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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

Coleshill Mill open days - Coleshill

13/04/2014 14:00 to 12/10/2014 17:00

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.

NGS Fritillary Weekend, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

19/04/2014 10:00 to 20/04/2014 17:30

See the county flower of Oxfordshire in all its native splendour as it flowers throughout April in our wildflower meadow and riverside walk (weather permitting). The gardens are open in aid of the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 20. Garden entrance fee applies.

Thame Country Show - Thame

20/04/2014 10:00 to 21/04/2014 18:00

A well-established and popular event, with three main show arenas hosting all day entertainment with top country sports and displays. Be spoiled for choice with endless country, food and craft stalls to visit and a superb falconry village with native and exotic birds of prey. Attractions include; dare-devil stunts, scurry racing, Chase The Bunny, blacksmiths' village, gundogs, fun dog show, re-enactments and field sports. Ticket prices apply. A superb day out for the countryman and family. Please visit website for full show details and advance tickets.  At Thame Showground, Kingsey Road, Thame, OX9 3JL.

Craft Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

20/04/2014 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. 

Allsorts open garden for NGS, Shrivenham - Faringdon

23/04/2014 10:30

This is a garden that gives colour throughout the year with some shrubs and climbers, herbaceous plants and alpines. It is not large but offers a variety of planting areas with some unusual plants and a bank of wild flowers; and through the year there are spring and summer bulbs. Amongst this we do encourage some cottage garden annuals. Also open on Wednesday 17 September. At Townsend Road, Shrivenham, SN6 8BN. Light refreshments. Adults £3.

Live Crafts Festival, Mapledurham House, - Reading

03/05/2014 10:00 to 05/05/2014 17:00

Dedicated to the showing and selling of work from the country's leading artists and craftmakers, the annual live crafts festival team draws on a wealth of experience to select some of Britain's finest designers, artists and makers to create a unique festival that will keep you returning year after year. The event will be held in marquees in a picturesque riverside setting.  A variety of craft workers will be demonstrating traditional crafts including bodging, willow basket making, raku firing, chainsaw carving, spinning, jewellery making and ceramics. Live music, pets corner, children's activities and play area. Ticket prices apply.  Mapledurham House and the watermill open at 13.00.

Abingdon Air & Country Show, Dalton Barracks - Abingdon on Thames

04/05/2014 10:00

It's not just an air show!  The Abingdon Air & Country Show has a varied ground show to go along with a fly-in of both modern and vintage aeroplanes and the associated air display.  All of this is within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Flying displays, static aircraft, exhibitors, vintage vehicles, tank rides, crafts, trade stalls, childrens' amusements, live music, food and drink, and much more! At Abingdon Airfield, Dalton Barracks, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 6JQ. Ticket prices apply.

Chalking the White Horse, White Horse Hill NT - Uffington

04/05/2014 10:00 to 25/08/2014 16:00

Help brighten up the White Horse at this chalking weekend. Join the community and help with the conservation of the famous chalk figure. All ages are welcome and participants can book half hourly slots with a maximum of 20 people in any one half hour. Tools and gloves are provied and you are advised to wear suitable clothing that you don't mind getting chalky. Children to be accompanied by an adult. FREE event, although car parking charges may apply. This event is part of the National Trust's '50 things to do before you are 11' campaign. Tel: 01793 762207 to book. Takes place on Sun 4 and Mon 5 May and Sun 24 and Mon 25 August.

Ridgeway Day, Court Hill Centre - Wantage

10/05/2014 10:30

Something for the whole family. Walk on the Ridgeway; feel 4,000 years of history beneath your feet, enjoy gorgeous views, spot wildlife and spring flowers, visit nearby Segsbury Castle hillfort, have lunch or a homemade cake at the Barn Cafe, admire art inspired by the Ridgeway, listen to the live music. Birds of prey displays. Children's nature trail and treasure hunt. Meet the volunteers who help to preserve the Ridgeway. Everyone is welcome and entry is FREE! At The Court Hill Centre, 2 miles south of Wantage on the A338.

Rare Plants Fair, Kingston Bagpuize House - Kingston Bagpuize

25/05/2014 11:00

Admission Charges: Adults £7.50, Children £4.50, Family Tickets £20.00 (Family ticket rates apply to families of 2 adults and up to 3 children or 1 adult and up to 4 children). Tel: 01865 820259.

Lime Close open garden for NGS, Drayton Nr - Abingdon on Thames

01/06/2014 14:00

3-acre mature plantsman's garden with rare trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. Mixed borders, raised beds, pergola, unusual topiary and shade borders. Herb garden designed by Rosemary Verey. Listed C16 house (not open). Cottage garden designed by MCL Garden Design, focusing on colour combinations and an iris garden with over 100 varieties of tall bearded irises. Many winter bulbs, hellebores and shrubs. Cream teas. Admission £4, children FREE. (Visitors also welcome by appointment Feb to June. Lime Close, Drayton, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4HU.

Greys Court NT Open for NGS, Rotherfield Greys - Henley on Thames

10/06/2014 11:00

The tranquil gardens cover 9 acres and surround a Tudor house with many alterations, as well as a Donkey Wheel and Tower. They include lawns, a maze and small arboretum. The highlights are the series of enchanting walled gardens, a colourful patchwork of interest set amid medieval walls. Meet the gardeners and volunteers who look after the gardens. Normal admission applies. Entry fee: Adult £4, child £2.

Craft Fair, Market Place - Abingdon on Thames

14/06/2014 09:00

This is the perfect opportunity to buy unique, handcrafted gifts for friends and family. Come along to Abingdon Market Place where local craftmakers will be selling their handmade crafts. Crafts on offer will include jewellery, textiles, pottery, pictures, leather gifts, stained glass, woodturned items, food, preserves, and much more. All this, and music by local bands! Tel: 01235 522642.

Rare Plant Fair, Stonor Park - Henley on Thames

13/07/2014 11:00

A day out at a Rare Plant Fair should be a enjoyable experience for every visitor, whether a novice or experienced gardener or indeed someone who just likes wandering around beautiful gardens. Exceptional nurseries attending will offer a wide range of interesting shrubs, perennials and bulbs to enhance your garden. All nurseries are dedicated to giving you well grown plants, at reasonable prices, along with information to ensure that the plants you buy thrive in your garden. Light refreshments will be available and Stonor's extensive walled gardens will be open during the event. Entry £5.00 per person over the age of 16 to include the Gardens.

Open Day at Chalkhouse Green Farm, Kidmore End - Reading

20/07/2014 14:00

The open day is open in association with the Yellow Book National Garden Scheme. Entrance £3.50, wheelchair users, carers and children FREE. A traditional farmstead and gardens, cream teas, guided tractor trailer rides, rare breeds, covered swimming pool, plant sale, something for everyone. Waiting to meet you are working horses including our rare Suffolk Punch horses, Marigold the curly coated pig and her ginger coloured piglets, her friend Alice the Berkshire sow along with her piglets and all the British White calves. Newly restored threshing barn and vintage farming equipment will be on display. Bee and honey demonstration. Monty and Magic, the adorable donkeys love giving rides to young children, and we have a basket seat for babies. Talks about the farm and our work for the Soundabout charity, with the exciting new ‘Sounds of Intent’ initiative, evaluating the beneficial effects of music for severely disabled children and adults. Come and see us! At Kidmore End, RG4 9AL.

