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The Kassam Stadium and Ozone Leisure Park is perhaps a well hidden secret in Oxford, the site offers a plethora of activities to suit every age and member of the family. The Kassam Stadium, offers an array of conference and events facilities, catering from 2 – 1000 guests for conferences, exhibitions and dinners, as well as being the home of Oxford United Football Club, whose supporters fill the stadium bowl. The Ozone leisure park provides entertainment for younger children with Jambinos, Tweenies and teenagers can make full use of the Vue Cinema on Site, and the Bowlplex, whilst mum can get fit and pampered at the Ozone Gym, which includes Styles and Creations Salon, and Bathe in Beauty. The site also benefits from many different food offers. Simply spice provides Indian food at its very best, with an assortment of mouth-watering dishes available to excite and enliven the taste buds. Or choose a taste of the Orient with a dish from Oxy Oriental buffet selection. If you’re looking for a quicker take away bite, Ozone Plaice will fill the gap from its menu of fish, chips and burger options. If you fancy a trip to the old country try Frankie and Benny’s which offers a New York Italian experience, with burgers and pasta dishes available in its diner style restaurant. Fed and watered, and back to activities, the Gala Bingo offers not just a great fun out but also the opportunity to pit your wits against other players round the country. Feeling a bit exhausted! Stay over at the Holiday Inn Express, with 162 en-suite bedrooms and a hot breakfast included the next morning for a great rate, the options are endless. The site also offers over 2000 car-parking spaces and a regular bus service runs to the site from central oxford, making it easy to make the most of your time here. Come and find us at The Ozone Leisure Park, Grenoble Road, Oxford. We look forward to entering you and your family. The Kassam Stadium Grenoble Road Oxford OX4 4XP Tel: 01865 337 600 Web: www.thekassamstadium.com

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Theatre In Oxford Cornerstone Arts Centre 25 Station Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 7NE. Tel: 01235 515144. Web: www.cornerstone-arts.org.uk

Hamlet – young people’s version Sat 12th Feb: The marvellous Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, who wowed us with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and David Copperfield, are coming back with their version of Hamlet. This show is specially adapted for young audiences, whilst retaining the intensity and beauty of the original verse. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark…the king has died in suspicious circumstances and within a month the queen has married again. And now a ghost is stalking the palace at night. The young prince Hamlet feels it’s up to him to solve the mystery, but where to start? Time: 3:00pm Tickets: £10, £8 (concs) Ages 5-12 and adults

The Fitzrovia Radio Hour Fri 18th Feb: Right before our eyes, Fitzrovia Productions recreate the spirit of the Forties radio drama in a series of hilarious plays. Smart gags and sharp suits, beautiful costumes and great performances. The sound effects are created live on stage – a Bakelite hairdryer imitates a heating torch, a desk fan becomes an aeroplane and multiple types of cabbage help bring a gruesome fight scene to life. Time: 8.00pm Tickets: £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members)

Mark Steel Sat 19th Feb: Mark Steel is always a dynamic guest when he appears on Have I Got News for You, QI and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He writes a weekly column for The Independent and is a regular on Radio 4’s Loose Ends and The News Quiz, and has even published a couple of books! He now brings a brand new show to Cornerstone. Times: 8.00pm Tickets: £15, £13.50 (concs), £12.50 (members) Ages 16+

Oxford Playhouse Oxford Playhouse 11 - 12 Beaumont Street Oxford OX1 2LW Box Office: 01865 305305. Web: www.oxfordplayhouse.com

Love Letters Straight From Your Heart Tue 15th - Wed 16th Feb: Uninvited Guests stage an event that is somewhere between a wedding reception, a wake and a radio dedication show. Your letters of love may become part of the show, romantic gestures or signs of friendship, shared publicly between us. Be our witnesses and we'll be yours. If you want to join us on this happy occasion, send a dedication to someone you love to info@uninvited-guests.net Tickets: £10 Times: 6:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm

Journey's End Mon 21st - Sat 26th Feb: In the days leading up to the last great German offensive of the First World War, Raleigh, an 18 year old soldier, joins a besieged company of soldiers in the British trenches at St Quentin. There he finds his new comrades being led by his old school friend Stanhope, and discovers that the man in army greens is much changed from the boy he left behind in cricketing whites. Tickets: £15.50, £24.50 Times: 2:30pm / 7:30pm / 8:00pm

New Theatre, Oxford New Theatre Oxford George St, Oxford OX1 2AG. Tel: 08448 471585. Web: www.newtheatreoxford.org.uk.

The Lighthouse Family

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Sun 6th Mar: Lighthouse Family have announced a new tour for March 2011, their first major tour in seven years, where they’ll be playing all their hits. Vocalist Tunde Baiyewu and keyboard player Paul Tucker formed Lighthouse Family in 1993 in Newcastle upon Tyne, after meeting while studying at university. Their 1995 debut album Ocean Drive sold more than 1.8 million copies (six times platinum) in the UK alone. Tickets: £31.55 - £42.27 Times: 7:30pm

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Standing In Another’s Shoes Thu 17th – Sat 19th Feb: Celebrate the UN International Year of Youth with animated shoes, an interpretation of Frankenstein, an adaptation of children’s book ‘Giraffe’s Can’t Dance’ by Giles Andreae and much, much more in a magical show from performers aged 6 to 19 years. Tickets: £7, £5 concessions, £4 U18, £3 project members Times: 6:30pm Saturday matinee at 1.30pm

Desert Crossing Fri 25th - Sat 26th Feb: Choreographer Gregory Maqoma examines human evolution and how the landscape influences us. Five dancers from different cultural backgrounds create life forms that are neither fish nor bird, man nor woman, spirit nor flesh but are united through the shared history of the rocks on which they stand. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions, £6 U18, £5 project members Times: 8:00pm Performed by State of Emergency and is part of the Dancin’ Oxford 2011 Festival. £1 off tickets for Dancin’ Oxford Pass holders.

Dance-a-thon Sun 27th Feb: Early booking is essential for this fantastic opportunity to try out a mind-blowing variety of different dance styles. Details of the 45 minute taster sessions will be available nearer to the time on www.dancinoxford.co.uk or in the Dancin’ Oxford brochure, and will range from African to Zumba, stopping at Ballet, Charleston, Samba and Tap on the way! Beginners welcome. Tickets: £3.50 per session or £2.50 concs. Discount for Festival Pass holders. Times: 10:00am 5:00pm

Creation Theatre 3rd Floor, Cherwell House,1-5 London Place, Oxford, OX4 1BD Tel: 01865 761393 Web: www.creationtheatre.co.uk

Doctor Faustus

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Until 26th Mar: In a basement room deep beneath the rolling quad of Trinity College, a scholar is preparing to offer the devil his soul in exchange for absolute power… Join Creation Theatre Company as we transform the world-famous Blackwell’s bookshop into the setting for Christopher Marlowe’s spell-binding story of the demon Mephistophilis, the quest for knowledge and a flawed man willing to pay the ultimate price. Tickets: £31, £8 Box office 01865 766266 Times: 7:45pm

North Wall Arts Centre South Parade, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7NN. Tel: 01865 319450. Web: www.thenorthwall.com

Sophie Garner Sun 27th Feb: Performing her songs with an exciting mix of Jazz, Soul and Blues influences, singer and songwriter Sophie Garner presents material from her two soon-to-be-released albums. The show includes new and fresh arrangements of classic pop and even punk songs, Sophie’s own original compositions and inspired re-workings of well-known standards. Tickets: £12, concs £10 Times: 8.00pm

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Oxford Philomusica Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Egrove Park, Oxford OX1 5NY. Tel: 0208 450 1060, 01865 305 305 Web: www.oxfordphil.com. E-mail: info@oxfordphil.com.

Grand Viennese St Valentine Ball Sat 12th Feb: Strauss Family, Waltzes, Polkas, Marches, Quadrille. John Georgiadis conductor. Celebrate this most romantic of dates in great style with Oxford Philomusica. The grandeur and glamour of the great Viennese balls of the past will be recreated in Oxford’s Victorian ballroom. The evening will start – of course – with a champagne reception, followed by a sumptuous banquet accompanied by exquisite Viennese chamber music, before the full 40-piece orchestra takes to the stage, led by the incomparably witty and charming Maestro John Georgiadis. Dance to waltzes, polkas and quadrilles from the Strauss family, or simply soak up the atmosphere of this unique occasion. This event is bookable only through Oxford Philomusica’s box office on 020 8450 1060 or sophie@oxfordphil.com Save 5% for groups 10+. No other concessions apply. Venue: Oxford Town Hall Dining ticket: 6.30-11.30pm - £85. Non-dining ticket: 8.15-11.30pm -£35. Optional dance lesson:122pm - £5 Dress: Your finest – black tie, white tie or period costume.

