Abingdon Air & Country Show returns

The annual Air and Country Show is set to return to the former RAF Abingdon on Saturday, May 18th.

Top 5 Solar Installers in Oxford

With solar costs at an all-time low, now is a great time to take advantage of this free energy supply at home. Are you keen to save on your monthly energy bills and become energy independent? Book one of the top MCS-certified solar installers in Oxford, UK: 

‘Shoellery’ – jewellery for your shoes!

Nadine invites you to lead a charmed life with her 4KIX footwear accessories range

Chipping Norton Rugby Club Junior festival

More than 60 teams from seven counties set to compete on Sunday 28th April in Chipping Norton’s biggest Festival to date

Zone out!

You’ve done all the preparation and your garden is good to be ‘glammed up’ all ready for you to sit back and relax and enjoy the summer

The door to dreams

Stepping into a bookshop is like catching up with an old friend, the familiarity and love come flooding back and yet you just know there will be something new to discover. Karen Neville invites you to step inside these independent havens of literature…

Spring Whites

Feel fresh this year with a crop of palate pleasers – Giles Luckett reviews some seasonally appropriate plonk

Volunteering with the Schoolreaders charity

Peter Henry tells us about his rewarding role as a volunteer with Schoolreaders… Perhaps you could sign up to change lives, too?

Paloma Faith April music star Q&A

Musician Paloma Faith tells us about her new break-up album The Glorification of Sadness ahead of her UK tour which starts this month

Recipes from Gennaro’s new Verdure cookbook

We’re sharing a taste of Gennaro’s Verdure: Big and bold recipes to pack your plate with veg by Gennaro Contaldo (Pavilion Books).

Guy Deacon: Running On Empty

Guy Deacon CBE will be appearing at Oxford Literary Festival this Friday (22nd March) to talk about his forthcoming book and Channel 4 Documentary – Running on Empty.

Cosy crime

Author and journalist Michael Smith is talking murder this month with the popularity of whodunnits, a good mystery and quirky characters all adding to the killer plots

Fancy a flutter?

The Posh Pundit Racing Club is offering readers the chance to own a part share in Kingston Lisle-trained Thank You Ma’am

Competitive busyness doesn’t feel healthy

Robbie James says “we’re all busy” but don’t use that as an excuse when there’s more to it

The Nature Sketchbook: March

Artist Helen Grimbleby shares her love of the natural world through her work in a monthly series of observations

The magic of Pratchett

Marc Burrows is bringing his celebration of Terry Pratchett to Norden Farm

My Secret Closet event style saviour

Liz Nicholls visits Jan Parkinson whose new My Secret Closet in Benson offers beautiful dresses & accessories for hire, plus a pep talk!

Give something back…volunteer!

Find your perfect volunteering opportunity at OCVA’s Volunteer Recruitment Fair at the Westgate Oxford Shopping Centre on 20th March 2024

Ruby Wax at Oxford Literary Festival

We chat to the bestselling author, comedian, actress and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax OBE who stars at Sheldonian Theatre with Buddhist monk, Gelong Thubten on Monday, 18th March.

Quasimodo comes to Wantage

AmEgos Theatre presents The Hunchback Of Notre Dame between 4th & 6th April.

Who ate all the pies?

Turns out we did...It's British …

Women in Music events in Oxford

The University of Oxford Cultural Programme has announced a series of Women in Music events

kOrky Paul R-ox Oxford

Renowned artist kOrky Paul, based in Oxford, is set to bring his much-anticipated artistic flair to the city’s upcoming summer OxTrail at the Westgate Shopping Centre next month.

Cosmic Cats connects across continents

New book celebrates collaboration between Kennington and Kenya

Spring into Easter

Easter comes early this year, March 29th – April 1st, which gives us an opportunity to enjoy the glories of spring as well of course, as eating chocolate!

How does your garden grow?

Spring, even the sound of the word lifts your spirits. Little shoots of colour start to emerge and with it hope for the warmer months ahead, so get digging and clearing and start getting your garden in shape

Professor Alice Roberts star Q&A

Academic, TV presenter and author Alice Roberts tells us about her Crypt theatre show, based on her latest book, which visits Guildford’s G Live and Wycombe Swan this month…

March recipes: Sweet somethings

We’re sharing a taste of The Sweet Polish Kitchen: A celebration of home baking & nostalgic treats by Ren Behan.

Celebrate International Women’s Day

Step into your inner queen …

The Henley Players present Pygmalion

Much-loved classic comedy, Pygmalion, comes to the Kenton Theatre, March 20th to 23rd

Mother Mother – Grief Chapter review

Canada’s biggest alt-rock export Mother Mother have released their highly anticipated album Grief Chapter

How to hire amazing people!

In the first of a series of helpful articles, Oxfordshire business hero Peter Mols offers his words of wisdom to help you employ the best people to help your business grow

Gareth Ennis talks war comics

“Quentin Tarantino of comicbooks”, Gareth Ennis, gives online interview for the Soldiers Of Oxford Museum

Flipping fantastic Launchpad fundraiser

Broader smiles than ever on Broad Street at the annual Pancake Day race

The Six Nations is the best!

Columnist Robbie James reflects on the Six Nations.

Can you support Nai’s House?

Nai’s House is a place of sanctuary, safety and support for young adults

Dig reveals 2,700-year-old secrets

Wittenham Clumps finds on display at Festival of Discovery on February 17th & 18th at Earth Trust

Buy a butterfly to celebrate memories!

To mark Valentine’s Day, a local wildlife charity has opened two new butterfly memory walls to celebrate special occasions

For the love of wine

In this, the month of love, our wine columnist Giles Luckett picks out his current top ten passions.

A celebration of Australian wine

Our wine columnist Giles Luckett brings you sunshine, toasting the best wines from the land Down Under

Local dig reveals ancient secrets

Archaeologists have unearthed an exceptionally rare Iron Age blacksmith’s workshop, dating back nearly 2,700 years to the earliest days of ironworking in Britain.

Support for better sleep from Simba

Tossing and turning? Hot and bothered? We’ve teamed up to offer some tips for a sounder slumber thanks to the team at Simba

What’s new pussycat (doll)?

Festival season isn’t far away, and Henley Festival has just announced its line up for 2024

Ring the changes with your wedding

Celebrate your big day, your way, your wedding day should reflect who you are and with these trends for 2024 it shows you can ‘rip up the rule book’ and surprise your guests

Pop up books

 This year’s Henley Literary Festival kicks off with a trio of exciting pop-up events in February.

Worth The Weight

Share some love for preloved clothes on Saturday, 27th January at Oxford Town Hall at Worth The Weight’s Oxford Kilo Sale.

Behind the scenes with Thame Players

On Saturday 27th January Thame …

Hard & Fast

We’re sharing a taste of The Fast 800 Keto recipe book, as seen on Channel 4’s Lose A Stone In 21 days by Dr Clare Bailey who is on tour with her husband Dr Michael Mosely this month

Dom Joly star Q&A

Dom Joly discusses The Conspiracy Tour, based on his book, Farnham, Basingstoke, Winchester & more this month and next…

A career in caring

If you or a loved one benefit from care whether on a daily or occasional basis you’ll value the importance of the carer in your life

Wild life

Brian Clews tells us about Wild Cookham which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and how we can help ahead of Big Cookham Wildlife Weekend

Love your liver

Tiffany Redman of Point9 Acupuncture, Henley, has some tips for how we can all get 2024 off to a healthier start

Two operas come to Oxford

The Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv will be presenting stunning classical productions of Bizet’s Carmen on Wednesday 17th January and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly on Thursday 18th January.

New Exhibition: Letters from Liberation

New permanent exhibition tells the story of a small act of kindness with life-changing impact.

New year clothes swap in Abingdon

Bring along items you no longer wear & exchange them for something new to you!

Marika Hackman releases Big Sigh

Marika Hackman releases Big Sigh her follow up to 2019’s Any Human Friend this Friday

Make 2024 more sustainable

The New Year is always a great time to consider making positive changes

WalkWithMe 2024

Join WalkWithMe, a charity fundraising 26-mile walk being held on Sunday, 5th May.

Go stargazing with Red Dwarfs

Tony Hersch of Newbury Astronomy Society shares with us what to expect in the skies as we start the new year

Skateboarding: get on board in 2024!

