Sep 30 2021

Catastrophe at Kut – an Oxfordshire regiment under siege in Iraq, 1916

• An Online talk streaming at 7pm on Wednesday 20th October 2021 with a live Q&A with speaker Patrick Crowley. • Siege of Kut, Mesopotamia (Present day Iraq) in 1916 was one of the greatest defeats the British Army ever faced in its history. 13,000 were taken prisoner, 4000 would die in captivity. • The…

Sep 29 2021

Oxford’s Iffley Academy wins prestigious Artsmark Platinum Award for contribution to arts education

Pupils and staff at Iffley Academy, Oxford are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Platinum Award in recognition of the school’s outstanding provision and contribution to arts education. This is the highest arts award afforded to schools by the Arts Council and Iffley Academy is only one of six schools in the country in 2021…

Sep 29 2021

Ghoulish Goings-on at Blenheim Palace’s Half Term Fright-Fest

Things that go bump in the night – and day – will create a spooky half term experience for all the family at Blenheim Palace next month (October 22nd to October 31st). The Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site’s Halloween entertainment includes nerve-jangling activities, spine-chilling statues, scary stories, fiendishly fiery performers, pumpkin carving and ghostly train…

Sep 29 2021

Autumn Extravaganza at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is celebrating all things autumnal over the weekend as part of its brand new Autumn Festival (Friday, 1st October to Sunday, 3rd October). Based around the historic Walled Garden, the event features delicious street food, live music and theatre, family harvest games, haybale sports, a sculpture trail, competitions, workshops, talks and market stalls…

Sep 29 2021

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Offers Free Oxford Tube Travel to London Marathon Runners

Oxford Tube, the 24-hour coach service travelling direct from Oxford to London, has announced it will offer free return travel to London Marathon runners on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October. Marathon runners travelling from Oxford can do so for free by simply showing their race number, certificate, or badge to the Oxford Tube driver…

Sep 28 2021

Final countdown… AJ Bell Women’s Tour cycling race is coming to Oxfordshire on Monday

The AJ Bell Women’s Tour, the premiere women’s international cycle race in the UK, is coming to Oxfordshire on Monday 4 October 2021. Around 100 pro-cyclists – accompanied by support vehicles – will race from Bicester, continuing through Oxford and Abingdon, to the finish in Banbury. From the start line on Bicester’s Sheep Street, the…

Sep 28 2021

New Recycling Heroes competition offers the best recycler a chance to win £250 in LoveToShop vouchers

The competition will involve residents capturing their recycling skills in a photo or video, with the best entry winning £250 in LoveToShop vouchers. The aim is to increase the number of people who recycle within Oxford and bring communities together to care for the environment. Oxford currently sends none of its household waste to landfill,…

Sep 27 2021

Leading the charge: How a small hotel in Oxford is encouraging green visitors.

The St Margaret’s Hotel has installed two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to encourage eco-tourists to stay at the hotel when visiting the historic city of Oxford. Kevin Blair, the Hotel Manager, whose idea it was to install the EV chargers, hopes they will help put the St Margaret’s Hotel on maps and apps. Already,…

Sep 27 2021

First Riders revealed for 2021 AJ Bell Women’s Tour

Defending champion Lizzie Deignan, recently-crowned world time trial champion Ellen van Dijk, former winner Kasia Niewiadoma, and Tokyo 2020 medallists Marlen Reusser and Lisa Klein are among the first riders announced for this year’s AJ Bell Women’s Tour. After a hiatus of over 840 days, the UK’s most prestigious international women’s race will return with…

Sep 27 2021

Visit Fairytale Farm’s Illuminated Evenings this autumn

The south of England’s original illuminations event is back and is bigger and better than ever this year. Fairytale Farm’s famous Illuminated Evenings are switched on from Saturday 9th October 2021 and run every Saturday and Sunday evening until 28th November. Farm owner Nick Laister is looking forward to showing visitors a number of new…

Sep 23 2021

Modern Art Oxford and CVAN South East present The Platform Graduate Award 2021

Modern Art Oxford is proud to reopen its doors with the Platform Graduate Award 2021, a series of three solo exhibitions by selected Bachelor of Fine Art graduates from local universities. Led by the Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East (CVAN South East), the Platform Graduate Award celebrates and supports emerging artistic talent. The public…

