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Welcome to Living In Oxford

We’re up and running with the new style Living In Oxford Magazine and have had some great feedback from our readers. Our Top250 is also going down a storm. The Top250 is also being heavily promoted through our @inoxford Twitter account which is now powering towards 10,000 followers. If you’re not following, please do! Blenheim Palace have been a massive supporter of our titles for some time now and we are delighted to welcome them back to grace our cover. We are truly fortunate to have such a wonderful attraction on our doorstep so make sure you take full advantage of the Palace’s fabulous events in 2014. The article on page 6 features the forthcoming WW1 Exhibition ‘A Great Estate at War – Land, Sea and Air’ which is on at the Palace from 15th February until 21st April. Enjoy 2014 and enjoy the magazine. Richard Rosser Editor, Living In Oxford Magazine

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Oxfordshire Events

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Oxfordshire Accommodation

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Oxfordshire Attractions

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Oxford City Centre Map

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Oxfordshire Kids

Oxfordshire Theatre

Oxfordshire Cinema Oxfordshire Music

Oxfordshire Art & Antiques Oxfordshire Education

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Reviews in this issue of Living In Oxford...

Lead Article: Blenheim Palace

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To celebrate the First World War centenary year Blenheim Palace will open with a fascinating WWI exhibition ‘A Great Estate at War – Land, Sea and Air’

Science Oxford

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“We run events and activities for schools, families and adults across Oxfordshire which aim to stimulate and facilitate public engagement with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Aziz

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“Aziz Indian Restaurant on the Cowley Road is a bona fide institution and we set off for lunch with a sense of anticipation.”

• North Wall

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• Modern Art Oxford

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• The Oxford Hotel

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• Café Coco

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• The Jericho Tavern

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• Monica Franke Osteopath

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• Wing Chun Dynamics

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• Robert Stanley Opticians

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• Strutt & Parker

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• City Audio Visual

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• Aston & James

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Lead Article:

Opening Exhibition at Blenheim Palace

‘A Great Estate at War – Land, Sea and Air’ 15th February – 21st April

To celebrate the First World War centenary year Blenheim Palace will open with a fascinating WWI exhibition ‘A Great Estate at War – Land, Sea and Air’ exploring the stories behind the family members and workers on the Blenheim Estate. The exhibition will be held between the Palace and the recently renovated Gallery Room in the Stables Courtyard from 15th February – 21st April 2014. Step back to a time fraught with conflict and hear stories of outstanding bravery from the front line, and how morale was kept high in times of darkness. Read fascinating accounts of the ‘flying cousins’, relations of The Marlborough family who served in the Royal Flying Corps in France flying over the trenches and behind enemy lines. See photos of the cousins, models of the aircraft they would have flown, and the clothing they would have worn to keep them warm whilst flying, including an original flying jacket which once belonged to one of the cousins, Oscar Guest. Oscar flew on many reconnaissance and combat missions over no-man’s land and behind the German lines. A brilliant addition to this part of the exhibition will be an original prop propeller from a Sopwith Camel. The Long Library became a convalescent hospital during the war. The exhibition will use medical equipment from the time, kindly donated by the Red Cross, to recreate a small section of this hospital. A detailed family tree will show that men from every branch of the family were either fighting in the air, in the trenches or at sea. The exhibition will also include a snapshot of Winston Churchill’s service in the front line and show how the formidable ladies of Blenheim made a remarkable contribution to the war effort. The war of course affected everyone who lived and worked on the Estate and the exhibition will give an insight into the changes brought by war, the heroism of the local people and the joy when they came home. The stories of the war across land, sea and air will be brought to life with a fascinating display of original props, scale models, trench, costumed characters, merchandise, video, and an incredible display of original paintings. It will bring to light a time in which many ordinary people did outstandingly courageous things, and will provide an incredible insight into life at war for all to enjoy. Buy one day, get 12 months free, so you can keep coming back to explore all that there is on offer throughout 2014! Woodstock Oxfordshire OX20 1PP Tel: 0800 849 6500 Web: www.blenheimpalace.com www.inoxford.com

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2014 Approved

Your guide to your City Our New Approved Reviews For the past 12 years In Oxford Magazine has been bringing your great listings and reviews, but from January 2014 the new Living In Oxford will bring you even more. Each month our team of official reviewers will be reviewing some of the best restaurants, hotels, shops, events, attractions and local services and these will all be included in our Living In Top 250 (all consumer facing businesses).

Look Out for our Seal of Approval

Each of the establishments reviewed will receive an attractive framed certificate of their review to display in their premises and a sticker for the front door (where possible!). We will constantly be promoting this group through the magazine, website and social media.

Our Top 250 We’re still working towards our Top250 as you can see on the next page. If you would like to be included or would like to suggest that your favourite Oxfordshire business is included, why not get in touch or pass them our number! Follow us on Twitter #livinoxtop250

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MEET SOME OF THE LIVING IN REVIEWERS Dan Channer

Managing Director, Finders Keepers Dan lives and works in Summertown. Weekend restaurant excursions tend to involve cleaning up after his young daughters. Without the kids, his favourite cuisines are Indian and Thai. Dan also aspires to become a real ale bore although currently pub visits are disappointingly infrequent.

Top 250: Old Parsonage

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Ian Francis

Principal at City of Oxford College Ian lives with his family in Cumnor and has worked in Oxford for ten years. He loves the buzz of a historic city which has retained its independent businesses and retailers, combined with the natural beauty of the Oxfordshire countryside. A perfect location for running, eating out and exploration.

Top 250: Bear and Ragged Staff

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John Hobart

Commercial and Operations Director at Modern Art Oxford As an amateur but enthusiastic art-admirer, it seems fitting that John works for the City's contemporary art gallery. In a similar vein, loving all things about food from growing to cooking and eating, he naturally enjoys exploring restaurants everywhere he goes, and has a particular passion for simple food done well!

Top 250: Yeti

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Matt Wright Freelance writer

As a person‌ glass half-full (though it doesn't stay that way for long if it's a good red), food-lover (balanced by exercise-endurer), with literary aspirations (even if it's only a newspaper column).

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....................................................................... • The Feathers • The Vanbrugh • The Oxford Hotel • Hawkwell House • Hope House • The Old Bank

Art

....................................................................... • Antiques on High • Sarah Wiseman Gallery • Modern Art Oxford

Attractions

....................................................................... • Oxford Castle • Science Oxford • Blenheim Palace • West Oxfordshire District Council • Oxford Town Hall • Didcot Railway Centre • City Sightseeing • Cotswold Wildlife Park & Garden • Crocodiles of the World • Oxford Castle Unlocked • Wychwood Brewery • The Cherwell Boat House

Cafe

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Charity

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....................................................................... • Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards • Business in Oxford 2014, City & County

Golf

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Health & Beauty

....................................................................... • Bare UK • HIM • TAO • Randolph Spa • Monica Franke Osteopath • Yoga Venue • Funacion RealMadrid • Spirit Health Club • TLA Fitness • Zumba Fitness * The Oxford Hotel Spa

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....................................................................... • The Bushcraft Company

Leisure

....................................................................... • Thames Valley Orienteering Club • Willow and Pea • Wayne Bullock • Magnolia Park • Stagecoach Oxford

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Music

....................................................................... • City of Oxford Orchestra • Creation Theatre • Jacqueline Du Pre Music Building • Music at Oxford • Oxford Philomusica • Orchestra of St John's

Nightlife

....................................................................... • Angels • The Duke of Cambridge • The House

Restaurants

....................................................................... • Kazbar • The Chequers • Browns • Iffley Blue • La Cucina • Malmaison • Yeti • Aziz • The Jericho Tavern • Cafe Coco • Malikas • The Big Bang • Randolph Restaurant • The Oxford Hotel • Café Aloha • The Feathers • Turl Street Kitchen • 4500 Miles From Delhi • Fallowfields • Gatineau • Gee's Restaurant & Bar • Gurkha Village • Jee Saheb • Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons • Old Parsonage • Oxford Blue

• Pierre Victoire • Quod • Rosemary Restaurant • Saffron • Spice Lounge • The Bear & Ragged Staff • The Beetle & Wedge Boathouse • The Broadface • The Cherwell Boat House • The Red Lion • The Rose • The Snooty Mehmaan • The Tree Iffley • The Trout

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....................................................................... • Breckon & Breckon • Excel Dry Cleaners • Savvy • Robert Stanley • Strutt & Parker • Aston & James • City Audio Visual • Great Experience Travel • Oxford Innovation (Oxford) • Oxford Innovation (Bracknell) • Isis Creative Framing Ltd • London Oxford Airport • The Lady Nuffield Home

Shopping

....................................................................... • Blackwell's • Oxford University Shop • Bang & Olufsen • Bicester Village • Casa Rose Boudoir • Sanders of Oxford

Theatre

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Oxfordshire Events Blenheim Palace

Woodstock Oxfordshire OX20 1PP. T: 01993 810 530. Web: www.blenheimpalace.com

‘A Great Estate at War – Land, Sea and Air’

15th February - 21st April: To celebrate the centenary year Blenheim Palace will open with a fascinating and interactive WWI exhibition ‘A Great Estate at War – Land, Sea and Air’ exploring the stories behind the family members and workers on the Blenheim Estate. The exhibition will be held in the recently renovated Gallery Room in the Stables Courtyard.

Sunday Jazz

Selected Sundays until 30th March: Due to popular demand Jazz Sundays have returned! Brighten up your weekends in the darker months and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and smooth melodious live jazz music in the Oxfordshire Pantry. A selection of delicious food options will be available including, breakfast paninis, warming porridge, pastries and fresh tea and coffee as well as the Sunday newspapers for your convenience... Sunday Jazz at Blenheim Palace will run on selected Sundays until 30th March 2014, from 10am - 12.30pm.

CADA Antiques Fair

Thursday 3rd - Sunday 6th April: The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair returns to the elegant setting of Blenheim Palace from Thursday 3rd - Sunday 6th April. Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, eldest daughter of the present Duke of Marlborough, is the Patron of the Association.

Science Oxford

Oxford Centre for Innovation, New Road, Oxford, OX1 1BY. T: 01865 810000. Web: www.scienceoxford.com

Explore Space!

Thursday 20th February: Take a whistle-stop tour of our Solar System! We’ll be looking at planets, moons, stars and the differences between them with some clued up experts. Learn why we have day and night, and find out how old you are in Martian years and try out our hands-on exhibits. Suitable for ages 8+. Show at 11am. Book at www.chippingnortontheatre.co.uk or call 01608 642350, Venue: Chipping Norton Theatre.

Sleepless in Summertown

Wednesday 12th March : We all need a good forty winks, but what is sleep? And why do we need it? Why is a good night’s sleep just a dream for some? Meet Professor Russell Foster one of the country’s leading authorities on sleep, who will provide insights and practical tips to help. Suitable for 13+ Time: 7:30pm Venue: Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Parks Road, Oxford

Thames Valley Orienteering Club

Shotover Country Park, Old Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 8TA. Email: publicity@tvoc.org.uk. Web: www.tvoc.org.uk

Try orienteering at Shotover Country Park

Saturday 15th February: Run the Oxford Parks! Run, jog or walk, this is an exciting introduction to orienteering, organised by Thames Valley Orienteering Club. There will be a choice of courses for runners, families and newcomers of all ages and abilities. You’ll receive a special orienteering map, consisting of a series of checkpoints. The challenge is choosing your route between each checkpoint around the park, registering each one with a small electronic chip, as quickly as you can! Come along any time between 10am and 11.30am and we’ll get you started. It’s great fun! Cost: £5 adults / £2 under 21s.