Now’s the time to take up skateboarding, with the sport set to soar at the Olympics later this year & the Design Museum ramping up the excitement…

Recipes from The Skint Cook

We’re sharing a taste of inspiration from The Skint Cook, by Jamie Oliver’s Cookbook Challenge TV series finalist Ian Bursnall, out on 18th January

Comedian Miles Jupp star Q&A

Miles Jupp talks about how surviving a brain tumour led to his On I Bang UK tour at a theatre near you this month

Taking an all-round approach

Local charity Inside Out has been celebrating 10 years of improving the wellbeing of children

Education Guide: Winter 2024

Another September beckons and we hope our education special will help you, whether you’re a parent to a SEN child, would like advice about bursaries, want to make maths fun or continue learning whatever your age

Reading made easy

Could you help change lives …

10 eco-friendly Christmas tips

Dave Lamont of Plastic Free Home has some top tips for making the festive season more sustainable

Share your dinner with the birds

BBOWT Is asking people to do one ‘wild’ act for each of the 12 days of Christmas to connect with nature at the coldest time of year

Review – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

It turns out everybody’s talking about Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, and it’s easy to see why.

Christmas Like A King

Learn how the Tudors and the Victorians celebrated Christmas and enjoy festive carols beneath magnificent Christmas trees

Icons To Light Up Nocturne Festival

A surefire hit for music fans is Nocturne Festival with runs from 12th – 16th June at Blenheim Palace

David Melling Paints Ox In Oxford

Not as strange as it …

New High Flying Birds Release

Noel Gallagher revisits his Oasis B-sides for the latest from The High Flying Birds.

River & Rowing Museum Festivities

The River & Rowing Museum in Henley has just celebrated its 25th anniversary and will be curating a host of events over the next 12 months. For now, it’s time to focus on more festive pursuits and there’s plenty of fun to be had over the next few weeks.

Festive fortification tipples for all

Our wine columnist Giles Luckett suggests some great fortified wines for the season of goodwill

Farmer Kaleb Cooper star Q&A

We chat to Kaleb Cooper whose book Britain According To Kaleb is out now and whose UK theatre tour starts in January

Bond: the man, the myth

In his first column, author and journalist Michael Smith reveals how much truth there is to 007 James Bond and the inspiration for the legendary secret agent

Care is not just for Christmas

Almost 1.5 million people feel more lonely at Christmas than any other time, do what you can to make this one full of love and joy

Giles Luckett’s Christmas wine crackers!

Our wine columnist Giles Luckett raises a glass to top tipples for the big day

What does Christmas mean to you?

Churches in Abingdon have a variety of services in Advent and Christmastide for you to attend

The Big Give Christmas Challenge

Help protect our countryside by donating from November 28th to December 5th and boost CPRE Oxfordshire campaign with ‘one donation, twice the impact’. Donate during that week at https://donate.biggive.org/campaign/a056900002RXpf2AAD and your gift will be doubled

The Christmas Cactus

Don’t be surprised if the Christmas Cactus flowers again in spring

Festive fizz that’s worth a pop

Our wine columnist Giles Luckett raises a glass to the best Champagnes for party season

QueenMee Accessories supports Aylesbury Women’s Aid

For every £100 spent on QueenMee.com, a sparkling hair accessory or piece of jewellery from the collection will be donated to a woman or child resident of the shelter, to give them a Christmas boost

Shop for vintage and pre-loved fashion

Worth the Weight returns to Oxford Town Hall Saturday, 18th November, from 11am to 5pm

Could you be a puppy parent?

Local charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People needs volunteers to step up as puppy parents to make a real difference.

Oxfordshire fen restored to snails’ delight

National Trust restores Pea Pits in West Oxfordshire, potential home to the Newbury bypass snail

Putting the Garden to Bed

Green-fingered Cathie Welch shares her …

Call for Wittenham Clumps artists

The Earth Trust will welcome you on 13th November artists inspired to use nature to ignite passion!

Tom Kerridge’s luxury box is back

The Beef Wellington Box, generously serves four and includes a luxury 30-day aged fillet of British Hereford beef.

Stunning installations at Christmas at Kew

Seven new displays as the UK’s original festive lights trail returns to Kew Gardens, November 15th to January 7th.

Remembrance Day film in Chipping Norton

Producers Douglas Rae and Robert Bernstein will introduce, and speak about, their new film The Great Escaper, starring Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson on Remembrance Sunday in Chipping Norton.

Don’t be afraid to cry

Columnist Robbie James says: ” I have an inability to cry but that doesn’t stop me from feeling sad”

Chile: home of affordable fine wines?

Our wine columnist Giles Luckett explores the best Chilean charms worth trying…

Youngsters’ wild photography project

Exhibition of work by teenagers and children who have discovered a shared talent for wildlife photography on a BBOWT course.

Join The Big Wild Walk

The Wildlife Trusts’ Big Wild Walk is set to be the most exciting yet with its new ambassador Rhiane Fatinikun backing this year’s challenge.

Love, laughs & larks

Boo, hiss, you won’t want to miss… It’s time to sprinkle the fairy dust and wave your wand to welcome larger than life characters and slapstick galore – pantos are back!

Ally Pally fireworks festival banger’s back

On 3rd & 4th November Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival is back with a bang, with star DJ sets, fun & epic fireworks.

Diwali recipes & takeaway competition

Diwali recipes from Atul Kochhar and a chance to win a takeaway from one of his Bucks restaurant.

Lucy Benjamin, Guildford panto star Q&A

We chat to EastEnders star, actor Lucy Benjamin who stars in the Yvonne Arnaud’s upcoming pantomime Cinderella.

Graeme Hall, AKA The Dogfather Q&A

Wantage Literary Festival has lots of lovely highlights to enjoy between 21st October & 4th November, including Graeme Hall. Liz Nicholls asked him a few questions…

National Trust restores Oxfordshire fen

Rangers and volunteers have been clearing and restoring an area of alkaline fen to aid endangered species such as a tiny rare snail.

Royal approval for theatre special

Frankie Hadland reviews The King & I which is at Oxford’s New Theatre until this Saturday.

Sale e Pepe’s iconic Italian recipes

We share a taste of la dolce vita from Sale e Pepe which recently had a complete refurb ahead of its 50th anniversary.

Theatre: The Making of Mary Shelley

Jonathan Lovett tells us about a fascinating new play about Mary Shelley landing at Norden Farm in Maidenhead on Thursday, 12th October, as part of a UK tour.

Keeping adoptive siblings in care together

Adoption agencies across the UK, including PACT have joined forces to keep brothers and sisters together.

Windsor Designs Live a success!

After a successful first event, all eyes are now on the next Windsor Design Live on Saturday 7th October.

Greyhound team are AA gold winners

Congratulations to the Greyhound team in Letcombe Regis who have earned two AA rosettes, a four-star award & more.

Cultural Travels from Home: online adventures!

Cultural Travels from Home take happy travellers to far-off destinations virtually, thanks to art historian Siân Walters.

Q&A with Fiona Allen on tour

We chat to comedian Fiona Allen who’s on tour with her debut stand-up tour including Guildford on 28th September.

Adam Smith’s Peppered Venison dish recipe

Adam Smith, executive chef at Coworth Park in Ascot, shares his recipe for a seasonal game salad.

Full of beans

Remember when the only choice for a coffee was white or black? Times have changed and ordering a coffee is now akin to reciting War and Peace. However you like your caffeine shot (or not) support National Coffee Week this month.

Garden Invaders

There are many plants that can inadvertently take over our gardens, particularly weeds, but there are some beautiful plants on sale that you can wonder why you ever planted. These are my own experiences and everyone will have a different gripe, says R&A gardener Cathie Welch

Eight great Rioja wines to enjoy

Wine columnist Giles Luckett recommends 8 Riojas that offer a new perspective on this classic region…

Charlie Dore live on tour!

Charlie Dore will start at Chequers Folk Club in Great Kingshill on 20th September & Abingdon’s Unicorn Theatre on 21st.

Shrek The Musical at New Theatre

The award-winning Shrek The Musical lands in Oxford this week, conjured up by a new creative team with a fabulous cast…

Identities, a play about boobs

Close To Home Productions, a female-led group of artists, have created a play about boobs. Exploring womanhood, our breasts and the adventures they go on; good and bad.

Mucky Weekender out of this world

All the stars aligned to make Mucky Weekender the best small festival on Planet Earth this summer…

Saddle up for National Racehorse Week!

From 9th to 17th September 130+ events will take place across the UK to show what life as a racehorse is really like.

Homage to the wines of Yalumba

Our wine columnist Giles Luckett explores the harvest of a magical region of Australia.

Donnington Valley raises autumn spirits

Missed summer? You’re sure to feel the glow with a minibreak at Donnington Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa.

Education Guide: Autumn 2023

Another September beckons and we hope our education special will help you, whether you’re a parent to a SEN child, would like advice about bursaries, want to make maths fun or continue learning whatever your age

Life lessons with Dame Jacqueline Wilson

We chat to author Jacqueline Wilson, 77, one of the stars of Henley Literary Festival, 30th September to 7th October.

Emily Roux’s packed lunch recipes

Chef Emily Roux and Lexus have rustled up some posh packed lunches to enjoy in the car or on your next road trip!

