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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

Craft Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

16/08/2015 10:00 to 20/12/2015 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

22/08/2015 10:30

We have a limited sized garden in Shrivenham that looks out over fields and the curve of the Berkshire Hills that back Swindon. Visitors will find a variety of planting areas that include shaded sites, scree, borders with herbaceous plants, rock plants, climbers, shrubs, a planted bank, topiary and other surprises. At Townsend Road, Shrivenham, SN6 8BN. Light refreshments. Plants for sale. Adults £3, children under 12 FREE. No dogs other than aid dogs. This garden is open on Saturday 11 April, 6 June and 22 August.

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

28/08/2015 09:30 to 31/08/2015 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.

Flower & Dog Show, Binfield Heath - Shiplake

29/08/2015 12:00

The Binfield Heath Flower Show attracts a large number of visitors and is a great day out for all the family.  It is a forum for local people to show what they can do in the many flower, vegetable, arts and crafts competitions.  There is also a dog show and lots of food and entertainment for the family. Attractions include a children's entertainer, birds of prey display, classic and vintage vehicles, music provided by local band and choir and a large range of side shows and stalls, raffle and tombola.

Uffington White Horse Show - Uffington

30/08/2015 10:00 to 31/08/2015 17:00

This is a traditional two day country show which offers a wide range of attractions for families and people of all ages including arena events, craft stalls, food hall, animals, historic vehicles and much, much more. The show is located in fields overlooked by the famous bronze age figure of the Uffington White Horse, which is over 3,000 years old. Our motto is 'Countryside, Family and Fun' and our objective is to bring those enjoyments to as wide a group of people as possible. 

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

05/09/2015 14:00

The society welcome entries to any of the classes.   The flower classes include dahlias, gladioli, roses, lilies, asters, and other annuals. There is always an interesting display of flowers, fruit and vegetables, and classes for handicrafts and cooking. In addition a plant sales stall will offer cheap plants. 
Entrance cost is £1(free for members), accompanied children are free. Teas and refreshments will be available.  

Ashbrook House open garden for NGS - Blewbury

06/09/2015 14:00

The garden where Kenneth Grahame read The Wind in the Willows to local children and where he took inspiration for his description of the oak doors to Badger's House. Come and see - you may catch a glimpse of Toad and friends in this 3½ acre chalk and water garden in a beautiful spring-line village. In spring the banks are a mass of daffodils and in late summer the borders are full of unusual plants. Teas available. Admission £4, children FREE. This garden is open on Sunday 5 April and Sunday 6 September.

Rare Plant Fair Adwell House, Adwell - Watlington

06/09/2015 11:00

£5 per adult includes entrance to the gardens. Children under 16 FREE. A proportion of the gate proceeds will be donated to the Amber Foundation. The Adwell Estate lies on ground sloping down from the Chiltern Hills, and the major feature of the garden is the water garden with magnificent trees dominating the lawns. Refreshments - teas and bacon baps available. Website: www.adwellestate.com Telephone: 0845 468 1368. Well-controlled dogs on short leads are allowed in the gardens and fair.  www.adwellestate.com

 

The Henley Show - Henley on Thames

12/09/2015 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’.  Attractions include four rings of horse show jumping, showing and driving classes, display arenas, food and farming marquee, horticultural area, produce tent, heavy horses, cattle, sheep, poultry tent, cage bird classes, companion dog show, craft demonstration marquee, food and wine marquee, shopping arcade, and over 100 interesting and varied trade stands located around the showground. FREE parking, and FREE buses from Marlow and Henley. Ticket prices apply. Discounted tickets will be available online from June 2015.
 

Oxfordshire County & Thame Show - Thame

17/09/2015 08:30

Thame Show is billed as The Greatest One Day Agricultural Show in the country with competitions for sheep, cattle, horses, and showjumping with some of the country's finest riders. Other attractions include a premier dog show, fun dog show, scurry driving, cattle parade, classic cars, agricultural display, parade of hounds, display of birds and alpacas, Sheep National, pig agility, sheepdogs, gundogs, and Cyril the Squirrel Terrier racing. The Food Theatre and Bakery Show will be a feature with demonstrations of glass blowing, leatherworking and stick making. There will be local school children performing on the stage singing and dancing. The army will be on site with a display of weaponry, the Oxfordshire Fire Service with their safety display and Chinnor Rugby Club with their young teams showcasing touch rugby. There is a public bar, and also two large food courts selling a whole range of food and drink. There are also plenty of shopping opportunities in the Food Hall, Shopping and Craft Marquees, Home & Garden section and a vast assortment of trade stalls to buy from. The headline attraction this year in the Main Ring will be the amazing Devil’s Horsemen featuring chariot racing and stunt riding. Ticket prices apply.

 

Craft & Gift Fair, Millets Farm, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

25/09/2015 10:00 to 27/09/2015 17:00

 
Open 10am - 5pm (4pm on Sunday) Friday - Sunday With an array of exhibitors showcasing a range of wares from jewellery and jigsaws to hand bags and knits; woodcraft and paintings to photos and cards; soaps and ceramics to fashions and cushions, there’ll be stalls to suit all interests and ages. As in previous years it will be held in a large marquee on the site with excellent access from our huge overflow car park.

