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Oct 01 2018

Art in Oxfordshire this October – the cool & the quirky

As the nights draw in and inclement weather can make the great outdoors less inviting, there is an absolute abundance of great art to discover in cool and quirky art spaces – from buildings on stilts to hidden cloisters – across Oxfordshire this month. In the Town Hall Gallery above the arches in Deddington’s historic…

Sep 20 2018

IF Oxford Provides Food For Thought

As IF Oxford comes to town next month (12-22 October), it’s a chance to savour some ideas about how food relates to your health and wildlife habitats at talks, workshops or a sumptuous meal. The impact of what you eat on both your body and on the world in which we live are explored in…

Sep 14 2018

The Heavens Will Move With IF Oxford

Comedy, dance and performance art are a big part of IF Oxford, the new science and ideas festival that runs across the city from 12-22nd October. Comedian and broadcaster Rosie Wilby presents highlights from her comedy show ‘Is Monogamy Dead’ with accompanying talk and discussion, and reveals the results of her online survey asking what…

Sep 07 2018

This weekend Oxford throws open its doors to the public – giving us a peek at of some of the city’s famous buildings – and some rather secretive ones too!

Discover hidden histories, find interior inspiration or discover architectural wonders. There’s a bewildering choice of places to visit – but here’s our guide to the event and a few of our favourite places to visit before the doors close again on Monday. What is Oxford Open Doors? A special weekend in September brought to us by…

Aug 30 2018

Food is Art This September

New term, new horizons, and there’s plenty of food for thought on Oxfordshire’s art scene this month. Start perhaps with the delicious celebration of food that is currently on in Bampton’s West Ox Arts Gallery. ‘Food: We consume it. We grow and manufacture it. We throw it away. We have standards for it. We protest…

Jul 30 2018

Our Suggestions For An Artsy August

You can travel the world in Oxfordshire art in the Oxfordshire art spaces this month as Sarah Wiseman Gallery presents ‘Mediterranean Journeys’ from 1st August with new works by artists Andrew Hood and Peter Kettle. By working from drawings made on site, both Andrew Hood and Peter Kettle’s paintings evoke the energy and detail of…

Jul 25 2018

Why We Love Dining At The Macdonald Randolph Hotel

With multiple places to eat in Oxford and Oxfordshire, The Macdonald Randolph Hotel is the perfect blend of a contemporary city centre bistro combined with unique character and, of course, outstanding British cuisine. We’re here to tell you why we love dining at the 5 star Macdonald Randolph Hotel and the many reasons why you…

Jul 20 2018

10 Top Picks For Summer Holiday Fun in Oxfordshire

The abundance of sun in Oxfordshire means the summer holidays are in full swing. There are many activities, events and tours happening throughout the county this summer. Here are some of our top picks to make this a summer to remember! 1.University of Oxford’s Mindgrowing Gardens, Libraries & Museums Discover seven worlds of adventure at Oxford University this…

Jul 12 2018

3 Top Spots For Enjoying Summer Art in Oxfordshire

As the sun beams down on Oxfordshire, there’s nothing more pleasurable than a stroll through a county garden – and you can visit the grounds of stately homes in Bampton’s West Ox Arts Gallery (until 21st July) where painter Pip Shuckburgh presents her exhibition ‘Beyond Downton’. Well-known for her scenes of setting from TV series…

Jul 02 2018

Celebrate Alice’s Day in Oxford on 7 July

Take the leap and go ‘down the rabbit hole’ as you experience the magic, madness and mayhem of Alice’s Day in Oxford on 7 July 2018. The annual festival, which is supported by the Oxford City Council and The Story Museum, brings the beloved story to life with a series of festive events throughout the city….

Jun 12 2018

National Picnic Week with the ‘Finest View in England’

Celebrate National Picnic Week 15 – 24 June at Blenheim Palace and lunch with the Finest View in England With over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland and beautiful Formal Gardens, there are plenty of excellent spots to picnic with your family and friends. Perhaps the best spot to lunch is just inside of the…

Jun 08 2018

Your Ultimate Guide to Father’s Day in Oxfordshire

Father’s Day is just around the corner and we have a variety of events, offers and ideas to make the day extra special for Dad! We’ve put together the ultimate Father’s Day guide in Oxfordshire including FREE entry to Batsford Arboretum, a delicious Gentleman’s inspired afternoon tea at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel and musical performances…

Jun 06 2018

Top 10 Things To See & Do At The Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2018

Set in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace, the Blenheim Palace Flower Show is back for its sixth year this June – and the organisers have been sowing the seeds for the biggest flower show in the event’s history. We’ve been given a sneak peek at this year’s show and have narrowed down our top…

Jun 04 2018

From an Oxfordshire Garden to the Traditions of Sudan In Art

It’s the time of year for Open Gardens across England’s green pastures, and here Oxfordshire we’re celebrating ‘The Garden’ in art, (from 16th June) at the Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Summertown. The eminent early eighteenth-century landscape architect William Kent said ‘All gardening is landscape painting’ and this exhibition explores the enduring influence of horticulture and…

May 25 2018

Summer Half Term Activities For Kids

With summer half term just around the corner, here are our top picks for kid-friendly events in Oxfordshire that will keep everyone happy and entertained throughout the week! 1. Blenheim Palace Food Festival: 26 – 28 May Kickstart the week and head to Blenheim Palace for a day of feasting and fun! The weekend-long food festival…

May 03 2018

Early May Bank Holiday Events

Have you made plans for the upcoming May bank holiday weekend? Here are our top 5 picks of events in Oxfordshire awaiting you if you are planning a visit to the county:   1. The Blenheim Palace Spring Jousting Tournament: 5 – 7 May Head to the Blenheim Palace South Lawn for a mighty jousting tournament featuring…

May 01 2018

Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival

Oxfordshire plays host this month to the UK’s biggest (and best) open-studio and pop-up exhibition event in the UK: from 5th – 28th May 1000 artists and designer-makers create a county-wide art gallery for the Artweeks Festival! For three weeks, you can enjoy art in towns and villages across Oxfordshire for free, in the beautiful…

Apr 03 2018

An April Shower of Artistic Variety

This month the theme of the art exhibitions across the county varies from an eclectic collection of photos taken over the last year in Summertown’s The North Wall, until 12th April, which includes street, documentary, wildlife, events, macro, portrait, land and seascapes genres. This gallery then presents the Oxford Scribes who, in a collaborative project…

Mar 27 2018

Hopping By Oxfordshire This Easter?

We’ve got some eggs’tra special things to keep the kids entertained throughout the Easter holidays. To all those little bunnies who love Easter, there are some great Easter trails and activities throughout at Oxfordshire. But it’s not about the bunnies. Nick Cope is playing at Cogges Manor Farm and John Hegley is on at the North…

Mar 07 2018

All for Mum ❤

Celebrate mum this Mother’s Day in Oxfordshire! With Mother’s Day approaching fast on the 11th of March, we have picked 10 great experiences for you to share with Mum this March 2018. 1. Mothering Sunday at Batsford Arboretum: Treat Mum to a day out at Batsford on Mother’s Day – Mum’s get free entry to the Arboretum (when accompanied…