Culture

The Portland Guesthouse, Cheltenham

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on January 22, 2020

New for 2020, The Portland is providing luxury accommodation in the centre of Cheltenham whilst operating as a social enterprise. The Portland is just over an hour in the car from the centre of Banbury and provides an ideal location for Cheltenham and the Cotswolds alike. Free breakfast and free Wi-Fi in public areas are […]

£9m Project to Save Finest View in England at Blenheim Palace

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on January 22, 2020

A massive civil engineering project to help save the ‘finest view in England’ is set to get under way at Blenheim Palace later this year. The multi-million pound project will see more than 300,000 cubic metres of silt – enough to fill Wembley Stadium – removed from the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site’s iconic Queen […]

Cornbury Festivals Fabulous Friday

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on January 22, 2020

Much-loved Oxfordshire festival delivers big names from the start Cornbury Festival begins with a mighty double bill this summer of legendary troubadour Van Morrison and electropop singer songwriter Dido. These big hitting stars will both take to the stage on Friday 10 July, the first day of the three-day festival held at the stunning Great Tew Estate in Oxfordshire. […]

5 Festivals That Should Be On Your Bucket List

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on January 14, 2020

Oxfordshire is home to a culture that has exemplified the best of England’s musical, cultural, and artistic traditions. In line with this, we’ve put together a list of five local festivals that you should most definitely check out. Read on to learn more about our picks for the Oxfordshire festivals that should be on your […]

Launching into the New Year at The Mill

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on December 30, 2019

We’re kicking off the New Year with a new season at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury! Fancy trying your hand at jewellery making, photography, watercolours, textiles, yoga, choir, or creative writing? How about an introduction to acting or burlesque? Our expert tutors will give you all the guidance you need for your new skill […]

Two new exciting exhibitions at the Heseltine Gallery

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on December 30, 2019

[Focus] on Photography at the Heseltine Gallery 29th February – 31st March. Are you interested in photography? Do you want to get your work noticed? A new photography open exhibition coming to the Heseltine Gallery gives you a great opportunity. Deadline for entries is 31 January 2020. This exciting exhibition will feature photographic artwork by […]

TEDxBanbury – To Be Filmed Live – 29 February 2020

Tedx Banbury Logo

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on December 6, 2019

A Day of Different Ideas from Banbury Worth Spreading… …Locally & Globally! How many of us have watched the infamous TED Talks on TED.com or TEDx Talks on YouTube? One of the most watched is by Sir Ken Robinson, whose talk titled ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity’ has reached over 63 million views! In July of […]

Win a FREE copy of Dragon Mouse

Dragon Mouse

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on November 27, 2019

Dragon Mouse jumped out of bed stretched and looked for something to eat for breakfast. He found a half-eaten acorn, which he gobbled up, wondering what adventures the day would bring. He set off on his journey, not knowing his destination. After walking for an hour he hadn’t managed to get very far on his […]

Dickens’ Classic Tale with a Magical Twist

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on November 25, 2019

It’s nearly time to join the Victorian era’s finest time-travelling magicians as they tackle one of the festive season’s most iconic tales; Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – adding their own blend of fantastical storytelling and mind-bending illusions to the mix. “The likeability of this dashing duo, and truly impressive sleight of hand magic, will […]

Compton Verney hosts Major Photo Exhibition

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on November 25, 2019

Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park is hosting Magnum Manifesto, an exhibition featuring some of the most significant and enduring images from The Magnum Photos agency, focusing on the history of the second half of the 20th century through the lenses of 75 leading photographers. This is the only place in the UK in which this […]

TEDxBanbury Speaker Announcement

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Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 29, 2019

Local Comedy Writer – Simeon Courtie Local writer Simeon Courtie is announced as the latest speaker at TEDxBanbury event in February 2020. Simeon is a communications trainer and experienced broadcaster. He has presented national television and radio for over 20 years, from his Children’s BBC days in the 90s, to hosting the All England BBC […]

The Royal British Legion “Remember Together”

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on October 29, 2019

This year, The Royal British Legion is asking for communities across Britain to ‘Remember Together’ the service and sacrifice, friendship and collaboration of the men and women of Britain, the Commonwealth and Allied nations who fought together in 1944. Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday in November. This year it falls on the 10th November. […]

