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  1. 1. Visit Oxfordshire The Official 2012 GuideShowing Attractions, Events andWhere to Stay in
  2. 2. FREE ANNUAL PASS OFFER IN 2012 Welcome to Oxfordshire Main image Eynsham Lock Visit Oxfordshire and discover one CONTENTS Smaller images of the most beautiful English counties, Radcliffe Camera; 4 Step Back In Time Fine Lady, Banbury; with the most inspiring city at its heart... Blenheim Palace; 5 Glorious Gardens Henley-on-Thames Offering so much to see and do all year round, Oxford 6 Fun For All The Family and Oxfordshire make an excellent destination for 7 Food and Drink Cover images: all. Explore our varied landscape, visitor attractions and First row, L-R 8 Retail Therapy rural heritage or experience walking trails and cycling The Old Swan & Minster Mill; routes, which show you all the hidden treasures on offer 9 Cycling and Walking White Horse, Uffington; here in our glorious countryside. Make Oxfordshire your 10 Oxford Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Alice’s Day © The Story Museum; number one choice for a short break or a longer holiday. 12-13 Events and Festivals 2012 Cotswold Wildlife Park is set in over 2,000 acres of © A Lawson; If you’re looking for a cultural getaway or a romantic 14 Map of Oxfordshire Rose © Sarah Greening city break then Oxford is a must. Renowned for its 15 Oxford Official Guided Walking Tours history and heritage, exquisite architecture and stunning landscaped Park and Formal Gardens, Second row, L-R 16 Win a Weekend Break in Oxfordshire Oxford Skyline ancient University, Oxford sits at the very heart Third row, L-R of this rural county. Discover the film and literary 18-26 Accommodation offering a perfect day out for all. Blenheim Palace; Oxford River Cruises; connections on offer in Oxfordshire and experience 27-35 What To See and Do Waterperry Gardens; how the literary greats got inspiration from our Broughton Castle wonderful destination. Fourth row, L-R Oxfordshire sign Widen your horizons by visiting world class museums, © Sarah Greening; family appeal attractions or some of the most OXF Eynsham Hall; ORD Open dates 11th February - 14th December 2012 stunning gardens in England. ON SHI Henley-on-Thames; To vie SCREENRE City Sightseeing Oxford; w Oxfo film loc Buy One Day Get 12 Months Free Few regions can boast Oxfordshire’s variety, rd a www shire plea tions in Bicester Village beauty, heritage and luxury. ando .visi se vis it t xfor oxford Terms & conditions apply. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. For more information visit dshi .com re or call 0800 849 6500 It’s easy to visit Oxfordshire; Oxford is just 50 minutes from central London by train or 90 minutes by frequent bus services. Oxfordshire like us on facebook Britain’s Greatest Palace Once here, you can visit much of Oxfordshire by public transport, including many of the county’s picturesque towns and villages. London We look forward to welcoming you in 2012 to Oxfordshire. It will be a year to remember!2 3
  3. 3. Whether you are admiring the mysterious White Horse or exploring Oxfordshire’s gardens come in all shapes and sizes, colours and scents, the Rollright Stones, you will feel part of an ancient landscape created in different centuries for diverse purposes. Some are the first, here in Oxfordshire. the best or the only remaining one of their kind. Don to p ’t forg ick u et of th p a cop OXF e ne y Step back in time The Glorious O w R GAR DSHIRE D GUI ENS DE Visit Britain’s Greatest Palace – Blenheim Palace and marvel at the sheer beauty while wandering through stunning parklands, the award-winning formal Oxford the City of Dreaming Spires will surprise and enchant you, with its OXF ORD Gardens of Oxfordshire ON SCR SHIRE gardens and the Great Lake. This magnificent Palace magnificent architecture, Sha EEN kes is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough. impressive yet intimate In L peare It is also famed as the birthplace of Sir Winston colleges and romantic was fi ove Broug lmed at Churchill and you can gain a fascinating insight into rivers. hton in 19 Castle his life and achievements. 