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September Welcome to September in Oxford At last we’ve had a proper summer and it’s even sunny whilst writing our September intro – long may it continue! Our front cover and lead article this month are provided by Oxford Town Hall, one of Oxfordshire’s finest venues right in the middle of Oxford. If you’ve not been to an event there before, I strongly suggest you read the review and head to the website to see what’s coming…and if you’re thinking of planning an event then this is a superb, versatile venue which will suit everyone. If you fancy a trip back in time, read the Oxford Castle Unlocked review – Oxford’s leading visitor attraction. Are your kids dramatic? Sorry, I should re-phrase that! Are they into drama? Then read the Stagecoach review and get them under the expert tutelage of Maya Sprigg. For an injection of culture, read our reviews on Music at Oxford and The Sarah Wiseman Gallery, and to get you in the mood why not pamper yourself with a massage at Spirit Health Club, also reviewed in this issue. Finally, we pay a visit to the wonderful Cherwell Boathouse – if you’ve not been, make it a priority! Have a great September and don’t forget www.vouchoffers.co.uk for our latest fantastic hotel, restaurant and other deals with some great new vouchers added since you last checked out the site.

Contents Events

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Education

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Attractions

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Oxford City Map

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Theatre

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Kids

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Music

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Health, Sport & Leisure

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Cinema

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Accommodation

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Arts & Antiques

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Restaurants, Cafés & Nightlife 56

Shopping

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Have you ever been inside the Oxford Town Hall? Opened by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on 12 May 1897, Oxford Town Hall has managed to maintain its remarkable grandeur, impressing guests and customers alike with its ornate surroundings and intriguing history. The ten flexible meeting rooms retain their original Victorian design and interiors while the three main event rooms, Assembly Room, Old Library and Main Hall, preserve their own individual splendour. The Museum of Oxford, housed within the Town Hall presents the city's past and present in two dramatically different spaces and also offers an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions in the Town Hall Gallery and Gallery Corridor. Visitors can also enjoy the delicious offerings from the Town Hall Café, a perfect spot for city explorers to rest. Playing host to concerts, conferences, exhibitions and weddings, Oxford Town Hall manages to expertly balance demand as a commercial venue as well as supporting the Oxford community through civic, public and charitable events. Oxford Open Doors on the 14th & 15th September is a great chance to pop in and discover this historic gem for yourself. Uncover the history of this fascinating building on a guided tour run by the Museum of Oxford and their wonderfully knowledgeable volunteers. With family drop-in sessions, a performance by the Oxford Welsh male voice choir and the fabulous East Oxford from Above exhibition, there’s plenty to do and see. On Sunday 22nd September, brides-to-be will have a chance to glimpse these gorgeous interiors fit for a princess when Oxford Town Hall showcases its rooms during the eagerly anticipated wedding fair. Bargain hunters and lovers of all things past can indulge at the Vintage Fair on September 28th where over 40 stalls from the UKs best vintage traders will exhibit alongside a kitsch tea party and vintage beauty parlour. For those that prefer a more relaxed introduction, the monthly lunchtime Organ Recitals may be a bit more of your cup of tea (and there’s plenty of those too!) Oxford Town Hall welcomes all to listen and enjoy the world famous Father Willis organ located in the spectacular Main Hall played by some of the city's finest organists. The next event takes place on Wednesday 18th September, become part of history and celebrate the sounds of the music, first heard 116 years ago. This magnificent setting along with its unrivalled hospitality ensures the success for any event. The versatile and welcoming space makes Oxford Town Hall truly the venue for all occasions. For more information about the Town Hall for hire, events and guided tours call 01865 252195 or email townhall@oxford.gov.uk Visit oxfordtownhall.co.uk, befriend Oxford Town Hall and Museum of Oxford on Facebook or follow on Twitter @OxfordTownHall for the latest news, special offers and what’s on.

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The Halloween Show Thursday 31st October: Science Oxford Live presents The Halloween Show! Things aren’t what they seem in this fun and interactive family science show. But we can promise spooky surprises, eerie experiments and dramatic demonstrations…. not for the faint hearted! Suitable for ages 6+. aAmission : £5.00 Family/Group (up to 5 people): £16.00 Venue: Abingdon Guidhall

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Waterperry Gardens Nr. Wheatley, Oxfordshire, England OX33 1JZ Tel: 01844 339254 Web: www.waterperrygardens.co.uk Open Times: 10am - 5pm

Michaelmas Daisy Weekend Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th and Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September: Visit our gardens to see our famous herbaceous border in all its late summer glory as it bursts back into life with Asters (Michaelmas Daisies). There’ll be a huge range of Waterperry-grown Asters on sale in the plant centre and our experts will be on hand to give advice and information about these wonderful plants. Join a free guided tour (garden entrance fee applies) at 11.30am, 2pm or 3.30pm. Special Michaelmas-themed menu in the Teashop, Miss H’s and The Friends of Waterperry Gardens plant sale on Saturday 21st only. 10.30am to 4pm. (Gardens and plant centre open until 5.30pm)

Late Nights at Waterperry Enjoy late nights at Waterperry as we open 10am – 6pm Wednesdays through to Saturdays until the 21st September.

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Millets Maize Maze Until Sunday 15th September: An a-maiz-ing day out for the all the family. Complete our 3 different maize mazes, our woodland challenge, the fort maze and enjoy our courtyard of activities. Times: 10am-6pm. Please visit website for admission prices.

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

Soundweaves Until Sunday 15th September: Basketry Plus aim to push the boundaries of basketmaking; in response to musical instruments and artefacts on display, their work explores the universal importance of sound and music in both historical and contemporary contexts.

