Partner Press Releases

Blenheim Estate Office Wins Oxford Preservation Trust Award

The Blenheim Estate Office has been recognised in the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards 2019.   The single-storey office received an OPT plaque in the Small Projects category for the annual awards celebrating the best in building conservation and preservation as well as exemplary new architecture.   The Estate Office, which opened in Woodstock last year,…

Oxford Bus Company Produces Local Honey at Depot for Charity

We’re not pollen your leg.   Best known for keeping Oxfordshire moving, the Oxford Bus Company has turned its hand to producing honey. Bus driver and beehive enthusiast Barry Duke has produced a tasty batch of ‘City Honey’ from a hive tucked away behind the bus-wash at its Cowley House depot on Watlington Road.  …

Curiouser and Curiouser: City Council Fills Covered Market with Alice in Wonderland Sculptures

Oxford Covered Market is getting curiouser and curiouser as Oxford City Council fills the 18th century building with Alice in Wonderland sculptures.   So far sculptures of the White Rabbit, Gryphon, Mock Turtle, Cheshire Cat, Caterpillar and Dormouse have been installed amongst the rafters throughout the market.   Next week the Queen of Hearts, the…

Experience the Best of British at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is the perfect destination to discover the very best of what Great Britain has to offer.   A fairy-tale country house set in one of England’s most beautiful and historic settings, Blenheim Palace may only be 90 minutes journey time from London but it’s a whole world away.   Quintessentially English with 2,000…

Oxford Covered Market is Full

Oxford Covered Market is full. In the run-up to Christmas, all 61 of the available units in the 18th century market – which is operated by Oxford City Council – will be occupied.   The new openings are: Rewind, a vintage clothing company that already has a unit in Reading’s market, will open on a trial…

Blenheim Palace Launch ‘Year of Restoration’ with Restoration and Conservation Tours

UNESCO World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace Oxfordshire, are launching a Year of Restoration beginning with Restoration & Conservation Tours allowing visitors to see behind the scenes of their epic deep-clean of the historic State Rooms.   The ‘Restoration & Conservation’ tour will be exclusively available from 10 January – 9 February, 2020, running twice per…

Oxford Bus Company in the Running for Five Industry Awards

Oxford Bus Company could scoop as many as five national industry awards.   The company, which was recently crowned Large Bus Operator of the Year in the Route One Awards, is shortlisted in the UK Bus Awards final in the Top Shire Operator, Bus and Community, Making Buses a Better Choice and Cultural Change categories. The…

Community Woodland Project Gains Ground in Bicester

Plans for a community woodland to the south west of Bicester are a step closer, with a site to be provided by Countryside Properties (Bicester) Ltd. A decision, taken by Cherwell District Council’s planning committee on Thursday (24 October), approved the change of use for land adjacent to Vendee Drive, from ‘agricultural’ to ‘informal recreational’…

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…

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…

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…