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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

Blooming Bluebells, Nuffield Place NT - Nettlebed

01/04/2015 11:00 to 31/05/2015 17:00

Throughout April and May come along and enjoy the natural woodlands with a self-led walk through the stunning bluebells. FREE for National Trust members, otherwise normal admission prices applies. Please visit our website to find out when the bluebells are at their best. Enjoy a walk and a cream tea. Closed Sunday 26 April.

Artists & Makers Fair, Town Hall - Thame

16/05/2015 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.

 

Old Berks Countryside Day - Faringdon

17/05/2015 10:00

A fantastic day for all the family with lots to do! There will be main ring events including the parading of Kauto Star, winner of two Cheltenham Gold cups and one of the most successful steeplechase racehorses of the modern era. Other attractions include Shire horses, a gundog display, fly fishing, Wantage Silver Band, Pony Club, farmers market, farming through the ages, tractors, country craft fair, country stalls, terrier racing, farm animals, falconry, hound parade and kennel tours, fun dog show, fun dog agility, clayshoot, hog roast, BBQ, bar, car boot (£10) and many stalls and games.  £5 for adults and children under 14 are FREE. At The Kennels, Stanford Road, Faringdon, SN7 8ES, just off the A420 at the roundabout of A420 and A417.

 

Craft Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

17/05/2015 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. 

Meadow Cottage Open Garden, Christmas Common - Watlington

25/05/2015 12:00

Open garden for The National Garden Scheme. 1¾ acre garden adjoining ancient bluebell woods created by the owner from 1995 onwards, with many areas to explore. A professionally designed vegetable garden, large composting areas, wild flower garden and pond, old and new fruit trees, many shrubs, much varied hedging and large areas of lawn. Shrubs, indigenous trees, copious hedges, C17 barn. Tennis court and swimming pool. and a bluebell woodland during the month of May. Admission: Adults £5, children FREE. Homemade teas and plants for sale. OX49 5HR.

Chinnor Open Gardens & Flower Festival - Chinnor

06/06/2015 14:00 to 07/06/2015 18:00

Nine interesting and varied private gardens all within the village, including three new gardens this year along with Chinnor allotments and shop. St Andrews Primary School and Mill Lane Primary School will also open their gardens. Refreshments, cream teas and plants and garden-related items on sale on both days. St Andrew's Church will be decorated with the theme of A Symphony of Flowers. Chinnor & Thame Friends of the Earth Green Fayre on Sunday in the village hall with plant and craft stalls, and information displays promoting the 'Bee campaign'. Proceeds to Chinnor Village Centre, the church and local schools. Cost: £5.00 adults for weekend ticket, accompanied under 16s FREE  www.chinnorvillagecentre.org   www.facebook.com/chinnorvillagecentre

Allsorts open garden for NGS, Shrivenham - Faringdon

06/06/2015 10:30 to 22/08/2015 16:30

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.

Wargrave Open Gardens, Wargrave - Shiplake

20/06/2015 14:00 to 21/06/2015 17:00

Wargrave is renowned for having a wide variety of outstanding private gardens in contrasting styles and aspects, tended by knowledgeable and enthusiastic gardeners. The Festival Open Gardens weekend offers you an opportunity to visit some of them, talk to the dedicated people who do the work on them and perhaps be inspired with ideas for your own garden. Some of the locations will offer tea and home-made cakes – what could be nicer than sitting in an English garden on a sunny afternoon enjoying tea and cake? Additionally, the Woodclyffe Allotments will be open to visitors on both of these days, giving you an opportunity to meet some of Wargrave’s finest vegetable growers – and perhaps sample some of their produce. You can also visit the award winning Mumbery Nature Reserve and take part in a Bioblitz! Discover the wildlife there with the help of experts from Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust. Admission £3 for one day, £5 for 2 days.

Sweet Pea Festival, Millets Farm Centre - Abingdon on Thames

27/06/2015 to 28/06/2015

The National Sweet Pea Society is once again holding its National Show at Millets Farm. The two day event showcases some of the most beautiful sweet peas, in every variation possible – in vases, in bowls, in pots and as flower arrangements. As well as benches full of sweet peas to admire there will be an Information Desk to answer any questions, and give out tips on growing.  There will also be sweet pea seeds for sale. FREE entry. Open Saturday 10.00 to 18.00 and Sunday 10.30 to 16.00.

Henley Sheepdog Trial - Henley on Thames

19/07/2015 09:00

Over fifty sheepdogs - 'several men and their dogs', spinning and weaving display, tractor and trailer rides, sheep hurdle making demonstration, trade stands, and refreshments. FREE parking. Well behaved dogs welcome.  Ticket prices apply.

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. Ticket prices apply. Gates open at 9 am.

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.

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.

 

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.

Fairs & Festivals

Dorchester Festival, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

01/05/2015 to 10/05/2015

The biennial Dorchester-on-Thames Festival is one of Oxfordshire’s leading festivals and attracts over 3,000  serious followers of the arts, schools and families. The Festival focuses on professional events with an intentionally broad appeal, hosting many famous orchestras, popular bands, authors and celebrities. Events include a food fair, cookery demonstrations, clowning and stage fighting workshops, dance, art, theatre, silent auction, comedy, concerts, live music, singing, scarecrow trail, duck race, and a fun run. The Festival opens with The Grand Opening and Tower Abseil, with The Big Bash in the evening. Please see website for full programme. Ticket prices apply.

 

Wood Festival, Braziers Park, Ipsden - Wallingford

15/05/2015 to 17/05/2015

A celebration of music and nature set at beautiful Braziers Park in the Chiltern Hills. Wood is a family festival powered by renewable energy and community spirit! An array of performers both national and local will take to a thatched stage. There are plenty of workshops and activities for young people and adults to take part in, alongside amazing food and drink and camping. Ticket prices apply. 2015 is the Year of the Bee. www.woodfestival.com

The Haseley Parish Spring Fete, Great Haseley - Thame

16/05/2015 14:00

Will Young is to open this fete! Attractions include raffle (1st prize is a champagne tea for four at Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, silent auction, bar, Pimms, Country Garden Tea marquee, children's entertainment, bouncy castle, face painting, birds of prey, bottle tombola, games, flowers and art in the church and music throughout the afternoon. At The Manor House Lower Garden, Great Haseley in Midsomer Murder country. https://www.facebook.com/GreatHaseleyVillageHall

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

17/05/2015 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.

Spring Festival to launch Wilfred Owen trail, Dunsden Green - Dunsden

17/05/2015 12:00

The Dunsden Owen Association (DOA) is launching a new dynamic trail and smartphone app, inspired by the work of the great WWI poet, Wilfred Owen, who lived in Dunsden from 1911-1913. The ribbon-twirling festivities will be held on Dunsden Green and there will be the chance to dance around the maypole, enjoy the rhythms of folk music and join in with games. Award-winning poet, Martin Malone, officially opens the trail at 14.00 with a talk and live readings of his edgy poetry. A commemorative blue plaque will also be unveiled at the village hall, formerly a school.  Face painting, bring-your-own picnics, fancy dress, tea & cake, and further activities on the trail itself can be enjoyed throughout the day. The festival is FREE and open to all.  

Charity Fun Day, Edmunds Park - Didcot

17/05/2015 11:00

Olaf the Snowman, Princess Elsa and other characters from the animated film Frozen will join in the fun at a charity day in Edmunds Park. There will also be fun fair rides, food, competitions and local businesses selling discounted items on stalls. In aid of Cancer charities.

Family Fete Day, The Crazy Bear, Stadhampton - Chiselhampton

06/06/2015 12:00

The day will include lots of fete games such as a coconut shy, tombola, bouncy castle, delicious BBQ, pork roast and much more. Please put the date in your diary and be sure to come along to help raise money for our animals at The Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary.

