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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

Saxifrage Day, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

14/03/2015 11:00

Spring is the perfect time to see the National Collection of Kabschia Saxifrages. These wonderfully versatile little alpine plants are looking their best in March and you can also find out more about propagation and cultivation techniques from experts, and see a display of unusual plants from leading UK Saxifrage growers too. Normal garden admission fee applies.

Craft Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

15/03/2015 10:00 to 20/12/2015 16:00

At Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary, Old Didcot Road, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, near Wallingford, OX10 0SW on the third Sunday of the month.  Lots of varied stalls, refreshments and good free parking.  Donkey sanctuary also open.  Entry 50p. 

Spring Show, Village Hall, Sonning Common - Reading

28/03/2015 14:30

The Chiltern Edge Horticultural Society's Spring Show at Sonning Common village hall. Flowers, floral art, fruit, vegetables, handicrafts and photography. FREE entry.

Blooming Bluebells, Nuffield Place NT - Nettlebed

01/04/2015 11:00 to 31/05/2015 17:00

Throughout April and May come along and enjoy the natural woodlands with a self-led walk through the stunning bluebells. FREE for National Trust members, otherwise normal admission prices applies. Please visit our website to find out when the bluebells are at their best. Enjoy a walk and a cream tea. Closed Sunday 26 April.

Ashbrook House open garden for NGS - Blewbury

05/04/2015 14:00 to 06/09/2015 17:30

The garden where Kenneth Grahame read The Wind in the Willows to local children and where he took inspiration for his description of the oak doors to Badger's House. Come and see - you may catch a glimpse of Toad and friends in this 3½ acre chalk and water garden in a beautiful spring-line village. In spring the banks are a mass of daffodils and in late summer the borders are full of unusual plants. Teas available. Admission £4, children FREE. This garden is open on Sunday 5 April and Sunday 6 September.

Thame Country Show - Thame

05/04/2015 10:00 to 06/04/2015 18:00

A well-established and popular event, with three main show arenas hosting all day entertainment with top country sports and displays. Be spoiled for choice at food and craft stalls, visit a superb falconry village with native and exotic birds of prey. Other attractions include; dare-devil stunts, scurry racing, Chase The Bunny, blacksmiths' village, gundogs, fun dog show, re-enactments and field sports. Ticket prices apply. Please visit website for full show details and advance tickets.  At Thame Showground, Kingsey Road, Thame, OX9 3JL.

Allsorts open garden for NGS, Shrivenham - Faringdon

11/04/2015 10:30 to 22/08/2015 16:30

We have a limited sized garden in Shrivenham that looks out over fields and the curve of the Berkshire Hills that back Swindon. Visitors will find a variety of planting areas that include shaded sites, scree, borders with herbaceous plants, rock plants, climbers, shrubs, a planted bank, topiary and other surprises. At Townsend Road, Shrivenham, SN6 8BN. Light refreshments. Plants for sale. Adults £3, children under 12 FREE. No dogs other than aid dogs. This garden is open on Saturday 11 April, 6 June and 22 August.

Abingdon Air & Country Show, Dalton Barracks - Abingdon on Thames

03/05/2015 10:00

It's not just an air show!  The Abingdon Air & Country Show has a varied ground show to go along with a fly-in of both modern and vintage aeroplanes and the associated air display.  All of this is within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Flying displays, static aircraft, exhibitors, vintage vehicles, tank rides, crafts, trade stalls, childrens' amusements, live music, food and drink, and much more! At Abingdon Airfield, Dalton Barracks, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 6JQ. Ticket prices apply and are now available.

Henley Sheepdog Trial - Henley on Thames

19/07/2015 09:00

Over fifty sheepdogs - 'several men and their dogs', spinning and weaving display, tractor and trailer rides, sheep hurdle making demonstration, trade stands, and refreshments. FREE parking. Well behaved dogs welcome.  Ticket prices apply.

Uffington White Horse Show - Uffington

30/08/2015 10:00 to 31/08/2015 17:00

This is a traditional two day country show which offers a wide range of attractions for families and people of all ages including arena events, craft stalls, food hall, animals, historic vehicles and much, much more. The show is located in fields overlooked by the famous bronze age figure of the Uffington White Horse, which is over 3,000 years old. Our motto is "Countryside, Family and Fun” and our objective is to bring those enjoyments to as wide a group of people as possible. Ticket prices apply. Gates open at 9 am.

The Henley Show - Henley on Thames

12/09/2015 08:30

The Show, which is now traditionally held on the second Saturday in September, has been held annually since 1898, and has, in recent years, most flatteringly been described as ‘the best one-day Agricultural Show in the country’.  Attractions include four rings of horse show jumping, showing and driving classes, display arenas, food and farming marquee, horticultural area, produce tent, heavy horses, cattle, sheep, poultry tent, cage bird classes, companion dog show, craft demonstration marquee, food and wine marquee, shopping arcade, and over 100 interesting and varied trade stands located around the showground. FREE parking, and FREE buses from Marlow and Henley. Ticket prices apply. Discounted tickets will be available online from June 2015.

Henley Ploughing Match & Country Market - Henley on Thames

04/10/2015 09:00

This is always a great day out with ploughing classes for vintage, classic vintage tractors and track vehicles and classes for heavy horses - high cut and ordinary. You will also be able to enjoy the terrier racing, log chopping competition, working display, Shire horse display, ferret racing, trailer rides, childrens' rides, outside trade stands, and craft stands in the marquee.  Poultry auction. Licensed bar and refreshments available all day. "Blessing of the Plough" takes place at 9.15, and ploughing starts at 9.30. Ticket prices apply. Venue to be confirmed.

Fairs & Festivals

Ruby's Vintage & Retro Fair, Guildhall - Abingdon on Thames

07/03/2015 10:00 to 28/11/2015 16:00

We hope to see you all back here for delightful vintage and retro furniture, fashion, homewares, trinkets, clothes, hairstyling, make up, music, cakes and more... Entry £1.00, under 16s FREE. Parking in Vale of White Horse District Council car parks is FREE for the first 2 hours. Fairs also take place on Saturday 6 June, and Saturday 28 November 2015.

Jay Fairs, Antiques + Collectors Fair - Didcot

08/03/2015 10:00 to 13/12/2015 16:00

40 stalls in Didcot Civic Hall, OX11 7JN.  Including collectables, stamps, postcards, militaria, china and jewellery.  Taking place on the following Sundays in 2015: 11 January, 8 February, 8 March, 11 October, 1 November and 13 December.

Henley Youth Festival - Henley on Thames

13/03/2015 to 22/03/2015

The Henley Youth Festival is an individual event and there is nothing quite like it! It is all about celebrating the talents and achievements of young people in our area and to give them experiences across a wide range of activities that they may not otherwise encounter. There is lots to see and take part in, including - music, singing, dance and gig night; Sport - fencing, Stonor Run, squash and more; Competitions - film, photography, writing and art; Workshops - art, dance, drama, craft, music and more. This year's theme is 'Me in My World'.  

Jay Fairs, Antique + Collectors Fair - Benson

15/03/2015 10:00 to 20/12/2015 16:00

45 stalls in Benson Parish Hall.  These are held on the third Sunday of the month.

ATOM Festival of Science & Technology - Abingdon on Thames

18/03/2015 09:00 to 21/03/2015 22:00

The ATOM Festival is a celebration of science and technology in Abingdon-on-Thames.  The official closing highlight of the Oxfordshire Science Festival, ATOM is an extravaganza of science entertainment and intrigue! There'll be something for everyone at ATOM 2015.  Get up close and personal with some 'Brutal Beasts', try out our super science experiments at the Market Place Science Fair, and join some of the country's leading scientists as they introduce us to cutting-edge science and research. To stay updated with the programme of events or to join our mailing list visit the website.

Spring Fair, Watlington Primary School - Watlington

21/03/2015 11:00

Fun and games for all the family. Cafe with hot food, hot cross buns and cakes, candy floss and popcorn, craft area, shopping stalls, hair braiding, face painting and temporary tattoos, chocolate tombola, games with great prizes, super raffle and more. Organised by the Watlington PTA.

ATOM Science Fair, Market Place - Abingdon on Thames

21/03/2015 10:00

An interactive science fair with something for everyone!  Come along and try out some super science experiments and hands-on activities, and take part in a treasure hunt around the town. Also featuring - and back by popular demand - the Zoo-Bus!