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Oxford Inspires

15-16 Broad Street Oxford OX1 3AS. Tel: 01865 252885. Web: www.oxfordinspires.org Oxford Inspires is working with Visit Oxfordshire to promote the many wonderful cultural events, shows, exhibitions and festivals that take place across the city and county. In 2014 we are remembering the outbreak of World War One in Oxfordshire. The Great War 1914-18 holds a special significance for Oxfordshire. The Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars were among the first territorial soldiers to arrive in France in September 1914 and were soon engaged with the enemy. Sir Winston Churchill was the commander of the Henley Squadron for several years. Fallen soldiers from today’s conflict in Afghanistan are repatriated at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Info on arts and events: www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.org/whats-on Events taking place in Oxfordshire in the first half of 2014 to commemorate the outbreak of The Great War include:

A special Exhibition at Blenheim Palace

Saturday 15th February to Monday 21st April: The Great War touched the lives of everyone who worked and lived in the Palace. The Duke’s family had members serving in all the armed forces, whether on land, sea or air and the Long Library served as a Convalescence Hospital for some of the first casualties of the War. www.blenheimpalace.com

Opening of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum Oxfordshire’s very own military museum, opening in spring 2014, will offer unique insights from the personal recollections of soldiers and airmen involved in Conflict throughout the world and at the scene of all the major theatres of war. Oxfordshire Remembers 1914-1918 will open in August 2014. The exhibition uncovers significant moments from The Great War for the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars as well as showing how the war affected county villages and towns. www.sofo.org.uk

Personal Stories from Downing Street to the Trenches

Thursday 12th June to Sunday 2nd November: The Bodleian Library in Oxford presents a Great War exhibition which reveals the first two years of the war through diaries and personal letters. It was forbidden to record Cabinet discussions, but an unauthorised diary kept by the Colonial Secretary provides a window on Asquith’s Cabinet, complete with character sketches of some of the leading players, including Winston Churchill. www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson

Peace and Music at Wormsley

Sunday 6th July: Garsington Opera at Wormsley will present Peace in our Time?, a special commemorative festival focusing on the Beethovenian ideals of brotherhood, freedom and the elusive goal of peace. The climax of the day will be a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. www.garsingtonopera.org For information on all WW1 events in Oxfordshire from 2014-2018, visit: www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com

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Oxfordshire Events The Oxfordshire Museum

Park Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SN. T: 01993 811456. Web: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxfordshiremuseum

Unearthed – Riches of the Romans & Anglo Saxons

Saturday 8th February – Sunday 27th April: Explore Roman & Anglo Saxon grave goods discovered in Oxfordshire. Through themes such as ‘story and saga’, ‘belonging’, and ‘status’ Unearthed examines the art in some of Oxfordshire’s archaeological treasures. Objects made during the first millennium AD will be displayed alongside contemporary creative responses to them. Star objects will be explored using state-of-the-art, new touchscreen cases and visitors will be able to watch films about the arts of Anglo-Saxon blacksmithing and Roman memorial sculpture. The exhibition also has 3 exciting talks:

'Woden and the Wolf-Kin: Anglo-Saxon Godly Forebears‘

Saturday 8th February: Stephen Pollington has been involved in writing, talking and broadcasting on Anglo-Saxon topics for over twenty years. His presentation will focus on the role of the god Woden in Anglo-Saxon tradition at the time of the conversion to Christianity, using archaeological and literary evidence.

‘The Anglo-Saxon burial at West Hanney and the origins of Wessex’

Saturday 8th March: With Professor Helena Hamerow. The discovery in 2009 of an opulent, garnetinlaid brooch at West Hanney has shed new light on the way in which power and identity were being expressed in the Upper Thames Valley in the seventh century AD, a crucial period in the formation of the West Saxon state. This talk will set the brooch and the burial in which it was found into this wider context.

‘The St Johns College Mass Burial: Massacre or Misfortune?’

Saturday 29th March: In 2008, Thames Valley Archaeology Service found the remains of around 37 young adult males in the top of a previously unknown Neolithic Henge monument in the grounds of St John's College, Oxford. They had been savagely slaughtered and dumped in the ditch around the end of the 10th C AD, which prompted the possibility that they were the physical remains of the historically-documented St Brice’s Day Massacre, in 1002. Subsequent isotopic analysis suggested that they were more likely to be a captured and executed raiding party.

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The Old Fire Station

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

Oxford Human Rights Festival

Monday 24th – Friday 28th February: Now in its 12th year the Oxford Human Rights Festival raises awareness about human rights concerns through film and the arts. The festival is an initiative of Oxford Brookes University Masters students and is open to all. It covers themes as diverse as disaster relief, freedom of speech and equality. Time: Various Times

Business in Oxford, 2014, City & County Event held at The Said Business School, Oxford

Wednesday 23rd April: If you’re interested in business in your county, sign up for this event. Packed full of interesting talks from some of the county’s leading businesses, this will be a fascinating afternoon of talks designed to inspire, inform and engage. For up to date information about the event and ticket details (on sale mid February), sign up for the B4 e-Newsletter at www.b4-business.com.

Oxford Castle Unlocked

44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AY. Tel: 01865 260666 Web: www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk

Valentines Lock-in

Friday 14th February: Get locked in with your loved one this Valentines Day as Oxford Castle Unlocked offers couples an evening to remember! Enjoy a delicious meal served in the intimate and unique surroundings of your very own Oxford Castle prison cell. Time: 7pm and 9pm, Cost: £65 per couple

Millets Farm Centre

Kingston Road, Frilford, Nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 5HB. Tel: 01865 392200. Web: www.milletsfarmcentre.com Free entry and car parking.

Burns Supper

Saturday 1st February: Hosted by Magnus Macfarlane, our Burns Night Supper in the Lakeview Restaurant with be a traditional celebration but with a few Magnus Macfarlane surprises! Pre-booking only. Please call 01865 391169 for further information. Tickets are £25 per person. 7.20pm.

Waterperry Gardens

Nr Wheatley, Oxford, OX33 1JZ. Open: 10am – 5pm. Tel: 01844 339254. Web: www.waterperrygardens.co.uk

Alphabet I Spy

Saturday 15th – Sunday 23rd February: Family fun over the February half term with Alphabet ‘I spy’. Spy the whole alphabet and win a seasonal Waterperry prize and don’t miss the unusual characters hidden in the gardens for an extra surprise! £2 per child (whom must be accompanied by an adult paying garden entrance price). Suitable for all ages.

Valentines Day

Thursday 14th February: Enjoy our delicious three courses set menu in the teashop, Miss H’s and you’ll get free entry to our ornamental gardens.

Snowdrop Weekends

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th and Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February: With more than 30 different snowdrop varieties carpeting the ornamental gardens and a spectacular snowdrop valley area, there’s no better place to enjoy these little heralds of spring in such a magical setting. Don’t miss free guided tours at 11am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm each day of our special snowdrop weekends (Garden entrance fee applies).

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Oxfordshire Kids Cornerstone

Kingston Road, Frilford, Nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 5HB. Tel: 01865 392200. Web: www.milletsfarmcentre.com Free entry and car parking.

Little Howard and The Magic Pencil of Life and Death

Sunday 16th February: If you have children or know children you may well have come across the dynamic duo on CBBC – it’s real human Big Howard and animated six year old Little Howard. Big Howard is actually also a widely acclaimed stand-up comedian for adults who decided to create a show that was pleasantly instructive for children, but entertained parents as well. Time: 2pm Tickets: £8, £6 (concs)

Jacqueline du Pré Music Building St Hilda's College, Cowley Place, Oxford, OX4 1DY. Tel: 01865 286660. Web: www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/jdp

Jdp Cushion Concerts

Sunday 16th February: Rozzy and Mr Cello present… the Trumpet. Our regular Cushion Concerts on Sundays introduce children and their families to how different instruments make music. These informal concerts last 45 minutes and are led by Rozzy, with Mr Cello. Bring your own cushions!

Science Oxford

Oxford Centre for Innovation, New Road, Oxford, OX1 1BY. T: 01865 810000. Web: www.scienceoxford.com

Saturday Science Club: Cosmic Creations

Saturday 22nd February : To infinity…. and beyond! Come along to this astronomical hands-on workshop, as we explore the Earth, Moon and Sun. For children aged 5 – 8 ( children must be accompanied by an adult.) Time: 11:00am Venue: Key Learning Centre, Oxford Castle Unlocked

Pegasus Theatre

Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RE. Tel: 01865 812150. Booking: 01865 812150. Web: www.pegasustheatre.org.uk

The Dreams of Philomina

Saturday 15th February: One magical night something incredible happens. Philomina is given the chance to see her beloved husband Albert one last time. Join her on her adventure, as she journeys from her sea-side home to a wondrous land. She must find Albert at the train station, and she’ll have to be braver than ever before. Cost: £8 adult, £6 child, show and workshop package (1 adult +1 child) £16. Time: 3pm

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Oxford

Tel: Maya Sprigg 01869 278600. Web: www.stagecoach.co.uk/oxford Email: oxford@stagecoach.co.uk We provide quality part-time training in the performing arts for children aged 4-18yrs. Our aim is to nurture and develop young potential through singing, acting and dance classes in Oxford, stretching young imaginations and building confidence. We provide the right combination of learning and performing, with opportunities for all ages. Open every weekend during term time and workshops during the school holidays, come join the fun!

Create Holiday Club at Oxford Montessori Schools

Tel: 01865 358210. Web: www.oxfordmontessori.co.uk/create Email: create@oxfordmontessori.co.uk For children aged 3 to 16. Create Club is different from traditional activity holiday camps. Active, great fun and full of adventure and the emphasis is on creative activities - arts, crafts, drama, dance, singing, music, sports and bushcraft and getting kids into the countryside. It’s educative too with special ‘history alive’ days during most holidays. Also Create staff are trained and qualified teachers. It’s a good mix and gives things a professionalism appreciated by many parents. Joining us for Create is also a great way to learn more about our Montessori schools, the nursery, primary and even senior school environments on offer.

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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.

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.

Carfax Tower

Junction of St Aldates and High Street, Oxford OX1 4AZ. Tel: 01865 792653. Open: 10.00 to 3pm. Admission: £2.20, Children £1.10.

In 1818 St Martin’s church was rebuilt complete with tower. However, the church, apart from its tower, was demolished in 1896. The tower is all that remains today. Two ‘quarter boys’ who hit the bells at every quarter hour adorn the east facade of the church clock. Climb up 99 steps to get a sweeping view of Oxford’s spires. Open 10am-3pm, Admission £2.30, Children £1.20.

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

Tourist Information Centre

15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS.Tel: 01865 252200. Email: tic@oxford.gov.uk Web: www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com The Tourist information Centre staff provide an extensive range of services to help make your stay enjoyable and memorable. We offer a wide range of guides, maps, souvenirs and local produce. We also can guide you to the best Oxfordshire has to offer. We are also the home of Official Guided Walking Tours, the best way to explore Oxford on foot. See in store or get in contact with us by Tel: 01865 252037 Email: wtours@oxford.gov.uk

Modern Art Oxford

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

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.

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University Church of St. Mary the Virgin High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ. Tel: 01865 279111. Web: www.university-church.ox.ac.uk

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 across Oxford and the surrounding countryside. Open: 9am to 5pm (July and August 9am-6pm). Tower Admission: Adult £3, Children (under 16) £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. Half term steamdays:Saturday/Sunday/Wednesday 15/16/19 February. Day Out With Thomas Saturday/Sunday 1/2 March.

Buscot Park & The Faringdon Collection Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 8BU. Tel: 01367 240932. (Information Line). Web: www.buscotpark.com

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. See website for more details www.buscotpark.com

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens Burford, Oxford OX18 4JP. Tel: 01993 823006. Web: www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk

Closer to Wildlife! Enjoy a relaxing day out in beautiful surrounding at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, with over 260 animal species in 160 acres of spacious Parkland. Stroll up our New Giraffe Walkway and get eye-to-eye with these amazing creatures. Picnic whilst watching Rhinos and Zebras grazing outside the Manor House. Ride on the railway around the Park or climb into the tree house in the adventure playground. There’s something for the whole family. The Park is wheelchair and pushchair friendly! A great value for money day out. Open daily from 10am.

