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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

Henley Ploughing Match & Country Market - Henley on Thames

05/10/2014 09:00

This is always a great day out with ploughing classes for vintage, classic vintage tractors and track vehicles and classes for heavy horses - high cut and ordinary. You will also be able to enjoy the terrier racing, log chopping competition, working display, Shire horse display, ferret racing, trailer rides, outside trade stands, and craft stands in the marquee.  Poultry auction. Licensed bar and refreshments available all day. "Blessing of the Plough" takes place at 9.15, and ploughing starts at 9.30. Ticket prices apply. At Bishopsland, Dunsden, RG4 9NR

Radcot House open garden for NGS, Radcot - Faringdon

05/10/2014 14:00

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. Spectacular Autumn display. Cream teas. Entry fee applies (children FREE). Open on Sundays 17 August and 5 October 2014.

Steventon WI Craft Fair, Vllage Hall, High Street - Steventon

11/10/2014 10:30

For further information email Refreshments and parking available. Cake stall and raffle.

Contemporary Crafts for Christmas, Abbey buildings - Abingdon on Thames

16/10/2014 10:00 to 26/10/2014 17:00

Held twice over 2 weeks, this 2 x 4 day event brings together some of Britain's finest makers in one glorious building. On display will be dazzling jewellery, leather work, ceramics, interior designs, pottery, woodwork, aromatic soaps. The list goes on, and these items are not available in the high street. With the redoubtable Ron serenading visitors as they rest a while in Auntie Christine's Bistro enjoying the home made snacks, and fresh teas and coffees. Held in Abingdon's medieval Abbey buildings and surrounding marquees, many craft workers will be demonstrating their skills. Due to the National Monument status of the Abbey buildings and its structure, we regret to inform our visitors that this venue is not wheelchair friendly. Ticket prices apply. Open 16 to 19 Oct and 23 to 26 Oct. Closes at 16.30 on Sundays.

Craft Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

19/10/2014 10:00 to 21/12/2014 16:00

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. 

Christmas Craft + Gift Fair, Mapledurham House, Mapledurham - Reading

25/10/2014 10:00 to 26/10/2014 16:00

Held in heated marquees on the lawns of the historic Mapledurham House, the Christmas craft fair will feature wonderful gifts for the family and home, original and wonderful crafts, a festive atmosphere and entertainment, morning coffee, lunches and afternoon teas, and of course, Father Christmas. Plenty of FREE parking. Why not kick start your Christmas shopping with superb gifts for all. We have a special offer of discounted tickets to include entry to the house, watermill and fair.

Christmas Food & Gift Markets, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

15/11/2014 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.

Didcot Gift & Craft Fair, Civic Hall - Didcot

15/11/2014 10:30 to 16/11/2014 16:00

The long established Didcot annual craft fair offers the usual mix of high quality hand made arts and crafts, food and drink with over 70 stalls selling art, glass, wood, knitted, jewellery, beer and jam in three halls. Come along and buy gifts for Christmas. This year will include a baking contest organised by 2013 Great British Bake Off contestant and Didcot resident Christine Wallace.  Amateur bakers are invited to enter 8 categories, 2 of which are for children aged 5 to 11. The winners of the adult categories will be invited to do a bake off on the Sunday with the star prize being a day at Raymond Blanc's Cookery School at Le Manoir. Refreshments and easy parking. Adults £1, children FREE. email

Fairs & Festivals

Henley Literary Festival - Henley on Thames

29/09/2014 to 05/10/2014

The festival which delivers a line-up of authors and big names covering literature, history, biography, current affairs, politics, sport and poetry takes place at venues in and around Henley including the Kenton Theatre, the Christ Church Centre, River & Rowing Museum, Town Hall and on board The Hibernia. There will be 150 talks, interviews and performances, together with a Children's Literary Festival. Ticket prices apply.

Antique & Collectable Fair, Mapledurham - Reading

02/10/2014 08:30 to 04/12/2014 16:00

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.

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

05/10/2014 10:00 to 07/12/2014 16:00

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. 

