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What's On in Southern Oxfordshire?
This region is alive with events, festivals, shows and fairs happening all year round. That's why our events diary is designed to keep you up to date with what's on in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse.
Although 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 is plenty more going on.
Take a look at the search box to the right of the page to find out what's going on.
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Country & Crafts
Woolstone Mill House open garden for NGS, Woolstone Nr - Faringdon
22/05/2013 14:00 to 25/09/2013 17:00
2-acre garden with stream in pretty hidden village. Large mixed herbaceous and shrub circular border bounded by yew hedges, small gravel, cutting, kitchen and bog gardens, topiary, medlars and old-fashioned roses. Tree house with spectacular views to Uffington White Horse and White Horse Hill. C18 mill house and barn, not open. Open every Wednesday 1 May to 25 September 2013. Admission fee applies.
RSPB Family Fun Weekend, Millets Farm Centre Nr - Abingdon on Thames
25/05/2013 to 26/05/2013
RSPB Family Fun Weekend. A weekend full of activities that all the family can enjoy! FREE event! Further information to follow soon on the website.
Country Show + Miniature Steam Rally, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Nr - Wallingford
25/05/2013 10:00 to 26/05/2013 17:00
Vintage machinery such as tractors, cars, motorbikes, stationary engines, commercial vehicles and miniature steam engines. Also model displays, craft demonstrations, trade and charity stalls. Licensed bar with live music on Saturday evening. Fun Dog Show on both days at 14.00.
Live Local Show, Mapledurham House, Mapledurham Nr - Reading
01/06/2013 10:30 to 02/06/2013 16:00
A "live local" show with local producers and gift makers bringing along their goods to sell at Mapledurham. Come along and be inspired. Held in marquees on the lawns, this event will bring local craft and gifts to Mapledurham. Sweets, preserves, cakes, cards, silver keepsakes etc will all be on display and for sale. FREE admission unless you wish to visit the house and watermill as well, in which case normal ticket prices will apply. The tea room will be open and serving cream teas and cakes.
Failford open garden for NGS - Abingdon on Thames
02/06/2013 11:00 to 16:00
Garden Tour, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Great Milton Nr - Thame
In partnership with official supporter Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, the organizers of Thame Food Festival 2013 are offering 50 lucky ticket holders a fantastic and unique opportunity to take a tour around the gardens where much of the kitchen produce is grown. Thame Food Festival Patron, TV chef, writer, broadcaster and leading authority on English cooking, Lotte Duncan, will also be there on the day to enjoy the idyllic, typically English setting, and to meet the guests and to share this amazing experience. Ticket prices apply.
Falconry days, Mapledurham House, Mapledurham Nr - Reading
08/06/2013 11:30 to 09/06/2013
Xtreme Falconry will be exhibiting their birds. Come along and watch the impressive displays of birds and even get a chance to go up close and personal as you meet the birds. Photographs will be taken and sold. This is a very popular event and there are three planned displays each day at approximately 12.00, 14.00 and 15.00. Ticket prices apply.
Coleshill Mill open days - Coleshill
09/06/2013 14:00 to 13/10/2013 17:00
Home Farm House, open garden for NGS, Pusey Nr - Faringdon
15/06/2013 14:00 to 16/06/2013 18:00
Craft Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Nr - Wallingford
16/06/2013 10:00 to 15/12/2013 16:00
Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary, Old Didcot Road, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, near Wallingford on the third Sunday of the month. Lots of varied stalls, refreshments and good free parking. Donkey sanctuary also open. Entry 50p.
Open Gardens for the National Garden Scheme - Thame
23/06/2013 14:00 to 17:30
Thame Show - Thame
Thame Show is billed as The Greatest One Day Agricultural Show in the country with competitions for sheep, cattle, horses, showjumping with some of the country's finest riders, and a premier dog show. It also hosts a very fine domestic section displaying many exhibits, a large food hall selling local produce, a craft hall, an indoor shopping mall and many trade stands selling a wide variety of goods. Ticket prices apply.
Gift & Craft Fair, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames
14/07/2013 11:00 to 16:00
An amazing array of stalls – handmade jewellery, soaps, glassware, cakes, ceramics, cushions and needle felting – the list just goes on and on! New nursery accessories, sparkly phone cases and decoupage household treasures, there is a gift for everyone. Wood turning demonstration and BBQ on café terrace. FREE entry to the Fair and 10% off admission to the Museum. Set in the fabulous Thames Room and outdoors on the terrace.
