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September September already!?!? It must be Awards month! And we’ve gone Awards mad at In Oxford. We have the 2nd Annual Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards this month on Tuesday 18th at Malmaison. We’ve almost sold out the tickets so look forward to welcoming 240 guests to our black tie event in the grounds of Oxford Castle. You can get involved by voting for your favourite restaurant in the Public Vote Award – we’ve had almost 15,000 votes already, so to vote, log on to www.inoxford.com. The Awards bug has well and truly bitten us all here in the office and October we are launching the In Oxford and Oxfordshire Magazine online Awards. Building on the principal of the Restaurant Awards Public Vote, we will be announcing categories like Best Hotel, Best Pub, Best Independent Retailer, Best Salon, Best Attraction etc…. and you can vote for your favourite in these categories and more. The Awards are open to everyone, so if you have a business which fits in the categories to be announced in September (keep an eye on www.inoxford.com) then all you have to do is register with us and you’re in! Have a great September and enjoy In Oxford Magazine – and don’t forget vouch our great offers scheme and the great offer from Miele promoted on the cover and in our first article in this month’s issue. Richard Rosser Editor, In Oxford Magazine

Contents News

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Education

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Events

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Oxford City Map

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Attractions

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Kids

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Theatre

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Health, Sport & Leisure

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Music

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Accommodation

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Cinema

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Restaurants, Cafés & Nightlife 70

Arts & Antiques

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In Oxford Restaurant Review

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Services

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The Team Come say hello @inoxford

Richard Rosser Tina Rosser Editor Events

Rob Scotcher Art Editor

Keith Simpson Lorna Dodson Colin Rosser Web Editor Office Manager Chairman

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Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards Winners Congratulations to the following winners of the Miele Kitchen Secrets prizes, awarded to five lucky people who have voted in the Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards Public Vote. • Bill Bowyer • Samantha Trickey • Matthew Hutchings • Sara Prodywus • Graham Measor If you want to vote for your favourite restaurant, visit www.oxfordshirerestaurantawards.com. Last Sponsorship Opportunities for Restaurant Awards We’re almost out of tickets but we have two category sponsorships outstanding (at time of going to press). If you are interested in sponsoring the Awards, please call 01865 742211 and find out more – it might be the last way you can get tickets. Visit www.oxfordshirerestaurantawards.com for more details about sponsorship. New In Oxford & Oxfordshire On Line Awards Yes we’ve gone awards crazy! In October we will be launching the online public In Oxford and Oxfordshire Magazine Awards. We’ll be promoting the link on Twitter, Facebook and our www.inoxford.com website, so jeep an eye out. If you’d like your favourite shop, gym, golf club, hotel, pub or attraction to enter, just tell them where to register. It’s open to everyone so if you log on to the website in October, you can select the category your favourite belongs to and enter their name in the box, simple. You can even add a nice comment if you like and we’ll send all of the nice comments to the businesses voted for. PLUS!!!!! Our friends at The Feathered Nest have kindly donated a HUGE!!!!! monthly prize. We will select at random one lucky winner to visit the winner of last year’s Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards and you will be invited to stay the night in the sumptuous rooms at this wonderful restaurant / hotel, complete with a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival. We’ve also got some fantastic vouchers from our sponsors, vouch to give away, so why wait….keep an eye out and get voting!!!!! To all those businesses out there who want to enter, just drop us a line at admin@inoxford.com and we’ll make sure you are added to the list and receive our Awards pack which will include the option for you to get some Awards cards to promote the Awards to your customers. Why not follow us on Twitter to make sure you get the link to vote as soon as it’s announced. See Miele Kitchen Secrets review on page 12 and book a fabulous £45 voucher for just £22.50 at www.inoxford.com with our great vouch offers scheme.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rosemary Restaurant Offer At Rosemary Restaurant, we are committed to bring you the best of Pan-Asian cuisine. We offer a varied Asian menu from traditional to fusion style, including Japanese, Thai and Chinese. £30 worth of food for only £15 at www.inoxford.com

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The Trout Restaurant Offer With a large terrace looking out onto the river Thames, it is easy to see why The Trout is the pub of dreams; from Lewis Carroll to CS Lewis you can understand why so many people love to sit outside on a summers day with a lovely glass of wine or a chilled beer and watch the fast moving waters. £35 Trout vouchers for only £17.50 each. Take this opportunity to eat at one of Oxford's best restaurants.

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Browns Restaurant Offer Browns Oxford, set near the centre of ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires’, was the second branch of Browns to open. It has become a landmark in the city, an institution not quite as ancient as the university’s world-famous colleges, but one which has nonetheless stood the test of time. £40 worth of food for only £20 at www.inoxford.com

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Qumins Restaurant Offer How about taking a visit to Qumins found in St Clements and try some superb food £40 vouchers for only £20 each. Take this opportunity to eat at one of Oxford's finest Indian Restaurants.

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Oaks Restaurant Offer Totally committed to high quality food and wines, you can thoroughly enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Oaks Restaurant. Serving contemporary cuisine to impress the most discerning palate, Oaks is dedicated to making your dining experience one you won't forget. £50 worth of food for only £25 at www.inoxford.com

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Great Money Off Deals! Cafe Coco Royal Restaurant Offer An Oxford favourite, Café Coco Royal is a lively restaurant less than a minute from Oxford Station. £30 worth of food for only £15 at www.inoxford.com

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Cafe Coco Restaurant Offer You'll love Café Coco in Cowley Road. An Oxford favourite, Café Coco is a lively restaurant less than 5 minutes walk from the City Centre. £30 worth of food for only £15 at www.inoxford.com

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La Galleria Restaurant Offer Great Italian food in the centre of one of Oxfordshire's favourite locations. Your hosts Lucio & the team will always offer a warm welcome, whether you join them for a delicious meal, a special occasion or simply a coffee on the patio. Either way just relax & enjoy your host’s splendid hospitality. £50 worth of food for only £25 at www.inoxford.com

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Accommodation Malmaison Accommodation Offer You've been bad. We know. It's time to pay for all those second-rate hotel rooms, the third rate room service, oh, the travel inn express lodge travesty of it all. This time you're going down. Guilty as charged. Imagine a prison that's a hotel. (I'm sure you've stayed in a few). Now imagine a prison that's suddenly a luxury boutique hotel in Oxford, destination brasserie and hang-out for high-life hoodlums. Pinch yourself. You're doing time at the Mal. £170 Malmaison vouchers for only £75 each. Saving

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Fallowfields Accommodation Offer “A good night’s sleep is almost certainly assured with our wonderfully comfortable beds and inviting high thread count linens. Our south facing rooms have tranquil views of the gardens and countryside. Our north facing rooms overlook the front of the hotel, and yes some cars may be parked there but so are some beautiful Acacias and other trees and lawns! All our rooms are simply a pleasure to relax in.” £150 worth of food for only £75 at www.inoxford.com Saving

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Cooz’s Recording Studio Offer Get your very own recording studio all to yourself with Cooz’s. Two of you will be able to enjoy a one hour recording experience and afterwards your song will be mixed and mastered by Cooz’s ready for you to take away your own recording in your preferred format. This experience is worth £200 but we have 10 packages to sell for just £100.

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Wychwood Brewery Offer If you haven't visited a working brewery before here's your chance. Tours run every Saturday and Sunday afternoon throughout the year excluding public holidays. This voucher entitles the bearer to 2-4-1 entry to the Wychwood Brewery Tour.

