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Oxford Bus Company ‘Brand the Bus’ Competition Hots Up

More than 1,800 votes have been cast for entries to the Oxford Bus Company’s unique ‘Brand the Bus’ competition. The competition offers people the chance to nominate their favourite good cause to be branded on a double-decker bus. Since launching the competition for the second year in a row 16 entries have been made by…

Blenheim’s Economic Impact Passes £100m Milestone

A newly-released report undertaken by Oxford Brookes Business School on behalf of Blenheim has revealed that Blenheim is contributing more than £100m annually to the economy.   The figure is a major milestone for the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site and represents a 15% increase compared to the previous year.   According to the report…

Oxford Town Hall Achieves Industry Quality Assurance Status for Events

Oxford Town Hall has been recognised as delivering excellence in its events operations.    The Town Hall has secured the MIA’s (Meetings Industry Association) highly acclaimed AIM (Accredited in Meetings) accreditation. AIM is the UK’s nationally recognised standard for venues and service providers in the meetings, conferences and events industry and has 50 strict criteria…

Cotswold Storks Take Flight Over West Sussex

A group of 24 juvenile White Storks bred at Cotswold Wildlife Park have been released at the Knepp rewilding project in West Sussex as part of an initiative to restore populations of the species in Southern England. The last definitive record of a pair of wild Storks successfully breeding in Britain was in 1416. The…

Lightning Stripes: Cotswold Wildlife Park celebrates birth of Chapman’s Zebra foal

Cotswold Wildlife Park has welcomed the latest addition to the Chapman’s Zebra family – an energetic female foal who has been attracting the attention of visitors with her incredible speed. When she was just a few days old, the newborn was galloping around the paddock and her lively outbursts were caught on camera. Watch the…

Helen and Douglas House Nominate Oxford Castle & Prison for Local Business Charity Award

Oxford Castle & Prison has been nominated for this year’s Jelf Award in Local Business Charity Awards for its support for terminally ill children.   Known mostly as a tourist attraction, the 1000 year-old landmark in the heart of Oxford is now a lively venue whose management utilises its historic surroundings not only for business, but…

10 Millionth MINI Built as Brand Celebrates 60th Year

As MINI continues to celebrate its 60th anniversary, the brand has achieved a new feat as the ten millionth MINI produced globally since 1959 rolled off the assembly line.   The landmark car – a MINI 60 Years Anniversary Edition – was built on July 24th 2019 at MINI Plant Oxford and took pride of…

Hook Norton Brewery: Celebrating 170 Years of Beer

Hook Norton Brewery is celebrating 170 years of beer and brewing with a host of special events in September giving people the opportunity to get a unique insight into brewing the Hooky way and of course sample their range of award winning and special one off anniversary ales.   September Wednesday 11th – Open Tap…

New Christmas Market at Blenheim Palace

Visit the only Christmas Market held at a Palace this Christmas!   From 22 November – 15 December Blenheim Palace’s Great Court will be transformed into a seasonal market showcasing a range of festive treats from around 50 designer-makers and artisan food and drink producers in cosy, traditional wooden chalets.   Taking place beneath the…

The Big Summer Weekend with Bicester Village

This August, Bicester Village and The Gentleman’s Journal co-hosted the ‘Big Summer Weekend’ – taking guests on a journey of magic and wonder into the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside.   Attendees included a mixture of creatives, musicians, actors and actresses, socialites, and TV personalities. Seeing the likes of, Games of Throne Actress Maisie Williams,…

World Beer Awards Delight for Hook Norton Brewery

Hook Norton Brewery has had it’s range of beers recognised in two prestigious award competitions. In the World Beer Awards 2019, Hook Norton Brewery has repeated it’s success from last year with Red Rye once more being voted the United Kingdom’s Best Rye Beer. These global awards select and judge the very best in international…

Celebrating the Arrival of ‘The Modist’ with its First Ever Pop-Up at Bicester Village this Summer

Great news for fashion lovers this summer – from 12 August to 24 September, leading modest fashion ecommerce site The Modist the will open its first ever European pop-up at Bicester Village.   The Modist is the first global online destination for luxury modest fashion, dedicated to women who like to express their style in a contemporary, fashionable yet…

Global Wedding Venue: Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace is a global wedding destination suited to the ultimate luxury celebration. The Baroque Palace and 2,000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped estate is available to hire, making it perfect for couples looking to celebrate in an unrivalled setting.   Built in the 18th Century to honour the military victories of the First Duke…

New for 2019: Alice in the Palace

Enter the magical world of Alice in Wonderland as part of an enchanting new daytime experience at Blenheim Palace this Christmas (22 November 2019 – 5 January 2020).   Step between the pages of a larger-than-life storybook and into your very own festive family adventure as you venture through the looking glass.   Wander down…

City Sightseeing Oxford Recognised for 20 Years of Open-Top Tours

City Sightseeing Oxford was recognised at an international industry event for being one of the founder members of the global tour network, as it marked its 20-year anniversary.   Owned by the Oxford Bus Company, City Sightseeing Oxford, is part of a global network of operators which provide open-top tours in more than 100 locations…

Two Trains Running at Oxford Playhouse

Royal & Derngate and English Touring Theatre’s production of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, directed by Nancy Medina, comes to Oxford Playhouse from Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 September 2019.   It is Pittsburgh, 1969. There’s a controversial new president in the White House, and racial tensions are on the rise. The regulars of Memphis…

Macbeth at Oxford Playhouse

The Watermill Theatre takes its bold and highly acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth to Oxford Playhouse from Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 September.   Playing side-by-side, Artistic Director Paul Hart’s visceral production is presented by the Newbury-based theatre’s celebrated resident Shakespeare company, The Watermill Ensemble, whose previous successes have also included Romeo and Juliet and…

Posh at Oxford Playhouse

A new production of Olivier Award winning writer Laura Wade’s critically acclaimed dark comedy Posh, starring Tyger Drew-Honey (TV’s Outnumbered), opens at Oxford Playhouse on Tuesday 3 September.   Oxford’s prestigious and red-blooded Riot Club are back, but this time on one condition. They must behave. Keep it out of the Daily Mail. Preserve the…

Dolce & Gabbana’s First UK Wedding Dress Goes on Display at Blenheim Palace

The first British bridal gown to have been designed by Dolce & Gabbana has gone on display at Blenheim Palace.   The historic dress was created for Camilla Thorp, now Lady Blandford, for her wedding to childhood sweetheart Lord George Blandford, heir to the Duke of Marlborough, in September last year. The dress, which is…

Paintings and Portraiture at Blenheim Palace

Discover 300 years of history and heritage at Blenheim Palace as you view their stunning collection of paintings and portraiture in the State Rooms and Private Apartments.   Home to the Dukes of Marlborough since 1704, the UNESCO World Heritage Site was a gift from Queen Anne, and a grateful nation following victory at the…

Blenheim trees help reconstruct Anglo-Saxon Royal House

Eighty trees from woodland on the Blenheim Estate are being used to create an authentic reconstruction of an Anglo-Saxon royal house in Oxfordshire.  The oak, ash, birch, and sweet chestnut logs, which weighed a total of approximately 30 tonnes, were donated by the UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the Sylva Foundation, an environmental charity which…