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December Welcome to December in Oxford As we approach our 10th Birthday edition (February 2012) we look forward to a bumper Christmas to end a difficult year for everyone on a high. Adorning the cover this December is Rose Lyburn of Casa Rose in Walton Street. This is a great shop for a very special gift for someone special – even if that’s you! We have some great reviews for The Oxford International Women’s Festival, the wonderful South Pacific at The New Theatre and an In Oxford Magazine favourite, The University of Oxford Shop. VOUCH has now taken off and you can buy a huge range of vouchers from our website. We are adding more vouchers all of the time and will be launching a dedicated site for VOUCH in the new year where you will be able to purchase electronic vouchers to use immediately. Thanks to all of our readers for your support this year and we will see you in 2012! Have a great Christmas Richard Rosser Editor, In Oxford Magazine

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HIGHLIGHTS Vouch News Latest News See page 6 Oxford Brookes Dance Studio Tangos with Vouch, A valued team member joins full time and news of In Oxford’s 10th Birthday in Feb and how you can be involved!

The latest Vouch offers See page 8 We have great offers from Malmaison, Bedlam Paintball, Verde, Malikas, Electric Hair, Kazbar, The Red Lion and more!

Lead Casa Rose Boudoir See page 10 “We’re all about providing the skilled help so many shops lack on the high street, as well as beautiful, eclectic pieces. We feel we put the fun and enjoyment back into shopping, and know that women love to walk away with something special, something that can be found nowhere else. ”

Review Women’s Festival See page 18 “The Festival promises an exciting and informative line up of events including exhibitions, workshops, topical talks, performances and social events celebrating women’s achievements in sport, science, film, literature, theatre and more.”

Cinema The latest listings See page 31 We're all truly in for a treat this December with so many great films to watch. If you like your Action with the family, Sherlock Holmes will be right up your street! We have Puss In Boots for the kids (and the grown up ones) and spooky horror in a re-make of The Thing + More.

Events Blenheim Palace See page 16 Great events at Blenheim Palace this December, just make sure you experience everything before the Palace and Gardens close for the winter on the 17th December!

Review New Theatre See page 26 “Set on a tropical island during World War II, this is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an unfamiliar culture in wartime remains as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences.”

Review The University of Oxford Shop See page 38 “If you are looking for presents, you have a great choice of seasonal products, chocolates, wrapped product packages, and if you are looking for something personal, you can even get a gift basket with the products of your choice. I’ll definitely be back soon for my Christmas shopping!”



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Oxford Brookes Dance Studio offers dance classes at all levels – from beginners to competition level. They have a professional instructor and you don’t need to bring a partner, just turn up, join in with the class, and enjoy! At the Brookes Dance Studio, all kinds of dances are taught, including Ballroom, Latin, Waltz, Cha Cha, Quickstep, Jive, Tango, Samba, Viennese, Waltz, Rumba, Foxtrot, Pasodoble. About the feature in this issue of In Oxford David Jones of Oxford Brookes Dance Group said, “For us to feature in In Oxford Magazine is great profile and enables us to promote ourselves to a huge audience. We are delighted to spread the word about VOUCH and wish In Oxford Magazine every success with this great initiative.” Class Times: Wednesday 4 - 5pm Beginners Ballroom. Wednesday 5 6pm Beginners Latin. All classes are held in the studio at the Headington campus Sports Centre. Lesson Prices: Sports centre members; £3 per class or £25 for the whole term. Non-Members; £4.50 per class or £40 for the whole term. For more details please contact David Jones on 07729 689304. As part of a regular new feature, VOUCH our new voucher scheme will be sponsoring a page feature on a local group. We will feature the group on this page and in return the group will be promoting VOUCH on their website and social networking pages. So, if you would like some free exposure for your group, why not contact our VOUCH representative, Paige Walford, on 01865 742211 or


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Join us at our Christmas Lunch at Pembroke College, 21st December At a loose end for Christmas? We have booked the stunning dinning room at Pembroke College for our Christmas Lunch for up to 160 guests. Guests will be treated to jazz throughout lunch by The Paul Jefferies Trio. This classic jazz line up of piano, bass and drums will be playing a selection of pieces from the great American Songbook as well as some festively influenced tunes. Tickets are ÂŁ50+VAT each and include a welcome drink and three course meal. Wine to be purchased separately, direct from Pembroke College. Call 01865 742211 or e-mail to book your ticket.

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Malmaison Accommodation Offer One time prison becomes a daring destination - Malmaison Hotel in the Oxford Castle complex boasts a stylish bar serving astoundingly good wines, and fabulous, decadent cocktails. We have just 8 cell rooms to 'cell' every month for just £75 - normal rate £170. Book your secure night in the cells by simply visiting



Malmaison Brasserie Offer Simple British classic dishes, uncompromising in quality, generous in portions. Prison food has never been so good you think, as you read the menu. Dishes prepared with a genuine passion for the local food heroes of Oxfordshire. Set in the heart of the hotel the Brasserie retains the original features of the prison with the old metal staircases running through it. Arched doorways lead to private dining rooms and our alfresco terrace which is known to our regular inmates as the exercise yard. With divine dining and astoundingly good vino this is a dining experience to remember. We have 100 x £50 Malmaison brasserie vouchers for only £25 each. Take this opportunity to eat at one of Oxford's trendiest Saving restaurants.


Malikas Restaurant Offer In the middle of the buzzing area of Cowley Road, you will find Malikas, which guarantees a superior Indian cuisine experience in an elegant atmosphere! At Malikas we focus on great service and wonderful food, so our restaurant really stands out in Oxford’s long list of Indian restaurants. £40 worth of food for only £20 at



The Red Lion Restaurant Offer Fast becoming one of Oxford’s most versatile venues with a fantastic bar and phenomenal food, The Red Lion is a great venue for a drink, a meal or a dinner party in one of our stunning private rooms. £35 Red Lion vouchers for only £17.50 each. Take this opportunity to eat at one of Oxford's best restaurants.

£17.50 Saving Majliss Restaurant Offer Minimalist, light modern décor in which to enjoy the finest of Indian cuisine. With great food, comfortable surroundings and a lively vibe emanating from this excellent addition to Cowley Road’s burgeoning portfolio of eateries, Majliss is simply a must. £50 worth of food for only £25 at




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Kazbar Restaurant Offer Get away from Oxford with a great meal at Kazbar on Cowley Road. An Oxford favourite, let Kazbar whisk you away to a place far away. We have 30 x £30 Kazbar vouchers for only £15 each. Take this opportunity to eat at one of Oxford's most atmospheric restaurants.



Bedlam Paintball Offer You haven’t played paintball until you’ve played Bedlam Paintball. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Immerse yourselves in our detailed, imaginative game scenarios and custom-built Game Zones. We know you’ll be back. The voucher entitles the bearer to £70 worth of products including reloader and lunch for two at Bedlam in Newbury for just £20! Please see for more info.



Shanghai 30’s Restaurant Offer Stunning decor, amazing foodTransport yourself to 1930's Shanghai with one of Oxfords greatest Chinese restaurants. Beautiful decor and truly breath taking food! Shanghai 30's is an experience to remember. We have 20 x £30 vouchers for only £15 each. Take this opportunity to eat at one of Oxford's finest Chinese Restaurants.



