In Oxford

There’s so much to do in Oxford and the surrounding Oxfordshire countryside, you’ll never be short of fun-filled, family days out when staying at Oxford Abingdon Hotel.


Storms, War & Shipwrecks

Dive into the past and discover the extraordinary story of the island at the crossroads of the Mediterranean through spectacular finds rescued from the sea by underwater archaeologists.

For 2500 years, Sicily was the place where the great powers of the ancient and medieval eras met and fought. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans battled for control, with many of their ships sinking off the island’s rocky shores. Sicily’s azure waters have since become a focus for underwater exploration and dozens of shipwrecks have been recovered.

Immerse yourself in the world of the underwater archaeologist and explore the multicultural history of Sicily revealed through stunning and unusual artefacts brought up from the depths of the sea.

Exhibition showing at the Ashmolean Museum – 21st June – 25th September 2016


Union J

Originally formed on The X Factor, pop foursome Union J embark on a new UK tour. Joined by former Stereo Kicks members Casey Johnson, replacing original member, George Shelley, expect to hear all your favourites as well as some new tracks from the next chapter of Union J.

Performing at o2 Academy Oxford Sunday 9 October 2016 – 7.30pm



This autumn Bill Kenwright will stage a new production of the timeless story of love, despair and hope: Ghost – The Musical.

Taking its inspiration from the classic movie, this innovative reimagining will feature an expanded book, new music and original staging.
The Double Academy Award winning movie is a huge success story, both critically and at the box office, where it was the highest grossing film in the year of its release. It starred the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg and was directed by Jerry Zucker. The film’s most iconic and moving scene was famously performed to The Righteous Brother’s Unchained Melody, which also features in the musical version. Ghost won numerous awards and nominations, including being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film.
Walking back to their apartment late one night a tragic encounter sees Sam murdered and his beloved girlfriend Molly alone, in despair and utterly lost. But with the help of a phony storefront psychic Sam, trapped between this world and the next, tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving her from grave danger…

Performances at Oxford New Theatre from 31st October until 5th November 2016


The Sound of Music

One of the greatest musicals of all time returns to the stage in a magnificent new production to enchant and enthral the young and the young at heart.

Based on Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, this wonderfully lavish new staging of The Sound of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWll.

Lucy O’Byrne fresh from her success on BBC One’s The Voice, plays the title role of Maria. She became the competition’s runner up earlier this year, impressing the nation and chart topper with her stunning vocal range. Award winning actor and TV heart-throb Gray O’Brien plays the dashing Captain von Trapp. With a career that has spanned over two decades, he is best loved for his memorable roles in Peak Practice, Casualty and, of course, Coronation Street.

The Sound of Music features some of the world’s most memorable songs, including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, ‘So Long, Farewell’ and of course, the title song, ‘The Sound of Music’.

Performances at Oxford New Theatre from 6th September until 10th September 2016


‘Capability’ Brown 2016 @ Blenheim Palace

2016 is the 300th anniversary of ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth and to commemorate the year we will be joining a nationwide celebration.

Blenheim Palace was one of Brown’s finest examples of his work and, in 1763, he transformed Blenheim Palace’s landscaped Parkland which, although appearing natural, is ‘contrived to pleasing effect’

Discounted tickets for Blenheim Palace are sold at Oxford Abingdon Hotel reception desk.