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It’s hard to believe we’re in October already – where did the summer go?! Our cover and lead article this month are brought to us courtesy of Oxford Castle - Unlocked, one of Oxfordshire’s must see attractions in the heart of Oxford Castle. Are you brave enough to join in Ghost Fest this month? We have loads of other great reviews for you this month, including Maggie Faulkner’s review of the fantastic new Hotel at The Oxfordshire Golf Club, and James White’s review of 4500. We meet David from The Oxford Bicycle Company, visit The Lady Nuffield Retirement Home and there’s news from CIE Oxford about a recent event. We also welcome a new review of Gees on Banbury Road, arguably Oxford’s prettiest restaurant and perfect for that special occasion. Don’t forget our fantastic voucher scheme. With more choice than ever before, you can get a £50 voucher for just £25 to fabulous restaurants in Oxford like Malmaison, 4500, Shanghai 30’s and now The Randolph. Log onto www.inoxford.com and click on the Shop @ In Oxford logo now! Have a great October! Richard Rosser Editor, In Oxford Magazine PS Happy Birthday Colin – 70 this month!

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Oxford Castle’s Ghost Fest is back....are you brave enough to join us? Now in its fifth year, England’s premier ghost festival is back for a supernatural extravaganza based at one of the UK’s most haunted sites, Oxford Castle. The Castle reveals Oxford’s less well known history, one that’s rich with tales of great escapes, betrayal and even romance. Thought to be one of Britain’s most haunted buildings, its spiritual secrets are still relatively unexplored. Ghost Fest sets out to uncover the dark mysteries that lie within the grounds of the Castle. With over fifteen recorded ghosts and a very lively paranormal history documented since 1071, the Oxford Castle Unlocked visitor attraction, with the nation’s leading ghost-hunting specialists, has planned an unforgettable month of supernatural phenomenon and an experience to remember. Visitors have the opportunity to take part in a range of ghost hunting events alongside the most renowned paranormal companies, including two very special ghost hunts with Living TV’s Most Haunted parapsychologist Dr. Ciarán O’Keeffe and Steve Parsons. Oxford Castle Unlocked has already experienced the ghostly limelight when the notorious ghost hunter Yvette Fielding visited with her popular show Most Haunted, during which visit some members of the team were shaken up by all the unexplained phenomena. From Most Haunted to ‘most spotted’, Oxford Castle Unlocked can also reveal that one of its many spooky inhabitants – Empress Matilda – is Britain’s number one most - seen ghost. Ghost hunting specialists, Fright Nights, who are hosting two paranormal events in Ghost Fest, discovered the ghost’s popularity whilst analysing feedback on spooky sightings from their customer database. Recorded sightings of Empress Matilda date back to the 1990s when the attraction was still an active prison and two prison guards are reported to have watched in horror as a strange white mist faded in front of their eyes. Who knows what spiritual encounters may take place this year? So if you think you're brave enough to join the ghost hunts at Oxford Castle Unlocked, and hope to see Empress Matilda for yourself, visit www.ghostfest.co.uk for full event listings and further information. Oxford Castle - Unlocked 44 - 46 New Road Oxford OX1 1AY Tel: 01865 260666 www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk

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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

Isy Suttie – Love Lost in the British Retail Industry Sat 9th Oct: Isy Suttie is Dobby in Channel 4’s cult comedy classic Peep Show. She’s also an acclaimed musical comic. This new show is her multi-character musical love story set in a Northern supermarket. Along with songs and diary extracts, it tells the tale of the often difficult quest for ‘The One’. This upbeat and clever show will make us laugh and give us hope. Tickets: £12, £10 (concs), £9 (members), Times: 8.00pm Ages 16+

Russell Kane – Smokescreens and Castles Thu 14th Oct: Absolutely hilarious, supercharged, rollercoaster delivery, brilliant observation and fabulous gags. Russell is one of the most entertaining comedians on the circuit today and his new show has just won Best Comedy Show in the Foster's Comedy Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. In this new show he explores self, family, and the consequences of his Dad buying his own council house. Tickets: £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members), Times: 8.00pm, Ages 16+

Burn My Heart

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Thu 4th Nov: Set during the Mau Mau uprising in 1950s Kenya and the ensuing State of Emergency, two boys’ lives are changed forever as their friendship and loyalty are blown apart by fear and betrayal. Acclaimed theatre company, Trestle, present a powerful, fast paced and gripping story based on the novel by award winning writer Beverley Naidoo. Tickets: £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members), Times: 7.30pm, Ages 13+

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

Hairspray The Musical Tue 12th - Wed 20th Oct: It's 1962, the '50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore's Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion - to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance programme, 'The Corny Collins Show' and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the programme's reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her 'do? Only in Hairspray! Tickets: £22.00 - £44.00 Time: 2:30pm / 7:30pm

Spamalot Mon 25th - Sat 30th Oct: Audiences all around the world have been roaring with laughter since Monty Python’s Spamalot, by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005. Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table and features a bevy (or possibly a brace) of beautiful show girls, witch burnings(Cancelled too expensive) not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. Tickets: £17.75 - £37.00 Times: 2.30pm / 7.30pm

Calendar Girls

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Mon 1st - Sat 6th Nov: Calendar Girls has been the fastest selling tour ever and has triumphed in the West End. Now, it’s coming to Oxford for one week only. A group of ordinary women do something extraordinary and spark a global phenomenon when they persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference! Based on an inspiring true story, Calendar Girls is quirky, poignant and hilarious. Tickets: £16.75 - £33.00 Times: 7:30pm

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Sex, Lies and History Sat 9th Oct: This collection of poetic work, spoken word-song, has a changing landscape of rhythms, from the African drum & indigenous percussion to dub poetry with elements of soulful jazz, dub, rhythm and blues, rock and funk. Doyneh brings authentic character, drive and drama, mixing languages to give a new dimension to poetry. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions Times: 8:00pm

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

8SIXTEEN32 Thu 14th - Fri 15th Oct: Join original pioneers of Grime Theatre, the Decypher Collective, for a breathtaking, tongue-twisting tale of life and lyrics where four MCs clash with their biggest competitor yet.... 8SIXTEEN32 is based on real-life experiences and follows four Birmingham-based Grime MCs as they battle to make it big in the music industry. Tickets: £10, concs £8 Times: 8.00pm