A new lease of life

Second Hand September, upcycling furniture and repair cafes are all fabulous ways to fall in love again with something you once cherished, not only will it save you money but you’ll be doing your bit to help save the planet too!

Foodies Festival returns to Oxford

The UK’s biggest touring celebrity food and music festival series returns to Oxford for a huge August Bank Holiday weekend from 26th – 28th August.

Freezecakes frozen cheesecake summer highlight

Surrey-based Pleese invite you to tuck into a taste of summer with the world’s first frozen cheesecake in a tub.

Stellar set of A level results

St Helen and St Katharine celebrates students’ success with this year’s A level results exceeding broadcast predictions.

Sushi masterclass with Tomono Davies

Tomono Davies brings Japanese joy with sushi masterclasses. She’s on a roll – book in for a work party or session.

French connection: Wines Of The Roussillon

Giles Luckett rediscovers the amazing wines of France’s Roussillon, and find value and excellence in equal measure.

Towersey Festival 25th-27th August

Towersey Festival over August bank holiday weekend offers 100+ acts from acclaimed bands to workshops and events.

Q&A: Judi Love

Judi Love Q&A ahead of her The One Like tour which visits Basingstoke, Wycombe, Aylesbury & many more venues near you.

Olly Murs Q&A

Win a VIP day for two at BetVictor Party In The Paddock at Newbury Racecourse on 19th August, with Olly Murs. Q&A here!

2-for-1 pizza at Oakman Inns!

Love brilliant deals and pizza? Visit one of Oakman Inns’ pubs to grab some under their two-for-one deals this summer!

Free lunch at M&S!

M&S are running an instant, Lucky Lunch giveaway, placing 7500 £10 gift vouchers into random sandwiches.

Best New Zealand wines for 2023

Discover more about New Zealand wines as columnist Giles Luckett shows there’s more on offer than Sauvignon Blanc…

Dirty Dancing takes to Oxford stage

Get swept up in the holiday romance vibes of Baby and Johnny with Dirty Dancing at Oxford’s New Theatre 25th-29th July.

Delicious grill deal at M&S

Marks & Spencer are here to feed your BBQ obsession with their three for £12 grill deal of bangers, burgers and kebabs.

Best wines for summer barbecues

Best summer barbecue wines? Round & About’s columnist Giles Luckett shares his red, white and rose recommendations.

Our Q&A with author Alison Weir

Alison Weir, one of the stars of Guildford Book Festival in October, shares a few thoughts with us…

Grill seekers! Tom Kerridge barbecue recipes 

Two summer sizzlers from Tom Kerridge’s Outdoor Cooking, published by Bloomsbury with photographs Cristian Barnett.

Make a splash

Water, water everywhere or at any rate over 71 per cent of the world’s surface and there’s plenty to enjoy where we are too in pools, lidos, lakes, water and splash parks.

The art of watering

The challenges for getting water to the roots of plants this year and last is off the scale. Do you make sure to harvest the rainwater?

Perfect seaside stay in West Sussex

We take a fresh look at the Sussex seaside with a stay at one of the Beach Hut suites at Beachcroft Hotel.

Teen science talent recognised with awards

Tomorrow’s STEM talent has been honoured at the Oxfordshire High Sheriff Young Engineer Awards.

Fi.Fest ready to rock Maidenhead

The fifth Fi.Fest on Saturday, 8th July at Stroud Farm in Forest Green Road will star Scouting For Girls and The Feeling.

Summer pruning tips

With the better weather, there’s no excuse not to get out in our garden at last.

Marc Almond Q&A ahead of Rochester

We chat to Marc Almond of Soft Cell who will headline at Rochester Castle Concerts as well as Peter Hook, the Sugababes and more, 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th July.

Roni Size at Readipop Q&A

Liz Nicholls chats to DJ & record producer Roni Size, 53, ahead of Readipop Festival in Reading on 14th July.

Gordon Ramsay Academy recipes

We’re serving up summer sensations thanks to Sally Codling, a chef at Gordon Ramsay Academy in Woking.

Star Q&A: Bez mates!

Maracas player, party animal & dad Mark Berry, AKA Bez, 59, shares his thoughts on music & life.

Sizzling summer ideas

There are plenty of things to keep you and the little ones entertained this summer.

Best Portuguese wines you can buy

Think you know Portuguese wine? Giles Luckett says it’s time to drink again exploring cool climate Douro Valley wines.

Toad Hall Henley art for sale

Landscapes of Fawley Hall, inspiration for Toad Hall as well as the setting for Henley Royal Regatta under the hammer.

The adventurous pair behind BLACKLION vodka

BLACKLIONS’ Tim & Tam Spittle tell us about the vodka made from sheep’s milk and new summer walks, tours and tastings.

Summer sparkling wines worth your time

From Cava to Champagne, Tasmania to South Africa, Giles Luckett serves up the 10 best sparkling wines on the market.

Eynsham Carnival on Saturday, 1st July

Roll up, roll up for Eynsham Carnival on Saturday, 1st July, with a parade, shirt race, morris dancing & craft fair!

Kingham Plough, fit for a queen

We enjoy The Plough in Kingham which has earned rave reviews as one of the best foodie pubs with rooms in the country.

Clean up pet pongs with Vax

Liz Nicholls reviews the new VAXSpotWash Home Pet-Design which will make your carpets, rugs and upholstery shiny and new.

Thames Valley Food & Drink Festival

Head to Brightwell Vineyard for a splendid array of wine and artisan treats, June 17th & 18th.

Q&A with Richard O’Brien

The 50th anniversary tour of The Rocky Horror Show, is on its way to Aylesbury. Richard O’Brien shares a few thoughts…

Neil Gaiman Q&A

Neil Gaiman Q&A ahead of the tour of the National Theatre’s adaptation of The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Wildlife campaign will support the NHS

Families are invited by Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) to connect with nature every day in June, backed by the NHS.

Globe Theatre – a great all-rounder

The Globe, London’s iconic open-air wooden ‘O’ shaped theatre has lots of Shakespeare fun to enjoy over the summer…

Build It Live home inspiration

Grab your free tickets to kick-start your dream home with a visit to Build It Live in Bicester on 10th & 11th June.

St Helen’s new sixth form centre

Students, staff, governors and guests have celebrated the official opening of the Benedict Building.

Roses galore in our gardens

Tips and advice to help your roses whatever the weather.

Star Q&A: Ian Botham

Ian Botham, cricket legend, member of the House of Lords, dad and grandad, 67, chats to us about sport & more.

Get on the chain gang

Cycling is environmentally friendly, good exercise and offers the chance to enjoy local countryside.

A rose by any other name

Rose Awareness Week celebrates the beauty and variety of the world’s most popular flower.

BBQ beauties

With the weather getting warmer there can be nothing better than dining al fresco.

South African wine treasures to uncork

Our wine columnist Giles Luckett explores the best wines from South Africa worth trying.

Vintage shopping in Oxford this weekend

Buy vintage treasures by the kilo at a pop-up store in Leiden Square on Friday 19th, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May.

Sign up for Play2Give tournament

The Didcot-based charity is back with its popular football tournament at Wallingford Sports Park and needs your team.

Tredwell Travel wins customer service award

Rachel Treadwell rewarded for her love of planning honeymoons with Guide for Brides honour.

Escape to Serenity

A useful guide to renovating your dream countryside home.

Giles Luckett’s best wines of Rioja

Learn more about the wines of Rioja as Giles Luckett shares his thoughts on the best red and white Riojas in the UK.

Music at Oxford’s Friday Sheldonian special

This Friday, 28th April, book in for a world premiere from Gregory Rose for his 75th birthday at the Sheldonian Theatre.

Noel Gallagher Q&A ahead of PennFest

Rock music legend & dad Noel Gallagher, 55, shares his thoughts ahead of his star turn at PennFest in Buckinghamshire on 21st & 22nd July.

May flowers are springing up

At last spring is in the air and summer is coming. We should be mindful of climate issues but not let it put us off gardening forever.

No Mow May to help wildlife!

No Mow May invites us all to sit back & relax to provide a boost for wild plants and wildlife throughout summer.

Q&A with Dr Amir Khan

Our favourite TV (and real-life) doctor Amir Khan shares his thoughts ahead of his talking tour with FANE.

Green goodness in watercress season

Watercress is abundant at this time of year and it’s packed full of goodness with many health benefits.

Festivals: Live & Direct

Summer is on its way which means festivals season! Here’s our guide to the best festivals near & far and the chance to win tickets.

Traeger Fest at Millets Farm

Join in a free weekend of delicious food and fun in Abingdon.

Tunde Baiyewu on playing Blenheim live

The Lighthouse Family’s Tunde chats to us ahead of playing at Blenheim Palace with Gregory Porter & Emile Sande in June.

