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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. This events diary will keep you up to date with what's on in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse so you can plan your visit.

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

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Country & Crafts

Earth Trust Events - Abingdon on Thames

02/07/2017 to 04/08/2017

A Midsummer Night’s DreamWednesday 19th July, 6.30pm-9.30pmEarth Trust is delighted to welcome The HandleBards, the world's first cycling theatre company! Since 2013, their two troupes (one all-male, the other all-female) have pedalled over 6000 miles across the UK to perform their unique brand of "charmingly chaotic, environmentally sustainable, bicycle-powered Shakespeare”.   Join the all-male troupe in the beautiful gardens of the Earth Trust Centre, at the foot of the Wittenham Clumps, for A Midsummer Night’s Dream as you’ve never seen it before! Bring a picnic and settle down for an evening of "gloriously eccentric" outdoor theatre.   For those not familiar with the story, what’s the play about? Well... Four young lovers find themselves enveloped in the dream-like arms of a magical forest full of sprites, where a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war over the possession of an Indian boy. A group of amateur actors share the same forest. They’re rehearsing for a play. Fairies and humans collide. Hilarity ensues. 

Drawing from Nature for FamiliesSunday 23rdJuly, 10am-1pmLet your creative side loose in the great outdoors, and get top tips for inspiration and improvement from local artist Gareth Lloyd. 

Creepy Crawly ComicsMonday 24thJuly, 10am-3pmYou’ll be the bees’ knees at creepy crawly comic drawing after attending our session with popular cartoonist Neill Cameron, whose work features in The Phoenix comic. You’ll explore the Earth Trust garden, then create a nature themed comic inspired by what you discovered. 

Woodland AdventureTuesday 25thJuly, 10am-12pmAn expedition for 5-8 year olds. Use your detective skills to explore, build and play in the woods!

Night SafariTuesday 25thJuly, 8pm-10pmJoin us for this night-time expedition to discover Thrupp Lake’s wildlife, who knows what you might find? On the evening, you’ll also set up live traps ready for tomorrow’s event. 

Wildlife Wednesday at Thrupp LakeWednesday 26th July, 10am-12pmOur roving Wildlife Wednesday visits a different Earth Trust community nature reserve each school holiday. Come out and play and learn about your local wildlife! 

Tree ClimbingWednesday 26th July, 10am-5pmUse ropes and harnesses to explore Little Wittenham Wood’s treetops in 1hr sessions with The Great Big Tree Climbing Company. 

Basket WeavingSaturday 29thand Sunday 30th July, 9.30am-5pmYou can create several small baskets or one larger structure in this two day workshop with Catherine Tregaskes. 

Clumps ClubMonday 31stJuly - Friday 4th August, 9am-5pmExperience some wild adventures in this holiday club for 7-11 year olds! Different outdoor activities each day (see our website for details). 

Fairs & Festivals

Towersey Festival, The Thame Showground - Thame

25/08/2017 to 28/08/2017

KT Tunstall, Newton Faulkner, Eliza Carthy and former Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden, are among the acts headlining the 53rd Towersey Festival. They’re joined by Show Of Hands, Lindisfarne, The Blockheads, Foy Vance, and many more.

One of the UK's longest running independent music festivals, the four-day event features entertainment across a dozen stages, including acoustic sessions, street theatre, storytelling, film, workshops, and a dedicated ceilidh / dance stage. There's also an array of street food and locally made produce, extensively stocked real ale and cider bars, and a renowned programme of activities for children and families.

Towersey is a hidden festival gem. Devoid of corporate logos and branding, and still run by the family who co-founded the festival in the mid-1960s, it’s relaxed, friendly, and with a forward-thinking programme of folk, roots and acoustic music.


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!


General Events

Family Archaeology Day - Wallingford

22/07/2017 11:00

A small archaeological excavation will be taking place in the Museum courtyard and you'll be able to learn about how archaeology is done from the experts. You'll also be able to take part in some 'hands-on' work - pot-washing, sieving and much more. Then yo can find out how to begin to identify the sort of pottery that helps to date the finds from archaeology, and even try making your own pots for fun!