Vienna Festival Ballet return to The Mill

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on October 29, 2019

Classical ballet takes centre stage once again when the highly acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet Company return to town by popular demand, following huge acclaim for their recent productions of The Nutcracker and Coppelia. Their original production of Snow White will dazzle the whole family, telling the timeless fairy-tale of a journey through a magical world […]

Network Arts @ The Heseltine Exhibition

Netwrk Arts logo

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 28, 2019

Network Arts are pleased to be exhibiting for the first time at The Heseltine Gallery. This exhibition continues to celebrate their 30th Anniversary bringing together a range of quality contemporary and traditional art from emerging and established artists in the region. It features a diverse range of work by members in a variety of media, […]

Theatre for all ages

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on September 30, 2019

From hard-hitting drama, to classic family favourites and a nostalgic look back at one of the UK’s best loved comedy classics, there’s a theatrical treat for all tastes at The Mill this October. Award-winning Box Tale Soup present their adaptation of best-selling author Henry James’ disturbing story, The Turn of The Screw. A young governess […]

Bank Holiday Festival Highlights

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on September 30, 2019

The Big Feastival More than 55,000 visitors flocked to the fields of Alex James’ farm in the Cotswolds across the August bank holiday weekend to be entertained by world-class musicians, Michelin star chefs and a huge variety of family activities. The host said “It’s been a perfect summer’s weekend here on the farm, our hottest […]

National Portrait Gallery Exhibition

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on August 31, 2019

Upton House and Gardens is hosting a National Portrait Gallery Exhibition. From 21st September – 9th December 2019, visitors will be able to see “Faces of Change: Nature’s Champions” This exhibition is a partnership between the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery drawing on portraits from the Gallery’s Collection. It focuses on individuals who […]

The Mill this September

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on August 31, 2019

Having previously thrilled audiences with hit shows The Thing That Came From Over There and What The Dickens, we are excited to welcome back Gonzo Moose with Once Upon a Time, a comedy fairy tale adventure bursting with physical comedy, absurd jokes and magical illusion. “A riot from start to finish” Venue Magazine Coming to […]

Cropredy Festival Highlights

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on August 31, 2019

A festival spokesman said: “Despite the changeable weather everyone had a great time at our fortieth anniversary bash.” On Thursday The Waterboys performed a spectacular set to close the evening but Gogol Bordello proved a hard act to follow. Friday evening saw the crowd braving heavy showers to hear Richard Thompson who was followed by […]

Win a Free Ticket to The Big Feastival!

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on August 1, 2019

The Big Feastival, returns to the Cotswolds this August Bank Holiday for the 8th year with a jampacked line-up. With music from the UK’s biggest artists, Michelin star chefs live on stage, award-winning street food and an exciting programme of family entertainment, The Big Feastival has something for everyone. The Big Feastival will be kicking […]

Freedom of Entry Parade in Bicester

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on July 30, 2019

Bicester played host recently to the Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search (DEMS) Training Regiment, based at St Georges Barracks, when they were honoured with the Freedom of Entry and paraded through the town centre streets. This decree is a town’s highest civic honour and means that the regiment can march through the town […]

Comedy at The Mill

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on July 30, 2019

This Autumn, The Mill will be presenting the cream of the up and coming comedy circuit in a series of regular Comedy Club nights. Each night will feature three stars of the UK comedy scene giving Banbury a chance to get a real taste of a range of diverse comedy styles and talents and guaranteed […]

A History of Banbury

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on July 3, 2019

“Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross, To see a fine lady upon a white horse; Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, And she shall have music wherever she goes.” This nursery rhyme which has been a favourite with children across the world dates from about 1760.The “Fine” lady is a member of […]

DANCE BANBURY!

