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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

Contemporary Crafts for Christmas, Abbey buildings - Abingdon on Thames

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/11/2014 11:00 to 13/11/2014 16:00

Located in the Lakeview Restaurant at Millets Farm Centre, where there will be approximately 30 stalls selling a wide selection of crafts and gifts ideal for Christmas. Get cracking on this year’s Christmas Shopping or even just a treat for yourself. 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. Admission prices apply. Visit the website for the list of exhibitors and a discounted admission voucher.

Christmas Food & Gift Markets, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

15/11/2014 10:30 to 14/12/2014 16:00

Bring the magic back to Christmas by visiting Waterperry’s Christmas food and gift market. There’ll be artists and craftspeople with gorgeous gift ideas and festive food and drink, as well as the chance to buy your Waterperry-grown Christmas trees and hand made decorations.  Enjoy a festive menu in the Teashop, Miss H’s too.  We’re a one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs! Entrance to the Christmas Market is FREE. Garden entrance £4.75. Gardens and plant centre open until 17.00. The markets take place over the weekends of 15 and 16 November and 13 and 14 December.

Didcot Gift & Craft Fair, Civic Hall - Didcot

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

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

Craft & Gift Fair, Memorial Hall, Shrivenham - Faringdon

16/11/2014 11:00

A wide variety of craft and gift stalls displaying goods including Christmas gifts, woodcraft, quilting, toys, handbags and many more.  Refreshments will be available and donations will be made to The Meningitis Trust. Email

Craft Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

16/11/2014 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. 

Fantastic FREE January at Waterperry Gardens! - Waterperry

02/01/2015 10:00 to 31/01/2015 17:00

Visit the gardens for FREE and make a special trip even more enjoyable! With no garden entrance fee throughout January it really is the time to enjoy winter walks around the gardens. See the gardens turn into a spectacular vision as the frost spreads across the grasses and trees and the mist winds around the garden and the Riverside Walk. With FREE garden tours every Wednesday with our garden team at 11.30 during January and the winter sale in the garden centre, gift barn and gallery, there is only one place to be in January.  

Fairs & Festivals

Wantage 'not just' Betjeman Literary Festival - Wantage

25/10/2014 to 02/11/2014

This festival named after Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman who lived in the town of Wantage from 1951 to 1972 boasts a plethora of 30 events across the week at a variety of venues in Wantage. This festival offers something for everyone to get involved in, from talks and workshops from both local and well known authors, such as the likes of Kate Aide and Andy McNab, to murder mystery and wine tasting, as well as a whole host of children's events. to mention but a few. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the website or download the brochure.

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

02/11/2014 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. 

Jay Fairs, Antiques + Collectors Fair - Didcot

02/11/2014 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.

Antique & Collectable Fair, Mapledurham - Reading

06/11/2014 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.

Jay Fairs, Antique + Collectors Fair - Benson

16/11/2014 10:00 to 21/12/2014 16:00

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

NSPCC Christmas Gift Fair, Phyllis Court Club - Henley on Thames

18/11/2014 10:00

All you need for your Christmas shopping. There will be a huge selection of stalls exhibiting, please visit the website for details of all the stallholders. Entry £5 donation to NSPCC.  In the elegant riverside ballroom and Finlay Suite of Phyllis Court Club. 

Sobell Christmas Gift Fair, Radley College, Radley - Abingdon on Thames

22/11/2014 10:00 to 23/11/2014 17:00

There will be over 60 stalls selling a variety of food, gifts, jewellery, home wares, accessories and much, much more.  Refreshments will also be available in the beautiful refectory at Radley College. Admission pirces apply. All money raised will go to support Sobell House Hospice. Visit the website for the list of exhibitors.

Food & Drink

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

24/10/2014 to 26/10/2014

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

Didcot Christmas Bake Off, Civic Hall - Didcot

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

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

General Events

Owl Evenings, Millets Farm Falconry Centre, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

04/10/2014 17:30 to 20/12/2014 20:15

Calling all night owls! Your chance to come and see our owls flying free in the darkness. Special lighting will allow you to see these birds at a more natural time of day, when they come alive! Come and enjoy an evening of natural theatre that you and your family will remember forever. Food and drink will be served in the interval. Book now as spaces are limited and bring a torch! Please note that the owl evenings will be held on the following selected dates: 4, 11. 25 and 31 October, 1, 15, 21 and 22 November, and 5, 6, 12, 13 and 20 December. Ticket prices apply.