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Photography for Big Cats Monday 30th September - Friday 11th October: Photography for Big Cats will be running photography courses at the Park. These courses are aimed at Wildlife enthusiasts, who would like to get a better understanding about photography and how to capture better images of wildlife. The 1-day workshops include a detailed theory part, practical exercises and a review of the photos taken by participants on the day. It also includes tuition, lunch, refreshments and entry to the Park. In order to ensure that every participant gets full benefit out of the tuition each group is limited to 8 people. The 1-day workshop costs £135 per person.

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

Open Doors at the Old Fire Station Saturday 14th September: Explore behind the scenes at the Old Fire Station. Our Studio artists open up their workshops and have works for sale, homeless artists will exhibit and our regular event, Playground, have organised visual and musical treats. Joe Grahams hilarious Spare Prick will be in the Theatre that evening also. Admission: FREE (£12, Conc £10 for the evening show). www.oldfirestation.org.uk

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Oxford Inspires 15-16 Broad Street Oxford OX1 3AS Tel: 01865 252885 Web: www.oxfordinspires.org As our students return to the cobbles of Oxford, so do some of our favourite annual arts events. Here are Oxford Inspire’s top picks for September Info: www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.org/whats-on

Flesh and Bone: Francis Bacon and Henry Moore Thursday 12th September – Sunday 5th January: A unique exhibition of the artists’ work, showcasing the similarities and differences in the work of two of the twentieth century’s most celebrated British artists. Venue: The Ashmolean Web: www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/details/?exh=83 Image: Reclining Figure © The Henry Moore Foundation

Oxford Open Doors Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th September: A unique opportunity to explore some of Oxford’s hidden sites, including the chance to tour the MINI production line at Cowley and go behind the scenes at The Oxford Times. Venue: Various Web: www.oxfordopendoors.org.uk

East Oxford From Above Saturday 14th September – Sunday 10th November 2013: An exciting exhibition featuring the culmination of community projects inspired by a unique collection of aerial photographs of East Oxford in the 1920s and 30s. Venue: The Gallery, Oxford Town Hall & Museum Web: www.oxford.gov.uk/townhall

The Blenheim Palace Literary Festival Wednesday 18th – Sunday 22nd September: Woodstock plays host to a wide range of celebrities and literary stars, including Rick Stein, John Major, Beverly Craven and Robin Aitken. Venue: Various Web: blenheimpalaceliteraryfestival.com

Displacement Saturday 21st September – Thursday 7th November: Tim Head returns to Oxford this September to show a new installation – a virtual object placed in a physical space.Venue: Modern Art Oxford Web: www.modernartoxford.org.uk/whats-on/tim-head

Henley Literary Festival Monday 30th September – Sunday 6th October: Writers, actors, celebrities and more will descend upon Henley to discuss their latest literary works at venues across the town. Venue: Various Web: henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

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Bare Bones…Explore what lies beneath the skin Until Sunday 15th September: A collection of fascinating displays which provide an insight into how skeletons move, adapt and evolve.

Lost Airfields Until Sunday 1st September: Oxfordshire has more WWII airfields than almost any other county, from tiny satellites to huge bases that were key to D-Day operations. Mark McArthur-Christie’s photographs evoke some powerful emotions that still surround these historic sites.

The Stuff Collective – One year on… Saturday 21st September – Sunday 20th October: Former students of the Foundation Art & Design course at Abingdon & Witney College continue their exploration of a variety of media and techniques..

Oxford Castle Unlocked 44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AY Tel: 01865 260 666 Web: www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk

Rabbit Foot Spasm Saturday 21st September: Oxford’s Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band launch their new album with a gig in the City‘s prison. The 7-piece play original beat music based on traditional New Orleans rhythm and blues. Support comes from BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner Megan Henwood. Doors: 8.30pm Tickets: £9

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.

Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials Friday 12th to Sunday 15th September: 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 at Woodstock Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd 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.

BHF Blenheim Palace Half Marathon Sunday 6th October:There is something for everyone at the BHF Blenheim Palace running festival, get fit and save lives by raising vital funds to beat heart disease. Half Marathon Join in the first ever Blenheim Palace Half Marathon, starting in the Great Court where this magnificent route takes in the beautiful parkland landscape of the Blenheim Palace estate and surrounding villages. 10km Run The improved popular 10km route will also start in the Great Court to soak up the atmosphere of this exciting event and like all events it now boasts chip timing. Family Fun Run There is something for everyone. Come along as a family and enjoy the BHF Kids Activity Zone including Dogdeball and Jump Heart for Rope as you warm up for the 2km Family Fun Run at 1pm finishing in front of the Palace alongside the 10km and Half Marathon runners.

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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 Church Tower in Oxford and is definitely worth a visit! There’s also a treasury of silver and bronze dating back to the 1600s and you can also see a copy of the church accounts dating back hundreds of years. 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 and Concessions £2.50, Students £2.00, Children £1.30, Family ticket £7.00

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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We have lots going on for you throughout September, including an event with Peter Conradi, the author of The King's Speech, and a Feminism Panel Discussion. This and so much more coming up over the next few months. Find out more on our events page at our website: www.blackwell.co.uk. Tickets are available from our Customer Service Department, Blackwell's Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford. Telephone: 01865 333623. We hope to see you at an event very soon! Blackwell's Crime Panel. Tuesday 17th September at 7pm Acclaimed crime authors, M.R. Hall, Chris Morgan Jones and William Ryan, will be joining us for a panel discussion on crime fiction. They will be discussing their books, crime fiction, and covering such themes as dark money and shady places to hide it, 1930s Stalinist Russia, and biological war fare. All three authors are uniquely placed to offer an insight into the real and fictional world of crime, having held careers as a Detective/Spy, Criminal Barrister/BAFTA nominated TV scriptwriter and City Lawyer.

