May 28 2021

Oxfordshire MP’s Show Support for the Visitor Economy as Part of English Tourism Week

Oxfordshire MPs showed their support for the tourism sector this week by visiting businesses in their constituency as part of the extensive English Tourism Programme organised by Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for the county. This year’s English Tourism week coordinated by VisitEngland was dedicated to showing support for tourism businesses and destinations across the sector as they reopen and start to rebuild.  In addition to these…

May 26 2021

Make it a Year to Remember at Britain’s Greatest Palace

Blenheim Palace is hosting a series of exciting outdoor events and fun activities this summer. From open air movie nights and knights in shining armour to wilderness camps and flying fairies, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. All set against the stunning backdrop of this magnificent Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site, which continues to adhere…

May 25 2021

Bus operators launch new and improved mobile phone app

The Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel have launched a revamped mobile app, to make travel even easier for passengers.   New features include being able to track where a bus is on a map in real time, seeing how much space is on-board, improved live travel updates, which users can tailor to their own…

May 24 2021

Fairytale Farm announces second unicorn event for half-term

Oxfordshire’s Fairytale Farm – located just outside Chipping Norton – will open for the coming school half-term holidays with its second ‘Once upon a Unicorn’ event. The Farm’s manager, Hannah Nott, says: “We ran this event back in 2019 and it was by far the most successful event in the Farm’s history. So back by…

May 21 2021

Experience Oxfordshire Celebrates English Tourism Week with Extensive Programme of Promotion and Business Support

English Tourism Week this year is dedicated to showing support for tourism businesses and destinations across the sector as they reopen and start to rebuild. Coordinated by VisitEngland and taking place from 22 to 31 May, English Tourism Week is an annual celebration of the tourism industry, highlighting its economic importance to local economies and…

May 21 2021

Oxford businesses impacted by lockdown urged to apply for discretionary grants

Oxford City Council is urging businesses that have been severely impacted by lockdown closures to apply for the latest round of grants, with several pots of funding closing to applications at the end of May.   The Government has given the City Council £4.4m to provide discretionary grants to businesses in Oxford that have been…

May 21 2021

Call out to hold events in Broad Street

Between the beginning of July and the end of September a potential wonderful opportunity has arisen to bring some life and colour back into the city centre. As we move from lockdown into recovery, plans have been created to change the west side of Broad Street into a beautiful open public meeting place. The overall…

May 19 2021

Blenheim’s New Wild Bee B&Bs Welcome First Guests

Blenheim Estate is celebrating World Bee Day on Thursday, 20th May with news that two of its natural hives have been occupied by wild bee colonies. Earlier in the year the Estate’s Rural Team, under the direction of Head Forester Nick Baimbridge, put up a series of bee hives to help protect dwindling colonies of…

May 19 2021

Celebrate English Tourism Week in Oxfordshire 22 to 31 May 2021

English Tourism Week is an annual celebration of the English tourism industry. With the easing of restrictions Oxfordshire is ready to welcome back visitors and to showcase what is on offer, from rural retreats to a city break. Whether you are exploring somewhere new or revisiting a favourite attraction, support the local economy during this week...
May 19 2021

Painting in Coloured Light: The modern stained glass designs of John Piper

Stained glass window at All Saints Church, Farnborough, West Berkshire, featuring symbols of The  Resurrection: fishes; tree of life; butterflies. Designed by John Piper and made by Joseph Nuttgens. Photo: Andrew Loutit. © The Piper Estate / DACS 2021   The River & Rowing Museum reopens its doors on 20 May 2021 with a wonderful…

May 19 2021

The River & Rowing Museum reopening in a burst of colour 20 May 2021

The River & Rowing Museum welcomes back visitors from Thursday 20 May with a celebratory burst of colour: a sublime new John Piper display and the original artwork and stories of David McKee. NEW in the John Piper Gallery A remarkable new display, Painting in Coloured Light: The modern stained glass designs of John Piper,…