Baroque II Sat 26th Feb: PURCELL Trumpet Sonata, VIVALDI Flute Concerto in D minor, ‘Il Gran Mogol’, RV 431a (Oxford première of this newly-discovered Concerto), BACH Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041, ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 9 No. 2 PACHELBEL Canon in D major, BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047. Tamás András violin, Tim Hawes trumpet, Anthony Robb flute, Tim Watts oboe Marios Papadopoulos director. Colour and character connect our second Baroque collection. The three most prominent wind instruments of the period – flute, oboe and trumpet – take it in turns to show off their solo qualities in concertos by the Venetian masters Vivaldi and Albinoni, Purcell’s brilliant Trumpet Sonata before combining in the thrilling finale of Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto. Times: 8pm Tickets: Tickets £37 £26 £17.50 £10 Venue: Sheldonian Theatre.

Faculty of Music of Oxford University Faculty of Music, St Aldate’s, oxford, OX1 1DB Tel; 01865 276125 Web: www.music.ox.ac.uk

Research Seminars Tue 1st Feb: Dr Noel Lobley (Pitt Rivers Museum)“Recording and remembering the sound of Africa” Tue 8th Feb: Dr Anahid Kassabian (University of Liverpool) “Affective listening” Tue 15th Feb: Professor David Clarke (University of Newcastle) “Music and Consciousness: Perspectives from Western and Hindu philosophy” Tue 22nd Feb: Ms Jenny Tamplin (Christ Church) “Memory, Melancholy, Modernism” Faculty of Music, St Aldate’s, 5pm - 7pm Admission: free – open to all

Ethnomusicology Seminars Thu 10th Feb: Laurenz Lütteken (Musikwissenschaftliches Institut, Zürich) “Renaissance -A Concept Without Music?” Thu 24th Feb: Marc Lewon (Oxford) “Oswald vonWolkenstein and Polyphony - Genius or Just Lucky?” Thu 17th Feb: Menaka PP Bora (Academic visitor at the University of Oxford) “Indian Classical Music and Dance” This seminar will be held at the Faculty of Music, St Aldate’s. St John’s College, 5pm - 7pm Admission: free – open to all

Ensemble ISIS New Music Mon 7th Feb: The work of six composition students will be played by members of Ensemble ISIS, conducted by Dr.John Traill. Faculty of Music, St Aldate’s: open to the public – free admission Times: 1.30pm4.30pm Mon 25th Feb: The work of eight composition students will be played by the Heath Quartet. Jacqueline Du Pré Concert Hall: open to the public – free admission Times: 10am – 1.30pm

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Salute to Love Monday 14th February at 7pm SHELDONIAN THEATRE VIVALDI Cello Concerto, PACHELBEL Canon, BARBERAdagio, ALBINONI Concerto for Two Oboes, ELGAR Salut d'Amour, ZIPOLI Elevazione and ELGAR Serenade for Strings. Peter Adams Cello, Roland Roberts Director/Violin Tim Watts Oboe Tickets: £10-£29.

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Cornerstone Arts Centre 25 Station Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 7NE. Tel: 01235 515144. Web: www.cornerstone-arts.org.

The Digby Fairweather Band: Ella and Louis Fri 11th Feb: ‘Ella and Louis’ premiered at Ronnie Scott’s in London to sell-out audiences in 2008 and has since repeated its success at theatres and jazz festivals all over Briain. Bursting with jazz joy and happiness, you’ll hear all Ella and Louis’ most famous collaborations from the Great American Songbook, including Isn’t This a Lovely Day (To be Caught in the Rain), They Can’t Take That Away From Me, A Fine Romance and so many more! Times: 8:00pm Tickets: £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members)

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Drive Angry 3D Synopsis: Milton, a hardened felon who has broken out for one last chance at redemption. Hell bent on stopping a vicious cult of fanatics who murdered his daughter, he has three days to stop them before they sacrifice his infant granddaughter beneath a full moon. Milton must use his anger to go beyond all human limits in order to save his last connection with humanity.

The Fighter Synopsis: "The Fighter" is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his unlikely path to become world lightweight champion. Bale plays Dicky Eklund, Micky's half-brother and a talented fighter who once went the distance with Sugar Ray Leonard in a title fight but then turned to crime and landed in prison. Then he turned his life around and helped his underperforming brother find the spark for a remarkable run that led to the world title.

Yogi Bear Synopsis: Jellystone Park has been losing business, so greedy Mayor Brown decides to shut it down and sell the land. That means families will no longer be able to experience the natural beauty of the outdoors - and, even worse, Yogi and Boo Boo will be tossed out of the only home they've ever known. Faced with his biggest challenge ever, Yogi must prove that he really is "smarter than the average bear" as he and Boo Boo join forces with their old nemesis Ranger Smith to find a way to save Jellystone Park from closing forever.

Unknown Synopsis: Dr. Martin Harris awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife suddenly doesn't recognize him and another man has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally, Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he's willing to go to uncover the truth.

Paul Synopsis: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite for the comedy adventure "Paul" as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever.

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University of Oxford Shop 106 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 247414. Web: www.oushop.com. Watercolour, Acrylic, Photography and Prints of views around the City. Artists displayed include Valerie Petts, Ken Messer, David Langford, John Bastin and many more. On sale year round, commissions accepted.

BLACK SHEEP galleries Black Sheep galleries is an innovative and exciting art destination offering an unrivalled selection of Original Paintings, sculptures and collectable Limited Editions from an international portfolio of award winning artists. Black Sheep galleries, 20 High Street, Oxford OX1 4AH T: 01865 72 55 22 W: www.blacksheepgalleries.com

Christ Church Picture Gallery Neapolitan and Spanish Drawings from the Baroque 19th Feb: This exhibition will introduce the least known group of old master drawings from Christ Church. The twenty nine drawings on display will offer a glimpse into the wide range of Neapolitan draughtsmanship, including works by Jusepe de Ribera, Salvator Rosa and Luca Giordano.

Christ Church, Oxford, OX1 1DP (entrance via Oriel Square) Tel: 01865 276172 Web: www.chch.ox.ac.uk/gallery 1 October – 30 April Monday to Saturday: 10.30am to 1.00pm & 2pm to 4.30pm Sunday: 2pm to 4.30pm Jusepe de Ribera (1590-1652) 'Saint Irene'

Admission: Adults £3, Concessions £2, U12s Free.

Catherine Rayner New Silkscreen ‘Faye’ www.wisegal.com 40/41 South Parade, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7JL. 01865 515123.

Rachel Ducker Wire Sculpture Tel: 01865 311418. M: 07855 751756. Web: www.rachelducker.co.uk. Rachel specialises in sculptured wire figures concentrating on the expressive & emotional dynamics of human nature. Handcrafted from annealed steel wire, galvanised & black. Coloured enamelled copper wire hair. From 30cm to lifesize. Price determined by size and complexity of the piece. Please call to find out more about viewing Rachel’s work.

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The North Wall Arts Centre

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South Parade, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7NN. Tel: 01865-319452. Web: www.thenorthwall.com.

Repeate After Me Until Fri 4th Mar: Tova Holmes is a young artist who explores process and repetition through mixed media and performance. Repeat After Me is a collection of repetitive, process driven works. Much of the work is built by connecting similar but separate parts, and the interaction that occurs by placing the parts in formation.

Liscious Interiors 125 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AH. Tel: 01865 552232. Web: www.liscious.co.uk. All vintage lovers must check out Liscious interiors on Walton Street. A great chance to find an eclectic choice of quirky interior pieces. Antique crystal chandeliers, gilded mirrors, deep buttoned sofas and not forgetting a lovely selection of clothes, hats and shoes from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Kieran Stiles Art Studios Folly Bridge, Oxford. Tel: 07967 075367. Web: www.artcoursesoxford.com. E-mail: kieran@artcoursesoxford.com. A range of beginner and advanced courses in painting, printmaking and life drawing with a professional artist and experienced, qualified teacher. Mid-week and weekend tuition in a friendly atmosphere. Group sessions, all day workshops and individual tutorials. Exhibition space available. All in the inspiring setting of Folly Bridge, Oxford.

Sanders of Oxford Rare Prints & Maps

HUGE DISCOUNTS - Up to 75% off throughout our wide selection of antique prints. This month, we are making way for new stock with one of our biggest sales ever. Many items have been reduced in our wide selection of prints, dating from the 17th to the 20th century. The sale covers all genres including Oxford, Topography, Portraiture, Decorative, Maritime, Sporting, Caricatures, Fashion and Natural History. We also have astonishing bargains in our £1 to £50 boxes and massive reductions on framed items. 104 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 242590. E-mail: info@sandersofoxford.com. Web: www.sandersofoxford.com. Open: Mon to Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Admission: FREE.