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

Chris Addison Sat 2nd Oct: Daftness! Whimsy! Jokes! Lies! Smartarsery! Flapping about! All present and correct. Chris Addison of In The Loop, Skins, Lab Rats and Bafta Award-winning comedy The Thick of It is pleased to bring his brand new critically acclaimed stand up show to Oxford Playhouse for one night only. One of the most accomplished live acts you are likely to see this year. Tickets: £17.50 Times: 8:00pm

Will Self Fri 8th Oct: Author, journalist and broadcaster, Will Self, will be reading selections from his latest novel, Walking to Hollywood, a fictionalised memoir of some of his own more extreme urban peregrinations, including a week-long circumambulation of Los Angeles. Self will also be discussing the death of film, the industrialisation of urban space and the virtualisation of the human psyche - although not necessarily in that order! Tickets: £11.00 Times: 5:00pm

A Western Mon 18th - Wed 20th Oct: Action Hero are Bristol-based artists making live art and performance. This show collides the immediacy and intimacy of live performance with the epic, emotional experience of the cinematic blockbuster. The relationship between the audience and event is perfect for the Playhouse Plays Out programme where we take work out of the building and challenge assumptions of what live performance is all about. Tickets: £6.00 Times: 7:30pm

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

Rapunzel, or the Magic Pig Until 15th Jan: We love Christmas, We love theatre, We love Rapunzel, We love the Mirror Tent, We love Michel’s scrumptious crêpes, And we love magic pigs! So we are dead chuffed that our alternative Christmas show is Rapunzel, or the Magic Pig, in the gorgeous Mirror Tent Tickets: £24.50, £13.00 Box office 01865 766266 Times: 12:00am / 2.00pm / 7.00pm

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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.

Pirates Ahoy! Sun 24th Oct: Awesome Al, the cabin boy of our Pirate Ship, welcomes you aboard this suitably swashbuckling seafaring adventure. From the stirring sounds of Leroy Anderson’s Pirate March to the spectacular finale where everyone learns The Sailor’s Hornpipe, this will be an unforgettable voyage through unchartered waters in search of a treasure trove of musical gems. Encounter Cap’n Jack Sparrow in music from the Pirates of the Caribbean films and test your nautical knowledge in our Nautical Notes quiz. Come dressed as a pirate for the pre-concert craft activities at 2pm. Concert suitable for ages 4-8 but the whole family is welcome. Concert end 4pm. Venue: Oxford Town Hall Times: 3pm Tickets: Adults £8, Children £2

From the ‘New World’ Sat 30th Oct: Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 ‘From the New World’ Tatiana Kolesova: piano Marios Papadopoulos: conductor. Russian pianist Tatiana Kolesova, finalist in the Leeds International Piano Competition when she was only 15, has been attending the Oxford Philomusica International Piano Festival and Summer Academy regularly since 2000. We are therefore delighted that she will be making her debut with the orchestra in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert is completed by the ‘New World’ Symphony, Dvořák’s famous fusion of his encounters with Native American music and his own European symphonic tradition. Venue: Oxford Town Hall Times: 8pm Tickets: £37 £26 £17.50 £10

Geoffrey Hopkins plays The Chopin Études The Jacqueline Du Pre Music Building, St. Hilda's College. Tickets Tel: 01865 305305 Sun 21st Nov at 3pm: 12 Études Bk1. op.10., 12 Études Bk 2 op.25., 3 Nouvelles Études. “A splendid performance, absolutely secure technically, which explored the different moods with great sensitivity and musical imagination. This was very fine playing, combining power with great delicacy of touch, and a grasp of the music’s meaning which really communicated with the audience. A very satisfying evening” Bath Chronicle Tickets: £15 (£12) from Tickets Oxford (The Playhouse) 01865 305305

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

Atongo Zimba Sun 3rd Oct: Like a breath of fresh Savannah air – West African fusion for the 21st Century!Born in the savannahs of northern Ghana in 1967, Atongo Zimba learnt the koliko or molo (two stringed calabash lute) from his grandfather. He was enthralled by the sounds of Fela Kuti’s afrobeat. Inspired, he left his home to discover the music of his country, moving to Lagos, Nigeria and becoming the opening act for Fela Kuti at his club. Tickets: £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members), Times: 7:30pm

Le Vent du Nord Thu 7th Oct: Le Vent du Nord is an explosive act steeped in the tradition of Quebec folk music. They’ve won many awards, including the prestigious Juno award for traditional album of the year in 2004, album of the year from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, North American traditional artist of the year, and Show of the Year. It would be crazy to miss them now, right here on your doorstep!Tickets: £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members), Times: 8:00pm

Ralph McTell Thu 28th Oct: Described by Billy Connolly as ‘Britain’s best singer/songwriter’ Ralph McTell is one of the UK’s most consummate entertainers. He has won The Ivor Novello award and a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award. Join Ralph on a ninety minute journey through his musical career of over four decades. You’ll love his wry take on life, his songs and anecdotes, rich baritone voice and virtuoso guitar playing. Tickets: £20, £18 (concs), £17 (members), Times: 8:00pm

Bob Fox and Billy Mitchell

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Fri 9th Nov: Welcome to an evening of dazzling music and hilarious banter from two of the north east’s finest musicians. Billy is well known from his time with Lindisfarne. Bob has twice previously been nominated as the Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year. With two joint albums and several successful shows under their belts, this show is an evening of brand new material and sing-along songs. They are masters of vocal harmony, and talented instrumentalists on six and twelve string guitars and mandolin. Tickets: £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members) Times: 8.00pm

O2 Academy 190 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UE Tel: 01865 813 500 Web: www.o2academyoxford.co.uk

Dub Politics Vs Wordplay presents Excision Fri 1st Oct: Excision, The legendary Mc, Akil (Jurassic 5, Performing Jurassic 5 tracks) Reso, Louis Logic. Over 18s Only Tickets: £10.00 Times: Doors 11:30pm, See website for further details and booking info.

Kate Nash Tue 5th Oct: Kate Nash takes her critically acclaimed second album 'My Best Friend is You' on its first full tour of duty in the UK. Tickets: £14.00 Times: Doors 7:00pm See website for further details and booking info.

Travie McCoy Thu 21st Oct: Formerly lead vocalist of hip-hop group Gym Class Heroes, Travie McCoy has released debut album 'Lazarus', as well as lead single 'Billionaire', to wild acclaim. Tickets: £12.50 Times: Doors 7:00pm See website for further details and booking info.

