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Welcome to Living in Oxford Welcome to the May edition of Living in Oxford. Lucy Howard had the enviable task of reviewing Cosmo in this edition who also adorn our front cover. Cosmo have been in Oxford for over a year now and by all accounts Lucy, as I am sure countless other diners have, had a wonderful time! We also feature Aidan Meller Galleries and one of our longest serving customers, Sarah Wiseman and her fantastic gallery in South Parade, Summertown. Sarah has an Alison Pullen exhibition running from 6th to 27th May and you can read more about the exhibition in this edition. As usual, Living in Oxford Magazine is packed full of great things to do in Oxfordshire throughout May so make sure you have a good read of all the listings in this month’s edition. Don’t forget BIO2017 on 11th May at The King’s Centre in Osney Mead – you can book your tickets at www.businessinoxford.com, Oxfordshire’s biggest business to business showcase. Enjoy May, Richard Rosser Editor, Living In Oxford Magazine

Contents Oxfordshire Events

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Oxfordshire Accommodation

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Oxfordshire Education

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Oxfordshire Shopping

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Oxfordshire Attractions

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Oxford City Centre Map

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Oxfordshire Theatre

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Oxfordshire Sports

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Oxfordshire Cinema

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Oxfordshire Restaurants

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Oxfordshire Music

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Oxfordshire Health & Beauty

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Oxfordshire Art & Antiques

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Oxfordshire Services

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The Living in Oxford Team

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COSMO

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"COSMO is a really exciting addition to Oxford’s restaurant scene, especially for those who can never decide what they want on a menu – here you can simply have everything."

Aidan Meller Gallery

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"Aidan Meller gallery offers private collectors access to the best examples of original work by the world’s masters across almost 1,000 years of art history and nine gallery departments."

Alison Pullen In Situ: New Oxford Interiors

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"In her new solo exhibition at Sarah Wiseman Gallery, the acclaimed artist Alison Pullen gives an artist’s eye view of Oxford. However, it’s not the exterior dreaming spires and street views as you might expect."

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Lead Article:

COSMO Reviewed by Lucy Howard 15th April

COSMO is a really exciting addition to Oxford’s restaurant scene, especially for those who can never decide what they want on a menu – here you can simply have everything. This world kitchen offers a dazzling buffet of over 150 dishes from around the globe, and there are also several live cooking stations that rustle up tasty plates to order (we loved the noodle bar). Whether you’re a fan of British, Indian, Chinese, Italian or Japanese cuisine, they’re all here, and more. All the dishes are cooked in small batches and are constantly replenished, ensuring they’re always fresh, and each type of cuisine comes with its own accompaniments – the exquisite sushi comes with ear-popping wasabi, the hearty curries come with fluffy naan bread and crisp poppadoms, the wide variety of stir-fries come with eggfried rice and perfect spring rolls, and the roast beef comes with traditional English roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. Also on offer is a range of salads, pizza, burgers, pasta… the list goes on. You can return to the buffet as many times as you like, and fill your plate with whatever takes your fancy (there are no rules) – but don’t forget to leave space for the mouth-watering dessert section, featuring beautiful cakes, brownies, cheesecakes, mousses, make-your-own ice-cream cones, fresh fruit and an irresistible Belgian chocolate fountain (complete with marshmallows for dipping). There really is something for everyone here – it would be hard for even the fussiest of eaters not to find something they liked at COSMO. It is exceptional value, and the service is friendly and efficient, enabling you to concentrate on eating your way around the world. This isn’t so much a restaurant as a foodie fantasy come to life. Just make sure you arrive with an empty stomach so you can make the most of it!

Magdalen St, Oxford, OX1 3AD Tel: 01865 297575 Web: www.cosmo-restaurants.co.uk www.livinginoxford.com

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Oxfordshire Events Calendar 2017 A quick overview of events to look forward to. For a full list of what’s going on in Oxford and Oxfordshire, see the website! www.livinginoxford.com

Dorchester-on-Thames Festival Until 7th May: A 50 event, 10 day arts Festival based in and around Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire. Since 2005 the Festival has regularly attracted over 3,000 people each year, from serious followers of the arts to schools, families and children of all ages and has raised significant profile and over £110,000 for Dorchester Abbey and local charities. Visit our website for a day by day list of events. www.dorchesterfestival.com

Business in Oxford Thursday 11th May: The biggest business networking and showcase event in the county returns for a 4th year at a brand new venue for 2017! We will be at The King’s Centre in the centre of Oxford on Thursday, May 11th from 8:15am, starting with a networking breakfast with the official opening of the event following at 9am. With over 70 exhibition stands and 21 cutting–edge seminars, BIO2017 is a must attend event. www.businessinoxford.com

Michael Cardew: His Years in Africa Saturday 13th May: Hear about the time Michael Cardew spent in Africa between the 1940s and 60s, setting up the Abuja pottery in Nigeria, and working with potters such as Dr Ladi Kwali. This is an Ashmolean Clay Live event. Listen to some of the leading figures of contemporary studio pottery in Britain today in the Ashmolean Pottery Programme. Tickets are £10/£8 and booking is essential. www.ashmolean.org

Come and Sing Beethoven's 9th Symphony Friday 26th May: Come and Sing Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Oxford Studio Orchestra. Choral singers invited to join in this special performance, with 100 singers from Bonn and soloists from the Birmingham Conservatoire. www.oxford.gov.uk/townhall

Blenheim Palace Food Festival Saturday 27th - Monday 29th May: This year’s enhanced festival will feature more demonstrations, more local producers and more tastings than ever before, with a fantastic range of food, drink and activities for the whole family to enjoy. The festival promises regional food and drink from 120 stallholders, including artisan bakers, craft brewers, gourmet burgers, international cuisine and much more. www.blenheimpalace.com

Oxford Festival of the Arts Saturday 24th June - Tuesday 4th July: Oxford Festival of the Arts is a two-week celebration of culture and creativity in venues throughout Oxford. Aiming to offer opportunities in the arts for Oxford’s diverse communities, the Festival programme presents an exciting array of events, with a colourful mix of music, literature, theatre, art, speaker events, tours, comedy, workshops and much more. www.artsfestivaloxford.org

Didcot Comicon 2017 Saturday 1st July: We are pleased to announce that Didcot comic con is back this year with a new home at Cornerstone. They’re taking over the entire venue including the town square outside. There will be fun for all the family so if films, comics, sci-fi, gaming, anime or cosplay is your thing come on down and have fun with all of us. www.cornerstone-arts.org

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Oxfordshire Events Experience Oxfordshire 15-16 Broad Street Oxford OX1 3AS. Tel: 01865 686430. Web: www.experienceoxfordshire.org Experience Oxfordshire is pleased to promote the many wonderful cultural events, shows, exhibitions and festivals that take place across the city and county. There’s always something going on in Oxfordshire, for all interests and ages. Check our calendar to see what events are on tonight, this weekend, or during your future visit.