OXFORD’S ANTIQUES & CRAFT CENTRE Choose from a wide range of Antiques, Jewellery, Collectables & Books plus original works by local Craftspeople and Artists. Antiques on High, 85 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG. Tel:01865-251075. Open: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am - 5pm.

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Rowell of Oxford Ltd. 12 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ. Tel: 01865 242187. E-mail: rowellofoxford@aol.com. Since 1797. The county’s leading pearl specialist. We also have an extensive collection of antique and modern silverware and beautiful diamond and mixed gem set jewellery.

The Covered Market is a wonderful, unique experience in the town centre of Oxford. A thriving, bustling, quirky and colourful epicentre for some of Oxford’s finest independent traders.

The Hat Box Avenue 3, The Covered Market, Oxford OX1 3DY. Tel: 01865 200844. Open: Mon to Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 9.30am-5.30pm. Oxford’s only specialist hat shop, catering to men and women with a range of hats in colours to match outfits. Carries a wide range of hats and cocktail fascinators by the best of British designers. A fast tailor-made service is available.

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Summertown, located just one mile from Oxford City Centre, boasts a mixture of great independents and strong national chains. Boosted by the arrival of the likes of Marks And Spenser, Majestic Wine, Costa Coffee and Starbucks, combined with the widening of public walk ways, Summertown has managed to retain its independant and community feel.

Emma Walker Flowers 35 South Parade, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7JN. Tel: 01865 558578. Web: www.emmawalkerflowers.co.uk. E-mail: info@emmawalkerflowers.co.uk Emma Walker works alongside a team of highly creative individuals. Emma's distinctive arrangements are refined and luxurious, whether just to say “thank you� or for a lavish soiree. Her design style blends romanticism with modern styles and fabulous colours. Emma Walker Flowers is located in trendy Summertown, North Oxford. The shop is an aromatic and beautiful haven from the busy city. Order online or browse the in-store arrangements and gifts. Contact us to talk about your wedding or corporate event. We guarantee to make it incredibly special and memorable.

Outlets at: Clarendon Centre, Summertown and Waterstones Book Shop

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In East Oxford, the area is home to a multi cultural and economically diverse population. This part of the city is also host to a large academic community.

Uhuru Wholefoods 48 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1HZ. Tel: 01865 248249. Open Mon to Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9.30am-5.30pm. Organic and natural foods, locally produced foods, vegan and veggie takeaways, eco-friendly biodegradable products.

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Events In Oxford Science Oxford Live 1-5 London Place, St Clements, Oxford OX4 1BD. Tel: 01865 810000. Web and Bookings: www.scienceoxfordlive.com.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition Sat 22nd Jan - Sun 13th Mar: Science Oxford Live is delighted to host the 2010 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition. This is one of the first stops on its UK tour, so don’t miss this opportunity to see more than 100 prize-winning photographs from 18 competition categories. Suitable for all ages Times: 10am to 5pm Admission: £3.50pp/£11Group/SO Live Friends Free

PechaKucha Night Thur 3rd Feb: Devised in Tokyo in February 2003, PechaKucha Night is an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. 20 images x 20 seconds is a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace. In Oxford’s first PK night come and see some of the rising stars in the local creative industries in a fascinating fast paced evening! Devised and shared by Klein Dytham architecture. Times: 8pm (for 8.20pm) Admission: £5/SO Live Friends Free

Wildlife Crime – The Threat to our Environment Thur 10th Feb: Thames Valley Police Wildlife Crime Officer, PC Simon Towers, is joining us to discuss the problem of crime against wildlife. With the help of some real exhibits and case studies, Simon will explore the impact that wildlife crime has on our environment, and how we combat it both practically and with forensic science. Times: 7.30pm Admission: £5/SO Live Friends Free

Proud Horses and Jealous Dogs Thur 17th Feb: Do animals have emotions? The vast majority of pet owners are very confident that they do, and yet scientists can often be sceptical. Dr Paul Morris, psychologist at the University of Portsmouth, is coming along to discuss his research into animal emotions and the science behind this complicated issue.Times: 7.30pm Admission: £5/SO Live Friends Free

Oxford Mineral and Fossil Show Exeter Hall, Kidlington, North Oxford OX5 1AB Tel.01209 822007 Web: www.lowestone.com

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Sun 6th Mar: A mineral and fossil show for collectors. Minerals, crystals, gemstones, fossils, jewellery, related books and equipment. Free admission so bring family and friends. Times: 10.30am-4pm

Museum of Oxford St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1DZ Tel: 01865 252761 Web: www.museumofoxford.org.uk

Who is Oxford's Covered Market? Until 1st Mar: The Museum of Oxford will host an exciting local exhibition featuring the personal histories and personalities of the Covered Market traders, their customers and other influential people. Find out how Oxford's people have shaped the heritage of this unique commercial building through professional photographs, photographs taken by West oxford Primary School pupils, newspapers and audio-visual material.

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University Church of St. Mary the Virgin High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ. Tel: 01865 279111. Web: www.university-church.ox.ac.uk. Open: 9am to 5pm (July and August 9am-6pm). Tower Admission: Adult £3, Children (under 16) £2.50. St Mary's is situated at the historic heart of the City and University of Oxford. Thought to be the oldest university building in the world, the Tower was built in 1280, and the University’s reference library was added in 1320. It is worth the climb of 124 steps to make it to the top to enjoy fine uninterrupted views in all directions across Oxford and the surrounding countryside.

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Doctor Faustus Fri 4th Feb - Sat 26th Mar: In a basement room deep beneath the rolling quad of Trinity College, a scholar is preparing to offer the devil his soul in exchange for absolute power… Join Creation Theatre Company as they transform the world-famous Blackwell’s bookshop into the setting for Christopher Marlowe’s spell-binding story of the demon Mephistophilis, the quest for knowledge and a flawed man willing to pay the ultimate price. Venue: Blackwells, The Norrington Room Tickets: From £8 to £28.50 www.creationtheatre.co.uk

Science In Your World Sat 26th Feb: Bringing science to the streets of Oxford, Science in Your World will mark the launch of the Oxfordshire Science Festival 2011 with a huge science fair in the heart of Oxford’s shopping area. More than 20 organisations will bring hands on activities for you to try including levitating magnets, do-it-yourself DNA extraction, Wallace and Grommit style invention, magic with maths and much more. Venue: Bonn Square, Oxford Web: www.oxfordshiresciencefestival.co.uk

Dancin’ Oxford 2011 Sat 19th Feb - Sat 19th Mar: Dancin’ Oxford 2011 is brimming with exciting and fabulous dance events. In celebration of its fifth anniversary, French aerial dance company Retouramont will transform one of Oxford’s oldest buildings into a magical setting of sound, light and movement. The festival embraces many dance styles (from Zumba to Ballet, Flamenco to Hip Hop!) and even offers you the chance to have a go yourself during the ever-popular Dance-a-Thon. www.dancinoxford.co.uk

Lucien Pissarro in England: The Eragny Press 1895 – 1914 And British Drawings in the Age of The Eragny Press Until Sun 13th Mar: The Ashmolean celebrates the work of painter, engraver and printmaker, Lucien Pissarro (1863-1944) with the first comprehensive display of the Eragny Press. Highlights include the thirty-two books printed by Lucien and his wife Esther at their home in London, with paintings by his father, Camille Pissarro, letters and family photographs from the Pissarro Family Archive, held at the Ashmolean.

How to Change your World – Platform2 Exhibition Until Wed 23rd Mar: A photographic exhibition highlighting some of the experiences and achievements of Platform2 volunteers, telling the stories of some of the people and communities they encountered overseas. Platform2 was a global volunteering scheme for 18 to 25 year olds who wouldn't otherwise have had the chance to visit a developing country or get involved with global issues of justice and poverty. Venue: Ark-T Centre Web: www.ark-t.org

The Old Book Binders Until Thu 31st Mar: The Old Book Binders will be opening its doors on 15th January, and is already causing a stir across the city. It's going to hosting great events as well as a cafe, until 31st March when the building will demolished. So don't miss out and make the trip East to this cultural hub as soon as possible. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be a cafe in operation, serving up fairtrade teas and coffee, delicious home-made cakes and tasty organic food. Venue: The Old Book Binders, No 9 Green Street, Oxford. Web: www.theoldbookbinders.org

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Attractions In Oxford Guide Friday City Sightseeing Bus Tours Oxford Railway Station, Park End Street, OX1 1HS. Tel: 01865 790522. Tours operate all day every day except Christmas/Boxing and New years day. Web: www.citysightseeingoxford.com. Our award winning one hour tour takes you on a fascinating journey around both the famous University colleges and the historic buildings of the city itself. Hop on and off at any of our nineteen bus stops around the town. All buses have live guides or recorded commentary in up to thirteen languages.

