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Happy 70th Birthday Raymond Blanc, OBE

The celebrations continue at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons Happy 70th Birthday Raymond Blanc, OBE   Throughout this year of celebrations marking the 35th anniversary of Belmond Le Manoir, there has been a fantastic selection of events hosted by Raymond Blanc.  A summer garden party on Bastille Day,  an intimate French-themed dinner and a prestigious…

Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons Celebrates Receiving Top Accolade From Times & Sunday Times Readers

For the seventh year running, Raymond Blanc OBE and his team at the two Michelin-starred hotel and restaurant, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, in Oxfordshire have won Best UK Hotel in the Times & Sunday Times Reader Awards. Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, Belmond Le Manoir is continuing to surprise and delight guests by…

Oxford Tube Announces New Timetable and Express Service

Introduction of 12 express journeys to Baker Street Monday to Friday, between Oxford and London in both directions Significant increase in number of journeys – an extra 13,446 seats each week Up to every 8-minute frequency on Saturdays leaving Oxford Stagecoach, who operates the Oxford Tube, confirmed fares will remain unchanged   The Oxford Tube…

Oxford Bus Company Issues Final Call to Enter ‘Brand The Bus’ Competition

Good causes are into the final week to enter the Oxford Bus Company ‘Brand the Bus’ competition, to be in with a chance to appear on a double-decker. The competition offers local good causes and charities the opportunity to have an Oxford Bus Company bus emblazoned with its branding. People can vote for their favourite…

Museum Late Night Diversity

Join us at the Pitt Rivers Museum this Friday for the national launch of LGBT+ History Month 2019 and enjoy a pride-filled evening in the Museum with tours, poetry, talks, stalls, activities and much more! The LGBT+ History Month launch event will take place with a series of talks from speakers including Maisie Barker (Schools…

Blenheim Estate Office Wins Oxford Preservation Trust Award

The Blenheim Estate Office has been recognised in the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards 2019.   The single-storey office received an OPT plaque in the Small Projects category for the annual awards celebrating the best in building conservation and preservation as well as exemplary new architecture.   The Estate Office, which opened in Woodstock last year,…

Oxford Bus Company Produces Local Honey at Depot for Charity

We’re not pollen your leg.   Best known for keeping Oxfordshire moving, the Oxford Bus Company has turned its hand to producing honey. Bus driver and beehive enthusiast Barry Duke has produced a tasty batch of ‘City Honey’ from a hive tucked away behind the bus-wash at its Cowley House depot on Watlington Road.  …

Curiouser and Curiouser: City Council Fills Covered Market with Alice in Wonderland Sculptures

Oxford Covered Market is getting curiouser and curiouser as Oxford City Council fills the 18th century building with Alice in Wonderland sculptures.   So far sculptures of the White Rabbit, Gryphon, Mock Turtle, Cheshire Cat, Caterpillar and Dormouse have been installed amongst the rafters throughout the market.   Next week the Queen of Hearts, the…

Experience the Best of British at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is the perfect destination to discover the very best of what Great Britain has to offer.   A fairy-tale country house set in one of England’s most beautiful and historic settings, Blenheim Palace may only be 90 minutes journey time from London but it’s a whole world away.   Quintessentially English with 2,000…

Oxford Covered Market is Full

Oxford Covered Market is full. In the run-up to Christmas, all 61 of the available units in the 18th century market – which is operated by Oxford City Council – will be occupied.   The new openings are: Rewind, a vintage clothing company that already has a unit in Reading’s market, will open on a trial…

Blenheim Palace Launch ‘Year of Restoration’ with Restoration and Conservation Tours

UNESCO World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace Oxfordshire, are launching a Year of Restoration beginning with Restoration & Conservation Tours allowing visitors to see behind the scenes of their epic deep-clean of the historic State Rooms.   The ‘Restoration & Conservation’ tour will be exclusively available from 10 January – 9 February, 2020, running twice per…

Oxford Bus Company in the Running for Five Industry Awards

Oxford Bus Company could scoop as many as five national industry awards.   The company, which was recently crowned Large Bus Operator of the Year in the Route One Awards, is shortlisted in the UK Bus Awards final in the Top Shire Operator, Bus and Community, Making Buses a Better Choice and Cultural Change categories. The…

Community Woodland Project Gains Ground in Bicester

Plans for a community woodland to the south west of Bicester are a step closer, with a site to be provided by Countryside Properties (Bicester) Ltd. A decision, taken by Cherwell District Council’s planning committee on Thursday (24 October), approved the change of use for land adjacent to Vendee Drive, from ‘agricultural’ to ‘informal recreational’…

Oxfordshire Bucks National Trend with Increase in Visitor Spend

This year’s Economic Impact Report for Tourism in Oxfordshire, a report commissioned by Experience Oxfordshire, shows the county bucking the national trend with a significant increase in visitor spend in 2018. The study shows an impressive increase in spend of 5.1%, taking the value of the visitor economy in Oxfordshire to £2.28 billion, meeting the…

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Announces Roll Out of New Fleet Worth £5m

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire has announced the roll out of its new fleet of 21 buses will commence on 28th October. The new buses worth over £5million will launch on the S1 and S2 routes, operating between Witney and Oxford.   It’s the first major upgrade since the gold fleet was launched 10 years ago.   The…

Experience Oxfordshire Launch New Dreaming Spires and Splendid Ceilings of Oxford Tour

Oxford Official Walking Tours, which are run and managed by Experience Oxfordshire, have launched an exciting new Dreaming Spires and Splendid Ceilings of Oxford Tour.   This new tour will open the doors of some of the most important ceremonial buildings of the University of Oxford. A great way to explore the city of Oxford,…

Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2019

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest adventures of our age, the Apollo moon landings, Oxford’s annual Christmas Light Festival takes the theme of ‘Discovery’ for a series of illuminated installations, performances, displays and more. From 15th to the 17th November the historic city will be lit up as schools, community…

Shiny Historic Bus Returns After Repainting

The Oxford Bus Museum’s 1961 Dennis Loline II (304 KFC) has returned from Selby in Yorkshire having had its front end rebuilt, replacement window seals and a complete repaint including period adverts on the sides and rear. The last repaint was over 20 years ago. Chris Butterfield, a Museum Trustee, commented that “Although the Loline…

Oxford Bus Company Scoop Large Bus Operator of the Year Gong at Industry Awards

The Oxford Bus Company has won UK Large Bus Operator of the Year in a prestigious national bus industry award.   It scooped the accolade in the Route One Awards, dubbed ‘The Oscars of the bus, coach and mini-bus industry’, in the Large Bus Operator category.   The awards recognise and celebrate achievements, innovation and…

WW2 Veterans’ Portraits to Go on Display at Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

A new exhibition of photographic portraits of WW2 veterans is set to go on display at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, from 19th October 2019 to 5th January 2020.   The exhibition, titled 3945 Portraits, is the work of award-winning photographer Glyn Dewis. He is leading an ongoing project to photograph Second World War…

Oxfordshire Locations Rank as Best Destinations for Autumn Breaks in the UK

Oxford has ranked as the sixth best destination in the UK for an Autumn ‘staycation’ by HomeToGo, the world’s largest search engine for holiday homes, apartments, villas and cottages. Burford in Oxfordshire also ranked at number 20 on the list.   HomeToGo’s list of the twenty best destinations in the UK for Autumn considered everything…