Peter Conradi/ Hot Dogs and Cocktails: When FDR Met King George VI at Hyde Park on Hudson. Tuesday 24th September at 7pm Between 9th and 12th June 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were the guests of Roosevelt at his country estate in Hyde Park, New York State, during what was the first ever visit by a reigning British monarch to the United States. In his new book, Peter Conradi who has already introduced us to the gentle, shy figure of George VI in his number-one bestseller The King's Speech - recreates the backdrop to the royal visit, analysing the political background and the media's reaction, and telling the back stories both of the King and of Roosevelt, whose colourful personal life became entwined with the visit.

Feminism in Today's Society: Blackwell's Panel Discussion. Wednesday 25th September at 7pm Almost 100 years since women in the United Kingdom were given the vote and over 40 years since The Female Eunuch, the gender gap is still a long way off closing. There is still inequality in pay, women are still under-represented in the boardroom and casual sexism is still rife. Despite all this, recent polls have shown that young women are increasingly reluctant to identify as feminists. Why is this and what relevance does feminism have for today? Answering the question will be 4 feminist scholars and activists, from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.


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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. All In A day’s Work – The WWII years (gala) Saturday/Sunday 14/15 September

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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. See website for more details www.buscotpark.com

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

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IF WALLS COULD TALK… They would tell the tales of 1,000 years of murder, romance, betrayal, escape and execution. A castle with a prison at its heart, the site has been a place of incarceration since 1071, continuing until the closure of Her Majesty’s Prison Oxford in 1996. Led by one of our costumed character guides, the rich history of the castle is revealed as you... • Climb the Saxon St George’s Tower, one of Oxford’s oldest building, and enjoy its stunning 360° views • Descend deep underground into the dark atmosphere of the 900 year old Crypt where the education for which Oxford is famed began • Explore the austere confines of the 18th century Debtors’ Tower and Prison D-Wing • Marvel at the Mound of the 11th century motte and bailey castle 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). Tours with one of our experienced costumed guides leave up to every 20 minutes from the admissions area in the Gift Shop. After your tour you will be inducted into Prison D-Wing and the wider castle site where you will be able to explore at your own leisure. Coming soon… Ghost Fest at Oxford Castle Unlocked is back for its eighth year! This October and November will be filled with vigils, experiments and séances, spooky tours of the castle and family fun events. By night the 1,000 year old castle will become Oxford’s only scare attraction, and with the addition of Terror Tuesday and Murder Mystery Evening this year is set to be scarier than ever. Are you brave enough to join us? For more information, visit www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk, call 01865 260666 or email info@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

Dunsinane Tuesday 17th - Saturday 21st September: Macbeth is dead, long live the King. Under cover of night, an English army has swept through the Scottish landscape, killed the tyrant and taken the seat of power. Increasingly isolated from his own men and Scottish allies alike, the commanding officer's efforts to restore order appear futile as the situation spins out of control.

Jonny & the Baptists: Bigger Than Judas Friday 20th September: Direct from the Edinburgh Festival, the UK’s hottest musical comedians present a brand new hour of riotous rock ‘n’roll, satirical soul and anthemic absurdity. Their blisteringly funny and fiercely intelligent songs are the perfect antidote to our stupid world.

Floating Thursday 26th September: Everyone has a story to tell about the NHS: terrible food, waiting lists, infections and complaints. But what are the unheard stories of compassion and kindness from the caring face of our national health service? Meet a high-dependency nurse, overworked and undervalued. The beating heart of your NHS.

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Chelsea Hotel Friday 25th October: Earthfall reveal the poetry and tragicomic events from this iconic hotel and its place in contemporary culture. A voyeuristic discovery of its inhabitants’ lives, loves and longings. Continuing on their New York journey the multi-award winning Earthfall blaze a trail from Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe to Dylan Thomas and Tennessee Williams, where several stories, true and false, interplay through radical dance, live music and film, capturing significant moments in the history of this rebel artist mecca. Tickets: £12, £8 concessions, £6 U18s (£1 off for Dancin' Oxford Festival Pass holders) Time: 8pm

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Monkey Bars Tuesday 10th - Wednesday 11th September: Chris Goode asked 40 eight-to ten-year-olds talk about their lives. About being scared, getting lost, being brave, growing up, family, faith and their favourite sweets. The result is a funny and surprising verbatim show offering insight into what children are trying to tell us about themslves that we don’t always hear. Tickets: £13.00 Concession: £11.00 Time: 8pm.

Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of Minor Dissent Thursday 12th September: Stand-up comedian Mark Thomas is well versed in the art of creative mayhem and over the years his troublemaking has changed laws, cost companies millions and annoyed those who most deserved to be. Now he returns to what he does best: mischief. Joyously bad behaviour with a purpose. Tickets: £13.00 Concession: £11.00 Time: 8pm.

The Events by David Greig Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th September: Acclaimed director Ramin Gray teams up with celebrated playwright David Greig with a bold new work that explores the impact of a horrific politically motivated crime on a small community. Featuring local choirs and a soaring soundtrack by Irish composer John Browne, what unfolds is a tale of tragedy, obsession and our destructive desire to fathom the unfathomable. The finest, most important thing Greig has written." ★★★★★ The Telegraph “A fiendishly brilliant new play.” ★★★★ What’s On Stage Tickets: £13.00 Concession: £11.00 Time: 8pm.