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

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Lead Article MIELE LAUNCHES ‘CREATIVE LIVING’ A SERIES OF EVENTS, DEMONSTRATIONS AND COURSES TO OFFER INSPIRATION AND EXPERT ADVICE Miele, the German premium domestic appliance manufacturer is launching ‘Creative Living’, a programme of exciting events, demonstrations and courses. ‘Creative Living’ has been designed to offer inspiration and expert advice for a wide range of culinary topics. There are separate Let’s do…, Appliance Masterclass, Simply Cooking and Kitchen Secrets events, each presented by an expert chef, a trained specialist or a Miele partner. The events will be held at various locations around the UK throughout the year. KITCHEN SECRETS EVENTS There are three different types of Kitchen Secrets events DINE Miele Dine courses are all about the perfect combination of ingredients and skills. Learn exciting new recipes and take tips from a variety of expert chefs, including Mark Lloyd, who specialises in the art of foraging. A keen fisherman, hunter and forager, Mark has a love of fresh produce and honest, robust cooking. He has worked in many professional kitchens, opening the first ‘farm to fork’ dining room in the Leicestershire area, becoming Head Chef at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Canteen then moving on to the Cleave Inn on Dartmoor, gaining a reputation for game, nose to tail eating and foraging. He has also won awards in the Taste of the West competition, appears on TV and radio and works with former MasterChef winners on private dining and charity events. Courses include Nose to Tail, The Perfect Roast, Six Steaks, Six Sauces, Seasonal Seafood From the British Coast, Foraging and After Dinner. DRINK Don’t let a mismatched wine spoil an exquisite dish. With Miele’s Drink Events, you’ll learn all about the UK’s independent brewers, vineyards and cider makers, as our expert guides take you through the finer points of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Courses include Wine Pairing, Champagne, Whisky, Ale, Cider and Coffee. DESIGN Miele’s Design course will help you turn your kitchen into an inspirational heart of the home. Our experts in kitchen design, interior design and architecture will guide you through the latest trends as well as helping you to work out the optimum layout for your needs. SIMPLY COOKING Our Simply Cooking courses are designed to teach you everything you need to transform the simplest of dishes into a slice of culinary heaven. From bread making and cupcake baking to classic British design, Italian, French and Indian cuisine – there’s even a course on the history of chocolate. The courses are hands-on, all-day events, including lunch, and are sure to change the way you cook forever. APPLIANCE MASTERCLASSES Once you’ve purchased your new Miele appliances, we want to make sure you get the very best from them. That’s why we’ve developed a range of Appliance Masterclasses, with expert home economists who will teach you how to master all the features and functions of your new Miele oven, steam oven or steam combi oven. And if you haven’t made your mind up yet, there’s a course to get you started… LET’S DO… DEMONSTRATIONS For anyone who’s planning a kitchen but hasn’t yet decided which Miele appliances to include, our Let’s Do events demonstrate all the features and functions of our built-in range. Our talented home economists will prepare a mouth-watering two-course meal for you to try while guiding you through the versatility of our steam ovens, induction hobs and SousChef food drawer. Information can also be found at - www.miele.co.uk/creativeliving

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Island Jewel I was recently given the opportunity to visit Jersey: A place I had never been to before and, to be frank, had not given all that much thought to either. I wonder how many people, when debating their next holiday destination, think, “Ah, of course, I’ll go to Jersey.” But I’m certain you all can tell where I am going with this spiel by now: My trip to Jersey was in reality extremely enjoyable! It was all a bit of a mystery to me for a long while. What would I be doing there? I honestly knew next to nothing about Jersey when I arrived, but by the end of my 2-day excursion, kindly provided by the London Oxford Airport and Manx2.com, that was no longer the case: The history of Jersey is rich and vibrant – being a British Crown Dependency so close to Normandy (approx. 14 miles away at its closest point) it has its fair share of war stories to share. If you are thinking of visiting the island and want to learn more about it I highly recommend booking a tour with Arthur the Blue Badge Guide. The tour Arthur gave us was full of personality, and, being an islander himself, loads of little-known interesting facts about the place. As an island in between two countries not known for their tropical climate, imagine my surprise when we touched down in sunshine and warm breezes after leaving a grey England! This beautiful weather lasted the entire trip, and how stunning Jersey is really shone through. Jersey is home to the whole spectrum of accommodation, too, so you will find something to suit your personal tastes – we were generously put up at the Grand Jersey, a 5-star luxury hotel and Michelin star restaurant, and it was mindblowing: Service, décor, dining, all 10/10. The scenery was one of rolling hills, rich green woods, winding country roads, and the most amazingly colourful flowers all around. The day after I left, Jersey would be hosting its annual “Battle of the Flowers” parade consisting of huge floats made from thousands of flowers. We visited some of the workshops where local families were making these floats and the artisanship was awe-inspiring. The South coast of Jersey features white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, while the North consists of dramatic cliffs and bays. No matter what kind of trip you’re planning Jersey will provide – whether it’s hiking around footpaths without seeing another soul for miles, kayaking or sailing through waters both calm and tempestuous, sunning yourself on soft beaches, surfing (very big with the islanders), or hitting the towns for some shopping – Jersey really does have it all. London Oxford Airport 01865 290600 | Manx2.com 01624 822111 | Arthur the Blue Badge Guide 01534 853525 | Grand Jersey 01534 722301 | Jersey Tourism 01534 448867

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Exploring Giants Thursday 27th September: Superconductors are incredible materials which have no electrical resistance at all. How is this possible, and what new technology will this enable us to develop? Join UK FameLab champion Dr Andrew Steele as he guides us through the science and applications of superconductivity, in the company of his levitating train! Suitable for 13+ SO Live Friend (more info): FREE Per Person: £5.00 Family/Group (up to 5 people): £16.00

Science Communication 101 Thursday 18th October: A fun, fact-filled session for everyone who wants to get into communicating science. Why bother? How can you get started? Who will pay you? Science Oxford’s professional communicators will guide you through the maze of possibilities, and give you some useful pointers for getting involved in the future. Suitable for 13+ SO Live Friend (more info): FREE Per Person: £5.00 Family/Group (up to 5 people): £16.00 FORTHCOMING EVENT

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Guided Tours Through out September: Explore the 1000-year-old castle prison on a 40 minute guided tour, led by a character from the castle's fascinating history. For more information, please visit www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk or call 01865 260 666.

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Millets Chilli Fiesta Saturday 1st September - Sunday 2nd September 2012: Whether you like it 'meek and mild' or 'hot and spicy', Millets Farm have a sizzling weekend lined up for you! Join us for our 2nd chilli fiesta, which promises to be the best yet. With local and countywide chilli exhibitors, traditional Mexican live music, live cooking demonstrations & games, tastings galore and don't forget...plenty of chilli plants to admie and buy! This is a free event and will be located under the covered walkway between the Farm Shop and Garden Centre. Time: 10.00am - 4.30pm

Millets Maize Maze Until Tuesday 4th Sept + weekends until Sunday 16th Sept: Come and get lost in our 16th a-maiz-ing 10 acre Maize Maze. To celebrate the ‘Olympics’ and our Farming roots, this year’s theme is ‘The Animal Games’. Split into 3 individual mazes and all with different games to play there is a level suitable for all ages. After completing the maze why not enjoy our other activities including our nautical zone featuring the Fort maze, the pedal go karts and the courtyard area with bouncy castle, trampolines, hay bales, table football, table tennis, and a whole host of other games. Times: 10am – 6pm daily. Admission charges apply – see website for details

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Oxford Open Doors Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September: Oxford Preservation Trust will return to the site that they helped to bring back into the public domain once again with a series of public walks, talks, Mound/ Well Chamber Tours, and showing people around D – Wing celebrating some of the most interesting, hidden and unsung corners of Oxford in Oxford Castle Quarter as part of one of Oxford’s biggest and most loved events, Oxford Open Doors. Admission: Free

Sparkoxford Monday 24th September: Do you have a story to tell? Sparkoxford is an event that takes place in The Living Room on the last Monday of each month. It consists of people telling true stories of approximately five minutes, without a script to an audience. Anyone is invited to join in, making this a fantastic opportunity for story tellers and audiences from all walks of life to get a chance to meet each other, mingle and make new friends before and after the show. Time: 8pm - 10pm

Jane Strother Saturday 13th October - Sunday 11th November: Jane Strother's vibrant abstract paintings capture the shifting nature of place from one day or just one hour to the next. Exploring both wide and intimate landscapes this exhibition is set to showcase a stunning selection of work by one of Oxford's most exciting contemporary painters. FORTHCOMING EVENT

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

Buy one day get 12 months free in 2012! There is something for everyone to enjoy at Blenheim Palace this September. Tours of the magnificent State Rooms reveal the exquisite collection including tapestries commissioned by the 1st Duke of Marlborough. A themed tour ‘Evacuees and Espionage’ reveals what life was like at the Palace in WII, and enticing tales of the last 300 years are revealed in the multi-media visitor experience, “Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story”. There are over 2,000 acres of beautiful parkland and Formal Gardens to explore including the Secret Garden, Italian Garden and Water Terraces, and family activities are available in the Pleasure Gardens.