Easter Charity Fair, Civic Hall, Britwell Road - Didcot

29/03/2015 10:00

Come along and be spolit for choice from a selection of easter gifts and crafts. If you are looking for an easter gift, for adults or children, then pop in and have a browse.  From traditional handmade easter gifts and crafts, to jewellery, home made preserves, glass, heirloom items and paintings, cards and much much more. Refreshments will be available. Children's lucky dip. Free easy car parking in the civic hall car park. Money raised will go to Kidney Research. Entrance fee £1 adults, children FREE. Contact telephone: 07876 195984 between 18.00 and 20.00.

Flea Market + Collectors Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

05/04/2015 10:00

At Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary, Old Didcot Road, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, near Wallingford, OX10 0SW on the first Sunday of the month.  Stalls, parking and refreshments.  Entry: 50p.  Tel: 01491 833938. 

Dorchester Festival, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

01/05/2015 to 10/05/2015

Arts events for all the family. The biennial Dorchester-on-Thames Festival is one of Oxfordshire’s leading festivals based in the stunning location of Dorchester Abbey. Since 2005 the Festival has regularly attracted over 3,000 people each year, from serious followers of the arts to schools, families and children of all ages and has raised significant profile and over £60,000 for Dorchester Abbey and local charities. The Festival focuses on professional events with an intentionally broad appeal making links with local businesses and schools, encouraging many people to get involved with the arts for the first time. We have played host to many famous orchestras, popular bands, authors and celebrities. Events include a food fair, cookery demonstrations, clowning and stage fighting workshops, dance, art, theatre, silent auction, comedy, concerts, live music, singing, scarecrow trail, duck race, and a fun run. The Festival opens with The Grand Opening and Tower Abseil, with The Big Bash in the evening. Please see website for full programme. Ticket prices apply. Discounted tickets now available.


Wood Festival, Braziers Park, Ipsden - Wallingford

15/05/2015 to 17/05/2015

A celebration of music and nature set at beautiful Braziers Park in the Chiltern Hills. Wood is a family festival powered by renewable energy and community spirit! An array of performers both national and local will take to a thatched stage. There are plenty of workshops and activities for young people and adults to take part in, alongside amazing food and drink and camping. Ticket prices apply. 2015 is the Year of the Bee.

Thame Carnival - Thame

13/06/2015 12:00

A great day out for all the family! The carnival starts with the parade through the town centre from 12 noon, followed by a fete at Southern Road Recreation Ground from 13.00. This year's theme is movies. Entertainment will include beer tent, Pimms tent, bands, DJ, classic cars, dog show, food stalls, face painting, bouncy castles, and doughnut stall. FREE entry. Follow the Facebook page for inside information!

Henley Festival - Henley on Thames

08/07/2015 to 12/07/2015

Henley Festival is celebrating it's 33rd anniversary this year with five nights of music, cabaret, street theatre, art, culture, comedy, and fine dining and fireworks. Lionel Richie is among those headlining this year's festival. The Philharmonia Orchestra will present a Gershwin Spectacular ­on Friday. There will also be special guest DJ in the Indigo each night, plus street performers from Henley Festival's Roving Troup of Entertainers, a comedy line-up, showcases of art and sculpture in pop up galleries on the lawns and along the banks of the Thames. Plus a concluding firework spectacular closes each night.

Supernormal Festival, Braziers Park, Ipsden - Wallingford

07/08/2015 to 09/08/2015

Supernormal is a three-day, experimental arts and music festival taking place at Braziers Park in Oxfordshire. It offers a platform for artists, performers and musicians to work collaboratively and creatively for a new kind of audience seeking experiences out of the mainstream. It is determinedly small and intimate with an audience of 1,500 and has been born from a place that values the currency of ideas and imagination rather than commercialism and profit. Supernormal allows the exploration of the unspoilt and extraordinary grounds of Braziers Park; an eco-site with fresh running water, eco toilets and hot outdoor showers with a wooded camping area. Ticket prices apply.

Bunkfest - Free Family Festival - Wallingford

04/09/2015 to 06/09/2015

A free access family friendly festival comprising musicians, dance and ‘proper beer’. The Saturday Street Fair sees dance teams from across the country taking over the streets as well as roving Street Entertainers. Singers and musicians provide the entertainment on "The Singing Train" and all are welcome to come and join in. There are musical boats, and three nights of superb folk music performances across many venues.

Thame Art and Literary Festival - Thame

16/10/2015 to 18/10/2015

Celebrate the written word, meet authors and talk about books plus workshops, exhibitions and a complete children's festival over 3 days in Thame. With 30 events crammed into three days, the TAL Festival covers plays, music, and poetry. Enjoy readings, debate, guided walks and author visits. 

Food & Drink

Beer Festival, The Three Pigeons, Milton Common - Thame

06/03/2015 to 08/03/2015

The Three Pigeons first ever beer festival! With over 12 real ales already lined up and more in the pipeline the upcoming Beer Festival is already looking like a cracking event and promises to be a memorable 3 days. There will be live music on the Saturday evening and throughout the whole 3 days there will be no entry charge. FREE on-site parking. Breweries confirmed include: Malt the Brewery, Ramsbury Brewery, and North Cotswold Brewery. The Three Pigeons is conveniently located at J7 of the M40 next to the Oxford Belfry Hotel.

Year Round Veg with Sarah Raven, Bix Manor - Henley on Thames

25/03/2015 10:30

For those of you for whom Sarah Raven's home venue of Perch Hill is too far away, Sarah will be teaching in a converted barn at Bix Manor just outside Henley-on-Thames. This course is based on my veg growing philosophy – don’t grow everything, but spend your precious time and use your precious space with highly productive, long-season crops, which will give you delicious things to eat without taking over your life. You will also have the opportunity to shop in Sarah's pop-up shop.  Ticket prices apply. Sarah will also be running a Cutting Garden course, please see separate listing.


Dorchester Festival's Food Fare - Dorchester on Thames

09/05/2015 to 10/05/2015

Welcome to Dorchester’s celebration of everything related to food and drink!  A great opportunity to taste, shop and meet people passionate about food and their products. This exciting two day event will cater for all your culinary requirements – whether browsing our quality food and drink stalls, buying presents or simply dropping by for amazing street cuisine. The best local producers will be competing for your attention to sample their products!  We will have regular FREE talks through the two days where you can listen to the story behind the products and the passion for quality that goes with them. Why not also book in for an intimate cookery demonstration by one of our famous chefs?  They are all set up in some of the loveliest country kitchens in Dorchester, all a short walk from the Abbey.  Have coffee afterwards in the house garden and then back to the tent for more tasting and shopping – the perfect day! Open on Saturday 9 May 10.00 to 17.00 and Sunday 10 May, 11.00 to 17.00. 

Wallingford Food Festival, Crowmarsh Gifford - Wallingford

16/05/2015 to 17/05/2015

The Wallingford Food Festival takes place over two days for you to try, taste, buy, enjoy and learn about fabulous local food and drink. This event won silver in the 2014 Tourism South East's Beautiful South Awards for the category Tourism Event of the year. This year's great line up of local chefs provide cooking demonstrations of food from Japan, Brazil, India, Italy and France as well as the UK. The event is hoping to have more than 65 local butchers, bakers, farmers and chefs promoting local food, and telling people where to get it and what to do with it. Once again there will be a music marquee with contemporary folk band The Occasional Orchestra and folk troupe Green Diesel. Ticket prices apply. At Bridge Villa Camping and Caravan Park, Crowmarsh Gifford.

Abingdon Food and Drink Festival, Fairacres - Abingdon on Thames

07/06/2015 10:00

The aim of the Abingdon Food and Drink Festival is to promote quality local producers and vendors. The Festival will be located at the Miele Experience Centre, Fairacres, Abingdon with a variety of stalls showcasing all the amazing abundance, variety and quality of food and drink produced or sold right here on our doorstep. You'll get a chance to taste and buy local produce, and you'll learn how it's made and how to cook with a series of talks and cookery demonstrations. There's something for all the family and plenty to keep the children amused at the festival. Admission prices apply. 

