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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

Craft Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

21/12/2014 10:00

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. 

Fantastic FREE January at Waterperry Gardens! - Waterperry

02/01/2015 10:00 to 31/01/2015 17:00

Visit the gardens for FREE and make a special trip even more enjoyable! With no garden entrance fee throughout January it really is the time to enjoy winter walks around the gardens. See the gardens turn into a spectacular vision as the frost spreads across the grasses and trees and the mist winds around the garden and the Riverside Walk. With FREE garden tours every Wednesday with our garden team at 11.30 during January and the winter sale in the garden centre, gift barn and gallery, there is only one place to be in January.  

Henley House & Garden Show - Henley on Thames

28/02/2015 to 01/03/2015

At various sites across Henley Town including the Town Hall, Kings Arm Barn, Old Fire Station Gallery and stands in the Square. More than 40 exhibitors will take part in the show. Lady Sew and Sew will run a workshop at its premises in Farm Road. 

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.

Fairs & Festivals

Jay Fairs, Antique + Collectors Fair - Benson

21/12/2014 10:00

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

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

04/01/2015 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. 

Jay Fairs, Antiques + Collectors Fair - Didcot

11/01/2015 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.

Youth Festival - Henley on Thames

13/03/2015 to 22/03/2015

There are so many ways to take part. Performing Arts - music, singing, dance and gig night; Sport - bell boating, fencing, Stonor Run, squash and more; Competitions - film, photography, writing and art; Workshops - art, dance, drama, craft, music and more. The theme is 'Me in My World'.  Please see the website for more details, and applications.

Food & Drink

Marmalade Cookery Day with Sarah Randell, Denman College - Marcham

21/01/2015 10:30

Come and join Sainsbury's Magazine Food Director Sarah Randell as she demonstrates some of her favourite recipes taken from her latest book 'Marmalade: A Bittersweet Cookbook'. After the demonstration you will enjoy a delicious two-course lunch. From the arrival of the first boxes of bitter Seville oranges at the greengrocer's in January, to the sweet-sharp scent of citrus filling the kitchen as the preserving pan bubbles away on the stove, there is something deeply satisfying about the annual ritual of making marmalade and piling the pantry shelves high with neatly labelled jars of glistening preserves. Ticket prices apply.

Thame Food Festival - Thame

26/09/2015

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

Owl Evenings, Millets Farm Falconry Centre, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

04/10/2014 17:30 to 20/12/2014 20:15

Calling all night owls! Your chance to come and see our owls flying free in the darkness. Special lighting will allow you to see these birds at a more natural time of day, when they come alive! Come and enjoy an evening of natural theatre that you and your family will remember forever. Food and drink will be served in the interval. Book now as spaces are limited and bring a torch! Please note that the owl evenings will be held on the following selected dates: 4, 11. 25 and 31 October, 1, 15, 21 and 22 November, and 5, 6, 12, 13 and 20 December. Ticket prices apply.

MG Car Club Run - Abingdon on Thames

26/12/2014 09:30

Blow away the cobwebs with the annual Boxing Day Run starting from Abingdon Market Square, arrive 9.30-10.00 am. £5 per car (TBA), no need to pre-book for the run, 50 car limit. Contact Chris Callaghan on 01865 820312.

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.

Live Music

Handel's Messiah, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

20/12/2014 18:00

Handel’s Messiah with Sofia Larsson: Soprano, Tai Oney: Counter tenor, Thomas Atkins: Tenor and Bozidar Smiljanic: Bass. The best-loved oratorio of them all. OSJ Voices. This is an Orchestra of St John's concert and the conductor is John Lubbock. Tickets can be booked in advance online or by calling the box office on 0845 680 1926.

A Strauss Family New Year, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

31/12/2014 20:30

A wonderful way to celebrate the New Year with a programme of waltzes and polkas from the Strauss family, songs from Strauss and Lehar, including arias from 'Die Fledermaus', with brilliant young soprano Sophie Pullen. This is an Orchestra of St John's concert and the conductor is John Lubbock. Tickets can be booked in advance online or by calling the box office on 0845 680 1926.