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Theatre Article

Each year Stagecoach Theatre Arts Oxford invites young performers to participate in a full musical production at The Theatre, Headington. With the reputation for performances of West End quality this August’s production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ was eagerly anticipated and did not disappoint! In just 8 days the classic Jerry Bock / Jerome Robbins show was cast, rehearsed and performed, and the results were astounding! Tevye was played superbly by Arran Johnson. He performed with such passion and compassion, with warmth and understanding, but with some magical moments of great humour, taking us on a rollercoaster of emotions. Quite magnificent - a performance to match or even TOP Topol! His wife Golde, played brilliantly by Izzy Knight, was a perfect match for him conveying great strength and humour. All the leads were fantastic and performed to an exceedingly high standard, as did the rest of the cast; every single one of them in character from start to finish. Special mention must be made of the scary graveyard dream sequence which had the audience gasping and quaking in their boots. The performance was enhanced by a wonderful orchestra and beautiful costumes, while clever lighting added atmosphere to a thoughtfully designed set. The incorporation of puppet animals was a real bonus and I found myself watching the antics of the puppet geese, horse and rats, each of whom displayed a personality of their own – well done to the young puppeteers! Productions of this quality are the result of a lot of hard work, not only from the cast, but also the Director, Steve Dineen, Chroeographer, Alice Chilver and the Musical Director, Jemma Harris. Their dedication to this project and the young cast was clearly evident as is the dedication of the Producer (and Principal of Stagecoach Oxford), Maya Sprigg, without whom this amazing show would simply not have happened. It is a privilege to have access to productions of this standard in the local area and I urge all theatre lovers not to miss next year’s show – a guaranteed treat! If you would like to know how your children can get involved with Stagecoach just give Maya a call, and they too can begin to reap the benefits of training in the performing arts. Reviewers: Nicky Goodwin and Trish Daniels Web: www.stagecoach.co.uk/oxford.html

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Music in the Abbey Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th September: The OSJ annual “Music in the Abbey” festival in Dorchester Abbey has been extended to five days this year with a great line up. World famous cellist Steven Isserlis and renowned pianist Maki Sekiya are supported by outstanding young jazz and opera stars, as well as OSJ and OSJ Voices conducted by John Lubbock. Wed 4 - Class Jazz Quartet with Derek Paravicini. Thur 5 - Maki Sekiya piano recital. Fri 6 - Rising Opera Stars. Sat 7 and Sun 8 - Steven Isserlis with OSJ and OSJ Voices. All concerts start at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 to £37.50 (For 10% discount - quote code INOX2 when you call the Box Office) Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester-on-Thames, OX10 7HH Box Office: 0845 680 1926 www.osj.org.uk

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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.

1 September: Adderbury Ensemble, Rawsthorne Trust Concert Directed by David Lepage (violin) 8 September: Adderbury Ensemble With Fiona Cross (clarinet) Mozart Kegelstatt Trio K 498, Bruch 8 Pieces, Brahms Sonata in F minor 15 September: Simon Crawford Phillips (piano) & Philip Moore (piano) Beethoven Grosse Fuge op.134 Brahms String Sextet no.2 op.36 (One piano – four hands!) 22 September: Carducci String Quartet Haydn String Quartet op.20 Beethoven String Quartet op.59 no.2 29 September: Doric String Quartet Haydn String Quartet op.20 no.3 Wolf Italian Serenade Haydn String Quartet op.20 no.5 £11 adults, £10 full time students, senior citizens and under 16s Free admission to children ages 5 -10 accompanied by an adult (under 5s not permitted entry) Tickets Available at the door or from Oxford Playhouse Tel: 01865 305305 Web: www.coffeeconcerts.com

City Of Oxford Orchestra Tel: 01865 744457. Web: www.cityofoxfordorchestra.co.uk. E-mail: info@cityofoxfordorchestra.co.uk.

Magic Flute Sunday 15th September: The City of Oxford Orchestra are delighted to be back in the wonderful acoustics of Exeter College Chapel during the Open Doors weekend. Renowned flautist Graham Mayger will showcase the magic of MOZART in an enchanting evening of chamber music. The programme will include MOZART Flute Quartet in D, SCHUBERT Trio in B flat and MOZART Quartet in F. Graham Mayger Flute Julian Tear Violin Tim Grant Viola Peter Adams Cello Venue: Exeter College Chapel Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £18 Box Office: Orchestra: 01865 744457 or Playhouse: 01865 305305.

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‘Joy and Jealousy’ Album Launch Saturday 21st September: James Bell and his band of singers and musicians will be performing songs from his new album of traditional English songs and tunes — Joy & Jealousy —featuring new discoveries taken from the Bodleian archives, that in some cases may not have been performed in well over 100 years. Info: £9, £7 via www.oldfirestation.org.uk Ages 16+ Time: 8-11pm

