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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…

Heaven Scent – Blenheim Palace’s Rosarium Blooming Early

Blenheim Palace’s stunning Rose Garden is in full bloom – several weeks ahead of schedule. The beautiful floral display, one of the best on record at the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site, coincides with British Flower Week, which runs until 21st June. The circular rosarium, which was created by the 7th Duke of Marlborough in the early…

Bus Operators to Launch New AI Driven Technology to Help Support Social Distancing on Buses

Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel are launching a new innovative website feature to help give customers who need to travel confidence as COVID-19 restrictions ​are eased.   Customers making journeys as shops re-open from this week will be able to check buses live on the company websites to see how busy they are. The…

The Oxford Artisan Distillery Becomes the First Certified Organic Grain-To-Glass Distillery

The Oxford Artisan Distillery is proud to be the first certified organic grain-to-glass distillery in the UK. Since its inception in 2017, the distillery has been producing high quality spirits made from locally grown organic heritage grain* and has now been officially certified as Organic by the Soil Association**. According to the latest figures, out…

Didcot Railway Centre Launches Special Re-opening Return Tickets

Staff and volunteers at Didcot Railway Centre are making plans to again welcome visitors their 21-acre open air site and are offering re-opening “Return Tickets” to those looking forward to exploring the outdoor living museum.   The special “Return Tickets” will provide customers with the chance to visit on an Open-Air Discovery Day when the…

JACK Radio Group Announces Advertising Fund Winners

29 local organisations to be awarded advertising grants worth between £2.5k to £10k each, with campaigns to run across Oxfordshire radio stations JACKfm, JACK2 and JACK3 in June 2020   Oxfordshire-based radio group also increases fund to £150k due to overwhelming number of applications from local organisations   Advertising fund was created to reward local businesses…

Blenheim Palace to Re-Open at The Weekend

The Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site is among the first of the UK’s major attractions to start welcoming the public back to their Park and Formal Gardens only from Saturday 30th May.   In appreciation of their loyal support through this period, for the first week only Annual Pass holders will be able to visit, with…

Oxford Bus Company to Withdraw PickMeUp Service Following Two Year Pilot Scheme

Oxford Bus Company will be withdrawing the PickMeUp service after operation on Saturday 20th June, it confirmed today. The decision was not taken lightly and comes at the end of a two-year pilot scheme of the innovative ride sharing service. Oxford Bus Company worked hard to establish the service and has exhausted all external funding…

Blenheim Palace to Re-open Park and Gardens as Soon as Possible

Blenheim Palace has confirmed it will re-open its park and gardens to visitors as soon as it can subject to government advice.   A significant part of the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site’s parkland has remained freely accessible to local communities during lockdown to provide people with a safe area to walk and exercise.  …

Oxford City Council is Urging the Final Businesses Yet to Apply for Coronavirus Support Grants to do so

Oxford City Council is urging the final businesses in Oxford yet to apply for the coronavirus support grants to do so. The City Council has found that many businesses in the city – particularly smaller businesses – do not realise the full extent of the financial support that is available to them. Just over a…

Oxford Playhouse Rolls out a Programme of Support for Theatre Makers and Companies

Oxford Playhouse has announced a programme of support for theatre makers in Oxfordshire during the lockdown period.  The Playhouse is committed to continuing to support the works of artists across Oxfordshire and beyond, as part of their wider Playhouse Plays On Creative Programme.   Oxford Playhouse has outlined three key ways in which they will…

Jack3 Expands Onto FM, Delivering First-Time-Easy-Listening Format For Oxfordshire Residents

JACK3, part of the JACK Radio Group’s portfolio of stations and sibling station to JACKfm – the most awarded local commercial radio station in UK radio history – has announced that its service has been extended onto FM in Oxfordshire; delivering a dedicated, easy-listening format across the region on both FM and DAB for the…

Oxfordshire Artweeks to Present Themed Virtual Art Trails Daily Throughout May

Oxfordshire Artweeks is the UK’s oldest and biggest open studios and pop-up exhibition event: in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the 38th festival — taking place from 2nd -25th May — is moving on-line. “Each day of the festival we will be presenting a different themed art trail on the website giving visitors a…

£10,000 Mogford Prize Awarded to Writer from Germany

The 2020 Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Short Story Writing has been awarded to Laura Theis, originally from Ottobrunn, near Munich, but has lived in Oxford since 2011. Her story, ‘The Lift’, was selected from 1,280 entries from all over the world. This year’s short-list was judged by Prize founder Jeremy Mogford, award-winning actor…

The Oxford Artisan Distillery Starts Delivering Sanitiser to Local Care Homes, Hospitals and People in Need

The Oxford Artisan Distillery has announced that it is making alcohol hand sanitiser to support the fight against COVID-19 and to help local organisations and people in need.   The Oxford Artisan Distillery will supply hand sanitiser to Oxfordshire care homes, hospitals and the local community at cost and will distribute it for free, they…

Heritage Railway Centre Helps Network Rail Combat Coronavirus Cancellations

Didcot Railway Centre and Swindon Panel Society are proud to be helping Network Rail during this Coronavirus period.   The two heritage charities made their facilities available to enable Network Rail prepare for train service delivery in the event of a shortage of regular signallers due to Coronavirus or the measures to prevent its spread….

Oxford Tube Services to be Temporarily Suspended After Sunday 5 April

Temporary suspension of Oxford Tube services following government national guidance to reduce travel Stagecoach services between Woodstock and Oxford will operate to revised timetables from Sunday 5th April Timetables between Witney/ Carterton and Oxford revised to reduce the number of services and journeys operating Changes to the 10, 12 and 16 in the City   Following…

Concessionary Bus Pass Use Extended to All Day in Oxfordshire to Help Vulnerable Residents

Peak time restrictions on concessionary bus passes will be lifted in Oxfordshire to enable older citizens and disabled people to get their shopping ​and continue to access vital services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Oxford Bus Company, Thames Travel and Stagecoach are lifting restrictions on access to free travel for bus pass holders, thanks to support from…