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials Thursday 6th - Sunday 9th September: The Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials is in its 22nd year and is now firmly established in the eventing calender with the world's best riders as well as the thousands of spectators who come each year to watch the event. With the magnificent backdrop of Blenheim Palace the first phase of the competition "Dressage" takes place all day on Thursday and Friday, in which a series of pre-set movements are judged subjectively. On Saturday the cross-country, which is the pivotal part of the whole competition takes place over big solid fences and water jumps across the River Glyme on a timed course which runs around the stunning Parkland of the Palace grounds. The finale, which is the Show Jumping takes place on Sunday in front of the South Lawn of Blenheim Palace.

The Blenheim Palace Literary Festival Wednesday 12th - Sunday 16th September: Woodstock has become the UK's ultimate boutique literary festival - and the first major event of Britain's autumn literary season. Alternating each day between Blenheim Palace and the historic town of Woodstock, the Fesitval offers beautiful settings. Its venues range from ancient hotels, Inns and townhouses to the majestic interiors of Blenheim Palace. Blenheim Palace boasts the most magnificent festival backdrop in England.

MGB Car 50th Anniversary Rally Sunday 23rd September: The MG Car Club and MG Owners Club are jointly celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a Birthday Party in the magnificent surroundings of Blenheim Palace where their early photo shoot days took place. This memorable day is open to MG's spanning all eras and aims to get you, the MG enthusiast, fully involved and entertained! A display of MGB's covering all models from the production years - together with examples of other cars which shared the same basic chassis. Significant companies supporting MGB 50, are MG Motor, Heritage Motor Centre, Moss Europe, British Motor Heritage and Brown and Gammons. The chosen charity for the MGB 50 year is Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Central Library, Westgate, Oxford OX1 1DJ Tel: 01865 815525 Web: www.oxfordinspires.org Oxford Inspires is the cultural development agency for Oxfordshire and works to promote the many wonderful events, shows, exhibitions and festivals that take place across the county all year round. Info: www.oxfordinspires.org.

Dead On Her Feet Thursday 6 September - Saturday 15 September: An abandoned dance hall. Six young people desperate for fame, fortune and next week’s rent. An unscrupulous promoter. A ravenous audience and a stranger with a past he’s trying to hide. Out of the real-life phenomenon of 1930s dance marathons comes a new and powerful play which uses a thrilling blend of drama, music and movement to speak directly to our younger generation: those brought up on a diet of X Factor and reality TV, against the backdrop of a world seemingly in financial freefall. Venue: The North Wall Arts Centre Tickets: £12, £10 concessions, £5 students

Oxford Open Doors Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th September: There will be something to interest everyone, and all free of charge! Visit the stunning buildings of the University and the city’s wonderful green spaces. Discover the more hidden corners, not usually seen by the public and find out about the fantastic projects created by local people and the research work at Oxford University and Oxford Brookes. Our major theme this year is Oxford’s Industrial Heritage. Info: www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk/oxfordopendoors

Henley Literary Festival 2012 Monday 24th - Sunday 30th September: Henley Literary Festival has established itself as one of the most prestigious book events in the country. The high profile of the authors attending rivals that of Hay, Edinburgh and Cheltenham but it is the intimacy of the event in an historic riverside town, with easy access to London, and some very special venues that gives it such a distinctive personality. The Festival covers politics and current affairs, fiction, biography, history, lifestyle, sport and poetry and the programme of events for 2012 promises to be the best and most diverse ever. Venue: Kenton Theatre, Bix Manor, Henley Town hall, Quince Tree, Hibernia, Phyllis Court Tickets: From £4 Info: www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

Apple Weekend Friday 5th – Sunday 7th October: Go apple-tastic at Waterperry Gardens with free apple and juice tastings, displays, information, advice and free tours of our orchards and fruit sheds! It’s a great opportunity to try all the different varieties of apple we grow at Waterperry before buying a tree for your own garden. Orchard tours take place at 11.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm and there’ll be a hog roast and apple themed menu in the teashop, Miss H’s. (Children are free but must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee applies). Venue: Waterperry Gardens Tickets: Free Info:www.waterperrygardens.co.uk

Oxford Lieder Festival Friday 12th – Saturday 27th October: The Oxford Lieder Festival 2012 is a cornucopia of fabulous musicians and singers. This remarkable festival offers its audience the opportunity to hear world-class performers in intimate spaces. This year the artists include Sarah Connolly, Florian Boesch, Alice Coote, Lucy Crowe, James Gilchrist, Katarina Karnéus, Robert Murray, Birgid Steinberger, Wolfgang Holzmair and many others. There are concerts every evening, plus an extensive series of lunch-time and late-night recitals, and a programme of master classes, workshops and talks. The master course this year will be led by Wolfgang Holzmair. Venue: Holywell Music Room and others Tickets: Various prices Info: www.oxfordlieder.co.uk

Oxford Fashion Week 2012 Sunday 5th - Sunday 11th November: This winter, the global fashion community shall once again descend upon the iconic city of Oxford for what has quickly become one of the principal and most prestigious events on Britain’s annual fashion calendar. Taking place between the 5th and 11th of November, this year’s Oxford Fashion Week promises to be the largest, liveliest and most significant to date, ensuring that the beautiful city of Oxford becomes the place to see the most incredible and upcoming fashion trends for 2013. Venue: Ashmolean Museum, Town Hall + more tbc (city-wide) Tickets: Free - £99 Info: www.oxfordfashionweek.co.uk

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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.

Oxford Castle 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 8 restaurants, including Malmaison, Café 1071, Prezzo, La Tasca, Pizza Express, Krispy Kreme, The Real China, The Living Room and The Swan and Castle, and the gorgeous Malmaison Boutique Hotel. The Castle also has an exciting visitor attraction 'Oxford Castle Unlocked,' where the secrets of the castle have been unlocked, revealing episodes of Violence, Executions, Great Escapes, Betrayal and even Romance. For art lovers there is the O3 Gallery, with a dynamic programme of exhibitions all year round.

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

St Michael at the North Gate Cornmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3EY Tel: 01865 240940. Web: www.smng.org.uk. St Michael at the North Gate is the oldest building in Oxford and is definitely worth a visit! There’s also a treasury of silver and bronze dating back to the 1600s and you can also see a copy of the church accounts dating back hundreds of years. The tower is the easiest climb in Oxford, with good solid stairs including a handrail. From the top of the tower there is a marvellous view of the city of Oxford and its famous "dreaming spires". Open: 10.30am-5pm (10.30am-4pm in Winter). Admission: Adults: £2.00, Concessionaires: £1.50, Children (under 16): £1.00

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

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, from landmark solo presentations to pioneering group exhibitions as well as educational and family activities. Funded primarily by Arts Council England, all of our exhibitions are free for visitors. You can also relax in our café, purchase unique gifts in the shop, and participate in our vibrant events programme which includes talks, discussions, contemporary music and film nights.