Millets Summer Farm Fete, Millets Farm Centre - Abingdon on Thames

06/06/2015 11:00 to 07/06/2015 16:00

Bringing the countryside to life, Millets is once again repeating it's Farm Fete, this year featuring many of the events of previous years and more. Together with the Victorian carousel, bouncy castle, trampolines, climbing wall, swingboats and a great selection of side stalls, there is something for all the family to enjoy. Entry to our Farm Fete is FREE.

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

06/06/2015 10:00 to 28/11/2015 16:00

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. The next fair will take place on Saturday 28 November 2015.

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

07/06/2015 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. 

Wargrave Village Festival - Shiplake

10/06/2015 to 28/06/2015

This festival runs for a staggering two and a half weeks, and this year the festival will be 40 years and we promise that it will be even bigger, better, and more inclusive than before! The theme for the Festival is Mad Hatters of Wargrave. This was chosen because in 2015 it will be 150 years ago that Lewis Caroll wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a fitting tribute to a great writer with which we can have loads of fun! The festival includes theatre, story telling, singing, music, dancing, boating, sports, 10k race, Mad Hatters tea party, parties, quiz night, food festival, open gardens, fun day, flower festival, fete, craft fair, parade, BBQ, magical evening with Paul Daniels, and speakers: author Joanna Trollope, antiques expert Thomas Plant and cricketer Henry Olonga. See programme for full details. Ticket prices apply.

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Thame Carnival - Thame

13/06/2015 12:00

A great day out for all the family! The carnival starts with the parade through the town centre from 12 noon, followed by a fete at Southern Road Recreation Ground from 13.00. This year's theme is movies. Entertainment will include beer tent, Pimms tent, bands, DJ, classic cars, dog show, food stalls, face painting, bouncy castles, and doughnut stall. FREE entry. Follow the Facebook page for inside information! www.facebook.com/thamecarnival2015

Great Milton Church Fete, Great Milton - Thame

13/06/2015 14:00

To be opened by Les Preston. Come along and join us for the dog show and scarecrow competition as well as games, local craft and produce stalls.

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

20/06/2015 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.

Towersey Manor Fete, Towersey - Thame

21/06/2015 12:30

A traditional fete in lovely surroundings offering an afternoon of fun and entertainment. Come along and enjoy live music from Virtual Blue, FREE tours of the garden, the Punch and Judy show, craft stall, BBQ and Pimms, cream teas, raffle and silent auction, fire engine, children’s inflatables and races, coconut shy and many more traditional games and stalls. FREE parking and disabled parking.  Admission: Adults £2, accompanied children FREE. In the grounds of The Manor, Manor Road, Towersey, OX9 3QR. Contact Debbie Mellor, tel: 01844 214888, email: dmellor03@yahoo.co.uk

Henley Festival - Henley on Thames

08/07/2015 to 12/07/2015

Henley Festival is celebrating it's 33rd anniversary this year with five nights of music, cabaret, street theatre, art, culture, comedy, and fine dining and fireworks. Lionel Richie is among those headlining this year's festival. The Philharmonia Orchestra will present a Gershwin Spectacular ­on Friday. There will also be special guest DJ in the Indigo each night, plus street performers from Henley Festival's Roving Troup of Entertainers, a comedy line-up, showcases of art and sculpture in pop up galleries on the lawns and along the banks of the Thames. Plus a concluding firework spectacular closes each night.
 

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

24/07/2015 to 26/07/2015

Imagine a festival of ideas, music and fun that happens in an incredibly beautiful place with an ambiance of deeply chilled relaxation dreamed up by people with a wild sense of optimism. Where you can relax with a cup of tea under an ancient cedar, stroll into a fascinating talk, chill-out in an enchanting meditation pavilion and stumble across gorgeous enclaves of music that waft you into a wonderful headspace. With a woodland teeming with natural activities for kids and families, a fairytale theatre under a canopy of oaks, and spaces to imagine a brighter future. A beautiful dream? or Peace in the Park 2015. FREE event. Grounds open: Friday 14.30 to 19.00 Saturday and Sunday 10.30 to 19.30. At The Global Retreat Centre.

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.

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
 

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

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.


Food & Drink

Dorchester Festival's Food Fare - Dorchester on Thames

09/05/2015 to 10/05/2015

A Dorchester celebration of food and drink - taste, shop and meet people passionate about food and their products. Catering for all culinary requirements – browse quality food and drink stalls, buy presents or drop by for amazing street food. Regular free talks to hear the story behind the products and the passion for quality that goes with them. Book in for an intimate cookery demonstration by a famous chefs - set up in some of the loveliest country kitchens in Dorchester, just a short walk from the Abbey.  Have coffee afterwards in the house garden and then back to the tent for more tasting and shopping!

Faringdon celebrates Blackbird Day - Faringdon

16/05/2015 10:00

Were you aware that in medieval times, Blackbird Day was the day that the community got together to shoot rooks and then bake them into pies?  Perhaps that's where Faringdon's poet laureate Sir Pye got the inspiration for this award winning poem "24 blackbirds baked in a pie"?  Join us for a fun-filled family day in Faringdon on 16 May where you can taste scrumptious local food, shop in the bustling markets and enjoy free family entertainment.  Afterwards, you can spend the afternoon shopping in Faringdon's great range of independent retailers and have lunch in one of the town's many cafes, award-winning delicatessens, restaurants or bars.  You can also follow Faringdon's Blackbird trail....  See you there!


Market stalls include: children's clothing, baby  boutique clothing, fruit and vegetable stall, Richmond village spa, Fuffle (blend of fudge and truffle) and lots more!  If you would like to hire a stall - for only £20 for the day - then email jeanette.howse@btinternet.com  

Wallingford Food Festival, Crowmarsh Gifford - Wallingford

16/05/2015 to 17/05/2015

The Wallingford Food Festival takes place over two days for you to try, taste, buy, enjoy and learn about fabulous local food and drink. This event won silver in the 2014 Tourism South East's Beautiful South Awards for the category Tourism Event of the year. This year's great line up of local chefs provide cooking demonstrations of food from Japan, Brazil, India, Italy and France as well as the UK. The event is hoping to have more than 65 local butchers, bakers, farmers and chefs promoting local food, and telling people where to get it and what to do with it. Once again there will be a music marquee with contemporary folk band The Occasional Orchestra and folk troupe Green Diesel. Ticket prices apply. At Bridge Villa Camping and Caravan Park, Crowmarsh Gifford. www.bridgevilla.co.uk/campsite

Didcot Live Beer, Cider & Music Festival, Civic Hall - Didcot

05/06/2015 18:00 to 07/06/2015 22:00

In partnership with Didcot Civic Hall, we will be running our first beer, cider and music festival. The event will feature a selection of real ales, locally produced cider and 2.5 days of live music on three stages. We have a healthy collection of musical talents to keep you entertained over the weekend. There will also be craft stalls, and food available. Details of the current line up and schedule are on the website and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DidcotLive FREE entry all weekend.  

Abingdon Food and Drink Festival, Fairacres - Abingdon on Thames

07/06/2015 10:00

The aim of the Abingdon Food and Drink Festival is to promote quality local producers and vendors. The Festival will be located at the Miele Experience Centre, Fairacres, Abingdon with a variety of stalls showcasing all the amazing abundance, variety and quality of food and drink produced or sold right here on our doorstep. You'll get a chance to taste and buy local produce, and you'll learn how it's made and how to cook with a series of talks and cookery demonstrations. There's something for all the family and plenty to keep the children amused at the festival. Admission prices apply. 