Millets Farm Centre

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

Crocodiles of the World

31 Crawley Mill, Dry Lane Crawley, Witney, OX29 9TJ. Tel: 01993 706990. Web: www.crocodilesoftheworld.co.uk We're the UK's only crocodile zoo with over 80 crocodiles and 12 different species. We're open weekly on Sundays between 9.00am and 4.30pm. We also have guided tours running every Saturday afternoon and other selected days, and are open for group visits and private tours.

Wychwood Brewery

Eagle Maltings, The Crofts, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 4DP. Tel: 01993 890 800. Web: www.wychwood.co.uk Hand-crafted fine beers and organic ales from the famous Oxfordshire brewer. Wychwood Brewery is an English brewery founded by Paddy Glenny in 1983, and located in the town of Witney, Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. It is owned by Refresh UK, a subsidiary of Marstons plc.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Explore Space! Thursday, 20 February 2014 11:00am, Chipping Norton Take a whistle-stop tour of our Solar System! We’ll be looking at planets, moons, stars and the differences between them with some clued up experts. Suitable for ages 8+. Book at www.chippingnortontheatre.co.uk or call 01608 642350.

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Saturday Science Club: Cosmic Creations Saturday, 22 February 2014 11:00am, 2pm Oxford To infinity… and beyond! Come along to this astronomical hands-on workshop, as we explore the Earth, moon and sun. For children aged 5 – 8 (children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Sleepless in Summertown Wednesday, 12 March 2014 7:30pm, Oxford We all need a good forty winks, but what is sleep? And why do we need it? Why is a good night’s sleep just a dream for some? Suitable for 13+. To book, visit the SO website at www.scienceoxford.com/live/ 22

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Attraction Article:

Science Oxford

Encouraging, enthusing and facilitating the study, application and communications of science, technology and engineering. The Oxford Trust is an independent charity, established in 1985 by Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood (co-founders of Oxford Instruments) to initiate and encourage the pursuit of science and enterprise across Oxfordshire and the surrounding region. Our mission is to encourage, enthuse and facilitate the study, application and communication of science, technology and engineering. Our aims: • We encourage economic growth by supporting innovation and technology transfer in Oxfordshire and surrounding region • We stimulate and facilitate public engagement with science • We excite and enthuse young people about science The Trust’s public-facing arm is Science Oxford (SO). SO runs events and activities for schools, families and adults across Oxfordshire and the surrounding region which aim to stimulate and facilitate public engagement with science, technology, engineering and mathematics. SO Education is the main provider of science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) enrichment activities in the region. We deliver interactive science workshops and shows for primary pupils, set in real world contexts and showcasing the work of Oxfordshire’s high-tech economy. Our secondary school outreach programme is available to all schools in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and West Berkshire (WBOB), delivering stimulating workshops and science shows. We also loan out science kits so teachers can lead their own activities. We train scientists to become STEM ambassadors. These ambassadors support learning in schools and colleges, share their enthusiasm for their work, raise careers awareness and inspire young people. There are currently over 550 active STEM Ambassadors in WBOB, who regularly visit schools and colleges and participate in projects, events and lessons. SO Live designs, develops, delivers and facilitates a broad range of science activities and events for all ages, including the Oxfordshire Science Festival, Oxford Festival of Nature, Famelab, Bright Club and Science Slam, Saturday Science Clubs and interactive lectures from eminent scientists. “I just want to say thanks again for such a great evening. The girls really enjoyed themselves and loved the experiments. Talking to the adults after, they all learnt something as well.” - Adult Leader, Thame Brownies “It’s a more fun and interactive way of learning basic KS4 science.” - RAL KS4 Education Access Day, Harwell Fun, interactive, age-appropriate and informative.” - Science of Magic (Outreach), Windmill Primary School “Your brilliant workshop was part of Science Week at our school. Thank you for making Friday one of the best days ever!” - Marble Mazes, Dunmore Primary School

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Oxfordshire Theatre Oxford Playhouse

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

Semi-Monde

Wednesday 19th - Saturday 22nd February: The Ritz. Paris. Champagne flows and intrigue abounds as the roaring twenties reach full swing. Witness the various lives and loves of the heirs to the British Empire play out beneath the chandelier infested ceilings of the Ritz Hotel. Watch as they search for something, someone or some place to escape to.

Dial M for Murder

Tuesday 25th February - Saturday 1st March: It’s mid-winter. The roads are icy. Everyone has a cold. The boiler has broken down again and the gas bill is due. The AA are busy advising comedians “not to tour the country unless it is absolutely essential”. Despite all this, Punt and Dennis are ploughing on regardless. Time: 20:00 Tickets: £20 (£18)

The North Wall Arts Centre

South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7JN. Booking: 01865 319450. Web: www.thenorthwall.org

Jo Caulfield: Celebration of Anger

Sunday 9th February: Stand-up Comedy. Jo’s always wondered why anger is seen as such a bad thing. When life presents such irritations as vacuous celebrities, endless TV quiz shows, arrogant shop-assistants, and a husband who continually quotes The Godfather, surely having a good rant – and a good laugh – is the only sensible reaction? Tickets: £13.00 Concession: £11.00 Times: 8pm.

Ballad of the Burning Star

Thursday 13th – Friday 14th February: Multi award-winning Theatre Ad Infinitum presents an explosive tale. Armed with music, killer heels and a lethal troop of divas, an enraged Israeli executes a story of victimhood, persecution, aggression and love. This provocative production took the Edinburgh Festival 2013 by storm. Tickets: £13.00 Concession £11.00 Time: 8pm.

Cornerstone Arts Centre

25 Station Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7NE. Booking: 01235 515144. Web: www.cornerstone-arts.org

Omid Djalili Live

Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th February: We’re delighted to announce that we’re hosting TWO nights of the fabulous stand-up comedian Omid Djalili here at Cornerstone. It’s not a ‘work in progress’, it’s a fully formed show to celebrate Omid coming back on to the touring circuit. He’s back with a splash, following a sell-out four week West-End residency and a sold-out season at the Edinburgh Festival. Time: 8pm Tickets: £22 Ages: 16+

The Old Fire Station

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

Comedy Scratch Night

Tuesday 18th February: After a year of successful Theatre Scratch Night’s, we’ve decided to mix things up a little with three scratch nights a season – one comedy, one theatre, one dance. This February we bring you the first comedy scratch. Watch and enjoy snippets of comedic works in progress and then give feedback afterwards. Tickets: £5 from Tickets Oxford – www.ticketsoxford.com / 01865 305305 or on the door Time: 7.30pm

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Fallowfields Restaurant is located only 20 minutes from Oxford. This elegant country house is a small, independently owned, providing fine British dining. Head Chef Matt Weedon and his team use wonderful fresh produce, much of it grown or reared on its own farm. The restaurant faces south, overlooking a croquet lawn, and offers the perfect ambience at any time of day to enjoy a relaxing, peaceful and unrushed lunch or dinner. In the summer months, food and drinks can be taken on the terrace, with its uninterrupted view of the Ridgeway. The well-stocked bar, offers plenty of variety with a wide range of single malt whiskeys, five different gins and locally brewed bottled beer and ten different wines by the glass.

Open Mon-Sun noon- 2.30pm, 7pm-10pm

Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor, OX13 5BH stay@fallowfields.com www.fallowfields.com Tel: 01865 820416


Testimonials:

“I loved the North Wall, what a great venue, and what a great bunch of people.” – Harry Hill

“The North Wall continues to programme some of the best contemporary theatre available, and their latest coup was to host one of the most lauded productions to come out of this year’s EdinburghFestival – ‘The Events’ by David Greig.” The Oxford Times (Oct 2013)

2014 Approved

Coming Up this season:

• BBC Radio 4 star Jo Caulfield returns to The North Wall with her brand new show, Celebration of Anger (Sunday 9 February) • Featuring a stunning young cast, OperaUpClose’s sparkling production of La Traviata updates the action of Verdi’s classic tale of love and sacrifice to 1920s Prohibition-era Atlantic City. (Friday 21 February) • If you’re after something a little bit different, The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer is a magical show that uses puppetry and live music to tell a one-man micro-epic about enduring love and the end of the world. (Wednesday 13 March) 26

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Theatre Article:

The North Wall Arts Centre The North Wall is an arts centre in Summertown based on the campus of St Edward’s School. The transformation of a former Victorian swimming pool to a vibrant arts facility was overseen by London architects Haworth Tompkins and has won several awards. Completed in 2006, the new venue offers a fully flexible 200-seat theatre, a public art gallery and studios for dance and drama. The programme of events at the North Wall places emphasis on new and innovative work. Since opening to the public in 2007, it has attracted a number of wellestablished theatre companies including 1927, ATC, Out of Joint, Bush Theatre and Shared Experience as well as bringing the latest work from up and coming companies. Comedians who have appeared at The North Wall include Sarah Millican, Harry Hill and Julian Clary, to name but a few. In the past the venue has welcomed some fantastic musical acts, such as FrenchIrish chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan, Ralph McTell, The Unthanks and Spiers & Boden. The North Wall exists to provide opportunities for artists, young people and the general public to make and experience art of the highest quality. It aims to promote the notion of art as a tool for living; timely, relevant and socially engaged. Through the cutting-edge programming choices of the arts centre and ground-breaking outreach initiatives for aspiring young artists, the North Wall aims to offer both cultural enrichment for audiences, and an ‘arts laboratory’: a place where people of different ages, experience and disciplines can come together, make connections and explore new ideas and aesthetics. They have a focus on nurturing talent in young and emerging artists, and removing the barriers that prevent them from achieving meaningful careers in the arts. Their charitable arm, The North Wall Trust, provides a platform for this work, managing a range of home-grown artistic outputs, including vocational training and outreach projects, productions, co-productions and a range of participatory and educational initiatives for children, young people and the wider community. South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN Tel: 01865 319450 Web: www.thenorthwall.com www.inoxford.com

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Oxfordshire Cinema February 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

RoboCop Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex's life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.

The Lego Movie The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rulesfollowing, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Cuban Fury Beneath Bruce Garrett's shabby, overweight exterior, the passionate beating heart of a salsa king lays dormant. Only one woman can reignite his Latin fire. Spotlight hits, sweat drips, heels click - Nick Frost IS Cuban Fury! From the team that brought you "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz" and "Paul," "Cuban Fury" is the hilarious, feel-good and must-see comedy for Valentine's Day 2014.

The Monuments Men Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, "The Monuments Men" is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys possibly hope to succeed?

Non-Stop Global action star Liam Neeson stars in Non-Stop, a suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the airline to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes.