Henley Sheepdog Trial - Henley on Thames
14/07/2013 09:00 to 16:30
Radcot House open garden for NGS, Radcot Nr - Faringdon
18/08/2013 14:00 to 06/10/2013 18:00
Approx 2½ acres of dramatic yet harmonious planting in light and shade, formal pond, fruit and vegetable cages, extensive use of grasses and unusual perennials and interesting sculptural surprises. Cream teas. Entry fee applies (children FREE). Open on Sundays 18 August and 6 October 2013. www.radcothouse.com
Ashbrook House open garden for NGS - Blewbury
01/09/2013 14:00 to 18:00
Kingston Bagpuize House open garden for NGS - Kingston Bagpuize
08/09/2013 14:00 to 17:00
Notable collection of unusual trees, including magnolias, shrubs, perennials, snowdrops and other bulbs, providing year-round interest and colour. Large mixed borders, interesting summer flowering trees and shrubs. Restoration of copses and new planting in garden and parkland continues. Entry fee applies (children FREE). www.kingstonbagpuize.com
The Henley Show - Henley on Thames
14/09/2013 08:30 to 18:00
Fairs & Festivals
The English Music Festival - Dorchester on Thames
24/05/2013 to 27/05/2013
Celebrating Britain’s rich musical heritage, The English Music Festival is dedicated exclusively to the music of British composers, and is set in and around the village of Dorchester-upon-Thames in South Oxfordshire. The focal point of Festival is the early twentieth century – the Golden Renaissance of English music. Ticket prices apply.
Rokefest, Roke Nr - Benson
25/05/2013 14:00 to 27/05/2013
Rokefest is wall-to-wall music with an impressive selection of real ales on tap and great pub food, including a hog roast and vegetarian options, all set in a 16th Century pub in the South Oxfordshire village of Roke, near Benson. In support of Helen & Douglas House. We look forward to seeing you there!
Harwell Feast, Harwell Nr - Didcot
Music on the Meadows, Mill Meadows - Henley on Thames
01/06/2013 14:00 to 22:00
A music festival for families and young people in Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1BF to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation. Twelve local bands will be performing on the riverside bandstand.
Watchfield Village Fete and Dog Show, Watchfield Nr - Faringdon
01/06/2013 12:00 to 17:00
Flea Market + Collectors Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Nr - Wallingford
02/06/2013 10:00 to 08/12/2013 16:00
At Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary, Old Didcot Road, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell on the first Sunday of the month. Stalls, parking and refreshments. Entry: 50p. Tel: 01491 833938.
Annual Blues and Beer Festival - Wallingford
07/06/2013 to 08/06/2013
In the Regal Centre, Wallingford. More details on the website.
Millets Farm Fete, Millets Farm Centre, Frilford Nr - Abingdon on Thames
08/06/2013 11:00 to 09/06/2013 16:00
Bringing the countryside to life, Millets is once again repeating it's Farm Fete, this year featuring falconry displays, ferret racing, archery, swing boats, pony rides, tastings, vintage tractors, guessing games, welly wanging, local stalls and much more. Come along and enjoy a fun filled summer weekend with the whole family. The bouncy castle and Traditional Victorian Carousel will also be open over the weekend (charges apply). Entry to our Farm Fete is FREE and there will be a host of activities to get involved in over the weekend. The arena timetable will be published in the coming weeks.
Rare Plant Fair, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry
09/06/2013 10:00 to 16:00
Festival of Fibre, Village Hall, Stanton St John Nr - Oxford
15/06/2013 10:30 to 16:00
Oxford Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Open Day celebrating the fibres we use in our craft skills. We will be selling fleece from locally sourced breeds of sheep including several rare breeds and other fibres such as Alpaca. Demonstrations in Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing as well as Wood Turning using a Pole Lathe. Exhibition of Members crafted wares and a sales table. There are refreshments available all day and all in the lovely setting of Stanton St John, a real family outing. Village Hall, Middle Street, Stanton St John, near Oxford, OX33 1HB. Tel: 01993 868734 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org FREE event.
Henley, Health, Wealth & Wellbeing Fair - Henley on Thames
15/06/2013 09:00 to 16:00
24 local businesses have teamed up for Henley's first Health, Wealth and Wellbeing Fair taking place at Toad Hall Garden Centre, Marlow Rd on 15th June.
Jay Fairs, Antique + Collectors Fair - Benson
16/06/2013 10:00 to 15/12/2013 16:00
45 stalls in Benson Parish Hall. On the following Sundays - 21 July, 18 Aug, 15 Sept, 20 Oct, 17 Nov and 15 Dec.
Beacon Festival - CANCELLED - Watlington
21/06/2013 to 23/06/2013
A family music festival at Watlington Hill Farm taking place during the summer solstice. The main stage will host a range of music including rock and tribute bands with an open mic stage which will showcase acoustic music. There will also be an electronic tent, workshops, dance clubs and youth club performances, together with local food vendors and stallholders. Camping facilities will be available. Ticket prices apply. This event has now been cancelled.
