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Oct 03 2019

Oxfordshire Artweeks’ Top Ten Art Picks This Month

In Oxfordshire this month there’s art to enjoy that encompasses everything from the earliest life on earth to a landscape by JMW Turner described as the most beautiful view of Oxford. Esther Lafferty from Oxfordshire Artweeks chooses her ten places to visit.   In the Banbury Museum, The Young Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the…

Sep 10 2019

Our Guide to Oxford Open Doors

The Summer holidays are over and we have returned home to school, work and our everyday lives, treasuring memories of places visited in other UK towns or abroad. Why not continue the trend - for one weekend only enjoy Oxford Open Doors! Weekend of September 14 and 15.   Discover the hidden worlds and heritage...
Sep 10 2019

Downton Abbey: Oxfordshire Filming Locations

With the release of the film approaching, visit the filming locations across Oxfordshire and let your imagination bring you back into the 1900s fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey.   The Oxfordshire Cotswolds and its picturesque villages frequently appeared in the popular TV drama.   Bampton All of Downton Abbey’s village scenes are filmed...
Aug 23 2019

The Remnants of Summer

This September we recommend a perambulation through Oxford’s art spaces where you’ll find gardens of gentle charm and bold colour as summer draws to a close, a surprising throwback to a rural past and a look ahead to what the future may hold. Explore first, perhaps, the hidden gardens and artist studio of Kieran Stiles,…

Aug 19 2019

How to plan a road trip in Oxfordshire

This blog post was written by Trip 101. Trip101 is a travel media platform providing destination guides and recommendations on where to stay. We are supported by a community of travel enthusiasts and travel writers. You can find us at https://trip101.com.   Oxford is extremely pretty and a must-see for most tourists and travellers when they stop…

Aug 13 2019

10 Oxfordshire attractions named among UK’s top sights by Lonely Planet!

Ten sights and experiences across Oxfordshire have been named among the UK’s best by leading travel media company, Lonely Planet. 50 Uncover Oxford history at Christ Church College Read more 63 Brave the shadowy depths of Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum Read more 82 Feed your inner scholar at Oxford University's splendid Bodleian Library Read more...
Jul 01 2019

Shapes of the Earth

This month, there’s a particular buzz about ceramics in Oxfordshire. In Jericho, a bohemian artisan quarter in the heart of Oxford city, Oxford Ceramics Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Niisato Akio, a gifted younger potter from Japan known for his precise, thrown and cut porcelain; often using coloured clay. Niisato gained great…

Jun 21 2019

9 places to catch outdoor performances this summer

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

Jun 05 2019

A Summer of Art

This June there’s a wealth of very different art to discover across the county, with something for every taste, whether that’s contemporary landscapes or figurative drawings, animal sculpture, newspaper sketches by a Royal Academician or modern papercuts with a breath-taking delicacy. Visit Modern Art Oxford which presents Claudette Johnson: I Came to Dance  (runs until…

May 18 2019

The Ashmolean is Proud to Celebrate Over 10 Years of Hosting Weddings

The world’s oldest public museum has been hosting weddings in its galleries and events spaces since 2007. Located in heart of Oxford and with over sixty galleries to choose from, there is a wealth of opportunity to wow your guests and create a show stopping day. Oxford-based owners of Frog Orange Balloons, Beck and Lucy…

May 01 2019

From Local Woodlands to Game of Thrones with Oxfordshire Artweeks

Oxfordshire is fortunate to be the home of the UK’s oldest and biggest open studio, art trail and pop-up exhibition event, Oxfordshire Artweeks, described last year by the BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz as ‘a celebration of Oxfordshire’s soul, heralding the summer in a burst of human creativity and talent.’ Over the next month visitors…

Apr 02 2019

“Drop everything and go and see it” ★★★★★ – In The Willows at Oxford Playhouse

Review written by Cormac Richards. Written 111 years ago, The Wind in the Willows has firmly become a classic of English literature and has been adapted many times and in many ways. Kenneth Grahame’s gentle story of animals has, at the heart of it, themes of friendship, good over bad and respect. And now, IN…

Apr 01 2019

From the Everyday in an Earthly Paradise to the Periodic Table and Climate Change

This month the art on show across the county spans the natural sciences from the flow of the Thames in an ‘Earthy Paradise’ to the patterns of local landscapes; the wildlife in local nature reserves, every-day objects and rusty relics; the changing climate and the periodic table, reminding us that the world we see and…

Mar 08 2019

1969: From Woodstock to the Moon

22nd Annual Charlbury Beer Festival: free admission in 2019 to anybody dressed as an astronaut … or who arrives by rocket! There’s a real buzz around this year’s main event, so make sure you keep your right arm strong as we start the countdown to the 22nd Annual Charlbury Beer Festival taking place on Saturday 29…

Mar 01 2019

From Far-Flung Landscapes to the Mind’s Eye: Art in Oxfordshire

Line and Light is an exhibition of ceramics and life drawings presented by Gaby Guz with  photographs by Rob Farrands, in The Barn Gallery, St John’s College, Oxford, the result of a winter time collaboration between two artists using three media (runs from 9th-24th). Gaby uses line and light to capture the fleeting poses she…

Feb 28 2019

March Round-Up

There’s lots going on in Oxfordshire this March from theatre, to tap-takeovers, to festivals and new museum exhibitions. Plus, treat Mum this Mother’s Day with some exciting events on Sunday 31st.     Good to Know: Visit Cotswold Wildlife Park to see a beautiful display of flowering tulips! In particular, look out for 1000 striking bright pink…

Feb 21 2019

“I was Dancing in My Seat!” Kinky Boots Comes to New Theatre Oxford

When a world-famous musical fresh from London’s West End visits Oxford, of course Experience Oxfordshire went to see the show! Kinky Boots is at New Theatre Oxford until Saturday 23rd February. When Charlie Price (Joel Harper-Jackson, who recently starred in the The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time UK tour) is struggling…

Feb 11 2019

Tried and Tested: Didcot Railway Centre

When you’re stuck for inspiration this February half-term, we have the best place to go: Didcot Railway Centre. A fun attraction for the whole family, Didcot Railway Centre is a day-out not to be missed.  As a cure for a grey February weekend, we went along to visit the attraction – and loved it. Who?…

Feb 01 2019

Seven Top Picks for Oxfordshire Art This February

This February we are recommending seven very different exhibitions to whet your arty appetite: from the nineteenth century paintings to contemporary bling sculpture fresh from America there’s interest, colour and entertainment to keep you enjoying the landscape and contemplating the world, away from the wintry weather. There’s the traditional in the opulent State Rooms of…

Feb 01 2019

February Round-Up

With Valentine’s Day and half-term around the corner, Oxfordshire is ready to welcome you with some great activities and offers for everyone to enjoy. Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s event, or share quality time with your family with some fun spring activities.       Good to Know: Treat the family to a day out this…

Jan 29 2019

Henley Royal Regatta 2019: Return of the King’s Cup

In commemoration of the centenary of the 1919 Royal Henley Peace Regatta, Military VIIIs will once again compete against each other at Henley Royal Regatta after a one hundred year hiatus. For the first time, male and female military athletes will row in the same boat at an elite international event. The King’s Cup will…