Henley Ploughing Match & Country Market - Henley on Thames

04/10/2015 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, childrens' 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. Venue to be confirmed.

Artists & Makers Fair, Town Hall - Thame

10/10/2015 10:00 to 28/11/2015 16:00

An exciting event with a great selection of artists and makers, right at the heart of this historic Oxfordshire market town. A list of the exhibitors can be found on the website. £1 entry. Artists & Makers Fairs will also be held on 6 June, 10 October and 28 November.

 

Fairs & Festivals

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

02/08/2015 10:00

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. 

Supernormal Festival, Braziers Park, Ipsden - Wallingford

07/08/2015 to 09/08/2015

Supernormal is a three-day, experimental arts and music festival taking place at Braziers Park in Oxfordshire. It offers a platform for artists, performers and musicians to work collaboratively and creatively for a new kind of audience seeking experiences out of the mainstream. It is determinedly small and intimate with an audience of 1,500 and has been born from a place that values the currency of ideas and imagination rather than commercialism and profit. Supernormal allows the exploration of the unspoilt and extraordinary grounds of Braziers Park; an eco-site with fresh running water, eco toilets and hot outdoor showers with a wooded camping area. Ticket prices apply.

FollyFest - Faringdon

07/08/2015 to 09/08/2015

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

Jay Fairs, Antique + Collectors Fair, Parish Hall - Benson

16/08/2015 09:00 to 20/12/2015 16:00

46 quality stalls and good refreshments. Well worth a visit.  Admission £1.50. These are held on the third Sunday of the month.

Toad's Egyptian Fete, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

21/08/2015 10:30

All the fun of the fete with an Egyptian twist.  Join ‘Toad-ankhamun’ for art, craft and games on an Egyptian theme.

Ray's Wantage Carnival - Wantage

30/08/2015 11:00

A summer carnival extravaganza with live music, stalls, BBQ, inflatables, fun fair, licensed bar with Carnival ale, arts and crafts, picnic area, classic car parade and more. Contact: Ray Collins tel: 07964 863 947, email: raymondcollins426@googlemail.com

Bunkfest - Free Family Festival - Wallingford

04/09/2015 to 06/09/2015

A FREE access family friendly festival comprising musicians, dance and ‘proper beer’. The Saturday Street Fair sees dance teams from across the country taking over the streets as well as roving Street Entertainers. Singers and musicians provide the entertainment on "The Singing Train" and all are welcome to come and join in. There are musical boats, and three nights of superb folk music performances across many venues. To coincide with The Bunkfest, Wallingford Museum is offering 2-for-1 tickets, and a history walk at 11.00 on Sunday 6 September. www.wallingfordmuseum.org.uk
 

Woodcote Festival, Woodcote - Reading

12/09/2015 13:00

The Woodcote Festival plan to incorporate a few new attractions this year. This is a ‘not for profit’ village event, run by the village, for the village.  In the past the festivals has included Barbecues, Live Music, a Bar, Craft Stalls, Bouncy Castles, Classic Vehicles, Games, Dog shows, and more. It is the place to compete for best in show: Vegetables & Fruit, Baking & Preserves Flower arrangements, Art, Photography and the best Scarecrow Competition. 

Thame Fair, High Street - Thame

17/09/2015 12:00 to 19/09/2015 23:00

Thame Fair is traditionally held on the third Thursday of September to coincide with the Thame Show. The fair is held in the High Street and Upper High Street and during this time Thame town centre becomes a fair-ground for young and old!  Road closures and bus diversions will be in place to ensure public safety. The Thame Fair photograph is credited to Nick White http://www.nickwhitephotography.com

Henley Literary Festival - Henley on Thames

28/09/2015 to 04/10/2015

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.

Henley Children's Literary Festival - Henley on Thames

28/09/2015 to 04/10/2015

There will be 50 performances and workshops. The line-up includes Charlie and Lola creator Lauren Child, Hugless Douglas author-illustrator David Melling and former children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo in a special event entitled 'War Horse and Other Animals'. Local author Rachel Lloyd will discuss Connor the Conker, while young readers will get an insight into the royal household with Aby King's fictional tale of Lupo, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's cocker spaniel. This festival, which is part of the Henley Literary Festival, takes place in the Market Place, the Christ Church Centre, the Kenton Theatre and the d:two centre.

Jay Fairs, Antiques + Collectors Fair - Didcot

11/10/2015 10:00 to 13/12/2015 16:00

40 stalls in Didcot Civic Hall, OX11 7JN.  Including collectables, stamps, postcards, militaria, china and jewellery.  Taking place on the following Sundays in 2015: 1 November and 13 December.

Thame Art and Literary Festival - Thame

16/10/2015 to 18/10/2015

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

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

18/10/2015 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 local ales & cider, teas & cakes, plus fun stuff for the kids too. The festival is a fundraiser run by Sustainable Wantage. You can bring along your garden apples for traditional apple pressing and there's a grow-your-own area with Master Composters. 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. Enquiries 01235 766689.