May Morning Monday 1st May: A traditional, vibrant celebration of the coming of Spring, May Morning brings together Oxford’s communities to enjoy dancing, singing and revelry from around the city. May Morning activities begin at 6am with choristers of Magdalen College singing Hymnus Eucharisticus from the Great Tower, followed by Morris Men dancing across the city, with many restaurants and bars open for breakfast. www.oxford.gov.uk Little Shop of Horrors at Oxford Playhouse Wednesday 3rd - Saturday 6th May: Don’t miss this vibrant new production of a Broadway favourite, with a host of catchy, well-known songs including Suddenly Seymour and Skid Row, brought to the stage by University of Oxford students. Will Seymour pay the price for a shot at escaping with the woman he loves, or will he be trapped in his dead-end world forever? www.oxfordplayhouse.com Abingdon Jazz Festival Friday 12th - Saturday 13th May: Brilliant musical performances across Abingdon. From afternoon concerts for the whole family, to late night jam sessions. Featuring youth big bands, local musicans and special guests. The festival will be centred in the beautiful Abbey Buildings. www.abingdonjazzfestival.org.uk / www.visitabingdon.co.uk Teddy Bear’s Picnic at The Old Fire Station Saturday 13th May: If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise… This delightful treat is brought back to the younger audiences by Let’s All Dance, and combines classical ballet, tantalising story-telling and gorgeous visuals that will fascinate your little ones. Children are invited to bring along their own teddies to join in with the fun, clap along and have pictures taken with the dancers! www.oldfirestation.org.uk Susan Calman at the North Wall Arts Centre Saturday 20th May: It’s Susan Calman’s tenth year in comedy and she’s back with a brand new show. As seen on shows such as QI, HIGNFY, News Quiz and Mock the Week, Susan Calman is ready to create a storm, with 90 minutes of comedy that you will enjoy if you’re over 16, like what she does, and won’t be so drunk that she has to throw you out. Sounds like a terrible personal ad doesn’t it? She also likes fine wines, kittens and walks along the beach. Seriously. It’s going to be epic. www.thenorthwall.com Common People Festival Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th May: Common People returns for another year in the dreaming spires of Oxford for a two-day metropolitan adventure, with headline acts such as Sean Paul, Pete Tong, Becky Hill and Rag’n’Bone Man. The festival will once again take place in one of the most beautiful parks in the UK, South Park, over the May Bank Holiday. See website for tickets. www.oxford.commonpeople.net

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Oxfordshire Events The Oxfordshire Museum Park Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SN. Tel: 01993 811456. Web: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxfordshiremuseum

Mapping Oxford by Julian Munby talk Wednesday 3rd May: Mapping Oxford from medieval to modern times. Friends of the museum free, visitors £4. Time: 7.30pm.

Ross King: Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet & The Painting of the Waterlilies lecture Saturday 6th May: Ross King is the bestselling author of books on Italian, French and Canadian art and history. Tickets £8, will be on sale at the Museum Reception from 11th April. Tickets can also be purchased by phone from this date (payment by credit/debit card) 01993 814106. Time: 2.30pm

Exhibition of Watercolours and Drawings Saturday 6th May - Sunday 4th June: John Steane: teacher, historian and former Oxfordshire County Archaeologist presents a display of a selection of his watercolours and drawings.

Stanley Anderson Exhibition Saturday 6th May - Sunday 18th June: Stanley Anderson moved to Towersey near Thame during the Second World War and drew inspiration from the local area. Many of his subjects evoke a sense of nostalgia for traditional crafts and architecture that has been destroyed by war.

Childrens Holiday Activities Tuesdays: 10.30 - 11am under 5s’ Music stories and rhymes. £2 per family Tuesdays & Thursdays: 2 - 4pm Fun and creative activities for all ages. £2 per child

Science Oxford Workshops Wednesday 31st May: Dinosaur Workshops Wednesday 31st May: Science of Magic Workshop Please see website for further details: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/museums

Pitt Rivers Museum South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP Tel: 01865 270927 Web: www.prm.ox.ac.uk

Blow Your Own Barkhorn Workshop Saturday 6th May: Blow your own barkhorn with Chris from Acorn Education. See examples of English fold whithorns collected by Percy Manning before having a go at making and blowing your own. This half day workshop has been kindly sponsored by the Folklore Society. Free but booking essential. Time: 11am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm.

Telling Tales, with Tales of Our City Wednesday 24th May: Between the glass cabinets of the Museum, sit down for a conversation with someone with a story to tell. Members of Oxford's queer community will be waiting throughout the Museum to have conversations - just show up and book in to speak to one or more of these amazing people. The event is free but booking is required. Time: 6pm - 8.30pm.

Pitt Fest Remixed! Saturday 29th July: This year we move our annual day-festival inside the Museum and invite visitors to explore the collections via performances, workshops, tours and talks around the cases. Expect object handling, special guests and live music. Free but keep an eye out for entry information, which will be released in the Spring. Time: 11.30am - 4.30pm.

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Oxford Castle Unlocked 44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AY Tel: 01865 260666. Web: www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk Discover 1,000 years of Oxford’s history. Oxford Castle Unlocked is a visitor attraction with a past stretching far beyond your imagination. Led by a costumed character guide, the rich history of the castle will be revealed. Climb the Saxon St George’s Tower, descend deep underground into the Crypt, explore the Prison D-Wing and scale the Mound of the 11th century motte-and-bailey castle. See a full list of our events at www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk. Opening Times: 10am - 5pm.

Romeo & Juliet Monday 3rd July - Saturday 29th July: Following their highly praised, sell out productions of Twelfth Night, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing, Tomahawk Theatre returns to the magnificent Oxford Castle this summer to revive their critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This sumptuous, elegant and dynamic production will include song and dance and always remain faithful to the beautiful language and tragic story of love, separation and divided loyalties. Book online at oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk. Time: 7.30pm.

Bitten Oxford Web: bittenoxford.co.uk Twitter: @BittenOxford Facebook: /bittenoxford

Bitten Street Saturday 6th May: Bitten Street, Oxford’s street food market, kicked off in 2014. We’ve since made Oxford Castle Quarter our home, with a rotating selection of street food and drink. Hosting a regular collection of local traders while also playing host to a glittering selection of the UK’s best street food traders from further afield, each event is unique and each trader is hand picked for their awesome food and epic vans/trucks/stalls. Time: 11am - 3pm.

Oxford Food & Drink Festival 2017 Saturday 20th May: This fantastic celebration of local produce will be taking place at the wonderful Oxford University Parks. The event features local producers, street food and food & drink demos. Time: 11am - 5pm.

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Oxfordshire Education The Lake School of English Oxford 14 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1JQ. Tel: +44 (0) 1865 724312. Email: carmel@englishinoxford.com Web: www.englishinoxford.com In the centre of Oxford, the Lake School of English offers a professional, dynamic approach to teaching and a supportive environment for learning with intensive courses delivered by well-qualified and experienced teachers. Our students enjoy personal attention, inclusive social activities, comfortable accommodation and lovely self-study facilities. The Lake School is British Council accredited, a leading Centre of Excellence 2010 – 2015, and a member of Quality English.

Our Lady’s Abingdon Abingdon on Thames, Oxfordshire, OX14 3PS. Tel: 01235 524658. Web: www.olab.org.uk The facilities on offer are extensive. Building programmes over recent years have provided excellent teaching facilities for subjects across the curriculum including a spacious Sixth Form Centre and a purpose built Nursery. A major building programme was recently completed. This included a new auditorium, drama studio, science laboratory, exhibition and reception area, teaching space and library/resource centre.

Eckersley Oxford 14 Friars Entry, Oxford OX1 2BZ. Tel: 01865 721268. Web: www.eckersley.co.uk Over 50 years teaching English to foreign students in the centre of Oxford, with experienced and qualified teachers. Our long tradition combines with a 21st century approach and state-of-the-art facilities, including interactive whiteboards, a digital language laboratory and of course wireless access from just about anywhere in the School.

Walk for your local hospice!