Autumn Water Festival, Earth Trust, Little Wittenham - Abingdon on Thames

05/10/2014 11:00

A celebration of Autumn, harvest, water and wetland landscapes with lots of family fun! Activities will include sustainable water play (waterproofs and wellies are essential!), mini raft making competition, using natural materials from the area, apple pressing, rushlight making, storytelling, Bug Man Adventure – go exploring on a spider and beetle walk, cricket bat willows display, artist charcoal making and a charcoal graffiti board, River of Life display with photos showing how the project is progressing, plus artwork and poems from school projects, pumpkin hunt, foraging walk and scavenger hunt, sensory soft play area, water filter game – work out how to make clean water from poo soup! The Poem Tree Cafe will be open, plus there'll be a hog roast from Farm Step tenants Coopers Oxford Pork. There will also be live music from local band Kismet, who are writing a special piece for the Festival. Ticket prices apply.

Abingdon Michaelmas Fair, town centre - Abingdon on Thames

06/10/2014 12:00 to 07/10/2014 22:00

One of the oldest hiring fairs in England, the Michaelmas Fair is now purely a funfair, running for two days - afternoons and evenings in Ock Street. An ecumenical church service by the galloping horses will take place at 20.00 on Sunday 5 October. The funfair and stalls open at midday on Monday 6 October.  This is a popular event for all ages.
Following a tradition since the C13th it is followed by the Runaway Fair on the following Monday - originally for the re-hiring of men who ran away from their previous employers, but is now a lower key childrens' fair. 

Faringdon Young Traders' Market - Faringdon

11/10/2014 10:00

Faringdon will play 'host' to its very first Young Traders' or Teenage Market. Young people (aged from 8 - 18 years old) are invited to take a stall on the Market Place to try trading. Fancy yourself as a young entrepreneur?  Want to make some serious cash? To book a stall, register today with our markets manager Andy Hayter And come along to support our young traders at this family-friendly event.

Jay Fairs, Antiques + Collectors Fair - Didcot

12/10/2014 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.

Runaway Fair, town centre - Abingdon on Thames


In the days when people looked for employment at fairs the Runaway Fair was the chance to escape a bad employer taken on at the Michaelmas Fair, and try to find another. Nowadays the Runaway Fair has children’s rides and amusements that carry on through the afternoon and early evening.  

Thame Art and Literary Festival - Thame

16/10/2014 to 19/10/2014

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. With a wide range of plays, poetry readings and author visits, you will be spoilt for choice.  There's something for everyone including a Singalong Frozen performance at the Thame Players Theatre.

Jay Fairs, Antique + Collectors Fair - Benson

19/10/2014 10:00 to 21/12/2014 16:00

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

Wantage Autumn Festival, King Alfred's East Site - Wantage

19/10/2014 12:00

Time to celebrate autumn again with the annual Wantage Autumn Festival. Showcasing some of our finest local producers and musicians with a great selection of stalls, live music, a local food BBQ, real ales & cider, teas & cakes, plus fun stuff for the kids too. The festival is a fundraiser run by Sweatbox Youth Centre and Sustainable Wantage. You can bring along your garden apples for traditional apple pressing and there's a grow-your-own area with Master Composters plus the Love Food Hate Waste crew. The kids can have a go at gladiator jousting and sumo wrestling, get their face painted and get creative in the crafts area. Entry: adult £2, children FREE.

Wantage 'not just' Betjeman Literary Festival - Wantage

25/10/2014 to 02/11/2014

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, such as the likes of Kate Aide and Andy McNab, to murder mystery and wine tasting, as well as a whole host of children's events. to mention but a few. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the website or download the brochure.

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Food & Drink

Autumn Real Ale + Cider Festival, Flowing Spring PH, Playhatch - Shiplake

02/10/2014 to 05/10/2014

We're well known for our Summer Real Ale Festivals and now we're holding our second Autumn Festival, coinciding with the end of Cask Ale Week. We will have a total of 8 real ales and 1 real cider, and full details are on our website. We are also delighted to announce the legendary Roger Winslet will be here on the Saturday with his jazz, funk and swing quartet of top class musicians, playing in the pub from 20:30. 

