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Give the gift of Knoops Chocolate this Valentine’s Day

Knoops, (www.knoops.co.uk), the UK’s cult chocolate drinks brand, has launched the sweetest range of gifts for the most romantic time of the year. Available in-store and online from the 23rd of January, The Knoops Valentine’s Gift Set (£25.00) features Great Taste Award-winning 43% Milk Chocolate Flakes and a tube of Limited-Edition Strawberry Marshmallows to create…

Go-Ahead carries two million passengers at £2 under nationwide fare cap

• National low fares scheme proves popular across Go-Ahead’s bus networks. • Promotional ticket sales reach £4 million in first three weeks of January. • Scheme includes Oxford Bus Company, Thames Travel and Carousel Buses services. Go-Ahead’s bus companies have carried two million passengers at the nationwide promotional fare of £2 since the Government began…

Oxford Castle and Prison Wins Gold at Tourism South East

Oxford Castle & Prison has won Gold for the second year running in the ‘Small Attraction of the Year’ Category at Tourism South East’s annual ‘Beautiful South 2022-23’ Awards. The Castle and Prison faced strong competition from other attractions across the South East, but ultimately took the ‘Gold’ award. Marketing Manager Jonathan Pyke said, “We’re…

Next steps in developing Local Plan 2040 set for cabinet approval

Oxford City Council is preparing to launch a new round of public consultation as the next stage in developing its Local Plan 2040. All local planning authorities need to have an up to date local plan, supported by an evidence base, which sets out how and where homes, jobs and infrastructure will be delivered. At…

Government backs new Oxford to Cambridge Pan Regional Partnership

Proposals for a locally-led Partnership for the Oxford to Cambridge region have been given the green light by government. • Secretary of State Rt Hon Michael Gove MP confirms support for the establishment of an Oxford to Cambridge Pan Regional Partnership. • The endorsement follows a proposal submitted to government by leaders from local councils,…

‘Are we so different?’: A photographic exhibition of people in Oxford taken 100 years

The Museum of Oxford, in collaboration with Photo Oxford Festival, has opened an exhibition of photographs of people in Oxford taken 100 years apart. The exhibition, called ‘Are we so different?’, features portraits taken by two Oxford-based photographers, Henry Underhill and Kazem Hakimi. Henry Underhill, a grocer with a shop in High Street, took photos…

New Year Clean Sweep at Britain’s Greatest Palace

Natural cleaning products, bristle brushes and old-fashioned elbow grease are being used by a team of conservation cleaners as they embark on the annual New Year deep clean of Blenheim Palace.   Beginning in January, a team of conservation cleaners will be hard at work on the ‘deep clean’– a painstaking procedure that has been…

New Lost Garden Adventure Play a ‘Game-Changer’ for Palace

Blenheim Palace is set to unveil the biggest family-themed attraction in its history later this year with the opening of a brand-new Adventure Play experience. Located within the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site’s historic Walled Gardens, ‘The Lost Garden’ is a giant new outdoor adventure play attraction featuring quirky wooden structures, interactive water features, play…

Oxford Bus Company ‘Brand the Bus!’ Competition Winner Announced

SeeSaw scoop mega £50,000 first prize Oxford City Angels and Sobell House Hospice runners-up Record busting 79 good causes entered 2023 competition Oxford Bus Company has confirmed SeeSaw as the winner of the eagerly contested Brand the Bus! 2022/23 competition. The charity provides grief support for children, young people and their families in Oxfordshire. It…

City Sightseeing Oxford Launches Special Offer to help Tourism Industry

City Sightseeing Oxford has announced a big New Year discount to help drive the visitor economy in Oxford. Owned by Oxford Bus Company, City Sightseeing Oxford is offering a 25% discount on its open-top bus tours between Monday to Thursday until 9th February. The offer is designed to help boost Oxford’s visitor economy and encourage…

Announcing a Festival fit for a King: Oxfordshire Artweeks 2023

Oxfordshire Artweeks is the UK’s oldest and biggest open studios and pop-up exhibition event, and the 41st festival, which is in the planning for spring 2023 (May 6th-29th) promises to be fit for a king. As the country’s creatives open their doors to welcome visitors, for free, there’s a wealth of art and intrigue to…

Carey Young : Appearance

Modern Art Oxford announces the largest institutional solo show in the UK by Carey Young (b. 1970, UK/US national, lives and works in London). Focusing on the artist’s multi-layered vision of female identity, the exhibition offers timely new perspectives on power, gender and justice. Featuring three major video works, including the ambitious new commission Appearance (2023), as…

Knoops launches cacao tea for January that tastes like chocolate

Knoops, the UK’s first dedicated chocolate drinks brand, has launched a delicious Cacao Tea (8oz, £2.45) with a unique chocolatey taste and fantastic antioxidant properties The tea has zero calories and is gorgeously fragrant from its preparation – it is made from roasted cacao husk, a natural byproduct of the chocolate-making process. The result, a…

Oxford Bus Company ‘Brand the Bus!’ finalists announced

The public vote for the Oxford Bus Company’s ‘Brand the Bus!’ 2023 competition has now closed and ten good causes have been nominated for the grand finale.   A record busting 79 good causes entered and attracted more than 11,000 unique online votes by the public to be branded on a double-decker bus and receive…

Scramblers reveals 2023 assembly dates with a plethora of themes planned

Scramblers has revealed its 2023 Assembly dates and themes, with Minis, Vintage Velos and more planned Every Assembly will be held in the MT Yard and Main Drive in 2023 between 9am until 12pm This year the club hit its 10,000 member mark, following the launch of paid membership tiers   Scramblers the Bicester Heritage…

Experience Oxfordshire calls on local businesses and residents to “Tell us how it is!” in support of the county’s visitor economy

Experience Oxfordshire has launched three surveys to gather insights from local businesses, residents and the county’s visitors in a major effort to support the county’s visitor economy as it moves into a potentially challenging 2023. As the lead destination management organisation (DMO) for the county, Experience Oxfordshire champions the visitor economy with local and national…

Blenheim Estate Offering Green Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme

Blenheim Estate is inviting people to join a green recycling scheme and drop off their used Christmas Trees once the festive holidays are over.   The Oxfordshire estate will be operating the recycling scheme from Saturday 7th January until Sunday 15th January, there will be drop-off points at the Estate Office between these dates.  …

Bus Operators’ fares capped at £2 to help community with cost of living

Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel will cap single fares at £2 on bus journeys from 1st January to 31st March 2023.   The offer which is available on all Go-Ahead Group operating companies is designed to help people combat the increased cost of living. It is funded through a £60 million scheme under the…

Blenheim Palace Voted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Blenheim Palace has been named Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2022 at the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence.   The Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site was awarded the title at the ceremony which took place at the Grand Hotel in Brighton on Tuesday (December 13th).   The award recognises large visitor attraction businesses providing…

Bicester Heritage celebrates centre of excellence status into 2023 and beyond

Founded in 2013, Bicester Heritage has restored and reactivated over 50 buildings on a 20-acre site The site itself has become a visitor attraction, with regular ‘Scramble’ events opening up the time-warp base to 7,000 attendees each time The location reached full capacity this year, and is now home to 50 specialist businesses, providing some…

Hook Norton Brewery – Beer Brewed to honour brewery dray horse

COMMAND & CONQUER 4.0% ABV A Limited-Edition Premium Ale From Hook Norton Brewery Hook Norton Brewery has brewed a unique beer to celebrate the life and legacy of Commander, their much-loved dray horse who passed away recently. A loyal colleague to many, and a friend to all. The beer was brewed with the help of…