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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

HACG Craft Exhibition, Old Fire Station Gallery - Henley on Thames

28/11/2014 10:00 to 02/12/2014 17:00

This is an exciting craft exhibition where a wide variety of local crafts will be on show, produced by members of the Henley Arts and Crafts Guild. It will be the ideal venue to find that original Christmas gift or just to treat yourself to something new for the home.  Do come along to be surprised and delighted and find that perfect gift.  Crafts include ceramics, glass, wood, batik, embroidery, collages, quilts, and jewellery. FREE entrance, non-members welcome. At 66 Market Place (behind the town hall), RG9 2AQ. Open view with drinks and nibbles on Friday 7 November from 18.00 to 20.00.

Christmas at Bishopsland, Dunsden - Dunsden

29/11/2014 14:00 to 30/11/2014 17:00

Each year this is Bishopsland’s first presentation of work produced by the new resident silversmiths since arriving on the programme in October. The exhibition will feature a diverse range of pieces in silver, from vessels to domestic ware and jewellery. A popular annual event for those with an interest in contemporary silver. There will also be demonstrations. Tel: 0118 972 4550.

Arts and Crafts for Christmas, Bix - Henley on Thames

29/11/2014 10:00 to 30/11/2014 17:00

The Bix Six and Friends are a group of artists and crafts-people based in the Henley area. Inspired by nature they make decorative items pleasing to the eye, including batik, botanical art, candles, ceramics, Christmas decorations and cards, jewellery, photography, soaps and potions, textiles, wood sculpture and wood turning. Please come along and join them and their friends for a festive and cosy weekend of shopping at Bix village hall, Rectory Lane, Bix, RG9 6BS. You can also enjoy tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes. Parking and admission FREE. Teas in aid of Wyfold Riding for the Disabled. 

Christmas Food & Gift Markets, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

13/12/2014 10:30 to 14/12/2014 16:00

Bring the magic back to Christmas by visiting Waterperry’s Christmas food and gift market. There’ll be artists and craftspeople with gorgeous gift ideas and festive food and drink, as well as the chance to buy your Waterperry-grown Christmas trees and hand made decorations.  Enjoy a festive menu in the Teashop, Miss H’s too.  We’re a one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs! Entrance to the Christmas Market is FREE. Garden entrance £4.75. Gardens and plant centre open until 17.00. The markets take place over the weekends of 15 and 16 November and 13 and 14 December.

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. 

Fairs & Festivals

Christmas Fair, Cuxham - Watlington

29/11/2014 11:00

Many stalls including gifts, cakes, plants, lucky dip, and a silent auction. Food writer Henrietta Green will host a cheese tasting session. In aid of village projects. In the village hall and at Holy Rood Church.

Christmas Bazaar, Millstream Day Centre - Benson

29/11/2014 10:00

Entrance £1 to include coffee/tea and biscuit. Come along and start your Christmas shopping early. Gifts, homeware, homemade cakes, goods and preserves, books, tombola and grand raffle. Tel: 01491 834889. At Millstream Day Centre, off High Street, OX10 6RL.

Christmas Market, St Helen's Church - Abingdon on Thames

29/11/2014 10:00

There will be refreshments, home made cakes and preserves, gifts, books, jewellery, pictures, Christmas decorations and lots more. A great opportunity to do your Christmas shopping and have a cup of tea!. At West St Helen's Street, Abingdon-on-Thames, OX14 5BS.

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

29/11/2014 10:00

Abingdon will switch on their Christmas lights and welcome Father Christmas, so why not come along to the historic Guildhall and start your Christmas shopping early with unique vintage and retro gifts?  Or even look out for a party outfit that no-one else will have!  Lianna will be singing her heart out with vintage and retro tunes and Carli Morris will be there to give you that retro make-over you’ve been itching to try out!  Entry is £1.00 with under 16s free.  The town offers 2 hours free parking in the Vale of White Horse District Council car parks.

Christmas Craft & Produce Fair, Tetsworth - Thame

29/11/2014 10:00

Handmade and unique Christmas gifts including: painted pottery ▪ wooden gifts ▪ candles ▪ jewellery ▪ knitted scarves and gifts ▪ organic skin care ▪ children’s books ▪ felted decorations and toys ▪ cards ▪ christmas wreaths ▪ table arrangements ▪ cakes ▪ handmade chocolates ▪ artisan breads ▪ sausages and much more. Kids can enjoy Santa’s Grotto, storytelling for under 10s while you browse and shop. Enjoy delicious bacon/sausage rolls, scrumptious hot chocolate and cakes. Memorial Hall, Tetsworth, OX9 7AB.