Study and train with Oxford United

Abingdon & Witney College launch new course offering the chance to gain a sport qualification as you develop your football skills.

Clay, Cloth and Wood in Henley

Clay, Cloth and Wood: WORKS is an exciting exhibition showcasing the varied works of four talented artists covering ceramics, textile pictures and sculptural wood.

BBOWT Nature Photography Competition 2023

New categories and super prizes are on offer for 2023 in competition open to all aged over six.

World Autism Awareness Day

As Autism Liaison Co-Ordinator for Dogs for Autism, Lola Bellarosa-Homer is often the first point of contact for the families the charity helps.

Easter wine recommendations

Round & About’s wine columnist Giles Luckett recommends a clutch of new wines for Easter.

There She Rows oarsome foursome’s mission

Four women will walk the whole South Downs Way carrying a rowing boat to raise awareness for women and girls in sport.

Have a cracking time

Easter is the perfect occasion for family adventures and spending time together, as well as trails offering the chance to find more eggs than you could possibly eat, there are a variety of other fun activities to entertain you too.

Vintage vroom & verve

Yesterday’s vehicles supporting today’s children’ is the simple message from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs which is holding its charity Drive It Day on April 23rd in aid of Childline.

Italian delights from Gennaro Contaldo’s

We’re sharing a taste of Gennaro’s Cucina: Hearty Money-Saving Meals from an Italian Kitchen by Gennaro Contaldo, out now published by Pavilion Books.

To prune or not to prune?

Cathie Welch of Cathie’s Gardening School turns her attention to one of the most pressing issues for gardeners this month – the pruning dilemma.

Amaze-ing round trip to the Ashmolean

Enjoy a Greek-inspired menu for the Ashmolean’s LABYRINTH: Knossos, Myth & Reality exhibition until the end of July.

Reading Charity Super.Mkt from 24th March

Design legend Wayne Hemmingway MBE chats to us ahead of a charity retail highlight at The Oracle this month.

Oxfordshire High Sheriff Young Engineer Awards

State schools invited to nominate next generation of budding engineers.

Good Hotel Guide to R&A counties

Take a road trip around Round & About land and stay at some of the best hotels in the area this summer.

Adopt a grandparent and help out

The independent charity Adopt a Grandparents works to pair elderly care home residents with volunteers worldwide to combat loneliness and isolation.

Join One Planet Abingdon celebrations

Day of activities: talks, toasting and tasting, tree planting, bike repairs, and celebration cupcakes on March 18th.

RHS wildlife show stoppers

A nature-friendly garden will be premiered by The Wildlife Trusts at this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

Good year for the rosés

Our wine columnist Giles Luckett invites us to enjoy all things pink in his guide to rosés.

Sports Marketing In The Digital Age

The digital age has brought about a significant change in the way sports marketing operates.

Perfect roast at The Oarsman Marlow

You are sure of sublime old-school classics & service at this perfect bistropub which hosts a series of star chefs.

Ask Mastermind9, guru Peter Mols

Local business hero & dad Peter Mols, named the nationwide Networker of the Year and champion of small businesses, answers some questions to help locals in his community.

Angela’s a hot mess!

Bruce Dessau chats to comedian Angela Barnes ahead of her tour.

James Haskell stand-up tour visits Oxford

The #1 podcaster & author of What A Flanker will deliver his debut comedy show at Oxford’s O2 Academy on 16th March

Cher show dazzles with diva power!

The Cher Show at Oxford’s New Theatre until this Saturday (25th February) is sure to make you feel shiny & new.

The big garden climate challenge!

Cathie Welch from Cathie’s Gardening School looks at how we can grow and maintain happy plants in our ever changing climates.

Arlene & Oti: The Cher Show

The Cher Show, directed by Arlene Phillips & choreographed by Oti Mabuse lands at Oxford’s New Theatre, 21st-25th February.

Our Q&A with star Adam Frost

Adam Frost chats to Liz Nicholls about favourite flowers, family & being propositioned ahead of his UK tour.

C’est La Vegan!

Eat More Vegan by Annie Rigg, out now, published by Pavilion Books

Celebrate with celebrant Colette Ashby

Celebrant-led wedding ceremonies are a growing trend. Make yours as unique as you with Colette Ashby who officiates at ceremonies in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire & Buckinghamshire.

Find your perfect wedding venue

Choosing where and how you say ‘I do’ and celebrate your marriage is the first big decision for many couples, find the venue that best suits your style and vision for the day will set the tone.

Karen & Gorka sizzle in Firedance

Strictly’s Karen & Gorka return with Firedance at Guildford’s G Live and Oxford’s New Theatre.

Show some love for local business!

Driving Miss Daisy Didcot, in collaboration with ShopAppy.com, is encouraging people to support their local businesses for Love Local Day on 14th February

Valentine’s specials at Atul Kochhar’s restaurant

Atul Kochhar and his chefs are cooking up romantic experiences for their locals this February

Valentine’s Day wine pairings for lovers

Make the most of Valentine’s Day with these romantic wine recommendations from our wine columnist, Giles Luckett.

Valentine’s tablescapes from AB Event Hire

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to create a tablescape filled with love for your partner, family, best friends or for a Galentines brunch with some ideas from AB Event Hire.

Show our planet some love

Roses are red, violets are blue, ditch waste this Valentine’s Day, our planet needs you – there are other ways to share your love this February 14th

Budgie Smuggler Run for mental health

The Budgie Smuggler Run 2023 in Virginia Water has raised £2,500 (so far) for the Mental Health Foundation.

Book your place in vintage parade

Tickets on sale on February 3rd for Wallingford Vehicle Rally and Parade.

Care Supplement: February 2023

Make the right choices to help you or your loved one make the most of their later life

February recipes: Batch of the day!

Here’s a taste of Suzanne Mulholland’s The Batch Lady: Cooking on a Budget, out now, published by HarperCollins

Star Q&A: Kate Mosse

Best-selling author Kate Mosse OBE shares her thoughts ahead of her Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries tour at a theatre near you

David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny in Woking

David Walliams answers some questions ahead of Gangsta Granny at New Victoria Theatre in Woking 9th to 12th February.

M&S Food launch new breakfast range

Tasty new cereals, granolas, porridge, breakfast toppers and breakfast pots will brighten your morning thanks to an Eat Well breakfast

Raising a glass to Australian wine

Our wine columnist Giles Luckett is on a mission Down Under to raise January spirits with these wizard (wines) of Aus!

Electric vehicles – myths and misconceptions

Dave Lamont of Plastic Free Home shares his reasons for finally deciding to go electric, can he persuade you by dispelling some of those myths and misconceptions?

Education Guide: Winter 2023

As the new year starts for many it will mean a change in education or time to think about something new, read on for ideas

Recipes: Life on the veg

Healthy, satisfying meals, that are quick and easy to prepare and come in on a tight budget are essential as we start 2023

Star Q&A: Zoe Lyons

Comedian Zoe Lyons shares her thoughts ahead of her Bald Ambition live comedy tour which visits Aldershot, Banbury, Farnham, Salisbury, Maidenhead & more

Dom Joly at New Theatre Oxford

Award-winning comedian takes to the stage with tales of his weird travel adventures.

All That Glitters at Quaglino’s

Fancy spending Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve in style at Quaglino’s? Special menus await you!

Ori lifestyle haircare Q&A

Drip 2 set as the prize. It’s a luxe hair care gift set containing our 2-year bestselling khalila oil, our cold-pressed Leccino olive oil, as well as our super-fluffy antimicrobial organic bamboo hair towel!

Tom Kerridge’s Full Time Meals Christmas

Michelin-starred chef’s festive meal for the same price as the average school lunch in the UK

Well done to Yellow Submarine team!

Well done to the Oxfordshire autism & learning disability charity team at Yellow Submarine for their national award

Fantastic festive fizz worth a pop!

Round & About’s resident wine columnist gives his top ten choices for bubbles at this most wonderful time of the year

The Crown, Church Enstone, December delights

You’re sure of a friendly welcome & fantastic food at The Crown in Church Enstone which has lots of December delights on the menu…

Church in Abingdon: Christmas Services

Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at a service in one of Abingdon’s churches.

Leftfield thrill fans with collaborative album

Electronic pioneers Leftfield delivered an early Christmas present with their album This Is What We Do.

The Art of the Album Cover

Henley-based art publisher Hypergallery welcomes browsers and buyers to an exhibition of signed, limited-edition prints by music’s most extraordinary visual artists.

Divine dining with Christmas tablescape ideas

AB Events Hire have fabulous creative ideas to help you wow your guests with a festive table that’ll really make you the host with the most.

The Flying Child earns lottery funding

The Flying Child team have been awarded funding from The National Lottery to support survivors of child sexual abuse.

