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Welcome to the Woodstock Edition of The Oxford Magazine

About Woodstock

Welcome to the Woodstock edition of The Oxford Magazine.

Woodstock, an old English word meaning “clearing in the woods”, is a picturesque historic town in Oxfordshire draped in history.

This dignified market town has historical links to nobility and royalty, as Woodstock Manor was the birthplace of the eldest son of King Edward III and was where Queen Mary I was imprisoned for a time by Elizabeth I.

The town grew up as a coaching stop around the Royal hunting lodge, which later became the site of Blenheim Palace, home of the Dukes of Marlborough since the early 1700s, and the birthplace of the statesman Sir Winston Churchill – he was born in the palace in 1874 and is buried in the nearby village of Bladon.

The Oxfordshire Museum can fill you in on the town’s fabled history, while the plush centre of Woodstock more than merits a saunter for its regal townhouses, clad with ivy and wisteria. Today, Woodstock is fast gaining a reputation as an exciting hub for contemporary art, with a host of galleries.


Local news & editions

West Oxfordshire District Taxi operators ask to increase fares
/ Transport

West Oxfordshire District Taxi operators ask to increase fares

More than 20 of the 105 drivers or operators licensed by the district called on the council for the ability to charge more based on inflation and rising fuel costs.
Gardeners at Blenheim Estate create 50 acres of wildflower meadows
/ Culture

Gardeners at Blenheim Estate create 50 acres of wildflower meadows

Visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage Site this summer will be treated to a kaleidoscope of colourful wildflowers, with over 70 native species on display.
Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock has a new exhibition opening to explore stories of children and military lives
/ Culture

New exhibition at SOFO Museum to explore stories of children and military lives

The exhibition explores the experience of children of serving military personnel and also children who have been affected by conflict, historically and contemporarily.
New exhibition at Blenheim Palace to showcase Churchill’s friendship with artist Paul Maze
/ Culture

New exhibition at Blenheim Palace to showcase Churchill’s friendship with artist Paul Maze

Blenheim Palace is hosting a new exhibition showcasing Winston Churchill’s love of painting and lifelong friendship with renowned Anglo-French artist Paul Maze
Blenheim Palace Flower Show set to return this summer
/ Home & Garden

Incredibly popular Blenheim Palace Flower Show set to return this summer

Featuring more stands than ever, the incredibly popular Blenheim Palace Flower Show will make a welcome return this summer from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 June.
Hello Spring, Hello Woodstock
/ Things To Do

Hello Spring, Hello Woodstock

Visit Woodstock between 26 and 31 March and discover for yourself all that the town has to offer, with many of the independent shops promoting offers with their newly arrived spring stock and personal service.
Nocturne Live 2021 - Lionel Richie's rescheduled date announced
/ Culture

Lionel Richie cancels 2022 European tour including Nocturne Live

Lionel Richie has cancelled his 2022 ‘Hello’ summer tour dates, including his scheduled headline appearance at Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace this summer.
Ridge makes £25,000 donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities
/ Community

Ridge makes £25,000 donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities

The company made the donation as part of its 75th-anniversary celebrations, which it has been marking throughout 2021 with a series of charitable and community initiatives.
Have your say on West Oxfordshire District Council’s 2022/23 budget
/ Government

Have your say on West Oxfordshire District Council’s 2022/23 budget

Residents and businesses are being urged to give their views on where West Oxfordshire District Council’s tax will be spent as it prepares its budget for the next financial year.
Design competition launched for £1bn Innovation District at Begbroke
/ Real Estate

Design competition launched for £1bn innovation district at Begbroke

The winning design team will set the bold ambition and design intent for a project that will transform the area around the university’s Begbroke Science Park to the north of Oxford.