Verde Pizzeria Restaurant Offer Gorgeous Italian Food in the heart of Oxford on the lively Cowley Road, less than 5 minutes from the Centre of Oxford. Great pizza and pasta! £30 worth of food at Verde Pizzeria for just £15. Please see for more info.



Electric Hair Offer With successful hairdressing salons already established in Brighton, Reading and London, Electric are very proud to have opened their most beautiful salon to date in Oxford. Electric offer a seamless and bespoke service where every client who walks through the door is made to feel special, understood and totally cared for. Easily one of the UKs most exciting and rapidly expanding Hairdressing brands, and we have teamed up with them to offer you a bespoke visit giving you the opportunity to receive a cut and finish for £25!

£37.50 Saving 4500 Miles From Delhi Restaurant Offer "With the restaurant we wanted to create a place that is relaxing and comfortable, but also wanted to inject some of the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Delhi. With the open plan 'theatre' kitchen, we hope that we have brought a little bit of Delhi to Oxford." Nav, Owner £50 vouchers for only £25 each. Take this opportunity to eat at one of Oxford's finest Indian Restaurants.




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A hidden gem in the heart of Jericho. Since launching as a small gift shop in 2004, Casa Rose has come a long way. Back then, style-setting Rose Lyburn spotted a gap in the market for a relaxed, charming, quirky boutique. Soon putting her stamp on it, Rose brought a new kind of shopping experience to Oxford. Sprinkled with old Hollywood glamour and Parisian chic, the shop now boasts a unique and glittering array of gifts, jewellery and women’s fashion. Our main focus now is what our customers want, and giving them the feel-good factor. Our database recently reached 2,500; these loyal customers from all over the UK are the most important focus, what keeps us moving forward. We’re all about providing the skilled help so many shops lack on the high street, as well as beautiful, eclectic pieces. We feel we put the fun and enjoyment back into shopping, and know that women love to walk away with something special, something that can be found nowhere else. Sparkling jewels, cosmic scarves and endless heart warming gifts are only one part of our treasure trove. Rails run all around the shop, draped in our new, more focused fashion selection. Gone are the bigger labels, sensing our customers desire a more individual look and feel. Effortlessly simple yet striking designs, combined with sumptuous, high quality fabrics. We are well known for style with a difference throughout Oxford and this year Rose took on fashion events at Ascot and Cheltenham. These shows kicked off a storm of success, and Casa Rose was well received. There will absolutely be more events in the future, and we’ll always have complimentary tickets for customers who would like to come along. These days, Rose finds herself more and more in position to be advising and styling ladies on a weekly basis, appointments are even being made! Women are looking for help, from vintage look necklaces to cosy Paris knits, you name it. We are all about bringing a look together. We don’t want to be just a shop full of shelves, we are your tailor made secret wardrobe. At Casa Rose, we feel times are changing. Hand in hand with the likes of Marie Claire magazine, the world of e-commerce and social media will become our way forward to wider brand expansion. The team at the shop love facebook and twitter, always adding pictures of new stock and updating our followers with the things we get up too! Looking to the future, we plan on expanding towards eBay and Amazon, creating new ways for our ladies to explore planet Casa Rose. Of course, we are still looking for the perfect second branch. Rose personally puts her success down to loyal and faithful customers, ‘Because without them where would I be. They are real women with real lives.’ Described as ‘The Chocolat of Walton Street’, Casa Rose is more than just a boutique, and this is just the beginning. 74A Walton Street Oxford OX2 6EA Tel: 01865 510 191 Web: Twitter: @casaroseboudoir Facebook:


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Christmas Wreath Making, Talk and Lunch Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th December: Talk by the Park’s Head Gardener Tim Miles on plants and flowers at Christmas. The day starts with coffee on arrival from 10am followed by the talk, a short walk highlighting some of the planting around the Park (weather permitting), lunch and then a workshop making a Christmas wreath to take home. All foliage is collected by the gardeners from around the Park. This is a very popular and relaxing day on the run up to Christmas and the demands of the festive season, so book early to avoid disapointment. Tickets are £30 per person with no extras on the day.


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Kingston Road, Frilford, Nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 5HB. Tel: 01865 392200. Web: Open: 7 days a week. Free entry and free car parking.

Millets Christmas Food & Gift Marquee Until Christmas: Make a start on this year’s Christmas Shopping and visit our Christmas Food Marquee full of festive delights and fantastic gift ideas to suit all tastes and requirements. From bespoke hampers to classic confectionary, delicious preserves to fine beers and wines, indulgent homemade cakes and mince pies to unique stocking fillers, all can be found in the Christmas wonderland of food and gifts at Millets Farm Shop.

Santa's Magical Wonderland Grotto Until Christmas: Our unique experience starts with a walk through an enchanted and magical Christmas scene guided by Santa’s friendly elves. During the experience children will create their own reindeer food mix, ready for sprinkling on the lawn on Christmas Eve and learn a song ready to ‘sing along with Santa!’ Upon reaching Santa’s living room, prepare to be entertained with magical fairytale stories which are sure to delight and amuse both adults and children alike. The whole family can enjoy a tasty treat before it’s time for a ‘sing song’... do you remember the words? Tickets: £7.99 for children, £2.99 for adults, £19.99 for a family ticket.


Science Oxford 1-5 London Place, St Clements, Oxford OX4 1BD. Tel: 01865 810000. Web and Bookings:

Christmas Decorations Saturday 1st December - Tuesday 2nd January: The search is on for the new faces of science communication. Science Oxford Live is going to be hosting the South East heats of FameLab, the UK’s biggest competition for new talent to engage the public in science. So if you want to be the next Brian Cox and you think you can explain a science, engineering or maths concept in just three minutes, you can get more details at Free with entry to the Discovery Zone Times: 10am–5pm

The Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH Tel: 01865 278000 Web:

Claude Lorrain: The Enchanted Landscape Until Thursday 8th January 2012: In partnership with the Städel Museum, Frankfurt, the exhibition brings together 140 works from international collections, created at different points in Claude’s career. By uniting ‘pairs’ of his paintings and making a comprehensive survey of his work in different media, the exhibition brings new research to bear on his working methods. The show will display some of Claude’s greatest masterpieces, works which have made his art familiar and wellloved, in Great Britain especially.

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Oxford Christmas Market Friday 2nd - Sunday 18th December: Oxford Christmas Market is an established Christmas Market that takes place at Oxford Castle in the heart of Oxford’s city centre. Oxford Christmas Market sparkles with beautifully decorated wooden stalls offering wonderful Christmas gifts and seasonal treats. Come along and enjoy the magical atmosphere whilst local choirs and brass bands perform Christmas carols adding to the festive atmosphere, and a small Victorian carousel delights the children as onlookers sip on Glühwein and nibble on roasted chestnuts! Times: Thursday - Saturday 10am - 8pm, Sunday - Wednesday 10am - 6pm

Mummers, Michaelmas and The Empress Matilda Saturday 3rd - Sunday 18th December: Inspired by English Mummer’s Plays UnderConstruction Theatre Company will be animating Oxford Castle with seasonal cheer through exciting and interactive promenade performances that will start and finish in Garratt Tavern, Castle Gardens – festive fun that is guaranteed to turn your nose red!