Piglets Retro & Vintage Fair, Civic Hall, Britwell Road - Didcot

24/10/2015 10:00 to 12/12/2015 16:00

All sorts of goodies for sale including retro, vintage and upcycled furniture, vintage clothes and accessories, upcycled gifts, kitchenalia, homewares and jewellery.  There will also be vintage makeovers and a pop up vintage tea room.  Entrance £1, under 16s free. Ample FREE parking. Fairs take place on Saturdays 7 February, 25 April, 20 June, 24 October and 12 December.

Ruby's Vintage & Retro Fair, Guildhall - Abingdon on Thames

28/11/2015 10:00

We hope to see you all back here for delightful vintage and retro furniture, fashion, homewares, trinkets, clothes, hairstyling, make up, music, cakes and more... Entry £1.00, under 16s FREE. Parking in Vale of White Horse District Council car parks is FREE for the first 2 hours. 

Food & Drink

Beer and Music Festival, Cornerstone Arts Centre - Didcot

31/07/2015 to 02/08/2015

With over 25 beers, ales and ciders, a BBQ and hog roast and the best from the local and national music scene all playing under our own little pyramid stage in the Cornerstone meadow. The unique thing about our beer and music festival is the quality of the music on offer here. So kick back and relax with a glass or two of Oxfordshire’s finest ales. No muddy fields, no overcrowding, no hugely expensive tickets just three days of FREE music and the best of local beers, ciders and food. See website for full details. Music from 18.00. Beer tokens will be available to purchase at the festival.

Oxfordshire Chilli Festival, Abingdon Market Place - Abingdon on Thames

15/08/2015 10:00

The Oxfordshire Chilli Festival is a festival of food with a fiery twist and is a family friendly, great day out for food-lovers, no matter how hot or not you like it!  Not only is there a chilli eating competition and a chance for you to win bragging rights as Oxfordshire's champion of chilli cooking, there is live music, activities for children activities, a very special gig in the evening at the Crown and Thistle, the very best chilli artisans from all over the UK and beyond, alongside the finest collection of Oxfordshire's food drink and crafters, and some amazing street food! The Oxfordshire heat of the UK Chilli Cook Off Association will also be held at the Festival. FREE entry.

Chilli Fiesta Festival, Millets Farm Centre, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

05/09/2015 10:30 to 06/09/2015 16:30

Whether you like it 'meek and mild' or 'hot and spicy', Millets Farm have a sizzling weekend lined up for you so tickle your taste buds and join us for our chilli fiesta festival.  Visit the Chilli food village, listen to traditional Mexican live music, enjoy chilli inspired menus within our restaurants, tastings in the farm shop and don't forget plenty of chilli plants to admire and buy! The products which will be available range from chilli inspired art to all manner of chilli jams, chutneys, sauces, cheeses, and even beers and ciders! FREE event.

Thame Food Festival - Thame

26/09/2015

Thame Food Festival is a wonderful showcase for local and artisan food and drink producers and retailers in the region. Expect over 150 exhibitor food stalls to sample and buy from. You can also enjoy children’s workshops, food based treasure hunts and competitions, a pop-up pub, restaurant and bookshop, street music and live entertainment as well as a popular programme of demonstrations lead by top TV chef Raymond Blanc OBE and other chefs including Adam Simmonds, Sophie Grigson, Edd Kimber and John Waite. 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

A Meadow in Flower, Nuffield Place - Nettlebed

30/07/2015 11:00 to 30/09/2015 16:30

Discover the wildflower meadow awash with colour and sound.  Dogs on leads welcome  Children are welcome, but should be accompanied by adult.


Open House & Gardens Milton Manor House, Milton - Abingdon on Thames

01/08/2015 14:00 to 31/08/2015 17:00

Come along and visit a stately home lived in by the family. Enjoy guided tours, woodland walks, the enchanting walled garden and fun all around the grounds for the children. A good day out for all the family with plenty to see and do for all ages! For under 14s only there is a treehouse in the garden and the stockade in the woods. House tours take place at 14.00, 15.00 and 16.00. No need to book. FREE parking. No dogs allowed except for guide dogs. Admission fees apply, please visit the website.

Faringdon Folly Tower & Woodland Open Days - Faringdon

02/08/2015 11:00 to 19/10/2015 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. The tower is open on the first and third Sundays of each month from April to October inclusive. Nominal entry fee applies.

Wallingford Museum Medieval Day - Wallingford

15/08/2015

A lively family day at Wallingford Museum with medieval themed activities and entertainment. There will be a Medieval Knight there all day, showing weapons and armour and talking about his displays. Have a go at making medieval style pottery, and examine the pottery display of local finds. Take a rare chance to handle pieces of real medieval pots, that were made and used by people in Wallingford, and learn more about them from our pottery experts.
 
The popular archaeology sandpits and ‘smelly/feely’ drawers  plus the current special and permanent exhibitionswill be available to view as normal.