Oxford Castle 43 Oxford Castle, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1AY. Tel: 01865 20165. www.oxfordcastle.com. Oxford's oldest new quarter, once home to the infamous Oxford Prison and now home to an exciting hub of 8 restaurants, including Malmaison, Café 1071, Prezzo, La Tasca, Pizza Express, Krispy Kreme, The Real China, The Living Room and The Swan and Castle, and the gorgeous Malmaison Boutique Hotel. The Castle also has an exciting visitor attraction 'Oxford Castle Unlocked,' where the secrets of the castle have been unlocked, revealing episodes of Violence, Executions, Great Escapes, Betrayal and even Romance. For art lovers there is the O3 Gallery, with a dynamic programme of exhibitions all year round.

Carfax Tower Junction of St Aldates and High Street, Oxford OX1 4AZ. Tel: 01865 792653. Open: 10.00 to 3pm. Admission: £2.20, Children £1.10. In 1818 St Martin’s church was rebuilt complete with tower. However, the church, apart from its tower, was demolished in 1896. The tower is all that remains today. Two ‘quarter boys’ who hit the bells at every quarter hour adorn the east facade of the church clock. Climb up 99 steps to get a sweeping view of Oxford’s spires.

St Michael at the North Gate Cornmarket St., Oxford. Tel: 01865 240940. Web: www.smng.org.uk. Open: 10.30am-5pm (10.30am-4pm in Winter). Admission: Adults: £2.00, Concessionaires: £1.50, Children (under 16): £1.00 St Michael at the North Gate is the oldest building in Oxford and is definitely worth a visit! There’s also a treasury of silver and bronze dating back to the 1600s and you can also see a copy of the church accounts dating back hundreds of years. The tower is the easiest climb in Oxford, with good solid stairs including a handrail. From the top of the tower there is a marvellous view of the city of Oxford and its famous "dreaming spires".

Cherwell Boathouse - Punting Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6ST (1 mile from the town centre). Tel: 01865 515978. Web: www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk. Enjoy the quintessential Oxford experience punting on the River Cherwell. With over 70 hand built punts, boats and canoes. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon in a beautiful tranquil environment on the river.

Tourist information Centre 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS.Tel: 01865 252200.  Email: tic@oxford.gov.uk. Web: www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com The Tourist information Centre staff provide an extensive range of services to help make your stay enjoyable and memorable.  We offer a wide range of guides, maps, souvenirs and local produce.

Official Guided Walking Tours 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS. Tel: 01865 252037. Email: wtours@oxford.gov.uk. Web: www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com The best way to explore Oxford is on foot. We have a wonderful selection of tours from University and City Tours to Pottering in Harry Potters Footsteps.

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College of International Education Bocardo House, 24B St Michael’s Street, Oxford OX1 2EB. Tel: 01865 202238. Web: www.cie-oxford.com. The College of International Education (CIE) is a small college, located in the centre of Oxford, opposite the famous Oxford Union. We offer English Language, Academic, Foundation Year and Pre-Boarding courses. Tuition is in small classes (max 8), given by dedicated and well-qualified teachers.

Language Schools

Eckersley Oxford 14 Friars Entry, Oxford OX1 2BZ. Tel: 01865 721268. Web: www.eckersley.co.uk. 55 years teaching English in the centre of Oxford. Experienced and engaging staff, excellent modern facilities and courses designed to help you to achieve maximum progress. Join General English, IELTS and Cambridge exam preparation courses on any Monday. 6-hour per week courses available from 2 to 3.30 pm. For further information email english@eckersley.co.uk

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Oxford House College 15 King Edward Street, Oxford OX1 4HT T: +44(0) 1865 72 4032 F: +44(0) 1865 72 7269 W: www.oxfordohc.co.uk E: oxford@oxfordhousegroup.com

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Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7NJ. Tel: 01235 817200. Web: www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk. Admission: £5-£10. Open: Every weekend, daily 28th May - 11th September. Home of the Great Western Society and its unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons, buildings and small relics and a recreation of Brunel's broad gauge railway. Next Steamdays, 19th/20th/23rd February. Day Out with Thomas 5th/6th March.

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Faringdon, Oxfordshire. SN7 8BU. Tel: 01367 240932 for information. Web: www.buscotpark.com. Open: 1 April – 30 September. House, Gardens & Tearoom Wed, Thu, Fri, and alternate week ends, 2.00 – 6.00 (last admission 5.00). Gardens only, Mon, Tue, 2.00 – 6.00.

One of Oxfordshire’s best kept secrets! Family home of Lord Faringdon, who looks after the property on behalf of the National Trust, together with the family collection of pictures, furniture, ceramics, and objets d’art, known as the Faringdon Collection. Includes Burne-Jones’s famous series, The Legend of the Briar Rose. The enchanting gardens contain the spectacular Water Garden designed by Harold Peto' - in 1904 for the first Lord Faringdon.

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Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PX. Tel: 0800 849 6500 Web: www.blenheimpalace.com. Open: Palace & Gardens Open Daily 10.30am-5.30pm (last admission 4.45pm). Park open daily 9am-4.45pm.

Free Annual Pass Offer BUY ONE DAY GET 12 MONTHS FREE IN 2011! Blenheim Palace and Formal Gardens open for the new season on 12th February 2011. The brand new season will launch with a special exhibition about Gladys Deacon, 9th Duchess of Marlborough displaying a treasure-trove of personal letters, invitations, costumes and photography revealing the intriguing life of a most eccentric 20th Century Duchess. Guided tours of the Palace’s State Rooms are available daily (except Sundays and Bank Holidays) including the permanent exhibition on Winston Churchill, and the fascinating visitor experience ‘Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story’ where 300 years of enticing tales are revealed. The stunning Formal Gardens at Blenheim Palace include the Water Terraces, the Italian Garden, the Secret Garden, Rose Garden, Arboretum and the Pleasure Gardens which includes Europe’s largest symbolic hedge maze.

Sat 12th Feb – Sun 27th Mar: Gladys Deacon, second wife to the 9th Duke of Marlborough, was one of the most eccentric Duchesses in the English peerage. This special exhibition displayed in the Long Library will reveal the early years of her upbringing within a Belle Epoch family, to high society life at Blenheim Palace, to her reclusive years in later life.

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Valentines Day at Blenheim Palace Sun 13th – Mon 14th Feb: Treat your loved one to a romantic Sunday Lunch for two in the beautiful Orangery or a luxury Champagne Afternoon Tea in the Indian Room. For more information, prices and to book call 01993 813 874 or email sales@blenheimhospitality.com

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Burford, Oxford OX18 4JP. Tel: 01993 823006. Web: www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk. Open: Every Day from 10am. Cotswold Wildlife Park is set in 160 acres of parkland around a Listed Victorian Manor House. This is the ideal time of year to see the exotic planting in the Walled Garden and the beautiful landscaping of the parkland. Visit the walk-through Madagascar exhibit with freeroaming lemurs. A short talk takes place here daily at mid-day on the plight of these animals in their rapidly declining natural habitat. Please note that this area is only open from 11am-3.30pm.

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Kingston Road, Frilford, Nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 5HB. Tel: 01865 392200. Web: www.milletsfarmcentre.com. Open: 7 days a week. Free entry and free car parking. With lots to see and do, including Farm Shop selling farm produced food, Garden Centre, Restaurants, Farm Zoo, Children’s Play Area, Woodland Walk and lots of seasonal events. A great day out for ALL the family.

Beyond Oxfordshire

The Hawk Conservancy Trust Visitor Centre, Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire SP11 8DY. Tel: 01264 773850. Web: www.hawk-conservancy.org. Open: Open: Seven days a week 10am-5.30pm (from 13.02.10). The Hawk Conservancy Trust is an award winning visitor centre and conservation charity that has for many years worked in the fields of conservation, education, rehabilitation and research of birds of prey. Set in 22 acres of woodland and wildflower meadow, there are over 150 birds of prey on view, from owls to eagles! Visitors are offered three spectacular flying demonstrations, there are tractor rides, duck racing, ferret racing, a Raptor Passport Trail and each visitor can hold a bird of prey! Ample free parking. Coffee Shop and Gift Shop on site. Allow at least four hours for your visit – there is so much to see and do!

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Kids In Oxford Cornerstone Arts Centre 25 Station Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 7NE. Tel: 01235 515144. Web: www.cornerstone-arts.org.