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.  Ticket prices apply. Early Bird and Glamping tickets now on sale.

Plays & Films

The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus, Cornerstone - Didcot

15/12/2014 to 24/12/2014

The Cornerstone in Didcot have a fun-packed, audience interactive, music and laughter filled festive show for 2014 to get everyone in the Christmas mood. This exciting story follows the early life of Santa Claus from being adopted by the wood-nymphs, to making and delivering the very first toys. How did he find his original reindeer Glossie and Flossie? Why do we hang stockings? When was the first Christmas tree? And why on earth does Santa climb down the chimney (instead of just going in the front door?). Come and sing, go ooh, go aah and squeal!

Peter Pan, Kenton Theatre - Henley on Thames

19/12/2014 to 28/12/2014

Everybody loves the story of Peter Pan – the boy who never grew up. Join Peter on his thrilling adventure with Wendy, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, Smee, Tiger Lily, the Indians and the Mermaids … and don’t forget the Crocodile! You’ll be wowed by the flying antics of Peter Pan, charmed by the energy of the Lost Boys and thrilled by the hilarious antics of the Pirate Band. At the Kenton, we enjoy nothing better than the sound of laughter filling our beautiful theatre, and for the third year running we are expecting to be packed to the gunnels with families enjoying the most British of festive traditions – a wonderful, charming pantomime with songs, jokes and slapstick to keep your whole family entertained. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the Kenton traditional Pantomime! Ticket prices apply.

A Christmas Carol, Unicorn Theatre - Abingdon on Thames

20/12/2014 19:30

Gerald Dickens presents his internationally acclaimed one-man performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Tickets £10/£7 available from 07716 314804.

Cinderella, The Beacon - Wantage

21/12/2014 14:00

Capture the magical, family fun of pantomime with our classic fairytale of Cinderella. You will be whisked away on a whirlwind adventure of romance, royalty and intrigue. Will Cinderella make it to the ball and meet Prince Charming? Who will the glass slipper fit? And most importantly, will the wicked step-sisters get their comeuppance? Packed with fun and frolics, get ready to boo, hiss and cheer for the fairest panto of them all! Ticket prices apply and can be purchased from the website. Performances are at 14.00 and 19.00 and are 1 hour 30 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Kenton Theatre - Henley on Thames

30/12/2014 to 04/01/2015

Muffin Hurst presents The Henley Children’s Theatre in their annual traditional pantomime. Written by Mike Hurst for children (both cast and audience) it is a treat for adults too and injected with a good dose of upbeat but not corny humour. It’s all rather clever – you might need to watch it more than once to "get” everything! Children aged 4 to 16 appear in the cast, with some great music and laughter. The youngest appear as the National Elf Service, aiding the Well Fairy in her endeavours to protect Snow White against the evil Queen and her villainous, but soft-centred, henchman Black Bert. The whole cast of energetic, enthusiastic children make for a very happy Christmas outing. An amateur production. Ticket prices apply.

Beauty & the Beast, Memorial Hall, Shrivenham - Faringdon

08/01/2015 to 10/01/2015

Shrivenham Amateur Dramatics Society are pleased to announce the 2015 Panto! Beauty & the Beast at The Memorial Hall, Shrivenham.  Come along and join the fun.  Fun and audience participation for all the family! Evening performances start at 19.30, and the matinee on Saturday 10 January starts at 14.30. Ticket prices apply, please visit the website or contact Julia Jones on 01793 977767.

The Snow Queen, Kenton Theatre - Henley on Thames

08/01/2015 to 11/01/2015

This winter, the award winning Acorn Music Theatre Company will return to the Kenton Theatre with their distinctive brand of dark, imaginative and dynamic theatre, combined with haunting, original live music, for their adaptation of The Snow Queen. Grumpy goblins, magic mirrors, frozen souls and fearless fighters, will lead you through a wintry domain, where good battles evil, in the icy palace of the Snow Queen. Not suitable for very young children. Ticket prices apply.