Gift & Craft Fair, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

20/07/2014 11:00

There were an amazing array of stalls in 2013 including handmade jewellery, soaps, glassware, cakes, ceramics, cushions and needle felting, new nursery accessories, sparkly phone cases and decoupage household treasures, there is a gift for everyone. 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

20/07/2014 09:00

Over forty sheepdogs - 'several men and their dogs', Birds of prey, wagon rides, spinners and weavers, trade stands, refreshments and homemade cakes. Ticket prices apply.

Chilterns Craft & Design Show, Stonor Park - Henley on Thames

22/08/2014 09:30 to 25/08/2014 17:30

The Chilterns Hills backdrop to Stonor Park House and Gardens make a gorgeous location for this show. Meet up to 250 crafts people from around the UK displaying unusual and inspiring crafts such as handmade jewellery, ceramics, wood, glass, textiles, and stoneware. There are lots of activities to take part in, as well as the marquees full of beautiful goods for home and garden. Features include show gardens, live cookery theatre demonstrations, birds of prey displays, family craft demonstrations, live music and play areas for the children. FREE parking. Ticket prices apply.

The Henley Show - Henley on Thames

13/09/2014 08:30

The Show, which is now traditionally held on the second Saturday in September, has been held annually since 1898, and has, in recent years, most flatteringly been described as ‘the best one-day Agricultural Show in the country’.  Ticket prices apply.

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.

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

Fairs & Festivals

Jay Fairs, Antique + Collectors Fair - Benson

20/04/2014 10:00 to 21/12/2014 16:00

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

Antique & Collectable Fair, Mapledurham - Reading

01/05/2014 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.

Abingdon Music Festival - Abingdon on Thames

02/05/2014 to 04/05/2014

A largely non-competitive festival for amateur musicians. Performances by all age groups (8 years to adult) will be assessed by professional adjudicators. Sunday night's final concert, representing adjudicators' choice from all classes, offers the opportunity to hear music of exceptionally high standard.  At the School of St Helen and St Katharine, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, OX14 1BE.

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

04/05/2014 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. 

Chalgrove Village Festival, Chalgrove - Watlington

05/05/2014 11:00

The Chalgrove Village Festival is the major annual community event within the village.  It is a FREE festival that takes place in and around the village recreation ground.  It features a multitude of stalls, displays and entertainment suitable for all the family including a fun dog show, classic cars and vintage farm machinery, craft fayre, refreshments and food outlets.  It also hosts the well supported Chalgrove 10k run.  Please visit the website for full details.  For more information, contact the Chairman Bob FInal on

Village Street Fayre, Kingston Blount - Thame


A traditional village fayre featuring attractions for all ages, live music and BBQ.

Annual Blues and Beer Festival, Regal Centre - Wallingford

30/05/2014 to 31/05/2014

Come along to Oxfordshire's premier blues and beer festival! Wallingford Blues and Beer Festival is a charity music and beer festival run by local volunteers. All funds have gone towards promoting live music in Wallingford and helping youth development projects in the town and surrounding areas. Having gained a reputation as one of the best Blues festivals in the UK, this town centre venue (in a former cinema) creates a unique atmosphere with its excellent sound quality and unique combination of inside and outside areas. All of which is no doubt helped by regular capacity crowds. Saturday afternoon is family friendly and is a great way of introducing children to the joys of live music. Great live Blues music, real ales, cider, wine, soft drinks and BBQ. Ticket prices apply. 

Europa School Summer Fete, Culham - Abingdon on Thames

21/06/2014 12:00

A fun filled day with a European twist. Come and have a can-can with the french side or maybe a bit of oom pah pah with the german side. With the mix of taste from all over the world in our Europa refreshments or traditional English summer fete games, fun will be had by all who attend and all going well the weather should be better than the floods at the start of the year! email: At Europa School, Thame Lane, Culham, OX14 3DZ.

Towersey Church Fete, Towersey - Thame

22/06/2014 12:30

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 and races, coconut shy and lots more traditional games and stalls. Free parking and disabled parking.  Admission: Adults £1, accompanied children FREE. Contact Debbie Mellor, tel: 01844 214888, email:


Henley Festival - Henley on Thames

09/07/2014 to 13/07/2014

Henley Festival mixes music, art, culture, dining and location. Black ties, sharp suits, a floating stage, designer dresses, celebrity chefs’ pop-up restaurants, champagne sipped beside the Thames, an armada of pleasure boats, dance, street theatre, art, sculpture and roving eccentrica. Fireworks and more fireworks and late night parties.

Peace in the Park- The Festival of Spirit - Nuneham Courtenay

18/07/2014 to 20/07/2014

Wwith our unique mix of music, talks, fun and meditation pavilions – all with an enchanting atmosphere of peace and relaxation. We were bowled over with all the positive feedback you sent in, telling us just how much the relaxed vibe and welcoming atmosphere created an extraordinary event. Planning for the 2014 festival is already well under way and will include more intriguing ‘Mindset Talks’, new fascinating ‘One Question’ events, new woodland activities for children and adults, an open air chill-out meditation lounge, sacred music in the grounds, and the hugely popular ‘Meditation and Music for the World’ event. Mark the dates, book your place and see you in July. Festival times, grounds open: Friday 14.30 to 19.00 Saturday and Sunday 10.30 to 19.00.

Didcot Town Fayre, Edmonds Park - Didcot

19/07/2014 12:00

An afternoon of fun for the whole family with demonstrations by local clubs and groups, a baking competition, a beer tent, craft stalls, a produce show, a tea tent, live music from local bands in the evening, and lots more to see and do. Tel: 01235 812637, email:

Henley Fringe Festival - Henley on Thames

21/07/2014 to 26/07/2014

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. In 2014, the inaugural FILM FESTIVAL will run from 25 – 27 July. Showing films from all around the world in the genres of short film, animation and feature film.

FollyFest - Faringdon

01/08/2014 to 03/08/2014

A full weekend of fun and entertainment for all the family.  Art, music, drama, food, film, dance, literature, drink, photography and poetry.

Supernormal Festival, Braziers Park, Ipsden - Wallingford

08/08/2014 to 10/08/2014

Supernormal is a festival like no other, providing a powerful antidote to the current malaise of festivals-as-big-business. Blurring the boundaries between art and music, performer and audience, it champions the iconoclastic and the experimental, allowing risks to be taken and leaps of imagination to occur. Somewhere in spirit between the original Glastonbury Fayre and an eccentric village fete, Supernormal is the alternative's alternative. Ticket prices apply.

Henley Literary Festival - Henley on Thames

29/09/2014 to 05/10/2014

The festival which delivers a line-up of authors 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, the Red Lion, Bix Manor and on board The Hibernia. Details of the 2014 programme to be announced. Ticket prices apply.

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.

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.