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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Synopsis: Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father's epic stories of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. While Soren dreams of someday joining his heroes, his older brother, Kludd, scoffs at the notion, and yearns to hunt, fly and steal his father's favor from his younger sibling. But Kludd's jealousy has terrible consequences--causing both owlets to fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the Pure Ones.

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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 Sacred Faces - Icons in Oxford Until Sun 19th Dec: This exhibition will show Greek and Russian icons from the Picture Gallery and the Ashmolean Museum which are normally not on view.

Likenesses - Photographs by Judith Aronson Until Sun 19th Dec: An exhibition of photos of famous writers, academics and artists. Christ Church, Oxford, OX1 1DP (entrance via Oriel Square) Tel: 01865 276172 Web: www.chch.ox.ac.uk/gallery Russian, 19th Century - Madonna of the Sign

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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.

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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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30/31 The Covered Market, Oxford OX1 3DU. Tel: 01865 727844. E-mail: oxfordengraver1@btconnect.com An extensive choice of gifts to suit all tastes and pockets engraveable or otherwise. Trophies, signs, pet tags and badges. Stockists of Carrol Boyes functional art and much more. Key cutting for businesses. Colleges or general use and a large range of locks.

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Summertown

Summertow is one of the most sought after areas to live in Oxford. The two main focus areas are the row of shops (Banbury Road) that run east to the suburb and South Parade which connects the Banbury and Woodstock roads. Both public bus companies have routes to and from Central Oxford.

Outlets at: Clarendon Centre, Summertown and Waterstones Book Shop Broughtons 7 North Parade Avenue, Oxford OX2 6LX. Tel: 01865 515944. Web: www.broughtons.org.uk. The little shop with lots to tempt you! Domestic Hardware, wide range of lightbulbs, electrical accessories and appliances, cycle accessories, key cutting.

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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;thank youâ&#x20AC;? 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.

Cowley Road 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

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CASTLE.....2010

OXFORD CASTLE'S GHOST FEST

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Oxford Castle - Unlocked Fri 1st - Sun 31st Oct Ghost Fest sets out to uncover the dark secrets that lie within the grounds of Oxford Castle. Thought to be one of Britain’s most haunted buildings, its spiritual secrets are still relatively unexplored. Join Most Haunted’s parapsychologist Dr. Ciarán O’Keeffe and Steve Parsons alongside the most renowned paranormal companies for an unforgettable month of supernatural phenomenon.

THE BIG DRAW AT OXFORD CASTLE

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Oxford Castle – site wide Sat 9th Oct Make your mark in Oxford's oldest new quarter on The Big Draw day! Discover the history of heraldry and design your own coat of arms to express who you are. Collect chalks from Oxford Castle - Unlocked and 03 Gallery (for a small deposit) and find a paving stone to draw your design and bring history to life!

LAND LINES: DRAWN LINES: STITCH LINES BY AMANDA HISLOP

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O3 Gallery, Oxford Castle Market Square Until Sun 17th Oct Textile artist Amanda Hislop presents a new collection of work that responds to the timeless themes of land, sea, sky, and trees. The images created don’t reveal the landscape directly but are a response to what it feels like to be within the landscape; an impressionistic sense of the place, a moment of time, a response to light and colour. Times: Tue-Fri 12-5pm; Sat & Sun 11am -4pm; Closed Mondays

HALF – TERM FRIGHTFUL FAMILY FUN

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Oxford Castle - Unlocked Sat 23rd – Sun 31st Oct Throughout Halloween Week, young explorers can take part in pumpkin trails and search for chilling clues hidden by the wicked witch to win a spooky prize. Join our Halloween arts and crafts in the Prison Gallery; and hear spine-tingling tales from the Oxford Castle gruesome ghouls. 10.00am – 4.00pm FREE with Castle admission (activities only £4.00 per child/adult)

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THE SWAN & CASTLE INTERNATIONAL REAL ALE FESTIVAL

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Oxford Castle Market Square & The Swan and Castle Mon 25th Oct until Sun 14th Nov Oxford Castle Wine and Beer Market kicks off with a special delivery of the beer... by horse and cart on the 25th October. Tasting starts from the Wednesday 27th as CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) have their launch party; taste locally produced wine, organic and unusual beers as well as popular brands, and familiar favourites. Keep your ears open for radio competitions, where you could meet the brewer. Also why not try your hand at Conkers in the our conkers’ tournament!

NATIONAL SPAIN DAY

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La Tasca, Oxford Castle Market Square Thu 28th Oct Strictly speaking, National Spain Day is on the 12 October, however, La Tasca will be celebrating all things good about Spanish food and drink ten days later to spread the love as far and wide as possible! Make the most of Spanish delights, including paellas, tapas, and sangria at La Tasca – ole!

AFTER DARK DINNER

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Oxford Castle - Unlocked Thu 28th Oct You can enjoy a sinister journey inside the haunted heart of Oxford Castle - Unlocked before returning to a delicious 3-course meal at The Living Room restaurant situated on the castle grounds. After Dark Tour and Dinner : £29.95 per person Pre-booking essential – 01865 260 663

TRICK-OR-TREATING

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Oxford Castle - Unlocked Fri 29th & Sat 30th Oct Enjoy safe Trick or Treating this Halloween. Children are encouraged to dress up in their favourite costumes and collect tasty sweets as they trick-or-treat around the Castle. Courageous children who survive meeting the gruesome ghouls can then enter the Prison Gallery to hear spooky stories from the haunted Castle. Event times 6.00pm - 7.00pm

General Enquiries: 01865 201657 Estate Management Office, The Treadwheel Building 43 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY

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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.

Sex Thu 7th Oct: In 2009 Dr Petra Boynton, told us what she has learnt in a career as a Sex researcher, educator and agony aunt. Is it possible for science to study the intensely private world of human sexual behavior? Is it even desirable? Together we will explore some of the controversies surrounding this sensitive area of science. Times: 7.30pm Admission: £5/SO Live Friends Free

Friends and Lovers Thu 14th Oct: What makes us Human? Prof Robin Dunbar has spent his career studying what - if anything - marks us out from the rest of nature. Two years after his sell-out appearance at Science Oxford Live, he's back to give us the latest news from the science of Homo sapiens. Times: 7.30pm Admission: £5/SO Live Friends Free

The Atom Thu 28th Oct: A night of music and science as Physics Professor Brian Foster and violin virtuoso Jack Liebeck link Einstein's favourite instrument, the violin, with many of the concepts of modern physics that he did so much to found. They'll take us on a journey from E=mc2 to the Large Hadron Collider, via Johann Sebastian Bach. Don't miss it! Times: 7.30pm Admission: £5/SO Live Friends Free

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

Halloween Howl 23rd - 31st Oct: Take part in some spooky activities at our day time Halloween event, or when darkness falls venture inside the scary maze. Not for the faint hearted! Something for all the family. Open 11am-4pm, and 6pm- 10pm. Pre-booking recommended.