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

16/08/2015 10:00 to 18/10/2015 16:00

Part of the National Trust's 50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4s campaign, The Great Big Tree Climbing Company comprises two highly skilled and friendly instructors helping all ages reach new heights in a fantastic tree within Greys Court. Learn how to enter a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, while securely attached in a harness. At the top of the tree, gain an experience that can't be gained at ground level. Booking is advisable. £18.50. Booking is essential, please visit the website www.bigtreeclimbing.co.uk These take place on Sundays 15 March, 19 April, 17 May, 21 June, 19 July, 16 August, 20 September and 18 October 2015.

Open House & Garden, Kingston Bagpuize House - Kingston Bagpuize

23/08/2015 14:00 to 15/09/2015 17:00

Come and enjoy the fantastic garden and parks of Kingston Bagpuize House and visit the ground floor of the house. Open on 22-24 March, 19-21 April, 10-12 May, 1-2, 21-23 June, 12-14 July, 2-4, 23-25 August and 6-8, and 14-15 September 2015.

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

05/09/2015

Wildlife watching train rides on the Icknield Line in our DMU. 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 11 April, 6 June, 25 July, and 5 September.

All in a Day's Work, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

12/09/2015 10:30 to 13/09/2015 17:00

The Black Python real ale bar will be open and signalling will be in operation on the Branch Line. Ticket prices apply.  

Celebrating Agatha Christie Weekend - Wallingford

18/09/2015 to 20/09/2015

You can discover the real life of world-renowned author Agatha Christie in the ancient town of Wallingford and the neighbouring parish of Cholsey, where she lived quietly as 'Mrs Mallowan' from 1934 until her death in 1976 and wrote many of her novels.  Your weekend could start at Wallingford Museum on Friday afternoon, viewing the 'At Home with the Queen of Crime' exhibition.  Friday evening at the Corn Exchange will feature a short talk ‘An interview with Agatha Christie - a Wallingford exclusive' by local historian Judy Dewey, followed by a showing of a vintage Agatha Christie film.  On Saturday morning there will be a 'Guided Agatha Christie Walk - Wallingford to Cholsey'.  For Saturday evening there is a very special event at St Mary's Church, Cholsey with a musical presentation 'A concert with a touch of Agatha Christie!' Cholsey & Wallingford Railway will be running heritage trains between Wallingford and Cholsey throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Celebrating Agatha Christie Weekend - Wallingford

18/09/2015 to 20/09/2015

Building on last year's successful event, a second 'Celebrating Agatha Christie Weekend' will be held throughout Wallingford and Cholsey.  You can discover the real life of world-renowned author Agatha Christie in the ancient town of Wallingford and the neighbouring parish of Cholsey, where she lived quietly as 'Mrs Mallowan' from 1934 until her death in 1976 and wrote many of her novels.  The weekend includes the 'At Home with the Queen of Crime' exhibition at Wallingford Museum, a short talk ‘An interview with Agatha Christie - a Wallingford exclusive' by local historian Judy Dewey, followed by a showing of a vintage Agatha Christie film on Friday evening at the Corn Exchange, a 'Guided Agatha Christie Walk - Wallingford to Cholsey' led by local historians / authors, a musical presentation 'A concert with a touch of Agatha Christie!' on Saturday evening at St Mary's Church, Cholsey, and on Sunday morning the 'Guided Agatha Christie walk' and the 'Agatha Christie and Cholsey' exhibition will be repeated. In addition, there will an opportunity to walk from Cholsey to Wallingford instead, returning to Cholsey by train. Additionally, cream teas will be available on the The Forty, provided by the Cholsey Women's Institute celebrating 100 years of the WI.


Heritage Diesel Days, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

19/09/2015 10:30 to 20/09/2015 17:00

On Heritage Diesel Days you will 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 on board the only operational GWR Diesel Railcar or behind our 1960s Western Region Diesel No. D9516. Check the Loco Roster to see which will be running.  Watch the trains 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.

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

03/10/2015 09:30 to 04/10/2015 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. 

Live Music

Astonbury, Crowell, Kingston Blount - Chinnor

07/08/2015 17:00 to 08/08/2015 23:00

Astonbury is a boutique music festival based in the rural countryside just outside Chinnor in South Oxfordshire. It is one of the few festivals that actively promotes local musical talent providing a platform for amateur up and coming bands in the local area to share the stage with some of the biggest stars and hottest acts in the music industry. The festival is unique to the area for the type of live performances that it puts on as well as the generation of youngsters that it appeals to. There are very few festivals in Oxfordshire that put on live contemporary music that appeals to a younger generation as well as the wider family. Astonbury is one of the few events that is all encompassing providing an opportunity for an older generation to party with a younger crowd all within a safe environment of a festival. Tucked into the valley of the rolling Chiltern Hills at Kingston House Estate Park, Kingston Blount, we couldn’t have wished for a more picturesque venue to host Astonbury 2015. The headline acts are rapper Wretch 32 and DJ Jaguar Skills. Ticket prices apply.