Film and Splash, Amey Theatre - Abingdon on Thames

29/07/2017 09:00

Enjoy a fun swim session in our superb swimming pool followed by an aquatic-themed movie in the Amey Theatre. The morning begins with swimming from 9.00am - 10.30am at the Abingdon School Sports Centre and the film will begin promptly at 11.00am. Snack and refreshments are available to purchase at both the Sports Centre and Amey Theatre


29 July - Finding Dory (PG)
26 August - Moana ( PG)

Meetings and Lectures

The Water Gypsy: how a Thames fishergirl became a viscountess, St Mary's Church - Wallingford

12/07/2017 19:45

At the July talk, Julie Thorne will present the story of a local 'Cinderella'.


This true story of a local Cinderella is about a humble Thames fisherman's daughter who married a viscount in 1766 and came to live in the Vale of White Horse. Naturally such a dramatic leap up the social ladder presented her with considerable challenges, but when she was widowed tragically early she found herself responsible for huge estates in Ireland at a time of great hostility towards English landowners. How she dealt with this and ultimately triumphed makes a compelling cracking story - and all true.

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.

Live Music

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.

Plays & Films

Great Expectations, Orchard Dene Garden Theatre, - Blewbury

19/07/2017 to 22/07/2017

This intimate open air garden theatre has tiered seating, good sight lines in the beautiful village of Blewbury. Audience welcome to picnic garden before the performance. 


Great Expectations has been adapted for The Players by author Julia Golding. Director Sebastian Palka says "i remember the first time i saw the Blewbury Players' magical theatre. I am very excited as this is the first time I am directing an open air production.

Garden & bar open from 7.00pm and in interval. Saturday matinee garden will be open at 2:15pm and complimentary tea and cake will be available during the internal and no bar.

Seasonal Events

Events at Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre - Abingdon on Thames

26/07/2017 to 01/09/2017

Family Fun: Wild About Dinosaurs

Wednesday 26th – Friday 28th July – 10:00am – 3:00pm

Come and meet Denis our friendly Dinosaur, go hunting for dinosaur eggs and dig for bones. Learn more about the dinosaur's distant relatives who live on the nature reserve today. Fun activities to get the whole family excited about nature. Activities are aimed at children 4-11 years.Cost £4 per child.  


Children's Workshop: Wildlife Photography

Thursday 10thAugust - 10:00am - 12:30pm

Bring your digital camera, learn from our expert and practice your wildlife photography skills on our fun and photogenic nature reserve. Cost £15 per child. For children aged 8+, no younger accompanying siblings.


Family Fun: Who’s Living at the Bottom of the Garden?

Tuesday 22rd – Thursday 24th August - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Find out what wonderful and interesting creatures make a home in your garden. Follow the trail to explore the mysterious lives of the creatures visiting your garden. Then come inside to create some wild crafts to take home. Activities are aimed at children 4-11 years. Cost £4 per child.

Children's Workshop: Bushcraft

Wednesday 30thAugust - 10:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Fancy yourself as a real adventurer? Join us a Sutton Courtenay as we master creating a camp fire, cook a delicious snack on a fire and try your hand at traditional woodland skills. Aimed at children ages 7+ years, no younger siblings please. Cost £4 per child.

 

Children’s Workshop: Teddy Bear Takeover

Friday 1st September 10:00am – 11:30am and 1:00pm – 2:30pm


Bring your teddy along to Sutton Courtenay for a real adventure! We will creep through the woods looking out for the wild teddies of Sutton Courtenay and discover how our teddies would survive in the wild. Activities suitable for pre-school children. Cost £4 per child

Agatha Christie weekend - Wallingford

08/09/2017 to 10/09/2017

This year's Agatha Christie Weekend is looking to be bigger and better than ever before! This is a joint initiative by Wallingford Museum and Cholsey 1000 Plus.


Main events summary: 
- Celebrity talks by Lucy Worsley and John Curran
- Agatha Christie Trail walks
- Exhibitions
- Heritage train rides
- Guided history walks

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

Walking

Breast Walk Ever! - Wallingford

03/09/2017

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. 

Art / Exhibitions

Art and Mindfulness in response to nature, Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon on Thames

29/07/2017 10:00

This one day workshop is an introduction to a series of activities that will help you to connect with yourself and the environment through art and mindfulness. 


The workshop is for everyone who is interested in creativity and discovery. You do not need to have experience in art or mindfulness. The focus is on the process of making art rather than producing a finished peace.

Depending on the weather we envisage working outside at times. We recommend waterproof clothing, shoes and umbrellas.

Please visit the website for more information.


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