Food & Drink

Maison Artisan Deli Fayre, Town Hall - Henley on Thames

26/04/2014 11:00

Maison Artisan is a new Deli fayre  designed to bring local and British produce of the highest quality to the local community. 24 food and drink producers will showcase a range of products including fresh breads, cheese, truffle oils, rapeseed oils, olives, pate and terrines, chocolate, cake, wine, beer, cider, liqueurs, jams, chutneys, teas and coffee…….and much more. You will be able to taste, sample and purchase the products on display in a fun and informal shopping arena. 

Wallingford Food Festival - Wallingford

17/05/2014 to 18/05/2014

The Wallingford Food Festival takes place over two days for you to try, taste, buy, enjoy and learn about fabulous local food and drink. Join the fun at Bridge Villa Campsite & Caravan Park near Wallingford. 

Thame Food Festival - Thame


Thame Food Festival is a wonderful showcase for local and artisan food and drink producers and retailers in the region, i.e. food and drink made in a traditional or non-mechanised way using high-quality ingredients of great provenance. Expect over 150 exhibitor food stalls to sample and buy from. You can also enjoy children’s workshops, food based treasure hunts and competitions, a pop-up pub and bookshop, street music and entertainment as well as a popular programme of demonstrations lead by top TV chef Raymond Blanc OBE and his team from nearby Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and from festival patron Lotte Duncan. 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

Faringdon Folly Tower & Woodland Open Days - Faringdon

06/04/2014 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. 10 minutes walk from Faringdon’s historic market place where refreshments are available, and 2 hours free parking. The tower is open from April to October on the first and third Sundays of the month, adults £2, 11-16s 50p, under 11s free.

Mapledurham at War, Mapledurham House - Reading

19/04/2014 10:00 to 20/04/2014 16:00

Following on from last year's fantastic event, we are delighted to announce that we will, once again, be presenting a spectacular re-enactment of World War 11. Sensitively portraying various aspects of this historic conflict, we aim to provide a fascinating and informative look back in time to the war years. Entertainment for the whole family to include dance displays and children's entertainment. Plenty of food and licenced bar. Prebooked tickets will attract a discount.

Heritage Diesel Day, Railway Centre - Didcot

26/04/2014 10:30 to 27/04/2014 16:00

At Didcot Railway Centre, via Parkway Station, Didcot, OX11 7NJ. On Heritage Diesel 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 board the only operational GWR Diesel Railcar for a 1940s ride on our Main Demonstration Line and watch the Railcar go past. There are frequent journeys so you will have plenty of opportunity to take photos from vantage points alongside the track as well as ride on the train. Admission prices apply. Tel: 01235 817200. The centre is open at weekends during April, and daily from 5 to 21 April.

Steam & Diesel Gala, Chinnor & 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.

Faringdon Rotary Club Duck Race, Millets Farm - Abingdon on Thames

27/04/2014 14:00

A fun event for all the family! £1 per Duck. Location: River Oak in our Phoebe Woods (at the bottom of the Farm Zoo). Ducks will be available to sponsor on the day, or at Millets on 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 26 April. Prizes: 1st Duck: £300, 2nd Duck: £200, 2rd Duck: £100 and 4th Duck: £50. Proceeds to: Air Ambulance and Rotary Charities.

Classic Vehicle Charity Run, Crowmarsh Gifford - Wallingford

27/04/2014 10:30

Owners of classic cars and motorcycles are invited to take part. The starting point will be at the South Oxfordshire District Council offices, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, near Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8ED. Two routes are planned through the most scenic parts of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. A short route of 25 miles towards Henley avoiding steep inclines for older or low powered vehicles and a longer route towards Thame of 50 miles. The routes are circular and return to Crowmarsh Gifford. Refreshments will be provided at the start and finish. In aid of charity. Entry fee applies. Tel: 01844 358238.

Vehicle Rally and Parade, The Kinecroft - Wallingford

11/05/2014 11:00

A real celebration of motoring history with all types of vehicles on show including farm, motorcycles, commercial, military and race cars, and the generous volunteers from the Sporting Bears Motor Club will be offering you the chance to ride in your dream car. There will be fun for all the family, celebrity guests, interviews, competitions, stalls and attractions. This is your chance to get up close to some of the world's most famous cars.  The event starts with a parade of 250 vehicles through the picturesque Oxfordshire town of Wallingford, snaking around the streets, through the Market Place and culminating in a static show at the Kinecroft in the centre of town.

Chiltern Vintage Tractor Charity Run, Turville - Henley on Thames


This successful run starts from the village of Turville, near Henley where the TV series The Vicar of Dibley was filmed. This all day event will wind around the most beautiful and private areas of the Chiltern hills.  Vintage tractor drivers wishing to take part please contact Gary Anderson, email In 2013 a record 65 tractors took part.

Wallingford's Night at the Museum - Wallingford

16/05/2014 18:00

Experience what it was like in wartime Britain at a special ‘Night at the Museum’ at Wallingford Museum anytime from 6pm – 9pm on Friday 16th May. Bring a torch to this event; there’s plenty to see – read original letters from Agatha Christie, find out more about her life in Wallingford during the 42 years she lived at Winterbrook House and discover the fascinating story of Wallingford’s history.

Steam & Vintage Vehicle Weekend, Fawley Hill - Henley on Thames

17/05/2014 10:00 to 18/05/2014

Sir William McAlpine invites you to celebrate Lady McAlpine's 70th birthday at their Fawley Hill estate near Henley. The event will celebrate all forms of transport from camels to planes. Attractions will include a Hurricane, Spitfire and Red Arrow, stationary engines, tractions engines, horse-drawn ploughs, JCBs, steam cars, Ferraris, steam rollers, lawn mowers, motorbikes, buses, vans, lorries, scooters, fire engines and boats. Other attractions include the animal sanctuary, shire horses, dog show, vintage fairground, Morris dancers, fire dancers and live bands and performers. Tickets can be purchased from the website or on the gate.

VW Owners' Rally, Stonor Park - Henley on Thames


Entry £10.00 per person over the age of 16. Contact: John Daniel 01628 604254 At Stonor Park, Stonor, near Henley-on-Thames, RG9 6HF.

Champagne Afternoon Tea & Garden Tour, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons - Thame

02/06/2014 14:30

Come and enjoy a Champagne afternoon tea in the elegant surroundings of the newly extended La Belle Epoque private dining room at Le Manoir and be among the first guests to gain a sneak preview of this glorious new setting. Arrive at 14.30 in Le Belle Epoque for a welcome cup of tea or coffee with the Garden Tour commencing at 15.00 returning to La Belle Epoque for Champagne Afternoon Tea from 16.00 to 17.30. A sumptuous afternoon treat enjoying the early summer at Le Manoir. Ticket prices apply.

Fun in the Park, Abbey Grounds - Abingdon on Thames

07/06/2014 11:00

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.