Thame Food Festival - Thame


Thame Food Festival is a wonderful showcase for local and artisan food and drink producers and retailers in the region. Expect over 150 exhibitor food stalls to sample and buy from. You can also enjoy children’s workshops, food based treasure hunts and competitions, a pop-up pub, restaurant and bookshop, street music and live entertainment as well as a popular programme of demonstrations lead by top TV chef Raymond Blanc OBE and other chefs including Adam Simmonds, Sophie Grigson, Edd Kimber and John Waite. The entire town centre will be closed and traditional London Routemaster buses will ferry visitors into town from the nearby park and ride. 

General Events

Days out with Thomas the Tank Engine, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

07/03/2015 09:30 to 08/03/2015 17:00

Meet Thomas and his friends Duck and Diesel and The Fat Controller, Sir Topham Hatt, who will be keeping an eye on everything. Enjoy rides with them all day and as often as you wish. Children's entertainment includes colourful 'Professor Crump' clowning around the centre, balloon modellers 'Twistina and Twistopher', circus workshops with Pauline, and hourly Thomas story readings. Ticket prices apply. 

The Great Big Tree Climbing Company, Greys Court NT - Henley on Thames

15/03/2015 10:00 to 18/10/2015 16:00

Part of the National Trust's 50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4's campaign, The Great Big Tree Climbing Company comprises two highly skilled and friendly instructors helping all ages reach new heights in a fantastic tree within Greys Court. Learn how to enter a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, while securely attached in a harness. At the top of the tree, gain an experience that can't be gained at ground level. Booking is advisable. £18.50. Booking is essential, please visit the website These take place on Sundays 15 March, 19 April, 17 May, 21 June, 19 July, 16 August, 20 September and 18 October 2015.

Solar Eclipse, Abbey Meadows - Abingdon on Thames

20/03/2015 08:30

Drop in and observe the solar eclipse. Experts from the Abingdon Astronomical Society will be on hand to help us safely view the eclipse, and will take us through what’s going on as it happens. No booking required, suitable for everyone. FREE event.

Open House & Garden, Kingston Bagpuize House - Kingston Bagpuize

22/03/2015 14:00 to 15/09/2015 17:00

Come and enjoy the fantastic garden and parks of Kingston Bagpuize House and visit the ground floor of the house. Open on 22-24 March, 23-24, 19-21 April, 10-12 May, 1-2, 21-23 June, 12-14 July, 2-4, 23-25 August and 6-8, and 14-15 September 2015.

Home-Start Antiques Evaluation, Parish Hall - Benson

26/03/2015 10:30

Calling all antiques hoarders out there! Climb up to your attic or have a look in your garage or shed, you never know what you might find! Local children’s charity, Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire, is holding an antiques charity valuation event where people can come along with their treasures to be valued, with all proceeds going to the charity. If the item is too big or not accessible, please bring along a photo and the valuers can take a look. The cost is £5.00 for two items and then £1.50 for each subsequent item.

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Faringdon Folly Tower & Woodland Open Days - Faringdon

01/04/2015 11:00 to 19/10/2015 17:00

This unique unusual 100ft tower is Faringdon's icon and the last major folly to be built in England. It sits on Folly Hill, within a charming circular 4 acre woodland of splendid Scots Pine and broadleaf trees. Check out the fantastic views over 5 counties and find out about the history of Folly Hill, Henry James Pye (of Sing a Song of Sixpence fame), Oliver Cromwell and the very eccentric Lord Berners (the creator of the tower). Seek out the 24 blackbirds and giant willow pie, Cromwell's cannon, the fairly useless bridge, Lord Berners in a tree! and a variety of birds and animal sculptures lurking among the trees. The tower is open on the first and third Sundays of each month from April to October inclusive. Nominal entry fee applies.

Mapledurham at War, Mapledurham House - Reading

04/04/2015 10:00 to 05/04/2015 16:30

Another chance to step back in time to World War II. Taste the atmosphere of army and civilian life as war rages across Europe.  See the vehicles and equipment that were used and meet the re-enactors who faithfully recreate the look and feel of World War II through both static displays and battle re-enactment. There will also be dance displays throughout each day by Now That's Jive, performed in our marquee, come along and join in. Children's entertainment, plenty of food and licensed bar. Don't miss out - Mapledurham at War is sure to be as fantastic as last year.  Up to 500 re-enactors, all portraying life in wartime Britain. Full details will be announced closer to the date. Prebooked tickets will attract a discount.

Coleshill Mill open afternoons, Coleshill NT - Coleshill

12/04/2015 14:00 to 11/10/2015 17:00

Ever wondered how grain is turned into flour? Visit our restored working mill at Coleshill and find out more... you can also explore our replica Second World War Operational Base which will be open this afternoon. Spend a leisurely afternoon exploring our restored mill, which is perched by the side of the pretty River Cole. See the grain being ground into flour, (subject to water levels) then buy some to take home. Pick up one of our recipe leaflets to rustle up a yummy homemade loaf, biscuits or cakes. Play pooh sticks in the river as part of our 50 things before you're 11 3/4 challenge. Admission charge: Adult £4, Child £2, Family £10. FREE for National Trust members. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209, Open every second Sunday of the month.

World War II Operational Base Open Afternoon (Spring), Coleshill NT - Coleshill

12/04/2015 14:00 to 10/05/2015 17:00

Discover Coleshill's hidden history and explore our replica Operational Base with our education officer. Learn all about Churchill's Secret Army, which was based here at Coleshill. See the displays and quiz our volunteers about the lives of the Auxiliers, their training and bravery. This underground bunker has been built by our staff and volunteers to give visitors an insight into the secret world of these unsung heroes, who were the last line of defence if Britain was invaded. More information: Liza Dibble, 01793 762209, On Sunday 12 April and Sunday 10 May.

Wantage Model Railway Show, School Lane, Grove - Wantage

18/04/2015 10:00

The show will appeal to both local families and keen modellers. Twelve layouts are booked in gauges Z to O plus static displays, trade support and buffet. One layout is for children to operate. Organised by experienced modellers and Grove Scout Group, this is the first model railway show at this venue. The hall is owned by Grove Parish Council with disabled facilities and ample free parking. Proceeds will go to Grove Scout Group with over 200 beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers in need of a new hall. Adults £3.50, Concessions £3.00, Children £2.00. At The Old Mill Hall, School Lane, Grove, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 7LB. Contact tel: 01452 770447.

Dorchester Festival's Scarecrow Trail - Dorchester on Thames

01/05/2015 to 10/05/2015

Take a trail around this lovely village and look into gardens and windows to see what familiar film characters may be hiding there. Can you guess who they are? Fun for all ages! A great way to get to know Dorchester or to have a walk in the sunshine. There will be a prize for the most correct answers. Maps £1 from Lily’s Tearoom or the Festival Tent.

Fun at the Barn, Buscot + Coleshill Estates National Trust - Coleshill

02/05/2015 14:00

Coxwell Great Barn is an awesome place - it's over 700 years old for a start - a great place to play and let your imagination run wild. Come and discover more about this amazing building with an afternoon of fun activities for the family. Pick up your 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4 scrapbook and see how many you can cross off while you're here. Child £1. Normal admission prices apply, free entry for National Trust members. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209,

Dorchester Festival's Duck Race - Dorchester on Thames

02/05/2015 17:00

Buy a duck to launch down the river from the Hurst Water Meadow to a nail biting finish next to the Abbey. Prizes for the first three ducks home! Ducks will be available for purchase in advance in Dorchester. There will also be the opportunity to buy and decorate your duck during Tentertainment!, which is on the same afternoon from 13.00. Decorate your duck in a distinctive way so that you can spot it as he races to the finish line! Ducks must be registered at the starting line by 16.45 to join the race! Ducks can be collected from the Cloister Garden after the race is finished (time of arrival dependent on finishing position!) – any undecorated ducks remaining at the end of the day will be used for future years. Ducks £3 (£8 for 3).

Chalking the White Horse, White Horse Hill NT - Uffington

03/05/2015 10:00 to 04/05/2015 15:30

Get hands on and help us keep this wonderful historic horse white for future generations. Every year, we spend hours scouring the White Horse of weeds and moss and then re-chalking it. Come and get stuck into this peculiarly satisfying task, and play your part in this dramatic monument's history, and helping keep it visible for miles around. Families are welcome. Protective gloves and a hammer are provided, and you are advised to wear suitable clothing that you don't mind getting chalky. Children to be accompanied by an adult. FREE event, although normal admission prices apply. Booking is essential. While you're here, why not tick off some of your 50 things challenges by flying a kite, climbing a hill and rolling back down again. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209, Takes place on Sun 3 and Mon 4 May and Sun 24 and Mon 25 August.