Oktoberfest, The Beacon - Wantage

03/10/2014 12:00 to 04/10/2014

In association with the Loose Cannon Brewery, Oktoberfest celebrates all that is good about beer with many ales, ciders and porters to try, and plenty of food and entertainment to enjoy with live music from local bands and DJs. Saturday daytime is a family fun day with a bouncy castle, face painting and more fun activities for kids to enjoy. FREE entry.

Oktoberfest, Chinnor RFC, Kingsey Road, OX9 3JL - Thame

04/10/2014 12:00

40 guest ales, 40 ciders and lagers. 12 noon start until midnight. £10 which includes your first pint and Oktoberfest pint glass. There will also be a rugby match to watch too!

Apple Weekend, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

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

We’re famous for our apples and this special weekend is the perfect celebration of our native fruit.  Join FREE tours of the orchards and fruit sheds at 11.30, 14.00 or 15.30 and taste numerous different apple and juice varieties.  If you’re thinking of growing your own apple trees, this is a great chance to try before you buy.  Advice and information will be available too, along with the chance to get your mystery crop identified.  FREE food and craft fair, apple bobbing and apple anagram in the gardens. Enjoy our apple themed menu in the teashop, Miss H’s. Children are FREE but must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee of £6.50 applies. A great family day out. FREE for RHS members.

Buckland Apple Day, Memorial Hall, Buckland - Faringdon

11/10/2014 11:00

Lots of apple related food to eat.  Tea and cake. Competitions and games for all the family including raffle, baking competition, pin the maggot and plant an orchard. A wonderful opportunity to see / handle a barn owl or hawk. Many local craft and food producers. Speaker on the use of flour in breadmaking and cooking demonstration from the chef at The Lamb, Buckland. Live music. Many trade and producer stalls including plants, pottery, cheese, cakes, mustard, oils, fudge, apple juice, bread, honey, jam and chutney. £5 per adult, Under 16s FREE. 

Apple Day + Conker Challenge, Cross Lanes Fruit Farm, Mapledurham - Reading

12/10/2014 10:00

Delicious apples! Here at Cross Lanes we have a splendid crop of many traditional English apple varieties. We grow over fifty varieties of apples, all different – sweet, sharp, juicy, crisp, nutty, rich, aromatic, complex and delicious. Sweet juicy pears will be out for tasting too. There are a host of other attractions. Apple games for the children and an array of apple peelers - who can get the longest piece of peel? See how the fresh apple juice is made and sample the different varieties. Bees are essential for apple growing and the beekeepers will be keen to share the secrets of the bees with you. Stalls will be selling delicious apple pies, cakes, muffins and jellies with local cider too. Join one of the guided walks at 11.00, 12.30, 14.00 or 15.30 and find out what is involved in producing such a range of fruit. There will be exhibits in the barns and experts on hand to answer your questions. The farm shop, selling our apples and pears, juices and honey, will be open as usual. Tea and refreshments will be available all day. Entrance and car parking are FREE. The Lions Club of Goring ,Woodcote & District Annual will also be holding their Conker Challenge for Charity. You can enter on the day with a donation of £1 to Lions Charity Funds in return for a fresh conker complete with string as supplied by the Lions. The Lions will be happy to make a hole in your chosen fresh and untreated conker, thread the string and even tie a knot for you. Competition Rules and training on how to play conkers safely will be provided when required. 

Village Apple Day, Red Lion public house, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

12/10/2014 12:00

This FREE event is a celebration of this year's apple harvest and includes an impressive display of some of the 70 heritage varieties of apple found in the village, together with apple tastings, traditional cider, apple juice, james and honey for sale. The highlight of the day will be the apple pressing when we use the village press to make juice all day. Each pressing will mix and blend different apple varieties, so no two combinations will be the same. Try them all and see if you can taste the difference. Why not bring some apples, join in with the pressing and make your own juice to take home.

Apple Day, Primary School - Marcham

18/10/2014 12:00

Bring along your apples, with leaves if possible, to be identified by experts, or bring them along with a bottle and get them pressed.  Enjoy a family lunch with roast pork and apple sauce rolls, barbecued pork and apple sausages, pork and apple burgers, plus apple cakes, apple tarts and apple chutneys. Cider tasting. Games and activities for everyone. Organised by Marcham Community Group.