Fair Trade Christmas, St Ethelwold's House - Abingdon on Thames

29/11/2014 10:00

Find unique and ethical gifts this year. Fair Trade bazaar from 10.00 to 18.00 and local crafts and vintage gifts from 10.00 to 16.00.  Enjoy cake and Fair Trade drinks from break4cake by our fireside 10.00 to 17.00. Mulled apple juice and wine by the fire to celebrate Abingdon Extravaganza 17.00 to 18.00. FREE entry to win a Fair Trade Christmas Hamper. At 30 East St Helen Street, OX14 5EB.

Christmas Fair, Primary School, Whitchurch-on-Thames - Reading

30/11/2014 11:00

There will be stalls selling local artisan beer, home-baked goods, preserves, hand-made jewellery, books, scented candles and beauty products.  Father Christmas will be in his grotto and there will be children's activities and a raffle. Wreaths and Christmas trees will also be on sale. 

Christmas Market in The Barn, Ipsden - Wallingford

30/11/2014 10:00

Come along to this festive market, browse the many stalls and start your Christmas shopping. Stalls include fresh local produce, apple juice, homemade cakes, arts and crafts, Christmas gifts, vintage shabby chic and painted furniture, beautiful accessories for the home, landscapes and seascapes, ladies clothing, handbags, jewellery, Christmas wreaths, Jamie Oliver homeware, children's hairclips and accessories and much more. Additional attractions include children's and adults lucky dips, raffle, mulled wine, irish coffees, bacon rolls, mince pies, cakes, teas and coffees. All profits go the The Friends of Ipsden St Mary the Virgin. FREE admission. Contact: for more information and stall enquiries. Ipsden Farm Barn is located at The Street, Ipsden, OX10 6AG.

Antique & Collectable Fair, Mapledurham - Reading

04/12/2014 08:30

All welcome including non golf club members. Friendly fair, wide choice of refreshments available and ample FREE parking. 20 dealers selling and more new dealers booked! Find those special gifts or a treat for yourself. Follow signs to Mapledurham House then Antique Fair. 50p admission and half entry proceeds go to Helen and Douglas House Charity. At Caversham Heath Golf Club, Chazey Heath, Mapledurham near Reading, RG4 7UT. Tel: Sharon 07873 226689. Held on the first Thursday of the month.

Christmas Fayre, Watchfield - Faringdon

06/12/2014 10:00

Many stalls with refreshments and Christmas gifts for sale. All proceeds to St Thomas's Church. Tel: Sheila 01793 783531. In the village hall.

European Christmas Fair, European School, Culham - Abingdon on Thames

06/12/2014 10:00

A European Christmas Fair, organised by the European School Culham and Europa School UK. Everyone welcome! FREE entry! Come and discover gorgeous craft stalls in our atmospheric chapel and find that perfect gift, pick up a bargain at the flea market, enjoy delicious seasonal food, mulled wine, fun activities for the children and a very popular hamper raffle. Festive cheer for all the family!

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

07/12/2014 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. 

Christmas Shopping Evening, Woodcote - Reading

12/12/2014 16:00

Local traders will have stalls selling gifts including home decorations, jewellery and health and beauty products. There will be 2 live reindeer for children to pet and a professional photographer taking pictures. There will also be hair styling and face painting for children. Mince pies and mulled wine will be available and a raffle and collections for the Sue Ryder hospice, Nettlebed. At Kimberley's Hair Studio, Wood Green. 

Jay Fairs, Antiques + Collectors Fair - Didcot

14/12/2014 10:00

40 stalls in Didcot Civic Hall, OX11 7JN.  Including collectables, stamps, postcards, militaria, china and jewellery.  Taking place on the following Sundays in 2014: 12 January, 9 February, 9 March, 12 October, 2 November and 14 December.

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.

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

Festive Food & Local Produce Fair - Goring and Streatley

06/12/2014 10:00

A chance to buy those unusual Christmas Gifts. We have a range of stall holders offering a variety of quality foods and local produce with a festive flavour giving you a chance to stock your cupboards with something special for the Christmas season. There will be plenty of samples and delicious nibbles to try. Refreshments will be available all day including home made cakes. The raffle prizes will be hampers of goods donated by the stallholders. Entry: Adults 50p, children FREE.