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Season Preview

MUSIC AT OXFORD 2013-2014 INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SEASON 30TH ANNIVERSARY This year marks the 30th anniversary of Music at Oxford with another outstanding International Concert Season. Most concerts take place in the magnificent Sheldonian Theatre, in the heart of picturesque Oxford. From Brahms to Britten and back again, the 2013-2014 concert season has something for everyone with some old favourites, as well as a few new faces. The season kicks off on Friday 4 October with the first of two Brahms concerts by the dynamic Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by the internationally renowned Andris Nelsons. They perform Brahms Symphony No 1 and 3, and the ‘St Anthony’ Variations. In January they return for Symphony No 4 and the sublime Second Piano Concerto with pianist Hélène Grimaud. To celebrate Benjamin Britten’s centenary, Music at Oxford is thrilled to present its first ever fully staged opera. In the stunning Church of St John the Evangelist, Nova Music Opera will bring to life Britten’s Curlew River, partnered with a new chamber opera by the acclaimed composer Sally Beamish, Hagar in the Wilderness. Loss, redemption and social injustice are prevalent in both these stories, accompanied by unworldly and beautiful music they promise performances you will never forget. For early music enthusiasts, the baroque players of the Armonico Consort perform with soprano Gillian Keith and Crispian Steele-Perkins, one of the world’s best-loved trumpeters. The evening’s programme of baroque masterworks features pieces by Vivaldi, Handel, Scarlatti and Bach. The following week Music at Oxford favourites the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment perform with Contrapunctus and the Choir of the Queen’s College, Oxford with a collection of Odes commemorating the tercentenary of the Treaty of Utrecht. This unique concert immortalises this momentous event for all of Europe in a performance of pieces first heard three hundred years ago. The new season promises fantastic instrumentalists as well as incredible vocal stars such as Ian Bostridge and Sarah Connolly, the latter in the Dream of Gerontius, marking Merton College’s 750th anniversary year. Returning to the Sheldonian Theatre this season is one of the leading pianists of his generation, Paul Lewis, and the Elias String Quartet in December, February and May for the final three concerts in their ambitious journey to perform the complete cycle of Beethoven string quartets. There are many, many more concerts for you to enjoy so pick up a brochure, or visit www.musicatoxford.com to download one today. The website has lots of exciting information on travel, where to stay and eat so enjoy browsing and don’t forget to book early to guarantee yourself the best seats. Ticket prices start from just £10 with discounts available for students (£5 off), JSA (£5 off) and under 18s (half-price). We also offer a Group Discount (15% off) when booking 10+ tickets for a concert, or a Season Discount (15% off) when booking for six or more concerts. BOX OFFICE 01865 244806 | WWW.MUSICATOXFORD.COM | OR AT THE OXFORD PLAYHOUSE Sophie Bevan: 22 Nov 2013 - bottom left Hélène Grimaud: 24 Jan 2014 - bottom right Andris Nelsons: 4 Oct 2013 & 24 Jan 2014 - top right Sarah Connolly: 1 Mar 2014 - background image

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Cinema September Film Releases Select highlights of films on in Oxford and Oxfordshire over this month. Please see inoxford.com for more details and trailers. Scan QR Codes on this page to view trailers now! Tweet us what you think of this months releases @inoxford

Riddick The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.

Rush Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die.

R.I.P.D. Veteran sheriff Roy Pulsifer has spent his career with the legendary police force known as R.I.P.D. tracking monstrous spirits who are cleverly disguised as ordinary people. His mission? To arrest and bring to justice a special brand of criminals trying to escape final judgment by hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth. Once the wise-cracking Roy is assigned former rising-star detective Nick Walker as his junior officer, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork.

Prisoners Keller Dover is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His 6-year-old daughter and her young friend are missing, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver, but a lack of evidence forces the only suspect's release. Knowing his child's life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. The desperate father will do whatever it takes to find the girls, but in doing so, may lose himself, begging the question: When do you cross the line between seeking justice and becoming a vigilante?

Runner Runner Princeton grad student Richie, believing he's been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block. Richie is seduced by Block's promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmanoeuvre the two forces closing in on him.

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Art, Antiques & Museums Christ Church Picture Gallery Temptations to Devotion: Creating the Italian altarpiece in the Renaissance and Baroque 15 June -14 October 2013 Opening Times July - September (open every day) Mon - Sat: 10.30am - 5pm. Sun: 2pm - 5pm. October - (closed Tuesdays) Mon, Wed - Sat: 10.30am - 1pm & 2 - 4.30pm. Sun: 2pm - 4.30pm. Christ Church, Oxford. Entrance Via Oriel Square. Admission: £3/£2 Tel: 01865 276172 www.chch.ox.ac.uk/gallery

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.

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

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

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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Friedrich Kunath Raymond Moody’s Blues Saturday 21st September – Sunday 17th November: Dreamer, jester, melancholic and optimist, artist Friedrich Kunath’s work will take over the Upper Galleries of Modern Art Oxford this September. Kunath’s playful discourse between joy and melancholy asserts the triumph of life over death through his paintings, sculpture and film. Making references to Renaissance woodcuts landscape engravings, still lifes, slapstick cartoons, and music iconography from the 1960’s and 70s this exhibition also features a tennis court that takes centre stage with a cast of sculptural characters in connected pairs. Modern Art Oxford would like to invite In Oxford Magazine readers to our special exhibition preview on Friday 20th September at 6.30pm, email info@modernartoxford.org.uk with subject header ‘Preview’ for an event invitation. Photo credit: Friedrich Kunath, You Owe Me A Feeling Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe. Photographs: Michael Schmelling

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

Septemner at the Modern Artists Gallery Wednesday 4th September - Saturday12th October: Angela Lizon ‘The Door To The Forest’ Recent Paintings. + John Bauer Ceramics & Theo Paul Vorster Linocuts

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

RAJ 23rd August – 27th September: This photographic exhibition by Victor Dia focuses on allotment gardens in Poland in an objective yet, at times, lyrical approach. Behind an apparent typology of such dwellings lies the threat of a developing economy and the fight for survival of these urban patches of picturesque respite.