Tourist Information Centre 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS.Tel: 01865 252200. Email: 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. We have a wonderful selection of tours from University and City Tours to Pottering in Harry Potters Footsteps. See in store or get in contact with us by Tel: 01865 252037 Email: wtours@oxford.gov.uk

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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 in all directions across Oxford and the surrounding countryside. Open: 9am to 5pm (July and August 9am-6pm). Tower Admission: Adult £3, Children (under 16) £2.50.

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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. Saturday/Sunday 15/16 September: “All in a day’s work” steam gala, with guest locomotive 6515 Isebrook. Please telephone or refer to website for details.

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Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 8BU Tel: 01367 240932 (Information Line) Web: www.buscotpark.com.

One of Oxfordshire’s best kept secrets! Family home of Lord Faringdon, who looks after the property on behalf of the National Trust, together with the family collection of pictures, furniture, ceramics and objets d'art, known as the Faringdon Collection. Includes Burne-Jones's famous series, The legend of the Briar Rose.The enchanting gardens contain the spectacular Water Garden designed by Harold Peto in 1904 for the first Lord Faringdon. Open: 8th/9th, 22nd/23rd September. Admission to House and Gardens: £8.00 Gardens only: £5.00 Children: half-price. National Trust members free.

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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. Leap about with Lemurs in their walk-through enclosure. Ride on the railway around the Park or climb into the tree house in the adventure playground. There’s something for the whole family and the Park is wheelchair and pushchair friendly! A great value for money day out. Open daily from 10am.

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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.

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Would you have even thought it? The only Crocodile Zoo in the UK is situated here in Oxfordshire! To be precise at Crawley Mill near Witney. And what an absolute treasure it is. Under the professional care and ownership of Shaun Foggett the Zoo has been running for nearly two years and it just keeps growing. There are over 60 residents and that number keeps increasing as we witnessed. I took my eight year old grandson Alfie to the zoo and to our amazement actually saw one dwarf crocodile hatching before our very eyes. You only need to be in Shaun’s company for a few minutes to realize that this is a labour of love for him. Shaun gave up his full time job and immersed himself into his obsessive love of crocodiles, alligators and caimans and has assembled in such a short space of time an incredible range of animals. From crocodiles to turtles, from alligators to chameleons and from caimans to lizards. Presently the only Open Viewing Day is on a Sunday, but you need to book well in advance as these days are very popular as are their Snappy Sundays that include training demonstrations and talks and the chance to be photographed, holding a crocodile! These are held on the first Sunday of every month. During the week there are guided or private Zoo tours and group visits available by arrangement. Crocodile parties are also available! For my sins I was quite nervous about the visit (I even get worried about frogs!), but once inside the viewing areas there was a calm that descended, that made both Alfie and I quite relaxed as Shaun has gone to pains to ensure that the whole experience is totally safe. There are underwater viewing areas and also the possibility of seeing the feeding of the residents which as Shaun said has to be undertaken with great care. The hatching though was the highlight, to see the snout of a baby crocodile appearing through the jagged edge of a broken egg was a sight to behold. It was something I’ll never forget and Alfie has a remarkable tale to tell for the rest of his life! There are many other exceptional features to expand on, but the fact that this venue is a self contained indoor facility means that it never closes and is open throughout the rages of the fiercest winter. The Zoo is also a breeding centre, dedicated to protecting and increasing the numbers of some of the world’s most endangered species. Shaun is rapidly running out of space and may well need to move to larger premises, and deserves the support of the planners to ensure that this fantastic enterprise is allowed to grow and flourish. But don’t worry it won’t be that far from his present location. Review by Colin Rosser and Alfie Glynn Crocodiles of the World 31 Crawley Mill Dry Lane Crawley Nr Witney OX29 9TJ Tel: Tel 01993706990 Web: www.crocodilesoftheworld.co.uk

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Oxford Castle – Unlocked is a 1000-year castle, which was also used as a place of incarceration for over 800 years. The attraction offers a 40-minute guided tour with a costumed character from the castle’s history. Visitors to the site can experience the austere confines of the 18th century Debtors’ Tower and Prison D-wing; feel the dark atmosphere of the 900 year old underground Crypt where the education for which Oxford is famed began; marvel at the Mound of the 11th century motte and bailey castle; climb the Saxon St George’s Tower – the UK’s oldest surviving example as well as Oxford’s oldest building; and enjoy the unique 360° panoramic views over the historic city and its famous dreaming spires. Visitors can now explore the newly opened vaulted well chamber and punishment cells which were opened to the public for the first time in Spring 2012. Learn about the real people and events from the site’s turbulent past: the first Oxford teachings, the owners, visionaries, activists and inmates. People like Marshall William Smith, the King’s prison keeper during the English Civil War, who in the 1600s made Oxford Prison as feared and notorious as Colditz; Mary Blandy, a convicted murderess, who became an 18th century celebrity; Jack Ketch, the public executioner and the man on whom the Punch & Judy hangman character was modelled; and Anne Green, who survived her own hanging and narrowly escaped being anatomised by an Oxford medical student in 1650! Tales of murder, romance, betrayal and execution are told daily with tours leaving every 20 minutes. Visitors can also take the opportunity to relax in Café 1071, which boasts a fantastic view of the castle and mound, and offers a selection of hot and cold drinks, lunches and snacks. The atmosphere is perfect for a lunch out, a coffee catch-up or a business meeting on-the-go. Free wi-fi is available. Oxford Castle - Unlocked is open daily from 10.00am to 5.30pm (last tour 4.20pm). For more information, visit www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk, call 01865 260 666 or email info@oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk 11 New Road Oxford OX1 1LT Tel: 01865 260 666 Web: www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk

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

Richard Tyrone Jones' Big Heart Saturday 15th September: For his thirtieth birthday healthy Richard Tyrone Jones got an unexpected present: heart failure. This long-awaited, solo debut asks: can almost dying actually improve your life?

Marcus Brigstocke: The Brig Society Tuesday 18th September: One of Britain’s finest comedians and broadcasters brings his new show to the Playhouse stage. The Brig Society promises to be as sharply observant and quick-witted as his much loved catalogue of work.

Candoco Dance Company Thursday 20th September: Challenging the perception of what dance is and who can dance, Candoco is a company of disabled and non-disabled dancers. Celebrating its 20th year, the company makes its much anticipated return to the Playhouse.

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

Jack Dee Sunday 16th September: Catch Jack as he hits the road for his 2012 tour. After a six year absence from Stand-Up, he’s back, agonising over the slightest of annoyances and misdemeanours. Age: 16+

Stomp Monday 1st - Saturday 6th October: If you have never experienced Stomp then this is your chance to see why this breath-taking show continues to thrill audiences world wide. With a universal language of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance, eight performers use everything from Zippo lighters and plastic bags to bin lids and even the kitchen sink to hammer out an explosively feel-good rhythm. Tickets £12.00 - £29.50 FORTHCOMING EVENT

Al Murray: The Only Way is Epic Friday 19th October: Broken Britain may be staring into the bottom of an empty pint glass, but don't lose hope – Al Murray The Pub Landlord is back to fill it up again, with a brand new show of epic proportions. Britain's most irrepressible Innkeeper will be serving up his premier brew of ale-inspired acumen and bar-room buffoonery at a theatre near you this autumn, as part of his 2012 The Only Way Is Epic Tour. This monumental new live stand-up show from the multi-award-winning comedian, directly follows the nationwide success of the Guv's twice extended Barrel of Fun tour, and is sure to sell-out fast. Get your orders in now!

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The Old Fire Station 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ Tel: 01865 263980 Web: www.oldfirestation.org.uk The Old Fire Station presents performances ranging from new writing to established classics as well as contemporary dance and physical theatre. It is a place where artists from all disciplines can create and showcase work and audiences are guaranteed a great night out in Oxford’s newest venue.