Chinnor Food & Drink Festival, White's Field - Chinnor

13/06/2015 11:00

The Chinnor Village Centre is very pleased to announce the first Chinnor Food Festival. It is being held on Whites Fields next to Mill Lane School. Lots of food and drink stands, live entertainment and much more. Entrance and parking is FREE.

A Taste of Wargrave, Wargrave - Shiplake

20/06/2015 11:00

There’s something for gastronomes from four to 84 at this fast-growing event in the Festival Marquee. Come along and savour the experience. No tickets to buy, just turn up on the day! With live food preparation demos by the area’s leading chefs; stalls featuring great quality local produce and much more to sample and nibble – A Taste of Wargrave is the Festival foodie’s dream come true.


Food & Drink Fayre, Millets Farm, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

20/06/2015 10:00 to 21/06/2015 16:30

Millets Farm are hosting their second 'Food & Drink Fayrel' celebrating a wide range of artisan foods and drinks, and food related products over a weekend. This a FREE event, located in a large marquee structure by the farm animals. More details to follow.
 

Beer Festival, Seven Stars on the Green, Toot Baldon - Nuneham Courtenay

03/07/2015 12:00 to 05/07/2015 21:00

This year's beer festival has been extended to an extra 2 days of excellent beers and entertainment. 25-30 beers available from regulars White Horse and Loose Cannon to a few surprises from across the county and country! On Friday, beers are available from lunchtime at 12 noon, so why not book a table for lunch or dinner. From 19.00 the Shakedown Prophets, a brilliant returning band www.shakedownprophets.com will be playing in the entertainment tent. On Saturday the beer tent is open all day! There will be 3 bands playing in the entertainment tent all afternoon and evening. These are Retrobate, Subway and Flower Station. Hog Roast and BBQ all day. On Sunday, once again the beer tent is open all day, so why not book a table for Sunday roast. Bruce and Tally will close the entertainment tent from 16.00 with a set of covers. Ticket prices apply.  

Oxfordshire Chilli Festival, 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’s live music, children's 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

Dorchester Festival's Scarecrow Trail - Dorchester on Thames

01/05/2015 to 10/05/2015

Take a trail around this lovely village and look into gardens and windows to see what familiar film characters may be hiding there. Can you guess who they are? Fun for all ages! A great way to get to know Dorchester or to have a walk in the sunshine. There will be a prize for the most correct answers. Maps £1 from Lily’s Tearoom or the Festival Tent.

Popup Henley Fashion Week, Old Fire Station Gallery - Henley on Thames

08/05/2015 11:00 to 12/05/2015 18:00

Seven local luxury fashion brands are collaborating to host the inaugural PopUp Henley Fashion Week.  The Collections will include: Arzu Kara Couture Fashion, Drystar Women's Festival Jackets, Little West 11 beautifully crafted shoes, scarves and bags, Stella and Dot jewellery, Ellie Fennell with Italian luxury shoe company Viajiyu, Kapre scarves, Alison van der Lande bags and Bundle MacLaren hats. This exciting new fashion event will open with an invite only preview evening on 7 May at 19.00.

National Mills Weekend - Entire Region

09/05/2015 to 10/05/2015

National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of our milling heritage and provides you with a fantastic opportunity to visit mills, many of which are not usually open to the public. Until the advent of the steam engine, wind and watermills provided the only source of power for many different processes - from making flour, paper, cloth to hammering metal and extracting oils. You can explore mills that produced, or still produce these products, some restored to working order, some derelict, and some still working commercially. Windmills and watermills open in our area are:
Chinnor Windmill - open Sunday only, 12.30 to 17.00. A post mill originally built about 1750, now being restored by volunteers. Unusual in having three crosstrees and six piers and quarterbars, together with curved struts supporting a curb ring to stabilise the bottom of the buck. The mill is owned by Chinnor Parish Council. http://www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk/pages_wind/chinnor.htm
Great Haseley Windmill - open both days, 14.30 to 16.30. Restoration work in progress which has resulted in a new cap and sails. http://www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk/pages_wind/haseley.html
Wheatley Windmill - open Sunday only, 11.00 to 18.00. An octagonal 3-storey stone tower mill which dates from 1764. The mill used to grind ochre as well as wheat. Privately owned. The mill has now been restored by volunteers and is in working order, with new cap and sails. http://www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk/pages_wind/wheatley.htm
Ardington Watermill - open Sunday only, 14.00 to 16.30. Part of the Lockinge Estate, a small 19th century watermill that has lost its water supply. Its machinery has been restored, and is now incorporated within an office development. http://www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk/pages_water/ardington.htm
Coleshill Watermill - open Sunday only, 14.00 to 17.00. A small, 3-storey watermill with two pairs of millstones and an iron low-breast waterwheel made by Philips of Reading. Ceased work in the 1920s. Restored to working order in 2005, and now milling again. Owned by the National Trust. Near Faringdon. http://www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk/pages_water/coleshill.htm
Mapledurham Watermill - open both days, 14.00 to 17.00. The mill is in full working order, producing 100% and 81% wholemeal flour. The last working corn and grist mill on the River Thames, with wooden machinery and undershot waterwheel. http://www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk/pages_water/mapledurham.htm
Stadhampton Watermill - open both days, 14.00 to 18.00. A 3-storey watermill which last worked about 1945, but the large millpond is now dry. It has a 9ft x 5ft overshot wheel and well-preserved machinery. The wheel can now be turned using water pumped by electric pump from the brook, but only when there is enough water. http://www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk/pages_water/stadhampton.htm
 
 
 

Steam Days, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

09/05/2015 10:30 to 27/05/2015 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 May, steam days take place on Sat 9 + Sun 10, Sat 16 + Sun 17 and Wed 27.

Coleshill Mill open afternoons, Coleshill NT - Coleshill

10/05/2015 14:00 to 11/10/2015 17:00

Ever wondered how grain is turned into flour? Visit our restored working mill at Coleshill and find out more... you can also explore our replica Second World War Operational Base which will be open this afternoon. 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, (subject to water levels) then buy some to take home. Pick up one of our recipe leaflets to rustle up a yummy homemade loaf, biscuits or cakes. Play pooh sticks in the river as part of our 50 things before you're 11 3/4 challenge. Admission charge: Adult £4, Child £2, Family £10. FREE for National Trust members. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209, lynda.tuckwell@nationaltrust.org.uk Open every second Sunday of the month.

Vehicle Rally and Parade, The Kinecroft - Wallingford

10/05/2015 11:00

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

Open House & Garden, Kingston Bagpuize House - Kingston Bagpuize

10/05/2015 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.

World War II Operational Base Open Afternoon (Spring), Coleshill NT - Coleshill

10/05/2015 14:00

Discover Coleshill's hidden history and explore our replica Operational Base with our education officer. Learn all about Churchill's Secret Army, which was based here at Coleshill. See the displays and quiz our volunteers about the lives of the Auxiliers, their training and bravery. This underground bunker has been built by our staff and volunteers to give visitors an insight into the secret world of these unsung heroes, who were the last line of defence if Britain was invaded. More information: Liza Dibble, 01793 762209, liza.dibble@nationaltrust.org.uk On Sunday 12 April and Sunday 10 May.

Chiltern Vintage Tractor Charity Run, Turville - Henley on Thames

10/05/2015

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

Experience at 'Night at the Museum', Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

16/05/2015 18:00

Experience a special ‘Night at the Museum’ anytime from 18.00 to curfew at 21.00.  This year the clock is turning back to The Middle Ages. Bring your torch to explore medieval secrets at night and seek answers to our special quiz. Find the man in the dungeon, the hooded monk, the wicked robber on the pillory and even dig for treasure.  See the Museum in an evening instead of normal opening daytime opening hours. Read original letters from Agatha Christie, find out about her life in Wallingford during the 42 years she lived at Winterbrook House. Discover the fascinating story of Wallingford's Royal Castle and the Town's place in Magna Carta.