Pitt Rivers Museum Access through the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW. Tel: 01865 270927. Web: www.prm.ox.ac.uk. Admission: Free.

The Burial of Emperor Haile Selassie Until 21st Nov: When Emperor Haile Selassie was finally buried in Addis Ababa in 2000, twenty-five years after his death, only a few European journalists were there to witness it. Renowned Magnum photographer Peter Marlow was among them. The twenty-one photographs in this exhibition document a remarkable event in recent Ethiopian history, one that provoked fresh debate about both Haile Selassie and Ethiopia’s troubled political history.

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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First On Everest

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Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates, Oxford Tue 6th Nov: A fantastic opportunity to hear the American mountaineer Tom Hornbein talk about his first ascent in 1963 of the West Face and traverse of the mountain. He will be followed by Peter Habeler, who with Reinhold Messner undertook the remarkable first ascent of Everest without supplementary oxygen in 1978. Doug Scott & Paul Braithwaite will talk about the first ascent of Everest via the South West face (1975). Come and hear these legendary mountaineers in Oxford. Tickets £12.50, available from the organisers: 01865-778536

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Vertigo Until Tue 2nd Nov: Oxfordshire Theatre Company present Vertigo, made famous by the Hitchcock film. Join Dr Jacques Ballard as he introduces the case of Roger Flavieres, a man whose story of obsession, murder, manipulation and deceit will have you on the edge of your seat! www.oxfordshiretheatrecompany.co.uk

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

The Big Car project Until 1st Jan 2011: Watch a willow-woven model Morris Minor evolve in our gallery as a group of Oxfordshire Adult Learners work with local artist Dionne Barber and the Searchers group to research and develop a ‘big car project’! Features a large-scale model made from polystyrene and willow, historical photographs, memories of Cowley car factory workers and research by the Searchers over 50 group. Times: 10am - 5pm

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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. 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: 10am-5.30pm. 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.visitoxford.org. 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.visitoxford.org. The best way to explore Oxford is on foot. We have a wonderful selection of tours from Magic, Murder and Mayhem to Pottering in Harry Potters Footsteps.

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Education In Oxford International Schools

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 to foreigners in the centre of Oxford. Highly qualified and experienced staff, excellent modern facilities including interactive whiteboards, digital language laboratory and free Wi-Fi. Join part-time IELTS exam prep course for £75 per week, part-time and full-time General English courses and CertTESOL course in November. Check our website www.eckersley.co.uk or call in at 14 Friars Entry.

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Oxford House School of English 67 High Street, Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1XT. Tel: 01865 874786. E-mail: study@oxfordhouseschool.co.uk. Web: www.oxfordhouseschool.co.uk. 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.

Full-time English courses from £49.00 per week.

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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Education Article Twenty years of coming to Oxford. How others see us! On Friday September 20th students of Kyorin University, Tokyo, enjoyed a dinner at Lady Margaret Hall to mark the 20th anniversary of their annual visit to Oxford as students of the College of International Education. Before the meal the students were addressed by Mr Bart Ashton the Domestic Bursar at Lady Margaret Hall. Prior to the students’ arrival in Oxford they take part in a six hour Distance Learning programme which uses the internet and webcam. Once in Oxford they continue their English Language course which is based on a study of the cultural differences between Japan and the UK. Lessons at Lady Margaret Hall are supplemented by visits to places of local interest such as the Natural History Museum and St Mary’s Church and by excursions to London, Warwick, and Stratford. Social activities include punting, skating and bowling. Punting still remains a mystery to some students and this year one or two finished up in the Cherwell. Cream teas, fish and chips and the English pub continue to be firm favourites but this year the barbecue at Lady Margaret Hall proved to be a great success. All the students greatly appreciated the premises and beautiful grounds of Lady Margaret Hall. To begin with most of the students are surprised by the great differences between the environment in Oxford and Tokyo, commenting favourably on the open spaces, moderate temperatures ( 35C in Tokyo) and friendly host families and shop assistants. They expressed surprise that the bus driver does not call out each stop and that our trains do not always run on time. As the three weeks progressed however the differences seemed to become less important and what was particularly appreciated was the vibrant multicultural atmosphere in Oxford together with the medieval architecture. Above all it became apparent that the Kyorin students found Oxford people to be very welcoming and friendly which is a heartening message for us all. This extract from a speech at the farewell dinner by one of the students, although expressed in language which was not typical of most of the students, expresses the feelings of most. “Although the taste of food is completely different from that in Japan, your serious cooking makes it the nicest food in the world. Although the weather here is completely different from that in Japan, your careful reminding us of wearing warmer clothes makes it the most wonderful weather in the world. Although living here is completely different from that in Japan, your warm hearted telling us a lot about Oxford makes it the most comfortable life in the world. You our host families, have given us a warm home outside our own. The time which has been spent with you will be unforgettable forever. When I lost me way friends took me home. When I didn’t understand what people were saying, friends helped me to translate it. When I felt cold people lent me their coats. Friends made everyday here filled with happiness. They gave us the courage to face all our troubles even though we are far away from home”. By John Hudson, Principal College of Internation Education Bocardo House, 24b St Michaels Street, Oxford OX1 2EB Tel: 01865 202238 Web: www.cie-oxford.com

