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Working with North Leigh CE Primary School to get active and promote healthy eating 

 

 

Working with North Leigh CE Primary School

We have been working with North Leigh CE Primary School to promote healthy eating and to encourage children to be more active during the summer holidays. 

Helping with the school curriculum, our Leisure Manager, Chris Parsons and his assistant Stevie, hosted an activity event for a Year 6 class. The children participated in circuit training and a mini bootcamp to inspire fun ways to keep active. 

The children even got to get involved with cooking healthy meals. After demonstrations from our Head Chef, Simon Bradley, Mrs Cleal's Year 5 class got stuck in making a delicious array of dishes. The menu consisted of heirloom tomato, cucumber, smoked ham and basil salad, various quiches, cherry and almond tartlets, summer berry Eton Mess and cheese scones - and the kids had so much fun cooking and tasting everything. 

North Leigh CE Primary School is committed to providing opportunities to take part in a variety of sporting activities, both in and out of school. We are pleased to be working with the school to help get kids active and involved with learning about healthy lifestyles.

 


 

10 Things you must do when you visit Oxford

1. Blenheim Palace

Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home to the Dukes of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace today provides the setting for numerous cultural and sporting events. With over 2,000 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens to explore, it’s the perfect place to go with a picnic. You can even take a look inside the 18th century palace.  Bring a blanket and relax on the grass, or enjoy lunch in The Orangery Restaurant overlooking the fountains. Buy a Palace, Park and Gardens ticket and receive a free annual pass upgrade, with free entry to events and discounts.

Cost: adult Palace, Park and Gardens annual entry from £24.90
Distance from Eynsham Hall: 6 miles

2. Shotover Country Park

Did you bring your dog with you to Eynsham Hall? If so, Shotover Country Park is the ideal day out - just remember to put your walking boots on. There are some truly breathtaking views from the top of Shotover Hill, overlooking beautiful South Oxfordshire. Look out for an abundance of wildlife, flowery meadows, hidden pathways and a variety of landscapes. Shotover covers 289 acres of diverse land, and with numerous footpaths and bridleways, there are many routes to choose from. Take a leisurely stroll and find the perfect picnic spot, bring your bike, or take in the scenery on a jog.

Cost: free
Distance from Eynsham Hall: 14 miles

3. The Headington Shark

Yes, really. This normal looking semi detached house is arguably one of the most famous properties in Oxford since the addition of the headless shark in 1986. It was commissioned by Bill Heine, an American law student, Oxford resident and BBC Radio Oxford presenter, and is today more popular than ever. In 2014 The Headington Shark was ranked 24th in a list of the most creative sculptures and statues from around the world. Though it’s become a regular sight for Headington residents, it continues to amaze visitors from all over the world.

Cost: free
Distance from Eynsham Hall: 14 miles

4. Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Inside the incredible neo gothic building you’ll find many of the University of Oxford’s natural history specimens. The museum has an impressive collection of dinosaur bones, fossils and footprints, including four species from Oxfordshire. Lewis Carroll, author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, was said to be a regular visitor to the museum. With the most complete remains of a single dodo anywhere in the world, and a 1651 painting of a dodo by artist Jan Savery, it’s said that Carroll gained inspiration for the dodo character from his many visits.

Cost: free
Distance from Eynsham Hall: 12 miles

5. Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest in Europe, and the second largest in the UK. It houses over 12 million books, and the number will continue to grow. So spectacular is the library, that many film productions have been shot inside. Films set at the Bodleian include Harry Potter, The Golden Compass and X-Men. Tours are available to see inside the library - why not make the most of Oxford’s incredible history and see The Radcliffe Camera and Bridge of Sighs while you’re there?

Cost: free or paid tour
Distance from Eynsham Hall: 12 miles

6. Oxford Castle

For a taste of history, don’t miss Oxford Castle in the city centre. The  partly ruined medieval Norman castle was originally built with motte and bailey and replaced in the 11th century with stone. It then served as a prison, but by the 18th century had mostly been destroyed. In 1785 a new prison was built on the existing site, which then closed in 1996 and rebuilt as a hotel. If you’d like to visit the castle there are tours available to explain the 1000 year history, including climbing the Saxon St George’s Tower and visiting the 900 year old crypt of St George’s Chapel.

Cost: adult ticket £10.75
Distance from Eynsham Hall: 12 miles

7. Bampton Village

The village of Bampton is a must see for any Downton Abbey fan. Providing the setting for the fictional village of Downton, Bampton’s Churchgate House, old Grammar School building, Church View and St Mary’s Church were featured regularly. Bampton rests on the edge of the Cotswolds and is one of the oldest villages in the area. While you won’t find an awful lot to keep you occupied, this little village is rather charming and a popular destination for avid Downton viewers.

