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New Oxford Highlights Walking Tour Unveiled

For immediate release: 23/05/17 Commencing in June, Oxford Official Walking Tours is now offering an all-new Oxford Highlights Tour, allowing visitors to the city to see all the iconic sights in just one hour. The short tour visits key sights in the city centre including the magnificent University buildings found in the Radcliffe Square; the…

HOOK NORTON BREWERY CELEBRATES HOOKY PUBS AT ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

Held at Towcester Racecourse on 15th May the annual awards ceremony recognised and celebrated the importance of tenants and pub staff within the Hook Norton Brewery estate and showcased what their pubs can offer. Pubs competed over a wide range of categories with winners and highly commended up for grabs. Pub of the year went…

IT’S PARTY TIME ON LITTLE CLARENDON ST STREET ON SAT 20TH MAY!

May 17 It’s party time on Little Clarendon Street as it hosts its second street party. Following the incredible success of last year’s event when hundreds of people turned out, the local traders have got together to organise a bigger and better event this year on Sat 20th May from noon until 6pm. Organised by…

This year’s Alice’s Day will have you grinning like a Cheshire Cat!

Date: Saturday 1 July, 2017 Website link: www.storymuseum.org.uk/alice Alice’s Day is back and this year’s theme is riddles and games… The Story Museum is planning a mesmerising day of theatre, live music, circus and family fun across Oxford in celebration of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This year’s theme is ‘riddles and games’ and there’s no…

Introducing The Raymond Blanc Gardening School at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – Launching July 2017

(24 April 2017) Raymond Blanc has always said that the gardens at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons are as much a part of the excellence as the food served there. Guests who visit Belmond Le Manoir always head to the kitchen garden, a magnificent two-acre vegetable and herb scape producing over 90 types of vegetables…

BLENHEIM PALACE WINS GREAT CHINA WELCOME AWARD

Blenheim Palace has won national recognition for its positive approach to welcoming visitors from China. The Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site was presented with the GREAT China Welcome award at VisitEngland’s prestigious Awards for Excellence event held at the Hilton Waldorf Hotel in London on Monday. The GREAT China welcome programme aims to make Britain…

Faringdon’s Blackbird Day – sing a song of sixpence!

On Saturday May 20th Faringdon is celebrating Blackbird Day, an annual arts event and market, which celebrates the town’s historical link to the famous nursery rhyme ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’, which was allegedly written for Henry James Pye (1745-1813), Faringdon’s very own Poet Laureate. According to several accounts, Pye’s poetry was often subject to…

Palace Hosts Charity Dinner for Children’s Hospice

David Cameron and Jeremy Clarkson will be among the guest speakers at a charity dinner at Blenheim Palace to raise funds for a local children’s and young adults’ hospice. Held in the Palace’s Great Hall and Saloon on May 4th, the charity event will include a silent auction and live music and aims to raise…

CELEBRATING THE OLD AND THE NEW

Hook Norton Brewery will be celebrating the old and the new at their Open Tap evening on Wednesday 10th May 6pm – 9pm. Celebrating 40 years since it was first brewed, Old Hooky 4.6%, will be the star attraction. Fruity and full bodied this beer is a consistent and quality cornerstone of their core range….

Nadiya’s British Food Adventure – In Conversation with Nadiya Hussain at Oxford Playhouse

Wednesday 19 July 2017 In this very special event, Britain’s favourite Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain, will be in conversation with Barney Desmazery, Senior Food Editor at BBC Good Food Magazine. Having captured the heart of the nation with her warmth and charisma as well as her unique approach to flavours, Nadiya will talk about…

Launch of augmented reality project is set to bring new life to the Bodleian Library

Oxford is one of twelve of England’s historic cities which have collaborated to develop an innovative augmented reality (AR) product that is set to bring heritage to life. The ground-breaking new AR experience launched on March 31st to celebrate English Tourism Week. It consists of an app and videos that transports the user back in…

Experience Oxfordshire launches new Visitor and Partner websites

Experience Oxfordshire has unveiled two new websites. This substantial investment has delivered two completely revised websites that feature a new design, content and user friendly navigation. The new visitor website aims to inspire and inform prospective visitors about all there is to see and do in the county. New features include the option to save…

First Sifaka born in Great Britain makes his debut at Cotswold Wildlife Park

Cotswold Wildlife Park is celebrating the birth of one of its most iconic and rare Lemur species – the Crowned Sifaka (Propithecus coronatus). The baby male, named Yousstwo, is the first breeding success for new parents Bafana and Tahina and is the first Sifaka birth in the Park’s history. Cotswold Wildlife Park is the only…

Experience Oxfordshire announced as finalists in VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence

VisitEngland, the national tourist board has announced the finalists for the Awards for Excellence 2017 with Experience Oxfordshire named as a finalist. The winners of this prestigious accolade will be announced at the Awards ceremony on Monday 24 April at the Hilton Waldorf, London. Working collaboratively with industry, VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence celebrate the best…

Easter fun at the River & Rowing Museum!

Goats, chicks and rabbits take over the River & Rowing Museum this Easter holidays..! The Museum will be running a host of family friendly activities for all ages this Easter, including a daily Easter Egg Hunt around the galleries will run from 3rd to 21st April. Whether aged 2 or 92, visitors are invited to…

Experience Oxfordshire further strengthens its Board of Directors with the appointment of Christopher Wigg and Dominic Hare

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation for the county, has announced the appointment of Christopher Wigg and Dominic Hare to its Board of Directors. Dominic Hare, recently appointed as Chief Executive Officer at Blenheim Palace, has a long working background at the Palace, and has great experience of working with businesses across Oxfordshire and beyond….

NEW ADVENTURE PLAY PARK AT STONOR OPEN MARCH 2017

William and Ailsa Stonor are keen to ensure that Stonor Park continues to be a destination for the whole family to enjoy, they wanted to create somewhere that is safe and engaging for the youngsters, hence the concept of the adventure Park was conceived. Timber play, the brilliant people behind the Diana, Princess of Wales,…

Oxfordshire Welcomes Industry Experts

Experience Oxfordshire welcomed experts from across the sector to their Partner conference at the newly refurbished Jurys Inn Oxford. Nine experts joined the events with representatives from; VisitEngland, VisitBritain, UKinbound, Arts Council England, Tourism Alliance, Destination Research, Travel GBI, Stephen Spencer Associates and Ginger Juice. Speaking at the ‘Insights from the Experts’ event, they provided…

Cogges first ever artist in residence exhibition

Cogges Manor Farm, Witney present their first ever Artist in Residence exhibition, with a show of new work by local painter Sally Wyatt. Since 2016 Sally has been making a visual record of a year at Cogges, reflecting the beauty of a working landscape that boasts a 1000 year history. Cogges Manor is a well-known…

Robert Peston talks banking, Brexit, Balliol and other business at Blavatnik School of Government

Broadcaster visits Oxford to talk at Experience Oxfordshire’s Cultural Platform – and sing Bohemian Rhapsody for Jericho Canal Trust. Robert Peston, political editor of ITV News, appeared at the Blavatnik School of Government yesterday, February 23, as special guest speaker at Experience Oxfordshire’s annual Cultural Platform. Peston was grilled by Financial Times columnist, Tim Harford,…

Blenheim Palace Receives Gold Accolade from VisitEngland

Blenheim Palace has received the prestigious Gold Accolade as part of VisitEngland’s Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme. The Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site was given the top-scoring Gold Accolade as part of VisitEngland’s annual assessment of around 1,000 attractions across the country. The accolades recognise those attractions going the extra mile to create an enjoyable and…