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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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Fairs & Festivals

Piglets Retro & Vintage Fair, Civic Hall, Britwell Road - Didcot

24/10/2015 10:00 to 12/12/2015 16:00

All sorts of goodies for sale including retro, vintage and upcycled furniture, vintage clothes and accessories, upcycled gifts, kitchenalia, homewares and jewellery.  There will also be vintage makeovers and a pop up vintage tea room.  Entrance £1, under 16s free. Ample FREE parking. Fairs take place on Saturdays 7 February, 25 April, 20 June, 24 October and 12 December.

NSPCC Christmas Gift Fair, Phyllis Court Club - Henley on Thames

26/11/2015 10:00

All you need for your Christmas shopping. There will be a huge selection of stalls exhibiting, please visit the website for details of all the stallholders. In the elegant riverside ballroom and Finlay Suite of Phyllis Court Club. 

Christmas Fair, St Thomas's Church - Goring and Streatley

28/11/2015 11:00

We will have the usual array of stalls, books, toys, plants, preserves, cakes etc. and of course the delicious lunches will be available. We have further supplies of the St Thomas’ bone china mugs available, decorated with an image of the Church that proved very popular last year and is a great gift for friends and family. We have it on good authority that Father Christmas will be making an appearance too!

Proceeds from the Fair this year will be divided between the Church Fund and the TearFund Refugee Crisis Fund.

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

28/11/2015 10:00

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. 

Artists and Makers Fair, Thame - Thame


Unique occasion to buy from the very best artists and makers whose work expresses true passion and originality. 

Christmas Craft & Produce Fair, Tetsworth - Thame

28/11/2015 10:00

Handmade and unique Christmas gifts. 

Christmas Festival - Market Place - Henley on Thames

04/12/2015 18:00

This is an annual magical event with a Christmas market, fairground rides, carol singing around the tree, Santa's Grotto and the switching - on of the lights on the large Christmas tree. All local retailers are encouraged to stay open late.

Watlington Town Christmas Fair - Watlington

05/12/2015 10:00

Attractions include a fine food fair, craft and street fair, and community group stalls. Father Christmas arrives on his sleigh at 10.30am. Grotto and grand raffle with prizes, Christmas games and Watlington Concert and Benson Choral Society Choir.

General Events

Introduction to Hedgelaying, Earth trust, Little Whittenham - Abingdon on Thames

05/12/2015 09:30 to 06/12/2015 16:00

A very practical, hand on two days laying a midland style hedge with expert Clive Leeke. Learn about this traditional skill on the job here on the Earth Trust's nature reserve in Little Wittenham. All specialist tools and equipment provided. Booking essential. 

Stephen K Amos: The Laugh Master - The Cornerstone - Didcot

05/12/2015 20:00

The maestro of feel-good comedy is back on tour with his new show. Fresh from sell-out tours of Australia and New Zealand, as heard on BBC Radio 4 Life: An Idiot’s Guide and What Does the K Stand For?

‘Unashamed feel-good entertainment. Amos has had his share of TV exposure, but nothing that has successfully captured what he does live. If only a broadcaster could bottle the magic that was conjured up last night Amos would finally be a household name way beyond the Amos household’ ★★★★ (Evening Standard)

‘Amos is a brilliant comedian who has the ability to strike up an instant rapport with his live audience. I’ve seen him stand in front of a room of strangers and after a few minutes they all seem to be his friends’ (Bruce Dessau)

‘As his autobiographical sitcom plays out on BBC Radio 4, Stephen K Amos is officially becoming a national treasure. Expect more warm insight and spiky charm here’ (Sunday Times)

Tickets are available to purchase via the link attached.

Winter Wetland Birds, - Abingdon on Thames

06/12/2015 09:30

Local expert Ben Carpenter will take you on a guided walk around beautiful Thrupp Lake, near Abingdon (OX14 3NG), where you'll find out all about the overwintering birds and their habitats. Booking Essential.

Heritage Skills Taster Session, Earth Trust Centre Little Whittenham - Abingdon on Thames

13/12/2015 10:00

Discover the basics of hedge laying in an informal taster session, working alongside the regular Earth Trust Sunday volunteers. 

MG Car Club Run - Abingdon on Thames


Blow away the cobwebs with the annual Boxing Day Run starting from Abingdon Market Square),  Contact Mike Parker 01235 525225.

Meetings and Lectures

The History of Glass and Glasses - Wallingford

11/12/2015 20:00

December's talk to The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society (TWHAS) will be given by Dr Stephen Head, who will present 'The History of Glass and Glasses'

Steve is fascinated by glass, and his collection concentrates on the great 18th century peak of British glass production. He will talk about the origins and history of glass, and the signs to look for in collecting old glass.