Dance Around the Gallows Tuesday 6th - Saturday 10th December: A century of history will be transformed by the tour guides of Oxford Castle – Unlocked visitor attraction this Christmas, delivered through drama, song and music. For five nights only from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th December, visitors will be treated to a glass of mulled wine and an evening of acoustic melodies as they journey through the castle enjoying the interactive theatre experience of Dance Around The Gallows. Tickets: £19.95 Adult/ £17.95 Cons/ £15.95 Child (8-15 years) Booking: 0845 070 6255

Blenheim Palace Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PX. Tel: 0800 849 6500 Web: Open: 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 welcomes all for the festive season to enjoy ‘A White Christmas’ at Blenheim Palace up to 16th December (Wednesday to Sunday inclusive). See the magnificent State Rooms decorated with sparkling icicles, snowflakes, and silver white birches, and stunning costumes from English National Ballet’s The Snow Queen. In the Great Court Christmas trees sparkle in the Colonnades providing a magical festive experience, and there are wonderful Christmas shopping opportunities in the elegant gift shops. Festive entertainment and music takes place at weekends and families can visit Santa’s Grotto on the final two weekends of the season.

Christmas Trees on Sale Thursday 1st December: Freshly cut Estate-grown Christmas trees on sale from outside the Palace 11am – 5.30pm

Santa’s Grotto 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th December: Visit Santa’s Grotto in the stables at Blenheim Palace.

Santa’s Grotto Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December: Local school choirs sing carols in the Long Library. From 17th December Blenheim Palace and Formal Gardens are closed for winter. The Park remains open daily for walks (except Christmas Day). Blenheim Palace opens for the new season on 11th February 2012.

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Central Library, Westgate, Oxford OX1 1DJ Tel: 01865 815525 Web: As well as working on a number of exciting projects – including Oxfordshire's plans to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, The Tree of Light and Oxford’s bid to become World Book Capital in 2014 – Oxford Inspires is continuing its work to promote the many wonderful events, shows, exhibitions and festivals that take place across the county. Info:

Christmas Light Night Friday 2nd December: Celebrate the spectacular start of Christmas in Oxford with a buzzing evening of processions, lights, dance, art, music and performance, all thrown together with a generous helping of festive cheer! Highlights include a children’s lantern procession, supported by MINI Plant Oxford, live entertainment on the St Giles stage, Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night, plus the late-night opening of Oxford’s museums, Castle, Town Hall, theatres and galleries. Venue: Various across Oxford. Info:

Oxford Improvisers: Cohesion 5 Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th December: COHESION 5 is a celebration of ten years of outstanding new music by the Oxford Improvisers Co-operative. Headlining the festival is the world-class Afro-American composer and improvising trumpet player Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith. COHESION 5 will also feature the exceptional talents of local new music and improvising musicians, collaborations with Oxford’s outstanding dance artists, along with internationally renowned visiting musicians. Venue: Jacqueline du Pre Music Building and Pegasus Theatre. Info:

Revealed: The Underwear Revolution Saturday 3rd December – Saturday 18th February: An Oxfordshire County Council touring exhibition celebrating the changing role of underwear in our lives. Trace underwear’s evolution from hair shirts to ‘How to Look Good Naked’, and discover how our most intimate garments have been affected by changes in technology, society and taste. Venue: Banbury Museum. Info:

'Oxfordshire Craft Guild Christmas Selling Exhibition Tuesday 6th – Friday 23rd December: This exhibition will be one of the very first to be shown in the Old Fire Station’s newly created Arts Centre. A wide variety of high quality contemporary craft by over fifteen members of the county’s top designer-makers will be for sale; with all pieces possessing a unique appeal and lovingly crafted with flair, you’re sure to find something perfect here for Christmas. Venue: The Old Fire Station. Info:

The Snow Queen Sunday 11th December: This beautiful re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s celebrated fairytale follows the story of Gerda and her quest to find her friend Kay, whom the Snow Queen has placed under an evil spell. Ballet Theatre UK’s renowned company of international dancers, elegant costumes and glittering stage sets combine to create a magnificent spectacle, all set to a glorious and magical score. Venue: The Kenton Theatre. Info:

One Snowy Night Monday 12th – Saturday 17th December: Percy the Park Keeper always feeds the animals in the park where he lives. But one cold winter’s night, Percy finds his little friends shivering on the doorstep – they need more than food and he must find a way to help them. One Snowy Night is a snuggly heart-warming Christmas story with furry friends to meet and songs to sing along to. Perfect for little ones and enchanting for older children and adults too, come and see it together and get in the Christmas mood! Venue: Cornerstone Arts Centre. Info:

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The Oxford International Women’s Festival has been running successfully for more than 20 years and aims to highlight women’s local, national and international issues. It is also a supporter of women and organisations campaigning for equal rights and opportunities. A dedicated group of local and international women from all backgrounds, beliefs and cultures coordinate the Festival on a voluntary basis throughout the year. We organise fundraising events, coordinate the marketing, designing and advertising of the programme, and aim to pull together community groups, charities and businesses that hold events during the Festival period. The theme for 2012 is ‘Equality and Diversity’ and will include the celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March with a launch event at the Town Hall. Running from Friday 2nd to Monday 12th March 2012, there will be a fantastic variety of events happening in various venues throughout Oxford city and the wider county. The Festival promises an exciting and informative line up of events including exhibitions, workshops, topical talks, performances and social events celebrating women’s achievements in sport, science, film, literature, theatre and more. Application forms to hold an event during the Festival, or to advertise your business or charity in the programme, can be found on our website, or by contacting Anna Hobson. If you would like to volunteer as a fundraiser, organise sponsored events or be part of the planning committee, please contact Anna or Debbie. Also, if you would like to volunteer as a steward during the Festival itself, or have any specialist skills that may be of benefit in media and publicity, photography, project management or marketing, please do get in touch. Due to the financial climate, our funding is sadly a lot less than in previous years so your support is greatly appreciated in whatever capacity. We have Festival t-shirts and books for sale at reasonable prices, and we run several fundraising events leading up to the Festival, so do look out for us and come and get involved. Debbie Hollingsworth, Festival Coordinator: Anna Hobson, Programme Coordinator: Check out our website at Find us on Facebook: Oxford International Women’s Festival page Find us on Twitter: @oxintwomensfest The full programme of events will be distributed early 2012 and are free of charge.


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Attractions City Sightseeing Bus Tours Oxford Railway Station, Park End Street, OX1 1HS. Tel: 01865 790522. Web: 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. Tours operate all day every day except Christmas/Boxing and New years day.

Oxford Castle 43 Oxford Castle, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1AY. Tel: 01865 20165. Web: 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 Street, Oxford, OX1 3EY Tel: 01865 240940. Web: 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". Open: 10.30am-5pm (10.30am-4pm in Winter). Admission: Adults: £2.00, Concessionaires: £1.50, Children (under 16): £1.00

Cherwell Boathouse - Punting Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6ST (1 mile from the town centre). Tel: 01865 515978. Web: 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.