Wildlife on the Move, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

07/06/2014 to 06/09/2014

Wildlife watching train rides on the Chinnor and Princes Risborough railway. Trains depart Chinnor at 10.30, 12.00, 13.30 and 15.00. Join the Chilterns Conservation Board volunteers for the chance to observe and identify wildlife on the move as you travel by train along the foot of the Chiltern Hills. Who knows what we might see, but look out for Red Kites soaring overhead. No need to book. Ticket prices apply. These take place on 5 April, 7 June, 26 July, and 6 September.

Armed Forces Day - Wallingford


Celebrate Armed Forces Day in Wallingford with fun for all the family. Thousands of people are expected to gather in the Market Place and on the Kinecroft for celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of RAF Benson, with RAF personnel exercising the Freedom of the Borough. RAF Benson was granted the Freedom of the Borough in 1957 and last excercised its right to march through the town in 2009, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the base. Full details to be confirmed.

Family Fun Day, Harwell Campus - Didcot

28/06/2014 11:00

Bluestream Recruitment, Bright Sparks Science & Charlie Laing are organising a Family Fun Day at Harwell Science Campus as we are all conscious of the growing skills shortages in Science, Technology, Engineering & Environmental industries. We are looking to make the day a fun way to interact with our youngsters and get them interested in these areas i.e. we have a computer programmer who can get fruit to make sounds; a lady who goes into schools to do shows and hands on Science parties, interactive games, robots etc. For further information please contact Belinda on 01235 838 593 or
email In aid of Helen & Douglas House. 

Woodcote Rally, Woodcote - Reading

12/07/2014 10:00 to 13/07/2014

South Oxfordshire's premier event of the year! Woodcote Rally combines steam, vintage and veteran transport with family entertainment, crafts, trade stalls, live bands, a traditional fun fair, and CAMRA's famous Festival of Ale.  Entry prices apply and significant discounts are available by booking in advance on the website. The event opens at 10.00 each day, and closes at 23.00 on Saturday and 18:00 on Sunday.

Thames Traditional Boat Rally, Fawley Meadows - Henley on Thames

19/07/2014 to 20/07/2014

The Rally is a two day display of traditionally built boats, of any age, both powered and unpowered. Around 200 qualifying craft, including many of the famous Dunkirk Little Ships, attend each year. Highlights are the floating Illuminated Parade on Saturday night, sail-pasts of the various boat classes attending, bank-side displays, craft and produce, costumes, and vintage cars and bicycles. Camping is available.

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.

Meetings and Lectures

The Oldest Biggest & Weirdest, Northcourt Centre - Abingdon on Thames

20/05/2014 19:30

Abingdon Horticultural Society is pleased to present 'The Oldest, Biggest and Weirdest - trees and other native plants of the deserts, forest and mountains of California'. Ian Gourlay will give his talk at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS. Do come along and listen to what promises to be a very interesting presentation.  Everybody welcome, visitors are asked for a contribution of £2 towards the costs of the hall hire and speakers fees. Members always admitted FREE. You might even find you would like to join us!  We have a programme of talks, shows, visits and usually a Summer holiday.  We will be very pleased to see you. Contact Ian for information.

Live Music

OSJ Good Friday Concert, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

18/04/2014 18:00

OSJ Easter 2 for 1 ticket offer. On Good Friday, OSJ Voices will perform Verdi's wonderful Four Sacred Pieces, followed by unaccompanied Bach violin music played by Jan Schmolck, leader of our orchestra. Book your special half-price tickets at our box office on 0845 680 1926 or email Doors open 17:30. No interval. At Dorchester Abbey, OX10 7HH.

Heidi Talbot, Cornerstone - Didcot

24/04/2014 20:00

Heidi is an award winning folk singer from Co. Kildare. Formerly she sang with Irish-American folk group Cherish the Ladies, after moving to New York at the age of 18. She began singing in the church choir run by her mother and at sixteen, she enrolled at Dublin’s Bel Canto singing school. Her solo career has been superb, and she’s also featured as a guest on albums by Radiohead drummer Philip Selway and Eddie Reader, amongst others. Angels Without Wings is Heidi’s new album of original songs – recorded with an array of special guests including Mark Knopfler, King Creosote and Julie Fowlis - taking their inspiration from the foundations of folk. Ticket prices apply.    

City of London Concert, Christchurch - Thame

11/05/2014 14:00

Join us for an afternoon of entertainment with Thame Concert Band who will be performing a repertoire of popular music inspired by the City of London. The programme includes My Fair Lady, the theme from the London Marathon, highlights from Oliver! and Mary Poppins and other favourites. Thame Concert Band is a group of 25 local musicians who enjoy playing a diverse range of music from film and show arrangements to popular classics and solo pieces.  We look forward to seeing you there! Tickets on the door only: £8.00, Concessions: £6.00, Children: £1.00.

Rock on the Hill, Fawley Hill - Henley on Thames


A charity gala and rock 'n' roll party to raise money for local charities. Mike Read will play fifties and sixties music, Elvis impersonator, Ben Portsmouth will perform, and Paul Clerehugh will produce the food. It's hoped to have 500 guests at this event, hosted by Sir William and Lady McAlpine. To book tickets, please visit the website.

Music in May, Abingdon School - Abingdon on Thames

17/05/2014 19:30

A charity concert performed by Abbey Brass and the Abingdon Operatic Society to raise funds for two Abingdon based charities: The Abingdon Bridge - working with local young people - and Medic Assist international - enabling healthcare provision in challenging places around the world! A fun evening for good causes with favourite brass band numbers and songs from the shows.  Tickets just £10 from Newbury Building Society in West St Helen's Street, Abingdon or online. In the Amey Theatre, Abingdon School.

Harry Bird & the Rubber Wellies, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

31/05/2014 19:00

Ticket prices apply. Tel 01865 340633 or get tickets from or on the door.  Do get your tickets soon - you won’t want to miss out! Their fans say 'One of the most fun, life-affirming, quirky bands I have ever seen. Wonderful music and harmony'. ' A set packed with thoughtful and amusing songs!'. In aid of the Nasio Trust.

Music in the Park, Abbey Grounds - Abingdon on Thames

07/06/2014 17:00

Plans for Music in the Park include performances from local bands and artists and a grand finale firework display to finish off an exciting evening of entertainment. Gates open at 16.30 (TBC).

Beacon Festival - Watlington

20/06/2014 to 22/06/2014

A family music festival at Watlington Hill Farm taking place during the summer solstice.  There will be three stages with more than 40 bands performing. Other attractions will include a children's zone, workshops, hot tubs and food and drink stalls. Camping is available at £10 per pitch. Luxury tipis and boutique tents are available for hire. Tickets now on sale.

Hideaway Music Festival, Fawley Hill Estate - Henley on Thames

08/08/2014 12:00 to 10/08/2014

This festival is hidden away on an exclusive, private estate in the heart of the glorious Chiltern Hills. Live music, several excellent food outlets, real ales and a full bar, childrens attractions and activities, shopping opportunities, camping and FREE parking. Tickets prices apply, (under 12s FREE), available from the website. Limited early bird priced tickets are on sale now! Come along and Hideaway with us!

Rewind Festival - Henley on Thames

15/08/2014 to 17/08/2014

Love the 80s? The annual Rewind festival is a showcase of the decade’s successful bands and artists and takes place at Temple Island Meadows near Henley.  Ticket prices apply.

