Partner Press Releases

Stagecoach Improve Banbury Bus Service to the Horton Hospital

From Monday 12th October, changes to bus services in Banbury will see improved links to new developments and the main employment sites at the Wildmere Industrial Estate, Horton Hospital and Southam Road sites. Supported through s106 funding agreed with Oxfordshire County Council, the changes will also result in better cross town links and changes to…

Make Magical Memories This Christmas at Bletchley Park’s Vintage 1940s Grotto

Christmas may be a little different this year, but the man in red will be taking up a very special residence at Bletchley Park’s Vintage Grotto to bring festive cheer for families of all ages. Father Christmas and his helpful elves will be taking centre stage in the Bletchley Park Mansion’s Ballroom, a beautiful, spacious…

Hook Norton Brewery opens historic Oxfordshire coaching inn with rooms, The Crown Inn at Benson

The Crown Inn at Benson, a characterful 17th century, Grade II-listed timber-framed coaching inn, is due to re-open its doors on Friday 2nd October 2020, following a major refurbishment.   Located in the pretty south Oxfordshire village of Benson, The Crown will welcome all to enjoy it’s bar, restaurant, six en-suite bedrooms, rear courtyard and beer…

Oxford Bus Company has the Golden Touch at keeping the fleet in top condition

The Oxford Bus Company has been awarded a National Express ‘Golden Spanner’ award after excelling in an annual engineering audit – for the second year in a row. External inspectors praised Oxford Bus Company engineers for achieving “exceptional standards” – including “good quality inspections” and minimal break downs. Oxford Bus Company runs the 737 Oxford…

CITY SIGHTSEEING OXFORD OPEN VISITOR INFORMATION POINT

Oxford Bus Company has opened a new Visitor Information Point to help welcome tourists and provide support to visitors.   In a timely boost to Oxford’s visitor economy City Sightseeing Oxford have unveiled the new hub that will see local people provide local information to visitors. The Visitor Information Point is in High Street in…

Oxford Open Doors goes Virtual !

From virtual events to self-guided walks, the weekend of Saturday 12th September is a great time to discover the city either on foot or in the virtual world ….. The Programme is out, and we are counting down to Oxford Open Doors! What will you discover? From virtual events to self-guided walks, the weekend of…

Modern Art Oxford presents: Mariana Castillo Deball: Between making and knowing something

2 October 2020 – 3 January 2021 This major new commission by Mariana Castillo Deball (b. 1975 in Mexico City, lives and works in Berlin) fundamentally questions methods of knowledge formation in Western museum collections. Featuring an expansive aerial installation, archival photographs and repurposed museum display cases, the exhibition uncovers hidden stories and individuals, with…

Pitt Rivers Museum and Museum of Natural History to reopen on 22 September

The Pitt Rivers Museum and the Museum of Natural History are delighted to announce that they will both reopen to the public on Tuesday 22 September. Dr Laura Van Broekhoven, Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum, says: “I am delighted we can now open our doors again and welcome our much-missed audiences. I look forward…

West Oxfordshire MP meets with Experience Oxfordshire to Discuss Sector Performance and Future Plans for Recovery at the Macdonald Bear Hotel

Experience Oxfordshire Press Release For immediate release: 28/08/2020 www.experienceoxfordshire.org/partner This week Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Oxfordshire, arranged for Robert Courts MP to visit The Macdonald Bear Hotel in Woodstock ,in his constituency of West Oxfordshire, to discuss how business has been since re-opening post lockdown and the impact of the Governments…

Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel increase ultra-low emission buses

Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel have further increased the volume of ultra-low emission buses in their fleets, thanks to a £2M investment in green technology.  The Euro VI buses use the latest micro-hybrid technology to minimise environmental impact. It works via energy recovered under braking being used to help power the bus. Nine Euro…

Birmingham Airport Announces Birmingham-Belfast City

Birmingham Airport announces Birmingham-Belfast City Airport route from 14 September   Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, to open new base at Belfast City Airport Airline to operate up to four daily return flights from Birmingham Commenting on the announcement, Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: “Belfast City is such a popular…

Oxford Tube services increasing from Monday 31st August

OXFORD TUBE SERVICES TO INCREASE FROM MONDAY 31ST AUGUST 2020 Oxford Tube frequency to increase to up to every 10 minutes in morning peaks 24/7 service between Oxford and London set to return Popular commuter express services via Baker Street reinstated Reduced capacity and social distancing measures remain in line with government guidelines Oxford Tube…

Story Museum

The Story Museum starts first chapter of phased reopening…   Visitors eager to get their first glimpse of The Story Museum’s £6 million transformation will be in for a treat this summer. The museum, situated in the heart of Oxford, was due to reopen its doors at the start of April after two years of…

City Sightseeing Oxford Open-Top Tours to Return in Boost to Visitor Economy

The City Sightseeing Oxford open-top tours are set to return to help show visitors the city, as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease. The popular open-top bus tour will return into service in Oxford tomorrow, in a boost to the city’s visitor economy. It will operate a special timetable operating at least every 20 minutes on…

Visitors to Oxford University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums in 2019 Top 3.3 million

Oxford University’s gardens, libraries and museums attracted 3,311,764 visitors in 2019, according to the latest figures, just released, from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA). This is the third year in a row that visitor numbers have topped 3 million, with the Ashmolean, Bodleian Libraries and Museum of Natural History all featuring in the…

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…

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…

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…