The city of Oxford revolves around its prestigious university, established in the 12th century. The architecture of its 38 colleges in the medieval centre led poet Matthew Arnold to nickname it the 'City of Dreaming Spires'. The River Thames flow along the western and southern edge of the city and is easily accessible - beyond the river is predominately countryside and the River Hotel is well located in the middle, walk one way to the city, walk the other way to explore nature.
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Blenheim Palace offers a wonderful day out for all the family, situated in the delightful town of Woodstock, 8 miles from Oxford and 20 minute drive. Bus S3 travels from Oxford Rail Station and takes around 30 minutes.
Blenheim palace was built between 1705 and 1722. The Park and Gardens at Blenheim provide a majestic formal setting for the Palace. You will be inspired by the majesty of the Palace, delighted by the interior filled with treasures and intrigued by the apartments devoted to Sir Winston Churchill. There are gardens in a variety of styles;lakes to row on, an adventure play area for children and even a narrow-gauge railway to take you from car park to the Palace. Blenheim Palace was built for the National Hero John 1st Duke of Marlborough and his Duchess Sarah, given by Queen Anne as a gift in reward for his military services.
Nearby Bladon is famous as the final resting place of Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Britain during the Second World War.
Oxford Playhouse:One Small Step
21st - 22nd April, 5th - 6th May 2018
Check your oxygen, adjust your space, suit and buckle up for the biggest mission of your life…
…the ignition sequence has begun. 5 seconds and counting...
One Small Step is touching down at Blenheim Palace for two days of free theatre and space-themed activities.
Recounting history’s greatest adventure, the race between the United States and the Soviet Union to send the first man to the moon, One Small Step is an inventive, funny and surprisingly moving action-packed show that crams 50 years of history into 60 minutes!
Blenheim Palace Food Festival
26th - 28th May 2018
We are very excited to welcome back Fantastic British Food Festivals to host our fifth annual Blenheim Palace Food Festival.
This year’s festival will feature more demonstrations, more local producers and more tastings than ever before, with a fantastic range of food, drink, and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
The festival promises regional food and drink from 130 stallholders, including artisan bakers, craft brewers, gourmet burgers, international cuisine, traditional ice creams, and handmade sweets.
Blenheim Palace Flower Show
22nd - 24th June 2018
The ever-popular Blenheim Palace Flower Show will return for its sixth year in June 2018.
A wonderful three-day event, join us in the Grand Floral Marquee to celebrate the very best of gardening, home and lifestyle. Explore the show gardens and shopping village, attend talks and discussions led by the professionals and venture into the Floral Art Marquee to find beautiful pieces by renowned local and international artists.
Don't forget a walk around the Palace's Formal Gardens for some inspiration!
Oxford University is made up of 38 colleges spread across the city, most located in the small compact easily navigable city centre. There are many different buildings, including academic departments, colleges and halls, located around the centre of Oxford. Many University buildings, such as gardens, libraries and museums, as well as many of the colleges, are open to visitors during the day.
Nuffield College is the closest main college building to the River Hotel which is conveniently located just across from Oxford Castle;five minutes walk from the hotel.
The River Hotel and indeed most of West Oxford is built on Christ Church owned land, making Christ Church one of the wealthiest of the main colleges. Christ Church is also famous for educating some of Britain's Prime Ministers, author Lewis Carroll and more recently the film location of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. You can reach Christ Church via a leisurely walk along the towpath of the canalised River Thames to Folly Bridge.
Event date 9 Feb 2018 to 16 Sep 2018
Event time 10:00 - 17:00
Venue Museum of Natural History
From the arrival of the earliest modern humans to the people of the present day, Settlers tells the dynamic story of Britain’s ever-changing population as revealed by genetics, archaeology and demography. The exhibition is accompanied by newly commissioned artwork by visual artist Ian Kirkpatrick, and a special events programme.
Undergraduate Open day dates in 2018
The next University-wide Open Days for undergraduates will be held on Wednesday 27 June, Thursday 28 June and Friday 14 September 2018. Students, parents and teachers are invited to spend a whole day in Oxford.
Visit the university website for information on visiting the colleges, information on opening times and admission charges and links to their individual websites
At Hinksey Heights - The Oxford Golf Course - you will find an 18 hole championship course with the most remarkable views of Oxford's 'dreaming spires'. Set just on the edge of the city there is also the 939 yard nine hole Par 3 Spires Golf Course as well as a foot-golf course.
The River Hotel is on the west of Oxford and only a ten minute from the Hinksey Village and North Hinksey Golf Club, accessed from the A34.
The Sheldonian Theatre, an exquisite Grade I listed building situated in Oxford’s city centre, is the official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford. Some of the ceremonial activities that take place in the Theatre include matriculation, graduation ceremonies, Encaenia and Congregation. The Theatre is open to the public to visit when not in use.