Our Village & the Great War, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

11/10/2014 10:00 to 14/12/2014 17:00

A centenary exhibition on the village men of the Great War is now showing in St Agatha's Church. It will be open every day, and will remain in church until 14 December. This being the centenary year of the start of World War One, we have tried to gather together as much background as we can for each of the 25 men who died between 1914 and 1918 – their service records, where and how they lost their lives, plus any overseas cemetery or memorial details. Added to this, using our excellent Village History Group’s records, various websites and extracts from documents, we have found family details and photographs which give us an insight into those men’s lives and also an idea of what everyday village life was like in the early 1900s. St Agatha’s church is open every day from 10.00 to 17.00, Sundays from 11:00. NB: Anyone coming from a distance should check on (01491) 836661, 836063 or 836943 to avoid weddings or funerals.

Steam Days, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

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

On Steam Days you will, as usual, be able to view our collections of locomotives, coaches, wagons and buildings as described in the Centre Guide and enjoy the various facilities and exhibits. In addition, you will be able to: •Ride in coaches from the 1930s behind some of our Great Western steam locomotives, or in our Steam Railmotor or Diesel Railcar. We have two running lines, 'The Main Line' and 'The Branch Line' with trains normally running on either or both of them. You may ride as many times as you like as there is no extra charge •Watch the trains go past. There are frequent journeys on our running lines so you will have plenty of opportunity to take photos from vantage points alongside the tracks as well as ride on the trains •See the turntable in use. We normally turn a locomotive just after lunch. Check our Locomotive Roster to see what we expect to be running on your next visit. Ticket prices apply.  In October steam days take place on Sat 25, Sun 26, and Wed 29. Didcot Railway Centre is open at weekends in October and daily from 25 October.

Night at the Museum - Wallingford

30/10/2014 18:00

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

Coleshill Mill open days, Colesmill NT - Coleshill

09/11/2014 14:00

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

Train Running Days, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

27/12/2014 10:30 to 01/01/2015 16:00

On Running Days you will, as usual, be able to view our collections of locomotives, coaches, wagons and buildings as described in the Centre Guide and enjoy the various facilities and exhibits. In addition, you will be able to:
•Ride in coaches from the 1930s behind some of our Great Western steam locomotives, or in our Steam Railmotor or Diesel Railcar. We have two running lines, 'The Main Line' and 'The Branch Line' with trains normally running on either or both of them. You may ride as many times as you like as there is no extra charge
•Watch the trains go past. There are frequent journeys on our running lines so you will have plenty of opportunity to take photos from vantage points alongside the tracks as well as ride on the trains
•See the turntable in use. We normally turn a locomotive just after lunch.
Check our Locomotive Roster to see what we expect to be running on your next visit. Ticket prices apply. Running Days take place throughout the year, for the timetable, click on the link

Live Music

Henley Jazz & Blues Week - Henley on Thames

14/11/2014 to 19/11/2014

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

National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Kenton Theatre - Henley on Thames

15/11/2014 19:30

The 22-piece National Youth Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Mark Armstrong, is returning to the Kenton Theatre following four previous sell-out concerts. There is the usual open rehearsal in the afternoon at 15.30, principally for school and college students. NYJO is world famous as a glittering showcase for Britain’s most gifted and talented young jazz musicians. Since NYJO was founded in 1965, by Bill Ashton, OBE, most of the current generation of top British jazz musicians have risen through its ranks, often becoming established jazz stars whilst still playing with the band. One of NYJO’s aims is to share the talents of exciting young players with as wide a potential audience as possible. The Orchestra will be playing an exciting and eclectic mix of NYJO’s Specially Commissioned Arrangements and Popular Jazz Standards with vocals. Ticket prices apply.

Seasonal Events

Eye & Dunsden Bonfire Party & Fireworks, village hall, Dunsden - Reading

24/10/2014 18:00

Professional firework display. Gate opens at 18:00, followed by the lighting of the bonfire, and fireworks at approx 19:15.  Bar, refreshments including hot dogs and cakes, and childrens' tuck shop selling glow sticks, affordable sweets and soft drinks.  Lucky dip tub for children. Advance tickets available tel: 07785 237142. Ticket prices apply. This is a very popular event and you are advised to arrive early as parking is limited.

Lantern Walk in the Woods, Aston Rowant - Watlington

25/10/2014 18:30

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

The Great Pumpkin Hunt, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

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

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

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

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

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

Spooktacular, Notcutts garden centre - Nuneham Courtenay

25/10/2014 10:00 to 02/11/2014 16:00

Notcutts knows it can be devilishly difficult to entertain your little terrors during half term week, so we've brewed a wicked concoction of events to keep them entertained. Come along and join in the fun this half term!  Events include hat and mask making, and face painting. FREE and fun for children of all ages. See the website for exact dates and times.  Tel: 01865 343454.