The White Tower under the Normans, Wallingford Town Hall - Wallingford

08/01/2016 20:00

January's talk to The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society (TWHAS) will be given by Jeremy Ashbee (English Heritage), who will present 'The White Tower under the Normans'.

Following his excellent talk on the Tower of London in the 13th and 14th Centuries at the recent 'Castles of the Thames Valley' conference in Wallingford, Jeremy will be talking to us again about the Norman core of the Tower, the White Tower. Based on work he did some years ago ahead of a major conservation campaign at the Tower, the talk will present a synthesis of documentary and archaeological examination of the building, and comparison with other parts of the complex and other towers elsewhere, to suggest what the intentions of the Normans were when they built it, and how that contrasts with how it subsequently evolved and was used in practice. 

Live Music

Christmas Concert, Trinity Church - Abingdon on Thames

12/12/2015 19:30

Performed by Abingdon and District Musical Society. There will be Christmas music and carols for all to join in, followed by wine and mince pies. No admission price but collection for charity. At Trinity Church, Conduit Road, OX14 1DB. Tel: 01235 521392. 

21st Anniversary of OSJ voices, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

12/12/2015 19:30

Britten St Nicolas Cantata Christmas music including a new commission by Jeremy Jackman OSJ Voices Conducted by Jeremy Jackman Advent Prose JJackman While the Shepherds Were Watching Armstrong Gibbs The Blessed Son of God. Tickets are available to buy online on their website.

Christmas Concerts, Christ Church Centre - Henley on Thames

13/12/2015 18:30

A Christmas Concert with the Henley Symphony Orchestra will provide a rare chance for young children to experience a live orchestra and learn a little about the instruments. There will be two performances, one at 16.00 for young children, and another at 18.30 for families. The afternoon concert is aimed at very young children aged 2-6, (younger siblings welcome) and will have audience participation. The evening concert will be followed by mulled wine, soft drinks, mince pies, and Christmas carols. Visit the website for further details on ticket prices and info.

Handel's Messiah, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

19/12/2015 18:00

Handel’s Messiah with Ellie Edmonds, and Morgan Pearce. 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.

Strauss Gala, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

31/12/2015 19:00

Wonderful waltzes and polkas mostly by Johann Strauss Junior. Plus well-known songs from Strauss and Lehar, including arias from glorious ‘Die Fledermaus’, with brilliant young soprano Sophie Pullen. Orchestra of St John’s Conductor.

Plays & Films

Jack and the beanstalk, Kenton Theatre - Henley on Thames

17/12/2015 to 27/12/2015

A fantastic cast at Kenton theater present Jack and the bean stalk this December. Come and Join Jack on his amazing adventure as he climbs the beanstalk to defeat the wicked giant, save his beloved Jill and bring a happily ever after to all in Ye Olde Henley Town. The show is packed with magic, comedy, live music and beautiful costumes this is a production that will enchant the whole family.

Please visit the website for more details on show timings. You can purchase tickets online or by calling: 
01491 575698.

The Snow Dragon, Cornerstone - Didcot

19/12/2015 to 27/12/2015

We’re excited to announce our Christmas show for 2015 will be Tall Stories’ magical tale, The Snow Dragon. Billy is a spoilt young goat whose parents give him everything he wants. The night the legendary Snow Dragon is meant to bring more goodies, Billy bumps into a pack of hungry wolves in the forest. How will he escape and has he been naughty or nice? Booking is now open for the following dates and times: Sat 19 Dec 11.00 and 14.00, Sun 20 Dec 11.00 and 14.00, Tue 22 Dec 11.00 and 14.00 (Relaxed Performance), Wed 23 Dec 14.00 and 16.00, Thu 24 Dec 14.00 and 16.00, Sat 26 Dec 14.00 and 16.00 and Sun 27 Dec 16.00. Ticket prices apply.

Jack and thr Beanstalk, The Beacon - Wantage

23/12/2015 14:00

Magic beans, a journey to an enchanted kingdom in the clouds, an evil giant, and some musical mayhem, Jack and the Beanstalk has all the ingredients of a classic panto ...

Two showings - 2pm and 7pm.
Buy tickets online, visit the website for further details 

Beauty and the Beast, Kenton Theatre - Henley on Thames

29/12/2015 to 04/01/2016

Presented by Henley Children's Theatre

A traditional story with the usual Pythonesque characters served up by writer Mike Hurst. A talented young cast of enthusiastic children bring you laughs, great tunes and plenty of fun.