Thame Food Festival - Thame


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

General Events

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.

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

Midsomer Murders Special, Village Club - Nettlebed

24/11/2014 20:00

We've been involved once again in the TV programme, this time providing 15 performers over 4 days of filming, including Paul Downes, Jackie Oates, Tom Chapman and Hugh Crabtree.  Everything from an unaccompanied sea shanty to an 8 piece band and a folk version of the theme tune! All 15 will be performing their contributions tonight.

The Mayor's Charities Christmas Concert, Guildhall - Abingdon on Thames

05/12/2014 18:30

The Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames welcomes you to festive evening of traditional music including everyone's favourite carols. Music from Abingdon Town Band, and performances from Abingdon choirs and performance groups. FREE entry. All welcome. Mulled wine and mince pies will be on sale. Doors open 18.30. 

Bella Hardy, Cornerstone - Didcot

06/12/2014 20:00

BBC Radio 2’s Folk Singer of the Year 2014 brings us a delightful festive treat. Six years ago Bella was nominated in the Best Original Song category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Three Black Feathers. In 2012 she won that same award again for her powerful account of life as a 19th century Stornoway Herring.

Ave Maria: Christmas Motets, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

13/12/2014 19:30

Christmas Motets by Victoria, Josquin, Stravinsky, Rossini, Bruchner, Mendelssohn. Includes Christmas readings by Tessa Peake-Jones. OSJ Ashmolean 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.

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.

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

Jack & the Beanstalk, Village Hall, Cumnor - Oxford

04/12/2014 19:30 to 06/12/2014

The music will be Jazz themed in keeping with our fifties look for the costumes and  Dame HasBean's Milk Bar. There will also be the first proper two person panto cow!, a giant, jazzy beanstalk that really grows and a pair of giant boots. Performances take place at 19:30 with a matinee at 14.00 on Saturday 6 December. Ticket prices apply, see website for details.

Sleeping Beauty, The Players Theatre - Thame

05/12/2014 to 14/12/2014

Alan Brown has successfully created a pantomime packed full of fun for all age groups. The traditional story is of Princess Beauty who pricks her finger on the wicked witch’s spinning wheel and is woken from her sleep a hundred years later by a kiss from a handsome prince. To preserve the flavour of the pantomime it has many classic old time music hall favourite songs. Performances take place on 5 to 7 and 10 to 14 December, week days at 19.45 and weekends at 14.00 and 17.30. Ticket prices apply and can be purchased online from the website.

Circus Berzercus Christmas Special, Village Hall - Dunsden

07/12/2014 15:00

In this sequel to the hit show 'A Komedy of Errors', the waspish perfectionist Gerald, despite misgivings, has decided to take on Wallace, the hapless circus trainee, as a permanent juggling parter whilst preparing for his Christmas show. Has he made a mistake? Expect a show full of hilarious misunderstandings, a fantastic new illusion and a magical glow in the dark section. The show contains music, dazzling juggling, daring unicycling, mystifying magic and hilarious comedy for all ages from 4 to 104! Doors open at 14.15. Ticket prices apply and advance tickets available, tel: 01189 470 339. Free gift for every child. Refreshments including homemade cakes and savoury snacks.

Circus Berzercus Christmas Special, Memorial Hall, Tetsworth - Thame

13/12/2014 15:30

In this sequel to the hit show 'A Komedy of Errors', the waspish perfectionist Gerald, despite misgivings, has decided to take on Wallace, the hapless circus trainee, as a permanent juggling parter whilst preparing for his Christmas show. Has he made a mistake? Expect a show full of hilarious misunderstandings, a fantastic new illusion and a magical glow in the dark section. The show contains music, dazzling juggling, daring unicycling, mystifying magic and hilarious comedy for all ages from 4 to 104! Doors open at 15.00. Ticket prices apply. Email or visit the website. Licensed bar.. In the Memorial Hall, Tetsworth, OX9 7AA.