RugFest - Wallingford
21/06/2013 to 22/06/2013
Towersey Church Fete, Towersey Nr - Thame
23/06/2013 12:30 to 16:00
A traditional fete in lovely surroundings offering an afternoon of fun and entertainment. Come along and enjoy live music, the Punch and Judy show, BBQ and Pimms, light lunches, cream teas, garden tours, raffle and silent auction, fire engine, children’s inflatables, coconut shy and lots more traditional games and stalls. Free parking and disabled parking.
Grand Peace Fete - Coleshill
06/07/2013 14:00 to 17:00
A great day out for the whole family. Traditional and unusual stalls, children's activities and games, delicious teas, curries and home made cordials. Beautiful garden setting in a National Trust village. Tel: 01367 241707. At Clock House, Coleshill, near Faringdon, Oxon, SN6 7PT.
Henley Festival - Henley on Thames
10/07/2013 to 14/07/2013
Ox-Fest, Carswell Golf & Country Club, Buckland Nr - Faringdon
12/07/2013 to 14/07/2013
A 3 day family festival of fun and frolics for all ages! Top tribute bands, live bands, local artists and other attractions, childrens' activities, quality food and drink from local award winning pubs and restaurants, campsite and creche. Ticket prices apply.
Peace in the Park- The Festival of Spirit - Nuneham Courtenay
12/07/2013 to 14/07/2013
TRUCK Festival - Steventon
19/07/2013 to 20/07/2013
Henley Fringe Festival - Henley on Thames
20/07/2013 to 28/07/2013
The Henley Fringe Trust promotes high quality theatre, drama and comedy and provides theatre artistes with a means of showcasing their work to the public and to industry professionals. Fast becoming recognized as a preview venue for Edinburgh Fringe; Henley is a fun and exciting festival. Ticket prices apply.
FollyFest - Faringdon
02/08/2013 to 04/08/2013
A brand new festival for Faringdon. A full weekend of fun and entertainment for all the family. Art, music, drama, food, film, dance, literature, drink, photography and poetry.
Rewind Festival - Henley on Thames
16/08/2013 to 18/08/2013
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. this year's headline acts include the B52's and the Pointer Sisters. Ticket prices apply.
White Horse Folk Festival, Grove Nr - Wantage
16/08/2013 10:00 to 18/08/2013
Taking place in Grove, near Wantage in rural Oxfordshire, WHFF is a small, friendly festival for folk fans who enjoy making new friends. WHFF has been described as just like a weekend-long party - and that’s just how we like it! 10 am until midnight £25 for the whole weekend. At Grove Rugby Club, Grove Recreation Ground, Off of Cane Lane, Grove, Near Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 0PA.
Towersey Festival, Towersey Nr - Thame
22/08/2013 to 26/08/2013
Bunkfest - Wallingford
30/08/2013 to 01/09/2013
Entering its 12th year, Wallingford BunkFest is a family friendly celebration with some of the finest music and dance on the scene, opportunities to learn and join in for all, a magnificent range of real ales, ciders and fine food. Attractions include singing trains (historic steam engines and vehicles), Craft Fair, Children's BunkFest and hundreds of performances across 20 venues. Ticket prices apply
Henley Literary Festival - Henley on Thames
30/09/2013 to 06/10/2013
The 2013 event promises a line-up of authors covering literature, history, biography, current affairs, politics, sport and poetry. Names include Lord Hattersley, broadcaster Peter Snow, author Giles Coren, and Major Sir Michael Parker. There will be a Crime and Wine strand, featuring three thriller writers, Erin Kelly, Sabin Durrant and Thomas Mogford. At various venues in and around Henley including the Kenton Theatre, the Christ Church Centre, the Red Lion, Bix Manor and on board The Hibernia. Ticket prices apply.
Thame Art and Literary Festival - Thame
18/10/2013 to 20/10/2013
Celebrate the written word, meet authors and talk about books plus workshops, exhibitions and a complete children’s festival over 3 days in Thame. Tickets priced from £5.
Wantage 'not just' Betjeman Literary Festival - Wantage
19/10/2013 to 27/10/2013
A wide-ranging programme of literary talks, concerts, morning lectures and a poetry speaking competition for children.
Food & Drink
Summer Food Festival, Newington Nurseries Nr - Chiselhampton
22/06/2013 to 23/06/2013
Come and sample the lovely produce of local food producers at Newington Nurseries. Tel: 01865 400533.