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Art & Antiques Review

Garden birds are held in particular affection for a great many people; they are watched and recorded, sketched, photographed, filmed and fed from garden feeders; they are symbols of peace, freedom, and luck. (Who hasn’t saluted a single magpie by the side of the road?) This September at Sarah Wiseman Gallery has brought together a series of stunning new works by two artists largely preoccupied by the lives of birds. Although they are working in very differing mediums, they seem to complement each other by their common interest in nature. The London-based artist Fletcher Prentice has been spending more time in away from the city, inspired by the variety of bird-life and wild-flowers. This has led to him creating intricately layered flower-scapes, amidst which small birds are visible. In his loose, yet meticulous style, he has created a new series of work that perfectly expresses the tiny, shifting movements of the colourful feathered creatures, glimpsed through the leaves. ‘When I paint I constantly strive to balance on the one hand my fascination with the object - using paint and enjoying the qualities of paint, breaking down and semiabstracting the subject matter and surface - and on the other hand my desire to retain and capture the natural beauty of the subject, whether the human figure, an animal or a single pear.’ Whether it’s a collection of silver cutlery in grid formation or budgies gathered together in a seemingly random group of flowers and grasses, Fletcher’s paintings are inspired his own collections, and a collector’s desire to assemble objects in an orderly fashion and the visual appeal this offers. Meanwhile, Cheshire-based artist Jill Walker explores what birds mean to us in our every-day lives, by using porcelain, found objects and wire to construct small-scale sculptural works. More recently she has created tiny wire birds, perched on tea-cups, or small cages containing perhaps a seed-head or small silver key. ‘Birds, as referenced in folklore, are also a recurring motif, for me they are custodians, keepers and protectors of our memories and personal stories,’ she explains. ‘I have been inspired by things we choose to keep as tokens of remembrance, the kind of personal treasure that reminds us of people and places from our childhood. With reference to fairy stories, rhymes, toys and folklore I create odd juxtapositions to suggest the unsettling nature of these mundane objects and the way they stir our memories’ 40-41 S Parade Oxford OX2 7JL Tel: 01865 515123 Web: www.wisegal.com

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Shop at the Old Fire Station Gloucester Green, 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, the shop sells original prints and illustrations, jewellery, accessories, cards, zines and more…On 14th June, 5.30-8pm they will be launching the online shop and all are welcome. There will be live music, tasty treats from a local food creator, a making station and exclusive discounts. Opening Times: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm

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Store & Tours

Our Brewery Store is open 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday Come and browse the Hobgoblin’s selection of gifts and merchandise with exclusive in-store offers and promotions on bottled and cask beers. Brewery tours operate every Saturday and Sunday offering a two hour experience for those interested in seeing mischief in the making.

Come and see us if you dare but be warned… most things bite! Book online at www.wychwood.co.uk or call 01993 890 800* (*pre booking essential)Wychwood Brewery, Eagle Maltings, The Crofts, Witney, Oxon OX28 4DP.

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

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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.

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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.

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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The Grumpiest Boy in the World Friday 27th - Sunday 29th September: Grumpy 7 year-old Zachary, is fed up with feeling average and journeys into a surreal and entrancing world to discover what makes him special. A host of hilarious characters combine with international award winning writer Finegan Kruckemeyer’s trademark sharp dialogue in this unique twist on an adventure tale. Show only: £8 adult, £5 child, Sunday show and workshop pacoage (1 adult +1 child) £16

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

Millets Farm Dog Show Saturday 28th September: With fun and competitive categories including the 'egg & spoon race', our 1st Millets dog show is sure to be fun for all the family. This is a charity event for the Guide Dogs. Located on the overflow car park. Free admission. Time: 11am-4pm.

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Oxford Tel: Maya Sprigg 01869 278600. Web: www.stagecoach.co.uk/oxford. Email: oxford@stagecoach.co.uk. We provide quality part-time training in the performing arts for children aged 418yrs. Our aim is to nurture and develop young potential through singing, acting and dance classes in Oxford, stretching young imaginations and building confidence. We provide the right combination of learning and performing, with opportunities for all ages. Open every weekend during term time and workshops during the school holidays, come join the fun!

Create Holiday Club at Oxford Montessori Schools Tel: 01865 358210 Web: www.oxfordmontessori.co.uk/create Email: create@oxfordmontessori.co.uk For children aged 3 to 16. Create Club is different from traditional activity holiday camps.  Active, great fun and full of adventure and the emphasis is on creative activities - arts, crafts, drama, dance, singing, music, sports and 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.

Cornerstone Arts 25 Station Road, Didcot, OX11 7NE Tel: 01235 515 144 Web: www.cornerstone-arts.org.

Little Howard's Big Show Sunday 13th October: Fresh from smash-hit BBC One children’s show Little Howard’s Big Question, the nation’s favourite human-cartoon double act come to Cornerstone. Our heroes find themselves in trouble with the Queen following their performance on The Royal Variety Performance. They must now perform the show of their lives to save Big Howard from jail! Songs, sketches, magic, a cheeky pigeon from Barnsley and the Royal Monkey Philharmonic Orchestra. Time: 2pm Tickets: £8, £6 (concs) Ages: 4+ and adults

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Health & Beauty Monica Franke Osteopathy & Pilates

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Tel: 07970 119721. E-mail: mfranke.osteo@googlemail.com. Web: www.monicafranke.com. Established in Oxford for nearly ten years, Monica Franke offers expertise in general osteopathy, sports osteopathy and Pilates, emphasising high standards of communication, diagnosis and treatment. She is recently joined by two associates, Ben Ousey and Angela Power who also offer particular areas of expertise, including sports injuries, cranial osteopathy and mom’s and babies. Franke Osteopathy practitioners enjoy helping people to understand the origin of their aches and strains, and helping them to more pain-free function and improved performance. Visit our website or blog (frankeosteopathy.tumblr.com) to find out more.

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

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.