Forest family fun at Hill End

Celebrate the season in the great outdoors at Hill End centre just outside the city

Wildlife volunteers honoured at awards

Well done to the 13 volunteers recognised by Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) for decades of conservation work.

Let us handle your care

CareHandle is an exciting new service supporting those exploring Care Homes for the first time.

Swap white for green this Christmas

Tatjana runs teapro.co.uk, a loose-leaf tea startup based in Windsor and is passionate about all things sustainable.

Dark wines for long dark nights

Our wine expert Giles Luckett shares his wine recommendations to raise your mojo levels!

Star Q&A: Craig Revel Horwood

Craig Revel Horwood, 57, is excited about bringing Strictly Ballroom The Musical back to the stage on a UK tour, which includes Reading’s Hexagon, 16th-21st January & Guildford’s G Live, 20th-30th December

Keep burglars in the dark

Thames Valley Police has some invaluable advice as the winter nights close in.

Cult show Neighbours returns to TV

Neighbours is returning to TV screens next year… Here’s why this is such good news for us all.

What is solution-focused hypnotherapy

Woodley-based hypnotherapist Sophie Price explains how this approach can help a frazzled mind.

With love from Oxfordshire Toy Bank

Help a family in need with your donations of toys and gifts for children this Christmas.

Celebrate kindness with QueenMee

Give back as you gift at Christmas and through to Easter next year with Bourne-End accessories business.

Put some welly into Christmas

Tom Kerridge launches his Beef Wellington Box to help make your Christmas extra special.

Cyclamen confusion

Cathie Welch explains how to distinguish between the types of Cyclamen available.

Sobell House cookbook Matt Allwright Q&A

Matt Allwright whose recipes are featured in The Sobell House Vegetarian Cook Book, shares his thoughts.

A conscious Christmas at Asthall Manor

Shop with independent brands for gorgeous Christmas gifts while enjoying mulled wine and wreath making for an abundance of festive cheer on Saturday, 26th November.

Helping mums make the right choices

K White Coaching empowers mums to live their best story through coaching. Helping women gain confidence, plan, and take action.

A holistic approach = glowing skin

Dr Seema Warner, skin expert & founder of Oxford’s YourSkinStory, explains why a holistic approach will add that vital glow to your skin.

Spectacular Festival of Light at Longleat

You’re invited to step into The Wondrous Worlds of Roald Dahl as the lantern festival returns.

Archie loves doggie-friendly luxe ready meals

Archie Tracey the sprocker spaniel tucks into some premium ready meals from HugMyDog.

What’s on at Wallingford Corn Exchange

Films and live screenings including ballet and a theatre classic to enjoy in November.

November recipes: French Kiss

Cathy Gayner’s Recipes from Le Rouzet – An English Cook in France, is out now, in aid of Age Unlimited. Here’s a taster…

Energy saving tips for your home

Plant the equivalent of 136 trees and save up to £1,000 a year with these essential energy saving tips.

Chobham’s ‘King of Chelsea’ Mark Gregory

Mark Gregory returns to RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023 with a “Plot To Plate” haven for Savills.

A fireworks night to remember!

There are plenty of displays to choose from, big and small, to make your fireworks night go with a bang.

Star Q&A: Hayley Mills

Actress Hayley Mills talks about life & loves ahead of starring in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Shooting stars in wildlife photo competition

Well done to wildlife lovers in the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) competition.

Which menopause treatment’s best for me?

Dr Marion Gluck explores the different treatment options for anyone experiencing menopause or perimenopause symptoms.

Celebration of Champagne with Giles Luckett

Round & About’s resident wine columnist gives his top picks for the new season – mellow wines for the mellow season!

Happy fifth birthday Westgate Oxford!

Well done to 10-year-old Tamsin Taylor who won the logo competition for Westgate Oxford’s fifth birthday.

£2 Million River Wildlife Project Success

A BBOWT project to create a channel of the River Thames and restore long-lost wildlife habitat has been completed.

Autumn leaves and fiendish fun

Half term and Halloween days out to keep the whole family entertained.

Chilterns Walking Festival October highlights

Foraging, local & literary history, garden tours and more as part of Chilterns Walking Festival, 15th-30th October.

Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition at Tate Modern

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms exhibition at Tate Modern has been extended until April. Liz Nicholls steps inside

Shop smart & save

You can save money on the weekly shop and still be sustainable

Celebrate autumn with the National Trust

As autumn swoops in, it’s not just Keats who was in love with this atmospheric season, the National Trust is too, find out more about what you can enjoy

Twin towns charity music concert

The Amey Theatre, Abingdon, is holding a spectacular concert on October 7th to be live streamed supporting local charities

Wines for autumn with Giles Luckett

Round & About’s resident wine columnist gives his top picks for the new season – mellow wines for the mellow season!

Vegan-friendly trail maps In Newbury

Visit Newbury has launched an updated version of Its Vegan-friendly trail map

Core values

Alison Bloomfield offers a slice of apple knowledge ahead of Brightwell cum Sotwell’s Apple Day on Saturday, 15th October.

Protection from flooding with Rainscape

Rainscape supply and fit demountable flood barriers to domestic and business properties to provide agile, self-assembly flood protection

Music & food, the perfect combo

There’s more than just food on the menu at Thame Food Festival on September 24th and 25th

Make-up with spectacles

Make-up with spectacles? Yes, you read that right! Feel Good Contacts have come up with a perfect guide for you! Spectacles aren’t a hindrance to highlighting your eyes. In fact, you can make your eyes appear even bigger with glasses.

October recipes: Rice up your life!

We’ve teamed up with The Rice Association to offer you some seasonal inspiration to jazz up a store-cupboard ingredient.

The mystery of Christie

Wallingford honours one of its own with the return of events for the Agatha Christie Weekend from September 9th to 11th

Louis Likes… The Crazy Bear Stadhampton

Louis Savage, 10, samples the hospitality on offer at The Crazy Bear in Stadhampton.

Star Q&A: Tom Kerridge

Michelin-starred chef & dad Tom Kerridge, 49, chats to Liz about life, loves and his Full Time Meals campaign with Marcus Rashford.

Star Q&A: Ainsley Harriott

We chat to chef, TV presenter & dad Ainsley Harriott MBE, 65, about love, laughs & living well.

September recipes: Good Mood Food

Ainsley Harriott shares two ideas from his newest cookbook.

Sobell House Hospice’s Rainbow of Ribbons

Last weekend saw an ancient red oak tree in Oxford’s University Parks transformed into a rainbow of colourful ribbons fluttering in the summer breeze in memory of loved ones.

Applying to University

Sarah Alakija of Charters Education Support helps students in the UK and abroad to make strong applications to British universities and has some excellent tips to help ahead of January’s applications deadline

Cranford House students make the grade

Inaugural A-level results at Cranford see students achieving top marks

School ready? Tips for parents

Starting school can be a nervous time for children and their families. Local early years specialist Hayley Fuller offers these words of wisdom to allay some of the most common fears.

Heatwave help for your gardens

With temperatures set to soar again this week, a paucity of rain and impending hose pipe bans, how do you keep your garden going? R&A gardening expert Cathie Welch has some advice

Baby steps to better world

Lucy Todd tells us about her journey from journalism to founding sustainable children’s clothing site My Little Green Wardrobe which has just turned one

John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett

John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett bring their hugely entertaining, funny show to The Crooked Billet, Stoke Row on Wednesday 7th September.

Be water safe as you swim

The Royal Life Saving Society has invaluable advice to help you enjoy the water safely this summer

Why waste water?

Berkshire-based Plastic Free Home’s Dave Lamont looks at ways we can be more water-friendly in the wake of news of impending shortages

Bear Grylls Kids Survival Guide

Bear Grylls’ Survival Academy has created The Go Wild guide – developed with snack brand Nature Valley – with eight free ways to keep active kids satisfied this summer in their own home or the local park.

Peter Rabbit & pals at Blenheim

Looking for something fun and immersive to do with your little bunnies in a gorgeous setting?

Cheers! Best wines for summer

Columnist Giles Luckett recommends some sensational summer sippers available locally

Thame Food Festival bursary winner announced

Popular food festival runs on September 24th & 25th and this year more than 180 artisan producers are set to take part

Respect your elders! Five recipes

August is the zenith of elderflower season, with this floral yet tropical flavoured plant gracing many a hedgerow in this gorgeous part of the world.

It’s come home – at last!

Now it’s over to you… be inspired by our Lionesses and get involved in football where you are, whatever your age and ability

Get on Newbury town trail

Newbury BID launch new Town Trail Maps to support Local Businesses

Gilt trip!

Liz Nicholls chats to Nat & Ko, whose emporium Gilt & Grain in Southmoor is adding style & pizzazz to homes big and small.

What’s your favourite local park?

Love Parks Week runs from today until Friday 5th August, organised by Keep Britain Tidy.