Sue Ryder Fireworks & Halloween Night - Nettlebed

25/10/2014 17:00

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

Chocolate Apple Dunkin!, Millets Farm Centre, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

25/10/2014 10:00 to 31/10/2014 16:00

Everyone loves a chocolate apple, especially at Halloween! Join us in the garden centre to dunk an apple and cover it in sprinkles, a yummy treat! Every child gets to take their chocolate apple home and enjoy a glass of witches brew during the activity. Spooktacular fun for all… You can purchase your ticket on the day or in advance online. Come along anytime between 10.00 and 16.00. Ticket prices apply.

Spooky Halloween Trains, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

25/10/2014 to 26/10/2014

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

Halloween Spooks Special, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor


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

An Autumn of Fun, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

27/10/2014 to 02/11/2014

An Autumn of fun for all the family. 

Mon 27 Oct - Diwali, 10.30 to 16.00. Join us to celebrate the festival of lights. Clay lamp making, Rangoli patterns and lots more fun! FREE with admission.
Tues 28 Oct - Peace Dove, 10.30 to 12.30. Create a beautiful peace dove to take home, using clay and plaster. 7 - 11 years £8.50
Wed 29 Oct - Snuggly Squirrel, 10.30 to 12.30. Make a squirrel from felt and snuggle up in the cold autumn nights. 4 - 7 years £8.50.
Wed 29 Oct - Amazing Autumn, 14.00 to 16.00. Have fun with clay and make seasonal crafts. 4 - 7 years £8.50.
Thur 30 Oct - Marvellous Mini-beasts, 10.30 to 16.00. For all the family. Get up close to mini-beasts, meet the big bugs and enjoy fascinating talks about their world. Featuring Owen's Animals! FREE with admission.
Sat 25 Oct to Sun 2 Nov - Halloween Trail, 10.00 to 17.00 daily. Follow our spooky halloween trail around the galleries and claim a yummy prize! FREE with admission.

The Halloween Show, Civic Hall, - Didcot

31/10/2014 11:00

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

Halloween at The Folly Tower - Faringdon

31/10/2014 17:30

Climb the Tower at night, in fancy dress if you wish. It will be SPOOKY! with great decorations, spooky music and a bit scary. Adults £2, Children 11-16 years £1, under 11s 50p, includes a bag of sweets.  A famous scary character will be there to greet you! 

Halloween Late Opening, County Hall Museum - Abingdon on Thames

31/10/2014 19:00

Join the museum for a special late opening of the galleries, attic and cellar. The museum will play host to live music from Oxford's Spooky Horns, an exploration of the galleries by torchlight, and an opportunity for younger visitors to make a bat to take home. For those who have not yet experienced the stunning views from the museum roof, this could also be the last chance in 2014 as the roof will close for the winter on 1 November. The roof will reopen before Easter 2015. FREE event.

Firework Display, Dry Sandford - Abingdon on Thames

31/10/2014 18:45

24th Abingdon Thames Ridge Scout Group's firework display at the Scout Group Headquarters in Lashford Lane, Dry Sandford. Gates open at 18.45. Bonfire and fireworks start at 19.30. Early bird tickets are available from the Co-op Shop in Wootton, or telephone 01865 391396 / 01235 202990. Ticket prices apply, see the website for full details. There is no parking on site.

Fun Pumpkin Night, Bear & Ragged Staff PH, Cumnor - Oxford

31/10/2014 18:00

So much stuff goes on at Pumpkin Night, there is almost too much to mention except to make special note that the new Mayor, after election, will be chucked in the village pond! All money raised at this event goes to the Mayor’s Fund Charities. Entertainment includes a magician, children's fancy dress, pumpkin competition, fireworks display, morris dancers, raffle, and a charity auction. Refreshments include a beer tent, barbeque and pig roast. Please visit the website for the timetable.