Apple Day, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor


Special trains, children's games and fun for all the family. Apple identification, apple juicing and cider tasting!

Squash & Pumpkin Festival, Whitchurch-on-Thames - Reading

19/10/2014 11:00

Come and join us for a day of fun, local food and drink, garden tour and talk by Iain Tolhurst, the Grower. We’ll be open for visitors to see our beautiful market garden, have a Squash BBQ, if you wish to, and enjoy our vegetables, drinks and refreshments. Local stalls of food and crafts, traditional English cakes, and preserves are awaiting you. For children – lots of activities and fun, to keep them happy. Parking in the Lower Field by Hardwick gate. 

Octoberfest, The Nag's Head Public House - Abingdon on Thames

24/10/2014 to 26/10/2014

To celebrate the end of our second successful year! Live music all weekend. Plenty of food and drink with 28 beers, 10 ciders, German sausages, speciality burgers, and beer-battered fish and chips. 

Didcot Christmas Bake Off, Civic Hall - Didcot

15/11/2014 10:30 to 16/11/2014 16:00

This year the annual Didcot craft and gift fair will include a baking contest organised by 2013 Great British Bake Off contestant and Didcot resident Christine Wallace. Amateur bakers are invited to enter 8 categories, 2 of which are for children aged 5 to 11. The winners of the adult categories will be invited to do a bake off on the Sunday with the star prize being a day at Raymond Blanc's Cookery School at Le Manoir. Other events include a Masterclass from Christine Wallace and Toby Waterworth, and on Sunday, Phil Mercer from Radio Oxford, wlll present his programme 'Garden Cafe Live' on air, live from the Bake Off. The winner will be announced and presented with their prize and be interviewed! Entry is open to home bakers in Didcot and surrounding areas at a cost of £5 per entrant per category. You can enter up to 2 categories. 




General Events

Days out with Thomas the Tank Engine, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

04/10/2014 09:30 to 05/10/2014 17:00

Meet Thomas and his friends Duck and Diesel and The Fat Controller, Sir Topham Hatt, who will be keeping an eye on everything. Enjoy rides with them all day and as often as you wish. Children's entertainment includes colourful 'Professor Crump' clowning around the centre, balloon modellers 'Twistina and Twistopher', circus workshops with Pauline, and hourly Thomas story readings. Ticket prices apply. Tel: 01235 817200. At Didcot Railway Centre, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7NJ.

Senior Citizens Day, Chinnor + Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor


All senior citizens travel half price. Special timetable.

Faringdon Folly Tower & Woodland Open Days - Faringdon

05/10/2014 11:00 to 19/10/2014 17:00

This unique unusual 100ft tower is Faringdon’s icon and the last major folly to be built in England. It sits on Folly Hill, within a charming circular 4 acre woodland of splendid Scots Pine and broadleaf trees. Check out the fantastic views over 5 counties and find out about the history of Folly Hill, Henry James Pye (of Sing a Song of Sixpence fame), Oliver Cromwell and the very eccentric Lord Berners (the creator of the tower). Seek out the 24 blackbirds and giant willow pie, Cromwell’s cannon, the fairly useless bridge, Lord Berners in a tree! and a variety of birds and animal sculptures lurking among the trees. 

Coleshill Mill open days, Colesmill NT - Coleshill

12/10/2014 14:00

Ever wondered how grain is turned into flour? Visit our restored working mill at Coleshill and find out more... Spend a leisurely afternoon exploring our restored Mill, which is perched by the side of the pretty River Cole. See the grain being ground into flour, which you can buy. They why not head home and rustle up a yummy homemade bread, biscuits or cakes with the help of one of our recipe leaflets. Play pooh sticks in the river, as part of our 50 things before you're 11 3/4 challenge. More information: Liza Dibble, 01793 762209,  Entry fee applies. Open every second Sunday of the month.

