Plush is to replace Purple Turtle at the Oxford Union’s venue at Frewin Court from January 2019.

A spokesperson for the club said in a statement: “The final night at The Jam Factory site will be Monday, 31st December 2018.

“Plush is delighted that the new venue will offer long-term stability in providing an ongoing safe space for the LGBTQ+ community within central Oxford.”

The club is currently based at Park End Street.

It was disclosed in October that the club faced imminent closure after the venue’s owner, Nuffield College, said it was considering redeveloping the site.

Last Saturday was Purple Turtle’s final night at Frewin Court. Over 100 people were seen queuing outside to gain access to the club by 10.45pm. 

The owner of Purple Turtle, Danny Fraifeld, has stressed to Cherwell that Purple Turtle will continue and that they are looking at new venues to house the club in the future.

He said in a statement: “After all it’s never been the building that makes the Turtle, it’s the Turtle that makes the building.”



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