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Oxfordshire Music Orchestra of St John’s Email: orchestra@osj.org.uk Web: www.osj.org.uk

OSJ Proms at the Ashmolean

Wednesday 19th February: Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba; conducted by Mark Austin, Roth: Departure of the Queen of Sheba, Bach: Concerto for 2 violins Montague: Snowscape introduced by the composer, Bach: Violin Concerto in E major. Mathilde Wilwidsky Violin Sergei Tugarinov Violin Ticket prices: £25 Chair / £10 bring your own cushion

City Of Oxford Orchestra

Tel: 01865 744457. Web: www.cityofoxfordorchestra.co.uk E-mail: info@cityofoxfordorchestra.co.uk

Salute to Love

Friday 14th February: Roland Roberts and The City of Oxford Orchestra are delighted to present their ever-popular Salute to Love on Valentine's Day in the marvellous acoustics of St John the Evangelist (Iffley Road, OX4 1EH). Oxford's much-loved pianist, Tom Poster joins them to perform a BACH masterpiece, the Concerto in F minor, the FINZI Eclogue for Piano and Strings, the ELGAR Romance, and some other little gems, and the programme also includes the BARBER Adagio, ELGAR Salut d'Amour and a brilliant MOZART Divertimento. Not to be missed! The concert starts early, at 7pm and runs through without an interval to allow time for romantic dinners! Venue: Church of St John the Evangelist, Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1EH Time: 7pm Tickets: £10£31 from City of Oxford Orchestra: 01865 744457 and Oxford Playhouse 01865 305305

49th Birthday Concert

Thursday 27th February: Come and join two of the City of Oxford Orchestra's best-loved players to celebrate COO's 49th birthday. Oboist Andrew Knights and Ian Clarke (Organ/Piano) perform a programme that includes the MOZART Sonata in C, WIDOR Toccata, COUPERIN Il Ritratto dell'Amore and SAINT-SAENS Sonata in D. Venue: EXETER COLLEGE CHAPEL Time: 8pm. TICKETS £18 from City of Oxford Orchestra: 01865 744457 and Oxford Playhouse: 01865 305305

Oxford Coffee Concerts

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.

Oxford Coffee Concerts

2 February: Fournier Piano Trio Chiao- Ying Chang (piano), Sulki Yu (violin), Pei- Jee Ng (cello), Rachmaninov Trio Elegiaque no.1 in G minor, Dvorak Trio No.3 in F minor, op.65. 16 February: Grace Mo (piano), Chopin Ballade 2 & 4 , Liszt Sonnet del Petrarch no. 123 Scriabin Two Poems Op.32, Ravel Gaspard de la nuit 23 February: Adderbury Ensemble David Lepage (violin), Catherine Leech (violin), Christopher Windass (viola) Katherine Sharman (cello), Programme to include, Schubert String Quartet “Death and the Maiden” 2 March: Cavaleri String Quartet Martyn Jackson, Ciaran McCabe, Ann Beilby, Rowena Calvert Mozart Quartet no. 19 in C major, K. 465, Dissonance Brahms String Quartet in A minor, op. 51, no. 2 £11 adults, £10 full time students, senior citizens and under 16s Free admission to children ages 5 -10 accompanied by an adult (under 5s not permitted entry) Tickets Available at the door or from Oxford Playhouse Tel: 01865 305305 Web: www.coffeeconcerts.com

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Oxfordshire Music Jacqueline du Pré Music Building St Hilda's College, Cowley Place, Oxford, OX4 1DY. Tel: 01865 286660. Web: www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/jdp

Mahan Esfahani

Friday 28th February: COUPERIN Pavanne, D'ANGLEBERT Selections from ‘Pieces de Clavecin’, KALABIS Sei invenzioni canonici per cembalo Op.20, CPE BACH Sonata in E Flat major Wq 49/5 'Württemberg', W F BACH 3 Polonaises Fk.12, JS BACH English Suite no.3 in G minor BWV 808. www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/jdp-music-building

Oxford Philomusica

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

St Valentine’s Day Romance

Friday 14th February: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 Prokofiev Suite No. 2 from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 Tatiana Kolesova piano Joseph Wolfe conductor. Achingly beautiful and deeply emotive, Rachmaninov’s second, and most popular, piano concerto is the epitome of heart-rending romance - just perfect for this special day. Prokofiev’s spectacular suite is inspired by the tragic tale of Shakespeare’s ‘star crossed lovers’. From the feuding Capulet and Montague families to Juliet’s death, the most famous of all love stories is gloriously portrayed in this vivid musical evocation. Venue: Sheldonian Theatre Time: 8pm Tickets: £40 £28 £18 £10

Grand Viennese Ball

Saturday 15th February: Strauss Family Waltzes, Polkas, Marches, Quadrille. John Georgiadis conductor. Oxford Philomusica, led by the witty and charming maestro John Georgiadis, will recreate the grandeur and glamour of the great Viennese balls of the past in Oxford’s Victorian ballroom. Dance to Viennese waltzes, polkas, marches and a quadrille from the Strauss family or, if dancing isn’t your thing, simply sit back and soak up the atmosphere of this unique occasion. Venue: Oxford Town Hall Time: 8pm Concert and dancing 8-11.15pm – £45. Concert only 8-11.15pm – £25. Optional dance lesson 12-2pm – £5. Dress: white tie or period costume This event is bookable only through. Oxford Philomusica’s Box Office. Save 5% for groups 10+ No other concessions apply.

Faculty of Music of Oxford University

St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DB. Tel: 01865 276133. Web: www.music.ox.ac.uk/events

Davitt Moroney Solo Harpsichord Recital

Saturday 15th February: The Berkeley musicologist performs a recital of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, François Couperin, and Louis Marchand. A unique opportunity in Oxford. Admission: £14/£10 www.ticketsoxford.com / 01865 305305, Time: 8pm, Venue: Holywell Music Room.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment perform with Music Students

Sunday 23rd February: Talented music students perform Corelli Christmas Concerto, Handel op.6 no.4, Muffatt Passacaglia and Geminiani Folia with members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Admission: Free – open to the public, Time: 6pm, Venue: Holywell Music Room

New Music Forum 2014 22-28 February Make an Aria Workshop with Judith Weir

Thursday 27th February: New arias by student composers will be performed by Music Theatre Wales’ musicians, with discussion and commentary offered by Judith Weir and Michael McCarthy. Admission: Free – open to the public, Time: 8pm, Venue: Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College.

We have many more exciting events taking place as part of the New Music Forum 2014. Please check our website for details: www.music.ox.ac.uk/events or email the New Music Coordinator: new.music@music.ox.ac.uk.

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Oxford Philomusica Saturday 8 February, Sheldonian Theatre, 8pm

MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 ‘Turkish’

SCHUMANN Symphony No. 1 ‘Spring’ Tamás András violin, Jose Luis Gomez conductor 01865 980 980 www.oxfordphil.com

Salute to Love

Friday 14 February at 7pm

CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST

BACH

Piano Concerto in F minor

BARBER Adagio

Oxford’s Professional Orchestra

PACHELBEL Canon

ELGAR

Salut d'Amour

Tom Poster Piano Roland Roberts Director/Violin

Tickets £10 - £31 01865 744457 / 305305

CONCERT SERIES

M@SH SERIES

COMMUNITY

MICHAEL & TONG Brahms, Schumann 12 February, 7pm

KURTAG: KAFKA FRAGMENTS 21 February, 8pm

CUSHION CONCERT 16 February 10am, 11am, 12pm

MAHAN ESFAHANI Couperin, Bach 28 February, 8pm

IAN PACE & MICHAEL FINNISSY 22-23 February

For more information visit: www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/jdp Or contact: jdp@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk

St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford, OX4 1DY Tickets: Oxford Playhouse 01865 305 305 www.inoxford.com

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Oxfordshire Art & Antiques 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.

University of Oxford Shop 106 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 247414. Web: www.oushop.com

Watercolour, Acrylic, Photography and Prints of views around the City. Artists displayed include Valerie Petts, Ken Messer, David Langford, John Bastin and many more. On sale year round, commissions accepted.

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. Midweek 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

Hannah Rickards

Saturday 15th February – Monday 21st April: Hannah Rickards' meticulously researched and executed works explore the elusive landscape of perception and language. Her attention is particularly drawn to natural phenomena such as birdsong, thunder, mirage and the aurora borealis which she examines through spatial works that take the form of moving image and sound.

Modern Artists Gallery

High St.Whitchurch on Thames, Oxon, RG8 7EX. Tel: 0118 984 5893. Web: www.modernartistsgallery.com

Selected Artists Throughout February 2014 Telephone first before setting out. Image: Angela Lizon Holy Moley (Naked Mole Rat) oil on canvas 96 x 137 cm

Gallery at the Old Fire Station

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

All the Familiar Landmarks

Friday 21st February - Saturday 29th March: Adventuring into the softverged concepts of the place and the pre-place, the visible and the invisible, the temporal and the timeless; Emma Moxey posits herself as an abstract explorer and quasimapmaker. The territory is one of chaotic marking, and loose gesture, and it’s easy to get lost. She plans her path. She lays down the rules. She brings it to order.

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Sanders of Oxford Rare Prints & Maps This month, we are making way for new stock with our famous February sale, offering up to 75% off a wide selection of antique prints. Hundreds of prints have been reduced from our varied collection, dating from the 17th to the 20th century. The sale covers all genres including Oxford, Topography, Portraiture, Decorative, Maritime, Sporting, Caricatures, Fashion, Natural History, Literary, Fine Art and Frames. We also have astonishing bargains in our £1 to £10 bins and massive reductions on framed items.

104 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 242590. E-mail: info@sandersofoxford.com. Web: www.sandersofoxford.com. Open: Mon to Sat 10am-6pm. Admission: FREE.

Christ Church Picture Gallery The Florentine Innocenti: Vincenzo Borghini and the artists of the Foundling Hospital in Florence Until 24th February 2014

Opening Times December - May (closed Tuesdays) Mon, Wed - Sat: 10.30am - 1pm & 2 - 4.30pm Sun: 2 - 4.30pm Christ Church, Oxford. Entrance Via Oriel Square. Admission: £3/£2 Tel: 01865 276172 www.chch.ox.ac.uk/gallery

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

www.antiquesonhigh.co.uk

Rebecca McLynn & Richard Fox February www.wisegal.com 40/41 South Parade, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7JL. Tel: 01865 515123.

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Upcoming Exhibitions in 2014

Hannah Rickards 15 February – 21 April 2014 Preview: Friday 14 February 2014 6.30 – 8.30pm

Sean Lynch A Blow by Blow Account of Stone Carving in Oxford 12 April – 22 June 2014

2014 Approved

Summer Exhibition Barbara Kruger July - September

Autumn Exhibition Stuart Brisley September - November

Winter Exhibition Jeremy Deller curating Andy Warhol and William Morris November 2014 - February 2015 36

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Art Article:

Modern Art Oxford Modern Art Oxford is a contemporary art gallery devoted to presenting exhibitions of national and international modern art alongside a wellestablished community and education programme. Adopting a playful but critical approach to the idea of the art institution, the programme celebrates the relevance of contemporary visual culture to society today. From landmark solo presentations to pioneering group exhibitions, visiting Modern Art Oxford will keep you up to date with the most exciting developments in international art. Funded primarily by Arts Council England and Oxford City Council, all of the exhibitions and many of the events, activities and workshops are free for visitors. In February the gallery presents a new exhibition of work by British artist Hannah Rickards. This major exhibition will occupy the entire gallery space at Modern Art Oxford and include the artist’s most recognised works to date alongside a new piece, Like sand disappearing or something., exhibited for the first time. Rickards’ meticulously researched and executed works explore the elusive landscape of perception, language and translation. Her attention is particularly drawn to natural phenomena such as thunder, mirage, and the aurora borealis. She closely examines these occurrences – and how we experience them – through moving image, audio and installation works. Considered one of the UK’s most important galleries of modern and contemporary art Modern Art Oxford has worked with some of the most illustrious names in the contemporary visual arts – as artists, exhibition organisers and directors. Some of the world’s greatest artists have held significant, often ground-breaking exhibitions in our Pembroke Street galleries, including: Richard Long (1971); Sol Le Witt (1973) Joseph Beuys (1974); Donald Judd (1995); Marina Abramovich (1995); Carl Andre (1997), Tracey Emin,(2002), Mike Nelsom (2004) Howard Hodgkin (2010), Graham Sutherland (2011) and Jenny Saville (2012) You can also relax in the café, purchase unique gifts in the shop, and participate in our vibrant events programme which includes talks, discussions, contemporary music and film nights. For formal dinners, canapé receptions, film screenings and parties, the gallery also offers a contemporary, fresh and flexible environment for an event in the heart of the city centre with six architecturally striking exhibition spaces.