Didcot Charity Fireworks Spectacular, Bonfire & Funfair - Didcot

01/11/2014 17:30

Gates open at 17.30, bonfire lit at 18.15 and fireworks at 19.00. Fun fair. Food to include a pig roast, and hot drinks. Ticket prices apply, discounted advance tickets can be purchased from Didcot information centre, Civic Hall, Newbury Building Society, Broadway and Heart to Heart/Thorntons, Orchard Centre, Didcot.  Proceeds to local charities. Organised by Didcot Rotary Club. At Loyd Recreation Ground (Brasenose Park), Brasenose Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7BN. Tel: 01235 212082 Email:

Charity Bonfire and Pyromusical Firework Display, Kinecroft - Wallingford

01/11/2014 18:00

Probably the best firework display in South Oxfordshire and this year's theme is 'A Night at the Movies'. There will be a pyromusical firework display, a huge bonfire with explosive ignittion!, and a Guy Fawkes competition, further details of which are on the website. Gates open at 17.30. Entry via donation, please give generously! For more information call Sean Guard on 01491 833282. Organised by Wallingford 1155.!/Wallingford1155

Henley Round Table Firework Spectacular & Funfair - Henley on Thames

01/11/2014 18:30

Henley Round Table will once again be putting on the annual Henley Firework Spectacular. Held once again at Swiss Farm, Marlow Road, the event will feature the lighting of the bonfire at 18.30 and the fireworks at 19.15, and a host of other entertainment including hog roast, local beer, mulled wine and fairground rides (some entertainment is subject to the weather). Tickets can be purchased from the website.

Fireworks & Bonfire, Faringdon House Grounds - Faringdon

01/11/2014 19:00

Gates open 18:00 and the display will start at 19.00. The bonfire will be lit immediately after the firework display. There is ample FREE car parking, although many people park their cars in the town’s car parks and walk the few hundred yards to the site.  Traffic road signs will direct you from the A417 and the A420 to the site and is recommended that you arrive early to avoid disappointment. Refreshments will be available. Please see the website for details of ticket prices and where to purchase. We hope you will be joining in the fun this year and in doing so you will help us raise valuable funds for local charities. Please note you are not allowed to bring your own fireworks.

Beckley Bonfire & Fireworks Night, Beckley - Oxford

01/11/2014 18:00

Gates open from 18.00, bonfire starts at 18.30 and the fireworks start at 19.00. There is parking on the playing field. Food and drink available in the village hall. Entry fee payable at the gate.

Stadhampton Fireworks, Village Green, Stadhampton - Chiselhampton

05/11/2014 17:30

On the Village Green.

Caversham Heath Golf Club Bonfire & Fireworks, Mapledurham - Reading

07/11/2014 18:00

Gates open at 18.00, bonfire at 19.00 and fireworks at 19.30.  Professional firework display with an indoor viewing area, licensed bar, refreshments, burgers, hot dogs and snacks. At Caversham Heath Golf Club, Mapledurham, near Reading, RG4 7UT. Tel: 0118 947 8600 for tickets. £4 per person. Family ticket £12 (max 5 people, advance booking only).

Music & Fireworks, Fernham Farm, Fernham - Faringdon

07/11/2014 18:00

Fernham's Fabulous Fireworks.  Gate opens 18:00, bonfire lit at 18.15. Children's display (low noise fireworks) 18:30, main display at 19:00.  Refreshments available. FREE parking. Funny hat comptetion with the winner starting the firework display. No dogs allowed. Ticket prices apply. At Fernham Farm (opposite Uffington turn at edge of Fernham village).

Fireworks & Bonfire, Grove - Wantage

07/11/2014 19:00

Organised by Grove RFC. There will be a barbeque, bar (inside and out), side shows and fun fair rides. Ticket prices apply. GRFC kindly requests that you do not bring sparklers to the event please. At Rugby Club, Recreation Ground, Cane Lane, Grove, Oxon, OX12 0AA. Tel: 01235 762750 Email:

Thame Primary School Fireworks - Thame

08/11/2014 17:30

At Lord Williams's Lower School, Towersey Road, Thame. Refreshments from 17.30, and display at 18.30. Discounted tickets in advance from Thame primary schools and Thame town hall. Tickets available on the gate.  Please no personal fireworks or sparklers permitted.

Fireworks to Music, Pine Lodge, Little Milton - Thame

08/11/2014 18:30

Fireworks to music at Little Milton Pine Lodge and recreation ground at 18.30. Refreshments include soup, hot dogs and a bar which opens at 18:00.  Tickets from Little Milton post office or on the door. Entry: adult £5, child/OAP £3, family £15.

Bonfire & Firework Display, Golf & Country Club, Mapledurham - Reading

08/11/2014 16:00

At The Mapledurham Golf and Country Club, Mapledurham, Chazey Heath, near Reading. Enjoy a fun-filled evening with food stalls and refreshments, children's entertainment,  bonfire at 18.00 and a spectacular firework display at 18.30. Just minutes from Reading, Mapledurham is the perfect venue to celebrate Bonfire Night with your friends, family or colleagues. Call 0118 946 3353 or visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Reindeer Trail, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

15/11/2014 10:00 to 30/12/2014 16:00

Help Rudolph find his eight friends who are lost all around the gardens and then find your Christmas treat in the teashop. £2 per child, children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee applies.