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

Simon Evans: Friendly Fire Saturday 22nd September: Simon delighted the Cornerstone audience who saw him in 2011 with his sardonic wit, but kind heart deep underneath – both of which served him well in The Apprentice: You’re Fired! If you didn’t have the pleasure last time, do catch him now. Time: 8pm Tickets: £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members) Age: 14+

The Man Who Was Hamlet Thursday 27th September: Award winning actor, George Dillon reveals the comical, tragical and utterly scandalous history of Edward de Vere, the man who many believe was the true “William Shakespeare”. This is a must see acting tour de force which Stephen Berkoff described as one of the most compelling performances of the Edinburgh Festival. Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members) Age: 12+

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The Last of the Lake Friday 28th September: The very last of the life-giving lake is about to run out. The village just hope their saviours don’t run out on them. This new play from acclaimed young company Rough Fiction brings the technicolour and extravagant world of magical realism to life as two girls twinned by birth and by prophesy, engage in an epic, healing and emotionally-testing journey to the sea. The Last of The Lake blends bold physical staging with audio-visual design allowing a rich and heady world of birds, mermaids and ritual to burst into life. Tickets: £12, £8 conc., £6 U18 Time: 8pm

Duotone Special End Of Tour Concert Friday 5th October: To mark this homecoming show Duotone have devised a performance of two halves: opening with support from Welcome to Peepworld, Duotone will then play an ‘unplugged’ stripped down collection focusing on the craft of the songs themselves. The second half of the show moves into the full rocking cello and driving beats for which the pair have become so renowned. Expect beautiful strings, exciting collaborations and definitively one or two broken bows! Tickets: £12, £8 conc., £6 U18 Time: 8pm

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The North Wall Arts Centre South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7NN Booking: 01865 319450 Web: www.thenorthwall.org

Dead On Her Feet Thursday 6th September - Saturday 15th September: An abandoned dance hall. Six young people desperate for fame, fortune and next week’s rent. An unscrupulous promoter. A ravenous audience and a stranger with a past he’s trying to hide. Out of the real-life phenomenon of 1930s dance marathons comes a new and powerful play which uses a thrilling blend of drama, music and movement to speak directly to our younger generation, brought up on a diet of X Factor and reality TV, against the backdrop of a world seemingly in financial freefall.Tickets: £12.00/£10.00 Time: 8pm

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

Aladdin and the Magical Lamp Thursday 6th December – Saturday 5th January 2013: If you had three wishes, what would you wish for? This Christmas, Creation Theatre will whisk you away on a magic carpet ride with Aladdin, Princess Badr-al-Budur and a magical genie. You’ll encounter sorcerers, secret caves and an enchanted lamp, in this age-old tale of adventure that everyone can enjoy. Creation Box Office 01865 766266 Monday – Friday 9.30am-6pm Or select your own seat at www.creationtheatre.co.uk FORTHCOMING EVENT

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The New Theatre is delighted to be able to announce some high-profile casting for shows in the Autumn season. Daddy Cool, the hit musical featuring the music of Boney M, Milli Vanilli, No Mercy, Eruption and La Bouche, arrives in Oxford from 29 October to 3 November. Daddy Cool is a Romeo and Juliet love story, telling the tale of Sunny and Rose, two young people from different backgrounds, and how an old conflict between their mothers (Pearl and Ma Baker) threatens their blossoming romance. Ma Baker is played by Jane McDonald who first rose to fame on the ITV documentary The Cruise, before going on to achieve international acclaim performing to millions of people around the world and Pearl is played by legendary soul diva Sheila Ferguson who first rose to fame as the lead singer of The Three Degrees and has appeared in many West End and touring musicals including Soul Train and Always. The international award winning hit musical Chicago returns from 5 – 10 November. Hollyoaks and Strictly Come Dancing star Ali Bastian and Coronation Street’s Kelly Crabtree Tupele Dorgu team up as murderesses Roxie and Velma. Stefan Booth (The Bill, Dancing On Ice) is smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn with Bernie Nolan (Brookside, The Bill, The Nolans) as Mama Morton. Chicago’s sexy, sassy score includes All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle. December sees the hilarious new musical comedy 9 To 5 the Musical arrive in Oxford as part of it’s first ever UK tour. Based on the hit movie, and with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, the show centres on three office workers who turn the tables on their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss. Starring Ben Richards (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Guys and Dolls) Jackie Clune (Mamma Mia!, Billy Elliot), Natalie Casey (Abigail’s Party, Legally Blonde The Musical), and introduces Amy Lennox (Legally Blonde The Musical, The Sound of Music), and Bonnie Langford (Spamalot, Chicago) as Roz. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 To 5 the Musical is about teaming up and taking care of business. Coming Soon: Tickets are still available for September shows: incredible acrobatics from Cirque du Ciel(4-5 Sept): Jack Dee launches his first stand-up tour for 6 years in Oxford (16 Sept); Ultravox will combine tracks from their new album Brilliant with their classic hits (22 Sept); comedian, novelist and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig promises an evening of standup, stories and fascinating facts on 23 Sept; Dexys bring their One Day I’m Going To Soar show to the New Theatre on 25 Sept – a live performance of their new album in its entirety followed by a few Dexys favourites; QI favourite Alan Davies appears in his first stand up show for a decade (28 Sep); and the month ends (29 Sep) with comedian Mark Watson in his brand new show. Following their recent appearance at the Olympic Closing Ceremony, Stomp returns to the New Theatre from 1-6 October. This foot-stamping, finger drumming, global phenomenon, where eight performers use everything from Zippo lighters, plastic bags, bin lids and even the kitchen sink to hammer out a feel good rhythm, can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. ATG Tickets – 0844 871 3020 (bkg fee) www.atgtickets.com/oxford (bkg fee) Groups 10+ - 0844 871 3040 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm)

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This August, Stagecoach performed a production of Hairspray the Musical written by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, as a Summer showcase for their older students, at Headington Hill School, Oxford. The performers were aged between 10 and 19 years and they gave an incredible performance which was astonishingly cast and rehearsed in just one week. The show had everything from perfect choreography, visual aids (clips of Martin Luther King and John F Kennedy) and a six piece live band. The creative team of Director David Wilson, Musical Director Jemma Harris and choreographer Alice Chilver set exacting standards, clearly in sync with producer Maya Sprigg’s vision for the piece. Amy Vicary-Smith (Tracy Turnblad), had an amazing voice which captivated the audience and lead us through her journey, with co-star Shakur Gabbidon-Williams (Seaweed J. Stubbs), to freedom for all, stardom and love. Tracy’s quirky sidekick Penny Pingleton was ably played by the highly gifted Clemi Collett, whose ‘off the wall’ humour kept the audience amused throughout. Raphael Pace (Link Larkin) and Ryan Anderson (Corny Collins) threw themselves into their parts demonstrating incredible vocal ability. Arran Johnson (Edna Turnblad) was humorous and sensitive, a young man who had it all. Ruby Crepin-Glyne (Motormouth Maybelle) and Chantelle Vircavs (Amber Von Tussle) were both stunning and very talented actresses. Special mention to the young performers in the cast who were extremely professional and performed well beyond their years. I can honestly say I couldn’t fault this production; I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. And to make it extra special the cast were joined by Stagecoach’s annual exchange students from Malta. Well done to all of you! And the fun didn’t stop there; the audience also took part in the production by dressing up in 60’s costumes. Great effort everyone! Maya Sprigg, Principal of Stagecoach Oxford, dedicates her life to these talented performers and you can see the rewards Maya enjoys in stunning performances such as these. Why not get in touch with Maya to find out how your children can benefit by joining Stagecoach. Review by Tina Rosser Stagecoach Tel: 01869 278 600 www.stagecoach.co.uk

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Music The Old Fire Station 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ Tel: 01865 263980 Web: www.oldfirestation.org.uk The Old Fire Station’s theatre hosts music from all genres ranging from sit down concerts, CD launches to big style bands that get the audience up and dancing. You can either put on your dancing shoes or relax to more mellow sounds. Just take your pick.

