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2015 April: Beautiful Magnolias and Japanese Flowering Cherries
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2015 April: Beautiful Magnolias and Japanese Flowering Cherries

Thanks to the recent run of dry, sunny weather, visitors to Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire will be treated to a breath-taking display of white and pink during the coming weeks as collections of Magnolias and Japanese Flowering Cherries share centre stage.

2015 April: CADA Fair at Blenheim Palace
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2015 April: CADA Fair at Blenheim Palace

The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair returns to the elegant setting of Blenheim Palace. The fair is made up of 29 exhibitors of which 5 are guest dealers invited by The cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association (CADA) to exhibit alongside the 24 members of the Association.

2015 August: Bank Holiday Fun at Birdland
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2015 August: Bank Holiday Fun at Birdland

Head to Bourton-on-the-Water to meet King Penguins, explore the new Jurassic Journey and discover an exciting array of birds including the beautiful King Penguins.

2015 August: Churchill’s Guns go on Display
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2015 August: Churchill’s Guns go on Display

Winston Churchill’s Woodward guns go on display in the newly-curated Churchill Exhibition at Blenheim Palace. The guns, never been seen before, offer a look at Victorian Master Craftsmanship and an insight into young Churchill.

2015 August: Flamboyance of Flamingo Chicks at Birdland
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2015 August: Flamboyance of Flamingo Chicks at Birdland

2 Caribbean flamingo chicks have hatched at Birdland Park & Gardens. The chicks, who are just over four weeks old, are a whitish grey colour rather than the distinctive pink. It will take up to 3 years for them to reach their mature colours.

2015 August: The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
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2015 August: The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy

Featuring RSC Associate Artist Greg Hicks. A gripping one-man show about death, desire and Beethoven; with thrilling intensity, delicious humour and musical echoes of the master, the story unfolds.

2015 December: Pelican chick hatches out at Birdland
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2015 December: Pelican chick hatches out at Birdland

A pink-backed pelican chick has hatched at Birdland Park and Gardens for the first time in recent memory, the chick, which was hatched in an incubator, is being hand reared.

2015 February: Cotswold Wildlife Park breeds critically endangered Geckos for the first time.
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2015 February: Cotswold Wildlife Park breeds critically endangered Geckos for the first time.

Electric Blue Geckos (lygodactylus Williamsi) are only found in a small area of the Kimboza Forst in Tanzania and are classified as critically endangered.

2015 February: Iconic Cycling Events
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2015 February: Iconic Cycling Events

The Cotswold Crank Up, supported by Witney cycle shop and cycling club Mickey Cranks, will be starting at Henry Box School with a choice of 25, 50 and 80 mile marked routes.

2015 February: Share some Crocodilian love this Valentine’s Day
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2015 February: Share some Crocodilian love this Valentine’s Day

On Saturday 14th February it will be a whole year since we opened our doors in Brize Norton, so we’re throwing a party!

2015 January: Bicester Village welcomes Ambassador
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2015 January: Bicester Village welcomes Ambassador

Bicester Village has hosted a round table forum organised by the CBBC (China British Business Council) with the newly appointed HM Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Barbara Woodward CBG OBE.

2015 January: The Cotswolds Art and Antiques Dealers' Fair at Blenheim Palace
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2015 January: The Cotswolds Art and Antiques Dealers' Fair at Blenheim Palace

Now in its fourth year, the fair takes place in The Orangery overlooking the magnificent Formal Gardens of the Palace.

2015 January: Wishes across the world: The chic outlic shopping® villages celebrate Chinese New Year
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2015 January: Wishes across the world: The chic outlic shopping® villages celebrate Chinese New Year

Throughout February, the nine Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages in Europe will celebrate Chinese New Year in partnership with UnionPay International by offering guests the chance to share wishes across the world, along with exceptional offers for Chinese guests.

2015 July: Birdland Re-Launch Flamingo Point Café
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2015 July: Birdland Re-Launch Flamingo Point Café

Birdland Park & Gardens is excited to announce a re-launch of their Flamingo Point Café in their Bourton-on-the-Water attraction. Flamingo Point Café has undergone a complete menu review with a focus on locally sourced delicious goodies perfect for lunch and afternoon tea.