White Horse Folk Festival, Grove - Wantage

14/08/2015 to 16/08/2015

Taking place in Grove, near Wantage in rural Oxfordshire, WHFF is a small, friendly festival for folk fans who enjoy making new friends. WHFF has been described as just like a weekend-long party - and that’s just how we like it! Festival guests are encouraged to be part of the general goings-on over the weekend and will host workshops, mini-concerts or give special presentations as well as performing in the Saturday evening concert in Grove Village Hall. There will be plenty of food on offer and camping is also available.

Rewind Festival - Henley on Thames

21/08/2015 to 23/08/2015

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

Towersey Festival, Thame Showground - Thame

28/08/2015 to 31/08/2015

A celebration of musical roots and the perfect end to summer. Four days and nights of the best Acoustic, Folk, Blues, World and Americana, with first class stages, massive family appeal, wonderful camping, arts, crafts, theatre, hands-on workshops, film and a sprinkling of festival magic in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. Tickets are now on sale and the line-ups have been announced. 

Plays & Films

Robin Hood the Musical, Mapledurham House - Reading

12/08/2015 13:00

Fantastic fun for the whole family. We welcome back Cambridge Theatre to Mapledurham for their production of Robin Hood - The Musical. This is an open air theatre performance. Gates will open for picnics at 12 and the show will commence at 13.00.  Please bring low backed seating or blankets. There will be cakes, hot and cold drinks and ice creams for sale - please feel free to bring a picnic (no glassware please).  Great for families!  The show runs for approximately two hours including a 20 minute interval.  Boys and girls are invited to come dressed in their best Sherwood fashion! Sorry but no dogs allowed at this performance. Ticket prices apply.

Murder on the Watlington Flyer, C&PR Railway - Chinnor

12/09/2015 18:15

You are invited to join Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson on board the Watlington Flyer for an evening of steam hauled murder mystery. The evening commences at 18.15 at Chinnor Station with canapés and Bucks Fizz and an opportunity to meet our costumed actors from the Irregular Special Players. You will then be invited to take your seats for an unforgettable evening on board our dining train where a three course dinner will be served at your table whilst the story unfolds in front of you. You will have the opportunity to put your sleuthing skills to work and assist Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the murder. Ticket prices apply. Booking is advisable. These take place on 16 May, 11 July and 12 September.

 

The Snow Dragon, Cornerstone - Didcot

19/12/2015 to 27/12/2015

We’re excited to announce our Christmas show for 2015 will be Tall Stories’ magical tale, The Snow Dragon. Billy is a spoilt young goat whose parents give him everything he wants. The night the legendary Snow Dragon is meant to bring more goodies, Billy bumps into a pack of hungry wolves in the forest. How will he escape and has he been naughty or nice? Booking is now open for the following dates and times: Sat 19 Dec 11.00 and 14.00, Sun 20 Dec 11.00 and 14.00, Tue 22 Dec 11.00 and 14.00 (Relaxed Performance), Wed 23 Dec 14.00 and 16.00, Thu 24 Dec 14.00 and 16.00, Sat 26 Dec 14.00 and 16.00 and Sun 27 Dec 16.00. Ticket prices apply.

Seasonal Events

Millets Maize Maze, Millets Farm Centre, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

16/07/2015 10:00 to 13/09/2015 18:00

Come and get lost in our 19th Maize Maze... The 2015 Maze Theme is .......Top Secret but all will be announced shortly! Open daily from 10.00 to 18.00 (last entry 16:30) fromThursday 16 July onwards, through all of August then 5 and 6 and 12 and 13 weekends only in September. CLOSES 13 September. Please be aware that this is an outdoor event and therefore opening/closing times may vary due to adverse weather conditions. Tickets are valid all day. See website for full details.

Summer Holiday Activities, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

23/07/2015 to 25/08/2015

Step into the Past - 23 July 2015, 10.30 to 16.00. Archaeological handling objects and creative art on an Iron Age theme. FREE with admission. 

Flowers and Fountains - 28 July 2015, 10.30 to 12.30. Take inspiration from the famous garden belonging to Sennufer in Ancient Egypt to make a painting using resist techniques and coloured inks. 4 – 11 years, £8.50.
Taylor Tugs Holiday Happenings - 29 July, 12 August 2025, 11.00 to 12.30. Make, sing and play with creative summer fun. 18 months – 5 years, £6.50.
Eid - 30 July 2015, 10.30 to 12.30. Celebrate Eid making cards and geometric decorations.
Froggy Families - 4 August 2015, 10.30 to 12.30. Use tin foil art to mould whole Froggy Families complete with lily pads and water lilies. 4 – 7 years, £8.50.
Wild Wednesdays: Meadow Mayhem - 5 August 2015, 10.30 to 12.30. Discover the wildlife of Marsh Meadows and create art from nature. 7 – 11 years, £8.50.
Nefertiti Jewellery - 11 August 2015, 10.30 to 12.30. Design and make your own lucky charm scarab and include it in a beaded bangle. 7 – 11 years, £8.50.
Gardens of Ancient Egypt - 18 August 2015, 10.30 to 12.30. Learn how to slab build in clay to produce a decorative Egyptian style garden with endless possibilities. 11 – 15 years, £10 including materials and firing.
Wild Wednesday: Brilliant Birds - 19 August 2015, 10.30 to 12.30. Explore the secret world of birds on the doorstep of the Museum and get arty and crafty. 7 – 11 years, £8.50.
Funky Pharaohs – Kings of Bling - 25 August 2015, 10.30 to 12.30. Find out about Egyptian Pharaohs and make some fancy jewellery with mosaics and card. Sparkle in the Valley of the Kings. 4 – 7 years, £8.50.  