An Evening with Master Chef's Gregg Wallace, Aston Rowant Nr - Watlington
Includes a delicious 5 course meal with wine matched to each course and a chance to meet Gregg Wallace. £75 per person. Booking essential. At The Lambert Arms, Aston Rowant, near Watlington, OX49 5SB
Linda Barker's Bake It & Bag It Picnic Weekend, Denman College - Marcham
12/07/2013 to 14/07/2013
Linda Barker of Changing Rooms, I’m a Celebrity and Splash fame, is coming to Denman College as a tutor. Book yourself in now to experience her wonderful Bake It and Bag It Picnic Weekend, taught in conjunction with WI Cookery School tutor, Alison Haigh. Only 24 students will have the chance to take part in the two-night weekend course where you will spend half your time designing and making a picnic bag with Linda and the rest with Ali filling it with edible goodies. You will then get to try it all out at an al fresco feast at lunchtime on Sunday. The perfect chance to learn a range of new summer skills and meet a celebrity at the same time! WI member (residential) £349, non member (residential) £386. At Denman college, Marcham, near Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 6NW, tel: 01865 391991.
Harvest food Festival, Newington Nurseries Nr - Chiselhampton
Come along and taste the seasonal produce of local food producers, and also enjoy a special autumn menu in the restaurant. At Newington Nurseries. Tel: 01865 400533.
Thame Food Festival - Thame
Thame Food Festival includes food based treasure hunts, hands-on food making stalls and exhibitor food stalls to sample and buy from. Last year over 20,000 people enjoyed children’s workshops and competitions, street music and entertainment, demonstrations from top TV chef Raymond Blanc and his team from nearby Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and from patron Lotte Duncan.
Apple Weekend, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry
11/10/2013 10:30 to 13/10/2013 16:00
A weekend celebration of our native fruit with free tours of the orchards and fruit sheds and opportunities to taste different apple and juice varieties. Advice and information about growing apple trees will be available along with a country food and craft fair in the plant centre including apple bobbing, a hog roast and pottery painting for the children plus the Apple Anagram Adventure.
Empire Day, Plowden Arms PH - Shiplake
25/05/2013 12:00 to 18:00
Come along and celebrate Empire Day with a ceilidh band, steel band, Victorian amusements including cork shooting and coconut shy, Indian barbeque, hog roast, ales and ciders, cream teas and much, much more! Empire Day first started a year after Queen Victoria's death (on her birthday), 24 May 1902. It continued into the 1950s when relationships with countries and the Empire began to break down and eventually became re-branded as Commonwealth Day which still exists today. We've taken influences from this historical day and put together an afternoon of multicultural activities suitable for people of all ages. FREE to attend.
Circus at Millets Farm Centre, Frilford Nr - Abingdon on Thames
28/05/2013 to 02/06/2013
The award winning John Lawson's Circus voted the 'Best Small Circus', makes it's first ever visit to Millets Farm Centre. With an entirely human cast, Ringmaster Attila Endresz will introduce western pastimes with The Navadas, Georgia on the solo trapeze, Aaron Darnell on the aerial straps, Miss Anya with her amazing hula hoops, trampolining and inflatable comedy bikes with The Stefanyuk Family, sword and dagger balancing with Miss Top Hat and Tails, and of course crazy capers with everybody’s favourite clown Clumbsy. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Performances last for one hour and tickets are available to purchase online. We strongly advise booking early for this event! Show times: 10.30, 12.30, 14.30 and 16.30 daily. Tickets cost £5.99 per person.
Fun in the Park, Abbey Grounds - Abingdon on Thames
01/06/2013 11:00 to 15:00
Abingdon Town Council has joined forces with the Oxfordshire Play Association to bring together two of Abingdon's big annual events - Fun in the Park and Play Day. The joint venture (Fun in the Park) will take place in the Abbey Grounds. The aim is to give families a chance to spend affordable quality time together by promoting physical activity, encouraging community spirit, and the opportunity to have a go at something new and to promote local clubs and societies. The event will host shows, entertainment, rides, activities, stalls, games, climbing wall, go-carts, youth section, sports, refreshments and lots more ... Admission and most activities will be FREE.
Faringdon Folly Tower - Faringdon
02/06/2013 11:00 to 20/10/2013 17:00
Coronation River Pageant - Henley on Thames
An event to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation featuring around 130 boats, both classic and traditional, on the River Thames at Henley. The boats will be moored at Marsh Meadows and will travel upstream to Phyllis Court Club before returning. expect plenty of colourful characters and historic look-a-likes.
Steam and Speed Event - Didcot
Town Hall Steps - Henley on Thames
12/06/2013 11:00 to 13:00
Join us in Henley on Thames where local Historian Elizabeth Hazeldine will take you on a journey into Henley Market Place's fascinating Medieval past.
Wallingford Carnival - Wallingford
This year's theme is "The World of Dance". The carnival procession will start at 13.00 from Wallingford School, travelling through the town centre and finishing at the Kinecroft recreation field at 14.00. Other attractions include live music, arena events, a dog display team, trade and charity stalls and food.
