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Experience Oxfordshire Launches #DreamOxfordshire Campaign

Experience Oxfordshire has launched a new digital campaign to support Oxfordshire’s visitor economy through the Covid-19 pandemic.   Oxfordshire’s tourism industry brings £2.3 billion annually to the county, providing 40,000 local jobs and boosting economic growth – however, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused huge disruption to Oxfordshire’s visitor economy, with 86% of businesses reporting a…

Oxfordshire Artweeks to Present Themed Virtual Art Trails Daily Throughout May

Oxfordshire Artweeks is the UK’s oldest and biggest open studios and pop-up exhibition event: in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the 38th festival — taking place from 2nd -25th May — is moving on-line. “Each day of the festival we will be presenting a different themed art trail on the website giving visitors a…

£10,000 Mogford Prize Awarded to Writer from Germany

The 2020 Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Short Story Writing has been awarded to Laura Theis, originally from Ottobrunn, near Munich, but has lived in Oxford since 2011. Her story, ‘The Lift’, was selected from 1,280 entries from all over the world. This year’s short-list was judged by Prize founder Jeremy Mogford, award-winning actor…

The Oxford Artisan Distillery Starts Delivering Sanitiser to Local Care Homes, Hospitals and People in Need

The Oxford Artisan Distillery has announced that it is making alcohol hand sanitiser to support the fight against COVID-19 and to help local organisations and people in need.   The Oxford Artisan Distillery will supply hand sanitiser to Oxfordshire care homes, hospitals and the local community at cost and will distribute it for free, they…

Heritage Railway Centre Helps Network Rail Combat Coronavirus Cancellations

Didcot Railway Centre and Swindon Panel Society are proud to be helping Network Rail during this Coronavirus period.   The two heritage charities made their facilities available to enable Network Rail prepare for train service delivery in the event of a shortage of regular signallers due to Coronavirus or the measures to prevent its spread….

Oxford Tube Services to be Temporarily Suspended After Sunday 5 April

Temporary suspension of Oxford Tube services following government national guidance to reduce travel Stagecoach services between Woodstock and Oxford will operate to revised timetables from Sunday 5th April Timetables between Witney/ Carterton and Oxford revised to reduce the number of services and journeys operating Changes to the 10, 12 and 16 in the City   Following…

Experience Oxfordshire Launches The Big Oxfordshire Quiz

Experience Oxfordshire Press Release For immediate release: 30/03/2020 Experience Oxfordshire has launched ‘The Big Oxfordshire Quiz’ which aims to increase pride in place amongst Oxfordshire locals during the Covid-19 crisis and encourage online interaction. The Big Oxfordshire Quiz (#BigOxQuiz) campaign aims to bring Oxfordshire locals together through an online quiz every Friday evening during the…

Experience Oxfordshire Business Update

Experience Oxfordshire Press Release For immediate release: 27/03/2020 Experience Oxfordshire have been inundated with businesses updates and are aware of the serious impact this is having on our sector; we have continuously been in discussion with government and national agencies to negotiate more support. We hope this update helps to signpost you to support as…

Concessionary Bus Pass Use Extended to All Day in Oxfordshire to Help Vulnerable Residents

Peak time restrictions on concessionary bus passes will be lifted in Oxfordshire to enable older citizens and disabled people to get their shopping ​and continue to access vital services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Oxford Bus Company, Thames Travel and Stagecoach are lifting restrictions on access to free travel for bus pass holders, thanks to support from…

Oxfordshire Artweeks Plans a Virtual Festival for May 2020

Oxfordshire Artweeks is the UK’s oldest and biggest open studios and pop-up exhibition event: in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the 38th festival — taking place from 2nd-25th May — is moving on-line.  “Given the government’s advice this week, that it is time for everyone to stop all non-essential contact with others to slow…

Experience Oxfordshire Announce Suspension of Public Facing Services

Experience Oxfordshire Press Release For immediate release: 19/03/2020 Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO), for the County has today announced that they will be suspending public facing services from Monday 23rd March. The services that will be suspended will be the opening of Oxford Visitor Information Centre on Broad Street and operation of Oxford…