Beauty & the Beast, Corn Exchange - Wallingford

16/01/2015 19:30 to 31/01/2015

January means panto time in Wallingford and, once again, Sinodun Players will transform the Corn Exchange into the magical world of fairytale, this time with the enchanting story of Beauty and the Beast. This promises to be a truly traditional pantomime with an inspirational script by Alan P Frayn that delivers more comedy and originality than any other version of this famous folktale. With many twists and turns along the way, everyone is in for a rollercoaster ride of adventure and side-splitting laughter. Imaginative new characters will provide added humour…plus, there’s an unusual visual comedy scene that is just guaranteed to bring the house down. But the truly jaw-dropping moment will be the transformation of handsome Prince Danton into the ugly Beast ‘before your very eyes’! With songs, dance and general merriment, this show is a must for kids, mums and dads and grandparents. Shows at 19.30 with Saturday matinees at 14.30. Ticket prices apply, please visit the website.

Quasimodo Agogo, Unicorn Theatre - Abingdon on Thames

21/01/2015 19:30 to 24/01/2015

Quasimodo Agogo is genuinely a comedy musical for the whole family, with a rocky, melodic soundtrack of original songs and a story written in style that works for young and old - think Shrek with a hump! Balancing Act are a local theatre company with a reputation for quality productions around Oxfordshire, and now bring their latest show to the unique and charming Unicorn Theatre in Abingdon. A theatre that suits this production perfectly. Tickets £10 /£8 concession, box office 07583 118086, or book online via www.wegottickets.com/balancingact

Treasure Island, Civic Hall - Didcot

23/01/2015 to 24/01/2015

A swash buckling, timber shivering pantomime based on the classic pirate adventure. It's all aboard the good ship Hispaniola as we set sail for fun and adventure in this cracking adaptation by Toby Bradford and Tina Webster, guaranteed to entertain audiences of all ages. Come along to the Didcot Civic Hall and cheer Jim and Ma Hawkins as they outwit the notorious Long John Silver and his band of dim pirates in the quest for the buried treasure - helped of course by the traditional Fairy Godmother! Rum will be available at the bar along with other beverages! Ticket prices apply, please visit the website.

Jack & the Beanstalk, Village Hall - Blewbury

28/01/2015 to 31/01/2015

Oh yes it is!  It’s the long awaited Blewbury Pantomime, our version of Jack and the Beanstalk, David brought face to face with Goliath by horticulture, a moral tale for all ages.  Bring your kids, bring your granny, cheer the goodies, boo the baddies, groan at the jokes, have a thoroughly good time and raise money for the village hall refurbishment. There will be four evening performances in the village hall from Wednesday 28 January to Saturday 31 January, with a matinee performance on the Saturday. Tickets on sale from 6 December, please visit the website for details.

The Snow Queen - A Winter's Tale, Junior School - Faringdon

30/01/2015 to 07/02/2015

A winter’s tale is a story with music suitable for the pantomime season, which has been freely adapted from the story by Hans Christian Andersen. It contains all the main elements of the traditional story as well as some very unexpected twists, such as the inclusion of some other fairy story characters as you have never seen them before, all adding to the fun. As our audiences have come to expect at pantomime time, there will be plenty of laughs, scares, music, dance and spectacle. Can our hero and heroine foil The Snow Queen’s evil vision of a grey and frozen world being brought about?  Performances at 19.30 on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 January, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 February, with matinees at 14.30 on the Saturdays. Ticket prices apply.

