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An Affair to Remember

What’s new in 2018 for Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons 2018 is the year of discovery for Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons with the launch of a host of new cookery courses alongside a variety of handpicked and unique events, paired with extraordinary dining and gardening experiences – courtesy of the Raymond Blanc Gardening School…

OCG’s 2017 flagship exhibition in Woodstock rides the crest of the wave

The Oxfordshire Museum is currently hosting the Oxfordshire craft Guild’s annual flagship event, and their exhibition included a huge variety of gifts for Christmas pairing traditional quality craftsmanship and contemporary design in many media. From the array, judges Joanna Simons CBE of Experience Oxfordshire, and previous Chief Executive of Oxfordshire County Council; Joanna Foster CBE…

Cotswold Wildlife Park welcomes White Rhino calf to the “crash”.

Cotswold Wildlife Park is celebrating the birth of a White Rhino calf. The newborn male, named Alan, is the newest additions to the “crash” (the collective noun for a group of Rhinos) at the Burford collection. It’s been a remarkable few years for the Rhino family. After almost forty years of hoping the Rhinos would…

SON OF A PREACHER MAN COMES TO OXFORD

SON of a Preacher Man, a heart-warming new musical featuring the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, comes to the New Theatre Oxford from October 24 – 28, starring X Factor finalist Diana Vickers,Bad Girls and Coronation Street star Debra Stephenson and EastEnders and Coronation Street actor Ian Reddington. The musical, which is directed and choreographed…

WESTGATE OXFORD ‘OPENS THE GATE’ TO SHOPPERS “The largest retail and leisure destination to open in the UK this year welcomes the public for the first time”

Westgate Oxford, a brand-new venue located in the heart of the city centre, opens its doors to the public for the first time today. The centre, which offers guests a perfect day out, celebrates its first day of opening with a show-stopping spectacle: an acrobatics display in a balloon heliosphere sailing up towards the stunning…

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons named BEST HOTEL IN THE COUNTRY

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has been named as the best hotel in the country by the UK’s leading hoteliers. The five-red-AA-star, 32-bedroom property in Oxfordshire was voted number one on the Hoteliers’ Hotels Top 100 list, unveiled by The Caterer and Sky last night. Compiled by the UK’s leading hoteliers and verified by some…

Cotswold Wildlife Park debuts first Wolf cubs born in its forty-seven year history

Cotswold Wildlife Park is celebrating the birth of a litter of five Eurasian Wolf cubs – the first to be born at the Park in its forty-seven year history.  First-time parents Ash and Ember and their playful cubs can be seen in their woodland enclosure behind the Flamingo and Pelican Lake. Cotswold Wildlife Park is…

New Playpark at Didcot Railway Centre to be Officially Opened

For a long period of time, management at Didcot Railway Centre have wanted to have an appropriately themed playpark at the Centre. This has now come to fruition, and the new railway themed playpark is to be formally opened by former Didcot Mayor, Scott Wilgrove on Sunday 9 July at 1200. As Mayor of Didcot…

Oxford Playhouse receives confirmation of Arts Council England funding until 2022

Oxford Playhouse is delighted to announce it has received confirmation of continued funding from Arts Council England for the next 4 years. In recognition of the high quality of the Playhouse programme, its extensive work with young people and emerging artists, and the active part it plays in the life of the city, the theatre…

Matchmaking, meddling and marriage: Emma at Oxford Playhouse

Emma, the period romantic comedy from Jane Austen, comes to Oxford Playhouse on Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 June marking 200 years since Austen’s death. Directed by Colin Blumenau, this gorgeous production has been adapted for stage by acclaimed writer Tim Luscombe (Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park and Persuasion). Young, bright and beautiful, Emma Woodhouse has…

OFFBEAT FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MUSIC PROGRAMME IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BBC INTRODUCING

Offbeat today announces the festival’s music programme in partnership with BBC Introducing Oxford. The line-up features Oxford’s best up and coming bands, wordsmiths and singer song-writers performing over four days across two stages, the Gallery Stage and the Festival Stage, at the Old Fire Station. The Gallery Stage features a free programme of spoken word,…

HOOK NORTON BREWERY CELEBRATES HOOKY PUBS AT ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

Held at Towcester Racecourse on 15th May the annual awards ceremony recognised and celebrated the importance of tenants and pub staff within the Hook Norton Brewery estate and showcased what their pubs can offer. Pubs competed over a wide range of categories with winners and highly commended up for grabs. Pub of the year went…

IT’S PARTY TIME ON LITTLE CLARENDON ST STREET ON SAT 20TH MAY!

May 17 It’s party time on Little Clarendon Street as it hosts its second street party. Following the incredible success of last year’s event when hundreds of people turned out, the local traders have got together to organise a bigger and better event this year on Sat 20th May from noon until 6pm. Organised by…

This year’s Alice’s Day will have you grinning like a Cheshire Cat!

Date: Saturday 1 July, 2017 Website link: www.storymuseum.org.uk/alice Alice’s Day is back and this year’s theme is riddles and games… The Story Museum is planning a mesmerising day of theatre, live music, circus and family fun across Oxford in celebration of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This year’s theme is ‘riddles and games’ and there’s no…

Introducing The Raymond Blanc Gardening School at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – Launching July 2017

(24 April 2017) Raymond Blanc has always said that the gardens at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons are as much a part of the excellence as the food served there. Guests who visit Belmond Le Manoir always head to the kitchen garden, a magnificent two-acre vegetable and herb scape producing over 90 types of vegetables…

BLENHEIM PALACE WINS GREAT CHINA WELCOME AWARD

Blenheim Palace has won national recognition for its positive approach to welcoming visitors from China. The Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site was presented with the GREAT China Welcome award at VisitEngland’s prestigious Awards for Excellence event held at the Hilton Waldorf Hotel in London on Monday. The GREAT China welcome programme aims to make Britain…

Faringdon’s Blackbird Day – sing a song of sixpence!

On Saturday May 20th Faringdon is celebrating Blackbird Day, an annual arts event and market, which celebrates the town’s historical link to the famous nursery rhyme ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’, which was allegedly written for Henry James Pye (1745-1813), Faringdon’s very own Poet Laureate. According to several accounts, Pye’s poetry was often subject to…

Palace Hosts Charity Dinner for Children’s Hospice

David Cameron and Jeremy Clarkson will be among the guest speakers at a charity dinner at Blenheim Palace to raise funds for a local children’s and young adults’ hospice. Held in the Palace’s Great Hall and Saloon on May 4th, the charity event will include a silent auction and live music and aims to raise…

CELEBRATING THE OLD AND THE NEW

Hook Norton Brewery will be celebrating the old and the new at their Open Tap evening on Wednesday 10th May 6pm – 9pm. Celebrating 40 years since it was first brewed, Old Hooky 4.6%, will be the star attraction. Fruity and full bodied this beer is a consistent and quality cornerstone of their core range….

Nadiya’s British Food Adventure – In Conversation with Nadiya Hussain at Oxford Playhouse

Wednesday 19 July 2017 In this very special event, Britain’s favourite Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain, will be in conversation with Barney Desmazery, Senior Food Editor at BBC Good Food Magazine. Having captured the heart of the nation with her warmth and charisma as well as her unique approach to flavours, Nadiya will talk about…