The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus, Cornerstone - Didcot

15/12/2014 to 24/12/2014

From the company that brought us the show loved by all Cornerstone customers in 2013, The Night Before Christmas, we’ve got another fun-packed, audience interactive, music and laughter filled festive show for 2014 to get everyone in the Christmas mood. Based on the book by L Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz, 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! Please visit the website for details of performance times and to purchase tickets.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Didcot Christmas Street Fair - Didcot

27/11/2014 15:30

Didcot's Annual Christmas Street Fair takes place in the Broadway and Orchard Centre, Didcot.  There will be local stalls, crafts, food, entertainment, funfair, a costume parade at 19.00 from the Orchard Centre to the Civic Hall in Broadway, shopping, and a live stage.  Santa will receive young visitors in his grotto in the Methodist Hall from 15.30 onwards. This year's theme is heroes. FREE event.

Abingdon Christmas Extravaganza, - Abingdon on Thames

29/11/2014 10:00

The day starts with the parade of marching bands and entertainment and includes face painting, Punch & Judy, a farmyard, food stalls, a craft fair, musical performances and more free family entertainment. Local bands and choirs perform on the Market place and then around the town, Bath Street hosts stalls and after the Christmas lights switch on enjoy a grand firework display.

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.

'Forces Personnel' Santa Trains, C&WR - Wallingford

29/11/2014 to 30/12/2014

We've added two extra Santa days to this year's programme and have a great deal for all serving and retired forces personnel - you can travel for half price! As well as armed forces, this special deal is open to current emergency services personnel. As usual Santa will be travelling on the trains with presents for children. All welcome! We celebrate the festive season in a family friendly way.  Santa and Mrs Claus ride on our fully decorated trains distributing gifts to children up to the age of 8 years.  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. 

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.

Festive Faringdon, Market Place - Faringdon

29/11/2014 14:00

A festive day of fun in Faringdon for all the family, and there will be snow! Entertainment and attractions will include Santa's grotto, food stalls, fairground rides, Thomas the tank engine, snow machines, seasonal fireworks, and family entertainment. All the town centre bars and restaurants will be open and plenty of mulled wine on offer. Santa arrives on Thomas the Tank Engine and is kept busy in his grotto until switching the lights on, accompanied by a firework display and snow! 

Days out with Thomas to visit Father Christmas - Didcot

29/11/2014 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).

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. A perfect chance to stay on and meet friends and enjoy Henley's pubs and restaurants too. Visit the website to find out each evening's venues.

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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Benson Christmas Street Fayre - Benson

03/12/2014 17:00

In the High Street which will be closed to traffic.  Many of the shops and businesses will be open and there will be many gift stalls in the village centre, together with singing from local choirs and music from Roke and Benson Band. There will be plenty of hot food and drinks including fish and chips, burgers, pizzas, hot dogs and hot chocolate. Santa will be visiting from 17.15 to 18.30. Come and join in with the carols and the festive spirit of Benson.  Tel: 07799 381535.

Christmas Tree Festival, St Mary's Church - Wallingford

04/12/2014 to 07/12/2014

23 trees sponsored by local companies and shops and decorated by local organisations will be on display at the Market Place church. The event will run until Sunday 7 December, when Wallingford holds it's annual Christmas event. Each tree will be decorated on the theme of a different carol or song. Entry to the church is FREE. Refreshments including mulled wine, mince pies, soup and cakes will be available, together with a competition, raffles and tombola. There will also be concerts by Wallingford Singers (4 Dec) and the Wallingford Parish Church Choir (6 Dec at 19.30). The Christingle Service takes place on 7 Dec. The festival opens on the Thursday at 19.30.

Henley's Christmas Festival - Henley on Thames

05/12/2014 17:00

This is a magical event with a Christmas market, children's lantern parade, fairground rides, and switching of the lights on the large Christmas tree at 19.00, followed by carol singing at 19.10. Father Christmas will be in his grotto in the King's Arms Barn from 17.30 to 21.00. Many shops will be open until 21.00.

Thame's Santa Convention - Thame

05/12/2014 16:00

Our Christmas switch-on this year takes the form of a Santa Convention, so practice your 'ho-ho-ho-ing' beautify your beards, and make your way down to the High Street for an evening of festive fun. Santa wouldn't get anywhere if it wasn't for his trusty reindeer and you can meet 3 of his furry friends as they take a break from pulling the sleigh. You can also hitch a ride on the miniature stream railway that will be chugging up and down the High Street, and don't miss the parade when the local schools will be showing off their handmade lanterns. All this, plus a fantastic line-up of local talent on the stage, an extensive array of craft, gift and food stalls, and the all-important switch-on of the new Christmas lighting scheme by I'm a Celebrity winner, Kerry Katona! Finally, if you fancy working off a few of those extra mince pies, why not sign up for the Festive Fun Run taking place on Sunday 7 December. 

