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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

The Great Antique and Vintage Car Boot Fair - Henley on Thames

29/05/2016

May bank holiday Sunday, Stonor Park is opening the gates to welcome buyers and sellers to take part in their Antique Fair. Whether you are looking to buy are sell a treasure or simply emptying your attic it will be lots of fun for all the family. Stalls have already been booked from local trades, ranging from Antiques, Vintage goods to quirky gifts and clothes.  The doors are open to all so please if you are looking for somewhere to sell your discarded loved goods, clear out that attic or children’s unwanted toys we would love to see you.


Fairs & Festivals

Kingston Blount Street Fayre, Brook Street - Thame

14/05/2016 12:00

Fun for all the family, refreshments, Pimms & beer tent, BBQ, raffle, craft stalls, go carts, bouncy slide, games & activities, Chinnor silver band & lots more!

Clifton Hampden & Burcot Villages School Fete, Clifton Hampden Recreation Ground - Clifton Hampden

04/06/2016 13:00

Clifton Hampen School will combine with Clifton Hampden & Burcot Villages this year for a Summer Fete. In celebration of the Queen's 90th Birthday, there will be vintage Britain theme events. stalls and competitions representing the different decades of the Queens life. Highlights will include a fancy dress competition; Local Memories project; tug of war; bouncy castle; face painting; retro stalls; children's events and games and competitions for all ages.


Cake, plants and bric-a-brac will be available to purchase together with a great choice of refreshments including a vintage tea room; beer tent, BBQ , sweets and ice creams.

The Celebrations will go into the evening with live music from Radio Days Big Band and more, plus a pig roast and beer tent.

Tickets are available from Clifton Hampden Post Office.

Wantage Summer Festival - Wantage

07/06/2016 to 06/07/2016

The Wantage Summer Festival has become a fixture in the cultural calendar. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the people of Wantage, Grove and the surrounding villages. Over the years we have worked hard to offer a balance of local interest events and activities, with musical and dramatic performances, photography, dance, local interest walks, talks, exhibitions, arts and crafts. Rock in the Park has been a regular highlight and is held over a weekend, organised by the Youth Project – The Sweatbox. There are gallery talks, storytime for children, displays, music, craft and more at The Vale & Downland Museum. The full programme can be downloaded here. Not being held in 2015.

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Millets Summer Farm Fete - Marcham

11/06/2016 11:00 to 12/06/2016 16:00

Tractor rides, bouncy castle, trampolines, face painting, karls creatures, storytelling and a great selection of stalls including refreshments.  

Henley Festival - Henley on Thames

06/07/2016 to 10/07/2016

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. Elton John and Elvis Costello are among the headliners at this year's festival. 

Thames Taditional Boat Festival, Fawley Meadows - Henley on Thames

15/07/2016 to 17/07/2016

Sir Malcolm Campbell's world record breaking speedboat will again attempt its first public outing under its own power at this year's Thames Traditional Boat Festival.


The newly revamped Traditional Boat Festival will feature an even bigger range of attractions this year.
Over 180 traditional boats of all sorts and sizes will participate, from 'Three men in a boat' style Thames rowing skiffs and punts, Venetian gondolas to slipper launches and a fleet of Dunkirk Little Ships, including a return visit from WWII torpedo boat MTB 120.

The very popular Queen's Row Barge 'Gloriana' will also pay a return visit allowing the public to get close up and see her rowed each day. This year there will be two historic passenger steamers providing trips for visitors: the 1883 Alaska and the Windsor Belle.

Henley Literary Festival - Henley on Thames

26/09/2016 to 02/10/2016

Authors of this year's festival include Mog creator Judith Kerr, Guardian columnist Gary Younge, comedian Sara Pascoe and guitarist Wilko Johnson all make their Henley Literary Festival debuts. From the world of politics there is Ann Widdecombe and Ken Livingstone. Royal experts Ingrid Seward and Dickie Arbiter will be marking the Queen's 90th birthday. Harry Parker will be discussing Anatomy of a Soldier, one of the year's most highly anticipated debuts, while Amanda Jennings returns with In Her Wake.

Henley Children's Literary Festival - Henley on Thames

26/09/2016 to 02/10/2016

Literary events, talks and performances for all the family. Line-up to be confirmed. 

Thame Art and Literary Festival - Thame

14/10/2016 to 16/10/2016

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. 

Wantage 'not just' Betjeman Literary Festival - Wantage

24/10/2016 to 30/10/2016

This festival named after Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman who lived in the town of Wantage from 1951 to 1972 boasts a plethora of 30 events across the week at a variety of venues in Wantage. This festival offers something for everyone to get involved in, from talks and workshops from both local and well known authors, to murder mystery and wine tasting, as well as a whole host of children's events.