August recipes: Feast of fun

Ching He Huang & Lizzie Acker are two of the chefs on the sizzling line-up for the Big Feastival in Oxfordshire, 26th-28th August, so they’ve served up these summer tasters…

Star Q&A: Lesley Joseph

Lesley Joseph chats to us about meeting the Pope, Birds Of A Feather, her pal Maureen Lipman and the joy of starring in Sister Act at the Apollo until 28th August

July recipes: Blooming Great Tea Party

Tea parties have been a real feature of the summer so far after June’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations so carry on with a Blooming Great Tea Party in aid of Marie Curie

Star Q&A: Kim Wilde

Kim Wilde chats to Liz Nicholls about performing at Heritage Live, alongside Boy George, Lulu, Gabrielle & more, including Ardingly on Saturday, 16th July and Englefield House on Saturday, 23rd July.

Star Q&A: Katherine Jenkins

Liz Nicholls chats to mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE ahead of her performance at Henley Festival, 6th-10th July.

Toot-Toot Drivers Airport review

Fun manipulative & role play features include spinning radar, wind meter, runway lights, roundabout & boarding ladder that will encourage your child’s imagination. Includes Smartpoint Jet and 2 cute mini jets.

Wine & dine at The Alice

It’s bottoms-up time down the rabbit hole! The Alice in Oxford is hosting a series of intimate Wine and Dine events and a special Wine Flight tasting menu in collaboration with Balfour Winery and Coates & Seely.

Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace

Singer/songwriter Mick Hucknall chats about being back on the road performing as Simply Red get set to star at Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace on 15th June

David Gray prepares for Nocturne Live

Liz Nicholls chats to musician David Gray amid his UK & European tour to celebrate 20 years since his multi-platinum album White Ladder, which has just been re-released in a deluxe edition on CD, digital and vinyl.

Star Q&A: James Blunt

Musician & dad James Blunt, 48, chats to Liz Nicholls ahead of his performances at Cornbury & more festivals this summer…

June recipes: Heavenly honey

Manuka honey is not only good for your gut and your skin but its soothing properties can also help your overall wellbeing.

Volunteers help maintain Betjeman Millennium Park

James Kent, a year 12 pupil at King Alfred’s, spends a day with the army of volunteers who help maintain the Betjeman Millennium Park in Wantage, which has just marked its 20th anniversary

Valerian Court: A home from home

Valerian Court is a brand-new purpose-built luxury care home set to open its doors to welcome new residents in summer 2022

Journey into the Magical Forest

LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort is opening its newest attraction this Saturday, 30th April – step inside and explore.

Festival fun for all

Festivals are back on! Yes, after two fretful years of disrupted fun & frolics, there’s a summer sizzler of festivals ready to rock your world, whatever you’re into… writes Liz Nicholls

May recipes: Green queens

We’re celebrating the green goodness with two brunch recipes to herald Alresford Watercress Festival

Star Q&A: Toyah Willcox

Musician Toyah Willcox, who turns 64 this month, shares her excitement for a summer of festivals, including Let’s Rock where she is set to star…

New theatre company Moonhawk stage Frankenstein

Abingdon’s Unicorn Theatre is the stage for inaugural production

Lifelong learning and mental fitness

You don’t have to run a four-minute mile to follow in the footsteps of Roger Bannister. On a windy day in May 1954, a 25-year-old medical student… broke track and field’s most famous barrier – the four-minute mile.

April recipes: Feed your family

Say bye-bye to boring dinners with exciting recipes from Chefs In Schools, by Nicole Pisani & Joanna Weinberg

Star Q&A: Steve Backshall

Explorer, naturalist, presenter & dad Steve Backshall MBE, 48, talks to Liz Nicholls ahead of his Ocean show at a venue near you.

Make Mother‘s Day Lush 

From Thursday 17th March, Lush will be offering an immersive pop up experience in the lead up to Mother’s Day at Oxford’s Westgate shopping centre.

How to save on energy costs

With the rising costs of energy bills, Dave Lamont from Plastic Free Home, based in Wokingham, has some top tips to help you save

Star Q&A: Kelly Jones

Liz Nicholls chats to musician & dad Kelly Jones as the Stereophonics release their new album Oochya and hit the road for their UK tour

March recipes: Dinners for winners

We’re sharing three hearty recipes from The Hairy Bikers’ Everyday Winners by Si King and Dave Myers, published by Seven Dials, out now £22 hardback

The Year of the Tiger

Henley and Marlow Launches 2022 `The Year of the Tiger`

Star Q&A: Justin Fletcher

TV megastar Justin Fletcher MBE tells us about his influences as he steps out to a venue near you for his all-singing and dancing live show Justin Live – The Big Tour!

February recipes: Sweet dreams

We share a taste of Nadiya’s Fast Flavours by published by Penguin Michael Joseph (£22)

Your Will, your way

David Robinson, Director of Templar Estate Planning discusses the importance of everyone having an up to date and valid Will. If you do not have a Will or changes have happened in your life, please read on!

January recipes: Gut Reaction

We’re serving up a taster from The Gut-Loving Cookbook by Alana & Lisa MacFarlane which is out this month, published by Pavilion Books

Star Q&A: Ray Mears

Local television star & bushcraft expert Ray Mears, 57, tells us more about his new We Are Nature book & theatre show to help us “tune in and turn on” to nature…

Winnie-the-Pooh 95th anniversary prequel

Once There Was A Bear, a new prequel to mark the 95th anniversary of the classic Winnie-The-Pooh. With so much uncertainty in the world the familiar, beloved characters from our childhood are more welcome than ever.

A new lease of life

A move to McCarthy Stone’s Jupiter House in Milton Keynes has helped give a retired newsagent a social network and greater peace of mind

December recipes: Comfort & joy

We’re offering a taste of Christmas at River Cottage by Lucy Brazier with foreword, essays and seasonal recipes from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, published by Bloomsbury, Priced £22.

Star Q&A: Gok Wan

Television star Gok Wan, 47, talks to us ahead of his dazzling star turn as the Man In The Mirror in Snow White at Woking’s New Victoria Theatre from 4th December to 2nd January

Plans for homes at Valley Park

Taylor Wimpey is inviting Didcot and Harwell residents to see the latest plans for the first phase of new homes at Valley Park during a public exhibition in November.

Jack & Beyond

Send some sweetness & light to loved ones with Jack & Beyond’s Christmas cakes & goodies available for delivery across the UK

November recipes: Passage to India

We’re sharing a taste of From Gujarat With Love – 100 Authentic Indian Vegetarian Recipes by Vina Patel

Star Q&A: Samantha Womack

Actress, singer, model & director Samantha Womack tells us about festive feelings as she stars as the White Witch in The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre as part of its UK tour

Wheelyboat Picks the Litter

WOW! Wallingford Accessible Boat Club heroes support the Thames river clean-up with WOW-one wheelyboat

October recipes: Sweet spot

Ravneet Gill’s Sugar, I Love You: Knockout Recipes to Celebrate The Sweeter Things in Life, is out this month.

Star Q&A: Timmy Mallett

Broadcaster, artist & dad Timmy Mallett, who turns 66 this month, tells Liz Nicholls about family, football, art and his new book Utterly Brilliant – My Life’s Journey

The Divorce Revolution

New business launched to help separating and divorcing couples save money and stay out of court

Hands free!

Paul Zerdin on his Hands Free show at Camberley Theatre on Tuesday, 21st September

Star Q&A: Ed Byrne

Liz Nicholls talks about life, laughs & lockdown saviours with comedian & dad Ed Byrne, 49, ahead of his live shows in September, including Oxford, Newbury, High Wycombe, Farnham, Camberley & Dorking

September recipes: Coffee & banoffee

This September, Macmillan Cancer Support’s iconic Coffee Morning event is back on Friday 24th September, however you plan it and whatever your baking talents (or lack of) host your coffee morning your way and help raise millions to support the growing number of people living with cancer

Build your dream home

A visit to Build It Live this month will help you create a home as individual as you

A community where you can flourish

Pangbourne College is a co-educational day and boarding school set in 230 acres within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Oxfordshire Plan 2050

Why should you care what Oxfordshire will look like in 30 years’ time? This is an opportunity for older residents to leave a legacy for future generations and younger residents to have a say and live through the changes.

Salisbury Cathedral: Threads Through Creation

Creating the world in eight million stitches… On Tuesday 17 August Threads Through Creation, a magnificent embroidery display created by textile artist Jacqui Parkinson will go on show at Salisbury Cathedral.

August recipes: Rays of sunshine

We’re serving up two dishes from Sunshine Kitchen: Delicious Creole recipes from the Heart of the Caribbean by Vanessa Bolosier, published by Pavilion Books.

