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What's On in Southern Oxfordshire?

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

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

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Fairs & Festivals

Oxfordshire Young Farmers Show, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

28/05/2017 10:00

Every year Oxfordshire Young Farmers' host a County Show to celebrate the year and what Young Farmers Clubs are all about - 'Fun, learning and achievement'. There will be a main ring, attractions, rural craft demonstrations, trade and food stands, a farm animal corner and a fun dog show for all the family.

The show raises money to keep Oxfordshire YFC running. Nationally we are one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK dedicated to young people who have a love for agriculture and rural life.

Salvo Fair 2017 - Henley on Thames

24/06/2017 10:00 to 25/06/2017 17:00

Salvo Fair is the UK's largest and original architectural salvage fair. Visit Salvo Fair to see unique UK and European exhibitors with a wide range of architectural antiques, architectural salvage, reclaimed building materials, garden antiques, decorative antiques, retro, vintage, industrial, steam punk and up-cycled products.

Salvo Fair is an outdoor event with marquees in grounds of the Fawley Hill, Henley - on Thames, Sir William McAlpine's private estate with a full size steam train and museum. 

The there for the 2017 fair is off-grid-living - antiques, reclamation and salvage, green living and carbon benefits of refuse. 

Towersey Festival, The Thame Showground - Thame

25/08/2017 to 28/08/2017

KT Tunstall, Newton Faulkner, Eliza Carthy and former Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden, are among the acts headlining the 53rd Towersey Festival. They’re joined by Show Of Hands, Lindisfarne, The Blockheads, Foy Vance, and many more.

One of the UK's longest running independent music festivals, the four-day event features entertainment across a dozen stages, including acoustic sessions, street theatre, storytelling, film, workshops, and a dedicated ceilidh / dance stage. There's also an array of street food and locally made produce, extensively stocked real ale and cider bars, and a renowned programme of activities for children and families.

Towersey is a hidden festival gem. Devoid of corporate logos and branding, and still run by the family who co-founded the festival in the mid-1960s, it’s relaxed, friendly, and with a forward-thinking programme of folk, roots and acoustic music.

Food & Drink

SO Food Festival - Wallingford

13/05/2017 10:30 to 14/05/2017 18:00

Ready to indulge in all things food? So are we, as our fresh new SO Food Festival returns to Wallingford. We have some amazing chefs cooking up a storm on our SO Food Kitchen live demo stage, local produce, tasty street food, music and madness from Jack FM and plenty of treats to keep your little ones entertained. Taste, Watch and enjoy!

Please visit the website for more information.

Meetings and Lectures

Excavations at St Brieuc, Brittany - an Iron Age Town? - Wallingford

12/04/2017 19:45

Tim Allen will talk at the Wallingford Historical & Archaeological Society (TWHAS) about the archaeological excavations at St Brieuc, Brittany.

Tim is Senior Project Manager at Oxford Archaeology Limited and has directed and written up archaeological excavations for OA for over 30 years. He has also directed research excavations and surveys built around public participation for the Earth Trust at Little Wittenham.

In 2009-10 Oxford Archaeology excavated a major late Iron Age Settlement at Tregueux, near to St Brieuc Brittany in advance of road construction. Stretching over nearly 1km, this consisted of a defensive enclosure, an unique monumental timber courtyard building, a series of metalled roads and a very large settlement parcelled up by drainage ditches and with a series of wells along its line. This is one of very few such 'agglomerated settlements', as the French describe them, in NW France, and mark the start of the emergence of towns in Brittany. It also provides an important contrast to late Iron Age settlement in Southern England.

Live Music

Resonate, Amey Theatre - Abingdon on Thames

13/05/2017 19:30

Some of Oxfordshire's finest entertainers come together for a unique, one - off evening of music, song, dance and comedy. Confirmed acts include the Tim Whitehead/Pete Oxley Quartet, Richard Soames, The Lin Marsh Singers, The Marsh Tompsett School of Dance and The Oxford Drum Troupe. 

Miranda Sykes tour, St Mary's Church, Garsington - Nuneham Courtenay

19/05/2017 20:00

After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring as she started out: One Woman, one bass and one guitar. 

Plays & Films

RSC Live: Julius Caesar, Amey Theatre - Abingdon on Thames

26/04/2017 19:00

Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare's epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power.