Prince Perfect is turned into a beast for being unkind to enchantress gypsy Rosalie. When our heroine Belle Jolie is imprisoned by him, he falls in love with her, but his time is running out! Belle is allowed to return home on the understanding she returns within a week. Gaston Superbe, the town's resident bully, prevents her and when Belle discovers the beast is dying, she rushes back to comfort him and turns him back into a handsome prince.

Visit the website for further details on show times and duration. 

Sinodun Players, Rapunzel, Corn Exchange - Wallingford

15/01/2016 19:45 to 30/01/2016

January is panto time in Wallingford, so come and let your hair down at Sinodun Players’ spectacular production of Rapunzel .

A traditional tale of how a handsome prince rescues his beloved from her lofty prison cell by climbing up her long hair to reach her. But the path of true love never runs smooth and he must overcome prickly obstacles to achieve his goal..

There will be colourful characters including witches, a dancing robin, silly gnomes, ghosts, courtiers and pretty fairies. In the spotlight will be the lovely Rapunzel, her dashing prince plus their mums and dads, with theatre cleaner Mathilda adding a clever twist to the tale.

Tickets are on sale from 20/11/2015 and are available to buy online via the website. 

Santa in Space, Unicorn Theatre - Abingdon on Thames

15/01/2016 19:30 to 23/01/2016

A pantomime for the whole family. The biennial ADC pantomime is Santa in Space! A traditional pantomime for the 21st century, presented by Abingdon drama club.

Seasonal Events

Santa's Grotto Millets Farm - Abingdon on Thames

14/11/2015 to 24/12/2015

This magical experience lasts just over 45 minutes and is the ultimate way to visit Santa. Enter his magic wonderland, sing with his bashful elves, then make some reindeer food ready to sprinkle on Christmas Eve.

The adventure continues into Santa's living room where you will listen to an enchanted story read by the big man himself. The ultimate Santa experience for the perfect family Christmas. 

Tickets are available on line, book early to avoid disappointment! 

Reindeer Trail, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

14/11/2015 10:00 to 03/01/2016

Help Rudolph find his eight friends who are lost all around the gardens and then find your Christmas treat in the teashop. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee applies. Open from 14 November 2015 to 3 January 2016 (closed 25, 26 + 31 December 2015 and 1 January 2016.) Open 10.00 to 17.00 except for 27 + 30 December when the opening hours will be 10.00 to 16.00.

Three Day Christmas Market - Market Place - Henley on Thames

20/11/2015 to 22/11/2015

A festive treat is in store for shoppers in Henley -on- Thames when the Christmas market returns! A wide range of stalls selling handcrafted, artisan-made, unusual and exotic arts, crafts, clothing and jewellery alongside a great choice of food and drinks.

Ice Skating, Millets Farm Centre - Abingdon on Thames

21/11/2015 to 03/01/2016

Make Christmas 2015 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 can be purchased online.

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

22/11/2015 to 24/12/2015

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.

Didcot Christmas Street Fair - Didcot

26/11/2015 16:00

Didcot's Annual Christmas Street Fair takes place in the Broadway and Orchard Centre, Didcot.  There will be local stalls, crafts, food, entertainment, funfair and a grand parade at 7pm. Father Christmas will be avaliable to meet in the Methodist Hall.

Abingdon Extravaganza - Abingdon on Thames


The annual Extravaganza is back with all day entertainment - live acts on the main stage, donkeys, Punch & Judy, pig roast, bar, local charities & community groups, craft stalls and much more. Enjoy a full day of entertainment, walk around our town centre and see just how much Abingdon has to offer. The day will end with the grand switch on of our Christmas lights and a fantastic firework display.

Abingdon Christmas Extravaganza, - Abingdon on Thames

28/11/2015 10:00

Our annual Christmas Extravaganza is back with all day entertainment. Live acts on our main stage, donkeys, Punch & Judy, Pig roast, Bar, local charities & community groups, craft stalls & much more. Enjoy a full day of entertainment, walk around our town centre & see just how much Abingdon has to offer. The day will end with the grand switch on of our Christmas lights & a fantastic firework display.

Ipsden Christmas Market in the Barn, - Ipsden

29/11/2015 10:30

Ipsden Christmas Market is held in the stunningly beautiful Ipsden Farm Barn, which is the longest tithe barn in England. We have around 70 Stallholders selling delicious foods, sparkling jewellery, collectable antiques, art, crafts, cards, vintage homeware, clothing, leather goods and much more. This is a perfect opportunity to purchase wonderful Christmas presents whilst treating yourself to a delicious Irish coffee, mulled wine, tea, coffee, cake and barbecued sausages. There’s shopping and fun for all the family - Father Christmas and Carol singers will be there, so we look forward to seeing you there

Henley Living Advent Calendar - Henley on Thames

01/12/2015 to 24/12/2015

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 Christmas Festival - Henley on Thames


This is an annual magical event with a Christmas market, fairground rides, carol singing around the tree, Santa’s Grotto and the switching-on of the lights on the large Christmas tree. All local retailers are encouraged to stay open late. 

