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The UK enjoys four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Temperatures and the natural environment change dramatically from season to season.
Located in the South of England, Oxford enjoys some of the best weather in the UK and daytime temperatures can range from a warm 28 degrees Celsius in the summer to -3 Celsius in winter. A range of clothing is useful to match these seasons, with t-shirts and shorts and light trousers useful in the summer and a warm coat, gloves, hat and scarf needed for the winter.
UK weather can also be unpredictable with a warm sunny morning turning into a chilly, rainy, windy afternoon, so a small umbrella is recommended.
A number of festive holidays are celebrated in Oxford and the UK including:
Valentine’s Day – on 14 February where lovers and admirers exchange cards and gifts, often anonymously.
Easter – a Christian festival which falls in March or April, and is traditionally celebrated with chocolate Easter eggs.
Halloween – 31 October on All Hallows’ Eve, a festival of pumpkin lanterns, witches and wizards where children call at each other’s houses ‘Trick or Treating’.
Bonfire Night – 5 November with fireworks and bonfires, celebrating the failed attempt of Guy Falkes to blow up the Houses of Parliament
Christmas – 25 December, a Christian festival traditionally celebrated with decorated Christmas trees, gifts from Father Christmas (or Santa Claus), mulled wine, mince pies and a roast turkey dinner.
New Year – 31 December celebrating the end of the old calendar year and the start of the new one, often with a big party.
More information can be found on our preparation and arrival pages.