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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

Flower, plant and crafts show - Abingdon on Thames

08/04/2017 14:00

Once again Abingdon Horticultural Society will be putting on a fine display of flowers, plants and crafts. All are welcome, teas and cakes are available. 

Fairs & Festivals

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour - Abingdon on Thames

05/04/2017 19:30

Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the world's most prestigious mountain film festival.

Follow the expeditions of some of today's most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.

Exciting events not to be missed with free prize giveaways! 
This year there are two evenings that will ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel, Tuesday 21 February (Red Programme) & Wednesday 5 April (Blue Programme). For double the adventure come along both nights for two entirely different film programmes.

Salvo Fair 2017 - Henley on Thames

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

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

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

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

Towersey Festival, The Thame Showground - Thame

25/08/2017 to 28/08/2017

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

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

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

Meetings and Lectures

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

12/04/2017 19:45

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

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

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

Plays & Films

Sinodun Players: Outside Edge by Richard Harris, Corn Exchange - Wallingford

29/03/2017 19:45 to 01/04/2017

It's a Saturday afternoon in summer and an important local cricket match is underway. But while the team captain is trying to keep his men focused on the game, there is slow-burning among their wives and girlfriends in the kitchen.

Richard Harris's cricketing comedy Outside Edge is more to do with marital disharmony in the pavilion where tea is being prepared than scoring runs on the pitch. Bickering, back-biting and witty one-liners eventually lead to chaos and begs the question: which is the more important, the match or the tea?

Written in 1979, this play is now seen as one of the classic comedies of the late 20th century. It involves genuine characters, acutely observed, in a typical middle-England situation in which things unravel with hilarious results.

Feast of Fiddles UK tour - Nettlebed

03/04/2017 to 04/04/2017

Fest of Fiddles embarks on its 24th spring tour to coincide with the release of their new album. It all started at a Folk Club,  a band of musical friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Phil Beer (Show of Hands), and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add their extensive range of fiddle playing styles to the rock black-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion - all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks.

Returning to Nettlebed for 2 shows...

Photo credit to Wandering River

NT Live: Twelfth Night, Amey Theatre - Abingdon on Thames

06/04/2017 19:00

 A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux' Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia. an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

Seasonal Events

Lambing Weekends, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

25/03/2017 11:00 to 02/04/2017 16:00

Come and see us down on the farm during our annual Lambing Weekends! Meet lambs, piglets, goats and more. Craft activities and refreshments available.

25 & 26 March and 1 & 2 April. 

Booking essential. Please visit the website for more information.

Sobell House Daffofil Day - Thame

02/04/2017 14:00

Adwell House, near Thame, Oxfordshire will be open in aid of the Sobell House Hospice in Oxford and we do hope that you will be able to come. Over the past 3 or 4 years we have added more than 30,000 daffodils to the collection, and there are now over 300 different varieties to be seen. This makes for a spectacular display and a very pleasant walk around the garden at Adwell and the lakes, where you will see plenty of wildlife as well.

Dogs are of course welcome on leads, and tea and cakes will be provided,

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

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

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

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

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

18/04/2017 10:00

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

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

Dorchester Festival 2017 - Dorchester on Thames

28/04/2017 to 07/05/2017

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

Please visit the website for full programme and tickets.

Abingdon Air & Country Show - Abingdon on Thames

14/05/2017 10:00

The annual Abingdon Air & Country Show to be held in support of the local Thames Valley Air Ambulance Trust. It's not just an air show! The Abingdon Air & Country Show has a varied ground show to go along with a fly-in of both modern and vintage aeroplanes and the associated air display. All of this is within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, which is our objective.

Please visit the website for updates and further information.

Sporting Events

Goring Thames Sailing Club open day - Goring and Streatley

01/04/2017 11:00

With funding from SODC and the National Lottery, Goring Thames Sailing Club provides a unique opportunity for locals and visitors to access the River Thames, using one of more than 20 free to use club dinghies, which will be available to use with or without an experiences helm during the open day.

RYA recognised courses will be available to be booked on the day as well as special joining offers.

With a thriving junior and family membership, the club offers the opportunity to sail both locally and nationally, with more than 300 people usually attending the event 


Wallingford Castle and Town History walks - Wallingford

08/04/2017 11:00

By popular demand, two historic guided walks have been arranged, which will be led by Judy Dewey (local historian and Museum curator). At 11am there will be a Castle history walk, followed by a Town history walk at 2.30pm. Each walk lasts about 2 hours, and start at the Museum. 

So, why not immerse yourself in the town's fascinating local history for the whole day and also visit the new 'Wallingford Castle - the Inside Story', 'Pettis: past to present' and 'Ways to Wallingford' exhibitions at the Museum.

Art / Exhibitions

Abingdon Artists Spring Exhibition, St Nicolas Church - Abingdon on Thames

03/04/2017 10:00 to 08/04/2017 16:30

Abingdon Artists invite you to the Spring Exhibition in St Nicolas Church, Abingdon from 3-8 April. Please come and enjoy a wide range of original work by talented local artists - ideal as special gifts or to give your home a lift for the new season. There will also be a selection of unframed items and beautiful cards for sale. Exhibition raffle with a chance to win an original watercolour painting by Margaret Horton. 

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