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…

Nov 22 2021

Beautiful Blenheim Palace Begins Festive Season with Magical Indoor and Outdoor Light Trails

The countdown to Christmas started at Blenheim Palace on Thursday, when hundreds of visitors were wowed by its stunning trails both in the Palace and outside in its iconic Gardens. Throughout the festive period, the Palace will be surrounded by more than a million twinkling lights, colourful trees and amazing illuminated installations, all choreographed to…

Nov 01 2021

Oxford to Zero

As COP26 begins, Oxford City Council is launching the third strand of its climate action to achieve a Zero Carbon City by 2040 or earlier. The launch of a new behaviour changing campaign will encourage citizens and communities to make little sustainable changes in their day-to-day lives which, combined, would add up to a significant…

Oct 28 2021

Switch off home working and commute by bus to reduce carbon emissions

Research has revealed an average employee that works from home all year round produces 80% more carbon emissions than an office worker. An average home worker produces 2.5 tonnes of carbon per year while working – the equivalent of making more than 1 million cups of tea. The study by WSP consultants identified that working from…

Oct 28 2021

Blenheim Donates 600 Thermal Lunchboxes to Oxford Food Hub

Blenheim has donated 600 thermal lunchboxes from its Palace gift shop to the Oxford Food Hub. The lunchboxes, which were surplus stock, were handed over to the charity by Blenheim’s Retail and Warehouse teams. They will be used to deliver individual meals to various community organisations, groups and schools across the county. “We’re delighted the…

Oct 27 2021

Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival is back for 2021 with creative pop-ups in community hubs

In 2020, Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival shifted its focus from the city centre to become an event based in our local communities. This year the programme expands further into the city’s neighbourhoods and celebrates the Art of Connectivity over the weekend of 19 and 20 November. In central Oxford, the weekend will kick off with…

Oct 26 2021

World Mental Health Day at Blenheim

Blenheim marked World Mental Health Day with a series of wellbeing events and activities for staff. The annual event, which took place on 10th October, is run by the Mental Health Foundation a charity whose mission is to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health. As part of the week of activities, Blenheim…

Oct 25 2021

Brave the ‘Road to Colditz’ in SOFO Museum’s upcoming online event

An Online talk streaming at 7pm on Tuesday 23rd November 2021 with a live Q&A with speakers Stuart Rolt and Thomas Hamilton-Baillie. Two sons tell of their fathers’ hair-raising wartime experiences and numerous escapes as prisoners of war in Germany, including the infamous Colditz Castle Free to view on the museum website, no registration required,…

Oct 25 2021

Bletchley Park’s biggest ever exhibition galleries to open in April 2022

For the first time, visitors will be able to explore a newly restored wartime building at the heart of the historic Bletchley Park World War Two Codebreaking site when the museum’s biggest ever exhibition and temporary exhibition galleries open in April 2022.   The Intelligence Factory, a permanent exhibition in Block A, the largest exhibition space on…

Oct 25 2021

Mischievous mayhem and tragic love: WNO’s Autumn Season at Oxford New Theatre

Company debuts for director Lindy Hume, designer Isabella Bywater and cast members Alexia Voulgaridou and Leonardo Caimi, with Joyce El-Khoury returning in new production of Madam Butterfly 35-year anniversary of classic Rossini production   This Autumn Welsh National Opera return to the New Theatre, Oxford with a new production of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly. Performing from…

Oct 25 2021

Headless Horseman Gives Haunting Halloween Welcome at Blenheim

Brand New Trail at Blenheim Palace Opens for Halloween Half Term The autumn air was filled with wonder on Thursday, as hundreds of visitors enjoyed the spook-tacular surprises at the opening night of a new Halloween trail at Blenheim Palace.   A headless horseman ensures a rather grisly greeting at the gates of the palace, for…

Oct 22 2021

Discover things that go bump in the night in Oxford

Visitors to Oxford can now experience the spooky secrets of the city via a newly launched ghost walking tour. The Oxford Ghost Tour is a unique interactive experience delivered by a professional actor in an authentic cavalier outfit. Launched by City Sightseeing Oxford, owned by Oxford Bus Company, the tour will take visitors through the…

Oct 22 2021

Film Fans Get in the Spirit With Ghostbusters™: Afterlife at Westgate Oxford

Westgate Oxford is the ultimate destination for all the family this October half-term, with a whole host of fun activities for all ages – including a special two-day event in partnership with Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Other October half-term activities include:   Indulge in a delicious bite to eat at Ole & Steen or Joe & the…

Oct 19 2021

Oxfordshire celebrated as champion for local energy innovations on COP26 bus tour

Oxfordshire has been heralded as a local energy champion in the fight against climate change as the UK prepares to host the COP26 summit next month. A fully electric double-decker bus pulled into Oxford City Centre on the first stop of a ‘Road to Renewables’ nationwide tour. Showcasing same of the most innovative clean energy…

Oct 18 2021

Fairytale Farm near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire is launching a brand new family Halloween event called ‘Scarily Ever After’

Fairytale Farm near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire is launching a brand new family Halloween event called ‘Scarily Ever After’. Owner Nick Laister says: “There’s always magic happening in the land of fairy tales, and there’s no better time for little ones to solve a spooky Halloween mystery than the most magical month of the year,…

Oct 15 2021

Three Delicious Food Brands Join Westgate Oxford’s Line-up

Westgate Oxford has announced an expansion to its food and beverage offer with the opening of Plants & Grills’ first retail space, alongside Joe & The Juice’s regional debut. Ole & Steen have also re-opened their Oxford branch. Plants & Grills opened their kiosk within the centre’s unique ’Westgate Social Street Food’ space. The brand…

Oct 14 2021

Chess Champions Crowned at Palace

The country’s brightest young chess players took part in the 26th Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge at Blenheim Palace at the weekend. The event was the culmination of months of online tournaments, which saw more than 2,250 students, representing over 800 schools and chess clubs competing throughout the summer Sixty players from across the UK…

Oct 14 2021

Father Christmas is returning to Bletchley Park for the festive season

Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes, the once top-secret home of Britain’s World War Two Codebreakers, now a vibrant museum and heritage attraction, will be welcoming the main man himself, Father Christmas, to its Vintage Christmas Grotto this winter. Taking up residence in the sumptuously decorated Vintage Christmas Grotto in the Bletchley Park Mansion, families will…

Oct 13 2021

Pye Homes Creating new Community at Marcham

Pye Homes has begun work on a community of 47 high-quality homes at its new Temple Gate development in Marcham. The new site will feature a mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses built in line with Pye’s ‘how we build principles’, based on the belief landowners have a social, economic and moral responsibility to…