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What's On in Southern Oxfordshire?

There's always something interesting going on with events, festivals, shows, exhibitions and fairs happening all year round. This events diary will keep you up to date with what's on in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse so you can plan your visit.

Although major events such as the Henley Royal Regatta, Thame Show, Rewind, Wallingford Food Festival, Thame Food Festival and Henley's Festival of Music and the Arts attract massive publicity, there are plenty more events taking place.

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Fairs & Festivals

Henley Literary Festival - Henley on Thames

26/09/2016 to 02/10/2016

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

Henley Children's Literary Festival - Henley on Thames

26/09/2016 to 02/10/2016

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

Thame Art and Literary Festival - Thame

14/10/2016 to 16/10/2016

Celebrate the written word, meet authors and talk about books plus workshops, exhibitions and a complete children's festival over 3 days in Thame. With 30 events crammed into three days, the TAL Festival covers plays, music, and poetry. Enjoy readings, debate, guided walks and author visits. 

Wantage 'not just' Betjeman Literary Festival - Wantage

24/10/2016 to 30/10/2016

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

Food & Drink

Fantastic Foraging, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

04/09/2016 10:00

This month's Sunday drop-in is all about foraging for food. Find out what's growing around the Earth Trust Centre and learn what yummy things you can cook with it.

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. The programme covers children’s workshops, food based treasure hunts and competitions, a pop-up pub, restaurant and bookshop, street music and live entertainment. The popular programme of demonstrations is lead by top TV chef Raymond Blanc OBE, his cookery school team and other chefs including Sophie Grigson, Giancarlo Caldesi, Natalie Coleman and Nadiya Hussein. The entire town centre will be closed and traditional London Routemaster buses will ferry visitors into town from the nearby park and ride. 

General Events

William the Conqueror Day, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

20/08/2016 11:00

There will be another lively family day at Wallingford Museum with themed activities and entertainment for our own 'William the Conqueror' event. There will be a Norman knight there all day, showing weapons and armour and talking about the things he displays and lettings people try holding the items. 

For Children there will be a competition for the best dresses Saxon/Warrior or Lady/Norman Knight or Lady. Have a go at drawing and cutting out figures for our own version of the Bayeux Tapestry which depicts the events leading up to the Norman Conquest of England, culminating in the Battle of Hastings. 

Foraging Walk, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

25/09/2016 11:00

Discover the autumn bounty around the Earth Trust Centre and nature reserve and use what you find to create something delicious. Booking essential.

Meetings and Lectures

The Abingdon Horticultural Society Autumn Show, Northcourt Centre - Abingdon on Thames

03/09/2016 14:00

We welcome entries to any of the classes, without you we would not have such an enjoyable day, and every entry helps to increase the interest - just ask for a schedule from one of the contacts below. The flower classes alone include dahlias, gladioli, roses, lilies, asters and other annuals: most of you will have something to bring. Entrants should be members of our society or a similar one elsewhere.

There is always an interesting display of flowers,fruit and vegetables, and classes for handicrafts and cooking. In addition a plant sales stall will offer cheap plants. if you like what you see, why not join us? We have regular talks by gardening experts and visits to gardens of interest. You do not have to be a gardening expert!

call Ian on 01235 203873

Live Music

Rewind Festival - Henley on Thames

19/08/2016 to 21/08/2016

Love the 80s? The annual Rewind festival is a showcase of the decade's successful bands and artists and takes place at Temple Island Meadows near Henley. As well as the fabulous main stage line-up, there are many other things going on around the festival site. These include the Friday night welcome party with special guests, silent discos, sing-a-longs, funfair, theme bars, posh nosh, trade stands, vanity van, kidzone, river taxis, riverside stage, camping and glamping, and fantastic firework finales on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Plays & Films

Henley Film 2015 - Henley on Thames

03/09/2016 to 04/09/2016

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

Seasonal Events

Woodland Adventure, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

10/08/2016 10:00

An expedition for 5-8 year olds. Use your detective skills to discover the Earth Trust's woodland, where we'll explore, build and play.

Discover and Play, Earth trust centre - Abingdon on Thames

12/08/2016 10:00

Forest School for the under-5s. Join the Earth Trust for a morning of play and discovery in our woodlands. Forest School offers hands on learning experiences in a natural environment.

Meteor Shower Walk, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

12/08/2016 21:00

Enjoy a starlit walk on the Wittenham Clumps before settling down to watch the Perseid meteor shower. Bring a flask of hot chocolate!

Sling Walk, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

15/08/2016 10:00

Bring your baby for a ramble around our nature reserve. A great opportunity for you both to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside with other local parents.

Wildlife Wednesday, Wallingford Castle Meadows - Wallingford

17/08/2016 14:00

Our roving Wildlife Wednesday visits a different Earth Trust community nature reserve during each school holiday. This summer, come out and play at Wallingford Castle Meadows (OX10 8DL); learn about local wildlife and have lots of outdoor fun!

Woodland Adventure, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

24/08/2016 10:00

An expedition for 5-8 year olds. Use your detective skills to discover the Earth Trust's woodland, where we'll explore, build and play.

Family Bushcraft, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

26/08/2016 10:00

Bring the whole family and go wild in the great outdoors! Explore the woods, make shelters and learn how to light a fire and use a knife safely.

Discover and Play, Earth trust centre - Abingdon on Thames

02/09/2016 10:00

Forest School for under-5s. Join the Earth Trust for a morning of play and discovery in our woodlands. Forest School offers hands on learning experiences in a natural environment. 

Scything for Improvers - Abingdon on Thames

04/09/2016 09:30

Scything is the traditional way to tackle long grass and tall weeds. Develop your technique during this one-day workshop with Clive Leeke. Booking essential 

Sporting Events

Oxford to Henley Challenge - Oxford

10/09/2016 09:00

Double marathon distance - 84km.

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


Wetland Wildlife Walk, Thrupp Lake - Wallingford

25/09/2016 09:30

Enjoy a guided walk around Thrupp Lake (OX10 3NG) with local ecologist Ben Carpenter and find out about some of the wetland and wildlife that lives there. Booking essential.

Art / Exhibitions

Heritage Exhibition, Champs Chapel, East Hendred - Wantage

24/04/2016 to 30/10/2016

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

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