30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP Tel: 01865 722 733 Web: www.modernartoxford.org.uk www.inoxford.com

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Oxfordshire Education EF International Language Centre

Pullens Lane, OX3 0DT, Headington, Oxford. Tel: +44 (0) 1865 759 660. www.ef.co.uk – Facebook: EF Oxford – Twitter: @efoxford EF International Language centres, is a Modern campus with disabled friendly facilities. Situated in the prestigious area, Pullens Lane in Oxford. We offer English courses and University preparation to students from more than 50 countries. Our courses are flexible in length to suit you, from 2 weeks to 52 weeks a year. Our EF Efektatm learning system is widely known to be the most effective way to learn. You are guaranteed to learn faster with our experienced teachers, the latest language technology and interaction with the local culture plus we will help you prepare for and take official language proficiency exams for example, IELTS and Cambridge ESOL, being also an examination centre for the Cambridge exams. EF offers you a complete study experience, including free-time activities and excursions. We arrange accommodation, meals, visa guidance, medical insurance and anything else you can think of, so you are able to just focus on learning and enjoying your course and exciting experience.”

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 Centre of Excellence 2010 - 2012, and a member of Quality English.

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.

Our Lady’s Abingdon

Radley Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3PS. Tel: 01235 524658. Web: www.olab.org.uk Our Lady's Abingdon has a committed approach to partnership between school, pupil and parents. We offer opportunities to enjoy success in a range of different areas.

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.

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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.

The Manor Hotel

The Manor at Weston-on-the-Green, Oxfordshire, OX25 3QL. Tel: 1869 350621. www.themanorweston.com The Manor at Weston-on-the-Green nestles in the heart of the Cotswolds. Proud of its 900-year-old history, the Manor is today a country house hotel, opening its doors to guests who seek a truly relaxed escape, with fine food, fine wine and beautiful, fascinating surroundings.We invite you to treat our hotel as your home: we do not stand on ceremony here. Explore our house and gardens, take a dip in the pool or a walk in the grounds. Our doors are open and we invite you in. Welcome to the Manor at Weston-on-the-Green.

River Hotel

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

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.

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.

Burlington House Hotel

374 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7PP. Tel: 01865 513 513. Web: www.burlington-hotel-oxford.co.uk Nestling in leafy Oxford, a short bus ride away from the bustling City Centre, Burlington House offers high quality and peaceful luxury bed & breakfast accommodation to Oxford’s many visitors. Burlington Guest House has been consistently awarded the highest accommodation rating and is now Five Stars Highly Commended under the new AA scheme. Burlington House has been recommended by both the Which? Guide to Good Hotels and its sister publication, the Which? Guide to Good Bed & Breakfasts.

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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.

Hawkwell House

Church Way, Iffley Village, Oxford, OX4 4DZ. Tel: 01865 749988. Web: www.hawkwellhouse.co.uk If you are looking for a hotel near Oxford or a wedding venue in Oxfordshire, there are few better-placed than Hawkwell House Hotel, which offers comfortable rooms in Iffley Village. The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has something for everyone, including beautiful English villages, a wealth of National Trust stately homes and gardens, and for children, the Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens.

Malmaison

3 New Rd, Oxford OX1 1AY. Tel: 0844 693 0659. Web: www.malmaison.com/locations/oxford Tired of doing hard time in run-of-the-mill hotels? Well, this time you're going to the slammer in style, at the former gaol now known as Malmaison Oxford. You're not going to be behind bars though: you're going to be sipping the coolest cocktails in the free world at MALBAR. And don't worry about doing porridge. Mal Brasserie serves an eclectic mix of classic dishes with a twist, from freshly caught fish to the famous Mal Burger.

Hope House Woodstock

14 Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxford, OX20 1TS. Tel: 01993 815990. Web: www.hopehousewoodstock.co.uk Three spacious suites (60-80sqm) have all been meticulously restored and magnificently furnished. Within 500 metres of our front door are 14 eateries. Some fine AA two rosette restaurants, lively brasseries and gastro pubs. No shortage of culinary options for your stay at Hope House. There are also 15 public houses within walking distance!

Old Bank Hotel

92 - 94 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BJ. Tel: 01865 799 599. Web: www.oldbank-hotel.co.uk The independently owned Old Bank, situated on Oxford’s High Street, is a breathtaking statement in design and arguably one of the best locations in Oxford. Awarded the Best City Hotel 2011 by the Good Hotel Guide, it is surrounded by the famous colleges of Merton, All Souls, Christ Church and University and is directly opposite the Bodleian library and Radcliffe Camera.

Old Parsonage

1 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6NN. Tel: 01865 310210. Web: www.oldparsonage-hotel.co.uk The independently owned Old Parsonage Hotel, situated in St Giles, dates back to the 1660. The restaurant & bar with their Russian red walls is the perfect place for an informal lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. Afternoon tea at the Old Parsonage is a very English affair to be enjoyed at this time of year on our sheltered terrace.

Vanburgh House Hotel

20-24 St Michael’s Street, Oxford, OX1 2EB. Tel: 01865 244 622. Web: www.vanbrughhousehotel.co.uk Vanbrugh House Hotel gives a unique guest experience. With 22 individual bedrooms and suites of contemporary design, it offers comfort and style. Featuring English hand crafted furniture, eclectic fixtures and fittings, whilst being set in an historic building. There are echoes of the hotels own 18th century heritage in the combination of highly-polished service and homeliness. To stay in Vanbrugh House is to live in the heart of Oxford past and present.

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Oxfordshire Accommodation 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 Experience” menu is £75 per person for seven courses.

Conifers Guest House

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

Fallowfields Country House Hotel Faringdon Rd, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 5BH. Tel: 01865 820416. Web: www.fallowfields.com

Fallowfields is one of the leading boutique hotels in Oxfordshire. Our fine dining restaurant is outstanding. Guests come here for wonderful food, bedrooms and calm, tranquil surroundings. “Boutique hotels in Oxfordshire don’t get much better than this”

The Oxford Hotel

Godstow Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 8AL Tel: 01865 489 988 Web: www.pumahotels.co.uk/hotels/the-oxford-hotel With great transport links into Oxford, The Oxford Hotel is the ideal place to stay when exploring Oxford and the surrounding area. Features: Free WiFi, 168 bedrooms, Easily accessible from M40, Health Club with swimming pool, Close to Blenheim Palace, Conference facilities, AA Rosette restaurant, Free car park, Beauty rooms, 2 miles from city centre.

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The Oxford Hotel is a large hotel with some 160+ bedrooms and extensive function and conference facilities attracting a midweek business clientele. We stayed at the Oxford Hotel for a post-Christmas weekend leisure stay on the 4th January. We missed the Christmas and new-year festivities and enjoyed a calm and relaxing stay. Other guests at the hotel included couples and small parties all seemingly also enjoying a weekend leisure break. The hotel is well located, just two miles from the centre of Oxford, and easily accessed from the M40 and A34 road networks. Parking was free and plenty of it and when we entered the hotel out of the gusting wind and rain (you may recall the weather in early January) the foyer, bedecked with Christmas tree and decorations, was warm, bright, modern and spacious. The reception staff were polite and welcoming and we were able to check in immediately even though we were early. Our room was spacious and pristine, with neutral decor and red and gold soft furnishings. We had a Premium double room, with an especially comfortable king-size bed and finishing touches of bathrobes slippers and chocolates. The bathroom was gleaming and tastefully finished. The hotel offers an excellent room service, an all-day a la carte menu is available in the bar and lounge area and the Medio restaurant, which was modern and simple with clear lines and neutral dÊcor, provided an informal relaxed ambience in which to dine. Facilities at the hotel include a health and fitness suite, beauty rooms, squash court and small swimming pool with sauna and steam room. Throughout our stay and in all areas of the hotel the service was consistently good and the staff were friendly and responsive. You could spend a weekend in this hotel without stepping outside. Just relax and enjoy the food, leisure and beauty rooms and leave feeling completely rested. Or, combine it with a trip into Oxford and immerse yourself in the heritage of the famous university city and you will undoubtedly be amazed at the jewel that is Oxford. With the Oxford Hotel’s excellent proximity to the centre of Oxford and the regular and direct bus service close by, this an ideal base from which to explore the city of Oxford and experience a cultural extravaganza. In addition, The Oxford Hotel would be an excellent choice for the business and corporate sector. Godstow Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 8AL Tel: 01865 489 988 Web: www.pumahotels.co.uk www.inoxford.com

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Oxfordshire Shopping Shop at the Old Fire Station Gloucester Green, Oxford, OX1 2AQ. Web: www.oldfirestation.org.uk

Drawing in creative talent from across the UK, with a particular focus on the ‘home grown’ artists of Oxfordshire and the South East, the shop sells original prints and illustrations, jewellery, accessories, cards, zines and more…On 14th June, 5.30-8pm they will be launching the online shop and all are welcome. There will be live music, tasty treats from a local food creator, a making station and exclusive discounts.

University of Oxford Shop 106 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 247414. Web: www.oushop.com

The University of Oxford Shop is wholly owned by the University and offers a fantastic range of clothing, gifts and stationery for visitors and local residents alike. All of the profits are given back to the University, making a valuable contribution to the work and teaching of this world-famous establishment.

Blackwell’s

51 Broad St, Oxford, OX1 3BQ. Web: www.blackwell.co.uk we have been serving the needs of book-lovers since 1879. Our booksellers are passionate about the books that we sell and there is nothing that we enjoy more than making a perfect recommendation to a customer. For those of you who do not know the shop we trade across four floors, including the cavernous Norrington Room basement, and you will find new and secondhand books on every subject under the sun.

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 Restaurants Asian

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. Shanghai 30’s is the perfect place for a romantic meal or a private function in Oxford city centre.

Rice Box

178 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UE. Tel: 01865 202138. Web: www.riceboxrestaurant.co.uk Located perfectly in amongst the hustle and bustle of Cowley Road, Rice Box is the place to go to if you want quick service, delicious food and a welcoming smile. Rice Box has a wide selection of dishes, including Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese and Thai.

4500 Miles From Delhi

40-41 Parkend Street, Oxford, OX1 1JD. Tel: 01865 244 922. Web: www.4500miles.co.uk Not just another 'up market' Indian restaurant, quite literally 4500 Miles from Delhi, the restaurant offers diners an ingenious fusion of Asian herbs, spices, fresh meat and vegetables. We have created a place that is relaxing and comfortable.

Gurkha Village

174 Oxford Road OX5 1EA Kidlington. Tel: 01865 378180 / 01865 608572. Web: www.gurkhavillagekidlington.co.uk Gurkha Village is the modern Nepalese Restaurant and Bar with picturesque enclosed beer garden. Our Restaurant is fully fledged dining and drinking institution with first class reputation for gastronomy and hospitality. Our talented chefs mainly use locally sourced fresh quality ingredients to create a memorable authentic Nepalese and Indian food.

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.

Tree Hotel in Iffley

63 Church Way, Iffley Village, OX4 4EY. Tel: 01865 775974. Web: www.treehotel.co.uk. The Award-winning Annora Restaurant is a charming pub restaurant with specialist European and Indian head chefs, championing wonderful food from around the world using the freshest ingredients, with excellent service and a warm and welcoming atmosphere

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.

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Restaurant awarded in the Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards 2011 - 2013

Rosemary

81 London Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9AA. Tel: 01865 765 999. Web: www.rosemaryrestaurant.net At Rosemary Restaurant, we are committed to bring you the best of PanAsian cuisine. We offer a variety of Asian menu from traditional to fusion style including Japanese,Thai and Chinese.With a passion for creativity and fresh, unique tastes. We are committed to create a fun place where you can celebrate with great food and top-notch service at a reasonable price.

