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What's On in Southern Oxfordshire?

There's always something interesting going on with events, festivals, shows, exhibitions and fairs happening all year round.

Although major events such as the Henley Royal Regatta, Thame Show, Rewind, Wallingford's and Thame's Food Festivals attract massive publicity, there are plenty more events taking place.

Point your mouse over the 'Events' tab to see the different categories of events which are held in Southern Oxfordshire.

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Food & Drink

The Classic Cinema & Culinary Club 2017 - Watlington

09/09/2017 17:30

Join celebrity chef Jean Christophe Novelli for a fusion of classic cinema & culinary genius at this special event to raise £100,000 for Cancer Research UK. 

Don’t miss this exciting event set in the stunning grounds of Wormsley Estate complete with dynamic entertainment and a spectacular pyro-musical finale!

Meetings and Lectures

Founders Memorial Lecture, The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon on Thames

10/09/2017 19:00

For 13 years Sushila has worked with refugees and asylum seekers suffering from trauma, displacement and complex grief.

Her talk will draw on this experience and will cover why people flee, the journey they undertake and what happens to them when they reach the UK. She will also suggest ways we can best offer them our solidarity.

Refugee Resource provides psychological, social and practical support for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants to help them build new lives as part of Oxfordshire’s diverse community.

To Reserve a seat please contact Wendy:

or call Wendy on: 01235 847 401

A history of Pettits of Wallingford, St Mary's Church - Wallingford

13/09/2017 19:45

At the Wallingford Historical & Archaeological Society (TWHAS) September talk, Rachel Pettit-Smith will present "A history of Pettits of Wallingford".
Rachel's talk will give a history of Wallingford's department store, and a little about the family who ran it from its beginning in 1856 to the present day. The business was started by two brothers and changed and expanded through the years as it passed to later generations of the same family until 1987 when it was taken over by another local family.
Over time it has sold a large range of merchandise and undergone several transformations while continuing to serve the people of Wallingford and the surrounding area.
This talk is very timely as it also complements the 2017 'Pettits: past to present' exhibition at Wallingford Museum.

Horizon Lectures: Gordon Buchanan, Amey Theatre - Abingdon on Thames

12/10/2017 19:30

Wildlife presenter and cameraman Gordon Buchanan has spent 20 years filming in some of the most remote parts of the world. Having a developed a reputation for taking on tough and dangerous assignments he's behind some of the most memorable wildlife scenes in recent years; from filming in the night-time leopard hunt in Mumbai for Planet Earth II, to coming face to face with a polar bear in the highly-acclaimed "The Polar Bear Family & Me" series.

With remarkable stories from around the globe, Gordon's talk delves into his world of weird, wild and wonderful wildlife all illustrated with his own film footage and photography.

Founders Memorial Lecture, - Abingdon on Thames

14/10/2017 19:30

For 13 years Sushila has worked with refugees and asylum seekers suffering from trauma, displacement and complex grief.

Her talk will draw on this experience and will cover why people flee, the journey they undertake and what happens to them when they reach the UK. She will also suggest ways we can best offer them our solidarity.

Refugee Resource provides psychological, social and practical support for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants to help them build new lives as part of Oxfordshire’s diverse community.

To Reserve a seat please contact Wendy:

or call Wendy on: 01235 847 401

Live Music

Music in the Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

16/09/2017 to 21/10/2017

OSJ’s 50thanniversary season launches with ‘Music in the Abbey’ featuring two great works – Carmina Burana on Saturday 16 September, and Beethoven’s Symphony no 3 ‘Eroica’ on Saturday 21 October, at Dorchester Abbey near Oxford.

Ocean Film Festival World Tour 2017 - Abingdon on Thames

19/09/2017 19:30

Calling all ocean lovers! The annual Ocean Film Festival is sweeping towards Edinburgh with a brand new selection of the world’s most amazing ocean films, from both above and below the surface.

Brought to you by the team behind the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this collection of short films celebrates divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray. Be wowed at the mind blowing marine life; exhilarated by the power of the waves, and inspired by the characters who dedicate their lives to answering the call of the ocean.

Classical Concert - Wallingford

23/09/2017 19:30

International classical guitarist Mark Hussey will be performing in St Peters Church, Wallingford. The concert is a free and rare UK performance for all to come and enjoy. Doors open at 7:30pm with light refreshments available. Marks performances are engaging and uniquely exciting with his unusual approach to classical guitar. Described by Acoustic magazine as "Simply stunning" this is a rare chance to enjoy the wonderful sounds of classical guitar in an equally wonderful setting. 