Plays & Films

Enchanted April, The Mill at Sonning - Reading

20/03/2014 to 17/05/2014

The Mill at Sonning is delighted to present the UK premiere of the major award winning play Enchanted April. Enchanted April was written in 1922 and adapted to stage by Matthew Barber and to screen in the 1990s. The movie starred Joan Playwright, Alfred Molina and Miranda Richardson, the story is of four women who at first clash, but then, inspired by their new surroundings, begin to bloom, rediscovering themselves in ways that they could never imagine. A beautiful and enchanting play which transports the audience into the picturesque Tuscany among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine. Box office 01189 698000.  

Seasonal Events

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Nuffield Place NT - Nettlebed

18/03/2014 11:00 to 21/04/2014 16:00

Come and follow the trail to win a Cadbury chocolate egghead. Follow a trail around Nuffield House and garden to win a Cadbury Chocolate egghead. £2 Per trail. For more information contact the Estate Office, 01491 642 857, Normal admission prices apply.

Easter Eggstravaganza, Farmer Gow's - Faringdon

04/04/2014 10:00 to 25/04/2014 17:00

Farmer Gow's is a great Easter treat for all the family if you're planning a day out in Oxfordshire, there's lots of Easter fun on the farm.  What could be sweeter than a cuddle with a little Easter lamb while you feed it a bottle of milk?  The farm is full of new life and one of the few places where you can actually hold the baby animals. All through the Easter school break, including Good Friday, Easter and Easter Monday, Farmer Gow's has Easter games, treasure hunts and trailer rides. Ticket prices apply.

The Big Easter Bunny Hunt, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

05/04/2014 10:00 to 21/04/2014 17:30

Join the Big Easter Bunny Hunt to find our bunnies hidden around the ornamental gardens. Find 8 of the 10 bunnies and claim your special Easter prize from the Teashop. It costs £2 per child and children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee applies. Unlimited spaces, just turn up and pay on the day.

Easter Egg Hunt, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

05/04/2014 10:00 to 21/04/2014 17:00

Meet Sidney the Swan in our Swan Upping exhibition and explore the Museum Galleries looking for clues. Help solve a swan puzzle to claim a mini Easter egg.  FREE with Admission. 

Easter Eggstravaganza, Millets Farm Centre, - Abingdon on Thames

12/04/2014 11:00 to 21/04/2014 16:00

Join us over the Easter holidays for our fun filled Easter Eggstravaganza - eggcellent entertainment for the whole family! Further details to follow... Bouncy castle, trampolines and the Victorian carousel will also be open - weather permitting.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Greys Court NT, Rotherfield Greys - Henley on Thames

18/04/2014 11:00 to 21/04/2014 16:00

Cadbury's Easter Egg Hunt. Follow the trail around the Greys Court house and gardens to win a Cadbury Easter Egghead. £2.00 per trail. More information: Property Administrator, (01491) 628529, email:  Booking not needed. Normal admission charges apply. Dress for the outdoors.

Easter Family Fun Days, Railway Centre - Didcot

18/04/2014 10:30 to 21/04/2014 16:00

With three locos on three lines including the Iron Duke and Firefly and appearances by Chipper the Squirrel.  

Children's entertainment includes a magic show, balloon modelling, street organ and Easter treasure hunt as well as activities in the science and learning railway carriages. At Didcot Railway Centre, via Parkway Station, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7NJ. Tel: 01235 817200. The centre is open at weekends during April and daily from 5 to 21 April.

Easter Special Trains, C&PR Railway - Chinnor

18/04/2014 to 21/04/2014

Jump aboard a steam train for these Easter Egg special rides which include a chocolate egg for children and a hot cross bun for adults. All trains will be steam hauled setting off from Chinnor Station at 10.15, 11.45, 13.30, 15.00 and 16.30.

Ivor the Engine, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

19/04/2014 to 21/04/2014

Ivor is back. Well in truth, he's not been away, but has been tucked up in Wallingford over the Winter.  He will be steaming between Cholsey and Wallingford over the weekend. Come along to meet those favourite characters such as "Jone's the Steam". The event will feature a full size Ivor the Engine locomotive, with his memorable signature whistles. Ivor appears by permission of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin. Trains depart Wallingford 11.05, 12.05, 13.05, 14.05, 15.05 and 16.05. Trains depart Cholsey 11.35, 12.35, 13.35, 14.35, 15.35 and 16.35. Ticket prices apply.

St George's Day Celebrations, Market Place - Wallingford

19/04/2014 10:00

Celebrate a traditional St George’s day event in Wallingford Market Place. Enjoy live music, Morris dancers, Punch & Judy, children's rides, FREE face painting, donkeys, the Oxfordshire Play Bus, a FREE WW1 photographic exhibition and plenty of stalls for eats and drinks. The Market Place will be closed to traffic for these celebrations. Come along and join in the FREE family fun.  Organisers: Wallingford Partnership Ltd.  Full details are on the attached programme.

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Easter Fun Day, The Boathouse - Wallingford

19/04/2014 09:00

Come along to The Boathouse, 103 High Street, Wallingford and join in some Easter fun! There will be face painting, a bouncy castle, a BBQ, and an egg hunt. Tel: 01491 834100. In aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.

The Great Big Tree Climbing Company, Greys Court NT - Henley on Thames

10/05/2014 10:00 to 14/06/2014 16:00

As part of the National Trust's 50 things to do before your 11 and 3/4's campaign we bring you The Great Big Tree Climbing Company. Two highly skilled and friendly instructors can help all ages reach new heights in a fantastic tree within Greys Court. They will teach you how to enter a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securely attached in a harness at all times. Once at the top of the tree you will gain an experience that cant be gained at g.round level. For more information: Property Administrator, (01491) 628529,  Booking is advisable, please book online through the website. Ticket and booking fee applies. Please wear shoes and clothing that you dont mind getting muddy. Meet at Visitor Reception. Suitable for ages 6 and above. In the event of high winds or thunder and lightening on the day, the event will be postponed. This event takes place on 10 May and 14 June 2014.

Gnometastic, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

24/05/2014 10:00 to 01/06/2014 17:30

Half term fun in the gardens with Gnometastic – help the gnomes in the gardens who have forgotten their names! Find all eight gnomes and their names to claim your prize in the garden shop - £2 per child and children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee applies. 

Fathers Day, Greys Court NT, Rotherfield Greys - Henley on Thames

15/06/2014 10:00

A lucky dip for all fabulous fathers visiting on this day. More information: Property Administrator, (01491) 628529, Booking not required, normal admission charges apply. Wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather

Sporting Events

Symm International Horse Trials, Hambleden Estate - Henley on Thames

18/04/2014 08:00 to 20/04/2014 18:30

This year the horse trials will be running over Easter Weekend. The schedule can be found at the British Eventing website - We are pleased to welcome visitors to the event and there will be a lot for them to see with 3 full days of competition starting at about 8.00 and going on until at least 18.30 each day. Payment is made on the day at the gate, and the cost is £5 per vehicle.