Join our riverside challenge walk over 9 or 22 miles to central Oxford on Saturday 20th May. Sign up to our enthusiasts list now and ensure you’re one of the first to know when the booking page goes live! Email events@helenanddouglas.org.uk today! For more information about the charity and how you can help W: www.hdh.org.uk T: 01865 799150 E: fundraising@helenanddouglas.org.uk  twitter.com/HelenAndDouglas  facebook.com/HelenAndDouglasHouse Registered Charity Number: 1085951

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Oxfordshire Attractions City Sightseeing Bus Tours Oxford Railway Station, Park End Street, OX1 1HS. Tel: 01865 790522. 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. Tours operate all day every day except Christmas/Boxing and New years day. Tickets valid on Red and Green Buses.

St Michael at the North Gate Cornmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3EY. Tel: 01865 240940. Web: www.smng.org.uk St Michael at the North Gate is the oldest Church Tower 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. Open: 10.30am - 5pm (10.30am - 4pm in Winter). Admission: Adults and Concessions £2.50, Students £2.00, Children £1.30, Family ticket £7.00

The James Sadler Oxford Balloon Experience Tel: 0845 116 8899. Email: info@oxfordballoonexperience.com Web: www.oxfordballoonexperience.com The James Sadler Oxford Balloon Experience, a World class attraction to commemorate James Sadler, a working-class hero who made history in 1784 by becoming the first Englishman to fly, as well as many other remarkable achievements. The Centre will offer 120 metre high balloon rides in a tethered balloon, alongside a complementary information and education centre, educating visitors about Sadler’s extraordinary achievements. Education is key: interactive scientific concepts will be designed with children in mind.

Oxford Visitor Information Centre 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS Tel: 01865 686 430. Email: info@experienceoxfordshire.org Web: experienceoxfordshire.org The Oxford Visitor Information Centre staff provide an extensive range of services to help make your stay enjoyable and memorable. We offer a wide range of guides, maps, souvenirs and local produce. We also can guide you to the best Oxfordshire has to offer. We are also the home of Oxford Official Walking Tours, the best way to explore Oxford on foot. See in store or get in contact with us by Tel: 01865 686430 Email: info@experienceoxfordshire.org

Oxford Official Walking Tours 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS Tel: 01865 686442. Web: experienceoxfordshire.org/official-tours What better way to discover our beautiful city than on foot? The Oxford Official Walking Tours are a fascinating and entertaining way to explore and learn about this unique city, its history, University, famous people and odd traditions. Oxford Official Walking Tours cover a wide range of topics from an introduction to the city and its University to Inspector Morse, Harry Potter, J.R.R. Tolkien and more. Email: officialtours@experienceoxfordshire.org

Carfax Tower Junction of St Aldates and High Street, Oxford OX1 4AZ. Tel: 01865 792653. Open: 10am to 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. Open 10am - 5.30pm, Apr - Oct (4.30pm in October), Admission £2.20, Children £1.10.

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Oxford Castle Quarter 43 Oxford Castle, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1AY. Tel: 01865 20165. Web: www.oxfordcastle.com Oxford’s oldest new quarter, once home to the infamous Oxford Prison and now home to an exciting hub of restaurants 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. For art lovers there is the O3 Gallery, with exhibitions all year round.

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.

University Church of St. Mary the Virgin High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ. Tel: 01865 279111. Web: www.university-church.ox.ac.uk 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 127 steps to make it to the top to enjoy fine uninterrupted views across Oxford and the surrounding countryside. Open: 9am to 5pm (July and August 9am-6pm). Tower Admission: Adult £4 (Concs £2.50)

Didcot Railway Centre Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7NJ. Tel: 01235 817200. Web: www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk 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. 50 Years at Didcot Gala: 1 May. Heritage Diesel Days: 6-7/13-14/20-21 May. Steam Days: 27-29 May. Exhibition Only Days: 30-31 May.

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Oxfordshire Theatre New Theatre Oxford George St, Oxford, OX1 2AG Tel: 0844 871 3020. Web: www.atgtickets.com/oxford

Sister Act Monday 15th - Saturday 20th May: Sing Hallelujah for the all new production of Sister Act starring Alexandra Burke. An all new production of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy returns to the UK starring Alexandra Burke (The X Factor, The Bodyguard). Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. Visit www.atgtickets.com/oxford for pricing.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Monday 22nd - Saturday 27th May: Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When he falls under the suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world. Visit www.atgtickets.com/oxford for pricing.

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

Litlle Shop of Horrors Wednesday 3rd - Saturday 6th May: Failing florist Seymour would give a hell of a lot to get out of Skid Row. And when one very special plant comes into his life, it’s time for him to decide just how much he’d give...The plant promises Seymour all he could possibly desire, but there’s a catch: it’s hungry, and only one food will do. Will Seymour pay the price for a shot at escaping with the woman he loves, or will he be trapped in his dead-end world forever? Visit www.oxfordplayhouse.com for pricing.

The Oxford German Play: Reigen Tuesday 23rd - Saturday 27th May: Vienna, 1900: a society where everyone wants sex, but only some are allowed to have it, and no-one talks about it. Through ten interlinked scenes, a complex dance of seduction and secrets begins…Originally banned for its explicit content, Reigen’s innovative structure and frank discussion of sexual politics have since seen it become one of Germany’s most popular plays. Visit www.oxfordplayhouse.com for pricing.

Cornerstone Arts Centre Station Rd, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11. Tel: 01235 515144. Web: www.cornerstone-arts.org

Opera Cocktail Saturday 6th May: Classics shaken with wit, stirred with drama and served with a contemporary twist. OperaUpClose present some of opera’s best loved arias, duets and ensembles in a fun, modern setting. Performed in witty new English translations and beautifully acted in the company’s engaging, intimate style, this festive cocktail includes Musetta’s aria from La Bohème, Carmen’s sexy Habanera and the drinking song from La Traviata. Tickets: £19, Conc £17. Time: 7.30pm.

Velvet Petal Thursday 11th & Friday 12th May: Set to a fresh dance-punk score, including music by LCD Soundsystem, James Holden and Fourtet, Scottish Dance Theatre’s exceptional dancers will entice and entertain you as they philosophise, seduce, and experiment with their bodies, their clothing and their ideas. For ages 16+. Tickets: £14, Conc £10.50. Time: 7.30pm

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Creation Theatre Tel: 01865 766266 Web: www.creationtheatre.co.uk

Faerie Thorn Monday 10th - Friday 21st April: Based on the book The Faerie Thorn and Other Stories by Jane Talbot, The Faerie Thorn will recreate Talbot’s dark, imaginative and bewitching tales, propelling the audience into a world of devilish debts, trysts and trades, broken bargains and unjust trials; of magic, quick-wittedness, hoodwinking and revenge. Location: Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford.

Old Fire Station 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ Tel: 01865 263980. Web: www.oldfirestation.org.uk

Ed Patrick: Comedians’ Surgery Saturday 6th May - Thursday 29th July: Welcome to the Comedians’ Surgery! Take your seat - we’ll be with you shortly. Comedian and junior doctor Ed Patrick previews a unique second show building towards the Edinburgh Fringe – comedians talking health. Expect frank tales, experiences and guest comedians who had to book an appointment 6 months ago. Tickets: £5.

Hammer & Tongue Tuesday 9th May - Tuesday 13th June: The heart of Oxford’s live spoken word scene for over a decade, delivering glittering performances sandwiched by acclaimed feature artists, such as Simon Munnery, John Hegley, Elvis McGonagall, Luke Wright, and Kate Tempest. Each month also features the Open Poetry Slam where eight up and coming poets have three minutes to dazzle the audience with their performance skills. Tickets: £8.50, £6 (concs).

