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St Matthew's Church Oxford is a famous Parish church located on Marlborough Road in Oxford. The church is renowned for its interactive and educative workshops, held throughout the year. The Messy Church event, held once a month, aims at encouraging youngsters to showcase and hone their craft skills, along with games and popular storytelling sessions. The primary Sunday service at the church starts at 10 30 am. The traditional communion is held at 8 am on Sundays and 11 am on Thursdays. The church office is open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 am to 1 pm, and on Thursdays between 8 am to 2 pm.
Located in close proximity to the city center, Oxford Science Park is a site not to be missed. Closely affiliated with Oxford University, Magdalen College and Prudential plc, Oxford Science Park is home to 60 world renown companies. founded in 1990, this science park features various research and conference facilities, museum, meeting rooms, cafes and restaurants, nursery to name a few. A walking tour, which can be availed from the on-site visitors center, of the park is highly recommended when in the city. Check the website for more information.
The earliest mention of the Wheatley Windmill was in 1671, however it is unknown exactly when the windmill was constructed. The structure is marked by a number of odd features. For one it is one of the very few octagonal windmill towers, and has not one but two fire-places on the ground floor! Around 1914 the mill fell in to a state of disrepair before it was loving restored by the Wheatley Windmill Restoration Society. Today, the mill is open to public on certain open days. Group visits can also be arranged by prior appointment.
Since 1963, Harcourt Arboretum is a refreshing site in the University of Oxford featuring an impressive collection of native trees and wildflower meadows in 130acres of land. As you walk through the park, there are signs and interesting facts about the trees. It is a beautiful fragrant space to sit and relax amidst fully grown matured trees and observe the beauty around.
Abingdon Abbey was established in the 7th Century as a Benedictine abbey of St. Mary. Over the centuries the abbey received endowments from a series of West Saxon Kings, and began to grow in prominence. At the time of its dissolution in 1538, Abingdon Abbey was the sixth richest monastery in the country. The once magnificent abbey church no longer exists as it was completely torn down. Currently only two groups of the abbey buildings remain standing, where once stood an extensive complex that included gardens, orchards and buildings. Tourists are welcome to visit these building and explore the fascinating history of the abbey. Group and guided tours can be arranged by prior appointment. Some of the buildings and the Unicorn theatre are available on hire for weddings, private events, performances and meetings.
Otmoor RSPB reserve is a picturesque nature reserve shrouded in absolute tranquil, and is largely a wetland. The place is resplendent with beauty in winter, and is visited by waterfowls, wildfowls and waders in this season. A huge chunk of this site is reserved for agriculture, and this has eventually culminated to an increase in the number of songbirds inhabiting this area. Dragonflies and damselflies are frequently observed fluttering over the wetlands. This reserve is also known for its beautiful reedbed.