Faringdon Folly Tower & Woodland Open Days - Faringdon

17/05/2015 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.

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

17/05/2015 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.

Diesel Gala & Real Ale Festival, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

23/05/2015 10:30 to 25/05/2015 17:00

Special event with confirmed locomotives: 56006; 50035; Ark Royal; 45060; Sherwood Forester; 37037; D2120 (from Fawley Hill). We are also hoping for additional locomotives including, examples of classes 08 and 66. The real ale festival will include 12 cask ales and 12 other bottled ales, and six ciders. The Radstock North Signalbox will be open to visitors. Visit the website to purchase advance tickets from Ticketweb (booking fee applies) - a FREE Didcot Railway Centre glass will be given on the day to all those presenting adult and senior tickets bought this way.

 

Circus at Millets Farm Centre, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

23/05/2015 to 31/05/2015

The award winning John Lawson's Circus voted the 'Best Small Circus', is making a return visit to Millets Farm Centre. With an entirely human cast, and featuring new acts and routines including Miss Nataliya from the Ukraine with her amazing bubbles, knife throwing from The Marshalls, sword and dagger balancing from Miss Claire-Marie, "Elsa" the snow queen on the aerial trapeze performing to music from the hit film Frozen! and no circus would be complete without plenty of clowning around! Performances last for one hour and tickets are available to purchase online. We strongly advise booking early for this event! Show times: 11.00, 13.00,  and 15.00 daily. Tickets cost £6.99 per person.

 

Fun in the Park, Abbey Gardens - Abingdon on Thames

06/06/2015 11:00

Abingdon Town Council are pleased to announce that once again it is hosting Fun in the Park in the Abbey Gardens. The aim is to give families a chance to spend affordable quality time together by promoting physical activity, encouraging community spirit, and the opportunity to have a go at something new and to promote local clubs and societies. The event will host shows, entertainment, rides, activities, stalls, games, soft play areas, climbing wall, go-carts, youth section, sports, food outlets and an outside bar and lots more ... Admission and most activities will be FREE. Music in the Park starts at 17.30 - see separate listing.

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

06/06/2015 to 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.

Wallingford Carnival - Wallingford

20/06/2015 13:00

The theme for this year's Carnival will be "The Circus". We hope this will inspire all of you to take part in the procession to come up with a high standard of entries. The procession will start at 13.00 from Wallingford School and travel along St George's Road, Croft Road and passing through the Town Centre en route to the Kinecroft arriving at about 14.00. The Carnival Ambassadors will be chosen from residents of Wallingford and the surrounding area and aged between 7 and 11. One girl and one boy, representing each school in the area, take part in the competition on Saturday 6 June from 15.00 to 17.00 in the Wallingford School Drama Studio. The stalls will be in the Market Place and the Local Producers Market will be in the Regal Centre.

Stoke Row Steam Rally, Whitchurch Hill - Reading

20/06/2015 to 21/06/2015

This is a steam rally held annually and more than 70 steam vehlices of historic importance are exhibited. Vehicles on display include steam driven traction engines, vintage tractors, classic commercial vehicles, classic cars, motorbikes, military section and static steam machinery. There are also a number of other attractions including live music, all new brass band, wild west re-enactments, a retail area, a beer tent and traditional funfair stands. Admission fee applies. FREE parking. At Hill Bottom, Whitchurch Hill.

Model Railway Exhibition, St John's Primary School - Wallingford

21/06/2015 10:00

Make tracks for Wallingford's first model railway show at St John’s Primary School. More than 15 model railway layouts, along with a number of trade stands, will be on show in a variety of scales from tiny Z gauge to garden sized G scale. The exhibition is being well supported by clubs and modellers from around Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire and many of the layouts are new to the exhibition circuit. Of particular interest is Kuritu Line, a two dimension layout of both rural and urban Japanese scenes. There will also be a selection of layouts: Plas Halt, Dawes Creek and Halland. You will see Oxfordshire based layouts in the Abingdon Branch Line and Witney Euston and Dowdan International, an airport layout and for the American modeller, Southern Renegades. St John’s Primary School is located at Paddock Road, Wallingford, OX10 9AG. It is down the road from Wallingford station, which is running father’s day steam specials on the day from Cholsey to Wallingford (see separate event listing). FREE parking onsite at the school. Admission is Adult £4, children £1.50, and families £10 (2+2). Tel: 07595 255150.

Wallingford Major Muster - Wallingford

27/06/2015 to 28/06/2015

The English Civil War Society staged two very successful events in Wallingford in 1996 and 2000, and are now set to make another visit for a major event, when Roundheads and Cavaliers will fight it out on the Wallingford Castle Mound in a major battle re-enactment featuring cannon and horses. Hundreds of the society's members will re-enact battles and live in civilian and military encampments. The re-enactors will do battle on Castle Meadow on both days with opposing armies marching from opposite ends of the town to arrive at the site. 

Woodcote Rally, Woodcote - Reading

11/07/2015 10:00 to 12/07/2015

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

Thames Traditional Boat Rally, Fawley Meadows - Henley on Thames

18/07/2015 to 19/07/2015

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

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.  

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. 

Meetings and Lectures

Tea & Textiles with Pat Lumsdale, Denman College - Abingdon on Thames

11/05/2015 14:30

Interested in textiles? then come and listen to an illustrated talk from Pat Lumsdale, the past NFWI Craft Adviser and expert on the NFWI Textile Collection housed at Denman. The collection is a mix of wonderful items, including exhibition winners, teaching samples, student certificate work from years gone by, donated pieces and a beautiful smock collection. The talk will be followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea and a chance to look at the pieces up close. Pat will be available to answer any questions about the collection. The event is priced at £30 for members and £35 for non-members.

Inspiring Women: Fern Britton, Denman College - Abingdon on Thames

27/05/2015 10:30

Denman will be hosting a day with the fabulous broadcaster and author Fern Britton to tie in with the publication of her new novel 'A Good Catch'. Fern Britton’s highly acclaimed novels include, 'A Seaside Affair', 'The Holiday Home', 'Hidden Treasures' and 'New Beginnings', she has also written a bestselling autobiography, 'Fern: My Story'. She began her career as a television presenter in 1980 and she is most famous for her role on ITV's flagship show This Morning. Priced at £50 for members and £55 for non-members, the day will include a fantastic talk and book signing, followed by a lovely two-course lunch. Book now to avoid disappointment.