Snow White & the Magnificent Seven Dwarfs, Woodcote - Reading

31/01/2015 to 07/02/2015

WADS present their 50th pantomime "Snow White & the Magnificent Seven Dwarfs” by Damian Trasler, David Lovesy and Steve Clark. This adaptation of the traditional story takes place at Happy Ever After Ranch where Snow White lives with her rather mean stepmother.  Snow White has lots of friends on the ranch who are determined to ensure she has a lovely birthday party and so buy her a very special gift.  Meanwhile her stepmother consults her magical mirror and is horrified to find that she is no longer the fairest in the land.  She vows to be rid of Snow White and plans to persuade the rather handsome Sheriff to marry her – he has other ideas... In true spirit or pantomime you will come across a host of interesting characters  along the way as we travel through the wild western plains, death valley and the mines and caves below! As tradition dictates, dodgy jokes, lots of laughter and singing are to be found at the Village Hall. Performances on Sat 31 January at 14.15 and 19.30, Sun 1 February at 14.15 and 19.30, Fri 6 February at 19.30 and Sat 7 February at 14.15 and 19.30. Ticket prices apply. Please visit the website.

Cinderella, Wootton - Abingdon on Thames

04/02/2015 to 07/02/2015

Cinderella by Ben Crocker performed by The Wootton Players at the Wootton and Dry Sandford Community Centre, Lamborough Hill, Wootton, near Abingdon, OX13 6DA. Ticket prices apply. Ticketline 01865 390555 and at Wootton Co-op (after Christmas).

Seasonal Events

Santa's Grotto at Millets Farm, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

15/11/2014 to 24/12/2014

Enter Santa's magic wonderland and let his bashful elves take you on a journey filled with singing and dancing. Each child will make their own reindeer food to leave out on Christmas Eve. The adventure continues into Santa's living room, where you will listen to a magical story read by the big man himself, and adults will enjoy a yummy mince pie, and the children, a chocolate treat. Then onto the present room where every child's dream comes true by choosing their very own present from our toy workshop. This family experience visiting Santa lasts just over 45 minutes. Ticket prices apply and can be purchased from the website. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Nominated as the Best UK Grotto 2013.

Reindeer Trail, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

15/11/2014 10:00 to 04/01/2015

Help Rudolph find his eight friends who are lost all around the gardens and then find your Christmas treat in the teashop. £2 per child, children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee applies. Open from 15 November 2014 to 4 January 2015 (closed 25, 26 + 31 December 2014 and 1 January 2015). Open 10.00 to 17.00 except for 27 + 30 December when the opening hours will be 10.00 to 16.00.

Christmas Magic at Farmer Gow's - Faringdon

27/11/2014 10:00 to 24/12/2014 17:00

Mulled wine, farm produce samples and a warm, festive welcome awaits you at Farmer Gow's on the Longcot Road. Cut and pot grown Christmas trees. Our cut trees have been grown in Oxfordshire, so they are cut late to ensure freshness. *wreaths & mistletoe *Christmas turkey, goose, chicken, duck, beef and gammon *firewood logs and kindling * gifts and toys for adults and children. The Christmas Tree Barn is open daily from 10.00 to 17.00.  Late night opening until 19.00 on Thursday 27 Nov, Thursday 4 and 11 Dec. Farmer Gow’s is the ’favourite place on earth’ for lots of our young visitors.

Father Christmas at Toad Hall - Henley on Thames

29/11/2014 to 21/12/2014

Father Christmas will be visiting and handing out presents in his secret grotto every weekend from Saturday 29 November to Sunday 21 December. And whilst you are there why not explore the wonders of Christmas at Toad Hall this year, with the largest Christmas display in the area. There is something for everyone, from a walk around Santa's Winter Wonderland, to the spectacular Christmas displays that offer ideas and inspiration for the festive period. Christmas lights of every colour and design, wreaths and decorations to meet every occasion, Christmas gifts for everyone, and artificial trees of all shapes and sizes.  Open 9.00 to 17.00 Monday to Saturday and 10.00 to 16.00 on Sunday.

