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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

WW2 art to go on display at SOFO Museum
/ Culture

Diverse, personal collection of WW2 art to go on display at SOFO Museum

The exhibition of diverse, original artwork – produced during and depicting scenes from the Second World War – first went on display at the museum in March 2020 but was open for less than a week before national lockdowns were put in place.
Darwin Escapes unveils plans for Blenheim Palace Lodge Retreat
/ Travel & Stay

Darwin Escapes unveils plans for Blenheim Palace Lodge Retreat

Launched in partnership with Blenheim Palace and nestled beside the estate’s 2,000-acre grounds, the collection of luxury holiday lodges in the heart of Oxfordshire is set to open for Summer 2023.
Superstar DJ Pete Tong to bring Ibiza Classics show to Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace next summer
/ Culture

Superstar DJ Pete Tong to bring Ibiza Classics show to Nocturne Live next summer

Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics joins 125 million-selling, Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy winning singer Lionel Richie on the line-up for next year’s Nocturne Live concert series at Blenheim Palace.
Lionel Richie adds second date to Nocturne Live 2023 appearance
/ Culture

Lionel Richie adds second date to Nocturne Live 2023 appearance

The Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy-winning singer will bring his dazzling live show to the 10,000-capacity Great Court at Blenheim Palace on Wednesday, 14, and Thursday, 15 June 2023.
Lionel Richie will return to the UK for Nocturne Live 2023 at Blenheim Palace
/ Culture

Lionel Richie will return to the UK for Nocturne Live 2023 at Blenheim Palace

The Academy Award winner, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year, is the first artist confirmed to perform at the event, with more names set to be announced.
Christmas 2022 at Blenheim Palace
/ Christmas Things To Do

Christmas 2022 at Blenheim Palace

This Christmas, discover a new after-dark illuminated light trail and new exquisitely themed State Rooms at Blenheim Palace.
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