Royal British Legion Ride of Respect, Dalton Barracks - Abingdon on Thames
Join up to 10,000 motorbikes taking part in a ride through southern oxfordshire to Carterton and Brize Norton for the first time, to pay their respects to the brave Service men and women killed in Afghanistan and to thank the towns for their care of our heroes and their families. The main riders will gather at Dalton Barracks in Oxfordshire and will set off in groups of 500 every 15 minutes on an AA marked route. In our area the riders will leave Dalton Barracks by Honeybottom Lane, turn left onto the B4017, through Wootton and Cumnor, turn left onto the B4077 at Farmoor and over Swinford Toll Bridge. Registration is a minimum of £10 donation per rider/pillion. For more information please visit the website or tel Graham Akins on 020 3207 2270.
Helen & Douglas Family Fun Day, Millets Farm Nr - Abingdon on Thames
Come and join Helen & Douglas House for a day of activities and entertainment for all the family! Why not make a day of it, bring a picnic and enjoy the sunshine! All profits from the activities on the day will go to Helen & Douglas House hospice for children and young adults. For more details please contact the Helen & Douglas House fundraising team on 01865 799150 or email email@example.com For further information on Helen & Douglas House please visit their website: http://www.helenanddouglas.org.uk/ Location: Grass area by the Farm Zoo, Millets Farm Centre, Frilford.
Woodcote Rally, Woodcote Nr - Reading
13/07/2013 10:00 to 14/07/2013 23:00
Thames Traditional Boat Rally, Fawley Meadows - Henley on Thames
20/07/2013 to 21/07/2013
Speed & Steam - Didcot
Boys of any age have always wanted to drive the fastest, glamorous and most exciting vehicle on wheels. Once upon a time, they wanted to be train drivers, nowadays, they want to be Formula 1 drivers. Didcot Railway Centre, in conjunction with Williams F1 Conference Centre offers this special experience combining both dreams, and these days it's not just for boys. Fees apply - Booking essential.
Speed & Steam - Didcot
Boys of any age have always wanted to drive the fastest, glamorous and most exciting vehicle on wheels. Once upon a time, they wanted to be train drivers, nowadays, they want to be Formula 1 drivers. Didcot Railway Centre, in conjunction with Williams F1 Conference Centre offers this special combining both dreams, and these days it's not just for boys. Fees apply - Booking essential.
Battle Re-enactment, Mapledurham House, Mapledurham Nr - Reading
07/09/2013 to 08/09/2013
Following the success of last years show, Fairfax Battalia is proud to be returning to Mapledurham to transport the visitor back to the time of the English Civil War. This is an ideal opportunity to gain a taste of life in the mid-seventeenth century from one of the best re-enactment groups in the country. See how it would have been for both soldier and civilian, for ordinary people and aristocrats. The Fairfax Battalia is a widely respected and renowned re-enactment group, representing a company of soldiers from Sir Thomas Fairfax's New Model Army regiment, circa 1645. We demonstrate all the activities, skills and weapons of an infantry regiment of the period. These will be demonstrated in a formal drill display, and put into action in a skirmish with the Royalist enemy, showing the sights and sounds, drama and excitement of combat from the period. Visitors can also take the opportunity to wander around the soldier's camp throughout the day and interact with the soldiers, perhaps trying on armour or handling a musket, or take part in the intrigue and politics of the camp. Prebooked tickets will attract a discount.
World Pooh Sticks Championships, Little Wittenham Nr - Abingdon on Thames
Meetings and Lectures
Richard Baker presents The Gilbert + Sullivan Story - Wantage
Richard Baker, popular Broadcaster and presenter of such programmes as Your Hundred Best Tunes, Baker’s Dozen and Last Night of the Proms relates the fascinating story of the creative pair. At St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Charlton Road, Wantage, OX12 8ER. Tickets £10 including wine and nibbles from the Vale and Downland Museum, Wantage. Tel. 01235 771447. Part of the Wantage not just Betjeman Literary Festival. This is a pre Festival event.
Greys Court and Lady Brunner, Denman College - Marcham
Join Sir Hugo Brunner and Anne Stamper (Honorary Archivist of the NFWI) who will talk in the morning about Lady Brunner and her life at Greys Court in Henley-on-Thames. Guests will then have a delicious 3 course lunch and in the afternoon will take a coach trip to Greys Court to have a look around the house and gardens. WI member £45, non member £50. Book early to avoid disappointment. At Denman College, Marcham, near Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 6NW, tel: 01865 391991.