Spirit Health Club Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 8JD Tel: 01865 888444 Web: www.spirithealthclubs.co.uk We’ll get you going with a free lifestyle consultation and personalised programme. That’s all wrapped up with complimentary towels, toiletries, and a host of great discounts. Feel comfortable and at ease here. With a great, social atmosphere and friendly staff as committed to your long term goals as you are. Whether it’s fitness, relaxation or wellbeing, we’ll help you find your true Spirit.

The Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Unit Movement Science Group Oxford Brookes University Gipsy Lane, Headington Oxford, OX3 0BP Tel: 01865 483839 The Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation (CLEAR) Unit is a specialist fitness studio designed exclusively for people recovering from illness or who have mobility issues. It is run by experienced clinical exercise scientists at Oxford Brookes University and is a non-profit making unit supported by the University and charitable donations.

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Health & Beauty Review

I couldn’t wait to get to Spirit Health Club after a weekend of weeding had left my back in need of some tlc – Deep Heat is great but there’s nothing like some human intervention to get me back to normal. Upon my arrival at the Spirit Health Club, based just off the A34 at the Pear Tree Roundabout next door to The Holiday Inn, I was greeted by very friendly staff who handed me a robe and a towel to prepare for my Lava Shell massage, one of the new massages offered by the club. Rosie, my masseuse, explained what the Lava Shell massage entailed before we started. The Tiger Clam Shells used are from the South Pacific and this massage is Eco friendly from start to finish using the same two shells throughout the massage with a natural mineral heat. There’s no electricity used at all, and each shell is filled with minerals, sea kelp and algae. I can honestly say this had to be one of the best massages I’ve ever had. The combination of hands and shells was heavenly and not only released every bit of tension in my back but I felt completely relaxed afterwards. My skin was soft to the touch, I felt energised and the back was as good as new….well, as good as a 40+ back can feel! The whole massage took around 45 minutes and I highly recommend it. Spirit Health and Beauty is indeed a gem. Rosie is very knowledgeable about the products they use and can offer a wide range of treatments. These include facials using Dermalogica products for men and women, body treatments such as Swedish massages, Indian head massage and sports massage for the energetic, body scrubs and sea mud treatments, manicures and pedicures, Fake Bake spray tanning and various grooming or finishing touches such as eyebrow shaping, waxing etc… for men and women to name just a few. And let’s not forget another new addition to the Health Club, a fabulous new hair salon. Why not try one of the Spirit pampering days? You choose your ideal spa package for yourself or a shared experience. You are welcomed with a complimentary robe and towel, full use of the health club facilities which consists of swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and gym. I’ve visited a few Spas over the years and Spirit can offer just as much as one of the larger competitors in a very friendly environment and I will definitely be returning for another visit. At least I can do the weeding in future knowing there’s some real pampering around the corner. If you would like to give the Spa a try, please call 01865 888 444 or email spirit.oxford@ihg.com

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

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

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

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

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Burlington House Hotel

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374 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7PP Tel: 01865 513 513 Web: www.burlington-hotel-oxford.co.uk Nestling in leafy Oxford, a short bus ride away from the bustling City Centre, Burlington House offers high quality and peaceful luxury bed & breakfast accommodation to Oxfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many visitors. Burlington Guest House has been consistently awarded the highest accommodation rating and is now Five Stars Highly Commended under the new AA scheme. Burlington House has been recommended by both the Which? Guide to Good Hotels and its sister publication, the Which? Guide to Good Bed & Breakfasts.

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

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

Vanbrugh House Hotel 20-24 St Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Street, Oxford, OX1 2EB T: 01865 244 622 W: www.vanbrughhousehotel.co.uk Vanbrugh House Hotel offers a unique guest experience with 22 individual bedrooms and suites, each with their own style and character. The Vicarage suite and Nicholas Hawksmoor room benefit from their very own city garden and terrace area. Each room is named after its own distinctive history or location and there is a story behind each room.

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Accommodation Hope House Woodstock

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

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Old Bank Hotel 92 - 94 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BJ Tel: 01865 799 599 Web: www.oldbank-hotel.co.uk

The independently owned Old Bank, situated on Oxford’s High Street, is a breathtaking statement in design and arguably one of the best locations in Oxford. Awarded the Best City Hotel 2011 by the Good Hotel Guide, it is surrounded by the famous colleges of Merton, All Souls, Christ Church and University and is directly opposite the Bodleian library and Radcliffe Camera

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Old Parsonage 1 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6NN Tel: 01865 310210 Web: www.oldparsonage-hotel.co.uk

The independently owned Old Parsonage Hotel, situated in St Giles, dates back to the 1660. The restaurant & bar with their Russian red walls is the perfect place for an informal lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. Afternoon tea at the Old Parsonage is a very English affair to be enjoyed at this time of year on our sheltered terrace.

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20-24 St Michael’s Street, Oxford, OX1 2EB Tel: 01865 244 622 Web: www.vanbrughhousehotel.co.uk To stay at Vanbrugh House Hotel is to live at the heart of Oxford, past and present. There are echoes of the hotel's own 18th century heritage in the combination of highly-polished service and homeliness. Each of our 22 rooms has its own fireplace and each of our guests is addressed by their name. Eclectic furnishings, bringing together Georgian with Arts and Crafts, matches our passion for accommodating unique individuals.

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The Feathers Hotel Market Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1SX Tel: 01993 812 291 Web: www.feathers.co.uk

The Feathers Hotel is an inviting country retreat that combines historic charm with a fun personality. Named Oxfordshire’s Restaurant of the Year 2012, it currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of gin (167 varieties). “The Gin Experience” menu is £75 per person for seven courses.

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

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Restaurants Shanghai 30’s

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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. 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.

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

Jee Saheb

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

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

Annora Restaurant

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

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

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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?