Love Local Christmas Market, Town Hall - Henley on Thames

20/11/2014 10:00

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

Christmas Market, Market Place - Henley on Thames

21/11/2014 to 23/11/2014

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

Late Night Christmas Shopping Event - Henley on Thames

21/11/2014 17:00

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

Didcot Christmas Street Fair - Didcot

27/11/2014 15:30

Didcot's Annual Christmas Street Fair takes place in the Broadway and Orchard Centre, Didcot.  There will be local stalls, crafts, food, entertainment, funfair, a costume parade at 19.00 from the Orchard Centre to the Civic Hall in Broadway, shopping, and a live stage.  Santa will receive young visitors in his grotto in the Methodist Hall from 15.30 onwards. This year's theme is heroes. FREE event.

Abingdon Christmas Extravaganza, - Abingdon on Thames

29/11/2014 10:00

One of Abingdon's major fundraising events of the year! The day starts with the parade of marching bands and entertainment will then continue throughout the town. There will be face painting, Punch & Judy, a farmyard, various food stalls, a craft fair, musical performances and many more FREE family entertainments! Many local bands and choirs will perform on the Market place and then around the town, and Bath Street will host stalls. The Christmas lights will then be switched on, followed by a grand firework display.

Days out with Thomas to visit Father Christmas - Didcot

29/11/2014 09:30 to 21/12/2014 17:00

Days out with Thomas to visit Father Christmas with Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends at the Didcot Railway Centre.  Rides behind "Thomas”, meet The Fat Controller, children’s entertainment, and visit Father Christmas in his Grotto. On the following weekends throughout November and December: Sat 29 and Sun 30 Nov; Sat 6 and Sun 7 Dec; Sat 13 and Sun 14 Dec; Sat 20 and Sun 21 Dec. Admission prices apply, and to visit Father Christmas, advance booking is essential either online or tel: 01235 817200 (booking fees apply).

Living Advent Calendar - Henley on Thames

01/12/2014 to 24/12/2014

Like a children's Advent Calendar, every evening a different door or window around the town opens at 18.15 for a 30 minute 'surprise' performance to the assembled audience. This can include songs, carols, music, poetry, book excerpts, notes from local history or folklore, sketches, dance etc, all with a Christmas or winter focus to them. Nearly 100 local businesses and organisations are involved in this triple award-winning annual event, raising money for local charities. Fun for all the family, with FREE Christmas bites and drinks provided. A perfect chance to stay on and meet friends and enjoy Henley's pubs and restaurants too. Visit the website to find out each evening's venues.

Benson Christmas Street Fayre - Benson

03/12/2014 17:00

In the High Street which will be closed to traffic.  Many of the shops and businesses will be open and there will be many gift stalls in the village centre, together with singing from local choirs and music from Roke and Benson Band. There will be plenty of hot food and drinks including fish and chips, burgers, pizzas, hot dogs and hot chocolate. Santa will be visiting from 17.15 to 18.30. Come and join in with the carols and the festive spirit of Benson.  Tel: 07799 381535.

Henley's Christmas Festival - Henley on Thames

05/12/2014 17:00

This is a magical event with a Christmas market, fairground rides, carol singing around the tree at 19.10, Father Christmas in his grotto, and the switching of the lights on the large Christmas tree at 19.00  Father Christmas's grotto in the King's Arms Barn will be open from 17.30 to 21.00. 

Thame's Santa Convention - Thame

05/12/2014 16:00

Our Christmas switch-on this year takes the form of a Santa Convention, so practice your 'ho-ho-ho-ing' beautify your beards, and make your way down to the High Street for an evening of festive fun. Santa wouldn't get anywhere if it wasn't for his trusty reindeer and you can meet 3 of his furry friends as they take a break from pulling the sleigh. You can also hitch a ride on the miniature stream railway that will be chugging up and down the High Street, and don't miss the parade when the local schools will be showing off their handmade lanterns. All this, plus a fantastic line-up of local talent on the stage, an extensive array of craft, gift and food stalls, and the all-important switch-on of the new Christmas lighting scheme! Finally, if you fancy working off a few of those extra mince pies, why not sign up for the Festive Fun Run taking place on Sunday 7 December. 

