Henley-on-Thames has been revealed as the start of the OVO Energy Women's Cycling Tour through Oxfordshire on Wednesday 12th June. Elite cyclist Sophie Wright recently met with organisers, press and representatives from Henley Town Council and announced that the third stage of the race will start from Market Place in the centre of Henley, with about 100 professional riders cycling the 145km through towns, villages and rural areas to Blenheim Palace in Woodstock. It is hoped that this section of the race will benefit Oxfordshire economically as cycling fans visit the county to watch the race. Highlights of the race will be aired on ITV4 channel.
Disused underground Victorian toilets situated opposite Martyrs' Memorial in St Giles' Oxford are to be turned into bed and breakfast rooms with views of the Randolph Hotel and Ashmolean Museum. The men's loos first opened in the late 19th Century but were closed by the city council in 2008. The owners of the Galaxie Hotel in Banbury Road have been given planning permission for the project which will see the erection of two glass canopies over the existing stairwells and restoration of the existing railings.
Artisan Colombian Coffee Roasters opens at Pharma House, 267 Banbury Road in Summertown Oxford (corner of South Parade). The coffee shop occupying a unit that was once occupied by The Book House has a very smart interior. Colombian Coffee Roasters is a speciality single-origin coffee roaster born and based in Oxford (UK). They are part of a generation of coffee growers in Colombia with a strong focus on delivering high-quality coffee and education, whilst supporting Fair Trade conditions to ensure their coffee is sustainable and ethical. This shop is the addition to the Colombian Coffee Roasters in The Covered Market, in Oxford City Centre.
Legendary singer Gladys Knight has been announced as the final headliner for Nocturne Live 2019 series of concerts at The Great Court in Blenheim Palace. Gladys Knight, who recently performed at the Super Bowl, will open this year’s Nocturne Live, which takes place from Thursday 20 June to Sunday 23 June. Joining her will be chart-topping UK vocalist Gabrielle and the brand-new Disco Classical project, featuring Kathy Sledge of the legendary Sister Sledge performing with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra. Tickets for Gladys Knight start at £35 and go on general sale on Friday 01 March.
The Modern Baker concept cafe in Summertown is set to close at the end of March. The owners have decided to concentrate their efforts on the business operation in Kidlington which undertakes research and supplies supermarkets like Waitrose. This will be a great loss for Summertown, as the cafe was a meeting place and a source of delicious and healthy food. The 12 seat Modern Baker concept cafe was opened to offer their quirky range of cakes and pastries that were baked daily and entirely without refined sugars, instead using only natural, low-GI alternatives like coconut sugar, honey, dates and maple syrup.
The final headline acts for this summer's 16th Cornbury Music Festival 2019, taking place from 5th to 7th July, have been announced. The Cornbury Music Festival 2019 headline acts are as follows; True legends (and currently at no1. in the album charts) THE SPECIALS will be topping the bill on Friday night. Returning to Cornbury on Saturday 6th, pop rockers Keane are back on the live scene after a five-year hiatus. The silver surfers, The Beach Boys, will be taking to the Cornbury stage on Sunday 7 July as the closing day headliner.