Fun in the Park, Abbey Gardens - Abingdon on Thames

06/06/2015 11:00

Abingdon Town Council are pleased to announce that once again it is hosting Fun in the Park in the Abbey Gardens. The aim is to give families a chance to spend affordable quality time together by promoting physical activity, encouraging community spirit, and the opportunity to have a go at something new and to promote local clubs and societies. The event will host shows, entertainment, rides, activities, stalls, games, soft play areas, climbing wall, go-carts, youth section, sports, food outlets and an outside bar and lots more ... Admission and most activities will be FREE. Music in the Park starts at 17.30 - see separate listing.

Stoke Row Steam Rally, Whitchurch Hill - Reading

20/06/2015 to 21/06/2015

This is a steam rally held annually and more than 70 steam vehlices of historic importance are exhibited. Vehicles on display include steam driven traction engines, vintage tractors, classic commercial vehicles, classic cars, motorbikes, military section and static steam machinery. There are also a number of other attractions including live music, all new brass band, wild west re-enactments, a retail area, a beer tent and traditional funfair stands. Admission fee applies. FREE parking. At Hill Bottom, Whitchurch Hill.

Wallingford Major Muster - Wallingford

27/06/2015 to 28/06/2015

The English Civil War Society staged two very successful events in Wallingford in 1996 and 2000, and are now set to make another visit for a major event, when Roundheads and Cavaliers will fight it out on the Wallingford Castle Mound in a major battle re-enactment featuring cannon and horses. Hundreds of the society's members will re-enact battles and live in civilian and military encampments. The re-enactors will do battle on Castle Meadow on both days with opposing armies marching from opposite ends of the town to arrive at the site. 

Woodcote Rally, Woodcote - Reading

11/07/2015 10:00 to 12/07/2015

South Oxfordshire's premier event of the year! Woodcote Rally combines steam, vintage and veteran transport with family entertainment, crafts, trade stalls, live bands, a traditional fun fair, and CAMRA's famous Festival of Ale.  Entry prices apply and significant discounts are available by booking in advance on the website. The event opens at 10.00 each day, and closes at 23.00 on Saturday and 18:00 on Sunday.

Thames Traditional Boat Rally, Fawley Meadows - Henley on Thames

18/07/2015 to 19/07/2015

The Rally is a two day display of traditionally built boats, of any age, both powered and unpowered. Around 200 qualifying craft, including many of the famous Dunkirk Little Ships, attend each year. Highlights are the floating Illuminated Parade on Saturday night, sail-pasts of the various boat classes attending, bank-side displays, craft and produce, costumes, and vintage cars and bicycles. Camping is available.

Meetings and Lectures

The Cutting Garden with Sarah Raven, Bix Manor - Henley on Thames

24/03/2015 10:30

For those of you for whom Sarah Raven's home venue of Perch Hill is too far away, Sarah will be teaching in a converted barn at Bix Manor just outside Henley-on-Thames. If you've been thinking about creating an intensive cutting patch, or just growing a few flowers to pick for the house, Sarah will show you how on this course. She will explain how to prepare, plant, maintain and harvest the patch and cover the best sowing and growing techniques for brilliant results. The day will also include a session on conditioning and arranging flowers, including a flower arranging demonstration. You will also have the opportunity to shop in Sarah's pop-up shop.  Ticket prices apply. Sarah will also be running a Year Round Veg course, please see separate listing.

Live Music

Peter Knight's Gigspanner, Cornerstone - Didcot

07/03/2015 20:00

Legendary folk fiddler Peter Knight, guitarist Roger Flack and conga and djembe player Vincent Salzfaas perform an exceptional evening of music, hailed by Songlines magazine as ‘another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool’. A bedrock of British traditional music flirts with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences, transporting audiences on a ‘blistering musical world tour’ (Folkcast). Ticket prices apply.

Arias at the Abbey 2, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

14/03/2015 19:30

Following the success of the October 2012 concert, this second evening of popular classical music and song will feature soloists Stuart Pendred, Hannah Pedley, Kylie Watt and Anthony Gregory; The Oxford Chamber Orchestra conducted by Neil Farrow, and the award winning Wallingford Parish Church Choir. The programme will include excerpts from Carmen, Tosca and Les Miserables, and drinks and canapes will be served in the interval.

Maestro 2015, Radley College, - Abingdon on Thames

26/04/2015 11:30

‘Could this be for me.....?’ In 2015 the Abingdon Music Festival, in association with the St Giles’ Orchestra, presents the third ‘MAESTRO’ event, in which young conductors aged between 16 and 21 conduct an amateur orchestra in a short performance. They have the advice and assistance of Peter Stark, the well known conducting expert (from the TV show of the same name).   Previous conducting experience is not essential – more important is musicianship, enthusiasm and the confidence to direct an amateur symphony orchestra both in the Master class and in a performance at the end of the day.  Previous participants have enjoyed the day very much and greatly appreciated the guidance given by Peter Stark.  ‘Maestro’ is part of the whole Abingdon Music Festival and is generously supported by the Vale of the White Horse District Council and by various local sponsors.  Details of the event and a booking form can be found on the website and the closing date is 28 February.

Abingdon Music Festival - Abingdon on Thames

01/05/2015 to 03/05/2015

A largely non-competitive festival for amateur musicians. Performances by all age groups (8 years to adult) will be assessed by professional adjudicators. Sunday night's final concert, representing adjudicators' choice from all classes, offers the opportunity to hear music of exceptionally high standard.  At the School of St Helen and St Katharine, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, OX14 1BE.

Music in the Park, Abbey Gardens - Abingdon on Thames

06/06/2015 17:30

Music in the Park include performances from local bands and artists and a grand finale firework display at 22.00 to finish off an exciting evening of entertainment. There will be plenty of food outlets and an outside bar. Gates open at 16.30.

Rugfest, Hithercroft Sports Park - Wallingford

19/06/2015 to 20/06/2015

Wallingford's Summer music festival. A family friendly local music festival with lots of fun for adults and children alike. Children's activities include trampolines, zorb balls, arts and crafts, bouncy castles, bungee runs, blow-up boxing, face painting and a disco. There will also be lots of amazing live bands, delicious food and drink, festival stalls and entertainment. Ticket prices apply. Early Bird tickets now on sale and camping is also available.

Rewind Festival - Henley on Thames

21/08/2015 to 23/08/2015

Love the 80s? The annual Rewind festival is a showcase of the decade’s successful bands and artists and takes place at Temple Island Meadows near Henley. As well as the fabulous main stage line-up, there are many other things going on around the festival site. These include the Friday night welcome party with special guests, silent discos, sing-a-longs, funfair, theme bars, posh nosh, trade stands, vanity van, kidzone, river taxis, riverside stage, camping and glamping, and fantastic firework finales on Saturday and Sunday nights. Ticket prices apply. The line-up has now been announced and tickets are on sale. Please visit the website.

Towersey Festival, Thame Showground - Thame

28/08/2015 to 31/08/2015

A celebration of musical roots and the perfect end to summer. Four days and nights of the best Acoustic, Folk, Blues, World and Americana, with first class stages, massive family appeal, wonderful camping, arts, crafts, theatre, hands-on workshops, film and a sprinkling of festival magic in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. Tickets are now on sale and the line-ups have been announced. 

Plays & Films

Wallingford Children's Film Festival, Corn Exchange - Wallingford

18/03/2015 19:00 to 19/03/2015 21:00

All tickets £5. This year’s entrants in the Film Festival are Brightwell School, Chalgrove Community Primary School, St John’s Primary School, Wallingford, South Stoke School, The Treehouse School, Cholsey and The Unicorn School, Abingdon (tbc). Organised by The Treehouse School.

Banff Mountain Film Festival, Amey Theatre, Abingdon School - Abingdon on Thames

24/03/2015 19:30

The Banff Mountain Film Festival features an exhilarating selection of short films that will transport you to the most captivating places on earth. Through the big screen experience amazing stories of adventure, journey to remote landscapes and mountain cultures, and witness adrenaline-fueled actions sports. An inspiring experience that captures the spirit of adventure with great giveaways and prizes as well! Films start at 19.30. The bar opens at 18:30 so come for a pre-film drink (cash bar). Unreserved seating. Ticket prices apply.