Star Q&A: Andre Rieu

Liz Nicholls asks international classical music champion & dad Andre Rieu, 71, about life, love & music ahead of Together Again which comes to cinemas on 28th & 29th August.

Wine & mind

Learn some simple mindfulness strategies to boost your performance at work and home while you enjoy a glass of wine.

July recipes: Tutti Fruity

It’s barbecue season! We’ve teamed up with home economics star Jack Monroe & Del Monte to serve this sunny delight

Star Q&A: Paul Stellar

Singer & dad Paul Weller, 63, opens up about his new album Fat Pop (Volume I), collaborations and a hopeful return to live music.

June recipes: Cupcakes & kindness

Dust off your baking bowls, whip out your whisks and unite against dementia by signing up for Cupcake Day

Star Q&A: Danny Goffey

Liz Nicholls chats to musician & dad of four Danny Goffey, 47, who will star with his Supergrass bandmates, Feeder & Sports Team at Englefield House in Theale on Friday, 23rd July, as part of the Heritage Live Concert Series.

Star Q&A: James Arthur

Liz Nicholls asks singer James Arthur, about music, mental health and more. His new single September is out on 4th June, via Columbia Records, taken from his as-yet untitled album out in autumn

Support vaccination with V-star badge

Show your support for Covid vaccination programme with a V-star badge thanks to mums’ mission

Flying high with Legoland

Families can book in to enjoy the UK’s first flying theatre ride at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort at the end of this month

Good Cheer Award Winners 2021

Raise your glasses, it’s time to toast our Round & About Good Cheer Award winners!

Gilbertson & Page

Here at Gilbertson & Page our team lives and breathes dogs. Not only do we specialise in the manufacture of life stage, working and sensitive diets like hypoallergenic and grain-free recipes, but dogs run our office, well unfortunately, not quite! but there’s always one or two running about or napping by the desk.

Where’s Brian’s Bottom? asks Abingdon illustrator

Local illustrator Rob Jones always wanted to create a children’s book and, in Where’s Brian’s Bottom? the dream has unfolded!

Instil Design runs for award

InStil Design in running for Bathroom Designer of the Year award

Gemma Hardy offers mental health advice

Gemma Hardy of Hardy Training Company in Fleet explains what mental health is and how we can manage it during uncertain times

Take five….

Top tips for creating your home gym. We’ve teamed up with Morgan Beilby of local design and fit-out specialists Velvaere Studios to help you create the perfect home/work balance.

Star Q&A: Ed Stafford

Liz Nicholls chats to survival expert, dad & TV star Ed Stafford, 45, about life, lockdown & the summer family wilderness camps he has helped devise in the South East.

May recipes: Watercress wonders

Suze Morrison, founder of Gourmet Glow, has teamed up with The Watercress Company to offer some healthy meals

Shakespeare & St George’s Day

“Cry God for Harry, England and St George..!” Pit your wits against our Which William quiz in honour of Shakespeare & St George’s Day

#BlossomWatch

Celebrate the UK’s first ever #BlossomWatch day in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire

Walk this way!

Walk this way! Chilterns Walking Festival is back from 22nd May to 6th June with more than 80 guided walks to enjoy

Decor delights

Treat yourself to a day out and some shopping at Henley Decor Fair over the late bank holiday weekend 27th to 31st May 2021

Win! A portrait of your pet

Love your kitty? Adore your doggy? We always knew that we Brits loved our pets passionately, but the last year has deepened our appreciation for our animal companions!

Take our Horrible Histories quiz

Pinch punch first of the month… it’s April’s Fools Day! This is a tradition that some say dates back to Chaucer here in the UK.

What have you missed?

Here we are, a full year after lockdown was announced. Let’s face it, tempers feel a little bit frayed this week, which is natural, really, as we approach the final furlong towards (hopeful) freedom!

Book a plant clinic appointment

Plant or garden dilemma? Grab a free Gardeners’ Question Time Plant Clinic slot with garden guru & Miracle-Gro this week.

Tips to overcome a needle phobia

A needle phobia is quite common – it’s thought to be a problem for about 1 in 10 of us. Phil Day gives some advice to those worried about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Spring has sprung so let’s celebrate!

Bees are buzzing, flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining: spring is here!

Get zoom ready with vitamins

Getting the right vitamin supplements to make you Zoom ready! As millions across the world continue to interact online, people are spending a record amount of time video chatting.

Staying safe after COVID-19 vaccination

Comments from Phil Day, Superintendent Pharmacist at Pharmacy2U, the UK’s first and largest online pharmacy

How daylight savings affect your sleep

The clocks go forward on March 28 – the start of daylight savings. This means one less hour in bed, so prepare to feel extra sleepy that day!

Jess Gillam chats about Investec 2021

Jess Gillam tells us about music’s power to connect us and looks ahead to the Investec International Music Festival which will take place in Surrey Hills as soon as safely possible.

April recipes: Baking power

We’ve cooked up a sneaky slice of The National Trust Book of Baking by Sybil Kapoor, which is out on 15th April, with these heart-warming spring recipes.

Star Q&A: David Walliams

Author & dad David Walliams, 49, talks about life & the arts ahead of the adaptation of his novel Billionaire Boy as a Covid-safe Car Park Party

Delicious chocolates for Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday so why not show her how much she means by making these sweet treats packed with healthy ingredients and love

Time for wildlife

Time for wildlife – help ensure the survival of beautiful African wild animals by supporting two amazing charities

Liven your home with green walls

Gardarica offers ‘living walls’ tailor-made to the needs of your home, garden or business from design to construction

Putting children’s wellbeing first: Inside Out

Inside Out is an education charity based in Reading focussed on improving children’s wellbeing.

Star Q&A: Raymond Blanc

Liz Nicholls asks star chef Raymond Blanc about feeding the soul in isolation, finding your calling & his surprising favourite foodstuff…

March recipes: Spice of life

Mandira Sarkar of Mandira’s Kitchen serves up a wonderful suggestion for Mother’s Day: spiced biscuits & masala chai to deliver to your mum’s doorstep if you live close enough to her…

Keep memories alive with Fusions Craft

Discover millions of creative ways to share your life stories for future generations

Pancake recipes: From Bonne Maman

Today is Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday. We’ve teamed up with Bonne Maman UK to offer you some great recipe ideas.

Love local with fresh food boxes

Love local! Fresh food delivery box for Valentine’s Day meals & restaurant quality cooking with Crop To Kitchen.

Maymessy: Recipe for life

Social enterprise Maymessy is helping families learn valuable life skills – including food shopping and cooking for a family.

Billy Ocean & the Young Voices

Billy Ocean, along with the Young Voices Choir, wish you a Lovely Day with charity single to help children’s mental health

Build a lockdown family time capsule

Kirsty Prankerd, from photo keepsake retailer Write From The Heart, explains how to build a time capsule with the kids.

Patrick Ebbs: Ciceri e Tria recipe

Try the traditional dish of Ciceri e Tria (Chickpeas and Pasta) as recommended by Godalming author Patrick Ebbs.

February recipes: Blooming lovely

Star chef & hospitality champion Tom Kerridge’s new Hand & Flowers cookbook is helping us find reasons to be cheerful. We’ve teamed up to share recipes for you to cook at home.

Star Q&A: Andy Triggs Hodge

Three times Olympic rowing gold medallist Andy Triggs Hodge started rowing because he thought it would be fun, now he is sharing that sense of fun through Race The Thames 2021, we chatted to him about his career, the importance of sport and the event taking place in March

January recipes: Right angles

The festive period isn’t normally associated with healthy eating, but Dr Michelle Braude of nutrition practice The Food Effect, says it doesn’t have to be this way and that many of the foods we often associate with Christmas and New Year are actually very healthy if used in the right way.

Unique moment of time

Professor Stephen Hawking had a fascinating relationship with time and this year Bremont are marking that and honouring the eminent scientist with the launch of its Bremont Hawking watch collection.

December recipes: The main event

The festive period isn’t normally associated with healthy eating, but Dr Michelle Braude of nutrition practice The Food Effect, says it doesn’t have to be this way and that many of the foods we often associate with Christmas and New Year are actually very healthy if used in the right way.

Foster care in lockdown

Lockdown has been challenging for many of us, for lots of different reasons, and none more so than for Sarah and Darren who are Oxfordshire County Council foster carers, who were staying at home with five children.