Sep 23 2021

Museum launches community competition for re-opening season

The Museum of Oxford will be re-opening on 11 October 2021 after a £2.8 million, 3-year refurbishment re-designing and re-modelling galleries and learning spaces to create bigger display areas, more opportunities for visitor interaction with exhibitions and even more space for public use. To celebrate this, MOX has launched a special re-opening competition. Winning entries…

Sep 23 2021

Major Mick’s 100 Mile Tintanic Adventure for Alzheimer’s Research UK Reaches Blenheim Palace

Eighty-year-old Major Mick Stanley launched his homemade boat ‘Tintanic’ onto the lake at Blenheim Palace on Wednesday as part of his 100-mile Tintanic Adventure to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Mick Stanley is a retired Army Major having served in the British Army (The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards) for 35 years. Last year, in…

Sep 22 2021

Developer Expects Surge in Enquiries for new Energy-Saving Homes

Pye Homes is anticipating high levels of enquiries for the new energy-efficient homes at its Church Farm development in Radley because of growing concerns about fuel supplies. Church Farm, which will eventually include 240 properties, is on land previously owned by Radley College and aims to encourage a ‘greener way of living’. Reflecting Pye’s commitment…

Sep 22 2021

Blenheim Celebrates ‘Astronomer’ Duke on Autumn Equinox

Blenheim Palace is marking the official start of autumn on Wednesday by showcasing a collection of 18th century telescopes, scientific instruments and handwritten astronomical observations belonging to George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough. A keen amateur astronomer, the Duke had an observatory built at the Palace, and shared his passion with King George III, who…

Sep 22 2021

Popular Antiques and Vintage Fair returns to Historic Stonor Park

Back by popular demand, The Great Antique & Vintage Car Boot Fair will be returning on Sunday 26th September to Stonor Park, near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. Opening at 9am for Early bird buyers who are keen to identify their favourite items, the fair is well known for its high standard of antique and vintage wares….

Sep 22 2021

Broad Meadow to stay until October

Oxford City Council is to extend Broad Meadow until 10 October 2021. The announcement of the extension is timed to coincide with World Car Free Day, when people around the world leave the car at home to enjoy cycling, walking, and using public transport instead. Broad Meadow is a temporary pedestrian-friendly outdoor space containing wildflowers,…

Sep 21 2021

Experience Oxfordshire launches ‘The Oxfordshire Hospitality Guide’ to support local businesses

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Oxfordshire has today launched a brand-new online guide to support hospitality businesses across the county. The Oxfordshire Hospitality Guide has been designed to showcase places to eat and drink across Oxfordshire as well as provide both locals and visitors information and inspiration of where they should visit…

Sep 20 2021

Blenheim Estate Homes Reaches Finals in Five More Property Awards

Blenheim Estate Homes and its partner Pye Homes have been nominated for five more property awards. As well as Best Newcomer in the RESI Awards, which are organised by Property Week, Blenheim has reached the final of Development of the Year, for its Park View site, and Innovator of the Year, alongside West Oxfordshire District…

Sep 20 2021

Deadline to enter Oxford Bus company ‘Brand the Bus’ Competition extended

Oxford Bus Company has extended its deadline for good causes to enter its Brand the Bus competition. It has extended the time good causes have to enter by five weeks, taking the deadline to submit entries to 7th November at 23.59. The public vote will now close on 30th November and the winners will be announced in mid-December. The competition offers local good causes and charities the opportunity to have an Oxford Bus Company bus emblazoned with its branding….

Sep 20 2021

Cadets Help Blenheim Palace’s Vintage Fire Engine to Shine

A team of cadets from Kidlington Fire Station has been helping bring the shine back to a Victorian horse-drawn fire engine at Blenheim Palace. The historic, steam-driven engine returned to the Oxfordshire estate following a years-long search. The event was organised by Woodstock Fire Station’s Watch Manager Nick Mason, who also helped return the vintage…