98 The University’s five museums, Castles are an important part of the history of Oxfordshire. including the splendid Wallingford Castle, once a Norman stronghold, Ashmolean, house unique collections now lies in ruins while Broughton Castle near of artefacts from around the world which Banbury, featured in Shakespeare in Love, is still a family have become part of Oxford’s heritage. home surrounded by a wide moat and parkland. Main image Experience the historical treasures Oxford Castle Unlocked situated in the heart Blenheim Palace of Oxfordshire! Smaller images, of Oxford reveals the city’s hidden history, which clockwise from includes tales of great escapes, betrayal and romance – top left all within the walls of this ancient castle and prison. Radcliffe Camera, © David Fleming; Kelmscott Manor, an idyllic Cotswold former manor Kelmscott Manor, © Stephen Randall farm, was the summer home of William Morris, poet, Photography; craftsman and socialist, and commemorates his life and Vale of White Horse; work. Sulgrave Manor holds particular interest for Ashmolean Museum; Broughton Castle, American visitors as George Washington’s ancestors © Ann Butler lived there. OXF ORD ON SCR SHIRE EEN TheY Vic oung Oxford’s Botanic Garden, the first in Britain, was 75 years. Among the many highlights are was fi toria Blenh lmed at intended as a ‘Physick Garden’ to investigate herbal a classical herbaceous border, formal, rose eim in 20 Palace remedies. Its riverside setting gives splendid views and alpine gardens and a lily canal. Here you 09 of passing punts on the River Cherwell. can also take a gentle stroll along the River Thames to end your stay here. Visit the splendour and tranquillity of ‘Capability’ Brown’s landscape at Blenheim Palace. Stroll to the Picnic among the peacocks at Harcourt Arboretum Main image Secret Garden with its secluded paths and winding or sit quietly among the roses at Rousham, an oasis Waterperry Gardens stream or visit the newly landscaped banks which of tranquillity, or stroll among the ponds, cascades and Smaller images, clockwise from overlook the beautiful Cascade. Take time out to statues in the wondrous landscape. top left smell the roses in the stunning Rose Garden where Blenheim Palace Discover the surprising gardens lying behind high rose garden and lake; you can find wonderful views of the Great Lake. college walls in Oxford. Every one is unique, many Harcourt Arboretum; Broughton Castle Explore the gardens of Broughton Castle and see with sculptures by famous artists. One has a lake, © Ann Butler; the Fleur de Lys flower beds and the Ladies Garden. another a deer park – and Christ Church Oxford Botanic has a whole Meadow. Garden Set deep in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, Waterperry Gardens have been a source of inspiration and a gardeners delight for more than Step back in time and experience the historical wonders in Oxford and OXFORDSHIRE OXFORDSHIRE is a gardeners delight at whatever time of the year you decide to visit4 5
  4. 4. Eating out and sampling local produce is a great way to explore the county and meet the locals. Food and Drink From elegant dining in historic manors and college halls Experience traditional quality at the Randolph Hotel Main image to friendly pub lunches round an open wood fire, by indulging in an afternoon tea or complete your Christ Church Dining Hall there’s an eatery to please all tastes. visit with a meal at the Ashmolean restaurant, © Ralph Williamson with views of the city for dessert. Smaller images, Look out for the new breed of restaurants and pubs clockwise from focused on traditional British home cooked food With nationally renowned real ale breweries – top left and serving local ales; old fashioned tea shops serving Wychwood Brewery and Hook Norton Food by Fallowfields; Wychwood Brewery; home-made cakes, specialists in pizzas or local lamb Brewery, an award-winning vineyard, an orchard Pieminister; and beef. Dining by the river for that extra special producing fresh apple juice at Waterperry, Raymond Blanc experience is a treat in Oxfordshire. and spring water drawn from a Palace well, Oxfordshire is the destination of choice for all tastes! Eating out Michelin style