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on July 2, 2019

Dance Banbury is a weekend of dance performance taking place in Banbury town centre locations and celebrating cutting edge dance from leading UK and International professional companies. These are all dance companies pushing the boundaries and combining non-traditional dance elements; from augmented reality to parkour, whilst also blurring the lines between watching, and becoming part […]

Discovering Bournemouth

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on July 2, 2019

While it isn’t one of England’s most famous seaside towns, Bournemouth is still very much worth a visit. Dorset’s coast presents many opportunities for explorers, sports fans and visitors looking for unique experiences. From exploring Brownsea Island, to enjoying Kings Park, to taking afternoon tea aboard a double-decker tour bus, you’re sure to find some […]

Win FREE Tickets to Cropredy Festival

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on June 17, 2019

Cropredy Festival goers are in for a treat in early August with a terrific line up over the 3 day Festival from Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th and you could be going completely free of charge. Your Letterbox has a number of free tickets for 2 persons to give to lucky winners in their online […]

Christmas Come Early at The Mill!

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on June 1, 2019

Hot off the heels of yet another hit Edinburgh Festival Fringe performance and sell out shows across the UK, Oxfordshire based Morgan & West look forward to a Christmas at home with their A (sort of) Christmas Carol Magic Show which runs at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury from 13th – 24th December 2019! Join […]

Cherwell Business Awards 2019

Neil Gilkes
Posted by Neil Gilkes, on May 20, 2019

  Digital Accounting Enterprises, a Bicester-based accountancy practice supporting small Limited companies and Sole Traders, has been named ‘one to watch’ after it won the New Business category at Cherwell Business Awards 2019 last Friday night. Based on Market Square, Bicester, Digital Accounting beat the two other companies shortlisted for the ‘New Business’ award sponsored […]

WIN FREE TICKETS TO THIS YEARS 16TH CORNBURY FESTIVAL 

Cornbury

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on May 16, 2019

We are delighted to announce that ALL the winners of the competition have now been drawn and notified. Well done to all our winners and please return for more great prizes in coming months. Tickets for the event are could still be avaliable: https://www.cornburyfestival.com/tickets  Cornbury Festival goers are in for a treat in July with […]

‘AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH’

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on May 14, 2019

TEAM OF 21 BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN RAISE OVER £10,000 FOR TOMMY’S Meet ‘Team Awesome’…a group of 21 men and women, mainly from Bicester, Oxfordshire (and many who live on the Kingsmere estate), who gave up their Bank Holiday weekend this May to don their walking boots and complete the National Three Peaks Challenge in […]

Theatre, Circus and a whole lot of Fun!

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on April 28, 2019

This May half term will see the Big Top arrive on Bicester’s Whitelands Farm Sports Ground as the climax of the Mill Arts Centre’s B-Live season for a week-long run of performances of The Hogwallops. Spectacular circus skills blend seamlessly with physical comedy, theatrical storytelling and slapstick in this chaotic and colourful tale of a […]

Artweeks 2019

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on April 28, 2019

Banbury More than 100 artists in and around Banbury are part of a group of 1000 artists and designer-makers who are preparing to turn Oxfordshire into a giant art gallery for the Artweeks Festival this month (4th-27th May; 18th-27th in North Oxon) and with around forty venues in this My Letterbox patch there’s so much […]

Banbury Author Success in Oz with Irish Children’s book – Johnny the Leprechaun

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on April 2, 2019

Johnny the Leprechaun – The beginnings by Author Aly Bannister for Your letterbox. I, Aly Bannister, nee Donaghy, was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire in 1970 to Irish parents Sam & Sadie Donaghy. Having attended Blessed George Napier school, and always having a love of English literature and writing from an early age, writing was a […]

10 Questions with… Tim Plester

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on March 11, 2019

Tim Plester is a British actor, playwright and film-maker from Adderbury, Oxfordshire, best known for the award-winning documentary Way of the Morris and a huge variety of film and TV roles. Sophie – Way of The Morris – a documentary film you directed with Rob Curry is a charming ode to one of the oldest […]

Vienna Festival Ballet return to The Mill

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on March 1, 2019

Following their sell-out visit with The Nutcracker in November, Vienna Festival Ballet are back at The Mill this Spring with their latest full-scale production of Coppélia. Colourful costumes, lively characters and beautiful music from Delibes all combine to create a magical telling of the classic story of old Dr Coppelius, his prized doll Coppélia and […]