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Oxfordshire Cinema May Film Releases Select highlights of films on in Oxford and Oxfordshire over this month. Please see inoxford.com for more details and trailers. Tweet us what you think of this months releases @inoxford

A Dog's Purpose Over the course of several lifetimes, Bailey seeks to discover ‘A Dog’s Purpose’. He and Ethan were best friends, but a dog’s life is much shorter than a human’s. Bailey and Ethan had many long, happy years together, but all things must come to an end. And yet, incredibly, Bailey is reborn into a new body, with a new owner. One day, many years later, he encounters a familiar face – could he have been reunited with an old friend?

Mindhorn Richard Thorncroft was TV’s greatest detective in the ‘80s: ‘Mindhorn’ was a sleuth with a bionic eye that let him literally see the truth. 25 years later, he’s washed up. Shuffling from audition to audition with an unconvincing toupee, he’s not exactly living the high life… until an insane serial killer calls the police and demands to speak to Detective Mindhorn. He’s convinced that the robot-eyed hero is a real person, and Thorncroft has to stop him.

Unlocked ‘Unlocked’ is a gripping action thriller about Alice, formerly one of the CIA’s top agents, who’s unexpectedly called back into action to stop a devastating biological terrorist attack on London. Her career was sidelined when she failed to get information vital to stopping an attack in Paris. But now she’s forced back onto the front lines, in a race against time to stop a deadly virus from being unleashed.

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword An iconoclastic reinvention of the classic story, ‘King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword’ follows Arthur’s journey from growing up rough in the back streets to claiming his rightful throne. When he was a child, his father was murdered and his sinister uncle Vortigern seized the crown. But now the Sword in the Stone has revealed itself again, and the prophecy of a trueborn king is spreading among the people.

Alien: Covenant The latest chapter in the iconic sci-fi horror franchise, ‘Alien: Covenant’ chronicles the voyage of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a distant planet, whose crew makes a terrible discovery. They’re undertaking the first large-scale colonisation mission, and their new world was supposed to be a paradise. But in reality, it’s a hell: as the crew discover threats and creatures more horrific than they can imagine.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge The epic franchise returns for its fifth instalment, ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’, which sees a crew of deadly ghost sailors, led by Captain Salazar, hunting down Jack Sparrow. Jack’s never had the best luck, and things are looking particularly bad for him now. His only hope for survival is the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but he’ll need to ally with beautiful astronomer Carina and headstrong sailor Henry to get it.

Snatched After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her cautious mom, Linda (Goldie Hawn),to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda soon realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure that they have fallen into.

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Oxfordshire Music Music at Oxford Osney Lock Boathouse, Osney Lock, Bridge Street, Oxford, OX2 0AX. Box Office: 01865 244806. Web: www.musicatoxford.com

Merton College Choir Instruments of Time and Truth Saturday 6th May: Benjamin Nicholas Director, Carys Lane Soprano. J S Bach Singet dem Herrn BWV 225, Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 4, Handel Dixit Dominus. Share a celebratory feast of choral music: Bach at the height of his expressive powers, celebrating resurrection and deliverance, and a young Handel revelling in his mastery of the flamboyant Italian style he had absorbed on his travels. Merton's beautiful chapel will ring with baroque exuberance. Tickets: £10 - £35 (Under 18s & Limited Mobility 50% off, Students £5 off) Box Office 01865 244806, Online musicatoxford.com. Time: 8pm - 9.30pm. Venue: Merton College Chapel

La Serenissima The Italian Job Friday 19th May: Adrian Chandler Violin/Director. We capture the spirit of the Grand Tour with music from Venice, Padua, Bologna and Rome. Wellknown works such as the jubilant double oboe concerto of Albinoni and the jaunty Concerto Alla Rustica rub shoulders with lesser-known works, some of which have never been performed in modern times. Pre-concert discussion at 6.30pm 'Blowing the doors off the Italian baroque' with Adrian Chandler and Richard Wigmore at 6.30pm. Free to all ticket holders. Tickets: £10 - £42 (Under 18s & Limited Mobility 50% off, Students £5 off) Box Office 01865 244806, Online musicatoxford.com. Time: 7.30pm - 9.15pm. Venue: Sheldonian Theatre.

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One of the top ten things to do in the UK (Observer) Nominated for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards 2012. Every Sunday Morning at 11:15am. In the Wonderful Holywell Music Room (Oldest Concert Hall in Europe) Coffee Served before and after the concert at the Kings Arms and Vaults Cafe.

7th May: Viv Mclean and Tim Horton (piano duet) Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite, op 71a (excerpts), Stravinsky: “Rite of Spring” – piano 4 hands

14th May: Vertavo String Quartet Grieg: String Quartet no 2 in F major, Schubert: String Quartet no 14 in D minor (“Death and the Maiden”) 21st May: Heath String Quartet Mozart: String Quartet no 16 in E flat major, K428/421b, Bartók String Quartet no 2 in A minor, op 17

28th May: Savitri Grier (violin) and Richard Uttley (piano) Bach: Partita no 3 in E major, BWV1006, Benjamin: Three Miniatures for solo violin (2001) Brahms: Violin Sonata no 3 in D minor, op 108 £12 Adults, £6 Children ages 11 -17. Admission is free of charge to children aged of 5-10 accompanied by an adult. (Please note: we do not allow children under the age of 5.) Tickets Available at the door or from Oxford Playhouse. Tel: 01865 305305. Web: www.coffeeconcerts.com

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MAY 13 - Cello and Chamber Music Masterclass Legendary cellist Rohan de Saram comes to Oxford on a rare visit to share his knowledge and experience of several of the greatest 20th century composers and their works.

Venue: Holywell Music Room Admission: £5 on the door | Time: 2pm – 4pm

MAY 13 - In Conversation: Rohan de Saram Venue: Holywell Music Room Admission: Tickets £5 on the door | Time: 5pm

MAY 25 - Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and The Fusion Project Renowned singer Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will join us for a one-off and truly unmissable performance at The Sheldonian Theatre. He will be joined on stage by The Fusion Project, a band formed by Oxford University students combining both western and Indian classical music.

Venue: Sheldonian Theatre Admission: Tickets from £20, available at tigmus.com | Time: 8pm

Seminars in Ethnomusicology and Sound Studies Venue: St John’s College Barn (Kendrew Quad) Convener: Professor Jason Stanyek | Time: 5pm MAY 4 - Carolyn Birdsall, Amsterdam ‘Sound Archiving and the Heritage of War’ MAY 18 - Andy Fry, King’s London ‘The Revival Will Be Televised: Technologies of New Orleans Jazz’

Faculty of Music Research Colloquia Venue: Denis Arnold Hall, Faculty of Music Conveners: Stefanie Arend & William Drummond | Time: 5.15pm MAY 2 - Zeynep Bulut, King’s College London ‘Waste, Voice, Recycling’ MAY 9 - Arved Ashby, Ohio State ‘Ut Pictura Musica: Revisiting Representation in Mahler’ MAY 16 - Tamara Levitz, UCLA ‘The Limits of Internationalism as a Model for Musicology’ MAY 23 - Sander Van Maas, Amsterdam ‘Creativity and Institutional Dynamics in Music’ MAY 30 - David Trippett, Cambridge ‘Ultrasonics in the Nineteenth Century’

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Oxfordshire Art & Antiques Sanders of Oxford 104 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 242590. E-mail: info@sandersofoxford.com Sanders of Oxford, situated in the 17th century Salutation Inn, has long been a landmark on the High Street. Our selection of prints and maps, dating from 16th – 20th Centuries, is extensive and encompasses a wide range of subjects, engravers and prices.