Modern Art Oxford 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP. Tel: 01865 722733 Web: Founded in 1965, Modern Art Oxford is the South East's leading Gallery for the presentation of modern and contemporary visual art. Our programme includes exhibitions by artists from all over the world, from landmark solo presentations to pioneering group exhibitions as well as educational and family activities. Funded primarily by Arts Council England, all of our exhibitions are free for visitors. You can also relax in our café, purchase unique gifts in the shop, and participate in our vibrant events programme which includes talks, discussions, contemporary music and film nights.

Tourist Information Centre 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS.Tel: 01865 252200. Email: Web: 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. We also can guide you to the best Oxfordshire has to offer. We are also the home of Official Guided Walking Tours, the best way to explore Oxford on foot. We have a wonderful selection of tours from University and City Tours to Pottering in Harry Potters Footsteps. See in store or get in contact with us by Tel: 01865 252037 Email:


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University Church of St. Mary the Virgin High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ. Tel: 01865 279111. Web: 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. Open: 9am to 5pm (July and August 9am-6pm). Tower Admission: Adult £3, Children (under 16) £2.50.

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Visitor Centre, Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire SP11 8DY. Tel: 01264 773850. Web: 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! Open: Seven days a week 10am-5.30pm (from 13.02.10).

Didcot Railway Centre



Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7NJ. Tel: 01235 817200. Web: 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. Please call or refer to our website for details/dates of “Thomas with Father Christmas” during December. Open: Every weekend.

Buscot Park & The Faringdon Collection



Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 8BU Tel: 01367 240932 (Information Line) Web:

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. Open: 1 April - 30 September. House, Gardens & Tearoom Wed,Thu, Fri and the following weekends in Aug: 13/14, 27/28. 2.00pm-6.00pm (last admission to House 5.00pm). Gardens only: Mon, Tue, 2.00pm-6.00pm. Admission to House and Grounds: £8.00 Grounds only £5.00 Children half-price

Cotswold Wildlife Park



Burford, Oxford OX18 4JP. Tel: 01993 823006. Web: 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 walkthrough Madagascar exhibit with free-roaming 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. Park Open: Every Day from 10am.

Millets Farm Centre



Kingston Road, Frilford, Nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 5HB. Tel: 01865 392200. Web: 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. Open: 7 days a week. Free entry and free car parking.

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Theatre New Theatre New Theatre Oxford George St, Oxford OX1 2AG. Tel: 08448 471585. Web:

South Pacific Tuesday 6th - Wednesday 14th December: This international hit landmark production which reinvented the classic musical swept the 2008 Tony Awards, played to sold-out houses on Broadway, and is currently selling out across America. Considered one of the finest musicals ever written.

Katherine Jenkins Saturday 7th January: Katherine Jenkins, the record-breaking multi platinum selling mezzo-soprano, will open her UK Daydream theatre tour, in Oxford. Taking in 21 cities across the UK, Katherine will be performing up close and personal for her first theatre tour in three years. FORTHCOMING EVENT

Scrooge the Musical Monday 9th - Saturday 14th January: No holiday season would be complete without Dickens' favourite characters including Ebenezer, Bob Cratchit, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, and of course Tiny Tim! So get ready to embark on a magical theatrical experience unlike any other in the international smash-hit musical sensation Scrooge! FORTHCOMING EVENT

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At Swim Two Boys Thursday 1st - Friday 2nd December: Set in Ireland in 1916, the work juxtaposes the developing love affair between two young men with political turmoil in Ireland and the slaughter on the Western Front – contrasting the dream of national liberation and the search for personal freedom. The production is staged in a slowly filling lake in front of a waterfall and performed by two physical performers and two musicians. Tickets: £12, £8 concessions, £6 under 18s Time: 8pm

Grimm and Grimmer... Friday 9th - Friday 30th December: Bavaria, 1806. Brothers Willhelm and Jacob are collecting what will become the greatest book of fairy tales ever published. Cinderella. Little Red Riding Hood. Rapunzel. The list goes on… But reality and fantasy collide as the brothers find themselves trapped in their own fairy tales. To escape, the hapless heroes must battle evil queens, dark enchantments and charming princes. Will they make it back alive? Tickets £8, £6 concessions, £4 under 18s - Family ticket £20 Time: 7pm, 1.30pm

Chipping Norton Theatre The Theatre, 2 Spring Street, Chipping Norton, OX7 5NL Tel: 01608 642350 Web:

The Secret Garden Thursday 19th January: Spoilt orphan, Mary Lennox, is plucked from the bright vibrancy of India and transplanted to a big old house brimming with secrets on the grey Yorkshire moors where she encounters locked doors, a curious robin and strange cries ringing down the corridor… Angel Exit unearth the heart of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic tale for families, older children and adults who fondly remember the book, retelling it in a rich visual style that blends ensemble storytelling with striking physicality, beautiful puppets and live singing. A hidden key unlocks the secret garden, but what will this unlock in Mary? Tickets: Adults £13, Concessions £11, Under 26s £8.50



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Mother Goose Friday 2nd December - Sunday 15th January: Packed with all your favourite Playhouse panto ingredients, Mother Goose is an eggs-travaganza of a show, with heroes and villains, slapstick and humour, all your favourite songs, and of course a Dame with a very magical goose. Not to mention, a golden egg!

Dear Father Christmas Thursday 8th - Saturday 24th December: Everything is going wrong at Father Christmas' house... the presents are muddled up. A whole sack of letters has gone astray and the elves are being super-naughty. Join us in Father Christmas' postroom for stories, songs and decoration making!

Pots and Plays Saturday 24th December: The Ashmolean as you’ve never heard it before... Enjoy six short audio plays as you take in the wonders of the Ashmolean. Each play is inspired by a Greek vase in the museum, and designed to be listened to in a particular gallery.

Suggs Friday 20th January: An access-all-areas backstage pass into the Madness frontman’s mind. Join Suggs as he attempts to unravel the mysteries of his own life.

Fairport Convention Saturday 21st January: Kick-starting their latest UK tour at Oxford Playhouse the originators of British folk-rock music perform songs from their most recent studio album, Festival Bell, as well as new material and old favourites chosen by the audience. There will also be an opening set Kieran Goss.

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

The Creation Christmas show Thursday 8th December 2011 – Tuesday 7th January: The Creation Christmas show is back with a gloriously inventive new version of Dickens’ classic story, featuring specially commissioned carols, thrilling ghouls and a generous sprinkling of festive cheer. Take your seat for the perfect evening of fun as Scrooge learns a lesson about the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets: 12.50 - 28.00 Venue: The North Wall Arts Centre.

