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Bus Operators Increase Services and The Airline is Set to Return

Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel have further increased some services and increased the number of customers that can be carried on-board in response to a growing demand for bus travel. Thames Travel is now back to running its normal level of service except for night buses. Most Oxford City services are now operating at…

Oxford City Council Launches New Guide to Help People GO Active Outdoors

Today Oxford City Council is launching new online resources to help people get out and explore Oxford’s green spaces and waterways, and find out what activities are available in them. Oxford has over 900 acres of parks and green spaces, that’s almost an acre for every 17 people in the city. These include places of tranquillity like…

Experience Oxfordshire Announce The Evergreen Agency as New Ambassador

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Oxfordshire, is delighted to announce The Evergreen Agency as their latest Ambassador Partner.   This new strategic partnership comes at an important time for the DMO as they are continuing to work hard to support partners throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and support the recovery of Oxfordshire’s visitor…

Experience Oxfordshire Launches ‘Opening Up Oxfordshire’ Campaign

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation for the county, is launching a new digital campaign to support the reopening of Oxfordshire’s visitor economy as restrictions begin to ease and the county emerges from lockdown.   The launch of the campaign coincides with the reopening of many hospitality and tourism businesses in the county this weekend,…

Experience Oxfordshire Venues Promotes Oxfordshire as Business Visits and Events Destination to Aid Economic Recovery

Experience Oxfordshire Venues, the free conference and event venue-finding service for Oxfordshire, operated by the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Oxfordshire, has been promoting the region to business visits and events (BV&E) buyers to boost economic recovery post Covid-19.   Experience Oxfordshire Venues have published a new Venue Guide for Oxfordshire. The Venue Guide is…

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons Reopening 14th July

In March, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons closed its doors to support the Government directive so they could keep staff, guests and their local community safe. Following guidelines, Raymond Blanc and his team are now busy making preparations for their reopening and expect operations to resume on Bastille Day, Tuesday, 14 July.   So many things…

Blenheim Palace Launches Virtual Experiences

Blenheim Palace is launching a programme of online VIP specialist tours and seminars from next week. The brand-new online events will give virtual visitors the chance to interact in real time with a range of experts and gain exclusive insights into the baroque 18th century Oxfordshire palace. Led by Blenheim’s social historian Antonia Keaney, the virtual…

Experience Oxfordshire sets Aspirations to be one of the Safest Destinations to Visit in England post Covid-19

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organistion (DMO) for Oxfordshire is today making a call to action to businesses and stakeholders to work together so that Oxfordshire can be recognised as one of the safest destinations to visit in England post Covid-19.   The call for action follows the announcement earlier this week that much of…

Oxford Tube Services to Return from Monday 6th July 2020

Oxford Tube service will return to a 7 day operation from Monday 6th July Services will run up to every 15 minutes during morning peak from Oxford Extensive measures in place to provide clean and safe bus services for passengers Reduced capacity and social distancing measures implemented in line with government guidelines Stagecoach Oxfordshire is…

Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel Introduce New Touch-Free Convenient Way to Pay on Buses

New contactless technology has been added to Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel fleets to provide customers with convenient touch free options to pay for travel.   From Sunday 21st June when boarding passengers will be able to ‘tap on’ via the driver ticket machine at the start of each journey and ‘tap off’ on a…

Heaven Scent – Blenheim Palace’s Rosarium Blooming Early

Blenheim Palace’s stunning Rose Garden is in full bloom – several weeks ahead of schedule. The beautiful floral display, one of the best on record at the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site, coincides with British Flower Week, which runs until 21st June. The circular rosarium, which was created by the 7th Duke of Marlborough in the early…

Bus Operators to Launch New AI Driven Technology to Help Support Social Distancing on Buses

Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel are launching a new innovative website feature to help give customers who need to travel confidence as COVID-19 restrictions ​are eased.   Customers making journeys as shops re-open from this week will be able to check buses live on the company websites to see how busy they are. The…

Experience Oxfordshire Announce Closure of Oxford Visitor Information Centre

Experience Oxfordshire have today announced that Oxford Visitor Information Centre (VIC) on Broad Street will remain closed permanently.   The centre closed in March, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however it had been vulnerable for some time due to financial support being withdrawn from Oxford City Council.   Experience Oxfordshire (then Visit Oxfordshire), the Destination…

The Oxford Artisan Distillery Becomes the First Certified Organic Grain-To-Glass Distillery

The Oxford Artisan Distillery is proud to be the first certified organic grain-to-glass distillery in the UK. Since its inception in 2017, the distillery has been producing high quality spirits made from locally grown organic heritage grain* and has now been officially certified as Organic by the Soil Association**. According to the latest figures, out…

Didcot Railway Centre Launches Special Re-opening Return Tickets

Staff and volunteers at Didcot Railway Centre are making plans to again welcome visitors their 21-acre open air site and are offering re-opening “Return Tickets” to those looking forward to exploring the outdoor living museum.   The special “Return Tickets” will provide customers with the chance to visit on an Open-Air Discovery Day when the…

JACK Radio Group Announces Advertising Fund Winners

29 local organisations to be awarded advertising grants worth between £2.5k to £10k each, with campaigns to run across Oxfordshire radio stations JACKfm, JACK2 and JACK3 in June 2020   Oxfordshire-based radio group also increases fund to £150k due to overwhelming number of applications from local organisations   Advertising fund was created to reward local businesses…

Blenheim Palace to Re-Open at The Weekend

The Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site is among the first of the UK’s major attractions to start welcoming the public back to their Park and Formal Gardens only from Saturday 30th May.   In appreciation of their loyal support through this period, for the first week only Annual Pass holders will be able to visit, with…

Experience Oxfordshire Urges Local MPs to Support the Visitor Economy and Local Businesses as English Tourism Week 2020 goes Virtual

Next week the annual English Tourism Week celebration (25-31 May), organised by VisitEngland, will be marked virtually, with Experience Oxfordshire launching a campaign to highlight the value of Oxfordshire’s threatened visitor economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.   This year’s English Tourism Week will focus on supporting the recovery of English tourism and…

Oxford Bus Company to Withdraw PickMeUp Service Following Two Year Pilot Scheme

Oxford Bus Company will be withdrawing the PickMeUp service after operation on Saturday 20th June, it confirmed today. The decision was not taken lightly and comes at the end of a two-year pilot scheme of the innovative ride sharing service. Oxford Bus Company worked hard to establish the service and has exhausted all external funding…

Blenheim Palace to Re-open Park and Gardens as Soon as Possible

Blenheim Palace has confirmed it will re-open its park and gardens to visitors as soon as it can subject to government advice.   A significant part of the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site’s parkland has remained freely accessible to local communities during lockdown to provide people with a safe area to walk and exercise.  …

Experience Oxfordshire Release Data on Economic Impact of Covid-19 to Oxfordshire’s Visitor Economy and Shares Concerns for the Sector’s Recovery

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation for the county, has published a report of findings from a county-wide survey to provide an initial analysis of the effect of the outbreak of Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown on visitor economy businesses across the county. Business Impact Report According to the research undertaken by Experience Oxfordshire the reduction…