is a must in Oxfordshire. Take a trip to Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons and see for yourself or visit Fallowfields Hotel and experience the joys of locally sourced food. Families can discover an enormous variety of things to see and do The farmers’ markets are second to none throughout the county, offering fresh, Oxfordshire produce and in Oxfordshire; we have something to suit everyone! not forgetting the Oxford Covered Market offering a wondrous range of food from OXF wild boar to Isis cheese. ORD Harr ON SCR SHIRE Fun for all the family yP EEN Philo otter soph a w ers nd the Chris as filmed Stone t Chu rc at Oxfo h College, rd Main image Cotswold Wildlife Park is a must with over Looking to relax with the family? Didcot Railway 250 different species including rhinos, camels, lions, Then take a river cruise on E Smaller images, leopards, crocodiles and giant tortoises. You can even one of our steamers HIR RDS clockwise from get up close and personal with the animals in the in Oxford or Henley, or XFO CREEN O ON S top ’s walk-through lemur enclosure. if you fancy something a iver Cotswold Wildlife Park; Gull vels Oxford Castle little more energetic then Tra ed at At Blenheim Palace youngsters head for the lm Unlocked; punting or rowing was fi im Palace River & Rowing e adventure playground in the Pleasure Gardens or ride Blenh 2010 Museum; could be for you! in Millets Farm the miniature train. Families can play the giant board games, putting green or visit the Butterfly House. Why not find out more about the River Thames and visit the You can ride the magnificent Great Western River & Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames. Railways at Didcot or find your way out of the Visit the Wind in the Willows exhibition which heralds Maize Maze at Millets Farm. Or why not throw the return of Mr Toad, Ratty, Badger and Mole to on some wellies and visit Farmer Gow’s to get the banks of this marvellous river. ‘hands-on’ with the farm animals. Take a trip to Oxford Castle Unlocked and meet the inhabitants – be careful not to upset the Prison Warden as he holds the keys! Or hop on the open top bus and see the delights of what Oxford has to offer! Fun and games for all of the family in OXFORDSHIRE – no matter how old you are! Why not try something new in OXFORDSHIRE?6 7
  5. 5. You will discover that one shopping trip will not be enough One of the most delightful ways to explore Oxfordshire is by bicycle to experience all that Oxfordshire has to offer. with picturesque villages dotted amidst the rolling green countryside. Retail therapy Cycling and Walking Bicester Village, home to over 130 designer outlet boutiques, is the destination of choice for many, offering up to 60% off previous seasons’ collections from the Oxfordshire’s antique shops are dotted around our small towns and villages OXF ORD in Oxfordshire ON SCR SHIRE world’s leading brand names. Enjoy late night shopping and are an excellent source The Gold EEN and end your trip with a visit to one of the restaurants for family heirlooms was fi en Com lm on hand. or souvenirs. Try the Oxfo ed aroun pass Radcli rd and th d Deddington Antiques ffe Ca e Witney, Banbury, Didcot and Oxford have their mera Centre for starters. own shopping centres with high street names, as well as traditional family-owned department stores like Looking for that gift in advance, Boswells. Scattered through the bustling market or worried about carrying all your purchases squares in Oxfordshire are small independent back home, then look no further? Visit our website at specialist shops offering unique gifts which are hard to find elsewhere. for that perfect memento of your visit to Oxfordshire. Prefer shopping outdoors? Then we have weekly farmers’ markets throughout the county where you will have the chance to buy local fresh produce. Oxford Main image Covered Market, a compact 18th century Bicester Village shopping mall, with many local family-run businesses, Smaller images, clockwise from caters for all your needs if you are looking for that top left extra special gift. For more information on farmers’ Banbury shopping; markets please visit Farmers’ Market; Burford; Oxford