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This breathtaking and lavish Lincoln Center Theater production reinvented Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical. It swept the 2008 Tony Awards, played for two years to sold-out houses on Broadway and was televised across America. With a cast and live orchestra of 50, this international hit landmark production brought to you by the producers of West Side Story and Guys and Dolls arrives at the New Theatre Oxford for four weeks only. Paulo Szot, who has recently emerged as one of the most exciting voices in opera and who won a Tony for his performance as Emile de Becque in the Lincoln Center Theater production of SOUTH PACIFIC, will be recreating the role of the French plantation owner at the New Theatre from Wednesday 21st – Saturday 31st December. He will be sharing the role of Emile with Welsh National Opera star Jason Howard, who takes the role from Tuesday 6th – Tuesday 20th December. Joining them will be Samantha Womack in the role of Nellie Forbush. This marks a return to theatre by Samantha, whose previous credits on stage include Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, and the Donmar production in the West End of Guys and Dolls (as Adelaide). Also starring in the Barbican run of SOUTH PACIFIC will be Daniel Koek (following his acclaimed performance as Tony in the recent hit production of West Side Story) as Lt Joe Cable, Alex Ferns (Nathan Detroit in Donmar’s Guys and Dolls) as Luther Bills and Loretta Ables Sayre reprising her Lincoln Center Tony-nominated performance of Bloody Mary. Metropolitan Opera’s Bartlett Sher’s hailed production was the first Broadway production that the Rodgers & Hammerstein Estate had allowed to be staged since the musical originally opened in 1949, and ran for almost five years. Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, the score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, Bali Ha’i, I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy, Younger than Springtime, Happy Talk and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame. Set on a tropical island during World War II, this is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an unfamiliar culture in wartime remains as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences. Supported by American Airlines, in association with Samoa – The Treasured Islands of the South Pacific. South Pacific is at the New Theatre Oxford for four weeks only this festive season, opening on Tuesday 6th December and running till Saturday 31st December 2011. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from the New Theatre box office on George Street, by telephone on 0844 871 3020 or by visiting the website at (phone and internet bookings subject to booking/transaction fee). For bookings of 10 or more, or for Equal Access bookings, please call our dedicated in-house team on 0844 871 3040. Photography: Simon Annand


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Music Classical Oxford Philomusica Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Egrove Park, Oxford OX1 5NY. Tel: 01865 305 305 Web: E-mail:

András Schiff and Oxford Philomusica Saturday 10th December: Haydn, Piano Concerto in D major, Symphony No. 104 in D major, ‘London’, Missa in angustiis (‘Nelson’ Mass). Susanna Hurrell Soprano Catherine King Mezzo Nicholas Mulroy Tenor Mark Stone Baritone Christ Church Cathedral Choir (chorus master Stephen Darlington) András Schiff piano/conductor One of the most universally admired pianists of his generation, András Schiff, makes a rare appearance as soloist/conductor in this ‘best of Haydn’ programme, directing the Orchestra in one of the unaccountably undervalued Piano Concertos and the last and greatest of the London Symphonies. The concert is completed by the sometimes darkly dramatic, but ultimately optimistic, ‘Nelson’ Mass. Sponsored by Celia and Andrew Curran Tickets: 40 £27 £18 £10 Time: 7.30pm Venue: Sheldonian Theatre

Messiah Thursday 15th December: Handel Messiah Choir of New College, Oxford. Edward Higginbottom Conductor. In the course of thirty-five years as its Director, Edward Higginbottom has achieved global acclaim for New College Choir. Today the choir is particularly renowned for its outstanding interpretation of works from the Baroque repertoire, and their performance of this most famous oratorio promises to be a highlight of the season. Tickets:£37 £26 £17.50 £10 Time: 7:30pm Venue: Sheldonian Theatre

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Christmas Carol Concert Sunday 11th December: What a coup for COO! Rising star Jonty Ward joins the ever-popular COO Christmas Carol Concert to sing THE SNOWMAN. Check out his wonderful voice on YouTube and you'll see why this is not-to-be-missed. Other favourite pieces include HANDEL's Zadok the Priest, BERLIOZ The Shepherds' Farewell, LEROY ANDERSON's Sleigh Ride and lots of Carols for choir and audience. Onyx Brass and St Helen's Chapel Choir add their own special magic to the evening. Tickets: £8-£30 Time: 7pm Venue: Sheldonian Theatre

Concerto by Candlight Sunday 18th December: CORELLI Christmas Concerto, BACH Air on the G string, BACH Oboe Concerto, VIVALDI Winter, PACHELBEL Canon, BACH in Dulci Jubilo. Roland Roberts Director/Violin ‘The perfect way to start Christmas: sublime music in an enchanting chapel and the magic of Candlelight Cantabile.’ Tickets: £23 Times: 5pm and 8pm Venue: Exeter College Chapel

Oxford Philomusica Saturday 10 December Sheldonian Theatre, 7.30pm

András Schiff piano/conductor HAYDN Piano Concerto in D, Nelson Mass, Symphony No. 104, ‘London’ Christ Church Cathedral Choir

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Adderbury Ensemble Morgan Szymanski (guitar) Vivaldi Guitar Concerto Boccherini String Quintet (Fandango)

Heath String Quartet Beethoven String Quartet op.74 (Harp) Schubert String Quartet in A Minor (Rosamunde)

18th Dec - Holywell Music Room

22nd Dec - Sheldonian Theatre 8pm

Adderbury Ensemble Ian Wilson (recorder) programme to include: Bach Brandenburg Concerto no.4 Vivaldi Recorder Concerto Corelli Concerto Grosso

Adderbury Ensemble Directed by Alistair Ross Programme to include: Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins Corelli Christmas Concerto Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols

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Ethnomusicology Seminar Thursday 1st December: Nathan Hesselink (University of British Columbia, visiting fellow at St John's College), “Radiohead's 'Pyramid Song': Ambiguity, Rhythm, and Participation” Admission: free. Time: 5 – 7pm. Venue: St John’s College

An Advent Wassail Thursday 1st December: To mark the first week of Advent, M@SH will host a concert of innovative interpretations of carols and wassail songs. Drawing upon the rich heritage of British, Irish and Southeastern American folk music, this concert will feature mandolins, concertinas and fiddles, exploring both the traditional and the new Admission: £3 – available on the door. Time: 7.30pm. Venue: Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College

The Rose Consort of Viols Saturday 3rd December: Anthems, motets, songs and fantasias from two famous collections: Byrd's 'Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets' in celebration of the 400th anniversary of its publication in 1611, and music from Robert Dow's manuscript partbooks from the 1580s, including pieces by Tallis, Parsons and Mundy. Admission: £12/10/5 – available on the door. Time: 7.30pm. Venue: Holywell Music Room

Christmas Carol Concert Sunday 11th December at 7pm SHELDONIAN THEATRE

THE SNOWMAN Howard Blake


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Shepherds’ Farewell

Onyx Brass and St. Helen’s Chapel Choir Jacques Cohen Conductor

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The Thing Palaeontologist Kate Lloyd has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organisation's name. No help, no contact, off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is the first film in Hollywoods' three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson's literary blockbuster "The Millennium Trilogy."

Puss in Boots Long before he even met Shrek, the notorious fighter, lover and outlaw Puss In Boots becomes a hero when he sets off on an adventure with the tough and street smart Kitty Softpaws and the mastermind Humpty Dumpty to save his town. This is the true story of The Cat, The Myth, The Legend... The Boots.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade, points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder - a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty.

