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Have a get together in a local park to ‘go green for the Queen’

Oxford City Council is offering the use of the city’s parks for residents who wish to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by holding picnics with groups of friends and family. While many residents are applying to the Council to hold street parties, the Council is providing a low-cost, sustainable alternative, by permitting small-scale celebrations in…

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

Residents between Chipping Norton, Carterton, Faringdon, Didcot and Oxford will be able to cheer on elite riders when this year’s Women’s Tour professional cycling race comes to Oxfordshire on Saturday 11 June. The full route details were revealed today. Hosting for the third consecutive edition by Oxfordshire County Council, and the county’s city and district…

7.4 million Brits planning a UK holiday trip for the Easter weekend, bringing an £1.8 billion economic boost

VisitEngland’s Easter Trip-Tracker survey, published this week, shows that 7.4 million Brits are definitely planning an overnight holiday trip in the UK for the Easter weekend, bringing an estimated £1.8 billion boost to the economy.   This is on par with the pre-COVID Trip-Tracker figures for Easter 2019, which were the highest since this survey…

The Easter Bunny returns to Fairytale Farm over Easter Weekend

Fairytale Farm is excited to welcome back the Easter Bunny, who will be living down Bunny Hollow in the Giant Rabbit Burrow over the Easter weekend. It is the first time the Easter Bunny has visited the Chipping Norton-based Farm since 2019. Fairytale Farm owner Nick Laister says: “We are egg-cited to welcome the Easter…

Bus operators back Walk to Work Day to boost health

Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel are encouraging motorists to consider a minor change in their travel habits to help make a difference on Walk to Work Day.   To improve air quality and overall wellbeing the bus operators are appealing to car commuters to consider leaving their vehicles at home and using active travel…

Bus workers support Ukrainian humanitarian effort

Oxfordshire’s top bus operators are encouraging colleagues to wear the colours of the Ukrainian flag to work to help raise funds for the nation’s relief mission. Bus drivers and their colleagues at Oxford Bus Company, Thames Travel and Carousel Buses are invited to wear yellow and blue garments to work this weekend (2nd and 3rd…

New Art Exhibition ‘Life is Art is Life’ to Launch in the #WindowGalleries this Friday

Life is Art is Life is a collection of contemporary ceramic work created by Oxford based artist Aiden Canaday, that aims to reflect stories from his own life. In this new exhibition Canaday showcases work produced between his last exhibition in 2018 and the present day. Most of the work that will feature has been…

Patricia Yates to step up as CEO of national tourism agency VisitBritain/VisitEngland

National tourism agency VisitBritain/VisitEngland has announced that its deputy CEO Patricia Yates is stepping up to CEO. The interim appointment comes as the agency’s current CEO Sally Balcombe steps down from 8 April. The appointment was announced as VisitBritain/VisitEngland brought tourism industry leaders together at a ‘Rebooting the visitor economy’ event on Tuesday 29 March,…

Hook Norton Brewery – Another year stronger

Hook Norton Brewery is celebrating another year of beer and brewing with the first release of its 173 Anniversary Ales range – 173 Strong Ale.   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 in strength each…

Spring Menu Update: Three New Dishes from Sri Lankan street food resturant, The Coconut Tree

Pioneering independent Sri Lankan restaurant group The Coconut Tree will introduce three new street food inspired dishes to their menu this spring. Available from 1st April 2022, the new dishes add to the ever popular existing menu, which is naturally abundant in meat, fish and vegan options. Isso Wade (GF) £4.80 Madly popular in Colombo,…

Women’s Tour cycling race set for Oxfordshire finale

The 2022 Women’s Tour, Britain’s biggest and longest running international women’s cycling stage race, will end with a spectacular Oxfordshire finale in June. Stage six (Saturday 11 June) will start in Chipping Norton before culminating in Oxford city centre. As part of race organiser SweetSpot’s three-year partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, and the county’s city…

Whatshisname Balloon Dogs hit the streets of Oxford

Following an installation in Covent Garden last year, UK’s leading art retailer Castle Fine Art has brought the internationally acclaimed collection from the artist known as Whatshisname to the streets of Oxford. Westgate Oxford will now play host to two of the artist’s larger-than-life balloon dog sculptures, whilst raising vital funds for animal charity, Blue…

Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe

Oxford, UK: Citizen of the Universe is the first public solo exhibition in Europe of the work of Ruth Asawa (b. 1926, Norwalk, CA – d. 2013, San Francisco, CA). Focusing on a dynamic formative period in her life from 1945 to 1980, the exhibition gives audiences a unique experience of the artist and her…

“Burrowing Bunnies” Trail at Westgate Oxford this Easter

Westgate Oxford is the ultimate destination for all the family this Easter, with a whole host of fun activities for all ages, and an exciting Easter trail to discover. Westgate Oxford will be unveiling their new “Burrowing Bunnies” Easter trail on 8th April -families can search the centre to find the 5 bunnies that have…

Six new traders join Oxford Covered Market in the past six months

Six new independent businesses have opened in Oxford’s famous Covered Market in the past six months. Fresh yoghurt drinks company Puggi Yoggi becomes the market’s latest addition, following hot on the heels of pizza company Sartorelli’s, which opened in March, offering fresh sourdough pizza made on-site in a wood-fired oven. In February, Oxford’s bookworms embraced…

Airline service bouncing back as all UK travel restrictions lifted

Oxford Bus Company has announced it is increasing the frequency of its Airline service to Heathrow after all UK entry restrictions ended. The luxury airline coach service provides connectivity between Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and Oxford and High Wycombe. Current patronage has increased to 60% of pre-pandemic levels, its highest level since the Covid-19 pandemic…

Historical characters come to life in official launch for families at the Museum of Oxford

Have you ever wanted to roam around a museum at night to witness the exhibits come to life? No need to fear the dark as the Museum of Oxford is teeming with characters from across history at the Rewind Time family day on Saturday 9 April. The team, History Needs You, will be populating the…

Rowse Honey and Blenheim Estate to Create Over 50 Acres of Sustainable Habitat for Pollinators

The Blenheim Estate (Blenheim Palace) is joining forces with Rowse Honey on a major conservation project to create a sustainable nectar source for local wild bees and other pollinators, as well as introducing new habitats for insects and birds, in and around the Oxfordshire estate. The new five-year partnership will see the creation of at…

Hook Norton Brewery Shire Horse Success at National Show

Hook Norton Brewery returned triumphant from the National Shire Show, the world’s largest gathering of Shire horses held at Newark Showground over the weekend of 19th and 20th March 2022. Competing for the first time in their 173 year history the Brewery entered Brigadier, their 3 year old gelding who competed in the 3 year…

Oxford City Centre undergoes deep clean after securing Government funds

Oxford City Council is taking measures to improve the city centre using Government funding following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. The Welcome Back Fund provides councils across England a share of £56 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support the safe return to high streets and help ‘build back better’ from the…

City Sightseeing Oxford increases tours as the city celebrates English Tourism Week

Oxford Bus Company is celebrating English Tourism Week by stepping up efforts to encourage people to visit the city. It heralded English Tourism Week as a “big opportunity” to help Oxford’s economy continue to bounce back from COVID-19. To mark English Tourism Week, it has announced City Sightseeing Oxford, which provides open-top bus tours of…