Covered Market whats-on OXF ORD ON SHI Mids SCREENRE om er M is South filmed acr urders Ride the The Ridgeway National Trail which The best way to explore Oxford is on foot O oss Buckinxfordshire lies to the south of Oxford or a take a trip down the with one of our Blue or Green Badge guides gham a shire nd Oxford Canal. If you would like to be taken on on the Oxford Official Guided a guided tour of Oxford, then Bainton Bikes will be Walking Tours. If you want to find out more able to take you on a two hour cycle tour of the area. about our wonderful city, then try one of our themed walking tours – Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps, For suggestions on routes, downloads and bike hire Magic Murder and Mayhem or even Stained Glass Main image please visit Cycling along to name a few – there are many to choose from. Oxford Canal cycling For more information on walking in Oxfordshire visit © Bainton Bikes Smaller images, Walking has always been a popular pastime in clockwise from walking top left Oxfordshire. It is hilly enough to give attractive views, Walking yet with flatter, river-valley walks as a gentler option. © Sarah Greening; We have a host of long distance paths that criss-cross Oxford Official Guided Walking Tours; the county, which you can dip in and out of. Most of Cycling in Oxford Oxfordshire’s market towns are connected by © Bainton Bikes public footpaths. A shopping trip in OXFORDSHIRE will always be sure to fit the bill for everyone OXFORDSHIRE welcomes all cyclists and walkers to discover our county’s hidden gems8 9
  6. 6. THE BEST IN LIVE ENTERTAINMENT MUSICALS COMEDY GIGS FAMILY SHOWS OPERA & BALLET Oxford Philomusica Oxford’s Professional Symphony Orchestra In Residence at the University of Oxford Bright New Season of Musical Events Guest artists 2011/12 Choir of New College, Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir Natalie Clein Hélène Grimaud Benjamin Grosvenor Stephen Kovacevich Julian Lloyd Webber Marios Papadopoulos Craig Ogden András Schiff Drawn by the ‘dreaming spires’, visitors find there’s more 0844 871 3020* to Oxford than the wonderful buildings. FACEBOOK.COM/OXFORDNEWTHEATREANDOFS TWITTER.COM/OXFORDTHEATRES Box O ce: 020 8450 1060 NEWTHEATREOXFORD.ORG.UK* * SUBJECT TO BOOKING/TRANSACTION FEE 19/10/11 14:08:20 Oxford a world class city Discover 38 colleges each with unique architecture, sculptures, stained glass and stories; a famous library; five University museums of international standing, including the world’s first, the Ashmolean and the unusual, but original Pitt Rivers. There Oxford’s events (Light Night, Alice’s Day, Eights Week, are glorious gardens, with velvet lawns and riotous May Morning), buskers and modern sculptures herbaceous borders, plus Britain’s first Botanic in the most surprising places, lend the city Garden. The Oxford Official Guided a particular ‘buzz’. Walking Tours provide an excellent introduction Accommodation to suit all to Oxford’s colourful past, with themed tours budgets and requirements providing in-depth insights. IRE is available in Oxford. DSH FOR REEN OX N SC Oxford has something for everyone; river trips, open shire, Not sure where to start? xford th O top bus rides, a castle, excellent film connections nd O o Then visit us at the ford a o where b rse Ox e t and eateries of every description. The nightlife m ho ector Mo Visitor Information s is lively – pubs, bars, clubs and theatres are humming Insp nd Lewi Main image Centre in Broad Street a filmed into the early hours. are River Thames for help and advice. © Sarah Greening Smaller images, clockwise from top left Oxford’s traditional pubs offer a warm welcome and refreshment – as they have for centuries – and the Covered Market meets almost every need – Oxford Castle High Street; from saddle to hat, from organic meat to winter Open to all, come and explore everything that the Oxford Castle site has to o er... All Souls College; Oxford College; boots, from party dress to local lardy cake. Visitor Attraction, Historic Monument, Art Gallery, Restaurants, Bars, Hotel, Events Bridge of Sighs O X F O R D C A S T L E , N E W R O A D , O X F O R D , O X 1 1 AY. . . E AT- D R I N K - E N J O Y Make Oxford your base whilst visiting the splendour of OXFORDSHIRE10 11