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In Oxford Article Keeping The Wheels in Motion The Rise and Rise of the Oxford Bicycle Company Ltd Only set up in March this year, Richard Rosser charts the astonishing success of this small family business to show how one man’s passion became a profitable business venture. He talks to Dave, the man responsible for it all. The concept is simple – a mobile bicycle company offering commercially competitive rates. The website claims “Whether it’s building them, servicing them, fixing them or riding them, quite simply we love them…” And it’s a formula that works. With major clients like Oxford University and Oxfordshire County Council already on board, there is clearly a demand for his services. Dave spent his youth gaining valuable experience working in a bicycle shop as well as qualifying as an engineer following a four year college course. But it was a project last summer that changed the direction his career was to take. “I built myself a little single speed bike. It was a new craze, like the single speed old retro racers. People kept asking me where I got it from and I told them I built it myself.” Inevitably perhaps he ended up building a few for friends but it wasn’t until he was honeymooning in Australia last Christmas that he made the courageous decision to leave the security of his job to set the business up. “I was just doing up a few second hand bikes at first but then I contacted the university and they were keen to get me in.” Luck was on his side. Although they already used a mobile bicycle repair company there was an excess demand not being met. “I kind of filled the gap there. I do four sites for them a month now and then the County Council approached me and I started working with them about a month ago. So from when I started in March it has just taken off.” And it doesn’t stop there. Dave is currently exploring the possibility of working with schools and providing workshops for students who show a particular interest or aptitude. But Dave would be the first to admit he can’t give up his motor just yet. With so much stock to carry he still has to rely on four wheels. He might be carrying fifty tyres or thirty different types of bicycle chain at any one time – all the spare parts that might be needed that day. It seems that nothing is too much trouble. With such a focus on customer care and quality of service and if the glowing testimonials of satisfied customers featured on the website are anything to go by, this is a business that will continue to strengthen and grow. www.oxfordbicyclecompany.co.uk

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Explore Oxford Just a five minute walk from the City Centre, Jericho is one of Oxford’s most fashionable districts. Encompassing Walton Street, Little Clarendon Street and, at a push, St Giles, Jericho is a concentration of some of Oxford’s finest independent retailers and restaurants.

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.

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.

Duke of Cambridge 5-6 Little Clarendon Street, 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.

Headington, just a mile from the city centre, sitting atop a hill and overlooking the mesmeric south Parks, is known as a centre of medicine and education. Home to Oxford Brookes university, the former polytechnic and also location for no fewer than five major hospitals, there is an abundance of students and medical staff coursing through this leafy suburb of Oxford.

Waitrose 9-11 Old High Street, Headington, OX3 9JT Tel: 01865 308806 Web: www.waitrose.com At Waitrose, we combine the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop. Above all we take pride in the freshness and quality of our food.

The Black Boy 91 Old High St, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9HT Tel: 01865 741137 Website: www.theblackboy.uk.com The Black Boy Gastropub has been deemed ‘Simply Irresistible’ by Jay Rayner of The Observer. Quite simply, great food at a great price.. Whether it’s a full meal, or a snack from our grazing menu in the garden. We even like to teach the kids to cook in Kids Kitchen! Come along for a bite. It’s rather nice.

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Summertown

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.

Shaw Gibbs 264 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7DY. Tel: 01865 292200. Web: www.shawgibbs.com. We are a leading firm of accountants and business advisors in Oxfordshire. Our approach to problem-solving is dynamic, our skills diverse, our sector experience comprehensive and our technical knowledge sound - all of which allows us to make a positive difference to you. With our extensive range of services, we provide you with solutions that fit you.

The MGroup 287-291 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7JQ. Tel: 01865 552925. Web: www.themgroup.co.uk. The MGroup Partnership are part of The MGroup, an organisation that offers a range of services that go far beyond the traditional role of accountancy. Over recent years we have undergone significant change resulting in an increased range of services and a more dynamic and proactive service to clients.

Bang & Olufsen 6 South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7JL Tel: 01865 511241 Web: www.bang-olufsen.com 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.

Witneyshopping

Come to the historic town of Witney for a truly extensive, inspirational shopping experience. Witney is home to some great independent shops and services, as well as popular chains such as M&S and Waitrose. Why not come for an exceptional meal or a relaxed coffee? Check out the Witney Shopping website for the latest Jobs, Offers and News. www.witneyshopping.co.uk

W.R Harvey 86 Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6BU Tel: 01993706501. Web: www.wrharvey.co.uk. Visit our show rooms in Witney, Oxfordshire, and you will find authentiqally decorated rooms displaying our stock of English antiques to their very best advantage.

Cotswold Kids 9 Wesley Walk, Witney, OX28 6ZJ. Tel: 01993771715. Web: www.cotswoldkids.co.uk. Come to Cotswold Kids for beautiful baby gifts and clothing from birth to age 14 years, and great customer service too! We stock a varied range of children’s wear, from classics, to the fun and funky. With a number of labels supplied exclusively to us in this area, including Emile et Rose, Sarah Louise, D’Arcy Brown, Mayoral, Little Darlings and more.

Abdabs Corn Exchange, Market Square, Witney, OX28 6AB. Tel: 08456343192. Web: www.abdabs-yt.co.uk. Children deserve the best in tuition, as such Abdabs prides itself on being a dramatics company that engages not just at the drama level but works on all aspects of the theatre and dramatics arena, including voice, dance, lighting, sound, filming and general hands on work such as stage/floor managing, scenery, etc.. For ages 3 - 18, we provide structured tuition which over time, will build a rounded knowledge of theatre and studio skills.

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Map Index Listed below are some of the selected establishments situated within the Oxford City limits. The colours represent each business category and the numbers represent the location of each establishment on the Map overleaf.

ACCOMMODATION Apartments In Oxford

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YHA

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Ethos Hotel

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River Hotel

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Royal Oxford Hotel

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RESTAURANTS 6

Las Iguanas

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Shanghai 30’s

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Mission Mexican Grill (1)

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Quod

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Mission Mexican Grill (2)

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The Perch

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Christ Church College

ATTRACTIONS 15

Christ Church Picture Gallery

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Oxford Castle

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The Ashmolean Museum

LEISURE AND HEALTH CLUBS 8

Bourton Mill Gym

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TAO

CAFE’S 19

Cafe Loco

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The Rose

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Green’s Cafe

SHOPS 14

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Oxford University Press Bookshop

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Sanders of Oxford Lacy’s Boutique

University of Oxford Shop

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Didcot Railway Centre

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Cotswold Wildlife Park

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Buscot Park & The Faringdon Collection

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Millets Farm Centre

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Kingston Bagpuize House

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Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7NJ. Tel: 01235 817200. Web: www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk. Admission: £5-£10. Open: Every weekend, daily 20th June - 6th Sept. 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. Day Out With Thomas: Sat/Sun 2/3 October. Advance booking at www.ticketweb.co.uk Steamdays Sat/Sun 23/24, & Wednesday 27 October. Open every weekend.

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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.

Visit in 2010 for the ultimate ticket offer BUY ONE DAY GET 12 MONTHS FREE! Buy a ticket to the Palace and you will get an Annual Pass – for free! Visit the website for full details.