Music in the Park, Abbey Grounds - Abingdon on Thames
Music in the Park will take place in the Abbey Grounds, Abingdon in the evening. Gates open at 17.30. Local bands will provide the entertainment - Prisoners of Katrina, Green Onions (UK Blues Brothers Tribute Band) and Abingdon Town Band will perform the Proms. The evening will finish with a grand firework display by Spyrotechnics. Wristbands will be on sale from Tuesday 2 April from the Town Council Offices, Old Abbey House, Abingdon-on-Thames, or if you wish to pre-order please fill-in the wristband reservation form on the website. The entry fees are £5 Adult, £2 for child/young person aged between 5-17 years old and children under 5 are FREE. Due to last year's Proms in the Park and Concert in the Park sell-out it is wise to purchase your wristbands as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment. For further information please call Sandra on 01235 468340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Music on the Meadows, Mill Meadows - Henley on Thames
01/06/2013 14:00 to 20:00
A music festival for families and young people in Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1BF to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation. Twelve local bands will be performing on the riverside bandstand.
Plays & Films
Drama Festival, Corn Exchange - Wallingford
09/06/2013 to 14/06/2013
The annual Corn Exchange Drama Festival. Regional theatre groups compete over three or four nights.
'As You Like It', Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sudbury House Hotel - Faringdon
12/06/2013 to 14/06/2013
Midsummer performances of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' are to be presented by the Faringdon Dramatic Society in the grounds of Sudbury House Hotel, London Street, Faringdon. This will be the first outdoor production by the society for almost 10 years and will be directed by Carolyn Taylor. This production will be set in the 1920s. Enquiries, tel: Fiona Merrick on 07548 854534. See website for further details.
The Accrington Pals, Unicorn Theatre, Abbey Buildings - Abingdon on Thames
26/06/2013 19:30 to 29/06/2013
Abingdon Drama Club Presents: The Accrington Pals by Peter Whelan. Tickets: £8, £7 concessions from The Bookstore, The Abingdon Precinct (15 Bury St), Abingdon, OX14 3QT or online at the website. Curtain up at 19.30 each night. At The Unicorn Theatre, Abbey Buildings, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3HZ.
Summer Theatre Evenings, Newington Nurseries Nr - Chiselhampton
01/07/2013 to 31/08/2013
Outdoor theatre and supper evenings at Newington Nurseries. Booking only with limited places available. Tel: 01865 400533.
Treasure Island, Mapledurham House, Mapledurham Nr - Reading
A swashbuckling family musical performed in the open air. Take the family on a merry romp to the sunny Caribbean with Cambridge Touring Theatre's swashbuckling musical adaptation of Treasure Island. Join our two young heroes, Jim and Ruth, as they find a treasure map and set sail for adventure. Along the way they will learn important lessons about loyalty and friendship and discover whether the pirate Long John Silver can be trusted! Suitable for all ages, the performance is outdoors, interactive and full of laughs and catchy tunes. Picnic on the lawn with the whole family - there's something for everyone in this production. Boys and girls are invited to come along in their best pirate fashion and have a photo taken with members of the cast. And for those aged 5 - 10, there is the chance to join a Treasure Island Workshop before the show. Gates open at 17.00 and the performance begins at 18.00 (workshop starts at 16.30). Tea, coffee, wine, cakes will be on sale. Gazebo seating will be available (limited). Ticket prices apply.
Twelfth Night, Mapledurham House, mapledurham Nr - Reading
Ahoy there to a brand new production of Shakespeare's comic tale of shipwrecks, sea storms and mistaken identity. Unforgettably larger than life characters, a whole host of playful pranks and the sound of enchanting music come together to create the perfect evening of romance and laughter. Join family and friends for this magical love story performed on a summers evening in the grounds of the historic Mapledurham House. Gates open at 18.00 and the performance starts at 19.00. Please enquire for discounts for groups of ten or more. Ticket prices apply.
Sherlock Holmes, Mapledurham House, Mapledurham Nr - Reading
Sherlock Holmes, the Hound of the Baskerville. On the lonely wasteland of the desolate Devon moors, something evil is afoot. When death stalks the Baskerville family, legend and superstition collide with the most heinous of crimes. On the moor nobody is safe, not even the bravest of men. Join Chapterhouse Theatre to meet one the world's most famous of detectives, Sherlock Holmes himself, as he is called upon to solve the greatest mystery of all time.........that of the Hound of the Baskervilles. Bring a picnic and your best detective skills for unforgettable evening of theatre, mystery and suspense on the lawns of the beautiful Mapledurham House. Gate open at 18.00 and the performance starts at 19.00. Ticket prices apply. Please enquire for discounts for groups of ten or more.