Wantage Dickensian Evening, Market Square - Wantage

05/12/2014 18:00

On Dickensian Evening the market square in Wantage is full of fantastic attractions and events. Dress up in Victorian costume if you can. There will be a Victorian Fun Fair, Punch and Judy shows, treasure hunt, hog roast, refreshments, charity stalls, hot air balloon, Shire horses, live music, Heart Radio, and Santa with his reindeer. Many shops will stay open late and some will have FREE drinks and special offers. Its a real family event and is always great fun! Vale of White Horse District Council car parks will be FREE from 16.00.

Goring's Christmas Celebration Evening - Goring and Streatley

05/12/2014 17:00

All the shops will be decorated and will feature special offers and festive gifts.  Refreshments will be served including a hog roast, mulled wine, mince pies and chocolates.  At 17:00 the 1st Goring brownies will sing carols in the arcade.  There will be stalls selling jewellery and plants.  Grand raffle, children's activities and a treasure hunt.  Santa will also be in attendance. Tel: Jeanne 01491 873019.

Thame Small Biz Saturday - Thame

06/12/2014 10:00

Thame's first Small Biz Saturday event with live music, art and craft stalls, French food market and Frozen sing-a-long all in aid of supporting the national initiative.

The Shambles 10.00 to 15.00 - Thame Pop Choir, Frozen sing-a-long by First Thursday Music Club and live music outside Phil's Vintage Guitars.
Other places around Thame, 10.00 to 15.00 - Thame art show and craft stalls in Thame Barns Centre, Thame Twinning French market beside the Town Hall, search for mini cows around the town for prizes, and hog roast from 11.00 next to Wren's butchers.

Santa Specials on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

06/12/2014 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 the children travelling on the train. 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

06/12/2014 to 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.

Watlington Town Christmas Fair, on the High Street - Watlington

06/12/2014 10:00

Attractions include a fine food fair, craft and street fair, and community group stalls. Father Christmas arrives on his sleigh at 11.00. Grotto and grand raffle with fantastic prizes, Christmas games and Watlington concert and school bands. Tel: 01491 613256.

Christmas Fun, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

06/12/2014 10:30 to 13/12/2014

Sat 6 Dec, Christmas Creations, 10.30 to 12.30. Creative Christmas crafts: tree-top angels, shiny stars, fir-cone figures and running reindeer!  Book early to join in the festive fun! 4 - 11 years, £8.50.

Sat 13 Dec, Toad's Christmas, 10.30 to 16.00.  Help decorate Toad Hall for Christmas and celebrate the festive season with presents, songs and fun! £3 per child (for present) plus normal Museum admission.

Santa Specials, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

06/12/2014 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. 

Faringdon Christmas Market - Faringdon

06/12/2014 10:00

Faringdon is holding its first Christmas Market in the Market Place.  With an exciting range of Christmas stalls selling Christmas gifts and treats, this event will be perfect for getting those ideal presents. The market is being held to celebrate Small Business Saturday, the busiest shopping day of the year, and there will be crowds of festive shoppers to support our fantastic independent traders. Buy your stocking fillers, enjoy some mulled wine and some tasty treats and fill yourself with Christmas cheer as the best stallholders and retailers work together for the day. 

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Santa on the Run, Mill Meadows - Henley on Thames

07/12/2014 10:00

A 2 mile long fancy dress fun run, jog or walk, all off road, starting and finishing at the Henley River and Rowing Museum. Suitable for all ages and families.  FREE Santa hat for all participants, with soup and mince pies at the finish.  Prizes for the fastest runner under 14, best dressed family, adult, under 10 and team. Entry fee applies. See website for more details.

Wallingford Christmas Festival - Wallingford

07/12/2014 12:00

Featuring live entertainment throughout the day, with Christmas activities and fun for all the family, and many market stalls selling festive treats in the Market Place. This year we will be marking Christmas at War Time, reflecting on the previous world wars and more recent conflicts. There will be plenty of opportunities to buy gifts in the town's independent shops and businesses.  The ‘Christmas Countdown’ is at 17.00, and the annual switching on of the Christmas tree lights will be followed by a spectacular firework display. A great way to finish what we know will be a very happy and enjoyable day!