Kieran Stiles Art Studios Folly Bridge, Oxford. E-mail: kieran@artcoursesoxford.com Tel: 07967 075367. Web: www.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.

Modern Art Oxford 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP. Tel: 01865 722 733. Web: www.modernartoxford.org.uk Founded in 1966, Modern Art Oxford is one of the UK’s most exciting and influential contemporary art spaces with an international reputation for ambitious and innovative projects. The gallery is open to all and all our exhibitions and events are completely free of charge, unless stated. We aim to make contemporary art accessible and engaging to the widest audience through presentation and participation.

Aidan Meller Gallery 13 Turl Street, Oxford, OX1 3DQ. Tel: 01865 580437 14 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS. Tel: 01865 250550 Aidan Meller Galleries is a specialist fine art dealer with three exhibitions spaces in Oxford showing contemporary, modernist and old master art. Recent exhibitions have included original works by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Edward Burne-Jones and John Everett Millais. Opening hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm, Sun 11am – 5pm

Christ Church Picture Gallery Fabulous Beasts & Beautiful Creatures 18 February - 29 May 2017 Opening Times:

Mon, Wed-Sat: 10.30am-1pm & 2-4.30pm, Sun: 2-4.30pm (closed Tuesdays) Christ Church, Oxford Entrance via Oriel Square Admission: £4/£2 Tel: 01865 276172 www.chch.ox.ac.uk/gallery

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Sanders of Oxford Antique Prints & Maps

Sanders of Oxford, situated in the 17th century Salutation Inn, has long been a landmark on the High Street. Our selection of prints and maps, dating from 16th – 20th Centuries, is extensive and encompasses a wide range of subjects, engravers and prices. On display in the gallery at the moment we have a fantastic collection of early maps of Oxford, Great Britain and the rest of the World alongside some of the rarest printed views of the University City. Also keep an eye out on our social media feeds for news of our latest catalogue of recent acquisitions. 104 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 242590. E-mail: info@sandersofoxford.com. Web: www.sandersofoxford.com. Admission: FREE. Open: Mon to Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun 11am - 5pm

Alison Pullen IN SITU NEW OXFORD INTERIORS 6TH - 27TH MAY 2017 www.wisegal.com Tel: 01865 515 123 40-41 South Parade Summertown Oxford OX2 7JL

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Aidan Meller Gallery Aidan Meller gallery on Turl Street offer private collectors access to the best examples of original work by the world's masters from John Constable to Millais, Picasso and Warhol. The gallery, exceptional outside London for the quality of work exhibited, is located in the heart of Oxford’s city centre. Exclusively featuring rare original work from internationally acclaimed artists, Aidan Meller has earned a reputation as one of the foremost galleries in the UK. Amongst the most popular exhibitions launched in 2016 were The Bloomsbury Set, Calder and Miro, School of Paris, and Old Masters. Other shows featured work from artists including John Constable, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol. Only a few paces from the Bodleian, the gallery is open to all seven days a week. For clients living further afield, the gallery email newsletter and blog provide a virtual resource to keep up to date with the gallery and to discover more about the works on show. Available both via the website and from inside the gallery by private appointment, Meller's consultancy service and ‘Spotlight Talks’ is the perfect complement to the specialist work exhibited. Private appointments at the Director's private home provide clients with a unique opportunity to receive one-to-one advice from the Director. Whether the client wants to discuss starting a collection, sourcing something specific, or talking through art as an investment, catering for the interests of the individual collector is the guiding principle of this service. Meller’s Elizabethan manor, a treasure trove of historical and artistic merit, is the perfect setting for viewing ancient and modern masters alike. For select clients wishing to develop their knowledge of art history as they sew the seeds of a private collection, Aidan Meller also offers tours of the Ashmolean collection, or famous local art- historical landmarks. In addition to private appointments, Aidan Meller gallery regularly holds large scale Private Views and events, to illuminate an exhibition, to introduce a particular department, or to discuss building an art portfolio over a glass of prosecco. The gallery’s programme of events is engineered not only to benefit individual clients but also to contribute to the artistic life of the local community. Recently, Meller has presented art history talks at local primary and secondary schools, bringing original artworks by famous artists to inspire students to get involved in art. Written by Tamsin Huxford.

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Alison Pullen In Situ: New Oxford Interiors 6th – 27th May, Sarah Wiseman Gallery In her new solo exhibition at Sarah Wiseman Gallery, the acclaimed artist Alison Pullen gives an artist’s eye view of Oxford. However, it’s not the exterior dreaming spires and street views as you might expect. Alison is instead drawn to interior spaces, some opulent and grand, others more hidden from view. All are at the heart of Oxford’s daily life. Using her unique method of using both painting and collage, Alison works entirely in situ, maximising her experience of each room. Using magazine pages as a ground, she picks out details, such as drapes and ceiling cornicing using a bone-matt gouache paint, allowing the glossy imagery and text below to shine through. The result is a beautiful, almost abstract image of an interior. 'The painting of a room is like a portrait of the person who owns it. That's what's important', she says. ‘I think I have a particular affinity with interiors because they are so personal. I am inspired by the thought of all the people who lived there, and what has happened in those people's lives in those rooms. Like layers of wallpaper, each person has left their mark in the room.' Visitors to the gallery can expect to see new paintings made at a variety of historic locations around Oxford; from the spectacular Blenheim Palace to the world famous Sheldonian Theatre and Oxford University Botanic Garden.  Osterley Park House, Royal Hospital Chelsea and Fulham Palace are among the auspicious locations for previous work. She was commissioned to paint at Buckingham Palace, where she made a series of paintings in the Throne Room, some of which are now in the Royal Collection.     Alison has worked with Sarah Wiseman Gallery for the last ten years, during which time she has acquired many admirers and collectors of her work. 40-41 South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7JL Tel: 01865 515 123 Web: www.wisegal.com 26

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Oxfordshire Accommodation 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.

YHA 2a Botley Rd, Oxford OX2 0AB. Tel: 01865 727275. Web: www.yha.org.uk This modern hostel iscentrally located, right next to Oxford Train Station. YHA Oxford offers affordable accommodation in rooms of 2, 4 or 6 beds. There is a café/bar serving great coffee, snacks, evening meals and a full English breakfast is available each morning. We also have self-catering kitchen facilities, a garden, laundry facilities and luggage storage for guests. Just a short walk away from the historic town centre, we’re an ideal place to base for yourself to explore the city and surrounding areas.

Malmaison Oxford Malmaison, 3 New Road, Oxford, OX1 1AY Tel: 0871 943 0350 Web: www.malmaison.com It’s never a hard day’s night at Oxford hotel, which is surely one of our most unique buildings around. Located in a converted prison in a medieval castle, this boutique hotel is in Oxford Castle Quarter, one of the oldest, busiest and trendiest spots in the city. So, if you’re tired of doing hard time in run-of-the-mill hotels, check into this extraordinary slammer where the only hardship is having to go home!

Holiday Inn Oxford Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 8JD. Tel: 0871 942 9086. Web: www.hioxfordhotel.co.uk The Holiday Inn Oxford hotel is beside the A34 and with ample free parking, it’s easy to travel into Oxford - just hop on the Park and Ride bus adjacent to the hotel. It’s also close to the M40, M4, Blenheim Palace and Silverstone. The 154 bedroom purpose-built hotel offers Wi-Fi internet access and excellent hotel family rooms for up to 2 adults and 2 children. And because Kids Eat & Stay Free, it’s a fantastic value for families. While you’re here, enjoy the large gym, pool and beauty therapists in the Spirit health club. The Holiday Inn Oxford also boasts Academy Conference and Training Suites, with a dedicated team to help you plan your event and run the day.

