Oxford pubs have become famous through their depiction in many films and TV series such as Inspector Morse. They range from the historic and popular Turf Tavern to the modern bars such as Thirst and the Living Room. Although there are a large number of pubs in Oxford City Centre there are also many pubs around Oxford that are worth considering such as the Trout at Wolvercote which has a very attractive location next to the River Thames. Should you wish to try a glass of English beer (also known a, Real Ale or Bitter) there are a few things you might wish to know. Real Ale is normally served at cellar temperature which is not as cold as larger or continental beers. Real Ale / Bitter also normally has a much stronger flavour which varies from brand to brand and is served flat (not many bubbles). So before you order a whole pint you might wish to try a small sample of the beer which most pub landlords will happily allow. One thing to be aware of is that not everyone can drink legally in English pubs - there's a minimum age limit as to when you can start buying alcohol. If you are in a restaurant you can have a glass with a meal at the age of 14. At 16 you can drink shandy (lemonade mixed with beer) in pubs and at 18 you can start buying alcohol legally in pubs (good news if you are American!).
Oxford has a reputation for being a bit of a sleepy academic city but these days once the sun goes down there is plenty of night time activity! A number of new clubs have sprung up recently that make the Oxford clubbing scene semi decent. The newest club on the block is the Thirst Tavern which a sister operation to the popular Thirst Bar. Other relatively new clubs include the Bridge on Hythe Bridge Street which is connected to Anuba bar on Park End Street. There are also a number of clubs that have been around for eternity and are still popular including the Old Fire Station on George Street (or OFS as it is often referred to) and the student friendly Purple Turtle on Cornmarket Street. If you are looking for something not so main stream the Cowley Road offers the Zodiac which often features live bands and the Coven II near the Ice Rink has a number of alternate nights. If you just want to browse, the main focus for clubbing is around Park End Street and the parallel road Hythe Bridge Street.
Oxford Literary Festival
(Sun 16th Mar, 2014)
The Oxford Literary Festival offers a range of talks, discussions, debates, readings and lunches from authors and literary heroes. The main location is Christ Church college.
Blenheim Easter Egg Challenge
(Tue 22nd Apr, 2014)
Annual Easter Egg Challenge at Blenheim Palace, including face painting and family fun.
May Day Celebrations 6am
(Thu 01st May, 2014)
Spectators gather in their thousands to hear the choir of Magdalen College sing in the new May dawn from the top of their chapel tower.