Partner Press Releases

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…

Oxfordshire Artweeks Plans a Virtual Festival for May 2020

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.  “Given the government’s advice this week, that it is time for everyone to stop all non-essential contact with others to slow…

Cultural Environments can Improve Health and Wellbeing Through ‘Social Prescribing’, According to Oxford University Report

Oxford University’s world-class gardens, libraries and museums could benefit the health and wellbeing of Oxfordshire residents through ‘social prescribing’, according to a report published on Friday 12 March by an interdisciplinary team at Oxford University. The report, entitled In what ways can gardens, libraries and museums improve wellbeing through social prescribing?, brings together the experience…

Blenheim Backs Coronavirus Online Help Hub

Blenheim is supporting a West Oxfordshire online service that is being created to offer support along with practical advice and guidance for individuals who find themselves isolated as a result of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.   The Help Hub has been set up by Ruth Chaloner and is a free, online service offering emotional and practical…

Cotswold Wildlife Park Head Mammal Keeper Shortlisted For Tourism Superstar Award

Hayley Mullaney, Assistant Curator and Head Mammal keeper at Cotswold Wildlife Park, is one of 10 finalists in with a chance of winning VisitEngland’s annual Tourism Superstar competition.   Tourism Superstar recognises the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry. It promotes unsung heroes who go far beyond the call of duty…

Blenheim 7K Fun Run 2020

SUNDAY 19 April 2020 Events start at 10.15 am   Blenheim 7k, 1 mile junior run and 4 miles on wheels.   Run, jog or walk for charity or for fun at the World Heritage site, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock in Oxfordshire, the stunning venue for the annual Blenheim7k on 19 April, sponsored by Freeths solicitors…

Birmingham Airport Continues to Replace Lost Flybe Routes with Launch of Guernsey Flights

Birmingham Airport has today (6th March), announced the launch of Guernsey airline, Aurigny. The Birmingham-Guernsey service will go on sale with Aurigny on Saturday 7th March via www.aurigny.com   The first new service to Birmingham will operate on Wednesday 11th March, operating daily in the late morning – initially excluding Tuesdays and Thursdays.   Nick Barton, CEO at Birmingham…

Birmingham Airport Regains Capacity with the Launch of Loganair and Eastern Airways

Responding to the collapse of Flybe, Loganair has announced it will introduce three daily services from Birmingham to Aberdeen, along with a daily service to Inverness from the 16th March 2020.   Additionally, Eastern Airways will offer Aberdeen to Birmingham which was formerly operated by Flybe. Flights will all commence next week with the schedule released…

Oxford Tube Announces £13 Million Investment in New Fleet

Europe’s most frequent coach service – Oxford Tube – set to get even better with 34 new coaches this summer The largest single order of coaches in the history of Stagecoach Introducing the latest technology designed to enhance the customer experience First Solar panels to be fitted to coaches in Oxford   Oxford Tube has…

Flybe passengers offered free travel on FirstGroup trains today

Following the news that airline Flybe will not be providing any flights today (Thursday 5 March), the UK’s largest rail operator FirstGroup will offer a free ticket on its trains to all Flybe customers intending to travel today. FirstGroup’s rail companies comprise Avanti West Coast; Great Western Railway; South Western Railway; TransPennine Express and Hull…

Oxford Bus Company, Carousel Buses and Heathrow Announce Significant Additional Boost to Airport Connectivity

  New X50 “airline” service improves frequency between High Wycombe and Heathrow Rail to Air links to Heathrow from Bicester, Banbury and Aylesbury New fast and direct connection between High Wycombe and Maidenhead More late night and early morning journeys on 102 service to Heathrow from High Wycombe   Oxford Bus Company today announced a…

‘We Will Rock You’ Returns to New Theatre Oxford

The smash-hit Queen and Ben Elton musical, We Will Rock You, is coming to the New Theatre Oxford from March 2 – 7. With 24 of Queen’s biggest hits and Ben Elton’s hilarious futuristic comedy writing combined, comes a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the band’s legendary live performances. This global…

Oxford Bus Company Rewards Staff Excellence in Really Amazing Awards Night

The Oxford Bus Company celebrated the contributions of its staff in its annual ‘The Really Amazing Awards’ ceremony at the prestigious Ashmolean Sculpture Gallery.   Staff received awards in eight categories, recognising long service and exceptional performance by teams and individuals in the Oxford Bus Company and sister companies Thames Travel, Carousel and Oxford City…

Oxford Preservation Trust Launch 2020 Awards

The OPT Awards 2020 open for entries on 20 February. Anyone can enter a project, and this year we have a new Green Award to recognise the importance of sustainability.   The Awards celebrate the contribution that buildings and environmental projects can make to Oxford’s character, its streets and its green spaces.  From exceptional new…

The Art of World War II to go on display at Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock

A new exhibition of artwork, both produced during and depicting scenes from the Second World War, will go on display at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, from 5th March to 7th May 2020.   The Art of World War II exhibition has been curated from John Noott’s personal collection of work, gathered together during his career as…

Blenheim Palace Unveils New Seasonal Menu For Groups

Blenheim Palace has launched a new seasonal menu for group visitors, created by its onsite catering partner Searcys. The new menus offer Group Visitors a delicious taster of the very best of the Blenheim Palace experience with seasonal, locally sourced choices from a set two-or-three course lunch menu. Visitors can also opt for a traditional…

Annie Sloan at Blenheim Palace

On Wednesday 25 March, join Annie Sloan, the world’s leading authority of paint, colour and technique for a special talk ‘Painting and the Charleston Connection’ followed by Let’s Misbehave Afternoon Tea at Blenheim Palace. Revolutionising decorative painting with the creation of the now-iconic Chalk Paint™, Annie’s contagious enthusiasm, passion and expertise has unlocked creative potential all…

City Council grants open for applications for #WeAreOxford Twin Cities 2020

November 2020 will see Oxford celebrate all its twin cities in an evening of performing and visual arts at the Sheldonian Theatre, to highlight what city twinning brings to the people of Oxford. The City Council is calling for organisations who want to take part to apply for funding to support twin city links for their performance or presentation….

Celebrating the Women of Oxford’s Past This International Women’s Day

Oxford Castle & Prison are hosting an evening of interactive theatre to celebrate International Women’s Day and raise money for the Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre. The charity event will celebrate the unsung heroines from Oxford Castle & Prison’s turbulent history with performances of monologues from their perspectives. Women such as Empress Matilda…

New Brewery & Pub Tour from Go Cotswolds

Go Cotswolds relaunches its popular Brewery & Pub Tours to offer a weekly “craft brewery and traditional English pub experience” to Oxfordshire visitors.   There are few things more authentically English than sipping a pint of beer and enjoying a meal in a traditional country pub. Visitors to Oxfordshire can now enjoy this Great British…

Blenheim Palace Offers Half Price Entry For Sustainable Travellers

Visitors to Britain’s greatest palace will save 50% off the admission if they travel to the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site using sustainable transport.   The offer, which is valid from 14th February to 31st March, is open to anyone who arrives either via public transport, by bike or in a fully electric vehicle*.  …