An Audience with Gyles Brandreth, Players Theatre - Thame

31/05/2015 19:45

Gyles talks about his amazing career. Ticket prices apply. www.gylesbrandreth.net

Food & Flowers, Denman College - Abingdon on Thames

19/06/2015 10:00

Food and Flowers with Edd Kimber and Anna Steven. Book yourself on this fantastic day event where you will be treated to a morning demonstration with Edd Kimber. After winning the first series of BBC Two’s The Great British Bake Off in 2010, Edd’s life has been a rollercoaster journey in food. In late 2010 he worked at Raymond Blanc’s restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, gaining experience in the pastry kitchen. Since then he has appeared on numerous TV shows, his recipes regularly appear in print and he has written two cookbooks 'The Boy Who Bakes' and 'Say It With Cake'. This will be followed by a lovely lunch and a flower demonstration by Chelsea gold medal winner Anna Steven in the afternoon. £50 for members and £55 for non-members. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Live Music

Cholsey & Wallingford Concert Band's Spring Concert, Cholsey - Wallingford

09/05/2015 19:00

Cholsey & Wallingford Concert Band's Spring Concert will take place at The Great Hall, Cholsey Meadows, OX10 9FF. Doors open at 19:00 for refreshments and the concert starts at 19.30. Tombola tickets will also be on sale for some great prizes. Under their conductor, Richard Powell, the band will be playing a fantastic selection of music for your listening pleasure. Tickets are £5 and you can get your tickets from: The Cholsey Cafe, Cholsey (01491 659026);  Kalinda Francomb (cholseycb@gmail.com or 07590 280507) or on the door, arrive early to avoid disappointment (subject to availability). http://www.cholseycdt.org.uk/community-facilities/great-hall

Rokefest Beer & Music Festival, Roke - Benson

22/05/2015 to 24/05/2015

Rokefest is wall-to-wall music with an impressive selection of real ales on tap and great pub food, all set in a 16th Century pub in the South Oxfordshire village of Roke, near Benson. The festival has been running for 12 years and is gathering a loyal following. Rokefest is hosted annually by The Home Sweet Home in Roke on the last bank holiday in May. The garden will be fully covered by a marquee, so no need to bring your wellies! BBQ food will also be available throughout the festival. This year the lives of Roke and Rokemarsh were turned upside down by some serious fires and to acknowledge the help and bravery given by the attending fire crews from all over Oxfordshire we have decided to donate all funds raised from this years Rokefest to The Fire Fighters charity. All the musicians will be giving their time for free to entertain you over the weekend and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to give generously for this worthy cause. Entry will be FREE but if you would like to make a donation towards a Rokefest 15 wrist band, all proceeds will go to the charity. We look forward to seeing you there!

The English Music Festival - Dorchester on Thames

22/05/2015 to 25/05/2015

Join us for the ninth English Music Festival in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. Highlights for 2015 include the World Premiere of George Butterworth's Fantasia for Orchestra, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra in a concert also featuring Finzi's haunting Cello Concerto with Raphael Wallfisch; Roderick Williams starring in a concert of Butterworth, Holst and Boughton, and choral music by Howells, Vaughan Williams and Walton from the Elysian Singers. From British folk-songs and chamber recitals to early music and a 1930s dance band, this Festival offers a wealth of music to discover and explore. Ticket prices apply.

Music in the Park, Abbey Gardens - Abingdon on Thames

06/06/2015 17:30

Music in the Park include performances from local bands and artists and a grand finale firework display at 22.00 to finish off an exciting evening of entertainment. There will be plenty of food outlets and an outside bar. Gates open at 16.30.

Blues and Beer Festival, Regal Centre - Wallingford

12/06/2015 to 13/06/2015

Come along to Oxfordshire's premier blues and beer festival! Wallingford Blues and Beer Festival is a charity music and beer festival run by local volunteers. All funds have gone towards promoting live music in Wallingford and helping youth development projects in the town and surrounding areas. Having gained a reputation as one of the best Blues festivals in the UK, this town centre venue (in a former cinema) creates a unique atmosphere with its excellent sound quality and unique combination of inside and outside areas. All of which is no doubt helped by regular capacity crowds. Saturday afternoon is family friendly and is a great way of introducing children to the joys of live music. Great live Blues music, real ales, cider, wine, soft drinks and BBQ. Ticket prices apply. 2015 is our 25th Anniversary!
 

Rugfest, Hithercroft Sports Park - Wallingford

19/06/2015 to 20/06/2015

Wallingford's Summer music festival. A family friendly local music festival with lots of fun for adults and children alike. Children's activities include trampolines, zorb balls, arts and crafts, bouncy castles, bungee runs, blow-up boxing, face painting and a disco. There will also be lots of amazing live bands, delicious food and drink, festival stalls and entertainment. Ticket prices apply. Early Bird tickets now on sale and camping is also available.

Wantage Music Festival, Challow Park Hall - Wantage

20/06/2015 to 28/06/2015

The Festival movement aims to cultivate the joy of music-making, and Wantage Music Festival provides a friendly and supportive platform for musicians of all ages to share in the excitement of making music. We aim to keep the element of competition to a minimum, and we hope to encourage performers to learn from one another, as well as from expert adjudication, by grouping classes together. We use the British Federation of Festivals' performance categories: Outstanding, Distinction, Commended, Merit, Moderate and Fair. We especially welcome new entrants and, of course, audiences. Our admission charges for audience members are deliberately kept very modest and it's an excellent way to come and hear music live in Wantage! Do come and listen. The Festival takes place over 2 weekends on 20 and 21 June, and 27 and 28 June. Please visit the website for the full programme.

 

The Choir of Oriel College - Faringdon

20/06/2015

This fundraising concert by the Choir of Oriel College, Oxford, is taking place in St Mary's Church, Buckland, near Faringdon, on 20 June. Drinks and canapes served from 6:30pm. The evening will include a concert of choral and organ music and proceeds from this event will go towards the restoration and preservation fund. 

Sweatbox Rock in the Park, Manor Road Memorial Park - Wantage

11/07/2015 12:00 to 12/07/2015 19:30

The long running annual 2 day live music festival organised by young people and youth workers from the renowned Sweatbox Youth Centre is bigger and better than ever. Featuring a diverse delectation of the very best in Rock, Pop, Folk, Indie, Blues and Country from artistes of all ages. Plus BBQ, inflatable gladiator joust, sumo wrestling, bouncy castle and much more. Entry donations for fundraising. At Manor Road Memorial Park, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 8DW. Contact telephone: 01235 225700 ext 2284.

TRUCK Festival, Hill Farm - Steventon

17/07/2015 to 18/07/2015

Truck is a music festival held at Hill Farm, Church Lane, Steventon, OX13 6SW. There are four stages hosting a range of music including rock, pop, dance, folk, jazz and blues. Food, drink and camping are available. This is a family friendly festival with a quiet family camping area, and workshops, activities and performances for the children.  See the website for details of the lineup, and to book your tickets. 


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. Ticket prices apply. The line-up has now been announced and tickets are on sale. Please visit the website.

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

Henley Drama Festival, Kenton Theatre - Henley on Thames

06/05/2015 19:30 to 09/05/2015

The Henley Drama Festival returns with a wealth of theatrical talent in all classes displaying comedy, tragedy, the weird and the unusual. With 3 one-act plays per night, all tastes in theatre are covered and there will be something for everyone: some well-known plays, some not so well-known and some original works from budding playwrights. An impressive array of talent awaits you for an excellent night out. Ticket prices apply.

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

16/05/2015 18:15 to 12/09/2015 23:30

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.

 

Wallingford Corn Exchange Drama Festival - Wallingford

15/06/2015 to 20/06/2015

The annual Corn Exchange Drama Festival when regional theatre groups compete over a number of nights.  The awards on offer this year include: Best Overall Production, The Commended Award, Best Junior Production, The Harris & Jones Salver, The Punters' Prize and The Susan North Memorial Trophy.

 

Seasonal Events

May Half Term Activities, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

27/05/2015 10:30 to 28/05/2015

Get Crafty! Wednesday 27 May, 10.30-12.30. A fun morning for families!  Have a go at crafts inspired by objects in our collection. Weave on a frame and make yourself a bookmark! See Jane Cook's fab cut out pictures, then make a card! FREE but we welcome donations! Suitable for everyone aged 3 - adult.
    
Victorian Pastimes! Thursday 28 May, 10.30-12.00. More drop-in family fun! Have a go at making lace, quilling, learn to write on a slate, handle Victorian objects, meet Victorian poet Mr Martin Tupper and more! FREE but we welcome donations. Suitable for children aged 3 - adult. 

