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The Best of Woodstock

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“One of the nation’s most illustrious celebrations of books and literature, and of art forms inspired by literature: film, television and music”
La Galleria Woodstock

It’s hard not to love Woodstock. Smart Georgian townhouses, glowing Cotswold stone, ivy-clad pubs, antique shops and Blenheim Palace – there are worse places to find yourself. As part of our monthly celebration of Oxfordshire’s many stand-out towns and villages, here are OX Magazine’s best-loved Woodstock favourites.

The Feathers

A quintessential Cotswold hotel, The Feathers is worth a visit for its gin bar alone. At last count, the bar stocks over 400 brands – and was doing it long before it was cool. Elsewhere, The Feathers’ restaurant serves classic, seasonal British cuisine – wild mushroom and spinach pie and roast whole plaice are favourites.

feathers.co.uk

Soldiers of Oxfordshire

Woodstock’s poignant military museum attempts to relate to the connection between the military of Oxfordshire and the county in which they are based – hence the strapline of “Conflict and County”. Temporary exhibitions and interactive virtual experiences add to the museum’s comprehensive main collection, with offers for kids and families throughout school holidays.

sofo.org.uk

Blenheim Lit Fest

Blenheim Lit Fest, or to give the event its proper name, Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music, is one of the nation’s most illustrious celebrations of books and literature, and of art forms inspired by literature: film, television and music. This year’s guests include Nicholas Parsons, Peter Conradi and Judith Makrell – make sure to peruse our full feature on the festival.

blenheimpalaceliteraryfestival.com

La Galleria

Classic beef carpaccio, creamy and authentic Burrata, crab and chilli linguine… La Galleria serves indulgent, traditional Italian and Sardinian food, in the centre of Woodstock’s market square. An extensive, Italian-centric wine list completes the experience – a must-visit.

lagalleriawoodstock.com

Oxfordshire Museum

This large eighteenth century house in Woodstock provides a home for the Oxfordshire's collections; touring exhibitions, a stunning garden, museum shop and café complement the permanent displays. The museum is bigger than you might think, with 11 galleries displaying art, archaeology, local and natural history. Explore the county's innovative industries from nanotechnology to nuclear power and its past from the Jurassic to the Victorian period and beyond.

www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxfordshiremuseum

Dantzig Gallery

Woodstock’s premiere modern art gallery. Here you can find modern masters alongside emerging and established contemporary artists, including work by David Freud, Renegade Xavier and Sara Pope. Of particular interest this month is a sale of posters and prints from the 4th October, which will include work from artists including Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Keith Haring and Salvador Dali.

dantzig.uk

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Fri 18 Jan 2019

Foodylicious:

Food and Drink you can feel Good About

After a chance meeting at the Didcot Street Fair I find myself on the way to meet Simon Collison, a man who knows more about the UK’s food and drink industry than anyone you’re likely to meet. I was there to discover the ethos of a man whose enterprise, Foodylicious, had caught our attention. He’s an extremely affable chap, with a generous smile and genuinely enthusiastic tone. I first ask him of the route of his career thus far and discover a raft of leading brands that he was responsible for bringing to the UK consumer.

Mon 14 Jan 2019

Videogames:

Design/Play/Disrupt

Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt celebrates the innovative and rapidly changing design field of videogames. The exhibition explores videogame design since the mid-2000s, when major technological advancements – such as increased access to broadband, social media and newly available means of making – transformed the way games are designed, discussed and played.

Mon 14 Jan 2019

Self-confessed food obsessive and fermentation advocate, Emma Collen, owner of the fabulous Jericho Kitchen Cookery School, had her passion for all things fermented ignited by a lesson from Simon Poffley, author of Ferment, Pickle, Dry: Ancient Methods, Modern Meals.

Fri 11 Jan 2019

“A Time of Hope” 

Oxford Marks Holocaust Memorial Day 

This month Keble College will hold its 12th Holocaust Memorial Day service, which welcomes the sounds of both Keble College Choir and that of the Oxford Jewish Congregation, OxfordShir. The latter is named for the Hebrew word for song, Shir. “It seems to work,” conductor John Dunston says warmly of the wordplay. He and I are both guests of Nevsky Everett, Chaplain at Keble.