October at Britain’s Greatest Palace Autumn is the most beautiful time of the year to visit Blenheim Palace when the change of season transforms the Park in a myriad of golden colours. On 3rd October come along with friends and family to Breast Cancer Care’s Bike Blenheim Palace when you can cycle in the Park and help support people living with breast cancer. Over Halloween half term week families can enjoy a host of spooky entertainment including the Maze of Bones hunt in the Pleasure Gardens. Visit the Palace for tours of the exquisite State Rooms and enjoy English music in the Long Library on Sundays. Discover more about the Dukes and Duchesses of Marlborough in the visitor experience ‘Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story’. Delicious Sunday lunches and afternoon teas are available to book by calling 01993 813874.

Breast Cancer Care’s Bike Blenheim Palace Sun 3rd Oct: Blenheim Palace opens its grounds for the 3rd year running a chance for you to take part in a unique cycling festival established as one of the most exciting cycling events in the country. Come along with friends and family to cycle in the beautiful park and enjoy a host of entertainment in the event village. For entry prices visit www.bikeblenheimpalace.com

The Maze of Bones’ Halloween at Blenheim Palace 23rd - 31st Oct: There are skeletons rattling in the Maze of Bones and lots of spooky entertainment over the Halloween half term week at Blenheim Palace! Join the Halloween hunt in the Pleasure Gardens with face-painting and pumpkin carving. Story telling takes place at weekends. Inside the Palace spooky family tours are available, and you can meet ghosts from the Palace’s past in ‘Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story’.

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Around Oxfordshire Successful Driven People required If you are motivated, willing to learn and want to succeed? If the answer is yes then I want to talk to you. Can you work within a team, working part time flexible hours around current commitments and would like to work for a company that offers international travel, car plan and profit share? Contact me for more details Call Emma Bellenie on 07788 698405 or email: ebellenie@yahoo.co.uk

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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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BUY ONE DAY GET 12 MONTHS FREE! When you buy a single day ticket to the Palace, Park and Gardens you will receive an Annual Pass - for free!

Forthcoming events: 3rd October Breast Cancer Care’s Bike Blenheim Palace 23rd – 31st October Maze of Bones – Halloween at Blenheim Palace for more information on this offer visit blenheimpalace.com or call 01993 811 091.

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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.

Cushion Concerts for Little Ones – Double Bass Sun 31st Oct: We continue our series of friendly concerts for children – introducing them to musical instruments. This time it’s the rich and deep sounds of the double bass, brought to you by Mister Mark. Bring a cushion, sit on the floor, or stand up and move to the music. Tickets: £6, under 18 months go free, Times: 12 noon – under 5s, 1.30pm – 5-8 year olds

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! Stagecoach Holiday Courses 2011 - The Theate at Headington. Junior course: Age 4-9. Spring April 18 21 Summer July / August dates to be advised. Applications for holiday courses taken from November these courses book up fast!

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.

Seeing Things Thu 26th Oct: Science Oxford Live invites you into the weird and wonderful world of illusions. Why are things sometimes not what they seem? What do illusions tell us about the way our brains make sense of the world? And can we use them to help us solve problems in everyday life? Prepare to be amazed... Suitable for 9+ Times: 11am, 2pm, 3.30pm Admission: £5 for show and discovery zone visit/SO Live Friends Free

Spooky Make and Take Wed 27th - Thu 28th Oct: Come along to the discovery zone this half-term and make some spooky crafts and decorations to take home in time for Halloween! Suitable for 5+ Times: 11am – 5pm Admission: Drop in activity with discovery zone entrance/SO Live Friends Free

The Universe Wed 27th Oct: Science Oxford Space Supremo Ian Griffin introduces some of the stars, planets and constellations that are visible from Oxford, and explains how you can identify them, and how to locate them. Weather permitting, this will be followed by a trip across the road for some stargazing in South Park! Suitable for 11+ Times: 6.30pm, Admission: £5/SO Live Friends Free

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Oxford United Football Club The Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford OX4 4XP. Tel: 01865 337533. Web: www.oufc.co.uk. Sat 2nd Oct

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Oxford City Football Club Court Place Farm, Marston, Oxford Tel: 01865 744493 www.oxfordcityfc.co.uk Sat 9th Oct

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

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.

www.southfieldgolf.com T: 01865 242158

Southfield Golf Club

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. Summer post 2pm special at £19 mid-week and £22 at the weekends, £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

Join Studley Wood the premier golf club in Oxfordshire

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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Studley Wood . . . for everything golf

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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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.

Modern and traditional styling for men Gents wet cut £10 . Student wet cut from £9 No appointment necessary Opening Hours Mon-Wed 10am - 5.30pm, Thurs & Fri 10am - 7pm, Sat 9am - 5pm 66 St Clements Oxford tel: 01865 249 740

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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.

Cannelle Beaute 1a Oakthorpe Rd, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BD. Tel: 01865 511960. Web: www.cannellebeaute.com. Cannelle Beaute is a haven of French beauty therapy in Summertown, Oxford. Treatments include hot and warm waxing, manicures, pedicures, massage, Decleor aroma mosaic facial and body treatments. Experts in laser hair removal, CACI Endermologie and microdermabrasion treatments.

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.

Pure Indulgence 8 Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AA. Tel: 01865 377215. www.pureindulgenceoxford.com. Pure Indulgence day spa is a sanctuary of sheer decadence. An invitation to sample individual treatments or indulge in a day spa experience. De-stress. pamper, detox and revitalise, whichever your needs, our treatment menu will help to achieve your desired results. See the website for a full menu of what we have to offer.

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Accommodation

In Oxford

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!!.

AA ### 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

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builders home, college owned, on the ‘Thames walk’ at Osney Bridge.

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Street OX2 OAJ. 1 Mile to A34 Ringroad West, next to A420.

S Visit Britain** Metro Hotel Grading. “Large enough to be comfortable, small enough to be friendly” Botley Road Oxford OX2 0AA. Tel: Office (01865) 243475 Guests: 249756 Fax: 724306 - www.riverhotel.co.uk E-mail: reception@riverhotel.co.uk

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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.