Teddy Bear's Weekend, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

01/08/2015 to 02/08/2015

Better than last year. FREE travel for all children of 12 or under who bring a favourite teddy. Trains depart Wallingford Station at 11:05, 12:05, 13:05, 14:05, 15:05 and 16:05. Trains depart Cholsey Station at 11:35, 12:35, 13:35, 14:35, 15:35, 16.35. Ticket prices apply.

Family Friendly - Cool Continents, The Harcourt Arboretum - Nuneham Courtenay

04/08/2015 13:00 to 25/08/2015 16:00

Fun for all the family this summer holiday. Take a trip around the world without leaving the Arboretum! Explore the Arboretum with our family trail or join us for our Tuesday afternoon family craft sessions.  
Cool Continents Trail - 4 - 31 August. Find out all about trees from around the world with our fun family trail.  Make and Take Craft Activities - Tuesdays between 1-4pm.  Get creative with a range or craft activities themed around these four cool continents. North America - Tuesday 4 August, South America - Tuesday 11 August, Asia - Tuesday 18 August, Europe - Tuesday 25 August.  Activities are designed for children aged 4-11 but all ages are welcome.  Activities are FREE (entrance fee applies).

Sporting Events

Town and Visitors' Regatta - Henley on Thames

01/08/2015 08:30

The Henley Town and Visitors Regatta takes place over approximately 800m of the famous Royal Regatta course, much of which was also used for the 1908 and 1948 Olympic Games.

MTB Marathon Cycle Challenge - Wantage

02/08/2015

Wantage in Oxfordshire is a lovely small market town in the Vale of White Horse with a good range of shops, services and miles of fast flowing mountain bike trails. In its first year this venue offers masses of scope for our team of course designers. Using the historic Ridgeway as the backbone to the course, there are several route options to choose from: Mini Marathon (under 16) an exciting opportunity for under 16s to ride for FREE with their friends and family. Mini Marathon, an exciting family friendly introduction to a mountain bike event, approx 25km.  Half Marathon, your first step towards the full marathon or for those who have a more casual approach to their riding, approx 50km. Full Marathon, 75km, the real big distance with great trails.  Monster Marathon (at least 100km), as the name suggests this route is not to be taken lightly and provides the ultimate test for anyone brave enough to tackle it. FREE camping. Entry fees apply.

Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta - Shiplake

07/08/2015 to 08/08/2015

This is one of the largest regattas on the River Thames with 1,000 individual competitors taking part in 400 races over 2 days, using skiffs, punts, dinghies, dongolas, and paddle and punt canoes. There are events for boys, girls, men, women, mixed crews and veterans. There will also be an open water swim where participants can either swim 1,000m or 2,000m. 

Henley Sprint & Standard Distance Triathlon, Shiplake College - Shiplake

09/08/2015 08:00

This is the 6th year that Shiplake College have opened its doors to a holding a triathlon event. Located just 2.5 miles outside of Henley-on-Thames, the college is set in 45 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, directly looking over the river Thames. The swim will be located in River Thames on a very quiet, safe and spectator friendly stretch of the River. The bike course consists of an out and back route that takes in a couple of rolling hills, but mainly flat and fast. The run takes in a picturesque tow path along the River Thames and surrounding countryside, finishing with a route that goes back around the college sports fields and back up a short steep hill (The BEAST) through to the college and finish in front of the pavilion.

Henley 14 km Bridge to Bridge Swim - Henley on Thames

09/08/2015 08:00

An open water event swum in the style of a ‘sportive’; more relaxed than a race and aimed at serious open water swimmers looking to include a long distance challenge in their summer open water swimming season. Swimmers venturing downstream from Henley talk of scenery hardly ever seen. The swim is organised into a group format, with teamwork making this a fun and satisfying event with the stream making progress feel surprisingly easy – a bit like cycling with a tail wind the whole way. Entries for 2015 are now open.

Goring Heath Horse Trials, Goring Heath - Reading

05/09/2015 to 06/09/2015

Goring Heath's course is set in Oxfordshire farmland making use of natural woodland and hedges. There is a variety of well built fences, some of which are new, resulting in good standard Novice and BE 100 courses.  Dogs must be kept on leads at all times.  Hot and cold food will be available. 