Food & Drink

Abingdon Food and Drink Festival, Fairacres - Abingdon on Thames

11/06/2016 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 Rye Farm Car Park 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.

Thame Food Festival - Thame

24/09/2016

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. The programme covers children’s workshops, food based treasure hunts and competitions, a pop-up pub, restaurant and bookshop, street music and live entertainment. The popular programme of demonstrations is lead by top TV chef Raymond Blanc OBE, his cookery school team and other chefs including Sophie Grigson, Giancarlo Caldesi, Natalie Coleman and Nadiya Hussein. 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

The Geat antique and Vintage Car Boot Fair - Henley on Thames

29/05/2016 07:00

Whether hunting for a hidden masterpiece or simply emptying you attic, came and enjoy a day of family fun at Stonor. Browse intriguing stalls! Sample local food and drink. Roll up, roll up - the antique and vintage car boot fair is coming!

Children's Workshop:Wildlife photograph, Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education - Abingdon on Thames

31/05/2016 10:00

Bring your digital camera, learn from our expert and practice your wildlife photography skills on our fun and photogenic nature reserve. Best photo of the day will win a prize! For children aged 7+


All children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a picnic lunch.
Please visit the website for more information.

Woodland Adventure, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

01/06/2016 10:00

An expedition for 5-8 year olds. Use your detective skills to discover the Earth Trust's woodland, where we'll explore, build and play. No need to book.

Wildlife Wednesday, Thrupp Lake - Abingdon on Thames

01/06/2016 14:00

Our roving Wildlife Wednesdays visit a different Earth Trust community nature reserve during each school holiday. This half term, come out and play at Thrupp Lake. Learn about local wildlife and have lots of outdoor fun. No need to book.

Sling Walk, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

02/06/2016 10:00

Bring your baby for a ramble around our nature reserve. A great opportunity for you both to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside with other local parents. No need to book.

Discover and Play, Earth trust centre - Abingdon on Thames

03/06/2016 10:00

Forest School for the under-5s. Join the Earth Trust for a morning of play and discovery in our woodlands. Forest School offers hands on learning experiences in a natural environment. No need to book.

Fun in the Park, Abbey Gardens - Abingdon on Thames

04/06/2016 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.

Summer Birds at Thrupp Lake - Abingdon on Thames

05/06/2016 10:00

Local expert Ben Carpenter leads a morning stroll around the lake. Discover more about the birds you can see there over the summer. Booking essential. 

Summer Picnic - Abingdon on Thames

05/06/2016 11:00

Love local food at the Earth Trust summer festival! Bring your own picnic, or pick up some tasty local treats and join in some traditional summer games.

Night-time Safari, Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon on Thames

10/06/2016 19:30

Discover what amazing animals come out at night at Sutton courtenay Environmental Education Centre. Learn how to use bat detectors to hear bats hunting overhead, lamps to spot newts and frogs in the ponds, help our nature reserve team check the small mammal traps and look at moth traps to see how we monitor and survey these amazing insects! 


For children aged 7+, wrap up warm for an evening walk, ground can be uneven so sturdy footwear is essential. We will provide all the relevant kit although if you do have a bat detector yourself feel free to bring it along. The car park is quite small so please park considerately.

Basket Weaving , Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

15/06/2016 18:00

Make a simple Catalan style basket of willow with local weaver Christine Brewster. Suitable for beginners and those of some experience; bring secateurs if you have them. Booking essential. 

Meetings and Lectures

The Excavations at Westgate, Oxford: the story so far, St Mary's Church - Wallingford

11/05/2016 19:45

Ben Ford returns to The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society  (TWHAS) with a talk describing the archaeological work currently being undertaken as part of the Westgate centre re-development in Oxford. 


Oxford Archaeology's Ben Ford, project Director for the excavations at the Greyfriars site under the former Westgate car park and shopping centre, will talk about the excavations carried out in advance of the redevelopment of the site by Westgate Oxford and Laing O'Rourke. This is the largest ever archaeological site in Oxford and had yielded a rich array of finds, including a medieval mill of the Trill Stream. 


Archaeology Night, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

30/06/2016 18:00

Hear all about the University of Oxford's latest research projects in the area. Free but please book.

Live Music

Verdi's Requiem - Thame

21/05/2016 19:30

Conducted by Jeff Stewart with Aylesbury Concert Orchestra, they will be joined  by Uxbridge Choral Society and four internationally acclaimed soloists - Mardi Byers (soprano), Cheri Rose Katz (mezzo-soprano), Max An (tenor) and George Stephens (bass). Having worked with all of these soloists on a number of occasions Jeff has managed to get them to come from far and wide (Switzerland, Berlin, Korea and Cape Town respectively) to take part in this most operatic of scared pieces.


