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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…

Chiltern Railways Wins the Sustainable Development Award at the National Rail Awards

Chiltern Railways has won the Sustainable Development Award at the National Rail Awards. The award recognises the work the train operator has undertaken to the long-term sustainability of the railway industry. During the last 12 months, Chiltern Railways has taken its commitment to both local communities and wider environmental issues to a new level with several large-scale initiatives. This includes the development of the UK’s first-ever clean air zone at a railway station and an…

Baby Rhino Birth Caught on Camera at Cotswold Wildlife Park

Stella (pictured left with mum Ruby) is the newest addition to the Rhino family at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens. She is Monty and Ruby’s first female calf. The newborn is healthy and nursing well from Ruby who is proving, once again, to be an exceptional mother. Monty and Ruby are both fifteen years old….

Stagecoach Customers Make 50 Million Contactless Journeys By Bus

Contactless now accounts for around a third of bus revenue outside London Transactions up 15% year-on-year as passengers respond to more convenient travel Tap and go payment technology on Stagecoach fleet of 7,000 regional buses Popularity of system sees switch from cash to contactless growing at 1% a month Plans underway to offer capped daily…

Thames Travel Connector Services Carries 1.5M Passengers Per Year

More than 1.5M passengers took journeys on Thames Travel’s Connector services in the last year, new figures have revealed. The data for the company’s most recent financial year revealed nearly 200,000 more passenger journeys were taken compared to the previous 12 months. The 13% increase in passenger journeys follows a year of strategic investment and…

Sri Lankan Street Food Restaurant the Coconut Tree Launches Brand New ‘Cocotail’ Menu

Pioneering Sri Lankan street food restaurant group The Coconut Tree has launched a new range of low-alcohol, low-sugar and sharing cocktails, and an updated range of their sweet and fiery cocktails (nicknamed ‘Cocotails’).   From the 19th September, the Sri Lankan street food restaurant group will be rolling out the new menu across their five…

Spring Awakening at Oxford Playhouse

Oxford University students bring eight-time Tony and Olivier Award-winning hit musical Spring Awakening to life from 6 to 9 November at Oxford Playhouse. Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s provocative reimagining of Frank Wedekind’s play combines an alt-rock score with a narrative fueled by sexuality, morality and rebellion.   It is Germany, 1891. After becoming an…

The Lovely Bones at Oxford Playhouse

Following a hugely successful tour in 2018, the acclaimed stage adaptation of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones comes to Oxford Playhouse from 11 to 16 November.   Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school. There’s…

Oxford University Museums Win Collections Trust Award 2019 for Project Working with Forced Migrants

An award-winning project at the History of Science Museum and Pitt Rivers Museum has received further recognition for its work creating volunteering opportunities for forced migrants. Multaka-Oxford was named winner of the 2019 Collections Trust Award at a ceremony on Thursday 12 September. The annual award recognises the often unsung achievements of those who manage…

Ghostfest is Back for its 10th Year at Oxford Castle & Prison

This October, Oxford Castle & Prison will host its popular Halloween Festival for its 10th year! From 25th October – 2nd November, the ancient castle site will embrace its bloody past with a series of spine-chillingly spooky events!   Oxford Castle’s history is filled with murder, battles and executions so it’s no wonder that many…

Kiki Smith: I am a Wanderer at Modern Art Oxford

28 September 2019 – 19 January 2020. Oxford, UK: The German-born American Kiki Smith (b. 1954) is a pioneer of contemporary printmaking and sculpture who has created a materially experimental and multifaceted body of work that explores the political and social aspects of human nature. I am a Wanderer is her first solo UK institutional show in…

Oxford Bus Company Introduces Innovative Cloud Based Technology to Modernise Lost Property System

 Oxford Bus Company has become the first bus operator in the UK to use new technology to make it easier for passengers to be reunited with their lost belongings.   It has partnered with NotLost, an innovative lost property software supplier. The NotLost platform combines various features including image recognition and powerful search functionality with…

Stick Man at Oxford Playhouse

Stick Man is leaving his family tree and heading back out on tour this autumn! Based on the book by Julia Donaldson with illustrations by Axel Scheffler, Stick Man comes to Oxford Playhouse this October half term!   ‘Stick Man lives in the family tree With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three…’…

Barber Shop Chronicles at Oxford Playhouse

Inua Ellams’ hugely acclaimed play Barber Shop Chronicles comes to Oxford Playhouse from Wednesday 9 to Saturday 12 October as part of a UK tour.   Newsroom, political platform, local hot-spot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium – for generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world. These are places where…