  7. 7. Visit Oxfordshire for a year of fun and exciting events 29 June–1 July Cornbury Festival 17-19 August White Horse Folk Festival 7 October Banbury Canal Day Great Tew Estate Grove, near Wantage Banbury ranging from Jazz Festivals to Air shows. 30 June–21 July 27-29 August 12-27 October The Tree of Light Foodies Festival The Oxford Lieder Festival Windsor, Oxford, Reading and Oxford Oxford Events and Festivals Henley-on-Thames SEPTEMBER 2012 13-14 October JULY 2012 Apple Weekend, Sulgrave Manor 3-4 September Sulgrave Manor 1 July St Giles Fair East Oxford Carnival Oxford 21 October Oxford Annual Bus and Classic Vehicle Rally There is something for everyone whatever time of year you choose to visit. For more information on 6-9 September Oxford Bus Museum, Long Hanborough 4-8 July Blenheim Palace events in Oxfordshire please go to Henley Festival International Horse Trials 25-28 October Henley-on-Thames Woodstock Wantage Betjeman Festival of Literature JANUARY 2012 APRIL 2012 31 May–5 June 7-8 July 8-9 September Wantage Dorchester Festival Alice’s Day Oxford Open Doors 21-22 January 1-7 April Dorchester-on-Thames Waterperry House and Gardens Oxford Jazz Festival Oxford Oxford 27 October–4 November Open Weekend Oxford Art in Woodstock Near Wheatley JUNE 2012 9 July 12-16 September Woodstock Torch Relay and Evening Event The Independent 7 April 1-5 June Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race Oxford Woodstock Literary Festival FEBRUARY 2012 London English Music Festival Woodstock NOVEMBER 2012 Dorchester-on-Thames 18 February–28 March 3 November Dancin’ Oxford 14 July 15-16 September Round Table Fireworks Display Oxford 15 April 2-5 June Fritillary Sunday Battle Proms at Blenheim Palace Oxford Castle Food South Parks, Oxford Diamond Jubilee Woodstock and Wine Festival Ducklington Various events across Oxfordshire 22-25 February Oxford Date to be confirmed Oxford Torpids 20-22 April 19-22 July Christmas Light Night Oxford 2 June Art in Action 24-30 September Oxford Oxford Folk Weekend Town Criers Competition Oxford Waterperry, near Wheatley Henley Literary Festival Oxford Castle Unlocked Henley-on-Thames MARCH 2012 Date to be confirmed 19-29 July Oxford Christmas Market 2-12 March MAY 2012 8-17 June MESH International 29 September Oxford Castle Oxford International Oxford Pride Festival Youth Arts Festival Thame Food Festival 1 May Oxford Women’s Festival Oxford Thame May Morning Oxford Oxford DECEMBER 2012 9-10 June 7 December 3-18 March Oxford Castle Flower AUGUST 2012 OCTOBER 2012 Wantage Dickensian Evening 5-27 May and Gardening Festival Oxfordshire Science Festival 9-11 August 1-31 October Wantage Oxfordshire Artweeks Oxford Various venues across Oxfordshire Fairport’s Cropredy Convention Oxford Ghostfest Various venues across Oxfordshire From left to right Cropredy, near Banbury Oxford Castle Unlocked wantage_dickensian_evening Alice’s Day 24 March–1 April 23-24 June © The Story Museum; 23-26 May 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 December Sunday Times Oxford Meet Peppa Pig 10-12 August 3-6 October Didcot Railway Centre Oxford Open Days Eights Week Literary Festival Didcot Railway Centre Wilderness Festival Oxford Chamber Music Festival Thomas & Father Christmas © H Armitage; Oxford PLEA Christmas Light Night, Oxford Cornbury Park Oxford N SE Oxford 27 June–1 July dates OTE an © Greg Smolonski/ 25 May–5 June Henley Royal Regatta 5-7 October may b d website Photovibe; The Jubilee Churches Festival es s Zara Phillips at Various venues across Oxfordshire Henley-on-Thames Waterperry House and Gardens to ch ubject Apple Weekend ange The Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials; Near Wheatley Didcot Railway ARTS & EVENTS OXFORDSHIRE www.oxfordinspires .org OXFORD INSPIRES DANCIN’ OXFORD OXFORD JAZZ FESTIVAL MUSIC AT OXFORD SPRING 2011 Issue: 01 Volume: 03 2011 PRESENTS your cultural guide to the county t events • projects • news • listings Download a digital copy or join our mailing list at 2012 will be a year to remember in OXFORDSHIRE OXFORDSHIRE hosts a wide range of events to suit everyone12 13