The Beetle and Wedge Ferry Lane Moulsford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire OX10 9JF. Tel: 01491 651381. Web: www.beetleandwedge.co.uk Set on the banks of the River Thames immortalised in ‘The Wind in the Willows’ and Jerome K Jerome’s chronicled escapades of his friends’ visits in ‘Three Men in a Boat’, the Boathouse Restaurant emphasis is on quality of food, wines and service. The older part of our beautiful old beamed Boathouse offers our famous open charcoal grill where delicacies are created before your very eyes. Join us and enjoy the tranquillity and peace of a beautiful riverside setting for relaxed dining.

Bear & Ragged Staff 28 Appleton Road, Cumnor, Oxfordshire OX2 9QH Tel: 01865 862329 Web: www.bearandraggedstaff.com The room count in Cumnor has just increased by another 125% with the opening of the last five of nine rooms at the Bear and Ragged Staff in December 2012. The Bear is just 2 miles away from the A34, 4 miles West of Oxford and without all the city centre parking issues and outside rush hour, is just a 12 minute drive away. Park and Ride facilities are just a 5 minute drive.

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The Feathers Hotel Market Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1SX. Tel: 01993 812 291. Web: www.feathers.co.uk The Feathers Hotel is an inviting country retreat that combines historic charm with a fun personality. Named Oxfordshire’s Restaurant of the Year 2012, it currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of gin (167 varieties). “The Gin Experienceâ€? menu is ÂŁ75 per person for seven courses.

River Hotel Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0AA. Tel: (01865) 243475. Web: www.riverhotel.co.uk Email: reception@riverhotel.co.uk Long established local business • Excellent City location overlooking the river, by ‘Thames Walk’ towpath • Oxford College owned property, originally an 1870’s Master-builder’s home • 18 bedrooms with own bathroom, all with expected in-room facilities • 24-hr access for registered residents, free on-site car-park and wi-fi • SatNav, via Mill Street, take immediate first lane on right OX2 0AJ • On A420, 1 mile to A34 ring road, west exit at Botley/Seacourt interchange • Easy walk to City, Colleges, Venues, Conferences, near Said Business School • VisitEngland ** metro grading, breakfast table service, residents bar ‘Large enough to be comfortable, small enough to be friendly’

Righton 14 Oakthorpe Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7BE. Tel: 01865 318 594 Web: www.rightonproperty.co.uk. Email: stay@rightongroup.cuk Righton specialises in high quality serviced accommodation in Oxford for both short stay and longer term let. Our properties are carefully selected to be close to local amenities, transport links and key businesses and can be rented for as little as three nights through to a year or more. Our services include weekly linen and towel changes, weekly freshen-up cleans, internet access, telephone and tariffs inclusive of utilities.

Royal Oxford Hotel Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HR. Tel: 01865 248432. Web: www.royaloxfordhotel.co.uk The Royal Oxford Hotel is a Non Smoking Property located 2 minutes walk to the bus and train stations and offers: * Air conditioned bedrooms * Free wireless network throughout the hotel * Spacious and well appointed accommodation * Complementary water and selection of fresh fruit in all bedrooms * Tourist Information Within easy reach of the train station and the centre of Oxford.

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Oxfordshire Shopping Wychwood Brewery Eagle Maltings, The Crofts, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 4DP Tel: 01993 890800 Web: www.wychwood.co.uk The Wychwood Brewery is tucked away behind the main street of the market town of Witney, in the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Discover the brewing process of Wychwood & Brakspear Beers, from seeing the raw ingredients to the finished product during one of our 45 minute guided tours. After the tour you are invited to sample our flagship Legendary Hobgoblin and our range of Wychwood and Brakspear bottled beers.

University of Oxford Shop 106 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BW Tel: 01865 247414. Web: www.oushop.com Established in 1991, the University of Oxford Shop has been welcoming visitors and residents of Oxford for 25 years. Our ranges of official merchandise, clothing and gifts feature exclusive Oxford designs and where possible are made in the UK. We are wholly owned by the University and profits from every purchase help to support teaching and research.

Fairtrade at St Michaels The Basement, St Michael at the North Gate, Cornmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3EY. Tel: 01865 722505. Web: www.fairtradeatstmichaels.co.uk Oxford’s Fairtrade at St Michaels is an Aladdin’s cave of goods. 76 different suppliers from around the world provide our diverse range of products – from quirky ornaments to functional homeware, stationery to skincare, artisan jewellery to children’s toys and clothing, plus an extensive range of delicious food. Fairtrade at St Michaels is a member of the British Association for Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS) and Cooperatives UK.

Bicester Village 50 Pingle Dr, Bicester OX26 6WD. Tel: 01869 366266. Web: www.bicestervillage.com Discover a relaxed shopping haven in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, where spacious boutiques showcase the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands. Quality, attention to detail and five-star service are hallmarks of the Bicester Village shopping experience.

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Oxfordshire Sport Oxford United Football Club The Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford OX4 4XP. Tel: 01865 337533. Web: www.oufc.co.uk Oxford United Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. Get Behind The U’s! Save money by booking your tickets before the day of the game. Get the latest news straight from Oxford United. Official team updates, match previews & reviews, transfer information and much more on our website.

Frilford Heath Golf Club Oxford Rd, Frilford Heath, Abingdon OX13 5NW. Tel: 01865 390864. Web: www.frilfordheath.co.uk Frilford Heath is located to the South of Oxford on 500 acres of glorious undulating Heathland and is one of the best venues in the south of England; rarely can a club offer three championship golf courses (Red, Green and Blue) that allow the opportunity to revel in their classical or modern challenge!

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Oxfordshire Restaurants Asian Jee Saheb 15 North Parade Avenue, Oxford, OX2 6LX. Tel: (01865) 513773. Web: www.jeesaheb.co.uk With our restaurant we have created an ambience that will make you feel relaxed and welcomed. Our key aim is to use fresh produce and source it from local suppliers where possible. We offer no fuss, just classic Asian cuisine. You can enjoy our food in a main dining room, with a party of friends in our function room with a capacity of 28, or in our garden.

The Snooty Mehmaan Littleworth, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8PW. Tel: 01367 242 260 Email: info@snootymehmaan.com. Web: www.snootymehmaan.com Located in Faringdon, Oxford and surrounded by the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside. The restaurant itself holds many of the original buildings strong architectural features including original oak beams and flooring give the Snooty Mehmaan its strong and natural environment that amplifies both the mood and the creative food on offer.

Malikas 218 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UQ. Tel: 01865 723 029. Web: www.malikasrestaurant.co.uk In the middle of the buzzing area of Cowley Road, you will find Malikas, which guarantees a superior Indian cuisine experience! Modern decor, which seats 70, but still the atmosphere is cozy and relaxing.

Aziz Chequers 17A, Beaumont Road, Headington Quarry, Oxford, OX3 8JN Email: reservations@aziz.uk.com Tel: 01865 763321 Web: www.aziz.uk.com Aziz is now located at The Chequers Inn, Headington Quarry Oxford! Same food, with better facilities, free onsite parking and a beer garden. With our restaurant we have created and ambiance that will make you feel relaxed and welcomed and with our award winning team from the front of house staff to our award winning chefs who will offer you a great dinning experience.