Wantage Dickensian Evening, Market Square - Wantage

05/12/2014 18:00

On Dickensian Evening the market square in Wantage is full of fantastic attractions and events. Dress up in Victorian costume if you can. There will be a Victorian Fun Fair, Punch and Judy shows, treasure hunt, hog roast, refreshments, charity stalls, hot air balloon, Shire horses, live music, Heart Radio, and Santa with his reindeer. Many shops will stay open late and some will have FREE drinks and special offers. Its a real family event and is always great fun! Vale of White Horse District Council car parks will be FREE from 16.00.

Goring's Christmas Celebration Evening - Goring and Streatley

05/12/2014 17:00

All the shops will be decorated and will feature special offers and festive gifts.  Refreshments will be served including a hog roast, mulled wine, mince pies and chocolates.  At 17:00 the 1st Goring brownies will sing carols in the arcade.  There will be stalls selling jewellery and plants.  Grand raffle, children's activities and a treasure hunt.  Santa will also be in attendance. Tel: Jeanne 01491 873019.

Santa Specials on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

06/12/2014 to 21/12/2014

Enjoy a return trip from Chinnor to the Horsenden Lane Crossing on our Santa Specials. Santa will be on every train handing out presents to the children travelling on the train. Seasonal refreshments for the adults will be available. Ticket prices apply and can be booked in advanced. See website for details. Trains will be operating on 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 December at 10.15, 11.30, 13.00, 14.15 and 15.30.

Watlington Town Christmas Fair, on the High Street - Watlington

06/12/2014 10:00

Attractions include a fine food fair, craft and street fair, and community group stalls. Father Christmas arrives on his sleigh at 11.00. Grotto and grand raffle with fantastic prizes, Christmas games and Watlington concert and school bands. Tel: 01491 613256.

Christmas Fun, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

06/12/2014 10:30 to 13/12/2014

Sat 6 Dec, Christmas Creations, 10.30 to 12.30. Creative Christmas crafts: tree-top angels, shiny stars, fir-cone figures and running reindeer!  Book early to join in the festive fun! 4 - 11 years, £8.50.

Sat 13 Dec, Toad's Christmas, 10.30 to 16.00.  Help decorate Toad Hall for Christmas and celebrate the festive season with presents, songs and fun! £3 per child (for present) plus normal Museum admission.

Santa Specials, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

06/12/2014 to 21/12/2014

Santa Specials take place on 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 December. We always celebrate Christmas in a traditional and family friendly way, so why not join us on our Special Santa trains?  Santa will ride with you on our fully decorated trains visiting children during the journey. Each child up to the age of 8 years will receive a gift from Santa. Look out for the Christmas characters along the line. Adults will receive a mince pie at Wallingford Station. No booking needed just come along. Ticket prices apply. Trains depart from Wallingford starting at 11.05 and hourly until 16.05, trains depart Cholsey starting at 11.35 am and then hourly until 16.35 pm. 

Santa on the Run, Mill Meadows - Henley on Thames

07/12/2014 10:00

A 2 mile long fancy dress fun run, jog or walk, all off road, starting and finishing at the Henley River and Rowing Museum. Suitable for all ages and families.  FREE Santa hat for all participants, with soup and mince pies at the finish.  Prizes for the fastest runner under 14, best dressed family, adult, under 10 and team. Entry fee applies. See website for more details.

Wallingford Christmas Festival - Wallingford

07/12/2014 12:00

Featuring live entertainment throughout the day, with Christmas activities and fun for all the family, and many market stalls selling festive treats in the Market Place. This year we will be marking Christmas at War Time, reflecting on the previous world wars and more recent conflicts. There will be plenty of opportunities to buy gifts in the town's independent shops and businesses.  The ‘Christmas Countdown’ is at 17.00, and the annual switching on of the Christmas tree lights will be followed by a spectacular firework display. A great way to finish what we know will be a very happy and enjoyable day!

Festive Fun Run, Town Hall - Thame

07/12/2014 10:00

New for this year, our 3k family friendly route starts at Thame Town Hall. No matter your age, ability or speed, this event is all about having fun whilst raising funds for our local Florence Nightingale Hospice. To register call 01296 429975 or visit our website. Forms can also be picked up from the Thame Information Centre, Kismet Jewellers and Wally's Toy Shop. Registration fees apply which include a Santa hat and medal on completion of the run. 

Christmas at the Earth Trust, Little Wittenham - Abingdon on Thames

07/12/2014 10:00

Visit the Earth Trust and make your own unique Christmas decorations and gifts, join a Christmas walk, browse the festive stalls, visit Father Christmas and buy an Earth Trust Christmas tree. No booking required - just drop in, everyone welcome! Ticket prices apply. 