The Ugly Duckling, Cornerstone - Didcot

29/03/2015 14:00

Life isn’t much fun in the farmyard for the misfit ‘duckling’. Teased and tormented, he dreams of kindlier places beyond the farm gates. But will he survive out there? Join in the adventures of this famous ‘under-dog’ in Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved tale of transformation, brought to life with beautiful puppet characters, live music, captivating story-telling and a generous sprinkling of theatre magic. Tickets can be booked online. Prices: £8, £6 concessions, £24 family. For ages 5+.

Duck in a Truck, Cornerstone - Didcot


This is the tale of a duck in a truck - a truck that was stuck in some yucky brown muck. Based on the bestselling book by Jez Alborough, this funny, silly, yucky mucky show will have you giggling away, singing along and laughing out loud. Join Duck and his friends in this happy new adventure – just don’t forget your wellies! It’s totally quackers! This show is on at 11.00 and 14.00. Tickets can be booked online. Prices: £8, £6 concessions, £24 family. For ages 3 to 7.

Life of Riley, Corn Exchange - Wallingford

15/04/2015 19:45 to 18/04/2015

Sinodun Players’ spring production is Life of Riley by Alan Ayckbourn, a dark comedy set in three gardens, a farmyard and finally in a cemetery. George Riley, is a popular schoolteacher, romantic and hedonistic, a kind of hippie Peter Pan.  When it is known that he has only a few months to live, six of his friends (three couples) gather to remember their relationships with him and to plan together to make his last few months as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. However their efforts result in complicating their own relationships in unforeseen ways. On the face of it, this seems to be deadly serious play but being Ayckbourn, laughter is always present as he yet again dissects the complacency, worries and angst of middle class, middle aged people. The play also contains a final surprise! Tickets £10, box office: 01491 825000.

Wallingford Corn Exchange Drama Festival - Wallingford

15/06/2015 to 20/06/2015

The annual Corn Exchange Drama Festival when regional theatre groups compete over a number of nights.  The awards on offer this year include: Best Overall Production, The Commended Award, Best Junior Production, The Harris & Jones Salver, The Punters' Prize and The Susan North Memorial Trophy.


Seasonal Events

Cuddle a lamb, Farmer Gow's, Longcot - Faringdon

30/01/2015 10:00 to 22/03/2015 16:00

Cuddling a newborn lamb is such an amazing and wonderful experience for children to enjoy at Farmer Gow's. 'Meet the Animals' daily at 11.00 and 14.00. An hour's interactive 'hands on' feeding and handling of lots of farm animals, including newborn lambs to cuddle, wriggly piglets and fluffy chicks to handle, and hoggets and goat kids to bottle and hand feed, and fresh farm eggs to collect. Enjoy the tractor quiz and the treasure hunt on the giant bale climb. There's lots of farm animal fun to enjoy at Farmer Gow's with a warm welcome, whatever the weather. Enjoy a warming cuppa in the tea room beside the wood burning stove. The British farm countryside is a wonderful experience!

Mothering Sunday Special, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

15/03/2015 10:30

Mothers travel half price when accompanied by full fare paying children.  Trains depart Wallingford at 11:05, 12:05, 13:05, 14:05, 15:05 and 16:05. Trains depart Cholsey at 11:35, 12:35, 13:35, 14:35, 15:35 and 16:35. Ticket prices apply. Other attractions on site include the museum located in a rare 19th century coach, cafe, gift shop, FREE bouncy castle (weather permitting), and FREE parking.

Mother's Day Train, C&PR Railway - Chinnor

15/03/2015 10:15

Mums travel FREE when accompanied by a fare paying passenger and receive a complimentary posy of flowers.  Trains at 10.15, 11.45, 13.30, 15.00 and 16.30. No need to book, just come along. Ticket prices apply. The railway offers superb cream teas on the afternoon services (£7 adult, £3.50 child). Advance booking is essential, tel: 07979 055366. I can thoroughly recommend the train ride and delicious cream teas, as I have done this for Mothers Day.

Lambing Weekends, Earth Trust - Abingdon on Thames

21/03/2015 10:00 to 29/03/2015 16:00

Earth Trust’s annual lambing weekends in partnership with Lauren and Dan. Enjoy a day out on a working farm, visiting the new spring lambs. There will be a variety of craft activities to enjoy and refreshments available from Poem Tree Cafe. Don't forget your wellies. Held over two weekends: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March, and Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March.  At Earth Trust Centre, Little Wittenham, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QZ. Ticket prices apply.

The Big Easter Bunny Hunt, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

28/03/2015 10:00 to 15/04/2015 17:00

Join the Big Easter Bunny Hunt to find our bunnies hidden around the ornamental gardens. Find 8 of the 10 bunnies and claim your special Easter prize from the Teashop. It costs £2 per child and children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee of £6.80 applies. Unlimited spaces, just turn up and pay on the day.

Easter Egg Hunt, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

28/03/2015 10:00 to 12/04/2015 17:00

Follow the Easter Bunny's trail, solve the puzzle and enjoy a mini Easter egg. FREE with Admission. 

Earth Trust Explorers:Clumps Club, Little Wittenham - Abingdon on Thames

30/03/2015 09:00 to 31/03/2015 17:00

Wild adventures for children aged 8-12 years! Join the Earth Trust for outdoor fun as we build dens, cook on the fire and make new friends. Easter-themed activities also included! £25 per child per day; booking essential: 01865 407792 or  

Easter Activites at Harcourt Arboretum - Nuneham Courtenay

31/03/2015 to 07/04/2015

Arboretum Easter Egg Hunt, Tues 31 March, 10.30. Can you find the clues and solve the puzzle to claim the prize? The hunt will continue while prize stocks last.   Shaping up for Spring1, Tue 31 March, 13.00 to 16.00. Can you work out the animal shape outlines on our trail? Then join in the animal shape craft fun.

Shaping up for Spring2, Tues 7 April, 13.00 to 16.00. Spot the plant shapes on our special trail then join in the plant shape craft fun. 
All events are FREE. Normal admission prices apply. No need to book. Tel: 01865 343501. 

Easter Activites at Cornerstone - Didcot

02/04/2015 to 15/04/2015

Drop-In & Doodle: Phasmagorgical Plasma, Thurs 2 April to Sunday 12 April, 10.00 to 16.00. All ages. FREE. Investigate the 'Making a Sun on Earth' exhibition then create a swirling plasma artwork.   Glow in the Dark Printmaking, Wed 8 April, 10.30-16.30. For 6-12 year olds. £25. Our printmaking workshops always make the most incredible artwork, and this Easter you will be using printing and mono printing processes to create effective glow in the dark artworks. If you're fascinated by our 'Making a Sun on Earth' exhibition and want to produce something staggering, don't miss out on this workshop.  

Animation: Kool Science, Fri 10 April, 10.30-16.30. For 6-12 year olds. £35. Please bring a packed lunch.  Join Cornerstone's favourite animation workshop, and make animated short movies to show the weird and wonderful side of science! Make a rocket and watch it fly into space, watch tiny atoms dance and form new and strange objects, and create weird creatures from bits of others.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail, Greys Court NT, Rotherfield Greys - Henley on Thames

03/04/2015 10:00 to 06/04/2015 17:00

Come along and follow the clues around the Greys Court house and gardens to win a Cadbury chocolate Easter Egghead. £3 per child. More information: Property Administrator, (01491) 628529, email:  Booking not needed. FREE entry for National Trust members, otherwise normal admission charges apply. Dress for the outdoors.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail, Nuffield Place NT - Nettlebed

03/04/2015 10:00 to 06/04/2015 17:00

Follow the clues around Nuffield House and garden to win a Cadbury Chocolate egghead. £3 per child. For more information contact the Estate Office, 01491 641224, FREE entry for National Trust members, otherwise normal admission prices apply.

Easter Family Fun Days, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

03/04/2015 09:30 to 06/04/2015 17:00

With three locos on three lines including the Iron Duke and Firefly and appearances by Chipper the Squirrel. Children's entertainment includes a magic show, balloon modelling, street organ and Easter treasure hunt as well as activities in the science, learning and railways carriages. At Didcot Railway Centre, via Parkway Station, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7NJ. Tel: 01235 817200. The centre is open at weekends during April and daily until 12 April.