Billy Goats Guff Sun 6th Feb: The perplexing question of fairy tales – what really happened between the wolf and his three porky friends? Why was Goldilocks wandering in the woods? How did the goats overcome a mighty troll? The wonderful Theatre of Widdershins explains all with the help of fun, laughter, some gorgeous puppets and a gypsy soundtrack that you’ll be humming all the way home! Times: 2pm Tickets: £8, £6 (concs) Ages: Ages 3+

Potted Panto Sun 27th Feb: CBBC's Dan and Jeff present their most extravagant show yet, now in amazing 3D! The creators of Potted Potter and Potted Pirates cram all the classic pantomimes into just 70 minutes. With only a glass slipper and some magic beans, the dastardly double act dash from Aladdin to Dick Whittington while trying to work out how two of them can play all seven dwarves. It's unmissable fun whether you're 6 or 106.Times: 2pm Tickets: £8, £6 (concs) Ages: Ages 6+

Millets Farm Centre Kingston Road, Frilford, Nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 5HB. Tel: 01865 392200. Web: www.milletsfarmcentre.com. Open: 7 days a week. Free entry and free car parking. With lots to see and do, including Farm Shop selling farm produced food, Garden Centre, Restaurants, Farm Zoo, Children’s Play Area, Woodland Walk and lots of seasonal events. A great day out for ALL the family.

Science Oxford Live 1-5 London Place, St Clements, Oxford OX4 1BD. Tel: 01865 810000. Web: www.scienceoxfordlive.com.

Owls Galore! Tues 22nd - Wed 23rd Feb: Come along to discover the fascinating world of owls. Owl expert, Rod Smallman, will be on hand to answer all of your questions, and will be bringing some of his own owls along with him. Don’t miss this chance to get up close and personal with some real owls! Suitable for 5+ Times: 11am or 2pm Admission: £5/SO Live Friends Free

Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention Thurs 24th - Fri 25th Feb: Come and join us for Wallace and Gromit’s ‘World of Invention’ workshop. Be inspired by Wallace’s love of inventing, and try to build a real invention of your own! Not to be missed! Suitable for 7+ Times: 10am, 11.30am, 2pm, 3.30pm Admission: Free with entry to the discovery zone, but booking is required.

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Oxford Tel: Maya Sprigg 01869 278600. Web: www.stagecoach.co.uk/oxford. Email: oxford@stagecoach.co.uk. Stagecoach is a part time Theatre Arts School providing singing, dance and drama classes for children aged 4-18 years with centres in Headington and North Oxford. Students gain experience and training in all aspects of theatre while having a lot of fun! Term time classes on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 2011 Holiday programmes for age 4-8 and 8-18 Spring 2011 Juniors – Phantom of the Theatre, Seniors – Broadway or Bust! Summer 2011 Juniors – Arabian Nights, Seniors – Churchill’s Children, Advanced – Sweeney Todd (School Edition) These courses are very popular – please book soon to avoid disappointment!

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Oxford United Football Club The Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford OX4 4XP. Tel: 01865 337533. Web: www.oufc.co.uk. Tue 1st Feb

Oxford United v Southend

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Oxford United v Gillingham

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Oxford United v Rotherham

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Oxford United v Morecambe

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Oxford United v Hereford

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Oxford United v Lincoln City

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Oxford City Football Club Court Place Farm, Marston, Oxford Tel: 01865 744493 www.oxfordcityfc.co.uk. Tue 1st Feb

Oxford City FC v Cambridge City

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Oxford City FC v Weymouth

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Oxford City FC v Didcot Town

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Oxford City FC v Windsor & Eton

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Oxford University Rugby Football Club Jackdaw Lane, Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SR. Tel: 01865 432000. Web: www.ourfc.org.uk. Wed 2nd Feb

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Golf

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01844 278300 info@theoxfordshire.com theoxfordshire.com The Oxfordshire, Rycote Lane, Milton Common, Thame, Oxon. OX9 2PU

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Superb 18-hole golf cource in the heart of Oxford. Designed by the renowned Harry Colt, and overlooking the dreaming spires, the course is an excellent challenge for golfers of all standards. The golf club welcomes golfers of all ages, genders and abilities and is currently offering Individual Membership with a first year discount for new members and NO joining fee. Special Corporate memberships deals are also available, with packages that can be tailored to suit your company and business needs.

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NORTH OXFORD GOLF CLUB NOGC is a 100 year old, parkland, 18 hole golf course, 10 minutes from the City Centre on the main bus route. Special midweek Winter rate £23 per round, £13 per round for Students and £7 Juniors. Different membership categories available. We are a modern friendly members golf club with a totally refurbished interior, and the best clubhouse views in Oxfordshire. We offer visitors and societies a very warm welcome to enjoy our challenging members' golf course. Banbury Rd., Oxford, OX2 8EZ Tel: 01865 554924 Web: www.nogc.co.uk

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A superb golf course reputed to have some of the best greens in the country Enjoy the challenge of our outstanding golf course 365 days a year, with indoor & outdoor covered practice facilities.

Studley Wood, a modern golf club with traditional values For more information contact ken@studleywoodgolfclub.co.uk The Straight Mile, Horton-cum-Studley, Oxon OX33 1BF.

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Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa Oxfordshire, OX26 1TE Tel: 01869 241204 Web: www.bicestercountryclub.co.uk Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa sits in 134 acres of stunning countryside with tranquil gardens and an 18 hole golf course, it is the perfect Oxfordshire venue, ideal for leisure breaks, business and golf. Inside you will discover chic accommodation, a luxury health club and spa, a comprehensive range of conference & banqueting facilities, excellent restaurants, a sports bar showing all major sporting events and our own OFSTED registered crèche.

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Andrea & Achille 8 Oxford Rd, Kidlington OX5 1AA. Tel: 01865 374772. Web: www.andreaandachille.com. E-mail: info@andreaandachille.com. The brand new location of Andrea & Achille Salons, located in Kidlington. With the area’s leading hair colour specialists.

Monica Franke Osteopathy & Pilates Tel: 07970 119721. E-mail: mfranke.osteo@googlemail.com. Web: www.monicafranke.com. Based in Oxford & London, Monica Franke offers expertise in osteopathy and Pilates. She has wide experience in diagnosing and treating sports injuries, back and neck pain, knee, ankle, shoulder and other joint problems. Monica enjoys showing people how and why osteopathy & Pilates can help them with musculoskeletal aches and pains or poor sporting performance.

Diamond House - Dental Practice 199 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7AR. Tel: 01865 559521. Web: www.diamondhouse.co.uk. It is our aim to provide the highest quality of Dental Care in a relaxed and friendly environment, with the most up to date methods and equipment available. The safety and comfort of our patients is always our primary concern.

TAO Beauty Salon 1st floor, Above The Globe Newsmarket, 99 St Aldates OX1 1BT. Tel: 01865 249347. Open: Monday to Saturday. Web: www.taobeautyoxford.co.uk Established in 1968, Tao offers a wide range of beauty treatments including Dermalogica, St Tropez Airport, Jessica Nail Care, Non Surgical face lifts and much more.

Spirit Health Club Holiday Inn Oxford, Peartree Roundabout, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 8JD. Tel: 01865 888444. Web: www.spirithealthclubs.co.uk. If you’re looking for a health club with a personal touch then you’ve come to the right place. Our Lifestyle Consultants provide the kind of one-to-one guidance that has already helped thousands of members achieve their goals – and are ready now to help you reach yours. From dietary advice that’s calculated to boost your energy and inner health, to a unique personal exercise plan that’s designed to help you look your best, we’re ready to make sure you get even more out of life.

The Oxfordshire Rycote Lane, Milton Common, Thame, Oxon. OX9 2PU. Tel: 01844 278300 Web: theoxfordshire.com The Oxfordshire’s new health and fitness spa provides members and hotel guests with the latest treatments, equipment, facilities and personalised training programmes available. All the facilities are available free to hotel guests and members, which consist of a 15m swimming pool, sauna, spa pool, steam room combined with a state-of-the-art Life Fitness suite and studio. . After a successful day’s business or pleasure what better way to relax and un-wind than with a visit to The Oxfordshire’s new spa, Tempus.

