Dec 23 2021

Travelling by train this Christmas? When will trains be busiest and where is engineering work taking place?

With Christmas falling on a weekend this year, train operator GWR has released details about which services it expects to be busiest. Data from the number of seats already booked shows that trains on Thursday 23 and on Monday 27 December are the most in demand, with those departing between 1000 and 1400 set to…

Dec 23 2021

Additional support to be made available for Oxford businesses impacted by the Omicron variant

Oxford hospitality and leisure businesses impacted by the spread of the Omicron variant will be able to apply for support funding. On Tuesday 21 December, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced: Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises, plus more than £100 million…

Dec 20 2021

Oxford City Council launches Oxford Community Impact Fund

Oxford City Council is opening its £422,000 Community Impact Fund for the first round of proposals on 20 December. Not-for-profit organisations and community groups are invited to submit expressions of interest for large grants of £5,000-35,000. Two online learning sessions are being held for groups to find out about the new community grant programme and…

Dec 17 2021

Fairytale Farm wins BEST FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE in leading industry awards

Fairytale Farm are very proud to announce that they have won BEST FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE in the Park World Excellence Awards 2021. The annual awards, first established in 2018, are organised by Park World Magazine, the longest established and most well known magazine for the attractions industry. Fairytale Farm was up against four other shortlisted…

Dec 16 2021

Oxford Christmas Light Bus back by popular demand

The Oxford Christmas Light Bus is returning to the streets of the county on Saturday – to visit communities who voted for it to stop in their area. Following the overwhelming success of the recent Christmas Light Bus tour, Oxford Bus Company, Thames Travel and City Sightseeing Oxford decided to deliver another day of festive…

Dec 15 2021

Lord Mayor’s Christmas Concert cancelled due to Covid-19

The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carol Concert has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and in light of growing concerns about the Omicron variant and its impact on the health system. The Carol Concert, which raises money for local charities, had been scheduled to take place in Oxford Town Hall on Sunday 19 December. Proceeds…

Dec 14 2021

Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2021 a resounding success

Thousands of Oxonians enjoyed an exciting programme of events and illuminations all over Oxford over the weekend of 19 and 20 November , to mark the start of the festive season in Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival. In previous years, events were presented entirely in the city centre, but this year’s festival shifted the focus into…

Dec 13 2021

Town and Gown come together at Oxford Castle and Prison as St. John’s College provides a Christmas tree for all to enjoy

Town and Gown came together during the spectacular celebrations at Oxford Castle & Prison to celebrate its 950 anniversary year. The 25-foot Christmas tree, delivered from Bagley Wood at Kennington, was a gift from St. John’s College. To mark the occasion Zoe Hancock, the College’s Principal Bursar, joined Debbie Dance, OPT Director and Anne Campbell,…

Dec 10 2021

JACKfm Signs Up to Support Oxfordshire Business Awards (OXBA)

JACKfm Becomes an Official Media Partner and Award Sponsor 9 December, Oxford: Oxfordshire’s JACKfm has become an official partner of the Oxfordshire Business Awards (OXBA), which were established 26 years ago to recognize, reward and promote the excellence of Oxfordshire-based companies. As well as being an official partner JACKfm, which is part of JACK Media,…

Dec 08 2021

Oxford Bus Company ‘Brand The Bus’ Finalists Announced

The public vote for the latest Oxford Bus Company’s ‘Brand the Bus’ competition has now closed and ten good causes have been nominated for the grand finale. Some 4,807 unique online votes were cast for 23 entries made by charities and good causes to be branded on a double decker bus. The top ten good…

Dec 08 2021

Oxford City Council to consider creating a Net Zero Transition Fund and a tougher definition of Net Zero

Oxford City Council Cabinet will be considering a proposal to establish an annual £132,000 Net Zero Transition Fund, to support its updated 2030 Net Zero Council target, linked to an amendment to strengthen its definition of Net Zero. The tougher definition of net zero is proposed to align with best practice, and follows advice from…

Dec 06 2021

Oxfordshire Homeless Movement: This Christmas, create a new beginning for anyone currently experiencing homelessness in Oxfordshire

At this time of year, many people are reminded how vital it is that everyone has a safe, stable and decent home. Homelessness robs people of this basic need. OHM’s partners are on the ground delivering many hard-hitting local projects that bring hope to people experiencing homelessness. However, some people have nowhere to turn, even…

Dec 03 2021

Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel announce Festive Services

The Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel have announced their timetables for the festive period. Both operators will predominately operate a Saturday service on December 23rd and 24th with an early finish on all services on Christmas Eve. A special timetable will be in operation for Boxing Day and New Years Day on a limited…

Dec 03 2021

Oxford’s first Living Roof bus shelter installed in East Oxford

Oxford’s first Living Roof bus shelter has been installed in East Oxford, as part of work to support biodiversity across the city and enhance local communities. The Living Roof bus shelter – also known as a ‘Bee Bus Stop’- is located on Morrell Avenue, is part of work to support native biodiversity, and to help…

Dec 01 2021

The UK & Ireland Tour of Tony & Oliver Award-Winning Smash Hit Musical Jersey Boys is in Oxford from 30 November 2021

The producers and creative team are delighted to announce that in addition to the smash-hit West End production of the JERSEY BOYS will be coming to New Theatre Oxford from Tue 30 Nov – Sat 4 Dec 2021. Previous tour alumni Michael Pickering and Lewis Griffiths return as Frankie Valli and Nick Massi respectively, with…

Dec 01 2021

Bus Operators Launch 12 Days of Christmas Campaign

Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel have launched a “12 Days of Christmas” campaign to help support local businesses in Oxford City. The campaign which will run from December 13th to Christmas Eve will feature a special offer each day from a city centre business in partnership with the bus operators. Visitors to the city…

Nov 30 2021

Have you say – Council consults on strategic approach to Oxford’s economic recovery

Residents, businesses and local groups and organisations are being urged to have their say on two consultations being launched by Oxford City Council. Both consultations focus on the city’s plans to promote long-term recovery from the pandemic, and to address some of the main challenges and opportunities for the continued success of our local economy….

Nov 30 2021

Tickets go on sale for the Lord Mayor’s annual Christmas carol concert

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday (1/12) for the Lord Mayor of Oxford’s annual Christmas carol concert. The concert, which raises money for local charities, will take place in Oxford Town Hall between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Sunday 19 December. The programme will feature the usual array of festive Christmas carols. Many of the carols…

Nov 26 2021

Oxford Christmas Light Festival celebrates photo competition winners

Three aspiring photographers have each won a prize for the superb photos they took over the Oxford Christmas Light Festival weekend. Using the title, The Art of Connectivity, these images best captured the theme and atmosphere of the festival. The competition drew entries from all ages who sent in photos of the events they attended…

Nov 23 2021

Experience Oxfordshire sees record web traffic from digital campaign

Experience Oxfordshire worked alongside VisitEngland and strategic marketing agency, Digital Visitor, on a social and digital campaign for a two-month period in June and July 2021. The highly successful campaign focused on the ‘Escape the Everyday’ branding and delivered a record-breaking volume of relevant traffic to the site.   The digital campaign was launched to…

Nov 22 2021

Ten things to do in Oxford this Christmas to get in the festive mood

Oxford city centre is hosting an array of activities to help get residents into the Christmas spirit in the coming weeks. As the nights draw in the city will come alive to family friendly events including Christmas wreath making, pantomimes, story walks, Santa’s grotto and sparkling markets. Oxford City Council has launched an Alice in…