Carol Evening aboard the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

13/12/2014 19:00

Come and sing along with us on our Carol Evening train. The train departs Chinnor Station at 19.00. Seasonal refreshments will be available. Ticket prices apply and can be booked in advanced. See website for details.

Wallingford Town Carols and Festival of Lanterns - Wallingford

17/12/2014 18:00

Join in a procession of lit lanterns before enjoying some festive carols. The procession will form in the Regal Centre from 18.00, leaving at 18.15 to proceed onto the Market Place.  If you just want to take part in the carols, you are welcome in St Mary's church from 18.30 where Cholsey Silver Band will also be in attendance. 

Christmas Week at Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

27/12/2014 10:00 to 30/12/2014 16:00

Experience Waterperry Gardens as it has never been seen before as the estate opens during the festive period. Capture the amazing vision as the frosts adorn the gardens and enjoy a winter stroll along the Riverside walk. Warm up with a tasty treat from Miss H’s in the teashop or just have a browse around the gift barn, gallery, plant centre and museum. Continue the festive family fun and let the children run off some steam with ‘Find Santa’s Reindeer’ running until 4 January, there is something for everyone at Waterperry over Christmas. Open from 27 to 30 December, closed from 31 December and reopens on Friday 2 January 2015.

Mince Pie Specials, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

28/12/2014 to 04/01/2015

Unwind after Christmas by having a ride on a Mince Pie Special train.  No need to book.  Trains run at 10.30, 12.00. 13.45 and 15.15 on 28, 29, 30 and 31 December 2014 and 3 and 4 January 2015.

Sporting Events

The Poppy Run 5k, Radley College, Radley - Abingdon on Thames

26/10/2014 11:00

The Poppy Run is a national series of 5k fun runs, open to all, which aims to raise funds and awareness for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. With the emphasis on fun you don’t need to be super fit to take part in our 5k runs; whether you run it, jog it, walk it or even crawl it! How you do it is not important as long as you do it! The Radley College course will mainly be off-road, partly on playing fields as well as trails and tracks. The ground will therefore be uneven and, depending upon the weather at the time, may be slippery.  


Buscot and Beyond, Buscot Nation Trust - Buscot

25/10/2014 10:30

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

National Trust White Horse Hill to Ashdown guided walk - Uffington

26/10/2014 10:00

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

Guided walks at Ewelme Watercress Beds - Ewelme

02/11/2014 10:30 to 07/12/2014

The site is open the first Sunday each month throughout the year. Take a guided walk with knowledgeable guides through the nature reserve situated next to the watercress beds.  Please be at the Watercress Centre for a 10:30 start (Oct - April) or anytime between 14.00 and 17.00 (May to September).  No need to book.  No dogs allowed except guide dogs, and sensible footwear is advisable.  Park away from the centre as The Street gets very congested.  FREE car park at the east end of the village beyond the school and church next to the playing field.  Also on the Thames Travel 139 bus route (Green Lane stop). Adults £3, children FREE. Tea, coffee and cakes for sale. Toilet facilities. Tel: 01491 835173. At the Ewelme Watercress Beds, The Street, Ewelme.

World War II Walk (Autumn), Coleshill NT - Coleshill

11/11/2014 14:00

Discover Coleshill's hidden WWII history on this informative guided walk with our knowledgeable guide, through village, woods and parkland in all it's autumnal splendour, at the home of the British Resistance. Coleshill House was the headquarters for Churchill's secret army, or the Auxillaries - Britain's Secret Resistance Organisation. Visit some of the remaining features in the village, including the Guard House and the Underground Operational Base, and learn about the history of the training of the Auxillary Units during that time, and visit the new display of WWII artefacts.

The Ramblers' Festival of Winter Walks - Entire Region

20/12/2014 to 04/01/2015

Take a walk in a winter wonderland this festive season with our Festival of Winter Walks. We have many FREE group walks to choose from in Southern Oxfordshire. So whether you want a short stroll to burn off the Christmas dinner or a heartier ramble to kick-start your new year's resolution, we've got something for you. So get your friends or family together, wrap up warm, and take in Christmas markets and carol singers, tramp through winter woods or roam over snow covered hills. FREE, fun and open to everyone, these walks are chosen and led by friendly and welcoming walk leaders who'll make sure you never get lost. We've got short fun walks that children will love; leisurely strolls for people new to walking; and longer walks for those that want a good leg-stretch over the Christmas break. Please visit the website to find walks in your local area.  