Easter Special Trains, C&PR Railway - Chinnor

03/04/2015 to 06/04/2015

Jump aboard a steam train for these Easter Egg special rides which include a chocolate treat for children and a hot cross bun for adults. All trains will be steam hauled setting off from Chinnor Station at 10.15, 11.45, 13.30, 15.00 and 16.30. Ticket prices apply.

Ivor the Engine, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

04/04/2015 to 06/04/2015

Ivor the Engine will be steaming between Cholsey and Wallingford over the Easter weekend. Come along to meet those favourite characters such as "Jone's the Steam". The event will feature a full size Ivor the Engine locomotive, with his memorable signature whistles. Ivor appears by permission of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin. Trains depart Wallingford 11.05, 12.05, 13.05, 14.05, 15.05 and 16.05. Trains depart Cholsey 11.35, 12.35, 13.35, 14.35, 15.35 and 16.35. Museum, cafe, gift shop and FREE parking. Ticket prices apply.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail, White Horse Hill NT - Uffington

04/04/2015 11:00

Be a Cadbury Eggsplorer and try our fun trail at White Horse Hill. Your prize will be a delicious Cadbury chocolate Egghead. Child £2. Normal admission prices apply, free entry for National Trust members. No need to book. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209,

Easter Outdoor Fun, Earth Trust, Little Wittenham - Abingdon on Thames

05/04/2015 10:00

Join us for an Easter bunny hunt, plus bring an egg to boil on the fire, then paint it and roll it down the Wittenham Clumps! £4 per child, and accompanying adult(s) FREE. No need to book, just drop in.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail, Buscot + Coleshill Estates NT - Buscot

05/04/2015 11:00

What better way to celebrate Easter than with a Cadbury Easter egg trail. Be a Cadbury Eggsplorer and try our fun Easter trail through Badbury Wood. Complete the trail and you'll win a Cadbury chocolate Egghead. Child £2. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209,

Easter Activities at the Henley River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

07/04/2015 to 09/04/2015

Come along and enjoy these Easter activities:

Tuesday 7 April, 10.30 to 12.30 - Pom Pom Chick Have fun learning new skills to create Pom Pom chicks and paper posies in a little basket for Spring time! For 4 to 7 year olds. £8.50. 
Wednesday 8 April, 10.30 to 12.30 - Caterpillar Crazy Make a crazy model to show how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. For 4 to 7 year olds. £8.50.
Wednesday 8 April, 14.00 to 16.00 - Gargoyles Galore Get expressive and explore the world of gargoyles, grotesques and green men. For 7 to 11 year olds. £8.50.
Thursday 9 April, 13.30 to 16.00 - Feathers and Fleeces! Donkeys, rabbits and chicks take over the Museum! Meet the animals from Mill Cottage Farm Experience and enjoy lots of great craft activities. FREE with admission. 

Sporting Events

Cholsey Chase, The Pavilion, Cholsey - Wallingford

15/03/2015 10:30

The Cholsey Chase is a fantastic mult-terrain 9-mile run around the beautiful South Oxfordshire countryside. A few challenging hills, but the views make it so worth it! Facilities include pre and post race massage, hot and cold refreshments including the amazing post-race cakes, chip timing, medal and memento for every finisher. Entry fee applies. Minimum age 16. At Cholsey Pavilion, Station Road, Cholsey, OX10 9PT. Online entries now being taken.

White Horse Harriers Half Marathon, Grove - Wantage

29/03/2015 09:30

Entries have now closed for this 13.1 mile road race as entries are now full. The White Horse Half Marathon has been voted one of the top 10 races for Personal Best potential on the Runners World website. This half marathon is run through the attractive country villages of the Vale of the White Horse. The race incorporates the Oxfordshire County Half Marathon Championships and is one of the events included in the Oxfordshire AA Road Race Grand Prix. There are a variety of cash and non-cash prizes awarded. 

The Henley Boat Races - Henley on Thames

05/04/2015 13:00

The Henley Boat Races are a series of match races held each Spring between crews from Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Two crews race side-by-side over a 2000 metre course from Phyllis Court upstream to the mid-way point at Temple Island. The race programme includes the Oxford and Cambridge Universities’ Women’s Boat Club Blue boats and their reserve crews, Osiris and Blondie; Oxford and Cambridge men’s and women’s Lightweight crews; Head Crews from the Oxford Torpids and Cambridge Lent bumping races, who race a shorter course of 1,750 metres

Head of the River Race, Rye Meadow - Abingdon on Thames

12/04/2015 09:30

One of Abingdon’s largest annual events returns to the river – the Abingdon Rowing Club, Head of the River Race. Around 400 crews from across the UK race along a 2,000m course of the River Thames finishing near St Helens Church. Come and watch the action from the beautiful riverbank setting, and enjoy intense competition and a great day out. There’s ample parking, entertainment throughout the day, hot and cold refreshments, and an Abingdon-famous BBQ serving up delicious food all day! This community event supports local suppliers, with organic meat, freshly baked bread, and homemade cakes, washed down with some locally brewed beer. So take a trip to Rye Meadow, by Abingdon Town Bridge, to enjoy a day by the river and some great racing. The weather’s the only thing we can’t guarantee…

Spring Cycle Festival, Market Place - Abingdon on Thames

19/04/2015 09:00

Music and bikes on the Market Place make for a great atmosphere, and this is a great day to try cycling for the first time, move up to more serious riding or get some advice. There are rides of all lengths for varying capabilities and lots of cake for those who run out of steam!

Symm Hambleden International Horse Trials, Hambleden Estate - Henley on Thames

24/04/2015 08:00 to 26/04/2015 18:30

The schedule can be found at the British Eventing website - We are pleased to welcome visitors to the event and there will be a lot for them to see with 3 full days of competition starting at about 8.00 and going on until at least 18.30 each day. Payment is made on the day at the gate, and the cost is £5 per vehicle.

Treehouse 10k Run & Family Bunny Run, Cholsey - Wallingford

26/04/2015 10:00

The 10k course includes a mixture of quiet roads, farm tracks and footpaths. Starting at Cholsey Pavilion, following a tour around the village, it climbs towards the Berkshire Downs, descending back to the village via an off-road route.  We use chip-timing, and all finishers receive an event t-shirt and hand-made wooden medal.  Trophies will be awarded to the winners of each category. The Team Race is new to 2015, so why not get your friends, colleagues and family to run too? The Family Bunny Run is open to families/children under 16 and is a 1k run around the recreation ground that can be done as many times as you wish. It has been named the Bunny Run as it is taking place just after Easter and bunny ears and bobtails would be a lovely addition to your running clothes! Entertainment include the playground and bouncy castle. Register before 24 April to take advantage of discounts.

Tough Mudder, Hambleden Estate - Henley on Thames

02/05/2015 to 03/05/2015

Tough Mudder® events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, determination, and camaraderie. Expect mud, fire, ice-water, and 10,000 volts of electricity, 12 foot walls and underground mud tunnels. Only 78% of entrants successfully complete each challenge. As the leading company in the booming obstacle course industry, Tough Mudder® has already challenged half a million inspiring participants worldwide. But Tough Mudder® is more than an event, it’s a way of thinking. By running Tough Mudder®, you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time, and discover a camaraderie with your fellow participants.    Early Bird tickets are now on sale.

Classic Oxfordshire Bike Ride, Harwell - Didcot

03/05/2015 08:00

Come and join us on this popular 30, 60, or 75 mile bike ride, cycling through pretty villages and lush Spring countryside alongside the River Thames as it winds from south Oxfordshire up to Abingdon and into the Vale of the White Horse. Visiting countryside of beautiful half-timbered cottages, green riverbanks and colourful marketplaces, it’s a great start to the cycling season.  Food, a beer tent and live music welcomes you at the finish! The rides start (08.00 to 10.00) and finish in Harwell, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0RA. Entry fee applies. For more details and to sign up online please visit the website. 

Chalgrove Festival 10k Run, Chalgrove - Watlington

04/05/2015 12:00

The Chalgrove Festival 10K is run in support of the annual Chalgrove Village Festival and the course is an undulating 10K single lap race through local villages and the beautiful surrounding South Oxfordshire countryside. The start and finish is at the Chalgrove Village Festival ground. There are plenty of spectators' points en route and we are able to provide changing facilities and plan to have a pre-race warm up beforehand to get you nice and ready. We would love you to bring your friends and families along.  The 10k is part of the Chalgrove Festival so there is plenty to see and do for you and your family. To enter and for more details please visit the website.

