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Conference Oxford welcomes Kerrin MacPhie, CEO of the Meetings Industry Association

On Tuesday the 17th of May we held our Trinity Term Conference Manager’s Meeting in St Hilda’s College stunning Riverside Pavilion. Over 50 of our member venues joined us on a wonderful sunny morning. John Banbrook, Chair of Conference Oxford, welcomed our Conference Managers to the meeting after a busy and successful period of hosting…

East Oxford Community Centre redevelopment ready to begin

Oxford City Council is getting ready to start the £5.4m redevelopment of east Oxford’s community spaces, including East Oxford Community Centre (EOCC). This major investment in the area will redevelop three aging community sites into one modern, accessible, purpose-built centre with a lower carbon footprint. The project will also provide a mix of social, affordable…

New cycle path planned in Donnington

Oxford City Council is planning to construct a new shared cycle and pedestrian path across Donnington Recreation Ground. By creating a dedicated path the City Council is aiming to provide a route to cross the recreation ground that will be suitable for all-weather use. The path will provide a missing hard-surface link within the Boundary…

Once Upon a Unicorn at Fairytale Farm

Fairytale Farm is excited to announce that this late May Half Term school holidays we will be once again sprinkling some colourful magic around the Farm with our ‘Once upon a Unicorn’ week. Farm owner, Nick Laister, says: “Our Once Upon a Unicorn event last year was one of the most popular events we have…

Creative digital marketing agency owner launches free mastery sessions to help business through economically challenging times ahead

Creative digital marketing agency owner, Aaron Rudman-Hawkins, has officially launched Evergreen Masterclasses, free sessions that will provide businesses with strategic digital marketing expertise to navigate through one of the most economically challenging times they may face in many years. Having seen the effect that the pandemic had on business in a variety of sectors, and…

Bus service revamped to connect Oxford to Great Milton and Le Manoir Aux Quat’saisons

A regular bus link between Oxford and Great Milton village will return – after a six-year absence. Oxford Bus Company, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Oxfordshire County Council have partnered to deliver major improvements to bus service 46, currently operated by Thames Travel. The improvements will see the route transferred to Oxford Bus Company, and…

Jubilee Ale from Hook Norton Beer

JUBILEE ALE To help you celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, Hook Norton Brewery have brewed a classic British ale. Jubilee Ale brewed to 5.2% to reflect 1952 the year of the Queen’s accession to the Throne – is a dark ruby red beer that combines a robust pairing of traditional all English hops, delicate…

Daddy Cool: Father’s Day Celebrations at The Coconut Tree

Pioneering Sri Lankan street food restaurant The Coconut Tree is raising a toast to say ‘Isthuthi’ (thank you) this Father’s Day. From midday until 9pm on Father’s Day, dads (and carers) can enjoy an ice cold Sri Lankan Lion Beer on the house. The offer is valid on all advance bookings. Operations Director, Rashinthe Rodrigo,…

Oxford Bus Company Launches Latest ‘Brand the Bus,’ with Restore

The Oxford Bus Company has launched its latest bus backing local good causes, with a double-decker wrapped in mental health charity Restore’s branding.   It has been fully decked out in the colours of the charity after it won the last annual Brand the Bus competition. The eye-catching bus which went into service today to…

Experience Oxfordshire and John Lewis & Partners host celebration of 40 Years of Oxfordshire Artweeks

Following on from last year’s successful Inspirational Oxfordshire arts and culture campaign, Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Oxfordshire, invited businesses from across Oxfordshire’s visitor economy to join the county’s arts and cultural practitioners at Oxford John Lewis & Partners in Westgate Oxford on 5th May, to celebrate 40 wonderful years of Oxfordshire…

Passengers return to airline service as demand for international travel increases

Oxford Bus Company has confirmed patronage on its Airline service to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports has grown to 75% of pre-pandemic levels. Since all UK entry restrictions ended the luxury airline coach service has experienced a steady increase in demand. It provides connectivity to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports from Oxford and High Wycombe. Current patronage…

May Morning art competition winners capture essence of Oxford

A ten-year-old boy, a self-taught member of Oxford Art Society and a queer illustrator are amongst the winners of Oxford City Council’s May Morning art competition. The winners saw their designs on proud display on Magdalen Bridge as part of the May Morning celebrations. Approximately 12,500 attended May Morning and had the opportunity to see…

12,500 people attend Oxford’s May Morning celebrations

About 12,500 people turned out to see in May Morning in person today (May 1), for the first time since 2019. The traditional celebration of the coming of Spring brought together Oxford’s communities and people of all ages to enjoy dancing, singing and revelry. The celebrations, which are more than 500 years old, started at…

Latest research from Experience Oxfordshire indicates visitors’ positive perceptions, and businesses’ cautious concerns, on the Visitor Economy’s road to recovery

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Oxfordshire, has released the results of two surveys it commissioned to ascertain the level of confidence amongst Oxfordshire’s visitor economy businesses and the views of potential visitors. Almost two thirds of business who responded to the Business Survey 2022 said that their trading for 2021 was worse than in…

Blenheim Palace launch free shuttle service with Oxford Bus Company

Blenheim Palace has partnered with Oxford Bus Company to provide visitors with a sustainable travel service to the tourist attraction.   The service makes it more convenient for people travelling by train to reach Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. It forms part of a major drive by Blenheim Palace to provide sustainable transport solutions as…

VisitEngland announces Awards for Excellence 2022 finalists

VisitEngland has today announced the finalists who will go forward to compete for the tourism industry’s annual national Awards for Excellence. Applications to the nationally recognised awards were put forward for judging from businesses across England including hotels, self-catering accommodation providers, B&Bs, glamping operators, visitor attractions, restaurants, pubs and museums. The 45 finalists, announced following…

Road closures in place as thousands expected to attend May Morning 2022

Oxford City Council is working with partners to prepare the city for thousands of people to attend May Morning 2022 for the first time in-person since 2019. The city’s May Morning celebrations, which mark the coming of spring, have taken place for over 500 years. The Covid-19 pandemic meant this unique Oxford event had to…

New Anniversary Ales from Hook Norton Brewery

Hook Norton Brewery have released the second and third beers in their 173rd Anniversary Range – 173 Gold and 173 Coffee Stout, celebrating another year of beer and brewing. The brewery first started brewing anniversary ales in their 167th year and have released a new range each year, with the beers brewed increasing a percentage…

Experience Oxfordshire launches campaign with GWR (Great Western Railway), with up to 50% off selected Advance tickets in the Great British Rail Sale

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Oxfordshire is delighted to announce the launch of its new campaign, in partnership with GWR (Great Western Railway), to encourage visitors to explore Oxfordshire by train. ‘From its dreaming spires to its green grass shire’ highlights the value and ease of travelling by rail to destinations across…

Residents invited to join St George’s Jubilee celebration at the City Church

Oxford City Council is inviting residents to join the Lord Mayor of Oxford and the Freemen of Oxford in a Civic Service at the City Church, marking the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen and celebrating St George’s Day. The service is being held on Sunday 24 April at 10.30am at St Michael at…

Chatback Theatre’s If This Is Normal to be published by Methuen as Liverpool date added to the UK Tour

Wednesday 13th April – Saturday 30th April 2022 Chatback Theatre’s coming-of-age hit If This is Normal, will be published by Methuen next month and will be available at all venues during their UK tour this April. The news comes the team announce an exciting new stop at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre. Critically acclaimed at Edinburgh…