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Oxfordshire

OXFORDSHIRE

You’ll find Oxfordshire in the South East of England. It is one of the most quintessentially English counties, wreathed in rural tranquility and peppered with chocolate-box villages. In addition to the picturesque city of Oxford, there are plenty of market towns, where you can buy local produce and unique and hand-crafted goods.

Messing About on the River

The county's greatest asset has to be its beautiful countryside, and it has certainly made the most of it. If you’re looking to get to grips with the spectacular scenery from a different perspective then it’s well worth taking a trip on the River Cherwell, either courtesy of a chauffeur-driven punt or hiring a pole and taking a lazy trip across the water. Pack some strawberries and a bottle of champagne and you’ve got all the ingredients for the perfect summer’s day.

Wizards and Wildlife

The impressive Blenheim Palace is always worth a visit. However, if you’re having trouble persuading younger members of your party that this is a good idea, maybe you should inform them that Blenheim Palace is the setting for the scene in which Harry Potter uses occlumency on Severus Snape and we see him as a youngster in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

There are plenty of attractions for family groups, such as the Cotswold Wildlife Park. Here you can see rare and exotic animals, set in the stunning grounds of the Manor House.

Fine Food in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire also boasts some of the UK’s best restaurants, supplied by local farmers and producers. For stunning scenery and superb food, be sure to visit The Boathouse restaurant in Henley on Thames.

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February
Oxford International Art Fair
Oxford International Art Fair

Giving Art Collectors and Art Enthusiast a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy directly from the artist that has travelled all the way to Oxford. (photo - VisitEngland/NewcastleGateshead Initiative)

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Slimbridge Festival of Birds
Slimbridge Festival of Birds

Slimbridge Wetland Centre in the Stroud area of Gloucestershire is not only home to the world’s largest collection of swans, geese and ducks, but it is also the only place in the UK where you can see all six species of flamingo.

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March
Cheltenham Racecourse The Festival
Cheltenham Racecourse The Festival

The Festival is the embodiment of everything that is great about Cheltenham. Its atmosphere, anticipation and action, played out on a beautiful sporting arena that has no equal.

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April
Folk Weekend, Oxford
Folk Weekend, Oxford

Oxford's celebration of all things folky.

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May
Abingdon Air & Country Show
Abingdon Air & Country Show

A celebration of aviation and all things country. (photo - VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Cheltenham International Jazz Festival
Cheltenham International Jazz Festival

Taking place in hosted in a tented festival village in Cheltenham’s Montpellier Gardens, the Jazz Festival features a Big Top, Jazz Arena, Beyond the Band tent with jazz cinema, and a great range of food and drink options, as well as a market area.

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Salisbury Arts Festival
Salisbury Arts Festival

A Two-week multi-arts festival (VisitEngland/VisitDerby/Matthew Jones Photography)

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June
Chadlington Beer Festival
Chadlington Beer Festival

Chadlington Beer Festival – beer, cider, lager, wine, Pimms, gin, live music all day, BBQ, tea tent, kids stuff. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival
Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival

Showcasing the very best of local and national food producers. Chefs kitchen, entertainment, food talks and wine tasting.

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July
Annual Cotswold Show at Cirencester Park
Annual Cotswold Show at Cirencester Park

A showcase of all things Cotswolds. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Tewkesbury Medieval Festival
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival has been the high spot of Tewkesbury’s summer since 1984. It is now widely regarded as the largest free medieval gathering of its kind in Europe, and attracts re-enactors, traders and entertainers, and visitors from all over the world. (photo - VisitEngland/NewcastleGateshead Initiative)

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Three Choirs Festival
Three Choirs Festival

The Three Choirs Festival, held annually since the early eighteenth century and rotating between the three great cathedral cities of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford, is one of the world’s oldest classical music festivals. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Warwick Folk Festival
Warwick Folk Festival

The very best in traditional and contemporary folk arts.

photo - VisitEngland/VisitDerby/Matthew Jones Photography)

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September
Stratford Town Centre Food Festival
Stratford Town Centre Food Festival

The Stratford Town Centre Food Festival is all about local, featuring a bustling regional food producers market with over 100 stalls spread throughout our historic streets. Also showcasing a mouthwatering selection of the finest food and drink with a top notch programme of free demonstrations and hands-on workshops from the best of our town's culinary

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October
Tetbury Musical Festival
Tetbury Musical Festival

Bringing leading instrumentalists and singers to Tetbury. (photo ©VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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