Wind in the Willows, Mapledurham House, Mapledurham Nr - Reading
Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect day at Mapledurham. What starts as a search for the best picnic spot rapidly turns into the most hilarious of escapades. With the bumptious Toad's heart set on a shiny new motor car and his very liberty soon at stake, will his faithful friends come to his rescue - and will he let them? Alive with music, song and dance, this magical family show is presented in beautiful traditional costume and features a woodland parade during the interval for everyone to join in with. Fun and frolics aplenty with this glorious new adaptation of the classic novel loved by children and adults alike - all performed on the lawns of the beautiful Mapledurham House. Gates open at 12 for picnics and the performance starts 13.00. Ticket prices apply. Please enquire for discount for groups of 10 of more.
Sherlock Holmes, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry
Treasure Island Workshop, Mapledurham House, Mapledurham Nr - Reading
19/08/2013 10:00 to 21/08/2013 15:00
A chance to really put on your own production of this classic tale. Come and have a great time with Barry and the team as you put on your own production of 'TREASURE ISLAND.' You will be in charge of stage management, acting, singing, dancing, artwork, publicity and production. At the end of the three days, you will be able to show your work to your friends and family. Even if you don't want to act, you will be fully involved in the process. We want you to have a really wonderful experience. Whatever skills you bring to the workshop will be used and will be valued. For children aged 7 – 11 – an excellent school holiday activity. Everyone who came to the last two workshops had a fantastic time - the mums were delighted and the children were super stars! Limited number so book soon!
10K Thames Run, Crowmarsh Gifford Nr - Wallingford
26/05/2013 10:00 to 13:00
The Wallingford 10k Thames Run starts from Howbery Park, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BA. This year money is being raised for Style Acre (http://www.styleacre.org.uk/) and Crowmarsh Gifford Primary School PTA. Start and finish details and route map can be found on the website, together with the online registration link. Gates open at 8.00 with registration between 08.30 - 09.30. The race starts at 10.00, with prize giving at 11.30. Entries in advance: £12.50 affiliated, £14.50 unaffiliated. Entries on the day: £15.00 affiliated, £17.00 unaffiliated. NB: UKA permit applied for (under UK Athletics Rules). It's open to all , the route is multiterrain, town and rural setting with a flat/undulating route. However, you should always consult your doctor before taking part in such an event if, you don’t already participate in regular exercise.
Chiltern Chase 5km & 10km Run, - Ewelme
The Chiltern Chase comprises 10km & 5km multi-terrain runs, in and around the beautiful South Oxford village of Ewelme. Being situated in the Chiltern Hills, both courses take in the Chiltern Way, bridleways and off-road sections with numerous amazing Red Kites flying overhead.
Uptonogood? Mountain Bike event, Upton Nr - Didcot
The "Uptonogood?" is a mountain bike event for families and experienced bikers alike. Almost entirely off-road, the 5, 12, 25 and 45 mile routes wind their way through the beautiful North Wessex Downs, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty encompassing the Ridgeway and surrounding bridleways. Before and after the rides there will be, teas, homemade cakes, a BBQ, beer tent, bouncy castle, and vintage bike display as well as sponsors stands. Why not make a weekend of it and camp Friday and Saturday night and enjoy the live music in the local George and Dragon pub. At Upton Village Hall, Station Road, Upton Oxfordshire, OX11 9HX.
Henley Women's Regatta - Henley on Thames
21/06/2013 to 23/06/2013
Henley Classic Swim - Henley on Thames
Henley Royal Regatta - Henley on Thames
03/07/2013 to 07/07/2013
Henley Masters' Regatta - Henley on Thames
12/07/2013 to 13/07/2013
Henley Masters Regatta has been held on the week following Henley Royal Regatta since 1994. Hosted and run by Upper Thames Rowing Club the regatta has grown into an internationally recognised event for veterans or masters crews. Competitors come from all over the world to compete.
Summer Orienteering, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry
27/07/2013 to 01/09/2013
Summer Orienteering - find your way around the ornamental gardens using compass directions and fun clues, then pick up a summer treat from the Teashop, Miss H's. (Compass supplied). £3 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the normal entrance fee applies. Trails are suitable for 3 - 6 year olds and 7+ years. No booking required.
Farcycle FollyFest Sportive, Market Place - Faringdon
This is a timed road run along a predetermined route and typically draws an entry of 100s from around the country. There will be two routes, one of 35 miles and another of 70 miles. The route will be signposted and there will be marshals to guide people with food and drink along the way. The routes meander through the Cotswolds where the scenery is incomparable. Entry fee applies.
Bike HHH, Market Place - Faringdon
A "bike HHH” is a fusion between a paper chase and a Hash House Harriers run. This event is all about having fun without having too many cycling skills. There is a prize of a brand new mountain bike and the winner’s name will be drawn from all those who complete the course of approximately 5-7 miles. There is no entry fee for this event. You can find out more about this event by emailing email@example.com or searching for "farcycle” on Facebook.
