Things to do in Oxford
A Oxford is a small city the best way to explore is on foot with one of
registered blue Badge Guides who can be contacted on 01865 726871 via the
Tourist information centre.
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The Guild of Guides offer a variety of special interest tours which
* Oxford's Literary Links, including Lewis Carroll, CS Lewis
and JRR Tolkien
* Alice in Oxford
* Oxford's Waterways
* William Morris and Pre-Raphaelites
* The Romance of Oxford
* Inspector Morse
* TV/Film Locations in Oxford
* Ghost Tour
* Stained Glass
* Women in Oxford
* American Roots in Oxford
* The Civil War in Oxford
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Quirky Did you Know Facts
Christ Church in Oxford was where Alice Liddel grew up and where the Alice
in Wonderland Books were written by Lewis Caroll.
Bill Clinton went to University in Oxford and now his Daughter Chelsea is
Christ Church and The Boldeian Library were both used in the filming on
Harry Potter film Trilogy
Radiohead and SuperGrass are both Originally from Oxford
Oxford was the country's capital city during the Civil was when Charles
held his court here
Hitler was intending to use Oxford as his capital if he conquered England,
which is why the city was not bombed and why all the buildings are so well
Oxford is a busy place year round and here are the upcoming events, held
annually in Oxford.
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30th March Oxford v Cambridge University Boat Race - held since
1829 from Putney to Mortlake, River Thames.
27th Mar - 31st March Oxford Literary Festival
1st May May Morning - Magdalen College choir sings from
Magdalen Tower at 6.00am.
11th -12th May Balloon & Kite Festival
11th May- 2nd June Arts Week - Various venues in Oxford
22nd -25th May Eights Week - A series of inter-collegiate rowing
1st - 3rd June Oxfordshire Jubilee Festival 2002
3rd June Lord Mayor's Parade - St Giles to South Park
19th June Encaenia - Honorary degree ceremony held at the
Sheldonian Theatre at 11.30am.
23rd June Oxford Canal Festival
30th June East Oxford Carnival
3rd - 7th July Henley Royal Regatta, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
14th - 20th July Swan Upping - Tagging of swans along the River
23rd August Fireworks and Lights Extravaganza, Blenheim Palace,
9th - 10th Sept St Giles' Fair - Oxford's street fair
5th - 8th Sept Blenheim International Horse trails, Blenheim
26th Oct Oxford Round Table Fireworks Display - South Park
10th Dec Varsity Rugby at Twickenham
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Places to Eat and Drink
You will never be short of places to eat and drink in Oxford, with a vast
choice of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars.
Oxford boasts traditional tucked away, 16th century English pubs, serving
pub lunches and snacks, such as The Eagle and Child in St Giles which was
frequented by C S Lewis and J R R Tolkein, leading figures in Oxford's
famous literary group known as the Inklings. Colin Dexter's infamous
character, Inspector Endeavour Morse could often be found in Oxford's
older pubs such as The Turf Tavern which were often used in the filming of
the world-famous TV series.
One place you wouldn't expect to find a café and late night bar is in a
neo-classical listed building which was formerly a church. Freuds serves
excellent food at affordable prices, wines, beers and cocktails all mixed
with live music in the evenings.
For a more contemporary or unique atmosphere, Oxford is home to the Quod
Bar and Grill in the High Street, and also Gee's Restaurant, housed in a
Victorian conservatory, can be found on Banbury Road, 10 minutes from the
Fishers in St Clements, until recently was Oxford's only dedicated fish
and seafood restaurant, where all the fish is delivered daily from
Billingsgate market. However, a new addition to Oxford's extensive of
restaurants is the new Loch Fyne Fish Restaurant in Walton Street, which
serves seafood delicacies supplied from Scotland.