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Art & Antiques University of Oxford Shop


106 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 247414. Web: 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.


Liscious Interiors 125 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AH. Tel: 01865 552232. Web:

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.

Rachel Ducker Wire Sculpture Tel: 01865 311418. M: 07855 751756. Web: 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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'Clouet to Claude – French Master Drawings'

Christ Church Picture Gallery October Mon,Wed - Sat, 10.30am 1pm & 2 - 4.30pm Sunday, 2 - 4.30pm

Until 23rd December: While the Ashmolean is celebrating the inventor of landscape painting, Claude Lorrain, in a solo exhibition this autumn Christ Church will give a broader overview on French draughtsmanship by showcasing its collection of French drawings. This exhibition will allow the viewer to celebrate the singular elegance and spirit of this original artistic school. Admission: £3/£2 Christ Church, Oxford Entrance via Oriel Square

Closed on Tuesdays throughout October Tel: 01865 276 172

Winter Wonderland December 2011 40/41 South Parade, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7JL. 01865 515123.



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Sanders of Oxford Rare Prints & Maps

Sanders is ready for Christmas, with our wide selection of 17th to 20th century maps and prints, there’s something for everyone and every budget. New stock for Christmas includes: Japanese woodblocks, regional and world maps, fauna and flora prints and caricatures, alongside a wide selection of beautiful and unusual Oxford prints and photographs. Let our friendly, knowledgeable staff help you find a unique and personal gift this Christmas. 104 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 242590. E-mail: Web: 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.

Kieran Stiles Art Studios Folly Bridge, Oxford. Tel: 07967 075367. Web: E-mail: 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.

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An Unfinished World Saturday 10th December 2011 - Sunday 18th March 2012: Curated by 2011 Turner Prize nominee, George Shaw, the exhibition concentrates on Graham Sutherland’s early Welsh landscapes from the 1930s, works created during his time as official WWII war artist, and after his return to Pembrokeshire in the 1970s.

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Flora McLachlan Until Sunday 24th December: Flora McLachlan’s pictures are records of things seen and imagined by twilight or moonglow. She is inspired by medieval poetry and powerful, strange images from fairy tales and myths. “I try to express a sense of the enchantment I feel is embedded in our ancient landscape. I imagine the secret face of the land, when the light fades and the creatures come out to roam.

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106 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 247414. Web: The University of Oxford Shop is wholly owned by the University and offers a fantastic range of clothing, gifts and stationery for visitors and local residents alike. All of the profits are given back to the University, making a valuable contribution to the work and teaching of this world-famous establishment.

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12 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ. Tel: 01865 242187. E-mail: Web: 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 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.

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.

Emma Walker Flowers


35 South Parade, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7JN. Tel: 01865 558578. Web: E-mail: 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.

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5 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AJ. Tel: 01865 794154 Web: Luxury fudge maker, Fudge Kitchen is making its mark in Oxford with their new shop on Broad Street. Fudge Kitchen already has seven other stores in the UK, but the Oxford branch is the first to feature their new branding, store design and packaging. All Fudge Kitchen fudge is made by hand every day on site, with twenty mouth watering flavours to choose from.....

Alice's Shop 83 St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1RA Tel: 01865 723793 Web: Full of all manner of things! Right in the heart of Alice's Oxford Wonderland, Alice's Shop was the original Old Sheep Shop in Lewis Carroll's 'Through The Looking Glass'. The real Alice Liddell used to buy her barley sugar sweets from this tiny curiosity shop.

The Ashmolean Shop Beaumont street, Oxford. Tel: 01865 794226 Web: Unique Gifts and Ashmolean Museum Publications - from silk scarves to Eastern ceramics, candles and replicas, jewellery and the humble fridge magnet. All have been chosen to reflect and enhance the Museum's wide and diverse displays. Now conveniently placed next to the CafĂŠ.

Bang & Olufsen 6 South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7JL Tel: 01865 511241 Web: Take the time to experience and discover on your own why Bang & Olufsen has a world class reputation. Only then will you fully understand the depth, strength and true beauty of our world famous products.....

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Shopping Review

Get ready for your Christmas shopping – there is a little something for almost everyone in this lovely shop! The University of Oxford Shop (the only official one!) is located in the centre of Oxford on the High, and already from the window decoration you can see this shop is very different to the average tourist shop. With some new product highlights, this shop really stands out, especially with their emphasis on high quality and locally made products. I came to the shop on a quiet Thursday morning, perfect to have a good look around and admire the great range of products. If you are a tourist, a student, or a local resident, this is the place to shop! All products are of high quality and many of them are locally made, which means that each product has a story to tell, for example the wide range of original pictures from local artists, or the new range of lady’s jewellery, designed by a local artist. The lady’s jewellery especially is a great new highlight because next to the typical jewellery for men for their graduation or other occasions (cuff links or tie pins), there is now a great range for the ladies to wear! Other fabulous Oxford-related items are the Mr Wingate collection of cushions, teatowels and prints featuring the Sheldonian Theatre, the beautiful Fritillary range, including cushions, notebooks and china, and the new Cityscape range of tea towels, mugs, and best-selling bags. The range of clothing can be found in the back room and I have to say, look out for the new and very stylish dodo t-shirts for him and her! After the dodo shirts for kids were so successful, they are now available for all! Of course the typical and very popularOxford t-shirts, hoodies and bags are also available in this shop, including new styles and little Rugby shirts for kids and the very popular Oxonian range. Getting ready for Christmas, the shop offers a great variety of seasonal products. There are Christmas cards with college designs, for example for Trinity, Brasenose, Oriel and St Peter’s, and Christmas decoration and candles with college images. If you are looking for very special Christmas decoration you should have a look at the Alice decoration range and make sure you have the white rabbit on your Christmas tree! If you are looking for presents, you have a great choice of seasonal products, chocolates, and wrapped product packages, or if you are looking for something personal, you can even get a gift basket with the products of your choice. I’ll definitely be back soon for my Christmas shopping! Reviewed by Anne Kamphausen 106 High Street Oxford OX1 2DW Tel: 01865 247414 Web:


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Bocardo House, 24B St Michael’s Street, Oxford OX1 2EB. Tel: 01865 202238. Web: 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.

EF International Language Centre Oxford, Pullens Lane, Oxford, OX3 0DT Tel: +44 (0)1865 759660 Web: The EF International Language Centre in Oxford offers students from around the world a newly refurbished, purpose-built learning environ ment. With facilities including a library, a cafeteria, a student lounge, a fit ness suite and a quiet study room, this is the perfect place to study English. In addition, we offer expert exam preparation, including TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge ESOL as well as a range of other courses to suit all students’ needs.

Oxford International Study Centre


7 St Aldates Oxford OX1 1BS Tel: 01865 201 009 Web: The college is located in a historical building in the heart of the city of Oxford. OISC has excellent contacts with the University, enabling students and clients to be taught in the Colleges of the University in the vacations. Through this, we are also able to boast an excellent calibre of tutors and University lecturers. The founders, Robert Marsden (Eton and INSEAD) and Carolyn Llewelyn (Oxford University, Modern and Classical Languages) have worked together in international education in Oxford for over twenty years. OISC has an excellent team of highly qualified and motivated staff who strive to help students achieve excellence in their education.


