Oxfordshire

With skylines pierced with spires and domes, palace estates and idyllic meadows, Oxfordshire has a dreamlike quality. Top things to do in Oxfordshire include a punt on the River Isis in Oxford for a student's-eye view of highbrow colleges, walk though rambling deer parks and lush meadows and head to Henley to see varsity teams row in posh regattas. Be sure to add gourmet retreats in manor houses and horsey events hosted by dukes to your to-do list. There is something for everyone in Oxfordshire. Walkers amble between stony Cotswold villages and tread ridgeways over the Chiltern Hills as red kites swoop overhead. Meanwhile, shoppers spend happy days lost in designer outlets and covered markets.

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Oxford Castle Unlocked

Oxford Castle Unlocked

Do you believe in ghosts? You might do after experiencing the dark, eerie atmosphere of Oxford Castle unlocked.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Rediscover the English countryside with BBC Countryfile Live

Rediscover the English countryside with BBC Countryfile Live

Head to the spectacular grounds of Oxfordshire’s iconic World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace for BBC Countryfile Live, which will be hosted between the 3 - 6 August.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

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Plan a seasonal dinner party with Raymond Blanc

Plan a seasonal dinner party with Raymond Blanc

Embrace your passion for food and learn to create phenomenal cuisine with new techniques that support Raymond's own cuisine and food philosophy.

Location: Great Milton, Oxfordshire

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Spend an afternoon in the gardens of The Fishes pub

Spend an afternoon in the gardens of The Fishes pub

Eat away the afternoon at the Fishes, a serious gastropub with beautiful views in the Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: North Hinksey, Oxford

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Plan a romantic escape to Malmaison Oxford

Plan a romantic escape to Malmaison Oxford

Enjoy chocolate dipped strawberries in a converted prison on a romantic break in Oxford.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

The appeal of Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens goes way beyond its remarkable wildlife collection to breeding programmes and exuberant gardens.

Location: Burford, Oxfordshire

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Explore the city with Oxford Official Walking Tours

Explore the city with Oxford Official Walking Tours

The fantastic walking tours are the perfect way to explore and learn about the history, famous residents and odd traditions of this unique city.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Explore the Hanson Way on National Cycle Route 5

Explore the Hanson Way on National Cycle Route 5

Enjoy a gentle bike ride along cycle tracks or quiet country roads in the fresh air to discover the delights of Oxford, Abingdon and Didcot.

Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire

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Get close to nature at Oxford Botanic Garden

Get close to nature at Oxford Botanic Garden

Pack your picnic and plan a day out at Oxford’s Botanic Garden where there is always something interesting to see in the gardens.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Ride on down to the Didcot Railway Centre

Ride on down to the Didcot Railway Centre

Enjoy a trip to Didcot Railway Centre, whose magnificent restored engines will take you steaming through most of the Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: Didcot, Oxfordshire

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Enjoy a stress-free city break with Holiday Inn Oxford

Enjoy a stress-free city break with Holiday Inn Oxford

Just three miles from the city centre, you’ll find Holiday Inn Oxford makes weekend city breaks easy.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Drink a beer at The Bear Inn – Oxford’s oldest pub

Drink a beer at The Bear Inn – Oxford’s oldest pub

Sit back, relax and sample the cask ales and pub grub at Oxford’s oldest drinking hole.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Romantic punting on the River Cherwell

Romantic punting on the River Cherwell

Ever watched people punting and felt you’d like to have a go? Pick up a few tips at Cherwell Boathouse, grab the pole and off you go.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Discover the UK's only crocodile zoo

Discover the UK's only crocodile zoo

Come face to face with some of the most feared predators on the planet - Nile crocodiles, American alligators, black caiman and more!

Location: Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

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Enjoy lavish shopping at Bicester Village

Enjoy lavish shopping at Bicester Village

From Prada to the White Company, vintage to catwalk fashions, Bicester Village is the destination for shopaholics everywhere to head to.

Location: Bicester, Oxfordshire

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Fairytale Farm: a farm park with a difference

Fairytale Farm: a farm park with a difference

A sensory and learning wonderland, Fairytale Farm will delight the whole family.

Location: Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

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Enjoy top-class music and haute cuisine at the Big Feastival

Enjoy top-class music and haute cuisine at the Big Feastival

Whatever happens at this festival, you won't go home with an empty stomach.

Location: Kingham, Oxfordshire

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Eat delicious seasonal food at the Wild Rabbit Inn

Eat delicious seasonal food at the Wild Rabbit Inn

Pop in for a drink by the fire or a locally-sourced meal, and then stay over at this charming inn in the idyllic Cotswold village of Kingham.

Location: Chipping Norton, Cotswolds

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Discover heritage and luxury in the heart of Oxford

Discover heritage and luxury in the heart of Oxford

Uncover the history of Oxford Castle Quarter, and then relax at the luxurious Macdonald Randolph Hotel on a city break in historical Oxford.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Enjoy a touch of class in a riverside Cotswold inn

Enjoy a touch of class in a riverside Cotswold inn

The kind of place you dream of but seldom find – an old stone inn, full of charm and history, in the beautiful Cotswold village of Burford.

Location: Burford, Oxfordshire

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