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

In celebration of our 280th year we’ve decided to give you, our wonderful customers, a sneak peek at some of the treasures from the Boswells archive, and a glimpse behind the scenes here in store! 

We're very much looking forward to celebrating our 280th birthday with you all!


We'll have more exciting news, competitions and events throughout 2018!

For regular updates on Celebrating Boswells, including archival images, behind the scenes pictures and our staff’s recollections of their time at Boswells, follow us on facebook or join our mailing list for regular updates via email!


Boswells' 280th Birthday Celebrations

May 2018

Memories of Boswells Competition

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 and to have your memory included in our time capsule!

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

June 2018

Boswells 280th Celebration Weekend

Boswells is a grand old age of 280 this year, and June marks the date of our actual birthday. In celebration of this momentous occasion, we will be hosting a celebration weekend here in store this June...more info coming soon!

Boswells Time Capsule

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. We'll be hiding away our time capsule in store at the end of June 2018. For a chance to have your memories included in our time capsule, enter our competition here

280th Offers 

Keep your eyes peeled for special 280th celebration discounts and offers throughout June, as we count down to our 280th birthday.

July 2018

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Join us on the first Sunday in June for a teddy bear's picnic in our party shop! 

Boswells Birthday Card Competition

In July we'll be asking children aged 3-10 and 11-16 to design a birthday card for our 280th birthday celebrations. The winner from each age group will win a gift card and have their design displayed in our window! More info coming soon.


Cocktail Party

Join us for free prosecco and bubbly based cocktails and canapes after the store closes, for one night only! More info coming soon.

Invent a Sandwich Competition

In August we'll be inviting you design a very special Boswells sandwich. The winner will receive a meal on the house, and the winning sandwich added to our Tea Room menu!

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.