2015 July: Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens named UK's fourth best zoo
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2015 July: Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens named UK's fourth best zoo

The Oxfordshire zoo, which started in the Heyworth family home in 1970 and is now home one of the UK’s largest zoological collections, is also named twelfth best rated zoo in Europe.

2015 July: Countryfile live at Blenheim Palace
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2015 July: Countryfile live at Blenheim Palace

Four extraordinary days in August 2016 will see BBC Countryfile, Britain’s most watched factual television show, brought to life in a new countryside event.

2015 July: Exhibition by American artist Lawrence Weiner
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2015 July: Exhibition by American artist Lawrence Weiner

Blenheim Art Foundation is delighted to announce a new exhibition by American artist and founding figure of Conceptual Art, Lawrence Weiner. The exhibition will showcase works conceived by the artist over the last several decades, in addition to significant, site-specific works, created especially for the Palace.

2015 July: Lost Treasure of Kelmscott Manor Revealed
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2015 July: Lost Treasure of Kelmscott Manor Revealed

Exciting new ‘Lost Treasure’ charting Kelmscott Manor’s fascinating past has been rediscovered.

2015 June: Birdland Celebrates Feathered Dads
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2015 June: Birdland Celebrates Feathered Dads

This exciting weekend of activities incorporates a talks programme which highlights some of Birdland’s hard-working birds, so you can hear more about how birdlife looks after its young. And it isn’t always as you would expect!

2015 June: MasterChef champion to delight diners at Blenheim Palace
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2015 June: MasterChef champion to delight diners at Blenheim Palace

Calling all fine food lovers! MasterChef star Steven Edwards will be hosting an evening of delicious food, wine and merriment in the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace this July.

2015 June: Reopening of 'Dreamland', Britain's Oldest Amusement Park
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2015 June: Reopening of 'Dreamland', Britain's Oldest Amusement Park

The owner of Oxfordshire's Fairytale Farm, the UK's first turn-up-and-play farm park designed for children of all abilities, has reached a major milestone with the reopening of the Britain's oldest amusement park, a project he has led on a voluntary basis since 2003.

2015 June: Riverside Festival in Charlbury
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2015 June: Riverside Festival in Charlbury

One of the most popular events in Oxfordshire's Music Calendar boasting more than 40 acts playing everything from folk music to blues, rock, ska and hip hop, attracting thousands of music lovers of all ages.

Location: The Mill Field, Dyers Hill, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3QG

2015 March: Bridal season at Bicester Village
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2015 March: Bridal season at Bicester Village

For the first time ever, a carefully selected team of wedding experts will be on hand to help brides-to-be design their dream day.

2015 May: Film and TV artist is bringing the lost world of the dinosaurs to life at Birdland Park & Gardens
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2015 May: Film and TV artist is bringing the lost world of the dinosaurs to life at Birdland Park & Gardens

The Bourton-on-the-Water visitor attraction has enlisted the skills of British scenic artist Greg Winter to recreate prehistoric settings as part of ‘Jurassic Journey’ which features more than 30 different life-size dinosaurs and is set to open later this month.

2015 May: The Best Time to See Blenheim Palace’s Rose Garden
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2015 May: The Best Time to See Blenheim Palace’s Rose Garden

Blenheim Palace’s Rose Garden was originally created by the 5th Duke of Marlborough – it underwent a complete renovation in 1760 before being restored to its former glory by the 11th Duke of Marlborough.

2015 November: Blenheim Palace to Open all Year
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2015 November: Blenheim Palace to Open all Year

Blenheim Palace has announced that it is set to open all year round, excluding Christmas Day, from 2016. It will give visitors an exciting opportunity to enjoy the Palace throughout the festive season and allow new events and winter activities.

2015 November: Blenheim Palace Wins Family Business Award
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2015 November: Blenheim Palace Wins Family Business Award

Blenheim Palace is pleased to announce that it has won the Cotswold Family Business Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Local or National Economy 2015.