Dorchester Festival 5K Fun Run (or Walk) - Dorchester on Thames

04/05/2015 11:00

Take part in the hugely popular 5k Fun Run (or walk). Enjoy the amazing scenery of a run through the historic water meadow and alongside the river and raise money for PACT by getting sponsorship. Bring the whole family – you can even bring the dog! A range of prizes! Everything you need to enter is on the website or phone Jill Corran on 01865 341696.

Henley Highwayman - Henley on Thames

05/06/2015 to 07/06/2015

The Henley Highwayman is a new three day triathlon style. Based on the distance you choose and the speed that you achieve, in the cycle and swim, you will gain points. Those points are accumulated over the weekend and the leading points scorers will head off first on the tough run course on the Sunday. The first one over the line from the run will win the Highwayman.

Henley Kids Fun Triathlon, Gillotts School - Henley on Thames


The UK Kids Fun Triathlon is an ideal way to encourage children to get active and healthy.  It is held within the grounds of Henley Leisure Centre and Gillotts School, located just outside the pretty riverside market town of Henley on the River Thames. Yet again 2014 saw a record number of children participate, leading to entries closing early due to the event being full, so don't delay and enter online at the website. Ticket prices apply.

Henley Triathlon, Gillotts School - Henley on Thames


The increasingly popular Henley-on-Thames Triathlon takes place at Henley Leisure Centre and Gillotts School. The town is perhaps best known for the annual Royal Regatta, which attracts some of the world´s finest rowers. Conveniently situated just outside the picturesque town of Henley on the edge of the Chiltern Hills and the banks of the River Thames. Boasting a spectator friendly course the Henley Triathlon is one not to be missed. Places are sure to fill up quickly, so secure your place and enter now. Do you have children that can't wait to become a triathlete? Make a weekend of it and enter them in the UK Kids Fun Triathlon on Saturday 20 June for 7-16 yr olds. Kids event full and oversubscribed in 2014 with 650 participants so avoid disappointment and enter through the website. Ticket prices apply.

Henley Classic Swim - Henley on Thames

28/06/2015 04:10

The annual 2.1 km race in which up to 700 swimmers tackle the Henley Royal Regatta course will take place at dawn, and a high turnout is expected with competitors coming from all over the UK. This event is a celebration of mid-summer, and provides a unique opportunity to swim one of the most famous and beautiful stretches of open water in the world, at what we believe is the most beautiful time of the day, dawn. Entries for 2015 are now open.

Henley Royal Regatta - Henley on Thames

01/07/2015 to 05/07/2015

The best known regatta in the world is both one of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar and the social season. It attracts thousands of visitors over a 5 day period to watch over 200 races of an international standard, including Olympians and crews new to the event. Aside from the rowing, visitors enjoy the ambience and facilities within the Enclosures.  Ticket prices apply. (The 2016 dates are 29 June to 3 July 2016).


The Henley Mile Swim - Henley on Thames

12/07/2015 09:30

A straight line downstream River Thames swimming event held over the boomed course of the Henley Royal Regatta, the Henley Mile features two distance options for adult swimmers. One is perfect for experienced open water swimmers looking for their next open water challenge. The non-competitive sporting category suits swimming enthusiasts looking to take part in their first open water swim, taking the course in their own time, without the pressure of racing. There are other categories in this race and events including the Henley Half Mile, and Suits v. Skins challenge. Full details are on the website. Ticket prices apply.

Club to Pub Swim - Henley on Thames


This is a summer 1.5km evening swim taking place in the heart of Henley, starting from Henley Rowing Club, and finishing at the Historic Angel on the Bridge (dating back to 1728). The first 400m from Henley Rowing Club heads upstream towards Marsh Lock before turning and hugging the Mill meadow bank back to the Angel on the Bridge. The swim’s challenge is to complete the course within the hour and before the chiming of the clock tower bells. For those who feel they can go faster, different finishers colours are awarded based on getting under 1 hour, 45mins, and for the really speedy, 30mins.

Henley Sprint & Standard Distance Triathlon, Shiplake College - Shiplake

09/08/2015 08:00

This is the 6th year that Shiplake College have opened its doors to a holding a triathlon event. Located just 2.5 miles outside of Henley-on-Thames, the college is set in 45 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, directly looking over the river Thames. The swim will be located in River Thames on a very quiet, safe and spectator friendly stretch of the River. The bike course consists of an out and back route that takes in a couple of rolling hills, but mainly flat and fast. The run takes in a picturesque tow path along the River Thames and surrounding countryside, finishing with a route that goes back around the college sports fields and back up a short steep hill (The BEAST) through to the college and finish in front of the pavilion.

Henley 14 km Bridge to Bridge Swim - Henley on Thames

09/08/2015 08:00

An open water event swum in the style of a ‘sportive’; more relaxed than a race and aimed at serious open water swimmers looking to include a long distance challenge in their summer open water swimming season. Swimmers venturing downstream from Henley talk of scenery hardly ever seen. The swim is organised into a group format, with teamwork making this a fun and satisfying event with the stream making progress feel surprisingly easy – a bit like cycling with a tail wind the whole way. Entries for 2015 are now open.

Dragon Boat Day, River Thames - Abingdon on Thames

06/09/2015 10:30

The annual Abingdon Dragon Boat day organised by the Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper is a fun day to raise funds for charity.  Dragon Boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition over 2000 years old and is one of Britain's most competitive water sports.  Around 20 teams are entered this year so competition will be high.  Teams are also encouraged to take part in fancy dress to add to the fun of the day.  Racing takes place throughout the day culminating in a final where this year’s champions will take the title.  The racing is exciting to watch, but there also other attractions for supporters on the day, there will be a fun fair, stalls, and food and drink available.


Insight Tour, Harcourt Arboretum - Nuneham Courtenay

01/04/2015 13:30

Join a member of the Arboretum staff team for a FREE tour of this amazing site, and find out what's been happening behind the scenes over the last month.  No need to book. Normal admission prices apply.

Family Woodland Walk, Buscot + Coleshill Estates NT - Buscot

01/04/2015 10:00

Get your wellies and old clothes on for this family walk and be prepared to get muddy and dirty. Join us for some fun in the woods. Build a den, climb a tree, make some wild art, learn how to track wild animals and look for signs of spring as the woodland comes to life. Adults £3, Child £1.50. Booking is essential. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209,

Guided walks at Ewelme Watercress Beds - Ewelme

01/04/2015 10:30

The site is open the first Sunday each month throughout the year. Take a guided walk with knowledgeable guides through the nature reserve situated next to the watercress beds.  Please be at the Watercress Centre for a 10:30 start (Oct - April) or anytime between 14.00 and 17.00 (May to September).  No need to book.  No dogs allowed except guide dogs, and sensible footwear is advisable.  Park away from the centre as The Street gets very congested.  FREE car park at the east end of the village beyond the school and church next to the playing field.  Also on the Thames Travel 139 bus route (Green Lane stop). Adults £3, children FREE. Tea, coffee and cakes for sale. Toilet facilities. Tel: 01491 835173. At the Ewelme Watercress Beds, The Street, Ewelme.

Spring on the Hill, White Horse Hill NT, - Uffington

06/04/2015 14:00

Spend your Easter Monday wildlife spotting with our ranger and discover the facts and fascinating history of this mysterious monument. Join our ranger on this family friendly guided walk and enjoy seeing the hill bursting back into life. Keep your eyes peeled for skylarks and spring flowers. Our ranger will take you back in time, revealing the dramatic past of this enigmatic figure. What's more, you can tick off some 50 things activities too, like climbing a big hill and rolling back down again, or flying a kite. Adult £3, child £1.50. Normal admission prices apply, free entry for National Trust members. Booking is essential. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209,

World War II Walks, Buscot & Coleshill Estates National Trust - Coleshill

21/04/2015 to 16/05/2015

Discover Coleshill's hidden Second World War history on this informative guided spring time walk through village, woods and parkland at the home of the British Resistance. Coleshill House was the hush hush headquarters of Churchill's secret army, or the Auxiliers. Discover the detailed history of their training and visit some of the remaining Second World War features around the village, including the Guard House and the original prototype underground training bunker or operational base (OB). Plus, check out our newly built and refurbished replica "funk hole" and see our new display of artefacts including a rare copy of a Stand-Down letter. Adult £5, child £2.50. Normal admission prices apply (free for National Trust members). Booking is essential. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209, The walk takes place on Tues 21 April, 17.00 to 19.00 and Sat 16 May, 10.00 to 12 noon.