Town and Visitors' Regatta - Henley on Thames
Henley Regatta for the disabled - Henley on Thames
Gates open 10.00. Entry is £4 per person, carers enter for FREE. Purchase tickets at the gate on the day or in advance from firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01491 635332. At Phyllis Court Club, Marlow Road, Henley- -on-Thames, RG9 2HT.
Challenge Henley + Henley Half Triathlon - Henley on Thames
08/09/2013 06:30 to 23:59
Bike 180k on closed roads in the stunning Chiltern Hills
Run 42k through Henley and along the Thames footpath
Cycle 52 miles on Closed Roads in the magnificent Chiltern Hills
Run 13.1 mile in the quintessentially English town of Henley on Thames and along the Thames footpath.
Thames Path Challenge, Putney to Henley-on-Thames - Henley on Thames
14/09/2013 to 15/09/2013
50 or 100 km Walk it, Jog It, Run It? Your Challenge. Your way. The Thames Path National Trail is unique, with its beautiful scenery, steeped in history. The trail serves as a superb backdrop for a simply exceptional challenge, and in September 2013, you can take it on as a walk or run, in aid of a charity of your choice. 50 km Runnymeade to Henley or 100 km – Putney to Henley. A tough 24 hour Endurance Walk or Ultra-Marathon run! 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. However you tackle the Thames Path Challenge in 2013, you’ll be fully supported by our team! Push yourself for 2013, and do something amazing...
Abingdon Marathon - Abingdon on Thames
The 2013 Abingdon Marathon will again incorporate a number of chamionship events: Oxfordshire County Marathon Championships, Berkshire County Marathon Championships, Middlesex County Marathon Championships and Army AA Marathon Championships. In addition, the event also hosts the Twin Towns competition. We always extend a big welcome to our friends from overseas, especially from Argentan, France, Abingdon’s twin town. The event is a BARR graded Gold event. In addition to putting on a first class event for the competitors, the organisers aim to support a number of local charities and the main beneficiaries over the last three years have included Against Breast Cancer, SeeSaw and Helen and Douglas House. Whether you are taking part as a runner, supporting your family or friends as they run the race, or just enjoying the spectacle and the enthusiasm of the day we hope it will be a day to remember. Please note that the race is now full.
Bluebell Walk, Checkendon Nr - Reading
This follows a route around Checkendon which boasts that it has the very best bluebell woods in the Chiltern Hills. Meet at the village hall to join the guided tour or start later and follow the map. Cream teas will be available in the hall on your return. Village hall is the village centre, opposite the cricket ground (RG8 0SR). Tel: 01491 681723, email email@example.com
Guided walks at Ewelme Watercress Beds - Ewelme
02/06/2013 10:30 to 08/12/2013
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.
World War II Walk, Coleshill NT Nr - Coleshill
04/06/2013 11:00 to 13/10/2013 12:45
Art / Exhibitions
The Art of the Prize, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames
11/02/2013 to 01/06/2013
The Art of the Prize – rowing prizes from the Thomas E Weil Collection. This exhibition will present a selection of the great variety of prizes from Britain’s rowing history. From silver arm badges, wherrys and oars, to the array of chalices, goblets, tankards and the metallic medal, no rowing nation has surpassed Britain in its imaginative search for forms of athletic recognition. In the Rowing Gallery.
Head over Heels, Abingdon Museum - Abingdon on Thames
12/03/2013 10:00 to 07/07/2013 16:00
How many types of hats and shoes can you list? From uniform caps to party shoes and top hats to wellington boots. Discover more about why people have worn and continue to wear certain styles of shoes and hats. Entry FREE. Please note that the museum is closed on Mondays.
Freedom of the River, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames
16/03/2013 to 07/07/2013
Freedom of the River – The Story of Paralympic Rowing. Since rowing became a Paralympic sport in 2008 it has risen to international recognition. This collaborative exhibition with British Rowing tells the fascinating story of the development of adaptive rowing and its rise in global popularity. In the Kirkham Gallery.
The Long and the Short and the Tall - Thame
23/03/2013 to 12/06/2013
New exhibition at Thame Museum on the History of Weights and Measures from clocks to scales, and record breakers to rulers. How did we tell the time before clocks? How will you measure up against the tallest man in the world?
Janet Boulton: An Artist's Garden, County Hall Museum - Abingdon on Thames
01/05/2013 to 01/09/2013
This is a photographic exhibition of Janet Boulton’s own truly remarkable garden. In the accompanying book, Fore Ground/ Ground Back, Janet describes the early influence of classical Italian gardens and the acclaimed Barnsley House garden of Rosemary Verey. Come and be inspired.
Oxfordshire Artweeks (South Oxfordshire) - Entire Region
04/05/2013 to 27/05/2013
Art in Action at Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry
18/07/2013 to 21/07/2013