Spanish Al-Andalus Tapas Bar Little Clarendon Street, Oxford. OX1 2HS. Tel: 01865 516 688. Web: www.tapasoxford.co.uk Our menus are bursting with Spanish flavours and cooked in a traditional style, a great way to enjoy the true taste of Spain! So forget the traditional way of ordering meals with starters and main courses and treat yourself to a Spanish banquet.

French Pierre Victoire 9 Little Clarendon St, Oxford OX1 2HP. Tel: 01865 316616. Web: www.pierrevictoire.co.uk 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 £11.50 and an evening 3 course Prix Fixe for £23.50! We love parties whether its Christenings, Birthdays, Graduations or even Retirements, offer an incredible £21.00 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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Traditional The Beetle and Wedge Ferry Lane Moulsford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire OX10 9JF. Tel: 01491 651381. Web: www.beetleandwedge.co.uk The Restaurant offers a warm and friendly atmosphere and a magical combination of fabulous food, an idyllic location and great service - our mission is to ensure your time with us is as enjoyable as possible. Families are important to us at The Beetle & Wedge Boathouse and children are always welcome, we can adapt our menus to suit most tastes and provide highchairs where necessary. If you have any special requirements please contact us.

The Trout Godstow Rd, Wolvercote, Oxford, OX2 8PN Tel: 01865 510930. Web: www.thetroutoxford.co.uk Nestled on the banks of the River Thames and steeped in history this 17th century pub is a unique setting to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Our traditional pub building has been stylishly refurbished to make it the perfect place to find a cosy corner and take time out whilst enjoying some of our Chefs' seasonal dishes and our great selection of wines, ales and lagers.

Café Greens Cafe 50 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU. Tel: 01865 316 878. Web:www.greenscafe.co.uk At Greens everything is freshly made and we use Organic, Free Range and Fairtrade produce. We cater for everyone’s taste including vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free foods. Greens Cafe has a friendly relaxed atmosphere with lots of seating available upstairs with free Wi-Fi also available.

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Café Aloha 11 The Square, West Way Shopping Centre, Botley, Oxford, OX2 9LH. Tel: 01865 792696. Web: www.cafealoha.co.uk Traditional and stylish décor provides a mixture of a sophisticated ambience combined with the fantastic food and friendly staff, makes for an eating experience.

Contemporary Acanthus 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.

Cherwell Boathouse Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST. Tel: 01865 552746. Web: www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk Beautifully located by the river Cherwell. Fine food and renowned wine list (2010 Fine Wine list of the Year) Open lunch and dinner 7 days a week Marquee and terrace available for private hire. Week day lunch menu available 2 courses from £13.50. Al fresco dining available.

Bear & Ragged Staff 28 Appleton Rd, Cumnor, Oxford OX2 9QH. Tel: 01865 862329. Web: www.bearandraggedstaff.com Whether you are looking for a simple sandwich or businessman’s lunch, a romantic dinner for two or a full on three course meal with wine, port liqueurs and coffee, we have the solution. If you want to hold that special family gathering or a sit down banquet for 80, we can accommodate and tailor our offering to your requirements.

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La Cucina are now offering a fantastic takeaway service!

The Oxford Kitchen 215 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7HQ. Tel: 01865 511 149. Web: www.theoxfordkitchen.co.uk The Oxford Kitchen’s reputation for fine modern British cuisine is built around the inspired creations of Executive Chef John Footman, whose food has the critics talking. Dishes on our à la carte and set menus have been carefully designed for their sensory appeal and exquisite flavour combinations. Recognised as a leader among the best dining outlets in the city, The Oxford Kitchen provides a full café service in a contemporary, intimate setting, offering breakfasts, morning coffees, specialty teas, snacks and a specially developed children’s menu.

The Feathers Market Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1SX. Tel: 01993 812291. Web: www.feathers.co.uk Eating and drinking is at the heart of The Feathers experience. The awardwinning Restaurant serves the best of modern English cuisine and locally sourced ingredients – light and fresh in summer, rich and robust in winter. A more informal Bar is open all day for coffee, lunch, cream tea and supper.

Patisserie Gatineau 209 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford. OX2 7HQ. Tel: 01865 311 779. Web: www.gatineau.uk.com Situated in the upmarket Summertown area of Oxford, Gatineau patisserie offers the finest artisan produce in the French/ European patisserie and boulangerie tradition: premium cakes, pastries, savouries and bread - all made with the highest quality ingredients, creative flair, taste combinations and attention to detail.

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Classic bangladeshi and indian cuisine ◆ Beautiful location with on-site car parking ◆ Lovely garden for dining and private functions ◆ Small and large parties catered for ◆ Superb sunday buffet with over 30 selections to choose from ◆ Take away and home delivery service available ◆ Free WIFI

Visit our website aziz.uk.com or call us on 01865 763321 Aziz Restaurant, Chequers 17A, Beaumont Road, Headington Quarry, Oxford, OX3 8JN

Italian Marco’s New York Italian Oxford 73 High St, Oxford OX1 4BE. Tel: 01865 248695. Web: www.mpwrestaurants.co.uk/restaurants/marcos-oxford This stunning Marco Pierre White restaurant is located at number 73 on High Street in the centre of Oxford. Serving an array of mouthwatering dishes from Italian sharing platters, fresh fish, home-made pizza and pasta to New York favourites such as succulent steaks, burgers and Marco’s tasty BBQ ribs and lazy fries. The restaurant and bar offers something for everyone. With a big bar area, this all-day venue is the perfect place to enjoy lunch or dinner or simply pop-in for a light bite or drinks.

La Cucina 39-40 St. Clements, Oxford, OX4 1AB. Tel: 01865 793811. Web: www.lacucinaoxford.co.uk The open kitchen allows customers to see chefs at work, tossing pizza and preparing daily specials from 11am - 10.30pm. The menu changes seasonally and caters for all - families and those looking for an authentic italian dining experience in relaxed surroundings. Open front in Summer months.

Nightlife 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 laboratory, all carefully crafted by our expert bartenders.

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The Feathers Visit us for good food and to enjoy our Guinness Book of Records™ Gin Bar. 351 bottles and counting!

The Feathers Hotel, Woodstock OX20 1SX www.feathers.co.uk 01993 812291 Located by Blenheim Palace

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Oxfordshire Health & Beauty 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.

Clinic 95 95 West Way, Botley, Oxford, OX2 9JY Tel: 01865 241662 Web: www.clinic95.com Our experienced dental professionals pride themselves on their gentle approach to dental care. Our aim is to improve your dental wellbeing in friendly, relaxed surroundings with a thorough and unhurried service that is second to none. We offer all the private treatments you would expect, including comprehensive health checks, white fillings and preventive hygiene therapy, as well as an extensive range of cosmetic treatments, such as tooth whitening, implants, porcelain crowns & veneers and orthodontics for a great smile makeover. Nervous patients are particularly welcome at Clinic95 and our reassuring sedation techniques help aid relaxation.

Tara Tripp Hearing Sandford Gate, Oxford OX4 6LB. Tel: 01865 910202 Web: www.tripphearing.co.uk We are an independent family run private healthcare practice covering Oxfordshire and the surrounding area. Our hearing healthcare practice has earned an excellent reputation in Oxford and the surrounding areas for providing a wide range of digital hearing aids and also for our unique microsuction ear wax removal clinic.

