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Oxford Bus Company’s PickMeUp Service Scoops Innovation Accolade at European Industry Awards

Oxford Bus Company’s innovative PickMeUp service has been rewarded at the respected annual European Transport Ticketing Global Awards.  Judges awarded Oxford Bus Company and parent company The Go-Ahead Group with Most Innovative Customer Serving Operator at the official presentation ceremony at Landing Forty Two in London, following the successful introduction of PickMeUp in Oxford. The awards reward…

Compass Hospitality Complete Extensive Refurbishment of Hawkwell House, Oxford

In line with its plans for improving the quality and offering of its hotels within the UK market, Compass Hospitality has completed an extensive £400k refurbishment of the 4-star Hawkwell House Hotel in Iffley Village, Oxford. The 5-month project was completed in Summer 2018, and saw the complete overhaul of the Hotels exterior, with a…

Circus Theme for 2019 Blenheim Palace Flower Show

This year’s Blenheim Palace Flower Show, which will run from Friday 21 June – Sunday 23 June, 2019, will have a circus theme.   Now in its seventh year the unmissable gardening show returns to the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site with a series of exciting new additions. As part of the spectacular event members…

Palace Deep Clean Re-Unites ‘The Favourite’s’ Real Stars

Blenheim Palace’s annual deep clean has temporarily reunited the real characters behind the Oscar-tipped ‘The Favourite’. The film, which has already won a Golden Globe award for Olivia Colman, depicts the tumultuous relationship between Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill, the First Duchess of Marlborough, who helped build the Palace in the 18th century. Portrayed by…

Acclaimed Artist Tania Kovats Creates New Public Artwork Inspired by, and for, the Bodleian Libraries

Acclaimed British contemporary artist Tania Kovats has created a new public artwork at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford. Titled The Space of Reading, the permanent commission is a sculpture created from casts of 21 open books and has been installed above the public entrance of the Weston Library. The artwork was unveiled on 29 January and…

Vintage Bus Goes off for Repairs and Repaint

The Oxford Bus Museum has send its 1961 Dennis Loline II (304 KFC) to Selby in Yorkshire to have its front end straightened and for a complete repaint. The last repaint was over 20 years ago. Chris Butterfield, a Museum Trustee, commented that “Although the Loline is in running order, 180 miles is a long…

The King’s Centre, Oxford, Install New Booking System to Improve Service

The King’s Centre, (TKC) Oxford, has invested in a new market leading booking system to improve service and efficiency. Artifax, the Venue and Event Management System, was installed last week for The Kings Centre Oxford team to use for all aspects of venue bookings. Maria Waskiel-Smit, Operations Manager, at TKC, Oxford, said: “The investment in…

From the Tower of Babel to Brexit, Bodleian Libraries Exhibition Explores the Power of Translation

Babel: Adventures in Translation | Weston Library, Broad Street | 15 February – 2 June 2019 Babel: Adventures in Translation, a new exhibition at the Bodleian Libraries, explores the power of translation from the ancient myth of the Tower of Babel to the challenges of modern-day multicultural Britain in light of Brexit. Featuring a stunning range…

Outside Half

Making its debut in the Championship, Outside Half is the perfect beer to help you stay happily propped up at the bar while the action unfolds. Light amber with a mellow fruity taste this easy drinking ale will touch down on your taste buds with a refreshing touch. Beautifully balanced and brewed by Hook Norton…

Uh Huh Honey it’s Valentine’s at Dirty Bones Oxford

Whether it’s with a mate or a date, celebrate Valentines at NYC-inspired comfort food and cocktail concept Dirty Bones Oxford. This Valentines, Dirty Bones introduce the Rose-Tinted Club, a cocktail special for both the lovers and the haters. A Dirty Bones riff on the classic Clover Club cocktail, the Rose-Tinted Club blends a house-made Raspberry…