Father's Day, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

21/06/2015 10:30

Normal Running Day and admission prices apply.

Sporting Events

Great Escape, Culden Faw Estate, Fawley - Ipsden

09/05/2015 09:00 to 10/05/2015

A Prisoner of War (POW) camp lies deep in the Oxfordshire countryside surrounded by hills, valleys and fields patrolled by enemy forces. As part of an elite team, you were captured for one purpose: To escape the camp, complete a daring mission behind enemy lines and make it back to friendly territory. Obstacles include razor wire, tunnels, anti-personnel mines, military trained snipers and recon teams. Mission run time is 3 hours. Up to 6 operators per team. There will also be food and drink, toilets and other activities such as a reactive shooting range, a spy craft workshop and survival training, and of course the post ops party! Organised by Dangerous Days Out. Ticket prices apply, with online booking and discounted bookings.

Kingston Blount Horse Races, Kingston Blount - Thame

09/05/2015 11:00

Arrive any time from 11:00, and certainly in time to unpack the picnic, buy a race card and listen out for the declarations for the first race (not all horses entered will actually run on the day). Then it's off to the paddock to study the horses and decide which your favourite is and you might make a detour via the bookies for a little bet, before watching the race. Most, if not all, of the course can be seen from your parked car, so you can carry on with your picnic while the horses go down to the start, and then they are off! Watching a race down by the course or even by a jump is the best way to feel the power and energy of these noble beasts and their brave jockeys - it has to be tried for at least one race. There will be 7 races, the first starts at 14.00 and the last after 17.00. Ticket prices apply. Facilities include a bar, food, country shops, bookmakers and toilets. Racing takes place on 18 April and 9 May 2015.

Wallingford 5k + 10K Thames Run + Fete, Crowmarsh Gifford - Wallingford

24/05/2015 10:00

A new simplified multi terrain route that now starts and finishes at Crowmarsh Gifford C.E. Primary School. A 5K route is available for the first time for those daunted by the full 10K! Bring your friends and family to enjoy the summer fete taking place in the school grounds after the run for lots of family fun. Please note, the Thames Run is no longer based at Howbery Business Park. We’d like to thank Howbery Business Park for hosting the run over the years. Our new venue allows us to improve the route, offer two distances and more flexibility to host the fete. We hope you enjoy the change. Entry fees apply.

Henley Highwayman - Henley on Thames

05/06/2015 to 07/06/2015

The Henley Highwayman is a new three day triathlon style. Based on the distance you choose and the speed that you achieve, in the cycle and swim, you will gain points. Those points are accumulated over the weekend and the leading points scorers will head off first on the tough run course on the Sunday. The first one over the line from the run will win the Highwayman.

Crisis Summer Swim, Queensford Lakes - Dorchester on Thames

06/06/2015 11:00

Hosted at the stunning Queensford Lakes just south of Oxford, choose your challenge and swim one of four distances (100m, 250m, 500m, 750m) in under 10 minutes. Swim solo or as a team of four and if you dare, make a splash in your best fancy dress. Prizes for the fastest swimmers, best fancy dress, and top fundraiser. Warm-up and support from a professional open water swimming coach, onsite hot tub and sauna available to ease aching muscles, and plenty of fun on offer for all the family with a BBQ and lakeside entertainment. So gather your friends, families, and colleagues, and come and Jump in the Lake!

 
 

Wargrave 10k & Junior Fun Run, Wargrave - Shiplake

14/06/2015 09:15

The Wargrave Runners Club is setting out to break all records this year with its 33rd annual 10k race. The race starts and finishes at the Wargrave Recreation Ground and follows a course around Wargrave and through the leafy lanes of Cockpole Green and Crazies Hill. It has long been popular with runners from all over Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. This year we hope to beat the amount we donated to charity last year. The Junior Fun Run is the 4th being held and takes place around the Recreation Ground. The Junior Fun Run starts at 09.15 and the 10k at 10.00. Entry fees apply. http://www.wargravefestival.org.uk/events/

Henley Kids Fun Triathlon, Gillotts School - Henley on Thames

20/06/2015

The UK Kids Fun Triathlon is an ideal way to encourage children to get active and healthy.  It is held within the grounds of Henley Leisure Centre and Gillotts School, located just outside the pretty riverside market town of Henley on the River Thames. Yet again 2014 saw a record number of children participate, leading to entries closing early due to the event being full, so don't delay and enter online at the website. Ticket prices apply.


Henley Triathlon, Gillotts School - Henley on Thames

21/06/2015

The increasingly popular Henley-on-Thames Triathlon takes place at Henley Leisure Centre and Gillotts School. The town is perhaps best known for the annual Royal Regatta, which attracts some of the world´s finest rowers. Conveniently situated just outside the picturesque town of Henley on the edge of the Chiltern Hills and the banks of the River Thames. Boasting a spectator friendly course the Henley Triathlon is one not to be missed. Places are sure to fill up quickly, so secure your place and enter now. Do you have children that can't wait to become a triathlete? Make a weekend of it and enter them in the UK Kids Fun Triathlon on Saturday 20 June for 7-16 yr olds. Kids event full and oversubscribed in 2014 with 650 participants so avoid disappointment and enter through the website. Ticket prices apply.

Wallingford Festival of Cycling - Wallingford

21/06/2015 12:00

A day celebrating many forms of cycling including community based events as well as competitive cycling. It will be based around the tight streets of the Oxfordshire market town, Wallingford on a 1 kilometer closed road circuit. We promise an amazing circuit (video available soon), good crowds and a day that celebrates all levels of cycling. The event supported by the Wallingford Town Council and Oxfordshire Council. We intend to make this one of the best annual events in the country. Other events in the day are childrens races, Heritage Bike racing, a 50 km Sportive and 12/20k Mountain Bike rides. Entry fees apply.

Henley Classic Swim - Henley on Thames

28/06/2015 04:10

The annual 2.1 km race in which up to 700 swimmers tackle the Henley Royal Regatta course will take place at dawn, and a high turnout is expected with competitors coming from all over the UK. This event is a celebration of mid-summer, and provides a unique opportunity to swim one of the most famous and beautiful stretches of open water in the world, at what we believe is the most beautiful time of the day, dawn. Entries for 2015 are now open.

Henley Royal Regatta - Henley on Thames

01/07/2015 to 05/07/2015

The best known regatta in the world is both one of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar and the social season. It attracts thousands of visitors over a 5 day period to watch over 200 races of an international standard, including Olympians and crews new to the event. Aside from the rowing, visitors enjoy the ambience and facilities within the Enclosures.  Ticket prices apply. (The 2016 dates are 29 June to 3 July 2016).

 

The Henley Mile Swim - Henley on Thames

12/07/2015 09:30

A straight line downstream River Thames swimming event held over the boomed course of the Henley Royal Regatta, the Henley Mile features two distance options for adult swimmers. One is perfect for experienced open water swimmers looking for their next open water challenge. The non-competitive sporting category suits swimming enthusiasts looking to take part in their first open water swim, taking the course in their own time, without the pressure of racing. There are other categories in this race and events including the Henley Half Mile, and Suits v. Skins challenge. Full details are on the website. Ticket prices apply.

Wargrave Sprint Triathlon - Shiplake

12/07/2015

Dust off your trainers, oil your bike and and squeeze into your wetsuit one more time – cos we’re back! The Wargrave Sprint Triathlon 2015 is proud to return to Mill Green this summer, so come and join us for a morning of sporting fun and raise some money for a great cause. This year we are raising money for the charity Help For Heroes, to support injured service men and women and their families. So if you need a reason to get fit for summer then enter today and join us for a morning of sport with an emphasis on fun! The event comprises a 750m swim in the River Thames, a 20km cycle ride via Burchetts Green and Crazies Hill and a 5k run. Entry fees apply.