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Don’t assume that the Spa at the Esporta Health and Racquets Club in Oxford is only available to the members of the club as luckily it isn’t and should definitely be given the credit it deserves when it comes to leading Spa’s in Oxfordshire. The Esporta Tranquility Spa offers many options, whether you want a treatment, your hair cut, your nails manicured, a San Tropez tan or just a make-up session, Tranquility will offer you all of these and much much more! I hadn’t visited the Spa for a while but it has been refurbished and has a completely new team, headed up by Eva Gergelova with all new therapists, equipment and new treatments and it was a delight to return! The therapists are all lovely and totally professional and make you feel special whilst delivering outstanding results. The Spa is located upstairs at Esporta, so very accessible and even though it is near the state of the art gym where music is playing, as soon as you walk in, you feel calm and relaxed and greeted with a friendly smile. I decided to try a brand new treatment on my nails which has been launched by Jessica, a pioneer in the professional nail care industry. All Jessica nail products are formaldehyde, toluene and DBP free and Jessica is absolutely at the forefront for both nail products and marketing revolution. Eva recommended that I tried the new GELeration soak-off Gel polish as my nails are very weak, peel, flake and chip very easily, particularly as I am a very busy person with a family, it has to be practical. I think this new revolutionary product is the answer I have been looking for which is a varnish that.........dries in seconds.........is smudge free.......... chip resistant...............has a flawless finish...........lasts up to 3 weeks..........is hard wearing..............and gentle to the nails.................is this really really true? The GELeration manicure takes an hour, mainly due to the super duper machines that have been purchased that dries off each coating in only 30 seconds, but only available at Esporta. Your nails are perfect for up to 3 weeks and no maintenance – it’s just fantastic! I think this is without doubt the best manicure I have ever had, as it is almost the same price as a normal manicure. Even better, if you are an Esporta Member, you will get 10% off the cost of the treatment and if you are an Esporta Tranquility member, you will also get an additional 10% off the cost which is brilliant and anyone can visit or be a member of the Esporta Tranquility Spa, so please just ask at Reception the next time you are passing. If you haven’t been to the Esporta Spa recently, please go and try for yourself, and they offer a special Spa Membership which is brilliant value for money. So now for the New Year, you can get fit but look good too and there is no excuse for not having beautiful nails all the time! Review by Tracy Hoy Esporta 269c Woodstock Road Oxford OX2 7NZ Tel: 01865 318300

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Accommodation

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Ethos Hotel 59 Western Road, Grandpont, Oxford OX1 4LF. Tel: 01865 245800 Web: www.ethoshotels.co.uk. A new boutique-style hotel is open in the centre of Oxford with beautiful, individually-designed rooms with all the amenities one could ask for. During your stay, you will benefit from travertine marble bathrooms, superking feather-top beds, wetbars, complimentary Wi-Fi and free Sky Movies and Sports. The staff is not only friendly and professional, but multilingual as well.

Macdonald Randolph Hotel Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN. Tel: 01865 256400. Web: www.macdonald-hotels.co.uk/randolph. Oxford's leading hotel - The AA Five star Macdonald Randolph - is situated in the heart of the city opposite the world famous Ashmolean Museum. Built in 1864 and recently refurbished, the hotel offers each guest the highest level of comfort and service in a traditional and welcoming environment. The location makes the Macdonald Randolph Hotel an ideal base for exploring the historic sights of Oxford or the thriving shopping centre just two minutes walk away.

Malmaison Oxford New Road, Oxford, OX1 1LD. Tel: 01865 268400. Web: www.malmaison.com. Malmaison Oxford is the latest addition to the Malmaison portfolio. Located in the heart of the city centre, the hotel forms the centre of the Oxford Castle site. Previously Her Majesty's Prison, Malmaison offers a unique opportunity to experience at first hand a valuable piece of British history. The contemporary bar, brasserie and bedrooms are stylish with plenty of character and original features. This time we are taking no prisoners!!.

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The Royal Oxford Hotel Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HR. Tel: 01865 248432. Web: www.royaloxfordhotel.co.uk. E-mail: info@royaloxfordhotel.co.uk. 3 Star hotel, fully air-conditioned. Within easy reach of train station and centre of Oxford. Broadband connection available throughout the hotel over wireless network.

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Ethos & Shanghai 30’s Special Offer We have just 10 Sunday evening stays at the ultra chic Ethos Hotel to give away for just £75 – represents a saving of over £50!!!! And as an extra bonus, we are giving you £50 to spend at Shanghai 30’s, Oxford’s leading Chinese restaurant, just 5 minutes away.

Victoria House Hotel 29 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AY. Tel: 01865 727400. Fax: 01865 727402.E-mail: info@victoriahouse-hotel.co.uk. Victoria House Hotel is situated in the heart of Oxford, most famously known as the University City. Having a superb location, it allows our guests to easily explore the main attractions in Oxford and enjoy convenience during their stay.

The Oxfordshire Rycote Lane, Milton Common, Thame, Oxon. OX9 2PU. Tel: 01844 278300 Web: theoxfordshire.com The Oxfordshire's hotel & Spa offers 50 en-suite contemporary guest rooms, 6 flexible conference rooms, accommodating from 4 to 190 guests, the new Sakura restaurant, luxury Tempus health & fitness spa and an 18-hole championship golf course. Located just outside the vibrant historic, university town of Oxford, the hotel is perfectly located for a city break, golf weekend, business or private event and being just off junction 7 of the M40, it is easily accessible from all major airports and local rail links.

AA HHH A Beautiful Edwardian Coutry House Hotel perfect for Weddings, Conferences and Fine Dining. “We really care about our Guests” Boars Hill, Oxford OX1 5BG www.westwoodhotel.co.uk Tel:01865 735408

Hostels

YHA 2a Botley Rd, Oxford OX2 0AB. Tel: 01865 727275. Web: www.yha.org.uk. The best value budget accommodation in town. Centrally located with en-suite rooms, breakfast buffet, bar and Great British menu, YHA Oxford redefines what you can expect from a hostel. We offer 24 hr access, internet access, luggage store and private rooms all 5 minutes walk from the city centre.

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Asian

OXY Oriental Ozone Leisure Park, Grenoble Rd, Oxford OX4 4XP. Tel: 01865 749888. Take away menu available. Eat as much as you like for a fixed price with a difference. Fully licensed with a wide selection. Non smoking throughout, free parking and can accommodate up to 200 diners. Specialties include Tepanyaki, Brazilian Roast, Sushi and Oriental Buffet.

Wagamama 8 Market Street, Oxford, OX1 3EF Tel: 01865 249 183 Web: www.wagamama.com wagamama is a noodle restaurant inspired by the hustle and bustle of canteen style japanese noodle bars, but its menu is an unmistakeable blend of pan-asian flavours and the freshest seasonal ingredients from closer to home

Shanghai 30’s 82 St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 1RA. Tel: 01865 242230. Web: www.shanghai30s.com. Situated in this 15th century building, Shanghai 30's cuisine is based on the both classic and contemporary dishes of Shanghai and the surrounding areas - Shaoxing and Yangchow, but also includes some of the most popular dishes from Sichuan, Peking and Canton. Our Menu will be changed seasonally to ensure ingredients are always fresh and suitable for the season and we do not use the MSG to enhance the flavour. Shanghai 30’s is the perfect place for a romantic meal or a private function.

Cockadoo Nuneham Courtenay Oxfordshire, OX44 9NX. Telephone: 01865 341 030. Web: www.cockadoo.co.uk. Cockadoo Bar & Restaurant invites you to experience sophisticated fine dining in a luxurious yet relaxing environment. The staff will ensure the highest levels of standard throughout your experience at Cockadoo. Far Eastern cuisine at its finest, why not visit soon?

Oxford Thai Restaurant 179 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UT. Tel: 01865 203763. Web: www.oxfordthairestaurant.com. Now under new ownership, this gem of Cowley will continue to serve delicious, authentic Thai food. Open for lunch and dinner, with a home delivery service. This relaxing, cheerful restaurant is not to be missed.

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The Real China 41 Oxford Castle, New Road, Oxford, OX1 1AY. Tel: 01865 721 888. Web: www.therealchina.co.uk. The Real China has opened its doors in Oxford at Oxford Castle and provides a tasty buffet style experience in the heart of Oxford. For stunning food at affordable prices in relaxed and luxurious surroundings, make sure you pay The Real China a visit the next time you are in town.

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Majliss 110 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1JE. Tel: 01865 726728. A new Indian restaurant on Cowley Road, Majliss is run by veteran restauranteurs from the Sylhet region of Bangladesh. The decor is stunning and contemporary, and the food delicious. Lively and great for groups, but perfect for romantic nights out as well. Take advantage of their takeaway service, too.

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Oxford

Rigoletto Bicester Road, Middleton Stoney OX25 4TD. Tel: 01869 343216. Web: www.rigolettorestaurant.co.uk. Situated on the Bicester Road close to Middleton Stoney, the restaurant is set in idyllic surroundings with ample car parking. Serving a varied menu of Italian dishes and an excellent selection of wines, Rigoletto is recognised as one of the areas fine restaurants.