Cultural Environments can Improve Health and Wellbeing Through ‘Social Prescribing’, According to Oxford University Report

Oxford University’s world-class gardens, libraries and museums could benefit the health and wellbeing of Oxfordshire residents through ‘social prescribing’, according to a report published on Friday 12 March by an interdisciplinary team at Oxford University. The report, entitled In what ways can gardens, libraries and museums improve wellbeing through social prescribing?, brings together the experience…

BBC War Correspondent John Simpson CBE gives keynote speech at the Experience Oxfordshire Cultural Platform

Experience Oxfordshire Press Release For immediate release: 16/03/2020 BBC War Correspondent John Simpson CBE gives keynote speech at the Experience Oxfordshire Cultural Platform John Simpson CBE was welcomed to Heythrop Park Resort in Oxfordshire on Wednesday 11th March, as guest speaker at the Experience Oxfordshire Cultural Platform, which included a keynote speech, an interview from…

Blenheim Backs Coronavirus Online Help Hub

Blenheim is supporting a West Oxfordshire online service that is being created to offer support along with practical advice and guidance for individuals who find themselves isolated as a result of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.   The Help Hub has been set up by Ruth Chaloner and is a free, online service offering emotional and practical…

Cotswold Wildlife Park Head Mammal Keeper Shortlisted For Tourism Superstar Award

Hayley Mullaney, Assistant Curator and Head Mammal keeper at Cotswold Wildlife Park, is one of 10 finalists in with a chance of winning VisitEngland’s annual Tourism Superstar competition.   Tourism Superstar recognises the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry. It promotes unsung heroes who go far beyond the call of duty…

Blenheim 7K Fun Run 2020

SUNDAY 19 April 2020 Events start at 10.15 am   Blenheim 7k, 1 mile junior run and 4 miles on wheels.   Run, jog or walk for charity or for fun at the World Heritage site, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock in Oxfordshire, the stunning venue for the annual Blenheim7k on 19 April, sponsored by Freeths solicitors…

Birmingham Airport Continues to Replace Lost Flybe Routes with Launch of Guernsey Flights

Birmingham Airport has today (6th March), announced the launch of Guernsey airline, Aurigny. The Birmingham-Guernsey service will go on sale with Aurigny on Saturday 7th March via www.aurigny.com   The first new service to Birmingham will operate on Wednesday 11th March, operating daily in the late morning – initially excluding Tuesdays and Thursdays.   Nick Barton, CEO at Birmingham…

Birmingham Airport Regains Capacity with the Launch of Loganair and Eastern Airways

Responding to the collapse of Flybe, Loganair has announced it will introduce three daily services from Birmingham to Aberdeen, along with a daily service to Inverness from the 16th March 2020.   Additionally, Eastern Airways will offer Aberdeen to Birmingham which was formerly operated by Flybe. Flights will all commence next week with the schedule released…

Oxford Tube Announces £13 Million Investment in New Fleet

Europe’s most frequent coach service – Oxford Tube – set to get even better with 34 new coaches this summer The largest single order of coaches in the history of Stagecoach Introducing the latest technology designed to enhance the customer experience First Solar panels to be fitted to coaches in Oxford   Oxford Tube has…

Head Mammal Keeper at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens is Finalist for Top Tourism Award

A local zookeeper from Oxfordshire is in the running for the nation’s top tourism award– and we are asking Oxfordshire to get behind her!   Hayley Mullaney, who works at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens near Burford, is one of 10 finalists in with a chance of winning VisitEngland’s annual Tourism Superstar competition, supported by…

Flybe passengers offered free travel on FirstGroup trains today

Following the news that airline Flybe will not be providing any flights today (Thursday 5 March), the UK’s largest rail operator FirstGroup will offer a free ticket on its trains to all Flybe customers intending to travel today. FirstGroup’s rail companies comprise Avanti West Coast; Great Western Railway; South Western Railway; TransPennine Express and Hull…