an ongoing project to photograph Second World War…

Oct 09 2019

IF Oxford 2019: Family Activities

IF Oxford bursts into life, there’s a chance for children to get down and dirty with science at family events across the city. From exploring the city’s geology with a trowel to uncovering the secrets of the human body through a microscope or peering into the far reaches of the galaxy, there’s something to intrigue…

Oct 09 2019

IF Oxford 2019: A Scientific Wonderland in Oxford

Oxford has a literary heritage that goes back centuries and some of the world’s most loved books were written here. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was crafted by Christ Church mathematician Charles Dodgson, under the pen name Lewis Carroll and is feted globally for its wordplay. It is also riddled with mathematical conundrum and scientific analogies…