City Of Oxford Orchestra Tel: 01865 744457. Web: www.cityofoxfordorchestra.co.uk. E-mail: info@cityofoxfordorchestra.co.uk. The City of Oxford Orchestra is delighted to present two very different concerts. Firstly, on 9th September, in the sublime acoustics of Exeter College Chapel, multi award-winning pianist, Tom Poster and his brilliant trio, present a programme of sheer beauty and joy which will literally take your breath away. Then, at the end of the month, 29th September, virtuoso violinist Roland Roberts, joined by the phenomenal oboist, Timothy Watts and sparkling violinist, Ani Batikian present the very best of Baroque, including Telemann’s Oboe Concerto and Pachelbels’s Canon in the Sheldonian Theatre. Check details on www.cityofoxfordorchestra.co.uk Tickets: Exeter College Chapel: £17 Sheldonian Theatre: £14 - £30 (Concessions £2 off each price)

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

The London Swing Orchestra Saturday 15th September: A fabulous programme of swing music spanning over fifty years and featuring the hit music of Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darrin, Nat King Cole, Louis Prima and more. 9 musicians and band leader make for a big season opener at Cornerstone! Tickets: £15.50, £14 (concs), £13 (members) Times: 8pm

Spiers and Boden Monday 24th Sepember: After a decade of recording and touring they really are at the very top of their game. With their acoustic instruments they present traditional stories and music. Jon Boden plays fiddle with an earthy vigour and sings in a frantic breathless manner, while John Spiers harmonises and plays urgent, driving melodeon. Tickets: £15,£13.50 (concs), £12.50 (members) Time: 8pm

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.

2nd September: Haydn Piano Trios 9th September: Brahms Violin Sonata, Frank Violin Sonata 16th September: Adderbury Ensemble 23rd September: Schubert Ensemble 30th September: Emperor String Quartet

£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: coffeeconcerts.com

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PIAZZOLLA Spring and Summer

Anna Blackmur violin Verity Evanson cello Tom Poster piano

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Baroque Masterpieces

Saturday 29th September 8pm SHELDONIAN THEATRE

HANDEL Arrival of the Queen of Sheba ALBINONI Oboe Concerto VIVALDI Autumn BACH Concerto for Two Violins

Oxford’s professional Orchestra

Timothy Watts Oboe Ani Batikian Violin Roland Roberts Director/Violin

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Foreign Beggars Tuesday 9th October: Renowned for their eclectic and energetic live shows, the critically acclaimed London rap, grime and dubstep group will play a full UK tour this October!

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Premium Rush Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day’s work for Wilee, the best of New York's agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie – super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes and riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic. But a guy who’s used to putting his life on the line is about to get more than even he is used to.

Looper When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self for assassination.

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The Sweeney An adaptation of the original series, which aired on ITV for three years in the 1970s is credited with revolutionising the TV cop show genre, portraying the detectives as tough roustabouts who liked a drink and some fisticuffs as much as the criminals they were chasing.

Lawless Lawless is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic gangster tale, inspired by true-life tales, the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation's most notorious crime wave.

Dredd Dredd is a new adaptation of the comic that's lovingly created in Oxford and sticks more faithfully to the comic than Sylvester Stallone's film from 1995. Mega City One is a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd is the ultimate Judge.

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Resident Evil: Retribution The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella's most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex.

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

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

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.

Christ Church Picture Gallery Heroic Nakedness Until 15th October Opening Times September: Mon – Sat 10.30 -17.00 and Sunday 14.00 -17.00. October - May: Monday, Wednesday - Saturday, 10.30am - 1pm & 2 - 4.30pm, Sunday, 2 - 4.30pm. Christ Church, Oxford Entrance via Oriel Square £3/£2 Tel: 01865 276 172 www.chch.ox.ac.uk/gallery

Agostino Carracci (1557-1602) A Warrior Subduing a Monster

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

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Anna Morris Object/Horizon 8th – 29th September www.wisegal.com 40/41 South Parade, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7JL. 01865 515123.

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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 Shaun Dickens 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.

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Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor, OX13 5BH stay@fallowfields.com www.fallowfields.com Tel: 01865 820146


Sanders of Oxford Rare Prints & Maps

Sanders of Oxford, situated in the 17th century Salutation Inn, has long been a landmark on the High Street. Our selection of prints and maps, dating from the late 1500s, is extensive and encompasses a wide range of subjects, engravers and prices. We currently have an extensive collection of Oxford prints available, including general views and material on all of the colleges. We also have an updated selection of antique Japanese woodblocks, Cecil Aldin prints and a comprehensive range of English county & World maps. 104 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 242590. E-mail: info@sandersofoxford.com. Web: www.sandersofoxford.com. Open: Mon to Sat 10am-6pm. R Admission: FREE.

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

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Jenny Saville Sunday 16th September: Modern Art Oxford presents an exhibition of work by British artist Jenny Saville. Tracing her practice from the early nineties to the present, this exhibition is the first solo show of the artist's work in a UK public gallery. Saville rose to prominence with a series of paintings that suggested a measuring, marking or constricting of the female form.

O3 Gallery O3 Gallery, Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY Tel: 01865 246131 Web: www.o3gallery.co.uk

Jane Strother Saturday 13th October - Sunday 11th November: Jane Strother's vibrant abstract paintings capture the shifting nature of place from one day or just one FORTHCOMING EVENT hour to the next. Exploring both wide and intimate landscapes this exhibition is set to showcase a stunning selection of work by one of Oxford's most exciting contemporary painters.

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

Macsamillion of Oxford 11-15 Avenue 1, The Covered Market, Oxford, OX1 3DU. Tel: 01865 249531. The ultimate in men’s classic footwear. Churchs, Crocket&Jones, Cheaney, Loakes, our own premier collection. “Macsamillion of Oxford.” New for Autumn 2006, The Mesphistoo collection. Also a large selection of the finest Italian footwear

Payne & Son 131 High Street Oxford OX1 4DH Tel: 01865 243787 Web: www.payneandson.co.uk Payne & Son was founded in 1790 and after eight generations is still run by members of the same family. John Payne opened a silversmiths and jewellers in Wallingford in 1790, with other shops opening in Abingdon 1825, Banbury 1842 and Tunbridge Wells 1870, all run by various members of the Payne family. George Septimus Payne inherited the Abingdon shop in 1874, but 14 years later, he decided to move to Oxford. Payne & Son (Goldsmiths), Oxford, started trading in January 1889 and have been at 131 High Street ever since.

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

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Liscious Interiors 12 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JL Tel: 07973 532499 Web: www.liscious.co.uk.

All vintage lovers must check out Liscious interiors on Walton Street. A great chance to find an eclectic choice of quirky interior pieces. Antique crystal chandeliers, gilded mirrors, deep buttoned sofas and not forgetting a lovely selection of clothes, hats and shoes from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Shop at the Old Fire Station 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ Tel: 01865 263980 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, we sell original prints and illustrations, jewellery, accessories, cards, zines and more…all lovingly designed and crafted by a selection of outstanding designer makers and artists.

Outlets at: Clarendon Centre, Summertown and Waterstones Book Shop The Ashmolean Shop Beaumont street, Oxford. Tel: 01865 794226 Web: www.ashmolean.org Unique Gifts and Ashmolean Museum Publications - from silk scarves to Eastern ceramics, candles and replicas, jewellery and the humble fridge magnet. All have been chosen to reflect and enhance the Museum's wide and diverse displays. Now conveniently placed next to the Café.

