Partner Press Releases

Blenheim Bursary Boost for Local Good Causes

A total of 20 local charities, organisations and good causes are set to benefit from a £50,000 charity and community bursary set up by Blenheim. The bursary is available to all charities and organisations based within a 20-mile radius of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among groups receiving funds, ranging from £200 to £5,000, are…

Oxford City Council celebrates South Asian Heritage Month

Between 18 July and 17 August, Oxford City Council is proudly supporting South Asian History Month, a National celebration and acknowledgment of South Asian people and communities, cultures and history in the UK. Oxford is a proudly multi-cultural and international city with a long established South Asian communities with three generations of people of South…

Cogges Manor Farm celebrates 10th anniversary as an independent charitable Trust

Cogges Manor Farm celebrates a significant milestone this month after ten years of being managed successfully as an independent charitable Trust. With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and many other generous funders, the Trust is launching new facilities and a new offer to improve the experience for visitors and volunteers, coinciding with the…

Oxford Brookes Business School awarded SBC Award

Oxford Brookes Business School has been awarded the Small Business Charter Award in recognition of their support for small businesses, student entrepreneurship, and their commitment to their local economy. The school offers a number of important innovations which include the new ‘Entrepreneurs in Residence and Industrial Fellows’. These allow for greater levels of expertise across…

Oxford Bus Company launch another branded bus for a local charity

Two ponies paid Oxford Bus Company a special visit this week to celebrate the unveiling of a double-decker emblazoned in a riding charity’s branding. Abingdon Riding for the Disabled Association scooped second place in Oxford Bus Company’s annual Brand the Bus competition. Its prize was having the rear of a bus wrapped in the charity’s branding to help raise awareness of…

Thames Travel re-launch weekend night bus services

Thames Travel is re-launching its night bus services this weekend to support the return of the night-time economy.   The services will return on Fridays and Saturdays to help people enjoy nights out and those working shift patterns. The services help aid the affordability of an evening out and supports the Rediscover Oxford campaign to…

New Theatre Oxford celebrates Oxfordshire’s Covid champions

AS THE New Theatre Oxford prepares to reopen its doors to audiences, they are taking the opportunity to thank those who have gone the extra mile during the pandemic. The George Street venue is celebrating our local Covid Champions who went above and beyond for their friends, family and communities over the last 16 months,…

Shepherd’s Cutie Pies – Sheepdog Puppies at the Palace

A litter of 10 adorable sheepdog puppies line up in the back of a shepherd’s 4×4 at Blenheim Palace. The eight-week-old border collie puppies are the latest generation born at the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site.   They’re being looked after by Blenheim’s Farm Manager Charles Gerring who looks after a 1,000 strong flock on…

Blenheim Estate Offering “Dream” Role for Shepherd

The Blenheim Estate is looking to recruit a shepherd to help care for its 1,000-strong flock of sheep, as well as its collection of rare breed British white cattle.   The successful candidate will live and work on the 12,000-acre estate in the heart of Oxfordshire with its mix of farmland, ancient woodland, landscaped parkland,…

Oxford Bus Company launches eye catching double-decker for Children’s Brain Tumour Charity

The Oxford Bus Company has launched its latest eye-catching bus backing good local causes, with a double-decker wrapped for Blue Skye Thinking. It has been transformed into the colours of Blue Skye Thinking, after the good cause won the last ‘Brand the Bus’ competition. The stunning bus which went into service today will be used…

The show will go on – New Theatre Oxford announces reopening date

AFTER 525 days of darkness on the stage, the New Theatre Oxford has announced it will reopen its doors to audiences from Monday, 23 August. The theatre will open with Priscilla Queen of the Desert (August 23 – 28), which is the first show to grace the stage at the George Street venue since is…

Chiltern Railways celebrates 25th anniversary with launch of greener and quieter HybridFLEX train

      Chiltern Railways and partners invest in green HybridFLEX train, delivering emission-free battery operation, reducing CO2 (25%), nitrous oxide (70%) and particulates (90%) Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris MP is supporting the launch event at Marylebone station, before key stakeholders travel on board HybridFLEX, Britain’s first hybrid battery-diesel train Chiltern – the operator of…

Route revealed for prestigious Women’s Tour cycling race (Oxfordshire stage)

Residents between Bicester, Oxford, Abingdon and Banbury will now be able to pick their spot, ready to cheer on elite riders when this year’s Women’s Tour professional cycling race comes to Oxfordshire on Monday 4 October. The full route details were revealed today, (Wednesday 21 July).   From the start line on Bicester’s Sheep Street,…

City Sightseeing give Rediscover Oxford campaign a school holiday boost

City Sightseeing Oxford have launched a ‘free child ticket’ as part of the #Rediscover Oxford campaign to kick-start the school holidays.   Owned by Oxford Bus Company, it is offering Oxford Mail and Oxford Times readers the chance to enjoy its open-top bus tours or a visit to Carfax Tower via a free voucher.  …

Oxford Bus Company Airline Service to Gatwick airport return

The Oxford Bus Company has announced its Airline coach services to Gatwick Airport will return on Monday.   The service, which had been suspended since January due to the pandemic, will operate every two hours between Oxford and Gatwick Airport. In a further boost the Airline service between Oxford and Heathrow Airport will increase its…

Make it a Summer to Remember at Britain’s Greatest Palace

Blenheim Palace is hosting a series of exciting outdoor events and fun activities this summer. From drive-in movie nights and knights in shining armour to wilderness camps and flying fairies, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. All set against the stunning backdrop of this magnificent Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plus in 2021 visitors have…

Oxford City Council launches campaign to support city businesses

Oxford City Council has teamed up with The Oxford Times, Experience Oxfordshire, Independent Oxford and City Sightseeing Oxford to launch a campaign to attract people back to the city centre and give local businesses a boost after a turbulent year of closures and restrictions. “Rediscover Oxford” is a multi-channel advertising campaign aimed at Oxford and…

Oxford’s culture venues to continue to encourage mask wearing after 19 July

Members of Oxford’s Cultural Partnership will be asking audiences to continue to wear masks after 19 July to help protect staff, volunteers and audiences. The government has announced that from Monday 19 July people will need to take personal responsibility for minimising the spread of COVID-19 by actions such as wearing a mask. Businesses are…

Escape to the River & Rowing Museum this summer – adventure on your doorstep

This year, many families will be enjoying the delights the UK has to offer over the summer holidays, allowing us all to uncover some local gems right on our doorstep. The River Thames and surrounding countryside offer a rich treasure trove of natural beauty and fabulous venues to enjoy at your leisure. Adventure on your…

‘Lost’ Victorian Fire Engine Returns to Blenheim Palace

A ‘lost’ horse-drawn Victorian Merryweather fire engine that was part of Blenheim Palace’s private fire brigade is set to return to the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site on Wednesday 14th July. Its re-appearance marks the end of a years-long hunt for the historic engine, which will now take pride of place as part of a…

Halloween at Blenheim Palace – A Spooky, fun-filled after dark trail for all the family

As Halloween creeps closer and the days shorten, a mysterious mist falls across the gardens at Blenheim Palace from 22-31 October 2021.   Join family and friends to wander from dusk into darkness between one ghostly space to another…. if you dare! Watch out for flickering flames in a fiendish fire garden, daring fire artists…