Wheatley Windmill Open Days, Wheatley - Oxford

12/10/2014 14:00

An 18th-century stone built tower windmill. See the magnificent views over Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. See mill stones, the large grain bins and corn chutes. Inside the mill cap you will see the large brake wheel, the wallower, the wind shaft and the main shaft. There are stewards on hand to explain how the mill works. Weather permitting, the sails will turn several times during opening hours. Souvenirs are on sale inside the mill. There will be tea, coffee and homemade cakes to buy. Please wear suitable shoes, flip-flops and stilettos are not allowed on the stairs. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Admission is FREE. The mill is run entirely by volunteers. Donations towards the upkeep are welcome. We are a registered charity. Open days take place on the following Sundays - 10 August, 14 September and 12 October. 

Autumn Steam + Diesel Gala, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor


All available steam and diesel locomotives will be in operation throughout the day. FREE bus service between Princes Risborough Station and Chinnor. Special timetable will apply. Ticket prices apply.

World War II Operational Base Open Day (Autumn), Coleshill NT - Coleshill

12/10/2014 14:00

Descend into darkness, and imagine life as a sabateur exploring the secret new underground replica bunker, on this family friendly open day. Discover Coleshill's hidden history and explore the replica Operational Base with the education officer. Learn all about Churchill's Secret Army, which was based here at Coleshill during WWII. See the displays and quiz our volunteers about the lives of the Auxiliers, their training and bravery. 

Steam Days, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

25/10/2014 10:30 to 29/10/2014 17:00

On Steam 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.  In October steam days take place on Sat 25, Sun 26, and Wed 29. Didcot Railway Centre is open at weekends in October and daily from 25 October.

Night at the Museum - Wallingford


Experience what it was like in wartime Britain at a special Night at the Museum event from 6pm - 9pm. It's a great opportunity to see Wallingford Museum in an evening, instead of normal  daytime opening hours. Read original letters from Agatha Christie and find out more about her life in Wallingford during the 42 years she lived at Winterbrook House. And view the fascinating drawings by Will Wilder capturing his experience in a prisoner-of-war camp.

Live Music

Festival of Music, Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons, Great Milton - Thame

02/10/2014 18:45 to 04/10/2014

The Raymond Blanc Festival of Music, now in its 23rd year is a wonderful experience. Each performer will combine their remarkable talent with elegance and grace. This year's performers are Russell Watson, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and Tasmin Little. They will perform in the intimate setting of the neighbouring 12th Century St Mary’s Church. For such a prestigious occasion, you will be welcomed with a Champagne Laurent-Perrier reception served with the most delicate canapés. After the performances, Raymond Blanc has created a wonderful dinner for you to savour with some of his favourite wines. Ticket prices apply. For more information please visit the website or download the brochure.

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Wantage Silver Band Annual Concert, Civic Hall - Wantage

18/10/2014 19:30

Wantage Silver Band is very proud to present it’s Annual Concert.  Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see all 6 bands perform in one evening.  Tickets from Regent Arcade Bookshop, Grove Pharmacy or 01235 770378, also available via website.  £8 adult, £6 concession, £1 child.

Henley Jazz & Blues Week - Henley on Thames

14/11/2014 to 19/11/2014

Henley Jazz and Blues Week with Brakspear Pubs will see fantastic music every evening in one or more of Brakspear's pubs in Henley and around the area every evening. The festival will open with a Big Blues Night on the Friday followed by a Big Jazz Night on the Monday. Tickets are required for the special opening and closing nights. For the full programme and tickets, please visit the websites.  This year's event will launch the Henley Jazz and Blues Week Academy.

Seasonal Events

Lantern Walk in the Woods, Aston Rowant - Watlington

25/10/2014 18:30

Organised by Natural England/Chilterns Conservation Board at Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve. Come and join us for a lantern-lit adventure through the woods! Suitable for all the family. Follow the Aston Rowant Talking Trail and meet autumn wildlife, have a go at a craft activity and listen to a story in a magical candle-lit glade. Kids - bring along a homemade lantern and enter our Best Lantern competition at 20.00. You could win a prize! Children's activities most suited to over 5s, though younger siblings are welcome (children under 3 years FREE). Dogs welcome if kept on a lead. Sturdy shoes, warm clothing and torches are essential. Refreshments available at the end. Park in Aston Rowant Nature Reserve car park, off Christmas Common Road, signposted from the A40 Lewknor, near Stokenchurch, (nearest postcode HP14 3YL). Price: Adults £3, children (aged 3 years and over) £2. Booking essential call Cathy Rose on 01844 355506 or email