Lockinge Point-to-Point & Country Day - Wantage

21/04/2014 09:30

The popular Easter Bank Holiday event historically attracts over 10,000 visitors, who flock to the only jump fixture in the Home Counties on this date.  It offers a fantastic, informal day out in the great outdoors and is ideal for families, young people and racing enthusiasts. It is the place to be on Bank Holiday Monday so gather some friends, pack-up your picnic and experience this traditional country past-time. Gates open from 9.30 and entertainment starts at 11 and includes a hound parade, falconry display, pony racing, Vintage Car display and Easter Egg hunt and course-walk. A variety of trade-stands including a Farmers Market with local suppliers will also feature. First Race at 13.30. Ticket prices apply. Dogs on leads welcome.    

Tough Mudder, Hambleden Estate - Henley on Thames

26/04/2014 to 27/04/2014

Tough Mudder® events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, determination, and camaraderie. Expect mud, fire, ice-water, and 10,000 volts of electricity, 12 foot walls and underground mud tunnels. Only 78% of entrants successfully complete each challenge. As the leading company in the booming obstacle course industry, Tough Mudder® has already challenged half a million inspiring participants worldwide. But Tough Mudder® is more than an event, it’s a way of thinking. By running Tough Mudder®, you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time, and discover a camaraderie with your fellow participants.

On Your Bike, Primary School Sonning Common - Reading


On Your Bike - throw off the excuses, get On Your Bike and join our annual feel-good family ride through Oxfordshire's leafy lanes. How far? You choose: 6, 12 or 20 miles. There's also a supervised playground cycle for youngsters who are still a bit wobbly on their wheels. Pedalling starts at Sonning Common Primary School at 10.30. A café will be open from 9.30 until 13.30 in the school hall for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Entry is £5 per person in advance or £7 per person on the day. Register before 21.00 on 1 April 2014 and we will enter your name into our free draw for the chance to win a fabulous new bike, kindly donated by AW Cycles! Enter online at the website or tel: 01189 724487.

Treehouse 10k Run & Family Bunny Run, Cholsey - Wallingford

27/04/2014 10:00

The 10K run will be a mixture of on-road and track running and is open to anyone over the age of 16, in 7 different categories. Registration fee will include a FREE t-shirt. Advance Registration is £15.00. The Family Bunny Run is open to families / children under 16 and will consist of a 1k run that can be done as many times as each individual chooses. It has been named the Bunny Run as it is taking place just after Easter. Bunny Ears / bobtails would be a lovely addition to your running clothes!! Register online at the website or contact Sally 0783 700 9774.  Starts at the Pavilion, Cholsey

Classic Oxfordshire Bike Ride, Harwell - Didcot

04/05/2014 08:00

Come and join us on this popular 30, 60 or 70 mile bike ride, cycling through pretty villages and lush Spring countryside alongside the River Thames as it winds from south Oxfordshire up to Abingdon and into the Vale of the White Horse. Visiting countryside of beautiful half-timbered cottages, green riverbanks and colourful marketplaces, it’s a great start to the cycling season. The rides start (08.00 to 10.00) and finish in Harwell, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0RA. Entry fee applies. For more details and to sign up online, visit:

Chalgrove Festival 10k Run, Chalgrove - Watlington

05/05/2014 12:00

The Chalgrove Festival 10K is run in support of the annual Chalgrove Village Festival and the course is an undulating 10K single lap race through local villages and the beautiful surrounding South Oxfordshire countryside. The start and finish is at the Chalgrove Village Festival ground. There are plenty of spectators' points en route and we are able to provide changing facilities and plan to have a pre-race warm up beforehand to get you nice and ready. We would love you to bring your friends and families along.  The 10k is part of the Chalgrove Festival so there is plenty to see and do for you and your family. To enter and for more details please visit the website.

Kingston Blount Horse Races, Kingston Blount - Thame

10/05/2014 11:00

Arrive any time from 11:00, and certainly in time to unpack the picnic, buy a race card and listen out for the declarations for the first race (not all horses entered will actually run on the day). Then it's off to the paddock to study the horses and decide which your favourite is and you might make a detour via the bookies for a little bet, before watching the race. Most, if not all, of the course can be seen from your parked car, so you can carry on with your picnic while the horses go down to the start, and then they are off! Watching a race down by the course or even by a jump is the best way to feel the power and energy of these noble beasts and their brave jockeys - it has to be tried for at least one race. There will be 7 races, the first starts at 14.00 and the last at 17.25. Ticket prices apply. Facilities include a bar, food, country shops, bookmakers and toilets.

Ride for Ryder - Nettlebed

11/05/2014 07:00

Get on your bikes for a choice of three routes around the beautiful countryside of the Chilterns, cycling through Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. There will be a 10 mile route suitable for novice riders and 25 mile and 60 mile routes for more experienced cyclists, all starting and finishing at the Sue Ryder Hospice in Nettlebed.  It will be a great day out for family and friends as well, so come and show your support. Participants are asked to raise £100. It costs between £10 and £20 to register, depending on the length of ride, but cyclists who register before 1 March will receive a discount.

Wallingford 10K Thames Run, Crowmarsh Gifford - Wallingford

25/05/2014 10:00

The Wallingford 10k Thames Run is an established event enjoying increasing popularity with both experienced and novice runners and attracts over 500 runners. The race starts from Howbery Park, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BA. This year money is being raised for Footsteps Foundation 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. Entry fee applies. It's open to all, the route is multiterrain, town and rural setting with a flat/undulating route.

Uptonogood? Mountain Bike event, Upton - 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. The event starts and finishes in Upton village where besides the cycling there will be fun and frolics for all the family, including beer tent, great music, bouncy castle, cycle skills course, pump track, adventure playground and vintage bike display. There is camping available both Friday and Saturday night together with toilets and showers, so take advantage and make a weekend of it.

Henley Kids Fun Triathlon - Henley on Thames


The UK Kids Fun Triathlon is an ideal way to encourage children to get active and healthy. There are four categories: 7-8 years - swim 25m /bike 1km / run 500m; 9-12 years - swim 50m /bike 2km / run 1km; 13-16 years - swim 100m /bike 3km / run 1.5 km; Relay - all ages. Entry fee £20, relay £30.  This event was full and oversubscribed in 2013 with 500 participants, so to avoid disappointment enter now via the website.

Henley Triathlon, Gillots School - Henley on Thames


The increasingly popular Henley-on-Thames Triathlon takes place at Henley Leisure Centre and Gillots School. The town is perhaps best known for the annual Royal Regatta, which attracts some of the world´s finest rowers. Conveniently situated just outside the picturesque town of Henley on the edge of the Chiltern Hills and the banks of the River Thame. Boasting a spectator friendly course the Henley Triathlon is one not to be missed. Places are sure to fill up quickly, so secure your place and enter now. Do you have children that can't wait to become a triathlete? Make a weekend of it and enter them in the UK Kids Fun Triathlon on Saturday 21 June for 7-16 yr olds. Kids event full and oversubscribed in 2013 with 500 participants so avoid disappointment and book through the website.