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67 High Street, Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1XT. Tel: 01865 874786. E-mail: Web: High-quality intensive language courses in both general and specialist English throughout the year. Established in 1983, their courses are ideal for those who wish to increase the effectiveness of their English for work, travel or university entrance.

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City Centre Map Accommodation 1 Burlington House 2 Ethos Hotel 3 YHA 4 River Hotel 5 Randolph Hotel 6 Malmaison Hotel


Attractions 1 Christ Church Picture Gallery 2 Oxford Castle 3 Christ Church College 4 The Ashmolean Museum 5 Carfax Tower 6 Uni Church of St. Mary the Virgin





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County Map Around Oxfordshire 1 Didcot Railway Centre 4 Cotswold Wildlife Park 2 Buscot Park & The Faringdon Collection 5 Millets Farm Centre 3 Blenheim Palace 6 Kingston Bagpuize House



Blenheim Palace welcomes all to enjoy ‘A White Christmas’, from 12th November 16th December (Wednesday - Sunday inclusive). The State Rooms are adorned with sparkling white decorations including a display of costumes from English National Ballet¹s The Snow Queen.

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12th November - 16th December ‘A White Christmas at Blenheim Palace’ (Open Wednesday to Sunday inclusive). 1st December - Christmas trees on sale Freshly cut Estate-grown Christmas trees on sale from outside the Palace 11am - 5.30pm 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th December Visit Santa’s Grotto in the stables at Blenheim Palace 10th & 11th December - Festive entertainment Local school choirs sing carols in the Long Library From 17th December Blenheim Palace and Formal Gardens are closed for winter. The Park remains open daily for walks (except Christmas Day).

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

Science For Smarties Thursday 15th December: Prepare for Christmas with a look at the science of Chocolate. A delicacy like no other food, chocolate is a solid at room temperature, but melts in the mouth. Why? And why were blowtorches used on early versions of the Crunchie? A treat for the mind and the senses, with samples for all! In association with the Royal Society of Chemistry. Tickets: £5/SO Live Friends & Royal Society of Chemistry Members Free Times: 7.30pm Ages: 10+

Plane Crazy Friday 30th December: You won't get in trouble for throwing paper planes in this family workshop - it's encouraged! Learn how paper planes fly. Tickets: £5 (SO Live Friends Free) Times: 11am, 2pm or 3.30pm Ages: 6+

Oxford Town Hall St Aldate's Oxford OX1 1BX Tel: 01865 252195 Web:

Christmas Craft Creation Station Until Saturday 24th December: Get into the seasonal spirit by creating a traditional Christmas craft to take home. Make an angelic angel or a fantastic Father Christmas for the top of your tree or create a colourful Christmas cracker inspired by the Christmas Past and Presents exhibition. Creation Station £1.50 per pack. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Oxford Castle 11 New Road Oxford OX1 1LT Tel: 01865 260 666

Letters to Father Christmas Friday 2nd - Sunday 18th December: Step in out of the cold in to Café 1071 in Castle Yard where you will find a shiny red letter box. Take a pen and some paper, think long and hard about all of the things that are important to you this Christmas, then and write your special Christmas Wish List and pop it into the letter box… don’t forget to write as clearly as possible so that Father Christmas can read it and hopefully your wishes will be granted! Times: Thursday - Saturday 10-8pm, Sunday - Wednesday 10am -6pm

Father Christmas at Oxford Castle 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th, 17th & 18th December: Father Christmas has tipped us off that he will be making flying visits to his grotto in Castle Gardens, Oxford Castle at weekends during December. Father Christmas has been saving up all year for presents to deliver to children around the world on Christmas Eve, therefore if you would like to visit him in his grotto and receive an extra present you’d better slip him a fiver (per child) to keep him sweet for Christmas Day morning! Times: 11am – 5pm Addmission: £5 per child

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Oxford Tel: Maya Sprigg 01869 278600. Web: Email: 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. For the right mix of learning and performance opportunities, call for any remaining places for the new term! And don't forget to read the reviews of our showcase performances!

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Health, Sport & Leisure Sport Oxford United Football Club The Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford OX4 4XP. Tel: 01865 337533. Web: Sat 10th Dec

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TIME TO RELAX Our new 4* hotel, now taking bookings. For more information or to make a reservation:

01844 278300 The Oxfordshire, Rycote Lane, Milton Common, Thame, Oxon. OX9 2PU



NOGC is a 100 year old, parkland, 18 hole golf course, 10 minutes from the City Centre on the main bus route. Winter Special green fee until 31st March is £23. 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:


THE RED LION Offering a good selection of wines and real ales All food is locally sourced and home made by our resident chef Visit the website to see our Christmas Menu - £49.95 per person and a free glass of wine -

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Health & Beauty Monica Franke Osteopathy & Pilates


Tel: 07970 119721. E-mail: Web: 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. Now also practicing from Grosvenor Gardens, Victoria, London.

Diamond House - Dental Practice 199 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7AR. Tel: 01865 559521. Web: 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. Web: 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. Open: Monday to Saturday.


Spirit Health Club Holiday Inn Oxford, Peartree Roundabout, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 8JD. Tel: 01865 888444. Web:

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:

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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Macdonald Randolph Hotel Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN. Tel: 01865 256400. Web:

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:

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!!.

Conifers Guest House 116 The Slade, Headington Oxford OX3 7DX Tel: 01865 763055 Web: A 4 star Guest Accomodation located in Headington area of Oxford, Conifers offers en-suite bedrooms with free Wi- Fi internet access, flat screen multichannel TV’s and free parking.

Burlington House 374 Banbury Road, Summertown, OX2 7PP Tel: 01865 513513 Web: The only 5 star AA rated B&B in Oxford, recently refurbished to a high standard we are a beautiful boutique nestled in the heart of Summertown.

y Excellent City location by River Thames, originally an 1870’s Master-builder’s home, College owned property, On ‘Thames walk’ at Osney bridge. Lawn to riverbank.Residents bar. y 20 bedrooms with own bathroom, direct dial telephone, hot beverage tray, T.V. clock radio, hairdryer, free WiFi on site. y Car park/CCTV on site - free for residents. Sat Nav via Mill st. OX2 0AJ. 1 mile to A34 ring road west at Seacourt on A420 y 24-hour access for registered residents. Close-down by midnight. Airport arrival late check-in request only if pre-arranged. Daytime left luggage/car parking service available after 11am check-out. y VisitBritain ** Metro Hotel grading, breakfast service only. “ L a rg e e n o u g h to be comfortable, small enough to be friendly” Botley Road Oxford OX2 0AA. Tel: Office (01865) 243475 Guests: 249756 Fax: 724306 - E-mail:

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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.

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Hostels YHA 2a Botley Rd, Oxford OX2 0AB. Tel: 01865 727275. Web: 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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Restaurants 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.