Oxford Bus Company’s PickMeUp Service Listed for Three Industry Awards

Oxford Bus Company’s innovative PickMeUp service is in the running to scoop three awards.  PickMeUp, the demand responsive ride-sharing service launched in the Eastern Arc of Oxford last year, has earned national and international recognition across the transport and low-carbon sectors. It was the county’s first transport service of its kind when it was introduced…

Thames Travel Pledges to Help Reduce Loneliness With New ‘Chatty Bus’ Campaign

Thames Travel has pledged to help support a national drive to tackle loneliness and social isolation with the launch of a Chatty Bus. The Thames Travel 41 service which operates between White Horse Leisure Centre and Abingdon town centre in Oxfordshire has been selected for the launch of the Chatty Bus on Tuesday (January 29th)….

Blenheim Palace Launches Search to Find Lost Fire Engine

Blenheim Palace has launched a nationwide search to try and track down one of its old fire engines. The Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site is appealing to anyone who may know the whereabouts of the Merryweather steam fire engine. Blenheim Palace had its own brigade from the mid to late 1800s and owned a variety…

Fairytale Farm Launches Winter Sale

Fairytale Farm, Oxfordshire’s magical farm attraction, is offering 12-month annual passes at a 25% discount off the 2018 price, which is its biggest ever sale. Farm owner, Nick Laister, explains that this offer will only be available for a limited time: “On 16th February, the price of our annual passes will be increasing to bring…

UK Expecting Boost in Visits from China as Chinese New Year Approaches

The UK is expecting a boost in visits from China as Chinese New Year approaches on Tuesday 5 February. Forward flight booking data showed that bookings from China to the UK were up 24% from Wednesday 30 January to Tuesday 12 February, compared to the period when Chinese New Year fell last year. Longer term…

Thames Travel Buck National Trend to Expand Great Western Park Service

Thames Travel has launched a new off-peak service between Didcot town centre and the southern neighbourhood of Great Western Park. The new Connector 97 service operates Monday to Friday with buses running hourly, connecting residents of Great Western Park to Didcot town centre. Additionally, the Connector 98 service from Didcot Parkway to the Great Western…

Thousands of Items Left on Oxford Bus Company Services per Year

The Oxford Bus Company have revealed the unusual items which were lost by passengers last year. Among the thousands of items left on buses and coaches in 2018 were a light sabre, a fireman’s hat, vampire teeth, a man’s toupee and a letter detailing sexual fantasies. And for the second year in a row a…

Oxford Bus Company Announce Additional X90 Stop in London

Oxford Bus Company has introduced a new stop in the capital on its X90 luxury coach service between Oxford and London. From 27 January Coaches will now also stop at White City to drop customers off towards London and pick them up travelling towards Oxford on the A40 Westway. The additional stop between the existing stops at Hillingdon…

Oxfordshire Artweeks 2019 set to be the UK’s biggest ever open studios event

Around 1000 artists and designer-makers – including two hundred new faces with fresh ideas – are preparing to hold their biggest ever festival this spring (4th-27th May). For 24 days, a colourful spectrum of artists, artisans and designers will be opening hundreds of studios and spaces, presenting pop-up exhibitions and giving demonstrations in interesting venues…

Leading Chinese designers to feature in first-ever pop-up curated by Susie Bubble at Bicester Village

For the first time, a unique edit of 10 cutting-edge young Chinese designers are to be featured at Bicester Village, to mark Chinese New Year. ‘Celebrating China’, a pop-up curated exclusively by leading fashion influencer Susie Bubble, will be hosted by the Oxfordshire-based shopping destination from 29 January to 17 February. Housing well-established designers such…

Cotswold Wildlife Park Welcomes New Cassowary

The Cotswold Wildlife Park were delighted to receive the Park’s first Cassowary, a young male. The Cassowary is an impressive member of the flightless ratite family which also contains Ostrich, Emu, Rhea and Kiwis. The Cassowary has been known to attack humans with the odd fatality recorded, due to its huge legs and razor-sharp claws which…