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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

Snowdrop Sundays, St Botolphs Church, Swyncombe - Nettlebed

06/02/2015 14:00 to 21/03/2015 16:00

Snowdrop teas ad St Botolphs in Swyncombe near Nettlebed is an annual event. See a carpet of snowdrops and yellow aconites in the churchyard and enjoy homemade teas and cakes. Each day the Ministry team will bless the snowdrops at 3pm and a choral evensong, including the Swyncombe choir takes place on Sunday Feb 14th at 4:30pm. The snowdrop teas take place from 2-4pm in Feb Sat 6th, Sun 7th, Sat 13th, Sun 14th, Sat 20th and Sun 21st. All are welcome.

Photos by Eva Nemeth.

Bird Bonanza! Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

07/02/2016 10:00

Drop in to get to know our feathered friends! Make a bird feeder, try some 'twitching' and even build your own nest. 

Alphabet 'I Spy' in Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

13/02/2016 to 21/02/2016

Family fun over for February half-term. Spy the whole alphabet in the gardens of Waterperry and win a seasonal prize. The event is suitable for all ages.

Mud Pie Monday, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

15/02/2016 10:00

Join us for our first mud pie Monday - buckets of mud and buckets of fun! Wellies and waterproofs advisable.

Build a Bird Box, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

15/02/2016 14:00

Take home your own handmade bird box and help encourage more wildlife into your garden. Tools and material provided. 

Please take a look on the website for more details on how to book.

Children's Jewellery Making Workshops , Millets Farm Centre - Marcham

15/02/2016 10:00 to 19/02/2016 12:00

New this February half term is the children's jewellery making workshop. This workshop will teach children how to make their own keepsake from necklaces to phone charms. They will be able to choose from a great selection of beads brought along by Ruth Ravie who will run the course. This workshop is suitable for children 6-8 years.

Chinese New Year at River and Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames


Join the River and Rowing Museum to celebrate the Year of the Monkey, making Chinese lanterns, lucky charms and more.  The event is free with admission.

Nature's New Year Party - Abingdon on Thames

16/02/2016 10:00 to 18/02/2016 15:00

Nature's New Year Party takes place at Sutton Courtenay's Environmental Education Centre.  Spring is just around the corner and the animals are getting ready - can you help? Have lots of fun with indoor and outdoor activities - wellies are recommended. 

Annual Abingdon Air & Country Show - Abingdon on Thames

01/05/2016 10:00

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.

Fairs & Festivals

Henley House & Garden Show - Henley on Thames

12/03/2016 to 13/03/2016

The Henley House & Garden Show is returning for a second year.  If you love your home and your garden, are looking for professional advice or just want a day of inspiration then this is the festival for you. The show will take place at various sites across Henley Town including the Town Hall, Kings Arm Barn, Old Fire Station Gallery . More than 60 exhibitors of high-end interior and garden products will take part in the show.  The show is open from 10.00 to 18.00 on Saturday, and 11.00 to 16.00 on Sunday.

Ruby's Vintage Fair, Millets Farm Centre - Marcham

19/03/2016 10:00

Ruby's vintage and retro fair is visiting Millets Farm Centre for the first time! The fair will bring along something a little bit different; unique jewellery, clothing, homeware and even upcycled furniture. 

Millets Summer Farm Fete - Marcham

11/06/2016 11:00 to 12/06/2016 16:00

Tractor rides, bouncy castle, trampolines, face painting, karls creatures, storytelling and a great selection of stalls including refreshments.  

Food & Drink

Best of British Game Supper, Millets Farm Centre - Marcham


Enjoy a cookery demonstration and wine talk by Tom whitehouse accompanied by dinner. 

Potted confit of rabbit with poppy seed and parmesan biscuit, cured fennel and cranberry
Ballantine of wood pigeon and pancetta with Jerusalem artichoke, spiced pear and watercress
Roast venison loin with smoked potato gallette, braised red cabbage, chestnuts and juniper
Dark chocolate and almond torte with praline ice cream and pistachio

Please visit the website for more information.

Fish and seafood Evening, Millets Farm Centre - Marcham

11/03/2016 19:30

Cooking fish and shellfish at home can too often seem daunting, but it needn’t be. Understanding seasonality and sustainability, and how to recognise freshness and quality is the key. Allow Alan Haughie to share his tips and secrets to creating a great fish dish in your own home whilst exploring the correct way to prepare and cook your ingredients. Following the demonstration, enjoy sampling the dishes.

Spiced gazpacho with dressed Portland bay crab and green apple
Char grilled sea trout with fennel and orange salad, heritage tomatoes and pink grapefruit
Pan roast cod loin with Provençale sauce, compressed potato, Kalumata olive tapenade and wilted spinach
Salted caramel tart with mascarpone sorbet and edible flowers

Please visit the website for more information.

Abingdon Food and Drink Festival, Fairacres - Abingdon on Thames

11/06/2016 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 Rye Farm Car Park 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.

General Events

Wildlife Wednesday, Earth Trust Centre - Didcot

17/02/2016 14:00

Our roving Wildlife Wednesdays will visit a different Earth Trust community nature reserve during each school holiday. This half term, come and join us at Mowbray fields in Didcot to learn about local wildlife and have lots of outdoor fun!

Discover and Play, Earth trust centre - Abingdon on Thames

19/02/2016 10:00

Forest school for the under 5s. Join the Earth Trust for a morning of play and discovery in our woodlands. Forest school offers hands on learning experiences in a natural environment.