Club to Pub Swim - Henley on Thames

25/07/2015

This is a summer 1.5km evening swim taking place in the heart of Henley, starting from Henley Rowing Club, and finishing at the Historic Angel on the Bridge (dating back to 1728). The first 400m from Henley Rowing Club heads upstream towards Marsh Lock before turning and hugging the Mill meadow bank back to the Angel on the Bridge. The swim’s challenge is to complete the course within the hour and before the chiming of the clock tower bells. For those who feel they can go faster, different finishers colours are awarded based on getting under 1 hour, 45mins, and for the really speedy, 30mins.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

01/04/2015 10:00 to 31/05/2015 17:00

The gardens at Greys Court are waking up. The 17000 bulbs planted over the winter cover the gardens in a blaze of colour. In late Spring don't miss the carpet of bluebells in the Spinney woods and the 120 year wisteria blooming in the walled garden.

Bluebells at Badbury Clump National Trust - Coleshill

01/04/2015 to 31/05/2015

During most of April and May you will be able to see the spectacular display of bluebells amongst the beech trees at Badbury Hill and Badbury Clump. Badbury Hill is an area of woodland with great views of the Thames flood plain to the north and the historic market town of Faringdon to the east, and Badbury Clump is the remains of an Iron Age hill fort from about 600BC. There is a FREE car park close by. The woodland paths and trails are perfect for family adventures and play, and adrenalin junkies can bring their mountain bikes for some mud splattered action. Contact the National Trust office to find out the best time to see the bluebells. No admission charges. Tel: 01793 762209, email: badburyhill@nationaltrust.org.uk

Sponsored Walk, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

09/05/2015 10:30

A sponsored walk will take place along the track bed between Chinnor Station and Bledlow Cricket Ground returning via the Icknield Way. The approximate distance is 4 miles. The walk will commence at 10:30 from Chinnor station. Registration and a safety briefing is at 10.00. Please remember that the majority of the walk is on ballasted railway track, so please wear appropriate clothing and stout boots or shoes. Please also remember that railway sleepers are very slippery, you should where possible try to avoid walking on them and walk either alongside the track or on the ballast. Dog walkers are very welcome to attend. Refreshments are available after the walk. Sponsorship forms can be downloaded from the website.

Dawn Chorus Guided Walk, Earth Trust - Abingdon on Thames

10/05/2015 04:30

Set your alarm clocks and listen to the birds celebrating spring at the Clumps! Learn more about the birds found locally and how to identify them with Ben Carpenter. It will be well worth being an early bird! Cost: Adult £5, child £2, booking is essential, please call 01865 407792 to reserve your place.  

Walk With Me, Moulsford - Wallingford

10/05/2015 06:30

Walk With Me 2015 is a 26 mile walk along a section of the beautiful Ridgeway in Oxfordshire, starting and finishing at Moulsford School, Moulsford-on-Thames. Every penny we raise at this event is donated to our chosen charity, Action Against Cancer.  No charge, but suggested donation of £45.

Wantage Rotary Club Sponsored Walk - Wantage

10/05/2015 08:00

Wantage Rotary Club invites you to take part in their sponsored walk. You will be able to choose between walking 5 or 10 miles, both starting and finishing at Wantage Cricket Club. Both walks will be marshalled and comprehensive maps and directions will be provided. There is no entry fee for walkers who chose to raise funds for the club's chosen good causes. There is a £5 charge if you wish to raise sponsorship for other charities. Accompanied children under 12 go FREE. Start times are between 8.00 and 10.00. Entry and sponsorship forms can be downloaded from the website.

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

16/05/2015

Discover Coleshill's hidden Second World War history on this informative guided spring time walk through village, woods and parkland at the home of the British Resistance. Coleshill House was the hush hush headquarters of Churchill's secret army, or the Auxiliers. Discover the detailed history of their training and visit some of the remaining Second World War features around the village, including the Guard House and the original prototype underground training bunker or operational base (OB). Plus, check out our newly built and refurbished replica "funk hole" and see our new display of artefacts including a rare copy of a Stand-Down letter. Adult £5, child £2.50. Normal admission prices apply (free for National Trust members). Booking is essential. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209, lynda.tuckwell@nationaltrust.org.uk The walk takes place on Tues 21 April, 17.00 to 19.00 and Sat 16 May, 10.00 to 12 noon.
 

Cancer Research Walk, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

17/05/2015 10:00

Make the most of a spring day out and raise money for Cancer Research UK at the same time with our sponsored walk. You can take as long - or as short a time as you want covering the route around the Waterperry estate and gardens.
 

Flexicare Sponsored Walk, East Hendred - Wantage

17/05/2015 09:00

The 18th Annual Sponsored Walk will comprise two circular routes of about 6 or 12 miles from Snells Hall, East Hendred, OX12 8LA. Registration is between 9 and 10 am. Home made cakes and other refreshments are provided. Flexicare is an Oxfordshire charity providing practical support for families with seriously disabled children in the local area. Contact tel: 01865 321881.

Bridge the Gap River Thames Walk - Entire Region

31/05/2015

Help Us Bridge The Gap to finally eradicate Polio. Walk along some of the most beautiful sections of the Thames Valley. Start when it suits you from one of the Thames bridges and finish with Riverside BBQ at the Crowne Plaza, Caversham Bridge at 16:00. Start points are the Bridges at Wallingford (28km), Goring (17km), Marlow (29km), Henley (16km) or Whitchurch /Pangbourne (10km). Your fundraising through our Thames Walk will make a huge difference to some of the world’s most vulnerable children. With your support we can End Polio Now. Your entry fee includes a riverside BBQ and a medal.  There is also a leisurely fun walk starting at Sonning to The Crowne Plaza, Caversham at 14.30. Please arrive by 14.15. Registration fee applies. Organised by the Reading Abbey Rotary Club.

 

Guided walks at Ewelme Watercress Beds - Ewelme

07/06/2015 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.

The Ridgewalk, Watlington & Ashbury - Entire Region

20/06/2015 to 21/06/2015

An amazing walking challenge across Oxfordshire and Wiltshire - have you got what it takes to take on The RidgeWalk 2015? Taking place along the oldest road in Britain – The Ridgeway - we assure you that this challenge will test you and your team both physically and mentally. We are offering all teams a choice of three routes: trek 52 miles in 24 hours, trek 26 miles in 12 hours or trek 13 miles in 6 hours. You will be provided with hot meals en route, regular checkpoints with FREE drinks and snacks, medics, marshals and pace walkers, a finishers medal and t-shirt for every trekker. The 52-mile route starts at 14.00 on Saturday 20 June  at Watlington and the 26-mile route starts 10 hours later at midnight at West Ilsley. The 13-mile route starts at 8.00 on Sunday 21 June at Ashbury. At the big finish at Barbury Castle there will be music, hot food, drinks, massages and a refresh tent available, so why not get your family and friends to come along and cheer you over the line! Sign up by the end of January and receive 50% off your registration fee.