8 Market Street, Oxford, OX1 3EF Tel: 01865 249 183 Web: 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: 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.




Nuneham Courtenay Oxfordshire, OX44 9NX. Telephone: 01865 341 030. Web: 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: 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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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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Bicester Road, Middleton Stoney OX25 4TD. Tel: 01869 343216. Web: 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.

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Restaurants Jamie’s Italian


Oxford 24-26 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AE Tel: 01865 83 83 83 Web: Our aim is to create an environment with a "neighbourhood" feel, inspired by the "Italian table" where people relax, share, and enjoy each other's company. Jamie's Italian was designed to be accessible and affordable, a place where anyone is welcome and everyone will feel comfortable, no matter how much you spend or how long you stay.



Al-Andalus 10 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford OX1 2HP. Tel: 01865 516688. Web:

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 Spanish for party bookings, and its heated outside terrace is the ideal place to spend warm and relaxing spring and summer days and evenings. Open: Mon to Thur 12am-3pm & 5pm till late, FriSun 12pm till late.


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.


The Bear & Ragged Staff


28 Appleton Road, Cumnor OX2 9QH. Tel: 01865 862329. Web: 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.



The Perch Binsey Lane, Binsey, Oxford, OX2 0NG. Tel: 01865 728891. Web:

Follow the footsteps of Alice in Wonderland toThe Perch and experience the most magical Christmas. You will enjoy delicious innovative food in charming and cosy surroundings, perfect for a romantic dinner, family outing or a bigger celebration in our private function room. Booking essential!

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9 Little Clarendon St, Oxford OX1 2HP. Tel: 01865 316616. Web: 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 French 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! 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 !!

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Quod Brasserie & Bar


92-94 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BN. Tel: 01865 202505. Web: 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.




3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY. Tel: 01865 268400. Web: 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: 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: Beautifully located by the river Cherwell. Fine food and renowned wine list (2010 Fine Wine list of the Year) Open lunch and dinner 7 days a week Marquee and terrace available for private hire. Week day lunch menu available 2 courses from £13.50. Al fresco dining available.




5-11 Woodstock Rd, Oxford, OX2 6HA Tel: 01865 511995 Web: www.browns-restaurants Browns in Oxford was the second of this famous group of restaurants to open in 1976. Standing proudly, and rightfully so, being one of the finest restaurants Oxfordshire has to offer, Browns cannot go unnoticed. Stylish branded awnings line the front of the restaurant while a tall stretch of windows beneath entices and invites walkers by to get a glimpse and taste of what Browns has to offer.

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Restaurants R 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.

The Trout


The Trout Godstow Road, Wolvercote, Oxford, OX2 8PN. Tel: 01865 510 930. Web: 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.

Gee’s Restaurant & Bar



61 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE. Tel: 01865 553540. Web: 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: 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 Old Parsonage


1 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6NN. Tel: 01865 292305. Web: 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, Traditional 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.

The Red Lion


The Red Lion 14 Gloucester Street, Oxford, OX1 2BN Tel: 01865 726 255 Web: Our menu changes with the seasons and is modern British, comfortably interwoven with some Mediterranean influences. It ranges from traditional favourites such as fish and chips and steaks to freshly made pizzas and pastas with the chef’s daily specials showcasing the finest market fresh ingredients. There’s something for everyone and for all occasions too. You don’t have to go for the full works if you don’t want to, just have a snack and a lovely drink in the bar with your friends. Opening times: Monday to Saturday from 8am, Sunday from 9am. Last food order times: Sunday to Thursday until 10pm, Friday and Saturday until 10.30pm.



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Cafés and Nightlife Modern Art Oxford Café Bar 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP. Tel: 01865 722733 Web: /about-us/cafe-and-bar/ Modern Art Oxford’s new Café Bar has been designed to perk you up whatever the time of day. Our coffee is supplied and selected by the Monmouth Coffee Company and our wine list compiled by the Oxford Wine Company. We stock a range of local brews including our very own beer Plot 16, grown on our allotment in Rose Hill. Our changing seasonal menu and relaxing atmosphere make an ideal place to meet. We offer free wifi access, daily newspapers and current art periodicals. Highchairs and baby-changing facilities are provided.

Cafe Loco



The Old Palace, 85/87 St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1RA. Tel: 01865 200959. Web: 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


Malmaison 3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY. Tel: 01865 268400. Web: One time prison becomes daring destination – Malmaison Hotel in the Oxford Castle complex boasts a stylish bar serving astoundingly good wines, and fabulous, decadent cocktails.


The Livingroom 1 Oxford Castle, Oxford , OX1 1AY Tel: 01865 260210 Web: Part of the Oxford Castle re-development, The Living Room is a cool, airy piano bar and restaurant. It incorporates The Study, a non-fee, invitation only private members bar.

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Angels Little Clarendon Street, Oxford. OX1 2HS Tel: 01865 544244 Web:

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: 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

Duke of Cambridge



5-6 Little Clarendon St, Oxford OX1 2HP. Tel: 01865 558173. Web: 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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Cocktail Bar Games Room Terrace

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Café Coco Royal, just around the corner from Park End Street, brings the Mediterranean to you and is definitely worth a visit! Unfortunately, our visit there was not on one of the famous burlesque dancing nights (every last Saturday in the month), but we still enjoyed every minute of our evening there! We were warmly greeted at the door by manager Hubert who gave us our choice of table. We picked a table between two trees decorated with lights, and started out with drinks, wine for me, and Spanish beer for my guest, and very delicious olives. We sat and admired the stylish decoration of the restaurant that creates a really cosy atmosphere, while the arrangement of the tables still leaves enough space for privacy. Looking at the menu we decided, that it is truly Mediterranean! There is a good selection of dishes available, with Moroccan, Spanish, Italian, and Greek influence. To start I opted for the garlic bread and houmous, while my guest had the garlic bread with chorizo, mozzarella and chillies. Picking the mains was a hard choice. We wanted to try different things (there is a section with pizzas and one with dishes from the oven, salads, and pasta), but we both ended up ordering pizza – they just sounded too good! The starters were delicious, but it got even better when the pizzas arrived. I had a rather classic choice with chorizo, olives and chillies, while my guest had a very special pizza called merguez & tzatziki. Both were wonderful and really tasty! The restaurant is also open for breakfast (and I have heard it’s wonderful!), and they also offer a set lunch menu from £10, or you can try the deli shop between 10 am and 2 pm, which is part of Café Coco and just next door. Hubert pointed out the great value lunch dishes they offer: soup of the day, salads, and other hot meals, to take away, or eat in the nicely decorated shop. If you are just looking to go for a drink, this place will still provide you with a good selection of wines, great cocktails, and a Mediterranean choice of beers to be enjoyed in this relaxing atmosphere. If you like the Café Coco style, you can share the experience with friends and make group bookings for up to 70, or book the restaurant for a private function (70 or more people). Altogether, we had a fabulous evening and we’ll definitely be back – for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks! Reviewed by Anne Kamphausen Café Coco Royal Oxford 17 Park End Street Oxford OX1 1UR Tel: 01865 793857 Web:


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