Festive Fun Run, Town Hall - Thame

07/12/2014 10:00

New for this year, our 3k family friendly route starts at Thame Town Hall. No matter your age, ability or speed, this event is all about having fun whilst raising funds for our local Florence Nightingale Hospice. To register call 01296 429975 or visit our website. Forms can also be picked up from the Thame Information Centre, Kismet Jewellers and Wally's Toy Shop. Registration fees apply which include a Santa hat and medal on completion of the run. 

Natural Christmas at the Earth Trust, Little Wittenham - Abingdon on Thames

07/12/2014 10:00

Re-use, recycle, bake and make this Christmas! Come along and learn how to make traditional, natural Christmas decorations. There will be a range of activities to suit all ages, from popcorn garlands to festive wreaths. You can also meet Father Christmas and purchase some Earth Trust Christmas cards. Activities will cost between £1 and £12; FREE entry and parking.
Poem Tree Cafe will be open for light refreshments.

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.

Carol Evening aboard the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

13/12/2014 19:00

Come and sing along with us on our Carol Evening train. The train departs Chinnor Station at 19.00. Seasonal refreshments will be available. Ticket prices apply and can be booked in advanced. See website for 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 lovely festive event brings smiles to all who visit, whilst 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. More details about entertainments and our grand finale on the 21st will be posted on our Facebook page - click on the attached link, and programmes are available from the church and village shop. FREE entry. Donation for refreshments and for voting for your favourite tree. Contact details:


Wallingford Town Carols and Festival of Lanterns - Wallingford

17/12/2014 18:00

Join in a procession of lit lanterns before enjoying some festive carols. The procession will form in the Regal Centre from 18.00, leaving at 18.15 to proceed onto the Market Place.  If you just want to take part in the carols, you are welcome in St Mary's church from 18.30 where Cholsey Silver Band will also be in attendance. 

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

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


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

Henley Triathlon, Gillotts School - Henley on Thames


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

Henley 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).



Guided walks at Ewelme Watercress Beds - Ewelme

07/12/2014 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.

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.  

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

Siege & Strife: Wallingford & War, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

01/03/2014 to 30/11/2014

This exhibition looks at the impact war has had on Wallingford and its people throughout the centuries. You can find out how the townspeople were affected by marauding Vikings, the Norman army of William the Conqueror in 1066 and the desperate sieges of civil wars in the 12th and 17th centuries. Two 20th century World Wars affected many families in the town - from digging of trenches in the Kinecroft for training soldiers, to the arrival of dozens of  evacuees (including Sheila Hancock), who needed homes and special school arrangements. Then there's the role of our modern soldiers and airmen - The Rifles and RAF Benson who have the Freedom of the Town and are on active service right now. It's a story of lives and people over the centuries that is both fascinating and moving.

Mrs Mallowan - Queen of Crime, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

13/05/2014 14:00 to 29/11/2014 17:00

This features the world-renowned author, Agatha Christie, who lived with her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan in Winterbrook House, Wallingford, from 1934 till her death in 1976. The exhibition takes you behind the scenes to her home life, featuring photographs of her at Winterbrook House and memories of local people who met her. You can read several personally handwritten letters which reveal her love of pantomimes and her gradual frustration as her health declined in her final years. Agatha Christie was a very private person, something Wallingford has always respected, but this exhibition opens the door just enough to give fascinating glimpses of the local life of the world’s most famous and best-selling writer, rightly dubbed ‘The Queen of Crime’. £3. Viewing Tuesday to Saturday.

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. 

Pulp not Paper, County Hall Museum - Abingdon on Thames

20/09/2014 to 30/11/2014

An exhibition of works of art by Pat Russell and Janet Boulton. This exhibition shows the work of two very diverse artists. Pat Russell specialised in lettering and worked in many media from textiles for church vestments to works on paper. Janet Boulton, a water colourist, is best known for her works inspired by gardens, still life and abstract ideas. As residents of Abingdon, they worked separately until they collaborated to establish a paper making workshop in the basement of Pat’s house at 48 East St.Helen Street, Abingdon. The works on paper pulp that resulted are as varied as their separate interests and the contrasts and comparisons make a fascinating study. There will be a collection of talks to accompany this exhibition on Thursday 20 November, 19.30 to 21.00, booking is advisable, please contact the Museum on 01235 523703. The Museum is closed on Mondays.