Race to the Stones, Lewknor - Watlington

11/07/2015 08:00 to 12/07/2015 20:00

Breathtaking scenery, millennia of history, teamwork and determination. The Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones is a celebration of all that makes Britain great. The Ridgeway is recognised as the oldest path in the UK. Along it’s length you will find traces of generations stretching back over 5,000 years. It is lined with Bronze Age hill forts, neolithic burial chambers, Roman river crossings and culminates in the largest neolithic stone circle complex in Europe at Avebury. South Oxfordshire landmarks include Grim's Ditch, Wayland's Smithy, The White Horse and Dragon Hill at Uffington. The route passes up and along the high ground South West from Lewknor in Oxfordshire to the Thames crossing at Goring. From this point the route rises up onto the North Wessex Downs passing golden fields of wheat before the iconic finish where you will walk between the towering standing stones of Avebury. It is also one of the most accessible long distance routes as it is just over an hour outside London and so the challenge you can focus on is the 100km, and you decide whether to keep going or to take a break and camp overnight. Entry fee applies.

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

Arthur Rackham Treasures, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

05/02/2015 to 31/05/2015

Arthur Rackham Treasures celebrates the illustration work of Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) who for over four decades charmed and terrified generations of children and adults all around the world. This exhibition includes original books and enlarged print and will include from ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens’, ‘Wind in the Willows’, ‘Rip Van Winkle’ and many more!

Head over Heels, Thame Museum - Thame

14/02/2015 10:00 to 28/06/2015 16:00

Discover the secrets of fashion through the ages in this charming exhibition of hats and shoes. Entry is free of charge. Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10.00 to 16.00, and Sundays 12 noon to 16.00.
 
 

Forest to Furniture, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

14/02/2015 to 07/06/2015

Ideas in the Making - this exhibition will showcase the work of furniture maker Philip Koomen, exploring the development of his creative practice through the relationship between forestry, design and craftsmanship in wood, the creative process, and the vision and the ethic that generates these connections. It will highlight recent experiments and collaborations as well as feature work from 40 years of professional practice.

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.

Artists & Studios: Private Views, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

07/03/2015 to 31/05/2015

Through a series of evocative photographs Simon Murison-Bowie explores the relationship of artists and craftspeople with their ‘natural habitats’, the workspace.

The People of the Thames, Sewell Gallery, Radley College - Abingdon on Thames

17/04/2015 10:00 to 15/05/2015 16:00

‘The People of the Thames, A Photographic Journey’ by Jil Orpen. This is the eighth exhibition in a continuing series that has already been displayed in museums and galleries along the river, and at William Morris’s home at Kelmscott. Photographer Jil Orpen brings a new perspective to the non-tidal stretch, which runs 140 miles downstream from its source at Thames Head in Gloucestershire to the Teddington Lock in Middlesex. Her photographs portray the strong connections that the river has for many. Most of the photographs are accompanied by recorded interviews.

Colin Bishop & Peter Hayes, Bohun Gallery - Henley on Thames

18/04/2015 10:00 to 09/05/2015 17:00

Peter Hayes is recognised as one of the leading exponents in the field of sculptural ceramics. Peter is currently undertaking a major project in India, so we are delighted that he has taken time out from this to focus on a collection of new work for Bohun Gallery. The selling exhibition will draw together all of his various techniques and will also feature large-scale bronzes which represents a new direction for the artist. The exhibition will include both domestic sculpture and garden statuary. Colin Bishop is something of a maverick painter with a singular vision and a very unique language. His paintings, with their thickly applied paint which is scraped back time and time again and re-applied in colourful swathes across the canvas, take on a sculpturesque appearance. They reveal themselves slowly, observing the transforming effects of time and weather on the countryside. Both the date and time taken to produce the work are recorded and become an integral part of the title. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 to 17.00, and closed weekday lunchtimes 13.15 to 14.15. Tel: 01491 576228. 

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.

Daniel James and Penny Halsall photography exhibition at the Rookery - Faringdon

28/04/2015 10:00 to 09/05/2015 17:00


Penny and James are Faringdon-based photographers.  Penny studied photography and graphic design in the South of England, when cameras held film and extracting images involved mixing noxious chemicals. She went on to work in darkrooms, developing photographic printing techniques with some of the South of England’s highly respected photographers.  However the dawn of digital imaging meant that she could leave the murky dark rooms behind and embrace a creative world that was previously uncharted. Working with photography, illustration and imagination she combines the two to create theatrical and sometimes subversive images that are not always intended to make her audience feel comfortable. The artwork is intended to be dark and sometimes provocative, focusing on the shadowed side of our existence and tempts the viewer to question what they are seeing and their assumed outlook on their own environment.

Daniel has spent most of his life working with people, sometimes in very tough settings and situations, which has shaped the way he views the world. It has also instilled a desire to do something about the various issues that have troubled him, but it wasn’t until he discovered street photography that he truly found his voice. "My passion for street and documentary photography stems from the raw and uncontrived nature of candid moments within everyday life. My work focuses on extracting emotional and social discourse from the world around me. Working on the streets is incredibly challenging due to the ever changing surroundings. Everything is in a state of flux. The moments are so fleeting that it requires very different eye, and a direct approach that I find incredibly exciting.” The dominating themes throughout his work are consumerism, technology and loneliness; and heavy emotional content. 


Open Exhibition: DRAW.SHOW, Cornerstone - Didcot

05/05/2015 to 21/06/2015

This is an open exhibition in our beautiful gallery and the theme for 2015 is DRAW.SHOW. Exhibits can include a huge range of styles and methods, from cartoons and doodling to drafting plans for machinery, from pencil on paper to chalk on blackboard, and even electronic drawing. FREE admission.  

Fragments of a Landscape, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

06/05/2015 09:30 to 23/05/2015 16:00

‘Fragments of a Landscape’ is an Oxfordshire Artweeks exhibition by painter and illustrator, Stuart Roper. Stuart’s  latest exhibition takes an intimate look at the countryside near his Southern Oxfordshire home. Over the past few years he has narrowed his gaze from broad vistas and concentrated his eye on the details that make the landscape so vibrant. Fragments of sunlight on water, or light shining through leaves, have all been enlarged to create exciting works where the subject matter has become secondary to the colour and light. "One of the great joys of painting is that moment when you place one colour against another and something magical happens” explains Stuart. "It’s hard to express in words and, perhaps sounds a little simplistic, so I hope that magic can be seen in my work”. Most of the work on display is painted in acrylics, though there will also be some work in gouache and pen and wash. The museum is closed on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Campaigns, Cardboard and Cockerspaniels, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

06/05/2015 09:30 to 16/05/2015 16:00

A quirky and thought provoking  exhibitions by local artist, John Groves.  Crafted from cardboard, tupperware and plastic toys, John’s work is extraordinary, an exhibition not to be missed! There’s a chance to meet John and find out more about what inspires him on Thursdays 7 and 14 May between 14.00 and 15.00. The museum is closed on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Oxfordshire Artweeks (South Oxfordshire) - Entire Region

16/05/2015 to 25/05/2015

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

Sculpture in the Vineyard, Bothy Vineyard, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

23/05/2015 11:00 to 07/06/2015 18:00

Enjoy for FREE, Oxfordshire’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition in a beautiful and unique setting. Featuring over 200 sculptures by over 30 artists, placed in 7 acres of the oldest vineyard/winery in the country. Refreshments and parking available. Taste award winning local wine.  In aid of the Nasio Trust. We will be open from on Saturday 23 to Monday 25 May (Bank Holiday weekend), Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 May, and Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 June. Also part of English Wine Week.

Art in Action at Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

16/07/2015 10:00 to 19/07/2015 17:30

Our annual arts festival featuring around 200 of the finest artists demonstrating in marquees around the Waterperry estate.  There’s also fine food and drink, performing arts, music and our hugely popular practical classes where visitors can have a go at some of the many artistic disciplines. For more information about the event, ticket prices and booking details, visit www.artinaction.org.uk or call 0207 381 3192. Please note Waterperry Gardens and plant centre will be closed to all but Art in Action visitors during this event.


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