The combined choir will number 150 plus and the aim is to sell out Thame Leisure Centre with a capacity of 400.

TRUCK Festival, Hill Farm - Steventon

15/07/2016 to 17/07/2016

Truck is a music festival held at Hill Farm in Steventon. There are four stages hosting a range of music including rock, pop, dance, folk, jazz and blues. Food, drink and camping are available. This is a family friendly festival with a quiet family camping area, and workshops, activities and performances for the children. 


Rewind Festival - Henley on Thames

19/08/2016 to 21/08/2016

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.

Plays & Films

Cartoon event for children, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

13/05/2016 18:00

Experience a special 'Night at the Museum' at Wallingford Museum. Following the great successes of previous years events, this year's 'Night at the Museum' will be a bookable 'Cartoon' event for children featuring Steve Head and his cartoon exhibition plus a chance for children to be creative and draw their own cartoons inspired by Museum items, with help from local artists who will be on hand. The evening is kindly sponsered by Goring Decorative and Fine Arts Society.


Tiddler and other terrific tales - Wantage

20/05/2016 16:30

Written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.


Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music. Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze also shown.

Professor Queen-Bee: It's Bee-hind you! Punch and Judy show, Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon on Thames

01/06/2016 10:00

Professor Queen Bee presents her traditional Punch and Judy show, with a distinct green twist. As well as ll of his usual comedy shenanigans, in this show, the badly behaved Mr Punch also turns his slapstick on an important stripy creature; the bee! So, bee there or bee square! 


Suitable for children aged 4-7

Henley Fringe Festival - Henley on Thames

18/07/2016 to 23/07/2016

The Henley Fringe Trust promotes high quality theatre, drama and comedy and provides theatre artistes with a means of showcasing their work to the public and to industry professionals. Fast becoming recognized as a preview venue for Edinburgh Fringe; Henley is a fun and exciting festival. Ticket prices apply.

Henley Film 2015 - Henley on Thames

03/09/2016 to 04/09/2016

For the third year, Jo Southwell is bringing a selection of hand picked short films to Henley on Thames. 

Seasonal Events

Down Chorus Walk - Abingdon on Thames

08/05/2016 04:30

Set your alarm clock and join us to listen to the birds celebrating the season on the Wittenham Clumps. Learn more about identifying birdsong with Ben Carpenter.

Bats at Wallingford Castle Meadows - Abingdon on Thames

08/05/2016 20:15

Local expert Dominic Lamb will lead a walk at dusk to find out more about the wonderful winged mammals, including how to recognise different species using a bat detector. 

Sensory Walk - Abingdon on Thames

15/05/2016 14:00

Escape the stresses and strains of everyday life and immerse yourself in a hands - on nature sensory experience, including identifying birdsong, silent walking and photography, and blindfolded tasting. With Stuart 'The Wildman' Mabbott and photographer William Mankelow. Bring your own Camera

Sweetpea Show, Millets Farm Centre - Marcham

25/06/2016 10:00 to 26/06/2016 18:00

The National Sweet Pea Society (NSPC) show held at Millets Farm Centre. The 2 day event will showcase some of the most beautiful sweet peas in vases, bowls, pots and in flower arrangements. As well as these fantastic displays there will an information desk where you can ask any questions and give out tips on growing sweet peas. There will also be plants for sale.



Sporting Events

Henley Royal Regatta - Henley on Thames

29/06/2016 to 03/07/2016

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 ambiance and facilities within the Enclosures. 
 

Oxford to Henley Challenge - Oxford

10/09/2016 09:00

Double marathon distance - 84km.


This incredible stretch along the Thames will take us from historic university city of Oxford all the way to Henley. You may have already completed the 50km Thames Path Challenge and are looking to step it up or you just fancy trying out a fantatsic route! 
 
There's something for everyone - you could even do the Half Challenge and take on the Marathon distance from Wallingford to Henley. Walk, Jog or Run through beautiful countryside, alongside the quaint towns of Abindgon and Wallingford with over 1000 participants. Then it's a finish line celebration at our tented village in Henley.

Art / Exhibitions

Heritage Exhibition, Champs Chapel, East Hendred - Wantage

24/04/2016 to 30/10/2016

Champs chapel Museum is rub by the East Hendred Heritage Trust. It holds a permanent display of our village history and annual exhibition on the "Secret Lives of Our Streets". Our 2016 exhibition focuses on Church Street in East Hendred.



Public Exhibition: Improving visitor facilities at the Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

01/06/2016 to 07/06/2016

Would you like to find out about plans to improve visitor facilities here at the Earth Trust Centre? Drop in to this informal exhibition (rescheduled from April); please check website for opening times and further information  


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