Our Village & the Great War, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

11/10/2014 10:00 to 14/12/2014 17:00

A centenary exhibition on the village men of the Great War is now showing in St Agatha's Church. It will be open every day, and will remain in church until 14 December. This being the centenary year of the start of World War One, we have tried to gather together as much background as we can for each of the 25 men who died between 1914 and 1918 – their service records, where and how they lost their lives, plus any overseas cemetery or memorial details. Added to this, using our excellent Village History Group’s records, various websites and extracts from documents, we have found family details and photographs which give us an insight into those men’s lives and also an idea of what everyday village life was like in the early 1900s. St Agatha’s church is open every day from 10.00 to 17.00, Sundays from 11:00. NB: Anyone coming from a distance should check on (01491) 836661, 836063 or 836943 to avoid weddings or funerals.

PoW Sketchbook exhibition, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

14/10/2014 to 29/11/2014

An additional exhibition of local significance will be staged at Wallingford Museum this autumn  - "POW Sketchbook - Will Wilder's original 1942-45 drawings of life in a Japanese prison camp". Will Wilder of Crowmarsh, Wallingford, made the drawings in this exhibition in Singapore and Thailand between 1942 and 1945 while he was a prisoner of the Japanese. He also kept a diary. Keeping the drawings dry and safe whilst working on the Thai-Burma railway along the River Kwai was not easy. Towards the end of the war the Japanese gave orders that diaries, drawings or anything that might be used as evidence of the atrocities committed by them must be destroyed. Will rolled up the drawings and concealed them in the hollow bamboo used in the structure of the prison camp huts. They were not discovered, nor was his diary. His "treasures" he kept in a tin box which he buried under a hut to keep it safe. It too survived. Will Wilder returned safely from the war, married his fiancée Joan and they had a son, Anthony.  Will died in 1998, aged 83. Ticket prices apply.

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.

The Big Sheep, The Rookery - Faringdon

15/11/2014 to 13/12/2014

All things woolly will be happening at The Rookery where local artists are coming together to exhibit. There will be sheep inspired paintings by local artists, Sam Thulin and Michelle Wallington, and textiles, knitting and felting by designer makers Becksie and Lottie and Megan Rowland. A selection of cards and gifts will also be available to purchase. 

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.

Converge, The Old Fire Station Gallery - Henley on Thames

20/11/2014 to 25/11/2014

'Converge' - the coming together of four very different artists. This exhibition brings together Emma Cooper, an equine artist who puts a modern swing on equine portraiture, Michelle South, a diverse photographer specialising in book photography, Rachel Gill with her impressionistic landscapes, and Sallie Sayers who uses detail and pattern to bring you wildlife studies in a very contemporary style. Four very different artists who together bring you this colourful exhibition of contrasts. Together they offer you a glimpse of how they see the world and interpret it in their own mediums and styles. At 66  Market Place, (behind the town hall) Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AQ. 

Richard Coomes, Whittington Fine Art Gallery - Henley on Thames

24/11/2014 to 06/12/2014

Solo exhibition by Richard Combes. The artist has produced 30 new paintings for this show including interior studies, graffiti walls, street scenes and a few smaller life studies.   26-28 Hart Street. Gallery opening times: open every day except Wednesdays and Sundays, 10.30 to 17.30 except Saturday 10.00 to 17.30.

Christmas Craft Exhibition, Old Fire Station Gallery - Henley on Thames

28/11/2014 10:00 to 02/12/2014 17:00

This is an exciting craft exhibition where a wide variety of local crafts will be on show, produced by members of the Henley Arts and Crafts Guild. It will be the ideal venue to find that original Christmas gift or just to treat yourself to something new for the home.  Do come along to be surprised and delighted and find that perfect gift.  Crafts include ceramics, glass, wood, batik, embroidery, collages, quilts, and jewellery. FREE entrance, non-members welcome. At 66 Market Place (behind the town hall), RG9 2AQ. Open view with drinks and nibbles on Friday 7 November from 18.00 to 20.00.  (Closing at 16.00 on Tuesday 2 December). 

Christmas Exhibition & Sale, Ewelme Pottery - Ewelme

29/11/2014 11:00

Open on 22 November from 11.00 to 18.00 and 29 November 11.00 to 16.00. At Ewelme Pottery, Parsons Lane.

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. 

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