Ice Skating, Millets Farm Centre - Abingdon on Thames

29/11/2014 to 04/01/2015

Make Christmas 2014 magical - visit Millets Farm Centre and experience the magic and thrill of skating outdoors on our real ice rink. With a viewing area, heated ice rink cafe and free parking, this is the ultimate family activity this Christmas. Ticket prices apply and can be purchased online.

Henley Living Advent Calendar - Henley on Thames

01/12/2014 to 24/12/2014

Like a children's Advent Calendar, every evening a different door or window around the town opens at 18.15 for a 30 minute 'surprise' performance to the assembled audience. This can include songs, carols, music, poetry, book excerpts, notes from local history or folklore, sketches, dance etc, all with a Christmas or winter focus to them. Nearly 100 local businesses and organisations are involved in this triple award-winning annual event, raising money for local charities. Fun for all the family, with FREE Christmas bites and drinks provided. 

Henley's Advent Treasure Hunt - Henley on Thames

01/12/2014 to 24/12/2014

Shoppers and children alike will enjoy the Henley Advent Treasure Hunt which leads participants around Henley's fabulous stores. Twenty-four local businesses have signed up to be sticker-collection points which will enable lucky shoppers to win a selection of fantastic prizes worth over £1,000. To take part simply download the map (see attached), or pick-up a copy from one of the participating businesses or the Town Hall, then collect 24 stamps from either the participating retailers or from any of the Living Advent Calendar Events - it can be any combination. Once you have collected 24 stamps, complete your contact details on the map and post it in the Christmas Post Box on the Town Hall steps. Entries should be submitted by 16.00 on Saturday 3 January 2015 when the Prize Draw will be made by the Mayor. Visit the website for the list of prizes and participating businesses.

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Christmas Tree Festival, St Leonard's Church - Watlington

06/12/2014 14:00 to 21/12/2014 17:00

This year's theme is Christmas Miscellany, so come along and bring your friends and family to see the 37 beautifully decorated and highly imaginative Christmas trees with titles ranging from Postman Pat, Noah's Ark, Matryoshka (Russian Dolls), Christmas at Home, Joy to the World and many, many more. The grand opening takes place on Saturday 6 December with Father Christmas switching on the lights at 16.00. You can also enjoy mulled wine, seasonal refreshments and informal carol singing.




Children's Christmas Events with Santa at Notcutts Garden Centre - Nuneham Courtenay

08/12/2014 to 24/12/2014

Santa's Grotto - A personal visit to Santa in his own winter wonderland, including a special gift. There are a limited number of sessions per half hour slot, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Breakfast with Santa - Join Santa in our restaurant for a delicious breakfast, and enjoy a magical experience of fun games and activities, a lovely present and story-telling from Santa himself. Our usual menu will be available in the restaurant for grown-ups.
Tea with Santa - Join Santa in our restaurant for a scrummy tea, and enjoy a magical experience of fun games and activities, a lovely present and story-telling from Santa himself. Our usual menu will be available in the restaurant for grown-ups.
Ticket prices apply and can be purchased online from the website. One ticket per child (maximum 2 accompanying adults per child). Tel: 01865 343454 for more details.
 

Christmas Tree Festival, St Andrew's Church, East Hagbourne - Didcot

13/12/2014 10:00 to 21/12/2014 18:00

Now in its 4th year, this festive event brings smiles to all who visit, while raising money for both the church and for the Didcot Train Youth project. On the opening day there will be a wreath making demonstration followed by an afternoon of children's activities. Programmes are available from the church and village shop. FREE entry. Donation for refreshments and for voting for your favourite tree.

 

Carols with the Donkeys, Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary - Wallingford

18/12/2014 19:30

Our Christmas Carol Service has become a very special event at Island Farm at this very special time of year. For this year we are delighted to have the Benson and Roke Brass Band provide the music for the carols with the service led by the Rev. Janice Chilton. Everyone of all ages are welcome to join us and the donkeys for Christmas music and carols, hot mince pies, mulled wine, bar, Christmas raffle draw and tombola. 