Oxfordshire Artweeks 2019

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on March 1, 2019

Oxfordshire Artweeks 2019 is set to be the UK’s biggest ever open studios event. Around 1000 artists and designer-makers – including two hundred new faces with fresh ideas – are preparing to hold their biggest ever festival this spring (4th-27th May). For 24 days, a colourful spectrum of artists, artisans and designers will be opening […]

Penny Brohn UK

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on January 2, 2019

At Penny Brohn UK, we recognise that people affected by cancer need more than medicine. We see each person as a unique individual with their own set of hopes and needs – a whole person made up of mind, body, spirit and emotions. We are the only charity in the UK to take an integrated […]

Movies, Music & Manifesto

ShyManifesto

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on January 2, 2019

Christmas may be over and winter has firmly arrived, but there’s still plenty to look forward to at The Mill this month. THE SHY MANIFESTO stars Theo Ancient who has recently been appearing as Albus Potter in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London’s West End. This is a bittersweet coming-of-age comedy drama about […]

Make Friends in Europe

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on January 2, 2019

The Banbury and District Twinning Association  was set up in 1978 with the purpose of facilitating closer cooperation and friendship between local businesses, communities and individuals in Banbury and towns in Germany and France. In 1981 Banbury was formally twinned with Hennef in Germany and in most years there is a visit of people sharing […]

Visit Banbury

Rob Checkley
Posted by Rob Checkley, on January 2, 2019

Visit Banbury has existed as a volunteer-led community organisation since April 2014. Founded and energised by Tim Tarby-Donald, inspired by projects established by The Eden Project in Cornwall, the organisation has benefited from the help and assistance of many talented people, donating their time and resources freely, plus amazing collaborations with a variety of organisations. […]

Voices Across Time : Across its history

Voices Across Time : Across its history

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 26, 2018

This community-based theatre company from Banbury began life performing a one-off concert in the Adderbury Institute in July 2016. Since then, it has grown into a small theatre powerhouse with 7 musical productions and a flourishing portfolio of community-based projects under its belt. But these productions aren’t your usual concerts or theatre shows… Voices Across […]

Discover Stratford

Discover Stratford

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

One of the best known tourist destinations in England is Stratford upon Avon. The reason why so many descend on the town is well known especially in 2016 as they commemorated 400 years since the death of one of the greatest writers who ever lived – William Shakespeare. But, I am of there to look […]

Shakespeare’s England

Shakespeare's England

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

As a small boy growing up in Warwick in the late 1950s, I used to play (they call it hanging around these days) with my friends in the grounds of Warwick Castle. It was, in those days, still owned and lived in by the Earl of Warwick who allowed ratepayers and their families free and […]

Hey Diddle Diddle

hey diddle diddle

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

As the only dedicated arts provision in the area The Mill Arts Centre have a vision to inspire creativity and enrich the lives of our communities by providing a high quality, varied artistic, education and participatory programme. Offering communities, the chance to engage with and be entertained by a variety of art forms they play […]

Human Story Theatre

human theatre story

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

Human Story Theatre: Gaye Poole and Amy Enticknap The driving force behind Human Story Theatre is a friendship between former nurse and encyclopaedia salesperson and now actor/writer, Gaye Poole, and actor, voiceover artist and medical role-player, Amy Enticknap. Their unique bond and their shared concerns over community healthcare have been pivotal in the creation of […]

Mark Hussey

Mark Hussey

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

Your Letterbox loves to feature local talent, we are delighted to introduce Mark Hussey, writer, performer and producer of a classical guitar album Concierto de los Sueños released in October 2016. In this exclusive interview with Your Letterbox Mark talks music. The Album It’s a fully orchestrated classical guitar album, inspired by recent life experiences […]

Beth Thornton

Beth Thornton

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

“When I thought science was a career option, my science teacher told me to ‘stick to music!’” – a piece of advice that we are glad Beth Thornton took! At 25, Beth Thornton from Banbury released her debut single Your Everything through W21Records. It reached heights in the country charts of number three earlier this […]

