Great things to do in Oxfordshire...
30 November 20  /  Insights

No doubt about it, Oxfordshire is a vibrant, happening place, with a fantastic selection of restaurants, pubs, coffee-houses, shops, historical attractions and amazing places to visit. As the proud sponsors of the recently launched ‘Oxon Inspires’ podcast, designed to showcase inspirational businesses and individuals, Mathews Comfort is delighted to promote all that Oxfordshire has to offer.
 
Having recently moved to the area, host James Mousley, Director of Financial Planning at Mathews Comfort, is keen to discover the recommendations of podcasters as to their favourite places to visit. Here, we highlight some of their choices, giving you plenty of ideas and ensuring an enjoyable experience whatever the weather.
 
Jodie & Chris Hannah from The Burford Recruitment Company have a number of recommendations, including Blenheim Palace, at present promoting an Illuminated Light Trail through the Park and Gardens; the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, offering over 160 acres of beautiful parklands with a diverse collection of animals, birds and reptiles, including many endangered species; and The Ashmolean Museum, the University of Oxford’s fascinating museum of art and archaeology. Also in Oxford City Centre is the intriguing Pitt Rivers Museum, displaying more than 500,000 objects, photographs and manuscripts from all over the world and all periods of human existence; and the fascinating Museum of Natural History, with its internationally renowned collection of natural history specimens.
 
When it comes to food and drink, Jodie and Chris can’t speak highly enough of The Maytime Inn, a traditional 17th century Cotswold establishment in Witney, with beautiful bedrooms, locally sourced food and drink, and an award-winning garden, with an outdoor gin bar.  They also recommend a number of festivals, including Witney Feast, the annual Feast of St Mary, held in Witney since 1243 and Witney Beer Festival, offering a fantastic selection of beers and ciders.
 
Local journalist, author and TV Critic, Andrew Billen recommends a selection of venues located close to Oxford centre, including Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum, with its stunning Autumn trails amidst a kaleidoscope of reds, golds and yellows; Port Meadow Park, a large  meadow of open common land beside the River Thames, with beautiful walks, wild ponies and a historical landscape; and the green and watery haven that is Hinksey Park, located just off the Abingdon Road, with its avenues of Giant Redwoods and Pine trees. Further afield and steeped in history, Wittenham Clumps is one of South Oxfordshire’s most iconic landmarks, offering stunning views and a glorious figure-of-eight walk around the hilltops.
 
If you’re looking for some retail therapy, Westgate Oxford is home to over 100 shops featuring the best of the High Street and prestigious brands, along with more than 20 restaurants, bars and cafes; Oxford Covered Market offers a unique showcase for the best local crafts, food and drink, in a beautiful building dating back to the 1770s and it’s also worth taking a look down Oxford’s historic Cowley Road.
 
Wildlife Filmmaker, Director and Photographer John Brown adds to the list or recommendations, suggesting a visit to Christ Church Meadow, an open space in the centre of Oxford, with its delightful walks, longhorn cattle and university rowing teams training and competing on the section of the Thames known as the Isis. He also sites Witney Roadrunners, a vibrant athletics club, offering coaching, training, running and regular social events; and Witney Rugby Football Club, one of Oxfordshire’s top rugby clubs, with regular matches and a thriving mini & junior section.
 
With its abundance of cultural and historical attractions; parks, open spaces and riverside walks; shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes; sports facilities and open air activities, the region is a veritable treasure trove. Here, we’ve touched on just a few of the many attractions on offer. Watch out for our second article, suggesting great places to eat and stay in Oxfordshire, and if you haven’t yet listened to our Podcast, ‘Oxon Inspires’, take a look and listen in.

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To discuss your current financial plan, financial future and lifestyle planning, please contact Mathews Comfort on 01865 208 000 or email us at: info@mathewscomfort.co.uk

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