2015 November: Making the Cut: Fire fighters train at Blenheim Palace
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2015 November: Making the Cut: Fire fighters train at Blenheim Palace

Oxfordshire Fire fighters visited Blenheim Palace to undergo special training in the Burleigh Wood. The team from Kidlington spent the morning refreshing vital skills needed to respond to emergencies in the rural Oxfordshire and Cotswolds countryside.

2016 April: Ancient Oak Reborn as Schoolchildren Plant Oak Sapling
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2016 April: Ancient Oak Reborn as Schoolchildren Plant Oak Sapling

A tiny sapling, which was grown from the acorn of a 222 year old ancient oak tree felled on the Blenheim Palace Estate, has been planted in the grounds of a local primary school.

2016 April: Cotswold Wildlife Park delighted with Zebra foal
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2016 April: Cotswold Wildlife Park delighted with Zebra foal

Cotswold Wildlife Park welcomes its latest arrival (and first large mammal birth of 2016) – a Chapman’s Zebra foal named Spot.

2016 August: Twit-Twoo! - celebrate International Owl Awareness Day
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2016 August: Twit-Twoo! - celebrate International Owl Awareness Day

A day full of owl-tastic activities for families. Everyone will love learning more about owls, owlets and regal raptors at the Park.

2016 August: Witney mustard company wins three stars at Great Taste Awards
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2016 August: Witney mustard company wins three stars at Great Taste Awards

The world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards, Great Taste, has just released the Great Taste stars of 2016 and Shaken Oak Products is amongst the producers celebrating.

2016 February: Eggciting Easter at Birdland Park & Gardens
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2016 February: Eggciting Easter at Birdland Park & Gardens

It is an eggciting time this Easter at Bourton-on-the-Water’s Birdland, from Friday 25 March – Sunday 10 April. With real eggs under watch and cracking Easter activities planned, there’s plenty for all the family to enjoy over the holidays.

2016 February: Fairytale
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2016 February: Fairytale

Its success will enable the accessible farm park to embark on a whole series of exciting improvements. Fairytale Farm's founder, Nick Laister says "The time has come to transform the farm."

2016 January: Capability Brown 2016 at Blenheim Palace
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2016 January: Capability Brown 2016 at Blenheim Palace

2016 marks the 300th anniversary of celebrated landscape gardener, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Blenheim Palace is the best place to see the extraordinary vision and work of ‘Capability’ Brown in their 2000 acres of landscaped parkland, which the gardener spent 11 years creating.

2016 January: Cotswolds Artisan Drinks Awards
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2016 January: Cotswolds Artisan Drinks Awards

An exciting opportunity for craft or artisan producers based in the Cotswolds to enter and become involved in this inaugural drinks’ awards where the top three award winners in each category will be invited to showcase their produce at the first annual Cotswold Artisan Drinks Fair

2016 January: Fairytale Farm has announced that it will be crowdfunding
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2016 January: Fairytale Farm has announced that it will be crowdfunding

Fairytale Farm is trying to raise £91,500 to enable it to embark on the next phase of its development - a number of projects, all of which will be implemented over the next two years.

2016 January: New Year, New King Penguin!
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2016 January: New Year, New King Penguin!

Birdland Park & Gardens is celebrating the start of 2016 with a very special new arrival, a female King Penguin.

2016 January: Tree X raying at Batsford Arboretum
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2016 January: Tree X raying at Batsford Arboretum

The conservation work of Batsford Arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, recently sparked the interest of BBC Countryfile upon hearing about two particular projects.

2016 January: Upstairs, Downstairs and Behind Closed Doors
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2016 January: Upstairs, Downstairs and Behind Closed Doors

Opening in February 2016, Blenheim Palace will be launching three new tours: an Upstairs Tour, a Downstairs Tour and a Private Apartments Tour.

2016 July: Blenheim Palace's gloriumptious role in Disney's new BFG film
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2016 July: Blenheim Palace's gloriumptious role in Disney's new BFG film

Blenheim Palace has a whoopsy-splunkers starring role in Disney’s new BFG film based on Roald Dahl’s bestselling children’s book

2016 July: Trio of penguin chicks born at Birdland
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2016 July: Trio of penguin chicks born at Birdland

All three chicks, which were born earlier this month at the Gloucestershire wildlife attraction, are doing well and keepers are pleased to see how they are rapidly growing.