The performance is aimed to raise awareness of this beautiful, historic church, which is in need of some extra TLC. Any donations made will go directly to its maintenance The Churches Conservation Trust, the national charity protecting historic churches at risk.

FAUSTUS Autumn Tour 2017 - Nettlebed


Featuring their single Slaves - the words may have been written in 1840 but it’s as relevent as ever - and Thresherman, an ancient ode to the rural poor, this is Faustus’ response to these dangerous times. One More Day (Radio Edit) celebrates the joys and challenges of the working life, while some respite comes in the form of 2 brand new waltzes, The Knife of Brian and Bluebells and Beech Woods. A mixture of live and recorded tracks, here Faustus ‘kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight’. 

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ROH Live: La Bohème - Abingdon on Thames

03/10/2017 19:15

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.


Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular setting.


Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances there since.

NT Live: Hamlet (Encore) - Abingdon on Thames

05/10/2017 19:00

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.


Now seen by over 750,000 people worldwide, the original 2015 NT Live broadcast returns to cinemas.


As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.


Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman 'Saved for a rainy day' - Didcot

13/10/2017 20:00

"Over the last few years there have been several cover songs we have performed live and never got round to recording. Along with a couple of our own originals that didn't 'fit' with our previous releases. These have often been requested on CD and, subsequently, 'Saved For A Rainy Day' has become a limited edition of rarities."
Now firmly established as one of the folk-scene's busiest and most respected duos, the husband and wife team will hit the road from early March onwards to preview new material that will feature on their next full album. 

Mandy Prior in concert, Nettlebed Folk Club - Nettlebed

16/10/2017 19:30

A true legend of British music, Maddy Prior has built her career on exploring various musical avenues. Her latest album 3 For Joy is no exception, a further exploration of the tradition that she loves. Together with new musical partners Giles Lewin (Carnival Band, Bellowhead) and young accordion player Hannah James, Maddy returns to perform the music of England, the British Isles and Eastern Europe – all delivered in her own unique style.

Maddy’s thoughts on the up and coming tour: 
"I am blessed, working in music, with excellent musicians. Over the years it has been a delight, and no musical endeavour has been more delightful than working with Hannah James and Giles Lewin.

Plays & Films

Ocean Film Festival World Tour - Abingdon on Thames

19/09/2017 19:30

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is bringing a collection of the newest and most mesmerising ocean films to the Amey Theatre, Abingdon, on Tuesday 19 September.
Get up close and personal with the world’s weirdest marine creatures, witness rarely seen footage of the least-explored depths of the planet, and meet the unique characters who dedicate their lives to the sea’s salt spray – all on the big screen!
Featuring epic cinematography, feel the wind in your sails from the comfort of your seat as you spot the endangered humpback whale in New Zealand, join intrepid freedivers exploring a Mediterranean shipwreck, and meet a nomadic crew of sailors tackling the treacherous waters of Antarctica. An inspirational evening for anyone who is captivated by the wonders of the ocean!

Flying Atoms - Abingdon on Thames

21/09/2017 19:00

Professors Gusto and Hitch study hard in the Laboratory of Curiosity to answer questions about how Earth’s forces work; How do birds stay in the air? Why don’t the stars fall from the sky? Where does the moon go in the daytime? But there are some questions that can’t be answered by experiments alone.

When Gusto remembers a trip to the circus, it’s just the breakthrough they need. The gravity defying tricks of the Flying Atom sisters help to explain the forces in action.

Flying Atoms is a playful, interactive family show that brings to life the basic principles of physics through a fantastical show that explores the forces and matter. The performance will wow audiences young and old alike with high-flying aerial dance, a magical soundtrack and stunning design.

Brought to Oxford by Powys Dance, Flying Atoms has toured schools and venues around the country since 2016.

RSC Live: Coriolanus - Abingdon on Thames

11/10/2017 19:00

A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.

Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.

Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.

Dance for Wildlife 2017 - Abingdon on Thames

14/10/2017 19:30

An evening of Arabic dance to raise funds for WWF's vital conservation work around the world, organised by local dance teacher, Loreley Rice. There will be a varied programme of dance performances given by Loreley Rice and her student groups, Negoum El Leyl and the Star-hip Troupers, as well as other local dance groups and solo performers.