Art / Exhibitions

Siege & Strife: Wallingford & War, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

01/03/2014 to 30/11/2014

This exhibition looks at the impact war has had on Wallingford and its people throughout the centuries. You can find out how the townspeople were affected by marauding Vikings, the Norman army of William the Conqueror in 1066 and the desperate sieges of civil wars in the 12th and 17th centuries. Two 20th century World Wars affected many families in the town - from digging of trenches in the Kinecroft for training soldiers, to the arrival of dozens of  evacuees (including Sheila Hancock), who needed homes and special school arrangements. Then there's the role of our modern soldiers and airmen - The Rifles and RAF Benson who have the Freedom of the Town and are on active service right now. It's a story of lives and people over the centuries that is both fascinating and moving.

Mrs Mallowan - Queen of Crime, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

13/05/2014 14:00 to 29/11/2014 17:00

This features the world-renowned author, Agatha Christie, who lived with her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan in Winterbrook House, Wallingford, from 1934 till her death in 1976. The exhibition takes you behind the scenes to her home life, featuring photographs of her at Winterbrook House and memories of local people who met her. You can read several personally handwritten letters which reveal her love of pantomimes and her gradual frustration as her health declined in her final years. Agatha Christie was a very private person, something Wallingford has always respected, but this exhibition opens the door just enough to give fascinating glimpses of the local life of the world’s most famous and best-selling writer, rightly dubbed ‘The Queen of Crime’. £3. Viewing Tuesday to Saturday.

Home Front Henley, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

06/09/2014 to 04/01/2015

What was the impact of the First World War on the people of Henley-on-Thames? This exhibition looks at stories of the local men who left to fight and the contribution the town made to support them at home. Co-curated with local historian Mike Willoughby the exhibition will include the results of his research into the many men from Henley who lost their lives. It will show how the town was involved with the war effort as a Red Cross hospital was set up, troops were billeted there for training and local land was turned over to agriculture. It will also look at the impact of the ‘first total modern war’ on the lives of ordinary residents. How badly were they effected by rationing? What happened to the men who could not, or would not fight? How did the war change the lives of women?

The Source, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

20/09/2014 to 18/01/2015

Six abstract artists known as the Parkbench Group have come together to create an exhibition of work inspired by the river Thames, its source, its landscape and its settlements. There are 20 to 30 pieces in acrylic, oils, watercolour and pigment. 

The Bullpen: Industry to Art, Cornerstone - Didcot

02/10/2014 to 09/11/2014

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

PoW Sketchbook exhibition, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

14/10/2014 to 29/11/2014

Wallingford Museum hosts an exhibition of local significance this autumn with "POW Sketchbook - Will Wilder's original 1942-45 drawings of life in a Japanese prison camp". Will Wilder of Crowmarsh, Wallingford, made the drawings in this exhibition in Singapore and Thailand between 1942 and 1945 while he was a prisoner of the Japanese. He also kept a diary.

Henley Art & Crafts Guild Autumn Exhibition, The Old Fire Station Gallery - Henley on Thames

17/10/2014 10:00 to 21/10/2014 16:00

An exhibition by members of the Henley Art & Crafts Guild which will include paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. Open viewing on Friday 17 October 10.00 to 20.00.  Market Place, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AQ.

100 Years of the Brownies, Vale & Downland Museum, - Wantage

21/10/2014 09:30 to 25/10/2014 16:00

A community exhibition celebrating the centenary of The Brownies. FREE.  If you or a member of your family were ever a Brownie, don’t miss this exhibition! Featuring memorabilia of the life and times of local Brownie groups from the early days up until today, there is likely to be some object or image which will bring back memories. If you have never been involved in Girlguiding, this is your chance to find out more. Maybe you would like to get involved  as a leader? If so, grab this opportunity to visit the exhibition and chat with a local representative. For more information, contact the museum. Museum is closed Mondays.

The Autumn Exhibition, Barry Keene Gallery, - Henley on Thames

21/10/2014 09:30 to 01/11/2014 17:30

Paintings, watercolours and drawings 1828 to 1993.  Illustrated catalogue available on request. Open Tuesday to Saturday. 12 Thameside.

Anniek Jameson, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

27/10/2014 09:30 to 01/11/2014 16:00

Paintings and Ceramics By Anniek Jameson.

Rowing Blazers, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

15/11/2014 to 04/01/2015

From the new book by Jack Carlson, this collection of photographs by leading American fashion photographer, F E Castleberry, celebrates the eccentric and authentic striped, piped, trimmed and badged blazer.

Oxfordshire Artweeks Christmas Art Weekend - Entire Region

22/11/2014 11:00 to 23/11/2014 18:00

More than 100 venues across the county will re-open their doors and invite you in for some inspired Christmas shopping! Visit the website to download the Christmas venues list.

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