‘It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights’……. Yes today is our Christmas Extravaganza live broadcast from 2pm with Independent Oxford to encourage you to eat, drink and shop local on Black Friday and beyond.

(To watch just go to the Independent Oxford YouTube channel & both the Independent Oxford & Ox In A Box Facebook pages, and join the live broadcast)

“Please support us and all the local businesses taking part by tuning in”

We have an impressive line up of events, films, interviews, tours, competitions, gift ideas and inspiration, as well as some live gin and wine tastings, film recommendations, book reviews, recipes, cookery demos, restaurant recommendations and SO MUCH MORE.

Milkshed owner Lucie Ellis

So watch live on our Facebook or YouTube from 2pm kicking off with some festive fun, entertainment ideas, film, books and find out about how to enter our competitions.

(To watch just go to the Independent Oxford YouTube channel & both the Independent Oxford & Ox In A Box Facebook pages, and join the live broadcast)

Then at 3pm Rosie and Anna from Independent Oxford bring you the best gift ideas from local businesses and shops in Oxfordshire leaving you no excuse not to shop locally.

We are collaborating with Independent Oxford

We kick off food hour at 4pm with recipes from Michelin starred chef Paul Welburn at 215 in Summertown, the lovely Lucie at The Milkshed in Weston On The Green, veggie ideas from Martin Sherriff at The Black Horse in Standlake and Christmas dinner ideas from caterers Gravy & Custard.

Paul Welburn

Then Mariella Bliss renowned Italian cookery teacher brings you some Napolitan suggestions. This is followed by some excellent festive cookery demos from the likes of Jonny Parkes at The Mole in Toot Baldon, The White Hart in Wytham gets involved and you can pick up some great budget food tips from Waste2Taste.

Some Sri Lankan vibes are coming your way

As if that wasn’t enough some Sri Lankan goodwill will emanate from Coconut Tree in St Clements before we are given exclusive tours of the new look Orangery at The White Hart in Fyfield and The Hollybush in Witney.

(To watch just go to the Independent Oxford YouTube channel & both the Independent Oxford & Ox In A Box Facebook pages, and join the live broadcast)

All your turkey questions will also answered by Hampton Gay Farm near Bicester who take us a grand tour of the farm before handing on the baton back to us as we move into HAPPY HOUR at 5pm.

Gravy & Custard are in on the fun

Grape Minds in Summertown kick off the fun with a live wine tasting, followed by Oxford Wine Company’s festive suggestions offered by different members of staff.

Ted from Oxford Wine Company offers lots of festive suggestions

The Chalgrove Artisan Distillery give us a tour of they new distillery while launching a huge VIP competition which we will announce then.

Em and Paul The Gin To My Tonic Founders are mixing cocktails during Happy Hour

New gin bar Gin To My Tonic in Faringdon are mixing cocktails for us followed by a live gin tasting with the lovely Cam from Collagin.

Enjoy live gin tasting with Cam from Collagin

If we can still see by then we will attempt to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and remind you that shopping locally, eating locally and drinking locally is even more vital this year than ever. Please support us and all the local businesses taking part by tuning in.


To watch just go to the Independent Oxford YouTube channel & both the Independent Oxford & Ox In A Box Facebook pages, and join the live broadcast

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