The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith's Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fenton's adaption of Don Quixote (2016), Season Directer Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action.

Please visit the website for more information.

NT Live: Obsession, Amey Theatre - Abingdon on Thames

11/05/2017 19:00

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Taleted Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaption of Luchino Visconti's 1943 film.

Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gine and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

Please visit the website for more information.

Sinodun Players' Return to the Forbidden Planet, Corn Exchange - Wallingford

17/05/2017 19:30 to 20/05/2017

Fasten your seat belts, Sinodun Players will be blasting off into the cosmos in possibly the greatest jukebox musical ever, Bob Charlton's Return to the Forbidden Planet at Wallingford Corn Exchange. 

Loosely based on Shakespeare's The Tempest and the 1950s movie the Forbidden Planet, this powerful and thrilling spectacular is a heady mix of sci-fi and Shakespeare glued together with a backbone on rock 'n' roll music.

Seasonal Events

Family Fun: Easter Eggsplorers, Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon on Thames

11/04/2017 10:00 to 13/04/2017 15:00

Find out about all the amazing lives of egg-laying animals on a trail around Sutton Courtenay and complete the challenge for a wildlife-friendly chocolate reward. Enjoy some eggcellent craft activities in our delightful education centre too - wild fun for all the family. 

Activities are aimed at children 4-11 years. Booking is essential. Please visit the website for more information. 

Children's Workshop: Be a Zoologist for the Day, Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon on Thames

18/04/2017 10:00

An opportunity to get hands-on with our fantastic science equipment. Get close up to minibeasts with microscopes and magnifying glasses. Pond dip, bird watching, sweep net in our meadow and use a dissecting kit to find out who our Barn owls have been eating. Spend the day out on our wonderful reserve with time for a picnic lunch (please bring lunch).

This workshop is for children aged 7 and up only. Booking is essential via the website.

Dorchester Festival 2017 - Dorchester on Thames

28/04/2017 to 07/05/2017

The biennial Dorchester - on - Thames Festival is one of Oxfordshire's leading festivals based in the stunning location of Dorchester Abbey. Since 2005 the festival has regularly attracted over 3,000 people each year from serious followers of the arts to schools, families and children of all ages and has raised significant profile and over £110,000 for Dorchester Abbey and local charities. In 2017 we are delighted to be supporting Sue Ryder, Nettlebed. There are 50 events across the 10 days of the festival. 

Please visit the website for full programme and tickets.

Green Woodworking Course, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

07/05/2017 18:30

A 6 week course (Tuesday evenings 9 May - 13 June) where you'll make your own stool to take home.

Booking essential. Please visit the website for more information.

Abingdon Air & Country Show - Abingdon on Thames

14/05/2017 10:00

The annual Abingdon Air & Country Show to be held in support of the local Thames Valley Air Ambulance Trust. 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, which is our objective.

Please visit the website for updates and further information.

Scything, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

14/05/2017 09:30

Learn the traditional way to tackle tall grass and long weeds, with expert Clive Leeke. 

Booking essential.

Please visit the website for more information.

Intermediate Wildlife Photography, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

14/05/2017 10:00

In each of these workshops professional photographer Andrew Walmsley will cover a different aspect of photography so you can build up a more in-depth knowledge. This workshop will cover wide angle tricks. 

Booking essential. Please visit the website for more information.

Art / Exhibitions

'The Round Mounds project: from Medieval Mottes to Prehistorical Round Mounds' - Wallingford

10/05/2017 19:45

Dr Jim Leary will talk at the Wallingford Historical & Archaeological Society (TWHAS) about the project 'Extending Histories: From Medieval Mottes to Prehistoric Round Mounds' which is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

His talk will discuss the results from the project, which aims to discover the history of monumental mounds in the English Landscape. The project brings together evidence from detailed analytical earthwork survey, geoarchaeological techniques and a comprehensive dating programme to determine the date of construction, sequence of development and environment context of 20 Castle mottes from across England.

A Night at the Museum - Wallingford

19/05/2017 18:00

Wallingford Museum will have a special one-off evening opening at half price. offering a chance to see our current exhibitions and also take a look 'behind the scenes' at a time when we are usually closes. You can also find out more about how the museum is run and what opportunities there are to join the team of volunteers!

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