Leisure Club and Spa at The Randolph Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN Tel: 01865 256 400 Web: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk At Macdonald Randolph Hotel and Spa, we provide you with the perfect oasis to unwind and relax. Our calm and tranquil spa provides the most luxurious of retreats from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Voted amongst the top 50 best spas in the world, our facilities provide you with the perfect environment for a workout and Oxford’s golf courses, parks and rivers offer hours of leisure-time activities.

Spa at Jurys Inn Oxford Godstow Road, Oxford, OX2 8AL Tel: 01865 489 988 Web: www.jurysinns.com Relax, unwind and let us pamper you in the tranquil surroundings of the beauty rooms at Jurys Inn Hotel, or get fit at The Health & Leisure Club at Jurys Inn (open to hotel guests and members). Facilities: 2 beauty rooms with a range of treatments, Fitness suite, Splash pool, Sauna, Steam room, Squash courts.

Spirit Health Club Holiday Inn Oxford, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 8JD. Tel: 01865 888444. Web: www.spirithealthclubs.co.uk/clubs/oxford Feel comfortable and at ease here with a great, social atmosphere and friendly staff as committed to your long term goals as you are. Whether it’s fitness, relaxation or wellbeing, we’ll help you find your true Spirit. See more at our website www.spirithealthclubs.co.uk/clubs/oxford.

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Oxfordshire Services Travel Chiltern Railways Tel: 08456 005 165 Web: www.chilternrailways.co.uk We run scheduled passenger services along the M40 corridor between London Marylebone and Birmingham Snow Hill and London Marylebone to Aylesbury via Amersham along the London Underground Metropolitan line. We also run our operations as far as Kidderminster and services between Stratford-upon-Avon and London. Why not take a look at some of the great value fares that they have on offer at www.chilternrailways.co.uk/tickets-and-fares. Our advance tickets start from as little as £6 and you can even get this ticket delivered to your mobile phone!

Accountants Wellers 8 King Edward Street Oxford OX1 4HL Tel: 01865 723 131 Web: www.wellersaccountants.co.uk Wellers is a firm of accountants who work with entrepreneurs, business owners and private individuals to deliver quality advice and solutions that help them fulfil their aspirations. Passionate about helping people and their organisations, Wellers can draw upon 70 years experience to support and advise clients on growing their businesses and protecting their wealth.

Construction, Maintenance & Renovations Savvy 253 London Road Headington Oxford OX3 9EH. Tel: 01865 920020 / 01865 920040 Web: www.group-savvy.co.uk The driving force behind some of the most prestigious construction and renovation projects  in the oxfordshire area and beyond.  Providing exceptional quality homes and properties on time and on budget. We work with landlords, property owners, developers and key stake holders across commercial, industry, education, healthcare, sport and leisure and private homes.

Food Delivery Deliveroo Email: support@deliveroo.co.uk Web: www.deliveroo.co.uk To bring you meals from high-quality restaurants with a transparent, speedy delivery service, courteous, friendly drivers and unparalleled customer service. We don’t want you eating low-quality pizza, kebabs, Chinese and curries just because you can’t make it out to your favourite restaurants we’re here to bring quality restaurants directly to you.

Hairdressers H.I.M 66 St.Clements, Oxford, OX4 1AH. Tel: 01865 249 740. Web: www.himoxford.co.uk H.I.M is all about quality hairdressing in a relaxed and friendly environment. The H.I.M team is young and friendly with many years experince in the trade. We focus on our clients as individuals and deliver a high quality service at a reasonable price. New customers are always welcome in the H.I.M salon which provides a modern setting and a friendly atmosphere.

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Oxfordshire Services Studio 8 8 Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1AA. Tel: 01865 842525. Web: www.s8.co.uk Studio8 was started by Clark and Brooke Wiseman in 2003 and has grown to become one of Oxfordshire’s best known creative studios. We provide a collection of services for both businesses and families. We work throughout the UK on many shoots and also throughout the world. Please get in touch to speak to us about your next project.

Law Hedges Law 16 Market Place, Wallingford, OX10 0AE Tel: 01865 594265 Web: www.hedgeslaw.co.uk Hedges has been delivering legal solutions to our clients for over 200 years. Our highly skilled team of lawyers have the knowledge and expertise to resolve even the most complex legal issues that you bring to us. At Hedges, however, we recognise you aren’t just looking for history, an impressive CV and an ability to recite the law.

Funeral Directors Greens Funeral Services 21 High Street Eynsham, Oxford Tel: 01865 880837 8 Bridge Street Witney, Oxford Tel: 01993 776486 Established in 1866, we are an independent family business with five generations of experience, offering a dignified 24 hour service with our personal attention to detail. Our private chapels of rest are available for visitings and prayer if required. Golden Charter pre-paid plans also available.

Property Finders Keepers 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, OX2 7BY Tel: 01865 311011 Web: www.finders.co.uk Finders Keepers is a letting and property management agency covering Oxfordshire and the surrounding area. We deliver a comprehensive service from search and acquisition through furnishing and refurbishment to letting and property management. Since our foundation in 1972, we’ve built a reputation for professionalism, rigorous processes and responsiveness.

Breckon & Breckon 274 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 7DY. Tel: 01865 310300. Web: www.breckon.co.uk An independent firm of Estate Agents est. in 1947 operating from a network of six offices in Oxfordshire offering properties for sale or for rent. We are property professionals with many years of experience in the local market.

Removals Headington Carriers The Straight Mile, Woodstock, Oxford, OX20 1PW Tel: 01993 811276/01865 300111. Web: www.headingtoncarriers.co.uk Headington Carriers Limited has been providing a first class commercial, house and office removal service throughout Oxfordshire and the UK for over 20 years. We pride ourselves on providing a personalised removal service for all our customers.

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Care Homes The Lady Nuffield Home 165 Banbury Rd, Oxford, Oxfordshire County OX2 7AW. Tel: 01865 888500. Web: www.ladynuffieldhome.co.uk The Lady Nuffield Home is a small residential home for elderly men and women and aims to provide a high standard of care, based on the individual needs of the resident whilst enabling them to remain as independent as possible.

Oxford Beaumont Care Community Bayworth Lane, Boars Hill, Oxford, OX1 5DF. Tel: 01865 730 990. Web: www.barchester.com Oxford Beaumont provides a happy and relaxed lifestyle in the heart of Boars Hill, with its scenic surroundings. Oxford city is close-by for shops, cafes and The New Theatre. Nonetheless our extensive gardens are quiet and peaceful, giving the home a feeling of space and tranquility. We offer a homely environment and the support of first class 24-hour nursing care, helping to manage disabilities such as Parkinson’s disease and sensory impairment. We provide personally tailored levels of care, helping people to enjoy life with support but as independently as possible.

Charities Bloodwise Email: hello@bloodwise.org.uk Tel: 020 7504 2200 Web: bloodwise.org.uk We are Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research), your UK blood cancer charity. Every year we stop more people dying of blood cancer and our researchers are even working to stop people developing blood cancer in the first place. We improve the lives of blood cancer patients with cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma because we believe everyone should be able to live their life to the full.

Thinking of Oscar Twitter: twitter.com/thinkingofoscar Email: thinkingofoscar@gmail.com Web: www.thinkingofoscar.com Thinking of Oscar was set up in memory of Oscar Cole, who died suddenly in June 2014 aged just 16 months. Thinking of Oscar supports children and their families whilst in hospital care by funding projects and innovation over and above that supplied by the NHS. To date Thinking of Oscar has raised in excess of ÂŁ150,000 and has funded innovative vein finding devices into the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.


Living in Oxford Magazine May 2017