Oxford

Home to the oldest university in the Englishspeaking world, Oxford is as known for its academic roots today as it was in centuries past, although its industries have broadened, with strength in publishing, IT and science-based businesses

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WOW FACTOR
Name: The Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Address: Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN
Tel: 01865 256400
Web: macdonaldhotels.co.uk
One of Oxford’s leading five-star hotels, its notable architecture and historic setting serves as an excellent venue for meetings and events to make an impression. The Morse Bar is recognisable as the watering hole of Inspector Morse. The Ballroom can hold up to 300 theatre-style and 220 for banqueting. The DDR is from £45pp (min. ten people).

QUIRKY VENUE
Name: The New Theatre Oxford
Address: George Street, Oxford OX1 2AG
Tel: 01865 320760
Web: atgtickets.com/venues
Opened in 1934, the city's New Theatre has a traditional auditorium space with three tiers and a traditional proscenium arch stage with seating capacity for up to 1,785 guests. The theatre also has additional break out spaces in the recently refurbished bar areas. The ground floor theatre bar can be used for meetings or presentations and includes a separate VIP lounge.

SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: The Old Parsonage
Address: 1 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN,
Tel: 01865 310210
Web: oldparsonage-hotel.co.uk
The 17th century property has country house charm, modern interiors and a collection of 20th century portraits. The Pike Room is available for hire and can cater for ten boardroom-style, 24 for a reception or 20 theatre-style. The venue is also suitable for private dining. The DDR is from £70pp (including VAT) based on a minimum of six people. 24-hour delegate rates are from £275pp based on a minimum of six.

WIRED UP
Name: Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Address: Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HP
Tel: 01865 288846
Web: sbs.ox.ac.uk
The Oxford Hub for International Virtual Education (HIVE) is the first of its type in the UK. Session leaders can engage with up to 84 participants who can access the session via Mashme.io. The technology is fully interactive and participants can see and hear one another and share documents. The room is available for hire from £500 per hour.

ON A SHOESTRING
Name: The King’s Centre Oxford
Address: Osney Mead, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 OES
Tel: 01865 297400
Web: kingscentre.co.uk
Oxford’s largest multipurpose venue is located right in the centre of the city. The venue offers over 30,000 square feet of flexible event space. There are ten rooms of varying size, from the Thames Hall which can hold up to 1,000 theatre-style, to the Hinksey Room which can hold up to 60 theatre-style. The DDR is available from £30.50 (including VAT). The Hinksey room can be hired from £175 for a half-day.

ON THE TOWN
Name: Blenheim Palace
Address: Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PS
Tel: 01993 813874
Web: blenheimpalace.com
Set in over 2,000 acres of parkland and gardens, Blenheim Palace offers hospitality for business meetings, corporate conferences and away days. There are numerous venues available including The Long Library, which holds up to 300 for a banquet, and The Orangery for a reception. Room hire starts from £375.

GETTING THERE
Great Western Railway operates a regular rail service from London Paddington and Chiltern Railways operates a service from London's Marylebone station. By car, Oxford is accessed via the M40.

FURTHER INFORMATION
Contact Experience Oxfordshire Conferencing for advice on all aspects of organising a conference or event in the city. Visit experienceoxfordshire.org/ conferencing, email conferencing@experienceoxfordshire.org or call 01865 686443 for information.