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With very different business backgrounds, Fiona Hosking and Sarah Colebrooke are somewhat unlikely business partners. However, Fiona (who had a long career in Media sales) and Sarah (ex nurse and now property entrepreneur) discovered when they met on a charity committee that they shared an ambition to run their own business, specifically in on-line retail and more specifically, working with artisans. Launched in March 2012, presentlocker.com is the new kid on the block of websites selling handmade and handpicked gifts. Presentlocker.com charges their artisans an annual membership fee and a commission on each sale. However, what makes them different is their wish right from the outset to help graduates and back-to-work artisans by offering “The Presentlocker.com Awards”. “We are keen to support graduates who are embarking on their art and design careers, and would like to give them the opportunity to market their work on our site. We are offering free membership for a year plus six months of commission free sales through presentlocker.com to the successful candidates. The plan is to offer one award each quarter,” said Sarah. “We uncover our prospective vendors via a number of routes but mainly through fairs and exhibitions. There seems to be a real thirst from customers for handmade and original work, so it is this genre of artisans that we are constantly scouting for. We already have some talented and very varied contributors to the site: Northfield Primitives make small, vintage-look animals. The circus elephant is beautifully handmade and stitched entirely on a 1920 Singer treadle sewing machine. Definitely a decorative pressie as opposed to a toy for children. Nigel Turner (National Portrait Gallery exhibitor) will paint a personalised pop art oil painting or a beautiful watercolour of your house, school or office. Already a best seller is Kiss in a Box, costing just £3.50 plus postage. Rebecca Engels makes the most exquisite and unique cushions, bags and bracelets, from vintage materials.” “We also stock beautiful handmade unique French Oak Utility Cheese Boards which are hand crafted from wine barrels used in the ageing process of red wines. Cleverly recycled, each board has a character of its own, the wood may even be stained a subtle hue of burgundy or lingering aroma of red wine. A present for the wine buff in your life?” You can find these and other perfect presents at presentlocker.com.

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Education Language Schools College of International Education

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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.

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

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

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139 Banbury Road Oxford, OX2 7AL Tel: 01865 552031 Web: www.stclares.ac.uk St. Clare’s is an international, residential college which specialises in teaching the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Oxford. We also have a separate English language school and, at the Bardwell Centre, offer a University Foundation Course and Study Abroad options for US students.

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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.

Independent Schools Bloxham School

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Bloxham School, Bloxham, Banbury OX15 4PE Tel 01295 720222 Web: www.bloxhamschool.com The school offers a supportive, caring and friendly environment that allows those with talent in any area of the school’s life to contribute and to succeed. The school, which is predominately boarding, is fully co-educational. Weekly boarding for the school’s Lower School (11 and 12 year olds) enjoys fantastic and homely facilities. Day pupils are thoroughly integrated within the school and a bus service from many local towns and villages operates for all pupils of the School. Bloxham attaches great importance to the academic quality of its education. It offers a wide range of GCSE and A / AS Level courses. 98% of pupils go to University, including Oxford and Cambridge.

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Millets Farm Centre

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

Millets Maize Maze Tuesday 4th Sept + weekends until Sunday 16th Sept: Come and get lost in our 16th a-maiz-ing 10 acre Maize Maze. To celebrate the ‘Olympics’ and our Farming roots, this year’s theme is ‘The Animal Games’. Split into 3 individual mazes and all with different games to play there is a level suitable for all ages. After completing the maze why not enjoy our other activities including our nautical zone featuring the Fort maze, the pedal go karts and the courtyard area with bouncy castle, trampolines, hay bales, table football, table tennis, and a whole host of other games. Times: 10am – 6pm daily. Admission charges apply – see website for details

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

Free Family Friendly Fun Every Sunday: Try our activity backpacks, trails, story corner, craft activities and much more. Also in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Drop-in sessions, suitable for all ages. Time: 14.00 - 16.00

LaserGaming Furze Brake Woodland, Rear of Culham No.1 Site, Station Road, Culham, Oxfordshire, OX14 3DA Tel: 01865 727378 Web: www.outdoorlaser.com Outdoor laser gaming is a live gaming scenario suitable for 8 year olds and up. LaserGaming UK has been providing Outdoor Laser Parties in Oxfordshire since 2005 and was the very first provider in the UK of outdoor laser gaming. We pride ourselves in offering a live combat simulation experience using the latest technology available.

High Ropes Furze Brake Woodland, Rear of Culham No.1 Site, Station Road, Culham, Oxfordshire, OX14 3DA Tel: 01865 727378 Web: www.highropesoxford.com High Ropes Oxford in Oxfordshire’s New and First Tree-Top High Ropes adventure, with Rope Bridges, Tarzan Swings, Zip Slides etc., set high in the trees in our 50 acre woodland. Furze Brake Woodland already provides exciting outdoor adventure activities such as Lasergaming, Tree Climbing, and Orienteering etc. for children, school programmes, and adults alike.

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Oxford Tel: Maya Sprigg 01869 278600. Web: www.stagecoach.co.uk/oxford. Email: oxford@stagecoach.co.uk. Stagecoach Abingdon provides kids ages 4 to 18, quality training in singing, dancing and acting. Whilst having fun children are also developing as individuals. Classes held on Saturdays (And Fridays from September) term time with special workshops during the holidays.

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 bush-craft 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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Health, Sport & Leisure Golf

Join Studley Wood the premier golf club in Oxfordshire

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

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

Tel: 01865 351144 Fax: 01865 351166 www.studleywoodgolfclub.co.uk

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

www.southfieldgolf.com T: 01865 242158

Southfield Golf Club

NORTH OXFORD GOLF CLUB NOGC is a 100 year old, parkland, 18 hole golf course, 10 minutes from the City Centre on the main bus route. Twilight golf midweek post 4pm £20, Twilight golf weekend post 4pm £23, PM golf midweek post 12pm £25 PM golf weekend post 12pm £29. Different membership categories available. We are a modern friendly members golf club with a totally refurbished interior, and the best clubhouse views in Oxfordshire. We offer visitors and societies a very warm welcome to enjoy our challenging members' golf course.

Banbury Rd., Oxford, OX2 8EZ Tel: 01865 554924 Web: www.nogc.co.uk

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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.

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.

Zumba Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4JX Tel: 07739 309422 Web: www.zumba-oxford.co.uk Zumba® is an aerobic workout that combines dance moves mainly from salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, calypso and more. It is a fun workout, and is more freestyle than your standard “aerobics class”. Fantastic workout to burn those calories …. Improve your coordination, Increase self-confidence, The moves can be used on the dance floor on a night out!.

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.

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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.

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Malmaison Oxford New Road, Oxford, OX1 1LD. Tel: 01865 268400. Web: www.malmaison.com.

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

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.

y Excellent City location by River Thames, originally an 1870’s Master-builder’s home, College owned property, On ‘Thames walk’ at Osney bridge. Lawn to riverbank.Residents bar. y 20 bedrooms with own bathroom, direct dial telephone, hot beverage tray, T.V. clock radio, hairdryer, free WiFi on site. y Car park/CCTV on site - free for residents. Sat Nav via Mill st. OX2 0AJ. 1 mile to A34 ring road west at Seacourt on A420 y 24-hour access for registered residents. Close-down by midnight. Airport arrival late check-in request only if pre-arranged. Daytime left luggage/car parking service available after 11am check-out. y VisitBritain ** Metro Hotel grading, breakfast service only. “Larg e e no ug h to be comfortable, small enough to be friendly” Botley Road Oxford OX2 0AA. Tel: Office (01865) 243475 Guests: 249756 Fax: 724306 - www.riverhotel.co.uk E-mail: reception@riverhotel.co.uk

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

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

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

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

Rice Box

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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. But it doesn’t end there: they also have a Specials menu, Chef’s Specials, and Seasonal Specials next to the normal menu (which is already big and also includes lots of Vegetarian options).

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

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Cockadoo Nuneham Courtenay Oxfordshire, OX44 9NX. Telephone: 01865 341 030. Web: www.cockadoo.co.uk.

Cockadoo Bar & Restaurant invites you to experience sophisticated fine dining in a luxurious yet relaxing environment. The staff will ensure the highest levels of standard throughout your experience at Cockadoo. Far Eastern cuisine at its finest, why not visit soon?

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Majliss 110 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1JE. Tel: 01865 726728.