Henley Classic Swim - Henley on Thames

29/06/2014 04:10

Entries to the 2014 Henley Classic Swim are now being taken. The annual 2.1 km race in which up to 700 swimmers tackle the Henley Royal Regatta course will take place at dawn, and a high turnout is expected with competitiors coming from all over the UK. This event is a celebration of mid-summer, and provides a unique opportunity to swim one of the most famous and beautiful stretches of open water in the world, at what we believe is the most beautiful time of the day, dawn.

Henley Royal Regatta - Henley on Thames

02/07/2014 to 06/07/2014

The best known regatta in the world and is both one of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar and the social season. It attracts thousands of visitors over a 5 day period to watch over 200 races of an international standard, including Olympians and crews new to the event. Aside from the rowing, visitors enjoy the ambience and facilities within the Enclosures.  Ticket prices apply.


The Henley Mile Swim - Henley on Thames

13/07/2014 09:30

This event is an endurance upstream River Thames swimming event, held over the boomed course of the Henley Royal Regatta. It is perfect for experienced open water swimmers who are looking for their next open water challenge. In addition, our non-competitive sporting category is ideal for swimming enthusiasts who are looking to take part in their first open water swim, as they will be able to swim the course in their own time, without the pressure of being part of a race. This family event, which will be a much more leisurely affair held throughout the day, also features The Henley Half Mile & Henley Splash (200m) for 8 to 14 year olds, so bring along your family and friends, do your swim, enjoy the stunning race surroundings and have a great day out.

Henley 14 km Bridge to Bridge Swim - Henley on Thames

10/08/2014 08:00

Entries are now being taken. Swum in the style of a ‘sportive’, this event is more relaxed than a race, and is aimed at serious open water swimmers who would like to include a long distance challenge in their summer open water swimming season. It’s not a race as such, but an opportunity for you to test yourself and take in the surroundings at the same time. Anyone who has ventured downstream from Henley will talk of stunning scenery hardly ever seen. The swim is organised into a group format, with teamwork making this a fun and satisfying event with a difference. And don’t forget it’s with the stream which makes progress feel surprisingly easy – a bit like cycling with a tail wind the whole way!  

Henley Regatta for the disabled - Henley on Thames

30/08/2014 10:00

The annual Regatta for the Disabled brings another fun filled day of boating, rowing or racing on the river for a memorable day out in the late summer sunshine. Familiar attractions include: Rivertime - equipped with a ramp and a lift for wheelchairs, electric launches - walk or carry on to stable boats, Dragon Boat Racing - enter a team and have fun. Novice (or done a bit before) there will be instruction and help on hand, Punch & Judy - by Professor Moon, climbing wall (takes wheelchairs). Millers Ark animals - come and meet friendly sheep, goats and rabbits. Face painting. Hot & cold food and drinks, beer and Pimms, live band, sideshows and more.


Blooming Bluebells, Greys Court NT, Rotherfield Greys - Henley on Thames

25/04/2014 10:00 to 26/04/2014 12:00

Arriving for 10.00, have coffee and a muffin in The Cowshed tea room. Then take a guided walk through the beautiful bluebell woods. More information: Property Administrator, (01491) 628529, email:  Booking is essential tel: 0844 249 1895 and booking fee applies. Suitable for groups. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear depending on the weather, wellies or walking shoes would be advisable. Children are welcome, but should be accompanied by an adult. The walk will be through woods and park land. There will be uneven surfaces and possibly be wet or muddy under foot. Cost: £10. Walks take place on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 April, and Friday 2 and Saturday 3 May, all from 10.00-12.00.

Sponsored Walk, C&PR - Chinnor

26/04/2014 10:30

Chinnor to Chinnor via the Icknield Way, approx distance 4 miles. A sponsored walk will take place along the track bed between Chinnor Station and Bledlow Cricket Ground returning via the Icknield Way. The walk will commence from Chinnor station where a safety briefing will be provided prior to the walk. Please remember that the majority of the walk is on ballasted railway track, so please wear appropriate clothing and stout boots or shoes. Please also remember that railway sleepers are very slippery, you should where possible try to avoid walking on them and walk either alongside the track or on the ballast. Dog walkers are very welcome to attend.

Beautiful Bluebells, Nuffield Place NT - Nettlebed

30/04/2014 11:00 to 04/05/2014 16:00

Enjoy the natural woodlands with a self-led walk through the stunning bluebells. Normal admission prices applies.

Get Walking Week - Entire Region

03/05/2014 to 09/05/2014

The Ramblers Association 'Get Walking Week is a short walks festival designed to help the nation discover the wonder of walking. To help us all get more active we’re encouraging everyone to get outside and get walking this May, whether it’s making short journeys on foot instead of in the car, making time for an after work stroll or planning a weekend walk with friends and family. And we’ll be offering lots of ways for you start walking and keep doing it, whether its joining one of our local groups for a short walk near you during Get Walking Week, or trying one of our free to download short walking routes. Visit the website to find a walk near you.

Guided walks at Ewelme Watercress Beds - Ewelme

04/05/2014 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.

20 Mile Ridgeway Walk, Uffington to Streatley - Goring and Streatley


Walkers will be taken by coach from Streatley Youth Hostel, near Goring-on-Thames to the start at White Horse Hill, Uffington, and will then walk back to Streatley. There will be check points along the way, some of which will have food available. Walkers will be welcomed at the finish in Goring village hall with tea and cakes and a certificate to mark the occasion. Email: or visit the website.

Dawn Chorus Guided Walk, Earth Trust - Abingdon on Thames

11/05/2014 04:30

Set your alarm clocks and listen to the birds celebrating spring at the Clumps. Learn more about the birds and how to identify them. It will be well worth being an early bird! Cost: Adult £5, child £2, booking is essential, please call 01865 407792 to reserve your place.  At The Earth Trust Centre, Little Wittenham, Abingdon, OX14 4QZ.

Bluebell Walk, Checkendon - Reading

11/05/2014 14:00

A village bluebell walk through some of the best bluebell woods in the South Oxfordshire Chilterns. Enjoy a cream tea upon your return to our delightful village hall. You may join an organised walk starting at 14.00 from the hall or go as individuals or small groups following our map. Short and long walks available, no big gradients.- or simply drive over to enjoy the tea and drive to the good spots. Last year the bluebells were a month late, this year we hope to see them on time. Village hall is in the village centre, opposite the cricket ground (RG8 0SR).  Tel: 01491 681723.

Cancer Research Walk, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

18/05/2014 10:00

Make the most of a spring day out and raise money for Cancer Research UK at the same time with our sponsored walk. You can take as long - or as short a time as you want covering the route around the Waterperry estate and gardens. For more information or a sponsorship form call Jenny Braithwaite on 01844 208073.

