Celebrating Boswells


Believe it or not, Boswells is 280 years old this year...yes, we know, we're still looking pretty youthful for our age! We've seen so many things change around us over the years, and we've been getting very nostalgic, flicking through the old photo albums, and reminding ourselves of all the long and happy years we've been here, serving the wonderful people of Oxford.

Boswells 1960s Image

So in celebration of our 280th year we’ve got a great range of events and competitions to celebrate, thank and entertain you.  Our customers who make all our efforts worthwhile.


Memories of Boswells Competition - July

If you have fond memories of Boswells we'd love to hear from you! Send us your memories to enter our competition, for a chance to win a £50 Boswells Gift Card. 

Contact us on web@boswellsltd.com, via our website, on facebook or simply drop a memory in the competition box in our Luggage Department!


Boswells 280th Celebration Weekend - 23rd to 24th June

Celebrating Boswells 280th Poster

June marks the date of our actual birthday and in celebration of this momentous occasion, we will be hosting a celebration weekend here in store this June with lots of lovely events and offers. Our current listings are below but check back as we are adding more as we go!


Free Gift with Every Purchase, for Every Customer!

Yes that's right buy anything from Boswells and you can try your luck on our Tombola - everyone wins a prize but what will it be? We have prizes worth a few pounds to £299 up for grabs! 

Just show your receipt to our Tombola team, get your lucky coloured ball and then select your prize from those that match the colour. You can only enter once per day but that's 2 chances and if you are here with friends and family they each have a go to if there are separate purchases.


Mr Muddle in Action

Mr Muddles Magic Mornings - Weekend

We love Mr Muddles and his magical mayhem. Indeed he is back for a full magic show in October half term. In the meantime he is entertaining children of all ages with balloon animals and close up magic around the store during our 280th Celebration Weekend.

Mr Muddles will be with us Saturday 23rd June 10am to 12 noon and Sunday 24th June 11am to 1pm.


Free Skincare Demonstrations and Consultations - Saturday

Antipodes Cosmetics are in store Saturday 10am to 5pm to answer all your skincare questions and to try out products from their highly recommended range.

Free Food - Weekend

Try some of our fantastic Van Coillie loose chocolates and House of Sarunds loose chocolates as well as samples from our tearoom completely free. We will be moving around the store throughout the weekend with yummy samples.


Free World Class Glass Engraving - Saturday 23rd June

Nick Davey Dartington Crystal

We are thrilled to have Nick Davey from the famous Dartington Crystal in store to engrave, for free any Dartington Crystal product bought on the day or bought in advance and left with us for engraving. Nick is a world class engraver with years of experience who has engraved for the Royal Family amongst other distinguished clients. See the engraving happen in front of your eyes, to your requirements.

Nick will be available from 10am to 3.30pm Saturday.

Seana Davey Harpist


Free Live Music - Sunday 

Enjoy the beautiful music from an instrument even older than Boswells - the harp. We have Seána Davey harpist in store Sunday 2pm to 5pm. Seána leads a busy life as a professional harpist. She has toured internationally as an Irish dancer with various productions, but more recently and more extensively as a harpist extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North America and Australia predominantly working with international singing group, Celtic Thunder. So expect a range of musical styles including classical, traditional and modern music all played fantastically on a beautiful instrument. 


Fantastic Demonstrations and Competitions with Engino - Saturday 23rd

We're delighted to be joined once again in our Toy Department by the experts from Engino, who will be demonstrating some of their fantastic sets between 11am-4pm on Saturday 23rd. Engino will also be hosting a spot the difference competition, and the lucky winner will win an Engino 3 in 1 set, to be presented after 25th June. 

Special Shopkins Visit

Calling all Shopkins fans, we'll be joined by Strawberry Kiss Shopkin at various points throughout the day. Swing by and say hi!


Portmerion Demonstration - 27th June

Join Portmerion's skilled lithographers at Boswells and be amazed and enthralled as they demonstrate how a decoration is applied to a piece of ceramic as part of our manufacturing process – you might even get the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and have a go yourself! Portmeirion has been creating beautiful products for the home for nearly sixty years, blending iconic design and originality for people who enjoy life. It has moved with fashion and various trends through the years but always with the same philosophy: to make beautiful high quality products with timeless style. 11:30am - 3:30pm. 


Boswells Time Capsule - June 30th

We thought that it would be nice to mark our 280th birthday by looking back at our history and gathering together memories, but also by leaving a little momento for our 300th birthday, in 2038.

So included in our time capsule to be buried will be; customer and staff memories and photos. A photo of all our staff as at Tuesday June 26th 2018. Information on the store and our bestsellers this year and more.

We'll also be giving away a free goodie bag with the first 280 purchases on Saturday 30th of June to mark the occasion. 


Teddy Bear's Picnic - Sunday 22nd July 3pm 

Teddy Bears Picnic If you go down to Boswells on Sunday 22nd July you'll find fun, games and treats at our Teddy Bears' Picnic. We will be reading Michael Rosen's "Going On A Bear Hunt" having a sing-a-long to the famous Teddy Bears' Picinic song and playing some games with prizes and competitions too. Sweet and savoury treats will be served for the teddys but their owners might get some too. 

To ensure we can meet demand we recommend booking a place with our Toys Department either in person, by phone on 01865 241244 (ask for Toys) or email toys@boswellsltd.com but we will also reserve a number of spots for people to turn up on the day.

All food, drink and picnic gear will be provided by Boswells. To attend you just need a child, a teddy or other beloved soft toy and an accompanying adult.

We expect the picnic to start at 3pm and end at roughly 4pm. Children must be supervised throughout by an accompanying adult. Please make us aware of any food allergies for your child. 


Boswells Birthday Card Competition - July & August

From Monday 16th July we'll be giving children between the ages of 3-10 and 11-16 the chance to win a £25 Boswells gift card! Simply design a birthday card for Boswells' 280th birthday to enter the competition! A winning entry will be chosen from each age group, and will apppear in one of our window displays in Autumn 2018! Entry forms for the competition will be available in our Toy Department from mid-July. We look forward to seeing your wonderful designs! The closing date is August 31st 2018. 

Invent a Sandwich Competition - August

In August we'll be inviting you design a very special Boswells sandwich. The winner will receive a meal on the house a £25 Gift Card and the winning sandwich added to our Tea Room menu! The winner will be contacted as close to September 1st as possible, and is invited to the launch of the sandwich at our Cocktail Party on September 7th with the Autumn menu starting September 10th. Competition closes September 1st 2018. 

Pick up an entry form in store, or email your recipe to tearoom@boswellsltd.com


Cocktail Party - Friday 7th September 5:30pm-7pm

Cocktail Party ImageJoin our 280th Birthday celebrations with free prosecco and bubbly based cocktails and canapes after the store closes, for one night only! We will launch our new Boswells Sandwich on the night too.

Autumn 2018

Oxfordshire Animal Charity

Our charity partner for 2018 is Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary, and we're delighted to announce that they will be joining us in store this Autumn for a charity raffle. More information to follow later in the year.