Devon Mayson

Devon Mayson

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

Devon Mayson released her debut single ‘You Only Love Me When You’re Drunk’ in August 2017 Cotswolds-based country singer and songwriter Devon Mayson released her debut single ‘You Only Love Me When You’re Drunk’ and her album ‘Lie To Me’ in August 2017 and they peaked at #3 in the Country iTunes Chart. Although she […]

One Night of Queen

One Night Of Queen

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

An amazing concert at The New Theatre in Oxford has left Your Letterbox Nigel & his wonderful wife blown away, this wasn’t just any concert… oh no! This was a concert filled with a tribute dedicated to his all time favourites… The atmosphere began building as we entered the stalls area, to be shown to […]

Chris Filbey

Chris Filbey

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

In the lead up to my interview with Chris Filbey I was invited to a band rehearsal at the Band Club just off Brackley High Street one Sunday evening which I happily went along to. I sat at the back of the rehearsal room fascinated as people came in, opened oddly shaped cases and started […]

The Ultimate Tribute

The Ultimate Tribute

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

The rafters would be shaking, peoples’ feet would be tapping and everybody was gearing up to have a good time. As a lifelong Queen fan, writer Nigel got the gig of heading to The New Theatre Oxford, for the performance of this ace tribute band Mercury, with the words ‘It’s a tough job but someone […]

Impromptu Choir

Impromptu Choir

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

Choirs – I wonder what picture this word conjures up in your mind? Alan Cooper talks to Your Letterbox giving us an insight into the choir that he belongs to. They call it Impromptu. You may think that this is a strange name for a choir and I suppose in some ways it is, but […]

Susanna M. Newstead

Susanna M. Newstead

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

Susanna M. Newstead, Brackley Author. Susanna’s first memories of writing were from the age of about eight at primary school, when she used to write stories about a young girl, who lived in a forest and who had a wicked uncle. Susanna’s mother remembers that her teacher’s were always very keen to receive the next […]

N.P. Lumsdale

N.P Lumsdale

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

My name is Nigel Lumsdale and I have recently released my debut novel in the genre of crime/thriller entitled, ‘Three Weeks, Two Lives, One End’ through Pegasuspublishers.com. As the title of the book suggests, it is based over a period of ‘Three Weeks’. The main character, Brett Johnson decides that after just over three years […]

The Mill Hosts Banbury Literary Live

The Mill Hosts Banbury Literary Live

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

Banbury community and family literary event returns for its sixth year on 15th September in its new home at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury town centre. This one day event boasts a fantastic line up of top authors, speakers, performers and workshops. The whole day’s events are about bringing the community together and igniting […]

Banbury’s Phone Box Library

Phonebox

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

There’s something magical about lending a friend a book you have enjoyed, the shared experience of a different reality, of romance, mystery or adventure, is a great way to strengthen any friendship. It’s a nice gesture, to pass on something that you’ve loved for someone else to enjoy. So, imagine a town where these sorts […]

Cotswold Hare Trail

Cotswold Hare Trail

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

Amanda is passionate about all things creative and studied art, photography, ceramics, textiles, and design from an early age. She studied at West Surrey College of Art and Design gaining a BA Hons degree in 3D Design and Photography. She is a practicing artist and photographer specialising in animal portraiture, and lives in Kirtlington, a […]

Heseltine Gallery

Heseltine Gallery

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

A record number of artists entered the 2018 annual Open Selected Exhibition at Middleton Cheney’s Heseltine Gallery – almost doubling the previous year’s intake and attracting a capacity audience to the launch event. Following the success of this colourful annual show, the gallery team got in touch with Your Letterbox  to thank us for our […]

Joseph Walbyoff

Joseph Walbyoff

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

Jo is a young musician who’s home turf is The Bell in Bicester. His self-appointed mission? Bring back the glory days of Bicester’s music scene! Jo is a Bicester guy born and bred and has always been heavily into the local music scene. He remembers years back when a weekend wouldn’t go by without a […]

Staycation – Devon

Staycation - Devon

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

A pet-friendly home from home (sleeps 10) and a fabulous place to stay all year round. It is exactly 3 hours by car to drive from Banbury to Braunton, North Devon and we arrive at Rock Haven, East Street quite late on a chilly spring night. Thoughtfully, the timer has been set so as when […]

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