Guest Houses and Bed & Breakfasts

Lina Guest House 308 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7ED. Tel: 01865 511070. Web: www.linaguesthouse.com. E-mail: info@linaguesthouse.com. Lina Guest House is a Victorian style guest house located in North Oxford Summertown. The Oxford city centre is less then 10 minutes ride away. Lina Guest House is perfectly located for visiting the Oxford University colleges. Our rooms are en-suite, with tea & coffee making facilities, LCD flat screen freeview TV with CD/DVD player. Internet access and car park is also available. Whether visiting Oxford as a tourist, on a business trip, to attend conferences or simply just on a weekend break, Lina Guest House promises a warm and friendly welcome to our guests with a luxurious and delightful stay.

Tilbury Lodge 5 Tilbury Lane, Oxford OX2 9NB. Tel: 01865 862138. Web: www.tilburylodge.com. E-mail: stay@tilburylodge.com. Situated in a quiet country lane with easy access to Oxford City centre, offering bed & breakfast accommodation. No florals, clutter or dusty chintz! We are a refreshing modern Guest House in Oxford. Melanie and Stefan are passionate about hospitality and look forward to hosting you at Tilbury Lodge.

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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Hotel Review

Set in 300 acres, the Oxfordshire is impressive from the time you leave the main road, as you drive along the long sweeping driveway to the entrance of the Hotel with its Palladian pillars, giving a touch of old age elegance to a very modern Hotel/Golf/Spa complex. There are excellent parking facilities, with a bag drop off point at the entrance and valet parking available on request. The Hotel was opened to the public in May 2010, expanding its highly prestigious Golf Club to include a 4-Star Hotel and Spa. Guests are immediately struck by the incredible views over Oxfordshire, which they are able to enjoy from the terraces, restaurant, bedrooms, and of course from the World class golf course itself. Residents are offered a massive discount on green fees, and anyone who is a golfing enthusiast would find this both challenging and exciting. Check-in was smooth, and thankfully, the Reception confirmed that, “Yes there is a toothbrush and toothpaste in the bathroom” – as in my hurry to arrive I had completely overlooked this! It has 4 amazing Penthouse Suites and 46 “Standard” rooms, which are incredibly well furnished with a huge bed, luxurious bedding and furniture, including a Tassimo coffee machine, which even I found easy to operate – providing wonderful coffee in the morning. Free internet is offered throughout the Hotel, making life easy for visiting business executives. The bathroom is large and luxurious, with a walk-in shower big enough for two! All toiletries, (The White Company) are provided, along with fluffy white towels. Dinner began with a glass of champagne, an array of freshly baked breads with olives and hummus. The menu is select and all dishes sounded wonderful. Two chose crispy duck salad, and one scallops – excellent and very filling – beautifully presented and rather more on the plate than you would find in many other 4* or indeed 5* hotels. The main courses offered a great variety; the vegetarian cannelloni enjoyed by one companion was “absolutely delicious”. I had the Sea Bass and Scallops on mash – mouth-watering – but defeating after the large starter! Our other diner had the braised beef, which again looked enticing and was thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately we were unable to sample the puddings as we were all too full – the choice again would have been difficult to make as all looked incredible. The chosen white wine was smooth and complimented the meal perfectly and the level of service throughout was first class and personalised. We retired to the lounge to take coffee, ending the evening perfectly. Breakfast was an equally satisfying affair, with an array of cold and cooked breakfast available. The Oxfordshire offers a Golf Club Members bar with accompanying shop, top quality conference facilities, with each room offering impressive private balconies for use by those having booked. Unfortunately I did not have time to use the Spa but with two full-time staff offering an array of treatments and elegant and tempting treatment rooms I will return! If you feel more energetic, you can use the indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, and if you must – the state-of-the-art gym! From a business perspective, the Oxfordshire offers you the opportunity to indulge your clients, or team-build in an enviable environment. Also, if you want a relaxing weekend away not too far from home, the Oxfordshire is perfect. All in all, the Oxfordshire has so much to offer that I am afraid that once it becomes well-known, it will be impossible to get a booking! Reviewed By Maggie Faulkner Director Magna Carta College Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa Oxfordshire OX26 1TE Tel: 01869 241204 www.bicesterhotelgolfandspa.com

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Restaurants, Cafés & Nightlife In

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Edamamé 15 Holywell St, Oxford (opposite New College). Tel: 01865 246916 (no reservations). Web: www.edamame.co.uk. Edamame regularly receives high praise for its freshly prepared, authentic Japanese home cooking and sushi. This friendly and popular family run restaurant guarantees you an enjoyable meal at a very reasonable price. Three menus rotate throughout the week. Check their website for menu details and opening times.

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.

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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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 pizzas and salads with toppings inspired by the continents of the World. Situated on George Street, the stunning restaurant is split over 2 floors with a gigantic mirror clad oven lining the feature staircase. 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 The Perch is celebrating its 2nd year anniversary! We would like to thank all our lovely customers for supporting us through greatness and hardship, summer and winter. All of you who present this magazine will receive a complementary glass of Bubbly. Our new and fresh Autumn menu will be launched on the 22nd of September, last chance to enjoy it in our beautiful garden, before entering winter and cosying up by our fireplace.

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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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.

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. Tel: 01865 552746 www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk

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.

Harcourt Arms Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire OX29 5RJ. Tel: 01865 881931. Web: www.harcourtarms.com. The Arms is a grade 2 listed building with a reputation of a having a ghost, but then again what pub these days doesn’t ?! Now we’re in the 21st Century & we like to think we’ve got a beautiful old building with a cracking menu, service to match, big garden for the summer, plenty of parking & a wonderful selection of wines & traditional beers.

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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Oxford

The Greyhound BesselsLeigh, Nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 5PX. Tel: 01865 862110. Web: www.blubeckers.co.uk. Food served: Mon to Thur 11am-10pm, Fri & Sat 11am-10.30pm, Sun & Bank Hols 11am-9.30pm. The Greyhound is a beautiful traditional building encompassing ‘Fabulous quality food, served by people who truly care about what they do and go the extra mile to make every occasion special’. It’s the perfect location for diners and drinkers to enjoy. The Greyhound is located just 4 miles outside Oxford - making it the perfect rural escape from city life.

The Duke of Marlborough Woodleys, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1HT. Tel: 01993 811460. Web: www.dukeofmarlborough.co.uk. Although our menu can be served throughout the pub, The Duke of Marlborough boasts two very different eating areas. The Bar Restaurant, warmed by a roaring log fire and with traditional touches, and The Function Room Restaurant with a definite more modern feel. Serving beautifully prepared & presented dishes, time after time, with seemingly effortless ease. A lot more thought has gone into the menu here than in many country pubs, with beautifully prepared seasonal dishes, delicious weekly specials, sensational steaks and fantastic fish dishes. The choices are home cooked using locally produced products where possible.