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

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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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The Old Tom 101 St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BT. Tel: 01865 243 034 www.theoldtompub.co.uk

Serving authentic Thai food in the heart of Oxford, The Old Tom provides you with the perfect venue to enjoy excellent food whilst sampling cask ales, draught beers and wines, all in a traditional pub atmosphere. Located opposite Christ Church, one of Oxford’s leading attractions, unwind after a busy day or sample our exotic delicacies at lunch, taking advantage of our express lunch offer.

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

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

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212 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UQ Tel: 01865 246222 Web: www.verdepizzeria.co.uk We are passionate about our family-run Italian restaurant and providing quality cuisine using recipes passed down from our ancestors. We strive to always provide exemplary service and to really listen to what our customers tell us.

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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, freshlyprepared and authentic Spanish tapas dishes. In addition to the high quality of its cuisine and friendly service, Al-Andalus offers a lively and informal atmosphere, further enhanced on Friday and Saturday evenings by live and exhilarating Sevillanas dance shows. The buzzy ambience of Al-Andalus makes it highly suitable Spanish for party bookings, and its heated outside terrace is the ideal place to spend warm and relaxing spring and summer days and evenings. Open: Mon to Thur 12am-3pm & 5pm till late, FriSun 12pm till late.

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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 French or even Retirements,offer an incredible £18.50 menu, and can cater for groups up to 60 ...! Rustic and friendly, with lots of candles, providing great food, value and service! Lunch: Mon to Sat 12pm-2:30pm. Dinner: Mon to Sat 6pm-11pm. We're now open all day on Sundays so why not pop in for a late lunch, or supper which we serve til 10pm !!

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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 beneath the old inns open beams. 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. Steve’s cooking is intelligent, straight forward and elegant, with simplicity, flavour and skill at the top of his agenda.

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The Perch Binsey Lane, Binsey, Oxford, OX2 0NG. Tel: 01865 728891. Web: www.the-perch.co.uk

Follow the footsteps of Alice in Wonderland to the village of Binsey, discover the Treacle Well and soak up the sun in our beautiful garden while enjoying our traditional charcoal barbecue during the weekends. There is no better place than The Perch to enjoy al-fresco dining in the most gorgeous cottage garden along the river Thames. Reservations essential.

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

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Al Salam 6 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HH. Tel: 01865 245710. Open: Daily 12noon-11pm.

Authentic Lebanese food, including organic and Halal. Great for vegans and vegetarians, with many authentic meat and animal-product free dishes. Delicious food, great atmosphere, one of the favourites in Oxford. Plus, find a belly dancer there most Saturday evenings.

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

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Malmaison 3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY. Tel: 01865 268400. Web: www.malmaison.com

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

Macdonald Randolph Hotel

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

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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. 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. Route 66 stops right outside the door of Fallowfields and runs every half an hour from Oxford bus station and is a 20 mins ride. An ideal way to visit us for lunch or dinner with the last bus back to Oxford city centre Monday - Saturday at 22.56. Lunch Monday to Friday until the end of June - 25% off your bill when you quote In Oxford.

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Restaurants Cherwell Boathouse

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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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Browns 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.

The Trout

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

Gee’s Restaurant & Bar

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

The Old Parsonage

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

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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. You don’t have to go for the full works if you don’t want to, just have a snack and a lovely drink in the bar with your friends. Opening times: Monday to Saturday from 8am, Sunday from 9am. Last food order times: Sunday to Thursday until 10pm, Friday and Saturday until 10.30pm.

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Cafés and Nightlife Modern Art Oxford Café Bar 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP. Tel: 01865 722733 Web: 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. We offer free wifi access, daily newspapers and current art periodicals. Highchairs and baby-changing facilities are provided.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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I visited Maba on a Sunday evening with my wife, together with our daughter and her partner. I was in Bicester during the week before our visit and had popped in for coffee as a preliminary introduction to Maba to gauge the feel during the week as well as at the weekend. OK it’s a new restaurant but I was struck by the style with which Maba had been designed – was I really in Bicester? It’s a fresh, vibrant restaurant, incredibly busy for a Tuesday morning. Before I had pulled my chair in I was greeted with a friendly smile and offered a drink. I had a small black coffee and a couple of slices of toast and watched the world go by. Bicester is changing, and Maba is perfectly positioned to witness a new vitality being breathed into this fairly weary market town. With a new superstore and cinema complex under construction, not to mention the huge new housing estate and Bicester Village expansion, if Maba is busy now, well…… it’s going to be jam-packed every hour of every day soon! The great thing when I returned on the Sunday was that I was recognised. I’d only been in for a coffee, but that’s customer service for you. The restaurant had been open for just three months, so you sub-consciously make allowances for this, but the staff were spot on in all they did throughout the evening. The food and service were to a very high standard and we had an excellent evening. The Head Waiter (Peter) took our drinks order and our waitress (Georgie) gave us adequate time to review the menu. Both Peter and Georgie were not only pleasant but well informed and gave us real confidence when ordering that we would have a great meal. The main courses are served on attractive, wooden platters. The presentation was beautiful. I had the steak and I’m a bit fussy when it comes to how I like my steak cooked. I asked for it to be cooked medium but it arrived just a touch overcooked. Before I knew it a replacement steak was presented cooked perfectly. No fuss, no hassle. Great customer service. We will definitely be returning to Maba. Reviewed by Harry Carrier 28 Market Square, Bicester, OX26 6AG Tel: 01869 328 750 Web: www.maba-restaurant.com

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The Trout in Lower Wolvercote is seriously unique. The large terrace looking out onto the River Thames is perfect to help you relax – there’s nothing better on a hot day than to sip a cool drink and watch the trout dance in the frothing water, and with past visitors including Lewis Carroll to CS Lewis, it is easy to see why The Trout is the pub of dreams and a genuine part of the rich tapestry that is Oxford life. Step inside and you will find an exquisite country pub with a great atmosphere that has been tastefully restored to incorporate its historic values with stylish modern aspects. The à la carte offer covered both the Brasserie Menu – with everyone’s favourite pizzas, pastas, fish dishes, salads and meats from the grill – and the Specials Menu with a seasonal and ‘fine dining’ offer. Our visit, being a Sunday, coincided with their regular ‘Great British Roast’, but we opted instead for the specials, with starters of seared beef, beetroot and orange salad and black pearl scallops with a chickpea, barlotti bean and tomato cassoulet, and main courses of baked lemon sole with moules mariniere and pan fried turbot with a lemon dauphinoise and steamed green lipped mussels. The food lived up to and exceeded our expectations. The flavours were well balanced and the portion sizes generous, and was all complimented by the waiter’s well-advised wine choice (a delicious Rothschild, Viognier). In fact, all of the staff lived up to the initial welcome; they were exceptionally friendly, attentive and knew the food and drink inside and out, so were able to advise and describe as required.

For me, the desserts are the key to any meal, and we weren’t to be let down as we went for a traditional chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream and a seasonal summer fruit brûlée. The brownie was (thankfully after two generous courses!) not heavy but tasty and light, while the brûlée combined a fruit compote base with a rich, creamy custard. It was the perfect end to a delicious meal. The Trout manages to pull off a difficult trick, as it is both a comfortable and friendly local for Wolvercote residents (I noticed one sat enjoying a book and a pint on their own), but also a destination to be sought out by those living elsewhere in the city and county. Is there anything I would change? I’d say, no. This pub is an Oxford institution that not only offers a warm refuge in winter and a cool, open atmosphere in summer, but listens to and knows its clientele. Keeping its traditional roots alive while serving top-notch food alongside exemplary service, I don’t think The Trout will ever silence of its happy hum of contented guests. Reviewed by John Hobart Godstow Road Wolvercote, Oxford OX2 8PN 01865 510930 www.thetroutoxford.co.uk

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The Lady Nuffield Home 165 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7AW. Tel: 01865 888500. Web: www.ladynuffieldhome.co.uk.

A small residential care home for the older person, conveniently situated in Summertown. Close to shops, local medical centres and on the main bus route.

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