Christmas Table Centrepieces, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

05/12/2015 10:00

This workshop is designed for anyone who loves to use their imagination when decorating their home at Christmas. A display will be given by an experienced Bluebells' florist creating an original table decoration. A selection of materials will be available to choose from including seasonal foliage, scented fruits, candles and decorations. Advice and guidance will be given at all stages so that students can produce a truly unique piece to take home.

Santa Specials on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

05/12/2015 to 20/12/2015

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 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20th December at 10.15, 11.30, 13.00, 14.15 and 15.30.

Santa Specials, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

05/12/2015 to 20/12/2015

Santa Specials take place on 5,6,12,13,19 & 20th 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

05/12/2015 09:30 to 23/12/2015 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  December: Sat 5th and Sun 6th; Sat 12 and Sun 13; Sat 19th and Sun 20 Dec and Tues 22nd and Weds 23rdAdmission prices apply, and to visit Father Christmas, advance booking is essential either online or tel: 01235 817200 (booking fees apply).

Natural Christmas, Earth Trust Centre Little Wittenham - Abingdon on Thames

06/12/2015 11:00

Drop in to the Earth Trust Centre and make your own unique Christmas decorations and gifts using natural and recycled materials, plus visit Father Christmas! Visit the website for more details.

Wallingford Christmas Festival - Wallingford

06/12/2015 12:00

Featuring live entertainment throughout the day, with Christmas activities and fun for all the family.

Santa Boat Cruises, Hobbs of Henley - Henley on Thames

12/12/2015 to 20/12/2015

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 12, 19 and 20 December. Tickets 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.

Christmas with Mole and Toad, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

21/12/2015 10:30

Celebrate the festive season with Mole and the characters from Wind in the Willows. Come in your best Christmas jumper, enjoy Christmas crafts and join in the carol singing. Paper chains, snowflakes, lucky dip, and make a Christmas mole for the top of your tree!

Carols around the Tree, Memorial Hall, Tetsworth - Thame

21/12/2015 19:00

Modern carols will be sang. All village musicians are welcome to come and join in!

Woozel Hunt, Shrivenham - Faringdon

26/12/2015 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


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

27/12/2015 10:00 to 30/12/2015 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 from 14th November until 3rd January 2016. Enjoy a Christmas market too (date TBC), there is something for everyone at Waterperry over Christmas. Open from 27 to 30 December. Closed on 25,26 & 31 December 15 and reopens on the 2nd January 2016

Mince Pie Specials, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

27/12/2015 to 03/01/2016

Get out and do something between Christmas and the New Year? Why not take a trip along the Chiltern foothills, see the steam drift lazily past your window, sit back and relax. Our volunteers will also be delighted to offer you a complimentary hot drink and mince pie which will be served at your seat. 

Departure times at Chinnor station:

10:30, 12:00, 13:45 and 15:15.

If you book online before your trip, two children can travel for £1. See the website for details and ticket prices.

Sporting Events

Woodcote 10K Road Race, Woodcote - Reading

10/01/2016 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.

Art / Exhibitions

Edward Lear: Travel and Nonsense - Henley on Thames

15/10/2015 to 10/01/2016

From extraordinary sketches of landscapes and nature, to the nonsense drawings and verses for which Lear is so well known, the River and Rowing Museum presents around 30 framed works alongside manuscripts and original book publications. The exhibition is coming from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, home of the largest and most comprehensive collection of Lear’s work in the UK, with important loans from private collections, rarely on public display.

Eduardo Paolozzi: General Dynamic - Henley on Thames

17/10/2015 to 03/01/2016

River and Rowing Museum presents this Hayward Touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre, London, displaying 49 bright screenprints and photolithographs, created between 1965 and 1970. For this series Paolozzi turned to his unique and eclectic archive to make art, exploring the relationship it had with idols, kitsch and popular taste to satirise contemporary society.

Oxfordshire Artweeks Christmas Art Weekend - Entire Region

14/11/2015 to 15/11/2015

More than 100 venues across the county will re-open their doors and invite you in for some inspired Christmas shopping! Visit the website to download the Christmas venues list. You will be able to meet artists in a wide range of amazing venues, talk about their work, watch demonstrations and maybe have a go yourself. Or simply feast your eyes on a huge range of creative activity, from painting, photography, textiles, sculpture and ceramics, to furniture, glass, mosaics, jewellery, digital art and much more.

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