Santa Specials on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

20/12/2014 to 21/12/2014

Enjoy a return trip from Chinnor to the Horsenden Lane Crossing on our Santa Specials. Santa will be on every train handing out presents to children and seasonal refreshments for the adults will be available. Ticket prices apply and can be booked in advanced. See website for details. Trains will be operating on 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 December at 10.15, 11.30, 13.00, 14.15 and 15.30.

Santa Boat Cruises, Hobbs of Henley - Henley on Thames

20/12/2014

Enjoy a family day out with a river trip aboard the New Orleans from Henley combined with a visit from Santa and family entertainment from Fred in the Shed. Cruises run at 11.00 to 13.00 and at 14.00 to 16.00 on 6, 13 and 20 December. Tickets: adults £18, seniors £16 and children £11 which include a present for each child, mulled wine for the adults and fruit juice for the children, and homemade mince pies and cakes. It's advisable to book early. Sailing subject to river conditions.

Santa Specials, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

20/12/2014 to 21/12/2014

Santa Specials take place on 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 December. We always celebrate Christmas in a traditional and family friendly way, so why not join us on our Special Santa trains?  Santa will ride with you on our fully decorated trains visiting children during the journey. Each child up to the age of 8 years will receive a gift from Santa. Look out for the Christmas characters along the line. Adults will receive a mince pie at Wallingford Station. No booking needed just come along. Ticket prices apply. 

Days out with Thomas to visit Father Christmas - Didcot

20/12/2014 09:30 to 21/12/2014 17:00

Days out with Thomas to visit Father Christmas with Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends at the Didcot Railway Centre.  Rides behind "Thomas”, meet The Fat Controller, children’s entertainment, and visit Father Christmas in his Grotto. On the following weekends throughout November and December: Sat 29 and Sun 30 Nov; Sat 6 and Sun 7 Dec; Sat 13 and Sun 14 Dec; Sat 20 and Sun 21 Dec. Admission prices apply, and to visit Father Christmas, advance booking is essential either online or tel: 01235 817200 (booking fees apply).

Woozel Hunt, Shrivenham - Faringdon

26/12/2014 10:15

Meet by the village Christmas tree in Shrivenham High Street. This year we are looking forward to the annual event whereby normally sane village folk take it upon themselves to dress in wide and varying degrees of outrageous costume and descend on the Memorial Hall in the hope of draining a glass or three of free wine. No I’m not talking about the Village Dinner; I am, of course referring to the Woozel Hunt! Please visit the website to find out the history of this annual event.


Mummers Play, Faringdon, Wantage & Childrey - Entire Region

26/12/2014

Wantage Mummers Play.  Traditional Boxing Day fun with performances at 10.00 to 10.30 in Faringdon Market Place, at 12.00 to 12.30 in The Bear Hotel forecourt, Wantage Market Place and at 13.00 to 13.30 at The Hatchet Inn, Childrey.  Come and see the origin of pantomime and experience a sing-song and music session in The Hatchet after the final performance. 

Christmas Week at Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

27/12/2014 10:00 to 30/12/2014 16:00

Experience Waterperry Gardens as it has never been seen before as the estate opens during the festive period. Capture the amazing vision as the frosts adorn the gardens and enjoy a winter stroll along the Riverside walk. Warm up with a tasty treat from Miss H’s in the teashop or just have a browse around the gift barn, gallery, plant centre and museum. Continue the festive family fun and let the children run off some steam with ‘Find Santa’s Reindeer’ running until 4 January, there is something for everyone at Waterperry over Christmas. Open from 27 to 30 December, closed from 31 December and reopens on Friday 2 January 2015.