The Cunning Little Vixen - a talk and special screening by Geoff Dunbar - Abingdon on Thames

01/11/2017 19:00

BAFTA award winning animator and director Geoff Dunbar presents a very special screening of The Cunning Little Vixen, a visually stunning feature length film based on the opera by Leoš Janáček. Geoff explores the complexities and delights of the world of animation, followed by a screening of the film in the Amey Theatre auditorium

Seasonal Events

September events at Earth Trust - Abingdon on Thames

01/09/2017 to 30/09/2017

Discover and Play

Friday 1stSeptember, 10am-12pm

Forest School for the under-5s. Join us for a morning of play and discovery in our woodlands. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.


Sunday Drop-in: Fantastic Foraging

Sunday 3rdSeptember, 10am-1pm

Drop in to find out what food is growing around the Earth Trust Centre and learn what yummy things you can cook over the campfire. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.


Drawing from Nature

Sunday 3rdSeptember, 2pm-5pm

Take a walk around Little Wittenham Wood with your sketchbook and get top tips on how to perfect your drawings from artist Gareth Lloyd.


Gareth Lloyd is an Oxford-based artist working primarily in pencil and paint. His work is typically based around endangered and protected species, and he welcomes the opportunity to work with conservation organisations to help preserve the animal kingdom through art.

Bat Walk

Saturday 9thSeptember, 8.30pm-10pm

A guided walk with the addition of bat detectors to find out more about these marvellous mammals. 

Children’s Fun Run

Sunday 10thSeptember, 10am start

A 1km race around the Wittenham Clumps for kids! Please register online and bring a donation on the day. £2 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.


10k Run

Sunday 10thSeptember, 11am start

After a break last year we're pleased to announce that the 2017 10K Run will take place on Sunday 10th September.


The Earth Trust 10K is a unique cross-country run that meanders through wildflower meadows, woodland, farmland, along the Thames and ends with a challenging hike up (and down!) the iconic Wittenham Clumps.


Whether you're a seasoned athlete, a novice runner taking on their first race or a Nordic walker looking for a new challenge, all are welcome!


Wildlife Photography Walk

Saturday 16thSeptember, 8am-10am

Join photographer Andrew Walmsley for a morning stroll around the nature reserve. Check out our beginner and intermediate workshops too. 

Sunday 24thSeptember, 11am-3pm

Discover the autumn bounty in the local area and use what you find to make something delicious. 

Tractor Ted brings Little Farm to Stonor Park - Henley on Thames


Stonor Park are delighted to announce that Tractor Ted will be back to Stonor on the 3rd of September and bringing with them their real life Little Farm.
Located adjacent to Wonder Woods Adventure play park, Tractor Ted Little Farm LIVE will give all children the opportunity for some hands on fun.

The perfect opportunity for young children to get up close to some furry and feathery friends and learn about some of their amazing features. Kids will be able to explore some amazing facts through a Fun Farm Activity Trail complete with certificates and stickers. 

That is not all, Tractor Ted will be bringing along some fun farm activities, plus the return of the bouncy castle. The Digger Den, which is new to Stonor, tests dexterity and skill as kids scoop up balls with mini diggers whilst the Welly Wanging, fun for all the family, will be in full swing close by. For those future farmers, kids can head off to the Tractor Ted Driving School for some pedal tractor fun!!

Agatha Christie weekend - Wallingford

08/09/2017 to 10/09/2017

The theme may be murder, but the emphasis is on enjoyment!

The fourth Agatha Christie Weekend will be held throughout Wallingford and Cholsey from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th Sept 2017.

This is an event which is growing each year and attracts tourists from afar as well as being of interest to local residents.


This year’s Agatha Christie Weekend features ..........

- two celebrity talks

- two Agatha Christie Trail guided walks

- two exhibitions

- town walks

- vintage and cream teas

- heritage train rides

- and much more ......

Please come and join us for a fabulous weekend of celebrations for the life and works of our internationally acclaimed local author!

Flower Festival, theme "The Countries of the World in Bloom" - Chiselhampton

23/09/2017 11:00 to 24/09/2017 17:00

St Mary's Church in Chalgrove is having a Flower Festival with the theme of "The Countries of the World in Bloom". Refreshments, teas, coffee and cake will be available and there will also be a Plant Sale. Everybody welcome.


Breast Walk Ever! - Wallingford


There are three walks - a full marathon from Abingdon, a half marathon from Wallingford or 10k route from Goring. All walks end, as usual at Beale Park. Entry for the half marathon is £20 for adults.   Against Breast Cancer are pleased to have once again teamed up with Beale Park, which offers free park entry to walkers as well as discounted entry for supporters. 

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