Branca 111 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AJ. Tel: 01865 556111. Web: www.branca-restaurants.com. Branca opened in late 2000 offering Oxford a contemporary Italian bar and restaurant. Our 110 seat restaurant will provide you with an honest and straightforward Italian menu. Our aim is to source quality ingredients and keep it simple. We tend to be a lively venue, casual in feel but with generous, warm service.

Fire & Stone Threeways House 28-38 George Street Oxford OX1 2BJ. Tel: 0844 371 2550. Web: www.fireandstone.com. Fire & Stone Deliciously Different Pizza restaurant brings you a range of freshly made pizzas, pastas and salads with toppings inspired by the continents of the World. Situated on George Street, the stunning restaurant is split over 2 floors with space for large parties or smaller more intimate occasions. The restaurant is a favourite with families and a perfect destination for lunch, dinner or drinks.

Spanish

Al-Andalus 10 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford OX1 2HP. Tel: 01865 516688. Web: www.tapasoxford.co.uk. Open: Mon to Thur 12am-3pm & 5pm till late, Fri-Sun 12pm till late. Situated on vibrant, centrally located Little Clarendon Street, Al-Andalus is a stylish and bustling Spanish tapas bar. Independently - owned, it serves delicious, freshlyprepared and authentic Spanish tapas dishes. In addition to the high quality of its cuisine and friendly service, Al-Andalus offers a lively and informal atmosphere, further enhanced on Friday and Saturday evenings by live and exhilarating Sevillanas dance shows. The buzzy ambience of Al-Andalus makes it highly suitable for party bookings, and its heated outside terrace is the ideal place to spend warm and relaxing spring and summer days and evenings.

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Lebanese

Al Salam 6 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HH. Tel: 01865 245710. Open: Daily 12noon-11pm. Authentic Lebanese food, including organic and Halal. Great for vegans and vegetarians, with many authentic meat and animal-product free dishes. Delicious food, great atmosphere, one of the favourites in Oxford. Plus, find a belly dancer there most Saturday evenings.

Game

The Bear & Ragged Staff 28 Appleton Road, Cumnor OX2 9QH. Tel: 01865 862329. The Inn boasts a beautiful restaurant and 16th century bar restored to its stunning original glory. The dining menu features traditional English country cooking with a smattering of international dishes. The quintessential British love of game seems to be under-represented in Oxford, so The Bear is putting that right. If you are a lover of pigeon, duck, venison, pheasant or rabbit, look no further, they will be represented on our menus. Year round.

Seafood

Loch Fyne Bar & Grill 55 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AE. Tel: 01865 292510. Web: www.lochfyne.com. Open: Mon to Fri 12noon-10pm, Sat 9am-10.30pm, Sun 10am-10pm. There’s a new look and a new menu at Loch Fyne Bar & Grill. The fabulous new menu includes stunning seafood dishes and an exciting grill selection. The grill menu includes rib-eye steak, homemade burgers, spatchcock poussin and côte de bœuf. And with a stylish interior, sociable bar area, party tables and ‘the snug’ for private dining, the new Loch Fyne will suit every need and taste.

French

The Perch Binsey Lane, Binsey, Oxford, OX2 0NG. Tel: 01865 728891. Web: www.the-perch.co.uk As you walk on to the island of Binsey from the city you can leave your troubles behind. Follow the footsteps of Alice in Wonderland to The Perch, and celebrate the month of love in Oxford’s most romantic setting, with its open fire and beautiful restaurant. On Valentine's Day, enjoy an exceptional evening of fine food in Oxford’s most up and coming dining establishment. Throughout February, receive a glass of bubbly with presentation of this InOxford (max 2 guests).

Pierre Victoire 9 Little Clarendon St, Oxford OX1 2HP. Tel: 01865 316616. Web: www.pierrevictoire.co.uk. Lunch: Mon to Sat 12pm-2:30pm. Dinner: Mon to Sat 6pm-11pm. We're now open all day on Sundays so why not pop in for a late lunch, or supper which we serve til 10pm !! Enjoy our authentically cooked, traditional dishes in an informal environment at reasonable prices, the way the French do… Choose from a variety of fixed price menus, which we change with the seasons, focusing on local, fresh produce! We offer a 3 course lunch or early Pre Theatre supper for £9.90 and an evening 3 course Prix Fixe for £19.90! We love parties whether its Christenings,Birthdays,Graduations or even Retirements,offer an incredible £18.50 menu, and can cater for groups up to 60 ...! Rustic and friendly, with lots of candles, providing great food, value and service!

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Oxford

Contemporary

Quod Brasserie & Bar 92-94 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BN. Tel: 01865 202505. Web: www.quod.co.uk. On Oxford’s famous High, Quod Brasserie with its terrace and bar forms the hub of The Old Bank Hotel. Formerly a banking hall, it was transformed by Jeremy Mogford to become Oxford’s largest and most successful restaurant. There is a huge outdoor terrace, and parking is not a problem. Open all day for breakfast, the famously good value two course set lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, this stylish, busy, bustling brasserie serves simply designed, unpretentious, robust food.

Malmaison 3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY. Tel: 01865 268400. Web: www.malmaison.com It has to be the Mal. Here you can sample divinely tasty, beautifully presented cuisine prepared with incredible local ingredients and served up with genuine passion. Whether you’re looking for the best place to savour business lunches, a quick light healthy bite, or dinner. Our brasserie not only offers the most delicious of food, but seductively lit by candles, it is the perfect atmosphere to wine and dine for both pleasure and business.

Macdonald Randolph Hotel Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN. Tel: 01865 256410. Web: www.macdonald-hotels.co.uk/randolph. The restaurant at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel has recently just won its second AA rosette for its cuisine and features contemporary menus in an unrivalled setting with fabulous views of the city. If a more relaxed atmosphere is desired for a quiet drink then the Morse Bar provides a peaceful environment in which you can relax and unwind in after a busy day - it was a firm favourite with the cast and crew of Inspector Lewis (the follow on programme from Inspector Morse) which filmed at the hotel in 2005.

Cherwell Boathouse Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST Tel: 01865 552746 Web: www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk Beautifully located by the river Cherwell. Fine food and renowned wine list (ranked 11th best in UK) Open lunch and dinner 7 days a week Marquee and terrace available for private hire. Midweek lunch available 2 courses from £12.50. Al fresco dining available.

Modern European lunches. Organic cooked breakfasts. Classic afternoon teas. Evenings by arrangement, all presented in a relaxed and contemporary style. Open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm. 51 High Street, Oxford OX1 4AS. Tel: 01865 244429. www.the-rose.biz

Traditional English & Public Houses in Oxfordshire

The Trout The Trout Godstow Road, Wolvercote, Oxford, OX2 8PN. Tel: 01865 510 930. Web: www.thetroutoxford.co.uk The Trout in Lower Wolvercote is genuinely part of the rich tapestry that is Oxford life. With a large terrace looking out onto the river Thames, it is easy to see why The Trout is the pub of dreams; from Lewis Carroll to CS Lewis you can understand why so many people love to sit outside on a summers day with a lovely glass of wine or a chilled beer and watch the fast moving waters.

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Gee’s Restaurant & Bar 61 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE. Tel: 01865 553540. Web: www.gees-restaurant.co.uk. Gee's, the Oxford restaurant where locals and visitors meet for lunch, dinner, or drinks, brings together simplicity, generosity and hospitality. We serve traditional British food in comfortable, contemporary surroundings. Gee's is a modern bistro offering diners value for money, satisfying seasonal food and a great choice of wines by the glass and carafe. Formerly a florist and greengrocer, this North Oxford restaurant was restored and renovated by owner Jeremy Mogford fifteen years ago. Inspired by its natural light and features he enhanced the building to create a comfortable, contemporary restaurant and bar.

The Jersey Bar & Grill Middleton Stoney, Oxfordshire OX25 4AD. Tel: 01869 343234. Web: www.jerseyarms.co.uk. Enjoys a fine reputation for smart casual dining. Renowned for the quality and varity of its wines, superb food and service, the restaurant can be reserved for your exclusive use.

The Bear & Ragged Staff 28 Appleton Road, Cumnor OX2 9QH. Tel: 01865 862329. The Inn boasts a beautiful restaurant and 16th century bar restored to its stunning original glory. The dining menu features traditional English country cooking with a smattering of international dishes. We emphasize steak, game, pub favourites and roasts. Log fires, real ales, a relaxed atmosphere and a warm hug await you at The Bear and Ragged Staff.