Train Running Days, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

27/12/2014 10:30 to 01/01/2015 16:00

On Running Days you will, as usual, be able to view our collections of locomotives, coaches, wagons and buildings as described in the Centre Guide and enjoy the various facilities and exhibits. In addition, you will be able to:
•Ride in coaches from the 1930s behind some of our Great Western steam locomotives, or in our Steam Railmotor or Diesel Railcar. We have two running lines, 'The Main Line' and 'The Branch Line' with trains normally running on either or both of them. You may ride as many times as you like as there is no extra charge
•Watch the trains go past. There are frequent journeys on our running lines so you will have plenty of opportunity to take photos from vantage points alongside the tracks as well as ride on the trains
•See the turntable in use. We normally turn a locomotive just after lunch.
Check our Locomotive Roster to see what we expect to be running on your next visit. Ticket prices apply. Running Days take place throughout the year, for the timetable, click on the link http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/events/calendar.html

Mince Pie Specials, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

28/12/2014 to 04/01/2015

Unwind after Christmas by having a ride on a Mince Pie Special train.  No need to book.  Trains run at 10.30, 12.00. 13.45 and 15.15 on 28, 29, 30 and 31 December 2014 and 3 and 4 January 2015.

Sporting Events

Woodcote 10K Road Race, Woodcote - Reading

11/01/2015 10:30

This race starts in the village of Woodcote and runners will be chip-timed.  Hot drinks will be provided for all the runners, with a water station enroute and at the finish line.  All finishers will receive a medal and trophies are awarded for various categories. Entry fee applies.  Entry forms can be downloaded from the website. Organised by the Pangbourne Rotary and Goring and Woodcote Lions. Entries are now being taken.

Goring 10K Road Race - Goring and Streatley

01/03/2015 11:00

Set in beautiful countryside and with chip-timing, closed roads and FREE flapjack, the Goring 10k is regarded as one of the most enjoyable 10k races in the UK. All proceeds as always will go to Goring Primary School. Entry fee applies. Entries are now being taken.

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. 

Henley Kids Fun Triathlon, Gillotts School - Henley on Thames

20/06/2015

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

21/06/2015

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 - Henley on Thames

25/07/2015

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 will head upstream towards Marsh Lock, turning at 2 large marker buoys, and hugging the Mill meadow bank all the way back down 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. BBQ for swimmers afterwards at The Angel on the Bridge pub. 

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.

Walking

The Ramblers' Festival of Winter Walks - Entire Region

20/12/2014 to 04/01/2015

Take a walk in a winter wonderland this festive season with our Festival of Winter Walks. We have many FREE group walks to choose from in Southern Oxfordshire. So whether you want a short stroll to burn off the Christmas dinner or a heartier ramble to kick-start your new year's resolution, we've got something for you. So get your friends or family together, wrap up warm, and take in Christmas markets and carol singers, tramp through winter woods or roam over snow covered hills. FREE, fun and open to everyone, these walks are chosen and led by friendly and welcoming walk leaders who'll make sure you never get lost. We've got short fun walks that children will love; leisurely strolls for people new to walking; and longer walks for those that want a good leg-stretch over the Christmas break. Please visit the website to find walks in your local area.  

Guided walks at Ewelme Watercress Beds - Ewelme

04/01/2015 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.

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

Home Front Henley, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

06/09/2014 to 04/01/2015

What was the impact of the First World War on the people of Henley-on-Thames? This exhibition looks at stories of the local men who left to fight and the contribution the town made to support them at home. Co-curated with local historian Mike Willoughby the exhibition will include the results of his research into the many men from Henley who lost their lives. It will show how the town was involved with the war effort as a Red Cross hospital was set up, troops were billeted there for training and local land was turned over to agriculture. It will also look at the impact of the ‘first total modern war’ on the lives of ordinary residents. How badly were they effected by rationing? What happened to the men who could not, or would not fight? How did the war change the lives of women?

The Source, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

20/09/2014 to 18/01/2015

Six abstract artists known as the Parkbench Group have come together to create an exhibition of work inspired by the river Thames, its source, its landscape and its settlements. There are 20 to 30 pieces in acrylic, oils, watercolour and pigment. 

