THOUSANDS of shoppers will gather in Oxford’s trendiest street at the weekend to celebrate independent retailers.

On Bank Holiday Monday on May 6 Little Clarendon Street was closed to traffic, and shops spilled out onto the road, as hundreds of people enjoyed all the city’s ‘most trendy street’ has to offer.

On Sunday Julyfest will take place from 1pm to 10pm, with Arsenal football legend Martin Keown getting the celebrations under way.

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Businesses will display their produce on stalls and benefit from the extra opportunity to trade.


Mayfest was organised by a committee featuring traders and civic leaders, and its stunning success has prompted them to stage a follow-up.


Committee chairman John Mair said earlier: “Mayfest had 10,000 visitors so we are aiming to attract the same number this time.

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“There will be 20 stalls, including at least eight food stalls and three or four street bars and all shops and restaurants will be open from 1pm - there will be music until late.”

The event is being financed by contributions from traders and colleges and the university.


Mr Mair, who lives nearby, added: “This time there will be more stalls, more street food, music all day and into the evening.

“There will be lots to do and there will be fun for the children too with a magician performing.

“The plan is to continue this process, so we are planning to stage an Octoberfest as well.

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“Little Clarendon Street is back on the up, right at the centre of Jericho life day and night where it should be."


Some traders have said the opening of Westgate Centre in 2017, as well as economic uncertainty caused by Brexit, have had an effect on footfall.

But new businesses have given visitor numbers a boost, including Gail’s Bakery, which is often packed with customers.

The Duke of Cambridge and Common Ground cafe and social workspace are also backing the committee.

Mr Mair added that if Octoberfest proves a success there could be a Christmas event.

Traders staged a street party in 2016 in a bid to boost trade but then there was a gap of three years until the committee was formed and members decided it would be a good idea to revive the tradition.

Little Clarendon Street has a mix of independent shops, cafes and restaurants.

In April Jericho was included in The Sunday Times's list of best places to live in the South East. Jericho's first every entry on the list was thanks to a style that is 'anything but suburban'.

The neighbourhood was also named the UK's 11th 'most hip' destination in 2017.