Yeti Nepalese Restaurant

237 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1XG. Tel: 01865 295959. Web: www.yetinepalese.co.uk Yeti is your local dine out culinary venue in Oxford, where you will have fantastic atmosphere and great food. We endeavour to offer wide and varied choices of the best Nepalese cuisines as well as classic Indian dishes. Traditional cuisines created in a contemporary manner with emphasis on healthy eating. Winner of the Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards 2013 Asian Category.

Contemporary The Broad Face

30-32 Bridge St, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3HR. Tel: 01235 537775. Web: www.thebroadface.co.uk Recently refurbished to a high standard in the heart of Abingdon, The Broad Face serves freshly prepared, seasonal food using local produce, cooked to order. First class cuisine and an excellent selection of wines. Make sure you visit what is widely regarded as one of Oxfordshire’s finest restaurants.

Oxford Blue

32 Marston Street, Oxford, OX4 1JU. Tel: 01865 460215. Web: www.theoxfordblue.com We have just finished renovating this delightful building into a stylish pub offering an exciting food paired to beers and wines dining concept. Mark Bradbury has created an eclectic menu of authentic dishes using the very best of local and seasonal ingredients. Chris Murray has matched some really interesting beers and wines to go with the food to make it easier for you to choose.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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Oxfordshire Restaurants Fallowfields Hotel & Restaurant

Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor, Oxfordshire, OX13 5BH. Tel: 01865 820 416. Web: www.fallowfields.com The restaurant at Fallowfields is renowned for serving excellent food prepared using only the finest fresh produce. Our Head Chef, Matt Weedon last year was number 45 in the Sunday Times top 100'Restaurants Awards and, previously gained a Michelin star at Glrnnap Castle and Lords of the Manor. Seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown in the hotel’s kitchen gardens and orchards and whenever possible meat and poultry is sourced from our own farm. The restaurant faces south to overlook the hotel’s croquet lawn and offers the perfect ambience.

Browns Bar & Brasserie

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

Iffley Blue

Church Way, Iffley Village, Oxford, OX4 4DZ. Tel: 01865 749988. Web: www.hawkwellhouse.co.uk Situated just a couple of miles from the centre of Oxford, Iffley Blue is the new restaurant at Hawkwell House Hotel in the beautiful village of Iffley. There is an open style kitchen featuring a wood burning oven, as well as new furniture throughout. The emphasis is on delivering regularly changing seasonal menus with local provenance – as well as exceptional value.

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.

The Evenlode

Old Witney Road, Eynsham, Witney, Oxford OX29 4PS. Tel: 01865 882878. Web: www.theevenlode.co.uk/ The Evenlode is a newly refurbished restaurant in the heart of Oxfordshire that caters for both couples and larger groups. There is ample parking and the bar is family friendly. We are a privately owned business, offering a wide range of drinks and food at affordable prices.

Traditional The Trout

195 Godstow Road, Wolvercote, Oxford OX2 8PN. Tel: 01865 302071. Web: www.thetroutoxford.co.uk The Trout Inn, Lower Wolvercote, is genuinely part of the rich tapestry that is Oxford life. Famous a long time before it was immortalised in Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse novels, it has been wonderfully restored - You really should book now!

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.

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Oxfordshire Restaurants The Chequers at Burcot

Abingdon Road, Burcot, Oxon. OX14 3DP. Tel: 01865-407771. Web: www.thechequers-burcot.co.uk. A roaring fire and friendly staff welcome you to The Chequers and along with the opulent décor it is a perfect blend of contemporary and classic styles with a cosy and inviting atmosphere. The 400 year old Chequers at Burcot standing just off the A415 about 5 miles south of Oxford has come a long way since multi-award-winning chef Steven Sanderson first took the reins in 2006.

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 Big Bang

42 Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford, OX1 1AY. Tel: 01865 249 413. Web: www.thebigbangrestaurants.co.uk The Big Bang is the true gastronomic experience of Great Britain; classic favourites done with a bit of style. We source almost everything from within 20 miles of the city and in doing so, we allow you to taste the authentic flavours of Oxford, not a chain restaurant version of it. We also throw in the best of our art, of local live music, all served up in the prettiest corner of town, the Oxford Castle Quarter.

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.

The Red Lion

The Red Lion 14 Gloucester Street, Oxford, OX1 2BN. Tel: 01865 726 255. Web: www.redlionoxford.co.uk Our menu changes with the seasons and is modern British, comfortably interwoven with some Mediterranean influences. It ranges from traditional favourites such as fish and chips and steaks to freshly made pizzas and pastas with the chef’s daily specials showcasing the finest market fresh ingredients. There’s something for everyone and for all occasions too.

The Blacks Head Bletchington The Green, Bletchington, OX5 3DA. Tel: 01869 350315. Web: www.blackshead.com

The Blacks Head pub is a late 18th century public house full of charm and character. Here at the Blacks Head our cullinary focus is on locally sourced, freshly prepared produce. Our Fish and Chips are coated in our popular Ramsbury Flintknapper Bitter. Our Childrens Menu is carefully thought out combining choice and health and our chicken nuggets are made to order from freshly cut chicken breast. For younger diners we have a range of Organic Baby Food.

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Oxfordshire Restaurants Cafe

Modern Art Oxford Café Bar

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

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.

Crisis Skylight Cafe 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ. Tel: 01865 263 972.

The Oxford Skylight Café is open to the public daily from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. It serves freshly ground coffees, teas and cakes as well as a range of home cooked food prepared from fresh, local produce. There are daily specials (including a vegetarian option) a range of sandwiches, hot pannini's, baked potatoes, fresh salads and the famous fireman's breakfast served all day!

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.

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.

Café Coco

23 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1HP. Tel: 01865 200232. Web: www.cafe-coco.co.uk Winner Observer Food Awards “Best for kids” in the Southeast. Café Coco has been winning awards and gaining notices for the past sixteen years. it is renowned for sharp yet friendly service, interesting music and a great atmosphere. Considered the finest cappocino in Oxford. Superb pizzas, fresh fish daily, smoothies, mint presse, brownies and banoffee pie.

Gastropub

The White Hart

Main Road, Fyfield, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 5LW. Tel: 01865 390 585. Web: www.whitehart-fyfield.com Where you can enjoy award-winning food, fine wines and local real ales, under the soaring eaves of of a 15th Century Chantry House. The White Hart has held two rosettes for culinary excellence for 4 years running but is still somewhere you can stop and have a pint of real ale after a hard days work.

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Restaurant awarded in the Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards 2011 - 2013

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 our takeaway service, too.

110 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1JE Tel: 01865 726728 Web: www.majliss.co.uk

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Oxfordshire Restaurants 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 £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!

Spanish

Al-Andalus

10 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford OX1 2HP. Tel: 01865 516688. Web: www.tapasoxford.co.uk Situated on vibrant, centrally located Little Clarendon Street, Al-Andalus is a stylish and bustling Spanish tapas bar. Independently - owned, it serves delicious, freshly- prepared and authentic Spanish tapas dishes. Open: Mon to Thur 12am-3pm & 5pm till late, Fri-Sun 12pm till late.

Kazbar

25-27 Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1HP. Tel: 01865 202920. Web: www.kazbar.co.uk “One of the best tapas bars in Britain” The Observer. “ The range of high quality tapas should be enough to suit most tastes” The Guardian. “Chilled, cheerful, unique.”The Independant. The Kazbar is a tantalizing café-bar with a Moroccan interior, serving Spanish and North African cuisine.

Italian

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 laboratry, all carefully crafted by our expert bartenders.

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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Restaurant awarded in the Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards 2011 - 2013

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The Meal

Chicken Naryali - £8, Lamb Ghost Rogon - £8, Murgh Tikka Masala - £9, Peshwari Naan

2014 Approved

Five Good Points

✓ Quick, friendly service

✓ Really Delicious sauces

✓ Perfectly cooked Pilau Rice ✓ Fantastic Peshwari Naan

✓ Good prices

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Restaurant Review:

Aziz Indian Cuisine

Reviewed by Dan Channer

9th January 2014

If you were asked to name some Oxford institutions, you might say the Oxford University, John Radcliffe Hospital or Oxford United. However for a couple of my colleagues the Aziz Indian Restaurant on the Cowley Road is a bona fide institution and we set off for lunch with a sense of anticipation. They claim it is the best Indian restaurant in Oxfordshire and that is a tall order to live up to. After struggling to park – because Oxford hates motorists, it must be hard on these restaurants when there are no visitors parking places – we were bamboozled by the range of choice on the menu. That we opted for such mainstream dishes is a symptom of our lack of adventurous spirit rather than a comment on the choice available. There is something about lunchtime curry eating that curtails the desire for serious spice, perhaps it was the self-enforced absence of cold lager to put out the fire. The poppadums and sauces were demolished in minutes. Victoria likes mild curries and opted for a Chicken Murgh Nariyal, a dish similar to a korma with a creamy coconut sauce. The chicken was well cooked and the curry sauce just perfect for those who fear the vindaloo. Olivia’s Ghosht Rogan was lamb with tomatoes, green peppers and onions. I was sceptical about her culinary judgement as before the meal she declared that chickens feet are her favourite food (“They’re nice and ligamenty”) but she loved the well balanced flavours of the lamb. I opted for a Murgh Tikka Masala and it was a case study in how to cook this dish: the chicken was well barbecued in the Tandoor and then marinated in coconut, herbs, onions and spices. The result is you receive the curry craving but with some sweetness to balance it out – a bit like a good Jalfrezi. Aziz has been going for over two decades and it is no surprise that its blend of Indian and Bangladeshi flavours and good, honest service has proved a winner. All three of us agreed that our lunch was simply excellent and a world away from the formulaic and heavy sauces which characterise many Indian restaurants in the UK. Humans are creatures of habit and many of us stick to our favourite restaurants year in, year out. However we recommend that you break out of your eating comfort zone and head over to Cowley.

228-230 Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1UH Tel: 01865 794945 Web: www.aziz.uk.com www.inoxford.com

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The Meal

Ceylon tea - £2.40, Cumberland Sausages and Fried Eggs - £7, Seared Salmon Superfood Salad - £11, Two Children's Menus - £6 each

2014 Approved

Five Good Points

✓ Wonderful superfood salad ✓ Friendly service

✓ Easygoing atmosphere

✓ Retro but glamorous decor

✓ Great location Suggestions

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Restaurant Review:

Cafe Coco

Reviewed by Dan Channer

5th Januray 2014

A cold, wet, grey and windy Sunday in January is enough to challenge any optimist. The Christmas revelry is a fading memory and mind and body are yet to fully acclimatise to the New Year. Hence it was a treat to walk into Café Coco at the foot of the Cowley Road and be welcomed by a beaming smile. As the four of us (wife and two kids aged 5 and 3) settled into a table we took in the bohemian-meets-funky-meets-bistro aesthetic. A glamorous Ushaped bar dominates the room with raised tables on either side. All chairs were occupied and the space buzzed with the easy chit-chat of people happy to be where they are. Half the guests seemed to be families, some with three generations and in all the time we were there we didn’t hear any children screaming, which could be an interesting example of positive peer group pressure. The children’s menu is good value at £6 for a drink, main course and pudding. The main course options are pizza, pesto pasta with tomatoes or chicken, or a super food salad with feta cheese. We have more chance of being abducted by aliens than persuading our offspring to order salad over pasta or pizza but I congratulate parents for whom this is an unforced choice. The drinks quickly arrived with pencils and paper and we set to work creating a pink dinosaur. The wife and I swapped gender stereotypes. I swerved the extensive range of pizzas and ordered the Seared Salmon Superfood Salad (leading by example…) and this was fantastic. The salmon was seared to perfection and served atop quinoa, kale, edamame beans, cranberries and chia seeds topped with a sesame oil dressing. For any ‘healthy’ dish to gain traction it must be delicious first and healthy second, and I am sure that by the end of 2014 this will still be one of the best things I have eaten all year. The wife went for a Half English with Cumberland sausages, fried eggs and wholegrain doorstep bread. Suffice to say little of her breakfast was offered to the rest of her family which is always a sign that someone is enjoying their food. The children’s pasta was well cooked but if anything the portion sizes were too much for two young girls. On a miserable day Café Coco offered a restorative oasis and our meal was threaded with calm, friendly service. 23 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HP Tel: 01865 200232 Web: www.cafecoco.co.uk www.inoxford.com

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The Meal

Couscous starter – £5.25, Beef Brisket starter - £5.25, Fish-cakes - £9.25, Southern Fried Chicken - £11, Salted Caramel and Chocolate tart - £5.25

2014 Approved

Six Good Points

✓ Despite being mid-week it there was a relaxing pleasant atmosphere ✓ Reliable pub food with a few surprises on the menu

✓ Portion size – Definitely good sized portions!

