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tidbits of UK travel news

From the London Independent.  A (very) modest hotel in Wales scores for customer service. Even thrifty old me could afford to stay here! I wonder how far in advance one needs to book? And here are a few ideas for … Continue reading

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Assorted crumbs from the UK

OK, OK, so some of these have absolutely nothing to do with travel. But it’s my blog and these little items tickled my fancy (and Lord knows I need my fancy tickled as often as possible!) From the London Independent. … Continue reading

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A new bridge in Oxford

From Oxford Mail. A new bridge will be built across the Cherwell in Oxford with limited use except for Christ Church students and staff. Still could be a great new spot for taking fotos.

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Travelodge still wants to build a hotel near Oxford

From Oxford Mail. I think having a modestly-priced motor hotel near Oxford could be a great money-saver for those of us who don’t feel flush enough to book into the Randolph. I especially like the fact that it will be … Continue reading

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Visit Oxfordshire and (maybe) see a wallaby

From Oxford Mail. Wallabies seen in Oxfordshire. It’s certainly cheaper than flying Down Under if you want to see one. Maybe someone could round them up and have a wallaby park?

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Deli and pubs with new life near Oxford

From Oxford Mail. Two pubs that have been closed for a while are finally open for business again under new owners. One is near Woodstock, the other near Chipping Norton. Cheers! There’s also a restau in Abingdon who has opened … Continue reading

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Sheep at work at Blenheim Palace

From Oxford Mail. Blenheim Palace’s sheep are now producing wool for a green scheme, in addition to their lambs. And here I was thinking all they did was keep the grass down to save on landscaping costs!

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A great gastro-pub in Oxford

From Oxford Mail. Oxford Blue, a gastro-pub in East Oxford that’s getting a whole lotta buzz.

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New Saxon finds at Oxfordshire museum in Woodstock

From Oxford Mail. For the rest of 2012, ancient treasure unearthed by private citizens and their metal detectors will be on display at a free museum in Woodstock, north of Oxford. Cool!

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Horse trials at Blenheim this weekend

From Oxford Mail. From now through Sunday, International Horse trials at Blenheim Palace. What, I wonder, did the horses do wrong that they are being tried? Ohhh, THAT kind of horse trial. Never mind.

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A new working attraction in Oxfordshire – a steam powered sawmill

From Oxford Mail. If you’re looking for something that’s a bit out of the ordinary, a steam-powered sawmill is up and running again in Witney. Open for visitors two days a week. Neat!

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Abingdon’s new name – town and firehouse

From the Oxford Mail. Not sure exactly why the name change was implemented, but Abingdon is now Abingdon-on-Thames so the firehouse had to change its name to match. Mark your maps, brains and GPS.

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Music festival coming in August near Oxford

From Oxford Mail.  Chalgrove music festival on the first weekend in August. Sounds like it’ll be a blast (there’s a beer tent, after all).

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Seeing the Cotswolds without a car and a new Rolling Stones museum

A bus-train travel promotion for discovering the Cotswolds without a car. From Oxford Mail. A Rolling Stones museum opens in Germany. From France 24.

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Another new pub opening soon

This guy made a pile of money from stocks and is opening a pub in Banbury. A beer festival will be held at the pub on Monday, May 7, including Yorkshire’s Black Sheep Best Bitter. I wish I could be … Continue reading

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New air service between Oxford and Isle of Man

Not terribly expensive, a new small plane service from Oxford could be exciting. From the Oxford Mail.

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A new walking tour of Oxford

From the Oxford Mail – a poetry-themed walking tour in Oxford.

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chocolate festival in Oxford!

From the Oxford Mail. If you’re in or near Oxford, England this weekend, check out the Chocolate Festival. I wish I’d known!

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a historic pub in Abingdon getting another chance

Nags Head pub will get some major renovations and reopen later in the year. CAMRA is excited. From the Oxford Mail.

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A commercial stunt at the Uffington White Horse

From the Oxford Mail. New canvas lines were added around the Uffington White Horse, a prehistoric hillside chalk carving near Oxford, England. Locals are upset, but it’s canvas and does not affect the existing chalk. Lax security should perhaps be … Continue reading

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a new hotel with a view is coming to Oxford

The good news — plans for a new hotel IN Oxford, above street level to provide panoramic views, are in the works. To be located on George Street, halfway between the Rail Station and the Broad. The bad news — … Continue reading

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new plans for a Travelodge near an Oxford park-&-ride

If this becomes a reality, it will make staying cheaply near Oxford really easy!

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Return to Oxford

Over the years, I have visited Oxford, England a few times. The first two times were back in the early 1990s. Both times, I took the ‘official’ walking tour of the colleges, conducted by vetted Blue Badge guides. These guides provided interesting history and … Continue reading

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