Rosemary

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

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Loch Fyne Bar and Grill 55 Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6AE Tel: 01865 292510 Web: www.lochfyne.com Loch Fyne started with one inspirational idea – to grow oysters in the clear, fertile waters of Loch Fyne – and has developed into a cluster of businesses whose success is built on an honest approach to superb quality food.

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The Bear & Ragged Staff

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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.

Pierre Victoire

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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 French Prix Fixe for £19.90! We love parties whether its Christenings,Birthdays,Graduations or even Retirements,offer an incredible £18.50 menu, and can cater for groups up to 60 ...! Rustic and friendly, with lots of candles, providing great food, value and service!

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

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The Broad Face

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

Oxford Blue

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

The White Hart

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

Old Swan & Minster Mill

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School Hill, Minster Lovell, Witney, Oxfordshire OX29 0RN Tel: 01993 774 441 Web: www.oldswanandminstermill.com The Old Swan captures the charm of bygone years, throw in a good measure of modern convenience, add to it the laid-back atmosphere of the gastro-pub inspired dining room and log-fired bar and you’ll feel like there’s no place like it. The setting couldn’t be more romantic if it tried.

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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.

La Cucina

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

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

The Beetle and Wedge

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Ferry Lane Moulsford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire OX10 9JF Tel: 01491 651381 Web: www.beetleandwedge.co.uk The Restaurant offers a warm and friendly atmosphere and a magical combination of fabulous food, an idyllic location and great service - our mission is to ensure your time with us is as enjoyable as possible. Families are important to us at The Beetle & Wedge Boathouse and children are always welcome, we can adapt our menus to suit most tastes and provide highchairs where necessary. If you have any special requirements please contact us.

The Bear & Ragged Staff

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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.

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..

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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. Our Head Chef, Matt Weedon last year was number 45 in the Sunday Times top 100'Restaurants Awards and, previously gained a Michelin star at Glrnnap Castle and Lords of the Manor. Seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown in the hotel’s kitchen gardens and orchards and whenever possible meat and poultry is sourced from our own farm. The restaurant faces south to overlook the hotel’s croquet lawn and offers the perfect ambience.

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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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.

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

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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.

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.

The Red Lion

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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.

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Restaurants The Blacks Head Bletchington The Green, Bletchington, OX5 3DA Tel: 01869 350315 Web: www.blackshead.com The Blacks Head pub is a late 18th century public house full of charm and character. Here at the Blacks Head our cullinary focus is on locally sourced, freshly prepared produce. Our Fish and Chips are coated in our popular Ramsbury Flintknapper Bitter. Our Childrens Menu is carefully thought out combining choice and health and our chicken nuggets are made to order from freshly cut chicken breast. For younger diners we have a range of Organic Baby Food.

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

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

Cafe Loco

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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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Crisis Skylight Cafe at The Old Fire Station 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ Tel: 01865 263 972 The Oxford Skylight Café is open to the public daily from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. It serves freshly ground coffees, teas and cakes as well as a range of home cooked food prepared from fresh, local produce. There are daily specials (including a vegetarian option) a range of sandwiches, hot pannini's, baked potatoes, fresh salads and the famous fireman's breakfast served all day!

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

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

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Summers come and go but rarely do we have weather commensurate with summer… or anything like what summer should be. When the weather decides to fall into line, as it has done this year, and you think about eating out, there isn’t a finer destination in Oxford than The Cherwell Boathouse. We’d spent a wonderful Sunday lunch at The Cherwell Boathouse back in July. After a delightful meal, we took a punt and ended up watching Andy Murray win Wimbledon sat in the middle of the river on the phone. It was now early August and as we took our seats with the night drawing in, it was rather sad to think summer was almost over, reinforced by the ‘Late Summer Menu’ which we were presented with as the waitress took our orders. We were with our daughter Abi who had joined us on a rare night off from a summer of sleepovers and were seated in the middle of the restaurant. It says everything you need to know about this picturesque restaurant that almost every table consisted of a different sort of party. Amongst them there was a table of eight businessmen, a family of four, a young couple enjoying a romantic night out, an elderly couple chuckling at the punters still mooring well past dark and a cosmopolitan table of students from what sounded like all four corners of the globe. This is the appeal of The Cherwell Boathouse in a nutshell, and we haven’t even talked food! Tina chose the sublime looking Carpaccio of Dexter beef with shaved summer truffle, ice salad and olive oil, whilst Abi and I had the Crispy Parma ham, mozzarella and heritage tomatoes, although Abi preferred to call them ‘traffic light’ tomatoes by virtue of their red, yellow and green colour variation. This was a pleasant starter, not heavy at all, perfect with a bottle of chilled water – I was saving my quota of wine for the main course! As our attentive waitress cleared the way for our main course, my glass of Rioja, La Vendimia, Herencia Remondo was duly delivered to the table, swiftly followed by my dry aged sirloin steak, fabulously naughty triple cooked chips (the basket containing approximately nine wedge shaped chips was soon cut to three – and the main name in the frame was sat right next to me, maybe that’s why they’re tripled cooked!). Tina had the pan fried line caught fillet of stone bass, white bean, morel & samphire fricasseé (a big favourite) which was wonderfully prepared and judging by the clean slate, equally enjoyable. Abi had the ‘brilliant’ new season rump of lamb with aubergine caviar and polished it off in absolute silence – it must have been good! Clean plates all round and no complaints. Exquisite food, wonderful ambience, impeccable service. There is literally nothing to fault about The Cherwell Boathouse. Come rain or shine, early, middle or late summer, in fact any day of the year, experience the beautiful Boathouse. Tel: 01865 552746 Web: www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk

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