✓ Guest beer – always good beer variety with a special guest ale

✓ Meal deals – meal deals all week give great value

✓ Stuff on year round from music to comedy and even burlesque

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Restaurant Review:

The Jericho Tavern

Reviewed by John Hobart

8th January 2014

The Jericho Tavern has had a number of guises over the years, including being a Firkin pub (the ‘Philanderer and Firkin’) brewing its own beer in the 90s, but now it is back to what it does best, being an inviting, friendly pub in the heart of Jericho serving a wide range of beers and reliably good food, and testing your boundaries by putting a new twist on things you thought you knew! The pub offers more than food and beer, it also has a great beer garden, and puts on regular live music and entertainment ranging from local band and lindy-hop nights, to comedy and geek nights, and even burlesque. We headed to the Jericho Tavern for midweek dinner, so didn’t see it properly full, but still found it far from deserted and with a very enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere. The pub’s décor is a mix of classic pub with mixed furniture, blackboards and mirrors, alongside hints of the regular gigs with photos of current and classic musicians and performers. Friendly staff welcomed us and offered advice and help in selecting a predinner drink. The range of drinks on offer is as good as you’d expect – a wide range of beers on tap and a full selection of spirits, but there is a twist with a guest ale (‘Frosted Jack’ from the Dorset Brewing Company was there for us), fruit beers on tap, and even includes an English potato vodka! In addition the Jericho has a good range of wines at reasonable prices, including a particularly tasty New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that went well with their fish cakes. The menu is longer, and the portions larger, than expected. At its heart are quality favourites with burgers, sausages and fish & chips. However, as with the drinks there is a twist: the burger is either ‘traditional’ or ‘pork and chorizo’, the fish & chips are made with a tarragon batter, and the sausages are Gloucester Old Spot. We went for delicious starters of couscous salad and beef brisket (we had to resist the temptation of a sharing board!) followed by Southern Fried chicken and wild salmon fishcakes, and a salted caramel chocolate tart that was too good to say ‘no’ to! Having not eaten at the Jericho before I was genuinely impressed, it stays true to its roots, but offers guests the choice of something different. The atmosphere is great, even on a mid-week evening (I had been there before on a buzzing Friday night!), the staff friendly, and the prices very reasonable – even more so if you go for one of their meal deals (2 course £8.50). I will definitely return either for a pint or a meal, or quite probably both!

56 Walton Street, Jericho, Oxford OX2 6AE Tel: 01865 311 775 Web: www.thejerichooxford.co.uk www.inoxford.com

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Oxfordshire Health & Beauty Monica Franke Osteopathy & Pilates Tel: 07970 119721. E-mail: mfranke.osteo@googlemail.com Web: www.monicafranke.com www.frankeosteopathy.tumblr.com

With clinics in Bletchingdon, Abingdon and central Oxford, Monica Franke offers expertise in general osteopathy, sports osteopathy and Pilates, emphasising high standards of communication, diagnosis and treatment. She is recently joined by two associates, Ben Ousey and Angela Power who also offer particular areas of expertise, including sports injuries, cranial osteopathy and mom’s and babies. Franke Osteopathy practitioners enjoy helping people to understand the origin of their aches and strains, and helping them to more pain-free function.

Bare UK

Boars Hill, Oxford, with private parking. Tel: 07773 764817. Web: www.bareuk.co.uk Have you got unwanted hair, leaving you feeling distressed? Well you don’t need to panic any longer, here at Bare UK we specialise in the revolutionary hair reduction method ‘Intense Pulse Light’, a form of laser treatment, designed to remove unwanted hair, so you can now say goodbye to waxing, and hello to smooth skin. After a few treatments with our high grade IPL system you will begin to notice a difference. So visit us at Bare UK today and get rid of those unwanted hairs. Visit www.bareuk.co.uk for further information, or to find out about other treatments.

Diamond House - Dental Practice 199 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7AR. Tel: 01865 559521. Web: www.diamondhouse.co.uk

It is our aim to provide the highest quality of Dental Care in a relaxed and friendly environment, with the most up to date methods and equipment available. The safety and comfort of our patients is always our primary concern.

TAO Beauty Salon

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

Spirit Health Club

Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 8JD. Tel: 01865 888444. Web: www.spirithealthclubs.co.uk 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 on our website www.spirithealthclubs.co.uk

The Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Unit

Movement Science Group Oxford Brookes University Gipsy Lane, Headington Oxford, OX3 0BP. Tel: 01865 483839.

The Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation (CLEAR) Unit is a specialist fitness studio designed exclusively for people recovering from illness or who have mobility issues. It is run by experienced clinical exercise scientists at Oxford Brookes University and is a non-profit making unit supported by the University and charitable donations.

YogaVenue

2 Avenue Lane, Oxford, OX4 1YF. Tel: 01865 245 754. Web: www.yogavenue.co.uk We are Oxford’s only purpose built yoga studio offering classes in Hot Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga, situated at the beginning of Cowley Road. YogaVenue was created to provide a dedicated space for students to study and enjoy their Yoga practice. All our classes aim to enhance conscious living and greater fulfilment in life through the practice of Yoga. Qualified and experienced teachers and welcoming staff will support students during their classes and time at YogaVenue.

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Oxfordshire Sports Oxford University Rugby Football Club Jackdaw Lane, Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SR. Tel: 01865 432000. Web: www.ourfc.org.uk Wed, 5 Feb

Blues v Bristol

Wed 12th Feb

Blues v The Royal Navy

Wed 26th Feb

Blues v Penguins

Wed 19th Feb Fri 14th Mar

Blues v Crawshays

Blues v London Welsh

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All matches take place at the Iffley Road Stadium. For further details please visit our website, www.ourfc.org or email ourfc@sport.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 432000

Oxford United Football Club

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

Oxford United v AFC Wimbledon

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Oxford United v Mansfield

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Sat 8th Feb

Oxford United v Bristol Rovers

Tue 18th Feb

Oxford United v Newport County

Sat 1st Mar

Oxford United v Rochdale

Sat 22nd Feb

Oxford United v Morecambe

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Testimonial

Treatment areas available: Osteopathy - Massage Sports Injury Clinic - Pilates - Acupuncture - Nutrition Chiropody Hypnotherapy - Personal Training.

Appointment Times: Mon 11am-6pm, Tue 10am-7pm, Wed 9.30am-7pm, Thu 9.30am-6pm, Fri 8am-6.30pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 8am-6pm.

2014 Approved

Six Good Points

✓ Comprehensive pre-treatment check ✓ Relaxed manner ✓ Hands of steel

✓ Techniques explained during treatment ✓ Muscle problems pin-pointed

✓ Stretching exercises from an ex-gymnast!

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Health & Beauty Review:

Monica Franke Osteopath

Reviewed by Matt Wright

10th December 2013

There's an expression in rowing that "A good big 'un is better than a good little 'un". However, fresh from treating the Oxford Mens Lightweight Fours, I'm not sure that Monica was ready for the equivalent of half the heavyweight boat resting upon her delicate shoulders. Let me rewind though. Monica usually works out of her newly-opened Bletchingdon clinic, but on Thursday mornings, consults at The University Club. So it was, that I entered the treatment room cautiously, my best rowing days (some less kind might say my worst) far behind me. Monica is used to treating a wide variety of people though, and soon put me at ease as we chatted through my ailment (a sprained calf), what caused it (over-heavy unit), and the usual medical 'pre-flight' checklist. Having ascertained that I was comfortable about being 'manipulated' should it be necessary (it wasn’t), we set about doing some gait analysis, to check my posture. "You have some of the best arches I've ever seen." Ha! I mean, I knew I was architecturally sound, but this was great - I was practically beaming from ear to ear at this compliment. Unfortunately, the rest of my structure was found to be crumbling at the edges, and after some flexing, some pulling, and a fair amount of deep groundwork, my hip flexors were found to be too tight. This was preventing me from pushing off from the ground properly. I was tempted to comment that I had never in my life been photographed with both feet off the ground, but I thought it best to let the illusion lie. I will expand upon the 'pulling' and 'pushing' though, to do justice to the comprehensive technical commentary Monica provided throughout. For example, what I thought was just my knee being flexed, was actually 'flossing', which is a specialized form of manipulation, encouraging the nerves to slide more easily through their own encasing or injured muscle tissue. Monica ended the session showing me some specific exercises for my injured calf, which went far beyond my hackneyed old routines. I'd never heard of the 'prone scorpion' before, but I'm fairly sure that I could never execute it as expertly as the ex-gymnast in front of me. Nice to see it done properly though. So, with a warm glow running up my legs, I bade Monica a fond farewell until the next time, thankful that this was one tale lacking a sting.

Web: www.cliniconthegreen.com www.inoxford.com

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Wayne Bullock

The most important aspect of Wayne Bullocks teaching is to pass on Wing Chun Dynamics to the level at which he has been taught, and to give current and future students the opportunity to be the best they can be even if at first they do not believe that themselves.

2014 Approved

Six Good Points ✓ Mind-blowing

✓ Removed bad energy

✓ Great instructor - Taught us a lot in a short time

✓ Increases mental and physical strength ✓ Enjoyable and relaxing environment ✓ Fun and educational

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Leisure Review:

Wing Chun Dynamics

Reviewed by Daria Montella

14th November 2013

Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by our Wing Chun instructor for the evening, Wayne Bullock. He introduced us to the rest of the students, making us feel comfortable in a friendly and relaxed environment. After explaining the basics of the Wing Chun martial art we all focused on Sifu (instructor) Wayne's words and the fun began. I have taken several martial arts classes in the past but had never tried Wing Chun so was a bit worried about comprehension, but Wayne started us off with the basic moves, helping us carefully until we felt confident. It requires years and years of training to reach a high level in Wing Chun, but it took just one class to increase my energy and strength. Wayne showed us how strength doesn’t depend on how big we are or how much anger we have; strength is generated inside our bodies and manifests itself through the proper use of techniques. That is the reason why Wing Chun is a martial art suitable for everyone, whatever gender or body type. During the two hours class we were able to pick up the essentials of Wing Chun and the necessary techniques for self-defence. We did practical exercises with a partner to test what we'd learnt. Trying to learn from the other students and improving my own moves was challenging and exciting, and the people I was paired with were helpful and patient despite being much more experienced than me. The right balance between theory and practice gave us an excellent overview of Wing Chun and gave me the chance to fully immerse myself in the martial art. If you are a sport and martial art lover or you would like to try Wing Chun for the first time you will fall in love with this elegant art. I can assure you that after only two hours spent with Wayne and the Wing Chun Dynamics team all negative energy will leave your body and your spirit and you'll leave feeling full of energy and confident of yourself. The classes run every Thursday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at £10 per class.