Henley Regatta for the disabled - Henley on Thames

05/09/2015 10:00

The Regatta for the Disabled is a wonderful opportunity for children and adults with a disability to enjoy a great variety of land and river based activities they would normally consider unavailable to them. Familiar attractions include: Rivertime - equipped with a ramp and a lift for wheelchairs; open launches - walk or carry on to stable boats; NEW - Bell Boat in which you can paddle along with friends in a stable environment; Dragon Boat Racing - enter a team and have fun. Novice (or done a bit before) there will be instruction and help on hand to get the best out of this!, Other attractions include Punch & Judy by Professor Moon, a climbing wall that takes wheelchairs, with plenty of help to reach that target!, Millers Ark animals, come and meet friendly sheep, goats, rabbits and much more!, face painting, pony rides, rowing machines - have a go on the Ergo, sideshows, hot & cold food and drinks, beer and Pimms, live band and much more!. At Phyllis Court Club. Entry is £5 per person, carers enter for FREE. Purchase tickets at the gate on the day or in advance from info@regattaforthedisabled.org or telephone 01491 635332.
 

Dragon Boat Day, River Thames - Abingdon on Thames

06/09/2015 10:30

The annual Abingdon Dragon Boat day organised by the Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper is a fun day to raise funds for charity.  Dragon Boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition over 2000 years old and is one of Britain's most competitive water sports.  Around 20 teams are entered this year so competition will be high.  Teams are also encouraged to take part in fancy dress to add to the fun of the day.  Racing takes place throughout the day culminating in a final where this year’s champions will take the title.  The racing is exciting to watch, but there also other attractions for supporters on the day, there will be a fun fair, stalls, and food and drink available.

Earth Trust 10k Charity Run, Little Wittenham - Abingdon on Thames

06/09/2015 10:00

Are you looking for a new challenge? Then look no further than the Earth Trust 10K. Now in its second year this cross-country run, hosted by environmental learning charity Earth Trust, follows a scenic 10 kilometre route around Little Wittenham Nature Reserve, including the iconic Wittenham Clumps. Open to runners of all experiences, the fun yet challenging run takes in wildflower meadows, the banks of the Thames and beautiful Little Wittenham Wood, before ending with a testing climb up Round Hill and down Castle Hill.
Advance entry is £12 and all funds raised will go towards supporting the Earth Trust’s work.

Ride for Ryder - Nettlebed

20/09/2015

Starting and finishing in the grounds of our beautiful Nettlebed Hospice, the route winds through the Chiltern Hills, taking in part of the Tour of Britain 2014 route. Ride for Ryder is a great day out for all the family and plays a key role in raising essential funds to help us continue to provide incredible care for patients living with life limiting illnesses. Get on your bikes for a choice of three routes around the beautiful countryside of the Chilterns, cycling through Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. We have a route to suit all abilities, but the routes are designed to challenge the rider. For novice cyclists or a fun day out with the family, we suggest you choose the 10-mile route, but if you’re looking for a real challenge, then the 60-mile option is the route for you. Whichever distance you choose, it’s guaranteed to be a fun and memorable day. We are asking all participants to raise a minimum of £100 for Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice. Registration fees apply. Please visit the website for details.

Walking

Guided walks at Ewelme Watercress Beds - Ewelme

02/08/2015 10:30

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.

Breast Walk Ever - Entire Region

06/09/2015 08:00

Against Breast Cancer’s Breast Walk Ever is back for its second year! This event doesn't require running shoes or jumping out of an aeroplane, is open to all ages and involves a fantastic day spent out in the fresh air! Take a walk on the pink side, help us to beat breast cancer! Our day-time walking full or half marathon is open to men, women, children and even dogs! Join us on this incredible walk along the beautiful Thames riverside from Abingdon Bridge to Beale Park, Lower Basildon and help us to fund our ground breaking research. If you want to take a walk on the pink side with us, don’t delay, sign up today! The marathon starts at Abingdon Bridge between 9-10 am and the half marathon at Wallingford Bridge betweem 11-12 noon. Entry fee applies.

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

12/09/2015 to 13/09/2015

25, 50 or 100 km walk it, jog it, or run it, with a relay option open to teams also! 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! FREE hot meals, FREE drinks and snacks en-route. Now open for registrations.

Art / Exhibitions

Wallingford's Royal Castle Revealed, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

03/03/2015 to 01/12/2015

Wallingford Museum enjoyed record numbers in 2014 but is now looking forward to its 2015 season, which has brought a wonderful new special exhibition - 'Wallingford's Royal Castle Revealed’. It displays for the first time the fantastic results of fresh historical and archaeological research into the life and importance of one of the greatest royal strongholds of Medieval England. This new research shows Wallingford Castle's importance as the third great stronghold of the Thames Valley - Tower of London, Windsor and Wallingford - with wonderful new details of the life of the castle, its buildings, people and activities. It brings to life the amazing details discovered in these newly translated documents, revealing the daily life and the layout of the Castle. This exhibition will complement a weekend of 'living history' on 27-28 June, when the English Civil War Society and Town Council have organised a 'Civil War re-enactment' on the Castle.

Alongside, to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta there is an additional display 'Magna Carta and All That!' highlighting Wallingford's role in the events of 1215, and why it is only one of four towns mentioned in Magna Carta. King John was at Wallingford Castle on several occasions during his falling out with the barons which led to Magna Carta.

Of course children are FREE, and there’s plenty on offer for them too, including a Quiz and I-Spy sheet plus all the favourites - sandboxes, ‘touchy, feely, drawers ‘ etc.