Meetings and Lectures

Wantage Cafe Scientifique - Wantage


Are there gender differences in perceptions of attraction? What are we looking for in a potential mate? What other features make us more or less attractive? Join us as Dr Martin Graff (University of South Wales) examines work on attraction and why attraction is important to us. He will cover how our levels of attractiveness are perceived to alter at certain times, in addition to the utility of studying attraction and the other positive features which are related to levels of attraction.  The talk will also look at online dating, and conclude by considering differences between males and females in what they seek in a romantic partner!

Thames Crossings - Ferries, Fords and Bridges - Methodist Church - Wallingford

12/02/2016 20:00

February's talk to The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society will be given by Steve Capel-Davies.

Steve has had an extensive career involving rivers, and will draw on his personal experiences and knowledge or the River Thames. The River Thames has been very important as a key route for trade but it has also been a mayor barrier to those wanting to cross it. This talk will look at how ferries, fords and bridges have evolved over the years including local examples, such as Wallingford where the bridge has at times had drawbridges installed, been destroyed by a flood and rebuilt and widened. 

Changing Wildlife of the Chilterns, Northcourt Centre - Abingdon on Thames

16/02/2016 19:30

An interesting talk given by John Tyler. Having studied Zoology and Conservation at university, John worked with the Ecological Parks Trust, creating and managing urban nature reserves so that children could learn about nature at first hand.  He then spent the next 22 years as the Warden of the Sevenoaks Reserve in Kent, where he developed the reserve from the initial surveys of plants, fungi and animals, through drawing up a management plan, to the detail of digging ponds, building islands, laying out a nature trail and guiding school groups.

The War of the Roses: A Nation Divided and Reunited - Abingdon on Thames


BBC Historical Advisor Gareth Howell returns to the Amey Theatre, Abingdon School, to deliver another engaging and detailed examination of British military history. Join him on a journey through the world of late Medieval England, exploring the conflict and usurpation of the throne of Henry IV, the reigns of Henry V and VI and concluding with the events surrounding the Battle of Bosworth.

Live Music

The South Wales Male Choir Concert - Wantage


Featuring Charlton School Choir and Wantage Silver Band (A Band Quartet).

Plays & Films

Henley's Horrible History, River and Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames


Rancid Roman rowers, exhausting ergos and the ghastly Civil War: Henley has a truly horrible history! Delve deeper into Henley's past with students from Gillotts School and Matthew from the hit TV show Horrible Histories! Make the smelly food Roman rowers ate, get lost on the giant jigsaw of Henley and make a souvenir of your grisly day.  Free with admission.

Las Acacias (2011) Cornerstone - Didcot


An Argentine drama film, Ruben is a lonely truck driver who has been taking the motorway from Asuncion, Paraguay to Buenos Aires, Argentina for years carrying wood. However one day everything changes. 

Starring: German de Silva, Hebe Duarte, Nayra Calle Mamani

Tiddler and other terrific tales - Wantage

20/05/2016 16:30

Written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.

Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music. Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze also shown.

Seasonal Events

Steam Days, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

13/02/2016 10:30

Didcot Railway Centre Steam Days are ideal to view collections of locomotives, coaches, wagons and buildings and enjoy the various facilities and exhibits. Ride in coaches from the 1930s behind some Great Western steam locomotives, in the Steam Railmotor or Diesel Railcar. There are three dates in February - 13 - 14, Wed 17, and 20 - 21 February.

Owllentines Evening, Millets Farm Falconry Centre - Marcham

14/02/2016 17:30

Join Millets Farm for a valentines evening with a difference. This is your chance to get hands on and learn all about the wonderful world of owls. 

Woodland Adventure, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

17/02/2016 10:00

An expedition for 5-8 year olds. Use your detective skills to discover the Earth Trust's Woodland, Where we'll explore, build and play.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail, Greys Court NT, Rotherfield Greys - Henley on Thames

25/03/2016 10:00 to 28/03/2016

Bunny has been busy at Greys Court, leaving clues all around the estate for you to find and solve this Easter. Follow the clues to find out where Bunny has hidden your chocolate prize.

Sweetpea Show, Millets Farm Centre - Marcham

25/06/2016 10:00 to 26/06/2016 18:00

The National Sweet Pea Society (NSPC) show held at Millets Farm Centre. The 2 day event will showcase some of the most beautiful sweet peas in vases, bowls, pots and in flower arrangements. As well as these fantastic displays there will an information desk where you can ask any questions and give out tips on growing sweet peas. There will also be plants for sale.

Sporting Events

The third Treehouse 10k and Family Bunny Run, Cholsey - Wallingford

17/04/2016 09:00

The Treehouse School in Cholsey opened in 2012, in order to raise some much needed funds the parents decided to hold an event for the whole family to enjoy and so the 10k and family bunny run was born. This year's event will be our third, taking place on  the 17th April. The 10k run starts at 10am and then the family bunny run starts just after at approximately 10.05am.

Starting at Cholsey Pavilion, following a tour around the village it climbs towards the Berkshire Downs,descending back to the village via an off road route. all finishers receive an event t-shirt and a hand made wooden medal. 

Oxford to Henley Challenge - Oxford

10/09/2016 09:00

Double marathon distance - 84km.

This incredible stretch along the Thames will take us from historic university city of Oxford all the way to Henley. You may have already completed the 50km Thames Path Challenge and are looking to step it up or you just fancy trying out a fantatsic route! 
There's something for everyone - you could even do the Half Challenge and take on the Marathon distance from Wallingford to Henley. Walk, Jog or Run through beautiful countryside, alongside the quaint towns of Abindgon and Wallingford with over 1000 participants. Then it's a finish line celebration at our tented village in Henley.

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