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The Old Parsonage 1 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6NN. Tel: 01865 292305. Web: www.oldparsonage-hotel.co.uk. Our philosophy at The Parsonage is simple: to serve the very best of British food using the very best produce to create superb traditional dishes. Our classic British menu includes seasonal food that will appeal to everyone, from roast partridge with bread sauce to scampi and chips with sauce gribiche, smoked haddock with buttered jersey royals and poached eggs and treacle tart. It is classic British fare prepared with skill and care using the finest ingredients: pure Aberdeen Angus beef, Pol Dorset lamb and vegetables are all from the owner’s farm in Oxfordshire, and fish and shellfish are flown in from Jersey twice a week. The Old Parsonage: simple, classic British seasonal food at its best.

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News Café 1 Ship St, Oxford OX1 3DA. Tel: 01865 242317. Open: Until 10pm. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. We serve breakfast from 9am everyday. Lunches include freshly made soups and pastas. A large variety of Panini's and bagels. Wonderful smoothies and good coffee.

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Cafe Loco The Old Palace, 85/87 St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1RA. Tel: 01865 200959. Web: www.goingloco.com. Just two minutes walk from Carfax Tower is Cafe Loco, with such delights as stunning coffee, sumptuous Eggs Benedict, Full English, homemade Specials, Scones, Teacakes and Full Afternoon Tea, it’s a wonder you haven’t been!!!!!!! Introducing NEW business lunch delivery service. For details info@goingloco.com.

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Camera St Ebbes Street, Oxford, OX1 1PU. Tel: 01865 245551 Web: www.cameraoxford.co.uk Camera is a new and exciting addition to Oxford's bar and restaurant scene, situated in the City's vibrant centre. Elegant in design, Camera's bar area is stylish, sophisticated and funky. Our professional bartenders serve classic and contemporary cocktails using premium spirits and only the freshest ingredients. The fabulous Asian fusion food can be enjoyed in the light, modern restaurant space or in the bar area where early evening ambient music changes to funky house, R&B and retro played by our resident DJs until 2am.

Angels Little Clarendon Street, Oxford. OX1 2HS Tel: 01865 544244 Web: www.angelsbar.co.uk Step into Angels and journey through cocktail history. Choose between the first vintage mixes or new trends perfected in the Angels laboratry, all carefully crafted by our expert bartenders.

The House Blue Boar Street, Oxford OX1 4EE. Tel: 01865 724433. Web: www.housebar.co.uk. The House cocktail bar is Oxford’s secret place for those in the know. Nestled down Wheatsheaf Yard, just off High Street, it offers a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle in what can only be described as an interior which boasts style, sophistication and class. The Games Room is available. Our Games Room is available for Christmas Parties for up to 70 people. Email private@housebar.co.uk

Duke of Cambridge 5-6 Little Clarendon St, Oxford OX1 2HP. Tel: 01865 558173. Web: www.dukebar.com. The Duke is Oxford’s oldest and most established cocktail bar and has been serving classic and contemporary cocktails for over twenty five years. At 33ft, The Duke boasts the longest bar in Oxford, and the mahogany focal point is certainly impressive.

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Apart from decent food of course, a dining experience is made all the more enjoyable by meeting owners who have a real passion for their business. None more so than Ali Amzed. Almost single-handedly, without doubt backed up by attentive and well informed colleagues. Ali has made this part of Summertown his own, imprinting a stamp of excellence and great service. If you need a good meal and a general lift, look no further than Ali. Not only will you leave Saffron replete, you’ll also leave with a smile on your face. And whereas many restaurants will add annoying charges for this and that, Ali will add value, add dishes and add to your overall experience. Kids? Most welcome. We took three of them. Chicken Korma’s are normally the order of the day – I can’t talk, I was 32 by the time I kicked the habit! But this time, Ali brought the kids out of their ‘Korma shells’ and we were all indulged in a veritable feast. There was hardly room left on the table. Here’s a selection of what we had: Starters – a mixed dish, beautifully prepared, including the following delicious treats – lamb tikka, Suffiany Kebab (minced lamb, skewered and chargrilled in the tandoor over), meat samosas, Jinga Moni Puree (King prawns cooked with spices served with a slice of fresh pineapple on fried Indian bread), and Grilled Ribs. Mains – Chicken Rogan - North Indian dish with tomatoes, green peppers, onions and a touch of garlic. Chicken Korma – well we had to have at least one, for old time’s sake! - A mild dish cooked in cream, almond & coconut. Sigdi Chicken - Chicken marinated in spice, cooked in chef's own special recipe (medium) Sikandari Badi Lamb - This is a very exotic Indian dish, shank of lamb marinated with herbs and spices then roasted in the oven. King Prawn Jalfrayzi – or ‘Jinga’ – Stir fried highly spiced with fresh green chilies & coriander. (HOT!!!!). Chicken Passanda – in a delicate mild creamy sauce with almond powder & red wine You really can’t go wrong at Saffron. We were served dutifully throughout and the attention we received was remarkable given this was a busy Friday night, just before Christmas. Saffron is a lively, contemporarily designed restaurant, with a beautiful flow with a couple of individual eating areas aside from the main room. This enables you to almost enjoy your own private enclave, akin to having your own dinner party in public. The wonderful all round Saffron dining experience has been recognised with a number of awards, including the Top 30 Best in Britain (BIBA) and a Gold Award from Quality Food Online Ltd, all of which are fully deserved. The restaurant frequently hosts charity events, supporting charities such as Child Reach International and Helen and Douglas House. Over twelve years, Saffron has become a firm favourite for the inhabitants of Summertown and beyond. Why not join in the fun? Reviewed by Richard Rosser Saffron 204 - 206 Banbury Rd Summertown Oxford OX2 7BY Tel: 01865 512211 Web: www.saffronrestaurantoxford.co.uk

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There’s nothing like a warm, inviting restaurant on a cold day to set you up for an afternoon’s shopping and we had a great two hours at Villandry, Bicester Village, before hitting the shops. Bicester Village on a Sunday is busy at the best of times, but just before Christmas, even the overspill car park needed an overspill car park. Having dropped Abi and Tina at the door of Villandry, which was beautifully adorned with cascading snowdrop lights, I secured a spot, eventually, and made my way to the warmth of the restaurant. What an atmosphere. Think combination of busy French Brasserie and Harvey Nics in Knightsbridge and you’ll be able to conjure up that happy, vibrant felling you get when you walk in to either. Practically every table was taken. A mixture of couples, families and groups of fashionable youngsters combined to give a real buzz as I made my way from the entrance to the girls who were already getting stuck in to the menu and a pre dinner drink. Service throughout was exemplary. It wasn’t just us – it was evident from the activity of the waiters and waitresses that making sure their customers were happy was high on the list of their priorities. There was, however, little to complain about. A steady stream of steaks, chickens and moules frites passed us as if the whole menu was on parade to facilitate our own choice. We decided against a starter as we were running a little late and made a pact to do main and dessert – although the girls, as if I didn’t know better, were to renege on our deal! Abi plumped for the steak – again – an 8oz Rib Eye steak with a side order of chips. Served on a wooden board, Abi couldn’t get enough. For a little ‘un she can certainly tuck away a good steak. Tina chose the smoked haddock and leek fishcakes, polished off with ease. I had my eye on the succulent half rotisserie roasted chickens (served with rosemary and garlic) as soon as I walked in the restaurant, and this proved to be an excellent choice. A side of creamed spinach and new potatoes made for great Sunday meal. The chicken was tender and made for a filling main. And so to the deal-breaker. I had the glazed lemon tart for dessert and the girls SHARED a sticky toffee pudding – lightweights! Both were the ideal complement to our mains, but, in hindsight, the one between two route was probably the best choice given that the sticky toffee pudding was very, very naughty! Faultless. We all had a great meal, immaculate service and, all in all, a first class dining experience. Make sure the next time you get dragged to the shops, make a day of it at Bicester Village and book a table at Villandry – you won’t regret it! Reviewed by Richard Rosser Bicester Village Pingle Drive Bicester Oxfordshire OX26 6WD Tel: 01869 355070

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Services In Oxford Medical

St John Ambulance 40 High Street, Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 2DN. Tel: 01865 378228. Email: office@oxfordshire.sja.org.uk. Web: www.sja.org.uk. We provide: First aid cover at events, First aid training, Health and safety training, and Ambulance services.

Residential Care

The Lady Nuffield Home 165 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7AW. Tel: 01865 888500. Web: www.ladynuffieldhome.co.uk. A small residential care home for the older person, conveniently situated in Summertown. Close to shops, local medical centres and on the main bus route.

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Close Up Magician Tel: 01865 742211 Web: www.samstrangemagic.co.uk

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Dry Cleaning

Excel Dry Cleaners 274 Banbury Road, Oxford. Tel: 01865 511773. Oxford’s specialist Dry Cleaners, experts in cleaning all delicate items including silks to wedding dresses. Full repair and alteration service.

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