May 17 2021

Bus operators ready to welcome more passengers back on-board

 Leading Oxfordshire bus operators today announced a range of further measures to welcome passengers back on-board. Oxford Bus Company, Thames Travel and City Sightseeing Oxford have launched a ‘Back to Bus’ video to help welcome people back on-board and re-build confidence. It coincides with the UK’s further lifting of COVID-19 restrictions today (Monday May 17). ...
May 14 2021

Historic Oxford law firm becomes employee owned

Hedges Law, a boutique law firm based in Oxford, has become employee owned. It joins a growing number of organisations turning their employees into custodians of the business for future generations.   The majority of law firms continue to be run as traditional partnerships and are also still largely owned by men, so by running...
May 13 2021

OXFORD BUS COMPANY INCREASE AIRLINE SERVICES TO HEATHROW AIRPORT

The Oxford Bus Company has announced it will increase the frequency of its Airline coach service to Heathrow Airport from Monday.   It coincides with the news of the UK’s travel green list and the anticipated increase in air travel. Initially this will be focused on domestic flights and a small number of overseas destinations. Services between…

May 12 2021

OXFORD BUS COMPANY LAUNCHES ANNUAL BRAND THE BUS COMPETITION FOR 2022

Competition for a good cause to be decked out on a bus returns for fourth year 2021attracted 7,165public votes for 23 entrants Competition helps local charities and good causes raise awareness of what they do   The Oxford Bus Company has launched its popular annual Brand the Bus competition – for a local charity or good…

May 12 2021

‘Britain’s Greatest Palace’ Re-opens to Visitors

Blenheim Palace is set to open its doors to visitors again from Monday, 17th May.   Widely regarded as a masterpiece of 18th century Baroque architecture, ‘Britain’s Greatest Palace’ houses one of the most important and extensive collections in Europe, which includes portraits, furniture, sculpture and tapestries.   To mark its re-opening, the Oxfordshire UNESCO…

May 12 2021

Secret Early Days of Bletchley Park revealed in new exhibition

Visitors will be able to chart the arrival of the first Codebreakers at Bletchley Park in a new exhibition opening on Monday 17 May, when the Buckinghamshire museum hopes to reopen for the first time since December 2020.   The new permanent exhibition, supported with funding from the UK government’s Culture Recovery Fund, focuses on…

May 10 2021

#ConnectWithNature this Mental Health Awareness Week

Oxford City Council is marking Mental Health Awareness Week by encouraging residents to #ConnectWithNature. Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is a national campaign hosted by the Mental Health Foundation that takes place between Monday 10 and Sunday 16 May. The campaign encourages participants to start conversations about their mental health and what they can do…

May 10 2021

Oxford Bus Company and City Sightseeing Introduce New All-Female Tourism Management Team

Oxford Bus Company and its sister company City Sightseeing have created a revamped tourism management team across both companies to help drive the visitor economy. The trio of Jane Marshall, Clarisse Garcia and Val Tachy form the all-female team created to ensure visitors to Oxford receive a world class welcome. The focus will be on…

May 10 2021

Oxford Official Walking Tours Launch New Website

Oxford Official Walking Tours, operated by Experience Oxfordshire the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Oxfordshire, are thrilled to announce the launch of their new website www.oxfordoffocialwalkingtours.org.  With updated tours and an easy booking platform the website is designed to enhance the user experience and to simplify the booking process.   Throughout the pandemic there has been a big shift in people booking in advance online and the website has been designed to make it easy for people…

May 05 2021

Blenheim Estate Invites Tenders For Long Term Partnership on Arable Land

The Blenheim Estate in Oxfordshire is inviting farmers to tender for c.1,100 acres (445ha) of arable farmland as it implements its ground-breaking land strategy. Successful farmers will be offered lengthy 10-year agreements to create long-term relationships, allowing both landlord and tenant to share the positive outcomes of a new approach to efficient, sustainable food production,…