LEGOLAND®’s World of Mythical Creatures

The World of Mythical Creatures is coming to The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort in spring 2021

November recipes: food with heart

A new cook book Food & Kindness is raising funds for Oxfordshire’s Sobell House hospice with help from local restaurants

#YouCanAdopt

We’ve partnered up with (Parents And Children Together) to highlight the #YouCanAdopt campaign and encourage you to consider adopting

October recipes: An apple a day…

Did you know in the UK alone we have more than 2,500 varieties of apple? Enough for you to try a different one every day for more than seven years and what better day to start then on October 21st, Apple Day. Why not try these recipes to start with…

The Beatles: Get Back

Get Back is set to celebrate the iconic band’s influence

The perfect place to call home

Taylor Wimpey invite you to …

August recipes: Fabulous fish

Sea for Yourself is encouraging us to cook with fresh fish caught in UK seas, so ‘see for yourself’ how healthy and easy it can be

Hook, line & sinker

Fishing is a reel-ly big pull for millions of people and what can be better than sitting by the river in the sunshine – you may fin-ish up with a big catch you’ll have something to carp on about to your friends!

The GREAT outdoors!

We’ve never appreciated being outside more than we do now and with more gradually opening up to us, let’s get out and enjoy it

Eat better in lockdown

Nutritionist Abi Barclay-Watt has some tips on how to curb those cravings

Explore education

With many of us having more time on our hands, there’s never been a better time to learn something new

Star Q&A: Julia’s outdoor jewels

To say TV presenter Julia Bradbury loves the outdoors would be an understatement, so much so that she set up The Outdoor Guide website packed with wonderful walks, picturesque pubs to stay in and everything you need to get out and enjoy yourself

July recipes: Love those leaves

Watercress is healthy, delicious and packed full of goodness – one 85g bag provides more than the recommended daily amount of vitamin C to help boost your immune system. It’s in season until October so get creating now!

Salute our Forces

Our Armed Forces are something for us to be proud of at any time as they work to keep us safe and now they are helping to fight coronavirus

Wallingford vehicle rally

The popular annual Wallingford Vehicle Rally & Parade has been cancelled this year but the organisers are keeping their fingers crossed for a ‘mini lockdown parade’ on August 2nd.

Scrubs help

Huge thanks goes out to all those who have been making scrubs in their homes and the schools coming together to make face shields for our NHS and key workers

Wind in the Willows

Join Mr Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger in GSC’s online Wind in the Willows

Could you help Citizens Advice?

Read about the dedication of staff and volunteers at local charity Citizens Advice Oxfordshire South and Vale.

Taylor Wimpey reopens showhomes

Taylor Wimpey’s Oxfordshire developments to reopen to customers

Chawton House virtual gardens

Chawton House virtual garden festival

Share your views on climate change

Young people are being urged to help shape West Oxfordshire District Council’s response to the climate emergency.

Butterfly ID skills via Zoom

We’ve all got closer to nature over the past few weeks as we spend more time in our gardens and take time to appreciate what’s around us.

Surrey Hills

Surrey Hills advises you to stay away – for now!

Rock Choir fundraiser

Join Rock Choir’s 24-hour fundraiser for Mental Health Awareness Week

Wartime spirit

Celebrate VE Day at home – sing, dance and raise a glass to toast Second World War heroes

Art from your armchair

Local artists open up virtual exhibition for Oxfordshire Artweeks Festiva

Citizens Advice debt help

Coronavirus: Get help if you can’t pay household bills

Hypnotherapy sleep tips

Resolve coronavirus-related sleep problems with the help of hypnotherapy

Save music venues campaign

#SAVEOURVENUES campaign launched to help grassroots music

Room for improvement

With the majority of us spending more time at home at the moment how about lavishing some love on your home and considering how you can improve it, Karen Neville looks at some ways to make the most of your home…

Cotswold Challenge

Teenagers take the Cotswold Challenge and showcase your skills

2.6 Challenge

Take the 2.6 Challenge and help boost the UK’s charities

April recipes: Close to nature

Qualified natural chef Jo Keyes shares some wholesome recipes devised in her Time To Nourish kitchen for body, mind & soul

Time to love your home

Advice for how you can freshen up your home especially if you’re looking to sell

Town and Gown

Oxford Town and Gown is going home!

Wildlife Trusts online

Enjoy the wonderful world of wildlife online

Co-parenting advice

Co-parenting during the Coronavirus lockdown

Turn on the TAP

A new app makes it easy to thank the unsung heroes in your community at a time when we’ve never needed them more

Barking to baking

Your dogs will be barking mad for these home bakes

Home schooling

Home schooling tips to help you learn as your child does

Worship Online

Churches in Newbury are reaching new congregations with online services helping us through these difficult times

Take your seat…

Enjoy the theatre from the comfort of your sofa courtesy of National Theatre at Home via YouTube

Gardening tips 2

Getting some fresh air in the current situation is so important. 

Gardening tips 1

Staying at home is not ideal but there’s lots to get on with in the garden.

Spring clean: De-clutter

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Spring clean your digital life

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Spring clean your house

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Spring clean your kitchen

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Spring clean your bedroom

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Happy bunnies…

You’re never too old to enjoy an Easter egg hunt which is lucky for you as there are some cracking ones to enjoy!

Gorgeous gardens

What better way can there be to mark spring than to get out in the garden? Karen Neville gathers some inspiring gardens worth visiting.

Spring clean your bathroom

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Barry the pig

Help Barry the non-swimming pig 

Make your own garden for wildlife 

Make your own secret garden for wildlife 

Mum’s the word

Here are some present ideas ahead of Mothering Sunday on 22nd March

Garden Re-Leaf Day 2020

Plans are blooming for the ninth annual Garden Re-Leaf Day, which takes place on Friday, 13th March. 

World Book Day

Thursday is the annual worldwide celebration of books and reading that is World Book Day.

British Pie Week

Never has the saying ‘nice as pie’ been so apt – who doesn’t love a tasty pastry pie and what better time to indulge than in British Pie Week.

Food, friends and fun

Host a supper club on 7th March and raise funds for Eva’s Friends

Journey of discovery

Fi Harding tells us more about Chiltern Arts Festival 2020 which takes place at various venues between Friday 28th February and Saturday 7th March

March recipes: Not your average Joe!

Fitness star Joe Wicks –AKA The Body Coach – has teamed up with cancer charity Macmillan to share some veggie recipes for March

Drive time

Whatever your vintage or passion, March is a great month for motoring enthusiasts.

Talking Point: Clare Balding

Liz Nicholls asks Clare Balding about life, sport and our beloved pets as she launches Dogcast With Clare Balding

Golf: Hole lotta love

“Golf is a good walk spoiled” according to some but to others there’s nothing like the challenge of hitting that small round ball to the best of your ability, avoiding hazards and wayward shots along the course and eventually seeing it drop in the hole.

Tuck into Cornish Pasty Week

Yesterday marked the start of Real Bread Week and today it’s the turn of Cornish Pasty Week.

Real Bread Week

Did you know this week is Real Bread Week? It’s the annual celebration of additive-free loaves and the people who make them.

Movie magic

Anton DuBeke and Erin Boag will bring Dance those Magical Movies to Reading’s Hexagon this March

Love literature

Talented stars from Ascot, Crowthorne and Sandhurst will dazzle you this month at the 49th South East Berks Gang Show. Sandra Sidey tells us more…

Random Acts of Kindness day

Make the world a better place with a random act of kindness 

Cornering youth market

Didcot’s Cornerstone Arts Centre is hosting a youth festival at half-term

Forging past the food fads

With so much misinformation out there here are Abi Barclay-Watt’s 25 nutritional truths – no fads!

Home help

Matt Richardson chats about his show at the Cornerstone.

Warmer winter

Tips on how to keep your home warm & safe in the colder months

Unique Unicorn

Abingdon’s music venue lines up another great programme for 2020

Seal of approval

Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition comes to The Base at Greenham

Max & Ivan

Max & Ivan bring their show Commitment to Reading tomorrow (6th February).

Wear Red Day

Go with the Flow at Godalming art gallery’s new exhibition

Take a peep at new app

What started as a family surprise has developed into an app letting you countdown to celebrations and special events – a digital advent for any occasion, any time.

National Apprenticeship Week

Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week and all its benefits

Talking Point: Russell Watson

Liz Nicholls chats to singer Russell Watson about his tour

Adult care: Winter 2020

We’ve put together some articles about planning for later life care as well as staying healthy & stimulated in our February guide.

February’s recipes: Rice & easy!

We’ve teamed up with Tilda to serve up some recipes to make the most of their new flavoured easy-cook sachets

You’re never too old…

Active minds and active bodies are on the curriculum at the University of the Third Age

Business School

Make money from your passion at Pop-Up Business School in Didcot

Banff film festival

Scale new heights with this year’s films with the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 

Health research study

New online map helps people find health research in Thames Valley 

Snowdrop walk

Join snowdrop walk and support Child Bereavement UK 

2020 trends

The ways of getting in shape are constantly changing as this year’s trends suggest

Paws for thought!

The new “Dogs Welcome” campaign has taken off in Wallingford

New year, new job

Want a change of job and need some help writing that perfect CV? Judith Coslett has some great advice