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Pre Covid-19 Tourism Figures show Challenge Ahead for Oxfordshire’s Visitor Economy

Experience Oxfordshire Press Release For immediate release: 28/10/2020 Pre Covid-19 Tourism Figures show Challenge Ahead for Oxfordshire’s Visitor Economy Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for the county, have released new data on the economic impact of tourism showing a huge spike in growth in 2019. This year’s Economic Impact Report for Tourism in…

Experience Oxfordshire Announce Additional Investment for England Originals Project

The England’s Historic Cities consortium has secured new investment from Visit England. England’s Historic Cities, which includes Experience Oxfordshire, has secured further investment from the Discover England Fund for their innovative England Originals project. The project was created in 2018 to encourage more US visitors to explore regional England and has already benefited from over…

ENJOY A CHRISTMAS FEAST WITH A SRI-LANKAN TWIST AT STREET FOOD RESTAURANT & BAR, THE COCONUT TREE

Pioneering Sri Lankan street food restaurant group The Coconut Tree will be giving the traditional ‘Christmas menu’ a south Asian twist this winter. The independent boutique operators are front-runners in bringing fresh Sri Lankan dishes to the UK, coupled with a laid-back, convivial atmosphere. Whether it’s Sri-Lankan-style Split Sprouts with Cashews, or spicy Devilled Pigs…

Oxford Official Walking Tours Launch New Ghost Tour

Oxford Official Walking Tours are delighted to announce the launch of a new Ghost Tour – just in time for Halloween! As the nights draw in it is the perfect time to explore the city and its history in a very different way. The tours will be led by local author and experienced Green Badge…

Stagecoach Improve Banbury Bus Service to the Horton Hospital

From Monday 12th October, changes to bus services in Banbury will see improved links to new developments and the main employment sites at the Wildmere Industrial Estate, Horton Hospital and Southam Road sites. Supported through s106 funding agreed with Oxfordshire County Council, the changes will also result in better cross town links and changes to…

Make Magical Memories This Christmas at Bletchley Park’s Vintage 1940s Grotto

Christmas may be a little different this year, but the man in red will be taking up a very special residence at Bletchley Park’s Vintage Grotto to bring festive cheer for families of all ages. Father Christmas and his helpful elves will be taking centre stage in the Bletchley Park Mansion’s Ballroom, a beautiful, spacious…

Hook Norton Brewery opens historic Oxfordshire coaching inn with rooms, The Crown Inn at Benson

The Crown Inn at Benson, a characterful 17th century, Grade II-listed timber-framed coaching inn, is due to re-open its doors on Friday 2nd October 2020, following a major refurbishment.   Located in the pretty south Oxfordshire village of Benson, The Crown will welcome all to enjoy it’s bar, restaurant, six en-suite bedrooms, rear courtyard and beer…

Oxford Bus Company has the Golden Touch at keeping the fleet in top condition

The Oxford Bus Company has been awarded a National Express ‘Golden Spanner’ award after excelling in an annual engineering audit – for the second year in a row. External inspectors praised Oxford Bus Company engineers for achieving “exceptional standards” – including “good quality inspections” and minimal break downs. Oxford Bus Company runs the 737 Oxford…

Oxford Official Walking Tours Wins 2020 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award

Oxford Official Walking Tours have been recognised as among the best in the South East, based on outstanding 2019 Tripadvisor Traveller Reviews. Oxford Official Walking Tours, which are operated by Experience Oxfordshire – the Destination Management Organisation for the county – announced it has been awarded a 2020 Travellers’ Choice award based on a full…

CITY SIGHTSEEING OXFORD OPEN VISITOR INFORMATION POINT

Oxford Bus Company has opened a new Visitor Information Point to help welcome tourists and provide support to visitors.   In a timely boost to Oxford’s visitor economy City Sightseeing Oxford have unveiled the new hub that will see local people provide local information to visitors. The Visitor Information Point is in High Street in…

Oxford Open Doors goes Virtual !

From virtual events to self-guided walks, the weekend of Saturday 12th September is a great time to discover the city either on foot or in the virtual world ….. The Programme is out, and we are counting down to Oxford Open Doors! What will you discover? From virtual events to self-guided walks, the weekend of…

Modern Art Oxford presents: Mariana Castillo Deball: Between making and knowing something

2 October 2020 – 3 January 2021 This major new commission by Mariana Castillo Deball (b. 1975 in Mexico City, lives and works in Berlin) fundamentally questions methods of knowledge formation in Western museum collections. Featuring an expansive aerial installation, archival photographs and repurposed museum display cases, the exhibition uncovers hidden stories and individuals, with…

Pitt Rivers Museum and Museum of Natural History to reopen on 22 September

The Pitt Rivers Museum and the Museum of Natural History are delighted to announce that they will both reopen to the public on Tuesday 22 September. Dr Laura Van Broekhoven, Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum, says: “I am delighted we can now open our doors again and welcome our much-missed audiences. I look forward…

West Oxfordshire MP meets with Experience Oxfordshire to Discuss Sector Performance and Future Plans for Recovery at the Macdonald Bear Hotel

Experience Oxfordshire Press Release For immediate release: 28/08/2020 www.experienceoxfordshire.org/partner This week Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Oxfordshire, arranged for Robert Courts MP to visit The Macdonald Bear Hotel in Woodstock ,in his constituency of West Oxfordshire, to discuss how business has been since re-opening post lockdown and the impact of the Governments…

Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel increase ultra-low emission buses

Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel have further increased the volume of ultra-low emission buses in their fleets, thanks to a £2M investment in green technology.  The Euro VI buses use the latest micro-hybrid technology to minimise environmental impact. It works via energy recovered under braking being used to help power the bus. Nine Euro…

Experience Oxfordshire organise MP visit to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on Visitor Economy Businesses

This week Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Oxfordshire, arranged for Robert Courts MP to visit businesses in his constituency of West Oxfordshire and discuss the impact that the pandemic was having locally. Visits were made to Caswell House in Brize Norton and Wychwood Brewery in Witney. At the start of the pandemic…

Birmingham Airport Announces Birmingham-Belfast City

Birmingham Airport announces Birmingham-Belfast City Airport route from 14 September   Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, to open new base at Belfast City Airport Airline to operate up to four daily return flights from Birmingham Commenting on the announcement, Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: “Belfast City is such a popular…

Oxford Tube services increasing from Monday 31st August

OXFORD TUBE SERVICES TO INCREASE FROM MONDAY 31ST AUGUST 2020 Oxford Tube frequency to increase to up to every 10 minutes in morning peaks 24/7 service between Oxford and London set to return Popular commuter express services via Baker Street reinstated Reduced capacity and social distancing measures remain in line with government guidelines Oxford Tube…

Story Museum

The Story Museum starts first chapter of phased reopening…   Visitors eager to get their first glimpse of The Story Museum’s £6 million transformation will be in for a treat this summer. The museum, situated in the heart of Oxford, was due to reopen its doors at the start of April after two years of…

Oxford Official Walking Tours launch new Eccentric Oxford Tour

As the city of Oxford starts to re-open and welcome back locals and visitors, Oxford Official Walking Tours announce an exciting new addition to their walking tours programme – the Eccentric Oxford Tour. This brand new and hilarious tour could be just the tonic that is needed to delight both locals and staycationers this summer…

City Sightseeing Oxford Open-Top Tours to Return in Boost to Visitor Economy

The City Sightseeing Oxford open-top tours are set to return to help show visitors the city, as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease. The popular open-top bus tour will return into service in Oxford tomorrow, in a boost to the city’s visitor economy. It will operate a special timetable operating at least every 20 minutes on…