Cost: free
Distance from Eynsham Hall: 13 miles

8. Punting

Punting is probably one of the most iconic activities Oxford has to offer, and it’s well worth doing. Hire a traditionally crafted punt from Oxford’s Magdalen Bridge underneath Magdalen College Tower, and spend the day out on the river. Make a day of it and pull up on the river bank to enjoy a bottle of fizz and a picnic hamper. You can even hire a chauffeured punt. If punting seems a little tricky there are also rowing boats and pedalos. Remember to check the weather forecast before you head out.

Cost: from £22 per hour for 5 people
Distance from Eynsham Hall: 12 miles

9. Cotswold Wildlife Park

At nearby Cotswold Wildlife Park you’ll find over 260 different species of animals, including lions, zebra, rhino, giraffe, lemur and more. For the keen gardener, there are some beautifully diverse gardens in and around the animal exhibitions. You can also get involved with zookeeper experiences and animal encounters. Check the website before visiting to find out feeding and conservation talk times. For the little ones, the children’s farmyard is great for hands on interaction with the animals.

Cost: adult ticket from £14
Distance from Eynsham Hall: 16 miles

10. Bicester Village

If you’re looking for retail therapy then you’ve come to the right place. Just a short drive away you’ll find Bicester Village, an outlet shopping centre on the outskirts of Bicester. It’s bursting with designer brands from Mulberry and Balenciaga to Jimmy Choo and Dior. Make the most of the outlet discount and enjoy lunch in one of the cafes or pop up food stalls. Arrive early to avoid long queues. Guests to Eynsham can come and see us in the hotel reception for VIP Bicester shopping vouchers.

Cost: free - if you browse
Distance from Eynsham Hall: 18 miles

 

 


 

Working at the Car Wash

The Eynsham Hall Staff had a great day washing cars for charity on Sunday 19th June 2016. Thank you to everyone who came to have their car cleaned, we raised £145.00 which will be divided equally between our chosen charity and schools – The Lola-Rose Foundation, North Leigh School and North Leigh Pre-School.

 


 

Staff Charity Cake Competition and Cake Sale

We had some fabulous cakes made for our cake competition held at Eynsham Hall on 25th May 2016.  The theme was Alice in Wonderland.  Congratulations to the winner Rachel for making such an amazing cake.  We raised £85.10 for our chosen charity, school/pre-school.

 


 

Eynsham Hall's Charity Football Match

Eynsham Hall Hotel raised £300.35 for their chosen charity "The Lola-Rose Foundation" and the local school "North Leigh CofE Primary School" following the charity Football match at North Leigh Football Club on 24th April 2016.  

"Even though the Eynsham Hall Team lost 6-0 everyone was in good spirits and as I have always said "It's taking part that counts".  Thank you to everyone that came down to watch as well, your support was excellent and it may have been 10-0 if we hadn't of had it so thank you very much"     

Matt Woolhouse, Operations Manager, Eynsham Hall


 

BBC's Escape to the Country

We only had the BBC filming Escape to the Country here last week, catch it on BBC 1 Monday 23rd May at 3.00pm.

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Supporting the Lola-Rose Foundation and the local North Leigh Primary and Pre-school

We are delighted to be supporting the local school / pre-school in North Leigh and The Lola-Rose Foundation which is a small local charity whose aim is to raise awareness and generate income for numerous charities associated with stillbirth and neonatal death. 

Keep updated and join in with our fundraising - Like us on Facebook 

 


 

Simply the Guest Awards 2016

Recognising Top Reviewed properties on LateRooms.com

Eynsham Hall has been awarded for the second year in a row, LateRooms.com's "Simply the Guest Awards 2016". This award is the UK's ONLY hotel award based purely on genuine guest reviews.

 


 

Experience Oxfordshire at Eynsham Hall Hotel

David Cameron celebrates the visitor economy with Experience Oxfordshire at Eynsham Hall’s Grand Unveiling

Experience Oxfordshire networking event was held at Eynsham Hall last week. There were over 150 local business and organisations in attendance as well as the Rt Hon David Cameron, Prime Minister and MP for Witney. The informal event offered Experience Oxfordshire partners a chance to meet other business from across the visitor economy sector and network, as well as well as an opportunity to catch up with the Experience Oxfordshire team. The event was also the grand unveiling of Eynsham Hall’s £2.5million refurbishment to the local industry.

After speaking to the invited audience Mr Cameron did a walk around taking the opportunity to speak with many of Experience Oxfordshire’s Partners and local businesses and also presenting B4’s Richard and Colin Rosser a celebratory certificate on behalf of Experience Oxfordshire congratulating them on their 10 year's in business.

On the event David Cameron MP said: “It has been a pleasure to attend today’s event here at the stunning, newly refurbished Eynsham Hall and to speak with local businesses. I am passionate about the tourism sector – as shown by the drive I have given to the government’s plans, including the excellent “Great” campaign – and I am extremely proud to see the sector doing so well here in Oxfordshire”. “I was delighted to hear of Experience Oxfordshire’s plans for the future and to see true public and private sector collaboration. I would urge any business with an interest in the visitor economy to get involved with Experience Oxfordshire and the great things they are doing. I will watch how this further develops with much interest and my support for the sector remains strong”