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.

Cafés

Greens Café 50 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU / 14 Bonn Square, Oxford, OX1 1EU. Tel: 01865 316878. Web: www.greenscafe.co.uk. Oxford’s bustling neighbourhood coffee shop with free wifi. Lots of seating upstairs in our 250 year old tea room with sandwiches, soups and salads prepared fresh every day.

35 New Inn Hall Street Fabulous Fresh Food Speciality Coffee, Tea, Hot Choc, Shakes, Smoothies, WIFI, Internet Cafe

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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So it’s Friday night, you’re in the centre of Oxford and looking for a great curry. If you ask me for my opinion, then I would certainly recommend 4500 Miles from Delhi, every day of the way. It’s a fantastic central venue with absolutely awesome food. Nav Kandola and his team have created a modern and fresh restaurant which serves tasty food with fantastic service. The menu has a range of traditional Indian dishes, all freshly cooked by a team of chefs who seem to take the utmost care with each dish served from the kitchen. After the customary starter of poppadoms and chutneys, I, together with five friends, chose the Gourmet Banquet so that we could enjoy a range of the different options and meals. The starter was a delicious platter with the Chicken Malai Tikka and the Amritsari Machchi (a lovely fried fish) being the favourites from a platter of five enticing options. The main course was a range of different curries and side dishes with the Lamb Rogan Josh and Tarka Dal winning lots of ‘mmmm’s’ from around the table. I personally enjoyed the specialist Dhaba Murgh dish which was spicy but had a beautiful flavour. For curry veterans such as me, they say that the best way to judge an Indian restaurant is through the quality of their naan breads. In over fifteen years of enjoying Indian food all over the world, the keema naan served at 4500 miles from Delhi was one of the best I have ever tasted. It was piping hot, full of sumptuous meat and cooked to perfection! The first one was devoured quickly by the guys around the table, but when I asked for another, it was served within just a few minutes - perfect for mopping up the remnants of the curry sauce on our plates! With full stomachs there was no room left for desert, but we slipped in a few of the complimentary chocolates and finished off our Cobra’s and Merlot (well we had to experience the quality of the wines didn’t we!) and thanked the team as we left. So, in summary, I would give the restaurant 9 out of 10. Awesome food, great service and all at a reasonable price! 4500 Miles from Delhi is certainly going to prove popular if it continues to deliver quality at the high levels we experienced! Well worth a visit! James White – CEO InTouch CRM 4500 Miles From Delhi 41 Park End Street Oxford OX1 1JD Tel: 01865 244 922 Web: www.milesfromdelhi.com/oxford

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Restaurant Review

Gee’s restaurant, housed in an elegant Victorian conservatory on the Banbury Road in North Oxford has, over the last twenty years become something of an Oxford institution. Oxford students aspire to celebrate their graduation here in style and with locals and visitors it has become a necessary pit stop to sample the wonderful brasserie food in a stylish and contemporary setting. Part of the Mogford group and owned by Jeremy Mogford, Gee’s houses an amazing collection of Gary Hume artwork, worth a visit alone! My husband and I often visit Gee’s and always enjoy their Sunday evening jazz supper and the warm and friendly atmosphere the staff here create so well. When we arrived on a slightly gloomy Monday evening recently we were greeted by amiable General Manager Laura Cottrell who announced with great enthusiasm that the new autumn menu had arrived. It was 6.30pm and the restaurant was just over half full, their early supper menu obviously proves very popular we noted. Laura talked us through the new menu and wine list, crab and shellfish flown in from Jersey weekly, meat and vegetables from the owner’s Oxfordshire farm, complete trust in their suppliers to provide them with consistently great products is what they rely on she told us proudly. We ordered a bottle of Berry Brothers Ordinary White, a strange name to give your house wine ‘ordinary’ but Laura explained that Berry Brothers had a reputation where ordinary means extraordinarily good and it was! To start I ordered the soufflé Suisse and my husband the baked cep and onion tart, both were exemplary. Main courses arrived in the form of bourride of red mullet, brill and salt cod and roast partridge with bread sauce and game chips. The bourride was a classic delicious creamy fish stew with generous chunks of fish, fennel, aioli, parsley, boiled potatoes and croutons served piping hot in a le creuset pot. The partridge was perfection, cooked through but still pink with brussel sprouts, game chips, watercress, roast chestnuts and chipolatas, drizzled with its roasting juices and served with a bowl of superb bread sauce. For me traditional accompaniments are crucial with game and my partridge really was ‘properly garnished’. Pudding arrived after time enough to talk to Laura about the Jazz coming up the following month and hearing all about their popular Sunday lunch menu, the more we talked the more we realised that Gee’s really is all things to all people, offering a unique setting with a menu and wine list that really do deliver and prove value for money. Lemon syllabub and winter rhubarb ice cream arrived at the table with little shortbread biscuits and ended the meal perfectly. We’ll be back, we concluded, very soon…………. Reviewed By Caroline Raven Gee’s 61 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6PE Tel: 01865 553540 www.gees-restaurant.co.uk

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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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Services Review The Lady Nuffield Home The Lady Nuffield Home is situated in Summertown with easy access to Oxford and with good transport links to nearby towns. A range of local amenities are within walking distance, including shops, restaurants, and doctors’ surgeries. The Home is Victorian in origin with modern purpose built extensions added over recent years, giving an air of light spacious accommodation. The rear garden is a pleasant enclosed peaceful space with a mixture of paving, lawn, miniature trees and shrubs. It provides a tranquil area where residents can sit and enjoy each others company or delight in the antics of the varied wildlife. The Home provides care for 30 older people. Rooms are comfortable and furnished to a high standard. Communal areas have a warm welcoming feel generating a sense that an older person wishing to live at the Home would be in an environment where they felt well cared for and safe. The Homes’ management places the rights of the residents at the forefront of its philosophy of care, treating each resident as a valued individual. The Home encourages its residents to maintain independence, whilst experienced care assistants provide assistance with daily living activites discreetly. Social interaction and activities are encouraged through a full and varied programme of activities to enable residents to realise their full potential and enhance their quality of life in older age. Residents are also encouraged to pursue their interests in the wider community. The Home has an established, highly regarded reputation and was awarded a 3 star “Excellent” rating by the regulatory body for Care Services. Reviewed by Jenny Timbrell

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