Gateway to the Gods: The Roman Temple at Marcham, County Hall Museum - Abingdon on Thames

25/04/2015 to 01/09/2015

Between 2001-2011 excavations on Trendles Field, Marcham, unearthed evidence for ritual and religious practices beginning in the Iron Age. They continued into the Roman period when a temple and semi-amphitheatre were constructed. The site produced thousands of artefacts, many of them gifts to the gods, proving this to be a site of national importance. Thanks to a 3-year National Lottery Heritage Grant, local people have been participating in post-excavation research, working with artefacts, animal bone and written records. This exhibition presents some of these findings, alongside previously unseen artefacts, as we begin to tell the story of Marcham’s distant past. A selection of workshops for school groups are available during the exhibition period, please contact the museum office for further details on how to book your school visit. Kids Activities - Become an archaeologist in a series of hands-on workshops built around the Gateway to the Gods exhibition. Please visit the website for more details. The Museum is closed on Mondays.

Artists & Music, Bohun Gallery - Henley on Thames

13/06/2015 10:00 to 13/08/2015 17:00

For centuries music has inspired artists and generated some of the world's most iconic visual imagery. This major exhibition explores the influence of music on some of some of the leading artists of the 20th Century including work commissioned specifically for the show. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 to 17.00, and closed weekday lunchtimes 13.15 to 14.15. Tel: 01491 576228. 

Epic Egypt, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

18/06/2015 to 20/09/2015

A summer of epic interactive fun for all the family. Are you brave enough to enter our terrifying tomb and discover the secrets of the dead? Travel down the Nile, decode the mysteries of the Rosetta Stone and write your own name in hieroglyphs. If you’re still hungry for adventure, can you compete with a camel, dress like an Egyptian Mummy and build your own pyramid?

Tranquil Brush, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

21/07/2015 09:30 to 01/08/2015 16:00

Don’t miss this lovely exhibition  by ‘ Tranquil Brush’, a group of twelve people who meet regularly to explore the art of Chinese brush painting. The group originally attended an evening class. When the class had to close, they were determined to keep  in touch and continue experimenting with this artistic tradition. Margaret White, one of its founder members explains, ” The traditional Chinese artists copied works from the old masters. Our paintings are also in the style of some established artists, some of whom are still living. We use water colour and ink for our paintings. The ink is ground with a stick made of pine, soot and glue, on a shaped stone. The paper that we use is often know as rice paper even though it is really made from materials such as mulberry or cotton. The brushes are made from wolf, goat or horse hair which is bound together and glued into a hollow handle of bamboo.

Beginning by learning the ‘Four Gentlemen’ – bamboo, plum blossom, orchid and chrysanthemum, the strokes used will follow through into landscapes, birds and animals. We complete the paintings by adding a seal or chop, depicting the artist’s name. Calligraphy is then often added, quoting a poem or a saying. Each year is depicted by and animal. Last year was the year of the Sheep whilst 2015 is the year of the Horse.”

To find out more about this fascinating art, visit the exhibition in the Dr VF Squires Room The museum is closed on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Summer Oxford Art Fair, The Fishes, North Hinksey - Oxford

08/08/2015 11:00 to 09/08/2015 17:00

 More than 40 artists both local and further afield will gather in The Fishes’ grounds during the two day art weekend, transforming the pub’s garden into an outdoor gallery filled with unique pieces of modern and contemporary art.  Paintings, sculptures and ceramics, photographs, jewellery and even antiques will be among the treasures on show, alongside their creators who will be on hand to share the stories behind the individual pieces. Come along and join the artists on either or both days of the free-to-attend event and soak up the festival atmosphere whilst you enjoy a cool drink and maybe a bite to eat from The Fishes’ new summer BBQ menus. There will also be live music and entertainment on both days.  Budding artists of all ages can also get creative on the day and take part in a summer art challenge to raise money for charity. Make a £1 donation to the Peach foundation, which raises money to support community and conservancy projects both in Oxfordshire and overseas www.peachfoundation.co.uk and paint your work of art in miniature on a small canvas.  If you catch the judges’ eye, you could win a bottle of bubbly, a voucher to spend on food and drink at The Fishes and a trophy. www.fishesoxford.co.uk

Wantage Art Group's Annual Exhibition, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

25/08/2015 09:30 to 05/09/2015 16:00

Wantage Art Group has run monthly demonstrations, exhibitions and occasional workshops in Wantage for 25 years and has exhibited in the museum every year except when it was closed for refurbishment. Amazingly, it still has some founder members amongst its ranks. Patsy Jones, the exhibition organiser, explains,”The annual exhibition is not only an opportunity to show what local artists can do but also to invite anyone interested in the visual arts to join a friendly group. There is a broad range of interests among the group with members working in watercolours, oil acrylics and print making.  Some paint regularly whilst others just do  a few holiday sketches. Whatever the commitment, everyone gains from their attempts. A handful of lines, drawn whilst sitting on a hard uncomfortable rock on a windy day, will evoke many times the memories that a photograph will trigger.”  The Museum is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.


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