The Great Pumpkin Hunt, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

25/10/2014 10:00 to 02/11/2014 17:00

Find 10 pumpkins hidden in our beautiful ornamental gardens and win a special, seasonal prize - a great chance to get out and about and let off steam. No booking required - just turn up and enjoy. £2 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom garden entrance fee applies (£6.50).

Halloween Howl, Millets Farm Centre, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

25/10/2014 10:00 to 01/11/2014 16:30

The Millets Maize Maze is transformed into a spooky world of webs and witches. With bone-shaking and spooktacular experiences both inside and out of the maize, come and enjoy a day of Halloween fun for all the family.  There is one set admission price into the Halloween Howl event. Tickets allow entry for the whole day and allow you to take part in all the activities we have on offer. Last entry at 15.30 to allow you time to complete the activities on offer.


Sue Ryder Fireworks & Halloween Night - Nettlebed

25/10/2014 17:00

Organised by Henley Rotary Club.  As well as a huge bonfire and professional fireworks display expect numerous food stalls selling sausages, burgers, soup and drinks, bar and a pig roast.  Other attractions include tombolas, raffles, novelty stalls, fancy cakes, steel band and children's fancy dress competition. The event attracts the support of almost four thousand parents, young people and children and the children's' fancy dress competition is always a delightful part of the occasion. Gates open at 17.00 with the bonfire at 18.30, the fancy dress parade at 18.45, and the fireworks at 19.15. Entrance is £15 for each car including all occupants. For walkers it’s £5 for each adult and £2 for each child aged 5 – 16 years. Tickets are purchased at the gate on the night. 


Spooky Halloween Trains, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

25/10/2014 to 26/10/2014

Dress up if you care, be there if you dare!  Watch out for ghosts, rattling bones and spiders of different sizes to meet all tastes.  Look out for the spooky characters along both sides of the line to Cholsey and back. Beware of the witch distributing Special Halloween Spooky Bags on the train to all children under 8 years.  No need to book - just turn up on the day! Ticket prices apply.

Halloween Spooks Special, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor


Children dressed in Halloween costume will receive a present.  All trains steam hauled.  Trains at 10:15, 11:45, 13:30, 15:00 and 16:30.

The Halloween Show, Civic Hall, - Didcot

31/10/2014 11:00

Science Oxford Live presents The Halloween Show! Things are not what they seem in this fun and interactive family science show. But we can promise spooky surprises, eerie experients and dramatic demonstrations…. not for the faint hearted! Suitable for ages 6+.  Sessions at 11.00 and 13.00. To purchase tickets, please visit the website. 

Love Local Christmas Market, Town Hall - Henley on Thames

20/11/2014 10:00

This market at Henley Town Hall will be a fabulous shopping experience for local people wanting to buy something unique, unusual and individual that can't be found on the High Street from local artisans. There will be a range of goods on offer including upcycled vintage style furniture, cushions, artwork, home accessories, photography, ceramics, candles, jewellery, cakes, chocolates, Christmas cards and great Christmas stocking fillers. Entry £2 per person - children FREE.

Christmas Market, Market Place - Henley on Thames

21/11/2014 to 23/11/2014

Our Christmas Market will feature some great street food, homemade, healthy and traceable grocery foods together with handmade arts, crafts, clothing, jewellery, accessories and original Christmas gift ideas!

Late Night Christmas Shopping Event - Henley on Thames

21/11/2014 17:00

An inaugural Christmas 'Switch on and Shop' event when all the small Christmas trees and cross street lighting throughout the town centre will be illuminated. Local choirs and performers will add to the festive atmosphere and local retailers will open until 21.00, offering promotions and refreshments to kick-off the Christmas shopping season. 

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.

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).

