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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.

Meetings and Lectures

'The View from above: Lidar and Aerial Photographs of Wallingford and beyond' , St Mary's Church - Wallingford

14/06/2017 19:45

Dr Edward Carpenter will talk at the Wallingford Historical & Archaeological Society about Lidar and aerial photography of Wallingford. Edward is an investigator with Historic England, and joined the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England in 1998. Since 2002 he has been involved in a number of multi-period aerial surveys across England and has a particular interest in the various ways that these landscapes or the individual monuments within them are perceived. 

Live Music

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. 

Sense and sensibility: a concert celebrating Jane Austen - Dorchester on Thames

17/06/2017 19:30

Celebrating the life and times of Jane Austen with an evening of music from her era and pieces from her own music archive, recently digitised by Southampton University.

This year marks the bicentenary of Jane Austen's death just a stone's throw from the cathedral grounds in Winchester where she is buried. Join Winchester's Waynflete Singers in the inspirational space of Dorchester Abbey, together with acclaimed pianist Roger Owens for a special, summer evening concert in honour of this Hampshire Lady. 

Plays & Films

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.

'Oi Sunnshine' - Uffington

21/05/2017 19:00

The Travelling Talesman who is on tour with his 'Oi Sunshine' story telling show will perform in the tearoom in the tearoom marquee. A bar and food is available from 5pm

Art / Exhibitions

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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