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Date Night in Oxford; Music, Cocktails and Egyptian Mummies

Our lives are a constant run on a treadmill and at times it feels like juggling spaghetti, which means we barely spend quality time together. This year we thought we would consciously remedy that by having quarterly quality date nights. The first one was my turn; and it was an easy pick.

I whisked us away to Oxford for the night as my husbands favourite band was doing a homecoming gig, so we knew that alone was going to be special. We stayed the night in a lovely riverside pub in the heart of Oxford called Head of the River. This enabled us to have a bite to eat before the gig, and a smashing breakfast the morning after the night before. The gig was at the 02 Academy in Oxford, and was the first time I had been to this venue, it was a lovely intimate little venue, which made the gig all the more special. I have taken note to keep my eye on further gig announcements as its a nice jaunt away for the both of us. On the way to the venue, I spotted a gorgeous looking bar with cocktails so I dived in for a quick pre-gig drink. Kazbar was actually a Tapas restaurant too, and had such a brilliant vibe, so much so we popped back for another drink after the gig. However a night here alone would have been great fun. Their Fig and Vanilla Martini was absolutely delicious. The next morning we woke up to discover it was Folk Weekend in Oxford. Lots of Morris Dancing and Folk music in the streets. We had our books as we thought we'd take advantage of the peace and quite and find a riverside spot to picnic. Before that though I wanted to take in a bit of culture. I was recommended to visit the Ashmolean Museum, and I am so glad I was, as not only is it packed with interesting artefacts from around the world, it also hosts a world famous Egyptian Mummy collection; and I am fascinated with all things Egyptian. The Ashmolean is Oxford University's Art and Archeaology Museum and admission is free.

There is still so much to explore in Oxford but I feel we have forged a decent blueprint for date nights in this city moving forward. Yey us! *For other ideas for an Oxford trip visit my other blog post

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