Sporting Events

South Oxfordshire Sponsored Ride, Brightwell Baldwin - Watlington

05/10/2014 09:30

The 12 mile ride starts and finishes at Brightwell Park, Brightwell Baldwin near Watlington, Oxfordshire and much of it is on private land.  The 60 fences are approx 2’6” high, with 20 more challenging options at about 3’6”.  They are all well constructed and include rails, hedges, water, ditches, banks, impressive tree trunks and several combinations.  All fences are optional and there is a short cut if your horse gets tired.  Entry fee is £18 non-returnable deposit for each rider plus a minimum of £15 sponsorship.

PIP Mountain Bike Challenge, Lovibonds Brewery - Henley on Thames


A mountain bike challenge to raise money for adults with learning disabilities will take place in and around Henley. The cyclists will ride 19 miles through the Chilterns, starting and finishing at Lovibonds Brewery, off Greys Road car park. Teams, pairs and individuals over the age of 18 are eligible to enter. Entry is £25 and participants are encouraged to fundraise with a target of £250 for the Pursuing Independents Paths charity. Followed by beer, BBQ and fun for all the family.

Henley Half Marathon & 10K Run, Rugby Club - Henley on Thames

12/10/2014 09:30

The Henley Half Marathon and the 10K Run raise money for the RNLI as a national charity and for several other local and international charities. Each year some 2,500 runners participate. The half marathon course follows a beautiful scenic route through Henley, over the famous bridge, and along the Thames valley. It then returns to cross the river and takes the runners up the hill at Fawley before bringing them home to the Henley Rugby Club, RG9 2JA.


Sue Ryder Starlight Hike, Nettlebed Hospice - Nettlebed

04/10/2014 14:00

Join us in our 3k or 10k walk, starting and finishing at Nettlebed Hospice, taking in the beautiful Oxfordshire woodland and countryside. Arrive and mill around in our Starlight Hike Mini Village, where stalls, food and refreshments will be available. There will be a salsa warm-up before the start and a DJ, belly dancing and refreshments afterwards. Registration is at 14.00 and the walks commence at 15.00. We ask all participants to raise a minimum of £100 by taking part in the walk. If you would rather not fundraise, there will be the opportunity to make a personal donation of the same amount either before or at the hike.

Guided walks at Ewelme Watercress Beds - Ewelme

05/10/2014 10:30 to 07/12/2014

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 (Autumn), Coleshill NT - Coleshill

11/10/2014 14:00 to 11/11/2014 16:00

Discover Coleshill's hidden WWII history on this informative guided walk with our knowledgeable guide, through village, woods and parkland in all it's autumnal splendour, at the home of the British Resistance. Coleshill House was the headquarters for Churchill's secret army, or the Auxillaries - Britain's Secret Resistance Organisation. Visit some of the remaining features in the village, including the Guard House and the Underground Operational Base, and learn about the history of the training of the Auxillary Units during that time, and visit the new display of WWII artefacts. Ticket prices and booking fee apply, booking essential. Normal admission charges apply. This is a fairly long, flat walk. Walks take place on the following Sundays: 14 September, 11 October and 11 November.


Buscot and Beyond, Buscot NT - Buscot

25/10/2014 10:30

Join our ranger in beautiful Buscot for this Great British Walk along the Thames and into the Oxfordshire countryside. Discover a snapshot of this picturesque village's fascinating history before heading for a lengthy ramble along the Thames and the countryside beyond. Savour the autumn colour, learn about the local wildlife and listen to tales of the past, whilst keeping your eyes peeled for the elusive kingfishers that fly along this stretch of river. This will be a moderate walk, around 8 miles, with mixed terrain including fields, bridges and stiles. Adult £3, child £1.50. For more information please visit the website. Booking is essential.

National Trust White Horse Hill to Ashdown guided walk - Uffington

26/10/2014 10:00

You'll be following in the footsteps of the ancients on this FREE but lengthy 8-mile guided tramp with our ranger across the Berkshire Downs. Learn of legends, burial chambers, romance and more... Uncover the fascinating history of this ancient landscape on this guided circular walk with our ranger between White Horse Hill at Uffington and the Ashdown Estate. All this as well as experiencing the changing autumnal colours over breathtaking landscapes. Booking is essential: Lynda Tuckwell, tel: 01793 762209,  Suitable for groups, wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for weather conditions, bring a drink and snacks/packed lunch. Meet at the White Horse Hill car park. 