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If it is international cuisine that you are looking for, Oxford has
something for everyone, from numerous Asian restaurants serving Chinese,
Indonesian, Indian, Thai, and Indian to European restaurants serving
French, Italian, Spanish and Greek. Well worth a visit is Aziz Indian
Cuisine, on Cowley Road, which has just been named as one of the country's
top 30 Indian restaurants for the fourth consecutive year, or how about
Chaing Mai Kitchen where authentic Thai food is served in the setting of a
timber framed 17th century building. Also PizzaExpress in the Golden
Cross offers a relaxed candlelit atmosphere in the former Cross Inn dating
back to 1540 though records show there may have been an Inn on the site as
early as 1193.
For an evening you will be sure never to forget, why not eat by the river
at Cherwell Boathouse or even on the river taking in the views of Oxford's
Dreaming Spires on Rosamund the Fair, Oxford's Cruising Restaurant.
Oxford's ringroad hotels - A rough Guide
The Travel Inn Tel: 01865 779230 120 £49.95
Travelodge Tel: 01865 318600 150 £59.95
Holiday Inn Tel: 0870 400 9086 154 £149
Oxford Spires Four Pillars Tel: 01865 324324 141 £130 week day £89
weekend special in August
Oxford Thames Four Pillars Tel:01865 334444 60 £139 room only
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On 5th November 1605, soldiers discovered a man called Guy Fawkes in a cellar under the Houses of Parliament. With him were at least twenty barrels of gunpowder. Guy Fawkes was arrested and tortured. At last he gave way and told his torturers about a plot to blow up Parliament together with the king, James I, his ministers and Members of Parliament.
In 1606 Parliament agreed to make 5th November a day of public thanksgiving and ever since then the day has been celebrated with fireworks and bonfires.
The Clock Tower
Chelsea Flower Show
Chelsea Flower Show is the world's most popular and renowned flower show. The best in gardening and horticulture is brought together in one place for one week in May.
Edinburgh International Festival
Each year the Edinburgh International Festival stages one of the greatest celebrations of the arts, attracting audiences from around the world to the city's thrilling atmosphere. The festivities offer a unique opportunity to experience the excitement of live performance by internationally renowned artists as well as the joy of discovering new and unfamiliar works.
St. James Park
Henley Royal Regatta
Henley Regatta was first held in 1839. Originally staged by the Mayor and people of Henley as a public attraction with a fair and other amusements, the emphasis rapidly changed so that competitive amateur rowing became its main purpose.
Horse Guards Parade
London Film Festival
With a host of gala screenings, special events, The Guardian Interviews, and UK, European and World Premieres, the British Film Institute's London Film Festival is the leading non-competitive event in the international cinema calendar.
London International Boat Show
The London Boat Show is a glittering affair, with all the best in boating on display. London's Earls Court houses the international boat show with all the latest in boats, equipment, watersports and holidays.
Aside from being a natural arena for competitiveness and human achievement, the London Marathon is a huge asset to thousands of charities who enter athletes in the hope of raising money, usually on a sponsorship basis.
Notting Hill Carnival
Every August Bank Holiday the Notting Hill Carnival brings London alive. The festival began as West Indian immigrants moved into the area during the fifties and is now one of the best carnivals in the UK attracting over a million people each year. The first carnival was in 1964, and grew up from the struggle between the black West Indian community and the police. Today the carnival celebrates the diverse cultures which make up Britain's identity.
Royal Welsh Show
This is the flagship show for WCC members. Held in the South Glamorgan Hall, which is situated close to some of the main entrances to the showground, it is also near to the livestock and show rings which attract many thousands of visitors.
Southampton International Boat Show
The biggest and best of the season's boats is on display, as well as the latest in sailing wear, equipment and great holiday offers.
State Opening of Parliament
The Queen formally opens the new session of Parliament each year. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh she travels in the State Coach to the Palace of Westminster. Before the royal procession sets out, a detachment of the Yeomen of the Guard (dating from 1485, they are the oldest of the royal bodyguards) search the cellars of the Houses of Parliament. This tradition dates back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when Guy Fawkes was arrested whilst preparing to blow up Parliament. Today the Yeomen are reinforced by police in their search.
The Clock Tower