Cutteslowe Community Centre 31 Wren Road Oxford OX2 7SX Web: www.wingchundynamics.org www.inoxford.com

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Oxfordshire Services Photography

Willow and Pea Portraits

6 Park Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1SP. Tel: 01993 358725. Web: www.willowandpea.co.uk Willow and Pea Portraits creates lifestyle and wedding imagery based from our charming family orientated studio nestled in the heart of Woodstock, Oxfordshire. With our patience, experience and expertise we ensure that each and every client has a personal story capturing the impromptu moments and natural expressions throughout your shoot.

Care Home

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.

Audio & Visual

City Audio Visual

Unit 19, Kingsmeadow, Ferry Hinksey Rd, Oxford OX2 0DP. Tel: 01865 722800. Web: www.cityav.co.uk Oxford’s leading specialists in audio visual hire, sales, installation and live event support. From Projector hire and AV Support to installation of a bespoke audio visual presentation system, we pride ourselves in offering a quality driven professional service with a personal touch.

Male Hairdressing 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.

Framing

Isis Creative Framing

269 Banbury Road Oxford OX2 7LL. Tel: 01865 366660. Web: www.struttandparker.com A stylish modern office, located in a prominent location on the Banbury Road to the north of the city. As a multi-disciplined office, we have an outstanding team of property professionals able to deal with matters as diverse as the sale of an Oxford town house to the re-organisation of a rural estate or the planning and development of a new settlement.

Construction Savvy

253 London Road Headington Oxford OX3 9EH. Tel: 01865 920020. Web: www.group-savvy.co.uk A stylish modern office, located in a prominent location on the Banbury Road to the north of the city. As a multi-disciplined office, we have an outstanding team of property professionals able to deal with matters as diverse as the sale of an Oxford town house to the re-organisation of a rural estate or the planning and development of a new settlement.

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

All our work is covered by the NICEIC 6 year insurance backed warranty

01793 526003 07766 238814 info@cs-elec.co.uk www.cs-elec.co.uk

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Property

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.

Strutt & Parker

269 Banbury Road Oxford OX2 7LL. Tel: 01865 366660. Web: www.struttandparker.com A stylish modern office, located in a prominent location on the Banbury Road to the north of the city. As a multi-disciplined office, we have an outstanding team of property professionals able to deal with matters as diverse as the sale of an Oxford town house to the re-organisation of a rural estate or the planning and development of a new settlement.

www.inoxford.com

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Services

Expert eye care, Wide selection of designer frames and contact lenses, Contact lens specialists, Eyecare products, Visual dyslexia testing, Macular degeneration screening, Dry eye clinic.

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Branches

Abingdon (Stert Street) - 01235 520849 Oxford (Headington) - 01865 766488

Thame (Cornmarket) - 01844 261096

Wallingford (St Martins Street) 01491 837033

Wantage/Grove (Wantage Health Centre) - 01235 769596 76

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Robert Stanley Opticians There are many qualities which make Robert Stanley Opticians stand out from the crowd, but two qualities in particular which define the company - clinical excellence and personal service. Many will recognise the Robert Stanley name as the market town and high street independent opticians with branches across Oxfordshire. What is perhaps not so well known is that the company dates back 60 years to when the company was founded by Walter William Robert Holland OBE and Donald Frank Stanley Salmon in 1953. In the 1990s, when a new breed of high street optician chains with huge advertising budgets and lucrative franchise deals entered the market, it resulted in a dramatic shift in customer service. Robert Stanley had to play smart to keep up with this new, cost cutting competition and took steps to revitalise the company with a generation of new opticians. This was when Stanley Salmon’s son Jerry, a dispensing optician and John Edwards, a dispensing and contact lens optician joined the business and remain directors of the company today. Seven years ago, they bought the business from Jerry’s father and embarked on an ambitious investment programme to respond to the ever-changing market environment. John Edwards says: “We refurbished all our branches, creating a modern design to provide a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere to make our customers feel at ease and enjoy the experience of choosing and trying on their glasses.” Modernity is key to the company’s overall philosophy, which is clear when you look at the number of designer brands in stock. Over 50% of frames are tailored, unique designs and often they only stock one piece from a top designer, so customers are unlikely to see someone else locally with the same frame. The stock is constantly moving and refreshed, always with the customer in mind, while Robert Stanley continually search for ways to improve and develop the business. They believe in delivering the right product for the individual requirements of each customer, and have developed close relationships with all of the major lens and frame manufacturers. Keen to provide the very latest designer eye wear, they visit trade shows around Europe, including the UK, Paris and Milan. Robert Stanley are always on the look out to develop partnerships with local businesses to help drive the business forward. The impressive consolidation of Robert Stanley over the past seven years is only the beginning. Looking to the future, the company intends to increase the range of specialist services for its customers and has long term plans to expand into other regions.

Tel: 01869 360556 Web: www.robertstanley.co.uk www.inoxford.com

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5 Things About Strutt & Parker

Founded in 1885 by Edward Strutt and Charles Parker with their first office in Finsbury Circus, London.

S&P have a network of 50 offices across England and Scotland employing over 800 staff.

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They manage 2 million acres of land across the UK and act for 600 clients across 450 rural estates.

The firm has over £3.5 billion worth of residential properties on its books from £250,000 country cottages to multi-million pound London homes and sporting estates. Each month there are over 400,000 property searches on the S&P website, as well as a new mobile website.

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Strutt & Parker Ranking as one of the UK’s top property firms, Strutt & Parker opened

their smart red doors in Summertown, North Oxford last year,

becoming their 50th UK office. Here you will find a property company bursting with a refreshing enthusiasm and invigoratingly innovative approach.

A welcoming reception area is flanked by the Estate Agency team on one side and a customer meeting area on the other, behind which sits the Development & Planning and Farming & Land Management teams, in one open-planned environment. As Miles Collison, Partner, Development & Planning explains “We wanted the office to be bright, contemporary and inviting reflecting the ethos of the firm and the range of services that we can offer our clients. Whether it is a city or country house sale, planning and development advice or traditional estate management, we have experts who can advise. The firm is owned and managed by 55 Equity Partners who drive the philosophy of the Partnership forward to the ultimate benefit of our clients who see a joined up approach in everything we do.” Strutt & Parker are very much City and Country agents, operating effectively in both markets, with specialists throughout the group which can be enlisted to support you as and when required. They are a modern firm with traditional values and an enthusiasm to work with the local market and provide a first class service. Strutt & Parker is the sole UK member of Christie’s International Real Estate. This places the firm at the heart of the world’s leading network of luxury real estate specialists, with 920 affiliate offices worldwide connecting their expertise, service ethos and UK coverage to high net worth individuals and property markets globally. 269 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7LL Tel: 01865 366660 Web: www.struttandparker.com www.inoxford.com

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Services

AV have specialist knowledge and experience in all aspects of the Audio Visual market and are firmly established in the Oxfordshire area.

The company frequently sets up events for the University of Oxford, including regular speakers at the Oxford Union and the successful annual Oxford Literary Festival.

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CAV City Audio Visual

Reviewed by Matt Wright

25th November 2013

The 'Operations Room' at City Audio Visual was a picture of calm efficiency, coordinating equipment and technicians between 7 different events taking place that evening - an extra sound system for the Christmas Light Festival at Waddesdon Manor, 2 plasma screens for a meeting at Oxford City Council, a complete audio visual package going out to Rhodes House, a PA package for Divinity School, audio equipment for a presentation at The Old Swan and Minster Mill... all despatched before I'd had chance to sit down. Once the rush had subsided, I caught a few moments with founder Peter Gunn, to find out more about his business. I’d been told that City Audio Visual, or CAV as it’s known to those in the industry, have been described as the 'Fourth Emergency Service' - is it always this busy here at CAV? Peter chuckled, “We do get a lot of last-minute calls. People usually know what they want to achieve, but find out that they don't know how to do it themselves, or lack the right equipment… often on the day of the event itself! That’s where we get called in.” The company has expanded to one of the pre-eminent audio-visual companies in Oxfordshire, whose distinctive silver vans are always seen around town. What is driving this increase in demand? "It's hard to pin it down to just one factor, but with the reliance nowadays on digital technology, we find that for Live Events, people love the security of having a technician onsite.” What about smaller events though, say 25 people? "We always have equipment going out on hire - it's a big part of our business. Where we like to think we're different is in the range of services we offer and the back-up we provide, whether it's a series of off-site presentations in a hired meeting room, or a full-blown award ceremony with live satellite links. For every client, we will advise on the suitability of the equipment for the chosen venue, and the level of support they are likely to require - hence, we can offer a service to suit every budget, and usually end up saving them money by avoiding costly mistakes.” So, if you've ever stood staring at a blank projector screen, wondering where your presentation has disappeared to, or waited nervously on stage whilst hotel staff scurried around to sort out the deafening feedback on your microphone, maybe you should think about calling the 'fourth emergency service' next time you put on an event?

Web: www.cityav.co.uk www.inoxford.com

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Products

Office Stationery, Print, Toners & Cartridges, Office Furniture, Desks, Seating, Storage, Business/Corporate Gifts, Facilities Management, Workwear, Janitorial, Classroom Essentials, Bespoke Stamps, Catering, Business Machines, IT Accessories & Peripherals.

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Managed Print Service, Secure Shredding, Remarkable ‘new life’ products, Toner Recycling, Cartridge Cash Back, Personalisation of Workwear, Personalisation of Promotional Goods, Office Interior Design, CAD Drawing, Utilities, Free Installation on Furniture, Furniture Recycling, Printing, Free next day delivery, Dedicated Account Manager, Dedicated Driver. 82

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Aston and James -

Everything for the Workplace

In 1990 Aston and James Office Supplies was born. Nearly 24 years later we are going from strength to strength. Our family run local independent business has developed into a thriving company, working with partner suppliers with global buying power to ensure our customers receive better prices, products, choice, and service. Starting out as an office supplies company, Aston and James has grown into what we like to call a Workplace Solutions Provider. Still providing our customers with over 45,000 office stationery products, we have evolved over the years to include Office Furniture, Business Machines, Workwear, and Business Gifts; as well as a range of services to help with all your workplace requirements. 2014 has a lot in store for Aston & James. We will be developing our Secure Shredding, Managed Print Service, and Remarkable ‘new life’ products; as well as introducing the revolutionary Smart Wall Paint which turns any flat surface into a white board! We have entered into the West Oxfordshire Business Awards 2014, please keep your fingers crossed for us. We continue to support local charities with proceeds from our toner recycling service going to The Blue Cross. In 2013 we recycled 13,147 empty printer cartridges, a 32% increase on 2012; and we have been awarded (for the 4th year running) the Superstat Recycler of the Year award. We will also be raising money for charity by taking part in events. In 2013 two of our team took part in the Edinburgh to Blenheim Palace Bike Ride; in March this year three of the team will be taking part in the OX5 Run to raise money for the Oxford Children’s Hospital. Our mission is to become Oxfordshire’s leading Workplace Solutions Provider, by offering a personalised dedicated service; sharing our experience and expertise to fulfil all your workplace essential needs to help you develop your business. You can rely on Aston and James. Testimonials: “Brilliant service from you as always.” “We have no complaints about any service we receive from Aston & James.” “You guys are brilliant to work with and so helpful.” “It is always a pleasure to do business with Aston & James. The service we receive is excellent with extremely helpful and courteous staff, prompt deliveries and competitive prices.” “Wow – terrific service, thank you.” “Aston & James are a very reliable local supplier who doesn’t let us down.” Unit 1, Nimrod Business Park, De Havilland Way, Witney, OX29 0YG Tel: 01993 706900 Web: www.aston-james.co.uk www.inoxford.com

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