This unique historic Oxford venue, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, can also be hired for concerts, meetings, lectures, talks and other events.
The Sheldonian Theatre is in the centre of Oxford and a 15 minute walk from the River Hotel.
Hertford College –John Donne Lecture with Sir Nick Clegg
Friday 20 April 5:00pm. Sheldonian Theatre
We are delighted to announce the 2018 John Donne lecture, to be held in the Sheldonian Theatre:
‘Keep Calm But Do Not Carry on’- Sir Nick Clegg, former Deputy Prime Minister, will argue that stopping Brexit is the best way to take back control.
The John Donne lecture is an annual lecture held by Hertford College. You can also read transcripts from previous John Donne lectures here.
This lecture is free and open to all. Doors open from 4.30 pm.
Founded in 1860 as the centre for scientific study at the University of Oxford, the Museum of Natural History now holds the University’s internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimens. Housed in a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture, the Museum’s growing collections underpin a broad programme of natural environment research, teaching and public engagement.
From 6 March - 1 May
Eruptions of Vesuvius formed a fiery backdrop to the Bay of Naples from 1631 until 1944. During this period, eruptive activity fluctuated from the steady emission of small lava flows to violent and dramatic fire-fountains and ashy plumes.
The Pitt Rivers Museum displays archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world and all time periods. It is truly a global museum. The museum is also a teaching and research institution and the curators are also university lecturers in either cultural anthropology or prehistoric archaeology. The museum was founded in 1884 when General Pitt Rivers, an influential figure in the development of archaeology and evolutionary anthropology, gave his collection to the University of Oxford.
The museum is located next to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, University Parks is nearby. Situated in north Oxford, it is a 20 minute walk from the River Hotel through the centre of town.
Sunil Shah:Uganda Stories
17 February - 27 August 2018
In this photography exhibition, Shah explores very personal themes linked to his family's roots and heritage as Ugandan Asians, and offers wider narratives around exile, displacement and dispossession. In 1972 Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Asians from Uganda. Shah was three years old when his family were made refugees and forced to endure an unexpected journey, leaving their lives and possessions behind and move to the UK.
Offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of the City, but conveniently located right at its heart, is a green oasis offered by University Parks. Aiming to be available for the enjoyment of members of the University, local residents, and visitors to Oxford the park is open to the public almost every day of the year until dusk (the only exception being Christmas Eve) and boasts a choice of walks, a large collection of trees and plants and space for informal games and picnics. For those that enjoy sport there is the opportunity, depending on the season, to catch a game of cricket, lacrosse, tennis, football or rugby.
Founded in 1683 the Ashmolean is the world’s oldest public museum with incredibly rich and diverse collections ranging from Egyptian mummies to Pre-Raphaelite paintings to contemporary art.
The Ashmolean is open from Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 10am–5pm.
The rooftop restaurant entrance is on St Giles with some marvellous views during the day.
It is a 15 minute walk from the River Hotel to the Ashmolean Museum, along Hythe Bridge st and Beaumont street.
AMERICA'S COOL MODERNISM
O'Keeffe to Hopper
23 March – 22 July 2018
This is the first exhibition to explore the 'cool' in American art in the early 20th century, from early experiments in abstraction by artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove and Paul Strand to the strict, clean precisionist paintings of Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth.
The New Theatre offers a unique facility within the historic city of Oxford. The New Theatre opened in February 1934 with a revolving stage and increased capacity of 2000 (1,710 seated). Following a refurbishment in 2003 the theatre reverted back to the name New Theatre.
Motown's Greatest Hits - How Sweet It Is
New Theatre Oxford
25 April 2018
The ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of MOTOWN is back!
Dara ÓBriain - Voice of Reason
New Theatre Oxford
28 April 2018 - 29 April 2018
Thoroughly Modern Millie
New Theatre Oxford
01 May 2018 - 05 May 2018
Following a hugely successful tour in Spring 2017, award-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie is set to tour the UK again in 2018 with actress Hayley Tamaddon taking on the title role of Millie Dilmount, a Kansas girl determined to make it big in New York City.
It is less than 10 minutes walk from the River Hotel to the New Theatre on George Street, where there are plenty of pre theatre bars and dining options. There is a taxi rank at the bus station.
Hire the beautiful Oxford Town Hall in the heart of Oxford for weddings, conferences, meetings, concerts, festivals, social events and exhibition
The Holywell Music Room is the oldest concert hall in Europe, built in 1742, and is famed for its excellent acoustic. Handel is among the many famous composers and musicians to have appeared here.
Upcoming Music Events
April 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford , OX1 3AZ + Google Map
Thursday 26 April (1st week), 7.30pm Sheldonian Theatre GLINKA Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43