The Ridgewalk, Watlington & Ashbury - Entire Region

20/06/2015 to 21/06/2015

An amazing walking challenge across Oxfordshire and Wiltshire - have you got what it takes to take on The RidgeWalk 2015? Taking place along the oldest road in Britain – The Ridgeway - we assure you that this challenge will test you and your team both physically and mentally. We are offering all teams a choice of three routes: trek 52 miles in 24 hours, trek 26 miles in 12 hours or trek 13 miles in 6 hours. You will be provided with hot meals en route, regular checkpoints with FREE drinks and snacks, medics, marshals and pace walkers, a finishers medal and t-shirt for every trekker. The 52-mile route starts at 14.00 on Saturday 20 June  at Watlington and the 26-mile route starts 10 hours later at midnight at West Ilsley. The 13-mile route starts at 8.00 on Sunday 21 June at Ashbury. At the big finish at Barbury Castle there will be music, hot food, drinks, massages and a refresh tent available, so why not get your family and friends to come along and cheer you over the line! Sign up by the end of January and receive 50% off your registration fee.

Thames Path Challenge, Putney to Henley-on-Thames - Henley on Thames

12/09/2015 to 13/09/2015

25, 50 or 100 km walk it, jog it, or run it, with a relay option open to teams also! Your challenge, your way. The Thames Path National Trail is unique, with its varied and beautiful scenery, steeped in history, and a superb backdrop for an exceptional 'festival' of endurance challenges. You can take it on as a walk or run, in aid of a charity of your choice. The options are: 25 km walk from Cookham to Henley; or 50 km - a daytime or overnight moonlight walk or run from Runnymede to Henley; or a tough 24 endurance walk or ultra-marathon overnight run of 100 km from Putney to Henley. Sign up as a team of friends, colleagues or family and support each other, or join as an individual and meet fellow challengers along the way. Most will walk it. some will jog parts of it, and quite a few will run the full 100 km. However you tackle the Thames Path Challenge you’ll be fully supported by our team! FREE hot meals, FREE drinks and snacks en-route. Now open for registrations.

Art / Exhibitions

Steve Empson: Nature of Change, Cornerstone - Didcot

13/01/2015 to 01/03/2015

Take a walk along the coast of North East England and into the hinterland of the North Yorkshire Moors through the delicate palette of Steve Empson. From expanses of open moorland to intricate rock pools, Steve captures the beauty of change. His work considers changes forged in the coastline over millennia, alongside the instant re-arrangements from the ebb and flow of a single tide. The coastal region of the North East has also been shaped more recently by the legacy of the industrial revolution, with its mines, factories and quarries, causing further changes to the landscape to be wrought. Empson's paintings are a closely observed record of both the forceful and gradual transformations of these natural and man-made environments. FREE admission.

Arthur Rackham Treasures, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

05/02/2015 to 31/05/2015

Arthur Rackham Treasures celebrates the illustration work of Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) who for over four decades charmed and terrified generations of children and adults all around the world. This exhibition includes original books and enlarged print and will include from ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens’, ‘Wind in the Willows’, ‘Rip Van Winkle’ and many more!

Coast to Coast, Bohun Gallery - Henley on Thames

07/02/2015 10:00 to 07/03/2015 17:00

Bohun Gallery is most fortunate to be working with the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Estate giving us the rare opportunity to present an overview of the artists' development from 1947. 'Coast to Coast' focusses on Barns-Graham's exploration and observation of the sea and coastlines in her native Scotland and later St Ives where she became a founding member of the St Ives School, together with Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. This carefully curated collection of work offers the chance to discover how her style evolved and developed in to the joyful late abstract work with which we are so familiar. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 to 17.00, and closed weekday lunchtimes 13.15 to 14.15. Tel: 01491 576228. 

Port Meadow, County Hall Museum - Abingdon on Thames

07/02/2015 to 19/04/2015

Port Meadow, the historically significant common land between Wolvercote and Jericho, has been captured in fine detail by Adrian Arbib, an Oxford based professional photographer. Adrian has tried to celebrate the beauty of Port Meadow in Oxford, whilst exploring peoples’ relationship to the lands. The captivating scenes during the winter floods are particularly vivid as it portrays a serene episode of the meadow. These exceptionally high quality images are truly admirable and provide a small reminder of how beautiful the Oxfordshire landscape is. The Museum is closed on Mondays.

Forest to Furniture: Ideas in the Making, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

14/02/2015 to 07/06/2015

This exhibition will showcase the work of furniture maker Philip Koomen, exploring the development of his creative practice through the relationship between forestry, design and craftsmanship in wood, the creative process, and the vision and the ethic that generates these connections. It will highlight recent experiments and collaborations as well as feature work from 40 years of professional practice.

Wallingford's Royal Castle Revealed, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

03/03/2015 to 01/12/2015

Our museum has enjoyed record numbers in 2014 but is now looking forward to 2015, which will bring a wonderful new special exhibition - 'Wallingford's Royal Castle Revealed’. It will display for the first time the fantastic results of fresh historical and archaeological research into the life and importance of one of the greatest royal strongholds of Medieval England. It will bring to life the amazing details discovered in newly translated documents, revealing the daily life and the layout of the castle. Additionally, to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta there will be a display highlighting Wallingford's role in the events of 1215, and why it is only one of four towns mentioned in the Magna Carta.

Artists & Studios: Private Views, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

07/03/2015 to 31/05/2015

Through a series of evocative photographs Simon Murison-Bowie explores the relationship of artists and craftspeople with their ‘natural habitats’, the workspace.

The Heart of Things, Christ Church, Northcourt Road, - Abingdon on Thames

09/03/2015 10:00 to 14/03/2015 15:00

"The Heart of Things" is a week-long interactive art exhibition open to anyone and everyone. It features the work of Paul Hobbs, a gifted artist and communicator who uses a wide range of materials to confront questions of human value, dignity and faith. Paul will be in attendance throughout the week to meet visitors, discuss his work and answer questions.  Admission is FREE and the exhibition is open from 10.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday, 19.00 to 21.00 on Friday evening, and from 10.00 to 15.00 on Saturday. 

Alexander Devine, Old Fire Station Gallery - Henley on Thames

12/03/2015 10:00 to 17/03/2015 16:00

Alexander Devine - Your Local Children's Hospice: Together We Can Build It! Alexander Devine is a children's charity that provides respite, emergency and end of life care for children with life-limiting conditions throughout Berkshire and surrounding counties including south Oxfordshire. In November 2013 a capital campaign was launched to raise £5 million to build a new children's hospice just outside Maidenhead. This exhibition is an opportunity to share our vision, and for local people to come to view the plans, and pictures and to discuss with us the support and services which we will be able to provide. It is planned that this Community event will be combined with a private auction supported by the Third Sector Gallery in Henley, and we are also in talks with Legoland Windsor about the possibility of showing a variety of Lego art and sculptures. We would also like to include work by local artists. Further details to follow. At 66 Market Place (behind the town hall), RG9 2AQ.

Sculpture in the Vineyard, Bothy Vineyard, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

23/05/2015 11:00 to 07/06/2015 18:00

Enjoy for FREE, Oxfordshire’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition in a beautiful and unique setting. Featuring over 200 sculptures by over 30 artists, placed in 7 acres of the oldest vineyard/winery in the country. Refreshments and parking available. Taste award winning local wine.  In aid of the Nasio Trust. We will be open from on Saturday 23 to Monday 25 May (Bank Holiday weekend), Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 May, and Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 June. Also part of English Wine Week.

Art in Action at Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

16/07/2015 10:00 to 19/07/2015 17:30

Our annual arts festival featuring around 200 of the finest artists demonstrating in marquees around the Waterperry estate.  There’s also fine food and drink, performing arts, music and our hugely popular practical classes where visitors can have a go at some of the many artistic disciplines. For more information about the event, ticket prices and booking details, visit or call 0207 381 3192. Please note Waterperry Gardens and plant centre will be closed to all but Art in Action visitors during this event.

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