2016 July: Trio of penguin chicks born at Birdland
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2016 July: Trio of penguin chicks born at Birdland

All three chicks, which were born earlier this month at the Gloucestershire wildlife attraction, are doing well and keepers are pleased to see how they are rapidly growing.

2016 June: Cotswold Wildlife Park opens its doors for a night to remember
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2016 June: Cotswold Wildlife Park opens its doors for a night to remember

For the third time, the Park hosted “Dreamnight At The Zoo”- an invitation-only event for chronically ill and disabled children and their families to exclusively enjoy the wildlife park after hours. Cotswold Wildlife Park joined over two hundred zoos and aquariums, from eleven different countries, for the global event that makes dreams come true for some truly deserving guests.

2016 June: Cotswold Wildlife Park welcomes a tiny giant
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2016 June: Cotswold Wildlife Park welcomes a tiny giant

A Giant Anteater baby makes his debut at Cotswold Wildlife Park. Visitors can see the Anteater family in the enclosure they share with Capybaras (the world’s largest rodent) and Crested Screamers, a species also native to Central and South America.

2016 June: Fairytale Farm welcome three rare breed woolly pigs
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2016 June: Fairytale Farm welcome three rare breed woolly pigs

Owner Nick Laister comments: "Our three new girls are already a favourite with our staff because they are so gorgeous. With thick, woolly coasts and huge floppy ears, you might be forgiven for thinking that they are sheep from a distance.

2016 June: Hamish Mackie’s Andalusian Stallion at Blenheim Palace
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2016 June: Hamish Mackie’s Andalusian Stallion at Blenheim Palace

This large scale bronze sculpture arrived from Chatsworth and has been installed as a temporary addition to the gardens for the summer. Hamish Mackie is the most original and exciting wildlife sculptor of his generation.

2016 March: Duke joins pupils on 'Clean for The Queen' litter pick
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2016 March: Duke joins pupils on 'Clean for The Queen' litter pick

Pupils from a local primary school had an unexpected extra helper in the shape of the 12th Duke of Marlborough when they took part in a ‘Clean for the Queen’ litter pick at Blenheim Palace recently.

2016 March: The Easter Bunny is coming!
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2016 March: The Easter Bunny is coming!

The Easter Bunny will be hopping along to Fairytale Farm and taking up residence once again in the Farm's Giant Rabbit Burrow every day through the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend

2016 May: Cogges wins Best Team of Volunteers Award from OCVA
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2016 May: Cogges wins Best Team of Volunteers Award from OCVA

Picked out of 14 other shortlisted charities, Cogges won top prize for the Best Team of Volunteers Award, in recognition of the dedication and passion that has driven Cogges forward over the last five years since it reopened to the public in 2011.

2016 May: First modern-day 'Jeeves' graduates from Palace's 'Butler School'
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2016 May: First modern-day 'Jeeves' graduates from Palace's 'Butler School'

One of the first graduates of a new ‘butler school’ at Blenheim Palace has landed a top job with the Duke of Marlborough. Thomas Lambert was one of two trainee butlers who enrolled in the inaugural eight-month course at the Oxfordshire World Heritage Site back in August last year.

2016 May: New Wedding Venues Unveiled at Blenheim Palace
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2016 May: New Wedding Venues Unveiled at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace has added two new venues for weddings and civil ceremonies. The Malplaquet and Oudenarde Rooms will cater for small services and can accommodate up to 18 people.

2016 May: Scruffs Dog Show Winner
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2016 May: Scruffs Dog Show Winner

The UK’s only dog-friendly Wildlife Park raises money for life-changing charity. Cotswold Wildlife Park announces the winner of its annual charity dog show Scruffs. Chester, a six-month-old Lhasa Apso, won the Best Puppy class and went on to win Best in Show at the fundraising event.

2016 May: Waterstone's celebrates Authors at Blenheim Palace Food Festival
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2016 May: Waterstone's celebrates Authors at Blenheim Palace Food Festival

Food and drink authors will be taking centre stage, with expert demonstrations and talks on culinary topics as diverse as the history of the British pudding and how to prepare sauerkraut.

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