World War II Walks, Buscot & Coleshill Estates National Trust - Faringdon


Discover Coleshill's hidden WWII history on this informative guided Spring time walk through village, woods and parkland at the home of the British Resistance. Coleshill House was the hush-hush headquarters of Churchill's secret army, or the Auxiliers. Discover the detailed history of their training and visit some of the remaining WWII features around the village, including the Guard House and the original prototype underground training bunker or operational base. Plus, check out our newly built and refurbished replica "funk hole" and see our new display of WWII artefacts including a rare copy of a Stand-Down letter. Walks take place on Tuesday 18 March, 13.00 to 15.00, Saturday 5 April 14.00 to 17.00 and Sunday 18 May, 10.00 to 12.00.

Thames Path Challenge, Putney to Henley-on-Thames - Henley on Thames

13/09/2014 to 14/09/2014

25, 50 or 100 km walk it, jog it, or run it? Your challenge, your way. The Thames Path National Trail is unique, with its varied and beautiful scenery, steeped in history, and a superb backdrop for an exceptional 'festival' of endurance challenges. You can take it on as a walk or run, in aid of a charity of your choice. The options are: 25 km walk from Cookham to Henley; or 50 km - a daytime or overnight moonlight walk or run from Runnymede to Henley; or a tough 24 endurance walk or ultra-marathon overnight run of 100 km from Putney to Henley. Sign up as a team of friends, colleagues or family and support each other, or join as an individual and meet fellow challengers along the way. Most will walk it. some will jog parts of it, and quite a few will run the full 100 km. However you tackle the Thames Path Challenge you’ll be fully supported by our team! Now open for registrations.

Art / Exhibitions

Swan Upping Exhibition, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

25/05/2013 to 18/05/2014

This River & Rowing museum exhibition celebrates the 900-year-old tradition of monitoring Mute swans on the River Thames. Includes unseen historic photographs alongside original Pathé news footage, stories and artefacts about the intriguing lives of Swan Markers and the yearly swan count – an event steeped in Royal tradition.

Glorious Thames, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

01/07/2013 to 01/06/2014

Historically the Thames has hosted many royal flotillas and barges and in 2012 it was brought to life again with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee pageant. Come and see the enormous cauldron that carried the 2012 Olympic flame on the majestic royal barge Gloriana. In the River Gallery.

Blaze of Glory, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

01/07/2013 to 01/06/2014

Have you ever wondered where the name ‘blazer’ comes from? This exhibition in the Rowing Gallery reveals the history and traditions behind the iconic piece of rowing clothing.  

Diamond Light Source, County Hall Museum - Abingdon on Thames

14/01/2014 10:00 to 27/04/2014 16:00

Diamond Light Source, just south of Abingdon-on-Thames, is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Scientists from around the world use Diamond, which produces very intense beams of light, to discover more about the materials they study. It can be used on everything from protein molecules to high technology engineering components and reveals far more than any equipment found in a normal laboratory. Come and be amazed by the fascinating science practised at Diamond and how it is used to discover new information about our world. Open Tuesday to Sunday.  Family and children workshops accompany this exhibition, please visit the website for details and how to book.

Frazer Nash, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

15/02/2014 to 13/07/2014

In the Lord Kirkham Gallery. British car manufacturer Frazer Nash was founded in 1922. Packed with Frazer Nash memorabilia and photographs, this exhibition will tell the company’s fascinating story. The car, a Le mans Replica, in which Stirling Moss won the 1951 British Empire Trophy and the PlusPower Sports Tourer dating back to 1925, the earliest Frazer Nash still in existence will also be on display. Produced in conjunction with the Frazer Nash Archives.

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.

MG 90, County Hall Museum - Abingdon on Thames

18/03/2014 10:00 to 20/07/2014 16:00

90 Years of the MG Marque. The initials MG for Morris Garages have had a special meaning since 1924, when the first sports cars were produced under the leadership of Cecil Kimber. MG soon outgrew their Oxford premises and moved to Abingdon in 1929. They produced coupés and saloons but were best known for the open 2-seater sports cars and their reputation for ‘Safety Fast’. For over 50 years, Abingdon was the home of MG cars which were exported throughout the world. When the factory made the last MGB in 1980, this was not the end of the famous MG octagon. The badge continues to be used to mark top of the range cars now produced by the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation which are driven world-wide. Open Tuesday to Saturday.

Collectors Prints 2014, Bohun Gallery - Henley on Thames

29/03/2014 10:00 to 26/04/2014 17:00

Bohun Gallery is proud to present its most exciting exhibition of 20th Century and Contemporary Collector's prints to date, featuring work by some of the leading names in British art including Sir Peter Blake, Mary Fedden, Elisabeth Frink, John Piper and Terry Frost. Over the last 20 years prints have become more visible, accessible and more affordable than ever. Collector's Prints 2014 offers the opportunity to view rare images by our most enduring artists and to acquire work by the next generation of master printmakers. Bohun Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 to 17.00. Closed weekday lunchtimes 13.15 to 14.15. Tel: 01491 576228.

Awesome Universe, Cornerstone - Didcot

03/04/2014 to 27/04/2014

Awesome Universe is a visually stunning exhibition that celebrates Europe’s quest to explore the southern sky from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and is brought to you by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), who provide the UK research community with access to the world’s most advanced, ground based telescopes through international subscriptions. This exhibition consists of visually stunning images showcasing celestial objects such as galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters as seen by ESO’s observatories, as well as beautiful images of the observatories themselves, which are located in some of the most unusual places on Earth. Don’t miss the ‘Light Fantastic’ family day of FREE hands-on activities on 8 April.  

Ridgeway Views, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

15/04/2014 09:30 to 26/04/2014 16:00

Sam Thulin presents her first solo exhibition of vibrant paintings inspired by the animals and landscapes of the Ridgeway. All the work on display will be for sale. The museum coffee shop will be open for the purchase of light refreshments. Open Mondays to Saturdays, closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Oxfordshire Artweeks (South Oxfordshire) - Entire Region

03/05/2014 to 11/05/2014

Oxfordshire artists and craftspeople open their studios to the public for the county’s most important arts festival. More than free 500 exhibitions and events across the whole of the county. The first week of Artweeks take place across the south of the county, with exhibitions along the Thames from Faringdon to Henley and the Ridgeway from Wantage to Thame.  Artweeks is the opportunity for a wonderful day out: expect the unexpected, be inspired, diverted and delighted – and come home with a unique artwork of your own. You’ll be able to meet artists, talk about their work, watch demonstrations and maybe have a go yourself. Or simply feast your eyes on a huge range of creative activity, from painting, photography, textiles, sculpture and ceramics, to furniture, glass, mosaics, jewellery, digital art and much more.

Henley Arts Trail - Henley on Thames

03/05/2014 to 05/05/2014

Original work by local artists shown in their studios and at exhibitions in the Henley and Twyford area.  Come along and see unique pieces and meet the makers.  FREE entry to all venues.  Visit the website for full details or download the attached leaflet.

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Port Meadow, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

31/05/2014 to 20/07/2014

Port Meadow – photographs by Adrian Arbib. In the Treasures Gallery. Photographer Adrian Arbib captures the beauty and wonder of Port Meadow: 400 acres of common land on the outskirts of Oxford. Recently described as the most beautiful place on the Thames, Port Meadow is rich in archaeology, history and of significant environmental importance.

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