Patrick Jeffs: Secret Spaces, Cornerstone - Didcot

13/11/2014 to 21/12/2014

Within each of Patrick Jeff's paintings is an enclosed landscape; a complex wilderness of marks and structures, rich and vibrant in colour. Although influenced by natural forms and inspired by the local landscapes of Oxfordshire, the paintings do not show scenic or topographical landscapes as we would recognise them, but the hidden terrain of the imagination. These paintings are mesmerising and beautiful. As the nights draw in, come by for a splash of colour as we brighten our gallery walls.

Rowing Blazers, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

15/11/2014 to 04/01/2015

From the new book by Jack Carlson, this collection of photographs by leading American fashion photographer, F E Castleberry, celebrates the eccentric and authentic striped, piped, trimmed and badged blazer.

Small Paintings, Sculptures & Ceramics, Bohun Gallery - Henley on Thames

29/11/2014 10:00 to 24/01/2015 17:00

This exhibition has become an extremely popular feature within Bohun Gallery's annual exhibition calendar. It offers a wonderful opportunity to view and purchase art of the very highest quality by a variety of Britain's most distinguished 20th Century and contemporary artists at attainable prices. This year the quality and diversity among the small paintings is remarkable with important artists such as Mary Fedden, John Piper, Donald Hamilton Fraser and Maggi Hambling featuring prominently. The gallery is also pleased to introduce some emerging artists whose work is receiving critical acclaim, and we have a selection of work by David Cass, Natasha Kumar and Mark Powell. We are also thrilled that the National Gallery's Artist in Residence Ben Johnson has selected Bohun Gallery to launch his first print from the monumental London townscape 'Looking Back to Richmond House'. The edition is limited to 10, so Bohun Gallery is urging collectors to view this as early as possible. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 to 17.00, and closed weekday lunchtimes 13.15 to 14.15. Tel: 01491 576228. 

Christmas Crafts, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

02/12/2014 09:30 to 02/01/2015 16:00

A selling exhibition of work by six local professional artists. This year, the line-up includes Jo Bosley, Steve Giles, Lyn Harrison, Debbie Howard, Jo Marshall and Elaine Newson. The display  features ceramics, garden pottery, wooden bowls, jewellery, felt pictures, one-off Christmas cards and decorations. Drop in to browse for quirky and individual presents. Customers may buy and take away items on the same day. Open Mondays to Saturdays.


A Fine Line, County Hall Museum - Abingdon on Thames

05/12/2014 to 01/02/2015

A Fine Line, Engravings of rural Oxfordshire is an exhibition showcasing the work of Sydney Carline, Stanley Anderson and Robin Tanner. The display celebrates many rural and craft scenes from across Oxfordshire and celebrates the work of three artists who played a part in the engraving revival of the early 20th Century. The exhibition has been produced by Oxfordshire Museums Services and captures the countryside character in exquisite detail. Amongst other surprises this exhibition will be an early opportunity for visitors to see the newly framed Carline works from the county collections, as well as many of the engraved copper plates from which the prints were produced. The Museum is closed on Mondays.

Little Beginnings Art Show, Community Shop - Abingdon on Thames

15/12/2014 10:00 to 20/12/2014 17:00

Urban art comes to the oldest town in Britain. 9 international urban artists are exhibiting alongside 5 local artists. The show is presented by local urban artist, Deemonblack and brings an eclectic mix of local and world renowned urban artists including K-Guy and Mydogsighs. Deemonblack envisaged the show with the intent to inspire a generation, and to bring a type of art to the community of Abingdon that they would have only seen on television or read associated with the name Banksy. To demonstrate that art can be chaotic, colourful and creative and not cliche'd. "It's ok to paint the River Thames with watercolours, but why not try a new colour, new medium or even a new subject! It's Art it's what you want to do!" says Deemonblack. Why not come along to the show, each day will be hosted by one of the local artists. Come and be inspired. FREE. At 18 Bury Street in the Precinct.

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.

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.


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