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. 

Notes from a Potter's Diary, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

23/09/2014 to 04/10/2014

The countryside observed through the changing seasons is the inspiration behind this new ceramic exhibition by Jo Bosley and Lyn Harrison. The Steventon based potters have exhibited their work annually at the museum for several years and have a growing reputation for their lovely quirky stoneware. Alongside the exhibition will be extracts from A Potter’s Diary. "Some of these are factual observations made by us during the year. Other extracts are fictional entries used to inspire our work and reflect the diverse changes in seasonal Britain, both in nature and human life. For instance, I have created an autumnal piece showing swallows preparing to leave on their epic journey to Africa. All of the work is made of stoneware crank and includes pieces suitable for indoor and outdoor use". You can meet the potters on Saturday 27 September between 11:00 and noon.

Wantage Art Group Exhibition, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

23/09/2014 to 04/10/2014

Wantage Art Group’s popular annual exhibition opens in the Upper Gallery and this year’s exhibition will reflect the wide range of materials and styles used by group members. The group holds monthly evening meetings at Charlton Day Centre for demonstrations by professional artists, talks and a chance to share ideas with other members. Workshops and trips are also held during the year. Exhibition organiser, Patsy Jones, says, "This exhibition will throw up some surprises from new members and some changes of direction by long-time participants. We hope that visitors to the museum will enjoy our display and maybe some will be inspired to join us!”  Some of the work will be for sale.

Scarlet Page: Resonators Exhibition, The Old Fire Station Gallery - Henley on Thames

29/09/2014 to 05/10/2014

Having made its debut at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year, photographer Scarlet Page's Resonators exhibition comes to Henley.  From music legends like Brian May and Paul McCartney to modern-day icons like Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller (as well as Scarlet's father, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page), this collection of stars and their guitars is not to be missed.  Signed prints will be on sale in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Open Monday to Thursday 09.30 to 17.30 and Friday to Sunday 11.00 to 15.00. Market Place, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AQ.

The Bullpen: Industry to Art, Cornerstone - Didcot

02/10/2014 to 09/11/2014

This group exhibition showcases the work of UK sculptors who are passionate about iron casting as part of their practice. Their work is a response to an exploration of engine parts and old foundry patterns at the Swindon Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway, including taking inspiration from objects not normally available to the public. The resulting sculptures will be cast in iron using a cupola furnace at The Bullpen foundry near Abingdon. We’re thrilled to be showing this unique exhibition of contemporary sculpture in a beautiful gallery setting, within sight of one of the original Great Western Railway stations.

Zedex Exhibition, Civic Hall - Didcot

05/10/2014 10:30

Oxford and District Model Railway Club members will bring their popular Zedex exhibition. Zedex is a convention of Z gauge (scale 1:220) railway modellers and exhibition of layouts depicting railways from around the world in Z and Nm scales. There will be more than 24 working layouts depicting railway scenes from around Bitain, Europe, America and Japan in Z and Nm scales. Members will demonstrate their skills in building the exhibits. including tree shaping and air-brushing.  There will also be a range of specialist trade stands.  Adults £5, accompanied children FREE.  Enquiries to Peter McConnell (Co-ordinator) There are hourly buses from Oxford and Didcot railway station is a only few minutes walk away.

PoW Sketchbook exhibition, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

14/10/2014 to 29/11/2014

Wallingford Museum hosts an exhibition of local significance this autumn with "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.

A&DMRC Exhibition, Civic Hall - Didcot

18/10/2014 10:00

The Abingdon and District Model Railway Club are holding their show in the very pleasant and accessible Didcot Civic Centre and we look forward to welcoming our regulars and many new layouts and new visitors. Our shows are for modellers and those who would like to be modellers with interesting displays, modelling help, trade stands and a junior section. A scale model of Thomas the Tank Engine's Sodor Island home will be the star exhibit. Refreshments available. £6 for over 16s.

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