What’s on in Oxford
There’s a lot to do and see in and around Oxford, from boutique shopping or enjoying a latte to pulling on those tramping boots and scaling Mt Oxford. We also have a weekly Farmer’s market every Sunday and a local craft market on the first Sunday of every month (except January) in the Town Hall.
Oxford is great boutique shopping destination. Emma’s at Oxford has an alluring range of books and gifts, and we also have an antique shop, a pharmacy, a supermarket and a local craft store that always manages to stock gifts for those difficult to buy for people.
Marmelade clothing has an interesting range of NZ-made and natural fibre clothes for men and women, and Maisey Blue stocks children’s clothing and gifts, and is also worth a browse. We also have a florist, a butcher, and a health food store called The Cottage Pantry.
We also have the local dairy in front of the Oxford Queenette Backpackers, selling everything from ice-cream to coffee and the small ingredients you might have forgotten.
Ribblesdale Gardens is a local plant nursery that also offers a ramble through their enchanting country gardens.
Dining and Cafes
Café 51 and the Main Street Bakery and Café are the two go-to places for a cup of coffee and cake or a sit down breakfast or lunch. There’s also a new Amreican-style diner and ice-cream parlour opening soon.
The Black Beech Wine Bar makes the best gourmet pizzas (takeaway or eat in) around, while the Rustic Country Hotel cater for pub lunches and dinners. Weekend dining is also available at the Oxford Workingmen’s Club in High Street, and take-aways are available from Village Foods Bakery and Takeaway, Food2Go at the Challenge Garage, the Rustic Country Hotel, and from the Workingmen’s Club.
Oxford has a skate park, and a play park on Main Street for younger children. There are lots of easy walks that children can manage, and visits to the museum and pool can keep them entertained. Wee Dram Farm - http://www.weedramfarm.co.nz/fees--hours - is a fairly short Drive away and great Children’s entertainment – open Thursdays Fridays and Sundays in summer (September through to May inclusive). Nearby Cust has a quirky gift shop, several more cafes and eateries and teddy and fairy shop called Away with the Fairies.